Wednesday, 27 December 2006
i can't imagine waiting in hour long line ups just to get that one major bargain...i heard there were serious lines at Coach in Yorkdale- as if the stuff there goes on sale enough to make the wait worth it!!
As it happens I still haven't made it out shopping and might manage to get out there come spring!!
Sunday, 24 December 2006
Now my question is, how does one avoid getting sick when going to the doctors' office? I have been hearing of many cases recently when children go to the office for a check up and end up getting sick because they were exposed to some disease(flu, whooping cough, chicken pox etc) in the waiting room. Should there be 2 seperate waiting rooms? One for sick people and one for healthy? or perhaps the office should only book checkups on Mondays (or one designated day) and take sick people during other days of the week. It just doesn't seem fair or right that my beautiful healthy baby had to be exposed to germs and disease while waiting to see the doctor. It is just lucky that I got sick and not him!
Wednesday, 20 December 2006
The musical was a lot of fun, not a brilliant story but easy enough to follow and purely entertaining. I would recommend it to almost anyone, but I would definitely recommend getting a little bit better seats. The same problem exists with many of the older theaters. The seats in the balcony levels are very close together and the rows are practically on top of each other so if you are a little shorter or there is a tallish person in front of you, your vision of the stage might be compromised.
I did not find myself singing or humming the songs after the show but I did enjoy listening to them during the show. Perhaps I'll get the CD and listen again:)
Monday, 18 December 2006
To celebrate our day Gavin is taking me to see Wicked and I can't wait!- i am also going to watch our wedding video (but i won't subject Gavin to it as i know how much he loves watching it :)
I also use the Body Shop Brazillian Body Butter which has a sweet nutty scent and works well on dry skin. There are a couple of things I dislike about this product. Firstly the price, at almost $20 a tub I feel insanely guilty about using more than a pea size blob of this at one application. Secondly, i don't like the tub format. I feel like I am contaminating the product each time I dip my fingers in to scoop out the cream. I know some people might use a popsicle stick or something to avoid this invasion of bacteria but I know I would never bother with this. I wish the body butters came in a pump style container with a cheaper price tag!
I recently decided to try the Olay Quench Therapy. It was on sale at Shoppers for $6.99 and something about the container appealed to me (probably the mauve color and the pump) so far i have been satisfied with the product. It has a nice light scent and the pump is easy to use. The only problem i have is the fact that is claims to be for extremely dry skin, i do have this on my hands and my hands have not been cured of this problem since using OQT...the skin around my nails and in the corners of my thumbs is still very dry and a little painful-
so now I am asking for your suggestion on which hand creams are best for really dry, cracking hands/nails.
Thursday, 7 December 2006
Thursday, 30 November 2006
This show is all about doubt, risk and of course greed. How many times has the contestant actually gone as far as to lose everything because of pure greed or just plain stupidly BUT on the other hand sometimes the contestant caves in and takes the deal only to discover that if they had just opened one more case they may have doubled their money or taken home the big prize...what would you do if given the chance to make a Deal or No Deal????
The ABC meme...
A - Available/single? Married almost 2 years.
B - Best Friend? Jill She knows WAY too much about me :)
C- Cake or Pie? hmm cake- apple or pie pecan!
D - Drink Of Choice? coffee or peach shnapps and cranberry
E - Essential Item You Use Everyday? toothpaste
F - Favorite Color? ruby red
G - Gummy Bears Or Worms? bears
H - Hometown? Toronto, Ontario.
I - Indulgence? the occassional Second Cup latte
J - January Or February? January.
K - Kids & Their Names? 1 kid, Elie Reese
L - Life Is Incomplete Without? sunshine
M - Marriage Date? December 19 2004.
N - Number Of Siblings? 1 brother.
O - Oranges Or Apples? depends on my mood- usually apples
P - Phobias/Fears? fear of getting breast cancer. fear of larva
Q - Favorite Quote? No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt, R - Reason to Smile - looking at my little boy everyday!!
S - Season? fall
T - Tag Three or Four People? MommyMar, Danielle , Gavin
U - Unknown Fact About Me? i have cut my own hair on more than one occasion
V - Vegetable you don’t like? eggplant
W - Worst Habit? getting mad at stupid things and blaming my husband
X - X-rays You’ve Had? Teeth, uterus, wrist, skull
Y - Your Favorite Food? pad thai
Z - Zodiac Sign? Aries
Wednesday, 29 November 2006
The idea is to HIGHLIGHT the songs you liked from your last year of high school and to xxx off the ones you didn't like (in this case the list is the TOP 100 songs from 1992)
