Thursday, December 31, 2009

Where am I right now???,,,,,,,

....where home!!!

And you know what?!?! I'm liking it!! I've heard from those that matter and I'm here with those that matter the most! And you know what???....they're happy to be home and so then, so am I! We're together, we're healthy and we're content and happy....and that makes me smile.

I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing and whoever you're with (just make sure you're not "doing something dirty"....and even if you are...make sure it's with your love)....I hope for contentment, love, happiness and peacefulness...and of course all that is good. I pray for prosperity and stillness in your heart...I pray that you all know how much you are loved.

On another note....I pray for a good night's sleep... for me....because the good Lord knows I could use it!!!

Happy New 2010 year to you you all....and may there be enough home-made jam for you all this year too!!

Happy New Year!!!

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine...
And those who don't and are always

seen with a bottle of water in their hand.

As Ben Franklin said:
In wine there is wisdom,
In beer there is freedom,
In water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials,
Scientists have demonstrated that if we drink
1 litre of water each day,
At the end of the year we would have absorbed
More than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. Coli) - bacteria
Found in feces.
In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop..

We do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer
Because alcohol has to go through a purification process
Of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

Water = Poop,
Wine = Health.
Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid,
Than to drink water and be full of s---.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information:
I'm doing it as a public service!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Time for a change

Just as I have begged and pleaded for my good friend "D" to start enjoying a glass or two, or three...of wine here and there....I have decided that it might be a good idea for me to stop. I know!!!! What the hell is going on here in this household?!?!? Well....just trust me that I think this might be a good time. Sadly, I come from a long history of alcoholism...that's NOT to say that I'm an alcoholic, but....I don't want to get there. To boot I haven't been feeling that great as of late and well..."Thursday night "wine night"" has turned into a little more than just that...for a while now....and I think it's a good time to "nip it in the butt"...especially since I have a 16 year old wandering the streets (very occasionally) at late hours of the night! But for all that is good and's a smart thing to do. There goes my 2010 all (all 2) know now.

And with that.....that was a might tasty bottle of J.Lohr 2007 Cabernet that Tony and I shared tonight!'s not quite 2010!!!! I managed a very welcomed $100 gift card for The Keg yesterday from one of my more "favorite" clients....we decided to cash it in....tonight...I was craving "red meat"....get your mind out of the gutter....I was simply tired of turkey and ham...needed some iron. Too bad that the "medium" steak I ordered was still bleeding on my plate...I ate as much as I anemia has gone away for a while. was worth the 1 1/2 hour wait....any time out alone with the hubs is worth it....especially when lobster is involved. Of course Tony stuck to his "safe zone" and had salmon.

Well I'm hoping for a better night....needless to say that my sleep pattern has seen better days....damn, I can't remember "better days" of sleep...actually. Last night I awoke to the little one asleep (and snoring) in our 2:40...we had only gone to bed at 11:30. I went downstairs only to find the hubs (and the eldest) still on the computer....of course I made a comment or which the hubs quickly "shut down" and came upstairs...removed "the girl" and proceeded to "snore" in our bed...until 8:30 this morning...which is when I decided "enough is enough"...and promptly got up (bleary eyed and half zombified). He swore there would be none of that tonight...we shall see....I am ready to bring out the club...not literally, of course but....I can't take much more.

So with that....can you believe tomorrow night we'll be ringing in the new year?! What are your new years' resolutions...if you have any? I have a couple and I'll be damned if I don't keep them this year...I'm too old to keep going on at this level.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lots to say....'s been crazy....I'm crazy....taking on more...dealing with the crazies....ahhhh...but the old can poop and life is good...yup...I can poop as well. Okay more tomorrow!

Until then...another night with my husband sleeping with my daughter..disturbing me at 5:30 and...and a new favorite...or two!

and of course.........

Monday, December 28, 2009

Caramel Corn

I found another awesome recipe at I was given this recipe from a's for "my Amish friends' recipe"...or something or doesn't matter, is the best recipe for "caramel corn"...seriously...I'm in Heaven...and so are my kids! Now if I would just stop chewing on a sore spot on my gum....we'd be seriously doing amazing!

Gone so long

Wow....I can't believe it's been so long already.

So how was Christmas for you?

A couple of days before Christmas Eve I was about ready to breakdown and have a "melt down"...but I didn't. As I always do...I got through it. Yes, I realize that I throw half this crap on's who I am....and I know I'm going to get through it. But dang should've been here...present wrapped, cards made, house decorated, Santa visited, baking baked....dinner on its way. And good grief there was wayyyyy too much food....way too much. But it was a great evening (I think) and everyone enjoyed themselves (I think). Too much booze though...maybe not.

I am glad though, that as much as I love this's over. The hubs is home this week and for that I'm forever grateful and enjoying him and our time together....even if "his" time is spent mostly on "the Stang". I just sleep better when he's home...and on that note...we've definitely been playing it lazy. Well, that's about to end as I have to head out to a clients' tomorrow....

I've gotten the itch to get back to photography again...major....I've neglected it for some time now and there's no denying that it is a passion of mine.

Oh and so what'd you get for Christmas? I got a kitchen sink! A beautiful, brown, stone kitchen sink....and a beautiful necklace. I asked for the sink...but not the necklace. The kids were spoiled (as always) but the two older ones actually pitched in for their gifts....the leftovers....better than a diamond (in dog terms).

The knee's been great.

Big changes are gonna happen come January 1st...resolutions made, to be worked on, to be kept....43 is coming around this year....time to make some drastic changes.

What are you hoping for?

Friday, December 25, 2009

We're here!

Merry Christmas to one and all...may you all be blessed and full of riches (not necessarily "materialistic")....may you love and be loved...may you have health and happiness and contentment now and in the new year....may you know how much you are loved and appreciated!

Well, I've got to this point...yes, I see that it's almost 1:30 but....I had a busy day...personally, I'd like to be able to stay up the entire night and feel as though I could but...I probably shouldn't.

The presents are strategically placed, cookies have been munched, milk has been drunk (which is how I'm feeling right now...yup...lots of "back-spacing" going on...I'm free to admit), kids are asleep and I'm soooooo looking forward to tomorrow.

A wonderful evening was had with my sister-in-law and especially my bil presented her with a beautiful plaque from the both of us, from her triumph in was truly a memorable experience...not only for her...but for me too!! Good memories all around!

Dinner was crazy!

Perogies (sauerkraut AND cheese and potato)
Pickles and tomatoes and such
Cabbage Rolls
Mashed Potatoes
Brussel Sprouts
Cranberry Sauce

Not to mention the appi's and then the desert....

I'm so undeniably done....

Personally...if Santa comes at around 2 p.m. ....I'd be perfectly fine with that!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Addressed to "the loser".... the "loser" that decided it would be a really "funny" thing to go onto the Club Penguin website and post a stupid and disturbing clown photo that scares the shit out of little kids who are totally unsuspecting and innocent. Yeah, the younger ones shouldn't be allowed free access to the "You Tube" site but....they're punching in "Club Penguin" for shit's sake. Do you honestly get off on freaking little kids (mostly girls) out with your sick humour? have a problem and should take an intense look at your inner being because little girl came across your stupid post tonight and she was freaked to no end and guess what????....I have to lay in bed with her and comfort her until 2 a.m. because you were the biggest asshole alive. Like these kids don't have enough stress in their lives...honestly....I had to hold and wipe tears for 30 minutes. Give your head a shake and find something meaningful to do with your spare time...either that or...go see a surely seems you need one.


Done with shopping.
Done with baking.
Done with wrapping.
Done with card making.
Even done with card sending.
Done with work.
Not so done with cleaning.
Done with groceries.
Just plain done.

And now....

I'm wondering how I'm going to feed 15 people, when my kitchen looks like this!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Well hello there! the year over yet?

Crazy, Crazy, Crazy! Need I say more?

I have finally ventured out into the crazy world of the malls. I hate it. Love the season. Hate the malls. That's not to say that I hate "shopping"....I enjoy buying gifts for my kids. It's the malls. The pushing. The shoving. The heat. The stink. People butting in. People snorking. People coughing and sneezing all over my back. The line-ups. The parking. The crunches (oh bimbette backed out right into another car last night....the driver of the "injured" was NOT impressed). So yeah....can't stand it...especially since come January...the malls will be deserted! And what are my plans for today? ha ha ha....I'm taking the little girl and we're going SHOPPING! Oh well...I've always been a glutton for punishment.

