The #yeggies are coming!

Edmonton is hosting it’s own Social Media Awards, The Yeggiesyeggies-logo1-300x199, in the Spring of 2013. For this to happen, people need to nominate their favorite Edmonton Blogger. I have a swell idea! Why don’t you consider nominating me? I know, shamless plug. But seriously, how many Edmonton bloggers do you know? I know and read several and am nominating  them. Think about it. All you need to do is fill out this handy dandy form ONLINE and click SEND. Simple. It should take a few moments of your time.

OR you can read some of my favorite Edmonton bloggers (nominate them!) here:

An Awfully Big Adventure

The Valentine 4

Simple Pleasures: Adventures of a Mondern Woman

Farren Square


Fifty Fifty Me

I started a new challenge! Well it isn’t very new, It is kind of tied to my current goals and that is why I think it is doable.

I joined Fifty fifty me. The purpose is to read 50 books and watch 50 movies this year. I need to figure out how I am doing with the movies, I watch about one a week in an effort to achieve my bucket list but now I suddenly need to keep track. Hmmm, If you saw a movie with me this year, please tell me what we saw!!!

I will set up a page called 5050me. You can find it on the left hand side of my blog along with all my other crazy challenges that I am doing. Can you say “Whoa there ET, Slow down?” Apparently not!

Being March, we are 13 weeks into the challenge. I have read 15 books that are not school related. I am sure I have seen at least 13 movies, but will need to reflect on that. I will commit to writing one blog post a week on books reviews and movies, part of the challenge is to keep it up on my blog. I expect YOU to help me. Share with me great reads and great movies!

Here are the Rules…well they are more like guidelines

Some Guidelines:

  • Recognize you’re doing this for bragging rights (only); although we promise some fun along the way.
  • Join anytime you like, but you only have til the end of 2012 to finish.
  • Read and watch at your own pace, just get to 50/50 before 2013
  • Finish that stack of half-read books, finally! We’ll let you count them.
  • Read/watch in any language. 50/50 is global, yo.

Questions you are asking or should be!

1) Um…What happens if I don’t read 50 books and watch 50 movies this year?
Easy: we send a bounty hunter to your house.

Just kidding- this is for fun, remember? There is no punishment (not this year, anyhow) – it’s your personal challenge, so all we ask is that you try! We know it’s a lot of books, a lot of movies; the point is that it is probably more than you’ve ever consumed in a year. That’s why it’s a challenge and not “The 50/50 Usual”.

2) Do I have to read the books, or can I just skim?
I can see how this would be confusing. Oh wait, no, it’s a reading challenge. Same as fast-forwarding through a movie isn’t the same as really watching one, this is about taking the time to really enjoy. In short, yes, for the avoidance of doubt, please read the book for it count.

3) Do long books count as 2? What about movies?
If your book is over 500 pages, you can count it as 2 books if you like.

However, if the book is 2000 pages, it’s still just two books — not four! We want to encourage you to read longer pieces. This answer has been posted for the benefit of all you Game of Thrones fanatics out there. Go forth and prosper or whatever it is.

Note: A movie is still just a (one, 1, “ONE”) movie. (That said, installments in a series (example: the individual Godfather movies) would each snag an individual point.)

4) What if I’ve read a few pages or seen a few clips of a movie already?
We’re going with the 75% rule on this one. Honor system!

5) Do textbooks count?
You poor thing. Let’s see here: A book’s a book, but are you really reading all of it or just a chapter here or there? Be honest with yourself!

Books you read for school count as well, if you’ve read them in their entirety.

6) Can I rewatch/reread? 
Of course you can rewatch and reread… it just won’t count towards your 50/50 😉

We hope you will use FiftyFifty to inspire you to explore new stuff! Maybe next year we will include a “Reminiscing” theme, but this year around we’re asking you to go fresh.

7) Do I need a blog to do
You do not need a blog in order to do! We suggest it on the website as an easy way to keep track online of what you’re up to (Blogger and Tumblr offer free blog services, for starters)

This year, we’re working on the honor system- just keep a list on your fridge or in a notebook if you aren’t interested in doing it online. The main focus is on participating- your free time is better spent on reading/watching.

8) What should I read/watch?
Anything you like! We have offered a lot of suggestions and will continue to, on our website; these are called Themes.

