Monday, November 30, 2009

back in L-town

So I had a regional meeting in Lillooet today so I drove in yesterday and then plan to drive home tomorrow. Roads were great coming here and now the snow has shown up.... this morning you could watch the snow line shift - it was pretty amazing to watch.

I don't really have anything enlightening to say... other than Lillooet has the best coffee I've ever had. This morning I was treated (thank you!) to a coffee that was very very good - it was coffee plus a shot of espresso - I was nervous that my body was going to just have a melt down over it but it didn't - it was great! Did I mention it was great coffee... plus they had muffins hot out of the oven and they were yummy too! What else is great... well I got 20 minutes tonight to take some photos... now the first one is on route to Lillooet - this is around Clinton (a cute town that has a lot of antique stores that are worth checking out if you are into that...) and then some of my night shots...

Oh and my room has one of those old style tubs - so I totally brought bubble bath with me... enjoyed last night and plan to enjoy tonight too :)

And now for some evening photos of this beautiful town.... you can see how the snow has kissed the hill tops... and yet the grass in town is green :)

This kind of took my breath away. I really do like it here. I don't think I ever thought I was a mountain person, but I guess I am... there just seems to be something to take a photo of at every turn...

Friday, November 27, 2009

crazy week

This has been a crazy busy week and I'm going back on the road this weekend for another work thing - then back for a few days, then away for quite a while for training.

I'll write more later tonight, but before I forget, a great moment happened today. I've got a new disk in the car and I'm singing along when I hear Michael saying something very quietly. I call back and ask what's up and he is still quiet... what's up...
and then he says "Mom, I'm just singing along." Well then I started to get all excited... how are you singing along - you've never heard this song before... "Mom, we listen to it before nap time at daycare." WHAT! Now I love daycare...

He was singing "If I had a million dollars" - tonight we sang it again because I can't get enough!
Hooray! This isn't the first time he has sang a song with me - but it is his first barenaked ladies song!

More later....

Monday, November 23, 2009

hold on to your pants...

Alright... today was crazy busy and amazing... first we met Chef David Adjey - he was very nice and was kind of like Ron White - very comedic and fun! And then... that's right - we met Trevor Linden. We were like a bunch of school girls - it was wicked! Andy gave me four of his cards and a 8 1/2 x 11 photo... it was great! He shock my hand and was super nice. It was weird because we were the only ones that came prepared... most people just got Trevor to sign some piece of paper - not us... we all brought stuff.... jerseys, pictures, cards... everything!

Here is Trevor talking about the Stanley Cup run and his fractured ribs.

That's right - that is me standing next to Trevor Linden! Hooray! It was awesome!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

saturday night

The guys are out at Grandma and Grandpa's tonight as I'm heading back on the road for a quick trip to Vancouver.
Back on Tuesday... I'm sure I'll post over the next couple of days as I'm pretty sure I'm going to have photos to share... turns out that Mr. Trevor Linden is going to the conference I'm attending, if you can freakin' believe that... so Carmen - this time I'm definitely getting a better photo...

What else? I've been eating really well until tonight and now my insides feel like they want to escape... stupid fried food... damn you! I'm totally back on coffee - and I don't care - I love coffee! I love you!

Alright - I totally need to get off my computer... I'm spending way too much time on here... I completed a survey for Stats Canada and the woman asking me questions kind of laughed at my total usage for personal time... lord... ok - off to get Trevor Linden cards ready for the trip - going prepared this time.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


The vegetables got him...

Kyle was wearing this shirt when we ran into his kindergarten teacher who he still loves... she was telling us about stuff she's been doing and then she says "oh, kyle, what's that on your shirt and she reads vegetables are..." and then she goes silent... laughs but can't say evil... I think it is because she knows it is true... holy I could hardly contain myself though.

And in other news....

Jeff Dunham... yeah! Jay has great people on this week! Oh, but Jay didn't give Jeff enough time... booo - his stories were funny....

