@northwestmommy #Mondaylisticles suggestions: 10 Things Totally 80s OR 10 Tweetsor
— AnotherBottleofWhine (@KateWhineHall) December 9, 2012
@northwestmommy Even though I've personally done it, I'd still love to see other's 10 crushes for #Mondaylisticles #Fun
— AnotherBottleofWhine (@KateWhineHall) December 10, 2012
For me, it was down to a choice between 80s or ten tweets. As we're in the very last hours of 2012, I decided to choose ten of my tweets that sort of summed up the year. Using All My Tweets, I pored through nearly 2200 tweets from 2012 to find the best ones. Narrowing it down to ten was near impossible--sorry--so I present to you my list of 14:
Dude on the #145 bus: are you deaf or are your earbuds just THAT CRAPPY?
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) February 23, 2012
I spent hours & hours commuting to university by bus last spring, while finishing off a speech sciences certificate. I do actually like taking the bus most of the time. Sitting there reading, tweeting or playing games on my phone sure beats paying attention to traffic, finding a parking space & all the other crap that comes with driving. But seriously, could all the MP3 player users of the world just get better headphones so I don't have to hear your shite music?!?
First ride of the season yesterday--19km with toddler in tow. Legs are okay but I clearly need to break in my ass again. Ow.
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) March 26, 2012
First bike ride of many this past year!
Love these great bursts of creativity at 2am. Hate having to wake up less than 8 hours later. #nightowlangst
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) April 3, 2012
Unless forced to get up in wee hours of the morning (I consider any hours 'wee' if they're single-digit) for work or something, my schedule slowly shifts to semi-nocturnal.
Hmmm... haven't worn my stilt pants since pre-baby. Wonder if they'll fit? If not, anybody got a pair with a 72" inseam that I can borrow?
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) May 3, 2012
I finally got back into performing on stilts after a lengthy hiatus due to belly-full-of-baby, etc. Happily, my first few gigs involved roomier dresses. For this gig however, I needed to wear my clown costume: pants. Not long before my screen test, I confirmed that, sadly, my pre-baby bum was slightly smaller than my post-baby bum. Being a metre taller than your average gal brings with it some wardrobe difficulties, I can tell you. Nothing the addition of a bit of fabric in the back seam couldn't fix!
#VanKidsFest Mom Blogger signing off! Really fun to work with @vicf @harrietglynn & @limelitepr this year! Thx ladies! thesprog.blogspot.com/2012/06/kidsfe…
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) June 3, 2012
Getting picked to help promote the Vancouver International Children's Festival via social media was awesome. I loved helping get the word out about Kidsfest & getting to go for free (not to mention some of the preview events & soirees) was really just the cherry on top. If you want to see photos of what fun Kidsfest is in Vancouver, check out my posts on our first day at Kidsfest & Kidsfest: Day Two. This event is definitely a highlight of the year for us & I can't wait to go again in 2013!
Biking over to the @museumofvan for the @vancouver_mom top blogger soiree. Woot! #vm2012
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) June 14, 2012
Thanks to some of you (I assume), I was nominated as one of the Top 30 Vancouver Mom blogs. Winning a spot in the top 30 came with a lot of perks, like getting to go to the big soiree for free, not to mention prizes & a fair bit more attention for The Sprog. An unexpected & far better benefit was the camaraderie that developed among the other top 30 bloggers. We've kept in touch via Facebook & had several get-togethers in person. I've learned a lot about blogging from this group of women.
"Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father. Prepare to die!" #VCFAMT
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) July 30, 2012
We took Sprout to three of Vancouver's outdoor movies this summer: The Princess Bride, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, then Labyrinth. He loved them--well, the first & the last one, anyway. Riding along the Seawall on a mild summer evening, bike valet parking, popcorn, blankets & a movie on a giant inflatable screen--all FREE: what's not to like?
Dancing to the Carnival Band jam while we wait to go on set. Not a bad way to make a living. :)
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) July 26, 2012
I got a stilting gig as background in a Huggies commercial (this is what I did the aforementioned screen test for). I was part of a circus troupe featuring acrobats on trampolines, stilt walkers, fire breathers, unicyclist, horse riders & the fabulous East Van institution that is the Carnival Band. Doing extra work for TV or movies generally ends up being a whole lot of "Hurry up & wait!", aka, boooo-rrrringgg. However, hanging out with about two dozen circus performers for two days straight? So much fun! Oh, & if you want to actually see the Huggies commercial, it's here on YouTube. You can see me in the background for a second or two--look for red pants, black jacket & yellow shirt.
1st night in 'big boy bed' (foamie on floor): Sprout woke 5 hrs early, went upstairs in Oma & Opa's unbabyproofed house as we slept. :S
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) August 4, 2012
This road trip featured a subcompact car, hours of my father-in-law driving us around, temperatures over 40 celsius & a skin infection requiring two separate prescriptions each for Oli & Sprout. Not one of my favourite trips, I have to admit. I'm hoping that we'll be able to do some slightly more successful travelling with Sprout this coming year.
Heading to the #FoodCartFest @waldorfhotel for a late lunch. Most delicious parking lot in #YVR!
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) September 23, 2012
Over the last summer we spent a few afternoons trying to track down bourbon caramel bacon brownies from our friends' bacon-based food cart, Pig on the Street. When we found out that they would be participating in a weekly gathering of some of the best food carts in the city at the Waldorf Hotel, we were justifiably stoked. This is also the event where I found (food) love at first sight: pupusas from Guanaco Truck, a Salvadoran food cart.
Just ate the best danish I've ever had @sweetsaltbakery ... which is 3 blocks from home: DANGEROUS.
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) October 17, 2012
In the summer I was whining that a kid-friendly cafe needed to open up in my neighbourhood. I wrote a wish list of sorts here in An Open Letter to My Dream Cafe. Four months later, Sweetsalt Bakery appeared & fulfilled nearly every item on my list. I'm still waiting for a place that has good beer AND a play area though. :)
Waiting for Archbishop Desmond Tutu to arrive at the press conference. #weday #Vancouver
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) October 18, 2012
I got the opportunity to go behind the scenes for Vancouver's We Day to video blog for Telus & then sat in a reserved box for the big event. It was pretty cool, though not knowing who most of the musical acts were made me feel a bit old. You can check out my post about We Day if you want to know more. Here's the final cut of the Telus for We Day video I contributed to.
Watching the local chickadee population gorge on the seed in our new feeder. Nearly emptied in TWO days. #hungrybirds
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) October 26, 2012
This is better than TV--we look out the living room window & see all kinds of birds eating, flying, doing bird stuff every day. I've even downloaded an app to help me identify which birds are which. (I know, I'm a nerd)
Fairy upchuck. #InspirationPass #BeatyBiodiversityMuseum@ Beaty Biodiversity Museum instagr.am/p/SbtBFhP8LL/
— Lisa Corriveau (@blauelibelle) November 25, 2012
Once I got a phone upgrade (thanks Telus!) & actually had a relatively recent Android operating system that could run it, I joined the dark side: Instagram. It's been, "Sprout! Freeze! Mama needs to Instagram this!" on a daily basis since then. When we had our Vancouver Inspiration Pass (free admission to over a dozen musems, galleries & other attractions in the city) I became a total Instagram-a-holic.
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