Friday, December 28, 2007

In a slump

It's been really hard to find time and motivation and ideas lately. I'm sorry about that, I do love to blog and I love to read them too. Hopefully I can find the things that I've been missing and get back in the swing of blogging. I still partially blame facebook!

Christmas was good, btw. And New Year's Eve will be too, we stay home with the kids and eat and drink and eat some more. It's been snowing today and a little last night so we're getting some white during the Christmas season which makes my kids happy. I don't mind if I don't have to drive on ice.

Monday, December 17, 2007


"Grouchy people" refers to those who are rude, arrogant and condescending to others this time of year. You know the ones, they act like the cashier is incompetent because it takes longer than 3.24 seconds to process their order at Walmart.

So, Michele, you're off the list as I don't think you're ever like that. Hugs!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Christmas meme - from Heather

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper unless it's big/bulky/oddly shapped, then it might be in a bag.
2. Real tree or artificial? Real for me, needles and all.
3. When do you put up the tree? I like to put it up about three weeks before Christmas but this year it went up on Nov. 24, way too early imo :P
4. When do you take the tree down? Usually New Year's Day.
5. Do you like eggnog? Nope.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? I don't know, can't think of one in particular.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, it's glass.
8. Hardest person to buy for? James.
9. Easiest person to buy for? Christa/Becca/Maya.
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Probably something dumb from oh never mind I'd better not say ;)
11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail! I love Christmas cards. I like receiving either kind though.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I don't have a fave.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? December?
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope, not yet anyway.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Butter tarts.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Coloured. Either look pretty but I like coloured on my tree :)
17. Favorite Christmas song? Uhhh, I dunno. Silent Night maybe.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? I would rather stay home.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Sure, but not without singing ;)
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? We have an angel, I prefer a star.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Mostly Christmas morning. The kids open one on Christmas Eve but I bet you can guess what that one is!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Grouchy people.
23. What I love most about Christmas? Celebrating Jesus.

So, how's it going?

I've been feeling way behind on all the stuff that has to be done before the BIG day, and in order to avoid doing some of it, I'm here checking in with you all. Let's see, the tree is up and fully decorated. There's even one present under it - something Christa made in kindergarten, my favourite kind of present. I have sent out all my cards (I think) and have a few up on my wall from friends and family - I think cards are the best part in many ways of my Christmas. I sent out over 100 this year, my family jokes that I send to everyone I've ever met. I'll just tell you now that if you don't get a card from me and you want one, just let me know, you'll be on my "list" forever, or until you get a restraining order ;) Presents are almost all bought, those that aren't are planned for. I haven't wrapped a thing though. Matt put up lights outside, most of them even work *LOL* The neighbour across the street brought us a bunch of cookies and fudge, that should hold us over for a few days...I hate to do any baking too early as my gang just eats it all and there's nothing left for actual Christmas. I have to go shopping for Christmas breakfast but that's a not yet thing as well. We will have our usual homemade (by Matt, of course) waffles with berries & whipped cream or syrup, depending on the age of the person eating. Kids just don't like berries, too many seeds they say. That's my kids, not normal kids! Oh, and turkey bacon, have to have that too. None of us really like regular bacon anymore. I'm sure there are other things I have to do in the next N I N E days, but I can't think of them right now. I'm still going with that conspiracy theory.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Overheard and overboard

I overheard a mom today talking about something her 5yo son wanted for Christmas. She apparently told him that it was not possible, that he wasn't going to get it, and he told her that he wanted it. She told him, "I want a Mercedes, it doesn't mean I'm going to get it" and he replied that he would just ask Santa then because Santa can do anything. So, she told her friend that she and her dh found "it" on ebay, thank goodness for ebay. Her hubby looked everywhere for it.

I was thinking, gee, why not just get him something else and not bother with whatever it was that was so out of line? I guess some people are too scared of disappointing their kids to remain reasonable. Ugh.

Friday, November 30, 2007

In memory of Kim

My dear friend Kim passed away yesterday morning. I hadn't been able to bring myself to post about her this week, she was in the hospital and that stinky breast cancer was just too much for her poor body to deal with anymore. Kim leaves behind a sweet husband, Anthony, and three beautiful kids - Giovanni (10), Anthony (8) and Samantha (4), a close-knit family on both her side and Anthony's and many many friends from different areas of her life. I have known Kim for 8.5 years and I miss her so much already. I am holding tight to the certainty that I will see her again. Kim, honey, keep a seat warm for me!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tree wars

The family tree-cutting day has come and gone. I didn't go, I sent Matt and the girls without us. James needed some time to recover from performance excitement and I was expecting the furnace guy to come and do a check up on the clunker for me. He didn't show, btw, he was sick :P Anyhow, I wasn't there to help choose a tree. So that's why we have a 14 foot tree outside right now. Okay, it might only be 12 feet, but it's still taller than the shed it's leaning against. Ugh. I don't like really tall trees, did I tell you that? I know I told Matt that. I even told him that on the cell phone while he was looking at trees. I'm a bit embarrassed at my juvenile attitude when he came home, I didn't say a word about the tree to him. I was actually trying to figure out how to get through a month or so with a tree in my house that was almost twice as tall as I would like. Well, Matt, bless his heart, said to me the next morning, "We can cut off as much of the tree as you like, you know. I know it's taller than you wanted and it's okay with me." Wow. I figured we were going to go have a disagreement like the great angel/star debate of years past. So we're going to compromise and have a medium height tree instead, put it in the medium height part of the room and hopefully we'll all be happy with our silver tip. For those wondering, we have an angel, I gave in :P

Friday, November 16, 2007

How was my week?

Thanks for asking ;) It's been a busy one. Front and center on my list - James's play. This thing has consumed our lives, I tell ya. Opening night was last night and all the headaches and hassles were worth it - it was excellent! Accents were good, mannerisms just so and the comedic talents of the two fellows playing the butlers - perfect. Yes, there were glitches as there so often are on opening nights...mics that cut in and out, a few flubbed lines (but I figure we don't all speak perfectly in real life anyway) and even some missed dialogue. They kept going, covered up the little imperfections and it was a rousing success. I'm so proud of James :D I didn't take my camera with me last night as I wanted to be able to help wherever needed. I folded so many programs that I'm surprised I escaped without paper cuts. I'll have Matt take his tonight or I will take mine tomorrow night when I go see it again :)

Wednesday night Matt & I went to see Garth Brooks. We like to pay our rent and other bills so we didn't go see him in Kansas City at $300+ per seat, we went to a simulcast at a local theater. It was still incredible and so much more affordable at $10. Everyone sang along, including me ;) and we all had a great time seeing Garth Broooooooooooooooks (said like "Bruce" at a Springsteen concert, don't ya know?). What an awesome performer he is, and he looks good with white hair too.

