Monday, February 25, 2008


This will probably be my last blog post for a while (for at least two weeks). It has been a crazy few weeks and hopefully little by little I will be able to share with you tiny tidbits of news when the time is right. I am of the belief that if I talk about things before they happen, I'll jinx myself. I don't want to jinx myself, people!

I will divulge just a wee bit of good news at the end of this post. You'll have to read through until you get to the end to find out though. But, first...

Deb, you will be super proud of me. I don't know what happened, but Hubby was laughing because I've been in turbo mode for the past two days. I took on "Project Organize Bedroom" and worked tirelessly at organizing our master bedroom! Thank you, thank you! You are amazing!Beach Mama participated in the "What's on your fridge?" meme and in turn, she asked other bloggers what was on their fridges. Here's what our fridge looks like. My mom always makes fun of me and says it looks like Hubby and I have a zillion kids just by looking at our fridge! It's a far cry from my mom's pristine, uncluttered (I call it "naked") fridge!
We've got dozens and dozens of photos of family and friends. If you look closely, you'll see about a dozen babies on the fridge, as it seems that almost everyone I know has recently had a baby! We're averaging about six in the summer and six in the winter. My friends have been busy! On the front I've also got a few favourite recipes, some art work, magnets from all over the place and a note pad. On the side I've got a calendar, a few more recipes, a few other odds and ends and some kid art. The kid art includes: a painting by Niece #1 of Hubby (aka Uncle J) on his tractor and tiny hand prints in paint by Niece #2. Our nieces were just teeny tiny when they made those for Hubby and he has kept them on the fridge all these years later. Isn't he sweet?
Finally, on top of our fridge is my chocolate orchid and a pot of parsley. I have to re-pot my basil, chives and oregano because they're not looking too happy at the moment.

I was actually going to take all the photos and everything off the fridge and make it all sparkly white and naked. I decided against it though. It's got so much character and I love seeing everyone's photos every morning!

, if you take a good look, you will see the cute photo you sent us of Snowflake that accompanied my beloved Neti Pot! Snowflake is totally stylin' in those shades!

Canine tagged me for the "5 Random Things about Me" meme. Here goes!
1) I have extra-sensory powers. I kid you not! This only works with people I am very close to though. I sometimes get these "feelings" or sometimes even premonition dreams. Once, when I was in elementary school, Middle Bro and I got off the bus and went home. We were "latch key" kids, meaning that we used to let ourselves into the house and just do our homework and hang out until our parents came home from work. This was before we had a nanny/housekeeper. Anyway, my grandparents used to babysit Baby Bro and my cousin, Jey. They lived about a ten minute drive from us, but in a different city. When I got home from school that day, I could have sworn that I heard Baby Bro crying. It was like he was in the same room as me and he was crying loudly. Not just any baby cry...It sounded like he was hurt. I knew it was impossible because he was in the next city at my grandparents'. Moments later, the phone rang. My grandmother was in hysterics and told me to call my mom at work. Baby Bro had ran into something and busted his head open. Okay, it wasn't that gory, but there was a lot of blood.

2) I have turned into my mom. I used to give her a rough time about being obsessed with cleaning her house. I find myself doing the same things as she does sometimes. I need to line my canned goods up with the labels in the same direction. I even bought a bunch of containers to put inside my bedroom closet and organize things according to function, frequent use, etc.
Trust me, I didn't used to be this way all the time. I grew up with a mother who did everything for us and then a nanny who did the same. I didn't learn how to cook or clean until I moved to Japan to teach! Ask my friend, Dina. She and I used to live together and she will tell you how "tidy" my room "looked". Under my bed and inside my closet was where I stuffed everything! Dina made me laugh the first year I moved to the Island when she sent me a package. The present was a photo album of a girl (who ironically, looked much like me!) trying to keep her closet closed. The funny part was that the girl on the album had all sorts of things jammed in her closet and it looked like it was going to burst open! That was what I was like. Thank you for the laughs, Dina!

3) I can eat something at a restaurant once and then come home and reproduce the dish I tried.

