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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.

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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
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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.

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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

To Be Happy or Not To Be Happy

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Today is day 74 out of 100 Happy Days for me.  I’m really glad I decided to do this challenge.  I have to take a picture of something that has made me happy and post it on social media every day for 100 days.  A lot of days it’s easy to find that happy moment.  It’s the time when I get a big grin on my face and think, “That’s my happy moment!”

Some days though, I’m looking really hard for that happy moment.  Here’s what my happy moments have been for this week.

Day 73: Our new backsplash was installed yesterday.  This made me very, very happy.
Day 73

Day 72: Attending my first outside yoga class.  I’m really finding that the most peaceful, beautiful time of the day is first thing in the morning.  If only it wasn’t such a struggle to wake up early.

Day 72
Day 71:  When we had our GX94 Radio Internet Auction in the Spring, my husband bid on the item from All About Flowers.  This package was to get a bouquet of flowers every month for an entire year.  Pretty sweet, right?  My husband had the highest bid and since April I’ve had new flowers every month.  So here’s my July bouquet.

Day 71
Day 70: It’s always nice when you ask your spouse to do something, they do it.  Even as simple as saying, “Hun, can you make me a Caesar.” He grumbles a little, says he doesn’t want to, but then, low and behold, there’s your Caesar.  Happy moment!

Day 70
Fun Fact for today … There’s a house in England built entirely from trash, including 20,000 toothbrushes, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 antiquated floppy computer discs, and 2 tons of denim scraps.

Word of the day pho (FUH)
: a soup made of beef or chicken broth and rice noodles

EXAMPLES
Joan and Rob decided they were too tired to cook, and ordered pho with an assortment of other Vietnamese food.

A New Chapter Begins

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I’ve been lucky enough to be the host of GX94 Star Search for the past 3 years.  You get to know the Star Search Champion really well as they travel around with us for an entire year.  We had such a great year with our 2013 GX94 Star Search Champion Lexie T. and her mom Allison.  Both of them are wonderful people.  Lexie is so talented and is a super sweet girl!  Getting to hang out with them was my happy moment this past Friday night for Day 68 on my 100 Happy Days.

Day 68
At GX94 we have a few walls covered in photos given to us from our past Champions.  I was really hoping Lexie would do the same for us this year.  See that big, pink photo she’s holding?  That baby is covered in pictures of Lexie with us and it is going to have a place of honor on our Star Search Champion wall!

This past Saturday was bittersweet for me at our GX94 Star Search Finals.  I was so excited to find out who our new Star Search Champion was going to be but that meant our year with Lexie T. was coming to an end.

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Lexie T. will forever be apart of our GX94 family and I know Danny Ismond, Chris Maxwell, Kelsey Liebrecht and myself will look back on this year with fond memories of our adventures with Lexie and her mom!

And so begins a new chapter in the GX94 Star Search book!  We welcome our 2014 GX94 Star Search Champion Shayna Scherbey from Ituna to our family.

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I can’t wait to get to know Shayna and her family and spend a year with this very talented young lady.

Fun Fact for today … King Henry VI banned kissing in England in 1439 because he thought it spread disease.

Word of the Day sclaff (SKLAF)
: to scrape the ground instead of hitting the ball cleanly on a golf stroke

A Must Read

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

A friend of mine shared this link on Facebook this morning and I’m so glad I read the article.  I loved these pictures.  The article is entitled

18 Empowering Illustrations to Remind Everyone Who’s Really in Charge of Women’s Bodies

It’s about Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti who began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook.  Her photos were shared thousands of times throughout the world and Rossetti was surprised but welcomed the response.  Her images are definitely the kind you want to share again and again as a “reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy.

Here’s just a couple of her drawings:

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I highly recommend you read the article and see the other images she has published.

Fun Fact for today … It takes four gallons of seawater to make a pound of salt.

Word of the day misbegotten (miss-bih-GAH-tun)
1: unlawfully conceived : illegitimate
2: having a disreputable or improper origin
3: not worthy of respect or approval

Highlights from Dauphin’s Countryfest

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The 25th Annual Dauphin’s Countryfest was a year to remember.  Amazing performances from The Band Perry and Blake Shelton and a lot of rain!  I was told this year was the worst out of all 25 years, for weather.  Not surprised, I was there in the rain that never stopped.  But SK and MB country music fans are troopers and the rain didn’t stop anyone (until towns all over the prairies started calling State of Emergencies, then we headed home).

