(-20C with the windchill) morning air to wait for the Torch.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
(-20C with the windchill) morning air to wait for the Torch.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
So as we careen headlong into the post-Christmas orgy of DVD-watching, movie theatre-going and handheld-gaming visit their website and check out the thoughtful review of the only movie my kids really want to see over the break,. If nothing else it gives us adults ammunition (not to mention, confidence) to sit down and talk with our kids about what they are being bombarded with 24 hours a day. I'm heading over there right now to make a donation on behalf of my children. Funny how these sorts of sites that are actually making a difference in our media-saturated lives aren't the ones being bought up for billions of dollars by google or Bill Gates.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Next up - my scathing condemnation of Volvo's electronic keys which don't start cars and result in hundreds of dollars in repairs and two weeks without said car while waiting for a part from Sweden. It's a Volvo, for god's sake, whatever happened to "They're boxy but they're good"?
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
But back to the the award, ten honest things about me:
- If I had to give up all foods but one it would be cheese which I know comes in many different forms which is why I chose it
- The first blog I followed was naturally nina who couldn't be less like me which was probably why I loved her
- I wish I was a morning person but not enough to get up early
- I love all my children equally just not necessarily at the same time (if you have more than one you know what I mean)
- The real reason I like living in a small town is that I can be a big fish in a little pond, that and I don't ever have to parallel park the Suburban
- I really don't like watching hockey whether my son is playing or not
- I used to think I looked like Meg Ryan, now I am glad I don't
- I worry I will inherit my father's mother's wrinkles but not her metabolism and my mother's mother's metabolism but not her smooth skin and end up looking like a Shar Pei dog
- I love end of the world movies & books so I will be renting 2012 when it comes out on DVD, plus I love John Cusak, so what more could I ask for?
- One of my new favourite shows is called Lie to Me, really.
Here are my choices - all very different but all very honest (I think)
Alyson at New England Living
Tanis at Attack of the Redneck Mommy (now she is honest on TV)Koreen at Wacky Mummy
Sarah at Clover Lane
Jess at Drowning in Kids
Friday, December 11, 2009
- Dristan nasal spray - the only thing that has allowed me to sleep the past few nights
- it's finally winter as it should be just two weeks before Christmas
- my boys had a sleep over at their aunt & uncles last night ;)
- the ski hills are opening tomorrow
- we are going to a proper grown up dinner party tonight
- snow means no more muddy paw prints on my duvet, now there are just wet spots
- all the new shows are already in reruns so at least I can catch up on the episodes I missed (of course there were less than six episodes of some shows, what's up with that?)
- Jen at Harried Mom gave me an award for being honest, stayed tuned for new revelations
- finally, I think I am officially over my traditional pre-Christmas slump, thanks to Otin and Santa
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Stayed in a Zermatt pensione with a view of the Matterhorn
Lived in three countries
Gone topless on the French Riviera
Driven a vintage convertible Jaguar
Had a French Canadian boyfriend
Saw the Northern Lights
Wandered through the Louvre on my own
Took the car train through the Alps
Spent two nights alone in the woods
Married my high school sweetheart
Made love on the beach
Still to do -
Make love in a canoe
Take my children to live in the south of France
Write a book
Throw a big party for our 25th anniversary - see how many people who were at our wedding come
Ride in a fox hunt
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Who has the most future earning potential? ie. who will most likely to be able to support me in my old age in the style to which I would like to become accustomed.
Number One, if your dream of being a goalie in the NHL comes true you may be my ticket. Number Two, if you use your charm and good looks wisely you could marry well and I would be very happy with my own "granny wing" in your mansion. Number Three, well as my friend who met you moments after your birth once said, "He'll either end up in jail or in a corner office somewhere." So you are a 50/50 split.
Who is likely to cost us the most in educational fees?
Well, since none of you appear to be a scholar this is a tough one. Number One you are a good student but we are banking on a hockey scholarship to an American university so you're okay. Number Two, haven't really shown much aptitude for academia but given your propensity for staying in your jammies for as long as possible combined with a predilection for eating Kraft Dinner morning, noon and night, maybe you are the most likely to stay in a post graduate programme well into your prime earning years. Number Three, after our Grade 2 Parent/Teacher interview this past week, I'm thinking you are a safe bet for the vocational stream where you can take things apart and hopefully learn how to rebuild them. And having a plumber or electrician in the family is alot more useful than a PhD these days.
Who is likely to cost us the most in hospital and orthodontist's fees?
Now I know I live in the land of universal health care but still, did you know that getting a fiberglass as opposed to an old-fashioned plaster cast is extra? And don't get me started on braces. So, Number One, you have already broken one leg, that's your quota and I think goalies are less likely to get smushed in a game than the other players. Number Two, if you don't stop sucking your thumb immediately and not just for the month that you are at summer camp I don't want to think about the pain, I mean cost of your braces. And Number Three, well let's just say you are never getting a motorcycle until you are out from under my roof.
Who is most likely to win it big?
Well, Number One I know you are not a risk taker, you are the typical eldest child, cautious and careful so I don't see you hitting the slots any time soon. Number Two, you have the most likely to become addicted to anything (see thumb sucking above) so the chances of you hitting it big are good but also the chances of you blowing it all right away on another horse race or poker game is 100%. Number Three, you are a risk taker but far more likely to do so in real estate from the way you play Monopoly and I'm okay with living in a hotel on Park Place.
So let's see, to tally up the points, we have Number One Son with three for and one against. Number Two, you have one for and three against and Number Three you have one for and a couple split down the middle.
Now let's go over the severance package we will be offering.
You will have out-placement services to help you update your CV and look for another family. We will provide references along the lines of , "Having known the candidate since conception ..." And we will offer a pay out of a dollar for every grade achieved with an additional loonie for every year in the family (hmmm, Number One's is looking more expensive to let go than keep on)
Now if one of you were to take early retirement from the family we would be happy to give you the package but you are on your own in finding a new position elsewhere. I realize that some of you have already been looking elsewhere in light of recent cutbacks and downsizing. The fish were the first to go what with electricity costs to keep their tank warm and we have downgraded from large to small crickets for the gecko. So if you have found a comparable position please feel free to clear out your room and sports equipment from the garage. Security will escort you from the building and make sure that you haven't absconded with any of your brothers' DS games or hockey cards.
In these tough times tough choices have to be made but we feel certain that we will be able to make the best possible decision for all the parties involved. Just look at it this way - if one of you opts out, he can change his birth order position from say, middle or youngest to oldest in another family or you can always play it safe and make a lateral move and remain at your current level.
We wanted to make you all aware of our current thinking and will be getting back to you soon so that we know where our Christmas dollars should be focused. And of course, we will let Santa know of your change of address ASAP.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Oh well, I guess next year we'll have to do it like the magazines and shoot in August.