I Hate Summer

Inseparable

Oh, hello there! Long time no see! Where have you been? I've been everywhere and nowhere. Everywhere in the weekends, nowhere during the week. Same old, same old. In addition, I've been sick for the last week or so. Have really bad coughs. I hope I'll get better before the weekend because we're going back to the cottage this weekend for more barbecue, lake swimming, and gaming fun with friends. I'd say more mosquito bites but that part isn't fun at all!

Being sick has its advantage, though. I get to do more reading because I don't really feel like sitting in front of the computer all day when I'm sick. Last week I finally got around to finishing reading The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, which is probably the thickest book I've ever finished reading. 518 pages! Considering how short my attention span is, it was quite an accomplishment. And I picked up the book, oh, only two years ago! :)

Finishing that book made me enjoy our most recent visit to bargain book stores even more. I picked up The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman (the PC guy in the Mac ad campaign) and Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill. I listened to an excerpt from the latter on CBC a while ago and had been on the lookout for it since. Sure I could've picked up a copy from Chapters or Coles but why pay a major bookstore 20-something dollars when you can get the book for 5 dollars new from a small bargain bookstore. Troy actually got the whole series of PostSecret books from the bargain book stores for 6-7 dollars each. Those book stores are that awesome. We really don't need more books because we already have hundreds if not thousands of books in our to-be-read piles (well, Troy does anyway) but we just can't help buying more. I think we may need counselling!

Oh, in case you're wondering about the story behind the picture above, I took it at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada yesterday. It was fun to hang out with a bunch of cute donkeys who like to be brushed and to listen to the story behind each donkey from one of the caretakers. Many of the donkeys are products of abusive owners. I'm so glad that they ended up at the sanctuary where they can live in dignity. One of the caretakers has to point out every time that even though the donkeys have big bellies, none of them is pregnant. They just like to eat! :) If you live around Guelph and have nothing better to do on a Sunday, you should consider visiting the sanctuary. You'll love it.

By the way, I do hate summer. It's my least favourite season. Hot weather and blood-sucking bugs aren't really my favourite combo. Now back to bed for me!

5 Comments

  1. Firda
    June 25, 2007

    I know you did. :) We shall go back some time.

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  2. Jordan
    June 25, 2007

    I love the fact that Canada has a don­key sanc­tu­ary, and I love that pho­to.

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  3. Troy
    June 25, 2007

    I loved the don­keys!

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  4. Amanda
    June 29, 2007

    Mit­i­ga­tor Rules!
    I can rec­om­mend a new “scrub” pro­duct called “Mit­i­ga­tor Sting & Bite Treat­ment”; to say that it is ter­ri­fic is an under­state­ment! It actu­al­ly removes ven­om by exfo­li­at­ing the top lay­er of skin, open­ing the pores and draw­ing out the tox­ins. I had instant relief from pain and itch­ing and all traces of the sting dis­ap­peared with­in min­utes. I found it on the web at http://www.Mitigator.net. I got a great deal on a bun­dled pack­age called the Mit­i­ga­tor “Itch Kit”, it con­tains enough prod­ucts for the whole year – over $50.00 of retail pro­duct for under $20.00 (enough for over 300 stings or bites) and it comes in a great look­ing pouch. The only thing that can cre­ate a prob­lem is if you wait too long to apply it, it should be rubbed in vig­or­ous­ly with­in the first few min­utes after the bite or sting – the longer you wait, the less effec­tive it is. I’ve used it on bees, wasps, fire ants (no blis­ters even appeared), mos­qui­toes and chig­gers. They say it works on jel­ly­fish but I’m a long way from the ocean so I haven’t need­ed it for that prob­lem. No smelly chem­i­cals, works great and is even safe for kids (the scrub­bing replaces scratch­ing so – no sec­ondary infec­tions). I should make a com­mer­cial for them!

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  5. tia
    September 18, 2007

    Actu­al­ly I hate don­keys but you make them look so beau­ti­ful in the pic­tures.
    And yes, I’m with you, I don’t like sum­mer.

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