Saturday, May 12, 2007
Why is it that when wearing an all white outfit - liquid seems to fall from the sky? First a kid spilled his bright red juice on the table and luckily I managed to jump out of the way right before it would have poured all over my linen skirt... then my daughter grabbed my coffee cup and spilled coffee all over the same table. That time I couldn't get out of the way, and ended up having to wash said skirt in my cousins kitchen sink, with her husband ever so helpfully offering to help ;-) I want to wish all Mothers a happy and relaxing day tomorrow. And note to self.. don't wear white.
Friday, May 11, 2007
I am sick and tired of hearing 'people' spout about how it's "OK that Polar Bears become extinct because hey we'll be extinct one day too". It's natural. Or how it's alright for Eskimo tribes in Northern Alaska to hunt and kill one type of whale "for food" - when these guys walk around in designer sunglasses and the latest Rei gear. And there are only 8000 of the type of whale left in the whole of the Arctic Ocean. I will never apologise for my belief that it is not OK for us - humans - to cause extinction. I wish there was a happy medium in getting the word out. On one hand there's the Liberal BStters and crazed animal rights groups, that make everybody want to turn a blind eye just to escape their crap. On the other side you have the people like my husband, Conservatives who believe in hunting and the right to bare arms, and believe global warming is a normal part of the "story" of this planet. And of course neither side agree on anything, so where does that leave the animals? For the most part on the decline, and there's not a damn thing anyone can do, because they're all too busy arguing about politics. Rant over.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
One thing I miss terribly about Scotland, is being close to my 3 brothers. I don't have a get-out-guy anymore. I don't have anyone I can call at anytime and say "pick me up - I need to just sit a while". I miss having someone who'll drive me to look out point, without there being any strings attached. That's the thing about moving yourself 3000 miles from home - you have to get used to the fact that you are on your own. I've always felt like a caged animal in the sense that sometimes I want to be set free, even just for an hour or so. And that's what I miss about having my brothers and friends around me - I have no where to run to.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Have you ever looked up at the sky and imagined what's beyond it? Sometimes I stare above and think wow - we're on a planet, on the face of this round globe and beyond is vast and endless. I look at the moon and am awestruck by the fact it's there, always there, shining on. The stars are like magical fairies flickering away. And they are trillions of miles away. I also think what's beneath me, not the hardwood floors or the grass. Below that. The earth. The core. I often ponder on the size of the oceans. I think what it would be like if you scooped all the water out and how big the Atlantic really is. There are millions upon millions of people who go about their everyday lives, and they never in their whole life stop to think of anything other than the daily grind. They don't see the bigger picture. And I feel sorry for them. Because as much as the thought of these things scare me, they also enthrall me with their possibilities and mysteries.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
I read today that a new company has released a test to determine the sex of a baby just 6 weeks into the pregnancy. There's been another company doing this test for years, so I don't know why this is headline, but hey.. I also read the many objections to this, based on a worry that people will abort based on the baby being a boy or a girl. While I understand that concern, I think it's fantastic that this kind of science is available to regular Joes in the comfort of their own home. We'll be having another one soon, and I am all for dropping $250 to find out! For me finding out the sex was the highlight of my pregnancies. I am terrible at waiting for anything and love to get excited about names, new baby clothes and playing out how that baby will interact with our existing children. Today I wish all the luck in the world to Byron and Lincoln Ryman born eleven weeks premature. Although they were born within a minute of each other, firstborn Byron weighed 3lb 6oz and Lincoln weighed only 1lb 2oz. Yesterday the pair, who are now just over five weeks old, were doing well, thanks to the wonderful staff at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney. The Daily Mail in the UK has the story and the truly amazing pics. I also want to send my prayers for the safe return of little Madeleine McCann, a British girl aged 3 who is feared kidnapped from a holiday complex in Portugal. If you've read the story you'll know that the parents left her and her younger twin siblings alone in their bedroom while they ate at the restaurant on the complex. While I think the parents were crazy for doing that, I don't wish losing a child on anyone.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
On this day in 1707 England, Wales & beautiful, magical Scotland were united to form Great Britain. Now I'm not saying it was the biggest mistake ever, but ;-) Also today in 1883 Buffalo Bill had his first Wild West Show! Yee haw... Did you know Dukes of Hazards General Lee is for sale on ebay? If you have a spare $3m then go for it - I love that car! UPDATE make that a spare $9,901,001.00 and with 3 hours to go, possibly a lot more!