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From Dani's blog! (www.momm-eh.blogspot.com) Thanks!


Q. What is your salad dressing of choice?
A. Al's house dressing

Q. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
A. Hmm? Depends - McDonald's fries, DQ Blizzards.

Q. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
A. In Ottawa? Lone Star, Vittoria Trattoria

Q. On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
A. A lot

Q. What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
A. Anything Italian. Or BBQ steak. Yum.

Q. What is your favorite type of gum?
A. Extra Peach. Reminds me of the summer of freedom town and Kik!


Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer?
A. Nothing

Q. How many televisions are in your house?
A. 3


Q. What’s your best feature?
A. Hmm? Don't know! I like my hair, usually.

Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
A. I liked Dani's answer to this - a human being! Haha...

Q. Which of your five senses do you think is keenest?
A. I don't know

Q. When was the last time you had a cavity?
A. Don't remember

Q. What is the heaviest item you lifted last?
A. My 30 pound baby

Q. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
A I have fainted before


Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
A. I don't think so

Q. Is love for real?
A. Yes

Q. If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
A. I used to want to change my name but I like it and think it's pretty unique.

Q. What color do you think looks best on you?
A. Don't know. I like all colours! I like bright colours in the summer, and white and black.

Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
A. Yes, glass, at Malone's. And DEET.

Q. Have you ever saved someone’s life?
A. No

Q. Has someone ever saved yours?
A. No


Q. Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000?
A. Probably. Actually, yeah. Can I wear shoes?

Q. Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
A. I have kissed girls before for free. It's nice.

Q. Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?
A. No!

Q. Would you never blog again for $50,000?
A. Hmm.. tough one.

Q. Would you pose nude in a magazine for $250,000?
A. Depends on the magazine. Playboy, yup.

Q. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000?
A. No

Q. Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000?
A. No

Q. Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000?
A. No

Q. Give up MySpace forever for $30,000?
A. Not on My Space, so yup. Facebook? Ummm... not right now!


Q: What is in your left pocket?
A. No pockets on these lulu lemons.

Q: Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie?
A. It is retardedly good, in a OMG this is the dumbest movie I've ever seen and yet I love it type of good movie.

Q: Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house?
A. Hardwood floors all downstairs, and in my baby's room. 2 rooms have carpet.

Q: Do you sit or stand in the shower?
A. When I am taking a shower, I stand.

Q: Could you live with roommates?
A. I did, and it was fine.

Q: How many pairs of flip-flops do you own?
A. I don't know, a few.

Q: Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
A. Last week

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A. I am grown up. So I guess what I'm doing now, being a mom and working in communications.


Q: Friend you talked to?
A. Gee, I have not talked to any friends today. Depressing!

Q: Last person you called?
A. Er, um, ahhh - I have no idea. Oh wait, Lone Star last night to order takeout!


Q: First place you went this morning?
A. The porch (to get the newspaper)

Q: What can you not wait to do?
A. Um, win a million dollars? I'm drawing a blank on this one.

Q: What’s the last movie you saw?
A. Cars. It's babysitting the kids as I do this meme. I'm such a good mommy.

Q: Are you a friendly person?
A. Mostly.

The crazy world wide web and other randomness

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The whole blogging-Internet-facebook thing is totally screwy, I think. I have not updated my blog in a few days - and for me that is not normal! I've been too busy on facebook, doing nothing. I mean, reallly? What are we doing on facebook anyway?

I remember back in the day (heehee) when email became the new thing. I vividly remember telling my now husband that there was NO WAY I would ever use email for anything. I told him, 'don't be silly, what could I possible want to tell someone over the computer that I couldn't pick up the phone to say? Or send a letter in the mail?' He assured me I'd change my mind in due time. And clearly, I did. But I was so hard-core against email! At the time..

Then... it happened. First year at University, my friends and I discovered email and were blown away but it. I remember we would go everyday to the 4th floor of the Library at Carleton and sit beside eachother, all 4 of us, side by side... and email eachother. No joke. We did this. We were obsessed! "OMG, you have to email me back - I just sent you an email!" Yes, we did this... so after email came the whole world wide web... news sites, entertainment sites, shopping sites - whatever you wanted to find or read about boom - in an instant it would be there for you. Very cool. And also a little scary .... I mean, how does it all work, really?

Then blogging. I actually was not even that aware of blogs until I started reading my co-workers blogs then I decided to create my own because, well, I like to write, and even though my blog is not like other great blogs that are consistent in theme and even though my blog posts aren't that well composed, I like to write and get my words out. And if others want to read it, great - if not, I still like doing it for me!

