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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

'Tis the season for chocolate!

Chocolate everywhere!
Thanks in large part to my wonderful skating family. As much as I truly appreciate all the gifts (they give me the warm fuzzies), I think you're all in a conspiracy to fatten me up.

Skating is winding down for the Christmas break, still a few more sessions this week, then no more coaching until the new year.

Work is still going strong, as will happen when one has two jobs. I have this Saturday booked off to do some lovely last minute shopping with Cheyanne. We're crazy nuts that enjoy all the hustle n' bustle of the season.

Then I have Christmas Eve and Christmas day off, and after that I'm not really sure, I probably have a few off in the New year.

I found this gem while running some errands this morning. A cooking parody on Fifty Shades of Grey, aptly named "Fifty Shades of Chicken". I just read the first few pages in the store, and oh my goodness I had to put it down, the cover picture was enough to make me start chuckling.

As of lately, I have become a huge Pinterest fan. It is now my biggest waste of time. But I have found a lot of yummy recipes on there, and of course all the silly ecards that just make my day.

 I hope you are enjoying the holiday season, and partaking in all the wonderful festivities to round off the year.

Peace&Love

Chow

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's all good

Hubby is feeling better, and Jack is cone free and (too) full of energy.

So after last weeks craziness, lots of awesome has happened.
Friday was a relaxing day in afternoon, and in the evening Kiersty, Momma and I decorated Grandpa's tree. There was so much garland, it just kept going. Apparently Grandma had tied two pieces of really long garland together, and even taped it back together in places. She was so resourceful, and we had enough garland to go over the tree more than twice! It was also very dizzying wrapping the tree, just walking around and around and around...
It looks awesome in case you are wondering.

Saturday was a fun day in Canmore with my Momma, buying up lots of new yarn. I had run out of yarn making some arm warmers (I always run out of yarn... ) so I found a very similar colour and was able to get them finished. I tried them out today, they are quite warm and comfy.
We stopped at the candy store, where I scored three bags of gummi bears. I only eat one kind of bear, the Haribo Goldbaren. They are so fruity and yummy.
Of course we also picked up some licorice for Grandpa, our main reason for stopping at the candy store.
Saturday night was a fun work party with the City View staff. Let's just say a good time was had by all. :)

Had a fun week of coaching, the last week of the season for the majority of the Airdrie Skating Club, so games were played daily. Today I got up super early (okay, fairly early) and went and skated for myself. The good news is I can still do most of what I used to be able to do, even my double jumps.
The bad news is, ow. My muscles are already sore, and I made sure to stretch plenty today.
It's a good sore though.

Today was a superb day. Had the laundry done early, cleaned the bedroom, and did the dishes. Managed to have time to do a little bit of knitting (new socks for Jason!) and some reading.
Did some coaching, came home, made myself some supper. I tried making some fries from scratch and may have spilled a bit too much oil on the baking sheet. Oh well.
Then the fun began!
I turned on the Xmas tunes, started rockin' out and baking cookies! Snickerdoodles are my fave cookies and just so yummy and easy.
Then after all the baking was done, I cleaned  up and vacuumed because I'm also really good at making messes while baking.
Now, it's all about the relaxing and catching up on some telly.

On Monday night I was woken up by Jackman leaping onto the bed and burrowing into me while barking a Jason, coming home after midnight from the late shift. Jack's nerves become a little frayed when I go to bed and Jason's not here. So now I sleep on the couch until Jason gets home and I leave the TV on low so Jackman doesn't give himself panic attack.
Of course it doesn't help when Jason runs up the stairs after the Oh-so-brave little puppy, trying to scare him.
It's a good thing I can function on minimal sleep.

I haven't done any Xmas shopping that. I actually plan on leaving the majority of it until the last minute every year. Cheyanne and I have a shopping date on the 22nd to get everything done. It wouldn't be the holidays without the holiday mall crowd.

Well It's about time for me to fall asleep on the couch.

Merry Christmas!



Snickerdoodles!
Happy Healed Puppy Sitting Pretty

So many cookies.
Close up of my tree.


More of my pretty tree.
He's so focused on his ball right now, the only way I can get him to stay still.

Peace&Love

Chow

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What a ride

What a wonderful time of year!
If anyone has been following me on facebook, you will have noticed both the hubby and the puppy haven't been up to par lately, healthwise.
Jason had a flu over the weekend, and is still a little groggy, but has been making it to work the last couple days.
Up to this point I've felt pretty good, but a lack of sleep may be getting me down a bit.
That lack of sleep would be due to my very sick puppy.

Jackman's habit of eating everything finally caught up with him, on Sunday morning he started throwing up.
By Monday he still wasn't keeping anything down, so I took him to the vet and few tests showed that he had something stuck in his stomach.
Still nothing getting better by Tuesday morning, I took Jack in for his surgery. It was pretty hard to leave him at the vet, the look I got was very heartbreaking.
When I picked him up later, he was pretty drugged up and was not yet ready to start standing, and they showed me what they found in his stomach.
Actually, they showed it to me then asked me what it was. Jack had a rope toy (the rest has been tossed out) and he ate a knot from it. The knot had started to unravel and had also started to get caught up in his bowels as well.
So now that we got that out of system, he is doing better. He was still pretty groggy all last night, and did throw up again this morning. It was probably because he drank a lot of water too fast, since now that I'm really  rationing his water he seems to be holding it down. He hasn't thrown up his pills either, so that's a plus.
He is starting to move around, but he was also neutered (he was already under anesthetic, so it was kinda a two for one deal) so with the cone around his head he is not quite himself.
The funny part is when I took him outside, he wanted to eat all the snow, so he became a mini snowplow. I had to wipe out the inside of his cone when he got inside, because he brought a fair bit of the snow inside with him.

So that is my update. I was up most of the night with Jack, making sure he wasn't throwing up all over the carpet.
Hopefully today will go smoothly, at the moment I'm mostly awake, just trying to keep myself healthy and going.
That's all for now.

Peace&Love

Chow

He does a lot of standing and staring. "Get this off of me!"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pretty flowers!

 Beautiful flowers when I came home from coaching last night!
Aren't I just the luckiest. :)


There was even a delicious supper of homemade pizza, yummy!

Totally spoiled.







Peace&Love

Chow

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Boarding is awesome!

I'm such a fan of boarding, it's just so much fun.
It's also one of the best workouts I know. My arms are still sore from Sunday.
The rest of me isn't too bad though, so I probably could have gone a little harder.

