Friday, July 01, 2005


Happy Canada D-eh?

Okay, so this might be a little trite and overdone, but it's the end of a long hot week of being on vacation (translation: brain dead) and it's the best I can come up with.

In honour of Canada Day and in no particular order, ten reasons I love Canada:

1. One year maternity leave.

2. Bilingual TV. Yah, I know, I vacillate on the whole bilingual thing. But at least it makes us unique.

3. Four seasons - spring, summer, fall and winter. A little something for everyone.

4. Constitutional monarchy - quaint, but effective.

5. Crispy Crunch chocolate bars. Not candy bars, chocolate bars.

6. CBC Radio One.

7. Canadian Tire (and by extension, Canadian Tire money).

8. Spelling colour and honour with a "u" and pronouncing 'schedule' to start with a shhh and not a sk.

9. No out of pocket charges for appointments with the doctor or trips to the ER.

10. Leonard Cohen, Diana Krall, Mike Myers, Neil Young, Margaret Atwood, Mordechai Richler, Burton Cummings, William Shatner, and The Barenaked Ladies.

And a little Canada Day anecdote:

I was on a step ladder, hanging the flag up over the front door (been meaning to do it since spring, but just now got the Christmas lights out of the way) and Tristan was watching me with interest.

Tristan: Whatcha doing, mummy?

Me: Hanging the flag up, so it can wave to us whenever we come home and go in the house.

Tristan: Hmm. Hello, flag. Lovely day, eh?

Cheers!! Happy Canada Day!