Monthly Goals | Greetings, September!

September 2, 2014

Monthly Goals September

In an effort to be more like Viva Tramp, I’ve started making and publishing monthly goals. A cheery greetings to September! Last month I made several goals for myself, and I like to think I did quite well at achieving them!

August 2014 

+ GET MARRIED // Done and done


+ WATCH 7 MOVIES // I’ve watched five films in August! They were all great, and I am excited for more movie marathons.

+ LAND DREAM JOB // While I haven’t had the opportunity to move in to a full time position anywhere, I have been working a wicked part time job at a show barn. The commute is beautiful, the horses and ponies are adorable, and it’s the most efficient barn I’ve ever been in! In the meantime, I’ve updated my resume and really love it now, so the hunt continues!

+ MAKE 8TRACKS PLAYLIST // It still hasn’t happened! But I made 5 playlists of about seven hours of music for my own wedding, so I’m calling that a win. 

+ READ 8 BOOKS // I’ll be honest: with the wedding and the movie challenge and the moving to a new place, I haven’t had much time for reading. I did sync some shorter children’s books onto my Kobo, and have read a total of SEVEN of them

+ LEARN A NEW WORD EVERY DAY // You can study some of the words I learned this month in my previous post. (Had you heard of any of them?)

Monthly Goals August

With August officially over, the nights are creeping into twilight quicker, and soon enough all the leaves will be changing colour. (We already have a few that have decided to turn orange and fall right off their branches! The nerve.) Here is what I hope to achieve in September 2014!

+ LAND MY DREAM JOB // books books books books books! That’s all I’m saying. 

+ WATCH 8 MOVIES // I did so well with my movie challenge in August! With Netflix on my side I was able to make a list of movies, tv shows, and even some documentaries I wanted to watch. I decided in August that rewatches would count, and so far Disney’s Tangled is the only one to have made the list. I think I’ll be able to accomplish this goal without any complications. 

+ READ 8 BOOKS // Reading all those children’s books at the end of August helped prevent me from getting into outrageous monthly book counts. If I want to make 50 books in 2014 I’ll need to read 8 books every month for the rest of the year. How is it possible we’re already in September, guys? 

+ MAKE 4 CHARACTER EDITS // I am completely self-taught with Adobe Photoshop and the Creative Suite in general. I learned by downloading photos of celebrities and actors I admired, and altering their images. Although the days of Livejournal are long gone, this is still a trend on tumblr.  

+ TAKE 4 NEW PHOTOS FOR OCTOBER SHOW // I am participating in an art tour this October. I will be displaying some of my photography alongside my friend, a potter, in her studio. With my farming adventures and my wedding, I have hardly had time to prepare for it! Time to get cracking. 

+ COOK AND BAKE EACH WEEK // Considering I’m married to a chef, this seems like an outrageous statement. But I haven’t made myself a proper meal in … months, if not years. And now that we are moving into our own space with our own galley kitchen and a full size fridge (!!!) and stove, I am quickly running out of excuses! 

+ YOUTUBE POETRY // I’ve been away from YouTube in a big way, what with the farming (working 60 hours a week with no real internet connection for three months) and getting married (!!!!!) In August 2013, I wrote 15 poems and recorded footage, and uploaded them to my YouTube channel. This September I plan to recreate the project. Finally! I also plan on returning to regularly scheduled programming on my channel. Vlogs, #feministfridays, book reviews, and more!

+ REVISIT GERMAN // Many years ago I took an introductory German language course. I want to revisit my old text book and rehash what I’ve already, technically, learned, so I can keep moving forward with my German language education!

What did you accomplish in August? What do you hope to achieve in September? Leave a comment below!

English Words and Their Definitions

August 27, 2014

WORDS on foolishoats

At the beginning of August, I made a short list of several ambitious goals. I wanted to learn a new English word and their definitions every day, and documenting each definition throughout the month. Today I thought I would share some of these words and their definitions.

DEFINE emeritus

DEFINE obdurate

DEFINE cacography

In September I plan on putting these words to good use. Any guesses how? Leave your thoughts in the comment section!

Hello, August! // Monthly Goals

August 1, 2014

hello august

It’s August First. IT’S AUGUST FIRST. I’ve been repeating this fact over and over and over to myself throughout the day. Lovely day, August First. ONLY EIGHT MORE TO GO until my wedding day.

With a new chapter patiently waiting on the horizon, I’ve made time for monthly goals. This was an effort I went to last year, with much success, but didn’t renew my subscription for 2014. Until now. August has never been an incredibly significant month in my life before. And here I am, just inserting all sorts of emotional attachment and flash forward nostalgia.

Although my wedding is taking up all of my finite brain space, I know that in eight days it will actually be happening, and I will finally get to experience this day that everyone around me has gone to strenuous lengths to make happen for me. And in nine days, it will be over. And once it’s over, I’ll have to do all of those things that I’ve told myself and everyone else on the planet “oh, for sure, just once the wedding’s over!”

hello august

All that being said, here are my goals for August 2014.

