March 26 08

Isabella has very particular taste in bedtime stories. We went through an all- Dora, all-the-time stage. and then a Jillian Jiggs stage. and then it was Sadie and the Snowman only please. now, she’s hooked on another book.

dear god, does she adore the ever-loving crap out of this book. to the point where she’s adopted this phrase “oof, said Sam” that she says. all. the. time. if she falls down, she says, “oof [pregnant pause] said sam. i’m okay” if she’s trying to lift something heavy, she says “off, said sam. it’s heavy” when i’m hoisting her little bum onto the toilet at 2am, she’ll say, half-asleep, “oof, said sam” and then collapse on my shoulder while she does her business.

can i just tell you how hilarious she is these days?

speaking of hilarious (yikes…worst. segue. ever.)

do you have a morning ritual? mine is very simple. attempt to leave the house by 7:30. usually leave around 7:42. stop at Tim Horton’s for a coffee. arrive at work. 8:06, usually. (what? i’m a creature of habit) recently, i started listening to the edge on my way in to work. to the Dean Blundell show. i cannot believe that i’d never even heard of them before. a-freakin-mazing. i swear. i laugh my ass off. (oh, if only losing weight were that easy. the incredible laughing diet!) anyway, today they were talking about a sport called Ringette.

have any of you ever even heard of this?

i mean, when you marry a Canadian, you marry a hockey player. you learn about pick-up games, and leagues, and subbing into games, and playing 1, 2, 3, 4 times a week. you learn about good sticks vs. shit sticks. and injuries (we’re not even going to talk about the second surgery the husband is having due to hockey) the equipment. the storage solution for stinky gear (read: not in the trunk of your van)

but i have never, ever heard of such a sport. it almost looks like hockey…only with a little rubber donut dog-toy instead of a puck. and look at the sticks – i guess now i know what we can do with all the husband’s broken sticks!!!

this will keep me laughing all day. i’m dying. i mean, are there other sports out there like this???

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  1. That’s adorable that you just discovered ringette! Not that I ever came close to playing it as a kid. I think it used to be quite popular for young girls when I was a kid back in the 80s but now it’s much more common for them to join a hockey team and play a REAL game. ha ha.

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    Comment by Steph on March 26, 2008
  2. The bunny just looked over my shoulder and yelled with excitement, “SAM”! THANKS ;)

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    Comment by Multi-Tasking Mommy on March 26, 2008
  3. I actually played ringette for many many years. When I was growing up they did not let girls play hockey so we played ringette.
    It is actually a very competitive sport.
    Even though they now let girls play hockey my nieces are playing ringette and they love it.

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    Comment by Green Eyed Girl on March 26, 2008
  4. I”ll have to check out that book for Thomas – looks cute.

    And I hear ya on the hockey player thing. 3 times a week here. Sheesh.

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    Comment by Karen Sugarpants on March 26, 2008
  5. Ringette is a pretty popular sport for girls to play out in Saskatchewan. I think it may have fizzled out somewhat in the past 10 years but I remember a number of my classmates playing on ringette teams over the years. I was going to give you hell for not knowing about it, but of course, remembered that you aren’t Canadian, so you are forgiven. :)

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    Comment by Shannon on March 26, 2008
  6. When I think of ringette for some reason I think it’s a girls sport…I don’t know if guys play it as well? I have heard of it of course, and I think it is a fairly Canadian sport…like curling seems to be? Not too sure.
    Have you heard of netball?

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    Comment by Porter on March 26, 2008
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  8. But more importantly… do you think of ME every time Isabella says “Sam”? LOL

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    Comment by sam on March 26, 2008
  9. Well I had never even heard of ringette and, for a second, my Canadian didn’t know what I was talking about either. But when I described it he says, “Ohhh yeah the girls used to play that at achool.” Like, duh, why haven’t you heard of that? lol

    We’re going to have to check out Sam. I’m getting tired of reading about the monster at the end of the book, only to find Grover at the end every night. lol Please tell me someone knows what I’m talking about!

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    Comment by AJ on March 26, 2008
  10. Like MTM said, my daughter loves that book.

