Monday, August 24, 2009

bird video

Okay, so it looks like this is turning into a pet blog. That's okay for a week or two, isn't it?

question: do you shake your tail feather?

mompoet - c'mon!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

adopt a pet

This was on our local news recently. Proof positive that shelter dogs really want all the love we can give them (or them us).

question: who loves you more than your dog?

mompoet - giggling (and relating)

wet pictures

We just got our submersible camera photos developed. Here are a couple of them.

question: do you like to swim?

mompoet - happy memories

Nelson and Ratty enjoyed Mexico

Nelson and Ratty are home from Mexico. While Andy and Sue organize the rest of the photos from the trip, the rats hope that you will enjoy these shots of their fun times.

question: have you ever seen a rat silhouette pass through airport security x-ray?

mompoet - happy, tired and safe at home, with husband and rats

Friday, August 07, 2009

now THIS is a much better hat!

Thank you to everyone who voted on which of my two hats was best/least ugly/most flattering. Thanks also for the thoughtful suggestions (sombrero, kiddie pool, overturned hockey arena).

Wednesday at work I was pleasantly surprised when my friend Robin stopped by. She gave me a big hug, wished Andy and me well on the trip, reached into her bag and voila! a lovely hat that fits. Turns out Robin is a fellow big head (no wonder I love her so much). I am borrowing Robin's hat for my trip to Mexico.

question: when did you last experience serendipity?

mompoet - my big, happy, beautiful head THANK YOU ROBIN!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

my new favourite podcast

R3-30 from CBC Radio 3. (That link will take you to Radio 3's website. Click on the shows button to find R3-30.)

It's a one hour weekly countdown of Canadian Indie music. On Sirius Radio and on the web it's a 3 hour show. On podcast, it's condensed to 1 hour with just highlight songs, including the week's top 3. The hosts are funny and the music is excellent.

It is leading me to buy more Canadian music, which is always good.

question: what do you download?

mompoet - finding my way in the big world of media

Sunday, August 02, 2009

which hat do you like best?

Please help me decide which of these hats look best on me.

The white hat we'll call "Traveller Hat" because it is modeled on a Tilley Hat, but it is not a Tilley. This hat is loaned to me by my friend Cathy.

The khaki hat we'll call "Hardware Hat" because I bought it at a hardware store.

Please leave me a comment, telling which hat you like best on me, and why. If you want to learn more about why I am so concerned about hats, just read my previous post.

question: which hat do you like best?

mompoet - just wondering

me and my big head

Have you ever measured your head? My head is 23 1/2 inches or 59.5cm in circumference (not even counting my ears). I have a big big head. What size is an average head? Wikipedia suggests 54.57cm for women (in Turkey). The hat site indicates 55cm, and reassuringly states: Probably the largest head size you will ever find, will be 64cms and the smallest 51cms. The site also states the interesting fact that the people with the biggest heads come from Germany. I find this reassuring. At least my head is not off the chart, and my partial German heritage may be the source of my jumbo cranial capacity.

Whatever the reason, my big head size dictates that I cannot buy a lady's hat in ordinary, reasonable price stores. My bargain-headedness dictates that I will not pay an arm and a leg for a specialty store hat. The solution: I buy men's hats when I can find them in extra large sizes at department stores, and in one case, at a hardware store (I'll take my hats where I can find them).

In the picture above, you will see me trying on a regular size women's hat. The hat is perched on the top of my head, like a novelty party hat. This is my hat experience. If it's pretty, it fits like the hat worn by the organ grinder's monkey. Not satisfactory.

The partial exception to this rule is the toque. Toques are stretchy, so they usually fit. However, toques are cold weather hats. When a toque is taken outside, the fibres cool in the chilly air. The saving grace here is that the majority of the body's heat is lost through the head. Because my head has greater than average surface area, it gives off more heat than the average head. So when the temperature outside is just a few degrees below freezing, my head wins and the hat stays pretty warm. However, when the temperature drops to deep freeze levels in deep winter, my head is no match for the cold air. The hat fibres cool to the extent that they are forced to contract. The toque squeezes, shifts, and pops off! On one particularly cold night, my toque popped off of my head and landed on an apartment balcony three floors up. This is serious. I am careful never to attach souvenir pins to my toque because I never know when my toque will contract, eject, and do grievous damage to an innocent bystander.

I currently own one hat. It is a fishing hat that I bought at Home Hardware in Osoyoos, BC, about 8 years ago. It is a men's size XL. It just barely fits. I also have a souvenir toque from the Individual World Poetry Slam, the year we organized it in Vancouver. The toque fits because I unintentionally stretched it. During the course of the event, I became so tired one day that I curled up in the corner of a theatre for a nap. I had no sweater or blanket so I used the toque. I huddled in fetal position, pulled the toque over my knees, and stretched it up to my neck, creating a warm toquey sleep sack. This operation stretched it enough so I can now wear it without fear of spontaneous pop-off.

I simply crave a beautiful, feminine hat that fits. I am going to Mexico in a few days, where I will really need a hat for the beach and the pool and for clambering around on ruins and adventuring in the only partially shaded jungle. I will take my fishing hat from Home Hardware. I will also take a traveler hat that my dear friend Cathy (also a big-head) has loaned me. Both are pretty good ruin-clambering hats, but not very glamourous for lounging around the resort or strolling through town in the mid-day sun. Maybe I will find a colony of big-headed Mayans who will adopt me and make me a custom-built hat in honour of our big-headed connectedness (I won't mention the German part). Maybe I will never, ever, have a pretty hat.

question: seriously, what is the circumference of your head?

mompoet - when I shake it, it does not rattle