Tuesday, March 31, 2009
In elementary school Linda was my best friend. I still have a letter she sent to me after my family moved back home to Africa in which she reminisces about watching the Jungle Book movie together. Her favorite part was where one monkey hit the other monkey. I still have the letter she wrote to me.
A few years later my family returned to Canada and a few years after that we returned to Saskatoon. I was in high school then and imagine my surprise one day to see Linda at my high school. Though we were always friendly towards one another our lives had taken us on different paths and we were never as good friends as we were in our elementary days. This didn't create any animosity between us either though. We were friendly to one another when we crossed paths, but simply didn't hang out in the same circles. She was into curling (which at the time I knew NOTHING about) and I played soccer and went to church a lot.
I still look back on my interactions with her with fondness. She will remain in my mind forever as my best friend in elementary school. I think it's sad sometimes how people grow apart, but I guess there's a time and a place for everything - and sometimes I am GLAD people grow apart!
(I don't think any of them relate to what I had to do)
1. Met my family at the health unit and helped while the boys got immunized.
2. Straighted out a hiring issue that was being poorly handled (in my opinion) through the transition we are going through at work.
3. Met with the VP.
4. Collected Laundry money from one apartment building.
5. Did sanitation inspections in one apartment building.
6. Purchased supper for my spouse.
7. Filed material data safety sheets.
8. Balanced my procurement card.
9. Learned a magic trick with a 20 dollar bill. ( I learned this trick from my AMA ZA ZING magical friend RHONDA!)
10. Showed off my magic trick.
Monday, March 30, 2009
1. The sun is finally coming out. This means that SOON the road will not only be free of ice and snow, but it will be DRY and free of mud. hip hip hooray!
2. We had a meeting tonight at work and I went with the HOPES that there would be some kind of letter of intent letting us know what was happening with the transition. Of course there was absolutely NOTHING new shared in the meeting, but what I have found in the situation that is beautiful is the fact that every day that passes brings this whole thing closer to an inevitable end. It HAS to be complete by June 30th. (They did say "next week or the week after" we would hear something).
3. There HAS been a close to the arbitration we have been going through with the union and our current employer. That means we will get back pay for TWO years! I am trying to remind myself that this is beautiful (and pretend that something is better than nothing - because I know the government will take more than 50 percent of it).
Felicia was involved with the juvenile justice system often, and was one of the first kids I knew who "aged out". When I interacted with her she was ridiculously annoying. Soon after leaving YC custody she was killed in a car accident. Her death made me re-evaluate how I treated, spoke to (and about) kids I worked with.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Your result for The 3 Variable Funny Test...
the Idiot Savant
VULGAR | SPONTANEOUS | LIGHT
You like things silly, immediate, and, above all, outrageous. Ixne on the subtle word play, more testicles on fire, please. People like you are the most likely to RECEIVE internet forwards--and also the most likely to save them in a special folder entitled 'HOLY SHIT'.
Because it's so easily appreciated, and often wacky and physical, your sense of humor never ceases to amuse your friends. Most realize that there's a sly intelligence and a knowing wink to your tastes. Your sense of humor could be called 'anti-pretentious'--but paradoxically enough, that indicates you're smarter than most.
PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Johnny Knoxville - Jimmy Kimmel
The 3-Variable Funny Test!
- it rules -
A teacher who was probably the first to make an impact that would last a lifetime. Thoughtful, kind, smiling. The first adult I remember who got "down on my level" to communicate with me and who communicated caring in a way that was perceived as genuine, not condescending or forced.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
One of the blogs I read with regularity is Teena in Toronto (you can link to her here)
When I am just messing around I sometimes look at the blogs listed on other peoples pages and that is what I was doing today when I linked to a blog from Teena's called "Memoir's of a Twenty something" which you can link to from here.
So what I am getting to is the fact that on Memoirs of a Twenty Something blog I saw she was posting a project called x365 which is supposed to be a year-long journey, writing short vignettes about 365 people who have touched your life.
The idea was started and finished by a blogger. His his project is completed but you can check it out by linking to him and you can check out those written by others.
I got thinking about it. It is something which completely captivates me and yet scares me at the same time. Obviously the people who have had an impact in my life have not all had a good one. Do I even remember or KNOW 365 people? This is something that has the potential to be offensive, and yet I keep coming back to thoughts of the project and thinking I will do it.
From the originator of the idea here are some words:
40 words is a tiny lens to look through. How do you put a mother, an ex-wife, a best friend, or the love of your life into 40 words when that's not even enough for the junior high math teacher, or the son of the guy who sold meats and cheeses to the place you worked? There's only one way to find out.
So here I go with x365 entry 1
These are in no particular order and the opinions are my own. Sorry I offend you, skip you, or recall memories different than your own. That's why this is my blog I guess! (I'm going to try to keep it below 50 words if I can. I'm verbose.)
There are two men in the world who my discerning dog Mukiwa trusted. Uncle John is one of them. Almost reclusive, he always had a "hello" for me, a treat and belly rub for my puppy, and as I got older he saved his precious hardback books to give to me.
What was the most recent:
concert you went to: Wow, it has been TOOO TOOO long since I went to a concert. I believe the last concert I went to was in Park city with our friends Mary and Cela and If I remember correctly it was Melissa Etheridge? I need to go to a concert again soon.
song you listened to: The last song I listened to was on the radio when I was taking the dogs for a run this afternoon. It was Angels on the Moon by Thriving Ivory.
album you bought: I haven't bought any albums recently, but the most recent albums I "acquired" were Three Doors Down and P!nk.
artist you discovered: No-one recently I don't think. My cousin introduced me to some new artists but they were not my discovery.
song you downloaded: I was online yesterday downloading stuff to my play list for this blog because the play list bothers me. I am actually thinking about taking it off here completely, but at the moment there are some Indigo Girls songs playing (if you don't have the page muted)!
