Don’t ever send an email to the mayor!

You know, I can’t say I have a final opinion one way or another about the Lansdowne Live proposal; I haven’t done the in-depth research required to hold an educated opinion. I’m hesitant because it’s a lot of money and it appears that only one company/group was able to submit a proposal. On the other hand, I think Ottawa needs to stop cancelling projects and concentrate on developing an all-encompassing vision of its future. What will make this city better? What will make people want to live here? What will make residents at their wits’ end want to stay?

Until city council has developed such a vision, I think they’ll just be chasing their tails until election time.

Scientists confirmed today what most have already expected…that the scientific community spends far too much time confirming things we already know instead of discovering things we don’t know yet and/or want to know. Did you know that girls cry more than boys? http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Women+more+than+longer+Researchers/2100091/story.html

Hmm…who would have thought a gun-crazed attitude would lead to a violent end? http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/08/gun.soccer.mom.dead/index.html

I only feel sorry for the poor children who are left to pick up the pieces. Hopefully they’ll learn the lesson that guns are bad.

Well, I’ve been at it for more than a year! Not writing as often as I would like, mind you, but it’s always nice to leave some room for improvement, right?

Joe and I are in the process of starting a master to-do list for the house – we’ve decided it will be much easier to organize and far less overwhelming to get everything down on paper and start assigning some deadlines to the top priorities. Otherwise, the winter will pass just as quickly as the summer did and we’ll still sitting around saying “gee, we should really…”.

Maybe I’ll post a few things just for fun so everyone can see if we’re really accomplishing what we’ve set out to do. Nothing like making yourself accountable to your plans to ensure you get things done!

Hey guys. Just a short one today. Someone (a genius) has decided to compile photos of the glorious people and things you’ll see at a Walmart across the US of A. Check it: www.peopleofwalmart.com. So. Hilarious.

As some of you may already now, I am often less than impressed by the workings of Ottawa’s city council and staff. It seems to me that they take too long to make too many bad decisions. A crippling bus strike? Let’s sit on our hands for 50 days! Flooding in Kanata? We’re not legally liable! A major overhaul of an important public site? Let’s have city staffers ignore all the recommendations! Looking for a new communications person? Let’s hire someone with an EXCELLENT track record! Someone is trying to improve their life and career past the age of 27 by going to school? Let’s stretch their already threadbare budget by charging them full price for a bus pass!

Anyhow, I recently heard about a little blog posted by anonymous insiders over at City Hall. Now, this blog is currently under scrutiny as possibly being libelous (it’s quite obviously anti-mayor and it makes some very interesting comments about well-known Ottawa councillors and other public figures) so I’m not going to link directly to it…but I won’t NOT suggest that you type “zeromeanszero” followed by “.blogspot” and then “.com” into your web browser…oh, who am I kidding? Here it is.

Yay for free speech!

UPDATE: So the City of Ottawa did the right thing on Wednesday and lifted the age restriction on student bus passes but this was quickly overshadowed by the tale of a potential $36.7 million settlement for the light-rail project that this council cancelled in favour of its own plan. *le sigh*

I went for coffee last week with a local writer named Erika who stumbled on my little corner of the “blogosphere”. Turns out, we used to work together many moons ago when we were both in university. Small world, eh?

Anyway, it was great to catch up and chat with someone who has made the leap to full-time freelancing. *gulp* That takes courage and guts. Good for you, Erika! We exchanged book recommendations and talked about how funny it is that we both married men named Joe. I left our coffee date totally inspired to set aside some more time for my writing. It’s always nice to be reminded you have company out there!

Please take a moment to check out her blog: http://erikacuccaro.wordpress.com/. From now on, it’ll also be in my links list off to the left.

There have been a number of stories in the news lately that make me question the state and direction of our society. From men shooting at ducklings while laughing like buffoons to teenagers chasing and beating a baby moose to the point where it had to be put down. From Dany Heatley’s cowardly refusal to speak to the media about his desire to be traded to Michael Vick’s 60 Minutes interview about the “remorse” he feels about his barbaric acts (and the million dollar contract he landed with the Philadelphia Eagles). Then there were those parents filming their seven-year-old while he drove a car. While their other kids were in it. And no one had seat belts on.

