Saturday, December 31, 2005

gym surprise

GUESS who goes to my gym???!!! (lol.. like it's my gym after not even a full week)
Cougar girl from Wednesday night at Karaoke!!!
I walked into the change room and was greeted with an enthusiastic "Hey!!!! How are ya ?" .... it was the boobs that gave her away... even at the gym.

oh.. classic quote from Wed. night::
Tim's dancing up a storm... doing the charlton or something all over the place.... Cougar takes his picture and loudly exclaimes "THATS going on the INTERNET!!!!"

Your eyes will fall out of their sockets.

When I was little my mom used to say that to me a lot...

I've been watching the Sopranos tonight (as a pre-new years celebration event).
It's been awhile since I've watched them... I'd forgotten how much I enjoy the show.
Little known fact:: In addition to my fascination with Lebanese men... though he's not one... I've a crush on James Gandolfini.

get moving or I'll bring my size twelves to your head

I've spent much of my new years eve day watching endless hours of Chopper... So far, I've only seen 2 new episodes.. not that they were new, but that I had missed them the first through fourteen times they'd been aired.
There's nothing like spreading Christmas cheer with a Santa-decked chopper.

I was so glad to see my friend L.Stew the other night.. we were trying to figure out the last time we'd seen eachother... because of MSN it didn't feel like it had been that long... but when we did the number crunching, it turns out we haven't hung out in about 3-4 years. Although, Stew and Kim are quite insistent that I threw a super bowl party sometime after the last visit that I can remember...well... at least, it might have been a super bowl party.. or a bowling party ... or a bowl party... was it a tupperwear party maybe?
who knows!
when is the superbowl?

SO... Wednesday night I got to see Stewie, then last night I got to see Kevinasaurus (aka. the original muffin) .. it's been a month of reconnecting.

Friday, December 30, 2005

What's in a name?

... that by which we call a rose by any other word, would smell as sweet....

I was thinking of changing the name of my blog this week... to refelct all that seems to be upon me. That being.. the embarassment or near embarassment that seems to follow me and lurks behind every corner.

(subject change)

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

narrow margin for error

pretty much the most embarrassing thing ever was just avoided... just barely... I'm just relieved there was no one there to witness it. I suppose if anyone had been there.. well then... it wouldn't have been avoided... it was the absence of witnesses that kept it just marginally embarrassing.

I have this old pair of jeans... well worn jean.. really well worn jeans. I've been promising myself for ages I'd be rid of them. They're slightly longer in the back than in the front, which means I catch them on random things, halting me in my tracks.
Today I finished up my errands, and went to hop into my car. I had with me two grocery bags and a small bag containing a new shirt for Norty (which is too small... it looks like a belly top on him). As I entered the car, my right pant leg caught on the hood release latch... but I was already lowering myself onto the seat! I heard a loud rip.... and looked down.

My pants ripped from mid thigh to mid fly!!! ACK!

Not only that. But I had to park the car around the corner from the house as the driveway was full...

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

know when to fold em'

last night I learned a very valuable skill.
last night I learned how to play poker.
it's all beginners luck they say, that or the fact that I'm a great pick pocket... one or the other, it still leads you to the end result... me:: being the winner (even after paying back all the chips I'd stolen over the course of the game).

um... my favorite part, may have been that point in time- where Crilly got all frustrated at us newbies because we were betting on EVERY hand... yeah, that's probably it.


tomorrow.. the marshmellowafication process that has been taking over my body will cease.
remember I said I was spoiled by santa?
yes, I'm joining good life.

Monday, December 26, 2005

added link of fun

I mentioned this site before, but I'm adding a link under "fun stuff" in the side bar.
Please... go vote!

lazy days

Something I really like about the holidays and about being around family is the laziness it affords.... Yesterday I spent great quantities of time asleep on the couch... At one point I was dreaming about turkey... Next I was awakened, finding a chunk of turkey being held under my nose...
There's nothing like being with family and allowing yourself to be totally at ease.

I must admit I particularly enjoyed the orange juice and champaine in the hot tub.

We did a neat thing on Christmas eve together. Dad, Bthy-B and I went out to mom's grave site and placed a candle there... apparently it's a tradition in Port Hope to do that... there were lots of candles lit all over. It looked beautiful. Do people do this in other towns?

Sunday, December 25, 2005

ohhh! fun choices

ok.. santa was TOO good to me this year....

and now I've wasted most of my eve searching that scarey world known as e-bay.... looking for a new companion. that's right.. I'm thinkin about finding me my OWN bass.

