Friday, 30 October 2009


Look at our calendar for November:

To say that we are busy is the understatement of the century. It is ridiculous.

I actually just got permission to withdraw from the course I am taking for work because I am so far behind. I was supposed to take my mid-term exam next week for the topics covered in chapters 1-5 and I have only read chapter 1. Work is ridiclously busy, so studying during work hours is impossible and as you can see from our home calendar, unless I study at hockey games or school meetings, it just ain't gonna happen. Thank goodness, I got permission to withdraw and take the course later, when we are hopefully less busy. What a load off!!

Calgon...take me AWAY!!!! Pin It

Thursday, 29 October 2009


Do you know what I did tonight dear friends?

Well, I sat with my firstborn and chose highschool courses. Yes, you read that right, Boy Oneder is going to high school next year.


High School.

We all know what high school means:

Peer Pressure
Sex (shudder) Come on...I can preach abstinence untill marriage until I am blue in the face, but it's a totally different world these M' kid WON'T have sex yet, but all the other kids do, OK? Ugh.


I don't want my sweet, innocent, naieve, wholesome, GOOD boy to turn bad. I don't want him to feel pressured to do stuff he knows he shouldn't. I don't want some little skank...err...a young girl to break his heart.


Why can't life slow down a little bit? I am just getting used to being a Mom to a teenager...I need time to get used to the idea of being a Mom to a High Schooler.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009


Yep...I'm hopping on the "H1N1 blog post" bandwagon.

The whole H1N1 thing has eaten me up for about a week. I have researched, read, talked, thought, researched, read, talked and thought some more about whether I want to have the boys immunized.

Finally, this afternoon, Hubster and I came to our decision together. We will not have them vaccinated.

The vaccine is just too young for me to feel comfortable about it. All this talk about mercury and side effects, etc. scares me. So does the thought of one of the kids getting this stupid flu, especially since Evan Frustaglio's death. This, God forbid, could have been Boy Oneder...13 years old, hockey player, no underlying health issues...dead in less than three days. It just breaks my heart. But...we also don't know what adverse effects the vaccine will have in years to come. That scares me too. I also remember Threepeat's febrile seizure just after his seasonal flu shot last year...coincidence? maybe, but it scared us to death.

I am a pro-vaccinations Mom. My kids have had all of their shots, on time...well except for Threepeat...he did not have the chicken pox vaccine because I would prefer that he get them naturally like his brothers did. But, I will vaccinate him for chicken pox if he has not contracted them on his own by about grade 3. My doctor, like all other doctors, is recommending the shot.

I pray that we have made the right decision. I pray that H1N1 does not touch my family. I pray that if it does, we will fight it and come out stronger.

If not, I am comfortable that we are making the right decision, based on alot of research.

Stay healthy everyone. RIP Evan and all other H1N1 victims. :o( Pin It

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Whoever made this....

I love you.

That is all. Pin It

Monday, 26 October 2009

My boy is all growed up...

Boy Oneder, playing hockey last weekend...

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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Bloggy Award

My friend, Kate, gave me an award today...well everyone on her Blogroll got the award too, but who cares...I'll take an award any way I can get it! HA!

So, she broke the rules that were given to her by her nominator, in typical Kate style...she's a bit of a rebel...but I, being the upstanding citizen that I am, will follow the orignal rules...yeah...I DO rock.

Here are the rules:

To accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have recently discovered and think are great! Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

So, in no particular order, here are the peeps that I feel are worthy:

Pineapple Princess

Not so recently discovered, but OH so worthy of the award:


Congrats everyone and THANKS KATE!!!!! Pin It

Simmering Sunday...

Pineapple Princess, over at The Love Shack shared a fantastic recipe today (along with a really cute play-by-play) and she asked for some recipes, so here is one of mine:

Dawn's Chili:

2 lbs extra lean ground beef, cooked and drained of any fat
1 large can of whole tomatoes
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1 medium onion
1 clove of fresh garlic,diced
2 cans of sliced mushrooms
2 large cans of red kidney beans
1 large can of white kidney beans
1 green pepper, chopped into small squares
1/4 cup of red wine
5 - 10 tbsp chili powder
dash salt and pepper

Throw all ingredients into a large crockpot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Add extra chili powder through the cooking process if desired. Serve with shredded lettuce and grated cheddar cheese and sour cream. And don't forget the yummy crusty bread to dip!! Mmmm! DEEEEELISH!

