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My Summer Vacation August 28, 2012--with pictures! (I hope!)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

As my blog title states, my summer vacation this year was one day.....and DH and I put a lot into the day!

We started at the Royal Ontario Museum:


I called this beast stupidosaurus because of very large body and small head....if he didn't have ganglia along his spine to work his legs, he would never move!

We saw lots of classical staruary...


Beautiful!

And mummies....



We then went to see the rest of the dinasaurs.

Wouldn't want to meet this guy in a dark alley!


Or this one!


We then had coffee in the cafe--this is DH...


We then travelled to High Park in West Toronto to see an open air production of A Midsummer's Night Dream. Sadly, we could not take photos during the performance...

The audience...


The setting...very rural...


It was a fabulous day, and I will remember for a long time my one day summer vacation!

  
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PUDLECRAZY 9/2/2012 9:11PM

    Looks like a fun day of vacation! Nice to see DH. emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 8/30/2012 6:40AM

    All the summer packed into one day!

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/29/2012 6:47PM

    Your attitude is the best. One day was packed and you both were happy

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MEXGAL1 8/29/2012 6:28PM

    Wow, you sure packed a lot in one day...made me tired. so glad you had a nice time.
Sallie

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MUSICNERD1993 8/29/2012 6:26PM

    Sounds like a great day! Lots of great pictures!

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Do you like to listen to audiobooks?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Here is an almost bottomless source of free (public domain) books i have just come upon.

I have been listening to them for years, first on cassette tapes and then cd's from the library; then downloaded from Lit2go from iTunes U; and now librevox.

Librevox is a source of free audiobooks read by amateurs, I do find the quality kind of varied, but it is free. These are not going to be best sellers; they are public domain, out of copyright, and there are old familiar classics plus a lot of obscure and interesting stuff. I just finished one that consisted of the letters of a pioneer woman in Wyoming in the early 1900's.

So, you need an iPhone or iTouch, probably there is an app for android too. Download the app Audiobooks, there is a free version and an upgraded version that costs 99 cents. You will have a choice of free books or ones that cost, make your selection, download or stream, and there you go.

If you want to volunteer and read for librevox, you can go to the website.

Knowing me, I am probably the last person to find this resource, but hey, I wanted to share it. I find these audiobooks a great way to pass the time and learn something while driving, or housecleaning, or working out.

Enjoy!

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DDOORN 9/19/2012 8:39AM

    Love audiobooks for traveling. Can't find time for them otherwise...just give me my tunes! :-)

Don

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OOLALA53 8/27/2012 9:24PM

    Thanks for this resource! I want to start listening more. I hope the artists who wrote the books get some kind of compensation, if appropriate, too, though.

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GUITARWOMAN 8/27/2012 7:29PM

    You are correct!

The site is spelled librivox.

My apologies.

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JANEDOE12345 8/27/2012 5:21PM

    Another one is http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/R>
Having a tough time getting into librevox -- is it librivox.org?

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MEXGAL1 8/27/2012 2:09PM

    Thanks for sharing ;)!

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/27/2012 12:22PM

    Thx for the tip, if I listen to anything but the radio it is learning CD's that sure aren't free.

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MUSICNERD1993 8/27/2012 11:33AM

    That sounds awesome! ...but not as awesome as imslp is for sheet music. Best website ever.
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MSGO72 8/26/2012 9:56PM

  Thanks for sharing


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DRAGONCHILDE 8/26/2012 8:59PM

    I love librevox. I have several books from them. :) Listening to audiobooks is the only way I can tolerate the treadmill more than 5 minutes at a time!

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Ten minutes left for my lunch hour....

Thursday, August 16, 2012

So I'll write a blog.

I have come to pleasantly anticipate reading the regular blogs of some of my Sparkfriends, so I thought it is important that I reciprocate!

Monday at the supermarket.

I am in the checkout line.
It is extra long for some reason.
My first day back at work, I am tired and my foot hurts.

A pleasant looking older lady got in line behind me. She was carrying her groceries in a reusable shopping bag. At least I had paid the deposit and had a shopping cart to lean on.

She answered her phone, and had a clear, bell-like voice. I was not eavesdropping, but I heard "leukemia," and then I heard "heart," and then "guarded condition."

And I had one of those moments when I realized my troubles were minuscule, microscopic, sub-atomic in size.

S I tapped her on the arm and offered that she could go in front of me. At first she said no, then she said yes, and she said to me she would pay this favor forward.

That's the story. No big deal for me, and maybe her day was made a bit easier. I hope so.


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ROCKMAN6797 8/19/2012 7:51PM

    I love paying it forward!

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PUDLECRAZY 8/17/2012 6:43AM

    It is very helpful to keep our difficulties in perspective. A couple of days ago a friend asked me how my foot was doing. It IS doing better, but I still have pain. It is probably 80% better. But I have another friend who is fighting for her life, she has ovarian cancer and I am afraid the cancer has the edge in this fight even though Jeanie is a tough opponent. In the grand scheme of things, the pain and inconvenience of my foot injury is miniscule.

That said, it must be hard going back to work and resuming tasks like groceries shopping after your foot surgery. You are amazing.

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DESIDERATA~GIRL 8/16/2012 4:55PM

    It's very true, many others have majoy problems but we often don't realise it. That was very kind of you to let her go before you - it meant little extra effort on your part but probably made a big difference to her day.

