Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Deerhurst Weekend

Hubster and I went to Deerhurst Resort with our besties, Kathy and Bruno this weekend for a little R & R and adult time. Here's the story...

Last November, my girl, Karen, and I booked a Girls' Weekend at Deerhurst, where there were tons of fun activities planned for girls only. We were so excited about it. Low and behold, a few days before we were to leave, Middleman came down with the Swine Flu. Then Boy Oneder and Threepeat showed signs that they too would start oinking, so we cancelled the weekend. Deerhurst was kind enough to extend a credit for the entire amount, that was to be used within a year.

Fast forward to July and I realized that my deadline was approaching on the credit. I decided, with Karen's blessing, to use the credit for a weekend with my Hubster and that we would do another girl's weekend another time, hopefully at Deerhurst in November. Hubster and I invited our besties to come with us and we picked a weekend...September 11th. I called to reserve in the beginning of August and was sad to find that the only weekend we could arrange was sold out for an Ironman triathalon thingy-ma-bob. We went back to the calendar and with a bit of rearranging, were able to do this past weekend. When I called Deerhurst and booked the weekend, I was shocked to hear that the cost of one night in a two-bedroom condo was the same as the full girls' weekend last year! I hemmed and hawed and finally decided that we work really hard, we NEVER go on dates or have any alone time and it was money spent last year...what the hell...and I booked it. We deserved to live in luxury, if for only one night. Kathy and Bruno paid for tickets to the Decades show that has been running throughout the summer and we were really exicted because the show looked great!

We arrived at Deerhurst at 3:00, although check-in wasn't until 4:00, but hoped to get lucky with an early check-in. The show started at 8:00, but the seating was first come, first served, so we figured if we could get in early, we'd have more time for showers and dinner. After a 15 minute wait in line for the front desk, we were advised that our room wasn't ready and the clerk took my cell number, promising to call as soon as it was ready. It was now 3:15. We headed down to the lakefront for a bit, watched the kids frolicking in the waterplay area and watched a beautiful bride have her photos taken. At 4:15, we still hadn't heard from the front desk, so we went back to the main pavillion to get an update. We stood in line at the front desk for another 10 minutes and at 4:30, we were told that they had had some trouble with our room last night and that the maintenance/housekeeping staff were still working on the room. The clerk called the room and spoke to one of the housekeeping staff, who told him that they would be another hour to hour and a half. This, if you are still with me here, would have brought us to between 5:30 and 6:00. We had four adults, all needing to shower and change and eat dinner, which we had planned to have in a little restaurant in Huntsville...there was no way we would make it in time for the show at 7:30.

We told the clerk our dilemma and he went to the back office to speak to his manager. After about 5 minutes, he returned, offering us a smaller room to shower in and when our room was ready, we could pack up again and a shuttle would take us to our condo. All four of us agreed that this was not a suitable solution. To unpack and repack everything is not what we had bargained for when we booked our $560.00 per night room. Oh yes folks...$560.00.

Kathy and I stepped outside while Hubster and Bruno spoke with the clerk and his manager. The manager offered us two smaller rooms, in the Sports Villas instead of our 2 bedroom condo. The Sports Villas are on the other side of the resort, away from the beautiful view of the lake. There was one bedroom and one pullout couch. At this point, we realized that there was no way we were going to get the room that we booked and we told them we would take one room. We were going to be spending all of our time together and the whole point of getting a 2 bedroom condo was so that we could be together! The manager was very apologetic and gave us 4 complimentary drinks. We were told that we could use the balance of the credit on any other services at the resort, and because it was now 4:45, so we knew we had no time to get to Huntsville and decided we would have to use the credit at Eclipse, Deerhurst's restaurant.

We drove over to the Sports Villas and carried our stuff up to the room. The room was clean, just as it had been the last time I stayed at Deerhurst. I went to use the washroom and the toilet wouldn't flush. Half an hour later, the plumber arrived to fix the toilet. It's now 5:25. We realized that we wouldn't have time to shower and eat a relaxing dinner, so I had to call the front desk to cancel our show tickets. We were all pretty bummed out because we were all looking forward to that show. :o(

We decided to have a couple of drinks and play "Wahooey", Kath and Bru's homemade board game. That, as always was fun.

After we showered and changed, we headed down to the restaurant for dinner...it was about 7:45. The restaurant was MUCH more money than we would have spent at the restaurant we were going to go to in Huntsville ($36.99 per person for a buffet), but we needed to use the credit and where the heck ELSE would we use it, but in the restaurant?

After our dinner, we headed back to the room for some more Wahooey. We went to bed around midnight and after ten minutes on the pullout couch, it was not going to happen. We ended up sharing the bedroom with Kath and Bru. Thank goodness they are like family...how uncomfortable if we weren't as close to them as we are.

We checked out at 11:45...again, waited in line for 15 minutes to do so. We couldn't use the express checkout because we had to settle up with the credit that was remaining.

So, although the company was fantastic (love you Kathy and Bruno), the weekend really was a disappointment. Like I said, Hubster and I NEVER get away and we really were looking forward to a relaxing, luxurious weekend at a high end resort. I think we would have been better off staying at a Holiday Inn closer to home! At least we would have had time to do all the things we wanted to do!

