Sunday, April 29, 2012

On the go

When I figured out I could blog from my cell phone I was unreasonably excited because it meant I could keep up with things during my upcoming trip to Ontario. What an epic fail that turned out to be!

The blogging, I mean. Not the trip.

So now, I'm on the flight back home, sardined between Stinky and Gassy, I can write up this draft that will automatically be published when I land. At least, that's what I'm hoping. :)

I had a really great trip to Ontario. 10 days was a bit long and I am beyond tired, but all well worth it. I didn't really advertise that I was coming to Ontario this time and I'm really glad I didn't. It really allowed me to plan out my visit as I damn well pleased and no one had a say in where I went and for how long.

On the day after my arrival, I rented a car and drove to Trenton to see Maggie and the family. It was a great visit and I was so greatful for some quality time with her as well as some baby snuggles from my favorite baby ever.

I drove back on the Monday and spent some time catching up with friends and enjoying the city with some light shopping and delicious food.

I drove back to my home town where I didn't really have an itinerary but I was able to visit everyone who needed visiting.

Because no one knew really what I was up to, if I didn't feel like doing something - I didn't. If I felt like doing something - I did it. It was great and felt a whole lot more like a vacation that previous trips back home.

I spent my birthday with my dad which was really nice and relaxing and had dinner with some family.

I had lunch with my grand-pa and made my dad a stew. All good!

I went shopping with my aunt all day saturday and totally spoiled myself. We eventually got kicked out of the shopping center. We hadn't done that since I've moved to Saskatchewan. I guess because we didn't have dinner plans with anyone, there was no need to look at our watches. It was a great day bonding with her but my bank account disagrees. :)

Ever notice how people look out the window when they announce some turbulence? What do they expect to see exactly?

Anyways, my fingers are getting crampy and my peanut M&Ms are screaming my name.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wash ALL the dishes!

I hate doing the dishes. Hate it. Somehow I always end up with dirty dish water on my boob, the mushy shit at the bottom of the sink makes me gag and I just generally do not like it. I don't like the smell of dish soap. I don't like the noise of a knife scraping the bottom of the sink. I don't like the smell of the dish rag or sponges. I hate drying the pasta strainer.


Meet Bertha!

My friend bought a house and it comes with appliances so I bought her dish washer for 75$. Ours is it's third home on the Base as it's been passed around from PMQ to PMQ but it's in top shape! Comes with extra counter space. It's kind of bulky where we have it now but I'm more than willing to put up with a bit of bulk if it means I don't have to do the dishes.

Like right now... I could be washing dishes. But I'm not. Thanks Bertha!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Guestroom Update

For 4 years I've been nagging my husband for us to paint the guest bedroom upstairs or our bedroom - hell, anything really! I totally get that while we live in PMQs there is no real and tangible gain from painting a room or buying furniture to suit a specific room. But there's also even less to gain from living with beige walls, beige carpet and ill-fitting furniture. I'd rather grow to love a PMQ than grow to hate it.

Anyways, he finally gave in and we re-decorated our office/guestroom/yoga room a few weekends ago.

*Please ignore the stretching husband.
We painted the walls Napa Valley green inspired by this little brochure. We liked the mix with blue and the comfy yet bright tone of it. We reconfigured our computer desk, printer table and book cases to have them all on the same side of the room so it looks more like a custom unit or a larger desk. The desk was bought at Walmart maybe a few years ago on sale for 50ish bucks. The bookcases where given to us by Js' co-worker who was moving and didn't need them anymore and our printer table is actually a coffee table from our living room set. The futon is old as dust as is (obviously) the ugly ass chair. All this to say that we just reorganized and re-purposed furniture we already owned to give the room more functionality and to create better use of the little space we have.

The only new thing is the roman shades which are meant to be the focus point. I love, love, love the print and made them myself for a few dollars based on this tutorial. They cost me a total of $23 and I'm quite happy with the results.

Another view. Crouching husband - hidden ugly chair.

