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Facebook Manners

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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My question today:

Does your partner have your Facebook password?  You could expand this question and ask, does your partner have your email and cell phone passwords as well?  If you say yes, is it because you think partners should share everything and of course they should have your passwords?  Nothing to hide, right?

If you say no, is it because that’s sharing a bit too much information?  You have nothing to hide, but they still don’t need to have access to everything of yours.

I think this is an interesting question.  For me, my husband doesn’t have mine and I don’t have his, but I’d have no problem giving my passwords to him.  I think it can be a slippery slope if you don’t share your passwords.  It is so easy in this day and age of technology to hide things you don’t want to have found.

I think in the end, it’s up to each individual couple.  No set rule for all couples would work.  But what do you think?

And if you missed it yesterday …

Here’s Danny the Diva of Mardi Gras.  Isn’t he pretty?

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I Thought this Was Cute

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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I found a list of 11 Valentine’s Day Cards to Send To Yourself.  These all made me smile and laugh.  Why not!  Why wait for someone else to tell you they love you.  Tell yourself!

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Pizza and wine, exactly what I wanted!  I know myself so well.

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And this one, as cheesy as it may sound, is very true.  It made me say awe.

Remember to BE NICE TO YOURSELF, this Valentine’s Day.  You’re really your own best Valentine.

My boss is probably going to question this, in his mind, super cheesy blog post, but what the heck, I’m hitting “publish”.

Fun Fact for today … There are 24 flowers on every Oreo cookie.

Word of the day … poignant (POY-nyunt)
1a : painfully or deeply affecting the feelings b : designed to make an impression : cutting
2: being to the point : apt

Examples –  The shuttered storefronts along the city’s Main Street serve as poignant reminders of the economic recession.

Facebook Manners

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

I was having a very interesting conversation with my bosses last week, about all of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to Facebook.  There were a few things that we didn’t agree on, which made me wonder about everyone else’s opinions when it comes to social media.  Just by looking at what friends post, there’s a lot of things that they do that I wouldn’t do.  So, once a week I’m going to put a question out to our GX94 land.  I hope to get lots of phone calls and get the conversation going.  I like hearing people’s opinions and knowing what you’re thinking.

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My first questions is: Does a loved one have your social media passwords (facebook, twitter, emails, etc.) so they can take your info off of the internet if you pass away?

I’ve never really thought about this until recently.  Reading up on it, this is what I found Facebook has in place:

Facebook actually has an section dedicated to the three options people have with a deceased individual’s account:

1. Memorialize the account: which means turning it into a page where people can leave comments and celebrate your life.
2. Requesting to delete the account: which means that all information and data will be completely removed from Facebook.
3. Download the contents of the account, and then have it deleted.  Downloading the contents of the account requires a formal request where Facebook verifies you as acceptable to download the information, and then the process begins from there.

No one likes to think about death, having Life Insurance, putting together a Will, let alone worrying about your social media accounts.  But it may be something you want to think about so your loved ones aren’t left with figuring out what to do.   Or you could be like me, think about this for a little bit and then forget about it.

Fun Fact for today …  It would take two and half minutes to fall from the top of Mt. Everest.

Word of the day … eradicate (ih-RAD-uh-kayt)
1: to pull up by the roots
2: to do away with as completely as if by pulling up by the roots

Examples – The new mayor promised that his term in office would be devoted to reducing crime and eradicating homelessness throughout the city.

 

Into The Woods

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Last week my little sister and I went to see “Into The Woods” at the movie theatre.  What a great movie!  But a warning for you, it is a musical.  The movie is based on the Broadway musical of the same title which premiered on Broadway in 1986.  I grew  up watching musicals, so I loved it!

This movie has a star studded cast, with a couple of beautiful princesses and some pretty hot princes too.

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I found it really interesting because you’re told the story of a few different Grimm Brothers fairy tales, but the original versions, not the Disney versions.  For example, in the original Cinderella, when the prince takes the slipper to the village for all of the maidens to try it on, the mean step-sisters actually cut off parts of their foot so the slipper will fit.  And once Cinderella and the Prince find each other, a bunch of birds come and peck out the step-sisters’ eyes, so they are left blind.  Guess that’s what you get for being mean.

If you can sit through a musical I highly recommend this movie.  It was fabulous.  If you have time right now, watch this video.  It’s a song from the movie.  The prince from the Cinderella storyline and the prince from the Rupenzel storyline (I believe supposed to be brothers in the movie) are singing about the beautiful maidens they have met and how agonizing it is.  The song’s called Agony.  My sister and I giggled the whole way through this song.

Fun Fact for today … 90% of time capsules are never found.

Word of the day …   tantara (tan-TAIR-uh)
: the blare of a trumpet or horn

Examples – A tantara announced the arrival of the Queen, and everyone snapped to attention.

 

Skinny & Fat, What Two Horrible Words

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will have a “larger-than-average” model in it.  A plus size model.  When I first heard this I thought, “Wow, it’s about time.”  You’ll see 27 year old Ashley Graham.

