Sunday, July 31, 2011

Concern and Setbacks

It's been an odd day, well week.

I found out a few months ago that my BIL made a stupid mistake.  He got drunk and kissed another girl.  Bad thing about it is that it was my sister's best friend.  He claims she instigated it and he didn't stop it right away.  Fast forward almost a year and he told my sister.  Things have been rocky and she was hurt, but it seems that they were somewhat struggling along and things were getting better.

When they were here a few weeks ago, they seemed ok.  Together.  Happy.

The other night my mom said that she is taking my sisters kids every other weekend for the next while.  Which surprised me, since my mom needs a break too.  Until this, my mom didn't know anything about the situation.  So she said she cant' talk to me about it.  I'm not sure if something new has happened or if she has just found out about what happened before.  The plan is to give my sister a break and let them work things out.

I've spoken to my sister a few times and she hasn't said anything about something new going on.  My BIL posted a strange comment on FB tonight about trying to get it back or something equally concerning.  I text m sister to see if she was ok and she didn't answer me.

I'm quite worried for her.  I hope they are ok.  I'm a bit emotional tonight and I could cry for them.  I'm praying for them.  They've been married 10 years this coming Thursday...

Moving on...earlier tonight R found a bed on Kijiji for the baby and asked me to go pick it up for him.  No problem.  I had to go through downtown briefly but it looked simple enough.  The street my GPS told me to take was closed due to construction so I had to take another bridge, when I got to the end it told me to turn and I was confused and somehow ended up going the wrong way on a one-way street.  A mainly, usually busy street.  I noticed within seconds and by sheer luck there was minimal traffic.  I pulled up on the curb and whipped around to go the right direction.  Whilst trying not to freak out.

Within 5 seconds I was pulled over by a Sheriff who saw the end part of my turn, over the second curb.  At this point I was shaking and trying not to cry.  He asked me what happened, I told him I was new to the city and got confused.  He told me there was a sign and it was a $172 ticket for not obeying traffic signals.  He took my license and insurance.  By this point, there was 2 more police cars and they blocked the entire 2 lanes of the street.

He told them I turned wrong, they laughed and drove away.  I was in tears.  He came back and lectured me a bit, I took off my glasses and he told me not to cry and that he wasn't going to give me a ticket.  But to pay more attention.

I still don't know where I was supposed to go on that damn bridge.

I kept driving and finally got to the house.  To find out that they had sold the bed 20 minutes before I got there.  Even though R had told him I was going to be there in an hour.  I was pissed.

Tonight sucks.  I'm worried about my sister.  I'm going to bed.

Friday, July 29, 2011

I'm that girl...

(I've seen this a handful of times lately and I love it everytime)

...that has the same routine every morning and it I have to wait for the shower, I'm grumpy for at least an hour.  And will be late for work.

...that checks the weather before I get out of bed on weekdays.

...that checks her email a zillion times a day, but rarely updates her facebook status.

...that hates to have naked toes in the summer (ie. no polish).

...that texts instead of picking up the phone.

...that talks to her mom on the way home from work everyday.

...that talks on her cell phone while driving.  All.  The.  Time.

...that scrapbooks.

...that checks her work email at home.

...that while mad does her best cleaning.

...that doesn't really like summer.  (Sorry) I'm basically allergic to the sun.

...that has pastie white legs because of the above.

...that loves sheets and bedding and shopping for them.

...that reads every night before bed.

...that would rather stay home and read than go out.

...that can't remember the last time she was in a bar.

...that forgets how to update her ipod and doesn't do it very often.  No joke - I've had one for 3 years and I still don't know how to make playlists.

...that is fine talking to new people on the phone at work, but hates calling new people for personal reasons.

...that is seriously addicted to candles.  I have my own personal supplier :)

...that is counting down the hours until vacation...8 more to go!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I've been blog stalking that is checking out other faves and adding to my own. I start my day every day by reading a few. I've seen this one a few times and I like the WILW so I thought I would link up today and share a few, mostly girly things I'm into right now.

