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Updates!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I have been in Canada since August 8th and will be here till December 12th. I do not look forward to leaving my dear homeland yet again, but my husband's work awaits him so we must go back.

Although I haven't been online as much as before, I do try to stay on top of emails, welcoming people on my teams, etc. My keeping tab of my food has been somewhat disastrous and my exercise level has come down a knotch and I have gained a bit of weight. However, my oldest daughter and I plan on continuing our exercise routine as we had begun. I do hope I have time to tally everything on SP.

The first three weeks I was here, I had to accompany my oldest daughter who has been trying to get her driver's licence. We drove so many hours of the day while we had my other daughter's car available to us. Once Mika got her licence we returned the car and have rented cars every now and then for her to practice on and to run some important errands.

In the meantime, on September 30th my daughter and I became certified Zumba instructors. I love Zumba-ing and love to do choreographies so it will be fun to prepare classes for when I return to Dakar where I plan to teach in certain gyms. I'm looking forward to this. Three times a week we both do Zumba classes with a friend of her's.

Also, we both took a CPR course which can help us do first aid on people. This is necessary when dealing with people.

We also had to get her house ready for my husband and niece who were arriving on the 14th of October. Everything had to be rearranged because of lack of space. Not an easy task I can assure you! It was easy when the boys were small but now, the youngest is bigger than I am and the oldest is taller than his mother who is a good 5'9".

As you can see I haven't been crossing my fingers due to not keeping me busy.

I am trying to stay on top of things but do excuse my late replies and lack of presence online. It's not that I don't want to be here but it's a simple fact that there are only 24 hours in the day.

See you online guys! emoticon

  
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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 12/11/2012 1:20PM

  Bonjour, Lise!

Je n'avais pas vu ce billet-ci quand tu l'as écrit.

Je te souhaites un bon voyage de retour demain! À bientôt!

Johanne

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1BEACHWALKER 12/5/2012 10:20PM

    Glad you had a chance to go back home for a visit! Guess you will be heading back to Africa soon! Have a safe trip! Thanks for the update! I bet you will have a lot to blog about when you get back! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/29/2012 11:11AM

    Glad you're having a great time

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KATHRYNLP 10/29/2012 8:55AM

    Canada misses you... emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 10/24/2012 2:26PM

    Have fun with the Zumba!!!!!!

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EEJAA70 10/23/2012 11:11PM

  Glad to hear that you're having such a great time.

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DIANER2014 10/21/2012 7:09PM

    You're keeping busy. emoticon on becoming a Zumba instructor! emoticon

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MINNIE 10/19/2012 1:22PM

    nice to hear from you. i missed you. glad you were away for such a good reason. you've accomplished so much. looking forward to your return.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/18/2012 6:53PM

    It's good to hear from you and nice to hear you are doing such happy things these days!

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LILBIT-2008 10/18/2012 10:32AM

    Congrats on Zumba. I have two left feet even if I go over the steps many times...lol.You'll get it all adjusted and together.

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OJ_2_OK 10/17/2012 10:31PM

    Wow you are busy! Don't let yourself get burnt out.

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JANIEWWJD 10/17/2012 10:17PM

    Thank you for the update and enjoy yourself!!! You deserve it and congratulations on becoming a zumba instructor!!!!
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PRAIRIE_MUM 10/17/2012 3:57PM

    Thanks for the update! I have been thinking about you lately and was going to drop you a note to say Hi!
Glad to hear you're enjoying your time in Canada. It sounds like you've got loads of fun things happening.
Take care!
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Traveling...

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hi all!

In the last couple of days, I haven't been online much because on Wednesday the 8th, I traveled to Canada to visit with my family. The time change is always difficult to get over but I'm getting there. Prior to my departure, my niece and her family (husband and two children) arrived on the Sunday so I was busy with them. I was happy to finally meet her husband and know her baby. Goodness, the latter is a big baby. At birth he weighed 5.5 kgs and at the tender age of 8 months, he already weighs 12.5 kgs. That's big and the parents are not big people. My husband, being concerned, asked that we bring the baby to a pediatrician for testing for gigantism. So far, everything is good but we await the lab work for the final results.

Today, my grand-daughter Michaella turns 13 so I will be spending a lot of time with the family.

Although I will come online, I will not spend as much time on SP on a daily basis for the next couple of months. emoticon

Hugs to you all.

Lise

  
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JANIEWWJD 8/24/2012 2:55AM

    I'm glad you're traveling, Enjoy yourself; we'll miss you!!!!
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JLDACQ 8/23/2012 7:35AM

    Ô le grand voyage! :-D Je sais que tu prendras le temps d'apprécier la famille, tout comme la famille est sûrement excitée de vous revoir aussi. Pendant combien longtemps seras-tu au Canada?

