Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Advent Conspiracy

I lifted this from my friend Kareena's blog (and she lifted it from someone else's). I truly believe that Christmas has become synonymous with commercialism, and if we just gave a little bit to those in need, maybe things might be better for everyone. As we give thanks this year for all the blessings in our lives, lets take time to remember those less fortunate than we are.

Kids

And here's a picture of Abbi, who has decided that being a princess is where it's at. I don't blame her - it's a belief that will get a girl where she wants to go.



Here's a newer picture of my nephew Nate, who is such an easygoing, loveable child. I truly don't think I've ever met a more independent little guy - he LOVES to get around and see everything that's going on with big sister and big brother.

The Amica Experiment - Final Days


To say that these two dogs are now bffs might be pushing it. I would say they're more like the casual acquaintance you see at Starbucks - you say hello, chat for a second, but secretly want to get away from sooner than later because you get the feeling they want to have supper... Muffin, btw, is the one who wants to go out for supper in this analogy. Actually, I think Muffin would probably be a stalker in a more accurate analogy, but that's for another day.

The Amica Experiment Day 5

By this point, Amica has pretty much given up paying attention to Muffin Altogether, and Muffin has decided that doing whatever Amica does is the best thing ever. Right down to peeing together. It's a little twisted, I admit. I"m also very happy, btw, that Amica is a well-behaved dog.

The Amica Experiment Day 4

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Although slightly more tolerant of Muffin, Amica's patience wears thin after about 10 seconds of Muffin's constant irritation. Muffin gets a well-deserved growl.

The Amica Experiment, Day 3

Amica becomes tired of Muffin's incessant attempts to play. Muffin continues unabated.

The Amica Experiment, Day 1&2

After Muffin had chased Amica around for a good two hours they both settled down into their respective beds for a rest. Note the watchful eyes on both dogs. No real rest to be had.

Salisbury at Christmas

Poinsettias growing in the non-public greenhouse
Part of the housewares section of Salisbury. They have thousands upon thousands of knick knacks and decorations.

This tree reminded me of the Grinch

The Grinch Himself
Possibly one of my favorite places to go any time of year is Salisbury greenhouse. This time of year, however, they transform the whole store into a winter wonderland. There are 40+ Christmas trees all themed differently - from palm trees to feather trees. These were taken remembrance day long weekend, when we got our first dump of snow and it seemed unfathomable that winter would ever come. It isn't so hard to believe now, sadly.

Madagascar 2


We went some time ago to Red Deer and took the kids to see Madagascar 2 with Brad and Jenn. It was totally hilarious, and I was glad to see the penguins make a larger appearance in this movie. Also funny was the part where the monkeys formed a union - you have to see it to get it.
Ps. Can you tell how happy Brad is to be in this picture? Very.

The Ghost of Halloween Past

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Muppet's Family Christmas Part 5

Muppet's Family Christmas Part 4

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Muffin and Amica

This is Day 2 of dog sitting our friends' red heeler Amica. Now, Amica is my very favorite big dog and she is always welcome in our home. Besides being beautiful, she's well behaved, doesn't have accidents in the house, and never says no to being petted.

Muffin, on the other hand, lost her mind when Amica came to stay with us. I think Muffin feels that every dog that she can get to is obliged to play with her. Amica does not feel this obligation. Long story short, if Muffin doesn't smarten up, she's going to get her head bitten off. The only time the girls seem to get along is when Muffin can stop bothering Amica long enough to have a nap. More to come, I'm sure.

A Muppet Family Christmas, Part 3

It could get weirder?

I'm assuming from MJ's fedora and mask he is going as Zorro for Christmas. Maybe no one will recognize him.

Holiday Gift Giving Made Simple


So I can only assume some of you are wondering at this late date,
"What is the perfect Christmas gift for my loved one?"
Three words. The Birds Barbie.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Muppet Family Christmas, Part 2

Frustration with the Interweb

I don't often get frustrated with the Internet for reasons other than slowness. However, today I needed to do two things:

  1. Find out how much a 50 lb bag of rice and 75 lb of frozen peas would cost
  2. 2. Post a video of Homer Simpson falling off his roof to this blog.
I've accomplished neither.

APPARENTLY, grocery stores don't post their prices on line unless it is a flier item. Which is fine if bulk bags of peas and rice are on sale, but they aren't.