Dakota Fanning is on Jay too and she has the best shoes... seriously - did I just say that... yes, I did... sooo becoming a girly girl :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

i squish you

Ok - so beyond our shannagins and fun...

Larry the Cable Guy is on Jay tonight and he said the funniest thing... that he didn't get the halloween candy he wanted and it made him as made as a mosquito in a manican factory... you can hear the silence in the crowd and then slowly people caught what he said... gees that guy is funny...

star date 20091118


Sitting, waiting for meeting to start - I bring the coffee for this meeting and I decided it was ok to have a mocha this morning... but I chose a (catch how lame I am here... ) grande soy decaf peppermint mocha with a little bit of lame on the side... and guess what.. it isn't good... it doesn't taste like coffee.. and now I wish I'd just pulled out the stops and gotten the drink I wanted.

That said, it is likely for the best that I didn't get real coffee or milk/cream or whip cream... ok - who am I kidding - I want to curl up into a ball in the corner of this room and cry... alright it is just that kind of day today. Well the meeting is getting ready to start...

I hope everyone has a great day...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


So I made the switch to the blackberry last week and have spent a week trying to figure it out. I've found a great site to get ringtones and stuff, but was wondering if anyone else has tips for a new user. Let me know :)

Tonight we went to the library and Kyle picked out a pile of books.. all non-fiction. So then tonight we read a sea monster book and I was surprised to read that the kraken was a real thing. That a squid with arms as long as a basketball court came out of the ocean off the coast of Newfoundland and tried to take down a ship (1873ish). The men on board cut two of the arms off and brought one of the arms to shore... no kidding... it also talked about giant octopus off the BC coast and that the largest one ever captured was right off our coastline... who knew? You should have seen Kyle's face when I said it was off the BC coast. He made this great face and then I could see his mind turning.. gees... we live there... gees... maybe we could catch one... so watch out octopus - summer 2010 may be the great octopus hunt for us :)

Final note - is it ok that I hate the new gap commercial for the holidays? is ok that I had a good laugh about the dork that falls at the end of the commercial after trying to ride a guy on the ground like a surf board?

Michael asked if we could put the tree up on the way home tonight (a house on our drive home has launched their christmas display and he is quite taken by it). I think I know why my dad left our christmas stuff to the last minute now - we usually put stuff up on the 22/23 and then took it down before new years... anyone else not feeling it this year...

Later that night... so I'm watching Jay Leno and they had the recent person kicked off of biggest loser... she looked fabulous - but she was wearing the wrong skirt - way too short - in fact they kept changing the camera view to avoid having the view... it looked like someone was trying to tell her not to stand at the end of the interview - but then she did - and well they tried to pan away... but they didn't do it fast enough... and there is my evening... screwin' around with my crackberry and getting flashed...

Monday, November 16, 2009


Nothing too exciting to report. A regular day at work - too long - that's for sure. One of my staff gave me some clarinet music, so he has tossed me a challenge... very kind of him... so now I'm going to try and learn it - of course he didn't give me something easy.. Clarinet Concerto; Mozart.. no less...

Ok before I run off and try to figure out how to play the concerto... I did want to share this great picture of Michael. Too much chocolate... I think this is what I look like after coffee... mmmmmmm coooooffffffeeeeee.... three days free... amazing... I totally miss it though...

Alright so after posting I decided I should go and listen to this concerto... holy crow... it is beautiful and reminded me why I wanted to play clarinet in the first place... that said... um... it is soooo beyond my skill level right now... and since I can't play clarinet tonight I'm going to go and grab my guitar and take a lesson on garage band....