Went boarding with Kiersty and Taylor on Sunday, it was quite wonderful. On the second run, Taylor lost her glove going up the chairlift. So once we were almost all the way down the hill, Kiersty and Taylor had to climb back up the hill under the chairlift.
I stayed and watched the boards, but apparently there was a lot of face planting and diving around just to get anywhere.

No injuries to speak off, and not a lot of falls. Or serious falls. Kiersty and I always fell at the same time, so sadly we never got to see each other's oops and make fun of it.
I had one good penguin slide, tried to go over a small jump and forgot that I needed to stay upright. So when I landed it was on my stomach, slid sideways for a few feet, rolled for a few more and came to a stop. Sat up and watched little kids on ski's do exactly what I was attempting to and land it. Darn kids on skis.

The only other one to speak of was a similar situation, where I actually landed, but I landed in a very rough, bumpy area, so I couldn't hold the landing too long. Taylor saw that one and said she couldn't see anything, because when I slide on my but, I make a mini snowstorm to hide it. :)
Graceful, I know.

All in all a good day. A beautiful time to be out there.









Peace&Love

Chow

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Day in the Life

Today was a pretty good day.

I did wake up with a head ache due to sore hooping muscles in my shoulders. We did, sorry tried, hooping with two hoops last night. One hoop above head  and one around the waist. I will probably just be sticking with one hoop for a while now, I'm not quite that coordinated. If I focus on the hoop around my waist too long, the chances of the hoop in my hand swinging into my face increases drastically.

Speaking of things hitting my face, still have a sore spot from Jack's bone.

Going back to my day, I did a few creative things today, got a bit done and generally chilled. Most of the planning for tomorrow was done early this morning, which makes waking up in the morning much easier. I also drank about 6 cups of coffee. I was just in the mood for it.

Took Jackman to the park today with Amanda and Kayla, and their dogs Sterling and Vincent.
Played some frisbee and had fun snow time. Jack did wear the older dog out though, and when he got grumpy it was home time.

Snow Dog!


In eating things news, Jack is still going strong. He's even eating his own bed... oh wait. Up-to-date play by play... I just heard him munching in his sleep as he is laying beside me.
I think it's an obsession.

Coaching was interesting today. Was on the ice for half an hour in Airdrie, before we were evacuated due to what smelled like a gas leak. After rounding all the kids up and sitting in cars outside waiting for information, it turned out that for the second time this year the plainsmen zamboni was leaking propane. And that was the end of that skating session for the day.

Hubby has a five day weekend starting tomorrow. That lucky duck. Good news is he has lots of house cleaning planned. I'm excited about that. :)

I have work tomorrow, coaching tomorrow, then work Saturday. Sunday though, will be a wonderful day.

Snowboarding! Plan on getting out for the first time this season. As of now I'm taking Kiersty and her friend with me.
Kiersty originally had to work on Sunday, but upon learning I was going boarding, managed to get her shift covered in record time. Impressive actually, I've never seen anyone have a shift covered that fast. I didn't even have time to reply to her texts in between messages.
Think she's excited?

Well, now I'm tired, and I will bid you adieu.

Peace&Love

Chow







Monday, November 19, 2012

Mmmm... Tea

Just dropped a bone on my jaw.
Yup.
I was looking for Jackman's ball under the couch, and did not notice how precariously his bone was balanced on a cushion.
When I knelt down I must have pulled on the cushion because the next thing I knew was 'thunk', and then horrible pain through my jaw.
It's still sore actually, it fell right on the very top of my jaw bone about an inch below my temple. Sensitive spot.

Not a lot to tell other than that.
Busy week is busy.
<< New Poll you should check out.
Three weeks away from a small christmas break. From coaching anyway. Work doesn't really take a break. By the way Jason't big B-day is coming up in January. It's an important one. I figure there may be a celebration in order.

Do you like commercials? I do. I find commercials quite entertaining.
One of my favourites is the Glass Masters one on the radio. Their slogan 'cracks' me up.
I don't even fast forward through commercials if I'm watching a PVR'd show on the telly. Drives both Jason and Kyle nuts. lol

Kids name are becoming stranger and stranger. Through coaching I come across a lot of different names. Names like: Ozzy, Bam, Dante, and Tee... yup, Tee. One letter spelled as it sounds.
And every time I say the name Bam I just want to double it. Too much Flinstones as kid.

That's about all for this up date. Since you are still wondering, yes my jaw still hurts.
Stupid bone.


Peace&Love

Chow

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Toothpick Eyelid Day

Well I've been up for two hours and I'm already falling asleep.
The problem could be my alarm just went off and I've already been up for two hours.
Blame Jackman.

Most mornings I turn on the TV to the news as soon as I'm up. I did just the same today, even though I found myself drifting in and out of sleep on the couch. Then at one point I drifted back in and the TV wasn't on. Being the only one in the house aside from the puppy, I have no idea how that happened. I wasn't even laying on the remote.

Anyway 'topping' the news this morning, a Stamp's player tweeted a very inappropriate attempt at a joke.
I'm not going to type it out here, but you can go here to get to a link about it.
I agree that what was said is in very bad taste, I see why people are very upset about it. What I don't agree with is the fact that he was FINED by the CFL. Essentially they are taking his money away because he has a terrible sense of humour.

Writing the tweet he even used the hashtag #MaybeALittletofar, which clearly it was. So either he's an idiot who didn't think anything would come of it, or he is being an idiot on purpose to get attention.
I think it boils down to, his being fined for being stupid. Not that fining people for being stupid is the worst idea I've heard, thinking may become popular again if stupidity makes you poor.

What's upsetting people more is his apology or lack thereof. He regrets what he tweeted but he can't take it back, to paraphrase for him. He also mentioned something about not being able to apologize for everything. Which brings us back to, don't say stupid things, maybe you won't have to apologize so much, but he has a small point. What's done is done, he should now be aware he is not a comedian.

I understand that he is in a public position as a CFL player, and it's his responsibility to monitor what he says or puts out there, but tweeting is also not a direct part of his game.
The deal they've made out of this is a little too big. Lot's of people say inappropriate jokes and the usual response is to not laugh and say 'not cool'.
I don't know, maybe I'm rambling I haven't finished my coffee yet.


