Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
that's our baby....our BABY! man that feels weird to say (or i suppose type). the ultrasound wasn't exactly what i expected. we had one done at 10 weeks. we knew we wouldn't see much at the 10 weeks ultrasound. i was a little surprised that steve wasn't allowed back until the end but once i understood that i wasn't going to be shown anything either until the end i was fine with him not being there while they just did measurements. anyway, this ultrasound was gonna be different....or so i thought. i thought we would see way more and get to watch the baby for a little while. but sadly that wasn't really what happened. the tech did tons of measurements and kept saying that the baby wasn't "cooperating" with her. haha. apparently it was hiding down super low and she couldn't see it very well. after a while the baby finally moved up and she got what she needed. she then got steve and showed us the baby. it was short. we maybe saw the baby for 2 minutes while she quickly took the pictures and labelled them. my half hour was up (if the baby had "cooperated" i am sure we would have been able to look at the baby for a longer length of time). oh well.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
on monday i saw one of my students at school and immediately asked her if her mom was ok. i had an intense feeling that something really bad had happened to her mom. well the student looked at me like i was slightly crazy and told me that her mom was fine. i realized that the reason i thought something was wrong was because i had dreamt that her mom had died....so weird!
2 nights ago i dreamt that i was at my house (not the house i live in now) alone one evening and this guy broke in and tried to attack me. then one of my sisters (in real life she is a colleague, not my sister) arrived and the guy forced me down the stairs to where she was. my "sister" saw me and said hi. the guy pushed me down the stairs and attacked my "sister". he slammed the back of her head into a counter. she passed out and was lying on the floor. then another one of my "sisters" came in (yup, another girl i work with in real life) and she was also attacked (her head was hit into the dryer). 2 more "sisters" came in (one is a girl from work and the other a girl i went to college with) and they were also knocked out but they both died. the guy then showed me pictures of the attack and a movie. he then uploaded it onto his blog and left. i checked on my sisters who were still alive. they were ok. it turned out that one of them was 31 weeks pregnant and didn't look pregnant at all (which made me angry because i was 17 weeks and showing way more). she had an ultrasound in our house right then and the baby was fine. none of us seemed very scared....at this point i woke up. i got up and when i went back to bed i dreamt it all over. the only difference was that when the attacker showed up he was offering to take pictures for me and my friends on my front lawn....i was trying to take a picture of us all but was struggling. i thanked him for helping us. then i realized that he wasn't using my camera, he was using the camera my attacker had used. i all of a sudden realized that it was the same man and that he was going to do the same thing as last time, and he did. (which makes no sense because all 4 of my "sisters" were alive during round 2 of the attack but i knew that 2 of them had died previously).
last night i dreamt that i was taking this HUGE truck to the CO-OP gas station but didn't know if it should have diesel or regular. so i tried calling steve but he wouldn't answer. then gas was pouring out of the top of the truck and spraying everywhere like rain. i kept thinking that i shouldn't be outside because the fumes would be bad for the baby but i really needed to fill up. then i noticed that it was full serve and was super frustrated that no one was there helping me.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
at the doctor's. 15 weeks today and excited to hear the heart beat. all was well. we heard it, it was pretty cool and very strong. woot woot!! then the doctor checked my dates again to see what my due date was going to be (this happens every time i have gone to the doctor. i know how far along i am and i know my dates so i don't need him to do this every time....is this what they always do?). he told me that i am 18 weeks and 2 days and that my due date is april 18th. WHAT??? YAY!!!! i am almost half way done! this is SO AWESOME!! then logic sinks in. last time my due date was may 11th. how did i skip 3 weeks? i had an ultrasound on oct. 13th and i was 10 weeks....that was 5 weeks ago. i am so confused. if i was 10 weeks last month how am i over 8 weeks further along? "8 weeks is just short of 2 months. it hasn't been 2 months!" steve and i spent a good 5-10 minutes explaining our case and how, sadly, i can't be that far along. the doctor remeasured my fundus and said that it's hard to measure on me (stupid tilted uterus!) so he can't totally tell. again, i went into my logic. he showed me the wheel thingy they use for dates and it said 18 weeks and 2 days. but i still don't care. i know i am right. after more talking he is convinced. he realized he was doing the wheel thing wrong and we had a good laugh (he was putting it as 13 weeks on oct. 10th, rather than 10 weeks on oct. 13th). SHOOT!! i almost wanted to just go along with it cause then i could tell everyone that i am 18 weeks and not 15....but really that wouldn't get me anywhere. i wouldn't have the baby earlier and the next ultrasound would show that he was wrong. oh well. it was exciting for a few seconds. he did change my due date....from may 11th to may 12th. dang. further away....but 12 is my fav number so whatever!
