gone formattin'

Posted by Slowplum on 11/29/2005 11:03:00 PM
Wish me luck folks, I'm re-formatting my pc....


Tuesday blahs

Posted by Slowplum on 11/29/2005 01:45:00 PM
Ever been too tired to move? That's me lately.

I'm seriously feeling exhausted and lazy. We went to the grocery store, K and I, after dropping off C at school, and we came home and after putting groceries away I was wiped out. I did manage to put the lights on the tree though so that it is ready for the kids to decorate this afternoon. We also bought a gingerbread house so that little K can build a gingerbread army with little Gingies (which is what he calls them, thanks to Shrek 2) and everything. I'll be hard-pressed to keep SO from eating said house before Christmas though.

K wants to use real glue to glue it together. I told him we couldn't because then we couldn't eat the house. He said he'd eat it anyway. Well, that's a boy for you.

All the snow is gone, the rain washed it all away.

SO came home feeling under the weather, and for once was asleep before the kids. I was up all hours of course... which is probably why I'm so zonked.

Should I make any resolutions this year? A few years back I'd resolved to never make another one, and I've kept that up to this point, but I think my life needs a few resolutions to help me focus.

Have you ever kept any resolutions, or do they always go by the wayside, like most people I know?


A Plus, Sucka!

Posted by Slowplum on 11/27/2005 04:45:00 PM
So I forgot to mention earlier: I received my marks from the Organizational Behaviour Class, 90 per cent!!!! Woo woo! I've every right to crow about it... I worked my butt off for it.

Now on to see what courses I can take tomorrow. Hmm.

The gathering of my Dad's side was at my cousin JPk's house and it went off smashingly. I'm really proud of her - she is only really cutting her teeth on cooking and she made a divine turkey dinner for us. The festivities finished rather early for a change, at around 9 pm most everyone who was going home had cleared out. SO and the kids and I stayed at JPk's. V gave the kids their Christmas presents early, and they hooted with delight over them for some time. Then they hunkered down to watch Madagascar before bed time.

I didn't sleep a wink last night, finally giving up trying at 4 am and sneaking downstairs of JPk's house (which is gorgeous by the by) and watching Good Will Hunting and having a little cry while starting off my knitting of a Gryffindor scarf for my brother-in-law, who is absolutely captivated by the Harry Potter stories. I figured it's as good a Christmas present as any, and one he would not only appreciate but actually USE.

I got to meet and talk to JPk's significant other's parents, as they were at the festivities as well. They are both working in the public education system so they seemed pretty eager to talk to a parent who is pretty involved with their kids' lives. Memo to self; send her info on the Circle of Friends thing.

SO decided on our way home from the cold white North we would take back roads and loop around here and there. We stopped for a bite at a random road truck stop type diner and the food was good, plenty, and fast. It took us 4 hours to get home from a usually 2 hour drive, but it was much more relaxing than taking the 400 & 401 home.

Now I'm just about exhausted after helping C with her Book Talk homework.

Time for a nappety nap nap. Ta-ta!

ps: Hammers - StarFall and Handwriting pages! The handwriting one is neat as you can print off practice sheets as well as type out sentences for them to trace and practice on, that will show up on the printable sheets.


Be at peace, Mr. Morita

Posted by Slowplum on 11/25/2005 09:04:00 PM
He was so much more than just Mr. Miyagi

For some reason it makes me really sad to know he's gone. I understand society's tendency to glamorize celebrities and kowtow to their comings and goings, but damn. I really liked his work and he seemed like such a decent person.

Today was a day off for the kids, all the Catholic schools were shut down (but the public ones still open? I think the board made an oopsie) so we rented some movies and watched them and the kids played outside a while and it was a good day. We watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the Polar Express. Perfect timing on the second one what with Christmas looming over our heads and all.

I also made mudpies, the easiest cookies to make on earth.

And then the family ate like, half of them.

Ok time to go start knitting something for the brother-in-law's Christmas present.



