Saturday, January 31, 2009

Poladroid Love

I am absolutely in love with this application!!!
You can go to
and download your own Poladroid camera... it becomes an application right on the desktop, and all you have to do is open it then drag and drop your picture on to it. The Camera makes a little whirl click noise and pops out a poladroid, that develops in front of you like the real thing...SO Cool!!!
These are a couple of pics I took while out in Caroline in September...


So Chris went back to work Friday night after his 3 day stretch, and as I was trying to reclaim the kitchen (I still can't understand the destruction he can cause in there in such a short time frame) and loading the dishwasher to the max twice!!! I realized that a dishwasher in my house is no longer a luxury it is an absolute necessity!!!

I know that may sound a little strange, but to be honest I've never really cared before if I had a dishwasher...

I grew up in a household that had a dishwasher that was never used! I'm dead serious, my parents insisted that someone hand wash or dry the dishes with them every night. Looking back I'm sure it was a ploy to get us to stand still and talk to them for half an hour. It used to drive me up the wall. Everyone I knew, had to load or unload a dishwasher as part of their chores, but my parents were so "OLD FASHION" and "mean" that they made us do it by hand. I never really understood. After I moved out my Dad actually replaced the dishwasher because it leaked every time he did use it (funny how when your slave labor moves out you start using the I figured out a couple of years later that it was probably leaking because the seals had all dried out from lack of use...A little Ironic??? You replace an almost new (or a least barely used) dishwasher, because you didn't use it!

Then when I moved out, I was always in an apartment or even my townhouse that never had dishwashers, so I continued to wash by hand and never really thought much of it. I mean it honestly took me a week to fill a sink full of dishes if I left them. I figured it would probably take me a month to get enough dishes to fill the dishwasher! So I never worried about it, and always considered buying a dishwasher a low priority.
But now...
I mean come on!
All the dishes were washed and ready to go when Chris came home from work. Then after 3 days, my cupboards were bare and every single dish had been used and left in the sink! Everything! How is it possible to go through that many dishes, and require 2 loads after 3 days??? I so don't get it! Like I said a dishwasher is now a necessity and no longer a luxury.

We actually didn't have one in the crappy apartment we rented in Calgary for those 2 months. hmmm...maybe that's why we only lasted in Calgary for 2 months???

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Road Trips

One of the biggest things I miss in the winter is going on Road Trips.
-with the weather being to cold and snowy to "explore" places, and it being rather dangerous to venture out on a lot of these back roads in the ice and snow, it's really not the best idea.
but I so miss going out on weekends and finding new and interesting thing.
We are having a little road trip tomorrow...but it's a pretty boring one, and mostly a work related trip (we're going down to Calgary to finally get the last of our things out of a storage locker) so to me it's not really a road trip.
but I was searching through some of my files for last summer and the summer before, and thought I might post some of our long gone adventures...

The nice thing about Lethbridge was we had a man made lake minutes from town- and spent a lot of hot summer afternoons in the lake

We had strange adventures where our destination ended up being the happenin' town of Bow Island- and had our picture taken with the giant Pinto bean in town
In June, Nathan and I took a trip to Medicine hat for the day- and had to explore the giant
tee pee

In May, a late afternoon cruise landed us at Milk River just as it was getting dark- but we still had to get out at the tourist info booth and check out the dinosaur.

And posing with the giant corn stalks in Taber!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Crushes and broken hearts

