Saturday, December 23, 2006

Today is the day!

Matt will be here soon. In about an hour, actually. It's been 5 months and 20 days since he left with, "See you at the end of the week!" Guess he should have been more specific about which week ;)

Will it be awkward? Will he, I mean we, cry? Will the kids be totally bouncing off the walls? Will he agree that we're living in the worst part of town? Yep, yep, yep, yep.

It's gonna be a fun week.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Who can resist?



When they look like this,
how could I say no to any request?
Dora dolls, no problem. Spongebob game, no problem. Comfy pillows, no problem. Video games, no problem. I'm in trouble...



Sunday, December 17, 2006

Top secret

It's subterfuge time, everyone. Time to stash things in strange spots and take mysterious trips to go *shopping* for *something* and no, you can't come with me. Every year I go through the same thing, maybe it's just me but on the off chance that it might be shared by someone else, I'm gonna tell you. I always find something that I forgot I bought. Usually it's somewhere silly like my sock drawer, or the bottom of my purse. This year it was something that I got for one of my kids and had stuck in a box in my room. Not going to say what it was or which kid just in case he/she is reading this. Oh, that means it isn't Christa, she can't read yet ;) I will say though that I was pleasantly surprised at my discovery, I have good taste in gifts sometimes. Not many more days, hope I can remember all my ingenious hiding places.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

A non-creative post

Just haven't had time lately to blog (sorry) and I missed it! This was on Sharon's blog and it looked like fun ;)

[ RED ]

1. Closest red thing to you? Snoopy's hat (on a Christmas tree ornament)
2. Has anyone ever cheated on you in a relationship? Nope, never. Well, that I know of!
3. Last thing to make you angry? This morning Becca wouldn't stop turning around in her chair when she was supposed to be eating breakfast. Nothing new ;)
4. Are you a fan of romance? Not overly, I don't feel like it's genuine.
5. Have you ever been in love? Yes
6. Do you have a temper? Yeah, I'm a true redhead.
[ GREEN ]

1. Closest green thing to you? The Christmas tree is right beside my desk.
2. Do you care about the environment? I'm not a fanatic but I do my best/
3. Are you jealous of anyone right now? Amazingly, no.
4. Are you a lucky person? I don't believe in luck.
5. Do you always want what you can't have? Nope, I'm happy with what I've got.
6. Are you Irish? English & Scots, yes, not so sure about Irish.
[ PURPLE ]

1. Last purple thing you saw? One of Becca's spinning tops that Joey sent for her bday.
2. Like being treated to expensive things? No, I don't. Makes me feel guilty, there are so many other things that are needed.
3. Do you like mysterious things? Not particularly.
4. Favorite type of chocolate? Milk chocolate.
5. Ever met anyone in royalty? Nope.
6. Are you creative? With words, yes. Crafty stuff, like things you make with your hands, not so much.
7. Are you lonely? Not at all.
[ YELLOW ]

1. Closest yellow thing to you? SpongeBob ornament.
2. The happiest time(s) of your life? They're all good, in their own way.
3. Favorite holiday? Christmas!
4. Are you a coward? Not at all.
5. Do you burn or tan? Burn only. And freckle ;)
6. Do you want children? Not more than I have already.
7. What makes you happy? My family, my friends, and most of all, the love of God.
[ BLUE ]
1. Closest blue thing to you? There are two blue Tamagotchis on my desk right in front of me.
2. Are you good at calming people down? Yes I am.
3. Do you like the ocean? Yes! I will miss it dreadfully when we move.
4. What was the last thing that made you cry? When I realized that my Santa pictures of my kids are all packed and I won't get to see them this year...I'll be okay, it just hit me for a minute or two.
5. Are you a logical thinker? Yes.
6. Can you sleep easily? Much easier than ever before. That's for falling asleep, right? I don't tend to sleep through, unfortunately.
7. Do you prefer the beach or the woods? The beach, hands down.
[ PINK ]
1. Closest pink thing to you? Another Tamagotchi.
2. Do you like sweet things? Yes!
3. Like play-fighting? Not even a little.
4. Are you sensitive? Too much sometimes.
5. Do you like punk music? Nope.
6. What is your favourite flower? Pansies.
7. Does someone have a crush on you? *LOL* Highly doubtful.
[ ORANGE ]

1. Closest orange thing to you? The last Tamagotchi.
2. Do you like to burn things? No.
3. Dress up for Halloween? Me? No.
4. Are you usually a warm-hearted person? Very!!
5. Do you prefer the single life or the security of a relationship? I can handle either one just fine.
6. What would your super power be? Haven't given this much thought. Maybe the ability to turn invisible so I could do things without my kids seeing, especially this time of year!
[ WHITE ]

1. Closest white thing to you? Envelopes and papers on my desk.
2. Would you say you're innocent? Naive, maybe.
3. Always try to keep the peace? Yes, I try.
4. How do you imagine your wedding? There won't be another one.
5. Do you like to play in the snow? Take it or leave it.
6. Are you afraid of going to the doctors or dentist? Not at all, they're just people.
7. Do you have Attention Deficit Disorder(A.D.D)? Nope.
[ BLACK ]

1. Closest black thing to you? Christa's headphones.
2. Ever enjoy hurting people? Never.
3. Are you sophisticated or silly? I'm way too goofy for sophisticated.
5. Do you have a lot of secrets? No, what you see is what you get.
6. What is your favorite colour(s)? Blue!
7. Does the colour you wear affect your mood? Nope.

I'm nowhere near as entertaining as Christi!

Friday, December 08, 2006

As for lists...

I've never been a list person. Sure, I've made shopping lists. Then I've left them at home, or in the car. I know plenty of people who talk about "crossing things off the list" and I think, what list? A real 3D list or a list in his/her head? Hmmm. Then there was the PDA that my wonderful dh bought me. It was supposed to help me organize things, a glorified list holder. Yeah, right. It's a great tool for playing solitaire. My actual lists wind up looking like treasure maps, with arrows here and there, some things underlined and the occasional asterisk thrown in apparently willy-nilly.

Wonder if there's a New Year's resolution in there somewhere ;)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Rules to live by

Christa: Mommy, be careful of my nose!

Me: Oh, I'm sorry sweetheart, did I hurt your nose when I pulled off your shirt?

C: No, you didn't, but you have to be careful! It's rule number two, you know.

M: Pardon me? Rule number two?

C: Yes, Mommy, rule number two says don't tug on Christa's nose. *nod nod*

M: Oh really?

C: Yes, and rule number three is always hold hands when walking across the road. *nod nod*

M: I see. So, what is rule number one, Christa?

C: *eye roll* Always listen to Mommy!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Taking the day off

So much to do today. Had to go to storage and dig through to find some stuff for Matt, plus the other computer for James. Of course it took a LOT of digging. Anyway, between that and kid stuff all day, I just haven't had time to blog.

