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Props to My Mom

Friday, September 5th, 2014

There’s the boomerang generation, which I think I’m a part of.  These are the kids that just keep coming back to live at home, long after they have turned 18.  Okay, I don’t live at home, but I must say, I love living a few blocks away from my parents.  Especially on days when I’m sick.

I’ve had a cold all week long, and thanks to my mom I’ve been living on her Mexican soup and AMAZING applesauce.  My mom makes the best applesauce.  I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t live in the same town as her.  I’d be lost!  I can’t make soup like my mom!  I sure can’t make applesauce either.  Store bought applesauce is NOT the same as homemade.

I have to rethink the next time I make fun of Danny Ismond for being spoiled by his parents.  I am too.  THANK YOU MOM! And thanks to all of the parents out their who still spoil their grown-up children.

Fun Fact for today … In the Netherlands, people often eat applesauce with french fries.

Word of the day oleaginous (oh-lee-AJ-uh-nus)
1: resembling or having the properties of oil : oily; also : containing or producing oil
2: marked by an offensively ingratiating manner or quality

The Giver

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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I just finished reading The Giver this week.  Thank you Nikki White for lending me your book.

The book was written in 1993 by Lois Lowry and I’m thinking the majority of people out there have read it. I’m just behind the times.

This book is creepy!  I’ve read a lot of post apocalyptic books ranging from depressing to scary to interesting.  This one though, freaked me out the most.  Not as much as The Road, but next in line.  Maybe because the story is so subtle and starts out making the reader think it’s actually a happy life and world.  Then you keep reading and you find out just how messed up the society is.  Secretly messed up!

They made a movie based on the book and it’s at the Tower Theatre in Yorkton this Friday.  I don’t think the movie is going to be anything like the book.  I’m guessing they are going to add a romance which doesn’t happen, more drama and violence that doesn’t take place in the book, you know, the basic box office stuff to sell seats.

I highly recommend The Giver and I’m off to see the movie this weekend, regardless of how unlike the book I think it is going to be.  Nikki, want to be my date?

Fun Fact for today … Shoehorns appear to have originated in the late Middle Ages or Renaissance.

Word of the day demesne (dih-MAYN)
1: legal possession of land as one’s own
2a : the land attached to a mansion b : landed property : estate c : region, territory
3: realm, domain

A Great Day For a Walk/Run

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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The Health Foundation Charity Road Race was a huge success this past Sunday.  This is my second year taking part in the Road Race and I have to say I’m really proud of my fellow co-workers.  There was a whole bunch of us participating this year.  I’ve said it before, for a radio announcer to get up and actually go for a run, that is a huge deal!  Congratulations to all of the participants this year.

Fun Fact for today … The penalty for stealing a rabbit in 19th-century England: seven years in prison.

Word of the day … backstairs (BAK-stairz)
: secret, furtive; also : sordid, scandalous

It’s An Anniversary

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

our wedding day
Today is my husband’s and my 4 year anniversary.  I was looking at our wedding pictures this morning before work.  We had a wonderful day.  It was cloudy and windy which was perfect, I didn’t get too hot in my dress and there were no mosquitoes.  We celebrated with our favourite people and I got to dance all night long!

Growing up, I was not that little girl with a full book of wedding ideas.  I did not plan at all what I wanted for my wedding day.  You just need a dress, the groom, friends and family, right?  My friend was just starting a wedding planning business so I hired her right away.  Best decision ever!  I highly recommend a wedding planner, guys!  She looked after everything, all of the details that I didn’t care about, she made sure they happened.

Good friends of ours got married this summer.  I cried through the whole ceremony! A wedding is so hopeful, so romantic.  You need weddings to be reminded of young love and where it all begins.  We’ve seen friends get divorced after only a few years of marriage.  It’s heartbreaking to see a beautiful relationship crumble for whatever reason.  And sadly today, “’til death do us part” doesn’t really mean anything.

After 4 years of marriage I’ve learned that being in a relationship is way harder than being single.  You have to compromise on so much, learn to communicate and not take the other person for granted.  I’ve asked a lot of GX94 listeners, what their secret is to a happy marriage.  The resounding answer was, patience!  Patience is key!

I was lucky enough 8 years ago to meet a tall, dark, handsome man who truly swept me off my feet.  In those 8 years we have fought, cried, laughed, and learned a heck of a lot about each other.  Even though being married can be one of the hardest things in the world … I’m very lucky to be on this journey with my best friend.

