Monday, October 15, 2018

#MicroblogMondays: Odds & ends

  • While I'm happy for the Duke & Duchess of Sussex (aka Prince Harry & Meghan Markle), who announced today that they are expecting a baby, did they really have to do it on Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day?? (And here I always thought the Brits were ahead of us in North America when it comes to awareness of these issues...!) I am sure it was unintentional on their part, but it just goes to show we still have a long way to go when it comes to awareness of these issues. 
  • Yes, today is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day (in Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month).  Around the world tonight,  bereaved parents will be lighting candles at 7 p.m. local time and letting them shine for one hour, providing a continuous "wave of light" for 24 hours in memory of our babies. I actually haven't participated in the candlelighting in recent years, but I think I will do it again this year. 
  • Trying to get back into our usual routine since returning from visiting my parents last week.  Last Monday was (Canadian) Thanksgiving (a statutory holiday);  Tuesday we travelled home;  Wednesday we went to the supermarket to restock our cupboards & fridge/freezer (which we usually do Monday). I had a hard time remembering what day it was! Hoping this week will be a little more "normal!"  
  • Dh & I went to see the most recent version of "A Star is Born" this weekend, starting Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga (as well as Sam Elliott -- sigh!! -- Dave Chapelle, and Andrew Dice Clay (!!) as Gaga's dad (!!))(and he was really good!!).  I remember seeing the Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson version when I was a teenager, and crying buckets over it... and I cried at this one too. Cooper can sing (& direct), Gaga can act, and together, they have fabulous chemistry. I predict Oscar nominations to come... 
  • Younger Nephew & his bride have been living in her parents' basement since their wedding in April, but this weekend, they moved into their recently purchased townhouse -- two bedrooms, two levels, and about two blocks away (a 5-10 minute walk) from our condo building. Dh & BIL both think they paid wayyyyyyy too much money for it -- and they probably did -- (is there any other kind of real estate, hereabouts??) -- but I understand their desire to spread their wings & get their own space.  We went there to see it yesterday. I still think of  YN as an adorable, curly-haired toddler with a soother stuck permanently in his mouth, and it's somewhat bizarre to realize (not for the first time) that he's now a married adult with a mortgage.  
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  1. Oh man, I didn't realize that was today... That IS real sucky timing for a pregnant announcement. Couldn't have waited ONE day? I have been so consumed with the house selling pricesp that I totally was eating Thai food at 7. I wish I'd lit my candles.

    Happy belated Thanksgiving! So weird to have someone you remember as a toddler having a mortgage and a wife now. Time just marches on and so for no one!

  2. October 15 is also, apparently, National Grouch Day according to my Facebook feed. Perhaps they're related. Although, every day for me is Grouch Day! :)

  3. I think that in the UK the day pretty much goes unnoticed by most. In fact, I'm not sure anyone ever acknowledges it here in NZ, and I had good intentions to write something on my blog and on Fbk this year, but events conspired to distract me elsewhere.

    I'm looking forward to A Star is Born. I also remember the earlier version.

    Hope you're happily settling back in at home. There's no place like it.

  4. I had such mixed feelings about the royal announcement, too. What a luxury to hear the news and be purely happy and not traumatized at all.

    Can't wait to see A Star Is Born, especially with your review of it. It seems like most people these days don't know it's a remake of a remake (of a remake). Such a timeless storyline.