Also, I was going to write a truly funny blog about the possibility of falling of the roof while installing Christmas lights, highlighted by a funny Simpson's clip. That isn't going to happen because almost all video sites (with the exception of YouTube) ONLY STREAM TO THE USA!

I'm getting really tired of all the withholding of free media from the states - even from sites like ABC and NBC. What's the deal?

Anyway, suffice it to say that our Christmas lights are installed (not well), there is a giant inflatable penguin on our front lawn, and no video today for you to laugh at.

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Muppet Family Christmas, Part 1



Part 1 of my favorite EVER Christmas movie! Stay tuned for parts 2-5!

Bright Nights

Last night we went with Mom and Dad to Bright nights. It cost $20 per vehicle with proceeds going to the Food Bank. While I cant argue with the cause it's going to, I was somewhat disappointed by the amount they charge and what you get. I wager that we were in and out in all of 7 minutes, and quite a few of the lights displays were either burned out or not working. I think that if you had children it would be good to go to, and maybe I'm just a Grinch or something, but I don't think I'd go again any time soon. On the up side, there was a really cool display of the RCMP musical ride and a Canada flag, and that was my favorite one.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Muffin Visits Santa

Ho Ho Ho! Muffin went to see Santa at Salisbury Greenhouse a couple of weeks ago as a fundraiser for NASAP, the Northern Alberta Society for Animal Protection.
In theory, this was a great idea. Until Muffin Saw Santa. She is not prone to barking or especially growling. Well, she went berserk when she saw Santa in his big white beard and red suit. With some amount of coaxing, we managed to get her up on his lap and looking relatively normal. If you look closely though, she's still got a crazy glint in her eyes. Best $15 I ever spent.

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Wheels on the Bus...

So, as I was riding the bus this morning, in somewhat of a haze, I was momentarily distracted by a rattling noise on the floor. Being the observant individual I am, I looked down only to find some worn bolts rolling around. Although I was unable to ascertain their point of origin, I am fairly certain they worked themselves loose from somewhere on the bus floor.

Now, I 'm not trying to scare anyone, but here's the deal. - I don't think Edmonton buses are all that safe. The doors frequently do not shut properly/or at all on the small feeder buses. This would not be such a problem if the bus wasn't frequently packed to the max, forcing small children to stand in the area directly adjacent to the broken doors. All it's going to take is one bump and a stumble and we'll have kids falling out onto the busy morning streets.

Of less, but still some concern, is that when you sit down on the pee-stained seats your clothes often catch and snag on errant nails that have been neglected for far too long.

Come on ETS, get your crap together. Don't let a lawsuit be the reason that you address this problem. Who knows what's happening under the bus that we can't see...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The "Arrested Development" feature has moved closer to reality, with Mitch Hurwitz and Ron Howard reportedly closing deals for the long-gestating project from Imagine and Fox Searchlight.
The possible migration of the critically acclaimed but short-lived Fox series to the big screen has been a hot topic among fans for the past year. Speculation has been fueled by cast members of the show, including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Jeffrey Tambor, who have been frequently quoted in interviews that a feature adaptation is in the works.
Hurwitz, who created and exec produced the Emmy-winning series, is on board to write the film as well as direct with help from Howard.
This is like the happy version of walking in on your wife with another man. I KNEW IT! But still, I needed the confirmation.
At this rate, we should definitely have a trailer by 2012.
'Arrested Development' film gets closer [THR]

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Just because


Muffin is realy into Pop Art.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Hairspray!



Mom and Me went to see Hairspray last week - and it was AWESOME!!! Totally my favorite one yet! Check out this last song as posted on YouTube (actual music starts 50 seconds in...)

Speaking of Generosity...

I was totally and unbelievably blessed by a friend last week. Not only has this person given us a Sony Vaio laptop in the past, he has now given us his old Mac Book. I love to give, but often have a hard time accepting gifts from people, especially when it's for no reason. So thanks Anthony, for putting up with my craziness about accepting it!

I like the Mac (Darryl likes it to an unhealthy level), but I am having a really hard time adjusting to the functions. You get so used to using a PC, that when things are dummy-proofed, as is the case with the Mac, it seems impossible to adjust to. If there are any Mac users out there, I'll take tips. I felt like pushing it off the table the other day I was so frustrated.