Also Jackman is afraid of the rice maker. I had to take a writing break, because he didn't know what was making little rattling, bubbling sounds in the kitchen and needed to bark as loud as possible.
My dog is a pansy. So we took a trip to the kitchen and I pointed out that it wasn't going to harm him. He seems to accept that now. He's also moved on to barking at the neighbour kids leaving for school anyway.

As usual I was rocking the tunes on my way to hooping and back last night.
My playlist of choice this time:

Sing Sing - Marianas Trench
Roller - April Wine
Set Fire to the Rain - Adele
If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
Independence Day - Martina McBride


If there were more, I can't remember.
Probably wasn't my best singing night, since my voice was already hoarse from coaching (shouting at power skaters). I quite enjoyed it though.

Anyway I should be off to work soon. I didn't plan on working this week, but when I went in yesterday for a web seminar, I was conned into going in today. Apparently it's a busier week than anticipated.

Oh well, maybe I will get off early before coaching so I can actually get something done today.

I did vacuum my living room yesterday. I got into all the nooks and crannies and cushions, and moved the furniture around. I'm starting to think it's a man thing, because Jason was not happy I moved his chair when he came home. And then when I came back home later, he had moved it closer to where it previously was. Too funny.

I also repotted my indoor plants since they are really growing. Who new I could keep things alive so well.

That's all for me at the moment. Enjoy the sunny day!

Peace&Love

Chow

Friday, November 9, 2012

Let me tell you about my hump day...

So Wednesday was good in a bookend sort of way. Morning coaching was very fun.
Then I treated myself and grabbed a Timmy ho's hashbrown before work. Usually I order about three (piggy little me) but they seem to be cardboard like lately. I just ordered one, and my was it delicious this time.

Then work happened. Oh, did it happen. I'm not going into detail but I was there from 8:15 until 6 and I was late for coaching. That is all on that, I'm done with it now.

Hooping was fun, really trying to figure out how to hoop around my legs. Definitely a weak point but I will get there. I'm also hitting myself in the face less so that's a plus.

Now, the drive back from hooping was a great time. I rocked to some great tunes.

On my playlist that night:
Tough Lover - Christina Aguilera (showtune from Burlesque)
5 Days in May - Blue Rodeo
No Light, No Light - Florence and the Machine
Good to You - Marianas Trench
Dream Police - Cheap Trick
One of These Nights - The Eagles
Shake it Out - Florence and the Machine
You Found Me - The Fray


If you learn anything from that list, it's that I like songs I 'think' I can sing to. I do a pretty darn good version of One of These Nights (the Eagles), by the way. Oh wait, did I say good? I meant entertaining. Very, very entertaining. Catch me at a stop light and I may be playing all the instruments.

Any how, Thursday work went well. Today I'm going to be all my lonesome on the production side of things. Scary. Don't think I've ever done that before though. I'll probably do more rocking out, listening to some good tunes while I get the paper together (Rocky View).

A whopping 15 skaters showed up for Crossfield learn to skate last night, so that was awesome. A lot of playing games, and one on one time with the little kids. So freaking cute, this one just had the biggest smile when we were 'walking' together. I was on my knees and he was... I guess you could call it skating. :) He's pretty little.

I should go to work now though. Since I have been up since 5 am. Jack doesn't under a need for sleep yet. Or my need anyway.

Happy Birthday to my Super Young and Beautiful Momma. :) Much Love.


Peace&Love

Chow

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

And miles to go before I sleep...

Hello, Hello!

Speaking of insanity, this week is the definition of all things crazy and back-ass-wards.
Other than that, not so bad.

I'm full time at the paper this week, because one of the other ladies needed some time off. That means if the paper doesn't come out on time, my bad.
I was working on the 'dummy' today (the mock-up layout for all the ads) and usually it's not too bad, pretty cut and dry.
But, the only week I have to do it, it's one big mess. They keep selling late ads, which means a bunch of redoing and rearranging. It's like a big jigsaw puzzle where people keep adding pieces and saying "It's okay they will fit." Thankfully, with a little help from my boss, I got it done just in time to make it to coaching.

Coaching is wonderful as always. Planning for year end carnivals for both Airdrie and Crossfield (I coach at both clubs) is in the works already. Things are really moving along there.
There is a competition in Edmonton soon for one of my skater's, I'm really looking forward to that.

Pretty excited for tomorrow, even though I'm busy from 6:30 am until 9:30 pm (totally full plate). I have hooping tomorrow night, and since there was no class last week because of Halloween, I'm super ready to get moving again.

Can you believe it's been a week since Halloween?
This year for Halloween, since Jason was working (he did nights last week) I dressed up as gypsy and went for a drink at Smitty's lounge. It was pretty fun, lots of people and I won second prize for best dressed! Yay for new headphones.
And when I say dressed up as a gypsy, I went all out, using things I found in my closet. I have a very... eclectic closet.
It was a good Halloween as always.

The past weekend was nuts at work. I don't know what happened, but I think when the clocks went back an hour, everyone's internal clock was still the same. The rush happened an hour earlier than normal, and ho boy, did that throw us off, since we weren't quite fully staffed yet.

I would have liked to sit down and have a chat with my Grandpa, and Grandma, and Mom and Dad, but I truly did not have a second to even sip my coffee (sacrilege I know).

It's okay though because I'm taking this weekend off (again). I'm basically working every second weekend lately. But when I'm working extra hours at the paper, plus coaching, I'm going to wear myself too thin if I don't have a day off here and there.
Look, I'm learning to say no. You should be proud.

Anyway, I'm ready for bed since I have to be up at an ungodly hour.
If you have a minute you should vote on my poll
<<<
Maybe you'll be the first one! You lucky duck.

Peace&Love

Chow

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

All Hallow's Eve!

Welcome to my favourite holiday!
It's not technically a holiday but I'm okay with that, since my other fave is St. Patrick's Day and also not a real holiday.

Now that you know this, you'd think I would know what or who I'm being for Halloween, but I don't.
I've had many costumes over the years, the Sun, Cruela DeVille, a witch (many times over), catwoman,  and many others. But I have no idea.

Also I have no clue whether to do a couples costume or just random it up. Seeing as how I am in charge of both costumes though, I will probably do something couple-y.

I did think about dressing up as a Banana though... but that was just a passing thought.

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There's snow all over the place at the moment. I enjoyed brushing my car off twice today.

I'm not very troubled by snow, you just have to dress for it and drive slower and neither of those are challenging. I dress in layers almost year round anyway so this is nothing new to me, I am cold, that is how I live.

