Archive for November, 2008
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
The one thing I really love about living here is the big sky. Growing up in BC the sky is smaller because of the mountains. Don’t get me wrong, I love the mountains too, but when we have such a big sky it’s easy to fall in love with.
We had a beautiful chinook (use chinook as your bonus code) yesterday. I had to get my camera out. I didn’t take this picture, I found it on the web, but when I download my pictures I’ll post it. I just love the whispy clouds that form the chinook arch. One day I would love to paint a chinook.
Just a quick “useless knowledge” tid bit for you… did you know that chinook means “snow eater”? Perfect meaning for those winter days and it heats us up. A chinook is a warm, dry wind descending from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, causing a rapid rise in temperature. These winds often melt snow quite rapidly, at times at a rate of up to a foot per hour.
So the next time we have a chinook arch – get out there and enjoy it.
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Monday, November 24th, 2008
Congratulations to my girlfriend Laurel and her husband Paul. They welcomed a baby girl into the world on Thursday Nov.20th. Welcome baby Charlie.
So it got me thinking… (no, not about having another baby)… got me thinking about her name (use the word “name” as your bonus code). What does it mean and what will her name bring to this world. There’s a couple of websites I visit about names. One is Name Power 101. The other is about Numerology. (Click the underlined words for the link).
Here’s a look at my name Christina Rowsell
Your Soul urge is to bring hope, joy and beauty to all you meet. You feel the best when you are in beautiful and comfortable surroundings. You have a creative essence and use your inspiration and imagination to make others happy. You enjoy attention and admiration, and you desire recognition for your talents.
Find out your name… again here’s the link – click here.
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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
It’s the name of a TV show. Don’t be afraid of my blog!! Have you seen this AMAZING show on W Network?? It’s (as the British would say) BRILLIANT. I love watching it and seeing women transform.
What’s the show about… Learn to LOVE the way you look! Each episode puts one woman and her body-issue under the microscope. Instead of plastic surgery or fad-dieting options, the leading celebrity stylist gets to the core of her negative body-image by debunking the myth of perfection. With secrets from the world of fashion and beauty, his aim is to arm her with the confidence to show it off – both fully clothed and completely naked. A provocative anti-plastic surgery series for women, of every shape and size, which is truly revealing!
Why do I LOVE this show so much? Because it’s real! It’s not about being on the cover of a fashion magazine all air-brushed and skinny. It’s about loving who you are and where all your lumps, bumps and wrinkles came from. It’s about time someone did a show like this. We as women need to feel proud of who we are – without the pressure of losing weight! Why do we have stretch marks on our boobs and bellies – BECAUSE WE’RE MOTHERS!! Embrace your love lines! You have to check out this show and learn how to look good naked. (Use naked as your bonus code). Click here to find out more about the show. (This show has nudity in it and viewer discretion is advised. Please note: this show is not suitable for young children)
(Platinum VIP’s: You have until midnight Nov.23rd to enter your bonus code for 250 points)
Monday, November 17th, 2008
What’s brightly colored, gets kids dancing and comes in threes? Arguably one of the
hottest bands for preschoolers, The Doodlebops, and they’re ready to rock a new live concert April 5th at the Jack Singer Concert Hall at 1pm. Ticket’s go on sale Saturday Nov.22nd at Ticketmaster.
Platinum VIP’s can win Beat The Box Office Tickets… enter online at www.lite96.ca.
Since their TV debut just a few short years ago, this flamboyant and vibrant, high-energy
musical trio – featuring Deedee, Rooney and Moe Doodle – has been propelled to global
stardom, and garnered an international fan base beyond compare. From airing on CBC in
Canada, Disney Chanel in the U.S., Playhouse Disney in the UK, ‘Doodlemania’ is growing:
younger audiences and followers of all ages the world over can’t get enough.
Who are The Doodlebops?
The globally popular musical trio The Doodlebops includes:
Deedee Doodle – “the leader of the band”
Pink and purple DeeDee Doodle – the keyboardist with the can-do attitude – loves to
dance, write songs, and is always smiling and has a magic trick to share.
Rooney Doodle – “the creative force”
Blue-clad Rooney Doodle -the ever-inquisitive guitar player – adores singing, reading
and asking questions, and often comes up with very unique inventions.
Moe Doodle – “the ‘showman’”
Orange and red Moe Doodle – the noise-loving drummer – likes to get loud and
playful, and is by far, the best at hide and seek.
