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Publicity: The Bear Facts

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I have finally discovered the secret to achieving massive fame in your own hometown.

I'm talking above-the-fold, front page coverage in the local newspaper, complete with color photo.

Put on a bear costume.

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| posted by Ann D @ 11:41 AM

Sisterfest and Semi-Formals

Monday, January 21, 2008

This past weekend was Sisterfest, my annual * get together with my three sisters. We decided to meet up in Cobourg, since its fairly central for all of us. We stayed in a lovely B & B that the sister with the luxury tastes had scouted out for us. Fortunately, she's on a budget this year, so the accommodations, while luxurious, were also extremely budget friendly. We indulged in some on-site spa treatments. I have very hands and feet today, thanks to an esthetician named Nay. I warned her that her lovely manicure will be destroyed within a matter of days, as a result of the abuse my fingers are subjected to on any given day. I think she had a sense of what she was dealing with when she had a hard time finding fingernails to manicure. Typing can be hell on the hands.

We walked downtown to enjoy dinner out at a local wine bar and grill that was recommended by our hosts. We passed the local high school and a cluster of teenagers, dolled up for semi-formal night. You would have thought it was a spring formal: no one wanted to ruin their outfits by wearing a coat.

On our way home, we spotted smashed beer bottles and a guy trash-talking his girlfriend in a phone booth: the stuff that reminds you that no one could pay you enough to go back to being a teenager again.


* We missed last year -- the first time we'd missed a year since we started this very important celebration of sisterhood about seven or eight years ago -- so we were more determined than ever to make Sisterfest happen this year.

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| posted by Ann D @ 1:03 PM


Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The online world does a great job of keeping tabs on you. Have you noticed? When I resurfaced today, Flickr told me I'd been AWOL since October 21. Facebook announced I'd been absent since November 24. And Blogger said I'd been incommunicado since November 7.

Don't even get me started about email - my long-term nemesis.

The thing you need to know about unplugging from the online world in a serious way is this: you may not be in any major rush to plug back in. And you'll find you're more selective about what you plug back into.

So why did I unplug in the first place?

Two reasons.

1. I thought I could use a break from being plugged into the online world pretty much non-stop since 1995. (I did. And it felt great.)

2. I needed to clear my head of all but the essentials for a while. We've had a few curve balls to deal with on the family front recently -- a major health crisis involving an elderly relative; and issues involving two of our kids (one of my older kids has been been going through a hard time and my ten year old was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in November). I needed time to regain my parenting equilibrium and to sprout new parenting buds in the wake of these latest parenting challenges.

The past few months have been a period of quiet reflection. Friends can tell you I have been very quiet. Silent at times. In fact, I owe some of my nearest and dearest friends a note to say I'm still alive. [ i'm still alive! ]

I have been doing some fun new things -- and more of the types of things that I have always enjoyed -- while my brain has been busy processing all this newness. It's been a stage of much transition and personal growth. Just as there are times to talk and times to listen, there are times for writing and times for quiet reflection. These have been those kind of times.



| posted by Ann D @ 10:13 AM