Sunday, February 28, 2010
Ottawa's Elmwood School has a proud tradition of supporting and participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.
What I'm grateful for today: Warm oatmeal cookies
The prodigal son returns in: 70 days
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
When I can’t sleep it’s usually because my brain is filled with ‘monkey chatter’: my to-do list, what book I want to read next, things I want to write about on my blog, etc.
Maybe this morning it’s because I’m going for a CT scan of my lungs at 8:20. I’ve had a cough for 2 months and can’t seem to shake it. I’m hoping that it’s just a nasty lingering cough from the cold I had at Christmas, or maybe the plague, but at 4 a.m., it can mess with your head.
One of the things that popped into my monkey brain in the wee hours was that I haven’t been posting my “What I’m grateful for today” footnote. So as a sort of catch-up, here’s an expanded list:
What I’m grateful for today (i.e. things I like): My new old parquet floor, the TV shows The Office and Modern Family, my bed-hog dog, fresh ‘powder’ (is it still called ‘powder’ if you only ski the bunny hills?), PC products (I have a platonic crush on Galen Weston), Jockey underwear, Toonie Tuesdays at the Rainbow cinema, $20 student massages, Value Village, Dollarama (it sounds like I’m cheap, but I just like a good bargain), frozen blueberries (although I do prefer fresh in season), my electric blanket, Indian food, my ‘sisters-of-the-heart’ (you know who you are) who make non-onion dishes just for me at our potlucks (am I spoiled or what?), my cozy TV room, the long phone chat I had with Adam yesterday about the possibility of us going on a trip together, and using brackets for related thoughts that don’t really fit in the sentence (see what I mean?).
Just for balance, here’s the flip side.
Things I’m not grateful for today (i.e. things I ‘dislike’): onions, painting stipple ceilings (and just stipple ceilings in general), clothes that are too tight, wall-to-wall carpet, beige baseboards and door trim, making small talk, carpel tunnel syndrome, people who don’t pick up after their dogs, when someone says “Hold on a minute, I have another call”, trying on bathing suits, chemo brain (what day is this again?), bad customer service, disposable vacuums (more on that at a later date), stupid movies (e.g. The Informant), low rise jeans, buying a new car, sappy chain emails, paying bank fees or interest, my messy car, and cancer (not necessarily in that order).
Monday, February 22, 2010
My first post in this category is from Cheryl.
Length of time since diagnosis: This June will be 10 years. Diagnosed June,2000
Type of cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma tubular tumor
Treatment: Lumpectomy and 6 weeks of radiation therapy every weekday
Cheryl's advice for others:
"Appreciate every day. Life is worth living to the fullest and seize the moment to enjoy it. Give back and don't sweat the small things."
Here are a few articles I found online about Cheryl. (Isn’t Google great?)
Runners won't take breast cancer in stride
Running to cure breast cancer
Cancer on the Run
The battle goes on
I have at times found myself hesitating when searching for words that won’t offend someone or make me sound like insensitive ‘white trash’ (surely a politically incorrect term, but one that I accept, given my humble beginnings, my sometimes crazy family, and my love of tacky Christmas ornaments).
In my 20s and 30s, I would never have referred women as 'the girls' but have to admit that I now kind of like it and think of my group of friends that way. (Maybe it makes me feel young).
I remember a few years back describing racial tension between the ‘blacks and whites’ of the Halifax of my childhood. My son pointed out that I should use the term ‘black people’, although I sincerely didn’t mean any disrespect.
I should also have known better than to describe someone of eastern Asian descent as ‘oriental’, although I felt better when I heard a friend who’s adopted son was born in Korea use the term herself.
While I do have several lesbian friends, I’m never sure if it’s OK to refer to them as ‘gay’ or does that just describe homosexual males?
I saw the author of Middlesex on Oprah and learned that ‘hermaphrodites’ are now ‘intersexed’ and ‘sex change’ is now referred to as ‘gender reassignment’.
I could go on and on. There really should be a manual for this! (And don't even get me started on 'Christmas').
So, I put it out there. If I ever use the wrong term, please understand that I mean no disrespect and forgive me for my ‘political incorrectness’ (or is there a new less offensive term for that too?).
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Guess what I'm having for breakfast? :-)
What I'm most grateful for today: Cabernet and chocolate, of course! (Although, I must admit, I'm not a big wine drinker. But my arm is easily twisted, especially when in wine country in the Czech Republic!).
Friday, February 19, 2010
Books on the Edge: Have you read a good book lately? Send me a short review to share with other book lovers.
Edgy Recipes: I don't cook often but I love to have quick access to tried-and-true recipes, even when I'm travelling. Send me a few favorites and try recipes recommended by others.
You can email me your submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Here are a few pictures from their trip at Christmas.
At the pyramids in Egypt,
in Jerusalem (Israel),and Wadi Rum (Jordan), where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed.
I want their life!
Dog-blog alert: New posting by Katey the Wonder Dog
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Susan left Ottawa on Jan. 2 for a three month volunteer committment in Palestine. She is with an Eccumenical International Council of Churches Organization, that send volunteers to act as observers and, if needed, mediators. She and her group go to the Check Points where Palastinians cross over to Isreal every day, to go to work, school, to shop or to work in their fields. You can keep uinformed about Susan's adventure at her blog ... http://susansojourn.blogspot.com/
As well, Eleanor left Ottawa two days after the earthquake in Haiti and is working there with the Red Cross for three months. She is a trained nurse and has previously done this sort of Emergency Relief work, in other natural and political disasters, in other parts of the world.
Way to go, Ammas!
My 'volunteer work crew' showed up this past Sunday to help me pull up the carpet on my main floor - no small job, but we managed to rip up that ratty germ-infested monster and have it sitting on the curb for garbage pickup in record time.
I knew there was parquet underneath but I was delightfully surprised at what great shape it's in. I still need baseboards and a solution to the gaps at the seams, but I am very happy with my 'new' floor.
What I'm grateful for today: My wonderful friends who are always willing to lend a hand, work together, and manage to turn even a tough job into a fun and positive experience. A huge THANK YOU (kiss, kiss, hug, hug) to Dianne, Patty, Vanessa, Jennifer & Peggy! Also, thank you to Cornelius for the late day muscle & technical assistance.
Friday, February 5, 2010
The next Women on Skis event is on Thursday, Feb 18th to Healey Cabin.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Pink - her aerial performance was amazing
Green Day – I love their song 21 Guns
Black Eyed Peas, Eminem & Jamie Foxx – just not my taste, although I don’t mind Fergie on her own
Neither here nor there:
Taylor Swift - She seems sweet but I didn’t think she sang well on the show
Beyonce - her performance was just OK but I still love her Single Ladies video (and I love the SNL version with Justin Timberlake even better!)
Bon Jovi – one song would have been enough
Who was missing:
My boy Adam Lambert should have been nominated for new artist.
What the F?
Maybe I’m just becoming an old fuddy-duddy (and I’m proving it by using the term ‘fuddy-duddy’) but I just don’t get the whole Lady Gaga thing. I thought Elton John (who I’ve been a fan of for years) was over his rhinestone glasses phase and I really didn’t think the soot on his face added anything to the number.
What I’m grateful for today: That the only thing I have to report on is a) the Grammys and b) that I’m going for my routine Faslodex injection this afternoon. When you have cancer, boring is a good thing!