Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Prorogued again!

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Cartoon by Doug Rogers

So angry. Stephen Harper treats, as one blogger has said, Parliament like his own personal plaything. He has once again prorogued parliament (a word I wish did not enter my vocabularly last year) and won't reconvene it until after the Olympics. Oh sure, this is one way to avoid having to continue with the parliamentary committee investigating the Afganistan detainee issue, but this prorogation is practically tyrannical. Who does this man think he is and why oh why aren't more Canadians angry about how he runs our government? When he wants to get something done and it doesn't seem to come easily from within the legislature, he just ignores the sytem and shuts it down.

Prorogation is generally done for the purpose of calling an election. Doing so leaves all legislation in progress to die on the order paper and all the committees of Parliament to be dissloved. Harper's reason for this: a sporting event in Vancouver. Don't get me wrong, I am happy to see the death of at least two bills: C-43 which deals with conditional sentencing and C-15 which deals with mandatory minimum sentences. Even if you like Harper, you must agree that killing 30+ pieces of his own legislation, is a massive waste of taxpayer time and money.

As Andrew Coyne
writes (and I cannot believe I am on team Andrew Coyne here) "In what other democracy is it permissible for the government of the day to hide from the legislature for months at a time? To ignore explicit parliamentary votes demanding the production of documents? To stonewall independent inquiries? Perhaps the rules allow it elsewhere, but is it the practice? Does convention not still forbid it? Is it not viewed in other countries as dictatorial behaviour, and therefore, you know … not done?"

I know that Harper is
allowed to do this, but it just seems so childish, so spoiled-brat like. He doesn't like how the game is going so he takes all of his marbles and goes home. Stay and face the music, buddy, after all, opinion polls still seem to favour you as most likely to win another election.

Grr. Happy new year. I'd like Santa to bring me a new government soon, please.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dance Trio

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Argh - no time again today, no time! My contacts are glued to my eyeballs and I want to get to sleep. So I bring you song #6 following in yesterday's vein. It may not age as well as some of my other favourite songs have, but I do still love Give It To Me by Timbaland (featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake). Turn it up, I know you wanna dance :)

Monday, December 28, 2009

k-os

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With Ben hammering away at the tiled bench and concrete mantle I don't have a lot of energy for blog writing. The house stinks like burning concrete from sawing through this:

So today you get song #5 in my favourite music series. I don't know how big k-os is outside Canada, but he should be huge. He's a super talented, articulate, creative, intelligent, funky musician. If you don't know who he is, do yourself a favour and listen. I love pretty much all of his music, but I'll pick I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman to be in my top 30. The video's pretty cool and he mentions Gloria Steinem for pete's sake. How can you not love that?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Renos continue

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With Ben's dad here for a week, father and son have been doing a bit of work on our house. While removing some of the brick on our fireplace to prepare for the steel beam that is coming in early January (to hold up the 2nd floor once we remove the wall between the kitchen and living room) they found this:

Yeah, it's a pillowcase stuffed in the brickwork. Can anyone explain this to me? Previous renos on our place are really mystifying. I would love to know what past owners were thinking when they put this here.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day

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As you can see, the Christmas hat from my mother-in-law performs well under extreme conditions. Vision is an over-rated component of xc-skiing. Static pose courtesy of me trying to make Julie laugh as much as possible during our Boxing Day ski.
It was reasonably successful :)

Friday, December 25, 2009

My mother-in-law claims to like me...

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... and yet she still thought this hat was a good idea for a Christmas present. On the other hand, she has been following my flickr sweater dress project and she picked this black dress up for me at a secondhand store in Comox. The belt is courtesy of my mother-in-law as well. I'm still undecided about the lion head belt buckle. But overall, not bad, Viv, not bad.



Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hawai'i Here We Come...

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So we've booked our winter holiday: 10 days in Hawai'i. It will be our third time to Maui, first time to Kona. I can't believe that I am actually returning to a place for a third time, but we really did love it and it's ideal for such a short trip. Lonely Planet says "Hawaii, as tourist bureaus and Hollywood constantly remind us, is ‘paradise.’ Push past the hype and what do you find? Darned if they’re not right." And that's pretty much how I feel. Aloha baby!




