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Another meme

Hey, I just spotted that MathMom tagged me for a meme. Oh goody, just the thing to post when I have another damn migraine and am so hopped up on meds that I can’t think straight.

Four jobs I’ve had

  1. Writer for CTV Morning show news
  2. writer and researcher for the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
  3. strawberry planter and picker
  4. housecleaner.

Four movies I can watch over and over

  1. Henry V (Kenneth Branagh version)
  2. Aliens
  3. Groundhog Day
  4. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Four places I’ve lived

  1. Ottawa, Canada
  2. Toronto, Canada
  3. Kingston, Canada
  4. That’s it!

Four TV shows I love

  1. House
  2. Heroes
  3. Family Guy
  4. The Office.

Four places I’ve vacationed

  1. Jamaica
  2. Mexico
  3. San Fransisco
  4. Prince Edward Island.

Four of my favorite dishes

  1. Pad Thai
  2. Rice and Beans
  3. Pho soup
  4. Roast Chicken and roast potatoes.

Four sites I visit daily (um, frequently?)

  1. A golden doodle discussion board (yes, I know that is sad)
  2. a bunch of blogs
  3. Weather Network
  4. Baby Blues daily cartoon.

Four places I would rather be right now

  1. Jamaica
  2. the beach at the cottage
  3. PEI
  4. San Fransisco

Four People I Am Tagging

MathMom stole them all!

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We spent the long weekend at the cottage. I thought it was obscenely cold, but the kids still swam. I wonder when a child develops nerve endings? Not at 11 years old, judging by Maya.

Old family friends of J’s family have the cottage across the street, so our kids play together every summer, picking up like they’ve never been apart. They swim, play in the sand, climb around on the rocks, have campfires, go on adventures in the woods and basically have an idyllic a childhood summer as seems possible these days.

This year, of course, we added the dog to the mix, imagining that he will make it just that much more idyllic. And they do love him, take him for walks, play with him on the beach when he’s allow there. What I didn’t expect when I got him was that I’d want the dog to have good summer too. Now, instead of hanging out on the beach all day, I go back up to check on the dog, and take the time out to go for long walks down country roads and in the woods. He’s clearly delighted and I’m glad he’s happy too.

My mother-in-law is not so happy. His existence drives her nuts. We delusionally thought that if we had a good dog, one that didn’t shed, bark, jump or beg, she wouldn’t mind him. We never expected her to like him, but at least maybe she wouldn’t mind him. And he was good this weekend. He does still counter-surf and steal food off neglected plates. He sticks his nose under Maya’s arm at dinner and tries to get as close to her plate as he can, hoping to snag something off her fork. He takes kids’ toys and jumps on the furniture, staring at us like we are mad when we order him off. But he did none of that this weekend. He was the Stepford dog, he was so good.

But we knew it was hopeless when she snapped during lunch that we had to get him out of the room, as he was driving her crazy. We, including my father-in-law, looked in amazement at Jasper, sitting several feet from the table completely quietly, nose in the air in appreciation of the foodie smells, and asked what he had done to offend her. “He’s smelling!” she objected.

She might well have said ‘he’s breathing,’ since clearly that was the real problem.

She does appreciate one thing – I walk him. I clearly need more exercise and, for Jasper’s sake, I get it. I walk him for hours, and I like it, as it is peaceful and he is happy. But you now what pisses me off? I haven’t lost a single pound. Bloody figures.


Here’s an ‘Eeewwww’ for you – a couple of weeks ago, I wrote my Thursday Thirteen on the heat, trying to appreciate my lack of air conditioning. I naively entitled it Thursday’s Hot Thirteen. I  was surprised to see how popular that Thursday Thirteen was, until I realized that the search string people are using to find it is “hot thirteen.” I just realized they aren’t looking for the Thursday Thirteen meme, they are looking for thirteen-year-olds. So, for those of you who make it here with the same search string: stop being such a pervert, you freak.

And, frankly, that goes for the people looking for ‘funny videos of teenagers breastfeeding’ too.

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A meme

Okay, I’m being a good girl and doing that meme I was tagged for.

What were you doing 10 years ago?

Looking after ultra-adorable Maya at age one and trying to figure out why I just kept losing weight. I was 50 lbs lighter then, which is really hard to believe because even though I am overweight, I am not obese. Man, was I skinny then.

I had a different house (renting), different car, different hair and different job. Same husband, though.

What were you doing 1 year ago?

Staring my 40th birthday in the face and vowing I’d get to 41 thinner, healthier and with my career more on track. A year later, I am as fat, have more health problems and the career thing is still stalled out. I’ve decided to give myself the whole decade.

On the other hand, I had also just allowed a surgeon to cut open my left hand for carpal tunnel surgery without yet being completely convinced it was the right thing to do with the other hand and now, a year later, my hands are perfectly healed and much, much better. That surgery was the best move.

Five Snacks You Enjoy

1.) Milk chocolate

2.) Chocolate ice cream

3.) Dark chocolate

4.) Chocolate chip cookies

5.) Any other chocolate.

Five Songs That You Know All The Lyrics To

(I know tons, but most of them are kid songs – does that count? Here’s an eclectic mix from various eras of my life)

1.) The Boxer (Simon and Garfunkel)

2.) A You’re Adorable (Sharon, Lois and Bram)

3.) Buffalo Soldier (Bob Marley)

4.) Nothing Compares to You (Sinead O’Connor)

5.) Walk Like an Egyptian (Bangles)
Five Things You Would Do If You Were a Millionaire

1.) Pay off my mortgage

2.) Set up a charitable foundation

3.) Pay off my siblings and siblings-in-law’s mortgages too.

4.) Get a better computer and wireless service.
5.) Hire a chef so I never have to cook again, but we still get good, homemade meals.

Five Bad Habits

1.) Surfing too much.

2.) Putting things down randomly and not remembering where I put them.

3.) Over-eating

4.) Letting the crap pile too high.

5.) Procrastinating about work.
Five Things You Like To Do

1.) Read

2.) Walk the dog

3.) Write

4.) Read with the kids
5.) Family outings.

Five Things You Would Never Wear Again

1.) Mini-skirts

2.) Skin-tight anything

3.) Short shorts

4.) Tank tops

5.) Bikinis

Five Favorite Toys

1.) My computer

2.) My camera

3.) My gardening gear (? – I’m running out of ideas)
4.) Oh, I know – any toy that keeps my kids amused for any length of time.

5.) The TV.

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