Monday, January 31, 2005

Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my dad's birthday. I am cooking supper for everyone tonight in honour of it. I went to the superstore today and bought a huge roast. It has been slow cooking in the oven all afternoon and my house smells really yummy! Kassie is out for the day and currently her and Colby are curled up in my bed, she is sleeping and he is watching TV. I am in the process of reading The Di Vinci Code for the second time, as I received the illustrated version for my birthday. This is such an amazing book. Kelly left a message on the machine last night wanting me to call them. I was talking to my brother this morning and they wanted to know if I would do all their wedding pictures! I was originally going to do black and white for them, but now they want me to do it all! I will be surfing the internet for different styles and poses for originality, to go along with the traditional pictures. I caught an episode of Taking It Off, on the Life Network last night. 3 of the 6 people on this show I know. There is Wendy, the call centre supervisor, who I work with, Big Reg, who is Joel's brother (Joel is a good friend of BJ) and there is Alyson, who is Alyson, damn, I can't think of her last name but I went to high school with her. I am dying to see Big Reg, as he started the show at 330lbs. This was going on for the last 6 months and has just only started airing in January. I have watched Wendy lose I believe over 60lbs, and on a woman as "vertically challenged" as she is, it is extremly noticable. Everytime I see her I just want to hug her. She is beautiful. She is literally 1/2 of the person she once was. A year ago beautiful is not the word I would have used to describe Wendy. She literally was a very short, fat woman who dressed like a man because I assume these were the only clothes that would fit her. She waddled, not walked. She has always been a beautiful soul, but now her outside is just as beautiful as her inside, which if you know Wendy, is a very beautiful thing. Seeing how well she has done, I'm dying to see Reg. I hear that he is just 1 pant size than his brother Joel, and Joel is a skinny little shit.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Happy Birthday Genevieve

Today is Genevieve's birthday. I would love to have driven up there to surprise her but with my luck she would have been working. Birthdays with Genevieve make me think of the lopsided cake she made me for my birthday while we were still living in Newfoundland, which then leads me to thinking of 3am McDonald's milkshake runs in jammies. even though we don't speak as much as we should, she knows that she is in my thoughts especially ow that she has a new life growing inside her. This is a big year for her, turning 30 and becoming a Mommy all at the same time. I know she'll be amazing at it. Happy birthday my friend, I miss you.

This is across the street after storm #3, you can just see Jim dwarfed with all the snow! Posted by Hello

We love Oz Posted by Hello

I love this pic of Big Momma Posted by Hello

Colby has named this fish Cat in the Hat Posted by Hello

All them again! Posted by Hello

Georgie, Maddison and Colby January 9th 2005 Posted by Hello

Thursday, January 27, 2005

3 hour naps

I'm off today and am enjoying it. It has been bitterly cold here this week. We took Colby out this afternoon as I had to drop an Avon book off to some women I know in Dartmouth (yes, I sell Avon, which means I am not making money but getting stuff cheap because of the discounts) and he fell asleep in the car. He fell asleep shortly after 1pm and it is now 3:39pm and he is still asleep. I have managed to get most of the house cleaning done that I wanted to, have updated my avon orders and finally have a minute to myself. One or more of the fish in the community tank had babies, so there are these little itty bitty fish in the tank. I'm hoping they all don't get eaten! I was also just talking to my brother to remind him that he really needs to get the invitations out for his wedding. It is the end of January and people from away need to know so they can plan! I still can't believe my little brother is getting married! AHHH!!!

Monday, January 24, 2005

Another snow day!

I cannot believe how much snow we have right now. I debated on whether or not I should go to work today and after taking a drive I decided not to go. It was still extremely windy and the roads were a mess. A certain person called tonight and when they realized I was home, stated "We knew you would stay home today because you could". I was extremly offended and insulted by this comment. I am not the type of person to stay home just "for the hell of it". I worked too hard to get into the position that I am at work (floor support / resolutions) and do not want to jepordize that. I also do not feel comfortable going to work when the RCMP are asking people to stay off the roads. Oh well, it's ultimately my decision. And, on a lighter note, I have finally added the pictures of our fish. We took more today with my camera, as all these were done with dad's new digital camera.

