15 Albums

Using yet another Facebook meme as a blog topic. When you blog just about every day you need some help here and there!

My 15 Albums

1. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours  Hands down this is my favourite album of all time. As a teenager this album helped me to keep sane. I have loved this album so much I have purchased it on vinyl, 8-track, cassette tape and CD. To this day I generally have a song off of this album on every play list I create.

2. Supertramp – Crime of the Century  Similar to #1 this album helped me through my teen years. Many of the songs resonated so much for me plus the musicianship of this band is amazing.

3. Elton John – Live in Australia  I love Elton John and this album really spoke to me. I generally love the energy of a live album and he did not disappoint!

4. Indigo Girls – 12:00 Curfew  This is an incredibly strong live album by the IGs. Highlights for me are ‘Tangled up in Blue’ and ‘Chicken Man.’

5. Richard Shindell – The Courier  If you like folk music and you have never heard Richard Shindell I highly recommend you check him out. This is another live album and he is at his best. Songs like ‘Arrowhead,’ ‘Are you happy now?’ and ‘Fishing’ are all amazing original songs. He is quite political and it comes through loud and clear in his lyrics.

6. R.E.M. – Automatic for the People  I can remember listening to this album over and over and over again. I didn’t like all of the songs at first but they all grew on me over time. My favourite remains ‘Ignoreland.’

7. Paul Simon – Graceland  I got this album right after I purchased my ‘grown-up’ stereo – it was a Pioneer with big speakers. I can remember how amazing the drums sounded especially on ‘Obvious Child.’

8. Lucinda Williams – Car wheels on a gravel road  Lucinda Williams is an amazing folk singer. I particularly love this album. She is a bit of an acquired taste though.

9. Jethro Tull – Songs from the Wood  It was hard to pick a single Jethro Tull album. At one point, I think I owned almost all of Jethro Tull’s albums. Led by Ian Anderson, this band moves quite fluidly between folk and rock.

10. Emmy Lou Harris – Red Dirt Girl  This is an outstanding album and includes a duet she sings with Dave Matthews.

11. Joan Osborne – Relish  This was a very powerful debut album. I never heard much from her after this album. This album features her hit ‘If god were one of us’ however I don’t think that is the stand out on the album. Songs like ‘Ladder’, ‘Spider’s Web’ and ‘Crazy Baby.’

12. Liz Phair – Whitechocolatespaceegg  I love this album. Every song is different. For some reason, this is the only Liz Phair album I have liked.

13. Lorrena McKennit – The Visit  This is a phenomenal album. I like others by this artist but this is the one that is the stand out for me.

14. Peter Gabriel – US  It was hard to pick a PG album. It was a toss-up between this and So.

15. R.E.M. – Up  I love this album. There are so many great songs on it. It is one of those albums where one song flows into the next. Love it!

2009 in Review

Here is my 2009 review post. I took this meme from Facebook. Seeing as all my blogs end up being posted in facebook, I thought I would do it here.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Had 2 blood transfusions. I also excited a lot of resident doctors because of the complexity of my medical issues.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t make resolutions. I think they are mostly useless. I make small changes all year-long instead.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No, not close to me.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes, we lost Mackenzie and Tucker in 2009.

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

I want some health. I want some stamina. I want some hemoglobin. I would like to not live my life in chronic pain. Pain that even good drugs does not work on.

7. What date(s) from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Mackenzie passing away.

8. What was your greatest achievement for the year?

Work has been good this year.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Recognizing that I was seriously ill, again.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Yes. I ended up hospitalized with pancytopenia. My immune system crashed from imuran, a drug I was taking for my colitis.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My new iMacs!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Deb has worked really hard this year and grown a great deal. I am very proud of her.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Rather not say.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Who knows. Gadgets?

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

I was really excited about my Apple TV – which was a complete surprise. I got excited about a little trip we took to Harrison Hot Springs to get out of the heat! I needed air conditioning!

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

I think it would have to be the Glee songs. I love those songs. I would also have to add the New Pornographers and Jets Overhead.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I. happier or sadder? about the same
II. thinner or fatter? thinner
III. richer or poorer? about the same

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Listen to music and play computer games and relax.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Sleep – I hate being chronically ill and having to sleep 10-12 hours a night. It means I have very little time for me.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

At home with my sweetie.

21. How will you be spending New Year?

At home with my sweetie.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?

Yes – with another dog, Zoe and even deeper in love with Deb.

23. How many one-night stands?

When I first read that I thought it asked how many night stands. That should be answer enough.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

But I have so many!!! Survivor, Greys, The Good Wife, Dexter

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I try not to waste my time hating any one.

