Sunday, October 19, 2008

Too funny

    I have laughed so much in the last 24 hours...  not just laughing but bent over crying laughing.  That doesn't happen as much as I would like.
  Simon and I were getting the kids ready for their bath.  Both boys were naked and running around the house.  Really if you were comfortable doing that around people you totally would.  Not exactly sure what happened but Declan came into the bedroom perplexed about something and said " Mommy, Daddy and me are all the boss... Not Tavish".  We both kind of smirked and Simon had asked him what was going on...  Declan had just said that Tavish wasn't the boss... not sure what it was all about.  Simon had then asked " well what about Jango?" Declan says " Well, Jango is the boss of CRAZY!!!"  OMG!!!  I almost peed  my pants.  Simon and I couldn't do anything else but laugh for a good 5 minutes... 
  #2... I just finished watching the rest of forgetting Sarah Marshall.  We had started it last night but I fell asleep 1/2 way into it.  I found it way funnier than Simon did but there is a certain part where an ex couple were in opposite adjoining rooms... not gonna give it away but it was super funny.  Really tears rolling down my cheeks laughing. I love that feeling.

Monday, September 8, 2008

New pets...

  I rescued two little salamanders yesterday.  I was starting my shift and was one of the first people there.  I was walking to a different department to put something away that was out of its place on my desk.  Fortunately for me there was no one near cause I let out a really girlie scream when I saw it.  There was this little lizard thing crawling across the aisle.  I couldn't really tell what it was at this point cause it had so many dust bunnies and so much dirt on it that it was hard to see what it actually was.  I walked closer to it and saw that is was a little cute salamander.  Not really little in salamander terms cause it is actually about 7 inches long.  Sure is cute.  I cleaned him off and put him in a bucket with some water and a rock.  I also grabbed a bit of greenery for it.  Someone later found another one and put  them together.  They actually snuggled it was cute.  I really wasn't sure if I was going to keep them, it was something I had to run by Simon first.  And by this time I had a few people interested in keeping them if I didn't.  Simon was excited to have some insect eating pets so we got to keep them.  One of them is going to another home as soon as she can get a tank together for it.  So far no names have been given.  We came up with the name Juan for the one I am going to keep but it isn't really set.  We did have a little chuckle about calling him Juan Solo.  Declan wants to call him Lizard.  
  Will keep you posted with pictures soon.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Teri and Patrick part two-the reception

Simon and I were the first guests to the reception. We are never early for anything. Our excuse was we were kidless for the weekend. THE WHOLE WEEKEND!!! It was so perfect outside that we grabbed our drinks and sat outside.
The bridal party showed up and the reception began. As we began our dinner the craziest thing happened. We had some really heavy sun showers. As soon as Simon gets the pictures sorted out, I will post those. Not a cloud in the sky but rained cats and dogs. A sign??? There was thunder and everything.
After dinner were the speeches and I think the tears were already shed in the ceremony earlier because there was a whole lot of laughter. However it was time for the bride and groom to say their stuff. Again Patrick had the room in tears with his tribute to Teri's late parents and how Teri has been through so much. Then the big news. They had announced that Teri was 14 weeks pregnant. I thought the room was going to come off the hall. Everyone was so excited for them. I knew a bit before hand and when Teri had told me that they were going to announce it at the wedding I was a little bit worried about how it would be recieved because they are young and Um hello, they just got married. It was awesome!!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Teri and Patrick

