January 26, 2009

Three Irritations



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

I am allowing myself only three irritations today. The first came before I woke up this morning. The alarm clock had mysteriously been set to go off an hour early, Mist is the only one in the household denying responsibility!

The second irritation was looking around the living space and realizing there were last night's dishes to be done before I could begin my bread baking.

The third irritation was my own chipped response to a perfectly reasonable question, put to me by Attila as we sat eating breakfast. Really!

And that is all I am allowing myself today by way of irritations. My irritation quota has been filled.

Today's solar eclipse will not be visible. I am not sure it would be visible from central Ontario, even if the sky were clear. There is veil of snow hanging from the thick blanket of cloud, that is draped over the landscape. There will be no observation of the sky or of the heavens beyond.

According to the theory of the "butterfly effect", we will be affected by that which we cannot see and do not perceive, to perhaps an even greater degree than by that which is tangibly evident.

It is time for a few indulgences. Pizza. Cheese cake. It is a meal that is not exactly heart healthy. But today, I want heart warming and will return to heart healthy diligence tomorrow.

But first, the dishes need doing!

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Worldly Distractions

View of cabin fever experience.
A sunny morning view through the lens of cabin fever. Seeing the sunny side of this view requires focus and a great deal of effort. The colour deficit becomes self evident.

BBC Radio Scotland

On The Screen

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

"Hurt no living thing:
Ladybird, nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing,"
Christina Georgina Rossetti

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -14.9C
Pressure 102.6 kPa
Visibility: 2.2 km
Humidity: 82 %
Wind Chill: -18
Dewpoint: -17.3C
Wind: SSE 4 km/h

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Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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