Archive - February 2012

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The Dollhouse
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Make A GIF in a Jiffy
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Bringing Teen Depression Into The Light
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Vlog – My Workspace
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Wordless Wednesday – Friends
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Slap Face
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Goosebumps and Shivers
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Happiness Is Finding The Sunny Spot

The Dollhouse

One dismal day a mysterious box arrived at my door. Behind said door, was a tired mother and a bored five year old, itching for something to do. I suspect Mom Central and Fisher Price may have some kind of “That Mama Needs A Break, ESP.” This was our first official toy delivery during our stint as a Fisher Price Family. The look on my daughter’s face when she saw her new My First Dollhouse….  …was sheer happiness. The look on my face when I read this…   ….was all, “Gah! They’re talking about me. To the treadmill!!” *For the record, my husband’s hands are an average size. Santa brought Avery a Fisher Price dollhouse two years ago. But this new abode is a more pimped out version. So now, instead of one lonely home, we have the makings of a neighbourhood. It’s a G-rated version of Knot’s Landing (at least, that’s what is going on in MY head when I’m playing along). Avery has a corner of her room dedicated to her imaginary town. Recently however, I noticed both dollhouses were missing. It seems the kids picked up stakes and moved the town to big brother’s room.    […]

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Make A GIF in a Jiffy

My friend Sharon sent me an email that nearly made me fall over laughing. She had taken a series of photos of me, from the time we went to trampoline school, and transformed them into a GIF. So it was me, only bouncier. Of course, I needed to know how she did this. Commence Googling. Turns out, it’s easy. If Sharon and I can do it, you can too.  Why would you ever need a GIF? I have no idea. But it makes me laugh, so there’s that. Here’s How To Make Your Own Free and Easy GIF in a Jiffy.   Go to www.makeagif.com Upload your photos Arrange them in whatever order you like Set the speed  Create (and then share with me because I want to see!)

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Bringing Teen Depression Into The Light

Many parents sleep better at night believing that teens and tweens who commit suicide are hopelessly troubled and come from equally troubled homes. This is not the case. Recently my friends’ daughter came forward to talk about her struggle with clinical depression. She attempted suicide at the age of thirteen. Instead of hiding in the shadows, Alyssa has chosen to share her story. By speaking out, this brave and poised young woman hopes to help other kids her age. If you find comfort in the notion that such a circumstance could never befall your child, you are wrong. Depression is an illness. It can strike anyone, at any age, in any social situation or family dynamic. Alyssa’s home is filled with love and structure and happiness, and yet she wasn’t exempt from this disease. The fact that she has chosen to talk about her experience, and to reach out to others who may benefit from her message, is a testament to the love and support from her family. Here is Alyssa’s story.  How mental illness is affecting one teen and one family. http://www.ctv.ca/canadaAMPlayer/index.html?video=615232 Related: Teen suicide in the media Canada AM opens the floor to questions related to mental illness,[…]

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Vlog – My Workspace

I’m a looky-loo. I enjoy Open Houses and walks after dark to sneak a peek into illuminated homes around the hood. I also like to eyeball people’s vlogs — I’m always interested in seeing where people work at home. So, I thought I’d take a minute to show you MY home office space. It’s not fancy. In fact, it’s kind of a messy mishmash of adult-meets kiddos-meets a whole lotta filing that will never get done. If you decide to share YOUR workspace, please leave the link in the comment section below so I can come have a peek. We nosey folks love good peep show. My workspace: How is this for the stupidest screen shot ever?

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Wordless Wednesday – Friends

I intended to post this photo and simply let it speak for itself — that’s kind of the whole purpose of Wordless Wednesday, right?  I have trouble with wordless though. I’d make a horrible monk. I just have to add a couple (okay, 87) words… True friends are those who really know you, but love you anyway. They’re silly and sweet and sometimes carry your leg around with them like a purse. They love you despite your flaws and embrace you for you. Them’s good peeps to hang onto.

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Slap Face

  Children love to share things with us, don’t they? Their stories, their dreams, their love and…their disgusting germs.    My first few years as a teacher, I was sick ALL THE TIME.  My newbie immune system hadn’t yet built up an adequate cooty defense system. And since I taught young children (who suck and lick things, touch EVERYTHING, pick their noses….often, and sneeze and cough without covering their mouths) I didn’t stand a chance.     Tired, stressed and thus “immune system deprived” parents are also sitting ducks.    Recently both of my children came home from school with library books, spelling homework, and…Fifth’s Disease.     “Fifth disease, also called erythema infectiosum, or Slap Cheek, is a viral infection caused by human parvovirus B19. It occurs most commonly in children with up to 70% of all cases occurring in children 5 to 15 years old.  It’s called fifth disease because it was historically the fifth childhood infectious rash to be named. There is no vaccine. However, once you’re infected with the virus, you’re immune for life against future infections.   It’s transmitted from person to person the same way as any viral cold is spread.  About 50% of people living with someone infected with[…]

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Goosebumps and Shivers

  Shiver me timbers, nothing beats a good back ticklin’. My love of ‘the shivers’ has been transferred to my children. Every night as we assume the cuddle position, one of the kids whispers, “Dot-Dot-Line-Line Mummy.”  Anyone remember this childhood rhyme or did my somewhat twisted family make it up? The {non-twisted} version goes: Dot, dot, line, line {draw on their back} Let a {insert name of random animal} crawl/hop/slither/whatever…up your spine {squiggle your finger up their back} Crack an egg, on your head, let it dribble into your bed {do the action}. Tight squeeze {give their tummy a little squeeze} Cool breeze {blow on the back of their neck} Shiverrrrrrrr {lightly run your fingers up and down their back}. Good shivery fun right? What’s NOT good is absentmindedly reverting back to the version you learned as a child, which is nearly the same with the exception of the egg part. Which goes… Crack an egg, on your head, let it dribble ’til you’re dead. “WHAT did you say??” my son asked. Whoops. But he’s eight and old enough to handle the truth so I admitted to switching “dead to bed.” He suggested I avoid using the “scary” version with[…]

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Happiness Is Finding The Sunny Spot

As I worked today {and by worked I mean, surfed the net…for “research” purposes, downloaded a few itunes and ate my kids’ Goldfish crackers straight from the bag}, my dog strolled in and curled up on the floor beside me. For Roger, a dog we adopted a few years ago from a shelter, this is his happy place. He’s content with little comforts, like finding the sunny spot. He gets excited about simple things like trips in the car and walks in the park.  How wonderful life must be, to be carefree and without a worry in the world. In my next life, I’m coming back as a dog. 

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