26. What was the best book you read?

Such a Pretty Fat, 28 stories of AIDS in Africa.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The new Pornographers

28. What did you want and get?


30. What was your favourite film of this year?

I don’t know. I have not watched a lot of movies lately because they seem to be mostly crap. Although My Sister’s Keeper was pretty good.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

44 and I can’t remember. Oh, wait, I think we went to the White Spot.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Being healthy.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Dressed by Deb

34. What kept you sane?

benzos? Trazodone is a wonder drug.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I like Julianna Margules

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

So many. I have no idea where to start.

37. Who did you miss?


38. Who was the best new person that you met?


39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

If you can’t stand up you may want to consider going to the hospital.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Whatta ya want from me? Adam Lambert

41. This is my add-on question: What are you looking forward to the most in 2010:

I am excited that Deb is going to be blogging again at Fat People are Hard to Kidnap. If you have never read Deb’s blog I highly suggest you read some of the previous posts. She has a very unique way of saying things and she is far more talented at this blogging thing than I am. I have a new GPS, iPhone compatible stereo going into my car on Sunday – no more getting lost. I have new GI doc and I hoping to get me some colitis remission. I am looking forward to another challenging (in a good way) year at work – I hope to learn lots and mentor more. I am excited about another year with our great jobs – there is nothing like snuggling with the poopers at night and first thing in the morning. I am also looking forward to converting as many people as possible to Google products. I am very good at this and I should get a reward from Google. I love Google Wave, Gmail, Google reader….I think I have Stockholm Syndrome. Finally, I am looking forward to doing some work and gaining some insight.

The 3 things Meme

I totally stole this from Dr. Beth Snow at Not to be Trusted with Knives:

Three Names I go by:

1. Chris

2. Christine

3. Gamma (ask Deb)

Three jobs I have had in my life:

1. Answering service technician

2. Welfare worker/Provincial government slave

3. Executive Director

Three places I have lived:

1. Dunfield, Newfoundland

2. Calgary, AB

3. Toronto, ON

Three favourite drinks:

1. Good coffee

2. Earl Grey tea

3. pepsi (although not so much anymore)

Three people I think will do this on their profile:

1. MJ

2. not sure

3. still not sure

Three hobbies:

1. Music

2. computers

3. computers and music together

Three pet peeves:

1. people who can’t drive and who are driving

2. stupid people

3. smokers who throw their cigarette butts out the window when we are in a heat wave

Three tv shows I watch (only 3?):

1. SYTYCD – Canadian and American

2. Grey’s Anatomy

3. Law and Order

Three places I have been (since I hate to travel, not that exciting):

1. the bathroom

2. to work

3. Calgary

Favourite foods:

1. eggs

2. bacon

3. meat

Three things I am looking forward to:

1. a cure for ulcerative colitis

2. a cure for MS

3. Autumn 2009

Another meme that I just wrote in FB

1. Top 5 worst songs you could imagine playing in succession:
I don’t dislike songs so much as artists and genres so that is how I will answer it:
Anything by:
Bonnie Raitt
Celine Dion
Any heavy metal
Any Jazz – makes my ears bleed
Most country music

2. Worst snack food anyone could buy for you and why:
Corn nuts – I can’t stand the smell of them.

3. Most uncomfortable sensation you’ve experienced:
I hate touching cotton balls. I have to get other people to open the bottles for me. I also hate touching velvet. When I was a kid my mother dressed me and my sister in matching blue velvet dresses. I walked around with my hands clenched for hours.

4. Top three guiltiest (or at the least, slightly embarrassing) pleasures:
Froot loops, liking an Eminem and Kanye West song, enjoying being in my car with the windows down, the sunroof wide open (but it can’t be sunny) listening to very loud music.

5. A country(ies) that you’ve never had the urge to travel to:
I don’t like to travel at all.

6. Current cultural trend that annoys you the most:
The sexualization and subjugation of women and the rape culture we live in.

7. Something that has surprised you recently:
How little I know about the natural world. I am reading about ants as I knew very little about them and they are fascinating insects.

8. You in Bizarro World would be:
Married to a man with no dogs and no computer.

9. Something you think you should like, or want to like (for whatever reason), but really don’t: I think I should like alternative/independent music but I just don’t…

10. One childhood oddity:
Being responsible for looking after my 5 year old sister and cooking dinner all at age 7.

11. If you found a genie, and he granted you three things (besides world peace) they would be: there would be no refugees, no torture and no racism/discrimination of any kind.

12. You would switch to the other gender for:
You could not pay me to switch genders. I love being a woman.

13. If you could travel back in time to one historical moment it would be:
to the 1960s to protest about Vietnam.

14. Piece of art (any kind of art) that you wish you would have created, as opposed to the actual creator:
I am not really into art in the traditional sense.

