Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pain T.V.

Pain T.V. is presented by Project Pain and VBM Productions. This online music television show features live performances and amusing interviews with artists from the Niagara Region and those visiting the area from around the world.

New episodes are available for your viewing pleasure every week and will be posted here on facebook, as well as myspace, youtube and twitter. Email us at paintv2010@hotmail.com and become a fan, a friend or follow us for all the latest news, shows and upcoming events.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Having some trouble...

Making up my mind! I am so indecisive about a lot of things. Especially when it comes to blogging. I have so much I want to share but, it all seems so random. I love food so I would like to share recipes with you. I love travel and wish to share my adventures. I love fashion, music, art and so much more that I want to share with you. So...I am going to share it all.

Just over a week ago, my boyfriend and I were fortunate enough to win tickets to see Them Crooked Vultures in Ottawa and Toronto plus round-trip train rides and hotel accomodations in Ottawa. This was our first experience on the train and it wasn't bad. I have the worst case of motion sickness so I was prepared with some little pink pills to help me from being sick. Good news is that they worked and I wasn't puking on anyone. Bad news is there was a derailment about halfway to Ottawa so we had to take a bus the rest of the way.

When we arrived in Ottawa we got a taxi to the hotel and were surprised that we got hooked up with 4 diamond accomodations. Oh and over the course of 2 days we ended up spending $167 on cab rides!!! All we did was go from train station to hotel, hotel to concert, concert to hotel and hotel to train station. Unbelieveable. We just ate a local diner and entertained ourselves to make up for the hefty cab rides.

The 2 days in Ottawa were great. The first night was the concert and Them Crooked Vultures put on a great show. Smaller crowd than I was expecting but we had great seats so I didn't mind! The next day we made use of the hotel pool and hot tub, took a nature walk around the premises (there was a golf course attached to the hotel) and enjoyed our luxurious room. The train ride back to Toronto the next day went smoothly. No bus this time!

We arrived a few hours before the next concert and were so drained from the past couple of days I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to keep our eyes open! We did, however, leave a little early but, while we were there, after many text messages and squinting across the arena we were able to find our friends in their seats which, delighted us all and caused a great eruption of waving and "lol" texts.

The Toronto show, what we saw anyways, was another great performance by Them Crooked Vultures and overall was a trip to remember. Thanks to 97.7 HTZ-FM for our mini-vacation full of adventure!

Monday, May 17, 2010


It has been awhile since my last post and I apologize. I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with this blog or not. So, I have decided to continue and I begin posting again this Friday. From now on, I will be not only be posting my "addiction's" but, comments on life, raves, rants and maybe a few tell-all posts for some insight into my world. I hope you continue to read and enjoy yourself while visiting my blog. Happy posting!!


Friday, March 26, 2010

No.10: Checkered Pattern

I'm not sure how it started but since my mid-teens I have been addicted to anything checkered. I have and have had multiple pairs of the Vans classic slip-ons in the check pattern, checkered purses, scarves, socks, flip-flops, keychains, earrings, wrist cuffs, backpack, photo frames, lamp shades, vases, area rugs etc. You name it, I probably have it.

I tend to be more inclined for the black and white check but have black and other colours as well. Anytime I'm out, anywhere, that awesomeness always catches my eye. Then I have to buy whatever it is. As long as it has the checkered pattern on it, I will risk going over budget and claiming that item for myself.

On any given day you will find something checkered on me. I'm not kidding, take a look at the picture of my front entrance before I was forced to get another shoe rack by my old roommate...

Friday, March 19, 2010

No.9: Magazines

My first magazine supscription was to "All About You" given to me as a birthday present from my aunt when I was 12. This is where my addiction started. Shortly after I started receiving my copies of this teen mag in the mail I began to buy more and more each month. "YM", "Seventeen", "Teen People" and the occasional "Teen Vogue" all became monthly staples that I just had to have.

