Saturday, January 28, 2006

More layouts

I've added 2 more layouts to my layout section.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A question of fours

Here's the survey:
4 Jobs I’ve had in my life:

1. Office clerk at Bell Canada (during university summers)
2. Lab demonstrator (again at university)
3. Instructor in Cell and Molecular Biology at Dalhousie University (for 10 years)
4. Book store sales associate at Chapters

Four movies I would and have watched over:

1. Lord of the Rings trilogy
2. Indiana Jones movies
3. Back to the Future movies
4. Sound of Music

Four places I have lived:
1. Montreal, Quebec
2. London, Ontario
3. Halifax. Nova Scotia
4. Moncton, New Brunswick

Four television shows I love to watch:

1. CSI Las Vegas (and the other ones too, but I prefer Las Vegas)
2. Law and Order (any of them, but like Criminal Intent the best)
3. Cold Case
4. (just to break the trend...) anything with figure skating

Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Europe (various countries )
2. Mexico
3. Various states in the US
4. Dominican Republic

Four websites I visit daily:

1. Several friends’ blogs
3. Moncton High School (I read the announcements and so I get to know what's going on at my dd's school0
4. AllEarsNet (maybe not daily, but often)

Four of my favorite foods:

1. french fries (especially home-made style ones)
2. chicken wings
3. Asian/Thai food
4. steak

Four places I would rather be right now:

1. Walt Disney World
2. in my scrapping room, scrapping
3. gee, if I can't be in WDW (and I plan to scrap later) I can't think of specific places I'd like to be. Maybe visiting with any of the friends I have made on line and don't get to see very often if at all. Nice to beam over to Australia or NZ or to Florida or Vermont or Pennsylvania or Tennessee or...well, you get it!

Well that's done!

I did the bathroom cabinet and that was the biggest of all the projects so far. My goodness there was a lot of junk in there! All clean now! How do we let things get away like that? I think the next one will be the little cabinet in the kitchen where we keep mittens and scarves and hats and such. Sound like a plan?

Besides that we had an election yesterday here in Canada, and that's always interesting! Unlike the USA we can have elections anytime we like (or the politicians force us to) and the last one was only about 1 1/2 years ago. We had a minority Liberal government (i.e. the had the most seats in Parliament but less than half of them) and now we have a minority Conservative government, so the parties will have to work together. I hope so anyway or we will be back at it in another year or two! I stayed up VERY late and watched the returns as it takes a while to get them from the west. I think I'll be looking to take a nap later!

On a lighter note, there was a neat survey going around about 4 things of this and that. Think I'll do that next.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Project of the week+

Has anyone ever done something like this? I have a rather big old house and it tends to get over-run with stuff at times. Anyway, I have begun what I call project-of -the- week. The first was my rather large and deep linen closet in the upstairs hallway, which was so full of stuff it was hard to find anything. I even had crib linens in there and my youngest just turned 16! So two weeks ago I cleared it all out, organized the good stuff, and took alot of un-needed things to a charity. Week two: that was my clothes closet. All sorts of non-fitting, un-needed or wanted clothes cleared out. Gone! Tomorrow I will do my medicine/cosmetics etc. cabinet in our master bedroom, which is not a little thing in the wall, it is a big armoire-type thing. Has towels in it too. I haven't decided after that. The nice thing is I can do one big project like that, and then the rest of the week is free! I don't think I could do it day after day. What do you think? Have you ever done anything like that?

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Finally! Some new layouts

Have a look at my layout section if you would like to see a couple of new ones.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

OKAY - My turn! Year in Review...

Lots of people have been doing this year in review and I figured I better get in on it before the next year is over and I have to review that! So here goes:
1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Went to Las Vegas

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make resolutions, but this year, as usual, I want to lose some weight, eat more intersting thing, and scrap more.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A couple of my husband's colleagues (or their wives) did. A couple of friends from the CKMB

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not close to me, no. A couple of people from our church died this year but I didn't know them well.

5. What countries did you visit?
USA and Mexico are other countries I visited this year. Also other parts of Canada.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
More patience.

