Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Monday, 18 August 2014

Reading in 2014 - Book 26 - Sleepwalk With Me by Mike Birbiglia

I found out who Mike Birbiglia was through the Nerdist Podcast. He's a hilarious comedian and, as it turns out, an equally hilarious writer. And this is a book of short (and funny) anecdotes about awkward times in Mike's life.

The only thing I would caution is the writing style comes off as sort of simplistic. But that was remedied by imagining it all being read out loud in his voice and that made it so much better. For me it was a really quick and pleasant read and I would recommend it.

7.5/10 on the nova book scale. It wasn't life-changing or anything but I liked it.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

about nova

These "about me" pages are the worst. Do I brag and make you think I'm totally awesome? Do I just list some facts? Do I put a cute picture of myself or keep it mysterious?

Basically this blog is just ... I don't even know any more. I like writing and it's a quick and easy storage facility for my thoughts and my photos. It's definitely more of an online journal than anything, but I write it outward, to you, internet people.

Here are some quick facts:

LOCATION I live in Victoria, BC, Canada. It's a small tourism-heavy city on an island off the West Coast, near Vancouver. But not as near as people think it is. It's about an hour and a half ferry ride away. 

HOBBIES My life is pretty small. I do a lot of going to work, taking the bus and coming home. I like to watch TV. I like to go on Reddit and read blogs. I like to hang out with my dog. I am trying to teach myself to paint and draw but I totally suck at it. I like photography but am just ok at it. Also my camera broke so ... I'm not doing much of that lately.

EDUCATION I've got a BA in Hispanic Studies and Linguistics and I'm a big fan of languages and words. I love writing. I'm a huge nerd. I've had a few small articles and things published in university newspapers and on tattoo websites but each time I hated it. I hate being in the spotlight. I am working on a fiction novel, buuuuuut ... um it's slow-going, to say the least. I'm one of those people.

FAMILY Ryan is my ... boyfriend? I guess? I hate calling him "boyfriend", it sounds so juvenile. We've been together nearly eight years and we've got one of his two teenage boys living with us full-time, while the other lives with his mom full-time. So I am a step-mom, I guess. They're good kids and pretty hilarious.

WORK I'm a "manager" (and I use that term loosely...I'm also called reception/counter helper/shop mom/shop girl ... there's no real nomenclature for this position) at Tattoo Zoo, a really great tattoo shop. I love it there, I love the people and I think I will never ever ever leave. I am also working at a college bookstore as a "casual" worker, doing whatever they need, basically. In my first year I've learned five completely different positions. Hopefully one of them manifests itself into a regular position eventually.

MENTAL HEALTH Over the past five years or so I've been fighting a losing battle with anxiety and agoraphobia. In the summer of 2013 my 14 year old brother died suddenly of a seizure that stopped his heart in the night (even typing that sentence out is horrible, it was the worst thing that's even happened in my life) and since then I have been wrestling with depression and a panic disorder as well. I'm trying to be pretty open about my feelings/symptoms on my blog because it's something that many people won't be able to recognize in themselves until they hear others' experiences. Jenny (The Bloggess) and my friend Sarah both helped me immensely and I can only hope that I can help somebody else, or at least allow them to feel a little less like a crazy person.

So that's me. If you want to connect you can find me on Twitter, or you can email me at novaisawesome (at) gmail dot com

August Links 4

And last but not lease, this is insane. Here in Canada during WWII, Manitoba staged a full-on Nazi attack to show us Canadians what it would be like to be invaded by Germany. I have never heard of this before, it's crazy! They called it "if day".

Friday, 15 August 2014

How many tattoos do you have? Part nine - upside down

It's for me, so I can read it. lol

Get it? It's an upside-down tattoo and it ... says ... upside down ... yeah. You get it. Good times.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

pocket tank

 Don't you wish these existed?

throwback thursday

This is the first photo I ever uploaded to Facebook, it's from the "living in a truck" days, the first time I ever came to Vancouver Island. I'm the one in the plaid pants and the blue dreadlocks ...and the cardigan? haha.