Since this is my 88th post, I am focussing on the number “8” today:
1. Jim and I started going out on May 8, 2008. It seems like we’ve known each other forever!
2. My birthday is July 17th – 1 + 7 = 8. I am one of eight cousins on my mom’s side of the family. I moved to Canada when I was eight years old.
3. We have lived in “our” house for one year and 8 months. We still love it as much as the day we moved in on November 29, 2008…
4. Anna celebrated her 16th birthday on Tuesday, which is divisible by 8 (16, not Tuesday). She was born (eight days late) in the eighth month of 1994, and weighed 10 lbs., 8 1/2 oz. (no epidural – OUCH!). That baby grew to be 5′8” tall.
5. Our new living room furniture was also delivered on Tuesday. There were 8 pieces: couch, loveseat, chair, ottoman, recliner, coffee table, and two end tables. There is now seating for 8 people in our living room (if somebody sits on the ottoman). It was about 8 seconds after the delivery guys left that we discovered the 8 cm. (about 3 inches for the Americans) rip in the top corner of the couch (they came and exchanged the couch the next day).
6. When I came to the bookstore yesterday, there were 8 boxes of books waiting to be put away (I did five of them). There were also five boxes of books to evaluate – it was basically junk – I kept only 8 books out of the whole bunch!
7. We got home from getting groceries just after 8 p.m. last night (we spent $80-something at Superstore). I noticed that I now have 8 sunflowers open in the garden. I left Jim and the kids to put the groceries away, and rushed outside to pick blueberries. When I first went out, there was an 8-point buck standing in our field (that’s only the second time I’ve seen a buck out there). There were a couple of does too. In the front field, a flock of Canada geese were feasting on bugs stirred up by the recent haying activity. I picked the blueberries, which took an hour…it’s a minor miracle that I didn’t spill them as I swatted at the approximately 800 bugs which insisted on flying up my back and down my pants!
8. Proposition 8 was defeated in California yesterday! Jim and I and our many gay friends are all very happy about that…gay marriage has been legal in Canada for several years (it was legal in 8 out of 10 provinces and in 1 of 3 territories from court decisions beginning in 2003 until July 20, 2005, when the Civil Marriage Act legalized same-sex marriages nationwide). It’s about time the U.S. stepped into the 21st century! My friend, Nancy, wrote her blog post about that today: http://nancygedney.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/hooray-prop-8-is-dead/