Dec 30, 2006

Lifesavers, You Suck!

I remember always getting a Lifesavers Storybook tucked into my stocking at Christmas. What a treat to open it up and look at all of those rolls, just waiting to provide a tummy ache. Both sides full - with lots of flavours to choose from. I could never choose between Butterscotch and Rum Butter.

And then they screwed it up somewhere down the line. They got money-hungry and decided to change the open book dramatically. Now when you open it you see nothing but an actual story - jeez! You have to peek into the sides to see three pathetic rolls, held in by cardboard where the other 2 rolls used to be. The price seems to have remained the same funnily enough.

Some things should never be tinkered with - and the Lifesavers Storybook was one of these things! So concludes my last rant for 2006...

Happy New Year Blog Buddies!

Dec 27, 2006

Christmas in a Nutshell

Jack was thrilled with the surprise of Wii:

Ellie was thrilled with her new puppy:

Just kidding, she was thrilled with her Cabbage Patch baby: (the puppy is my nephew's)

My nephew Jacob decided he would breastfeed this Cabbage Patch Baby:

Just like his Mom feeds:

This little guy, Joshua:

And then there was Wilbur, just happy to be experiencing his first Christmas:

On to 2007!

Dec 26, 2006


Ellie explaining on Christmas Eve....

"I'm very hyper - it just comes naturally."

Dec 24, 2006

Dec 22, 2006

The Madness Begins

Woah, I made the BIG mistake of doing my groceries today mid-morning. My intentions were to get out earlier but that didn't happen. They are forecasting freezing rain here tonight so every man, woman and child were out getting the supplies they needed before hunkering down for the night. Unbelievable!

While I was putting away my plain, old sugar I noticed on the back of the packaging an ad for new Organic Sugar, with the interesting tag line "Grown and processed responsibly using only natural herbal extracts and vegetable purifiers. (Brand Name) Organic Sugar respects the earth and the people who tend it." Hmmm, does that mean my plain, granulated sugar is irresponsible and doesn't respect the earth and the people who tend it?? I'm pretty sure my cookies will taste the same nevertheless...

Our son somehow disabled ALL OF THE CABLE for ALL OF THE TV's in the house last night. Merry Christmas! Kids are off school and we have no cable. Yay. Hubby is looking into it but has problems of his own after falling off of my parent's roof yesterday. Yes, you read right - falling off of their roof. (Mom, don't feel guilty - it's NOT YOUR FAULT!) It was a nasty fall and has left him with some bad cuts on his face and a swollen knee. Love the hubby with all of my heart, but ladies, you know how the men are when they get hurt, huh? Now, I've got THREE children at home who want me and need me every single second!

Other than that, things are swell. I am ready for Christmas and don't need to fight the crowds for any last minute items. Hubby is saddened (!) because he didn't get me anything and now has a bum leg so shopping seems an impossible task. He HATES Christmas shopping. Hmmm, now that I think about it - maybe he threw himself off of that roof...


Dec 21, 2006

A Fine Looking Specimen

Here he is in all his glory - Wilbur, dog of style.

Dec 18, 2006

One More Week....

It's never a good idea to let the kids know what you have purchased your spouse for Christmas.

Hubby has his suspicions and tortures them whenever he sees the commercial for the revolutionary TASSIMO coffee machine. He knows when they begin to giggle uncontrollably that this is indeed what awaits him Christmas morning. Bugger!

The weather has been very mild here and I am not complaining, it's so nice to be able to get errands done in relative comfort. Wilbur's Christmas present came early -a beautiful hand-made coat. (yes, I have succumbed to dressing my dog but for practical purposes - he's shaved and it's cold!) It's done in camouflage and he knows he is stylin' when he has it on. Problem is, it's been too warm to wear it!

I have finished all of my Christmas shopping and can now safely stay away from the stores. This is when people start to get nasty. Tensions flair, impatience is at an all-time high and germs are everywhere. I plan on hibernating now.

Our fridge has taken a turn for the worse. It is so loud now that we leave the room as often as we can. I think all it needs is a good hit with a hammer. (or perhaps that would just make ME feel better) It seems to be running all of the time now so the loud humming is relentless. Hubby is going to try and fix it today. If he doesn't I will lose my mind and really, he can't afford for that to happen.

I've got to make some cookies to give away as gifts. Is this not the best present - home-made cookies? My best friend Janet gave me a gorgeous glass cannister filled with her famous chocolate chip cookies. BRILLIANT! I have had my hand in that cookie jar all weekend - they are to die for! If only it had a lock on it so the others couldn't get in there.... ;)

Dec 15, 2006

All I Want for Christmas is my Sanity

I just realized that the kids only have one more week of school until Christmas vaction. Where did this month go?

I am feeling much better now and have gotten into full Christmas mode shopping. My shopping method is - get in early - get out early - before the crowds come. I have only two more people to buy for and then I can lay on my couch and eat bon-bons.

