Thursday, October 30, 2008
If you then place said clothes in a bag and bring them home to be washed, they will be wet and full of sand!
This is where the lesson is then learnt......you can not just place said clothes in the washing machine with the rest of the dark load!!
The sand will wash out of the clothes they were in and attach themselves to all the other wet washing in the machine!
When cycle has finished you will have one huge load of wet washing, covered in sand!
Moral of the story........rinse the clothes before placing them in a washing load.
Ok point taken, lesson learnt for next time!
The latest one I have come across is Owlhaven, an awesome wife and mum, with 10 kids from 3 countries, an awesome husband, fragrant kitchen, big ol' garden, busy homeschool, smoking camera and always something to write about.
I found her just at the beginning of October and she is the one that has inspired us to tell our Love Stories in October.
What is fun, is that her husband has now started his own blog too, Duct Tape and Baling Twine, which is actually fun to read. All about the garden antics that he gets up to etc. He has even been taking part in the Love Stories for October and posting his side of the stories.
I am actually enjoying reading his blog because it is not often that you come across a practical blog to read that is written by a guy.
The best post by him yet....the one on the Garden Vacuum. This made me laugh.
Look forward to reading more from both of these delightful people
Several of us decided to dress up for the Christmas party, so I wore my cocktail dress, which by the way looked so elegant with crutches!
I was walking reasonably well, but still needed the crutches to help with the walking, but having the restaurant over 3 floors was a tad difficult when it came to the buffet food time!
Steve was at the party but seemed to be playing it cool with me, said hi and joined in all the conversations etc but kept his distance.
Must admit this irked me slightly, don't like being ignored!
However at dinner he took it one step further and promptly sat at the other end of the table to me! I had to sit on the end because I couldn't manuover down the side, so he sat at the other, staring down the table at me.
He spent the whole dinner talking to a friend of ours, who by the way was wearing this drop dead gorgeous red dress, and watching me inbetween everyother bite. I don't do jealousy well, my eyes are blue but they can go green very quickly!
Needless to say, it was a long meal.
For November we were having really great weather so we all spent most of the evening outside on the deck overlooking the harbour. Steve did talk to me, eventually and the main theme of his conversation was "Could he take me home?"
I of course came up with every excuse in the book as to why I couldn't go home with him, but none of them seemed to stick too well.
After doing the rounds and talking to other friends there, I ended up having a quiet conversation with one of the doctors there. He was complaining about making a move on someone he liked at the party and I was giving him my opinion. He also gave me his opinion on Steve and also pointed out what the whole department had seen going on for several months, that I had been so oblivious too........
So I took a deep breath, decided 'what did I have to loose?' and hobbled over to him.
Next time he brought up the topic of whether he could take me home? I said 'Yes'
As this is Love Stories for October and therefore there will not be any more posts, then I will add a few things.
- Our first official date was to the Santa Parade the next afternoon.
- After only 24 hours I had already told my parents about him, they lived in England at the time.
- Apart from a couple of nights, we have more or less been together ever since we got together on Nov 26, 1999. I was 29 and he was 38 when we got together, so we weren't fresh out of college!
- I never thought we would go the distance because he said he didn't want to get married or have children.
- Our first son was born in 2003
- Our second son was born in 2005
- We just got married on Sept 20th, 2008 (so we have only been married for 6 weeks!)
Nov 26, will always be a special date for me
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Not sure where I put it or when I lost it........but having said that I am not going to be putting up a sign asking for it back!
Like most people I am sort of consious of how much I weigh and whether I need to loose any weight.
I am happy with how I am but know that I could always loose a couple of kilos to get me back to my pre baby days, all mums know where I am coming from with this.
What is so surprising about this weight lose is that I haven't actually been doing anything big to warrent it!
I am not worried that there is anything medical going on, I think it is more that I am just being aware of what I am doing and eating.
I read somewhere that when you start to eat your dinner you should aim to eat half of it.
Then stop, take a breath and then plan to eat half of what is left, but at the same time you need to listen to your body. If it is starting to tell you it is full, then stop eating.
So I have been trying this. I have been eating all the same stuff, but just making my portion a little smaller, eating a little slower and actually listening to my body.
I am not determined to finish all my meals now because when my body is telling me it is full I stop.
Same with snacking in the evenings, I stop and think about whether I actually need it and also can I fit it in?
Seems to be working cause the 2 kilos I have lost is not much, but better than having them.