I found a green one that I like...
and another green one that I like....
and a blue one...
but I've still got my heart set on an accoustic....
I did see a GREEN accoustic....

Merry Merry!

it's official!!!!


sloppy kisses to all of you!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

green and red and snow and tears

Merry Christmas

I don't know what I'm suppose to be feeling anymore.

Bah! Just when I think I have things all together I don't.

Christmas is this time of celebration.. of rejoicing in the birth of our savior... of joy with friends and family, of giving and eating and all those things that make this time of year amazing.
I love Christmas.
And, I miss my mom. and so I feel jealous and selfish and self absorbed.... and grumpy and then because of allowing myself to feel like that... I feel guilty, oh bother... *whew*! Sorry to be so frank... just wanted you to know where I was at.

gasp sigh and face hidden in shame

it's come to my attention that I've missed the birthday of a fine young man.

I call again upon the arms and lips in Togo to deliver sloppy kisses and giant hugs to none other~ than the newly 14 years old Tyler Friesen... thank you.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Engagement photos

True to the season, it's family photo session time.
Except for the fact that my family doesn't do family photos all that often...
The other day I received a phone call at work inviting me to be a part of a "family" photo. And what a family we were! Man, Crilly, Hock and I had a sitting at Walmart, and with the "sheriff of docville" looking on (I was at work after all), we posed to our hearts content. Included in the package... Three family shots, a rather um... Dashing photo of the boys in their little cowboy hats, a scary cheerleader pic of Man and I... and two sets of engagement photos.
unfortunately there have been no wedding proposals.
I plan on bringing the photos to all family functions over the holidays to deal with the ever present and always embarrassing question "so, have you met anyone nice to settle down with?"

Thursday, December 22, 2005

get me the white jacket

My co-worker says I'm "a case"
When I asked what constituted one being "a case"
He replied "if you were to be in any other occupation... it'd be as a basket weaver".

on the plus side, Karaoke guy told me I had a good voice .... and "Donald Stump" asked me to sing "picture" with him.
Wait.. is that a plus side????

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

African I-Pod


yeah... I wish I'd thought of that.
I have a list that I kept of things I saw on people's heads... I'll post it for you later.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Icon battles

Whilst surfing I was alerted to this fun site!

"The search for the greatest ironically cool pop culture icon. Some will live, some will die, and the T-shirt market will never be the same!"

It's your job to go there and vote...
I wish I'd thought of it myself.

Glad tidings?

I was at a Christmas party this weekend and received the strangest gift from someone. It was a joint gift to be shared by 'Man and I... and it was from her mom. I don't know if she was trying to be funny... or helpful... or if she was just frustrated with us. We tore into the package to find a VHS tape and a book. "Love Smart" by Dr. Phil "find the one you want, fix the one you got.." and on the tape? the episode where in three girls go through a date makeover... Because apparently they are failing in their date techniques.
WHAT???? I'm not really sure what my reaction is suppose to be, one of gratitude or one of shame!

right right right, CD release.
Though for the most part I'd like to release it to the garbage can! LOL
My workplace decided that as a fundraiser, we'd put together a Christmas CD... so yesterday, with just 7 days remaining to Christmas, we picked up the cases.
From the beginning I was hesitant about the whole thing. Yes of course, really I want to be recording... but I want to be recording my own stuff... or at least... someone's original stuff... or even... doing background vocals for someone... *sigh* the prideful self in me hates to admit my participation in this um.. project?
There is some cool stuff on it though... there's a reading set to music done by "the sheriff" (one of the guys from our group home) and there's a song done by a group from another home.. I love the part at the end of the song where one of the men is SO incredibly excited about what they've just done- he starts laughing and clapping before the song is finished... LOVED that part.
And the idea of the project was pretty cool... I think it would have been better if we'd been able to get more of the individuals we support to participate in it... rather than all of us staff... maybe the next one? (oh good grief! pray there isn't another one!)
anyone seeking autographs... I'll be in the bean each morning from 10:30-11 this week... oh wait...