Just wanted to let you know, in case anyone was interested ;)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Double tagged!

Both Traci and Jenn got me this time, good thing it's the same meme!

Here are the rules:Each player of this game starts with the 6 weird things about you. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

6 weird things about me:

1. I eat Shreddies every day. Those who know me already know this so they think it's normal. Ha! I've got them fooled.

2. I have Fred Flintstone feet. Unlike my oldest daughter, whose pretty slim feet modelled shoes on this blog a few days back.

3. I like molasses sandwiches. Molasses on bread with a thin spread of butter on top. Yummm!

4. I don't like to empty my recycle bin. Never know when I might need something in there again.

5. Related to number 4, I'm kind of a pack rat.

6. I love Christmas cards. Once you're on my list, it's pretty tough to get off of it again. I think you'd have to file a formal request to be removed ;)

Now, rule breaker that I am (insert hysterical laughter here), I'm not going to tag anyone, or blogjack their comment section to tell them that I tagged them. If anyone else wants to do this, go right ahead, then let me know so I can read yours. That's it, you may go now. Buh-bye. I'm done. Really.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

November only has 30 days

Sure seemed like more some days. I'm sure it shows in those posts that I threw together so as to keep up with NaBloPoMo. This has been a really fun thing though, overall. I hope that you've enjoyed it and that I haven't scared anyone away ;) I'm not promising to keep up the every day posting, but I'll do my best to give you something to read!

Congrats to all those who managed to stick to NaBloPoMo (
Heather & Hillary come to mind) and another thanks to Katrina for the inspiration (though she slipped, she was the source for me).

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

It's a guest post!

A la Hillary ;)



HAY SUP GUYZ

I AM CHRISTA

I AM 4 YEARS OLD

Except like, I'm not really Christa. D:

SHE CAN TYPE WAY BETTER THAN I CAN

I'm James. Hi.

...supppppppppppppppp

KILLAR KILLAR KILLAR echo lol. B

bye

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Writer's cramp!!

I know, hard to believe in this age of computers, but it's true. I just finished my Christmas cards. 103. Yes, really. I love love love Christmas cards. Obviously ;) They're not sealed yet, I'm thinking a big bowl of water and a sponge. Thank goodness the stamps are peel and stick these days! Oh, Christmas is coming, people, can't you feel it?

Monday, November 27, 2006

This was fun

I enjoyed this video, though I don't remember hearing any of the songs when they were new!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Not the usual November weather

It started snowing yesterday afternoon and this morning it looked like this:















Not what we normally get in November! We're used to wet, wind and grey. That's about it, it's a depressing month but it's what we're accustomed to ;) Well, surprise! After 6 or 8 inches of snow (depends who you talk to I guess), it's freezing. Hard. Oh joy. Now those ruts in my alley are frozen ruts. Guess who's not driving her kids to school tomorrow? They're so upset, the poor dears. Hahaha.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Oh, and another thing

No, never mind. It's not important. I'll get back to you tomorrow. Sorry for disturbing you...

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Miscommunication

Seems to be a lot of that around lately. Yesterday I (cryptically) said 33, not realizing that most people aren't counting down the days until Christmas like I am. My birthday isn't until March ;) Last night, I wrote Matt a quick note telling him that I was waiting to hear from him about the results of his audition for the worship team. When I got up this morning, I was rather disappointed about not having a reply. Imagine my annoyance when I didn't hear from him until 11am today. I didn't say anything about his rudeness, just quietly steamed a little. Turns out that he phoned last night when I was out and my wonderful daughter didn't bother to tell me. :P Oh, and said wonderful daughter wrote her Christmas list when requested to do so, but didn't bother to give. it. to. me.

Black strappy shoes with a not too high heel are on the list for the weekend's shopping, along with at least one more chair for our kitchen table. Don't want Matt to have to cook us Christmas dinner AND stand to eat it ;)

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thirty-three

Yeah, you read that right. Are you ready? I'm not.

I love this time of year ;)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Help help help!




What kind of shoes should we get? Maya wants "pretty" shoes. That's about as specific as she gets *LOL* And what do you think of the dress? Btw, it's much more sparkly in person, and brighter too. I need a better camera.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Sometimes you just have to stamp your foot a bit

And then say, "It's just not fair!" Maybe even throw in a whine or a pout.

Went shopping with Maya today for something Christmas-y. Of course, her last year's dresses don't fit, she's growing almost every day. And my stuff doesn't fit, because I've lost more than 40 pounds. Oh, btw, I can't wait until I can say 50! Ooops, almost got off track. Tried a few stores, their selections were so pitiful that we were both getting discouraged. Maya was able to find things to try on but the ladies' section didn't even have that much. So, off we go to the store Maya wanted to visit - much more trendy, ya know. Maya found a stunning red sparkly dress (with a, to me anyway, stunning price tag) in a size extra small and I swear that her dad is going to cry when he sees her in it. The where did my little girl go and who is this young lady in front of me type of crying. I also found some clothes, a black skirt and a much more sedate red top, so we were all happy, right? Well, mostly, here's where the foot stamping comes in. After working hard for several months and losing that weight, I had to buy size large. Yeah, large. *sigh* Any other store, I wear a small or maybe a medium, but not the trendy one. I know, as Maya told me, its demographic (though she didn't use that word, I will have to tell her that's the right one) is different and the sizing is for smaller people. I think I'm going to get a Sharpie and change the L to an E. Doesn't mean anything but at least it won't say Large anymore ;)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Food for the soul

Music. Sweet sweet music. I listen to the dulcet tones of Maya's tenor saxophone and it moves me. Even those not so dulcet tones move me. She has talent, it's very apparent. Unfortunately, she's as much of a perfectionist as her older brother so she gets very angry at herself when she misses a note. Encouragement from me, the unmusical one, doesn't mean much to her. I wish it did, I really love listening to her play. The improvement in a month is astounding. Oh, and I must share (bragging mom alert) that she got a perfect score on her playing test last week. Ahhh. Definitely a joyful noise :D

Saturday, November 18, 2006

It's shoebox day tomorrow!

I love this time of year!! Here in Canada we don't have the official start to the Christmas season that our American friends do...if we started in mid-October, well that wouldn't be a good thing, let's just say that. After all, Christmas decorations are already up way too early for some ;) Anyway, seeing as we don't have a November Thanksgiving OR a Black Friday, my Christmas season starts with Operation Christmas Child. Franklin Graham's organization, Samaritan's Purse, oversees this wonderful international effort to bring some joy to children who live with poverty, war, disease and natural disaster. What better thing to get me in the spirit of Christmas than to shop for a shoebox? This year's offering, like some of years past, was too much for the size of the shoebox. I crammed everything I could in there though, and I trust that the young girl who receives it (I chose 5-9 yo girl as the category this year) will be blessed by the contents, and the love that it was packed with.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Ahhh, parenting, or lack thereof

Yes, another parenting post. Sorry, folks, it's who I am. But this one isn't about me - for a change ;)

There have been way too many stories (though I hesitate to call them stories, they aren't fiction, or entertainment, these are real people) lately coming across my radar screen.

