How Much is That Cartoon in the Window?

  In case you didn’t know, cartoons are an expensive proposition. But then again, you probably do know that. After all, who hasn’t heard about the millions that were required to make some of Hollywood’s top animated movies: $150 million for Frozen; $165 million for How to Train Your Dragon hit $165 million and $200 million for the makers of Monsters U? But let’s be clear: it isn’t just Pixar and Dreamworks movies that cost more.

This is What Happens When You Cross a Bully Cat With a Kitten

This is What Happens When You Cross a Bully Cat With a Kitten

  If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll likely remember me talking about a few of my kitties. I have several of them and although I will never admit out loud to being a crazy cat lady, I will admit to having more litter boxes than my rooms can accommodate. My most recent cat-related post dates back a few weeks. In it, I related the story of.

Open Letter to Travellers: My Job Exists Because of 9/11

Open Letter to Travellers: My Job Exists Because of 9/11

  It’s hard to believe that 13 years have gone by since that horrific day. It seems so long ago, yet feels like it just happened. I can barely remember what I ate for lunch yesterday, but I can still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing at 8:45 am on September 11, 2001. I also remember the shock, fear, and disgust that I felt that human.

Front Gates of the Rich and Famous

Front Gates of the Rich and Famous

I almost met a celebrity once. I waved successfully at him for 10 minutes until he finally backed away with a fearful look in his eyes. Damn. You’re probably thinking: “Does this woman not know how to act around famous people?” The answer is no. I live in a government city after all. The most famous people to wander our streets over the past century has been the Prime Minister and the weatherman from.

Five Challenges I’d Rather Do Than the Ice Bucket Challenge

Five Challenges I’d Rather Do Than the Ice Bucket Challenge

By now, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is old news. You’ve all heard of it, and chances are you’ve already been “nominated” by a “friend” to do the deed — dump the infamous bucket of ice water on your head or risk being labelled a heartless wimp who isn’t willing to become a popsicle for the sake of charity. Thankfully, I don’t have any friends. But that doesn’t mean I can’t issue.

Shirt Happens: When It’s Time to Get Rid of Tatty Clothes

Shirt Happens: When It’s Time to Get Rid of Tatty Clothes

So how long have you had that favourite shirt, sweater, pair of pants? You know what I’m talking about — the one you’ve worn practically every day for the last three years. It’s comfy, it’s cozy, hell, you’ve developed an emotional attachment to it and there’s no way you’re ever going to throw it away. I understand. I’m that way about my socks. Some of my socks have been around.

Feline Friday: A Different Kind of Seafood

Feline Friday: A Different Kind of Seafood

  Steve of Burnt Food Dude started this meme because he wanted everyone to know that he doesn’t hate cats. Since I’ve got lots of cats, I figured I’d join in. Feline Friday is easy to do. All you have to do is post a picture of a cat on your website. It could be a photo of your pet cat, a LOL cat or a drawn picture. Grab the.

Conspiracy Theory: Who’s REALLY Spamming You?

Conspiracy Theory: Who’s REALLY Spamming You?

How many spam messages have you received today? Wait, I know the answer: Way too many. I hear you. It’s bad enough that spam messages suck up precious kilobytes from our email inboxes, but spammers are also having a field day with our websites. They bombard our inboxes and comment forms like there’s no tomorrow, to the point that one can only wonder: Who the hell are these people and what.

Shopping Centre Food Court Goes Fancy

Shopping Centre Food Court Goes Fancy

  On August 1st, a local shopping centre in Ottawa, Ontario announced the opening of its redesigned food court. The Rideau Centre, which is located one block east of Parliament Hill in the heart of downtown Ottawa, unveiled the new food court as the first major milestone in a $360 M upgrade. What’s so great about the new food court? Well, for one thing, it’s no longer a food court;.

Five Bizarre Things Parents Have Told Their Children

Five Bizarre Things Parents Have Told Their Children

“If you keep making that face, it’ll freeze that way.” Sound familiar? Of course it does. You’ve either heard this hundreds of times when you were a kid or you, yourself, have said it to your own kids. Yes, it’s a little white lie — a white lie meant to get your children to behave and start doing what you want them to do. All parents on this planet we call.

