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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I need sleep.. oh god.. do I need sleep...

Well.. another exciting morning in the life of Sheri.. for starters.. I stayed up WAY too late last night.. Matt's buddies came over.. and I was sewing Cabbage Patch Kid clothes until about 10..(I stayed home from work cause I had a sore throat and tummy ache and headache and had intended to go to bed around 9) and then me and matt stayed up talking until about 2... which is really stupid when I've gotta be up at 7:30...... blah We wouldn't have been up so late.. in fact I WAS in bed at 10 ish.. but then Matt came up and told me that he had loaded the bread machine backwards.. and now our bread for tomorrow has a big hole in the middle of it... which is not exactly helpful for making sandwiches.. So I was determined that I would not have to get up at 7 and bike to the store to buy bread to make sandwiches... so I got up and made biscuits.. so the kids would have something resembling bread in their lunches.. Matt thought I was nuts baking at that hour.. so I told him to go ahead and go to the store.. but I didn't feel up to it.. I also told him to buy EITHER bread OR yeast to make bread with.. (we're kinda short on cash)
We've figured out one of the main differences between working at a gas station and working at a variety store... He went out with his Interac card last night... to get the bread.. and at the Avondale the chick couldn't get his card to swipe.. so he very nicely suggested getting a big of tissue and putting it on the card to clean off the contact.. so that it would swipe... also suggested a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol.. and this chick in no way in hell was going to do that and wreck the interac machine... (which is kinda retarded.. how the hell does she THINK they clean em???) so he left all the crap there.. and biked over to 7-11 and got everything there... so here's the difference.. at a gas station.. you've already put the gas into the car.. and if you don't get their interac card to work.. YOU are out the 20$ .. so you MAKE the interac machine work.. come hell or high water.. period.... and if that means using the last piece of toilet paper you had available for your 8 hour shift.. that's what you do.. there's no way in hell you're gonna just send the customer away.. ah well.. hey.. this lady is in her 40s and still working for 8$ an hour at an avondale... her life is crap anyways.. let's not pick on her anymore.. :)
So of course he comes home with a loaf of bread.. and chips and pop... and now I've got 2$ in the bank and no cat food.... and no yeast for tomorrow's bread... silly man.... oh well.. the chips were yummy... Did I ever mention that Matt and me make the worlds yummiest salsa?? Ok.. snack done.. off to bed.. it's now 2 am..
BLINK .. and the phone rings at 7 am.. even earlier wake up time.. ick and found out I had to bike the kids into school.. which is fine.. it's pretty easy biking with Andrew... the kid bikes pretty fast.. and it all would have been well.. except I hadn't planned on getting dressed this morning.. blah.. but then I realize it's library day anyway... so I woulda had to get up and bike this morning anyways.. and then.. a phone call.. hey .. can you babysit this afternoon.. ..... ... sure... .. no prob.. I was only gonna sleep anyways.... blah....
We go out to leave.. and realize that Drew is trying very hard to be helpful and bring our bikes out for us.. only problem being they're still locked.. and he doesn't have a key... doesn't stop him though... I'm down one very nice peony.. and my bike is scratched to #@$..... I am really upset about that...I've only ever had a couple brand new bikes in my life.. and I've wanted a DYNO since I was like 11... and now I finally get a brand new DYNO.. and within weeks it's scratched... bad... I'm talking like 8 inch long gash down to the metal.. oh well.. will have to kill the child another day... this year it's illegal....
We actually managed to drop the kids off on time.. which was amazing.. and what's even more amazing is they actually ate the biscuits I made (with no recipe!!) for breakfast.. (cause they were actually YUMMY) so I packed some in their lunches too.
I've remembered it's library day.. so I've gotten together all the movies I have to return.. and promised the kids more Bill Nye... (remember... science RULES!!) and so I head downtown.. to the park.. to pass the time until the library opens.. I met up with Darcy at the park.. and we wandered around looking at the devastation wreaked on the park by the stupid wine festival.. usually just the grass is killed off.. this time.. it's much worse.. basically.. there's trenches in the mud from people driving.. and in the trenches.. raw sewage.. as someone.. in a really SMART moment.. tipped over the port a potty.. ewwww. .. what a smell.. and everywhere else is basically just mud.... it's a good thing they have lots of experience reseeding that park... maybe this is why they do the festival in the fall.. so they can plant grass seed before the kids are running all over it...
So Darcy picks up this .. I dunno maybe 2 and a half foot chunk of rope.. offers it to me so I can tie the kids up and get some sleep.. which I very reluctantly declined... so we decided to take the rope apart.. and make a really long skinny rope instead.. and what to do with a really long skinny rope??? why booby traps of course.. :) So we tie this really long really skinny.. really strong piece of rope from the picnic table to the fence... high enough that it will stop someone who's not expecting it.. but not low enough to trip them.. kinda like my chest height.. almost.. and when you're sitting on the bench you really can't tell it's there unless you're looking for it... I'm kinda wondering if it will still be there next time I go.. and how many bodies will by lying underneath it lol
After 20 minutes it's time for Darcy to go to work.. and he asks if I can pick up some pepperettes for his brother from the market.. since I still have 1/2 an hour to waste.. SURE!! no prob.. I really don't have anything else to do at all.. so that works out well... something to pass the time... YAY!!! The directions I get are a bakers dozen of little sausages like pepperettes from the guy on the church street end of the market... In my head I'm picturing the guy who's normally in the middle.. and has tons of meats and such like that.. but no.. the only person in the entire market today that has pepperettes.. is the guy with the bees crawling all over his pastries.. apparently today he hasn't even made the effort to shut the bees out of the boxes and has just left the doors open... so there were about 6 bees per pastry... ewwwwww...( mental note.. never eat anything from that guy again.. ewwww...) so I ask him how much are the pepperettes (amazingly enough there were NO bees on those) and he says a dollar each.. 6 for 5$... now I had been told a bakers dozen.. and been given a price of around 5$.... hmm... this can't be right.. so I go look around the market again.. just to be sure.. yup.. this is the only guy with pepperettes... or meat for that matter... ok.. so I go over.. and tell him my situation... well.. he says.. they are a dollar each or 6 for 5$.. but I can give you 12 or 13 I really don't care.. (trust me.. he didn't sound like he didnt' care... eek.. I would hate to see this guy in a BAD mood) so well enough.. I hope I got the right sausages.. but at this point.. I'm not sticking around to find out.... onwards!!!!
Back to the library to wait for it to open.. funny.. still 1o minutes to go.. I walk in the door and head to the bathroom.. (it's morning.. I had to pee) and notice the interesting people in there today.. especially the guy sitting in the cafe area talking to himself.... Which is not that weird in itself.. but his whole demeanor was just too weird... and so I line up at the door with everyone else..I notice this one kid there... not sure what she was doing out of school.. she must have been about 12.. and I don't think this kid.. well lets just say.. I know for sure she can't be too popular.. you know the type.. overweight, greasy, and cranky.. and her mom is with her.. and they come over to the door and the kid starts knocking on the library door.. like jeez.. they're not even supposed to be open for another 5 minutes.. that isn't going to help... so dear mommy says.. honey.. come on over here.. and daughter comes over.. harrumphs and goes back over to the door.. and starts knocking again.. "sweethear.. come on over here" so the daughter heads back over to mommy.. and starts taking off her sweater... mommy"oh don't show your tummy!!" and the kid heads back over to the door and starts knocking AGAIN!! like.. I don't mean any offence here.. but GEEZ.. wouldn't the first part of discipline be TELLING the kid what she's doing wrong?? not once did the mom say "stop knocking on the door" just kept calling the kid away and hoping she'd get the clue?? I don't get it... also.. I don't get how people can dress their kids like that... like hell.. this is your child... how the hell do you let her go out dressed like that??? do you WANT her to get beat up??? is it written somewhere that just because your child is over weight you have to dress her like a bloody sausage?? What's wrong with jeans??? Did the spandex fairy come and take them all away?? and don't get me wrong here.. I'm not picking on the kid.. I just wanna smack the mom... cause I was one of those kids that got beat up... and I don't wish that on any kid.. but this kid was being set up for it.. she didn't have a chance.. anyhoo.. this is all going on parallel to my life... so I look around at people and smile.. as usual.. and this one chick.. (WEIRD CHICK) notices me smiling at her.. and assumes I must want to chat... so she heads over.. (oh DAMMIT ... I Didn't want to TALK!!!) and starts on about how she had her walkman on way too loud (well put it back on PLEASE!!) and here's me "hey look!! they're opening the door.. BYE!!"
I head in and take the kids video's out and put them on the counter.. only to realize that I've forgotten to bring my library card.. and I've promised the kids more movies.. and I have no other time I can go today... blast it.. Back home I go... so 25 minutes later ( I made pretty good time) I get back.. and head over to the Bill Nye section.. pick out three videos and think to myself.. gee it's a library.. I should get some books too... and I wanna pick out something easy enough for Drew to read... (he can't read very well at all) do you think I could find ANYTHING at his level??? nope.. no such luck.. so I picked up a few halloween story books for the kids.. it will be nice to cuddle up and read them those later on.. maybe tomorrow after I have some sleep... and then I head down to the school..
The rest of my morning so far has been pretty uneventful... Gus was actually good at school today!! and I got to help Joey make a mr grape... (will it never end???) and watch the kids play a finger game with the teacher.. it was really nice that ONE of my children can actually follow along well enough to play those things.. and my goodness was he ever getting excited..
My dear sweet neighbour drove my Joey home.. Riley got to ride on the back of my bike..
I got home.. realized my house really needs cleaning.. and I'm not sure I want dogs anymore.. I think there's only so much poopoo a person can clean up and still want pets.. and so I sat down to write in my blog.. :) but now I better get back to work.. have a great day.. !!! :)

