Friday, September 29, 2006

Finally, a talking toy that I could bond with.......

"There's no booze like free booze"'s almost poetical isn't it?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

My Sister Came

And now she is gone. WAAAAAH.
We had most of yesterday, last evening, and until 9ish this morning to catch up, hug, chat, and for her to check our our place. She is the first member of my family to visit us here in Quebec. I'm glad it was her. Oh, and her husband. Sorry Harv.
I love my Jessie because:
She's older and thus been a major part of my life since I came into this world.
She's smart.
She is generous.
She is funny.
She can be sassy.
She can be silly.
She does unto others etc.
She gives me stuff . :oD
She loves my kids like crazy.
I trust her more than I trust myself.
She has been my shoulder and kept my head above water.
She's a great hugger.
She shows her love rather than hides it.
She tells it like it is .
She's never mean. Except in a funny way.
She's MY SISTER and I am so lucky. I miss her already.

Tonight is my French Conversation class. I was supposed to study my verbs for tonight but was somewhat occupied with Jessie's visit. For this evenings class I am fucked. Conjugate that.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

My Brain Hurts!!!!!!!!!!

Ugh. My first French Conversation (level 2) class was tonight. By the end of class I had such a headache. I need to buy books etc at the Concordia bookstore before Thursday but of course it closes at supper time and I don't live IN the city. My sister and her husband are arriving tomorrow from Nova Scotia so I can't just fuck off to the city on them.
Speaking of their visit: I thought they were arriving today and we were planning to take them out for supper. Tomorrow night Richard has a thing so he won't be home to take them out with me and the kids. Grrrrrrrr. Also: I cleaned like a whirlwind this morning to freshen up the place so they aren't totally grossed out, dang it. I'm a total "why do today what you can put off til tomorrow?" kinda chick. On the upside, I got to take a much needed nap after lunch hour. :oD
My brain is sore and I am feeling a bit out of my depth when the teacher is blathering away en Francais. I only understand a word here and there. The folk in the class are really nice though. braaaaaain. And my left hand is bugging me like crazy lately. Too much knitting? Arthritis setting in? Or carpal tunnel rearing its bitchly head? I already had my Right wrist done in 2005 and really do not want to have this done again. Supreme pain in the ass but it was nice to get full use of my hand back. This time it feels numbness but an achy feeling with occassional shooting pain through the hand and some arm discomfort. Sort of like my restless legs at night, but its my arm and all the time.
Must hit the hay and rest my aching frontal lobe etc. Damn the French and their tricksy verbs!!!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Good Old Fashioned Can-Do Attitude

Thats what I have. It comes from my homesteading time. If you can't buy what you need then find another way and remember, it just has to work, not look good. Well, I put this attitude to work for me yesterday.
The only size 13us or 9mm circular needles in a 16 inch length I could find were over 26 dollars. Yeah, thats right. For fucking pointy sticks with a cord betwixt them. Not gold plated or anything. Apparently the "best"brand too. Phht..yeah whatever. No frigging way!
So I toddle over to Zellers again (ick) and stare at the needles, willing them to turn into 9mm, 16 inch circulars rather than the 32 inchers that were there. Much sighing and pulling of hair. Then, inspiration struck and I bought those 6 dollar needles, came home, cut the cord to size, duct taped them back together so that the length was 16 inches. It ain't pretty but it works. And the hat is already 3/4s finished. Take that world of wrong sized needles! I scoff at your attempts to stop my knitting.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Knitting bug has bit again....

