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New Job…Interesting

Hi All,

Well after 6 years away from working for someone else…I’m working now for an appliance company, which is family owned and oporated.

Now I should mention that they have been expanding, and becoming a Family Corporate company, verses a basic partnership between two brothers.

Over 200 employees, and 8 stores that are around 15,000 sq ft – 30,000 sq ft. showrooms, which is very big!!!

The store I’m in is in the middle of transitioning, from a small mom and pop store, to a trail appliances store, which means that we are not in our 30,000 sq ft showroom yet, but will be within a couple of months…ok…it’s supposed to be ready in a month, but lets face it, when did everything go right on a construction site.

Anyhow…I’ve finished 1 and a half weeks of intense training, with another 4 to go…and even then I’ll not know much really…ok…I’ll have a good base…but it’s going out and helping customers that really teach’s a person the ins and outs of a product.

Although, I’ve found out some stuff that would blow your mind away…well it did ours (I have two other new people with me in the training course)!!!

For an example…did you know that fabric softener is a liquid plastic…this goes for softner sheets as well??

Did you know that it increases man made fiber materials flamibility rating by 90% (our trainer had it happen to him, a spark from his cig, and poof…he was a flame…or his robe was anyhow!!!)

Did you know that laundry detergent is not a soap???

There are so many things that just blew me away…and laundry practices etc that we do that are really bad for our machines and our clothing.

Anyhow, as time goes on, I think I’ll share with who ever wants to know some of the ins and outs of our appliances…it’s actually quite amazing.

Peace

Shannon

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Living In Victoria

Well as usual, I’ve neglected my blog, and well I suppose I’ve been neglecting my writing in general, not really finding the words these past few months.

Much change has been happening for one, and I suppose that is the bulk of it.

Moving to Victoria, BC Canada has been a major move, and a bit of a culture shock really…and while I was raised in Alberta, the BC thing is a little different, and the cost of living insane.

Chad and I and our two little ones moved in with my mom for a temp solution, and it looks like we will not be able to afford to get a place of our own for a few more months, even with me working again.

I got a job with Trail Appliances, which is a commission position with the average first year around 40,000.00…which in this neck of the woods isn’t much…basic living in fact!!!

Still, Chad is going to start building his play houses and hopefully they will start selling right away, then we can look at getting a house.

It is beatiful here, that is for sure, only being 5 to 10 min away from any number of beach’s, and my creative self is certainly finding a voice again…with such a lush enviroment that surrounds us.

We havn’t gotten a chance to look around up island staying in the Greater Victoria area so far, with gas prices so high and our car that guzzles it so much…LOL…but am looking forward to exploring more as time goes on.

Anyhow, I’m going to try a post a couple of pics of where we are so you can enjoy some of what we see everyday.

Where we live The BeachNice Architecture Chow for Now…Peace

Shannix

I’ve been on about racism towards whites for many years now, and frankly, it always seems that people are too afraid to admit it or talk about it openly, until yesterday.

Upon opening my email, I had one from my dad tittled “Someone Finally had the guts to say it.” and it is a very to the point email about racism against whites.

Being primarily white in background and color, (I have about and 8th native American), I have been the subject of much racial hatred, or at least the bunt of some off handed comments, and unfair treatment. Also having many friends Native, Hispanic, Chinese etc, decent, I’ve witnessed some racism that surrounds them as well.

Now I am telling you this because I don’t want someone to come along and not realize that as a person I’m pretty well rounded, and personally don’t see a persons skin color till well after I’ve talked with them, and in fact…LOL…sometimes well into the friendship that I realize they are anything different then human.

At any rate, this person that wrote the email made some really great points about racism towards white people that I think is worth mentioning.

We have created many holidays, or events around such things as Martin Luther King Day, Black awareness month, and have many special treatments for people, such as a fund that allows people of color, or different races that are not white to access our schools, and such that are not available to the white population.

The thing about it is simply if we had a White Awareness month, it would undoubtedly be considered racist, and if we were to set up a special school fund strictly for whites it would be considered racist, however these things are not considered so if it is a community of colored or ethnic people doing it.

Somehow that just seems to defeat the purpose of eliminating racism in our culture.

Also, we have to put up with racist comments such as being called whitey, or other not so pleasant terms, because if we were to defend ourselves and say something against it, we would be considered racist, yet those people that offer up those lowly sayings to us are not.

I think the thing that most offends me though, is that I’m being blamed for things that happened 200 years ago…and while I wish that racism were not even a part of our culture, it certainly was…WAS…past tense…and for me personally, it is not an issue…other then I am forced to endure it.

My question would be I suppose, how do we deal with this?  How do we even out the stakes concerning this issue, and not be put into a position of having to tip toe around the tulips everytime the issue comes up?

I am who I am, right or wrong, but the color of my skin, or my religious or non religious beliefs should not dictate whether a person would like me or not.

My hope is to one day see a world that does not look at such things in harsh judgment/condemnation and instead views the peoples of the world as Human beings.

Shannix

Great Day w/Kids

Hiya,

Had fun today with the kids, which isnt’ abnormal I suppose, but today we wore each other out pretty good.

Chad went to work for me today, and I took the kids to a one hour class they have once a week in a neighbouring town, so they were excited by that.

We then went back to the store at noon, and spent an hour or so there, the kids always have a blast being at work with mom and dad…and they just love my new partner Janna.

Anyhow…while we were at the store a wonderful couple from Virginia who have a small hobby farm just outside town invited me and kids to go by there place this afternoon to see the new baby goats.

Well…we came home and had a lunch, then off to the farm, where the kids got a chance to play with the dogs, and go into the pen where there were about 20 Goats, some billy goats, not sure what the others are, and they had one donkey in with them…it was very cool.

