Winding Down with Naomi

Hmm...what is this all about, really? It's me jotting down ideas about things that go on in my life, and some occassional pictures of things I've seen and done.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

7 minutes & counting

Or less

I'm almost back at "work". Lunch seems to be long-ish, but that doesn't mean I get enough done over my lunch break!

I'm enjoying the rain here in Chatham. Have bumped into a classmate while here.

Keep my cousin JH in your prayers- he broke his collarbone/arm.

Happy Birthday to Andy- (back in Ottawa) have a great day!

Gotta run!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Hello from Chatham!

Hi Everyone!

Just thought I'd drop a quick line to say hello! I'm busy, have had a very busy and full weekend, and looks like my schedule is going to stay full and busy!

Recap of the weekend: Friday- wrote 2 exams in the afternoon, then dinner out with Chantal, then packing/exchanging Christmas presents with Mary and Fiona
Saturday- more packing, lots of driving
Sunday- Church in Collingwood, lunch there, then home (Clarksburg) to nap, pack, drive to London, say hi to Tracey, drive to Chatham and move in at Kirk and Pauline's place.

I'm slightly tired, but ok to keep running (I hope!) Talk to you soon!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

A day for hot beverages

It's a little chilly outside. -1 C, then add a windchill. (Not cold, mind you, Anusha would say I've regressed!) With the cooler temperatures, I find it nice to drink a warm beverage a couple of times during the day.

Tuesday: Hot chocolate, then tea
Yesterday: tea- which was cold by the time I got to drink it and a chai latte--mmm!
Today (so far): french vanilla tea

Now. I must relate to you my feelings about tea.

Tea= drinking an aroma. I often find the taste doesn't match the aroma, and that usually turns me off of that flavour of tea. I admit that I'm learning to drink tea despite the aroma/flavour mismatch, but don't think I have a favourite tea just yet.

Right now, I feel a little spoiled. I've been given the "day off" in order to study for a couple exams tomorrow. (I hope my classmates get something similar!) I also have a doggie in my lap, helping me compose this note. (She has no complaints about tea). I'm feeling spoiled because at our house we just had our dog die- she lived with us for 13 years. I'm still easily choked up about it, and will miss her bounding out to greet me when I go home on Saturday. I hope to do a post on her in the future- full of photos and things my family remember and miss most about her.

Talk to you later- probably from Chatham next time!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Alas, night falls too quickly

And I must go to bed.

I'm sleepy, and I have studying to do. I don't study well while tired, and I know I need to do a lot of studying over the next few days. I also have to force myself to study, rather than pack up. I'll be leaving Ottawa for a little while (til after Christmas, and even into the new year!), but hope to be able to keep you up on what I'm doing, where I'm at, etc.

So this is adieu, for now at least.

Sleep sweet!

A quick quote

In theory,
there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice there is.

~Yogi Berra

Friday, November 17, 2006

They might be...

Appropriate songs for the day!

This song has been wandering through my head off and on all day- not that I've seen the subject of it anytime recently (or you could say, in quite a couple days).

The sun is mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace,
where hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees.
Yo Ho it's hot, the sun is not a place where we could live.
But here on earth there'd be no life without the light it gives.

We need its light.
We need its heat.
We need its energy.
Without the sun, without a doubt, there'd be no you and me.

The sun is mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace.
Where hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees.

The sun is hot.
[It is so hot that everything on it is a gas, iron, copper, aluminum and many others.]

The sun is large.
[If the sun were hollow, a million earths could fit inside, and yet the sun is still only a middle-sized star.]

The sun is far away.
[About 93,000,000 miles away, and that's why it looks so small!]
And even when its out of sight, the sun shines night and day.

The Sun gives heat.
The Sun gives light.
The sunlight that we see.
The sunlight comes from our own sun's atomic energy.

[Scientists have found that the sun is a huge atom-smashing machine. The heat and light of the sun come from the nuclear reactions of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and helium!]

The sun is mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace.
Where hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees.

I found this song here and thought you'd all like the chance to hear the original of Why does the sun Shine...covered by They Might Be Giants. I enjoy the interjecting bits-and today, I have one!! We haven't seen it for days! Also-other fun songs can be found here.

A song that IS more fitting is one that you could think of as being sung by a bear holding a balloon...

I'm just a little black rain cloud
Hovering under your honey tree
I'm only a little black rain cloud
Pay no attention to little me
Everyone knows that a rain cloud
Never eats honey, no, not a nip
I'm just floating around
Over the ground
Wonderin' where I will drip

Any fun rainy day songs dripping through your head? I was trying to balance it a bit with the sun shine one!! Honest! Rain isn't the only think I think about. (Though my umbrella is misbehaving again!)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Fun while driving

You know...

You've played those games- spot the crazy critter (I saw a "woodchuck" the other day- guess what it was a truck for? Carting away trees- all nicely chopped up)- alphabet game (licence or sign)- where are they from- and a great one, that was made into a game show... Bumper Stumpers-

So, here's one for you. Please feel free to play along, and to submit your own (that you've seen while out and about).

The Bumper Stumper of the day: (which made me giggle when I figured it out!)


(My family- if you think it's easy- let someone else try first!! We've played this game far too often for it to be fair for you to get it right off!)

Saturday, November 04, 2006

An at home weekend

Looks like I'm here (Ottawa) for the weekend. It's not a bad thing, either! I'm getting the chance to slow down, relax, read from some of the books I got for my birthday--you know the good stuff! (It's one of my homes- at home-home mom and dad are away today anyway- so that wouldn't have been the best destination!!)

If I had disappeared this weekend, where would I have gone? To an East District Lutheran Young Adults (EDLYA) retreat. I had looked into it, but I'm a bit of a chicken with snow driving and my first winter with Atreyu. (Plus, it looks like Monday will be a LONG day- so I'm glad I get to start off after a slower weekend!!)

Today I've also been trying to clean up one of my email boxes. Wow! I keep far too much! Often because I forget it's there, but also because I get bogged down and then don't look back. One email I found that was fun contained a recipe. It looks like a good one, one I'd like to try at some point soon. Any guesses as to what it might be?

I also found a cute forward about our national hide-and-seek team. Let me know if you're interested-- I'll send it on to you! (email addy required if I don't have it! ie chickadeenaomi at google dot com)

It's time to head to sleep, or rather, to get my bed made up so I can sleep in it! (I was somewhat productive today with laundry etc!) Talk to you later!!!