Sunday, 31 January 2010

All good things must come to an end.

:o(

Mike left today for Montreal...the final stop on his worldwide backpacking adventure.

He has been here for 12 days and has really become part of the family. Threepeat woke from his nap this afternoon and his first question was, "Where's Mike?" When I told him that Mike had gone home, he cried and cried, saying, "I want to go to England!" It broke my heart.

Mike really made an impact on all the boys and Hubster, MIL and I too. We will really miss him.

Safe travels on your last leg Mike...can't wait 'til you come back again! Pin It

Friday, 29 January 2010

Childhood revisited

A couple of days ago, I took Mike to Costco. They don't have Costco in England, so I thought I would treat him to a Canadian, OK, well AMERICAN, wholesale experience.

While we were there, I perused the book aisle, because Costco ALWAYS as great books. In the children's pile, I picked up a Spiderman doodle thingy for Threepeat because he IS Spiderman. Then, I noticed a couple of books out of the corner of my eye...they were Dr. Seuss books! I haven't seen them since I was a child!! I ended up buying all three..."Cat in a Hat", "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?"

That night, Threepeat and I sat in the family room, him perched on my lap, warm in his jammies with his bottle of milk in hand, while I read him all three of those books. He was completely engrossed. His favourite was "Cat in a Hat". My favourite was "Green Eggs and Ham". I love the rhymes and the rudimentary illustrations. I was transported back to my childhood as I read, "I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam I Am!" LOL! Threepeat was quite concerned for the safety of the fish in "Cat in a Hat", telling me many times that the cat was going to drop the fish.

It was wonderful to share books with my child that I read as a child.

Now...where can I find the "Dick and Jane" series? LOL! Pin It

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Joanne

Four years ago today, I lost my little sister...my only sibling.

Please turn up your volume and enjoy a woman I wish you all could have known...

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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Lucky Number Thirteen!

Thirteen years ago today, I nervously walked into a new building, a new company, a new job.

It was January 27th, 1997. Boy Oneder was one day from being 7 months old and I was starting a whole new career. Up until two weeks before Boy Oneder was born, I was a legal secretary. I worked for some of the meanest, most horrible lawyers that Ontario has to offer and I was sick of the stress. One month before I was due to go back to work after maternity leave, my boss transferred me to the downtown Toronto office, knowing full well that I would not go. So, I had a new baby and a mortgage and Hubster and I decided that I would quit my job and find something else.

A dear friend of my Mom's who is like an Aunt to me worked for a payroll services company and said that they had openings in their entry level department. I would work 4 days a week for half the pay I made as a legal secretary, but the company had real career-advancing opportunity, so I applied. Although I had no payroll experience, the manager of the department took a leap of faith and hired me.

I loved that job. I spoke with so many people every day and created really good relationships with my clients. I stayed in that department for about 18 months and then applied for a promotion. The job I applied for was a customer service role, working with bigger and more complex clients. These clients entered their own payroll and my job was to troubleshoot and assist them as they needed me. Again, I loved that job and the people I worked with.

I got pregnant with Middleman and took nine months for maternity leave and was thrilled when I came back to a room that they had created just for me so that I could pump my breastmilk several times a day. Because of this, I was able to keep Middleman on breastmilk until he was 18 months old!!

I applied for another promotion in 2001 and became a trainer. Again, I LOVED my job...training clients on our payroll/HR products. I loved the freedom of doing my own thing in the classroom and loved joking and chatting with the clients.

In 2003, our company created a new department...the inside sales department. I took a cut in pay to take this position because I thought it would be exciting to be a part of a new department. After a year of very successful sales, I was promoted to Team Leader. Once again, I loved my job. I had 12 people reporting to me...12 fantastic people. Management was alot of fun. After Joanne died, my priorities changed and so did my role. To make a long story short, I was no longer loving my job. I knew that I wanted to stay with the company, but I also knew it was time for me to leave the inside sales department.

In August, 2006, I started in the position that I am currently in, working with clients who are converting from one of our products to another, and more recently, implementing new clients. Two weeks after I started in this position, I found out I was pregnant with Threepeat. I was SO scared to tell my new manager...after all, I had JUST started in my position. Of course, my fears were completely unfounded and my manager at the time was thrilled for me. I worked hard to get myself up to speed as quickly as I could and had several accounts under my belt before I went on maternity leave in March, 2007. I went back to work early, in January, 2008 and have loved almost every moment since. I work from home and love, love, LOVE my job...on most days.

