Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A portrait of marriage

Well a tiny bit like my marriage anyways...

 My husband recently told me that he doesn't find me annoying all of the time, just some of the time.
   I told a friend about it and she asked me what my response was. In all honestly my response was to laugh. A true, honest to goodness belly laugh. I love that we can say these things and not offend each other. I love the dynamic of our relationship in this regard. We don't tip toe around each other. We respect each other but don't tip toe around. I think some people would find this disrespectful but I am not the type of person that needs to be coddled, hugged and kissed all of the time to feel loved or respected. Of course, maybe this is why our relationship seems to be enduring. He is not the type to give that kind of attention and I am not the type of person who wants or needs it. I am not sensitive and I enjoy the teasing and honesty. It may not be everyone's ideal relationship but I would not want it any other way and I don't think my Husband would either. We have a lot of fun!
   I also told my friend that I also laughed because I feel the same about him and he totally knows it! I also had to add that isn't that what marriage is about? Loving each other in spite of how annoying we find each other at times?
                                                          I think so, anyways!
                 How would you react if your spouse said something like this to you?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Letter to my 16 year old self

So you have the all the answers. There is nothing further you can learn from any teachers, siblings, peers and most of all your parents. That is awesome. You have come a long way in the short 16 years you have graced this world with your presence. You truly are wise beyond your years. Okay, if you didn’t pick it up, I am being sarcastic.

But guess what, I am going to give you a few tips and pointers anyways. Do what you want with them (I know you will anyways!).

1) I know your friends are super cool. Way cooler than anyone in your family could even come close to. I understand that you love to spend all your time with them. They are just like you! At times you question how you could possibly be related the yahoo’s in your family. You are so different from them! I know you love your family, let them know you do. Please be kind to them. Give them some of your time. They love you for exactly who you are. I hate to break it to you, most of these “friends” you swear you will be friends with forever (and who totally “get” you) will most likely not be by your side for long. Don’t take your family for granted.

2) It’s okay to dream. You aren’t doing this, at all. People dream. Why aren’t you dreaming? Relax a little. Live just a little bit less in reality and a little more in the land of dreams. Jump in mud puddles and roll in piles of leaves. Don’t take yourself so seriously.

3) School is boring. But it so much easier to do it at 16 then to do it later in life while working full time, raising a family and then having classes and homework to do as well!

4) Smoking is not cool. Put that cigarette down, now.

5) Wear your glasses! Your mom spent good money on them and you need them. Don’t be so vain. You think they are so uncool. Do you know what is not cool? Having to have such a strong prescription that is has to be ordered in because you didn’t wear your glasses when you got them at the age of 15.  Because of this your eyes sight deteriorated so bad you can barely see. No exaggeration. Bordering on legally blind. Get over yourself, just put them on!

P.S- Hate to be the one to break it to you but those boobs you keep hoping will eventually come, never do. What you have now is all your getting. Look at it this way, at least you know when a guy shows interest in you it's not for your incredible rack. Like not at all. Some day, you will find a tiny weeny bit of comfort in that. Some day.

Any advice you would like to give your 16 year old self?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Yup, it's still Monday

I am not really a fan of Mondays.  I wake up on Monday mornings just to be reminded very quickly as I stumble out of bed and promptly trip on a stacked up pile of folded but not put away clean laundry. I am reminded of all the things I did not get done on the weekend. I am reminded that most likely now at this point, there is a slim chance that any night this week after hauling my big butt home after a full days work, to make dinner, clean the dinner mess, make lunches and the rest of the glamour of my weeknights that this pile of clean, folded but not put away laundry will quite possibly be here in the middle of my bedroom floor all week. Meh, there's always next weekend. I say that every weekend, it's all good! This is how it goes sometimes in our worlds right?
Along the same lines of my love or lack of love for Mondays. I wanted to share this little fact with you. I have been known to be a few minutes late for work on the occasional morning (haha) and it got me thinking about reasons people might be late. I came upon this random fact.

Top Six reasons for being late for work: 1) traffic. 2) oversleeping. 3) procrastination. 4) Chores. 5) Car Trouble. 6) Having Sex.

My own #1  reason is pretty simple. I had trouble dragging my fat arse out of bed. Plain and simple.

I know I am not alone with the Monday deal.  I would be very interested in hearing from some one who loves Mondays. Maybe you can sway me into embracing the new week and all it's possibilities on a Monday morning with a rainbow in my heart and sunshine in my eyes!!

What's the # 1 reason your might be late  for work any day, not just Monday's.

Monday, September 10, 2012

To lick or not to lick?


I was listening to our local radio station this morning in my car on my way to work. The hosts were discussing a topic that got me thinking a bit and I thought, I should take a poll myself and see what other people think.

Here’s the scenario. While at a friends for dinner he (the radio show host) noticed after dinner that the hosts of the dinner party placed the empty plates from the meal on the floor for their dog to lick clean. This shocked him.

My first thought was that clearly this man does not have a pet. I have really come to find that pet owners often are oblivious that these types of things could be questionable. And I get it, I guess. The animals are a part of their family. They are used to them. They don’t notice the hair they shed, the drool they drop in random places and the odd things they lick and sniff quite as much as a non-pet owner might. Each to their own right? After my initial reaction I wondered however, maybe some pet owners would find this unacceptable as well?

I am not a pet owner but it doesn’t mean I hate animals. I just see them lick themselves (and other animals and such as well actually) in unsavoury places and don’t want that same tongue licking me, that’s all. No biggie okay? If that makes me a “princess” then well I guess it does.

I do acknowledge that the dishes are surely washed properly with soap and water after the dogs have finished their "prewash". But is that enough to ease your mind and wash the thought of it away for you?

They took some calls from listeners to see how people weighed in on the topic. Is it gross? Is there nothing to even talk about? How would feel about eating there again? Would you say anything to the dinner host or keep it to yourself? The responses were very mixed.

Does this sound like no big deal to you? Do you do this yourself with your own pooches? Would you eat there again knowing this?

Don’t be shy; let me know your opinion!

Friday, September 7, 2012

5 things I have wondered about recently

How is it that a father/son camping trip (that I am clearly not invited to) can end up taking me 6 hours of grocery shopping, organizing and packing?

Why over the last few years have my children seemed to have forgotten everything I have ever taught them about being tidy and responsible?

Why can’t I fall asleep right away anymore like I used to be able to do, even though I am incredibly tired?

How can a woman not die with the amount of blood some of us loose each month?

What can I make for dinner that we haven’t already had a million times already?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

You grew up in the 70's/80's in Canada if...

You know who Casey and Finnegan are and you know this man....

(Sorry not a very good pic!)

In the picture he is standing at what he called "the tickle trunk". It was full of fun costumes that he would dress up in (hence the show's name "Mr.Dress-Up!) to do little plays and stuff with Casey and Finnegan, who were puppets . I watched this show longer than I should admit too...I think just because for some reason it comforted me. Looking at the picture of him now I wonder if maybe I was drawn to him becasue he kind of resembles my own Dad (and Grandpa actually) in some ways! I never realized that until now.

The man who played Mr. Dress-Up was named Ernie Coombs. He passed away in 2001, long after the show went off the air. When I learned of his death even though I was already an adult, I was very saddened by the news. I would have loved to have met him. Watching his show as a kid is a very strong and warm memory for me.
Such a great childhood memory! Do you know this show? What was your fave show as a youngin?