Wednesday, February 14, 2007

happy valentine's day!

well, my day started out quite well i think! made a card for the dh and tucked it into his lunchbox last night. quite cute if i do say so myself! will see if i can borrow it to post a pic. he liked it i think - got a kiss out of it this morning!

got myself out the door and down to the courthouse for 9am to see what i could do about my little speeding ticket from just before christmas (oh yes, that was a merry ho-ho to me!!) since i know nothing about how this all works, the last one i just paid as we were going on holidays when it was due, i went to check in and was informed that i would need to sit and wait for the first appearance prosecutor. so i sat. and waited. in the uncomfortably close confines of the waiting room. my personal space was invaded from both sides, behind and in front of me. nothing even on the walls to read, so sat and looked at the people's shoes around me. i sat there for about an hour. then saw the guy. he reduced my penalty to about half - $85 from $161 with 1 less demerit. so that's all good, i would say!

went to the city to go work after that. stopped in at the last chance liquidators - they liquidate costco merchandise. the cool thing, today they had all clothing 40% off, so picked up 2 t-shirts for myself and a pair of swim trunks for ds#1 for our mexico holiday.

stopped at our mailbox on the way home, and there is my delivery notice for my S! kit. i want to go get it, but it is so darn cold out, i'm not going to go back out again until tomorrow. will pick it up on my way out in the morning. pretty pathetic if you ask me!!

and dh is cooking us valentine's dinner. can't wait to see what he's coming up with. i got dessert on my way home - chocolate lava cakes, strawberries and ice cream.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

circle journal overload

wow. i must say i feel just slightly overwhelmed with circle journals at the moment. i love to peruse them as i receive them. sit on them for a week or two to digest their content. decide what i'm going to do, and take pictures if i need to. then maybe in the last week before the mail date is due, actually complete the process and do up my layout for them.

until this week.

i received 2 cj's from teresa, for the group i am hostessing. now 2 at once isn't a big deal. nor are we in any rush as we are running months AHEAD of schedule. yes ahead. no, that doesn't seem to happen often in circle journal groups. it is not the norm.

now, like i said, 2 is not a big deal. until a humongous box arrived on wednesday (or was it tuesday?) with - count with me - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - FIVE more journals. so that makes seven in my possession.

holy crap.

theoretically, seven months of work arriving at once. yipes.

the good thing? i got off my butt and spent the day today devoted to circle journals. i dug up old photos. i scanned. i cropped. i even snapped photos. i pasted. i inked. i stamped. i did a ton of hand journalling. and at the end of the day, i now have 4 of those 7 journals completed.

i must say i'm rather please with myself. creativity is in the house.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Tag - you're it!

Ok, so I haven't done this one yet. And if you haven't done this one yet either, consider yourself tagged. And if you have, good for you LOL!

A=Available – nope, not for a long time
B=Best Friend – Rene
C=Cake or pie – I like pie. Apple pie. Pumpkin pie. Cherry pie. Strawberry rhubarb pie. Blueberry pie. Do I get it often? Nope. Can't bake a pie unless its storebought crust. Love my grandma's pie crust.
D=Drink of choice – Coffee first thing. 2 cups. And Coke. With ice.
E=Essential item you use everyday – Hairdryer
F=Favourite color - Pink
G=Gummy bears or worms – Worms. the sour ones from Wal-Mart.
H=Hometown - Calgary, AB
I= Indulgences – My nails, Pandora charms and sb supplies.
J= January or February - February. Usually warmer than January!
K=Kids and names – DS1 - Jonah, DS2 Bailey
L=Life is incomplete without - friends
M=Marriage date – Aug 20, 1994
N=Number of siblings – 1 sister
O=Oranges or apples – Oranges
P=Phobias or Fears – Those big-ass spiders that grew in our yard last summer. Hope to heck they're gone this year!!
Q=Favourite Quote – oh dear. i don't know.
R=Reason to smile – blogs!! i read too many of them!
S=Season - summer
T=Tag 3 or 4 people - Its up there. At the top. I think I'm last.
U=Unknown fact about me – ?? I have no idea.
V=Vegetable you don't like – Probably the one and only thing I will NOT touch - brussel sprouts.
W= Worst habit – I bite my nails. (when they're not acrylics)
X=X-rays – I think only my teeth. Maybe some when I was young. I don't remember!
Y=Your favorite food – Vietnamese soup or subs. Sushi.
Z= Zodiac Sign - Libra


just some thoughts as they come to me, after all its been almost 2 weeks since i last posted (why does this sound like "father, i have sinned, it has been 2 weeks since my last confession"?)