Other than that, it's just been the usual along with getting ready for company coming next week and Thanksgiving and gearing up to go Christmas shopping and all that. How was your week??

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

(borrowed from Traci)

Click the image to light a candle

(found out after I posted that the graphic was made by Heather...thanks Heather!!)

The Importance of Being Earnest

It's play week, and I might be winning for the most excited person, James seems pretty laid back about the whole thing. Opening night is Thursday, then it runs Friday and Saturday as well. I told James I wanted to come to all of them but he nixed that. I might sneak in two though ;) I did sit in on part of a rehearsal, caught the third act only. I laughed at appropriate times, so that's a good thing. And I took James to get his costumes, fixed his hat so hopefully it won't fall down over his eyes.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Lest we forget

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
— John McCrae

Friday, November 09, 2007

'scuse me

Sorry, guess I stepped on some toes with yesterday's post. I didn't mean to insult anyone and hey, if you want to wear makeup you go right ahead. I don't think I ever will again but I'm weird like that. According to my oldest daughter, anyway. But I might be speaking too soon, as it were, as I do have two more daughters growing up way too fast and I might have to do the mother-daughter makeover thing again one day a few years down the road. I will if they ask me to, and with only a slight amount of complaining, just like yesterday. I saved most of it for here but I guess it didn't go over so well here either. C'est la vie. I'll try harder next time to write something interesting enough to comment about ;)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Think pink (Cadillacs)

I'm going to try not to name any names, but I'm sure that most of you know which name I am trying not to name in this post. I took Maya to a friend's house today, a friend of mine not hers. Well, she is a friend to Maya too in a sense, but I just meant to clarify that said friend was in my age range, not a classmate of Maya's or anything. Anyway, this friend sells skin care products (aka makeup but I guess that isn't as PC as skin care products). She had asked if she could please teach Maya how to enhance her features with said products. You know, how to wear makeup so that it looks like you aren't wearing any at all, that sort of thing. My personal philosophy is, if you want to look like you aren't wearing any makeup, just don't wear any! Ooops, I gave away the ending to my story. Sorry! So, she did the whole makeover type thing on Maya, complete with before and after pictures. Clarifying again...she took three pics of Maya - one when she got there with her own makeup on (the raccoon look, you know the one), one after she cleaned her face off and a third after putting on those skin care products. And yeah, I had to do it too. I hated it. I felt like an idiot, probably looked stupid and it didn't feel nice. Now my face is all dry and yucky feeling too. I imagine my friend would tell me that I need another product to put on my face after taking off the makeup so that my face would feel like it had never had the makeup on in the first place. Things that make you go hmmmm... Oh, and Matt didn't notice at all, when I told him he said I always look beautiful to him. Awww :)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Thank you Jen!!!!!!

My hands thank you too! I *knew* that I should use better gloves than I had been but it had slipped my mind until I read your reply to my whiny tree post. Today was much much better - wearing my thicker "guy gloves" saved my delicate little paws.

34 bags and counting...

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

At a loss for words

My dear friend Kim has had a very bad day. She was told by her doctor that they are discontinuing all of her current treatments. The cancer isn't cooperating :( Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Blisters and slivers and scrapes - oh my!

With a yard that has about 70 gazillion trees, you'd think I would have realized how much work fall would be. Fall, good word, that. I knew the leaves would come down, and I was prepared to deal with them. But nobody warned me about all the needles from the evergreens. Ack! I don't think the previous tenants bothered with raking, the needle beds under the branches were pretty thick. So, I've raked. There are piles of needles and/or leaves all over the yard. Thus the injuries to my hands and my arms, not to mention the mysterious pains in muscle groups that I obviously don't use very often. Last night we bought some "lawn and garden" trash bags, supposedly they're stronger. Yeah, sure. Anyway, I filled 15 of them today. I don't think I've made a very big dent either. That jumbo sized purchase of 48 bags might not be enough.

All whining aside, it does feel good to accomplish something for my family. Even if none of them really notice ;)

Friday, November 02, 2007

Misleading words

It says over there on the right ------------> that I made it through the immigration maze but that's not really the whole story ;) Yes, I am in the US, really. But I'm not finished with immigration. We're still waiting to hear about our adjustment of status application which we sent in with requests for work permits. That was sent in September and received by their office on or about Christa's birthday (the 20th). It's a waiting game again. Looking back at some of my posts from last year about this time, that sounds all too familiar. Oh, and we're also dealing with the IRS right now. We sent in taxation number applications for James & Maya last month and for some reason they rejected the apps for insufficient proof of identity. Matt is getting their passport pages copied and notarized AGAIN and we'll see if that will pass the test. Isn't the government fun?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sugar rush...sugar crash

All that sugar. Oh my gosh. I can't believe how much sugar my kids got in those bags last night. I think I'm in trouble now, how am I going to get through the day without raiding their stashes?

Friday, October 12, 2007

The pumpkin patch

I've often heard parents talking about taking their kids to the pumpkin patch, camera in hand, for many it's a seasonal tradition. But I'd never been to one myself, until today. Christa's K class and the other two K classes used their bingo money to pay for the busses and admission so we set out with two teachers, about 80 5 or so year old kids, about 25 parents and assorted younger siblings. I had a great time :) We helped the kids choose a pumpkin each, went on a hay ride and navigated our way through a corn maze. Then we sat down on some huge pumpkins for a teeny bottle of water and, if you wanted one, a bag of chips. What a fun time. There were also a few farm animals in a corner but not as part of a petting zoo, they mostly just tolerated being looked at ;)

So now I've been to the pumpkin patch and I can relate a bit better to Linus van Pelt.

*disclaimer - I know the orange font looks pretty terrible with this template but it's about pumpkins, for goodness sake!

Monday, October 08, 2007

I think I found a cure

Turkey. Turkey and mashed potatoes. Oh, and pumpkin pie didn't hurt either.

I feel much much much better today. We had a delicious dinner with great friends. I've only known these people for a couple of months and it feels like I've known them for years, I hope you've been blessed with those kind of people in your life too. Anyway, dinner was awesome, the company was comfortable and family-like, it was a really good Thanksgiving for me. My mom emailed me in the morning, which made me cry. Surprise! Actually, it was a good tear or two, not the sobbing type. I know that technically Thanksgiving is today (in Canada of course) but we've always celebrated on the Sunday.

Btw, when I say "family-like" I meant without the squabbling and disagreements that way too many family functions seem to include these days.

Turkey sandwich for lunch definitely!!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Feelings...whoa whoa whoa...feelings

It's like I'm at a 12-step meeting or something, I'm standing up and admitting something here - I am homesick. I miss my parents, I miss my friends, I miss my old churches, I miss my Valley. I miss KD (not that I ate it, but my kids did!). I miss Smarties. I miss Cadbury chocolate. I miss home.

