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[20 Sep 2009|10:44am]

I have been so uninspired to write anything lately. This may be because nothing much has really happened lately. I have just been too tired from work to do much of anything. For the past couple of weekends I have been refinishing some furniture for our bedroom, a queen size cannonball bed frame and two matching nightstands. The bed is pine originally stained dark to look like walnut and the nightstands, also pine, were lightly stained and clear-coated. Now they are halfway done, sanding took a whole day and yesterday they got their first coat of white paint. It's oil paint so it is taking for freaking ever to dry, and it reeks. I am really hoping they will turn out well, it'll be nice to have a matching bedroom finally. Of course I still have to clean said bedroom, ug. Well, that's about the most excitement I have to report on now.

Oh! Except last weekend, on Sunday after church we went to Duncan with the Chows and tubed down the Cowichan River. It was so much fun! There were some scary parts with rapids and little waterfalls/shutes, and my butt was sore from hitting all the big rocks, but it was fun. The really exciting part of the day came toward the end. We were getting out and I just about went over the waterfall. My tube got away from me and I swam after it, not realizing how close we actually were to the falls and the rapids right after the falls. Everyone started yelling at me to leave the tube and swim back to the rocks but I almost had it. Victor climbed down the rocks below and rescued the tube from a whirlpool after it went over. I didn't realize how close it was until I looked back at it from the trail above.

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A little cheese with that whine... [04 Aug 2009|10:27pm]
Just when I thought things were getting good, the van has died, again. It's parked right outside the house, thankfully, couldn't have chosen a better place. But I have a cold right now and really don't have the energy, time or money to do anything about it. I asked my brother, who asked his friend, who says it might be the throttle position sensor. Google tells me that this will be between $400 and $1100 to fix, which sounds ridiculous. I don't know. This might be the end of driving for awhile.
On the up side of things, I was at the Salvation Army yesterday and found a gorgeous, dark wood, four poster bed frame for $20, so I loaded it in the van and brought it home. That's the last time the van moved...
Oh, and we have ants. We came home from Dallas and Mary's wedding this weekend to find a trail of ants winding across our kitchen. So I picked up some ant traps at Canadian Tire yesterday but so far they are about the same. The wedding was great though, and we had fun spending time with family at the lake. It was soooo hot in Port Alberni. I felt so bad for the guys wearing their black tuxes but most of all for Mary in her big dress. So gorgeous though.
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Book Rant-Spoiler Alert! [19 Jun 2009|06:40pm]
I just finished reading My Sister's Keeper and loved it. I know that the book is always better than the movie, however, I could not resist taking a peek at IMDB to see who has been cast as who etc. I can't believe it! My jaw freaking dropped!
1. Alec Baldwin CANNOT play Campbell Alexander. He is ancient! Campbell is supposed to be 32, and gorgeous. Jude Law would have been great, Matt Damon might have been able to pull it off.
2. Cameron Diaz as Sara Fitzgerald??? She doesn't look at all how she is described in the book. She had better be convincing.
3. Judge DeSalvo is not a woman in the book. He is supposed to be wearing flip-flops under his robes not heels.
4. In the book, Campbell Alexander's office is the picture of minimalistic luxury, not a cramped hole, with a cluttered desk and cheap blinds.
5. The book is set on Rhode Island, but the seal above the judge's head says California, as does Brian's firetruck and uniform.
6. They changed Aunt Suzanne (Zanne) to Aunt Kelly who looks 10 years younger than Sara instead of 10 years older as she is supposed to be.
7. There is a partial wall between Anna and Kate's beds, the space in between them, and the things that happen there, is key in the book.
8. They totally axed the Julia and Campbell story, which was also quite key in the book.

I am not sure if I even want to see it anymore, maybe I'll just read the book again.

