Monthly Archives: December 2006

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Long time no post! I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas and will have a super New Year! Our Christmas was great – lots of time with family =) It was definitely busy, though, which I don’t like so much. But oh well!

Good news: I finished my scarf!!!

It’s the PERFECT length and is nice and warm. I’ve started now on the matching hat =) I’ve gotta get good because I’ve now got 5 cooking babies to knit things for (5?!?! Why do I know 4 people having babies? Why am I not one of them?? Sigh.) so I’d better learn booties and hats. That’s going to be my new mantra soon: Booties and hats. Booties and hats.

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Blessings all mine with 10 000 beside …

Someone on Crosswalk forums was inspired by the lyrics of the song “Great is Thy Faithfulness” to start a thread where we can post about our blessings. I wanted to post about one of my greatest blessings here: My hubby.

Brad has been with me through thick and thin and I’m so thankful that God has given him to me to love, honour, and cherish all the days of my life. Yesterday, when I got home from a 12-hour shift of work, he greeted me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers:

He also made dinner, bought dessert, and rented two movies!!! What an amazing husband I have! Thank you, my sweet, for showing how much you love me everyday and for not reserving tokens of your love for “special occasions”!!

So, enough of that sappy stuff (even though I LOVE the sappy!). We watched Thank You for Smoking – it was a great movie!!!! I would highly recommend it to all – there’s quite a bit of swearing, but the overall movie as a commentary on our culture and how political correctness is causing us to ‘spin’ our truths in order to make them pallatable to others was very well done. I love movies that make you think. I think that’s a book I’m going to have to buy!

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"Semi-Vacuum" and Other Technical Terms

Well. After a decent amount of housework (3 loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, and a cleaned-out-of-all-non-edible-leftovers fridge) and a glass of chocolate milk (I know. How much chocolate milk does this girl actually drink??), I am here to blog. And, seeing as it’s only 3:07, I’ve got enough time post-blogging to watch a movie and knit. This isn’t turning out to be a half-bad day at all!

So, Brad and I went to a Table Charm demonstration last night for a free 2-night hotel stay in “one of blah many cities in Canada.” Apparently our name was pulled in a draw at the wedding show (which was last January … hmmm). So anyways, we went. All we had to do for our free “vacation” was listen/watch a cookware demonstration. It was quite entertaining if nothing else.

I gotta say, not having had tv or commercials for the past 8 months has really opened my eyes to the ridiculousness of advertising. After “ooh-ing” and “ah-ing” us all (6 or 7 couples) with his live cooking demonstration (sprinkled with “Really, I’m not a chef!”s), we were required to watch a taped promotional video.

Give me a break – “Your food is cooking in a semi-vacuum” “The cookware has eight inner layers of special alloys to distribute the heat evenly.”

Semi-vacuum?

Special alloys?

Since when are *those* terms technical? I kid you not, DH and I giggled through the whole 5 minute video. The whole thing was a huge joke – except, of course, when the guy was discussing the harms in non-stick cookware.

WARNING: Do not read the next paragraph if you don’t like hearing about carcinogens!
***ASIDE: Did you know that the US is banning all non-stick everything in February 2007? Usually the US is the LAST to jump on the “ban something for your health” bandwagon, but right now, Canada’s digging in it’s heels and deciding that we’re a-okay with PFAO-induced cancers. Apparently, there’s warnings on all T-Fal cookware that leaving it on a warm burner will cause (WILL not MIGHT) toxic vapours that kill pet birds and cause flu-like symptoms in humans. Mmm-mm! Serve me up some of that T-Fal goodness!***

So, all fancy terms aside, we won’t be buying the $7000 10-peice set of cookware (yep, that’s it’s retail price, but we could get it for $3999!!!), but I must say that I’ll be trying some of their fancy techniques with our stuff and seeing if the special alloys and semi-vacuum of the ‘house down-payment expensive’ Table Charm stuff can be re-created with our ‘half a rent-cheque expensive’ Cuisinart brand. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Oh, and the special alloys? According to their product book, they’re all Aluminum =)

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Last Exam Ever!

Ok, well not EVER, but almost ever. I’ll have to write my RNs when I’m done school, but I definitely don’t have any more for school =) It was easy, I’m sure I went out with a bang!