The company that I work for is phenomenal. I am so, so richly blessed in working for this company and hope that this will be where I am when it's time to retire!

So, thank you to a great company...thank you for being so wonderful to me for 13 years. Here's to another 13 great years!! Pin It

Monday, 25 January 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

Thanks to Peggy

FOR TODAY... from Peggy's Daybook

Outside my window...clouds and fog

I am thinking...I would love a month off to declutter my home

I am thankful for...my family

I am wearing...Yoga pants and a t-shirt

I am remembering...my sister, who died 4 years ago on Wednesday

I am going...crazy

I am currently reading...my blog

I am hoping...to declutter my home...and SOON!

On my mind...everything

Noticing that...I am losing the battle

Pondering these words..."That which does not kill me can only make me stronger"

From the kitchen...homemade beef stew is simmering in the crock pot

Around the house...clutter

One of my favorite things...white wine

From my picture journal:

Beautiful St. Kitts...oh how I long to be there...

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Friday, 22 January 2010

Rough week

Man oh man am I glad it's Friday!

After arriving home from our amazing cruise on Sunday, Threepeat and I both came down with a wicked chest cold. We are both still sick, but on the mend...Hubster and Boy Oneder are both coughing up a lung now, so they are next.

Before I went away, I went through all my accounts, ensuring that everything was in order so that my wonderful colleague, Bassel, who was covering for me, would hardly know I was away...well...THAT didn't pan out. Several of my clients had payroll emergencies while I was away and poor Bassel had to deal with them. This week has been spent trying to clean up the aftermath and I have been stressed to the MAX. Luckily, most of the clean up is done, but it has been very, very stressful to say the least. So much for a relaxing vacation!!!

The laundry is piled taller than Threepeat and there is no end in sight. For the first time in his life, Threepeat did not nap today and he crashed at 7:40. Hubster took Boy Oneder to hockey with MIL and Mike (I'll explain who Mike is in a moment) and Middleman is at his friend's house. I should be using my time more wisely, but I am so tired that I can't even move. So the laundry will pile higher. Right now, I don't care.

Hockey and soccer are back in full force and I expect the gruelling schedule to get worse, not better.

My Granny had surgery today for a kneee replacement. She is 91 years old, so surgery is not just a small thing. The surgery apparently went well and she is spending the night in recovery tonight. My Aunt and Uncle (Mike's parents) promised to update us as soon as they have seen her tomorrow. She has been weighing heavily on my mind, as I have been worrying about her.

Yesterday marked 8 years since my father-in-law passed away. Although the sting of the early years is gone, we still miss him very much. January 28th will mark 4 years since my sister, Joanne was killed in a snowmobile accident, so that is weighing on my heart too.

So who is Mike?...Mike is my 24 year old cousin, who lives in England. We have been awaiting his arrival since he told me about his trip when I was home last June. He arrived at our house on Monday afternoon and since he hasn't been to Canada since he was the junior usher in my wedding almost 16 years ago, his visit is a welcome one. He has been travelling around the world since June, alone, with just a backpack, and he has told us some amazing stories. He will be staying with us until Thursday and we are loving every minute. If you are interested in reading about his adventures, you can do so here. He is such a nice guy and the boys adore him...we want to keep him forever!

So, it has been an extremely busy week. I am very glad to see the weekend, although it will be a full one too. Sigh...anyone know of a good cloner? Pin It

Thursday, 21 January 2010

8 Years

8 years ago today, we lost Hubster's Dad. It truly seems like yesterday.

We still miss you very much Papa.

xoxo Pin It

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Funk-o-rama

The dreaded winter funk has hit...yep, just three days after my cruise around the southern Caribbean, I am in a funk that seems to get deeper by the minute.

I have a cold...yes, I am sick AGAIN. Threepeat has a cold...yes, he is sick AGAIN. The cough that accompanies this virus is nasty and it really hurts.

Everything that can go wrong HAS at work this week. Stupid little things that slowly add up and are really making my days difficult.

The laundry continues to pile up and I can't keep up with it...there are clothes EVERYWHERE.

I know I shouldn't be complaining, but it's MY blog and I'll cry if I want to...

