Archive for August, 2009
Monday, August 31st, 2009
So today is my last day of work. But when you look at it, having two children is more work than work actually is… so instead today is my last day of normality!
Baby number two is on the way, and expected to be here by October 8, 2009. Life has been good so far. My two year old, Hudson, is not sure what to think. He’s seen the new crib and the baby toys around the house… and he says baby… but he won’t know what hit him the day we bring the new baby home. I plan on buying him a baby of his own to bring home the same day. And… and great gift to keep him occupied. I thought maybe I’ll get him a new bus. Buses seem to be his favorite thing these days. Whenever we drive around and he sees a bus, he points and yells and screams. He’s soooo excited to see a bus. It’s a toddler thing.
With our new baby due in October, we’ll have a Libra on our hands. (use Libra as your bonus code). So I had to do the compatibility chart on Libras. Here’s what I found out about Libra Children from this site.
He/she enjoys a large measure of popularity due to being loving and attractive. He or she can be particularly charming and will enjoy a large circle of companions and true friends.
This child should never be pushed into such things as contact sports as they will be much happier pursuing music or something in the arts.
Libra children are attracted to the opposite gender early and soon will learn to play off one against another to his or her own exaggeration.
THEN it tells me who is the most compatible parent for my new Libra…
The most compatible Mother for Libra is Gemini or Libra.
The most compatible Father for Libra is Aquarius or Leo.
Uh oh – I’m an Aries – BUT my husband is a Leo – so at lease one of us will work! Ha ha!
Check back on my blog – as I’ll keep blogging when I have time. But since my baby’s not due until October – I should be good to go for this month! Please keep in touch with me firstname.lastname@example.org or www.christinarowsell.com
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
From the time a baby girl takes her first breath, to the time the average woman dies at the age of 78, she will have spent more than 16 months of her life in tears!
A British study finds babies cry (use cry as your bonus code) the most, on average three hours a day. Teenaged girls weep just over 2 hours a week, most often the result of hormones, arguments with friends and parents…. and of course being dumped by their boyfriends.
But the study shows women in their 20′s cry even more. A whopping 2.25 hours a week. Older women are as likely to cry over a friend’s bad news because of fatigue.
So… I’m 36 (does that mean I’m “older”) and pregnant… so that means I cry at least once a day!!
Monday, August 24th, 2009
Remember when our parents used to go out and leave us with a sitter… and the only way to get a hold of them was to call the restaurant they went to… and then hope they took our call… well now… of course everyone has a cell phone and they’re easy to get in touch with… but wouldn’t it be nice to unplug and have a real date with your spouse…
Dinner unplugged (use unplugged as your bonus code) is gaining popularity in American restaurants from coast to coast.
A number of restaurants are outlawing cell phones during dinner on the premise that the very thing that keeps us in constant connection is keeping us disconnected from what is really important.
Dining rooms from Tazza in New York to Cole Valley Cafe in San Francisco have a no cell phone policy, and many others ask diners to use proper cell phone etiquette.
In 2006, a New York City councilman even proposed a ban on cell phones in white-linen restaurants.
That’s a GREAT idea! We should at least try to adapt that! We should also ban cell phones from grocery stores – just the other day a woman ran into my cart because she was walking and texting and not watching where she was walking!!
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
If you are thinking about getting into the Alberta film industry, now just might be the perfect time. Alberta is making an effort to attract Hollywood’s hottest stars by making out province a financially attractive place to film! Alberta has jacked up film tax rebates from $3 Million to $5 Million.
There are a bunch of western movies slated for production, involving some big names that Alberta would love to host. A remake of the Lone Ranger, starring George Clooney and Johnny Depp (use Johnny as your bonus code) is in the works. And… John Travolta may team up with Tom Cruise for their version of The Sundance Kid!
If I see Johnny Depp in Alberta – I may melt!!! Mmmmm Johnny!
Monday, August 17th, 2009
Eating alot of fast food doesn’t just make your waistline thicker.