Friday, March 27, 2009
To check out who else participated, click on the logo above. Thanks Janet!
1. "In a hole in the ground there lived a groundhog who was completely confused about when spring was going to arrive. Because he consistently failed to accurately predict spring a group of confused, semi-hibernating Bears from Northern Alberta descended on Punxsutawney where they ran a garden hose down into Phil's hole and drowned him."
2. "I'll do it again all alone but that ain't no matter. You may think I don't care, or don't keep track but I do, and I don't forget."
3. "After dark the rain began to fall again, falling on my head like a memory. Falling on my head like a new emotion. I want to walk in the open wind, I want to talk like lovers do.I want to dive into your ocean. Is it raining with you?
4. "Treasure hunters searched for many years to find a way to retrieve wooden crates from the disintegrating ship. After finally conquering depth and cold below the ocean and vicious storms above, they pulled up the crates to discover there was not treasure, only used bubblewrap in the hold of the Spanish galleon."
5. "There was a hand in the darkness. Cousin It, out for a midnight stroll, forgot to put his reflective glove on."
6. "Accidents ambush the unsuspecting adults setting off fireworks. Who knew that piles of snow would not keep the canisters upright? The instructions only say to bury them, not WHAT to bury them with!"
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to uninterrupted sleep, tomorrow my plans include homework and Sunday, I want to enjoy the day off, but it is ruined before it even begins because I am working AGAIN!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
1. Plumber butts do not offend me.
2. I am very easy going (for the most part). I think if I had parented ten years ago I would have been a MUCH more strict parent, but I am pretty mellow and I think it is good - though I am sure there's someone out there who would disagree. (my spouse sometimes thinks I am too lenient)
3. I know a LOT of songs and if I don't know a song I can make one up. Singing has helped us through long nights, sickness, breathing treatments, games and car rides.
4. My boys can hang out with me in the office and even write on my papers and it does not stress me out. Instead of getting upset, I take pictures of their penmanship!
5. I WANT to be a parent. There are many people who don't want to be and that's fine - if they don't have kids. I think wanting to be a parent makes a difference.
6. I am not afraid of water or of getting wet.
7. I will eat things my son feeds me. This is one thing I am especially good at and which my spouse cannot do at all. My son eats better if he sits in my lap, and he tests out if the food is good by giving it to me first, or out of his mouth. I am, for the most part, completely "un"phased by eating partially soggy cheerios. Please don't test this out on me by offering me some soggy food. I do have SOME discretion and I will only eat it if I can see where it became soggy.
8. I can find creative things to play with (or on).
9. I don't care how I look. I have come home from work some days and gone to get into my pajamas and realized I had spit up on my shoulder from the morning. My co-workers rarely say anything to me about my appearance. I think they pretend I am color blind and it eases the psychological and retinal pain they endure looking at some of my outfits. (Or maybe that's why they shut my office door?)
10. I have a mentality similar to a 2.5 year old. My spouse and I were trying to get him to do something the other day and I said to him " I don't think you CAN do it" at which moment he promptly proved me wrong. My spouse said " It's a good thing you have the mind of a two year old, you can get through to him!" I am hoping I develop emotionally at the same rate he does or we are in for some problems.
11. I like swimming.
12. Not often, but occasionally, I have GREAT parenting ideas. For example, my son is obsessed with the vacuum and we needed one day to put it away. In a flash of brilliance I thought to tell my son that we needed to put the vacuum down for a nap! He helped me to take it into the bathroom, cover it with a blanket, and said "night night" to it. It was 3 minutes of bliss and then he informed me that nap time was over!
13. I am a good pillow.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
I am INSANELY busy this week, it is the single busiest week I can remember having in forEVer, and yet here I am blogging, but feeling as though I am getting a wicked sinus infection. As if I have time for a sinus infection. NOT.
I did manage to get some things accomplished, and you would think it would give me a sense of moving forward, but I am feeling increasingly pressed for time and I suppose that feeling won't go away until I do some serious work on my homework assignment due Thursday.
Could I fit more onto my schedule this week?
And just when I think I have everything on my plate I can handle, security comes and drops something else on me. DANG IT! That's what I get for working late.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
For some reason the MD (municipal district) snow plow man has decided that he no longer needs to grade the whole driveway. What I actually think has happened is that we have a different driver than we have had all winter and the new driver is not doing the same grading that the other driver did.
We have a LONG driveway which is shaped like an "L". The old driver would grade the whole thing. The new driver is just going straight in and not turning, leaving us with a LOT of driveway to shovel.
We have had insane winds from the east which have driven snow across the driveway for the full length that we have to shovel. I have been working at it for two days. Today Shel went out and helped me. The photo is of Shel trying to hack away at the drift so we could move the chunks of snow.
Because the snow was drifting it was impossible to just push the shovel through it. We literally had to use our ice breaker to "cut" blocks of snow out and then move them out of the way. The drifts were thigh high in most spots. I am experiencing some physical pain right now!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
1. Max was "helping" me today. My spouse got me to work on the door that we need to hang and I ACTUALLY got out the drill and everything and even worked on it until we realized I need to buy wood screws that are shorter. My Main Man Max "helped" me. He is completely fascinated with all things related to tools. He had the hammer at one point and was hammering the door. I took the hammer from him and offered him the plastic hammer we bought for him a while ago. He looked at me with the most incredulous look on his face as I offered him a "FAKE" hammer. He does not speak, but he has absolutely NO problem communicating. I laughed out loud at the look he gave me. He ended up deciding a fake hammer was better than no hammer so he came back and got it. His help and his face are beautiful to me.