Or should I say Teri and Pat??? Today we celebrated a wedding. It was the best celebration ever!!! The story starts way back when... Teri was one of my staff when I was assistant manager at a retail store I would say about 7.5 years ago. She was awesome. one of the most responsible kids I had ever known. I say kid in the term that she was 17 when I met her. Anyways she got married today. In the small gathering she had invited me along with my husband.
Teri has had it pretty hard in the last little while. Keep in mind she is 23...
Last January ( 07) so 1.5 years ago she had lost her dad to cancer. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer and lasted about 7 months from what I remember. Her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer not long ago and passed away 3 weeks ago. Very sad, I know. Let the ceremonies begin.
So, two weeks after burying her mom, she was married, the plan was if her mom was still around, they were going to have a private ceremony at the house and get married there with her mom. There was no way she would have been strong enough to leave the house to make it to the church. Then they would head to the church and have a mock ceremony there. Her mom didn't make it so it was all done at the church.
Teri had called last night to see if Simon would take some pictures for them at the ceremony today because in one of their attempts to save some money, they only hired a photographer to take some formals... before the ceremony had started and we were waiting to see the beautiful bride some shenanigans had occurred...
The first... I had notice that there were two corsages by the unity candle... No one claimed them. I had realised that they were for the Mother and Father of the bride. It was a co-incidence I later found out. The flouriest had made a mistake and make one extra of each. Gave them at no charge... Then the first two seats at the front of the church where the parents usually sit were vacant... The family left them vacant... they were for the parents... sad I know... The part of the ceremony where it was obvious that Teri was alone in her journey what walking herself down the Isle... She made it half way... Then Patrick had walked up to her and walked her the rest of the way, not a dry eye in the building... The rest of the evening was truly a celebration.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Whoa! I hope nothing else happens!!

I have been at my new job for two months now and already I have not shown up for a shift and now I have told off a customer.
I showed up for work on Tuesday and the people I was working with let me know that I didn't come in for my shift the previous Thursday. OMG!!! No one even phoned me!!! I would have raced down there if I knew I was supposed to be there!!! No one seemed at all concerned about it. I had even spoke to the manager and apologized. He had said not to worry about it and since no one called me it really wasn't my fault. Um O.K.
As soon as I showed up for work today I had a lady yell at me because she had been waiting for help for 15 minutes. She was in a department that is kind of out of the way so we don't go there unless someone needs help there. She had someone page and call our desk but there was no one available to help. There were two other staff members on and one was with a customer putting in an order and the other was on a break I think. So, she comes right up to me and asks me if I was from this department... I said yes and then she yells at me that she has been waiting for 15 minutes and no one has come to help her or even come by to see if she had been helped. I apologized and explained that I just got there and everyone else was busy. I then had said I am sorry, what can I help you with . We were walking to the department and she was shitting on me the whole time about crappy customer service, no one bothered to help her, no one tried to do anything for her blah blah blah. Why was there no one around??? You know the kind of crap you get from someone who probably has her husband wipe her ass at the ring of a bell. Anyways I apologized again and tried to sympathize. Even though we had adequate staff I had said something about there not being enough staff anywhere anymore, blamed it on the economy. She had the freakin nerve to say to me " I don't need to hear your excuses". I stopped dead in my tracks and said to her that I didn't want to help her. I said that if she was going to treat me like crap that I wasn't going to continue to help. She went on complaining that no one even offered to take her name to have some one prepare this item for her so she could come and pick it up later. So then I said that if she wanted me to help her that she had to change her tone and then I asked her " what do you want me to do??" She said that she would like me to help her with this item . I had said O.K. , I will but you have to be kind to me. So, I got everything done and asked her if there was anything else she needed from me and I went back to my department to vent on whomever was not helping someone.
Minutes later I heard a request for a manager on duty. Ah I thought to myself, there she is. Still needing to be heard and is going to complain about me. The manager came over while I was helping someone and I had asked him if he was there to talk to me. He said yes. I asked if it was about the lady. he said yes. I finished with the customer and we went to the back room. We sat down and he said O.K. what happened. I told him and he smiled at me and said there are some people you just can't please. He sent me on my way and told me to try and have a good shift.
I have a month to go and I will be done my probationary period. I hope nothing else happens because regardless of the day I had I do enjoy my new job.
AND!!! I have to send out a Happy Birthday to Justin!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gilford again

