Tuesday, 30 August 2005

I will always love you

by Whitney Houston. That was the song I danced to with my father at my wedding.

I’m listening to it now and I am right back at my wedding reception, holding my Daddy for dear life, never wanting the song to end…knowing it was our very special moment…Dad was doing everything in his power not to cry. He was shaking and trying to make small talk, all the while, smiling a beaming, proud smile that I never saw as bright again. It was truly our moment and I will forever remember it as one of the most joyous, yet most sad moments of my life. I was leaving the nest. I was leaving the safety of the first man I ever loved’s arms to be with the man of my dreams…what a quandry for a young bride who loved her Daddy so dearly. I remember the feeling of being so torn. Wanting so badly to be with my new husband, but not wanting to leave the security of the only home I’d ever known. Ahhh…if only I could relive that moment again….I’d hold him tighter and tell him again and again how much I loved him. I did tell him over and over, but I’d say it again…one more time.

I love you Daddy…..Gosh I miss you.

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Friday, 26 August 2005

Summer is winding down

Why does summer have to end? It has been just a perfect summer, weather wise, and now, the nights are getting cool and the days are much shorter. I love the fall, but I dread the cold, nasty winter.

Why can’t it be summer forever?

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Tuesday, 23 August 2005

RIP Robert Capistrand

The world lost a wonderful human being today.

Robert Capistrand was a co-worker of mine, who I have known for 9 years. He worked in our Markham office as a mail deliverer. I have been in the Mississauga office for about 3 years, so I rarely saw Robert. But, each time I was visiting Markham, Robert was always there with a smile and a story to tell me.

You see, Robert had celebral palsy. He was about 40 years old, but truly looked 30. He had a limp and his left hand and arm just wouldn’t work right, but he was one of the most intelligent men I’ve ever met. He knew EVERYTHING about the weather and NASA. He would talk to me forever about things I’d never heard of. He explained why global warming was an issue and how clouds form. Other than his physical differences, you would never know that Robert was disabled.

Robert was an inspiration. He never let his disability affect him. He was a hard worker. I never heard him complain and I don’t recall him ever calling in sick. He was independent and dedicated to the company. We had a contest last year, with the proceeds of the contest going to charity. We had to guess how many steps Robert took in a day…the number was well over 10,000. Everyone loved Robert. He saw everyone at the Markham office at least once a week. Now, who will deliver the mail? The person who takes his place will never, ever be Robert.

Yesterday, on his way to the bus stop, Robert was hit by a car. On his way to the same bus stop that he walked to every morning on his way to work. He fought all afternoon in the hospital, but in the end, he was called to Heaven.

And so, the world has lost a wonderful human being. I thank God that I was one of the lucky ones who knew him and experienced his wisdom and kindness. Heaven has a new and very special angel tonight. I’ll never forget him.

May Robert Capistrand rest in peace for eternity.

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Sunday, 21 August 2005

Up, Up and Awaaay!

So, we took the boys to the CN Tower today. Hubster had never been and I hadn’t been since I was a child, so we decided to take them today.

What a waste of time AND money…we paid $72.00 to get the four of us up to the observation deck…if we wanted to go to the “Skypod”, it was an additional $9.00 each…we decided against it. We waited for an hour and a half to get up there…it was hot, stinky and PACKED. Finally, we go to the top. We go out onto the observation deck for about 5 minutes and then we are told that the terrace was now closed and we had to go back inside. Understand that to see ANYTHING from this deck, you HAVE to be oustide. We stood amongst the GAZILLION other people on the tiny piece of glass floor and then stood in line for another half an hour to go back down. So, all in all, we WAITED for 2 hours today, paid out $72.00 + $10.00 parking, and spent a total of about 10 minutes in the CN Tower, enjoying the sights.

UGH!! Never again. The only good that came of this fiasco is that my kids can actually say they’ve been up the CN Tower. Pin It

Saturday, 20 August 2005

Bullies

All through my childhood, I was bullied. There were several that picked on me, but the worst one was Angie. She is married now, with children. (shudder)

She was true and pure evil. She sexually assaulted me (and several other neighbourhood kids). She beat me, she tortured me, she tricked me, she lied about me, she chased me home from school and completely terrorized me.

I think back now, as an adult, and realize that if I had only ONCE stood up to her, my childhood would have been so different.

The only way I can make good of such bad is to teach my children so that they are not bullied. It’s just so sad that it makes me cry remembering it. No child should ever have to endure what I did. I was too afraid to tell anyone for fear she would retaliate. My parents never knew.

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Why?

So, I’m on my way to bed and I get a last minute thought…

Why is it that womens’ happiness/success/purpose revolves around keeping their husband happy/satisfied/content? I read so often that “My husband is satisifed, so I am happy.” WTF??? It is NOT a woman’s job to satisfy a man. Women are EQUAL to men. Men need to SATISFY their wives as often as we satisfy our men (and I don’t mean sexually).

Dammit…let’s get out of the 1920’s and into 2005 ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Friday, 19 August 2005

Thunder Boomers!

About an hour ago, it was so dark outside, it looked like about 9:00 pm. It was so cool to watch the lightening and hear the bangs of thunder. The rain was PELTING the ground! The smell of a storm is so wicked too!

Nothing like a summer storm to wake you up!!!

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Thursday, 18 August 2005

Last twilight golf of the year?