I left my comment card in the Express Checkout Box when we left. This morning, I received a DM on Twitter, asking for my surname and promising to look into the situtation. I sincerely hope that someone gets back to me. I hope this was a one-off thing, because I would REALLY like to go to the girls' weekend in November, but if this past weekend is what I can expect in November, I'll find another place to go. I'm so sad that what I thought would be fantastic was inconvenient, disappointing and nothing really special. :o( Pin It

Monday, 30 August 2010

I am alive...



just been crazy busy...






While I catch my breath and get an update ready, enjoy these gems I scanned in...






Boy Oneder and Middleman...ages 4 and 1:




My sweet Nanny and Pampy B...RIP...


Boy Oneder, Middleman and Katrina and Alysha...apple picking in 2000:


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Friday, 27 August 2010

Follow Me Chickadee!

Keely has a feature that I have been tempted to get in on for the last few weeks, but never did. Today, I am taking the leap...





The Life of a Sippy Cup Mom!, Mannland5 and Stash Mama have teamed up to cohost

Follow Me, Chickadee Fridays!


Each week, simply stop by at any of these three blogs for a chance to link up and meet new and exciting bloggers out on the interwebz!

All we ask is that you follow a few simple guidelines:

Add a main link to your blog each week (Linky will open every Thursday night at 11 p.m. EST and close at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday mornings EST).

Follow the first four blogs in the # 1, 2, 3, 4 spots.

Visit the blog above and below your listing and leave a *meaningful* comment. Something nice and shiney to make them smile. But make sure to tell them that you found them from Follow Me, Chickadee!

You don't have to follow every blog that follows you...but make sure that you follow the blogs that really interest you!

If you want to put the blog hop code or the Chickadee button on your Friday post on your blog, we welcome it!

Family friendly sites ONLY. The linky list will be monitored and anything not family friendly *will* be deleted. We don't want to see random naughty bits or something that would make our families cringe.

And the most important guideline? HAVE FUN! Make new friends, but keep the old...one is silver and the other's...ack, Girl Scouts memories shining through. Oh, and have a Happy Friday! Pin It

5 Question Friday

Where DOES the time go??? It's Friday already!! WOOHOO!!

I am looking forward to a FABU weekend with our dear friends, Kathy and Bruno...we are heading up to Deerhurst for an overnight adults only reeeeelaxation on Saturday...we will eat, drink and be merry...I can't WAIT!!!

Anyhoo, time for Mamma M's Five Question Friday, so without further ado, here are this week's questions...

1. How many pets do you have?

We have 2 pets....My Rosabella...a 9.5 year old bichon frise and Bubbles...a fancy goldfish.

2. If you could switch places with anyone in the world for one day, who would it be?

London Tipton from Suite Life on Deck. Ooooooh to have that much money and no responsibilities!!!


3. What is your favorite money saving tip?

Do your laundry after 9:00 pm in Ontario...hydro rates are at their lowest between 9:00 pm and 7:00 am. Dumb, but money saving all the same.


4. What do you want your kids to be when they grow up?

Honestly, I mean this for reals....whatever makes them happy. Obviously, I would love it if they would have highly paid, highly respected, safe, easy jobs (LOL), but I want them to be happy and if that means washing dishes at McDonalds (God forbid), then so be it. Life is too short. As long as they can pay their bills, happiness comes first.


5. What is your favorite quote?

"Life deals the cards, we merely play the hand"...my Dad said this when he was diagnosed with cancer. RIP Daddy.

Head on over and visit Mamma M and play along!! Pin It

Thursday, 26 August 2010

The Twelve Days of Back to School

As of today, there are twelve days left before school starts.

I made up this little ditty because, well, because I am bored stiff...

On the first day before school, my three boys gave to me...a migraine that made me feel sick.

On the second day before school, my three boys gave to me...2 back to school lists and a migraine that made me feel sick.

On the third day before school, my three boys gave to me...3 cluttered bedrooms, 2 back to school lists and a migraine that made me feel sick.

On the fourth day before school, my three boys gave to me...4 overdue books, 3 cluttered bedrooms, 2 back to school lists and a migraine that made me feel sick.

On the fifth day before school, my three boys gave to me...5 dirrrrrty socks, 4 overdue books, 3 cluttered bedrooms, 2 back to school lists and a migraine that made me feel sick.

On the sixth day before school, my three boys gave to me...6 scraped up knees, 5 dirrrrrty socks, 4 overdue books, 3 cluttered bedrooms, 2 back to school lists and a migraine that made me feel sick.

On the seventh day before school, my three boys gave to me...7 lame excuses, 6 scraped up knees, 5 dirrrrrty socks, 4 overdue books, 3 cluttered bedrooms, 2 back to school lists and a migraine that made me feel sick.

On the eighth day before school, my three boys gave to me...8 muddy footprints, 7 lame excuses, 6 scraped up knees, 5 dirrrrrty socks, 4 overdue books, 3 cluttered bedrooms, 2 back to school lists and a migraine that made me feel sick.

