Friday, January 30, 2009

13 Jobs I've Had

1. Babysitter (nice kids, little rascals, babies, older kids)
2. Employee in restaurants (McDonald's, Van Houtte, bakery, pizzeria)
3. Salesperson (Greenberg, Amandine)
4. Office work for a small town
5. Clerk in a students' employment centre (dealing with the medias)
6. Clown -1 day- (I seriously think everyone should do that once in their life it's good for humility)
7. Librarian (children section)
8. Helping a couple (senior citizens dealing with health issues)
9. Substitute teacher
10. English as a second language teacher
11. Pedagogical advisor
12. Education consultant
13. Entrepreneur!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Taking Risks

A touching short film, a nice story.
The story of people taking risks.
Wonderful risks.
The type of risks we don't take enough,
that could change our lives.
I took a risk like that on an April evening.
My life changed.
For the best.

A Thousand Words, Ted Chung (Vimeo)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Feel Like Weeping?

Then read this...
"Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it".
Harold S. Hulbert
Found here

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Viva Discovery!

"The scandal of education is that every time you teach something, you deprive a child of the pleasure and benefit of discovery".
Seymour Papert

Saturday, January 24, 2009

13 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

1. I did some modeling when I was a child.
2. I once «forgot» to get out of a chair lift.
3. I can walk (or dance) for hours without feeling tired.
4. I'm obsessed by homemade donuts (my husband only makes a batch once a year, otherwise I can't stop myself). By the way, there are still a few in the freezer. They are talking to me, calling me. No joke.
5. I am a very good public. Watching a funny movie at the cinema with me is quite an experience :-)
6. I can't sleep if my feet are cold. It's the only thing that can stop me from falling asleep.
7. Less than 3 years ago, it was im-pos-si-ble for me to tolerate mess. I'm over that now and I feel a lot better.
8. I can hardly see myself with a car that would be automatic.
9. I've had my cell phone for more than 6 years and I don't plan on changing it soon. It still works fine.
10. I can't watch eye surgery on TV. When I go to get my eyes checked I'm the freak who won't let the doctor do some of the tests. (Nothing goes into my eyes. No-way).
11. When I watch TV, I'm always covered by one of my quilts. Even in the summer.
12. Being on the road inspires me (driving or not).
13. I'm not a big fan of fine cuisine.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

La vie en rose

I'm really in a good mood these days. Everything's going well. Verrrrrrry well, indeed. I see la vie en rose and it's wonderful.

Here are my newest creations, I like them very much and I'm having a blast making them. I was originally making them for little girls, but it struck me that I can use the extra bling for myself. Don't we all?

I made other flower brooches and some more for children celebrating their birthdays. They are here, if you are interested!

Also coming up soon, my Etsy store (because my main site is still in French only, it'll be bilingual one day, but it takes time so for now, Etsy will do the job...) will have more of my items.

Ciao! And enjoy the day...

Thursday, January 8, 2009


There's a program here in Quebec called the 5/30 challenge. For six weeks, at least five days a week, you eat a minimum of 5 fruits/vegetables and do 30 minutes of exercise. I've decided to do it, but not only for a couple weeks. I really want to do it. I'm doing it. Up to now it's way easier than I thought.

With the snow on the sidewalks and all, it is not really possible for me to do my power walk (which I loved doing in the fall), so I switched to yoga. As soon as I wake up I put on my little yoga kit and I stretch, I breathe. It feels good and I've realized I'm already more relaxed. I thought it'd be difficult to do yoga on my own, but I'm quite motivated and I found a good moment to do it. I found my yoga sheets from the time I did yoga with Isabelle et Daniel. Great memories.

As for the fruits and vegetables, since I love them (especially the veggies), that's fine. I have discovered the great taste of squashes and I'm hooked. I love the spaghetti squash (so easy to prepare, an hour in the oven at 350 and it's ready! And delicious...). There's also the butternut squash which makes a fine soup
with carrots, an onion, sweet potatoes if you have any, a little chicken broth and spices (thyme, cayenne pepper), so tasty.

Feeling like doing the 5/30 challenge too?