Also Jack loves to play in the snow, and I do enjoy kicking it at him because on a leash he can't escape.
(Evil of me isn't it?)

Speaking of Evil and Jack (who's currently panting in my face), he tried to run away this morning.

To start off, he is a smart dog. He knows that when my arms are full, I will not be able to slip out the door fast enough, or stop him.

So there I was this morning, fully loaded with lunch bag, purse, coaching binder and necessities, hula hoop over one shoulder and coffee in the other hand.

Not to miss an opportunity, Jack easily sneaks past and into the snowy wonderland. He may be curious, but an adventurer he is not. He made it ten feet, had a pee, and sat down.

Last time he did this, I simply opened the car door and said car ride, then he jumped in and was trapped. Round two.

Opened the car door, Jackman went two steps, thought about it and sat back down. Apparently he has a pretty good memory.

Thankfully the dog next door barked, now distracted Jack runs back up to the house (where I'm standing) realizes what he's done and lays down and cowers, knowing I'm not impressed.

And with that, Jack is shoved in the house and I went to work. He is smart, not yet wise.

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So the light at the end of the tunnel this week is a weekend off. Yay me!
It feels slightly selfish, but I took it off just because I am darn tired of working.
So I will be able to fully enjoy a Halloween party Saturday (I think it's Saturday, I should check) and a Snow Patrol concert on Sunday. I'm a quite looking forward to it.


Tonight, I shall leave with this little guy, brought to you by Starbucks on Main.

Peace&Love (&Snowmen!)


Chow




Thursday, October 18, 2012

Brrr!

It's a little bit chilly out there.
Good thing I'm staying home all day! Until I go coaching of course.

So I have been attempting to write, but they just keep turning into drafts instead of posts.

Coaching is in full swing right now, and by full swing, I mean I woke up yesterday already thinking about coaching. I may need a vacation.

On the ice five nights a week (and one morning). If anyone wants to donate for a new pair of snowpants that would be great, because after crawling around with the little ones, mine are taking some wear n' tear. Mostly tear at this point.

But I must confess, coaching is awesome, because of the awesome smiles, high fives and drawing on the ice.



Colourful and Wonderful.

Not much in other news. Reading through my favourite book series again, Outlander. Apparently there's a new book coming out next year so I'm rereading all seven books before that so I can just dive right in. Quite stoked, these books are a perfect escape. 

Jason and I went and saw 'Here comes the Boom' Tuesday night, and it was pretty darn funny, I recommend it for sure.

That is this moments quick update.

Peace&Love

Chow




Friday, September 21, 2012

The Mischievous Dog


A story in pictures. 

To the left, you will find a half eaten shoe.
And now to your right, you will find, that beside the shoe, is what's left of a roll of tape.
Now how accessible was the shoe? Easy, that one is not entirely Jack's fault.
But the tape! That was in an open pencil case, on the Kitchen table.
Which can only mean, that Jack climbed up on to the chair, pulled the tape out of the pencil case, and proceeded to make a mess.
Not only does he chew the tape to bits (it was in a holder) he manages to get tape stuck to his stuffed animal as well.
<<<

Other things chewed/eaten and not shown include:
The other shoe, one pencil, one green highlighter, and two bottles of nail polish (with one screw on top fully punctured). And possible other things that I have not found yet.
And so ends the 'tail' of Jackman's day of mischief.

Coffee... 'nuff said

I say that it's too early to get into anything to deep. Also I should start getting ready for work soon. I always keep hoping that if I put it off, I won't have to go (it never works, in case you're wondering).

New things in my life... something interesting...
I have been working a lot. But that's not news, that's just what I do. I had a Saturday off to myself a few weeks ago (I know right?) and by 9:30 a.m. I was so bored I went to Wal Mart to pick up socks and other necessities.

Today I am being a nutball and working 9-5 at the paper and 5-close at Smitty's. Don't ask me how it's going to work, I will figure that out when the time comes.

Lot's of coaching stuff going on right now, I've got some good numbers registered for the Beiseker program so I'm quite excited. And I have some actual help this year (still looking for more) so YAY!

Here's a pretty picture



Another picture from another walk with Jackman ^. If you're wondering it's not easy taking pictures while having a dog trying to run away the entire time. Also Jack makes a great cat (and makes it necessary to clean my windows)
His throne on top of the couch
There may not be any pictures for awhile, Jack ate my SD card. I left it on the table, which was a bad idea I guess. Apparently things left on the kitchen table are up for grabs as far as Jack is concerned. Not impressed.

Alright, it's time for me to go get ready for the day. Get dressed, get my lunch ready, drink more coffee and such on.

I will catch you on the flipside.

Peace&Love

Chow

Sunday, September 2, 2012

'It's 3D because I can see it,' ~Kiersty

A most wonderful few weeks I've had.

A nice date night with the hubby, we went to Applebee's and then went and saw The Campaign, which was quite funny. Definitely a good laugh it out and feel better after movie. And Applebee's had a salad with BACON dressing. More people need to know about this, bacon is top ten in my favourite things.

Lots of chill time with the ladies, wine included of course. There may have been a wine incident, where  my beige shorts were spilled on, but the good news is I'm awesome at laundry and have removed the stain! Now I don't have to be mad at Ava anymore for knocking her glass over and breaking it on me.

Last night consisted of fun times with Kiersty at Jer & Melissa's house. If you look to the title of this post it should give you some insight into how 'blonde' my sister was yesterday. Actual quote, I swear.

So after a special day at work (too much hanging out with Kiersty wears off on a person), and a few hours cleaning my house, I am too tired to write a lot more. My house looks great though. Be jealous.

I will leave you with this...

Things I'm excited about:
Bacon!
New York Fashion week starts Sept. 5 (live streaming runway videos make my day)
My house cleaning is done for the week. :)
I have a new skirt to wear, it's washed and ready.
Clean sheets.
Online (window) shopping


Peace&Love

Chow



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Muffins!

Yes muffins. Not from scratch but mighty delicious all the same.
When I moved out of my parents house, my muffin intake decreased to barely three or four muffins a year. And I'm not sure if Momma still does, but she used to bake muffin's all the time, I'm sure it was because they were easy to make and one of the few things all four of us would eat.