Christopher was all over the place, beside himself with all the animals…he just loves all of them, although Aurora is a little afraid of Dogs for some reason, in fact wanted to be in with the goats instead of outside the pen with the dog…LOL.

Anyhow…we only stayed a little while, but will take them back when Chad can come…it was a blast.

Then we came home and layed down for a late nap…that was only supposed to be an hour…lol…Chad had to walk home from the store…which isn’t far…but came up and woke us up like two hours later…LOL.

Anyhow…then the kids had movies and snacks with our friend Hope while Chad and I went and watched his eldest dance for her last recital here as she graduates and goes off to College next year…wow…she was fantastic.

Anyhow…that was my day…it was fun, and well spent I thought.

Love Peace Joy Gratitude

Shannix

Yesterday my husband was watching an interview with Jimmy Carter around his new book ‘Palestine Peace Not Apartheid’.

Now I was born in the USA, but raised in Canada so I’m not completely up on the Presidents of the US,  but I remember that he was a good president and seemed to be a good man.

After watching the interview for an hour or so, I was struck by how this man is a truly great man, not loud and obnoxious, but quite and steadfast as it were.

In this his new book he is bringing light to many of the aspects of the Israeli / Palestinian dispute that we simply are not aware of, and that has not been brought to our attention via the media or through the government etc.

Description

Following his #1 New York Times bestseller, Our Endangered Values, the former president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers an assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity and justice to Palestine.

President Carter, who was able to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt, has remained deeply involved in Middle East affairs since leaving the White House. He has stayed in touch with the major players from all sides in the conflict and has made numerous trips to the Holy Land, most recently as an observer in the Palestinian elections of 2005 and 2006.

In this book President Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his personal experiences with the principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many American officials avoid. Pulling no punches, Carter prescribes steps that must be taken for the two states to share the Holy Land without a system of apartheid or the constant fear of terrorism.

The general parameters of a long-term, two-state agreement are well known, the president writes. There will be no substantive and permanent peace for any peoples in this troubled region as long as Israel is violating key U.N. resolutions, official American policy, and the international “road map” for peace by occupying Arab lands and oppressing the Palestinians. Except for mutually agreeable negotiated modifications, Israel’s official pre-1967 borders must be honored. As were all previous administrations since the founding of Israel, U.S. government leaders must be in the forefront of achieving this long-delayed goal of a just agreement that both sides can honor.

Palestine Peace Not Apartheid is a challenging, provocative, and courageous book.

Above Description from Simon & Schuster @ SimonSays.com

You can also read excerpts of this book at abc News:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/story?id=2680021&page=1

I was impressed enough by the interview to look forward to reading this book, and I really believe that we all need to be informed of the different angles in all conflicts.

Jimmy Carter is all about peace, and I really think he makes some good points, and while it may be somewhat horrifying to see what we or our government condones when it comes to civil rights in this case the treatment of the Palestinians, it is truly important for us to understand and change our policies around these things.

PLJG

Shannix

Thanks Giving

Well, another Thanks Giving Day come and gone, with all the fixins.

I have to say that late last week, with Thanks Giving looming, we were not even sure if we would be able to have a decent meal, never mind a whole dinner. It is amazing how things come to us, how we are taken care of in so many ways.

Monday came around and we had a Turkey, and the week provided for enough money to buy the rest…yippy!!!

It was a small group of us, my husband Chad and I, his two kids and our two kids, and Hope a friend that is staying with us at the moment. 

We had invited several people whom normally would not have had a place to go, however, they were all taken care of this year, which made it a little more intimate, compared to normal…it was kinda cool actually.

Today is a day of thanks, ending a season of growing, harvesting if you will, and looking forward to the winter months, when we can rest, until the spring when the fields are planted once more…or at least that is how it used to be…LOL…for the farmers around here anyhow, most of them have jobs outside farming anymore.

Still, the feeling is the same, so today I give thanks for my family, who have stood by me and have stuck together, growing closer and stronger everyday.  I’m thankful that we have a roof over our heads, and that we are generaly speaking very healthy.

I can not begin to tell you how thankful I am to my friends, whom I have not seen in many years, and whom still hold me dear to thier hearts, as I do with them…such support and Love can not be bought.

I am grateful and thankful that our world is truly becoming a better place, even though it is not evident thru the news services, and it seems often that it is becoming worse, however, when I talk to people around the world, I am seeing and hearing a different story…one person at a time.

There are so many things to be thankful for, that I can not begin to really address them, but one thing I can say is that everyday I am thankful for these many things, and more.

Everyday is Thanks Giving day for me and my family, and I hope for others as well, as I believe strongly that the more we are thankful for what we have, and positive in our Attitude, the better the world will be around us.

Love Peace Joy and Gratitude

Shannix

I just watched Click…an Adam Sandler movie…so true to form I might add.

Something that was different with this movie is that he didn’t have his normal cast…and it had a deeper meaning then normal.

I admit it…I actually cried a couple of times during this one…so that was a switch…LOL.

Anyhow…it got me to thinking, and really looking at life, and the decisions we tend to make throughout our lives, what we might be missing etc.

I was truly in tears thinking about my little ones growing up and me missing some of the details along the way…as in so many ways I’d like to be able to be present, both in body and spirit for all of those wonderful moments…the many firsts.

Of course this isn’t possible…but I hope I can keep the thought with me so that when I don’t really feel like playing dolls, or super hero’s because I’m tired…that maybe I’ll do it anyway and enjoy the experience.

Anyhow…it was a good flick…:).

Peace Love Joy and Gratitude

Shannix