SARcasm











he did well on a development screening …
began solid foods …
and his naming ceremony (nondenominational ‘baptism’) is Sunday …

Wonderful, wonderful times … πŸ˜€

*short but sweet, sighs happily*

Oh … to top it off? 31-cent Baskin Robbins day in the K-Dub. Be sure and enjoy! :D:D:D:D:D:D



{April 27, 2009}   101 Update

Didn’t blog yesterday – took a preemptive non-computer day for next month. πŸ™‚ But an update of my 101 things in 101 days:

((Mar 30-July 8))

** items which have been ‘strike-thru’ed (line through them) are done. πŸ™‚

1. Lose 20 lbs. (3/20)
2. Finish the novel I’ve started writing.
3. Do one nice thing for someone every day. (28/101)
4. Do at least 1/2 hour of exercise every day. (28/101)
5. Be consistent enough with the radio show to get it going live.
6. Join the Babytime group at the Kitchener Public Library.
7. Find work for at least 2 more weeks of the summer.
8. Read at least 3 books. (0/3)
9. Go to church each week (3/13)
10. Finish my cross stitch I’m making for LT.
11. Clean out the guest room (which has become a storage room).
12. Go to a dress-up dance with Ari.
13. Have one nice bubble bath a week. (1/13)
14. Learn 1 more dance (eg Salsa, Meringue).
15. Go roller blading and not quit after 5 mins.
16. Get my bike fixed.
17. Clean out the car and get it washed, vaccuumed and tuned up.
18. Have at least 1 play date a month. (1/3)
19. No messing with my hair – no cuts, no perms, dye touchups only. (28/101)
20. Go through my clothes to see what fits, what I wear, what i don’t, etc.
21. Ditto shoes.
22. Cook for Ari at least once a week. (4/13)
23. Organize our actual storage room.
24. Donate my time to one good cause a month. (0/3)
25. Go to one new restaurant a month. (0/3)
26. See one movie a week. (4/13)
27. Donate my tutoring money to charity.
28. Get my retainer wire fixed.
29. Read at least a chapter of the bible a day. (28/101)
30. Know where we’re going for summer vacation and plan it.
31. Sign up for an English course for summer semester so I can get my English AQ for the fall.
32. No pizza. (27/101)
33. Have one night a week with Ari set aside for fun (‘date night’ even if it includes LT). (4/13)
34. Redo our back yard.
35. Create my unit plan for camp.
36. Read one book in French.
37. Go to the U.S. to buy diet Cherry Coke.
38. Take LT to one new city a month. (1/3)
39. Have a mani/pedi.
40. Tell Ari I love him every day. (28/101)
41. Learn a new skill (knitting, an instrument, a language).
45. Try one new wine a month. (1/3)
46. Share one piece of writing for the purposes of critique and feedback.
47. Finish ‘Thank You’ cards for LT’s gifts.
48. Get one famous person’s autograph.
49. Redo the linoleum floors in my house.
50. Set aside $30 ever week I don’t have fast food for a non-food treat (eg CD, DVD). Subway excepted.
51. Get one other person to do the 101 things in 101 days.
52. Look into setting up a will (unsure if possible to complete as adoption won’t be complete).
53. No non-diet pop. (28/101)
54. Submit a piece of writing to a publisher.
55. Get a baby seat for my bike, and LT a helmet.
56. Blog every day (except my monthly ‘no computer day’ – see below). (26/98)
57. Renew and update my Apply to Education account (resume, references, cover letter etc.).
58. Call in to a radio show.
59. Go through my junk drawers (like, one in every room)
60. Get through the pile of stuff on my desk (DVDs/CDs to burn, photos to put away).
61. Go through my ‘correspondence’ storage space: organize it.
62. Find a place for the things I just cleared out of Mom’s house.
63. Buy at least one of the board games Ari and I have been coveting.
64. Have a games night with friends.
65. Finish my puzzle.
66. See at least one friend a week. (4/13)
67. Get on the Do Not Call list.
68. Call the diaper service and get LT into cloth diapers.
69. Be on time to things. (28/101)
70. LT’s naming ceremony and open house.
71. Redo the chips the movers left in the paint job in our house.
72. Wash windows.
73. Unpack from our trip, do laundry etc. by the end of the week.
74. Have a picnic.
75. Go to the gym twice a week at least (1/26).
76. Get Ari’s Big Lebowski poster and McGill diploma either framed or plaqued.
77. Update my “Wrestlemania” collection
78. Beat “Zelda II: The Adventures of Link” without dying once.
79. Make one person laugh every day. (28/101)
80. Dance at least once a week. (4/13)
81. See one live theatre production.
82. Pray every day. (28/101)
83. Sign LT’s adoption placement papers.
84. Sign LT’s adoption finalization papers.
85. Watch and label the old wrestling videos Mom sent home with me.
86. Take LT to the zoo.
87. Make a new friend.
88. Don’t miss any appointments.
89. Go swimming.
90. Go to an arcade but don’t spend more than $20.
91. Introduce LT to solid foods.
92. Clean up Ari’s side of the office for him (or get him to with my awesome powers of persuasion).
93. Distribute our formal LT/family photos to our folks.
94. Donate blood.
95. Bake once a month. (0/3).
96. Make a list of things which have caused me pain/anger/regret/sadness, and burn it.
97. Go somewhere I’ve never been.
98. Have one internet-free day a month (2/3).
99. Have one TV free day a month (0/3).
100. Get a piercing.
101. Go to the Royal Ontario Museum.