Monday, September 26, 2005

blah I say.. blah

Well... the date was mostly good...We went for dinner at Harveys...and then we ended up playing mini gold.. which I think I beat Matt by about a million points.. and then we went to Chapters..
The mini golf was fun.. I think I've realized why Matt's putting takes so many strokes to get the ball into the hole... the more times he misses... the harder he hits the ball.. the farther away it gets.. I don't know what the REAL rules are.. but he had me playing where if my ball fell off the fairway I had to start over and take the shots taken as penalty.. but he had a MAX of 10 strokes per hole... (which he actually had to use three times... teehee) Anyways.. I seriously hope it helps his gold game that we had all that practice putting.. :)
When we got to Chapters there was a Jazz band playing 1940's classic Jazz tunes.. They were really good.. but what shocked the heck out of me.. was when I looked at them and realized that I don't think a single one of them had reached the age of 20 yet.. wow.. I wish I was that good at an instrument.. so I sat on the steps near the band and read a graphic novel.. "The Rabbi's Cat" which was about a cat that ate a parrot and learned how to talk.. and then quit being able to talk.. and his views on religion.. well .. judaism at least.. altogether a really good read.. not sure exactly what it was about..(unless it was about how pointless all the routines of standardized religion are) but a good read nonetheless.
At this point Matt started getting edgy and wanted to come home.. oh well.. I would have liked to have hung out with him more..
So yesterday I spent all day locked in my sewing room.. me safe in there.. and the rest of the world locked out... It would have been a LOT more enjoyable if my sewing machine wasn't possessed by the devil.. in 5 hours of sewing/seam ripping I got 1 dress done.. yup.. that's right... just 1... and I don't even like it all that much.. Apparently my machine forgot how to sew button holes.. so even though it would sew them fine on the little peice of fabric I was checking it on.. as soon as I put in the dress... it would just sew a big knot onto the fabric.. or worse yet.. sew half a button hole and then sew a big knot.. (half a button hole takes about an hour to rip out btw and you can TELL afterwards) luckily the dress has a nice little tie thingy around the neck.. that hides the nasty spot where the one button hole refused to be sewn.. The dress was one I had cut out of the first pattern I bought with the first fabric I bought.. so you can just imagine how badly thought out it was... there was a reason that I hadn't put it together yet.. and I didn't feel like sewing ribbon around the edges.. so I used a decorative stitch instead.. and you guessed it.. my machine is on crack.. back to the seam ripper.. All this because I meant to go up and finally make the shoulder tie dress I've been wanting to make since I won the auction on ebay for the pattern for it.. only to realize I'm missing the peice of the pattern for the sleeve.. and the collar.. and the pants.. oh well... in time.. Sue is going to mail me new pattern peices.. cause she is the best .. :) I have a couple hours to sew this morning.. and I'm debating whether to sew or go back to bed for a bit.. I'm still pretty tired.. but that could be because I stayed up until midnight cutting out patterns and fabric for 2 new outfits I wanna make.. there's a preemie outfit with a little teddy bear face on the shirt and booties.. and then a pair of overalls I want to make out of the leftover fabric from the dress we made Tina's baby.. and THOSE should be adorable.. I'm getting really stuck on the overalls pattern.. pretty soon all my CPK's will have pair.. if only I was as motivated to make them shirts.. lol I've got this pile of CPK's in nothing but overalls.. just like little kids playing in the summertime.. bare feet and overalls.. lol.. it's so cute.. (note to self.. winter is coming 'kid need shirts)
I want to find that ribbing stuff that goes around the cuffs of sweatshirts.. there's a sweatsuit I wanna make.. but I need that stuff.. and for some reason they don't sell it at wal mart... can't imagine why.. don't tons of people make themselves 1980's style sweatsuits?? lol
So last night I'm talking to Matt... (and thinking I must have lost weight from all this biking.. plus the fact that I feel smaller) so I ask him if he thinks I have lost weight.. (we don't have a scale so it's hard to really tell) and he says he can't tell.. maybe... oh well... maybe after a few more weeks it'll be more noticable.. maybe I should break out my tape measure again.. that's the only REAL way to know.. Though honestly I'm scared of just how big I've gotten.. and I'm not sure I want to know what # I am at right now..
So we've spent the last year not using the bread machine because it squeaks like crazy.. so last night I was looking for a snack.. and realized we were totally out of bread.. and of course... it's 11pm sunday night.. there's no where in walking distance to get a loaf of bread.. and besides.. the remains of hurricane rita are going through the city.. and it's pissing rain and lightening.. and I'm not going out in that... so I got Matt to bring up the bread machine and resigned myself to the fact that I'd be listening to SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK all night as it made us a loaf big enough for a couple sandwiches and toast... only to discover that it was running perfectly and didn't make a single noise.. and the bread was wonderful.. I guess it didn't like being locked in the basement under the workbench for the last year and it's decided to behave.. lol :)
Anyways.. have a great day... ttys

Friday, September 23, 2005

Another wonderful day in junior kindergarten.....