Also in the news today (mine, not the worlds), I biked to the grocery store this morning. It's not very far, but it was windy, and the bike I have is Grandma's old one. It has no gears and just back brakes. But it has a cute basket and old school handle bars so I'm a fan.

One month I actually rode my bike and didn't touch my car at all. It's a good work out, good for the environment, and it doesn't take much longer to bike across Airdrie, then to drive across it.

I might try something similar again, starting in August. I won't totally go without my car, because sometimes, biking in Alberta is crazy, but maybe 75% bike, 25% car. We'll see how it goes.

I would like to be able to bike with Jack beside me, but I think I'm going to wait a few more months to even walk with him hooked to a bike. He's smart at times but I do not see him and a bike being friends right now, too sketchy.

I'm very envious of all my family out camping up at Crimson Lake right now. How dare you.

Lucky me though, I get one whole weekend of camping up at Mt. Kidd this year, so woohoo! :)

Can't wait for it, since it will be at the end of a three ish week stint of straight work. Not complaining though, it's my choice. It will by Mon- Fri. at the paper (other people are taking holidays) and weekends serving up eggs and bacon.

I'm actually quite excited to be working full-time at the paper for a bit. I'm still learning lots there, and doing a bunch of production stuff. A lot of little things to try and remember, but that's true with most jobs I'm sure.

And to answer everyone's most frequently asked question: 'How's married life?'
It's the same as life was before, still pretty good. Jason and I were prepared for this. :)

Peace&Love

Chow

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Playing with my camera

I wouldn't call myself a photographer by any means. I do have a decent camera, I took some classes in school, I enjoy pictures, but I don't have a photographers passion. So here's me playing around with my camera, taking pictures of our rings and my wedding shoes. 
My shoes are fairly new still, considering I took them off as soon as possible and did not wear them at all after. No shoes is the way to be people.







Peace&Love

Chow

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The way the world works

When it comes to the education system, I'm a critic. Only because I deem it absolutely necessary. The more critics the system has, the more might actually be done to fix it.


One of my biggest concerns of course, is the cutbacks to physical education. Some schools no longer have gym everyday, yet no one can seem to figure out why they are gaining weight or becoming lethargic.


Skate Canada hit the nail on the head:
"However, due to government cutbacks and a shift in core subject matters in school curricula we have created physically illiterate individuals. As a result, the ability to develop fundamental movement skills (running, jumping, throwing, adaptations to ice, snow, and water) as well as basic motor skills (balance, coordination, agility, speed, etc.) at an early age is becoming alarmingly non– existent."
[quote from Skate Canada's new program]


All children must receive an education, yet nothing is being done to enhance the quality of education they are receiving.


Oh except for making sure no children's feelings are being hurt. Heaven forbid they receive a zero mark for something they didn't do. It's okay if they don't do it, I'm sure they had something else to do.


But I digress, that's another issue completely.


I just don't understand why extra-curricular programs need to step up to provide the basics that used to be taught in grade school. 


I've heard, read, seen so many studies about how children need a certain amount of physical activity per day to maintain good health. School's used to provide this, a simple one hour out of the school day, to get up and move around. 


It's also no wonder every second kid has ADD, they no longer have time to run around and burn off all of their energy. I haven't met one adult who can, without complaining, sit at a desk all day, and now we  expect 7 year olds to do it without complaining or losing interest. 


It's good, that some non-school programs are stepping up to cover the gap, but I'm sure not all of them are, which makes it harder for some kids to get into sports in the first place. Extra-curricular sports aren't cheap either, so not all kids have the chance to participate.


School is one of the very few things that is mandatory in this lifetime. It's the basis for the rest of our lives. 


I'm not saying if you sucked in school you can't turn your life around, but grade school is where you learn how to learn, play, and socialize.


I hear stories of what kids get away with today in school. It's not their fault if they graduate unprepared, they are being set up for it.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Dinner Pictures!

I said I had pictures of our Sunday night dinner.


Pie & Pasta totally made from scratch, thanks to my wonderful and talented hubby. :)
It was delicious.

Peace&Love

Chow

Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Time... & The Livin's Easy

Hey All!
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I wish the living was easy. :) Actually it's not so bad, now that the rain has mostly stopped and the sun comes out, I almost feel like it's summer.

Currently, I'm working 13 days straight (between Smitty's & City View), but I asked for extra shifts at the restaurant, so making money is alright with me.

Other than that life is good (as 'Pop' would say). For those of you wondering and asking, married life is quite nice. And thus far, not too different from what it was before, just no wedding planning.

Work is good, I'm learning quite a bit at City View. I'm learning how to get everything ready to go to press, and make sure all the ads are there in the right places. Because sooner or later I will have to do this by myself. Scary, a little; exciting, very much so. There are lots of little things that need to be done, but I'm taking lots of notes so all should be well when it comes down to it.

Jason is loving his new apprenticeship, he's on shift work now, days for two weeks and nights the next. The hours are fairly reasonable though, so we may still see each other.

Last Sunday night we had a delicious homemade supper. Jason made it of course, I set the table and poured the wine. It was Spaghetti (pasta and sauce made from scratch) and lemon meringue pie (all from scratch). Soooooo freaking good. You all be jealous. I have pictures at home, I will post them later.

I've started working out (again), because I like to stay in shape. When I have this much time off from coaching I like to do a yoga/ballet/hula hoop/core workout (clearly I made this up myself) to keep up with appearances and stuff. The fact that it helps with the feeling good and being awesome are just side bonuses. :)

By the way, a good way to intensify your workout is to do it in your living room with a puppy who wants to play. Simultaneously playing tug of war, and keeping your breathing steady while working on your abs, is a good way to work on your endurance and concentration. Just food for thought.

Not too many plans for the rest of the summer aside from working and enjoying the nice weather. Hopefully we will get out camping a few weekends too. One of the best parts of summer for me is waking up with the smell of campfire in my hair, listening to birds and the bubbling of coffee brewing. I love it.


Peace&Love

Chow

Monday, June 18, 2012

Mr&Mrs

Hello Hello!
Before we head off on our honeymoon, I would like to say a massive THANK YOU, to all of our well wishers and everyone who came out to celebrate with us on our big day, and all those who helped make it spectacular.

Jason and I could not be happier with how everything went. 

It was so awesome to see everyone there, and all the memories made we will keep forever.

We planned on heading out today to Glennifer lake, for a little get-a-way, but were unable to tear ourselves away from our living room, being still a little tired after all the happenings. 