Wah. Pin It

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Cruising, 2010

After a very long check in at the Toronto Airport, we were finally on our way to San Juan. The security was unbelievable. We went through one check fairly quickly and were surprised and excited to be way ahead of schedule. We looked for a Timmy’s or Starbuck’s to grab a coffee and relax, as we had over an hour and a half before we were to board the plane. As we got off the escalator that led to the gates, we noticed a HUGE line up going towards our gate. We checked it out and were told that it was a second security check. Realizing that there was no way we would be able to chill before the flight, we got into line with the rest of the cattle...err...passengers.

There were separate lines for men and women because there was some serious frisking going on at the end. Believe me, I needed a cigarette after the lady gave me my pat down!!! While I was being body checked by the lady, a man went through every single thing in my purse...right down to looking between each and every bill in my wallet. It was crazy. The lady then patted Threepeat down and checked the bottom of his little shoes and we headed to the plane...just in time. We arrived at the gate at 10:15 and took off at 10:30. We had arrived at the airport at 7:30. UGH!

The plan ride was great...very little turbulence and the kids were all very, very good. We arrived in San Juan at about 4:15 and after a short wait for our luggage, headed out to grab a taxi. We arrived at the Port at about 6:00 and went through a very quick and easy embarkation process (this has always been the case with Carnival...they are great with embarkation) and headed up to the beautiful ship, the Victory. We went straight to our rooms to drop off our hand luggage, which was very little due to the security issues and then went up to the Lido Deck for our dinner. We had a great buffet dinner and by the time we were done, our luggage had been delivered to our cabins. Perfecto...thanks again to a wll-organized Carnival Cruiselines.

We were exhausted, but decided to go up to the Lido Deck to watch San Juan disappear as we sailed off into the night. We got into bed at about 11:30 and slept like babies, gently rocked to sleep by the beautiful sea.

We woke on Monday morning to the magnificent and majestic view of St. Thomas. An absolutely stunning island, lush and green, was beautifully kissed by the morning sun. We took our time in getting up, had a nice buffet breakfast and then headed down to the gangway to get a taxi to Emerald Beach. Our taxi driver, Smitty, was wonderful and told us many things about his beautiful home. We arrived at the beach at about 1:00. To say that the beach was perfect would be an understatement. The kids frolicked and played for two full hours until it was time to head back to the ship. We weren’t in the taxi two minutes when Threepeat passed out cold...exhausted from the sun and sea air. He slept for two hours and woke up ready to rock again. After our showers, we made our way to the Pacific Dining Room for our first sit down meal of the cruise. Our waiter, James is a very, VERY tall black man with such a wonderful personality! He is funny and is great with the kids. Our meal was amazing...I had assorted seafood...it was deeeelish. Boy Oneder had his favourite, steak. Threepeat had pasta and Middleman had pizza. LOL. BIL and Future SIL’s kids and our kids had a great time together and get along so well. It’s like Future SIL and her kids have always been a part of our family. Although I miss Joanne dearly, and wish she was here with us, Future SIL has really filled a big hole for both BIL and the girls and she is just such a wonderful person.

We decided to check out the karaoke bar at 10:00...for those of you who know me and my karaoke, I must say that I stayed away from the microphone completely. I knew if I got that baby in my hands, there would be no stopping me and no one else would get to sing, so I opted to watch instead. C sang “Travelling Soldier” by the Dixie Chicks and she sounded like an angel...absolutely brilliant. After a little coaxing, BIL got up and sang, “Please Release Me” by Englbert Humperdink...what a laugh.

We got into bed at about midnight and slept until 9:00 on Tuesday!! Dominica was not the prettiest island, although, I personally didn’t leave the ship. Hubster, Mum, Boy Oneder and Threepeat went to the port market and for a short walk to the church we saw from the ship and they were not impressed...they were back within an hour of leaving. BIL, Future SIL and their kids, however, had a fab time in the rain forest and raved about their tour. I don’t think I’d go back there...it’s an eco-type island, not a beachy island...I guess you’ve now figured out that I am the beachy type!