Saturday, December 17, 2005

plugged in

I've had the opportunity to reconnect with a few people important to my life this week. It's been such a great experience.
On one hand there is the sadness that accompanies the loss of a deep friendship, and then, on the other, there's the joy in experiencing something that is so real, something lasting. I don't know if that makes sense.
One set of people were increadibly important to me for a number of years some time ago. I met with them... and we didn't talk about the important details that had been missed in eachother's lives, we talked as though nothing had happend. We jumped into old jokes, we reminised about old times, we played our games. A good thing? yeah, a great thing.
The other set... it's only been a seperation of a few months... and we've been keeping in pretty good contact. I saw them and it was like stepping into a warm room. I was immediatly recharged being with them, I was challenged on things that were going on, and was given the opportunity to question.
Both of these connections were needed. Both left me wounded, both left me loved, fulfilled, and left me with a sense of loss.
I love deeply, I hate letting go. I hate change. I crave the routine, the safety, the familiar.
I love the way emotions drop us and lift us... the way we are our own rollercoaster.
It's been a good week.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

buses and trains and flashbacks

today I got to see a dear friend of mine... there's a longer story here... ask me sometime.

And.. I think I've just pulled every muscle in my arm... that snow is HEAVY!
I'm going to curl up on the couch with the bass.
(and for those who are thinking I have a fish fetish.... um. yeah.)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

MAD HOT Ballroom Dancing

yes it's true... the passion has been re-awakened in me...
I love ballroom dancing!
I LOVE dancing!
And I don't care who knows it!
it's true, I rented a documentary about school children, learning to ballroom dance for a state wide competition... it's true, I tear'ed up, I laughed, I cheered, I boo'ed... I was fully engaged in the lives of these kids...
and with each move they made... I was right there (in my mind) dancing along with them.
yup, I'd take lessons again in a heart beat.

Now, there was the issue with the boys and 'Man the other night, where in the movie was removed from the player to put on some other DUMB movie.... obviously they just weren't cultured enough to get full enjoyment from the MAD HOT movie.

Saturday, December 10, 2005


Yesterday was a trial run for slothfest... a trial of sorts, it flopped in it's slothfulness... we were too active, and too many of the things we consumed were healthy... but it was a start. One doesn't necessarily want to jump directly INTO slothfest... it's like a marathon, you need to work your way up to build stamina (unless you're Be-Bop and you decide it's a waste of time to train for a marathon).

However... I did get to watch "the march of the penguins" a documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman about the love life of the emperor penguin. Because of the company that was kept during the viewing of said film, the mood was kept light... THANKFULLY!!! Dude, even with the joking... I was near tears twice!
It really was excellent.. I recommend it fully to everyone (Jenny, it's still here.. I'm going to watch it today again).

By far, the best quote:: "it's all about the chicks"

Thursday, December 08, 2005

how true


grrr (the sound of growling)

I shoot myself in the foot.
yeah, just noticed several GLARING errors on both the resume and the fax cover sheet.

chalk it up to learning?

butter fingers

ok.. so I was soooo excited this morning to have finished my resume and cover letter to submit in regards to an INCREADIBLE opportunity. It's taken me longer than usual to get moving on it (it was due today) because of the lethargy that accompnies too much Nyquil... Nyquil will help you get your Z's....
right.. so I was pumped... to no end... I typed my email to attach the letter and resume... and sent it off in a jiffy... only to realize that I'd forgotten to attach the letter and resume. Well... strike one for me.

Guys.. this sounds like such a great job... and it combines a few of the things that I'm passionate about... and yeah... pray that if it is suppose to happen... it would... and if it's not... that I wouldn't be devistated.


I just wanted to extend a super big thank you to all who made Manda and my birthday party a blast.
You guys are amazing... I'm so blessed to have friends like you.

next week:: Karaoke!!!!!!
when do we start with the Christmas carols?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Lost in time

I know I've mentioned before that I often can't keep up with life... Time whizzing past me leaving me watching and wondering if I can even catch my breath...
This morning I woke to the phone ringing (eeek! that sends me into a tizzy on it's own) I ran around my room looking for the phone... and not a phone could be found! I guess I left it in the living room.... I hear my roomie pick it up... so I make walking around the house noises in case it's for me... so she'll know that I'm still at home... but I hear the phone be hung up and surmise that it's not for me after all.
I find my own phone and go back to my room.... and it rings....
the passage of time....

an echo-ey
"Happy Birthday to you...." comes over the line.
"Hey Lesley, it's Edith from Togo calling"

AHHH!!!!!!! noooo way!!!!!!
For the next half hour I was blessed to no end talking with Mike, Simon, Ty, Beth, Lisa and Edith... calling all the way from Burkina! They got all fancy and set up their computer so they could make phone calls... what a great way to start my morning!

