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Work Life - that's a wrap!

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Friday, May 15 was my last day in the office before the baby arrives. I am officially on holiday/maternity leave and won't be reporting back to work until June 2, 2010!

Ontario law was only passed in 2000 for women to have one year of maternity leave. There is a catch - depending on where you work, you get a percentage of your salary and not the full salary. At my company, I get 17 weeks of pay at 100%. After that, I qualify for what amounts to as unemployment as well. It's not a bad trade off.

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As the first baby, do you think Bun will arrive early or late (after the June 1 due date)?

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Early (Before June 1)
29% (2 votes)
Late (After June 1)
57% (4 votes)
Right on Time!
14% (1 vote)
Total votes: 7
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Coffee and Gerber Daisies

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Manca's Cafe has been upgraded and with this enhancement, a new logo now appears. You may ask, "why coffee and gerber daisies?" Well, coffee cups represent good company, the warmth of delicious espresso and Seattle (Mark's hometown). Gerber daisies represent Mark and I in love, life and beauty.

Hope you like the new site!

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Baby Manca

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Today, we laid eyes on a very special person, the one growing in my belly. The one making me smile and giggle uncontrollably. The one that made me give up lunchmeat. The one we love so very much.

We met Baby Manca during his/her first photo shoot. Like any celebrity, he/she put his/her hands up as if to say, "stop, no wait...take it from this angle."

The ultrasound went really well! We saw the heartbeat which was normal beats/minute. Mark and I also saw the baby kick and wave it's arms. It even reclined his/her little head back - totally relaxing. Baby Manca is roughly the size of an avocado - about 3 inches in length.

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Chapter :: cleanliness is well, really organized

learn to use less - accumulate less and reuse what you already have.

Scrabble Tournament

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Andrea and John Falsetto
vs.
Jessica and Mark Manca

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Laney's going to be OK!

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Laney's regular doctor diagnosed her as having only a *stretched* ACL. Several weeks have passed and she's putting more weight on the wounded leg. If it were torn, she would not put any weight on it at all. She seems happier, and is running around like her old self.

The doctor has her on pain medication daily, and we're still limiting the amount of human and kitty interaction she has to help her rest.

One positive side to all this is that we're training her not to jump up. It's working. So after all these years, Laney is getting more obedient. It's only been 10 years in the making, as she just celebrated her birthday this month. Happy Birthday Laneybeda!

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Manca family Christmas, Ottawa 2007

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I really can't believe how fast time goes by. Christmas 2007 has already come and gone. It was quite a Christmas to remember!! Jessica and I had the privilege of hosting my entire family here in our new house. In freezing cold Ottawa.

It was the first time we'd had a house full of people. We gleefully found that it is very possible to have six adults in the house without stepping on each others toes (well not too much stepping anyway). We each had our moments of frustration. But they were just that -- moments.

I do miss my family. While I do very much like being in Ottawa, sometimes it is hard to be so far away. It was funny that we slipped right back in to our old roles. I want things to be just so. Padre goes out in the morning for his exercise and his coffee. Marpoo is loud -- and now, Jessica helps!

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80 Frank is now on Bullfrog Power!

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On January 3, 2008, we switched our home energy usage to Bullfrog Power! That means that we draw our energy from the Ontario grid's Bullfrog's green power. Our power costs now are supporting clean, renewable power instead of polluting and carbon-intensive sources like coal.

Support from customers like us is helping to bring more new renewable power online with the use of wind turbines here in Canada. To learn more, see Bullfrog and Flick Off: http://www.bullfrogpower.com and http://www.flickoff.org

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This year is going so fast!

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I can't believe it's almost June! Mark and I are still enjoying the fact that we are newlyweds in a "new" home! We're having a blast and are still busy as ever. For some reason, work never slows down!

Each weekend, we're starting to resemble ordinary people by going to places other than Home Depot. This weekend, we went to see the Electric Vehicle Show in Ottawa (very very cool) and worked on the house by cleaning up the backyard to get ready for some landscaping. We're planning to build our own deck for the back and really spend a lot of time enjoying our new view.

Next weekend, we're off to Seattle for Maria's graduation.

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