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Things I've done Meme... )
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This has been done on LJ, FB & all sorts of places before but it's the first time I've had a chance to do it.
some fit...some don't )

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I think I've done this before. Must go back and see what the card was then....

You are The Wheel of Fortune

Good fortune and happiness but sometimes a species of
intoxication with success

The Wheel of Fortune is all about big things, luck, change, fortune. Almost always good fortune. You are lucky in all things that you do and happy with the things that come to you. Be careful that success does not go to your head however. Sometimes luck can change.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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Today I'm thankful for:

1. The jeep - Finally got the trailer out of the snow bank. We can now make a run to the dump and pick up plywood & drywall next week. And I get to drive again...

2. Long sleeve shirts, masks and googles. May not look purdy but makes dealing with insulation much easier.

3. Ebay - Picked up a data/voice/cable module for the computer network for half the price listed at Home Depot. 

4. Beer on Tap - cause renovations and digging the snow are hard work. And I can drink all I want - the boy is making more as I type.

and last but not least - sunny days!

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Is it so wrong that I'm very excited about having this evening to myself? The boy is working late - meaning I don't have to adjust my schedule for anyone else - no wondering what to make for dinner, when he's getting home, yada yada.... Meaning there's a length of linen that's about to get chopped up. Gonna finally use that pattern [ profile] halladottir and I made that crazy drunken night. Gonna look all purdy for Investiture.

But first I'm itching to get to work. The rest of sales materials and catalogues showed up yesterday. Boxes and boxes of stuff. Time to transer all my notes from conference into the catalogues, make sure I have enough samples, order more if need be and finish making travel arrangements. Looks like I'm in the peg the first week of Feb - timed well to attend D&A 's Super bowl party!! Not really certain on Cow town or e-town yet.

I'm also gonna clean my office today, spend as much time on the computer as I want and take a nice walk in the snow. A very nice day indeed.

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a little bit of happenings... )
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In the morning, there's about a 50-50 chance I'll get up at the same time as the boy. Sometimes, I sleep right though until I have to make my way down the hall to log on for work. Thankfully, this morning was not one of those days. Both of us were awake after only one hit on the snooze button, awake and amused by our strange dreams during the night.

As he was getting started on his day, he looked outside just as the first snow flakes were falling. Not the wet pseudo flakes we've had before. The big fluffy flurries. The stuff I had been waiting for. Nothing was on the ground yet but it was coming. It was only 7 am and the temp was dropping. Less than one hour later, I had made coffee & bacon, watched the sun rise & the snow fall from my front and back windows (at the same time) and the boy was heading off to work. Time for the puppy & I to go outside to take some pictures.  So here they are... (link goes to my gallery - taken before 8am so it's still a bit dark sorry)

But for a bit of a tease... you may think that she luvs the snow but really it's the camera flash, still at least she's happy, my litte OCD pup...
Guinness in Snow

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Update begins... )
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Last Thursday, the boy and I went to a wine tasting at Track Side Liquor.  The owner of the store, Paul,  is the person who supplied the beer for the Belgium night at the museum last month and we are a part of his beer club. All of the wine featured is imported to Canada through Purple Valley Wines. A sales rep from PV was there in addition to the store staff. I so need a job like hers...
Let the tasting begin. )

All in all a nice evening. I'm looking forward to more.


Sep. 26th, 2008 10:25 am
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Your result for The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test...

The Harlequin

You scored 47% Cardinal, 28% Monk, 41% Lady, and 49% Knight!

You are a mystery, a jack-of-all-trades. You have the king's ear, but also listen to murmurings of the common folk. You believe in the value of force and also literature. Truly you are the puzzlement of the age.

Take The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test at HelloQuizzy


Sep. 24th, 2008 08:07 am
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This says it all:

A mama polar bear is out in the stream fishing, while her son is playing on the bank. After awhile, the baby polar bear comes over to his
mother and says, "Mom, what kind of bear am I?" to which she replies "You're polar bear, son." "Okay," he says and returns to the bank to play.
In a little while he comes back over and says, "Mom, what kind of bear am I?"