So now I am making a consious effort, being a little more active, thinking about what and when I eat. Just little things that could make a small difference.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Steve was very concerned after I fell off the horse, always making sure I was ok, did I need a ride home from work? Was there anything I needed? Did I want to go out to dinner?
6 days after the horse fall I attended a Nursing Conference, Steve surprisingly was there too, so I had my own personal carer, someone to always make me laugh, make sure I was getting around ok, getting my food and drink at the dinner, I had one slight fall whilst at the conference and even though it hurt the only person I wanted at the time was Steve.
As I write this I can not imagine that I didn't see this all happening, I was still so totally oblivious to all this and thought he was just a great friend to have. How can I have been so stupid!After the conference, yes I agreed to go out to dinner with him. He took me to this lovely restaurant and proceeded to ask me 101 questions all evening. It was an innocent dinner just between friends.
Although a couple of days later he asked me out to the movies, we went to see Blue Streak, a comedy about a thief who turns into a cop to retrieve a diamond that got hiden in the police station whilst he was in prison. Starred Martin Lawrence and Luke Wilson. It was fun and light hearted
Steve did talk to me whilst at the movies about us maybe becoming more than just friends but I said no.
So there we were playing cat and mouse with each other. I was happy being friends, he wanted more. I didn't so he backed off, then he would try again and I would still be there saying 'No, just friends'
Well that was until the Christmas Party 2 weeks later.....
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
- Get yourself ready first. The 'thrown together look' looks better on the kids than you.
- Stick a weekly menu on the refridgerator. It saves stress and last minute shopping.
- Cook in bulk over the weekend so you can freeze a few quick weeknight meals.
- Organise some reciprocal babysitting with a friend to allow some couple time for you and your partner.
- Train your kids to do small tasks that'll save you time, such as tidying up or getting clothes ready.
- Get to know the other mums at school or daycare. helping someone out can become a returnable favour.
- Pack everyone's bags the night before, including your own, so they're ready to go in the morning.
- Have a contingency plan in case the kids are sick on a workday.
- If it's within your means, perhaps consider outsourcing the cleaning or ironing or, if not, your older kids can help with some tasks.
- Start each day with a big hug. No matter what else happens as the day goes on, at least it begins well.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Now I can not stand the Survivor Series, but I would be there in the front row each night to watch this.....
Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each for six weeks.
Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes.
There is no fast food.
Each man must take care of his 3 kids;
Keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, and complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a list of 'pretend' bills with not enough money.
In addition, each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week.
Each man must remember the birthdays of all their friends and relatives, and send cards out on time--no emailing.
Each man must also take each child to a doctor's appointment, a dentist appointment and a haircut appointment.
He must make one unscheduled and inconvenient visit per child to the A & E.
He must also make biscuits or cakes for a social function.
Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting flowers outside and keeping it presentable at all times.
The men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done.
The men must shave their legs, wear make-up daily, adorn himself with jewellery, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes, keep fingernails polished and eyebrows groomed.
During one of the six weeks, the men will have to endure severe abdominal cramps, back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once complain or slow down from other duties.
They must attend weekly school meetings, church, and find time at least once to spend the afternoon at the park or a similar setting.
They will need to read a book to the kids each night and in the morning, feed them, dress them, brush their teeth and comb their hair by 8:00 am.
A test will be given at the end of the six weeks, and each father will be required to know all of the following information:
- each child's birthday,
- height & weight,
- shoe size & clothes size
- doctor's name.
- Also the child's weight at birth, length, time of birth, and length of labour,
- each child's favourite colour,
- middle name,
- favourite snack,
- favourite song,
- favourite drink,
- favourite toy,
- biggest fear
- what they want to be when they grow up.
The kids vote them off the island based on performance.
The last man wins only if...he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment's notice.
If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over and over again for the next 18-25 years eventually earning the right 'To be called Mum!'
After you get done laughing, send this to as many females as you think will get a laugh out of it and as many men as you think can handle it!
Just don't send it back to me.... I'm going to bed.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I decided that he needed something to do, and as he was not that much into swimming, at the time, then I thought something active would be good.
So I got him a term at Jumping Beans.
This is where they go and do music, actions, dancing and climbing activities.
Gets them thinking about using their hands to music and generally finding out what their little bodies are capable of doing. There is an activity obstacle course set up around the room, lots of ladder climbing, walking on beams, going down slides, jumping and rolling.
