I don’t know what to say.
I remember the Cold War. Actually, I remember December 8, 1991 when The Belavezha Accords were signed by the leaders of Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, sealing the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This memory stands out in my mind so vividly. I was in grade 7 at Hedges Junior High. In the middle of the school there was a large classroom, it was Mr. Beuchert‘s classroom. I think he taught social studies? I don’t know. I’m surprised I remember his name (or at least that’s what I think his name was), I never had him as a teacher but I did speak with him once.
December 9, 1991.
Everyone used his classroom as a shortcut between the 2 hallways. We weren’t supposed to, but we did. I remember my homeroom was in the south hall but all my classes were in the North hall so I was constantly cutting through his classroom and he was always yelling at me! 😂 That day I was running through and when I looked to my left he was sitting at his desk with his head in his hands and he was crying. Like, sobbing! Being a 12-year-old kid just a few months into my junior high school career, I tried to make myself very small and continue through the classroom without being seen, but he looked up. He said to me, “You there! Always remember this day. Today December 9, the day that the Cold War is no more.”
At the time I honestly had no idea what he was talking about. Yes I knew of the Cold War. Yes I remember my Mom and Dad talking about bomb drills and hiding under their desks. I do remember always having the fear of nuclear warfare when I went to bed. Over the years as the world has lived in relative peace, those feelings have dissipated. I mean, if you are a Canadian under 30, you have never lived in a world on the edge of war with the threat of nuclear weapons. Of course, we have seen wars. I remember Operation Desert Storm being on my television screen 24/7! It was the first war that was televised on a loop. In this desert halfway across the world it seemed like someone else’s fight, not ours. Even though our Canadian peacekeeping forces have been deployed throughout the world in the past 30 years, the threat of World War III was laughable. I know that I thought, “knowing what we know now, that would NEVER happen again.”
I honestly can’t believe we are back to this. I don’t know a lot about war or modern history for that matter. But I do know that this is going to change us. I do know that whatever the outcome, these past 6 days of fighting in the Ukraine is changing our timeline in history. Whatever happens from now on, is on a different timeline than we were on just a short week ago.
Did you know that in 1922, 100 years ago, that the Soviet Union became the USSR? It was headed up by Vladimir Lennon. Remember him?? Ever heard of Leninism? He is basically why the word socialism is still used by the conservative right to strike fear in people over 35 😬. This unprovoked war started by an egotistical man that wants to “make Russia great again” by bringing back the USSR and the Superpower that it once was. Crazy that 1 man’s obsession can affect so many people around the world.
Growing up, I came from a very VERY Ukrainian family. My little old Granny was as Ukrainian as they come and she would tie her beautiful Babooshka around her freshly permed hair, roll her holopchi from scratch and make the best goddamn pierogies I’ve ever tasted. Outside of the Ukraine and Russia, Canada has the most Ukrainians in the world. Within Canada, Manitoba has the highest density population of Canadian Ukrainian people in the country. That’s where I grew up. That is what I learned and what I know.
My heart breaks for what the Ukrainians are going through right now. Their president, Mr. Zelensky is a true leader. Every morning I wake up and my first thoughts are with him, his family, and the people of the great independent nation of Ukraine. I also feel for all of the Russian people that do not stand behind their president in this invasion. Russian hockey teams, soccer players, musicians and others are being ostracized and expelled from games, not because of their own feelings but because of their leader’s. In this age of misinformation, how will they remember this? How will they feel about “The West” in the future? What happens to all the arms and military equipment that are being shipped into Ukraine after this is all over? How do you get kids to forget how their government taught them to make molotov cocktails? Moms that were breastfeeding one day and then given a military rifle the next day to defend her family, how does she live with killing someone, if it comes to that? What will the fallout from this look like? It’s a horribly sad time for the world. Like I said last week, we are all in this together. Nobody is going to win. I wonder if Mr. Beuchert is still alive? If he is, I wonder how he feels about this?
My hope is that humanity, love, and peace will prevail.
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I love sheet pan dinners! You can’t get much easier than chopping up some delicious vegetables, tossing them with a homemade Hawaiian barbeque sauce, adding some chicken and popping it in the oven! That’s it! That’s all! For real! Ninja has now discovered my secret. Nothing I make is that hard but thankfully, it always taste amazing! This whole experience has him thinking that all these years of me cooking dinner… Wasn’t as impressive as he thought 😂😂. He now knows that following recipe is easy and going with your instincts on how to tweak it to you and your families taste, isn’t that hard! You can have a delicious home-cooked meal on your plate in 45 minutes! Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell your family how easy it is 😜 just soak in all the compliments while your family does the dishes, I mean you DID slaved in the kitchen ALL day making this delicious dinner! 😂
Sheet Pan Hawaiian Chicken
Adapted from Beauty & The Bench Press
3 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
3/4 red bell pepper, chopped
3/4 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon oil
1 can pineapple chunks, drained
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon chicken broth
1 teaspoons ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/4 teaspoon salt
juice of 1 lime
2 green onions, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a baking sheet by lining with silicon mat.
In the mixing bowl combine soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, chicken broth, ginger and garlic and set aside.
Season chicken breast with salt, pepper and oil and add to a mixing bowl.
Next add diced bell peppers, red onion and the BBQ sauce you set aside to chicken. Use your hands to mix thoroughly.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes then remove sheet pan and add pineapple chunks before returning to oven for 10-20 more minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Remove sheet pan from oven and squeeze lime juice over sheet pan.
Garnish with green onions (or cilantro) and serve overtop rice.
This was a pretty quiet week. The Girls wore their new anti-bullying T-shirts for a Pink Shirt Day! I got these beauties from a local designer called Blue Sky Inspired. Ninja has continuously kept me fed with delicious fresh cut fruit salads, veggie salads, and French toast! My Sis and BIL have also kept us fed with all of the home cooked freezer meals they gave us a few weeks ago! This week we enjoyed the most delicious Bolognese pasta bake! I have been trying to do a little bit of yoga, sometimes I have to sit because my balance is off but it’s worth it to get a nice stretch in and making time dedicated to my mental health. Oliver likes to sit and watch me. Actually, Oliver likes to sit at my feet, my bedroom door or basically anywhere that I am throughout the day 🤣. I have also been getting all my testing done so that my treatment can start in the near future!