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What is your first thought when you see her picture?  Mine is, “She’s plus size, she’s larger than average?  But she’s normal looking!  What the heck is average?”   Average size I guess is 14, Ashley is 16.  With that being said, you know that Sports Illustrated and the majority of magazines, whether they are for teenage girls or grown men, usually aren’t going to have a woman this size in them.

You usually see a model like Lily Aldridge.  She was one of the models featured in last years Sports Illustrated edition.

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This size of model is what I grew up seeing everywhere.  Having a screwed up body image and value in how “thin” you are was impressed upon me at a young age by the media and even family members.  Find me a woman who loves themselves just the way they are?  Find me a woman is exudes confidence and acceptance of themselves! I know there are women out there like that, but NOT ENOUGH!

And who’s to blame us.  Ashley Graham isn’t being featured in Sports Illustrated.  She’s only in an ad that someone has paid for.  It is a start but we still have so far to go.

“Sports Illustrated downplayed the significance of the Swimsuits for All ad. “We’ve been accepting ads with women in swimsuits for 51 years,” the magazine said in a statement. “Nothing’s changed.” “

This model I think is absolutely fabulous.  Tess Holliday.  But you know what, it doesn’t matter what I think, it matters what SHE thinks.   It matters what SHE thinks about her body and her self worth.   She owns her body, owns her body image and loves herself (at least that’s what I get from everything she’s written about her modeling.)

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A friend of mine and I were talking about this today and she said something that really struck me.  She was talking about being aware of your relationship with your body and your relationship with food.  That made me stop and think, what is my relationship with my body and with food.

All I know is that I’m scared to death of having my future child see me hate my body, call myself fat, and have them pick up on my feelings of inadequacy because I don’t like something about myself.  I DO NOT want to pass those things onto my child.  I’ll be damned if I don’t do my absolute best to love myself for who I am, the way I am and not pass on all of the negativity to my children that was passed on to me.   That’s my journey right now.  I’m working on it.

Fun Fact for today … Once you file something, there’s a 98% chance you’ll never look at it again.

Word of the day …  moxie (MAHK-see)
1: energy, pep
2: courage, determination
3: know-how

Examples –  Accustomed to being a wallflower, Morris admired his friend for having the moxie to walk up to a girl he didn’t know and ask her to dance.

Raising Money for Telemiracle39

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Yesterday I was out with the Yorkton Kinsmen Groundhogs.  This was their 8th Annual Groundhog event where they go to different homes in Yorkton, asking for donations for Telemiracle.  But it’s not just door to door, ringing the doorbell.  They have a very old, very “interesting” looking couch that they bring out, put on people’s front doorsteps and wait for them to answer the door.  This starts at 6:00 in the morning, so as you can guess, we are a lot of people’s wake up call.

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They usually start with an old Kinsmen member, then he sends us to a friend, family member, or co-workers home.  We stop at that house, then they send us to someone else and so on and so forth.  One home we stopped at, the lady of the house answered the door and said her husband wasn’t home, but told us where we could find him.

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So off to a local restaurant we went, where the gentleman was having his morning coffee.  Can you see the couch?  Yep, the groundhogs brought it in.  They don’t go anywhere without their couch.

After my morning with the Kinsmen Groundhogs, I joined the Yorkton Kinettes for their 7th Annual Catch and Release.  For this event, the Kinettes go out in Yorkton, “catching” people, bringing them back to their “fish tank”.  These “fish” can’t be released until they have phoned enough of their family members and friends, raising enough money so they are “released”.

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The Yorkton Kinsmen Groundhogs raised $4,070.00 and the Yorkton Kinettes Catch and Release event raised $5,233.00.  All of the money is going to Telemiracle39 which is coming up in Saskatoon at TCU place March 7th and 8th.

Fun Fact
for today … Four out of every ten people are satisfied with their jobs.

Word of the day ex parte (eks-PAR-tee)
1: on or from one side or party only — used of legal proceedings
2: from a one-sided or partisan point of view

EXAMPLES“The record of the case was of vast length and full of technicalities, it was discussed ex parte by vehement propagandists on both sides….” — Frederick Lewis Allen, Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920’s, 1931

Babies Are a Little Scary

Friday, January 30th, 2015

ALL of my friends are having children right now.  A few are pregnant with their first, and a few are already working on their second and third child.  Me, not even close.  I’m not there yet, and you know what, that’s okay.  I do have to keep reminding myself that it’s okay to not have kids at 29.  It’s okay to enjoy my job and not want to have to put it on the back burner at the moment to raise a child.  It’s okay to not want to have kids.  Small town SK, it’s hard, because I feel like I’m the only woman saying that, but it IS okay that I don’t want to be pregnant right now.

Even though EVERYONE around my husband and I makes it very hard for us.  Every time we see friends the question is, “When are you having kids?”  Everyone time we see my in-laws they have to get a little joke, a little dig, a little comment in there about the lack of grandchildren in their life.  Do I sound bitter?  I am.  I am thoroughly annoyed with the fact that people feel it’s appropriate to ask, tease, question someone on their child bearing plan.  It’s most annoying and uncomfortable.  But c’est la vie, maybe one day people will stop asking.

