Thursday, October 30, 2008
So of course Mother Nature hates my guts and I just know it's because I raked up the mums in the garden by accident (I said I was sorry!), so she decided to dump a crap load of snow on us overnight.
...and then on the way to school Mason threw a snowball at me and it went down my neck and it was cold. Since when did he learn how to throw?
Sunday, October 26, 2008
(This is 2 days later)
He's never had a face injury before..it's so sad...and scary! Apparently we were having a race. I don't actually remember initiating a race, but he insists we were racing. Regardless, he made it to the destination before I did...and his face hit the ground. Could have been that his shoes were ridiculous for running a race, it may also have been the fact that he was running with his hands shoved deep in his pockets, either way he ended up in a puddle of blood. It didn't even look like his face hit the ground (I was behind him though) but when I saw the blood on the sidewalk I knew we were in trouble. My heart started racing even faster when I couldn't see his teeth in his mouth...but luckily they were just covered in all the blood...they were all still there and intact.
Poor little guy got inside and washed up and as I gave him some ice to put on his lip, he looked up at me and said "I won the race". Nice one buddy. I hope his face heals quickly with no scars!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Something we do each year I never really named, but from this point on I will refer to it as "costume recycling"....
If you send your child to daycare/school and their clothes come home ruined everyday raise your hand (okay not really, you may look silly doing that at your computer all by yourself!)...seriously though, Mason comes home constantly with markers, glue, sparkles and holes in his clothing. It's not the daycare's fault...he's just rough on his clothes.
Now imagine Halloween and your horror of having to send your child to daycare/school in his/her costume knowing that it could possibly be ruined before they even get to wear it out on the big night! This was always a big fear of mine so I usually just made up a silly little costume (like a hood with ears he already owned or something) to send him in for the daycare Halloween party.
Generally the daycare knows costumes are easily ruined and do not allow the child to wear them that long, but if you look around that classroom it is a jackpot of things that could potentially ruin the costume.
I came up with this plan a few years ago...buy large (but not too large) and wear the next year. I'm not saying to buy a costume that is 5 sizes too big, try 1-2 sizes, but make sure it is easy to walk in and pin up hems (or staple like I do -haha) if a potential tripping hazard is there. Now I know you probably buy large anyway to fit over the jacket etc...but I'm talking next-year large.
You may think it's crazy, but it actually works very well for us. Mason wears his good costume Halloween night...next year he wears it to the daycare party! He is always excited to bring out his old costume (this year it's a skunk) and it saves his good costume from being ruined. After that, if the costume is still in good condition you can always put it up on ebay or kijiji for someone else to use...hence costume recyling is born!
This year is going to be a little difficult though. We always buy our costume at Old Navy. Their costumes are not only adorable, they are also sooo warm and comfy PLUS if you buy them the week of their annual baby sale (20% off) you can walk out of there with a $20 high-quality costume. Unfortunately, Mason is in their biggest size this year (he's a bat) so next year we will probably move on to the "superhero" stage.
Anybody else have any good costume tips?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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Sunday, October 19, 2008
Win a copy of Who Said Boo from evilflu.com!
Moving right along with our Halloween theme...one lucky winner will win a copy of Who Said Boo by Phyllis Root! Who Said Boo is hands down, our favourite Halloween book this year! Mason just loves lifting the flaps (and I gotta admit, each one made me laugh). It's a great little board book, great for kids of all ages (and adults with a good sense of humour too!).
In the book the cute little Dracula on the front cover is trying to figure out who said BOO. I won't give away the ending, but he ends up going into each room and finds a halloween character doing some household activity (example: Witches doing stitches, Skeletons eating gelatin).
How to win:
All you have to do is come up with your own "scary character" rhyme. The winner will be chosen by three judges and the winner will receive the board book...it's that easy! Add a comment to this post with your e-mail or a link to your blog so I know who you are ;)
You could write about mummies, spiders, bats, Frankenstein....use your imagination!
The winner will be chosen on October 21, 2008.
....or you can always check out Who Said Boo at Amazon.com!
