Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This was a decision I have been thinking about for months. It took me so long to decide what to do. I tried forcing other people to make the decision for me, but that never worked. LOL. I prayed lots about it. Leaving this job and working at the farm got more and more appealing the more I thought about it. So yes, I will be working at the farm, part time. My hours will be mostly 8-2, Monday to Friday. I might have to work some weekends. But those hours alone give me almost 4 more hours a day at home! I am so excited to have more time for everything! The work is not as exciting as my current job though, but I don't really care. I have already thought up my daily schedule!:
7:55 am - Roll out of bed and drive to work
8am-2pm - Work
2pm-6:20pm - Go on Facebook and maybe blog
6:20-6:30pm - Quickly make Kraft Dinner before Eric gets home.
7pm - bedtime - More Facebook and possible some TV.
LOL! Just kidding. But that is what I told Eric I would do! hehehe. Anyways, for real, this is how I want to use that extra time:
7:30 - Get up and go to work
8-2 - Work
2-3- Do some sort of physical activity
3-4 -Clean anything that needs to be cleaned in the house. Possibly do Flylady tasks
4-6:30 - Do hobbies, maybe more cleaning, make supper.
And then I will have the evening to do whatever, and not have to worry about squeezing in exercise or cleaning in the evening! I really hope to stick to this plan, but we will see.
Sorry my exciting news wasn't what some of you thought it would be. That would be nice...
Monday, December 29, 2008
Dear Lisa, Eileen and staff:
I am writing this letter to inform you of my decision to resign from my position as RAHT at Gimli Veterinary Services, effective two weeks from this date.
This was not an easy decision on my part. I have enjoyed my two and a half years working with everyone, and I loved taking care of all the animals. I will definitely miss everything !
I would like to thank you for taking a chance on me, a brand new AHT with not much experience or confidence. I have learned so much from everyone and have sharpened my skills as well as gained new ones. I have appreciated all the freedom and flexibility you have given me. It was awesome of you to give me 3 months off! I would also like to thank everyone for their patience with me as I was learning; you were always encouraging and forgiving when I made mistakes.
I have decided to take a job that is closer to home and that has fewer hours. This will give me more time for my family, my animals, my hobbies and myself.
I wish everyone all the best in the future. I will continue bringing my animals to Gimli Veterinary Services as I have full confidence in all the staff and hope to keep up our friendships.
Registered Animal Health Technologist
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
The questions that were running through my mind: Why do we cut down a pine tree, put it in our living room and decorate it to celebrate Jesus' birthday? When did this start? Do most people just put up a tree because it is the "Christmas" thing to do? ( I certainly do. I have no idea why we put up a tree! We just do it!) Here is what Wikipedia had to say, in Lindsey:
-The tradition of the "Christmas Tree" originated in Germany, possibly as early as the 16th century. There are many differenent ideas and stories about how it started:
- Saint Boniface (no, not St. Boniface the quirky french neighboorhood of Wpg but Saint Boniface the patron saint of Germany) disrupted a pagan child sacrifice under an oak tree by flattening the tree with his fist. Then a fir tree sprouted up, and St. Boniface told the pagans the tree represented Christ. ( How random is that?)
- Martin Luther was walking home one night, and thought the sparking of the stars through the branches of a pine tree was delightful, so he decided to take a tree home and decorate it with candles and silver and gold tinsel. (Fire alert?!?! Any why did he have tinsel just sitting around his house?)
- Some guilds in the 1500's would erect fir trees in their guild halls at Christmas time and decorate it with all sorts of goodies for the guild-members children to collect on Christmas day.
- The Christmas tree was a tough sell to 17th century Christians. One priest said it was distracting from the Word of God.
- In the 18th century, it was gaining popularity in most larger towns in Germany and it was considered to be a Prodestant tradition. The Roman Catholic Church eventually "adopted" the Christmas tree because they could not prevent its use. (LOL)
-There are several people that think they brought the Christmas tree to North America. They are all dead now so I guess they thought they were the first. Anyways, the first Christmas tree was erected in the US somewhere between 1777 and 1821 apparently.
-Traditionally, the Christmas tree was erected on December 24th and taken down by January 7th. It was considered bad luck to have it up any longer than that (Oops).
