July 2014

Everyone's a superhero in their own way

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sometimes we just need a little sidewalk chalk to remind us.

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Hip Hop Sunday: Aceyalone - Mic Check

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Spent the afternoon on the couch watching OTNB and nursing a headache from friends and BBQ and laughs the night before.

It’s supposed to be dry this week so I have to head home and water my garden which is bringing me so much joy.

Who knew growing and eating things could warm yr heart this way?

I didn’t.

Here’s hoping your hip hop Sunday is equally as lovely & chill.

xox yr girl Shaner


Took bold steps today

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which takes more balls than people tell you.

Whether it's leaving a lover

(which I didn't, don't worry)

calling someone on their bs

(which I did recently, but not today)

or finally allowing yrself to say

"yeah, I'm worth it"

(which is what happened)

it's can be a scary journey to actually start thinking highly of yourself, which is weird.

You'd think it would be the opposite, but no.

Our society teaches us (especially women) to devalue ourselves,

that it's rude to think that we deserve a better partner, better people in our lives, better opportunities

even when we do

and it takes courage to start to value ourselves and to take a long, hard look at our lives and go

"yeah, I deserve this"

and then actually go for it.

One of my favourite authors said something lovely about courage, which I'm going to end with here before I get too flowery

(so have a lovely weekend, and always remember):

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
- Anais Nin


Went canvassing for @Bowman4Wpg last night

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Capture(picture via Brian's campaign Twitter feed)

Because for all the times that I run my mouth about politics, and Winnipeg, and how much I love my city I realized recently that it's pretty easy armchair activist and not so easy to actually put yourself out there and get involved.

Yr girl was pretty anxious about it to be honest because despite being larger-than-life online, I'm actually pretty shy in real life.

But I really believe in Brian and I want to see him win and I figured that this would be the opportunity to do something positive for my city and also help support my candidate of choice.Capture1

I was on a team with Jodi Moskal, Conor Lloyd, Joelle Foster and Jodi's super-sweet friend Niki and I can say with a fair bit of confidence that we rocked the Charleswood streets pretty hard.

Basically we knocked on doors, handed out a small flyer with some info on it, and asked residents if they knew who they were voting for in the fall election, and what Winnipeg issues were of a concern to them.

It was wonderful to get to talk to the residents of Charleswood and to find out what people in my city are concerned about, and also to put myself out of my comfort zone andpush my personal boundaries as well (I was really nervous for the first few doors). I also ran into some people with some very different views than my own so it was definitely a learning experience as well.

Posting and sharing stuff online is a pretty easy way to feel like you've made a difference, but actually getting out there and donating more than a tweet's worth of my time to my candidate of choice felt amazing, and I highly recommend it -I'll definitely be going out again!

(Big thanks to Jodi for getting me out!)

Also: you can read more about Brian Bowman, my candidate of choice here and sign up to be a volunteer here (say hi if you see me when you come out to volunteer!)


Missed Hip Hop Sunday because it was hot

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and I was drinking sacawine and mojitos left over from Folk Fest and BBQing like a mofo and seeing a Fringe play and otherwise out and about enjoying the fact that it was +40 and not -40

which it was for a lot of 2014, which sucked.

To make up for it here's a super cool vid/song from The Zolas who I may have blogged about before but whatever

sometimes you gotta reshare what's good, y'know?

Yeah, you know.


Friday we rocked out with Rokk Stark aka Adam for his bday at Yellow Dog where I had a really lame pizza

(but it only cost $12 plus a pint I can't really complain, I guess)

and then at the King's Head where pints and laughs and good times were had

and yr girl passed out around 1am because we had to run Colour Me Rad the next day


(which I still woke up late to do, but whatever)

which was Rad As Hell mostly because John, Amber and I spent the entire time cackling and goofing off and being ridiculous

as per usual

afterwards we inhaled huge burritos from Burrito Del Rio which aren't pictured because I was too busy stuffing it into my starving face.


Later that night we hit up the Fringe hard and checked out Chase and Stacey's Joyride which I can't recommend enough

and also No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery which we saw last night

which was on the 2nd floor of The King's Head which was perfect because you could order food n pints before the show

(which we did, of course)

and was absolutely hilarious. Usually yr girl is wary of one-man shows but it was just too perfect.

Even when he had to kick that super drunk lady out of the venue because she wouldn't stfu

oh and then that other person's phone kept ringing??

because apparently peeps don't know how to watch a show these days.

except me who sat and drank my beer and laughed like a mofo and held hands and smiled

because life is divine.

Deal with it.


There's this great Ethiopian place downtown

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photo (1)where I went for dinner last night called Kokeb which is currently located next to the Hydro Building but used to be across from the LC on Ellice when I first went there when I was 18.

I hated it then but I love it now which just goes to show what a close-minded young person I was.

It was wonderful except for the fact that the tvs on the wall were on super loud and there was this obnoxious short woman talking to some NBA player about what people were wearing to some sort of award ceremony and What Celebrities Are Wearing is right up there on my List Of Things I Don't Care About which looks roughly like this:

1. What Kind of Smartphone You Have
2. Michael Bay Movies
3. What Celebrities Are Wearing
4. Drake
5. What Your Baby Did Today
6. What's Inside A Hot Dog
8. Anything Ann Coulter Says
9. Bronies
10. Small Dogs

besides that though it was great and I stuffed myself full of meat and veg and pickled beets and drank a beer, also.

Instead of going home which would have been lame we walked through several parks and drank iced coffees and played in fountains until it got dark.

Which is a pretty stellar way to end a Wednesday evening in the summertime.



Maybe someday I'll love someone

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as much as Kanye West loves himself.


Hip Hop Sunday: Action Bronson - Strictly 4 My Jeeps

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While this might be Hip Hop Sunday it's actually only Wednesday for me thanks to the magic of the internet, and as you're reading this I'm currently getting my folk on at Folk Fest out in Birds Hill Park

(because the Internet is a magical thing)

and I'm trying to pass the time, and found this gem of a video.

(because while I really like Action Bronson, it's this outrageous video that really does it for me)

Related: I want a cake of my own face at my next party.

Enjoy your weekend, kids! See you when I get back from Folk Fest!

xox yr girl Shaner


This photo contains every human being in existence, except for the one

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It's totally crazy when you think about it.

Which you should, and often.

Looking at this photo makes me feel funny inside

like when a plane is taking off and everything inside you feels like floating.

It makes me feel so small and so huge and so

very, very lucky.

Which we all are.

So go hug yr mum.

Text yr friends and tell 'em you love 'em.

Forget whatever you were stressed out about, because it really doesn't matter.

We're all in this



Hip Hop Sunday: Relic - Work of Heart

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Last Thursday night J, Colin and his lovely lady stayed up late on a school night to catch the Ghettosocks show at Le Garage

(put together by everyone's favourite, Abstract Artform)

which was amazing, of course.

I'd originally intended to post another Ghettosocks track, but was so impressed by Relic's performance

(also that he gave me a free cd, thanks!)

that I figured I'd give props to such a super-talented dude.

Definitely check out his stuff!

Now if you'll excuse me I have white wine to drink and a festival to prepare for.

Enjoy your hip hop Sunday, kids!

xox yr girl Shaner


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