So I have a huge Crush *shhhhhh****
...George Stroumboulopoulos from The Hour

mmmmm...he's so cute

oh yeah I actually love his show too!
tonight he was talking about ......
A museum dedicated to broken hearts has recently been founded in Croatia.
Author's of the concept Olinka Vištica and Drazen Grubišić decided to set up the
museum after
consoling friends over their failed romances.The museum has
everything from
romantic and touching letters to different gifts given to lovers
like teddy
bears and photos, but also such unusual examples as leg prothesis
donated by a
war veteran who fell in love with his physiotherapist or a gall
stone. Every
single object on display is anonymous, and has a short description
of the
item related to the relationship that was behind. That's why it could be
therapeutic for those with newly broken hearts."
The Museum of Broken
Relationships is an art concept which proceeds from the assumption that
possess integrated fields - holograms of memories and emotions - and
with its layout to create a space of secure memory or protected
remembrance in
order to preserve the material and nonmaterial heritage of
Unlike the destructive self-help instructions for
from failed loves, the Museum offers every individual the chance to
overcome the
emotional collapse through creation, i.e., by contributing to
the holdings of
the Museum. The individual gets rid of controversial objects
, triggers of
momentarily undesirable emotions, by turning them into museum
exhibits, i.e.,
artefacts and thereby participating in the creation
of a preserved collective
emotional history.
After the success of the
first display in Zagreb this
unique museum is going on world tour.

It sounds kind of neat- I think - you can bet that it's going to be a busy exhibit on Valentines Day- wherever it's showing on that day. I'd be grabbing a girlfriend and checking it out if I was nursing a broken heart around that day!-and this is one of the items and stories from the exhibit, just as a taste...

Ex – Axe
1995 Berlin She was the first woman that I let move in with
me. All my friends thought I needed to learn to let people in more. After a few
months of her moving in, I was offered to travel to the US. She could not come
with me. We said goodbye tearfully at the airport with assurance she could not
survive three weeks without me. As I returned after three weeks, she said: «I
fell in love with someone else. I know her for 4 days but I know that she gives
me all what you cannot give me.» I was banal and asked about her plans regarding
our life and living together. As the next day she still had no answer, I kicked
her out. She went immediately with her new girlfriend on holiday while her
furniture stayed with me. Not knowing what to do with my anger, I bought finally
at Karstadt this axe
to blow off some steam and to give her at least a small feeling of loss – which
she did not have obviously after losing the relationship with me. In the 14 days
of her holidays I started to axe one piece of her furniture a day. The leftovers
I let stand there, as an expression of my inner condition. The more her room
became filled with chopped up furniture, and therefore looked like I was
feeling, I was starting to get better. Two weeks after she was kicked out, she
came to take the furniture. It was neatly arranged into small heaps and
fragments of wood. She took that trash and left my apartment for the last time.
The axe is lifted to a therapeutic instrument.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

PETA can...

So I was Reading an article in Reader's Digest today, "Chicken-Lickin' Good". It's just a short little blurb about how PETA is apparently offer 1 million dollars US to "anyone who can bring lab-made meat to the market by 2012."
The theory being working with stem cell technology they should be able to grow meat without an animal...huh???

"As science writer William Saletan wrote on, "instead of growing a chicken embryo into a bird and cutting meat from it, you skip the bird part and grow meat directly from the embryo.""
This all sounds pretty gross to me...
but I thought I'd check out PETA's website to see if there was any more info...
Don't get me wrong I love animals, and think they should be protected from abuse-
But I hate PETA- they always have to go over the top!
If you have time check out some of the insane articles they have on their site, of things they're protesting...
An animal rights group says a vegetarian diet could be just the ticket to keeping obese cons behind bars. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has made the suggestion to the warden of Montreal''s notorious Bordeaux jail after the facility gave early release to Michel Lapointe, a 450-pound drug dealer nicknamed "Big Mike." The institution declared it couldn''t accommodate his large frame.
and this one from last summer, I actually remember this all playing out in the media at the time...what a crappy thing to do, especially only a few days after a family had just lost someone in a horrific way.
oh and I did actually find the article I was originally looking for- PETA does indeed have a contest where they are offering to pay a million dollars to anyone who can get in-vitro meat onto the market.

Wednesday ReDo

This was Nathan on Wednesday- for some reason I didn't get them posted.

Makes you think I need a girl next huh?

I swear he asked me to do this! It's not just evil Mommy torture- although it will make excellent pictures to show girlfriends or at his wedding someday. But he actually found them in the bathroom and started trying to put them in his own hair.

Actually I bought a whole package of them at the dollar store the other day.I saw some hair dresser on TV saying if you put the clip right at the scalp when drying your hair it takes all the weight off the hair and gives you nicer curls. Which is true. It gives you really nice curls. But- it's a pain in the butt to take the clips out after!!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Dad's travels

My Dad just sent me some pitures of his trip down to Arizona for the Barrett Jackson Auction and some golf (funny how there's no golf pics).