2. C-note is jabbering up a storm. He babbles and sticks out his tongue constantly. He has started to say "da da da da". My spouse is trying to convince him that I am his da-da. She thinks it is very funny. We laughed tonight together, laughing together is beautiful.
3. This afternoon things came together for a few minutes and we were able to join forces and get some things done that it takes both of us to do. Usually we are going in complete opposite directions and so the things that require us both tend to get neglected for long periods of time. We both felt great with what we got done and it is possible to begin to see small improvements in our environment. Working together is beautiful.
Friday, March 20, 2009
And...here we go!
1. Why do we have to have such terrible weather in the middle of March?
2. Occasional indulgences are now habits.
3. I have tried to be calm and not get stressed about being late but it still creates major problems for me.
4. I had never heard the phrase "Forgiveness is letting go of the hope for a better past" and it totally made sense to me.
5. I have procrastinated my homework the way I always do.
6. How was I to know I would start to cry?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to laughing with the boys, tomorrow my plans include making some changes around the house and Sunday, I want to get my assignment underway or it won't be done by Thursday!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
It reminded me of one for me also ....
Do they know it's Christmas by Bandaid.
It was released November of 1984, and debuted at Number One in Great Britain. It was number one on the American charts two weeks later. It was written by Sir Bob Geldof, and sold fifty million copies. Midge Ure was the co-producer, and he personally accompanied the first relief shipment of over $70,000 worth of food and medical supplies to Ethiopa, March 11, 1985.
In this song they sing the words " There won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime".
This line of the song drives me CRAZY. I'm about to write in capital letters ...... OF COURSE THERE WON'T BE SNOW IN ETHIOPIA. DO YOU WANT THE PEOPLE TO FREEZE TO DEATH?
I can't bear to listen to the song, even though I know the intentions were excellent.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I am baffled because he doesn't do it with others, only at home. He CAN communicate what he needs without whining, but when he is in my presence he does nothing BUT whine. I love him. I love to play with him, I love to laugh with him, I love to hang out with him, and I am going to sear out my eye balls with burning hot tweezers if he DOES NOT STOP WHINING.
So because my spouse reminds me to look for the beautiful things, I am going to try and ease the pain in my brain by attempting to focus on three beautiful things. Here are my attempts, I hope they are not completely lame:
1. The current temperature is NOT minus 30 Celsius, which it has been for too long. It is a balmy -5.
2. Peanut and Jelly Sandwiches. My spouse made me one the other day and it was best thing I have tasted in AGES. I think I need to go and make myself one.
3. Tomorrow is my mom's birthday. I love my mom. She is beautiful to me. Here is a picture of me and my mom and my son (in the days before he WHINED)!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Ten things I will do in 2009.
1. Write more letters to my sister who is a missionary. I have written more to Jill than I had at the beginning of the year but I am no where near where I want to be for letter writing.
2. Make pajamas for my sons. I haven't even purchased patterns for pajamas yet, but I do think about it frequently, especially because they are both currently grown ouf of their pj's.
3. Finish the cross stitch nativity characters for my mom. I got the stuff out of the drawer and put it on the shelf. It has moved!
4. Plant trees in our yard. If ONLY I had planted trees. I don't think it is an exaggeration to say there s at least 4 feet of snow in our yard right now.
5. Take a FOR REAL vacation - this year I have reason to believe we will be joining my brother and his family at the lake. We have never taken a "for real" vacation since coming to Canada. I think my brother's plans for a vacation this summer have changed although we still want to take one it may not be to the lake with Justin, unfortunately.
6. Procrastinate homework assignments. YAY! I have done this one!!!
7. Complete the adoption for Maximus Orellius. Not a word on the adoption, though it is out of our hands.
8. Go on a date with my spouse.We actually had a plan for a date and then the boys got sick and we took Maxie with us on our weekend "away" and didn't stay away!
9. See at least ONE movie in a theater with popcorn, hotdog, and LARGE coke. Nope.
10. Talk to my far away friends more frequently. I haven't done this either. I was supposed to call LG on Sunday night but the boys came home and I got busy with them.
It appears as though I need to get working on some things in order to make sure all these things come to pass. Right now I am 1/10. 10 percent done and the year is 25 % complete.
And this year, even though I SHOULDN'T because I am still in school and should be starting to work on my thesis... I will read 99 books. There's no way this is going to happen. I have only read 9 books so far and I won't be reading again for a while with the school projects due here in the next few weeks. I'll have to try for 99 books in 2009 when I am done with school. I won't even pretend I will get this one done.
This week for Ten on Tuesday the topic is "Ten songs I hate". The first three or four were very easy to come up with, the others it took a little longer. If you want to share in my pain feel free to click on the title of each song to go and listen to it on youtube.
Here you go.
2. Say What you Need to Say. John Mayer
He said it and then he kept saying it over and over and OVER.
3. Keep Bleeding. Leona Lewis
My ears are bleeding because I am listening to John say what he needs to say.
4. Tattoo. Jordin Sparks
I think I have already discussed why I hate this song.
5. Walking on Broken Glass. Annie Lennox
6. Achy Breaky Heart. Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus couldn't even afford a decent haircut, how could he afford to pay someone to write good lyrics?
7. Sussudio. Phil Collins
What the hay does Sussudio mean? I googled it and it is apparently a name for a girl but I have never met anyone with the name. Sorry if you are out there and your name is Sussudio. Your parents must have done some BAD drugs and listened to BAD music.
