Don’t stop, just take it to the limit *

I haven’t been doing much other than working in the three weeks my darling husband has been deployed. I hear from him often, whether he’s waking me up at 7:30 in the morning to talk on the phone, or through constant emails. I miss him, but I know it’s only 6 months, and we have done this before.

I’ve been keeping myself busy with cross-stitching a baby gift for a friend, reading lots and lots of books (got to get in those book purchases before HST kicks in), and planning our trip to Europe. Jordan will be given some leave and the military will reimburse us for the cost of our travel expenses up to $2200. So I have been planning and writing itineraries and searching Trip Advisor for all kinds of information. That is the website I used to plan our 2008 Thailand trip, and I’ll be using it again this year.

As for the house, nothing has gone wrong yet. My sister and her boyfriend helped me to clean the pool. The weather hasn’t been that warm for June so we haven’t gone swimming yet.

At Stacey's bridal shower in June

Stacey’s bridal shower took place on June 13th. The ladies from work came out to Erin’s apartment and we ate yummy potluck food, dressed Stacey up in a toilet paper wedding gown, played some memory games (which I am terrible at), and chatted. It was a lot of fun to hang out with everyone outside of work!

Amy’s bridal shower was on May 15th, which I forgot to post about, so here is a picture:

At Amy's bridal shower in May

Of course, what is a bridal shower without lots of toilet paper, stickers, pipe cleaners, and tissue paper?!

Your love is my drug *

Just about all my flowers are dead. The lilac bloomed for a couple days, then died. Everywhere else has TONS of lilac, but noooooooo mine are gone already. My tulips have been destroyed by a huge weed that grew right up the middle of the plant. The phlox still looks pretty, and my lilies are getting taller but no blooms yet. My garden looks like crap already. Weeds are everywhere and I really don’t feel like doing anything about it anymore.

Jordan has been gone since Sunday. I miss him like crazy. I’ve been working a lot, but on my days off I don’t know what to do with myself. Six months to go…

Today Stacey, from work, came over and hung out with me today. We’re both the “quiet” girls, but we ended up talking for five hours and didn’t notice the time until it was 8 pm. We watched the movie “Post Grad” with Alexis Bledel; both of us liked it. I barbecued hamburgers for dinner and we ate outside at the patio table. It was a very nice day and I’m glad we got to spend some time together. It’s very rare for the two of us to have the same day off.

I cannot believe May is just about done. Less than two months to the Two Weddings. I still need my dress altered. Stacey’s shower is in a couple weeks. Then Amy’s bachelorette at the end of the month. And my youngest sister’s high school graduation. June is going to be a busy month, I think!

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday turned out to be quite a nice day, if a little cooler than the previous days. I wore my white Garage skirt to church in the morning. Jordan’s mother dressed up too. However by the time we got home our legs were freezing so we changed back into pants. Everyone helped to clean up the house while Charlene made corn bread and I made hashbrown casserole. Jordan decided he wanted to make home-made croutons for the Caesar salad, and they turned out yummy.

Home-made corn bread

My family started arriving around 2 pm. My mom brought lots of food: sliced turkey, mashed garlic potatoes, candied carrots, green beans almondine, mashed maple sweet potatoes, corn, home-made cranberry stuffing and cranberry sauce, and fresh gravy. We stuffed ourselves to the max, and then after hanging out on the patio for a couple hours, ate the desserts I prepared: vanilla pound cake, banana bread, and blueberry cheesecake. One of my sisters made cinnamon buns which were very popular. Mmmm. The food was wonderful!

My mom and I on Easter Sunday

My dad had to leave early, but everyone else left before five. Jordan’s parents decided that since they had everything packed already, that they would leave that day instead of early Monday morning. So we said goodbye to his parents and brother, who came up on the bus, and then had a nice evening to ourselves. It was quite hectic with all of us in one house, especially sharing one bathroom, but we managed and it was a pleasant visit. 🙂

My husband and I in our kitchen

The in-laws have come to town

So far we’ve had beautiful weather for Easter weekend! I truly hope that spring is here to stay, because it’s lovely to be able to wear flip-flops and shorts finally. I shaved my legs this morning in anticipation of skirt-wearing!

My husband’s parents drove down from New Brunswick and arrived Tuesday night. The next two days Jordan and I both had to work, so I’m not sure what they did to occupy themselves. After work on Thursday, I came home and made venison enchiladas, which turned out great. We sat around and chatted for the rest of the evening, after clean-up.