As I grew older my tastes changed and every month my addictions became "Vogue", "Nylon", "InStyle", "Cosmopolitan", "Vanity Fair" and even though I'm heterosexual and a feminist, I had a subscription to "Maxim" when I was 20 (believe it or not, the writers were hilarious and the articles were always good for a laugh).

These days I'm more inclined to purchase "Martha Stewart Living", "SPIN", "Revolver", "Everday with Rachael Ray" and I have a subscription to "Women's Health." Quite the variety of tastes but that's just me. My music collection refelcts the same kind of eclectic taste. From one end of the spectrum to the other.

There's something about the glossy pages, the artistic photography and layout of the pages that sucks me in every month. It's a costly addiction, but subscriptions are a money saver. Right now there are two magazines on my end table that need some attention so I'll end this post and see you again next week.

Friday, March 12, 2010

No.8: Vinyl Records

Vinyl records are so cool. My addiction to them has fluctuated over the years, but I have always loved them. I started collecting vinyl several years ago when my brother also really got into it. We would go to garage sales and thrift stores to find the hidden gems. Then my brother was given the ultimate collection from our dad and I was so jealous, however, I was lucky enough to get the doubles and inherited some original press Beatles albums amongst others.

Then I started to find picture disks and coloured vinyl on eBay and I went a little crazy. I bought single after single (7" records) from my favourite band My Chemical Romance and also found a couple Nirvana live and b-side singles as well. Shortly after my eBay craze ran dry, in other words my credit card was maxed, I drifted away from the vinyl for a short period of time.

Recently, my boyfriend and I have gotten back into the vinyl hunting and collecting. We visit a flea market almost every weekend and get the best bargains on the coolest and strangest albums. Anything from Disney Halloween sound effects to Robin Williams comedy albums to Janis Joplin in concert.

Our combined collection reaches a total of 300 and counting. My brother's collection is double that! I know I won't stop until I surpass my brother's collection so I'm off to the flea market again this weekend. See you all there!

Friday, March 5, 2010

No. 7: Halloween

As you may have already guessed from my previous post, my favourite holiday, and another addiction, is Halloween. I love the spooky atmosphere and the excitement of playing pretend. The Reese's Peanut Butter Cups don't hurt either, except on the scale!

I have always been fascinated with the afterlife because it so mysterious. It happens to everyone yet none of us can explain for certain what happens when the time comes. Sure some have theories or beliefs, but there is no telling of what happens. Halloween is the day to celebrate those ghosts, goblins and other dark creatures of the underworld.

I am so addicted to Halloween that I keep the decorations up year long. I have black, twisted trees in the living room, a painting of Captain Spalding in the dining room, horror movie figures around the house, blood splatter and flying bat decals on the windows and a Psycho shower curtain in the bathroom complete with sounds effects. The best day to go shopping for this stuff? November 1. It's like boxing day but for Halloween addicts. The best!

Friday, February 26, 2010

No. 6: Tattoos

Ever since I turned 18, I have been getting tattooed by Bobby T. So far I have 11 tattoos and no, I'm not done. They are extremely addicting and probably the most expensive of my addictions. The largest and most costly is yet to come. I have a full sleeve for my right arm planned I just need to save my pennies as it will cost into the thousands...Eek!

My first tattoo that I got is on my right calf and depicts a graveyard scene with a skull at the base of the gravestone and the devil's arms reaching out of the ground. This was the cover of a cd for a local band that I loved so I wanted to pay homage to that time in my life when all I did was go to punk shows every weekend. In the background is a sunset with beautiful pinks, purples, reds, yellows and oranges. These were the colours I saw the day of a friend's funeral. He was also in the "scene" and I wanted to pay tribute to him.
My second tattoo was also a tribute to this special person that passed away but in a more obvious manner. It is a gravestone with his initials and the name of his band with a red rose at the base. After he passed, I brought a single red rose to his grave site from the bouquet I received at my high school graduation that he unfortunately missed. This tattoo is on my left leg, inner ankle.

Also on my inner ankle but on the right leg is my third tattoo. My first roommate and I both got jack-o-lanterns with flying bats in the background because Halloween is our favourite holiday.