8. Dancing on the Ceiling. Lionel Ritchie
9. Anything at all by the Tragically Hip
10. Rico Suave. Gerardo
Monday, March 16, 2009
1. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? I really like the Union Grille in Ogden for supper, but Natalie's in SLC for Sunday brunch. The waitstaff at Natalie's are HOT. (well they were the last time I was there)
2. What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it? Mexican
3. Have you ever had anything removed from your body? I have had surgery, but I don't think anything was taken out. I still have my tonsils, appendix, and as far as I know - my brain.
4. What is the last heavy item you lifted? I just got back from carrying a bag of quarters. A BIG bag of quarters.
5. Have you ever been knocked unconscious? I was knocked unconscious once by my spouse who broke a cast iron skillet on my head.
6. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? Absolutely not.
7. If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I wouldn't want to change my name.
8. What’s your goal for the year? Get my thesis done.
9. Last person you hugged? The baby.
10. First place you went this morning? I first went into the bathroom, but once I left the house I came straight to work.
11. Do you always answer your phone? I always answer my cell phone and rarely answer my house phone, but I answer the phone more than my spouse for SURE.
12. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it? Work
13. If you could change your eye color what would it be? I would not change my eye color.
14. What’s on your wish list for your birthday? I wish I wasn't getting older, is that possible?
15. Does the future make you more nervous or excited? I am excited for the future.
16. Do you have any saved texts? I have texts from my mom when she was in Canada saved. There are 13 of them.
17. Ever been in a car wreck? I was the passenger in a car accident in Ogden and we were hit head on. On Harrison Blvd.
18. Do you have an accent? I actually do - and when I get tired it really comes out.
19. What was the last song to make you cry? My Immortal
20. What did you do last night? You will be shocked I know, but I did homework.
21. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? Yeah.
22. Current hate right now? People.
23. Met someone who changed your life? Most recently my kids have changed my life, but before that I would say my spouse changed my life.
24. How did you bring in the New Year? I think I was in bed.
25. What song represents you? Fat Bottom Girls
You are 8 months old already. I can hardly believe it. I am sitting here typing listening to you in the bedroom squealing with delight at your mom and your toys. You are such a happy little dude and you bring a smile to my face very day. You are getting to be so independent and now you are holding your own bottle like such a big boy. For some reason you have very little interest in trying to crawl, you prefer to be carried to every destination and so we oblige you!
Max has been so very sweet with you. He tries to share everything even though we remind him you still don't have any teeth. He doesn't understand why you don't have teeth yet since he already had seven teeth by the time he was your age.
This last month we had a scary time with your health. You had RSV and ended up in the hospital for a week. Max was sick at the same time and we were all together in one hospital room. They had a crib for you which looked like it was right out of post -war Russia. Great big metal bars that were above our heads when the side was raised. I thought a few times maybe our little hospital was given a donation of cribs from some abandoned foreign orphanage. You looked like a little prisoner in it.
You were so congested and could hardly breathe. You sounded absolutely terrible and our attempts to rid you of the phlegm were lame. You started looking at me suspiciously every time I came close to your mouth with a finger extended. I'm pretty certain you thought my fingers were about to take up permanent residency in your toothless mouth as I tried to scoop phlegm every time you gave a feeble cough.
You are home now and your happy disposition is as intact as ever.
You are growing and growing (more in a circle than lengthwise). You have such chubby little legs now and the roundest belly, but you are not getting any taller. We have all of Max's clothes for you to wear but it seems that you barely fit into any of them. We have to roll up all the sleeves and the legs, but your tummy fills them all out. It is hard to believe that you were just skin and bone when you arrived 8 months ago.
I love you little man. I'm on my way to snuggle with you. Rest your head close to my heart, never to part, baby of mine.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I have become a little interested in these things, more curious I suppose, and tonight I was looking at some information on the internet about parents and children with different astrological signs.
My spouse and I are both Scorpio's. I have one Virgo son and one Cancer son.
I found the following very interesting.
- Virgo male child: The Ruling Planet of Mercury, associated with intelligence, reason and meticulous attention to detail, makes the Virgo child gentle but also a rather fussy little individual. This is a child who is always thinking and observing with the ability to quickly perceive and learn. As this Planet also rules the hands, children of Virgo tend to be very skilled with all types of tools and instrument.
- In my humble parenting opinion this is VERY descriptive of my Maxie Man, and not at all descriptive of c-note. If he were any more skilled with his hands I think we might go insane.
- Scorpio Parent/Virgo Child: The Scorpio parent is a very devoted individual and the little Virgo will truly appreciate this. Practical and earthy, this child enjoys in aiding others and will always be a valuable helper around the home. Obsessive as the Scorpio adult can be regarding how things around the house are done, this parent will know that the little Virgo can be relied upon to do things in accordance with the Scorpio standard...but the parent here needs to be wary of making the Virgo child something of a slave. Because of this little one's willingness to work, he or she can be taken advantage of. Blessed with a no-nonsense approach to life which appeals to the Scorpio nature, both individuals in this relationship usually possess a shared view of perfectionism. It is not unusual for the bond between a Scorpio parent and Virgo child to be an intense one indeed.
- Cancer child: The Cancer child is a loving little individual...some might even say a typical "mama's baby. The Cancer child possesses a tender soul and is usually quite easy to manage and discipline. Virtually all that will be needed is lots of attention, an over-abundance of love, and many hugs and cuddles. The formative years and early home environment of this little one will influence the rest of his or her life.
- I had to laugh at this description because I think people who have heard me talking about c-note would say he was a little momma's boy.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
So far we have slept, read, slept, watched some t.v., checked out the Internet, and slept some more. So far I am not feeling any more inclined to dive into projects. I have more sleeping to do.
My three beautiful things for this weekend are:
1. Sleeping until I woke "naturally" - which unfortunately was when the dog stuck her nose in my face, but at least it wasn't a crying baby!
