Welcome to Rant and Roll.
My name is Vanessa Woznow and I am a thirty year old Canuck who, for much of her life, has divided her time between the two Canadian coastlines.
Currently, I make my home out west, with my brilliant husband Marc, and our beauty cat Nymeria.
I live my life through my many, and all encompassing passions. And it is my passion – for politics, literature, sports, fashion, media, social justice, humour, history, pop culture, and of course, the written word – that brings life to this here blog spot!
Well, that and my mad love for ducks. And men in three piece suits.
Either way, I promise to do my very best to entertain – looking at issues close to my heart, whether serious or silly. And please always feel free to join the discussion.
Rant and Roll is all about dissection and destruction and creation and imagination.
When I first started Rant and Roll, I used Ethel the Dean as my pen name, or nom de plume in the parlance of our times. I received this nickname a couple summers ago at work, and it seemed like the closest thing to a crime fighting moniker I was apt to get. Plus, as Hunter S. Thompson once said, “nothing beats having good references.”
Feel free to let me know what you think! Follow me on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, leave a comment, or send me an e-mail at: ethelthedean (at) gmail (dot) com.
100 thoughts on “About”
Thanks for visiting my blog! Love, love, love yours by the way, kind of get a kindred spirit feeling from it. :)
Dude, its not only me getting the kindered spirit vibe? Wicked.
Vancouver and Halifax? I’m wondering which two coastlines (I’m a Toronto girl in NY since 1989.)
You’re stop on! I have a sister in NY and that city too hold a little piece of my heart.
Thanks for stopping by!
Hey if you ever bring your guns to the Toronto area, let me know, come visit my studio for workout (I have a blog here as well..theloftfitnessstudio.wordpress.com)
Keep channeling your great energy!
Hey Merlin! I love the TDot and I love working out, so I’m feeling as though this plan just may work.
Thanks for the fab note, and for stopping by!
soon ‘zaz i figyer out to make “my” site, look, well, less unkempt, i’d invite ya’ over.
Looking forward to it!
i like ur blog nice work
congrats on the FP. So far I like what I’ve read….!
Thanks so much! Your name is flippin awesome!
ha ha Thank you Ethel! CN&E, aka, life with a toddler! You’re a funny girl.
Hi, thanks for visiting Hot Mess! I’m a fan of your writing style and blog, too. Keep it up!
Thanks Annabel. I look forward to reading more of your stuff!
hi! loving what ive read so far!
new to the blog thing. check out my blog (i had to make a pitch right;).although me thinks u may not be lauging after reading mine ;)
looking fwd to ur posts :)
Hey tabz! Thanks for your lovely note :) I’m so happy to have the chance to check out new blogs (including yours of course!)
Hehehe This seems like it’s gonna be good fun :)
Thanks runningwithoutsocks! It would seem that we have many things in common and share many of the same loves.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I look forward to reading more of your stuff!
Thank you for following my poetry work, and now I you. Love your wriing and sense of humor. Have a great one.
Thanks John! I look forward to reading more of your work. :)
Hi :) thank You for following my blog :)
Congratulations! I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can check the rules out here:
Keep blogging! :)
You are very cool. that is all
Thanks dude! I think you’re mighty swell yourself.
Hi Ethel nom de plume,
I love your quirky blog and I want to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award, even if this is old news to you and regardless of how many awards you may have.
Please see http://loungelassie.wordpress.com for the rules. There aren’t very many…
Madeleine and Gingersnap! (the dogs)
and Linda (Mama L.)
Thank you very much Ms. Mama L! I am honoured! You’ve brought a big smile to this quirky bloggess’ face :)
I’ll do my best to spread the love. I’m really looking forward to checking out more of your blog!
You are very welcome, and you certainly deserve it. Your blog is delightful! Keep up the good work!
You wouldn’t happen to know how to declog a Boraxo-clogged drain, would you?
I so wish I could provide you with some help on that end! I hope everything is running smoothly soon! :)
Ringu and all related movies are absolutely terrifying. The first time I watched the Ring I couldn’t sleep well for weeks. Haha, oh well. You definitely must share on how you got your nickname. :)
Absolutely frightening in the extreme! Haha, I’ll totally put that post together – the nickname reveal!