First in my mind is one involving one of James's friends. Seems her mom is not a very fit parent. I know, most teens are programmed to not think much of their parents, in this case it's more than that. A cultural gap miles wide exists in this case and let's face it, kids really are people, not merely possessions. Anyway, this girl has been taken from her mom's home and, with her dad's blessing, is now living with another friend of James's and her family. I hope and pray that this is the right fit for all of them, I want to see them all succeed.

Then there's the kids in my neighbourhood who might as well be parenting themselves. I know how hard it is to be a single parent, it makes my heart hurt to see these kids left alone at all hours or knocking at my door saying their mom won't mind if they come in for four or five hours...though the mom doesn't even know me.

Or the grown women that I know who are still wearing those scars inflicted by parents who "loved" them too much, or not at all.

Guess I'm rethinking my post of the other day, and making sure my own kids know how very much they mean to me.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

More proof that the gene pool is contaminated

PARIS, Nov 15 (Reuters Life!) - What's a television without its remote control? Not much, decided a thief in southwestern France who returned to the home from which he had just stolen a TV to pick up the remote control -- and was arrested.
The man robbed a retiree's house in the village of Mussidan, taking the TV set and some hunting rifles, police said. While the owner was reporting the theft at the local police station, the thief returned.
Alert neighbors tipped off the police and they caught the man red-handed.
"He came back to take the remote control," a local police spokesman said. "I guess there's daring and there's stupid."