Once in awhile the knitting bug bites and I must knit and buy yarn that I may never use. I google patterns that I can do (retard proof). Through this sporadic knittiness I have actually expanded my skills so that I can now cast on, cast off, make stitches (type of increase), and knit two together (decrease). I suck at anything that makes me switch stitches from knit to purl. I just cannot do this for any extended time. I've never finished a sock or a mitten but not for want of trying, but learned to knit with 4 and 5 needles and circulars. I have knit scarves, a big shawl in fancy yarn, 2 pair of slippers. I am known for NOT completing projects. So why does the bug KEEP ON BITING ME?????
My mom was a knitter par excellence. Now she likes to knit little things like bulky socks because her arms hurt and she gets tired and finds it harder to concentrate on patterns at her age. She has the most HUGE stash of crappy polyester and acrylic yarns in the 'verse. I prefer natural fibers as much as possible but yesterday I did buy some acrylic for hats etc. I have always been surrounded by yarn and needles. Its a compulsion born from environment I think.
I love the colors and softnesses. I love love love alpaca yarns but can't afford them usually. I love the textures of fancy yarns like the boucle style wool/silk/mohair blend I made my shawl from. Living in Terrebonne, I have no good yarn shop nearby. Zellers and Walmart have their sections but the yarns are mostly ho hum. Laval has a yarn shop in the Carrefour but I went and was seriously underwhelmed. I must get to the Wool Shop in Point Claire. i cannot believe that its the only specialy knitting shop in Montreal. Jeez! Back home I had several throughout the province and some were in very small towns like Mahone Bay.
I miss yarn shops. Sources of temptation and comfort. It is the time of year now that thoughts turn to being cozy while winter winds blast. Time for preserving, cleaning, and making warmies. I have a pattern for a super easy hat, VERY warm, BUT I cannot find 16 inch circular needles in the size I need. grrrrrr.
I need a stitch and bitch group. Folk with my kind of "problem".sigh

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Yesterday was my first day house cleaning for Scarlet. I need to get faster but it was my first time cleaning in the new place so I had to find outlets for the vac, get oriented etc. Many knick knacks and stuffs to maneuver around and make me nervous. I missed a couple of things for which I feel bad because I don't want to disappoint. I want her to feel she's getting value for her money. Next time should be better. That Tsuki was so cute and curious while I was cleaning, sniffing everything I washed and stalking the broom.
I just made it in time to get the kids at 6. The traffic was insane. They were supposed to be signed up to do homework at service de garde but wires got crossed and they didn't. Grrrrrr. So, rush home for homework while I cooked supper, helping them as I went, and then bedtime. I was achey and tired so I got a nice bubble bath but Ben couldn't sleep so he crawled into my bed to settle down and sleep. No reading to slow myself down to sleep so I tossed turned and felt "twitchy". I tried grounding and getting up for stretches etc but I ended up two hours later going downstairs to the sofa. Out like a light! grrr.
Its photo day today at school so the boys suffered face washings and hair combings. They looked so handsome when they left...Gods only know how the photos will be.
Now its laundry etc etc since nothings been done since Thursday or Friday beyond kitchen and bathrooms as necessary. It never ends eh?
A Meme from Hobbes blog, Rattling The Tiger Cage. Fill it out in the Comments.

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2. Age:
3. Single or Taken:
4. Favorite Movie:
5. Favorite Song:
6. Favorite Band/Artist:
7. Dirty or Clean:
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HERE COMES THE FUN ... ... ...
1. Do we know each other outside of blogs?
2. Whats your philosophy on life?
3. Would you have my back in a fight?
4. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?
5. What is your favorite memory of us?
6. Would you give me a kidney?
7. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
8. Would you take care of me when I'm sick?
9. Can we get together and make a cake?
10. Have you heard any rumors of me lately?
11. Do you/have you talk(ed) crap about me?
12. Do you think I'm a good person?
13. Would you drive across country with me?
14. Do you think I'm attractive?
15. If you could change anything about me, would you?
16. What do you wear to sleep?
17. Would you come over for no reason just to hang out?
18. Would you go on a date with me if i asked you?
19. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
20. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?

Sunday, September 17, 2006

What a fabulous day.........