I think we just played our last twilight game of the year. The days are getting shorter quickly and even though we teed off at 6:00, we only had time for 11 holes.

I went with just one guy from work, Cliff. He is such a sweetheart. Funny, caring and just an all-round good, good guy. We always have a good laugh.

I’m sad that the golf season is slowly winding down. I really, really enjoyed it.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2005

Prettying up my blog

I’m trying to make my blog pretty and creative like so many of the others I have seen. In the process, I am learning some basic HTML…lovin’ it!!

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Happy Birthday to

ME!

36 years old today….where DOES the time go?

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Monday, 15 August 2005

If I could meet one person, dead or alive it would be

How does one answer this question? I mean, there are so many people I could list…and that list would change all the time, depending on my mood! Here are some of the ones that come to mind today:

Jesus Christ. Doesn’t EVERY Christian say that first? ;o) I’d pick his brain for hours.

George Burns. I’d ask him how he lived for so long. I’d ask him how he found such true love with his Gracie.

Marilyn Monroe…did you REALLY sleep with JFK?

JFK…who really shot you?

John Candy…were you really happy?

My great, great grandparents…how was your life as a child? Tell me everything you can about my family history.

I’d like to meet Brad Pitt (for obvious reasons ;o) )

I think that Oprah would be very cool to talk to.

I’d like to meet Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, just so I could spit in their faces.

Howard Stern…I just want to see if he is really THAT obnoxious in real life.

Hmm…I wonder how my list will change another day.

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Sunday, 14 August 2005

Thoughts on turning 36

It’s my birthday on Wednesday. I’ll be 36 years old. That seems so old, but I still feel weird when someone refers to me as a “woman”…I feel like a “girl”!!

Mom had a little party for me tonight with my mother-in-law, Hubster, the boys, Joanne, BIL and the girls. We had a nice roast lamb dinner and she bought an ice cream cake with a picture of Huey Lewis on it!! It was great…I just felt bad cutting into Huey’s gorgeous face! LOL!

Hubster and I went to his cousin, Lisa’s wedding last night. The groom’s Mom read a poem that had me sobbing and made me realize how time flies…

My hands were busy through the day,
I didn’t have much time to play,
The little games you asked me to,
I didn’t have much time for you.
I’d wash your clothes, I’d sew and cook,
But when you’d bring your picture book,
And ask me, please to share your fun,
I’d say, “A little later son.”
I’d tuck you in all safe at night,
And hear your prayers, turn out the light,
Then tiptoe softly to the door,
I wish I’d stayed a minute more.
For life is short, and years rush past,
A little boy grows up so fast,
No longer is he at your side,
His precious secrets to confide.
The picture books are put away,
There are no children’s games to play,
No good-night kiss, no prayers to hear,
That all belongs to yesteryear.
My hands once busy now lie still,
The days are long and hard to fill,
I wish I might go back and do,
The little things you asked me to.

Life is too short… Pin It

Friday, 12 August 2005

Down in the dumps

I’m feeling blue tonight. Dunno why. No real reason to be down…I just am. I think it might be because I am so damned tired.

I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since July 29th…the day before we went to the cottage. I’ve been so busy as well…never home. Work has been a source of stress this week because we had to schedule lunches for my team because of abuse by several employees. I hate to come down on them because they are such a great group of people. I guess it’s like the old saying, “One bad apple spoils the bunch.” I’m hoping to reel it back again after next week. I have to just get my boss to give them another chance.

Hubster has been snoring so badly at night too. He wakes me up because it’s so loud. Boy Oneder had a nosebleed (twice) last night and Middleman is having bad dreams.

We have a wedding tomorrow and then my family is getting together on Sunday evening for my birthday…another full weekend.

I’m praying for a good night’s sleep tonight. I feel like a mom of a newborn again! LOL! Pin It

Hurtin'

Gosh my neck and shoulder hurt. I just had a massage yesterday, so you’d think it would feel great! I had the breaskfast of champions…two advils…this morning and I am still in pain. I just made an appointment for a half hour massage at 3:15 to try to ease it for the weekend.

We took the kids to see “Fantastic Four” last night and we really liked it. Very cute movie.

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Tuesday, 9 August 2005

For it's one, two, THREE strikes you're out...

My Manager gave me four tickets to see the Blue Jays tonight at Skydome. He also gave me a parking pass. So….we are taking the boys to their first professional baseball game!

I haven’t been to see the Jays in years, so this should be fun! Can’t wait to eat nachos and peanuts and a huge soft pretzel and and and…..BEER!!!! LMAO!

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Monday, 8 August 2005

Huey's Number One Fan

So, I saw Huey for the 11th time on Saturday night. He is as amazing today as he was in 1984. I adore him. I have pics and will post them later, together with more details…

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Friday, 5 August 2005

There's no place like home, there's no place like home...

Well…we arrived home from the cottage at 12:45. We had a great time, perfect weather and fantastic beaches…but the nights were DREADFUL. It was SO hot, you could barely breathe. The cottage had no air conditioning and there was very little breeze going through all the open windows. The thermometer read 32 degrees at 1:00 am. It was awful.

Our friends, Kathy and Bruno, and their daughters, Katrina and Alysha, were GREAT company. We played cards at night while the kids slept and we had a blast. The cottage was very clean as far as cottages go, but I guess I am a four-star hotel girl…the couches were old and grungy and everything was damp, ALL the time.

We had a great time, but I am very glad to be home.

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