A Slow And Painful Death

That’s it. I’ve decided I am now done with Small Town Social The Blog. It’s been a slow and painful death since early 2011 and I shall end this blog today in a dignified manner, although, I think it’s too late for that.

It’s been fun.

I’ll keep the blog live because it’s free and I have a lot of good memories on here but my Small Town Social Twitter account is still active because I kind of enjoy Twitter; so if you need me, and you really don’t, I’ll be there.

Thanks! Later.

Fernie Fall Craft Fair This Saturday

The Fernie Fall Craft Fair is happening this Saturday at the Fernie Community Center, like always. Here’s the poster. Get in there. You should stop by and say hello to my little friend Tristen Nicholson. She’ll be selling delicious hand made awesomeness that you can’t eat but you can wear most of it!

Fernie Mom :: Doing It Wrong Can Be Right

Hey! It’s me. I was inspired this morning while rocking my little girl to sleep for her first nap and so I ran downstairs, as soon as I could, to be able to quickly write something about “rules”. I’m not a big fan of rules but, mostly, unnecessary rules.

I’m a big fan of rules that are for the betterment of society (ie: be nice, don’t judge, put away your tools when you’re done with them) but when it comes to parenting I find there are many rules, but more interestingly, there are different rules for different people and families. Almost everyone will have an opinion about anything regarding any part of raising a child. No subject goes untouched or unruled. We have a few rules, no doubt, like 1. Mommy needs a break from time to time. 2. No co-sleeping allowed unless we are camping and I can prepare myself for a night of no sleep. 3. We will not buy Phoenix big plastic kitchens, playgrounds, or anything else big and plasticy unless it’s used and she desperately needs it. I could go on but I’m not going to. I’m sure you have/will have your own.

One area of parenting we weren’t so good at was putting Phoenix to sleep (although she has always been a good sleeper, once asleep). We heard all sorts of advice regarding how to properly put a baby to sleep but I’m not sure any of those people had a Phoenix in their life. I think we all just manage the best we can, with whatever area of difficulty we’re experiencing. Our baby was quite colicky, maybe, who knows, but she cried a lot and one of the few ways to get her to stop crying was to feed her. Oh she’s crying, put a boob on it. And before you know it, it’s become this habit that is hard to break. I didn’t always want to break the habit because once you start something you get comfortable with, it’s hard to stop. So I continued the way we started. There were days I wanted to cry every time she was nursing and then there were days I really enjoyed these moments we had together. I would feel guilty because there was no way of putting her down other than nursing and Rod and I wanted a bit more freedom at night, the older she got. We didn’t have a babysitter until Phoenix was 10 months old because there was no way of consoling her other than nursing.

I never thought it would end. I thought Phoenix was never going to stop breast feeding because she was so attached to it.

Sometimes we over think these things because you know you’re not doing it the “right way” but then I think sometimes I don’t give my one year old enough credit. She’s much stronger than I think she is. She’s much more independent and willful than I thought she was. We tried getting Rod to put her down without a feeding last week and she was fine. Not even a struggle. Of course, I know we started weening her at the right time. I knew she was ready for it because I can tell how much she’s actually drinking in a sitting and sometimes it wasn’t much at all – her “nursing” was more of a soothing than anything else. I wanted her to be able to sooth herself to sleep and she’s getting better and better at it. I’m so proud of her.

I was rocking her to sleep this morning and thought about how I didn’t think this was possible 2 weeks ago. Look at us now. Doing it wrong but doing it so right!

As a final note, I’d like to ask everyone to ease up a little on moms and dads. There’s a lot of pressure to do things right – choose breast feeding, choose attachment parenting, they need weigh this much, don’t let them cry more than 5 minutes, don’t give them a bottle, etc etc. But really, we’re all just trying our best (a large chunk of us) and a little support is better than a little criticism.

Music Break :: Patrick Krief

Patrick Krief
Patrick Krief is coming to Fernie for a little intimate show at The Arts Station on Tuesday, September 11th. He’s a handsome man with handsome songs to accompany his handsome voice. Tickets can be purchased at The Arts Station, Freshies, and Carosella. Before we get to business time, I asked him why he chose to play in Fernie and he said “Someone told me it was a fun place to play. I had a day off that day, and I will ALWAYS choose to play rather than having a day off. So, I asked my agent to book Fernie! And that is how THAT went down.”

Let’s prove to Patrick how great this town is to play in.

Tuesday, September 11th at 8:00pm
Members: Adult $15 youth $10 / Non-members: Adult $20 Youth $14

From Patrick’s Press Release: Toronto, ON – July 24, 2012 – A piece of music can be listened to over and over – understood and loved by its listener. And then the piece is heard live, and another level of understanding and appreciation is opened up. This is indeed true for Krief. Through the live performance of his music, you can see with your own eyes the skill and talent he has as a musician, and the passion he has for his song‐writing as he belts out the heart felt, intensely personal lyrics. Armed with a collection of 10 soul bearing tracks from his latest solo offering, Hundred Thousand Pieces, Krief is ready to hit the road and take his music to the masses. Kicking off in Winnipeg, MB on September 5, he will head west on a nine‐city Canadian tour, bringing his songs to life on the stage.

Guitarist for The Dears, Patrick Krief made his frontman mark with his solo project Black Diamond Bay. The April 2012 release of Hundred Thousand Pieces (Pirates Blend), presented the Montrealer at his finest, with beautifully heartbreaking, cinematic arrangements, and soulful lyrics and songwriting. Though Krief performed almost everything himself during the recording of the album (drums, piano, keys, bass, guitar, percussion, and vocals), he takes to the stage with a full band during his live shows, kicking his ornately instrumental music up a notch, creating a fuller, rocking sound, jam‐packed with soul. Have a look at Krief’s online concert series for a little taste of his music live off the floor.

Hundred Thousand Pieces is a culmination of a journey that began at the knee of his musically inclined uncle, where a young Patrick scratched at the six strings his older self would master. It is an expedition that truly took flight when, influenced by the songbooks of McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Hendrix, the 13‐year‐old guitar prodigy would sneak into bars around his native Montreal, jamming with their house bands; it is one that continues to mature with every face‐melting flurry the virtuoso burns into the blown minds of audiences around the world.

Shred Kelly CD Release Party At The Northern Tonight!

In The Hills - Shred Kelly CD Release Party at The Northern Fernie BC

From Shred Kelly’s website: “On September 1st 2012 we are stoked to be debuting our second full length studio album “In the Hills” to the world.  Last May we flew to Toronto and worked with the extremely talented producer John Critchley who runs Green Door Studios.  In three weeks we managed to pump out ten songs mostly inspired by life in the hills of the Elk Valley.  We hunkered down, drank a metric ton of coffee, ate another…” continue reading here

Music Break – James Iha

James Iha
What!? A MUSIC BREAK? It’s been like months. I know. Just shows how little new music I’ve been listening to.  But I saw on twitter this link and I got excited… www.pastemagazine.com

I was a big fan of James Iha back in the day. I’m liking the new stuff but his old album Let It Come Down has a special place in my heart.

Indie Films Fernie Is Showing Moonrise Kingdom September 10th.

Do you need to know anymore than that? It’s the latest from one of my favorite directors Wes Anderson and it isn’t showing at a better time in Fernie. My in-laws will be here so Rod and I can do a little Date Night – we may even go out for dinner pre movie – but don’t worry, we won’t take anyone’s reservation. I learned my lesson the easy way.