Adventures in AmbiLand

Ambi = Ethnically Ambiguous

Can we talk about my (tomato) seedlings March 9, 2010

And how they’re growing, and how amazing it is??

Let me put this in perspective-  used to not be able  keep a houseplant alive.  Now I can plant seeds that are barely even a millemeter in diameter only to have them to emerge as plants just a few day later? Days people.  I am humbled and amazed!! I will soon post a detailed description of how I did it so that you too can share in all this vegetable gardeny joy 😉

That Ambijawn…She may be emo, but she is oh so sincere.


Winter tried to beat me…Literally :/ March 6, 2009

What is the deal with you winter?

Despite your cold exterior I realize your sensitive, I know it hurts that everyone hates you.  But why pick on me?? I tried to befriend you, I wrote you poetry, I shared your Vancouver Mascot with all my internet friends.  Sure I made up a fictitious narrative about you trying to woo me using early 90s R &  B hits, but I was JOKING.


Ok, blogesphere, let me explain.

I managed to make it through most of this season unscathed.  No SADS, no illness, no frostbite- things were great.  It started in late January.  I was driving my son to school on Inauguration Day when young lady in an uninsured Yukon slid on some ice took out my rear left tail light.  Ok, I can handle it’s just the car.  Then I get mysteriously “sick” for a week, characterized only by overwhelming, unexplained exhaustion.  Cool- worked on some nutritional remedies and I’m back on track.  Then my son gets super sick, for a full week- took us both by surprise.  No problem, it was just a really bad virus. Rest, Gatorade, a little TLC and he’s good as new.   Last week, we were in the clear (or so it seemed)

Just when I thought we were raising up from the cold, dark depths of Winter Calamity, I fell…literally.

Most people who know me in real life (as opposed to fake life ;)) know I am always running.  So I am running out the house to pick up my son and I slip on a tiny patch of ice on the first step out of our building.  I absorb all of the shock of the fall in my lower back.  The injury is best described in this paragraph:

When the lumbar spine is strained or sprained, inflammation of the soft-tissues results. This inflammation causes pain and can cause muscle spasm. People are often surprised at how painful and debilitating a lumbar strain or sprain can be–these are not small injuries. They often force patients to remain in bed for a day or two, and can cause intermittent symptoms for weeks. That said, over 90% of patients are completely recovered from an episode of lumbar muscle strain or sprain within one month.

This back spasm thing is hands down the most painful experience since childbirth :/

Not cool Winter!!

Lol (not too loud though, it might hurt) I know it’s not your fault.  And actually, I’m really lucky, the injury could have been a lot worse.  I am so thankful I had family and friends near by to help me with this situation.  My son, who is amazing, has also been very patient with me.

And Winter, I still don’t hate you. Without you, the first breath of Spring wouldn’t feel so sweet.

Never again will I make fun of this classic commercial!

This is exactly how I felt when I was laid out on the sidewalk in front of my house.