Monday 31 December 2018

It's New Year's Eve!

Wishing you all the best in 2019!

Friday 28 December 2018

Who Got Books for Christmas?

Or was your entire tree made of books?

(Thanks to Mistress Maddie of A Day with the Mistress Borghese for letting me use his great photo of this Book Tree!)

I got quite a few books as gifts this year. Two were recipe books -- Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers and the latest by one of Canada's favourite food authors, Greta Podleski's Yum & Yummer. Plus I got a book of large-print crossword puzzles for my poor old eyes.

I got one novel -- French Exit by Patrick DeWitt. It was shortlisted for Canada's Giller Prize this year, so should be a good read. He previously wrote The Sisters Brothers, which just got made into a movie (haven't seen it yet).

What books did YOU get?

Tuesday 25 December 2018

Merry Christmas!

If you've got a few minutes during this hectic holiday time and want some cute laffs, watch this fun little video! While several small kids retell the Christmas story in their own inimitable way, adults act it out, lip-syncing the kids' retelling as they do so. And I gotta tell ya -- they have AWESOME lip-syncing skills that rival the best DRAG QUEENS! And you know that's saying a LOT.

So ENJOY and MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you who celebrate!

[Thanks to Susan Kane at whose blog thecontemplativecat I found this gem!]

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Monday 17 December 2018

Now, Now, Let's All Just Be Tolerant!

Right here is where Her Royal Highness the Cat stepped in and forcefully reminded me that we ALL need to be tolerant at this time of year especially . . .

. . . because of course, HRH is herself such a great example of that!

*GASP!* That little cat brat just flipped me the middle paw! Oh, very nice at Christmas, I must say. This seems to be HRH's true stance on tolerance --

Saturday 15 December 2018

There's a New Supermodel in Town!

At long last, change is happening!

Get out of the way, you "size zero" types!

And vamoose on home, you young plus-sized models too!

Even you, RuPaul -- hit the road!

Because Debra She Who Seeks is on the catwalk now!

That's right! I have a new career as a MODEL. Believe it!

You can check out my latest photo shoot
modeling one of Magic Love Crow's art t-shirts

Hee hee hee -- The Revolution begins!

Thursday 13 December 2018

Wearing Her Crown of Light

Today is the sacred day of one of my favourite "Undercover Goddesses" -- Sankta Lucia!

Back in the days when Europe was pagan, She was the Scandinavian Goddess of the Winter Solstice. Following the longest night of the year, She would bring back the light of the sun, not only to illuminate the darkness, but to ensure human survival.

When Northern Europe was Christianized, the Goddess went undercover (as so many did) and was transformed into a Saint of the Christian church. Her "conversion" to Christianity was entirely superficial, however. Her Feast Day remained on the Winter Solstice and Her rituals continued unchanged. Even Her new "saint name" -- Sankta Lucia -- means "Holy Light."

Later, when Renaissance Europe switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, several days were lost in the process. Lucia's Feast Day under the new calendar ended up as December 13, a week before the Winter Solstice. It has remained there ever since.

At dawn on Sankta Lucia's Day, a Scandinavian daughter wearing the Crown of Light will go throughout the house to greet her family and serve them the bounty of the Goddess -- coffee and special yellow saffron buns which represent the returning light.

So ends the longest night
With light that She's bringing.
She is the Queen of Light
Joyfully singing!
Clad in Her garment white,
Wearing Her crown of light --
Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!

Wishing you all joy and light today!

Tuesday 11 December 2018

"Baby, Just Go Outside!"

Hey, have you seen this new satirical video with rewritten lyrics for "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? Hahahahaha, I love it and couldn't resist posting it here, given our discussion of this song last week!

Oh and by the way, the next time you hear some straight guy complaining that the concept of sexual consent is just overly complicated, too nuanced and difficult to apply, remind them that --

Oh yes, they do understand it when the shoe is on the other foot -- every subtle little nuance suddenly becomes crystal clear and obvious!

Monday 10 December 2018

International Human Rights Day

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed on December 10, 1948, which is why today is always marked as International Human Rights Day. This year's anniversary is even more noteworthy by being the Declaration's 70th year. Signed shortly after the end of World War II and the creation of the United Nations, the Declaration was born out of the deep desire to never again repeat the appalling horrors of Nazi Germany.

