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Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Farewell 2008

Where did the year go?
It's hard to believe 2008 has come to an end.

Are you all ready for a fresh start in 09?
I know I sure am... I have some wonderful dreams and wishes for the new year ahead.

What are you wishing for 2009?

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Monday, 29 December 2008

Weekend Update

Happy Monday! I had a wonderful Christmas and a lovely, relaxing weekend .
A few weekend highlights:

Had a delicious family dinner at my parents house Friday night -- homefries and hot turkey sandwiches, a Boxing Day tradition.

Lets see, what else happened this weekend...

Saturday, hubby got up early and headed out to the Future Shop to purchase a new laptop for our son -- got a great deal on one which was a bonus! He also bought me a new graphics tablet and some ram for my computer... gotta love boxing day sales.

{small amount of snow fell Saturday evening}

Sunday we got up early and went to the used record store. Hubby got Alice Cooper Goes to Hell, News of the World - Queen, and About Face - David Gilmour. We spent most of the afternoon relaxing at home listening to his new tunes, then headed out for spaghetti at his parents house.

And that's about it..
.. how was your weekend?
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Friday, 26 December 2008

Friday Fill-Ins #104

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1. I must visit the Amalfi Coast, Italy before I die.

2. You can't stop loving or wanting to love because when its right, it's the best thing in the world. When you're in a relationship and it's good, even if nothing else in your life is right, you feel like your whole world is complete. -- Keith Sweat

3. I wish I never had to buy another car again.

4. My husband has helped me change my life.

5. I know the song Rappers Delight (Sugarhill Gang) by heart.

6. If I weren't so afraid, I would would love to sing (rap) it before a live audience.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing at home with the family, tomorrow my plans include boxing day sales and Sunday, I want to go to the used record store to buy some vinyl for the collection!

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season!

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Wednesday, 24 December 2008

T'was the Night Before Christmas...

when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...

{Wordless #23}

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Wishing you all a safe and lovely holiday! I will try to pop in before the new year but will be back full swing in 2009.

See you all soon xxoo
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Thursday, 18 December 2008

Friday Fill-Ins #103

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1. Said the night wind to the little lamb,
Do you see what I see?

Way up in the sky, little lamb,

Do you see what I see?

A star, a star

Dancing in the night,

With a tail as big as a kite.

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy...

2. The first Noel, the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay.

In fields where they lay (tending? or keeping?) their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

3. Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere.

4. It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold.
Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King
The world in (don't know this part)
To hear the angles sing.

5. Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light.

6. And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing, right within your heart.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to attending a holiday dinner theater with hubby, tomorrow my plans include lobster at my mom and dad's house with the family (mmmmm!) and Sunday, I want to relax at home and perhaps do some baking!

Thanks for the lift-up with these Fill Ins this week Janet. I love Christmas carols!

Love and joy come to you all this weekend :)
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Off Track

Almost an entire week has flown by and I haven't made one single post.

I'm sitting here at my desk surrounded by piles of so much clutter and a "to do" list that goes on forever. So much to do before Christmas, but I can't seem to get on track. My head has been wandering off again. Where is it, you ask? Well I'm not quite sure but I hope it hurries back... I need it!
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Friday, 12 December 2008

Friday Fill-Ins #102

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1. Friends are there to help each other when one is feeling blue.

2. Good health; it's
taking care of your body as well as your mind.

(All right, Mr. DeMille,) I'm ready for my close-up. - Sunset Boulevard

4. Eucalyptus is one of my favorite perfumes or aftershaves or smells.

5. The oldest ornament I have is a cross handed down to my husband from his grandma.

6. Take some butter, flour, sugar and a pinch of salt, mix it all together and you have a tasty shortbread.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing my Holiday shopping, tomorrow my plans include more shopping, house cleaning and decorating and Sunday, I want to go to hubbies uncle and aunties for a potluck on the farm!