"Why, you're a polar bear, son." "Hmmm...," say the baby, "okay." And off he goes to play.

A little more time goes by and the baby polar bear comes back and says, "Mom, are sure I'm a polar bear?" "Yes," the mama polar bear replies, "I'm sure you're a polar bear. Why don't you believe me?"

"'I'm cold!" exclaims the baby bear.

Now -
The update )
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It's either this or the dishes. :-)

69 Confessions

1. The phone rings; who do you want it to be? Work.
2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart? Yes. But if it’s a cart I found on the lot I don’t take the money back.
3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener? In a large setting a talker.
4. Do you take compliments well? Yes.
5. Do you play Sudoku? No
6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive? Probably not.
7. Do you like to ride horses? Yes.
8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid? Only with the school. Although I did go to a day camp in town.
9. What was your favorite game as a kid? Hide n Seek & football.
10. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was married, would you go for it? No.
11. Have you lied to get out of a date? Yep
12. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you? I have.
13. Do you like to pursue or be pursued? Pursued but it seldom happened.
14. Use three words to describe yourself? Insatiable, smart, cute.
15. Do any songs make you cry? Oh yes.
16. Are you continuing your education? Not really. Hope to soon.
17. Do you know how to shoot a gun? Yes.
18. If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed? My pets & the George and Anna Book.
19. How often do you read books? All the time, many at once.
20. Do you think more about the past, present or future? Present.
21. What is your favorite children's book? I can’t really remember what I read as a kid. Ironic since I now work for a kids’ book publisher.
22. What color are your eyes? Green
23. How tall are you? 5'2” and a half.
24. Where is your dream house located? I live in it.
25. Do you have a secret fetish? Indeed.
26. Have you tried sushi? Yes, make it at home all the time.
27. Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth? Yes
28. When was the last time you were at Olive Garden? Last month.
29. When was the last time you were at Church? Hmmm, can’t really remember. Who’s wedding was I at last?
30. Where was the furthest place you traveled today? Today as in this morning? To the basement. Since I started traveling? Belgium.
31. What was your favorite job? This one. Book sales rep.
32. Do you like mustard? Yes.
33. Do you prefer to sleep or eat? Sleep.
34. Do you look like your mom or dad? I am an exact replica of my mother.
35. How long does it take you in the shower? No more than 20 minutes.
36. Can you do the splits? Used to.
37. What movie do you want to see right now? Ironman again…
38. If you could fast forward your life, would you? No, everything I’ve ever wanted is here right now.
39. What did you do for New Year's? Fell asleep early.
40. Do you think The Grudge was scary? Have not seen it.
41. Could you relate to a character in Mean Girls? Oh yes.
42. Do you own a camera phone? Yes.
43. Do you have an "ex box" with pics and letters from past lovers? No. I own very few keepsakes.
44. Was your mom a cheerleader? No, but I was for 7 years.
45. What's the last letter of your middle name? I don’t have one.
46. Do you like your middle name? Yeah, it’s kinda different not to have one.
47. How many hours of sleep do you get a night? 7-9
48. Do you like care bears? I did but I can’t remember if I had a favourite.
49. What do you buy at the movies? Pop & sour babies
50. Do you know how to play poker? No.
51. Do you wear your seatbelt? Always.
52. What do you wear to sleep? a t-shirt & PJ Bottoms
53. Anything big ever happen in your hometown? A few kids murdered their parents & a Canadian Idol winner.
54. How many meals do you eat a day? 2 -3 meals. I usually just snack for breaky.
55. Is your tongue pierced? Nope. 56. Ever meet anyone you met on myspace? No.
57. Do you read myspace bulletins? Not a big fan of Myspace.
58. Do you like funny or serious people better? I prefer funny – nothing is worth being over serious about.
59. Ever been to L.A.? Yes. I have family there.
60. Did you eat a cookie today? Nope.
61. Do you use cuss words in other languages? Only one or two.
62. Do you steal or pay for your music downloads? iTunes is just easier than having to search for free stuff.
63. Do you hate chocolate? No at all.
64. What do you and your parents fight about the most? Mom wanting to buy Tim stuff.
65. Are you a gullible person? Only when Tim is telling me stuff.
66. Do you need a boyfriend/girlfriend to be happy? No, I have to be happy before I can make someone else happy.
67. If you could have any job what would it be? Own my own business.
68. Are you easy to get along with? I think so. It takes a lot for me not to like someone.
69. What is your favorite time of day? Watching the sun go down.
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Or not. Maybe... )
Meme... )
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Well, I admit it. I walked into that one. Yesterday, I was ahead, winning. Even the boy took some time off from the dugout last night. Today? We're still waiting on that verdict.

