February 2, 2011

Phil? Phil Connors?

Happy Groundhog Day! Come on Phil, don't be a jerk, get out of your burrow and tell us that winter will end. I think most of us are ready for spring.  Just remember, Phil, if that is your real name, you'd make a a cozy fur hat if there happened to be 6 more weeks of snow. Yeah, that's right, I bully animals into doing favors for me. Nah, we're good Phil, we're good.

UPDATE: Phil predicts an early spring!!! You live to see another day groundhog :)

I contemplated just quoting the legendary Bill Murray today, but for those of you who aren't fans of the movie Groundhog Day can promptly leave wouldn't enjoy it to its full extent. I'll somewhat spare you...for today.

 "This is pitiful - 1,000 people freezing their butts off to worship a rat."

So, I have been looking over my posts in the last few months, and noticed that I rarely, if ever, show my love to the hubs' homeland: Canada. I rant and rave about Germany, profess my undying love for Texas, and Canada, like most of the time, gets forgotten.

What do Americans really know about Canada, anyways?? When I first met the hubs and spent the summer with him up north, my friends had about a million questions of what it was like 'up there'. "What do they eat?", "What currency do they use?", "Do they have a president?", "They have provinces?!?". The questions were endless, and it made me realize how clueless we are about Canada. It sounds silly, but most Americans, and especially us Texans, learn next to nothing about our friendly northern ally. 

But I'll let you in on a little secret. Besides the occasional 'eh' or 'abooooot' and the freakin' frigid winters there is NO real difference between us and them. Yep, strip down the Mountie uniforms, their love of curling, and affinity for Kokanee beer, and you have an everyday American. Shocking, I know.

So, at the moment I am getting together information and coming up with a very special Canada Quiz for tomorrow's post. And I promise, it won't just be about hockey. So, study your little brains out tonight, eh, there is aboooot to be a test! See, see what I did there?!

And as for today, I'll share with you my little 'Moment of Zen' from our summers in Canada. Perched out in the sun on the back balcony, overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley (been going up there for 4 years now and still had to look up how to spell that one!) and loving every moment of my lazy, 19 hours of sunshine, days.

Maybe this will jump start the warm weather :)
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  1. What about 2-4's? Gravy on french fries? And as a transplanted Texan, calling us a bunch of dirty Mexico Touchers? Happy Groundhog Day!

  2. Ah, I don't know what a 2-4's??? is! Guess I still have some learning to do. And yes, poutine, a staple in Canada. Never heard of Mexico Touchers, I bet those eskimos are saying it behind my back though. Happy Groundhog Day to you too!

  3. I think I might love you!!! I'm a tried and true - why don't we just succeed from the Union - Texan; born in Germany!!! My father was in the Army and apparently was there just long enough for me to be conceived and born.

    I was reading your post below about "American" products in Germany and had to laugh. It's the same way with Texas products here in the US. I was in Florida a few years ago (ok - maybe a lifetime ago) and went to a "Mexican" food restaurant - knew I was in trouble with the taco (yep - the fried corn tortilla shell filled with ground beef, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes) came at me with the guacamole FROM THE REFRIGERATOR!!! Every state I've gone to has their version of the "Texas" steakhouse, complete with western theme - because you know we all ride horses and wear cowboy boots!!

    Anyway.....love your blog....I'll be back!

  4. Oh Canada! I miss it so, it's beautiful and so vast. My sister lives outside of Vancouver BC and her husband is the worst about trying to even learn the slightest about a neighboring country so of course they stay in WA. What a weird man. I'm excited for the quiz!

  5. My husband and I have visited BC quite a few times over the past years. Its beautiful there and not too far of a drive for us since were in Portland, OR.
    and Groundhogs Day is one of my favorite movies. Bill...your a great man!

  6. Being a Minnesotan, sometimes it feels like the only difference between us and Canadians is the border. Can't wait for the quiz!