Alex had a blast, he loved it.
Pictures below show you just a few of the things he got up to on his first day....
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
On the second day, he had the movers come and collect his things.
On the third day, he sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candle-light, put on some soft background music, and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of spring-water.
When he had finished, he went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of the curtain rods.
He then cleaned up the kitchen and left.
When the wife returned with her new boyfriend, all was bliss for the first few days.
Then slowly, the house began to smell.
They tried everything; cleaning, mopping and airing the place out.
Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were steam cleaned.
Air fresheners were hung everywhere.
Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters, during which they had to move out for a few days and in the end they even paid to replace the expensive wool carpeting.
People stopped coming over to visit.
Repairmen refused to work in the house.
The maid quit.
Finally, they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move.
A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they could not find a buyer for their stinky house.
Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls.
Finally, they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.
The ex-husband called the lady and asked how things were going?
She told him the saga of the rotting house.
He listened politely and said that he missed his old home terribly and would be willing to reduce his divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house.
Knowing her ex-husband had no idea how bad the smell was, she agreed on a price that was about 1/10 th of what the house had been worth, but only if he were to sign the papers that very day ....!
He agreed and within the hour her lawyers delivered the paperwork.
A week later the lady and her boyfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home........
And to spite the ex-husband, they even took the the curtain rods.....!
I LOVE A HAPPY ENDING, DON'T YOU?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
So suddenly I had the person Steve was seeing accusing me of wanting to take him away from her.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
So I organised a meeting with her for the next day and then spent the next 24 hours wondering every imaginable thing possible!
I had a pleasant meeting with her for about 40 minutes, talking all about this computer programme they are planning on installing, what she would like the role to be that I would play as Project Coordinator and several other things.
She said she would get back to me later in the week and thanks for coming in to talk to her.
It wasn't a job interview per sa, just a meet with her and talk to her.
She finally called on Friday to say she needed to meet with me again, so I organised a time for today that suited all. I had to find a friend to care for Alex for an hour etc.
Today she texted to say that sadly the meeting will have to wait until next week when my manager is back from leave.
Not happy with that I called to enquire more.
Seems she is very happy to have me come on board, but as a curtesy to my manager we need to wait to discuss the finer points when he is back so he can start covering my shifts, that I will be unable to do.
So I have something else to do now, 3 days a week will suit me fine. It could lead on to some other project work when it finishes in 3-4 months time because the company are currently building a new hospital.
Currently the hospital is split between 2 sites.
You have the Day Hospital with 4 Operating Rooms, where all our cases are little minor ones and you probably stay at the hospital for no more than 4 hours max and you have the Main Hospital about 2ks away across town, this has 6 Operating Rooms and takes on all the big cases, Cardiac, General Surgery, Orthopaedics etc and you can probably stay here for days etc.
So the new hospital will combine both sites in one, so I can see quite a bit of project work ahead as they combine the 2 over the 18 months they are planning.
So something different for a while at least.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
This is them having just dived into the water
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
For those out there who are wondering what I am talking about, a Bucket List is a list of things you would like to do before you die. That simple.
I haven't actually managed to see the movie 'The Bucket List' yet although I have been told it is not bad.
But I have heard mentioned on the radio several times now people going on about achieving things on their bucket list.
Do I have one?.......I can hear you all cry, well sort of although like all good things it is not complete yet, but then I am not sure any bucket list can ever be totally complete as I think it is something you should review all the time, constantly adding to if something new comes along.
What I do have and have had for several years now is a pack of 50 cards which are apparently '50 things everyone must do (at least) once in a lifetime'
It says on the back of the pack the following.......
So I will list what the cards say and then if you haven't thought about putting your bucket list together then maybe this will help you start......
