The Daughter She Never Had

13 06 2007

Its our wedding anniversary this week.  5 years.  A long time by today’s poor standard of marriage.

Both my parents and Colin’s parents are still married.  Its almost like we are out of the norm having both sets of parents in 30 year plus marriages.

Mrs Graham sent us a lovely anniversary card, and this card convinces me I’m the daughter she never had.

Read closely. . . . . .

In addition to the card my Mother in Law sent, was a postcard sent by our mortgage broker.

It was about how to buy your Ex’s share of the house WHEN your marriage fails!

Interesting sense of timing on that, eh??

Poooooooohey!  Colin is stuck with me for a very very very very very very long time!  :)

I love you Colin.





Scott & Manny

13 06 2007

Scott came over last night for a little more Colin BBQ action.  We made brochettes.

Scott adores Manny.   His girlfriend’s cat, as discribed by Scott, is the devil incarnet.

We had Scott and another friend Vlad over on Sunday for a BBQ for Colin’s birthday.  Vlad had arrived first, and Manny being the attention whore that he is tried everything to get Vlad to pay attention to him.  No dice, little kitty!  Vlad isn’t really a ‘cat person’.

Vlad and Colin went out to the shops to pick up a few last minute items, and while they were out Scott arrived.

A few minutes before Scott arrived I was telling Manny that he was coming over.  And as Scott’s car rolled into the drive way little Manny was at the door like a speeding bullet doing little circles, purrs and whiirrrrrs in excitement.

He knew Scott would pay attention to him.   Manny loves all the attention Scott gives him, and generally Manny follows him around while he visits.

Even last night Manny was ever so excited to see Scott.  Its very cute actually.

Colin and I have made an important decision about Manny.  If Colin and I die, or end up in a situation or move that means I can’t take my beloved cats,  Manny is to go live with Scott.

Scott is even Manny’s friend on Facebook (Yes!  My cats all have ‘CATBOOK’ profiles!)

Aren’t they a cute couple?





Happy Birthday Colin

10 06 2007

Happy Birthday Colin. I love you so much. I hope you have a great day!





More Moggie Pictures

28 05 2007

I’ve been taking alot of pictures of the moggies, here are a few more.

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Anna Nicole Lives On!

21 05 2007

The spirit of our favourite tragically flawed celebrity Playmate, Anne Nicole Smith, lives on in 22 year old Kristin Georgi – who recently married 84 year old Joe Hardy (a wealthy lumber magnate) in a private ceremony in Las Vegas.  He is 62 years her senior, and well old enough to be her grandpapie. . .

I wonder what the bookie’s odds are when this old chappie will croak!??

I wonder what the prenup says. . .  . .

   

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Happy Birthday BIL

7 05 2007

Today is my BIL’s (Brother in Law) Birthday. . . . .

Happy Birthday Paul.

 





Reminiscing About My First Love

3 05 2007

May is Matt’s birthday.

 

 

Matt was my first ‘boyfriend’, my first ‘real love’. In fact, there is still a teeny tiny bit of my heart, way in the back, which loves him still.

 

 

I remember the horrible childish circumstances to which our ‘relationship’ started. My best friend at the time Katie and I made a contest. Who could kiss Matt first.

 

 

Although I was pleased I ‘won’ the contest, I failed to tell Katie that I actually had a crush on Matt. Later on, I would find out she did too.

 

 

It was the summer before we started high school. We were about 13, and awkward. Matt had floppy blond hair, parted in the middle. He was tall and slender and very toned. He had friendly blue eyes and a wonderful warm smile complete with metal braces. That was Matt’s geeky phase. Sweaters, khaki pants, running shoes with the laces untied. He was strikingly handsome. Even in his geeky phase.

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Wear a White Ribbon for Virginia Tech Massacre Victims

17 04 2007

  

As a Canadian, and now someone who lives in Montreal – The White Ribbon Campaign is something we are all aware of, and take part in every year. The white ribbon campaign is specifically Men Againist Violence Aganist Woman.

This campaign was started in 1991 after the school masscare at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.  A lone gunman, Marc Lepine,  killed 14 woman before killing himself on December 6th, 1989.

