Wednesday, May 31, 2006

I'm a bad bad wife

I think our vows said something about supporting each other, didn't they? Oh dear, I blew that! Matt didn't get the second interview that I was talking about the other day - bummer. I'm not giving up hope or anything, just a bummer. Anyway, he was telling me about another job but said he wasn't going to apply for it because the hours were 3am to noon. I said oh? And he said it was because he has 4 kids. {like I don't? sheesh} I told him that I thought that might be his best way in to the field because those with more seniority don't want to work the yucky shift and he told me no way could he do it because he couldn't years ago when he was single. Instead of letting it go, I told him there are lots of people who work midnights and they make it, they just have to adapt. Then I said not to use the kids as the excuse, to just admit that it was HIM, not the kids. Mean, huh? Well, he told me an hour or so later that he applied for that job. Because it's in San Francisco. Not going to let the dream go yet!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Golden Gate

San Francisco, of course. It's been on my mind as dh had a phone interview last week with a company based there. He's waiting to hear if he's on the list for the second phone interview. I'm a-hopin'! I really like SF, it's pretty and there's so much to do. Okay, there's another good reason. See pic ;)

Anyway, the Golden Gate. Uninformed me, I thought it was the name of the bridge. And I wondered why they called it that when it's more orange-red than gold. Well duh. The Golden Gate is the strait, the bridge is merely called that because it spans the strait. So there ya go, they aren't colour-blind. They being the people who named it in the first place.

Keeping my fingers crossed, how about you?

Friday, May 26, 2006

Nine years ago

Yeah, it's one of those sappy posts. Where were you nine years ago? Give or take a few days, doesn't have to be exact. Nine years ago I was checking out the great big internet world. I decided that I should be brave and did a yahoo search for chat rooms...found WBS (webchat broadcasting system, I think) and from there drifted into a room called West Coast Singles. Lo and behold there were actually people there. And the best part? A guy from Las Vegas who seemed to be there every time that I was. Yep, you guessed it - the future Mr. in my life. Looking back, I can't believe that we met online at the end of May and he tossed everything he owned in his car and came here at the end of July so that we could get married at the end of August. Were we insane?? Oh yeah.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Candy swap questionnaire

Yeah! Andrea said I can take part!! If you haven't checked out her blog, do so, it's a good read.

1) When I was a kid, Halloween was all about:
a) collecting as much candy as I could
b) collecting candy to eat as I go
c) sharing with my siblingsd) Who cares about candy? I was too busy egging my teacher's car.
e) Halloween was forbidden in my house and I've never gotten over it. Bring it on!

2) What is more important to you: quality, or quantity? Quantity ;) No such thing as bad chocolate!

3) If you were on a desert island (haha, I wrote "dessert island" but that would be a totally different question now wouldn't it?) and could only have one sweet treat, which would it be? Terry's Chocolate Orange (milk, NOT dark)

4) You arrive at "Dessert Island" – where you discover a river of pudding flowing freely through a swamp of Cool Whip. No one is watching. What do you do? Strip down and jump in!!

4) Sweet, sour, or savoury? Definitely sweet :) Oh, you mean, what do I like best, not how do I describe myself? ;)

5) Sex or chocolate? Sorry, honey - chocolate.

6) What kind of candy, if any, would you turn down if someone offered? Anything spearmint, can't stand the smell.

7) You're at the grocery store, your children/husband/pets have been The.Worst.Ever. They're throwing cans at each other, tripping little old ladies, taking bites out of the produce and putting them back in the bins, and piercing the milk bags with diaper pins. You feel yourself getting woozy. That vein in your forehead is throbbing. You need an immediate sugar kick before you do something crazy. What do you reach for? Jelly bellies are quick fixes.

8) What are your feelings regarding Thrills gum, ribbon candy, scotch mints, and other "grandma candies"? Thrills taste like soap. Ribbon candy, can't say I've had. Scotch mints are yummy. Grandma candies include Taverner's candies - bring back memories but not what I would choose for a sugar binge.

9) How adventurous are you? Do spicy dried mealworms or candy-coated crickets give you the willies, or are you willing to try anything once? Uh, I'll pass, thanks. Or I would give them to my kids ;) Kinda goes along the lines of Bertie Botts.

9) Do you have dentures or other dental issues? Do you have a good dental plan? Nope, I have a good toothbrush and lots of floss. As Andrea said - bring it on!