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I need to do a shout out

Just in case they're snooping, uh I mean reading again. Hey Toasty! Hey Tara! Hey Rachel! Now go lie down, girls!!

~~~For those who are bewildered...some of James's friends heard that I had a blog so, being naturally curious teenagers, they looked for it. I doubt they care enough to stop back again, but just in case ;)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Little glimpses

For the last little while, there have been things making me think a bit too much. I've been wondering if "this is all there is" to my life. I don't mean the whole immigration, living apart from my husband thing, I mean the stay at home mom thing. I've felt less than adequate, but really that could be another post, so let's just say that it's a head thing and I'm getting over it. Anyway, in the midst of this conflicted set of emotions, there have been some small moments of shall I call it insight? Sure, sounds like an apt word. Christa, for example. I watched her playing with her grandpa today and what a time they had. At one point she had him helping her feed a giant spider that was in his clubhouse. They had to feed it wehms (worms), which she had dug up in the garden in the middle of the living room. But it was a very friendly spider, said with emphatic nods of her head. Ahhh. Becca, on the other hand, was a bit tougher to get today. She was upset at bedtime but it wasn't really making much sense...she didn't want to be first in line at school as she would have to hold the door open for her classmates. Ooookay, so make sure you aren't first. Well, that wasn't it, it's that if she is first, there is nobody there to play with when she gets there. Ahhh, the social butterfly emerges. Maya's a little tougher yet, but when I began brushing her hair for her while she was on the phone with her friend, I thought she would melt into a little puddle. Sweet sweet moment. I can't pin James down as often, and that is as it should be I think. As our kids get closer to adulthood, they become less transparent, partly as a defense mechanism. After all, if mom or dad finds out too much, they will have the control back again, or worse, they might not approve of me. It's a very very worthwhile thing, this job I have been given. I don't think I am doing a terribly good job of it some days (most days) but it is mine and I will keep striving.

Monday, November 13, 2006

All I want for Christmas...

It's that time of year again folks. Time for the kids to make their Christmas lists. I worry it will turn into a greedy free-for-all but so far I haven't had to burst their bubbles. Christa wants Dora. Dora everything. In fact, Dora anything. Becca is too old for that, she wants Spongebob everything :P Maya, not a clue, she wasn't home for the big list-making exercise, but I'm sure she wants stuff anyway. As for James, let's just say that cash is looking like a possibility. Other than requesting The Aquabats, he hasn't said much. Hmmm, I wonder what I should ask for...

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sunday is a good day for updates

Especially when doing NaBloPoMo, don't want to run out of things to say. As if that would happen!!

Maya's date went well yesterday. She was soooo nervous, it was cute. Maya said she kept looking at her shoes *LOL* They enjoyed the movie, it was a matinee because I'm so not ready for nighttime dating. Anyway, the boy was a little gentleman, told me it was nice to meet me when I picked up the girls, and apparently not only bought Maya's ticket, but some Skittles as well. I don't want to do this again soon though, too much stress!!

Becca has adjusted well to French Immersion, she's in a class with a lot of her friends from the past two years and I'm sure that has made it easier. Plus she's an all around friendly kid :)

Christa is Christa and I'm hopeful we will survive her being four.

James is good too, I actually managed to convince him to stand up at church today when the pastor asked everyone to stand. Making strides!! *sigh*

The Tamagotchis are all good, in case you wondered.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

I knew this day was coming

Maya has a date. Yeah, a boy asked her out. To a movie. And he's paying. Well, he has a coupon/gift certificate/something like that, but still. She is T-W-E-L-V-E. I told her she could go as long as it wasn't just the two of them, so one of her best girlfriends is going along. Not the one that would have sat in between Maya and the boy ;) I'm so not ready for this. But, funny fact - I was in grade 7 when I went on my first date. To a movie. I don't remember what the movie was, but I do remember the boy. His name was Raymond. He had no last name. Raymond, if you're out there, thanks for the popcorn.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Six weeks and a weekend to go

I love this time of year! This weekend I am going to buy some Christmas cards. Not holiday cards, Christmas cards. But that is another post for another day. I have Christmas cards, either four or six boxes of them. Somewhere. They are NOT in the apartment, I know that. They are in storage. Ooooh, did you hear the creepy music? Storage. There it is again! James & I went to st...oops, that place last weekend and my gosh, do we have a lot of stuff still. I had a look for the cards, couldn't find them easily. Couldn't reach most of the boxes easily :P We did put the Christmas tree ornaments and the Christmas tree stand at the front of the "unit" while we were there, so I can get a Christmas tree when it's closer to the big day. Not going to get one yet as it would just lose all its needles by the time the big day gets here. Oops, I got way off topic. I'm going to get Christmas cards this weekend. Ask me on Monday or Tuesday, just in case, I need to be held accountable!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Surreal (adj)

...having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic...

Lately, dh has used the phrase "life goes on" frequently in our conversations. MSN conversations, that is, we aren't able to talk in person. If you don't know why not, you're way behind and perhaps need to speak up so I can fill you in. Anyway, he has used this phrase a lot and it has really bothered me. I don't feel as if my life, or our life, is going on. It feels stuck in some alternate universe or time. Some day we will look back on this episode and say remember when and maybe even laugh. Right now, it's just all muddly and odd. Surreal.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Tagged, or I couldn't think of anything on my own...

Tagged by Sharon. More like challenged by Sharon ;)

1. Explain what ended your last relationship? He left. Told me that I didn't love him anymore and he left. Best thing that ever happened to me!
2. When was the last time you shaved? Sunday morning in the shower, I'm due :P
3. What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.? Getting my kids ready for school, watching
Curious George.
4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago? Reading blogs.
5. Are you any good at math? Yes, I'm very good at math.
6. Your prom night? We didn't have a prom. I'm still not really sure what a prom is!
7. Do you have any famous ancestors? Just the guy who invented
the Waterman pen.
8. Have you had to take a loan out for school? Not for me, I didn't go to school. We have loans to repay for dh though.
9. Do you know the words to the song on your myspace profile? I don't have a myspace profile, never have. And I'm glad, from what I've heard from others.
10. Last thing received in the mail? Passports for the two youngest, and a cable/internet bill.
11. How many different beverages have you had today? Just the one I'm drinking now - a Coke.
12. Do you ever leave messages on peoples answering machine? Sure, but usually it's voice mail these days.
13. Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to? I've only been to one concert (other than the ones my kids have been in!) -
Dr. Hook 1983.
14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach? Uh, no. Why would I do that?
15. What was the most painful dental procedure you have had? Probably the extraction, it was very unpleasant.
16. What is out your back door? I only have one door (is that safe?) and it leads to a walkway and the stairs.
17. Any plans for Friday night? Laundry in the late afternoon, probably some take out for dinner as I'm not in the mood for cooking after that. Nothing special.
18. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair? Not really, gives it a salty crust feel.
19. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns? No, the tins always look neat though.
20. Have you ever been to a planetarium? Oh yeah! I almost said no then I remembered going to the one in Vancouver. It was neat!
21. Do you re-use towels after you shower? Yes, I don't have extras to change them after every shower.
22. Some things you are excited about? Cars came out yesterday! Haven't watched it yet but you know I bought it already ;) Becca is back at her old school which thrills me to no end!!
23. What is your favorite flavor of JELLO? Raspberry. Orange. Lime. NOT strawberry.
24. Describe your keychain(s). Leather fob, the type of keychain that I can take apart so I can warm the car up and still have it locked. Several keys, most of which I know what they open. There's a Staples thing on there (whatever you call the thing they scan when you buy stuff so you can get points or whatever) and a token for carts at a local grocery store so I don't have to use a loonie.
