Friday, November 09, 2007

Preparations and Puppets

In one week, I'm going to be in Venezuela! This week I got to meet up with the 2 lovely ladies I will be travelling with and got to see some pictures of some of the people we are going to meet. And the beach we are going to visit. Today I got my Hep A shot, and I am slowly getting stocked up on supplies. Apparently this is the wrong season to buy bugspray, nobody in Sylvan is carrying what I need. I went to the hardware store tonight and when I asked if they have bug spray, one lady told me to just open my windows. Seriously. I kindly explained that I'm taking a trip and then she told me to buy some "Skin So Soft" from an Avon lady. I know that it does work on Canadian mosquitos but something tells me that "skin so soft" has not been tested in repelling insects and mosquitos of the tropical variety. I hate using bug spray with deet, because yes...I'm a health freak. But since I opted not to get my yellow fever vaccination I figured I will need to take better precautions than citronella and....skin so soft. Next on my list is to get stocked up on travel supplements and vitamins because yes...I'm a health freak. It just seems like there's lots of little things I need to remember to pack, plus lots of big things to pack. In addition to the craft supplies I'm taking down, we are taking some books in spanish, and 4 puppets have been entrusted to my care. I'm trying to figure out how to pack these puppets in a way that doesn't make me look like a travelling ventriloquist. Until I figure out what do do with them, they're lying limply in the backseat of my car, staring blankly into space, their mouths open in frozen laughter. Scary.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Venezuela?

As some of my friends may or may not have heard, I'm going to Venezuela! I'll be leaving November 14 for 12 days, and I'm going with 2 other children's pastors from here in Alberta. It's a missions trip of sorts; visiting some of the Alliance churches in Venezuela, and meeting some of the people who give their time and heart to children's ministry. Now that my ticket is booked things are starting to feel real, and it's hard to believe I'm actually going in 3 weeks. I've never really travelled much internationally...well, not at all...so this is going to be such an interesting experience! Right now I'm trying to read up a bit on the country, and a friend has also lent me a "how to speak spanish book". If nothing else, it's amusing to hear myself trying to say the words in my most desperately futile accent. The next steps are getting my final immunization, collecting the gifts and craft supplies we are taking for the churches, and the most daunting task of all....PACKING. If you know me, you know that I am not a light packer (Dad, if you're reading this, stop laughing). So this is really going to be a challenge for me. I hope to journal a bit on here about my preparations for my trip, and debrief a little after my trip. Thanks for reading, and please, please, please...if nothing else, pray that I will be able fit everything in my suitcase!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

My Idea of an Amusement Park?

Today I spent an hour in the happiest place on earth. No, it wasn't Disneyland. It was the Sears Clearance Centre! When I lived in Regina, I spent many happy hours wandering the aisles of the Sears Clearance (in those days I also had an employee discount since I worked for Sears...double joy!). I knew there was a clearance centre in Calgary but I never took the time to stop by. Let me tell you, I will now make a point of stopping there more often. It doesn't have the "ancient crumbling warehouse" ambiance of the one in Regina, but it will do. As for deals, I bought a pair of hiking shoes for $8, and matching curtains, bedskirt and sham for my spare room. The combined retail price for the bedroom pieces comes to $169.97. And for those three pieces on clearance, I paid $2.64 before tax. That's right, $2.64. I'll say it again, $2.64. Eighty eight cents an item. Completely serious. That is precisely why Sears Clearance is my happy place.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Stress Less

Just when I think that I'll get back into blogging, I lose steam! However, I must stress that the lost steam was due to being sick for a few weeks. I ended up with shingles and so for the past 2 or 3 weeks, I've been in a bit of discomfort and lacking in energy. It started in my scalp, it was really itchy and I was starting to worry that I had lice...then when I got a rash on my face I thought maybe I was having an allergic reaction to something. But when my face started going numb and prickly I finally went to a doctor and got my diagnosis. Now a week later and pumped full of anti-viral drugs and eyedrops, I'm feeling much better. Still not good enough to wear makeup on my eyes since there is still some itchiness, but I'm almost back to 100%. I'm in agony without my mascara...and if my grandma was reading this she would probably be laughing. A few summers ago I went for a visit but I had forgotten to pack mascara so I had to make an emergency run to Walmart for some more. She found this quite comical! I think everyone has that one frivolous little thing that they just can't do without. Anyway, the shingles were probably brought on by stress...so I'm trying to do a little more relaxing, reading, etc. and less tv and computer. This is going to be a struggle! It is going to mean getting up and exercising more. I also want it to mean more coffee times with friends. And doing my nails more often. And going for drives. And doing more art. And just letting worries go, especially when it comes to work and my relationships.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

So very, very, confused.

