taste_is_sweet: (And he will actually kill you)
Hello, my beauties, and Happy Friday! Monday the March Break officially begins and I will be going to Canada with my kid to visit the fam. It should be awesome.

While I readily admit that I, too, can be at times almost as awesome as a trip to Canada to visit the fam, I am, as I'm fairly sure you're aware, human and therefore extremely fallible. Occasionally more fallible than your average bear, so to speak. There have been times, I admit, when the only thing keeping my mouth shut or my fingers still is the fact that I don't like hurting peoples' feelings. I am a big adherent to the rule that if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all (or just hit the back button). I've also gotten pretty good at keeping things to myself.

All that typed, between you and me there have been many, many times with I've just wished I could, for example, leave a comment on someone's fic or their post that completely represented what I was thinking. Now, I would never actually do that (see above). I'm not generally a mean person and life is too short not to be nice.

But. And I hope I'm not alone in this, but. That hasn't stopped me from compiling a list of things I could say, but have and will not. I've included it here, because I can.

I hope some of you might unleash your baser selves and contribute in the comments, bearing in mind that this is nothing but venting, not aimed at anyone. Just devilish self-indulgence that I won't partake in out loud again.

I just think that we're entitled to what we feel, and allowed to feel things even if they're bad. The point is not to inflict those feelings on anyone else. Which is why they're under a cut.

But if you'd like to join me, there's plenty of room on the dark side. And we have cookies.
Mind the gap. )
Thank you for your forbearance and understanding. Now I'm going to take a shower.
taste_is_sweet: (Totally Tasty!)
---This is hilarious because it makes perfect sense.

---You buy pants and a 'SSR' tee-shirt just so you can dress your kid like this for FanExpo Canada:

(He's trying to 'look weak' as pre-serum Steve Rogers, not actually sulking.)
I wish my mommy was like other parents

Even though the kid is not a MCU fan. (Isn't that why we have kids, though? To dress them up in adorable costumes?)

---You're going to FanExpo Canada, even though you live in Texas.

---You're hoping to get a picture of your kid dressed as Skinny!Steve with Hayley Atwell.

---You spend most of your Sunday making a magnetic shield harness and impulse-buy foam weapons so your kid can also be a 'Dragonslayer' at FanExpo Canada.

That foam shield you can barely see is attached to the re-purposed martial arts belt with magnets. Because I am just that obsessive good.
I did not make the tabbard. Or the necklace. Or the foam weapons. (I did make the child)

As you've probably guessed, I'll be in Canada until September 8, getting my geek on at the FanExpo. I'll try to remember to take pictures.

taste_is_sweet: (But some of us are looking at the stars)
Anybody out there want to hear a wonderful song co-written by a Canadian astronaut and Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies? Of course you would.

Commander Chris Hadfield: 52, prize-winning military test pilot, driver of the Canadarm, veteran Astronaut and very soon to be commander of the International Space Station. He was also born on a farm in rural Ontario, plays guitar and sings in two all-astronaut rock bands, and has had Twitter conversations with Starfleet. From space.
Not to mention that he totally rocks that mustache
 photo ChrisHadfield.jpg

You might notice that his mission crest is in the shape of a guitar pick because, awesome (as well as the mission's emphasis on science and art).

Obviously it would be harder for this guy to get much cooler, and yet he manages it, with the help of the Barenaked Ladies, a school choir and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. How? By preforming with them from the International Space Station, singing a song he co-wrote with Ed Robertson.

Yes, O best-beloveds, Commander Chris Hadfield also writes his own music. When he's not commanding a space mission, driving the Canadarm or tweeting. From space.

The song is called I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing?), and premiered February 8 on the CBC. It's a sweetly geeky mashup of science and art like the mission itself, with lines like If you could see our nation; from the International Space Station; You'd know why I want to get back soon, which is perfect in it's typically quiet Canadian patriotism. (If you Commonwealthers out there are wondering why Hatfield uses Imperial instead of Metric measurements in the song, I'm fairly sure it comes down to his having likely been in high school when Canada changed to the Metric system, as well as his years working with Americans.)

It's also a beautiful piece of music in its own right, which makes me tear up every time I listen to it. Because I'm Canadian and we're all giant saps when it comes to our homeland.

Here's the song on YouTube, and a link to the music and lyrics.

This song makes me especially happy because I'm getting home as soon as Friday, visiting my family over the March break. And you can bet I'll get teary-eyed every time I hear it, doubtless to my dear sister's great amusement.

taste_is_sweet: (American Dream)
Yep. I'll be gone with the kid to visit the fam from June 14 to 22. So if I'm not responding with my usual months-long gaps between email responses alacrity, it's because I'm basking in the warmth of my family rather than baking in Texas's summer humidity, and am not on the computer as much as usual.

See y'alls later, all y'all!

EDITED TO ADD: I'm baaaaaack! And I want to thank everyone who left me well-wishes for the trip. :D I did have a wonderful (and cooler! Thank God) time in Toronto with my family. I appreciated it very much, everyone! ♥ ♥ ♥
taste_is_sweet: (American Dream)
Yes indeed! It's that time of year again, when I more-or-less abandon the internet in favour of visiting my homeland, hanging with the fam and adding U to a happy plethora of words.

Not that I am terribly communicative anyway, but if you are wondering where I've gotten to, it's Canada! I haven't forgotten that I owe some people comments or email. I will reply as soon as I can.

Things will be back to whatever passes for normal around here a little after September 10. I hope you all have a wonderful two weeks or so while I'm gone.

Smooch

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13/1/10 19:58
taste_is_sweet: (American Dream)
I'm back from Canada (via Washington DC). Hello again, everyone.
taste_is_sweet: (Default)
And, despite assuring people otherwise, proceeded not to post about it for about three months. Today I'm going to rectify that with a lot of pictures and some videos. :)

Let's Go to Portugal! )
taste_is_sweet: (Heart in the Clouds)
I am off to Portugal with the fam. I am looking forward to it with my usual mixture of glee and dread. Mostly dread at this stage, possibly because I haven't finished packing yet.

But, hell, it is Portugal, and I've had wonderful times every time I've been to Europe before. I've just never been so far from home with the kid, which is what's freaking me out.

::Sighs:: I wish I weren't worried. I'll probably feel fine once we're on the airplane. I hope.

Anyway, see you later, everyone! I'll be back in early July, though we'll apparently have internet access so I might be online every so often or more....

Later, dudes!

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