- work is going well. keeping busy, keeping my head above water, trying to fill C.'s shoes for the time being. i've put in some great orders the last couple days, so that should help the sales numbers for the territory!

-driving in freezing rain is not fun. its not even that the roads bother me so much, its the iced up windshield that bothers me. and when the little "washer fluid low" light comes on when i'm on the highway.

- bubble baths. mmmmmm... need i say more?

- reading a great kid's book at the moment "Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke. my ds also has the next one in the series "Inkspell" which i'm sure i'll pick up as soon as i'm done this one. great read!

- caved and picked up a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts on the way home from work. love how when you go in and the "hot" light is on - you get that warm, soft, yeasty, sweet, unbelievably caloric donut to savor while you're waiting for your order to be filled. not to mention that i'll be feeding my niece and nephew one tomorrow morning after swim lessons. that should get them good and wound up before i say 'bye!! (yes i'm very very mean. those poor children are sugar deprived!)

- yes, swim lessons. going to the Y again tomorrow morning for the mommy workout LOL. actually, loving the bonding time with my niece and nephew. A. usually hangs out with me for some girl time in the pool, while J. has graduated to sitting on my lap afterward while we have "lunch" before i head out to work. last week it was so cute when J. was sitting with me, picking through my wrap to pull out the cucumbers for his own consumption. what a turkey! and little A. - she is loving the jumping in the pool. she plays coy, then all of a sudden launches herself at me, giggling the whole time.

- and my not so little boy J. has now launched himself into the lucrative money making world of being a (pre)teenage babysitter. he has his first "gig" this coming weekend, with a trial run tomorrow night for a couple hours. i'm sure he'll be in there like a dirty shirt - and being only a couple blocks away, he knows we'll help him out if he gets stuck!

- in a bit of a scrapping rut at the moment. haven't done anything in a couple weeks. maybe because i'm getting slightly ticked at PSE. its happened before. if i can't figure out how to do what i want with my photos, i just shut down for a while till i figure it out. that being said, i am dedicating saturday to scrapping while dh is making sausage. that is a guy thing. more on that in a minute... i also have 7 cj's to work on. 2 from the group i'm hosting, and 5 from another. ACK!! but!! wait!! that should fuel some creativity if nothing else!!

- yes sausage. dh made some wonderful jerky and smoked pork tenderloins on the weekend. the jerky is thicker, more like that kippered beef stuff you can find at 7-11 in the middle of the night when you're craving salt. and the tenderloins have yet to be tasted. they are currently drying in the garage fridge where the temptation of "just a nibble" is gone from inside the house. we should be able to sample this tomorrow, maybe thursday! he and ds are planning on making some bratwursts and mettwursts on saturday. looking forward to the mettwurst myself, this is one of my favorite types of sausage!

- i replaced the destroyed curtains in our bedroom. a lovely brown linen-y type of fabric. chocolate brown. now for a new duvet cover!!

- and a parting giggle.
we discussed last night that there were swim lessons today after school. we discussed this morning that there were swim lessons today after school. ds1 told ds2 to meet him after school to go to swim lessons. what happens?
i pull into the garage after work at 3:45. first indication *something* is not right - the dog is in the yard. did my lovely housekeeper forget to let him in before she left? hmmm. i walk in the back door, spot ds2's boots by the front door. where is he? downstairs at the computer. why? because he FORGOT about swim lessons. tell him to get moving so i can take him over, just as ds1 blasts through the front door, after running all the way home from the pool to find the daydreamy child who has forgotten about his swim lessons. i tell ya. if his head wasn't screwed on he'd leave that behind too. and he was PUMPED about swimming. go figure. i think he takes after his mother.