A. and I share a love of dinosaurs, animals and artifacts. So with his history degree and my current status as a recovering journalist, it was only natural that for his birthday last August I gifted him with a joint membership to the Royal Ontario Museum.
That means we spent the past year enjoying the special dinosaur exhibit, many Friday Night Live parties and, for the first time, took advantage of one of the special lectures the museum offers.
The speaker was Dr. Zahi Hawass – perhaps better known as the Egyptian Indiana Jones. The lecture touched on some of his incredible discoveries in the Valley of the Kings, some of his famous visitors and how the country’s museums and research have suffered since the revolution left such operations in turmoil.
Not surprisingly, Hawass was super passionate about Egyptian history, so it was a real treat to hear about his accomplishments, including how he worked to reconstruct King Tut’s family tree and explored the Great Pyramid at Giza.
As neither of us specialized in Egyptian history, but did enjoy all the (original) Indiana Jones movies, we learned a lot that evening – making for a great date night and a great contribution to our New 52 list!
And, for those of you doing the math – yes, our membership did run out, but don’t worry, we enjoyed it so much we had to renew!
I want to apologize. I’ve fallen slightly off my regular publishing schedule of late, and it’s bumming me out!
With three races in sight, I’ve been having trouble sitting still. Downtime is a good excuse to log a few more extra miles or a deep stretch or an extra snack. Toss in a few other commitments – not the least of which is my baby brother’s upcoming wedding – and something had to slip. And unfortunately, it’s been my personal writing.
We’re still busy plugging away at the New 52 – including a lecture at the ROM by the “Egyptian Indiana Jones” and a bike ride to Mississauga – and will have more updates soon! In the meantime, let’s connect on Twitter, and I’ll continue to update whenever I can!
Full disclosure: I don’t eat meat. Or fast food, really. I recently complained to the gentleman friend about how we were running low on duck eggs. But I still watched the entire video, below, devoted to fan tweets about the new Wendy’s cheeseburger.
Brands leveraging tweets from their fans is nothing new, but I still like this campaign. What creative ways have you seen brands using their social media kudos?
Last week, Instagram added video capabilities. The filter-happy photo-based social network was stepping up its game.
As an avid ‘grammer – 1,340 photos and counting – I had to try the new functionality, but wondered if I would actually make the switch from still-frame to 15 seconds.
So far, I’ve put up two videos, and even gotten a couple of likes – check out my sunrise shots here.
Initial thoughts? It’s fun, but as I lack both the talent and patience for stop-motion and animation setups, I’m not sure how often I’ll be hitting record instead of “shoot.” Plus, there’s that awkward issue around sound – ambient noise isn’t that interesting, but I never think about it until I’ve already finished my shot. I’m not sure I want to be storyboarding my downtime social sharing.
Have you tried Instagram video yet? What do you think?
To mix my metaphors, May was one of those months where my plate was so full it was a struggle to keep my head above water and get everything done! In addition to the New 52, and the still-fairly-new job, I’m also taking a distance marketing course, working on my French and training for our upcoming marathon. I also was part of a great ball hockey team, started taking the foundations class at Reebok Crossfit Liberty Village and started biking to work. So, I was moving at a pretty quick pace in May!
Other highlights included my first Jane’s Walk, a look at Jack Layton’s legacy in Toronto, a picnic under the High Park cherry blossoms, and A. and I picking up our tennis rackets for the first time. We had a lot of fun, but we are truly, truly terrible. We’ll keep working on that!
Another weekend saw us do a full tour from Mississauga to Niagara-on-the-Lake to Guelph to Newmarket, but that wasn’t the longest I spent in a car this month: the long weekend saw a Wilson girls’ road trip to Pennsylvania! In addition to an iHop breakfast (a must when crossing the border) we stopped in Scranton, PA., (my first time in the state) and ran a colour run in Bethlehem – as shown, left – which, fun fact, also happens to be the birthplace of marshmallow Peeps. From Color Me Rad, which also included my first attempt at a Zumba class (spoiler alert: you need to be fairly co-ordinated) we went on to Philadelphia for vegan cheesesteaks (delicious!), the medical oddities Mutter Museum where we saw Einstein’s brain, posing with Rocky and the LOVE statue, eating Franklin Mint ice cream and then eventually a quick detour to Delaware (another new state!) before heading home.
May also saw a number of firsts for A. and I. We finally hit up the epic ice cream sandwiches at BakerBots (SO worth all the buzz), took a trip to the theatre for Book of Mormon, had our first Doors Open experience (the sugar mountain was awesome!) and cycled the waterfront trail. We also poked around some neighbourhoods we don’t visit enough, including Kensington for A.’s first “crack cookies” from Wanda’s Pie in the Sky and the Junction for Bunner’s vegan cinnamon buns. And A. got his first tasting flight at the new Mill St. location in the Distillery.
So, all in all, a pretty full, but fantastic month! And so far, June is tracking to be almost as eventful, though, to date, we have both stayed in the country at least!