Of Superman and Confessionals

Posted by Slowplum on 11/23/2005 08:25:00 PM

Eee! I'm so happy! Posted by Picasa

Seriously. I love Superman like nobody's business. I'm also pumped about the fact that Kevin Spacey is playing Lex.

Also: Check out Bryan Singer's weekly video blog!

In other news, C's first confession went over very well, she was in and out in no time flat and despite a little nervousness just before and just after, she was perfectly fine. She went to Fr. B. because she said she was afraid she might not understand Fr. D. because of his thick accent. I told her not to worry. She said she was not going to tell me what she said though, because that was between her and God. I said that was fine, I didn't want to know anyway, heheh.

Went to Value Village with the mother-in-law today, we spent a couple of hours in there and I came out with tons of neat stuff, including a hardcover version of Douglas Adams' entire Hitchiker series (for a whopping 2.99) and Miriam Toews' "A Complicated Kindness" in hardcover as well (also for 2.99). I could have got a ton more but I was really there for pants for the kids since they tend to be outgrowing them quicker than I can keep up so I refuse to spend altogether too much on them. I got a lot of GAP & Old Navy stuff there for absolute steals. So hooray!

I had more to say but I'm beat. Toodles.


when you gonna ring it?

Posted by Slowplum on 11/22/2005 10:51:00 AM
I have that darn White Stripes song stuck in my head. Stupid clock radio. Grr.

Anyway, the weekend was good, SO and I had a splendid time at ME's surprise bash. The limo bus was a scream and the bar was so-so, but we make our own fun and the group we were with were of the same mind. So yeah.

The birthday girl was out of sorts for a day or two afterward... she was pretty sick that evening as well.

C's presentation at mass on Sunday was good and we went to Crabby's for lunch with my folks afterward. Then we went to a book store and I got a couple of used books for 2 dollars, hoorah! I love books like nobody's business.

I have a deposit to do shortly for the school council, best get off my keister and get moving then.




Any minute now.


Is it nap time yet? Why am I so sleepy lately? Must be the change of weather.



Posted by Slowplum on 11/19/2005 07:50:00 PM
Here's to hoping ME has a good time tonight at her surprise birthday gathering.

Memo to self: Behave. No really. Remember C's presentation tomorrow.



Posted by Slowplum on 11/17/2005 08:49:00 PM
This article amuses me a little.

Potentially, ANY toy could be dangerous, ya bunch of numbnuts.

The Uruk-Hai Crossbow looks pretty neat, actually.

Tum ti um. I'm procrastinating from calling all of my in-laws to find out what they're bringing to the in-law family Christmas which is being held on the 27th. I agreed to take it on this year (memo to self: get notepad that says "Stop me before I volunteer again!") but I really don't feel up to it. Oh well what the hell. I'll just never do it again.

I love that our public library provides online services including renewing books so I don't have to go tromping outside to return them.

The snow is pretty and all but I can do without the flurries, slippery roads, and snowdrifts, thank you very much.

Methinks I will go take a bath and procrastinate some more. I have plenty of time tomorrow.


another episode of good mom/bad mom

Posted by Slowplum on 11/16/2005 08:34:00 PM
We've been eating a lot more fruit and veggies lately to counter-balance all the halloweeny goodness that's been going on at our casa.

Good mom: grapes, strawberries, graham crackers
Bad mom: with a side of fudge brownies and the kind of juice that comes in a can and would put any diabetic into a coma

So tonight while C was in brownies I went to a reconciliation meeting.

Good mom: I actually remembered there was a meeting
Bad mom: I forgot to bring C with me

Good mom: I wrote down the "new" Act of Contrition (oh man do they get off lucky with this one)
Bad mom: I didn't listen to a thing the priest said after that point

Good mom: Reminded Brown Owl that we wouldn't be there for next Brownies meeting
Bad mom: Forgot to bring in permission forms for the parade, and also forgot dues (but I'm pretty sure we're ahead, I keep bringing toonie in instead of loonie)

Enough good mom/bad mom crap.

