Category Archives: Tilabm

Misnamed Hitchcock films.

(Holidailies Day #13)
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Time spent/wasted.

(Holidailies Day #12.)

Nineveh came up in a crossword yesterday, and this morning, it was mentioned in an article about the impoverished Iraqi forces dealing with IS, so I started reading about it a bit. I hadn’t really heard the name since some long-ago anthropology and ancient history classes and literally only remembered that it was probably Mesopotamian. Or Assyrian. Or Sumerian. I was never great at keeping those straight. Read More →


(Holidailies Day #11)
TIL: I am not good enough for ‘Jeopardy!’

How I learned this:
OK, this was more of a realization than a fact I heard out in the wilderness/real life.

In July 2013, I went to Toronto to audition for ‘Jeopardy!’. On the day, we were told that we would be put into a contestant pool for the next 18 months or so. It’s been 17 months, so I think it’s safe to say that I’m not going to be hopping on a flight to Los Angeles for trivia glory any time soon.

Kind of a bummer, eh? I could have used the money. And a holiday. And the possibility of embarrassing myself utterly in front of hundreds of thousands (millions, maybe? I’m not up on my ‘Jeopardy!’ Nielsen numbers).

This is despite being assured by a few people WHO HAVE BEEN ON ‘JEOPARDY!’ or who, at least, have been ‘Jeopardy!’-adjacent, that I would definitely make it on.

In the end, all I had was my hair. And my apparently terrible personality.


(Holidailies Day #10)

Got into a knitting and mainlining tv cycle after work (started watching ‘Penny Dreadful’, which I am still not sure is good, but is damned intriguing thus far, and has a lot of male nudity, so bonus). It’s blizzardy. It feels appropriate.

Unfortunately, I am exhausted and feel like I’ve forgotten everything I’ve learned today, so this is totally a phoned-in entry just so I don’t miss a day of Holidailies. Read More →

Bad air.*

(Holidailies Day #9)

(Not about farts. Sorry, guys.) Read More →


(Holidailies Day #8)

TIL: The current world record for the half-marathon for women is 1:05:12, held by Kenyan runner Florence Kiplagat. This is 1:14 faster than my fastest half-marathon ever, which was three years ago.

How I learned this: I was looking up when half-marathons became a ‘thing’ (the Ottawa Race Weekend half-marathon is 93% sold out, and always sells out first of the six races scheduled that week, even though it is not for six and a half months). Headlines in 2008 said it was the ‘fastest growing race category’ in North America, and last year about 2 million people in North America, mostly women, ran one.

This is the first year since 201009 that I didn’t take on a half-marathon, because I have proved terrible at both training consistently and not getting sick before races.

I will be running one on May 24, 2015

Or walking it.

Hopefully running.

Yes, running. I will do this.

I have six months to not fail this time.

2:18, I’m coming for you.


(Holidailies Day #7.)

A wonderful thing about a full day of activities is that sometimes it leads to a great night’s sleep.

Unless, like me, you have a very needy, but very busy, feline who has plenty of cat business to attend to in the wee hours, but always comes back to bat you in the face until they are let under the covers to sleep in your armpit.

I couldn’t even be mad. Much. Even though he really does have deafening snorpurrs. Read More →

Spicy hagiography.

(Holidailies Day #5.)

(Look at me using fancy ancient Greek-derived words for titles two days in a row like I know what I’m talking about. Actually, don’t. I sound like a snooty wanker and I most definitely do NOT know what I am talking about.)
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Short and sweet today, because I am about to drown in a sea of film reviews and cake batter.

Not at the same time, thankfully, because that’s how one gets ants. Probably. Read More →

Imported dairy products.

(Holidailies Day #3)

Sometimes, you wake up in the morning with the theme song to ‘Degrassi Junior High’ (not this ‘Next Generation’ rubbish) running through your head and worry why your brain retains this so completely, but can only recall about .025% of three years’ worth of high school German classes. That shouldn’t be. But it is. Humans are weird. Read More →