We started off slow and easy and then eventually hit the road looking for an apple Upick. Whee! Out in the St Eustache area there was a lot of farm visit action happening. We got 3 bags of apples for $27 and one bag is all Royal Galas..yum. I will be drying apples in the dehydrator and making sauce and maybe freezing some. We ahd a great time. Then it was farther down the road to a honey farm. Oh man it was cool. We got hunnies, wine, beeswax, and honeycomb. Petted animals and played on the playground. What a nice place! Intermiel I think was the name. In St Benoit.
Then it was home to shower the boys and out for chinese buffet at Chateau De La Lune . YUM. I was so full!!!! Thought I'd explode but it was soooooo good. Creme caramel and chocolate pudding for dessert for me. I ate a lot of veggies and it was my main meal of the day (apples and yogurt the rest of the day) so i feel less guilty than I should/would.
This week I discovered that almost none of my pants/jeans fit. This so sucks and I will NOT buy new pants. So either I am gonna get mighty cold or I will lose some weight. In semi desperation I hit the diet aids section at Jean Coutu. One of my problems is that I am always hungry. I have heard befor ethat hoodia helps with that so I was looking for that. It is expensive but if it saves me from myself I'll try it (within reason). I got something with Hoodia in it and it seems to be helping. I just cannot force myself to follow some diet "plan" or what have you. I just want the hunger to stop so I can decrease the calorie intake. So I can have ONE of something not a dozen. So far so good. Now we have heaps of apples for snacking and making healthy muffins etc. We'll see how this goes again and I am keeping it to myself so that I feel less shame if I flop yet again. Also, Wednesday is the day I want to start at Curves again. I must. I'm just so tired all the time. Vicious cycle. Here's hoping. Eat less..sleep at normal. It could happen!


Watched Friends With Money and An American Haunting this weekend. Haunting was good and spooky but Someone who didn't want to watch it with me but was drawn in despite playing his computer game, found it very disturbing but refused to discuss it. Hmmm. I found the so called "true events story" spooky but repetitive and the modern spin of sexual child abuse predictable. Was still enjoyable as a spooky tale though. Much like The Village was a good spook until the modern world came in.
Going through Oka today looking for an apple u pick. Thanks to the wonderful Nathalie for the inspiration. Fun and outdoorsyness will undoubtedly ensue!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Can you say Yummy?

I created this soup Thursday in my slow cooker. Don't ya just love throwing things in and walking away. No fuss, minimal muss. It was a hit both with my taste buds and my husband's and there is NONE LEFT as of lunch time yesterday (we had seconds and thirds). I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we did. This took stuff I had in the fridge and freezer since it was near grocery day and fresh stuff was non existant in the fridge, except the celery.

Beef Vegetable Soup recipe

lean Hamburger
1 liter vegetable cocktail
1 liter water
2 packets beef Oxo
minced garlic or galic powder
chopped celery
frozen stew vegetables (one package..I think they are by Arctic Gardens)
handful or so each of: pot barley
split yellow peas
lentils (the big kind not tiny orange ones)

Throw it all in the slow cooker, breaking up the hamburger. Stir well to combine ingredients.
Cook on low for the day, or on high for 4-5 hours, making sure all is cooked well.
Can you say YUM? You may want a bit of salt or pepper with this at serving time. Also, add any seasonings you feel appropriate to customise. I made up the recipe as I went so I don't have any measurements for most stuff. This filled my slow cooker and its a pretty good size. If yours is smaller then adjust amounts appropriately.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

1 pair done!

I made a pair of slippers!! WooHoo me! I actually finished a project.
Even though the instructions are simple enough for a mentally handicapped individual to accomplish, I managed a couple of screw ups. So, we now know that Knitting For Retards is even beyond me! But that said, the slippers are still finished and are very wooly and cozy and very LARGE. Doh. I shrunk 'em and they fit Richard with room to spare. :oD Y'know he won't wear them so they are a wasted pair.
So now I am trying to make Cameron's. These will knit up Real Fast since they will be almost half the size of these monsters. hehe heh..Live and learn.