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FLAMENM 8/10/2012 11:18PM

    Enjoy your time with your family!

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IAMWINNING 8/10/2012 6:47PM

    Hi Lise, Yes, your niece's baby is large, but it's good news that so far the medical field says he's fine.

Have a wonderful trip

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/10/2012 6:44PM

    Safe travels...hope you have a good time visiting your family.

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 8/10/2012 8:16AM

  Prend tout ton temps pour ta famille, Lise! C'est si précieux et si rare. Nous allons très bien nous débrouiller sans toi, tu sais, tu n'as pas besoin de te préoccuper de nous. Prend bien soin de toi et des tiens!

Bisous,
Johanne

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REDHATSHAPELY1 8/10/2012 8:12AM

    I am glad you are having a good trip, in spite of concerns for your niece's baby. I am traveling as well, even though for just a week. It really disrupts your SP routines. But it has been great practice in adapting the SP lifestyle to real life.
Hope you can keep following your program while you are away.

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Relieved!

Friday, August 03, 2012

Back in May, my dog Mimi perforated one of her eyes. I brought her to the vet and treated her for over a week for inflammation, infection, etc. After a check up, he said that her eye would need to be removed but that it would be done when he returned from holidays. Well, this morning I brought her back to him and he said that her eye had healed so well that some of her vision had returned and that he was not going to remove the eye. He said that she was in the lucky 10% of dogs with this condition who do not have to have the eye removed.

Needless to say, we are all relieved at home.

  
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SWEETYOUNGTHING 8/8/2012 2:00PM

    congrats! It's heart wrenching when one of our pets is hurt/sick. Glad it ended well for you all.

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JLDACQ 8/7/2012 1:40PM

    Mimi est très chanceuse d'avoir quelqu'un comme toi pour l'aider à guérir. Et je comprends très bien ton soulagement qu'elle pourra continuer à voir des deux côtés de la tête! :-D

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BECKYI39 8/5/2012 10:51AM

    So happy for you and Mimi!

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 8/4/2012 5:59AM

  Tant mieux, Lise. Je suis contente pour toi et pour Mimi!
Johanne

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ROCKSTEADY4EVER 8/4/2012 2:02AM

    Great news!

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JANIEWWJD 8/3/2012 10:44PM

    OMG, THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS!!!! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 8/3/2012 7:58PM

    Great news!! So happy for you and Mimi.

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IAMWINNING 8/3/2012 6:32PM

    Wonderful news. I'm so glad to hear your sweet pet is one of the 10%. : )

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KWWILSON 8/3/2012 5:11PM

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1EMMA2011 8/3/2012 5:02PM

    What a miracle! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 8/3/2012 2:52PM

    Good news, I guess it was fortuitous that the surgery was delayed!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/3/2012 2:16PM

    Good thing your vet was going out of town!!! That's great news about your dog!

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ICEHOUSEGUITAR 8/3/2012 11:27AM

    What wonderful news! So happy for all of you!

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JENNNY135 8/3/2012 11:18AM

    Super news!

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MELISSA123321 8/3/2012 11:16AM

  :)

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As Kids See It! (Readers' Digest)

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Just wanted to share the following with you all. Enjoy!

"Let's just walk up the hill to the terminal, rather than wait for the bus," I suggested to my two young sons. Much to their displeasure, we began our walk. After a while, my seven-year-old son asked: "Mom, why do you always make the decisions?" "Because I'm the adult," I said. "When you become an adult, you'll make the decisions." He thought for a few seconds, then said: "No, I won't. Then I'll have a wife." emoticon
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Tara, my 13-year-old daughter, was filling out a form at the doctor's office and turned to me to ask about one of the questions. "I know that M is for married, S is for single and D is for divorced," Tara said. "But what's W for? Waiting?"
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Last year, my nine-year-old daughter flew first class to Los Angeles, won second prize in a national dance competition, spent the Fourth of July on the Queen Mary, swam in the Pacific Ocean, toured Hollywood and enjoyed all the rides at Universal Studio.

Then, at the beginning of the school year, when her teacher asked her to draw her favourite summer memory, Robin drew a picture of herself on our backyard swing, eating a chocolate bar.

(Man, you can't please them all!!! She should just have stayed home.)
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At the beginning of the school year, I mentioned to a Grade 1 student that he'd grown a lot since I'd seen him the year before. "I've been doing a lot of that, growing and shrinking." Puzzled, I asked what he meant. "Well, I used to be up to my big brother's nose," he replied, "but now I'm only up to his chin."

  
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JANIEWWJD 7/10/2012 12:49AM

    LOVED THIS BLOG!!! emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/10/2012 12:02AM

    Cute!