Week One Notes: I didn’t get to the gym because I still couldn’t find my “Y” membership card. I now have so I will start this week – I still managed to be active every day though. πŸ™‚ Also I missed ONE day on my pizza promise as we ran out of time to do much else when we had our friend Steve over for Wrestlemania. Otherwise I’d say a pretty good week and even if not 100% success I’ve stuck to the spirit of the list so far. πŸ™‚

Week Two Notes: Much more on track this week. Awesome. Only thing I didn’t do this week that I should have was my ‘bubble bath a week’ – I’m two weeks behind on that one now. But this week anyway, the spirit of that goal was met – this weekend instead of my usual quick 10-minute shower, I had a nice long one, I blowed my hair dry and did my nails … hey I wanted to do all these and no excuses, but I think there aer worse ones to miss. πŸ™‚ Also my cooking for Ari this week consisted of ordering in – but hey it was one night of saving him cooking. πŸ™‚ I’d say overall this hasn’t been a 100% success so far but pretty damn good.

Week Three Notes: Not the most successful week – still no time for a bubble bath and didn’t get to the gym, although I still did my half-hour of activity a day so I consider the spirit of that to be met anyway. LT is teething and going through a bit of separation anxiety so I have had a hard time this last little bit leaving him to his own devices even to do stuff around the house for more than 20/30 minutes at a time. Also, as much as this list was meant to be completed perfectly, I also recognized as a busy new mom that might not happen: considering that I’m pleased at the progress I am making. πŸ™‚ For the most part I’m doing the things I want to every day, and I usually cross at least one or two extra things off a week. So I’m no superwoman but I don’t think I’m quite heading into ‘you suck at this’ territory yet lol.

Week 4 Notes: A successful week – only didn’t make it to the gym. πŸ™‚ I knocked a few other things off my list in the meantime – theatre and cleaning the office for example. Proud of myself. πŸ˜€



{April 26, 2009}   West Side Story

The classic musical based on Romeo and Juliet has come to the Stratford Festival. Ari and I went to see it tonight – very fun show. πŸ™‚ Be sure and check it out. Especially if you’re under 30, Stratford has a great deal right now – we got excellent seats at WSS on a Saturday night for $60 total, just because we’re young’uns. It’s funny, it’s sad, the dancing will take your breath away. Highly recommended.

And thanks to the in-laws for babysitting and making this evening possible. Mwah!



{April 25, 2009}   Slate’s take on Glenn Beck

Amusing for any of my ‘fans’ interested in the ugly side of American political punditry (because of course, there’s a pretty side):

http://www.slate.com/id/2216798/

If you don’t know who Glenn Beck is, I’m not going to explain – this article will give you all the sense you need of who this yahoo is. And if that’s not enough, watch the videos the entry above links to; complete idiot.

Funny, if he weren’t unfortunately representative of the rabid, cornered, and therefore somewhat scary remains of the right wing of US politics.