After our formal dinner, where I indulged in lobster tail AND prime rib...yes folks, TWO entrees, we headed back to the karaoke bar because BIL auditioned for the part of Elvis Presley in the final show on Saturday night. After his amazing rendition of “Hound Dog”, no one else would dare attempt to compete with him, so he made it! We spent the rest of the evening at the karaoke bar laughing and drinking. In bed by 12:00ish, we fell asleep easily.

Wednesday morning was Barbados. We had a leisurely breakfast and headed off to the gangway at noon. BIL, Future SIL and their kids spent the day at the Barbados Hilton and Mum, Hubster, the boys and I took a taxi to Hole Town, where we spent the day with some locals on a small, quiet beach. Barbados is beautiful, but the beach we went to did not do it justice. Too many rocks, a sharp drop off in the water and so many beggars put a damper on the island. I feel sad that Mum really looked forward to Barbados, but we chose the wrong beach. :o( The sun was still lovely though and Threepeat wiped himself out throwing rocks into the sea while Hubster and the older boys went jet skiing for half an hour. They loved it and raved about it for quite a long time!
We headed back to the ship at 3:00, but before getting back on, we called Hubster’s Mom to check in from the terminal. She was pleased to hear from us and loved talking with the boys. We had a great dinner in the dining room (I had salmon tonight) and then watched a fantastic juggler and a hilarious comedian in the Caribbean Lounge. Percy Crews was the comedian and he was absolutely fantastic...I laughed so hard that I cried and the kids had a blast too! Mum and I spent a couple of hours on the Lido Deck, watching beautiful footage of underwater life on the big screen, while we tapped our toes to some great calypso music. Hubster and the boys have a busy day tomorrow in St. Lucia, as they are going on a zip lining excursion that leaves at 7:30 am, so they retreated to the cabins at about 11:00. Threepeat was out cold within minutes, so Hubster was able to spend some quiet time watching TV. It’s 12:30 am now and everyone is sound asleep, so I guess I will update my FB status and turn the lights out myself.

We had a great day in St. Lucia. Hubster and the older boys went zip lining and loved it! Mum, Threepeat and I stayed on the boat for most of the day, venturing out to the port market for an hour when the boys got back. We enjoyed a beer in the beer garden (2 beers for $3.00) and watched our fellow passengers get completely wasted...great price for beer! LOL!

We had our second formal dinner and got some beautiful photos from the professional photograhpers on board...will share those when I get home. We spent the evening vegging out on the Lido deck, watching a beautiful video of fish and coral and then Boy Oneder watched over Threepeat (he was sound asleep) while Hubster and I went to see the adult version of Percy Crews’ comedy...this guy is fantastic! We laughed until we cried and hit the hay at about 1:30. When we got back to the cabin, we found Boy Oneder crashed out, hugging Threepeat...so adorable.

Today, we spent the day at St. Timothy’s beach in St. Kitt’s. A beautiful beach with very friendly locals and a great little bar/restaurant. The kids snorkelled and frolicked in the ocean for four hours before we headed back to the ship. Once again, I am sitting in my cabin, with Threepeat out cold beside me, while Hubster, Boy Oneder, Middleman and Mum are pigging out on the Lido Deck buffet. We spent the day with Future SIL, BIL and their kids, but they got caught up at the port by the rastafarian dude with the green velvet monkeys...the girlies ADORE animals and these monkeys were the cutest things ever, so I don’t expect them back for a while!

Tonight is a casual night in the dining room and then there are tons of activities for the kids, so hopefully the adults can enjoy some partying!

Sadly, tomorrow is our last port...St. Maarten. We are still undecided on what to do, but I am already depressed about going home. :o(

St. Maarten was lovely. We spent the day at Orient Beach, playing in the waves and loving the sunshine...the kids had a BLAST. BIL, Future SIL and their kids went horseback riding, but we chose to spend our last day doing what we do best...chilling on the beach. Boy Oneder and Middleman rented boogie boards and rode the waves for three straight hours while Threepeat and I jumped and played and Hubster and Grandma sunbathed. A fantastic end to a fantastic trip.

After dinner, the kids all gave our fantastic waiter, James, a hug, and Threepeat ended on a high note...he puked all over him. Poor James. Threepeat had been fighting off a terrible cough and because my poor schmoop inherited his Daddy’s overactive gag reflex, his cough caused him to vomit all over James and the floor. LOL.

