Monthly Archives: April 2011

Great Expectations

Workout:  6.8km walk, 2 hours gardening

Younger Sis and I have spent a great deal of time talking about the wedding yesterday.  Wasn’t it just lovely?  I need to be princess!!!!

At the very least, I need to be a princess (in the most positive sense of the word) in my own life.

After much oooohhhh and awwwwwwing over the beautiful gown, the handsome uniforms and the romance of it all, we talked about the Middletons.  I was very impressed with how this very middle-class (OK, upper middle-class) family gracefully and elegantly participated in the spectacular day.  They almost seemed more royal than the Royals!  They certainly are better dressed.  🙂

I mean, seriously, if I had all the money and choices in the world, would I EVER pick something like this?????

What is it about Carole and Mike Middleton that inspired their daughter to not only believe in herself, but also believe that she could achieve a world-class education, dress with good taste (casually) and glamour (formally), and be worthy of the love of a real life Prince?  The class system in Britian is alive and well, but Kate simply and gracefully walked through the barriers.

We know the Middletons are hard workers because they are self-made millionaires.  We know they give and expect the best from and for their children.  How do parents teach their children to reach for the stars, and feel they deserve to achieve everything great they can imagine?  Is it by example?  Is it by teaching entitlement? Is it by teaching hard work?  And whether it is education, or career, or travel, or love,  can you teach it to yourself?

Questions to ponder on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.  Still watching wedding coverage.  No kidding.


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William and Kate – So Romantic!

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Pain Free

Today was a GOOD day.  Capital letters.

It’s the first day in weeks I haven’t had a sore tooth.  Hallelujah!!  Nothing like a $1000.00 root canal to fix the problem.  Thank God for health benefits. 

And thanks to a lot of good drugs, even my shoulder feels great.  This is the secret to feeling great at 49 and 2/3 years old.  A solid pharmaceutical program.  Sadly, it can’t continue or I’ll be doing some rehab!

We’re about to set a rainfall record in Ottawa for the month of April.  On no level is this good.  This girl needs to get some fresh air and sunshine sometime soon.

Do you think Kate is getting any sleep?  I bet she’s got a pharma program going too.  🙂

So, this was the photo of Kate as she was leaving her folks place.  The photog’s are betting this is how she ISN’T going to wear her hair.

Younger Sis and I are prepped for our All-Wedding-All-Day plans.  Wine, pizza, cupcakes and pedi’s on Thursday night.  Champagne, orange juice and tiaras on Friday morning.  Is this great or what????

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Easter Chocolate

Well, Easter is over.  And all the chocolate in the world is on sale!

If I needed a reason to behave myself around all that cocoa-y goodness, my root canal this morning certainly provided it.  Dr. Junior (who, as mentioned before, is 12 years old and brilliant) loves Easter.  His words:  “I LOVE CHOCOLATE!  It’s great for business!”

No kidding.

What’s very groovy is that I could watch the whole thing on a screen above me.  Not for the faint-of-heart, but definitely very high-tech.  Let’s see how things feel when the freezing comes out.

This is not my x-ray, but mine look just like this.  That’s what growing up in a small town with no flouride in the water means.  Big fillings.

Blowing off work for another day.  That’s a 5 -day Easter weekend.  Then I have 2 days to work, and I’m off on Friday for the Royal Wedding. 

Younger Sis, who told me I was a FREAK for making plans to get up early to watch the festivities, has invited herself for a sleepover and some coffee and confetti on Friday morning.    Ha!  It seems she’s getting wedding fever too.

Peer pressure is a wonderful thing.

We might need cupcakes for breakfast.  Don’t tell my dentist.

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Sugar, sugar!

So, tonight is my last night at Blue Bamboo.  I’ve decided that working at BB is taking away the zen for me.  I need to come here to do yoga, not think about the workings of the place.  So from now on I’ll be a yogini, not a volunteer/staff member.

Good decision, I think.

This post is about sugar.  Because it’s Easter weekend. 

I have a creaky 49 2/3 years old molar.  In fact, it’s cracked.  And infected.  Brought on by work stress, I’m convinced.  And I need a root canal.  But I have the best dentist ever, and I’m not ‘ascared.  I’m not a ‘fraidy cat.  No, not me.   Dr. Junior is 12 years old.  Well, he looks that way anyway. 

I have good drugs – antibiotics and pain meds.  Dr. Junior asked me if I was OK for the weekend.  I said I was fine.  Chocolate melts in your mouth, after all.  No need to chew.

Last night, I couldn’t sleep from dentist-anxiety and I was definitely nursing a sore jaw.  Big tooth ache.  I had been eating really well all week in spite of my dental dilemma.   But I needed big comfort.  So I reached for the can of frosting I purchased for the cupcakes I’m bringing to a family dinner Sunday.  No judging please.  I have an infected molar. 

After 2 or 3 tablespoons of frosting, the pain subsided.  No kidding.  Or at least my brain stopped reacting to the pain signals travelling from my tooth to my brain because it was in a sugar coma.  Interesting phenomena.  I was delighted and very curious.

What was doubly interesting is that while I was eating the frosting, I was reading this article in the New York Times Magazine, Is Sugar Toxic?  Yes, I know that seems crazy.  Once again, no judging please.  The link is below because WordPress wouldn’t put it where I wanted it.

The author has the personal opinion, based on years of journalistic research, that sugar is not only making us fat, but that it also has properties that cause cancer.  Scary stuff.

On one hand, sugar made me feel much, much better for a little while.  On the other hand, it might be the most toxic substance that we voluntarily consume.

Life is often a paradox, isn’t it?

Much like my yoga dilemma.  I signed up to volunteer/work  at Blue Bamboo to get free unlimited access to yoga, only to find that the arrangement stole my zen and I lost my love of yoga.

Deep thoughts.  They may be pharmaceutically induced.

Have an evening filled with ease and blessed reflections on this Holy Thursday.

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Bathing Suits

This says it all.  I have nothing to add, except this is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.


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Parisian Style

Let me just say, I don’t have it.

Parisian style, that is.  I was just reading this online magazine, Lonny Magazine.

It’s a guide to all things gorgeous and lovely and stylish.  Including a  guide on how to be Parisian chic.

Like this.

Parisian chic is thin.  With great jeans and shoes and a cute little trench.  And a bunch of other cool things that you’ll see if you go to page 74.

Great magazine.

It’s a lovely day, the sun is shining and we’re headed into a long weekend.  All is good.


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