Friday, March 30, 2007
Then we went for lunch with them & I asked them, "have you ever visited Halifax when the weather is good?" They said, "when is the weather good?" I said, "in the Spring, Summer & Fall". It just came out! As Ron & I reflected on it more we realized that really only guaranteed nice weather is in August, September & October.
We came to look at housing in October, 1997. It was gorgeous. The days were sunny, it was warm & the leaves had those beautiful fall colours. When we moved in on November 1st it was gray & rainy. It rained hard for 5 days straight & our house, which is tall & thin, rocked in the wind. A few years ago in May it rained for 28 days straight. All our neighbours eventually just planted our gardens in the rain. Yep. We get lots of rain.
Today when I got home I asked her if she wanted to go for a drive through the rougher parts our our neighbourhood in the off chance that the bikes were ditched somewhere. We took a random turn down a side road and saw the bikes in someone's front yard. Instead of calling the police and making a big scene we just put them in our car and took them home. Some minor repairs will be needed. The whole thing was surreal and it felt very clandestine.
An IDEAL bike always finds it's way home. Everyone is happy!!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Well, what to say? I have shop to do every thursday and we are making CO2 cars. They are difficult, but look very very cool when they are done. This car is not exactly like the ones we make because ours have to be a bit thinner and look a lot cooler that that prototype. Anyway, The CO2 cars get to be made as soon as the piggy banks are finished. I finished mine just now, and have designed my car, but haven't gotten to cutting the stock yet. I would like to post a picture of my piggy bank but it is still at the school because the teacher wanted to take a picture of it. Her battery was dead, so I don't have it yet. My car design has been done though, and when I showed it to the teacher, she said "Oh My God", then sat down to look at it better. She said it would work, but she thought that the design was pretty different. I'm not sure if it will work, but it will look cool.
OUR BIKES WERE GONE and in their place were the too most crappy bikes we had ever seen. You can understand how much $500 bucks is to a kid and worse yet Dan was riding mom's bike and I got mine as my birthday present for last year(it costed$200 so I only got that). we went back inside called the police I was crying and Dan was saying it was OK because the police were going to get them back and I am saying we live in spryfield and the police don't take care of every thing so now I don't have a bike.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Mine was, "Ron was getting more and more disgusted... He had never seen so many snakes and rats.
Now the question is which one is more associated to fear? Dad said that the work anxious is closer to fear than disgusted is. But disgust and fear both do the same thing. They make you cringe. Anxiety doesn't make you cringe. It makes you run around the house punching holes in the wall. Now, I will agree that when the words are alone, then anxious is a better synonym. But in the sentances we wrote, which one was closer to fear?
I need your thoughts, please comment
Monday, March 26, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
1 ,2, 3 , 4 , 5 ,6 ,7 , 8 , 9 , 10 ,
A: 1 = arabic, 2 = chinese, 3 = french, 4 = german, 5 = italian, 6 = japanese, 7 = korean 8 = portuguese, 9 = Russian, 10 = spanish. note: please comennt give A to me.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Sam is going to be a good con man when he grows up. Before leaving to go to the library, he started accusing me of stealing his toonie. Of course, that was completely false. After getting mom Sam, opened his pocket and pulled the toonie out. Mom asked Sam why he did that, and he stuttered, "well, uhh.. I wanted to test him to see if he really had my toonie.. anndd..", he didn't get much further than that, because Mom sorted things out. But honestly, he is crazy about his loonies and toonies and $5 bills (occasionally). He is cute that way as well.
Life continues on in the world of the Abarba-house.
I don't have this condition.
conjunctivitis: conjun (my short term) conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, or the white of the eye.
I thought that I had this because my eyes hurt. Mom said I didn't have it. She said my eyes hurt because I was rubbing them.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I sat down and ate the eggs (I was full by then)
Monday, March 19, 2007
She is doing better now - well enough to send an e-mail detailing what happened.
An hour after her e-mail we got an e-mail from Ron's brother Gil saying, "Joyce, if something bad happens can I have the stuff you left at Mom's house?" I almost fell of my chair laughing when I read it. This is very typical extended Abarba family humour ...
and thats it
Friday, March 16, 2007
We also had company over for dinner on Wednesday & Thursday night - lots of fun eating good food & playing UNO and battleship. Our guests told us about two UTube things we needed to watch ... "SpongeBack Mountain" & "BrokeBack to the Future". The creators of that film really created a monster of bad jokes for themselves!
Ron got a new computer & has been trying to get it up and running all day. It looks cool but it isn't acting all that cool so far.
I've been looking on the internet for a comfortable pair of shoes to wear to the grocery store and library. I have very comfy in the house shoes (New Balance 767 - the best shoes ever). But they are very white & I am afraid that I look like Jerry Seinfeld in them. Two of my sporty-marathon running friends told me to get over myself & just wear my white shoes. I keep telling my shoe man that New Balance needs to come up with shoes in dark colours for women like me.
