Friday, December 21, 2007
With the snow this past weekend, and the fact that we're having our family Christmas in Hensall this year, I had high hopes that we'd have a white Christmas, finally! Well, they're predicting highs of 5 and 6 degrees this weekend with rain, rain and more rain. I don't think it's going to be so white.
We have a beautiful tree this year (in my opinion). It has barely dropped any needles after three weeks, there are no bare spots and the needles are thick and plentiful. I like it.
It occurs to me, more so every day, that this time of year breeds lust, greed and gluttony. That makes me sad.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
...Filming season began in earnest in late April as a production crew took over the Royal Connaught Hotel to film 'CELINE' a two-part biography of Celine Dion in production for CBC television. Early in the summer we had a film crew in for several days to shoot an episode for the television series 'FINAL 24' which is to be aired on the Discovery Channel. Then production began for 'JUST BUSINESS' which stars Gina Gerson (FaceOff, Showgirls) at the Rough River Restaurant on James St North. Another TV movie 'MURDOCK MYSTERIES' was also filmed on James St North in and around the Sirloin Cellar Restaurant which turned the clock back to the 1890's.
Several weeks ago the Royal Connaught building was redressed into a TD Canada Trust Bank for a commercial which was being shot there. [...] Delta Burke was in town for 'BRIDAL FEVER' a Hallmark Production which also starred Paul Gross [He was less than two blocks away from my house?!] in September.
"Then hot on their heels comes a feature film called 'TRAITOR' who were filming inside and outside the Capri Restaurant on John St North. Traitor is a fast paced, politically charged espionage thriller, about an underground agent, Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda) who infiltrates an international terrorist network.
'THE NOTE', a small production for Hallmark, was filmed outside the LIUNA headquarters on Hughson St.... And of course almost everyone noticed the incredible changes which took place on Main St as 'THE INCREDIBLE HULK' by Marvel spent over a month recreating old New York City. Ed Norton was on hand too as spectacular scenes of the Hulk leaping out of buildings and overtop Downtown Hamilton rooftops.
Then 'THE SUMMIT', 'DANIEL'S DAUGHTER' and 'WHO NAMED THE KNIFE' swept into town for most of October to film in and around Main Stree....
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Well, the ground is not yet completely covered in snow, but we did get enough snow this week that some of the recently fallen leaves are still covered in it. I like that. I love the cooler weather. I love walking in our neighbourhood in the evening with my scarf and toque on. I love having two duvets on our bed (haven't been using any heat upstairs). I love lighting candles in our living room in the evenings and relaxing. I love the fact that by next weekend we'll have a Christmas tree! What a wonderful and beautiful time of year.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
In other news, I did several hours of Christmas baking on Saturday with the beautiful Samantha Martin, and am now prepared for the first part of the season, at least, with layered frozen treats in the freezer. Mmm...
I went to a meeting for our Children & Worship program last night. I went as a "Worship Leader" and came out as a Worship Leader andMaterials and Craft Co-ordinator. Funny that. It's already proving to be a good method of meeting other members, though!
Monday, November 12, 2007
How Lucky are we that we have lights so we can see
Although the day is done
What a miracle that a spark lifts these candles out of the dark
Every evening, one by one
Until the end of hanukkah, of hanukkah.
With the jingle bells and the toys
And the TV shows and noise
It's easy to forget
At the end of the day
Our whole family will say
These words for Hanukkah
Baruch atah Adonai, eloheinu melech ha'olam, asher kid'shanu
B'mitz'votav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Hanukkah.
Light the candles for Hanukkah, for Hanukkah
We remember how Maccabees
Fought so all of us could be free
And so we celebrate on this festival of the lights
There's a joyful time every night
But we illuminate the candles of Hanukkah, of Hanukkah
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha'olam she'asa niseem
La'avoteinu bayamim haheim baz'man hazeh.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Since I'm secluded in my office for the next ten days working on website development stuff, I decided that it is now ok to play Christmas music. It makes me happy!
**Update:** Since I started playing my Christmas music this morning, it has started snowing wonderfully outside - the only sad thing is that in order to see the snow this year, I have to look through the main office and through Richard's office and out his window.
Friday, October 12, 2007
You may or may not be aware that my dad was diagnosed with
Every year in the fall, the Huntington Society of Canada sells beautiful “Orange Souvereign” amaryllis bulbs in kits for $12/each that include soil, a pot, and the bulb, to help raise money for research into cures for this disease and others that share similar neurological roots (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc.)
The kits, once purchased, can be stored in a cool, dry place until planted and tend to bloom 6-8 weeks after planting. The flowers are a beautiful bright orange, and they really do make great gifts.
I will be placing two orders: one to arrive at the end of October, and one to arrive at the beginning of December. Please consider supporting the Huntington Society by ordering one or more of the kits as gifts or flowers to liven up your office space! Words cannot express how much each vote of support means to those of us affected. If buying flowers is not your “thing”, we would really appreciate your prayers for those affected as well as for the scientists who are busy researching a cure.