Thursday Morning...... is now Thursday. Yesterday was a bit of a shock. Where I come from, folk don't usually get shot in large numbers. I am glad that our Sarah isn't at Dawson yet. It is her CEGEP of choice for next year although i don't know how that will go after this bit of business. Thanks to all deities that she was born a year too late for this.
I started thinking wintery thoughts yesterday. The air is cooler and the days are shorter. i have been gathering seeds from my flowers and vegetables (well...the peas so far) for next years plantings and for sharing. Mega thanks to Scarlet for the Four O'clocks seeds from the "volunteers" in the gardens at her place. Today I managed to find three "ripe' seed pods from my morning glories (but one got dropped) and each contains up to 4 seeds. Many more to come for sharing. They were amazing..I wish i could post a pic because they took over our lamp post and its surrounding garden with only 3 plants.
Oh, back to wintery when I was talking to my mom on the phone the talk turned to knitting and her making slippers for my big bro Kenny. I started wishing I could make some for my boyses then it struck me : INTERNET SEARCH!! I came up with a winner too! WooHoo. Its a felted slipper thats mega easy to construct. Of course I have already screwed it up because I measured incorrectly BUT it may still work. It was the beginnings of a pair for Cameron but they may be too big if they don't shrink as much as I hope. I'm still excited though and need to buy a new sewing tape measure since mine has gone AWOL and feet don't measure good with a ruler. Whoda thunk it? Check it out and make yourself some foot cozies!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Holy Crap....

Major Shoot Out At Dawson College In Montreal!!!
Gunmen entered Dawson College today and shot at least 4 people. 2 gunmen are dead. Its all on the news right this second.
Holy shit.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Impending Birth ......

My nephew and his wife announced today that they are officially expectant parents of their first child, due May 13th, 2007. This will be my 4th grand niece or nephew. Yay them. Way to go. I am very happy for them.

Monday, September 11, 2006


Started up again at the MPRC today. First thing I did was dust the shelves and wash the floor. It was GRrrrOoooooSSSSSSSS. Very very grubby with spill and drip marks here and there and general grubbiness. Much better when I was done.
New cat there: Little Kitty. He doesn't like me yet.
B U T !!
I met Scarlet's amazing cat Tsuki. Oh-My-Gods...gorgeous. And funny as hell. He is a biggish litten and very very very busy. Busy busy busy. If cats could be hyper he's it. Its partly kittenishness and part his breeed (Savannah cat). Absolutely an amazing wee mansy and I am smitten. Had major cuddles with Bagheera and that was awesome. Very hairy but awesome. He is a major snugglepuss.
Discussed housecleaning job with Scarlet and I think it'll work out well. The trip home today was shorter than anticipated but i don't think I'd cut it any finer than I did incase of problems in traffic. What a slow drive in places. The 15 north and 25 north in the evenings practically come to a stand still. Short cut is necessary. Scarlet's new apartment is awesome. Very bright and friendly with a yard. The feeling was so...I dunno. The other apartment was lovely but darker and laid out differently. this has more flow. THATS IT. Maybe the energy is flowing better there and making it more comfy? Could be.

Boys had a great time at Service de Garde. Happy as clams to be back.
Ok..I am pooped since I didn't sleep well last night and was up early today. Can I stay concious through CSI Miami so that I can tape Rockstar at 10?? i dunno. Might need to rig it up now.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Saturday night

