What the Family Day long weekend means to my family.


The Family Day long weekend means rest and relaxation to me and my family. It means a one day break from the daily grind of work, school and programs, and it means time to get some stuff done around the house, like cleaning and organizing and sadly, an extra day of being annoyed at my kids. 🙂

On this long weekend we sorted, cleaned, ate, slept and played a lot of Cityville.

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I realized how exhausted I’ve been since I changed jobs – I’ve been sick with an infection for 5 weeks now – and my energy level is at an all time low. My waist is growing to an all-time high. In the past 5-6 weeks I have managed a few dubious achievements, heights not reached since my early 20’s, as I drank a lot of coffee, ate a lot of McDonald’s and through all those chemicals, caffeine, sugar and fat, still found myself without any energy.

I have visited that wonderful treadmill we bought a month ago just twice.  It misses me.  I know it does.

I played my first ball-hockey game in 5 weeks on the family day Monday and thank goodness for a 2 hour afternoon nap, because I was beat by the end of the warm-ups.  I somehow managed to step it up and had my best game in at least 10 years.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the 21st was my birthday and I think the extra day off from life helped me get some rest and spend non-programmed time with my kids and we all really enjoyed that.

I’m thinking there should be a family day every month, don’t you?


Art Gallery of Ontario at dusk. Toronto, Ontar...
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On the actual Family day Monday we took the kids to the Art Gallery of Ontario (we got married there 10 years ago) as there is now a kids area where the kids can draw, colour, dress up, read, play, paint, play table tennis and so much more.  The kids created art on Monday which was placed in the gallery under the kids section.  They thought it was fun, the parents thought it was cool. 

After a couple crowded hours there we headed into Toronto’s Chinatown for some dim sum.  It was, as usual, great and because it was so close to my birthday I got an order of the grilled octopus tenticles and shared some with Berry.  I was so proud of that stomach, to try something new.

Then home and more rest.

I miss you family day.


What did your family do?


Things overheard on a Monday Morning…

If you are a new reader you may not be familiar with the concept of this post.  Many moons ago I used to work for the government and during that time I had the pleasure of sitting near some wonderful and interesting civil servants. 

One year I had the “pleasure” of sitting near two good work friends who would spend about an hour and a half each Monday morning (from 7:30-9am) recapping their weekends and chatting about anything that popped into their minds. 

One time I heard something that sounded really odd and I wrote it down.  Over that year I must have posted 5 different Monday morning recaps under this title.

Below are snippets of actual conversations.  I did not make them up.

Read, laugh, scratch your head and enjoy. 

Things overheard on a Monday morning:

“Before Jesus came they used to sacrifice lambs, and humans to these G-ds, before Jesus came, whomever they are.  Then Jesus came and said you don’t have to do that anymore… that is why I have vegetarian blood. You can’t get iron from veg so I’m drinking protein shakes…”

“If you had to take a rocket to the moon, would you not check the gas?”

“We drink cows milk because “they” found something they wanted to sell, so they promoted it and forced everyone to drink it.”

Person A “Coffee: caffeine – clogs your system – is the problem – stimulates your heart too much. Dehydrates you. Diuretic. I’ll go to green tea.”

Person B “Green tea has 4 times the caffeine of coffee…”

Person A, “Well then I’ll go to a lemon drink!  Anything marketed is no good. I’ll show them!  I need more lemons in my diet anyways”

“Problem with blood pressure – is you have high cholesterol and the bad is higher than the good – chance of stroke is high. “They” want you to go on pills right away. “They” don’t want to take the time to help you, “They” get money for the pills and not for helping you.  If you’re overweight – stressed – blood pressure goes up – must be sick.  You’re money for “Them”.”

“Sodium – ratio of potassium to sodium is 3-1. If not 3-1 then high blood pressure. People are taking potassium in their diets to even out the ratio… Yeah!.”

Things overheard on a Monday…

For those of you who are seeing this post, and posts like this, for the first time, I need to explain…

In a prior work environment, and I have worked in a few places over my life, I encountered a couple men who began their work day at the exact same time as me – 7:30am.  So while I was gearing up for a busy week, they would chat about their weekends, and some current events.

