Thursday, June 30, 2011

And the pattern is broken!

Not sure if I should be happy or sad about this.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sleepyhead

I got an iPhone 4 yesterday. It is my first Apple product other than my (incredibly) outdated iPod, and I am extremely happy with it so far. The only issue I have noticed so far is that actual voice calls are kind of tinny, but that could simply be because I was talking to another cell phone. (And where is the receiver on the iPhone? I think I might have mashed it to my face?)

Anyway, I have been playing with it a lot, as is evidenced by the fact that there is only 14% battery left and it is 4:30PM. Granted, I haven't charged it since last night at 9, but still. I didn't get to bed until after midnight last night, because I kept wanting to do 'just one more thing'. Ugh - Of course I am regretting that today!

After work today, Gilles and I are going to go to the gym with L&J, as per usual. I am trying out a new exercise program from Fitclick. And of course, I bought the iPhone app to go with it. Hehe. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow.

After that I have a long night ahead of me. 230 wedding programs to print off and fold, and a cd to make! Somehow I think I'll be dragging my feet at work tomorrow, as unintentional as that is. At least Friday is a holiday (although admittedly that does mean I'm making the 3.5 hour trek back down to the farm tomorrow evening... pray that I don't fall asleep at the wheel!) Gilles is heading down to Assiniboia as well, so hopefully we can travel together, if not in the same vehicle.

In other news, the weather for the wedding day looks good today. If I were to follow the trend that has surface so far... they switch back and forth day by day between rainy and sunny, it will be sunny the day of the wedding. I hope that's true... I will keep posting the forecasts.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Eeyuck!

So, the avocado ice pops didn't go over as well as I planned. Likely because the avocados I used were slightly under-ripe. (I guess it says RIPE avocados for a reason). I'm not sure if I will try the ice pops again, as I really enjoy some avocado in my stir fry. (Eeyum!) I forgot to send myself pictures. Oh well.

In other news, weather has changed for day of the wedding already.

Monday, June 27, 2011

And the Countdown Begins

The wedding is in 12 days! I can hardly believe it. I am going to be a 'Parent' for less than two more weeks... (well, legally it will probably be a bit more than two weeks, but you know what I mean :) )

So far so good in terms of weather...


Wedding planning is going really well... we are finally on the final details!

And I made some avocado ice pops on Thursday... that I will try tonight! I have no idea at this point whether I will like them or not, but it is healthy and different, so why not? Recipe courtesy of A CUP OF JO.

I will post pictures soon!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Garden Update

It has been a while since I last updated you on my "garden". 
(Click on link to see what it looked like at the end of May).

On the day of my convocation, June 2, my mom and I turned the earth, bought 8 bags of topsoil and turned it in, and planted lettuce, peas, chard, radishes and wildflowers.

Do you remember the plants that I was asking about last time? The ones that had the tiny ball-seed things? This is what they look like now:

 They look quite ugly right now, but I don't actually mind because I know what they are now - they are creeping bellflower. It is a highly invasive plant so I will have to watch it carefully, but it looks like this when it is flowering:
Also, my irises are doing quite well. They are very beautiful.Some of them are already on their second round of blooms. You can tell by the little dried up iris right beside the new bloom.
My potentilla bush looked very sad for awhile... its tips were browning, like it wasn't getting the water I was giving it. It certainly didn't look very healthy - like it was having trouble taking up root or something. It is looking a lot better now though:
The bleeding heart bush also looked sad for quite some time. I think it looks a lot better now though... I daresay even better than when I first planted it!
The fern that I showed has quadrupled in size:
A couple other plants have come up since that post, that I didn't plant.

One of the plants really perplexed me. It grew rapidly, and the shoots were red-purple in color. Eventually I realized that it is a peony plant, however. This is what it looks like now:
This plant also came up. I have no idea what it is yet. Do any of you know?
As I mentioned above, I planted some garden plants with my mom as well. So far there is no sign of the chard or wildflowers, but the peas, lettuce and radishes are coming up nicely.

 I also have a pot of geraniums in the front. I wasn't sure if they would do well there or not... they weren't blooming yet and there isn't a lot of sun under the spruce trees, but they seem to be flourishing.


Finally, the yard itself has been giving us some treats to look at!



