*I’m taking part in Shannon and Jamie Ridler’s Kickin’ It Old Skool Blog-a-thon. Today’s prompt is My First… (a Meme).
My First Job
My first unofficial job was working for my parents. When I was young, they ran a store making and selling handcrafted leather items and I helped out. My first official job was as a grocery store cashier.
The First Thing to Your Left
My red leather Filofax (a Chameleon for the Filofax-fanatics).
Something You Remember About First Grade
I switched provinces and schools a couple of months into grade one. The education system in Canada varies from province to province, so I found myself behind my new classmates. A sweet nun taught me to read.
The First book you ever read
I don’t remember exactly, but it might have been Little House in the Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The First Thing You Do In the Morning
Wash my face and put on the coffee.
The First Food You Knew You Didn’t Like
Your First Memory
Sitting on the front steps of our house with my mother. Purple morning glories were blooming on the trellis work beside us.
*I’m participating in Shannon and Jamie Ridler’s “Kickin’ It Old Skool Blog-a-thon.” Today’s prompt is Favourite Songs.”
In no particular order, here are the most played songs on my iPod.
- “Oui mais… Non” – Mylene Farmer
- “Which Way You’re Going” – Robbie Rivera
- “Ahead of My Time” – Teddy Bears featuring Daddy Boastin
- “Cry for You” – September
- “White Horse” – Sarah McLeod
- Waiting (Josh Harris Remix) – Taxi Doll
- “Wake Me Up” – Avicii
- “Milk & Sticks” – Boy & Bear
- “I Was A Fool” – Tegan and Sara
To this list, you can add just about anything by David Bowie. Also, at this time of the year I like to listen to The Nutcracker Suite and Handel’s Messiah, although I’m not especially religious.
* I’m taking part in Shannon and Jamie Ridler’s Kickin’ It Old Skool Blog-a-thon. Today’s theme is “Who do you love?”
Yes, I love my friends and family. But at the risk of sounding like a crazy cat lady, my love is a cat.
A couple of weeks ago, I added a new member to my own family – Mini. She is my second cat. My first cat, Zoey, passed away a year and a half ago. I mourned her loss very deeply and it took me a long time to open my heart to a new cat.
Then, Toronto Animal Services held a “Black Friday, Black Cat Special” – waiving the adoption fee for all black or black and white cats? Did you know that black cats are often the last to be adopted? I walked into one of the kennel rooms and there she was sitting neatly on a chair, waiting for me. She had a little white patch on her chest, just like my last cat. I went over to pet her and she immediately started to purr and lick my hand. I picked her up and she cuddled against my chest. It was love at first sight.
I filled out the paperwork, with Mini licking my hand the whole time, and took her home. I discovered that her previous owner had passed away and her human relatives didn’t want her, so she was surrendered to animal services. She had waited in a cate for three months for me.
The first two weeks have had their ups and downs. She was scared at first and spent a lot of time hiding under the bed, but slowly she is taking ownership of my apartment. She likes to cuddle with me and is playful. I bought her some toys, but crumpled up receipts are her favourite.
I would highly recommend adopting a shelter cat. It is absolutely ridiculous to buy a cat/kitten when so many need a good home. Within hours of getting Mini, she was curled up in my arms, purring, and grateful for her new forever home.
If you live in Toronto, you have many options to adopt a cat, or support a cat rescue centre:
Toronto Animal Services - Municipal licensing and shelters. Also provides very low cost spay/neuter clinic.
Toronto Humane Society - Adoption services and low cost spay/neuter clinic.
Toronto Cat Rescue - This is a 100% no kill rescue organization run by volunteers. All the cats/kittens live in foster homes until they are adopted, which means their foster parents know a lot about their behaviour and can help place them in the best possible home. This organization also looks after Toronto’s feral cat colonies.
*I’m participating in Shannon and Jamie Ridler’s Kickin’ It Old Skool Blog-a-thon. Today’s prompt is “One Sentence Saturday – from a book.” Third book, top shelf.
The first time Andrew was ever in Edinburgh he was ten years old.”
From “The View from Castle Rock” by Alice Munro
Alice Munro is the first Canadian writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
*I’m participating in Shannon and Jamie Ridler’s Kickin’ It Old Skool Blog-a-thon. Today’s prompt is “My first…”
On a Friday the 13th, many years ago, I nervously sealed on envelope containing a story about a sailing trip I’d had with my family and slipped it into a mailbox. Many months later, I got a fat envelope in the mail. I opened it up to find a letter and a copy of a magazine. My first publication! I was fifteen years old at the time.
It was such a thrill to see my name and words in print for the first time – a thrill that hasn’t gotten old. I’m not going to share the article here. By my standards now, it is pretty juvenile, although the magazine was for an adult audience.
The funny thing is that, all those years ago I had no idea what I was doing, I had no idea how to pitch articles and write query letters, but somehow I managed to get published four times before I turned 18. Now, with all my education and experience, I’m more nervous about pitching to magazines and newspapers!
I need to bring back “beginner’s mind” as the Zen Buddhists say. Perhaps ignorance is bliss after all.
I’m taking part in Shannon and Jamie Ridler’s Kickin’ It Old Skool Blog-a-thon! Today’s prompt is 10 Things I Know for Sure.
- After working in corporate communications for years, I know that I must do work that is personally and creatively fulfilling.
- Deep down I believe that things will always work out for the best.
- You must know yourself well before you can know someone else.
- Chocolate is medicine.
- Naps are magic and sleep is wonderful.
- Freedom is more valuable than money.
- Books are essential for living.
- Pretty shoes are good. Pretty shoes that are also comfortable are great.
- A house is not a home without a cat.
- Writing is easy; editing is hard.
* I’m participating in Shannon and Jamie Ridler’s Kickin it Old Skool Blogathon. Today’s prompt is “What makes you weepy?
I have a complex relationship to my emotions and crying in particular. As a child, my father often told me “Don’t cry” when I was upset or angry – usually about something he had done to me. Crying was a sign of weakness.
It has taken me a long time to get comfortable with sharing my emotions. I’m more comfortable showing my emotions in private.
I’ve cried long and hard
when my cat Zoey passed away a year and a half ago
when my grandmother passed away a few years ago
at movies – both happy and sad. I bawled throughout Schindler’s List and cried right along with Emma Thompson as Eleanor in Sense and Sensibility.
PMS does me in every month. I’m actually looking forward to menopause.