Nablopomo – Day 27 – 4Cats Arts Studio

I want spread the word about an incredible place that provides a studio for children to express their artistic talents: 4Cats Art Studio.

They are asking people to help promote the 4Cats studio in the South Surrey area and to help out those who are less fortunate. It’s a pleasure to pass along their message to you:

Hello 4Cats Families!

Well, the cold days of November are upon us, and Christmas is just around the corner.

At 4Cats South Surrey, we love being able to provide a warm and bright studio for all of the children in our community to explore their creativity every week! So much so, that in the spirit of the season we’d like to give a little back to those less fortunate.

This is where we’d like your help.

We’d love for all of our families to bring in a non-perishable food item (canned, or dry) to our studio between now and December 10th when they come to class. All items will be donated to the local food bank to help spread some holiday cheer, and 4Cats South Surrey will match, item for item, anything brought in to the studio.

In addition, every time your child brings in an item of food, they will automatically be entered for a chance to win a FREE REGISTRATION for our magical 4-day Grandma Moses inspired winter camp from Dec 20th-Dec 23rd (Value: $165.00+HST). The more cans they bring, the more chances to win! The kids get a chance to create an original work of art just before Christmas, and moms and dads get a chance for some free hours for those last minute outings.

Please help us support our local families this holiday season!

(The draw is to be held on December 11th.)

Our warmest thanks!

4Cats South Surrey Team: Anna, Silvana, Nina, Janice & Kraeg

If you’re in the South Surrey area, or know someone who is, please take some time to help promote a great place and a great cause. Many thanks!

Nablopomo – Day 6 – Saturday

Saturday is a very special day for me. Not only is it a usual day off for me, but it also means Saturday morning cartoons with my son. Yes, I’m not ashamed to admit it. I watch cartoons. You should too.

It’s not like I remember though. First off, there’s enough commercials to choke a horse. Yes son, we’ll see if they have those small plastic / metal spinning tops of destruction, talking / attacking gerbils and glow in the dark hamburgers.

Secondly, the classic cartoons (like Bugs Bunny) are still on, but now edited. I can’t believe I just watched bugs bunny point an oversized cannon at Yosemite Sam only to have the actual shooting of the cannon edited out. Do the censors in this country really think that kids watching someone get blasted with an oversize / embellished cannon is going to lead to something worse? I asked my son what he thought. His response? “It’s just a cartoon.” Exactly. Kids are smarter than you think.

Thirdly, it gives me creative inspiration. Now that I’m more design-oriented, I get inspiration from where I can. I guess that’s why my client has the bunny ears and ‘Pow’ symbol in their logo.

Finally, my son just informed me that we’re suppose to be spending time together. So, this is it for now.

Happy Saturday!

Nablopomo – Day 5 – Time to play

We can’t be working all the time, right? I believe in a healthy balance of work / life with a splash of mental entertainment and stimulation. I believe Jack said it best:

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Jack Torrence – The Shining (1980)

On that note, I’d like to highlight some of the things that the family and I do to keep up the inspiration, energy levels and sanity.

At least 3 times per week. Usually a mixture of different types of yoga, cardio and toning. Participants: Dad, Mom, Junior.
Kitchen dancing
This is a regular occurrence in the household. It really doesn’t matter what type of music is playing, as long as it’s got a good beat. Last song we danced to was Olivia Newton John’s Xanadu. Participants: Dad, Mom, Junior.
Yes, the classic board game that teaches the family how to be cutthroat at business. To add a dash of non-realism, I put money in the middle when landing on Free Parking. Participants: Initially it’s Dad, Mom, Junior. Dad and Junior then gang up on Mom. Mom goes bust. Dad lets Junior win (for now).
Don’t underestimate the entertainment value of playing with lego. I find that this brings me more design ideas than anything else, except when Junior tells me I’ve “built it wrong”. Participants: Dad, Mom, Junior.
The Vancouver Canucks
A devoted superfan since 1982. We’re like the Chicago Cubs of Hockey! Participants: Dad during regular and post-season. Mom and Junior during the post-season only.
Team Fortress 2
It goes to show that you don’t need the most intense graphics to have a good time. I really like the teamwork and general comradery. Personally, I’m not too keen on the hats and trading. However, it does make for an interesting human behaviour study. You’d be surprised how people are about their in-game hats! A definite time vampire! Participants: Dad, once Junior goes to bed. Mom then wonders who I’m swearing at.
Angry Birds
Throwing birds at pigs with a dash of secret golden egg levels. Enough said. Participants: Dad, Mom, Junior.
Crush the Castle 2
Sometimes I just like to chuck virtual rocks, bombs and fire at castle walls. Participants: Dad.
Pitchfork / Fat Wreck Chords
An ample supply of fresh tunes that you probably wouldn’t hear on any top 40 radio station. Participants: Dad.
I admit that this my most neglected leisure activity. When I do pick up a book, it’s usually Isaac Asimov or J. R. R. Tolkien. Participants: Mom, Junior, Sometimes Dad.

The important thing is to factor in some sort of leisure time. Life’s busy enough. Don’t let the grind rule your life!