Woohoo I tuned my guitar and played E, I'll be rocking it out to the Unicorn song in no time... yee ha! I love garage band!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

ice waves


Yesterday we made cookies... I need to ice them today. I think we got about 100... ish... all different shapes and sizes. Right now the guys are enjoying a movie that I can't seem to get my head around or maybe I'm choosing not to understand - flamin' Pokemon. Can a guy please explain this to me... what is the attraction? What is so cool about pokemon? (I will also accept a girls explanation if there a girl that gets it.)

We were going to go to Nazko today but the weather is calling for snow and I don't have winter tires on yet. Kind of sad not to go because I wanted to get out and take some photos. I'll load some stuff later this afternoon once we've got some of the cookies decorated and if I actually get my crafting going... my crafting mojo has made a few appearances but lately the mojo would rather have a glass of wine versus actually producing something.

Day 2 without coffee... I'm glad that I didn't have a cup yesterday (survived) - today I would like a cup, but bought some tea to keep me going... ha - flamin' tea... FFS...

Saturday, November 14, 2009


STOMACH - "Good morning, Brain. How are you doing?"


STOMACH - "Look, I'm just going to say thank you for staying away from coffee today. It will help us both in the long term."

BRAIN - *sigh*

STOMACH - "I know it is tough - I know - we've been here before, but let's just let it go... this beautiful thing wasn't meant to drink coffee every day - it makes her sick and crazy... she could hardly form words yesterday and was in a roller coaster mood at work... I don't think those people even knew what hit them yesterday..."

BRAIN - *sigh*

STOMACH - "I'm not saying no coffee ever again, I'm just saying we can't make a habit out of it. It can't be every day. Ok?

BRAIN - "Fine."

Brain exits, stage left, mubbling small words...

Friday, November 13, 2009

a laugh

Sex is like air. It's not that important unless you aren't getting any. anonymous

That was something Mr Tony Robbins - world renowned speaker and motivator - posted on Twitter tonight.... I just thought it was funny because he usually posts such serious stuff and then he posts this... maybe I'm the only the one who will find that funny...

Looking forward to Saturday... hooray for the weekend! Yippee!

And in case you are counting it is 41 days till xmas and 45 till my b-day... why is that important - well it isn't... but I'm putting it out there... can't say that I'm into christmas this year... I'm not impressed with the stores that got decorated early - I mean isn't Remembrance Day the signal for decorating season ... I guess it it ok to put up your Christmas stuff... I guess... but seriously - I think a month of all that is enough... and even that... well some years I've been extra excited about xmas because of family and being together... this year I just want to survive it and feel no stress... so ideally there will be little focus on the commercial stuff and it will just another day to celebrate laughing and love of our friends and family... and with any luck the break will include some wicked sledding and x-country skiing... see that is something to get excited about!

poor choices

BRAIN "Stomach, hey, what ya doin'?"


BRAIN "Stomach, come on.... pleeeaassseeeee, can we talk?"

STOMACH "I'm not talking to you... look what you've done... you've created a monster. Two cups of coffee today. TTTWWWOOOO!"

BRAIN "Look, I'm really sorry. Can you forgive me?"


BRAIN "Come on, I screwed up, I love you stomach. We are a team. Please. I need you."

STOMACH "Look - you gotta get control up there... she is running amuck because of you. Get her back in line, or I won't talk to you anymore. Do you hear me... no more discussion... this means no more coffee.... none - this has to stop."


more silence

BRAIN "Can I think about it?"

Thursday, November 12, 2009

and today...

How about some lasagna?

And now the kitchen is clean and I'm going to read some more Eat Pray Love in the tub... hooray!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


So here is the business card holder. I bought the silver holder and then applied a couple of layers to get the art on top. One of my favorite paintings by Klimt - I also love the Kiss but went with this painting instead.

Tonight we spent the better part of an hour trying to build a lego thing that Kyle really wanted to build - it is crazy - all the parts and pieces... madness... but it is coming together. Sadly, after an hour we were not finished and the guys had to get ready for bed.

Now I am going to enjoy a movie and glass of wine (tee he he) and I might even get started writing... something finally compelled me to start really writing... a twig, a feeling... it has begun.

