June 2009

Digital cable discontent

15 June 2009 Consumer culture

So it’s been a little less than a week since we’ve had our fancy new digital cable box, and you know what? Even with 600+ channels, there’s STILL nothing on TV. Worse, I now spend my precious hour or so of TV time each night scaling through the digital TV Guide gadget looking for stuff […]

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Free meat winner!

14 June 2009 Reviews, promotions and giveaways

Congratulations to Patrice and her BBQ shrimp recipe, winner of the coupon for a free PC® Tender and Tasty™Boneless rib grilling steak! (there was an image of a screenshot from random.org here, but I could not force the editor to cut it down to proper size. Sigh. You’ll have to take my word for it!) […]

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Project 365: all about colour and shapes

12 June 2009 Photo of the Day

I’ve been swallowing photography books whole lately. Conveniently, Beloved will be teaching digital photography and already teaches Photoshop at a local college, so we have a steady stream of current textbook samples coming into the house. One of the first really great books I read was by Photoshop guru Scott Kelby. His Digital Book of […]

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Big brothers, little brother

11 June 2009 Ah, me boys

I’m endlessly fascinated by the dynamic (trynamic?) among my boys, and the way our parenting style has changed over the years. When Simon arrived, Tristan was still less than two years old, and one period of babyness blended rather seamlessly into another. With a four year gap between Simon and Lucas, though, I was concerned […]

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Free meat!

10 June 2009 Reviews, promotions and giveaways

About a month ago, the nice folks working on the latest President’s Choice promotional campaign asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing some new products from the meat department. It’s BBQ season, and I was more than happy to oblige! Here’s what they’d like me to tell you: PC® Tender and Tasty™ beef is […]

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The Family Photographer: Controlling the light

9 June 2009 The Family Photographer

Okay, so you’re trying to take a picture of your brand new puppy: a tumbling, squiggling ball of golden fur. It’s late afternoon and the light is low. What can you do? My first recommendation? Don’t use a flash, and especially don’t use the in-camera flash that pops up in automatic mode. I’ve learned over […]

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In which Beloved is completely weirded out in the library

8 June 2009 How I love the Interwebs

On the weekend, Beloved and Lucas went to the library to pick up a couple of books on hold. While he was there, scanning the books into the self-serve check-out, he heard someone say, “Hey look, there’s Lucas!” He turned around to see someone he had never met before. The woman quite pleasantly introduced herself […]

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Couch potato alert!

6 June 2009 Life, the Universe and Everything

I think the Rogers Cable people have been reading my blog. Just days after whinging about the pathetic lack of viewable TV in the month of June, they call me up and offer me free digital cable. Now, I kind of like the fact that we’re old skool with our TV channels, considering we’re such […]

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Project 365: experimenting

5 June 2009 Photo of the Day

We tend to leave our laptop open on top of our TV console in the evenings, and half the time I’m as drawn to the slide show of the “pictures” file as I am to whatever drivel is on TV. (Tangent: June TV? Painful suckage.) The one really nice thing I can say about the […]

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Doing the fungal freak

4 June 2009 It IS all about me

So it turns out that the cough that has been plaguing me for a week now is — wait for it — pneumonia. I guess fertility and mild depression aren’t the only things that come around seasonally in May — I had pneumonia in May 2007, too, just before I got pregnant with Lucas. When […]

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