It can make you less intelligent!
Researchers at Oxford University put rats (use rats as your bonus code) on a high-fat diet. In less than ten days of eating the equivalent of nachos and fries and burgers the rats were less mentally alert and their short term-memory had been damaged.
Experts call this “the high fat hangover”
Scientists hope this convinces humans to cut out fatty, fast food.
Can someone tell me why we’re always compared to rats? Just talking about fast food makes me want to go out and get some fries! Mmmmm!
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
American researchers say women who take a darker view of life are more likely to develop heart trouble than those with a cheerful, trusting outlook.
The finding comes from the Women’s Health Initiative, which tracked more than 97-thousand post-menopausal American women for more than eight years.
The women within the highest 25 per cent of optimism scores had a nine per cent lower chance of developing heart disease and a 14 per cent lower chance of dying of any cause.
Women with the highest degree of cynical hostility were 16 per cent more likely to die than those with the most trust in their fellow humans.
But the study’s lead author Doctor Hilary Tindle notes optimistic (use optimistic as your bonus code) women were less likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes, adding they also tended to smoke less and exercise more. (The Canadian Press)
Monday, August 10th, 2009
This past weekend we went up to Edmonton to celebrate my husbands Grandparents 65th Wedding Anniversary. What an accomplishment! They’ve lived a life full of challenges and a life full of success and love. They lived on the farm in Mundare Alberta (Go here for Mundare), and now reside in Edmonton.
So I had to ask Grandma Annie, “What’s the key to 65 years of marriage”?
She replied, “Oh I don’t know” she said meekishly.
Okay I’ll ask Grandpa Joe. “So Grandpa Joe, what the key to 65 years of marriage”? He grinned and replied, “Make sure you know who the boss is”. (Use boss as your bonus code).
So who do you think is the boss? If you don’t know… you better find out soon!
Happy Anniversary Grandma Anne and Grandpa Joe Cherniawski. Here’s to many more years!
Friday, August 7th, 2009
I had the chance to see The Lion King Thursday night with my good friend Jo Jo. We loved it. Of course we did. The night started off with dinner for us Mommies. Great conversation and good food. Then off to see Disney’s The Lion King at the Jubilee.
The costumes were AMAZING! How they got an elephant on stage I’ll never know!! The opening number was UNBELIEVABLE!! Even though it was 3 hours, it didn’t seem that long.
And sitting for 3 hours at 7 months pregnant is NOT easy. At this stage, the baby in my belly can hear everything… and this baby was dancing (use dancing as your bonus code) in my belly. All night long the baby was making its presence known. I also enjoyed the company of the two gentlemen sitting beside me. If you were at the show, you couldn’t miss them. One man was 7’1 and the other 6’8. Yes I asked them how tall they were. I’m sure they get THAT all the time. Now I’m not sure if the one beside me, Mr. 6’8, had allergies, or if he was crying when Mufasa died. I love that he let his emotions go.
The show was emotional. It was exciting, it was colourful, it was fabulous. For tickets and information visit www.broadwayacrosscanada.ca.
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
On Thursday August 6th, I will be celebrating the life for my brother James Rowsell who passed away two years ago. He was 36 years old, father of 3. August 6th is his birthday. Instead of remembering the day he passed, I choose to remember his life.
Here’s an opportunity to help out the Canadian Mental Health Association in honor of my big brother James.
What: 5th Annual Fish & Chips Golf Tournament and Fly-Fishing Derby
When: September 10th 2009
Details: The worlds of fishing & golf come together to help raise funds to support the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region and Horizon Housing Society. This unique experience promises a day of unforgettable outdoor adventure, whether you decide to golf or fish! All are welcome to participate, regardless of skill level.
After a day well-spent, you’ll arrive back at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club just in time for a gourmet dinner and a chance to win a great raffle prize or bid on fabulous auction items.
For further details about the event or to sign up Click here!
I miss you Jamie! (use Jamie as your bonus code)
Your little sister Christina