Friday, October 20, 2006


Two work stories:
1) Tonight a man came into Shoppers and purchased 2 items.
Me: "Hi there, how are you?"
Man: smiles, points to Purdy's chocolates bag and rubs his belly.
Me: "Yes, chocolate is good. Do you have an Optimum card?"
Man: points to his teeth, then fakes a sore mouth and mimes pulling teeth out.
Me: "$5.29 please. Would you like this in a bag?"
Man: still gesturing toward his cheeks, teeth and the chocolate bag. Fakes giving me a $5 bill twice. Then does a "magic trick" with a penny.
Me: "Thanks. 71 cents is your change" (holding change to give to man)
Man: grabs change from hand then holds up his two bags - Shoppers and Purdy's. Gestures for bigger bag to put them both in
Me: "You'd like a bag for both?" (way past the point of amusement by now)
Man: continues to hold up bags
Me: giving bigger bag to man - "Thanks have a good night."
And so ends my exchange with this individual. I would also like to add that this man was clearly able to speak and was in no way mentally incapable.

2) A few weeks ago I was minding my own business on a Saturday afternoon at work. A man comes up to the counter. I face him and smile.
Man: Excuse me, miss?
Me: Yes?
Man: Do you have Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour?
Me: Yes I do.
Man: Praise the Lord sister! Amen! What an encouragement! Give me a high five!
Later I see this same man just outside of Shoppers approaching two college age males asking them the same question. They obviously say no and proceed to be extremely uncomfortable while sitting on a mall bench while this man runs through how to be saved. I am not sure what he said, but at one point he was kneeling on one knee with his arms stretched out. These guys he was talking to were trying to just leave. One got on his cell phone.
A bit later (he is still outside Shoppers) and he asks a young black woman the same questions. She replys no, looks at him funny and walks away.

I just wonder about people sometimes, and why they do what they do.

Here is a fun game!
Next time you are in a rather boring retail type setting (this game is more fun if you are working) see how many of these things you can spot (or hear):
- high heel shoes
- "I want to get rid of all this change" (keep a tally!)
- people with mullets
- the wedding crowd (people who obviously just came from a wedding - they are usually dressed up and buy cards, lip stuff, tylenol, pantyhose or junkfood)
- grown women wearing sweatshirts with dogs, kitties, horses etc on them (sorry if you like Northern Reflection, but it is a really really bad style. It's not even style.)
- "where is aisle ?" (this is especially funny when the aisles are actually labelled)
- murses (man carrying purse)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

shoe box gifts

Today I filled a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child through the Samaritans Purse organization.

Operation Christmas Child delivers Christmas gifts to kids in war torn and third world countries. This year they are delivering shoe boxes to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Haiti, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Senegal. Shoe boxes are filled with toys, games, school supplies, personal hygiene items, candy, hair clips, dolls etc.

I've been packing a shoe box since grade 5 I think, which was 11 years ago. One of my elementary school teachers made it a club first, and then a school wide project, and I remember it being fun to wrap boxes and go to the dollar store to get stuff to put in my box. I was even on the news once in Lethbridge for Operation Christmas Child, and in the paper, on the day our school was collecting all the boxes. It also happened to be Crazy Christmas Hair Day that day, so I had garland and Christmas ornaments in my hair. Operation Christmas Child definitely holds some great memories for me - many of my elementary school friends were also involved and so we would all bring our lunches to school on Thursdays and do whatever we needed to do for Operation Christmas Child. Each year since then I have enjoyed putting a box together, and I hope I can continue to do so in the years to come with my own family.
If you would like more information on Operation Christmas Child, click here.
(Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated or associated with Samaritans Purse, I just like the Operation Christmas Child program.)

Another great Christmas giving program is called Living Gifts through Ten Thousand Villages. Click here to find out about Living Gifts.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

the fam

I love my family! (I know it looks like all we do is pose for pictures, but that is not entirely true. It's probably only 3/4 of the time!)

Sunday, October 01, 2006

white rabbit

I've had a busy week! Dan came to Calgary for a few days last weekend so that was enjoyable. Mom and Dad came to Calgary on Sunday to hang out with us, and we went to the zoo. It was a beautiful day! Dan and I also went to the Glenbow museum on Tuesday with my school friends (it was fun Tuesday after all). I'm glad they could all meet each other because it's always nice to put a face with a name.
And then I had a surprise. On Thursday night when I came home from school I checked my email and had one from my dear friend Shannon telling me she was on her way here. We had been emailing during the week about her coming this weekend and I wasn't entirely sure what was going on since I had to work and stuff. Anyway, Shannon did come and arrived at my house about 10 minutes after I got her email! It was so great to see her again!

I don't know what else to write. I should get ready for the day and then do some laundry, study for a midterm, do other homeowrk and maybe bake something. Who knows how much of that will get done, but I'll try. I am very excited for my short week! Can't wait to see you family!