1. End Of The Road, Boyz II Men xxx
2. Baby Got Back, Sir Mix A-lot
3. Jump, Kris Kross
4. Save The Best For Last, Vanessa Williams
5. Baby-Baby-Baby, TLC
6. Tears In Heaven, Eric Clapton
7. My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It), En Vogue
8. Under The Bridge, Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. All 4 Love, Color Me Badd
10. Just Another Day, Jon Secada
11. I Love Your Smile, Shanice
12. To Be With You, Mr. Big
13. I'm Too Sexy, Right Said Fred xxx
14. Black Or White, Michael Jackson xxx
15. Achy Breaky Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus xxx
16. I'll Be There, Mariah Carey
17. November Rain, Guns N' Roses
18. Life Is A Highway, Tom Cochrane
19. Remember The Time, Michael Jackson
20. Finally, CeCe Peniston
21. This Used To Be My Playground, Madonna
22. Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough, Patty Smyth
23. Can't Let Go, Mariah Carey
24. Jump Around, House Of Pain
25. Diamonds and Pearls, Prince and The N.P.G.
26. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, George Michael and Elton John
27. Masterpiece, Atlantic Starr
28. If You Asked Me To, Celine Dion
29. Giving Him Something He Can Feel, En Vogue
30. Live and Learn, Joe Public
31. Come and Talk To Me, Jodeci
32. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
33. Humpin' Around, Bobby Brown
34. Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover, Sophie B. Hawkins xxx
35. Tell Me What You Want Me To Do, Teven Campbell
36. Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg, TLC
37. It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday, Boyz II Men xxx
38. Move This, Technotronic
39. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
40. Tennessee, Arrested Development
41. The Best Things In Life Are Free, Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson
42. Make It Happen, Mariah Carey
43. The One, Elton John
44. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss, P.M. Dawn
45. Stay, Shakespear's Sister
46. 2 Legit 2 Quit, Hammer
47. Please Don't Go, K.W.S.
48. Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes), Mint Condition
49. Wishing On A Star, Cover Girls
50. She's Playing Hard To Get, Hi-Five
51. I'd Die Without You, P.M. Dawn
52. Good For Me, Amy Grant
53. All I Want, Toad The Wet Sprocket
54. When A Man Loves A Woman, Michael Bolton
55. I Can't Dance, Genesis
56. Hazard, Richard Marx
57. Mysterious Ways, U2
58. Too Funky, George Michael
59. How Do You Talk To An Angel, Heights
60. One, U2
61. Keep On Walkin', CeCe Peniston
62. Hold On My Heart, Genesis
63. The Way I Feel About You, Karyn White
64. Beauty and The Beast, Calms Dion and Peabo Bryson
65. Warm It Up, Kris Kross
66. In The Closet, Michael Jackson
67. People Everyday, Arrested Development
68. No Son Of Nine, Genesis
69. Wildside, Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch
70. Do I Have To Say The Words?, Bryan Adams
71. Friday I'm In Love, Cure
72. Everything About You, Ugly Kid Joe
73. Blowing Kisses In The Wind, Paula Abdul
74. Thought I'd Died and Gone To Heaven, Bryan Adams
75. Rhythm Is A Dancer, Snap
76. Addams Groove, Hammer
77. Missing You Now, Michael Bolton
78. Back To The Hotel, N2Deep
79. Everything Changes, Kathy Troccoli
80. Have You Ever Needed Somone So Bad, Def Leppard
81. Take This Heart, Richard Marx
82. When I Look Into Your Eyes, Firehouse
83. I Wanna Love You, Jade
84. Uhh Ahh, Boyz II Men xxx
85. Real Love, Mary J. Blige
86. Justified and Ancient, The KLF
87. Slow Motion, Color Me Badd
88. What About Your Friends, TLC
89. Thinkin' Back, Color Me Badd
90. Would I Lie To You?, Charles and Eddie
91. That's What Love Is For, Amy Grant
92. Keep Coming Back, Richard Marx
93. Free Your Mind, En Vogue
94. Keep It Comin', Keith Sweat
95. Just Take My Heart, Mr. Big
96. I Will Remember You, Amy Grant
97. We Got A Love Thang, CeCe Peniston
98. Let's Get Rocked, Def Leppard
99. They Want EFX, Das EFX
100. I Can't Make You Love Me, Bonnie Raitt
Tuesday, 28 November 2006
Thanks to Curiosity Killer
Your skin tone (see chart): pallor caucasion
Your eye colour: blue
Your favorite fashion colour (to wear): I like red or white around my face, on the bottom i prefer black or brown
What city are you located? Toronto
Would you recommend people to travel to your city, and for what? I'm in Toronto and if you like to shop high end, we have got it here, we also have great international markets, like CHINA TOWN, Greek Town, Little Italy...so you can get anything here if you want to pay for it!!
Saturday, 25 November 2006
1) why do shampoo companies make the conditioner bottles smaller than the shampoo...i ALWAYS run out of conditioner before shampoo and then when the bottle is smaller I need to open a new conditioner bottle thus starting the cycle over again...
2) DOVE soap is wonderful, it conditions the skin, leaves it soft BUT the bar melts all over the place...how does one stop the mess that occurs from this melting bar soap?!?!
3) the new flip top toothpaste tubes are great, they reduce the messy clumps of dried paste BUT the tops are made with such flimsy plastic that the top almost always breaks before the tube is done, thus defeating the whole benefit
4) Why are spray bottles designed so that the consumers cannot use the last bit of product?? Have you ever noticed that you cannot possibly spray every last ounce out of the bottle??? FRUSTRATING!!!
5) my last annoyance for today...the paper cups that many coffee retailers use to serve coffee get so hot you cannot hold them safely...I cannot count the number of times I've cursed TH because the cup is too hot to hold and I didn't ask for a double cup- they should either redesign their cups or automatically give you a "sleeve" to avoid burns!!
Tuesday, 21 November 2006
I know several people who concocted stories about how they met their sig-o's because they were ashamed or embarrased to admit they used internet dating services...boy have times changed!!
Just my thoughts on this subject...silly but mine!!
Saturday, 18 November 2006
Friday, 17 November 2006
Tuesday, 7 November 2006
Regardless it was awsome and we had a great time.
Here are some photos of the evening:
The brides' BIL Ben and nephew Sam
The groom-in tails!!
