Monday, 28 February 2011

Overwhelmed

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you truly didn't know what to do next?

I felt that way this past Friday.

I have been overwhelmed many, many times...being a working wife and Mom of three busy boys makes that feeling inevitable, but I don't think I have ever been in the state that I was in on Friday.

I have a HUGE workload right now and with Boy Oneder and Middleman's hockey playoffs and Middleman's soccer schedule and Threepeat's swimming and skating lessons, obligatory phone calls and meetings and visits, the stress level got to an unmanagable one this weekend.

I was physically ill from it.

But, I also made a conscious decision that I will no longer let stress consume me like that. I walked away from my work laptop this weekend, even though I had planned to work over the weekend to ensure that my client was ready for their deadlines. I, of all people, need my weekends. Mr. McGuinty has made it so that the only time I can do my 15 loads of laundry without mortgaging my house to pay the hydro bills, is on the weekends. So, I did all of my laundry and focused on the kids.

Although I felt sick turning on my laptop this morning, knowing that this will be another hellish week, I had my weekend.

Once I have completed my current work committments, I am taking a vacation. We can't afford to go anywhere this year, but I can still take a week off and re-energize. It looks like it will be the end of March or early April, but I WILL take that time for myself.

Until then, I'll plug away, careful not to get to the point that I did on Friday. Pin It

Monday, 21 February 2011

Happy Family Day!

Here in Ontario, for the past few years, we have been treated to a new Statutory Holiday for Family Day. I love it because previously, we went from New Year's Day to Good Friday without a long weekend, which in some years, was almost four months!

The only trouble is that it's really cold outside and anything that IS open (ie: recreational skating, etc.) will be JAM-PACKED. So, I think we are going to work on the basement as a family. Good times.

In other exciting news, I am moving over to Wordpress...I think. LOL

I am just working on importing and exporting and stuff, so hopefully, I will have much more flexibility moving forward.

Stay tuned! Pin It

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Why?

My parents taught me that if I don't have anything nice to say, don't say it.

My teachers taught me to treat others as I would want to be treated.

The Bible taught me not to judge others.

So why then, do people say negative things, treat others poorly and judge other people? Didn't their parents, teachers and Bible teach them the same things?

Just wondering. Pin It

Friday, 18 February 2011

There's a rumbly in my tumbly...

**TMI ALERT: This post is not for the weak-stomached. You've been warned.**

I woke up Monday with tummy trouble. Bloating, gas, pain, gurgling, diarreah. I spent the day with very little appetite and lots of pain...the pain moved around a bit, starting under my right rib cage and then moving towards the back, again to the front and down and to the left. It was a dull ache that just throbbed.

Tuesday morning, I woke up with the pain again, but less diarreah. I really felt like I had to "go", even after I had just "gone".

Wednesday morning, I felt a bit better, but skipped lunch with my co-workers at "The Host"...a fantastic all-you-can-eat Indian buffet restaurant. I was still bloated and uncomfortable. Sigh.

Thursday morning, I decided to try changing my diet. I haven't eaten much all week, but I thought that I would be careful not to eat anything that would make me sicker. I had a Danactive and half a wholewheat bagel for breakfast, plain Lifesmart pasta for lunch (it's high in fibre) and the same plain pasta for dinner. I made sure to drink lots of water (and added in a couple of glasses of pomegranate juice) throughout the day. No wine. (Boo!- LOL) I bought Gas-X and took a dose after dinner. It helped a bit, but not alot.

This morning, I woke up gassy, bloated and I'm sure you can hear my stomach through the computer because it's gurgling SO loudly. I had a Danactive and a multigrain bagel for breakfast.

I can't understand what is causing this. The pain is gone...thank goodness...and the fact that the pain "moved" tells me it was probably something that I needed to get out of my system, but the bloating is horrible. My Nanny B suffered from IBS (diverticolitis) and I have never had "normal" bowels like everyone else, but this has lasted longer than before. I have been pretty stressed at work, so that may be contributing.

I will see how I am by Monday, with the dietary changes in place. If it hasn't subsided, I will head in to the doctor's office.

There ya go...that's your TMI post of the week! HA! Pin It

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Worry...

Life as a hockey mom entails alot of heart jumpstarts.

My boy falls awkwardly and hits the boards hard. My boy gets hit and crumples into the goal post hard. My boy "trips over the blue line" and falls head first onto the ice...all part and parcel of being involved in Canada's unofficial sport (our "real" national sport is lacrosse, but, please...hockey is OUR REAL GAME).

Today, Middleman's hockey team played amazingly. They came back from a 2-0 disadvantage to a 6-4 win. Mostly due to an amazing player named Phillip. He is a "AAA" player who decided, with his parents, to step way back down to houseleague this year as the pressure of playing triple "A" was a bit too much for this 11 year old. Of course, he shines and stands out like a sore thumb with his amazing ability as a hockey player and he scores many of our goals. He is a super-nice kid too...always smiling, always takes the time to say hi to me, always respectful.

Phillip scored an AMAZING goal today on a breakaway...it was the goal that put us up 5-4 with just 3 minutes left in the game. Immediately after his goal, he fell...hard...smacking the back of his head on the ice. Thank God for helmets. But a few seconds later, he was on the bench, being tended to by his coach, and from my view from the stands, he was seizing. I can't even put into words the nauseous feeling that I felt in the pit of my stomach. Honestly, I was physically ill. His Dad made his way over to the bench, at the beckoning of the coach and as the ref and his Dad guided Phillip's wobbly body off the ice, I had tears in my eyes. I ran out to the dressing room, asking if I could do anything. His Dad had an eery calm about him and said that he was OK. But he WASN'T OK. He couldn't open his eyes. He couldn't recall how many goals he had scored. He was completely out of it.