So tomorrow we will start our little vacay, relaxing and enjoying our time.

Not much else to say right now, and soon I will be getting back to posting about my day to day happenings.

Peace&Love

Chow

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

4 Sleeps!

Only 4 more sleeps, then WEDDING!

I may be getting excited.

Not too much left to do, just little details and confirmations of times and stuff. Mainly just organizing people and delegating actually. :)

In other news, Jason was able to get an electrician apprenticeship through his job at the sawmill!!!
Super proud of him, since he had to beat out a few other people for it.

Jason's sister Amy was over yesterday with her two little girls and Jason's mom. I showed the girls (I can't correctly spell their names but they will be our flower girls) my wedding shoes, and they both had to try them on. It was super cute, since the oldest is 2 1/2 and the youngest is 1 1/2. I'm pretty sure the littlest could fit both feet in my one shoe. That says a lot considering how small my feet are to begin with (about a five... adult... ish).

Things are nuts as always. Jack was a little sick last week, but he's better now (thank goodness).
I was just looking at photo's of him from the first day we got him, and man, is he a big puppy.
Jack then... (8 weeks)
Jack Now (4 1/2 months)


Not quite as cute (good lord he was adorable!) But still pretty fluffy. Also not his best shot, since I woke him up for that one. 

During one of the rainy moments last week, Jack actually coaxed me outside for a walk, in which we walked all around Sagewood. Went back by the pond and saw a Mama Duck swimming with her babies, and a Crane all out enjoying the weather.
It was quite wonderful and relaxing, a walk in the rain is always therapeutic. And it helps if your socks stay dry.

I'm sure soon, I'll have more to talk about, but with Wedding's, the rest of life kinda falls by the wayside for a lil' bit.

Also, I realize I'm starting to sound like a crazy person that talks about their pet(s) too much, but I really don't give a darn. If you spent an hour with him, you would understand.

In hula hooping news, I'm managing to hit myself less (new tricks may be dangerous) but there may be an increase in uncontrolled tossing (dangerous for anyone near me). 

That shall be all for now, if you would like to see blurry pic's of the ducky's and the crane, they are on facebook.

Peace&Love

Chow


"I dare you to let me be, your one and only." ~Adele

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Countdown

10 days until the Big Day!

I'm actually more relaxed now then I was a month ago, pertaining to wedding related stuff.
Currently, I could really go for a nap though.

Last night, I kept waking up because I was worried I would sleep in. I haven't opened (at Smitty's) in about five months, and I guess I don't trust myself to get out of bed that early.
The night before I was up all night with my poor puppy. Jack got into something that gave him an upset tummy all Monday, and had to get up every three hours during the night.
I definitely have those 'mom' instincts, because the littlest whine and Jack was able to wake me right up. Good to know.

Coaching is pretty much done for the planned future. Just a test day on the 20th for two of my skater's and then a little break. I do enjoy coaching, but I also enjoy having evenings off, especially when it starts getting nicer outside.

In the meantime, not a lot outside of planning going on. Went to Mexico a few weeks ago, that was wonderful. I've never been anywhere tropical before, and there is definitely something to be said for humidity. I also learned that the lowest SPF safest for me to wear in Mexico, is 60.

I'm still enjoying my hula hoop class, and lovin' learning a bunch of new tricks each time. Haven't mastered a lot of them yet, but it is good fun and a wonderful workout.

Went grocery shopping yesterday and bought mainly fresh fruit and veggies. Yup, I'm thinking about going on one of those health kick things. Not sure how much I'm going to dive into it, but I really doubt eating better will hurt, so I'll give it a try. I've found that when I hit that afternoon slump, I usually hit it pretty hard, so a little extra go would be nice.

Anyway, I'm way to distracted to really write at the moment, so I will go.

Peace&Love

Chow

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Spring has Sprung!

Pampered Chef is in the House!

Seriously, I can't find my kitchen table with all the wonderful boxes on it. :)

So, living in a not so big townhouse, with a roommate, Jason and I don't have a lot of room.
Thankfully, I am the really good at making room, and making things fit.

Most of my morning was spent cleaning out the cupboards, reorganizing and condensing. Now there should be enough room for everything! 
How do I do it? I have no idea, but if it doesn't stay organized it won't fit, I know that much.

Other than that, I've been a little lazy, just took in some recycling. Day's not yet done though.
Coaching is up and running again for the spring season, so three afternoons/evenings a week that is what I'm up to, a little figure skating and some power skating.

Also now on Wednesday nights I have hoop class. Hula Hooping for those of you confused as to what I'm talking about.

I enjoy it because it's a really fun way to exercise and work your core. Now I'm actually taking an intermediate class. Yikes! Last week I was just doing the beginners class, because I don't hoop regularly but it seems the only class I can fit into my schedule is the intermediate one. 

So tonight I will see how I do. Most likely I will be sore again like last week, because my hoop is pretty heavy. Wish me luck!

Not a lot to report on the wedding front, tomorrow I have a few things planned to do, but it's a fairly slow week.

Anyway, I should be on my way shortly.

Peace&Love
Chow

Friday, April 20, 2012

Escape the Daily Grind

And live like a Hamster!

No, seriously. This ultimate vacation experience takes you out of everyday life so much, you're not even supposed to be human anymore.

I guess some people are into that.

http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/hamster-villa-lets-you-experience-life-as-a-small-rodent.html

Today's little weird tidbit.

Peace&Love
Chow

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Not Again!

Two episodes and I'm hooked again! How does this happen?
Grey's anatomy. So dramatic and ridiculous, but man does it tug at my heartstrings.
Oh does it break my heart.

So, I will throw in another update. Not much to say.
After a Super Duper lazy day yesterday, I actually did lots today.

Yesterday was the start of my weekend, so I had lunch with my Momma while she watched my cousin's boys. I picked up my sister from school and took her to work, and then I went shopping with a couple of my bridesmaids.
See? Super lazy.

Today on the other hand I tidied everything up, vacuumed the whole house, including moving furniture to do so.
So I made a bigger mess just to clean it up essentially.
Jack was not a fan of my vacuuming, he hid in the very back corner of my closet, even for an hour after I stopped. I had to dig him out, he wanted no part of it.

Then after that... oh what did I do. Mind blank.

Oh yes, I took in some recycling and bought some groceries. I am very excited for my toasted bagel, tomato slices, and mozza cheese tomorrow at work.

