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ABC’s and 2 cent slots

Airway, Breathing, Circulation.  Airway, Breathing, Circulation. 

I just finished up a two day standard first aid and CPR course paid for, generously, by my work.  I’ve been meaning to take this course, even at my own expense, for years now but haven’t gotten around to it.  When it was offered through work at no charge, plus I get two days off, paid, how could I procrastinate any longer?  Especially now that I have Eirinn.  I couldn’t, really.  So I did it and I am so grateful I did. 

I have always been able to stay calm and level headed when faced with an emergency.  It’s just something that has always worked for me.  But with this training, I feel ten times more confident that as I stay calm I will also be doing the right thing at the right time and actually doing some good. 

And I know, know, that I’m going to be faced with some sort of emergency with Eirinn.  I’m certainly not wishing for it to happen; I’m knocking on wood, crossing my fingers, and praying to sweet Baby Jesus right now (I hope they don’t cancel each other out).  I just can’t see how a kid who dances on tables, eats more non-food items than food, shows absolutely no fear, climbs stairs without the aid of hands, and will run laps around any stationary object, can possibly go through life without some sort of injury.

But having this course also forced a feeling of Moral Obligation.  That’s not a new feeling, just one that will definitely be impossible to ignore.  Now that I know what to do to help before the paramedics arrive, I will have to do it.  But I guess that’s not a bad thing.  To be forced into being a good, responsible person?  There are worse burdens to bear.


We went to the casino last night.  I lost $20 in less than a half an hour playing the 2 cent slots.  Yes, they have 2 cent slots now for those folks who can’t afford the 5 cent slots, or for people like me who would like to see their $20 last longer than 10 pushes of a button.

I get all uptight and rigid and tense and moody and anxious and all-together-unpleasant when I see my money literally sucked from my grasp by a binging, flashy, electronic devil machine.

But the food was pretty good and very cheap (I got a tea, filled twice, and two desserts for $2).  And the conversation was excellent.  We had a few new faces come out last night, which is great.  So all in all the night was very nice.  I just wish I had something to show for my loss.  It really chaps my grass to know that it took me less than half an hour to spend almost an hour’s pay.  Good thing I don’t do much at work or I’d be really pithed.


* It has been suggested that perhaps I should clarify myself when I say “…I don’t do much at work…” I am TOTALLY just making a joke for humour’s sake.  If anyone reads this who works with me – it was just a joke.




A cure for what ails you

I was in a wicked mood yesterday afternoon, I’ll admit it.  Like I mean wicked.  Every little thing grated on my nerves and I could feel my blood pressure escalating.  I was snippy to the dogs, to Eirinn, to Anonymous Husband.  I was flustered and frustrated and felt horrible. 

It started when Eirinn’s nap was abruptly interrupted by construction vehicles across the street.  I swear, one of these days I’m going to pour sand in their gas tanks.  But that would be mean.  And I guess they are just doing their jobs.  But seriously?  Do they have to drive around our block all afternoon?  I suppose they do.  And we knew this would happen when we bought a house in a subdivision currently under construction.  The nap was an hour and 45 minutes, but that’s nothing compared to the 3 hour naps I’ve quickly grown accustomed to these past few days.  She wasn’t too impressed at being woken up, either, and she let us all know.  Oooo, she was grumpy.

Then we had to go grocery shopping.  During which Eirinn yelled the whole time.  Like, not screaming and crying – yelling at the top of her lungs for the world to hear.  Or at least everyone at A&P.  She must have thought she has such a pretty yelling voice that it would be such a shame to keep it all to herself.  She was just sharing the wealth.  How kind.  It was funny for the first 20 minutes.  Then it just got embarrasing.

Anyway, last night was Durham Mom’s Night Out.  We went to East Side Marios for our twice-monthly tea and chat and this, this is exactly what I needed.  I just needed to be away for a while.  Not necessarily be away from Eirinn or AH or the dogs, but to just be away.  Just for a couple of hours.  I needed to chat with adult human females for a little while (not to babies, or dogs, or men).  To unwind, because hoo…I was wound.

It’s fun. Shut up.

Durham Mom’s Night Out is going bowling again tonight.  Like I said, it’s fun.  Shut up.  Have you ever bowled with a group of mom’s on their one night free from babies and husbands and dishes?  If you haven’t, you’re missing something special.

Come out, if you’d like.  We’re meeting at NEB’s in Oshawa at 8 in the lobby.

Who the…? What the…?

No, you’re not crazy.  This place underwent a little facelift last night.  Just ’cause I felt like it.  I like change, so it will probably look different quite often.

Here’s a project I’ve decided to take on today: Find the nutritional value of crayons.  There must be something in there.  Eirinn seems to think they should be a staple of her diet.  She seems to prefer the orange tones, but a blue or green can be quite tasty, too.  So stay tuned for my findings.   

Durham Mom’s Night Out is going Mini Putt-ing tonight!  In the dark

Carry on.

Eatin’, Drinkin’ and Chattin’

We’re meeting at William’s Coffee Pub in Whitby tomorrow night at 8pm for Durham Mom’s Night Out.  It’s located in the same complex as Winners and Home Depot.  New members are more than welcome, they’re encouraged, to come out and join us! 

 Email me at if you’d like to have a night out.  See you there!



Bowling tomorrow night.  Be there or be square.

Details are here.

DMNO Update

We’ve set a ‘when’ and ‘where’ for our Durham Moms Night Out meet and greet/launch. 

When: Wednesday June 27th, 8:00 pm

Where: Montana’s in Whitby at the AMC theaters.

 Let me know if you’d like to join us, even just to see what the group is going to be all about.  Email me at

Tornado Eirinn

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