Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Today we found out we will not be able to get a puppy from the litter born on May 29. There were 10 puppies, but only 2 of them were females, and there were three people on the list before us. We really want to hold out for a female, so it's back to the drawing board. Will we ever get another dog? I see the "summer of the dog" fading away, even though it's only a couple of days away from June.
Oh well. I suppose we'll REALLY appreciate our puppy when we finally get her. I've been acutely aware for a while that sometimes you just have to sit back and stop trying so hard, and, as my friend JoAnn used to say, let the universe take care of things. We all just miss our companion so much! This will be a good lesson in patience, and I'm sure it will all be worth it.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Some great things about NOTL:
- The wineries - in particular, Inniskillin (http://www.inniskillin.com/) and Jackson-Triggs (http://www.jacksontriggswinery.com/)
- The fudge shops and European bakeries
- The horse-drawn carriage rides around the historic village
Another good thing that I can't attest to: The Shaw Festival...we've never gone but many make the trip with the festival as their destination. www.shawfest.com
But...bring a lot of money! The cost of lunch and shopping can be expensive (at lunch, Mark's beer cost $8!), and a good t-shirt will run you at least $20-$25. The cost is made worse by the weak American dollar (or the strong Canadian dollar) - as of 5/26/07 the exchange was only .04 on a the American dollar.
Ayez l'amusement (Have fun)!
Friday, May 25, 2007
This summer's schedule is revolving around when/if we get our puppy. Scheduled to be born next week, we're hoping, if all goes well, we'll be bringing her home around July 25 - still enough time to enjoy the warm weather and all the fun stuff that goes along with having a puppy. The kids schedules - that's another story. Every year it's like a giant puzzle between planning summer camp, child care, my vacation time, and other activities.
This year the kids will once again be going to 4-H Camp Brisol for two weeks (not consecutively) in July (During which Mark and I go out to a different restaurant every night - it's a vacation for us, too! We rush home from work, get changed, and off we go!). The main goal for summer childcare - to get the kids off the computer, away from the TV, and out of the house.
The view from May 25: the summer stretches out ahead of us...with nothing but sunny days (and a great thunderstorm or two, or three) and hanging out on the porch in sight...!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I put her off for a little while, until the PC version of the iPod came out, and I think I got one of those first models off the assembly line (judging from the size of my iPod in relation to later models - it's a bit of a monster). So, in a nutshell, I now have the "songs of my life" (over 1,000, which is actually a small number in comparison to others, I know) all in one place, and it has changed my life. There is nothing like a great walk or a long car ride with your favorite music! Awesome! (I also convinced a co-worker she needed to get one...she says it has also changed her life.) What an invention!
(A great side benefit - my kids are also now turned onto the power of music through their iPods, especially my son, who has never really has much interest in music. His iPod now contains a lot of stuff off my list - 70s classics and such [not to mention all his videos...].)
Monday, May 21, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
- Hey! Look at that Red Jay (cardinal/bird)!
- I'm going to ruin the world! (rule the world)
- This summer I'm going to sleep in early every day.
- When tattled on by her brother for picking her butt...her reply: I try not to!
- Jugs Judy (the TV judge)
- At the airport gate in Pittsburgh: Look Mom! Those people are going to King Kong! (Hong Kong)
- At the Nazareth College Bookstore: Let's go into the Nazareth gift shop!
- Referring to "The Soup's" Kick-Ass Clip of the Week: Cameron, it's the *bleep* Ass Clip of the Week ~ ooops, wrong word bleeped....
And from Sunday School...
- It was ordered by King Harold (vs. King Herrod).
- Jesus had 12 impossals.
- Jesus went to Duruselem (Jerusalem).