Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Early Happy New Year From Me!!

Tomorrow will be busy and then we're going to best buds on the New Year's Day so I won't be on the net in time to wish you all Merry.

So, have a Safe, Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, Loving New Year!!

I've made a decision on two fronts.

Side note: I don't do resolutions, it just seems that after the gluttony that is Christmas, I naturally turn around and think, 'did I just see my own ass with my peripheral vision!?' Not cool. End Side Note

So after the next few days of gluttony because Dude, we're so not done with holidays around here, I'll be hefting my largess onto a groaning treadmill and walking like I'm heading to Memphis.

I'm also thinking about looking on Kijiji to find an recumbent exercise bike but I'm not sure that's a cardio work out or not. I know I'll need something different every once in a while to keep me moving but I bet by the end of January, early February there'll be some fancy used ones up for sale!

I'm going to watch what I eat but not get obsessive about it. Counting points and having to know everything I put in my mouth is mind numbing and potentially an obsessive compulsive problem that I don't need.

Right. Liar. I need it but I don't want it!

And finally:

It's official. I'm going to crawl, slide, grapple, climb, sucker punch my way out of this damn slump.
So yes, I have rules. These rules helped me out of my last ginormous slump so I'm laying them on.

1. If I start a book I must finish it. Period. Don't care if the heroine is whiny or the hero is a pansy I have to finish the book.

2. Warning for you guys - be prepared for some bad reviews. If I have to suffer through a horrible book you poor bastards are going to hear about it.

3. There aren't any other rules. I should put a rule about how I need to read a certain amount but then I start to feel trapped and get antsy.

4. Oh, I can read any book I want. That means I don't concentrate on only 2009 books - I get to take a pick out of my well stocked TBR pile. I know there's gold 'in dem dare hills'

And on another note all together. I am highly motivated in getting my house in order so even though I'm going to slaughter my way out of this slump, don't expect to see double digit numbers before the end of 6 months. I'll be happy if I can read a book a month!

There you have it. Some 'non-resolutions' for the New Year.

Let's see how I do.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I'm having one of my anxious moments.

I felt nauseous there about 3 hours ago and decided not to worry and eat something. Sometimes I feel sick to my stomach when I'm hungry. I also have a headache. So I'm sitting here getting all worked up about tomorrow.

We're going to Bob's best friends for a visit. It's a solid hour drive and since we don't get to see them as much as we used to I can get worried (cause my brain is a giant nut) that I won't feel good and we'll have to cancel.


The other thing I did was grab some tylenol and I *think* I took two. Problem is I can't remember if I took them our not. I've looked over the desk and I don't see them so I'm assuming I took them. But I still have a headache.

And I have a little twitch in my sinus.

If I have a cold I don't care - it's the other that scares me and thus, we will not speak it's name.

I have three days of back to back visits planned. No time to be under the weather.

So I'll say my special prayer - please let me be healthy for the rest of the week and if I have to be sick I'll be sick on Monday.

There I said it. I try and save those because He tends to take my word for it and I get layed out flat when I make a 'if this then that' kind of prayer.

Off to take one tylenol. If I've had two then no problems, if I've had none then maybe it'll take the edge off.

TV sounds like a plan also.

Hope you are all well and having a great week!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

It's Over!

Not really but the hard part for me is done.

The family dinner. I didn't even need to take my anxiety meds this year. Last year I was a mess so I was prepared but nope, not even a twitch. Merry Christmas to me!

I still have too much going on.

Bob and I need to go visiting and by visiting I mean friends who are an hours drive away. Bob's usually pushing for me to get up way too early, I get stressed out and then I'm grumpy. I always get over it and am fine by the time I get to our friend's homes and I'm always glad to see them and would visit for hours but, Bob has time limits. He has to leave before dark because he has a hard time seeing at night while driving. I have offered many times to do the driving but in the end, he puts up with my stuff, I can handle his.

