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{July 26, 2010}   Getting To Know You

1. If you see a guy with his fly down, do you tell him?
Depends on how close I am to the guy … not some random stranger no.

2. Spanx or no Spanx?
I haven’t tried Spanx or Spanx-type stuff; maybe it would be awesome but I’m going to recuse myself from this question until I’ve tried it. I’m all for anything that would make me less lumpy though lol.

3. Do you sleep in your sheets?
Until hubby kicks them off and gets mad at me for wanting to put them back because he gets all tangled in them, yes. lol Whiney hubby.

4. What is your favorite Disney character?
Oh wow … I’m going to go for two here. In terms of sort of the classic mascot-type characters, Mickey all the way. 🙂 He’s just cute and fun and I got the best picture ever of my son with him last month! 🙂 In terms of characters in the movie though, Belle. I like to think I’m a bit like her.

5. Dream vacation spot?
Right now because it’s so fresh in my mind I’d love to go back to Walt Disney World. But I enjoyed my trips before that to Scotland and Mexico too though, so … enh? In terms of places I haven’t been, so many we want to go to. Israel, Cuba, almost any country in Europe, even Prince Edward Island right here in Canada … my dream vacation spot right now would be somewhere we could just go and have a great time and either Little Tyke would enjoy it too, or else we’d know he was having a great time with one set or another of his grandparents. 🙂

6. What is your dream job?
Dream job like pie in the sky dreaming, I’d love to be a Broadway musical performer, or a professional writer. In terms of attainable, I’m still pretty sure it would be something in teaching; I’m just not sure teaching what. I enjoy teaching high school, but when I do I find myself missing my fifth and sixth graders. But wherever I land in my profession, I’m at least still sure I’m in the right ball park, and after 5 years of temporary contracts, private school work and subbing, that says something. 🙂

7. Who is your hero and why?
My mom. To this day, she is the only person I have ever met, who I can’t think of one person who dislikes her. She is patient, selfless, generous, fun, sure of herself and the decisions she’s made in life without being arrogant or unable to admit mistakes … everything I work as hard as I can to be, and yet I don’t think I will ever be able to do it quite like her.



{July 21, 2010}   They’re coming!!! :)

Anyone who has been watching TNA wrestling of late knows to what I refer lol … but it is not the Hardcore Legends I’m referring to, but my mom and my grandma! 🙂 Hurray for visits from favourite-type peoples this weekend! 🙂 This means a busy week – between my two jobs I’m putting in roughly 12-hour days, plus getting the house, y’know, ‘Mom-clean’ (come on, guys, each and every one of you with parental figures knows of what I speak) – but it will be so worth it to toast a lovely meal with my ladies when they get here.

Oh yeah – and they’ll enjoy visiting Little Tyke too, just a little. 🙂

What’s everyone else’s plans for the weekend?



{July 18, 2010}   Geting to Know You

1. If you had to choose a country to live in besides USA (or the country you live in), which would it be?
Hmm … I don’t think I’d change living in Canada, though I could see changing *where* in Canada I live at some point … move out to BC for the lovely weather, or PEI for the lovely beaches. But for now Ottawa is a lovely city with things to do and see, and we live in a decent part of town and are happy to be raising our son here. Also, my mom is going to be nearby soon! So we’re pretty happy and settled. Now … if I were to win the lottery tomorrow … I would totally move to the $1m on-site condos at Walt Disney World … *pines*

2. Which would be worse, wearing flip flops in the snow or wearing gloves in the summer?
Right now I’m kind of prejudiced and going to say gloves in the summer because I’ve been hating being hot. But I know flip flops in the snow overall are worse.

3. Fried or Bake and why?
Depends on what is being fried or baked.

4. If you were an entertainment reporter, which celeb would you love to interview and why?
I’d enjoy interviewing just about anyone formerly on the West Wing of late … totally enjoying that show lol. If it has to be an entertainment celeb anyway … I’d be all about wanting to sit down with Barack Obama if I could.

5. What was your favorite book as a preteen/teenager?
Hmmm … Anne of Green Gables series was pretty sweet; I also enjoyed the Bridget Jones books.

6. List your top 3 guilty pleasure television shows.
1. True Blood 2. Intervention 3. Dr. Phil.

7. What bumper sticker slogan best describes you/your attitude/your life?
Unless you’re a hemeroid (sp?) get off my butt.

