Category Archives: coolness

Bloody + Hell

aha! It isn’t what you think! I’ll bet you thought I was speaking negatively about something… you’d be wrong!

I just got back from Evil Dead: The Musical and I’m covered in ooey gooey sticky blood and it’s fantastic!

I am not a big fan of musicals most of the time, but this really knocked my socks off! I would absolutely go and see it again, right now!

K and I got premuim Splatter Zone tickets and they were worth every penny ($67 for those of you interested in my spending!). We were smack dab in the centre of the stage, and literally LESS than a foot away! The actors actually came up and interacted with us since we were so close… too cool!

It was hilarious, one of the female demons/zombies came up and stuck her foot on my table and shook her boobs in my face, then smacked her ass in the zombie dance. ahahaha I felt like I was in a strip club, but it was way cool!

And of course during the second act they started hacking away and sprayed blood everywhere! I was totally covered. We had the option of using these plastic poncho things, but really; who buys Splatter Zone tickets and doesn’t want to get covered in blood?

COME ON, PEOPLE!

All in all it was a fabulous production and I hope they bring it back again! It was campy and low-budget and laugh-out-loud funny, even for a cynic like me! I was very pleased. Although I do recommend you familiarize yourself with the first two Evil Dead movies before you go, as it is a blend of the two.

I really did get covered in blood. My hair is still streaked with it, and many of the women in the washroom commented that I actually looked like I could have been one of the actors since I managed to have blood seeping through my hair onto my ear and neck, all over my arms and artistically splattered across my face. I wish I had a photo! The blood is only coloured corn syrup, but it really shows up on my pale skin and hair!

…did I mention they even added a metallic scent to it so it smelled like real blood? It wasn’t though. I got some in my mouth and it was sweet.

I totally got some stares on the subway tonight. w00t!

Earth Hour 2008


I’m participating in Earth Hour 2008. Are you?

Best Health Event

So! I am writing this and I must say I look absolutely gorgeous, dahhhling!

Why the big head, you ask?

Well my friends, I just got back from the Best Health Magazine launch at Muzik Club. Let me tell you, that place is pretty damn swanky! Apparently all the stars hang out there when they’re in TO.

This was an ad event, Reader’s Digest is launching their new mag Best Health, so of course they had to throw a big partay. We got these pyramid-shaped invites with a tube of scrumptious Cake Milk-Made Velveteen Hand Creme, a sign of good things to come!

So the club is huge and gorgeous. I could even imagine a really cool wedding happening there. I’d say it’s at least as cool as This Is London in my book. Among the fabulous seating areas and multiple premium bars (open bar, BTW!) they had little sections set up to represent each of the content sections in the mag. They had some TV chef dude making our hors d’oeuvres (Chef Finklestein I think???) in one section, a yoga platform and instructors in the other (if you missed today’s workout, of course!) a juice bar in another and this cool custom t-shirt booth in another. I got a pink shirt with “I snort when I laugh” written on it (you could choose from some pre-set phrases, I should have gone with “Hot sex burns more calories”!)

In the back there is also a permanent Stila lounge. Apparently every Saturday when the club is open you can pop in for a hair and makeup touch-up. Ladies only. Today they had a full crew for the event, so I got my hair done in these incredible curls, and then had my makeup totally redone. Oh. Mah. Gawd. I looked incredible!

Oh, if only I didn’t have this wish for privacy on the internet! I’d post some photos for sure!

Even though my name is Ginger, I’ve got very light natural blonde hair. It’s also luxuriously long (tee hee!) so when the dude curled it like that I got compliments out the wazoo. The makeup was stellar, too. I was wearing an ultramarine blue shirt, so the artist complimented it with pinks on my face. I was the picture of prettiness! I usually think I’m pretty average-to-ugly looking, so it was nice to actually feel beautiful for the night. Everyone I talked to complimented me on my look and I wasn’t even fishing for compliments! …That’s when you know you look good!

Anyway, the business guys made a couple of speeches and got Jessica Holmes from Royal Canadian Air Farce up to crack some jokes and talk about the magazine. Afterwards I went over and got a photo with her and chatted for a bit. She’s a nice lady, and pregnant now, too!

When I left I got some goody bags, and since so many people were interested in my last post about swag, I thought I’d list what I got this time:

– REALLY nice tote bag branded with Best Health
– Evian water
– Nature Valley bar
– copy of the mag
– scrubby spa mitt (nice!)
– sample of Nina Ricci’s new perfume L’Air du Temps (it’s ok but not really my style)
– Stila lip pencil
– Stila “Petal Infusions calming eye cream”
– Promo card thing: bring it into Sephora and get a free Stila sample

All in all it wasn’t a bad haul. Not the best I’ve gotten, but not bad overall.

They didn’t spring for cab chits this time, but I had one from work so I was fine.

So there you have it: an ad event in a nutshell! Maybe in the future I’ll post about some of the other events I’ve been to… would any of you be interested in something like that?

Hi Ginger, and thanks

Hey guys, I found a nice little email in my inbox this morning!
Chris Winter, the big cheese over at We Conserve sent me a thank-you note for posting about the site here recently.