Wednesday, December 23, 2009

You chose your words from mouths of babes

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Hmm, so
BadMoFoBloPoMo is giving me some grief tonight. I'm tired, want to focus on trying to book our vacation (looks like Hawaii is going to win out again), grab a shower, and get to bed before midnight.

Tomorrow: Norweigan Christmas dinner (mmmmmm, lefse) and Ben's dad arrives after midnight. Today: you get another tune to add to my top 30. A favourite from first year uni (I am stuck in the 90s after all - although I know this album is actually from 1987): 10,000 Maniacs, Hey Jack Kerouac. (The audio actually sucks, but I can't seem to find a better version). I adore this whole album and nearly chose Verdi Cries as my fave, but I think I'll stick to track #2.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Surnames

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Can someone please explain to me why the Christmas cards that are coming to our door are frequently addressed to "Ben and Jenn Hislastname"? And I don't mean this in a rant sort of way (I have ranted before and I am not so angry about it anymore). I just find it weird. These aren't from my grandmother or anything - these are our contemporaries, many of whom also come from two surname households. I don't think there is an intended, subtle message in it for me, but I am not sure why it happens.

Thoughts?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Solstice

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And we're here. The longest night of the year. 5 hours, 38 minutes of daylight to enjoy. Woke up to -32C. It's warming up now though. We're heading to the Longest Night celebration at the Arts Centre tonight - one of my favourite Yukon events - and have invited friends back to our place for a glass of wine afterwards. Thought I should post now in case things get a little silly later on (which they probably won't, but ya never know).

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Recap of the noughties

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With the end of 2009 and the decade drawing near, I am going to use this post to reminisce a bit about the past 10 years. In 2000 I turned 27 years old. In some ways I can hardly believe that I am 36 years old now. When I look back at the photos from a decade ago I feel like I look practically like a child. In particular I feel that the last 2 or 3 years have aged me. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just reality.

In an effort to not bore everyone to tears, I'll try and keep it short-ish and sweet: one personally significant or memorable event in each year, 2000-2009. Add photos for theatrical effect.

2000 - Drove with my mom from Calgary to Vancouver. Probably the first of our now annual "do something interesting together once/year plan." This is us between Calgary and Banff.


2001 - Started my first "real" job as an archivist. Oddly enough, my first day was September 11th.

2002 - Took
an amazing month-long trip to Guatemala and Belize. This was taken in the Lago de Atitlán area.

2003 - I got married and my nephew was born (I know, that's 2, but c'mon: those are biggies!). Cheesy wedding photo (which I do love) taken by Marilyn McEwan on Chesterman Beach, Tofino.





2004 - Moved to Prescott, Arizona.

2005 - Hiked the Grand Canyon, fell in love with the desert, made some American friends who I still miss, brought Mingus the dog into our life. This photo was taken on a camping trip at Havasupai.



2006 - Bought a condo. (See 2007 - sold condo).

2007 - Moved to Whitehorse, Yukon. Learned to ride a mountain bike. Fell madly in love with life in the north.

2008 - Took an amazing month long trip to Thailand and Cambodia. Mmmmm warm vacations. This was taken at our hotel (hut?) on the island of Koh Tao.


2009 - Bought a house. This was, obviously, taken in the summer. That green seems long, long gone when it's -29C out tonight.

Shall I make predictions for 2010? Nah. Aside from an anticipated warm vacation in January, I really don't know what the year will bring. But I feel it's gonna be good. I really do.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Busy Saturday

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Too much to do today other than to simply report that Ben, Sierra and I went xc skiing or, as I prefer to call it, walking on my misery sticks. It was pretty chilly out, -23C. I feel like I need it to get down to -40C so that the days in the -20s can feel reasonable. I was cold out there today.

I do love the frozen hair and eyelash effect though. Hate how red my face gets. Mental note: need balaclava or face mask of some sort below -10C.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Festivity and Canada Reads

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Weird. Sunset has been at the same time each day for four days now. I guess this is how we get to sol-sistere.