Gilford's funeral was a sad ending to his life. When Simon got home from work, we had brought the little fish tank out of Declan's room and called Dex over. Simon had explained to Declan that Gilford was not moving or swimming anymore so that mean that he had died. Declan was kind of confused and had commented on the colour of the fish had changed. The next part was a little bit heart breaking. It came to the time to take the fish out of the tank and flush it. Declan had said that he wanted Gilford to stay in the tank. It was then explained that the fish could not longer stay in the tank because his body was not meant to last in there. It had to be flushed. A tear was shed. I think it was mine. The 3 boys went to the bathroom for the funeral flush. Declan insisted that he do it. Once flushed, the realization of what death meant came to Declan and he needed a hug and a tissue from daddy.
I was glad that Declan understands what death is, it saves from it being an issue when he is older and maybe more saddened by the act. He understands and he knows that life goes on. We had dinner and then rushed out to the pet store for a new fish. He named it Gilford again. Declan picked a fish that looks just like Gilford Sr. Gilford again was officially put in the little tank this morning. The water that I had purified for the tank last night didn't cool off in time to put things together last night so I did it first thing this morning so when Declan woke up Gilford was swimming happily in his tank. Declan even had a morning chat with his new friend. He even insisted that he fed him himself this morning.
All is well.

Monday, June 16, 2008

goodbye gilford

Declan's first pet fish has died. I just found him a few minutes ago. I was a little unsure of how to let him know. Should I just go and find him a new one that looks similar and pretend nothing happened??? Or should we tell him and see how he reacts and do the funeral flush???
I am not a good candidate for moving anything that is dead so after a call to Simon he had suggested fishing him out, explaining to Declan that he has died and then if he wants to replace him we can head out to the pet store and get him a new one. I am waiting for Simon to get home to do the dirty work.
I hope he takes it well.

Monday, May 26, 2008

I wish I brought my camera

Tonight was Declan's school year end presentation. It was so cute. We of course forgot our camera. The teachers had all the kids up on the stage sitting in chairs. It was pretty much the whole year in review. They sang songs and entertained us. It was so typical with the one girl who kept lifting up her dress to fix her tights, the little boy who sat in the chair and did nothing throughout the entire thing and so on. It was awesome. At the end was a little slide show from through out the year and I couldn't believe how much the kids had changed in just 9 months, they all looked like babies at the beginning. I can't wait for the next year to start. I am actually sad it is over, I have made some friends with some of the moms there and wish I could keep in contact with all of them but I know it won't happen. I have made friends with two of the moms that I know will be around for a while if not forever and I am glad of that.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

much needed update from me


Good day glorious readers. I have been a crazy busy woman.
Everything has been plotting on really well with work. I was getting a bit impatient with HD after I had done my initial interview; here is why. ( I have changed the names of the staff)I had my interview and immediately had the second. Seriously. I was asked to wait while they found someone to do my second interview after my first one was done. I heard back from them the following Wednesday that. I was asked to come in for a HR interview to witch they would be handing me a job offer. So I went in the The following Tuesday I think. homer (the HR dude) had said that he has a job for me but not sure where. His exact words were. I do have a spot for you here Amy, I am just not sure where to put you so I can't give you a contract today. I had said O.K. but really what I was thinking was "WHAT!!!". Wednesday I got a call from Lily M (there are 2 Lillie's). She had said that Homer had a contract for me and could I come in anytime to have a look and sign up. I had a Dr. Appt the next day and said that I would see if it were O.K. with my girlfriend ( who was watching the boys), if I were gone for a little bit longer. Amber was fine with that. After getting my thing swabbed I headed over to HD and spoke to Homer who had a contract ready for me. It was a bit comical because the starting day was for April 1( and it was mid April by this time) the date had been scratched off and the days date was put on top. There was a name of Heather that had also been scratched off and my name placed above it. Also the starting wage had been scratched off and my wage was above it ( the other wage was much less than mine was). So I signed on the dotted line.
I started my training last Saturday and it was 6.75 hours of watching videos with a bunch of other new hires. There was a bunch of other training that I had done through the week and I had my first official 4 hours on the floor yesterday. It was tonnes of fun. I think I am really going to like it there. I am working in Home Decor and have lots to learn still even after the 26 hours of videos I had watched in the week.
So, this week I have Declan's 4th birthday party to get ready for. I ordered a pirate party theme for him ( that is what he wants to be when he grows up). I have a few things to pick up this week and I will need to do it when I am Kid free. I am working 4 shift this week and one is a full shift on Saturday WICKED!!! AND my folks are coming up sometime to be here for Declan's party. I have a feeling that this time next week I will be wondering where the week went.
Totally unrelated. A cousin of mine found a picture of me when I was I think 4 or 5 years old. I have always complained that there are no pictures of me when I was little so this was very cool for me to see. My sister always told me it was because I was adopted. Nice. Thanks Carie. Anyhoo if you want to see it, here it is..

