Stationary Drifting

New Blog Categories

I’m rearranging my site (again). I’ve been thinking for a while that I should move it over to so that I have more/all control over how this place is set up, how it looks and be able to add some plug-ins that I would be pumped about having. I just can’t decide if its worth the work and money to do that. This is not exactly a site that generates a lot of readership (hi dad), and it doesn’t really have any kind of a concise theme, plus I’m a bit off and on about it….BUT, I do want to turn it into the kind of blog that I would be proud to show off my ranting on, and I like the idea of owning the stationarydrifting url. I’m really into other peoples blogs and blogging in general so I’ve been wanting to ‘upgrade’ as it were to play with the mid-leagues. I don’t know, thinking of a pro/con list right now, and maybe need to spend some real time thinking about what I want to do with this corner of the web before investing all this time and energy. It is worth it to make me work it?

/// I realize that Missy Elliott is not even remotely talking about the same thing ///

ANYWAY, that was all a very random way of setting up the fact that I wanted to say a little thing about how I have rearranged and updated my categories (again).

SO without further ado I give you:

About – wherein you can find some basics about me, my sketchy plan for stationary drifting (for now), and how to find me on other social media sites. Minus the book of faces and twitter because I still feel pretty private about those ones.

Write/Say – which is where I post my rants (stationary drift), my project where I try and write something good every day to maintain a certain balance and gratitude in my life and try and avoid getting depressed at times (small things project), and where I post things that are exciting me mostly stuff I want enough to take off my pinterest boards and make a big deal about in the hopes that someone who might be looking for a present for me would take notice, or just to highlight for myself ({wishlist}). Occasionally I write things worth saying in public, but mostly I just write things I want to get off my chest.

Make/Do – this category is where you can see some things I do beside ranting and/or complaining on the internet. I post pictures, reviews, and recipes of food I’ve tried making lately, mostly baked goods because let’s be honest that’s what I like to eat more than anything else in the world (eating). I also have a category about my brief/failed attempt at a cleanse this spring, I’m leaving it up there partially because I want to inspire myself to try again and partially because there’s some good information in it. Also, its the one link on my blog that draws continual attention, usually from pinterest (spring cleanse). I put all my posts about the crafting I do and remember to post about, from sewing to knitting to otherwise diy’ing my house up so that it looks like I have some sort of a life (making). ANDDD, if you know me you know that I’m pretty into alternative medicines, especially herbal remedies and home make body and cleaning products. I’m starting to get more into making stuff at home so whenever I do something new or learning something new it will go up here, remember that I’m no expert though so don’t take what I say as medical advice. Its a bit skimpy at the moment but trust, it will get bigger (healing).

Look/See – So expect to see more of this than anything else under this category. I have 5 cameras and my phone which I use to take pictures nearly all the time. Most of my cameras are film so whenever I develop my latest roll or have some quality polaroids I post them kind of en masse. This is a section of the site I really want to grow to encompass my real love of taking pictures (photography). I know that this is kind of sounding like a failed project theme but I took a bit of a blogging break over this summer while I got married and found a job, I really want to get back to the photography project my brother and I were doing. I have a goal this year of challenging myself to see the world through a lens differently (52 themes). Last but (kind of) not least, I’ve been feeling like my personal style could use some updating now that I’m about to finish my MA, and married and am weeks away from my 30th birthday. I’m not really a genderqueer punk-y kid anymore but unfortunately my clothes don’t really reflect that. So I’m setting myself a whole category to document clothes I like, thrift, see, outfits I try, etc. I’m not going to pretend I have the ability to have a style section or that I have really any interest in making this into a style blog but hey, if you’re interested in talking or reading about the style of an almost 30, queer, hard femme, and how to make that work this is the category to look under (reluctant style ///under construction///).

Okay, so that’s that. Check back and tell me what you think, if you’re actually there. Comment if you feel so inclined, its nice to have something other than spam comments every now and then. And please do share your thoughts about free hosting vs. self-directed blogs. I really am trying to figure out what to do.

Beautifying a little corner

I have a couple of great small (but bigger than a tealight) beeswax candles my mom gave me. They needed some holders, my antique sewing machine needed something a little extra.

Corrie and I went thrifting a little this week at the Salvation Army on St Hubert. She was looking for a patio umbrella for her latest art installation work, which she found, in February, she is really lucky on her finding. I was looking for something to use for a headboard, preferably multipane window frames but I was open to anything. I found nothing, I’m not lucky at all when I go looking for something specific. I do love the glassware section of that Salvation Army though, and for about $3.50 I got 4 stemmed glasses of varying heights, 3 of which I’ve used for candle holders.

on display. With my old singer, some records we picked up on the street, and a collection of polaroids I've taken.