Any other info you want to share, I suggest you spill it. :) Nope, I'm game.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Why don't we use that word anymore? It's cool...try it. It rolls off the tongue and sounds exactly like what it means. Cool.

Why do people spell the word center like this: CENTRE instead of the proper way? It looks dumb. Doesn't make any sense to me, though dh keeps trying to convince me that the "re" spelling is the Canadian way. Excuse me, I am the Canadian in this marriage and I have never spelled it that way and don't plan to start now, TYVM.

I could devote a whole bunch of blog posts to the differences between Canadians and Americans but why bother? There would be one of two reactions from those who read it...either they would argue that *they* weren't like that or they wouldn't believe that Canadians can actually tell the difference ;)

Ted Dekker's series The Circle. Why did he end it like that? I think he needs to write another one and finish it. I can't get the characters out of my head, guess that's one sign of a really good storyline.

Now that I think about it, saying blather makes me think of Pooh, who says Bother but in the same way that I say blather. Which has nothing to do with anything, but there you go. Blather.

Tagged by Amy

I AM a mom. Nuff said.
I WANT dh to get a job.
I WISH I knew where that job would be.
I MISS Mayberry, sitting on the porch drinking ice cold cherry coke, when everything was black and white (can you hear the song too?)
I HEAR the tv...some show Christa is watching. Not sure what or why.
I WONDER if I can finish this post before anyone needs me to do anything...
I REGRET nothing. Well, my first marriage sometimes, but I love the kids so nothing.
I AM NOT going to do any housework today. Might as well fact it now.
I DANCE with my kids whether they want me to or not.
I AM NOT ALWAYS listening. Sorry honey.
I MAKE WITH MY HANDS funny shapes when the light is shining just right.
I WRITE very seldom. I use the computer instead, better fonts and colours ;)
I CONFUSE easily!
I NEED to visit the washroom. Hey, you asked. And this post is taking a while :P
I SHOULD do housework. See I AM NOT above.
I START slowly.
I FINISH happy. (those two are for dh, don't know why as he doesn't even know this blog exists)
I TAG anyone who feels like doing this. Amy already tagged "our" moms.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Speaking of wimps

I am one. Remember how sucky I was about James being away a couple of weeks ago? Multiply that by two (for two kids instead of one), by two again (because it's for longer), by two AGAIN (because it's so far away) and then by ten or so (because they're with the ex) and that's me this week. They've only been gone since Monday and I'm a wreck. Yes, my house is quieter and I actually was allowed to watch Jeopardy last night. There is less laundry, less dishes, less kids to get up in the morning. But I miss them, dang it. I'm sure they're having a wonderful time and haven't even thought about home, let alone their mom. As it should be. Sunday is four sleeps away...

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The big trip is almost here

Wow, the excitement level around my house doesn't get much higher these days. Well, maybe if dh got a job... ;) Anyway, James & Maya leave for California on Monday. Maya has most of her bag packed already, she's just psyched. James will leave it all til the last minute, but he's not sleeping well so I know he's excited too, much as he hides it behind his black hoodie and green funky hat. Oh, the hat, I'll have to get a pic so you can appreciate THE hat. And yes, it does keep his hair out of his eyes a bit and it really is cool to boot. Ooops, sorry, the trip. I'm driving them and their dad to the ferry on Monday, they're flying out of Vancouver around 730 Monday night, so a pretty late arrival in LA. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday will be spent at Disneyland and California Adventure. Friday the schedule is shopping for Maya and a concert for James and a couple of his internet friends - they're seeing Streetlight Manifesto, The Aquabats, No Trigger and Supernova for those who really want to know. James is staying with his friends on Friday night and Saturday they'll meet up with Maya and their dad at City Walk, part of Universal Studios from what we've heard. Then it's flying home early Sunday morning, well to Vancouver and then a ferry ride to meet me again. I'm going to miss them but more than that, I wish I was going too! Yeah, I'm jealous of my own kids. How sad is that?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Ups & downs of the week

Yeah, I know it's only Thursday, so chances are there will be more ups and downs, but hey, I felt like talking about it anyway.

Monday morning Matt had a phone call from a fellow asking if he would be interested in a 2 year contract job. In Washington DC. For decent money. Would he? I immediately IMed Karen, all excited about the possibility of being near her and her family. Got Karen all excited too *LOL* She couldn't help herself, had to share that excitement with Traci. I swore them both to secrecy because I didn't want to get TOO excited and then maybe be let down. Well, there were five or six calls from the first fellow and his boss, a couple emails sent from Matt to them and a promise to get back to us the next day. And that's it. Nothing since. They have our home number and Matt's cell number and nothing. Sigh. Guess it's not the right job, but sheesh, couldn't they let him know that? So frustrating.

