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As those of you who follow me on Twitter know, last week was the busiest week in the year for me in terms of work. Thus, the East Coast Guest Posts to cover for what would otherwise have been my slacking off on the blog. (Thanks, again to my guests!) Well, here’s a little insight into what the combination of stress and lack of sleep result in for me.


Brides in space.

After coming off of a crazy work day I found myself electronically stranded on my bus ride home. I was already overtired but I tend to stay connected to the web until I get home. On this sleepy ride home after a long day, my iPhone battery died so I had nothing better to do than daydream.

Somehow, I got into my mind that a great business of the future would be called:


That’s right, weddings in space.

Richard Branson, call me when Virgin Galactic would like to buy the name. Come on, it’s better than Virgin Weddings, isn’t it?

Of course, having a Bridezilla in space might be reason to reinstate talks of the Star Wars strategic defense initiative.


The power of Isaac Mendez compels you.

Oh, please don’t hate me for posting a full dog-related topic here. I know, save it for the dog blog, right?

Well, this one was just too weird.

Anyone who has ever kept the company of a cat or dog knows what I’m talking about here. It has to do with their sleep and the fact that they have a third eyelid.

Yeah, you read that right. I thought about posting a picture but didn’t want to gross you out.

Oh, alright, if you’re really that interested go here.

Gross, right?

Well, combined with sleep deprivation last week while staring at Tofu’s third eyelid I imagined him having the powers of Isaac Mendez. You know, from Heroes? No? Then I’m not really sure why you’re reading this blog. No, it’s technically not a Heroes fan blog but…sigh. Just don’t judge me.

Anyway, I totally digress.

This is all to say that my brain works in mysterious ways. Can my dog see into the future? Only opposable thumbs would tell.

One week of passionate debate about CanLit

One week of passionate debate about CanLit

I don’t typically post about work. That said, I’ve been working long, hard hours in the past few months writing, coding, Photoshopping, and doing all things social media so that the show can deliver the best in online programming. My fingertips are worn down to the bone. Well, almost. OK, they’re not really. But I have worked a lot of hours and would like to see it pay off.

So, here’s my plug for CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. The debates start next week and will air on March 2-6 on CBC Radio One at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. (2 and 8 p.m. NT). Go to the site, listen to the debates, Tweet about it, and make me feel like I’ve done a good job.

Oh, and as if we don’t have enough work to do next week, the team is also launching a brand new program! The CBC Book Club will be a month-long online discussion of the winning Canada Reads book, hosted by the lovely Hannah Sung. Check out the Canada Reads website for details at the end of next week.

In the meantime, for an up-close look at my job, take a look at these posts that I wrote for the site earlier this year:

[While I’m working web magic for the show during debate week, East Coast Guest Posts will be running on this site. Check back from March 2-6 to see what East Coasters have to say about fashion & style.]

Simon Pais-Thomas

Photo credit: Simon Pais-Thomas

In what seems like another life, I used to be quite the fashionista. During my early years of university I worked at a variety of retail clothing stores, from Le Chateau to Club Monaco to the Gap and finally Boutique Jacob. Because of my flare for style back then, I even got a gig as a merchandiser, a job that involved dressing up mannequins and display boards. It was like playing doll.

I became a clothes hog. Every paycheque went toward buying some new item to feed my addiction.

But eventually the reality of a career and life kicked in. No disrespect to the folks who make and earn a living as sales associates and retail store managers, but I needed to move on. I had to find “real work” where I could write and do the things that interested me most which meant no more beloved discounts (up to 50%!).

As the years went by, my wardrobe dwindled. I had to choose more carefully clothes that would outlast one season’s trends. Then, I decided to go back to school as a full-time mature student. There I fell into a wardrobe of jeans and t-shirts.

But it was worth it in the end. Though I may look shabby, today I’m in a dream job making good money to do what I love most: writing, reading, and interacting. It also means I’m finally back in the financial position to buy nice clothes.

Alas, here is my dilemma. I am now out of the fashion loop.

Since declaring I would not buy a fashion magazine because of the industry’s flagrant disregard for the environment, I have been mostly without a clue. There are days where I manage to look stylish but then there are other days where I feel that I may be a fashion train wreck.

In eight sleeps time, Cokebaby and I will be travelling to the south of France for our (belated due to conflicting schedules) 10 year anniversary. Coincidentally, we’ll be there in the middle of soldes d’hiver, a massive nationwide sale.

So my question is: what to buy?!

This is a fashion 911 emergency. Someone please save me.

Is there something fun that should be in every girl’s wardrobe for the upcoming season? And what about Cokebaby? Or Tofu (I’m assuming there will be dog boutiques)?

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