On the ninth day before school, my three boys gave to me...9 new demands, 8 muddy footprints, 7 lame excuses, 6 scraped up knees, 5 dirrrrrty socks, 4 overdue books, 3 cluttered bedrooms, 2 back to school lists and a migraine that made me feel sick.

On the tenth day before school, my three boys gave to me...10 reasons for fighting, 9 new demands, 8 muddy footprints, 7 lame excuses, 6 scraped up knees, 5 dirrrrrty socks, 4 overdue books, 3 cluttered bedrooms, 2 back to school lists and a migraine that made me feel sick.

On the eleventh day before school, my three boys gave to me...11 empty chip bags, 10 reasons for fighting, 9 new demands, 8 muddy footprints, 7 lame excuses, 6 scraped up knees, 5 dirrrrrty socks, 4 overdue books, 3 cluttered bedrooms, 2 back to school lists and a migraine that made me feel sick.

On the twelfth day before school, my three boys gave to me...12 broken pencils, 11 empty chip bags, 10 reasons for fighting, 9 new demands, 8 muddy footprints, 7 lame excuses, 6 scraped up knees, 5 dirrrrrty socks, 4 overdue books, 3 cluttered bedrooms, 2 back to school lists and a migraine that made me feel sickkkkkkkkkkk.....

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Wonderous Wednesday

Why does Threepeat insist on going from zero to 400 in the morning? He is in a sound sleep, he opens his eyes and then he is IMMEDIATELY up and jumping around. There is no revving the engine, no warm up, just STRAIGHT TO FULL SPEED in less than 2 seconds. I just.don't.get.that. (nor does my brain or my body)

Why is the sky blue? No seriously....I know it's gray on rainy days and that the clouds are gray/white, thereby turning the sky the same colour, but what is it that makes the actual sky blue?

Why does Michelle Duggar want MORE children? Why isn't 19 enough? Heck, why wasn't 3 or 4 enough??? I mean, I love my kids to death, and I'm sure she loves hers too, but COME ON people...19 is pushing the envelope a wee bit, no? The problem is that SHE has the kids, but her older kids end up caring for the little ones. You've done your part in (over)populating the earth with your genes, so why Michelle, WHY?

Why do people feel so strongly about things and then do nothing to change them? People get so heated behind closed doors, angry and frustrated, wanting so badly to make change, but when it comes to speaking up to those people who make the decisions, the angry, frustrated people won't step up and make their feelings known? They rely on big mouths like me to fight their battles, which I have no trouble doing, but you have to be on the band wagon people! You have to be there to back me up. Sigh...why are people so wimpy? STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS. STAND UP AND MAKE YOUR FEELINGS AND OPINIONS KNOWN! You don't have to be disrespectful or nasty when you convey your thoughts, but for goodness' sake, nothing will change if you don't MAN up and say something!!! I've seen and heard you in private and your opinions are GOOD ones and you are PASSIONATE about them, so why not tell the people that actually matter what you think?! Argh....OK /rant off. So WHY are people such wimps?

Why are McDonald's french fries SO yummy? Swiss Chalet fries too. Why? They are so bad for us, but they are oh so good. On that topic, why does everything that is so bad for us taste so good and many things that are so good for us taste so bad? Why? Wouldn't it have made sense for God to make things like poutine and chocolate cake FULL of vitamins? Would it not have made more sense for Him to make broccoli (which I happen to love, but I needed an example) full of fat and calories? Sigh, why God, why?

Why does summer have to end? Why can't we live on earth, happily and healthily with no winter? I mean, I could live with a two season climate...30 degrees celcius in the summer and 15 degrees celcius in the winter. No snow, no ice, no freezing rain. Why? Why can't all the earth be like that? Why?

Why do women have body hair? After all the years that human females have been shaving off their unwanted hair, you would think that evolution would have gotten rid of that unwanted hair! Note to the Evolution Fairy:

Dear Miss Evolution:

Please be aware that we don't need hair on our legs, upper lips, underarms or bikini lines and we only need a little bit oh hair for our eyebrows. If you would kindly stop human females from growing unsightly hair in these areas, we would GREATLY appreciate it.

Thank you very much,
Dawn and the human females

P.S. We would also greatly appreciate it if you would stop our periods once we are done having babies. Why do we need to suffer through another 15 years or more of periods once we know we are done procreating? Thanks again, your adoring fans, Dawn and the human females


HA! What a great name for a band..."Dawn and the Human Females"! Gonna keep that one in my back pocket for my big rise to stardom.

Why do people use garbage cans for their garbage? They put a black garbage bag inside a garbage can and then put the entire thing out for pick up. The poor garbage man has to lift the heavy garbage can, dump the garbage and then put the can back on the side of the road, only to have the wind carry the empty garbage can halfway down the street. If you just put your garbage in a bag and leave it at the side of the road, the garbage man simply swings it up into the truck and Bob's yer Uncle, Fanny's yer Aunt. So why people...WHY USE GARBAGE CANS? And please don't say it's to stop the animals, because 99% of you don't use lids and FYI...raccoons can climb, so they have full access to your garbage. So, why peeps? WHY?