There were a lot of great moments this year at Countryfest and here are few of my favourite:

Getting to meet Lee Brice!  He was really nice and good looking!  I still can’t get over how jacked this guy was.  I think his bicep was as big as my head!

Lee Brice

Getting to meet Blackjack Billy!  They were performing as we were backstage waiting to introduce Lee Brice.  When the band got off stage I quickly asked them if we could snap a picture.  But in all the confusion, they went back to their dressing room, as we went on stage.  I figured, we missed our chance.  But when we got off stage, there was Blackjack Billy waiting to meet us and take a picture!  Super nice guys and again, good lookin’!

Blackjack Billy
Friday night The Band Perry put on an amazing show!  Part way through they brought out our Canadian Flag and sang O Canada.  Then they broke into Amazing Grace.  Surreal moment, a huge Countryfest crowd singing along to Amazing Grace.  Right after they switched to their song Pioneer, which I’m really hoping they release as a single.  This song was about being proud of who you are and staying true to yourself!  Loved it.

Of course the most exciting moment for me of the weekend was meeting Blake Shelton!

Blake Shelton and us
He was really nice, so super tall and was just … Blake!  I was able to get one question in, “Blake, did you really text out Adam Levine’s phone number on the Voice?” Blake responded, “No, but we made a good show of it, didn’t we?”  So great!

Fun Fact for today … Kayaking is a required subject in Greenland’s schools.

Word of the day catfish (KAT-fish)
1: any of numerous usually freshwater stout-bodied fishes with large heads and long thin feelers about the mouth
2: a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes

This Weekend …

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Thousands of excited people are heading out to, if not already at Dauphin’s Countryfest.  (Myself included).  It promises to be a great weekend with amazing performers like The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts and my favourite, Blake Shelton.  Hopefully, you’ve packed rubber boots and rain ponchos because it is supposed to rain buckets the whole time.

I wanted to write though, about the darker side to huge parties like this and all of the others that go on.  On Tuesday, an acquaintance of mine had posted on Facebook that she had heard of three different women who were in the hospital because they had been raped this week already, at Countryfest.  A gang is there and their initiation is to rape young women.

I DO NOT know if this story is true and I’m NOT writing it is.  I’m writing to say:

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We all do stupid things when alcohol is involved.  Rape though, is not a stupid drunk act.  It is a horrid, life shattering, depraved act of violence.  There is no excuse of any kind for it to happen.  NONE!  Doesn’t matter what she’s wearing or if she’s drunk.  Real men don’t rape!

So I hope everyone has a wonderful time this weekend.  But I also hope everyone has each others backs.  We ALL only want to hear good news stories on Monday morning.

Renovations!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

 

Renovations … they are a necessary evil.  Even if you can afford to buy a brand new home, if your current home is outdated, chances are you need to renovate it before you can sell.  In our case, we are renovating to make our home the way we’ve always wanted it.  Plus pipes are bursting, our deck is rotting and our front door tends not to shut properly in the winter.   Yes, a  necessary evil.

We updated our bathroom about 6 months ago.  It was a 6 month project and my husband and I found out a lot about each other.   Don’t they say if your marriage lasts through renovations than you’re good to go?  Ours lasted.  We learned what each of us can handle and want to do when it comes to home improvements and when you should just call the professionals.

So begins our summer of renovations.  I really feel like we have no idea what we are doing but we’re going for it!  Wish us luck!

My happy moment last night for Day 58 on 100 Happy Days was:

Day 58
Stripping off our kitchen back splash.  What?  I don’t want the flowers?  Sadly they had to go.  The countertops are going too!  Everything is going.  Except our solid oak, orange kitchen cabinets.  I’m sure you’re thinking, those should be the first thing to go.  But I’m not staining or painting them (that’s just way too much work).  My husband said “No, we aren’t replacing them” (he actually likes cabinets).  So the oak stays and everything else is being changed to make the cabinets a little less offensive.

Day 57 happy moment:  These are my June flowers in my Year of Flowers from my husband, and they are still alive on June 25th!

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Fun Fact for today … Eggplant, originated in China where it was grown as a decoration.  The Chinese called eggplants mad apples, believing they cause insanity.  It was accepted as a food only after it was brought to the Mediterranean.

Word of the dayevince (ih-VINSS)
1: to constitute outward evidence of
2: to display clearly : reveal

EXAMPLES:  Melanie evinced an interest in art at an early age, so no one was surprised when she grew up to be an award-winning illustrator.