4) I'm quite self-conscious about the way I look wearing my glasses. I don't wear my glasses often enough because I look like a nerd in them. I need to wear glasses for distance. I need them to drive and to see things that are far. To me, glasses in general are just too cumbersome. I just feel so odd having to wear them. Of course, I always wear them to drive! I'm not stupid! I'm getting better though. I do wear them more than I used to. I got new frames that I actually like now. So, if you see me on the street and I don't wave back when you wave to me, don't feel like I'm being a snob. I just can't see you. Don't even ask about contacts! I'm scared to put anything near my eyes! I have a hard time putting mascara on!
Some of you have already seen this photo of my nephew, Kenny and me. Look! I'm actually wearing my glasses in this photo! This is a rare find!

5) I live in the countryside but I am afraid of insects. The bigger the insect and the more legs, the scarier! Oh, I am scared of snakes too! My doggy, Chance is my defender when I hang the laundry out to dry. I know...very sad. Between my ESL students and myself, Hubby's got his hands full! Last summer, my students had Hubby go on "spider patrol" before bedtime every night! He had to go to their rooms and check for spiders! LOL!
That's not his "Spider Patrol" uniform. That's his Firefighter/First Response uniform!

Oh, okay! Since I won't be able to post a proper blog entry for a while, I'll give you two more random things about me:
6) I have a weird thing for eyebrows. Oddly, one of the things I notice first about a person (apart from their eyes, their teeth and their wonderful personality) is their eyebrows!!! As a teenager, I grew up in the 80's and 90's, when thick, natural, 'Brooke Shields' eyebrows were 'in'.
To this day, the sight of unruly, scraggly brows really get my attention. I remember the first time I ever attempted to tweeze my own eyebrows, I went overboard and had these two very thin barely there lines where my eyebrows once were. Freaky. I thought they'd never grow back! Thank goodness they did! Funny how something like eyebrows can totally change a person's appearance. I won't even go into the waxing of the eyebrows story!!

For now, I tweeze, groom and use this product recommended by another eyebrow grooming fan (my gal pal, Fancy):
7) I get car-sick. I do. It is really bad. If I ride in your car, I need to sit in the front or else I get really, really sick. I need to either drive or be in the front passenger seat. I discovered a few years ago that I always fall asleep in the car when on long road trips. This is a method I think I've developed (not consciously) to help me from being sick. I just sleep it off. I used to go on lots of family road trips with my brothers and parents and I find that my motion sickness is worse now that I'm older. That won't stop me from my road trips though!

Now for some news:
Hubby and I will be leaving for the Dominican Republic in but a few short days! I probably won't be posting anything new over the next few days, but will try to check in and comment! My wonderful hubby surprised me with an all-inclusive vacation in Puerto Plata. No work, no housework, no cooking, no cleaning, no laundry, no telephones, no replying to work related more slipping and sliding on icy lane ways!!! Well, at least for a week!

The only thing I'll miss is our fur babies, but they will be in the capable hands of my parents.

I'll be back with lots of photos. In the meantime, we'll be here.


Ms. Mamma said...

Sweetles- Sorry I didn't get back to you. Just wanted to tell you to have a great time and I am so excited for you on so many levels! XOXO

PS...I look at you and hubs everytime I open the frige! It was cute to see SF. XOXO

Jeanna said...

Think of us poor cheeseheads when you're there. Hope it's thawed by the time you get back.
I haven't worn contacts since last summer. Don't know what happened, but one day I started wearing my glasses every day and haven't stopped.

Uncivil said...

I just love all the wooden tongue and groove walls and ceiling in your house! It makes it look so cozy.
I wear glasses too! Can't stand contacts.

Have a great time in the sun!!!!

D'Rae said...

Bedroom looks great! I love that photo of you in your glasses! Have fun on your vacation!

C said...

Thank you! :) I just love that photo we have of SF on our fridge! He is one cute little guy! ADORABLE!!

LOL! I'll see if I can find some sort of local candy from the Dominican Republic for you...that I probably won't be able to bring back with me! LOL! Just kidding ;)
We leave on Monday (I know, it's six days from now), but I don't think I'll have time to post anything new until I get back. I'll be checking out the comments though! I love seeing what you, Ms.Mamma, and Jimbo are up to! You guys seriously make my day! :)

C said...

I love all the wood in the house too! It does have a warm and cozy feel. I used to love everything modern, new, white, crisp...but have fallen in love with wood!

Hahahahha!! Jimmy! You make me laugh! ;) Tap! Tap!!

Thank you! :) I'll make sure to take lots of photos of our trip!
P.S. Thanks for everything, D'rae. You're awesome :) xoxo

Cherry said...

WOO HOO! VACATION! Have a great time!

