Like the inside of a rose *

I realize I haven’t written since the beginning of July when my nephew was born. He’s just over four weeks old now and both mother and baby are doing very well. I can’t get enough of just holding him and watching his facial expressions. He makes the funniest faces!

I never even mentioned my birthday last month. I’m 29 now, which is scary. A few friends and family members went out to dinner at The Copper Penny with Jordan and I. The food was great, like usual, and I had a free dessert.


Free birthday dessert


In other news, our Corolla is gone and we just have the truck now. Jordan wrecked the back-end of the car and bent the frame backing into a ditch. And he’ll be deploying in a few weeks. We’re not sure yet how long he will be away for.

August 1st marked our two-year wedding anniversary. 🙂

Raise your glass *

Okay I know I still haven’t finished my posts about our trip to Europe from October, but I have been busy! I do plan on finishing the posts. 🙂 I also have a ton of photos from Jamaica that I would like to post as well. Jamaica was great! However, I never expected to go to the Caribbean and feel cold. Most of the days I wore long-sleeves because the breeze made me shiver and I was constantly covered in goose bumps. There was a bit of rain off and on throughout the beginning of the week we were there, but the last two days were absolutely beautiful and hot! So stay tuned for some upcoming travel posts…


Gift basket from Nancy & George


This weekend my good friend Nancy and her boyfriend George drove up for a visit. I hadn’t seem them since our wedding in August 2009. They arrived Saturday around lunch-time and we ended up spending the afternoon at the mall shopping. Poor George was so bored but Nancy and I really like to shop together! Then we went out for a quick bite to eat at Quizno’s. After eating we picked up my sister and came back to the house to hang out and snack on veggies with dip and crackers and cheese. While the boys played “Halo: Reach”, we baked a batch of Skor cookies. And then we sat down to eat the country chicken stew I had thrown into the slow cooker that morning.


Skor cookies

Moose steak

Candle holder from Bath & Body Works


On Sunday, we exchanged something at the mall and then headed downtown. We were lucky to have such nice weather this weekend. The sun was out and although the air was crisp, it definitely felt like spring was on its way. Found some used movies at “Chumleigh’s”. Drank green tea and a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. And then back home. I started to prepare shepherd’s pie for dinner while Jordan pan-fried a moose steak for him and George to sample. Both boys said the meat turned out good but I wouldn’t try it. Our guests had to leave early so they missed dinner, but it was great to have them here even for only 2 days. 🙂


Goodies from the gift basket

Alcoholic goodies

Except for the body scrub, another gift from Nancy!


Now, on Friday I had a bit of an incident. Initially I was not supposed to work that day but the schedule was changed while I was in Jamaica and I came home to discover that instead of a four-day weekend, I now had only three days. I had planned to clean, grocery shop, and bake that day. Instead I had to rush-clean Thursday night after work, didn’t bake anything, and then Friday morning I drove out to No Frills for groceries. I had to get home, dump the groceries, and then go to work. However, on my way back from the grocery store I was coming around a corner from one busy road to another with two lanes of turning traffic when all of a sudden the “check gauges” light dings on the truck dash, the vehicle shuts itself down, and the power-steering fails! I couldn’t keep the wheel turning because power-steering died (God knows I tried), I didn’t know what was going on, and I almost crashed into the vehicle turning beside me. That person must have saw me veering because he sped up and instead I ended up in a snow bank. Luckily I didn’t hit anyone or hurt the truck or myself! I sat there while traffic surged around me, in a panic and not knowing what to do! It took me two tries to call Jordan’s cell phone because I couldn’t remember the number (shock) and when I did get a hold of him, he said he’d be there in 20 minutes to tow me. I was afraid of getting hit by turning traffic since my truck wasn’t off the road enough. I texted my friend Stacey just so I could talk to someone while I waited, to calm myself down, and she said that she was right around the corner with her husband. So they came to my rescue! Her husband, Chris, works on cars so he got the truck going again and pulled it into a parking lot. I was so thankful! He looked under the hood and figured it was the Electronic Throttle Control that had failed, which also caused the power-steering to fail temporarily. There also happened to be an issue with the EGR valve. My poor truck! Once Jordan and a friend from his work arrived, we took the truck into the shop and spent almost $400 fixing the damn thing. 🙁 After all that, I wasn’t even late for work!

Gasoline, I defy thee!

Let’s see. On Sunday I worked until 6:30, which is an hour later than usual for that day of the week. Reason being “Friends & Family” night at work. When I got home, Jordan barbecued hamburgers for dinner. I love hamburgers. I could eat one every day as long as it was cooked on the BBQ.


A yummy hamburger


I found out that my darling husband crashed his motorcycle somewhere in town and gasoline spilled all over his clothing. He is okay, except for a nice scrape on his knee. We tried washing his clothes and jacket once on Sunday and twice Monday during the day, but they still came out of the wash smelling like gas. I decided to air the clothes outside on the line for awhile to see if that would lessen the stink, which it did somewhat. Did a bit of Googling and discovered that baby oil or Coca Cola gets out gas stains/smells, or white vinegar.

Tried the vinegar; didn’t work. Went out to a grocery store with Jordan and we picked up a bottle of Johnson’s baby oil, hit up Costco for some groceries, and came home to try again. One wash with the baby oil, and the smell is gone! Excellent.


Five lovely new books


While at Costco I bought some new books! They were ten or eleven dollars each, which is quite cheap for a lovely trade paperback book. I’m so excited to start reading!

Black fly in a whiskey bottle *

Two more days until we go shopping for a wedding dress. So many things have happened that it looked like we may not even be able to go, but the trip is on! My friend was in a car accident last week and wrecked her van, my maid of honour found out she has to work, and my mom didn’t want to drive to the States; luckily Kendra has another vehicle that her husband usually drives to work that we are going to use. I really didn’t want to cancel.

Between Keesje, my dad, and I, we have compiled a pretty good list of music to play at the reception. It may seem early to do that, but it’s fun. We will definitely have some pruning to do, but we need to make sure there is enough music for two or 3 hours.

I know what I’m doing for the head table centerpieces. I need some ideas for the rest of the tables, though. Something that isn’t going to cost a lot of money. I’m also trying to find a website to order favour tags from, that is affordable, has a variety of styles and colours to choose from, and ships to Canada without an exorbitant shipping fee.