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RAE_LEIGH22 8/16/2012 4:24PM

    I'm sure that made her day!

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MUSICNERD1993 8/16/2012 1:10PM

    What a great blog. You are so kind emoticon

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JILLITA55 8/16/2012 1:07PM

    Tears came to my eyes reading this blog. You are a very kind person. Most people would never do that. God Bless You! emoticon emoticon

You get an "A" from me!

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SOON2BSMALL1313 8/16/2012 1:02PM

    People like you give me hope for our future. For every nice thing done I hope some one pays it forward and maybe the violence will get just a little bit less...

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So I'll Write a Blog.....

Sunday, August 12, 2012

just before I return to work full time at the office.

Things may be a bit blurry and crazy next week, so....

Firstly, I have some clarification on Bright Sided and Positive Psychology for Dummies. We are talking apples and oranges here....both very good for you, but different fruits! The Dummies book takes some basic positive psychology concepts and gives practical advice. Kind of boring, but not crazy.

Ehrenreich, on the other hand, at leas as far as I have read here, is talking about some weird stuff, like believe you will make money and dollar bills will float in your window, with proponents using science such as quantum physics to support this. Strange.

Other than that, chores are all done and I am ready to roll. I am truly ready to go back, I have learned that I do not have the whatever it takes to work only from home....too confining, and I like to be around people.

And, here is the most exciting thing, at least for me.

At the end of August I will have one year to go to retirement. I think the time will fly! So wish me luck, as I enter the last journey of my working career, and get more active in planning my retirement!




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ROCKMAN6797 8/16/2012 12:13PM

    The book by Ehrenreich sounds interesting. I love reading books where the author is "out there." It is always enlightening to listen to a different perspective....
Congrats on returning to work Bonita and continued success in your recovery!

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PAULINLIM 8/15/2012 5:09PM

    That reminds me of when I was listening to "The Secret" on audiobook. It was utterly preposterous, positing that if you think positive thoughts enough, you will emanate "vibrations" that will attract these good things to you. Their examples were mostly material possessions. I tried it out at an ice-skating marathon; as I skated and skated around, I kept repeating to myself, "I will win the raffle prize. I will win the raffle prize." I figured, "Why not try it? I don't have anything else to think about!" Of course, I didn't win the raffle prize, ha ha!

"The Secret" is idiotic; however, I must admit that when I was painting while listening to it, I was incredibly freed up, creatively speaking. I had the best painting session! So there is SOME benefit to it, I guess.

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SALTYPOPCORN 8/13/2012 4:03PM

    Are you saying dollar bills WON'T be floating in my window? What if I think really really good thoughts?
Congrats on your soon-to-be retirement! And congrats on being in a wonderful place right now~:-)

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PUDLECRAZY 8/13/2012 6:45AM

    emoticon You are really close to retirement! I have at least 3 years to go; fortunately I like my job, but how I would like time to do the things I want to do.

Hahahahaha about the money! I think that only applies to rich people. emoticon The rest of us schlep along making ends meet. I have a lot of positive energy and thoughts about money, but it just doesn't fly through my window. Darn!

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MUSICNERD1993 8/12/2012 6:07PM

    emoticon you're almost there! Good luck!
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How to Drive Yourself Crazy....

Thursday, August 09, 2012

or improve your analytic abilities big time!

I am reading concurrently the books "Positive Psychology for Dummies" and Barbara Ehrenreich's book "Bright Sided" (recommended by Meddy).

Not at the same time, or course.....I trade off.

The Dummy book tells you how to apply Positive psychology to your life.....

Bright Sided says that positive thinking has in essence ruined America.

As is the usual, I think the truth (at least for me) is somewhere in the middle--even Martin Seligman, the Positive Psychology Guru, states that critical thinkers and risk assessors are needed as well to look on the not-so bright side....

It will be an interesting ride. So far, Ehrenreich wins for just plain good writing!


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SWEETYOUNGTHING 8/10/2012 6:00PM

    I haven't read either but my initial thought was/is is Bright Sided confusing reckless thinking with Positive thinking? Thanks for posting; I'm going to look further into both books! Enjoy, Pat emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 8/10/2012 5:52PM

    Talk about extremes!
Will be very interested in Ehrenreich point of view when you are done with the book, very interesting point of view.

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PAULINLIM 8/9/2012 5:58PM

    Ha ha! You're going through the same thing I'm going through-- I recently started following Caldwell Esselstyn's "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Diet" (with excellent results, I must say), but then I started reading William Davis's "Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health", which was in almost direct opposition to the first book. It stressed me out! But the author of the first book looks lean and the the author of the second book looks chubby, so that must mean something. Plus, Davis's writing style is so biased and annoying, it makes it easier to decide whom I'm going to listen to!

The hardest thing about life is that we have to make our own choices.

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MEXGAL1 8/9/2012 3:56PM

    Very thought provoking indeed. I guess sometimes if one is too positive and not thinking about consequences and they ignor what needs to get done, that can be a problem. I think the fear of consequences and also competition can be very driving forces to motivate one to get it done!

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MUSICNERD1993 8/9/2012 12:54PM

    Interesting...I think I would be way analytical if I were to read those books...especially at the same time!
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