Thursday, September 25, 2008

Connect four

Four countries I visited this year:      

  1. Barbados
  2. Antigua
  3. Dominica
  4. St. Lucia

Four books I've read so far this year:

  1. Dear John - Nicholas Sparks
  2. Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen
  3. Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann
  4. Fifteen Days - Christie Blatchford

Four people who e-mail me regularly:

  1. Steven
  2. Carla
  3. Greg
  4. Dana
Four songs that defined this summer for me:   
  1. Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band 
  2. All Summer Long - Kid Rock
  3. Last Call - Lee Ann Womack
  4. All I Want To Do - Sugarland                                                                           
Four TV shows I never tire of watching:
  1. The Unit 
  2. Third Watch 
  3. While You Were Out 
  4. Mantracker
Four things I will one day own:
  1. A house
  2. A Toyotal Highlander 
  3. A pug 
  4. A pitching machine
Four countries I'm visiting next year: 
  1. Honduras
  2. Belize
  3. Cayman Islands
  4. Mexico (...for the fifth time... poor me)
Four board games I love:
  1. Scrabble
  2. Scattegories
  3. Pictionary
  4. Clue
Four voices I wish I could be mistaken for:
  1. Jennifer Nettles
  2. Pink
  3. Jewel
  4. Who else is there? Anyone?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Shameless plugs!

My husband is a proud leader within the Santa Maria Goretti Knights of Columbus council #12836, and this year he's orchestrated a fundraiser for the City Centre Education Partnership, which will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2008.

Night of Wishes will raise funds that will be used to help ensure inner city students get a proper lunch and gain access to educational opportunities that are available to children in Edmonton’s more affluent schools.

The City Centre Education Partnership (CCEP) is responsible for overseeing several inner city schools -- namely Eastwood, Delton, Norwood, McCauley, John A. McDougall, Spruce Avenue, and Parkdale -- and they seek to foster environments that are conducive to bringing about positive educational outcomes for inner city children. The CCEP is committed to ensuring that poverty is not a limiting factor to students achieving academic and personal success.

This is the third fundraiser we've been involved with, and so far it's proven to be a very humbling (and sometimes trying) experience. We just didn't appreciate how difficult it is to solicit donations and contributions from community businesses / family members / friends until now that we've actually had to go out there and do it ourselves. It takes a special person to successfully do this time and again; the rejection we've sometimes received has been harsh, but when we've been successful, it really has been rewarding. One extreme to the other.

Many of our friends and family have realized how difficult and time-consuming organizing such a function can be, and they've graciously stepped up and offered their assistance.

Special thanks, in no particular order:

  • To Carla (and Folklore Publishing), for offering five fabulous books that will be up for bids at our silent auction. (How the Italians Created Canada - I freakin' love it!!)

  • To Danielle, for not hesitating to buy a ticket, speak at her RCIA meetings, or to guilt attempt to convince her employers into making a donation.

  • To Dominic, for volunteering to help out with the silent auction and for suggesting we start up a Facebook site for our fundraiser.

  • To Rachel and Daniel (Diamonds Photography), for graciously offering a one-hour portrait session to be auctioned at our event. You guys really are the coolest.... ever.

  • To Chiza and Darcy, for also volunteering your presence at our auction tables. (Darcy, if I owned a "Philosophy Factory", I would totally hire you in an instant!)

  • To Dean, for buying a ticket and contributing a door prize even though you may be out of town that evening and not able to attend after all. Incredibly generous of you!

  • To Teresa, for stepping up and offering multiple items to our function..... and for also harassing Toni to contribute something as well!

  • And to David, for offering some very generous gift certificates from Il Pasticcio (only the best Italian restaurant in town, in my opinion!) to be auctioned at our event.
Night of Wishes is just over a month away, and I admit it's tempting to want to enter panic mode -- Do we have enough items? Have we sold enough tickets? How should we decorate? -- but this is a marathon, not a 100m race, right?


Event Details:

What:    Night of Wishes 
               - Suporting the Children & Youth of the City Centre Education Partnership
Where:  Santa Maria Goretti Community Centre
When:   Saturday, October 25, 2008
              Cocktails - 5:30 pm
              Dinner - 7:00 pm 
              Dance to follow

Tickets $35.00 each (includes dinner & dance)

~ Lots of Door Prizes available to be won!
~ 50/50 Tickets are 10 for $5.00
~ Silent Auction will run throughout the evening

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Some Republicans really do embrace science... and God!

Thank you, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, for showing the world that not all devout Republicans believe a) that it's okay to drill for oil in a wildlife refuge or b) that global warming isn't heavily influenced by man. Thank you, for embracing the science behind the research. Thank you, for engaging in free thought.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Pick me, Redneck Mommy!

Tanis Miller, creator and genius behind one of my favourite blogs, The Redneck Mommyis randomly giving away a brand new digital camera on her website (yeah, she's way cooler than I will ever be). If you stop by her site and say hello or, better yet, briefly post about your favourite concert-going experience, she'll enter you in a draw for said camera.

Wayward_Yankee dusted off his laptop and beat me to it, as comment # 292 belongs to him:


The best concert I’ve ever been at was Joan Jett and her manager, Kenny Leguna (from the 60’s band Tommy and the Shondells). They were rocking it live at K2, Uzbekistan.

Let me tell you, nothing beats the intensity of standing among a hanger full of sweating, smelly, overworked and homesick soldiers who are all yelling “I LOVE ROCK N’ ROLL!”

And yes, I had a camera there. Actually, my job was to take the pictures.

Meanwhile, a little later at comment # 301, you'll find my little contribution to the digital camera lottery:

You know that wristband lottery method of selling tickets to concerts? Well, once, just once, I was lucky enough to be picked to go to the front of the line and have first choice for available seats….. to a George Strait concert!! Yeah, baby.

So naturally I chose front row centre and then had a friend take photos of me at the concert, standing in front of the stage with ol’ George singing a mere 2 ft. behind me.

Oh, and I got to shake his hand. *giggle*

(Totally made up for all those years of sitting in the nose bleed sections and ‘enjoying’ concerts through the use of my binoculars.)