Monday, November 15, 2010
for years now i have secretly HATED it when women say a certain thing. if i could roll my eyes at you without it being obviously rude, i would have. i probably was thinking it but smiling on the outside not knowing what to say. i wouldn't have wanted to lie and agree with you, but i also wouldn't have wanted to say what i am about to say to your face. i know, it's bad and pathetic of me. i finally feel like, because i am pregnant, that i can say this and no one can throw the "you've never been pregnant so what do you know?" thing in my face. i am now, hopefully, entitled to my opinion. here it goes.
why do women get all upset and annoyed when people say that they are pregnant for nine months? why do women feel the need to correct people and say "TEN months"?? seriously? i know it's gonna be a lllooooonnnngggg haul and women always want the baby out sooner than the little one is supposed to be born, and it's hard and tiring and many women are sick. i get it (well not fully, cause i haven't actually gotten to the end of a pregnancy before, but i am trying to put myself in their shoes). but why exaggerate? yes the logic is that a pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks. if you say that there are 4 weeks each month then that gives you 10 months. here is MY argument.
1.) you are considered pregnant from the first day of your last cycle. you hadn't even conceived at the point....not for another 2 weeks....so really it's at least 2 weeks less than the 40 weeks that you are actually pregnant.
2.) most women find out that they are pregnant 2 weeks after conception (i had pregnancy symptoms a week before i could even take a test, but that is rare and that did not happen in either of my 2 previous pregnancies). so really you only know about your pregnancy for 36 weeks of the so called "40". that, right there, knocks a month off.
3.) lets say we count the 2 weeks from conception to finding out that you are pregnant, lets even say that we count the 2 weeks prior to conception (which i TOTALLY don't understand. if those 2 weeks count then for every month that you have a cycle you are pregnant for 2 of those weeks). so we are back to the 40 weeks. first of all there is only 1 month in the WHOLE year that has only 4 weeks (28 days). all but 1 month have a minimum of 30 days. 40 weeks is 280 days. lets break this down by using my dates as an example.
5 of the months that i will be pregnant for have 31 days.
3 have 30 days.
1 has 28 days
if i were to go by the whole 'each month has 4 weeks (28 days)' thing then i would be skipping a bunch of days. 5 months that have 31 days has a total of 155 days. if i went on the logic of each month having 28 days then those five months would only have 140 days. i am skipping 15 days with that logic. three months with 30 days is 90 days. if i went with the 28 day theory it would be 84 days. again i am skipping days, this time it is 6 days. that is 21 days (3 weeks) in total that i am not counting. that is only 9 days short of a 30 day month, the 10th month that some women claim to be pregnant for.
here is where the possibility of too much info comes in, but i am sure most of you know how to do the math to figure this out on your own anyways so whatever. my last cycle began around august 11th. my due date is may 11th. that is NINE months. it is also 40 weeks. i have counted the weeks a bunch of times.
ok. this rant is ending, i promise.
you don't have to agree with me, i obviously don't agree with all you ladies out there, so go ahead and write a blog post about how much you disagree with me. i can take it. afterall, i have dished it out.
