Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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.
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.
Friday, September 26, 2008
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
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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
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
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
Thursday, September 4, 2008
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/