This weekend is Thanksgiving "at home" and I am not there to have turkey with my parents. My mom cried and so did I when we talked about it on messenger. They are inviting friends so they won't be alone, but it sure won't be the same without us, she said. We are going to have a turkey dinner too, we've invited some friends and I hope that I can get through it without breaking down. I wasn't a crier until fairly recently :P

Re-reading this, I realize it might sound like I don't like it here. I do like it, it's a nice place with great people, plus that not so little fact that my husband is here *LOL* It's just been a hard couple weeks and I'm not over it yet. I'll get there.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Shameless plug for a friend

A dear friend, SisterLisa, has an awesome blog that I'm proud to recommend. I'm doing her study of Proverbs 31 there, plus she has more posts and man, the girl can write!

Oh, and if you do check out her blog, be sure to look at her other one, lots of great photos because she's multi-talented :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

It's not my fault

I didn't invent Facebook, so I can't be blamed for it. Why oh why did I sign up? One of my mom's sisters sent me an invitation and I could have just said no and continued to email back and forth with her. But I thought, "What's the harm? It's just a website." Oh ho ho, that's what *they* want you to think. Before I knew it, I was looking for old classmates all over the place, and people that I talk to every day even. Yeah, I talked Matt into signing up too, now we're both doomed.

So...anyone want to add me as their Facebook friend? Come on, you'll love it. Mwah hahaha!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Hugs for everyone

Apparently it's Free Hugs Day. I tried to give them out on facebook but it's having issues right now so for those who actually read my blog, consider yourself hugged!!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Bread clips and other observations

They don't use bread clips here very often. Most bags of bread come with a twist tie instead. Just something different.

We don't have sidewalks in our neighbourhood. Well, there are occasional ones, for 30 feet or so. Street lights are very rare as well.

The mail is delivered six days a week and I can send mail from there too, no need to go to the PO. Cool.

5am wake up time doesn't get any easier.

Saturday, September 01, 2007


Are you sure? Oh my, that went by quickly. September means fall is on its way. Or autumn, if that's your preference. Either way, it is amazing that August disappeared so quickly in my world. I'm so used to August being the last month of summer vacation for the kids, it creeps by steadily but with a nice lazy rhythm to the days. This year it was move move move and then jump right into school, plus all the unpacking and adjusting, poof it's gone.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Forms to fall asleep by

I warned you in my last post, so don't read if you're operating heavy machinery or anything like that ;)

Adjustment of status costs $1010 for me, $600 each for James & Maya. If I don't adjust theirs when I do mine, they are left with no status at all as K4 is derivative and depends on my K3 status. Theoretically, they could be deported if they aren't all done at the same time. I don't want to take any chances. The "good" news is that I can send in an application for a work permit with the adjustment paperwork at no cost. Separately it would cost $340.

Some of the things I need to send along with all the forms I've filled out: copies of our birth certificates, copies of our visas (those are in our passports), two passport photos each - taken within 30 days of filling out the applications, copies of our vaccination records, 4 copies each of G-325A (biographic information), a copy of the approval notice of my original immigrant application, and an affidavit of support. The affidavit is to be accompanied by a copy of Matt's latest tax return complete with copies of his W2s (and Canadian T4s in our case), the amount of total income from his previous two tax returns and evidence of how much he is being paid right now.

So, because of the cost of this, we're applying for a fee waiver. There is no way of knowing if that will be approved or not, depends on if we catch the right person in the right mood on the right day. We have to prove that Matt can support us AND prove that we don't have the money for the fees, at the same time.

I tell ya, life is never ever boring. Paperwork might be but life sure isn't.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

How can supposedly grown up people do this?

We've been in this house for what...22 or 23 days, something like that. So tell me how we have managed to misplace so many things. Among the missing: the receipt for the "guaranteed" pet smell product that Matt tried to get the cat pee smell out with, it didn't work so we wanted to get our money back (oh, the carpet has since been replaced, so don't worry as we aren't having to live with the smell) but can't find the receipt. Also: Matt's W2s for his regular job in 2006, can't file income tax without them and he did have them as he has filled out the forms themselves already with the correct numbers (he has an extension due to needing ITINs for the older kids, plus we're waiting for the SSNs for the younger ones to come in the mail), plus I need a copy for the adjustment of status paperwork. That's a whole 'nother nightmare, I'll explain that one sometime when you all need something to read to fall asleep by ;) And, the latest missing item: the repair book for Matt's car. He insists that he put it in a certain place but, as that place is empty, I think he's wrong. Of course, he thinks I absconded with it for some nefarious purpose. Marriage is so much fun! *LOL*

BUT!! Here's the funny thing about all these missing items...while searching for the latest, I found the case for our Fantastic 4 DVD. It's been MIA since last September. Guess that means those things I mentioned above may turn up next July ;)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A prayer request

If you're not a praying person, at least think good thoughts, please. My dear friend Kim, one of the sweetest people EVER, is still battling breast cancer. It's not been an easy road for her and her wonderful family, they've been up and down more often than they can remember at this point. Today's news was not good, her doctor was pretty grim. The power of prayer is amazing, and I am believing that, if God wants to, He will heal her from this. Pray with me that it is in His will, please.

Kim, I love you and Anthony and you are never far from my thoughts. Keep believing, honey!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The kind of pet I could love

Don't get me wrong, I love dogs and cats. But my hubby and my son are allergic to cats and I'm not so fond of cleaning up heaping mounds of doggie doo-doo so we remain pet-less for now.

Try the link, tell him what to do (sit, shake, beg, roll over, standard doggie commands) and prepare to say "awwww" - and don't forget to ask him for a kiss!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Dave and Jeff and Michelle and Julie and Judy...

Ahhhhhhhhhh!! How am I going to keep them all straight? The guys are tough enough, they're either Jeff or Dave or Rick for the most part, with a few Steves thrown in, but then there's the women too. I think I'll just take a page from my good friend Clair's book and call them all sweetie and darlin'. On second thought I don't think Matt would like that very much if he heard me.

I met a bunch of people this weekend. I think I'll ask them to wear name tags next time ;)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The way back machine

I've gone back to my childhood :) Matt brought me home a couple of bottles of Coke. Glass bottles. Tall skinny glass bottles. The Coke is made in Mexico, and my gosh, it tastes just like it did when I was a kid. I think I might like another bottle. Can one be termed a lush for drinking too much Mexican coke? For those who think I'm nuts and should just buy a regular coke at my local convenience store, let me just say that US coke and Canadian coke are so totally different that I can't drink the American stuff. I'm spoiled.