The weekend was great! Tony and I ended up heading into the downtown core around 3 on Saturday. Checked into our hotel...26th floor, with a view, with a balcony!! Nauseating but beautiful! Promptly got ourselves ready to head out to dinner. Jumped in a cab and were down at The Sandbar by 5 p.m. Had an amazing feast of appetizers (and wine)....broke down and had my first raw oyster (times two)...yum!!!! (and wine). Had a okay dish of "seafood hot pot" (and wine), then desert that I didn't see the light of (thanks to my hubs) and a Bailey's on ice. We then headed over to the Arts Club Theatre to watch a play...yup...a play. And how appropriate was it that it was "It's a Wonderful Life"?!?! It was actually really, really well done and highly recommended (if you're in the vicinity). Then it was over to a bar (for more wine) that we weren't thrilled with (no peanuts), so we headed back to the hotel to sit in their lounge (for more wine)(and peanuts). We said our good night's at around 12:30 to head back up to our suite and have....lo and behold...."more wine"! Then we crashed. Amazingly enough, although a "slight" headache the next morning....I was doing okay. So we walked "the strip" and oogled some fudge, checked out LuLuLemon, bought some candy (for the kids) and lots of water and coffee. Oh, did I mention we had room-service for breaky!?!?! $17.00 for a plate of bacon, eggs, hash browns and toast! Juice was $4.50!....times two. Coffee was "make it yourself in the room"'s a good thing, we didn't have to pay. Tony (We) is (are) treated well for the stress he puts up with during the year.

A wonderful weekend with my hubs.

And with's time to venture out into the wild, wild west!

Friday, December 18, 2009

He went shopping!

My husband, who can't stand shopping, can't stand husband said to me the other day...."Friday, I'm going to take you to the mall to find a nice dress (for Saturday) and then I'm going to take you to dinner at the Cactus Club". I looked at him like...."are you for real?" Then he proceeds with..."I was going to surprise you but I know you're so busy I didn't want it to conflict with anything". At that moment I died and went to Heaven.

So tonight, true to his word....he came home early from work, picked me up and took me to the mall....the real life know the one with many stores, many people and money sucking machines. At least I didn't make it tooooo painful for him.

I walked into one store, looked at the displays and left. Walked into a second store (one I had gone into before and had seen some nice items) and asked him to help me picked something....something he thought would look good. Between the two of us, we picked 4 outfits....even included one of those "shawl/scarf" additions to an outfit. The first item was actually a blouse and made me look like I was a "double D"....yeah, great for guys but....definitely not for me. The second was a green and black dress....nice dress....but wrong colors! The third a simple, classy "black dress"....almost sold. Then I said...."hmmm....can I try that dress hanging on the wall?" It's a rustic/burgundy color with splashes of black thrown in, pucked and tucked...simple, classy, beautiful! I had to have it! The only came in small and extra large....small is too small...I'm a medium. I had to have it! Not to mention the shoes that I had on just to "make the look complete". Well there was one other store that had one medium left....bought the shoes....not sure how I'm going to walk in them....there will suredly be no "excess" drinking cuz I'll be sure to end up with a broken ankle or a broken nose! Ran to the truck and flew over the bridge....found the store, found the dress....tried it on and done!'s beautiful! I can't eat tomorrow, for fear of gaining weight and not being able to get into the dress.

We then headed over to the Cactus Club and had a very memorable and nice time together over yummy food and drinks....what a fine way to spend an evening with my hubs!

To my horror however....I put the dress and shoes on, to show Grandpa and the kids since they won't see me in it tomorrow and......I found out the store had left the security tag on the dress. *sigh*...I have to head back to the store tomorrow and get that might look a little tacky if I were to decide to leave it on...don't ya think?

Say a little prayer and hope that my knee doesn't screw up between now and tomorrow night and then provided I take little steps....I should be okay in my new heels. I should probably bring my "Vans" just in!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

So much for this huge dumping of snow we're supposed to get....'s raining, in this neck of the woods!

So today held another phone call at just before 2 a.m. He's constipated and wants me to "handle it". Hmmm....I don't think so. But I did rush out at 9 a.m. to get some prune juice, flax bars, Metamucil and flax I'll get calls at 3 a.m. telling me he's got "the runs"!

Christmas is 11 days away and I need to finish things up...I'm panicking...which would explain the night sweats at 4 a.m....or perhaps that's "early menopause" hitting this poor soul!? Continuing with hauntings, nightmares and....night panics. I should just get up when those happen...which I would...except that I'm so dang tired...not to mention the heat is programmed to drop in the house, during "those" I'd rather stay in bed and be a "heat leech".

Teddy got his braces off today...and like any loving mother...I choked up when I first saw him...yup...couldn't even say to the nurse..."we'll see you later this afternoon". Beautiful teeth! Gorgeous son! Even he's pleased with the could I tell? Perhaps the constant staring in the mirror might answer that one. But he does....he/they look great!

From this.....


And with that...I'm trying to get the younger ones to bed...of course it's always... "one sec"...okay, children...get your rears into bed...NOW!

And now for a totally different topic.....

Tony says to me tonight...."what do you think about investing in a bachelor suite and getting your dad to live in it?" Well my initial response was of shock "how could you even suggest?" and "no way" and even "he can't take care of himself"....but then again....hmmmmm.....I don't know....but it is a thought. You know I'd still provide meals and cleaning and the such....and it would be an "investment"....and it would give "us" back to "us"....but would the guilt kill me in the meantime? Something to ponder.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Random thoughts

It's Saturday night, I've been going full throttle today and so very glad that this day is pretty much done. That's not to say it was a bad day...not in any way, but it was busy and I spent most of it driving the streets of our fair city.

An early morning start got myself and Krystina up to have "Breakfast with Santa" at the school. The pancakes and sausage were great but the coffee....*sphht*...disgusting! Then I was off to Vancouver so that Teddy could buy his "Christmas present" (he put $1,058.00 towards it, from his summer job know...the job that gave him the ugly stretch marks on his back?!...just for that he deserves it...we pitched in $200 as a Christmas gift) yeah...he'll have a new computer system in 5 days...although it'll be wrapped up and under the tree until Christmas! Then it was back to pick up the girl and take her to Hip Hop...a trip to the bank, the post office and back home (Tony picked her up). A start on the last of the baking and a quick prep of "her" lunch. A couple of hours it's back to Jazz and to pick up groceries, so that I don't have to go again tomorrow (tomorrow's another day), grabbed a Starbucks along the way and once again...picked up the girl. Dropped her off at a birthday party/sleep over and then it was more icing of cookies and of course dinner prep. More cookies, some wrapping and now....a little bit of "chillin".

Last night Al slept over at his friends and tonight my girl is gone to her best friends' to sleepover (birthday)....I know they're always in good hands but...I don't like my chilun's away from the home. So yeah....I'm missing her.

Tomorrow we have a fund raising event pick-up (a box of Krispy Kreme's for $!...I will not be eating them). Then it's 30 minutes of work, another birthday party and then a dinner party at the "only guy who's ever made my husband jealous".

Monday....wait till Monday comes around!!!! After 2 1/2 years...Teddy is getting his braces off!!! I just wish they'd remove the beard at the same time!

And now....I'm going to sit back and have a glass of wine....since the bathroom is no longer my "best friend"!

Friday, December 11, 2009

There's a goat at the top of my blog?!

Yes....I'm very aware that I have a goat posted up at the top of "my space" here in Blogsville! It does seem a little odd..doesn't it? I mean how many "sane" people have a goat as their header photo? Well when that goat made me laugh as much as it did today....AND....kept me smiling and chuckling because it was so random and "strange"...and yet not so surprisingly so...because of who gave it to me, and how it was presented....well, then you want to see that goat over and over again....because it will continue to make you smile and chuckle and remind you of those that are really important in life....even if you don't see them as often as you'd wish.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

And today....

....the washroom is my best friend. I know..."tmi"'s the pain/anti-inflammatory chemicals running through my there no mercy!?! Not to's supposed to snow tonight.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Frustrations upon frustrations...along with a measureable amount of pain

So I carry on with life as I usually do...brake neck speed (sp?)....nothing unusual, no hikes or marathon's thrown in there for good measure and yet what happens?????

Saturday night I'm fast asleep...I guess I must've flipped over to my back and wanting to straight out my legs....I awake in agonizing, gut wrenching, like I want to throw my knee...the one I had repaired three years ago. I adjust.

The next day (and until present)....I can't straighten the damn thing and if I try...I want to hurl...or pass pain. So I finally go to the doctor today and now hold a prescription for pain/anti-inflammatory pills...."rest", "ice" and "meds". Ugh! Why me? Is there no mercy on me and my darn knees?!?

So the husband says to me today..."you know the sink I was going to get you for Christmas? I've decided I'm going to put money towards a walker." Let's just say he's sleeping on the couch tonight! ;o)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Winter has come

The temperature is not supposed to go above -2's no wonder my leg is frozen stiff. Actually...there's a slight improvement, but it's still not good. Yesterday was a crazy day, today will be a crazy day. All of my days are crazy...but I'm getting things done. Today requires another trip into meet with the accountant I deal with and a new client....I always go into a panic attack when I meet with new people/'s a weird thing and very uncomfortable when you want to escape because you feel like you're going to pass out and your heart beat is coming through your nose. So all of this means I won't get a workout in, but that's probably a very good idea given the situation with "the leg". *whine*.....I just want to stay home....I'm tired...can you tell? My house is decorated though...and it's a comfy and cozy decorated feeling. I love Christmas....really I do! I get myself so dang busy that I don't know which way I'm going, but....I do love the season and all of it's preparation, colors, scents and food! And with's time to get the little ones out of their warm flannel sheets.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Three things

It's like -8.
I baked 400+ cookies.
I can't straighten out my leg.