thanks for reading all of my craziness.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
today i was making my normal lunch (an apple and 2 rice cakes with melted cheese) and thinking about a comment that someone made to me about 2 weeks ago. this person said "lael, you're eating bread, i thought you only ate rice cakes?" i explained to that person that i do eat bread but prefer rice cakes because i had a wheat allergy for years and i grew accustom to having rice cakes instead of bread. as i was thinking about this today i realized I HAD AN ALLERGY!! lol. i am such an idiot. i called my mom and asked her a bunch of questions about this allergy of mine (i don't remember much about the symptoms because i was little. all i knew was that for years and years i couldn't eat wheat and as an adult i had issues with head aches when i would eat too much wheat). she told me that when i had a bunch of food introduced to me, fruit, veggies, meat and wheat, is when i started to get sick. they didn't know what was causing me to scream, cry and vomit at most meals. one day we were at a restaurant (i was under 2 years old at this point) and my mom gave me a piece of pizza crust to chew on and that was when i had a major attack. she didn't go into detail but i am imagining projectile vomit everywhere. yum yum. that was when my parents decided to take me off everything and introduce each food item slowly to figure out if it was wheat that was the issue. it was. from then until my late elementary years i only had rice cakes and rice bread, no form of wheat. i don't remember being allowed to eat wheat all of a sudden but apparently my parents slowly let me have small amounts of wheat until they could see that i was able to handle it.
so what does this mean? should i be cutting wheat out of my diet? honestly, my favourite meal lately is going to old spaghetti factory, ordering a bowl of minestrone soup (which has noodles in it) and eating lots of their free sourdough bread. AHHHHH. i am slightly panicking. i do NOT want our baby to have the allergy that i had (in part because i don't do vomit) or any allergy but i don't want to cut out wheat entirely if i don't need to. according to what i read it's more likely to pass allergies on while nursing...so that is slightly good news but it still isn't a guarantee either way. another thing it says is that i might not pass on the same allergy as i have, but because i am an "allergic mother" my child could have an allergy to peanuts, dairy products or many other foods. ugh. i guess i'm a gonna have to ask my doctor about this one. sometimes i think too much reading actually makes me more paranoid.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
oh and steve wants me to change my blog name to "verbal insult", hence this post's title. ;) yeah yeah steve, i bug you lots in here....but i equally....if not more often....make fun of myself.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
yup. as you have all probably read on facebook i am pregnant....again. but this time is going much better! i had an ultrasound at 10 weeks and we saw the blob like thing that i was ensured was indeed a baby. we also saw the flickering of the heart beat. baby was busy moving around. it was so precious! i can't wait for the next ultrasound (at 18 weeks...i will be 13 weeks tomorrow). we will find out the gender and then start getting ready for this baby to arrive. the due date is may 11th. such a nice month for a birthday! steve is eager to take the guest room bed out of the future baby room and into the basement room. if he had his way that room would be empty and ready for baby furniture already. it's gonna be a fun 27 weeks to come!!!! :D
Sunday, October 31, 2010
steve and i spent monday through friday in vegas. we had never been and had some great and not so great experiences there. no gambling for us, just sight seeing and visiting with friends. i think everyone needs to see vegas at some point. the hotels, malls...everything is so exciting and over the top. if you haven't been you should go and fly with allegiant from bellingham as it's way cheap.
we arrived in vegas around 7pm. we had prepaid for a shuttle from the airport to our hotel. we easily found the location for our shuttle pick up, gave our tickets at the counter and were asked to line up by the #4 sign. we did. a shuttle arrived about 5 minutes later. there was a lady in a wheelchair who was also going to our hotel and was going to be on our shuttle. the shuttle door opened and put the ramp down. the lady was loaded up onto the ramp but it wouldn't lift. it was stuck on the ground. they took her off the ramp and it still would not lift. eventually they gave up and we waited for another shuttle. it was close to an hour before another shuttle came for us. by this time i was DONE. i am not a good flyer or traveler. i get stressed and panicky about everything. are we gonna make the flight? will we have issues at the border? is our luggage too heavy? will the landing be rough? will we find out shuttle? will they lose our luggage? ....etc etc etc. SOOOOOOOO.... waiting this long was torture. i was already trying to calm down after a day of stressing out and all i wanted to do was eat dinner and get settled in our room. ANYWAY, so we got on the shuttle, there were no seats for steve and i so we stood. got to the hotel, checked in, went to our room and yuck! it WREAKED like smoke! it was not a non-smoking room like we requested and it was on the 6th floor (the lowest floor for rooms) and we were looking out at a wall and smoke stack things. steve asked for a room change. we got moved to the 31st floor to a MUCH better room! yay for steve and having the guts to ask for a new room (i would never do that). we went out and wandered around, had dinner and headed back to the hotel around 11pm. as we were walking along one of the ramps that crosses the street an absolutely plastered guy threw a beer bottle at us and got us soaking wet. nice. i was so happy to smell like beer. :P great start.
