Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Goal Achieved!!!

I am so excited!! As of today I have achieved one of my goals -- I've now lost 50 pounds!!! Woo hoo!!! Yeah me :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Been a bit of an absent blogger lately. Sorry :(

Here's my something good for today: As of this morning I have lost 44.4 pounds!!! Woo hoo!!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Thank you Jesus!!

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Easter!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

First Goal Surpassed

This week I surpassed the first goal that I set for myself -- losing 30 pounds. As of April 1st I have lost 33 pounds. I'm very proud of myself! Now I have 17 more to go to reach my second goal -- losing 50 pounds. I know I can do it!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

It's Time To Goof Off

Today is National (or International, depending on how you look at it) Goof Off Day!

It's a day for doing anything you want, except for what you are supposed to be doing.

So have a great day and go goof off :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Build A Bear

Sorry I haven't been around for awhile. It has been a rough go the last little while, but here I am :)

Today I had a fun day with my two children and my sister-in-law. Aunt Karen wanted to take Sara and Sammy to Build A Bear to create some new friends. Since yesterday was Aunt Karen's birthday, I surprised her by having her make a new friend as well. The three of them had a fabulous time and I loved every moment of watching them create their new friends (I am waiting for the new dragon that is arriving in April, then I'm going to ask DH for a new friend too :)

Here are their new friends. Sara named her bunny Heather (isn't she sweet?). Aunt Karen's panda is named Aaron. Sammy chose the froggy and named him Fireman Johnny (Sammy has decided that he is now afraid of his new friend, but he'll get over it very soon I'm sure -- he's two so it doesn't surprise us).

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Good Samaritan

Today is Good Samaritan Day :)

A Good Samaritan is someone who voluntarily offers help or sympathy in times of trouble. I think that in this day and age being a Good Samaritan also means that you do something kind and unselfish for someone else, without thinking about what you will get in return.

Take a moment and do something nice for someone. You don't have to do something heroic like rescue someone from a burning building or administer first aid. Just do something from your heart that will make another person's day more enjoyable or more bearable.

Hold the door for someone on your way into and out of a store.
Offer to carry something heavy or awkward for someone.
Help a person reach something on a high shelf.
Pick up something that someone has dropped.
Help a senior up the stairs.
Give a lost person directions.
Buy a coffee for the person behind you in line.
Pick up trash and put it in the garbage can.
Give flowers to someone.
Call a friend.
Visit a shut in or a patient in the hospital.
Encourage someone who is struggling.
Praise a child.
Cheer someone on.
Write a kind note to someone.
Offer someone your seat on a bus or the subway.
Smile at someone.
Comfort someone who is in pain or grieving.
Hold the hand of someone who is scared.
Say thank you.

I'm sure you can think up even more ways that you can show caring and concern for others. You might be amazed how even the smallest gesture can change someone's world :)

Thank you for being you. You are a wonderful fabulous person with so much to offer the world. You will do amazing things. I'm so glad that you are here :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

RIP Vu Pham

Today is a sad day.
A man who was taken from this earth far too soon is being laid to rest.
Today is Constable Vu Pham's funeral.

Although I never had the honour of meeting him, I mourn the loss of this courageous man. He dedicated his life to serving and protecting people and sadly gave his life in the line of duty.

My heart goes out to his family, friends, co-workers, and his brothers and sisters in uniform. The world lost a very special man, but Heaven gained a wonderful new angel.

God be with you all.

Constable Vu Pham
Ontario Provincial Police


(Photo: The Canadian Press)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Birthday Girl

Happy birthday to a dear childhood friend!!

Today is Barbie's birthday. It's hard to believe that she is 51 years old -- I think she actually looks younger today than she did when she first appeared on the market (see the photo below showing a Barbie from 1959 and a more recent version). LOL

It amazes me how Barbie has continued to remain popular despite how many years she has been on the market. My four year old is as addicted to Barbie as I was when I was younger. I can't wait to share with her all the cool Barbie accessories and things that I saved from my childhood. Although I don't know how impressed she will be with my remote control car -- it is one of those ancient ones with the long cord so she'll have to stay pretty close to it.

So happy birthday Barbie!!!!
May the years continue to be very kind to you :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Working Women

Happy International Working Women's Day!!!!!

No matter what you do, whether you work outside of the home or in your home, I hope you all have a fabulous International Working Women's Day!!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cookies and Dentists

What an interesting combination -- cookies and dentists.

First off, March 6th is the anniversary of the first time the Oreo cookies went on sale in 1912. I had no idea that they'd been around that long. I used to enjoy Oreo cookies occasionally, but I haven't had one in years. My hubby is not an Oreo fan so we never buy them. I think I had one in a sundae sometime in 2009 and I used Oreo baking crumbs to make a dessert a couple of Christmas's ago, but otherwise I haven't had the privilege of enjoying one in a long time. Hmmm -- maybe I should just pick some up for a treat for the children.