For further information: www.doodlebops.com
Platinum VIP’s use doodlebop as your bonus code. You have until midnight Sunday Nov.23rd to enter it at www.lite96.ca.
Friday, November 14th, 2008
I had the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful luncheon yesterday. The Women of Influence at the Westin Hotel. Arlene Dickinson CEO of Venture Communications Ltd, and judge on CBC’s “Dragon’s Den” was the keynote speaker. I was really touched by her speech. She’s has HUGE success and from what I understood from her talk, it has been by going to the “school of life”. She’s a single mother of 4 children and realized her potential instead of focusing on problems.
I heard her say that – “Realize your potential instead of focusing on problems” – and I had what Oprah would call a “Light bulb moment”. It clicked for me. Do we spend too much time worrying how things will get in our way to succeed rather than spend time on focusing on what we can get done? Arlene made it very clear to me that we are often the only one standing in our own way. Move the problems behind you and focus on what “can be”. How true. It’s all about manifesting your own destiny. If you believe you’ll be stuck in a dead end job forever… then you will. But if you imagine sitting in the executive office with your own assistant then you will be that person!
If you’ve been holding yourself back … give yourself a push and believe that YOU ARE GREAT! You are more than you give yourself credit for. If you can, take a step out of your own shoes and look at the person you are, the person that gives, the person that works, the person that loves and the person that is successful everyday. You will be who you want to be… you just have to believe. If you can’t see that – then find yourself a cheerleader who can make you feel how great you are to everyone else around you! Email me if you like… I make a great cheerleader! Now go get em!!!
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
This is something that is important to me as I have lost a loved one to Suicide.
Survivors of Suicide Day
For family, friends, and others left behind by suicide The Canadian Mental Health Association will hold a day of connecting, support and remembering on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at the Safari Lodge, Calgary Zoo. The day will include video presentations, a panel discussion and small group discussions. Last year, this event was attended by over 160 survivors. For more information, click here.
Out of the Darkness Memorial Walk
The Second Annual Out of the Darkness Memorial Walk will take place before the SOS Day program, with registration beginning at 7:15. The walk begins and ends at the Calgary Zoo. For detailed information about the walk, click here. Please register by calling 297-1701, ext. 1702. To make the sign-in process easier the morning of the walk, please print and sign this waiver and bring it with you. Walk route info & map here.
For more information on SOS Day, the Out of the Darkness Walk, or Suicide Services call (403) 297-1744 or Email: Suicide Services.
To view the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website click here.
(Use support as your bonus code. You have until midnight Nov.16th.)
Monday, November 10th, 2008
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
There’s a transition period in Calgary. It goes from stunning fall colors to downright ugly. After the leaves fall off the trees, we just wait for the first snowfall. (Well… most years – it is Calgary after all… and it could snow in June…) Anyway, we go from beautiful to ugly to mystical.
Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait for the first snowfall. I loved looking outside to see the trees covered in a blanket of snow (Use snow as your bonus code). I always thought the first snowfall was so pretty. The ice forming on the windows was magical. I couldn’t wait to be the first footsteps in our yard. AND I hated it when building a snowman wrecked the smoothness of our yard. Loved the snowman, but it always left the yard messy.
I need to reflect back on those childhood memories, because now, that I’m an adult, the first snowfall makes me GRUMPY!! Isn’t if funny how we forget what it was like to see the world through the eyes of a child. Now when it snows I get my back up. I tense up in my shoulders, and I panic at the idea of driving on the Deerfoot with the snow icing it up! I usually leave a good distance between me and the vehicle I’m following. When all of a sudden, some bonehead comes speeding along only to zip in and out of the gaps in traffic! Today wasn’t that bad with the snow, but it will get worse as the season brings more snow. If we could only have a cover over Deerfoot to keep it dry all year long! Sure it’ll cost Billions and Billions of dollars… But if it eases the tension in my neck and releases my white knuckles… I’m in!!!
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Monday, November 3rd, 2008
Back to good health… sort of. I’m sorry I didn’t get to writing in the blog last week. I was off with my son who was ill (use ill as your bonus code). I then picked up what he had. Only to end my week of the flu with the loss of my voice. Which, is an occupational hazard! Finally today, Monday, I feel 98% better with 75% of my voice back!
Hope you had a good Halloween. (see my son as a bear above) This was our first year we gave out almost all of our candy! We moved into a new neighborhood and there were a ton of kids and teenagers! Which means, less guilt for me. Now I don’t have to worry about filling up on chocolate bars and nibs!
Have a great week!
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