Then, out of the blue, I hear from my childhood friend - haven't heard from her in ages but all of a sudden she wants us to get together. I'm fine with us getting together but does it really have to be during this particular time? Can't we get together in the New Year on a weekend when things aren't so crazy?

I should say that my friend and I drop in and out of each others lives lots and we've been friends since we were 10. So I'm not upset about getting to see them, it's just the timing. I remember one year she showed up about 2 days before *her* birthday with a birthday gift for me. My birthday was three months before. I told her point blank I wasn't buying her anything. That's one thing with this friend, I can be very blunt.

What I am struggling with is that at this point she now has 2 kids (they are probably 10 and 12), one of whom is a Godchild of ours. They've never really involved us with their kids much and I can't believe they are 10 and 12! I'm worried she will expect us to have gifts for her kids. There is that part of me that wants to get them gift certificates but at the same time, it's ridiculous. I haven't seen these kids in a year and before that it was longer. I can hear her family now talking about how I'm not giving anything to their kids and one is even a God kid! But her family is well enough off and her kids aren't hurting for anything.

My best bud is without a job right now so I spent some money on her young boy to help with Christmas and when my Best friend and her hubby were in bad shape we did the same thing with their kids. These are children who are probably spoiled by yesteryear's standards but I don't begrudge them snow pants or jammas or winter coats and boots. It's what we can do to help and we do it willingly because Bob and I don't have kids and their parents have us involved with their kids all the time.

Geez, how did we get here? I was just going to say 'still alive' and all that and I'm bending your ear so far I about tore it off!

Don't worry, I'll try not to do anything silly like go out and buy them gift cards.


Bob's going to have to restrain me.

Ooops, just a bit longer - Bob is the ultimate Christmas guy - he loves every thing to do with Christmas and you could not call him a Grinch at all. But on this, he has ruled and said 'no gifts for them' because we never see them.

He's right.

I know.

I'm just bendier than he is.

On that note, I hope you had a great Christmas or at the very least survived it. Hang tough, we're almost into the New Year (course that's when things for me go from bad to worse - but hey, this part isn't about me!) so Happy Almost New Year! Hopefully I'll be back to bend your ear before then.

Hey, Bobby got me a new computer chair for Christmas - which explains this lengthy post!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry, Merry!

The calm before the action storm.

My brain can't stop packing the car and it's still another day away. Meds are obviously at their limit.

With that in mind I wanted to quickly type up a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays post to you all!

It's snowing here like all get out and I'm loving every minute of it but I understand it wreaking havoc with travelers (which we will have to do also but only 30 minutes each way times 8 possible times - wow, that's 4 hours in the car over the next three days!)

So for those just hanging on, in 48 hours it will be 4am on Boxing Day and it will be over. Sure there's all that other stuff that happens after Christmas but hopefully the 'stress' day will be behind you.

It occurred to me tonight that Christmas day is like planning a wedding only we do it every friggin' year! I will admit I didn't do too much planning for my wedding cause I'm not that kind of person. Christmas though, it's a tough bugger to get through. I have a list of stuff Bob has to pick up at the grocery store when he gets up.

Poor Guy - at least he'll get there early.

The packing of the car though is really messing with my head. Since I'm not a traveler as a rule I don't have to worry about not having remembered something. This however, is like packing for a trip and I don't want to forget anything! Ugh.

I think I'll need some extra meds for the next few days.

Luckily my doc planned for that.

On that note, Merry Christmas! Take the meds or grab a drink, whatever you need to help you through. Just stay safe and I'll see you on the other side.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Brass Tacks and All That!

Hey, the shortest day of the year just went by and I didn't even notice!

That is a small Christmas miracle in itself.

So basic update but I'm sure you are all doing exactly the same last minute shopping, wrapping and cooking that I'm doing.

I need to pick up Bob's final gift - I don't know whether to buy him a tool he hinted at or something completely different and fun. (Okay, I have the fun part covered but we saw something a while back that we both loved and well ... I'm wondering what he might think)

I need to figure out my Mom's 'big' gift but right now, it's looking like movie tickets (that's what we call them). My Mom's b-day is in January so I normally save the movie tickets for that but I'm grasping at straws right now and I didn't really know Christmas Eve was on Wednesday!!

