Friday, October 30, 2009

Fall Randomness

makes me happy.








Enjoy it while you can!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Knowledge

makes me happy.


I'm not going to ease into this post with a fuzzy intro, no I'm going to get right into it - H1N1... how we all feeling about that?

I have to say this is a very funny post for me to do considering everything I said yesterday BUT, I'm nothing if I'm not honest, and the whole decision whether to vaccinate or not has taken much longer then I would have ever imagined.

My reason why boils down to one thing - that precious little baby, wearing that awesome winter hat, in that photo above.

If I didn't have Byrdie my decision would have been made long ago - no vaccine. Done. I believe I take enough safety measures to prevent developing the flu and if I did proliferate the flu within myself I believe I am strong enough to fight it. This may or may not be true but it's what I believe.

Enter The Byrd, and specifically The Byrd's health, whom I'm currently 50% responsible to for making these decisions, and I that's when begin to waiver. Just because I believe I won't catch it and I believe I can fight it doesn't necessarily mean the same thing for Byrdie.

And then there's the 'what ifs.' What if I don't take the shot and something not so good happens to this little girl. Could I still live a life without regret?

That train of thought had me leaning toward getting the shot even though it still didn't feel like the right choice in my gut. Why doesn't it feel right?

Well this post gives a nice little summary of my main concerns. Here's an excerpt...


Without a doubt, there are serious concerns about the safety and efficacy of this vaccination, not to mention questions about the origins of the virus and the motivation for whipping up public fear and for the mass production of the vaccination itself. Conference Speaker Dr. Joe Mercola points out that, among other concerns, adjuvants in the vaccination include thimerosal (mercury), as well as squalene which has been associated with devastating autoimmune problems as well as with arthritis, memory loss, and neuropsychiatric problems. Conference speaker and Emmy award-winning investigative reporter Gary Matsumoto published a book on the dangerous toxic effects of squalene. The new H1N1 vaccination will contain both thimerosal and aluminum, in addition to squalene, increasing the toxicity of the shot. Each shot is reported to contain 25 mcg of mercury, 250 times the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) safety limit. Adding aluminum and formaldehyde to the mix complicates the possibility of adverse effects. According to an article published in the International Journal of Clinical Investigation (2005), those receiving regular flu shots for 3 to 5 years had a ten-fold increase in the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease compared to those receiving no flu shots.


I believe there are too many possible long term side effects of these vaccinations for me to risk taking them.

Still, whenever I think I've decided to just say no to the vaccine - I begin to feel powerless, for myself and The Byrd, which isn't cool either.

Which then got me thinking - if I don't take the shot what can I do to help prevent infection?

Well interestingly enough, just speaking to my dear friend Meghan, who happens to be a holistic nutritionist, about the all the ins and outs of the H1N1 virus and the vaccine, began to bring back my feeling of power. While she certainly didn't tell me one choice was better then the other she did provide me with a lot of information, and in my books - knowledge is power.

Then I received this email from another friend and although I have no idea if this doctor even exists, I do believe in the message...

Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc.. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).

The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know

The only portals of e ntry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

and I thought, now I have knowledge and an actual arsenal of natural flu fighting weapons.

With a little more research I've also decided to add these to my Ways To Stay Healthy list...

* take vitamin D

* get as much sleep as possible

* continue to exercise and eat many fruits and veggies daily

* speak up and ask people to wash their hands before playing with The Byrd and give her kisses on the top of her head or the tip of her toes where it would be more difficult for her to transfer our germs to her mouth

My mind still isn't completely made up yet but, I'm certainly feeling like I have begun to balance the scale in terms of my knowledge for and against vaccination.

May you unearth all the knowledge you need to make the decision that's for you and yours.

Stay healthy my friends!

PS - special thanks to this funny lady for that awesome winter toque.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Single Classification System

makes me happy.


I read this in Deepak Chopra's The Book of Secrets the other day...

If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one and punish you for another. This isn't a correct assumption because the universe is flexible - it adapts to every decision you make. Right and wrong are only mental constructs.



As I've believe this to be true for some time now, I decided long ago that if my mind still needs to label things, I'll label everything right.

Now I can't tell you for sure if there really are no right or wrong decisions, or if I've only attracted the right ones since labeling everything so, but I've yet regret a decision ever since living this way.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Transit.

The Stimulus Package

makes me happy.


Grandma busted out some fun new toys for the wee babies this weekend.


Both Evan and Byrdie appeared to be thoroughly enthralled and entertained.


As were...


we.


Babies - reality entertainment at it's best!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Our Balancing Act

makes me happy.



Here's the skinny. It's soooo true what they say about time flying when you have a kid. True in the sense that the child does grow and change so quickly that you can hardly believe what's happening. But also true in the sense that your days are so full that they can just zip by, one after another, after another.

As we could easily fill every minute of every day, we're both always ensuring that there is a feeling of balance in our life. And there is. I'd say 97% of everything we are busy doing are enjoyable endeavours and pursuits which we've chosen.

But as Kev pointed out in his post today, it's still important remember...



not to overload our plates. Else we may forget...


about something someone really important.

Umm... Remember Me?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Getting Busted

makes me happy.



I had been busting Kev's chops recently about living by our Touch It Once rule. Which in our home means; if you pick something up to move it, wherever you decide to put it down - better be it's home.

For example, when Kevyn picks up his dirty cereal bowl with fiber bits stuck to the sides and puts it in the sink, this is of NO. HELP. TO. ANYONE. I'd rather he leave it on the table where I can see it so I'll remember to pick it up, rinse it out, and put it in the dishwasher rather then hide it in the sink where the fiber bits will dry up and stick to it like glue.