Ohhhh!! I just finished that first bottle and realized that it's tinted green. I think I'm in love :D

Monday, August 06, 2007

There are still lots of boxes

Even more, actually. I firmly believe they are multiplying. Oh well, no big deal, I can unpack them now. We're here!! The house is beautiful, our family is whole again and to top it all off I'm back online again. Life is good.

Sunday, July 29, 2007


I'll be packing up the computer very soon, so it's au revoir for a little while. I'll do my best to be back online in about a week. Mwah!

It's a new day

Sorry for the mini freak-out yesterday about the boxes. They're closing in on me, yes, but it's not like this is the first time I've ever moved. And it's not like my bedroom hasn't had one wall covered by a row of boxes ever since I moved in to this apartment :P It was mostly that, after packing soooooo many of them lately, I made a list of each and every one of them for that CBP form that I have to fill out. Then I started thinking about all the other boxes in storage and I started having a little meltdown. But it's probably not a big deal, I don't think anyone read my post yesterday anyway ;) Whew!

Saturday, July 28, 2007



Lots of boxes.

Lots and lots of boxes.

Why are there so many boxes?

Friday, July 27, 2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Can I just label them all "miscellaneous"?



I know the theory behind a successful move is to label each box meticulously but that's just not working for me. If I have a box of kitchen type stuff and it's almost full but there's a space at the top where one of Christa's stuffed bears will fit perfectly, I'm gonna throw that sucker in there. And I am still going to write "kitchen type stuff" on the outside.

I need to have a list of everything ready for the CBP people. Every box must be counted and accounted for and the value of everything is needed as well. I did this in September, so you'd think it would be easy to redo, right? Hahaha, you're not really going to agree with that, are you? Okay, we've established that it's a mess and I am doing my best to amend the old list to accurately reflect what I have now. Fun fun fun.

I love moving, once it's over.

Oh, and I must specify about the Shreddies from my last post, I bought the "mega" size boxes, the biggest I could find, 1.6 kg (whatever that translates to in real numbers) each. They should last me for a good amount of time, then I'll be bugging my parents and all my Canadian contacts for more.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

No fanfare

Just sneaking back in for a long overdue post. Man, time slips by quickly. It's been a busy month and some, just haven't had time for the fun stuff in life. Well, this fun stuff in particular was one thing that kept getting put off. I've still managed to have fun with my kids. Priorites ;)

Moving day is almost here, we pack up the truck on Monday the 30th and leave town the next day. Matt will meet us in Vancouver so we can brave the border together. Praying that whatever CBP personnel are on that day are in a good mood! We really don't want to be told to unload the entire uhaul and open every box for inspection!!

So I'll be in the US soon. It's going to be strange, and I will miss
Shreddies. I have 7 boxes, thinking maybe I should be okay for a little while.

Friday, June 15, 2007


James was given a plaque last night at the school's "Celebration of Excellence" for being on the principal's list all year.

Okay, mommy brag done. For now.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

This is a test

James was in his first play last night. Lead role for him and I am not just being a proud mom when I say he was really good. There's a snippet of it available here if you would like to read a bit of the script. He was Alan :) I know this isn't the last time I will be watching him perform, he was a natural and I'm sure he will be in many more productions, if he continues to enjoy it as he has this year. I know I'm repeating myself, but I am still amazed by my kids at times. How did they get to be such talented people?

Friday, June 08, 2007

Be thankful I haven't been blogging

You'd have to read about such scintillating things, I don't think you could stand it. What, you don't believe me? Here's a sample of some things that have entered my blog thoughts, only to wind up not making it to final drafts:

What happens when you use "anti-frizz" shampoo with "add-more-body" conditioner...

How to get a 13 yo to tell the truth about whether she has homework or not...

Being *mature* and delaying our move date by a month...

Making yet another trip to Vancouver, only to find out that we have to go back AGAIN in three more weeks...

What to do about a 4 yo who has such a fit that she throws up. On the only blanket big enough for my bed...


Aren't you glad you've been spared those topics?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Craigslist, Rentclicks and the local newspaper

My latest haunts. We need to find a place to rent in Reno/Sparks. Anyone have one? Cheap? We aren't terribly fussy. I should say, I'm not terribly fussy. Maya insists she must have her own room as she can't possibly continue to share with her sisters any longer. Sisters should be said with the appropriate amount of distaste. Matt wants the best of everything. One place we saw online he rejected because it didn't look like a nice enough fridge. He wants a lush green yard "for the girls" but, well, it's the desert and most places are xeriscaped. Oh, and for Matt, it has to have a patio for barbecuing. We don't have a barbecue and I don't think it's high on the priority list. I would prefer a washer & dryer but it's not a deal breaker for me if the price is right. Almost forgot, we have to be in the zoning area for one of the "good" high schools. Apparently there are some that are just downright scary. Matt knows the areas better than I do so I'm deferring on that point. My mom is concerned that we will be living in a place that I won't see in advance but I am trusting that I will be fine with whatever we finally decide long as it has at least two bathrooms, I'm good.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Catching up

So yeah, I haven't been here in way too long. Life getting in the way of fun again. So, let me do one of those catch up posts and then hopefully I can get back to normal. As normal as *I* get, anyway ;)

Christa - my gosh, good thing she's the youngest or we wouldn't have four kids, let me tell you. This kid has more energy than I've ever seen before and I am hard pressed to keep up with her. "Why?" and "Right, Mom?" are her most frequent utterances. Nothing really new with her, just more of it.

Becca - her teacher told me the other day that Becca is quite likely the most brilliant child she has ever taught. Wow. And, figures, my mind soon wondered what she was talking about since she also taught Maya and James :P Along with that, she feels things very intensely. Funny thing about Becca is that she seems oblivious most of the time, just floating along and going with the flow. Still waters run deep, anyone? Thankfully, she didn't seem too distressed by
the sudden death of one of her heroes, it was part of his job and she has accepted that better than I thought she would.

Maya - we're on boyfriend #2 now. He seems like a better fit for her, not that she expects that this is the guy for the rest of her life, but she's happy, so that's what matters. She's a good kid, even if she tries to hide it by being cool ;)

James - drama has become a really big thing in his world. He was on crew for a play that went to the provincial festival and that was just a blast. The festival isn't competitive, it's fun instead. They had workshops and a panel of student judges. As his school's rep to that panel, he wasn't allowed to help with the actual production at all, but they still won best backstage etiquette, best ensemble and best kiss. Pretty interesting for a play with three actors. Not being PC there, they were three guys. *LOL*
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) for those who are wondering.