on this day we did some major walking. we wanted to explore one end of the strip. so we headed down from our hotel (planet hollywood) to caesar's palace, treasure island, mirage and the venetican area. everything was so beautiful. every hotel has perfect gardens and is very themed. it was so neat to see!! we spent 5 hours walking 1 way on the strip and exploring the hotels. we stopped in at serendipity 3 for lunch. it was a super cute place with some great food. i had the best sweet potato fries i have ever had (i think they may have had sugar on them). they were amazingly delicious! after lunch we headed over to madame tussaud's wax museum which is part of the venetican. we walked up to the ticket counter, saw that it was $25 per person and walked away. then a lady approached us and said "are you just leaving the museum?" i said "no, we didn't go in". "well" the lady said "i can give you $10 off per person, just give them this coupon at the ticket counter". we did and we got it for $15 per person. nice! it was fun. we had never been to a wax museum. some of the celebs looked a lot like them and some looked nothing like them. after we finished looking at all the hotels at that end we headed back to our hotel. it had taken us 5 hours to go down that part of the strip and only 45 minutes to walk back to our hotel. SO MUCH TO SEE!! we finished the night off with the bellagio fountain show. another awesome free thing to see in vegas!
this day was great. we discovered the cheesecake factory at the far end of the caesar's palace mall. we ate lunch and dinner at this restaurant. i ordered edamane beans ($3.50) and a marinara pizzette ($4.50) and it was more than i could eat. it was so good though! they also give you bread before your meal (don't you just love restaurants that give you bread for free? i think it's the best!). the bread was so delectable and perfect. for dinner that night i had fried cheese (basically mozzarella sticks, but better. more breading, less cheese. but sprinkled with parmesan) ($4.50) and we had a bowl of strawberries for dessert (6.50). yum yum. great food, good prices for vegas! (most buffets were around $17 per person for breakfast and anywhere from $19-30 per person for lunch or dinner.) we decided to walk a little less and use the deuce bus line to get around. it's only $7 per person for 24 hours and it takes you all over the strip stopping at most hotels. we took the bus down to the stratosphere....it was boring, and dirty and we didn't want to pay the $25 to go to the top of the tower. so we got back on the bus and headed back to the main part of the strip. that evening we went to the mirage to see the volcano show. it was great! then we went to treasure island to see the pirate show. the amount of people gathered for that show was insane! i assumed that that meant it was gonna be great. nope. it sucked! the actors were all just mouthing the words (and the voices were for sure not their voices! most of the voices didn't suit the people AT ALL). the girls were all dressed in the smallest amount of clothing they probably could be wearing and there were so many gross innuendos.
this day was so nice and warm. we went to denny's for a cheap breakfast and regretted that choice pretty quickly. it was PACKED. when we got to our table there was about 4 inches between our table and the one next to us. when someone was seated next to us they said "wow, it's like we are sitting at the same table with strangers". yup. it was just like that. it was like sitting in the cafeteria in high school. it was ridiculous. the food was also not good. i ordered over-medium eggs (that way i know i get real eggs....if you order scrambled it will probably be eggs in a carton, gross.) and one was rock hard and one didn't seem to be cooked enough. anyway, you get what you pay for so whatever. after breakfast we headed back to our hotel and we laid by the pool for an hour and soaked up some sun. it was the most relaxing time we had this whole trip. (neither of us were sleeping well as our bed wasn't very comfy and our curtain was broken and it was very bright in our room from all of the lights.) that afternoon we met up with some friends who live in vegas (seth, sarah and their daughter adaiah) at the mirage. we went to siegfried and roy's secret garden. it was awesome. there was a great dolphin show, and a whole ton of other animals. after we finished there we went to the rio hotel where they (as locals) get 1/2 off the buffet price and can each bring a friend. so we got the buffet for nice and cheap. we spent hours there eating and laughing at adaiah (such a little cutie). it was pretty decent food and great company! seth and sarah dropped us off at palazzo after dinner and we walked through that hotel and through the venetican canal mall. so cool. a must see in vegas for sure! and a great place for gelato. :D
our last day. we explored the luxor, excalibur and mandalay bay. mandalay bay was amazing. we went to the shark reef aquarium and saw all of their tanks and sea life. their tank viewing areas are the best i have ever been too! we spent a long time sitting and watching the sharks and turtles. it was worth every penny for this aquarium. i am so glad that we didn't miss out on it. (thanks lisa for telling us about it.) we went back to our hotel for our last 2 hours of our time in vegas and laid by the pool again. once the pool closed we went and collected our baggage from the bell desk and caught our shuttle back to the airport.