25. Where do you keep your change? Loonies & quarters in one plastic cup for laundry, toonies & the rest in another. Both cups on top of the microwave in the kitchen.
26. Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed? Closed but not shut. You know, just about. Used to keep it wide open but James stays up later than me and the light keeps me awake.
27. Did you read this far? Consider yourself tagged.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

How embarrassed am I?

I realized today that political science for dummies was missing Canada - my very own country. How red is my face? So courtesy of James...

CANADA
You have two cows.
Someone in a country far away has two cows and a neighbour who wants those cows.
You go to the foreign country to help the two resolve their dispute.
While you are gone, someone takes your cows.
When you return home, you apologize.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Read at your own risk

I'm in a bad mood, I'll warn you right now. Doesn't happen too often but when it does, look out. Most of my annoyance is centered on my ex. What? An annoying ex? Say it isn't so! Pfftt. I won't go into a bunch of detail, let's just say that someone who wound up in therapy over the kids leaving town should actually want to see said kids, wouldn't you think? Well, yeah, me too. Guess we're not thinking clearly. Couple that with the irritating woman at the laundromat who took seven washer loads of stuff and spread it out to take up eight dryers when there were only ten free...I had to do half my drying and then the other half once that was done. Yeah, she has laundry too but it bugged me anyway *LOL*

So what am I doing about it? I'm eating McD's and venting here. I'm feeling better already. Until I step on the scale tomorrow morning, but I'll blame that on my ex ;)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

At the risk of being sort of political two days in a row

POLITICAL SCIENCE FOR DUMMIES

DEMOCRATIC
You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
You feel guilty for being successful.
Barbara Streisand sings for you.

REPUBLICAN
You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
So?

SOCIALIST
You have two cows.
The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.

COMMUNIST
You have two cows.
The government seizes both and provides you with milk.
You wait in line for hours to get it.
It is expensive and sour.

CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE
You have two cows.
You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE
You have two cows.
Under the new farm program the government pays you to shoot one, milk the other, and then pours the milk down the drain.

AMERICAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one.
You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows.
You are surprised when one cow drops dead.
You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses.
Your stock goes up.

FRENCH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You go on strike because you want three cows.
You go to lunch and drink wine.
Life is good.

JAPANESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains.
Most are at the top of their class at cow school.

GERMAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour.
Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.

ITALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows but you don't know where they are.
While ambling around, you see a beautiful woman.
You break for lunch.
Life is good.

RUSSIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You have some vodka.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You have some more vodka.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
The Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have.

TALIBAN CORPORATION
You have all the cows in Afghanistan, which are two.
You don't milk them because you cannot touch any creature' s private parts.
You get a $40 million grant from the US government to find alternatives to milk production but use the money to buy weapons.

IRAQI CORPORATION
You have two cows.
They go into hiding.
They send radio tapes of their mooing.

POLISH CORPORATION
You have two bulls.
Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.

BELGIAN CORPORATION
You have one cow.
The cow is schizophrenic.
Sometimes the cow thinks he's French, other times he's Flemish.
The Flemish cow won't share with the French cow.
The French cow wants control of the Flemish cow's milk.
The cow asks permission to be cut in half.
The cow dies happy.

FLORIDA CORPORATION
You have a black cow and a brown cow.
Everyone votes for the best looking one.
Some of the people who actually like the brown one best accidentally vote for the black one.
Some people vote for both.
Some people vote for neither.
Some people can't figure out how to vote at all.
Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which one you think is the best-looking cow.

CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
You have millions of cows.
They make real California cheese.
Only five speak English.
Most are illegals.
Arnold likes the ones with the big udders.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Canadian World Domination

Yeah, it's funny, go ahead and laugh. I sure did. I saw a link to a site on a comment on someone else's blog (would plug it but I'm not sure whose it was) and checked it out. Oh my, was it funny. The troops are led by General Claire and General Jenny...oh, go see for yourself if you have time - http://cwd.ptbcanadian.com/index2.html What wasn't funny were some of the letters they received. My goodness, can't people understand satire? Some of them were so vicious I was shocked. Can't we all just get along? ETA that the blog was Hillary's!!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Clarification

There seems to be some confusion resulting from my post of a couple days ago. I am not materialistic but it will seem that way ;) We could theoretically go to Reno without our belongings, with only what we could pack in the van. Once there, we would have to get our own place as my inlaws don't have room for five more people in addition to those already in their home. We would have no furniture, no bedding, no towels, no dishes, no toys, no books, you get the idea. Well, as much as those are merely things, they are pretty important, especially to kids. Sure, we could buy new, but we couldn't because that would cost a LOT of money to those of us who have very little. We did consider just going on with our trip the very first night when we found out that our stuff couldn't get through the border, but that wasn't realistic, that was just wishing. So, materialistic as it might sound to you, we can't go without our stuff. Thus, we wait on the US govt, immigration department specifically. Meanwhile, we are doing our best to enjoy the good parts of life, and they are still evident. Good friends, a roof over our heads, plenty of hugs (I'm getting one now from my 4yo!). We'll get through this!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

NaBloPoMo anyone?

Katrina posted about this and it really caught my attention. I know she didn't start it, but that was the first I'd heard of it so I'm giving her the credit.

Oh, sorry, "it" is National Blog Posting Month. All you have to do is post something each day in November. Cool, huh? So who's gonna join me?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

30 days hath September...

Got word from immigration today. Apparently in cases like ours (whatever that means), the usual time for processing ranges from 60 to 180 days. That's two months to SIX months. And, even more thrilling, that is just to hear when we will go to the consulate in Vancouver. Wait time there for an appointment is 59 days as of today, it fluctuates. Sooooo, that takes us anywhere from the end of February to the end of June. Oh how fun is this?

Thank goodness Matt is coming here for Christmas, we're all forgetting what he looks like!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Tagged by Allyson

My dear friend Allyson tagged me :) Thanks so much, Allyson, I'll get you back some day. *LOL*
Ten random things about me:

1. I cannot keep left and right straight. I have to mentally "hold a pencil" to remember which is which.

2. My children drive me crazy.

3. I love my children.

4. Really.

5. But boy, are they messy.

6. If I get the chance, I will watch certain movies over and over and over. Like Dirty Dancing. Don't know why, that one just gets me. Must be the bad boy thing.

7. I exercised today. Hey, that's big for me!

8. I doubt I will ever remember to call it American cheese. I'm sorry in advance.

9. My bills are all paid up!

10. First forms for immigration were filed, responded to, and second set are filed. Progress! Now let's hope the process doesn't take six months :)

I'll tag Hillary on the off chance she reads this, Jilly because she needs a distraction and Karen because I love how her mind works ;)

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Maya, Gowb, Lola and Perdy

Unlike the infamous Millie, Hazel & Jeannie, these really exist. The latest members of our family. I think I've lost my mind. We have Tamagotchis. It started with Becca, the one thing that she requested for her birthday was a Tamagotchi. Enter Maya. Yeah, same name as Becca's big sister, she said she panicked and couldn't think of another name. It gets a bit confusing with Maya, Tama-Maya and the downstairs neighbour Maya. So much for a unique name ;) But I digress. Why do we have more than one? James designated himself the official Tama watcher, he took Becca's to school with him to take care of it during the day. So I got him his own - Gowb. Apparently there was a cat on a cartoon that bit a person and that was the sound it made while biting. Yes, he's using cartoon sounds for names. Maya pouted when James got one so tada, it's Lola! I couldn't stand it for longer than another day, so I have Perdy. Ooops, forgot, Lola is likely named that for the main character on Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen but Maya won't admit it. Perdy is a nod to my oldest who, when I was pregnant with my second, told me in all seriousness that, if I had a boy it should be Pongo and a girl should be Perdy.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Never too many prayers