Our wonderful and travel-crazy friends Hugh and Wendy are flying up to Whitehorse to visit us on the solstice for all of 36 hours tonight. I know, they're bonkers. I mean, if it was just the two of them, maybe it wouldn't be too nuts, but they come with two children in tow! On an airplane! To winter! For less than the weekend! Crazy. But we are totally looking forward to having them here.

In order to make our place, in all of its renovation glory, look slightly festive I even borrowed a tree from work. How's that for commitment to the friendship?! Isn't it lovely? I figured our office doesn't need it for the weekend and Wendy will appreciate that it now looks at least vaguely Christmas-like at our house.
We received, today, our last book in the mail so that we (Ben, Hugh, Wendy and me) can all participate in this year's Canada Reads. If you aren't familiar with the show, it's a celebration of Canadian authors in a Survivor-style competition whereby each week one book is voted off the list. Each year five books are championed by five celebrity panelists, each defending his/her favourite work of fiction. One by one books are voted out - by the panelists - until one book is left standing at the end. This becomes "the book" that Canadians should read that year.


I haven't paid close attention since the first year (2002) when I had just happened to have read 4 of the 5 novels on the show. I also worked at home then so I was able to listen to the debates live on the radio. I've read some of the past winners, but I haven't been able to enjoy the debates because I didn't want to ruin any of the plots of the books that I intend, sometime, to read. So, Wendy came up with the idea that we all read the books before the debates begin and then we can discuss amongst ourselves and listen in to the panel. Great idea. Five books to read between now and March 8, 2010. I think this is the first year that I haven't read a single one of the selected titles, so I have my work cut out for me. But it should be fun. If anyone wants to join in (and I highly encourage you to do so - the panel discussions are always really engaging and you can listen online or download everything from the cbc website) this year's books are:

Good to a Fault, Marina Endicott
Nikolski, Nicolas Dickner
Generation X, Douglas Coupland
The Jade Peony, Wayson Choy
Fall on Your Knees, Ann-Marie MacDonald

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A song from my uni days

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Not only the best Christmas song ever, but also pretty much one of my favourite songs of all time. The Pogues, Fairytale of New York. It also features Kirsty McColl who I am pretty sure will have a song of her own on this top 30.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Card Making

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We are a bit behind schedule this year, but our annual card-making (I think this is our 10th year) begins tonight. It's about the only Christmassy tradition we have. In fact, I was deemed to be "grinchy" by a friend this week. I'm not anti-Christmas per se, but I'm far from the holiday song-singing, gift-giving fool that some folks are. I tried to abolish gifts years ago (and have been pretty successful at that one - Ben and I haven't exchanged gifts since we were first dating) and since I am a solid atheist (not agnostic, thank-you very much) I like to leave Christmas as a time of year when friends get together and eat good food. But I am also a sucker for tradition and the card-making is one that I love.

Happy Solstichrismukkah folks!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga

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I had the most amazing yoga class tonight.

It started off a bit strangely though. The course began, back in September, with 15 or so students; however, numbers as few as five would show up some days. The smaller classes were nice as it gave our teacher a chance to give everyone some individual attention and adjustments. But tonight....tonight I was the only person to show up. I suppose if you signed up for one-on-one yoga teaching, this would be fine, but since I liked the anonymity of being part of a group, it vaguely terrified me. But, I took a deep breath, we giggled a bit as how I was the only person there, and then we began.

Aside from the fact that we were twice interrupted (once by a staff person coming in to clean and once by the PA system announcing that "Santa is now on rink #1 if anyone wants to skate with Santa, please come to rink #1) it was an immensely useful and - dare I say it - enlightening hour. My teacher was able to make me understand how certain movements I was undertaking were incorrect and she was able to make suggestions that magically made my body feel right, as though I could suddenly make myself understood in a foreign language whereas before I was only making noises. I don't know if that makes sense, but it's the only way I can think to describe the subtle, but significant, changes she helped me with today.