To start off the day I actually dealt with Direct Energy a bit. Which did involve calling people, and I did not enjoy that. But it did get straightened out that hey, they owe me money! I have a credit of $11! Never thought I'd see that happen.

After that I sent out my shower thank-you's and a few other office/stationary type things.

Okay maybe not so much. But I did cook for myself tonight, and that in itself is a miracle. Nothing burned, nothing raw. I'm learning :)

I'm about to go off to bed now, since Jack decided last night was a good night to keep us up.
Then tomorrow I start my week again! And by week I know I'm working a few days in a row, other than that my schedule is so unknown.

Oh except I'm busy Tuesday nights at hoop class. More on that later.

Peace&Love
Chow
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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Buzzzzzing Around

It's been a while dear friends. And much has happened.

Well to start off, I have officially started counting down the days. I didn't think I would but I am. There's 62 left by the way. And only 35 days until Mexico.

Jason's friends are getting married in Mexico in May, and I think it will be quite a nice time to chill out and relax before the wedding. That and I'm super excited as I have never been to Mexico.
Not my usual pick for a vacay and certainly more relaxing then chasing trains all over Europe, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it just the same.

As far as wedding plans are going, things are going smoothly. Well as smoothly as I could hope for.

I did send out one batch of invites without the gift registry information and the PLACE information.
That's not embarrassing at all. So I just finished resending those out with all of the information and a cute little note.

My wedding shoes I just received, and they fit! It's always a little sketchy ordering things online, and I've never ordered shoes online. Or clothes really, I like to try things on first. But these fit and will match the dress perfectly! :)

All I need now are a few little accessories to complete my 'look'.

The flowers have been ordered, and I'm quite excited for those as well, I think they will turn out quite elegantly.

Other than that it's just the little things now, the final details. It's crunch time.

In other news, our puppy, who's not so little anymore, is still super cute, even though he's a bit of a terror.

Truth be told he's not so bad, likes to chew a bit, but listens quite well.
Jackman!


He's a border collie x Australian shepherd, and does love to herd. Cheyanne and I took our puppies out for a walk today and my puppy (Jackman) tried to herd her's the entire time, and was actually quite successful.

I'm a busy bee at work and so is Jason, who's working overtime at the mill every other weekend.

Anyone who volunteers to wake up at 4 a.m. to work an extra ten hours a day is a little crazy, but hey, he seems to enjoy it, and it can't hurt the wedding fund. :)

I've been putting in extra hours at the paper as well, and I'm still learning new things everyday. I'm still loving it as well, good times are being had, no matter how frustrating communication on page sizes can be sometimes.

Last week though I ended up working 7 days straight between the paper and Smitty's, and then coaching a few nights on the side as well. Didn't get a lot else done last week.

Just figured out today that I somehow am working five days in a row again, which is a lot for me. I'm not used to working full days where I have to get up and go places. I like my coaching schedule better.

Also all these day's in a row hinder the ability to devote more of my time to wedding planning and house cleaning. With planning taking a priority lately, I'm on the verge of purging my house since I'm behind in my cleaning.

Besides my 5 days is from Thursday to Tuesday, which is a strange schedule and there is always the possibility that I may work extra. I may be crazy too.

As for coaching last week, even though it's mainly done, I had to prepare my little figure skater (first one of my own!) for a competition this weekend, so there was some pick up ice.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it to the competition in Edmonton this weekend, but I heard that she did quite well for her first competition and achieved the goals that we had set out together.

And I think that's about all.

Peace & Love
Chow

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

This, is personal.

You ever have that day, where you just keep going and going, and then when you finally stop, and an Oreo cookie commercial makes you cry?
I did have a long tedious rant that would have taken you step by step through my day. But even I found that annoying. Ew.
Today wasn't a bad day, per se, just... a long one. One where the best fantasy is a bed and blanket and peace and quiet.
Jackman is super adjusting to being an indoor puppy. Still pees on the floor now and then, but only on linoleum so it's no big deal. He tries, like when he can't quite make it to the pee pad and squats an inch beside it, or can't remember where the pad is, and uses a flyer. That works to.
As far as coaching is going, winding down is not as slow and relaxed as it sounds like. There may be only a week left in Crossfield, and two in Airdrie, but man oh man, the crunch is on.
And for the first time today all my figure skaters made it to Gala practice! We've been working on this since January, and when they all started going off about how frustrating it is I reminded them of their lack of attendance. Little else was said. I understand when some commitments come up, but come on now. Ridiculous.
But maybe it's not so bad. Yesterday coaching pre-hockey, I turned around to see one kid with bulging cheeks, drool forming, pressed mouth, and panicked eyes. In one swift movement we were able to make it off the ice to the garbage can and mask off to spit it all out. He was a little trooper though, and took it all in stride.
When I turned around, the rest of the group had taken a toll on the relay race I had just set up. Breathe, and start over.
So in comparison, coaching today not so bad. I'm sure I should be in bed right now, but this time to pause and reflect is quite nice. Puppy and fiancé both down for the night, so funny TV and glass of wine are just the right prescription for my ailment. Which is basically a case of the 'everyone please go away's.
Good news is I get an extra day at the City View this week, and possibly consistently starting in a few weeks. Yay!
Also, with the invitations sent out, I've been lost looking for a project, so I found some time to start working on the homestudy for my level two coaching. Keeping it going, and moving on up.
I have this insane need to always be doing something to... improve myself? That's not quite the word I'm wanted, but the sleep deprivation is making me to lazy to thesaurus it (or generate a better one myself).
Apparently I always need to be doing something. It was school, then it was passing the last driving test (no more GDL) and now it's coaching level 2. So basically I like tests, and being marked and evaluated.
Maybe that's odd, I would rather not dwell on it at this present time.
Happy note number two: WEDDING! Just three months away and things a starting to really come together. I don't feel like giving away to many details, because when the big day unfolds, the more mystery, the more magical! I received my veil in the mail last week, it's so perfect. Couldn't be more pleased. :)
Happy note three: Mexico in two months. Jason and I are going away for a week to celebrate his friends wedding. I'm stoked. I've never been to Mexico, and I can't wait to go and lay on a beach or beside a pool and care only about sunscreen application for a few days. Mmm, vacation. Not my usual kind of travelling, but I'll take it any day!
So, I think that's all that's going on presently. The dishes keep dirtying themselves when I'm not looking, but that's old news.
I should really go to bed, I didn't realize what time it was and that I missed an hour some where in there. Oops.