Wine notes....

While in Ontario I wanted to try wine from the area and found a (4)... I know for all you dry people that it like drinking sugar water but that is what I really like... sweet, yummy... drinkability ;) Anyway - the wine was from Pelee Island Winery and I've sent them a request to try and get my hands on some more... in the meantime I went to the local wine store today and picked up some wine from Salmon Arm, Larch Hills Winery - it is ok - (2) - so it is sweet, but not super sweet.... right now I don't think I'd be buying another bottle right away - but I will say that I like it better than the most recent Naked Grapes I drank.


Kyle helped make the crepes and make handy dandy signs for each of the types we made.....

a day off during the week.... booyakka

So far today we've made crepes - wildberry, apple, and peach and then I made mini pies - wildberry, apple and lemon... I'll share photos this afternoon along with a crafty business card holder I put together... but that isn't all... I've got another craft on the go for this afternoon... hooray! hooray for a day off....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

what else...

Well making crepes has lag time... you see it takes about a minute or so per side... or just enough time to carry on with some reading - then flip a crepe and then carry on reading and flip a crepe and carry on reading... you get the picture...

And no, I'm not naked in this photo... or maybe I have discarded all fear and have started cooking in the buff.... ha

Eat Pray Love is one of the best books I've read... I'm thoroughly enjoying it.... I've laughed out loud and wanted to cry and wish I could find more books exactly like this...

what else do I have to do

Making crepes.... looks like this will be more than 100....


And another day with fantastic big "O" coffee. This morning I was a bit delayed in drinking it but having it first thing this morning kept my evening headache away. For those of you that despise coffee, well I'm sorry that I've been so pro-coffee this week. I've never had this kind of experience with tea and I definitely didn't get this excited about steamed soy.. which I enjoy, but seriously - how is soy a drink... pressed nuts - that alone should be a deterrent from drinking it... (alright it is a bean.. but please - a pressed bean... and I've had almond milk which is a pressed nut and unless almond milk is in a chocolate form it is terrible and even then people should read the label cause you might as well be drinking sugar water 'cause those are the first ingredients)

BRAIN: "Living high on the hog with coffee, man this is the life, why didn't the DEVIL convince April to jump back on the coffee train a while ago."
STOMACH: "Brain, you should just shut the hell up, coffee might smell fantastic, and taste great and the sounds of it brewing are enticing and it makes April think about all the people she loves who drink coffee... BUT... it is hurting her insides... and Brain, since you are on the inside I thought you should know..."
BRAIN: "Stomach.... can we live it up for a little while... pleaseeeeee?"
STOMACH: "Brain, you are the thinking part in this organization, use your skills... make the best decisions..."
BRAIN: "Um... Stomach - I think I'm going to ignore you for a little while... "
STOMACH: "Ok, Brain, but don't get all pissy later on when you start hurting and whining and twitting... hey Brain, btw, thanks for getting April off dairy, that has totally made a difference in this department - that kind of forward thinking is great for our organization."

Sunday, November 08, 2009

o.... coffee... i love thee

First, for my dear friend Carmen...

Mr Trevor Linden was in Prince George today for the grand opening of the hockey department in Canadian Tire. There were a lot of people there and it was really cool to see him. I wished I'd brought my bigger lens, but we didn't get any closer than this. There was a huge line up and really I just wanted to see him in person.. I didn't need to shake his hand or have him sign anything. Kyle was excited, but didn't know why... I explained that we were going to see a hockey legend and that was all he needed to hear... so there you go... freakin' Trevor Linden...

Then we did some shopping in PG... I got a Klimt art book which I'm going to pull apart and use for other things and then we were on our way home... oh wait... we stopped somewhere first...

