Friday, December 30, 2005

This and that

Christmas we survived. I'm in a constant state of "Oh my God I'm full". The house is getting back to normal, when suddenly up goes the cry: "I need a bucket."

Please. I thought we'd passed all this 2 weeks ago after both girls got sick. I'm thinking it's got to be something she ate (that we all ate). We really haven't gone ANYWHERE since school let out. Drove to Banff 2 days ago and had lunch, but people contact was at a severe minimum.

SO for the third grocery day in a row, my husband is getting groceries. I haven't bought groceries since sometime around the first of November. And I'm always the one that gets SICK duty.

Anyway happy new year, and I'll check back in next week.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Jumping the Gun and Day 12

Ah, potlucks. Good food....and someone's contribution was Corona, which was yummy. I ate, drank, walked home in the fresh air, laid down on the floor and promptly fell asleep for a few minutes, LOL.

I give you day 12 a day early, partly because I'm covering my butt in case tomorrow is just too hectic, and partly because he's just so scrumptious that you can look at him for two days and not get tired.

I've heard older heroes are completely acceptable, and this guy....well, he gets better and better. I fully expect to use him as a "prototype" for an upcoming manuscript.

Without further ado, I give you the twelfth day of Christmas.....Special Agent Gibbs.

Day 11!

I've picked a special BT for today. He's an athlete, a gentleman and one of the bravest guys I know of. And to top it off, he's modest, and blushes.

Lance Armstrong

So, about my day yesterday. I helped lead carols at the school which was a blast, and my daughter and I played a piano duet - Silent Night. She did such a great job, I was so proud. All through the day we both got so many compliments I'm surprised our heads could fit through the door. I was happy for her though since she was so nervous. At the end of the assembly we had a memorial for the little girl that died last week. It was very emotional and several of us cried. It was touching though and I am so impressed with how the principal handled the whole crisis. She was a complete rock.

I volunteered for an hour in my eldest's class, then went to do lunch room.

That, my friends, was another story. My vcr didn't work- no movie. My own daughter left to go to the bathroom without asking and I couldn't find her. I was mad AND mortified. THEN I had a sick girl who had to go home, so I was in and out trying to make arrangements. My kids were wound up and every time I came back in it was bedlam. At the end they missed some of their outdoor time since I was waiting to talk to them. It was the lunchroom day from hell, but oh well.

Another elementary school provided lunch for us yesterday so after classes were back in, all the lunch supervisors went to the staff room and we had a nice, QUIET lunch together. Then I volunteered in the afternoon Kindergarten class while my youngest was invited to watch the Polar Express with her sister's grade 2 class.

The other nice thing that happened was that the principal paid me some very nice compliments, saying she was so happy I was on staff, etc. that just made me feel so good. I have never worked anywhere before where the atmosphere was so supportive. It is great.

So now I've got my casserole in the oven for the potluck today and's housecleaning and enjoying the season. I helped with caroling again this morning and it was a blast, but put me WAY behind.

I hope to post day 12 tomorrow, if I'm late I hope all of you have a fantabulous holiday with lots of rest, friends and goodness.

Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....

Valium. LOL

Yesterday was better, but the concert went longer than anticipated. SO the agenda for today is crazy again....must cut 60 rice krispie squares within the next hour, as well as getting the three of us ready for school. Make sure craft kits are organized for each classroom. Lead caroling at opening assembly this morning. Deliver craft kits to classrooms. Forgot this is the last day of lunchroom, and have no treats, so have to run (literally, on my feet) to grocery store and grab treats, come back, volunteer until 11:30, work lunchroom, volunteer until 3:15, come home, babysit, make dinner, fold laundry, do mending.

Thank God tomorrow's day is like this...take eldest to school. Make spanish rice. Go to potluck at noon. I may try to give the house its Christmas cleaning. Who knows.

I haven't been deterred though, from finding a hottie for today. Who needs an elf when you've got A King!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The 9th BT of Christmas

Busy day again, but I went to bed at 9 last night and got a good night's rest, only disturbed by the sound of water dripping at 1:30. Since I couldn't find any faucets in the house that were drippy, I can only assume that the chinook finally melted any ice in our eaves and that's what the dripping noise was.

For today's most delicious selection, The Doctor is IN.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Eight Maids a Milking

I'm not milking, but it IS day 8.

