Monday, April 30, 2007
So clearly, we're getting food from elsewhere. And that's fine. Except they don't have the same standards as we do. And we're not really checking that hard into the standards. Consider this from the Toronto Star.
ZHANGQIU, China–As American food safety regulators head to China to investigate how a chemical made from coal found its way into pet food that killed dogs and cats in the U.S. and Canada, workers in this heavily polluted northern city openly admit that the substance is routinely added to animal feed as a fake protein.Indeed. If we are what we eat, then we're also a little bit about where the food we eat comes from. So keep your eyes open. And eat well.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Generally each night for Autumn ends in a rocking chair in her room. Tonight she had a bath with dad and then a story with her final bottle. Right now Matt is reading to her in funny voices, i think in fact a different voice for each page. I am sitting downstairs about to send this out there to all the people who may or may not care.
the stereo next to me is playing America by Simon and Garfunkel which in the past few years has become one of my top ten songs. It is beautiful and takes me back to having all the time in the world and good friends close by.
I miss Jen Lester right now. I would like very little more than to sit with her and listen to her laugh at something silly. We would likely have a beer and i would no doubt feel like I should be filling the silence and she would just look at me and tell me to stop worrying.
I love my life, but i miss my friend jen tonight. a lot.
Friday, April 27, 2007
a smiling homeless man greeted me this morning as i was walking the dog.
he said "Hello Again"
I said "Hello Again"
He said " are you only on this planet- or all the other ones too?"
I thought for a second and said "I think only this one?"
He said "Alright, I'll see you again soon"
I said "See ya"
and we walked on...
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tomorrow, I get to get home to the girls. Autumn, Rhona and Lucy. The little boy, our crusty old cat will be happy to see me as well...although he'll ignore me for a bit to let me know I shouldn't have left.
Most of the new people in my agency are out at one of Rhona's favorite bars. Me, I have work that's due, so I high-tailed it back to the hotel. It's now done, and I'll shut er. I miss the fam.
Monday, April 23, 2007
dad just left. he went to syracuse for five days for training, I won't lie I am a little curious about what the week will be like without him here. There are things I know; I know that I likely won't laugh quite as much or eat as well as I usually do. I will hope even more than normal that Autumn will sleep through the night. I will watch the Sabre's game without dad on Wednesday and hope that the hockey gods won't get upset by this as we embark on round two vs. the NY rangers.
The thing to remember is that dad will likely be sad without all the girls around (and romeo). He will probably miss singing and dancing with Autumn and me and although we hope he will bathe without us- it just won't be the same as it is when attempting to hold a squirming wet baby.
we will miss dad- but we will be excited to see him when he gets back.
till friday, matt. i love you and appreciate all you add to our days.
did i mention how much i am really hoping she sleeps through the night?! here is a little #991 for you.
The rule of law. It's the thing that other countries in the world look at the US and admire. The constitution and the bill of rights were documents that revolutionized the manner in which people enjoy rights. For point of reference, Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into being in 1982. I'm older than written rights in Canada.
That being said, the so-called war on terror is changing the renowned status of the US. As stated earlier on this blog, thanks to a bill the President signed, US citizens no longer have Habeas Corpus rights. The US asserts the right to capture and hold any person on the planet, if the US thinks they might cause a crime. It's the whole, wouldn't it have been better to stop Hitler before he became Hitler argument.
Only, it's contrary, in some ways, to everything the US stands for.
When you have a congressman of the US asserting the right and obligation of the US to grab and hold suspects, and then dismiss any accidental arrests as the cost of doing war, then you can see why in the eyes of the world, the US model might not be the one to aspire to anymore. But it isn't just that this congressman advocated for the arrest of suspects. It's that when people groaned at his logic, he shot back a line that really is somewhat jarring. Watch this. It's boring, but we should all see what the government says in our name.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Spending an hour at Delaware Park on Earth Day 2007. Our first day with truly SPRING weather, we kept our sweatshirt on and the hat to avoid too much sun on our fair skin. We touched the grass, played with a stick and experimented with leaves today. After the park we headed to Grandma and Grandpa's for a visit and some more playing.
What a wonderful day.
