What Am I? Mystery Photo, part 4

Did the last photo leave you hungry?  If so, you were on the right track…

This is a close up of one of my favorite Christmas treats.  They are Confetti Squares, ooey, gooey goodness of butterscotch, peanut butter and marshmallows.  Yum!

Confetti squares

Congrats to Hélène, who guessed that they were marshmallows are caramel.  Close enough for a win!  🙂

Are you ready for a new challenge?

Here is this week’s mystery photo.  If you want to guess what this may be, please do so in the comments section of this post.  Good luck!


Mystery Photo – What Am I? part 3

Last week’s mystery photo was this one.

A gold star goes to Hélène, who correctly guessed (on Facebook) that this is a photo of a lily!   



So how wants to play this week?  Here is a new photo.  Use the comments section to let me know what you guess this might be.  The answer will be revealed next week. 

Can you guess what I am?

What Am I? – Mystery Photo, part 2

Last week I introduced the “What Am I?” game.  I provided a photo, asking you to guess what it is.

Here is last week’s photo:

There were several great guesses, but none were right on.

What is it?  It is a series of flag poles. 

Here’s the original photo.

Are you ready for a new challenge?  Here is this week’s photo.

Feel free to post your guess as to what this might be in the comments section.  I’ll be back with the answer next week.

Mystery Photo – What Am I?

When I was a kid, my favorite magazine was Owl magazine.  All of it was interesting, but my favorite feature was on the back cover.  There were always close-up photos of things, six of them I think, and the challenge was to figure out what the things were.

I was thinking about this activity a while back, and remembering how much I enjoyed trying to figure out what those mystery photos were.  I thought it might be something fun to try out here.

I’ll post a photo that only shows a part of something and you can try to figure out what it is.  Post your guess in the comments section.  In a week, I’ll post the answer.

As this is the first time I try this, I’m not sure how to judge what is easy and what is difficult, so if this one is too easy, please bear with me. 🙂

So, what am I?

Reflection on the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

I’m not someone who gets excited about the Olympics.  Back in November, I was already saying that I couldn’t wait for the 2010 Games to be over, because I was sick of all the hype we were getting here in Canada.

Despite this, I decided to watch the Opening Ceremonies on February 12th.  I thought I would watch as long as it was interesting.  I loved the stories of Canada that were told.  I watched it to the end. 

I caught Olympic fever.  I saw athletes accomplish the most amazing feats, like Slovenian cross-country skiier Petra Madjic who skiied with broken ribs and a punctured lung.  And won a bronze medal!  I began to cheer the athletes on.  To feel pride when they achieved their goals.  And heartbreak when they didn’t.  These Olympic Games have been so exciting and exhilarating.  They have been made of many great moments, and difficult ones too.

The most touching and amazing of these was perhaps Joannie Rochette.  Her mother passed away after arriving in Vancouver, just 2 days before Joannie’s competition began.  I can’t even imagine how she was able to get herself together enough to skate.  And she didn’t just skate in the event.  Joannie won a bronze medal.  That kind of strength in the face of such tremendous loss is astounding.  I’m sure her mother would be incredibly proud of her.        

The most exciting event for me was perhaps the men’s 5000m relay in short track speed skating.  I didn’t see this event live.  I watched it on the internet the next day.  Even though I knew the results before watching, it was so exciting to see. 

Today’s gold medal game in men’s hockey was so stressful.  How is it that even though none of us are playing the game, we take such pride in the win?  I did nothing that affected the outcome of that game, yet the win was exciting and meaningful.  Just as every success that a Canadian athlete had at these games was a cause to feel pride. 

I watched these games with pride.  I love being Canadian, I’ve always been proud to be Canadian, yet somehow during the past two weeks I have felt even more pride to be Canadian.  I feel connected to other Canadians across the country.  It’s a great feeling, though I know it won’t last.  But now I finally understand why people get so excited about Olympic Games.   

And now, with the exception of the Closing Ceremonies, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics are over.  I hope that the legacy of these games in Canada will be a commitment to amateur sports, that funding for them will continue.  We can’t just fund athletes once they are world class athletes.  We need to support sports for young children so that they can grow into world class athletes.  Canada has just had its best winter games ever.  Let’s put things into place so that these kinds of things can happen again. 

This proud Canadian, who couldn’t wait for the Games to be over before they had even begun, is sad to see them end…

Time – where does it go?

Clipart from Clipartheaven.com

Clipart from Clipartheaven.com

It’s been 3 months since I’ve posted here…  Three months!  How does that happen?  How did time move so quickly? 

When I was a kid, time seemed to move forward soooo slowly.  I was in such a hurry, and it just wasn’t going quickly enough.  I couldn’t wait to for summer vacation to arrive, and then about a month later, I couldn’t wait to school to start.  And I was always looking forward to the next birthday, because it seemed there would be something new I could do as I got a year older…

Now I don’t know where time goes!  Each weekday goes by in a flash.  By the time I’m home from work and have prepared/eaten dinner, there is little time left to do something before bed.  And getting up at 5:30 am each day, the night seems to go by really quickly!  And weekends just fly by!  There is so much I want to do each weekend, and of course there are the things that need to be done (like vacuum, and clean bathrooms, and doing laundry…)  It seems that before I have time to blink, it’s Monday morning again.

I can’t believe it’s already mid-May.  I don’t even remember February, March or April at this point. ..

Is it just me, or does time seem to go by faster as I get older?  How short will a year seem by the time I retire?

The best job in the world!

Island Caretaker – Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia…

That’s it, the job that is being billed as the “Best Job in the World”.  Tourism Queensland is looking for someone to live on Hamilton Island for 6 months, spend time outdoors enjoying adventures and to blog about it all.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?   And for this the person will have a house to live in plus gets paid AUD $150,000!   Of course everyone wants this job!

Who wouldn’t want to be there, doing that?

I want to meet the people who came up with this idea.  It’s an absolutely brilliant marketing campaign!  Brilliant!  The publicity they are already receiving is crazy!  Last week, their website crashed because so many were using it at the same time. 

This campaign has been carefully thought out.  It launched January 9th, winter for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  When it’s -30 Celsius, the idea of spending 6 months on an island in the Great Barrier Reef sounds pretty darn good!  The job (and therefore the blog) begins July 1st and ends January 1st.  It will run during the time that those who want to visit Australia in January and February will be doing their planning.

They are creating a buzz by having the application videos available for people to view, plus they will have the public vote for one person to get a wildcard spot for an interview, in addition to the 10 candidates Toursim Queensland selects.  They are already creating a following for this blog 6 months before it will launch!  

And the cost of this amazing promotional campaign?  The $150,000 salary, providing housing to the person for 6 months, plus airfare to the interview for the 11 candidates, plus airfare for the successful candidate…  Now there is good value for money!