{April 24, 2009}   Mommy-Son Date Day

Since very few of my most recent posts have been personal I also wanted to say this week’s been a good one. Little Tyke has been a bit fussy at times as he’s teething and growing a lot (judging by the amount he’s been eating and sleeping); but other than an hour or two a day where he’s very fussy, he’s been such a smiley, happy, interesting little person to be around.

Wednesdays are our Mommy-Son date day; we go to a play group at the local library which is super-fun, and then to a movie at the local theatre which does Movies for Mommies/Stars and Strollers Wednesday afternoons. We saw Seventeen Again starring Matthew Perry and Zac Efron yesterday – REALLY good. Love Zac Efron and he’s such a talented young actor; this movie is fun fluff, you don’t go in expecting high art nor does it deliver. But it’s an enjoyable, fun rom com which isn’t a bad way to cotton candy your break on a midweek afternoon. πŸ™‚

This weekend is already looking busy; some work around the house, a date in Stratford, and dinner at my mom’s, plus church. Good times, good times. πŸ™‚



Rev. Nicole Lamarche is a former Miss Califoria, who is now a pastor. She spoke out today on Carrie Prejean (Miss California USA)’s comments regarding gay marriage on Sunday’s Miss USA pageant. Rev. Lamarche puts things so well in fact, I couldn’t say it any better myself, and now, unless any further interesting news or developments come out of this, I will leave us with the good reverend’s thoughts, as my final thoughts:

“As a pastor and a former Miss California, I am often asked to interpret what the Word of God has to say on a particular subject. I am quite confident that God prefers that we human beings stick to speaking for ourselves. And yet there are occasions when God’s Word is used as a weapon, and I feel compelled to speak.

In the past few days, much has been made of the words of Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean. She stated that marriage is between a man and a woman. I write not in response to her opinion, but rather about her comments that followed: that the Bible condones her words. She said, ‘It’s not about being politically correct, it’s about being biblically correct.’ While this sentiment is shared by many who seek to condemn gay people and gay marriage, citing pieces of the Bible to further one’s own prejudice fails to meet the Bible on its own terms.

Most people seeking to condemn gay people point to the Book of Leviticus, where we read that men lying with men is an abomination. However, we rarely hear of other verses found in the book of Leviticus that are equally challenging. For example, Leviticus also tells us that eating shrimp and lobster is an abomination. And that a person should not wear material woven of two kinds of materialβ€”an impossible mandate for a pageant contestant!

In Paul’s letter to the community in Corinth we read, β€˜For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church….’ And yet these words have not prevented Christian denominations from ordaining women, such as myself. Sadly, the Bible has been used to further prejudice throughout history. We have used it to permit ourselves to enslave people; to conquer and kill; and to denigrate the earth.

The truth is that it is difficult to know for sure the intentions of the biblical authors, but we do know something about God. Those of us who know God through Jesus of Nazareth know that he went to great lengths to express God’s love to people who were labeled as outcasts. He spent time with children, prostitutes, and lepers, all of whom were labeled as outside of the grasp of the Holy. As we continue to seek God’s vision for us as a nation grounded in a love for justice, I pray that we might move closer to the cause of grace.”



{April 22, 2009}   Bill O’Reilly

If you can stomach watching at least the first part of this video of conservative Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly interviewing a gay rights activist, please do so that you can understand my response to it:

OK – besides the fact of Bill O’Reilly opposing gay marriage – which I disagree with, but he’s got a mic in a free country, he’s entitled to spew even the garbagiest of garbage – the part I take umbrage here with is the idea of his telling this guy ‘you say all those opposed to gay marriage are bigots, so you’re saying you couldn’t be friends with them’. When the activist says yes he could and Bill O’Reilly argues ‘but you just said you couldn’t’ (paraphrasing wildly here by the way).

I have at least a few people very dear to me in my life, friends and family, who I have from time (to time to time to time) disagreed with; often over political views or our assessments of different people and their lifestyles, our tolerance for differences, etc. I do not like or even love them any less for the fact I might consider them perhaps closed-minded or judgemental in some ways, nor do they like me any less (I would hope) for the fact that I can be wishy-washy and stubborn in trying to see the best in people.

