My grandparents gave me my first job. Every other Saturday, I’d go over and clean their house, enjoy a lunch that typically consisted of boiled hot dogs with sliced bread, read through the Almonte Gazette and the EMC from that week, and occasionally have a nap with my grandfather – he on his blue couch, and me on mine.

I was paid $10 each time I went over to clean (woohoo!), but honestly, it wasn’t the money that I earned that had me going back every other weekend. I learned so much about life from these two people who loved me, our family and each other unconditionally.

My grandfather and I would talk about his time serving in World War II, and my grandmother would teach me how to make things with plastic canvas, bake (okay maybe she just let me supervise the dessert making and sample for health and safety reasons), and when I was paying attention, how to knit mittens and sew.

They were always patient with me, even on my crankiest of days, and always ALWAYS ensured the pickle supply never ran out (they also never ratted me out for sneaking pickles or olives or cheese or meat before a family dinner cause I was hungry and too impatient to wait).

One thing I loved, and is a tradition I’d like to continue with the little ones in my family as I outgrow being one of the little ones myself, was the sibling gift bag on birthdays. There wasn’t a single year that would go by as we were growing up, not a single birthday missed, that the two who weren’t celebrating a birthday didn’t have a sibling gift bag. They’d contain mostly school supplies and unmentionables, with the occasional toy – this is what happens with two birthdays at the start of the school year and one right before Christmas.

If I could be even half the awesome that these two were, I think I’d be mostly set for life.

It’s been fifteen years since you left us, but look how our family has grown! All of your grandbabies grew up into well adjusted adults (isn’t that a scary thought some days?), and our family has grown and grown. Now you’ve got two great grandbabies, and many great grandfurbabies. Not a day goes by that you are not missed, your love for each and every one of us not felt. Our family will continue to grow, and continue to cherish the memories with you. We will keep that place for you in our hearts, and continue to tell the world how wonderful you were.

Love you always and forever grammie. <3

someday, soon, i will get back to writing here.


working on getting my tumblr setup on a subdomain. waiting for tumblr support to get back to me on the whole missing custom domain option. i betcha i’ll be waiting a while. 🙁

Sleepless in Ottawa…

…yup, that’s pretty much me. I don’t sleep very much these days. My body seems to think it’s alright to wake up after four or five hours. Sometimes I’m cool with that, most times, however, I definitely disagree. I like my sleep.

Big Bike 2010

Did you know that every 7 minutes, a Canadian dies from heart disease or stroke?

I’m participating in the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike Ride on June 1st at work. The event is so successful at work, we’ve reserved our own event day, and have 9 bikes that will be there. 9 bikes of 29 riders each. That’s a lot of people biking for a great cause!

I’ve set a rather low personal fund raising goal for myself, even considering I just received my sign-up information today. I would love it if you could sponsor me. Every little bit helps.


It’s been too long.

Talk about neglection. Wow.

Remember that top seekrit job interview thingy that I was dealing with a few weeks ago? Well, it went really well. As did the follow up interview the next Monday. So well in fact, that I am now an employee of [redacted].  Pretty sweet deal. I’m currently ending my third week of training. I really can’t get into much details about my job right now, if at all ever. It is, yes, another ‘call centre job’, but this is different. It’s more than a job, it’s a career. A career that I’m looking forward to having for several years. Lots of potential, not only in my department, but in the company as a whole. Pretty awesome.

And that’s pretty much all I’ve got for now.

A Life of God-Worship

Matthew 6 – The Message

19-21 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

22-23 “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!

24 “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.

25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.