Today was Grape Day... for anyone who doesn't live in St.Catharines.. this might totally perplex you.. actually.. I'm from Hamilton.. so it totally perplexes me too.. Everyone around here has this big deal about the Grape and Wine festival... (They've really changed the name to the WINE FESTIVAL it's better for tourism) Where mr.Grape wanders around and plays with the kids.. and the adults get smashed... and watch really crappy (and sometimes good so I hear but has yet to be proven) bands.. (maybe they like it cause they're drunk??) The whole city is in an uproar because they're kicked grape out of the title.. and in doing so have alienated anyone under the legal drinking age.. and those people allergic to alcohol.... (like me)
So in junior kindergarten each year.. the teacher has a little grape party.. where the kids get to try all these different grape things.. white grapes, purple grapes, seedless grapes, seedy grapes, purple grape juice, white grape juice, grape jelly... and of course.. grape jello jigglers....
Of COURSE I agreed to volunteer to help in the class for this... (cause I'm freaking nutso....) Let me tell you.. I had NO IDEA that many kids dislike grapes... apparently I'm not the ONLY one who has no use for a grape and wine festival... we filled an entire garbage can with what the kids did not eat... ick.. and we have enough juice and crackers for parties for the rest of the year.. funny thing about that is.. I was in class 2 days ago.. and the teacher is looking through what people have agreed to bring.. and asked me to pick up a bottle of white grape juice.. since no one else had agreed to bring it.. and when I asked if she needed white grapes as well.. she said no.. lots of people already were.. so... today. I brought both.. just to be safe.. and a good thing too.. cause when I got there.. there were 6 full size bottles of white grape juice.. and no white grapes.. hell if I'd have known that.. I would have kept the juice for myself.. that stuff is expensive... ( I am cheap and usually make my own lemonade out of 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup sugar to a pitcher of water)
For some reason it has been decided that no one is to ever try to remove Gus from his food... this child is psycho.. The first day of school he hit and bit and screamed and cried.. because we wanted him to change into his indoor shoes... or to share.. or just about any thing else you could think of... the second day.. less severe.. but still scary... today he seems to be doing a lot better... he only had to be removed from the class once... ... ... if that was my kid.. I'd be suicidal.. or he'd be dead.. one or the other.. so what I'm trying to figure out is why every other child has to throw the remainder of their snack back into their back pack.. but Gus gets to just sit there... for an extra 10 minutes... with a special person in the class to just make sure he has enough time to finish.. when he's gonna have pizza at daycare in 15 minutes anyways.... stupid freaking parents... here's a little tip for you people... your children will have to learn to function in society at some point.. a little discipline won't kill them.. I don't care how happy you want your child to be.. he's gonna be miserable when reality kicks him in the face later... better get him used to it young.... ... ... @#$@# I hate parents that spoil their kids like that.. "oh he's only running away from class because he's not happy here.. you have to be more patient and make him more happy here.. then he won't run away.." how about this.. your kid needs a beating... blah..
I stayed up all night sewing clothes for my dolls.. I feel pretty good cause I finally finished an outfit I had cut out ... geez.. months ago.. lol.. (nothing quite like procrastination) and Joey's overalls for michael J... he was so happy to see those this morning.. :) YAY and I've been working on a dress for celina this afternoon.. I did't realize that the fabric was so thin though.. so I'm not totally happy with how it turned out.. oh well. can't have perfection all the time..
I'm supposed to go out for a date with Matt tonight.. should be fun.. minigolf and bowling.. though with the way things are going we may be taking the kids along.. and that should be FUN (NOT!!) I ran into a friend at the park yesterday.. and he said he could sit tonight.. but I haven't heard from him since to see if he's coming or at what time... so we'll see.. either way a nice evening away from the house sounds good...
I have been trying to get a decent nights sleep for weeks now.. and now I realize the problem.. someone has brought my pillow downstairs.. and the dog is using it for a bed... ewwww..... that's gonna need to go in the wash...
The possiblities of me getting a nap anytime in the next day or so are slim to none as well... we've had people here putting new siding on the house.. (this was supposed to be done last summer... but.. well.. hey I dunno the excuse.. apparently is was too hot.. and then too cold and then too hot again...damned seasons) and they're banging and banging on the walls.. making my pictures jump off... and then the neighbours kids are playing basketball.. blah.. and then it's gonna be time to go out.. hopefully if I keep myself up until bedtime.. I won't be sucked into the computer.. and I'll go to sleep tonight.. not that I'll be able to sleep without my pillow anyways.. blah..
Got a postcard from grandma today... she's in ireland.. apparently there's lots of parties and dancing and chefs and parties and wonderful hotels.. and she's going to an irish pub... and a boat cruise.. man I wish I coulda gone too.. it sounds beautiful.. a musical tour.. apparently there's gonna be some singing involved... sounds so far like a really good time to party it up :) silly grandma.. hope she's having a blast...
I'm finally getting used to the bike a bit.. though it still hurts like heck whenever I sit down on the seat.. in fact.. when ever I sit down at all I notice that my ass is a bit sore... I am really gonna have to look into getting a gel seat.. I think it would be a lot nicer.. biking.. that is.. if I hadn't already gotten used to having a car.. "If I hadn't seen such riches I could live with being poor" - James... I was actually nearly enjoying the feel of it on the way home from the library yesterday... and I'm noticing I'm spending time downtown again.. I went to the park.. and the market and the library... had a really good chat with the lady at the market.. she sews items for children.. dresses, jammies, hats, bibs, etc.. and we got talking about sewing machines.. (god how I would love a new sewing machine, mine is possessed by the devil I swear) and she was talking about how she got hers from sears... and it was all spread out over about a year.. and that way very affordable... ($2500 sewing machine..) ya right... maybe right after I buy a car.... guess I get to keep using beezlebub for a while yet... ack.. I've been having these crazy fantasies about getting a serger.. but that isn't going to happen either..
OMG my house is a mess.... I have no idea where to even start... it seriously looks like a tornado went through it... which is sad.. cause I could spend all day cleaning it.. and by the next day.. it would look just about the same as it does now.. Please God.. teach my family to put garbage in the garbage can.. and fliers in the recycle can... and dirty undies in the laundry.. and for pete's sake.. teach joey to quit locking the baby kittens inside his toy trucks...
You know.. it's funny now.. cause since Drew got on medication I've noticed how naughty Joey is... I think I was just so used to both of them being insane that when one got sane.. the other seems so much worse... I'm almost thinking I should go get him diagnoses ADHD too... before grade one... just so he doesnt fall behind as well....then again.. maybe with joey it's just a lack of discipline... on my part.. .. .. who knows...
hmmm... I wonder what tonight will really bring... I always have one thing planned.. but it rarely works out that way.... wish me luck :)

underpants gnomes.....

"Time to go to work, work all night
search for underpants hey!
We won't stop until we have underpants
Yum tum yummy tum day!"

Monday, September 19, 2005

Two seater sporty model....