Tag! You’re it!
https://rantandrollallnight.wordpress.com – When pontificating spontaneously do you prefer to rant or roll?
I am on it! I’m putting a reply together for the end of the week :)
No worries and no rush!
It’s meant to be a bit of fun so no pressure either. :)
Hey Ethel! I really like reading your blog and, if you’re interested, I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. :) I know you’ve received quite a few award-things already but, if you haven’t gotten this one yet, I’ve put the information about it at the bottom of this post: http://ibrokemyglassesagain.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/prom-shoes-and-cat-oatmeal/
Have a nice day!
Wow, thank you Ms. Erica! I am very honoured :) And let me say that I enjoy your blog very, VERY much. In fact, you never fail to crack me up.
Oh and congrats on your freshly pressed! It`s a bit of a whirlwind is it not?
I have nominated your blog for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. I don’t know if this is just some chain mail crap, but I think it’s kind of fun. Check here for more detail: http://26datesin2012.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/spreading-some-love/
Wow, thank you very much for such a lovely honour! I am touched. I will be sure to keep spreading the love…
Hi Ethel! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! =D You can see the post here: http://lexiejrunge.com/2012/06/05/the-versatile-blogger-award/
Ms. Lexie – I am beyond flattered! Thank you kindly :)
Woohoo, a ranting blog in sight. :D I just stumbled across your blog and I must say, I’m already loving your blog!
Heya! Thanks so much for stopping by. The feeling is definitely mutual – can’t wait to check out more of you stuff. Looking forward to it!
Hey there! I’m so glad I came across an interesting blog like yours! Its unique in its own way! I’ll be following your blog for more of this kinda stuff, hoping the same from you! :-)
Sorry it took me so long to write back to you. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment – I look forward to your visits to my blog!
kawntin yoo to be Mprssd w/ the kwantitty & the kwallittee uv yer postations. i have previously suggested that mayhaps your ‘blog(s)’ is but the tip of the iceberg of yore gnawvellz-in-progress? ah’m in a slubburbuv denver. hot. muggy. outsighed a hawk is calling! crayzee suburbbin neybore-hood: last trip we saw deer running up the street, previously foxes jumping over fences.
That sounds amazing! Those are two of my favourite animals :)
Thank you so much for the lovely comment – the blog is definitely a work in progress – just getting myself writing regularly will hopefully lead to more things in the future…
i frequently click on “press here & all of your wildest dreams will come true” and there’s a “confirmatory” message stating that an email will be sent to me confirming this… and about ONE DOZEN TIMES there is no email! so this is kinda frustrating but i do hafta wander awn over and check from time to time without whatever messages one may get when one is subscribed or following. anyone else have this sort of non-experience?
You’re hilarious! Looking forward to more of your posts :D.
Thank you so much! I look forward to checking out your blog :)
I love what I have read so far. Thanks for visiting my blog, so that I was able to find yours! As you may have figured out, I love a good rant! I’ll be back!
Thanks lady! I would be remiss if I didn’t make it known that I really dig your stuff too – plus you play field hockey which makes you a bad-ass, and I want to make sure my team is stacked come the zombie apocalypse.
I did play field hockey, but that’s a picture of my kid on my About page, kind of following in her mother’s footsteps. I was a goalie, she’s a defender. And I am definitely more badass than she will ever be! LOL!
I am currently in the middle of constructing a post about the Zombie Apocalyse! LOL.
Cannot wait to read it!
It’s a work-in-progress!
you know, don’t you? that current wizdumb holds that the ZAWMBEEE APOCALYPSE will occur concurrently (and jointly) with the ROBOT REBELLION. whose side will you (and me, and we) be on?
The side with the guns.
guns? vs. robots?
un (w)relaytid: i doant wunna KLOGGUPPYERR site with azzz minny kawmintz azzeye dew. email me at … email@example.com (orig. doowah gawt spamd & neither i nor ineffexual AOL can undo it) to alleviate wp.com cloggation. unless, of course
Hmmmm, good point. Guns may not take out robots. I was just thinking about in terms of the zombie apocalypse. Haha, just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you want to chat about!
peanut shells yooozyooo ullee aren’t that slippery. (yood make a crunching sound when walking across my awphyss). so how’s that kawntribyoot to yer neck almost braking?
