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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Fracking Family Day

For those of you outside of the province, tomorrow marks the first Family Day in Ontario, a new holiday declared by our benevolent Premier, Dalton McGuinty.

Is Family Day a huge pain in the ass for anyone else? I may appreciate it more next year, when it is indeed an additional holiday, but this year it is just messing me up. My new job starts officially on Thursday, so I don’t get the paid holiday. Of course, stat holidays mean nothing for McHotty. I have precious few days to finish term papers before work starts, and with no daycare tomorrow, I’m losing a whole one. Does my wanting to get Cakes and McHotty out of the house tomorrow make me a bad family member? I don’t care, I’m doing it anyway--is there anything good going on they might enjoy?

When they were making a new holiday, why the fuck didn’t they make it in the summer time when there is actually stuff to do?

And I feel sorry for those without families. In case you’re not depressed enough after Christmas, New Years, January, and Valentine’s Day, here’s the holiday to push you over the edge. Or maybe they’re the lucky ones—at least they don’t have to contend with the lack of daycare.

Is it just me?

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17 Comments:

Blogger Jer said...

I agree 100%. I am pissed that there's no daycare because i won't be able to get anything done tomorrow. Plus, i have nowhere and no event to send them to! It doesn't make you a bad parent/mother/wife, you're just being practical and it makes a lot of sense. I was just telling a friend that all the other holidays (and "days") are already 'family days' in my book!

4:18 PM  
Blogger kgirl said...

It's just you two.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Redneck Mommy said...

We've had family day out here in Alberta for what seems a coon's age, now.

I just chalk it up to yet another day to have the kids step on my last nerve and look forward to the day after.

I'm friendly like that.

8:42 PM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

freelance so it means nothing to us.

I actually didn't think about that, re: people without families...so true.

good luck with your term papers and your new job on Thursday!

9:52 PM  
Blogger Winston said...

re: Activities

Many swimming pools and skating rinks are free for Family Day

The Zoo is half price

The CN tower is buy one, get one free.

The ROM has a special Dinosaurs program just for this weekend.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Amy U. said...

Yeah, Graham doesn't get paid to have today off, either, and it just means I have fewer excuses not to clean the house.

Assertagirl

9:59 AM  
Blogger Winston said...

Also, there's a family day festival in Kew park this afternoon with petting zoo. noon to 4 pm

10:42 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

not just you... ;)

(check out my post today!)

11:29 AM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

The banker is home today because it is president's day. Had there not been a US holiday (something I think was taken into account) I wouldn't be too excited either.
Doesn't McHotty get another day in lieu that you can take in the summer?
I was wondering about people who work shifts like my bro.
The school I work at just took a day from the December break away to compensate. Needless to say people would much prefer the days clumped together.

I have to agree 'Family Day' probably is not the best name. Even the Rae Days were better.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

I'm happy to have them home.

1:44 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

It would be a better family day if I wasn't currently bellowing at my child to liedown and stop talking and take a nap, already... And yeah, I had that thought, too, that people without children to look after because there's no daycare are going to be thinking this is the most bullshit holiday EVER.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Today doesn't really affect me, but I hate to hear that it's going to impact your week like this. I think the holiday is a nice gesture... I guess, if you have a family, but it also seems like kind of a pain, too. I also agree that I feel sorry for those without families. After Valentine's Day (a holiday I still loathe even though I'm finally not single - it's just the principle of the thing!), this one's just another slap in the face.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Gabriella said...

Unfortunately the province didn't think federal employees deserve a day to be with family!

Totally agree with those who don't have a family, what a kicker, then again not having to deal with no daycare may be a bonus.

Good luck on your first day!

10:36 PM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

We dumped the kidlets with grandparents and went to see a movie. We're great parents. Happy Family Day...

I just have to say that there were A LOT of families/people at the movie theatre - nobody seemed to want to actually talk to their family.

2:58 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

I liked it...but it was a bit of a surprise for some.....

10:59 PM  
Blogger Denguy said...

Yeah, it's just you, Battlestar Galactica.

10:12 PM  
Blogger highwaisted said...

its just you. that day off was amazing for me. :)

9:22 PM  

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