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Monday, September 25, 2006

13 weeks to go!

just thought I'd share a pic of my huge belly .. 27 weeks now.. 13 left to go!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829 were prohibited by law to practice their faith either in public or private. It was illegal to be Catholic until Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England in 1829.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" was written in England as one of the "catechism songs" to help young Catholics learn the basics of their faith. In short, it was a coded-message, a memory aid. Since the song sounded like rhyming nonsense, young Catholics could sing the song without fear of imprisonment. The authorities would not know that it was a religious song.

"The 12 Days of Christmas" is in a sense an allegory. Each of the items in the song represents something significant to the teachings of the Catholic faith. The hidden meaning of each gift was designed to help Catholic children learn their faith. The better acquainted one is with the Bible, the more these interpretations have significance.

The song goes, "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…"

The "true love" mentioned in the song doesn’t refer to an earthly suitor, but it refers to God Himself. The "me" who receives the presents refers to every baptized person. i.e. the Church.
1st Day: The partridge in a pear tree is Christ Jesus upon the Cross. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge because she would feign injury to decoy a predator away from her nestlings. She was even willing to die for them.
The tree is the symbol of the fall of the human race through the sin of Adam and Eve. It is also the symbol of its redemption by Jesus Christ on the tree of the Cross.
2nd Day: The "two turtle doves" refers to the Old and New Testaments.
3rd Day: The "three French hens" stand for faith, hope and love—the three gifts of the Spirit that abide (1 Corinthians 13).
4th Day: The "four calling birds" refers to the four evangelists who wrote the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.
5th Day: The "five golden rings" represents the first five books of the Bible, also called the Jewish Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
6th Day: The "six geese a-laying" is the six days of creation.
7th Day: The "seven swans a-swimming" refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.
8th Day: The "eight maids a milking " reminded children of the eight beatitudes listed in the Sermon on the Mount.
9th Day: The "nine ladies dancing" were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
10th Day: The "ten lords a-leaping" represents the Ten Commandments
11th Day: The "eleven pipers piping" refers to the eleven faithful apostles.
12th Day: The ‘twelve drummers drumming" were the twelve points of belief expressed in the Apostles’ Creed: belief in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, made man, crucified, died and arose on the third day, that he sits at the right hand of the father and will come again, the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting.

So the next time you hear "the Twelve Days of Christmas" consider how this otherwise non-religious sounding song had its origins in keeping alive the teaching of the Catholic faith.


As a tongue-in-cheek economic indicator, each year economists will compute the cost for all the gifts mentioned in the song. For 2005, the survey by PNC Advisors showed a 9.50% increase over 2004. It breaks down to:

* One Partridge in a Pear Tree: $104.99 ($15.00 Partridge, $89.99 Pear Tree)
* Two Turtle Doves: $40.00 ($20.00 each)
* Three French Hens: $45.00 ($15.00 each)
* Four Calling Birds: $399.96 ($99.99 each)
* Five Gold Rings: $325.00 ($65.00 each)
* Six Geese-a-Laying: $300.00 ($50.00 each)
* Seven Swans-a-Swimming: $4,200.00 ($600.00 each)
* Eight Maids-a-Milking: $41.20 ($5.15 each)
* Nine Ladies Dancing: $4,576.14 ($508.46 each)
* 10 Lords-a-Leaping: $4,039.08 ($403.91 each)
* 11 Pipers Piping: $2,053.20 ($186.66 each)
* 12 Drummers Drumming: $2,224.30 ($185.36 each)

Total Christmas Price Index: $18,348.87
"Core" index, excluding swans: $14,148.87
True cost of Christmas in song: $72,608.02 (including 364 total gifts)

Funny.. for once.. MY christmas present cost MORE!!Lol

Saturday, September 23, 2006

OMG we bought a HOUSE!

well.. I think we're officially grown ups now! Finally bought our own house! Though keeping to Sheri tradition.. not moving far.. just across the street :)
This picture is our new house.. taken from the living room of our old house :) It's kinda awsome cuz we don't have to uproot ourselves or the kids.. we can stay in our happy little neighbourhood.. the kids get to keep their friends.. and I get a house with a nice kitchen, central air, and central vac! Every time we go over we discover another awsome thing about the house.. so it's really really cool that we spontaneously decided that now was a good time to buy.