Now don't get me wrong. It's not like things went in the sh*tter after yesterday's post. But somehow the universe decided I didn't have enough to do. So it gave me a spetic tank problem a bit more complicated than we expected and invited my parents over for dinner tonight.

I managed to dig down to the outtake pipe and find where it joined up to the tank. Also found lots of tree roots but not where they were breaking into the pipe and clogging things up. We had hoped to find a section that could be simply cut out & replaced. Now it looks as though the roots are growing into the tank through the same opening as the pipe. Somehow we have to get a look inside the pipe see to where the breakage is or remove the whole pipe. Or we just ignore the whole thing. grrrr...

Then last night, my mother finally managed to catch me on the phone. Apparently today is international family dine together day. :-) This would have been more plausible if she hadn't made it world wide - I can believe a national day - it seems like a canadian thing to do. So understanding that mom just misses me, I said took pity on her. And honestly, I like having them out here.

Now I'm making a pork roast & more bread. Thank goodness for slow cookers.
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My goals for this week are simple. Finish a pressing task for work, can some salsa & mint jelly, dig a hole, keep the mess inside to a minimum and try to not to kill the boy while he's home for holidays.

Today being Wednesday, I think so far..I'm winning.

Thanks to our visitors last weekend a clean house is pretty easy to maintain. Dishes, laundry and floors all kept in line. There was a brief scare yesterday when the kitchen sink started leaking. One of the plastic connectors underneath broke at a glued section. I had to cut/pry/beg the broken part loose and almost gave up but once I realized we had lots of replacement parts it all went back together fine. Making me very happy - since many of my goals relied on a kitchen sink.

The work thing is for a customer who sells to schools & daycares via their catalogue. This means I have to review all the titles we featured last year for sales, price changes and in stock status. I, then, have to suggest any new titles for their upcoming year - including catalogue copy and images. In all, it requires checking our inventory system for about 200 individual titles, a crap load of cut and paste and about 100 emails. Every year, I ask if there's an easier way, and every year I get ignored. While I do like the inventory system, it's not the best software I've worked with. Plus it's not really designed to handle retail, more like individual shipments to teachers. But they are making progress with our demands. So I really cannot complain.

Anyway, I think I'm pretty much done the 2008 titles and oh so close to finishing the 2009 titles. Just have to confirm which ones the customer wants and request the images. The catalogue get mailed in Feb. Once again, I resolve to spead this task over the year & not leave it to do all at once in August 09. Yeah. Right.

With the work stuff on the back burner I woke up early to get canning before the heat of the day took over. 5 lbs of tomatoes on the cook for salsa and 4 lbs of apples went into mint jelly. It was my first attempt at preserves. And yes. It was a lot of work. But it was 2 jars of the bestest salsa ever and 1 jar of dreamy jelly. I'm very pleased. Now I'm waiting for some Lee Valley stuff to make tomato sauce with rest of the crop & the couple dozen jars I still have left. Note to self - buy smaller jars....

Yesterday, I managed to dig out some more of the flower bed against the house. Dug out rocks, dirt and tree roots. Actually dug down to the septic tank. Now all I have to do is find the output pipe from the house to the tank, figure out the where the roots are growing into it and clear out a section for the boy to fix it. That's for this afternoon.

