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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Wow, Clara Would Be Proud!!

You scored as Sleeping Beauty. Your alter ego is Princess Aurora, a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty! You are beautiful and enchanting, and as sweet as ever.

Sleeping Beauty


Peter Pan




The Beast






Snow White


Donald Duck


Cruella De Ville




Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego?
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As seen at Goofy's . . . I mean crse's.

Weasley's Birthday

I have not yet blogged about Weasley's birthday, which was on Friday. I am not sure if I have fully recovered from celebrating his natal day, with festivities that extended throughout the weekend. Friday was fun, casual, and Weasley had a great time with about 40 of his closest friends at a downtown pub. Saturday wasn't totally in honour of his birthday - it was a dinner party/fondue/80s Trivial Pursuit night at a friend's house. I wasn't driving. Big mistake. Big. HUGE! (to quote Pretty Woman from the boutique scene). I intended a few glasses of wine. Somehow, my wineglass was never empty (thanks to Legal Eagle who shares my illicit crush). Suffice it to say, Sunday was a bit slow. So much so that Bumble from choir had to make a run to the Zesty Market to get me emergency Gatorade before church. And I faked drinking the communion wine. I think I may have still been drunk for most of the service. I think I should go back to rum, vodka, tequila, and beer. I have had more luck and less hangover with them of late! Happy birthday, Weasley! Next year, I'll drive!!!!!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Because It's Monday . . .

. . . I'm doing two quizzes. I'm not nearly as hot as crse, but it least it isn't the double-kaiser bun hairstyle in this picture!

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Not Really A Surprise

You Follow Your Heart

You're romantic, sentimental, and emotional.
You tend to fall in (and out of) love very quickly.
Some may call you fickle, but you can't help where your emotions take you.
You've definitely broken a few hearts, but you're not a heartbreaker by nature.
Your intentions are always good, even if they change with the wind

Thanks to Maggie May and Nimue.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Is It Almost Spring Yet?

If you never hear from me again, it's because I froze to death while going for groceries. With the windchill? Minus 30. MINUS. This is not pleasant winter weather, it just isn't. Groundhog Day is next Friday, and I'm hoping for a blizzard. That way, there's no possibility of even a glimpse of shadow. 'Cause I certainly can't handle six more weeks of this.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

A Bitchy Little Thirteen

Thirteen of Canada's Pet Peeves

I have been compiling this list for weeks - I couldn't think of enough when I originally planned to post it.

1. People who don't brush the snow off their cars before driving. This is especially annoying, not to mention dangerous, when driving 100km down the highway and a huge sheet of snow comes flying back at you. There is a brush on the scraper for a reason - please use it, or use public transportation until the spring!
2. When the power goes off for several hours for absolutely no reason. During the big ice storm of 1998, our power was out for about 10 minutes. A couple of years ago, it would go out daily, sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes for hours. On Monday, it was out for 4 hours in the morning. Talk about waking to a chilly house - only 64 degrees! (it went out just before 5, didn't come on again until just after 9).
3. When Hubby leaves his boots behind the front door. This is damn annoying when I try to come through the door, and it will only open about 6 inches because a pair of size 12 winter boots is there. Put them away!!!!!!!!
4. People who talk at the theatre. If you need to say something, go ahead and whisper. But no one else wants to hear you - they want to see the movie/hear the actors/enjoy the symphony/opera/ballet. Let's not even mention cellphones.
5. Similar to the above, it drives me crazy when I'm at the theatre or on a plane and sitting next to some stranger who feels entitled to all of the arm rest. The word is SHARE.
6. People (ahem, Hubby! Corwin and Clara a bit now, too) who leave kleenex in their pockets when they put their clothes in the laundry. Particularly in the dark load, when it shreds in the washer all over my hang-to-dry clothes. If you need to leave anything, please leave money. Although kleenex is preferable to Bonne Bell Lipsmackers, that's for sure. In the dryer? Bad news!
7. Underwires that poke through and jab you all day. Or, even worse, that break and the sharp bit pokes you. Good news - you can buy replacement underwires at the fabric store.
8. Radio announcers that talk over the music, particularly the song that you've been wanting to hear. Or that cut off the end.
9. People who take 2 parking spots. Or who park so close to you that you can't open your door.
10. Currently, this is choir related. People who don't watch the conductor. This can be disastrous during a concert, and is really tedious during rehearsal for two reasons. Firstly, obviously they can't follow tempo or dynamic changes if they aren't watching the conductor. And then they don't stop but carry on singing when we need to rework something, which is a big waste of time.
11. People who can't count at the grocery store. When it says 1-8 or 1-12 in the express checkout, it doesn't mean 23 items!
12. When stuff isn't put back where it goes. I hate reaching for a knife when I'm cooking, and getting the wrong one because they aren't put back in the proper slots, or not being able to find something because it isn't put away where it's supposed to be. (yes, I am anal and neurotic. So?)
13. The eventual left turn signal (as Seinfeld described it). People who drive for miles and miles with their turn signal on, completely oblivious.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Mastercard Meme