I think this pregnancy is killing me.. well. maybe not killing me.. but it's been rough. I'm still throwing up.. I'm down 17 lbs now.. still losing weight.. that works out to 12% of my body weight so far.. gone. I know that's not healthy.. but I'm at a loss what to do.. I'm doing everything that I can think of to gain weight.. eating nacho's at midnight.. and everything.. and nada.. still losing. My blood pressure is down at 95/60 (used to be 120/80 like clockwork) and my energy is gone.. I'm drinking ginger tea (which tastes like SHIT) and doing hemp seed shakes.. (which also taste like shit) to keep my blood sugar up so I don't pass out. I've been missing a lot of work.. going home early.. dizzy.. feeling pretty useless lately. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the work that's going to have to go into packing and unpacking with me feeling this way.. even though I have almost 3 months to do it.. I have no idea how I'm going to get it all done. I think this time when I go to the midwives I will take them up on the offer of diclectin and drug myself to sweet sleep.. as long as I can eat. I give up. I can't take this anymore. It's getting weird.. my face doesn't look like me.. my arms look like someone else's arms.. I'm six months pregnant and my prepregnancy jeans are being held up with string because they're too big. I was walking to the corner store today.. my neighbour commented how I'm barely showing at all.. how she expected me to have really popped out by now.. how I don't look like I only have 3 months left.. I wanted to slug her.

On to other worries.. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to get the small and newborn size fitted cloth diapers.. now that we're buying a house the money I had budgeted for the diapers and christmas and baby stuff has to go into savings so we can afford the closing costs on the house.. hopefully I can get the kids some christmas presents.. but i think most everyone else will be getting cookies.. Thank god I should have a new stove by then.. another christmas season with this peice of garbage and I think I'll go insane. There's nothing like loving to bake and having a stove that doesn't heat up right.. and having everything you cook come out burnt or undercooked. So.. if you get cookies from me for christmas.. be happy.. I thought of you :) beleive me.. I'm tired.. so making cookies is gonna be some effort. Especially considering I have to unpack my entire house and birth a baby in december.

I was thinking that if baby isn't born by christmas We'll throw a little meet the baby party mid january.. so everyone can meet her before NEXT christmas :) If she's born by christmas.. I might take it easy over christmas anyways.. and still need to have a meet her party. I have a few things I still need to get for her.. the swing, her bedding, sweaters, blankets.. and those pesky diapers. God what I would give for a money tree!

I do want to say my grandma and my mom ROCK and without them us buying a house would have been impossible! So a big thank you to them. My grandma did up the offer for us and she's giving us her commision for selling the house to us towards the closing costs.. and my mom loaned us the money up front so we can actually PAY the lawyer and so we had money to put a down payment on the house in the first place. They rock! So my big christmas presents for me and matty this year.. a new house.. and a baby! Not a bad haul at all :) (If anyone wants to get me some nice bubblebath.. I wouldn't turn it down though)

Work has been neat.. I've been doing a lot of floor support lately.. kinda cool.. they've finally figured out I know what I'm doing.. almost makes me regret taking maternity leave because when I get back the managers who have let me do this probably won't be working there anymore. I've been floor walking, answering questions, and taking supervisor calls.. teehee.. that means when someone asks for the supervisor.. they get me... lol.. makes me laugh though that they actually take me so seriously when I SAY I'm a supervisor.. but the same things I say if I'm a rep.. and they want MY supervisor.. lol. (Here's a little tip.. pay your bill.. and the cable stays on.. it's really not that hard people)

that's about all for today I guess..I should go to bed soon.. I'm pretty tired.