HUMOUR

My 15 Milliseconds of Fame

My 15 Milliseconds of Fame

I’m sure some of you have been wondering why I look so familiar and today I’m finally going to put your minds to rest. Many years ago, I moved to England to be a nanny for one year. I spent a lot of my free time discovering new music (new to me) and quickly became obsessed with multiple English bands. One of my favorites was Dirty Pretty Things, so you can only imagine my excitement when they announced they were looking for fans to come out as background actors for their new music video. I signed up that day and then spent the next couple of weeks enjoying my anonymity since that was all about to change.

The day finally arrived and I took the train into London and then made my way to Waterloo station. You could tell which people were on their way to the music video because we all looked a bit weird for a Wednesday before noon. The album was called Waterloo to Anywhere, but should have been called Waterloo to the middle of nowhere because after we got off the train, we were bused out to the type of abandoned warehouse/barn that I typically try to avoid. Before I knew it, a nearly naked woman was pouring champagne down her ass. Now I had never done that before, but it turned out I was a natural. Just kidding. I volunteered to audition for that part, but then I drank my bottle of champagne before my turn came up and that was that. I might have missed out on that little opportunity, but I did play an integral part in 2:10 of the music video. I went ahead and took a screenshot for you even though you can’t miss me in the video.

Boom!

Dirty Pretty Things - Deadwood

I was offered a little more screen time at the end if I was willing to strip down to my underwear and jump in the lake, but that clearly wasn’t going to happen. I was not wearing cute underwear that day.

You can watch the full video below.

Have you had any brushes with fame?

LIFESTYLE

You Wouldn’t Like it Here Anyway

You Wouldn't Like it Here Anyway

My parents recently visited Vancouver Island to scout out a potential retirement town. Basically, they are considering moving to a place that’s as far away from me as possible without actually leaving the country. I’m trying not to take it personally, but they’re not making it easy. I sent my mom the picture below and said, “Just in case you forgot how pretty Nova Scotia is with all that West Coast brainwashing that’s been going on.”

pastel sunset

She responded back with this picture and said something like, “Yeah, but at least I won’t be seeing much of this on the West Coast!”

brooke snow

Ouch. Apparently my mom was talking about the snow and not me, but you can see how that could be misinterpreted. My dad quickly texted, “Both coasts are equally as beautiful.” You betcha, Dad! We wouldn’t want to offend anyone, eh.

Anyway, apparently since everyone else on my side of the family lives out west and we can’t be trusted to stay in one place for long, it doesn’t make sense to move out here. That’s a valid point and all, but I don’t like to acknowledge anything that doesn’t support my argument, so let’s just move on. Then again, I guess not everyone likes the option of living by the ocean only a short drive from an awesome city where the pubs and people are warm, but the drinks are cold and “Barrett’s Privateers” sounds through the streets and Europe is a much shorter flight away. Yeah, you wouldn’t like it here anyway.

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You can also see how horrible Nova Scotia is here, here, and here!

HUMOUR

The Blogs Have Gone to the Dogs! – Link Up

Meet Koda - Brooke Meagan Jones

Hi humans! It’s Koda. Unless you’re new here, you already know a lot about me because my mom is crazy. She is so obsessed with me that she dedicated an entire blog series to me. She even made me sing my Taylor Swift song and participate in our family Frozen parody for all of you. I only did it because Mom’s such a good girl and Taylor Swift is my favorite. Mom’s more of a Katy Purry fan, but I just can’t with those KatyCats anymore.

Anyway, today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite games – Cheese Hunt! Mom makes me go to the bedroom and then she hides cheese around the house. Once she’s done, she lets me out and I get to search for the cheese and then eat it. Yep, it’s as awesome as it sounds. She always hides the cheese in different places, but I always find every piece because my nose is like Shakira’s hips – it don’t lie! It’s too bad Mom didn’t have the camera quite in focus, but at least she added some music she thought was groovy. Ugh, old people and technology. Check me out in action below!

