Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I have been following a story out of Halifax about 2 fishermen that went missing and were unfortunately found yesterday. An investigation is underway as to the cause of their sinking vessel. Here's my problem. The way it was reported in the paper. Well, not so much the story, but the picture that is attached to the story, which is on the front page of the paper. It's a picture of the rescue team carrying the body of the son (it was a father/son tragedy) IN A BODY BAG. For the love of all that is holy. There have been many pictures over the past couple of days of the search vessels and the rescue / recovery team. Could they not have used one of those pictures? There are many comments online about it, everyone with the same opinion as I. There is a "moderator's note" attached to one of the comments that says
Moderator's note: Editors, not reporters, choose the photographs that appear with stories, as well as write the headlines Does that excuse it? Hell no. So, if I am intrepreting this right, it's not the reporter to blame, but the editor. Was the editor there on scene WITH the reporter and photograher when these pictures were taken? Nope. Someone had to take the picture and submit it. I think it's shameful. Not only does this family have to deal with the tragedy of losing 2 loved ones at the same time, a father and a son, but they need to be slapped in the face with this!? What a way to remember a family member.
As I said in the beginning, I know there are many people who read this that are involved either directly or indirectly with journalism up here. I mean no offense to anyone in particular. I just think photographs like this on the front cover of a major newspaper is not only inappropriate but shameful and morally wrong.
YOU ONLY NEED TWO TOOLS IN LIFE - WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE. IF IT DOESN'T MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40. IF IT SHOULDN'T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE DUCT TAPE.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
My little sheep. He ended up being in the play twice because the kid who was to play the sheep didn't show up. Since his french teacher is also our neighbour, she bribed him with rocks from her garden if he would stand in. Anyone who knows Colby knows his love for rocks.Colby and Mme. Chasse.
For a kid who hadn't spoken french before we moved here in April, he has done amazing. He's on par with the rest of the kids in his class who have had french class all year. I believe when we go to Crosse he will also be able to take french class.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Oh yeah, because she's such a biter. She's a vicious animal all right. She's a wanted fugitive in 22 states and registered as a lethal weapon with the RCMP. She's not just gonna bite you, she's gonna rip your arm off and have it mounted above the fireplace. With all the other ripped-off arms and legs. We have a whole postal worker above the fireplace, sure we do. Well, it's not whole, but all the pieces are there. 74 pieces. Cost a fortune at the taxidermist. I nearly peed my pants laughing. Great witted humor like this is hard to find. And it needed to be shared. I hope you don't mind Ivy.
(And as to why I named her Ivy. I saw a picture of her and she immediately reminded me of the character Uma Thurman played in one of the Bat-Man movies. The Ivy character. Book worm, timid sort of girl that you knew under the quiet demeanor was someone who would seriously kick some ass.)
Police in Hay River, N.W.T., are looking for suspects in a string of vandalism incidents that took place over the weekend.
RCMP said vandals took trash cans and rocks to Diamond Jenness Secondary School, breaking six windows.
They also broke a couple of windows at Princess Alexandra School, as well as damaging several parked cars, police said.
"It was a series of events .… I guess the highlight is the six windows getting smashed out at the high school here," Const. Tyler Reid told CBC News on Monday.
"It was all around the school. There was no single area in the school that was targetted. It was more or less all the way around the building, some windows were smashed out."
Reid said police are interviewing two youth suspects Monday.
However, police believe more than two people were involved.
This is foolish. What they didn't mention is that these "kids" also flipped over a 4 wheeler in front of the high rise in town. I'm not sure why the "highlight" is the windows in the school. Damage to personal property to me would be higher on the list than the school, where funding is available to fix that stuff. But that's just me.
And, since I'm on my soap box here, can someone PLEASE tell me why no one in Hay River picks up after their dogs?! There is a large field behind my house that everyone on this street walks their dogs to and lets them shit here. This is where I was letting Colby and Joey play, until we found this out. I actually watched a woman right outside my window this morning with her dog. I was standing there, she saw me, AND SMILED AT ME as her dog was shitting right outside. I gave her the dirtiest look and shook my head as I walked away. No doubt it's a teacher in his school, since they all seem to live around me.
Speaking of this wonderful little piece of surburbia I live in, yesterday they decided to have a fire drill in our complex. Yes, you read that right, a FIRE DRILL. What is this, elementary school? Oh wait, that's who lives around us. It was almost comical. I'm sorry, if my house is on fire, you can trust that I'm grabbing my kids and heading for the door. I really don't need to practice that. And I promise, I will leave my doorstep and run as far away from the fire as I can. And honestly, the best part is when the organizer of all this decided it was time to "have the fire" she ran through our parking lot yelling
"THERE'S A FIRE IN UNIT 4! THERE'S A FIRE IN UNIT FOUR! SOMEONE CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT!" I was honestly waiting for someone in the neighbourhood to hear her and think it was real. Wouldv'e served her right to see the REAL fire department show up in all their lights and glory.
I'm going to bed. G'night all.
Oh, and just for those who need a good laugh, like I needed one today, here's the second Life Lesson from my FIL.
If you hit it with a hammer and it doesn't fix it, you have an electrical problem.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
With that being said.....
Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Cheaters send in hundreds of votes for NWT bloggers
by Laura Power Northern News Services NWT
What started as a friendly competition between NWT bloggers ended early because of a few cheaters, according to Megan Holsapple, who started the online contest. "I didn't want it to end that way," she said. "I just saw it as a fun little project that people could enjoy and feel proud of." Three bloggers in each of the two categories – best blog and best post – were competing for the NWT's first blog awards last month. When the voting began, Holsapple said it was obvious by the amount of votes coming in that a few people out there were cheating. "Most of it was happening from outside the NWT," she said. "I'm not sure if they thought I wouldn't know, but seriously, when you're placing a hundred votes in an hour it's kind of obvious." She said she could tell it wasn't the bloggers doing it for themselves. "They were both kind of appalled at the fact that people were cheating for them," she said. None of her readers cheated for her. "It does tell you something that so many people thought it was important enough to cheat," she said. "I think the people who went to the contest site definitely found new blogs they haven't found before and that was really the ultimate goal... it's sort of a sneaky way to say 'oh look, here's Phil in Inuvik. He's got this awesome photo blog.' Even before the awards, the new NWT blogging community has become a popular site for writers, photographers and readers. Some bloggers use their pages to post scenic and otherwise interesting photos while others write about their lives and families. Holsapple, one of the community's most active bloggers, writes under a couple of guises. The first is her personal blog, Reflections in the snow-covered hills, which she often uses to rant about grammar and journalism-related issues. The other is a sarcastic blog full of religious references called Flame of God. One of her posts from her personal blog was nominated in the best post category along with posts by Eclectic Blogsand Inuvik Photos. Those two were also nominated in the best blog category along with one called Just Below 63. "We've got so many great writers and so many great photographers," said Holsapple. In the end, she decided to simply call a tie for both categories because of the cheating. If the blogging community goes ahead with another competition, she said the winners would be picked in a way that makes cheating impossible. Next time, she plans to have people judge categories instead of relying on votes. This appeared in yesterday's newpaper. I was given the heads up by Megan when I saw she had commented on her blog that she had spoken to a reporter about this. I admit, I probably wouldn't have done this, but that is her perogative and I respect her for that. I was shocked when I opened the paper today and saw that this was a full page in the paper with a big bold title. Seriously, was this really newsworthy? I really think this journalist was desperate for a story.
I haven't really commented on the outcome of the NWT Blog awards. It ended up being called off a few hours early due to the influx of votes towards the end. It was determined by Megan that someone in Halifax was trying to rig the competition for us and someone in Quebec was rigging it for Phil. When she emailed me about it before the contest was over, I told her I didn't know who it was, and to this day I still don't. It is unfortunate that it ended this way, with the contest not playing out until the end. It was quite fun to watch to see who was "in the lead". It made me feel quite honored that so many people were voting for our blog.
And, to the person in Halifax who sat in front of their computer and voted for us, according to Megan's calculations, "over 100 times in an hour", we love you, and would love to know who you are. Thanks for the boost of confidence for the blog!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Shut up, you know it's funny. The more you think about it, the funnier it gets. I'm still laughing.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
While chatting with Colby, I asked him if he remembered a post that Val did for him about her car. He didn't remember so I jumped back in the archives of her blog and found it right away, by fluke. The post was from October 2006 and in the comments it was mentioned by Jody (who first "introduced" us) that we should all meet in Halifax. At the time, I was still living there and as they both have family there it didn't seem like that big of a stretch.
After we were transferred to the North, a meeting like this was furthest from my mind. What are the odds of us being in Halifax on vacation at the same time, seeing as I am way up here and she is in Italy. Well, by sheer coincidence, she is going to be in Halifax when we are in 3 weeks! What are the chances! We already have a "date" planned for the first day I arrive (did I mention 2 weeks and 6 days). I can't wait! This vacation actually works out quite funny that way. Not only do we get to meet Val, Mike and little Lily, the managers from the Northern store we were first at are travelling to NL during our vacation and have stop overs in Halifax both going there and coming back! They arrive the day after I get back from NL and leave the day before we leave Halifax. Their stop overs are a couple hours on each side. They told us they really want to see the boys, and if we want we can come along also. :) It's just crazy the way things work out sometimes.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
All our boxes are now on their way to Ile-A-La Crosse. My house is pretty empty right now. I've cleaned the oven (no real big feat there I admit, not very hard to press the "clean" button) and today I cleaned out the fridge. And still 3 weeks to go.
Colby has finally started to make friends in the neighbourhood, of course 3 weeks before we move. I only realized 2 days ago that on the other side of the complex we live in in the middle of a cluster of houses there is a public playground. It is totally shielded on all sides by backyards, but fenced in just the same. It's completely off the road and all the people in the houses have kids and keep an eye on the playground. One of Colby's little buddies even loaned him a bike, as we don't have one here for him. Poor little bugger can't drive a 2 wheeler yet, but he's getting closer everyday. He takes in the parkinglot of the complex before everyone comes home with their cars and practices. We have a bike waiting for him at mom's house back home so hopefully by the time we get there he should be able to ride it!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
So, Happy Mommy's Day to all of you Mommys, Nannys, Grammas, "Just found out I'm gonna be a Mommy" and "Just about to be a Mommy as soon as this kid decides to come out".