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Quiet Sunday - The girls had the day off but they're both still tired. In fact, K is so tired that she put her iPod through the washing machine again. It's currently buried in rice so we'll see if it survives a second...

I know where my children are - L went with T to his father's place for a birthday party and to meet the relatives. J went to his best friend's place for the night. No special reason; they stay at one house or the other nearly every...

Day 2 of Canada Reads 2009 and other nonsense - Today on Canada Reads, Avi Lewis said that The Book of Negroes "never once feels for a second like a historical novel." Seriously, Avi? That's exactly what it feels like and that's what it should feel like. From the way...

End of exams party - K wrote her last exam for the semester yesterday and L wrote hers today so, tonight, they're having a party to celebrate. Actually the party started around noon and will probably last until about noon tomorrow. Currently they're camped out...

Clearly the winner - When the girls came home from school today with L's boyfriend in tow, they were having a "discussion" about whose town was better, his or ours. Apparently, it had been going on for the entire walk because they were down...

Reduced to randomness - The girls helped with grade 8 night at their high school tonight, K with the band and L leading a tour. I reminded L to smile but forgot to ask if she did. K doesn't need reminding since I think...

An unwanted visitor - We have a mouse. Stevie is going slightly insane trying to catch it, L thinks it's amusing to watch the cat, J is indifferent, and K is totally freaked out. Me, I'm just grateful that it decided to show up...

The middle of June - We found a cottage to rent up on the Bruce between Lion's Head and Tobermory. It's not big so hopefully it won't rain much that week. I'm not sure what we'll do for entertainment besides going to the beach. I...

May - So I need some balance here. I've been trying to catch up on the backlog of book reviews and I'm probably boring the hell out of anyone who knows me personally and still bothers to read this blog. Or not....

Sign of the Cross by Anne Emery (and other stuff) - About Sign of the Cross: A young woman has been murdered and all of the evidence points to Father Brennan Burke. An entertaining fast-paced mystery with a good cast of characters. I will definitely be reading everything in this...

King Leary by Paul Quarrington (and other stuff) - Given how much I disliked the book at the beginning, I was surprised by how much I cared at the end and how affected I was. Full review: King Leary by Paul Quarrington This book was my choice for...

Snow day #1 (2007-8) - Not a lot of accumulation during the day, mostly because it was so windy the snow didn't have a chance to settle. We got dumped on tonight though. Also, it took Ice 5.5 hours to get to work. I went...

Still, no order - Ice stayed out of town tonight because they're doing a shutdown tomorrow. Then, on Monday, he's leaving the Banana Belt behind and heading in the opposite direction. I have no idea how long he'll be there. J spent the last...

In no particular order - At the end of last month, J competed at the Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts in Stratford. His section was split into two groups. J, who has been taking piano lessons for only five months, placed first in his...

Catching up - I can't seem to find the time to post here. I'll try to remedy that. The kids have a PD day tomorrow. Sure, I get to sleep in but they have to go back to school for Friday. On what...

Cabin fever - My children are punchy from spending the day inside and they're laughing hysterically at everything I say. OTOH, it's kinda good for the ego....

Vacation report - Camping was good. There were lots and lots of mosquitoes, it wasn't quite warm enough for the first few days, and we were visited by a skunk every night (nicknamed Hector), but it was good nonetheless. I read all of...

Go team! - My middle child's baseball team won their first game tonight. Ice cream for everyone (in our family, anyway) even though it wasn't all that warm outside and I was freezing by the time I was done. They still miss the...

Baseball and thunderstorms - I went to my oldest daughter's baseball game tonight. Last inning, the home team is up to bat, our girls are out in field, there's one out, and a huge thunderstorm is rolling in. Our coach asks the umpire to...