If I was a billionaire...

I am seriously thinking about making 'If I was a billionaire...' a regular post subject - you guys, that was so much fun last time!

Anyway, I saw this post over at Honestly WTF today.

"An Indoor Dip"

Ooooh yes.

If I was a billionaire, I would definitely put a pool in my living room. And heck yes, it would have a swing in the middle of it! (Actually, I'd probably go with a hammock... but that's neither here nor there!)\

.... Oh hai, it looks like I'm not the only one who thinks that's a good idea!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

If I had a million dollars...

I would plan the wedding of my dreams.

No!

I would hire a wedding planner to plan the wedding of my dreams.

I would buy the most beautiful, most extravagant wedding dress in the world... something completely impractical, just because I could. Something like this...

(Image courtesy of Best for Bride)

Of course, I would also be the test subject for a ground breaking new study that would allow people to eat as much as they want of anything that they want, and not gain any weight... in fact, reduce their weight to their body's optimal weight. (And blood pressure/cholesterol and all that). So of course I would look bloody brilliant in the dress.

 My cake, of course, wouldn't be just a few sheet cakes. It would look like this:

(Local Baker Makes Cake Worth $1.3 Million)

My bridesmaids would all be wearing designer gowns...

(Dress Me New York)

Of course, they will have all received the optimal weight treatment as well, so there will be no question that they all look gorgeous in the dress.

The groom and groomsmen will all be in Armani, wearing tails rather than suits.

(Lela Luxe)
Oh, and they would all be drop dead gorgeous, of course.

The wedding itself would be in Bora Bora in the winter... all inclusive, pre-paid for all 300 guests.

(The Romantic Bora Bora Honeymoon)

The decorations would take on a modern theme, leaving guests' jaws dropping.

(Bronze Budget Bride)

The food would make every single guest orgasm a little. Each dish would be created scientifically using the guest's DNA to provide the ultimate meal experience... every guest would be eating something different - the most pleasurable food to their particular taste. (And Gilles would find something other than pizza to like!)

(Wedding Majorca)

Of course, each guest would be taking home a brand new sports car as a wedding favor (again prepaid and waiting at their homes for them)


(Sports Car Cup)

The notation that it was from our wedding wouldn't be tacky either... Our names and the date would simply be embossed under the Porshe logo on the steering wheel.

And of course, since we are already in Bora Bora for the wedding, we would have to be one step above that... So, we'd take a year off work and tour Europe. And stay in a castle in Barcelona.

(Allied Spain)



If I had a million billion dollars....

Monday, June 20, 2011

Missing Crafting

As I look at my list of things that has to get done for the wedding, and then to my blog feed, all I can think of is this... I miss crafting.

I miss seeing dishcloths and scarves come to life.

I miss seeing my red-head badass cross-stitch lady coming to life.

And, I miss sitting at my sewing machine and just going nuts.

Maybe that is why I bought a patch at Michael's the other day. And buttons.

I wasn't going in there to torture myself, I swear. I was looking for cutesie notepads for the wedding.

Of course, I didn't find any of that there...

But instead I ended up with a cute owl patch, to sew onto the bum of a favorite pair of sweatpants (where our farm dog Rocky bit a hole through when he was a puppy. And I ended up buying two packs of purple buttons, to replace all the buttons on one of my dress shirts, which Guenhwyvar chewed a button off of (and ate it).

I haven't done either yet.

Honestly, I keep telling myself that if I want to do crafty stuff, I should be doing some of the wedding crafty stuff. After all, I have a wagon to paint and shoes to sew ribbon onto.

I did manage to cross two more items of the list on the weekend though - I am now done the wedding video and the program for the ceremony (I just have to print the program).

Here's to hoping I become a superhero!

