Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I'm Hot Sticky Sweet, From My Head To My Feet.

We have been having a bit of a heat wave. At least for us its been a heat wave. I kind of like it though. Sometimes I like to have a glow about me. I just don't want to be dripping.

Speaking of dripping, yesterday I took my new runners and my lumpy self and went for a run. I hate running with every fiber of my being. About 2 minutes into my run my side started to protest and then my hip. Its probably because I'm doing it wrong, but I still went anyway. Why? Because at the end of 1.5km (0.9 miles) is a tanning salon and I was going to reward myself with a healthy glow each time I run. I'm only doing this twice a week (if that, lets be real) just to build a base. You see I'm a little inept in the application of sunless tanner, and I can't reach my back. I just don't want to be the girl with the farmer tan in her swimsuit. Call me vain. I dare you. Its just I've been that girl for the last 8 years.

As I was running, pain aside, I was comfortable. I was thinking its not that hot out, I'm not even sweating. Then I walked into the salon. The water works began, the pen kept slipping from my hand and my form was wrinkled with moisture. Sick. Laying in a hot bed half naked didn't help either. With the lotion and the sweating I'm surprised I didn't fall out of the bed, but I did leave a milky white residue. I went to wipe it off with the complimentary towel but It was already dry. Double sick. I sure hope they clean between sessions. *shudder*

Needless to say I walked back.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Write Off

Today is sports day at school. Yesterday was year end class party. Tomorrow will be an organizational day. Thursday will be a half day and report cards. Other than the fun, what's really the point? This week (or practically the whole month of June) is a write off. In Canada we stay in for a whole month doing what? A whole lot of nothing. Sure there are a few things that need to be finished in some subjects and granted when my children are in the higher grades they will probably need the extra time to study and such, but until those higher grades are reached, I think the month of June is just around for Teachers to get their hours in. I have nothing against teachers (except the bad ones you can't fire) so please don't get me wrong. I just think that June should be a write off. Besides my son's class stopped listening 4 weeks ago.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Happy Birthday

I just realized today is exactly one year since I started my blog.

All For One Or A Free For All

I admit it. I have crossed over. I have crossed over to a side I said I would never be on. I remember when I was younger and people who were older would complain about how disrespectful and ignorant young people were. I remember thinking to myself "Self, when you get older, try very hard to remember what it was like when you were younger and cut the young ones some slack." I used to think that the problem was, that through the process of aging, people forget the trials and tribulations of youth. They look to the past through pink glass in all filtered and glowy.

But now being somewhat on the "other side" I see things a bit differently (a pyridine that is sure to evolve as time goes by). Yes I remember the less desirable happenings of my past. I remember some of the dilemmas and temptations and granted, youth do have it harder. Morals and ideals that were once valued and held in high esteem are now thought to be extreme and intolerant. But this is not what I am getting at or is it?

In my aged mind I remember be taught to wait my turn, to walk on the Right side of the hallway so that traffic may flow freely. I remember losing privileges for poor behavior. Now I'm sure you wondering what brought this on? Who peed in her cornflakes? (a term not looked upon with fondness by the generations preceding mine.)

At my son's school children shove and push like salmon swimming upstream, but the problem is it doesn't matter which direction you are going, some one is bound to be trampled. Unlucky for us it has happened to both my kids. Does the injury and crying change anything. No!

At Heritage Park, today was railway days. There is a popular ride called the puffer belly. Its a smaller version of a train that is driven a short ways around the park. We got our tickets and waited in line while other children climbed and shoved to get on. Of course my children were worried that they would miss their chance to ride. They still made it on. Do you think my audible comments about waiting our turn will change things? No!

As I look at these behaviors with disdain, my gut reaction is to say "kids these days are rotten." Sometimes I catch myself thinking it. But why are these young "wipper snappers" so bass? Well I have to say its because of us. My generation. At my sons school they aren't taught to walk on the right side of the hallway and at Heritage park I found it was the parents saying "get on quickly be for you miss you chance." and "I think its a first come first serve" or "you should just let them on." Way to undermine me in front of my children.

All I can say is I'm sad at the behavioral decay. Man am I getting old.

Kenyon's Confessional

Please welcome Kenyon to our happy blogging world. I have finally updated my side bar and he is now the mystery blog of the week. Should you have a particular song that you like let him know. He might take requests, after all it couldn't hurt to ask.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Will Ally Get Her Groove Back?