we missed some stuff that we had wanted to see (such as the botanical garden at the bellagio, coke world, the m&m factory, and we wanted to walk through wynn and encore) but there was no way to see it all and not have your feet fall off from all of the walking)....i guess we will just have to go back one day. :D
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
"underline the predicate". the what now? seriously....what the heck is a predicate. (i know NOW but i honestly don't think i had ever heard that word before.) many words have been thrown out there that i need to remind myself of their meaning. when the teacher says "adjective" it takes me maybe 2 seconds to remember what that is and i am back in the game. but other stuff is honestly over my head. today mrs. v. was trying to remember the word for when a word has 2 pronunciations but is spelt the same way (ex: lead. lead as is lead of a pencil. or lead as in he lead the group). she looked over at me and said "what's that word again? it's on the tip of my tongue". i tried my best to give a believable performance of "oh yeah....why can't i remember what that's called". when really i was thinking "there's a WORD for that??" i think she ended up deciding that it was homophone...but i could be wrong. again, there were a lot of words thrown out there lately.
moving on to theme. right now in grade 5 we are doing force and friction and simple machines. ok i can get my mind around force, friction, gravity, load, surface texture....etc etc but simple machines is a WHOLE 'nother story. i need to sit and listen to the books she reads to the class so that i have examples of these simple machines. my brain doesn't just look at a pizza cutter and think "oh how nice, it's a wheel and axle" or when i am driving over a bridge i don't think "what a great inclined plane". sorry but this just is not how i think. this concept is BIG. there is a lot to it and i feel pretty stupid sometimes.
confession time. i was helping one of the students with her quiz. i was just reading out the questions and the word bank words that she could choose from. one of the questions was asking for the word that describes "what keeps our feet on the ground and keeps us from slipping". i immediately though "GRAVITY" and so did this student. when i was marking the test (with the teacher's answer key) i saw that the answer was actually "friction". it makes sense. the slipping part should have given that away, but nope, by brain didn't go there.
when i was in grade 4 we did a similar unit and we all had to make a simple machine (just like the kids will be doing this year). mine was PATHETIC. i obviously did not understand the project or the point of it. i took a desk chair (one of those ones that have wheels) and put 2 shoe boxes on the legs for your feet to sit in and then i attached an umbrella to the back with long plastic hanging down so you wouldn't get wet if it was raining. WHAT THE HECK IS THAT????? i don't know what i was thinking. and what were my parents thinking?? i can't believe they let me hand that in. i remember watching other people present their simple machines and i had that sinking feeling of "OH....NO!! i did this ALL wrong". oh man. it was bad. now here we are again. hopefully i learn it for real this time.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
***this was written a few months ago right after i found out i was pregnant. now that i know we are having a BOY i will be ordering one of these ASAP!!! i just need to choose a pattern.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
taken from this blog
- what are you middle names? joel and beverly (he has a great one, mine is terrible)
- how long have you been together? in total? married for 3 years, together for 7 years on sept. 26
- how long did you know each other before you started dating? 1 year
- who asked who out? i asked him to be my grad date....but we weren't going as a couple (even though i wanted to) he technically asked me out OFFICIALLY 3 months later
- whose siblings do you see the most? my brothers
- do you have any children? nope.
- what about pets? no....thank goodness!!
- which situation is the hardest on you as a couple? dude, this one is deep....ummm...money is a tough one and who gets to drive the 'good' car (just kidding)
- did you go to the same school? yes we both went to the same high school for one year
- are you from the same home town? yes and no. neither of us were born in langley but when we started dating we both lived here
- who is the smartest? definitely, hands down, steve....expect for when it comes to geography haha
- who is the most sensitive? probably me
- where do you eat out most as a couple? we go through different spurts. we did chinese a lot for a while, then boston pizza, then mongolie grill, now we go to earls a lot (what's a lot? we got maybe once a month....is that a lot?)