Apparently a good number of you checked the site out, I think that’s great because we need to support causes like this to help the planet.

Here’s a copy of the email:

Nice little post on your blog – and 32 people took the time to jump over to We Conserve.

Thanks, and do say hi if you make it out to one of the three events this week.

Chris

Chris Winter
Executive Director
The Conservation Council of Ontario

Thanks again to everyone who hopped on over there, I’m happy to know that my blog helped spread the word!

Keep your eyes peeled for blurbs about some of my other favourite causes…

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I don’t get paid to plug any of this stuff, I just do it because I want to! (however if someone wanted to pay me I would be ok with that too!)

Going Green: Part 3 – We Conserve and My Footprint


I was walking down the street yesterday and found my eyes resting on a delightfully green and blue poster advertising something really cool!

If you live in Toronto or the surrounding area, a movement called We Conserve is hosting a few free community workshops on how you can become more green through personal conservation and by patronizing companies that do their share, too. What a great idea! Unfortunately I didn’t find this poster until after a few workshops had already happened, but there are a few next week, too, so I may stop by!

Their website is pretty good, too. There are resources, tips, event listings and even an ecological footprint calculator to use. I would definitely recommend visiting this site if you are (or want to be more) eco-conscious.

If we don’t do something for our planet now, what will our children have? We need to start working towards a greener world today.

Let me know if you visit any of the workshops, or tell me what your opinion is on this movement?

FYI I tried using the Carbon footprint calculator – apparently I create 14.8 tonnes of CO2 every year. I used some of the average settings in places where I didn’t know how much I used (such as driving, electricity, heat, etc. since I don’t pay for any of those things).

What’s your footprint?

I <3 Swag Bags

I’ve been getting some free stuff at work lately, so I thought I’d dedicate a post to some of the cool things I receive as part of my job. I get asked about it quite a bit.

Most of you have probably seen me mention that I work in advertising/media. My job basically entails taking a creative concept that the brand is working on, and figuring out the best ways to get it out to their target market. This involves choosing the media vehicle, such as TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, internet, billboards, events, grassroots marketing, word of mouth, posters, transit ads, sponsoring events/teams/days, etc.

Think of the brand logos and ads you see around you every day, and you’ll know that someone like me developed the plan to get that logo/ad there, and have YOU see it. Oh yes, dear readers. There is a very real possibility that today you fell prey to my ingenious advertising placements! Muahahahaha! Seriously, though. If you live in Canada, you have definitely seen the projects I have worked on, I can guarantee it. Anyone in other countries…well… you have probably seen stuff my international colleagues have had a hand in. Cool, eh?
There’s a lot more boring stuff involved with my job that I won’t bother to mention, so I’ll stick to the fun stuff. Because I get to play with millions of dollars all those media choices (magazines, TV stations, etc.) really want my business. This means that they’ll try to woo me with free lunches, swag bags, days at the spa, dinners and lavish parties with celebrities and random gifts throughout the year. It’s pretty frickin’ awesome, my friends.

I used to work in a different position at my old job, and it seems like I got more stuff then compared to what I’m doing now, but I think it’s just because I don’t know as many people on this side of the business yet. Anyway, I thought I’d get onto the cool things I’ve received over the years.

This month alone I have been fed breakfast, lunch and dinner several times, received a couple of pens, notebooks, a high-end hand lotion & scented candle, gourmet cookies and chocolates, gift card to Winners, copious amounts of alcohol, tickets to a VIP concert, baseball tickets, gone to an exclusive shopping party, won a $100 tech backpack and dynamo flashlight and a nice travel mug. Not a bad haul so far.

I also have some more parties coming up which I will probably get some more cool swag bags from. *Squee!*

Some of the more interesting things I’ve received over the years:
– PlayStation Portable system
– Portable DVD player
– Season 4 of 24 on DVD
– Glass wine decanter
– Glass water decanter
– Random gourmet maple syrup products
– $100 spa gift certificates
– Fine wines & cookbooks
– Oven mitts (Hell’s Kitchen promotion, baby!)
– Brian the dog bobble head from Family Guy
– Mugs, mugs and more mugs
– Popcorn bowl and snuggly blanket
– More candy/cookies/chocolate than I can count, or eat!
– Freeze-dried ice cream saucer
– Random DVDs
– Martini shaker & glasses
– Box seats for several concerts and sporting events
– Jackets, hats, scarves, umbrellas & shirts galore (I average 3(!!) umbrellas a year…)

There’s probably more things that I can’t remember, but that gives you a good idea of the weird and sometimes really nice stuff we media people get. This doesn’t even include the parties and events we get to go to. I’ll make a separate post for those 😉

So tell me, readers: What do you think about my job? Do you think being overworked and underpaid is a fair trade for all the perks I get? What do you think about the items themselves?

And what I would really like to know is: what kind of perks do you guys get at your jobs? Is it worth it? Have you ever received anything either totally luxe, or so random you don’t know what to do with it?

Do tell!