Some of my other friends have posted about Kim this week. Not only is it the anniversary of her breast cancer diagnosis, but she received the preliminary results from some more tests. Not good news. There is slight growth in the breast mass, slight growth in the liver nodules, AND a possible mass in her head as well. Oh, and something suspicious on her spine. Man. Just pray. If you're not a praying person, please keep Kim in your thoughts anyway. Kim, I love you.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Happy Birthday Boo!

The long anticipated day is here, at last. Becca is so funny, yesterday it was all about "the last time". You know, the last time to have dinner as a 6 year old...the last time to say goodnight as a 6 year old...the last day of school as a 6 year old. She was trying to tell me that it was the last time that *I* got to say goodnight to a 6 year old daughter til I reminded her that Christa will one day be 6, so she switched it to "a 6 year old daughter with brown eyes" but that got tiresome quickly. And, you know where this is going before you read any further, today is all about "the first time". First time having breakfast as a 7 year old...

Friday, October 13, 2006

Update type post for those who might want to know

Christa is 4. Is 4 fun? I'm not sure yet, but I think it's pretty good. She puts on her own seatbelt in her carseat, so that's a plus. I still have to undo it when we get where we're going, that's a bigger plus (wouldn't want her unbuckling and dancing around while I'm driving). Christa spends most of her day waiting for Becca to come home from school. Doesn't seem to bother her though, it's just the way it is.

Becca will be 7 in a few days. The party is all she can talk about. How many days until the party, who is coming to the party, where is the party...in case any of us has forgotten, she tells us over and over. And over. Guess I'd better figure out a cake, some goodie bag type thing to give the kids after (yeah, I'm giving them something, just to make them leave at the end of the party) and a present for Boo from us. Btw, Becca is doing very well in school, no adjustment at all from French to English, surprising. She's reading, writing and of course doing math like there's no tomorrow.

Maya is in middle school. She was born for middle school. All that socializing, giggling and multiple best friends. She's in her glory for sure. We have had trouble with her tenor sax though. Took a really long time and several phone calls from her music teacher and me to the rental place before they finally sent it (cashed my first cheque without hesitating though!), then it didn't have a ligature with it...guess she should just hold the reed on with a spare finger? Oh, duct tape! The other fun aspect of Life with Maya is the moods. Oh my goodness, and I have TWO MORE girls to go through this fun stage. Joy.

James is good. He is doing well at school, doesn't care to make friends there though. He says they're all dumb. Must be tough being so brilliant, James :P

There ya go, all the kids. The other thing to update on is immigration and I have no idea what to say about that. Matt has mailed the first forms, as far as I know. I think. Maybe. Probably. Most likely. Perhaps.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

How to make a 15 year old laugh hysterically

Works for my 15yo anyway...watch Monty Python with him. I knew he liked MP and the Holy Grail but wasn't sure if any of the other movies would get him laughing. Oh my gosh, you should have heard him cracking up last night! We rented Life of Brian. I had only seen part of it, the scene where Brian opens his shutters in the morning and stands there in the buff while the multitude cheers. Now it makes sense! Well, as much as Monty Python ever does ;) Amazing that a country of people with the reputation of being "prudes" for lack of a better word would be so open with nudity and language. But he's 15, wouldn't be the first time he's heard certain words. We also have A Fish Called Wanda to watch, not Monty Python but with John Cleese and Michael Palin, it'll be fun.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Before Sharon never speaks to me again

I don't hate Hallowe'en. Honest. There are some things I would change about it if I could, but I really don't hate it. I do ~foolishly~ worry about having the right amount of candy, but that's just minor. And, Traci, I don't have any idea how many kids to expect. Another resident told me it varies from virtually none to a hundred. Oh, thanks for narrowing that down!

Christa is going to be a tiger, cutest one around is my guess ;) Becca is going to be a knight. I'm not sure why, thinking we should get her some coconuts though. If you get that one, I love you. Maya wants to be Zorro, a segue from her pirate costume of last year I think. I'm going to try to get James off the computer long enough to hand out candy so I can walk around with the girls. No rain no rain no rain!!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

October anyone?

You can have it if you like. I'd skip it if it wouldn't scar my third child. We can't miss her birthday, after all, SEVEN is her favourite number. I'm sure that is a new thing, I don't remember her mentioning it before oh, last week.

Why don't I like October? Okay, I'll admit it. It's Hallowe'en. Not my thing. Not at all. I'm not a fan of finding the "right" costume for each kid. I don't have anything against dressing up, I'm just not into the zombie cheerleader type of thing. It bugs me. Big time. The other problem I have is the candy. I don't mind having a whole bunch of it in the house, sorting through it to make sure it passes my safety inspection, no problem with that either. I'll even help them eat it *LOL* The problem part is how much it costs. Oh my gosh. The stores really do raise the prices of it, I'm sure of that. But even more than that is my fear of *gulp* r u n n i n g o u t o f c a n d y

Aaaaaaaaaaaah!! Maybe if I don't type it properly, it won't happen. Deep breaths, Cherie! Okay, I really do worry about that, seriously. I would really hate to have to hide in the dark, ignoring those hungry children knocking at my door with their zombie cheerleader costumes...

Did I ever tell you that I wasn't allowed to "do" Hallowe'en as a kid? I'm sure you could have guessed that though :P

Friday, September 29, 2006

Tagged, sorta

I love Katrina's blog, the name of it is what got me at first - Notes on a Napkin. How could I resist checking that out? Anyway, I've been a lurker, one-time commenter for a while. And the excitement when she commented on my blog? *LOL* I'm such a geek. Anyway, she tagged all who read her, so I was tagged. Sorta.

5 strange confessions:

1. I secretly like my son's strange music. Nerd Alert, anyone? Or perhaps Demolition Rickshaw?

2. I get my kids mixed up. Yeah, I call them by each other's names. The worst part is that I do it with my son's name too, not just the three girls. Scarring him/them for life.

3. I detest earwigs. Even typing that word made me shudder. They are the worst insect ever. Ugh. Stop talking about them!

4. Showing my age here - when I was a kid I liked Donny Osmond. Purple socks and all.

5. I think pointy toed shoes are silly.

Tagging five friends - Heather, Jilly, Sharon, Traci & Karen. Because they blog, I think they might actually act on the tag ;)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Life with one computer

Yeah, it's more than a lot of people have, but with five of us used to sharing three computers, it's been tough to find time to get here. And let's face it, I really don't want to talk about it. I've had to tell "the story" so many times that I'm tired of hearing it myself. So, short version for those who don't know me from anywhere else...

We packed up our moving truck and headed for our new life in the Reno area. The kids & I in the minivan went through the border no problem. My parents in the moving truck, nope. No dice. You're not bringing family belongings into the US. Don't care if the person who filled out the forms is a US citizen, living and working in the US. Tough. He can come up and get his clothing but nothing else is allowed in. Oh joy. So we all turned around and came back to Courtenay. Got a storage unit for about half of those suspicious belongings, rented a cheap apartment in a not good area of town and now we wait.

I'm waiting for Matt to look into what forms need to be filled out, when and where and at what cost. I'm waiting for my Canadian passport to arrive in the mail as that is required before applying for immigration status in the US. Well, non-immigrant status, I guess. I don't know, it's all so confusing. And I do understand that a country should be careful about who they let in, but they didn't have a problem letting me in, just my corelle and my towels.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Is it time to panic yet?


No? You sure? Cause I think I can panic if it's time. I'm ready, just give me the word, okay?