Very Sad News

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

I just wanted to write today and say how sad I am at the passing of Robin Williams.  He was a fantastic actor, so talented and made millions of people laugh!  The fact that he committed suicide is heartbreaking.  Someone who could make the whole world laugh, was that hurt inside.

My favourite movie of Robin Williams was Dead Poets Society.  It came out in 1989 and I remember watching it with my older sisters.  Williams played an English teacher in an all boys school in 1959, who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. The film was critically acclaimed and was nominated for many awards including Best Actor.  “O Captain, My Captain” is the familiar line from the movie, quoting Walt Whitman’s poem.  Just one of many great movies from Robin Williams.

There is not enough help out there for mental illness.  Sadly, whether we recognize it or not, a lot of people with mental illness keep it hidden because society essentially shuns them.  We don’t ask for help when we need to and a lot of times help isn’t there.

Life’s hard, isn’t it?  I keep thinking of Gary Allan’s song though, “Life ain’t always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride.”

Mission Accomplished

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

My 100th Happy Day was Tuesday August 5th.  100 days of posting pictures on Facebook of things that make me happy.  Here’s a few of my happy moments from my last week of #100HappyDays.

Day 92 – Monday July 28th:
My favourite thing to do in the summer is have my morning tea outside on my deck directly in the sunshine.  I think doing this was my happy moment a few times over the past 100 days.

Day 92
Day 93 – Tuesday July 29th:
It’s funny how you can move into a house, think you are going to change a lot of things right away, and then don’t.  Simple things too, like taking down a coat hanger!  This piece of artwork has been hanging in our front entryway for almost 5 years now and on day 93 we finally took it down.  I did try to take it off the wall a while ago, but I found 2 huge gaping holes behind it, so I left it.

Day 93
Day 94 – Wednesday July 30th:
I haven’t been able to be out golfing nearly as much as I would like this summer.  Hopefully I can remedy that in August.  I did get out on Day 94 with my dad and sister though.  Happy moment accomplished.

Day 94

Day 96 – Friday August 1st:
I don’t get to see the evening staff at GX94 that much.  I’m friends with Nikki White, so it’s sad how little we actually get to see each other.  When we do, we have plenty to catch up on.  Day 96 she took over for me on the air at 6pm so I actually got a chance to visit with her for a little bit and she brought me a treat!  Thanks Nikki!

Day 96

Day 97 – Saturday August 2nd:
My family came to visit on the long weekend and we spent a lovely evening watching Breaking Bad extras.  If you still haven’t watched the show …. you are missing out!

Day 97
Day 99 – Monday August 4th:
I got my fill of golfing on Day 99!  My husband and friends of ours golfed 18 holes.  I’ve never done that before.  Usually stop after 9.  I had a frustrating game, taking more shots than I usually need but that all melted away when on hole 10 I drove the ball right on to the green!  This was a par 3 hole.  Of course I had to take a picture.

Day 99

Day 100 – Tuesday August 10th:
I was excited to find my happy moment for my 100th day … and it came first thing in the morning.  Craig Read from our sister station Fox FM has been a good friend of mine since we both first started working at GX94/Fox FM.  He came into my studio to give me this …

Day 100
A Random Reader Ramble all about my 100 Days.  I would never be able to come up with something like this.  It was super nice and was a perfect, unexpected Happy Moment!

I’m very proud of myself that I accomplished my goal and completed my 100 Days of Happy Moments.  I have 100 pictures to keep and remember the beginning of this summer by.  Some days were harder than others, but I managed to find a happy moment every single day.

Try it and see what happy moments you find!

Want a Good Book to Read?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I love it when you can find a book that you get lost in, a book you don’t want to put down.  Some books are so good that I find myself thinking about them while I’m working, counting down the minutes until I can get home and start reading again.  Believe me, not all books are like that.  But there are some out there, and I just finished one of those books.

I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling so anything she writes now, I have to read.  She started a new series in 2013, which I’m hoping will have many, many books in it.  The first book of the series was call The Cuckoo’s Calling.  Rowling wrote this book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.  But it was quickly leaked that she was the real author after the book was published.

The Cuckoo's Calling
The books center around private investigator Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott.  They are murder mysteries and Rowling keeps you in suspense right up to the last page.  The Cuckoo’s Calling is about a famous model who is said, by police, to have committed suicide.  Cormoran believes she has been murdered.

Day 91

I just finished the second book, which came out this summer, The Silkworm.  Oh, it was so good!  I had no idea who the murderer was and I loved the development of Cormoran and Robin. In The Silkworm, an author writes a book portraying all of the people in his life, his wife, publisher, old friends, in a horrible, offending light and then disappears.

If you need a book or two to read this summer, I highly recommend these.

