• Late Night Trip to the ER*

    Oh, lovelies. I am so tired.

    I wish I could say that it was because I was out doing something totally awesome today, but in reality it’s just because this pregnancy is kicking my butt today, and we ended up having a really late night last night…

    …in the emergency room.

    Let me just say: I’m fine. Actually, the trip wasn’t even for me or the wee-bean. We had dinner at our neighbours last night, and after dinner I went downstairs to watch a movie with the girls, and the Hubster went upstairs to play NHL with the boys. At 9pm or so he came down to get ready to go and somehow went over on his ankle on the stairs. To make a long story short, after icing it for a few minutes we realized that something was definitely wrong and decided just to go get it checked out. Thankfully our neighbours are amazing and one came along with me to help the Hubs hobble around and then pushed him in his wheelchair through his x-rays and tests.

    So, by midnight last night we learned that he (luckily) hadn’t broken his foot, but he had severely sprained it and likely torn some ligaments. He was given crutches last night, and then today we went out to have him fitted for an air cast.

    Now then, you know I am always up for some shoe shopping, but shopping for casts is not as exciting… especially when I knew that my Hubs was in pain. We took it pretty easy today, but I’m just… exhausted. I’m just feeling very… pregnant tonight, and my heartburn is killing me.

    So, I know this isn’t much of a post… but it’s about all I have in me tonight. I’m off to help my Hubs hobble into bed–it looks like he’ll be in the cast for a week or two at the very least.

    What a pair we make–I’m 9 months pregnant and he’s in a walking cast.

    Thank goodness I’m still on holidays. :)

  • Six Minutes*

    (Courtesy of: http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000v7DvxCCuim0/s/860/688/MG-3989-doomsday-clock-Edit.jpg)

    Six minutes.

    It’s not a long time. A brief phone conversation, a hurried meal, a walk across a parking lot.

    If someone told me that I had only six minutes to complete a task, my first thought would probably be:

    “That’s not enough time.”

    I waste six minutes every day. Probably each hour.

    It’s not a long time, but six minutes can change the world.

    In six minutes, the world did change for everyone living in Kesennuma City in Japan. In six minutes, a city was destroyed. In six minutes lives were changed forever.


    I wish I had the words to appropriately convey what I felt as I watched that video. I sat with my jaw hanging open, unable to grasp what I was seeing.

    Six minutes, and a world changed forever.


  • Be Prepared*

    Today I actually lived my old Girl Guide motto: Always be prepared.

    As I am an avid CBC.ca reader, the constant news about the economic situation of the U.S. has been on my mind quite a bit of late. And just for the record– if you are not yet a person who reads the news at least on a weekly (preferably daily) basis, I urge you to reconsider. I know it can sometimes be depressing or time-consuming, but I’ve learned that it’s really important to stay informed about what is going on in the world. So find a media outlet you enjoy (internet, newspaper, TV, radio, etc) and make an effort to stay informed. I hiiiiiiighly recommend it. Reading the news has become one of the highlights of my day.

    Anyway. So I’ve been reading a little into the U.S. and their economics. I am no scholar on the subject, but even without knowing all the minute details, it’s easy to see that things are changing. For example, look at the way that gas prices have risen–most especially in the past few weeks. In some places gas has risen to $1.30 a litre and is expected to continue to rise. When the Hubster and I got married, we were paying 0.79 a litre and thought that THAT was expensive. Also, the price of flour has risen immensely. While a 5kg package of flour was only $1.99, they have now risen to $5, and again, are expected to rise. There are talks about even rationing out rice, which you used to be able to buy in massive amounts for next to nothing. It’s really kind of scary.

    I don’t necessarily believe that we will fall into any sort of drastic recession like that of the 1930s, but I do really believe that it’s important to be prepared. So, tonight Too Kool took the Hubster and I shopping and we decided to build up our food storage.

    We have always tried to keep bottled water in our home (especially as our water is ALWAYS turned off… haha) but other than that, as we live in an apartment and have limited space, we tend to shop week to week and haven’t kept much here. Well, over the past weeks and months we’ve tried to increase our food storage so that should we ever need it, we’d be ok. For example, we watched the sales at Canadian Tire until we found a cute little pantry shelving unit on sale and picked it up so that we’d have some extra shelving space. I’ve also learned to be creative and have found new places to store things so that they aren’t completely out in the open.

    Tonight we didn’t buy a lot, but we bought some things to get started. We bought 2 cases of water (to add to what we already have stored), 2 bags of flour, a big bag of rice, 18 cans of Habitant soup (the kind that you don’t need to add water to), and about 48 cans of stew. It doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but they are all things that we can use in an emergency. We plan to continue to build it so that we can be self sufficient!

    I also want to complete two 72-hour emergency kits for us as one of my summer projects. Our church leaders have been counseling us for years to have them, and after watching the thousands of people who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina, and even now with all the flooding in Northern Ontario and New Brunswick, I realize how important it is to have something that you can grab in an emergency should you need to leave your home with little to no preparation time. If you’re interested in this stuff I’ll blog about what I am including in them as I build them!