Well...the closing date is tomorrow. Hopefully the cheque will be in my grubby little hands in the morning because I have a LOT to do once I finally have some money ;) Repay a couple people who have so generously bankrolled me for the past month, buy a DVD player for the car (yeah, a thousand miles with these kids, you'd want one too), stock up on prescriptions, pay off a couple of local bills and get some US cash. Oh, and mustn't forget to buy Shreddies. Lots of them. *Gulp* I can't believe that I agreed to move to a place where I can't buy Shreddies. I really don't think that was in the wedding vows.

Oh, hey, hot off the presses...Matt is really employed. For reals. Yeah, I'm sure this time. Of course, I've only heard it from my mom who heard it from her husband who heard it from Matt, but I'm pretty sure it's true. Last I heard, he was hitting the freeway from Sparks to Carson City to fill out forms and hopefully maybe just possibly find a place for us to live.

Smokers! I have to remember to go to the PO tomorrow and fill out a request to have my mail forwarded!! Remind me, okay? My brain is too full right now, it might not pop up for me without a nudge from a friend or two.

And, just because...

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Yet another roller coaster post

Don't you wish my life was boring and predictable? I think I would like to try that for a while. Ready for the latest? Matt was waiting to hear from the HR rep, and she had fallen at work and wrenched her back, right? Well, he called the office yesterday morning and was told that she is still off and that another HR rep would be calling him later in the day. Okay, good. Well, a different rep called him and told him that they "decided to go with another applicant". What??? After telling him at the interview that he was hired, talking to him the next week and saying the confirmation of employment was in the works, now they tell him, 12 days later, that he doesn't have the job after all? Arrrrrgh!! Meanwhile, he turned down a job offer or two while waiting for the paperwork to go through. Talk about frustrating :(

FYI, he called one of the places that he had turned down and they haven't hired anyone else, so he is going to "iron out the details" on Thursday at 5pm. I'm scared to count on this one, just in case :P

And the packing continues...

Monday, September 04, 2006

Peeking out from behind some boxes

I'm lost in packing land. Sorry for not blogging lately, it's just hard to find time to do anything right now. I'll tell myself, "Self, you should blog about that. It would be a good blog." And then good ol' Self forgets all about it. Must be older middle age setting in. I'm not OLD yet. Wonder when I will think of myself as old. Maybe never, maybe tomorrow. If I ever finish packing, I'll let you know. Where did all this STUFF come from??

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Okay, deep breaths

I can't take much more of this! *LOL* The buyer keeps dragging her feet on getting a notary, ugh. Here, the title and all that legal stuff is done by notaries or lawyers, not by the realtors. So, yes, we each need our own notary (they're cheaper, nothing against lawyers ;) haha). Well, she finally agreed reluctantly to get one and surprise! They're so booked up that the closing date had to be moved from September 1 to September 8. Okay, I can handle it. That just makes it a little harder for Matt to get us a place, but he will still have a week, right? Today, my realtor told me we need to move the closing date AGAIN because the buyer didn't send back the application to live in this park quickly enough for that two week thing. She wants to close on the 13th. Uhhh, I don't think so, I have already booked the moving truck for that day, I don't need to be banking and such on that day as well. So, it's the 12th now. Poor Matt, he's having a fit about it but what can we do? Looks like that apartment may not be possible, he may be scrambling to find something in the three days in between closing and our arrival. I have faith it will come together. Right? Right??

Friday, August 25, 2006

Sometimes our kids can surprise us

I knew that Maya liked being in front of the camera *LOL* and I even knew that she enjoyed taking pictures. I just didn't know that she had a talent for it - bad mom. A few weeks ago during announcement time at church the upcoming art show was mentioned and she turned to me with a gleam in her eye, "Do you think they would let me enter some photographs, Mom?" Wow. We checked into it and sure enough, she was welcome to take part. Here are her two submissions:





Thursday, August 24, 2006

Am I psychic or just psycho?

Neither! I was just listening and believing in what I was hearing.

Matt got the job!!! He was told that a formal offer will be coming early next week. Whoo hoo!! Oh you have no idea how good this is, I am so thrilled! AND, yes there is an and, he went by an apartment complex that we had been checking out online and they have a 4 bedroom apartment opening up in two weeks, what perfect timing!

Sorry for all the exclamations but it's an exciting day!!!!

Thanks so much for the prayers, good thoughts, crossed fingers and even the chicken bones (Traci, you rock!), love you all!

Today is a big day

I can feel it, God has plans for us today. Maybe it's the job interview that Matt is going to at 10am. I don't want to get too excited but it just feels right. Believe in this with me! If you're a praying person, those are much appreciated. If not, think those good thoughts because those help too!!

Working on my list and doing fairly well so far. Heather, we load up the truck on September 13 and leave town the next morning. Should be in Reno on Friday the 15th :)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The proverbial chicken

Actually, I guess it isn't proverbial, chickens literally do run around after you cut off their heads. Well, some of them just flop around (ewwww!) but you get the idea.

Ooops, got off topic before I even started this time, easy to do for me though. Okay, deep breath. Concentrate. Yeah, that's my problem in a nutshell right now. So many things on my mind, those mental to-do lists are taking over my brain and getting all muddled together.

Done - took the papers to a notary public, told my realtor which one to send the rest of the info to, started packing and keeping a list of how many boxes of what I have, found homes for all the outside toys & swing set, went through deep freeze and threw out a bunch of stuff.

To do - tell school board we are moving and get school transcripts for kids, tell doctor and get medical records for everyone, book a moving truck, find help loading said truck, get the freakin' lockbox off my front door (realtor has to do that), tell storage fellow that I will be vacating the unit so he can rent it out to someone else, call all utility companies with cutoff date, find someone to take over the contract on our cell phones so that we don't have to keep paying for another year or pay the ridiculous penalties for cutting out early, get some newspaper (no ink) for wrapping dishes & breakables, find home for freezer. And of course, pack & clean and such.

Hmmm, now that it's written down it doesn't look as overwhelming. I can do this!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Tagged!

By Sharon, a dear friend :)

Four jobs I've had in my life:

*chambermaid
*corner store cashier
*retail clothing store - my department was boys' wear
*the best one - mom
Four places I've lived:

*Courtenay, BC
*Thompson, MB
*Cultus Lake, BC
*Prince George, BC
Four TV shows I love to watch:

*MASH
*Cheers
*Happy Days
*Jeopardy
Four Places I've been on vacation:

*The Poconos!
*San Francisco
*Seattle
*PEI - Green Gables
Four Homemade Foods I love:

*peanut butter pie
*cinnamon buns
*rice & peas
*potato salad
Four Places I'd Rather Be Right Now:

*at Kim's
*at Karen's
*at Michele's
*on the beach
Four People I Tag:

*whoever
*wants
*to
*participate!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Kitties or crabs

Heard a newsbite on my car radio this morning. The SPCA in Prince Rupert cancelled a fundraiser. Seems they had someone offer to donate a whole bunch of crabs, they were going to do a crab dinner and use the money for much-needed upgrades to their facility. Another group protested this as cruelty to crabs. How's that for irony? Hmmm. SPCA = Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Thursday thoughts

I confess, almost titled this Wednesday Wonderings because I really was sure it was Wednesday. But just for a minute, because I remembered that James thought it was Friday for most of the day. We lead such exciting lives, hard to keep the days straight I guess :P

Most of my brain has been consumed with the house lately. The home inspection is the one subject to clear and that takes place tomorrow at 1pm. I've been going over and over in my head what might happen, but I really have no clue. I mean, as far as *I* know, there is nothing major wrong with the place. Yes, there are cosmetic things to do, but that's not part of the inspection. And the back door needs to be replaced, we've never used it because it's falling apart inside, plus there's no porch back there, hasn't been since before I moved in here 10 years ago. But my overactive imagination is worried about termites and rot and mildew and plumbing falling apart, etc... On a positive note, I did meet the potential buyer today, she stopped by to "just look at the outside" and I of course invited her to come in as long as she promised not to notice my dishes and unvacuumed carpet. She was very very nice and just loved the place :) so that made me feel somewhat better.