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Monday Morning Cheesy Sentimentality “Keep Your Fork”

2 04 2007

I get a ton of cheesy emails, but once in a while I actually read one . . . .Here is one I actually read, and forwarded onto a few people I knew would enjoy it. 

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Hungry Bum & “Sne”

31 03 2007

When I was younger there were very few things that my sister and I had in common, there was a few things however, that made us laugh our asses off. Many of things things sprung from going back and forth from the various dance competitions we competed in when we were younger. Last week when I went to the dance competition it was the first time in a long time that we had one of our famous laugh till it hurts fits.

One of the biggest things that made us laugh was Hungry Bum and Sne.

Hungry Bum, as the name suggests, is when your bum “eats” your pants. Sne on the otherhand is an acronyn, for “Spontaneous Nipple Erection” . Both afflictions run rampened at dance competitions. . . .

(This is a picture I took with Chris and Christine during a visit to Montreal)

It was wonderful to laugh with my sister. I miss her. I wish we could hang out and laugh like that more often.





Cute Cat Picture OVERLOAD

29 03 2007

One of the most enjoyable parts of blogging with WordPress specifically is the blog stats.  I very much enjoy the “keyword search”, which tells me what words people use to surf into my blog.  One of the pictures I linked to eons ago was entitled “cute-cat.jpg” and usually I get a ton of hits to my blog for that picture.  So to make my public happy, I have complied a whole bunch of “cute cat” pictures for your viewing pleasure. . . .

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More Zzzzzzzz than Grrrrsssss

28 03 2007

I’ve been restless sleeping recently, so I’ve been reading on how to encourage a better nights sleep.

Below is the best list I found of things to do to get those extra Zzzzzzzzzzz 

 

  

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Just for the Record, I love Americans

25 03 2007

 

Recently I’ve been having some fun with Brahnamin with the good ‘ol Canada versus the US of A debate.  Source.  Source.

Just for the record, I love Americans.

I think its easy (and often funny, see here) to point out the flaws of Americans.  But lets be honest, would the world be the place that it is now without the loud and boisterous cousin to South?

Shakespeare said “All the World’s a Stage” and that being said wouldn’t you prefer to have America as an agent, because certainly you’d get more time up in the lights. :)

Now, I adore Canada, and in truth I can’t imagine being anything other than Canadian.  This is one heck of awesome country to be citizen of and I can say that as I’ve tried my hand at being an immigrant, (and that didn’t really suit me).

I remember once doing tours of the Embassies in London England on one of my trips there, and when I was at the US Embassy there was a wall of pamphlets.  One in particular caught my eye, (and somewhere squirreled away I still have it), it was called “Backpacking for Americans”.  The first thing, as recommended by the government of the United States of America for Americans to do when backpacking

1.  Sew a Canadian Flag patch on your bag.  Canadians are often treated with more respect than Americans.

 I’m not sure where I was going with that. . . .  anyways. . .

 I don’t always agree with their policies on war, or their playground bully mentality towards other countries (Poor France), but I respect their patriotism and their continued strive for freedom for all.  They are a proud group of people, and perhaps that is something other countries could take a page from.  I also believe that Americans drive for total consumerism puts food on my table.  Both my husband and I work in industries that without Americans purchasing our goods our companies would not flourish, grow and be profitable.  So for that, I say Thank You America!

I might not always agree with the US, but I love them like family.





(Cat) In the Bag

23 03 2007

Manny thought it was very important this morning that he helped me pack my bag.    Or at least check out EVERYTHING I had put inside.

We are back to Ontario this weekend for another family function, this time for little Solenne’s Welcome to the World shower. . . .

I’ll post some pictures later from the shower.  . .





Writing Letters, A Lost Art?

21 03 2007

I got a brightly coloured green envelope, covered in glittery heart shapped stickers from my mom yesterday in the mail.

Inside was a St Patrick’s day card with a urine soaked leprechan on the inside with a warning heeding me to watch out for “Wee People”.  Sadly the card came a few days past St Patrick’s day, but all the same I much enjoyed it.  Even the pee-pee part.

As I held it in my hand, reading the little message my mom had written, I got to thinking about how much I enjoyed the act of receiving this letter.  Going to the mailbox, turning the key and pulling out something other than real estate ads, coupons for shampoo and bills.  Did I mention bills?