Through blogging I've discovered this world of mommyness. Through Dani's site, I found other great mom blogs, and through these other great mom blogs, found other great mom blogs, and have talked to great people I don't even know but feel like I do, because we have this common interest, this life changing thing happen to us - mommyhood. And reading articles and stories online and in print it seems like mommy craze is everywhere! This issue's Chatelaine magazine, for instance, is all about mom's. Granted, May is the month that we celebrate mother day, but still... it's just like this whole new world for me, where anything I want to read about is right there for me. I don't even know where I am going with this post. Perhaps I should put more thought into composing better posts or post when I am not so tired but I think I'll be tired for at least a dozen more years or so.

Okay - Facebook - what is it about Facebook we are all obsessed about? Friends tell me they hate it, it is ruling/ruining their lives, they can't stand it. And yet. They/we continue to go on it everyday. Update our status. Change our profile picture. Add new friends. Write on people's wall's. It's weird... I mean, all my friends are on facebook. We talk anyway - so why use facebook? We are all in eachother's pictures, so clearly we've seen them all before. And then there are those people you haven't talked to in years who you stumble across and then boom! It's like a crazy trip down memory lane. Mostly it's good but it still brings up the past... so weird... I like that I've made contact with 2 friends from my past - one my old best friend and one a best friend from high school. That's cool. It's other people I see who I know and remember but really do not want to have as a friend. So I don't add them. I reject now all the time. I do not feel bad about it, either.

Facebook is also very scary. After that terrible, sad, horrific massacre that happened at Virginia Tech, we can never be too careful. This crazed man was stalking women on the Internet, on facebook, and more. Why do we so freely post pictures of ourselves online? I am seriously contemplating taking down all my son's pictures. I know that only my friends can see my pictures but still... it's a scary, crazy world out there. That's all I am going to say for now... because I think I'm rambling!

My little sister is getting married!

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My sister Gina just got engaged today! I am so happy for her and will make this a longer post but right now I am too tired and must get to sleep... the weather is killing me... will it stop raining already? I heard more snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, too. What is going on? I am hating this weather, big time!

Overall, had a fantastic weekend. It is just seriously the best age. Yes, my boy is almost 2 years old and I can't say it enough - we are having the time of our lives right now. Everyday, it is something new. We seriously laughed all weekend long. It is great. So not really looking forward to work tomorrow... what can you do, though?

Say a little prayer...

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Do you remember last week, on the cover of The Ottawa Citizen and The Ottawa Sun, the picture of the beautiful little boy skating with the Sens? The boy's name is Elgin-Alexander, and he is just three years old. He has been fighting cancer since he was 9 months old. And he is losing the battle. He has been given around 2 months left to live. He is my good friend Ana's little cousin. And I just can't comprehend how sad this reality is. There is nothing sadder than seeing a child who is sick, knowing they aren't going to make it. Just looking at his picture from the newspapers you think, 'but he looks great, so happy, beautiful, healthy!' It's the more heart wrenching thing, to see a child suffer. I can't imagine the pain the parents are feeling.

When my son was sick with an infection and needed to stay in CHEO for almost 2 weeks when he was 2 1/2 months old, we saw a lot of sick children. I have to say that those days were the hardest days I have ever had to go through in my life, for 2 reasons. 1, because my child was sick and hooked up to an IV and in pain and undergoing tests, and 2, because it was the first time I was exposed to the reality of what really goes on inside a children's hospital, how many children are sick, and how many do not have treatable illnesses. It was depressing and the feeling of hopelessness I felt won't ever go away. Again, when Christos was 6 months old we spent a few days in CHEO and again, I was overcome with saddness at the children we saw everyday. I donate to CHEO, and do whatever I can, but still, it is just not enough. Prayer helps, and I think you should all also pray for Elgin-Alexander and for all the sick kids who do not deserve this.


So... my baby finally fell asleep last night after a drive around my parents neighbourhood. Since the power was still out in the east end and I was too scared to go home alone since hubby was working late, we slept at my parents. But, at 3 a.m. baby woke up and would not go back to bed... nothing worked... so off we went at 3:30 a.m, driving home. He fell asleep in the car, but woke up when we got home and stayed up with hubby until 4:30 a.m. I am so tired today! I don't like power failures at all anymore! Anyway, survived my first week at work - really enjoying my job, it's very challenging and just a great place to be. I don't have anything else to write about right now as I am operating on no sleep, so...


Black-out 2007!

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Remember a few years ago, when there was that huge blackout and left us all without power for a day, or more, in some cases? It went as far as the northern United States, and affected millions... I remember that day, it was August, and I was working at CRA at 750 Heron Road, and I had just gotten married that June. I remember all of a sudden, there was no power - so we all left work. On the drive home, all the cars had their windows open, and we were talking to each other, strangers, but talking, united in that moment because we were all wondering the same thing - what the heck is going on? I was initially scared when I heard how many cities the power failure had affected, but then, got excited as it got darker and darker out... lit some candles, and had a romantic evening with my husband. Earlier on, we had gone to my parents house and pretty much the entire neighbourhood was outside, talking, wondering... it was so eerie, driving around in the pitch black. So bizarre, and scary, too, but really – not that scary… more fun, an adventure.