Today is also Dentist Day. I'm not sure if that means you should have gone out and hugged a dentist or sent one a thank you note, or if it is a day when you should have gone to the dentist. Hmmm ... Since it is Saturday I'm not sure how many dentists are open, and I doubt any are at this hour. I know mine isn't.

I have a really nice dentist now. My husband went to him for a long time and then I started going to his dentist after we were married. Our dentist is always very friendly and very gentle. Whenever I've needed to have work done I've never experienced any discomfort. He even had to fix a broken tooth when I was pregnant and even though I didn't have any freezing for it, I didn't feel a thing. I'd highly recommend him.

I unfortunately couldn't say the same thing about the dentists I had previously. The dentist I had for most of my childhood was really annoying. He falsely believed that I wanted to hear all about his stuck up snobby annoying children while trapped in the chair. And he'd ask me stupid questions when he knew I couldn't possibly answer them because he was working on a tooth so I couldn't talk. He was really nosey too -- always asking very personal questions about myself and my family which I felt very uncomfortable answering. His receptionist was always PMS'ing and miserable about it. She never smiled and she never sounded happy to see anyone. I couldn't figure out what possessed him to hire her to be the first person his patients saw when they entered the building. But I needed a dentist and that was the one my parents insisted I go to, so I went. I'd probably still be going there (my mom still goes there and feels the need to torture me with all the things his children are doing) if it hadn't been for my last experience with him.

I had to have a small repair done to a chipped tooth. He was always what I considered "freezing happy" and seemed to put in way more than he should. Well the last time I was there he put the freezing in several spots despite the fact that it wasn't a deep cavity, just a small chip. Then he poked my gums with something sharp and I winced because it wasn't frozen where he poked me. So he put in several more shots of freezing. My entire head ended up frozen --- my mouth was numb, I couldn't breath through my nose, and my eyes were droopy --- I couldn't even feel my ears!! I tried to tell him I couldn't breath through my nose, but he was too busy talking about his bratty kids and my mouth wouldn't work because it was completely frozen. I had to breath through my mouth and his assistant kept telling me to stop doing that. So I tried to hold my breath, which mean that I'd suddenly gasp for breath every so often then she'd tell me again not to breath through my mouth. Thank goodness it was only a quick repair. When he was done he finally noticed that my mouth was just hanging loosely open while I gasped for breath through it. I had to write him a note saying that my whole head was frozen and I couldn't breath out of my nose. What does he say to me?

"Why didn't you tell me sooner?"

I could have kicked him -- and still wish that I had. I ended up with a wicked headache and my face was still partially frozen the next day.

So I found myself a new dentist, using the excuse that I wanted one more local to where I lived at that point. I found a dental office that had several dentists in the same place. They were advertising themselves as using some technique that eliminated the need for freezing. I thought this was great after my last experience and signed up. At my intake consultation I told them that I had had a negative experience with freezing and really wanted to try their alternative method the next time I needed any work done. They told me that wouldn't be a problem. I was assigned to one of the dentists and went for my first appointment. My new dentist spoke very poor English, so I had to keep having his assistant translate. A minor annoyance really. Then came the day that I needed to have some work done. Did I get this alternative to freezing? Nope. Turns out I was assigned to the one dentist in the place that didn't think the alternative was a better idea so he insisted on freezing. Thankfully he was very gentle and didn't go overboard with the freezing. I went to him for almost three years. Then I had a tooth break and it was quite painful. I called them for an appointment telling them how much it hurt. I was told that they couldn't fit me in for several days so if it was really bad I should see if another dentist could take me. That's what I did. I found an emergency dentist who fixed my tooth. Easy peasy. That was until I went back to see my regular dentist. He yelled at me for going to someone else behind his back and felt that I should have put up with the pain until I could have gotten in to see him. That was the last time I saw him.

So now I go to see Dr. Parks and he is fabulous!!! I think he is the best dentist in the whole wide world. Happy Dentist Day Dr. Parks!!!!

(On a slightly different note, I went to see an orthodontist when I was in secondary school because I had to have braces. He was a really nice guy. But strangely enough he always had Culture Club's "Do you really want to hurt me?" playing on his stereo whenever I went to his office. It was on repeat play and he always hummed along with it. Nice guy, but that was quite strange).

Enjoy your Oreo --- but don't forget to brush!!! :)

Friday, March 5, 2010


Today is apparently the birthday of the invention of the parachute. Or maybe of when Leonardo DaVinci first drew one. Depending on where you look for the history of the parachute you can obtain different information. However, according to the special days in March list that is what today is so I'm going with it. LOL

Although I have thought it would be an exhilarating to experience sky diving, it is highly unlikely that I ever will. I have a very strong fear of heights -- particularly falling from them. Jumping out of a plane thousands of feet up in the air attached to some fabric by rope is just not my idea of fun.