Anyway. JG came over after work w/SO tonight, they had a few beers (beers? beer? where are my pedantic friends already?) and yapped about work while I finished off cooking an oh-so-original meal of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans and corn. How much more (un)inspiring can you get? Men don't care. They see meat, they eat it. Meat good. More meat please. *insert grunt here*

JG stayed for supper with not much in the way of arm twisting on SO's side. "You staying for supper?" "Nah, I should get going soon." "She made meat loaf..." "WELL! In that case!"


Lost my train of thought. I feel about a hundred years old suddenly. Sleep time methinks.



thank you, dan from east side

Posted by Slowplum on 11/14/2005 12:18:00 PM
Friday night the kids had a sleepover with my sister in law because she wanted them to come over and watch Madagascar with her. As a result I had an entire evening to myself. Know what I did? Not a darn thing. And it was GLORIOUS.

Saturday my darling SO got it into his noggin to take us to London to eat at East Side Mario's. First we went to the mall for a bit and just petered around. I picked up a gift for the potluck/christmas gathering my friends and I do every November (because we're all too busy to do it any other time). We went to the restaurant and I have to tell you, I have not had such wonderful service in a long time. Not once did we ever have to ask for a refill on anything; he seemed to anticipate our needs and have the drink before we even had time to realize it was empty. Bread and salad a-plenty and extra coloring pages for the kids.

The wait seemed shorter than it could have been were it not for him. So Dan from East Side Marios, thank you for being so terrific. I muttered to SO at one point during the meal that if he left any less than a 20% tip I'd murdelize him... SO has this thing about tipping. It's our one major head-clasher. In any case, he got a good one, and we got home just in time for me to go to the gift exchange. I didn't bother eating (obviously) but that's never the point. We played a few games of euchre and crokinole (spell check on that one please) and everyone had a great time. JM always throws together a nice event and I'm glad I went.

Sunday was a lazy day, thank heaven. I had a pounding migraine and not even a short nap could fix it.

Now I'm off to put away ten million groceries. Ta.


Between the crosses, row on row

Posted by Slowplum on 11/11/2005 08:07:00 AM
And now, for Remembrance day, I present to you a poem I wrote in grade 7 that won me two awards at the Royal Canadian Legion. I look at it and think to myself, wow this really sucks. But at age 12, I guess it's ok. This is all coming from memory, mind you.

Do you remember? I don't
My grandpa will; my father won't
and yet the thought of war still breaks my heart
but still, still I'm in the dark

when it comes to the horror of it all
when women cry as soldiers fall
Yes, the horror that never fades
not even with the big parades
that are here today, but gone tomorrow.
They won't make up for the tears and sorrow

And Hitler, he's the desperate one
who took the daylight from the sun
Politicians, evil men
who tried to take from us our land
We wear the poppies, they bear the cross
I'll never understand their loss

So we'll set aside one day each November
to pay our respects to those who DO remember.


Save a horse, ride a cowboy

Posted by Slowplum on 11/10/2005 08:54:00 PM
I really hate it when you get a stupid song in your head. Thus the title.

I redesigned JPk's site. Not that there was anything wrong with the previous incarnation, I just think this suits her a little better. Hopefully she likes it as she trusted me to log in and toss the template up for her. Cutie if you don't like it let me know and I can give you the coding for the way it was before, I kept that saved (yes with your minor changes).

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day. I have to remind myself to give the kids coins for their poppies. I must have bought a bajillion already, I keep losing the things.

K's eyes were all red tonight and he asked to go to bed almost an hour earlier than usual. I hope he isn't coming down with something...

C lost a tooth over the weekend and it was so precious, she also left a little dress for the tooth fairy along with her tooth. That tooth fairy is one lucky lady I tell you. So the tooth fairy left in return a toonie and a barbie necklace. Well! C sure was impressed.



