Sunday, August 12, 2007

Its a mad, mad world

Did I miss a meeting? Am I the only sane person left? Doesnt anything have meaning anymore?

Case in point: Last weekend Jeff and I were driving back from Kirkland Lake, on a curvy road at night. The posted speed limit was 80km, we were doing a safe 90-100km. We were passed by everything on four wheels, including little old ladies! Now, no one would ever accuse Jeff and I of being speed demons, in fact you might even say we are slow drivers. We do the speed limit or not very much over. All this passing got me thinking, how fast should a person go? How much over the limit is acceptable, and why should we go over the speed limit? What is the point of having speed limits if no one obeys? I know it is just speeding and some would say we should keep up with the flow of traffic. I still wonder what kind of example speeding sets for my son--since when is it ok to pick and choose the laws we are going to obey? Just because everyone else does it, doesn't mean it is ok for us to do it. If everyone started killing each other, would that make it right? I know I shouldnt compare speeding with murder, although if you kill someone while speeding.... Incidently, this is the reason I never jay walk or cross on a red light, much to the chagrin of my friends :) The law is the law.

I also wonder when people stopped doing what they say they are going to do. Another case in point: Jeff writes a column for Sympatico (Bell). He signed a contract in which he agreed to write a weekly column and they in turn would pay him within 50 days of receiving an invoice. Jeff started writing in Februrary, and has been paid once. At the time of this writing, Bell was 4 months behind paying Jeff. Like a good soldier, Jeff kept writing his column, and continues to get the run around from Bell. First they told him the invoices had to be in Word format (It took 2 months for them to tell him that--all of his invoices had to be re-submitted) Now each time Jeff asks about payment, he is told "We are looking into it" No word on when payment should be expected--Anyone know a good lawyer?

Sometimes I worry about what kind of a world Jonas will grow up in. How can I teach him to take responsiblity, honour his commitments and be an upstanding man? Oh wow listen to me I am way too young to be this jaded :) Still though, It never hurts to have a reminder that we all share this world and it is up to us to make it better. So please, drive slow, and Bell, my son is starving, please pay my husband!!!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Dawn of a new day


For those of you expecting to see Jeffs posting, I have taken over, at least for now. Between Jeffs column and his job, he is running out things to write about, so I have decided to take over. Enjoy!!

I have been a mom now for almost 11 months. I wont say that the transition has been easy--I know, it never is. The last 11 months have been filled with ups and downs and I have struggled with some major feelings of sadness and incompetence. I have decided like so many first time moms out there to start writing to deal with some of the feelings that go along with first time motherhood.

For my first posting, I would like to share with you the top 10 things I wish someone had told me about having a baby (in no particular order):

1. Your hips stay that size--yep, your hip hugger jeans will be a long time fitting again

2. Having a baby makes you hate your husband--I dont know if its hormones, but one day you look at him and think--Wow! how could I marry someone like him (Don't worry though, it passes--eventually. Right, Jeff honey :) )

3. Your stomach will look like a 3D road map-complete with canyons and rivers

4. Your normally wonderful parents turn into grandparents!!--Ok I knew that one, but still I was not prepared for such wisdom as "Your baby cant tell you when hes cold" and "I used to worry about you and the baby but then I realized your are not a complete idiot and probably wont screw up too much"--Love you too, mom

5. Fundal Massage is not nearly as fun as it sounds

6. Your biggest joy will be when your baby stops pooing green

7. You will proudly wear baby vomit/urine/feeces as though they were the latest acessory--Lets see Paris Hilton top that!

8. You will never have sex again--see points 2 and 3

9. Sleep is for idiots

10. When the sun finally shines agian, you will shut the blinds and go to sleep.

My love and praise to all the Mommies out there!! As a wise friend once said, Mommies are the best!!