Who Said Boo?: A Lift-the-Flap Book
To say I am terrified would be an understatement...I have some serious driving anxiety and I have no idea why *ahem* (mom). I remember my dad trying to teach me how to drive a boat...I think it started there...I remember the whole experience vaguely...it was something like "okay now pull in OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING STOP ARE YOU STUPID OR SOMETHING?". I remember coming home stamping up the stairs all huffy...I didn't even want to drive that stupid boat. Each time I saw it at the bottom of the lake I smiled a little inside.
Face it, I hate vehicles...but seeing as my little guy is getting too big to get on the bus for free anymore, winter sucks around here and I'm sick of wading to daycare in hip-high snow and we would like to visit our family a little more, I think the time has come.
So I am taking driver's ed. Yes. I am 27 years old in a class of 16 years old. Let me tell you it's been an experience so far. Think back to high school...the passing notes in class, that high-pitched giggle and goofing off...yes I have sat and will be sitting beside those kind of people Saturday and Sunday from 9am -3:45pm...and they used to think I was cool..until I stopped giggling with them...now I'm not cool....or maybe it's because I didn't shower today...who knows.
Oh yeah so there's me and them and then this guy who keeps talking about his 87 Lincoln (with my luck he will go home and google his pride and joy and come across my blog!). Everything out of his mouth ends with "my 87 Lincoln". You know that kind of person? Oh and he blasts "Low Rider" on his cellphone during breaks...I don't think any of these kids even know that song...actually I think he might be a kid...a really weird kid with an uber-old car.
I mean this is a class with finals and mid-terms and everything...it's insane!!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I don't date many people, actually I hate dating. It's just so awkward and annoying and I'm pathetically shy so it's always the worst thing in the world for me to go on a date with somebody. In fact, I didn't go on one single date in high school (I'm not sure if it was because I was shy or awkwardly ugly...either way, I didn't date anybody!).
But there was this one time in college...there was this really nerdy guy, let's call him Dork (I'm not creative...too tired!). So dork liked me for a long time, but dork was a big old dork and was really dorky and came on very strongly...as a matter of fact, I hated dork. I don't even know why I agreed to go out with dork to see a movie, I think it was because I wanted to see that particular movie (and if I remember correctly it was Tomb Raider or something dorky like that).
So I met dork at the theatre. I paid for myself to get in... (nothing wrong with that...) but I also ended up having to pay for dork to get in with him saying some excuse about him buying popcorn or something.
We watched the dorky movie and the whole time...THE WHOLE TIME...I was trying to think of a way to get out of there. Unfortunately I wasn't so crafty back then so I did end up staying. Dork asked me if I would like a ride home. Nice enough, it was cold out, so I agreed. So we got in his mini van (with a garter belt hanging on the rearview mirror - probably his mom's) and he drove me home...and he decided to invite himself in.
I was tired and cranky and frankly I was just tired of seeing his face. I was really rude, I remember totally ignoring him and acting like he wasn't sitting on my couch, when all of a sudden he bolts up off the couch, throws on my slippers and runs out of my house. I had the urge to lock the door and turn off the lights, but I liked those damn slippers. I could only imagine the look on my face at that point.
He came back saying he thought someone was trying to steal his van. Yeah... *blink* Maybe they wanted the garter belt? *blink*
I think he sat around for an hour after that. Unfortunately I did not have the balls to tell him to leave. Finally he got the hint to leave and I never spoke to him again. I think he was part of the reason I dropped out of my computer programming course...thanks so much DORK.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Stay tuned in the days leading up to Halloween for some pretty cool things I have planned. I hope to do a couple Halloween book reviews (we just read a couple awesome ones recently and I would love to share them with you guys!). I have to post about our trip to the pumpkin patch recently, I am hoping to share some cute halloween recipes I found, costume ideas, scary movies...it's going to be fun (and it gives me something to blog about!!). So let's get this started...