Lisa and Eliot
Saturday, 4 November 2006
First name? Dina
Were you named after anyone? Yes, my paternal grandmother Dora.
When did you last cry?earlier today-but only because i was chopping onions to make chili...oh and on Thursday as I had a terrible headache i couldnt get rid of
Do you like your handwriting? I like my printing but not the writing.
What is your favorite lunchmeat? i love pastrami but don't eat it much (very bad for you)
If you were another person, would you be friends with you? that's a hard one, since i know my bad qualities...but probably yes,
Do you have a journal? this blog is supposed to do the job of journal- i stopped keeping a journal after my mother found and read my last one
Do you still have your tonsils? i do
Would you bungee jump? I DON'T THINK SO!!
What is your favorite cereal? raison bran
Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? sometimes
Do you think you’re strong? when i have to be
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? coffee, with chocolate flakes
Shoe size? 7.5
Red or pink? red- i would have had red as my bridesmaids color but getting married in December i didnt want it to look like christmas theme
What is your least favorite thing about yourself? i tend to compare myself to others
Who do you miss the most? my brother, he and his wife recently moved to Vancouver and talking on the phone is not the same plus he is missing my son grow up
What color pants, shirt and shoes are you wearing? black yoga pants, blue t-shirt, black socks but no shoes
Do you want everyone to send this back to you? if they want to
Last thing you ate? caramel rice cake
What are you listening to right now? my husband sing rhyms to our son
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? red
Favorite smell? chocolate chip cookies baking
Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? my MIL
The first thing you notice about people you are attracted to? their teeth- i can't stand bad teeth, and i love a great smile
Do you like the person you stole this from? Well, of course I do. Would I read her blog if I didn't? (I even copied her answer here!)- ditto!!
Favorite drink? cranberry juice with vodka
Favorite sport? to play- none, to watch- i 've been enjoying soccer these days
Eye color? blue
Hat size? no idea
Do you wear contacts? nope, i can't be bothered, i do have glasses but i'm only suposed to wear them to drive
Favorite food? Korean tofu stew
Scary movies or happy endings? happy
Summer or winter? summer
Hugs or kisses? Hugs.
Favorite dessert? do i have to pick one??? I would have to say ice cream
Who is most likely to respond? Christine
Least likely to respond? Jill- she already answered all this
What books are you reading? Anyone out there by Marian Keyes
What’s on your mouse pad? don't have one
What did you watch last night on TV? Wife Swap
Favorite sounds? Elie laughing
Rolling Stones or Beatles? Stones
The furthest you’ve been from home? asia and Israel(which is technically Asia too)
What is your special talent? i can cook anything I want
Where were you born? Toronto.
Who sent this to you? nobody, i stole it from Jill's blog .
Saturday, 28 October 2006
So, the idea behind this meme is that you bold every one of these things that you've done and leave the rest in standard typeface.
01. bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. swam with wild dolphins
03. climbed a mountain (in Bali)
04. taken a ferrari for a test drive
05. been inside the great pyramid
06. held a tarantula
07. taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. said "i love you" and meant it
09. hugged a tree
10. bungee jumped
11. visited paris
12. watched a lightening storm at sea
13. stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. seen the northern lights
15. gone to a huge sports game
16. walked the stairs to the top of the leaning tower of pisa
17. grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. touched an iceberg
19. slept under the stars
20. changed a baby's diaper
21. taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. watched a meteor shower
23. gotten drunk on champagne (cheap champagne)
24. given more than you can afford to charity
25. looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. had a food fight
28. bet on a winning horse
29. asked out a stranger
30. had a snowball fight
31. screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. held a lamb
33. seen a total eclipse
34. ridden a roller coaster
35. hit a home run
36. danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. adopted an accent for an entire day
38. actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. had two hard drives for your computer
40. visited all 50 states
41. taken care of someone who was drunk
42. had amazing friends
43. danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. watched whales
45. stolen a sign
46. backpacked in europe
47. taken a road-trip
48. gone rock climbing49. midnight walk on the beach
50. gone sky diving
51. visited ireland
52. been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. in a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. visited japan
55. milked a cow
56. alphabetized your cds
57. pretended to be a superhero
58. sung karaoke
59. lounged around in bed all day
60. played touch football
61. gone scuba diving
62. kissed in the rain
63. played in the mud
64. played in the rain
65. gone to a drive-in theater
66. visited the great wall of china
67. started a business
68. fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. toured ancient sites
70. taken a martial arts class
71. played d&d for more than 6 hours straight
72. gotten married
73. been in a movie (yup i was an extra in Police Academy 4!!!)
74. crashed a party
75. gotten divorced
76. gone without food for 5 days
77. made cookies from scratch
78. won first prize in a costume contest
79. ridden a gondola in venice
80. gotten a tattoo -
81. rafted the snake river
82. been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. gotten flowers for no reason
84. performed on stage
85. been to las vegas
86. recorded music (sure i used to record the radio onto cassettes back in the day)
87. eaten shark
88. kissed on the first date
89. gone to thailand
90. bought a house
91. been in a combat zone
92. buried one/both of your parents
93. been on a cruise ship
94. spoken more than one language fluently
95. performed in rocky horror
96. raised children(am raising child, does that count?)
97. followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. passed out cold
99. taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. walked the golden gate bridge
102. sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. had plastic surgery
104. survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
105. wrote articles for a large publication
106. lost over 100 pounds (not all at once but i lost 30+ pounds when i was 22 and i have just lost almost all my baby weight )
107. held someone while they were having a flashback
108. piloted an airplane
109. touched a stingray
110. broken someone's heart
111. helped an animal give birth
112. won money on a t.v. game show
113. broken a bone
114. gone on an african photo safari
115. had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118 ridden a horse
119. had major surgery
120. had a snake as a pet
121. hiked to the bottom of the grand canyon
122. slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. visited more foreign countries than u.s. states
124. visited all 7 continents
125. taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. eaten kangaroo meat
127. eaten sushi (yummy!)
128. had your picture in the newspaper (does the Jewish magazine count?)
129. changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. gone back to school (i went back to Uni to do my TESL )
132. touched a cockroach
133. eaten fried green tomatoes
134. read The iliad
135. selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. skipped all your school reunions
138. communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. been elected to public office
140. written your own computer language
141. thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. built your own PC from parts
144. sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. had a booth at a street fair
146. dyed your hair
147. been a dj
148. shaved your head
149. caused a car accident
150. saved someone's life
That was fun. Leave me a comment if you do it too!!!
Sunday, 22 October 2006
I LOVE this show and I'm so happy to have discovered it is back on the air. I get really upset when a great show comes on the air and then it's cancelled without warning. I was just thinking about The War at Home and decided to check if it was going to be back on as I hadn't seen it this season...can't wait till Nov 5...Ohhh pish, just remembered we have a wedding that night- must remember to set my VCR and actually watch this hilarious show!
Wednesday, 18 October 2006
"KNOW THYSELF" TAG!
What is/are YOUR:
Easy how-to ways to beat a bad mood? i could say, think positive thoughts but that is bullshit- usually a good workout or a good cry or a long sleep does the trick
Never-fail lip color? I still love VIVA GLAM II by MAC, that c0lor always looks awsome on my lips, regardless of the season or my mood
Personality type (via myersbriggs)? according to the qualitative analysis i am:
distinctively expressed introvert
very expressed sensing personality
moderately expressed feeling personality
slightly expressed judging personality
Greatest strengths and weaknesses (like in a job interview)? I always hated this type of question...greatest strengths- good communication skills, great command of English Grammar, understanding of peoples needs. Weaknesses- i hate being critisized, i am very sensitive
Names of the trees in your yard? who the heck knows!! That tree has been there way before I was born!
Mother-in-law's favorite flower? i'll have to play safe and say ROSES
Names of 4 friends whom you're going to tag
Jill Christine Gavin and ...have to think of a last one!
Monday, 16 October 2006
Unfortunately no amount of yelling at or shewing away makes this beast cat disappear. He seems to want to torment our little sweet Owen and will sit at the back door for hours at end causing complete disruption and tumoil around our home. Any suggestions or ideas (other than setting out laced tuna-which i could never actually do) on how to get this beast to leave our little Owen alone??? He is the bully and instigator in this whole matter and I'd love to have this long standing fight come to an end!
Saturday, 7 October 2006
2. your husband comes home from a work function with a piece of green food stuck between his 2 front teeth, and you know it was there all night
3. you notice someone very obviously staring at your engagement ring while in the midst of an exercise class
4. you really really have to let one rip but if you do everyone will hear it and know it was you
5. you have met the same person over and over again but cannot for the life of you remember their name
6. you bump into someone from high school who looks absolutely awful but used to take amazing pride in their self appearance
7. you meet someone and their really really homely baby
8. you realize that you had a booger hanging out while you were out lunching with your good friend (and she never mentioned it)
9. the back of your pants get all wet because of the rain and it looks like you peed your pants
10. someone asks you what your husband does for a living and looks horrified when you tell them
All of these things have recently happened to me. Just wondering if my reactions were similar to what yours would have been...
Thursday, 5 October 2006
Okay finished my rant!!
Saturday, 30 September 2006
One book you read more than once: the oxford english dictionary- i read that one all the time and seem to go over the same spots over and over again
One book you want on a desert island: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. This book is so dense and full of detail it could take me a long while to read and there is so much to think about it would keep me occupied for a while!
One book that made you cry: The Girls by Lori Lansens. The story of conjoined twins who overcome huge obstacles and live suprisingly seperate lives despite never leaving each others side.
One book that made you laugh: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I love this trashy sort of book- i especially laugh because I don't know how anyone could get into so much financial trouble by shopping!! I mean have some self control!!!
One book you wish would have been written: 10 easy steps to get rid of a psycho Brazillian lover.
One book you wish had never been written:I'll have to copy Jill on this one. After 10 failed attempts at read Moby Dick I finally gave the darn book to Goodwill,
One book you are currently (re)reading (again & again): The Yale Child Centre Guide to Understanding your Child.
One book you have been meaning to read: The History of the Future by Gavin Kanowitz. I feel really guilty that my husband spent ryears and years writing this book and I have yet to read it...okay maybe i'll start right now.
I am not going to tag anyone...nobody who hasn't already done this reads my pathetic blog anyway
Wednesday, 27 September 2006
i agree with allowing women to nurse babies anywhere they need to as babies must eat BUT I'm not sure this woman was discriminated against. She was not asked to but her boob away and stop breastfeeding, she was told that she cannot bring her baby to the class PERIOD. She probably should have inquired prior to the registration about whether or not she could bring the baby to class. Perhaps there was a safety issue or health concern ( this is a pottery class, maybe there are fumes and possible toxins in the air)
Of course she has a right to nurse her baby anywhere she needs to but this is not the real issue here-the issue is whether or not the baby is welcome in the class at all...