Although I am not making chili tonight (I bought a beautiful prime rib for dinner tonight), this chili ROCKS on a cold winter day and it's nice to be able to throw it all into the crockpot in the morning and have it ready to serve when you get home from work!! Pin It

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Mary's Masterpiece...

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Friday, 23 October 2009

Time for a change

I have a hair appointment today with Mary, the most excellent hairdresser in the world.

Mary is the only human being who is capable of straightening my hair to my specifications and standards. When she is done with me, there not one single frizzy strand of hair. I have the world's thickest hair and LOTS of it. My curls are unruly and disobedient. She is a Saint for taking the hour to hour and a half that it takes to straighten my hair...without one complaint!

Over the more than ten years since I have known her, Mary has cut, straightened, curled, chemically straightened, styled and coloured my hair UMPTEEN times. I have been blond, highlighted, brunette, strawberry blond, lowlighted, almost name it.

Today, however, I am going to try something a little different...

I am going to have her straighten it as well, just for the effect! HA!

Hot, sexy redhead...that's me! Pin It

Thursday, 22 October 2009


OMG I laughed at this today. I received it in an email and just HAD to share it here...The true Italians will love this; those of you who are married to Italians will understand this; and those of you who are friends with Italians will share it with them.

Italians have a $40,000 kitchen, but use the $259 stove that's 20 years old.

There is some sort of religious statue in the bedroom, hallway, living room, front porch or backyard.

A portrait of the Pope, La Madonna or Padre Pio in the dining room.

Complaints our parents had about takeout Foods:

Mikkadonalds - too mucha grease "Porcheria",
Chinese Food - they eata the snakes and cats - Schifo",
Pizza Pizza - I can make da same pizza for $2.00 - you pay $20.00!

The following are Italian Holidays: (food food and more food)

February or October weekends are for sausage making;
1st weekend in October - Grapes for the Wine;
July and August - Freeza i fagiolini and piselli
In August/September – Tomatoe making for the sauce.
" maka no plans we worka in da garage

Meatballs are made with Pork, Veal and Beef. Italians don't care about cholesterol.
Turkey is served on Thanksgiving, AFTER the antipasto, pasta, gnocchi and lasagna . Later on we have da Barbaque with da Spiducci and Bistecca.

Sunday dinner was at 1:00 - After da Church (and you better go...God watch you!)The meal went like this..

Table is set with everyday dishes (UNLESS, Zio Luigi is visiting from Italy ... then we take out the dishes in the velvet suitcase).
All the utensils go on the right side of the plate and the napkin goes on the left.(Nonno's Fork has been widened to spear more pasta).
Home-made wine in recycled wine bottles with a twist top (Unless Zio Luigi is visiting from Italy ....then we use the crystal Caraf
First course, Antipasto...change plates.
Next, Maccheroni (Nonna called all pasta Maccheroni)...change plates.
After that, roasted Meats, Roasted Potatoes, vegetables....change plates.
THEN and only then (NEVER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEAL), would you eat the salad (HOMEMADE OIL & VINEGAR (Last years wine DRESSING ONLY)...change plates.
Next, Fruit, Nuts & LUPINI (on paper napkins because you ran out of dishes by now).
Coffee (Espresso for Nonno, "Canadese"(Canadian) coffee for the rest)
Hard Cookies with the almonds to dip in the coffee.

The kids go play...the men go to talk soccer. ...The women clean the kitchen and gossip about "il figlio di Maria" or someone that's dying.

Getting screamed at by Mom or Nonna - Half the sentence in English, the other half in Italian. Italian mothers never threw a baseball in their life, but can nail you in the head with a shoe thrown from the kitchen while you're in the livingroom.

Wedding Day - the more, the merrier and there better be lots of food or Giovanni will complain and then I'ma gonna you kill boat.

Baptism - Who's going to be the compari? Not those sciangati gente, they're not going to be able to afford the necklace.

LOL!!! Pin It

I got nothin'

I got nothing peeps. I am completely blog-idea-less today. So, here are a few photos from my folder that I forgot I even had.

Boy Oneder and Middleman when they were wee ones, 2002ish:

My littlest niece, Danielle and I...7 years ago:

Middleman when he had the chicken pox in 2000. He had them BAD:

My wedding day, April 9th, 1994:

Threepeat Le-Pew, last year:

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Monday, 19 October 2009

I don't get it.

And I need you, my trusty readers, to help me here.