The Staging area

From the audience

I think he was really, really tempted- It's the only fiero convertible made by pontiac...there was a lot of one off stuff being sold from the Gm collection this year
(actually a friend of Dad's in his fierro club bought it over the phone, Dad found out when he got back)

Now this is my style

I know a few people who would be drooling for this baby

and the pics I think he was the most proud of lol
" had a geat time, they took my picture with the Speed Chanel Babes and the Shelby Girls "
his words not mine!!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Noooooooo....the temperature has dropped again...We're back to COLD!!!
My whole family is having a nap, so I slipped out to Starbucks, but now I feel like I have an absolute bone chill. its -18, and with the windchill it's suppose to be -30 right now...sure feels like it.

He sure looks like an Angel when he sleeps, if he could always be this quiet and peaceful....

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Another of Maggies Hidden Talents

So we've all heard of People who can talk to Animals...the Horse Whisperer or even a Dog Whisperer...
But I think have the opposite, I think My Dog is a Baby Whisperer.

Maggie has this amazing way of getting Nathan to do things for her!

It seems like every time they are alone, they go into the closet and get out the dog food.
or he's feeding her anything he's eating.

and yesterday...
I made wieners and beans for lunch, and after I'd cut up a few hot dogs to throw in, I re wrapped the rest of the hot dogs and put them in the fridge.

A couple hours later... Nathan pulled out the package, and fed all of them to the DOG!!!


Why? does he even know they're in the fridge? Or that Maggie would like them?
Somehow I'm convinced she has some sort of mind control over him, and can make him get her whatever she wants!
At the very least, they have their own language!

"Look Deep into my are getting Sleepy..."

Monday, January 19, 2009

an episode of mighty machines

It was like our own up close version of mighty machines right in the parking lot today!!!
Could a little boy be more in heaven????

The big grader right outside our door...

The Giant pile of snow and ice scraped from the parking lot (to the left of the tree)

Being the foreman

Mom!!! Really...another picture??? The guys and I are trying to work here!

ahhhhhh...maybe they're a little more scary up close than on TV

just in case you don't know what Mighty Machines are???

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I spent way to much money at Michael's today

So for Christmas my generous Mother in Law gave me a gift certificate to Michael's, and she was asking before she'd left on her trip if I'd spent it I figured I better get it done before she gets back...
The only problem is, that Chris took Nathan to the electronics store and left me to my own devices in Michaels for over an hour...Bad News!!!!
I cannot be trusted in Michael's unsupervised!
I ended up spending nearly 3 Times the amount of the certificate! Bad Bad Bad
But I think I got some cool stuff! So that should count for something,
One of the main problems was the stamps were on a 40% off sale...
and I had to get some embossing plates for my new cuttlebug (3) plus a die cutter to try as well- which in my defense was 50% off.
2 canvas for 5 bucks each where they are usually 13 for a 2 pack.
and then I hit the 1.50 bins and pick up some scrape book stuff like ribbons and stickers...

oh, and the paper was 69 cents instead of 99...I made sure to only buy the sale ones though

I have to tell you I'm pretty impressed with the embossing that the cuttlebug can do...not only does it look super cool, it leaves such a great impression in the paper, that I love running my hand over the texture it creates!
Very Cool...even if that wasn't my original intention for the bug, it's "real" purpose is pretty great too!

Friday, January 16, 2009

And now my life can go back to order...

Chris just left to go back to work less than an hour ago.
And it's great having him home for the 3 days in a row, but he just manages to cause havoc all over the house...and I do feel guilty but I breath a sigh of relief when he finally goes back to work, because it means I can get the house back in order and be able to keep it that way with out him messing it up again within minutes.
It just seems like everywhere I look he's left some sort of cooking mess on the top of the stove, from hash browns or something this morning, there's empty pop bottles everywhere, there's plastic bags crammed in between things on the counters. I load the dishwasher while he's home and before it's even finished the load it feels like he's managed to create another sink full of dishes...I seriously don't know how you manage this feat?!?!? How is it possible to use more dishes in one day than I can use in an entire week?
like I said I love having him home, but I so breathe a sigh when he goes back to work and I can whip the house back into some order and only have to worry about the messes Nathan and I make (oh and the dog when she's in a mood- or something smells really good in the garbage I suppose)


I'm so spoiled!
Chris was thinking about buying me a Cuttlebug for Christmas, but he wanted me to take a look at it first. We we're out shopping today and he pointed it out...when I got excited about it, it came home with us! NICE.

