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Bring on 2015!

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Like any year, there were ups and downs over the past 12 months. However, 2014 was unfortunately just a bit more about downs, than ups.

On the positive side (cuz I like to mention good things first):

First, and most importantly, the kids are thriving. My eldest is working full-time in retail and had come to the realization that working retail kinda sucks. I’m hoping that this translates to post-secondary education in September. I’m proud of the girl for sticking with it even if “it” isn’t quite a lot of fun.

My now-11-year-old is growing into a brilliant and beautiful young lady. Although with this comes those wonderful preteen moments when parents go “WTF did I say?”. Her love for horses and all critters has remained and she seems quite serious about her riding. Though I know full well that this may end up in a second mortgage!

My youngest is batshit crazy. He really is. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and all that, I suppose. He’s very extroverted but has a great focus when taking on tasks… Like Lego or homework. He is digging school and his grades reflect this. He started hockey this year and is LOVING it! And scoring his first goal was very special! He has already surpassed my career total.

No, no, no, I’m not one of those parents who thinks his kid will be the next Bobby Orr, but I do like this hockey Dad gig, for sure!

Second, the political fortunes smiled in my favour in 2014. Tim Hudak managed to hand the provincial Liberals another win. My brother was successful in his run for a seat on Parry Sound Town Council and two good friends were successful here in Ottawa. I wish all three of them the best in the coming four years and know that they will make their constituents proud!

And may 2015 see the barn down smack Harper on the butt as he leaves Canada’s political scene… and we start a new and more positive era with Justin Trudeau.

(Had to say it.)

Third, I continued with my volunteer activities and even notched them up a tad. My stint on the Board of Aladin Childcare will come to an end in 2015 after 6 years… time enjoyably spent. I continue to serve my kids’ school community as the Secretary of the Parent Council and work with an incredibly dedicated bunch of parents and staff!

And I was surprised and humbled to receive a United Way Community Builder award. I so wasn’t expecting such a thing but am honoured to recognised and am looking forward to the official award ceremony early in 2015.

Finally, I took on a new role at the Canterbury Community Association as its President after the previous one won a seat on City Council. This will be a challenging role but one I’m certain I will love. I am surrounded by capable and dedicated community members and am truly excited thinking what great things we will accomplish in 2015!

On the meh, sorta neutral front, was my work life. I’m very proud of the work I do and love most of the people I work with. As much as the current regime tries to demonise professionals like me and my colleagues, we continue to work hard on behalf of Canadians. Although I, and most of us, would admit that over the last few years, it has been very, very difficult to maintain our enthusiasm for our vocations. Morale has never been lower. But we do professionally soldier on knowing that it can only get better (?).

Now, on the downer side…

Health was an issue in 2014 like no year before. My Mom had a fall and broke her hip in June… she has fully recovered but it was worrisome as hip fractures at her age can be problematic. On the plus side, she was forced to quit smoking (apparently not allowed in hospital rooms) and has stayed off the killer weed ever since!

Staying on the fracture front, my wife broke her ankle quite badly in July, resulting in a surgery, screws and plates and a lengthy rehab period. Even almost six months later, it still gives her some trouble. Worst of all, most of the family summer plans were scuttled… Including a trip to Cuba which was scheduled for the day after her surgery. Ah well, we’ll make up for it next year!

On a very sad note, I also lost an uncle in 2014. It was quite unexpected and has been very hard on my aunt and cousins. I’m hoping they have a better 2015.

For my part, I cannot remember having a worst year, health-wise. First, I had a painful issue that required surgery but reappeared a few months later. Second, my high blood pressure hasn’t improved. But worst of all, it appears that I have a genetic blood disorder called hemachromotosis. It results in excess iron being stored in my body and there is a tendency to accumulate in my vital organs; the heart and liver being the most susceptible.

It can kill me… so not to be taken likely. I should have the genetic test results in early January and the treatment is, well, blood letting. Or, in modern terms, phlebotomies. But until I get my ferritin levels down to normal (20-200 – mine are in the 1100-1400 range), I’ll have to live with quite painful arthritic symptoms, abdominal pain and incredible fatigue.

But I’m confident I’ll be fine a year from now and will just have to get used to having blood drained from me fairly often… maybe I should invest in leeches? And after all, there are folks out there with FAR worse health issues than this.