G'Night all!
Peace&Love
Chow

(side note, I'll edit this later)





Friday, March 9, 2012

Girls Rule, Boys Drool

I'm not really sure why there is such a focus on gender lately. I'm not talking female rights and such, but children who are barely aware of what gender means.

More and more, there are books on how to specifically raise, not your child, but your son or daughter.
An article in the Globe and Mail debates whether or not we are creating a gender war.

In this article the main points that caught my attention were those made by two authors, both parents, one a teacher.

The first topic discussed: A Call to Action


'Michael Reist: “We must change our thinking about ‘boy energy’ and see it as something positive to be harnessed ... We will have to change three things in the future to make schools more boy-friendly. We will have to change the environment, the kinds of activities done there, and, most of all, our expectations and attitudes about boy behaviour.”


My View: Up until 20 or so years ago, schooling was very much the same. You sat respectfully, listened intently, and worked hard to do well in your studies. Squirming and acting out was not appropriate or allowed.  Of course when teachers were no longer allowed to use physical punishment (rulers, dunce caps) their ability to control became more challenging. With all the backlash teachers receive these days, it's understandable how you, a teacher, could want a change in the curriculum to make it more 'boy-friendly'. It's not a terrible idea, but why now, after all this time, has it progressed to such a point that you can no longer expect future generations to be able to sit through a class? This is why such things as recess, gym, and extra-curricular activities were brought into school. To give the children an outlet. Also, I would like to point out, that just as many girls are out-spoken and disruptive as are boys, so why would we change it to 'boy-friendly'?
Caitlin Flanagan: “The sexually explicit music, the endless hard-core and even fetish pornography available 24 hours a day on the Internet, the crudeness of so much of the national conversation and the ways technology has made it so that there is almost no such thing as a private experience any more – all of this is hard on everyone, but I would contend that it is most punishing to girls.”'
My View: I do agree that most popular music put out in the last ten years, has become inappropriate, and should be monitored a lot more closely. The lyrics can be too suggestive and outright explicit, and this combined with the musics availability to young impressionable ears, can be damaging. 

Topic number two: Differences
Both views on this topic were very obvious on the difference between boys and girls, so I will not post mine or their views. I do not believe that it would surprise anyone that boys like action (in books, movies and so on) and girls can become more easily attached to things, including material objects.


Topic number three: Role of the Internet


Mr. Reist: “Cyberspace is a visual-spatial world, not a text world. In this post-literate age, more and more people are getting their information from pictures. The typical male brain is spatial and visual. It loves cyberspace, which is a feast of looking and virtual motion. [Meanwhile] boys’ reading and writing scores are declining every year.”
My View: The main thing that irks me on this, is why it's necessary to have a 'post-literate age'? That does not bode well for anyone, female or male. This is a problem I am not sure how to solve. With bad grammar and atrocious spelling becoming acceptable, not only boys, but all school children, seem to even be less aware that spelling and grammar are important. This needs to be dealt with from day one, and continue to be harped on. A certain standard needs to be set in schools, because as of now, that standard is a very blurry relaxed line. If you read an earlier post of mine, you will understand what I mean.
Ms. Flanagan: “Today’s girls leave the hothouse environment of school and peers, retreat to their rooms and, instead of getting a break from the pressure, they re-enter it. The dramas of the day continue, the whispering campaigns and gossip need to be constantly monitored ... the computer has its camera endlessly seeking new images, eager to blast the girl, in her most flattering look, into a zillion screens around the world.”

My View: There's very little to be done about the content of the internet and what girls see, and what they learn is hard to control. What needs to happen, is a technology break, where the child (this is not gender specific issue) can take time to be with themselves and have no influence from outside sources. This is a parents job to enforce, and it should start at a young age. With technology in every part of our lives, it's important to remind children, that life can still go on without a wifi connection. By doing this the child can take a break and really just relax without having to put on any fronts or worry about being judged or what everyone else is worrying about.


Topic number four: A piece of advice?



Mr. Reist: “We have this idea that unless a child is sitting quietly looking at us, he is not listening. This is not the case. Allow fidgeting, doodling and playing – as long as the child can still hear you.”
My View: It's like ticks and twitches that give us our ability to really focus. How many people tap their foot while taking tests, or tap their pen when thinking? But of course, this needs to happen in moderation. I work with children enough to know that this can easily become distracting, to the talker, the child, and other children. There is a time and place, children have shorter attention spans, so don't lecture, get them hands on. My favourite, have their hands on their head or shoulders while you're talking. They're doing something different, yet not moving.
Ms. Flanagan: “Make her bedroom an Internet-free zone ... The constant incursion of the cell phone and instant messaging, the round-the-clock, deeply addictive and anxiety-producing gossip mill of the social networking sites that teens love, are a drain on the energy needed in Girl Land.
My View: I agree.

Toping number five: What about the opposite sex?
Mr. Reist: “We cannot ignore the vast amount of brain research in the past 20 years that has revealed fascinating differences between the male and female brains. At the same time, it must always be remembered that gender is not an either-or, black-and-white reality.”
My View: I'm not surprised that research has supported that there are differences in the male and female brain. Ask a boy and girl the same questions, and even if they come up with the same answer, ask them how they came to that answer. Chances are it will be different. Gender is black-and-white when it comes to the main differences, reproductive organs. Other than that, any differences tend to be related to societal pressure, which can be extremely unnecessary, but at times, important to the survival of the our species.
Ms. Flanagan: “Many parents are afraid that if they raise their daughters differently from their sons, providing more protection and limits for girls than boys, they will shortchange the girl. But the reverse is true. Girl Land is a finite period of emerging identity, one that can feel confusing and frightening. If her parents take care to protect her during this time ... she will be stronger and more confident as a woman.”
My View: What is Girl Land? Something defined by this author I'm guessing. And both children need protection and limits. I would not protect one child any more than the other, or let one get away with something that the other would not. That's unfair, and creates prejudices in a child's minds. 

All in all, I just don't know why this is a big deal. Yes, there has always been differences between male and female, girls used to only wear dresses and skirts and couldn't hold certain jobs. Now we have come a long way and should be proud of the fact that equality is not just a dream. We should not revert to making sure there is an obvious difference between male and female.
There will always be an obvious difference, it's hardwired into us as human beings. The issue here, is that there is really no issue.