Thursday, September 28, 2006

Put this one in the "Apparently the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree" category

Circa 1970/1971?

Circa 2006

Lesson learned: Don't challenge a resourceful 10 month-old.

Apparently she can carry her cow and walk with her push toy at the same time. Teach me to underestimate her.

Thursday Thirteen

13 office/school supplies that I love. (I can't say "favourite" as I'll probably forget something.)

1. Fiskars scissors.
2. Paper clips. NOT the coloured ones.
3. Geometry sets.
4. Stainless steel/cork-base ruler.
5. Sharpies.
6. Coil-bound notebooks.
7. My leatherbound daytimer. (that my previous employer paid for – yay!)
8. Crisply sharpened HB pencils.
9. Fountain pens.
10. 0.5 mm, fine point rollerball black ink pens.
11. The violet-red Crayola crayon.
12. 2" 3-ring binder. (1" is too small and 3" a tad too big.)
13. Sigh. An office chair that doesn’t feel as though it’s about to fall apart with every move. Yesterday, screws actually started falling out and we aren't quite sure where they came from or how to put them back.

(I KNEW I'd never be able to keep it down to 13! 'Cause I'm done already and I forgot ruled index cards and paper cutters (Don't get me started on how much I love clean/precise cuts.) and thick black permanent markers and correction tape... Oh man, it's an addiction!)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

And then one day

she figures out how to do hide and seek with a blanket all on her own and it feels as though my heart could 'splode.

Oh the exciting adventures we have ahead of us.

Monday, September 25, 2006



is my (our)new foot scrubber. Why exactly am I posting a photo of it? Because, this morning as I scrubbed at my feet I wondered what event took place that caused the company to put this

sticker on it. I don't think I want to know.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things that have annoyed me since last Thursday:

1. Snot.

2. People who act too familiar with my daughter. You know what? I'm her MOM and a lot of times *I* don't know if she's tired or hungry or wants me etc. How exactly do YOU know?

3. Finding clothes (on eBay) for a 10 month old. Sizing seems odd. The clothes go from 6-9 months to 12 months. Seriously. Look sometime. I'm not sure what kids are wearing from 9-12 months but there isn't much out there for them. (Not that she's at that size yet - my slimjim is still wearing a lot of 3-6 months outfits. I'm just thinking ahead.)

4. Snot on shirts, bras, sheets, blankets...

5. Tempra on shirts, bras, sheets, blankets...

6. Custom cellphone ring tones.

7. Litter.

8. Wiping snot (sensing a theme?) off a 10 month old.

9. Movies/tv shows that present infidelity as an inevitability.

10. T-shirts that are tagless on the neckline but still have the annoying scratchy tags on the side.

11. People who take themselves WAY too seriously.

12. That I STILL haven't gotten all of my photos (from the last few years) put away.

13. Gosh, I seriously can't think of one more and I need to post this so that I can go back to #12 while the babe is napping. Got any suggestions for #13? Maybe it's the word "snot" being used 3 times in one blog? Make that 4. And honestly, I HATE the word.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Ode to Snot.

Thou insipid intruder,
Thou glistening, viscous secretion,
What evil foe hast invited you to this dwelling?
Calm, gentle breathing has been abandoned.
Raspy, turbulent gasps in its place.
What words shall I find to shun you?
With disdain I behold you gleaming beneath my maiden’s nose.
With disgust I purge your crusted memories from garments.
In exhaustion I calm her midnight weeping.
Oh be gone thou abomination.
Back to the depths from whence thou came.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


I predict in the next month and a bit I will:

- eat too much
- think too much
- sleep too much
- snap at my husband and daughter too much
- cry a bit
- watch too many movies
- go through the standard denial/anger/bargaining/depression before desperately getting to acceptance. Sigh, acceptance. It is what it is and I will get there. Hopefully I don't push too many people away or fail to enjoy my last moments with my babe before I get to that final stage.

It's just all so complicated. And not so much the go back/don't go back argument. That's fairly settled in my brain. It's all the other issues. Issues I don't feel comfortable sharing here as one never knows who may be reading.

Oh yeah. And then there's The Big Issue. Leaving my daughter behind. I think it may just be time to plop down in front of the tv with a large plate of brownies.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Ah, the last glory days of summer

Also titled: Me, my girl, the English gardens and about 32 old ladies.

Note 1: Why yes, I DO like making mosaics. How kind of you to notice.
Note 2: Little old ladies like chatting with mothers walking with babies.

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Your biscuits might be just as bad as you think they are when your 10-month old daughter (who has never spit out any food yet) spits it out the moment it touches her tongue.

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things running through my mind when I couldn't sleep last night:

1. I hope I'm not keeping J-L awake.


3. I think I bought WAY too many mushrooms for the soup for tomorrow.

4. Why does my leg feel like it did back when I had growing pains?

5. Man, it seems like every part of my body is itchy. Surely this is going to wake up J-L.

6. I think if it's nice tomorrow Abby and I should go to Assiniboine Park.

7. Oops, forgot to take my pill today.


9. Sure! Here I lay awake letting my imagination run wild and I think of a dog licking my face?! How random is THAT?

10. I really should start exercising to get rid of this leftover jelly belly from pregnancy. Maybe tomorrow.


12. I hope C, P and I can get away for a little holiday before I go back to work.

13. Crap. Abby's awake.

Monday, September 11, 2006


This week:
I put on jeans and socks.
Abby wore her tights for the first time in months.
I watched geese fly over yellowed trees.
I put the heater on in my car during a late night drive.

All completely inevitable but melancholy all the same.

Friday, September 08, 2006


Pam supplied the home, Corrie supplied the baguette and I supplied the scrapbook (and the organized photo album but we won't go there, WILL we, Corrie?). And who cares that I got to bed at 1:44 am? Because it was a delight. Remembering our trip together. Nearly 4 years ago.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Thank you.

I wonder if you know how beautiful you are.
I wonder if you know how blue I was most of the day and how yellow I was with you for 2 hours.

Love is the answer,
At least for most of the questions in my heart
Like why are we here? and where do we go?
And how come it's so hard?
It's not always easy and
Sometimes life can be deceiving
I'll tell you one thing it's always better when we're together

I wonder if you know how valued your friendship is to me.
As we sit with our tea
And muffin and cookie.
I wonder how other people make it through life without a friendship like this.

You see everything, you see every part
You see all my light and you love my dark
You dig everything of which I'm ashamed
There's not anything to which you can't relate
And you're still here

I wonder if you know how I laughed as I waited for the light to change as I was returning to my car.
Over something you said.
I wonder if you know that I smiled my entire drive home, remembering the evening.
So many memories that are attached to you.
So many opinions that are connected to yours.
I end the day feeling refreshed.
Because of you.

And in a white sea of eyes
I see one pair that I recognize
And I know
That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest
I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you

Friday, September 01, 2006


This afternoon, I have used my stoneware,

my cooling racks

and my Kitchenaid mixer.

And, I feel like the luckiest/richest person around.