On the top of my right foot is my fourth tattoo. This was extremely painful. My foot was swollen for two weeks and my toes looked like little sausages so be prepared if you want to get a large tattoo on your foot. In this tattoo is a beach complete with waves, sand, palm tree and setting sun. I got this because the beach is one of my addictions as you may have read earlier. Because this is a rather "girly" tattoo, I had Bobby add in a pirate ship just to make it more awesome. And it worked.

My fifth tattoo is a black and orange nautical star on the back of my neck. I also got this as a memento of my old punk days. I also got this one to remind me of my best friend back then, Kat. She was pretty cool and was always there with me back in the day.

My sixth tattoo is also on my neck, but on the side, behind my right ear. It is a couple of cherries because that is my "sweet spot." I also think highly of myself and when I see cherries I think they are cute, delicious and sweet, which describes me perfectly. This is the only tattoo not done by BT.

On my back are tattoos number seven and eight. These are two automatic pistols (handguns) pointing up towards my head, one on each shoulder blade. I got these because they are on the back of one of my hoodies for my favourite band, My Chemical Romance.

On my hand is a much smaller but more meaningful tattoo. Tattoo number nine. Between my thumb and index finger on my left hand I have a spiderweb with a black widoe spider and on her back instead of a red dot there is a red heart. I got this one to remind me never to be stupid again. I was in an abusive relationship for two years and my heart was caught in a web of lies, hence, the tattoo.

Number 10 is on my back as well but in the centre between the guns. It is a large, twisted tulip tree. When I was rowing up in Port Elgin, on the corner of my street was this beautiful tulip tree and I will never forget walking past it several times a day on my way to and from the beach. The tree is just a reminder of where I'm from.

Finally, if you've read this entire thing, we've come to my last tattoo story. Number 11 is a work in progress on my chest. So far I just have the outline done but believe me this was the most painful. On my chest is my twisted take on the Claddagh ring, a traditional Celtic ring. The ring has a heart in the centre held by two hands and there is a crown on top of the heart. The heart symbolizes love, the hands symbolize friendship and the crown symbolizes loyalty. I wear mine on my right hand with the heart pointed towards mine to symbolize I am in a committed relationship. So...on my chest I have a skull (the crown), flanked by two roses and two wings (the hands) and when I go back for colour I will adding in a heart-shaped locket (the heart).

As you can see, tattoos are a very important part of my life. Tattoos are like art to me and my body is the canvas. I like the permanency and having the story of my life with me at all times. My tattoos are a part of who I am and always a great conversation starter.

Friday, February 19, 2010

No. 5: The Beach


Not a day goes by that I don't think about the soft sand, the warm sun and the calming sound of the waves crashing against the shore. I love the beach. I grew up in Bruce County along the shores of Lake Huron and now that I live in the city I cannot believe how much I miss that luxury of having a beautiful beach within arm's reach every summer.

Any chance I get between June and October I am up in Port Elgin or Kincardine breathing in that fresh air and watching the most gorgeous sunsets each night over the water. The only good time to swim, however, is during the months of July and August. Any other month and you freeze or get sick because it's so cold. Trust me on that one. Evening dip in June, not such a good idea...

But it's not only the beaches of Lake Huron that I love so much. It's any beach really. My apartment is spotted with shells, pictures of sunsets and palm trees and not to mention my flip-flop addiciton. I have "California" t-shirts and even a wall hanging in my bedroom that says "Life's a Beach." The fact that I'm a water sign doesn't help with this addiction either. I love being in the water, being surrounded by the water and listening to the water. Listening to the waves is the most relaxing thing in the world. Summer cannot come fast enough!


Friday, February 12, 2010

No. 4: Barbie

Looking back on my life, I cannot recall a time when I did not have a Barbie doll. I'm in my twenties now and still love Barbie. She is awesome. Without a doubt. She has everything from planes to cars to RVs and has had every career possible with the most mind-blowing wardrobe of anyone. Ever.

