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About Terynn

I am a Canadian in love with an American and the proud mother of three daughters. I hope to be able to achieve my goal of making a career from writing at home before the end of 2013. I better get to work!

Weekly Weather Outlook January 16 – 23, 2013

Weekly Weather Outlook January 16 – 23, 2013

Okay, since I can’t quit my day job yet, I was a little late posting the weekly weather forecast due to lack of hours in a day to do all that I need to do. I am sure most, if not all of you, can relate.

Anyway, here is the weekly weather forecast for Dartmouth and Wichita for the week of January 16 – 23, 2013. As I write this post it is snowing in Dartmouth. We are expected to receive 12 cm (or 4.7 inches) before tomorrow morning. It looks so lovely falling down. Heidi reports that it is super nice outside in Wichita and it is going to be much warmer this week than it was last week.

As you can see by the weather forecasts, Wichita is expected to have much warmer and sunnier weather than Dartmouth this week. Snow is not all bad though. At least we will get to make snow people!

Weather forecast for South Central Kansas as per kake.com for the week of January 16 - 23, 2013 (in Celsius for the Canadians)

Weather forecast for South Central Kansas as per kake.com for the week of January 16 – 23, 2013 (in Celsius for the Canadians)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather forecast for Halifax as per Environment Canada for the week of January 16 - 23, 2013 (in Celsius for the Canadians)

Weather forecast for Halifax as per Environment Canada for the week of January 16 – 23, 2013 (in Celsius for the Canadians)

Weather forecast for South Central Kansas as per kake.com for the week of January 16 - 23, 2013 (in Farenheit for the Americans)

Weather forecast for South Central Kansas as per kake.com for the week of January 16 – 23, 2013 (in Farenheit for the Americans)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather forecast for Halifax as per Environment Canada for the week of January 16 - 23, 2013 (in Farenheit for the Americans)

Weather forecast for Halifax as per Environment Canada for the week of January 16 – 23, 2013 (in Farenheit for the Americans)

My Name is Different, I’ll Give Her That

My Name is Different, I’ll Give Her That

At the beginning of our relationship, Heidi would not say my name. She wrote it – in letters, on Skype and in texts – but she would NEVER say it. If not for affectionate nicknames, I don’t know that she would have ever addressed me.

I have to correct myself – NEVER is a bit of an exaggeration. But I am not sure of a word that describes “basically never”, or “much, much less than always” or “much, much closer to never”. The only time Heidi said my name for the first nine months of our relationship was when she was trying to learn how to pronounce it. My name is different, I’ll give her that. However, I never had anyone struggle as much as she did trying to learn it. It took me a long time to figure out that there was a reason for it. I will explain later.

For those who don’t know, my name is Terynn. My parents made it up by combining my dad’s first name – Terry – with my mom’s maiden name – Nunn. Instead of having two Rs and two Ns, they dropped one of the Rs and voila – it’s me! The Registry of Births phoned my mom a few times at home before processing my birth certificate to make sure she was certain this is what she wanted to name her newborn baby daughter. My mom was adamant and they reluctantly processed my birth certificate. My name is not pronounced Taryn, it is pronounced TER-RIN. TER as in term and RIN (rhymes with tin). Got it?

Terynn

As Heidi shied away from trying to pronounce my name correctly,  I assured her I answer to almost any pronunciation of my name. I am 38 and have heard many variations. Here are some of them:

Joanne
Taryn
Terryanne
Terrylynn
Trin
Terlynn
Tyrone

That’s right – Tyrone! When I was only one of a few girls playing hockey in the mid-80s in a tournament, I could tell the announcer had come across my name on the roster because after the even flow of several names from his lips there was a pause. Then I heard the “t” sound and then something I have never heard before – Tyrone! I guess he did not go with Taryn, Terryanne, or Terrylynn because he was not expecting a girl to be on the roster.

Everywhere I go where people don’t know me and are forced to read my name off of a form, like in a doctor’s office, or school attendance, or hockey game sheets, I always know when they have come to my name because of that unmistakable pause and the furrowing of their brow as their brain tries to make sense of the letters they see before them. This pause is then followed by the hard sound of the “t” and then followed by their best guess at pronunciation after which their face muscles transform from tense and confused to pleased and hopeful that they pronounced it correctly.

So now back to Heidi and her struggles with the pronunciation of my name. She would ask me to pronounce it and I remember at one point she said, “Oh, so it sounds like the name Lorenne? What???? I felt I was enunciating very clearly TER-RIN (TER as in term and RIN that rhymes with tin) so I had no idea how she was getting the end sound as RYNN as in wren. That was how she was pronouncing my name – TER-WREN. I would tell her no, and slowly pronounce the ending so that the RIN rhymed with tin and then pronounce it incorrectly (RYNN as in wren) so she could hear the difference, which was more than obvious to me. And do you know what she said each and every time? She said, “They both sound the same to me.” What??? I did not understand how she could not hear the difference and she could not understand how I could not hear that they sounded the exact same. And so we were at a stand still. And so she just did not say my name.

