Day 30, 31, 32


A ton has happened in such a short time!

Of course, the Royal Wedding happened on Friday, we saw all the fabulous hats, Kate’s dress, the awesome cars they were parlayed around in, but I think this was my favourite, her gown for the evening’s events, after the “formal” portion of the reception “tea” was over.

Then,

… today is election day here in Canada and I am feeling so much pride that so many Canadians are exercising their honour and right to vote for our federal leaders! I am encouraged as I feel a shift in the thoughts and hearts of Canadian people! Hopefully we will once again become the “community” that the men and women of our military fought wars to uphold and protect! Incidentally, I used a picture of Canada’s Coat of Arms, instead of the Canadian flag, as I had it on my hard drive and had to look up its meaning! You can find it on Wikipedia here! Scroll to the bottom where it says “Symbolism”! I found it really interesting!

And finally…

… the American government says Osama Bin Laden is dead. Apparently one of the most evil and dangerous terrorists of our time. I am suspect, just because I am a cynic, however, I wonder how this will affect the way people think about one another, how they relate?

Will people stop being suspicious of others who “appear” to be Muslim, terrorists, even just “different”? Will airports now loosen the rules as we go through security? Will all the money spent and discussions had about using X-ray machines that render us “naked” to the customs officers, be all for not?

It will be interesting to see how and what unfolds in the coming weeks and months.

Just a weird aside, I could not access this blog for the past two days! This was the first day it would let me onto the site from the home PC!

I actually teared up today walking in to the polling station to vote! It was so busy and it was early on in the day, when most people would be at work!

I was SO proud to live in this country!

I then stopped into my local coffee shop to grab a takeout and ran into some dear friends! We had a fantastically uplifting conversation over coffee about perhaps this will mean people will become more compassionate and empathetic towards one another and suspend their harsh judgements of their neighbours!

I sure hope so and so did they!

I also managed to run 5k this afternoon in just over 30 min! I just have to wait until some money comes through and then I can sign up for the try-a-tri! I’m very excited!

I’m also covering a multimedia conference for London’s The Beat Magazine! It’s called Canada 3.0 and it’s in Stratford, my home town! I’m driving down with a great, high school pal, he’s freelancing for www.wired.com so is covering it also! I’m just interested in being a “sponge” in relation to what’s up-and-coming in the media world!

I am covering the conference on a volunteer basis but it also means I can get access to the event!

I’m so encouraged by all of these things!

And you know what? I’m also a romantic at heart and I truly believe that William and Kate may change the old ways of the Royal Family and give it back some of the stronghold its lost. Plus, I really DO believe in fairy tales and theirs is such a sweet one! I LOVE those damn dresses! 🙂

Like I said, I am feeling supremely patriotic today and what’s more “Canadian” than Gordon Lightfoot???

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Day 29


As a self-proclaimed “hat person” I couldn’t have been happier today watching the Royal Wedding!

When I was a kid, I got up early to watch the wedding of Charles and Diana. It was like a fairy tale! Today, I set my alarm but couldn’t bring myself to get up until 5:30! I saw the kiss and went back to bed!

Watching the ceremony though, I couldn’t help but think, maybe this couple will change things.

I was trying to think about why so many marriages, famous or not, ended up on the skids and in tatters.

We just don’t treat each other well enough. I mean men AND women.

We expect too much. We expect our partner to be “perfect”, to never make mistakes, never mess up, never change, never want to grow. All of those things are preposterous and it’s no wonder so many of us have ended up in divorce! I’ve done a lot of those things! Hindsight, sadly sometimes, is 20/20.

But maybe there’s hope now. Maybe there are enough young people who have been ill-affected by their parents’ split to really want to work at it.

I think back to my parents’ generation. My mom and I talked about it today. She was 19 when she married my dad, 21 when she had me! She left her parents’ home, not knowing how to cook, clean, nor balance a cheque book, let alone how to be an adult or parent. She felt smothered. My dad was all of 21 when they married and 23 when he became a father for the first time. It was expected. That’s just what they were supposed to do.

Now, people are waiting longer and it’s for the better I think. I wonder though if people take marriage seriously. I’m not saying that people can’t be committed and not marry, each couple is different, but why take the plunge if you aren’t in it for the long haul? Honestly. I just don’t get that. I mean, of course if there is physical or mental abuse, you should get out of that situation, but why get married when you’re not completely sure? Why does our society put so much pressure on people to be “coupled”?

If I had the answers, I’d be taking over for Oprah!

Careerwise, I’m excited about all the opportunities coming up!

My session with Lisa last night was fantastic, she is just the best motivator and so good at what she does! I can’t say enough about her!

I had this idea that I wanted to start a camp for pre-teen girls, “tweens” if you will. I want it to be outdoors, overnight for a week at a time, no technology, a “famous” motivational female each week, along with of course other support, improving self-esteem while teaching these budding young ladies how to communicate face to face, learn how to stay active and fit without having to starve themselves later or join a gym (a lot of gyms won’t allow that till they are 16 anyway) and basically let them know that it’s okay to not be a size 2, that they are beautiful because of how they treat other people and for the love they have for themselves.

Lisa had some great ideas and I think I have a bang-up one for a fundraiser, piggy-backing on this Royal Wedding hoopla!

I sure would be grateful to be able to help some young girls not feel as tormented on the inside as I did as a pre-teen!

I am hopeful this last Friday of April!

And excited that the weather is expected to turn! I plan a long run tomorrow as well as a nice long hike with my pooch!

I loved seeing Victoria Beckham’s hat and it reminded me of how much I loved the Spice Girls and how inspiring I thought this song was at the time it came out!