Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pregnancy Care Centre



I was blessed this weekend with an opportunity to visit the Pregnancy Care Centre in Edmonton to discuss volunteer opportunities. The centre offers a variety of services, including counseling for pregnant women in distress, post-abortion counseling for those who are struggling with the decision that they have made, and they liaise with other social assistance programs. They have various in-house initiatives including the "Earn while you Learn" program for pregnant moms, and "Wait Training" presentations given to schools and youth groups that advocates abstinence as a viable form of birth control. In all of this, they present the women with God's truth that they are valued, special, and loved. What an awesome place! More to come as I find a place to serve there.

GeoCacheing


I learned about the coolest thing ever this weekend. It's called GeoCacheing. Effectively, people hide things all around the world- in neighborhoods, parks, paths, subdivisions, etc. They then load the coordinates onto a webpage (http://www.geocaching.com/) and you put them into your hand-held GPS. The point is to try to find the hidden object. Basically, it's like hide and go seek, or a treasure hunt. If you find the object (or not, in our case) you post your results on line for others to see. There is some 170,000 geocaches in Canada, and I think I just found my new Favorite hobby.

Picture of Darryl looking for the cache outside our neighborhood. No luck in finding it, but I think this one may be gone as others are having problems with it too.

Fireside



We went out to Carmel and Dave's on Sunday night for a campfire. There's nothing as nice as sitting outside at a fire on a chilly, clear night, with family. I think that we're done burning the old china cabinet now, and we've moved onto the dresser...

Coriander

Here are the coriander berries from my garden. For those of you who may not know, cilantro and coriander are actually the same plant. When cilantro flowers, the berries it eventually produces are called coriander when dried. My cilantro went into bloom almost the day I put it in the garden, so I thought I would just let it go and see what happens. I don't think I'll save these, as I already have a vial of store-bought coriander, but it's interesting nonetheless.

The Mutt

Muffin has decided that she likes to live in the old carrying case we had for her as a puppy. It fell out of the closet the other day and she sat on it until we set it up for her. I don't know if she thinks she gets to go somewhere if she's inside (like when she was really little) or what, but it's pretty funny. She doesn't even fit all the way inside now.

Arrrrrrr... Pirates


We had the pleasure of spending some time with the newly married Andy and Rebecca Ellis on Saturday evening. After what can only be described as a very messy supper, we decided to break out "Pirate's Cove". We haven't played this game in a while, and it proved to be quite interesting remembering the very complex rules. All in all, I think Darryl won, but I must say, we were confused for most of the time and the results were somewhat questionable. Thanks A&R for the good times!

Friday, September 26, 2008

I exercised. Write down the date.

Also a quick shout out to my pal Sherry, who tolerated my slow speed and constant complaints about being overwhelmingly itchy (I'm allergic to exercise...really) and took me for a walk today. I feel like a wrung out rag, and Sherry didn't even break a sweat. I guess that's what you get when you "exercise" with a marathon runner.

Tomato-Mania!



Well, it happened. I've purged all but a few hardy tomatoes off of their vines due to near sub-zero temperatures at night. All counted, I have EXACTLY 100 tomatoes sitting on my counter waiting for their inevitable demise to the bruchetta bowl. This was not a bad year for my tomatoes, although I won't grow the Roma type again as they're a bit mushy. I am told they're actually meant for canning, hence their unique texture.

On a related note, my friend Melanie's beagles have developed a keen interest in horticulture. They've not only decided that home grown tomatoes are the best, but can determine which ones on the vine are red enough to be picked. They, being the kind souls that they are, saved Melanie the trouble of doing it herself, and plucked them off one by one. And ate them. I guess there's always next year.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Synecdoche, New York


'Synedoche New York' Theatrical Trailer @ Yahoo! Video

This looks disturbingly awesome.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Sara and JD on the long-awaited birth of their daughter Micaella Jayne Kliewer! She was born Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at 3:13 PM, just two days after her momma's birthday. She weighs 7 pounds 14 ounces and is cute as pie!!! We love you guys!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It really burns me...

Not much to say for today, except to similarly related items.
  1. If you have a child, DO NOT SMOKE IN A CAR WITH THEM. Also, try a child restraint system of sorts, not holding the 6-month-old baby on your lap. Honestly, I wonder where these people come from. You wonder why there are child fatalities in automobile accidents? This is one good reason.
  2. The next time you think about lighting up that cigarette just outside the door of a public place, think again. I know that the weather is turning cold, and it's a huge deal to walk the 15 feet away from the door, but it isn't fair to us nonsmokers to have to huff your smoke in while we're going to and from work.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It's Getting Colder

Well, it is in fact getting colder. I think that today, despite my best effort to avoid it, I will have to break out the "winter clothing" box. I found myself in need of a sweater today and was famously unlucky in finding one. Instead, I'm wearing layers of short-sleeves, tank tops, and pashminas. I'm also wearing a pair of slippers at my desk as my shoes are uncomfortable. Not that I care terribly that I'm in style or anything, but I look like a hobo. All I need is a satchel on the end of a stick and I would certainly be arrested for vagrancy on Whyte avenue.