And I think I have one friend gift left to buy.


I just remembered another set of friends we need a gift for.

Sometimes I suck!

Okay, off to make a list of lists.

Yeah, you read that right. I need to figure out what has to happen each day of the next few weeks.

Now I can't wait for January!

And reading! I have to be out of the slump by now!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Who's Got It? I Do Baby!

I know!

I can't believe it either but hey, I've had the spirit this year so I'm keeping it.

The award that is. Who knows what happens to the spirit after that.

Here are the rules for the Christmas Spirit Award: (anything in Red after this is just me and should be deleted out)

"You must be a true Christmas lover" to receive this award. YIKES!! Shhhhh, don't tell.
The person to whom you give the award must also be in love with Christmas. Uh oh. Like in a 'french kiss' kind of way?
Link back to the person who gave you the award.
List 5 things that you love about Christmas. If you can't limit it to 5 things, then keep going till you run out of space! 5!? *whimper* Hush, I can make it.
Pass the award along to as many people as you like. That can be 1 or 50. It's up to you! But keep the Christmas cheer going!
Let your recipients know that you have tagged them by leaving them a comment.

Five Things I Love About Christmas:

(I think this is going to where my Christmas Spirit flag will be seen to droop)
1. Bob being off the holidays. Yeah, I said it out loud. I love my Bob and Bobby time is the epitome of Christmas for me.
2. Christmas Eve - cause you can't do anything else and it's almost over.
3. A White Christmas - by this I mean snow and I think we'll have it for this year - yay!!
4. Watching the children we know open their gifts.
5. Christmas Music - I'm into the Tabernacle Choir and rif guitar stuff right now but good old Burl Ives rocks. This year I was listening to Christmas music in June and wanted to have a June Christmas. So I shouldn't be too surprised that I have the spirit this year!

As to tagging:

C2 - I'm telling you, she IS Christmas! (I think she may be Santa but don't let on you know)

Here's where I'm twisting it up - if you have the spirit or if you want the spirit - grab it up and run with it.

Yeah, yeah, I'm lazy.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hey, Where'd It Go!?

I should have listened to Nath and just embraced me unusual energy that had me shopping and hand sewing gift bags.

Energy is shot to hell and gone.


Tomorrow my best bud and her son are coming in the afternoon (yay, sleep for me) where we'll open gifts for the boy and then go out to dinner.

That's easy.

Sunday is the day Bob's family will descend on us.

And I asked for it!

You see, Bob's parents are no longer with us and there is no pressure to come and be together with his side of the family for Christmas. (This is a good thing because it's an hour drive and Bob grumbles about always being the one to drive on Christmas day) That being said, I do think it's important that the family still gets together and since the youngest son does *all* the cooking for the family I thought it would be nice if they came out our way so I could cook them all a nice dinner.

Thing is I have the PMS or maybe it's the Right Now PMS but it's dragging me down hard. I took some painkillers there over the last few days but I stop after day two so I don't get too far gone. It's something else when you finally come out of the funk and realize three days have gone by.

So I'm hanging by a thread tonight but I know I will be much better in the afternoon tomorrow. It's getting there that is hard for me. My anxiety likes to come out and play during the dark hours of the night so I'm trying to keep the brain busy, hence another blog post.

The other hitch in my giddy-up is there is another blast of snow forecast for Sunday.

This means the family might cancel.

I'm hoping if they do cancel they do it tomorrow because other than that, there is going to be a 8kg bird in the oven if they wait until Sunday.

And I still have gifts to wrap.

Okay, that's it for me. I'm going to see about veggin' in front of the TV. I rented Wanted and started the first few minutes. I'm intrigued but I have the laundry machines going and they are noisy so I have to wait until they stop to continue watching.

Hey, silver lining!