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JLDACQ 7/9/2012 4:10PM

    What a great way to end a Monday... reading kids' thoughts in your blog, and smiling as I get ready to head for home. :-D

Merci!

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ROCKSTEADY4EVER 7/8/2012 2:34AM

    Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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JENNNY135 7/7/2012 11:08PM

    Kids say the darnest things, got to love them.

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MACILINN 7/7/2012 9:56PM

    to cute! thanks for sharing!

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KIN59VARA 7/7/2012 5:09PM

    Cute

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HEALTHY14REAL 7/7/2012 4:34PM

    Great funnies! Thanks for the laughs.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/7/2012 4:28PM

    Enjoyed them. Thanks!

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NWFL59 7/7/2012 4:27PM

    Thanks for the chuckles! emoticon

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DLDMIL 7/7/2012 4:08PM

    This is very cute. Thanks for posting.

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MYZENIN10 7/7/2012 3:56PM

    Cute!

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I've been disturbed since yesterday...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Yesterday, when speaking with my daughter, I found out that my 12 year old grand-daughter was forcibly taken off a Montreal bus by the police. Knowing my grand-daughter, she personifies an angel-like appearance, well the personnification is a reality! She is well brought up and would never answer back and I'm not saying that because she's my family. For your information, my grand-daughter did speak to the driver in French because she has been to French schools all her life until she reached her last year of primary school. She was moved to the English system because this is her primary language and does not search for words as she would in French. Read on if you so wish:

montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTV
News/20120614/mtl_booted_120614/201206
14/?hub=MontrealHome


  
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WENDYSPARKS 6/26/2012 3:30PM

    Very sorry...hope things get worked out...

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 6/26/2012 10:49AM

  Lise, Merci pour les nouvelles de ta petite-fille. Tu sais, tu sembles penser que le fait de parler français est essentiel, mais l'incapacité à parler français n'aurait pas justifier ce que le chauffeur (et le superviseur, et la police) ont fait. Le Québec, en particulier Montréal, se veut une terre accueillante pour tous quelle que soit leur langue et leur lieu d'origine. De toute façon,ta petite-fille est originaire du Québec, d'après ce que j'en sais, d'expression anglaise. Il y au Québec des tas de gens qui ne parlent ni français ni anglais et qui ont droit à leur place au soleil. Il faudrait être encore plus gentil avec les gens qui ont de la difficulté à s'exprimer pour quelque raison que ce soit. À mon avis, le chauffeur a fait preuve d'incompétence d'avoir agi ainsi.

Espérons que Michaëlla se portera très bien malgré tout.
Johanne

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 6/25/2012 11:10AM

  Lise, Je viens juste de voir ton blogue du 15 juin. J'ai lu l'article de CTV et je trouve toute la situation invraisemblable. Pauvre chouette, elle devait être tellement bouleversée! C'est difficile de croire qu'une enfant de 12 ans, en uniforme scolaire, se fasse traiter de façon aussi cavalière. J'espère que le chauffeur aura au moins une réprimande. En fait, plusieurs d'entre eux auraient besoin de formation sur la façon dont ils devraient agir avec le public en général. Nous avons eu une situation à Ottawa où un autiste de 19 ans a été évincé d'un autobus d'OCTranspo, après s'être fait crié des injures incroyables; quelqu'un avait filmé toute la scène et ça a été diffusé dans tous les médias. Je crois que le chauffeur dans cette situation a été congédié.

Pauvre petite, j'espère qu'elle n'a pas été traumatisée par cet événement. Comment va-t-elle?

Bonne chance pour la suite des plaintes déposées par ta fille.

Johanne

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JANIEWWJD 6/23/2012 12:19AM

    Needless to say, I would be livid!!!! God Bless You!!!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/15/2012 6:43PM

    No wonder why you are disturbed...I would be furious! I hope things get straightened out. I have a feeling that driver will be fired. Something clearly went wrong.

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JLDACQ 6/15/2012 3:24PM

    Ce genre d'actions est déplorable! J'ai aussi lu les commentaires de l'article, et personne ne semble savoir pourquoi le conducteur voulait qu'elle débarque. Autre que son difficulté à s'exprimer, et que les conducteurs d'autobus à Montréal sont connus pour leur impolitesse, je ne comprends pas comment ça peut arriver chez-nous. *hugs*

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TBRANCH2 6/15/2012 12:08PM

    It is a shame!!! Yes, you should be outraged!!! Keep your chin up and re-emphasize to your granddaughter that SHE did nothing wrong!!!

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IAMWINNING 6/15/2012 9:32AM

    Oh, Lise, how horrible for your granddaughter. I hope the bus company doesn't just sweep this under the rug.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 6/15/2012 9:26AM

    Hard to believe in this day and age that racism/prejudice still prevails. I hope your family gets the answers they deserves. emoticon Pat

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