2. READING a book from beginning to end in one sitting. WOW. I feel human again.
3. Strawberries and whipped cream.
Friday, March 13, 2009
The fist person that comes to mind is Ricky Schroeder, but he was never a music artist (or an actor for that matter).
1. Ozzy Osborne. Could Ozzy really be considered an actor just because there were cameras in his house and he was a "reality star?". I don't think he was actually "acting" in the show "The Osbornes", but he was/is a bit of a train wreck. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that all of a sudden you can understand the lyrics to his recent songs?
2. Whitney Houston. Whitney is an artist, in a movie as an actor, acting as an artist, so really was she just being herself? I remain confused however it was still not the most impressive acting I have ever seen in my life. She has pipes though, thats for damn sure.
3. OK OK OK. FOR REAL. THE WORST ONE. J-LO.
Sorry Jenny from the Block. There are some things money can't buy.
4. David Bowie, I just read that davif has quite the extensive actin career. I only know him from Labyrinth and he freaked me out to be honest. I don't know if that was intentional or not, but he doesn't go down in my mind as stellar actor.
5. Jessica Simpson. ouch.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
3. My desk at the beginning of work. Also planning to take before and after shots. Also too ambitious!
5. So I did clean off my desk, but I won't take a photo of the drawer. Next project: Clean out drawer.
6. This is a picture of the clock in my office. It is actually after 11 but I haven't reached up and moved this clock forward after the time change this last weekend. I also can't crop these pictures nicely because I'm doing this whole entry from work, so you get to see the lovely brown door to the hallway.7. Here is the inbox "after". All I did was make a neater pile, but it sure looks as though I was productive doesn't it?
8. Tonight at work I supervise a pub night for the students. This is a little bit of what they consumed in about 3 hours.
10. Tim Horton's is a famous (to Canadians) coffee chain. These are 2 of my student staff waiting for the drinking to be finished so they can go home. This is a REAL coffee mug which costs 3 Canadian dollars to fill at Tim Horton's. Robbie says he drinks water from it, not coffee.
11. This is a photo I have on my desktop. Although it was not taken this week it was taken recently when my son visited my office after daycare. Technically it shouldnt be a part of 12 of 12 but since it is on my desktop and I was looking at it today I am counting it to round out my 12 of 12. (I am away from home and my camera so i am having to improvise a little tonight)
12. Max has decided tracing around his hand is one of his favorite things. He is tracing on a piece of paper hanging on the wall in my office, so even though he is no longer here, his hand is!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
It looks like most people stopped in Takotna for a rest because everyone is arriving and so far no-one is posted as leaving. All of a sudden from WAY in the back Martin Buser flies in and out of Takotna and is already into Ophir.
Ophir is checkpoint number 12 out of 26 and is a ghost town, (I got this info about Ophir from www.iditarod.com). Ophir took its name in 1908 from a nearby placer creek, one of a dozen streams in Alaska to be named by Bible-reading prospectors, for the lost country of Ophir, the source of King Solomon’s gold. Many items and artifacts still remain untouched. The checkpoint is at Dick and Audra Forsgren’s cabin.
The two other mushers that I "know" Lance Mackey (winner from the past two years) and Jeff King are in 5th and 6th place respectively, being bumped from 4th and 5th when Martin Buser flew through.
This is the part of the race I REALLY love because this is when the strategies start to come in. These mushers are tired. They have been hard at it now for almost 5 days and nights. They have mandatory rest periods they HAVE to take (two eight hour and one 24 hour) but some of them wont make it to the end with just those mandatory rests. So they start to think about how far they will go, when they will stop, how long they will stop for etc.
Last year (in my opinion) the race win was sealed by Lance Mackey during one of these rest periods when he "snuck" out past fellow resting musher Jeff King who was hot on his trail the whole way.
Certainly statistics don't tell the whole story, but I am checking the iditarod website as often as I think of it (that's pretty often) and i am getting excited about the story the stats are telling.
1. This morning as I left for work (early because I have to drop the boy at daycare on the way) there was a full moon sinking low onto the horizon. The sky was beautiful and clear, the van was warm (because today I remembered to turn on the heater when I started it early), and the moon was beautiful. I stopped for a minute at the end of the driveway and showed it to Max. It is fun to show him things now because he actually LOOKS where I am pointing.
2. Picking up Max from daycare today he was around the corner and didn't see me come in. The lady said "Max, look whose here for you!" and he came around the corner. His face just broke into a HUGE grin and he RAN to me. It made me so happy because although he is usually excited to see me he wants to show me things and doesn't ever really run to me.
3. Driving to work when it is light out and driving home when it is light out is beautiful to me. It means there is an end to the darkness and the cold. I feel as though I may slowly come out of hibernation myself.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
This weeks topics: Ten things I won't miss about winter. ONLY ten?
1. -40. -35. -25. -20. -15. -7. (When it gets to about -5 I can tolerate the cold).
2. Plugging vehicles in - and unplugging them when I remember to.
3. Forgetting to unplug the vehicle and driving away while plugged in.
4. The claustrophobic feeling I get when wearing my winter coat.
5. Taking off my boots to walk into a place like the doctors office and promptly stepping in the water left by someone who didn't take off their boots.
6. Trying to dress my son in all his winter attire as he screams and twists and turns.
7. Finding my sons mittens outside where he has taken them off and thrown them, then trying to put them back on him.
8. Driving to work in tinkey winkey with a heater strong enough to melt my eyeballs in their sockets but not hot enough to melt the ice from the inside of the windows. Having to scrape the inside of the window while squinching my melting eyeballs.