Couldn't you just eat the face right off him! Posted by Hello

One of 2 tanks Posted by Hello

The white one is Kevin, the stripe is Oz Posted by Hello

This is our bumblebee Cichlid Posted by Hello

This is Big Momma, our newest Chichlid Posted by Hello

Introducing Baby Read Posted by Hello

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Books and bubble baths

I have just finished taking a 2 hour bath. Some people don't understand how you can take 2 hour baths, but in a tub the size of mine it takes forever for it to cool down and with a good book time escapes you. For the second time this week I found myself in an empty tub ( I let the water out but stayed in as I couldn't put the book down) because of the stupid book! I am currently reading the Irish Trilogy by Nora Roberts. I am currently on book 3, Heart of the Sea. I had to take a break to actually get out of the tub, but since I realized it was before midnight I decided to stay up to finish it. I also wanted to check to see if the snow started. I can't believe we're about to get yet ANOTHER snowstorm. This will make 3 storms in 7 days. We have no room left to put it!

Friday, January 21, 2005

Baby Read is a girl!

I got a call from Adam last night. Genevieve had her 2nd ultrasound yesterday and the baby is a girl. At this point she is still unnamed, and I was teasing Adam that she will come home Baby Girl Read. I'm extremly excited for them. Adam is a passive man at the best of times, but I could really hear the excitement in his voice. Now all I have to do is convince him to change the baby's room from Pooh to anything else! We had our 2nd snow storm in a week, and due to it I again missed another day of work. It was a true piss off because wen I was making my decision on if to go to work or not it was snowing and blowing like crazy. An hour after that (approximately 4 pm, after I had already called and gave up my shift), it was beautiful. Colby and I went out to start shovelling for Rob, and the snow was knee deep! I couldn't believe how much snow had fallen in such short time. Colby found out how fun it was to climb on the snowbanks and then slide down again. It kept him amused. I am still battling this cough which has now been lingering for a week. It's extremly annoying. I was up most of the night coughing. Colby decided that 6:15 was a good time to get up this morning, so we're both a little cranky. Work should be fun.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

This is Colby's contribution

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Flying work gloves and heated garages

It's now Wednesday and I have been out of a car since Sunday. There were unforseen complications that after much cursing, swearing and flying workgloves stopped the process short on Sunday. It seems that there was a small piece of pipe that Rob didn't see that stopped the muffler from fitting. This is not something he bought, and as we are the only province in Canada without Sunday shopping (angry man fist) we had to wait. Then, as luck would have it, we had a blizzard Sunday night, so all the stores were closed on Monday, (again, angry man fist). Yesterday was my day off, and in desperation, I made a call to Amherst. It is now Wednesday at 12:28, and BJ is in the driveway finishing my muffler. He showed up here around 9:30 and him and Rob worked on it until Rob had to go to work and BJ is finishing it. The plan was to have Rob finish it tomorrow, but with the storm on Monday that was his day off and he is now working tomorrow. And to Adam Read, if you LIVED closer we could have brought the car to you and your heated garage. But, as Rob is a REAL MAN, the cold doesn't bother him, so he was able to work outside in January. You enjoy your heated garage chicken legs. Can't wait to see you in May! On a lighter note, I took pictures of the fish tanks with Dad's digital camera so as soon as he learns how to email pictures I'll post them!

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Mt. Wannahockaloogie.

It's funny. I have a couple other blogs that I read and I get really annoyed when after looking at them for a few days nothing has been updated. Then I look at my own. So, I have decided before I grumble about other people, I really need to be more diligent with this. We have set up another fish tank, so now we have 2. We have a hexagon tank (I'm not sure how many gallons, you could help out here Kass) which is affectionately known at the "Community Tank", which is just a bunch of tropical fish. Right now we have 2 angel fish, a whole lot of little bitty ones (again, Kass you could help here), and a whack of Mollys (silver, gold, black &white). We also have a 25 gallon rectangle tank full of cichlids. They are absoutely beautiful. The colors range from white (known at Kevin, Colby named him) to a dark purple we just got Friday named Big Momma. They are soo active. Rob re-did the chuckled tank with broken bricks and plants, and the Community Tank has our own Mt. Wannahockaloogie, complete with bubbles coming out of the back. I enjoy just sitting back and watching. As I sit here and type this, I realize why it's soo hard for me to update. As I sit here, I have a little boy trying to climb all over me (we don't acondone this activity so it's quite a fight sometimes), and right now he has his head on my shoulder asking for a vitamin. He's quite the kid. I have always said that I should have had an ugly kid. Discipline would be much easier if I didn't have such a cute face looking up at me. Also at this time, I hear Rob in the driveway banging on my car. He's changing the muffler. The task began with him cursing because he couldn't find his work gloves. I hope there are no young kids walking around while he's under there! It may get ugly! I personally think it's worth it as right now my car sounds like a stock car. I am aware that many people pay a lot of money to get their car to sound like mine does right now. I'm just not one of those people and I want my quiet car back!

