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The Koranes

December 25th, 2007

After another day of driving we got through Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania and ended up at my aunt Marcia’s house in Hudson, Ohio.
Aunt Marcia has two kids Joseph - 9, and Mattie - 8. We haven’t seen either of them since summer almost two years ago, and both have grown up a lot. Joseph, who has Down syndrome, is nearly potty trained and can say complete sentences (his favorite things to say are ‘What are you doing?’, and then when you tell him, he’ll answer with ‘No way!’ - it’s really cute and makes you feel like what you’re doing actually interests somebody, even if it’s just a little boy). Mattie is quite loquacious as well, though a lot of what she says is meaningless silliness (we were going out on a walk and she called my mom an adjective, the essence of her humor is saying ‘lollipop’ as often as possible).
Mattie showed me her Webkinz (which I guess is the latest equivalent of a combination of Neopets/Beanie Babies/Pokemon, meaning it’s like crack cocaine for little kids). In return I showed her Roller Coaster Tycoon. It was a big hit, and I ended up spending the afternoon with my computer on my lap and a kid on either shoulder. It was all going well - Mattie was advising me on which rides to build where - until Joseph, who had been hitting keys on my keyboard in an unsuccessful attempt to help me out, hit the power button and caused my computer to shut off. I decided that was when to put my computer away, even though Mattie threatened to ’stop being my cousin’ if I didn’t turn it on again.
I slept on a trundle bed in Mattie’s room and this morning was woken up at 6:50 am by the sensation of 8-year-old hands stroking my head. I think I may have grunted and rolled away from her bed, which made her lean out of her bed even more to reach my head. I told her to go to breakfast without me, but she told me that she wanted to do everything with me. So I told her, “I’m a teenager and we like to sleep in in the morning.”. She answered with “You should go to my daddy’s room. He also likes to sleep in.”
Nice try, Mattie.

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Happy Early Turkey Day!

October 9th, 2006

aka Canadian Thanksgiving. The time to be thankful that our holidays are more spaced out and to hold on to the last fringes of summer.
It felt like summer today. It was sunny and warm, so I went on a Fresh Air hike up to James’ River Falls with my parents and some other families. I came back to Antigonish for Thanksgiving, although mom made our big meal yesterday.
Dad calls the James River Falls the ‘no good view’ falls. I’ll let you look at this picture I took, and you can make up your own mind.

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I would call them the ‘risk limb and possibly life to get there’ falls. We took what we thought was the safer way and ended up at a lower, less exciting landing. Then, Dad, Mom and I all took different ways of getting to the upper landing. Dad went back up the path and took the dangerous path, following a rope down a steep cliff. Mom went further downstream and walked up the other side, and I took my socks and shoes off, waded through the freezing water, and climbed up the rocky waterfall.

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Dad Wrote a Book

October 3rd, 2006

It’s called Canadian Foreign Policy: Defining the National Interest. He’s been writing it for about as long as I’ve been alive, so if your local or university library is looking for a new book on Canadian foreign policy, suggest this one.

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Happy Birthday Daddy!

September 29th, 2006

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Sorry I’m late.
Love Catherine

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What my parents will be thinking tomorrow…

September 2nd, 2006

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Dad’s Pond

August 10th, 2006

Dad came in the kitchen yesterday and declared: “The frog is spitting!”
This is what he meant. When I was a lot younger he got the idea to create an artificial above-ground goldfish pool, using cement bricks to hold in place a shower curtain over a shallow hole. He used to start up the pool sometime in June or July, and keep them out there until the fall. I have so many childhood memories around that pool: the time Mariek’s youngest sister stuck her hand in the pool, tried to drink the water, and subsequently being rushed inside by her frantic parents hoping she hadn’t gotten some fish bacteria in her toddler-sized system, and the time we came back from a weekend camping trip to find all of the pool fish lying around the edge with their heads bitten off (the work of one of the stray cats in our neighborhood, we guess).
However, in the past three or four years Dad has ceased maintaining the pool because it’s been too much work. Since I’ve been helping him with his garden this year I guess he’s figured he has time for it now, so yesterday I shovelled up the pool’s pebbles (which have since been covered with a fine layer of dirt, rotting leaves and whoever knows what else. I was using a small trowel and I thought it looked a bit like The Poopsmith somehow, and I was going to get a picture of that, but I figured no-one would get the reference). Then dad filled it up again and this is the result:
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Me: But don’t you think it’s a bit strange to have a frog continously spit water out of a tube in its mouth?
Dad: Well, it could have been a human spitting, or peeing…
Or no statue at all?
In any case, Dad’s going to get the goldfish and guppies soon, so it’s time for another round of How many fish can survive being outside for a month?

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Annies

August 8th, 2006

These are my parents, in the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

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And if you’re part of the Huffman/Holloway family, you probably already know why I’ve posted their picture today. It’s their 25th Anniversary today. Congratulations!
It was also my Grandparent’s 50th Anniversary four days ago. (link thanks to my uncle)
So, following the tradition apparently set up by the oldest female children in two generations, I should be getting married on August 12th of this year, right? Hmm. Who will be the one to marry me?
Ha. I sound just like an insecure Gwen Stefani during the Return of Saturn days. (does anyone out there get it?)

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Moongazing

December 26th, 2004

Last night I tried out my new telescope. I could see the moon perfectly because the sky was clear of clouds and it was a full moon. I could see craters. It was pretty cool. I tried to get my dad (the person who bought me my telescope) but all he did was complain about how the telescope kept going off target and how cold it was.
Today my father’s colleague and friend’s family is coming over and I have to entertain his three sons while they socialize. We’re going to try to decorate all the cookies I baked last night, but I have my doubts about whether it will work. They’re a bit young.

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Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2004

I’m having a very enjoyable Christmas. I got a new winter coat, a pair of PJs, a telescope, some Jazz CDs from my grandmother, the greatest hits CDs of U2 and No Doubt, some Saxophone music, “The Elegant Universe” by Brian Greene, “The Blue Girl” by Charles de Lint, “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman, “The Dictionary of What” and “The Illustrated history of art”. I also got a big amazon.ca gift certificate from my uncle Ken, but I haven’t decided what to get yet.
Merry Christmas!

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Thanksgiving

October 11th, 2004

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, and this year my mom is making me do all the cooking and baking. I’ve already made a pumpkin pie, although I’m afraid it’s a little too jelly-ish in the middle for lack of baking time. No matter how long I stick stuff in the oven, it can never come out burnt. It’s always not cooked enough. Some may find this a gift, but I think it’s a nuissance, waiting at eleven oclock at night for muffins that should have been done at 9:30.
This year I’m thankfull for my friends, family, and life, as usual, but this year I’m also thankfull for the weather we’ve had so far in Nova Scotia, and for my new saxophone.
On a topic unrelated to Thanksgiving but with everything to do with the category or “Family”, I recently heard an interesting comment about my family. My Mom has often been told that I sound like her. One evening, I picked up the phone from a call from one of dad’s colleagues. The Colleague assumed from my voice that I was my mom, and started talking to me as if I was, until I corrected him. He later told my mother that he finds this weird, because I look more like my dad than my mom, so it’s as if my dad is the computer, but my mother is the programing. I think it is true, although I’d like to think that I think for myself, not programmed to think what my mom thinks.

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