Monday, 18 September 2006
*the milk drying up
3 People That Make Me Laugh
3 Things I Love
3 Things I Hate
*a dirty diaper
*when mommy drinks too much caffeine
3 Things I Don't Understand
*why crying is not the best form of communication
*why I MUST take naps
*why i have to wear those dreaded onesies!
3 Things On My Desk/Table (or blanket)
*my blue rattle
*a picture of mommy and daddy
*my photo album
3 Things I Am Doing Right Now
*dreaming of milk
*looking very cute
3 Things I Want to Do Before I Die
*taste something other than milk
*make my mommy and daddy proud
*discover a new physics theorum
3 Things I Can Do
*eat my fists
*make "talking" noises
3 Things I Can't Do
*talk in adult language
3 Things I Think You Should Listen To
*baby einstein CD's
*my cooing noises
*CHUM FM 104.5
3 Things I Think You Should Never Listen To
3 Absolute Favorite Foods
3 Beverages I Drink Regularly
3 Shows I Watched as a Kid
3 Babies I Tag
Tuesday, 12 September 2006
Monday, 4 September 2006
anyway here is a pic from last night...
Friday, 1 September 2006
1) strangers who think they can give you parenting advice. I don't want or need advice from the woman working at the Winners fitting room on whether or not my baby is hungry, or on how to hold my baby
2) impatient drivers who honk or follow too closely- CAN'T they see I have a baby on board sign displayed in my window and don't they care??
3) people who think they can just touch my baby without asking or wasing their hands- i'm talking about strangers in stores or little kids who may be covered in germs (the parents of which don't bother to tell them to stay clear or look and not touch)
4) MORE TO COME...have a case of baby brain and I can't think of the others right now
Monday, 14 August 2006
Saturday, 5 August 2006
I want to be a yummy mummy!!
Monday, 31 July 2006
I have also learned that being and patient and relaxing are key to making life easier for myself. If my boy is having a crying frenzy and I can't figure out what the source is I have to just take a deep breath, relax and handle it, I cannot get all worked up or else the crying will never stop- usually all he needs is a little bouncing and hugging and he is good to go- we even get some sweet smiles these days.
The neccessity of teamwork has also been reinforced drastically over the last 6 weeks. Hubby and I must work together to make this parenting thing work and be enjoyable, if we don't than there is definitely the possibility of a meltdown.
Other things that have changed in my life is my relationship with my own parents. I have always found my folks to be a little annoying and have always been annoyed by them...lately I have never been more greatful that they are here and able to help out. My mom has been a g-d send these past weeks, she comes over, takes care of baby and lets me rest, shower or just have some ME time AND she loves doing it too!! The only thing she can't do is feed my little sweety (unless i pump a bottle which I like doing at times anyway)
I have realized that the world news is no longer important to me. I would rather watch Baby Einstein on repeat play than take the time to watch the news (especially with the sh*t that is going on now) Watching and reading the news just makes me angry and I want my baby to feel only happy vibes from me. I have been smiling a lot more lately and I think Elie will appreciate it.
HMM...I am certain that there are more a lot more ways becoming a parent has changed my perspective but right now I am having a baby brain moment so I'll let it go but if/when I remember I will update this entry :)
Thursday, 13 July 2006
Wednesday, 12 July 2006
A few months ago Jill told me about this guy who was writing an article about Jdate success stories. I immediately emailed him and we arranged a phone interview. Gavin and I spoke with him for about 45 mnutes and gave him "our story". Some of the details in the article are off but the gist of it is correct. Gavin and I actually met in August 2003 not 2004 but other than that things look A-OK...anyway check out the article on pages 28 and 29 of the magazine.
Monday, 10 July 2006
anyway I was recently forwarded this article and thought I"d post it here as I found it very inspiring and helpful (although I am choosing to continue breatfeeding for a while still)
Read and let me know your thoughts on this
Confessions of a Closet Bottle Feeder
I admit it. I had no interest in breast feeding before my daughter was born. I knew it was the "thing to do", but it just didn't seem like the "thing" for me. Secretly I hoped my new baby wouldn't figure it out. I dreamed I wouldn't have adequate milk supply. I imagined all sorts of scenarios that would give me the easy out and make it okay not to nurse my new baby daughter. Then on December 30, 2005, my little girl was born and suddenly my world changed. I couldn't believe that she was our creation and I was continually amazed that she depended on me for life. I was in love. In an instant, I was determined that I would breast feed her exclusively and suddenly I had no interest in a bottle or formula. For those first few days, we struggled and learned together and I had never been happier. While I thought I was doing a fine job with the feedings, her second doctor's visit proved me wrong. Our little girl was still losing weight and she was very dehydrated. I was devasted. My doctor all but threw a can of formula at me and said "get this kid on the bottle"! I was crestfallen. Tears ran from my eyes. I was horrified. I was annoyed. How could this be? Things were going so well. I spent hours with a private lactation consultant (at $150/hour!!) to help me perfect the feeding routine. A few more days of crying for both me and my baby (she was obviously STARVING!) and close to $1000 worth of consultation services later, I was forced to introduce the bottle. At first I wouldn't feed her. I refused to be the one to give my baby this powder and water mixture. It seemed so unhealthy. It seemed so unnatural. Most of all, it seemed so unfair. Everyone else seemed to be breast feeding. So devasted and ashamed, I couldn't and wouldn't bottle feed my daughter in public at the beginning. I was so fearful that someone would judge me as an inferior mother because I was giving my daughter formula. If I did have to feed her in public, I'd prepare the bottle at home, so that one might think it was pumped breast milk. It took me about two months and a lot of sad and lonely days to get over this insecurity. I am proud to say that my daughter is six months old and now she rarely eats a meal INSIDE of our house. She snacks at Starbucks, she lunches anywhere from the local park to the Four Seasons' Studio Café. My daughter is healthy and thriving and thoroughly enjoys her bottles of formula. Countless people have enjoyed bonding with her while feeding her a bottle and this has given me a lot more time and flexibility. While I support and applaud any mother who breast feeds her baby, I now know that how you feed your baby is a personal decision. My daughter couldn't be happier, and neither could I.