I love how it turned out. The different sizes and heights really makes it in my opinion.

Weekend roundup – Feb 19

I don’t tend to write very much on the weekends, unless I’ve decided that I’m treating the weekend as a weekday and am home in front of my computer all day. That was not the case at all this weekend though, so….no writing. I’ve decided to get the ball rolling on this new blog idea and start a weekend roundup routine. The idea is to write some things that made me happy over the weekend, what I did, made, saw, wore, whatever. I guess I should have taken more pictures while it was sunny out (maybe I’ll add them later), but I got into a stupid fight with my boyfriend today and was too busy grumping around to think about blogging. I’m still struggling to figure out what my niche is in the blogging world, but some of my favourite blogs are ones that let me into people’s lives and inspire me to make things, get out in the world, take pictures, and be happy about what I have. So, that’s the model I’m going for. Here it goes then, the Weekend Roundup #1

It was gorgeously sunny this weekend, and warm (for February), above 0 celsius! I just wanted to be outside, this prairie girl cannot get enough of her sunshine. Montreal tends to be a bitter grey jerk in the winter so I try and take advantage of the sun every time it decides to come out so I go play as much as possible. I always feel like I’m wasting the day if I don’t.

blue skies above our apartment. My office window is the top right. The whole place looks much better in the summer when I've replaced the ripped fabric privacy guard by the way.

I had been wanting to go thrifting for a little while now to find some brighter things for my wardrobe. I tend to wear a lot of black and grey in the winter and that, combined with the weather, was counteracting my vitamin D suppliments. The boyfriend (Marseau, for future reference) and I decided to make a day of it So after a lovely brunch at le Pick Up (our favourite diner/depanneur – quebecois for corner store), where I had my usual crepe stuffed with eggs, bacon and cheese smothered in maple syrup, and he had his usual vegan pulled pork (I refuse to feel guilty about that), we hit up a bus to the Mile End to look over those vintage stores that pick out all the cool things for you. Luckily for Marseau he knows just what he likes and got a few nice things. I, as per usual, struggled with what I like and ended up with a really weird shirt and my usual assortment of accessories which include vintage silk scarves and brooches. I’m the hardest person I know to shop for.

in my new hot air balloon vintage scarf

The rest of the afternoon was spend finishing my book, the Tiger’s Wife (which was so good by the way. It balances my love of myths, with politics and good story telling), all the while listening to Marseau put together his dj debut mix for a Girls Rock Camp – Montreal fundraiser party. The theme was soul music. We headed down to the venue late, and although Marseau was hella nervous he did really awesome! I danced my ass off, sweated even though it was a really cold night and enjoyed myself immensely. Also, I was really really proud of my guy for his stellar first party. I stayed on stage with him most of the night. He didn’t ask but I like to think I was giving some physical support.

my friend Em J killing it as a go go dancer. Also my favourite shot of the night

Marseau grooving to his own music

Today, I stormed out of the house after our dumb fight but ended up having a nice day of in out in the sun. I bought some groceries at Jean Talon Market, my favourite spot in the whole city. Wandered around, I found a store nearby that sells home crafting stuff, thereby taking me one step close to my desire to make herbal remedies. Have you seen this book from Microcosm by the way? I’m in love with it and want to make every.thing. from it!

I came home to a bunch of stressful emails from the organization I’m doing a contract for. Apparently they wanted me and the other writers to make a lot of changes, thereby changing the entire nature of our work. I’ll post the link to our work when its done by the way. All of us have a tenuous relationship to this organization so there was a lot of skepticism. I spent the rest of the night re-writing and refusing to re-write instead of having a make-up cuddle with my boyfriend. Deep sigh.

I also didn’t get to make this (over at my new favourite blog – Smitten Kitchen), which I was really excited about.

flatbread with honey, thyme and sea salt

This coming week is mostly going to be about marking mid-terms for the prof I’m working for, though I’m really hoping to get some serious work done on my thesis. And maybe a side trip to Halifax?? I do have a professional hair cut scheduled though, which I haven’t had done in over a year (I always just get my friends to cut my hair) that I’m kind of excited about. I’m growing out my hair and was thinking of taking this picture in.

That was my weekend. I’m going to try and resume my small things project tomorrow. I don’t want to give it up, I’m just trying to figure out how it will live on this site. Its kind of boring without pictures right? And so short….Whatever, I’ll figure it out tomorrow. Time to shut off the screens for the night. Looking forward to figuring out what to post tomorrow!