What's in store for me today????

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Stomach upset and stolen wreaths

I have been feeling verrry yucky since about 6 p.m. yesterday, so much so in fact that I was up around 3:30 a.m. tossing and turning and comforting a "spot" in my tummy. I had tried these new "shrimp nest" thingy's from Costco yesterday....*barf*...well I shouldn't say that cuz they were good but they were awfully greasy.....which made me begin to think that I had gallbladder issues and was next on the scalpel list. Today it's been a day of well, if I may be so blunt....gurling and maajjjjooor gas! Still not a 100% but I did make it to the gym today.

Speaking of the gym...can I just begin to tell you how easy it is to say, "ah crap, I feel the shits...I'll go tomorrow". But I went...because for about an hour or two, I didn't think my insides were going to escape me...and I'm glad I did. I'll go again tomorrow...insides permitting....

Teddy continues to grow something that resembles a beard. Aleks continues to leave dirty laundry around the house and Krystina continues to be obsessed with Club Penguin. Grandpa's doing alright and even have the energy to fold laundry today....after 13 hours of sleep!

I mentioned the bad night of sleep?....I should've just gotten up and come here....I don't know what was going on....sometimes I think I'm losing my mind, as I seriously thought I was hearing voices last night....I definitely heard the stupid dogs next door at 4 a.m. but I was sure I heard someone yell out my name...perhaps it was the "wreath stalker"!...I know her personally...a bit of a crazy lady....but she always makes me laugh...sometimes too hard!

On that note....gotta finish up a clients stuff tomorrow, so that I can possibly go for a "beer lunch" on Friday and spend my weekend hauling Christmas decorations out of the attic and placing them stratigically and beautifully around the house (and forgive me if I spelled "stratigically" incorrectly...the hubs says that's the way).

And so to end this off....while many of your favorite vehicles and second halves, sit out in the cold tonight (and it will be a cold one here).....take comfort knowing that the "Stang" is in a heated, insulted and freshly painted garage....with a warming blanket upon her. *Sheesh*.

Finally....I'm on the "M's"....(Christmas cards).

Forgot to mention.....I have no idea what's happening to my side bar and "Twitter"...haven't Twittered in ages....just can't keep idea who all those people are?!?! And if you can't see them.....I really have lost my marbles!

Advent Conspiracy....

....I do believe in this.

Monday, November 30, 2009

20 minutes later.....

....and the street cleaner rolls down the street again.

This past week...

...I have put together (for the most part) 70 Christmas cards...just waiting for the ribbon to "complete" the project. But I have started writing in them...regardless. I have also made a "live" wreath for my front door. I have written down the ingredients I need to purchase in order to bake many cookies. I have gone through the upstairs section of our house and gone through the closets and drawers and gotten rid of much stuff...if you look in my van, you'll see....I look like a hoarder. I have also made an advent calendar and even begin a "photo per day" project (for the 25 days prior to Christmas) and have pretty much completed the front and back cover of the album that these so called "photos" are going to be displayed in. I am truly insane and have lost my marbles without a doubt. Sometimes however....being crazy is a calmer place to be....than being sane.


....okay, I'm already up but....who sends out the street cleaners at 7:30 a.m.? Who?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The dog just farted!

Kayce has always had "issues" with her I write this...she has just left a major gas expulsion go and ummmmmmmm......."f&*K"'s gross!!! My nose hairs are burning and I'm gaining more wrinkles.

So what to say??

Well I took my girl (and her friend) to see "New Moon" yesterday.....not bad...although I felt sooooooooooooooooooooo guilty eating the popcorn...after what "Global" explained that eating "movie theater" popcorn was like eating a slab of bacon and heart already skips I need to quicken it's death?

I visited with the old he was in a decent mood. My dad?????...he's out tonight! I told him, "no kissing on the first date" and "be home by midnight"! *sigh*...children...I have too many.

Not sure what my issues are tonight...could be the spray paint...I feel a little "light headed"!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed these days. You might not guess it if you come across my path...well, then again...maybe the frazzled hair, no make-up and my favorite black, sweater/jacket, covered in dog/my hair and/or the bags under my eyes...they might just give it away?!?! As always, so much going on...but that gets boring...doesn't it? I mean seriously...reading the same old woes do tend to get a little "meh"!?!

I downloaded a few more songs that I'm just loving right probably don't want to know which ones....I'm in a "country" kind of mood as of late....puts me in a special place and I'm needing that place right now. So yeah...I'm listening to iTunes with the headphones that Aleks has gone and destroyed, ie. only one ear works...I feel lop-sided...hmmm...maybe I should switch ears, since I've got the ear thingy in the ear that's partially gone deaf.

In other really important and exciting news...Krystina has finally lost the popcorn husk she had stuck in her "appliance"...yay! less appointment to have to deal with! Teddy gets his braces off on the 14th...did I already mention that? Al....oh Al....within minutes of purchasing his new $60 PS3 controller...he decided it was a good time to "take it apart"...literally...and try to install a red l.e.d light...we'll just see how that gets put back together. I am a little concerned considering he was using Tony's "drill" for something or other.

Christmas is coming! Can you believe it's almost here? There's baking, cooking, cleaning, decorating to be done...all at the same time that I have to finish my Christmas cards (70)...making, signing and posting. This of course with everything else...

And now....Grandpa (my dad) has been called into to have his gallbladder surgery early...early, as in this Monday!!! Guess I'll be playing nurse...again.

Oh and did I mention???? Teddy's growing a beard....oh yeah....a nice fuzzy, blond beard. Just when I shaved Al's head and commented on his "nekid" legs.

I sure do like the wreath I put together the other's hanging on my front door, if you care to take a look....she is a "live" one.

And with that....I'll be dead tired tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans...we had ours last month. Turkey....ugly bird....darn good wings!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

There's something wrong with me....

....just not able to pin point it yet.

You....just shush!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Life is funny that way.... while I wait for "iTunes" to load....I think I'll go for a pee.

Ahhh...there we playing in my ears..wait...just my right ear! Why? Cuz my youngest son has such a fidgety problem that he's decided to chew through the one side of the ear plugs..gahhh!!

Today I spent an hour at the doctor's office wondering if I'd bring home the "HINEE". We recently noticed some pretty nasty marks on Teddy's first I thought he was engaging in some pretty hot, pre-marital sex...but appears just to be some simple "stretch marks". However I would not classify these are "simple"...they're just nasty! 7 stripes across his back, flowing horizontal (where'd you expect vertical)....nothing we can do about them....although I'm sure it'll be a "complex" issue...yeah...they're that "nasty"....not that I'd tell him that.

The girl has a popcorn husk stuck between the roof of her mouth and her "appliance". We've tried everything to get it here we come.

Al got a haircut tonight...apparently it's too short.

I'm introverting myself these days....I see so much insanity and chaos...I need stability....I know where to find just doesn't happen in the regular world...and that's okay....I know where I need to be.

Christmas cards...ah yes...70 on the go...they will be done!

Baking...cookies that is....this weekend...yum!

Saturday, November 21, 2009


I woke up this morning (Saturday) as I always do....kiss (or two) to the foul breathed husband, double scratch on the back and then a swing of the feet over the side of the bed and....up we go. And everything was good....I tidied up, got my coffee and checked over blogs and e-mails. Then I started in on the days activities and before I knew it....I couldn't bend over any more. And ever since the brightness of the morning....I've been in excruciating pain...on my right side. I will live but....don't breathe on me.

In other wonderful and depressing news.....a 15 year old was raped, merely "feet" from my father-in-laws home last night....seriously...50 ft.

I spent $72.00 on Christmas dance tickets that I (and the hubs) won't even be able to attend.

The hubs has drilled holes in "his beast" and has attached the "louvers"....they do look nice!

Teddy get his braces off on the 14th...yay!! I just hope it wasn't a waste of $6,100.00!

My father saw my mother (and vice versa) yesterday (from afar)...she saw him...he saw her....she was on her way to the liquor store....still a mess.

I visited with my father-in-law today...which I quickly regretted...well, not sure if that's the right word's really hard to visit with him when he's sooo fricken miserable. He doesn't want to live any more....I don't know how to handle him any more. I visit him the most, so...I think it's still a matter of him feeling as though he can "spew" on me....because he's comfortable, bothers me.

In other completely, different news...I went through Krystina's and bags and bags of stuff came out....I feel refreshed! And about 200 lbs lighter!

And with that...I'm going to rest the screwed up back...g'night.

Friday, November 20, 2009

I get down on myself but....

....I have it soooo damn good.