That's a warp for this week my friends, see you Monday xxoo
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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Toronto Trip (Day 2 & 3)

Alarm went off at 6.00am and everyone was up getting ready for a big day of shopping at the Eaton Centre. The 1 km walk took about 15 minutes in the freezing cold temperatures... -17 degrees Celsius with the wind chill, BRRRR! All with our own agendas, we pick a time to meet up for lunch, then all 9 of us went off in our own directions. This mall is so large - much bigger than any shopping centre we have here in Halifax. I walked and shopped until my legs burned and our bags got too heavy to carry.

Around 7:00 pm, we headed back to the hotel to drop off our bags, freshened up a bit and headed out for dinner. We ate at a pub a few blocks away from our hotel called The Fox and Firkin. The food was great, the atmosphere was warm and the staff were all so friendly. It was just what we needed after a very long and busy day shopping.

Day 3 were were up at the ass crack of dawn again! After a hot buffet breakfast at the Golden Griddle, we took the subway to the YorkdaIe Mall for another shopping trip. We had had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe, got on the wrong train on our way back and ended up backtracking a bit but we made it back safe and sound around 5:00ish, just in time to walk down to the Eaton Centre for more shopping before the mall closed. Bed was a welcome sight that night, my feet were hurting and every muscle in my body hurt - who knew a couple days of shopping with do this much damage to the body? We were up early the next morning and off the the airport for 5:00AM for an early flight home. This time I didn't bother with the Ativan and managed to calm myself just by using EFT.

And this concludes my weekend in The Big Smoke... Read about
(Day 1)

Ps. This is my 200th post.... Yay!

Monday, 8 December 2008

Toronto Trip (Day 1)

It's been over a week since my last post. Unfortunately, life has been a bit crazy this past week. Between preparations for a mini-trip to Toronto and trying to deal with my anxieties over flying, blogging has been low on my list of priorities. There was one point last week where I was sure I was going to have to cancel the trip because of my fear of flying, but I managed to suck it up and headed off into the wild blue yonder. Now that I'm back home safe and sound, I thought I'd take a few moments to tell you all a bit about my adventures in Toronto with some of my family and friends.

This year for my sister in-law's 40th birthday, we all decided to go on a shopping trip to TO, and headed out on Wednesday morning for an extra long weekend. The flight up wasn't all bad - my doctor had prescribed Ativan which took the edge off the horrid anxiety attacks I was experiencing, so between that and a relaxation technique called Emotional Freedom Technique, the flight up was tolerable.

We were in the city by 10:30, so we checked in and headed to the CN Tower, located at Toronto's waterfront. Heights, another one of my phobias, was conquered when we road the glass elevators to the top - 113 stories - 342m. I did experience a bit of vertigo looking down, but the views were breathtakingly beautiful over looking the city and Lake Ontario. After the CN Tower we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the theater, we had tickets to see Dirty Dancing at the Royal Alexandra Theater. We had dinner pre-show at a nice restaurant called Alice Fazoolie's, great food but not recommended if you are in a hurry - the wait staff was slow taking our orders and the food took forever. Luckily, the theatre was only a block away and we managed to make it ten minutes before the show started.

"Nobody puts baby in a corner"- This show was AMAZING! Dirty Dancing is one of my very favorite movies ... I can watch this movie over and over and never get tired of it. Ashley Leggat, best known as Casey McDonald from the TV show Life with Derek, and Marcia from Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen, played Baby --She was fabulous along with all the other cast members. If your in Toronto in the near future, I recommend you get tickets to the show.

After the theatre, we had an enjoyable trip back to the hotel via cab with a friendly and funny driver. Overall, it was a fantastic day despite all the panic attacks and anxiety. And that concludes Day 1... stay tuned for Day 2 & 3.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Hello everyone!

I just returned from an extended weekend getaway in Toronto. I will post all about my adventure tomorrow after I catch up on some Z's.

Until then...
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