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Wisdom Teeth [19 Jun 2009|09:06am]
I got my wisdom teeth out yesterday. Had to take Ativan the night before and the morning of just to be relaxed enough to get into the chair. I had I.V. sedation for the first time ever, what a trip. One minute I was sitting there chatting and asking silly questions, the next thing I remember is waking up thinking I am in the hospital. All I could see was my heart rate monitor and I.V. pole so it took me awhile to figure out where I was. My memory of the whole thing is pretty sketchy. Paul was there with me and drove me to Pharmasave to pick-up my Amoxicillin and Toradol and then home. The dental surgeon let me keep the teeth so I creeped out my co-workers with them. Paul had to go to school so Ashley came to babysit me, and brought her actual baby, haha, kinda ironic, or something. Gerry also stopped by and brought me more gauze for the bleeding and Traumeel. All I can eat so far is ice cream and meal replacement shakes. I tried to eat some cottage cheese and scrambled eggs last night but the pieces got stuck in my sockets. Ewww.
Today I just hurt. I don't think I have the typical chipmunk cheeks but I can hardly open my mouth, and thus am drinking water through an oral syringe. The toradol is really not helping much. Thank God I only have to do this once.

*ETA* Just noticed that my face is so swollen that the bags under my eyes have disappeared, also, eyes look smaller. This is nuts. Cannot wait for normal face to come back.
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Houston, we have laundry [04 May 2009|12:08am]
This weekend Paul and I got into a bad habit... we have been staying up until 2 am and not waking up until 10 or 11 am the next day. The sleeping in part has been great but trying to fall asleep earlier and wake up earlier for work this week could suck.
On a more productive note, we sold the cat's scratching post on UsedVic today for $40 so that will help a bit and we got rid of our old loveseat for free today. Hooray for less clutter!
The biggest news of the weekend however is the laundry situation. THE LAUNDRY IS FINALLY HOOKED UP AT HOME!!! NO MORE LAUNDROMATS!
We really are quite ecstatic. We are thinking of bringing flowers to the lady at our laundromat as a parting gift. She has become a regular bi-weekly fixture in our lives and likes to make fun of our little spats over sock pairing and other laundry/marital squabbles.
Anyways, here comes another week of pharmacy fun. Jacklyn starts tomorrow and will be with us for a month, very exciting to have a friend at work. Off to bed...
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[26 Apr 2009|10:37pm]
I got so much done today! Paul and I went to Costco after church, got some much needed groceries and I bought a little Dicentra (bleeding heart) plant for the front garden. I couldn't stand being indoors on such a beautiful day so I went to Canadian Tire to pick up a few more things for the garden. That's getting to be quite a bad habit... I got a new watering can, some seeds for vegetables and some brackets for hanging baskets off the back porch. We had pizza for dinner with the Chows and then I installed the brackets and planted the Dicentra. My toe is being weird, I am hoping it heals up soon but it still doesn't feel comfortable to wear real shoes. I am really looking forward to work this week, not sure why but I hope it's a good one.
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Wooziness [21 Apr 2009|11:13pm]
Ug. Went to the podiatrist again today for my follow-up appointment. I was rushing to get there and didn't even really think about what that might entail. I wasn't prepared. I got there a few minutes early and went straight in to the exam room, we talked about the soaking and how it's been going and next thing I know there are all these big shiny stainless steel tools poking around my toe. It was still so sore that I hadn't even been putting much weight on it or touching it really. So it was pretty uncomfortable since I could feel all the tools etc. That wasn't the worst part though, at the end he sprayed the toe with alcohol. It burned like a son of a gun. I didn't cry or anything but the room started to close in on me, then I felt really hot, my ears were ringing and I could feel my whole body break into a sweat. Apparently I turned an interesting shade of green so Dr. L reclined the chair so that I was almost flat on my back, said something about blood pressure dropping from the pain. I ended up staying there awhile until I could actually get up, very weird feeling hanging out in the back of a podiatrist's office half-conscious, lol. So I have to go back in two weeks. I really hope it is all healed up by then.
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The Catch 22 [18 Apr 2009|12:38am]

Foot is still too sore to stand on all day for work, BUT, being home is driving me insane.
I got up at normal time for work today, was fully awake and then realized I am still gimped and not due to go back to work until next Wednesday. Waking up early makes for a loooonnnnggg day. Since I was already up I had a shower, soaked my foot, had some breakfast and watched morning TV. Paul went out to run some errands, then Paul came back. I went outside and looked at the yard, took some pictures of the flowers attempting to bloom then came back in to put my foot up again. Watched "Fool's Gold", wasted away the afternoon with internet and tv. We went down to Thrifties to pick up something for dinner and I did some banking. The only shoes that fit on my foot right now are Paul's garden clogs, hot. We picked up my Mary Kay parcel at the post office on the way home. My foot did not like all the walking. Visited with Elizabeth for a bit tonight and then soaked my foot again while watching "Fireproof". Relaxation is a good thing but I don't think recuperation and relaxation are as closely related as I thought.

