Error 2016: Information Overload

Infobesity: Just as our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, our interest can be significantly greater than our brain capacity. – Saga Briggs

What are you doing right now?

Wait. Let me rephrase that.

How much are you doing right now? Really.

As I type this, I have 6 others tabs open, my phone next to me and Atley is on his tablet.

It’s taking longer than it probably should for me to write this post because I’m kind of watching Ferris Bueller and kind of flipping in between blogging and editing a video.

I stop every time Atley laughs, he shows me a funny video and I try again to find my place within these four screens.

But I’m constantly at war with my attention span. I’ll put on a movie, watch it for 15 minutes, pick up my phone to check a text and suddenly the credits are rolling and I’m 75 weeks deep into a friend of a friend’s woman crush Wednesday’s sister’s Instagram because her eyebrow game is strong af.

Facebook. Scroll. Refresh. Twitter. Scroll. Refresh. Instagram. Scroll. Refresh. Snapchat. Open. Refresh. Email. Scroll. Refresh.


Anyone else? Anyone?

Atley was getting brain-y on me the other day and explained that when babies get overwhelmed from information overload, they cry and fall asleep from being overstimulated.

So like every college student I know.

We all just want to cry and sleep and sometimes don’t know why. But it makes sense. Not only do we have information coming at us that we have to force ourselves to retain, we live in a world where information is coming at us from every angle.


Your smartphone is a constant stream of information and it’s addicting. The latest and the greatest is at our fingertips and you just have to keep swiping down to be all-knowing.

I get it. If I miss it on a trend, I panic a little. I’m getting old. I’m out of touch. What year is it?


The obsession with knowing what’s going on, who’s texting us, who is commenting on our latest selfie can sometimes outweigh our will to pay attention to anything less current. Who wants to learn about psychology when the group chat is lit.

But are we learning less by taking in more?

Society is developing a habit of extreme multi-tasking which is making us less productive.

This worries me. With more courses switching to online, how educated will next generations be? If I can’t watch an entire movie without falling into my phone’s abyss, how will someone educate themselves online with the infinite search possibilities?

So how do we beat it?

Unplug. No, not forever. We’re not savages.

But just unplug for a few minutes a day, a few times a day. Give your brain a break.






Reservations review

On Tuesday evening I went to see Reservations a play by Steven Ratzlaff. If I hadn’t been following the herd, I would have missed the Rachel Browne Theatre – a hole in the wall at 211 Bannatyne.

The two-hour play told two thought-provoking stories on indigenous issues. The first act, Pete’s Reserve, opened up with the three performers – Sarah Constible, Tracey Nepinak and playwright Steven Ratzlaff – standing behind three thin screens as a projection of Northern Lights swayed over them. They moved ever so slightly, but for so long that I thought this might be the whole play. (Or that they might have a Disney-inspired transformation into a castle-bound Beast) 

But really, the issue at hand was that farmer Pete was gifting 640 acres of his land back to the Siksika people and his daughter, Anna, is not happy. Anna and her brother were supposed to inherit the land and they are each left with 80 acres each.

Anna – played by Sarah Constible – calls up a realtor friend of hers and finds out that the land is worth $5000 an acre. 

Let’s do some math $5000 x 640 acres… 

That’s 3.2 million buck-a-roos.

I appreciated the story’s ability to empathize with both sides of the argument. Three million is a lot, but the morality in Petes decision to give the land back to the Siksika people was hard to dismiss. 

What the story did lack was Pete’s definitive reason to give the land back. By the end it felt like a long back and forth with no conclusion. His second wife, Esther (Tracey Nepinak) a Cree woman, tries to convince Pete to change his mind to please his daughter. So where was this motivation coming from? The only reason they alluded to was that he had a That’s So Raven vision during a heart attack.

I did appreciate the artistic visuals of the first act, but that all fell flat on the second act.

Standing Reserve is 40 minutes of arguing and 20 minutes of lecture. Captivating.

It was interesting to feel like a fly on a wall as Jenny and Mike (Sarah Constible and Steven Ratzlaff) have a conversation about their foster kids. Oh, wait. Actually, it was 40 minutes of Jenny complaining that she didn’t think her indigenous foster children benefit from going back to their reserve while Mike sits there without saying much. 

Again, it was thought-provoking to see both sides of the issue and I felt like the story was building when Denise, a worker for Aborginal Child and Family Services, comes in to explain why it’s essential for the children to know where they came from. But then without any explanation, we suddenly find out that Jenny and Mike “lose” the kids and Denise gives a long University lecture about Heidegger.

This is when I started to think about what I was going to eat when I finally got home.

I hoped the talk back would fill some gaps in the unsatisfactory conclusions, but Steven Ratzlaff didn’t really answer any of the questions.

It can be argued that the questions weren’t the greatest, but once he responded “it seemed that way, didn’t it?” when someone asked about their interpretation, I lost interest. 

The play is running until Sunday. 

    The Adventures of Winnipeg Beach

    This weekend I was lucky to get away from work for two days with three of my favorite ladies.
    We packed up the car with more wine than food and headed to an unlikely destination in early March: Winnipeg Beach.
    We pulled up to Shay’s cabin that she called a “fixer upper.” To me, it was a cozy treasure trove full of antique decor the previous owner had left behind.


    After settling in, we went into town to hunt for a story. The main street was completely empty and, I have to say, it was kind of spooky seeing the Boardwalk covered in snow and the arcade closed up. I’m so used to seeing damp beach-goers roaming around that I felt like we were dropped into this town post-apocalypse.

