Out and About in Winnipeg

Last night, my hubby and I went out to a fundraiser art auction for Timeraiser.ca, an organization that holds events for non-profits and charities to match up causes with volunteers with appropriate skills. My hubby’s childhood friend, Paul Gagnon was overseeing the even at Hydro Place, and though we were only able to attend the second half of it, I would say it went quite well. I enjoyed the tasty appetizers and the showcase of art, as well as speaking with some of the different organizations that were there, including Elaine from CYBF – Canadian Youth Business Foundation who gave me a pointers about getting information for business start up. The people were very friendly, plus it was a chance for my hubby and I to hang out with friends, something we don’t do enough. It was a nice evening overall, ending with a cozy drink and appis at Rudy’s Eat and Drink (in the same building). I must say, I half expected the prices to be crazy given it’s location downtown, but we were pleasantly surprised the food was fairly priced with generous portions and very tasty! I would definitely go back again. My one complaint, which isn’t really a complaint more than an observation, is that the washrooms are a little crazy to get into. You go behind a glass wall to get to them which is see through from the side of the washrooms, but not see through on the other side, and there’s a wall of wood panels, and doors with the same wood panels which blend right in to the wall. There are no door knobs or handles or signs that say push or pull on them so it’s confusing at first to figure out how the doors open or where they begin, except there’s a small metal circle on each door that says, “Vacant” to let you know that no one’s in there. Strange? Yes. I’ve never seen doors like this. Needless to say, I found out you push on the metal circle to open the door lol! So funny! I joked with one of our friends that this is why moms don’t go out – (we just end up getting embarassed or have weird struggles like this). We laughed quite a bit over this. But it felt good to get out of the house even though it took me way to long to figure out what I was going to wear (at first I was going to wear something plain jane but then my hubby was wearing a nice blazer and shirt and I didn’t want to look out of place so I hurried to find something a little more dressy but not too fancy). Anyhoo, I’m so glad the evening turned out; we all had a nice visit with friends, Timeraiser.ca raised many volunteer hours for the organizations there, and a bunch of artists got paid for their artwork. Oh, and I got a  job, which I start on Monday! Yay! Happy Mom!

Hope you all have a splendid day!

Roxy

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Spring 2013 Manitoba Comic Con (Pop Culture Expo) and Creative Types

ImageThis past weekend, my hubby and I were tabling at the Manitoba Comic Convention (Pop Culture Expo), for their Spring show and while it was pretty slow, it was still like coming home. What do I mean? Well, speaking as someone who enjoys going to these shows, whenever I’m at a con, I totally feel welcome and there’s a sense of excitement in the air. I think it’s because I’ve always felt a little out of place in everyday society, and it’s not for lack of trying. I’ve tried very hard over the years to “fit in”, and no matter how hard I tried, it just never seemed right. Don’t ask me why, though it probably doesn’t help that I’m a naturally shy person with little self-esteem, but I’m also a ‘creative type’ as some might call me and that’s where I think my views and personality might clash a bit with mainstream thinking. And I love being around people, I just don’t appreciate when people are mean to others for being different. I mean, we’re all different in reality, but the problem is, there tends to be a shift in society where once a certain trend hits, everyone must jump on board for fear of being seen as a ‘loser’ or a ‘has been’ or whatever else one might want to call them when in reality, if everyone decided to just be themselves, and like what they like, do their own thing, there would be way more creativity in the world and people would be happier in general. But I digress. My point is, if you, like me enjoy being around people, who are not afraid to say they enjoy certain games, movies, comic books, or other specific hobbies, then you’ll enjoy coming to a comic convention. And the fact that the word comic is in there is a bit of a misleading thing, because comic conventions are much more than comics as you can guess. There’s many different vendors and artists there, all waiting to talk to you about their favourite movies, TV shows, games, drawings, books, even pieces of jewellery! And while many vendors and artists return year after year, there’s always fresh new faces to meet and new products available, along with different things going on on the side. What else is there?

Well, there are always special guests, sometimes, like last year, there’s an extra-hard-to-come-by guest such as Patrick Stewart of Star Trek Next Generation, or like this past show, there’s guests such as Adam West, Burt Ward, and Yvonne Craig, (or Batman, Robin and Batgirl from the hit 60’s TV show: Batman). Either way, you’re sure to find someone interesting to take a photo with or get an autograph from – though come prepared to spend some cash as most actors etc. charge quite a bit to get one. There’s also other things happening here and there, such as costume contests for those customers or vendors/artists who come dressed up in cosplay. These are fun! You can even get in on a group photo-op if you happen to be wearing a costume that is from the same show or movie as other cosplayers. 🙂

Well, here’s some photos from the convention:

Spider-Man

Spider-Man!

Hug Me Batman

A cute cardboard Batman with a slot on his chest that said “Hugs 25 cents” So adorable!

My hubby's Axiom-Man series

Axiom-Man series of books and comics

Close-up of my comics

A close-up of my comics, Average Jill and Fuzz Society

Me and Batman

Me and Batman

Hubby and Jack Sparrow

My Hubby and Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean

Me and Batman again

Hey, I know I have a silly face, but that’s what makes this cute ;p

My crocheted Batgirl hat

My crocheted Batgirl hat

side view of hat

side view of hat

Front view of hat

Front view of hat

My books, art, and stuff

My books, art and stuff – all Roxy!