I was also thinking about a conversation I had over on flickr about how certain yoga poses are easier for each individual. I, for example, generally find vrksasana (tree) or baddha konasana (cobbler) quite easy. Or perhaps I shouldn't say easy, but they feel good to me. I feel like I can sink into the pose or be relaxed and yet focused at the same time. However, I cannot adequately express the fresh hell that dandasana (staff) is to me. The tops of my thighs scream at me while I am seated like this and my upper back isn't exactly thrilled either. And yet, tonight, I felt like I learned something and as though my body responded to yoga for the first time maybe ever. I'm actually feeling quite exhausted at the moment and my back feels slightly on fire (but in a good way if that's possible). I think it is, as maven said, that the hard ones taught me something tonight.

What about you? Do you have certain favourite yoga poses or teachers?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Skiing & Songs


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Enjoying some wine after an evening with former colleagues and before that a day on the slopes. So far the ski patrol thing is pretty good - although I have yet to attend to an accident. However - here we are learning to ski with a tobaggan. I'm the patient, Hilary's learning to drive :)


Ben's away this weekend and over the last 24 hours I have been listening to iTunes Genius mix up our collection of music. It's strange, he used to be away all the time and I got used to it (sort of). Now that we are both at home more often, I find it strange to be on my own at night.

Anyhow, I find it vaguely disturbing how much I like what Genius pulls together from our collection. I also quite like how it is giving me ideas to plump out BadMoFoBloPoMo. I've decided to create a playlist of my favourite songs, but one that takes a month or more to create. I think it will be kind of interesting to see which 30 songs move me the most on a one at a time basis. The idea is that if I only think about, or listen to one at a time, I should come up with my most favourite tunes. Whether or not they actually flow from each other or sound good together will be another question. At the end of - let's say 30 songs (that's how many tracks are on the Beatles The White Album, which I randomly thought of when trying to think of how many songs I should include) - I'll post the whole list and see what I think.
So tonight I bring you: Helpless by Neil Young.
I don't know if it's the opening line "there is a town in north Ontario" that makes me feel somehow as if this song is 'about' me or about my youth or what, but I love this song. Neil Young reminds me of my childhood, of my parents, and of being Canadian (cheesy as that sounds). It's not the lyrics (although the verse that begins 'Blue, blue windows behind the stars' is beautiful), it's the melody that grabs me with this one. It could be the wine, but I have listened to this now 5 or 6 times tonight and each time it makes me well up. I could have probably chosen several Neil Young songs for this list, but hey, this is the first one Genius served up to me.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Patriotism being the last refuge of scoundrels

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Photo of Richard Colvin from thestar.com

I stole the title from Jeffrey Simpson's article in the globe today.

I was so thrilled to read about
this protest, this morning. More than 35 former ambassadors are expressing their disapproval with how the conservative government has been treating diplomat Richard Colvin. If you aren't familiar with the story, Colvin worked in Afganistan for the Department of Foreign Affairs and then at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul. This fall he appeared before the Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan where he said that Canada did not monitor detainee conditions in Afghanistan and that detainees transferred by Canadians to Afghan prisons were likely tortured. Worse still, he said that his reports were ignored and he was eventually told to stop putting the reports in writing.

It appears that the Candian government did not take these reports seriously and they have been basically claiming that what Colvin has said isn't true and that there has been no proof of abuse or torture in situations where Canadians transferred prisioners to Afghan prisons.

The accusations are, of course, serious, and I don't want to ignore the issue of prisioner abuse. However, what is most unpalatable to me is what the conservative spin machine has been doing to counter Colvin's statements. Colvin has been accused of being unpatriotic, unsupportive and generally not being credible. It's ridiculous and embarrassing. As was written in today's Edmonton Journal (and this article is generally pro-Harper, let me point out), "Demonizing any Canadian who sincerely questions foreign policy or illuminates our mistakes around the world is the stuff of bush-league opposition losers, not a mature government in its prime. Strength shouldn't be confused with bullying or character assassination with tough, spirited debate.”

Nothing irritates me more than when the government (any government) skirts a question by personally attacking the person asking it. But the tide is changing and I think Minister McKay might be out of a job in the next week or so. I can only keep my fingers crossed that we remember this little event when it comes to the next federal election.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

You don't relate to me, no girl

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I've had a soft spot for Scarlett Johansson since Lost in Translation (one of my favourite movies ever). That said, I rarely follow an actor's career with any particular interest. On the other hand, I often download or at least pay attention to what my favourite musical artists are up to. So I have to give props to CBC Radio 2 (especially Radio 2 Drive with Rich Terfry) for drawing my attention to the duet between Ms Johansson and Pete Yorn. Are you familiar with Relator? I've been listening to it since it came to my attention back in, oh I dunno, September? Cannot get enough.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Structural Integrity?

