Sunday, November 30, 2008

Charlotte Sits Up!

Charlotte has been sort of sitting up for a few weeks but mostly leaning forward on her hands when she does. On Friday, Nov. 28, she sat up, unsupported, for the first time! I was lucky enough to get her to do it again for a video:


This is very exciting for us as parents! It also means we can now start getting some really nice photographs of her! :D. Since Friday she's been doing even better, sitting up for a few minutes at a time before she tires and topples over... Mommy and Daddy are sure to be there to catch her when she does!

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Albert Maurice Griffiths - Dec. 4, 1943 - Nov. 28, 2006


Today, November 28, 2008, is two years to the day that my father, Albert Maurice Griffiths, passed from this life into the Heavenly Kingdom.

This year my first child was born, a beautiful little angel named Charlotte. I miss Dad every time I look at her. I know he would have loved her and cherished his newest little granddaughter and my heart hurts to think she will never meet him on this side.

So many times, in so many situations, I think of Dad and what he would have said or done had he been in my shoes.

Today, and every day, I remember with love and fondness my Dad and how much he shaped my life and the person I have become today.

I miss you Dad.

Love,
Natasha

God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around you
And whispered, "come to me"

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest
He broke our hearts
To prove to us
He only takes the best

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!

To all you Americans, we wish you a happy and relaxing holiday, filled with friends, family, stories, laughter, games, and as much turkey, potatos, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and cheesecake that you can swallow!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Faery Tale House


A really unique house we saw while walking with friends.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Charlotte's Six Months Old!


Getting to be a big girl!

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Charlotte's First Apple


Charlotte was watching me cook, so I gave her an apple to play with. It became a very bruised apple after a couple of minutes...

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gmail Themes

Gmail has added a great new feature to their web based email software... the ability to customize your interface with a theme. Everything from a minimalist gray to beautiful nature backgrounds to themes that change based on your location.

To set a Theme, click "Settings" at the top right of the page. When the settings page loads, click the Themes tab which should be on the far right of the available options. Then, click away, see what theme is best for you. The theme will automatically switch as you click on each one, so you can see the results and try out a bunch of them without taking a lot of time.

Enjoy!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Autumn Mallard


Quack.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

2 For 1 Airline Pricing!

Have you flown recently, and wished for more leg room, or wished the seat was a little wider? You can now have it, thanks to the new ruling that forces Canadian airlines to give a free extra seat to special customers. There's only one stipulation; you need to pack on an extra 200 pounds. That's right, if you need more than one seat due to your massive girth, you get a second at the very low price of being stared at and grumbled at all flight, especially by the person who is trapped in the window seat beside you. No bathroom breaks this flight, buddy!

You can read more about it in this CBC article:

The Supreme Court has upheld a regulatory ruling forcing Canadian airlines to offer a free extra seat to certain disabled and obese people.

In a decision released without comment Thursday, Canada's top court rejected an application by Air Canada and WestJet for permission to appeal a Canadian Transportation Agency ruling issued earlier this year.

The court's decision means airlines must offer a "one person, one fare" policy to disabled people who require room for an attendant during the flight or require extra room for a wheelchair, or for people who are clinically obese and take up more than one seat.

Okay, so if you're disabled that's one thing... I can fully understand that. Unfortunately, being fat is not a disability, at least not in my books. It's a choice, which is now being rewarded by removing the responsibility for those same choices.

Take a look at the article, then read the comments at the bottom. It would seem as though the Supreme Court of Canada is not on target with what the average Canadian thinks about this sort of thing.

The bright side is that you'll never have to "share" your seat with someone who can't fit into the seat without the armrest up!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Playing It Up For The Camera


A small diversion during a trip to IKEA to keep Charlotte entertained.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Car Go Boom

There's nothing like car trouble to throw your day off. On Wednesday, after having my Focus parked for a four day weekend, I started it up, and found it to be really choppy. I made it a block, after which it stalled, and one more block once I got it going again, but that was it. I coasted on to a side street (making a turn without the car on makes one truly appreciate power steering), and that is where it stayed. Natasha drove our other car down and we tried boosting it. That failed to work, and after researching later, discovered that really wasn't the problem as the electronics were working.

That evening, having no other choice, I called a towing company and had it taken to the nearest dealership.


My Focus being towed. iPhone photo.

As it turns out, there were a number of problems including the fuel pump and battery, which I had fixed along with a good maintenance package and a car wash. It's back on the road now, running smoothly and looking great. It's been a good car for over 200,000km; I wonder if I can make it to 400,000km.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Visit From Mom And Dad

My parents were in town last week, and we all had a great time. Here are just a couple of photos that were taken while on a walk. Don't look for me; I was at work!


