Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Yeah, I am beat to say the least... It's been an over-packed month of commitments and never-ending to-do lists that has flown by in the wink of an eye.
Yet thankfully in the midst of my mini-melt down this evening of the harsh reality that I need to perhaps bite less and chew more... I have my big brother G2 and his roommate, our good friend Tracy, to remind me to just go home and go to bed.
Sleep often is the best and only medicine.
Be back to blog on Wednesday with my ecoCool shots from Evergreen Brickwork's Saturday season opening.
Friday, May 22, 2009
For full details on my May Flickr Contest, Evergreen or Doors Open Toronto visit:
Ecojotter's Flickr Photo Corner: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1086516@N20/
Evergreen Brickworks: http://www.evergreen.ca
Doors Open Toronto: http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen/
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
As the movie poster says, "Sometimes the simplest idea can make the biggest difference."
This afternoon, I unexpectedly sparked a series of forward payments which happen to not only be thoughtful and inspiring but in many ways green as well!
I recently enrolled in a continuing-education course for a French Proficiency Certificate at a local community college, where I happen to work part-time.
Having been back from living in France as an au pair for nearly as long as I was away, I was thrilled to be enrolled in French classes again to finally complete my goal of becoming officially bilingual!
The unexpected hurdle? The très cher (very expensive) required textbook.
At my current financial sitch, I hadn't budgeted 200 bucks for the textbook. With no used-books available. I didn't know what else to do but borrow the money...
But then a resourceful suggestion from a friend and fellow-college advisor...
Tracy suggested I check and see if there is a copy at the library on reserve. This resulted in my contacting the language con-ed coordinator, a lovely woman by the name of Helen because the library didn't have one.
Not only did Helen end up giving me an old spare textbook she happened to have, she even found a copy of a-near-empty exercise book that was otherwise just sitting in the lost-and-found for me too!
The best part is my $200 textbook saga did not end there... My contacting Helen to let her know the library didn't have a reserved copy, inspired her to give one of her other spare sets to the library! She had no idea until I'd called. In turn, I promised to pass along my set to a new student when I am done!
How's that for a series of awesome paying it forward?
Saved green I really didn't have, all thanks to a woman with a big heart who didn't just help me over my hurdle, but went one step further and donated a second set to the library... All thereby indirectly being green too! After all, you can't get more eco-friendly than sharing and making use of library resources ;)
Have any great karma pay-it-forward stories? Please share.
Happy Wednesday! Bon Mercredi!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I've created a Flickr group, and here's what the description says...
" Hello World. Welcome.
This group is for fellow Ecojot (ecojot.com) Fans.
As the first mandate for this newly founded group, I, Ecojotter (ecojotter.com) am pleased to announce my first (hopefully annual) Ecojotter Flickr Contest.
What do you have to do? Simply take a photograph displaying your favourite Ecojot... Be it a jumbo journal, notebook, workbook, ecoAgenda, ecoCalendar, ecoFolder, sketchbook... you name it and incorporate it into your shot somehow. That's it ;) [See sample shot above!] Oh and of course include it in the Flickr group's pool :D
First prize winner to be picked by the Ecojot Team wins $75 for him/herself PLUS $75 for the Green Cause of his/her choice! How ecoCOOL is that?
So take a picture and make some green while spreading some green!
Second prize winner, who receives the most votes via comments and faves, will receive a special Ecojot prize pack valued at over $50.
How's that for ecoAWESOME? So what are you waiting for...? Sign on or join Flickr and join my group and post pics to your hearts content. You are welcome to upload as many entries as you like!
PS - My May Ecojotter Flickr Contest to run until the first day of summer (my birthday!) June 21st, 2009! Happy Flickring! "
Monday, May 11, 2009
PS - As always, thanks for stopping by and watching. Full details of the Flickr Giveaway to be posted tonight (Monday night, May 11th) to be posted here on my blog.
Just wanted to wish all mothers out there a belated Happy Mother's Day! I hope you felt and had a fabulous one!
Thankfully tomorrow's my freelance day and seeing as I was inspired to freelance into the wee hours of the morning, I shall sleep in and continue when I wake.
I'll be back in a few hours to pick out those new prize winners I promised. Plus announce my May Giveaway!