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Le sigh. Does this look like it was done by your friendly neighbourhood construction expert...or joe schmo? The more we pull this house apart the more I think we maybe should have left it as it was. We are waiting for permits to go ahead with the wall removal and other renos, but we're worried that the city will want to get an engineer involved to sign off. I don't see any sign of this being done before the new year.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Help me plan a vacation

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O hai interwebs. Can u halp me decide on vacashun destinashun? Kthxbai. I was a late convert to lol cats, but have found them funny of late and I find myself saying "o hai" out loud to folks.

But seriously, I am calling on anyone who feels like chiming in to help me choose a warm destination for our winter vacation. Here are some factors to consider:

- our time away will only be 7-10 days, so don't send me to Thailand (been there and it was fantastic, but it's too far for so few days)
- cheap is good, but not a determining factor
- I don't do hostels anymore
- love having more than a beach (ie: museums, arts & crafts, sporty), but it must be somewhere hot so that I get a break from winter

Short-listed right now:

Hawai'i: we've been to Maui twice and adored it, but this time would go to Kauai
Mexico: maybe Oaxaca?
Central America: country undecided; we've been to Guatemala and Belize
Caribbean: again, undecided where. Ben would like to sail (so maybe the BVI?). My sister lives in the Bahamas so a few days there would be nice, but we would want to go to another island for awhile.

Opinions? Experiences? I’d love to hear ‘em.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Grade 9 History

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I love coming across bits and pieces of one's personal history. This gem isn't from my teenage years, it's from Ben's. His parents held on to all of the lego he had as a kid and last month they finally gave it away (to our friends' kids). Ben was going through the boxes in order to build a train for Owen and Simon and he came across this, a test from his grade 9 history class. You'll have to click on it to have any hope of reading the questions.


Ha! I certainly wouldn’t pass if I had to sit this today. And shame on me – I could only sort of remember who Emily Stowe was (a suffragist among other things). Unfortunately we didn’t find Ben’s answers to the exam, which I have no doubt would have been even more entertaining.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Come Tumblin' Down

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This wall:

Will be coming down this week.

Pond Hockey

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And a gorgeous sunrise it was this morning.

-22C
3 games, 3 losses
12 total goals for us, 43 total goals against

Team members: Miss Conduct, Rusty Trombone, Tinker Balboa, the White Russian, Barbie McAsskicker, and me, Jamifer.

And so went the 2009 All Northern Pond Hockey Tournament. Team Punky Bruisers (think roller derby) went in knowing that our skills were likely to be no match for people who actually know how to play hockey. We thought that our dazzling costumes would distract opposing teams from the puck. Alas, the temperature was cold enough that striped tights, skating dresses and hot pants were mostly hidden beneath down coats and snowpants, but so it goes. I got frostbite on my toes for the first time since I was a kid (holy crap it hurts when they thaw out!!). Three straight losses meant that we got to go home early and now I can grab a nap before the post-tourney party tonight.



Friday, December 4, 2009

"J'haïs les féministes"

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This Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the day Marc Lépine walked into the l'École Poly-technique in Montreal, with a gun, killing 14 women and injuring several other people. It was one of the defining moments of my teenage years. I was in grade 11 when it happened.
On Dec. 6, 1989, the 25 year old Lépine, who had been denied admission to the school, opened fire in the building. In a classroom, he separated the male from the female students and, claiming that he was "fighting feminism," shot 9 women, killing 6. He then wandered through the school killing another 8 women before finally shooting and killing himself. Fourteen others were injured, including 4 men.

