Monday, March 23, 2015

I'm Anti-Anti

I like to think of myself as an open minded person who not only hears, but considers the opinion of others.  On the blog however, I pretty much like to keep my opinion to myself.

I do infer things, mind you. For instance, I think most of you can gather that politically speaking, I lean left of centre. That doesn't mean I don't love a good, informed conversation with someone anywhere else on the political spectrum.

You can probably also gather that I am a spiritual person, even though I never come out and directly state my spiritual or religious beliefs. Although I'm not vocal about it, I enjoy talking and learning about the religious beliefs of others.

All of that said, I purposely choose not to state my opinions here too directly because I don't want to offend anyone. Arguing my beliefs in person is one thing. But writing them down and broadcasting them on the Internet is another.

It's time, however, to make something clear. This time I'm not going to infer anything - I'm going to state my opinion without question:

I think there should be no other choice in the matter than to VACCINATE YOUR KIDS.


VACCINATE YOUR KIDS.


FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, VACCINATE YOUR KIDS.*


Do I offend you with my stance on this? If so, stop reading. Because you know what offends me? My Facebook timeline sharing with me, time and time again, another baby getting very, very sick, and sometimes dying. Not from abuse or neglect; not from cancer. But from being exposed to a perfectly preventable disease before they were old enough to be vaccinated.  It's absolutely heartbreaking and I cannot imagine the distress their parents are feeling.

No that's not true - I can imagine what their parents are going through. I know exactly what it's like to have sick, immune-compromised babies, so maybe that's why I feel so strongly about this. For years and years, vaccines successfully eradicated many harmful diseases that are now in recent years making a comeback. It is not a coincidence people. These diseases are coming back because not enough people vaccinate their kids. And innocent babies are dying as a result.

Vaccinations do not cause autism - but so what if they did. Is having a child with autism worse than having a dead child?

Vaccinations are not poison - but so what if they were. Chemotherapy is a trusted and renowned source of poison. So is alcohol if we're being honest, and how many of us abstain from that?

Now don't get me wrong - I fully support knowing absolutely everything there is to know about vaccinations. But at the end of the day, I think that no matter how much research you do you should arrive at the same conclusion we did:

Vaccinations do more good than harm. Period.

So if I've offended you, I'm sorry but I can't keep my mouth shut on this subject anymore.

I'm anti-anti-vaxx. And proud of it. And I think everyone else should be too.


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*I realize that in rare cases there may be legitimate reason to abstain from vaccinations (an allergy maybe? some underlying condition that makes vaccinating too risky?) This post is not directed at those people, just to be clear if you're looking for a reason to hate me. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

10 Random Thoughts

Ok so it's been so long since I've updated the blog I don't know where to begin. Not because I have so much to say, but because I have so little to say. Yes, I'm busy but that's not the problem. If I had some pressing information to share it would be easier to make time to blog. Life is pretty boring right now - and I mean boring in the best way possible. Usually when we shake it up around here it's because of something not so good happening, so I'm happy to keep things quiet on the home front. What that means, however, is that the blog content is seriously lacking.

I do realize, unfortunate as it is, that posting about the fact I have nothing to say doesn't really constitute as a worthy blog post. So instead I'm going to post the first 10 things that come to mind. And I'm not going to filter myself at all...

1. All I can smell is the new essential oils I just bought. I've rubbed them all over myself and the kids for various reasons and man oh man do we smell lovely. The scent of the moment is black licorice. I really need to buy a diffuser (Note to self -- browse Amazon when you're done here).

2. My God I am frustrated with the Canucks right now. Losing 6-2 to Columbus? Get your s%$t together boys. You're stressing me out.

3. Ever since having the boys I've thought I looked old. I mean you probably do age a lot in the latter half of your thirties, but I thought I was particularly accelerated in that department given a few hard years that would rightfully age anyone. But then I saw this photo, taken less than two years ago and I wonder if I've been a little hard on myself?


I look at that and think "Hmm. Not so old". But do I think I look old now? HECK YES. So I wonder - in two years from now am I going to look back on a photo of me today and again think "Hmmm. Not so old"?? I sure hope so! (ps - Should I be growing my hair out again?? This picture is kind of making me regret cutting it all off!)

4. We had Indian takeout tonight. We rarely have takeout. Wow do I love butter chicken. What a treat!

5. I've eaten a brownie and a donut today. And I'm thinking about a second brownie.

6. I pretty much think we have the nicest house ever. Every time I walk in it I smile.

7. I've been introduced to a new drink called a French 75. Seems like a weird combo of champagne, gin, and sugar but I promise if you try it you won't be disappointed. I anticipate drinking a lot of it this summer.

8. I have the greatest, sweetest coworkers. I love the amount of laughter, tears, seriousness, silliness and hard work that all somehow fit into each day. Also, I've only been at work for 7 weeks but I already forget what it's like to not work. I love it.

9. I really need to write a post about the protesters near my house. It's been a post I've been writing in my head for about 4 years. Man will it take some mental energy to get those words down but I think it will feel good when I do. I guess stating it in this list kind of means I'm committed now?

10. My library book is due on Tuesday and I'm not even close to being finished. I can't renew it because someone else has it on hold so I have to do a lot of reading over the next few days. I hate when that happens, even though I love the book. It feels like homework.

Ok this was pretty much the stupidest post I have ever written. Ever. This is what happens when I don't filter myself. But at least it's something and I can dream up another useless post two weeks from now?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Term 2 Reports

Today we got the kids' report cards and I happened to have just started reading them as Jordan called from work. I said I'd email him to tell him about them.

It was only after I typed the following and clicked send that I realized the magnitude. "Uneventful report cards. Same old regular awesomeness as every term" was all that I said.

You see, our children are bright, motivated, intuitive both cognitively and socially, and are flourishing in school in every way possible. So much so that I don't even need to brag about it to their dad* who isn't home to see the reports himself himself. It's just what we've gotten used to.

Only a few short years ago we didn't know if the boys would live, much less go to regular school, yet here they are absolutely rocking kindergarten (technically a year early I might even add). And their sister? Pffft, she's a rock star in her own right. And it's not the grades even that I care so much about - it's the work ethic, cooperation and respect that they seem to have in spades.



Will they always have this easy of a time in school? Maybe not. Micro-preemies are said to be at high risk for learning difficulties (not to mention the pesky ol' brain injuries!). But these kids' achievements will never, ever go unnoticed, especially in light of all they've been through in their short lives. Nothing like overcoming seemingly unsurmountable challenges to make you really cherish what you have. And dare I say it? I have pretty incredible (and evidently clever) kids.

*While I may not have been bragging to their dad, posting this is no doubt bragging to you. But can you blame me?!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

If You Were Wondering How We're Doing

It's almost ten at night and I'm beat but I haven't updated the blog in over two weeks so here's the rundown. And it's quick let me tell you...

Work is good. Work is busy.

Life is good. Life is busy.

We had a wonderful weekend in Vancouver that felt like a mini-holiday. We saw friends, and family, and IKEA, and the Canucks (with a win and great seats!). I can't remember feeling that relaxed and unrushed in a long time. I wish every weekend felt like that.

The kids are doing great. There's probably some important things to update you on, but I'm not focussed enough to think of them right now.

The weather is great.

The house is really, really great.

And that's all folks. Maybe I'll plan for a real post this weekend?