8. If you were to join a circus – what performer would you be?

A clown. Totally. lol



I’m torn on this one. As an infertile woman, I completely understand the desire to have children; and I do appreciate the arguments that this will help regulate the fertility ‘industry’ for lack of a better term, and make it more subject to oversight. At the same time, as an adoptive mom, when I think of all the children in the world who need homesand I think of all the other family issues these billions of dollars can go to – universal daycare, improvement of family&children’s services/children’s aid, etc. …

I can’t help but think we women sometimes put the sentimentality in the wrong place. It’s about becoming parents, not becoming pregnant. I love my son as if he were ‘my own’, and honestly, I don’t particularly see, for example, when there are children available for adoption and singles and couples so eager to be parents, why, for example, the province of Quebec needs to fund Celine Dion’s umpty-umpth IVF treatment when she could adopt and provide a needy child a lovely home.

I suppose, though, there are always going to be people who put a premium on biology that I just don’t comprehend – and as long as that’s going to happen, I will be cautiously supportive of this as long as it actually DOES lead to better regulation and oversight.



{July 12, 2010}   Summer reading

It took me 7 days to get through the latest Dan Brown novel (from last fall), THE LOST SYMBOL. I think that’s a record of the longest time it’s taken me to get through a DB novel, heehee – I must be busy.

1. Dead and Gone – Charlaine Harris
2. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
3. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
4. The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs
5. A History of God – Karen Armstrong
6. Dreams from My Father – Barack Obama
7. Beloved – Toni Morrison
8. ‘Tis – Frank McCourt
9. The Host – Stephenie Meyers
10. The Constant Princess – Phillipa Gregory
11. Wicked – Gregory Maguire
12. The Six Wives of Henry the 8th – Alison Weir
13. Eleanor of Aquitaine – Alison Weir
14. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
15. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
16. The Two Towers – J.R.R. TOlkien
17. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
23. Dracula – Bram Stoker
24. Paradise Lost – John Milton
25. The Inferno – Dante
26. Towelhead – Alicia Erian
27. Sex, Lies, and Headlocks – Shaun Assael and Mike Mooneyham
28. The Way the Crow Flies – Ann-Marie MacDonald
29. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
30. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
31. This United Church of Ours – Ralph Milton
32. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
33. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
34. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
35. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
36. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
37. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
38. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
39. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
40. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
41. Deception Point – Dan Brown
42. Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
43. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
44. Lolita – Vladimir Nobokov
45. Atonement – Ian McEwan
46. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
47. Under the Dome – Stephen King
48. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
49. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
50. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
51. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
52. Scarlett – Alexandra Ripley
53. White Noise – Don De Litto
54. Their Eyes were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
55. Primary Colours – Anonymous
56. Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
57. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
58. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
59. Misquoting Jesus – Bart Ehrman
60. Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlasser
61. My Years as Prime Minister – Jean Chretien
62. Memoirs – Pierre Trudeau
63. Shake Hands with the Devil – Romeo d’Allaire
64. Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin
65. The Secret Mulroney Tapes – Peter C. Newman
66. Why I Hate Canadians – Will Ferguson
67. Planet Simpson – Chris Turner
68. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
69. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
70. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams
71. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish – Douglas Adams
72. Mostly Harmless – Douglas Adams
73. Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
74. The Manticore – Robertson Davies
75. World of Wonders – Robertson Davies
76. The Donnellys – James Reaney
77. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
78. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
79. Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
80. Not Wanted on the Voyage – Timothy Findlay
81. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
82. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
83. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
84. Mirror Mirror – Gregory Maguire
85. Snarky Responses to Yahoo! Answers – Matthew Cory
86. Sorbonne Confidential – Laurel Zuckerman
87. What Happened to Anna K – Irina Reyn
88. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick
89. Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
90. Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
91. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
92. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
93. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
94. Interview with the Vampire – Ann Rice
95. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
96. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
97. Guys and Dolls – Damon Runyon
98. Good Book – David Plotz
99. He’s Just Not that Into You – Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo, Lauren Monchik
100. The Ultimate Weight Solution – Dr. Phil McGraw
101. Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life – Dr. Phil McGraw

THE LOST SYMBOL is typical Dan Brown in that it is chock full of codes, symbols, mysteries, esoteric history and legends, lots of layers getting pulled away as the book goes on from characters, stories, and so on, and you don’t get the full picture until the end of the book. This one is a bit more ambiguous than the others in terms of just what the ‘full picture’ is, and there’s at least a slight feeling here of Dan Brown feeling some pressure to be ‘Dan Brown’, but it was still an enjoyable read falling in the ‘high-interest, easy-reading’ level; a book to read if you want to feel smart, enjoy yourself for a number of hours/days, but not have too hard a read out of it. 🙂 Thoroughly fun.



OK not so much – it’s been a busy and hot week starting up summer school in an un-air conditioned school with two students taking different courses; but they’re good kids, the courses are interesting, and we have such ridiculous gobs of access to swimming we haven’t been suffering too badly (now ask about the house – lol too hot to do housework!). But besides spending as much time as we all can in the master bedroom (where the AC is – Little Tyke has been living in with us these last few nights due to the heat), it’s not been a bad week, and after tomorrow the weekend is upon us (and tomorrow shouldn’t be too intense either as I’m taking my students to the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau for the day).