As for immigration, things are moving along. After being told that the process for affirming the US citizenship for our youngest two would take several more months just for the appointment at the consulate, we decided to put them through on the K3/K4 visa application, so we've gone back to the doctor in Van for their physicals. Police certificates and all other documents are ready to go. Apparently our interview is scheduled for June 6, so it looks as if we will make our moving date of the end of June - yay! Now Matt needs to find us a place to live, I need to find some willing people to load the moving truck, and we need to get through the next month. Oh. My. Gosh. It's a month away!! Ahhhhhhhhhh!! So much to do, so many Smartie blizzards to eat before then!!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Interviewed by Traci

A real life reporter, our Traci. How cool is that!

1. You're going to be stranded on a deserted island for 1 year. Food and fresh water are not at issue. What 3 items do you bring with you? Toilet paper, a deck of cards and my bible.

2. You are required to change your first name. What new name do you pick? If I had been asked this when I was a kid, my answer would have been Fiona. I soooooo wanted to change my name to Fiona, and go live with my aunt and uncle because their last name went better with Fiona than my last name *LOL* I guess it wouldn't be fair to say I'd change my first name from Cheryl to Cherie, would it? *sigh* How about Morgan? Do I seem like a Morgan to you? Why is this question so hard???

3. Describe your wildest night ever. (Stolen from Sharon, but it's a fun one. lol) Pathetic as it sounds, I don't know if I've ever had a wild night. Maybe my wedding night, I think both Matt and I were pretty exhausted the next day ;) And that's all I've got to say about THAT.

4. What was the single biggest factor that attracted you to your husband? Since we met online, there is no physical answer for this one, it was all mental/emotional. Matt is caring and funny and intelligent. He's corny, but I love him anyway.

5. What's your quirkiest quirk? What's quirky to others is probably normal to me, this is a hard one too. I like to play solitaire on my PDA before I go to sleep, is that quirky?

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Vancouver thoughts

It's big. And tall. And busy. We stayed in a hotel downtown, that was interesting. Saw a lot of people that we just don't see in our small town - the way they dress, the way they walk even. Lots of people sleeping on the sidewalks and on the steps of a church, right across the street from a $500 a night ritzy hotel. Some unconventional couples too, not sure what gender! And what's with "Blenz"? Never heard of it and oh my gosh there were SO many of them in the area, they outnumbered the Starbucks outlets probably 4 to 1.

The doctor was fine, nice guy even if he does charge way too much. Have to take Maya to our own family doctor to get her heart murmur checked out before he will sign off on her chart, but that shouldn't be a big deal. I didn't even know she still had it, bad mommy.

Ate way too much junk food, got sore backs from lugging around our backpacks, spent a pile of money we don't have and enjoyed my time with my oldest two. The only downside was not getting to meet
Hillary. All my fault, I didn't plan it well enough. We must do it next time, I won't leave Vancouver before seeing her!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hoppity hoppity hop

That's the sound of me jumping through hoops. It's almost showtime, ladies & gents! Immigration finally sent me "the packet" and I have a list of stuff to photocopy, track down, pay for, etc. The big one on my list is the physicals. We have to go to Vancouver for them - the oldest two need them as well as me. Well, hopefully. We're counting on getting Becca & Christa their US citizenship, just not sure if we can hold off on that until we are settled in Reno which would save us a bit of money in travel for Matt. Anyway, back to the physicals. As James is 16 and considered an "adult", he and I each have to pay $275 for our exams, xrays & blood tests. Maya gets off with just an exam at a paltry $125. The silver lining is that it's Canadian funds. Haha. The trip to Van will cost us in travel and hotel and such, oh about another $300. And we haven't even paid the processing fee to the consulate yet, that's $100 x 3 (and that one is US). Oh, and did I mention that the doctor wants cash or a money order? As if I would carry that kind of cash around the downtown area of Vancouver. I'm not that naive. So big adventure next week when I leave the youngest two with the grandparents and take off to the big city! After all the months and months of waiting, it's all happening way fast now.

Monday, April 23, 2007

I was so traumatized

Obviously that party took a lot out of me, I haven't been back since. Seriously, it was intense. Never again, remind me next year, never again. My gosh, can teenage girls eat! And scream! And they are sooooo messy! Maya didn't have as much fun as she hoped to either, it was pretty difficult to have 9 girls want to do the same thing at the same time so they kept splitting up into two happy groups with a bewildered Maya not sure which group she should be with at any one time. Poor thing spent some time hiding under the covers in her bed. We lived through it though and I officially have two teens now. Oh! Almost forgot that I wanted to share this - Maya is already liable to kill me for saying what I already have so I'm going to jump right in and tell you about what a couple of the other girls did. Maya didn't, and I'm not just saying that because she's my sweet daughter and might read this, she really didn't take part, she just stood and watched them in amazement. Ready? Two of the girls weighed their boobs. Yep, they did. Laid down on the floor, propping said parts on the scale and yelling, how much do they weigh? It was so hilariously dumb, I just had to tell you ;)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Happy Birthday Maya!

My oldest daughter is now officially a teenager. She's certainly acted like one for quite some time ;) I'd like to take this opportunity to get all mushy and reminisce about her birth and all that but I won't, that would just bore everyone. I'd rather just say that Maya is a happy, healthy, beautiful young lady and I hope that she has the best birthday ever :)

8 additional 12/13 year old girls are descending on our home in less than four hours. I need to brace myself!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Nuts :P

James reacted to his breakfast cereal yesterday. He was down to the last couple bites when I glanced at him and something about his face made me ask if he was having a reaction - yep. Grabbed his ventolin, gave him an antihistamine and waited. Whew, the swelling in his throat went down, his breathing stabilized and he was okay the rest of the day. Man, that's scary. Not quite as scary at 16 as it was in past years but that's because he can tell me how he's feeling now, unlike when he was a baby struggling to breathe. Btw, I'm not a terrible mom, he insisted that he has had Honey Nut Cheerios before at his dad's and that almonds are not one of the nuts he is allergic to. Wrong.

The "big eight" are:
Milk allergy, Egg allergy, Peanut allergy, Tree nut allergy, Seafood allergy, Shellfish allergy, Soy allergy, and Wheat allergy. Of those, James is allergic to peanuts (all legumes actually), tree nuts (confirmed even in his mind now), seafood, shellfish & soy. He had a reaction to eggs as a toddler, almost all of the boys in my family do when they're younger but they grow out of it. So, he's got five out of the eight. Lucky guy, huh? Ugh.

Friday, April 06, 2007

This was love

There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Life lesson # 784

That'll teach me. I was cheating. I admit it.

Mr. Big is one of my favourites, I couldn't help it. I even shared with Christa, she had almost half.

Last bite, it happened. A "musty" peanut. Yuck!! I had to go brush my teeth. Now hopefully I won't have to burp *blush*

I will never cheat again.

With a Mr. Big time I'll go for
Mars or Twix or Bounty or...