- who has the craziest ex? that would have to be me since steve has only ever dated me.
- who has the worst temper? used to be me....it might still be me
- who does the cooking? both of us
- who is more social? for sure me!! i could talk anyone's ear off
- who is the neat-freak? both of us!! i am more obsessive about it but he for sure likes the house clean and he does his share of the cleaning around here.
- who is more stubborn? steve would say that i am, i would say that he is
- who hogs the bed? neither of us. we both sleep on our sides facing out of the bed
- who wakes up earlier? me most days...but that's not by choice
- where was your first date? we disagree on this one. i say that our first date was when we went to subway for lunch and then we sat in his car and prayed together, commiting our relationship to God, he says that that doesn't count as a date and that our frist date was to the old willowbrook theatre where we watched finding nemo. i may or may not have punched him in the stomach (jokingly) when he tried to pay for my ticket and he may or may not have had the wind knocked out of him.....
- who has the bigger family? i have more siblings but his siblings are both married and have kids....so i guess his family is bigger. if we are talking extended family then his is FOR SURE bigger....i have 1 uncle, 1 aunt and 2 cousins....he has a million
- do you get flowers often? not as much as i used to but that's because i asked him to stop wasting so much money on flowers cause i never take care of them. haha
- how do you spend the holidays? well....christmas i go to seattle with my family because steve works every minute of my 2 week break from work. but if we are talking about vacations....we like to go on cruises, they are awesome.
- who is more jealous? me. without a doubt.
- how long did it take to get serious? well steve told me he loved me when he was asking me out (BAHAHAHA....oh high schoolers...seriously clueless). i don't really know when things actually got serious. probably within a year of us dating we both knew that we would get married.
- who eats more? steve. steve. steve. steve. 10x more. and you would never be able to guess it would you?
- who does/did the laundry? steve isn't allowed to do the laundry because he has ruined some of my clothes, hehe, so i do it all and i am happy to do it.
- who's better with the computer? steve. i am clueless
- who drives when you are together? usually steve.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
at work i was thinking that i should make some cookies today or tomorrow since i haven't baked in a while. to my surprise when i came home steve said he was thinking that he wanted to make some cookies. perfect! i get cookies but i don't have to make them. awesome. then he told me that he got all the ingredients out earlier today when i was at work and was going to make them when i wasn't home but he couldn't find shortening. so i went and pulled it out of the cupboard for him. he was shocked. he had apparently looked through all the cupboards, fridge and freezer looking for it but had no idea what it was so he didn't know what he was looking for. he was going to go to the store and buy some but didn't want to look like an idiot roaming around hunting for it when he didn't know where it would be. lol. what a guy.
anyway....i sat at the bar in the kitchen and watched him start this project. first thing he did was use a liquid measuring cup to measure the sugar....not a big deal, not super accurate but whatever....then he said "oh. half a cup. i put in a whole cup". "oh well" i said, "just double the recipe." he wasn't really looking at the lines on the measuring cup he was just kind of ball parking it. "baking doesn't need to be accurate. i feel like i can just throw anything in this bowl and it will come out great," he said. oh boy. when the recipe asked for 1/2 a tsp of baking soda he kind of froze up a bit. "so i am doubling that, so it will be a tablespoon" "no steve, when you double HALF a tsp it's just ONE tsp," i replied. haha so he started searching through the measuring cups looking for one that said 1 tsp. i watched for a bit trying really hard to hold back my laughter. after he searched through 2 stacks of measuring cups i told him that a teaSPOON is a spoon, not a cup. "oh right," he said. then he had to find the baking soda. he knew what cupboard all of the spices etc were kept in so he started rummaging through there in hopes of finding something that said "baking soda". finally he found that yellow/orangey coloured box and added a tsp to the mix. watching him try and figure out the mixer was also hilarious! he didn't know he needed to tilt the top up to put the bowl under. he was pushing and pulling at the bowl trying to get it to go into the mixer with absolutely no success....again i had to step in and say "umm...there is a button at the back. press it and pull the front up and then you can get the bowl in." eventually he got everything mixed together and we got them on parchment paper on baking sheets and into the oven. i haven't eaten one yet but they look ok (a little different than they normally look).
