May 11-#100happydays- day 32

Out at the Silver Spoon dinner. Alan Thicke was our guest speaker. 

Always a fun night out!  


May 4-#100happydays-day 25 new neighbours?

Looks like 2 houses on my street have been sold. I’m a little sad to lose the one family because our kids were close in age, although I wouldn’t say we knew each other that well. 

But it’s a little exciting to see two new families come to the neighbourhood. I’m really hoping for young kids, and maybe cool moms I can become friends with.  We’ll see. 

How should scientists respond to science denialism?? John Cook explains @ConversationEDU

I find this really interesting. Dealing with those opposed to science is exhausting.
Working in public health, I give vaccines everyday. People have actually accused me of being part of a conspiracy. Thinking I’m actually “let in” on some secret, and I am working to mislead the public.
Google will be our downfall, I’m sure. There is just too much info and it’s too easily accessible. (And most is ridiculous). Just trust the experts. It’s their job. There is no hidden agenda ( for the most part).


Inoculating against science denial

John Cook, The University of Queensland

Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are making a comeback.

Denial is not something we can ignore or, well, deny. So what does scientific research say is the most effective response? Common wisdom says that communicating more science should be the solution. But a growing body of evidence indicates that this approach can actually backfire, reinforcing people’s prior beliefs.

When you present evidence that threatens a person’s worldview, it can actually strengthen their beliefs. This is called the “worldview backfire effect”. One of the first scientific experiments that observed this effect dates back to 1975.

A psychologist from the…

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April 15-#100happydays -Nursing as my profession 

In general my job does make me happy. I’m very happy I chose nursing as a profession. The opportunities are vast, and the hours can be quite flexible to fit your lifestyle. 

I’ve been a nurse for 13 years, and worked in a few different areas. Started my career in Neonatal ICU.  Then after travel nursing I did about a year in the emergency department.  I worked about 5 years in the recovery room. 

In the last year before I went on maternity leave I started working in public health. It’s been a nice change. I get to work with preventing sickness instead of treating it.  My focus is childhood immunizations and healthy growth and development. I really enjoy it. I’ll save my vaccine ranting for another post. 

April 10 #100happydays

The warming weather makes me happy.  #100happydays


Dinner out at The Grazing Goat and Thoughts on the ‘new’ 20th Street West

Last night I went out for dinner with a couple girls I used to work with. We decided to try The Grazing Goat, a newer restaurant in Saskatoon’s now trendy Riversdale area. I was happy to get dressed up and put some makeup on!


So, growing up in Saskatoon,I still find it a little odd that cool, trendy restaurants are located on 20th Street West. For as long as I can remember, this was a street one did not walk down. Day or night. But I guess some of the shady businesses have since closed, and maybe the questionable people are moving elsewhere? I’m not sure.  Here’s an interesting article on the revival of 20th Street


the bar photo from

The restaurant was cool. Lots of unfinished wood look to it. Small, with lots of art work on the walls. At 6pm on a thursday, the restaurant was about 1/4 full. Our server was really helpful. The menu was small, but versatile, all of the entres looked interesting. I decided on Jerk Lamb tacos (15$) and a glass of Cono Sur Pinot Noir (10$).

I was really happy with my order. Spicy, but very flavourful. The portion size was decent for price, 3 medium tacos, but a small side would have been nice. A friend had the salmon. Looked wonderful, maybe a bit of a small portion for the price.

Overall, a great night out, and I’m glad I ventured out of my comfort zone.


Jerk Lamb Tacos photo from

The Fall of Farnam Block – Lydia’s Pub (Saskatoon Scene)

Great times had by many!!

Sip & Twirl

The times change, this I know… and there always seem to be (good?) reasons given, but to see the iconic Farnam Block building on Broadway and 11th actually being torn down feels pretty awful.


You might say it’s just a building, and buildings get torn down and replaced all the time.  But for anyone who has come from, lived in, or even passed through Saskatoon, this particular building is full of so much more.

For me, it’s where I tried out my first fake ID and, subsequently, my first real one too.  It’s where most Friday or Saturday (or Wednesday… or Monday…) nights began or and/or ended.  It’s where afternoons with friends slowly turned into nights to remember and strangers turned into lifelong friends.  It’s where we watched young musicians find their voices and go on to become big names in the Canadian scene.  It’s where we all grew…

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