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Participating in Dewey’s 10th Readathon | with updates

I remember the first readathon, and loving Dewey’s blog. It’s crazy to think that her little idea is now 10 years old, and she’s been gone for so long. What a legacy! I loved being part of that book blogging… Continue Reading →

Back into Blogging with the Canadian Book Challenge

I first participated in the Canadian Book Challenge “back in the day” as they say. It was 2008/09 for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge to be exact. Yes, my blog is that old. The Canadian Book Challenge event is now in… Continue Reading →

You Are So Very Beautiful – Vancouver Edition Wrap-up

The Vancouver Edition of the You Are So Very Beautiful Project took place on Sunday, February 7, and it went fantastically. It was a small gathering, but I know that the few people who joined me were really receptive. I… Continue Reading →

“You Are So Very Beautiful” Project—Vancouver Edition

Update: I have made a Facebook event for the Vancouver Edition art drop. I recently read about the You Are So Very Beautiful Project, having admired and followed Betsy Greer‘s craftivism work for many years. For those unfamiliar with the… Continue Reading →

Celebrating Love in Literature with 49th Shelf

In celebration of Hallmark Day Valentine’s Day, 49th Shelf is crowd-sourcing a list of Books that Feel The Love. They write, “we are highlighting a list of books that celebrate love in whichever way you define it—hot, passionate, blinding love;… Continue Reading →

Knitter’s (Orthodox) Festivus

For the past four years, the Terminal City Yarn Wranglers on Ravelry have had a secret Santa-style gift exchange. We originally called it “Festivus Miracle Swap-o-Rama” and I’ve participated every year (2009, 2010, 2011). I wear my gifts with pride… Continue Reading →

April is …

Around the world, many people celebrate National Poetry Month in April. The American Society of Poets has a great list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month. The League of Canadian Poets celebrations Canada-wide with events, readings, discussions, and… Continue Reading →

Welcoming a Foster Cat

My friend Beth was trying to find a new home for her two cats, Tetley and Pekoe. The home they went to worked out for Tetley, but not for Pekoe who is a bit more chatty and active than the… Continue Reading →

Another Successful Year at the Oscars

Last night I went to an Oscar Party at La Fontana Caffé in Burnaby. My friend Marina (who is a huge cinephile) was hosting as part of her local movie meetup group. Part of the fun is filling out a… Continue Reading →

Knitter’s Festivus (Belated Wrap-up)

Back in December we had our annual Knitter’s Holiday Swap. This is the third year our local knit group (via Ravelry) has celebrated the holidays with handknits. Louise (aka ladybugaloo) spoiled me rotten! She knit me the Broadstreet Mittens out… Continue Reading →

Autumn Whiskers

It is officially autumn. The clocks have gone back, the leaves are changing colours, and the days are getting colder. It always makes me want to curl up at home with a book and a warm cup of tea. But… Continue Reading →

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page… Continue Reading →

Whiskers on Wednesday: Photos Galore

Henry takes over the couch pillows This is an older photo, but so good. My sister's cat Saasafras looking guilty after killing a flower. Abby is a CatLoaf. My mom got upset and thought I was calling Abby names. Actually,… Continue Reading →

Chico visits Whiskers on Wednesday

I had Chico out a couple nights ago while I was snacking on some lovely Bing cherries. Chico can eat most fruits and veggies in small quantities, so I gave him one cherry to try (anything more would wreak havoc… Continue Reading →

Whiskers on Wednesday: My Chair

I got this chair from my mom’s coworker when I moved out on my own. It’s relatively comfortable, but it moves too much for my liking because it’s on a swivel-rocker-type base. Henry, however, adores it. It’s a blue corduroy… Continue Reading →

Why I will be at SlutWalk Vancouver today

The very first SlutWalk happened in April of this year in Toronto, but it has since taken local, national and even international media by storm. SlutWalks are popping up all over major cities in Canada, USA and across Europe in… Continue Reading →

Going “All Natural”: Avoiding Chemicals in Bodycare Products

There has been a huge consumerism shift towards local, organic, and all-natural products, and I am not immune. I’ve mentioned offhand the dietary issues I’ve been having, and so I am looking to cut out extremely processed foods in my… Continue Reading →

The Cat is My Hat

Did the title make you do a double take? Let me explain. As you can see in this photo, Henry has his own pillow covered with a lovely fleece blanket right beside my pillow. This is because he used to… Continue Reading →

Cherry Blossom Yarn Bombing Prep

A couple months ago I saw a tweet from Leanne Prain, one of the authors of the book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Knit and Crochet Graffiti. The tweet linked to the yarn bombing website and said they were organizing… Continue Reading →

Raising awareness for abused animals

A recreational tourism company in Whistler, BC is being investigated for animal cruelty. It is so sad and shocking to hear of the mass slaughtering of 100 sled dogs due to a ‘decline in business’ after the Vancouver 2010 Olympics…. Continue Reading →

Catmas Throwback

I didn’t really update much about Catmas because Abby and Henry were just getting to know each other. There wasn’t much cuteness going on, but they did get quite playful by the end of 10 days. And after about 5… Continue Reading →

Festivus Miracle Swap-o-Rama 2010

I was a last minute addition to the Festivus Miracle Swap-o-Rama when I found out I’d be here for the event. Sign-ups were in July as the premise is to knit a gift for another knitter (and receive one in… Continue Reading →

Chinchilla Whiskers

(Better late than never! It’s not yet midnight here, so it’s still technically Whiskers on Wednesday.) I made a quick trip earlier this week to Pier1 for home décor items… but not for me, for Chico. When I was in… Continue Reading →

General Random Stuff

Sit down, grab a coffee, because here are some quick updates all at once. Some don’t need individual blog posts, some are long-overdue updates. I’ve joined the Festivus Swap on our local Ravelry meetup group. Must shop and knit for… Continue Reading →

Canada Reads 2011 Recommendations

Canada Reads will be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2010/2011 and have decided to change things up a bit. Before, Canada Reads picked five Canadian public figures and had them champion books for a week-long debate in February. The books… Continue Reading →

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