Life continues to be busy. Husband and I seem to have escaped the bug but several of my lunchroom kids have been ill and so I know I'm not out of the woods. Still washing my hands fanatically, sucking on echinacea drops and taking my b vitamins! This week I thought things were going to settle down....ha ha ha ha! Yesterday I decided I was NOT going to write until after Christmas. I'd just get started and have to stop anyway and I am giving myself PERMISSION to take a break. I haven't taken one really since July, so perhaps I'm due.

Last night I had to run out to pick up last minute items like lightbulbs and dv tapes. Yesterday I spent most of my day at the school. We had an emergency council meeting and we are also putting together 510 craft kits- one for every kid in the school. Brought some home and lovely husband cut out I don't know how many foam shapes for snowmen. However things being what they are I'm planning on spending the whole day at school today working on them. Tonight is finishing laundry and wrapping 3 items. Tomorrow we put all the kits together for the teachers and tomorrow night I'm supposed to be singing in the high school christmas concert along with some fellow choir members. Thursday I'm at the school all day volunteering in addition to working. And Friday is the staff potluck at noon. Hubby took the afternoon off to watch the kids since school is out at lunchtime and I have the potluck after that.

I didn't mention looking after a friend's son because he is so good you hardly notice he's here.

Oh and 2 friends are "popping" by to pick up gifts.

Me, stressed? Hah.

Ok. So for all that I need a hot man to rescue me. I'm going to venture into Soap territory for this one.... Rick Hearst.

Monday, December 19, 2005

And for seven.....

A magazine posed the question, "who's the next George Clooney?" A further clue: Riddle me this, riddle me that...who's in lust with a big, black Bat.....

The Best Batman.

Merry Christmas. ;-)

On the Sixth Day of Christmas....

I missed yesterday as I wasn't online, so I'll get right to day 6 and post 7 in an hour or two.

You know men are hot. But what makes men REALLY hot? Takes them to the next level?

For me there are 2 qualities of a truly HOT man. One is a sense of humour. The ability to laugh at himself and a sharp wit. A second quality that can never be overrated is intelligence. Give me a beefcake with brains and I'm in heaven. I believe that truly smart people don't know everything but realize how very little they actually know and are always learning. And wouldn't you know that when this guy was asked recently on Oprah about why people call him "smart" and he said he doesn't consider himself that smart he just asks a lot of questions.

The man is handsome, funny, brilliant. That's why he gets my vote as the next president...(ok so I'm Canadian and can't vote but still...)

Friday, December 16, 2005

And an early fifth....

I forgot, I'm not going to be online tomorrow at all, so I think I'll post tomorrow's selection.....and this one is linked. He plays on Battlestar too - as Karl Agathon, call sign Helo....and I really like his height and build. YUM.

Hallo, Tahmoh.....

On the Fourth Day of Christmas.....

Ah, on to number four!

Before that though, the plague has struck again, LOL. Our youngest got sick at her Christmas concert. Thankfully her class had performed and were waiting in the classroom. Her teacher is AWESOME and changed her clothes before coming to get us from our seats. We came right home, but I had a heck of a night, following the horrible day. Daughter is now on the couch watching cartoons and slowly feeling better. But I had to take the day off work. Which I feel disproportionately guilty about.

Now, how long before husband or I get sick???? Just in time for Sunday, when I have more musical things happening?????

Ok. So back to the hot men....I've decided not to link today's to Damian Lewis, so today is: Hail to the Chief! Aaron Douglas, good Canadian boy who has a thing for the Vancouver Canucks and a marshmallow heart, and who plays Chief Tyrol on Battlestar Galactica.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Death doesn't stop for Christmas

I'm going through lots of Kleenex right now.

One of my students was killed this morning along with her sister. They were 6 and 4 years old and victims of a housefire.

She was cute and energetic and a little mischevious. Even when I had to be hard on her one day in class, she always had a smile and hug for me and told me she wanted to get me a nice present for Christmas.

Firefighters found their bodies while going through the house. My prayer is that the smoke got to them first and that they didn't suffer. The thought of those little girls......the problem is I can imagine how it would feel to lose my own and I'm just devastated for that family. It just seems so very wrong somehow. I cannot reconcile that happy, bouncy little girl with death. She's supposed to be at school today practicing for her concert tonight.