So today was the Melange Magique's 15th anniversary celebration and I was actually IN my car to go( I even had on make up!!!), but I stopped at the bank machine to get money for parking etc and the bank account's level sent me back home. Gotta pay for the firewood on Wednesday and I never know when a payment on something is gonna be deducted so gotta be careful. I will be in the city Monday to start up at the MPRC again and need the money for Monday's parking.
Tonight on CTV was the Saturday night comedy show..I think its called Comedy NOw...and the comedian's name was James Cunningham. I laughed hysterically. Really. I think I pee'd a little. He was so very funny.
Good news is that Bare Naked Ladies have a new album being released on Tuesday. This pleases me although I didn't buy the last album. My last album was Maroon. Or Stunt. Whichever was the latest of the two. They will be on tour (B.L.A.M tour)and hit Montreal in February and tickets go on sale this Tuesday. I will get Richard to taked out the credit card for tickets and I'd love it if we could take the kids. He says Cameron is too young and he does have a point. Ben will absolutely love it though. 9 yrs old and his first rock concert (hopefully). Sweet! I haven't been to very many actually. I never had a lot of money for over priced tickets and Halifax isn't always on a tour . I love BNLs though since 1992 and wanna go. This would be 3rd time. Fingers crossed. Gots to see the Lazadies..
Hope tomorrow is more interesting. i was super bored today. So bored I read last years Witches Calendar articles since I didn't read them while they were up on the wall. I didn't read ALL of them. Just a couple. Made me clean up my alter, put a cloth on it and burn candles and incense. Also I harvested some tomatoes again. Slugs made a mess of all my big tomatoes which has ticked me off. Much bored into fruit and split ones too. With my Principe Borghese tomatoes I have the dehydrator running again making dried tomatoes. The ones I did last week are in my fridge waiting for this batch so that I can pack them in a jar with an oil based "brine" I found in my Company's Coming preserves book.
I'm hoping I shake off this lethargy. I had to force myself to get out and pick those tomatoes. Need a kick in the ass I guess.
The comics in todays Gazette were very good. Laughed out loud twice..once to Get fuzzy..actually 3 times. Twice to Get Fuzzy and then this other strip that I've never seen before with a zebra and some sort of stupid reptiles with a wood shredder. Oh sweet Goddess I laughed. More of snickers through the nose and inhale chuckles. You know what I mean. It was was the funny papers.. kind of a 'nyuk nyuk" or "huh huh huh" laugh.
Ok...I am boring even myself so off to bed.

Thursday, September 07, 2006


I forgot to write about a funny moment. My youngest offspring has a quirky sense of humor like his mother (thats me). On the weekend, my husband made himself an elaborate sandwich. As he left the kitchen without it he said "Don't touch my sandwich!!" which is pretty much SCREAMING at me to touch the sandwich. I turned to Cameron and said "Heh heh heh. We should hide his sandwich and say I ate it. He'll flip out.hehhehhehhehhehhehhehheh" It began with a mild chuckle but The more I laughed the more Cameron laughed and so it continued until we were shrieking with uncontrollable giggles and then my husband hollered from upstairs "What did you DO!?" which made us say "Nothing!" quickly and laugh as hard as ever. Since he knew we were up to something it made no sense to pilfer the 'wich so we left it where it was.
Its kinda nice to have spawned a partner in crime. Mwahahahahahahahaha

Emotional girl...

I am rather emotional this week. There was the worry of the "announcement" the last week. Having been through the downsizing thing twice already it was a whole "oh shit here we go again" feeling. A whole 'oh crap we have no savings again and what will we do if there is no severance package" feeling. Luckily for us, this didn't happen to our household this time but it is happening to others and thats never a good thing. One ponders the wisdom of head offices in some of their moves. How do sales teams function without leaders? I guess we will find out.
Then I watched the news. Not a good idea. Dead soldiers coming home to bereaved families and someones children were weeping at the loss of their daddy. Two boys. I have two boys. They were distraught and the way they wiped at their little eyes was exactly how mine do it and my heart just broke for these poor fatherless boys. Had to go to bed in tears.
Sometimes this fucking world is just too much for me.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Announcements suck

Whenever an announcement is said to be on the way from head office, its never good news. We were warned and announcement would be forth coming and today it did and the good news is that our family isn't effected by the cuts but still they hit the team and that sucks big time.
What will the future bring for us after january? i have no idea.