-Some churches use their Christmas tree, stripped and bare, as a Cross on Easter!
-in the 60's, Aluminum christmas trees were very popular!
If you want to read the whole story, click here.
This still leaves me with unanswered questions. I feel like the article I found was avoiding my questions by talking about other things! LOL. Don't get me wrong, I don't think there is anything bad about a tree. I just think it is a bit weird that we all do it and don't really know why other than it looks pretty and "Christmasy". (Well maybe some of you do know why, but I still don't)
According to this site, people began decorating trees with apples to represent the Paradise tree they saw in paintings in the 15th century, on December 24 to celebrate the feast day of Adam and Eve (WHA?!?!). Somehow it evolved into a Christmas tree and became popular with the royals : For Victorians, a good Christmas tree had to be six branches tall and be placed on a table covered with a white damask tablecloth. It was decorated with garlands, candies and paper flowers.
This is an excellent article. It talk about a bunch of different Christmas traditions and why we do them. However it kind of glosses over how the christmas tree started. Probably because the author's brain became scrambled eggs when he started researching it, just like mine!
Honestly, I am done. I have read a bunch of articles online, parts of my questions have been answered, but what I really want to know is: What is the purpose of putting up a Christmas tree? What does it symbolize?
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
The next day we didn't have much planned. I tried to sleep in as late as I could! We sat in Starbucks for a while, waiting for 12 when the stores opened. We went to a shoe store, then to the mall, then to Gordmans. Gordmans was lots of fun! These pictures explain everything!
We were trying to kill time! After that we went to Target, Wendy's and then home! Our total US experience was 48 hours and 25 minutes long! Actually it was the first time Chantal has ever been in the US!! I can't wait until the next girls trip!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
My shopping weekend was lots of fun. It was really great to catch up with Chantal, Sarah, and Sheri. We definatley got some heavy duty shopping done! I will post a full recap tomorrow along with pictures. There are some good ones. LOL
But that is all for tonight cause I should probably start packing this stuff up!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Even tonight I thought I would be home, but then I got invited somewhere and I had to do a bunch of other little things. I just feel so crazy all the time. I always have a million things lined up that I have to do. I JUST NEED A BREAK!
My friend and I are going on a shopping weekend to the US tomorrow. I am excited for hanging out with friends, but I am not sure what I am going to buy! I really have no clue. Maybe some bath and body works stuff. That's about it. I plan on sleeping in everyday this weekend! LOL
I have went to bed early the past two nights, and it felt really good to have that much sleep! I should really try it more often.
I am also stressed about making a life decision. Where should I work? Should I work part time (Eric thinks i should), but can we afford that? Is that being selfish to work Part time when I can work full time? I dunno. I could probaby take one whole day just thinking about stuff in my life.
Hmmm... this was a depressing post... sorry...
Monday, November 24, 2008
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Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Partylite has been going really great for me, but I have had alot of shows in Riverton and it will die out soon. I really need to have a few shows in Arborg, Gimli and area. I would also like a few more in the city, just to try and expand my customer base. I really enjoy doing it, but my house is in a constant state of disrepair. It is a disaster. I have so much Partylite stuff and no where to put it.
Actually I am stuggling with that in our house. We have no room to put anything. Eric keeps saying I should go through things and get rid of them. Well I have done that 3 times and there is still alot of stuff! We have no storage in our trailer, just in the spare room. I have no idea where we are going to keep stuff when we need the spare room. I would love to build an addition, but Eric thinks it is not worth it. Just for my sanity I think it is worth it.
I am finally puppyless!! It is so nice having trained dogs around. It is so quiet in our house now, though. Paris got bred by accident last week, and I am pretty sure she is preggo. ARGH! Unplanned. And also Maeve is in heat and will hopefully having puppies too. That one will be planned. But it kinda foils our plans to go somewhere hot in Jan/Feb.
That leads to my next issue: Where should we go? Because of some circumstances and life not working out the way we planned, we have decided to travel again in spring! The trouble is we need to decide where to go. There are alot of places I would love to go. Here are the options and the pros and cons of each place.
1. Back to Greece and to Turkey - We love Greece and it hurts my heart not to be there right now. I want to go back so bad. We also want to go to Turkey this time and travel around there. Something we haven't done yet. But we have already been to Greece twice. But we have never been to Turkey. We are just not sure if we should go back to something we love or try somethig new. The flights would be expensive but it would not cost much to travel around.