Friday, January 07, 2005

The Years in Review

Well, here I am, 30 years old. Man, that just sounds old. I am out of my 20's and into a new decade of my life. I have had a busy day. I took Colby to see his first hockey game and he was fantastic. We went to see my cousin George who is up from NL play in a high school tournament. From there Colby went to stay with my Aunt Rose for a couple hours and I went to get Kass. We did some running around, I got my license as it expires on your birthday, and we headed home. I had all intentions of going to see the 2nd game at 4pm but Colby fell asleep and slept until after 5. Everyone at work signed a card for me and Sandra and Cindy sang happy birthday to me. What two fools. But it was great. Sandra bought me an individual strawberry shortcake which was heavenly. Jean called this morning to wish me happy birthday but I wasn't home, and Nicole and the girls left a happy birthday message on the machine. I called Sandra for a minute this morning and Madeline sang Happy Birthday to me over the phone. It's been a fun day. It has also had me thinking about what I have accomplished in the last 10 years. I graduated high school, spent 2 years in university, met the most amazing man, bought my first car, fell in love, moved to Newfoundland, met new friends who became closer than family and still are, bought a new car, got married, moved home, bought a trailer, bought another new car, had the most amazing child, bought my amazing camera that I have wanted forever, bought a house, bought a truck, sold the house, bought another trailer that is amazingly better than the house and first trailer, reunited with Tawny, one of my long time friends from high school and am very happy to say that even though we had some ups and downs, we are still very much in touch and in tune with each other's lives, watched my sister mature, fall in love, create a home for herself and her jungle, watch my brother meet the girl he was meant to meet, fall in love, propose to said girl. I became an aunt for the first and second time within a 5 minute time frame, watched my parents celebrate 30 years of marriage. I have also lost people over these years. My amazing grandparents, who I miss more on my birthday than any other day of the year because it was the day they never forgot, my Uncle Joe, who I got to know better when I was in Newfoundland as he was there also and reminded me so much of my dad, Rob's amazing grandfather Bernie, who even though I didn't know him as well as I would have liked, made a huge impact on Rob's life, which makes him an amazing man in my book, Rob's Aunt Millie, again someone I didn't know very well but was someone special to Rob. Looking back, I have had an amazing 10 years. The next 10 should be even more fun with the arrival of Baby Read, who I can't wait to see, BJ and Kelly's wedding in July, and hopefully a trip to Newfoundland with Colby this year. I also really hope my friend Erin comes this way this year from Montreal. I'm hoping she can find some course or something or come down for Gay Pride. I don't care why she comes here as long as she does. I haven't seen her since before Colby was born when stopped through Halifax.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

3 more sleeps

I just finished reading Tawny's blog and she has me thinking about what I accomplished in 2004. First of all, I watched Colby grow a year older. It amazes me to think that just this time last year he had just turned two, was still in a crib, still wearing diapers and still extremly addicted to his soother. Now, he's just over 3, the crib is long gone, as are the diapers and soother. He' s so extremly independant that sometimes I just look at him and think, wow, where did you come from? He has this amazing little personality that just makes my heart swell to think that I'm helping to shape that. He has a memory like you wouldn't believe. He becomes obsessed with music, and has a favorite song that changes by the week, which coincidently leads me to making lots of CD's for the car, rob's car and dad's car. This week is "My better half" by Keith Urban, which he calls the Sweet song. Before that was Mr. Mom by Lonestar. At least he has good taste. And, as everyone now knows, I am turning 30 on Friday and am really having issues with it. I have never let my birthday bother me before, honestly, it has always been something I have looked forward to. But there's just something about the number 30. I know it's just a number but it's a BIG number. I have accomplished a lot in my life, especially over the past 10 years. I just can't believe that I'm leaving my 20's and have fallen face first into 30. I'll see what Friday brings and see how I feel. I also called Erin this morning. Today (January 4th) is her birthday. I haven't seen her in almost 5 years. I really hope she comes through this way this summer. I miss her like crazy. Colby and I left her a crazy message on her machine this morning. Oh, and for resolutions this year (which is ironic because my official title at work is Resolution Specialist) is to update my blog more. And get back to Weight Watchers. I started watching Taking It Off, the reality show in Life Network. I work with one of the women on the show, Wendy. I look at her then and look at her now at work and think Wow, she has really done it! She looks amazing. I can't wait to see the show this week! And, I got the week of my brother's wedding off. (Ack, his WEDDING) Man, I really am old if my brother is getting married!