Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Favourites

Linking up with AndreaErika, and Narci for Friday Favourites.

1. First of all Happy Birthday to my husband Dave!  I posted yesterday about some reasons why he is my favourite guy!

2.  Earlier this week, I linked up for Show and Tell Tuesday about my most embarrassing moment.  I must say I was skeptical about this topic, but it turned out to be one of my favourites so far. After reading everyone's most embarrassing moments, I remembered another one of mine that I thought Id share with you today.  One day in high school we had an assembly with a guest speaker.  The guest speaker was a gay student (I can't remember if he was in university or still in high school, but doesn't matter), and he spoke about coming out in high school and what that was like, how he was treated, etc.  One of the things he said was about how he was really bothered when people said something was "gay", meaning stupid or dumb or whatever.  I remember thinking that I should stop saying that, it was the least I could do.  So then a few months later, I think we were still in high school (I seem to recall being in our gym), I met this guy again.  I don't remember what he was doing back at our school, but I told him I recalled his speech and how great it was, etc, etc.  So we keep chatting, and there is a bunch of us there (and you can probably guess where this is going), in the midst of the conversation, I respond to a statement with "That is so gay!".  It just slipped out, and obviously an old habit that was hard to break, and I was so embarrassed!! I turned to him immediately and apologized and said how I remembered that he had mentioned specifically that that bothered him, and that I was making an effort not to say it anymore.  He was very gracious about it, but I can tell you that I've never said that something was "gay" again (or if I've said it, it has probably been less than 5 times since 1999). 
So not only did I want to share that embarrassing tale as a follow up to Tuesday's post, I also wanted to share the story because I still hear people saying something is "gay" all of the time, and these are grown adults, who are educated and mature, and have gay friends.  Maybe it doesn't bother all gay people, but it bothered this guy, and it is such an unnecessary word to say in that context.  Similarly "retarded" is another word that should be removed from people's vocabulary, even mine, as it does slip out occasionally. 

3. We made one of my favourite easy vegetarian meals this week.  Pita pizzas made with hummus, tomatoes, feta cheese, fresh herbs (we used basil), and a sauce of olive oil, red wine vinegar, shallots, salt and pepper.  No cooking required. So simple and really tasty.  E built his own and we both took a picture of our pizzas when we were done (Dave was out).

E's picture of his own pizza

My pizza

4. March Madness is underway!  I follow NCAA sports 0% of the rest of the year.  I know absolutely nothing other than what has seeped into my subconscious from watching the Raptors or Twitter.  I do however love filling out a bracket and betting on sports.  I've chosen Kansas to take it all, based on absolutely no background information.  We'll see how that goes.

5. This week at E's school, because it was March Break for the regular schools, they do a special week of events.  Monday was Backwards Day, Tuesday was Green Day (for St. Patrick's Day), and they watched a movie, Wednesday was Cooking Day (they made pancakes), Thursday was Crazy Hair Day, and today is Pastel Colour Day (for the first day of spring).  This was E's favourite week.  He, like his mother, loves to follow instructions like this.  You say wear green, he needs every piece of his clothing to be green so he wears pyjama pants.  I even bought hair chalk for his hair because what else to do for a kid with a short hair cut? 

If you're a link up reader, thanks for visiting, look around my other posts and get to know me. If you're a regular reader, click over to Andrea, Erika, and Narci and see what they have to say today, and then visit some other links in the link up, there is always lots to see and learn about!

Happy Friday!

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