I still have most of my dolls from childhood. Sitting in my mom's basement are three Rubbermaid containers full of Barbie everything. One contains just the dolls, out of the box, just over 50 of them; one contains clothing and accessories; and the other contains collectible dolls that are still in the box.

I am addicted to Barbie because she reminds me that I can do anything, be anyone, have the love of my life and still look fabulous. She has her own paint colour for crying out loud! And yes, Barbie pink is my favourite colour.

And for those that are wondering or are already secretly snickering, there is a Becky Barbie out
there. She is a Paralympic athlete and is confined to a wheelchair. I wish I had her in my collection. I guess I'll be on Ebay for the next few hours...

Friday, February 5, 2010

No. 3: Purses

I am all about accessories and the perfect handbag is a gift from heaven. I do not have a preference for brands like I do with shoes when it comes to purses because even bargain bins and flea markets can bring great finds in this department. I consider purses to be one of my addiction's because I have 31 different bags and the number just keeps on growing bigger.

I have all colours and all kinds of bags including: tote bags, messenger bags, shoulder bags, handbags, beach bags, small, medium and large. They come in metallic, pleather (fake leather), and canvas with stitch details, zippers, adjustable and removable straps and yes, an assortment of brand name, logo's blazin' type bags to go with my shoes.

My most prized purse possession, however, is definitely my glory upon holiness that is Louis Vuitton. Yes, I own a real Louis. I was at a Goodwill one day scoping out the vinyl when what caught my eye? The brown and tan beauty that I now own. I was skeptical at first, and then I picked it up and checked for the tell-tale signs of a knock off. Guess what? There were none. It had all the tell-tale signs of a real, absolute real, Louis Vuitton handbag. I almost died. I took that beauty to the counter paid my five dollars and ran before anyone there noticed what kind of steal was lying in the store. This is why I said earlier that bargains can be found anywhere. I got a $3,000 purse for $5. I live for this stuff!
P.S. I have the third bag labelled in this photo.

Friday, January 29, 2010

No. 2: Shoes

Another of my extremely unhealthy addictions is shoes. This addiction is unhealthy because it hurts my bank account. I love skate shoes the most and have 13 pairs of Vans classic slip-ons alone. All together I have 31 pairs of shoes. The number was larger but sadly I had to let some go...Please excuse me while I grab a tissue and mourn those lost soles...

And now that I have composed myself again I will continue with my story. My love of skate shoes began in high school when it was cool to wear them even if you didn't own a skateboard. I was one of those kids. No skateboard but tons of killer kicks. My addiction grew when I got my first job and with that comes disposable income. Cha ching! I was at the mall every weekend scoping out the shoes and hardly noticing the boys. That is a serious addiction.

Over the years I have refined my collection and have become loyal to certain brands. You will never catch me in Payless or the shoe department at any large chain superstore unless I need something gawdy, cheap and awful for a costume party.

Spring and summer are just around the corner and I only have 7 pairs of flip flops. I must be off to the mall soon to snag this year's coolest sandals...

Friday, January 22, 2010

No. 1: Underwear

My name is Becky and I have started this blog titled "becky's addictions" because there are a number of things I am obsessed with, have lots of and always seem to spend rent money on. My most prominent addiction would be with underwear.

I love underwear. I just can never seem to have enough pairs. Over the past month I have purchased 38 pairs of underwear. If that is not enough to classify underwear as an addiction then I don't know what is. If I am at a mall and there is a LaSenza in sight then you've lost me for a good 30-45 minutes. The amount of time does not sound significant but I can do a lot of damage and walk out more goodies to add the already overstuffed dresser drawers I have at home.

My drawers are full of lace, cotton, silk, boyshort, classic, bikinis, thongs or garters in pink, black, white, grey, orange, yellow, or red with bows, frills, fringe, charms and pom-poms. I don't know what it is about underwear that makes me so addicted to it, all I know is that there is no better feeling than knowing I have got the cutest pair of undies on under my jeans.