April 2016

So in April, THIS Happened…

  • Found myself in the situation of having to Google, “can you wash rubber ducks in the dishwasher”. For the curious, you can but it’s not recommended.
  • Had words with a rather grumpy Canada Goose who seemed way too protective of a mud puddle which was very inconveniently located next to the staff parking lot. Dora tried to make friends. You can now add large birds to her “keep away from” list.
  • My aunt, who awakened my proud inner Newfie, made her journey into the next life. Even though I was saddened by her passing, knowing she lived a strong and happy 89 years made my heart smile. She is now back at my late uncle’s side where she rightfully belongs. May they both live eternally in loving peace.
  • Took a solid career risk and resigned from one of my part-time jobs in order to pursue my lifelong dream of working as a freelance writer and researcher. Excited and nervous about this pursuit but its been a long time coming and I don’t think anything can stop me now!
  • Had to cancel a staff BBQ thanks to another Canada Goose who decided to channel her inner Weezy Jefferson and make a nest on the rooftop patio – penthouse style. You literally took your life in your hands walking out to enjoy the view – if mom didn’t hiss her feathers off at you, Dad, aka George, was happy to dive bomb you from above. Got to love the life-creating season of spring!
  • Took life matters into my own hands and packed the dog and myself for some much needed nature/me time at a retreat centre in the wilds of Ontario. Aww, breathing space!
  • While at said retreat, universal signs literally rained down all over me. Either there really is something more to this life and the journey we are meant to take while in it, or some freaky deaky unexplained shit went down in my presence. The stars have not only aligned in my favour but I swear they are spelling my name. Long story – but really awesome.

My April book shelf…

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill1005

I struggled a lot with this book because it is hideously outdated. Written in the 1930’s, many of the author’s world-views, opinions, and examples border on racist, anti-feminist, and are painfully politically incorrect. However, once you move past such outdated ramblings, the teachings and theories written between the lines do hold some value today; you just need to find ways to apply them in your own life and simply overlook how dated they are.

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Waddles342504

I listened to the audiobook version of this title and found it to be extremely redundant and boring. While I appreciate the author’s lessons and advice, I struggled to stay focused through the duration of the book. On top of this, the person chosen to narrate the book had the WORST monotone voice. I almost feel asleep driving – NOT GOOD.

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin510vi9+RcEL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

In my opinion, this book is brilliant. It was insightful, fascinating, and no less then a dozen times did it make me stop and take an honest look at my own dog’s behaviour. My perception towards animals and those with autism has definitely shifted. This book should be studied in special education and animal behaviour classes – it’s THAT good.

Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse by Caitlin O’Connell9780226380056

While I enjoyed this book I couldn’t shake the feeling that each chapter joined in on a conversation already in progress. It’s clear that the author has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of elephant behaviour and social groups, of which I became very intrigued, but it was her writing style that I think made me enjoy this book less then I hoped. Each chapter were taken from her field notes (I presume) and seemed choppy and disjointed. I would have loved an introduction at the beginning of the book explaining her background and previous insights in to pachyderm culture.

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Reminirs_634x966-151102135713-634.Leah-Remini-Troublemaker.ms.110215

This book was not what I expected – it was far better! My “gossipy” side really wanted to know the secretive side of Scientology, and I was not disappointed. Take this book for what it is, an insight into a world that “outsiders” were not meant to be exposed to – then make your own interpretations with that new found knowledge. I will say this, however – I’ll never look at Tom Cruise the same away again.

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran51o191DtEtL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_

I had a really hard time READING this book. Since the author is British there were so much slang that I simply couldn’t figure out what she was talking about half the time. What saved me was the audiobook, which just so happens to be read by the author – British accent and all. While I can’t say I agree with everything she said, and I found her explanations to be rather vulgar at times, I will admit that this book did make me think about certain aspects of my femininity and how, in what seems to be a never-ending fight for “ideal womanhood” – I am not alone in my struggle.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin HoffThe_Tao_of_Pooh(book)_cover

A very cute little book with some powerful messages. You can’t go wrong when Pooh Bear is involved!

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