Random Check in

  1. The Boy just told his Grandpa that he has 3 more weeks of school and then he’s off for 2 weeks.  This gave me heart palpitations. Not because of Christmas, but because of work.  That means year-end is in 3 weeks.  I have so much to do.
  2. Gordon is growing up so fast.  We took her for her last booster shot last night and she weighed in at a whopping 2.8kg or 6lbs 2oz. What happened to our little 2.5lb baby?
  3. Yes, we are those pet owners.  She is our child – without a doubt or apology.
  4. We’re still a 1 car family. For the most part it’s fine, except when it’s not.  Both the Boy and I go back and forth between being fine with it and needing a second car TODAY.
  5. The Boy has finished his first Long-Term-Occassional position.  It was great having a consistent morning routine, it sucks walking to the gym at 6:30am. See #4.
  6. The gym is still going well – it must be I’m walking there for goodness sake!  I haven’t remeasured yet, but I did put on my skinny jeans this week with minimal dancing and no need to lie down to do them up.
  7. Everyone does that right?
  8. The Boy is currently watching the Chinese News on OMNI1.  He says he’s trying to learn the language.
  9. The Boy and I went curling with Sista and the Physicist. The Boy said I should wear my bike helmet.  For the record I did not fall on my head once.  I did return with some bruises though.  Mainly from when I fell… on my hip… on my first rock.  It all made me feel very Canadian
  10. We decided not to go away over Christmas. Instead we’re painting our house and have made the definitive plan to go somewhere far in the summer.  I say Europe – anywhere in Europe.  The Boy says he likes the idea of the East Coast – Cabot Trail area. It is a beautiful area. But does anyone have suggestions for a “first trip to Europe” tour?

What’s new and random in your life?


Oh Christmas Tree

I love Christmas. LOVE IT! I love all the traditions, I love finding the perfect something for every person on my list. I love the treats, I love the delicious meals. And not to get too sappy but I love the opportunity to take a little time out and spend some down time with the people I love the most.

I love the decorations and I love the tree. LOVE IT!

Enter, point of contention in the newlywed household.  Last year, you will recall the Boy and I got our very first Christmas tree together.  It was little but it was well loved. It may have been a bit of a Charlie Brown tree but it was our Charlie Brown tree and that counted for something.

This year, maybe it’s the rain, the unseasonably warm temperatures, the lack of fluffy white snow – the Boy has been a bit lacking in Christmas spirit and had the audacity to suggest that we forego the tree this year.  Forego? The tree? Are you cancelling Christmas too?  He tried to use his powers of logic –
“We aren’t at home for Christmas” – What is your point exactly?
“It’s so hot in our apartment the tree will be so dry by the time we get home and we don’t have a vaccum that works worth a damn – what a mess, let’s forget it.” – I’d rather not.
“I can think of other things we can spend the money on” – Saving is for suckers
“I can’t believe this is $25 for a tiny little tree!” – I could insist on a full size $80 tree if you prefer.

Since the name of the game is “I win” I being me – we obviously got a tree, though he did make me decorate it myself.


Last year in addition to our little tree, my lovely parents happily settled into their new home in the north went out hunting for a beautiful tree to grace their new high ceilings.  It was beautiful alright, but it nearly cost us the life of my dad as he is no longer 25 and should not be pulling a 12′ tree through 3′ of snow… by himself.  So this year in an effort to have the best of both worlds we all went tree hunting as a family.

I haven’t done this in a really long time. I actually can’t remember the last time we went to cut down a tree ourselves.  We used to do it every year, but somewhere along the line (I’m thinking probably when the siblings went to univeristy and there wasn’t enough people around to cut and carry a tree out of the bush) we stopped, and kept it real, but with lot or nursery trees. I may have forgotten how to dress for the activity, but we had a lot of fun, and the Boy may have found just a little Christmas spirit (although he’ll deny it to the end).

Tall and skinny, the perfect tree to get the festivities kicked off.

Are you ready for Christmas?

Is it just me or is the whole Christmas on a Sunday thing throwing everyone for a loop?

