Friday, March 26, 2010

Who is Ann Coulter?

It was a very busy week for a certain person. The name "Ann Coulter" was pronounced so many times on T.V., at the radio and in the newspaper. That name didn't ring a bell. I had no clue who this person was. Was she a singer, an actress or a talk show host?! Didn't know.

So I googled her. Here what I found:

Ann Coulter was born in New York City and is 48 years old. She is an American social and political commentator, author and syndicated columnist. She graduated from different universities with a B.A. in History, a J.D. from the law school, a training from the National Journalism Center. She had a bunch of important jobs like at the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. She is also author of 7 books and she also published a weekly newspaper column. She had spoken many times in television and radio talk shows. So as you can see Ann Coulter is a very educated lady.

So my question is: How an educated lady like her can have comments like this:

In one interview she said that "Canada should be grateful that the US "allows" it to exist on the same continent. Canada better hope that United States doesn't roll over one night and crush them."

She stated that all Muslims should be on a no-fly list. A student asked her what she should use instead of a plane and Miss Coulter answered that she should ride a camel or a carpet.

About Canadians she stated: "You guys used to be so cool. You were smokers. You had epic hockey fights. We had half our comedians from Canada. Now you're all a bunch of girls named Francois."

Ann Coulter said: "We should all be Christians. All Jews should be perfected."

A comment about gay men: "They are two things they can't do, get married to each other (they can in Canada and some American states) and "throw a baseball without looking like a girl".

There is probably other comments that I can find. But it isn't worth it. It seems like each time Ann Coulter open her mouth it's not to make a conversation, it is basically to make a provocation.

She is totally anti-Canadianism, super hostility toward the government, the culture and the people of Canada. So why did she included Canada in her "Speaking Tour". Probably some people will say that SHE was invited by the University of Ottawa. Yes it's true. But she has to understand that she has to be careful of the speech she's making when she's invited somewhere.

She told the medias that there is no freedom of speech in Canada. Yes there is, and sometimes too much. But it doesn't mean that Canadians will let her say what she wants.

My opinion, she deserved what she got in Ottawa. We don't need somebody to come to Canada and make anti-Canadian statement. Stay where you are if you don't like us. I hope it's a good lesson for all Canadian Universities and hope that NOBODY won't invite her anymore!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

And Voilà!!!

I finally posted them! Yes the pictures of our mobile home makeover. These renovations took 6 months working part-time in evenings and weekends, but we are very proud of the result! All the rooms are here with ''Before and After'' pictures. Please be my guest and leave a comment! Enjoy!
BEFORE Front mobile home. I have to mention that the roof was completely flat when we bought the house. You can see on this picture that we already started the new roof.
AFTER Front Mobile Home. Everything was changed: new entrance on the left, new SolarBan windows and doors, new roof. The only thing left to do is to install the porch, deck and stairs railings.

BEFORE kitchen. This kitchen really needed an extreme makeover! As you can see everything needed to be gone, especially the marble mirrors that was all around the kitchen cabinets. Yep...scary. There was also blue carpets on the floor. No wonder that kitchen smelled so weird!!

AFTER kitchen. Welcome in my new 2010 kitchen! Totally upgraded white kitchen with modern look! Ceramic tiles, glass backsplash, new fridge, stove and microwave/fan to save space. The kitchen cabinets, handles and countertop are from Ikea. I would recommend the Ikea Kitchen cabinets to anyone who needs new cabinets. The hardware is fantastic and the installation is pretty easy. And their prices are pretty affordable compare to other stores.

BEFORE Living room. This living room was so crowded because the layout was really bad. There was a wall that separated the living room from the kitchen. There was a fireplace in the middle of the living room that was taking half of the space. On that picture the fireplace and the carpet was already removed.

AFTER Living room. It's an open plan open with the kitchen and the entrance/addition. It makes a huge difference in space. You can have a lot of guests at the same time and you don't feel crowded. It makes a big difference!

BEFORE Bathroom. That bathroom really looked 1970's. The wall still had wood panelling that was paint on top. The floor had an old linoleum and because there was no windows it was always dark.

AFTER Bathroom. That bathroom is a good size bathroom and includes laundry room too! Ceramic tiles on shower walls and floor, new vanity, laundry room cabinets, countertop, mirror, sink, taps, toilet, tub etc. etc. And I can't forget the nice window that give so much light!

BEFORE Entrance/Addition. As you can see this addition was used mostly for storage and entrance to go to the mobile home door. It was not insulated and the windows were made with plexiglass panels.

AFTER Entrance/Addition. This addition is not used as storage anymore but it is part of the mobile home. The dimension is 12' by 14' and bring an additional space of 168 sq.ft. It is totally insulated (walls and floor) and includes a huge closet, 2 windows facing the frontyard and backyard, 2 doors (entrance and backyard). The backyard door brings you to a deck. The floor is wood laminate and ceramic tiles. This part is open with the living room and separated by an arch.

BEFORE Bedroom. There was two bedrooms almost identical in the mobile home. As you can see it was the "1975 look"!

AFTER Bedroom. Totally renovated bedrooms ( i included only pictures of 1 bedroom). 2 closets and 2 windows in this one and a nice entertainment place with a nice fireplace and T.V. Both bedrooms have all the wires for cable and satellite. The floors are wood laminate.

BEFORE Hallway. The walls were made of wood panelling with a trim each 4' and was painted on top. The floor was covered with blue carpet.

AFTER Hallway. A nice neutral color with white trims everywhere and a nice wood laminate floor! There is also a brand new window and emergency exit door.
I hope that these photos gave you a little idea of what it looked like before. Now we can say that this mobile home is really comfortable, relaxing and bright.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Back to normal!

Sorry if it took me a while to write about something else. My life was completely changed since September 1, 2009. My partner bought a very old 1975 mobile home situated in a mobile park close to our home. That was such a good deal that he couldn't resist. Having such talent at renovating almost everything, he decided that it would be a great idea to fix it and rent it for a while to our son.

The project started September 1, the day that we took possession of the place. We started to rip the outside at the same time that some were basically destroying some walls in the inside. At first we were suppose to do only couple of renovations: a new roof, new windows and doors, and new floors. But being constantly in the mobile home evenings and weekends we realized that it would be better to do little more. So my husband did little more. Oups! I mean a lot more!! Everything went to the dump. He kept the trailer metal frame, the furnace that was in excellent condition and the toilet that was changed before we bought the place. That's it! He redid everything from A to Z. It was not a project anymore; it was the construction of a brand new mobile home!!

It took exactly 6 months of evenings and weekends of hard work. It took our social life away for a while and it took our family time on the stand by. It was hard sometimes to manage working at the mobile home and doing all the chores at home too. A lot of time I was exhausted, even if I was basically just a helper. My older son and his friend did a lot too, even my little Alex came to help couple of times. But the most jobs were done by my hubby. He was the jack of all trade and he knew perfectly what to do. He's a genius when it comes to renos!

My son moved a week ago. For my part my job is done there. I bring back my apron and my old pair of running shoes that was there like a piece of furniture. Yep! now it's completely done. The final project is amazing and we are really proud of it! We transformed a 1975 mobile home to a 2010 mobile home!!

Now I have my life back at home. My routine came back to place. So weird because I didn't really know what to do. It was actually kind of boring. So Last Saturday we did a nice bonfire with good friends, good drinks and food. That was the best evening since long time and it was so so nice to socialize! We had a great time! Thanks everyone who showed up! That was really appreciated! I promise! I will not wait another 6 months for my next party!!