Monday, February 22, 2010

Create Change

I think that we are all striving to create a better world, or at least a corner of the world, for us to feel safe and happy in.

Everyday I wish that I could create change in peoples lives. So often I see around me how little people care about the environment. If you know me, you know that I am passionate about the natural world, and trying to take care of it for the future. You may also know that everyday I try to reach at least one of the 30 students I see in my work by teaching them about the awesomeness of nature, and how little things that we do can make a big difference out in the natural world, for good or bad.

I would hope that we can all work together to create a healthier world for our children to live in, as well as create respect in their growing minds for the world that we are striving so hard to protect.

HP wants to know how individuals and technology are creating change in the world, and how I would use technology to change the world.

Each week I am going to try to post at least one picture that I have taken of the natural world. Along with this picture, I will post tips and tricks for living a greener life. I hope that through the use of the internet, and this great bundle, my passion for the natural world and teaching will come together for many more people to experience and learn some of the crazy things our natural world has in store!

So stay tuned, you never know what you might learn next!

This giveaway is courtesy of Jolly Mom and HP. Jolly Mom wants to know "What are you or will you be doing in 2010 to create change and how will winning this technology bundle help your efforts?"  Blog about it and you may have a chance to win this great bundle too!

Friday, February 19, 2010

So much to do...

So much to do, so little motivation.

I should have some time this afternoon, but I apologize for the silence. I've been super busy and tired lately.
Trying to be more organized and on top of things at home, so the blogging gets put to the back burner.


I have a party to plan! Time goes so quickly and I almost have a two year old on my hands!!

Winterlude is almost over! I would love to get out one more time before it's over (we went out last weekend - more to come hopefully this afternoon!)

It's finally Friday! This has been a very LONG, short week!

Talk more soon.... I hope!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tick Off Tuesday - Commentators

Tick off Tuesday comes to you complements of Hailey over at Be Serious.
Thanks for sharing the idea! Join in the fun and take a moment to vent without sounding too *itchy!


Is anyone else watching the Olympics?
More specifically, is anyone watching the Olympics on CTV?

We've been trying to stick to TSN, although they are mostly CTV people anyways, but I must admit, I want CBC back. Someone called the Canadian Snowboarders "Posers" the other day.


Should our commentators really be reverting to slang just so they can seem cool enough to be commentating snowboarding.

I'm a little annoyed.

Lets give us the play by play without the attempt at being young and hip and cool. Because your attempts... they aren't young, hip, or cool.

Friday, February 12, 2010


Have you ever tried to Google yourself?
Did you find anything worthwhile?

Have you ever tried to find an old friend via the internet? It's not easy. I've tried.

The other day I was cruising around Facebook and a thought hit me. I wanted to find an elementary school friend.

She was my BEST friend from the moment we met in Grade 6 at a brand new school. I remember it was raining. It always seemed to rain on the first day of school when I was growing up. Despite the fact that I practically lived across the street from the school (there were maybe 6 houses between mine and the school), my mom made me wear rubber boots because it was raining out.

Now, I was never the cool kid, but I figured starting out at a new school I could become the cool kid.
Rubber boots on the first day of school at a brand new school - strike one to cool kid-ness.

The first day of school we were all herded into the gymnasium and grouped together into our new classes. I really am not sure why they did this, but there I was, standing in the gym, in Grade 6, wearing rubber boots. I was soooo embarrassed.

And then she walked up and said Hi to me.

We started talking, and even though we were all "new" to the school, she had just moved from Burlington (about 30 minutes from where we lived in Mississauga), so she was even more new and didn't know anyone either.

We became instant friends!

Fast forward two and half years.

We've been inseparable! She has been such a rock in all my family turmoils for me, and her family is my family too! My family is breaking apart and she is the only one who understands, when her mom tells us that they are moving back to Burlington! Not only are my parents splitting up, but I'm losing my best friend just as we're about to start high school!

We both go on to see old friends at our new high schools (mine in 'sauga, her's in burlington) but we manage to keep in touch. We hang out from time to time but gradually lose touch.
University, marriage, baby, and here we are today, back to me searching out Facebook.

So I decide I want to try to find her, but how? I can't find anything on Google. I can't find her on facebook. So I get sneaky! I try searching out her brother (another common name!) and then her mom. Low and behold I find her mom and she is on her friend list!
Woo Hoo!
I sent a friend request and now I wait.... Will she remember me?
I want to send more information with my request, like the silly little song we used to sing together.

My worry is that she won't know who this "Christine Bull" is.

I was Chrissy Frohich for 21 years.
My facebook picture is my Little Miss (note to self, need to get a decent picture of myself soon!)
Maybe she won't look through my friend list to recognize my parents names.

But, I've done my part.

I've had other friends not respond to friend requests before.
I know I've burned bridges in the past (another post altogether) but I figure we've all grown up and should work past the childish mistakes of our past. Let's not hold grudges. Life is too short for grudges.

Let's reconnect.
Let's Catch up.
Let's be friends again, even if only online.

I miss you guys!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tick off Tuesday

Hailey over on Be Serious started composing her own Tick Off Tuesdays and I just had to join in the fun! One day a week we can vent or complain without feeling guilty! Thanks Hailey for sharing in the fun!


My rant comes right out of my neighbourhood. And others around I'm sure. Maybe this is happening in your neighbourhood too.

People are STILL turning on their Christmas lights!!


I don't really know why this bugs me so much, maybe it's the complete disregard for the enormous waste of energy in January and February when the holidays season is well over. Maybe I feel jealous that I still don't have pretty lights (Nope, that's not it). Maybe it's the fact that having lights still up makes me feel like it's December still when I really want it to be June.

I still don't really know why it bugs me so much, but it does.

Now I can appreciate those who celebrate Orthodox Christmas so they keep their trees and lights up to January 6th. I'm ok with that. But last week, January 26th I noticed lights still on. Last night, February 1st, people are STILL turning on their Christmas lights. Do they realize that Christmas is 11 months away still?

We put up our lights when it is still mild, but we don't turn them on until December 1st. Generally I will turn them on each night until January 1st, when they do not get turned on anymore. Granted, I still have my two little deer sitting on my lawn, but that's only because they are frozen into the ground. They do not get turned on! As it turned out, our lights were down by December 28th this year as they got knocked down during some icicle removal, and it was easier to take them down then try to put them back up.

I'm not saying you have to take your lights down (heck, some people keep them up all year round) but please people, don't turn them on in February. It's just depressing then, not festive.