Tuesday, August 29, 2006

On the road again...

I'm back from another short holiday...I found myself in Saskatchewan visiting family...aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles, cousins, cousin's kids, and a grandma! We had a great time out at the farm visiting, laughing at a little guy who ate dirt and a little girl who ate dandelion fluff, ate lots of food, and relaxed. I also drove down to Duchess, AB and got to visit with my Chevy! We got to spend all day Monday together. He was sooo excited to see me...so that made me feel good! He also chewed my hairbrush, but I decided that I love him anyway. We got to play, go for a walk and have some cuddle time...what a treat! So I'll take one last trip this weekend to Cold Lake, then I'll be sticking close to Sylvan for a while...but my door is always open to visitors...wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean? A nod's as good as a wink, say no more, say no more! (Just had to add that after my last Monty Python post!)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Monty Python - Spam

It finally happened...I've been waiting for this moment from the day I started my blog...yes, it's true...I got my first spam message! I deleted it from my last post, but if you were curious, they were trying to advertise how you can make money filling out surveys. Now I don't know about you, but I don't even have the patience to fill out a cheque, let alone a survey...and how many surveys do you need to complete in a day to make any money? And do the people you're filling out surveys for try to get you to spend all your hard earned survey money on their products? I'll pass for now, even though they do make it sound like the most exciting job you could ever have. In honour of the occasion, I thought I'd include a clip of one of the most clever pieces of comedy you will ever see... well, in my opinion anyway.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Eccentricity #5

I suppose you thought that I forgot about finishing this little list? No such luck! It's not that I couldn't think of anything, but I just needed a break to remind myself that it's good to be a little different! So the 5th item on my list is that I am a woman of many excuses. I had a sneaking suspicion about this, but it was recently confirmed by someone (well, they outright told me I had too many excuses) so I can no longer deny it...I have an excuse for fairly well everything.

Here are my top excuses...
1. I need to buy a new car but I can't go because I don't have a guy to take me. (The truth...I'm just scared to go car shopping, and I have lots of friends with husbands!)
2. From Sept to May I can't take a weekend off because I need to be at the church. (The truth...I have a hard time releasing control of Sunday morning programs)
3. I would like to take an art class or learn a new language but it's too expensive. (The truth...I can afford it, I just don't want to do it alone!)
4. I have to buy mini-donuts every time I go to the farmer's market because they are a treat. (The truth...well, I have no excuse here--they call to me, draw me to the booth, they shout my name! Just like the mega-bag of cotton candy at Calaway Park...)

If I have a fear of something, or it's something out of my comfort zone, I'll make an excuse not to do it...and I didn't realize how out of hand it was getting. I'm not sure how to remedy something like this...other than acknowledge the fact that my excuse making is out of control. But I must say that the best excuse maker I ever met was a little guy who was only 3 years old. On one occasion, he was "helping" his mom rake the yard, and left the rake with the sharp ends up. And just like you would picture in a 3 Stooges video, his mom stepped on the rake and the handle cracked her on the side of the head. When she got mad at him, his excuse was "It's not MY fault...you weren't looking where you were going!". And once, he was in the bathroom having a bath while I was in the livingroom watching a movie (like any good babysitter...). I noticed that it was uncharacteristically quiet in the bathroom, so I decided to investigate (the last time this happened, he had covered himself in lipstick). When I entered the bathroom, there he was standing up in the tub in all his naked glory, holding a watergun in his hand. As my eyes drifted around the room, I saw that he had fairly well washed down every wall and fixture in the bathroom. His excuse: "It's not my fault...you let me have the watergun in the tub!" What can I say, I learned from the master.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

A restful holiday

I'm back from Vancouver, had a great trip! Too bad all that security stuff happened while I was there...for those of you who know my obsession with lipbalm, I had to pack it all in my checked baggage so I had to suffer with dry lips for most of my flight. Some of the hilights from the trip were Granville Island, the beach, Suspension Bridge, Aquarium, Gas Town, shopping, sky train, Commercial Ave, good food, and of course visiting with Sean and Harmony! I'm glad to be home, but it was hard to leave! Click here for a link to my pictures of the trip, plus a few new ones of Chevy, or you can click on the link to the right under my profile.

Monday, August 07, 2006

An overdue holiday

I'm off to Vancouver tomorrow, can't wait for this holiday! I'm hoping to get to some of the more touristy things...Capilano Suspension Bridge (if my knees don't give out), the aquarium/Stanley Park (to say hello to Baby Beluga), Granville Island Market etc. Plus I'm just hoping to sit on the beach for a few days and wander the streets shopping. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for little-known attractions that I might enjoy. A great restaurant or store I should visit...whatever. I'm there for the week, so I have lots of time to explore (plus I'm staying right downtown). Love to hear your suggestions!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

I'm not begging...

Well, yes, I am begging. I am desperately trying to win an ipod...so if you want to help me out, you can click on the link below. You have to sign up for something (columbia house etc.) so there's always a catch...