An older boy upstairs survived, a classmate of my dd2. The parents didn't appear to be home, it looks like they were in the care of an older relative but I don't have those details yet.

I have to try to get myself together because I have to be at work at 11:30 and don't want to scare the kids. I'm sure we'll all have a good cry at our after-lunch meeting. And I'll get better details then. The police were in the office with admin when I left this morning. I'm sure counsellors will be on hand for staff and students. But it's going to be a hard day.

On the Third Day of Christmas.....a Proud Mom

First things first- the eye candy. I've decided to try to link all my bt's. First day was Ioan Gruffudd, who is linked to Jamie Bamber as costars in Hornblower. Today's bt is the talented Damian Lewis, star of Band of Brothers (in which Jamie also appeared, making the link). I had never seen him before and didn't even realize he was English until watching the bonus materials. He WAS Dick Winters. Since then I've seen him in both Forsyte Sagas and in Dreamcatcher. I'd really like to see Keane too.

So, without further ado, here's My Favorite Redhead .

I am a proud mom today. My oldest missed her Christmas Concert last night. She went to school yesterday for the dress rehearsal as she was feeling better, but we got there 5 min too late and she missed her class. I figured she'd be in tears but she did ok. She made it through the day ok but after school came home and threw up all over the living room. We cleaned up (yuck) and put her in the tub, and after a bit I went in to talk to her. We both said the timing of being sick just sucked. I told her if she was feeling better after she got out we could probably go to the concert, since her class was first she could do her bit and we could come right home. She had one of 6 speaking parts in her class. But she said no, it wouldn't be fair to the others if she took her germs in and made other kids sick. She was positive on that.

Later I said it was a good thing she'd missed the dress rehearsal because it gave her classmate a chance to practice and now he was ready to do the part in the performance. Her response? That she was glad he would get a chance to do it since he didn't get chosen for a speaking part.

I was surprised and so pleased at how she made such a mature decision. It was unselfish of her and she didn't do it with a lot of drama either. It hurt to see her so disappointed. If she hadn't handled it so well I wouldn't have felt so bad.

My other daughter also said if she had one wish it would have been to make her sister feel better.

I know I'm bragging about my kids, but so many times I blog about my parental complaints and not the times that they really do me proud.

Here's hoping that we remain vomit free because my youngest's concert is tonight and it would be nice to make ONE of them. :-)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Hallelujah, The Second Day of Christmas and ICK!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Yes, that's me singing the Hallelujah Chorus because last night I finally mailed my full ms to Avalon! It is what my CP calls a pineapple book. Writing it feels like crapping a pineapple. :-) It was so hard to write but I enjoyed reading it during the polishing stage so perhaps it isn't all drivel after all. Regardless, I gave it to the mail lady with a huge smile last night and now feel like I am ready for Christmas and all that goes with it!

Which brings me to the 2nd Day of Christmas! IN keeping with my celebratory mood, I've chosen my very FAVORITE BT. But I couldn't decide which look I liked best so I give you all three: Who knew Shakespeare could be this hot, A Wee bit o' Kennedy, and a little pic that has inspired me to write Ode to the Towel.

On to the ICK portion of the eldest woke me at 2:21 with the words, "Mom, I threw up!" In her bed. Husband got up and helped me clean bed, while we tidied her up and got her a bucket. She was up twice more and I kept her home today, but we're going in soon as she's kept down breakfast and had a shower and is fine. It's dress rehearsal day and her concert is tonight. But there's been lots of handwashing going on. :-)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

On the first day of Christmas....

In keeping with the boy toy extravaganza on e-harlequin in the Mouse and Pen and in Tanya's Spa, I thought I'd hold my own 12 Days of Christmas pic-fest right here.

So, in honour of Liz Fielding, here's a lovely Welshman to get things started.

I have the paper lined up for the's hoping this ms makes it INTO the envelope today! At least I'm getting REALLY close. I'm not thinking about the synopsis. Do you suppose they'd miss it if I didn't put it in? It can't be any worse than reading and thinking "What the...."

My husband is SO sabotaging my waistline. Last night he made orange spice shortbread. Oh. My. Christmas treats are DEADLY!

