Monthly Archives: February 2012

30 Rock

Quite possibly the funniest 32 seconds of television ever broadcast:

“A pack of wild dogs took over — and successfully ran — a Wendy’s!”

Ahahahahah! That is my favorite thing that anyone has ever said on TV! Ever!!!

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Jane’s Addiction

Jane’s Addiction + Massey Hall + last-minute tickets = excellent Monday night

p.s. Kind of obsessed with Perry Farrell’s black striped jacket/vest situation. *love*

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Monday Morning Green Day

Ahhhhh!!!! You guys, the BEST THING EVER just happened to me!!!!

I was on my way in to work this morning feeling super grumpy, disaffected and generally annoyed by life. I don’t usually get bothered by Mondays, but I was in just a savagely bad mood, for whatever reason. Typical ‘woke up on the wrong side of the bed’ situation, I guess.

So I grab a coffee and stomp up to my desk, only to be greeted by this:

green day

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

billie joe

Yes! It’s a picture of Green Day, who I love — and in particular Billie Joe Armstrong, who I really, really love. The fact that my friend JB saw this pic and thought of me is just completely making my day right now. By the way, if I could get my hair to look like that I totally would. In fact, JB is right — I am all over this entire look, from the hair to the shades to the military jacket.

I don’t know what’s making me happier right now – this photo, or the fact that a friend of mine went out of her way to walk over to my department and stick it onto my computer screen. Her timing is perfect, as I was obviously in need of just such a pick-me-up. So I guess I would like to thank the universe for bringing such awesome friends into my life. What a nice way to be reminded of that…a truly lovely way to start the week!

I Still Want My Hat Back

A few weeks ago I went to visit my friend Adam and brought him a book, I Want My Hat Back. It is a delightful little children’s tale. You can watch the book trailer here.

Today I visited him again, and look what he’s done with the book:

i still want my hat back

It’s above his hat rack! How awesome is that?? It makes me happy.

Skillness 101

Professor Skillz

A friend of mine who works with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario contacted me this week to ask me a question. He has a group – a program called WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) — and was wondering if he could use my piece on rubber bouncy balls as a handout. In his words, the group is “about shifting orientation from suffering in sickness to focusing on wellness” and he felt that my piece would be helpful in demonstrating that anything can be used a wellness tool – even a 25 cent novelty item.

Of course I agreed, and he has since let me know that the handout was very well received and got some great feedback. I’m not telling you any of this to brag about how awesome I am (besides, you already knew that, didn’t you? ;) — I just feel totally honored that something I’ve written was able to help people. That is definitely the coolest thing I have heard in a while, and makes me feel super happy and like I’m a productive member of society. Both pretty awesome feelings!

Happy Friday to you all! Have a safe, relaxing, and skillin’ weekend.

Walking With Music

emancipator

One of my very favorite things to do is walk around the city I live in while listening to music. It might actually be the activity I prefer over anything else in life. Ever since I was in high school, going for long walks (usually at night) with music has been part of my mental health regime. It gives me the chance to just kind of mentally check out for a while. It’s not that I stop thinking – but the part of my brain that gets caught up in words and ideas starts to quiet down, and my senses are overtaken by images and sounds. It literally feels like different parts of my brain are being activated (which they probably are), and this puts me in a zone where I feel relaxed, joyful, and untroubled by the vicissitudes of life. I feel free.

I was describing this a few months ago to my friend Christian and I remember him saying to me at the time, “Man, are you ever lucky that you’ve found something so simple that gets you to that place”. And you know what? He’s right. I hadn’t really thought about it before, but it’s pretty awesome that something as basic as just walking and zoning out on tunes is enough to take me outside of myself and quell any anxieties or worries I might be feeling.

Just last night, the web design class that I’m taking ended early, so I decided to walk home from school. It’s about a 30 minute walk back to my neighborhood, along a stretch of the city that’s partly residential but still largely industrial and undeveloped. So I was walking by myself, encountering very few other people on the street, plugged into my iPod and listening to Emancipator’s ‘Soon It Will Be Cold Enough’ which is my current album obsession. It is so pretty, and absolutely perfect for the frame of mind I was in last night. The music is lonely, but sublimely so — in that way that actually makes you feel totally connected to and uplifted by the loneliness of it, if that makes any sense. As I walked over the bridge that joins the east end of Toronto to the rest of the city, I stopped and looked back at the lights of the downtown core and I was hit with this intense feeling of connection to myself and to the universe at large. These moments don’t last forever. They are often, in fact, quite fleeting. But when they do come about…man, there’s just nothing better in the whole world.

Here are a couple of my favorite tracks from ‘Soon It Will Be Cold Enough’:

The Sleeping Giant Guards the Harbor

thunder bay mug

I am not really a fan of matching sets of mugs. I mean, I get why people like them – there’s certain pleasing uniformity to things that match, a symmetry that looks pretty as part of a table setting. But I prefer picking up random mugs from places I go, and as a result I have a rather motley assortment in my cupboard.

My favorite mug in the whole world is one that I don’t even own. It lives up at my father-in-law’s cottage, and it’s from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here is a picture of the other side of it:

the sleeping giant guards the harbor

I don’t know why I love it so much, but I do. The slogan is awesome: ‘The Sleeping Giant Guards the Harbor’! I mean, look at that submarine, just chilling in the harbor, doing it’s job. I feel happy just knowing it’s there, keeping a watchful eye on our waters.*

*Upon further investigation, it appears that the ‘sleeping giant’ does not actually refer to the submarine pictured on this mug, but to a land formation situated at the tip of the Sibley Peninsula that resembles the body of a giant. You can read about the lore surrounding it here. You guys…this is kind of blowing my mind! My whole concept of this mug has just been completely altered! I totally thought that the submarine was the giant!! I mean, to be fair, submarines are quite large – you can see how the term ‘giant’ would seem befitting, right? This kind of makes me love the mug even more though. Like…why is the sub featured so prominently, if it’s not the giant in question? Then again, why would a submarine** be sleeping? That doesn’t make any sense. This mug confuses me on so many levels! I love it so much!!

**UPDATE: It was just pointed out to me that the ship in this picture is not, in fact, a submarine, but some kind of oil tanker. Ahahaha AMAZING. How did I never notice that?? THIS MUG WAS DESIGNED TO CONFOUND ME! Man…it just keeps on bringing me SO MUCH JOY.

Anyway, I get super excited whenever I get to drink my morning coffee out of it — it literally makes my day. In a way, I’m kind of glad that I only get to use it when I’m up at the cottage – it just makes it that much more special to me.

Do you have a favorite mug? If so, send me a pic at mentalskillness@gmail.com, and tell me why you love it. Submissions will be featured in an upcoming post!