I light a fire in your new shoes *

Things have been pretty busy around here. I have been working a lot, which is good, and Jordan has been on holidays. Now that Christmas is only around the corner, work is getting really busy. We’ll be spending Christmas Day at my mom’s, like usual, with family. And then the following week Jordan and I will be leaving for New Brunswick to spend the first week of January with his family.

And in February — Jamaica! Yes, that’s right, the Caribbean! Very excited to be visiting Montego Bay.

Celebrity sighting: Avril Lavigne came through my line at work yesterday, which was cool. She wore huge black sunglasses that covered half her face but we could tell who it was, especially by her voice and her mouth. She was with a tall guy with dark hair, which my sister thinks could have been Brody Jenner, but as I have no idea who that is, I can’t confirm it. I cannot for the life of me recall what she purchased, but she spent just over $18 USD. I bought the $20 USD she paid with! However, I’ll be spending it in Jamaica. 😉

Last but not least, Keesje is 12 weeks 2 days pregnant. 🙂 Due in July!

Back to the grind

I’m back from Europe and it was a great vacation! I had a lot of fun traveling with Jordan and there are so many photos to go through before I can post any. I kept a journal and I’ll post that here as well when I have time. Back to work tomorrow, Monday to Friday, so maybe Saturday I can do some organization. Lots of laundry to do right now, and of course, lots of unpacking! 🙂

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!

And I’d wish on a star, that somewhere you are thinking of me too *

Feels like it’s been a very long day. Jordan left early this morning for work, while it was pouring rain. He did a 13 km march, in the pouring rain. And then came home at lunch time, soaking wet. I made him some Red River and hot jasmine tea for lunch and then helped him pack his UAB (unaccompanied baggage) for his deployment in May. We found out his transfer didn’t go through, which means he can try again next year. But it also means that when the end of May rolls around he’ll be leaving me for six months. And we haven’t even been married a year! He missed our 6 month wedding anniversary (and 4 year mark) due to being in Haiti; he’ll miss my birthday; and he’ll miss our first year wedding anniversary. So depressing. But in the middle of all this, we’ll get to take a lovely vacation together, which is the only thing that makes any six-month or longer deployment worthwhile.

Anyway, I went to work in the afternoon and finished at 9:15 pm. The store was pretty slow and I didn’t have much to do. Came home and made a yummy grilled cheese sandwich for a late dinner. I didn’t do a lot today but it still feels like the day dragged on, especially while at work. I’ll be working all weekend so no big plans.

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!