If you would like to take part in this, please send me an email ( jennvb[at]gmail[dot]com ) with the details (how many kits you would like, which order you would like it to be a part of – October or December). I’ll collect the money when I hand out the orders. Please note that I live in Hamilton, so if you live outside of Hamilton and will have someone coming to or from Hamilton to you around the beginning of November or the beginning of December, you can order them, but other wise, please visit the website for details on how to support the cause.
For more information on Huntington’s Disease or the Huntington Society of Canada, please visit www.huntingtonsociety.ca
Why the Amaryllis?
The amaryllis is the signature plant of the Huntington Society of Canada. It represents the vitality of our organization, and the hope that we will soon find a cure. With your help, we will win the fight against
Sunday, October 07, 2007
And now, after a long (very long) sleep, and after dropping off presents and picking up dresses and returning rented clothing, we get to veg for a little while... with the projector screen that we took home for Dan from the reception last night. This is what our dining room currently looks like:
Friday, October 05, 2007
In other news, the wonderful people who are Dan and Mira are getting married tomorrow, and I am so excited for them!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Blogger won't let me upload the rest of my pictures right now. Check back here for an update today or tomorrow with more pictures.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Moving on to December 5th, 2006:
May 12th, 2007:
August 11th, 2007:
And no picture from this, obviously, but I also have the honour of standing up for these wonderful folks on October 6th, 2007:
I should point out that these are only the weddings that I have been in.... they do not include all of the weddings that I have attended in the past year as a guest.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
A message from Redeemer's President:
We are saddened by the tragic news of the death of Craig Vanderveen on
Thursday evening, June 28. While visiting his family in Manitoba, he and
his cousin were killed in a car accident while traveling to Winnipeg to
see their grandfather. Further details of the funeral and any contact
information will be provided when it becomes available. In the meantime,
please pray for the Lord's grace and comfort for family and friends,
particularly those in the Redeemer community who knew and worked with
With resurrection hope,
I think that there are very few people at Redeemer who had no chance to interact with Craig. I met Craig on the first day of his first year at Redeemer - I was the roommate of his cousin Hannah's RA. Craig (believe it or not) was a pretty shy guy for the first week of the semester - he certainly came into his own after that, but there was a time when it seemed as though it was painful for him to talk to people he didn't know! Drastically different from the Craig who served as Student Senate President and who was employed in the Administration offices over the summers. Craig was to graduate in December.
May God's peace that passes all understanding be with Craig's family and friends. Craig, you will be missed at Redeemer.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
I was taking a break from the insanity of Catch-22, but after the heavy strangeness of Beloved I'm not keen on returning to Catch-22 quite yet. I think that Fifth Business by Robertson Davies will be my next conquest. I head off to California tomorrow morning, so it should be a good read for the plane. Sam has convinced me that David Adams Richards will be the next author whom I shall seek out.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
I find myself comparing this novel to Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot. Logic is circular, reason is non-existent and the world found within is a giant paradox. That irritates me. Granted, some things found within are clever: concerning Major Major Major Major, Heller writes, "Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them," calling to mind, of course, the comedic scene in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in which Malvolio reads aloud a forged letter from Olivia praising his skills and physique (and the yellow stockings!), where the line originally ran "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them!"
However, I find the majority of the novel thus far irritating. One character tells another character a story and mentions "St Gregory" several times. The storyteller winds up his story with a question of why that event transpired. Character two replies, "Maybe it was St Gregory!" Storyteller: "Who the devil is St Gregory?" Grr.
Regarding Major Major Major Major's father: "Major Major's father was a sober God-fearing man whose idea of a good joke was to lie about his age. He was a longlimbed farmer, a God-fearing, freedom-loving, law-abiding rugged individualist who held that federal aid to anyone but farmers was creeping socialism. He advocated thrift and hard work and disapproved of loose women who turned him down. His specialty was alfalfa, and he made a good thing out of not growing any. The government paid him well for every bushel of alfalfa he did not grow. The more alfalfa he did not grow, the more money the government gave him, and he spent every penny he didn't earn on new land to increase the amount of alfalfa he did not produce. Major Major's father worked without rest at not growing alfalfa."
It's just not my style. Reading a book about things that are not happening somehow make me feel as if for every minute that I'm reading it, I'm wasting five minutes of good reading time. However, it seems to be an important book to the literary community, and so I continue. Les Miserables also spent a fair amount of time with soliloquies such as, "If Jean had've noticed a road off to the side to the left of the tree and taken that road, he would have come across this old house where so-and-so had lived three generations previously blah blah blah..." And that was one of the best stories that I have ever encountered, be it in the written, spoken or acted form. So maybe there is yet hope for this book.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Premiering at Redeemer University College on May 9th at 12pm (noon), the production then moves into the downtown Hamilton Staircase Theatre for a two week run with performances on May 11 - 12, and 16 – 19 at 8pm. Tickets for all performances are available at Ticketwindow.ca.
We're going on May 19th. This group of Redeemer Students and Alumni first presented this play last spring. As it was a sell-out crowd every night, I didn't get the chance to go. From all of my co-workers here at Redeemer there was nothing but praise for this show. Oh, and this piece of advice: If you don't want to get in on the action, don't sit in the front!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I've always thought about reading it. It's in the RUC library. I might as well knock another one off of the list!