I was at Walmart the other day and saw the cutest little girl. She had the most beautiful, piercing blue eyes and the red jacket she wore seemed to bring them out even more. She had a beautiful head of curly ringlets halfway down her back. She was having a tantrum and her Dad looked a bit flustered, so I broke the tension with, "She has the most beautiful eyes!"

"He's a boy" was Dad's response.

"Oh...I'm sorry...HE has beautiful eyes!" (I slunk away like a bumbling idiot)

Why, for the love of everything holy, do parents of little boys let their hair grow out like girls?

Is it because they wanted a girl so badly, but got a boy instead? Cuz let me tell ya folks....been there done that...THREE TIMES. But NOT ONE of my BOYS has long hair.

It's ridiculous. Even the celebs think it looks good:

This is what Celine Dion thinks is attractive for her son?:

Kate Hudson not only grows Ryder's hair like a girl, she has him carry a manpurse too!:

I guess we will give Blanket a pass considering who his father was, but come on:

And so, I ask you again dear readers...WHY? Is it me? Am I so out of the "What's Fashionable" loop that I am offbase here? I look out my bedroom window when the kids are in the schoolyard for recess and have trouble figuring out which are boys and which are girls for goodness' sake!!

Please explain? SOMEONE? Pin It

Friday, 16 October 2009

Very proud of myself...

I have come a long way baby.

Three weeks ago today, I said good-bye to someone/thing that I thought would never leave. They are now gone for good and my lungs are very grateful. I feel better, I breathe deeper, and I am spending more time with my kids because of that good-bye.

Two days ago, I decided to say good-bye to another old "friend". Well, this one's not really a "good-bye", but a "let's slow the relationship down a bit". Anyone who knows me know I LOVE my wine. I am not an alcoholic by any stretch of the imagination, but I think that I have been drinking more than I should be. So, I have decided that my 1-2 glass a night routine will stop. From now on, I will have 1-2 glasses on the weekend...not per night, per weekend. This way, I have something to look forward to after a hard week's work. Not this weekend though...I'm on a bit of a break this weekend. So, no wine for me until next weekend. Obviously, this slow down won't be as difficult as my previous "good-bye" to cigarettes, but I am changing a will take some work.

Next stop? Back to Jenny Craig on November 2nd. Hubster and I took a bit of a break, after finding it hard not to cheat. Our hearts weren't in it, so we took a break and I think it's done us good. I am looking forward to going back to Jenny.

Next will be a committment to exercise. We are in the process of finishing the basement, and once it's done, we will have an excercise room, where our eliptical and treadmill and weight machine that have been collecting dust will finally be put to use. We will have a TV in there and I think I'll be able to commit to some time on the machines a few times a week. The basement should be done by January, so it will be just in time for a New year's Resolution!

After that, well, the world is my oyster!!! Hopefully, I will be healthier, happier, sexier and ready to face anything the world throws my way. HA! A girl can dream, can't she? Pin It

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Declutter 2009

Well my friends, the time has raise the roof and have some that's a Lionel Ritchie song...what I MEAN is,


Yes folks, my home is at a point where I can no longer stand it. It's time to purge, purge and then purge some more and I have taken the next two days as vacation days to get it done.

I'll be on and off of Facebook all day of course, lol, please, let's not get stupid shall we? But, my goal is my room, my ensuite and Middleman's room today and then Boy Oneder's room and the kitchen tomorrow.

All the while, the laundry will be flying along.

Wish me luck!! Pin It

Monday, 12 October 2009

I just HAVE to.

A few members of my family and I have had an ongoing debate lately. I will leave out the names because it really doesn't matter WHO I am debating with...just WHAT I am debating.

I don't think we will ever see eye to eye on this issue. The issue? Homosexuality.


Yep...I can only IMAGINE what my keyword analysis is going to look like this week, but heeeere we go...

This may come as a shock to some of you, and some of you may already know this, but, I have NO problem WHATSOEVER with homosexuality. None. Zero. Zip. I am not gay...kinda obvious me thinks, considering that I have been married for 15.5 years, but, just in case there was any question...I am straighter than a board.


I have absolutely NO issues with people being gay, gay people getting married, gay people adopting children, gay people living just as straight people.

This has sparked quite a debate in my small but vocal family. Some people feel that being gay is a lifestyle choice...a whim, a sexual deviance. I, on the other hand, feel that being gay is something that is in you from birth. It is no more a choice than having blue eyes. Sure, you can be born with brown eyes and wear coloured contacts, PRETENDING to have blue eyes, but when push comes to shove, you have brown eyes. Homosexuals are sometimes forced to pretend they are straight, but deep down, they never really were. They are living the life that society says they should live.