9. Driving to work in the dark, then driving home in the dark.
10. Being cold.
1. How old do you look? Older than I feel
2. Where do you live? In a house
3. Are you waiting for something? Waiting for the world to change
4. What’s one pet peeve of yours that is not common? Chocolate milk left in cups
5. Do you want/have kids? I have
6. Have you ever thought about converting your religion? I am converting to buddhism one day.
7. Last shocking news you heard? I thought a blogger whose blog I read had died. It totally freaked me out, but really he was TOLD he was dead over the phone.
8. What was the last thing you drank? water from the fountain
9. Who do you most look like in your family? depends. I have been told I look like my mom and my dad, but not at all like my siblings.
10. If you could have something right now, anything, what would it be? A vacation someplace sunny with books, and sleep and Mexican food.
11. Where does most of your family live? Every single one of them live in a house.
12. Where did you grow up? In Africa and partially in Canada.
13. Where do you want to go on vacation? see number 10
14. Have you ever had a panic attack? yes
15. What can’t you wait for? see number 10
16. When’s the last time you told someone you loved him or her and meant it? last night
17. Have your parents ever smoked pot? my mother has never smoked anything
18. Want someone back in your life? maybe
19. What do you order at the bar? nothing. I don't go to the bar.
20. When was the last time you cried really, really hard? When Muki died
21. Ever licked someone’s cheek? absolutely
22. What is your favorite thing to eat with peanut butter? I'm not the hugest fan of PB, but when I crave it I crave pb and Jelly sandwiches made by my spouse.
23. Where were you on July 4th, 2008? I have abolsutely no idea. Work is probably a safe guess.
24. What are your nicknames? Ju, Jules.
25. If you could go back in time, how far back would you go? Back to when my nan and my Gran Ennis were alive.
Monday, March 9, 2009
I knew I needed to buy some "holdover" t.p. until I get a chance to get to costco. I LOATHE buying it in the store because of how expensive it is. I even considered "borrowing" some from work, but we buy cheap enough t.p. at work that I would never seriously consider walking out with a roll and subjecting myself to the chafing at home.
I had to stop to get gas on the way to get the boy from daycare. After picking him up, getting him dressed and out to the van, I am reluctant to unpack him again at the grocery store just to pick up one thing so I decided to get a small pack of toilet paper at the gas station to save me from loading and unloading a 2.5 year old.
My laziness cost me $4.25. FOUR DOLLARS AND TWENTY FIVE CENTS. That's more than 1.07 PER roll. Though I choked as I paid for it I didn't think of putting it back and sucking it up by going into the grocery store, I just paid for it and when I got home I told my spouse she better appreciate every wipe with those four anorexic rolls of toilet paper cause she might as well be wiping her bum with pure gold.
I mentioned in a previous post that Dee Dee Jonrowe was my favorite musher. As I was checking out the website yesterday I saw that this year there are 18 women competing. I think it is amazing that ANYONE competes at all, but that women compete I think is awesome.
Here are the names of some of the women competing in the race this year, and if they have websites I could find I have included them also for you to check out.
- Nancy Yoshida. www.reachfortheskykennel.com
- Jessie Royer. www.huskypower.com/jessie
- Judy Currier
- Ally Zirkle. www.SPKDogLog.com
- Karin Hendrickson. www.blueonblackdogs.com
- Melissa Owens.
- Kim Darst. www.huskyhavenraceteam.com
- Cindy Gallea. www.ultimateiditarod.com/snowcrest
- Laura Daugereau. www.nightrunnerkennel.com
- Dee Dee Jonrowe. www.deedeejonrowe.com
- Jen Seavey
- Rachael Scdoris. www.rachaelscodoris.com
- Heather Siirtola www.hardcorehuskies.com
I'm not dissin the other people who drop in - I hope I write enough of interest to keep you all coming back.
Here is some info on Brunei!
The Sultanate of Brunei's influence peaked between the 15th and 17th centuries when its control extended over coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines. Brunei subsequently entered a period of decline brought on by internal strife over royal succession, colonial expansion of European powers, and piracy. In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate; independence was achieved in 1984. The same family has ruled Brunei for over six centuries. Brunei benefits from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, the source of one of the highest per capita GDPs in Asia.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
1. My boys approach life completely differently from one another. Max wants to have breathing treatments not because he likes them, but because C-note still gets them. This is the only time of day he will sit still and though he is still far from "melting" into me, the fact he will put his head back onto my shoulder is beautiful to me.
2. C-note takes everything in stride. Sit here? Ok. Wear this on my face? Ok.
Look at the camera? Ok. He is so laid back and so happy. I can even get him to smile with this mask on. This photo breaks my heart, my beautiful boy.
3. My boys getting better is beautiful.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
1. My boy with a haircut. He is beautiful without a haircut also and I have to admit I was a little sad to get his beautiful long hair cut off, but he is incredibly handsome with a "big boy" hair do.
2. My boy teasing me. He has an insane sense of humor and I love to watch him learn more and more about what it is to "be funny". Last night I took him up to bed as is our ritual and he was complaining about having to go to bed. He was trying to use stalling techniques and told me he needed a diaper change. I reminded him I had only just changed his diaper before we came upstairs and when he realized he was "busted" he burst into peals of laughter.
3. The boys in new pajamas.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Here are five songs about the pets in our home.
1. How much is that doggie in the window?
2. Who Let the Dogs Out?
3. It's not Easy Being Green.
4. Siamese Cat Song.
5. The Cat Came Back.
You can click on any of the titles to go to a link which will play the music for you.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
She thinks my extended family makes a significant case for homosexuality being genetic and I have to agree with her. If you look at my extended family going back three generations, we homos are fairly well represented - and in my own opinion there are "more" of us than what is commonly known to others.