Cape Breton, my Love, and Me

Here is the long-awaited picture from Warren Gordon, the photographer who shot the Sparling Family Photos in Nova Scotia this summer. I waited and waited, but alas, I did not receive it in time to go on the Christmas cards. In any case, it was a beautiful piece of property and a wonderful vacation. CAPE BRETON FTW!

Winter is Here and so is the Stuff

I seem to be under a certain amount of scrutiny lately for not blogging as often as I should; however, I hope to reverse this trend very soon.

As Christmas draws nearer, I can't help but think about the right timing for everything. There was Christmas music being played in the stores on November 1. While some may think that's reprehensible, others rejoiced. Then there's the "right" date to decorate and put up the tree. While some folks wait until the week before Christmas, others put theirs up in November.

So what's right? I, personally have always set a date of Dec 1 to listen to Christmas music. However, I shamelessly broke that date this year and pulled out the Boney M CD before Remembrance Day. I feel a garland coming on very soon also, so stay tuned.

More than anything, I'm again struck with the commercialism and cynicism associated with this holiday. It seems as if bigger is better, and nothing is ever enough. What are we teaching our children? What does the undying love of "stuff" have to say about us? I personally believe it's time to return to the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. While Santa and reindeer might be fun, we would have nothing to celebrate nor the grace to do it without His birth. Jesus IS the reason for the season!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Blogless

Hi
I have been amiss in my blogging as of late. I have pictures of our spoooky jack-o-lanterns from halloween, but haven't quite got around to putting them up yet.

This week can be summed up into one word - blargh. The weather has been grey and dismal, and my mood hasn't been a whole lot better. I really struggle with the winter months, and since it is officially November now, I guess it's winter. On the bright side, I bought a giant inflatable penguin for the front lawn, so I just need to wait a few weeks and he can come out of the box. I plan on having a super tacky house, just in case anyone knows.

Also, the dog seems to have hidden Halloween candy somewhere in the house. We occasionally find her finishing off a package of twizzlers or a peanut butter cup. Seriously, I can't find the source, and I didn't let the candy cauldron (yes, we had an actual cauldron) out of my sight on Halloween, so I haven't got a clue how this happened. I guess it's better than her eating her own poo though.

I'm looking forward to the long weekend - it's a 4-day weekend for me! I plan on doing nothing, except maybe getting my hair done. Also, perhaps trying to figure out how to hang Christmas lights. Stay tuned for that fiasco.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I'm Going As A Dork: iPhone Costumes

A Post from www.geekologie.com

It had to be posted - it had a Japanese Chin in it.

I'm Going As A Dork: iPhone Costumes

While The Superficial Writer has been doing his patriotic duty posting hot celebrities in their Halloween costumes, I get stuck with a bunch of goofballs dressed as iPhones. Anyway, I like the dog one. All the others suck, except for maybe the baby seat one. That one was cute. Seriously though, I see you dressed like an iPhone tonight, and I'm pushing your buttons. Figuratively. And, since it is Halloween, literally too. *BEEP BOOP BEEP BOOP BEEP* I'm calling your mom!

Cats



This of course, is the Magical, Mystical, Mr. Mistoffelees

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I realize that I forgot to post on our Cats experience at the Jubilee.

I don't really know what to say about this show. Mom and I wanted to go because of its iconic status in the theatre world. If something is so popular, it must be good, right?

Well, lets just say that Mom liked it. I, on the other hand, was a bit puzzled by the whole thing. There really wasn't that much of a plot. And the songs, minus a couple, were fairly incomprehensible. The costumes, and the choreography on the other hand were amazing, and well worth the two hours it took. I think that perceived lack of plot has a lot to do with the fact the musical was based on a group of poems from T.S. Elliot, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (http://coral.lili.uni-bielefeld.de/Classes/Summer97/SemGS/WebLex/OldPossum/oldpossumlex/). Most lyrics were directly taken from these poems. This was an interesting fact that I didn't know.

Anyway, I can cross this off my bucket list now.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

2nd Annual Spooky Halloween Party

We had the chance to host our 2nd annual Spooky Halloween Party this weekend. Much fun was had by all, and the addition this year of babies to snuggle was much welcomed!


Prince Charming and Marie Antionette (and the pumpkin they carved)

The Clause Family

A Mexican and Thing 1

A very Spooky ghost.