15. Something you’ve always wanted to be good at:
playing an instrument and singing.

16. Your Utopia must have these three things:
dogs, unlimited resources so everyone has enough, kindness

17. Something you are quietly proud of:
my ability to lead and mentor

18. Something you are blatantly proud of:
being smart

19. Favorite word:
hmmm, I have many favourite words. Lately it has been cogent.

20. Least favorite word:

21. Favorite little thing that makes your day:
So many – in the morning when the dogs scamper outside and they are so happy just to be alive.

22. You get on your soap box for:
selectively but I don’t give up

23. Things that would be better if you were in charge of them:
I think I should just be able to run the world and everything would be great!

24. Things that would be worse if you were in charge of them:
criminals, pedophiles and religious people.

25. If you had the power to change one thing in the history of the world, it would be: colonization and the imposition of the nation state in Africa.

The ABCs of Me

This is a facebook meme but I thought it would be fun to do it on my blog

A – Age: 44

B – Bed size: king size

C – Chore you hate: unloading the dishwasher

D – Dog’s name: Piper, Clio, Molly, Gemma Joy, Kirby, MacKenzie, Kiefer, Madison, Tucker

E – Essential start your day item: I have to have a shower – it sets my brain.

F – Favorite color(s): purple. Although I have a red car.

G – Gold or Silver: white gold

H – Height: 5’5

I – Instruments you play: I played accordian as a kid and piano, a bit, as an adult

J – Job title: Executive Director

K – Kids: 0

L – Living arrangements: marriedwith 9 dogs

M – Mom’s name: Cecile

N – Nicknames: nothing flattering

O – Overnight hospital stay other than your birth: 2 weeks for ulcerative colitis in 2008

P – Pet Peeve: People who do not do right by their dogs.

Q – Quote from a movie: “Who’s Morte?” From Boys on the Side

R – Right or left handed: right

S – Secret crush: Don’t have one.

T – Time you wake up: 9 am or so

U – Underwear: Never gone a day without them.

V – Vegetable you dislike: Only one? Brussel Sprouts

W – Workout style: 5 minutes at a time.

X – X-rays you’ve had: lungs, bowel,

Y – massage

Z – Zoo favorite: I abhor zoos.

10 things you do not know about me…

Lydia tagged me in a facebook note with this meme. So here goes:

1. I have never done a meme before. No, really, never.
2. I am adopted.
3. My birth name was Deana Brett Carey.
4. I had a vertical banded gastroplasty in an ill-fated attempt to lose weight. It didn’t work and the legacy is that I can’t eat a lot of healthy foods and it makes me throw up regularly. I wouldn’t recommend it.
5. I love music. In fact, music keeps me sane. It is my form of self-care. I listen to a wide-variety of music. I don’t listen to country (although the odd new country song is ok), classical or jazz. Anything over-produced makes me mental (think Celine Dion). I am particularly fond of political folk music.
6. I am a self-confessed technophile. I am not an early adopter but I do need to have new stuff pretty quickly. I love computers and I am quite adept at techie stuff. I probably advise someone every week about what kind of computer they need, what might work for them and where to get it.
7. I love my dogs. Ok, you all probably know that about me if you have read my blog for any length of time. I am particularly fond of little dogs. I love shihtzus, pugs, and pomeranians. Generally little dogs respond really well to me except for the one who bit me – you know who you are Barkley!
8. I love the CBC. Radio one but not two (re-read number 5 about classical music). I love podcasts of CBC programs and I am never without both of my iPods which will contain a variable selection. My current favourite CBC programs (now on 88.1 FM) are On the Coast and The Point. I think Q is highly over-rated and Jian is not nearly as erudite as he thinks. I dislike CBC television though.
9. I love Indian food and culture. I enjoy reading books about India. I love to cook curry and have been christened “Chrisbinder” by partner. I make chai tea everyday at the office. I would love to go to India except for the flying part and the fact that it would be crowded and it would be hot. All of the above are things I do not like to do. I suspect I will never go to India.
10. I have taken music lessons. I took accordion for 4 years as a kid and I hated it. I have taken piano lessons as an adult but I lack the follow through with the practicing. Once I no longer commute 1.5-2 hours a day I may take lessons again.
11. I did the Katimavik program as a young adult. I highly recommend it to anyone who fits the age group. I got to do things I would never have done otherwise. I learned how to wield a chainsaw; I can row a dory; I worked in a cross-country ski centre; and lived in a tent for 3 months. I learned to cook on coleman stoves and I once stayed up for 36 hours cooking turkey on a one of those stoves so that we could all have Thanksgiving dinner (don’t get me started about water in naptha…). Seriously, Katimavik taught me how to get along with people, allowed me to hone my manipulation skills (just in case you couldn’t get along) and taught me how to finish something. I also got to see and live in some amazing parts of Canada.

Now, who do I want to hear from? Na, I am not going to tag anyone with this one. Do it if you want to!