Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Yep, that's right. I totally got caught doing just that yesterday. I SO deserve the bad mom award.
I went in to Marcus' school to help out and for the whole hour that I was there, Marcus was trying to type out about 10 lines on the computer. The part that just killed me was that about 5 other kids came and went as Marcus stayed there plugging along. I was so frustrated that I finally just started typing it for him because he was missing his recess and it was only a stupid santa letter. AND....Mrs. Schmidt, who I don't really like and have a hard time with, had to come in and SEE ME DO IT! I was SO embarrassed. How do I possibly go to parent teacher interviews or help out again?!? This'll take a bit to get over I think. :( Thank goodness, she never said anything to me. I feel like such a retard!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
What brought on this "love fest" you might ask? Homemade cranberry sauce! Yummy! I am so using this recipes for Christmas. As well as her beans wrapped in bacon, as well as her buns, and quite possibly her cornbread stuffing.
She lives out in the middle of nowhere on a cattle ranch so all the stuff she uses is stuff you would have in your house or stuff that is very easy to get. No fancy shmancy stuff for her. AND her favorite thing is BUTTER. She is too good.
Either way, I love her and I'm sure that you will too. If you are ever looking for a new recipe source....try her out. She is so fun to read. I am obsessed with checking out her cooking blog at least once a day. www.thepioneerwoman.com ...you won't regret it!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This is Kaye and Shogo shopping. Shogo lived with us for a month when he came to Canada to work at the plant with Kaye.
This is Wagyu beef...apparently costing around $300 a pound. Kaye was fed it like 3 or 4 times. He was living it up...the punk. (He said it was amazing...)
This is a Kei restaurant (pronouced the same as Kaye). It cost something like 10 000 yen for a plate. That is like $125 a plate Canadian. They even put your bibs on you. Hmmmm.....I don't know what how I would feel about that. I like my personal space a bit more than that. :) I'm glad he enjoyed it. It'll NEVER happen to him again...not on my bill anyway!
This is a gas station. The pumps come out of the roof instead of the ground. How crazy is that?!?
Kaye ALWAYS being the tallest of the bunch. This is the chef and waitress from the first night he was there. I think it would have been sweet.
Kaye absolutely loved it there. He even got to go to the Tokyo temple. He said it was beautiful. He said that it was just so busy though. I don't think that I would've ever lasted over there for a second. Oh well....something for Kaye to remember for a lifetime.
Oh, sidenote.....I went for an ultrasound and I found out that I'm due about June 19. I guess that's a good a time as any! :)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
1. Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?
2. Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?
3. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
4. Why don't you ever see the headline Psychic Wins Lottery?
5. Why is abbreviated such a long word?
6. Why is a boxing ring square?
7. Why is it considered necessary to nail down the lid of a coffin?
8. Why is it that doctors call what they do practice?
9. Why is it that rain drops but snow falls?
10. Why is it that to stop Windows 98, you have to click on Start?
11. Why is it that when you're driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?
12. Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
13. Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
14. Why is the third hand on the watch called a second hand?
15. Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
16. Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?
17. Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
18. If you throw a cat out of the car window, does it become kitty litter?
19. If you take an Asian person and spin him around several times does he become disoriented?
20. Is it OK to use the AM radio after noon?
21. What do people in China call their good plates?
22. What do you call a male ladybug?
23. What hair color do they put on the driver's license of a bald man?
24. Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
25. Why do they call it a pair of pants, but only 1 bra?
26. Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them?
27. Why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor when you can't drink and drive?
28. Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
29. Why are there Interstates in Hawaii?
30. Why are there flotation devices in the seats of planes instead of parachutes?
31. Why are cigarettes sold at gas stations where smoking is prohibited?
32. Have you ever imagined a world without hypothetical situations?
33. How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work?
34. If the 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why does it have locks on the door?
35. You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of it?
36. If a firefighter fights fire and a crime fighter fights crime, what does a freedom fighter fight?
37. If they squeeze olives to get olive oil, how do they get baby oil?
38. If a cow laughs, does milk come out of her nose?
39. If you are driving at the speed of light and you turn your headlights on, what happens?
40. Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of a drive-up ATM?
41. Why is it that when you transport something by car it is called shipment, but when you transport something by ship it's called cargo?
42. Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
43. Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
44. If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
45. If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I also found another, granted less exciting, but nonetheless entertaining read out there. It is for all of us stay-at-home-moms. It is called SAHM I Am by Meredith Efken. It made me laugh out loud on several occasions. If you are looking for a cute, lighthearted book, this is the one for you.
Now, on to the venting part of my post.....
I'm curious to know how many feel the same as I. Two weeks or so ago, I received a letter from Marcus' school advertising that it is doing a fundraiser. That's fine. I'm not super into them but I'll do my part. What really got me was this...
"Our goal is that each student/family sell a minimum of $85 in sales, or if you choose not to sell we ask that you please provide a $50 cheque. In the past we have only done one fundraiser per year, but, if this one is not successful, we will be forced to do another fundraiser later in the year."