As for killing the boy... well, that remains to be seen. Only came close once but it was quickly surpressed (related to the kitchen sink). He's home trying to clean the dugout. It's always been overgrown with willow and we can't have the foliage clogging our pump during the fall/winter. Every year the boy spends his evenings cutting it down (thankfully there's less and less each year) but he's actually taken time off this year to get it done at once. Seems to be working so far. But 12 hours of work makes him very tired as you can imagine.

On an upnote - the boy wants to go to Estrella. How cool would that be?????

So yeah, I win.
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Well, it Friday night, almost time to knock off work. I’m having an early dinner to watch season 5 of As Time Goes By and finish off some work email (downloading as I type.) I must say I make a fantastic lamb stew. Not to mention the homemade bread.

Visitors are showing up tonight, which forced me to vacuum, etc. All stuff that was very much needed. Just a bit more laundry, dishes and making the beds to complete today’s to do list. That surprises me actually – thought it would take much longer than this. Perhaps I’ll have time for a lovely bath……

The boy is working late once again. He’s teaching a class for the Alberta Museum Association (AMA) and then trying to finish an exhibit for the “Shoe & Tell.” It’s a dinner/fashion show hosted by the museum as a tie in to the “Heights of Fashion” exhibit. People are supposed to bring in their shoes and tell a story about them. Mom & I are making a date of it. Problem is the dinner is on Sept 19, the Friday while he’s on holidays. And his holidays are for fixing up the dug out and other winter prep around the house. So we’ll be cutting our work on the farm short. Oh well.

On a related note, we went out for dinner last night with a few of people from the AMA and I came home with a new cousin. Turns out one of the women is the granddaughter of my grandmother’s brother. We were at the same family reunion in 1990. Kinda cool.

Now for the downside. Went out for lunch with my mom. My father, who’s been retired for the past 3 years, is bored, getting old & getting ornery. All day, everyday, he watches TV and cleans the house. He’s been picking fights and threatening to leave mom for silly things like putting her shoes in the wrong spot. Apparently, there’s nothing physically wrong, although dad never tells the doctor anything really. So the diabetes, excess weight, lack of activity and boredom is just gonna get worse. I told mom to speak to his doctor directly but I have half a mind to walk into their house and start telling dad to get off his arse. Go golfing, rejoin the hockey hounds, do something. UGH

Perhaps after this week.
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I'm in need of a break. It's the boy's birthday. He's stuck at the museum and I'm trying finish price checks. Not an easy job considering how often our book prices have changes due to the loonie.  So while I wait and try to ignore work for a bit I'm baking bread. For the first time. with quick rising yeast. Hopefully it will be done by the time the boy gets home.

There was a "sorta" break over lunch when I went outside to dig up the potatoes.  It was muddy and some of the crop was lost to a some critter - probably the mouse that was chattering at me from the pumpkin patch. Still, after gathering a few buckets, I'm wonderfully pleased with the whole "I made this" idea.  Hence the bread.

Yeah, I'm in a bit of a nesting mode - all domesticated and stuff. We're trying very hard to maintain a budget, clean out the freezers and  This week, I made chicken stock and lamb stew (burned my arm in the process.) Still have to can the tomatoes. Make sauce or something.

Autumn is the time for such things, right? Well, it's also the time for our Rhuddglyn event - this Saturday. But I'm only going for the day because the boy has to work & we have to work on the dugout that evening - must get as much work on it as we can before the month's end.

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Me: recouping very nicely at home.  Finally getting a moment for a nice rambling update.

Recent Adventures:Started two weeks ago... )
The Farm: In desperate need of a clean up when I got home. Inside - sweeping , dishes, filing papers, vacuuming, laundry & bathrooms. Outside - boy, is this a task or two. Many of the tomatoes are ripe & picked but I shall have to cover the remaining soon. There is still a bit of corn and beans to be picked (the boy even made corn meal!! too much effort for such a small amount) and the pumpkins/squash are doing fine (6 pumpkins, 5 acorns, etc....)  The potatoes aren't quite done yet (not for storage) but I dug some for Sunday dinner - to go with the lamb, along with the corn, beans & the homemade mint sauce.  This weekend we tried in part to do some of the following: haul away the excess branches the pines we cut down last year (dump run), fix the irrigation pipes to the ditches to water the trees before BRID shuts off our water, take cuttings of annuals, dig out the flower garden from the septic take to the house so we can replace the plumbing (I already called before I dug to get the nasty gas lines marked so it has to be done now!!),  work on the lawn tractor and get mower working, and watch baseball and spruce meadows jumping.

