Wednesday, September 28, 2005
I stayed up way too late last night planning the Guiding year with my fellow leaders. I didn't get home until 11:30 and then, because my mind was reeling Guide stuff, I dreamed fitfully all night and didn't get any good sleep. I feel like I have a major hangover today. I looked in the mirror this morning and my eyes were all puffy and my face was red...seriously, I looked like my brother did the day after his bachelor party 7 years ago...and he had drunk like half the alcohol in Calgary that night. We did toast the new Guiding year with one glass of wine, but that was at 8:00 pm...and even though I'm an extremely cheap drunk, one glass of wine didn't cause this monstrosity's just sheer exhaustion.

On a good note, I did find a woman who's easily twice as busy as I am. Like me, she has three kids, full-time job, kids in many sports and Guiding -- but she has taken on so many tasks that she regularly goes to bed at midnight and is up at 5:00 cleaning her house, because that's the only time she has. I'm not that busy. I do (usually) manage 7-8 hours sleep per night and ONLY vacuum on weekends (never at 5:00 in the morning) I feel a little better about my so-called-life.

Zeenee scored a goal in field hockey last night in her game. Her high school didn't have enough players for a junior and senior team, so she's playing against grade 12 girls...and holding her own well I must say. They still lost the game 4-3, but in the two years that her school has been running a field hockey program, that's the most goals they've ever scored...she's having fun anyways.

"He" and I have been emailing little "love you" notes all morning...I started it. I think I'm delerious from lack of sleep! (but if you've ever seen him, you know that he's very cute!)

Time until I'm back with my family: 6 hours, 15 minutes

What's for lunch: Turkey, bacon stuffed pastry (have you tried those new Stouffers stuffed pastries...yummy!!) and cottage cheese. 10 minute nap on lunch-room table.

Laundry list: I have a blouse in my closet that I haven't worn in three months because it needs ironing. Why can't all clothes be permanent press?

Tuesday, September 20, 2005
What the H-E-double-hockey-sticks is with me?
  • Attend high school PAC meeting (parent advisory council)

  • Put hand up when they ask for volunteers (is my hand attached to a marionette string?)

  • Keep smiling throughout meeting whilst taking minutes due to my newly appointed position of Secretary (what? I'm a secretary! I can take minutes...and type minutes...and email minutes...instead of working at my real job...instead of doing laundry...instead of sleeping)

  • Happy Birthday CHSIL

    Happy 29th forever to my CHIC-HIP-SISTA-IN-LAW!

    Love you lots CHSIL!

    Ze Headless Chicken - c'est moi
    I have no time!!! I can't get to my blogs and update...can't find time to write articles for my time for cleaning...gaaaaa! **Stress moment**

    This is my weekly schedule...after I work full-time hours:

    Monday: Zeenee - physio, Budgie - Beavers

    Tuesday: Budgie - Judo, Zeenee - Soccer Practice, Bella & Me - Girl Guides, He - hockey (Tuesday is our doozey of a night)

    Wenesday: Bella - Soccer Practice (wow, just that?)

    Thursday: Budgie - Judo (another lite nite)

    Friday: Weeks (or like this weekend, go to camp...thereby obliterating any chance of getting housework or laundry done)

    Sunday: Zeenee - Soccer Game, Bella - Soccer Game

    Must be September once again.

    Time until I'm back with my busy family: 1 hour, 15 minutes

    Laundry list: loads and loads of loads

    Monday, September 19, 2005
    Note to Self: #412,354
    Just because the homegrown canned peaches that your mother-in-law gave you taste like the wings of the angels are fluttering in your mouth -- doesn't give you the right to eat an entire jar...all in one lieu of lunch.

    You will only end up driving home at an alarming pace because your stomach feels like it's being twisted more than a contortionist in the grande finale act of a Cirque D'Soleil show.

    Remember that D2bH...and eat responsibly next time.

    This concludes our lesson...

    Friday, September 16, 2005
    Tampax Thief
    At work we have a cupboard in the women's bathroom where we, the eight girls who work here, can store our "supplies". I regularly bring in a 20 count box of Tampax to put in there for thosefivetosevendaysofthemonthwhereyouwanttokilleveryonearoundyou. Louise, my colleague, complained a couple of weeks ago that everytime she went to use her pads they were depleted or altogether gone. I told her that it couldn't be me as I bring my own stuff and don't usually use pads anyways.