It wasn’t until I realized something about her Kansan dialect that I finally understood how she thinks RIN (that rhymes with tin) and wren sound the same. Apparently in Kansas, or at least in Heidi’s family, the short “i” sound and short “e” sounds are interchangeable. For instance, when Heidi says she is going to the fast food restaurant Wendy’s, she most often calls it Windy’s. When it is windy outside, she most often tells me it is wendy outside. When she tells me that even though it is wendy (translation: windy) outside she is walking to Windy’s (translation Wendy’s) it takes me a minute to process what she is saying.

It took her a couple of years but I think she now sometimes hears the difference between windy and Wendy and Terynn and Terwren and she finally says my name – sometimes she calls me Terynn and sometimes she calls me Terwren. Heidi tells me it is good that I love both ways she says my name since “I can’t tell you which you’re gonna get!”

Come back soon to read the  “Heidictionary” full of Heidi enunciation, pronunciation and sayings I would never have discovered had I never met my lovely Kansan fiancée.

Not Enough Hours in the Day!

Not Enough Hours in the Day!

On my way to work this morning I thought of how much I had already accomplished before 9am and realized this is something to which every mother in North America can relate. Who else can say that before they even leave for work in the morning they have not only already showered, dressed and fed themselves but also three other human beings? I admit that as the children get older I have to do more “supervising” than actually be involved “hands on”, but the supervising is a full-time job! I don’t know how many times I have heard “Oops, I forgot” or “Well, you didn’t tell me to,” in response to simple questions such as did you brush your teeth?

But a mom’s morning doesn’t end there either. Before leaving for school mom has also cleaned up from breakfast, which oftentimes requires emptying and filling the dishwasher, fed the pets, packed lunches for herself and every other member of the family, ensured each child has remembered to pack homework, permission forms, library books and musical instruments for the day’s activities, has the sports gear packed in anticipation for the evening’s extra curricular activities, has the necessary ingredients thawing in the fridge for supper that night, and has administered any medications for lingering illnesses to those family members in need.

Before leaving the house she makes sure all lights are off and doors are locked and she hustles the children into the family vehicle. She double checks that everyone has what they need and runs back into the house when it is discovered that despite her constant reminders, something has been left behind.

Once at the school mom delivers her children safely and weather-appropriately-dressed to their teachers and runs into the office to sign up to volunteer for the next school fundraiser. On the way back to her van, she discusses “mom things” with the other moms and realizes she is not the only one who feels like a chicken with its head cut off. However, it is not until she is securely fastened in her vehicle and pulling away from the curb in the direction of work that she realizes she forgot to take the garbage out.

Not enough hours in the day!

Not enough hours in the day!

Weekly Weather Outlook January 7 – 14th, 2013

Weekly Weather Outlook January 7 – 14th, 2013

We thought something fun to do might be to compare the weather between Nova Scotia and Kansas since it seems many people think we here in Canada live in blizzard-like conditions all year round or at the very least are surrounded by snow and ice most of the time. We definitely do experience our fair share of snow and ice during the winter season but we have four seasons just like Kansas so we experience our fair share of beautiful days as well. And for those who don’t know – yes it does snow in Kansas too!

To give credit where it is due, the forecasts for Halifax, Nova Scotia come from Environment Canada’s website and the forecasts for South Central Kansas come from KAKE’s website.

After looking at the forecasts below, it seems that the daytime highs for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in South Central Kansas are much like temperatures we experience in early spring here in Nova Scotia. Our low tomorrow (Tuesday, January 8, 2013) is definitely much colder than expected in Kansas! But our Saturday and Sunday forecasts are very comparable and in fact the predicted lows are much lower for South Central Kansas than for Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Weather Forecast for South Central, Kansas for the week of January 7 - 14th, 2013th in Celsius (for the Canadians)

Weather Forecast for South Central, Kansas for the week of January 7 – 14th, 2013th in Celsius (for the Canadians)

Weather Forecast for Halifax, Nova Scotia for the week of January 7 - 14th, 2013th in Celsius (for the Canadians)

Weather Forecast for Halifax, Nova Scotia for the week of January 7 – 14th, 2013th in Celsius (for the Canadians)

Weather Forecast for South Central, Kansas for the week of January 7 - 14th, 2013th in Farenheit (for the Americans)

Weather Forecast for South Central, Kansas for the week of January 7 – 14th, 2013th in Farenheit (for the Americans)

Weather Forecast for halifax, Nova Scotia for the week of January 7 - 14th, 2013th in Farenheit (for the Americans)

Weather Forecast for Halifax, Nova Scotia for the week of January 7 – 14th, 2013th in Farenheit (for the Americans)

Thy Turkey’s Done!

Thy Turkey’s Done!