Friday, 7 July 2006
anyway I thought I"d write a quick note on how shocked i've been about the the whole "mommy"culture...who knew there were such things as Lactation Consultants and that they charge big bucks for their services, or that there are a million different types of breast pumps on the market, or that you can get tonnes of different bouncy chairs...more models than car makes in some cases...boy if you want to spend $$ in the blink of an eye, have a baby and you can spend spend spend, all before baby even reaches one month old!!
Thank goodness for generous grandparents and income top-ups!!!!
Thursday, 15 June 2006
anyway i thought I'd share a pic of our older baby Jamie sneaking a ride in our new bassinett-oh what a sight he was!!
Tuesday, 13 June 2006
My team threw me a surprise baby shower today. I can honestly say I was blown away! I knew SOMETHING was going on but I had no idea just how much prep work and planning they were actually doing. Here are some pics of the wonderful party they had for me :)
Friday, 9 June 2006
My latest book is called Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin. It is about plain-Jane attorney Rachel who cannot find love but on the eve of her 30th birthday she ends up in bed with her best friends' fiance. AND of course they fall in love and the story just progresses from there, predictable but a good read none-the-less...
I have already requested Emily Griffin's next novel entitled Something Blue which is written from the view point of Darcy, Rachel's once best friend, whereas Something Borrowed was told from Rachel's standpoint. The first chapter or two was previewed in Something Borrowed so I think I will enjoy it just as much as I did the first book in this new series.
At least these books have reinstated my love of reading and I hope that eventually I will be inclined to get back to the more intellectual books of my past but for now I am superbly enjoying the chick lit genre.
Thursday, 8 June 2006
This is one of my favorite pics:
He looks so scared of breaking Daniel...hopefully he'll get better with our baby!!!
Tuesday, 6 June 2006
I do plan on making a few things and freezing them so that we do have some good food to eat and I'm sure my parents will be able to help out a bit in the kitchen too but now is probably a really good time for hubby to learn to cook anyway!!
any suggestions PLEASE????
Monday, 29 May 2006
Yesterday I got a tonne of "vests" as my MIL calls them, from my SIL-....to me they look like undershirts but I guess that's what they were called in SA-her little one has outgrown them and is now walking so she doesn't wear them anymore. We also got a bunch of new GAP clothes that Ava never wore as she had SOOO much stuff she never had a chance to wear it all - It really does help that her paternal bubbie works at the GAP in Portland and is always sending her new outfits!!
I am pretty sure we'll be okay with the "stuff"....just need to set up the room which is all painted, just need to put together the crib and the glider, and hang up some of the cute decor. I think it will look pretty cute :)
that's all for now!!
Wednesday, 24 May 2006
I have been noticing peanuts all around the lawn and front garden lately as well, I assume those were planted by the squirrels over the fall and winter for food...perhaps my little friends have just been trying to access their peanuts and came across my zucchini seeds...who knows...
Can't wait to see what happens with this experiment of mine...i usually play it safe and just plant tomotoes but after speaking to Jill one day a while back I thought zucchini squash might be a good choice and it's always nice to have variety...plus I made a mean zucchini chocolate chip muffin!!!
Friday, 19 May 2006
For now the front still looks kind of skimpy but once the flowers bloom and grow in it is going to be sooo pretty :)
The vegetables are going to have to wait a least a day or two before I venture into the backyard to plant them. There is only so much energy left in my reserve for one afternoon :)
Thursday, 18 May 2006
Baby looks really cute and we are very excited to meet the little one...just over one month go, unless baby get impatient and comes out early...oh the next 5 weeks are probably going to fly by so quickly we won't know what hit us!
Tuesday, 16 May 2006
I booked Thursday and Friday off not even realizing that it was a long weekend anyway..i'm surprised my leave request was approved as i know at least 5 people from my team alone who will be off those days...not complaining-just commenting...
woohoo...i will enjoy my rest and relaxation time immensely!!
Then it's one month left of work till i am off for the year...i officially booked my maternity leave to start June 19 !!! very exciting!
Friday, 12 May 2006
Lucky for me this only happens irregularly as I have witnessed my hubby suffer over and over again with awful allergies. He is just drained of all energy, cannot sleep, can barely eat (as if he needs this problem, he's SOOO skinny) and just wants to sleep sleep sleep...leaving me bored and lonely and feeling really guilty as I can't usually empathize with him.
Monday, 8 May 2006
Went to the Jays came this evening. It was awsome. The Jays played an amazing game and won 5-1 over the Los Angeles Angels.
A special thanks to Mandy for giving us the tickets. The seats couldn't have been better, 15th row from the field right behind 3rd base. Lucky for us she doesn't like baseball !! This was baby's first game and I think we have a future fan on our hands as there was lot's of movement going on in the belly during the exciting parts of the game!!