+ GET MARRIED // All over it.
+ MOVE IN TO OUR NEW APARTMENT // A few days ago we signed the lease on a beautiful 2 bedroom apartment in central Grey Highlands. It’s in a converted church, has a balcony, and it’s all ours! A little space for us to be newlyweds, with all it’s glamorous ups and spiteful downs!
+ WATCH 7 MOVIES // Every year, I set the goal to watch 50 movies in 365 days. I have never reached it, but I’m determined this time!
+ LAND DREAM JOB // I’ve been applying to a number of brilliant jobs that would get me back into the career swing since moving north. While several have been, from my vantage point, a perfect fit, there is one in particular I am crossing my fingers and toes for.
+ MAKE 8TRACKS PLAYLIST // I signed up for 8tracks months ago. While I love the music I’ve found through it, I want to take a more active role in music again, and share my own playlists with the world. Putting it on the list means it will get done, right?
+ READ 8 BOOKS // Last year I made the goal to read 25 books, because 50 was just ridiculous. I made it to 19. This year I went full blown and decided to participate in the 50 Book Challenge, which is exactly what it sounds like. So far I haven’t even exceeded last year’s total count, but I remain optimistic! Skeptical, but optimistic all the same. I’m including some children’s books into the mix, and will be reading some graphic novels as well. This will, hopefully, help my numbers!
+ LEARN A NEW WORD EVERY DAY // This was a goal I made for 2014, but not writing it (or any of the words I had learned) down, meant I didn’t quite grasp all of those new fangled words. (Today’s is emeritus)

What are your goals for August? 

Find Inspiration | Photo Walks

July 28, 2014


With my wedding less than two weeks away (INCOHERENT NOISES), lately I’ve found it difficult to find inspiration. With the busiest time upon me, I’m finding it’s hitting me harder than ever before. While I was on the farm, working 60 hours a week, there was little time for anything but slaving and sleeping. It suited me for a time, but every now and again I noticed how much I yearned to read, how I missed wise words of others, how my brain was challenged with nothing other than waking up, staying alert, and understanding the changing winds. I learned in an exclusively tactile environment, and I could not seek inspiration beyond my front door. It was a wild and wonderous world in those 80 acres of farmland, but I craved balance. Don’t we all.


No longer at the farm, with my sights set for marriage, I’m still hunting for balance. I’m still hunting down inspiration like a bandit with a bounty. With a terrier at my side and my camera in hand, I set out amongst the bullrushes, the thick forest, and the wild flowers. The dog loves to sniff and scratch every few feet, so we’re compatible photo walk partners. We can find inspiration for one another.


Whether you have a dog or not, your camera is the perfect walking companion. Many photographers, writers, poets, and daydreamers take to walking to find inspiration. These are often solitary exercises, especially for those artists who require no visual documentation. My brother, a playwright, never leaves the house without a notebook and a few dozen pens. I never leave without a camera. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just like your notebook doesn’t need to be leather-bound, or your pens made of feathers. Your tools need not be pristine or pricey, they just need to be with you.


Out in the big bad world, there is no telling what sort of little adventures you can go on, what sort of troublesome tales you may find. I am incredibly lucky enough to live in an environment I find inspiring: the countryside. Forests and weeds and wildflowers bloom and take to seed all of their own volition. On one side of a gravel road lays insulated cottages, packed full of food and happy feet pattering down staircases. On the other, eery woods with a density too big for its alleged size. It’s as though it’s bigger on the inside. Beasts and daemons could dwell in those woods. Their fairytales and what-if’s are enough fodder for any sort of imagination to grapple with.

So slip your feet into your shoes. Pack your weapon of choice. Dress yourself with suitable armour. And go forth, into your own backyard. There’s no end of stories out there.


Why You Should Watch | The Miranda Hart Show

July 24, 2014

why you should watch miranda

Miranda Hart is by far the funniest, self-aware comedienne (ohhh, how I hate that word) from the UK today. Miranda’s character, conveniently also named Miranda, is the owner of a joke shop and compulsively trying to avoid her mother Penny’s obsessive fixation on finding her a man. (In one episode Miranda goes as far as Coming Out to her family and friends, only to find the man her mother wanted to set her up with may not have been so bad after all). After binge watching the first two seasons on Hulu for free, I know without a shadow of a doubt that it is my mission to spread the good word of Miranda to anyone who may listen. Here are three reasons why you should watch Miranda.

1: Bad Bitches. While it may not pass the Bechdel Test on first glance, what with all the talk amongst the female characters primarily focused on Miranda’s tragic love life, upon closer inspection there is a wealth of moments of female friendship. One episode, though a male psychiatrist is present, is focused solely around Miranda and Penny’s relationship. Miranda’s best friend and manager of said joke shop is Stevie, and their daily dose of personal-and-professional balance shows women in competition, women working together, and women’s abilities to get over their hang ups and stand united against incessantly energetic 22-year-olds who peg them for 40.

2: Middle Class Upbringing. Although Miranda abhors her middle class upbringing and boarding school background (often cited as the reason she can’t stand nudity, can’t say the word “sex” out loud, or maintain composure around men in general) it is often the source of some of the funniest jokes in the show. Miranda’s mother Penny is typically the source of these punchlines, and along with boarding school chum Tilly, the entire dynamic of middle class social etiquette is shoved under a microscope.

3: Slapstick. I don’t know how often you watch people unwittingly getting hit in the face with a garden hose’s stream, or see someone trip when they were meant to be gliding gracefully along the sidewalk, but these are the moments that stir a quiet evil within me. Watching people fall down (I literally typed this and began laughing) brings many of us great joy. The Germans probably have an apt and mutli-syllabic term for such things. Miranda (and, it turns out, her father) are incredibly klutzy, clumsy people. Based on a high intake of cinematic images of femme fatales sweeping callously out of hotel lobbies, Miranda is often tripping over her own desire to communicate with gestures and movement. Instead, thanks to strategically placed coat racks and her own uncooperative two feet, she is often stuck with words she can barely bring herself to mouth softly.

While there are many other reasons to devote your next day and a half to Miranda Hart’s impeccable writing and performance, I’ll leave you with these three. Tell you what, watch it for free on Hulu, and pop back to let me know what you think. Deffo amaziona, oui oui? Bear with.


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