Tuesday, January 31, 2006

January 30th was Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Now I love popping bubble wrap as much as the next gal but does it really deseve it's own special day?

Where do they come up with these ridiculous "holidays"? From Answer Your Cats' Questions Day (Jan 22nd) to Barbie and Barney Backlash Day (Dec 16th) it seems to me people will create a holiday for just about anything. Mind you I was very excited to find that there is a National Ice Cream Day (July 16th) (why hasn't anyone told me about this holiday before?!)

I found it interesting that my birthday is Fragrance Day (March 21). Maybe the Holiday Gods were trying to warn me all these years. There might be something to these silly holidays after all...

...so in appreciation of Bubble Wrap Day, go on and pop a few!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Dogs are such silly "people" (at least mine are). Farfalle and Bazil
won't eat hard dog cookies. Won't even lick them. They do however love soft doggie snacks. Guess the hard ones are too much of a bother to chew.

For Christmas, my mother-in-law, aka Mamma, gave me a box of Scooby Doo Baked Graham Cracker Sticks as a joke, knowing my love of Scooby Doo. We had to look as them twice as they really do look like dog cookies but they are in fact for humans.

This morning, I made my morning tea and decided to have a couple of Scooby Snacks with it. Sure enough, my furkids came running wanting a treat. I thought, "haha, sure, you want it--here!" figuring that they would turn their noses up and walk away, as they do with any dog cookie. The joke was on me. They love them!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The other day I was watching the US Figuring Skating Championships (hey, there was nothing else on!) and I remembered that my grandmother was the very first Miss. Charlottetown, back in the 30's when it was originally a skating competition . So I thought I would surf the great seas of the Internet to see if I could find anything from back then. It was a long shot but I had nothing better to do so why not?

Well I didn't find what I was looking for however I did find many interesting facts about my family and ancestors. I found out that in 1935 my great-grandfather Alton's phone number was 1099 and that he had a fruit and vegetable store. I found out that my great-grandmother Pearl graduated from clerical college in 1907. I found my family tree going back to 1750. I also found out that Alton was 1 of 12 children (I thought there were only 3 of them-the 3 that I knew growing up) and one of my great-great aunts had the same name as my daughter, if I had one.

The most interesting fact I found was that my great-great grandfather Captain Garrett Hubley, joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 77 and is said to have been the oldest Canadian to have served in WWI. He also was denied a military pension for his service because he joined 37 years after the age cut off and the letter telling him that his pension was denied arrived the day he died in 1923.

I was surprised to find out so much information about my ancestors. Things that my family had no idea about. It's amazing what you can find on the internet, with just a few mouse clicks and some free time!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I, like many others, sat through the Leaders debate last night in hopes of gaining that insight that would tell me who I should vote for. No such luck. Harper came off as condescending, Martin was too defensive and Layton’s leering gave me the willies! I didn’t learn anything new that would help me with my decision on Jan 23rd, other than they all like to bash each other.

No, wait, I did learn something. I need another choice. I need a Party that has the fiscal platform of the Conservatives and the social platform of the Liberals. NPD you might suggest? Well, apart from the fact that Layton just creeps me out too much, they are too pro Union for my liking.

And really, is it going to matter who wins? Probably not. Why? Because they all make too many promises in order to win and they can’t possibly keep them all. No matter who wins, there will be yet another scandal. No matter who wins, there will inevitably be tax cuts in some areas, increases in others. Some services will get better. Some will get worse. And no matter who wins, we will have yet another Minority so we will have to go through all this again in a year or less. What a waste of money!

Last night, after the debate, I went looking for something that would help me compare all platforms side by side. CTV has a very comprehensive chart that I found to be really helpful. Helpful in proving that I need a party that is ½ Conservative and ½ Liberal.

On Election Day, I still have no clue what I will do. At this point, I could just play eeny meany for all the good it will do. But more and more the option of placing a dissatisfied vote is becoming very appealing.

Good luck with whatever you decide on Jan 23rd. I think we are all going to need it.

Photo © Tom Hansen, CP

Sunday, January 08, 2006

When I die, I want to come back as a dog. I want to sleep all day, bark at the neighbors and have my belly scratched by my best friend...oh...wait a sec...I do all that now! ;-P

Remember when every problem could be fixed with ice cream? Whether it was a scraped knee or the mean kid at school called you names or your favorite Barbie lost an arm. All your tears could be washed away when your dad would pull out the ice cream and two bowls. You could sit on the back step, enjoying your special treat with your best bud and somehow, the world was right again.

Whatever happened to those days? Why can’t you solve your financial problems with some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough? End the tension between you and your husband with 2 scoops of Butterscotch Ripple? I think as adults we forget that special innocence we once had as children. That perhaps if we could get it back, just for a moment, that all the things we complain and worry about would somehow become silly and go away.

Perhaps George Bush and Saddam Hussein should have sat down and shared a tub of Heavenly Hash and a peaceful resolution could have been reached in the Gulf War. Maybe we should all look to our children for guidance when it comes to the problems of the world. I bet if we all took a step back to those days, the world would be a nicer, peaceful place.

I urge all of you to try it the next time you have a bad day. Get out the ice cream and two bowls and share 2 scoops of your favorite ice cream with your loved one on the back step. I bet you that your world will suddenly become right again with the first spoonful.

I am 31 years old and got drunk for the very first time in my life this evening. Well, I guess to your more experienced drinkers, I was simply very tipsy on the verge of being drunk but to me, I was a goner.

While making dinner,
Renzo decided that we should have margaritas (or were they daiquiris? I can never remember which one is rum and which one is tequila). I had 2 1/2 of them! Now, again, to you veteran drinkers, this is no big deal. But I am basically an alcohol virgin. I have 1 drink a year at Christmas (usually Bailey's and milk). I also hadn't eaten all day and with all my meds, drinking was probably a bad idea.

Well, I started laughing and couldn't stop. I was laughing so hard, I had tears rolling down my face. I was laughing so hard, that I could no longer breathe. I was laughing so hard that I had to lie down right there on the kitchen floor because my sides hurt so much. This went on for about an hour (or at least it felt that way). Poor Ren and Mike thought I was going to die as I was turning all sorts of colours from laughing and not breathing. Then, finally, the feeling passed and suddenly I was very sleepy. Now of course it is 2 a.m. and I am wide awake, no longer on a tequila high, with very sore ribs.

If this is what all the fuss is about, you can keep it! I would rather stick to my glass of Canada Dry.