His Dad undressed him and ran out to get his car, as Phillip's grandpa pretty much carried him out of the arena. The kid looked like he was drunk, stoned. Absolutely out of it. His Dad told me he was heading straight to the hospital.

He hasn't left my thoughts all day. It's probably "just" a concussion, which to me is sickening. I betcha hundreds of kids suffer concussions every weekend in Canada, but to witness it firsthand is downright scary.

Boy Oneder himself said today, "Man...stuff like this puts everything into perspective. That could have been me or Middleman or ANYone. That's scary."

As I wait for an updating email from his coaches, I am praying that Phillip is resting comfortably at home and that this injury ends up being minor. I also pray that as a hockey Mom, I never have to witness something like this ever again...especially with my own boys. Pin It

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Come Dine With Me Canada!

Tuesday was a very exciting day here! I had Brady, from Come Dine With Me Canada, come to the house for my on-camera interview for the show!

Come Dine With Me Canada is a show where 5 get together for a week's worth of dinner parties. Each contestant makes a starter, a main and a dessert and at the end of each night, they rate each other on a scale of 1 to 10 on entertaining/hosting skills, presentation and food. It's a fun show because they tend to put very different people together for each group and the conflicts and personality clashes are hilarious!

A couple of months ago, I emailed Proper Television about my interest in the show and they sent me a questionnaire to complete. A few weeks later, they called for a ten minute telephone interview and then Tuesday was my on-camera interview.

It lasted 2.5 hours and was lots of fun! Brady was great and made me feel like we'd been friends for years, so sitting in front of the camera was very easy. She interviewed me for an hour or so and then I cooked a meal for her, while she filmed me and asked me questions about it. I made my Nanny's "Fish and Parsley Sauce" and it turned out GREAT! Thank goodness! I had to plate the dish and then eat it...Brady didn't try it, she just filmed me filling my face! I never realized how hard it is to talk to someone and cook at the same time! I am a multi-tasker extraordinaire, but trying to concentrate on not forgetting any ingredients, not burning the food and listening to and answering questions semi-intelligently is much harder than one would think!

So, it went really well and I think Brady liked me, so now I wait and see if I will be accepted on the show. She said it would be a couple of weeks before I heard anything.

I'm very excited! I have to give a special thank you to Grant and Chantelle, who were my guinea pigs last week...they gave me great feedback and I love them dearly! Pin It

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

The Female Demerit System

I am a bad, bad blogger lately, I know. But i have much to share, just no time to type it all out! Maybe tonight, I will get around to updating you all on the exciting news, but for now, here is an email I received from a co-worker that I think is HILARIOUS! Enjoy.

The Female Demerit System

In the world of romance, one single rule applies: Make the woman happy. Do something she likes and you get points. Do something she dislikes and points are subtracted.You don't get any points for doing something she expects. Sorry, that's the way the game is played.



Here is a guide to the point system:



SIMPLE DUTIES

You make the bed (+1)

You make the bed, but forget the decorative pillow (0)

You throw the bedspread over rumpled sheets (-1)

You go out to buy her what she wants (+5) in the rain (+8)

But return with Beer (-5)



You check out a suspicious noise at night (+1)

You check out a suspicious noise, and it is nothing (0)

You check out a suspicious noise and it is something (+5)

You pummel it with iron rod (+10)

It's her pet (-20)



SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS

You stay by her side the entire party (0)

You stay by her side for a while, then leave to chat with an old school friend (-2)

Named Tina (-10)

Tina is a dancer (-20)

Tina has silicone implants (-80)



HER BIRTHDAY

You take her out to dinner (+2)

You take her out to dinner and it's not a sports bar (+3)

Okay, it's a sports bar (-2)

And it's all-you-can-eat night (-3)

It's a sports bar, it's all-you-can-eat night, and your face is painted the colours of your favourite team (-10)



A NIGHT OUT

You take her to a movie (+1)

You take her to a movie she likes (+3)

You take her to a movie you hate (+6)

You take her to a movie you like (-2)

It's called 'Death Cop' (-3)

You lied and said it was a foreign film about orphans (-15)



YOUR PHYSIQUE

You develop a noticeable potbelly (-15)

You develop a noticeable potbelly and exercise to get rid of it (+10)

You develop a noticeable potbelly and resort to baggy jeans and baggy Hawaiian shirts (-30)

You say, "It doesn't matter, you have one too." (-8000)



THE BIG QUESTION

She asks, "Do I look fat?" (-5) (Yes, you lose points no matter what)

You hesitate in responding (-10)

You reply, "Where?" (-35)

Any other response (-20)



COMMUNICATION

When she wants to talk about a problem, you listen, displaying what looks like a concerned expression (0)

You listen, for over 30 minutes (+50)

You listen for more than 30 minutes without looking at the TV (+500)

She realizes this is because you have fallen asleep (-4000)
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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Ch..ch...ch...ch..ch...ch...changes....

I am 99% sure I am moving to Wordpress. Working out the logistics...stay tuned. Pin It
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