    This week, I go to use my stuff and notice that the box is half empty! Then a day later there's only six left...yes, I counted, then I locked the box closed and turned it upside down (hey, I watch CSI...and if I don't have a finger print kit the least I can do is fool the thief). I'm thinking about putting a note in the box with some catchy saying about gag tampons that explode after insertion (too rude yes?).

    Shortly after my maternity leave (when Anabella was born) I would bring a litre of milk to work to put in my tea. The only thing we had to put in our drinks otherwise was Coffeemate whitener (aka "White Death") and I wasn't putting that anywhere near my Tweety mug. I guess the sales guys must have thought my milk was a free-for-all because it would be empty by the second day of the week...

    ...until I put a post-it note on the carton that said "BREAST MILK"...nobody touched it ever again.

    Disclaimer: Our office manager (FOF) buys us just about everything we could ever need from Costco -- I'm talking mouth wash, Tums, Aspirin, hand cream, candies, cookies, the works -- I'm betting the thief thinks FOF is picking up the tab on the "white firecrackers" also...I'll have to set her straight...*evil grin*

    Time until I'm back with my family: 5 hours, 9 minutes

    Laundry list: My Mom just called and said the washer broke...whoo-hoo, a field trip to the laundromat is imminent

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005
    Budgie Finds His Groove
    "Budgie, did you enjoy soccer?"

    "Soccer is my nemesis!" (yes, this came out of a 7 year old's mouth)

    Would you like to try hockey?



    "No way!"

    "Well, we're going to put you in Judo and you're going to try it for three months."

    "Fine, I'll try it."

    He loved it!!! He actually said, "well that was really fun!" right after we came out of the first class last night! Weeeeeee!

    I could tell that he was loving it because he was really trying...and they got to flip themselves backwards and do rolls and wrestle and holds...and he did it all...

    Now he claims he will be a five years...(well, are you gonna tell him it takes longer than that? I'm not ready to burst the balloon!)

    ***the only bad part of the evening came when some horrible little six-year-old ripped the glasses right off of Budgie's face and threw them on the floor...proving once again that stupid people shouldn't breed...

    ***oh yeah and I realized we are once again off-the-charts-busy every night of the week again this school year...must be September!

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005
    Admin Avenue's First Newsletter
    I sent out my first newsletter last night to SIX subscribers!!! Now, at least 3 of those emails are mine...but that means someone else is willing to try it out! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

    Oh, and I've had 6 visitors to the site today (not including me)....yaa traffic!

    Here's a link to the newsletter: Shorthand Sept. 05 - Premiere Issue

    Gosh, now I'm inspired to actually keep writing and building...wonder when I'll manage to get some work home and at my job!

    Monday, September 12, 2005
    I've finally crawled out from under a rock to post...
    I haven't had much time to post here lately, so I've managed to go 13 days without an entry. I've been trying to write for my website Administrative Avenue and have been having trouble even getting that done...I have so much to say and no idea how to say it. I have an entire outline of topics and keywords...I think I have waaaaay too much stuffed in my head right now.

    Maybe some other affiliate site owners can fill me in on the nightmares and the fact that I can think about my website all night! I sleep fitfully the whole night...gaa, I need some good sleep.

    I should be sending out my first newsletter tonight - - just to myself of course as I have no signups yet, but I figure if, in a couple of months, I have a few archived newsletters on the site, it'll help with the content and also encourage people to sign up for future newsletters once they read the old ones. (yes?)

    Also, I just put a new article on the site: Organizing Work With the "ABC Method". I'd love to hear comments on it and also have someone check it for spelling and grammar. I've been looking at it so long today that I couldn't spot a spelling error in the title!

    ham, SPAM, lamb and jam
    Sorry people. I've had to block anonymous users from commenting on my posts. I don't want the spammers, so you'll have to type in a word verification to post.

    I just posted an entry and had a comment from a spammer before I could even view the post for myself...gaa, they drive me nuts!

    She's also the baby of the family

    Marie recently found Anabella's old doll cradle in the closet and has made it her new daytime sleeping place.

    She just loves having her picture taken eh?

    Lots of Attitude in my Inbox

    Pizza Maria recently found a new place to "place" herself. She can just squeeze her extra-large cat body into my inbox...with no room to spare!