Bicameral : Word of the Day

Bicameral : having two branches, chambers, or houses, as a legislative body.

When I started my Word of the Day crusade, I knew that there would be words that would stump me.  Initially this word did stump me…. how could I use this word to describe a personal experience?

Then I remembered that I was in Ottawa a few months ago to run a little marathon.  Prior to the race I acted the part of tourist, and one of my excursions was a guided tour of the interior of the Parliament Buildings.  We had the opportunity to view the House of Commons (elected )  and the Upper House ( appointed, also know as Senate) It was very interesting to get an inside look at the chambers of our bicameral government.o-CANADA-SENATE-facebook.jpg


The Day I Earned My Comma

When I started my Run Streak I never planned to make it a long term commitment.  My goal was to run every day in December, 2014.  Thirty One days was my goal, and there were many days when I thought I couldn’t do it. It was really hard to get out for a run  every single day.

21034435_10154695315332461_8415843252130278167_n Sometimes these things take on a life of their own. I was looking forward to Not Running on January 1, but a co-irker scoffed at my little 31 day streak and challenged me to run every day in 2015.  This was a huge challenge which I hesitantly accepted.

The rest is history.  The coworker dropped out after a few months but I kept going. and going . and going.  By the time I reached 100 days it was becoming easier.  By the end of 2015 I was hooked and couldn’t stop.

Fast forward to August 25, 2017 when I completed my 1,000th consecutive day of running. I never expected that I would need a comma to count my run streak days.

I have a fantastic run group who are (mostly) supportive of my run streak.  They take ownership of milestones and plan special runs to commemorate them.   We have enjoyed #666, #777, and #888 and were undecided about whether to celebrate #999 or #1,000. In the end we celebrated on Day #1,000 because it fell on a Friday and we could enjoy a few wobbly pops at the local tavern afterwards. But we had a 999 theme for the run.

Here is how it worked. Each person was told to bring a small amount of $$ to the run.  We then formed teams of 3 people.  Teams ran 2.5km to the grocery store where they met an appointed Time Keeper who recorded their arrival time.  Teams were given 10 minutes to go into store, buy as many different non-perishable food items as they could for under $9.99 and return to Time Keeper with receipt and merchandise.  Then we ran back to the starting point.  Two teams scored 11 items.  All purchases were donated to a local food bank.  It was fun.. and it was for a good cause.

21077635_10154695315357461_8582915604131510354_nSome of the people in my run group are very creative and they make special bling to mark my milestones.  These unique medals are treasured above all the finisher’s medals in my collection.

Today is Day #1,010.  I have earned that comma, and I plan to continue to use it every day for a very long time.


Word of the Day ( Fais Dodo)

Fais -dodo- Louisiana ; a country dance party

Well this looks like a fun word.  I was especially intrigued by the origin; it comes from Louisiana French and literally translated it means, “Go To Sleep.”

Let’s give you a brief history lesson.  A few hundred years ago people from Europe were leaving their homeland to build colonies in the country that we now know as Canada.  Settlers from France made themselves at home in the eastern part of the country and called their new home “Acadia.” They probably would have lived there happily ever after, but they were squabbling with the British.  They had a big fight which was won by Britain and the British people become the Boss of the Land.  Being generous people, the British allowed the Acadians to stay… as long as the Acadians pledged loyalty to the British.  Acadians balked. They mostly wanted to stay neutral.  Britain was displeased and threatened to kick them out.  Acadians didn’t take this threat seriously.

To make a long story short, the British weren’t joking around.  Things got ugly. They kicked the Acadians out of their homes and deported them.  Some of the Acadians went back to Europe.  Others found homes elsewhere.  Many ended up in Louisiana, which had a large French presence at that time.  Eventually the ‘Cadians became known as Cajuns.  The Cajuns are credited with the origin of todays’ Word of The Day.

The British weren’t 100% successful in their efforts to rid the land of the blight of the Acadians.   A few hid in the woods and eventually were responsible for repopulating the countryside with new generations of Acadians.  Today the English and French live (mostly) in harmony in New Brunswick.   I work with Acadians, I run with Acadians,  and I play with Acadians.   And I am appalled the WE kicked THEM out in 1755.  It was a horrible thing to do.  In my opinion the expulsion could have been avoided if they had gotten together for a big ol’ Fais Dodo instead of fighting over ownership of the land.

Let’s make love, not war.

Septenary ( Word of the Day)

Septenary – of or relating to the number Seven, or forming a group of Seven.

In three weeks I will be attempting to run my first Ultra Marathon in Fundy Park, New Brunswick.  The septennial Fundy Circuit is a 48km network of interlinking trails that take you around the perimeter of this national park.

The Circuit’s Trails
1.  Coastal (10.1 km)
2.  Shiphaven (0.5 km)
2. Marven Lake (8 km)
4.  Bennett Brook (7.7 km)
5.  Tracey Lake (7 km)
6.  The Forks (3.4 km)
7.  Upper Salmon River (8.8 km)

Each portion of the trail has it’s own distinct features.  There are stunning views of the rugged cliffs overlooking the Bay of Fundy on the Coastal Trail.  Upper Salmon River offers a waterfall and a river crossing. ( or two.)  Marven Lake Trail meets Bennett Brook Trail at the Wolfe River Gorge, right in the heart of Fundy’s wilderness.  This section of the trail is steep and challenging, but so worth it when you reach your destination.  Thick evergreen stands, fog forests, rocky terrain,  bogs, stairs ( yes, stairs!), a covered bridge, and several inland lakes add to the diversity of this challenging course.