That being said, I’m very interested in hearing what my friends have to say about parenthood, reading things that I come across on the internet and simply educating myself before I decide to head down the very scary path of having children.

I really liked this list of “20 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Had Kids.”  All of the points make sense and reaffirm that your gut feeling is to be trusted when you’re a mom.   Check it out and let me know what you think.

Fun Fact for today … Whales can communicate with each other from over 3,000 miles away.

Word of the day ….  urticaria (er-tuh-KAIR-ee-uh)

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EXAMPLES -  The first sign of the patient’s allergic reaction to the medication was an outbreak of urticaria.

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

I watched this movie on Netflix Sunday afternoon.  It’s nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars this year.  It’s a Wes Anderson film and was inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig.  If you’ve ever seen a Wes Anderson movie you’ll know what you’re getting into when you watch The Grand Budapest Hotel.  His films are different, and so worth watching.

This movie stars Ralph Fiennes who is an incredible actor.  It’s a strange movie, you have to be paying attention the whole time, or you’ll miss something.  It tells the story of a grand hotel and the history of it’s owners.  I found it very funny and it’s worth watching.

Fun Fact for today … It’s illegal in Britain for trucks to drive under bridges that are too low for them to drive under.

Word of the day retronym (REH-troh-nim)
: a term (such as analog watch or snail mail) that is newly created and adopted to distinguish the original or older version, form, or example of something from other, more recent versions, forms, or examples

 

The Imitation Game

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Oscar time is coming up soon, and as always, I’m on a mission to watch all Oscar nominated movies for Best Picture.  And what great movies there are this year.

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This weekend I watched The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.  What an incredible movie.  I found it very heavy.  It addressed so many issues, and showed the story of a brilliant man, Alan Turing, who saved millions of lives in World War II, and then was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality.

The movie is based on Andrew Hodges book, Alan Turing: The Enigma.  Turing was the key man in cracking the Nazi’s Enigma code, which helped the Allies win the Second World War.  At the end of the movie it tells you that because of Turing’s work, the war was estimated to have ended 2 to 4 years earlier and 14 million lives were saved.

The movie addresses the sever bullying Turing went through as a student because he was different, how women were treated in the 1940’s when you are introduced to Joan Clarke, played by Keira Knightley, the sheer brilliance of this man who basically created a machine, which would lead us to computers, and the horrifying end to his life because he was gay.

I highly recommend it and right now it has my vote for Best Picture.

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American Sniper with Bradley is at the Yorkton Tower Theatre this week.  It is also nominated for Best Picture, so I’ll be off to see that one.

Fun Fact for today … There is little international trade in onions, as 90% are consumed in their country of origin.

Word of the Daylegerdemain (lej-er-duh-MAYN)
1: sleight of hand
2: a display of skill and adroitness

EXAMPLESThe company’s accountants used financial legerdemain to conceal its true revenues and avoided paying $2 million in taxes as a result.

 

Would You Try This?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Some days you wish you could just stay in bed.  Everyone and everything is annoying you and you just feel like sitting down and having a good cry.  Even if you won’t admit it to anyone, or yourself.  Men and women alike, I know we all have these days.

This morning, while drinking my morning tea, I started day dreaming about spring.  Sigh …. I can’t wait, rain, sunshine, flowers, everything budding and blooming!  I like to think that will be in April, but let’s not be silly, hopefully May or maybe June it will be here.

To get us through the winter, I found a list of things you can do to have a happier next few months.  Some of these things seem like common sense.  But how often do we make sure we are meeting our own needs? 

TINY WAYS TO HAVE A HAPPIER YEAR:
✓ Wake up 20 minutes earlier to accomplish little tasks you’ve felt guilty about putting off.
✓ Eat one extra serving of veggies or fruit each day.
✓ Add 15 extra minutes to your morning walk in order to get lots of fresh air. (I’m not worrying about this until there’s no snow.)
✓ Spend more time around the friends that make you feel full of life, and less time around the ones who make you feel drained.
✓ Be kind to yourself when you make a mistake.
✓ Think about the topics that make your face light up when you talk about them, and spend more time on those things.
✓ Find whatever joy you can in the simple things, because they’re often what we miss most later on.
✓ Find random excuses to celebrate.
✓ Cook more often.
✓ Be as present in the moment as you possibly can.
– TheFrisky.com

Fun Fact for today … The most nutritious :food: in the world is blood.

Word of the day pandiculation (pan-dik-yuh-LAY-shun\

: a stretching and stiffening especially of the trunk and extremities (as when fatigued and drowsy or after waking from sleep)

EXAMPLES
“He was coming on to yawn. His breath sucked in the draught from the window. His shoulders hunched, his legs stretched to their toes, he made claws of his fingers in his hands—a fierce pandiculation of his limbs.” — Jamie O’Neill, At Swim, Two Boys, 2001