Mosquitos, Motivation, and My Bro the Entrepreneur


Woho! Monday! Look how pleased I am about it being Monday. It’s almost like I like Mondays or something (I don’t.)

Anyway, somehow I managed to get dressed this morning with a mosquito in my top, or something, and now I have itchy bites on my back on chest. I can tell they’re mosquito bites, because I have crazy reactions to them. Also I keep accidentally making inappropriate eye contact with people while I have my hand down my bra scratching. Hello Manager I rarely talk to; watch as I make a career limiting move.

In other news I finally told my landlord about the fact that I accidentally dyed the carpet in front of the bathroom Crimson Kiss due to a tragic hair-dye related incident. Here’s the awesome bit: They laughed. Then they told me they were upgrading my gas water heater. Also would I like under-floor insulation? Because they’re happy to do it for me if I’d like.

I don’t know about you guys, but usually I don’t get rewarded for causing property damage. I’m thinking maybe next time I set the kitchen on fire (because, lets face it, there will be a next time) I might drop a few hints about wanting new lino in the bathroom. And a new glass encased shower. With a claw-foot bath.

(I’m kidding. Obviously I’d have to do something major, like knock down a wall to get them to install a bath for me.)

So I guess, aside from the sneak attack from the evil mosquito, Monday actually hasn’t been too bad. My new water heater will be in place when I get home from work tonight, And while it’s not quite a claw-foot bath, having a hot shower is just as good because over the last week or so it’s been mostly luke-warm showers, interspersed with polar blasts.

Also, I’ve been listening to TED talks at work today. There was an interesting one about why your 30’s are not the new 20’s (because in your 20s you set yourself up for massive important phases of life) and one about why most people don’t have a great career, or even just a good one, because we talk ourselves out of doing amazing things, because we’ll probably fail. I also revisited one by Amanda Palmer (who is one of my favorite people) about the importance of asking for help. TED Talks are awesome.

My brother Ryan actually introduced me to TED, being the young pioneering entrepreneur that he is. He’s got a bunch of projects on the go at the moment, the coolest of which, is a business he’s just started up with a friend selling Wifi Lights. There’s nothing like looking up and realising that your little brother (who you always see as an annoying 9 year old in your head) is grown up enough to be running a business, and talking about distributors and growth plans.

The lights themselves are super long-lasting power saver bulbs, that you can control over Wifi. Handy, I think, if you’re in a old house like mine without handy-dandy dimmer switches, and ceilings higher than most ladders will reach. Changing the bulbs in my house requires a three day planning period, and hiring specialist equipment. The longer I can get away with not ever doing that again, the better… Plus they come in colours, so if, say, I wanted to freak out my landlords by tinting all the lights red like it’s been invaded by escaped demons, and cursed dead people who crawl out of TV sets… Well then I could. I’d never sleep again, but I could totally do it.

Anyway. You should check out Ryan’s site, and give him some feedback (he loves feedback) he’s at Or maybe you can just go talk annoying short-hand hipster at him for me (he hates that. Totes.)


4 thoughts on “Mosquitos, Motivation, and My Bro the Entrepreneur

  1. I think it’s either lemon juice and a dab of honey, or just lemon juice directly on the itchie bite that will stop the mosie bite from itching.

    Nice landlords!

  2. You have nice landlords! I loved these videos, and I’m going to check out your brother’s page 🙂

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