Black OPI crackle nail polish!  It looks awesome.  I've tried it over hot pink and silver so far.  Love!! so much I bought silver too?  Haha.  I've tried silver over purple and I love that too.  And with blue.  I've been painting nails and toes every few days lately.  And with a top coat it lasts several days, which I love!
R surprised me last weekend with this Return to Tiffany bracelet!  I've been wearing a knock off for over a year now and I love the style.  He knows I'd never go and buy it for myself so he surprised me and called it a late anniversary gift.  I was very surprised.  He is so sweet.  Then I started looking up charms.  Who knew?  There are at least 10 that I'm in love with.  I think he set himself up for years worth of anniversary gifts lol.

Paint colors.  I'm going to paint the focus wall in my house next week on my week off from work.  I know I want a teal color to go with the browns I'm going to use for the other walls.  And I already have throw pillows and accents to match.  Now I just have to pick the perfect color.  So.  Many.  Choices. 

What are you loving today?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Five

I'm tired today and a bit cranky.  I'd rather be in bed than at work.  Blah, blah, blah.  Whatev's.  It's been a long time since I've done this.  I remember Forest used to do this every week... meh.  Perhaps I need some structure in this blog. 

The Bad:
1. R has this insistent need to play with the thermostat in the house.  Makes me mental.  Since we've moved in, I've managed the fans, the thermostat, closing the blinds, ect, so we don't bake in our oven-like house.  Yes it's cooler today, but that doesn't mean turn on the furnace...WTF?  It's summer, duh.  Put on a damn sweater.
2. I'm cranky.
3. We were supposed to go camping this weekend, but we have the baby tomorrow, which = plan no-go.  I'm disappointed since I feel like I really need a break.
4. I have a weekend full of house chores that need to be done.  And a TON of laundry.
5. The traffic last night took forever to get home.

The Good:
1. Weekend is here!!!!! Almost...
2. My boss finally just told me to come up with a job title for myself so I can order my damn business cards.  Should be interesting.
3. I put a roast in the slow cooker this morning, mmmmm...supper will be half done before I get home, ya ya!
4.  My holidays start in one week.
5. It's supposed to be a cooler day here and I dont mind that at all!

What's your 5?

Monday, July 18, 2011

My rescue

Nah...nothing dramatic like that.  But a crappy way to start the week.

Last night I couldn't sleep.  My sister and her kids were still there, my nephew was upstairs with us and he kept getting up.  It was hot and sticky and I kept waking up.  I finally pulled my butt outta bed around 6am and was ready to leave at 6:30. 

Hopped in the car and drove a block and realized something was wrong, car was pulling to the side, hard and starting to smell.  No dash lights but I knew what it was.  Pulled over...flat tire.  On the ground flat.  Damn. 

So I tried to call R.  No Answer.  I called his work cell.  No answer.  Text him.  Still no answer.  By then I was flustered and mad.  Called my sister.  No answer.

So I walked the 4 blocks home.  Glad I was close.  Not so glad I was wearing strappy sandals today.  Woke my Brother in law up and he jumped out of bed to come help me. 

Because I was flustered I forgot to set the park brake and the car rolled a teeny bit, enough to wreck my jack however.  Grrrr.  Either way he changed the tire and I drove R's cell phones to him at work.  As I pulled in, he pulled in behind me.  He had driven to the house to get them.  Haha. 

Stupid thing is that I know how to change a tire.  I've done it before.  The only thing I'm not sure of is where to place the damn jack.  So the day I was going in early I was 1/2 hour late.  My boss was fine however. 

Ever want to start a day (or week) over?

Friday, July 15, 2011


I was asked to do the interview today, not observe...and I rocked it!! 

Woo hoo! 

Friday my love, you're finally here!

What a week.  *whew*

Poor R left the house at 5am yesterday to go to work and didn't get home until after midnight!  I'm glad he likes his new job, because he's working a ton of hours!  More than he's ever worked before.  I think a standard 60 hour week so far.  Thank God for overtime pay!  Woot!

I have 2 interviews today.  I'm stoked.  It's been a long time since I've gotten to interview someone.  And since I'll be very happily handing payroll over to the new person, I'm hoping today goes well.  Funny how I can advertise for 6 different positions and get 50 resumes for this position and none for 4 of the others.  Apparently for tradespeople it is very much an employee's market.  Either way, 2 interviews today and 1 on Tuesday and if nothing from these I have another 12 or so really good resumes to choose from. 