Protecting and advancing human rights is even more important now that far-right nationalism, racism, bigotry and propaganda are on the rise again in most of our western democracies, seeking and winning handholds on power.

We must not be taken in and we must not repeat the past!

So more than ever, it's important for all of us to . . .

Saturday 8 December 2018

Get Your Grinch On!

The Old Lurker posted this quiz over at his blog so I've decided to channel my INNER GRINCH today to answer it --

What do you hate most about Christmas?

This is an EASY one -- going to any mall in December. Impossible to park, endless throngs of shoppers, too much noise, too much hassle, too much EVERYTHING.

What is your least favourite piece of Christmas music?

I'm one of those weirdos who LOVES Christmas music. I would gladly listen to, sing and/or whistle Christmas carols every day of the livelong year, were it not for the threats of bodily harm or death made by those around me. However, EVEN I have a handful of Christmas songs that simply DRIVE ME UP THE WALL if I hear them -- Jingle Bells, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus and Up on the Rooftop.

Plus I'm IMMENSELY pleased that some radio stations are FINALLY removing from their music rotations that UBER-CREEPY Christmas song about sexual harassment, Baby, It's Cold Outside. About goddamn time, too. That song has irritated me for YEARS.

What traditional Christmas food OTHER THAN FRUITCAKE (too easy) is being sent down the garbage disposal?

Now, I'm also one of those weirdos who LOVES fruitcake. Any kind -- light, dark, fruity, nutty, deliciously moist or hard as a rock -- I love it all! Plus I also love mince pie, which is probably #2 on most people's hit list. I can't think of ANY traditional Christmas food that I would not eat and, in fact, not eat to excess.

Which animated TV Christmas special leaves you wanting to rip the wallpaper off the walls?

That old stop-motion animation classic from the 1960s, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I've ALWAYS despised it. However, LOVE the song -- one of my faves!

What was your least favourite Christmas gift ever?

An LP of Wayne Newton's Greatest Hits that someone gave me when I was a teenager -- a TEENAGER, for gawd's sake. Danke Shoen for NUTTIN, Santa.

Who on your Christmas list is the hardest to shop for?

I find it relatively easy to shop for people because I pay attention to them throughout the year, taking note of their interests, hobbies, expressed likes and dislikes. However, I'm told by everyone I know that it's ME for whom it's impossible to shop because I'm a -- wait for it -- WEIRDO. I solve this problem by handing out detailed Christmas lists of specific items that I want. No more Wayne Newton albums for me!

How would you spend this time of year if you weren't caught up in all the holiday madness?

You know, I actually quite LIKE Christmas. But I make a point of keeping things SIMPLE, precisely so I DON'T get caught up in the holiday madness. It's all the rushing about, overdoing things, overspending and unreasonable expectations that RUIN the season.

Anyone else want to do this quiz, either in the comments or on your own blog? I'd love to read your answers!

Thursday 6 December 2018

"Santa, What Have You Done?"

Found this hilarious Christmas commercial from Air New Zealand over at Infidel753's blog! Watch for the American kid!

However, excuse me, New Zealand, but the nicest place on earth is CANADA.

Sorry, eh?

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

My Rare One and I spent four days last week volunteering at the Festival of Trees here in Edmonton, which raises about a million bucks annually to buy extra medical equipment for our University Hospital. Many other Canadian cities also hold these Festivals for similar purposes and they are all a terrific way to get in the Christmas spirit!

The Festival of Trees is Christmas on steroids, full of beautiful and/or whimsically decorated trees, gingerbread houses, seasonal things to buy, seasonal things to eat, a non-stop entertainment stage featuring every kids' choir and dance school in the city, galas for the adults in the evening, activities galore for the kids. And of course Santa, Santa, SANTA!

I worked on the volunteer reception team, signing in volunteers for their shifts, handing out name tags, blinky pins, Santa hats and bottles of water, giving each volunteer a quick orientation and doing some of the paperwork necessary for them and the database to work smoothly. Approximately two thousand Edmonton volunteers are necessary to create and run the Festival every year.