It was a difficult year, yes. But, upon reflection, the positive stuff did balance out much of the negative. Still, I am looking so forward to 2015 and the excitement that only a new year can bring!!!

Happy New Year to all!

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Dirty hotel rooms…

… are everywhere!!!

CBC’s Marketplace released some findings of a health study done on a variety of low and high-end hotel rooms across Canada.

Warriner (the researcher) tested common “hot spots” in hotel rooms using an adenosine triphosphate (ATP) measuring device that determines microbial contamination on surfaces.

A scan of any surface gauges the level of contamination with a simple numerical value, employing a scale used in similar tests in schools and offices. An ATP level under 300 is considered a “pass,” while anything between 300 and 999 is in considered to be in the “caution zone.” An ATP level over 1,000 is deemed a fail.

Marketplace’s test found that bed comforters, bathroom faucets and TV remotes were the top three dirtiest spots in hotel rooms.

The article goes on to note how some of the better hotels; the Fairmonts and the Sheratons, for example, scored worse in some categories than lower end places.

Is anyone really surprised by these findings?

The housekeepers have a quota of number of rooms cleaned per day. They have to meet this quota as a condition of their continued employment. So they may not have enough time to throughly clean every room assigned to them; especially if a couple of rooms are especially dirty and need extra attention. The hotel managers are trying to squeeze every last cent from them to lower their own costs, so the chances of the housekeepers being assigned fewer rooms are pretty slim.

In any case, I for one will be a bit extra vigilant the next time I stay in a hotel room… and I won’t be pulling the comforter all the way up to my neck!

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Lifestyle change…

… results after 10 days.

Hey! Psst. Wanna lose 10 pounds in 10 days?

No – this isn’t an ad… I’m just amazed that by cutting back to a 1,000ish mg of daily sodium intake, I have lost so much weight in such a short period of time… just by cutting out crappy processed foods and being really conscious of what I’m eating!

Not only that, I’m sleeping better and have more energy!

Yeah, I do want to one day be able to have a slice of pizza now and then or some Chinese food… but not until Christmas at the soonest and only in moderation after that. Trashy has had an epiphany! Nothing like a bit of a scare courtesy of one’s family doctor to bring on an epiphany.

Maybe this whole high BP thing has a silver lining.

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An argument against vaccinations…

You be the judge:

Vaccines Assault The Blood & Violate Biblical Law

The Bible tells us in Leviticus 17:11-12 that: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood… No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.”

God has made it very clear throughout the scriptures that blood is sacred. When you understand the importance of health and nutrition and how critical your blood is in this process, it’s easy to see why the flu shot, and all vaccines for that matter, violate Biblical law and all the laws of health. Your bloodstream is either a river of life to all the cells in your body or a river of disease and death. You can’t inject foreign viruses, bacteria, blood contaminants, DNA disrupters, neurotoxins, and preservatives into your body and somehow think you’re going to get health.

Vaccines bypass the natural defensive capabilities of the liver, kidneys, colon, lymphatic system, and the immune system and deliver toxic waste directly into the body. Your body doesn’t know what to do with mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, chicken embryos, and microorganisms when it’s fired into it like a missile. Some people can go into shock. Others have died and many have been seriously injured shortly after receiving a flu shot. Guillain-Barré, temporary Multiple Sclerosis-like illness, breathing problems, hoarseness, wheezing, hives, paleness, dizziness, weakness, and rapid heartbeat have all been reported as side effects from the flu shot.

Let’s use common sense here. If God didn’t want us to eat blood or mix unclean substances in our bodies, he certainly didn’t want them injected directly into our body either. All vaccines contain substances that the Bible deems unclean and unfit for our bodies. The question really boils down to this: Are you going to trust God for your immunity or are you going to trust man? There are many safe and natural alternatives that are available to ward off infections but you’ll never hear about them from the media. They thrive on fear in order to create consumption.

Yeah. Leviticus.

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The wealth/health gap – visualised in an ubercool way!

Very cool!

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Coffee rocks!

Woo-hoo!

Turns out that coffee is GOOD for you!

Now to wait for the news that being overweight and drinking booze in non-moderation portions are also great for my middle aged body!

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