To me, that sounds like a money grab. If you aren't going to do the fundraiser, that's fine...you still have to give us money. If you want anything for your money, you need to give us $35 more! If you don't give enough, we'll make you do it again so it better be good!
Maybe I'm just being cheap, but I think that this is ridiculous. I've already shelled out $95 school fees, $110 bus fees, $50 at least for school supplies, $2 (obligatory) for the Terry Fox run, and $36 for hot lunches (which I have to admit are worth it. They even provide at Christmas a free turkey dinner for the kids.) It's only October 1st! This does not bode well for the rest of the year.....
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I was at the grocery store yesterday when I came across a flyer advertising the grand opening of Trochu Fitness. I was SUPER excited. Maybe now, I thought, I could be motivated enough to get into shape.
I was terribly surprised and disappointed when I learned WHERE the new fitness place was. It was the PARK!! What? How weird is that? Tell me, who has ever heard of an outdoor gym?
Now obviously, I will not start working out there. It is right in front the water park and swimming pool and right off Main Street. Awkward...to say the least!!!
That isn't to say we couldn't go there for a laugh though. This morning, Maeggan and I decided to head out to the "gym" for a bit of a mock work out. SO FUNNY! It really was too much fun.
Aren't you jealous. I mean, a work out for free! Although, you will have to pay with the embarrassment you will feel by working your buns off in front of anyone who wants to watch!
Who would've thunk. Definitely NOT me. It never would've occurred to me to have fitness equipment in the park. It is funny though. I can't wait to see who frequents it. ;)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I have to admit, he is SUPER nice. He even got out his little electronic translater to tell me that my food was nice, tasty, and delicious, and gave Marcus and Colby adorable little boxes of candy (which won them over instantly) and us a box of....well, I have no idea what they are but they look nice. What a sweetie. What a night we had last night. Shogo doesn't speak more than about 10 English words. It was interesting trying to talk to him. We did get out of him that he has a 19 year old and 17 year old, which thoroughly surprised me. He doesn't look any older than Kaye!
So, now we have a new couch and a man who we cannot understand sitting on it! Maybe one day life will calm down for me.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This morning, this darling man called me asking for a favour. Not just a run of the mill "can you bring me something to eat" sort of favour...no that would be too easy. The favour for this morning was washing work gloves! Kaye, as you may know, works for Sunterra Meats, a PIG processing plant. I have to admit, I wasn't too worried about it. I've done my share of laundry. BUT, I was not prepared for the task that met me.
Kaye had one of his supervisors come give me the gloves and....a GAS MASK!! I was shocked. Was it that bad??? Apparently, yes. Even with the gas mask they stunk...AND...they were so bad it made my eyes water. WOW! Really, really not prepared for that. I deserve something special for this one.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
If only Colby was old enough for kindergarten. He is just so jealous of Marcus getting to play with kids every day. I feel bad that he has to stay home with boring old mommy all the time without fun things to do.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I love to bake, as my fluffy physique can attest to. I find great joy in creating something warm and comforting.....maybe I should take up quilting :)
Generally, I am a Martha girl. I usually turn to her first when I am in need (or want) of a good recipe, but recently I took my chances on a website called www.joyofbaking.com and it paid off! Every recipe that I have tried from there (with the exception of the chocolate cupcakes) has turned out magnificently. Try it, I know you will love it too!
Now, without further delay.....Strawberry Banana Muffins. Mmmmm!
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup diced fresh strawberries
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tin (I like to grease it because it makes the muffins a tad crispy and that's good!)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and banana. Set aside.
In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gently fold in the strawberries and make sure that they are well coated with flour. Coating them prevents your muffins from turning pink from the strawberries.
Add your wet ingredients to the flour/strawberry mixture and stir until just combined.
Spoon batter into muffin tin about 2/3 full. It says that it makes 12 muffins but mine usually makes more like 18. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden in the preheated oven. Enjoy!
*These are best the day you make them. They tend to get a bit dense and not as nice to eat after that.
Hope you get a chance to check out the website...and try the muffins. They are super yummy. Happy eating!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This summer has been super busy. Right at the beginning of the summer, Kaye was called to be the new young men's president and got to go on scout camp, which he thoroughly loved. He went on an overnight hike with a boy from our branch, Zach Kerr. I think they had fun. I was a little worried, Kaye is SO out of shape, but he did it with flying colours. Those two were up at the front of the group and made it back down the mountain first.
After the camp, Kaye finally got around to building our MUCH needed fence. I am so glad that I can now punt the kids into the backyard and they can go crazy with me at ease about their wellbeing.
In the beginning of August, we attended the Zander/Kronebusch/Balay reunion and had a ton of fun. The kids loved seeing their cousins and it was great to play catch up with all the family.
We also took a trip to Calaway with Kurt and Jen. It was fun to take the kids out there, it was just SO hot! Kaye looked so silly in that tiny boat. :)
This summer has just flown by. Now it's back to school (for Marcus as well as myself) and cold weather. I woke up to frost this morning. It's only September 2nd!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Hmmmmmm! I'll need some time! It's going to be great though!