Monday, January 30, 2006

Why proofreading is important...

As a general rule, I dislike stupid people. A lot. The exception? In print, when my real life has absolutely nothing to do with them, I find my reaction to stupidity is much different: they amuse me. A lot.

Case in point:
"In September, as the result of a typo in a spreadsheet, Electronic Arts issues an update to Madden NFL 06 that reduces 6-foot-3, 305-pound New York Jets lineman Michael King to a height of 7 inches. The next day, EA fixes the bug - to a chorus of complaints from customers who enjoyed watching the shin-high blocker get steamrollered by full-size players."

Check out super-funny pics of the equal-opportunity-tiny football player here.

Read all of Business 2.0's 101 Dumbest Moments in Business 2006 at


Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Happy Anniversary

Anyone know what today is? It's okay, because I'm going to tell you:
Today marks two years since I crossed the finish line at the Bermuda International Marathon, in support of Joints in Motion.



The sun finally shone again in Manitoba recently. And it contributed to one of those truly great, unplanned moments that just make a person feel completely content.

The other morning, I left the house early and got some client research on marketing law done in my favourite little café close to the office. I walked to work slowly because my arthritis has been wicked this week, but for the first time this flare-up, I didn't mind. It was actually kind of nice to just take my time and absorb what was going on around me. It was snowing those giant, fluffy, perfect snowflakes and the sun was shining. My frustration over being sick (and over being 'outed' yesterday - my coworkers didn't have any clue that I wasn't normal and healthy until I shuffled/waddled into work on Monday morning) - for one moment - didn't matter.

And that was my weekly Emily Dickinson moment.

Until a couple of military guys walked by outside my window. HOT military guys. Forget that whole other paragraph. THIS is my new happy moment for today :D


Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Saw 'Syriana' the other night. Awesome. How many times in life do you get to enjoy such an ideal combination of good looks and intelligence?

I appreciated seeing a mainstream movie where I didn't need to remove my brain at the door in order to enjoy it. And George Clooney... Yummy. Beard or no beard, I don't care. I'll take him.

That's it. That's my whole, entire movie review and I will not apologize for it.


Sunday, January 01, 2006

Top Ten

Lindsay's Personal Top Ten Events of 2005 (in no particular order):

1. Completing the half-marathon in Lausanne, Switzerland (October). So what if I was the last person out of 17,000 to cross the finish line? I'm damn proud of what I acconmplished. And the experience was not only a highlight of 2005, I'm sure it will end up being one of the highlights of my entire life. (Check out if you're interested in all the gory details).

2. An almost spontaneous, almost day-long visit to Vancouver in May. Crazy? Yes. Responsible? No. One of the best things I've ever done for myself? Absolutely. And I gained a really special friend when I was there.

3. May 1 Benefit Concert for my Joints in Motion project. It was beyond special to have Mandy and Mel sing at a Benefit Concert for me, and I was amazed by the number of people who volunteered to help out, the sponsors who came out of the woodwork, and the amount of money we raised that night.

4. Moving to the ghetto in August with my roomie, Emily. Oh yes, St. Vital has a ghetto. If nothing else, it's toughened me up and made me less superficial. And Kris has been more than willing to submit an ever-evolving list of ghetto nicknames for me to help me fit in. Gee, thanks.

5. This summer, my dad taught me how to fire a gun - spawning a totally fresh way for me to annoy him by talking prissy about something manly. Ever since, I have referred to 'shooting' as 'bulleting things' and I can see him cringe every time I say it... :D

6. I lost my job in September, and I spent the next couple of months working from home, running my own freelance business. It was a dream to do that, and it provided me with time and energy to get my health back under control.

7. Christmas Carol Breakfast (December). I was asked to speak at this Arthritis Society fundraiser, and it was an amazing experience to be able to share my story in that setting - and with so many friends in the audience. The standing ovation didn't hurt either.

8. Living next door to Anica and Sophie this summer. There aren't many things a pair of three- and five-year-old girls can't fix. I had so much fun playing - and finding little sticker-bedazzled notes in my mailbox almost daily. Kind of puts everything else into perspective.

9. Special K Vanilla Almond. The greatest single innovation since electricity (after all, a girl needs her hair straightener). Yummy.

10. As of the end of October, being chemical-free - for the first time in over a decade. I'm managing my arthritis through diet, exercise, and natural supplements. So far, so good...

Laura, Ashley, Rocky, Kris and I rang in 2006 at The Forks in Winnipeg

Happy 2006

What is it about New Years that gets people so stressed out? I'll tell you what it is: it's a high-pressure holiday. Every person on the planet is expected to pause and reflect on the meaning of their existence over the past 365 days, and plan how they are going to do better in the next year.

One word comes to mind: overwhelming. And this from a girl who literally has a notebook of life goals to accomplish.

No kiss at midnight this year, but I celebrated the milestone with some great friends, a heck of a lot of hockey, a little mini dance party to the tunes streaming out of a tow truck... and so much laughter my stomach hurts.

Who needs kisses anyway? They will come (after all, every girl's gotta have a favourite sport). Besides... in like a lamb, out like a lion ;)

Happy 2006! Wishing you health and happiness in all your relationships this year - sounds like success to me.