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Friday, November 26, 2010

beautiful words

24-Hour Precipitation Outlook

  • We don't expect any precipitation in the forecast
  • from Thursday Overnight to Friday Evening

(I mean, I love the snow and all, but come ON!
I'm actually out of room to pile the snow along my driveway...
I'll take a few days of cold and sunny, thank you!)

(Check back in a few days to see me eat my words.)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Note to self:

"Next time go ahead! Spend a little more money and buy waterproof winter boots so you don't have to wear bread bags on your feet in sopping wet boots for the drive home.
Because as much fun as this is...
you won't regret it."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bring it ON!

All the warnings and reminders and mental notes I've been making...I'm SO ready.

Yesterday, realizing it was my last chance, I got:
-the last of my leaves raked up
-my winter coats and boots out of the basement
-my snow brush from the porch into the car
-the garage all cleared out and ready to park in

I'm so ready for the snow and it was just in time. It seems incredible to me that just a few short hours we can go from a windy, cold, brow, ugly city to a bright, white beautiful one where the 'warmness' of snowfall makes you want to go for a late night winter walk.

I even put up the second string of christmas lights I had waiting (pre-snowfall), which, let me tell you was not as fun as I imagined it would be! It was SO cold I had to come in twice for warm up/tea breaks! There was also a kinda tippy ladder and a slight fear of falling and no one finding me until I had frozen to death. But, ahhhh, our house looks completed now. I'm glad I don't have any competition on our street, so that our house just looks simple and cheerful. If I did have competition, though, I'd so be doing this!

But I think I'll give it a few days before my indoor christmas decorations go up. I don't want to get sick of Christmas too fast and this year I think I'd like to focus on advent a bit more. Enjoy that sense of anticipation a bit.

Then I'll get some eggnog and put on the carols!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mz. Lady, you are nice.

Ha ha ha...yesterday at the woman's roller derby tournament (which was pretty awesome!), I got ID'd. I gotta say, I'm not really worried about getting older, but that made me pretty happy, happening the day after turning 30. So thank you to you nice security lady.

And now I'm going to make some late night pancakes and watch some late night tv. Oooh, it's like I'm pretending I'm single this week!
How exciting! *

*Sooooooo not really exciting, is it too obvious that I'm trying to boost my own enthusiasm?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Holy Happy Birthday Batman!

I just have to give a big shout out to my girl peeps for giving me, pretty much one of the best birthdays ever! Three more fun people were missing and we also didn't bring a camera (I guess it will just live on in our memories...) but even so it was a freakin' blast! A surprise night of driving from unknown (to me) place to unknown place eating my favourite foods with my favourite people, tied in with amazing race type games that only I had to play to get my next clue to what the night held in store. And if you knew the people making it happen... Corrie, Becky, Cynthia, Marja ... you understand just how much fun it was.

You guys are really quite the nicest friends I could get. Thanks so much.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Hmmmm....it looks weird to type that number and know it means a part of who I am now.


It feels strange not to be a twenty something anymore, I mean, I gotta say it's been a pretty good last ten years for me.


I thinnnnk I'm okay with it ... I guess I kinda have to be!

Let see how it sits for the day, my day won't be as exciting as Don's 30th birthday in Madrid with his birthday fish and all...

But maybe I'll get used to it...

Or maybe I'll just pretend this is my birthday on a hot spanish evening out on a patio for drinks...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Eleven Eleven Eleven

Today we got this quarter handed to us at the bank. Good reminder. So tonight I'm just planning out where to go to commemorate Remembrance Day tomorrow. It seems to me that this year especially, Remembrance Day is "no big deal". As I pulled out a ten dollar bill this afternoon to see a bit of "Flanders Fields", I saw the words "Lest We Forget" along the edge and thought, "But we are forgetting!"

Everything is open tomorrow, not that just closing down stores and gas stations is enough to remember, but it's significant. It lets people know - you can take one day a year to be thankful...and remember those people. Instead there are just reduced hours, so that (it seems) people can just sleep in and then head out to do some grocery or window shopping, or go to a movie. I also just found out this past weekend, that the city of Toronto (I'm not sure about the rest of Ontario) hardly 'remembers' at all. They have just 2 minutes of silence at 11am. They all still go to work, school, etc. like a normal day with a 2 minute break. That's pretty pathetic if you ask me.

I was beginning to lose hope that people would take time to be thankful for the way so many just signed up and fought for freedom. It felt to me that no one was interested. No one had plans to spend the day in remembrance to these people of the past. I was thinking maybe I was more 'concerned' this year because we were in Europe recently; seeing some of the towns that would have been occupied, destroyed and rebuilt; visiting places like the Anne Frank House, seeing video footage of the horrors that happened, remembering our last visit to Dachau. Really terrible things. But then I remembered last year. And I remembered how I felt it every year. That our country stood up against it. That men and some really young men took the brunt of it. And their mothers, sisters, wives, etc, etc. felt the loss of it so sharply. The veterans who came home to return to normal lives with scarred minds and souls.

