Thursday, June 13, 2013

Catch Up

Today Lady says she has her head screwed on better so we can catch up.

Lady you are boring me with your stories.
Talk more about me!
Lady left last Tuesday for Calgary, Alberta. She went to a conference there and then went to Banff for the weekend. She had a great time.

The conference was a vocational training for adults with autism. Lady is sad that 80% of individuals with autism right now don't have jobs. Many can work or be taught to work, but people don't want to hire them. People with autism are not alone - all disabilities are under employed. There have been some studies that show that when you employ people with disabilities absenteeism decreases, productivity increases, turn over decreases and safety either stays the same or improves. There are some really cool programs in Canada and the US right now. Lady would like to ask all our American friends to shop at Mejers because they have AWESOME programs for hiring people with disabilities and are improving it all the time (some of their distribution centres workforce is 50% individuals with disabilities). Plus they are sharing their model with other big companies like Colgate, P and G, Clarks, Lowes, Best Buy . . . . so there is hope.  If you can, consider employing someone with a disability.

Ok, now we have pushed Lady off her soapbox, she did some cool things while she was away. She went bobsledding. The pilot of the sled was Australia's Heath Spence. Lady wishes him luck at the Olympics in 2014. She said it was fun and not scary although her brain got rattled around a lot.

She also road the gondola in Banff, did a huge hike at Lake Louise (the picture from yesterday was taken half way up the hike) and generally enjoyed the mountains. Lady loves mountains. This is why she lives far away from everything in the closest thing we have here, the Gatineau Hills (which are part of the Laurentian Mountains).

While Lady was gone, we had an ok time with Man. We don't have him as well trained as Lady and he doesn't fall for sad eyes as well. [Also, he would NEVER FaceTime to talk to us like Lady did when she was away]. He did feed us, and brush Phod some, and we got to go swimming 2 times, and he took us for walks in the evening. He did us a huge favour and didn't make us brush our teeth every night. He didn't take us on morning walks (he is not as cheery as Lady in the morning) and he didn't play ball with Phod every time we went out. We give him a C in care.

Overall we were good and didn't cause much mischief. We were so good Lady brought us home a present. We will talk about that tomorrow, cause we think this post is too long.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by and enjoy some more pictures from the trip.

More Mountains

One of the few flowers Lady saw

Looking down from Sulphur Mountain in near Banff - Lady took the gondola up

A fun mountain picture taken from the car. Lady loves mountains and clouds

On her hike up the mountain at Lake Louise - it was cold and rainy!

Near the top of the mountain at Lake Louise. It was snowing! 

A Hoodoo just outside of Banff. Lady didn't know what a Hoodoo was! 









15 comments:

  1. Whooohooo your back, we thought you were still away, did you bring us back a stick of rock ? :) Love the photo's xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  2. We're glad that lady got to attend the conference. It sounds informative! Our grocery store here in NY hires many disabled adults which is awesome. (Mommy & Daddy are Coordinator's for Special Olympics and totally understand the plight of the disabled.)

    It's great that the Man took good care of you. He may not have been handing out a lot of treats, but sounds like he did a good job.

    The pictures are really beautiful!

    Can't wait to see what the Lady brought you from her trip.

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  3. It looks and sounds like a fabulous trip you had lady. LOL man only gets a C. The pix are stunning. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. Your Man sound like our Dad!

    Sam

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  5. We are glad that Lady is BACK so that you can once again live your life... the way it SHOULD be lived.

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  6. WOW, guys we sure would like to go and see that stuff up close, glad Lady had fun. Now maybe you guys need to have a serious man training month!

    The Mad Scots

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  7. Those are beautiful pics! Your lady must do important work. We think that our state has the highest autism rates in the country.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Ambassadors of Love

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  8. Oh my goodness but your Lady saw some BEAUTIFUL places on her trip didn't she!! And I know how you feel about Man vs. Lady - it's the same around here. My Dad doesn't fall for "SAD EYES either! Very insulting. Can't wait to see what your Lady brought you back as a souvenir....YAY!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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  9. your photos are simply breathtaking! That is awful about so many with autism not being hired. So much for equal opportunity

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  10. We are glad that your Lady went to the conference to learn more about autism and things that can be done to improve employment of those who are autistic. Our local grocery store hired a few autistic individuals and I personally shop there more because of it.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time in Alberta. I would love to go on a gondola ride and we are heading that way in August. Maybe we can relive some of the things you did!

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  11. What beautiful pictures. I'm glad your Lady told us about Meijer. I didn't know they had such a wonderful program.

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  12. Sounds like Lady learned lots of important stuff and the scenery is absolutely beautiful!

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  13. Lady got to do some fantastic stuff as well as learning about autism.

    SHE went into a supermarket in Virginia....that had a sign that read'the shop with a difference'. Once inside, SHE found that almost everyone had a disability....all working purposely.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

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