Thursday, June 29, 2006
Baby found dead in vehicle; Mother apparently forgot to drop off baby at day care
By Lisa Gibson
Herald Staff Writer
A 5-month-old baby died in a minivan Wednesday after the mother apparently forgot to drop the child off at day care.
The tragedy was discovered about 5:30 p.m. outside the Wonder Years 2 day care. The baby's mother stopped at the day care after work to pick up the child and was told by staff that the baby had not been dropped off. She realized then that the baby had been in her minivan all day.
"The mother had forgotten to drop off the child at day care in the morning," said Curt Kreun, owner of Wonder Years 2. "She actually came in the building to pick up the child and then realized what had happened."
This hits so close to home. Full story here.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Today, we went to Canadian Tire, where Liam rode around in one of the little cars for the first time, and loved it (clutching the steering wheel the entire way). We walked over to the grocery store to pick up a few items and then made a key lime pie. We went for a bike ride out into the country and past TJ Stables, where Liam got a kick out of the horses in pasture. After lunch we went outside; when Liam got tired of blowing bubbles, we turned on the sprinkler and he had a ball with that (well... except for when it hit him square in the chops, and he didn't realize that he could get away from it). We went for a trot around the neighbourhood in the wagon. And now Liam is in bed, tuckered out, which leaves me free to get ready for a party Chad and I are going to tonight.
I don't go back to work until next Tuesday, and maybe by then I will be sick of the endless games of chase and clamoring for stories and peace-making between Liam and Captain...
...but I doubt it.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
No more of Stratford for a while now... I promise.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Part of holding down the fort this morning involved clearing the house of snakes. Prior to our trip to Chicago, we went out and bought an assortment of cheap little toys to amuse Liam on the plane. I picked up a couple of new board books. Chad picked up a package of about 20 assorted rubber snakes. Which was a pretty mean thing to do, given the inherent fear of snakes that most women have and me in particular. I admit that I am a lot better about them now than I used to be - largely owing to the repeated exposure I've received thanks to Chad (the only one I know who sets out on vacation with the declaration that not spotting a particular breed of snake while away will mark the whole trip as a failure) - but as far as I'm concerned, they still rank pretty far below puppies and kittens on the cuteness scale.
The problems with these snakes of Liam's are threefold. First, there's too many of them. Second, Liam likes them a lot, so they are always out. And third, they are way too freakin' realistic for my liking. We have coiled up snakes perching on the stairs, and sunbathing snakes stretched out on the sofa, and playful snakes hiding underneath discarded toys and clothes. Everywhere you go in my house, you come face to face with a snake.
I have (somewhat) gotten used to this, but whenever someone comes over, I always run around trying to get all the snakes out of view so that we don't scare the bejeesus out of them. Which is what I had to go back inside and do this morning, after I was already on my way out the door for work, when I realized that today is cleaning day and that Shirley would be coming over. Shirley is a small, older woman, very quiet and just about the nicest person you've ever met. I have this awful image in my head of her picking something up and finding a snake underneath it. And quitting on the spot.
And I have come to love having a cleaning lady way too much to let that happen.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
PS -- within 48 hours of posting the photo of Liam and the snow globe, he had broken it. Live and learn. Off to eBay to find another.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
I’ve had several questions about digital scrapbooking lately so I thought I would answer them all in one place. I am far from an authority on the subject – you can buy magazines etc. devoted to digi-scrapping if you are super keen… they offer lots of tutorials etc. to get you started. But honestly – they’re not really necessary. You can get started without them. Any graphics program will work; I use PSE (Photoshop Elements – a dumbed-down, cheaper version of Photoshop that came on our computer.) There are hundreds of websites selling digital scrapbooking kits, and most have a couple of freebies you can download to sample the designer’s work. Kits run around $5 US apiece, which is comparable to what you’d spend on supplies for a traditional page. Kits vary in size, but typically include an assortment of papers (backgrounds), an alphabet set, and assorted embellishments, like digital versions of stickers and ribbons and such. When I do a page, I just start a blank 12x12” file, then open the files from the kit that I want to use and drag and drop them onto my canvas. The same goes for photos and text. Each piece is a new layer, and you can arrange the layers in any order you wish, or delete a layer at any time.
Some of the benefits of digi-scrapping (to me) are:
- I don’t have to wait to get photos printed before I can do a page
- I can adjust the size of the photos as I go
- I can alter the size of any of the elements in the kit
- I never run out of a letter like I do with stickers – I can copy an element and use it over and over again
- I never glue anything down, so it is so much easier to manipulate things and rearrange them until I’m happy
- I like that I can have my gridlines turned on so that measuring things is easy (the anal engineer in me coming out!)
- I can change the colour of the elements to better match my photos (though I admit that I rarely do – because half the fun is in finding a kit that already suits my photos)
- I don’t make a huge mess and have supplies spread all over the dining room table
All in all, it is much faster for me to do a digital page than a traditional page. But, I’m bi-scrapsual, and doubt that will ever change; I will never abandon the paper world, because I still love the artsy-craftsy look of traditional pages (versus the ‘magazine’ quality of a digital page) and process of putting them together. And there are lots of cool traditional supplies that digital can’t match.
I have been having my digital pages printed by a place in Utah, and they are mostly turning out ok and are cheap to print there (and only $2 to ship)… but some other printers have hit the market, so I am now shopping around to see who I like best. Printing a 12x12 at a photo lab is way expensive, so I think these businesses devoted to printing digital scrapbook pages are the way to go. I am also considering designing my pages as 12x12 but then shrinking them down to 8x8, pasting them onto an 8x10 canvas and having them printed at the Superstore photo lab for just a few dollars each… then I would just need to trim off a couple inches of white space before storing them in 8x8 albums. I may also switch over to 8.5x11, which is the other ‘traditional’ scrapbook size, when I buy my next album… also much cheaper to have printed. Lots of options.
One of my favourite digi-scrapping designers is Shabby Princess… http://www.shabbyprincess.com/ … she has some cool free downloads to get you started. Check her out.
(Liam has started collecting snow globes from all the places he visits... here he is with piece #1... a snow globe from Chicago.)
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
This wouldn't be so bad on its own, but right before I picked Liam up last night, he fell and skinned his knee. I had to wash my shirt when I got home last night, as it was a good work shirt and was smeared with blood (thank goodness for that new sump pump!) And, of course, this all comes on the heels of that stripe of bruise on his face finally fading. I just can't keep him injury-free. On the upside, Cindy said Liam stopped crying as soon as he had both dinky cars back in hand. And to make myself feel better, I did a bit of therapeutic shopping last night; Dumbo is out on DVD, and now on its way to our house.
(Also on the upside - Liam has a new word - Up! - said when he wants out of his highchair, or when he is picking himself up and dusting himself off after taking a digger. 2/3 of the way there...)