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Sunday, 22 August 2010

Getting to know you...Mannland5 style

Keely has a great meme every week and being Sunday, it's time to play again. Head on over and link up!

1. If you could host a Reality TV show, which one would it be?

Is "Wipeout" a reality show? Cuz if it is, I AM IN BABY! This is one of the only TV shows I can sit through...seriously. I would LOVE to host it...what a hoot. In fact, I would love to PARTICIPATE!!!! HA! Now THAT would be a laugh!

2. Do you put your seatbelt on before or after you start the car?

Before. I HATE that "ding, ding, ding" so much that I always put my belt on before I start the van.

3. Shave or hair removal cream?

Both...depending on the day. If I don't have six minutes for the Nair to kick in, I will shave. If I have time, it's ALLLLLLLL about the Nair baby!

4. What's your favorite feature in a house?

Air conditioning. Period. That is all.

5. What is your favorite "Fall" scent?

Damp leaves. For whatever reason, the smell of damp, rotting leaves brings me back to such a happy time in my childhood.

6. What tv show are you looking forward to seeing the most this Fall??

Modern Family...it's really the only show worth watching these days. Most stuff on TV now is such crap.

7. Personal Shopper or Personal Chef?

Neither. Personal house cleaner por favor. I know how to shop AND cook cuz I'm just cool like that...but housecleaning? UGH...I need an Alice.

8. What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of "Fall"?

Apple picking. It's really the only thing I look forward to for fall. See, I know that winter is right on the heels of fall, so I dread fall in anticipation of winter. Yeah, I know...I'm weird. Pin It

Friday, 20 August 2010

Conversations with the "Other Side"

As I mentioned, I had a "meeting" with several of my family members who have passed on. Mum and I met with the wonderful medium, Sandy Wiltshire, on Wednesday and, just like the last time we met with her, we weren't disappointed.

Joanne, Dad, Nanny and Pampy were there. Names were mentioned, names that are really rare...like Alwyn. Birthdays were mentioned. Messages were passed on to us and peace came over us. Sandy knew how Nanny died. She knew the strange circumstances surrounding her death. She knew about things that no one else but Mum and I knew. She knew about BIL's recent marriage. She knew way too much for it to be a hoax. She is the real deal.

Mum and I really, REALLY needed to hear the things we heard and we are forever grateful to Sandy.

Her waiting list is over a year long, but she makes exception for bereaved parents. If you want to speak to your lost relatives, call her. Seriously...CALL HER. 1-905-877-3761. Pin It

Five Question Friday...

Hop on over to Mama M's Blog and play along!!

1. Do you have any nicknames and if so how did it come about?

Nope. My Daddy used to call me "Dawny" but that's not really a nickname.


2. What is your birth order amongst your siblings?

Me - 1969
My sister - 1972


3. In a movie of your life, who would play your significant other?

Robert Pattinson....mmmmmm

4. What is currently your favorite song?

I don't really have one...I LOVE all 80's stuff

5. Are you saving your money for anything right now? Big or small purchase?

Nope. Pin It

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Happy Birthday to....ME!

41 today.

Ugh.

Is that old? Pin It

Monday, 16 August 2010

I'm going to talk to my sister...

and my Dad
and my Nanny
and my Pampy
and my Grampy
and my Father-in-Law...

On Wednesday, Mom and I are heading out to see Sandy Wiltshire. You may remember her from three years ago...if not, here is the post.

I have taken my blog down until I see her, so that there is no disputing what she may or may not tell us. Because her name is in that post, she can technically google and find my blog and find out lots of information to tell us on Wednesday night, so in order to keep the skeptics at bay, no one can see the blog now unless they are invited by me...until after Wednesday night, when I reveal what she has to tell us...or rather, what THEY have to tell us.

There have been some really strange things happening around here and I just *know* that someone is desperately trying to tell us something, so Sandy will get to the bottom of it, I am sure. We have been on Sandy's waiting list for at least a year, so to get her phone call this morning was amazing, to say the least.

So, by the time you read this, it will all be over...I hope you're all still here when I get back!

So excited to speak to Jo-Jo and everyone else!!

August 18: WOW. Post about our experience will follow tomorrow....but just...WOW. Pin It

Saturday, 14 August 2010

My Sweet Myles...

OK, he's not "mine", but I part board him and TREAT him like he's mine, so therefore, I consider him MINE.

Here he is...the fifth man in my life. For you non-horsey peeps, that thing on his face is called a "fly veil" and it helps to keep the fly out of his eyes:



And another shot:



Isn't he lovely?

He has the best personality and is eager to please.

I HEART MYLES. Pin It

Friday, 13 August 2010

Five Question Friday

TGIF! It's Friday!!! That means it's time for Five Question Friday, courtesy of Mama M! Wanna play along? Just head on over and link up!

I vlogged my questions this week...


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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

The fruits of my labour...

Before:



After:



Now...doesn't the new position make more sense? (rolls eyes in disbelief)


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Now...go do the right thing!