Posted by Slowplum on 11/10/2005 01:20:00 PM
Calvin: It snowed last night! Turn on the radio! Maybe they closed school. Maybe the school buses froze up! Maybe the principal can't get out of his driveway!
Mum: Get dressed, Calvin. It only snowed an inch.
Calvin: Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.

Woke up to SNOW outside... grr. C was tres excited because she loves winter. I was not so excited because winter means snow which means shovelling driveways. It doesn't look like it stayed though so hooray!

K has been playing Shrek 2 on the gamecube all morning. Normally I try to temper how long the kids play but the little guy was having so much fun and I figured what the heck, once in a while it won't kill him.

Lunch with S was good as per usual, and I even got a little Christmas shopping snuck in there somewhere.

I'm trying to figure out what to make for supper to no avail. It's tough trying to find something that is quick enough that SO can still eat it before he has to leave for work at 5:30. Yes, 5:30. Yeah. My thoughts exactly.

He was telling me how there's this guy at work who is so spoiled by his wife she makes him lunches of his favorite hot meals and includes little notes in his lunch and everything. He said it must be nice to get lunch made for you every day and I said "Gee whiz hon, hate to break it to you but I'm not a doormat. You want a lunch, you know where the fridge is." And of course he laughed because he knew it would get a rise out of me.

Ok time to go put laundry away. ugh. I hate laundry.


return of the re-vamp

Posted by Slowplum on 11/09/2005 05:21:00 PM
Played around with the site... again. The lovely lady on your left is Grace Kelly.

K's photos came home today and he looks adorable. He was quite upset though and said his one ear was pointy but that certainly wasn't the case... I reassured him the best I could but for some reason, he was inconsolable. We brought the photos home and SO said he looked quite dashing. For some reason it made it all better.

My foot is just killing me. I have no idea what I did to it but whatever I did, it was a doozy.

Time to take SO to work so I can have the car for Brownies tonight.


Rain rain go away

Posted by Slowplum on 11/09/2005 10:06:00 AM
Woke up to a massive thunder roll that literally shook our house. Makes for quite the morning, I assure you.

I helped my cousin JPk with her blog site, which she loves of course and you can see it here.

I dyed my hair after all, a really nice color because frankly, keeping up with the streaks was getting to be a pain, and I miss dying my own hair, and I like the color besides. It's Loreal Feria's Chocolate Cherry. My sister in law came over Monday night to help do it (hard to get the back pieces sometimes) which was nice of her, considering she came right after work and she had to close the store that night.

Pictures came in yesterday (and today for K) of the kids from the school. C looks awesome and she has these two little bandaids on the one elbow which is just precious and made me giggle a bit, because it's so typical of her grade and age and just perfect.

Apparently Fr. whatshisname (isn't that terrible? I forget what C told me already) came in to talk to them yesterday and teach them the Act of Contrition. I told C in the end that's all she really has to remember and she'll be fine. Her reconciliation is coming up so fast, it's kind of spooky! Doh... which reminds me... must call either my mom or my mother in law and see if they can watch K while I go to the meeting tonight...er wait. Is it tonight? Maybe it's next Wednesday. I'd be lost without a calendar I swear.

Going out for lunch with my dear friend S today, whoopee! We always used to go to the Elizabethan on Wednesdays for lunch, because they serve the best fish and chips... haven't gone in a long time because we are both pathetic and our lives are crazy lately. Her son is 11 today. I kept thinking he was 13 but then I remembered I'm 2 years older than she is which is where my math went wrong. Eleven! Holy crap. It's just so weird.

Today is the Feast of St. Michael. I think tonight I'll make some angel cake. The kids will get a kick out of that.

Time to go get ready for my lunch date and also get resume ready to give to a little shop downtown that's hiring that I think would be a hoot to work for...



la da di la di da

Posted by Slowplum on 11/07/2005 08:30:00 AM
Grandma's party was nice, everyone seemed to have a good time but I've noted that one of my aunts-by-marriage seems to have developed a severe undertone to her voice and she looks... hmm... jaloux. Seriously, lighten up lady.

