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09 April 2006

A Bit of Blogkeeping

If you’ve noticed- there’s a list of the kids who are mentioned on this page, along with their ages and siblings. If you click on the linked ones you’ll find the entry where I first introduced them (or in the case of K and B, most of these entries are about them, and I never really introduced them so their links are some of my favourites I guess). Those who don’t have links will be introduced in the coming days/weeks/whenever I get a chance.

I've had a lot of lurkers lately- and I'd like to welcome you all to say hi! I'm not scary I promise- it'd be interesting to see who's visiting me!

Now, K starts preschool on Monday- she’ll be pulled out 2-3 times a week for speech and at least once a week for physical therapy. They determined that she’s far behind physically, and not so much speech-wise (although regardless of her speech she qualifies because of her nodules). I think that the reason for a physical delay is because she’s so little (something like the 10th percentile in both height and weight)- there are a lot things you can’t do if your legs can’t reach that far (like climbing up the stairs one foot at a time). I’m going to pick her up from her first day of school, along with Wednesday and then starting next week I’m only going to have her on Wednesdays. That frees Mondays and Fridays for the two families that are neighbours (H and S in one family, X (age 8 months) in the other).

I got a hit this morning from someone searching for ‘naughty Anya’- now I don’t know what you were looking for but you probably didn’t find it here! Yesterday I actually got five hits from search engines (definitely my most so far- usually it’s maybe on or two) but the rest of the hits were from people looking for something about nannies. It's kind of exciting that my hits are beginning to become more and more diverse- on some level I suppose.

07 April 2006

Body Image

Last night’s discussion at Intervarsity was about body image. Now, I know that this topic has been discussed without end out here in blogging world. And yet, I want to provide my perspective- one that I avoided sharing during the last couple of weeks, in large part due to the fact that the conversation centered around spouses, and well let’s face it- I’m not married, heck, I’ve never even had a boyfriend. Therefore, my argument would have been highly debatable by those with more experiences.

Also, as a twenty-year-old college student (other than Haley I don’t think I have readers that are about that same age- if you are, say hi!). I can offer a perspective from someone just out of their teens, and recently entered into the world of college, where expectations about yourself and others change greatly. It's not uncommon for college freshmen to gain weight because of meal cards, and buffet style eating, or develop eating disorders because of lack of regulation and people making sure that you eat something- not to mention the pressure that goes along with looking just right. It's not much different between college and high school.

I’ve struggled for a long time with image- I’m overweight, and I have a hard time admitting it. Most of the time I’m okay-ish with my body but like most young adults there were always things that I didn’t like. That was until about eight months ago when I picked up this awesome book entitled Wanting to be Her: Body Image Secrets Victoria Won’t Tell You. Let me just say that this book changed a lot about me and my opinions about my body. It opened my eyes to the fact that our bodies were made this way for a reason- and while it’s important to stay healthy- healthy does not often mean thin.

Last night we talked about how people often look in the mirror and say bad thing about themselves- and the importance of saying something to a person who you hear saying these things. This is an interesting idea, because many people don't realise that they do it. It's so ingrained in our culture that we have to look a certain way and be unhappy with how we do look. Our challenge was to look in the mirror and find at least three things that we like about ourselves instead of focusing on the negatives.

03 April 2006

Nothing I would have done would have been enough

When I finally got the courage (as well as a spare moment) to call the mother with the two young kids back and tell her that I didn't want the job, I lucked out to get her voice mail. I left her a message that plain and simply stated that I felt that the job was too many hours- especially with children who may or may not nap. After all, I have homework, and a lot of it right now- it is the end of my junior year of college. Well, today she called, and I answered it mostly because I thought it might have been K's mom, and I didn't want her to think that I wasn't going to answer her calls (although looking back, I could have just said we were upstairs and I didn't make down in time or something). Instead, it's the mother who's job I didn't want- who tells me that I've put her in a major bind and basically yells at me for not taking her job. Um, excuse me, but you're the one who went back on her word, not me. About the time that I was crying while on the phone last week, you might have considered looking for someone else to fill the position. Oh and you still have two weeks to find someone to fill in- heaven forbid you might actually have to spend 6 hours with your children.

I'll have to post about the newest potential opportunity I've got on the job front (I think I wrote a little a couple posts back, but a lot has happened since then). But, right now I've got to go write a paper about whether potential parents should be given a test- and if so, what types of questions should be on the test. I'm going to agree with this one, purely because I've procrasinated so long that it seems kind of worthless to spend a ton of time looking up new references- I'll stick with the textbook, thanks!