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A look back on 2008…

I’m not very good at being introspective because I’m too easily distracted.  When I came across this list, I thought it was a concise and easy way to look back on the year.  It’s nice to look back before moving on… sort of a breather before we start this all over again. 

2009 is going to be a big one. 


Where did you begin 2008?

In my living room.  If I remember right, I had woken up about 11:30 pm to find Hubby ringing in the new year with snores from the next room.  How will this year rate on the excite-o-meter?! 

What was your status by Valentine’s Day?


Were you in school (anytime this year)? 

No school for me, other than in the high school auditorium for choir rehearsals and concerts. 

Did you have to go to the hospital?

I’ve been in for many prenatal appointments since May (Yes… my address is still the same!)

Did you have any encounters with the police?

Not in the last year, unless the parking police count.  I’m pretty sure I remember Hubby getting a speeding ticket though. 

Where did you go on vacation?

Hubby and I went to Cuba in early May.  It was an awesome trip.  We also did a family trip to Grand Manan Island. 


What did you purchase that was over $500?

Hmm … hardwood flooring, trip to Cuba, Hubby’s scooter, a little more of our house by way of a mortgage payment.  There must be other things but I can’t think of them. 

Did you know anybody who got married?

One wedding… cousin Craig.  The first wedding since being 19 where I wasn’t able to drink and dance it up.  It was still a good day, though. 

Did you know anybody who passed away?

No funerals but attended a couple of wakes of acquaintances. 

Did you move anywhere?

Nope.  But my friend Randy did… <sniff>. 

What sporting events did you attend?

Do curling funspiels count? 

What concerts/shows did you go to?

Hubby took me to the NB Symphony for my birthday.  He’s such a sweetie! 

What has/have been your favorite moments?

Finding out I am pregnant tops the list for sure (although trying to get pregnant ranks right up there too).  Feeling Cletus’s first kick and seeing him on the ultrasound are other favorites. 

Some favorite Cuba moments:  Smoking a cigar on the beach, skinny dipping, and swimming with the dolphins. 


They were all pretty awesome, as was whale watching in Grand Manan. 


What’s something you have learned about yourself? 

My body digs being pregnant.  If only I could make money doing this…  

Any new additions to your family?

Well, technically … yes, Cletus counts, but we also met a new nephew on Hubby’s side and a new cousin on my side.  God, our families are fertile! 


What was your best month? 

Probably May-June because we were in Cuba and found out in early June that we are expecting. 

What music will you remember 2008 by?

2008 was the year of New Music Monday.  There are plenty from that bunch and I can’t really pick just one but thanks to cool cousin Joe for giving me all of those choices. 

What do you want to change in 2009?

Change is coming all on its own.  I’ll just be working on figuring this mom stuff out. 

Overall, how would you rate this year?

Not too shabby at all. 

What would you change about 2008?

Nothing.  Well, maybe I would have got pregnant a month earlier so I’d be having my first before I turn 30.  🙂

Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?

Lame-ass work (how many days until mat leave?).

Change your hairstyle?

Yes.  I went from long and curly to short and … well, there’s no escaping the curly. 

Get a new job? 

No, but I did take on the chairman position at the local curling club, which is pretty much a second job (except for the lack of paycheque).  

Be honest – did you watch American Idol?

My God, no.  Seacrest choke. 

For the record, I don’t watch any of those “You obviously can’t dance” shows or the ones where they set up bachelors, bachelorettes, momma’s boys, geeky losers, or washed up bands in a mansion to pick from a flock of bimbos.  Not for me. 

Start a new hobby?

Other than lifting weights and staying pretty faithful at the gym, no.  I have so many hobbies now I can’t get to them all. 

What are you wishing for in 2009?

A healthy and happy family, first and foremost. 

After that, I hope Hubby and I can continue to make changes in our lives that benefit the environment and our family and that we can influence our families and friends to do the same. 

Oh, and Motherhood for Dummies.  On recycled paper, please. 

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… Bad movies about giant bugs

… A twice-decorated Christmas tree

… Tae-bo to the ribs

… A hyper three year old singing Pink’s “Na na na na na na na … I want to start a fight” around the Christmas tree

… Mushy lasagna (served at an office Christmas party)

… Ladders and flashing and freezing cold weather

… My aunt’s husband answering “preddinear” when trying to explain whether Michael Jackson was black or white (during a game of Cranium on Christmas Eve)

… My virgin heartburn experience (boooo)

… The Nintendo Super Mario Brothers theme song.  (There.  Now I’m not the only one with this constantly running through my head!)

… Visions of nursery decor flashing through my head

… Teary-eyed Jingle Bells

… Sliding off the ice rink  road into a snowbank on boxing day


These are just a few highlights from our Holidays.  Of course there were some more normal moments involving turkey and egg nog but … well, they’re no fun to read about at! 

Happy New Year!

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Last night we attended the annual Christmas party for Hubby’s workplace (I used to work there too).  We don’t get invited to many parties and this one is usually really fun so I was excited to get out.  People seem to really let loose at this party and usually I am right there with them, dancing like a fool, spilling drinks on people, and yakking it up with people I haven’t seen in a while. 

<Insert reminder that I am 30 weeks pregnant>

It was still a good time but last night it became very clear to me how much of a social lubrication alcohol is for me.  This was certainly a different experience than it has been in past years. 

See, watching drunk people is all fine and good.  We laughed at dance styles, raised our eyebrows at the antics of the reeeally drunk, and commented on women bouncing up and down in dresses that were either way too short or way too low, threatening to reveal bits of themselves in Janet style.  Yes, we had some good laughs at other people’s expenses (oh come on… you do it too). 