Monday, December 12, 2005

A Spectacular Wipeout

I fell today, hit some ice and wham! Complete with airtime. Landed on my hip and elbow and had the breath knocked out of me. Really quite funny now but at the time my daughter was quite worried. It was my own fault of course. After I got home I called my husband and he laughed, then said, "Oh, I mean are you OK?" Cheeky bugger.

Had a great weekend though. Did all sorts of crafty-stuff with the kids, got some SLEEP, watched a Christmas movie with the girls last I'm ready to tackle my week.

With a hobble, of course. Stupid Ice.

On the way home I also had a line jump out at me. "It's a proven fact that bad boys get all the action." I've been throwing the idea of a biker-type hero around for the Modern Extra ms I'm planning.....and that's a perfect first line. I have a basic premise all worked out.....with thanks to Biddy for an idea several months ago and also to Jamie Bamber for the gorgeous pic from Peak Practice. I only have to mail this full and finish the other before I can start it. But it's nice to have ideas in the hopper.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

10 Things

Thanks to Biddy for this.

A) List ten things you want to say to people but know you never will. (Note: this might be something you'd say to one person, but you mean it to someone else)
B) Don't say who they are. (They don't have to be anyone who would read this.)

1)You only get one body. You want to run it into the ground, go ahead.
2)It pisses me off that you don't care enough about yourself to want to live.
3)There's more to life than work.
4)You stupid shmuck. You're a great guy. Why do you keep marrying the wrong women?
5)Life's too short to go through it grumpy. Lighten up and enjoy it!
6)Smarten up and realize you're alienating everyone around you.
7)I love you but sometimes I don't particularly like you.
8)Dig your head out of your ass and show some common courtesy.
9)Same as above but intended for different person. Aren't I crabby?
10)If this were a different lifetime, would you marry me?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A Wee Peeve

A few weeks ago there was an article in a weekly feature to our newspaper. It was on our local RWA chapter and included huge pictures of the founder and a couple of the published authors.

I do not belong to this group. I went to one of the first meetings and while I enjoyed it, it was a long drive, the dues were A LOT for a SAHM, and I was worried that I'd get so wrapped up in chapter business that it would distract me from actual WRITING. I knew of others in the group who dribbled out a manuscript every year or two, but always had time for articles, workshops, etc....I didn't want to use that sort of distraction as a procrastination technique. Not only that, but the meetings were not in my area of town and the first one took me 45 min to get to in horrible weather. I did not want another evening taken away from my kids and husband.

When I called the then president to tell her I wasn't joining, she said I should consider it again when "I got serious about my writing."

It pissed me off. I did not think, then or now, that she should make such a judgement. Then in her interview in this paper she made the comment about dues and how much they are, saying that they "weed out the wannabees".

I am not a wannabe. I am a writer who is serious about her writing. I have been working, writing and submitting manuscripts for 4 1/2 years. I have two published critique partners to keep me on my toes. I have other support systems in place and I firmly believe that when the time is right I WILL be published. Just because I do not belong to the local RWA chapter does NOT mean I am not serious.

I am on my school council. We are constantly trying to get parents out to meetings. I wouldn't be very effective if in my newsletter article I said, "If you don't come you must not be much of a parent." People wouldn't come just out of spite! But that's just what this woman has done.

OK. My wee peeve is over and I have to get back to my frivolous, un-serious edits, so I can mail my third requested full this year.

Monday, December 05, 2005


Finally, I'm updating my blog!

I finished my full time job and have now started my part time gig and I know already I'm going to like it much better. The highlight of my day though was when one of the students in my old class came right in the kitchen to give me a hug. He is a special little boy who deserves all the hugs he can get, so I hugged him right back.

It was bloody cold here today with blizzard conditions and I was happy to have a vehicle to drive back and forth. That doesn't happen often so I was glad to have it! THe remote starter was a nice touch too. Glad hubby managed to get it installed!

AND, I did all my christmas baking yesterday, and was up until 11 Friday night wrapping. I mailed my last parcel on Saturday, the house is clean and laundry is caught up. Which is a good thing, because now I really have to focus on finishing up this manuscript and mailing it off. With the husband home so much I haven't had much computer time, but this week is ALL ABOUT THE BOOK.

Stay tuned for writer-angst-filled postings. :-)