    But as for ringette? Canadians make up games to play on ice: hockey, curling (“hey I know, let’s get drunk and slide coffee cans with handles around”), speed skating (“hey, let’s all wear uncomfortably tight spandex and race around with knives on our feet”)…

    Need I say more?

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on March 26, 2008
  11. Morning ritual.
    Get up, shower, get ready. Go through the Tim Hortons drive thru, if it’s really crazy I go inside.
    If I’m REALLY running late and have barely had any sleep, I stop at the Starbucks which is 2 blocks from my house. That rarely happens becasue Starbucks costs as much as a weeks worth of Timmy’s and Starbucks makes my tummy a little fat.

    and I totally know what AJ is talking about with the Grover book. It’s genuinely cute the first time only.

    I usually get to work around 8:30-45 ish. I always want to get there earlier, oh well.

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    Comment by Keri on March 26, 2008
  12. i thought ringette was an ice game for chicks that pic of those guys playing it was too funny.arent us canucks clever with the ice games….

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    Comment by LAVENDULA on March 26, 2008
  13. Ringette? I know ringette quite well – most of the girls I knew growing up were on ringette teams, and my cousin was at the provincial level. OH YES I AM PROUD, baby.

    Morning rituals? I rush the kids through their breakfast and into their clothes and out the door and then collapse with a coffee.

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    Comment by Rebecca on March 26, 2008
  14. I’m a sucker for a cute kid story – love this one!
    And I have never heard of Ringette, but all I know is that it made me think of Ding Dongs for some reason and now I kind of want one in spite of my dislike of all things Hostess.

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    Comment by Jen on March 26, 2008
  15. You must score all the good books for your kids huh? Mine LOVES the Skippy Jon Jones books. I just cant find them anywhere but those damn book order forms!

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    Comment by Miss on March 26, 2008
  16. Why can’t my boys dig cute books like that? Instead…we love Walter the Farting Dog. Walter makes us giggle…farts make us giggle…Boys love farts. My favorite kids book is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!!!

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    Comment by jodi on March 26, 2008
  17. I have never really understood the whole “Ringette” dealio, and I am born and bred here.

    Maybe the people who could not afford complete sticks made it up?

    And if you ever devise a diet that works by laughing your ass off, I AM SO TRYING IT.

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    Comment by Angella on March 26, 2008
  18. I love that you’d never heard of ringette cause you’re right – it does sound ridiculous.
    I went to school with 2 twin girls who were OBSESSED with it. I’m sorry – but you have to imagine dutch twins playing ringette. It gets even funnier. And they took it SO seriously.
    Personally I don’t get it!

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    Comment by LD on March 26, 2008
  19. I only have legs for soccer. And for some reason I’m now thinking of that sport (?) where gymnasts twirl ribbons. Ribbonette?

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    Comment by Ainse on March 26, 2008
  20. Never heard of ringette either! News to me!

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  21. I bet she’d LOVE a book about socks ;-)

    My ritual:
    Up at 7 and out the door by 9.
    In those 2 hrs I get myself and 3 children dressed and fed.
    The school bell rings at 9:10 and I’m sippin my Tims by 9:25.

    Ringette – my best friend played for about 12yrs. She played out in house league and was the goalie on her rep team.

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    Comment by Christine on March 26, 2008
  22. I grew up with girls who played ringette… and let me tell you, they were meeeeeeeeeean. (; ‘Tis not the girly-sport that some may think!

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    Comment by kp! on March 27, 2008
  23. I am so glad I can finally get a glimpse into what my life might be like — stopping by Timmy’s, listening to the Edge, that hockey smell — if my own Canadian moved us back to Ajax-land one day. Love it!

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    Comment by Beth on March 28, 2008
  24. A non-Canadian told me yesterday that Tim Horton’s coffee sucks and Starbucks is better. I thought I’d ask someone who would really know instead.

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    Comment by Kristabella on April 1, 2008
  25. Ah Ringette! I loathe that sport. It was someone’s great idea that women should play ringette and not hockey, but it’s all the same shit.

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    Comment by Mrs. Mustard on April 3, 2008
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