Well, it's been an interesting week, to say the least. Joey is now in school every day.. YAY and the co op student in his class is someone whose parents are good friends with another of my good friends... so hopefully I will have one spoiled little monkey this year.. lol.
I've started another babysitting job.. which is cool.. a few afternoons a week just during the afternoon when Joey is home alone with no one to play with.. Drew's friend Jordan's little brother Riley.. so that works out ok.
I took them swimming on wednesday last week.. and I guess this kid has never used water wings... only life jackets.. so we're on the way to the pool and he keeps asking "but how will we cloat?" the kid has a bit of a speach problem.. and I keep telling him that the water wings will make him float.. and he keeps asking "but how will we cloat?" and we get there and throw the water wings on him.. and he has no clue.. really doesn't beleive these little things will keep him up.... It took over an hour to get him to come off of the steps in the pool.. oh well. maybe next time he'll be a little more
Speaking of next time... that could be interesting too.. since my car is now officially DEAD... I've given up on the damned thing.. I finally got enough cash together to fix the radiator.... and took it in for that and they tell me that the ball joints need doing before we even worry about the rad.... @$%#$ stupid @#%@$# car... So I told them not to fix it.. and took the money.. and bought a couple bikes and a seat for Joey... Seriously.. every time I have taken this car to the mechanics lately.. within a week it has something new wrong with it.... I can't afford this much in repairs.... blah.. stupid car..
On the up side.. we got really cool bikes.. DYNO's I've wanted a DYNO since about grade 7 so this is a big deal for me.. even if it is a mountain bike and not a freestyle.. oh well.. we can't have it all.. and the best part is they were on sale for 40% off... so we got the bikes for 119$ and Joey's seat and helmet were also on clearance... 40$ for his seat and 10$ for his helmet.. which fits really good and came with a radio and watch for him.. I'm going to have to pick up another set for Andrew..
Matt had this wonderful idea to bike up to montebello park last night... I was picturing food vendors and whatnot with the grape and wine.. smelled some pretty promising curry.. but that never materialized... and everything else was wine and cheese.. (neither of which I can eat) blah.. stupid grape and wine festival.. blah I say!!!
So this morning we rode the bikes to get the kids to school... there is nothing quite as "fun" as riding a bike with a 30 pound child on the back of you.. and another child slamming her brakes on in front of you every 20 feet or so.... we're gonna have to work on
I got home from dropping the kids off.. showered without anyone barging in on me or yelling through the door (probably the first time since 1998) and went out back to get ready to go.. realized that the yard has gotten pretty high.. (the grass I mean) and got ahold of the mower... now we have one of those rotary thingies that you just push.. no motor at all... and the grass is tall... and well.. you get my point.. and if you don't... you can come over and try it and you'll understand... hell come on over anyways.. I'm bored.. lol..I could use company....
Matt started giving his nephew guitar lessons, which hopefully means he'll get some use out of his new guitar... he finally got the 12 string he's been bugging me for since 1996... so he's walking on clouds about that.. I think maybe he was a little over zealous with the lessons though... I woulda probably showed the kid 2 or 3 chords and how to read tab... and let him work on that for a while.. matt gave him a list of chords and which ones go together.. and went into strumming and etc etc etc... you could see Alex's poor head just spinning trying to keep up.... hopefully he's got some ADHD and that might help him keep up lol
anyhoo.. I'm gonna go lock myself in my sewing room for a bit..

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

chocolate milk.....

This morning was nice... I took Joey to the park.. We walked over to the market... and then to the library... It's good to be busy.. though I don't know why the market decides to charge more for veggies that look to be seconds.. than the grocery store charges.. seriously people.. if I can get a basket of peaches from Zehrs for 2.99$ what makes you think I'll pay you 4.50$??? Idiots... same thing with tomatoes.. at the market.. she'd give them to me CHEAP for 10$ a bushel.. IF I buy 3 bushels.. (never mind that I don't have enough jars to can 3 bushels.. or time in a week) But I saw bushels at Zehrs as low as 7.99$.... and I only had to buy ONE!!!! I bet you can guess where I got my tomatoes from...
On with the story... all we ended up getting at the market was a cookie and a spinach pastry... (funny story in this too..) We went up to the bakery guy.. and he's got these plastic dome lids over his wares... (good wares too.. a tad over priced.. but good) and I notice that the lids.. seem to have the opposite of the intended effect... they seem to be keeping the bees IN... this does not bode well.. so I chose something out of a dome that did not have bees flying around in it.. and off we went to the library... where we got our drinks.... Apple juice for me.. and Chocolate milk for Joey.. during our little sit at the library cafe (we had to wait 15 minutes for the library to open.. for some reason they don't open until 10) Joey commented that you make chocolate milk by putting chocolate in milk... and I commented that you have to add sugar too... keep this in the back of your head.. you'll need it later...
We went in the library and chose a nice book for me to read to Joey.. lift the flaps.. really fun.. Joey has a really hard time just sitting still and listening.. so I folded the book up and went upstairs to see if I could find a book with the eternal secret of the round head.. (has to do with the dolls I make.. there is a secret somewhere about how to make the heads round without seams or wrinkles..) key word here is secret.. and apparently they don't have any idea at the library either.. so I chose a book called sewing for dummies.. there's got to be some stuff I'm missing.. ( I keep hearing what are so called common sense tips.. that have never occurred to me) and a book called "see you in grade 2" for Drew and Joey got a really cool looking book that I can't think of the name for right now.. and a Owl magazine MAD science video...
On the way home I heard a honk and noticed that my good friend Michael was in the car behind me.. COOL!! I haven't seen him in ages.. and when I got home Vic and Virginia were finally here to do the siding on my house.. YAY!!! and who pulled up to visit but MIKE!!!! Life is GOOD!!! So Vic offered to take my big pile of garbage down to the dumpster.. YAY!!! the big pile is now out of my drive way... My house looks 70% less white trash!!! Now if I could just get rid of all the kids toys... (it's just a matter of time really..) and I invited Mike in for a coffee... Showed him my garden and gave him a jar of my rosemary apple cider jelly for him to try out later.. Showed him my Abby.. (that's my doll I made) and he was impressed..
After Mike left I went downstairs with Joey to watch the video from the library.. Fascinating.. really cool science stuff.. Joey really likes the static electricity making the hair stand on end.. and after that I came up to check my email.. After a few minute I notice Joey is being really really quiet.. so I ask him "What are you doing Joey?" and he responded "I made a little bit of a mess mommy"..... you guessed it.. he was trying to make chocolate milk... there was about 2 cups of sugar poured out on the floor.. and the rest of it was in his cup.. with some milk.. and the left over crumbs from the swingset party... (chocolate of course) he was making chocolate milk....


Sunday, September 11, 2005

swingset warming party

I must say... what a cool idea for a party!!! We just got back from swimming.. and before that a swingset warming party at Matt's cousins.. The fun part was the 2 hours we spent looking for Drew's ID before going over the border... didn't find it.. and ended up going over and they didn't even ask for it.. figures.. We got there and they had quite possibly the largest swingset I've ever seen... and one of those bouncy tents that they usually have at carnivals.. and a horse and donkey for the kids to ride... all this in addition to their pool!!!! So we had a great time.. Joey's best quote of the day was "I rode a pony, and a horse, and I'm going to ride the donkey, and one day I'm going to ride a PIG!!" He ended up riding the donkey twice!! no pigs though...
Honestly you can't take me anywhere... It took me less than 5 minutes to spill pizza sauce on my shirt... (I really shouldn't have been eating pizza in the first place.. so I guess it serves me right) I wonder if Matt's cousins wife thought I came wearing a dirty shirt... I don't think she saw me before I wrecked it..
Their little baby is getting so big!!! He's got some serious chunk going on... I think he weighs about the same as Joey.. not that that takes much.. Joey's only about 28 pounds....
I ate enough food for a week... Really.. I'm still full and burping.. I've really got to learn some self control.. I'm going to beat myself up all night about that.. We went to the hotel to go swimming for a bit to burn some of it off.. but I still feel incredibly bloated..
Joey's first meeting with his teacher is tomorrow... I guess it's technically his first day of school then.. I never knew that they didn't have junior and senior kindergarten everywhere... but i guess the cousins kids are all going to preschool... and Joey is starting school... God Bless Ontario... :) an extra year of watching your kids for you... AND a year off paid when you have em :) what more could you ask for??
I think probably Drew's ID was stolen... My car was open the other morning.. someone had gone through it.. and it makes me wonder if maybe someone has been through our house too.. or maybe I put everything somewhere "safe".... I dunno.. but I've looked for it for a total of 5 hours now, and nothing yet... I can't find Drew's birth certificate, neither of their SIN cards, and neither of their health cards... not good.. not good at all.... Ah @^@% never mind.. I just found it.. it was in my OTHER purse... Dammit I'm stupid some times... 5 hours of looking.. and it was in my freaking purse..... @#%$!#^%#@@%#
Screw this.. I'm going to bed.

I just want to point out something really cool

In case you didn't beleive my job is hell.. click here and watch some cartoons by a friend of mine :)

my bum hurts.....