I always said:

that I would never marry. And I did.
That I would never have children (yuck). And I did.
That I would never give my children a soother. i did.
That I would never spank or strike my children. And I did.
That I would not give them sugar before they were one. And I did.
That when my kids went to school my house would gleam. yeah right.
That I would read to my children every single night no matter what. yeah right.
That I would lose this weight. Ummmm
That I would be a better mother than my mother... Apples and trees.
What I have learned in this life is that one should NEVER say never because then you look like an ass when you go and do what you swore vehemently you would never ever do. That and I can't trust a word I say.
How sad is that? As in pathetic.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Its wierd...

When someone becomes a house hold name like princess Diana, or the crocodile hunter its really wierd when they die. The person was a part of pop culture for such a while that one is a bit stunned that no new shouts of "Crikey" will be coming from the TV. Of course the media is wringing every drop out of it they can but behind the scenes there are people left behind and ones heart must go out to them.
Crocs may sleep sounder at night but there are some folk who won't and thats sad.
It was a quiet day here. I did nap restlessly this afternoon and the kids had a great day at school. Its almost bedtime for them and Richard is still not home yet from his day learning to drive a formula One car with clients. He's been so excited about this and its finally here. I hope he had a good time.
Well thats about it for here. Nothing too new or exciting from this house

Oh look..yesterdays post showed up. how odd.


I blogged this weekend but it got lost in cyber space somewhere and its gone. I have no idea what it said beyond headaches and much sleeping. Possibly some wittiness but really I have no idea.
Today there is no wittiness. after all that luscious sleep on the weekend guess who COULD NOT get to sleep until after 3 am last night and woke periodically and then the kids were up at shortly before seven. Since I slept on the couch last night (because I couldn't sleep and usually that works) I didn't hear the alarm at 7 (I dozed off again after the kids were awake) and woke with a start at quarter after. Now they are gone to school and I am soooo zonked. This afternoon is sooo a naptime.
I have a load of laundry in and two loads from a few days ago folded. I took a page out of the Fly Lady book and had my kitchen sink empty and shiny clean last night so I woke to that instead of a catastrophe. That was nice. I have been trying to accomplish that at least a couple of times a week. It makes me feel good to have a cleaned and disinfected kitchen sink area as often as possible. It can get real grungy real fast and thats just an gastro intestinal upset waiting to happen.
But it is a new day and its all a mess again so what ever.
SuperNova was good last night. My favorites are Storm and Toby. Both have such a zest for life, well rounded talent, and professionalism as well as being so damn funny. Tonights 80's classics and original works. I enjoy watching the aging rockers (to be fair, it is true..they ain't crazy kids anymore) working with the singers and last nights song writing clinic with Gilby Clarke was interesting since I have done a spot of writing (for fun) . His efficiency was so ego stroking but still the job done and was always on the look out for cliched old tired lyrical traps. He summed it up very well when he made a "what are you bring to us? If you aren't bringing anything in then I don't want you" kind of statement. And thats so true. Its not enough to just be a singer and ride on the hard work (writing and arranging) of the rest of the band. Sure singing is work but so is playing the guitar etc. If you want to be an equal in the band relationship you must be able to pull your weight. Storm and Toby were the only ones that pulled their weight as song writers last night. Can't wait for tonights show.
Hey they are shooting a film about the killer whale Luna. Graham Greene is in it. Looks like it could be interesting. I was sad when Luna died last year. Luna was the very very friendly wild killer whale in BC that had a bad habit of getting in the way of boats. It was the cause of death in the end (injuries) but the idea that Luna was the reincarnation of a great chief was a lovely idea. I look forward to the dramatization starring Greene, Jason Priestly, and Adam Beach.
Bare Naked Ladies are on Canada AM tomorrow. Oh I love them sooo much. That is my favorite band of alllll time. I have enjoyed them since 1991 when Gordon was released and my coworker Tony Ring was incensed that they went "commercial" rather than staying an indie band. I have/had at least 4 of their albums but some got scratched or lost. Guess I should replace them some time. Ben is very very fond of them too and has two cds of his own (Stunt and Bare Naked For The Holidays). Remember when Toronto was having conniptions about their name???? hahahahaha good the world has changed.