It wasn’t until about a year into this work assignment when I actually decided to listen to their conversations and found that by only listening to bits and pieces, you only get part of what they are actually talking about. 

One morning I copied down their conversations and looked at it later that week.  What I saw made me laugh and I posted it… Instant hit.

So without these two gents, these posts would never have happened.

Thanks guys!

So please read on to what they talked about this Monday (my comments are in brackets)…

“I bought bran flakes. They good? Lost 5 pounds this week”.

“I went through the pantry and threw out 6 items this weekend. Not healthy. Wife bought ‘em and tucked ‘em away nicely, but I found ‘em and threw them away.”
(Wont she be thrilled, eh?)

“We are way behind on the nutrition list…”
(… and maybe on the evolutionary chain too)

“I’m starting to make meals that are interesting…”
(Because before today, everything he was was boring?!?)

“They are claiming that leeches are safe to swim… in Lake Ontario…”
(Safe for the leeches, or safe for us?)

“They don’t want them to appear a toxic dump.”
(I just write then, I don’t say them. Who are “they”? What do they not want to appear as a toxic dump? I suspect they were referring to Lake Ontario)

“I’m thinking of making vegetarian spaghetti.”
(Maybe that is what he is calling more interesting?!? Veggie spaghetti… WOW. What a novel concept.)

“It gets harder as you get older- nutrition – yeah, the brain gets slower…”
(Uh huh. Nuff said)

“I need to get me some of that stuff… The stuff that makes you healthy… You can never get enough of it.  Do you know where I can buy me some?”

(Oh yeah… That stuff…)

“I’m thinking I need to cycle into work more often.  Gives me lots of exercise and I need exercise… Do I smell?  Can you smell me from there?  Maybe so I don’t smell, I’ll just cycle in the winter”.

(Try a sleigh)

“So the boss man wants me to clean off my desk… Say’s it’s a fire hazard…  I told him to get me more filing space…  If he don’t I’m gonna teach him a lesson and file a grievance against him.  These kids need to be educated every now and then.

So that was this Monday’s conversation.  Please feel free to perform a search for others.

Things overheard on a Monday morning…

Actual snippets of conversations heard by me, on a Monday morning between 2 of my colleagues as they spend the first 2 hours of their day (before heading out to break) recapping their weekends.  nteresting to see what makes these guys tick.

Read on…

On people losing weight;
“Imagine being 600 pounds, eh? Now he’s like 160… He is a walking testimonial.”
“Yes, that is true. He’s a star traveller…”

About a woman each one met;
“What about that woman, she was, like 57?”
“She had cold hands. Maybe she’s hypo-glycaemic?”
“She’s nice. Actually, I thought she was pretty cute.”
“Oh, I liked her car.”

General… stuff;
“People that eat McDonald’s get parasites ALL the time…
(from no vegetables).”

“…Makes your brain get a little bigger…”

“It’s only one part of your blood. Microscopic cellular…”
(not a real description of blood)

“Can I get the hair taken off my back? My backside?
(UGH!!! Too much information!!!)

“I’m just telling you the story of engineering… of education… we’re not even near it… It’s money…”

“It’s all inter-connected… Some of it is inter-connected… It’s way out there…”

“Did you hear the one about Harper? Harper the defence guy? It’s all about energy fields and so on…”
(I think he meant Harper the Prime Minister of this country)

“Alien is not the name of a creature, it is the name for something foreign to your mind.”
(Believe it or not, this has to do with the assasination of JFK… Read on and you’ll see)

“JFK was killed because he wanted to stop the war. He could do that. He was going to tell the world that there was alien life. They didn’t want that to get out, so he was killed.”
(Errr…. Yeah… NOT)

“The Dali Lama’s are fighting all the Chinamen right now… Can’t freedom speak?!?”

Darfur. That’s a problem over there. They are killing each other over economics. Took them 8 years to get people over there. Could have been stopped. It’s disgusting.
(Over economics, eh? Wonder which one… Macro or micro?)

“I had a muffin. A muffin, the other day. A little one… Sugar rush to my head. Sugar is bad for you. Sugar and homogenized milk.”