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Out with the old, in with the new. Farewell, 2007!

Well, it’s that time again. Time to reflect on the past year. I can’t believe it’s the last day of 2007! Where did the year go?

At this time last year I was really getting going thinking about wedding plans. I unfortunately lost all my journal entries from that time (Oct 2006-July 2007, to be exact) and can’t reflect back on those ever again…but I know it was a time of excitement and getting ready for our big day.

Obviously the biggest event of the year in my life was getting married in July. It seemed as though every thought and every action leading up to that point was wedding based. Deciding where to go for our honeymoon and booking it, fine tuning all the little details of how we wanted our ceremony and reception to go. And of course implementing it all! I was wedding focused all year. We didn’t do anything lavish but the little things do add up during the planning phase. It was a very exciting time. I was bursting with nerves and excitement in the weeks and days and hour…

December Picture Post

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In no particular order...

I thought I would do one last picture post for the year...

First up...Xmas Lights Galore!



This last one is from Ladysmith (my birth city!) The picture doesn't do it justice, the lights display on their main street is absolutely incredible.Second up is Frosty the Snowman, the little guy I made in the backyard on the 21st.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Tessa, enjoying the splendour of the Christmas season :)Emma napping, a favourite holiday past time!

The completed Christmas puzzle, sans one edge piece...Oh Christmas tree! And that's before most of the gifts were under it...Up close tree, check out the little ornament I made of James and myself :) Awww!
Oooh a prezzie! (Don't mind the ridiculous shirt I like to wear as pajamas!)
Prezzies times a million!
And I know this isn't Christmas related BUT what better way to finish my last Picture Post of the year than with a gem from the wedding :)

The 2nd to last post of the year...

I've been writing this over the course of the past week...Finally got enough written down that I can make a post out of it...

We got to Nanaimo on the evening of Friday the 21st and had a family get together with my parents and aunt and uncle.On Saturday we woke up to about 3 inches of snow!It came as a shock since we’d gone to bed at nearly one in the morning and it was raining, yet at 9am we were encased in white.It really felt like Christmas, although it was still 3 days away.I went outside and made a miniature snowman – which was all I could muster considering I didn’t have any gloves or snow gear with me.We spent the day lounging around, getting last minute things done before Christmas.On Sunday, since it had rained, the snow was pretty much gone so we went out and did what we needed – went to the pet store, liquor store, and ran errands.It was so busy out, I was relieved knowing I’d finished all my Christmas shopping long ago.People were in that mad panic mode you get into in…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

It’s Christmas Eve and I am happy.I can’t believe tomorrow is the big day!!Wow, this month has just whizzed by.I am starting to feel like a little kid, getting all antsy for Santa’s arrival.I love this time of year.James and I got to my parent’s house on Friday night, and my brother and his girlfriend are on their way over tonight. We’re going to watch Xmas movies and play Cranium and drink and be merry.Good times.Things are going pretty well, so much I could write about but I’m not in the mood for reflecting.At some point I’ll have to do a 2007 reflection type post and talk about my resolutions for the new year, which I swear 100% I am going to stick to this time.But not right now.I have an hour of work left to do before I’m on holiday for the rest of the week.And then I have a Christmas puzzle to help finish.And other Xmas-y types of things to do.Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a Happy, Healthy 2008!xo

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The way things are

I think the way to feel better is to say that you’re not going to let it get the better of you.Learn from what happens each day and turn it into something better for the next.
That’s what I’m working on right now.I’ve had a pretty crummy night.I just feel so miserable.I started imagining myself just plummeting through the sky to my demise.Seriously.I didn’t sit there imagining hitting the pavement, but just floating into nothingness.I have been so beside myself, it has been hard to be here.I’m not going to hurt myself, but I can see where people can get to that point.James was really helpful to me.There’s nothing he can do to change the way I feel ultimately, but he was good with me just the same.I was absolutely freezing and just sitting there sighing so he decided to give me an early Christmas present!They’re aromatherapy socks, with a eucalyptus scent.And they’re fuzzy and extra warm and a pretty light blue colour.I don’t know if they’ll still smell like eucalyptus after being washe…