Even with the cold and frigid wind blowing at my face I stood outside beside the mail box clumbsly trying to open the emerald pocket of paper while keeping my gloves on.  Its been a while since I really felt a smile come over my face like that.  I smile all the time, but you know that type of smile where you become aware that you are doing it because the joy of whatever made you smile can be felt in more than just the corners of your mouth. 

I receieved an email yesterday from J in England, she is an older lady who was basically my mother and family while I lived there.  She is very much a letter person, so I was very surprised to receive the email.  I thought to myself how much J must love me to go out of her comfort zone and email me.  That in itself was a lovely gesture, so in appreciation I wrote her a thank you card, printed off a few pictures, wrote a quick little note and popped it in the mail this morning.  I know she’ll enjoy receiving mail from Canada.

I’ve become very aware of impact of a written letter in past few years – people really do appriecate the time and effort that goes into mailing a personal letter.

At Christmas I blogged about Christmas Cards (or the lack there of in this case) 

Don’t you just love opening your mailbox seeing all the brightly coloured envelopes, fancied with stickers and other glitter. . . . .I love getting mail!

I’ve been quite disapointed this year with the number of Christmas cards I’ve received. . . .but for the record, its not that I have been forgotten. . . .

I have gotten a HUGE number of ‘Email Greeting Cards’ this year. . . .

WTF!

Do people just not have the time, the money, the resources? Man, if I can find the time to do them, it should be easy-peasy for anyone really. . . .Or should I be proud that the special ‘older’ people in my life choosing to embrase the internet revolution?

I pride myself on having personalized Christmas cards made, (with pictures of the moggies of course) each with a quick little handwritten message.

Each card stamped, sealed, stickered. . . . I even have Colin sign them. (I sign for the cats)

My opinion is that email Greeting Cards are an “extra” you send your family or friends, or something you send to your ‘cyber’ friends. . . .They shouldn’t be sent in lieu of a card to your family and friends . . . . .

I’m sitting giving my message on an online forum of sorts, so I know I am guilty of choosing the ‘easy’ way than the appreciated and ‘old fashioned’ way of commincation, so although I am a firm believe and avid lover and user of email, I really do think there is still a place for the paper letter and written word. . . . . 

  • Birthday & Anniversary Wishes
  • Holiday greetings
  • Condolenses
  • Congratulations & Thank yous
  • Invitations

I believe all of the above are WORTH a paper letter.  Using websites like www.evite.com are a super supplement to any party plan, and when used with a real invitation I think its a perfect combination!  Same for E-cards, I think they are a superb add-on.

What makes letters so hard to write? 

  • Is it the time it takes to actually get pen to paper? 
  • How about how crap everyone’s cursive handwritting and spelling has become (mine included)
  • The cost of stamps (Canadian’s have no excuse with the introduction of permenant stamps!  hint hint), paper, evelopes and greeting cards?
  • Going to the post office to mail the letter
  • The convienence of email and instant messenging services
  • The convienence of cell phones and text messenging.

Colin used to write me the most beautiful love letters in high school.  Actually often they weren’t love letters at all, but I was in love (and with him) so therefore they were love letters.   Colin is one of the most gifted wordsmiths I know.  Oh how do I long for another love note on a 8 1/2 x 11 ruled sheet of school paper.  He says to me that anything he needs to tell me he can call or email me about it.  There is nothing heart pounding and joyful about email.  Blah.

I’ve sent a few little notes over the past few weeks, one to Nikki and Greg congratulating them on the birth of their new baby.  Another to Mrs Graham, thanking her for the sewing machine (I’m a lean mean sewing machine. . .wait. . . that didn’t make sense).  I also sent a quick little note to Kate just after the wedding.

I endevour to send more.  I know how much I like receiving them, so I can only expect to receive letters if I send them – right?

Of course with all this talk about writing and receiving letters, I must pose the question – what makes a good letter?   I think that answer is simple, how ever you can make the person you are sending it to know you were thinking about them and that you think they are worth something in your life then you’ve written a good letter.

So my challenge to the faithful four (and any other new readers of my Blog if your out there) is this.  Write a quick little note or letter for someone you know would love to receive a letter, stick a stamp on it and post it off.

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