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 drive....so 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 through....ahhh..it never ends.

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

Sunday, October 25, 2009

*I'm not listening*.....

...as 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 issues....one 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 not....it 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 deprived....it'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 well....life goes on....at break-necking speed.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Just one more.....

...cuz there's nothing left of me today....one 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 to....best workout music I've downloaded for a while!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Transitioning

I have one individual to thank...I should have done it earlier, but...my 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.

Anyways.............

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 going.......it's where the elderly are in wheelchairs and sleep 20 hours and wear bibs at meal times and have drool running down their face...is 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 half....an age I most likely won't ever see. It could be 2 weeks...it could be 2 months...it all depends on who/how many drop off...sad huh?...well that's reality...and that's where he's going.....to the "other side"

It's difficult dealing with him and yet....it'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.

*sigh*

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 it.....so 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.....

....no biggie....just a moment. Memories of a yesteryear. Missing a certain time and place. I have so much to be thankful for and yet...it 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 yellow....my 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 him....you'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 goalie....no 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 for....grocery 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 tonight...it's been nuts...nuttier than ever. My work is piling up and Tony's taken the entire fricken garage apart...it'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 myself...it 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)