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Weekend Wrap Up: Science, Poetry, Shopping, Shooting

In case you missed this on the weekend, I went back, back to blonde blonde! Had a great weekend that started with a cut and colour. Saturday we took EmBot to the Science Centre. It was SO FUN! I’d never explored the whole place so loved all the interactive things you can do there.

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War of the Words | Toronto Poetry Slam

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On Saturday I went to my first Poetry Slam w/ Vanessa Grillone and her cousin. It was so awesome! I ended up being one of the judges. When I was 14 I published an anthology of poetry and prose so this was super neat.

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Personality is Everything in Art and Poetry.

Exciting week just passed and I am SO ready for a getaway! Tomorrow I’m scooting up north to the countryside with Barbie to a friends cottage. Give me nature, lake, silence and sunshine. YES PLEASE.

Ate pretty healthy this week and went running a few times. Feels good to hit the pavement.

Got a haircut at Darren’s Studio and had my first spring picnic in the park.

This Week in Venn via SAY Media: The Secret to a Successful Modern Media Brand – I love reading this blog post each Friday. Always an interesting & fresh perspective about marketing, internet and brands. 

 

Coral TVEdgy Veg Launches and I’m Coming Soon!

This week Candice’s show on CoralTV, The Edgy Veg launched! She’s adorable. If you missed the news earlier this week, I’m the latest addition to the Women’s Lifestyle Channel, my show will be launching in about a month!

I made it to the final round in the BLOG FOR BANFF competition. THANK YOU. Final voting closes Tuesday, no signup and takes one second. Please cast one click for me. You can vote from web, mobile, tablet so get ’em all in there!

Discovered the spot where my next Dear Photograph submission will be taken from. Turns out Mum used to hang out exactly where I like to hang out now. Her photo is from the ’70’s I think. Mum, can you confirm? Check out the skyline, or lack there of!

Please be careful this weekend, wear sunscreen, don’t drink & drive, and play safe. May24 is the kick-off to summer, make it a good one! Next weekend is Memorial Day in the USA and I’ll be in the sunshine state soaking up Florida rays. Can’t wait!

Have an awesome day!

<3 CASIE

* title is a quote  by  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, it’s the ART Quote of the Day on BrainyQuote.com!

 

i used to have poetry blog

on myspace.

it’s a time warp…

january 2005: bio

hello, my name is casie. welcome! welcome to the wonderful world of casie. you are about to be introduced to my life that is filed with light, love and excitement. i live in toronto and love it. i work downtown in recruiting. if you are in IT and need a JOB…ask me. i also work for moxie promotions. i love helping people and believe that giving is its own gift. it makes me feel happy.

i like to write things. i like to read books and magazines. i like to make things and sew things too. creativity is a big huge part of my life in everything i do. i love music, all kinds. i am inspired by so many simple pleasures. i love being in front of the camera or having my picture taken. i love sun. i love the sand, the ocean and surfing. i really really love good style. fashion is deffinatley my passion! i enjoy playing bongo drums and dancing in the park. i love to dance arms over my head. there is nothing like reading a good book! i am a canadian born kiwi from new zealand. i have been to NZ for many visits and i used to live in australia.  bondi beach is my happy place! my life is filled with light and energy and i try to radiate that where ever i go. i love to have fun.

a twitter bio is now 160 characters – my how times change. myspace seems so cluttered and ugly now. it’s just a mess of patchy conversations with people i don’t really know. the ones i do know never use it, unless they are in a band but i rarely ever check myspace. it’s the last place i’d look to reach someone.

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i loved living here. these are my uni friends, that’s me across the middle. we used to hang out so hard at that bondi beach. it is a topless beach. at first it was like ‘so weird’ but after a while you get used to it and everyone has their tops off. man it was fun. i miss it. i wanna go back, soon.

If you could change anything about your body, what would it be?

I’m working away and listening to the new q on CBC w/ Shad and the first episode has me moved.  I laughed at the jokes and just about cried listening to this poem. A letter from an 8-year-old boy inspired Shane Koyzan to write it, he asks ‘If you could change anything about your body, what would it be?’ I feel inspired now too.

I’m a huge fan of poetry and wrote a book of it when I was a teenager.  I’ve been working very slowly on putting together a second edition. Coincidently just stumbled on this poetically written post from a few years ago (2012). Read, listen. Explore. More posts tagged writing here and poetry here.

There Are No Walls In This Office

I said to myself as I peeked out from behind my computer. There are no walls in this office. I looked up. Looked around. Ideas floating freely between the trees and with a fresh haircut feeling quite fresh in general. A rain drop lands on the touchpad. There’s a faint sound of a boy guitar while a girl reads a book and spins a hula on her hips. (It’s quite amazing really.) The breeze is cool for the first time in days and I wish I had a sweater. In any other season this would feel warm.

 Another rain drop. Bugger.

This office has no walls but it has no roof either.

Hope you’re making the most of the day. :)

<3 CASIE

 

Travel | Nuit Blanche à Montréal

This weekend Sean and I went to Montreal as you know. It was a short but fun trip. I love Montreal and even though we were gone and back within 24 hours, a getaway is always nice. Here’s a little sneak peek of what we got up to!

Only packed one small Sully Wong overnight bag for the trip. I’ve become a master at packing lite!

It’s quite lovely taking the Via Rail in the daytime. We sat at the front of our car and were able to experience the beautiful trip in the sunshine.  The sun was so bright the car was heating up, it felt like summer!