My sister will be here tonight!  And I'm wayyyyyyy excited to see her!  My house isn't so tidy and I have dishes in the kitchen, but what can a girl do?  I'm busy.  Life will go on.

We don't have immediate plans.  Tonight will be a lay low night, tomorrow maybe some markets and go-karts for the boys.  The girls will shop (of course) and Sunday hit a splash park.  Should be fun.  3 kids on Sunday.  Oh my...

Apparently a tornado hit the city the night before last!!!  I live in a large city so it's not that strange that on my side we didn't know.  The city is divided into 4 quadrants, SouthEast, NorthEast, SouthWest, NorthWest.  I live in the SouthEast and it hit in the SouthWest.  Crazy! 

Must go, work calls.

Any fun weekend plans?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Checking out

The next 7 days at a glance…

- 18 appointments
- 8 Interviews
- ½ day course
- 2 meetings

I quite honestly don’t think I would remember to do half the things I need to remember to do without my Outlook calendar. We have a love-hate relationship. I love that it helps with my organization and so that I don’t forget meetings, but I hate it when it beeps at me when I’m too busy to listen to it.

I’m in the process of scheduling interviews for 2 positions. Half of them I don’t (think) I have to be a part of, but the other half I’m a bit worried I’ll end up leading the interviews. It’s not my position to interview for. I was asked to sit in and I’m great with that, but sheesh. I also sorted through and picked out the potential candidates. Should be interesting as they start interviews tomorrow. It’s for the payroll position that I’ve been helping to cover. I’ll be very happy when it’s filled!

My Dad and step-mom are coming to stay/visit tonight. I didn’t even get the house cleaned up. I was so tired, I ended up having a nap on the couch. My sister is coming up Friday and I was going to clean up for that too, but then she told me she’s bringing her dog. Her big, hairy, black lab. Who is a sweetheart, but sheds terribly. I didn’t end up vacuuming. Why bother?

I need to organize my day. It’s after 10 and I’ve been running all over. I need to prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait.

It’s getting close to holiday time and I’m super excited about it. This girl is B.U.R.N.T. out. I’ve been running like crazy for months and if I don’t take a break soon, I’m likely to scream. And possibly lose my mind. R might have the time off, he might not. He just started with this company so he won’t have vacation time saved up. Either way, if I’m off alone, I’m ok with it. I’ll keep busy.

We are going to go camping next weekend I think. He mentioned it last night and it sounds fun. We both are in dire need of a break. This weekend will be the 3rd in a row with company.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Where have I been?

I'm here.  Still here.  Reading blogs just not writing. 

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Will and Kate coming to my fair city.  Although to be honest, other than the fireworks and the Calgary tower lighting up, I wouldn't have even noticed.  The traffic on that day and the day prior was terrible, but apparently that is just the way it gets during the Stampede.  The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.  Thanks but no thanks.  Too many people. 

We've been lying low.  We've had company come and go and more is coming this week.  Life has continued to keep busy. 

I also borrowed this from here.

Tell me about the shirt you're wearing?

A hot pink tank under a zipped black short sleeved hoodie with a hot pink and white Fleur de les on it.

What's currently bothering you?
I’m a bit tired. I have a lot to do today.

What do you currently hear?
A salesman down the hall talking about his house reno’s.

When was the last time you had your hair cut?
2 weeks ago. It’s finally getting so that I can do things with it, it was cut too short…

When were you last outside?
Half hour ago on my way into work.

Are you wearing shorts?
Black capris.

Does the thought of marriage scare you?
A bit. I’ve been there and it failed. The next time however, I’ll be sure before hand.

What are you doing today?
Working. I have a ton to do and I’ll likely end up with overtime.

Look to your left, what is there?
A battery back up on the floor and box of promo materials for the next job fair.

What time did you go to sleep last night?
Around 10:00pm.

When is your Birthday?

The way to win your heart?
Honesty, Humor, Loving, Kind.

What are you going to do this weekend?
My sister and her kids and husband are coming to visit. Should be a good and loud time lol.