That is me in the red, in the yellow is my little cousin Kevin, behind him is my sister Carie, in the plaid is my cousin Ericka and in the stripes is my uncle Steven. How fun is that picture???

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

wish me luck

I have a job interview on Friday. I am really excited about it. I have decided to get a part time job and work when Simon is home and can take care of the kids. I wouldn't work in the day and pay a sitter, that would just be dumb. I would probably end up paying someone more to watch my kids than what I would make. Makes no sense to me.
So many reasons I want to work again
1) I want me kids to be as excited to see me when I come home as they are to see Simon. Totally jealous of the welcoming he gets. I get the " hey that lady is here, you know the one who is here ALL THE TIME!! kind of welcoming.
2) I say this and it makes Simon cringe but it is true. I need it to afford myself.
3) I want to make my own money for financial and personal reasons.
4) I can meet a whole new group of people. I meet people all of the time, but it would be a totally different crowd.
5) I get to interact with adults at work, help them and be something else other than mom. I know that being a mom is the most important thing a person can be but I need to be me too.

I am not worried about getting or not getting the job. Everyone is hiring now and you are pretty much guaranteed a job if you have a pulse. I hadn't even dropped off my resume 24 hours before they called me for an interview. I think the odds are in my favor. Hopefully I start soon. YIPPEE!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Possibly one of the coolest things I have made




I was testing out a new technique the other day and came up with these. I am sure I can do some pretty amazing looking things with this but it is a start.




Above is my first attempt at the Dahlia fold.


I had this image in my head. I turned out exactly how I wanted it to.


This was a different and much easier one. I like it but the other is just way cooler.

There you have it.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Seriously....go away

Remember back in October when I was fed up and frustrated with someone who would not get the hint??? Well, still not getting it. I have actually stopped taking her calls after a blow up two weeks ago. You would think that two people who have been in as many arguments as we have would agree to disagree and move on. I am trying, seriously. She calls every few days, no messages just calls and hangs up when the voice mail kicks in. Then she will try my cell.
I went to a silent auction this weekend for a friend who was raising money for a dance competition coming up. It was the same group of friends that I am apparently stealing. She was invited along with another friend of hers that I am not particularly fond of. My feelings for this other woman are well known. Crazy ( her nickname) didn't show up because she had decided to go skiing with her husband ( who also can't stand her, I think). And it starts all over again.
9:20 am this morning she called and left a message saying that she wishes I would call her because she misses talking to me..???!!!! I think she meant that she misses me telling her what an idiot she is. She also called my cell phone and simply said to call. I say No Thanks
4:20 she calls the house again and left a message saying that I am rude to not answer her calls.
she calls back immediately after and I pick up and hang up. She calls back and leaves a message saying that she is quite discouraged because I had spoken to her friend that I don't like on Saturday but I won't talk to her.
I blocked her number. Unfortunately she called from her cell number. It would have been great to block her home number instead. It only works on the last incoming call.
I hadn't really spoken to the said friend on Saturday. I had gotten myself a rye and coke and it tasted like ass. So, I asked the bartender what the chances were that they had run out of coke. I was told that they had run out of brand name coke and could only get a no name brand from wherever they get their stuff from. He had apologised and said that that was all they could do. fine I switched to Alabama slammers. No coke in there.
So anyway I headed back to the table after my conversation with the bartender and explained to everyone at the table about the cola. Then the other friend that I don't like asked me to explain again. So I did. I guess this means that we are best friends now because I talked to her. What was I supposed to do??? Tell her to shut up and go ask him herself in front of all of our mutual Friends??? That would be awkward for everyone and I would look like a bitch. I could not bruise my reputation like that (shut up). Seriously I wasn't going to make everyone uncomfortable, I know how to act like a grown up most of the time...
I accept that I am going to have to deal with her a few more times until I have all her numbers blocked from my house. I say all because she has something like 6 numbers. Two home lines a cell phone at least 2 work lines and a work cell. I will block them all if I have to. Hopefully this discourages her but I don't have high hopes.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sweet sweet Tavish

