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Bits and Bobs (and a Giant Bug)

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Can you believe that bug? I should have put something beside it to gauge it’s size, but it was at least two inches. I found it outside of the mall on Thanksgiving and some Googling revealed it to be a giant water bug. I had no idea bugs of that magnitude existed in Canada. Gives me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it!

My husband and I went to see Ryan Adams this past Sunday and it was a great show. Adams is pretty weird, but he may have just been very stoned. He played this as his encore, and I’ve been listening to it non-stop since.

I’ve been reading Wear No Evil: How to Change the World With Your Wardrobe after finding it in the new book display at the library. It’s about how terrible the fashion industry is on the environment, people, and animals and how you, as a consumer, can make better choices about what you put on your body. While I don’t know how much I’m going to change in regards to my shopping habits, this is still something that is important to be aware of. I seek out local, organic, and sustainable food; I’m concerned with the ingredients in my soaps, moisturizers, and make-up; and yet I’ll peruse The Gap or Joe Fresh or Zara without a thought to the child labour and/or the terrible pesticides that were used to grow the fibres and/or the toxic dye that was used to colour the fabric, etc.

I doubt I’ll have time to blog again before Thursday when we’re off to Morocco! I’ve scheduled some posts and can’t wait to catch up when I return.
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Live Music: John K Samson

The Weakerthans are one of my all-time favourite bands so on Tuesday night K and I went to the West End Cultural Centre to see front man and local hero John K Samson play.

Opening the show was the pride of Sackville, New Brunswick, Shotgun Jimmie, who is fabulous live. Charming and funny, K aptly described him as a mix between Stephen Malkmus and Chad Vangaalen (I’d throw a little Joel Plaskett in there too).

John K played a mix of solo stuff from his new album and Weakerthans songs, throwing in a cover from 90’s band Jawbreaker and a number by Propaghandi. It was a wonderful show.

And because this song is close to home:

And because ’tis the season of curling:

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Sir Read-A-Lot

Love this bag.

And while we’re at it.

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Library Haul and Long-Weekend Plans

Every once in a while, I go through a book rut, where I think, “that’s it. I’ve read every good book there is.” I was going through one of those ruts until I went to the library today and came home with four novels. I checked out:

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This book was recommended to me a long time ago. I started it this afternoon and am quite enjoying it.
  • Rabbit, Run by John Updike. A modern classic that I’ve been meaning to read.
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larson. While not exactly high art, I read the first in this series and it was quick and easy and entertaining.
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Another in the pop literature category, but it caught my eye.

It is a long weekend across Canada and the boyfriend and I are starting it off right. Tonight, we’re going to a show at the Lo Pub. It’s a fundraiser for the University of Winnipeg’s radio station, CKUW, and features one of my favourite local bands, Cannon Bros, plus Haunter, Nova (featuring local heart throb Greg MacPherson), and Slow Dancers.

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Music: Gotye

A little obsessed with this song as of late.

Not to be confused with this also great song.