Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Just a quick howdy

I've been up to my eyeballs in non-blog related matters and haven't had time to keep up with the backlog of articles I have partially prepared for Bitter Grounds. Things have straightened around (a bit) and I'll be back posting this week. I keep Instagram/FB sites fresh with new photos so you can head off there to see what I will be working on - there's always time to toss up a couple photos.

Hopefully after tomorrow, my schedule will be back on track.  

Well this seems ominous

Does this mean I should cancel my plans for the weekend?

Photot of a sign that reads "If you're reading this, it's too late"

It was a brilliant idea - now if only I could remember what it was

This Post-it has been stuck to my desk for months:

 Post-it note with the word "epiphany" written on it

The first part is easy - it's a site I wanted to look up. Not a clue what the epiphany moment was. I remember thinking "THAT'S BRILLIANT" (with multiple exclamation points required) and then the second thought was a fatal "Oh I'll remember this". I keep it on my desk in the vain hope I'll actually remember what the earth shattering idea was. It's really bugging the shit out of me. I'm at that awkward age where I keep pretending my memory is as elastic as it was at 18. If it was, I wouldn't have 6 notepads half started with scribbled little notes. And yes, I do have 6 notepads on the go. I keep leaving them all over the city and have to start a new one when I can't find the old one. When I retrieve the misplaced notepad, usually a friend or customer sends me a note about it, I put it in the pile until it's rotation comes back up.  

Was I going to change the world? Would it lead to enlightenment? Or maybe it was the perfect espresso ratio? Whatever it was, it's lost for ever.

I have a plan involving a map, a Presto Card & a camera

I have a plan and it centres around this map:

A map showing all 140 neigbhourhoods in TorontoThat is a map of Toronto neighbourhoods – some indistinguishable from others, many unique. I’m going to hop on and off the TTC (public transit here in Toronto) with my mighty Presto Card pass and photograph each neighbour. Toronto changes rapidly, buildings that are here to day may be gone next time you walk by. But it’s more than the structures – the streets in each neighbourhood are unique and I want to document them.

Read more: I have a plan involving a map, a Presto Card & a camera

Don't think this will work - a little midweek humour

I love snickering reading organisational help pages. The information is so out of touch with the way I cheerfully function: 

Photo from organisation help page suggesting people throw out all mismatched dishes etc. My response is "there will be nothing left in my kitchen"


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- Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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