Very simple meme, take the numbers 1-5 then priceless while matching them up with number type things in your life (you could go to 10 if you want to, and since crse went to 10 despite having strep and being on antibiotics and feeling crappy, I'll do 10, too)

10 The number of times I yelled "fuck" at the top of my lungs yesterday when the washer died - it was full of clothes, and there was a huge clunk, and it stopped spinning. At least the water drained.

9 Number of times my parents have moved since I was born - soon to be 10 (yay!!!)

8 How many rolls of film I have yet to get developed (oh, from last summer, etc. Good thing I got a digital camera, huh?)

7 How many loads of laundry I still have to do.

6 The number of books I have standing up on the living room couch and loveseat to prevent Jazz dog from getting up for a nap. Somehow, she feels entitled now that she's ten, and a diva. I do not agree!

5 The average number of hours each day I have practised since I got the music for Elijah last Thursday.

4 How many more contract hours per week would be ideal.

3 Number of days until Weasley's birthday. (also La Patisseria and my s-i-l Kit's b-days)

2 The number of adorable kids that I have. (yes, some days adorable is replaced by other, less flattering adjectives!)

1 Number of husbands I plan to have. This does not mean that I don't feel like throttling him at least once a week, but I wouldn't trade him for the world. He's a good guy, and a great dad.

Priceless My life, overall. So many moments that rate up here. And so many friends, too. (sorry for the truly sappy post, but I'm in a great mood. Did I mention that I'm in an orchestra? And that the washing-machine repair guy is here, and it's costing less than $90?)

Monday, January 22, 2007

I Am In An Orchestra!!!!!!!

Wow! I know I posted about being asked, and being nervous, but I still thought I might suck badly enough to get kicked out. Apparently, I don't!

In very happy news, the first flautist was there (whew!!!), and it went very, very well. She commented that my tuning was bang on, and although I came in a bar early at one point (oops, TWO bars rest, not just one), she screwed up a couple of times, too. That's what rehearsals are for. My favourite part? During the last sweeping number that we played, when she and I blended so beautifully (I have the lower harmony and then we're in unison, and then harmony again) and I looked up beyond Gordon's baton to see him grinning broadly at us.

A bonus - there is orchestra eye candy. A lovely thing when the flutes are tacet (we don't play) in a couple of sections. Also good that I brought my book. And next time, will remember to dress for survival (damn, our church is cold!!!!)

I Have Stayed Awake During A Few Sermons!

You know the Bible 77%!

Wow! You are truly a student of the Bible! Some of the questions were difficult, but they didn't slow you down! You know the books, the characters, the events . . . Very impressive!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
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Yeah, but I bet Beck can kick my ass on this quiz!
Seen at Nimue's (I have no idea how to make an umlatte over the e - sorry!)

Saturday, January 20, 2007

A Little Shaky

Hmm, is that vibrato? No, it's just because I've started to shake a little. Quaking in my boots, you might say. I got the music for Elijah on Thursday, and have been practising ever since. As I sat down to work on it some more today, in relative peace and quiet - Corwin is at a birthday party, and Hubby took Clara skating to get her out of my hair - I was hit with the enormity of this position. Oh my God, what if I screw up? What if I completely disappoint Gordon and everyone else? Gulp! Well, I am able to play the music just fine, and I have been messing around with tempos - I'm not sure exactly how allegro it might go, nor how slow andante might be in certain sections. I'm working on my dynamics, my tonguing, and my tone. What more can I do?