Oh, and no word from the almost local job that he interviewed for either. Yet. That one isn't a closed door though, they did say they will contact everyone interviewed, plus Matt knows another guy who was on the list and he was out of town until a few days ago, so if they wanted to interview him, that would have been in the last few days...they might not have made their decison yet. I want to know yesterday!

Patience, I need patience!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Tagged by Molly

A-Age: 41
B-Bed size: queen
C-Chore you hate: ironing
D-Dessert you love: cheesecake...peanut butter pie...lemon meringue pie...raspberry shortcake!
E-Essential start your day item: Coke
F-Favorite actor(s): Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, Mel Gibson
G-Gold or Silver: gold
H-Height: 5'2" on a tall day ;)
I-Instruments you play: none
J-Job title: mom, mommy, momma, wife
K-Keeping track of your day: not sure what this means...who is keeping track?
L-Living arrangements: me, dh & 4 kids
M-Mom's name: Karin, but I call her Mom
N-Not liking right now: dh being in limbo, between college and a real job
O-Overnight hospital stay other than birth: when I had my tonsils out years and years ago - I think I was about 4
Q-Quote you like: Jeremiah 29:11 (hey, it's a quote, from a Book)
R-Right or left handed: right
S-Siblings: an older brother and two step-sisters (one older, one younger)
T-Time you woke up today: 5:20, got up at 6
U-Unique habit: I'm pretty boring.
V-Vegetable you hate: not big on veggies, I really don't like asparagus, oh wait, I can't stand onions!
W-Worst habit: See U - I'm boring.
X-X-rays you've had: just dental and ultrasounds.
Y-Yummy food you can make: brownies, with raisins in them instead of nuts, yummo!
Z-Zodiac sign: Pisces

Any questions?

Friday, May 05, 2006

Some pics from Maya's project

Maya's class has been working on their projects for the school art show. They used digital photos and enhanced them with Photoshop. Here are a couple of Maya's before Photoshop, obviously she didn't take the first one - if you look closely you can see the dandelion filaments flying. The third pic was taken by a boy in her class, I love the clock face "reflection" in the sky.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

That's better!

My family is complete again, hurray. James was away for three days with the grade nine band classes. They went to Vancouver (1.5 drive, then a ferry ride away) to record a CD. Pretty cool stuff. Btw, James submitted an idea for the CD cover, we'll see if it's chosen or not. His title - People in Brass Houses Shouldn't Throw Trombones. I think it's clever but apparently the woodwind players weren't too happy with it. Anywho, he had a great time, did some shopping, went to an IMAX 3D show, ate out over and over. He came home with an older PS2 game that he had been looking for everywhere, a Streetlight Manifesto CD (he's going to see them in concert in two weeks in LA) and a cool hat. Maybe that will keep his hair out of eyes ;) So quiet as it was with one away, it's nice to have him home with us again.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

It's Wednesday, do you know what that means?

It's my official weigh in day. Every other day, I weigh myself and smile or frown quietly. Today I shout out to my friends how I've done the past week. I'm obsessed. But it's good, I think. I've never been able to lose weight before, it always creeps up on me and then I feel like crud when I see pics and all that. The thing that's really making me hesitant (hence the good, I think part of two sentences ago) is that Matt doesn't care. He never asks how I'm doing, never says I look good. But...I do look good and I'm doing awesome, so there!

29.4 pounds down, 10.6 to goal :)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The blogging revolution

What did we do before blogs? You mean we *gasp* talked to each other?? No way, you must be joking. We haven't reached the point of Jeremy's ideal world in my house, but I can relate anyway. Blogs are cool.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Why oh why oh why

Why don't they listen to me? I know why the kids don't, it's because they're kids. But why won't Matt listen? I don't get it. He has an interview this morning, first one since he's been looking for a job post-college. Well, the interview was scheduled for 10 and the city is 35 minutes minimum away. Does he leave home at 9 so he can have a good cushion of time? No. How about 9:15, just to be safe? No. He walks out the door at 9:27. Yeah. *sigh* He just called and is "almost" there, 5 minutes before the appointment. How professional.