Opa, Omsie, and Charlotte


Omsie with Charlotte. That's a cozy outfit!


Natasha with Charlotte. Charlotte is still not sure about the camera.

Mom and Dad have now moved on to the next leg of their journey, back to Arkansas to help with the last stages of my sister's new house.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day, the day that World War I ended in 1918, 90 years ago. We didn't have time to put anything special together for today's post, but we do remember those who have fought (and continue to fight) in the wars that have kept our countries free.

Support the troops.

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iPhone!

For my birthday last week, Natasha gave me a most excellent and surprising gift: an iPhone! Wireless devices have been advancing rapidly, and have now reached the place where you can access the web at almost the same level as when on a computer. Now I can check my email on the road, browse Facebook photos while waiting in line, or play a few chess moves while Natasha shops. I can even blog... this post brought to you on my iPhone!

Thanks for the very thoughtful gift, Natasha!

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Jurassic Park Author Dies

Michael Crichton, the author of many books including Jurassic Park, died on Tuesday at the age of 66. He was the author of many books, both fiction and non-fiction, the director of a number of films, as well being a medical doctor.

Our own library contains a number of his books including Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, and Airframe.

For a complete list of published works, and a bunch more information, see his Wikipedia page.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

US Elects The Obamessiah!

Answering to the call of "Change", the American people have elected Barack Obama as the next President of the United States. We congratulate President-Elect Obama and his supporters on a successful campaign, and wish them the best of luck in the coming four years. He'll need it.

Obama has been elevated to some kind of god status which I think will prove to be disastrous. Right now people think he can do no wrong, but when hard times come, and mistakes are made, that will change fast. The higher someone is elevated, the faster and further they can fall. When world peace doesn't show up in the next four years, and the ocean levels don't stop rising, the gold plating will start to chip off the idol, and disillusionment will start to set in.

The American people have spoken, and it's time to move on. The host of issues and concerns about Obama that have been shouted from the rooftops have had little or no effect, and I do not have the time or interest in rehashing any of them. I can only end with one of the best comments I have read regarding the election, posted by a fellow blogger:

"Come January 20th, I’ll be praying for whoever is in the Oval Office that I may live out my days peaceably." - TBH

Change is upon us. Let us hope it is for the better.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Happy Voting, Americans!

It's a day that only comes every four years, so make the best of it. Get out there and cast your ballot. This campaign has been going on for what seems like years (and almost has been), and the result will be most interesting.

If you have gone to vote and want to share your choice with us, please do (just no campaigning, we've had enough of that.) Best of luck to you all, and we'll have another post tomorrow morning regarding the outcome.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Don't Whine Online

The title of this post says it all. If you blog, or use social networking sites like Facebook, Bimbo Bebo, and others, please follow this very simple rule that will keep all your "friends" happy: Don't Whine Online.

Whining about personal issues, whining about the weather, whining about how your husband has to work lots of overtime hours to bring in the big bucks, and whining about how much you hate your job. Please, no more! Nowhere is the "if you can't say something nice" idea more important than online.

Life is tough. You're only allowed to whine if you're a baby. We're all adults, in a grown up world, and in a great country with lots of opportunities. There are resources at hand for every problem, and no excuses for not properly dealing with them. If there's really no solution, fine, deal with it as best you can, just don't whine.

Best of all, ask your friends for support. With as many friends as some people have online, surely some of them might be supportive and be able to help you get through whatever it is that's bothering you. Better to get help from some friends in person than to broadcast your woes online for all to read. You'll be happier, and so will all your friends.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Time Change, Fall Back

Along with the changing colors, falling leaves, and rain, autumn brings the "fall back" part of Daylight Savings Time. At 2:00am on Sunday morning, the time goes back one hour. This means an extra hour of sleep, or for those who prefer, one more hour to add to their evening.

How many hours are spent changing clocks in the following days and weeks? Here is a quick list of the clocks we'll have to change:
  • Two wrist watches
  • Two alarm clocks
  • Guest bedroom clock
  • Living room wall clock
  • Coffee machine
  • Microwave
  • Range
  • Toaster Oven
  • Two cell phones
  • Two vehicle radio clocks
That's a lot of switching that needs to be done twice a year.

And to all you working people, get ready for getting up in the dark, and driving home in the dark!

For more reading on Daylight Savings, see these two links:

Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving: Regional Rules

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