I'm really perplexed tonight. I came home from work and as I walked through the kitchen, I walked right through a puddle of water. A fairly good sized puddle. And the strange thing is that I can't figure out where it came from! It wasn't there when I was home at lunch. I looked down...nothing spilled, no tell-tale trail. I looked up...no hole in the ceiling! So I mopped it up, trying to shake this odd feeling. Had someone been in my house? Nothing was taken. Unless....the man who lives in my basement has a young son who just came back from his summer holidays. Last year he got locked out of the basement NUMEROUS times and I would let him use the phone to call his dad. This is the only thing I could think of...that he let himself in (we lock the outside door, and I leave my inside door unlocked)thinking he could use the phone, then maybe spilled some water from a water bottle? It's a long shot....and I hate to blame him...but what other explanation could there be???? Needless to say, I locked the door when I went out tonight.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

A man's work is never done. Around my place, that is.

I spent this lovely afternoon cleaning out my side of the garage and mowing my lawn. My garage is a place that I avoid at all costs, other than parking my car. Park car, leave ASAP. It's a huge mess. Oh, except for my neighbour's side...since lately he has taken to moving some of HIS things onto MY side. Nevermind that the owners of the house have tons of their stuff jammed on my side too. So today I shifted everything over to their side, I'm so petty aren't I! Another reason I avoid my garage is because all of my bottles are out there. Now, I do LOVE to recycle...however, the bottle depot in Sylvan Lake is rather frustrating as they have a confusing system of sorting and they make you do it yourself. So for the past year I've been collecting cans and bottles in my garage, and continuously forgetting to run them into Red Deer. At least now they are sorted neatly into bags. And finally, the last reason I avoid my garage is for the simple fact that it is so dusty in there. I'm sensitive to dust (such a wimp) so the thought of sweeping out the garage makes me cringe. But today I bit the bullet and did it. I swept out a huge pile of dust and dirt that has collected over the past year, swirling up huge dirt clouds and having it blown back into my face with the breeze outside. I then spent the next 2 hours sneezing and blowing dirt out of my nose, and hacking up a lung. But it's done. And I can rest easy for another year. I followed my cleaning stint with a lawn mowing stint. Don't even get me started on this one. It was like mowing down a tropical rainforest, the grass was so thick. The guy downstairs has been getting a little lazy with the lawn so I've been trying to pick up the slack. I started asking myself "Is this not what husbands are for??? I need to find me one!", but then I realized that quite possibly, even with a husband I might have to do these chores. So I'll look at it from the perspective that I'm working on my skills. "Lawnmowing skills, garage cleaning skills, numchuck skills". Guys dig skills right?

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Not my idea of a "shopping spree"

Sunday School starts this weekend. Eeeeek! I'm still short a few volunteers, but hey...what's new? We'll git 'er dun anyway I'm sure and I'm looking forward to this year. I was shopping for supplies for kids ministry and our nursery the other day, and it struck me as funny that I had a cart full of baby stuff and no baby in sight. And as I thought about it more, it's even funnier to wonder if anybody thought I was pregnant and just stocking up on changepad covers, baby washcloths, baby wipes, nursery decorations etc. And then I found myself relieved that these things weren't for me. Don't get me wrong, I have tons of friends who are having babies right now, and I'm so happy for each and every one of them. And I love kids, I wouldn't be doing what I do if I didn't. But sitting at home in the evenings, I find myself happy that I can hand the kids back to their parents at the end of the day (especially if they're crying). One day, if the Lord chooses, I suppose I may have kids...but for the moment, I'm happy to be free of that responsibility! And you all know I'm too young to have kids anyway...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Wise Choices

Lately I've been feeling that I need to make some wiser choices. Today I made a wise choice. I changed out of my nice, clean, white shirt BEFORE I ate some beets. Wise choice.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Music Video Monday....On Saturday

Here is Alyssa Alano singing "Keys Me". Awwww, you'll figure it out once she starts singing.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Meanderings...

Hmmm, well....what have I been up to lately? Right before the long weekend, I bought a new car! Well, technically I don't really own it since I'm leasing....but whatever. It's a little red Pontiac Wave...of course the one colour I didn't want but it's what was on the lot! Took it to Edmonton for the long weekend, and it drove really well. Went to a bridal shower on Saturday afternoon, then hung out with my mom and dad Saturday night and Sunday during the day. We took the trolley from Jasper Ave to Whyte Ave. Was very cool, and we got to do some shopping on Whyte Ave. If you're ever that way, please visit our favourite store (my mom and dad included!)...the Junque Cellar. There are no words to describe it...Love it! Monday was spent at Gid's 3rd Birthday, we watched Ratatouille at the theatre. It was great, and I've been invited to another birthday to watch the same movie this coming Monday, and I think I'm gonna go see it again! Busy week at the church, getting stuff ready for Kids Camps, as well as looking after the bulletin and phones as our secretary is away this week. I'm also looking after her dogs. Please come back Marrryyyyyyyy! Tonight will probably be spent doing laundry, and tomorrow will be spent getting my flat tire repaired. Yes, you read right. A flat tire after only one week of driving this car. The tow truck guy who came out to put the spare on said that mine was the lowest mileaged car he had ever serviced! Just over 600 km on it (it had 70 km on it when I took it for the first test drive...it's all downhill from there). Anyway, now I'm looking forward to the weekend, and sunshine...hope it stays around.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Music Video Monday...on Wednesday

