Sunday, March 28, 2010

Movie review

Hey everyone,

I have taken a break from blogging this past week.  I didn't mean for it to happen but life got busy and I just never got around to it.  Anyhoo, on Friday night, mom and I took my niece to see this show.  It was great.  I totally loved it and so did my niece.  It was funny and meaningful.  I totally recommend it for families of all ages.  The funniest thing about the movie was not actually the movie itself, but the four year old boy sitting behind me, giving a running commentary throughout the show.  "Oh mommy, I really want a dragon of my own".  He was super cute.

My cousins arrived yesterday so I might not post much this week either.  Sorry 'bout that.  I will get back to you all with more stuff later.  Have a great week!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I'm back!

I got home from Vancouver yesterday.  I had such a great time.  I took tons of pics (mostly of food!), shopped (a lot!) and had lots of fresh fruit bubble tea (sans bubbles).  I miss my buddies but was happy to get back home to my puppy.  I will upload some pics soon.  I have to get unpacked and catch up on my Art Journal pages.  Happy Thursday!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The countdown is on!!!

Only 1 more sleep left until Vancouver!  I cannot wait.

I am really excited to go here too:

Oh the fun we'll have!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Internet, books and other things!

I am so excited to finally have my internet working again.  A super nice technician came over this morning and spent like 4 hours working on my telephone line etc.  Crazy!  Now I can log on whenever I want.  For the past week I have been randomly looking at my modem and if the Internet light suddenly goes on, I rush to the computer and log on and stay on until it quits again.  Pathetic, no?  Having a forced vacation from the internet did have it's benefits.  I got a lot of pages in my art journal completed.  Suzanne, in answer to your last comment, I am loving the class too.  And I will try the red velvet cupcakes for sure (only 3 sleeps left!).  I also read an entire book on Sunday.  For some reason I'm on a Nicholas Sparks kick.  After seeing Dear John, I decided to read "One Last Song".  I want to see the movie but the book is usually better.  I have to admit it was good.  I feel weird admitting that I read books by Nicholas Sparks and enjoy them.   Sometimes, I just need a break from the heavy stuff.  Surprisingly, I cried for the last few chapters of this book.  It was sad and hit a little too close to home.  Now I am reading ``Travelling with Pomegranates`` by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann.  So far it`s really good.  I liked her other books too.  Especially this one.
And in totally unrelated news, I saw these today and think I have to get one (the toy, not the dog) for Ruby:

Go here to get one (it`s a ball with a mustache on the end)

Have a great Tuesday!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Dear John

Wow.  I thought this movie was going to be really sweet and sappy but again I was wrong.  I think I actually read this book awhile back because a lot of the story seemed familiar to me.  Anyhoo, I went because why miss a chance to see Channing Tatum, even if the movie sucks? 

Well I was pleasantly surprised.  Not only was it a great love story, the whole underlying plot (war, autism) was really interesting.  Also I am a huge fan of snail mail and most of the movie was based upon the main characters writing back and forth to one another; that really sold the movie to me!  So if you haven't seen it, it's worth a watch.

In other news, I wanted to upload pics of my art journal this weekend but it probably won't be happening due to my sketchy internet service.  A tech is coming to check on it Monday, so hopefully I will be able to get some pics up.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mail call

So the other day, I got my package from the sweet Elaine.  This picture is for you girl:

I love Elaine's nerd stickers and she was kind enough to send some with the bracelet I won, along with a cute card and a crocheted (?) bow.  I love it all!  Thanks again Elaine.

And then when I got home today, I got my other giveaway prize from the lovely Justine.

Thank you so much, I loved everything and I can't wait to read the book!

Thanks again girls for the nice notes and cool prizes.  Made my week!

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a MOOSE!

So today is one of those days in which I am even more grateful than usual to live in the north.  It's not even like I live in a little village.  Fort St. John is a city of 18,000 people and probably up to 25,000 in the winter months when the oil patch is booming.  We have a Starbucks, Tim Horton's, we are by no means rural.  However, every year without fail, some poor Moose gets lost and wanders into town.  Today it was a young cow.  Or so I'm told.  Apparently the males have not lost their antlers yet and this one did not have antlers.  So there I am at work this morning and all of a sudden someone says to look out the window. The building across the street has a yard that is fenced in, with a gate.  Apparently, Stella, as we decided to call her, had jumped the fence the night before.  There was a large amount of snow built up around the outside of the fence but on the inside, there was not as much snow and she couldn't get out.  Now I have to say that the deep South has nothing on the redneck here.  The guys who owned the yard tried to "help" Stella out by scaring her with a bulldozer and when that didn't do anything, they started throwing snowballs at her to get her to move.  Epic fail.  They didn't even get near her (thankfully) and she went to sleep in the corner of the yard.  After a few hours of moving the snow around with the Cat, they decided to build it up around the fence in hopes that she would jump it again to get out.  Go boys!  However, the snow was too soft and she didn't seem to know what they were getting at so that didn't work either.  Finally, they opened the gate and after chasing her with the truck she ran out of the yard and into the nearby bush.  During all of this, you'd think they would have called the Conservation Officer but you know guys and their machines.  They figured they would be able to handle it.  Oh, the drama.  After all is said and done, I feel as though I should have called the Conservation Office but I didn't know exactly what was going on when it was happening as I was working (or trying to).  If I had witnessed the snowballs and the rest of it, I would have called.  Poor thing.  Moose are my favourite wild animals.  They lope along kind of gracefully but they look so akward that they are endearing.  I'm happy that when people think of Canadians, they think of Moose. If you live where I do, chances are you have seen at least one herd of moose before you can talk.So as an ode to Stella, I have found some pics of other lovely moose for you. 

A full grown moose is huge.  An adult male can stand 7 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 1800 pounds.  They can become agressive when they are provoked or scared by a dog or other animal.  Usually they try to stomp these things to death.  Moose have been know to charge at people too but for the most part, if you keep your distance, they won't do anything.  Since they are herbivores, they don't want us for food!  So there you have it.  My day and a lesson on moose.  I hope to post some pics of my art journal soon so keep an eye out!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Looking forward to...

Today I was thinking about all the things I am looking forward to right now.  I decided to make a list.
and much, much more!  Here are some other things I'm wishing for:

All of the above can be found here

Happy Wednesday!!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Today I have been trying to think about what happiness means to me.  True pure happiness.  Do I remember a time when I felt truly happy with no worries, anxiety or guilt?  I'm not an unhappy person, usually I'm quite happy but to me, in order to be truly happy or blissful, I would have to be completely free of all of these.  I don't think anyone over the age of 1 can ever be completely blissful.  Maybe the Dalhai Lhama or truly spiritual people.  Is this true?  Will I only ever to be able to catch fleeting moments of happiness?  Maybe this is better than being happy all of the time, I will appreciate it more.  My hope is that the time between these fleeting moments becomes less as I let things go.

**These musings were prompted by this.  I love that I am thinking hard about these things instead of just walking blindly through life**