I'm not 32 and suffering from a massive stroke. I'm not 28 and having to live with a preemie born at 22 weeks and only 1 1/2 pounds. I'm not 35 suffering with m.s. Life is pretty damn good for me. Yeah my knees hurt and I'm usually "tired" kids are all good, despite the empty beer cans and the "grunting" and even the facial hair kids are all good. Despite the fact that my father saw my mother today...for the first time in 2 1/2 years (from afar)...which brought me down again. But I'm GOOD, I'm HEALTHY, I'm HAPPY, I'm HERE, I'm LOVED.....that's all I need.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Ed Hardy"

Seriously...who the heck is this guy? Yeah, I heard of him. I knew that if you owned a piece of clothing with the name sprawled across were "in". But that's as far as I knew.

Then uncle back in Slovakia sends us a package full of goodies! One item...a beautiful "Ed Hardy" short sleeved short with sequins...I thought "oh, this is nice!". As soon as I let my bud know that I got one....she was no longer finger tapping on the computer but rather punching the buttons on the phone..."what?! You have an Ed Hardy shirt?! Do you have any idea what that's worth? Does it still have the tags attached? We're selling it!"

Apparently this shirt I got today is worth somewhere in the vicinity of $200.00! For a stinking shirt!! I don't know if I should wear it to my "renewing of my vows" or if I should put it in a safety deposit box! It is nice...but $200 nice? Well let's see when I slip it on.

And with that said....another day at the gym is done.

Did I mention the french perfume he also sent me? Should I be concerned? Personally I think it's his way of sucking up to me for stiffing me when I visited in '86 and he never came to see me. In that case....*phhht*....I'll enjoy! But he is I do appreciate it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tits and Tat...or should that be "Tids and Tads"?

I am concerned about a friend this evening. I am really hoping (and praying) that she will regain her strength and I found out she wasn't fairing so well, through my dad....who sees her far more often than I do! He said that she shut down the stroke group a little early due to her "not feeling so hot". So better "D".

In other's raining here...alot. And if I manage to miss any letters that should be hit with the ring finger...sorry...I sliced it with a Henkell's yesterday....can't stand bandages...trying really hard to not have to "back-space" and pick words that require the use of the "ring finger". I'll's a far better injury as compared to the whallop I did on Friday.

To add to my injuries....I have a very strange bruise that had suddenly emerged on my right's been a week and it's still there...stronger than pain...just a bright purple, blood spot...perhaps a leg aneurism???? I husband wanted to slap me as well...but's very odd. And now...I get to add a bruise from my fall and another bruise from....oh who knows!

Now "the girl"...she's been holding onto a tooth forrrrrrrrrreeeevvvvvvvvvveeerrrr!! The new tooth is half way out and the old tooth is hanging by...well literally....some pink wire. I've tried to knock her out cold...I've tried to tie her to the no avail. I even went out and bought her a darn green "Puffle" (to be given by the tooth fairy) and still...nothing. I gave her a beef bone and am hoping for the best...keep your fingers crossed.

Until then...I must rest the sliced finger.

"D"...get better!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

I am a clutz...

I had a bit of a fall today. Silly me. The doorbell rang at around 3:15ish...and I just got so plain excited because I just KNEW that my Stamping Up order was waiting for me!! I get so stupid when it comes to crafts. And yeah....I know I don't have the time BUT....this is for my Christmas cards and hello...."foam" cards are soooo passe!

Anyways....I get up to leave my desk and what the heck happens???? foot gets caught in my keyboard cord. Of course it just HAD to be the leg that I had the a.c.l. surgery on and wouldn't you just know doesn't work quite as well as the other one....not that that one is any better! And there you have through the air...with my leg caught in a cord...picture's pretty stupid! I end up flying out the door, landing on my left arm, banging my right wrist, scraping my left knee....thankfully, missing my head against the door frame/floor. Sadly though....I cannot lift my left arm up....and my right wrist is already "owie"...can't wait to see how I'm going to feel tomorrow morning. The bruise and rug burn on my left knee should be a sexy addition to my mangled mess.

Note to self.....let the kids answer the damn door!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My mouth is still watering!

What a day today was!

Listening to the old planes fly overhead with their rumble, reminding of those days in the 40's (the jets sound so different nowadays, so I'll refer to the "old war" here)where there was so much uncertainty, so much death and terror...hmmm....okay....not so different from nowadays. Anyways...I was working away when I heard them rumble by...definitely made me stop for a moment to give thank to all those that served for our country...both then...and now.

We went to visit my fil, who was oblivious to what day it actually was and as usual...was full of venom and bad attitude...*sigh* never ends. When we reminded him that Krystina was here for the visit with us....he settled down.

She (Krystina) went on to watch her "Italian Mafioso" boyfriend at soccer practice and I went on to pick up the supplies I needed to make....borscht.

Wow!....I even surprised myself. Can we say absolutely scrumptuous! Seriously...I have the best recipe and will not deter from it. My mouth is currently watering just thinking about it. Teddy had two bowls...that's gotta tell ya something!?!?

A couple of clients got their books dealt with today as well. We're doing good.

Now it's time for these weary, number crunching fingers to take a break....or at least tuck the littlest in bed.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Because I'm still sober....

....KIDDING!!! I think it's more like..."because I'm still awake!" Don't get all worried and all that.

The kids are home tomorrow for Remembrance Day, so's the husband, the dog and Grandpa. I get to head out tomorrow and douse the flames that are picking up again over at the seniors home. Apparently my fil has been stuffing his pills in the heater vent...along with scraps of paper etc. Why can't those people take a simple request like, "please watch him take his pills and make sure he swallows them" and make sure it's filled out? He's playing his little stupid game again and I'm back to tell him that I'm done with spending my time in doctors' offices and emergency rooms because of his stubbornness. (sp?)

On a different note tummy is not feeling very well at all tonight. It's been cramping all day and feels as though someone has kicked me from side to side and ovary to ovary. The throne has had my visit on a number of occasions tonight...okay...tmi...I'll give you that. But seriously.....*grumble, grumble, grumble*. I don't think H1N1 starts this way.

In other really important news....I really need to get my hair colored.

I've been back to the all of my spare time and while it's always soooooo hard to go (I'm always coming up with some excuse to keep me from getting there....such as WORK)'s something that I really need to keep regular. It easier to go now that the weather has turned.

Speaking of weather....what a cold, gloomy, miserable, wet day we had today. They're calling for snow mixed with rain this weekend....insane!

What else? Krystina just about lost it at the Remembrance Day assembly today...she's such a softy. Teddy's still failing math. Aleks is becoming a boy I don't recognize. My dad continues to frustrate me. The Mustang shines perfectly in the heated garage. The dog continues to vomit. Work continues. We're all still healthy. And I still really need to get more sleep.


Can we say "Halleluja!"

There's nothing that makes me feel as though a tonne of weight has been lifted off my shoulders, then FINALLY figuring out why the hell my new accounting program wasn't restoring my back-ups!!

I will be able to sleep people!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Girlie discussion...

So as I'm giving the little one her bath tonight, she says to me: "Mommy...I wish I was like you." I respond with "Well what do you mean?"

Her: "I wish I could sleep with daddy in your bed"
Me: "Um well you'll have your own husband, when you're married"
Her: "Yeah but I don't want to have SEX!"
Me: "Well what does that mean to you?"
Her: "Kissin and being naked"
Me: "Well you don't have to worry about that for a while"


Friday, November 6, 2009


I have a headache.

And I have a box of gross wine.

What a way to start the weekend!?

Been working out...again. Today was especially tough...well, I pushed myself hard is what I'm trying to say. Tomorrow...I will probably need help to get out of bed...and no, not because of the "gross" wine.

While I was working out this guy shows up at the gym....can we say..."creepy"? I know it's not nice to talk about people but....he was freakin creepy, and...I wasn't the only one to think so. He stood around, stared about, popped some pills, stood around some more, stared some more, did 5 reps on a leg machine, then stood around some more, stared some more, went over to another machine, stared in the mirror, pulled the weight...once....stared some more, stood some more.....ugh...just creepy.

And then I had pizza for dinner.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Catch up...

...apparently the Canucks are totally scrapping against the New York Rangers...I hear them (Tony and Ted) saying "you can't be doing that!"...not sure...Teddy's just chuckling...must be good.

I've been away from here for a while. Not really sure why....lots to say, just "not wanting to be here", "avoiding the issue", "disassociating" myself? Have I become tired of "this place"? Maybe I'm too worn out? Maybe I'm just not interested? (not true...this is my place to vent) I think it's a combination of things.

But I am still here. I am worn. I am tired (what the hell else is new?). But I am here. I put on a brave face and smile. I enter into "that moment" and forget everything else going through my mind...all that has been consuming me....that which keep me up for hours on end during the deep dark hours of the night.

Last night was no different. Haunted by dreams. Waking in a sweat with a thousand things running through my brain. Giving thanks that my children are all home, under the same roof and in health. Thankful that none of has been hit by this awful flu. Upset that I can't sleep. Angry that I only got 2 workouts in in the last week. Pissed off that I've gained a bit of weight. Mad that I have to "baby sit" my father. Frustrated that I had to meet with Teddy's teachers...just to hear the same old shit that I've been hearing for a while. Although thankful for the fact that he seems to have some interest in flunking child has 85% in English...who would've thunk it! So he'll turn out to be a writer...better turn out to be a Stephen King!...kidding...sort of.