Well, I've missed posting a video the past few Mondays, but I just watched this video today and had to share. It's so appropriate for me, I spend a lot of time online...not making myself out to be something that I'm not, but I've come across a few people who do! Of course it's country, which when I first heard the song made me think it was too cheezy...but you've got to hand it to Brad Paisley, he knows how to write a catchy tune and make a little fun of himself!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

Awestruck

I was at Value Village today, a little ticked at myself for not realizing that 50% off is NEXT WEEK! Anyway, from across the store a lady caught my eye and she kind of looked like a real life Barbie, so I decided to follow her and check it out. When I got closer, I realized it wasn't quite as it seemed, but now I was really intrigued so as I looked at clothes down the same aisle as she was I kept an eye on her. I know this sounds completely rude...but I just couldn't help myself! She had bleach blonde hair that from far away looked like a wig (but it wasn't), was wearing a pink halter top, complete with sunglasses hanging from her cleavage, a white mini skirt (and I mean MINI skirt), and shiny white platform stilettos! It was such a sight that I just took it in for a few minutes. And I'll add that she was probably in her late 40s. It struck me that this was something she might wear to one of the clubs or bars, but it hardly seems appropriate (or practical) for shopping in Value Village!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Some thoughts for Friday

-I'm getting seriously peeved that the only vehicles in my price range are minivans.
-Went to the Farmer's Market today to get some mini donuts and fresh lemonade. In the rain. Because I'm that stubborn. And they were worth it. (Incidentally, right now, an hour later....the sun is shining)
-I was so sad to find out tonight that Ruth Graham died yesterday. Unfortunately it took a day for my mom to hear about it (she relayed it to me) because Paris is still taking centre stage in the news.
-Why is it that when I only plan on spending 15 minutes in Value Village, it turns into an hour and 15 minutes?
-I'm trying to figure out why I continue to have a cell phone and a land line.

Well, those are my deep thoughts for today. Enjoy, have a great weekend!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

A bicycle built for....one.


You know that saying "It's like riding a bicycle"? You say it when you haven't done something for awhile, but you figure it would be easy to do again. Like riding a bicycle. But my question is what if you haven't been on a bicycle for 15 years or so? I rode a bicycle this weekend for the first time in about 15 years, I believe. And it was not easy. I was so wobbly, I was terrified to even turn a corner. Mind you, I was riding the bike up and down the foyer and fellowship hall at the church. But I wanted to make sure I could ride it and not look like a fool in public. The bike was left at the church to give away, and I offered to take it, since I really don't want to put too much more stress on my car. I was brave today and rode the bike to my house from the church avoiding all major traffic routes, and I even made it in one piece. However, it's an 18 speed and I really have no clue how to do the gears. That's right, I can't drive a standard car, let alone shift gears on a bicycle. Well, I'll get it figured out I guess. It's a junior bike I think as well, which works well with my short little legs. I am so thankful for this new mode of transportation, and for the exercise I hope to get!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Soaking Up the Sun

Tourist season is in full swing here in Sylvan...I've already seen too many chihuahuas, fake tans, and vibrating cars for my liking...and it's only the first Saturday in June! On the upside, it's been beautiful here, and today I went and bought all sorts of flowers to plant in my "plastic garden" ie: various planters on my deck. Fun, fun!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Some Big Hair Days

A week or two ago I was reading the insert of our local paper, showing the grad pictures of all the teens graduating from grade 12 this year. The first thing that struck me while I was looking at all the pics was, "when did big hair come back in style?". Some of the do's were pretty crazy and reminiscent of the 80's. I was inspired to go find some of my own big hair pics and I'll share them right here. Some of the best ones are in my mom's albums I think, but I did find some good ones...enjoy!

This was courtesy of my mother


I have to take full responsibility for this one


Grade 12 grad and some very symmetrical bangs


A few years ago at Maria's wedding, and then...


...later that night.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The World's First Bionic Burger

This just heightens my resolve to never eat a fast food burger again.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Music Video Monday

Enjoy this theme song from one of my favourite shows of all time....yeeehaw!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Baby Stepping


No, I did not take this picture, but I DID go out on a kayak yesterday! Thanks again, Des! She was kind enough to give me a quick lesson and shove me off from shore in her kayak! And once I got out there for a bit, I really didn't want to come back in. It was so calm and peaceful out on the water (there was only one motorboat out on the lake...very rare for Sylvan!) and I was able to get a bit of a feel for manoevering. Don't worry everyone, if it tipped over I would have been ok because the skirt Des has is not a tight one, just loose with a drawstring so I would have slid right out! That was an initial concern of mine! But I felt very safe in it, and I can't wait to go out again! So the only thing is, now I'd really like a boat of my own...but the prices can be a little scary! I can't even buy a new car let alone a little boat! So I'll just put it out there if anyone knows of someone who wants to get rid of a kayak collecting dust in their garage for cheap or for free, you know where to find me! This was an awesome babystep for me, I always thought it would be so cool to go out in one, but I was too scared to go try it myself. For now I'll stick to the lake, not sure if I see any rapids in my future! I think my next baby step will have to be snorkeling...something I've always been afraid of too. But I think that to fully enjoy the experience, I'll have to do it somewhere tropical...I don't think Sylvan will cut it unless I want to observe seaweed, minnows, and an occasional beer can.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Broken