Happy New Year & YouTube Friday

I’ve been enjoying a week of family and friends – but couldn’t let the day go by without wishing my Blog world a very Happy, Healthy and Safe 2011!

I know I’ve got an exciting year planned and can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Happy New Year!!

1 for 1 – 2 for 2

Christmas in the post-War United States

Image via Wikipedia

1 day closer.  1 more project finished. I dare say, if the recipient doesn’t love it… I’m totally keeping it for myself! Oh! I can’t wait for Christmas for so many reasons but one big one is so I can show all of you what I’ve been up to.  I don’t want to spoil any surprises!!

So that takes me to two more days with 2 more projects to finish.  I’m feeling pretty strong right now… I love the pressure.  I’m thinking my love of the last minute rush is going to wreak havoc in about 260ish days.

That’s right people… we’ve started a countdown. Which means we have a date. Which means we have a venue.

For the diehards – I challenge you to tell me the date in the comments.  For those that are already off on Christmas Vacation (it’s my jealousy that makes me use the word teacher as a curse word twice a year), and are feeling lazy… you’ll probably just wait until I tell you all about it.

For now… sleepy sleepy.

3 More Days – 3 More Projects

How did this happen?  It started with 3 projects.  3 small projects.

And then the list grew… and grew… and grew.

I started off strong.  I only had 1/2 a project left (not one of the original 3 BTW).  So I started on the B list – the projects I thought about starting ONLY if I got through the already expanded A list. I only had 1/2 the project to go… so I started the B list.

Now it’s 3 days until Christmas and I have 3 projects still on needles, including that 1/2 a project left from the A-list.  As I started to feel a little over-extended I started thinking that some of these presents might be just a ball of yarn and an I.O.U.

But then. Then. I started.

And now I’m feeling the pressure. Now I’ve got three days and I’ve started 3 more projects. Did I mention I’m working this week? And also that I haven’t finished Christmas shopping yet?


The good news? I got a camera cord, AND the camera

YouTube Friday

1 more week ’til Christmas!!

Have you finished your shopping yet? More important, have you finished your Christmas knitting?

Well if you haven’t I suggest you watch this week’s YouTube Friday video to get you in the spirit of the season, and get your %$$ in gear! (Boy I’m this is directed to you!)

To help you along, I’m gifting you with Classic Mariah


PS – The Sista delivered and we have a camera cord in possession.  We have a quieter/ish weekend ahead and lots of posting to be had – next week, Venue 4, 5 and 6… and hopefully a decision!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here in the North country we don’t let consumerism dictate when we gather with our family.  We like to give thanks for the bountiful harvest at actual harvest time instead of 30 shopping days left before Christmas. I know my American readers will think it odd – but this weekend was Thanksgiving north of the border.  And it was… delicious.

Thanksgiving tops the list as far as favourite holidays for me.  It’s a stressless long weekend that’s all about the food and family. Not too much to get ready beforehand, no stressing out that you haven’t yet found the perfect something for everyone on your list. Just food.  Delicious food.

The Boy and I headed to my parents for the weekend.  It was the first holiday in a LONG time that we didn’t split between two families and stuff ourselves silly eating TWO turkey dinners.  While we love that our families live close enough that we can see everyone – I can’t deny it, it was nice not to travel.

Instead we spent the weekend catching up with BFF Kate, in for the weekend from Edmonton, and hanging out with the fam.  The Boy spent his weekend doing boy things, building shelves, putting together a work bench, golfing and sorting out my brother’s goofy handed golf swing (he grips left, but shoots right – freak).  I spent the weekend doing girl things, namely knitting, helping with dinner, going on Starbucks runs, drinking tea, and tearing out said knitting only to start again.

It was a full weekend, but relaxing.  The only thing the Boy and I didn’t really do… hang out with eachother! Tonight, date night.


The Boy's favourite part of dinner... well everyone's really.


Happy Thanksgiving!

PS. Debbie just asked in my comments if we share the same food as our neighbours to the South.  And I just don’t know.  So – what’s your favourite food at Thanksgiving?