I lifted this from my friend Kareena's blog (and she lifted it from someone else's). I truly believe that Christmas has become synonymous with commercialism, and if we just gave a little bit to those in need, maybe things might be better for everyone. As we give thanks this year for all the blessings in our lives, lets take time to remember those less fortunate than we are.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Part of the housewares section of Salisbury. They have thousands upon thousands of knick knacks and decorations.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Muffin, on the other hand, lost her mind when Amica came to stay with us. I think Muffin feels that every dog that she can get to is obliged to play with her. Amica does not feel this obligation. Long story short, if Muffin doesn't smarten up, she's going to get her head bitten off. The only time the girls seem to get along is when Muffin can stop bothering Amica long enough to have a nap. More to come, I'm sure.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
- Find out how much a 50 lb bag of rice and 75 lb of frozen peas would cost
- 2. Post a video of Homer Simpson falling off his roof to this blog.
APPARENTLY, grocery stores don't post their prices on line unless it is a flier item. Which is fine if bulk bags of peas and rice are on sale, but they aren't.
Also, I was going to write a truly funny blog about the possibility of falling of the roof while installing Christmas lights, highlighted by a funny Simpson's clip. That isn't going to happen because almost all video sites (with the exception of YouTube) ONLY STREAM TO THE USA!
I'm getting really tired of all the withholding of free media from the states - even from sites like ABC and NBC. What's the deal?
Anyway, suffice it to say that our Christmas lights are installed (not well), there is a giant inflatable penguin on our front lawn, and no video today for you to laugh at.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Last night we went with Mom and Dad to Bright nights. It cost $20 per vehicle with proceeds going to the Food Bank. While I cant argue with the cause it's going to, I was somewhat disappointed by the amount they charge and what you get. I wager that we were in and out in all of 7 minutes, and quite a few of the lights displays were either burned out or not working. I think that if you had children it would be good to go to, and maybe I'm just a Grinch or something, but I don't think I'd go again any time soon. On the up side, there was a really cool display of the RCMP musical ride and a Canada flag, and that was my favorite one.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
So, as I was riding the bus this morning, in somewhat of a haze, I was momentarily distracted by a rattling noise on the floor. Being the observant individual I am, I looked down only to find some worn bolts rolling around. Although I was unable to ascertain their point of origin, I am fairly certain they worked themselves loose from somewhere on the bus floor.
Now, I 'm not trying to scare anyone, but here's the deal. - I don't think Edmonton buses are all that safe. The doors frequently do not shut properly/or at all on the small feeder buses. This would not be such a problem if the bus wasn't frequently packed to the max, forcing small children to stand in the area directly adjacent to the broken doors. All it's going to take is one bump and a stumble and we'll have kids falling out onto the busy morning streets.
Of less, but still some concern, is that when you sit down on the pee-stained seats your clothes often catch and snag on errant nails that have been neglected for far too long.
Come on ETS, get your crap together. Don't let a lawsuit be the reason that you address this problem. Who knows what's happening under the bus that we can't see...
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The possible migration of the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox series to the big screen has been a hot topic among fans for the past year. Speculation has been fueled by cast members of the show, including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Jeffrey Tambor, who have been frequently quoted in interviews that a feature adaptation is in the works.
Hurwitz, who created and exec produced the Emmy-winning series, is on board to write the film as well as direct with help from Howard.
This is like the happy version of walking in on your wife with another man. I KNEW IT! But still, I needed the confirmation.
At this rate, we should definitely have a trailer by 2012.
'Arrested Development' film gets closer [THR]
Friday, November 21, 2008
I was totally and unbelievably blessed by a friend last week. Not only has this person given us a Sony Vaio laptop in the past, he has now given us his old Mac Book. I love to give, but often have a hard time accepting gifts from people, especially when it's for no reason. So thanks Anthony, for putting up with my craziness about accepting it!
I like the Mac (Darryl likes it to an unhealthy level), but I am having a really hard time adjusting to the functions. You get so used to using a PC, that when things are dummy-proofed, as is the case with the Mac, it seems impossible to adjust to. If there are any Mac users out there, I'll take tips. I felt like pushing it off the table the other day I was so frustrated.
I seem to be under a certain amount of scrutiny lately for not blogging as often as I should; however, I hope to reverse this trend very soon.
As Christmas draws nearer, I can't help but think about the right timing for everything. There was Christmas music being played in the stores on November 1. While some may think that's reprehensible, others rejoiced. Then there's the "right" date to decorate and put up the tree. While some folks wait until the week before Christmas, others put theirs up in November.
So what's right? I, personally have always set a date of Dec 1 to listen to Christmas music. However, I shamelessly broke that date this year and pulled out the Boney M CD before Remembrance Day. I feel a garland coming on very soon also, so stay tuned.