18% in math; 48% in French; not sure about the computer class yet....85% in English...can we say a "Hell yeah!".

And to top it off....had to spend $2,400.00 on my car this past week!! heard right. Almost made sense just to buy a new fricken van. But what's the point when you have a 16 year that "should" be driving...for whatever reason he has no interest at this point in getting a brand new one, when he'll decide in a month to go and get his "learners" and then...shmuck it all up!

Well on a totally different was nice to see an old friend who was healing from major least she wasn't "ashes floating on the water"....some good was enough to end my day on a "happy note".

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

And here it starts.....

.....while cleaning up Teddy's room and picking up all of his dirty laundry....well, I found two empty beer cans in his headboard. *sigh*....he's never been good at covering his tracks. I think I'll let Tony deal with this one.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Escaping in my music

It seems that's all I have right now. Can't really jump in the car and I listen to my music....head phones on, volume turned up...we're good!

No H1N1 here...although I've been feeling on "the edge"...working out again and way too tired for my own good.

Lots and lots of shit to still get never ends.

But I did buy myself an early Christmas's between you and I...and has to do with scrapbooking!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

*I'm not listening*..... said to my youngest. It's 9:30 p.m....I've had a change from the "norm"...a really fun change...even if I was the "trouble maker"!....But it was fun! Lots of fun! Can't wait till October, 2010!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Are we being a little paranoid?

Or is it justified?

I'm talking about the H1N1 pandemic. I know wayyy too many people who are sick with the flu...wayyy too many. Just last week one of the guys' Tony works with had to take his wife into the hospital...she was later confirmed with the H1N1....and now he's not feeling well (the husband, not Tony). The gym is full of hand sanitizers bolted to the walls. Aleks' school has them all down the hallway. I've even given each of the kids a mini bottle for their back-packs. I don't touch the elevator buttons (with my hands) when I visit at the seniors home. And I rub my hands in sanitizer more often now when getting in my car. Even the kids who play soccer aren't allowed to touch hands at the end of a game, but rather "knock" elbows instead. British Columbia has had 12 deaths now, linked to the H1N1 and while in almost all cases the individuals had other underlying was was as healthy as a horse....a healthy horse. It might be a little over-blown, but...I for one am taking precautions...not going crazy....just being a little careful. I don't know about you, but I certainly don't want to take the chance and end up on a ventilator!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Has it really bee that long?

Wow, it's amazing how days go by in the blink of an eye. Every quarter, ie. April, July, October and January...turns into "tax" time. "Tax" as in "GST"...pain in the arse quite frankly. But anyways, I have a couple of clients' who are "annual filers" but the majority are on the quarterly schedule...which means I get awfully busy during those four months....yup, believe it or gets busier than my usual "busy". So I've been busy....and this week will test me. But I wanted to come back to this forgotten place and make sure it was still operating....looks like it is. Great.

Now to get my day in full motion.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's 7:40 a.m. and the boys have left for school/work...which leaves me with about 15 minutes to myself...before I have to wake the sleeping princess. I always enjoy the peacefulness of this time of day....even if I can't ever seem to warm up in my fuzzy, pink robe. Coffee always goes down so good at this time too.

Had another restless night....not sure what the problem is. The night before I started tossing and turning at 2:00 a.m., that was the worst night in a long while. Dreams love to torment me and play with my little mind. Last night I started tossing around 5:00 a.m., so not as bad as the night before but...when you're already becoming sleep's just not enough.

I'll be spending the morning at the hospital...again. My fil is having a procedure done (cystoscopy)...a very pleasant thing I hear, for you men. It's pretty routine, so I'm not entirely concerned, it's just that it's always so difficult to get him from one place to another nowadays. Not to mention that it's another 2 1/2 hours out of my work schedule.... Oh goes break-necking speed.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Just one more.....

...cuz there's nothing left of me of the worst nights of sleep, left me tossing and turning from about 2:00 a.m....on.....course when 6:30 a.m. came along....I couldn't wake up!

This guy is amazing!

Autistic Ronald Jenkees playees the electric keyboard like no other....totally worth listening workout music I've downloaded for a while!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I have one individual to thank...I should have done it earlier, e-mail doesn't work on this computer and the other one is, well....done with for the day. I just always think it's important to acknowledge those that make a difference in your life....or "get" your life.


Today was a big day for my fil. I met with his occupational therapist...she comes in and speaks to the elderly on a regular basis to see where they're at and how they're doing in the "home". It's obviously been on all the staff's minds the deterioration of my father-in-law in the last few months...he's had three major falls in the last 4 months and has definitely suffered from the last one. His mind has deteriorated to the point that he doesn't recognize his grandchildren 100% (ie. he thought Aleks was Teddy). He has times of complete lucidity and times of complete forgetfulness...which would obviously explain the 2:00 a.m. phone calls. I explained to him that he would receive the care (that he asks for) on the "other side" (of the building) and that he would still be able to bring his "favorite" chair and his t.v. and his dresser....but not his bed (as he'd be going to a hospital bed type situation). He's hesitant...understands he needs to make the move....but realizes where he's really's where the elderly are in wheelchairs and sleep 20 hours and wear bibs at meal times and have drool running down their he ready for this? No!...and yes. Are we ready for this? Probably not...but it'll be comforting to know that he's being watched over. He's 87...and a age I most likely won't ever see. It could be 2 could be 2 all depends on who/how many drop off...sad huh?...well that's reality...and that's where he's the "other side"

It's difficult dealing with him and's saddening to have to go through this with him.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I know far too many Dr's!

I spent 4 hours of today in the e.r., 6 hours with my father-in-law. Back in the e.r. exactly two weeks after I spent 3 hours there with my dad. I know the insides and outsides of 4 of our major hospitals, along with the doctors and staff and now...they're starting to know me.


My father-in-law, who's now a grumpy and impatient 87 years old...fell yesterday....again. He takes Aspirin and bleeds...sometimes a lot. Well he badly scraped up his knee and his elbow...of which should have gotten stitches but, as it was over 24 hours later.....wasn't going to happen. The knee however...hadn't stopped bleeding and it was time to get it checked....not to mention a bunch of blood soaked clothes needed to be washed. So there we sat...and sat...and sat...did I mention I hadn't had lunch?...or really much of a breakfast?...not important. Some cleansing, t.l.c. and a pressure bandage and we were good to go.

When we got back to the seniors home, he was adamant about not wanting to go down for dinner (it was 4:47 at this point) and yet....while I started cleaning up the mess (of blood)...he was gone. As I was departing...he was chowing down on dinner.

There's one thing we can be certain of...when my father-in-law stops eating....things will not be good. Until then....I wash blood soaked clothes, buy new runners and bring rye bread, headcheese and fresh banana bread....along with bandages.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Haven't mentioned yet.....

....but my sister just ran her (I believe) 4th marathon, this past weekend in Portland, Oregon. Time: 3:22:07, which is 7 minutes faster than her Boston time, which qualifies her for the New York Marathon...which just proves to me that she's crazy! But I love her and I'm incredibly proud of her. Go "D" go!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Hard to believe.....

.....I took that shot above with my camera phone. Not bad.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Worth every penny

On our last little escapade my dear husband decided to sit on my cheapo sunglasses (that my sister gave to me a couple of years ago) and quite frankly....destroyed. The weather was sunny and warm and I had nothing to protect my specs. I mentioned this and while he was feeling slight guilt for spending the $$ on our newest fertilization...he said..."go get yourself a new good pair of sunglasses". Well because of my extremely poor prescription...I decided to take him up on yeah...I looked for another cheapo pair...yuck... When I put on the "Oakley's"...he was like "oh, those look good", I was like......."oh they feel good". Best $220.00 (U.S.) spent....I love, love, love these shades!! Far better than Ray Ban's!

Feeling a little blue..... biggie....just a moment. Memories of a yesteryear. Missing a certain time and place. I have so much to be thankful for and seems as though a piece of me is still missing. I'll get over it...I always do...or do I? I need to get away. It's early October and the fields are all turning camera beckons to be used. There are glorious evening shots to be had. But alas.....I remain at home...working my ass off....and spending 70% of my time in the kitchen...which I enjoy...but sometimes it gets to be too much.

Am I being too "honest"?...whatever.

Little puke

Yesterday Aleks had a soccer game wayyyyyyy out. Thankfully the weather was nice and I got to catch up on a couple of things while I waited for the game to actually start. Aleks' team is not an "all star" team by any stretch, but they did put in a good effert during the first half. The score half way through...0/0...great effort by the goalie.

The team currently has a "temporary" coach, as the "real" coach is out for a couple of weeks with foot surgery. This "temporary" coach is a dick....and a liar. Terrible things to accuse someone of being, however if you spent an hour with'd probably think the same things.