1952 Wienermobile

It seems that everything of mine is breaking these days. It began with my car about a week ago (well, it's been broken for a while, they just confirmed it last week). It's not really worth doing the repairs I think so I'm in the market for a new car...how does the weinermobile above look? Next it was my vacuum. It's also been broken for awhile, so I figured I better take it in. I thought it just needed a belt fixed but apparently all sorts of elecrical stuff is going haywire as well, and I was told I should just buy a new one. It's just a stick vac, but I really do need to vacuum, so that's next on my list. My cellphone has been slowly falling to pieces after a mishap at kids club, and now the only thing holding it together is the wire connecting the screen to the keypad. So that got replaced today. Saturday night, my toilet was running and I was trying to jiggle the float to make it stop and ended up snapping the float right off. So until Wed when they come to fix it, I must resort to keeping the water turned off to the toilet, flushing, then turning the water on until the tank is full again. The last straw came today. I was just leaving the mall after picking out my new phone. I was sitting in my car, trying to figure some stuff out on the phone, when the lense fell out of my glasses. Now, my glasses don't have a frame on the bottom, so there was no way for me to pop the lense back in even temporarily. So it was back into the mall, all the way down to Sears Optical. Luckily, she was able to fix them right away and didn't even charge me for it. I was so relieved, since I wouldn't have been able to drive back to Sylvan...I'm so blind without them! Anyway, that has been my last week and a half. I don't even want to think about what's going to go next.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

A Space Of My Own

As some of you know, I've been working at the church here in Sylvan for almost 4 years...what you may not know is that for 31/2 of those years, I did not have an office of my own! When I first came to the church, we were in our old building and there was only an office for the senior pastor and then a computer and desk in the foyer for the secretary (the youth pastor and I would also share it). So if I was at the church working, I would just sit in the sanctuary, pull the communion table over and go to work. While we were transitioning to our new building we held sevices for a few months at the community centre, and rented some office space downtown. So there were sometimes 4 of us in one room, with two computers trying to work. Needless to say I worked at home a lot during that time. Then finally! We moved into our new building! However, they hadn't considered that they might hire new staff, and so there were only 2 offices built, with a main office for the secretary. So for the last 2 and a half years I've made my office in the library along one of the walls...my bookshelf, filing cabinet and desk in a neat little row. Well, often not so neat...in kids ministry "stuff" piles up a lot, and if you have nowhere to hide it you're hooped! A few months ago, the church was kind enough to take the main office and split it in two, build some walls, and wire a new office so that I could have my own space! It finally got done and I'm now moved in, and although it's small, and I currently have no door, I'm so thankful for this office of my own! Here are some before and after pics, from my "office" in the library and my new office...


BEFORE


BEFORE


AFTER

Friday, April 20, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

It's Slushing

I'd like to say it's snowing out, but I can't. It's slushing. There are big chunks of slush falling from the sky. But not in any fabulous flavours.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Music Video Monday

I know this is a day early, but I just couldn't resist posting this video. It is quite possibly the worst/most annoying video ever made. And I'm sorry that you will all be singing it in your head for the rest of the day. Last night I watched Fast Food Nation and I can honestly say that I'll never again eat a fast food burger. Blech!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

A Small World Becomes Claustrophobic

So I recently noticed that I've been blogging for about 1 year and 5 months. This will be my 106th post. I've been blogging a little less frequently, and I believe this would be because of my recent infatuation with finding "friends"...yes, myspace and facebook have hooked me (and I would have to say that facebook wins out over myspace). They are so addicting because you can find friends that you haven't seen or heard from in ages, and you are given an excuse to say hi to them and find out what they're doing. Even though they're not really a "friend" anymore, you can view information about them, see pictures of them, and track who they talk to. It may sound creepy, but I'm sure enjoying it! One girl found me who I haven't even talked to since elementary school days...it took me a few minutes to figure out who she even was (she was going by her married name)! I got thinking (yes it happens) the other day how even 5 or 10 years ago, this was an impossibility. Unless you maintained a phone/writing relationship with someone who you are far away from, you may never see or hear from that friend again. The internet is making the world so much smaller, and now I can even keep up to date on people I never thought I would cross paths with again. On the other hand, I have friends who live here in Sylvan and because of busy lives, the only way I keep up with them is by the internet. That's a little strange, when I have to send a note over facebook to a friend who lives down the road because I haven't seen her for so long. That is probably when these obsessions become a little unhealthy...

