Slanguage…Fo Shizzle

Have you checked gizoogle? I entered ndnspeechmom.com into the search and found out what my blog would look like if I spoke slanguage like Snoop Dogg.

I am seriously amused. My name was even changed to ndnrapmom

The nerdy part of me thinks this is brilliant. The other part of me just thinks it feels good to be a gangsta. (There is quite a bit of foul colorful language generated by this website. It is not suitable for children.)

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Greetings and Salutations

I laugh when people think of my title as an intellectual or fancy way of saying hello. I got that line from Charlotte’s Web (still love that book.)  What was your favourite book as a child? Mine was Morris the Moose Goes to School.  Clearly I have always been a bit of a bookworm, and it is something that I am trying to encourage in my children.

Thankfully it is working, they love to be read to and to be read to.  I admit my little speechie heart beats a little faster when my Cielo asks if we can “practice my sounds.”  She just loves the Jolly Phonics program she is learning in Kindergarten.

Yesterday I had a great day, actually I had so much good fortune I probably should have bought a lottery ticket.  I started off my day with a meeting with my Education Director at work.  That went well and I was off to print copies of all the assessments I have done so far this year for filing in central office.  I stopped at the IT department to inquire if I could have my (crappy old) laptop connected to the wireless printer.  He tried but apparently my computer had no CD rom drive and other assorted “ailments.” This came as no surprise to me as often it takes multiple attempts to even turn on; sometimes I even get a “NO OPERATING SYSTEM DETECTED” error message (that can’t be good.)  My Ed Dir came to give me a copy of the agenda for Friday…they started talking about my laptop and I ended up leaving the room with a brand new work laptop.  It is not mine to keep, but as a contracted employee I do not usually get employee perks so I was tickled. (Lucky thing #1)

Then I went for lunch with a group of area SLPs.  None of us have many colleagues so we have taken it upon ourselves to network independently.  It was great fun and I enjoyed telling them about twitter.  They thought I knew a lot of people online, and I guess I do. (Good thing #2)

I finished up at work and then grabbed myself a Tim Horton’s.  Last stop of the day was for gas at a First Nations gas station (tax free fuel.) When I arrived home my husband had a delicious mexican meal all ready for us. (Lucky thing #3)

Later on in the evening I got the news that we may be getting a Christmas Bonus from the rez this year. (Fortunate thing #4)  Later on my dad arrived with some early Christmas gifts. (Sweet thing #5)

Much later I got a phone call from the gas station.  I won their nightly Christmas draw and won a $100 gift certificate for their store! Hello? Free gas? Holla!! (awesome thing #6)

TOTALLY PUMPED FOR TODAY! Bring it universe!

And We Have A WINNER!!

Congratulations Dean! You are the lucky winner of the Ndnspeechmom May Month giveaway! I’m really glad you won since it was your birthday yesterday AND because you also had to have surgery on your birthday.  I hope you enjoy these earrings (and the mystery gift) and wear them in good health.

Just a quick screen capture to show 1) who won, 2) that i didn't cheat, and 3) that I actually know how to do a screen capture

34 Skye-isms

Gina posted a “things about me” post that I thought was cute so I decided to do something similar.  Lucky, lucky readers…please don’t X out of this screen immediately.  I decided that this would be a good time to do this because I see from my blog stats that I’ve had a bit more traffic lately.  Here we go:

1. I cannot fall asleep without cracking my toes.  Will I get toe arthritis? Maybe but that isn’t stopping me.

2. As a child I couldn’t fall asleep without sucking my bottom lip.  I did this from birth and my mom was worried it would give me cancer or an oral fixation. *koff koff*

I may be my mother's worst fear

3. My husband is an amazing cook and continually spoils me with authentic mexican cuisine but I still have a soft spot in my heart for Taco Bell.  Yo quiero Taco Bell.

4. The new Weight Watcher’s plan is proving very challenging for me to follow.  The old plan just seemed, “easier.”

5. I’m sad that sweetly awkward Ginger kid never made it to the Top 13 on American Idol.  I’m so happy that James Durbin made it tho.  (Yes I watch American Idol and I am also aware that I’m Canadian.)