Let's talk scary movies. I just love the Scream network around Halloween. All the best scary movies get played. I am a big fan of Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) movies and I'm sure you are dying to know why (no, not because Johnny Depp was in it - Jackie!). You see, I used to absolutely hate these movies. Freddy was a mean bully who killed people when they fell asleep...helpless!! I mean, people have to sleep? Kind of a cowardly thing to do, attacking people in their dreams really (sorry Freddy...don't kill me!). One night when I was sleeping on the floor at the end of my grandma's bed (yeah..I know) I swear I saw Freddy's shadow under her bed. I stayed up ALL NIGHT. I couldn't even shut my eyes. I remember watching the sun rise out her window because I was so scared...and I was probably
To prove myself to my peers and sit through all 8500 of these Freddy movies, I came up with a game plan - be on Freddy's side. When Freddy is chasing somebody...I cheer him on! Go Freddy...that way if he ever did end up being real he wouldn't kill me because I was on his side...and I actually still use this strategy to get through many scary movies. I still have a hard time with Jason movies though...that guy is totally heartless.
So now that I'm older and I have a strategy when it comes to watching scary movies (which I still never do alone) they are easier to take. One thing I will not do after watching a scary movie is go right to bed because I definitely will dream of the scary monster people (or Freddy) and have a horrible sleep. I usually follow a scary movie with a comedy so I can get to sleep with no worries of Freddy coming to get me. Another thing I will never do after watching a scary movie is go outside. Nope, not gonna happen....EVERYTHING is scary outside at night. I got scared taking my garbage out last night because there was a full moon.
Movies that scare the pants off me still at my age are zombie movies. Usually these movies involve some sort of experiment gone completely wrong or some putrid gas floating through the air and infecting people. Anyways these movies are usually very gory and always have that "spook factor" where some kind of zombie will crash through a wall and eat an unsuspecting victim (usually one of the annoying ones in the group hiding out from the zombies). Recently I saw one of these zombie movies where birds were eating the zombies and zombie birds were created. Could you imagine??? Zombie movies scare my pants off and I will never ever watch them alone...ever. I hate zombies. I hate the music video for Thriller....I absolutely hate zombie movies...but I still watch them when I want to scare my pants off.
You know, I was thinking about this the other day and I seriously think movie writers should consider bringing back the old cheesy movie types. It just seems that all the scary movies these days are too "real". They are very gory, they are usually about psycho killers (which we all know could really happen - which makes them scarier) and they usually star characters who are just like you and I and crimes that sound all too familiar. I want Freddy back!
So what's your favourite scary movie? What scary movie do you think is the scariest? Which scary movie is the worst you have ever seen?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
You come back around to the item and do a "desperation grab". You throw the item into your cart and cover it with boxes of Kleenex (remember, they're safe). You tear away towards the cashier. You wait in line reading about Angelina and her 10,000 kids, not making any sort of eye contact because that is embarassing. This would be the worst time to start a conversation with somebody because they may be buying something embarassing too.
Finally, you get to the cash. You pay, not with debit because that means awkward standing at the cash waiting for it to approve, no - never use debit on these items. You pay quickly, grab the bag (without making eye contact) and leave the store....
What if this one time the cashier decides to strike up a conversation. Imagine you are me and you are buying a big old box of GAS-X because your insides are literally making noise and feel like they are imploding. Now this wasn't just any conversation. I had bag in hand, turned to leave (without making eye contact- remember that, it's important!) and the cashier decided to yell after me...
"I hope this helps with your problem"
Mortified. Dumbfounded. Gassy. I was all of the above that day. I politely said thank you and bolted. In fact, I thought about it for days...I couldn't go back, but this is a major pharmacy chain and it just happens to be at my bus stop in the morning, so I decided eventually I would need to go back (you know, when I felt gassy again).
I went back many times (no...not just for GAS-X!!) and I didn't see
I went in to buy contact solution (and got a really good sale). Lucky for me contact solution isn't nearly as embarassing as Gas-X (or as some pointed out, not as embarassing as something as Hemi cream or Pepto....). Still, I remembered the experience. My palms started to sweat. I looked for another cashier and then, like an answer from above, I noticed the girl behind me was buying Pepto Bismal. BINGO!!