For example, one thing we have suggested is that you dive deeper into someone’s work and experience a few in a row (whether it’s an author, director, actor, etc.). What this does is allow you to justify why you stayed home all weekend watching Ryan Gosling’s filmography. It will also allow you to use “oeuvre” correctly in conversation with people (who rightfully probably won’t want to be your friends for long, but that is neither here nor that).

We call this “Majoring” in something (or minoring in it). You can read more about that on this post, and on any posts with the tags “Major” or “Minor”.

9) Can kids participate in
Yes, definitely! We encourage families and people of all ages to sign up for, although you should prepare because the kids we know will double up and read more like 100 books in the year.

We just suggest you read age-appropriate(ish) material, and if you are under 18, have the oversight of a parent or guardian- get them to participate too.

10) How do I get my school/library involved?
Tell them about it! We are sure your school or library would encourage this adventure. If your library or school does decide to participate, let us know and we’ll be happy to post about it on our website.

While we do not offer prizes this year (other than our respect, membership in the cool kids club, etc etc). Schools or libraries may want to support the with local awards for big achievers, or a ceremony to recognize those who accomplish this huge task.

You might also want to create a club to meet once in a while and discuss what you are reading/watching, and share recommendations in person. Libraries, local independent bookstores, and theaters would be great venues for these – get them involved!

11) How can I find people around me doing 50/50?
We do not yet ask people to identify where they are joining from, but we encourage you to set up a local gathering of 50/50 participants either by setting one up on Meetup or creating a club, etc., luring some of your friends.

12) Are there 50/50 events?
We are based out of San Diego and will be holding a launch event and occasional meetups. We hope to have other events nationwide, so stay tuned! We’ll keep you posted when/if those happen. Please be sure to sign up for our mailing list so we can reach out to you about relevant news and information.

I discovered this challenge from fellow blogger Sheila Hurst She just started too and is aiming for 30 books. Join the challenge!

Meanwhile…I need to go and do a NEW thing for my 52 new things challenge. I am going for contacts. 44 and never wore contacts. UnHEARD of in the 21st Century. I get around to everything eventually.

Blog it

The best short stories of Mark Twain
Oh Mark Twain, I love how you make me think! I like that in a man.

The world is full of wingnuts and I am afraid I am one of them. I spent what little free time I have had over the past week catching up on reading your blogs. Not that I am saying you are wingnuts…except maybe one or two of you and you know who I mean…But reading about the events that happen in your lives. It makes the people in my life appear normal but shines a glaring spotlight on me. Yikes…

I use to be an avid reader when things went south for me before I started this Tourist journey. I don’t read as much anymore. It isn’t for the lack of trying. Sitting and focusing my attention on a single book, although decadent, has eluded me over the past year. I normally whip off a book a week but this year, I am lucky if I read 6 books for pure pleasure. I have read numerous research studies, text books, academic journals, children’s fiction but not as much for me. My 50 in 50 project is leaving me feeling like those books are homework. I’m just not feeling it right now.

My Beloved Great Gram used to read short stories. I never understood the appeal until recently. Having a great story that I can sink  my teeth into for an hour or less and have it be completed, what fun is that? I’ll tell you…It is about all my filled up brain can manage. A brief escape into the life of another before my reality consumes me again. I look at your blogs as my short stories. I have read about a woman’s pain after a betrayal so deep, yet she picked herself up, dusted herself off and continues to walk with head held high. I read about pirate adventures in Caribbean, some of which are pretty damn hot! I read about a fascinating gal in Idaho just chugging along doing the best she can. I read about a mom here in Edmonton who couldn’t be more different than I , yet we are the same.

Here I was bemoaning the fact I can’t get to my every growing list of books on my night stand. When the reality is, I am reading everyday as often as I can. Now that I am finished University until mid Jan, I can’t wait to read more. Rest my brain from thinking, analysing, collecting data, APA references and just indulge in your blogs and maybe a bit of author fiction in the form of an actual book or prehaps my e-reader.

The best part about reading for me is the way characters live on in my thoughts. Your stories are living on in my thoughts. I think about you often…creepy yes, but it is your fault, you are incredibly interesting to me! I learn from you and realize we all have the same struggles as we try to figure why we are here.Not only do you inspire me to read, but you inspire me to write. I have collaborative writing project I am working on and after a few good night sleeps, I will be eager to write down the ideas spinning in my head. So keep it up, clearly I need you in my life!

So tell me….what are you reading?


What Did I Win?

I have an announcement to make. Ehhh hemmm.

I just won the very prestigious Liebster Blog award AND it comes with it’s very own gif. HOW COOL IS THAT?

