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

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.