Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Still have my tongue!
I know you are all very concerned whether I could resist the temptation to lick a lamp post today, but I am happy to report that my tongue is neither fused to a metal pole nor missing the top layer of skin to said pole. In fact, it feels way warmer today than yesterday!
Well, this morning was still turd of a commute as all the roadways had been nicely polished to a high sheen, but most people were quite considerate and cautious, considering that nobody had any clue where the lanes were supposed to be, as all the markings were buried under 6 inches of packed ice. Well except that one knob who mounted the sidewalk and drove down the entire length of it in a school zone when the kids were all walking to school rather than wait in line, but that was the only assholery I saw.
High today = -23C,
windchill = -36C
but it was sunny!
I am such a bad Stroumbi. I keep forgetting to tell you that our blog made it through the first round of voting in the Canadian Blog Awards. So major jagunda thank yous to everyone who took the time to vote.
Actually, (she shamefacedly admitted) the second round of voting started on Saturday and you are allowed to vote once per day per ip address, so if you are still so inclined you may still vote for us.
This is who I've been voting for in round two:
Debacherous and Dishevelled for Best Blog and Best Personal Blog - she's got a down to earth sense of hunour that greatly appeals to me
Matthew Good - Best Progressive Blog (self explanatory really)
Rick Mercer's Blog - Best Humour Blog (again no explanation needed)
Inside the CBC - Best Media Blog (it's our buddy Tod Maffin)
and of course,
The Stroumboulopouli - Best Group Blog

Voting closes on Friday if you'd like to take part. Please click below.

Canadian Blog Awards


I've been hearing chatter on the radio recently about the next edition of Canada Reads, and I am getting pretty excited. I haven't read any of the nominated books, but I plan to start very soon. I want to start with Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill.

It's being championed by my homey John K Samson of the Weakerthans who was, you may remember, the advocate of last year's winning novel, A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews.

All the advocates this year were previously successful in championing their past choices.

It's going to be a dog fight.

You can check out all five nominees and the books they are pimping right here.


mellowlee said...

I'm glad you still have your tongue in tacts, and you made it to work and back home safely!! Thanks for the reminder to vote. I didn't realize Rick Mercer was in there, so I voted for him too. Oh, he is on in 10 minutes here!! Have a great night Barb!

Anonymous said...

I think I'm going to start with Gabrielle Roy's book. Your first read does sound intriguing though and a lot more fun. But I think I will leave it for the Christmas holidays.

Allison said...

Phew, tongue still in tact.
While I was reading your post, I actually went to put on a sweather because just reading the temps made me cold!

I've been bad on the reading front. I've been diving into so much music, I've really be neglecting my paperbacks. Maybe over the break...
Going to go check that link now.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I was exhausted by the time I got to work the last few days, Mel. It's hard work not crshing your car for an hour and a quarter in a row.
Did you see Rick in my old town, London? I used to work at UWO, but I was never a cheerleader.

Roy's book is a must read too, I think, Toccata. I am such a slow reader these days that I have no idea how I will read these all by February.

It actually felt a lot warmer this afternoon, Allison, because the wind had died down.
It takes me longer and longer to do any reading as I only really have the chance to read in bed and sometimes that means only 2 sentences. I'm going to have to quit my job or something...

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

what a freak driver!

i am amazed, so far i have not encountered any bad drivers, only bad pedestrians this snowfall.

mellowlee said...

Wheew, sounds exhausting! Yes, and the cheerleader segment was SO funny!!!

michelle said...

Ok, you licking a lamp post rings a vague recollection of something over the summer... with your friends at a festival... but for the life of me I can't remember the damn punch line. I am shamed.

BUT - if you're daring enough to lick a lamp post in a Calgary winter, or at least THINK about it...

I am SO not worthy.

Karen said...

Jim Cuddy and Stephen Page are on the panel this year? Should make it interesting :)

Yesterday in Edmonton it was -27C with a windchill of -41 at one point. Brrrrr!

Ben Heller said...

Jesus, that's bloody cold Barbara ! -23 !!! Do you guys have to feed up and work off fat reserves in that climate.

I already voted for the Strombo blog. I reckon you're gonna win. It's obvious.

My new years resolution is to read a book every month. At the moment I'm running at a book every 3 years, and about 3 magazines per week. Reading concentration has never been my forte.

kees said...

I LOVE your quote of the day, I f**king hate Raymond. That bloody brother in the show makes his mouth go all wide when he speaks and is automatically hilarious - WRONG!!!! NOT FUNNY. I can't stand that show. Bit strong I know but there you go.

Good news about your tongue eh? What a dick mounthing the sidewalk, assholery indeed.

The Canada Reads thing reminded me about Eva's novel writing thing - how's she going with it?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Around here anyway, people have been surprisingly considerate and cautious, 668. Gives me hope for humanity yet!

Mel, I loved the face that Rick made after they tossed him!

But I often have thoughts of doing irrational deeds, Michelle, such as driving off the side of a bridge or sticking my arm down the garburator (I think we had a discussion on that over here during the spring, actually).
Perhaps you were thinking of when Eva had to get the folk festival roadies to cut her broken braces wire?

It's going to be a smack-down, Karen! And all the panelists are former winners, so they are out for blood! John has never steered me wrong yet, so he's my early choice.

I do feed up for this weather, Ben, but unfortunately those reserves don't seem to be burning off.
Thanks for your vote, my darling. The Stroumbi are grateful.
Magazines count as reading, don't they?

I'll have to find that photo of the actual tattoo and send it to you, Kees. You might want to consider getting one of your own.
Eva quit NaNoWriMo after about 3000 words. Which is sad because it was a rather intriging story in which the characters were thinly disguised Radiohead members. Guess who was the grumpy old man?

John Mutford said...

Wha? I'm aghast! I had no idea that Canada Reads was up again! I just checked the site the other day and there was nothing new. I thought they were returning the champion debaters and the champion books. I like this better though! I can't wait!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's true, John. In fact I just heard JKS on SLC and I am completely psyched for this now. He's going with his nice guy strategy again this year.

mellowlee said...

Rick's expressions totally KILL me. He has the best face ever! I love that expression, because it reminds me of a little kid who just discovered something woooonderful *G*

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yes, you're exactly right, Mel! Like a really excited little boy... awwww...

mellowlee said...

I know, I just wanna kiss em! heehee

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha good luck with that then, Mel!

mellowlee said...

*cue to video footage of Mel chasing Rick down the street, trying to kiss him. His face a mask of terror!* :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahahaah Oh my god I can so see that!

Anonymous said...

Spoken like a true prairie dweller "but it was sunny!" - ah, the good old days that I'll never go back to, ever....

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I know, it's pathetic, isn't, Maureen. And then there is the other great rationalization, which is "but it's a dry cold".

Deb said...

We have the packed ice thing still going on on the side roads - the main ones are clear. Not that I would care, BECAUSE MY DAMN CAR IS BROKEN DOWN IN MY DRIVEWAY AGAIN. O.K., that feels better. Sorry for yelling in your comments.

Been there, done that (voting)...only forgot to go there on one day. But we can't see who's "winning"...how are you guys doing and what # are you? Good luck, anyhow. And can I say "I knew you when"..... (you had green digits?).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh not again, Deb? I wish I knew how to fix cars, I would hop over there quick snap.

I don't know which # we are so I can't even tell you how we are doing, sorry. Wish I knew too.

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