It really and truly makes me sick to think that someone would have to be SO oppressed that they needed to pretend to love someone because they are the right sex.

I have several gay friends, both men and women. They are NO different than any of my straight friends...except maybe that they are more compassionate, more accepting and, to be honest, HAPPIER! They are at a point where they have "come out" and are living their lives as they want to...happy and in love. Who CARES if the person they love is the wrong sex? Who CARES what happens in their bedrooms? I think it's safe to say that per capita, there are probably MANY more deviant heterosxuals in the bedroom than there are homosexuals. I shudder to think about some of the things that go on in "Christian" or "wholesome" bedrooms!

I can honestly say that one of the gay couples that I know would make FAR better parents than many of the straight couples I know. Sadly, this couple will probably never be parents. They will never pass on all of the wonderful qualities that each of them possess. It really is a shame...they are wonderful human beings.

I wish that so-called "God fearing and righteous people" both in AND outside of my family would just live and let live. What difference does it make to YOU what someone's sexual orientation is? Leave others alone. LIVE AND LET LIVE!!! Trust me when I say that NONE of us is perfect. Focus on your own shortcomings...leave other people alone.

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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Hockey and Soccer and Turkey OH MY!

Hubster took the early shift yesterday and had Middleman at his hockey practice by 7:15 am. Those practices really, REALLY hurt.

He came back at 8:30 to pick up Boy Oneder, change and get his stuff together...did I mention he is now an assistant coach on Boy Oneder's select team? Ugh. They went off at 9:15 for a 10:00 to 11:30 practice, while Middleman, Threepeat and I headed out to Middleman's soccer tryouts. Threepeat was, as per usual, a bundleof energy, running around the track like a complete loon. He met a "friend" named Diego...Diego is a bundle of energy too...but he's a pug. LOL. They were very cute together.

At 12:00, we headed home to meet up with Hubster and Boy Oneder. After a bite to eat and Threepeat's 45 minute nap, we cleaned out my Santa Fe, inside and out, in preparation for the leasing company's inspector on Thursday. The lease isn't up until December, but they are getting everything ready I guess.

I got all my laundry done and changed the sheets on all the beds. Then I made penne al forno for dinner and we just chilled at home. The kids went in the hot tub with Hubster and it was nice to just relax.

This morning, Middleman had a hockey game at 10:00 this morning, which he lost, but played really well. Then, Middleman and I stayed home while Hubster, MIL, Boy Oneder and Threepeat went to my nephew, Matthew's triple A hockey game. I am keeping an eye on the turkey and while they are out, Middleman and I have cleaned up the backyard, gotten rid of all the old plants, etc. and played a game of "Sorry!" He won.

Turkey here tonight and at Mum's tomorrow. Does life get ANY better? Pin It

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Crazy schedules.

I just don't know how we are going to get through this winter sane.

We heard from Boy Oneder's houseleague coach tonight. Boy Oneder is playing for a hockey league in Toronto, on their Select team. This league's rule is that if you want to play Select, and you are chosen to play on said Select team, then you also have to play Houseleague. So, after hearing from his coach tonight, here is his schedule:

Saturday mornings, from 8:30 to 9:30 - Select Practice (ice)
Sunday mornings, rotating from 7:15 to 1:00 each week - Houseleague Game
Thursday nights, from 7:00 to 8:00 - Select Practice (dryland boot camp)
Friday nights from 9:00 to 10:00 - Houseleague Practice
He is also guaranteed four tournaments, which will tie up the entire weekend. Our first one is December 4th in Niagara Falls, New York.

Middleman is in the midst of tryouts for rep soccer. He was there last night and tonight and has to go back on Saturday for the final cut. He is also playing Houseleague hockey. He hasn't made the soccer team yet, but if he does, it will be twice a week, with tournaments mixed in over weekends. His Houseleague Hockey schedule is practices on Saturday mornings (anywhere from 7:15 to 1:00, rotating) and games on Sundays, any time of the day on a rotating basis.

And so my dear readers, I need a personal assistant. Anyone interested?

In other news, I worked from 7:30 this morning to 6:15 tonight, with no lunch break. Work is just crazy busy. Sigh.

I am SO looking forward to this weekend...Thanksgiving, aka TURKEY DAY!!!! I get two turkeys this year...MIL's on Sunday and Mom's on Monday! WOOT! Pin It

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Old friends

Last night, I drove 45 minutes up to Barrie to meet up with two old friends.