It comes with a bunch of cutting plates to provide the pressure to either emboss, or do die cutting.

But why I'm really excited about it is I think it will also work as a printing press, like one that I've been wanting since college. It was the same rollers and therefore basic mechanics as what we used in my course, it's just much smaller. I don't think any of my old etching plates will fit, but buying new sheets of plastic and doing some drypoint etching shouldn't be soon as I can get the plastic, I'm going to cut them down and give it a try...the machine won't produce anything much bigger than a greeting card size, but Hey, it's a start...and like I said I've been wanting something similar since I left college. so I'm super excited to see if this works. And in the mean time, I think I might go out and get some of the embossing plates and use the machine as it was intended, since that looks kinda cool too!

disney villain cakes on the food network

Chris and I watched the Disney Villain Cake Challenge on the Food Network...

They Make the coolest cakes I've ever seen.

Not only are they HUGE, but to re-create the Disney Characters in 3-D like that was awesome.

I've looked everywhere to try and grab some pics of how cool the cakes were- but I can't seem to find any...any ideas???

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Giant Shoe Museum

Another thing on the MUST SEE list
(if I ever make it to Seattle Washington)
gallery shows the Worlds Largest Collection of Giant Shoes. One shows an actual shoe worn by Robert Wadlow, and the third main gallery displays the Colossus, a 5 foot long wing tip from the 20s.
sound kind of cool...of course with my shoe obsession, you just know I'll have to go see

This website is a great tool...

you can type in anywhere your going and see all sorts of strange attractions people have posted in the area.

Too Cute for Starbucks

Mommy had to stop at Starbucks when we were at the mall tonight for her favorite treat!
But Nathan got the best end of the deal! Notice the little Christmas Reindeer beside the drink?

It was already 50% off... but the Starbucks lady was so in love with Nathan, she asked if it was going to be for him (which it actually wasn't, but I just kinda shrugged) and she gave it to us at another 30% off on top of the 50%.

Plus when I ordered a dougnut, She gave us 2 for the price of one. So he could have his own. SPOILED SPOILED SPOLIED

Makin' sure he got every last crumb of his good karma dougnut!

ready to become a fountain statue

We had dinner in the food court at WEMIf you look behind the boys, there is some pretty cool fountains in the food court and they have little footbridges going across the water so you can walk right underneath the arch of the fountain.

After eating we had to go check it out

pretty cool
but when Mommy moved away to try and get the picture from a different angle....

I guess in the mind of a 2 year old it looks like a giant fun bathtub...That or he's thinking about starting a career as a fountain statue.

Daddy came to our playtime class

Daddy was home for our playtime class today, so he got to come see what it was all about.
I still think this class on Wednesday's is much better, or at least better suited to Nathan's attention than our class on Monday's
Not only is there more space to run around in (and does Nathan ever run the whole time) there is also the 1/2 hour of playtime at the start, which seems to burn him out enough to have the attention to sit and at least listen to the songs in circle time. And then Carol-his teacher has all of the craft already ready to go. So she pored the paint and handed out all these black pieces of paper with the snowflake stencil already taped down and a little sponge attached to a clothes pin.
I'm so impressed that all he had to do was dab paint and it still came out looking like something.
-AND it was all ready so his attention span wasn't already spent by the time he go all the craft in front of him....isn't it kind of cool???

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

some hope of getting some me time!

I just called Chris at work to remind him that he absolutely has to call his Mom when he gets home in the morning. ***

But Chris had awesome news he's got the next 3 days off FINALLY!!!!

so I may actually be able to find time for a haircut and maybe even something luxurious like a bubble bath with a book.