There’s wifi on the train so we were able to get a bunch of work done. Sean’s beard is getting so big!

Huge thank you to Fairmont Montreal for all the treats they sent to our room. A bowl of fresh fruit and a card arrived just after we checked in.  We popped over to the Apple Store to pick up a HDMI cable so we could watch some House of Cards and plan our night.

Next they sent a gift bag with our media passes and some delicious chocolate treats from a French patisserie.

We stopped into a church on rue Sainte-Catherine for a poetry reading in the pews before heading to Place des Arts to see all the action.

There was heaps going on! We walked through a couple domed filled with winter activites before heading up the stairs to try the ZIPLINE. It was longer than I thought and went over the entire crowd at Place des Arts. Huge thanks to Montreal tourism for the media passes because we were able to skip the line!

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Nuit Blanche Montreal was definitely a different experience than Toronto but one not to miss. It wasn’t too cold once you got outside and heading from one place to the next. We had heaps of fun cruising the streets and checking out all the different activities. There were over 200 events taking place that night and we only got to see the tip of the iceberg. Check out all the activities at montrealenlumiere.com.

Thank you Tourismé Montreal, Via Rail, and Fairmont Montreal for sending us on an adventure. Can’t wait to get back to Montreal this summer and experience activities in the sunshine!

<3 CASIE

Tech | Download Your Classic MySpace Blog

I’m finally getting around to seriously book writing like I’ve been talking about for 10 years. Found a blog post from 2005 where I said I was writing a book [insert crying emoji]. April marks 10 years of blogging on my own blog platform. I rediscovered my old MySpace blogs today now that you can finally download them. MySpace had originally deleted ALL blogs without warning. Downloaded a heap of posts and went through all the HTML files renaming them. It felt good. Unfortunately I’ve lost my first, first ever blog from MicrosoftSpaces back in 2004 (they stopped helping users recover them in 2012).

How To Download Your Classic MySpace Blog:

  1. Dig up that old login you haven’t used in ages and login to MySpace
  2. Go to to settings
  3. Click Account
  4. On the left you’ll see an option to migrate old photos to a new album and download old blogs
  5. Download. Took about 60 seconds to download my 100 posts in a .zip file
  6. Fall in love with your elf again OR have heaps of laughs at your MySpace selfies

 

One of the things I learned today was I haven’t changed that much. Well, I have but some things are still the same. I’m really inspired my going back over my old stuff and incredibly thankful that I didn’t give up and stop writing even though sometimes I really didn’t feel like blogging anymore.  See 10 posts titled ‘Sometimes I don’t feel like it‘ here.

Recovered these old quizzes I shared back in 2006 from MySpace. Hahahaha Buzzfeed, you’re just stealing old ideas! Still love the Olsen Twins, still style twinning Nicole Richie, and still love summer.

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I remember reading this quote in high school and thought, I will write things worth reading and do things worth writing about, watch me! And that was after I’d already written a poetry book called JEANS and started a small independent publishing company w/ my friend Holly. I’ve always been determined to make things and do things. The winter months are perfect for working on your plan to conquer the world.

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.   Benjamin Franklin

I’m feeling really excited for the winter.  I hope the weather’s not that bad but I am content to hibernate and write and work on stuff.

Canada, I hope you’re having a great Thanksgiving weekend. Everyone else, SUNDAY FUNDAY! Working on a post about things I’m thankful for. Feeling pretty happy and the sun is shining bright :)

<3 CASIE XO

Happiness depends upon ourselves. #TGIF

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

This week has been a busy one for me and probably for you. Back to school, back to work, TIFF, NYFW, and all the other little life things that pop up can really take a toll on your energy.

I’m channeling this moment from last weekend when Sean and I went on a long drive through the Muskokas, from Gravengurse to Port Carling, Bala, and back. I asked him to stop the car so I could stand in the middle of the road and admire all that surrounded me. The trees, the fresh air, the silence.

It made me think of one of my fav poems, Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken. It’s one of those things I dig up and read when I need to remind myself that taking the not so easy route and toughing through hard work is what makes all the difference in the end. “If it was easy, everyone would do it”, I’m sure someone older than you told you that before.

If you’ve got that stress flow cramping your style, take a nap, take a bath, take a walk, take your phone out of your hand, and take a minute (or hour, or afternoon) to appreciate all the good things in your life. You’ll feel a stress release, I promise.

HAPPYFRIDAY

<3 CASIE

Forever Inspired, Shakespeare

We read heaps at my house when I was growing up. I used to collect old poetry and English literature books from garage sales. I still love second hand books and tucked away in a bin at Dad’s house, are many of my old book treasures. I once made a heap Shakespeare quotes into magnets and stuck them on the fridge. I imagine I was about 13. (Mum, is that true?) I think some of them are still on her fridge.

These are two of my favourite Shakespeare Quotes

Everyone Does, Not Just You, Everyone

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it all they do is complain, complain. I chose the other road, less travelled, and it is making all the difference in my attitude about the coldness.  I picked to make the best of it and stay home and make soup and wear the warm clothes and turn the heat up a little bit more and drink hot chocolate and tea. If you can make it through the winter you can make it through winter. That’s not a typo.

Yes, you can make it through winter. Dress warm.
Too cold for riding. I refuse to sacrifice style for comfort.
That’s not my style.

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Poetry and reading will keep you warm too.

<3 CASIE

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