** steve would like me to tell you all that he is not an idiot and that baking is the only area he does not completely excel in. just so you know. ;)
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
next they started on the bottom tooth. it was giving them a ton of trouble. there was lots of cracking and blood. they finally decided to cut it in half and try again. the cutting was bad. steve was in SO much pain. i was completely helpless. they tried pulling it out and a tiny piece came out. they dug and cracked and pulled and rocked that tooth back and forth....nothing. by this point steve looked awful. he looked like he was close to passing out. it was as if i was watching him be tortured. they kept saying "breathe and relax".....ummm....yeah right! how can he do that when he can feel everything that they were doing? they pulled again on the tooth and there was another loud crack and then a splatter of blood all over the dentist's spectacles. yuck, yuck, YUCK!! they were getting no where. i could tell that steve wasn't going to be able to take much more (he had already had to deal with more than most people would have been able to handle) so i asked them to give him the adivan they had offered before. they did and they gave him more freezing. then they left him for a few minutes so that the meds could kick in a bit. they tried again. this time it wasn't as painful for steve, thank goodness! what a relief! they ended up cutting the tooth into about 6-8 pieces in order to get it out. finally the last chunk of root was out and again the doctor stuck it in my face and insisted that i look at the root and the hook it had. now the doc says to steve "one more to go", i look at the clock and it is now 2:45 (he had been in that chair for 2 hours and 15 minutes and more than an hour of that was just for one tooth) so i said "no, we are done for today". i rushed and got his prescription for T3s and whatever else they prescribed and got him out of there. the doctor was super nice and so was the dental assistant but the whole experience was traumatic. the doctor was quite frustrated that that one tooth had been so hard to get out. he said he had NEVER had a tooth take that long to get out. i felt bad for everyone. they did their best and steve just had to suffer his way through it all. what a trooper! when we got home i cut a leg off an old pair of nylons and stuck ice packs in it and tied it on his head. lol. he looked hilarious! he is still in so much pain but the worst is over....or so we hope!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
today we got some patio furniture and spent the better part of the morning assembling it. steve went off to work and i cleaned up our deck so it wouldn't look cluttered with old chairs, and dead flowers in pots (i can't seem to keep plants alive). once the sun was no longer on the table and chairs i wanted to enjoy a peaceful time sitting outside in our new comfy chairs reading my book and feeling the nice breeze. do you think i could stop thinking about whether or not someone was in that window looking at me??? NO. NO. NO! I COULD NOT! even now as i am sitting on the deck typing this i feel like i am being watching. there is a glare on their window so i can't tell if anyone is there or not. when we were painting and putting the wallpaper up in our room the guy in that townhouse look 2 naps and spent hours on his computer. all of which we could see from our window when i was painting. did he close his blinds for his naps? NOPE! AWKWARD! too many times over the past few weeks we have caught each other's eyes while i am in my kitchen and he is on his computer or whatever it is he is doing. i have decided that i need to keep the blinds closed most of the day. this saddens me but what else can i do? i feel like there is a stranger in my house. we were out on our balcony with some friends last weekend and he was sitting outside as well "reading". i kept seeing him smile and chuckle a bit as we talked and laughed. he was for sure listening. i am not surprised, it's a small area, what else can you do? but still....it's awkward!
also, while attempting to read today the next door neighbours were having a huge fight complete with yelling in chinese.that made my reading time so much more enjoyable.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
James 1 2-4
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
almost done the 5 hour wallpapering project
Friday, July 9, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
breakfast (i never used to eat breakfast so this is all new to me):
toast or bran muffin with fruit
cashews and some fruit
rice cakes with a little cheese and veggies (right now i have been eating celery)
this changes a lot. sometimes i have fruit or veggies, sometimes i have more nuts, or some salt and vinegar mini rice cakes, or some crackers
some kind of meat and veggies...this also varies a lot since steve isn't one who likes to eat the same thing each night for dinner. i am ok with eating the same thing over and over again.
night snack is a lot like afternoon snack
it's weird eating 6 times a day, but apparently it's more healthy. i am pretty much only drinking water, with the occassional fruit juice if i go out for cofee with friends. i also sneak in some chocolate chips once and a while. i love eating out but i have been making better choices at restaurants too. i have been ordering a chicken breast with veggies, or just having soup.