I'm still doing laundry.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Where's My Wife!?

This has been the refrain heard through our house in the mornings.

See, I have a confession to make.

I've been doing loads and loads and loads of laundry for days now and have been putting all the folded clothing away.

I know. I'm shocked also.

Poor Bob doesn't know where to look for his clothes. He normally paws through baskets of clean clothes to find what her needs.

This ain't so bad.


But my new thing is freaking me and Bob out.

I'm hand (and by hand I mean there is not a machine in sight) stitching Christmas gift bags.

And not just easy peasy lemon breezy kind of bags where you fold and stitch up two sides.

Oh, hell no.

I'm creating linings so when you gather the bag at the top, another pretty fabric shows inside.

Who am I!?

What worse, is I can't stop thinking about the next fabric combo! I even have fake fur so I can make a two men's bags for my dad and Bob!!

Bob got up this morning and I was sewing away.

He was all 'lookit you sewing and making things'

And I was all 'call someone, I think I'm broken!'

Get this, I had run out of gifts to make gift bags for and didn't know what to do with myself.

Tonight we went and basically finished our shopping for everyone else. (Bob and my mom are still on my list)

All I could think about were the bags I was going to sew.

Seriously, I'm scaring myself.

What happens when I finally have to put that needle down?

Oh wait, I'm multi-tasking! I'm putting on Dateline or 48 Hour Mysteries while I'm sewing so I get to 'watch' TV and make a gift bag.

How sick is that!

*deep breath in and out*

Here's hoping it will lead to me reading in the New Year. At this rate, I may actually have free time coming at me.

Next time I post pics of our Living Room with the new fireplace my hubby has built. Let's not talk about the painting I've been doing (trim) or the fact that I'm cleaning like I think the plague has visited our home.

And no.

I'm not thinking about sewing smaller bags with the left over its and bits for smaller items.


You know I am.


*in a tiny whisper voice*

And I want to buy more fabric.

Okay, that's it. No more confessions!

I'm ruining my lazy reputation and I won't have it.

Move along. Nothing to see here.


edited: The pictures are sideways. I don't know. My camera has been doing weird things lately. I should reset it to it's original format and see if it works again.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Cards

Colour me shocked when I read about people still doing their Christmas cards.

No, no. Not because I think they are lazy (hi, I'm lazy) but that there is still time.

Let me explain.

In Canada there is an early cut off date for sending Christmas cards. What that date is I don't know and I don't care to look it up because it mocks me.

Anyways, years and years ago I married this great man and when Christmas came around we received all these cards.


I have to say, card writing was not something instilled in me as I was growing up.

So these cards continue to show up.


OMG! I think I have to write Christmas cards!

So off I go and buy some cards and start writing.

That probably took a few days.

Then I had to address them - my hand cramped up.

So let's add a few more days.

And then I had to actually drive by a mail box.

Yep, more days.

I seriously don't know the date I mailed them but I'm thinking it was either the 17th of Dec or the 18th.

I was pleased.

*pats self on back*

I was baffled when I got a call from my friend who was killing herself laughing and thanking me for the card.

It was the 3rd week in January.

I sheepishly asked friends who were more Bob's friends than mine at the time if they also got a card in January. They nodded and quickly changed the topic.

Now my friends would totally expect this from me but I wondered if Bob's friends were horrified by my actions. (I actually think the people I asked were because they could be harsh - we don't see them anymore cause the relationship was too one-sided)

After that year it became a rule that I had to pull out the cards on Dec 1 and have them mailed before the end of the week.

I hear now that my cards are the first to show up.

I scared myself this year because I wasn't nearly as worried about it for some reason and didn't mail them until the 10th. Luckily I've been to some friends homes and I see the card so yay, for me, they arrived.

So for those of you still writing out your cards with the knowledge they will get there. You are lucky duckies!!

I love being Canadian but I swear this is just another reason why being Canadian can suck!

Where's over night delivery when you need it!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Happy Soon To Be Christmas

Hi there!