Were you happy when you woke up today?
I wasn’t unhappy, but I didn’t want to get up.

Have you ever crawled through a window?

Would you ever donate blood?
I want too. I keep saying I should, but I’m a bit afraid of the needle.

Has anyone ever mistaken you for a family member?
Nope. Just that I have resemblance.

Do you have reason to smile right now?
If I think about something, I’m sure I could.

What do you do when you're stressed out?
Cry. Vent. Blog. Walk.

Would you honestly say you'd risk your life for someone else?

Do you open up to people easily?

Has anyone upset you in the last week?

What is the last pill you swallowed?
An allergy pill last night.

What was the first thing you thought this morning?
Morning already??

Who do you blame for your bad mood today?
No one, I’m not in a bad mood.

Where is the person you like right now?
At work.

What was the first thing you did this morning?
Rolled over, said good morning to R and snoozed for a bit more.

Do you care of what people think of you?
I try not too, but I think everyone does.

Who was the last person you took a picture with?
R. My Step-mom took a pic of us at the Stampede Breakfast on Saturday.

What are you looking forward to right now?
The weekend

Do you miss someone?
Not really.

Does your crush like you?
He loves me!

If you could go back in time and change something would you?
I think everyone could go back and have regrets and make changes, however that is useless so I try not to think about that and just not make the same mistakes again.

Do you hate smokers?
No. I don’t like smoke and try to stay away from it however.

Ever had a near death experience?
I’ve had some close call vehicle accidents. None my fault 

Something you do a lot?
Talk on the phone. Email.

Last person you cried in front of?

Have you ever been to a tanning bed?
A long time ago. Not anymore. My skin doesn’t like the sun.

Does anyone hate you for no reason?
I don't know.

Have you ever kissed someone whose name starts with the letter J?
In high school my boyfriend’s name started with a J.

What are you stressed out about?
Getting the house painted.

What was your favourite grade?
I don’t remember. None probably. Lol.

When is the next time you'll see your best friend(s)?
This weekend :)

Are any of your friends pregnant?
A blogger friend, but none that I know of. Yet.

Favourite number?

Ever been in love?

Are you wearing make-up?

What were you doing at 11:30 last night?

What's the last thing you said and to who?
Yes I changed my name, to a co-worker on the phone.

Do you sleep on your stomach?
Yes, I sleep every which way. And I move a lot.

What do you hear?
Phone pages.

Are you ticklish?

Last time you saw fireworks, with who & where?
Saturday night. The Stampede fireworks can be seen from my house 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A little of this and that

There is a ton of things going on in my head right now, and I want to get them out, also I want to complain to someone! hahaha

- My allergies are making me miserable.  Last night I was weeding some of the flowerbeds (there are tons that need to be done) and I was fine.  However, a few hours later I had a reaction.  I was itchy everywhere, even my ears.  I was uncomfortable and it was hot in the house.  I took some Benadryl and it put me to sleep.

- I'm still sleepy from it this morning.  I need to go to a pharmacist and find a better alternative.

- My boss has been out of the office for a week.  I need her to sign and go over a bunch of things with her, but apparently she is cranky and busy.  *sigh*

- ESM arrived after 9 last night and it sounds like we are a crashing pad only.  *sigh again*  R won't be very happy with that.  She has appointments downtown today and plans for dinner tonight.  I'm not thrilled as this is her first night here.  However, since both R and I work today the daytime doesn't matter so much.  Her plan is to leave either Friday night or Saturday morning.  There won't be much visiting, which annoys me when you are staying with someone.  Saturday we have to go pick up a shelf and in the evening we have tickets for a dinner.  She won't be here, but if she leaves tomorrow night I won't be offering my house anymore.  We are not a free hotel.

- I'm a bit grumpy. 

- I'm trying to write a procedure/policy and it's annoying me because I can't seem to get it to make sense. 

- I'm finally making progress on my to-do list, but all that's left is the crap I don't want to do. 

- I weeded 2 flower beds last night.  I have 7 left that need to be done.  6 of those 7 are very large.  I'm aiming to do one per night and see how that works out. 