This movie has moments of extreme violence and can be disturbing but would not have been as effective had these sceens been toned down in the least. I would highly recommend this movie as I have heard from recent immigrants from SA that it really is an accurate representation of what South Africans live through on daily basis.
Thursday, 4 May 2006
I have rediscovered The Body Shop. A few years ago I fell in love with body butter, especially the Brazil Nut scented one. It is so sweet and delicious smelling I have been tempted on more than one occassion to taste it!!! I can curse the person who gave me a tub of this stuff as a Kris Kringle present all those years ago-gave me an addiction!
This cream is so thick and rich you only need a tiny amount to soften your hands and arms, one tub can last me months and months...lucky for that as this stuff is a little pricey- even with a gift certificate I felt a little guilty forking out $18 + tax for body cream...but i know i'll enjoy every bit of it.
I find that drivers in the city have become more and more aggresive as the population multiplies. If one isn't aggresive to some degree than you get nowhere as people are no longer curtious in letting you in if you signal and wait. Now I usually try to help fellow drivers out by letting them in as long as they signal- often this curtousy isn't even regarded with a thank you wave...argh!!
ANYWAY that was my rant for this beautiful sunny morning!
Saturday, 22 April 2006
I tried on half a dozen pairs of shoes and finally settled on these babies:
I got them in black and I think the $34.99 I paid for them was a pretty good price as the original sticker price said $120.00 (who knows though)
These shoes will get me through the summer as I can wear them with jeans, skirts, dress pants and capris too...probably not with shorts BUT I rarely wear shorts anyway so that isn't really an issue for me...
While I was at the store I came across a really cute handbag (for those that know me really well you may know that I love purses-but don't always give in to my passion for the purse)
Here is my newest bag obsession:
Although the web-site says $19.99 the store was selling it for $64.99...so maybe this isn't the exact one but I couldn't justify spending $65 on a purse but if I can get it for $20 than maybe just maybe I'll have to give in a grab this cute number...
anyway enough about my adventures at Nine West...time to take a nap!!
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for those who enjoy gripping tales of life in the big city. I am going to look for other Dionne Brand books at my local library branch.
Thursday, 20 April 2006
YEAH it's spring, the weather is awsome, the sun is shining and I didn't even wear a jacket over my t-shirt today!!! Can't wait to get into the garden and plant some pretty flowers, tomatoes and maybe another vegetable or two (my attempt at strawberries 2 years ago failed miserabley but maybe I'll give it another go)
Enjoy this amazing weather while you can- it's gonna get HOT soon!!
Wednesday, 12 April 2006
As described by Jamie Watson Hartford County Public Library:Four different people find themselves on the same roof on New Year's Eve, but they have one thing in common–they're all there to jump to their deaths. A scandal-plagued talk-show host, a single mom of a disabled young man, a troubled teen, and an aging American musician soon unite in a common cause, to find out why Jess (the teen) can't get her ex-boyfriend to return her calls. Down the stairs they go, and thoughts of suicide gradually subside. It all sounds so high concept, but each strand of the plot draws readers into Hornby's web. The novel is so simply written that its depths don't come to full view until well into the reading. Each character takes a turn telling the story in a distinctive voice. Tough questions are asked–why do you want to kill yourself, and why didn't you do it? Are adults any smarter than adolescents? What defines friends and family? Characters are alternately sympathetic and utterly despicable, talk-show-host Martin, particularly. The narrators are occasionally unreliable, with the truth coming from the observers instead. Obviously, a book about suicide is a dark read, but this one is darkly humorous–as Hornby usually is. Teens will identify with or loathe Jess and musician J. J., but they will also find themselves in the shoes of Maureen and Martin. This somewhat philosophical work will appeal to Hornby's fans but has plenty to attract new audiences as well.–
Definitely a highly recommended read!
Monday, 10 April 2006
My new baby blog is HERE
We have started collecting stuff for our little bumpkin and you can check it all out HERE.
Hope this alleviates some of the confusion
Wednesday, 5 April 2006
We learned about different coping methods for pain, different ways to relieve some of the pressure we may be feeling in our back, knees and other parts...everything was extremely helpful-i'm sure we'll be using some of the techniques we were shown very soon!
Looking forward to next week !!
Tuesday, 4 April 2006
In honor of my 33rd birthday and to borrow (or steal) an idea from my dear friend Jill I am going to tell you 33 things about MEEEEE....
1. I have a small group of really close friends and I like it that way (no need to have tonnes of friends I have no time to see)
2. My husband is my bestest friend
3. I can't take critisism (will let it bother me for days and days afterwards-about ANYTHING)
4. I am cheap (I will look for the lowest gas prices even if it means waiting until i'm only driving on fumes)
5. I work hard for my money and can't throw it away frivilously (so i usually wait for sales to buy anything)
6. I have worked the same part-time job since I was 15 years old (with the exception of a 2 year leave of absence to go live abroad) REALLY TIME TO QUIT!!!!