Aren’t I amazing!? This blogging thing is so much fun that I couldn’t help myself and ended up putting together a list of why dogs are better than kids. I know what all you kid lovers are thinking, but Mom only has to pick up my poop if someone is looking. I wanted to make the list much longer, but it was time to take Mom for a walk and she gets real sassy if I make her wait. And just so you know, Mom and I like kids too. We just don’t want one of our own yet.

6 REASONS DOGS ARE BETTER THAN KIDS by Koda the Dog

1. Mom can keep me on a leash without being publicly chastised.

2. There is no such thing as an ugly puppy.

3. Mom never has to clean up my puke because I eat it before she gets the chance.

4. I keep solicitors away. Once they see how crazy I can be they quickly shove that pamphlet in the mailbox and get the hell outta town!

5. As far as I’m concerned, Mom is a Master Chef!

6. I don’t give a shit about which toy is trending right now. Give me a rubber ball and if it squeaks I’ll love you forever. Actually, I’ll love you forever anyway because I’m a dog and that’s what I do.

Well humans, this just made my tail wag. I can see why Mom loves talking about me so much. We’re linking up with TexErin-in-SydneyLand today and meeting cool dogs and crazy parents from all across the globe. Go howler at them!

LIFESTYLE

15 of Diana Vreeland’s Best Quotes

Diana Vreeland's Best Quotes

I can’t get enough of Diana Vreeland these days. I’m a little bit late to the party, but that’s the way I roll. I think it’s because I grew up in a small town where the new movie at the theatre was actually six months old and those new summer trends were actually last summer’s trends. So you see, it’s in my blood. Come to think of it, we were so far behind in the trends that we might have actually been setting the trends. Woah. Think about it.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I watched Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and I’ve been playing it on repeat ever since. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should definitely go do that right after you read, comment on, and share my post. Now there’s a lady who had what Kate Winslet had at the end of The Holiday – gumption!

In case you’re not familiar, Diana Vreeland is best known for her highly influential publishing career that spanned 35 years. She was a columnist and fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar for 26 years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue. She was a visionary and true original who I guarantee will inspire you with her joie de vivre and make you want to get out there and conquer the world.

The documentary is currently streaming on Netflix (US only) and is available on YouTube. Also, I don’t believe the trailer does it justice!

15 of Diana Vreeland’s Best Quotes

1. “A new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later.”

2.”You don’t have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive.”

3. “I think your imagination is your reality.”

4. “We all need a splash of bad taste- it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”

5. “Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal.”

6. “I once heard someone say, “I shall die very young. How young? I don’t know. Maybe seventy, maybe eighty, maybe ninety. But I shall be very young.”

7.  “Prohibition. Insane idea. Try to keep me from taking a swallow of this tea and I’ll drink the whole pot.”

8. “I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.”

9.  “You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody. I’m not talking about lots of clothes.”

10. “People who eat white bread have no dreams.”

11. “Style–all who have it share one thing: originality.”

12.  “You know the greatest thing is passion, without it what have you got? I mean if you love someone you can love them as much as you can love them but if it isn’t a passion, it isn’t burning, it isn’t on fire, you haven’t lived.”

13. “Never fear being vulgar, just boring.”

14.  “You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.'”

15. “There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself.”

Have you seen the documentary? What’s one documentary that has inspired you recently?

HUMOUR

The Laundry Fairy’s Great Revenge

The Laundry Fairy's Great Revenge

A little while back, I shared with you A Laundry Fairy Tale. If you haven’t read that yet, you should probably go do that now. But just in case, what you really need to know is that Aaron did something that led to the laundry fairy’s great embarrassment. The laundry fairy can forgive, but she can never forget. So gather around once again, and for those who are new here, you should know that I sound like Cate Blanchett.

Before I start this story, I should mention that the laundry fairy can’t be held accountable for what’s about to happen. The clothes acted on their own behalf. And why shouldn’t they come to the defense of someone who gives them so much of her time and takes such great care of them? Aaron should have known better.