So, now I’m at home and am procrastinating doing the dishes and laundry. Do you think maybe if I read more blogs it’ll all go away on it’s own? No? Gah! It was a nice try. So I don’t really have anything to blog at all then, eh? *huge sigh* I guess I’ll go do the laundry!

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board games anyone?

So, DH and I borrowed a bunch of board games from some friends (thanks J and R!) last week for use with his little sister. We don’t normally have time to play board games together (nor do we really have any) but b/c I’m out of school right now, we did!

Thursday night we played Carcassonne. It’s a great game!! The rules are pretty simple, and DH and I were able to work fairly co-operatively and end up with this type of board:

Here’s a close-up of the board:

And our final score:

Muwahaha … I can’t believe I won by 4!!! Carazay!

Friday night we played Settlers of Catan. It’s a pretty popular game and all of our friends have it. It was a bit frustrating for DH – he’s not a huge fan of dice-rolling pure chance games. There’s a lot of strategy, but it’s still ultimately up to the dice. It was good fun though!!

Here’s our board:

Here’s a close-up of it:

Yep. A whole post about board games. Woo!!

On the work front, I called in sick on Friday. I couldn’t handle going in after my horrid SOB on Thursday. But I did go to see the doctor at occ health and she said not to be too worried about my respiratory issues + anxiety – that it’s completely normal to be very anxious when you can’t breathe =) She’s sending me for a full allergy panel work up, a methylcholine challenge, and a pulmonary function test. I’m quite interested to know how it all come back – I just learned about respiratory illness this past term (in fact, that’s one of the units my final is on … oh Monday exam) so now I understand all the tests and most of the respiratory problems.

Well it’s bed time – to church tomorrow morning, studying in the afternoon and some relaxing later in the day. Happy Sunday, all!

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On Lazarus …

Today I’m catching up on some Bible reading – I try to read at least one chapter a day from the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) but I slacked BIG TIME over the last semester, and have also been slacking at keeping up this month. So. Today, during my catch-up, I read John 11: The death of Lazarus.

Now. Lazarus is the brother of the Mary that poured perfume/oil over Jesus’ feet and lived in Bethany (two miles from Jerusalem). The sisters (Mary and Martha) contacted Jesus to tell him that their brother was quite ill, but Jesus didn’t go to them for several days. By the time he got there, Lazarus had already died, and the sisters were quite upset that Jesus hadn’t come to make him better. Jesus, however, had his own plan. He asked them to open the grave (despite some groanings about how bad the smell would be) and they opened it. Jesus thanked God for hearing him, and called to Lazarus: and out he walked! This is truly a beautiful story and an amazing miracle.

Unfortunately, that’s not the end of it: some of the witnesses went to the Pharisees (a group of Jews who were very pompous, proud, and ‘by the books’) to tell them about the miracle, and after hearing these people, they held a meeting of all the highest leaders in Israel: The Sanhedrin. Below is John 11: 47 – 53.

“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”
Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scatted children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

After this, Jesus didn’t go about publicly anymore, as he knew of their plots to kill him and his work was not yet done. The thing that most strikes me about this passage is the fact that the leaders don’t even attempt to say that he isn’t performing miracles or that he’s not performing miracles by God’s bidding: they are upset because his miracles are taking away from their leadership and they are afraid for their political future. Isn’t that sad? Here is the Son of God performing miracles in their midst, and even the high priest realizes that this man has come to unite the children of God, and yet they are content to plot for his death. Timing note: This occured MAYBE a week or two before Jesus’ crucifixion – Chapter 12 depicts his riding into Jerusalem for the Passover, Chapters 13 – 17 are his final teachings to his disciples, and Chapter 18 is his arrest.

Tell me: what do you think about this? Is it believable to you that Jesus was the Son of God? That he could raise people from the dead?

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Work.

Sucks. I was there for 12 hours today and had a difficult time breathing and by the end of the shift, was feeling pretty dizzy. Yarg. I told my boss(es) today and they were okay with the fact that I had gone to occupational health. I’m wondering what it is, however, if I was being bothered today and I wasn’t using the chemical … hmmmm …

My mom got in a car accident last night =( She hit a deer on a back road on her way to a choir rehearsal. She’s okay, but apparently the car isn’t so good! Both airbags were deployed, but I thank God that she was wearing her seatbelt. She NEVER wears a seatbelt, and she would probably not be with us if she hadn’t’ve been wearing it last night. So a bit scary, but she’s fine. Phew!

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