Word of the day kludge (KLOOJ)
: a system and especially a computer system made up of poorly matched components

8 More Happy Days

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Are you ready for some more happy moment pictures?  I’ve gotta say a lot of my pictures are of food.  But really, is there anything better than a good meal?

Wednesday July 23 was Day 87 on 100 Happy Days and my happy moment was eating delicious food and watching Big Brother.  I blame my husband for all of the reality TV we watch.  He’s hooked on Big Brother, Survivor, the Voice, Last Comic Standing, America’s Got Talent … need I go on?

Day 87
Day 87b

Here’s Team America on Big Brother. I’m not going to lie, I want Donny to win this year.

Thursday July 24 Day 88 – eating fresh fruit! We are lucky enough to have raspberry bushes in our backyard and I haven’t killed them yet.  So yummy!

Day 88

Friday July 25 Day 89 – There are a lot of things that I wish I could take pictures of, like me not striking out at ball and getting on base.  But it gets a little complicated when you try to bring out your phone and take a selfie as you’re running.  I had a lot of happy moments this day but you can’t beat coming home to your pet!

Day 89

Fun Fact for today … Leaf cutter ants can build anthills 16 feet deep and one acre square.

Word of the day tweep (TWEEP)
: a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets

Ridiculous Summer Toys … but I want some of these!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The list was called Ridiculous Summer Toys.  The article was about these toys which are way overpriced and basically, who would ever buy them.

But I totally want some of these toys.  Like the HUMAN BOWLING BALL game!  How about this for a backyard game?  And it’s only $5,500.00.

Human Bowling Ball
I don’t see much point in this …

twisterI love Twister, we’ve all played it but instead of spending $2,000.00 to play Twister on an inflatable board, can’t you just take the mat from your board game box outside and use that?

Now, I thought this was a brilliant idea …

Campfire Roasting Rods
Heck yeah I want to roast 4 marshmallows at once!  Who wouldn’t.  But I’m pretty sure I could make a Campfire Roasting Rod for cheaper than $119.95.  What do you think?

And … I easily found my happy moment this morning for Day 86 on #100HappyDays.  There’s nothing better than yoga outside first thing in the morning.  It was so beautiful and relaxing.  You just needed a layer of bug spray, that’s it.

Day 86

Fun Fact for today … Nineteenth century doctors extracted juice from the marsh mallow plant’s roots and cooked it with egg whites and sugar, then whipped the mixture into a foamy meringue that later hardened, creating a medicinal candy used to soothe children’s sore throats.

Word of the day Yooper (YOO-per)
: a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname

A Weekend Full of Happy Moments

Monday, July 21st, 2014

I’m getting close to the end of my 100 Happy Days challenge.  Today is Day 85.  I had an extra long weekend so here’s how I spent it:

Friday Day 82:  We drove to Regina to see family and on the way I started my new book, “The Silkworm”.  This is the second book in J.K. Rowling’s new series.  I’m 1/4 in and I love it.

Day 82

Saturday Day 83:  We spent Saturday at the lake with my in-laws.  It was pretty windy that day so we couldn’t be on the water and my in-laws and husband stayed inside.  I couldn’t though.  I didn’t care how windy it was.  I found a bit of sunshine and basked in the warmth.  Winter Is Coming!  I can’t handle being inside the house during our super short summer months.

Day 83
Sunday Day 84:  I was in my very first golf tournament this weekend.  It was a family fun day with my husband’s co-workers.  I love golfing!  But I’m not good at it.  Some days I have a pretty good game meaning if the hole is a Par 3, I hit about a 5 or a 6.  I have parred before which feels amazing!  On a bad golf day, I’m very thankful that you stop keeping score once you hit 8 because I’m usually at a 15.

Lucky for me, the ladies I was golfing with were patient, helpful and so much fun.  My game yesterday was in the 15 shot range.  Plus it was more of a novelty game where we were driving with marshmallows on one whole, driving left-handed on another and putting with tools, yes, actual tools.

Day 84
Monday Day 85: I drink tea every morning and I’m partial to having my tea in a big, fun mug.  I don’t go for ordinary mugs, they’re just boring.  So here’s my new mug …

Day 85


Fun Fact
for today … It’s a myth that you should never wake a sleepwalker.  The fact is there’s no reason not to wake a sleepwalker.  This superstition comes from the old belief that a sleepwalker’s spirit leaves the body and might not make it back if the person is wakened.

Word of the day fiduciary (fuh-DOO-shee-air-ee)
1: involving a confidence or trust
2: held or holding in trust for another