7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
No one date stands out. There were many good moments and memorable ones: seeing my dd on stage , being on stage myself with the Moncton Chorale, meeting friends in different places, meeting Jules for the first time, spending a week with my middle dd in Mexico.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Performing Handel's Messiah with the Chorale and the NB Symphony Orchestra and loving every moment of it.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Can't think of one big one! There were probably a lot of little ones though.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Other than the "normal" things, no illness. No new injuries, though an old one has begun to bother me Soreness froma sprained thumb I did about 23 years ago!)

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Maybe the GST reciever I bought for my dh for Christmas. I really surprised him with that!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?Various people in my community who have come together to support all sorts of charitable projects, people in need, etc., even though we are suppossed to be a "have not" area. People always come through.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Well, since, as a Canadian, I refuse to comment on another country's administration and the problems it has (enough said!), I will say the opposition parties in our own pariament, who brought down the government after only 17 months and forced us to have an election in January, in Canada - what were they thinking!

14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably scrapbook supplies and trips for scrapbooking events.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? about the same
iii. richer or poorer? probably about the same

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Scrapped and exercised.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Worried.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent Christmas at home and went to my Brother-inLaw's new house for Christmas dinner.

22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
Still with the same old guy!

23. How many one-night stands?
Not for me!

24. What was your favorite TV program?
CSI Las Vegas, followed by any other CSI or CSI-like show, Law and Order, etc.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think I hate anyone.

26. What was the best book you read? This year? Probably the Secret Life of Bees or The Time Traveller's Wife

28. What did you want and get? Not sure

30. What was your favorite film of this year? I don't watch many films. Maybe Harry Potter

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 52 and I don't remember what I did. It was way back in March for goodness sakes and I'm 52!

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Can't think of anything.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Does it fit? Is it comfortable?

34. What kept you sane?
My friends, scrapbooking.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? No one.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Responses to the hurricane disasters. The silly election.

37. Who did you miss?
No-one really. I miss that Kip and Jules aren't on the CKMB any more because I don't always have time to visit them other places.

38. Who was the best new person (people) you met?It was wonderful to meet some people in real life I hadn't met before other than on line: Jules, Anne, Linda come to mind. It was also wonderful to meet the family of a friend I had also met on line and in real life, when they came to visit me.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:Take each day as it comes along and try not to worry so much about what other people think.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: Well, now you see, I can never remember lyrics unless I hear the music, so I can't answer this right now. Maybe I'll think of something later. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to pass them along! Or maybe..."I get by with a little help from my friends"

Off to do some scrapbooking...Pam

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Dogs in the snow

My husband took the dogs to the cottage today so they could have a run. Here are a few pictures of them enjoying the snow. The pictures are a little dark as it was afternoon and the sun was behind the trees a bit. Nicky is the big white German Shepherd and Tucker is the black and red German Shepherd. Tucker loves to fetch and will do it for ages, but Nicky has never seen the point of it. He loves to run and sit in the snow though.

Indian Butter Chicken

I made some yummy Indian Butter Chicken tonight for dinner using a kit that my daughter Renee gave us for Christmas. She actually gave us a big basket of yummy things, and this is one of them. There were spices in the package as well as a can of thick cream and a package of basmati rice and all the instructions. I just had to add chicken, yogurt and tomato sauce and some oil and butter. It was really tasty. This is relevant to my goals for 2006 because I am cooking some ethnic food! I have also used the wok another daughter, Nicole, gave me several times. Tomorrow I think I may do something Chinese. Renee also gave me a wok cookbook. I'm so lucky! My girls love me...or maybe they just think I should cook more interesting food? Sorry - no pictures of the butter chicken...we ate it all!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

I'm back!

I haven't been posting much lately, as there hasn't been anything too much of interest. I have done quite a bit of scrapbooking this week, though and I have posted a couple of layouts on my other site. Just click on "my layouts" to see them. I have decided to post 1 or 2 each week if I can.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

That girl needs gloves!

I'm just looking at my weather pixie and she needs gloves! Mittens, even! It's minus 13C for gosh sake! What is she doing out without gloves on? She must be a teenager! Oh well, as she is made of computer code, maybe she doesn't get cold.