In other notes, I have my first ever engagement ring tanline.... :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wedding Update

1. Wedding favors –
buy mints
put mints in tins
buy labels
cut/stick labels
2. Gift table
paint wagon
3. Advice board
find/buy board
buy cute sticky notes/pins
decorate boards (2/3 complete)
4. Church
get baptism certificates
set up mtg with saskatoon priest
meet with priest (do & send paperwork)
meet with Fr. Jos
 - decide on:

  • alter servers
  • readings (who? what?)
  • music (what? how?)
  • decorations / reserved signs (not allowed)
  • unity candle holders
  • unity candles
  • pictures (allowed? where?) > contact photographer
  • choose ushers
  • ask ushers
  • make programs
  • print programs
  • buy / sharpen pencils
  • talk to Caleb (guitar)
  • talk to Levi (video0
5. Caterer (confirm numbers)
6. Wedding transportation “just married” sign
7. Put ribbon on shoes
8. Dance classes (3/4)
9. Confirm flowers
10. Rent cloth napkins

11. Phone seamstress
12. Get dress > Waiting on phone call! (EEK)

13. Get liquor license
14. Get marriage license
15. Get wedding ring (will be in soon)
16. Find out how much wedding cake will cost (phone back Lucie [provide Lucie with topper])
17. Buy gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen, donation for alter servers, Ed, priest
18. Discuss/write speeches
19. List of photos want taken
20. Buy Gilles pants/shoes
21. Arrange/throw Gilles’ stag
22. Finalize numbers for wedding
23. Food #s and plans *By June 15*
24. Buy bridal jewellery (waiting on dress)
25. Buy lingerie
26. Finish wedding slideshow
27. Vases: finalize numbers, sizes, beads.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Audiobooks

Perhaps I've talked about this before - I'm not sure.

What I've noticed more and more, is that the radio is annoying. It is the same songs, all sounding the same, played over and over again. Or it is the news, a bunch of big-headed opinions, news, etc. Or it is the same station that plays at work all day.

Meanwhile, just listening to nothing is boring. I could be listening for any weird noises my car makes, or the ignorant honking of the guy in the next lane, but I'd rather not.

The conclusion that I have come to is that it is great fun to listen to audiobooks while I drive.

Most people I talk to don't get it, and that's okay. If there is anyone else in the car I dutifully turn my book off or switch to the radio - they don't know what's going on in the story, and it would be antisocial to play it. Occasionally someone (lastly, mom) will borrow the car and gripe that my audiobook was playing, and that they couldn't figure out how to get the radio to turn on. That usually means my spot is lost, but that is okay - I have a 6-disc changer in my car, so I just look at the disc and track before turning my car off each time.

I have had a few people ask me if listening to audiobooks while driving is distracting - a good argument, since you are putting your mind in a different world from that of the vehicles around you. However, I have never found that it interferes with my ability to focus on the road... mainly because of the type of stories that I have chosen.

The biggest obstacle I have noticed in listening to audiobooks while driving is that it has to be a light, airy book - namely, a summer read - because if there is too much detail to keep track of, then it gets confusing and you have to focus to hard, or constantly rewind to figure out what is going on. Most of the books that I listen to are either romances or teen-type books - gossipy, self-focused and airy. These are the easiest to listen to, because in the end the details don't really matter - you know what is going on anyway.

Audiobooks in themselves are very expensive to buy, especially if you don't intend to re-listen to them on a regular basis. There are other options however. Initially I went the (illegal) downloading route. There is almost any book that has been converted to audiobook out there for the grabs, and all you have to do is download it onto your iPod, and plug it into the car (through a radio converter in your cigarette lighter). I found that I was getting to many viruses on my computer however, and quit after downloading only two books.

Alternately, you can get many of the classic books (and some others) for free online. You have to be careful, because many sites will let you download samples that will just quite a couple chapters in, but there are some good sites out there. A couple that I used most are: Books Should be Free and Open Culture. However, I didn't last more than a handful of audiobooks in this method either, because I was using my iPod (on shuffle) at the gym, and wasn't appreciating when a chapter of my audiobooks would pop up.

What I've actually been doing now is borrowing the audiobooks from one of the local libraries. While the selection is more limited, there are still several to choose from, and they come in either CD or cassette format, making them easy to listent to (without needing my iPod!). In the case of my library, the loan is for 21 days. I find that if all I'm doing is driving to and from work, I finish an audiobook in a couple days short of that amount of time - if I go on a trip during this time (ie/ home to the farm), I can usually finish one per trip.

A couple people have suggested listening to books that are 'actually educational' while I am driving, but I can't see the point unless it is for long trips. For just driving too and from work, I feel that it would be too chopped up (and again, the detail thing.)