 

Well, this is the smaller show of the two Winnipeg comic cons, though there’s another show,(unrelated), called Ai-kon which is coming soon, and it’s all about anime!! Yay! I would like to table at one of these shows if I can, provided I can get a table as it’s first come-first serve and limited space available right now. But we’ll see what happens with that. ;p Until next time, chow!

Ttyl,
Roxy

Camping Trip 2012

Hello,

Thought I’d say a bit about our latest camping trip since it turned out quite nice, and do a bit of mini-promo for the campground – Rubber Ducky Campground and Resort in Woodlands, MB (about 20 mins. outside of Winnipeg). This was our first time camping there, and the idea came from my sister-in-law, who did lots of research beforehand as she took her family too. So we all packed up (two adults and two kids in my family and in my brother’s family), and drove out to the campground on Saturday afternoon. It was a nice weekend as has been the case all summer long – like plus 30 deg. Celcius so it was a bit hot for camping, but nice for swimming in a pool, which they have two of! So we spent most of the time in the pool helping our kids learn to swim (and for myself, getting over my own phoebia of water). This was my first time in a pool all year so it was good to go in, even if just to get somewhat used to it. I’m slowly learning how to swim because I want to, and because I need to for my kids’s sakes. Anyhoo, more on that later, but here’s our camping story.

We drove to the campground, after getting a bit turned around, but I had printed some directions from off the Internet which helps a lot since our GPS isn’t too useful for rural addresses. Well, if you have a family, you’ll love this place – first of all they have a nice HUGE pool area complete with two pools – a kiddie one, and another, slightly deeper, heated pool, plus 2 hot tubs! It’s perfect if you go for a swim and then want to warm up then go back for more. The pools are free and are right beside the campground office/restaurant which has some nice showers and arcades and puzzles/games to rent if you’re rained out. There’s also a really awesome gumball machine that costs 25 cents, but gives your kids a cool show by sending your gumball through a rollercoaster of sorts and playing music for you! (We loved it’s entertainment value so much we each had to try). And it’s nice that the resort is family owned and operated so it felt good because I know that they do care about their customers. Everything is family friendly! There is even an outdoor movie area by the pool where they had a movie on Saturday night. Also, each weekend they host different events for either charity or fun. So lots to do!

As a bonus, our campsite was right beside a big playground where the kids could slide, swing, go on a see-saw, or play in some playhouses. Plus they had dumptrucks to play with at the playground. Even though we didn’t try it, they also loan out badminton rackets, baseballs, bats and mitts, etc. for their extra recreation areas. I thought we might do that, but the weather was just too hot to try that out.

After arriving, we set up camp complete with tent and lawn chairs, then decided to go for a swim. The boys really enjoyed the ducky slide in the kiddie pool, and jumping in. Unfortunately there is no life guard on duty so you need to stay alert because even other people’s kids are not always behaving properly and I had to keep an eye on some rowdy kids who were being rambunctious around us. I made sure to take lots of pictures too as I wanted to remember everything like it was yesterday. Next we decided to grill some smokies with my brother and roast hot dogs. It was good as usual. We also roasted marshmallows after and made smores – mmmm! I love campfire cooking, the only downside is that my allergies acted up so all night I had breathing issues and even though the weather cooled off nicely at night, I was wide awake so I think I got like 2 hours of sleep lol! Yeah, I was not a happy camper that night. 😦 But at least it was a vacation, so I couldn’t complain.

The next day we had bacon, eggs and toast for breakfast, did lots of swimming too, but decided to get out of the sun for a few hours since the UV index felt really high and we were almost burnt. So we took a drive to nearby towns, first Warren, (which wasn’t too exciting), then to Stonewall where we did a bit of shopping at the dollar store and bargain shop, then stopped for drinks at Tim’s. It was a nice little outing and a chance to get in some air conditioning. ;p Good thing we took a break too as we could have gotten sick from all the heat. After we got back, we had a bit of a swim, then decided to get out as it was getting very cloudy nearby and we had to eat supper anyways. So good thing we packed everything up as it ended up raining heavily for at least half an hour. We would’ve got soaked, but we were safe in the restaurant which was nice and cozy. I also want to add that the food was awesome, and quite affordable! I loved the poutine! 😉

Unfortunately we lost one of our water wings which blew away to who knows where. We found one by the duck pond – another awesome part of this campground – where there are always ducks swimming and waddling around. My oldest child thought he could play with them, but got chased away – thankfully he didn’t get bitten, but we warned them not to chase the ducks. Kids don’t always listen though do they? Sigh… Afterwards we made some yummy cherry pie sandwiches (toast with cherry pie filling inside). Yummy! It was also a nice cool evening, and since I was beat from the heat and from not sleeping the previous night, I ended up crashing shortly after returning to camp.

The last day of camp, we had some more bacon and eggs, and the kids had oatmeal too. After that, we did a bit more swimming, then one of the employees came around asking if we wanted to ride the Ducky Train so the kids and I, and my sister-in-law and her kids went for a scenic little trip around the campsite before leaving for home. We would have played some mini-golf too if it wasn’t for the heat, as it was cheap!

Overall, it was a great trip, despite the fact that we forgot to bring pillows for us (the kids had theirs packed up early), and we didn’t bring a fan (which we thankfullly didn’t need to use because it was cool enough). I would go back there again in a heartbeat, and recommend it to other Winnipeggers who want to get away for a short while but not want to travel too far or spend too much money (the campsites are a great price). Thanks for listening, feel free to comment on your own camping experiences/recommendations!

Regards,

Roxy