6. The power of nature that we are seeing in Japan and around the world makes me feel small and very connected to the world all at once.  Nature is doing what it has always done…and my prayers are with everyone in her path.

7. Cielo and Jr are currently at my mother’s house.  We went to visit yesterday because my niece is also visiting.  It was so fun…until I tried to take them home.  They are still there and I’m so glad Diego is still a baby and can’t ditch me.

8. I’m going to a Pam Marshalla workshop on Monday in Edmonton and I am EXCESSIVELY excited.  I follow her on twitter so I may try to dial down my enthusiasm so I do not end up with a TRO…but maybe she needs a new bestie.  It would actually be remiss of me to deny her the awkward awesomeness that is ndnspeechmom.

9.  So far being 34 is awesome.  I bought a Lotto Max ticket yesterday so my goal to be a millionaire before I’m 35 may still come true.  (I’ve actually never had great wealth as a goal…just a home of my own and to be able to pay my own bills.)

10. I really really want to buy an iPad 2.  It is going to be difficult to restrain myself.  I may have a bit of a shopping addiction.

11. When I first met my husband he introduced himself as Diego because everyone always told him Nehemias was too hard to pronounce.  On our second date he told me his real name.  (We count the day we met as our first date.) Technically both of our sons are named after him.

12. I actually still suck my bottom lip when I’m falling asleep.

13.  Before deciding on Speech Pathology I wanted to be a flight attendant, lawyer or a  ninja.

I should have this on the back window of my SUV

14.  I can’t eat raw tomatoes.  They make me barfy.

15.  All the makeup I wear is M.A.C. (when I wear it)

16. Having a big comfy recliner in my living room would make me happy.  I don’t know if I can find one that will fit.

17.  At random times Cielo, Jr or myself will shout, “DANCE PARTY!” and we will all get our grooves on….Nehemias says they never do this when he is home alone with them.

18. I love my job, it is totally rewarding, fun and I am lucky enough to make my own schedule.  I’m glad I found my little niche in the world.

19. I’ve asked my husband more than once, “I’m 29, 32, 33 right?” (Number varied depending on the year)

20. I love listening to rap, hair metal, talk radio, hip hop and 90s music on my commute.  I’m the one rolling down the highway singing at the top of my lungs.

21. Considering I gained weight (and I have 3 children…weight is my fault not my babies) I’m so happy I don’t have stretch marks.

22.  I’m the third of my mom’s 8 children…no wonder I’m so loud.  #MiddleChildSyndrome

23. #iHaveTheTendancyToUseLongAndUnamusingHashtags #iBlameZuckerberg

24. I remember thinking that I would be so old and grown up in the year 2000.  It is 2011.  I’m officially old in 17 year old ndnspeechmom’s mind.

25. Seventeen year old ndnspeechmom was an idiot who started dating a guy who was TOTALLY wrong for her and wasted way too much time.  Thank goodness I *finally* wised up and was fortunate enough to meet and ensnare captivate my husband.

26. I can’t swim.  I can float and doggie paddle a little but if you put me in the ocean I’m totally going to drown.

27. Diego continually tries to pluck out my eyes.  This would be annoying if it wasn’t so adorable.

28. I miss North Carolina.  Ok fine I miss the restaurants (and my friends)

29. We are going to retire in Mexico.  I hope my Spanish is better by then.

31. My B.A. isn’t in Speech Pathology/Communication Disorders.  I have a B.A. in Sociology – Race and Gender Studies.  I minored in Native Studies and had a concentration in Elementary Education.

32. When I was an undergrad I had a professor tell me that I would never be a Speech Pathologist and that I was lovely but just not “cut out” for the job.  I kind of believed her for a while and even put in for an early graduation (I was a double major, Soc. and Comm. Dis.) with my other major.  I was 2 classes short for my undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology.  I am thankful that I didn’t let her kill my dream and that I later went back to graduate school.

33.  I  like reading my name on plaques in my High School.  (Drama and Academics…I’m SO not an athlete.)

34. My tres leches cake is killer.  Seriously…it’s slap yo mama good.