Just a little advice to all you people who, like me, have no idea just how badly out of shape you really are.... Don't ride a bike to work.. especially when someone warns you that the seat is loose... A friend gave me a bike this week.. so I can get to work and avoid some of the high gas prices... (more on that later) So I, idiot that I am, hop right on and off I go.. (matt did warn me that the seat needed tightening).. and about half way there I realize that it's just not going to work for me to actually sit down.. and I can't remember how to bike standing up.. much less with my purse in my hand.. by the time I got to work I was pouring sweat (well not pouring really.. but I WAS fairly damp and breathing hard) and barely able to stand... Ran straight for the fountain (well hobbled really) and took a huge drink of the best tasting water I've had in ages...

I must say the cafeteria at work is not exactly helpful when you want to eat something decent for dinner... a bunch of really crappy subs.. salads with a bunch of cheese all over them (I'm lactose intolerant) and chocolate milk... blah.. I ended up having a root beer and some combos... and M&M's for dinner.... so much for healthy eating... On saturdays I always eat my dinner during my first break.. because my lunch isn't until 7pm.. and I like to eat around 5-6 better.. So on my lunch break I usually go to Value Village and check what they have.. Last week I found a Cabbage patch kid PA Avon baby.. YAY This week I found some halloween costume patterns.. So I bought them up.. at 60 cents each I can afford to give the kids a bit of choice in the matter. and maybe toss the extras on ebay.. towards my softie fund.. assuming all bids go well I'm up to $7.37 so far..... only about 200$ to go.... lol.. yup this is going to be a long slow process... s'ok though.. Matt's gotta have some crap I can sell around here... just kidding matty.. you know I'd never sell your crap lol

I don't know what was happenning at work today.. Every call I got for over an hour was a misdirected call.. which means they ended up at the wrong department and I still have to pull up their account and give them their balance before I can give them to the person they actually called for... PLUS credit card payments weren't working.. so we were getting everyone and wasn't able to help anyone for ages.... yuppers a fun night.. so I of course mention that I'd like to get some billing calls... at which point psycho man calls up and screams at me about how screwed up his bill is.. (which is wasn't) and how we're double billing him (which we're not) and over charging him (not this either) and to top it off how we don't mail him his bills... some months.. and other months he gets two... well buddy I hate to break it to you.. but those months you get two.. the second one is the next months but it's just due earlier cause you're gonna get shut off in a few days... sucks to be you.. (god I WISH I could say that sometimes... at least I pay my bills) What I don't get is we get people calling in bitching how we should let them go 2 or 3 months past due (or longer if they're REALLY SPECIAL) and then today I get the nice old lady who calls in a panic because she had a bill a day or so past due for the first time in her life... oh terror... honestly people as long as you pay it before we disconnect you we don't give a rats ass.. you don't really have to call and tell us.. it won't change when we're turning you off.. doesn't do a damned thing except raise your cable bill because they have to pay more employees to answer your stupid phone calls.. And one other thing... there's a thing called the TV GUIDE!!! LOOK AT IT!!! don't call me and ask me when the biography channel is actually going to play some biographies.. ask the freaking biography channel..(actually I checked and they don't) or better yet.. check your interactive program guide.. you have digital cable that's what it's for you stupid @$%@$#.....
One other thing I don't get about this company... instead of giving people a detailed booklet on how to set up their high speed internet... they put all the Q&A on their website?!?!?! I don't get it.... So Johnny Mesa is trying to set up his internet account.. which means he can't get online.. and you want him to go to your website to set it up... yup makes perfect sense to me.... idiots..
So I got to ride the bike home again.. it hurts to sit.. so I'm going to bed.... I get to go to a swingset warming party tomorrow!!!! Man, I LOVE Matty's family.. they are so cool!!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Birthday:July 29th 1977
Birthplace:Hamilton Ontario
Current Location:St. Catharines Ontario
Eye Color:Dark Brown
Hair Color:brown
Right Handed or Left Handed:Right
Your Heritage:CANADIAN (that means all mixed up)
The Shoes You Wore Today:leather topped sandals
Your Weakness:food
Your Fears:losing my family
Your Perfect Pizza:anything as long as there's no cheese
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year:Lose weight, and pay off debts
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger:lol
Thoughts First Waking Up:Why does morning have to come so early
Your Best Physical Feature:My eyes or my lips.
Your Bedtime:supposed to be midnight. but more often 2 am
Your Most Missed Memory:the summer I was 15.
Pepsi or Coke:Pepsi, but presidents choice puts out a cheaper one.
MacDonalds or Burger King:McD's.
Single or Group Dates:neither.. I'm going out with my buds!!!
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea:home made by Matty
Chocolate or Vanilla:Chocolate
Cappuccino or Coffee:Coffee
Do you Smoke:not anymore.
Do you Swear:like a trucker
Do you Sing:If i like the song
Do you Shower Daily:yup
Have you Been in Love:still am
Do you want to go to College:Dunno.. I still haven't figured out what I want to be
Do you want to get Married:I am
Do you belive in yourself:yup... I am invincible
Do you get Motion Sickness:Nope.
Do you think you are Attractive:The freaks at the gas bar seem to think so.....
Are you a Health Freak:I try to eat healthy... but I suck at exercise
Do you get along with your Parents:most of the time.
Do you like Thunderstorms:I live for them.
Do you play an Instrument:Piano, Violin, Guitar. but none of them well.
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol:Yes. in fact I had 1 beer last night.. I rarely get drunk.
In the past month have you Smoked:yes. in fact I had 1 smoke last night. but before that it was a long time... since before winter.
In the past month have you been on Drugs:yes.. in fact I smoked 1 joint last night.. but before that it's been ages.. Matt friends are a bad influence on me.
In the past month have you gone on a Date:with Matt? why yes.. we went to karaoke last week.
In the past month have you gone to a Mall:Yes. penn center..
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos:no. but I did help out with a box of presidents choice eat the middle first cookies (which are like Oreo's)
In the past month have you eaten Sushi:Nope. Never had it.
In the past month have you been on Stage:no...
In the past month have you been Dumped:No.
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping:not in the last month.. lol.. but when I was 15 it was a passtime.
In the past month have you Stolen Anything:No.
Ever been Drunk:yes.. but not in ages.
Ever been called a Tease:You bet!!
Ever been Beaten up:Not since high school...
Ever Shoplifted:that was also a hobby in highschool...
How do you want to Die:that's kind of a morbid thought no?? I just don't want to live to be alone... I want to die before everyone else...
What do you want to be when you Grow Up:haven't figured that out yet.
What country would you most like to Visit:Australia
In a Boy/Girl..
Favourite Eye Color:dark
Favourite Hair Color:dark
Short or Long Hair:either
Height:Taller than me.
Best Clothing Style:I like guys in flares... who dress sexy.
Number of Drugs I have taken:pot, hash, and magic mushrooms once by accident.
Number of CDs I own:a lot....
Number of Piercings:my ears..
Number of Tattoos:none.. the bible says not to get em... plus I don't really like how they look.
Number of things in my Past I Regret:lots... lots and lots...

mmm cream of wheat....

Well.. it's saturday.. almost 2 pm.. I've given up the search for yummy food... I've settled for cream of wheat... at least it's not stale...

Took Joey out swimming last night.. Drew had said he didn't want to go.. and Joey discovered how much fun it is to run and jump into the pool.. It was kind of funny though, cause he'd climb out of the pool.. wander over to the edge like he's going to jump.. and then remember that he likes to run and jump.. and he'd turn around and run over to the wall and then run back to the side of the pool STOP and then jump in.. lol.. it was hilarious.. He lasted an amazing 20 minutes in the pool last night... then he was all about the hot tub.. I told him it was ok for him to sit on the edge and just put his feet in.. So I swam around the pool a bit longer, but when the other people who were in the hot tub got out I went over there to keep an eye on him.. I went in for as long as I could stand.. started getting dizzy.. figured it was time to cool off.. so I grabbed Joey and brought him back to the big pool.. and threw him in.. he lasted about 3 minutes and his teeth started chattering... so I sent him back to the hot tub for a couple minute to warm up... poor kid needs some body fat.. We had a bit of fun with another family that was swimming there, who were also from st.catharines. I find it a little strange that I go swim at a hotel in vineland.. and mostly see other people from st.catharines.. doesn't this hotel have any guests???