The most terrifying Smurfs I've ever seen

Baby Snugglers



Thing 2 and Me

Muffin Goes Mexican

Taeya and Steve Dropped by...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Camp Caroline





Darryl and I went away this weekend to Camp Caroline, in Caroline, AB for a Spiritual Formation Retreat with our Focus3 group (bible study). It was a time of rest, renewal, and enjoying God's creation. As you can see from these pictures, they have already had snow (!) and it seems as if it might even stay on the ground. Besides the snow being a bit depressing, the weekend was amazing. I saw a baby beaver for the first time - at first I thought it was a muskrat because it was so small. But all confusion was erased when it slapped it's flat tail on the water in disgust when I tried to approach it...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Abbi's Playdate







We were fortunate enough to take my niece Abbi for a playdate to commemorate her second birthday this Friday. We made a day of it. First, we went to McDonald's to have a happy meal, complete with french fries, her favorite. We then went to Rotary Park to play on the jungle gym and go for a fall walk. Afterward we went to DQ for a cone and then to Chapters to pick out a book just for her. She chose "That's Not My Princess". We had a wonderful day - thanks Abbi, we love you!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Stuff White People Like

My Sister-in-Law Jill turned me on to this site. It's absolutely freaking hilarious - because there is so much truth to it. All I have to say is that if you didn't feel generic already, read the site and you will.

Muffin 1.0 and Muffin 2.0

I was keen on adopting another Japanese chin, and when one came available this week we applied. However, it turns out that the dog (she would have been muffin, version 2.0) has been adopted. Sort of sad, but I hope it went to a good family.

That being said, I tried a prototype of Muffin 1.0's Halloween costume last night. It didn't work as I had planned, and the above picture is the result. If you're wondering, she's supposed to be a bird, Quetzalcoatl to be exact, the Aztec bird god. It's a Mexican theme this year...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Turkey Day, Part II



The Turkey - 14 Pounds of Goodness


The Excessive amount of stuffing I made


The Fam - Less Kevin and Ewa, who were in Kelowna

All in all, it was a great day. We missed K&A, but it was good times nonetheless.

What's wrong with People?

Voter turnout drops to record low
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 10:01 AM ET CBC News

An estimated 59.1 per cent of Canadians cast votes in Tuesday's general election — a figure that appears to be a record low in the history of Confederation.
A total of 13,832,972 votes were cast nationally of the 23,401,064 registered electors, Elections Canada figures showed as of 9 a.m. ET Wednesday.
The highest voter turnout appeared to be in P.E.I., where 69.5 per cent of registered voters cast ballots.
The lowest turnout appeared to be in Newfoundland and Labrador, where just 48.1 of registered voters took part.
All the figures were based on reports from 69,601 of 69,630 polls across the country. The total number of registered electors did not, however, include anyone who only registered on election day itself.
After the ballots were counted, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives won a second consecutive minority government.
The turnout figure of 59.1 per cent was slightly below the previous lowest turnout figure of 60.9 per cent. That happened when Paul Martin's Liberals won a minority government in 2004.
The highest voter turnout in Canadian electoral history occurred in 1958, when 79.4 per cent of registered voters took part in the election that saw John Diefenbaker return to power with a majority government.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

VOTE - PLEASE!!!

It is election day - you need to vote!!!


I have been guilty of not voting sometimes in the past- and I actually regret it. As I spent a few days in Ottawa recently, I was reminded of how important it is to have your say in our government, and that it DOES actually matter if you put your say in.'

Think of it this way - if you tally every possible vote for every election in your entire life, that is a significant amount of input! Your vote matters - even if it seems insignificant.


I predict that there will be a conservative minority and that the Greens will get at least two seats - mind you, not in Elizabeth May's riding, but somewhere, which I think is positive.

Back


So I have managed to throw out my back again. Perhaps it's because I, like a fool, decided to stop doing my physio about 6 months ago. It felt fine. I felt great. Famous last words. Now, Robaxacet is my best friend, and I'm laying on the floor for all of my spare time. I believe in divine design, but in my opinion (and the opinion of many biologists) we are indeed maladapted for bipedal locomotion. Now, I'm not going to argue with God about the way he made us, however; at this point in time, I'd rather be a fish.