One of Ari’s favourite phrases is ‘reasonable people can disagree’. Now personally I think it’s becoming more and more clearly unreasonable to deny the gay and lesbian community the same rights we have; however, 40 years ago it wouldn’t have been out of the mainstream to disapprove of interracial marriage. Does that make someone perhaps closed-minded or bigoted in some way? Yes. Does it make them a bad person with whom I could never be friends? No. To disagree is not to dislike or to hate – Jesus taught us that.



{April 22, 2009}   Aaaaw …

Embedded video from CNN Video



The Miss USA Pageant was a couple of days ago on TV – it’s been a busy couple of days for me and I’ve barely had an opportunity to blog so this is old-ish news but I wanted to take an opportunity and comment on it. Here’s the video to catch those of you up who aren’t famiilar with this situation:

Now here’s my thinking –

1. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and the US, much like my country of Canada, is a wonderfully free country in that sense. However, given the US is made up of a very diverse group of people, and Miss USA, whatever we believe about beauty pageants, goes on to represent the US at Miss Universe, and represents the quintessential American Woman, she stands for everyone, gay or straight, and therefore needs some level of political correctness and tolerance.

2. The question was controversial and not your typical ‘I want world peace’ kind of question, but the Miss USA folks knew what they were doing bringing Perez Hilton in as a panelist and vetted his question before he asked it on air. It was therefore fair game.

3. No one asked Miss California to lie or say she was in favour of gay marriage; but simply saying she felt those views were personal and best expressed at the ballot box, for example, would have been true to her God and her beliefs as well, while expressing tolerance and understanding for others who might not share her lifestyle or her views.

Just sayin’.



{April 21, 2009}   101 Things Update

((Mar 30-July 8))