Ok, so you know how I say how you remind me of me so much.... now there are even more reasons!
Car Sick person here! I'll even get car sick when in the front seat, and once got a little nauseated when driving. I generally drive everywhere because of it (oh yea, and I'm a control freak too).
I am almost obsessive with my eye brows. Every night after I wash my face I look REALLY closely at them to pluck any strays. I even trim Eric's eye brows, because he doesn't let me pluck the crazy wily man hairs he has.
You will also rarely see a recent picture with me in my glasses. Although if I'm working from home and not planning on going out, I'll wear my glasses to give my eyes a break from the contacts, but rarely will an outside the house person see me with them on.

I don't really have your extra sensory powers though, but I often have deja vu.

Have a great time in DR!

C said...

Haha! That is funny! Weird how similar we are! I was laughing because I trim Hubby's brows too!!! I try to pluck his brows, but he doesn't like me to! I once tweezed a stray and he yelped! He said he doesn't know how women can do this to themselves! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Have a great trip!!!

J at said...

Have an amazing wonderful sun soaked time! Come back well rested and relaxed!

t said...

Wow wow wow wow wow!! going to the DR you lucky girl! you deserve a good trip away- have fun take lot's of pictures and did i tell you how jealous i am?1

ps- this is one long ass post! guess you're making up for the weeks that you;ll be missing! call me when u get back !

Anonymous said...

WOW how exciting! Have a great trip. Canadians look so cute tanned.

C. K. said...

Have funnnnnn!!!

I LOVE your bedroom~! It looks so beautiful!! Like French country! It's fabulous!

Relax and have fun!

p.s. I'll have to take you to some five star restaurants and have you reproduce the dishes for me one day. :)

caninecologne said...

thanks for doing the meme - it was a fun read!

you look tres cool in glasses by the way. that is also amazing that you can recreate dishes you've had only once. wish i could do that.

enjoy your trip! i'll send you the earrings when you get back. i'll be redoing the wiring so it looks better than what you saw in the pix.

again, have a wonderful time in the d.r.

Ellie said...

You lucky girl!!! I hope you have a great time, I will miss your posts!! Sorry I haven't been in touch, life has been a bit hectic!

Your house is so nice! It seems very cozy, and very warm and inviting. I am needing to keep on top of my stuff again, I don't know when anyone will come through, but the constant nagging about everyone keeping everything pristine is getting on all our nerves! So yesterday, we just let it all go, and now I really have to get a move on and clean. My luck someone will want to come by and have a look in ten minutes!!

Have a great, wonderful and fun trip!!

Ellie xoxo

Don Mills Diva said...

Wow - what a great suprise. Have a wonderful time - see you when you return!

C said...

Thank you! :) Oh, and I won't be leaving home without my eyebrow grooming kit! LOL! Oh...I guess I'll have to leave behind the tweezers! I got my favourite pair confiscated at the airport when I was in Philadelphia! Grrrr! It's so hard to find a really good pair of tweezers! LOL!

Thank you :) Thinking of you and your Mom today. xoxo

C said...

You are so funny. Give me a shout. We're here for a few more days.

LOL! I hope Hubby tans and doesn't burn! He's very, very white (and I mean white as in his legs glow in the dark!) The only tan he normally gets is a nice 'ol farmer's tan! ;p He's so cute! LOL!

You're on! ;) I love going restaurant hopping with you!

C said...

Thanks! You're the greatest! Looking forward to seeing the earrings! Why do you have to redo the wiring? They look awesome!!!! You are such a perfectionist! ;)

I was thinking about you the other day and wondering how your packing and prepping for the move was going. I was going to e-mail or call, but things got crazy busy. I excuse...

Don Mills Diva:
Thank you! :) We'll actually be in your neck of the woods when we return from the DR. I think we'll stay in TO overnight and drive back to the Island the day after.

hotmommy said...

bring us back some rum!

mrsmogul said...

I've been TO PUERTA PLATA!!!! Years ago, I was 24 and went with my sister. We laid by the pool, we laid by the beach it was Great!!

There was the local beach hunk that thought my older sister was my mother! I didnt go for him, I wouldn't desert my sister for some island sex!

caninecologne said...

those were my "guineau pig" samples. i have better and thinner wire and it looks a lot better.

speaking of perfectionist, my husband was looking at some pairs i made last night.

'hmmm, some of those loops are a little sloppy'.

'this bead isn't hanging right, oh it's because this loop is bigger. maybe you should redo it'.

aargh. he means well.