EVIL - "Ok... time for Starbucks, it is the ritual and much needed fuel for the ride home to Quesnel."
DEVIL (see how evil is in devil...) "Yes, evil... it is time... I wonder what April should get tonight."
EVIL "Well she can't have anymore coffee... crazy... one was enough for a while."
DEVIL "Right... one was enough... you're right... I'm sure she doesn't want one... wait - do you smell that... oh that smells like coffee... mmmmmm."
EVIL "Stop that... right now... stop it... April, order a steamed soy."
DEVIL "Yes, April.. order the lame blah suck steamed soy... you go girl - order the crap out of that."
EVIL "Stop it... don't make me come over there... I'll kick your ass... she doesn't need anymore coffee.. DOESN'T!"
DEVIL "I know she doesn't need it... she wants it... but I won't stop you... she should definitely have that crappy sack of a drink... soy steamed... mmm that must be just as good... I'm sure of it - I'm sure she just loves drinking that CRAP."
EVIL "That's it - I'm coming over there to kick your ass... what's your problem... she was doing fine without coffee."
DEVIL "You call that fine.. you're letting her drink crap... her friends are laughing at her for drinking it... what kind of partner in crime let's anyone drink a crappy drink. That hot soy is like hot ass... just stop it ok - it isn't a real drink - suck it up and get over yourself.. it is a poor excuse for anything."
EVIL "Look... I know... you are right... "
DEVIL "What?"
EVIL "I know... I was hoping you would get her to drink coffee... what the hell took so long."
DEVIL "What? Is this some kind of trick?"
EVIL "April, get the soy... get it... get it... soy... soy... soy... soy... mmmmm you love that hot soy...."

And then out loud as I hear myself saying soy - it crossing my lips it comes out as a grande peppermint mocha soy... see I did say soy...

DEVIL "I WIN! You big loser... coffee wins again! Hooray, hooray!"

Ok so that's the first part of my story....

The second part was drinking this great cup of coffee.... because I know I really shouldn't be drinking coffee it is like a forbidden thing and today's coffee... I don't know... it just kind of chucked me over the edge. I took one sip and wanted to dive into my cup covering myself in coffee and the smell of peppermint. I wanted to make out with my coffee mug like there was no tomorrow - I didn't want that smell to ever come off me. So it will come as no surprise that I have a paper cut on my cheek from rubbing the cup against my face and that I must have tried to french kiss the lid 'cause my tongue is cut too...

I LOVE COFFEE.... may you never leave my side again... (I say this and realize this is a love/hate relationship and at some point my stomach will come in on the discussion about whether or not it is good for me.)

Saturday, November 07, 2009

must stay awake....

So here are the photos... took a little while to get them sized properly for blogger...

Beautiful Niagara Falls, when we drove in you could see the plume of water from outside of town... the wind was picking up the falls and dropping it all around the walking area... this is the smaller water falls

Niagara Falls, the big falls... very impressive and amazing... the sound of the crashing water was unforgettable

And here is the wet rat... the falls poured... I was drenched and I loved every second of it. I actually splashed in puddles and just lived it up... fantastic...

Here I am at my hotel... this is off my balcony.

The entrance to the building I stayed in at Benmiller - there were two buildings with rooms, which was about a 2 minute walk from where the training was...

Entrance doors to the Benmiller Inn... I just really liked the doors... big beautiful red doors... so I'm a weirdo - I've been called worse...

A lion guarding the entrance to the Benmiller

The forest around the Benmiller.. I went on a little photo expedition before class one morning.. hiked up a hill for this photo...

This photo was also part of the hike - the color of the sky and the trees... the setting was amazing...

And here was the sunrise this morning at 7am in London Ontario - beautiful! It is hard to believe that that was today. I was in transit for 16 hours... and with that I'm going to go shower and go to sleep... hope you enjoy the photos :)

stupid nonsense of someone who hasn't gotten enough sleep

I'm tired - T I R E D!