I've been chatting with my friend Eva who is courageously struggling with cancer. Though this cancer will lead to her death she still delights in the little things in life. Whenever we talk she wants to know what the kids are up to, what I'm having for supper & exactly what spices & ingredients I am going to put in. She has opened my eyes to how important good palliative care is - & hers isn't always very good. She remains gracious but feels angry for those who do not have advocates/doctor friends like she does. I call to bless her but she always ends up blessing me much much more.
Tonight we watched the Phantom of the Opera - the movie version from 2004. I thought it would be boring but it was very very good. The casting for the Viscount was a little weak & I felt that Christine was unnecessarily sexualized. But I've never forgot a communications prof I had in university who always talked about "gratuitous violence & sex" - basically sex & violence sell.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Then we went to another trail that was even more icy. Sam took hold of my hand & Katelyn's hand & said excitedly, "ooh ... skating mode". I said, "ooh ... break my hip mode". I actually got down on the ground & slid on my bum ... I had visions of doing the splits which isn't really a gymnastic thing at my age.
In the afternoon we went for another hike ... better trail ... not icy, just muddy. Matt started complaining, "I am sick & tired of this trail. We come here every day. The peanut butter from lunch is stuck in my throat. Mom, have you ever had me tested for allergies? I like peanuts but I think I am allergic to peanut butter." I just KNOW this is going to come up the next time he sees a doctor. They will take him very seriously. He won't mention to THEM that he can eat peanuts but not peanut butter!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
One need that several places had was for good lap tops. I would love to send 3 to 5 down the next time I or someone I know goes. If you know of someone who would not mind parting with theirs, let me know.
Anyhow - the pics:
Greg, in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall outside the War Museum in London.
Dann at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford.
A Marabou Stork - Prolific like our pigeons only BIGGER and UGLIER.
Dorcas was flown to Halifax in November for Heart Surgery. She is 17 and had a hole in her heart that went undetected. The surgeons did the surgery for free and our church flew her up. She is back in Uganda now, but has been hospitalized twice with fluid around her heart. Every doctor I have asked said the prognosis is not good but they cannot do the necessary tests in Uganda.
A market by the side of the road. Just about everything is run down and dirty but it is still a wonderful place.
This is a typical kitchen in Uganda. The pots are sitting on a coal stove. The yellow canister is well water. No one drinks water from the tap (if you have a tap).
A monkey with turquoise nuts. Sorry, but just calling it like it is.Dorcas' Dad, Dominic, runs an orphanage of 50 and school of 430. All the kids swarmed us when we got there and sang and danced. Nothing I say can capture this experience. I'll never forget it.
These are the orphans. Dominic is front center. This school has been 20 years of his life.
Don't have a cow man. This is just a cow. Harmless ... but don't get them angry.
That's all for now. I may put more up later.
P.S. There is much more to be said about Uganda. Dad will hopefully blog as well
Thursday, March 08, 2007
While we waited for the pasta to chill I taught Sarah about factoring for prime numbers. She really has a knack for it. Katelyn is doing math that I don't understand - I take solace in at least being able to factor prime numbers.
Next week is March Break! No school for Katelyn! We are going to celebrate by getting our hair cut. I know, I know, it isn't a trip to Florida. Probably if the weather is decent we will go hiking too.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
In the middle of her speal I said, "could I interrupt you for a second?" She said yes. Then I asked, "do you have the newspaper in braille?" There was an uncomfortable pause & she said, "I'm sorry ma'am we don't." I said, "well then I'm not interested." We said our goodbyes. I got off the phone & laughed & laughed. Ron has used this line on telemarketers before but I've never had the nerve.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Katelyn has the day off school tomorrow. She might have a friend over to work on a Chemistry lab. She went to a film night at her house last week with her band/choir friends - they were going to watch the Phantom of the Opera but got sidetracked & watched a cartoon called "the last unicorn" instead.
And Corey Bowles is teaching the kids at Katelyn's school how to dance. When I told Ron he said, "who?" Corey Bowles played a minor role on the Trailer Park Boys a la Corey & Trevor. But he is really a professional dancer - a celebrity in Halifax. Katelyn said he was very nice, very funny & a fantastic dancer. She said she is a terrible dancer.
Today I found the proper motivation - no more computer time until he took a bath or shower. He himmed & hawed & called me a tartar. He said, "Mom, if I'm dirty I can just change my clothes". I gave him THE LOOK & then he added, "and wash my face". Finally he said, "OK but I don't want to get my feet wet." I said that would be fine - choosing not to point out the failure of this bit of logic ... I wondered if he was going to shower with his socks on & figure that would keep his feet dry.
So Sam is clean, clean, clean. Hurrah.