Sunday, 29 April 2007
Saturday, 28 April 2007
I can take pictures with my chocolate cell phone, and even better, I can get those pictures onto my computer!
The Corporate Retreat
These are my feet in a a paraffin wax pedicure treatment I received while I sat in a massage chair at the on site spa.
The third night was the anticipated 70's night. I had heels on, but so did Ken, and with that wig he was even taller. Once again, the cowboys wore cowboy clothes.
The last day was the mixed men's and ladies' best ball golf tournament. Later in the evening was a 25th anniversary celebration of the company, and the golfing awards. It was a more formal evening, and guess what cowboys wear for formal clothes? You got it: cowboys have a truly classic and timeless look. During the golf awards, my team won the highest score even though we had a guy on our team who had gone to college on a golf scholarship. Who's fault do you think that was?
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Saturday, 21 April 2007
It took me half a day to cut out the dress, which sounds long to me and I was there. Then it took me a full day to sew it up. Ken wanted to calculate how much the dress is worth at my working hourly wage, but I wouldn't let him. I can't put a price on the satisfaction I got from completing this project I've been dreaming of for so long.
Thursday, 19 April 2007
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I like how this one turned out.
I've done a few more. I did one of Steven's hockey team when they won their tournament that I'm going to print and frame for his coach as a thank-you gift. What would be even cooler is if you could choose general themes for all of the smaller pictures that make up the mosaic, like 'sports' or 'nature'. I'm going to suggest on the Image Mosaic Generator feedback page.
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
Maybe I'd take my hundred buckaroos and mosey on down to the nearest western store.
Buy me a cowboy hat for the western-themed evening on the retreat.
Or, plan 'C', I could blow the $100 at a thrift store to outfit myself for the 70's-themed evening. Well, maybe that wouldn't take the full $100.
Saturday, 14 April 2007
I don't think I've ever done a sticker chart with my kids, which is strange considering what a positive memory I have of my own. I do have this picture, and if you click here it will open full size for you to print. Or not, I just tried it, and the image is too big. What did work, was I right-clicked the larger image to copy it, pasted it in a word document, and that sized it down to an 8 1/2 x 11. Try that. I've used it when working on difficult piano pieces with my kids. There are 50 faces waiting to have a smiley face drawn in to celebrate a success:
A piano teacher of mine once told me, "Practise doesn't make perfect, practise makes permanent!" It was a good message, much like this:
I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed — you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great people and, alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin. It makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am I? I am Habit!
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
We're on spring break this week, doing family field trips. On Tuesday we went to the Museum of the Regiments, which is one we haven't done before. The museum is organized by regiment, and each regiment gallery is organized chronologically. There was also a special exhibit honoring the 90th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. I was impressed with how current the museum was - there was information as up to date as 2006.
During our visit to the museum I learned about the role Canadian forces play in the removal of landmines. It was a Canadian company that designed and developed the spider boot to protect the feet and legs of mine clearance personnel from an accidental blast. Jaclyn commented that maybe the boot would save your leg, but it would still be frightening to detonate a landmine and have it blow a spider leg off the boot.
There were a few interactive displays for the kids:
Chloe entertaining the troops.
Carmen in a bomb shelter within a life size replica of WW I trenches.
The truth is, the visit to the military museum was sobering.
Appropriately, there were many memorials.
And then this afternoon, I found some good mail in my mailbox!
Kelly sent this cheerful Easter card, I love polk-a-dots. And on the inside she addressed it to the entire family, which they appreciated - why should mom get all the good mail to herself?
And Michelle sent this cute spring package with gardening gloves, and a crocheted daisy on those super strong magnets that will hold anything. I love the quote by Margaret Atwater, but my favorite part of her message is where she called herself a TEMPORARY fellow Canadien. So funny! And truly, from a cultural standpoint, with me in Alberta and Michelle in Quebec, we can hardly say we live in the same country.
One other good mail package I wanted to blog about came by personal delivery from a local friend. This friend of mine until just a couple of years ago didn't cook at all, and now she's continually setting cooking goals for herself. Her latest goal is to be able to make the best homemade pizza crust anywhere. She's been trying many pizza dough recipes, sometimes making pizza for her family 3 times a week, but hasn't quite arrived at the perfect crunchy/chewy crust. I gave her my advice (cook the pizza on a stone) and my recipe (which calls for semolina flour). She was intrigued by the special ingredient, and asked me about it. I had to confess that although I love my recipe, I've never gotten around to shopping at the Italian grocery to by the semolina flour, I've just been using regular white flour. She surprised me last week bright and early one morning with some semolina flour. I think she chose her early delivery just so that she could catch me still in my pajamas, and she did.