Archive - January 2014

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Frivolous Facts Friday…
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Just Add Salt…
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Turns Out I Could Have Been A GP GP
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Grandparents—a video
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iPhone Found AND Beware The iCloud…

Frivolous Facts Friday…

  The kids are still asleep and I’m up writing to clear the cobwebs from my brian. Oh my god. Brain. Not brian. I do not have cobwebs in my brian. I don’t even know Brian. Before we get this day started…. this bless-ed PD Day where both kids are home expecting to be nurtured and entertained and probably even fed, here are five random things off the top of my head. 1. Why do words appear backwards in a mirror? Sounds like a simple concept, but when asked, “Why mummy? Why the BEACH DAY letters wrong?” to a child who looks down at the words on her shirt and then back up to her reflection in the mirror confused and demanding an explanation, it’s not as easy to explain as you might think. Especially pre-coffee. I told my daughter to just put a sweater over her shirt. Problem solved. 2. I heard a radio ad calling for volunteers for an experimental seasonal allergy study. I had to laugh because I was actually accepted into a similar study a few years ago. I was seduced by the $4000.00 pay cheque for successful (i.e. the ones who don’t die?) participants. I[…]

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Just Add Salt…

  If a girl has PMS she’s going to crave a salty snack. If she craves a salty snack she will rifle through the cupboards in search of a snack like chips or crackers. If she rifles through the cupboards looking for a snack she’ll remember that she committed to a ridiculous agreement with her husband—something about no junkfood in the house. If she remembers there’s no junkfood she’ll have a hormonal hissy fit. If she has a hissy fit she’ll look to the sky and curse out of anger. If she looks to the sky she’ll notice a jar of popcorn kernels on the top shelf of the cupboard. If she notices the popcorn kernels she’ll smile and set up the air popper. If she sets up the air popper she’ll look for the large popcorn bowl. If she looks for the large popcorn bowl she won’t find it because it’s in her child’s bedroom filled to the brim with Rainbow Loom elastics. If the bowl is filled with Rainbow Loom elastics she will use a smaller bowl. If she uses a smaller bowl kernels will fly out all over the counter and onto the floor. If kernels fly[…]

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Turns Out I Could Have Been A GP GP

  As a child I dreamed of growing up to be a vet (as in veterinarian—I had no interest in being a war veteran. I make love, not war. Plus I look terrible in khaki). Due to my fear of blood and even bigger fear of math and science, this dream didn’t come true. I became a teacher instead and ended up working with animals nonetheless… small human ones. Little did I know I would have to deal with bloody noses and knees and TEACH math and science. My love of animals has been passed down to my children. My daughter is a mini Doctor Doolittle who quite literally talks to the animals. We have enough mammals living under our roof that she’s never hard pressed to find a conversation partner. And my son who has until now stated that he wants to be a zoo keeper, has switched to the occupation of veterinarian. “I don’t like the idea of zoos anymore,” he told us (thank you Blackfish). “I would rather be a vet like Auntie Tanya.” This boy has so much love in his heart, he has plenty to share with all of dog’s creatures (I know. I can’t[…]

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Grandparents—a video

Grandparents are a gift. Sure, sometimes you want to exchange them, but mostly you’re just incredibly grateful to have them in your life. I grew up surrounded by love and laughter and I’m thankful for that. And now my parents are sharing the silly side of life with my kids. When my parents look after their grandchildren, my kids can’t shoo us out the door fast enough. When my husband and I went out for dinner recently, my parents came over and played with the kids for hours in the basement. My mum shot this video of Poppa entertaining Avery is his sweet, funny way.

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iPhone Found AND Beware The iCloud…

  My first cell phone was the size of a footlong sub and the only app it came was a small bag of potato chips. My next phone was a fancy (at the time) flip phone. It was a hand-me-down but I didn’t care. It’s not like anyone ever called me—I had the “emergency plan” and only used my phone if my car broke down or I was late for work. So I pretended to be on a call, acting as though I was engaged in an important conversation. The 90s were a confusing and narcissistic time for me.   When the teasing about my antiquated flip phone (which was now held together with tape) became too much, I upgraded. I bought my first my iPhone a few years ago and I haven’t looked back.   Then iCloud came along and it had me mystified. Actually, it still does. I don’t understand it, but it seems to be functioning to my benefit, so I’m just going with it.   My husband and I are in completely in sync. We share everything from calendars to task lists. I LOVE having access to his enigmatic honey-do list. I can add to it[…]

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