Just curious - what's your favourite chocolate bar?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I blame it on the rain

No, not the Milli Vanilli song :P Although that dumb tune has been running around in my head way too often lately. It's spring break here and today is windy and rainy and chilly - blech. True spring weather in this neck of the woods unfortunately. The kids are stuck in the house while their jackets are hanging to dry (grandma tried her best to get the mud stains out and they can't go in the dryer), Becca only has one real jacket that could withstand more than a light drizzle. And it's sure no light drizzle outside! Anyway, back to the mood. I woke up this morning with a blinding pain in my neck. Go ahead, laugh, I'll wait. Done? Okay. At the very tippy-top of my neck, right where it meets my skull, just a horrid pain. It's finally gone now but for a while it was all I could do to keep my eyes open. But I'm tough, I went ahead with the plan for the day. Cleaning. Not cleaning cleaning, the junking out of great masses of papers cleaning. Took a bunch of recycling to one of our local sites, a bag of clothes nobody wears to the Sally Ann and a couple bags of just plain garbage to the dumpster. The girls even cleaned their room! James is on the honour system with me, he said he would get his done today. I may have to give him a gentle reminder soon. In other words, threaten to withhold dinner until it's done ;) Hey, now that I've typed all that, I feel less glum. I did get something accomplished today! It's still raining and that song is still in my head but I'll work on that one and I won't look out the window for a while *LOL*

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Blogger blog

Yep, a blog about blogger. Surprised it took me this long! Yeah, I've mentioned blogger a time or two, but a whole post about it? Shocking ;)

Why oh why does blogger make me log in all the time? The little "remember me" check box is there purely for window decoration I suppose. Kind of annoying if you ask me.

I know there are gidgets and gadgets and thingamajigs that I can add but I really don't know how to work most of them so I'm pretty much a simple blogger. I did upgrade to the "new" blogger before they forced me to, but that's been about it.

Some day I might figure out how to make my header not be partially obscured by the nav bar across the top...

Friday, March 16, 2007

Global outlook

If I use the global rich meter - I come up as in the top 8%. Amazing. Now, this was supposed to make me feel good about myself or so I was told on another website. "A boost for the ego" was the phrase used. It doesn't, it makes me feel guilty instead. If I am that high up on the global list, there are 92% below me, and that doesn't make me feel good at all.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Bloom where you are planted

I was told that by a wise friend when I was preparing to move back in September. I pictured myself in a new city, a new country...kind of a clean slate and it was so exciting to think that I could bloom in the desert ;) Well, here I am, still. I'm ashamed to say that I haven't been blooming, I've been stagnant. Just feeling sorry for myself rather than taking this opportunity to do something for my family. I'm going to make an effort to bloom, so stand back and watch me!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything


It's also a primary pseudoperfect number, is bracketed by twin primes and is part of the value of pi (the eight digits after the first 242,422 are 42424242). The atomic number of molybdenum is 42 and that's a really fun word to say - molybdenum. Wolves have 42 teeth! Io's orbit around Jupiter is 42 days. The beast will hold dominion over the world for 42 months. Nemo was taken to 42 Wallaby Way. Jackie Robinson wore the number 42, the first and only number retired by every MLB team.

I'm in good company today.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Ahhh, spring at last!

No, it's not the flowers poking their heads above ground, or the buds on all the trees. Not the weather either that tells me it is spring. It's all those people walking around saying, "What time is it REALLY?" Saying that it's 10:30 *old* time but 11:30 *new* time and acting like a bunch of zombies. Gaggle of zombies? Clutch? Passel? Yep, the time change strikes and the majority of people whine and complain for a few days, that's when I know spring is really here. Must admit, it's a good excuse for some of us to explain why we're late for things for the next few days. Just mutter something about inner clocks and GWB and you're good.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Sorry for the whine

I wasn't myself yesterday, didn't mean to be such a downer. Thanks so much to Michele for her generous offer, she's the best! Helped cheer up my oldest too. In other news, Christa is down with this icky bug. She's had a cough for a couple days, mostly first thing in the morning. Now she replaced that with a fever and lack of appetite. Fun stuff. At least she's drinking and mostly happy. Maya has her sax back, finally. Took two weeks and a phone call before the rental company thought to send it back to us :P Had all the various dents and bends taken out of it and the wayward piece soldered back on. She's trying to make up for lost time as I write this (hence my typos!). Becca's gem - it's a card she made for me for International Women's Day that tells me why I am the most important woman in her life - I took her to the hospital when she almost broke her finger AND I am polite when we eat at the table.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Sometimes you just want to scream/yell/cry

Whatever your mode of dealing with a really frustrating situation, I suppose. No, it's not immigration and their plodding pace this time. Nor is it lack of money. Well, not directly. James had his ipod stolen today. During gym, out of his jacket pocket in the change room. Whoever helped himself unplugged his earbuds from it first. So kind of him to leave those for James. Ugh. He will make sure his teacher hears about it, put it on the announcements, all that stuff, but it's extremely unlikely that he will ever see it again. It was a gift from a friend of his, she upgraded and sent her mini to him, he in turn sent his mp3 player to another friend, all in the spirit of friendship. James needs new glasses, Maya's camera has a broken LCD screen and we're trying desperately to save enough money to move when immigration does approve us. Ugh. Oh, I said that already, didn't I? Anyone have an old ipod lying around that they would like to see go to a good home? Thanks for listening, he is even more bummed than me :(

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Guess I need a netiquette course

I got one of those mass emails this morning, from someone I don't even know. My name is in her address book because we have a friend in common but that's okay, I don't mind getting the occasional joke or cute kid/puppy picture from her. Back to the point, though. As I almost always do, I checked snopes for confirmation of the story shared in the email before replying. Sure enough, it was there, and the info in the email was partially false, so I hit "reply all" and passed along a brief comment along the lines of "this story isn't totally true, please check this link for more details" and didn't think any more of it. A few minutes ago I got a snippy email from someone else on my friend's friend's list - "from now on, please reply to sender, not reply all". Well! I almost hit delete but then thought, nope, not this time. I wrote back to this person I don't know at all and told her that I thought everyone would rather know that it was partially false before they passed it on. Me and my big mouth, huh? I really think if more people checked things out and passed along their findings, we would have less of these emails circulating around for YEARS. Of course, that would negate the need for snopes, and I don't want that.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Monday Monday

Monday Monday, so good to me,
Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday morning, Monday morning couldn't guarantee
That Monday evening you would still be here with me.

Monday Monday, can't trust that day,
Monday Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way
Oh Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be
Oh Monday Monday, how could you leave and not take me.

Every other day, every other day,
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
You can find me cryin' all of the time

~~Glad to say that I am having a good Monday, how about you?

Friday, March 02, 2007

March? Really??

Wow, February just started and it's March already. The 2nd, even. Spring is soon, right?

I've been neglectful at keeping up here and I apologize to those who still check in on me. I'll try really hard to be better at remembering those nuggets when I get to the computer.

