Thursday, December 31, 2009

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

....where else....at 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 all....love 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..

However,
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.

Remember:
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 healthy...it's a smart thing to do. There goes my 2010 resolution...you 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!....it'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 could....my anemia has gone away for a while. Still....it 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 bed...at 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 two...to 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....

...it'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 allrecipes.com...actually I was given this recipe from a friend...it's for "my Amish friends' recipe"...or something or other...anyways...it doesn't matter, but...it 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 myself...it's who I am....and I know I'm going to get through it. But dang it...you 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 season...it'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 dog....got 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 sister...my bil presented her with a beautiful plaque from the both of us, from her triumph in Boston....it 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
Salad
Ham
Turkey
Rice
Mashed Potatoes
Asparagus
Brocollini
Brussel Sprouts
Carrots
Cranberry Sauce
Gravy

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"....

...to 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? Seriously...you have a problem and should take an intense look at your inner being because really...my 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 psychiatrist...it surely seems you need one.

Done!

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!...is 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 yeah...one 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".....it'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 that...it'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 malls...my 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 mall....you 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 problem....it 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!...it'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 removed....it 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 case....no?!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

So much for this huge dumping of snow we're supposed to get....

....it'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 chips....now 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" hours....so 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 result...how could I tell? Perhaps the constant staring in the mirror might answer that one. But he does....he/they look great!

From this.....



To....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 money...you 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)...so 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 $10....no!...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"....it's the pain/anti-inflammatory chemicals running through my system....is there no mercy!?! Not to mention...it'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 up....pain....in 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 out...in 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 today....it'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 Vancouver...ugh....to meet with the accountant I deal with and a new client....I always go into a panic attack when I meet with new people/clients....it'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 that.....it'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 up....no 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.