Sheri has been my friend since we were six years old, doing gymnastics together...gosh that's forever ago!!! We grew up and went through school together, spending most of our time together in grades 10 and 11. I had a boyrfiend at the time who had a single friend...I introduced them and they hit it off. They stayed together for about two years.

After high school, I went to work and Sheri went up north to forestry college. We lost contact for a while. Somehow, we reconnected and I was able to go to her wedding in 1993. She came to my wedding in 1994. We got together the odd time after that and then lost contact again after our kids were born...Jordanna in 1994 and Boy Oneder in 1996.

Thankfully, Sheri joined Facebook and so did I. We reconnected about 18 months ago and were thrilled to catch up over the net. She dropped off the face of the earth for a while and just a couple of weeks ago, came back to Facebook. We took the opportunity and met up last night. She hasn't changed a BIT. Looks EXACTLY the same and has the same voice and laugh!!

Mike was an ex-boyfriend of mine who was a friend of Sheri's boyfriend (as mentioned above). He is also living in Barrie and got in touch with me over Facebook. Since he and Sheri live only a short distance apart, he joined us for the laughs and the walk down memory lane. You'd never know that we hadn't seen each other in over twenty years!

It was so great to reconnect with friends. It was so comfortable and relaxed. I loved hearing about their lives, both the ups and the downs! I hope it won't be another twenty years before we hook up again!! Pin It

Monday, 5 October 2009

Middle Child Syndrome

Lately, my middle child has been a real handful. Disrespecful, angry, distant, very emotional, just plain not very nice. Hubster and I had a heart-to-heart about him last night because his gaming was getting out of control and his temper was frighteningly bad. We talked about "Middle Child Syndrome" and I googled it today. My middle child has "Middle Child Syndrome". He is showing all of the signs that point to it and it's scary.

One point that seemed to be the same across all of the websites I viewed was that they need to be doted on. Middle children are lost in the shuffle. The older child is wonderful and makes you SO proud when they do things for the first time, the baby is so cute and such trouble that he gets tons of attention and the middle child is, well, he just IS. They often have low self-esteem and are loners. They are usually sad children and it can carry on into adulthood if not rectified. The websites all suggested giving each child special alone time and making a special effort for the middle child.

Tonight, I took my middle child on a date. Just Middleman and I.

We started off going to Sears to pick up winter jackets that I had ordered for all three of them and then we headed to Jack Astor's, his choice, for dinner. We both had sirloin steak, his side choice was vegetables (WOW!) and mine was a loaded baked potato. We laughed at the comedy show that they were showing on the TV and chatted about this, that and the other thing, uninterrupted by a loud two year old or a bossy 13 year old.

We then headed over to Chapters, where Middleman chose a novel about Dragons...Deltora Dragons. He also picked up a small origami kit for Boy Oneder.

Next stop was Toys R Us, where he used his own money to buy his umpteenth pack of Chaotic cards and he chose a Power Rangers Magnet Book for Threepeat.

Our final stop was Michael's, where I bought hangers for my Halloween wreaths and a book on how to sketch Mythical Creatures.

We had a lovely, lovely time and, I am embarrassed to admit, that I had no idea what a sweet, intelligent, thoughtful boy he is. I definitely have not spent enough time with him and, going forward, that is going to change.

It's amazing how life gets in the way and can blur out some very important things. It breaks my heart, but hopefully, my lesson is learned and Middleman will be the centre of attention sometimes.

Bless his heart. Pin It

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Cold Saturday morning practices


Middleman is on the ice right now. It's 9:05 am and he's been on there since 8:15. That means we had to be at the arena by 7:45, which meant getting up at 7:00. Ugh!

It is so cold in here today that I am actually sitting in the inside viewing area. To be honest. It's even cold in here. Sadly, it's only just begun. I love watching, don't get me wrong, but early mornings and cold do not mix! Pin It

Friday, 2 October 2009

Still alive!!!

Hi everybody! I'm still alive!

Busy at work, busy with hockey, busy with life....just plain busy.

As busy as it has been, there really isn't alot to blog about without boring you to death...who wants to read about my boring day-to-day activities?

So, I will leave you with this food for thought...

“What do we live for if it is not to
make life less difficult for each other?”

George Eliot Pin It

Thursday, 1 October 2009

I willblog tomorrow

I promise.

But see this spacebarthat only works when it wantsto?Yeah...thatdrives mealittlemental.

This weekend, my goalis to get my spacebar fixed...thanksThreepeat.

ARGH. Pin It
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