Showing posts from November, 2004

November 29th Post

Loving: That I'm not making Christmas Cards this year.
Wanting: Someone to wash my dishes forever.
Hating: How nice the weather is! Snow already!
Reading: Artemis Fowl, The Eternity Code


Well, last night was wonderful. We attended the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the Winspear Centre. It is very similar to the Jack Singer in Calgary, a bit more modern perhaps. The program was as follows:

La forza del destino: Overture

Piano Concerto in G Major
Adagio assai

Robert Silverman, Piano

Notturno in G-Flat, Op70, No. 1

Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op.90 "Italian"
Allegro vivace
Andante con moto
Con moto moderato
Saltarello: Presto

Now to show how bi-polar Russ and I can be...I enjoyed the first half of the program and Russ enjoyed the latter. How like us. Though we both agreed it was a wonderful evening and the music superb. I especially enjoyed the leadership of JoAnn Falletta who was the guest conductor. She has quite a resume; her masters and doctorate degrees from Juilliard School. She is currently the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and has over 25 classical titles to her credit. She had so much enthusia…

Advent Basket - A family tradition

Well, I've been working on our advent basket. We wrap up Christmas stories, movies, treats and activities in brown paper bags and wrapping paper. Each is numbered and opened on the corresponding day. We have most of the items already as we wrap up movies and books that we already have but haven't been read since the previous Christmas.
Book - A Child was BornChristmas CandyChristmas Craft - String garland for Christmas TreeChristmas Movie - Mickey's Twice Upon A ChristmasPut up the Christmas treeWrite letter to Santa and mail out Christmas packages and cardsBook - Get Well SantaChristmas Movie - The Santa ClauseChristmas CandyBook - MooseltoeDecorate Christmas cards for school friendsBook - The First NightChristmas Movie - Mickey's Special ChristmasChristmas treat and $20 to shop for Dad's Christmas giftBook - How the Grinch Stole ChristmasChristmas Movie - Santa Clause 2Christmas Playdough Go the Theatre and watch "Polar Express Movie" Christmas treatCook…

Crockpot Dessert

Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake
1/2 cup brown sugar3/4 cup water2 TBSP cocoa2 1/2 cups brownie mix (1 small box usually fits exactly)1 egg1/4 cup sour cream or peanut butter1 tablespoon soft margarine1/4 cup water1/4 cup milk chocolate chips (if desired)Combine 3/4 cup water, brown sugar and cocoa in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. In meantime combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together or mix well iwth spoon. Spread batter in lightly buttered crockpot. Pour boiling mixture over batter. Cover and cook on high 2 hours on low for 4. Turn heat off and let stand for about 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. The smell of this dish is too die for. Literally had a construction worker knock on the door to see if the smell was coming from our place and to get the recipe.

Married and Dating

My husband asked me out on a date.

He phoned me up and asked me out. It was very unlike him and needless to say I was surprised.

"What are you doing tomorrow night?" he asked.

"Probably watching a DVD with you." I responded.

"Do you want to go out on a date?" he asked and it sounded like he was nervous.

"Of course, who with?" I responded cheekily.

"Very funny. You get the babysitter. We will need someone from 7:00 - 11:00."

I made a phone call and hit pay dirt. You never know how hard getting a babysitter will be. It changes everytime. Sometimes you have to bargain with other parents, call in favors, take 17 no's and end up contemplating to ask the Bishop to bless your family by babysitting your kid. So it was surprising and satisfying to find someone on the first phone call. The Best Babysitter is coming tonight and as I write this, Keeks is practically begging us to leave right now and we are all in our pajamas still.

So, I then found ou…

The Very Big TV


The saga of the TV. We were thrilled on Monday night when our new, widescreen HDTV arrived. It looked huge to us, compared to our 18 year old 27 inch television. We worked like worker ants to make space for this new TV, moving our TV stand, pulling books off shelves, cutting holes in the back of bookcases in preparation for success. Russ spent an hour working with cords, hacking from dust and creating the exact set up for his theatre. We sat excitedly on the couch looking at our beautiful widescreen 40 inch screen and then pressed the power button.


"Maybe you hooked it up wrong?" I stated helpfully.

Russ silent. Moves to the back of the electronics and scratches his head. Finds an error and corrects it. Comes back to the sofa and presses power expectantly.