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Things they don't tell you about being home ALL DAY [16 Apr 2009|04:15pm]
-The movies you thought you really wanted to see aren't really that appealing
-You notice every detail about the house, like the fact that there are still little white pawprints here and there on the floor from when the cat attacked my freshly painted bedroom door and that it really is a huge freaking mess in here
-Putting your feet up is really hard on your hips and knees
-There are not enough fat-free fudgsicles in the world to satisfy my craving for real chocolate ice cream
-A call from your co-workers to check on how you're doing is the bright point in your day
-When a friend comes to visit you hope they never leave and when they do you wish they'd come back
-You do all the dishes and wish there were more
-You update your journal more in 24 hours than you have in the past month
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No toys=no fun? [16 Apr 2009|11:54am]
My friend is on her way to visit and is bringing her 6 month old. I never really thought about it but now I realize, we own no toys. Besides my rubber duck collection, which is mainly ornamental, and one plush duck puppet, we have nothing to entertain a baby. I hope she's easily entertained... or Aunty Heather might need to buy some toys for next time.
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Ewww my freak toe. [15 Apr 2009|11:00pm]
Ewwww my toe is soooo gross! The podiatrist ended up doing both sides of my nail. The procedure is called partial phenol matrixectomy of the tibia border of the right and left hallux, which pretty much means, freeze it, cut it, drill it with a bone drill and burn it all out with acid, who knew? It looks disgusting and is still frozen. Hopefully it feels ok when the freezing comes out. I have to soak it three times a day until my follow-up appointment next week. So that is pretty much all that's new with me, sad I know. On the up side, I rented a bunch of awesome movies to watch while I'm off my feet. Still going to be bored, bored, bored...
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[13 Apr 2009|10:31pm]
Crazy Monday! I was given the option of whether or not I wanted to work today and decided to work, definitely can't afford to turn down hours. Soooo glad I went in! Poor pharmacist would have been pulling her hair out all by herself as we got swamped in the morning. We went to homegroup potluck tonight and my devilled eggs were enjoyed by all. All around it was a pretty good day. Tomorrow's project is getting ready for my toe surgery. I'll be off my feet for a few days so I want to stock up on bandages, movies, healthy snacks, and sandpaper. Sandpaper? Yep, I want to sand and refinish my new pine nightstands while I am off work. It'll give me a project I can do sitting down and hopefully I won't go as stir-crazy as last time I was off work for my foot. Hopefully this is the last surgery and it never comes back again.
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Another Easter Away From Home [12 Apr 2009|10:57pm]
What an Easter Sunday! We went to the service at Trinity this morning and it was a great. Ivor showed some clips of a video talking about the scale of things God created, our little planet wasn't even a speck compared to some of the stars in other parts of the universe, very interesting. If the Earth was a golf ball, lol... Afterwards we went to Petcetera to stock up on filters for the cat's water bowl before they shut down for good. Then we went back to the giant garage sale and bought a pair of nightstands I'd had my eye on yesterday. We also got a pyrex bowl and a candle-holder, all for $10, an amazing deal. The nightstands are handcrafted pine and need a little refinishing but they have good bones. We had pancakes and sausages for lunch, then it was on to dinner preparations. Elizabeth and I collaborated on dinner, we made a ham, mashed potatoes, candied yams, green beans and some other little things, mainly I just did the yams and ham sauce. The sisters and Victor came over for dinner too. Paul and I went for a walk after dinner and tried to get as far as the ocean but it was so cold and windy that we had to turn back. Next time I'll have to bring a hat.
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Gettin' 'Er Done [11 Apr 2009|10:46pm]
I have been getting stuff done. This house is having it's butt kicked into shape. It's odd because during last week I was sure I was going to want to relax and do nothing this long weekend, oh how wrong I was...
We slept in Friday morning, which was a good start, watched TV all morning and pretty much took it easy. Then Elizabeth called from Home Depot to see if I was planning to paint or not, (usually I use her good paint brush to do so), but I said no I wasn't planning on painting. About 5 hours later I had painted two doors, a bunch of trim, our bedroom windowsill and its trim. Ah the power of suggestion...