    I love the Groundhogs day movie. I didn't used to like it, but it really grew on me as I got older and understood it and Bill Murray's humor a bit better :)

  7. I just love your posts. They ALWAYS make me giggle. the scratched out just leave now started it.

    I can't believe you are making me study when I have TWO snow days off from school! le sigh. But I too know nothing about Canada. That view is amazing!

  8. haha..watch "Jaywalking" at the Jay Leno show! I mean what happend to geography lessons in school;)

  9. i wish there was a "like" button for blogs like there is for facebook. i would have "liked" about (or should i say "abooooot") every one of your statements in this post! from bill murray to "see, see what i did there?"

    you make me smile, texagermanadian!

  10. Oh. my. god. I am so going to pwn everyone else who takes your quizzazz out of the frickin crater. And I won't even have to wikipedia or google any of it.


  11. I gotta tell ya- I went to Canada when I was younger and LOVED it. But, I went to Montreal a few years ago and they didn't have ranch dressing or Cheez-its and I about died! Plus, I got strep throat so my little 16-year old self was not too fond of Canada! ha- Luckily, I got explained to me that I went to a french province and it wasn't like that everywhere. I was really concerned about the Canadians not knowing Ranch dressing or Cheez-its-ha!

  12. ha-ha, this is a pretty funny post! The only thing I know abooout Canada I learned from watching Degrassi High as a teen! Oh goodness, I'm sure I'll fail your quiz! Happy blogging!

  13. @ Donna - that is too cool! Thanks for sharing, and of course for stopping by! And don't EVEN get me started on all this fake TexMex going around (in the US and abroad). I can't stand it, its just not the real thing. And thanks, now I am craving Mexican food, haha :)
    @Morgan - haha, too funny. Believe it or not, I have not made it out to BC yet, but really, really need and want to!
    @Lindsey - same as above, I really need to get over to BC! Maybe you will do well on the quiz tomorrow. And glad I found another Bill Murray lover, haha.
    @Meri - seriously, if there were no border, we wounldn't know the difference! And same with me, it grew on me with time.
    @Mallori - I GUESS your school work is more important than online quizzes. I'll let it slide...this time. Glad I could make you smile!

  14. (Ok had the break that up, its just that I like answering everyone!)
    @ Mrs. K - alright, you asked for it. I expect nothing from the best from ya now ;)
    @Ali - Well thanks so much! You now have me smiling. Your compliment really means a lot, thank you :)
    @Mollie - what, did you go to a special Canada school in Oklahoma?!?! Yeah, I didn't think so. I am bringing it on! haha :)
    @ Shalyn - Well first, quit making out with those Canadian boys, you were just asking for the strep, haha. And yes, French Canada has its own flair. I am partial to Western Canada. Gotta try there one time!
    @ City Girl - ohhh! Good trivia, DeGrassi. Maybe you won't do so poorly. And happy blogging to you too!

  15. I could not be more excited about this. I woke up this morning and was like "you better see spring groundhog..you better."

  16. @ Tanya - I have heard about the horrendous weather ya'll have been getting down there in Texas. You stay warm, and I too am glad that Phil gets to live to see another Groundhogs day :)

  17. My wife and I went to Vancouver last summer and we giggled with delight when we asked a bum where the nearest liquor store was and he said, "a-boot." also, what's with no beer at grocery stores?

  18. oh, I didn't have school work. That was what I was saying, our classes have been cancelled all week due to the insane amount of snow we got on Monday night. I was saying that I didn't want to study up for a Canada quiz when I wasn't even studying in real life. ha ha

  19. Did you know Alberta is known as the "Texas of Canada" other nicknames are “Texas of the North” and “Little Texas"

    My hubby is from Sask and although I'm Canadian I have the worst time remembering how to spell it too.. this always helps me

    S - sam
    A - and
    S - sue
    K - kiss
    A - at
    T - the
    C - church
    H - hall
    E - every
    W - wednesday
    A - after
    N - noon

    Cheesy I know, but hey.. It works!

    You're so witty! I really enjoy reading your blog.. Hope you don't mind I shared it on the FB group for expat hockey wives


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