I was going to post last Friday but I was occupied and then I was going to do it Saturday but then my modem fried and we just got a new one hence the week without posting. Now everything I wanted to write seems pointless, irrelevant, and old. Now posting seems like a chore. I personally don't like chores, but I do them none the less. So here are some of the things that happened in the last week.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, I"M THIRTY THREE. I must say this was a harder bday for me then my 30th. Its like I'm officially in my mid thirties and I'm nowhere closer to being where I thought I was going to be when I was thirty. I threw myself a mini pity party and then put on a happy face because its my mom bday too.

E was saying family prayer and was going through his list of people to bless

E: "...Please bless S because he is my friend, Please bless D, and please bless me...Um Dad what do I say next?"
Mr. W: " Please bless me that I will get over my cold.

E: "please bless Dad that he will..."

Mr. W: "No buddy please bless you that you will get over your cold."

E: "OK, please bless me that...humph...what was it again?"

Mr.W: "That you will feel better."

E: "Please bless me that I will feel better, please bless dad and please bless mom...What's next dad?"

Mr. W: "What ever you want.."

E: "Ok , please bless mom if you want, in the name of Jesus Christ Amen."

I'm hoping God wants to bless me.

On Thursrday we were watching a tape of Billy Joel giving a symposium at a university. One of the questions the audience asked was "what was your inspiration for Miami 2017?" He was giving his answer and sitting down to play the song (aka the night the lights went out on Broadway) and as he was singing "the night the lights went out..." Our power went out. We thought that was pretty funny until we found out the reason the power went out.

Two people were leaving work and as they were going to their cars a freak accident (power lines dropping for no apparent reason) happened. The man covered his co-worker with his body. They both amazingly are going to live. But what are the odds?

It turns out the rain we had been having had seeped in to the transformer and caused the accident.

Why is it when you are to the breaking point and you finally humble yourself and in fitful sobs ask for help, when the help comes you feel like you don't really need it any more?

For Fathers' Day Mr. Wonderful got the flu, on Monday he gave it back.

Well that is all I have time to post stay tuned for my next installment.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Stork Cometh

Thank goodness Jenthemom posted about having her baby. It was so hard to keep the news in. I wanted to tell, but it wasn't my news to share. There is nothing worse than having a really good story to tell and while telling it you find out everyone else has already heard it. Ok almost nothing worse. Anyway congratulations to Jenthemom and baby David (oh yah and Chuck too, kidding, like I'd forget him)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

ABCs and 123s

About three years ago E got a plastic container full of foamy letters for the bathtub. My kids loved them and used to put them everywhere, a characteristic I found aggravating at first but be came useful. Mr. Wonderful and I would leave messages to one another in the shower. Sometimes the messages were a little racy, but it was just for us, our kids couldn't read. Well fast forward to today.

My husband left me a message in the shower yesterday. It was one of the mildly racy ones heehee. I didn't take it down because the thought never occurred to me to do so. Well just about 5 minutes ago D came running into the living room horrified. He was upset that someone would put the word "sexy" on the shower wall. He couldn't even say the word out loud. He had to mouth it. I'm sure he was picturing some random person or even a so called friend coming in and putting graffiti our wall. I explained to him that it was Daddy leaving me a message. He was not impressed and took it down himself because he felt "uncomfortable".

So kudos to the school for teaching him to read, but shame on us for not realizing it sooner. In my defense I wasn't the one who left the original message.

Monday, June 12, 2006

All The Pleasure Without the Guilt

This is one of the snacks that I enjoy most. Please note that this makes 7 servings each serving being 3/4 cup. The nutrition Breakdown is 148cals, carbs 14 g, protien 14 g, fat 3.3 g. It may seem like a lot of ingredients but its really simple and It tastes good. Thats what important about diet food. I got this from a Kinetix cookbook I bought.

Chocolate Mousse

1 1/2 cups 1% cottage cheese
1 cup dry curd cottage cheese
1/2 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup light cream cheese
2 tbsp light sour cream
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup splenda
1 package of fat free instant chocolate pudding
1 cup ultra low fat whipped topping


In a blender mix all ingredients except the pudding and whipped cream. Blend for about 4 minutes

Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the pudding and whipped cream. Mix with a wisk

Chill in fridge for 2 hours

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Teacher: "So Tommy, if you have seven candies, and I ask you for four, how many will you have left?"