I finally got around to trying on some of the clothes that Andrea brought over... Holy crap... I think that her sis in law knows how to dress for my body type or something... I try something on and don't wanna take it off... I'm actually wearing pants right now that aren't so worn out you can see through them!!! These pants are actually acceptable for work!!!! I don't have to wear only skirts all winter!!!!! YAY!!!

The ebay auctions are going as expected.. one item has 2 bids... and there's 2 others with a single bid.. I am really hoping that people are planning on sniping...

I don't get Matt sometimes... His friends were over last night.. A couple people I know and love.. and a couple people I've never seen before.. The girl that was here said she has 5 CPK's I can have cause she doesn't want them anymore.. which is awsome!!!! and I think the other guy was Pat... cause everyone kept saying "thanks pat" to the weirdest things... Anyways.. when they were about to go out.. I let Matt know I'd be interested in a little couple time when he got home if he got home by 2:30 am.. no later.. well of course he doesn't get home until closet to 3:30 am.. and is feeling amorous... and I'm asleep.... so I told him to leave me alone and talk to me in the morning... of course.. I should probably have remembered that when Matt comes home feeling that amorous.. he's normally not gonna get up in the morning except to worship at the porcelain sucker.. not my fault he over drank himself.. I hope he's got a really killer headache since I waited up until 2:30 am for him and I've got a killer headache because of it.... What I do know is that he was spending some quality time with the toilet earlier... and he reaks... the guy smells soooo bad.... I honestly don't know why anyone would want to drink so much that they smell like that..... ick... I know there's a moral to this story.. but I'm not going to get into it... BLAH!!!

I just want to remind myself that cream of wheat is a safe food.. only about 100 calories per serving.. so I can eat myself silly and still not go over what I should eat calorie wise... mmmm.. safe food... yummy..

Anyways.. I gotta get ready for work.. gotta leave in 45 minutes... maybe I'll ride my bike :) that will be fun!!!!

Friday, September 09, 2005


Ok... I've finally done it.. I've finally listed some of my doll stuff on ebay.. not a lot.. just a few outfits.. nothing I made.. just bits and pieces of original coleco outfits.. I wanna try to get myself an Xavier Roberts original soft sculpture doll.. and the only way that's going to happen is if I sell some of my cabbie stuff.. soooo... it begins.. I've got 10 listings up right now.. 9 vintage and 1 new outfit off of a new doll.. that I didn't like the color on her.. not my favorite outfit.. and I've bought her others.. check here if you want to see my listings... if you feel like making a donation to my softie fund.. buy something :)

Acorns for the squirrels...

We ended up going to find the trail we couldn't find at night... turns out we were in totally the wrong neighbourhood.. so that would explain it.. the trail wasn't on the island... more like across from the island.... and not so much a trail.. as a level spot between peoples yards and the lake... but still .. an incredible view... and we found some wild grapes and acorns... I collected the grapes and made juice out of them for the kids.. not bad really.. but a bit of an aftertaste.. kinda like when you eat wild grapes.. only not as strong.. and we got a bag full of acorns to bring to the park for the squirrels...
Last night we had friends over for dinner and watched some Penn and Teller DVD's ... we ended up at the creationism episode of "bullshit"... and that's pretty much where it god weird... myself.. I have very little faith in science... my hubby and friend both seem to beleive in science... I figure science has been proved wrong enough times.. and the bible proved right enough times.. that I"ll just beleive what I beleive and wait for science to catch up... they keep saying the flood didn't happen either... but I don't beleive them on that either.. Explain to me how that story got into so many different societies... if it didn't happen.. honestly.. no one alive on earth can say definitively exactly what DID happen.. so do I beleive these scientists who have been working on it for decades... or actual accounts that may have been passed down for generations from thousands of years ago..... I dunno..
Matt's all stressed about his job... they've changed his hours around again.. now he's going to be 10-6pm.. which is a pain in the ass since I have to start at 6:30pm... doesn't exactly give us time to eat dinner together... at least it's only 2 days a week... and he'll be home until 9:45 am.. which means I have to get in the car 3 times before noon.. which is also kind of annoying... oh well.. at least we have jobs that pay the rent... and safe jobs too.. where no one will stick a gun in my face... if you want to see articles on one my robberies from my old job check here..
So this morning I was all revved up to go feed the squirrels.. and got all the acorns together.. and got to the park.. and didn't see a single damned squirrel... stupid little buggers... they don't seem to understand I wanted to feed them.. oh well....
The school called.. they wanted to see if I am ok with Drew changing to another class.. one with less kids.. which on one hand would be great.. but he's got a teacher right now that he adores.. and is a man.. and I always learned better with teachers I adored... so I'm kinda torn what to do.... leave him with a teacher he might learn from.. or put him in a smaller class with a teacher he may not like but he would maybe get more one on one time from... The principal also said with enrollments and such.. the classes may end up the same size anyways... I guess I'll just leave him for now... the principal sounded really annoyed that I wouldn't move him though... geez I wish I had a direction book on the right thing to do when trying to raise kids....
I still haven't gotten around to trying on those clothes.. and the laundry needs doing.. and I want to do some sewing today too.. but I'm probably deluding myself that that will happen... I was also supposed to go for a trip out to the garden center and happy rolphs.. but I don't think that's happenning either.... oh well... better start something.. I'm going to go do dishes now...

Thursday, September 08, 2005

a fun night... a weird morning

I ended up going out with a friend last night... and going for a walk down on henley island... which struck me as really dark and scary.. so we left... I kept seeing dead bodies everywhere... (which kept turning out to be piles of other stuff...) So we're headed back out today to look at the park in daylight...

So I called Matt last night to let him know I was going to be a bit later than I thought because I had to go get Drew's prescription... but when I got home he hadn't gotten the message.... so he's throwing baited comments out at me... and I responded with ... gee you oughtta check the messages on the phone sometime... Maybe I should just totally get rid of the voicemail... it doesn't seem to be getting messages across for either of us lately...... (I waited dinner for 2 hours the other day waiting for him to come home, when he had left a message that he was eating at his aunts)...

I think Joey set me up today... that little kid I think may be smarter than his brother... Drew used to tell me to go back to bed so I'd quit telling him what to do... Joey just bribes me with cuddles on the couch... knowing I'll pass out.. and then gets himself into interesting messes... Today I woke up to him making "special juice" which seemed to involve frozen bread crusts, milk, eggs, cheerios and god knows what else.... and there was an interesting trail of drips from the bathroom to the table...

Then he asked me to make him some eggs... and he's telling me that they're baby chickens.. Not sure how you explain fertilization to a 4 year old..... it was an interesting conversation....

Anyways... I'm done my coffee... I'm going for a shower and then a walk... hopefully this will be a wonderful day for all :)

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Well.. what a fun trip to the doctors... can't say I didn't see this coming... but still a little... I dunno .. feeling a bit trampled.... It took dr. under 15 minutes to come to a diagnosis of ADHD for Drew.... We get to try medication now.... he's prescribed a slow release.. one tablet a day.. which is cool.. at least he doesn't have to take pills at school.. and man it's a good thing we have a drug plan.. cause these little suckers are 4$ each... ACK...I gotta find some way to get some cash together to cover the part of it we pay... 10% or something... should be under 20$.. maybe I can borrow it from my checking account... maybe my payment has hit the visa... I'll have to look into that...

I'm feeling a little rough about the diagnosis... kinda like a failure.. I've given up on trying to do this like "normal kids"... I really didn't want to admit to myself that he might be ADHD... I was hoping we'd get a breakthrough.. and figure out some way to keep him interested in reading... But Drew was getting to the point where he was crying because no one else in the world has as hard a time as him in school.... and at least now he knows that lots of kids do...