More than anything, I'm again struck with the commercialism and cynicism associated with this holiday. It seems as if bigger is better, and nothing is ever enough. What are we teaching our children? What does the undying love of "stuff" have to say about us? I personally believe it's time to return to the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. While Santa and reindeer might be fun, we would have nothing to celebrate nor the grace to do it without His birth. Jesus IS the reason for the season!
Friday, November 7, 2008
I have been amiss in my blogging as of late. I have pictures of our spoooky jack-o-lanterns from halloween, but haven't quite got around to putting them up yet.
This week can be summed up into one word - blargh. The weather has been grey and dismal, and my mood hasn't been a whole lot better. I really struggle with the winter months, and since it is officially November now, I guess it's winter. On the bright side, I bought a giant inflatable penguin for the front lawn, so I just need to wait a few weeks and he can come out of the box. I plan on having a super tacky house, just in case anyone knows.
Also, the dog seems to have hidden Halloween candy somewhere in the house. We occasionally find her finishing off a package of twizzlers or a peanut butter cup. Seriously, I can't find the source, and I didn't let the candy cauldron (yes, we had an actual cauldron) out of my sight on Halloween, so I haven't got a clue how this happened. I guess it's better than her eating her own poo though.
I'm looking forward to the long weekend - it's a 4-day weekend for me! I plan on doing nothing, except maybe getting my hair done. Also, perhaps trying to figure out how to hang Christmas lights. Stay tuned for that fiasco.
Monday, November 3, 2008
A Post from www.geekologie.com
It had to be posted - it had a Japanese Chin in it.hot celebrities in their Halloween costumes, I get stuck with a bunch of goofballs dressed as iPhones. Anyway, I like the dog one. All the others suck, except for maybe the baby seat one. That one was cute. Seriously though, I see you dressed like an iPhone tonight, and I'm pushing your buttons. Figuratively. And, since it is Halloween, literally too. *BEEP BOOP BEEP BOOP BEEP* I'm calling your mom!
This of course, is the Magical, Mystical, Mr. Mistoffelees
I realize that I forgot to post on our Cats experience at the Jubilee.
I don't really know what to say about this show. Mom and I wanted to go because of its iconic status in the theatre world. If something is so popular, it must be good, right?
Well, lets just say that Mom liked it. I, on the other hand, was a bit puzzled by the whole thing. There really wasn't that much of a plot. And the songs, minus a couple, were fairly incomprehensible. The costumes, and the choreography on the other hand were amazing, and well worth the two hours it took. I think that perceived lack of plot has a lot to do with the fact the musical was based on a group of poems from T.S. Elliot, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (http://coral.lili.uni-bielefeld.de/Classes/Summer97/SemGS/WebLex/OldPossum/oldpossumlex/). Most lyrics were directly taken from these poems. This was an interesting fact that I didn't know.
Anyway, I can cross this off my bucket list now.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
We were fortunate enough to take my niece Abbi for a playdate to commemorate her second birthday this Friday. We made a day of it. First, we went to McDonald's to have a happy meal, complete with french fries, her favorite. We then went to Rotary Park to play on the jungle gym and go for a fall walk. Afterward we went to DQ for a cone and then to Chapters to pick out a book just for her. She chose "That's Not My Princess". We had a wonderful day - thanks Abbi, we love you!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
That being said, I tried a prototype of Muffin 1.0's Halloween costume last night. It didn't work as I had planned, and the above picture is the result. If you're wondering, she's supposed to be a bird, Quetzalcoatl to be exact, the Aztec bird god. It's a Mexican theme this year...
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 10:01 AM ET CBC News
An estimated 59.1 per cent of Canadians cast votes in Tuesday's general election — a figure that appears to be a record low in the history of Confederation.
A total of 13,832,972 votes were cast nationally of the 23,401,064 registered electors, Elections Canada figures showed as of 9 a.m. ET Wednesday.
The highest voter turnout appeared to be in P.E.I., where 69.5 per cent of registered voters cast ballots.
The lowest turnout appeared to be in Newfoundland and Labrador, where just 48.1 of registered voters took part.
All the figures were based on reports from 69,601 of 69,630 polls across the country. The total number of registered electors did not, however, include anyone who only registered on election day itself.
After the ballots were counted, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives won a second consecutive minority government.
The turnout figure of 59.1 per cent was slightly below the previous lowest turnout figure of 60.9 per cent. That happened when Paul Martin's Liberals won a minority government in 2004.
The highest voter turnout in Canadian electoral history occurred in 1958, when 79.4 per cent of registered voters took part in the election that saw John Diefenbaker return to power with a majority government.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Think of it this way - if you tally every possible vote for every election in your entire life, that is a significant amount of input! Your vote matters - even if it seems insignificant.
I predict that there will be a conservative minority and that the Greens will get at least two seats - mind you, not in Elizabeth May's riding, but somewhere, which I think is positive.