Today is my Advent Tour day hosted by the wonderful Marg and Kailana! Let me tell you, these ladies have posted every day of the month just telling us where to visit next or about their own traditions. How they do it at such a busy time of year, I just don't know, but their efforts are ever so much appreciated!

Enough kissing up.

When I signed up for the tour I had planned on a post about the silly gifts my family has started to buy each other. Since then other things have happened so if you are new to my blog - strap in.

No seriously, things go awry around here.

First thing to know is that my family has no young children anymore. Hey, I'm a young'un so don't get any notions but my hubby and I don't have any kids. Then my brother doesn't either and he ain't looking to. Then my 'baby' cousin just turned 23.

So we're a family of seven adults sitting around on Christmas morning.

Some of you may not know this but Santa doesn't have time to visit the adults what with all the children in the world so there isn't that crazy anticipation humming around our homes on the Eve.

This changed about 4 years ago. It turns out we're all just really big kids so we've been creating new traditions almost every year for the past 4 years.

It all started when my Aunt (who is over 50 so like Dude, why haven't you broached this topic with my parents before? (hint for the newbies - they scary!!)) and I approached my parents one January to say that maybe they didn't have to host Christmas EVERY year. It went over like a lead balloon but by Thanksgiving my mother was sold and the start of 'rotating' Christmas began.

Aunt hosts, We host (Bob and I) and then my Parents host.

My parents are very, very traditional and after umpteen years of watching Christmas Vacation (awesome movie but I could quote the thing from beginning to end) every year on CE, my Aunt decided to shake things up.

On her year to host we did Christmas puzzles and trivia on the Eve. She served cider and had a breakfast in the morning that was a one dish easy bake that everyone raved over. Dinner was a casual affair with lots of paper decorations and there was a relaxed easy going quality to the day.

The following year it was finally Bob's time (my hubby). (Bob is 12 years older than I and married once before. It was the first time in 25 years that he didn't have to drive on Christmas day!)

Bob and I created Pajama Christmas.

Everyone had to wear their jammies all day long EVEN during dinner (my mother about fainted). I have to say it was the best Christmas ever but my parents didn't wear their jammies. Nope, they don't play that way. My brother didn't get to our house until just before dinner and had his freshly bought jammies all ready and was in them in a flash.

I should mention we are also responsible for the new tradition of stockings (only us kids ever had stockings). Now, all the adults hang stockings knowing that everyone will drop a small gadget or gift in there.

What slays me though are the oldest 'kids' can't wait until Christmas morning to open them!

On no. They ask constantly 'did everyone fill the stockings? aren't you guys done yet!?'

We open them on Christmas Eve.

My parents had their go again last year and they kept the stocking tradition - everything else was fairly normal.

It's my Aunt's turn this year and she's upped the ante again.

She's making us decorate our stockings!!

I don't know how she figures we'll have time for that and then filling and then opening them all in one night but maybe she's trying to get my Dad to wait till the morning.

Cause he may be the oldest but he's the biggest kid of us all!

My only true concern is that dinner always be Turkey and all the fixings. After that, mixing up our traditions has brought in a fresh feeling to the holidays.

There is something to be said for tradition during the holidays but if they've been feeling like more of a chore lately or like the spirit hasn't quite found your house, try changing something up.

It doesn't have to cost you money - (the stockings are supposed to be filled with dollar store finds so for us it's seven dollars a person) like our PJ Christmas (true, my family had to go and buy all new jammas - Bob and I always have jammas though) or it could be as simple as finding some Christmas music trivia online and printing out a sheet and having a game with little chocolates for prizes.

Any 'new' traditions you would like to share? I'm already looking for some new ideas for our turn again next year.

Of course, the PJs will be mandatory!

Have a Very Merry Holiday and thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Great News!

My dad's test results show no cancer so far! I should have video taped the dance I did - would have been a Youtube hit.

I'm around just not finding time for the computer. Bob changed out the computer chair to a dining chair - so not good for the back. Laptop hasn't been convenient lately either.