We watched a great show, with our fellow passengers karaokeing (is that a word?) to songs by Madonna, Britney Spears, Frank Sinatra, James Brown and many more...it was fantastic. We stayed up way way late and then retired at about 11:45. Before the show, I had packed our bags, so we were ready to rock first thing in the morning.
We had to be off the ship by about 11:00, so we headed over to the airport and spent two hours in a restaurant...that was fun...NOT. Our flight was uneventful and we arrived back in the tundra that is Toronto at 8:40 pm. We got to bed at 11:45 and life went back to normal on Monday morning, returning to work and the rat race that is life.

We had an absolutely wonderful time and made memories to last a lifetime. As hard as it is to return to normal, I realize how truly blessed we have been in having this trip. It was everything we wanted and more. Pin It

I'm alive!

I have a huge post about our cruise, but it's on Middleman's laptop...will cut and paste it for you tonight! Pin It

Saturday, 9 January 2010

T minus 11 hours

In 11 hours, we will be at the airport, waiting for our 10:30 am flight...well, we will probably be waiting in line to clear security thanks to the latest DUMBASS. UGH.

Anyway, in 24 hours from now, I will be on our ship, two hours from sailing away into the Caribbean Sea.

I will, of course, be blogging from the deep blue sea, but until then, tata for now.

P.S. Please pray that we get there safely...you know my fear of flying.

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Friday, 8 January 2010

Keeping up with the Jones'

Yesterday, I bought myself a Nintendo DS.

My boys have had their own DS's for a while and hardly use them, but for Christmas, my Mum wanted one to play a game called "Brain Age" which is supposed to keep your brain sharp. Anyhoooo....

Hubster played her game a little over Christmas and loved it, so he went out and bought the Brain Age game and has been playing on Middleman's DS. I tried it and also fell in love with it, but Boy Oneder has been using his DS lately, so I bought myself one. I figure it will be something I can use on the cruise, but mostly, on the plane, because you all know how I hate to fly. Oh gosh, I felt sick just typing that...UGH.

Anyway, it came with a case and a Personal Trainer for cooking (which I don't really need cuz I ROCK in the kitchen ;o) but it came with the package. It's very pretty...flourescent green...I guess I won't ever lose this baby! Check it out here:

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I did my daily brain age training this morning and I am pleased to say that my brain age went from 68 yesterday to 45 today! WOOT WOOT!

I'm SUCH a gadget girl! Pin It

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today...

January 6, 2009

Outside my window...the sun is really trying to shine, but the clouds are not allowing that to happen
I am thinking...that my head is really pounding
I am thankful for...my health, my family and my job
From the kitchen...I can see the children at the school playing in the snow
I am wearing...khaki pants and a pink sweater
I am creating...a blog post
I am going...for a massage at 7:00
I am reading...this blog post
I am hoping...that our cruise is everything I hope it will be and more
I am hearing...my mother-in-law chatting on the phone
Around the house...everything is quiet
One of my favorite things...is blogging
A few plans for the rest of the week: Pack and prepare for our cruise...we leave Sunday
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...



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Pink toed hairless mole rat

Four more sleeps and we will be on our way to San Juan for our family cruise. Yesterday, I had a nice pedicure and got waxed. I did my eyebrows, upper lip, underarms and lower legs. I was too chicken to do my bikini line...but I *may* bite the bullet and go back today. Last night, the neighbs told me it was well worth the pain and discomfort. So, we will see if I can work up the courage.

I haven't even brought one suitcase up from the basement yet, so I am living up to my reputation of "last minute girl" when it comes to packing for a trip. I like it better this way. If I pack too early, I end up taking WAAAAY too much stuff. Tomorrow will be spent doing laundry and then tomorrow night, we will start to pack.

This is our ship. We have been on the Carnival Triumph before and this is the sister ship, so the layout will be the same, but the decor will be different. I wonder if we'll remember how to get from one place to the other! LOL

This is where Threepeat will be spending alot of time ;o)

We are sailing at 10:30 pm from San Juan and heading to St. Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten. We are in the process of figuring out what we want to do excursion-wise. and will book those excursions tonight. It's VERY exciting!!

Tonight is hockey/soccer/hockey. Boy Oneder has tryouts for the school ice hockey team, then dinner, then Middleman has soccer practice and Boy Oneder has hockey practice at the same time...Hubster is going to hockey and I am going to soccer...snore. Pin It

Monday, 4 January 2010

50 Interesting Facts

Shamelessly stolen from www.hemmy.net a VERY cool website, along with my comments, in red.