"Shouldn't we see words or something. Like a notation that we are on the right channel? Like how hard can it be? We did everthing right, didn't we?" I ask leadingly. He reads right …

The Absurdly Adorable Report Card

On Friday, Kia got her first report card. First, let me say I was and continue to be, unprepared and perplexed by this event. Kia got a report card. It's so absurdly adorable. The report card is broken down into 6 areas of distinction. Allow me to paraphrase a few of the comments in each:
English Language Arts ~ Where she is developing print awareness and her printing of various words is even recognizable. She enjoys being in front of the class but requires guided questions when public speaking. She loves books, poems and listens attentively. Mathematics ~ She is developing counting skills. She enjoys measurment activities using non standard units. She is developing the ability to recognize and extend simple patterns. She has a knack for construction and graph work and is often found sorting various objects in creative groups.Community and Environmental Awareness (the Kindergarten way of saying Social Studies and Science) ~ Kia recognizes seasonal changes and uses her senses to exp…

Sick Husbands and PPI's

Russ has been sick since we returned from vacation. He wasn't back for more than 48 hours when the symptoms started manifesting themselves. I think he has realized that he can no longer push through the aches and pains, and expect his cold to go away. He has to stop. He must rest. So our last weekend was spent at home with Russ resting and it seems this weekend will be much the same.

Kia has been having her personal performance interviews at her two schools. Kia attends a special program every Thursday afternoon at the GlenRose Rehabilitation Center. It is called the LSSHI - Language Speech Services for the Hearing Impaired. It is a class of 6 children who all have a wide range of hearing loss. All the kids wear hearing aids and that fact alone unites them and sends a valuable message to Kia - she realized that she is not alone. Kia also attends speech therapy at the GlenRose on Tuesday mornings.

The PPI was a real valuable tool. We addressed concerns, talked about Kia's stren…

Tales of a Discovery Channel Junkie

I'm addicted to the Discovery Channels series about Mt. Everest. I'm literally losing hours of sleep to this program. I just d0n't know what drives these people to climb this mountain and put themselves in such peril and who knows why I find it so compelling!?

I'm reminded of what a team sport it is. How necessary a leader is. The importance of the sherpas. The strength of a slim line of rope and the importance of clipping onto the correct rope. Can you tell I'm trying to glean as much knowledge about mountain climbing from observance rather than participation. There is for sure a lesson to be learnt from it...but I'd rather learn it from my couch than the barren rocks of Everest.

Yet on top of all this team reliance there exists this personal struggle. The fact that each member must individually climb this mountain and risk their life and limb for the bragging rights.

There was an interesting dynamic on the last episode. There are multiple climbing teams on the m…

Birthday Party Report

Well, the birthday party was a happy success. Six girls in pretty dressup gowns, being called princesses for two hours, is hard to beat. The flat was sparkling. Candles, and white lights lite the whole house, there was a fire crackling in the fireplace and the place really felt great. The table was set and ready for a princess tea party and the puppet theatre was set up in the hallway.

Kia was thrilled. About the lights. The princess tea party. Her dress and the arrival of her "princess" friends. She hedged between the Mulan dress and the Cinderella dress, but soon decided the Cinderella dress would be more appropriate as it had more sparkle.

We announced the arrival of each princess and soon were dancing and playing a game called Sleeping Beauty Spell. They all danced until an image of Millificent appeared. Then they would have to fall fast asleep until the fairy Merryweather would awaken them. Afterwards they would continue to dance until it happened all over again. Until …

Pre-Party Ponderings and a Vacuum

Tomorrow is the postponed birthday party for Keeks. That came fast! I'm so not ready.

I have been rearranging the house all day trying to create about 500 more square feet in our tiny 1200 square foot flat. Ya, it's not working. But I did create a kind of runway effect which I'm sure will be the start of something loud. I haven't even taken the time to figure out the timetable of the birthday...which is very unlike me. So I'm going to be flying without a net. Should be exhausting.

Besides rearranging furniture and doing laundry, the day has also been spent using my new vacuum. 7 years of marriage and he buys me a vacuum. Hands off Ladies, this fella is all mine. Sad thing is I really love it. It is one of the bagless, hepa filter numbers and it sounds like a jet engine when ya turn the thing on. The results of this noisy wonder are disgusting. Don't get me wrong - it works wonderfully. But it makes me think we are slobs. Like I've never vacuumed before. And I…

The Spectacular Vacation

Oh, it was pure bliss. Our rental for the week was lovely. Open and comfortable. With a deep bath that you could sit chin deep in, and a soft bed you could sink deep in and breath in the wonderful scents of cedar that wafted through the bedroom. We walked every day. Snow fell deep on Tuesday and we still walked. Well, how else would we get to the hot springs?

It was a wonderful source of reflection. We celebrated and honoured our seven years of marriage. We talked about our future and enjoyed our present. I felt loved and alive. I felt like I could happily stay in that little corner of the world with nothing else to do but love my family.

Kia was given daily assignments to maintain her learning. She would sit for hours searching her dictionary and practicing her letters. Russ and I were both pleased with her determination. Kia loved being in Panorama. She loved our cabin and especially adored the twenty five stairs (damn our one story flat). Her enthusiasm on our long, often slippery wa…