What does this mean? My blogging buddy Chef AKA Midnight Chef Presented me with this award and I HONORED and thrilled and overwhelmed! I have got my press kit together and I am waiting for the phone calls to start ringing! It’s been and week….what the? Where is the fan fare? Where is the Ticker Tape Parade? Where are the Tiffany boxes filled with presents? I like presents! When is all of this going to start? Do I get a plaque? A Trophy? Maybe a medal to wear around my neck?

I am starting to feel ripped off. I think this is a fake award. One of those “blogger chains” to generate traffic. That’s ok, I like traffic and I like Chef. Chef is a homie, you know, a peep from the Old Country – Edmonton. She now lives in Texas. Not sure why. She hates the heat. I think it has something to do with her husband working there. Or that’s where her house is, or something like that.

If this is a REAL Award, then why haven’t the people from the Arnold Liebster Foundation contacted me? Why was it just Chef…no offense Chef, but I’m not sure you are connected with the ALF, because if you were, I am sure you would have dropped that into the conversation at some point. Chef did mention that there are RULES to this award…WTF? I have to follow rules? I am not very good at that part, so show them to me and I will break some of them.

Upon acceptance of receiving this prestigious award you must:

1. Thank the blogger who presented you with the Liebster Blog Award and link them on your blog.

2. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

3. Mention 5 other blogs worthy of the Liebster Blog Award.

4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have received the Liebster Blog Award.

Huh. It’s a pretty bossy award. Well, well, well….

I did 1 and 2 already. I’ll do 3. but if I link them – they will know they won. It adds an element of surprise to the whole affair. Surprises are nice…usually. I like the kind that come in a blue box with a white ribbon…not that I have ever HAD that kind of surprise, so I wouldn’t know. I can only imagine it would be nice. Then there are those surprises that are not as wonderful…like the time when my brother found a chewed piece of gum in the bottom of his juice glass when we went to a pancake breakfast at church. THAT wasn’t a nice surprise. Well…I found it funny only because I am his sister. He didn’t enjoy the surprise much. True Story.

Now, I would usually nominate some old favorites like Mark My Words, Adventure and insight, Brown Road Chronicles but everyone knows I love them already. In fact if you check out my blog roll or the “blogs I like to read but didn’t write”, then you can see all the ones I love. Since Those fellas win EVERY STINKING AWARD POSSIBLE – and for good reason – I am going to give this award to blogs I love that I have recently discovered and those that have been away for a while but have come back to the blogging world.

And the nominees are (in no particular, not even alphabetical):

1. Another Goal Setter She is an inspiration and an amazing human being. I love her to bits and we have become good friends. Read her stuff!

2. Built for Comfort Not Speed He is very funny, albeit odd. I credit this blog for getting me off my ass and into the Edmonton Half Marathon.

3.The Mind Slam One of the nicest guys you will ever read about and interesting too!

4.As Told by CatMan, The Rose Bandit Funny, strange and interesting! I love her stuff!

5. The Valentine 4: Living Each Day She is a mom extraordinaire and also lives in the Old Country – Edmonton. I quite like her yet we have never met. She is inspiring me to amazing things -check out her list!

So Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! ( secretly I don’t think it means anything but congrats anyway!!)

-The Edmonton Tourist

Quixotic Quest

I love lazy Sunday mornings. I lay in bed catching up on my favorite blogs via my mobile. I mostly read three very different genres of blogs. 1.The humorist blogs that make me roll my eyes or laugh out loud. 2. Active/fitness blogs where people talk about their success or failure when it comes to life changes. 3. Blogs that make me think. Oh Scarecrow, I think I like those blogs most of all. This mornings thought provoking challenge was brought to me via the Broadside Blog by Caitlin Kelly. She is a professional and polished writer, unlike most of us slobs here on WordPress. Usually when I get the chance to read one of her posts, it makes me think and ponder the different situations in my life. Her Sunday posts tend to be my favorite. I have nothing in common with Ms. Kelly other than we are both Canadian – although she is now a New Yorker, and we are both women. I find the parts of her life she shares with her readers to be fascinating.

This morning I read this,

I’ve wasted a lot of my life chasing things that weren’t there for the capturing — men, jobs, ideas, friends, affection from the wrong people, approval or admiration from those who were happier forgetting my existence.

I suspect I am not alone in my quixotic quest.