- Buy everyone in the pub/bar a drink
- Swim with wild dolphins
- Climb a mountain
- Take a Ferrari for a test drive
- See the Pyramids at night
- Hold a tarantula
- Take a candlelit bath with someone
- Say 'I Love You' and mean it
- Hug a tree
- Do a striptease
- Do a bungee or parachute jump
- Visit Paris
- Watch a lightning storm at sea
- Clean behind the fridge
- Stay up all night long and watch the sun rise
- Ask the question you've always been too embarrassed to ask
- See the Northern Lights
- Go to a huge sports game - football, rugby, baseball, American Football etc
- Have sex outside
- Grow and eat your own vegetables
- Touch and iceberg
- Have sex at work
- Sleep under the stars
- Change a baby's nappy / diaper
- Take a trip in a hot air balloon
- Watch a meteor shower
- Get drunk on champagne
- Have sex in every room in your home
- Give more than you can afford to charity
- Look up at the night sky through a telescope
- Have an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
- Have a food fight
- Bet on a winning horse
- Take a sick day when you are not ill
- Have a threesome
- Ask a stranger out
- Have a snowball fight
- Photocopy your bottom on the office photocopier
- Scream as loudly as you possible can
- Hold a lamb
- Enact a favourite fantasy
- Take a midnight skinny dip
- Hear the words 'I Love You'
- Fly on Concorde - a little difficult as it no longer runs!
- poo in the bath
- Have a meaningful conversation with a beggar
- See a total eclipse
- Ride a rollercoaster
- Hit a home run
As you can see, some are stupid, some are weird and some are down right odd. But it is your bucket list you are making and I hope these suggestions help you to get started.
Alex was not too interested in the just over an hour drive, and so all he did on the way was sleep. (although this back fired in our face at 9pm later that night!)
Ben on the other hand now gets all chatty in the car and will discuss foreign politics given half the chance! So when the conversation dried up, or was that when mummy started to ignore the silly questions and constant, mum, mum ,mum from him, he turned to other ways to amuze himself.
So he bent down and rescued the paper from the floor and sat in the car reading the local newspaper.
When I got the camera out, well then he started posing!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
I know back here I wrote about my current work and I have done a little towards finding something new, but whenever I read the Vacancy Bulletin at the hospital there is never anything.
I have sent my CV to some people at the hospital but I have never heard anything back, not that I expected them to just pick up the phone and call saying 'Hey guess what? We have just the job for you...'
At our wedding my brother's boss was talking about looking for an Office Manager for their branch here in Hamilton, he runs an architecture company, apart from the fact the pay would just be so stupid to go backwards for and I think they want someone full time rather than 3 1/2 day a week, I seriously would have been tempted to check it out further.
The swimming school that the boys go to are also looking for people to train as teachers. I talked further with one of the teachers and even brought the application form home, but again, I just can not justify changing my job to a job that will pay me half of what I am currently earning an hour now.
So I have a few other people to send my CV to and I will slowly plod along keeping my eyes wide open in the hope that something new might come my way that would maybe at least get me in the door.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
I did a quick feel down their body and still had no definite answer, as I stood up to return them to bed I decided from the weight that I had Ben in my arms.
So I manuovered myself in such a way so I could swing him around the ladder on the bunk bed to lie him back down.
So imagine my surprise as I went to lie him on the bed to find a body already there!
For 2 seconds I thought maybe Steve had put Alex back at the wrong end of the bed, they are top and tailing on the bottom bunk when we stay at the caravan because neither of them want to sleep on the top bunk, plus they are still a little small to sleep there, so I placed the body I had down on the bed and then I felt for their feet.
I found the feet of the person already in the bed and then found the feet of the person I had just returned and was immediately able to tell who was who in the dark.
The powers of being a mother....when you can tell your children apart in the dark by feeling their feet!
This involved getting picked up from the resort by boat, taken out to a fish feeding area, snorkelling and watching the fish and 5 foot long black fin tip sharks. The water is as clear as you see in the pictures, I have seen swimming pools murkier than this before!
We then got taken to feed some sting rays and finished up spending the afternoon on a quiet island, soaking in the sun, snorkelling some more and having a BBQ. It was a great day out.
Below are oddles of pictures showing you everything we got up too.....
This magnificant ship was moored in one of the bays. You stay on it and travel round all the islands.
Start of the fish as they began getting fed.
Steve being braver than me, and actually getting in the water, which was so warm, to watch the fish.
They secured a rope from the boat, and you stayed on one side of the rope and the fish and sharks were fed on the other side.
Just a small picture of one of the creatures we got to see up close and personal.
Yes, I finally got in the water to watch the amazing view. It is so many years since I had done any snorkelling, it took a while to get your breathing right and to actually enjoy it. But it was like looking through clear glass at them.
Had to put this shot in just to show you the pure colour of the water. You can see how far out from land we were and it was just awesome.
The boat driver and leader of the tour is in the water surrounded by sting ray. Unfortunately I was never brave enough to get in the water with the rays, but Steve said they were all slimey.