Haha, it’s a quote from Catcher in the Rye! From my favourite scene when Holden is leaving his school.
Loved your blog :)
Thank you so much! Please feel free to stop by anytime :)
will do :D
I nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award – Congrats! http://cravesadventure.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/reader-appreciation-award/
I nominated you for a Liebster Award and said nice things about you. You can check it out here, if you like: http://javaj240.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/thank-you-fat-lies-and-fairytales-the-liebster-award/
Meep. Thanks mum!!
Hey! I just thought I’d let you know that at one point or another, your blog has served as an inspiration to me as I was just starting to write. So I thought I’d nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!
Thanks for that :) Keep being awesome!
I blush! Thanks so much :)
Hello, I wanted to share one of my awards with you because I really enjoy your blog. So to pick up your nomination all you have to do is follow the link, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do: http://grndmachris.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-fantastic-
Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster blog award – you can check out the post here
Thank you! Such a lovely thing to log in and see. xx
is this vanessa person replacing Ethyl?
WAAAH! i want ethyl back !
Calm down there sonny, I’m the same lady. Just less pen-named is all. I’m trying to slowly get my name out there!
I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award! Check out my blog post nominating you. Congratulations!!
Hey misses! Thank you so much for this lovely award!
Hey there pretty lady – your award awaits:
This is so lovely. I am humbled! Thank you! x
nice to meet you here dear :)
Nice to meet you too! :)
What a fun and quirky sense of humor you have. Your writing is like little jewels.
Thank you so much! I really do try and bring some brightness and levity when I can. :)
Hey! I just nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out here: http://catchingzee.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/the-versatile-blogger-award/
Gnu haus, huh? Izzit close? Outdoor gardening? Shuvvulleeng schnow? Ha!
No snow yet – but maybe this weekend. It’s getting cold in these here parts! (For us :)
you have set sum sort uv wreckord for not being (visibly or whateaver) here of recent. i hope we hear about it, whatever it is, or isn’t, whenever.
sorry about my (w)rambling (azz yoozYooUhl) comment on the whirled cup post — but … well, if i had to read light orange type on blooish-lite purpull BKGRND, i wouldn’t pass the color-blind part of the driver test. NOW, the kwestyun izz: anybody else having trubbull viewing? oar izzit just me?
I have no idea why this is happening! I did change my theme/background, but it’s a dark blue/green with a white page and dark grey font. :(
i would FAIL the driver’s license exam for colour deafenedness, or lack of touchee-pheelee iffit were the colour combination i see. (helps if i read the combo in A DARK ROOM). however, from yore passed XXXpeeree-entcezz, you have sojourned down Orygun weigh, yew dewwin that soon? (like, as in the next week? “kid” are runnin’ the H2C and we are beeBee sittidenizens)
Does it still look weird? I have no idea as to why this is happening! Makes me a little sad too, because I love the new layout so much.
P.S. How are you sir? I am heading over to ye olde blog now to catch up with your mad life happenings.
oh, you won’t like it. i’m doing and thinking and feeling absolutely nothing so i have to make stuff up. some of the made-up stuff hopefully looks and smells and sounds like real life ?
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ooh! ooh! adan, come help me! and i can help give your site a boost also!!
(axually cousins or shadows or clones of adan visit me all the time saying stuff like that. they never promise to do what i CRAVE: to make my site WEIRDER)
got a … ¿wee urd? email from “you” (or a robot posing as you) a few weeks back wondering iffi wuzz dead, or a knot. knot, yes. dead? eventually! i lament that you’re apparently dead to posting! but presumably all else is fab-you-more!
tell me/ us where to look for you in the stands of the on-going FIFA W C. and is the final (s) in your humble little city as well?
yes, the final, just 4 daze furrum now, IZZZZIN your fair city !
o k kwit trighinn
what Marathawn where when?