Monday, September 04, 2006


The neighbor kid is hear and things are insane. Loud, wild, did I say LOUD???
Grrrrrrrrrrr entreaties from me to "Calmez vous" have met with yet more racket with Cameron and neighbor kid being the major offenders. its labor day so Happy Labor Day.
Its coldish and rainy and tempers are flaring. I just got hit with a rubber bouncy ball in the shoulder. Someone must die...or be sent to their rooms.
I slept a lot this weekend. I slept in Yesterday and I had a headache that was just uncomfortable enough to bother me and make me not so cheerful. I ended up going to bed after supper and a bubble bath. When I'd wake through the night it was still there. Today I'm rested and fairly headache free. I found my secateurs and went out to dead head and prune back the front garden. It was getting pretty wild and ratty. I need to rearrange some stuff too but that will wait for now.
there is a show on TV about rich people. Ugh...Britney Spears needs a severe boot in the arse. She could do so much good in the world with the jillions she spends on her Boy 'ho husband. $1000 sneaker sprees? Thousands on sex costumes? Thousnads spent on looking like white trash/truckers. Oh gods...
They were on the VMA awards the other night as presenters and not only were they roundly boo'ed but their supposed parody of themselves was untalented and tacky. Betcha thats a shock to her system. It made me bitchily pleased.
I must be PMSing.

Friday, September 01, 2006

September First

It is a Friday and the sun is shining beautifully. My children are in school for the entire day so I took the opportunity to crawl back into bed this morning rather than wait for an afternoon nap. Why do I sleep so much? I have no idea but have been this way since my teens. Its like my sleep patterns got screwed up and never went back. I even remember when it began..I had to take antihistamine and decongestants for a fluid problem in my ears the summer before I began grade nine. Or maybe just after school started? I had volunteered at the Y that summer as a daycamp counsellor and while visiting my sister in the Annapolis Valley, I awoke one morning to a plugged ear. Very soon (a day or so later) the other ear was the same and I could hardly hear anything outside my head...myself I could hear very loudly in that a whisper was deafening. Sort of like when you stick your fingers in your ears. Anyhoo, doctors being so smart treated this with pills and I spent the better part of a month with a 75 percent hearing loss. During this time, the medicine made me very very sleepy so that sometimes I had to stay home in the afternoon to sleep. And thus began my love affair with sofas, beds, and pillows, and blankets and snoozing my life away. My husband thinks I am the sleepingest person he ever met and it pisses him off to no end (he often has trouble sleeping and so rarely takes a nap for fear of losing a restful nights sleep). Maybe the pills turned me into some sort of human cat.
I just finished the LONG book Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I bought it back when I went for my solitary trip to Nova Scotia and simply could not get into it. The other day I had nothing to read..I hate that. I mean nothing FUN or entertaining to read. When I went to get Brendan Myers book Mysteries Of Druidry from my bag I found the novel. I will take a novel over non-fiction any old day so I started again to read it and I must say it is quite good. The use of language is very interesting in that the narrative is as if someone from the 18oo's England was telling the tale, with many a side track and footnote to explain various points. It gets somewhat distracting to read fictitious footnotes in a fictitious tale but on the whole the scope of imagination was terrific and thorough. Bravo Susanna Clarke for a very original novel.
I weighed myself with trepidation yesterday and am back up PAST where I was last summer. very distressing. somewhat revolting and NO I will NOT put down this bowl of ice cream.