    So, that was my project for tonight. It was actually the Hubster who was smart enough to start buying extra things tonight and I’m really grateful that he did. Being a student, it’s really easy to live inside a safe little university bubble and forget that the real world is out there. But I believe that it’s really really important to be prepared. Scout’s honor. :)

    Shop Girl*

  • Survey Results*

    So, after having my survey up for a week, an amazing FIFTY-SIX people completed my survey!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!! I really appreciate your feedback!! I’m going to leave it up for a few more days, so if you haven’t submitted your answers yet, please do!

    I wanted to share the results with you, so I’m a loser and made graphs to display them. :) My first question was:

    1) Are you a regular reader of my blog?
    I loved the “other” responses through the whole survey… it allowed me to really see what people were thinking. It’s funny… even though I deliberately wanted the survey to be anonymous, I can definitely tell which answers were from some of my good (and funny) friends. haha! For this question, they were:

    *I hate it.
    *You have a blog?
    *I just found out about it
    *Well, I read it once in a while which makes me not a regular reader (=no) so pick whichever response you like best…
    *I’ve only just begun!
    *new reader

    2) Do you enjoy my blog?

    3) Of the following options, which do you best like to read about?

    The “other” responses:
    *I can’t read.
    Too much about you, not enough about others. -François
    I don’t really read blogs
    I like it all!!!!!
    I haven’t read anything yet
    none of the above

    4) Do you think I should have “themed days” for my blog? (as well as regular blogging)
    5) If I DID start themed blog days, which of the following would you enjoy reading about?
    The “other” answers:
    *How amazing [François] is –I’ll have you introduce you to François… haha
    *I don’t really read blogs, so I don’t really know what I would like a blogger to blog about, I don’t really read that much on the internet

    *[G Unit]
    –he wrote it twice for extra emphasis. haha

    6) Lastly, if you are a “secret reader” of my blog, why don’t you leave comments?
    This last question generated a LOT of “other responses” and I’ll share a few with you! It opened my eyes to things I hadn’t considered…

    *Because leaving comments is for suckers.
    *I never knew you had a blog
    *and im just fn lazy!!
    *The fact that I’m able to squeeze 5 minutes out of each day to read your blog is about the only 5 minutes I have to spare. Not sure I can find another two to comment. But I will try!
    *I’m shy!!! I do enjoy your blogs, you have a fun sense of humour!!
    *I never read your blog, Im sorry Shop Girl :)
    *i have left a comment haven’t i and if i haven’t I apologize and will leave a comment when necessary
    *I am NOT a secret reader…I tell you that I read your blog! And I ask you regularly to blog!!
    *I’m not a secret reader, but I don’t always have anything to say, or I’m too lazy to sign in. but let me take this opportunity to say I love *love** reading it. And I appreciate and enjoy how wholesome the content is. (thumbs up for making the simple things sound so appealing). (heart, tulip)
    *i love you! it’s K!
    *i comment lover!
    *I am not a secret reader, Veggie Carrie x
    *I am not a secret reader, but you’re such a nice person that I feel bad for not reading your blog.

    This last question was probably the most interesting for me. Over the past several weeks I’ve had a number of people “come out of the closet” about being long-time secret readers of my blog (hence the question) and I also had a fun mystery game of trying to figure out the identity of one of my anonymous readers! It’s not that I’m begging for comments, rather I was curious to know why people were secretly reading. I was surprised to see that a lot of people preferred to remain anonymous (which is totally okay!!) but also that a lot of people chose “I didn’t know I could leave comments!!” as their answer.

    If you would like to leave a comment, here is how: at the end of each entry you’ll see something like this at the bottom

    Scribbled by Shop Girl* at 4:23pm 3 people love me
    Labels: Learning to comment

    The text that I have bolded in red is where you would click to leave a comment / read what other people have posted. [scroll down to the bottom of this post and you’ll see it] You can comment anonymously–and I’ll never know it’s you! If you do decide to comment (and want me to know that it’s you), I ask that you to leave only your first name OR make a nickname for yourself as I try to remove all personal details from my blog for privacy reasons. :)

    Other than that, this question gave me some insight into options I hadn’t considered, such as a lack of time, or simply not having anything to add. Thank you so much for responding– it was great to learn what my readers were/are thinking!!

    If you haven’t completed it yet, you can take it by clicking HERE.

    Again, thank you!

    Shop Girl*

  • Virginia Tech. Shooting*

    I’m very tired as I’ve had a long day of teaching and studying for my 2 exams tomorrow, but I wanted to take a moment to write about what happened at Virginia Tech. University this morning. The details of the event are still slowly being put together, but essentially a man first gunned down students in a dorm, then a few hours later killed upwards of 30 people in an engineering wing of the university before his own death (it is still unknown whether it was at his own hand or through police gunfire).

    My heart just goes out to the families of those students who were injured or killed today… I simply cannot imagine such a tragedy occurring, never mind what it would be like to experience it. As a university student myself, hearing reports like this really affects me… and really makes me appreciate my small campus in comparison to the 25000 students that attend Virginia Tech. I’m just flabbergasted trying to figure out what could push a person to that point–to want to cause as much destruction as possible before ending your own life. I just can’t wrap my head around it.

    If you’d like to follow the story you can here… details are slowly coming forth, I’m sure there will be more by morning. But to the families of those that were killed… you are in my heart and prayers tonight. I wish I could do more. xo

    Shop Girl*

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