I am out to my staff. I don't broadcast it or hang a rainbow flag or anything but I am by no means closeted and my spouse thinks you can tell I am gay from a mile away - that's only because you can see me from a mile away. I don't think I looked so dykey when I was thinner!
ANYWAY. Tonight the topic went to kids that were gay in residence and we have someone living here now who has not come out to anyone but is quite flamboyant in his actions and sends a strong gay "vibe". One of the kids I work with said, "I wonder what his mom did that made him gay?"
She probably watched Barbara Streisand movies and sang Cher songs her whole pregnancy.
Are these questions for real?
I finally thought of something! Here are 13 facts about the Iditarod.
1. This route is a grueling one. While always longer than 1,000 miles (1,600 km), the trail is actually composed of a northern route, which is run on even-numbered years, and a southern route, which is run on odd-numbered years. Both follow the same trail for 444 miles (715 km), from Anchorage to Ophir, where they diverge and then rejoin at
Kaltag, 441 miles (710 km) from Nome.
2. The exact measured distance of the race varies, but according to the official website the northern route is 1,112 miles (1,790 km) long, and the southern route is 1,131 miles (1,820 km) long (ITC, Southern & Northern). The length of the race is also frequently rounded to either 1,050, 1,100, or 1,150 miles (1690, 1770 or 1850 km), but is officially set at 1,049 miles (1688 km), which honors Alaska's status as the 49th state.
3. The race used the northern route until 1977, when the southern route was added to distribute the impact of the event on the small villages in the area, none of which have more than a few hundred inhabitants. Passing through the historic town of Iditarod was a secondary benefit.
4. The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams, evolving into the highly competitive race it is today.
5. The current fastest winning time record was set in 2002 by Martin Buser with a time of 8 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes, and 2 seconds.
6. Each team is composed of twelve to sixteen dogs, and no more may be added during the race. At least six dogs must be in harness when crossing the finish line in Nome. Mushers keep a veterinary diary on the trail, but are not required to have it signed by a veterinarian at each checkpoint. Dogs that become exhausted or injured may be carried in the sled's "basket" to the next "dog-drop" site, where they are transported by the volunteer Iditarod Air Force to the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center at Eagle River where they are taken care of by prison inmates until picked up by handlers or family members, or they are flown to Nome for transport home.
8. The Iditarod Trail, now a National Historic Trail, had its beginnings as a mail and supply route.
9. Iditarod Trail Committee announced on December 5, 2008 that 73 mushers have signed up to run the 2009 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. As of December 5, 17 rookies are entered in IDITAROD XXXVII.
10. My personal favorite musher is Dee Dee Jonrowe. I would suggest checking out her website. I love her profiles of her dogs and her questions and answers section.
11. DeeDee has won numerous awards for the care of her dogs through her career, including the best-cared for team, the best dog care award (given by staff veterinarians), and the dog's best friend award. As her dogs are her top priority, she became a founding member of Mush with PRIDE, which provides responsible information of a dog's environment, exhibiting her commitment to set the standards for all aspects of sled dog care.
12. The official blog of the Iditarod is www.iditarod.com
13. The 2009 Iditarod begins on Saturday March 7th.
For those of you who don't know, Tuesday was 03/03/09 (and it didn't matter if you put the day first or the month first which means both American AND Canadians could celebrate!)
I was going about my merry day at work and filling out forms and noticed that the date was a square root day. I pointed it out to my colleagues. They think I am silly. THEN I was online and noticed that this day actually MEANS something to math lovers. I don't WANT to be a geek, I really don't, but I am so happy there are other people out there who were thrilled by the whole square root day I think I will call myself a "math sympathizer".
Here is some more info on the day from Scientific American:
Math lovers and numerologists take note: Today, March 3, 2009, is square root day.The unofficial holidayunofficial holiday comes around but nine times a century, when the numbers of the calendar align so that the month and day are each equal to the square root of the year as expressed in two-digit form. (In today's case, 3/3/09, 3 is the square root of 9—in other words, 32 = 3 x 3 = 9.) Square root days arise in every year whose last two digits are a perfect square, or a number whose square root is a whole number: The last square root day was on February 2, 2004 (2/2/04), and the next occurrence will be on April 4, 2016 (4/4/16).
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
There was a time in my life when I was very religious. All through high school I attended a scripture study every single morning before school. I graduated from this program (called seminary) with 100 percent attendance. I absolutely loved studying scripture and it has come in handy when I am watching jeopardy and the category happens to be old or new testament.
Some concepts in my religious experience held significant interest for me, one of them was the concept of sacrifice. This is one reason why I find Lent interesting. For a few years now I have been giving something up for Lent every year. This year is no exception.
Lent this year began on February 25th. The day before Lent begins is my favorite day of the year with few exceptions. FAT TUESDAY.
Unfortunately this year our boys were both admitted to the hospital on Fat Tuesday and so I was not able to celebrate it in true form. I don't even think I had a Cadbury Easter Cream Egg on Fat Tuesday this year which is a travesty. Missing out on the fat Tuesday celebrations did not hamper my desire to give something up for Lent and I followed through.
I have given up "hope". It has been 7 days since giving up hope and I have 33 days remaining. I am going to hang in there and make it. People may think it is easy for me to give up hope, but it is a bit of a struggle. (I haven't struggled yet but when I do I will let you know.)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
There are these little ad things that always come up and which I usually ignore. One just caught my eye and didn't make any sense at all.
There is a photo and then a question - "How many eyes do you see" followed by a statement.."98 percent of Canadians get this wrong".
This is very annoying to me. How can you ask someone what they see and them tell them they are wrong? How do they know what someone else sees? Obviously they want to know how many eyes are in the picture, so they should ask that.