Monday, April 09, 2007

Music Video Monday

Well, apparently I haven't been here for about 2 weeks...the reason being that I have had company around off and on for about two weeks. I haven't really even had time to check other people's blogs, let alone mine! Cyndi came for a visit last week, and this past Easter weekend my Mom and Dad came down from Cold Lake. It's been great...usually don't have that much excitement in my life! But now things should be back to normal...well normal can be debateable in my life! So I figured it was time for another country song here (Amarillo Sky/Jason Aldean)...sorry to everyone who doesn't share my love of country...but hey, it's my blog! I'd also like to add that after resisting the powers of Facebook for months, I finally caved this weekend (thanks Grace-peer pressure!). A few weeks ago after I started a Myspace I asked "what next?"...I guess this is the answer...another fabulous timewaster!

Monday, March 26, 2007

An....odd video Monday...

In honour of an awesome little game that i've added to my Myspace, here's a slightly odd video that i found. Does anyone else remember wearing out countless batteries playing this on a Game Boy? I've always been addicted to Tetris, and yesterday I found out how to add it onto my Myspace...so if you want to waste some time, the link is on my sidebar...have fun!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Ranting about Recycling


Yes, I'm going to rant about recycling. Not about whether or not we SHOULD recycle, but about the fact that some people don't recycle properly. I know this sounds odd, but I just spent half an hour in the garage tonight organizing all the stuff that exits this house and ends up in the recycle bin in the garage. First of all you should know that I LOVE to recycle. I really do enjoy rinsing out containers, cutting lids off cans and folding up cardboard. I share a house with 3 people who live downstairs and lately they've really been getting into the recycling mood. Which is GREAT except they don't sort anything, they just dump it into the green box. And they haul out box upon box but don't break any of them down. So every two weeks I end up sorting their stuff, breaking down boxes, and throwing out all the stuff they think they can recycle but can't. Tonight it was 3 milk cartons, a lot of plastic wrap and 2 tetra packs that can go to the bottle depot. Now, because I love to recycle, I end up only throwing out one white bag full of garbage a week. The thing that really gets me is that I have a feeling they are not recycling half the things they could. I find very few plastic bottles, no paper, and no glass or metal cans at all. As a result, they produce 2 big black bags of garbage a week. I know it's 3 against one, but they totally monopolize the 2 garbage bins we are allowed to put out each week. Anyway, I'm not complaining about organizing their recycling for them, because I really do enjoy it...I just wish they could be better recyclers! Well, it's late and you probably all think I'm psycho for writing this, but hey, whatever! Happy recycling! And yes...I'm watching you...

Monday, March 19, 2007

Music Video Monday

This is the coolest!!! He is actually beatboxing while he plays the flute. So odd, yet entertaining... Who can tell me the two songs he plays in this video?

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Is it the weather?


So I've been in a bit of a rotten mood today. I'm not sure why, it's just one of those "feel sorry for yourself" kind of days. I'm sitting here eating a salad and some cottage cheese as I'm attempting to eat a little healthier these days...which is in itself a reason I could be in a bad mood! Thanks to everyone who listened to me complain on the phone or online today (some more than others)! You guys know who you are and you're awesome. I'm not sure if it's just the nice weather or what, but I kind of feel like I have cabin fever. I'm really praying that things don't turn out like in The Shining. I do have some reasons to be happy today...first of all it's my friend T's 19th birthday! Happy Birthday T, only 2 more years until you're legal age in the States! And I also remembered that Cyndi is coming for a visit soon. So there. Two reasons to cheer up. Well, I've decided to head out for an exciting night at WalMart. Only because I need to get out and it's the only place open late tonight! Hope you're all having an awesome weekend!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Music Video Monday

Thanks to Pastor Kevin for forwarding this awesome video to me! I've become a Johnny Cash fan over the last couple years, and I just love the gritty-ness of his songs and how he just tells it like it is.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Prestige

So, last night I watched "The Prestige" and I loved it! In fact it made my brain work so hard that I was up half the night tossing and turning in bed! I have to admit that I liked it better than "The Illusionist" (sorry Grace) but both are really good movies. I've been slightly obsessed today, reading about the movie and trying to get it all figured out...I never will. But I found some interesting things, so if you are a fan of the movie, click here, here, or here. You can also click here to meet Derek Selinger...a guy I went to Bible College with and an illusionist who is coming into his own. On a side note, I had an interesting conversation with a lady at the church today. I mentioned I was up late last night watching this movie and I tried to explain the plot to her. She said that she believed that illusion is deception and that it is unacceptable. I think that illusion (in the context of watching an illusionist) is art and very entertaining, although you get into some borderline stuff like Criss Angel and David Blaine...I know they are just illusionists but they use very dark images and present themselves as evil...I don't agree with that. What do you guys think? Deception or entertainment?

Friday, March 09, 2007

I Can't Resist a Bargain!


