Sunday, November 29, 2009

The beginning of the end

Well folks, in 2 days it will be Dec 1 - which means, for those of you who do not know, that the begining of the Christmas season is upon us. For me, I try to hold off getting Christmas-ified until AFTER Dec 1st but this year I am finding it so very hard to hold back. I want to start singing jolly songs and decorating so things look all happy and Christmas-y. Even if I live with the Grinch, I still have so much spirit I make up for it! :o)

Having said this, it also means that it is the beginning of the end of the year! Before we know it, we will be popping Champagne corks, singing "Auld Lang Syne" while streamers fall around us and our closest friends! It is time to start to take a look at the year that has passed, see if any or all of the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year have been fulfilled or not, see if you are where you want to be in life, look at the mistakes and joys and hardships and laughter and adventure in the past year; revel in all of it - you have survived another year of life and that is something not everyone can say. It is time to be thankful for what you have, set higher goals, look for more adventure, seek greater love and joy, find more things that make you happy, spend more time with your family and friends, worry less about the bottom line or the corporate jargon we all bring home - it is time to remember to live.

We get wrapped up in our routines at this time of year - shopping, getting that perfect present, wrapping, decorating, baking, going parties - that we sometimes forget the greatest gift of all; life. So when you are wrapping presents, baking or trimming that yuletide tree, remember to relax, smile, and sing along to the jolly songs. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, love, peace and hope and we should all remember and practice this. Start planning the amazing adventures the next year will include. For us, a trip to Iceland, perhaps a career change for one or both of us, perhaps a trip to Toronto to visit family, perhaps a trip to Arizona to visit friends and explore the tunnel more. I know for a fact, that Derek and I will be exploring this new year with hope of things to come, joy for things that are, love for each other, and peace in our hearts for those things that didn't go our way or for those family ties that help remind us who we are and why we are the way we are.

So, sing loudly, those joyful songs of the season, live in love and hope for things to come and spread peace by smiling and taking time to relax and enjoy. After all - we are coming upon the last month in this decade... something to celebrate and think about!

Friday, November 06, 2009

The flu bug... darn thing :o(

This year there is this HUGE hype about this nasty little flu bug called H1N1 or the Swine flu. It has been in the news for weeks now and has solicited some very emotional responses from a LOT of people; mostly with regards to the vaccine. There was a shortage (which we all knew was coming as they only had 3 million for Canada as a whole on the onset) but what they didn't anticipate was the immensely long lineups and panic and anger displayed from some members of the public. It boggles my mind how people can make such a big thing out of something that isn't as deadly as the seasonal flu and how they can be mad at the fact that the government is trying to help people. If we lived in America, we would have to have health insurance or pay for the vaccine. Thankfully we are in Canada so we don't. If we lived in 3rd world countries, we wouldn't even be thought of. We are thought of, however, thanks to the Government. So what, Canada, are you complaining about? The fact that you had to wait in line 8 hours to get a shot? It was your choice so just be glad that you have the choice! Are you mad that only pregnant women and children are able to get the shot now? Relax, they are the ones that are most susceptible and honestly, the ones that spread illness the most. SO - Stop complaining, wash your hands, don't cough on people and you will be fine! Sheesh! Rant done!

Having said all that, I have caught a bit of a flu bug myself. Although I some flu symptoms, I feel well enough to function. I am not achy or nauseous like most flu bound folks are, so I am thinking this is just an average, run of the mill cold. Fingers crossed... lots of fluids, lots of rest and plenty of hand washing, coughing in my sleeve and sanitizer and I will be A-ok! :o)