2. Germany - We would love to visit Dayna and travel around Germany a bit more. But we have already been there twice, but never when it was warm. Plus we could probably find a good deal on flights.
3.Brazil- We have always said this was the next place we wanted to go. I am sure is it beautiful there, and it is also cheap. The flights would probably be pricey though. And there is very large spiders there and I think I might die if I saw one.
4. Orlando, Florida - I have always wanted to go to Disneyworld my whole life. I would really like to go and enjoy it myself without kids. I don't think I am too old to go. Then again I wouldn't know. The only thing is it would be a little pricier than some other trips. We could go further away and for longer than we could if we went here, for the same price.
5. Hong Kong - Eric's uncle lives there, and he would really like to go visit him. I honestly used to have no desire to go to that part of the world, but I am sure it would be fun and that Cam would have tonnes of great ideas of what we could do. Plus the great wall of China would be amazing. We could also stop in BC for a few days and visit Eric's auntie there, which I would really like to do. I would rather drive there though...Flights there would be expensive and I am not sure how much everything else would be.
6. Somewhere tropical- This is probably the cheapest option, but the least exciting to me. I am not the type to lay on the beach all day. I would get bored. I would need to get out and do something. I don't really want to be stuck in a resort all day long. Eric really wants to do this though, and it quite dissapointed with the dog situation. This is what we planned to do from the start. But now that we can't go in jan or feb, that just leaves March and by then it is warming up. And before christmas is too soon.
What do you think? Where do you think we should go? Do you have any suggestions?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
To make you look at it:
#1 - I have learned so much already and I am just through the first book!
#2 - Totally interesting. It was only $6.50 and I HAD to buy it. I have learnt alot already. I read it everynight
#3 - This one is on the bottom. I have read the first 3 books and now I am stuck on this one. Not that there is anything wrong with it, I just got distracted. I really would love to finish it and move on now that I think about it, before Dwight ruins the whole series for me.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
On a brighter note, someone passed out at work yesterday. It was awesome. It was take your kid to work day, so she was the one that passed out. She was watching a neuter, a pretty clean and bloodless surgery. I have never seen anyone faint before. It was weird. She was kinda embarassed after so I tried to make her feel better about it. I hope it worked. Poor girl.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I don't usually rant on here, but this one has been brewing up for a while...
I am sick of a few things:
-people not taking care of their animals
-people treating animals like a toy that is fun for a while but when the responsiblities come they are out the door
-people buying puppies from puppy mills
-not getting your animals neutered
-disrespect of the veterinary profession
I am am sure there are more, I might add them later. Let me explain a bit
The first two kind of go together, well actually alot of them go together. I can't even think of where to start, but I will try at the first on my list. People not taking care of their animals. Why get an animal if you are not willing to spend the money to take care of it. If you think the animals is worthless, you probably shouldn't get one. This especially gets me when people get outdoor animals and they have kids and they don't get their animal vaccinated for Rabies. Not all Rabies is the crazy one where they are foaming at the mouth, sometimes they just seem depressed and want to be left alone. The animal could bite your child and they might not mention it too you and before it is too late... .there is no cure for Rabies once you have it. It scares me how many dogs and cats are running around unvaccinated playing with kids. You might say "what are the odds of that happening" Well I don't know the odds, but I know it can happen. Are you willing to take that chance?? I'm not.
It really aggravates me when people get animals on a whim, and then the animal has a minor problem, and instead of fixing it, they just get rid of the animal. I just wish people would understand that when you get an animal, chances are it is going to get sick sometime in it's lifetime and you should be prepared for that. If you are not willing to deal with a sick animal don't get one. I am not saying everyone has to do chemo for their animals or anything like that. I am talking about the little stuff. If your animal has mites, worms, fleas or any other parasite, just bring it in and get it checked out and get it fixed. Expect that kind of stuff before you get an animal.
