Float On

Friends, I would like to share a moment with you.

Tuesday was an absolutely beeeeautiful day here in the Big Smoke, and I had a chance to get out for a nice long walk. It was mid-afternoon as I made my way from College & Bathurst to Yonge & Dundas, winding though Kensington Market. If you haven’t been to Kensington for a while – as I hadn’t – you should check it out. It’s gotten pretty trendy. Gluten-free bakeries and free-trade coffee stalls abound. That sounds obnoxious but it’s not. Anyone who refuses to at least try a gluten-free cinnamon bun is simply being a contrarian and should be ignored. They are delicious!

At any rate, the sun was shining, it felt like it was about 20 degrees out, and I was listening to Modest Mouse’s ‘Float On’. There’s pretty much nothing I enjoy more than walking around my fair city listening to music, so this moment was a perfect confluence of events. I experienced such a lovely feeling of contentedness, and I wanted to share it with you, dear readers.

I hope that you too have a chance to rock out with the universe sometime soon!

xo Skillzy

Doggles

Doggles

Hi guys! Did you miss me?

I’ve been on a little bit of a hiatus. But not to worry, I’m still here, being amused and delighted by the small things in life.

Like, for example, Doggles. Now, I did not know that this superb invention existed until last week when my good friend Mr. Fox (that’s President Fox to you) texted to let me know that he had just run into a dog wearing goggles. He tried to snap a photo for me but alas the good fellow had continued on his merry way by that point and the Fox didn’t want to harass him on the street like a paparazzo.

Fortunately there are many photos of Doggles online.

Doggles

Be cool, dudes!

The Meta Oreo

meta oreo

So meta…

Well, this is good news indeed! Time is reporting that Nabisco is set to launch two new oreo flavors on February 3rd, for a limited time only. The flavors are “cookie dough” and “marshmallow crispy”.

The writers at Time are a witty bunch, and I was amused by these musings within the story:

First, there’s the cookie dough variety. After taking a bite of the treat, one TIME staffer’s eyes lit up with joy and wonderment as he declared it even better than the original. Then he promptly went back for seconds. Here’s the thing, though: while delicious, it doesn’t really taste like cookie dough. Several staffers said they got hints of coffee or caramel, and one said it should be renamed the Frappuccino Oreo. It’s good, we all agreed, but if you were to taste it blindly, you most likely wouldn’t guess that it’s supposed to represent cookie dough. Still, because it’s technically a cookie dough-flavored cookie, one TIME writer dubbed it the “meta Oreo.”

The Meta Oreo! Yes!!!! It sounds like a superhero, doesn’t it? I think it is clear that we need to get our hands on some of these new oreos stat, and perhaps even make the Meta Oreo the official mascot of Mental Skillness HQ.

We are guessing that they won’t be available on Canadian shelves any time soon, so if you are headed to the States in the near future please send us a care package!

I’ve Got the Magic In Me

If you haven’t already seen the movie Pitch Perfect, I have only one question for you: WHYYYYYYYYYYY???

Are you so cool that you can’t take two hours out of your life to watch this adorably awesome film about dueling college acapella groups? You are, aren’t you? I bet you’re the kind of person who spends their Friday nights sipping fancy cocktails at parties thrown in swanky art galleries rather than dancing around your living room singing along to Ace of Base’s ‘The Sign’, aren’t you?

If so, well…okay, good for you, I guess. I cannot deny that that art and fancy cocktails do have their appeal. But so does this movie! First of all, Skylar Astin is super duper as Jesse, the “nice guy” love interest to Anna Kendrick’s character, Beca. And then there’s Rebel Wilson’s ‘Fat Amy’:

My favourite though is Benji, Jesse’s incredibly awkward roommate:

Sob! Poor Benji! Fortunately, Benji gets his moment of redemption during the Treblemakers final performance:

They are performing their take on B.o.B.’s song ‘Magic’:

Which version do you prefer? B.o.B. and Rivers, or the Treblemakers? Me, I like them both. But I think the Trebles win for of the feel-good factor!

Skillin’ Not Illin': An Affirmation

I visited my naturopath recently and we were talking about stress and the toll that it takes on the human body. It’s true y’all: STRESS KILLS. You heard it here first. MSkillz, M.D.

Anyway, she suggested that amongst other things, a good thing to do each day is to make a list of 5 things that you are grateful for. So, I figured that today’s a good day to start! Here’s my list.

  • 1. I am grateful for this website. It has been here for me through the good and the bad. And if I do say so myself, I think I’ve put together a pretty special little world here. Which leads me to my next item…
  • 2. I am grateful for my utterly superb support staff here at Mental Skillness HQ. From Thaddeus (the best office manager anyone could wish for) to the Duck, Blape, Mr. Messy, the Friendly Monster, and President Fox…I couldn’t do it all without these guys.
  • 3. I am grateful for who I am. I am also grateful for who I am not. I will leave it at that.
  • 4. I am beyond grateful for my amazing friends and family. These stellar people are worth their weight in gold. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
  • 5. I am grateful for music. As Bob Marley once said, “Music is everything”. I couldn’t agree more.

And here’s a song for you!

Now My Heart Is Gold

Dinovember

My sister-in-law sent me this link and it is just about the best thing I have seen all week. Please, please check it out — it is amazing, and the people behind this little project are awesome:

https://medium.com/thoughts-on-creativity/6f4cb1886d41

Let it never be said that I don’t love a plastic dinosaur toy.

#dinovember!

I also think that the message here is a great one — that creativity can be old school, without losing any of the fun. I work in an industry where the buzzword is ‘digital’ and it seems like everything these days is going online. Which is fine — obviously, I am posting online as we speak, and you are reading my words on a computer or smartphone screen. There’s no escaping the fact that as a society we are moving towards a more digital model of social interaction. But it’s really, really fun sometimes to break out the plastic dinosaurs and T-Rex it up a little.

#DINOVEMBER FOREVER!