Happy Monday Early Morn!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Years ago, I used to collect quotes. I guess I still do today... Just not as diligently ;) I couldn't remember the entire Emerson quote so I found myself googling random words I could remember from the awe-inspiring quote... "laugh, love, respect, garden, breathe, have succeeded." Lol. Yeah, in that order! Thankfully a webpage with full quote came up.
Just some food for thought as the week wraps up and weekend begins...
Happy Friday! And Happy Almost-the-Weekend Day!
Here's looking forward to a little less trying and a lot more blogging new week ;D
PS - Candied Fabrics thank you so much for the recommendation! I noticed at the end of the trailer that the movie was in fact based on Julie's book. I will have to find it in the library!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
So what semi "confusing and difficult problem or question" am I referring to? That would be my two unclaimed prizes from January and April :(
Monday evening I picked out a new January winner... ~jackie~ Unfortunately like my April winner mickey53, ~jackie~ had no contact info included with her entry. Which also unfortunately means they both likely haven't been back here since their original entry posts :,(
While i suppose I shouldn't give myself too hard a time... I have after all had three very successful giveaways, ie., managed to successfully connect December, February and March prizes with their winners! That is a 60% success rate! However truth is I'd much prefer it be 100% than prizes continually going unclaimed.
The new plan? From now on, to encourage and persuade you all to remember to include contact info, I will simply continue picking entries out of the hat until I pull one out that I can actually contact that same day!
Therefore I'm doing a final last call out to winners mickey53 and ~jackie~. Please please, please, if you are reading this, or are someone who knows mickey53 and ~jackie~ contact me by end of day Friday... Otherwise I will pick out two new winners this weekend! And as I said, I won't stop pulling lucky numbers out of my straw hat until I've picked out a winner I can actually contact ;D
That's it for now. Please excuse today's semi-unexciting but necessary post... On a light, fun, foodie thought... Have you heard about the new Meryl Streep and Amy Adams Movie "Julie & Julia" in theatres August 7th. I came across the trailer yesterday when I was perusing Apple's trailer page (a favourite time-wasting guilty pleasure), but managed to find it on YouTube for you to check out below...
I gotta say, as someone officially obsessed with great food, I can't wait to see this film! In fact,I once started a meet-up group called FOLers, for fellow Food-Obssessed-Lovers to do a culinary tour of Toronto's most delectable restaurants... Something I may have to consider resurrecting or at the very least turning into a cooking meet-up group!
So yeah, being green and eating well... I suppose that's me in a nut-shell ;D What movies can't you wait to see this summer?
Bon Mercredi ! Happy Wednesday !
Monday, May 4, 2009
I'll be back blogging again tomorrow ;)
Friday, May 1, 2009
My favourite thing about Chicago thus far? The L-Train! Actually the CTA to be more exact.
I honestly can't believe it's been six years since my last visit to the wonderful Windy City, and while I love love LOVE the architecture, the fabulous food (Chicago is most definitely a foodie city!), the energy, and of course the people... I am absolutely impressed with the city's public transportation!
From O'Hare Airport to downtown to north-east Chicago to downtown to Elmhurst and Arlington Heights, and so and so on... Kudos to Chicago for having reliable and efficient public transportation system.
I look forward to the day when I can say Toronto's TTC is at such calibre! For although there are exciting new streetcar announcements abound, Toronto's still got a while to go!
All right... So it's nearly noon here and since I've been busy conferencing away at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Centre, I haven't had a chance to do much wandering and exploring yet... Therefore, please forgive me for delaying picking a new ecoAgenda winner till I fly back to Toronto on Monday.
Yup, that's right, since January Giveaway Winner Lora never claimed her prize... I promise to pick a new winner from one my hats late Monday afternoon. Say 4ish?
Didn't participate in my Jan Giveaway? Or want to add another entry?
No problem! As an added bonus to you for reading today's post... Simply comment below with something that made you smile this week and I'll add that entry to the hat on Monday too for your chance to win an ecoAgenda!
My Renewed (Recycled?) January Giveaway Contest to run till Monday afternoon when I pick out a winner!
Can't wait to hear about the things (eco and non-eco) that made you smile this week!
Happy First Weekend of May, my dear ecoFriends! I'll be sure to blog more about my visit to Chicago next week with lots of pics!