So I looked up the services in our city this year, and there is a lot of choices. I felt a bit better, but I still feel like we're getting a so far away from remembering. So I've listed them here (below). Perhaps you have time for a service today? Or maybe you'd like to take your kids to the aviation museum for the new exhibition? Or maybe you'd watch a movie to help remember? Here are some ideas. (I'd recommend 1, 6, 7 or 12). Maybe you'd like to read a book about it. If you're in Toronto, maybe you'd like to check out Don's Remembrance day show - "A Night to Honour" at Little Trinity Church.

But at least I hope you do something to remember.

Aboriginal Veterans' Memorial Service

10:30 AM Friday Nov. 7
181 Higgins Ave. Winnipeg, MB

This event is hosted by the Aboriginal Community Campus, in the Aboriginal Centre Rotunda...

Brandon Remembrance Day Service

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Arena, Keystone Centre, 1-1175 18th Street, Brandon

All are welcome to attend the annual Remembrance Day Service hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3 in Brandon. The Salvation Army Band will play selections prior to the service. Please be seated by 10:20 a.m.

Winnipeg Remembrance Day Service

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Winnipeg Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg

All are welcome to attend the annual Winnipeg Remembrance Day Service, hosted by the Joint Veterans' Association of Manitoba.

Valour Road Remembrance Service

10:45 AM
Corner of Valour Rd. & Sargent Ave.

This event is hosted by 38 Canadian Brigade Group. All are welcome to attend.

Royal Winnipeg Rifles Remembrance Day Service

10:30-11:30 AM
Vimy Ridge Memorial Park, Portage Avenue at Home Street, Winnipeg

All are welcome to attend a Remembrance Day Service at the memorial to the 44th Battalion of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles in Vimy Ridge Memorial Park.

Remembrance Day Service at HMCS Chippawa

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
HMCS CHIPPAWA, 1 Navy Way, Winnipeg

The Commanding Officer and her crew of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship CHIPPAWA will pay tribute to the service and sacrifices made by men and women in uniform and in service to their country with a drumhead service on the drill deck in HMCS CHIPPAWA. All are welcome to attend. Please be seated by 10:15 a.m.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #215 (Henderson Hwy) Remembrance Day Service

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Albright Church, 3600 de Vries Avenue, Winnipeg

All are welcome to attend the Henderson Hwy Legion's annual Remembrance Day Service, followed by a reception in the legion hall, at 3400 de Vries (beside Albright Church). Guests are asked to take their seats by 10:15 for a 10:50 a.m. start.

Minto Armoury Service

10:25 AM
969 St. Matthews Avenue

The Remembrance Day service at Minto Armoury is hosted by 38 Canadian Battle Group and is open to anyone who'd like to attend.

Aviation Museum Exhibit

1 PM - 5 PM
Building T-2, 958 Ferry Road

'Korea - the Forgotten War' opens on Nov. 11 at the Western Canada Aviation Museum. All are welcome.

University of Manitoba Remembrance Day Ceremony

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, November 10th
Brodie Centre Atrium, Bannatyne Campus, 727 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg

Staff, students and members of the community are invited to attend the university's Remembrance Day ceremony. The annual event pays tribute to University of Manitoba students, graduates, faculty and staff who have served their country during times of war and in peace-keeping operations. For those unable to attend in person, the ceremony will be webcast live on at umanitoba.ca beginning at 11:00am.

Deer Lodge Remembrance Service

2:15 PM
2109 Portage Avenue

Veterans and their families are welcome to attend this service in the Deer Lodge Centre

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Triple Threat

So this weekend is pretty packed in the Amero household - or rather, out of the house.

Friday night...

Don's up for a few awards once again at the APCMA's ; we're not expecting a win as these are something like his 12/13th nominations without one win yet, but we've still got our fingers crossed. Mostly we're just looking forward to a good time. Here we are at last years awards:

Red carpets are fun - once in a while. And I think I'm gonna get a haircut again this year. Once a year isn't too bad ... I guess. Yes, I am that cheap. And if you're my grandma or if you're stalking the Amero's, you might just catch us on TV (APTN), since it's usually aired live! What fun. Actually, it's one of my favourite things to do - watch the camera guys run around with their little cord feeders running along after them. Very entertaining!

Saturday night...

The big CD release. I call it the 'club' release. At the Pyramid Cabaret here in Winnipeg. Starting at 9pm, Don isn't on until midnight! I must be getting old, because that seems ridiculous to me and yet...if we have it any earlier, literally no one will be there. But if you like to party (- quick Hotrod reference, there), come on down at 11:30...as long as you're 18+. Tickets are just $10. Come find me at the merch table, I'll give you a free sticker!

Sunday Night...

Then we have the 'soft' release as I like to refer to it. A more acoustic feel. A night of "Stories & Song". Soft lights. Hot coffee. Master storyteller, Brad Woods to host the night. A 7:30pm start time. Family friendly. See you there? (You'll have a realllllly good time, oh, and, might I add, some really great music!) You're coming!? I thought so.

Come monday morning...a bit of sleep and then maybe a nap.