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Summer Swag

19 May

After five days of rain, I began to give up on summer. Begrudgingly putting on socks, a jacket and a scarf to go to work every morning seemed like a routine that would keep repeating itself like groundhog day (damn you, socks). And then this crazy thing happened. As if it were a sign from the Spaghetti Monster itself, on my way to Value Village, this big ball of fire began to peak through the clouds. I almost forgot what sunshine looked and felt like (and happiness, and skin pigmentation).

I consider this a weather-induced stroke of luck because damn did I get some good sh*t from Value Village. It’s one of those places that is not for the impatient or the non-creative. I am only sometimes those things.

Usually when I go to VV Boutique, I come with a game plan but can never find what I’m looking for. This time around, (I swear it’s the Spaghetti Monster) I hit the nail on the head. My top summer item is maxi-anything (maxi dress, skirt, pad…no, not that). VV was to deliver me maxi skirts and did it ever do me right.

3 skirts, 1 blazer, $40.

Damn.

Want to see them?

No?

Too bad. Continue reading

Guess Who’s Back (Back Again)

9 May

Nothing on the internet ever really dies. This allows me to be neglectful of internet things, get back to them months later and suffer no consequences.

So after months of limiting my internet persona to the Twitterverse I’ve decided to get back into the blogosphere (I will never use either of those words ever again. Ever) because to be honest, I kind of miss it.

I want to keep this post short and sweet. A quick hello. A plea for you to love me again. And as a gift I give you this:

And by gift I mean it was in my head, and now it’s in yours.

Later, punks

Tis The Season [I want to go to there…]

3 Nov

Let’s be real, the end of Halloween marks the beginning of Christmas. I could criticize the commercialism of it all, but that’s just so passé. Besides, there’s a lot of good that comes out of xmas for a girl who technically doesn’t celebrate Jesus’ re-birthday (Elf, Home Alone I,II, eggnog, overeating, days off etc…).

There is, however, one thing that has gone on to trump all other holiday goodness: A cupcake-making competition. The Ironcupcake, that is.

Like the Iron Chef competitions, there is a secret ingredient all contestants must include in their cupcake recipes. And the ingredient is…..drum roll please……  Christmas. Shocker. It seems like a cop out as far as ingredients go to do something more conceptual, but I’ll have my resurrected candycane cupcake and eat it too. You betcha I’ll be there.

Dec. 5, who’s in?

Toronto Indecision 2010

25 Oct

A municipal election without an incumbent calls for one of the most media-hyped elections of the past couple of decades in Toronto. City dwellers have been inundated with coverage and campaign promises from mayor and councillor wannabes alike, but are they getting through to potential voters?

It seems as though there are a lot of fence-sitters, people who aren’t planning on voting, or haven’t decided yet who is worthy of their endorsement.

Most people are having trouble picking between candidates they don’t completely believe in, but publications are urging them to vote regardless, citing the direct effect of voting towards electing an appropriate, representative leader.

I recently reported for Humber TV news on the pre-elections atmosphere on campus, and I was disappointed to find scores of students who weren’t planning on voting. Not one student out of the dozen we talked to was heading to the polls today.

I want to echo the sentiment communicated by the media, and encourage everyone in the GTA to vote in their respective elections. Find something you believe in and the candidate that speaks closest to those values and stick with it.

Good luck at the polls.

If you want to see my report, watch below. It’s the first story in the newscast.

Happy voting!

 

 

Oh Facebook

18 Oct

Social media is great for a lot of things, but there are always people who ruin it for everyone while embarrassing themselves in the process. Thankfully the Oatmeal has created an all-encompassing guide to the annoying-as-hell Facebook friends you have but are too guilty to unfriend.

I am positive that each description fits at least a couple of people I know in an eerily accurate way. Continue reading

I’m On The TV!

8 Oct

…not really. But here’s part one of the show we filmed on Thursday that myself and my j-school co-broadcasters poured our blood sweat and tears into. Not literally, we’re not that masochistic.

Love it nonetheless.

It Gets Better

5 Oct

There have been several teen suicides in the last week, all of which have been triggered by bullying based on sexual orientation. Fortunately, there has been a waterfall of public outreach fronted by Savage Love‘s Dan Savage, involving celebrity and non-celebrity videos telling those struggling to live another day that “it gets better“.  And it does.

Though I am not gay myself, I have grown up with a gay best friend who also struggled with his identity before he came out, but he overcame it and I’ve never seen anyone happier than he is. It’s tragic that a potential happy life was obliterated by the relentless abuse of others.

No one deserves the disrespect and disgusting ignorance experienced through bullying, regardless of what motive the aggressor has.

I don’t want to make my own video, because I think those that exist speak loudly and strongly but I did make a short news piece for Humber TV that I thought I would link you to.

Speaking of links, the 519 and PFLAG are great programs and resources if you need help and support.

Stay happy 🙂

Check Out thedailyplanet.com!

30 Sep

As you may know from reading ROMISAYS, I am a whore to the publications I work for. This time is no exception.

I am currently a managing editor for thedailyplanet.com, Humber College’s online newspaper. We re-launched for the year this week and we’re off to a good start! Check out what all of the hardworking students are writing about.

And if you want to jump to what I wrote, you can find it here.

And “like” our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter.

Freshly Pressed

28 Sep

You have no idea how much of a shock it was to see the page views on ROMISAYS skyrocket first thing yesterday morning. It took me a while to figure out that I was “Freshly Pressed” on WP’s homepage.

I wanted to thank WordPress, even though I’m not sure how FP posts are chosen, for putting me there. It’s nice to be able to write and get my message across, but it’s nicer to get an extra push to spread my words to more people than I would usually have access too.

I also would like to thank those who read and commented on the post. I learnt great deal from your input and opinions, and every single person who commented stayed respectful to me, each other, and the subject matter. After reading too many a comment section on a news article, I was beginning to doubt good comments even existed.

I hope those who gravitated to my blog via Freshly Pressed will continue reading. I promise awesome content and good discussion.

Beyond humbled,

Romi

I’m On The CBC!

22 Sep

Check me out!

I know, probably the most anti-climatic thing you’ve ever experienced, but exciting for me!

My first published work for a major news organization. Eat it up.

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