I'm soooo sick and tired of the rigmarole

Today I am having a no good very bad day.You know those days where nothing seems to go right and when things do go right you can’t notice them as much because you just feel so crummy?That’s where I’m at.I hate it when things happen that way.How one event can throw off the whole entire day.Can we say downward spiral?I have to try to shake it off.Lots to do to prepare for Xmas.I have to finish some projects, hopefully tonight.Maybe delving into something creative will get me out of this funk.I can’t WAIT to have a break from work.Certain people are getting on my last good nerve and I’m so sick of the gossip, it’s soooo tiring to listen to.MSN is an evil tool at work.I hate MSN but the manager wants us using it for quick convos, work related of course.Well I don’t think I’ve had a single work related convo on there yet, unless it was to bitch and moan about the job.Today I had 3 people writing to me at a time about all sorts of gossip bullshit and it got slightly out of control and made …

I wish I could stay up all night and sleep in late tomorrow

Tonight we had another family Christmas get together, this time including my aunt and uncle.The eight of us went to Balthazar.I used to love that place, now I give it a 2 thumbs waaaaaaaaaaaay down.The place is dead to me, I will never go back.For one thing, they now have ostrich on the menu, which obviously doesn’t sit well with me.Second, there is even less vegetarian selection on the menu than there was before, which wasn’t all that much to begin with.Third, they got rid of the pistachio encrusted brie appetizer.Hello, why would you do that?!Four, the prices have skyrocketed and it wasn’t all that cheap before…Five, the waitress was a total dingbat and kept sticking her boobs out when she came to the table, as if any of us were impressed. She was so ditzy, I felt bad for her, for about 2 seconds.Six, the portions were small for how much they cost.I just flat out was completely unimpressed with the place.It’s really too bad.I used to enjoy going there.But I will never go again.We ha…

Celebrate the good times!

Two years ago today, James and I got engaged :) Time sure flies!! I remember it like it was yesterday. It was such a happy and exciting time, I remember I was on top of the world and felt like nothing could ever stop me. Sure, the high subsides to some degree, I mean you can't have a perma-grin and skip around like everything in the world is peachy forever without everyone else resenting you for it! LOL But the feeling hasn't completely vanished either. I still thank my lucky stars every day that I have James in my life.

The process of being engaged and then getting married was the most special time of my life so far. It was amazing. And being married now is the best ever, I love it and I love James and I love us as a couple for life and beyond!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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Last night, my parents, brother and N, and James and I went on a Christmas Karaoke Trolley Tour.As we drove along to see the Festival of Lights (scroll down to see some pictures) at Van Dusen Gardens, we got to sing classic Christmas carols.Once there, we were amazed by all the lights.It was magical!Everywhere you looked and everywhere you turned there was something different to gawk at.They even did a lights show where lights flickered on and off to the tune of Christmas songs, which was quite incredible to see.Unfortunately it was raining for most of it, but those of us without umbrellas were wearing Christmas hats, so the rain wasn’t too bothersome.After checking out that display, we all hopped back on the trolley and sang yet more carols as we made our way to StanleyPark, where they have the Bright Lights Christmas Train.The train was sold out for the night but we walked around and saw all sorts of cute Christmas lights displays.Then the train dropped us back off at Canada Place…

I wish it didn't have to be this way

I’m feeling sort of…I don’t know…I’m happy, don’t get me wrong.I’m looking forward to Christmas and all of that.I don’t have the winter season blues or anything.But there are two issues that are nagging on me somewhat.Here they are:The stuff that’s going on in the building we live in.It’s insane here.And I’m past being tired of it.Last Sunday, our poor manager put up with way more than anyone should ever have to.First, someone smashed a window by the front door in order to get into the building.Upon dealing with the person who broke in, she was attacked.The guy was so high on drugs that it took four police officers to subdue him and take him away.A few hours later, another guy got into the building who wasn’t supposed to be there, and when the manager confronted him, he dislocated her shoulder.I feel so bad for her.And nervous about all that’s going on in the apartment…

We had put in an order for making wine 6 weeks ago and this morning we went and bottled it.So on our way in, we …

Guilty as sin

It’s Christmas time and I don’t much feel like going on about serial killers and the horrors of the world.But given the Criminologist in me, I feel compelled to mention that Robert William Pickton was convicted of 2nd degree murder on all 6 counts.He has to serve the entire 25 year sentence before he’s illegible for parole.And I’m 100% sure that if he’s still alive after 25 years in jail, he will not be granted parole, ever.He’ll be deemed a Dangerous Offender like Clifford Olson.It takes a lot to gain such status in Canada, but you mark my words, it will happen to Willie!I understand the argument made by the other victims’ friends and family…That they want to have their loved ones acknowledged for the injustices they faced, and so they see it that another trial should ensue to account for the rest of the victims.I really do understand where these people are coming from…But I’m also very concerned about the idea of hundreds upon hundreds of millions of tax dollars supporting that when…

Christmas is fast approaching...

