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Day 737: Lost and found times two

mitten.JPGOnce upon a time I had a pair of mittens. Warm mittens. Emblazoned with a maple leaf.

I was so careful with these mittens, you’d think they were spun with pure gold, not wool. When I wasn’t wearing them, I’d tuck them into my purse or a tote bag so I wouldn’t drop them. I kept them in a safe place every night so I could grab them in the a.m.

But then, one morning, as I was coming into work, I got distracted by holding the door from the street open for a young guy using crutches, his left leg in one of those hard plastic casts.

I’ve had my fill of casts this past year, so I was eager to help him out. When I left the office that night and my mittens weren’t in my bag, I thought I’d just left them behind on my desk.

Nope. They weren’t there in the morning. I’d lost my beloved mitts.

I shared my sad tale with some colleagues when we were out at lunch and they suggested I check with the security desk on the main floor. Since I’d dropped them somewhere between the main door of the building and our office on the seventh floor, there was a chance some kind soul might have turned them in.

So, on the way back from lunch, a lovely coworker stepped up to the security desk and asked about my mittens. Bam. He pulled out a red, white and grey woolly item. Only one. Then I struck out at the other security desk closer to where I’d opened the door for Mr. Foot Cast.

I was happy to have one back but wasn’t about to give up. A few days later, after a prayer to St. Anthony (the patron saint of lost articles never lets me down 🙂 ), I kept looking around the main floor of the building in case someone had left it on a ledge or something. Nada.

Then something told me to ask again at the security desk I’d struck out at. And Bingo! The security guard pulled out a bin that looked like it was designated for lost and found items and there was my second mitten!

So that meant two different people were kind enough to turn in each of my mittens (which I must’ve dropped separately) at two different security desks.

There is much good in the world my friends. Much good.


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Day 542: Smitten with Olympic mittens

Hand's off, Oprah, these babies are all mine!

If you’ve been watching the Olympics at all, you’ve spotted these red mittens on the hands of many of the spectators. They arrived in The Bay, Zellers and Home Outfitters stores across Canada in December and quickly sold out until after Christmas. Not only are they super cute, but all net proceeds go toward supporting Canadian athletes.

I bought some recently, yes, to support our athletes but mostly because they’re just so … Canadian! I even bought some for a couple of friends in the U.S. At first I wondered if Americans would think they were silly, then I found out Oprah (yes, Oprah) became so smitten with the mittens that she handed them out to her entire studio audience … see the video evidence below! (No wonder they’re sold out across town.)

Now, THIS is Canadian.

Canada, eh?

I also read that Fiona Richards, a B.C.-based greeting card designer ran a contest on her blog that gave a pair as a prize to the person with the best bit of trivia about Canada.

She received more than 300 entries, mostly from Americans, according to the Toronto Star.

Here are some of the “Canadian trivia” entries she received:

  • Kraft Dinner, Smarties, pop, Timbits, lumberjackets, beavertails, Nanaimo bars, butter tarts, two-fours, serviettes, chocolate bars, and most of all, eh!!!! (not to mention, once again, zed!!)
  • I know that Canada has ‘the mounties’ ! 🙂
  • What do I know about Canada? I know that as Canadians we say sorry if we bump into you. We even say sorry when we bump into inanimate objects or even if you bump into us.
  • In Canada, $2 coins are called Moonies ’cause there’s a Queen on one side, with a “bear” behind! Oh Canada! 😀
  • I know the provinces—British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Nunavut.
  • Canadians say ‘ay’!

And according to TorontoLife.com, bacon was mentioned 11 times, poutine in six entries, and the fact that Canadians pronounce the letter Z as “zed” was tied with beaver tails, which were mentioned in three entries.

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