Why do kids always wait until the most inconvenient time to have to pee??? After 40 minutes of waiting in the waiting room... we finally got into the examining room.. and just as the doctor is about to come to us... Joey has to go pee.... AW MAN.. sooooo... it's like waiting til after they're all bundled up in winter.... Maybe someone ought to work out an invention for that... something to make kids pee when it's convenient...

I just figured out that the times on all my blog entries so far was off a few hours.... not my fault.. but I think I've got this one fixed... lol

Why is it when I'm this exhausted... and I have an opportunity for a nap.. I just can't do it??? There's still time.. I'm gonna go try my bed.....

Early morning... well.. guess it's not so early anymore...

ok. I guess it's 10:26 am... that's not exactly early... but it sure was when I woke up... 7:30 am is just too early after working until 12:01... and not being able to get to sleep until 2am.... ACK... Man I need sleep...

I got to thinking today... about men... and dishes... I thought last night I'd be nice and cook dinner for the Matt man... (which in reality means ... I throw the meat in the oven..with the best intentions.. and when he gets home he cooks the rest) So I pull out the corningware... and can't help but notice how badly in need of a washing it is... I don't get how someone can put away dishes that are that glaringly filthy... I don't care if it's already been through the dishwasher... it's still dirty.. clean it... BLAH mutter mutter mutter... stupid men... blah I say..

I took Joey to the park this morning.. Met up with Darcy and read the paper... spent about 1/2 an hour watching the city workers cut dead branches off the trees with a chainsaw... WHAT FUN!!!! Yesterday we watched the workers in front of the school pour sidewalks... OH RAPTURE!!!! Joey is in bliss.. lol.. This kid just loves his construction worker types... and trucks... especially the trucks..

Today I get to take Drew to the doctors to get Drew assessed for a learning problem... 1/2 an hour away... I'm not really looking forward to it... Hi can you tell me how fucked up my kid is??? thanks.. blah

And of course.. since it's almost time to get out the door... Joey comes in with water and soap in his hair....... guess I better go clean that up.... kids..........

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

I'm a cypress tree!!!!

Guess it looks like I have about 18 minutes to post.... then time to pick Drew up from school... It's been a good day.. Took Drew to school.. Joey was upset that he didn't get to start today.. he has to wait to meet the teacher next monday.. Drew has a Dr's appointment tomorrow... I want to get an assessment on him to see why he has so much trouble learning.. the kid just can't focus... constantly distracted... by the simplest things.. like his pencil..

After dropping Drew off I took Joey to play group... I finally got to return the book I borrowed 2 months ago... "you just don't duct tape a baby" which was an excellent book.. I highly recommend it to anyone with kids.. and I ran into this guy from high school... not one of those people you really want to run into.. especially when you see that they haven't really improved at all with age... ick.. and he had to remind me of the time that we skipped class and went exploring in the sewer pipes... and I split my head open... and they dragged me back and we all got in trouble for skipping class and being in the pipes... ah.. those were the good old days... then he noticed my MP3 player... and went on for ages how he wants one of those for his (c) rap music... what can I say... I could never afford one of these things... I am spoiled... and very lucky to have good friends who love me....

So I checked out my bank account today.. realized that I had hidden money from myself again... I love when I do that... start panicking about how I'm out of food.. and then realize I've got emergency funds in the bank that I forgot about... lol.. so now I have fresh nectarines.. and apples and milk and eggs and such... YAY....

The solution to finding a quarter to stick under Drew's pillow.... you know you were curious... I ended up dipping into my coin collection.. What do you know!!! the tooth fairy apparently brings special quarters with different pictures on them.. lol... silly kids and me... neither of our piggy banks had anything bigger than a dime.. lol.. oh well..

I went into chapters briefly today.. realized it's just not as fun without Darcy along to point out all the interesting things... though I may go back later... and get myself some gardening books.. maybe after payday.. something about organic gardening for vegetables in ontario.... lol..

It's amazing how helpful Joey can be when I don't have the other kids around to do work.... He helped me in the garden.. vaccuumed.. helped load the laundry machine.. tidied up his own dishes... AND what's even more amazing... he's not whining for someone to play with...

I seem to have lost my copy of roller coaster tycoon 2... so if anyone has seen it.. please bring it back... Apparently neither me nor matt has touched it (ever) so neither of us knows where it went... we spent all last night hunting for it.... it's gone... and the Atari games that came in the cereal package... are just damned hard.....

I finally put advantage on the dogs and cat... Puss was NOT amused... and scratched at the back of her neck for a few minutes.. the dogs didn't seem to notice... it's kinda funny that my 3 pets can share the same package of it though... they're all so tiny.. hopefully we can get rid of all these damned fleas..... stupid bugs....

Ok well I have 6 minutes left til I have to leave to get the kids... and I need to switch the laundry first.. soooooo.. off I go.. :)

what tree did you fall from?

What tree did you fall from? Find your birthday, find your tree and then scroll down... This is really cool and somewhat accurate, also in line with Celtic astrology.

Jan 01 to Jan 11 - Fir Tree

Jan 12 to Jan 24 - Elm Tree

Jan 25 to Feb 03 - CypressTree

Feb 04 to Feb 08 - Poplar Tree

Feb 09 to Feb 18 - Cedar Tree

Feb 19 to Feb 28 - Pine Tree

Mar 01 to Mar 10 - Weeping Willow Tree

Mar 11 to Mar 20 - Lime Tree

Mar 21 - Oak Tree

Mar 22 to Mar 31 - Hazelnut Tree

Apr 01 to Apr 10 - Rowan Tree

Apr 11 to Apr 20 - Maple Tree

Apr 21 to Apr 30 - Walnut Tree

May 01 to May 14 - Poplar Tree

May 15 to May 24 - Chestnut Tree

May 25 to Jun 03 - Ash Tree

Jun 04 to Jun 13 - Hornbeam Tree

Jun 14 to Jun 23 - Fig Tree

Jun 24 - Birch Tree

Jun 25 to Jul 04 - Apple Tree

Jul 05 to Jul 14 - Fir Tree

Jul 15 to Jul 25 - Elm Tree

Jul 26 to Aug 04 - CypressTree

Aug 05 to Aug 13 - Poplar Tree

Aug 14 to Aug 23 - Cedar Tree

Aug 24 to Sep 02 - Pine Tree

Sep 03 to Sep 12 - Weeping Willow Tree

Sep 13 to Sep 22 - Lime Tree

Sep 23 - Olive Tree

Sep 24 to Oct 03 - Hazelnut Tree

Oct 04 to Oct 13 - Rowan Tree

Oct 14 to Oct 23 - Maple Tree

Oct 24 to Nov 11 - Walnut Tree

Nov 12 to Nov 21 - Chestnut Tree

Nov 22 to Dec 01 - Ash Tree

Dec 02 to Dec 11 - Hornbeam Tree

Dec 12 to Dec 21 - Fig Tree

Dec 22 - Beech Tree

Dec 23 to Dec 31 - Apple Tree

APPLE TREE (Love) - of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.

ASH TREE (Ambition) - uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be egotistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over the heart, but takes partnership very seriously.

BEECH TREE (Creative) - has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.)

BIRCH TREE (Inspiration) - vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly,pretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

CEDAR TREE (Confidence) - of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others,self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

CHESTNUT TREE (Honesty) - of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood, loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

CYPRESS TREE (Faithfulness) - strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, content, optimistic, craves money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless.