I know the poster is a little tacky but I enjoy it and it cost me a buck. You can also see my yoga mat there and Js' guitar. That lamp is from Ikea and I've had it for something like 9 years. :) I have a bit of that curtain fabric left so I'm probably going to do something like a small pillow or something to bring that pattern in to this side of the room. That closet we use to keep Js' uniforms and endless shoes and boots and stuff so we sacrificed access to that door nearest to the wall and gained a whole bunch of usable space.

I'll stop gushing now... but yeah, pretty happy about all our work. I've got a few more projects I'm working on so stay tuned... or not. Whichever works.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Baked Brie Deliciousness

A friend of ours hosted a Wine and Cheese on Friday and we decided to make a most delicious baked brie. :) I would totally share my secret recipe with you guys but the thing is, I don't have one. I tend to just throw whatever I have on hand at it and hope for the best. So far, I have not been disappointed once. I mean, how can a ton of cheese and delicious flavors warmed together go wrong?

Here's my latest winning combination:

Slice the brie horizontally so you have two "wheels". Score the crust on one of the wheels with a star pattern. Lay crust down in a brie maker and top with ingredients.

2 parts pecan nuts
2 parts dried cranberries
1 part maple syrup drizzled
Sprinkle with roasted garlic.

Top with the second "wheel" of cheese, crust side on top. Score the crust with a star pattern. You can set aside some of your ingredients to stuff throughout the star pattern but keep in mind these might get a bit burnt when you stick the whole thing in the oven.

Set oven to 325-350F and bake until the cheese is smooth but not bubbling.

The scores make it super easy for your guests to scoop out a portion and indulge! :)

Serve with toasted baguette rounds.

It was a total hit! :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Test post from my phone

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Blind Woman Walking

Oh sweet mercy, I can't believe I haven't blogged about this yet.

A few days after the first snow, it's bitterly cold outside and Moose Jaw being Moose Jaw, the streets are very long and narrow skating rink at the best of times.

I'm the second car in line at an intersection in the left-turning lane waiting for the light to turn green. I see there's people waiting to cross the street in front of us but I don't make a huge deal of it because, well... they're waiting and that's what they're supposed to do.

Finally, the light turns green and everyone takes off... including the BLIND woman who was waiting to cross the street. Yes, she is blind, waving her white cane into the air and holding her hand up in her best attempt to "stop" us from running her over. I swear the car in front of me stopped just shy of two feet away from her.

A BLIND jay-walking woman nearly caused a pile-up at one of the busiest intersections in this bloody city.

*mind blown* and sadness for the poor woman.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Our Infertiliy Adventures - Comments
For those of you who know me personally or who've been reading this blog for quite some time, you are probably wondering why anyone would ask me stupid questions knowing full well that a dry, sarcastic and probably very rude response is inevitable.

Here are my personal top choices:

"How come you guys don't have kids?"

"So, no kids yet?"
No, we prefer to eat small children. We've had a couple... but... you  know..

"So, when are you guys going to start popping out kids?"
Well it does sound like a grand old time when you put it that way. 

The thing is, we can't blame people who don't know about our situation for asking these questions. How could they know, right? What irks me is when people we've known for a long time who are fully aware that we want children still ask us this question.

"Is it you or him that's the problem?"
Actually we both have a problem with people asking stupid questions.
Problem?! Thanks, I feel much better.
"Just relax."
 ... *slap*

"It'll work eventually."
I've been telling myself that for the last-three-fucking-years.

"Oh, just ride a bike backwards/do it in the shower/eat a pear/flap your ears, it worked for me!"
Well spank my ass and call me Nancy! I've been going through all these very uncomfortable medical procedures but really all I needed to do was toss a coin in a fountain at the mall?! Why aren't we there RIGHT NOW?!

"So, like, how is it not working?"
I don't know... on the topic of genitalia, did you take care of that rash?
Seriously, dude, don't ask me about the inner workings of my uterus in front of people. That's just fucking rude.


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