Tuesday, May 31, 2011


So, the other day I ranted about the crazy bicyclists that seem to have a death wish.

Today I noticed someone speeding along in the bike lane. Driving their motorized wheelchair at a pretty speedy clip. If I hadn't been driving I would have tried to take his picture. Alas, I don't have a death wish so I can't show you photographic evidence. All I can think is, wow!

Maybe that is what happens to the bicyclists that are severely injured? They try and finish the job?

Monday, May 30, 2011

I ♥ my Kindle

I never thought electronic books, like the Kindle would work for me. I love to read. Finally, when our bookshelves began overflowing - again - I decided to try one. After some research I settled on the Kindle. The type looks just like a book and the pages flip quickly.

And I love it!

I can still buy books by my favourite authors - and they're cheaper! I have also discovered a plethora of free books! I follow Pixel of Ink on Facebook and they give me a list of free books each day! Very cool.

The only drawback is that you can't borrow library books on the Kindle. But, apparently that will change by the end of the year. We bought hubby one after I fell in love with mine. We can actually read the same book at the same time now - and only pay for one copy of the book!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bicycle season

Now that the weather is warmer, the bicyclists are out in force. I have no problem with bicycles. I don't even mind if they drive on the sidewalk. Even though that is technically illegal. What I do have a problem with is that they pick and choose which rules to follow.

Stop sign?
75% of the cyclists I see don't stop at the stop sign. If you're riding on the road you have to follow the rules of the road.

Red light?
Far too frequently I see bicyclists blast through the red light. Apparently the law doesn't apply to them.

I'm also concerned about all the cyclists that drive up in their own make-believe lane while people are stopped. I've seen far too many cyclists almost get hit because somebody tries to make a right hand turn and - oops! Bicyclist appears from behind a line of 10 cars or so.

Safety first, people. Especially when you're the one that is going to get hurt. My rant is over. Don't forget to watch out for bicyclists whenever you're out driving. Especially if you're in my neighborhood. They're crazy!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Excuse #6893.

"I can't remember much. I've got a small head"
The kid's excuse for why she can't remember anything. Like where she put her stuff.

Friday, May 27, 2011

What do they teach at this school?

I was in shock when I looked at the kid's list of spelling words this week.

Word #2 looks a lot like beer to me. I know her penmanship sucks but I couldn't imagine what else it could say. Neither could hubby. Although, I have to admit that we didn't think about it too long before we asked her - "what in the world is this word?" Maybe 30-seconds.

The word is "been". And both parents were relieved. Although the kid is going to be spending a lot of time practicing neat printing.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Future doctor?

It seems the kid really, really needs to work on her penmanship.This little note was written in her agenda this week. What do you think it says?

Apparently it says "Jump rope for heart tomorrow". Guess who is going to be practicing her printing?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Really? And she's 6!

I'm getting more and more worried about what will happen when the kid turns 16. She's already trouble.

Everyday we are supposed to sign her school agenda. It's our way of communicating with the teacher. Today I opened it up to sign - and discovered this...

 Yes. The kid tried to forge my signature. Sadly, it seems she can sign the first half okay. I asked her what it was on Wednesday. She got a sheepish grin and told me she was trying to sign for me. We are going to have to watch her very carefully.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Best. Joke. Ever.

My parents have a Soft Coated Wheaton Terrior. Webster is a sweet, albeit somewhat stupid and untrainable, dog.

The kid as a bit of a love-hate relationship with him. Sometimes she loves him and sometimes she is terrified of him. Mainly because he likes to jump. And lick. And doesn't behave very well so he has a shock collar. But, I digress.

The kid told my mom that she thinks Webster is a "Golden Reacher". Apparently that is the best joke ever because my mom - not my 6-year-old - likes to repeat that one over and over again.

I though my sister would appreciate this post. In honour of her weekend at the lake with the parents. :D

Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Victoria Day

Is your kid driving you batty? Because mine sure is.

Try and guess who made the following comments - me or her.

"Take your time. Just cut in a straight line"
"Pick up those little pieces of paper you're dropping all over the floor"
"Stop slamming the door"
"I think you forgot something - like lunch."

Yeah, I said the first three. She said the last one. GRRRR. ARGHHH!

Tuesday can't come quickly enough.

Incidentally the lunch comment happened at 12:30 while I was in the kitchen making lunch. WTF?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Funny movie

My friend and I went to see Bridesmaids on Friday night.

Oh. My. Goodness. That was hilarious. Definetely the same vein as The Hangover. Which I also laughed throughout. A total non-chick, chick movie.

The whole cast was great but Melissa McCarthy (from Mike & Molly and Gilmore Girls) was awesome!

I laughed so hard I snorted. So, it must have been funny! And by the way, I totally want to sneak into Bootcamp now!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pissed off

Free to any home - good or bad, at this point I'm too ticked to care - one jerky, evil cat that likes to piss on things when you don't do exactly what she wants in the exact timeframe she demands.

Yeah, like there will be any takers.

I've had a terrible headache all week. It seems this is another lovely side effect of my current medication cocktail. Tuesday was a non-functioning day. I slept for almost 30 hours except for the time I stumbled downstairs to collect various painkillers. They didn't work. But I digress. In that 30-seconds, the evil, devil cat demanded to be let outside. In the pouring rain. I didn't let her out and went back to bed.

Hubby came home to a puddle of piss in front of the back door. This is her way of expressing her anger with us at not allowing her to be an outdoor cat. Incidentally, somehow she actually peed INSIDE of the kid's shoes while we were on vacation. So, apparently, she is a talented pisser.

So, yesterday morning she was put outside (with food, water and shelter) when we went to work. I let her back in the house when I got home. She couldn't get in fast enough. Perhaps a few more days like that (although it was a gorgeous day) will cure her pissing?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Vacation is over...

And I've had a week to recover and start to unpack. Thank goodness it is a long weekend because, although the laundry is done - I still have to put it away. And there are still lots of things to unpack. Sigh!

It takes a relatively short time to pack the stuff but unpacking is so much less fun!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Genetic Jeans

Hubby: She's your daughter!
Me: I just gave birth to her. She's got all your genes.
Hubby: Uh, no.
Kid: Woo Hoo! I'm going to wear them on my head like a shirt!"

Genes. Jeans. It is practically the same thing.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Why, no, my husband isn't an idiot

And I'm offended that you thought he was!

I spent almost a whole week in Calgary for work. Hubby and the kid had to fend for themselves. I wasn't worried.

Seriously. It's not that hard to get her ready for school, take her to school (with lunch), pick her up, feed her and put her to bed. Really. She's six. We have tried to raise a reasonably self-reliant child and, I think, for the most part, we have been successful. I was not worried. If I had been I would have asked one of the grandparents to move in for a few days.

Hubby wasn't concerned. I wasn't concerned. The kid wasn't concerned. Heck, neither sets of grandparents were concerned.

However, it turns out that the mother of one of the kid's classmates was concerned. They had a play date the day after I came home. The mom spent a good portion of that time explaining how she had her daughter pack an extra lunch for MY kid each day. Because, you know, my husband would forget to feed her.

Wow! And said with a straight face.

Yes, I will give hubby a hard time. I'm even okay with our family members  teasing him. And good friends. But people I hardly know? Really? My husband is not an idiot. Absentminded, perhaps. But he is one of the best dad's I know. He may forget to replace the toilet paper but he isn't going to forget to feed or clothe the kid. My husband is not an idiot, and I resent the implementation.

Unless we're related or best buds.