Tuesday

Well, today is over. There’s that to be said.

I’m telling you, the little darlings are starting to wear on us.  I just keep focusing on the fact that we only have 2 and 1/2 weeks of school left.

I’m watching the Michael Bublé Christmas special.  It’s delightful.  I love MB — saw him in concert once, compliments of my friend, Annette.  One of the best memories of my life.  He is so talented and entertaining.  And, he’s Canadian!

One of his guests is going to be Justin Bieber — who I have never even listened to — I just know all the little girls at school love (LOVE) him.  I’m not sure, but I think he’s Canadian, too.  Hmmm.  I guess I’ll finally get an education as to what the Beeb is all about.

I am really looking forward to Christmas this year.  It just feels like it’s going to be such a good Christmas. My sister, Tracy, is coming from Ontario.  It will be great to have her around for the holidays.  And then I’m looking forward to nearly 2 weeks of ‘down’ time.  I don’t want to travel anywhere, don’t want to take on any projects.  I just want to be home.

Oooh, Michael is doing the ‘Elvis the Pelvis’ moves and singing “Blue Christmas”.  Love it!

I am giggling with pleasure!

Now, I’m going to take a slightly more serious tone.  Was listening to As It Happens on CBC tonight, and they aired a story about how the US military has a program of giving away its outdated equipment to small, local police forces.  We’re talking tanks, armoured personnel carriers, grenade launchers, robots, stores of munitions and god knows what else.  The scary thing about this to me is:  what happens if something terrible does happen?  You have all these small communities armed to the teeth and then you get little despots and dictators who take over and take control and they could hold these communities hostage.  They could enact and enforce their own sets of rules.  This is not outside the realm of possibility (or a Stephen King novel) and it really troubles me.

There are citizens of the US who are opposed to this program, but apparently it’s been in effect for over 3 years.  Started following 9/11 — no surprise there.  Unfortunately, those opposed can’t do anything about it.  The police forces taking part in this believe they are doing the right thing and have the best interests of their communities at heart.  But, I say, good intentions can be easily forgotten once catastrophe or disaster strikes.  Am I wrong in thinking that this could lead to a police state?

Okay, but to lighter things.  Justin Bieber is singing.  He’s not bad.  And, he’s even kind of cute.  I can see how he might one day become a Michael Bublé type performer himself.  Some of the girls in the audience are actually crying!  He needs to pull up his pants, though.  His underwear are showing and that’s just silly.  Oh, well.

Anyway, all, that’s it for tonight.  I’m going to go look at recipes for biscotti and make myself a latte.

 

Wednesday, May 4th

We're still not looking much better than this -- come on Spring!

It’s a windy day in Bon Accord.  Actually, in all of Alberta.  It is Spring-time, after all.

Today, though, we will have some sunshine.  Yesterday was gray and cloudy and rainy for half the day.  By suppertime the sun had decided to come out.  I wish I had the time to get out and work in the garden.  Hopefully, this weekend, though Heather tells me that rain is forecast.

The Canucks managed to beat Nashville last night — in OT, again.  These OT games are really beginning to wear on me.  I wouldn’t say last night’s game was a thriller, in fact it mostly dragged along.  Pekke Rinne was fantabulous in goal, as was Luongo, (when the puck was in Vancouver’s end); this is seriously going to be a goalie’s series.  I kept hoping and hoping that the Sedin boys would show some magic, but alas, no.  Kessler managed a goal and an assist — that was a long time coming and extremely well deserved.

I did not know a thing about the Canucks going into these playoffs, but I have to say I am really enjoying watching them play.  They’ve got a lot of heart, and some very talented, disciplined players.  For me, it remains mainly a Canadian pride thing — I want a home team in the playoffs, and ultimately to win the SC.  It doesn’t matter that most of the players on the American teams hail from Canada, it matters that they’re playing for US. (that’s us as in us Canadians.)  So. . .

anyway, Go Canucks!