    Discouraged, we went for lunch at the first place that had a liquor license. I’m not sure if it was the friendliness of the residents or the novelty of four young ladies juggling cameras and a tripod, but by the the time were done our lunch we knew the waitress’s life story, had the business card for a yoga studio owner and an old German lady kissed Rebecca on the cheek as if she was her granddaughter.

    While we walked around the town, we wandered into the community centre where they were setting up for their St. Patty’s Day dinner, we met a dog named Blacky, and learned all about Winnipeg Beach’s history from the owner of a local shop.

    Winnipeg Beach was built as a vacation town back in the early 1900s and was home to the largest wooden roller coaster in North America. Did you know that? I sure didn’t. It also had a ginormous dance hall. Winnipeggers would come out to the beach by train back in the day and it became pretty popular.

    Photos by Gudlager Jon Patrick Olson

    After supper in Gimli – and encountering another cute dog – we went for a romantic stroll down the harbour.

    The rest is red wine and girl talk. But I forgot how nice even a short escape from routine can be – especially when surrounded by great people and a box of 32 profiteroles.

    Here’s my advice: hop in your car, or your friend’s car, or on a bike and grab your camera – or don’t – and take a little road trip. Even if it’s to a park or to the little river near your house. Just go on an adventure and enjoy yourself.



    PHOTOS: Voyageur Games!


    It’s that time of year when Manitobans dig out their red toques and button-filled ceintures fléchées to celebrate French Canadian culture at the Festival du Voyageur.

    Snow sculptures fill the boulevards of Saint-Boniface and Fort Gibraltar is taken over by Western Canada’s largest winter festival.

    The park smells like mini donuts and wood shavings, and there is definitely somebody playing a violin somewhere in the distance. But it’s worth the long lines and chilly toes.

    It’s 10 days of winter-y goodness and there is no shortage of fun to be had. While the main park is inside Fort Gibraltar, if you look in the right places there are plenty of other events being held at the festival’s other official sites. Like the Voyageur Games at the Marion Hotel.

    The games took place throughout the week and on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 they ran from 7 p.m. until 12 p.m. The hotel bar was packed with teams and spectators as men and women competed in traditional voyageur games, such as leg wrestling, log sawing, pillow fights, tug of war and voyageur wrestling.


    George Einarson and Paul d’Eschambault set up the wood for the log sawing competition at the Marion Hotel on Feb. 20, 2016./DANI BOILY


    The Voyageur Games stage was full with judges, competitors and “cowboys” who held the wood steady for the log sawing round on Feb. 20, 2016./DANI BOILY

    Graeme Lowe gives it all he’s got in the log sawing competition./DANI BOILY

    Graeme Lowe gives it all he’s got in the log sawing round of the Voyageur Games on Feb. 20, 2016./DANI BOILY

    Sawdust flew everywhere as competitors tore through the logs./DANI BOILY

    Sawdust flew everywhere as competitors tore through the logs at the Voyageur Games on Feb. 20, 2016./DANI BOILY


    Paul d’Eschambault holds down the log as Natasha Côté takes her turn sawing through the wood at the Voyageur Games on Feb. 20, 2016./DANI BOILY


    Yvette Thibert and her fellow judges enjoy the games from the judges stand while surrounded by pitchers of beer on Feb. 20, 2016./DANI BOILY


    Garth Cheung takes down Peter Hennig in the leg wrestling match on Feb 20, 2016 at the Voyageur Games./DANI BOILY




    Getting springy

    After January 1st, I’m done with winter. The lights come off, the Christmas trees go down and there’s dirty snow everywhere.
    We’re not too far from Spring now – I’m being optimistic – and I’m ready for Spring clothes.
    In my blanket fort, away from the cold, I’ve been doing some online shopping, and there are so many cute, inexpensive websites. I couldn’t resist.
    I just recently ordered from Romwe and I’ll put some looks together in another post. 
    Here’s some places I’ve shopped and some that I’m really interested in.

    What’s your favourite online store? Lemme know. 

    Review: ColourPop

    I have seen so many girls looking wonderful wearing these little tubes from heaven. And when you forgot you had $80 in your PayPal account, the obvious thing to do is empty it online shopping. Right?

    Allow yourself a good chunk of time for research if you plan to purchase, because you’re going to want all of them. Since some of them are so similar, I had a lot of narrowing down to do.

    I have trust issues with preview images on websites, so I took to Pinterest and Instagram to look up swatches to help with my decision making. If I was getting 3 nude lipsticks (which I did), I wanted them to make sure I didn’t get 3 peachy nudes.

    I appreciate that they have swatches for different skin tones on their website:

    Cool, huh? So, I decided on five ultra matte lippies:

    MIDI –  A soft neutral beige.

    TRAP – A dusty greyed out beige. (greige)

    KAPOW –  A muted grey taupe.

    TULLE – A dusty mauve burgundy.

    GUESS – A dark blackened violet.

    For my swatches, first impressions and overall review of these, watch my video!

    How I dye my hair 

    Back in my scene kid days, I spent hundreds of dollars every few months getting my hair done. It was critical to upkeep the coontail in my expertly teased and spiked mane.

    Over the years, my hair has been pushed down on my priority list and I’ll go a year without a haircut. I had a good amount of blonde in my hair a few years ago, so once I got bored of my Kylie-esque ombré, I took matters into my own hands to go back to the dark side in the cheapest way possible.

    I then discovered the magic that is Sally Beauty Supply and started dying my hair at home.

    The products are better than box dye and really cheap.

    Here’s how I do it!

    Products used:

    • one n only Argan Oil Hair Color in 3CH
    • one n only Argan Oil Hair Color Creme Developer in 20 Volume
    • Mixing bowl + brush

    Obviously, I’m not a hair stylist. So if you do anything differently let me know!

    Until next week.