1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side. True

2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off. That's kinda scary, no?

3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying. Hmmm....I'll try this and report back

4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it. Eww. My tongue is ALWAYS pink

5. The Mercedes-Benz motto is “Das Beste oder Nichts” meaning “the best or nothing”. Cool


6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal. Hmm...I didn't know that

7. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing. Very cool...I'll experiment next time I look at my boyfriend, Edward Cullen

8. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night. This I don't believe...I love my sleep whether I smoke or not

9. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day. Wow...I need to laugh ALOT more. I don't think I laugh even ONCE a day on most days :o(

10. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. I don't think this is true...I think it's the echo of the air around you...or it really IS the ocean. ;o)

11. Dalmatians are born without spots. This I knew already...I'm so smart

12. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave. Huh...go figure

13. The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings) or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings). Huh??

14. Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left. Considering that I wear shirts, I knew this already

15. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids. Really? Who investigates these things and do they have a REAL job too?

16. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a bee. Oh GROSS!

17. Roosters cannot crow if they cannot extend their necks. Again I ask, who investigates these things???

18. The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones. BRB...going to buy a store full of blue paint and paint my entire house blue!!

19. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die. Good grief...I guess there's no hope for allergy sufferers...that would explain alot about some of my allergy-stricken friends - LOL!

20. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart. Wow...this I did not know

21. The verb “cleave” is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate. Huh? I don't get it

22. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red. How on EARTH did they figure this one out? For the love of Pete

23. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red. Eww

24. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor. LOL

25. The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named Volney. Who really cares...no really.

26. Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros. Useless information

27. Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan. Good grief

28. It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it. LOL

29. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples. OK

30. There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Good thing you told me...I certainly don't want to count them thank you very much

31. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting. I no believah

32. Human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death. I have heard this before and I think it's gross

33. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body. Wow.

34. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets. Ugh who CARES?? Why do those things even NEED a name anyway?

35. Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game. And this is why I do not play soccer...stupid sport

36. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air. Interesting

37. Every day 200 million couples make love, 400,000 babies are born, and 140,000 people die. No wonder we have such overpopulation on our planet

38. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like it is smiling). That's so cool!

39. Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.” LMAO!!

40. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot. Huh...

41. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. I AM a red head now.

42. The average person laughs 13 times a day. Not me.

43. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are:Mizaru(See no evil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru(Speak no evil) Don't care

44. Women blink nearly twice as much as men. Talk about batting our eyelashes too!

45. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog. I don't believe this. I had a wonderful german sheppard...I think dobermans, pitbulls or rottweilers are more vicious
...just sayin'


46. Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump. That's far!!!

47. Whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound. Neato!

48. Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death. Oh come ON!!! LOL

49. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause. Really? That is fascinating...really...I never knew this!

50. The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet!! EWWW! Pin It

Saturday, 2 January 2010

2 days in...

and so far, 2010 has been just fine. Lots o' family time...read as craziness!

Hockey has begun its vice grip on our lives again, beginning with Boy Oneder's practice at 8:30 and Middleman's 8:15 this morning. Two arenas, same time...Hubster at one, me at the other.

We had a lovely lunch at Mum's yesterday...turkey and all the trimmings. Yummay!

After that yummy supper, we played "Taboo" and headed for home at about 8:00...Threepeat didn't nap for the first time in his life, so he was asleep before we even left Mum's subdivision. When we got home, the transfer to bed didn't go smoothly and he, for a brief moment, woke up...panic stricken, I ran downstairs to get him a bottle of warm milk and all was good in the world again. We got the older boys into bed to watch their TVs and then Hubster and I had a "date" in the family room to watch "Paranormal Activity". Crap movie...don't waste your time or money.

Tonight, we are going to our next door neighbours' house, along with all the other neighbs, for a New Year' drink...or 5. I made an EXCELLENT cheeseball with tons of crackers, along with a banana loaf that I believe would rival even Kate's...just sayin'....oh and Kate...that might just be a challenge...oh yeah baby Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring it on!!!

Anyhooo....I hope your 2010 has been as uneventful and "normal" as mine so far! Pin It
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