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:: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 ::

Burning Man - Serpent Mother
Originally uploaded by loupiote.
Have you heard of Burning Man?

"...people make the journey to the Black Rock Desert for one week out of the year to be part of an experimental community, which challenges its members to express themselves and rely on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one's day-to-day life. The result of this experiment is Black Rock City, home to the Burning Man event."

Sounds like something I aspire to go be a part of someday. I think I'll add this to my list of things to do before I die.

It's funny that I heard about this event via the recently launched (by moi!) MaRS Blog. It's not something that I would have thought I would find in a MaRS Blog.

It's just one more example of how amazed I get at the diversity of interesting things going on around MaRS and in the minds of the brilliant people who work there.

:: Cathy 12:46 PM [+] :: 2 comments

:: Monday, September 18, 2006 ::
You know, the most frustrating thing about the internet is that there's just so MUCH of it.

I love it but I hate that I can't get to it all. It would suck every living second out of me if I were to spend time with every interesting thread that I picked up.

Take today's emails, for example.

IgoUgo sends me their annual hall of fame announcement - basically a list of all the outstanding members of their travel community. I've taken to ignoring their emails, because there's only so much I can read.

But, for some reason, I opened it thinking, "I wonder what kind of person wins these awards?" (And I thought that maybe one of them could inspire me with an idea for my next big trip.)

And what I found was not what I expected. I thought I would find young punk hard-nosed adventure travellers who'd make me feel bad that I hadn't done that mountain or seen that temple. But no. These are people of all ages. Who love all types of travelling.

I followed a couple of the intriguing profiles: Idler, HobWahid, SamePenny. I read a few of their journeys. I wanted to read more. I wanted to contribute to MY journal.

But of course that would mean that I will definitely NOT get to bed at a reasonable time like I'd planned because I'm still sick.

And then, in my landscaping newsletter, I was educated about mosquito magnets. I had no idea these gadgets existed! Again, I wanted to do more research.

And then Tree emails me about this KILLER teak patio set on Craiglist, which I'm totally in love with but realized that, no matter what a great deal it is, it's STILL way too big for my backyard. I SO wanted to do a search for other patio furniture that people might be selling off. Or for that wardrobe that I really need...

But seriously, I can't. There's just too much. And I have to take the garbage out and get to bed.

Never mind all the friend's blogs that I'd like to read. I finally managed to read about Raye's secret admirer, for goddessakes! What kind of friend AM I? I managed to leave a comment (what do you think of my theory?) and wanted to keep going through all the posts, finding out what's going on in Raye's life right now and comment on all of it, but I had to stop.

I love that I work on the web, but I really wish I had more time for it.

:: Cathy 6:32 PM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Sunday, September 17, 2006 ::
Evening #1 of the week without Alex.

Alex has headed out to Austria. He's pretty unhappy that
a) he has to fly at all b/c he hates flying
b) he's flying economy with Air Canada who apparently does NOT understand additional baggage needs
c) that he has a 5-hr layover in Frankfurt
d) he has to take a baby-plane to the little town he has to get to for the event he's working on over there.

Today, I saw "The Last Kiss" with my friends Sarah and Tanya. I really liked it. It was sad. I get very upset about movies that depict cheating men. Because I don't need any more reasons to think badly of the opposite sex. I want to believe in them as a race. I want to believe they're all like my brothers and my dad. I do. But they keep proving me wrong. At least there was hope at the end of this one. It did make me think about how much one has to work at a relationship. No matter how tough I think I am, I need to be better/more.

On Saturday night, Alex and I saw "Bon Cop, Bad Cop" - that Canadian French/English movie that's causing a lot of stir. Honestly? Don't see the big deal. I think Alex said it best when he said the movie had an identity crisis. It doesn't know whether it's a thriller, a comedy, an action movie or a political piece. It had some good moments, but it was a real mixed bag.

I biked around as much as I could this weekend, which makes me feel good. As well as being my sole source of exercise and saving me on gym fees, biking has saved me a lot on transit fees. And I've noticed that in some cases, I can actually get there faster than by taking the TTC.

Alex and I managed to spend most of Saturday together, which was nice, even though it was mostly doing errands for him so that he can leave on the aforementioned trip to Austria.

It was the most time I've spent with him since last weekend when we went to the Cabbagetown festival. I think I spoke to him for a total of an hour the whole rest of the week. Stupid work!

We did manage to get to aforementioned so-so movie on Saturday, and eat at one of our favourite spots: HoSu.

We also stumbled upon an open house in our neighbourhood. We guessed how much it would list at (we thought just under a 1/2-million). Turns out it's listed at $859K. Wow. It was a nice place, don't get me wrong. All newly reno'd. But even if I had the money, I certainly wouldn't spend it on THAT place. I felt even better about our house after that. Although we still have so much to do on it.

Which brings me to:

I made a list of the things I want to accomplish this week.

It ranges from small stuff like getting a haircut and doing some groceries to a big goal of planning out the next year of house work (and by "work" I mean reno's). That should be a lot of thinking. If anyone has an idea of HOW to plan this all out, please let me know.

I've got plans of seeing a couple of friends as well. I love being social.

But for now, I'm off to bask in a a full bed all to myself - hopefully to sleep enough to be able enjoy this partner-less week.

:: Cathy 7:58 PM [+] :: 0 comments

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