Thanks to www.explodingdog.com for the cool pic.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Return of Sunday Night Cartoons

I was thrilled yesterday when I turned the television to Teletoon and saw their Sunday night lineup. Fraggle Rock followed by The Raccoons!

I don't know if anyone else has memories of spending Sunday nights watching these two shows, but I certainly do. Who could forget the antics of these crazy critters! Well done, Teletoon, well done.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The New Stove


To celebrate the arrival of our new ceramic-top stove, I made two pumpkin pies today. Our old stove gave it's last gasping breath last weekend when I tried to make cupcakes. The computer on our old stove got fried after one of the many lightening storms this summer. Consequently it wouldn't stop beeping and the door lock for the self-cleaning feature wouldn't stop engaging. (Keep in mind our stove has died and come back to life a few times now...) After a batch of cinnamon buns got locked inside the oven cavity one night, I knew that it was time to have it replaced.

We got a sweet deal on a Whirlpool ceramic top stove at Trail Appliances and they delivered it today. We paid the $30 fee to have the old one carted away to the Eco-station as well, so now we don't look like the white trash neighbors that have old appliances in our back yard. Anyway, it's good to be able to eat food that isn't barbecued or cooked in a toaster oven.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fall is Here!

While I write this, the leaves are falling, the sun is shining, and yes, it's even a bit chilly outside. For the longest time, I had given fall a bum rap. All it signalled to me was the impending doom that winter brings with it. But if you look at things objectively, fall has a lot going for it. I find the cooler weather refreshing, the colors are beautiful, and I don't have to be under the constant threat of seeing someone bicycling in spandex shorts who absolutely should not be. I've attached some pics of the red tree in our back yard, leaves on campus, and...my feet. Hey, 2/3 'ain't bad.



Monday, September 15, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bunches of Trouble

So for my birthday, my wonderful husband decided to send me flowers. There is nothing I enjoy more than receiving flowers, and I especially like to have them at work.

However, the last couple times Bunches has delivered, they seem to be having serious issues.
I guess my office is located in a black hole, because last time it took them four phone calls to find me, and this time they dropped them off in MillWoods. Now I know the hospital can be confusing, but MillWoods? Anyway, we'll get it sorted out, but buyer beware when ordering from Bunches!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

IPod

To commemorate my 27th Birthday, my lovely husband purchased me a new iPod to replace my iRiver, which died a terrible boop-bleeping death. I now have roughly 600 songs and multiple podcasts uploaded to amuse me on the long bus ride to work. Only about 50 more albums to go!

I am however a bit disillusioned at the television shows we have available for purchase as Canadians. Shows like The Office, Big Love, and Scrubs are unavailable to the great white north - this forces us to download illegal versions when we're quite willing to pay for them. Wake up Apple/ABC/NBC/HBO! I don't want to be a pirate, but I'll buy an eyepatch if you force me to...

PS: I hate Nelly Furtado
PPS: I'm still in denial that I'll be 27 tomorrow. I'm 25 if anyone asks.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sewage

So, I get to work today and am greeted with a foul odor. Thinking perhaps someone failed to shower this morning, I shrug it off. Then, suddenly, a mass exodus of the office next to us peaks my curiosity. They're all rushing to the basement shouting "raw sewage". So, being the lemming that I am, I follow along. Turns out our sewer has backed up and FLOODED the entire basement floor. And our secure room. That holds all of our exams. That are sitting on the floor.

I'm now wearing slippers at my desk because my loafers are a bio hazard. We have nothing to block the brown tide from further encroaching on our room, and every bathroom in the building is shut down. And I have to go. Real bad. My day is crap.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Endings and Beginnings


I never quite got around to posting these pictures when they were taken in mid august. As you can see, my squash came back from near extinction and my beets are taking over what space is available to them. The peas were somewhat bitter, but edible. I guess I'll try a different type next year and see if they're any better.
Soon I will be pulling up what produce is left in the ground because fall is undeniably upon us. School has started for everyone in the city, and the buses are packed once again. With the passing of my grandmother, I'm reminded that everything has a season and every season has a purpose under heaven. There are beginnings and endings all around us, every day, and as difficult or easy as it may be, we must embrace them. Wherever you find yourself today, look around for the love, because I guarantee you'll find it.




Thursday, September 4, 2008

Capoeira

I'd like to start off the morning by posting a video of a Capoeira fight. This is the reason you don't show off like an idiot once the match starts. If you want to know more about Capoeira go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capoeira. There is a Capoeira club in Edmonton, and it's pretty intense to go and watch - they welcome visitors if you're interested! http://www.capoeiraedmonton.ca/

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Congrats!

Congratulations to Colin and Jamie on the arrival of William Bradley Fisher!!! They truly are Living the Alberta Dream!
PS: I totally lifted this picture from Colin's Blog ;)

Andy and Rebecca's Wedding!



This weekend we were fortunate enough to attend the wedding of two dear friends in Banff. It was absolutely spectacular from start to finish, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. As per usual, I was a blubbering mess (see photo) for pretty much the entire event; this of course was much compounded by the fact that the happy couple are leaving for Australia in the new year and I'll miss them terribly. A&R are now in Maui on their honeymoon, and blessedly are missing this chilly weather.