Scientists Say Alcohol is Bad for Your Memory… They Think

Scientists Say Alcohol is Bad for Your Memory… They Think

  Hold on to your hats. Researchers have conducted yet another study on the health effects of alcohol consumption. In case you didn’t know, alcohol is bad. Except when it’s not so bad. It depends on who’s conducting the research and what year it is. Even-numbered years are bad. Odd-numbered years are good. Given that we’re now in 2014, alcohol now falls on the “you’re-a-dumbass-if-you-drink” side of the health scale..

Feline Friday: When A Stray Adopts YOU

Feline Friday: When A Stray Adopts YOU

Meet Vanna. You may remember her from my previous posts, when I first blogged about the tiny white creature that popped out of my hedges at the beginning of July. At the time, this little fur baby had no mommy and no owner to take care of her; she was literally starving to death. Of course, I wasn’t going to have any of that. So I started feeding her, making sure.

Words of Comfort for Life’s Crappy Moments

Words of Comfort for Life’s Crappy Moments

  You know those days when you just don’t feel like getting up in the morning — when all you want to do is crawl back under the covers and hide from the rest of the world?     And those days when everyone gets on your nerves and you’re really not sure why?     How about those days when you’re just so overwhelmed by life that you wish you were someone else?.

The Great Duchess Hair Twirl and Four Other Life-Changing News Stories You May Have Missed This Year

The Great Duchess Hair Twirl and Four Other Life-Changing News Stories You May Have Missed This Year

  To say that this year has been eventful is an understatement. So many major news stories dominated the media, it’s been difficult to follow them all. With all these goings on, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you missed some of the important news stories that hit newspapers across North America over the past year. But rest assured, I’m here to bring you up to speed on all those big stories that have a direct.

Feral Cats: The Great Kitten Dilemma

They say that feral cats are best left outside. To be honest, I’m struggling with this advice. You may remember my post last week, when I introduced you to a (yet-to-be-named) feral kitten that was roaming in my backyard. She was tiny, she was starving and she wasn’t going to last very long without help.

When the Tour de France Becomes the Tour de Selfie

When the Tour de France Becomes the Tour de Selfie

Once upon a time, people started taking pictures of themselves with their smartphones. These photos were called selfies. First, there was the plain old mirror selfie. Then came the duckface selfie, the drinking selfie, the glam selfie, the Snapchat selfie, the butt selfie and of course, the celebrity selfie. But, over time, people posing seductively in front of the bathroom mirror with a duckface and drink in hand became boring.

My Cat Food Brings WHAT to the Yard?

My Cat Food Brings WHAT to the Yard?

I made a new friend this weekend. Actually, I made more than one but there’s one that’s more important than the others. This new friend started talking to me last Friday, from behind the hedges surrounding my backyard. I didn’t see his face right away; he was too scared to come and introduce himself. Eventually, though, I did get to meet him face to face although I still don’t know.

World Cup: Play Soccer, They Said… It’ll Be Fun, They Said

World Cup: Play Soccer, They Said… It’ll Be Fun, They Said

  I think the world has come to an end. Or at least the world as Brazil knows it. If you haven’t heard the news today, the Brazilian team suffered a crushing defeat at the feet of the Germans in the World Cup semi-final. Final score: 7-1.

Three Funny 4th of July Pics You Have to See 

Three Funny 4th of July Pics You Have to See 

It’s party week for North Americans: Two countries are celebrating birthdays and that’s bringing people together for massive drinking and displays of patriotic pride. July 1st was Canada Day and although I neglected to write a Canada Day post on Tuesday, I did celebrate it with friends and family. It was a day of barbecued chicken wings, smores over an open fire and some homegrown fireworks. While the display was.

The Number One Way to Improve Your Golf Game? Get Rid of Those Ugly Pants

The Number One Way to Improve Your Golf Game? Get Rid of Those Ugly Pants

A study conducted in 2011 by Sports Marketing Surveys, a European research firm, revealed that there are over 60 million golf enthusiasts* in the world. Amazingly, over 29 million of them are in the U.S., with roughly 6 million in Canada. *Definition of a golf enthusiast: someone who plays at least one round of 18 holes per year or practices a few swings on a driving range sometime between January.