Well, I can fervently wish and hope that the first flute will be at the rehearsal on Monday. When I picked up the music, she said she wasn't positive she could make that rehearsal. Oh. My. God!!!! That will mean that I am it, the only flute. Holy crap, every wrong entry and missed accidental will be SO noticeable. Breathe, breathe.

This is my first time playing with a professional orchestra. Actually, the strings are not, they are a group of dedicated amateurs, but when the orchestra is augmented, there are professional players. And on Monday, if the first flute isn't there, I will be right next to Angela Casagrande, who is an amazing oboe player. Wish me luck. I'd say I'd have a stiff drink before the rehearsal, but I don't think that will help with the precision I'm going to need.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

A Very Great Day

Please go here to welcome Clementine and Hashbrown's new baby girl. The papers were signed and they got custody of Hester Willa today!!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Are You Sorry You Asked?

For crse, some of my favourite decorating accents. Note that I say some - I rotate stuff and change mantel displays throughout the year, so prepare for the onslaught!

This is the basement fireplace with the moose that inspired the basement theme (kind of a Canadiana/Northwoods feel)

I love my Eiffel Tower. Goes well with the French country look to which I aspire.

Truly one of my favourites. I love this three piece wrought iron hanging. It is in the dining room, over the sideboard. It balances the buffet and hutch on the opposite side of the table, and is very unique.

You knew there had to be something Christmas-y here. This is how I decorated the urn outside this year. It really looked pretty when the candle lanterns were lit.

In the kitchen. The rusted rooster welcome sign gives a French country accent, and the little rooster tealight lantern (the light glows out of what looks like dots, but are actually holes), which is a new aquisition. The (almost dead) flower arrangement is one of nine I made out of a huge one I brought home from the bridal show after take-down.

For Lone Grey Squirrel

If I had to choose my absolute favourite place in the world, I would pick Treefort at Circle R Ranch in London, Ont. However, as it is about 6 hours away (and I don't have a picture), I had to think of where I retreat to relax here. So, here is my amazing bathtub. There are no jets, but it has a really cool way of filling (through openings in the sides) that is quiet and distributes the water evenly. It is also very deep, and very long. The three hanging candle lanterns and the other candles at the foot of the tub get lit, I put the dimmer on low, and I soak and read for ages. Oh, and I took the picture of the lone cypress in Monterey and gave it to Hubby when we were dating.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Roller Coaster

It has been a very up and down couple of days. Here's what's been going on (and fyi - I will get to the remaining photo blog requests - LB, LGS, and crse)