Right now I am listening to "Twenties Girl" by Sophie Kinsella. I am a fan of her books, especially in audio format because they are quite easy to listen to (aside from the occasional screeching of a characters voice), and don't require a lot of attention to follow along. I think Kinsella is one auther of whom I can honestly say I have never actually read a book, but have listened to almost all of them. (Except for confessions of a shopoholic - that series grates me the wrong way.)



Overall, I think that listening to books in the car is almost meditative. It brings your thoughts away from the last task and helps you prepare for the next - namely, you stop thinking about work because you are distracted by the story, and when your drive is done you are ready for whatever comes next!

(For reference: my drive to/from work is about 20 minutes each way.)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Dress

There has been a lot of problems getting my wedding dress.

I got engaged on October 30th, and I went dress shopping with my bridesmaids and mom on November 20th. It was on that date that we found and ordered my dress from the Wedding and Party Boutique. On the date that we ordered it, they said that it would be in on March 26th.

March 26th came and went, with no notification from the store that my dress was in, or otherwise. So on March 28th I marched down there, assuming that I would be able to pick up my dress. 'No,' I was told, 'It will be in on April 10th'.

Thinking about how inconvenient it was, I said okay and left, and phoned my seamstress (who I had made a booking with the same day I ordered my dress) to let her know what was going on. She said it would be fine.

April 10th came, and I went in again, looking for my dress. It wasn't there yet. 'We'll call you,' they said.

Trusting that they would indeed call, I went on with my planning. Soon though it was May 2nd, and I still hadn't heard from them. I went in again (I don't like being put on hold).

'It's stuck in China,' they said, 'We can't promise you when it will be in, but we can't imagine it would be later than May 17th.'

May 17th I phoned... they couldn't find my dress on the list of dresses ordered.

May 18th I went in. 'No, it's not in yet. We'll call you.'

May 26th I went in. 'Not here yet. A box has shipped.' I had to ask if my dress was in it, as they had told me about boxes shipping in the past that in truth, had nothing to do with my dress. My dress was in this one. 'Two weeks,' they said.

June 8 I went in. 'It got to Canada Friday. We expected it to be here today, it should be here tomorrow'.

Finally I got the call on June 9 that my dress was in.

I went in, and it didn't fit. Not even close. There was a 4" gap to close the zipper in the back.

I phoned my seamstress. Thankfully, she was able to make an appointment with me for the 13th (yesterday).

At the appointment she said that she could do it, and that it would take 3 weeks start to finish. I am getting married in 3.5 weeks.

I hope to God she can do it.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Moving.

I am moving over to Blogger.

Quite frankly, I wrote a craft blog on there before, and I miss using Blogger a lot, even after a year of using WordPress. I told myself when I started this blog on WordPress that it would grow on me and I would love it, but quite frankly WordPress isn’t as robust as I would like.

I especially miss the Google Analytics feature that Blogger allows – I can see when people view my blog, but many of you don’t comment and that leaves me feeling like I am talking only to cyberspace (even though I know I’m not). Google Analytics doesn’t tell me a ton more, but it tells me when people are linking to my site and what country my readers are from, at least.

I will post the new link here as soon as I have it set up – I want to move all of my old posts over before I give out the link as well, so that your blog readers do not become inundated by outdated posts.

Stay tuned….

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What's in a name?

As the wedding approaches, I am being asked the same question on an increasingly steadily basis. Will you be taking his name or keeping your own?

The trend on my dad’s side of the family seems to be hyphenating your name. Parent-Legge, Parent-Wallace, Parent-Tasik… if looking at that side of the family it would seem obvious that I would hyphenate my name as well… but, I really don’t want to have to write all that out all the time. (Yes, I am willing to make such a big decision based on something as selfish as laziness).

Then there are those that tell me that, as a feminist, I should at the very least be keeping my own name, if not demanding that he take my name. In my mind, the taking of your partner’s name is symbolic of the relationship you have committed to each other.

You have sworn to spend the rest of your lives together, for better or for worse. In a perfect world, we might be able to take the last names of each partner, and combine them to create a new last name – perhaps in my case Parent and Brodeur would make Brodent. But of course, that is not realistic as you would not be able to trace lineage or connect families to one another in any shape or form.