Today I really did plan to relax a little more, but then I accidentally did a ton of stuff! We went out and mailed Paul's student loan application, had lunch, took some stuff to the Salvation Army, and of course browsed around there for awhile. On our way home we stopped by RONA and bought another full sheet of lattice for the front of the house. It just fit in the van with the seats down, the back door closed and one end of it propped up on top of the front bucket seats, just above our heads, glad that was a short drive. I dropped Paul and the lattice off and then stopped by the GIANT garage sale at the Wholesale Club parking lot to benefit a Mexican orphanage. I am glad it was for a good cause because I ended up finding an awesome deal.

As an aside, we have been thinking about our lawnmower situation for about a week or so. I have been looking for a cheap gas or push reel mower on Used Vic but I hadn't found anything. I didn't really want to buy a new one because they are really expensive, or a used one that might not work.

So when I saw a really decent looking basic push reel mower on the $20 table I thought it was too good to be true! I brought the mower home and couldn't help giving it a try. Our grass was waaaay too long for it though so I tried to get the weed-whacker up and running for the first time this year. It took me awhile to get it running and then once it was running I realized that the line was cut too short. Somehow when I opened the end of it I screwed it up. It's not supposed to take 20 minutes of struggling and swearing to put back together again. Eventually I gave up and went back to push-mowering the front lawn. By the time Paul got home from his bike ride I was passed out on the couch with an ice pack, push mowing is ridiculously hard work. I guess that's why they invented the modern style of  mower, live and learn. In the end Paul fixed my weedwhacker and we conquered the back yard together. I had forgotten how good it feels to be completely and utterly physically exhausted. Ug.

To finish off the day I boiled some eggs to hopefully make devilled eggs with tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes. For now it's off to bed.
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Milestone! [22 Mar 2009|12:34am]

Today we accomplished all of the errands we had planned, and then some.
-Got oil change
-Got new bulbs for the garden this summer
-Got our taxes done (yay refunds!)
-Paid back a debt we have owed for about 2 years (bye bye tax refunds...but still, YAY!)
-Took the stinky chair to the dump, what a waste of time and $12.75
-Costco shopping
-and to finish it all off, and to celebrate paying off the debt, Sen Zushi
Oh, then tonight there was nothing on TV so I started painting the trim and door in the bathroom but didn't get very far because the Chows invited us out for ice cream. It was definitely a VERY productive and action-packed Saturday.

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Sick, again... [15 Mar 2009|09:50pm]
I started getting stuffed up and getting a sore throat last week and thought I had a cold but I've been feeling worse and worse all weekend so I decided to go to the doctor today. Turns out I have an infection affecting my ears, nose, and chest. I am getting so frustrated with constantly being sick, it was only 4 or 5 months ago that I had bronchitis and had to have x-rays to see if I had pneumonia. I don't know why I keep getting sick but lots of people seem to think it's because I work around so many sick people. Who knows. So the doctor today wrote me a script for Amoxil 500mg tid for 10 days, told me to gargle with salt water and rest. I suck at resting.
The best part about this weekend was having company while being a phlegm spewing zombie. Paul's dad drove out from Alberta and overall it was a good visit but I feel bad for being so out of it. Oh well, can't help it, bedtime.
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Open Up the Sky [07 Mar 2009|10:29pm]