I know this next part is going to be mean, but I was just experimenting...plus I needed a good laugh. I stepped out of the line and mumbled something about forgetting to look at something. I let the girl go ahead! So I started "browsing the gift cards", the whole time listening to the cashier and this poor Pepto girl. Then it happened...
"Oh, are you sick??"
Tee hee...I knew it!! My experiment worked...this really is a cashier from hell. Srsly...are you allowed to comment on embarassing purchases in a pharmacy?? Oh is that a blow-up hemi cushion you are buying...I hope it's comfortable. WTH!! I'm sure she's just trying to be nice and have a conversation but there are certain situations where you just don't try to make friends...like in a public washroom!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
If you have noticed on my Tuesday Toot list, one of the items was to do a photoshoot. Well today was as nice as any other day so off to my favourite little "photo park". Even though it is pretty heavily graffiti'd and there are some questionable items/people around, the lighting in this park just makes things a whole lot easier for me, especially in the early evening.
So we're walking around, taking pictures yatta yatta and I decide to swtich lenses. Earlier this year I had bought a 50mm lens from Kijiji. I don't use it much, in fact it has been sitting on my night stand for a few months now (don't ask!). So I decided to throw this little baby on and take some pictures. It was going well, I was actually liking the lens (whereas before I wasn't too fond of it). Then I got the bright idea to have Mason pose on a log. He got all settled down, I went to focus...funny the camera won't focus with him on the log. I tried a few times, nothing. Then I tried focusing on something else...nope. Then I get the bright idea to look at the lens to see if it is jammed or something and the whole front was gone!!
I have no idea how it happened. Looking back through my pictures, I see they ended when I got a picture of him trying to climb a tree (which was horribly out of focus and "faded"). It was actually a strange fading over the picture, almost like a haze. I guess I should have noticed because the last few pictures were like that too.
I mean the whole entire glass is GONE. Luckily (or maybe not so luckily) I had taken the UV filter off because I thought it was the reason for the haziness in the pictures. Ooops guessed wrong, I guess it was the lens actually falling off. I went back through the grass but couldn't find it...but I did get some pretty cute pictures!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Already Tuesday again? Well this week I'm going to switch things up a little bit. I am going to do today's Toot as a "to-do" list, if you will. You see, I have accomplished so many things on this week's to-do list and I'm pretty proud of what I have accomplished on this list so far, so here I am "tooting my own horn".
Without further ado...or adieu for those who like to debate (tomato/tomato - that doesn't spell out as well as I thought it!):
-Apply for passports (1/2 done...ran into trouble with M's passport...grrr).
-1 photo shoot
-Make some sort of Thanksgiving plans
-Sign M. up for swimming lessons
-Arrange daycare switch
-Bring out fall/winter clothes oops I guess I should be doing this now.
-Update blog layout
-Take "before" weight loss pic
-Match up socks from the "sock bag"
Vest season is now upon us. I (heart) vest season! Vests are so forgiving and yet so comfy. I love vests. I'm wearing a sweater vest right now...not so comfy, actually it's kind of ugly because I can see the shirt I'm wearing underneath it through the material and I don't like that.
Anyway back to vest season...this (and Spring) is my favourite time of year. Not too hot and no snow. I love being cozy in my bed (but hate getting out of bed when it's too cold in the morning). I love pumpkins and blue skies and how the pumpkins look in contrast to the blue skys (that was an awesome day). I love scarecrows...and my new Thanksgiving wreath. I love seeing my breath in the morning and explaining to Mason every morning that the frost on the ground is not snow...much to his dismay.
So three cheers for vest season. I (heart) you vest season.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
It's nothing anybody does or says, really not anybody's fault or anything, I just watch them and see how everybody interacts and soemtimes I feel so isolated and I feel as though I have nothing in common. I always have a lot of fun, but these little surges of feeling different just makes me question what I have going on here.
I am hoping this feeling goes away once I start driving and can visit more often, but until then I really have to think about what is best for us.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
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