Friday Five – July 5th, 2013

This week’s Friday Five:


  1. What song, album, or artist, disliked by you in high school, now sounds pretty good? I honestly can’t think of any. My musical taste has always been really eclectic, and hasn’t changed much.
  2. What specific high-school memory do you have of discovering some song, album, or artist you considered old? I grew up on “old” music… but the boy I was head over heels for in Grade 12 made me look at Led Zeppelin IV in a completely different manner.
  3. What song or album best serves as the soundtrack for your senior year of high school? (bonus challenge: answer this question with a different song or album for each year of high school!) Grade Eight: Americana – The Offspring      Grade Nine: Hello Nasty – The Beastie Boys      Grade Ten: Issues – KoRn      Grade Eleven: Selftitled – Slipknot       Grade Twelve: … And Out Come The Wolves – Rancid
  4. What’s a song, album, or artist from your high-school years you loved then (and might still love) but have great difficulty listening to now, and what’s the reason? “Stairway To Heaven” hits especially hard… the loss of first real love and memories of The One That Got Away are forever entangled in the lyrics of that song.
  5. What song, album, or artist from your high-school years, seemingly forgotten nowadays, do you still listen to with fondness? I’m not sure if No Use For A Name is considered “seemingly forgotten,” but “For Fiona” always makes my heart swell with happiness.

Sanity Is A Full-Time Job

It finally happened. The Bad Religion concert/girls weekend I’ve been pumped for for months.

Bestie and I got up super-early Saturday morning. Coffee was a must.

We drove to the ferry and set sail away from beautiful Vancouver Island.

We got to Vancouver early, so we did some shopping, had lunch with friends and checked out the venue.

Then it was time to check into our hotel room. We had a beautiful suite on the 31st floor.

The view was amazing!!!

Pretty soon, it was time to go to the show. We saw all sorts of interesting places and sights along the way

When we got to the venue, we had to wait in line for quite awhile…

But getting a spot right at the front was worth it, especially with Polar Bear Club as an opener!

The Bronx was a band neither of us had heard of before, but they sounded fantastic.

Then it was time for Bad Religion and some serious moshing!

I may have gotten a few injuries.

Our view was just as pretty when we got home at 1am.

After a brief sleep, it was time for more coffee (with misspelled names),

some exploration of downtown,

and a fabulous vegan lunch!

Before we knew it, it was time to catch the ferry home.

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend!

The Past Three Weeks (A Photo Recap)

The last few weeks have flown by and I seem to have neglected this blog. Crazy, right? So in the interests of staying up to speed, a quick recap:

In late February, I traveled out of town for work. I spent three days in a gorgeous hotel room with an amazing view of the harbour,

working in a super-quiet yard,

watching my newest addiction (The Vampire Diaries),

pampering myself every night,

waking up to beautiful sunrises,

and missing Baby Girl like crazy. I even missed 80’s day at her school. 😦

It was the longest I had ever been away from her, and I was so happy to get home to her and kitty!

On March 1st, I got to go out (on my own)!

I saw one of my favourite ska bands, The Slackers, and skanked myself crazy.

I even met a cute guy. We danced all night and traded numbers but….

It wasn’t meant to be.

I got progressively more addicted to TVD,

went to Student-Led Conferences at Kiddo’s school,

and, after being patronised and treated with disdain, cut off all contact with McFly.

I took Kiddo to a birthday party,

bought some really cool stuff (including a Michael Kors blazer for $5!!!),

and started feeling really, really good about myself.

AND, I did it all while quitting smoking. Tomorrow will be two weeks cig-free.

I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks bring.

Clean Slate (Sort Of)

The last few months have been the beginning of a new journey for me. I’ve lived twenty-seven years trying to make people happy, make people like me, and make people value my opinion.

I’m done with that.

I’m not going to shout “FUCK THE WORLD” and dismiss all social conventions (let’s face it: that would be career suicide and I rather enjoy having a home, vehicle and fridge full of food…) but rather, I’m not going to make others happy at the expense of myself.

So that guy who thinks I’m “too rowdy” to hang out with after shows? Fuck him. Not worth my time.

That friend who is only ever interested in talking when she wants to talk about herself? Fuck her. Too much work.

That coworker who likes to pry into my personal life and spread rumours under the guise of being “interested in [my] life”? Fuck ’em. Asshole.

I’m not going to repress myself for the sole purpose of making myself more palatable to the masses. So, yes, that means I will drop my daughter off at her hoity-toity private school in ripped jeans and band t-shirts. Yes, I will colour my hair green if I feel like it. And no, I won’t apologise for offending you by wearing a “Meat is murder” tank top.

It only seems fitting to start over with a new name and new identity. L0vesaidno/”Some Kind of Wonderful” was pretty cutesy, and really fit in with where I was at that point in my life. Now, however, PunkyVeganMama sums me up a whole lot better. And “Chasing Rainbows”? Only one of the best 90’s punk songs ever.

All I want to do is make sure you stop chasing rainbows
Letting everybody crawl inside your heart and mine
Kicking you is easy when you’re down that’s where the weak go
To release their anger on someone who will not try
To stand up, and give them a fight

-No Use For A Name

There really is something to be said for expressing oneself authentically.

It’s a Punk Rock Christmas Eve!

It’s late on Christmas Eve.  The little one’s asleep, Santa has filled the stockings… and Mama is rocking out to some totally badass Christmas tunes.

No joke.

I’m not a big Christmas person, and even less of a Christmas music person. That was until I stumbled across “Season’s Greetings From Lowbrow.”

See… I kinda love punk rock. And these guys do it well. (Which is evidenced on their album “Doing It All Wrong”, in case you dislike festive tunes more than even I do).

Their Christmas EP has made me feel like less of a grinch, which is pretty amazing. Their full-length album is downright amazing. And both are FREE to download. Happy fuckin’ holidays – don’t say I never did anything for you.

But seriously, check these boys out.

And merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, blessed solstice, happy kwanzaa and any other holiday greetings I may have missed!