My friends and family know that because I can't resist a bargain, my house is filled with a lot of "stuff" that I paid very little for. It's all great "stuff", but there's a lot of it. Most of my furniture was purchased at Sears Clearance in Regina, or garage sales (with the odd Zellers/WalMart deal). I'm not afraid to buy clothes secondhand (as long as they're machine washable), I love to look through second hand records, and I like to pick up unique pottery and the like in second hand stores. I love to shop at Salvation Army, Value Village, and Care and Share (the second hand store here in town). It was at Care and Share today that I picked up a Litte Tikes workshop similar to the one shown here. I had made my purchases inside (a Cleo skirt-$1 , jogging pants-$2, Trivial pursuit question cards-kid's edition-$1) and as I walked out the door, there stood this awesome workbench, in great condition, with one fat little plastic saw hanging from a hook. I went back in and asked about it...they were giving it away for free! Well, since the store runs on donations, I insisted on making a donation, because if I was to buy one of these new it would cost probably $70-$100 dollars. Mind you, all the tools were missing except for the fat little saw, but you can buy plastic tools at Walmart I'm sure. So as I write this, the workbench is sitting in the backseat of my car. I'm trying to figure out what to do with it. I'd love to have it in my house, but since my little friends only visit once in a while, it would be a huge space waster. So I guess I will haul it to the church and put it in one of our preschool rooms. I know it will be welcomed by the little boys in the church, as I'm sure they're tired of playing at the kitchen centre and the beauty centre (complete with hairdryers, jewlery, plastic make-up, and a play razor thrown in for the boys)!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Music Video Monday

Here's a classic from Cyndi Lauper...I thought of this song after noticing that they are once again selling slouch legwarmers in stores! I saw them at Zellers last week, and they cost $8 a pair. It's amazing how things are making a comeback from the 80's...and quite frankly a little frightening! Even the packaging is the same as I remember. They aren't the regular legwarmers, they were the ones that got really baggy around your ankles. I once owned a pair of these legwarmers. They were pink and I probably only wore them once or twice...but I felt so trendy when I did! Last week, I saw a friend's daughter, who is only about 8 months old wearing legwarmers if you can believe it! There's no escaping them! Anyway, enjoy the video, reminisce a little, and cross your fingers that we will never have to backcomb our bangs again!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Toothless


The other night I dreamt (yet again) that I lost a tooth. This time, it was because I had been grinding my teeth so hard when I was sleeping that it had just shattered and there wasn't much left of it. I was devastated that there was a big gap 3 or 4 teeth back from the front. I woke up very relieved that all my teeth were intact.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Music Video Monday

I just love this video by Sarah McLachlan...it reminds me that there is so much more going on in the world than in just my little corner. I was watching the news today, and the talk was about the gift bags that they give out to the celebrities at the Academy Awards. Some actors and actresses have started refusing to accept the bags, as one bag and it's contents are worth more than a low income family would make in a year. And they're giving them to people who already have more than they need! Apparently they are going to stop giving these "gift bags" away, and if you can believe it, people are upset! Not the celebrities, but the designers and companies that put their products in the bags. I guess for them it's advertising! Sometimes I think I live simply, but then I realize how much I actually have. I know it's Ok to enjoy the things that I can have because I live where I do...but I need to make sure I don't take it for granted. I think there's always room to live more simply. Why do we always seem to need all the latest "stuff"...myself included?

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Relegated To My Bed

I'm sitting in my bed right now (thank goodness for laptops!) trying to get caught up on everyone's blogs since it seems that I'm stuck here at home. I haven't really even been online for the last few days as I've been really sick...not sure why. I thought maybe it was something I ate, but can't seem to think of what I ate out of the ordinary the past few days. It all started Sunday night. I had supper at Melissa's, and then around 8pm I got really sleepy and couldn't stop yawning. I had to pass on a movie (on their new big screen tv!) and go home. I had a bit of a fever, so I basically went straight to bed and didn't leave it until this afternoon (Tuesday). Yesterday was quite the ordeal with trips to the bathroom every 15 minutes and an extremely sore back. I had a shower after supper, put on new pajamas and then went back to bed. I watched TV for about 12 hours straight yesterday as well, but seeing as I don't have cable the majority of the day was fairly boring. I stayed in bed this morning and went into work for a couple hours this afternoon, but promptly came home, put my pajamas back on and crawled into bed again. With my computer to keep me company this time. So, hopefully tomorrow will be much better, and I'll be able to get a little more food into my system. These are the times that I wish Mom was here to rub my back, make me soup and take care of me!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Will you be my friend?

Don't ask me why, but I now have a myspace page. I already have this blog, and a Windows Live space, so I'm not sure what posessed me to do this, other than the fact that it seems "the thing" to do these days. So if you have a myspace page, or even if you don't...come pay me a visit and become my friend. Apparently I only have one friend right now, which is kind of depressing me (although he's a great friend!). You can find my page here. What next?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Valentine Video!