LOL. This little gem made its way through Facebook's newsfeed yesterday and I absolutely loved it...it is BRILLIANT. So, of course, I had to share it with you...

Enjoy.

In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant
Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus
18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.

The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, written by a US man,
and posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I
have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that
knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend
the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that
Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination ... End of
debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other
elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and
female, provided they are from neighboring nations. A friend of mine
claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you
clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in
Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair
price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her
period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how
do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a
pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors.
They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus
35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated
to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an
abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than
homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there
'degrees' of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I
have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading
glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room
here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair
around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.
19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes
me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two
different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments
made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also
tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go
to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them?
Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family
affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy
considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan.

James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus,
Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
University of Virginia PS (It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a
Canadian)
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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Why are people so mean?

I don't understand why people are so mean. I came across a blog yesterday that I have added to my follow list because I could SO relate to what she was saying.

Molly attended Blogher 2010 recently and was really hurt by the whole experience and her post about it really touched my heart.

I have to be honest and say that I have no idea what Blogher is really supposed to be. I know it's a conference for a bunch of bloggers, but what they do there or what the purpose is, I have no idea, and to be completely honest, I don't really care. I blog because I love it, but I don't make money off of my blog and I certainly don't want to learn how to get into an "A List" of bloggy peeps. I like my little group of non-A-listers TYVM.

Anyway, Molly was made to feel like an outsider. She was left alone in several instances and completely snubbed in others. What I don't understand is why you would even bother going to a place where a bunch of other people, who have a common interest with you are gathered, if you have no intention of expanding your horizons or meeting new people. I mean, would you not think that the point in holding or attending a conference would be to network and add new people to your "groupies"? I am baffled as to why people would just reject another human being like that.

I have been made to feel like a leper in my real life...a few times actually...and it hurts. Alot. I don't get why one human being, who has never met another human being, could be so unaccepting and just plain mean. From what I can tell, Molly seems like a really, really nice person, so why on earth wouldn't you give her a chance?

I am sure there are 10 times as many good stories about Blogher as there are bad, but to me, even one bad story is too many. No one should be made to feel left out. No one should be left alone to cry by herself. No.One.

It's times like these when I am grateful that I don't get caught up in stuff like Blogher.

Molly...HUGS. Though it's no consolation and I know my blog is just a little microspeck on the internet, you are welcome here any time. I will never be an "A-Lister", but I will always welcome people with open arms. Pin It

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Strange things are happening to me....

Two days ago, Nanny's clock fell off my dresser...it is on top of my jewellery box, untouched by anyone except me when I dust...without sounding like a pig, let's just say it has been a while since I dusted. I bought the clock for Nanny and Pampy for their 60th wedding anniversary, and when Nanny died two years ago, Mum said I could have it.

I was making my bed (on the opposite side of where the dresser is) and it suddenly fell onto the floor. Thank goodness we have carpet in our bedroom or that sucker would have smashed into a million pieces.

When I told Hubster about it, he freaked out, saying it was an omen...a bad omen...because just before his Dad died, a picture fell off the wall, unprovoked.

Next, later that day, when I was talking to Hubster...he was in his car and I was leaning through the window...there was a ladybug on his door. Not so strange, but if you knew the significance of ladybugs in our lives since Joanne died, you'd "get" that was a bit weird to see one out of nowhere. Ladybugs show up in the oddest places (alive, in the snow; on signs in doctor's offices) at the most perfect times. Trust me on this...it's weird how often ladybugs enter our day to day lives since Joanne died.

Tonight, I went out to move Hubster's car onto the driveway and I saw a shooting star...a brilliant, beautiful shooting star with a loooooooong trail behind it.

Coincidence? Maybe. I think it's Joanne or Dad or Nanny or Pampy letting me know they are here... Pin It

Getting to know you...Mannland5 style

Sundays are getting to know you days...here are this week's questions:

1. Do you think mustaches are sexy?

No.

2. What's the last concert you've been to?

The Eagles and the Dixie Chicks...absolutely amazing!

3 What was your favorite 80's sitcom?

I can't choose just one, so here is a short list...

Differn't Strokes
Three's Company
Happy Days
Fresh Prince of Belair
Alice
Facts of Life

I could go on forever because the 80's were da BOMB for sitcoms, but I will spare you.


4. Were you named after anyone?

Nope.

5. When you buy new clothes, do you wash before wearing?

Sometimes, but mostly no.

6. If you didn't blog, what would you do with your spare time?

Parent my children...LOL. But seriously, I NEED my blog.

7. What is your favorite department store?

Target...wish they would come to Canada :o(

8. If you were to get Laser Hair Removal..where would you get it?

bikini line and eyebrows and upper lip and legs and underarms...LOL!

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Saturday, 7 August 2010

Canada's Wonderland

What a great day!

Hubster and I took three days off this week, with the sole intention of taking the boys to Canada’s Wonderland on one of those days. Thursday was that day. Threepeat has been asking ALL summer to go to Wonderland, not only because of the TV commercials, but because his Little Gym is right next door to Wonderland, so he sees it every Monday.