Now to get through tomorrow, get the sold sticker put on the sign and get Matt a job. Easy peasy!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

My head is still spinning

My gosh, it looks like it's really going to happen. After months of uncertainty, I just might finally have a plan. Well, half a plan. No, Matt *still* doesn't have a job but...we have an offer on the house! From the first people to view it, no less. And, get this, full price! Whooo hooo!! I'm to sign the papers this morning so, subject to a building inspection, the sign will have SOLD on the top of it later this week. I told my realtor I was shocked and he said that if these people hadn't bought it, someone else would have before the week is out. Wow. Btw, Matt is in shock ;) Moving day should be around the middle of September, soon I'll be an immigrant *LOL*

Monday, August 14, 2006

Tagged by Heather

1. One book that changed your life? The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once: All of the Outlander books.
3. One book you’d want on a desert island: A bible.
4. One book that made you laugh: Stephanie Plum books make me laugh.
5. One book that made you cry: Marley & Me, I was sobbing.
6. One book you wish had been written: How to Move to Reno in 13 Days.
7. One book you wish had never been written: The Babywise books :P
8. One book you’re currently reading: *Just* finished Sue Grafton's S is for Silence.
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Clutter's Last Stand *LOL*
10. Tag 5 others: Jilly, Karen, Melissa, Lydia & Sharon :)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Comedy of errors type of day

We have three computers, one in the kitchen for the kids to use. Okay, that's the party line, it's really James who uses it but we say it's for all the kids. So I decided the kitchen was just too small with the computer in there and wanted it put in storage, we can *struggle* along with a mere two for a while. When I found out that our first showing was this afternoon, I kicked into gear, put the desk on freecycle (not worth moving a long distance), got the computer components into my car to put into storage and cleaned up all the stuff that had wandered under said desk sometime in the past months. Nobody replied about the desk but that's okay, we just put it outside up against the house and hoped that the prospective buyers wouldn't think that was too white trash. Got the house pretty much the way I wanted it and got ready to head out the door so we wouldn't be in the way. Oh, wait a minute, the phone isn't working...hmmm, accidentally knocked the wire loose when I was shifting things in the kitchen. No problem, plugged it back in, phone works, no message light, all is well. Okay, you're getting ahead of me, I didn't put that much thought into it. Went out with the kids, ran a few errands and hit the airpark for a nice walk. That was fun. Really, no sarcasm at all, we had a nice time together :) Plenty of time passed for the realtor & viewers to be out, so we came home. Wow, they didn't disturb a thing, looks like nobody was even here. Checked my inbox, had a reply on the desk and gave the lady a call (she's a teacher at my kids' school, that was neat), she'll pick it up tomorrow. Great! But wait, there's a message on the voice mail, though the light isn't flashing. Yep, it was my realtor, who called an hour before the viewing time to tell me that there was an unavoidable snag and they wouldn't be coming today after all. You know what? I actually laughed and shrugged. I have a nice clean house and had a really good time with all my kids to boot.

Friday, August 11, 2006

It's official



We're listed! I'd link you to the MLS entry, but it's not up yet. And do you really need to see pics of my messy home? Naaah! Enough for you to see my three girlies and to know that I do indeed have a "low maintenance yard" as the realtor described it. Hey, we're on water restrictions here, it's not my fault my lawn is brown and brittle!

In sorta related news, Matt's interview today went well (again, he's good at interviews) and they told him they would be making a decision by next Wednesday. Are you praying? I am!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Grrrr!

Yeah, sure, today of all days my msn board decides it should act up again. I posted this heartfelt but bravely upbeat message and "we're sorry, that page doesn't seem to exist to our teeny pin-brains" - ugh!

So, to "my" moms, I'll see you in a few days. I will try to post on the board while I'm gone (if they find it again). Failing that, I will try to blog. And if I can't get internet access, in other words if there's no room for computers among the granola and tofu, I'll miss you even more. If you're going to the bbq, have a wonderful time and hug each other for me. If you're missing it this year, hug yourself and have a super weekend anyway!

See you later, alligator!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Price price price

What to price our house at for selling? Hmmm...we want it to sell quickly, so we should price it low. We want to have enough money for moving, immigration, etc., so we should price it high. We want someone to buy our house instead of a comparable one in another neighbourhood, so we should price it just a little lower than theirs. It's a fine line, ladies and gentlemen, and I'm walking that tightrope! Hope I can figure out that "magic" number that will sell this place ;)

Monday, July 31, 2006

Four weeks...twenty-eight days

Has it been that long? My goodness, yes it has. Matt left here on the 3rd for what we thought was a sure thing. Turned out we were wrong. *sigh* I still think we made the right decision for him to stay in Reno and job hunt from there, but it's getting old. The uncertainty, that is. I really don't mind being here "on my own", it's not that hard to solo parent when it's a temporary measure. It's the not knowing that drives me insane. I mean, do I call a realtor now? Or wait until Matt actually has a job? No point moving there just to stay at his parents' house. They don't have room for five more people anyway, and I wouldn't want to squish in. All I want is a job for Matt and a place of our own. Oh, and the almost $1000 it will cost in fees for us to immigrate, and maybe some money towards the exorbitant cost of health insurance. Gack, that stuff is expensive there!! Prayers & good thoughts very much appreciated, tia :)

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Gianna Jessen

Gianna Jessen was the guest speaker at Matt's church today. I know a bit about her, had her book in the church library that I was in charge of, but haven't had the chance to hear her speak myself. Yet. I did read about her appearance in Colorado recently. You can check out Ted Harvey's site if you haven't already heard about it. This young woman is so amazing, how she was protected before she was even born is incredible.

Imo, partial birth abortion is wrong on every level and should never have been allowed. I don't pretend to understand the legal wrangling that is ongoing, I just know what I believe. "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."

Friday, July 28, 2006

As requested ;)

Heather wants an update on Matt. So here it is. Nothing new.

*LOL*

He's still in Reno, still putting in applications and going to interviews. Still broke, still bored and still waiting for THE job.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Update on my "list"

Remember my list? It was in my post of July 3. To save you the trouble of actually clicking on that link, here's a recap...

Stuff to do: go through storage unit and throw out all the junk my dad left behind, and maybe even some of my own junk; clean the windows inside and out (haven't done the *spring cleaning* thing yet, I'm late); wash the outside of the house; start decluttering one room at a time! Good thing I don't have too many rooms!! More stuff to do after the first set of stuff to do: paint the front door; paint the bathroom door and the bedroom door; paint the lower cupboard doors in the bathroom; figure out how to replace the ceiling in James's room.

I'm happy and amazed to say that I've done my list! Shocking, huh? Well, I have to redo the outside of the windows because I foolishly washed them before I washed the outside walls and that means the cleaning stuff got on the windows and made them all streaky. Can't have that! I've been working hard, I deserve a pat on the back ;) I've also cleaned all the carpets in the house, that wasn't on my list. Go me!!

Millie, Hazel and Jeannie

So...I'm going away next week. I'm not too thrilled about it, in case you can't tell. It's one of those things that I can't get out of, but I didn't try all that hard I guess. When are you too old for your mom to guilt you into doing something? The three girls that I'm going away with are daughters of friends of my mom...not that she sees these friends at all, they've lost touch mostly, just Christmas cards and such. But the "girls" still turn up from time to time. They live near each other and do stuff together often and every now and then they ask me to join them. I usually have a small enough child that I can get out of it, but now that Christa is getting close to 4, it's not gonna work anymore. So, I'm going to a "retreat" with them next weekend. Ugh. I guess I shouldn't be so negative, they're paying for it and it is a weekend away. But *whine* I don't really like them. I don't have anything in common with them and just don't like them. Ugh.

I found some pics so this is Millie

this is Hazel


and this is Jeannie


Wish me luck!