Thursday, 31 January 2013

School bus blues

Boy Oneder takes a school bus every morning.

On Monday, we had a little snow.  Nothing at all to be panicked about, but we had some snow.  It took me longer to get to work, but more because people were being extra cautious than because of slippery roads.

Boy Oneder waited for the bus for 20 minutes...it never arrived.  He went home and received a recorded call a few minutes later that buses had been cancelled due to weather.  Monday was to be the day of his music exam.  The recording said that his exam would be moved to Thursday.  I was a bit ticked, but got over it.

This morning, the Thursday that Boy Oneder's exam was moved to, the bus failed to show up again.  There was NO snow on the ground when I left the house ten minutes before the bus was due to arrive.  On my way in, there were a few snow squalls, with poor visibility for a few minutes, but none of the snow was sticking to the roads.

Hubster had to drive him to school.  What if we had both already left for work and he had no other way to get to school?  Would he automatically fail his exam?  Would he be rescheduled AGAIN?  There was no call from the school today as of 8:51 am, so I assume that his exam is still on as scheduled.

Now...

I am all for the safety of my children and wouldn't want them on a school bus in trecherous weather.  But COME ON.  We live in Canada.  A country well known for it's snowy winters.  We can't cancel school buses every time we have a freaking flurry!!!

I am fuming this morning and will be calling the Board for an explanation on criteria for cancelling school buses, the protocol for letting parents and students know about said cancellations and most importantly, what would have happened had my kid not been able to get to school for his exam.

Our education system is an embarrassment.

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Daddy and Threepeat, contemplating life...


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Monday, 28 January 2013

Seven Years

I look back at photos and still, even after seven years, cannot believe she is truly gone...forever.

Joanne's daughters look and ARE so much like her in so many ways that I feel like a part of her is still with me.  Courtney's laugh, Rebekah's quiet nature and Danielle's loving ways.  In many ways, she IS still here.

But I want to hug her.  I want to laugh with her.  I want her to call me and sing to me as she drives home from work.  I want her to say, "Hi Babe!" like she used to.  I ache so deeply just typing these words. 

I used to feel her around me, but I don't have that feeling anymore and I hope it's because she has moved on to the higher level of Heaven that she so rightly deserves, but I miss her little signs and messages.

Oh Joanne, how I wish you were here....

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Friday, 25 January 2013

Five Question Friday

So, I can finally breathe a wee bit and am taking this quick opportunity to do a fly by "Five Question Friday".  If you would like to participate, head on over to Mama M's Blog and play along!

So, without further ado....

1. Do you embrace or dread snow/cold weather days?


Dread with everything in me.  I HATE snow.  I HATE cold.  I HATE winter.  Have I made myself clear?
2. Which game show or reality show could you totally win?

I would totally win "Come Dine with Me" - some of you may remember that I made it onto the show, but they pushed me out due to scheduling issues and I wasn't able to change my schedule to accomodate :(  But I would rock that show like no other, I just know it!

3. What is your preferred climate?

Warm, dry and sunny.
4. What do you buy every time you walk into the grocery store, no matter what?

Milk.  Our family goes through 4 litres of milk every.single.day.  We seriously need to buy a cow.

5. If you see a spider/bug in the house, are you brave enough to kill it, or do you call for your hubby?

If I called for my hubby, HE would be the one screaming and standing on a chair.  Same with Boy Oneder and Middleman.  Threepeat on the other hand is like me...no fear od spiders.  Now, if the insect was a wasp/bee/hornet, it would take over our home and kick us out because we are ALL afraid of them!

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you have a great weekend!  We will be watching hockey all weekend as Boy Onder is in a tournament!  :)
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Monday, 21 January 2013

Manic Monday!

All I have time for is this little gem from the past...my sister and I on my wedding day...April 9, 1994.  <3>



I'm going to work on blogging more often now that things are settling down on the work front. Happy Monday!


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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Happy Heavenly Birthday Joanne

This is a repost of an entry I made to my blog 4 years ago.  I am so tired, I just don't have it in me to write a post that is worthy of my sister's memory today, and so I will repost...

I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness. ~Emily Dickinson

What's the good of news if you haven't a sister to share it? ~Jenny DeVries

How do people make it through life without a sister? ~Sara Corpening

Sweet is the voice of a sister in the season of sorrow. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Between sisters, often, the child's cry never dies down. "Never leave me," it says; "do not abandon me." ~Louise Bernikow

Sigh.

I miss her. Deeply. More deeply now than three seven years ago when she died.