The Farm Animals: Cute & cuddly. They missed me. Cats are finding new places to sleep now that my side of the bed is occupied. The boy is still mad at the puppy but we're working on making her a happy traveler.

Reading, Listening, Watching: Discoverers,  Brad Turner Quartet & Piece of Cake. While I was in the hat at the Esplanade, the boy took me around the Heights of Fashion Exhibit from the Bata Shoe Museum - 500 years of shoes. Very cool and highly recommended.

SCA:  Ticking along fine. I pulled out my editor's/marketer's hat at the meeting on Wednesday. Someone brought a poster they wanted to hang around town that was created by another member who is reportedly a graphic designer.  Even seeing it from across the room I cringed. No white space, too many fonts, too much text and repeated sentences. Sentences over top of artwork! Granted the art work was nice but man, I felt like a heel for tearing it apart. But honestly the poster would not have worked at all. Hopefully he won't take the edits too personally. I'm assured he will.

Work:  In addition to previewing the Spring 09 titles at conference, I also received my year end review and bonus!! All good stuff!! Every year the review becomes more and more formal, looking at accomplishments & future goals. My five year milestone is coming up in November. Feeling pretty stable at this point. It will be better once I get my sales report done.

Thinking On: Yard work.

Upcoming: Lunch &Yard work. :-)

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Me: Taking a quick break before finishing my presentation for Monday. This break may or may not include a nap.

The Farm:  Almost record breaking heat. Thanks to the rain water we collected most of the flowers are still going strong. I just harvested my onions & romaine. The tomatoes are starting to redden and I have about 5 large pumpkins on the go. Grass is brown and not growing. The leaves are starting to fall - mostly because of the wind which has also brought down about 7 major poplar branches and bunches of little ones. At least the boy has some time before autumn to fix the lawn tractor. Some progress was made yesterday and after stopping in at the JD dealer today he should have some more parts to work with. He thinks it's either the spark plug or celonoid. Not getting the best of us yet. Cleaning up inside will have to wait until September.

The Farm Animals: Dumb. Just dumb. But I luvs 'em anyway.

Reading, Watching, Listening - most of my reading material is currently work related. But for some nice light listening pleasure - I will highly recommend Katie Melua. I was having a leisurely lunch at Twist in the hat and stayed through the entire album, Pictures, downloading it as soon as I got back to iTunes.  My favourite is What I Miss About You.

The SCA: slowly but surely getting my follow ups from the last month or so done. Will have more time while at conference to do email, mintues etc.  Wondering what the hell to wear to the luau at Baron's Howe.

Work: Slogging my way through the new samples of Spring 09 titles. There are some really great picture books and a few steller novels, even some historical. The main theme for novels seems to be Girl grows up and falls in love with her male best friend. Anyway, I have to present 3 titles and a recap of my sales territory. I usually do a power point to keep me focused and this time's no different. It should be done by today.

Thinking On: Packing & the Logistics of travel. I won't have the jeep or a rental this upcoming trip. Most of it's taken care of but I get back to Calgary late next Tuesday and have to arrange a crash space & a ride back to the hat on Wed. Also on the brain - our wonderful olympic athletes, LeiRoy Moore (the late Sax man from DMB), landscaping, fall plantings and spaghetti.

Upcoming: S'toon for g's going away, Sales conference in TO, Baron Howe's in Northern Ealdormere. Looking forward to all of it. Then it slows down for the rest of the year we have our local event, a few work trips, football in Regina, Coronet, and Christmas. A mentioned earlier, both of us cannot go to E-town for the boy's conference in Sept. What's really sweet is that the boy has offered to cancel the trip so I don't have stay alone at night. Not that I'm taking him up on it. I guess I have to face my fears sometime eh?

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