I went in to PG to look around after my flight for 45 minutes... getting more tired by the second.... but I've been tired for a few days - so what the hell. And then I'm thinking - gees - driving home is going to suck... so I stop to get a drink. Guess what I got... a very special treat... a grande peppermint mocha - my favorite hot drink... that's right COFFEE... I haven't had coffee in months - literally months... but man did it taste good - oh man - I was just living it up.. and then about 35 km outside of PG the coffee kicks in and relays a message to the part of my brain that is working...

COFFEE "Hey, Brain..."
BRAIN "Um... yes... hold on one sec, April needs to finish singing this song, then we can talk..."
COFFEE "Um... I don't know if this can wait, can you tell her to hurry up?"
BRAIN "What... what could be more important than singing super loud in the car?"
COFFEE "Well - you know - I'm great - I'm the most fabulous coffee in the whole world, right?"
BRAIN "Yes, coffee... she loves you.. she worships you... did you need an ego rub tonight or what?"
COFFEE "No, smart ass, I don't need an ego rub, do you know what else was in that yummy fantastic coffee tonight?"

A long pause...

And I blurt out... crap, there is chocolate in my coffee.... my first morsel of chocolate in 10 weeks...

So then I'm nervous... nervous that my guts are going to implode and I'm going to really regret this fantastic yummy coffee.... oh how I love thee, wonderful, fantastic, amazing, coffee....

I managed to get home ok - now I have the feeling that both coffee and chocolate may not have been the wisest decision, but what the hell... I'm living once...

Alright - and now I will post the photos...

another day in the airport

Well today has been (is) a long day. This morning in Ontario I got up at the great hour of 5am (2am in BC) and got ready to fly. I then boarded my flight at 7:15am (4:15am) and made it to Calgary, sat in Calgary for 90 minutes and then flew from Calgary to Kelowna, Kelowna to Vancouver and now I'm hanging out waiting on my next flight... about an hour away. I had great intentions of loading my photos - or some - of the trip but I packed my camera cord in my luggage and don't have it...

Let me say that my short visit to Niagara Falls was amazing and fantastic and everything I needed. I wish I could have stayed forever. I then headed up to Goderich, about three hours from Niagara Falls in a cab. We made our way through small communities and I got to fall in love with brick houses and churches - very amazing! The hotel (inn) that I stayed at was in a beautiful setting and we caught the tale end of fall - which you'll see in my photos. The rooms were big and it was a good stay. The time change kind of ruled my life and I didn't get enough sleep because by the time my body wanted to go to sleep it was nearly time to get up for class - but it was well worth the trip. I picked up a bunch of lessons that I can apply in my work and I got seven points towards my designation completed - now I have nine and I'm getting my next 10 in December in Saskatoon...

I should be in PG around 5, then driving to Quesnel and with any luck I'll load some photos tonight - going to try and stay up and not get too bent out of shape by the jet lag... I'm actually feeling ok today, tired, but I managed to sleep most of the flight from Calgary to Kelowna (actually slept through the landing... very uncharacteristic of me - usually there is panic... but my panic disappeared - I felt like a regular flier as soon as I boarded the Calgary/Kelowna flight... I just found my happy place... I think maybe my happy place went on vacation during previous flights... and off we went...).

Well my loves I'm going to spend the next 20 minutes surfin' the net, board my flight and get home to the family - I hope everyone is enjoying their saturday. Hugs, smooches and more hugs :)

Ok - one more story from the flights today... flying and adjusting to time has been brutal. This morning when I boarded the plane I immediately changed my watch to Calgary time - great.. initially I thought I'd screwed it up because I couldn't believe how long the flight was taking... I was right though. So I get to Calgary and am sitting there... I board at 11am... now I'm sitting on the plane and I can't get it through my head how I'm going to get to Vancouver for 12:15... how could that be... my brain was still pushing the clock forward... it really bugged me - I started thinking I was on the wrong flight and then I started thinking what was wrong with West Jet that we weren't on time... and on and on and then I slept - slept well... when I woke up on the runway in Kelowna the attendant notes that the current time is 11am something er' other and I let out this big "O" - that is how tired I am today... extra super honkin' tired... it may also be that I'm a little slow... but for today, let us just blame it on the lack of sleep.

