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Trial by Fire

It would have been challenging enough just to babysit three kids aged 18 months, 8, and 9 all weekend.  Enter lingering flus, coughing, and ear infections. 

Our weekend with the nieces and nephews went well overall.  Graham was up several times Friday night with a bad cough so Saturday was very sleep-deprived and therefore kind of cranky on all our parts.  Sophie was also missing mama.  Megan and I came home Saturday morning to Sophie running through the house screaming, “Mama! … Mama! …  Mama!” only to round the corner and see me standing there… the scowl on her face said it all.  We took the kids bowling at Kingswood, followed by some arcade games afterwards, and then home for some pizza and downtime before bed.  By Saturday night we were sure we had stumbled across the perfect form of birth control. 

Sophie was more content with me on Sunday but Megan woke up with an ear infection and Graham’s cough was persisting.  Brian took the two older kids for a two-hour ride at the clinic while Sophie and I stayed home to play with her toys.  She is at a really cute age:  saying just a few words but understanding a lot, letting me know when she wants to go to bed, and helping me dress her.  She is surprisingly independent. 

One laugh out of Sophie and seeing a content Megan and Graham make the lack of sleep and hard work seem trivial. 

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Everyone knows one …

… one of those people that just needs to know everything that is happening around them.  

They know everyone in the office, who their family is, and what they did Saturday night.  They know how far along every pregnant woman within 30 miles is.  They know about all the goings-on in the office whether it pertains to them or not and tell everyone else about it as if they are the masterminds behind the project.  They know about every house for sale in the county, who used to live in it, who looked at it, and why they didn’t buy it.  They know who is on vacation, what family member is going to the hospital, and what friend is thinking about buying a computer. 

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with that.  I don’t and never will understand why these people feel the need to know every little thing, no matter how mundane or uninteresting, but that is their business.  What does get to me is that 9 out of 10 of these people also feel the need to verbalize the diarrhea that is their thought process.  It lends itself to non-stop chatter about things that rarely amuse or spark even the slightest interest.  If you know someone like this, you sympathize. 

Why do you find it necessary to tell me when you notice that someone’s woodpile has been moved?  Do you think I wonder right along with you why Joe Blow’s driveway hasn’t been plowed in two days?  I might, if it was someone either of us knew but the state of a complete stranger’s driveway doesn’t concern me. 

To put this politely, perhaps these minds need more distraction in their lives. 

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Cord and Queen

What a busy weekend…

Sunday morning Brian and I went to Big Rock.  It was such a beautiful day:  not too cold, no wind to speak of, and fresh cord on some of the trails.  There are still a few spots that are nearly bare so hard on the ski wax but enough of it is open to be really enjoyable (and scratch an itch!).  

Sunday afternoon I drove to Saint John for my birthday present from Ali:  a show at the Imperial theatre (beautiful spot) that was one in a series of concerts covering classic bands.  The band covered all Queen songs for this concert… yeah, Queen!  One of my favorite bands ever!  The lead singer did a great job and there was a soprano that covered those high opera-like notes in a few of the songs. 

Queen had some diverse music… from the country-like, strumming tune “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” to all of those I-can-picture-this-on-Broadway show tune-like songs.  Ali and I were a little disappointed that they didn’t play “Bicycle” but they had a couple of really good sets.  And the crowd was as diverse as their music… everything from young high school kids to the long gray hair biker types.  Yeah, we know what you were doing tucked around the corner during the intermission! 

I also got a little more done on the bathroom reno project.  It’s just a small project but it will tide us over until we can start the kitchen reno.  This week I do the color washing technique on the walls.  I’ll be sure to post pictures when it is done. 

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It has been storming for over 24 hours now!  I don’t think it snowed much overnight but it is  coming down now and windy on top of it.  I love the snow!  Winter just isn’t winter without a blanket of the white stuff covering everything. 

This really reminds me of those big-ass snowstorms we had when we were kids.  Just a big bunch of snow, no rain or sleet behind it.  Those were the days when school was cancelled only during the biggest blizzards (now they sometimes cancel when there is the mere threat of a storm); snowbanks were so high we could slide off of them; drifts were so massive we could build tunnels and forts in them (you’ve never experienced snow down the back of your neck until you’ve had a tunnel cave in on you); snowblowers were still a novelty so most people were using scoops and plain old-fashioned shovels.  Ali and I would jump off of the swing into the snow or off of the deck into the massive pile dad just shovelled off of it (sometimes headfirst!  Yeah, yeah, I know … that thing about hindsight). 

If I close my eyes I can see myself on Big Rock! 

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First one!

The first system went in the new server room today … yeah! 

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Can’t it wait??

Pet Peeve

People who talk while in bathroom stalls … AND the people who stand outside the stalls talking to them. 

Just happened:  Girl #1 comes into the bathroom while Girl #2 is just coming out of the stall.  They start a conversation.  Girl #2 finishes washing her hands, the whole time keeping up conversation, and then just stands there, continuing conversation, while Girl #1 pees.  What the … ?! 

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Passport hell

Ali sent me this forward today and, as much as I detest the majority of forwards (forward this to 10 people within three and a half minutes or you will be doomed to unhappiness for the rest of the week!), this one is right up my ranting alley.  Ali and I are both in the process of getting passports so it also hits close to home.  

Dear Mr Prime Minister.doc 

And because I always have something more to say, the comments I would add to this are:

We’ve known that passports are going to be mandatory for a while now.  Do you think it would have occurred to you to open a few more offices around New Brunswick?  Asking every NB citizen to drive to Fredericton, to the only office in NB, just for someone to look at their picture is a little much don’t ya think?  And then when I get there you make me stand in line for hours to maybe get served by 5 pm?  If I stand in line for hours and leave at 5 pm empty-handed I am not going to be happy!  Besides that, if I’m standing in line for hours why can’t you process the darn thing and hand it to me before I leave?!  And what’s with having to go there in the first place?  On the application I have three people vouching that I am, in fact, me; one of them even signs the picture!  If you are going to give accountants and priests and engineers enough notoriety to sign these things (like they aren’t cocky enough), then why can’t you take their word for it?  What’s so special about the government employees processing these things?  You think there’s no chance they’re going to become disgruntled and let some terrorist through?  Ha. 

I better get my friggin’ birth certificate back. 

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