I’ve been quite disgusted.

And this is the straw that broke the metaphorical camel’s back.

What person in their right mind leaves a BABY in a CAR? In plus-40 degree heat and humidity? An UNLOCKED car at that?!?!

Certainly not anyone fit to be a parent, in my opinion. A parent is responsible for caring for and raising their child(ren). For protecting them from harm. For teaching them right from wrong. For showing them how to love, how to live, and how to grow up to be responsible citizens of our planet.

Perhaps we need to think about a breeding license for society…

UPDATE: The Ottawa Citizen now reports that the mother will be facing charges of abandonment and failing to provide the necessities of life. There is justice! Read about it here. Also interesting that CBC radio interviewed a police rep who said that in a situation like this, you are legally allowed to use “reasonable force” to get into a locked car with a distressed child inside. This includes breaking windows.

I hate to write two anti-people posts in twenty-four hours, but I just can’t help myself after watching TWO people throw butts out of their car windows this morning on the way to work.

And open letter to the smokers of Ottawa (and elsewhere):

Dear Mr./Ms. Smoker,

I won’t pretend to understand your “habit”. I don’t. I’ll never understand why you fork over your hard-earned money to pad the pockets of über-rich corporate suits who don’t give a flip about you and your health for the privilege of sucking back dozens of chemicals that not only turn your fingers/teeth/skin yellow and make you smell funny NOW, but that will one day KILL YOU, robbing your spouse/kids/grandkids/friends of your love and future happy memories. But not before draining the health care system of potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat your various grisly smoking-related diseases that you brought on yourself.

That being said, it’s your choice. It is. Go ahead. Just please don’t do it in the doorway of a public building so that people who are choosing NOT to smoke have to walk through your stinky cloud of carcinogens if they want to go into the library, or the mall, or to work. Oh, and please don’t do it right before you get onto a bus, or into an elevator, or anywhere else that’s enclosed.

If you choose to smoke inside your car, that’s fine. As long as your kids aren’t inside, of course. Because that would be illegal and a form of child abuse. Would you force-feed Johnny a cup of arsenic on the way to school in the morning? Didn’t think so. But if you ARE going to smoke inside your car, please leave the windows rolled up. Because when I’m sitting behind you in traffic, I can smell it wafting in through my air vents. Gross.

And above all, please for the sake of the Earth do not throw your disgusting, used-up butts out of your window and onto the road/grass outside. The world is not your ashtray. There should be one inside your car strictly for that purpose. And what if you’ve got a car without an ashtray because you didn’t pay for that extra feature? Bring a tin can and deal with the filth you created yourself instead of passing it onto someone else.

Thanks and have a great, smoke-filled day!

My mind loves to point things out to me for the simple reason of making me feel OLD. Usually I can slough it off, but this one’s a doosy…

You know you’re old when you recognize the actors playing the parents in kids movies. Better yet, when you can remember them as kids.

Here’s the deal: you know when you were a kid and you would watch a family movie and your parents would know the geezers playing the parents in the film? As you grew up, you learned that this person had a career before the kids’ movie you saw them in, but for you they will always be the mom or dad in that movie. Like Charles Grodin in Beethoven, Sam Elliot in Prancer, John Ritter in Problem Child, etc.

I stumbled on the trailers for two upcoming movies: Where the Wild Things Are and The Lovely Bones. Granted, The Lovely Bones isn’t really a kids’ movie, but the narrator/main character is so the theory still stands. Who are the parents in these movies?

Catherine Keener.

Mark Ruffalo (as the mom’s boyfriend).

Rachel Weisz.

Mark Wahlberg. As in Marky Mark. As in Calvin Klein ads in Times Square and “Good Vibrations” on the radio.

There will be a whole generation of kids who’ll grow up to think of Mark Wahlberg as the dad from The Lovely Bones. *le sigh*

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