We arrived at the park just before 10:00 and surprisingly, it was pretty quiet. We went through the gates and the older boys immediately told us they were headed for “Behemoth” and a few other roller coasters. Hubster, Threepeat and I went off to Kidzville.

Threepeat wanted to ride on the antique trains first, so Hubster took him on the ride while I watched. Next, he and Hubster rode “Taxi Jam”, a little roller coaster that goes pretty quick for little ones, but he LOVED it. Next, we headed over to the old-fashioned cars, where Threepeat drove Hubster and I around the track...there is no steering involved as the cars are all on a metal track, but HE believed that he was actually driving and we went along with it, telling him to be careful over the bridge and not to drive too quickly or he would get a ticket. He LOVED it. The next ride was the helicopters. Again, he was the pilot and flew exceptionally well for a three year old! ;o) The next ride was the first one that Hubster and I couldn’t ride with him...the hot air balloons. I strapped him in and stepped outside of the fence to watch him “fly”. He chatted the ears off of the two other little guys in his basket, an ear-to-ear smile lighting up his face for the entire ride. Next was the rocket ride, where they are sent up, up, up and then down, down, down. Again, he loved it. Where he learned this from I don’t know, but he actually put his hands in the air like a pro as he was riding! LOL! He told Hubster that he wanted to ride on the Merry-go-Round, so we walked over to that section. While Hubster took him on the ride, I took photos. Boy Oneder called at that point and said that he and Middleman were hungry, so we agreed to meet them halfway to the Pizza Pizza, after Threepeat had his face painted as the Hulk. He sat perfectly still and was SO cute!! Next, we met up with the boys, where we agreed. We had a GREAT pizza while the boys told us that they rode ”Behemoth”, “Cyclone” and “Sledgehammer”.

After lunch, the older boys were off again, this time, to ride “Riptide” and “Dragon Flyer”. Hubster, Threepeat and I were off to Splashworks. It was SOOOO hot and I couldn’t wait to get some relief. Threepeat rode on the little waterslide and then we headed over the bridge to the big waterplay area. He was in his GLORY! He ran up and down the stairs, spraying random people with the different pipes and water guns, laughing and loving it. At this point, his entire face was just a mess of green and black paint...LOL. I wiped most of it off, just so it wouldn’t go in his eyes. There is a huge bucket that slowly fills with water and then tips, drenching everyone underneath. He was HILARIOUS as he stood with all the other people, waiting to get drenched. SO, SO cute. Our final “ride” was in the wave pool, where were swam and jumped the waves together, just Threepeat and I...the wave pool is right beside the Behemoth, so every time a train would go up the track, we would say, “Up, up, up!” and then when it reached the peak and went over, we’d say, “DOOOOOOWN!” I loved every second. He was simply adorable.

Eventually, Boy Oneder and and met up with us at about 3:00. They weren’t interested in the water, because they were exhausted, so we grabbed a Dippin Dots for them and headed out. Threepeat was asleep within minutes of getting into his stroller...riding and having fun is hard work you know!

He slept for about half an hour in the car and then, was raring to go again...lol that kid kills me.

We need more days like these. Such good times. Pin It

Friday, 6 August 2010

Five Question Friday...

Once again, I am participating in Mama M's Five Question Friday. Go and join in the fun!

1. Are you a neat sleeper or a messy sleeper?

Very VERY neat. My husband on the other hand ALWAYS pulls the sheets out of the bottom of his side and it makes me MENTAL!!!

2. Fill in the blank. I wish I was more ________________.

I am not gonna stop at one here peeps...my list:

thin
happy
rich
thick-skinned
faithful

...I will stop at five because it is five question friday and well, you don't want a novel.


3. What is something that you wish you had been warned about?

Someone you love can be taken from you in a heartbeat. Never, EVER let arguments fester because the other person may be gone before you know it. RIP Joanne.

4. What was the best thing you ever found at a garage sale/flea market?

I am a princess and I do not DO garage sales or flea markets. Sorry, but that's the way it is.

5. If you could have any meal brought to you right now, what would it be?

I am pretty full on Doritos and homemade banana bread, but I could REALLY go for some spanikopita right now. Tastes of the Danforth is on right now and it really has me craving some Greek goodness. And no Kate, I am not pregnant. (rolls eyes) Pin It

Half Boy, Half Hulk...

You won't like him when he's angry...

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Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Here we go again...

Second verse, same as the first...

Remember this?:

http://www.boyohboyohboy.com/2006/06/let-battle-begin.html

And this?:

http://www.boyohboyohboy.com/2006/06/battle-has-ended.html

And this?:

http://www.boyohboyohboy.com/2009/05/why-indeed.html

And this?:

http://www.boyohboyohboy.com/2006/08/just-when-i-thought-battle-was-over.html

And this?:

http://www.boyohboyohboy.com/2006/08/saga-continues.html

If not, go read all those posts...I'll wait....

(insert musical interlude here)

Back? M'kay good...let's begin, shall we?

**THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY TYPED ON JULY 29TH, BUT COULD NOT BE PUBLISHED DUE TO THE SITUATION NOT BEING RESOLVED. THIS MAY GET EXTREMELY LONG, DEPENDING ON HOW LONG THE SCHOOL BOARD DRAGS THE ISSUE OUT, SO FOR THE LENGTH OF THIS POST, I APOLOGIZE, BUT I HOPE THAT BY READING ALL THE WAY THROUGH IT, ANYONE OUT THERE WHO MAY BE IN A SIMILAR SITUATION, WILL GET UP THE COURAGE TO STAND UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING...**

Well, we are at war again.

Here's my letter to my City Councillor that I wrote last night, that explains the current situation:

Dear Mr. *:

I stood before you and Members of Council in 2006 to present
a deputation regarding portables at St. * School. I am attaching a copy of my
deputation for your reference. I am grateful that you were so kind and helpful
back then and that’s why I am writing to you today. I need your help again.

After I presented my deputation in 2006, I was awarded the opportunity
to work with the City of * and the School Board to come to a mutual agreement on
where the portables should be placed. The 3 portables became 6 portables and two
years ago, converted to a port-a-pac due to the overwhelming growth in our
school. The placement of the port-a-pac is ideal, as it can be seen by the
school cameras, is well-lit and does not obstruct the already overcrowded
schoolyard. I was pleased to have come to such an amicable resolution after
fighting to have my voice, and that of my neighbours and community, heard. The
site plan was amended and now shows where the port-a-pac is located. I am
attaching a copy for your reference. You will notice that across the back of the
schoolyard, there are no proposed portables. You will also notice that there is
ample space on both sides of the port-a-pac, as well as behind it, for many more
portables.

I am writing this letter to you today, as I am facing this
same dilemma again. I hope I can count on you for your guidance and support like
I did 4 years ago.

Yesterday morning, I looked out my bedroom window to
see the foundations for a portable being placed in the middle of the schoolyard
(our home backs onto the St. * schoolyard). I have attached photos for your
reference. There was no prior notification that this portable was even required,
let alone that it was being delivered or where it was to be placed.

The
location of this portable is, to be blunt, ridiculous. It is in the middle of
the primary play yard, which is already jam-packed with kids at recess. There is
no lighting behind the portable, there are no cameras behind the portable and it
has cut out a large area of the playground for the children. I fear that the
location of this portable will be a haven for drugs, sex, violence and illegal
behaviour. I feel that during the school day, children will be at risk because
the playground is already under-supervised. Plopping a portable into the middle
of that yard will make the job of the few teachers on duty even more difficult.
These are all the same concerns that I voiced 4 years ago.

I have
emailed the principal of St. *, * *, the Director of Education, * *, * *,
yourself and your assistant, *. Mr. * (the trustee) has responded with the same
answer I got 4 years ago...he is looking into it. I don’t have time to waste.
Last time Mr. * “looked into it”, I ended up having to do the deputation to the
City at the very last moment to avoid the portables being placed. Mr. * was no
help whatsoever and I fear that he is using the same stall tactics as he used 4
years ago. I fear that once the school year starts, it will be impossible to
have this portable moved. * has been very helpful in getting me a copy of the
Site Plan and responding to my questions very quickly. No one else has responded
to me via email or telephone, despite numerous emails and voicemails. I realize
that these are the summer months, but something must be done before the start of
the school year.

I also feel that the placement of this portable,
directly behind my home which is midway down the schoolyard is a direct result
of my deputation 4 years ago. I feel that it is a reprisal against me
personally, as there can be no logical or reasonable explanation for why it was
placed in such an odd place.

Mr. *, I implore you to please help me in
my cause. I would so very much appreciate it if you would come out to see the
portable’s location. All you need to do is see it to realize how ridiculous its
location is. Even our children have asked why the portable was in the middle of
the yard...”This is where we play!” “Where are we supposed to play soccer now?”

Please Mr. *...will you call me to discuss this matter at your earliest
opportunity?

I can be reached at ** or ** at any time.

Thank you
very much in advance.

Sincerely,
Dawn *
And many residents of *
(subdivision)


Here are some photos so you can see what I am talking about...





My Councillor paid me a visit today and we discussed the issue. Unfortunately, the City has no jurisdiction over the school board.

I had emailed the City Planner to see what, if anything, could be done if the school placed a portable in an area that contravenes the site plan. The email I received from the City Planner in response today reads:

Hello Dawn,

The definition of "Development" within the Planning Act does not include the placement of a portable classroom on a school site of a District School Board if the school site was in existence on January 1, 2007. The City of *'s Site Plan Control By-law is consistent with the Planning Act.

As such, additional portables at St. * would not require site plan approval. However, any application for building permit would have to meet the zoning by-law regulations.

Thank you,

**


My Councillor was extremely helpful in getting me in touch with some key individuals. I have contacted police department to see if there is a recommendation report that can be done. Unfortunately, the police cannot assist me as the school is considered private property and therefore, the safety officer must be invited by the school board to do an audit. The sargeant that I spoke with was saddened as me when he told me my only option would be to report any suspicious activity behind the portable every time it happens and if it is often enough, they can take it further to force the board to make changes. Sigh..."Sorry Ma'am, your daughter was raped, but now we will make changes." (shaking my head in disbelief)

After pulling every excuse under the sun, and about 50 emails today with the trustee, the director of education, the superintendent of schools, the principal and the board's constructin manager, I finally got them to agree to meet with me on Tuesday morning at the schoolyard. For the love of Pete, all along, all I have wanted is for someone to listen to my concerns and hear my ideas. Not alot to ask!