Anyhow, one summer a few years ago, Aaron had a job that required him to work outside in all weather conditions. He came home one day soaked to the bone from the rain and immediately took off his jacket and put it in the dryer. The dryer was already full, but did he think to empty it first? Of course not. Don’t be ridiculous; he has a laundry fairy for that.

The next morning he rolled out of bed, got ready, and grabbed his jacket from the dryer. He woke up late, so he decided to grab his breakfast and morning coffee at the Starbucks that was on the way. The drive-thru line was long, so he made the very rare decision to go inside. Much to his dismay, the place was packed and the line stretched all the way back to the door. Oh well, he was there now, so in that line he would stay. Eventually it was his turn to order and he grabbed his black coffee and breakfast wrap and he was on his way.

He arrived at work just in time for the morning meeting. The meeting was just about to start when he felt a tap on his back.

“Ummmm…dude, there’s something hanging off the back of your jacket.”

“Oh, can you grab it for me?”

“Ummmm…I think you should get it yourself.”

Aaron reached around and felt something that must have attached itself to the Velcro on his jacket while it was in the dryer. It was a pair of his Calvin Klein boxer briefs.

Don’t mess with the laundry fairy.

LIFESTYLE

Being Veganish

Being Veganish

In January 2011 I decided to become vegetarian. A few months later, I decided to attempt a vegan diet. I remember that it was right around Easter because I had to turn down Cadbury Creme Eggs and Mini Eggs for the first time ever. Yep, it would take more than the Easter Bunny to tempt me! I was determined. I watched a ton of documentaries, read The Kind Diet, and convinced a friend to sign up with me for a 21 day vegan kickstart. Seven days later, I ate a big ol’ slice of cheesy pizza (#fail). I’ve tried a vegan diet a few other times over the years and cheese has always been my downfall. It’s the one thing I just can’t give up, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop trying.

You see, I like to tell people that I became vegetarian for my health, but that’s a lie. While my health has certainly benefited from a plant-based diet, the real reason I made the switch was animal cruelty. I learned about the horrors of animal food and clothing production and it broke my heart. What I really want to be is vegan, but I’m not quite there yet. So what do I consider myself? Well, I consider myself to be veganish.


Veganish: Striving for the ideals of veganism, but understanding that you’re only human and might fall short from time to time.


I certainly didn’t coin the term, but I love what it stands for. Vegan is a daunting word. It’s more than just what you eat; it’s a lifestyle. It’s also a term that can be incredibly polarizing. Even as a vegetarian, I regularly deal with people who say I’m a hippie and will never believe I get enough protein no matter what I say. Fortunately, I perfected the eye-roll and “the look” at a young age, so it’s no big deal. But it’s so much harder to be vegan and I certainly fall short, especially when it comes to what I wear and the products that I use. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t wear any wool, leather, or silk (I already don’t wear real fur), and I would use vegan LUSH products for everything, but that’s not my reality. I’ve owned most of my leather and wool products for many years and I’m not in the financial position right now to just replace all of the items that don’t align with my principles. So, I will continue to take care of those items and make them last as long as possible, and when the time comes, I’ll find a more ethical alternative. As for products, I was pretty bummed to find that most of the brands I use test on animals, even my beloved Dove. I’ve already started making some changes in the beauty department and if you’re interested, you can find lists of the companies that do and do not test on animals here.

So I guess you could say that I’m living in the transition zone. Maybe I’ll stay here forever. I think that making any positive change is better than making no change at all and that we should focus on minimizing rather than being perfect. Exclusivity kills progress.

If you’re interested and looking for something to do this long weekend, I recommend watching Vegucated. It’s one of my favorite documentaries on the topic and it portrays a well-rounded and realistic approach to veganism with plenty of entertainment factor. It’s currently available on Netflix (Canada and US) or you can visit their website for rental options.

MORE DOCUMENTARIES I RECOMMEND

Plant-Based Diet/Health

1. Hungry For Change
2. Food Matters
3. Forks Over Knives
4. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

 

Animal Cruelty (Warning: Both of these films are graphic.)

1. Earthlings
2. I Am An Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA

 

What are your thoughts on vegetarianism, veganism, and vegan(ish)ism?