Monthly Archives: March 2011

100 things to do in 1000 days; #59: Go two weeks without drinking coke (shut up) OR An Ode to Coke.

Those who know me know that I appear, on the surface, to be addicted coke.

Of this variety. No, I am not indicting myself.

So as part of my list, I challenged myself to go without coke for two weeks. At the end of my 7-week run of exams, I was having upwards of three cans a day, so I thought perhaps it would be a good time to cut back. But I forgot I had made it two weeks, so I got super excited last week, and when I checked my list, I was thisclose to pouring myself some sweet life nectar and declaring that it said nowhere on that list that the two week break had to be continuous. But I made it! And in doing so determined that physically, I am not at all addicted. I wasn’t more tired, there were no symptoms of caffeine withdrawal, no headaches, nothing. It’s purely psychological – it’s just easier to pick your favourite drink to go with lunch than to stare at the drinks fountain trying to decide on the equally appealing (or unappealing) options of Sprite, water, fruit juice, Ginger Ale, or milk. A meal doesn’t feel like a meal without coke. It’s the perfect mix of sugar, carbonation, caffeine, and taste. Nothing hits the spot quite like a Coke. Am I scaring anyone? I should be a spokesperson. Hey, Coke! Guess who’s currently unemployed!

Anyway, you know what all this means? I can stop whenever I want to.

Any time.


100 things to do in 1000 days IN PROGRESS; #12: Start drawing again (buy a sketchbook – fill it up).

Am I on fire today or what? Bought a sketchbook. Now to fill it up.

100 things to do in 1000 days; #34/54: Watch The Social Network.

Some of the things on this list are really time consuming and/or hard, so I gave myself a couple of freebies in things that I’ve always wanted to WATCH, but just needed a kick in the pants or reminder.

So this weekend, my awesome friend Lindsay came to visit, and we have now achieved the goal of watching The Social Network. I’m not going to bother with a real review, but for people who don’t have a lot of time, and for future Donna in case she ever needs to know what she thought immediately after watching this movie:

Really fast-paced and enjoyable, well acted except for some minor awkward spots (Eisenberg  was great throughout, though), not completely related to reality, but hey, it’s not like “based on a true story”  is code for “exact recreation of past events.” Glad I saw it. Glad The King’s Speech won. Also: Baby, You’re a Rich Man.


100 things to do in 1000 days; #11: Paint something.

Luckily, this one wasn’t very specific, and since I haven’t done any list-y things in a while (7 midterms tends to take it out of one)*, I am counting the following not-very-painterly excursion as “something.”

On February 20th, I took my Australian roommate and her friend around downtown Toronto. When we got to the BATA shoe museum, they were advertising clog painting, which I thought could be awesome.


But what we really got was this:


So I ended up with this:

But still. That is a thing, and I painted it. So #11: completed.

*To be fair, it’s not like I haven’t tried. I had an appointment to give blood on Friday, but my iron was too low; no one has responded to any of my gentle suggestions that they should pay me money for my articles; and I can’t get my ear pierced until I get paid because life costs money. All in good time, I’m sure.

Just thought I’d share…

One of my photos from Flickr has been chosen to appear in the “Schmap” of Ottawa, which is pretty cool. This is old news, but still. I never bragged.

Sadly, this brings my total of, er, things published by people other than me to… (counts) I think 8? Not one of which I needed a journalism degree for.*

*Over Rivers and Hills (book) – poem entitled “Fluffy,” 1997
*Five Minute Voyager – Haven recap, 2003
*Pajiba – New Earth review, 2008
*Pajiba – Unaccustomed Earth review, 2008
*Pajiba – Breaking Dawn review, 2008
*Schmaps – photo, 2009
*The Rostrum – Satire Article, 2009 (website currently unavailable)
*Pajiba – Grammar rant, 2010
*something I’m forgetting?



I am, of course, not counting things published in the school newspaper or Carleton School of Journalism publications, as you would have to be a very special sort of student to get through 4 years of Carleton journalism without any of your stuff turning up there (seeing as how it’s required for courses and such).

And since this post is of no interest to anyone but me, I am going to use the rest of it to link to all my published stuff, because I’m bored and not tired, and would like it all in one place. Yay good judgement at 3:42 am!


You can use this in your online portfolio, and link to the portfolio from LinkedIn. Also, actually make an online portfolio (once you start Ryersoning it up).

Slideshow – The Aphasia Centre of Ottawa, 2007
Centretown News Online – Monarch Butterfly Project to be Unveiled at Nature Museum, 2008
Centretown News Online – CCCA Rejects Plan to Limit Membership to Area Residents, 2008
A whole lot of stuff currently not available on the Charlatan’s spectacular and useful and not at all frustrating new website, 2006-2008
Photo story – Retrotown Music and Guitar Maintenance, 2008
Photo story – A Tivoli Florist Christmas, 2008
Midweek – Owning the Podium, 2010
Midweek – Jazz for Haiti, 2010
Midweek – several other stories which were not featured on the website, but aired during the broadcast, 2010
Catalyst – Sleep Detectives Seek Clues for Clinical Depression, 2010
Carleton Weekly – 2008-2010
And, of course, the assignments I’ve posted here, 2008-present


I have also done copy editing, or other behind the scenes work, for the following:

The Rostrum
The Charlatan
Midweek (Audio Producer, Copy Editor,  Host, and Music Editor)


Scientific stuff:


CNN lab bio