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However, there is a moment where she gets grumpy. I suspect it's the same with all kids. She gets grumpy when it's time to shut 'er down. Rhona and I both have our separate moves for getting her down. Mine is the left arm lock. I sit on the rocking chair, and lock her left arm under my right arm. That leaves her right arm to flail, but I can hold that down. She arches her back, locks her legs, and then wails.
It's really kinda cute.
On some levels, I don't want her to be upset. However in this case, I have to bear down and stay with it. Eventually, she'll do face wipes (a sort of rubbing of the eyes in which she misses and hots her whole face), and she'll slow down.
Then, a huge last ditch effort to stay awake. This is the loudest and fiercest complaint. And in our early parenting, we might have thrown in the towel and brought her back down. For us though, we now know what it is. We know she's ready.
About 15 minutes ago, she went down. Giving me a chance to post this. When she wakes up, we'll go and enjoy what appears to be spring out there.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
It was my ride. Smooth, with leather seats, a sun-roof, a cd player, my car was fully loaded. It was more than I needed at the time. I lived in Toronto. I worked in Toronto. I used my car to drive to Brampton to curl with my dad. Then of course, I met a woman. And my nice new car turned out to be an effective way to hatch a long-distance, international love affair.
When I moved here, I brought my car. And it became a pain in the ass. It didn’t exist in the US, so getting it fixed meant going to St. Catherines. It was called a 1.6 EL. The 1.6 stood for litres, and they just don’t have them in the US. Thus, the car didn’t exist.
Still. Getting rid of my car, is a moment. It’s a throwback to nights on the porch on Cambridge. To living in a house with three other guys – no picnic in a 1700 square foot house.
This isn’t meant to be a lament. I love my life right now. I love the interaction in the morning with Rhona and Autumn. I love looking at them smiling together.
This is just a moment in my life. And, the point of this blog is mark them. So, bye car. I’ll miss ya. FYI, this is the last picture we have of it. A nice way to remember it, I think.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
However intersting the business model of facebook seemed to be, they changed their minds about a year ago and opened the doors to anyone. It was a risk. Because it was both a way to expand, but also an admittance that the idea didn't work.
When Autumn is older, she'll be part of niche social networking groups. Myspace and Facebook may or may not be around, but I know this: something will be around. It might be about favorite books, favorite pictures, or just finding people.
For now, Facebook is a cool tool for finding people you haven't seen in a long time. Which is a cool thing about the net.
Friday, April 13, 2007
well. game one is finished and we were lucky enough to have been there for the excitement. during the game matt turned to me and asked who my favorite player was- i used to just say "brian campbell", but last night i continued with "and ryan miller, danius zubrus, maybe even vanek"... i love this team and even if i haven't been a hockey fan my whole life... i am now and i can't wait until saturday night.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Anyway, usually mistakes are found on longer pieces. Which is why this is funny. Even I could have proofed this.
found on adfreak
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
She likes her tongue. She likes to stick it out. If you stick your tongue out, chances are good she'll copy you. But take a closer look at something funny she does. She actually rolls her tongue. Look in this shot. She rolls her tongue sideways.
It's really cute.
We'll see what happens as we move forward. Maybe she'll loose the ability to roll her tongue. I hope not. It's really cute.
Monday, April 09, 2007
It's a cold spell. Really cold. And it snowed, in April. I guess that seems fitting as it snowed in October and then didn't really snow. The weather seems a little on the wacky side, but I don't want to make too much of it. This post was a blatant excuse to post this picture, taken in February.
Anyway, as a hockey fan, I love the playoffs for the intensity, the speed and the drive the players have. This is the time of year where forwards throw themselves on the ice to block shots. Where every moment of every game matters. Fighting is out. Skating and good goal tending is in.
And speaking of in, the Sabres have home ice advantage for the entire playoffs. We'll be at game one. And we'll bring the camera. For a while this weekend, it seemed possible that the Sabres would start against Toronto. But the scrappy New York Islanders rode a third string goalie to the playoffs to face the high-scoring Sabres.
Hopefully, the Sabres will handle them easily. I'm ready for a long run. But wither way, I'm ready for some playoff hockey.
Friday, April 06, 2007
This photo was taken by MJ (click on the photo to see many other great photos.)