7. I lived in Korea for 15 months after university to teach English
8. I used to LOVE to party at night clubs in my younger days
9. I now prefer to stay home and watch a movie with hubby
10. I have done my own taxes a few times
11. I have been watch the Young and the Restless since grade 7
12. My favourite TV show is What Not to Wear
13. I am expecting my first child
14. I want 3 children
15. I still suffer from naseau and heartburn even at 6 months along
16. I plan to join Weight Watchers after this baby comes
17. I LOVE pickles on all sandwiches
18. I will not/cannot eat mushrooms
19. I cannot live with out diet Coke/Pepsi
20. I cannot tolerate any kind of pain (from sore feet to a small scratch YUCK!
21. I prefer flannel PJ's to sexy lingerie
22. I sometimes call in sick just to use up some of my leave time (I have so much accrued time I won't be able to use it in a lifetime)
23. On my days off I eat way less then when I'm at work
24. I love taking baths but always shower afterwards because I dont' feel really clean after a bath
25. I have never been to the same hair stylist more than twice
26. I hate clutter
27. I am not the best housekeeper
28. I am very sorry I fired the cleaning lady for not living up to my standards ( I should have just told her in more detail what I wanted her to do-she isn't a mind reader)
29. Every year I resolve to keep my resolutions
30. I always break my resolutions within a few weeks
31. I love reading trashy chick lit
32. I love eating spicy foods
33. I LOVE cooking for other people
Monday, 27 March 2006
so far here is my list:
fruit flavored tea (almost any type)
Tuesday, 21 March 2006
Dating and relationships are not things many women take lightly. Even in today’s modern society of empowerment and independence women are still bound to the notion that they need to find “the one”. Unfortunately that search for the one is not as easy as one might imagine. During the search it has been my experience that one may encounter a variety of bumps and barriers on the road to eternal happiness. Once we have exasperated our own resources, tired of the bar scene, the lack of decent guys at the gym and just not meeting that special someone at the local grocery store we sometimes go into panic mode. “Will I be alone forever? Why do ugly girls have boyfriends and husbands while I am still single? What does it take to find the right one? Then it hits- offers for BLIND DATES all over the place. People think just because your single and he’s single that it’ll be a perfect match. Forget the fact that he is a chain smoker and I’m allergic to the slightest smell of smoke or that I am really health conscience and enjoy working out regularly while he is at least 30 pounds over weight and breaks a sweat walking to the car from McDonalds while munching on large fries and a coke.
This book is about the trials and tribulations of blind dating and more recently internet dating and what can happen when the chemical reaction explodes.
After speaking to a variety of women about their experiences I have compiled a commodore of stories and reactions to what should be described as youthful fun but has come to be described as intolerable and often nauseating.
MOST EMBARRASSING DATES
Some of the worst parts about dating include the embarrassment factor. Why is it that some people have absolutely no clue when it comes to etiquette or simple people skills? It seems obvious to me and also to my female friends that common sense should dictate what would seem to be appropriate attire for a date. One story that comes to mind is a friend that was taken to a really trendy restaurant on the 54th floor of a building in downtown Toronto. Unfortunately they were turned away due to the fact that the guy was wearing RUNNING SHOES!!!- that was almost as bad as the guy who showed up at my door wearing SOCKS AND SANDALS!! I was NOT impressed with his attire but gave him a chance anyway- bad move- the guy was a total bible thumper and not my type AT ALL. He went on and on about his last blind date and how he was disgusted that she had admitted to smoking pot on occasion. “I won’t tolerate that!” he stated as he slapped his hand down on the table. People were looking at us- that’s how loud his declaration was.
NOTHING IN COMMON DATES or TOO MUCH IN COMMON
You’re single- he’s single- why not give it a try???
That has got to be the worst rational for setting two people up. It has happened to me repeatedly. No matter how much your “friends” and relatives tell you the other party is “nice” and respectable etc there is always room for lack of judgment. My very first blind date is the perfect example of this phenomenon. I was 22 and he 33. I was still a university undergraduate who wanted to party and spend time going out and seeing the world-He on the other hand was an established medical doctor who had delivered an impressive number of babies by that stage in his career, had spent time traveling and experiencing life, as well as made a huge career change-gone from law to medicine. I was still exploring my options and really not that focused on anything at that point of my life. He was looking for a wife and I looking for a partner in crime. Just not the ideal match! I heard later he ended up marrying a fellow doctor.
Then there’s the friend who was set up with someone just because they are both teachers, never mind the fact that he was a real macho type and she absolutely NOT into that at all.
Monday, 20 March 2006
Thursday, 9 March 2006
Wednesday, 8 March 2006
Saturday, 4 March 2006
Friday, 24 February 2006
I finished reading this amazing novel by Israeli auther Edeet Ravel. The story takes place over the course of one day and takes readers through the lives of three generations of one family. Without giving away most of the book I will say that Sonya Tel Aviv university math professor tells the story of her coming of age experiences. Although a brilliant math scholar she was until this day quite sheltered and has come of age through some serious self growth and realizations.
I would highly recommend this book!
Tuesday, 21 February 2006
Wednesday, 15 February 2006
Tuesday, 14 February 2006
Thursday, 9 February 2006
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay "them "
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9 Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Thursday, 2 February 2006
I HAD to show off this gorgeous pic of our little nephew Daniel!!!!! He is growing SOO quickly. I can't believe the last time we saw him he was only 1 week old and really tiny... this is from the lastest set of pics my sister-in-law sent from Zurich of her and her son. Just look at those cheeks!!! Really pinchable- can't wait to see him again in June when mom and baby will be here visiting.
Sunday, 29 January 2006
It's so nice to have so many wonderful things to see and do around our beautiful province. I love living in Canada-in spite of the cold weather and lack of sun for so many months on end...This weekend we decided to take a day trip to the wonderful and beautiful Niagara Falls. Spending the day there was a nice treat as it is so far from the big city and it reminds us of all nature has to offer...here are a couple of pics from our day which was spent with my brother and his wife...