The other night I was so tired and I did not want to wake the giant (ladies?) when I crawled into bed so I tip toed ever so quietly from the bathroom to our bed. I swear within those three small feet I hit every creak and our new wood flooring seemed like it came out of an old haunted house. Then I slowly, painstakingly pulled my side of the covers back and laid as close to the edge of the bed as I possibly could. I did not move, fearing hubby would wake up and that would be that. I was tired and I wanted SLEEP! For those first few minutes I didn't move an inch. Then when I realized hubby's snoring was pretty intense I felt more comfortable to ease my self properly into the nest. Yes! I did it! Sleep was all mine! Oh wait. What's thatI hear? Oh, it's Jack running to the bathroom - but why?


Oh. Now I know why. He just threw up all over the bathroom floor, just inches away from the projected target - shame. So, karma gives way as an inordinate amount of throw-up had to be cleaned up. Hubby never awoke during this whole scenario. Unbelievable.

Speaking of hubby...he had some good luck with him yesterday. He got pulled over speeding through a construction zone near our home. Now, there are plenty of signs all around stating that the speed limit is 40 km/hour and if you speed and get caught the fines will be doubled. Apparently he didn't think those signs actually applied to him so he sped through there at 70 kms/hour. Cue the siren. When the officer pulled him over and asked for his license, registration and insurance he realized he had NONE OF THAT in the truck with him. After a half hour the officer gave him three beautiful tickets all wrapped in a shiny, new bow. The best part of the present? NO speeding fine and if he brings in all of the info within 48 hours they will waive the tickets. Lucky indeed.

Wilbur escaped from the back yard yesterday and when I finally found him, smiling from ear to ear, he was covered in burrs. And I mean covered. And he stunk like swamp. Not a good combination. Strap a t.v. on that dog and I swear they'd give him his own show. "Come, explore THE WORLD with me!"

Off I go - gotta hit the ground running - 10 more days til Christmas!

Dec 11, 2006

Sicker. Than. A. Dog.

Yes, I guess I had SUCH a great time on the cruise that I had to pay for it. For exactly how long I was on said ship. One week.

The dizziness (which still remains somewhat) calmed down a bit until last Wednesday evening when my ever-so-kind husband brought me home a nasty communicable disease - no, not what you're thinking - a BAD COLD. BAD! NASTY!

So I went from being pampered and lavished to laying in bed, coughing and hacking, and just being generally miserable. Thank goodness I called my doctor and convinced her to prescribe me an antibiotic over the phone which sped up my recovery. At one point I coughed up a lung and it threw on a coat, went down to the local pub and medicated itself with a bottle of Jack Daniel's and a pack of filter-less smokes...or at least that's what it felt like the next morning in my chest.

Now, I have been lucky as I haven't had a cold in over 2 years. And it could have been worse - I could have had this while I was on vacation - or I could be battling it December 25th. I am a little behind the eight ball with Christmas decorations and shopping but I am not going to stress out over it. There's something about lying in bed for a week that puts it all into perspective.

There was ony one pressure I felt and that was to feel better before my nephew's baptism on Sunday. Juergen and I were chosen to be Joshua's Godparents and we couldn't have been more thrilled. He is such a cutie-patootie and he was so good throughout the service - amusing us with his coo-ing and smiles. That was the best medicine! I will add a pic when his Momma sends me one. (hint,hint Sharon?!!)

So finally today I feel better but Miss Ellie says she doesn't - so she is home from school watching the most annoying Cinderella movie ever - the one where she continually breaks out into song. Ugh.

Shopping will have to wait for another day I guess. That's o.k. I've always said I work better when I'm under presuure. Sick freak that I am....

Dec 5, 2006

Cruise Memories

I'm still swaying away here on dry land. Ugh.

We had a fabulous time on vacation - couldn't have asked for better. The weather was wonderful, save for a few scattered rain showers one morning. I hadn't counted on the ship being that 'rocky' though. Although the weather was great the seas were rough and the stabilizers on the boat just didn't seem to cut it. The first night I awoke and thought we were all going to die. Waves were crashing outside our balcony. I got up and walked like a drunken sailor to peek out the sliding doors and saw white caps - 14 foot swells. My nervousness went away when I realized that even during dinner when the dining room was swaying that no-one seemed upset by it. I like to follow the crowd. Having said all that, the motion on the boat never bothered me. It's dry land that screws me up now. Even when we ventured into the ports of call I felt like stores and restaurants were moving beneath me.

I was really excited to do one of our tours in St. Maarten called "Explore the Boardwalk by Segway". Y'know, those new fan dangled people movers? Well, hubby and I waited over an hour at the Pier and no tour guide or people showed up. Turned out someone got hurt on the morning tour and so our group was cancelled. Bummer. We complained at the Services Deck when we returned to the ship and they oh-so-kindly comped us with a free bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries.

When one of our friends hurt her toe badly (during rough seas a bathroom door slammed on her) we figured she'd get the same treatment. They fixed her up with band aids (who knew toes bleed THAT much?) and then promptly sent her a $60.00 bill. How tacky.

We ate and ate and ate. I never knew I could eat that much. Luckily we were not on the cruise where everyone on board got sick.

It amazed me how many old people could navigate their way through a ship that swayed and rocked so much.

One couple in our group could not make this trip so Suzanne brought them with us in spirit. They were a big hit and everyone on the ship loved them.

We were lucky enough to meet the Captain "Giuseppe" and he gave us a guided tour of the bridge. What a view!

O.K. gotta go take another Gravol...

Dec 4, 2006

I'm back!

How do I make my house stop rocking???