We found MJ because he mentioned that he liked this picture by Rhona:
Also, in less than a week, we enter Sabres playoff craziness. The Sabres currently have a shot at the President's Trophy, as the leagues best team. That will guarantee home ice advantage all the way through the playoffs. Which means more playoff games that we'll get to go to (We can go to every other one).
Here's hoping the ride is as wild as the picture MJ took.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
More of them will pop up all over the US and push creationism onto young people. Less you think this is political, this is relevant because Autumn happens to be young people.
And here's the thing: I'll listen to people of faith tell me that the world is 6,000 years old that Noah gathered baby dinosaurs and collected all 350,000 sets of beetles, the ants, and all the rest and made a huge ark. It's really not a problem that this is their faith. Unless you get to wonder what their point is?
That is, they want religion taught in school.
And they don't want it taught in classes on religion or philosophy, they want it taught in science class. Science is, at its core, a study in being skeptical. It's meant to make you wonder about the world, and ask questions. Science is about looking at the sky or looking in the dirt for one of the 350,000 kinds of beetles.
Creationists take this wonderful trait in science and exploit it: We should be skeptical, they say, and include as many 'theories' as possible. that's their argument to include creationism in science. Even President Bush said he's open to different theories of evolution.
But he's not. The people who are pushing Creationism aren't open to different theories, they are open to their one theory. And that's dangerous.
My own personal belief system goes like this: don't believe everything you believe. That means be open to things. Be open to new ideas. New possibilities. Religion and faith might be great, I saw check them out. Look up Janism. Read the bible. Check out Buddism. But you'll notice that most of the major religions aren't that open to different interpretations. Indeed, Jewish people have a different 10 commandments to Catholics. Both agree the same guy, Moses brought them down the mountain, they just maintain they were different. And the other guy is wrong.
Religion doesn't ask you to ask questions, it asks that one only has faith in its answers. God did it. End of story. Imagine if we all believed 100% in God's will and the creation museum was the science museum. Disease would be God's will, so there would be no incentive to coming up with cures.
Does that sound like a stretch? Perhaps. But on the creationism side, this is what they are saying. A jar of peanut butter disproves evolution.
To me, this is evidence of how dumb we just might be getting. The theory of evolution says nothing about the origin of life. It's called the origin of species, and it explains why there are billions of different life-forms on the planet. And while there are theories about the actual origin of life, mocking them with peanut butter is quite possibly insane.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
I tell you this because the first conversation between Romeo and Juliet is a Shakespearian, or an English sonnet.
A sonnet is rhymed verse that is 14 lines long. It is impossible to identify a sonnet inside of rhymed verse because one would never know when it started. You have to see a sonnet to know it’s there.
So, it’s my opinion that this was placed in there purely for art’s sake. The actors would have known, assuming that they got a script that didn’t just have their parts on it. But the patrons would never have known. You've heard of Art for Art's sake. To me, this is a shining example.
For most of my young life, I would get this cough. My sister will most likely comment on it -- it used ot keep her up at night. Much later in life, I got surgery on my nose, and things were better for a while. It seems the old septum might have re-deviated though, as I've been struck with a cough for a almost two weeks.
Back to Autumn. I can get her to sleep now, at will, with the old over the shoulder hold. Her little head plops on my shoulder and her right hand holds my hand, and she's out. Like a light. No rolling in the crib, or waking back up. She's out.
Until she coughs. It knocks out the binky, which confuses her, and she cries. Which wakes her up. And us.
Last night, she was up almost every other hour. Which means her cough is getting much better, but it also means that sleep isn't coming in vast quantities. We're trying to help in any way. Currently, there are two humidifiers humidifying her room. One is a Vick's jobby that comes with smelly Vick's stuff that just smells like getting better. I know 'getting better' isn't a smell, but that's what I think when I smell it.
So, she's back at day care this morning. The doctor said it would be okay, as the cough isn't contagious. Her nose is a little runny, but that's because her septum is most likely deviated. My mum and I are not blessed with good snooters -- and it appears the snooter apple stayed near my tree. Ah well.
We'll keep you posted about today. It might be another day away from day care. One day I might have to rant about the US and day care. But today, I'm too tired.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
This isn't a lament. When I look at Autumn, and her laugh, I wouldn't trade anything for it. She's awesome. We took a nap together today.