She's leaving her house mid morning tomorrow to go to Calgary, and they're departing on Wednesday for 3 weeks in Portugal! I told her she has to wear flip flops the whole time just for me in my 9 feet of snow.
Actually we're completely "Grandparent-less" for awhile here, My Dad left this morning for Arizona. A week of golf in the sun and the Barret-Jackson Auction.
and again- here I am with 20 million tons of snow and a cabin fevered toddler!!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

good hair, more snow, painting fun

I soooo need a haircut- Today was the first day in weeks I actually thought my curls looked good. You should not only have one good hair day in WEEKS!!! EVER
But I think I have to wait until Chris has a day off before I go get it cut, I just can't imagine what Nathan would do in a salon if I was strapped into a chair!

My hair looked good all day until the snow hit tonight, It was that really really wet heavy snow that came down fast and hard...of course it only started coming down at about 5 o'clock...on the night that I HAD to go for groceries. Some days I could just kick myself, I had basically all day to go for a supermarket run but I waited until the snow hit and we were completely out of milk so I had no choice. Brutal. Worse yet was brushing 2 or 3 inches of snow off the van- driving to the store barely able to see out my front window because it kept re icing faster than the heater was working; and then coming out with the groceries (pushing a shopping cart through that much wet snow with a toddler in it isn't fun either by the way) and finding that not only do you have to re sweep the car but actually get out and scrape the windows, because anything that melted on the way over is now frozen to your windshield again.
*its stopped snowing now just in case your wondering.

We also started Nathan's other morning class today.
It was a little hectic around our house this morning since the program begins at 9 on the other side of town. Our schedule hasn't included getting up by 7 and actually being out the door for a deadline like that.
We did manage to get there only a few minutes late.
but to be honest I wasn't that impressed with this class or the teachers. Certainly not in comparison to his Wednesday morning one.
It's held in a pretty small classroom just off the big indoor playground I take him to quite often.
He spent at lot of his time hanging off the door handle wanting to be let out to play in the "Big room with the fun stuff"
We sang 3 or 4 songs and then did a hand painting. That and trying to get all the kids washed in one sink and filling out the contact forms was pretty much all that happened in the hour long class.
Although Nathan did manage to get paint on the kid sitting beside him!
The mother looked thoroughly unimpressed with me and him...and I was kind of like- "well, they handed out paint shirts to the kids maybe yours should be wearing it huh?" I didn't say anything but I felt like it when she scowled at us.
Truth be told I was wearing a pretty nice denim blazer and was a little less than impressed myself to have paint wiped on it...I'll be dressing down for this class from now on.
I'm not really sure how well this class is going to go for Nathan, if they expect him to sing and do crafts the whole time it's not going to go well would be my guess...but we'll give it a shot, maybe he'll learn to sit still and focus on a project like painting. It could happen. Right? right? right?

Get Walking

I bought this Pedometer months ago, and never had the time to sit down and figure out how to set it up. You have to calculate the length of your stride, and enter you weight etc. so it can give you readouts of everything like calories burned blah blah blah.

Anyways, the manual says Ideally you should be aiming for 10,000 steps per day. I of course thought "hey no problem"...I've been feeling like I've got buns of steel since we moved into this town house with a million stairs, I'm up and down them 100 times a day. apparently not...

this was my reading at 10:30 tonight

Now I'm not going to start whining that this thing doesn't work, even though right after I took the picture I went upstairs threw some things in Nathan's room came back down and it now read 2541...hmmm...

but on the other hand it did add like 200 extra steps because I left it clipped on while driving today.

I've learned that it does need to be in a certain position to work properly... So I'm going to keep trying...

but what really scares me is ideally 10,000 steps and my first day I'm at like a 1/4...that's so bad. I think my goal will be to add at LEAST 500 steps per day.

Maybe I'll start posting my yesterday totals each day so I can have a log of if I'm improving. Obviously I'm no where near what I thought I was doing.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

oil prices???

A new twist on sink time fun!

Nathan and I often fill the sink with water and bubbles for some "Good Clean Fun".
But tonight I put a twist on your sink fun...
I scooped up bowl after bowl of snow from the front yard and filled the sink for him
I don't know if he really knew what to think of it at first,
a little COLD on the hands

But you just have to figure out other ways to touch it and use some tools!!!