It's almost as bad as security in the airport asking "Has anyone put anything in your bag without you knowing?"
Monday, March 2, 2009
Here are my songs that sum up the weekend:
All Night Long. Lionel Richie
It was my night with the baby Saturday and he was up all night long. Partially this was my fault for giving him a breathing treatment at midnight cause he was wired until 3 am. I didn't have fun.
Shut Up. Black Eyed Peas
This song didn't relate specifically to anyone or anything this weekend, just a good overall song.
(and it would have been nice if the kids had stopped crying in the night, but terrible to tell a child to "shut up". If my mom is reading this - I didn't say "shut up" mom. You taught me better!)
She Works Hard For The Money. Donna Summer
This weekend at work was what we call a "back to back" where we have students check out of residence on Friday and a new group check in on Sunday. It is a LONG weekend of work.
Stairway to Heaven. Led Zeppelin
As a part of this back to back to back check in, I have to assess every room that students vacate. Under normal circumstances i have lots of time to wait until all keys are returned before going to an area, but not on a back to back. That means I climb a LOT of stairs. I wish my destination were heaven, unfortunately at the end of all those stairs some rooms are HELL.
Breathe. Anna Nalick
Winter does not seem to be my season, and I was awake at 2 am both nights this weekend.
Both boys struggled with breathing this last week.
Teddy Bear's Picnic.
I sing this song to my boys as I am giving them breathing treatments. They seem to like it. C-note prefers this song to "The Bear Necessities".
99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall
My spouse and I sang this song one night in the hospital to try and sing the boys to sleep. I thought it would be easier to sing one song then try to come up with a dozen songs when my mind is sleep deprived. C-note was asleep before we finished 5 beers, but Max hung in there and we eventually gave up at 54 beers. Apparently beer won't put him to sleep.
Walking on Broken Glass. Annie Lennox
Actually it feels like the inside of my eyelids are broken glass. I could barely walk on Saturday morning after all the stairs I did while assessing rooms on Friday.
I Hate Everything About You. Ugly Kid Joe.
My mom always said that "hate" was a terrible word and that we shouldn't "hate". For many years I followed her guidance, and even in my place of employment where there are many people who are not nice to me I have refrained from saying that I "hate" them. I will sing it instead.
Here you go.
1. Name a TV show series in which you have seen every episode at least twice: Iron Chef (the original).
2. Name a show you can't miss: Grey's Anatomy.
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to watch a show: Tyne Daly.
4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show: Charlie Sheen.
5. Name a show you can, and do, quote from: Friends.
6. Name a show you like that no one else enjoys: Spelling Bees?
7. Name a TV show which you've been known to sing the theme song: Golden Girls - and I never even watched the show.
8. Name a show you would recommend everyone to watch: Big Love, but I think Mormons or people who know a lot about Mormons would actually "get it" more than others.
9. Name a TV series you own: The only one we own is 24, and we never watch it when it is on tv.
10. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium, but has surprised you with his/her acting chops in television: Marky Mark
11. What is your favorite episode of your favorite series? I don't know what my favorite series is and I don't think I have a favorite episode.
12. Name a show you keep meaning to watch, but you just haven't gotten around to yet: New Adventures of Old Christine.
13. Ever quit watching a show because it was so bad? The Apprentice.
14. Name a show that's made you cry multiple times: I don't think I cry at television, but the show that has made a significant emotional impact on me multiple times has been E.R.
15. What do you eat when you watch TV? Chips and Dip or Veges and Dip.
16. How often do you watch TV? Multiple hours Daily.
17. What's the last TV show you watched? Brothers and Sisters.
18. What's your favorite/preferred genre of TV? Probably drama or reality.
19. What was the first TV show you were obsessed with? Good Times.
20. What TV show do you wish you never watched? The Apprentice.
21. What's the weirdest show you enjoyed? MXC on Spike TV.
22. What TV show scared you the most? Ghost Whisperer. I don't watch it because even the trailers scare me.
23. What is the funniest TV show you have ever watched? America's Funniest Videos or Friends.
Actually that's not completely true. I won something at my high school graduation (20 years ago).
When I graduated from high school we had a "dry" grad. This won't make a lot of sense to my American readers who don't legally drink till they are 21, so I will explain.
Many provinces in Canada have a legal drinking age of 18 and kids are already 18 when they graduate from high school. It is typical for students to plan a graduation after party where they can drink. Parents assume that the kids are going to drink whether they are legal drinking age or not since many friends are legal drinking age and so they want the drinking to be somewhat supervised and safe. When I was in high school the kids would arrange with a farmer from out of town to use his barn to have a party and then get bussed to the farm after graduation ceremonies and drink and party all night and get picked up or bussed back to town in the morning. It has become quite controversial for many reasons, the least of which is the licensing of the events because police know that many attendees with be underage and drinking it is a liability for farmers who rent out the barns.
The year I graduated there was a big push to have "dry" grads. I don't know how it all came together for my school and I have no idea who planned it and ran it, but we all went to a local bar after hours and there was dancing, games and prizes all night for the people who stayed. There was no alcohol at this function so getting kids to stay was not an easy task.
Many local businesses donated prizes as an incentive for students to stay at the party all night.
It was at this event that I won something.
DRUM ROLL PLEASE.................................
I won a twenty dollar gift certificate for a fabric store. WHOOT WHOOT!
Last week on Poppingbubbles blog there was a competition with a book as a prize.
I am a regular follower of Poppingbubbles and as I started to read the hints I was SHOCKED and AMAZED that I knew the answer :)
I submitted my guess, and the winner was announced today.
IT WAS ME!
I won a book which for me is infinitely better than a gift certificate for fabric.