- I'm a bit pissed at R over the flower bed weeding.  I would never had said yes to this house had I known that I was going to have to do all the weeding myself.  He indicated to me that he would help.  So far, he's been too "busy" with other stuff to help me.  Grrr...

- I'm taking Sunday off.  I'm staying home all day, not leaving the house, not weeding or laundry or anything.  I'm in dire need of a vacation and I need a break! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Keep up? Or Catch up?

At some point you just have to throw in the towel and accept the fact that there might not ever be a point of catching up.  Keeping up is a pipe dream.  I'm at that point.  My to-do list keeps getting longer and longer every day.  Blogging right now is not a scheduled event, but I need to take some time to gather my thoughts. 

Work is chaotic.  With filling in for 2 positions plus my own very busy position, I'm not sure I can keep going like this.  I have a lot to do and I try to keep pushing, one step at a time, but I'm overwhelmed this morning.  There is just too much to do.  *sigh*

Home is not much better.  We have been trying to finish with the last of the setting up.  While at the same time, prepare for company, clean the yard, keep up with the housework and try to stop and have a break every now and then.  We knew the yard would be a huge undertaking.  I know the flower beds need tending.  There are multiple beds and they all need weeding.  I have been putting it off.  By the time I get home from work, make supper and clean up I'm beat.  I have no inclination to go outside and bake in the sun, wedding over-grown flower beds. 

R is grouchy too.  He feels the same as I do.  That we are constantly running around.  He mowed last night and built some shelves in the (finally) build shed.  I need to pick up some gardening gloves (maybe at lunchtime today?).  Tonight my step mother (ESM) is coming to stay for a few days. 

Both R and I work Thursday and Friday so I'm not sure what she is going to do during the day on Friday, and I have no idea how long she's staying for.  Although that is typical ESM behaviour.  Either way my plan is to tackle at least 1 flower bed tonight.  I might cheat and pick a small one, but I will get one done tonight.  ESM won't arrive until 8 or 9 so I should be able to do one tonight.  Maybe I just have to set smaller goals like that. 

I made Thai Coconut chicken last night (over rice) - it was delish!  And it's hot today.  Welcome Summer!  You're FINALLY here!

Oh and my allergies are still here.  Slightly better, but still here.  Bah!  I'm so ready for a holiday...

Monday, July 4, 2011


I do NOT love pollen.  I love spring, I like the prettiness of outdoors, but I have seasonal allergies.  And they are bad.  They seem to change from year to year.  Some years I don't even notice them, this year however, it is not the case. 

Earlier in the year I started feeling the effects, however it was quite early in the year and there had been a ton of rain, so it was odd to have my seasonal allergies be making an appearance, so I chalked it up to a possible spring cold and forgot about this.

This weekend however, they came back with a vengence.  I've been sneezing, runny nose, dry - itchy eyes, stuffy - tickly nose.  You name it.  And my allergy pills aren't working.  Arg.  They take away the dry itchy eyes but do nothing for the other symptoms.  I have Benadryl, which works like a dream, but it puts me to dreamland.  One pink pill and I'm snoozing before I know it.  I think I need to go see the pharmacist and see what I can find.  Either that or don't leave the house and keep all the windows closed for the next month...

We had a good weekend.  It was busy as usual.  Friday was a holiday and I cleaned the house, scrubbed it and made it sparkly clean.  I also donated a bunch of stuff.  Saturday I went to my great aunt's house and lent a hand again.  Brought home a bunch of stuff, donated a bunch of stuff, tossed a bunch of stuff.  My mom and step-dad came to stay for the night. 

Yesterday we had the baby.  She was quite entertaining yesterday.  We went to Ikea to look for a spare bed and while R was in the bathroom, we walked around the kids section looking at toys.  She was checking out the stuffed animals and would look at one then hand it to me and then choose another and put it back.  She came across a very soft, stuffed dog and gave it a huge hug and tucked it under her arm.  And she would not give it back to me.  She was in love. 

It was $8 and since we don't spoil her or buy her things very often we let her have it.  She was very happy.  For the rest of the trip she would not let go of this dog, not even to put her in her car seat, lol, it was adorable.  We even found her a small dresser for her bedroom for $40.  Love good deals! 

It was a good weekend.