Self Freezing Soda

I found this really cool video online how to make your own soda slush without any machines!  This is a fun experiment that you could easily do with your kids, and the best part is they get a delicious treat at the end without leaving a mess for you to clean up!

Check it out and look for more videos from Grant Thompson – The King of Random!

EAGLE Urban Resource Guide

My father emailed me a link to a news story from CTV News Winnipeg that I want to share with you today.

Watch the Video Here

I want to begin by celebrating the initiative behind the Resource Guide.  Moving into a new city, especially one as large as Winnipeg can be a terrifying experience.  The challenge of learning how to adapt to a new culture can be very tasking.  The intention behind this guide will certainly help with the transition process.

However, my concern with this news story is the language that was used.  The example used by CTV News in this story is about “When you are involved in a crime…”  This statement would be much different if you replace the word “when” with the word “if.”  Winnipeg has a reputation of being a hard city with high crime rates.  Statements like this do nothing to help that image, especially in the minds of a new resident to the city.

I would like to point out that the EAGLE Urban Transition Centre is working with Winnipeg Police to change the image prior to the guide books distribution.

It is essential that we learn from mistakes made by others to prevent repeating them ourselves.  We should take a moment to reflect on the language we use in order to convey a message.  Using correct words will help reduce the chances of misunderstanding in our daily lives.

Movie Night: The Call

When is the last time that you stayed in and watched a really good movie?  For me, it has been quite some time.  Trying to work, travel, blog, keep up with all the television shows that I am obsessed with, and still have time for friends leaves me with little time to just lay around and enjoy a movie.

If you haven’t seen The Call yet, I suggest you make time this weekend to rent it.  Featuring Halle Berry, this movie kept me on the edge of my seat.  Check out the trailer below and have an awesome Friday!

Announcing New Changes

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Hey friends,

I am just waking up in Edmonton and wanted to share with you a new change that I have made to my blog.

So as most of you know I love to travel, but sometimes it can be hard to keep track of where I am going or when I am able to stop by for a visit. You can now keep track of it here on my travel calendar.

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I am still playing with some of the features of it and trying to figure out the best way to add in my work schedule. Let me know what you think and I would love suggestions about ways to make it better.

Have an awesome Tuesday and I challenge you to do something you didn’t plan on doing today!

Three days after the disaster

From near normal river levels on Thursday morning, to 100,000 Calgarians evacuated from their homes less than 24 hours later. The city found itself below a water flow at its worst of an estimated 62,000 cubic feet per second flowing down the Bow River.  The photos of this disaster can’t even begin to show the magnitude of the flooding that has happened here in this city.  Going down to the river and listening people’s shock and astonishment as they watched their city disappear around them was life changing.

As water levels are now dropping and people are slowly being allowed to return to their homes, the cleanup has begun.  I want to take a moment to share with you an incredibly moving video from 90.3 Amp Radio.  So many people have lost so much, and I want to express my condolences to the families of the people who lost their lives during this flood in High River, and now in Calgary as well.

If you are able, I urge you to consider donating to the Canadian Red Cross who responded immediately to help people affected by the flood.

Calgary Flood 2013

Deerfoot & Southtland Drive Dog Park

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Hey friends,

This isn’t how I expected to blog with you today, but Alberta is being devastated by flood waters.  The cause is heavy rain fall from the mountains.  Calgary has declared a state of emergency and many people are being evacuated from their homes.  Downtown Calgary is underwater, but words can’t even begin to describe what is going on here.  The worst part is that it is still raining and we are under a heavy rainfall warning.

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Luckily, I do not live in a flood zone. Homes as close as 3 blocks away have been evacuated, but I live up hill from them so we should be safe.  Thank you to all the friends that have contacted me to ensure my safety.

People that have evacuated are asked to put an X on their door so that emergency crews know that no one is left in the home.

Take a look at the video below from Global Calgary’s helicopter as they fly over the city.  It took my breath away.

Stay safe and have a great weekend!

Raw Video: Downtown flooding | Global News Video