In his suicide note, Lépine called his actions political and he blamed feminists for ruining his life. The original is in
French and this is only an excerpt:

Would you note that if I commit suicide today 89-12-06 it is not for economic reasons (for I have waited until I exhausted all my financial means, even refusing jobs) but for political reasons. Because I have decided to send the feminists, who have always ruined my life, to their Maker… Being rather backward-looking by nature (except for science), the feminists have always enraged me. They want to keep the advantages of women (e.g. cheaper insurance, extended maternity leave preceded by a preventative leave, etc.) while seizing for themselves those of men.

The letter was followed by a list of nineteen names, prominent Quebec women, with a note at the bottom:

Nearly died today. The lack of time (because I started too late) has allowed these radical feminists to survive. Alea Jacta Est.

Of course, Lépine's perspective on life must have been shaped by his family and I have great sympathy for his personal history which included an instability and abuse in his family life. I am sure he suffered from racism in Quebec, a province in which the premier referred to losing a referendum due to "
money and the ethnic vote." (That night was another defining moment of my youth...I was sent home from my fourth year English course on Early English Drama to wait for the results...but maybe that's another post). And I feel such sorrow for his mother, who only recently has begun to speak about the event and how much shame and anger she feels. In her words, "No mother raises her son to be a killer. The days following the (shooting), I was lethargic. I had to bury him in hiding and in shame." I mean really - can you imagine? Awful. This interview with Monique Lépine is worth listening to (although I think it would have been more effective in French and I wish CBC would stop saying shit like "gunned down" and "mass murderer." I hate the sensationalism).

The whole thing is tragic - for the women who were killed, for the families involved, for Canadian society more broadly. Preventing violence is the responsibility of all of us - male and female - and I am aware that men are more victims of violence more often than women are. That said, this incident was clearly directed AT women for BEING women and I think that's worth thinking about. Worth worrying about. I think I'll leave it there. At remembrance.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

How's Your Handwiting?

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Apparently they don't teach cursive in elementary schools anymore. Yeah, I don't know who "they" are and I am not entirely sure which schools I am referring to, but it's a rumour I heard. Well, more than a rumour. There are lots of articles on the subject - Google away if you are interested in more than just this one. I have never had beautiful penmanship (blame it on my left-handedness) but I hate to think of handwriting as a dying art. I mean really - would you send a typewritten thank-you note?

This little tagging game made its way to me on flickr yesterday. Here are my results (it helps if you click to make the image larger):

1. Your Name/ Username
2. Right or Left Handed
3. Favourite Letters to Write
4. Least Favorite Letters to Write
5. Write "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
6. Tag 6 Contacts

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Learning to xc ski

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Took my first skate skiing lesson tonight. Turns out I'm not a whole lot better at this version of cross-country skiing than I am at classic. That said, learning to xc ski this winter was is part of the plan to stay healthy and active during the loooooooooong winter months, so it is what it is. Practice makes slightly less grumpy?! We'll see. I just wish my 30+ years of alpine skiing translated a bit better than they do. *Le sigh*

I only took one "action" photo tonight and it's not stellar, but I do rather like images that are less than perfect in some way. This one certainly qualifies.

I did, however, discover the bar at the curling club, which was a most excellent find. The xc ski club and the curling club share a building with the wax room and the ice sheets downstairs and a quite acceptable little lounge on the second floor. We had 3 glasses of draught and a bag of chips for $10 and change. That may not sound cheap to most of you, but here in the Yukon it's a pretty good deal.

The lesson in all this is that beer makes everything better.



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

BadMoFoBloPoMo

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I totally stole that title from MadamOwl. If you don't know, there is a movement (I guess it's a movement?) called NaBloPoMo which stands for "National Blog Posting Month." The idea is that you commit to blog every day for a month. Why would I want to do this? I dunno, maybe to see if I can come up with something interesting once in awhile. Or to journal the way I did (didn't everyone?) when I was a teenager, but perhaps without the sordid details of high school. Anyhow, I liked Sandra's initialism better, hence the title. I think I have my work cut out for me over the next 31 days because on this, the first day of BadMoFoBloPoMo I am getting this in under the wire at 11:30pm.

In the interest of adding a photo or two to as many posts as I can (c'mon - we all like piktures, right?) check out what Claire (see last post) did to one of our bed-jumping photos with CatPaint. Hilarious, yes? I love it.