Yes, I’m still here: Why I have been a horrible blogger

I have done a horrible job of keeping up with this blog over the last year or two.

So much has been happening, I think I got so caught up in living life that I stopped writing about it. For example…

I lived in New York, I got engaged, I got unengaged, went to vegas (unrelated), went camping (for the first time in over 10 years), studied food systems, finished university, went to DC, dealt with physical abuse, battled stigma related to illness, developed 2 major illnesses, had 4 hospital visits in less than 6 months ( and 2 ambulance rides, wheeee!), saw all my favourite bands play together, went to Disneyland (as a vegan), did an Animal Rights internship, visited an animal sanctuary, worked on some huge projects, made films, took photos, started doing burlesque, started a band… and probably lots more things I can’t think of right now.

I have really missed the reflective quality of blogging and having a place to record all of my various adventures. Over the next few week I will be publishing some posts related to some of these things that I haven’t written about yet.

Thank you to all of the supportive people and organizations, and animals I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with over these past few years, and thank you to everyone who still reads/subscribes. Yes, I still exist!

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It’s b(log)een a while

WOW. So I’ve been doing too much living and not enough blogging it appears lately haha. There is so much I want to write about and I am creating not enough time to do it.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

– Ferris Bueller

These are some thing I have written over the past few exciting weeks, with the Vancouver Riot, adventures, ponders… what a ride!

Forewarning: This post is going to be delightfully detailed and horribly long.

Just as I was boarding the skytrain in Surrey just over an hour ago I was contemplating how ironic I create my life to be at times. I was thinking about the implications of this and decided that “I am ironic”. After all, if I create that to be my reality, then (as my reality and perception are the only experiences I have) then that will be my life. After this thought I was running to get to the library to return an interesting book on Emotional Clearing. i got there JUST IN TIME and was able to sign out a book I was really excited about called Sacred Commerce. At the library there was a protest about the Canadian Postal Workers strike which was somewhat ironic considering I am dealing with some labour issues at my own job. Then I started to notice the results of the Vancouver Riot. Wood panels cover the storefronts, covered in messages from thousands of people. Word of condemnation of rioters, random song lyrics, but overall and in the highest multitude there were messages of love. I think it’s a little sad that it takes a riot for Vancouver to write beautiful words all over, but I am grateful for this aftermath nonetheless. I walk through the city dazed and confused. After running to the library and being overwhelmed with my own sensory experience I bumped into a girl I used to work with. She was off to live what I think are her dreams, dancing and choreographing for big names in the city. And I was just wandering, happy. I made my way to Gorilla Foods, my favorite (raw) eatery in vancity. I think you’re great said the song playing on the radio. Then I thought about how if music be the food of life, Gorilla Foods is a very healthy place to be : )

Then I went down to Capers and got some healthy food and bumped into some more friends on the way. Dazed and confused… but smiling all the way : )

 

 

Rainboots Made in Canada!

Today I want on a voyage to North Vancouver and stopped at this little shop in the North Van Quay called “Learn & Play!”  Not only did they have awesome stuffed animals and toys… but they also had rainboots that are made in Canada!

I got these nice purple ones. Cheaper than my last high quality rainboots (which lasted 4 years), they are weatherproof, ethical and adorable. What more could I ask for? Check them out online at the official Kamik website!

My Blog’s 2010 Review

Interesting stuff.

 

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2010. That’s about 17 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 234 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 105 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 36mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 29th with 85 views. The most popular post that day was HAWAII: An Adventure in SuperForesting.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, digg.com, twitter.com, teamsuperforest.org, and healthfitnesstherapy.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for i’m on an adventure, toms tan, hug bucket, the egg andy weir, and michael franti.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

HAWAII: An Adventure in SuperForesting August 2010
9 comments

2

2010 Silent Skytrain Dance Party April 2010
2 comments

3

About March 2010
6 comments

4

TOMS Tan July 2010

5

Mohawk? April 2010
2 comments

Happy Birthday SuperForest!!!!!!!

Yayyyy! SuperForest.org

This amazing site is the reason I want to Hawaii this summer and have learned about so many amazing and wonderful things! If you like happy awesome things you will love it. Also, it is worth noting that this video totally MADE MY DAY!

And if you already love superforest you might enjoy this interview with SuperForest Jackson that I haven’t posted yet. Happy Birthday!

And in case you missed it here is the edited version and my personal tribute to my time in Kauai.

LOVE AND PEACE AND JOY AND JOYNESS!

J.Rizzle

Rainbow Blog

So this week I started a little side project. I made a new blog devoted entirely to rainbows! Go to http://rainbowzz.tumblr.com/ and subscribe or follow me if you are on tumblr! The idea is that i’ll post a couple rainbow related things up each day to inspire people. And if you come across anything awesome and rainbow related be sure to sumbit it at http://rainbowzz.tumblr.com/submit

I am still going to be posting normal bloggy things here but right now rainbows are a very important past of my life that I need to share with the world!

http://rainbowzz.tumblr.com/

Enjoy!

My Hug Bucket

The vlogbrothers recently did a video about “Hug Buckets”. Basically,  A “Bucket List” is a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket (die) and a “Hug Bucket” is a list of people you want to hug before you kick the bucket. Hugs are great. I used to be really bad at giving hugs but I think through practice I am improving. Here are some lists i’ve made. Feel free to share yours!

My Hug Bucket:

Jackson Nash (of SuperForest.org)

Tricia Huffman (of iambeing.blogspot.com)

Jason Mraz

Someone who really needs a hug

Someone who has never been hugged

John and/or Hank Green (vlogbrothers)

Frank Warren (of PostSecret)

Hugs in the Bucket: Awesome hug(er)s!

William Beckett (from The Academy Is…)

Michael from the Vancouver Hug Squad

Edna Hoskins from Kerrisdale Senior Centre

The flirtatious old geezer, also from Kerrisdale Senior Centre

My high school yearbook advisor, when I was having a meltdown

My friend Zay

Friend, Nathan Kelly

The Theatrix Les Mis cast – The Runaway Hug! : P

“Jeffery” the awesome singer who was working at Disneyland when I went

Brendon Urie + Jon Walker from Panic! at the Disco (that was a really good night)

The cast of Theatix’s CATS 2006 (the time I hugged EVERYONE before the show)

All the kids that hugged me when I was pirate Captain Hook at the PNE

The drunken guy who called me “Captain Morgan” when I was pirate Captain Hook at the PNE x D

My Mommy (every night before bedtime : )

General Hugs: Who could say no to a loving squeeze from these folks…

Someone you have a crush on

A friend you have not seen in a long time

Family Members

Best Friends

A hug that comes when you’re having a bad day

A complete stranger

Hugs from Mascots

Group Hug!

*e-hug*