Zarah said...

Chrissy, I hope you'll have/you are having a great time there!!

Like you, I have this aversion for wearing eyeglass even if I badly need one. I so love your bedroom - now, if only I could do that to ours as well :D

C said...

Hot Mommy:
You're not the first person to make that request! ;) I'll see what I can do! :)

Mrs. Mogul:
Oh, yay! I'm so glad to hear that you had a good time in Puerto Plata. Most people I know who have been to the DR have gone to Punta Cana.

Hahaha! You're so funny...and such a nice sister! ;p "I wouldn't desert my sister for some island sex!"

Oh! When I went to Barbados with a friend of mine, her sister told me to watch out for "Rent-A-Dreads". My friend's sister was living in Barbados at the time and we were visiting her. She said that some of the guys that hang out at the bars/nightclubs were called "Rent-A-Dreads". I guess because they were there to cater to single women (if you know what I mean) and the "dread" part, I guess because some of them had dreadlocks? I don't know!

C said...

Wow! I didn't know Bert was a perfectionist too! With two perfectionists as parents, is TC a perfectionist too? Can't wait to see you guys in a few months!!! First, I'll have to make sure that the house is in perfect order though! LOL! At least I've got a few months to work on that! ;)

Thank you...and thanks for popping by and commenting! :) I checked out your i-REACH blog. Fantastic!!! :)

japanmanpete said...

Yes, bring back RUM!
And, don't forget "Boil it, peel it, cook it, or forget it!" Don't drink the water!

Have fun, mate.


BeachMama said...

I LOVE YOUR FRIDGE!! Thanks for playing along :)

And I too am just like my Mom. I can remember (down to what I was wearing) when I yelled at her (I was 18) that I would never ever be like her. Well, it happened. One day I woke up and was just like her. It is scary sometimes.

And Dominican!! Woot, Woot! Have a great and wonderful time. Relax, enjoy and take some photos :)

Rachie-Babe said...

Well--you are one lucky gal right now. Have a wonderful time on your trip and I can't wait to see photos. I love the what's on your fridge idea. Very fun.

C said...

Yes, our travel agent told us about that "cook it, boil it, peel it or forget it" rule. We have had our shots and have also bought medicine for the trip. When I was in Bali, I was so careful to not drink the water, but I totally forgot that I was exposed to it every day I was there! I didn't even think of the fact that I was brushing my teeth and taking showers using water that may not have been treated. I was fine for the first few days of our trip, but in the last three days of the trip, I got very, VERY sick!!! It was no fun being sick when you're on vacation!

Beach Mama:
Thanks! We leave in three days! Yahoooooooo!!! :)

:) Today it started snowing and I was thinking, "Oh, man! I am so happy we're going somewhere hot in a few days!".

t0nic said...

Have fun! We are thinking of going to the DR for our next vacation. Can't wait to see photos and hear your review of the resort.

I found your blog from one of our mutual blog friends.

Karen MEG said...

Your bedroom looks great! And your fridge LOL! We've got a stainless now, so it's so naked.

Have a great time in the DR... that looks soooooo nice! Hopefully we can hook up for at least a's the middle of March break here so if I'm in town, it'll happen for sure. I'll FB/ email ya sweetie.

have fun!!!

PS. you look great with specs on!

cara said...

Have fun!

Deb said...

It looks so wonderful and nice and neat and ORGANIZED! Everything serves a purpose and has an appropriate home. :)

I am so jealous you are going away to have some fun travels in the sun...wait! I am leaving in a week for Paris! it must be vacation season.

I have an obsession with eyebrows. I had an almost unibrow all through high mother wouldn't let me wax them. SO, I make sure they are nice and waxed and plucked. No more uni.

Diesel said...

I'm pretty sure all insects have six legs.

Have fun on your trip!

BlondeLittleShit said...

Oh my goodness I get car sick too! And I always slept on trips and didn't figure out why until I got older and realized it help my motion sickness! I remember always hating long car trips...and until I became older and knew what car sickness was I just thought I was wierd and didn't like riding in the car for no real reason! I actually remember feeling sick and thinking maybe if I read it will make me feel better...HA! That's the worst thing you can do! Now I either take medicine or doze off! It's one of my many quirks.

louann said...

Crissy, I hope eveurhing is OKAY. I can't wait to read your next update!
I had been gone for a while too and am glad I am "back"

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