Too Bad We Need This Reminder in 2017

Because apparently we still need to be reminded in 2017

(via Reddit)

Music Monday – “Let’s go make some history/Before we fall apart/True love might escape us, girl/But at least we got some heart”

A Million Dollars” – Joel Plaskett

I Can’t Decide If I Should Feel Guilty About Missing So Many of My Daily Blog Posts Due to Camping

Nah… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Camping Injury Report

Camping is a strange thing – you pay a lot of money to basically live in the wilderness with all the attendant dangers and risks.

This summer, we’ve had a few…

  • Pace hit himself in the face with a metal scooter while attempting a trick, cutting his face, giving himself a fat lip and loosening one tooth.
  • Pace fell on a hillside path and scratched his chest with a branch pretty good
  • Pace (see a theme here?) injured his wrist briefly after a wipe out at the Fort Qu’Appelle skate park. ย I initially feared a break but luckily it was just tender for awhile.
  • Sasha fell while running on the road in front of the campsite and scrapped her knee pretty good.
  • Sasha’s had a few “sand in the eyes” moments on the playground. ย My hope is that it’s not from kids throwing sand intentionally at her but just being careless as they dig wildly.
  • Both kids have been hit by a swing when not paying attention.
  • One cousin who was visiting had an accident on his bike and hurt his groin pretty bad.
  • I have had innumerable splinters because I keep forgetting to put on work gloves when I haul/chop wood (or even lifting logs from our wood pile to the fire can give a splinter if you’re not being careful/have a couple beers in you!)
  • I’ve also had a couple headaches in the morning through the summer but I’m not sure what caused those! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • At different times, Shea and I have both suffered through at least one weekend with a cold/sore throat/runny nose which is not fun at the best of times and especially when you’re camping.
  • I’m usually most susceptible but none of us have had any bad sunburns all summer though I did burn my nose one weekend.
  • Sore legs.
  • …plus the usual mixture of small cuts, blisters, bruises from random small accidents or injuries.

Music Monday – “I just wanna Rolly Rolly Rolly with a dab of ranch/I already got some designer to hold up my pants/I just want some ice on my wrist so I look better when I dance/Have you lookin’ at it, put you in a trance”

Not the most traditional campfire song but here’s another Music Monday song that we’re hearing a lot at our seasonal campsite thanks to Pace who’s a bit more plugged into current music trends than I am. ๐Ÿ˜‰

(One fun highlight of our most recent weekend was watching him create various playlists on our streaming music service – one for rap songs, one for rock songs, one for pop songs.)

Rolex” – Ayo & Teo

Friday Fun Link – 39 s’Mores Hacks That Will Change Your Life


Of course Buzzfeed has the perfect listicle for this topic.

We’ve tried a few s’mores variations ourselves with a current favourite being “Exploding s’moreos” where we not only use an Oreo instead of a graham cracker but also the limited edition Fireworks Oreos that have pop rocks candy mixed in!

10 Things I’ve Dealt With In Libraries That Aren’t Covered in Library School

  1. Bat removal
  2. Poop on floor in public area (child)
  3. Poop ย on floor in washroom (adult)
  4. Blood splattered across entire bathroom
  5. A kid’s Easter egg but full of drugs
  6. Arguments over $0.30 fines
  7. People who say “I pay your salary!”
  8. People who are *really* concerned about delays in getting their items on time. ย (I’m talking “evil Rainman” levels of obsessiveness!) ๐Ÿ™‚
  9. Patrons telling me how the library’s internal policies and systems work.
  10. Being punched in the shoulder “jokingly” by an older male patron leaving a bruise.

Guess which two happened this week?

Dates of When Various Countries Adopted Universal Healthcare and When They Gave It Up As A Total Disaster

Music Monday – “From nine till five I have to spend my time at work/The job is very boring, I’m an office clerk/The only thing that helps me pass the time away/Is knowing I’ll be back at Echo Beach some day.”

Another unofficial theme for our seasonal camp site at Echo Valley Campground, especially after last weekend when we hit Echo Beach a couple times…

Echo Beach” – Martha and the Muffins

Five Disadvantages of a Seasonal Site

I did a post about the advantages of a seasonal camp site so it’s only fair to list some of the disadvantages.

  1. I already mentioned that it ends up being more expensive than you realise.
  2. You end up feeling obligated (or at least we do) to go out to your camp site as much as you can so you end up missing other fun things – we’ve turned down free tickets to Regina Folk Fest, an invite to go to Mustard Fest and it’s extremely unlikely we’ll get to even one Riders’ game in person this summer like we usually do.
  3. On a related note, because we try to get to the lake every weekend, a lot of stuff we normally do on weekends – laundry, grocery shopping, cutting grass, housecleaning, etc. – either gets neglected or squished into our already busy weekday evening routines.
  4. It’s probably not a huge deal but because we end up hauling out a lot more for a seasonal site than we would for shorter overnight trips, we’re likely going to spend more time hauling all the stuff back – either piecemeal over a series of weekends or all at once with a cargo trailer or something. ย (Then we’re going to have to find *more* space to store all the stuff we accumulated too.)
  5. The more you’re at your camp site, the more chance that a spontaneous water balloon fight will break out and, unlike when we were growing up, adults (and even some kids) now carry electronic devices with them at all times. So there’s a risk of your device getting soaked (hasn’t happened yet but Grandpa took a water balloon in the chest from someone – not Sasha though she’s smiling mischievously in this picture – that could’ve been bad if he had his phone on him!)