Update type stuff: The immigration paperwork is en route to Vancouver, I should be hearing from the consulate soon-ish about the next step (an in person interview for all of us at the US consulate). I'll let you know what hoops they want me to jump through before that :P Did I remember to blog about Matt's job? Not sure...he was let go from the place in Carson City on Friday the 16th and had a new job on Saturday morning. One of his bible study leaders set him up on an interview with his boss and that was that. Thank you, Lord. He wasn't looking forward to the land of unemployment again. So, he's liking his new job a lot. Kids are all good, made it through various viruses and relationship struggles and are keeping me on my toes as usual.

Monday, February 26, 2007

The end of an era

Just feeling a bit sad and nostalgic, there is no more breastfeeding for me. Yeah, I know she's a lot older than most, but that's what EBF families are like. Christa forgot how to nurse, she's done. Bedtimes are not fun around here now as I wrestle with the best way to convince her that it's time to sleep. She'll get it, I know, but I miss my reading time ;) Four kids, two rounds of tandem nursing and a combined total of 13 years, 9 months of breastfeeding. Oh. my. gosh. THIRTEEN years, NINE months. I guess I can see why I am a bit sad, that's a big chunk of my life. Good memories :) No, I'm not going to say it, the joke is way too old!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Blog worthy

Took James out to dinner last night. Since it was just the two of us, we decided to skip the fast food and go to a "real" restaurant for a change. Costs about the same as taking all the kids to DQ or McDs, so why not once in a while. Anyway, to the point. Sorry, got sidetracked.

Our server approached our table, smiling at me and said, "How are you two ladies tonight?" Flummoxed, I stuttered and then replied, "Well, I'm fine, but he's not a lady." She was soooo embarrassed! James, being the dramatic type, said in a high pitched and strangely accented voice, "I'm just fine, thank you!"

We figured we would get really good service after that but alas, I think she was too embarrassed to come near our table more than she absolutely had to ;)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Not my favourite thing

I never ever like pictures of myself. This one is no exception, but for those of you who may think I look like a dragonfly, here's proof that I'm just a "normal" person.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

What a difference a year makes

365 days, this year anyway ;) It's been quite the year for me. 156 posts, including this one. That's not even every other day, how terrible, especially when you consider that I did November's NaBloPoMo. Colour me red. Yes, I spelled it with a U, get over it :P

For those who don't follow my convoluted thought processes, I started this blog on February 14, 2006 so tomorrow is my anniversary and today is my 365th day as a blogger. I (reluctantly) upgraded today to the new blogger. I'm not good with change. I hope I like it, we'll see.

Quick recap: We're all a year older than when I started. I sold my house and tried to move to the US, to join my dh who has been there for more than 7 months now. I am still working on that one ;) I travelled across the entire continental US in order to meet some of my very best friends for the first time. I have been praying for Kim for the entire year and I am NOT going to stop doing that now. You hear that, Kim? I love you dear friend. There's more but those are the things on my mind and heart tonight.

Looking forward to the next year with you all!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Something about counting your chickens...

I know better, this is the government we're talking about. (See last post if you're terribly confused.)

Matt hasn't received the papers in the mail yet, so we aren't certain of anything, but the approval might not be the last step in the immigration process. It's okay though, not like we planned on moving next week or anything. I'll let y'all know when I find out what the next hoops are.

On a semi-related topic, Matt was told some very nice things by his boss at his review on Friday. Valuable employee, good people skills, etc. But no raise. Time to look for a new job, he told the boss, and the boss said he understood. We'll see what comes of that too.

Isn't it fun watching other people's lives? The ultimate reality show!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

And another bright spot!

Wow, this is quite the week. There is light, people! Remember the "bewildering land of immigration" as mentioned over there ------> and how I promised that I would "eventually get through to the other side"? Well, the applications were approved. Yes, plural. For some reason the non-immigrant "faster way" to get a US citizen's wife and kids into the country actually came through on the same day as the immigrant status.

So the plan now is to get Matt's review done at work and get a decent raise, save up some money and get us on our way south! No time frame on that yet for sure, we're still negotiating and trying to work out what would be best for all 6 of us.

Thanks for the thoughts & prayers, keep 'em coming!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Bright spot in my week

Not that it's been a bad week, but this just made it a little brighter.

Becca is in grade 2, French Immersion. That means that everything is in French, with the exception of music time once a week. It's a wonderful program, my older two were in it up until this year (one of the side effects of the move that didn't happen yet). Becca missed getting the first interim report card from her current class, that one came from the English teacher at the school she was enrolled in for a short while.

So, her first interim report card of grade 2 came home this week. They don't give letter grades, on interim reports it's just "in progress" or "meets expectations" and Becca had all her check marks in the latter column. The teacher's comment was: A wonderful effort in all areas, Becca! Great progress in math.

Yay Becca!!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

1009.96 miles

1625 kilometers.

5332588.8 feet.

Whoa, that's a lot of feet.

Good thing there are computers and MSN to bridge that gap just a bit.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Stolen with is that really stolen?

Nah, it was given freely to me by Allyson :)

Reading: Just finished Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich. Starting a "Paige Turner" book but can't remember what it's called or the author, I could look it up but I'm in a hurry here *LOL*

Music in my Head: Some Yo Gabba Gabba song that James just played 57 times in a row...oh correction, it's playing again. Something about "It's Mine". Correction: it's from Lazy Town, not Yo Gabba Gabba. And he's still playing it.

Drinking: Nothing right now, had my morning coke and haven't moved on to water yet.

Wishing: That my good friends would get together and talk about a misunderstanding between them. I know they all care about each other but when feelings get hurt it's hard to stand by and let them work it out :(

Considering: What I'm going to eat for dinner tonight.

Feeling: Fine today!

Goals: Take Maya to her sleepover, do the dishes, maybe sweep the floor. Lazy day. Oh, and hopefully get a chance to chat to hubby on MSN later.

Hours spent in bathtub last night: Can't remember the last time I had a bath, I'm a shower girl.

Things accomplished: I'm showered and dressed, that's enough for a Saturday!

Hoping: That things work out (see the wishing reply above).

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Almost 13 months later

I set out on this little journey called weight loss on January 3, 2006. At that point, I weighed in at *gulp* 170 pounds. Okay, not so bad, until you realize that I am only 5'2" on a TALL day and that my mom is 4'9" and about 90 pounds soaking wet. I looked huge next to her *LOL* Anyway, as of this morning, I weighed in at 118.2 pounds. I made it to my revised goal and took off a titch for just-in-case days. I am amazed that I could lose more than my third child weighs! I can wear size small shirts again, and single digit sizes in pants...I haven't weighed this little since, well, let's put it this way - when I got pregnant with my oldest I weighed more than I do now.