Thursday, November 05, 2009


Well of course I made it but just haven't had a second to say anything... I'm headed off to training in a minute but wanted to post that I arrived in Goedrich. I have some great photos to share - to be honest, I've been surprised by how beautiful Ontario is... I know to someone from here maybe they already knew that, but it really is now - loving the brick... love it!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009


So I've landed - quick flight and I guess we just missed some winds coming in from the west.. so hooray for that. Calgary also has free internet so hooray for that too! My sister lives here and she is going to bust out here and join me for a drink before I leave for Hamilton.

Can someone tell me why YYC has giant stuff animals in the airport... I will post pictures tonight... it is too funny because everyone I've seen totally stops to look and then takes pictures with them... I'm going to pull out my little travel companion - mr. barker and get him in a photo...

Ttyl... :)

on the road...'er in the sky

So I'm on the road. I made it through my first flight from PG to Vancouver and now I have a short layover in Van. Vancouver has free internet so that makes it a great place! I couldn't believe that PG was a pay service... seriously... how can they justify that.... don't we pay enough for everything....

So I wandered around for a few minutes and now I'm preparing to board the flight and thought I'd update you on the adventure so far. I spent the first flight reading - not power reading - I was absorbing all the words - I'm reading Eat Pray Love and have now fallen in love with the book - there was a section that I could have written and now I am all consumed by the book and don't want to put it down... lucky me I've got a day I dedicate to reading a great book... my goal is to complete it for my arrival in Hamilton... I've got a three hour layover in Calgary - so I should get some reading in there too...

Alright - ttyl my friends and family - all my love! Have a great day!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

before and after

So this doesn't show the trim - but we've used the same color on the mantel - dark brown - for the window and floor moulding. I'm really pleased with it. The only downside to the change over is that the laminate is slippery... some spots seem to get ultra slippy - I've talked about getting a rug, but I honestly wonder why we put the laminate down if we are just going to put a rug on top... We also changed the following...

So now the hallway where all the bedrooms are, is connected to the living room - it sure makes a difference to the feel of things.

In uploading these photos I looked back at what the house looked like when we first bought it - looking at it now I can't believe how far we've come...


Today has been a ride... I had a high point in my day that was fantastic - I mean super duper fan-freakin'-tastic.. and then lows that made me want to turn into the hulk. Seriously I just wanted to start throwing things and explode in fury... and now I've had some sugar and I'm home working and I'm trying to feel better again... so since I never got to the photos I thought I would give a bit of an update on stuff.

one. Kyle lost his first tooth on Thursday Oct 29 - he pulled it out himself - he was very proud of himself - the tooth fairy was kind enough to leave Kyle $2.00 - the following day - he promptly told someone that he had gotten twenty five dollars and that person (family friend) darn near broke their jaw from it dropping so fast... because I'm extra stupid and would give my seven year old twenty five dollars for his first lost tooth... anyway - we cleared things up and everything was dandy.

two. Kyle was in the paper again. This time on the cover in last years costume - it was great! I'll send out copies for anyone interested.

three. Andy's parents are here for the next few days. Today we hung out in PG for a few hours and I was shocked and rather dismayed that Sears was playing Christmas music. I get it - cash in - make us all start thinking about Christmas now - damnit! But it made me just want to run away - plus it was playing ultra loud - stupid - more stupid nonsense...

four. I leave on Tuesday for Ontario - I am doing my best to try not to fret too much about this... trying...

five. Prince Charles and Camilla will be in Ontario at the exact same time as me - in fact, their itinerary notes them being in Hamilton the same day as me...

six. my tummy hurts from eating too many gummies