Anyways....he wasn't my major beef yesterday, it was one of the kids. Oh and I should add "M's" father drives a big, shiny Hummer....are you getting the attitude yet? Well, this little 12 or 13 year old puke things he is all great and that everyone should bow down to him. He's been asking for two weeks to be put into goal...the coach put him in....even though they were finally able to hold the score, for the first time this season. Well, as soon as one goal goes in....he's all defensive and yelling at the other team (the kid is) swearing (I was walking by, on my way back from the Jiffy John) and telling them they have no idea how to play (yeah, even though they just scored). The other players started to take offense....and started threatening our doubt. The foul language continued. Our coach called for "time out"....the ref laughed and said "there is no time-out in soccer!" At the end of it all...the kid got suspended. I say kick his ass right out.

As Aleks and I were walking back to our car, I see "M" fingering one of the other players. I said to him, "you really should show a little more respect". And then he just laughed....yeah, that's it kid...climb into your daddy's Hummer and shut up.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Another busy day in the great north.

It really never does end.

Thankfully after a couple of really cold and gloomy days, we're back to blue skies and sunshine. Everyone's getting their acts together and preparing shopping, laundry, vacuuming, continued work in the "car shrine", soccer game, two dance classes, visit with the old guy, dinner and perhaps a glass of wine.

Have no clue what to feed these people though.

Friday, October 2, 2009

"The Stang"

Yes...this is "she". Yes...that is "he" (in the driver's seat). This shot...taken just after Tony ran over a dead calf. I tried to warn him! Thankfully there was no "body" damage, but...plenty of damage to the right side muffler.

I wasn't going to write a whole post's been nuts...nuttier than ever. My work is piling up and Tony's taken the entire fricken garage'll soon be spotless and insulated to boot. Oh the things we wives put up with...mind you...if I didn't like the car so much might be a different story.

So anyways.............the dreaded alarm blew it's whistle at 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning. We were out the door by 5:00 a.m., through the U.S. border by 6:00 a.m. and into Spokane by 11:30 a.m. We went from 3 degrees to 24 degrees...darkness to blinding morning sunrise....mountainess (sp?) roads to desert and flat, straight highway. My "beast" drove a cool 88 miles an hour without any problems...and yes...I was the driver. I don't get driven..........well....... *ahem*

We arrived in the most uncomfortable of neighborhoods. Mannequin's and dogs chained up barking and frothing as we drove by. Broken down cars and furniture littering front lawns. Shady looking guys driving by in pick-ups looking like they're ready to jump you (and not in a good way). Thankfully the seller of the car was in a decent looking home and the car was tucked away nicely in a huge garage out back. Almost instantly Tony knew that he picked the right one. I just stood back and watched him try to not keep from jumping up and down. In a calm coolness he checked her over from top to bottom, left to right and then in a moment where it was just he and I.....he said, "it's sold".

In the end, I think the seller knew that he had priced this car way too low for the quality. In the end, Tony knew he was getting better than he had expected and a car that was well worth more. In the end, I almost felt a little sorry for the seller. But in the end....he was happy with where the car was going and with the plans for it's future. And finally…in the end, Tony was thrilled!

Now the ride back…which Tony was seriously second questioning this whole idea and even had a crazy thought to get it towed….yes, it’s that nice of a car.

Anyways rather than push the car and drive it the full 700 kms (400+ miles) home in one day, especially as the engine was a rebuild and barely had 500 miles on it at that point...we decided to drive from Spokane to Bellevue that day...can we say "numb bum"!?...and then Bellevue to home, the next. Thankfully the ride was extremely flat and straight...
making it much easier on Tony who had to get to know the feel of this baby real quick. At one point we’re going along the I90, Tony in tow (I guess I was to be the designated “bug catcher” for the ride)…when we came up to a semi (actually we caught up to a few of them, since we stayed in the right lane for the most part). I knew Tony had to monitor his speed (55 miles for a while, 65 for another while, 75 for another while and then we start the whole process again….all to do with the new engine and the distance she was going) so I wasn’t sure where he was at at this point, but this guy was going just a little too slow for me. I decided to take a pass and watch what Tony decided to do….I passed and he tucked himself nice and close behind the rear of the trailer. Okay…fine. After about 10 miles I think the driver of the semi figured out we were together and kind of “fathered” us…don’t ask me how I knew…I just did.

So I’m driving along, when I see something lying on the road….it was big….and black. I thought “there’s no way that Tony’s going to spot this one tucked in behind that truck”, so I veered out as far as I could in the left lane….but he didn’t spot me. I thought…”oh shit”….either there’s going to be some damage to that fine specimen of a vehicle or….Tony’s going to have an accident. Well the semi rode over it….and then Tony rode over it…and we kept going…so “whew” no “major” incident (or so I thought). It turned out that it was a calf on the road and the Mustang suffered a crushed side muffler….not a huge deal but…it’ll have to be replaced…and they’re not going for pennies. The rest of the drive was without incident and actually incredibly smooth for Tony and the car. Although I’m not sure how I feel about all the whistles my husband has gotten from the “flag ladies” and other women who stop and stare….not to mention the men?!

We got to Bellevue at around 7:30, that’s 14 ½ hours (less 1 for auto transfer and a Subway lunch) of driving and arrived at the Hotel Sierra….which I will so totally recommend! $150 a night, they moved us up to a “suite” and the most comfortable king size bed in the world!!! Seriously, it was gorgeous!! And breakfast was included…not just one of those dry muffin and sugar glazed pastry kind….this was an omelette (sp?) of your choice, cereal, muffins, fresh fruit, yoghurt, juice, milk, hash browns, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, French toast and even Starbucks coffee!!!

Oh but on a side note….we decided to go to dinner after we arrived at the hotel and I had full intentions on hitting “P.F. Chang’s”. I’d only been once (in Boston) and was raving about it to Tony, so he was looking forward to some fried rice. We got there around 8:30 and were starving. Their mistake….handing us the “nutrition menu” along with the food menu. On average their dishes contained 4,000 mg (some most than 7,000) of sodium!!! That’s 7 days worth in one dish!!! That’s killer on the heart!!! Even worse for high blood pressure!! Sadly….we left and had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory….they didn’t give us a “nutrition men” and I didn’t want to know.

The rest of the drive was slow and steady, Tony feeling way more comfortable in the car and me enjoying the last bit of sun.

We finally go to the border at around 12:45 and went directly to the Canadian crossing…mistake. The guard let us through, only to tell us that we had to go back into the U.S. (with the vehicle) as we hadn’t “exported” it yet. Thankfully we got a decent U.S. border guard and he did the paperwork in a jiffy….then back through the Canadian side, to fill out more paperwork and pay the 5% GST on the purchase price of the car.

We were homebound!

Hoping to be back in time to pick up Teddy (from school), we missed him but were there to pick up Aleks…..can I just tell you the smile on this kids face was amazing! Teddy’s response…”that’s sic” (new lingo for “awesome”, “sweet”, “amazing”).

And that’s it….everyone in the neighbourhood has come by and the garage has been stripped in order to be insulated and de-cluttered for the newest addition to our family.

Forgive me for any grammar/spelling errors….I know “D” was itching to read something here. ;o)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I know!!!

I'm working on a'll be a long one! patient.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Still here...


Gosh is seems that days/weeks are passing me by and I'm not able to post the many words I want to share.

Tonight is another much to say and yet...too tired to continue.

I will though...tomorrow...when I actually get to spend some time at home!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Heading out on a road trip!

Hopefully "Grandpa" will continue to be "stable" while we're gone...if not...I've left a list of numbers to call. Not to mention food that'll help you lose 10 lbs in a week! Good stuff, of course!!

Did I mention he has "gall-stones"? Yeah...and he's supposed to head to Hawaii next Monday...we'll see about that.

Until then....the hubs and I are heading out at 5 a.m. to pick up....his "ultimate"...I'm just there for the ride...actually I'm driving....cuz I hate his driving. Lots to catch up on when I's been nuts....even too nuts for me!

Until's another taste.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

45 minutes of sleep is all that I've gotten in the last 24 hours....

....let's hope the next few are better.

I have a story to tell. Until then...Grandpa seems to be okay....well...who wouldn't be drugged up on tonnes of morphine!

*sigh* just never gives me a break. More tomorrow.

Monday, September 21, 2009


I found my carrots!! The most troubling thing is....I only opened the fridge 6 times and stared right at them....before I realized that's where they were.

My younger son is telling me (at this very moment), he's excited that he can "see his ribs again"...this at the same time that he's warming up a "Pizza Pop".

Looks like I'm handling all the customs, border and insurance prep for the new car. This should get me a good spot in Heaven...right?!