So I finished “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”, an interesting book about a highly charismatic yet flawed teacher, this morning (and just in time too! due back to the library tomorrow!).

1. Dead and Gone – Charlaine Harris
2. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
3. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
4. The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs
5. A History of God – Karen Armstrong
6. Dreams from My Father – Barack Obama
7. Beloved – Toni Morrison
8. ‘Tis – Frank McCourt
9. The Host – Stephenie Meyers
10. The Constant Princess – Phillipa Gregory
11. Wicked – Gregory Maguire
12. The Six Wives of Henry the 8th – Alison Weir
13. Eleanor of Aquitaine – Alison Weir
14. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
15. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
16. The Two Towers – J.R.R. TOlkien
17. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
23. Dracula – Bram Stoker
24. Paradise Lost – John Milton
25. The Inferno – Dante
26. Towelhead – Alicia Erian
27. Sex, Lies, and Headlocks – Shaun Assael and Mike Mooneyham
28. The Way the Crow Flies – Ann-Marie MacDonald
29. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
30. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
31. This United Church of Ours – Ralph Milton
32. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
33. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
34. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
35. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
36. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
37. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
38. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
39. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
40. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
41. Deception Point – Dan Brown
42. Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
43. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
44. Lolita – Vladimir Nobokov
45. Atonement – Ian McEwan
46. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
47. Under the Dome – Stephen King
48. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
49. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
50. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
51. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
52. Scarlett – Alexandra Ripley
53. White Noise – Don De Litto
54. Their Eyes were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
55. Primary Colours – Anonymous
56. Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
57. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
58. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
59. Misquoting Jesus – Bart Ehrman
60. Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlasser
61. My Years as Prime Minister – Jean Chretien
62. Memoirs – Pierre Trudeau
63. Shake Hands with the Devil – Romeo d’Allaire
64. Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin
65. The Secret Mulroney Tapes – Peter C. Newman
66. Why I Hate Canadians – Will Ferguson
67. Planet Simpson – Chris Turner
68. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
69. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
70. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams
71. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish – Douglas Adams
72. Mostly Harmless – Douglas Adams
73. Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
74. The Manticore – Robertson Davies
75. World of Wonders – Robertson Davies
76. The Donnellys – James Reaney
77. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
78. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
79. Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
80. Not Wanted on the Voyage – Timothy Findlay
81. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
82. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
83. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
84. Mirror Mirror – Gregory Maguire
85. Snarky Responses to Yahoo! Answers – Matthew Cory
86. Sorbonne Confidential – Laurel Zuckerman
87. What Happened to Anna K – Irina Reyn
88. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick
89. Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
90. Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
91. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
92. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
93. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
94. Interview with the Vampire – Ann Rice
95. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
96. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
97. Guys and Dolls – Damon Runyon
98. Good Book – David Plotz
99. He’s Just Not that Into You – Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo, Lauren Monchik
100. The Ultimate Weight Solution – Dr. Phil McGraw
101. Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life – Dr. Phil McGraw

This book is easy to read, clocking in at 130 pages of relatively modern English, in a story that manages to both seem quick-paced and yet reveals relatively little at any given time all at once. There’s no suspense to it – we learn very quickly where Miss Brodie’s students have ended up, how her own story ends, etc. And there seems to be relatively little explanation for motives on any given part, for a book so interested in psychology. But it is a short, readable, scandalous story that I still found enjoyable, even if I didn’t always understand some of the logic and motivations of the characters – isn’t that true of all of us from time to time, after all?



{July 4, 2010}   Happy July 4

Wishing my in-laws a lovely Independence Day tomorrow down in the States. 🙂 We had a nice Canada Day here (although the crowds to see the Queen in the morning were insane … but I’m not going to get into griping about that because really, we should have known better than to try to get a spot at 10:30am when Her Majesty was going to be there at noon) – the nation’s capital of Ottawa is a great place to celebrate it as we got to watch the Barenaked Ladies and other great Canadian artists perform, and a fireworks display on Parliament Hill. I hope the US has a great a day tomorrow, and that people keep the Gulf Coast in mind as they make any last minute plans of where they want to spend the long weekend. You might not be able to swim, but it’s still a lovely tourist spot and it is really unfair that the local entrepreneurs have to suffer because of BP’s massive screwup. Happy 4th all!



{July 1, 2010}   HAPPY HAPPY!

Won’t be online tomorrow … off to meet the Queen (seriously! … sort of …) – but wanted to wish y’all the very happiest of Canada Days here in the Great (right-not-so-)White North. Peace!


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