Now if I was on a plane that was going to crash and parachuting out was the only way to survive it would be a different story. Circumstances make a big difference with something like this.

Needless to say I've never been skydiving. Have you?

Monday, March 1, 2010

March 1st

I don't know what it was like where you live, but here March came in like a

It was a beautiful sunny day, mild, not cold at all. The snow is starting to melt. It actually felt quite spring-like. I honestly prefer milder days to the bitter cold we had last week. I also think any day that it doesn't snow is a good day. LOL.

Not that I really believe it will be, but I hope this doesn't mean the March will go out like a

Although he does look rather relaxed. Maybe I should have used a photo of a lion roaring. Oh well. Happy March!!!!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Woo Hoo Olympians!!!!

Woo hoo!!!!!!!! What an amazing hockey game!!!! Both teams played so well and both deserved to win, but I am ecstatic that Canada won. It was the perfect way for Team Canada and Canadians to wind up the 2010 Olympic games.

I'm so proud of all of our Olympic athletes -- both from Canada and around the world. In my opinion, no matter what country they played for and no matter if they won a medal or not, every single Olympian is fabulous!!

Congratulations Canada on an amazing 2010 Olympics!!! Congratulations athletes of the world for 17 wonderful days!! As Michael J. Fox said, you are all Canadians now :) I hope you will all come back to visit someday and will consider our home your second home.

God bless you all :)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Go Canada

I've been watching the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics a fair bit over the last week. I'm so proud of our Canadian athletes. They've shown so much strength, dedication and perseverance. I think every one of them is a hero for representing our wonderful country with such pride. I've cheered for every Canadian athlete :) Every one of them makes me proud to be a Canadian.

I cried tears of joy and pride when Alexandre Bilodeau won our first gold medal on Canadian soil and my heart soared during the medal ceremony when our beautiful anthem was played as the flags were raised. What an amazing moment!!!! That pride is just as strong for Maelle Ricker, Christine Nesbitt and Jon Montgomery for their gold medal wins. Congratulations to all of them for winning gold on home soil!!!! Congratulations to Jenn Heil, Mike Robertson, Kristina Groves and Marianne St-Gelais for their medal wins!!!!

Congratulations to all of our athletes!!!! You are all amazing, you are all heroes, and you all make us so proud to be Canadian!!!

Go Canada go!!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010


This week was a bit challenging. Due to fluid retention I didn't go down until today but thankfully I've had a bit of a breakthrough. What a relief. I'm just 4 ounces shy of having lost 12 pounds so far. Yeah me!!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Double Digits

Woo hoo!!!! As of today I've lost 10 pounds!!!! I'm loving this!!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Happy Dance

Woo hoo!!!! So far I'm down 7.2 pounds!!! Yeah me!!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Off to a Great Start!!!!

One part of my journey is off to a fabulous start!!! I've already lost 1.4 pounds after only a day of changing my eating habits. Woo hoo!!!! Yeah me!!!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Journey

Every journey begins with a single step. When I get up on Thursday I will be taking the first step on one of the most important journeys of my life. Wish me luck :)

Monday, February 1, 2010

I Believe

I believe there is a light at the end of this tunnel.

During the last two years it hasn't been easy to see it, I haven't always remembered that it is there even in the darkness, but it has always been there.

I believe that I will make it to the other side of this journey. That I will reach the top of this mountain. That the hands that are helping me with each step on this road will never stop leading me towards the goal.

The journey of my lifetime begins right here, right now. I will persevere. I will not give up. I will do what I have to do and I won't be doing it alone.

There is a light at the end of this tunnel and I WILL make it.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pants on the Ground

I loved this audition!!!

Darwin Awards

Yes, it's that magical time of year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us.

Here is the glorious winner:

1. When his 38 caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach , California would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

And now, the honorable mentions:

2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.

3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.

4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies.. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.

5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer... $15. [If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?]

7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly.. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.

8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."

9. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan at 5 A.M., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast... The man, frustrated, walked away. [*A 5-STAR STUPIDITY AWARD WINNER]

10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline, but he plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.

In the interest of bettering mankind, please share these with friends and family....unless of course one of these individuals by chance is a distant relative or long lost friend. In that case, be glad they are distant and hope they remain lost.

*** Remember.... They walk among us!!!***

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Did I Read That Sign Right?

Did I read that sign right?

Did I read that sign right?

In a Laundromat:

In a London department store:

In an office:

In an office:

Outside a secondhand shop:

Notice in health food shop window:

Spotted in a safari park:(I sure hope so)

Seen during a conference:

Notice in a farmer's field:

Message on a leaflet:


On a repair shop door:

Monday, January 4, 2010

God and Dog

I really enjoyed this. I hope you do too.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

Wishing all of us a 2010 full of happiness, good health, peace and prosperity :)