  • On Monday (yesterday), I got a call from another music therapist. She is very busy with two kids, and is giving up a preschool music program until the end of June. She may want it back in September, but until then, it is another 2 hours a week for me (only 5 more hours and I will be perfectly happy with my client load).
  • Yesterday I found out that Acorn, my horse from camp, died last week. I did shed some tears, but I have to say that it was expected. I was thrilled to see him at the reunion on Labour Day weekend 2005, but didn't think he would make it through last winter. He would have been 39 this year, so he certainly had a good life. Happy trails, Acorn!
  • Last night, I had a horrible, horrible dream. Okay, looking back, it is kind of funny, but the feelings of panic I had during the dream, and the extreme sense of dread I woke up with was not good. In the dream, Gordon had asked me to be the cantor for something big at church, with at least one other person (sometimes there are multiple parts). Well, I was in church, but we hadn't rehearsed together, and it turned out that I had looked at the wrong part in the book, and I couldn't find it, and then I was singing who knows what and it sounded horrible and off-key, and Gordon was giving me the look, but I kept going, and it was just awful. Even while I was dreaming it, my conscious mind kept saying that it would never happen like that, and that we don't use anything resembling the book that the music was in, but I couldn't get out of the dream. How to have a not very restful sleep!
  • Clara wasn't feeling very good this morning, and her throat was sore enough to keep her from talking. She also complained of a headache. She had no fever, but was very sinus-y and congested. So I kept her home and gave her Dimetapp, and called Hubby to find out his schedule for the day. His afternoon was, thankfully, open, so Clara and I picked him up at noon so that I could go to my voice lesson and then to my client. Clara seemed much better, but was feeling a bit crappy and really tired before bed. She also had a low-grade fever, but that may have been because she was wearing a fleece shirt and was curled up under a fleece blanket. Haven't heard a peep from her since she went to bed, so keep your fingers crossed for tomorrow.
  • Just before I left for my voice lesson (which went very well), I checked my e-mail. I saw the subject and the sender and couldn't open it, because I actually started to cry. Not sad crying, but a huge emotional excited happy kind of cry (just a tearing up, not sobbing). The sender was the orchestra from our church, and the subject was second flute. Gordon has asked me to play in the orchestra to accompany a chorus performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah. I was stunned, and excited, and of course a little (a lot) nervous, but I'm going to see if I can get the music tomorrow after flute trio (which, by the way, was amazing last week - we got challenging pieces that I actually had to practice!!!!). I really hope that I'm ready for this - I think I am, and I think Gordon wouldn't ask if he didn't think so, either, but wow! I know, rambling again.

So, that was the roller coaster of the past few days. That's enough of a ride for one week, in my opinion!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Lucybuzz's Request . . . Soon To Come

Since it's Monday morning, and a little early for a drink (well . . . nah!), and I have to decide what my current favourite is (changes as to season and mood), I will post something that should elicit a few chuckles. Here are two pictures of Jazz-dog (also known as "Princess" Jasmine).

And the look of disgust because I disturbed her beauty rest!

Crawlspace's Request

Here is the inside of the fridge. How can you tell we live in Canada simply from this picture? By the blue jug on the top shelf, with the bag of milk in it!

Dr Brazen Hussy's Request

Okay, since we don't have a medicine cabinet in the ensuite, here is a picture of the one in Corwin and Clara's bathroom.

And here is a picture of the cabinet under the sink in the ensuite. All that stuff is mine. And of the four drawers, 2 (3) are mine. Hubby gets one, and a small cabinet, which he has to share with the cleaning products, too. Our medicine (Advil, Neo Citran, Benadryl) is in the cupboard above the cooktop so the kids can't get to it.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

No Longer Low Tech

Well, let's not get carried away. I should say no longer totally low tech, but I have a long way to go before I'm all the way caught up. But since I got a digital camera for Christmas, and I have obviously figured out how to post things . . .

. . . does anyone remember the photo request meme from last spring or summer? Where people could request pictures of (non-kinky or twisted) things they wanted to see of someone's, and then the pictures would be posted? I wanna play! Since I now have the technology, is there anything you want to see of mine? Please say yes!!

Friday, January 12, 2007

A Movie Meme

How many have you seen? Borrowed from Beck (who needs to update me on the talk with the Altar Boy about his date last night with Fleur!!!!)

(1) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(2) Grease
(3) Pirates of the Caribbean
(4) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(5) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
( ) Universal Soldier
(6) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(7) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(8) Never Been Kissed
(9) Meet The Parents
(10) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
(11) KING KONG (all of the Jessica Lange one, most of the 2006)
Total so far: 11

( ) A Cinderella Story
(12) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(13) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(14) Halloween
(15) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
(16) Flubber
Total so far:

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(17) Practical Magic
(18) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
(19) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
(20) The Whole Nine Yards
(21) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far:21

(22) The Day After Tomorrow
(23) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
(24) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
(25) Just Married
(26) Gothika
(27) Nightmare on Elm Street
(28) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
(29) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(30) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far:30

(31) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(32) Ocean's Eleven
(33) Ocean's Twelve
(34) Bourne Identity
(35) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(36) Ice Age
(37) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
(38) Curious George
Total so far: 38

(39) Independence Day
(40) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(41) ET
(42) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(43) Maid in Manhattan
(44) War of the Worlds
( ) Rush Hour
() Rush Hour 2
Total so far:44