Tommy: "Seven"

The Fitful Sleep Of The Dammed

I'm not gong to hell. The dammed that I speak of is like a block, a barrier or a stop of progression if you will. As I have said in a previous post, my husband and I, and subsequently our children, are in a bit of limbo with the progression of school. You see it has been the dream of my husband to be a teacher since his days in primary school. He would make a great teacher. What he lacks in academics he makes up for in partical ability and experience but Universities don't look at that. Don't get me wrong, he has passed his courses and has earned himself a degree in English, but he is not at the top of his class. How could he be? He is not a twenty year old with little responsibility. He is a father working two jobs, and still below the poverty line, to support his family so his wife can stay home with their two young boys. This year he applied under an alternate application process, that was developed to give those with "special circumstances" and "other qualifications" a chance, but Monday we received notice that he wasn't accepted for his first choice. He is presently being considered for his second and we will know soon if he will be accepted. We have yet to hear from the other institution of higher learning. This has caused me to loose a lot of sleep.

I have been escaping in television at night and this morning I woke up at THREE FREAKING THIRTY! As stressful as this circumstance is, it's not the only thing contributing to my insomnia. As some of you know I am the Enrichment Leader for our ward. It is my responsibility to plan events for our women's group where they can socialize and learn while enjoying the company of people of the same faith. This coming Tuesday is one of our quarterly activities. We are having a "trade show" of sorts to show how one can be active in the community and in our congregation. I was ok yesterday but as I went to sleep I started worrying about it again. Plus my house is a disaster and my weight loss plan has all but left the building so I feel guilt. What I want for my upcoming birthday is a good nights sleep and my husband to get into school. If he doesn't get in I don't know what I will do. This is his "last kick at the cat". His words not mine. It a figure of speech, at least I hope it is, otherwise we will be going to hell.

Monday, June 05, 2006

We Interupt This Regular Blogging To Bring You This.

My house is in need of serious dejunking, so while I do that I hope you will be satisfied with a few links. This one made my day about a week ago and I have been meaning to post it for sometime now.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Pajama Party, Marathons, and Toenails

Every so often my husband works on a Saturday evening leaving me all alone with my kids. Tonight is one of those nights. I don't usually get sad, but tonight I am a little. So to get my mind off of the fact my husband is not with me, my boys and I are going to have a PJ party. Actually we have already started. We've been in our Pjs since 5:30pm. We are going to have a Harry Potter Marathon and do our toenails. Ok maybe just E and I will do our nails, D has out grown that a bit. Who needs girls when I got my boys. Here is hoping I stay distracted.

Left Behind

Did the Rapture happen or do I just have bad timing? Why is every person I have called not home?

Thursday, June 01, 2006

I Can't Keep Her Together Captain

I don't know about you but from the blogs I have read lately there seems to be a majority feeling a bit out of control. Its like the God of Chaos seems to have a death grip on a lot of people. I'm not all about the doom and gloom, please don't get me wrong.It is just something I have observed. There seems to be an energy out there that has a hold on some people. Sleep patterns are changing, things are not getting done, others are avoiding problems hoping that they will go away, and the list goes on.

When you feel like things are beyond your control, what do you do? I personally tend to pull in ranks. I stop going out as much, or try too some things can't be avoided. I try to go to bed early or I stay up late getting lost in a TV show we all know which is better for me and which one add to the chaos. I stop trying to do everything. I let somethings slide. I admit it. I'm not as productive, but really who is?

I've been waking up at around 4:00 am for the last couple of days, and to get back to sleep I have been listening to what I lovingly call the crazies on Coast to Coast with George Noory. A half an hour of that and I'm ready to go back to sleep. Two nights (mornings) ago he had an astrologer on who said that the planets are aligning like they did 5 years ago and with that some of the same energies are coming. Now I don't believe a big hunk of rock floating around in a specific orbit is going to affect my mood or how things happen for me, but I do believe that through our own actions or inactions things keep coming back to us that we haven't learned from. I also believe that others actions or inactions have a cycle that can affect us as well.

So thinking about that I looked at where I was 5 years ago. The only thing that is the same is that we are still in Limbo with Mr. Wonderful's schooling. Maybe a lesson is to be learned here. It will take some evaluating. I may or maynot do that, but what I will do is the things I can control. I will go do a load of laundry, I will shower and I will take my library books back because they are overdue. I am not going to worry about mercury being in retrograde, or if Jupiter and Saturn are in opposition. I will try not to worry about Mr. Wonderful getting into school or if my Enrichment Night will actually be successful. That is easier said than done and hopefully like a rerun of Star Trek I won't get caught in the gravitational pull of one of those planets with "bad energy" and I will keep her together after all.