Just a little something for y'all, to say Happy Valentine's Day! This song brings back very happy memories for me...mostly it reminds me of rollerskating at the arena when I was a kid! The sight of dozens of beige rollerskates lined up ready to rent, the black and red paint at the arena, backcombed bangs half a foot high...the smell of greasy burgers and fries at the concession mixed with that distinct smell all arenas have, the sounds of Glass Tiger playing in the background! What songs bring back memories for you?

Saturday, February 10, 2007

5 Things

I was tagged ages ago to post 5 things that you probably didn't know about me. I only sometimes respond when I've been tagged, and I really don't feel like tagging anyone else. But if you really wish I had tagged you, just go ahead and consider yourself tagged. So here are my 5 things...

1. I have been to see Frank Mills in concert. Yes, that's right....Frank Mills. The music box dancer guy! Cyndi took me years ago when he came to Regina. We actually had fun there, mostly giggling at Frank and the other people who were there to see him. He is a fabulous musician, but had the corniest jokes. And Cyndi and I were the youngest people there by about 40 years.

2. I love eating 2 things that repulse a lot of people...oysters and snails. In playschool, when asked what my favourite food was, I told them "escargot"!

3. I was on a softball team when I was in elementary/jr. high school, but I haven't thrown a ball for about 5 years.

4. The first thing I did when I walked out of the Vancouver airport this summer was slip and fall on the pavement. Apparently Old Navy flip flops and damp Vancouver pavement don't mix. I just happened to fall right in front of a bus...so I really put on a spectacular show for those people. I was slightly embarassed, and my brother was extremely embarassed. I just happened to be wearing white shorts that day, and curiously, there wasn't a speck of dirt on them. Later that night I broke out in hives on my legs...not sure if the two incidents are related...

5. I have lived with 3 people whom you will find in my links to the right..."Kelle's Musings" (almost 3 years, I think?), "Zim Zen" (one year), "eek" (2 years in the dorm at Bible college). If you would like to find a husband and get married, just come live with me as all 5 of my roommates are now married (and I'm not, if you were wondering)!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

How many days 'til the next weekend?

Things have been a little crazy here this past week...I arrived home from Regina last Tuesday and pretty much hit the ground running. In the process, I forgot to go to a meeting in Red Deer on Thursday, and almost didn't make it to another meeting on Friday because I forgot to set my alarm. Well, didn't really forget...just didn't get a chance! I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow Thursday night and woke up at 9:45 the next morning, with my bedside light still on. Apparently, I needed the sleep! I had a great time in Regina...Kelle's wedding was wonderful and she looked beautiful for her special day (well, she's beautiful every day for that matter!). I visited with a few great friends and actually made it to a few of my favourite places (thanks to Stacy, Les, and Regina Transit...next time I'll rent a car!). Tonight I hosted a Tupperware party...why do I do these things? I don't have the organization that planning something like this requires! I had a grand total of 3 guests...haha...guess I need to make more friends! Just kidding...everyone was at Bible study or at home with their kids...what can you do? Thanks, Lindsay for putting up with me and for being the most spectacular Tupperware lady EVER! So anyway, I figure I need to have a Tupperware party every week (or just have people over)...my place hasn't been this clean in ages! It's what I like to call 'panic cleaning'...doing a major overhaul in a short period of time because you procrastinated cleaning for the last week. Will I ever learn?

Monday, February 05, 2007

Skip to My Lou?

For my Monday post, I chose this skipping video. Now, say what you will about men in skipping competitions...but I think these guys are pretty cool...although slightly cheezy perhaps? I was at the gym today and there are 3 TVs in front of all the treadmills and ellipticals (usually all turned to soaps at that time of day). I was finding it hard to work up a sweat today, as I watched a national skipping competition. It was more of the athletic skipping...like how many rotations of the rope in a minute (so fast that you can't even see the rope!) and then a little freestyle and double dutch. It had the attention of quite a few people there! Now I'm feeling like I should go buy a skipping rope...but I'm thinking that my neighbours downstairs wouldn't quite appreciate it as much as me...

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Is it alive?

What does it mean when your toilet starts breathing? I'm serious...it's been running alot lately and just before I left on my trip I noticed that it was beginning to make some noises that distincly sound like breathing. Kind of wheezy, like it has allergies. It makes me a little nervous.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

On my way!

