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Susan E.
Mom, wife, girl friend...writer, reader, wine drinker
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September 9, 2014 Post number 200 and something. There was a great opinion piece in the Globe and Mail by Margaret Wente this past weekend: Suddenly I'm the oldest person my workplace It's a funny and well-written article about being an older employee - and very timely for me right now. I too am the oldest person in my workplace (well almost), and feel it keenly. Not just because I am old enough to be the mother of most of my co-workers...but also because I often feel irrelevant - like it's all over for me- and they all know it.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #222 August 15, 2o14 I got all riled up about writing again, wrote a few posts, came up with a pile of great ideas...then I went on vacation and lost my momentum. I mean, I love summer - everybody does. The heat, the sunshine, the vacations, gin and tonic on the deck, warm nights, open-toed shoes - I mean, who wouldn't love it. Yet, it's just so damn hard to get anything done. It's too hot, there are places to go, people to see, farmers markets to hit, drinks to be drunk, BBQs to attend and of course, those... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Writing Myself Thin
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July 28, 2014 Post #221 I was down with a summer cold for a few days last week, giving me lots of time to lie on the couch watching Netflix, spending countless hours on my fave website, Houzz.com. If you haven't discovered this home renovation and decorating website (and if these are subjects you are interested in) then this is your lucky day. Check out Houzz.com where you find thousands of photos of professionally renovated, decorated and staged homes (these are not yourneighbour's reno snapshots) at your fingertips - with filters that allow you to customize your search, build your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #220 July 25, 2014 The way you read the title of this post will tell you where you are on the social media scale of things. If you read the word pound for the symbol # and understood me to be saying "pounding in my head", then you, like me, are probably not twitter literate. If you read hashtag and wondered what the hell I meant, then this post is not for you. I find myself social media impaired. It turns out that the organization I do a lot of work for is all twitter all the time and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #218 July 11, 2014 We have new tenants in our downstairs suite. A lovely twenty-something couple with good jobs and great references. They love to garden (bonus as they want to take care of the yard), they are quiet and seem just like regular folk. So imagine my surprise when the day after they moved in, I looked out my bedroom window to the backyard (now their private space) and saw what could only be described as some kind of totemic display - at least that's what it looked like to me. In the middle of this group of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #217 July 10, 2014 I love my British TV crime drama - The Fall, Broadchurch, Vera, Lewis, Endeavour, Luther, Shetland, Hinterland and so on and so on. Wonderful stories, plots and acting - and I love the fact that the actors looks so normal. Chubby middle-aged ladies, boozy old guys - everyone has bad teeth and bad hair and bad skin and drinks endless cups of tea and/or pints of beer. But there are also some great imports from down under - last year's Top of the Lake starring Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss and the ever-quirky Holly Hunter was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #217 July 9, 2014 Moving three times in three years really makes you think about your stuff. We purged (or at least I thought we did) when we moved from Vancouver to Victoria - although it still took two fullsize moving vans to move us. I purged again when we packed up last year to move from upstairs to downstairs. My friend Karen, who helped me pack up BOTH times, was instrumental in pointing things out - like did I really need five cake plates - as well as refusing to pack some things that had obviously never BEEN... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #216 July 8, 2014 We're in. It was such an adventure I will be writing a couple of posts about our move, but the good news is we made it. Moving day was a sh*t show as predicted. Our tenants starting moving out at 9 AM as promised...and were still moving stuff off our deck at 9 PM that night. but carpets were cleaned, tattooed moving men moved, bathrooms were sanitized, boxes were carried, beds were made and relief/happiness ensued. My husband even went out and played a gig that night. I ordered pizza and lay on the couch,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Writing Myself Thin
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June 25, 2014 Post # 215 I've just come from a respectful workplace seminar given by my employer. Now, I also found out at this very seminar that we are liable for anything we post anywhere online about said employer which can result in very bad things happening to us. So, discretion being the better part of valour, that's all I'm saying about that. It did however make me think back to the many places I've worked over the years (since the early 80's) and how things have changed - the whole concept of a respectful workplace was as foreign... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Writing Myself Thin
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June 23, 2014 Post #214 It's June and lots of kids are graduating from high school - some of them I've known since they were in preschool. It's hard to picture them out in the world, but out they go. Some are going far away, many are staying close to home. That's OK, still lots of time to figure things out, there's no rush. On the other hand, my son is still a year away from graduation but he's already begun to leave. I see it in his eyes, and his impatience and his excitement. He is so ready to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Writing Myself Thin
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June 20, 2014 Post #213 Well another year has come and gone. I ran out of steam on my blog. It's not that I don't have anything to say...it's just that I didn't want to say it out loud. Our year of living like students is coming to an end in ten days. Thank the good lord. It all seemed like such fun, to live in our basement suite for a year and rent out our actual home as a way to generate some extra income. And it was fine...for a while. The good news is, neither my son nor... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Writing Myself Thin