Okay, enough already, my arm is getting sore from twisting it around to pat myself on the back :P

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Microsoft, what is your game now?

The latest operating system, Vista, has some interesting fine print to it. Apparently "this agreement only gives you some rights to use the software. Microsoft reserves all other rights." So it isn't MY o/s, it's Microsoft's. Nice. And "Vista intentionally degrades the picture quality of premium content when played on most computer monitors." So those Blu-Ray and HD-DVD movies and such won't look so good. Thanks.

Dh says, "Next time, make mine a Mac."

Sorry for the silence AGAIN

I have discovered something about myself. I am not complete without my kids. Sad, isn't it? James went to LA for six days and I muddled through but I didn't have the energy to blog. I didn't even READ any blogs for the most part. Man, I'm a big wimp. He's home, he had a wonderful time and my cold seems to be gone now. I passed it on to Maya because I'm such a generous person.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Postal "service" indeed

Not sure which country to blame for this one, so I'm just airing a general grievance. Canada Post & United States Postal Service, you can share this one!

I got two pieces of mail is the 20th of January. One was mailed December 18, the other December 19. Yep, both over a month ago. The one from the 19th was a Christmas card from Richmond VA, with the proper postage on it (actually more than needed, she just put two US stamps instead). The other one was one of those wonderful picture cards so popular these days, with the exact postage, mailed from somewhere in PA. I can't read all of the postmark, due to the big dirty footprints all over the envelope. Yes, boots or maybe running shoes. It was bent, practically folded. You can imagine the condition of the picture card. There is even a hole in it, looks like someone pinned it up on a bulletin board before deciding that maybe they should let it continue its journey to me.


Friday, January 19, 2007

Fly on the wall

Overheard recently in my home:

Maya: Mom, have you seen my purse? I can't find it anywhere!!
Mom: Do you mean the one that is right there by your foot?
Maya: Oh. *silence* Well butts butts butts lol!

Mom: Becca, how was school today?
Becca: It was good, we had an assembly. There was this group who sang and played the drums.
Mom: And how was that?
Becca: It was awesome awesome!!

James: So, Maya, I heard some things...
Maya: Uh-oh!
James: I heard that you like mud kips...
Maya: Mom, he's doing it again!
James: No you!!

Monday, January 15, 2007

The dog ate my blog post...

Not buying it? Okay, I'll come clean, it was a ginormous blogasaurus... biggest dinosaur on the internet, went tearing through here eating posts left and right! Honest!

Man, these blogs are tough things, aren't they? I have so many many things to blog about and yet I can't remember what they are when faced with the keyboard and enough time to write - 2 minutes, now go! Go, go, go!!

I usually read through my friends' blogs first, don't want to miss anything in their lives, ya know.
Amy has beautiful boys, Molly has forgotten music, Jenn is NOT available/single and I wonder if Donna's house has been built. Dwen is hoppin', Annette hates cats and Monica is stuck on her first post. Dear Jilly has been ill, I sure hope she is back soon. And I really want to know what happened with Lydia's squirrels. Karen, Heather, Traci, Melissa, Sharon, Lara and Michele blog regularly (or are planning to, you know who I'm referring to, Melissa) and Christi puts up multiple posts at a time. And I see Allyson is back, yay! Miriam doesn't post as often as I would like, but she's a busy lady coming up to a sad anniversary. Two new friends are Hillary and Katrina, always worth checking their blogs! Then there's William. If you haven't read William's blog, you are missing something, that's for sure. Something good, yeah, sometimes, but always something.

I'm thinking of starting something new with comments. I'm gonna put the verification letters in there from now on, but subtly of course. You know how subtle I am ;)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Always the last to know

Apparently it's Delurking Week. Nobody told me. Maybe it's next week here in the GWN. I hesitate to even ask because if I don't get any comments, I will look really pathetic. *Deep breath* Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease comment.

Only if you want to ;)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

Must be Monday

Today my kids went back to school. Not back to the usual routine for me yet though, my parents are still away so I'm doing laundry at their place a couple times a week rather than experiencing the joy of the laundromat. So, my ex picks up the kids from school on Mondays (he is off Sunday and Monday, takes them for dinner on Sundays)...he takes all 4, not just the two that are biologically his ;) And I do know how unusual and incredible that is, he has a bond with the youngest two that is virtually as strong as the one with the oldest. No blood tie but plenty of love, IYKIM. Well, there is a point here, and I'm getting there. I got home from my laundry adventure and not two minutes later, here comes my oldest. Oh, you're home. Oh, I wasn't expecting you yet, is it just you? No? You're all home? Oh. Hmmm. I was told that "they don't go to dinner on Mondays" which was news to me. I feed them breakfast and lunch every day and dinner six days a week now? Fun. Nice to be so dedicated. :P

FWIW, this isn't the first Monday rant about the ex...

Friday, January 05, 2007

Oh the joys of pursuing health care

Yesterday Maya slipped on an icy sidewalk and did the classic fall...legs went up, back went splat. She was wearing her hood so her head didn't hit very hard, most of the impact went on her left elbow with a bit on her right wrist. Ice packs, ibuprofen and a night sleeping on the couch with her arm propped on a pillow didn't do much for her. Still sore today, so I took her to our family doctor. Our regular doctor wasn't in today, neither was his partner who we know quite well, we got "the new guy" who has a name but didn't bother to tell us what it is :P Dr. Guessmyname poked and prodded, had Maya do some movements with her arm and said that it most likely was not broken as a broken elbow would inhibit her range of motion much more than was evident BUT he wanted it xrayed anyway. His office manager told us to go through the ER, that it would be faster than just going to the xray department without an appointment. Off to the ER, wait in line to be processed...move to xray department and wait in line...sit in the waiting room and wait. Three quick xrays and more waiting, just to make sure the pics came out clear ;) Then, back to the ER to wait for the xrays to be read by a doctor. Wait. Wait. Wait. Oh my gosh, we waited more than an hour and a half before being seen by a doctor. This is a small town, folks, it's not that busy of an ER, especially during the day when all the doctors are open. And the upshot of all that time? It's not broken, just as Dr. Anonymous told us three hours earlier. Sigh. Guess I can't blame Maya for being disappointed that she will be just fine ;)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Warning...I'm back!

Just when you thought it was safe on the 'net, here I am again. Ha!

Long silence explained by presence of husband who understandably wouldn't want me paying attention to much of anything but him.

Matt left for Reno yesterday afternoon, he'll be back there tomorrow morning, I would think. Oh, *funny* story for ya - his paycheque bounced. We were laughing all over the place. Not. Had to delay his departure for a day, which was good in its own way, but just not for that particular reason. Time for a better job methinks.

I'll think of something to write about soon, promise :)