Yes, watching drunkenness seems to be fine; it’s when the drunkenness comes to your table to chat you up that you really notice the difference between being lubed up (socially, I mean) and not.  Being 30 weeks pregnant is a magnet on the best of days but when you add copious amounts of alcohol and, in some cases, other stimulants, the pregnant belly seems to be a beacon that calls to the drunk like bad TV calls to Rosie O’Donnell. 

Numerous people touched my belly (I’ve found that I can be a little flexible with this and make exceptions for some but I’m talking about people that I barely know).  I was spit on by people leaning in close to talk to me over the blaring music.  When I wasn’t being spit on, hot little puffs of air travelled from people’s mouths and landed on my cheek with what seemed like a thud.  I was hugged by my husband’s boss just after he spit on me and just before he awkwardly offered me a job.  I even had someone cup my chin with their hand and squeeze my cheeks.  Yes, I’m serious… could I make that shit up? 

Anyway, I do realize that these things happen every year and that I am just lubed up enough to not notice them.  And overall it was a fine time because I enjoy catching up with people.  But I do find myself already looking forward to next year’s party when I will once again be self-lubed and a little more forgiving of (or oblivious to) the spitty-talking, hugging, dance-on-the-table masses. 

But for now, hand me that glass of ice water, would you?

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So amid the constant flurry of all things related to pregnancy, curling club, choir, piano lessons, and just plain ole life, the ole blog has unfortunately fallen down on the list of priorities the last couple of months. 

But fear not for I bring you tidings of great joy. 

I’ve decided that December is the month for re-connecting and what better time to do it… Christmas is a-foot (or maybe a-stocking?), winter is upon us, and I am now 29 weeks pregnant… all of which makes for great blog fodder. 

So to kick things off, I give you what has been my favorite Christmas carol for as long as I can remember.  Remember the California Raisins Christmas special on TV?  Yeah, me neither… except for this one sketch.  I always got a kick out of these frigging bells and it turns out I still do … I laughed through the whole thing.  The dumb bell actually reminds me of a few people I know (“I lost mine”… hee hee!). 

While we’re on the topic, what was with the California Raisins anyway?!  I don’t remember ever really caring about them except for this one show but they had their stint didn’t they?  What kicked off their popularity and, more puzzling, what retained their popularity?  Did they have names?  Anyway, here is an additional bonus clip of the raisins themselves. 

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I am back and I bring with me some great Easter pics. 

Nope, no bunnies in these ones, whether real or over-sized and frequenting the closest mall.  No weird-o eggs that are every color of the rainbow (what are those chickens smoking anyway?!).  Nothing pastel to be seen here. 

See, the fact that Easter is early this year combined with the fact that we have had more snow than we have had in years meant that there were no birds chirping in our yard after the roasters were put away and the dishwasher turned on.  No, not us New Brunswickers.  We were sliding. 

Lucky for us, we live on a hill. 

A big one. 

This is my dad … yes, my dad.  Told you he was crazy. 


And this?  This is me.  It’s probably the finest display of sliding mayhem that I have ever been part of.  As you can imagine, I dug a respectable amount of snow from the back of my neck and out of my right boot after that one.  I think the position my legs are in is what makes me laugh at this picture. 


As Hubby put it over on his own blog, sliding is fun for all… until some jerk goes and builds a jump! 

(Pssst… in case you are wondering, Hubby= jerk). 

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Hubby and I decided to not celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. 

Valentine’s Day is far too commercialized and just a big money-grab for Hallmark, Hershey, and FTD.  The pressure to get just the right something for your loved one has become so extreme it just takes all of the fun and romance right out of the holiday, doesn’t it? 

Instead of being yourself and doing something from the heart, you read every “Top 10 Valentine’s Day gifts” article that comes your way in the month of January, never mind that they are written by strangers that know nothing about you or your loved one. 

Instead of putting time into cooking a unique, personal meal you spend gobs of money to dress up in uncomfortable clothes and sit in a fancy restaurant with a room full of strangers.  Or you spend gobs of money on a big box of fancy, imported chocolates that she ooh-la-las over in front of you but complains about to her friends, saying, “Is he trying to make me fat?!  They’ll just go to my hips!”. 

While stuck on a closed, icy highway for two hours yesterday (that’s another story… the only reason I bring it up now is to stress that we had time on our hands), Hubby and I came up with a solution.  A new holiday! 

Celebrated on February 15th, this holiday has nothing to do with flowers. 

Chocolate and candy are not necessary but may be used to add a little special something, depending on your style and preference (and they are at a significant discount at Walmart today – bonus!). 

In many cases, events of the day will occur with someone you love and will come from the heart.  This is optional and, while it may increase the sentiment of the days activities, it is not a requirement.  Activities are usually held in pairs, but this is also a matter of style and preference. 

For safety reasons, I recommend not involving naked men with arrows named ‘cupid’.  Naked men named ‘cupid’, good… arrows, bad.  Usually. 

Clothing is optional. 

The day’s slogan is not “From the Heart” or “Be Mine” … it is “Don’t Get Hurt:  Use a Safe Word”.  Candy hearts will be available and will be customized with your safe word, not the usual ‘love you’ and ‘hugs and kisses’ sentiments of Valentine’s day. 

So without further ado (although I could go so many more places with this), I would like to wish you all a ….

Happy Freaky Lovin’ Day! 

I think it will catch on, don’t you?  


p.s.  Just try to profit off of this holiday, Walmart! 

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