Happy Birthday David Bowie

Happy Birthday David Bowie!  

69 and still going strong with the release of his 28th studio album – Black Star.  His birthday #ootd is by Thom Browne.

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My kid and I in our Bowie shirts circa 2008
My kid and I in our Bowie shirts circa 2008

It’s a four-way tie!

You know it’s going to be a long week when  you start looking forward to the next weekend on Sunday night.    But what makes a long week worth it – little bursts of happiness surprises.

I am about six weeks into the Cityline Weightloss Challenge.  It’s been an incredible experience so far, with unexpected twists and turns.  My amazing gym The Motion Room has graciously upgraded my membership for the next few months.  This gives me unlimited access to bootcamps and co-personal training sessions which is just what I needed to help me on my weightloss journey.   So far my 2x/week workouts and the nutritional guidance from Dr. Joey Shulman has resulted in a 16 lb weight loss!  The road ahead of me doesn’t feel as long or as intimidating knowing I have even more tools in my weightloss belt.

My kid brought home his report card and I hate to brag but I will.   My hubs and I are proud of his work, and the student he’s becoming.  I especially like that he “enjoys taking a leadership role in group projects”.  I wonder where he gets that from?

I think I’ve seen just about every episode of What Not to Wear.  I have been watching Love, Lust or Run – mostly so I can see what Stacy London is wearing..  When I go shopping for clothes I hear Stacy’s voice in my head guiding my fashion purchases.   I adore her and ove her sense of fashion.  So when THE Stacy London, favourite one of my tweets this week, I had a day-long moment of fandom.


To have a four-way tie of happiness by Thursday morning, is a pretty good week!


Bjork concert at The Warehouse circa 1998
Bjork concert at The Warehouse circa 1998

On Sunday January 25, the Kool Haus had their last line up for the women’s washrooms.   Off the top of my head, seeing Bjork in concert for the first time was one of my Warehouse/Kool Haus standout shows.  It was 1998 and she was touring Homogenic.   Bjork’s voice was unlike anything I’d heard before, and the concert included strings – be still my viola-playing heart.   She was equally impressive a few years later at the unforgettable outdoor show at Olympic Island.   When she was scheduled to play Echo Beach in 2013, tickets were $80, I was unemployed and decided I shouldn’t go.  All the reviews RAVED and I quickly realized this would be one of my biggest concert regrets ever.

Bjork Toronto Star Review circa 1998, Jane Stevenson's 5 Sun review
Bjork Toronto Star Review circa 1998, Jane Stevenson’s 5 Sun review

But back in 1998 my then boyfriend/now hubs Ian and I were dating and going to movies and concerts was what we did.  I really should do a retrospective on 1998 – so many concert stubs!   A memory from the Bjork concert wasn’t about Bjork, but Jared Leto.  This was just after the My So Called Life era.   We are at the concert mesmerized by Bjork’s performance when all of a sudden, Jordan Catalano was walking in my direction in s l o w   m o t i o n.  Then he was in front of me.  I froze. What to say to him without a)sounding like a 29 year old school girl and b) interrupting the amazing Bjork?  As he walked by I reached out and touched his arm.  It wasn’t a grab or tap or even a squeeze, just a light touch proving he was real and in front of me.   Did he stop and turn around?  Did he feel the electricity between us?  I’m not sure. The spell was quickly broken with Ian exclaiming “What was that?  Did you just touch him?”   .


Is Bjork returning to Toronto in support of Vulnicura,?   I for one, can’t wait. Until then have a listen to Bachelorette.




Celebrating 100 months!

#birthdays, #family, #underthelids, #kids
Celebrating 100 months circa 2014

Early last year I calculated the number of months my kid was.  He was a few shy of hitting 100 months.  Yes he was 8 years old, and no I didn’t go around saying my baby is 96 months old.   But I thought – 100 months sounds like a fun milestone to celebrate.  Why not make a little big deal out of it, and surprise him, especially considering since his bday is January which I think is a rip off but he doesn’t mind.  The hubs and I agreed – 100th month birthday would be a thing.

Fast forward to May 2014 and our kid woke up to a room filled with 100th birthday  napkins, Happy 100th Birthday balloons, a special poster made by hubs celebrating his 100th month milestone.  He was surprised and loved getting a present.  He realized thought it wasn’t really something that usually gets celebrated. I was trying to make this a thing for him.  Much like his Punch Buggy phase a couple years back.  He said Pinch Mini was part of the car game and we punched and pinched every time a Volkswagen Bug or Cooper Mini drove by.  I added in pat pat Fiat . I pat patted every time we passed a Fiat only to hear him exclaim “It’s not a thing!  You can’t just make it a thing!”  He did think the hubs’ booby bus was funny though.

We gave our kid a badge that said I’m 100 months!  We went out for special sundaes to celebrate and he was happy with that.  It’s ok if this doesn’t take off as a thing, but if you or your friends have kids under 9, go ahead and celebrate.  Just remember you heard it here first.