Wednesday, March 31, 2010

38 mississippi

this "mississippi" clock has been for sale at Urban Barn for a while and I have really, really wanted it since the Fall. unfortunately, it was very pricey and i just couldn't justify a nearly $100 price tag for a clock. so i resisted and resisted. then this weekend steve and i were browsing through the Urban Barn Outlet (looking for bar stools) when i saw this much loved clock. i rushed over and it was on sale for $35!! wow, major price reduction. so i bought it. i was so excited about it. when i got home we promptly put it up on the wall in our kitchen eating area.
sadly, the clock SUCKS! we can't figure out what's wrong with it. every time the minute hand gets to around 38 mississippi it stops. (in fact when the picture above was taken it stopped about 25 seconds later.) the second hand won't go past the minute hand....why??? why? i am so frustrated. it's not rubbing or anything. it's like it can't fight gravity at that point. we tried changing the battery but of course it made no difference. i am so sad that my clock is incapable of doing it's ONLY job! so back to the store it will go. :(

Sunday, March 28, 2010

dinner plans

i hate cooking. hate might be a bit of a strong word but i for sure don't enjoy it. i sometimes like baking when there isn't a deadline and i am in the baking mood. the topic of cooking has caused me a lot of guilt. i hardly ever cook. i did well for a few months when i made a meal plan for an entire month and stuck to it. that quickly ended because it was too much work to do all that planning. steve and i had a long talk while on vacation about starting to cook more. we went out too often or threw together meals too often. when we got home we sat down and figured out which days Steve would be in charge of cooking and which days i would be. i will be cooking 3 days a week, he will be cooking 2, we will go out one and the other night he works until 10pm so we don't need to cook dinner. so far this week we have stuck to it!! YAHOO!! it feels so good to know that you only have to cook a certain amount of meals a week and know which days to do it. i hope we can stick to this. it will really make life easier for us. :D

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

green means go, red does not

no this has nothing to do with traffics lights but the same rule applies to my whine for the day.

yesterday i got back from our 10 day cruise, it was good, relaxing and such, but SO not the Caribbean! anyway, while on this cruise i learned that i have a pet peeve having to do with the bathroom. every 'public' washroom on the ship had lovely stall doors that had the red/green slider things on the outside of the door to show whether that stall was in use. i like these things because then no one has to come up to your stall door and try to jiggle it open, or duck their head under to see if there are feet in your stall or try and peek through the crack to see if it is occupied. it is CLEARLY shown with the red (that's right, RED, not green) half circle next to the door handle. i like that I am not having to be some weirdo by jiggling someones door, popping my head down to check for feet or peeking through the crack (which i don't do anyways cause that's yucky), i can just look for green or red. some people are not totally with it and get barged in on because they don't lock the door and therefore it shows green which means "come on in, i'm free"....those people can not complain cause it's their own fault. well one evening before one of the shows i went to the washroom. 3 ladies followed me in. i went into a stall and locked the door. they jiggled the other stall doors, all were locked (AND RED) and then they ALL, yes, ALL 3 of them , jiggled my door!! what the heck are you doing? for one, you JUST saw me go in that stall, and two, IT'S RED!!!!!! are you BLIND? i know you aren't. if you are colour blind, my apologies....but really you should know i am in here anyways cause you saw me go in the stall. after they finished jiggling the door and realized they should re-apply their lipstick, and fluff their hair while they wait, another person enters the washroom and jiggled my door. SERIOUSLY people. now it's just ANNOYING!

Sunday, March 7, 2010


what's with everyone 'abbreving' lately? i am guilty of it. some of us take it a little far, and others sneak in the odd abbrev here and there that often goes unnoticed.

be back in a sec- no biggie. most people say it....we all understand it.
I'm gonna grab some more wads- without context this makes no sense....did you know that 'wads' is water?
whatevs- this one many of us use....don't deny it....this is where i believe the 'abbreving' went to a new level.

is there a rule with this new slang? certain words you can 'abbrev' and others you can't? we even change things from 'best friends' to 'besties' is it that we even understand that? where did this all start?

i notice when people abbrev and when i abbrev it is most often intentional. whatevs, i like it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

a hard post to write

for the past 2 months I have been writing posts and saving them to share with you at the end of this week. i was so excited to finally be able to make those posts public. i have been slacking off on blogging for the past 2 months because i had done so much secret blogging that i didn't have anything left to write and post. so here is/was the big secret. on jan. 5th i found out i was pregnant. steve and i were so excited!! i got very carried away and began buying stuff, reading a ton of books, and filling my mind with thoughts about this new addition to our family. an addition that we have been waiting for for a while and were dying to meet. 1+ weeks ago that dream came to an end. at 12 weeks i lost the baby. this past week has been a nightmare. last july i also miscarried but i was only 5.5 weeks and it was much easier on me both emotionally and physically. i am not going to post all of the entries i had written, it would be too difficult for me. but i want to thank all of my amazing friends and family members who have made these days bareable. steve and i are hanging in there the best we can. trying to have faith and hope that one day we will have a family. we are praying lots and crying lots. some days are easier than others and we know it's going to be a while before life feels "normal" again.

last week, amidst this whole terrible journey, i stumbled across a blog written by a lady who's baby was very sick while in the womb. i read a ton of her archived entries and bawled. she had different playlists on her blog. i listened to a lot of the music and it was very uplifting. it just so happened (yeah was such a "God thing") that steve had left a card for me to read that day with an itunes gift card in it (he was away in Montreal for that week). i bought SO much music and i have listened to it every day. one of the songs is Bring the Rain by MercyMe.

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You

Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times

So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am Yours regardless of
The dark clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what's a little rain

So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holyI
s the Lord God Almighty
Is the Lord God Almighty