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They say the hardest part is getting started...read the opening sentence of my new novel...or is it my old rant. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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When did words become so cheap? Paying writers two cents a word - pity the writers...and the readers. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #209 August 21, 2013 This is our new patio, which has made all the difference to our adventures in basement suite living. The suite has direct access to the backyard, which we have never really used before - we have a large deck for outdoor living upstairs and I have been very happy to completely ignore the backyard. It is overgrown and hasn't been looked after for years. It truly needs a complete overhaul and about $10,000 worth of landscaping but that just isn't going to happen. So we cleaned it up, cut all the growth back and had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #207 August 9, 2013 Most people will think I'm crazy but you know what, I'm tired of summer. I live on the west coast of Canada where warm, sunny summer days must be treasured and worshipped and hoarded. If we are really lucky, we might get summer from about the last week of July until the first week of September...but even then, rarely will it be dry and sunny every day. This year has been the exception. Record-breaking sunshine and warm temperatures since the end of June - not a single drop of rain in all of July and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
What will happen to the best friends in J.K. Rowling debacle - can their relationship survive? Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #206 July 30, 2013 I spent my formative teenage years in a very small, newly built suburb and the high school I attended had just finished being constructed the year I started....which meant everyone was new, all the kids and all the teachers. I had a great high school experience and fond memories...as did many other people as demonstrated by a recently formed Facebook group. It started out small but now our little FB group of people who grew up and went to high school in this suburb has grown and there are lots of great old photos posted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Designer wallpaper - the new obsession. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #204 Feb. 28, 2013 OMG– I feel like all I do on this blog is talk to myself – it’s not that I’m whinging, hoping for feedback, it’s just that all I can hear in my head is my own voice, trying to think of clever things to say…it all feels very forced. I'm a writer – that’s what it says on my business card and my website. That’s what I do all day and get paid for. Yet, I feel like I haven’t written an interesting, publishable word in months. My friend Lorraine, who constantly amazes me, works... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #204 February 27, 2012 I came across this "manifesto" today online – I really like it so I printed it off and taped it to the main bulletin board in our office (where it received absolutely no comment). I then printed a second copy which I have hung up in my cubicle. I feel like I need to keep some of these thoughts top of mind. I generally have a pretty cynical eye for most of these motivational manifestos – Live for today....stop and smell the roses…dance like nobody is watching (I don’t think so and I believe my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #203 February 5, 2013 I have always been a reader - I was one of those people who never went anywhere without a paperback stuffed in my purse. As a kid, I would go to the library and take out 10 books a week (starting with Little House on the Prairie, moving onto Barbara Cartland and then finally getting into bodice rippers at the age of 12). My biggest fear in life is being stuck on a plane without anything to read - no matter how many pages I had left in my book, I always had a back-up.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
I have signed up to walk the Times Colonist 10K at the end of April and I am actually taking a training clinic, walking with a group of Saturday mornings. Yes, I have to learn how to walk all over again - so far, I can only keep up with the older lady who needs a hip replacement. We all know exercise is good for us (and no, apparently wine tasting is not considered physical activity)...but I came across this great youtube video that really spells out the benefits of walking for 30 minutes a day. Time for me to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Bog #201 January 26, 2013 I heard a great radio piece on CBC's DNTO today by Sook Yin Lee (link to follow) and the topic was "are you in or are you out?" talking about being part of the gang ..or group...or club - there were several segments but her personal story really resonated with me. It was about her older sister's fascination with the "popular girls" at her high school and how desperately she wanted to fit in...with a disappointing outcome that had far reaching repercussions for Sook Yin - it was a devastatingly honest story that really resonated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
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Post #199 January 23, 2012 Now, you know I love my TV programs - old, new, network, cable and BBC - I love them all. I hardly ever go to movies these days because as far as I'm concerned, some of the best entertainment is on TV...well, cable TV. From the Sopranos to Six Feet Under to Breaking Bad, television has never been better. I'm on Season 4 of Justified. Based on an Elmore Leonard short story, Justified stars Timothy Olyphant (wearing cowboy hat in photo) as US Marshall Raylon Givens... Raaaaaylon - you have to say it slowly -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin
Speaking of writing - Rex Murphy (of CBC fame) wrote an editorial that was published in the National Post - he has very strong feelings about the Oprah/Lance interview - here's the link http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/01/18/rex-murphy-curtains-for-lance-and-oprah/ Whether you agree with him or not, you have to admire his writing - it's not often you see the word "puissant" used in a newspaper article these days. More on my thoughts on Oprah later... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at Writing Myself Thin