Tomorrow I'll be on my way to Regina! I've included an awesome commercial for you to watch today. If you're ever in Regina, drive down Victoria Ave and check this gorilla out.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

A Saskatchewanian at Heart

In just a few short days I'll be heading to Regina, home of the Roughriders, cheap slushies, and the Sears clearance store! I lived in Regina for about 8 years while I went to bible college (no, i didn't spend all 8 years going to school...just 5). I also did a year of massage school there, worked in a massage/reflexology/tanning/fitness shop, worked at the Sears call centre, and then eventually worked at CBC (where I went to school) as a receptionist. I went to a great church there (Rosewood Park Church), where I was able to be involved in an awesome kids ministry program and made many great friends. My favourite restaurants are Viet Thai and East India House. Regina has a collection of the best coffee houses that I've ever been to (hope they're still around!) including Roca Jack's, Khafon, Stone's Throw, and 13th Ave Coffee House. On a Saturday off, I used to love strolling down 13th avenue and going into some eclectic little shops with off the wall knick knacks. I remember breaking out in the "Casino Regina" song every time we passed the casino, and on a hot summer day going to Milky Way for the best ice cream on the planet. These are just a few of my favourite memories of Regina. When I left Regina to come to Sylvan Lake, I did not miss it one bit. But after a year, I finally started getting a little homesick! I've only been back once or twice since I moved back to Alberta, but when I'm there, I'm in such familiar surroundings...and I feel comfortable. I'll be spending a week there, from Wed to next Tues, and although I have a wedding to attend (woot woot, Kelle!) and will be visiting with some friends old and new :) , I really want to make an effort this time to enjoy my surroundings, visit some of my favourite places, and remember the city that was my home for those 8 years.

Please note: I am extremely embarassed to say that although I have been to a Pats game, I have never been to a Riders game...the shame!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Master of Disaster

Some days I just seem to attract disaster. I know that. My family knows that. Anyone who has lived with me knows that. Today I was reminded of it. I had a volunteer meeting tonight so I went to the store to get some desserts and drinks to serve. I came back to the church and took everything to the kitchen, and pulled out a bottle of carbonated pomegranate juice. I figured I'd try it, so I set it on the counter and proceeded to open the bottle...red volcano! It shot all down my jacket, was running down my hands into my sleeves, all over the counter, cupboards and floor. Scenario #2 happened 10 minutes before the meeting began. I was making coffee in the commercial coffee maker, and it's a long story but the coffee pot only ended up being a quarter full. So I poured more water in and figured I better keep my eye on it and if it was going to overflow, I'd quickly move the other pot underneath. Well, being me, I got completely distracted and was surprised a few minutes later to hear a "sssssssss" sound. I looked over, dreading what I would see. Sure enough, the coffee was overflowing, and was running across the counter and pouring onto the floor. So now I smell like a mixture of coffee and pomegranates, have a jacket in need of a washing machine, and a bag full of wet tea towels that are probably stained so badly they're going to need bleaching. On a side note, my meeting went really well, although only 8 out of about 30 volunteers came. The sun'll come out....tomorrow.....

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Music Video Monday

So this is "Boogie Woogie Dancing Shoes" by Claudja Barry...when I was a kid, this was one of my very favouritest songs! We had a tape with this song on it, and I remember rewinding it over and over to listen to it...I'm sure my dad has this record tucked away somewhere! I used to sing this song to my friends and they would just look at me like I was crazy...no one had ever heard of it! Anyway, this video is a little odd, since it looks like they dubbed the song over another song she is performing. But whatever, I'm just glad I found it!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

One of the Worst 'The Price Is Right' Players Ever

I just had to share this video after seeing it on another blog. I was laughing so hard I was truly crying by the end. It just gets better and better...

Something that shouldn't be in my diet

I tried a little experiment last night. It actually might frighten some of you, it might even make some of you gag. I made homemade pork rinds. Yes, that's right, pork rinds. On my internship, the lady I was living with showed me how, and I never tried until last night. I made a pork roast, and they wrap it in a layer of fat. So when the roast was done, I peeled off the fat and put it back in the oven to dry out for 45 min or so. I have to admit it was soooo tasty! The fat just melts in your mouth...mmmm...I only allowed myself a few bites of my experiment and had to chuck the rest (so sad) but at least I know how to do it now! The only drawback was that now my whole house smells like grease. Even the towel I used for my shower this morning...ew.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Music Video Monday

This caught my eye today, reminds me of watching Madagascar with my friend's kids...when this part came on the kids (age 2 and 3 at the time) started dancing! So I couldn't resist playing the extended version at the end of the movie and having a dance party with them...this song is off the chizang!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Back Into the Swing of Things...Or Not

I really haven't had the inclination to do any blogging since I got home, but figured I better sit down and mull over some thoughts while I have the chance tonight. I'm watching Deal or No Deal right now, and I can honestly say this has been the most amusing episode I've seen yet...the first guy they had on ended up winning a whopping $200 (he claimed he was wearing an orange shirt for luck...remind me never to wear orange), and the girl that's on now is obsessed with slapping Howie on the bum whenever she eliminates a low number. Makes for entertaining television at any rate. I'm not a huge fan of Deal or No Deal, but a friend of mine sent me a link to a very addictive game. Click here to play, but be warned...you may get stuck playing it for hours. Thanks alot Tammy. Made plans to take down Christmas decorations tonight. Failed. Thought about doing dishes. Didn't happen. Hoping to clean up my room before bed. There's still hope! But basically an unproductive day...so I'll sign off for now, since this entry is also quite unproductive and is slowly becoming uninteresting as well.