No, you are not alone in your quixotic quest. The women I currently attract to my life are also guilty of experiencing the same thing. Myself included. I suppose it could be looked upon as optimistic. Lately it feels like delusional is a more appropriate term. I took this thought and went swimming. The pool is the place where I do my deepest thinking. I am able to solve problems and sort out obstacles while I swim. Today I decided to keep going until my arms were too tired to pull me out of the pool. It turns out that was 90 minutes of pure reflection and ponder.

I keep doing and doing  – searching for that magic thing that will make everything better. I feel like I am wasting my time. What is the purpose anyway? Whats the point? More good questions. Did I find the answer? Maybe…

I am about extremes. I tend to be an all or nothing kind of girl. That is starting to feel toxic. I workout until I am so I tired I hope I will sleep through the night. I take on many extra curricular activities to keep me from feeling bored or lonely, to activate my brain so it doesn’t stagnate. When my brain is idle, I feel depression creeping in, so busy is better. Things that excite me are intellectual conversation. I’m not talking about spouting facts. Any monkey can do that. I mean honest, unpretentious conversation that makes me think and look at things from another perspective. University helps with the intellectual. The problem is, I am currently in an online course. The back and forth conversation is just not the same on message boards. I use to have a friend where back and forth intellectual conversation was enlightening and fulfilling. It has got to the point where I now realize I am, as Kelly said, wasting my time trying capture something that isn’t mine to be captured in the first place. Realizing this doesn’t make me nearly as sad as it makes me lost. I don’t currently have an outlet for insightful conversation.

Maybe I need to stop wasting my time and just be… Just allow things to come and go into my life without striving for more. I look at people and clients I work with and wonder how they are able to be so casual about their lives. They worry about things that I think are trivial, while what I deem as important, they could careless about. How do I turn that off?

I don’t think I can be that person. I am too tenacious and driven. I did come to the conclusion while swimming, that I need to redirect my focus and be driven in areas of my life where what I do is important to not just me, but others around me. I am going to stop wasting my time on people and situations that don’t give a crap. Those situations just pound me into the ground and are pointless. That’s a shame, I wish they weren’t but I cannot change it. My dad’s wise words of wisdom for situations like this are,

Who cares what people think? There is another opportunity down the street. Take your skills and smarts and share them with someone who gives a damn.

You are right Dad, so are you Ms. Kelly

If you wish to read Caitlin Kelly’s entire blog post, you can find it here.

Are you Blogvoyant?

How many of you can say you know a Blogvoyant Ninja Oracle? I can and, because I do, I have the most unbelievable story to tell. Only the unbelievable part is, it’s ALL TRUE. Cue the Twilight Zone music please.

Yesterday I received my blog subscription in the mail to Adventures and Insights, smiled as usual because I have come to enjoy commenting on this blog. I know, fairly selfish on my part. However, in my defense, it is a great blog worthy of commenting. I opened the email, read the blog and this part really interested me:

It seems that I have some kind of power over WordPress.

The strongest evidence of this comes from yesterday’s post. You’ll remember that it was about the fact that there aren’t many blogs about space and time travel and other such sciencey things. Did you also take a moment to check out today’s Freshly Pressed?

There it is, right there. WordPress bends to my will. A Freshly Pressed post from a science blog. About space and spacey things! Using a picture I also saw in the interwebz last night as I compiled my post about the lack of space blogs.

The link above will give you the entire post. He goes on to say just comment bla bla bla and you will be Freshly Pressed! So I made a humorous little comment on being a Blogvoyant Ninja Oracle. (Read an earlier post by him to find out why he is a Ninja. I call him an Oracle because he lives in the future and knows what is going to happen. He is quite accurate and once provided me with the winning lotto numbers. Although that didn’t work out so well for me because someone else actually owned them. He failed to share he was a thieving oracle. BUT THAT’S OKAY! He is still learning to adjust to his great power.) For some unknown reason my comment crashed and wouldn’t post. Suddenly, 22 email comments show up in my in box. I thought…odd, the most comments I receive is about 10 or so. Then 40 more showed up and I had a feeling I was Freshly Pressed! I wandered over to the main page and there I was. My Blogvoyant Ninja Oracle did it! He does indeed have the power.

If you don’t have a Blogvoyant Ninja Oracle, I do recommend getting one. They are quite marvelous really. However, FIND YOUR OWN! This one is mine and I found him first. *but please feel free to subscribe to his blog and be his grasshopper*

So great Blogvoyant Ninja Oracle, thank you for using your powers for good. The next time you are in Edmonton, Timmy’s is on me.