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In Uncategorized on May 9, 2012 at 1:33 am


(pron: reel-shun-ship)

real + relationship


The ‘real’ in realtionship is meant to be sarcastic. Or ironic. Or just comical. But certainly not TRUTH.

This word creation is based upon a simple typo in a g-chat conversation (where most good thoughts/words/brilliances occur), and followed the word ‘stupid.’  The fact that I am a diligent editor, but that this was misspelled is probably the greatest indication about how I feel about relationships at this moment.

There’s been lots of writing about this generation’s incapacity to participate in relationships, due mostly to our tendency to ‘hang out’ (ie. get it on) with our co-crushers rather than engage in any form of real courtship or commitment. While those in a relationship go on weekend getaways to Niagara and shop at Ikea to pick out the piece of furniture which will incite a ‘spat’ (NOT a fight, obvi!), realtionshippers barely make plans for the next weekend.  They DO know, however, that their co-realtionshipper is definitely the person they want to share that duvet with to cover their head/eyes/existence during those terribly glorious hangovers where they can ‘hang out’ until it’s time to get caffeinated .



  • I’m pretty sure most relationships start as realtionships and is that really a problem?
  • Aside from Facebook status, what other indicators do we have that we’re in a relationship rather than a realtionship?


In Uncategorized on January 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm


slow + socialism


Modeled on the success of the Slow Food trend, the slowcialism movement is based on the premise that “slow returns on investment aid economic digestion and ensure that benefits are spread properly through the system.”

The linked article gives a bulleted list of how to participate in the movement in really simple ways, including buying second-hand clothing, shopping at shops in your ‘hood, repairing instead of replacing, and devoting a portion of your grocery budget to sustainable and local food sources.



  • I’m pretty sure I’m a slowcialist, and I’m pretty sure it’s easy to be one, so why aren’t more people following in my footsteps?
  • There are approximately a million and six books about the Slow Food movement that capitalize on the tendency of twenty, thirty, and forty-something-year-olds to participate in acts that make them feel like they are making a difference, while still consuming WAY TOO MUCH food and buying WAY TOO MANY kitchen-stuff-things.  Will the Slow Money movement encourage the same style of excess?




In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm


nephew + cousin


This word was inspired by the birth of my most beautiful little baby cousin, who is fathered by one of my most favourite cousins. We grew up together. He is a part of my personality.  He and his brother are two of the most important people in the world to me. He is basically a brother to me; therefore, his son is my nephew. Full stop… except most people know I’m an only child, so I have to make it clear that my mother hasn’t miraculously given birth to a child who has even more miraculously given birth to/fathered another child.  HENCE: Nephousin.



  • Did I really just write that paragraph above?
  • Are familial labels relevant at all anymore?