Get great book recommendations from the Advent Book Blog, and read my rec for All My Friends Are Superheroes


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All My Friends Are SuperheroesNeed help with figuring out what to buy all the book lovers on your gift list this year? Now in its third year, the Advent Book Blog should be your one-stop site to finding recommendations for everyone on your list. The site features several recommendations per day, all from readers just like you and me. In fact, my recommendation of one of my favourite books ever, All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman went up on their site yesterday. Here’s what I had to say about it, in 100 words or less:

This may be a story about superheroes (and comic book fans will definitely love that aspect), but even more it’s a heartbreaking yet heartwarming tale of an outsider who must beat the odds in winning back his true love. Kaufman’s main character Tom is an everyman to the extreme, surrounded by the extraordinary – I mean, his friends are actually superheroes, from the Perfectionist to the Amphibian. Funny, sweet, and oh-so-relatable, Tom lives in a version of Toronto that you have to read to believe. I dare you to find a book that packs a better punch in only 100 pages.

Check out my full recommendation over on the Advent Book Blog…and if you want to buy the book (and I obviously think you should!) go on and buy it from Coach House Books, who just added it to their holiday sale thanks to my Advent Book Blog recommendation. If you buy it through their site before December 31, you’ll get 25% off the list price and it’s free shipping, too!

Made me smile: The Never-Ending Mahna Mahna Phenomahna


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Mahna Mahna

I’ve been a huge Muppets fan straight since childhood, so needless to say, I’ve been more than a little excited in these past couple of weeks leading up to the release of The Muppets tonight. I’ve been doing some excellent prep work, too:

And now today, while preparing to do a rather generic “made me smile” post about the Muppets, I came across something that seriously made me smile. In conjunction with the official Muppets site, Disney has created a website for an online video project called The Never-Ending Mahna Mahna Phenomahna. It invites viewers to record their own version of them saying/singing/shouting “Mahna Mahna”, which it then adds to a never-ending loop of people singing “Mahna Mahna” with the original muppets spliced in between. The loop currently includes lots of average folks, and some fun celebrity drop-ins, too, including Jason Segel, Sarah Silverman, Bret McKenzie, Ken Jeong, and more. Oh, and me, it includes me.

I can’t embed it, unfortunately, but click here to see me make a fool of myself singing “Mahna Mahna”. AND, if you want to waste 3 minutes doing something fun, click on the button below my video that says “Join This One” and join my Mahna Mahna chain!

Want something to tell me in the comments other than how dorky my video is? Tell me about your love for the Muppets, your favourite Muppet, or your favourite Muppets song!

Introducing my latest blog project, Picturing Postcards


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Cape Cod postcard

Those of you who know me well, likely know that I love postcards. What you might not have realized yet, however, is that I really like to start new blogs. It’s a bit of a strange habit, considering that so many people have trouble keeping up one blog, let alone multiple ones. But as I said to a friend recently, I often think of things in terms of “how can I put this on the internet”, so running several blogs makes sense for me.

But back to the postcards. This love was definitely fostered at a young age as my parents are avid postcard collectors, as well. For as long as I can remember, my parents’ fridge has been covered in postcards sent by family and friends on trips all around the world. So, naturally, I’ve begun to collect postcards on my own fridge, and now that my parents are retired, the majority of the cards I receive actually end up being from them! So since I’m fortunate enough to have a rather solid archive of postcards (and since I like to think about how I can put things on the internet), I recently decided to photograph my postcard collection and post them online, through a new blog I’ve called Picturing Postcards. In addition to posting the photos and a brief bit of information about who sent the postcard and where it’s from, I’m also adding each card to a public Google Map so that we can see where all my postcards have come from. I’ve only posted six cards so far, but the map is already looking really cool, if I may say so myself.

Currently I’m planning to post at least two new postcards a week – I’m hoping that once I finish cataloguing my archives, I’ll still be receiving enough new ones in the mail to maintain that schedule! And if you’re going a trip, why don’t you send me a postcard? Friends, don’t forget to email me and ask for my address!

Made me smile: What is the one thing you think of that always makes you smile?


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A few days ago I returned home after an amazing two-week trip to Alberta. The entire vacation was filled with “made me smile” moments, and I might share more of those in future posts.

On the second last day of my trip, my best friend and I spent the afternoon in Canmore, one of the most lovely little towns I’ve ever visited. Every which way you turn you’re surrounded by mountains. It’s truly magical. So while my friend and I were browsing through some cute gift shops, I noticed the most smile-worthy little notebook, pictured below:


It’s hard not to smile when reading a list of so many perfect things. Many of the items on this notebook would be on my happy list, too, but one run of five in a row particularly jumped out at me: ice cream sundaes, a good book, a cup of tea, a bubble bath, blue skies.

So I’m cheating and picking those five things…but still, I ask you: What is the one thing you think of that always makes you smile?

Everybody dance now: Spreading the word about Dance Dance Party Party!


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Dance Dance Party Party TorontoConfession time: I love to dance. I’m not all that good at it, mind you, but I still absolutely love doing it. Usually in my living room. To songs that usually reside on people’s “guilty pleasure” list. Like Katrina & the Waves “Walking on Sunshine” or Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”. Ahem.

Anyway, about two years ago, I found out about an awesome monthly event in Toronto that would allow me to fulfill my love for dancing in a public, non-judgemental environment. Dance Dance Party Party Toronto has only three rules: no boys, no booze and no judgement. And every time I go, I always have one of the most fun Sunday afternoons ever.

So since I’m one of DDPP’s biggest fangirls, I was obviously ecstatic when I was recently asked to join the ranks of the Toronto organizers and become DDPP Toronto’s newest “den mother”. As a den mother, you’ll see me at almost all of the dance parties (not that I wasn’t almost always there before!), but I’ll also be helping with all the behind-the-scenes work of scheduling the dates, updating the website, making the playlists, and promoting like crazy. Since coming on board, I’ve set us up with a Twitter account, and if you’re into all things fun and dance-y, go follow us @DDPPToronto. You can also join our Facebook group, and follow our blog to keep up-to-date on our latest dance party news. Currently we’re running one dance party a month on a Sunday afternoon, but we’re considering moving to bi-weekly dance parties if we get enough demand!

So if you’re a lady who lives in or near Toronto, why don’t you come out and dance with us this Sunday, October 23? The party runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mad For Dance (263 Adelaide St. W.) and admission is $8 at the door. Bring a gal pal with you and I guarantee that you’ll double your fun!

If you have any questions about DDPP, let me know! And if you’re looking for something to tell me in the comments, why not share your favourite guilty pleasure dance song?