The ladies' retreat was pretty great. I am so tired, like, exhausted from driving. We left the house yesterday at 9:10am and didn't arrive until 4:00pm, but we did stop at Duncan, Nanaimo, Coombs, and QF in Parksville on our way. After check-in Ash, Cady and I walked around the grounds before dinner. The ocean there is sooo gorgeous, (pics on facebook). Dinner was delicious and we had the first session right after. We decided to go for a swim before bed which was relaxing, but man it was cold walking back to the bungalow in spa robes, lol. We had a jetted soaker tub in our suite which was fantastic for rinsing off the chlorine from the pool. The bed was a king and was so comfy, the pillows were heavenly too. I could really get used to this spa-living...
I got up at 7am this morning and walked down to the beach to take some photos and have some time alone. I missed dawn but the light was still beautiful and I even went wading a little. It was so cold it was painful but refreshing! Session 2 started at 9:30 and Cindy spoke about the presence of God. We had a coffee/snack break and then the next session. We were all done by noon and then we were on the road again.
It started snowing around noon and snowed all the way home. We stopped a couple times on the way down and everyone was home by 6:30pm.

Our theme song for the weekend, Open Up the Sky:

Our beloved Father, please come down and meet us
We are waiting for Your touch
Open up the heavens, shower down your presence
We respond to Your great love

We won’t be satisfied with anything ordinary,
We won’t be satisfied at all

Open up the sky, fall down like rain
We don’t want blessings, We want You
Open up the sky, fall down like fire
We don’t want anything but You

Our beloved Jesus, we just wanna see You
In the glory of Your light.
Earthly things don’t matter, They just fade and shatter
When we’re touched by love divine.

We won’t be satisfied with anything ordinary
We won’t be satisfied at all

Open up the sky, fall down like rain
We don’t want blessings, we want You
Open up the sky, fall down like fire
We don’t want anything but You

Here we go, let’s go to the throne


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[03 Mar 2009|10:55pm]
So I placed a fairly sizable Mary Kay order tonight, hopefully it'll be here mid-next week. I really want to throw a big party/open house here to launch my business properly so I ordered a bunch of fun new stuff. Cannot wait for the ladies' retreat this weekend, time for some relaxation...
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Projects! [01 Mar 2009|11:38pm]
Had a pretty great day today. Despite a long day of work yesterday I still feel like we had a bit of a weekend with all that we managed to jam into today. We went to church and our friends Darrel and Gail met us there and came out to lunch with us afterwards at Pho Vy. We bumped into the Sidney Skipseys while we were downtown too, it was really nice to catch up with them for a few minutes but sadly they had already eaten and couldn't join us for lunch. We showed Darrel and Gail our little home before they had to head home and then I took off to get supplies for my project du jour. (sorry for my bad/nonexistent French)
I tried Rona here in Esquimalt but they didn't have much of what I needed so I headed up McKenzie to the big Home Depot. Let me say now, as a woman, I LOVE going to Home Depot alone. Especially when my hair was longer and I could put it up in a big 80's high ponytail. So many men, not just the salesmen either, offered to help me. I pretty much knew what I was looking for and was in and out pretty quick. I bought a gallon of Behr Kitchen and Bath to paint doors and trim, some basic molding, some pretty fancy molding, and a little foam varnish brush. I built a back-splash for our bathroom vanity (Paul helped). It's all cut to size and lined up but I don't know yet if I want to try to varnish the pieces to match the existing trim on the front of the counter-top or if I want to go back to HD for more fancy trim and just make it match. I wish I had time to do stuff like this more often. Hopefully I can do some painting this week after work and maybe finish up the bathroom project.
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[01 Mar 2009|12:05am]
Today was a long freaking day of cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning. It's so frustrating to be cleaning someone else's already mostly clean house when your own house would be lucky to look as good as their house did before you cleaned it, ya know? But clean we did, and then we went to look at some mattresses because ours is so uncomfortable that we've been having trouble sleeping. We liked one but it was going to be over $700 and we don't have that kind of cash right now. So we came home and relaxed for a few hours, I went to Thrifty's while Paul napped then Paul played Risk with the Chows and I started cleaning our place. It's nowhere near presentable for company so I guess I'll try to do some more in the morning before church. We have friends visiting from back home and we'd really like to have them over to the house after church tomorrow but maybe we'll just go out for lunch instead. I am so frustrated right now with this whole having no time/energy business. I feel like I'll always be working this hard and we'll still get nowhere. I give up for today, bedtime.
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