Lost carrots

Yesterday was definitely a whirl wind of a day. From having my Sunday planned out to watch Krystina's soccer game, picking up some groceries, digging up the garden and making grape jelly from the grapes a friend had given me over a glass of wine to ....watching Krystina's game, racing to get enough groceries to sustain the family for a couple of days, racing through the "weed pulling", to no jelly making to making enough sandwiches for 4 for the next 3 days to.....delaying the trip to Spokane until Friday. *sigh*

As Tony investigated the whole process of importing a vehicle from the U.S. to Canada, he discovered that the border required 72 hours notice. So rather than heading down today....we're going down on Friday, spending the night (just the two of us!) and driving her home on Saturday. I need to (other than go to my clients), head over to the insurance company and find out about temporary insurance and of course...get the payment prepared, in the form of a certified cheque. Unfortunately, the dollar dropped by an entire penny today...not good for the conversion.

Now with regards to the carrots. I swear I'm losing my mind again. I know I bought two bunches of carrots, they had huuuuge green stalks on them (those I can see in the garbage....CORRECTION..."green waste") but for the life of me....I don't know what the hell I did with them. I've asked everyone. I checked the freezers. I checked the cupboards. I checked the closets. A bag of about 14 carrots is missing and I'm left scratching my head. I hope the kids aren't playing a cruel joke on me...they saw me go through the entire house....hopefully not snickering.

And with that...and another's a gorgeous day, with lots to do.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


...this is it.

And she's coming home Saturday. Can I just say...."hello!"

Friday, September 18, 2009

Just give it another tug... should have it detached from my rib cage. I went for my annual mammogram. Starting at the age of 40, women are recommended to have an annual mammogram until the age of about 55...and then you can give your breasts an extra year before they're ripped from your rib cage.....until your about 71.

I hear of women complaining about how "painful" it is to have a mammo, but's just uncomfortable...and weird.

I mean seriously, how many women enjoy going into a darkened room with another woman (who so far has turned out to be "not so attractive") and have your boobs pulled, stretched, and squashed? ....seriously, it was like she was kneading dough for pizza! And even though I said to the technician today..."you're fast"...she responded with "oh I've done so many of these" didn't help that my breasts were being flattened by a machine and had immense pressure on my my already "empty cow udders". And when she was all set up and told me "not to breathe"...I responded with a yelp and "I can't!".

Four stretches and four scans and bingo...we're done....until next year. Man...if only all this attention would add a cup size!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

These next few years

Well, you can probably add 10 years to the "normal" period that parents go through crap with their teenagers....see...we decided to have them 4 years apart. So we'll be going through teenage hell for the next 20!

Pray for me!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Yeah...long time gone...I know.

I was going to title this..."I can't believe it's been a week already!"...but that just sounded too cheesy. I am bitter...and I'm not into "cheesiness". Really, I'd like to just find a hole and crawl into it. Depressed? Nah....maybe. Frustrated? Definitely! At a loss? You betcha! Oh well, it's my life...not yours! Be grateful you have what you do. I am...every day...but it doesn't take away the fact that really...I'm not happy with the way things turned out and it's chewing at my innards. I'm trying desperately not to have my venom spew onto my immediate family....trying...but I'm fighting a daily battle. Do I sound like an ungrateful biotch...ha!...let's exchange places for just one week...then tell me what you think?!

The start of school has found the kids back where they belong, or at least for the next 10, *scratch that*, 9 *scratch that again*...I think when it comes down to's probably 6 1/2 months of school. After a week, the girl finally has her teacher picked out for her...she's decent...I'm happy. The eldest is in his second to last year...could be for ever the way he's going at it. And yeah...I have my hands full with him....I have to be grateful though that it's not "drugs" that we're dealing with...just a really shitty attitude and lazy ass. Mind you...he's started drinking "energy drinks" and it's just like having a lazy kid on speeders...can you picture it? Come to my house! Tony is already seeing an "addictive" personality based on this. I thought "sleepless nights" were done when the kids started sleeping through the night?! No I have to stay up worrying that they're not sneaking out through the windows!?!? Good thing Teddy's (basement) has bars and Al's on the second floor! Speaking of Aleks....he's back in band, still playing the guitar and still worrying about his grades.......*sigh*...he "worries" about his grades!

Other than dad is heading off to Hawaii on October 5th....this will be good for him AND good for us....VERY good for us.

Just when I finish up one client, I look down at my desk and find three more that need to be completed.

I made plum jam and banana bread (4 loaves) this past weekend. I'm hoping for salsa this weekend. Cabbage rolls (for Christmas) next and perogies the following....then it's time to "clean".

Anyways...believe it or not, I'm not really into "chatting"...maybe I am...I don't know where I'm at lately....but I am "at" the gym...yay!

Gotta veg and the "zzzzzzzzzzzz"

Monday, September 7, 2009


I can no longer talk to my 16 year old!!!!!!!!!!! Where did "my buddy" go?!?!?!?!?!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

All I need is a long dress, and a braid.

Yes...I've been busy...what else is new?! The pickles are done. Today I managed some paperwork and then some home-made (yes...I know) chocolate chip cookies. I have a tonne of fresh (from my garden) plums ready to be eaten (jammed)...the hubs suggested making jam (guess what I'm doing next weekend?). I told ya....if there's a crisis...I WILL have food! Please take a's all good.

And on a final note....if there's one thing I'd like to be remembered by, after I leave this'll be for my food...and I do love to feed my brood.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Guess what I did today?

I know I'm a sucker for punishment. But you know what? If there's one good memory I'd like my kids to have of me, it's seeing me in the kitchen doing what I love doing.....preparing good food to feed to them. Whether it's jam, pickles, perogies, kapusta...they love it...I love preparing it for them. And know how it goes...good wholesome food is wayyyy better than that shit they get at the fast food places. So anyways....21 jars later....we have spicy pickles, dill pickles and garlic pickles....let's just hope one of them turned out!

But alas, I'm beat.

I also managed to clean three bathrooms, get groceries and change the sheets on ummm....sorry, I lose count...4 beds!

Tomorrow I need to get a clients work out to them and cut two boys saves $30 and I do a better job anyways.

School supplies have already been labeled and packed up in their back-packs...waiting ever so patiently for that day. Finally....time for me to get my head back on straight.

Although I have to be honest....tonight, Tony and I took Kayce for a was 8:30 and it was already dark (and raining) and felt ever so like summer was way over. I mentioned that I can't wait to get back into my workout routine (which has been shot to hell these past two months)...Tony thought I was crazy but...after tonight's yummiest of dinners...steaks (thanks Grandpa), local "new" potatoes (with all the fixin's), local farm fresh carrots, local greens and yummy fresh corn (with butter)....I feel like I've fallen off of 5 wagons, even if my taste buds are saying "thank you! thank you! thank you!" I seriously need to lose 5 lbs (may not sound like much's 5 lbs of mush) and get majorly firmed up! Then I can let it all go again, next summer!

Next on the list....getting Kayce checked...soon. I found some blood in one of her ears and she's been shaking her head. Poor thing....we all love her to pieces...she's worth every penny. I'll keep you up to date.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Computer searching

When I started this whole "home business" thingy, I mean the bookkeeping....I worked off a shared computer with the hubs and the eldest. Then the accountant that I deal with...he strongly suggested that I get a laptop to be able to enter transactions at the clients' premises.

Since then....

My business has the tune of 18 clients (some small, small not so small)....working off a laptop just doesn't seem feasible any longer. So now...I'm on the hunt for a decent "CPU". I have a screen and a keyboard....they're decent...I don't need to replace them...I just need a decent CPU. I found one...for $600.00...a $100.00 more than I wanted to spend.

I'll keep looking.

Exactly how I'm feeling.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The last few days of summer.... the hubs is home for the next week. School starts on Tuesday and I've got a tonne of stuff to do before.

Today we promised we'd take the kids to the P.N.E.....we lucked out and got tickets (parking/gate and ride) for us all, otherwise you're looking at a $200+ day. We'll still end up blowing $50 or more on food and games (because all Krystina loves to do is play the game of "throwing darts at balloons"....we should be coming home with 50 stuffed animals!). The weather's been gorgeous up until...yesterday, so hopefully we'll luck out and at least not get rained on.

I think tomorrow we're going to go for our second try at a "learner's license" for Teddy.

Friday will have me checking out the local farms for pickling cukes, garlic and dill weed...which will flow into Saturday where I'll be pickling.

Sunday I should probably get the kids school supplies together. This is the latest I've ever left the supply shopping.

Monday will of a trip into Vancouver.

Hopefully before the end of today, I'll also have a new (to me) p.c. here. I've been asking for a back-up of a clients' (who I've just taken over) data. We've had some difficulty getting it and now my understanding is that "she" will just be dropping off the computer that she was using (which is actually the company's)'ll make my life with that client a hell of a lot easier.

Tuesday is the start of school.

Back to our regularly programmed insanity.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The big one!

A 29lb Chinook, caught by the hubs....we'll await it's arrival, either smoked, candied or frozen! Take man is not a smallish guy...that sucker is huge!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Spending time with my kids....

....well, at least two of them.

Teddy finished up his last day of work...he's beat...he's burnt....he's worn....he's still coming with us to the Seattle Zoo tomorrow.