( ) Best Bet
(45) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(46) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
(47) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(48) Ever After
(49) Wizard of Oz
(50) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(51) The Terminator
(52) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 52

( ) X-Men
( ) X2
( ) X-3
(53) Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
(54) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( )Jeepers Creepers 2
() Catch Me If You Can
(55) The Little Mermaid
(56) Freaky Friday (both versions)
(57) Reign of Fire
(58) The Skulls
(59) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(60) Shrek
(61) Shrek 2
Total so far: 61

( ) Swimfan
(62) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
(63)The Notebook
(64) K-Pax
(65) Kippendorf's Tribe
(66) A Walk to Remember
(67) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(68) The 40-year-old-virgin
Total so far:

(69) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(70) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(71) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(72) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(73) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(74) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 74

( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(75) Elf
(76) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 76

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(77) Monsters Inc.
(78) Titanic
(79) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total so far: 79

( ) High Tension
(80) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
(81) Dawn Of the Dead
(82) Hook
(83) Chronicle Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(84) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
Total so far: 84

( ) Kill Bill vol 1
( ) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
(85) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 85

(86) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(87) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(88) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(89) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(90) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 90

(91) The Matrix
(92) The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
(93) Evil Dead
(94) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(95) Silence of the Lambs
(96) Hannibal
Total so far: 96

Ridin' Rudolph

At Weasley's request, here is the picture of him riding Rudolph on Dec 26.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

In Case You Thought I Was Exaggerating

Here is the guest room, in process of holiday decor packing. And three boxes are in the storage room already.

Back In The TT Game

Thirteen Reason Why Canada Thought the Movie Eragon Sucked

Yes, I knew it wouldn't be as good as the book, but still . . .

1. The egg. It looked like a plastic blue football. In the book, it is oval and smooth, dark blue with veins of white spiderwebbed across it. And it was about a foot long, not 2 feet.
2. Arya. Okay, they never even mention that she is an elf (and her ears aren't pointed, either). Hello, this is kind of important to the plot. When she appears in Eragon's dreams, she is in a cell, and later unconscious. She isn't skipping and dancing in the woods, introducing herself, and telling Eragon where she is held captive. And how "raven-haired elven lady" became a blonde is quite beyond me.
3. Fine, I know that they have to cut stuff to fit into the movie, but why make a movie that is LESS than 2 hours if you're cutting important things. And really, the book took place over months, not what seems like a long weekend!
4. The dragon. Saphira did not morph magically into a full grown dragon. She also does not introduce herself - Eragon had to name her. They did an okay job with her, but sometimes she seemed like a puppy with scales, and scales that weren't nearly as sapphire blue as they should have been (more greyish-blue).
5. The dragon mark on Eragon's hand. It was in the middle of his palm and formed a "diffused white oval", not a scrawly lowercase e at the base of his thumb that was raised and black, like a brand. Eeesh.
6. The Ra'zac - the two creatures who chase after Eragon. They were not made up of a cloud of insects and dirt at the behest of the Shade. They were not human, and always remain cloaked. When a glimpse is seen of one of their heads, "it appeared to have something resembling a beak and black eyes as large as my fist".
7. Not enough of John Malkovich (pretty much the highlight of the movie). His portrayal of evil kinda turns me on ;)
8. Angela - such a tiny, chance encounter. And where was the werecat who is important to the story?
9. Murtagh - don't even get me started.
10. Brom's death - oh, who wrote this? "Let him die with his pride" and all that nonsense, and Saphira flies off with him. Gag.
11. Way too many undignified crash landing involving Saphira bouncing and skidding along the ground.
12. No mention of the dwarves in Tronjheim. Where were the twins, who were so crucial to the story? The Varden - not a race of people, but what those committed to fighting the Empire called themselves. And Tronjheim itself - lame, very lame. I won't even mention the big battle, except to say - wow, a few liberties are to be expected, but really, what were they thinking?
13. The end, with Eragon and Saphira flying to meet Arya. Blech. Just . . . blech.

