Author: Alexandra


Hard Graft …

“Everyone lies about writing. They lie about how easy it is or how hard it is. They perpetuate a romantic idea that writing is some beautiful experience that takes place in an architectural room filled with leather novels and chai tea. They talk about their ‘morning ritual’ and how they ‘dress for writing’ and the cabin in Big Sur where they go to ‘be alone’ — blah blah blah. No one tells the truth about writing a book. Authors pretend their stories were always shiny and perfect and just waiting to be written. The truth is, writing is this: hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not. Even I have lied about writing. I have told people that writing this book has been like brushing away dirt from a fossil. What a load of shit. It has been like hacking away at the freezer with a screwdriver.” — Amy Poehler

Apple Watch

Apple Does Time

“Dick … Dick Tracey …  This is Alexandra … are you receiving me, over?” So, what does everyone think of the new Apple watch? Is this something you even care about, are you foaming at the mouth to get your hands on the first one, or do you have a more laid back approach with ‘I’ll wait and see’ what’s what first? And who in their right mind, as my other half asked (pointedly looking at me) is willing to pay $360+ for the basic model … let alone the silly prices being asked for the gold versions? Though I am sure as the Pope is Catholic, and as the sun comes up every morning, there will be enough people out there who will not only buy, like me, the basic version not just because they are Apple fans. Or that they like new shiny tech, or want to be first in the queue, but because of the potential they see in what these watches can do for them. Of course the geek in me, …


RIP Leonard Nimoy

OMG! Leonard Nimoy was beamed up … and has left us way too early. Damn that Scotty, his timing is out of whack! I am so saddened to hear of Nimoy’s passing. My sincere and deepest condolences to all his family and friends. I am sure we will all remember him with many a fond memory! To quote Nathan Fillion, “I have been, and always shall be, your fan.” R.I.P. Mr. Spock LLAP  

Quebec at night

You Know You’re A Quebecker

WHEN: You know who Bernard Landry or Pauline Marois are You eat poutine at least once a week You take offence if you are called French You watch Le Canadiens, religiously You still eat ice cream when it’s minus 30 below You know the words to the National anthem, in French You discuss sovereignty over beer while watching a hockey game You measure distances between cities in hours not kilometres You know there are only two season, Winter and July You lived through the 1998 Ice Storm, or know someone who did You know what a Sugar Shack is You take your holidays at the same time as the “Construction Holidays” You order your pizza “all-dressed” You can add GST/sales tax in your head faster than IBMs Watson You “Interac” when you go shopping at the mall You do the “Québec Lotto” every week though no one in Québec has ever won You regularly see rubber chickens hiding in potholes You laugh at 10 feet of snow and drive 100 km to visit friends You …