ELM TREE (Noble-Minded) - pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, loudest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

FIG TREE (Sensibility) - very strong, a bit self-willed,independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a social butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

FIR TREE (Mysterious) - extraordinary taste, dignity, sophisticated, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to them, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious, uncontested lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

HAZELNUT TREE (Extraordinary) - charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

HORNBEAM TREE (Good Taste) - of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgment in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

LIME TREE (Doubt) - accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress, and labor, dislikes laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous but loyal.

MAPLE TREE (Independent) - no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

OAK TREE (Brave) - robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

OLIVE TREE (Wisdom) - loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

PINE TREE (Particular) - loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, everything disappointments until it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.

POPLAR TREE (Uncertainty) - looks very decorative, not very self-confident, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

ROWAN TREE (Sensitivity) - full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

WALNUT TREE (Passion) - unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

WEEPING WILLOW (Melancholy) - beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner

Monday, September 05, 2005

a few more random thoughts

Just pondering a few more things...... it's been a weird day..
My son Drew lost his second tooth today... as in lost it... did he swallow it?? did it leave?? who knows.... either way.. I don't have a toonie to put under his pillow... will have to rob his piggy bank for a quarter to put under there.. lol.. not like he ever notices..

I got home saturday night after an 8 hour shift.. I had asked Matt to get done what he could to get us closer to ready to spray for the fleas... I got home and he's whining that he spent 3 hours folding laundry... Now get this.. now I know why men don't get anything done... he had ONE basket of laundry folded... which I put away for him.. cause I thought there was more... and after I did that .. I realize that in the 3 hours he folded laundry.. that was all he got done.. and ... in between folding shirts.. he watched a movie... that's men for you..

My cat has hidden her babies in the kids closet... where I can't reach them without moving either a dresser or a book shelf.. and one is back there mewing it's head off... it's on the wrong side of mommy... and I can't move it.... dumb cat.. really.. why can't cats just leave the babies in the nice birth box like the mommy dogs do???

Drew starts school in the morning... Just another example of how GOD provides for us.. One week ago I was totally stressed out.. we had no couch in our living room and no way of getting a new one any time soon... I had less than 200$ to spend on the kids for back to school.. would have been lucky to get them backpacks and crayons actually... and maybe one extra outfit each.. when Matt came home with a 120$ gift certificate for the mall.. he won an incentive thing at work... and then my wonderful children picked out the cheapest backpacks that Zellers had... which included lunch bags and pencil cases.. 9.99$ each.. and we ran into Drew's friend Alex's mom who works there.. and she helped us find some awsome deals on clothes for the kids.. I ended up with really nice button up shirts for under 5$ and jeans for under 8$ so that was good.. then pay came in and I had that money I originally had budgeted for school shopping.. I went to the other zellers.. figured I'd check out the clearance racks there too.. only to find that they were having a sale of 40% off kids jeans and 25% off kids apparel.. so I ended up having enough $$ to get the kids completely new wardrobes.. and socks.. and shoes.. and didn't bust the bank... and to top things off.. Matt's sister gave us a really nice couch set... She was getting a new one from her hubby for a birthday present and this one only needed one little spot sewn back together...where a seam had come open.. which took me 4 minutes and now you can't even tell.. Funny how I'm still stressed out about the car... when will I learn to just trust that it will all be taken care of.... I guess it would help if that car would just stop making NEW noises... fix one thing and another new noise starts... I'm seriously debating going back to just riding a bike.... and renting a car when I want to go places..

It took me hours today.. but I figured out how to add my friends blog sites to my links on the side here... you'd think there'd be more directions on that when you sign up... oh well.. good thing I don't mind messing with HTML :)

On the news today I found out that they are evacuating peoples pets from New Orleans today... and putting them up and doing what they can to reunite them with their owners... I started crying... I have been thinking for days about the little boy crying for his dog when they told him they couldn't bring it with him... I hope he gets his snowball back... I can't beleive there are still people refusing to leave... but when you take into account that a lot of them are staying because they won't leave their pets to die.. that's kind of heroic to me....

My plans for the rest of the night... are .. to .. eat some dinner.. try on the clothes my neighbour brought over for me.. and go to bed... blah.. it's time for early mornings again.. I can't wait for daylight savings time to hit... when I'll get off of work at 11pm instead of midnight... honestly it would make my life easier if Arizona could just switch time with us...

A BLOG!!!!

Thought I'd start myself a little blog... since everyone else seems to be..

Feeling a bit sick today.. my nose is running.. We've been spending the last couple days trying to kill off the massive flea population in my house.. I guess that comes with 2 dogs and 2 cats and 5 kittens and a bunny... We spent all day yesterday cleaning and spraying and this morning.. what do I find on my dogs.. but more fleas.. guess more baths and Advantage for all..

The cleaning was mostly uneventful.. only a couple temper tantrums.. one smashed up keyboard.. and a broken jar.. It could have been worse.. I hate cleaning the basement..

There's still a mound of laundry to rival mount everest in the basement that needs folding.. and another even bigger that needs washing..

Today the kids seem intent on killing each other.. Joey fell head first off the couch this morning.. and for some reason Drew just hurt Joey in the basement... Matt's just sent him to bed.. ACK..

I've got a million projects to do.. My sewing club has a project to make a back to school outfit for my CPK.. I'm planning a little kilt outfit.. kinda like a little catholic school uniform.. but we'll see what I end up with.. Deadline for that is august 15th.. maybe I'll get that done this week with the kids at school.. Joey will be home.. but he likes watching me sew.. so that works out ok..

The kids start school this week.. tomorrow in fact.. It's kind of a weird idea that I'm going to have a few hours a day with no kids.. I haven't had kid free time since I had kids... Maybe my house will finally get clean.. Maybe I'll start taking a nap every day.. It's also kinda weird that my baby is starting kindergarten.. the teacher called this morning to let me know he has his first visit on the 12th.. and then she'll tell me when he can start coming in for classes.. staggered entry and all...

We're looking at expanding the vegetable garden for next year.. doubling it.. which isn't really that much.. it was pretty tiny to start with.. which didn't stop me from packing it as full as it could be and getting a really good haul of veggies from it.. I got enough tomatoes to make probably enough salsa for the year.. and green peppers.. The kids ate pretty much all the broccoli right off of the plants... didn't get to save any of that.. didn't see much of the strawberries either.. But I figure anything they eat out of the garden is healthy.. and one less thing they're eating out of my fridge.. a snack grown is a few pennies saved... and with the increase in gas prices.. food is gonna be expensive... I'm really thinking of growing a lot of my own for next summer.. and canning a lot more local stuff.. I'm gonna keep an eye out for more jars at the second hand stores this winter... I've almost used up all of them this year..

For the past 2 years I've had this fantasy of having a pressure canner. All the yummy things I could can with that.. Beans.. corn.. meat sauces.. yummy yummy. But I haven't been able to find one (much less in my price range) in the two years since I've wanted one.. Walmart had them for 80$ a couple years ago... but that was before I wanted one.. So I've been looking for years now... I mentioned to my mom that I was making tomato sauce the other day.. she mentioned pressure canning.. I mentioned I didn't have one but I want one.. She mentioned she has a spare that she doesn't use... and I could borrow it indefinitely.. I am so happy :) Next year I am going to can all of my veggies for winter.. :) YAY

My silly puppy Jack Jack has figured out how to get upstairs.. but he's too chicken to come back down.. so he gets stuck up there.. and I have to go rescue him all the time lol..

Matt has finally signed us up for satellite tv.. but we got a really great package.. less than 40$ a month for all the channels we watch.. which is killer awsome!!! I think the equipment ends up costing 1$ .. they charge you 49$ and credit back 48$ on install.. I am a bit worried about having the kids watch too much tv.. but we've told Drew that if his grades fall at all the satellite tv will only be in my bedroom....and they won't be watching it at all.. since they're not really supposed to go upstairs at all.. that is MY space.. kid free zone and all.. lol

Anyhoo... I gotta go bath some dogs..