Well, add a child to the equation and it’s a whole other story. Christos, my mom and I were all playing in his room tonight, listening to music and dancing after his bath just after 8 p.m. All of a sudden – the power goes out. And it was scary. Christos was scared right away, wondering what was going on. We tried to keep him calm and explained to him what happened, I ran around and lit candles, and found our flashlights. Thankfully my mom was there to help out, otherwise, it would have been far more difficult to find what I needed and keep Christos calm. We did the only thing we could think of – packed up and went to my parent’s house! It’s currently after 11 and he’s still not asleep… and power is still not back on in the east end. I’m thinking I might have to take him for a drive to help him fall asleep. Poor thing is confused! And me, well, I’m sleeping at my parents tonight so when hubby goes home, we won’t be there. Tres weird! Here’s hoping the power gets restored soon so we don’t have throw away all the food in our fridge and we can get back to normal. So many thing to think about when you have a child, like how would I have warmed up his milk? A million thoughts entered my mind and I only wanted to keep him safe and relaxed.

First day thoughts

So, my next post was suppose to be about what I thought of all those freaky 'religious' people on TV who claim they cure any disease with the touch of their magical hands, but instead, I'm going to write a (short) post about my first day at Health Canada. It felt like the first day of school, in some ways! I was excited, nerveous, scared, happy, sad, all at once! Sad that I left the CRA. After so many years (okay, close to 5 years, but still, that is a long time!) and the comfort of knowing where I worked, I began a new job at Health Canada. I'm excited because it really is a great government department, and I am so excited to be working for such an awesome director. I have had some good Director's before, but he is a class of his own, very caring, attentive, funny, and so well spoken. We discussed my workload and I am scared and looking forward to the challenges and hard work. I only hope I can do a good job, as the work required of me is not an easy task. I like that I will be dealing with issues that affect everyone on some level. I love the building, too. On a side note - I finally have a window office! I had to figure my way around my floor, which is always funny, because sometimes I was walking in circles just trying to find the bathroom. I'll also have to get used to Lotus Notes because as of right now, Health doesn't use Outlook. No computer today, but hopefully that will be up and running tomorrow so I can transfer all the work I did on paper today onto computer. Anyway - time to go play with my boy again. My mom is currently entertaining him. :) Hope you all had a great Monday.

My next post

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I have a lot to say about those freaky people on TV at night who are so-called religious preachers, like that guy Benny Hinn - biggest freak ever. And he is Canadian. Not only that - but his father is Greek. (Hanging my head in shame!) I have a lot to say about him, nothing good - but no time right now. Stay tuned for my post blasting these fakes, these billion dollar men who are just the biggest sinners on earth.

20 months

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I'm at my parents house and Christos is playing outside so I have snuck in a few minutes to update my blog. We had a great weekend. I guess that is pretty much standard, as 2 days in a row with my child can only be great. (Okay, I'm not going to talk about how tiring it is, too, at least not in this post!) Christos makes us laugh all day long. His new thing is telling us 'secrets' and whispering sweet nothings in our ears. Melts me! So sweet. He is 20 months old today! 20 months old! That means he is 4 months away from being a 2 year old. I can't believe my little baby boy, the baby who was born weighing 8 pounds, is now almost a full-fledged 2 year old toddler. He's got the most incredible personality, he's always happy, always smiling, friendly to everyone, and such an explorer. Unlike most kids in his playgroup who are content playing with the toys, Christos is off discovering where the sounds are coming from - was that a truck that drove by? Is that a cobweb? What is going on downstairs? Did you hear the airplane, too? Hmm, what does this vent do? So funny. Just like his daddy in that sense, always wanting to know more, to figure out how things work, and why. He loves fixing things with his tools. Such a boy in that sense. So loving, too. He is at his happiest when his entire family is with him... me, his daddy, my parents, my sister, my in-laws, his cousins. If there are a whole bunch of people around him, he's just the happiest little guy, ever. We are going to see Hi-5 at the NAC in June! I can't wait, because he absolutely loves Hi-5. And I do, too! And I can't wait, because I know we'll have a great time together. We'll make an evening out of it. We'll go have an early dinner downtown, then go to the NAC for our first mommy-son show. My little boy... almost 2 years old! I can only say that my love for him grows more and more every day. I find it hard to believe he is mine, that I creating this perfect little human being and that he is growing up to be such a wonderful, pleaseant, smart, handsome, funny person. My son. My love. My life! I feel very blessed to be his mommy.
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