SO tied one on a little too loosely and as a result was not in the greatest of health when we got home. I had to laugh it off because he hasn't been like that since he was nineteen. He felt a little sheepish about the whole thing. I told him that even though he was Irish/Scottish, it didn't mean he could outdrink my entire Portuguese family. Boy howdy did he give it a good shot though.

It was decided that Christmas for my mom's side is going to be on the 3rd of December, as the weekend after that is no good for one half of us, and the weekend before Christmas is no good for the other half of us. We'll see how it goes. SO's company party is on the weekend of the 17th. No idea what I will wear as I am in the mood that everything looks hideous on me (even if it does not). Time for a haircut maybe. Doing something crazy/drastic/at least different from the usual mess makes me feel better.

I rented a couple of movies yesterday: Shark Boy and Lava Girl, Sin City, and Revenge of the Sith. The kids seemed to really like the Shark Boy and Lava Girl thing, and of course K was giddy at the prospect of the Star Wars movie, even if I did cheat a little and forward through the extra-scary parts (for a five year old, some parts are extra-scary). We were smart enough to wait until the kiddies were safely tucked in bed (at 7:30 K and C begged to go to sleep, a good indicator they were up wayyyy to late the night before) before we watched Sin City.

Well. I really have no words for the film at the moment. It was... yeah. SO is convinced I have a thing for Robert Rodriguez as I rented not one but two of his films last night and followed up with Once Upon a Time in Mexico (insomnia strikes again).

Today I go out for lunch with the ladies of my SO's family as his grandmother on his Dad's side started up this "First Wives Annual Luncheon" wayyyy back when his grandfather ditched her for his second wife. His grandfather's sisters also go to this lunch as they have both been married twice as well. They invited me because they pointed out that I was in fact a "first" wife... and then of course followed up with "but that doesn't mean he'll have another, dear, we're just saying, you're first and last... oh hell we just want to invite you, ok?" They broke the rules a little this year too because they invited my sister in law as well and she hasn't married yet. "Eventually you'll be a first wife... right?"

This should be interesting. The only time I've met his great aunts on his grandpa's side was at the funeral of his grandpa's second wife. I was cornered by one about my epilepsy (haven't had a seizure in literally years, something I'm proud of as I've managed without medication as well), by another about my lack of photos in the purse of my kids (I'm always with them, what do I need photos for?), and by another about when am I going to have another kid already (I can't). It was sixteen different kinds of awkward. I'm hoping this won't be a repeat performance. CM and I have a pact to stick together; thank God for sisters-in-law.

This post has gone on long enough, methinks. Time to get the bambinos together for school.


70 years

Posted by Slowplum on 11/04/2005 08:33:00 AM
Happy 70th to my grandma C whom my lovely daughter was named after! I'm going to stop by her place this morning after dropping the kids off at school and give her a visit and a prezzie or two.

We have been planning a surprise party for her which will come to fruition tomorrow night at a hall with balloons and music and family and of course tons of food. MW (my brother's girlfriend) and I have been designated to decorate and etc. Should be interesting. We got her a cake meant to feed 50 that is covered in red roses because she loves flowers so much. My grandmother is a certified florist and did all the flowers at my wedding except the button-thingies (I know what they are called but am embarassed to admit I have no idea how to spell the damn word) and C's bouquet (which I made myself).

Meanwhile, Paris is still burning and I think to myself, holy crap I mean I understand the unrest and frustration but for all this to stem from the accidental death of two teens seems a bit much and is there no other way to bring their point across? While I understand that sometimes violence begets violence, what about turning the other cheek and all that jazz? So much destruction.

The cynic in me is thinking "you know, 'Paris is burning' sounds like a really good title for a book or something..."

Ok time to get the kids going... it's always a drag to get them going on a Friday morning... literally a drag! They don't want to move. It's a mystery of science or something.

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