so far i have lost 6 pounds in a less than 2 weeks. it's a small victory but whatever.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
so i have this weird counting obsession. sometimes i feel like it controls me a little bit...which makes me think that it is OCDish. anyone i have ever told about this thinks it's kinda weird...cause it is. and now i am gonna let my readers see a little glimpse of my messed up mind.
i have a favourite number. that number is 12. i have always loved 12. my birthday is on the 12th, and it's in june which is the 6th month of the year which is half of 12. the first letter of my name is L and that is the 12th letter in the alphabet. i remember learning my 12 times table and i can recite them very quickly and i love knowing it. i also like knowing what numbers equal 12. those numbers that mainly stick out in my mind are 3, 4 and 6. those numbers play a BIG part in my counting obsession (but i won't get into that).
i often counted things. i wanted things to equal 12 or be a multiple of 12, but it was manageable until i got a cell phone plan that included texting. i liked to text using ABC (which means that for C you would press the #2 key 3 times, once for A, another time for B and a third time for C). i have that system memorized. you can say a letter and i can tell you immediately how many times i would need to press a certain key in order to get that letter. when i am watching TV, reading or talking with people certain words stick out to me. those words i count according to texting... (weird, i know) let me give you an example:
steve...s=4 t=1 e=2 v=3 e=2
when you add those numbers up they equal 12. yay! this makes for a peaceful lael.
here is where things get complicated...
weird...w =1 e=2 i=3 r=3 d=1
when those numbers are added up they equal 10...this is when weird math comes into place. i want it to equal 12. so what i have to do (this is all in my head) is make it equal 12...i am 2 short. if you divide 10 in half (giving me 2 extras (10+2=12)) you get 5. so what i need to do is add together the ones that equal 5 twice. so i would do this:
w+i+d (1+3+1)= 1 extra point (i now have 11)
e+r (3+3)= 1 extra point (and now i have 12!!!)
i know that this makes NO sense...but it's what i do. here is another example:
so this is when i use multiples of 12. i would now want it to equal 36. i need 3 more points to make it equal 36. there are 15 letters in CONGRATULATIONS so i know i can divide it by 3 and get 5. so i would put CONGR together as one point, ATULA as another and TIONS as the final point. now i have 36.
as i am writing this i am seeing even more how little sense this makes. :S....but regardless this is how my mind works. i REALLY wish i could stop. sometimes when i get really stuck on a word i have to work hard to convince myself to 'let it go'. i often am counting and don't even realize it. it's very much a habit now. one night my brother was over and he would say a word and ask me for the count and i would quickly tell him how much it equalled....he thought i was crazy....and fast. what is also weird about this is what i have had a blackberry for 2 years and i don't even use ABC texting anymore because my keyboard is different than that.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
option #2 - light blue background with a goldy/silvery design that is kind of shiny in certain angles
option #1 is on the RIGHT option #2 is on the LEFT
here is the bedding colours currently. i love this bed spread so it will stay but i am ok with having to part with the rust coloured pillows.
please comment here or on facebook and tell me what you think...even if your opinion is that you hate both. also, if you have paint colour thoughts let me know. i am a bit stumped.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
this summer is going to be weird. i am not going to camp for the first summer in at least 17 years (wow!) and up until this past week i had basically NO summer plans. i have been rather bummed about doing nothing this summer. now time is filling up a bit more. steve and i are going to go to my grandparent's cottage on San Juan Island for a few days in july. in august we hope to go somewhere....not sure where exactly. as much as our cruise was nice it came at a rough time for us and wasn't very enjoyable. hopefully this vacation will be more relaxing. i am also excited that my friend jen is coming to visit from toronto! it's been 3 years since we have seen each other!! i also want to paint our bedroom and wallpaper one of the walls. and i am going to see THE LION KING. it's gonna be awesome! finally i will finish the summer off with a labour day weekend tip to sun peaks with some girlfriends. i need to stop thinking that my summer is gonna suck and realize that it has TONS of potential to be really, really great!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
"auntie lael, guess what? i took 2 red bocce balls and put them in my shirt on my breasts and they made me look like a lady with big breasts." (she then looked at my chest) "but they weren't as big as yours"
HAHA too cute!