Friday morning everyone got up late. I made ham and potato soup for lunch, and then we got the bicycles ready and drove down to a park where there are trails. We spent almost two hours out riding and enjoying the sunshine. When we came back to the house, his mom wanted to weed the garden (no complaints there!) and I baked banana bread. For dinner Jordan barbecued chicken and sausages while I made egg-fried rice; we had a yummy dinner. After eating, his mother and I sat down to watch a movie while Jordan, his dad, and his brother worked on putting in a shelf and bar in the upstairs closet. Early to bed.

Muffin goes for a bike ride!

Saturday morning I was up early. I already had plans to go to Belleville with Pam and Laura to purchase bridesmaid shoes. The drive there was uneventful; traffic not very heavy. We were in the bridal store for maybe 15 minutes trying on and purchasing shoes. They’re going to be dyed to match our dresses. After that we picked up items for Amy’s bachelorette party at a naughty store. 😉 A quick stop at Tim Horton’s for a snack, and we were on our way home. I got in around 3:30 pm, so it was quite a long day.

Now his parents have gone down to the waterfront for a walk and Jordan’s out dirt biking with some friends. I’ve made a cheesecake and pound cake, desserts for tomorrow’s Easter dinner. We’ll have about 12 people piled into the house. Should be interesting!

Beer and vodka

I came home from work Sunday evening, after having stopped to pick up ham and potatoes to make soup, only to receive a phone call from Jordan that we were invited over to Reg & Michelle’s for dinner. He was already over there, so he sent Michelle back to our place, in his car, to pick me up. Once we got there, it was obvious the guys had already been drinking while bringing in chopped wood from outside. Michelle and I went inside and watched some television. We don’t have cable at home so it was great to watch some good old TV! Reg barbecued steaks, and a pork chop for me, and we also had potatoes and mushrooms. Dinner was really good. Jordan scarfed down everything on his plate and more, plus some of my chop. Meanwhile, the guys are still drinking beer.

After clearing up dinner, Michelle and I went back to the living room. Their house is huge and the small living room was nice and cozy with a fire lit. She has two cats; one of them was a suck and kept rubbing her face on my feet so I would pet her! The guys disappeared downstairs, and after awhile we got suspicious and went to spy on them. haha They were drunk out of their minds — or at least my darling husband was — and doing shots. Beer and liquor? Uh oh. Didn’t turn out so well. My lovely husband threw up on himself, and it was a chore getting him into his shoes and into the backseat of the car — with a warning that if he threw up in his car, he would be the one cleaning it. 🙂 Michelle gave me some plastic bags, just in case. Now, it started raining and I had no idea how to get home since I’d only visited their house once before. They gave me directions, but I’m hopeless with remembering when to turn left at this stop sign, etc, so miraculously Jordan guided us home. At one point I had to stop the car because he did indeed get sick in the plastic bags and he was trying to get out of the car to throw them away! Boys are so idiotic when they are drunk.

I was quite upset with him, but he was so pitiful-looking and he couldn’t stand by himself without falling over, that I couldn’t be mad anymore and helped him. I ended up having to hold him steady while he puked his guts out until almost midnight, feeding him glasses of water in between episodes. I’m surprized I didn’t get sick being in the same bathroom! Finally got him to bed, with a bowl beside him, and he passed out until around 7 am Monday morning. Luckily for him, he didn’t have to work, cuz he jumped out of bed and raced to the bathroom. I think he finally stopped throwing up and keeping food in his stomach around 4 pm. That was quite a hang-over!

Needless to say, he couldn’t remember the drive home, or how he even directed us home. I told him all the silly things he did that night, like trying to put on shoes that weren’t his, almost falling down the stairs to the garage, hugging Reg before leaving, trying to get out of the car while it was moving, almost falling into the ditch on the side of the road, and he apologized. I do hope he doesn’t drink like that again; normally it’s only a couple beers, but they got a little out of hand that night.

That evening, once he was feeling better, he put up floating shelves in the living room for me and helped to replace the ugly lace curtains in the bathroom (they were covering a closet). Since we moved into this house in July, I’ve been trying to get him to put up my shelves, so I’m happy he finally did it. Part of me wonders if it was because of the whole drinking episode? Ah well, they’re up and they look great!