Who Are You?

What is the deal with all of the anonymous comments lately? They're not even from random people commenting on my rants, raves or ramblings. They're from crazy, unknown people trying to direct people to scary, cyber sites where who knows wait awaits them, or some other devious scheme.
Never mind the excitement it brings to see that someone has left a comment only to have the bubble burst to see it's just a cyber crazy. Oh well, I guess it's just part of this blogging world, isn't it? Even our blogs get junk mail. So now on top of the thousands of credit card applications, airline reward program applications, insurance companies trying to get me to switch...I now have blog junk mail. I'm thinking I'm going to strike it rich due to my vast Nigerian connections.


Why Didn't I Think of This Last Year?

If we can post our statuses, tweet our abbreviated thoughts, and put videos online of cats scratching themselves, surely I can blog my Christmas cards, right? As the days go by and the cards sit in their store packaging, I realize I will probably have to buy more cards and more stamps which means braving the post office with a kid in tow. And I am just too lazy this year.
So in keeping with these modern, technological times of ours, here is your 2009 Christmas card.

We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. May the new year bring you what you wish for and more!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Love M, M & T.

*besides no one wants to read anything about our last year, it's about as boring as you can get and past family photos have taught me to just not bother. So you're really not missing out on anything. Maybe we'll try again next year!


It's THAT Time Again!

I'm going to make these next week....

...anyone want some?

Melissa, next time you're in NYC, check out dirtcandy. It's a restaurant by an ex-pat who just put Nanaimo bars on the menu. Although, they're a mint and sweet pea mix, so not sure how they'd taste, but it might be the closest you get since you don't live by me anymore!


The Girl Effect

It's probably a bad thing when you get sick of seeing your own blogs, isn't it? It must mean others get even more sick of previous posts! I need to step up and get this blog rolling again.
It's not for lack of trying, I would really love to share my many opinions with all of you, but I think the main topics of interest currently on the news are either ridiculously bloated in the coverage they are receiving, not worthy of being one of the top stories or not even being talked about because the world here doesn't seem to care for one reason or another.
When celebrity family problems became the night's breaking news is news to me, but surely there are other stories out there that should be shared. Isn't that what TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and all those types shows, are for? Someone has to keep Mario Lopez employed.
Has anyone heard of the GirlEffect.org? I am not a usual Oprah watcher, but one day I decided to watch. I saw the video and listened to the issues they were talking about and was astounded.
From women dying in child birth, to women being raped and left for dead, treated as social outcasts, children sold into sex slavery to young girls being offered to men with AIDS due to their belief that sleeping with a virgin will cure the disease.
Do we really care if Tiger Woods had sex with other women? Isn't that a personal family matter?Why aren't these other issues, worlds away from us, being brought into view? Because they aren't salacious, they make us feel bad, guilty, sad...for the things we could be doing to help. It's amazing to think that in this world there are children who can not go to school because of their gender, families without enough money having to sell their children, communities that still hold such archaic beliefs about women, rape, AIDS....
I know this is far from uplifting, but its just been something on my mind lately. I haven't experienced discrimination in one form or another (that I am aware of) but this really hit home for me, it made me really see what's out there and it has left me truly perplexed.
Sorry for the downer of a topic but sometimes that's just what needs to be said. Check out this link and the video above, it's interesting and educational.