I took the two younger ones to the Cultus Lake Water Slides. Despite the initial..."I'm going to be bored. It won't be any fun without a friend." and "I'm not going! It's too far! I'm staying home!" Gee...guess which comment belongs to who?! At the end of the day, it was...."Thanks mom, that was a lot of fun!" and "I don't wanna gooooo home yet!" So there you was a memorable experience to be had by all.

Well, that's if you take out the fact that they (the staff) had to scoop out a human "poop" from the pool that Aleks was swimming in. I was frantically gesturing him to get out and kept saying "get out! get out!" I saw it (the log) with my very own eyes folks! Disgusting!! And let's not forget the fact that I stepped on a bee! Thankfully, quick thinking had me squeezing the venom out a.s.a.p.!!! Unfortunately we still got a little bit of swelling and a lot of "ow" that's still with me 10 hours later.

Tomorrow we're off to the Seattle zoo...all three in tow...wish us luck.

Did I mention I'm missing the hubs? Just kinda hit me.

A new look.....

.....something else to occupy my time.

I'm off to the water slides.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A bunch of stuff....because it's too early to think of anything really substantial

It's 7 a.m.....I'm up. 7 isn't all that early, except that I actually awoke at 4 a.m. and then awoke a second time at 5:30 which point I got out of bed. I don't know how people do it...well I suppose they go to bed earlier than 11 p.m....but that's difficult when you have a "night owl" for a daughter AND you have to "stay up" until she's asleep!

Did you know that people drive like idiots even at 6 in the morning?

The hubs is gone. Hopefully the wind warning for the Queen Charlottes won't be a bother to the helicopter they're flying in. Helicopter? bloody chance in H.E. double hockey sticks you'd ever catch me in one of those. Good thing he started a patch yesterday to prevent motion sickness. One thing is for sure....they'd be cleaning up after me!

I love how quiet and still the world is at 4 a.m.....

A while back I switched from using "regular" sugar in my coffee to "Splenda". A couple of days ago I ran out of the Splenda and started using sugar again....yuck.

I picked Teddy up from work last night at 8....poor kid...he was blacker than the pupils in my eyes! Woke up to a good nose bleed and then off to work's supposed to be a really warm one, so I hope he'll be okay. He's working today and tomorrow and is contemplating a couple of days next week. He's lost weight and gained height. It's amazing how respectful he's become with me since he started to work...that's not to say that he wasn't before...he was....I guess "respectful" isn't the word....he was more of a turd before (and I say that in a loving motherly way). I guess he's just too tired to act out.

Oh...I made the yummiest "won ton soup" was amazing! I just wish that I hadn't burnt the sh*t out of my mouth...

As I was running around yesterday between doctor's appointments (my fil's), getting groceries, answering client calls and picking up last minute attire for the hubs....I was in Costco and found the coolest "family calendar". I already filled it in with a bunch of things so that the kids are aware of what's going on in our busy lives. It's one thing for me to have everyone's itineraries in my BlackBerry but I thought this would be a good way for them to be reminded of their appointments also. Of course Krystina has already penciled in happy and/or sad "faces" whenever "dad" would be home from work or "mom" would be away at work. Also picked up a book with over 250 "pickling" recipes....are you wetting your whistles yet? If there was a crisis and we were without access to food or water....there's plenty of wine and canned items underneath our stair case!

Well I'm done here for's been a while since I've written so much...I need to rest my fingers a little.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Not accustomed

Tomorrow morning at a bright and early (and disgusting) hour (4 a.m.) my husband will leave me for 4 days. I don't have a "problem" with it....per's just that in the last 20 years we've been away from each other incredibly seldom....of course the last time was when I went to Boston...which wasn't that long ago...and yes, I'd go again! It's just that there's a wind warning for the part of B.C. he's going to and the last part of their journey is by helicopter. So yeah...I'm a little "concerned".

But I have plans...good plans.

Tomorrow Krystina has a couple of really cool "craft" classes.

Friday I'm taking Al and Krystina to a cool water slide park that I've never been to.

Saturday I'm taking all three to the Seattle zoo.

Sunday I have to attend a "garden party" on my own...I'm still contemplating getting myself some new duds for the occasion. And then I'm going to pick up my husband and meet him for drinks and munchies!

But did I mention?...I have to get up at 5:30 and take Teddy to work (normally Tony's job). And did I also mention he came home at 8:15 p.m. today?


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

We're all still a little safer on the roads tonight.

Today was busy, busy, busy! Up with the alarm, a quick coffee and then headed out to the city to pick up some paperwork from one client, then to another to finish some paperwork. The weather was "iffy" so Teddy's crew was sent home and I promised him I'd take him to the motor vehicle branch if I finished up early enough. Well we managed to exchange his and Al's new shoes...for bigger ones ( 10 1/2 and 8!!! ), pick up an iPod Classic cover (he went for the gusto and bought himself a 120 gb one!...crazy!)...and then we headed to get Teddy his "learner's license".

He didn't pass.

True to Teddy's attitude and form...he thought he could "wing this" without all. So I lost out on $15 (the next is his), we lost out on 45 minutes of time and we all remain a little safer on the roads...until next week.

On a totally different note....I'm now the proud owner of "reading glasses"!! It's just soooo unfair...but it's amazing how much of a difference they make! I can see! I can see!

Oh and did you hear about Ryan Jenkins? I'm not sure if I should be happy that he did that to himself or sad that he was so incredibly f*ck^d up!?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Haven't done one of these in a while.....

.....found it somewhere in the stratosphere.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
Depends on which time? The first time was 4 a.m., then 4:53 a.m., then the alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. (at which time I prepared Teddy's lunch bag and made sure he had water and bus money should his day get cut short), then I think it was every 5 minutes thereafter until 7:30 a.m. (at which point I was finally sleeping I hit the snooze), then 7:39 and finally arose at 7:48....this is my schedule (more or less)...Monday to Friday and hell...sometimes weekends too.

2. How do you like your steak?
Medium. I don't mind it a little pink but not still thumping.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
"Up"...and it was cute. (I don't get out much)

4. What is your favorite TV show?
"Intervention", "Grey's Anatomy" and any food show.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Tofino, B.C.

6. What did you have for breakfast?
A banana...missed my "juice" today.

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Anything good.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Pickled herring and tripe soup.

9. Favorite Places to Eat?
Cactus Club, PF Changs, Milestones and The BoatHouse....oh and The Cannery....the mall in Boston was pretty darn good too....well the clam chowder was to die for.

10. Favorite dressing

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
*sigh*....I'd like to say a Vette or a '66 Canso....but it just so happens to be a 2002 Dodge Grand

12. What are your favorite clothes?
My ripped jeans, flip flops and t-shirt....or my yoga loving this new "frilly", "granolish" skirt though.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Italy or the Dominican Republic.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Definitely 1/2 full.

15. Where would you want to retire?
Tofino, B.C....or in a log cabin somewhere in the bushes with a goat, dog, horse and cow...throw in some chickens too.

16. Favorite time of day?

17. Where were you born?
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now the Slovak Republic)

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Depends...are my kids involved? I enjoy hockey (sometimes), diving, Nascar, soccer and baseball at Fenway in Boston.

22. Bird watcher?
No but Krystina and I can recite the many bird whistles in our neighbourhood.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Night person.

24. Pets?
Dog, fish and kids.

25. Any new and exciting news that you'd like to share?
My son just turned 16 and I was handed a prescription for "reading glasses".

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
A doctor, a police officer and a nun (I know, I know).

27. What is your best childhood memory?
Running through a corn field with my friends....we ate the corn's a wonder I never got worms.

28. Are you a cat or dog person?
Dog....and horse.

29. Are you married?

30. Always wear your seat belt?

31. Been in a car accident?

32. Any pet peeves?
People who chew with their mouth open.

33. Favorite pizza topping?

34. Favorite Flower?

35. Favorite ice cream?
"Real" vanilla.

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Mickey D's

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?

38. From whom did you get your last email?
A friend visiting Seattle.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
LuLuLemon and Sephora!

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Spent $120 on "reading glasses"

41. Like your job?
I can honestly say that I do.

42. Broccoli?
Yes!...Broccolini is even better!

43. What was your favorite vacation?
Maui with Tony and the kids. And Vegas with Tony (that's when I got to drive a Vette)...Tofino with Tony and the kids is always a plus too.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
Dinner? We're lucky if we get to the pub.

45. What are you listening to right now?
"Antiques Roadshow" playing on the t.v., Aleks yawning and reading a new book (he's waiting for me to get off the computer, so he can check his "FaceBook"), the dog blowing farts and Tony talking to Krystina.

46. What is your favorite color?
Navy Blue

47. How many tattoos do you have?
None....although I'd like a little one....but the hubs won't agree to it.

48. Do you prefer girth over length or length over girth?
.....what exactly are we talking about here?

49. Bra size?
Thankfully no longer a A++ (thanks to the kids)....36B

50. Coffee Drinker?
You bet!

And that's it for me.