This conversation usually leads into one about enjoying the process and not cutting corners - but that's a whole other post.

My burning desire for Kev to touch it once has been rekindled since The Byrd came along. It's not just that I don't have the patience to pick up after him these days, more importantly, I don't have the time. If anything I need him to touch a few of my things once to help keep this household purring.

And the beauty of this story - he has been. After a little suggesting and requesting Kev's been all over it. Remembering there's a place for everything and everything in it's place. To which I tip my hat and say - thank you baby, I really appreciate it.

For some reason, after receiving this photo from Kev today with the text 'Isn't it cool how all these petals fell into that neat little pile by themselves?', knowing full well I had plucked them but not tossed them, I now think my gratitude was not what he was after.

No, I believe it was sweet vindication that he was looking for, proof that he wasn't the only Two Time Toucher in the house. Well, you got me babe.

But I never did claim to be perfect... just really close.

Full.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Questionable Hearing

makes me happy.


Tell me if this happens around your house - your partner will say something to you and you know you didn't hear the whole statement exactly as was articulated so you repeat it back to them, as best as you had discerned it, as a question?

For example...

Kev will be sitting at his desk, working on his computer and I'll ask, "What are you doing?"

He may respond "Paying the utilities."

Unsure of exactly what he said I'll question, "Playing with the manatees?"

And that gets him mad... really mad.

"Really Stacy? You really think I'm playing with the manatees?"

Rage.


Needless to say I was pretty darn excited when I heard a similar exchange happen between a couple in a clothing store a while back and for some reason, these photos reminded me of it.

Her - "I'm going to go try these on."

Him - "Sure."

Her - "Kay, wait for me."

Him - "Get away from you?!?"

Her - same angry look Kevyn gives me!

Me - make eye contact with the guy and we both start laughing.

Her - more mad.


Funny sh*t I know!

Oh and Kev - don't act there's never been any playing with manatees around these parts before.

Defeated.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Chicken Hawk.

The Easy Way

makes me happy.


The other day, I began considering has much thought and energy is required for a lie.

While on the other hand rests the truth; which always just is, existing without cognitive labour.

And so I came up with this...

If you never think about your answers - you'll always respond with the truth.

That should keep life pretty simple.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Maniac


Hey hey! Guess who's bringing back The Phono?

That's right, Kevyn is!

For those of you who don't know, Kevyn used to post a phono (which is a photo he took on his cell phone) everyday over here.

Well he's bringing them back and posting them here!

So, look forward to these beautiful posts - he really has a superb eye and the titles he bestows upon his pictures are most often clever and witty.

Also, you should definitely click here and scroll through his older work.

And, just in case you're ever unsure of who did what post (even though his will usually be just a title and picture), just look at the bottom and it will tell you who did the posting.

Lastly, even though I (Stacy) wrote the body of this post, the above photo and title is all Kevyn.

Enjoy.

Sourdough Sunday

makes me happy.


Yesterday was, if we're rolling by the scroll, textbook The Best Life Ever.

Everyone got up at a decent hour, not too early, not too late.


We went for a nice long walk together.


Decided to make a somewhat decadent brunch of french toast and invite Rob over to join us.


Practiced my high kicks after we were done prepping and before he arrived.

That one wasn't my best - as they would say in gymnastics - I was sinking in the hips.


Now that's better.


Rob showed up bearing gifts of green coffee beans.

Did you know once a coffee bean has been roasted it should be consumed within 3 days for optimum taste? Green beans keep for years. Lesson here - buy green beans and roast them yourself as you need.


The only issue with the green beans was that we should have begun the process before putting the french toast on the grill, hence the empty coffee cups with brunch.

Not to worry, they roasted up nice and in turn made a fabulous end of meal beverage.


We then did some work on that project we had begun the day before Byrdie was born.

Some yoga and hot tubbing rounded out the day.

Fun, relaxing, decadent, healthy, creative AND productive.

Oh yeah - we used sourdough bread for our french toast.

Perfection.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wilco

makes me happy.


Byrdie's 8 week birthday just so happen to fall on the same day of the Wilco concert here in Toronto. You know what Kev and I thought about that? Heck, let's go celebrate!


Once the babes were in loving and capable hands (thank you Grandma & Grandpa), we were off!


And while it certainly was a different feeling being away from them, I think both Kelly and I would agree, it wasn't a bad one. You just kinda miss them and hope they're doing okay.


But once we were at the pub, having a pre-concert pint and hooking up with friends...


some who we had planned to meet with...


others who we were pleasantly surprised to run into...


all who were Wilco fans - the energy and anticipation of the show made it all feel so right.


You might think Kev is throwing up the peace sign here when actually, he is indicating the seats we are about to take are in the 2nd row.


I'm positive the band sounded amazing from any seat in the house...


but it was pretty awesome being so close that I was able to rest my camera on the stage to take a shot.

Thanks Wilco - you made Bydie's 8th week birthday a most amazing one.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Taking A Look Around

makes me happy.



As a general rule of thumb - I don't leave home without my camera. I'm a firm believer that there is a beautiful moment waiting to be captured around every corner. Yet when I looked back through my iphoto, the last 8 weeks are simply jam packed with photos of The Byrd. And while she's cute and all (okay to me - she's really, really cute), I knew I had to pry my lens away from the baby and see what else was going on in the world.

Oh look - it's fall!



Really, really,


beautiful fall...


around every corner.