Its been a while.Let’s see…On Sunday we had our family get together and all the baking was a big hit.I drank tequila and kind of wish I hadn’t…I didn’t get sick but I wasn’t feeling well pretty much the whole rest of that night.I had a bad love affair (two one night stands, really) with tequila a few years back and vowed never to touch the stuff after getting so sick both times.But enough time had passed, I thought maybe this time would be different.Instead, I’ve firmly decided that another drop of tequila will never pass my lips.I can definitely live without it.We’re really getting geared up for Christmas now – less than 2 weeks to go before the big day!I can hardly wait.I’m so excited to spend time with family and just kick back and relax.James and I both booked off the 27th and 28th so we’ll have just about a whole week off, which is going to be wonderful.I’m also looking forward to giving people their gifts.Given how long I’ve had everything from doing my shopping so early, I’m it…

Over-indulgence!

We’re having our first of many pre-Christmas family gatherings tomorrow.For the occasion, I made:Perfect Maple Walnut Fudge (I’m not saying it’s perfect cuz I made it, that’s the name of the recipe!)Snickerdoodles (Sugar cookies coated in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon, oh my god do they ever taste amazing!)Coconut Macaroons (I added Mint Chocolate Chips to give them some Christmas oomph!) A dozen Peanut Butter Cookies…and I currently have on the goCheesecake Cookie Cups(I hope they turn out…I have to wait for them to cool before adding a cherry topping and then refrigerate them…)Oh and there’s alsoA dozen Chocolate Chip Cookies – because there was dough leftover from the cheesecake cups =)Yum!!And WOW!!I can’t believe I’ve spent this much time in the kitchen.I enjoy baking, although there’s always a recipe I manage to screw up and feel bad about…This time it was the Macaroons, although I managed to salvage them enough …

Cat Brains

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I was planning on putting the girls' scratch post in our storage unit for the time being. We usually have it in the bedroom but they rarely use it and I thought it would be nice to free up the extra space. I brought it out of the bedroom and moved it over by the dining room while I got other things sorted for storage, and in seconds Moorka had claimed her new spot. Which of course couldn't last since I wasn't about to leave it sitting in the middle of the room...But suffice it to say, it has yet to make its way down to storage. (We compromised and it's up against the wall in the dining room - not its permanent location but I've given in for now!)

If you look behind this silly cat, you can see her very own kitty tent, provided by IKEA complete with her very own plush blanket. Which, I must say, she uses daily, so it's not like it's just sitting there collecting dust. But what is up with, instead of gravatating toward her cozy warm safe haven, settling i…

The Saturday Christmas Funnies

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FIRST something that's NOT funny. I think I'm coming down with a cold/flu. Started last night and I thought it was something I could just sleep off and would feel better in the morning. But I'm feeling worse this morning, which indicates it's something more than I was hoping it was. I must have jinxed myself the other day while telling someone I've felt so healthy lately with regards to not getting a single sniffle this whole season. I'm reeeally hoping I can fend it off and all symptoms will magically disappear very soon because 1. I have Christmas baking to do for a get together tomorrow, 2. We're supposed to be going to P&H's today and I was really looking forward to holding baby L and 3. Our get together tomorrow with my family includes my grandma, who if I make sick will NEVER let me live it down...not to mention how horrible I'd feel if I gave it to anyone else...

BUT without further ado, some Christmas funnies. Since no one in my …

I think this Elf Yourself thing is just about the greatest thing ever.

Check it out! James and I got elfed!

Shuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup.

