Do you ever notice a date, or a time, or a person over and over until it/they gets kind of etched in your brain, and you notice it more often than other times / dates?

1982 kept coming up in late January. Mostly birthdays, but some films and albums that came out that year.

And now Feb 24.
I just noticed I have exactly one year left on my TELUS contract. (After an hour long Christmas Eve chat with one of their loyalty people, I finally got my bill to a place where I don’t feel like I’m getting b̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶o̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶a̶ ̶s̶t̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶i̶p̶h̶o̶n̶e̶s̶ completely taken advantage of. So we’ll see.)

And tonight, making egg salad for lunch, I noticed that my mayonnaise expired to-frickin-DAY – Feb 24, 2014. Seriously. And yes, I threw it out. I’m a wuss with potentially rotten food. And I’m a salad dressing bachelor, so there were tons of other non-expired options.

And Rae Spoon.

It started with a photo by the amazing JJ Levine in the vitrines at Gallery 44 – then I saw them on the cover of Broken Pencil. Then in an online thing. Then in another online thing. Then on a postcard for My Prairie Home. In cool graphic cutout. Imagine being recognized for your glasses and haircut? So-swoon.

And yay! My Prairie Home is screening wednesday night at cinecylce. The week of Feb 24. I wonder if Rae was born in 1982?


Next Repetition column — 12:34 am, 12:34 pm.

Title Credit: The oft-cited This Year by the ineffable Mountain Goats


My solair chair (with minor war wounds from whomever “borrowed” it) has been returned to my back yard, Bal has started planting the immense vegetable garden around the perimeter (and into the driveway), and I’ve got my eye on this… (with a side of picnic table).

Bring it, summer.

Title credit: Modest Mouse, Untitled

Woke up to birds chirping this morning – one commonality between my country life and my city life. All my windows face birds. Then I remembered I had a bird post waiting in my drafts folder (from May 13th! Yowza.) So without further ado… some monday birds:

Jason Polan draws them at the American Museum of Natural History (NYC trip coming up….!)

Portlandia makes everything better with them.

While Mr Fruitkey adds in a lion and a drumbeat and some film scratch.

(check out Find Love while you are on his channel – butterflies are the new birds)

Title credit: Tom Waits, Jockey Full of Bourbon

Happy Civic Holiday! (“Damn You, John Graves Simcoe” by Ivor Tossell, via Toronto Standard, the prettiest online local I read)

It is no secret that I love maps. And hopefully no secret that I love Toronto, despite the somewhat frustrating weather patterns. Although, 45 degrees in a second floor apartment with no a/c — is a very good reason to escape to a cottage for a few weeks.  I hope the weather is better now.

xo, robyn

Title credit: The Weakerthans, Civil Twilight

Totally awesome – Free Nothing @ Some Prints – get some A4 paper and make some art for your walls! (Then go buy a bigger print… see below for one of my favourites)

Free Nothing @

Ferris Bueller + Thunder Road. Something about that just seems right. I know Huey Lewis is probably more time period approp, but whatever. What is that Francis Bacon quote about beauty existing in the strangeness of proportions? Something like that.

Drool. Okay, back to work.

Title credit: Bruce Springsteen, Thunder Road