I hang up, and with a smile on my face, enter the bathroom... the toilet is decorated with happy birthday paper! AND there's a new DVD on the seat!!! I felt like it was a real throne... debated putting on my tiara again... (oh, wait, I'm wearing it now)

Next stop in the whirl wind- the license place, new stickers and a new license pic.

Then to the bean for a coffee and the newspaper.... while I'm reading away minding my own business.... chocolate bars drop from heaven onto my newspaper!!!!! yes.. it's true. Not only that... it's a PILE of Twingo bars!!! MY FAVORITE!!! Be-Bop found me 27 bars of twingo to ring the big day in- in style...

oh no.. the day has just begun!

home to a lunch of chocolate cheese cake and McD's (did I mention that I had the cheese cake for breakfast too? along with steak and eggs) (hey.. it's MY day)

A phone call from MegSheff, A call from my cousin, a call from Jenny, several e-cards... and dash back to the bean for coffee with Manda-manda and Jen... where I pull off the most BEAUTIFUL bad-parker- park.... the type that I generally sit and mock from the front window... oh yeah, up on the sidewalk and everything. what gives??? I'm a great parallel parker! BUT then I enter the bean, and a few moments later, am showered with flowers...

Zip off to work... and after being presented with a new license-place cover (to protect it from Smeegal/Golumn who keeps bending the heck out of my plates) am sent home, being deemed too sick to work still.

sigh... great day

ha ha... I am getting old, this is probably the most poorly written entry EVER!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Random (or) you've been tagged

So my Roomie has tagged me and a few others to give ten random facts about ourselves... *whew* it's pretty hard.. I don't want to be copying the same themes that others have been using! SO... without further ado

1) I don't type with my pinkie fingers except to hit the " enter" or left "shift" button... and the letter "a" ...

2) The first cassette I ever bought with my own money was Paula Abdul... "Forever your Girl". I still can sing most of the songs.

3) I've never had a real "date". I decided when I was 14 I wouldn't date till I was 18... then never found someone I liked enough... wait.. no, I've found some I've liked.. but the timing or circumstances weren't in favour.

4) I've lost 4 baby teeth while visiting pioneer villages... not at the same time... one each visit.

5) Sometimes when I'm driving and I see someone else singing in their car, I'll scan the radio stations to see if I can find what their listening to... so that I can sing with them.

6) I talk in my sleep ... alot.

7) I can blow smoke rings (thank you campfires!), I've never smoked a cigarette... but sometimes I want to steal them from other people when I pass them smoking on the street and take a drag.

8) Every past roommate I've had has gotten married.

9) I won a reading competition in Grade 3 for reading the most books in a month. I got to eat lunch at McDonalds with a "famous" author as my prize... I remember that I had a cheeseburger happy meal with extra pickles, but I don't remember the name of the author.

10) I like the smell of horse farts.

so now I get to tag YOU!
and you get to tag a few others....

Joey Goodwin.
David Newland.
Roy Hopkins.
Manda Owen.
Titus Lam.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

baby oh babies

I think that all has returned to normal. nothing the vaccum and some ABM can't cure... (currently listening to:: Love brings me here)

This morning we celebrated the arrival of Samuel in a good-ole- fashioned baby shower.... while amidst the whirl-wind that follows three others under the age of 3.
I take it all back... I don't want Quints... or Quads ... or Triplets.... or Twins... one at a time will be just fine.

ahhahahaha.. but I did just realize I'm still wearing the dollerama tiara....

I've also discovered a few things about myself in the past 24 hours or so... my karaoke skills are NOT improving... in fact, I fear I may have taken a turn for the worse... but it's all for fun, drop my pride and go with it right? I was talking with someone who said they'd only do it if there was one certain song on the play list... but... I think that we're suppose to look like fools.... Last night VanDan looked up the word "Karaoke" on his cell phone (man... he's like batman with that thing!) it told him that it ment "tone deaf"... well that explains it.
two redeeming factors for the eve, "I've had... the time of my life..." with Crilly, and Mr. Holloway's and Jenny's "ain't no mountain high enough".
also discovered that my right thumb and finger are permanently stained yellow/orange from all the clementines I've consumed.
and finally, my left hand is learning how to streach really funny playing the bass...

I've been tagged by Roomie in a game where-in I have to give you 10 RANDOM facts about myself... this may be difficult.... I'll work on it tonight.