Guys whose every second word is fuckin’.I don’t understand them and I find them extremely unattractive.Not to mention obnoxious.Couple that with the whiniest man voice EVER and you have our new next door neighbour.He’s totally getting on my nerves.I was going to go knock on his door and ask him politely to keep it down, just to let him know that the sound carries in case he didn’t realize it.But I don’t know how comfortable I feel with him knowing it’s me specifically that’s complaining about him.I was going to put an anonymous note under his door, which is still an option.My concern is doing it when he might be home – he could open the door right away and see it’s me.Thing is, he lives in a bachelor suite so it’s small, and if something slides under his door suddenly, chances are he’s going to notice.I’m considering talking to the manager of the building, although I hate being a snitch.BUT…I also hate inconsiderate people.In other news…There are a bunch of topics I want to touch on b…

My pun titles are on hiatus...

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I decided this morning, enough is enough.I need to get a pap test, considering its been about 2 years since my last one and I’m tired of having to go back to the drop-in clinic every couple of months to get more pills.Last time I went the doctor told me I needed a pap in order to get more, that soon they would stop writing me prescriptions for birth control. So I called Options for Sexual Health to see if I could get in next week.Unfortunately, the clinic my file is at isn’t taking appointments till mid January.I don’t want to wait that long.So I called the drop-in I go to and told the receptionist I’m finding it really difficult to find someone who will do a pap, so what should I do?She informed me that they have a gynaecologist now who does paps one day a week, but you have to go in to see a different doctor first to get a referral to see him.Oh, the rigmarole of drop-ins!So I went in, and despite being told there was no wait time, I waited close to 45 minutes to see the doctor.Whe…

Santa's helpers are subordinate Clauses.

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On Sunday James and I made a gingerbread house.

We had fun decorating it together...
And eating candy (...maybe a bit too much!!)
Now it smells like gingerbread in our apartment, very Christmasy :)

I love the holidays!!

And today is our 9 year anniversary of being together, so it's definitely a time to celebrate! <3!

He drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.

I told myself I wasn’t going to go back to being a non-poster just because November was over but look at me, a few days goes by and I nearly forgot about the ol’ bloggy wog.Funny how that happens!I wonder if our new neighbour just doesn’t realize how loud he’s being…or if he just doesn’t care.I’m so annoyed – and he’s only been living there for 4 days!!!Now there is noise on all sides.James says, “Well, that’s part of apartment living” and I know it’s true, but that doesn’t make it seem any better.I’m sick of apartment living then, how’s that?I want to be able to lay on my couch and not have to hear someone saying ‘Fuck man…eff this eff that’ and so on and so forth.I should be able to sit on my own god damn couch without feeling like someone else is sitting right behind me chattering away…Someone I don’t even know.Blaring loud obnoxious music when I just get home from work and want to relax.I have to turn up MY music to drown him out, even though I don’t even want to be listening to m…

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Well we definitely ended up with more snow yesterday!James and I went out to do a few last minute things for Christmas and while we were out it snowed an absolute blizzard.I rarely welcome the snow so James was enjoying my enthusiasm.There was just something sort of magical and fun about the whole thing.It stopped snowing late last night but has since started up again.It’s still not much compared to, for example, Nanaimo, where they have about a foot now.But that’s ok…Truth be told, I like weekend snow but I don’t much care for it when I have to make my way to work in the morning, or go up a hill to my bus stop to come home when said hill is a sheet of ice…I don’t do all that well on ice, truth be told.I’m a bit of a wimp.But it’s mainly because none of my shoes seem to have any traction!So I was thinking about a sort of a random thing yesterday about myself…I don’t like to say ‘Bye.’I do SAY Bye to people at times but I feel uneasy about it being the last thing I’ve said.This goes ba…

Toboggan: Why we go to an auction.

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We got our first little bit of snow last night, although despite not enjoying snow a whole lot (in terms of the ice and slush I have to deal with when I go out in it in my shoes that get water logged even in rain…) I hope it snows more so I can actually see it falling.There’s something far more magical about watching the snow fall and accumulate on the ground than waking up to slushy streets and a bit of snow left on the grassy bits and sidewalks.Since writing that, it has started snowing again, but very, very faintly.We’ll see if it turns into a blizzard!Back in the day I could sleep in till really late hours.I felt like I had a major sleep in today getting up just after 9am, having gone to bed around midnight!I didn’t set my alarm, just got up when I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep.It’s refreshing to wake up whenever and discover it’s a day where work doesn’t exist!This post is going to be somewhat random and all over the place…I have a few things I want to touch on but I don…