** items which have been ‘strike-thru’ed (line through them) are done. πŸ™‚

1. Lose 20 lbs. (3/20)
2. Finish the novel I’ve started writing.
3. Do one nice thing for someone every day. (21/101)
4. Do at least 1/2 hour of exercise every day. (21/101)
5. Be consistent enough with the radio show to get it going live.
6. Join the Babytime group at the Kitchener Public Library.
7. Find work for at least 2 more weeks of the summer.
8. Read at least 3 books. (0/3)
9. Go to church each week (2/13)
10. Finish my cross stitch I’m making for Liam.
11. Clean out the guest room (which has become a storage room).
12. Go to a dress-up dance with Ari.
13. Have one nice bubble bath a week. (0/13)
14. Learn 1 more dance (eg Salsa, Meringue).
15. Go roller blading and not quit after 5 mins.
16. Get my bike fixed.
17. Clean out the car and get it washed, vaccuumed and tuned up.
18. Have at least 1 play date a month. (1/3)
19. No messing with my hair – no cuts, no perms, dye touchups only. (21/101)
20. Go through my clothes to see what fits, what I wear, what i don’t, etc.
21. Ditto shoes.
22. Cook for Ari at least once a week. (3/13)
23. Organize our actual storage room.
24. Donate my time to one good cause a month. (0/3)
25. Go to one new restaurant a month. (0/3)
26. See one movie a week. (3/13)
27. Donate my tutoring money to charity.
28. Get my retainer wire fixed.
29. Read at least a chapter of the bible a day. (21/101)
30. Know where we’re going for summer vacation and plan it.
31. Sign up for an English course for summer semester so I can get my English AQ for the fall.
32. No pizza. (20/101)
33. Have one night a week with Ari set aside for fun (‘date night’ even if it includes Liam). (3/13)
34. Redo our back yard.
35. Create my unit plan for camp.
36. Read one book in French.
37. Go to the U.S. to buy diet Cherry Coke.
38. Take Liam to one new city a month. (1/3)
39. Have a mani/pedi.
40. Tell Ari I love him every day. (21/101)
41. Learn a new skill (knitting, an instrument, a language).
45. Try one new wine a month. (1/3)
46. Share one piece of writing for the purposes of critique and feedback.
47. Finish ‘Thank You’ cards for Liam’s gifts.
48. Get one famous person’s autograph.
49. Redo the linoleum floors in my house.
50. Set aside $30 ever week I don’t have fast food for a non-food treat (eg CD, DVD). Subway excepted.
51. Get one other person to do the 101 things in 101 days.
52. Look into setting up a will (unsure if possible to complete as adoption won’t be complete).
53. No non-diet pop. (21/101)
54. Submit a piece of writing to a publisher.
55. Get a baby seat for my bike, and Liam a helmet.
56. Blog every day (except my monthly ‘no computer day’ – see below). (20/98)
57. Renew and update my Apply to Education account (resume, references, cover letter etc.).
58. Call in to a radio show.
59. Go through my junk drawers (like, one in every room)
60. Get through the pile of stuff on my desk (DVDs/CDs to burn, photos to put away).
61. Go through my ‘correspondence’ storage space: organize it.
62. Find a place for the things I just cleared out of Mom’s house.
63. Buy at least one of the board games Ari and I have been coveting.
64. Have a games night with friends.
65. Finish my puzzle.
66. See at least one friend a week. (3/13)
67. Get on the Do Not Call list.
68. Call the diaper service and get Liam into cloth diapers.
69. Be on time to things. (21/101)
70. Liam’s naming ceremony and open house.
71. Redo the chips the movers left in the paint job in our house.
72. Wash windows.
73. Unpack from our trip, do laundry etc. by the end of the week.
74. Have a picnic.
75. Go to the gym twice a week at least (1/26).
76. Get Ari’s Big Lebowski poster and McGill diploma either framed or plaqued.
77. Update my “Wrestlemania” collection
78. Beat “Zelda II: The Adventures of Link” without dying once.
79. Make one person laugh every day. (21/101)
80. Dance at least once a week. (3/13)
81. See one live theatre production.
82. Pray every day. (21/101)
83. Sign Liam’s adoption placement papers.
84. Sign Liam’s adoption finalization papers.
85. Watch and label the old wrestling videos Mom sent home with me.
86. Take Liam to the zoo.
87. Make a new friend.
88. Don’t miss any appointments.
89. Go swimming.
90. Go to an arcade but don’t spend more than $20.
91. Introduce Liam to solid foods.
92. Clean up Ari’s side of the office for him (or get him to with my awesome powers of persuasion).
93. Distribute our formal Liam/family photos to our folks.
94. Donate blood.
95. Bake once a month. (0/3).
96. Make a list of things which have caused me pain/anger/regret/sadness, and burn it.
97. Go somewhere I’ve never been.
98. Have one internet-free day a month (1/3).
99. Have one TV free day a month (0/3).
100. Get a piercing.
101. Go to the Royal Ontario Museum.

Week One Notes: I didn’t get to the gym because I still couldn’t find my “Y” membership card. I now have so I will start this week – I still managed to be active every day though. πŸ™‚ Also I missed ONE day on my pizza promise as we ran out of time to do much else when we had our friend Steve over for Wrestlemania. Otherwise I’d say a pretty good week and even if not 100% success I’ve stuck to the spirit of the list so far. πŸ™‚

Week Two Notes: Much more on track this week. Awesome. Only thing I didn’t do this week that I should have was my ‘bubble bath a week’ – I’m two weeks behind on that one now. But this week anyway, the spirit of that goal was met – this weekend instead of my usual quick 10-minute shower, I had a nice long one, I blowed my hair dry and did my nails … hey I wanted to do all these and no excuses, but I think there aer worse ones to miss. πŸ™‚ Also my cooking for Ari this week consisted of ordering in – but hey it was one night of saving him cooking. πŸ™‚ I’d say overall this hasn’t been a 100% success so far but pretty damn good.

Week Three Notes: Not the most successful week – still no time for a bubble bath and didn’t get to the gym, although I still did my half-hour of activity a day so I consider the spirit of that to be met anyway. Liam is teething and going through a bit of separation anxiety so I have had a hard time this last little bit leaving him to his own devices even to do stuff around the house for more than 20/30 minutes at a time. Also, as much as this list was meant to be completed perfectly, I also recognized as a busy new mom that might not happen: considering that I’m pleased at the progress I am making. πŸ™‚ For the most part I’m doing the things I want to every day, and I usually cross at least one or two extra things off a week. So I’m no superwoman but I don’t think I’m quite heading into ‘you suck at this’ territory yet lol.



et cetera