Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I'm A Collector, Not A Hoarder

So I've recently noticed that I'm collecting things. I'm not talking about clothes, shoes, scarves and purses (which yes, I'm thinking I have waaaaaaaay too much of), but there are also other little things. One of the weirdest ones, which is something I've done since I was a kid, is rocks. Yes. Rocks. As a kid, I'd collect them and hide them under my bed until, without me knowing, my mom would toss them out.
Even now, when I'm walking Maslow (my dog), my eyes are usually glued to the ground. Don't get me wrong, I don't just going around picking up rocks and stuffing them in my pockets. Nope, I look for cool/pretty/special ones. Even as I write this, I'm thinking to myself , 'Ummm...ok? Crazy?!?!', but seriously, I like cool looking rocks. Ok, so let's call them 'stones' so I don't feel like such a crazy person (not that it really makes a difference:P). Whenever I travel, I always take a stone from wherever I've been. Yes, I have a bit of a collection going....but whatever ;)

I'm also into collecting old furniture, like this sweet farmhouse window I picked up in Burnaby today. It has that old 'shabby chic' look and hooks on it so I can hang keys and random items on them. That sucker is going up in the entrance of my place.

I also collect meaningful quotes. I have post-its all over my place with cool/inspirational sayings. I know it sounds kinda hippy-dippy, but it's just a thing I like to do. I have this one quote on my fridge that means the most to me. It was given to me about 5 or 6 years ago by a very cool friend of mine named Matt. Even though Matt and I worked together very briefly (at Shaw TV in Edmonton...back in my TV days. He was visiting from another station for about a week.), the guy was just really sweet and really cool. I was sitting in the studio one day, paper editing a story for my editor, when Matt came in and gave me a quote that he'd written down on his hotel stationary. Funny thing is, I still have the quote, written on that small piece of paper that he gave me. It really means a lot to me, so I though I'd share it with you.

"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins." ~ Bob Moawad~

I hope this quote can inspire you or even just make you think. If you have any cool quotes that you think that I'd really like, let me know about them!

Big hugs to you Matty... wherever you are :)



p.s: "Well behaved women rarely make history." ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich~ ;D

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Carmen Cruz vs. Carmen Cruz?!?!?!

Yes. I'm totally aware of this. I've spent years being teased about this important fact. I've taken it all in stride...

I'm not the only Carmen Cruz out there. Some of you may know this and some may not. Sure there might be a Carmen Cruz who's a stay at home mom somewhere in the U.S.A, or a real estate agent in Uruguay. There might even be a 'Carmen Cruz' working in a laboratory somewhere, analyzing blood and urine samples. Who knows?! But no. I share my name with someone much more notable than that.

Carmen Cruz is also one of the most famous transsexual porn stars in the world. Lucky me. I'm not trying to insult Carmen #2. In fact, I commend and respect her. A super hot chick with a killer bod, junk in the trunk and.. a shlong. I know that the random public will look at a transsexual and laugh, point or worse, yell out horrible comments. Do you know that balls (no pun intended!) it takes to say to yourself, 'you know what? Despite being born in the body of a man, I feel and know that I am a woman. This is me' (or vice versa). That takes some serious courage, strength and the ability to really & TRULY know who you are. Not many people out there will ever reach that level of self awareness or even try to. Seriously.
AND Carmen #2 makes adult films. She does her thang in erotic movies. Ok. I'm totally cool with that. BUT - people thinking that I'm her (at times) can be a little more than frustrating. Yes, people have actually thought that little ol' me has a porn gig on the side... and a penis.

Even though I commend Carmen #2 for all she does, I am my very own Carmen and I'm incredibly proud of that.

So where am I going with all this? I've decided to try to contact Carmen #2 and interview her (over the phone). Why? Cause I wanna. I want to know what she's like and what she thinks of the fact that we have the same name, share a Latin background and yes, even what music she likes (hey! I work in radio! It's kinda mandatory). I'm sure she doesn't have the bam-chika-wa-wa porn style guitar music playing on her iPod while she's hitting the treadmill, right? My goal is to track her down and have a chat that I'll eventually be posting on my blog and you might even hear it on 100.5 The PEAK (my job). So how hard it is (hard. HA!) to get a hold of an uber famous porn star? I'm about to find out.

Wish me luck!!!



P.S: For the record, I DO NOT have a penis. That is all...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Favourite Albums Of 2010

It's tough to narrow down my list for the best albums of 2010, but I think I've got it down.

Here goes (don't judge!) in no particular order:

God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise ~ Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs (Mind Blowing)

The Black Keys ~ Brothers (Ditto)

Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty ~ Big Boi (I miss OutKast. Seriously)

Body Talk ~ Robyn

Thank Me Later ~ Drake

The Suburbs ~ Arcade Fire

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy ~ Kanye West (I don't care that he's an egomaniac. The guy is brilliant.)

The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) ~ Janelle Monae (Holy crap she's AWESOME!!! She's like a female version of OutKast.)

Sigh No More ~ Mumford & Sons (These guys can make a BANJO sound sexy! I mean..C'MON!!!)

Plastic Beach ~ Gorillaz

The Lady Killer ~ Cee Lo Green (Fuck you!!! And fuck her too!!!)

I could literally go on and on (LCD Soundsystem, Broken Bells, Eminem, Local Natives, Vampire Weekend, Crystal Castles....etc, etc.)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Universal Mind Control ~ Common (**Ok. So I know it came out in 2008, but I didn't really 'discover it' until 2010. Better late than never!**)

You should definitely check out any or all of these albums, if you haven't already. Please feel free to suggest any albums that I should be getting into.

Alright. Bedtime. Peace out.



P.S: I'm kinda proud of myself that I finally updated my blog. Pathetic, but true...