In January of 2002 I took a creative writing class at a local community college with my mom. Not only did we learn creative writing skills, we met some great friends and with them formed a writer’s group. We have been meeting regularly ever since!

Our last meeting was right before Christmas and besides catching up and sharing the writing we had done at home, we chose from a list of writing prompts that I found on the Writer’s Digest site, and wrote for 20 minutes.

I chose the following prompt:

Write about the only time you hosted Thanksgiving-and how it went so terribly wrong. Start with the line, “For my first Thanksgiving as host, I bought the biggest turkey they had in the store,” and end your story with “And that’s why we all ate hamburgers.”

And here is what I came up with:

For my first Thanksgiving as host, I bought the biggest turkey they had in the store. Normally mom and dad host Thanksgiving dinner but as my siblings and I continue to add new branches and leaves to the family tree, their dining room and kitchen cannot fit all the new sprouting buds.

My husband and I recently bought a beautiful open-concept and very large six-bedroom home for us and our four children so we decided to host the family dinner. My four siblings and fourteen nieces and nephews were thankful for personal space being reinstated to the dinner for the first time in many years. We joined several tables together so that everyone could sit and eat at once, instead of taking shifts.

I was happy to have everyone together and proud to be the host. I was especially proud of not only having cooked the turkey to golden brown perfection but to having cooked it within the estimated time frame. As I carried the turkey to the table I thought to myself For my first year as host I am the hostess with the mostest. That was true until one nephew poked another nephew who retaliated by hitting that nephew back, provoking my brother to give them “the look”, causing the retaliating nephew to say, “What are you looking at me for? He started it?”

“Did not!”

“Did too!”

“You’re a liar! Dad he’s lying!”

“Am not!”

“Are too!”

“Enough you two,” my sister-in-law said.

My youngest niece, who cannot stand conflict of any kind, covered her ears with her hands but as she did, she hit her plate, which knocked her milk over, which ran onto the lap of her older sister causing her to stand upright suddenly, which threw her chair backwards.

Nothing to worry about at this point. Not only was I the hostess with the mostest but I also have superb reflexes. I avoided that chair like Sidney Crosby avoids a hit on the ice. I guess I just lack the total awareness he has on the ice, or should I say hardwood floor? I did not notice my dog and his furry cousins come to life from the mat by the patio door, racing to lap up the milk. One ran in front of me, one behind me and two between my legs. To prevent myself from falling I threw out one of my hands, like I was walking on a tightrope, keeping the other hand under the platter, trying for dear life to keep the turkey from falling to no avail. It was too heavy.

The biggest turkey they had in the store slipped from its silver platter almost in slow motion. Luckily my quick-thinking sister noticed the beginning of its plunge and jumped up to save the day. She came towards me, arms outstretched, and grabbed for the golden fowl. She caught it but I had that thing buttered and basted to perfection. It was moist – far too moist to grasp. As the turkey slipped through her fingers she tried to pull it towards her like a football. She may have made the catch if her momentum had not carried her on a collision path with me. Upon impact that turkey was squeezed from her grasp with such force that it shot straight into the air before falling on the top of her head and ricocheting to the floor, directly in the middle of the puddle of spilled milk. The four dogs, now spattered with milk, wasted no time sinking their teeth into my turkey, which is why we all ate hamburgers.

A Brand New Year!

A Brand New Year!

On December 31, 2012 I declared to my fiancee that 2013 was to be our year! She and I were both going to accomplish (or at least develop a well laid out plan in order to accomplish) all of our desired goals but…we broke up instead.

Ironically one of our goals was to see each other once a month.

What a difference a day makes. We are now back together :) So we have only lost one day of OUR year. Minor setback.

Heidi and Terynn

Heidi (on the left) and me

I bet most of you are still trying to figure out why a goal of ours would be to see each other once a month, especially considering that we are engaged. The short version of our story is that we were both married and are both divorced from the father of our children (both of us have three children). The catch is that she lives in Kansas, USA and I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. That is a distance of 3700 kilometres/2300 miles apart! Airfare is not cheap and neither one of us is rich. We will be lucky to see each other even three times this year if we do not change our financial situation.

Nova Scotia to Kansas

Nova Scotia to Kansas

Until then we have telephone calls, unlimited texting, Facebook and Skype to motivate each other to get rich and accomplish the rest of our goals for 2013. My ultimate goal is to be able to work from home. My ideal at home career is writing! Working from home will not only allow me to travel to Kansas and to actually be at home with Heidi when she comes here to visit, it will allow me to be at home with my children! They will no longer need to go to child care while I reluctantly report to work in the office. I will be able to be care for them when they are sick. I will be able to attend school functions held during school hours, chaperone on field trips and not worry about how I will get them to their 4:30pm ringette practices on time. I was a stay-at-home mom before the divorce and while I no longer have that option, I do have the option to change my reality from working in an office to working from home. Here’s to 2013 and working from home!