My Rare One helped the team which wrangles the Festival mascot "Dr. Deer." No, she didn't have to wear the mascot suit. But I know she wanted to!

Inside the mascot suit is a succession of young, healthy teenagers. The wranglers have to make sure the teen is well hydrated beforehand by drinking lots of water, then get him or her into the suit (they cannot dress themselves), make sure the suit's interior head fan is working and put frozen ice-packs in strategically placed inner pockets. Wearing that suit is hot as hell. After each teen's short shift walking around the Festival, interacting with adoring kids, posing for photos, etc., they come out of the suit dripping with sweat. The wranglers then have to get the next volunteer in "the other suit" (the dry one kept in reserve) and then air out and dry the wet suit for the volunteer after that to wear. It's an endless cycle!

But I guess the discomfort is worth it for the volunteers -- Dr. Deer is the STAR of the Festival! Second only to Santa himself, of course. Being Dr. Deer is one of the most coveted volunteer positions.

If there's a Festival of Trees in your city, I urge you to go to it and spend a few bucks to support a worthy cause, all while having a megaton of Christmas fun!

[Photos taken by My Rare One, Nov 29 to Dec 2, 2018]

Thursday 29 November 2018

How Can Edmonton Compete With This?

It's an unwritten law that you cannot go to Hawaii without taking a gazillion photos of beautiful sunsets, so here's my favourite shot taken by My Rare One!

We had a wonderful time in Maui soaking up the sun, surf and sand of the island, as well as a hula concert, various unique shops and craft shows, an evening of slack key guitar Hawaiian music and some wonderful restaurant dining.

We also soaked up chocolate milkshakes in this 1950s diner. Gotta love that old timey rock 'n roll which *yikes* is the same vintage we are!

I don't often post photos of us on the blog so in case you haven't seen one before, that is me on the left and My Rare One on the right, looking particularly happy with that milkshake, I must say.

So now that we're back home in wintry Edmonton again, regular blogging resumes next week!

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Guest Post: Writing "Her Story"

Hi everyone, my name is Rommy. I have been in labor for the past twelve months. There was huffing, and puffing, and screaming (but no blood) until finally I brought forth a book. Thank you, Debra, for allowing me to guest blog, so that I can introduce my sextuplets: The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales.

Cover art by Michelle Kennedy. Find her on her blog and Instagram.

Around this time last year, I was feverishly typing away to see if I could have enough short stories to put together a collection.

I felt like a superhero finally getting them together. But while I was editing, I felt like I had picked a fight with Thanos.

I'm glad I stuck with the process though, because it led me to birth several amazing tales, including "Her Story." It's about a young woman, Belinda, cursed with unwanted magic, who goes on a journey to learn that she doesn't have to be the side character in her own story. I had a lot of fun working on a tale where two women fall in love.

Since I'm not really an expert in the art of a woman falling for another woman, I asked Debra for some insight, which she generously provided. (Thank you, Debra, you rock!)

Do you have a favorite LGBTQ+ story? Tell me the title (and maybe why you like it) in the comments, for a chance to win a copy of the e-book. The contest closes on November 25th, midnight EST. The winner will be selected by me, and announced on the 26th back on my blog. Debra will also add the name of the winner to this post. Good luck!

The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Congratulations, Kirk of Shadow of a Doubt blog! Rommy will be in touch with you by email shortly!

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Halloween Aloha!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

We're not spending Halloween in Edmonton this year. No, today we're at the big annual Halloween street festival in the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui!

That's a long way to go for a party, isn't it? So to justify the airfare, we're going to stay in Hawaii for a few more weeks before heading home.

Editorial Note from Debra She Who Seeks --
I'll be back to regular blogging at the beginning of December, but I have it on good authority that my blog will host a Guest Post right before American Thanksgiving in November. A free book giveaway is also rumoured to be involved! So keep your eyes peeled for that!

Editorial Note from Her Royal Highness the Cat --
NO, the Guest Post is NOT going to be written by ME. My shiftless human is NOT going to SUCK ME IN AGAIN to do her WORK for her while she's LAZING ABOUT on holiday! Believe it or not, she's found some OTHER poor sap to fall for that old con this time *shakes head sadly.* People! Will they NEVER learn?