This then begs the question of why the man wouldn’t take the woman’s last name. I have no problem with this… for other people. But I have never even considered asking Gilles if he would like to take my last name. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I am also a traditionalist?

There has really never been a question about the fact that I will be taking Gilles’ last name when we get married. In fact, I already have my new business cards. But, I don’t expect everyone to agree with my decision either.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Why hello again

It looks like May was an even bigger failure than April, doesn’t it?

There are about thirty blog posts written up in my head, and tons of (weird, according to Gilles) pictures stacked up on the camera, ready to make the jump from mental and physical, to the virtual world.

Of course, in order to access those pictures I must be at home and ready to upload them onto the computer, and that doesn’t seem to be happening.

SO instead, I give you a couple old pictures, and a run-down of how wedding planning is going.



Oh, hey! Who is this cutie??

This is a picture of Gilles from roughly grade 2 (I didn’t write the grade down).

When I was at the farm a couple of weeks agao, my mom and I sat down together and put together a list.

Because – quite frankly? I was starting to freak out. A little bit of
OhmygodsomuchtodosolittletimewhatamIgonnado going on.

I came up with the following (crossed off items are now complete):

1. Wedding favors –
buy mints
put mints in tins
buy labels
cut/stick labels
2. Gift table
paint wagon
3. Advice board
find/buy board
buy cute sticky notes/pins
decorate boards (2/3 complete)
4. Church
get baptism certificates
set up mtg with saskatoon priest
meet with priest (do & send paperwork)
meet with Fr. Jos
 - decide on:
  • alter servers
  • readings (who? what?)
  • music (what? how?)
  • decorations / reserved signs (not allowed)
  • unity candle holders
  • unity candles
  • pictures (allowed? where?) > contact photographers
  • choose ushers
  • ask ushers
  • make programs
  • print programs
  • buy / sharpen pencils
  • talk to Caleb (guitar)
  • talk to Levi (video0
5. Caterer (confirm numbers)
6. Wedding transportation “just married” sign
7. Put ribbon on shoes
8. Dance classes (3/4)
9. Confirm flowers
10. Rent cloth napkins

11. Phone seamstress
12. Get dress > Waiting on phone call! (EEK)
13. Get liquor license
14. Get marriage license
15. Get wedding ring (will be in soon)
16. Find out how much wedding cake will cost (phone back Lucie [provide Lucie with topper])
17. Buy gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen, donation for alter servers, Ed, priest
18. Discuss/write speaches
19. List of photos want taken
20. Buy Gilles pants/shoes
21. Arrange/throw Gilles’ stag
22. Finalize numbers for wedding
23. Food #s and plans *By June 15*
24. Buy bridal jewellery (waiting on dress)
25. Buy lingerie
26. Finish wedding slideshow
27. Vases: finalize numbers, sizes, beads.

Need to take a breath?

Okay… here’s another picture.



This is me in Grade 4.


Anyway, you would think that this would be my entire life right now right?

Well, believe me, it is seeming like it. Except, I’m still going to movies with friends, I’m still going to the gym 3x/week, I’m still working full time, and I’m still working on my garden and relaxing a bit.

This week will be crazy. Tomorrow morning is my convocation ceremony, my parents and Memere are over tonight and all day tomorrow, and there is a BBQ in the evening. (The celebration for friends will have to come later. Like, in August.) Then Friday I work all day, and then that evening is my (2nd) bridal shower. (Oh yeah, I’ve already sent out the thank-you cards for the first one… but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten… the gifts are still sitting in the guest room). THEN, Saturday is my stagette. I’m told it starts in the afternoon sometime. That’s about all I’m told.

On Sunday I’d really like to get the wagon spraypainted and figure out what readings we will be doing etc. for the mass, so that I can make the programs.

But honestly?

I think I’ll likely spend most of the day asleep. (And/or hungover by what small hints I’ve been getting from my MOH).

Whew. Is it any wonder I haven’t been posting much? I haven’t even gotten into the priest being an ass, or my dress still not being here, or finding out last minute that I need new copies of our baptismal certificates, or realizing that there may be almost 100 fewer people at the wedding than I anticipated.

Have a headache? Me too. Here’s anothe picture. This one is of Gilles and I when we were first dating in high school – Michael decided to take it when we came home from Moose Jaw later than we were supposed (about 1am)

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