All the same, painting is still happening.

I just finished my Christmas cards and have made a list of errands for tomorrow. I figure the only way I'm going to get everything done is to make lists for each day.

I have yet to find my Mom's 'big' gift while I have Dad's kinda 'big' gift and not the others.

I have an idea for Bob for Christmas but the logistics alone could sway me to not go through with it. I'll keep you posted.

I hope you are all enjoying the month of December - seriously can't figure out where the time went - and can find time for the things you love to do.

I've been reading Nalini Singh's short story for about three weeks now. Whenever the car stops and I don't have to get out I pick up and read. Dr. office - I read. Now, not so much down time but I'm hoping to finish it before the New Year.

Yep, I set those bars high people.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Pictures of the Living Room

Oh yeah.

We're that boring.

You know, I swear I have a camera in my hand all the time but when I went to get the before, OMG IT SUCKS!, and after pictures I couldn't find any. So we'll go with what I can find.

I picked two before pictures because seriously, neither one truly shows the hideousness of the colour. It's not a rich burgundy, a rowdy red or pleasing pink.

(I took this picture to write a complaint letter to the makers of the sofa. The thing wasn't even 2 years old and look at the back cushions all cock-eyed and misshaped. Sad!)

It's a sucky wimpy icky colour that I left on the walls because the rest of my house was (and still is) just as mind boggling and I didn't have the time.

(This picture was from Bob's 50th party)

So, do you think you have the scope of the horror of this colour?

Okay then, let's move on.
I'm using this picture (it's the final colour) but notice the hallway colour - notice how dark it is? The paint that I asked for for the living room was supposed to be 2 shades lighter.

2 shades.

Not 10 shades!

Okay, what's horrible about these pictures are that they don't show the change as much as in person.


The picture with Emma in it is the first colour choice. Look at the fireplace surround which is white. Now it was 3am when the picture was taken so you don't really see just how white the paint turned out to be. I put up a white cabinet door from our kitchen and was upset because the colour on the wall was so faint. In fact, it was like there was no colour on the wall at all.

Remember the hallway colour? Do the walls look like they are only 2 shades lighter?

Now you may be wondering why I painted two coats on the walls without stepping back and realizing that the colour was wrong? Well - did you see the original colour!? I think I was so happy to get the dungeon colour off the walls that I wasn't paying attention to how light the paint was. Not only that, I spent probably three days scraping the plaster and filling holes and cracks. I took my time because I wanted a nice finished result.

Imagine my internal upset when I looked at the walls in the light of day. Thank goodness I spoke up because I wasn't going to say anything but OMG it was wrong, wrong, wrong!!

I've learned the hard way now. I don't do wimpy colours. I can't do white and I can't do builders beige. I have white trim in my house for a reason. It's so I can see the trim against the paint colour on the walls!

So here is the final wall colour. Now you can see it's sunny out so it may look light but it's not. It's an earthy grey-brown.

In this picture you should clearly see the difference from the white fireplace and the wall colour.

I'm glad that Bob told me to re-paint. I thought for sure he was going to say 'suck it up' but he admitted that although he liked the colour I was right about the room feeling too cold.

Also, Bob is tickled pink that I bought the colour he picked out of the fan deck. The man is colour blind but I decided 'what the hell' and used his choice. Mine had more of a purple hue to it and it wouldn't have worked. But I'm going to love it in my bedroom!

All I have to do now is decide if I'm going to paint the dining room before Christmas. Honestly, it's keeping me busy and maybe it'll keep me from losing my sanity.

Oh, get this.

This morning our upstairs toilet overflowed.

How did we figure this out?

The hallway ceiling began dripping water.

Yep, we have to take the hallway ceiling down at some point.

At this rate my house won't be complete until 2025.

Bob got all revved up by my painting and hence, the new trim (not white yet) and the tearing down of the mantle. Let's not even mention the fact that the floors need to be sanded and stained dark.

I need TV.