As I get older, I realize just how important the relationship that I had with Joanne really was. I hear my friends making plans with their sisters, I see older ladies who are clearly sisters, walking arm in arm in the mall. I will never have that closeness again.

My friends are wonderful, but my sister was my sister. We fought like cat and dog most of our lives, but the knowledge that she was there is so much more powerful now that she is gone. Even now, as the third seventh anniversary of her death approaches, I catch myself thinking, “I have to tell Joanne about this” and before the thought is even complete, I realize that I can’t tell her. Oh sure, I comfort myself by saying that she sees and hears everything now that she is in Heaven, but some days, that’s not good enough. Some days, dammit, I just want her back. I want to share my achievements and goals. I want to vent on her. I want her to give me advice. I want her to make me laugh again.

The hole is deep, just like the hole that my Dad left. Some days, it just seems to get deeper with time instead of slowly closing a little. I remember feeling this way about Dad…I think it may have even been his third anniversary that hit me so hard. I remember missing him so much that my chest ached. I feel that way about Joanne today. I miss her in the depths of my soul today. The physical ache is truly painful. I can’t even describe it.

I feel her around me some days and that comforts me, but boy I wish I could hug her one more time. I wish I could thank her for the impact she made on me and my family. I wish we could grow old together and knit sweaters for our grandchildren. I wish I could tell her I love her.

If you are blessed with a sister, call her today. Tell her you love her. Tomorrow may never come and you will wish you could tell her just one more time.
Happy Heavenly Birthday Joanne.  You would have been 41 years young today.  I miss you more than anyone will ever comprehend. RIP Sweet Girl. Pin It

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Retraction

Remember in my last post, I typed:

"Our home is antibiotic free (knock on wood!) "

?

Yeah...scratch that.

I started a 7 days course last night.  The sinus infection won.

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Monday, 7 January 2013

Christmas is over for another year

Saturday was "take the tree down day" at our house.  I LOVE that day every year when all the Christmas decorations come down and the house looks clean and tidy again!

Don't get me wrong...I love Christmas and look forward to putting the tree up every December, but by Epiphany, I am SO ready to put it all away.

The dust bunnies under the garland on my mantle were nasty and to see the clean white paint again after over a month is so refreshing.

So, for another year, our house is Christmas-decoration-free!

In other news,

Middleman is getting braces tomorrow.  Just like his older brother, he will have straight, beautiful teeth in about 18 months.  :)

Our home is antibiotic free (knock on wood!)  I am still suffering from what I think is a bit of a sinus infection (my head feels like it will explode when I sneeze or blow my nose) but everyone else is on the mend.  Thank God.

Hockey and soccer are back in full force starting tonight.  Threepeat starts his "hockey and me" program next week as well.

LOVING my new job.  I actually look forward to coming to work!  It's been a long time since I have been so happy. 

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Thursday, 3 January 2013

Time for a REAL update

I have been a very bad blogger of late.

But, I have excuses.  Sickness, holidays, new job...

I was sick from Christmas Eve through to December 29th.  To be honest, I am still not 100%...I have a nasty cough and am feeling exhausted most of the time.  I'm hoping it won't be long before I am back to my old self again!

My new role has been great so far!  I love the people and I love having my own office :)  I am slowly integrating myself, while continuing to work with a couple of clients who I will stay with until they are live in a couple of weeks.  I got my business cards yesterday!  I feel so official now! :)

Threepeat is on day 22 of 24 on his second course of antibiotics.  He had strep throat back in the beginning on December, then mesenteric adenitis (google it) and then two days after he finished his ten days' worth of antibiotics, he got strep again.  The doctor talked about us removing his tonsils and adenoids sometime in the near future, but put him on an extended course of new antibiotics to kill the bacteria that made him so sick.  He's doing great now...just hoping he stays that way!

Middleman, who gave me the flu as he was sick two days before me, is on day three of a course of antibiotics because he has bronchitis.  Sigh.  He's doing better now with no fever, but he is still coughing alot and has a really stuffy nose.  :(

Boy Oneder has been lucky (knock on wood) and has stayed healthy through it all.  He is celebrating 8 months today with his sweet girlfriend. 

Hubster had a cold at some point in December, but got well fairly quickly.

Duds and Rosie are both doing well.  They are really great together now...although Dudley drives her bonkers once in a while, Rosie has been very patient with him lately. :)

I think that about covers everything.  Thanks for sticking around through my blog drought!  :)

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

January 1st, 2013

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