Puppy mills also make my blood boil. The people pack tonnes of dogs into a kennel or a barn or the like and just pump out puppies for the profit, not caring about the health and genetics of the puppies they produce! AND PEOPLE BUY THEM. LIKE CRAZY. I know many people have turned away from buying a puppy from me cause they have to sign a contract saying that they will provide the proper care for the animal and give it back to me if they cannot keep it anymore. I just don't want my pups ending up in shelters!! I don't want to add to the problem! So many times I have heard people say, but I couldn't leave the puppy there in those horrible conditions. WELL, thanks for adding to the issue. Because you took that puppy out of there, many more will be produced to replace it. You are just feeding the buisiness and encouraging it to keep on going. Making more animals suffer.
This leads into my dislike of petstores that sell puppies. They put the poor things in small glass cages all day. That have to stand on grates so when they poop and pee it will go through the bars instead of taking them to the washroom outside. Also they charge 10x what the dog is worth. Most dogs are over $1000, and they are not purebreds with papers. They are "hybrids" which is just a fancy word for a dog without papers. For the price you would pay for a "hybrid" pup at a petstore, you could buy a dog from a good breeder and have a pedigree and know the dogs history and everything.
I hate when people get free animals. Of course, I have gotten free animals, and it is not the recieving a free animal that bothers me. It bothers me that because they got the animal for free, that it is worthless and they should not invest any money in taking care of it. Again, don't get an animal if you are not willing to take care of it.
I know alot of people have the "old school"mentality where nobody spent money on animals, and they often use that to justify why they will not spend money on their animal. Sorry guys, but that just won't fly for me. There is really no excuse to not take care of your animal.
If you do not want to breed your animal, get it neutered. Quit adding to the problem of overloaded shelters. Don't get an animal if you don' think it is worth the one time fee of $100-$200 to get it fixed. It is not like you have to pay that every year.
People around this area have often laughed at me when I tell them some of the things that we do at my job. They laugh cause they think it is rediculous that someone would spend that kind of money on an animal. So often I have heard "It is only 1 dollar for a bullet". EW. Again, they should be animalless.
Also, don't laugh at the people who spend thousands of dollars on their animals. Some people choose to spend thousands of dollars on luxury items on their vehicles, vacations etc. How is that any different. It is acceptable to spend $5000 on some fancy upgrades that are unnessesary for a vehicle, but it is not acceptable to spend that on an animal? It is the same thing!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
One of the main things that we as a leadership team came away with was, we have been focusing too much on trying to entertain the youth. We are trying to hard to impress them and trying to offer something more exciting and entertaining than the world has to offer. And that just doesn't work. We CANNOT offer more entertainment than the world has. That is impossible in the modern world. We learnt that we need to get our youth to do more service. Lately, we have always been giving them a reward for anything they do. But we realized that part of being a diciple of Christ is to serve. Our job is to teach and train and support our youth and help them to become diciples. So part of that is getting them to serve. We have a few things planned already. I think we were teaching the youth to have the mind set "What can God do for me" instead of "What can I do for God." We want them to learn the latter.'
The weekend also helped us realize that we need to balance our minitry a little better. Not to just focus on service or teaching or entertainment, etc. but to have a balance of all of those things.
I am really excited about what changes we are going to make with the youth. I really hope we can impact their lives. Another thing we learned is that we cannot make them grow in their walk with Jesus, only God can. God can use us, but we should not thing that it is us that will grow them. The passage he used was Mark 4:26-29 : "And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. 28 “The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. 29 “But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” "
I also got alot of great fundraising ideas and games ideas and stuff! It was a refreshing weekend. And the food was AMAZING! I will leave off with a bunch of pictures from out trip to the Seven Sisters Hydro Dam! Our car was a tight fit, so Chantal thought it would be more comfy in the hatch!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Today I wasted my time driving to Selkirk for a Dr. appointment, only to find out my test results were not in. I had called my doctor in Gimli to check if they were in and they said yes, but apparently they were wrong! ARGH! Now I have to go back next week. On the other hand I LOVe my new doctor. She is so kind, explains things well and reminds me of a Grandma. Like a younger Grandma. At least I got KFC and did some shopping at Wal Mart.
Right now I am burning like 11 non partylite candles! WHY? Because I wanted to test out some brands so I could compare them to Partylite. I will share my results of the research when I am all done. I know Partylite does their own testing of other brands, but I wanted to do ones that people have mentioned to me. So far I have some interesting results!