Now you all know that I am a total nerd who is into dragons and magic and C.S.Lewis and Narnia, LOTR, and now Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy. :)

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

We're Advanced!!!!

Okay, this is another of my obsessive music postings, but the flute quartet I'm in has become a trio. One woman e-mailed the conductor and said that her hours at the hospital had changed and she would be unable to join us. We all think it is probably an excuse, because she was concerned that she was holding us back. None of us feel that she was, but I know that she was stressed about a couple of pieces. We all have moments like that, but we can't force her to come back.

At any rate, the conductor has decided to let the OFA (Ottawa Flute Association) know that our flute choir should be billed as advanced, for the information of future members. Woo hoo!!!!! And we tried out a couple of pieces today. Oh yeah, I'm actually going to have to practice!!!! I'm so excited!!!! (I know, it doesn't take much).

Cuppa Joe

You know the Eric Clapton song Cocaine? I think he should change the lyrics a little, renaming it Caffeine.

On Sunday afternoon, I got a headache. It went away a bit (with some assistance from Advil), but came back on Monday. It hung around most of the day, and was with me yesterday morning. I also felt a bit dizzy, and my stomach was a bit queasy (no, I am definitely NOT pregnant!!!!). Since there is that gastro virus* going around (a "Noro-virus", related to the Norwalk virus), I decided to take it easy, ate some dry crackers, and drink lots of water. I did not have my morning cup of coffee. I got through the day, but the headache was still there, lingering around my left eye, feeling kinda sinus-y, but extending back. I even went to bed at 10 (had a soak in the tub first), prompting Hubby to ask "are you sick?" Vehement denial on my part.

This morning, headache was still with me when I woke up. "Great, probably a brain tumour" my oh-so-happy morning thought. I poured my morning coffee, and drank it while getting kids ready for school, making lunches, etc. Guess what? Headache is mostly gone. Man, I can't even imagine what the withdrawal effects would be from a 3 or 4 cup a day coffee habit!

*My sad first thought about possibly getting the virus - "woo hoo, a kick-start to the post-Christmas weight loss". Every cloud has a silver lining - I've been watching WAY too much Stuart Little with the kids!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Something I've Never Found On My Back Steps

How beautiful is this?

The Undecorating

Well, I have been lax in the blogging department, but I have been keeping Corwin and Clara entertained, entertaining friends and relatives, and undecorating all the Christmas decor that I worked on before the holiday season, as well as setting up and tearing down several booths at the bridal show on the weekend. Now I have to finish undecorating here. And what a task that can be. Truthfully, I have pretty much moved everything to the guest room, and I just have to undecorate the bedroom tree and pack it, and the kids' tree needs to be undecorated and packed. The living room tree is undecorated, and I have to organize the lights, pack the decorations and get the tree outside. And vacuum (required, not obsessive - there are fir needles everywhere!). But first, I must sit and enjoy a peaceful coffee while the young'uns are back at school. Life is good!!!

Oh, and I'd better wrap/pack/address and mail my Mom's birthday gift. First coffee, then post office.

Don't Forget to Curtsy!

Thanks to lucyrain, or should I say Reverend Countess Lucyrain the Discombobulated of New Porton Wells?

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Royal Highness Canada the Convincing of Walk upon Water
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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Is ANYONE Surprised By This?

The Neat Freak
You scored 50 anxiety, 34 awkwardness, and 61 neuroticism!
You exhibit neurotic behaviors without the underlying anxieties, and you manage fine socially while balancing compulsive urges...so you must be The Neat Freak! You are happy, well-adjusted, and...organize obsessively. Your friends call you OCD, but you're not: you just love to tidy and categorize!

Your low anxiety score implies that you are able to relax, can enjoy the here and now, and have a healthy amount of self-confidence.

Your low awkwardness score implies that you are socially capable, are personable and charming, and probably go to parties and have fun (especially cleaning up afterwards!).

Your high neuroticism score implies that you exhibit neurotic behaviors--probably cleaning, organization, perfectionism, and other orderly compulsions.


See the other results!


The Neat Freak

The Dork

The Geek



The Subtle Neurotic

The True Neurotic

With thanks to crse and Luckybuzz