Tavish has a habit now of getting out of bed at least three times before he finally stays in there and falls asleep. He is actually pretty funny about it because he will sneak around and peek over the corner and as soon as he sees that I have seen him, he will laugh and run back into bed and climb under the covers. The other night we had heard him pattering around the hallway. I had said to Simon " just leave him, I think he will just go back to bed". Simon decided to check on him after we had heard nothing for a while. He called me to have a look, I was thinking that he had fallen asleep on the floor or something. I looked in his room and he wasn't there. I turned to look in our room and there he was, tucked warmly in our bed with his little blanket, baby tigger, daddy tigger and molly bunny, the three stuffies he must cuddle with to sleep. It was so sweet you just wanted to squish him from all the cuteness.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

kids see everything

We were stopped at a red light and Declan gives out a little snort and says " I like that tree, it looks like a reindeer". I say " Oh Okay". i had no idea what he was talking about so I looked around thinking I would find a tree trimmed as a reindeer. Then I saw what he was talking about.

below pic, just a cit closer.
Sorry about the light post in the middle of this one but it was a drive by shooting. It is at an intersection and there is really no where to pull over. I am a bit determined to get a perfect shot of it so I may just one day drive, park and walk over. There are no sidewalks really so I would have to take the picture from across the street and I can bet you there will be people wondering just what the heck I am up to.
Neat hey???

Monday, February 4, 2008

I suck

I went back to the gym today after a 2 month hiatus. My performance sucked!!! I wasn't going to bother with weights or anything like that because I really don't want to bulk up. I have good muscles. Blame it on genetics. I know the whole " you will burn more calories when you also work your muscles" theory. But, I would rather go to the gym and spend it all working on cardio. However, I can run half as long as I could 2 months ago. I suck. I have to start all over again. I would often get a tightness in my ribs after running for a while but I was only able to reach half capacity today. I don't ever remember my lungs hurting before accept when I was a smoker and tried to run.
I have to start all over again. CRAP!!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

scared

I am so scared that I may not make it through the week without becoming an alcoholic. My kids do not like the cold. They especially don't like to get bundled up for the cold. Anything more than a hat, coat, mitts and boots they cry. Seriously, they don't like to layer. So with the weather being as cold as it is we will be stuck in the house all week.
I will be afraid to drive anywhere to far until some of the snow is gone, I got stuck in a snow drift in a parking lot today taking Declan home from preschool. It wasn't even because he attended it today. I shut up my inner voice this morning telling me to stay home, don't take him today, it is too cold. I took him anyway. I would feel bad for him to not go because I am a baby, he loves preschool so much. So, we got there just to be told they had just noticed a water main break and that there was no school. F**CK! Then leaving we were stuck in a snowdrift. My car sucks in snow. Thank goodness there were two moms having a conversation and notice me stuck. So, they started to push me out, I was ready to call hubby. Then I decided to let the lady drive who was wearing the expensive leather high heel boots. Besides it was my car, I should be doing the hard work. Plus I needed to burn off some frustration. YAY! we got out. We will see what happens Wednesday.
I really don't mind the cold when I am dressed for it but it is hard when you have kids who really don't like it.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tav's new room

Here it is, Tavish's new room.
as you walk in.

I tried to get a pic of the whole room but this new camera we have is finicky.


The bed is a convertible loft bed. When he is old enough to sleep in a bunk, you can flip it over. Then there is play space underneath. He actually grabbed all of his stuffies from his room and put them at the end of the bed. There is enough room for them for now so I left them. It is his room after all.

He looks so little in there. He was such a giant in his crib.

He is doing really well. The first nap in his big bed, he climbed out about three times. Simon was on nap watch. At bed time, he only climbed out once and came running into the living room with a very cheerful "HI". We was tucked back in and that has been it for putting him down. He will even wave at you as you walk away from tucking him in. It has been 5 nights since he has been in the new bed.