Monday, January 23, 2012

The Uptown



Images by Judith Umbach via Calgary Public Library


The cover article from the latest issue of Swerve is one that really resonated with me. Written by Jeremy Klaszus, the article is about the hard times that have fallen on Calgary's first skyscraper, the Barron Building, and the Uptown Theatre. This great building and its equally great theatre are stuck in the middle of a messy court case. The Uptown has had to close its doors, and its future is uncertain. (You can find out more by reading the Swerve article for yourself right here.)

I loved the Uptown. It was my favorite movie theatre in the city. I loved the character and history of the place. Its grandeur may have been slightly faded, maybe a little rough around the edges, but that only added to its charm. I'd rather see a movie in that great old theatre than some shiny new megaplex any day. I have great memories of seeing great films with great friends in that theatre. I hope I will be able to again someday. A Facebook page, Save the Uptown, has been set up. If you feel like I do, maybe you should check it out.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Nurseries On the Brain

Babay's Room 2






No, no, no, I am NOT pregnant. But my little sister is!!! (Congrats Christie & Mark!) I am so excited. And of course Auntie Tara is itching to decorate "Wee Annett's" room. That may pose a bit of a challenge given that I'm in Alberta and my sister lives in Ontario. But we have our ways. What did we do before the Internet?

Mom & Dad to-be have decided to keep baby's gender a surprise, so we are going to have to keep it fairly neutral. (Although I personally find the whole pink is for girls and blue is for boys idea rather outdated. As a friend of mine once declared in defence of his new pink T shirt, "Kanye West wears pink". And I'm a girl who loves my blues. But just for the record, I would never in a million years name my daughter after said color. Just sayin'.)

My sister sent me a link to some crib bedding she really likes, so I went on Polyvore to see what I could put together with it. This is already Version 2. I'm sure there will only be about 50 more. Oh and Sister, if you are reading this, I paid absolutely no attention to how much any of this stuff costs. But Mark won't care, right?


Friday, January 6, 2012

I'm just not sure how I feel about this...


So you know those toilet paper roll covers that Cottonelle has been advertising? I have to say that I really thought this was a dumb idea and a lame marketing ploy - this whole "respect the role" thing. I honestly didn't think people were going to seriously buy these things. Then I'm watching TV yesterday, and there is a new Cottonelle commercial advertising these TP covers designed by... Jonathan Adler!? I. Just. I mean. What? I like Jonathan Adler. I think he is a talented designer - bright, cheery, and fun. But licensing his patterns for toilet paper covers? Really? Is J.A. just in it for the money or is he really a supporter of roll covering? Maybe this is just his sense of humor. Or maybe I just need a better one.