I also shocked our princpal with a phone call to his cellphone today. He has ignored all of the emails over the past couple of days. He also forgot that he called me from Quebec when Boy Oneder was sick...I had kept his cellphone number. He nearly pooped himself when he heard my voice today. He tried to get me off the phone immediately, with yet another excuse:

"Oh hi Mrs. *! I am out of town and can't talk now...can I call you back?"

"Actually, Mr. *...I need just a moment of your time..."

"But I am out of town and..."

"I just want a moment Mr. * as you have not responded to my numerous emails."

"I haven't received any emails...as I said, I am out of town."

I asked him about the portable and he went on and on about how it was only for french and music classes...blah, blah, blah.

In the end, he had slipped up and mentioned something that was in one of my emails. He also agreed that it would be OK for me to meet with the trustee and the construction manager in his absence. Thank you very much.

Several emails to everyone later, they FINALLY realized that I was not going to back down. Relunctantly, they agreed to meet me. The Director of Education, the Trustee, the Construction Manager, my Councillor, myself (and HOPEFULLY, the reporter).

I am SO proud of myself. I did not back down. I was not intimidated. I refused to accept their lame excuses and stalling tactics. I pray that in the end, they will see that I have no hidden agenda, no reason to cause trouble. I am just a Mom who wants to keep her kids and the other kids of the community safe. Can't we all just get along and do what is right???

So, that's where we are at now. Stay tuned for the continuing saaaaagaaaaa...

Saturday, July 31st: I was just advised that our principal (you know, the one that is out of town?) was driving his car around the school yard this morning. Hmm....wonder if he's going to be conveniently back out of town again for Tuesday's meeting. Wonder why he felt the need to come back into town and drive around his school yard. These deceptive, lying, sneaky people are the ones that are teaching our children...in a CATHOLIC school...I feel sick.

Tuesday, August 3rd. Our neighbour Anthony, Hubster and myself met with the Director of Education, the Trustee, my City Councillor and Manager of Construction Services this morning at the school yard. To make a long story short (yeah, I know, way too late at this point...sorry dudes) the portable is being moved. Not far, but at least out of the middle of the school yard. In the photo below, you will see what I mean when I say they are moving it to the far right side, against the grass and in front of the port-a-pac.



It is not the solution that I think is best, but at the very least, the camera at the top corner of the school show in this photo:



will be able to catch some of the back of the portable once it is moved and the other side of the portable can be seen from the main road and the park next to the school. It is still in the primary yard, but it is in the corner, so there is less disruption to the kids' pay area.

According to the Board, the portable was put in the wrong spot by the movers. I find this hard to believe because the plan that they showed us this morning is perfectly clear that the portable is against the grass, but I am going to let that one go. It just adds to my already weak faith in the school board.

So, while I am pleased that they realize how ridiculous the original spot is and that they are moving it, this is a temporary solution. What about next year when we need yet another portable? Are we going to start stacking them on top of one another or are we going to be proactive and extend our port-a-pac? Time will tell. I may be posting another long post like this next August. Watch for it, won't you? Pin It

Big day today...

I have a meeting today that will bring all of my hard work over the past week to a crescendo.

It could go either way....please say a little prayer that truth will prevail and that they "do the right thing". Hopefully, I will be able to share the entire story this afternoon.

Wish me luck!! Pin It

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Getting to know you...

Mannland5 style...head over there and join in!

1. If you were to win an award today, what would it be for?

Perseverance. I am in the middle of a heated battle with my kids' school board. I am fighting alone, with everyone too afraid to speak up for what is right. I meet with them on Tuesday morning and have blogged the whole story out, but can't share until it's settled. I have been a pit bull, grabbing a bite and hanging on for dear life. I will not give up until there is no other option available. Childrens' safety MUST.COME.FIRST.

2. What is your shoe style?

Comfort. That is all. No heels. Just comfort.

3 Does your car reflect your personality?

Yes...lots of bells and whistles and pimped up. My 2009 Chrysler Town & Country is a beauty. I heart her.

4. If you could take over someones body for a day..whose would you choose?

Wow...there are so many. I think Jennifer Aniston. She is gorgeous, has no kids and is gorgeous...oh I already mentioned that, didn't I?

5. Love or be loved?

Oooooh....another toughy. I think "Be Loved". I love lots of people...I just want them to love me too.

6. If you were on death row, what last meal would you choose?

Holy canoli...loaded questions today! I'd have to pick roast beef, yorkshire puddings, broccoli, carrots, gravy and bumbleberry pie for dessert.

7. Have you been on vacation this Summer, if so where?

Nope....no vacations since March.

8. What is your favorite food related guilty pleasure?

Nachos...mmmmm I love me some nachos. Pin It
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