Friday, December 22, 2006

Yes, it is 5:30 AM

and no, I'm not awake just because I'm excited about Christmas. I'm SICK!!! I have a cold. I haven't been sick with the cold in the last 2 1/2 years. Even last year in the midst of my hives and immune system breakdown I did not get sick. It happened really quickly. Just after I took the picture for my last post I started sneezing and feeling like my sinuses were filling up, and it just snowballed from there. By the time I went to bed I was totally congested. I couldn't sleep so I went down stairs and I've been awake for most of the night, other than a half hour of sleep here or there. And of course since I never get sick, all of the cold medications we have here are expired!! I'm impatiently waiting until the stores open to go stock up on softer kleenex, halls, orange juice, some type of a cold and sinus medication, and perhaps some zinc lozenges (which I hear are helpful). Anyways, hopefully I'll post over Christmas, but Merry Christmas otherwise!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

My new hair

Here it is: It's slightly shorter, no color this time. But I love the way it is styled and I totally think I can do it myself. She just diffused it, and then used a curling iron here and there. I know, it's a pretty bad picture, but I'm here all by myself, so I had to use the camera timer - I hate those things. Oh, and in order to put the picture on the computer, I had to upload 122 other pictures!! I had pictures on my camera that have been there since the summer!!!!! I have a clean slate (an empty camera card) now, though, so I'm all ready to take lots of pictures over Christmas!!

And I call myself a scrapbooker

I'm sitting here staring at my camera, thinking that I can't remember the last time I uploaded the pictures from it to my computer. Now, if I were any kind of a scrapbooker at all, that would mean that I would have hundreds of pictures on it, but in all actuality, there are probably only about 5!! I have had no interest in taking pictures lately, I guess I feel that there hasn't been anything exciting going on. I know I should be taking pictures of those everyday things, because those are just as important as the big events, but I've been slack. The truth is, I'm underwhelmed with my present camera. For months now, I've been dreaming of owning this:

It's the Canon Digital Rebel XT. Bevan's work has one, and he's had it home a couple of times and I've gotten a chance to snap a few pictures, and now, my little Fuji point and shoot just isn't the same. I watch and watch for the camera to go on sale, and everytime it is on sale I add it all up to see if I can afford it, and the outcome is always the same - not this time. I'm trying to save all my pennies for the wedding at this point, so I guess I'll have to wait a little longer.

In other, very exciting news, one of my bridesmaids - Christine - got engaged this past weekend!!! I'm sooooooo happy for she and Paul and I can't wait to see her when I go home for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas Cards Done!!

Well, my Christmas cards for 2006 are all done and delivered. I had the ones that had to go in the mail out last Thursday, to be sure they got there on time. I hand delievered some last night and today as well. All together I gave out 40 cards this year, all hand made. Here are a few of my favorites:

The KI Memories Alpine Collection was by far my most used paper this year. It's untraditional, but I LOVE it.

My vacation is going great, but I haven't done much relaxing. Last Wednesday I went to Moncton with Carolyn and all her sisters and Michelle. It was a really fun day. I'm trying to get the house cleaned up now so it's clean when we come back, but cleaning isn't really my greatest talent. I've managed to keep the kitchen clean, but haven't gotten the living room cleaned yet (it's filled with wrapping paper, tape, scissors, etc...).

I'm getting a much needed hair cut tomorrow. I'll post pictures when it's done.

Anyways, that's it for now. I'll blog again soon!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

I'm back!!!

Well, It’s time to get back to blogging. I know it’s been a long time, and I’m not very happy with myself about it. Just a short update post for now, but I’ll have some Christmas Card pictures to post later. I’m determined that I’m getting them finished today. Let’s see, what’s new since September??? Oh, firstly, Bevan’s job renewal went through!! He signed a contract for another year at his job – we were sooooo happy with this, because the job thing hasn’t really gone smoothly for him since we got here. In my last post I was complaining about Bevan’s car. Well, after Dad fixing it (again!!), I think Bevan drove it for a few more weeks, but we decided that now that he would be traveling to Charlottetown again and he had a job with some security he needed a new one. So we had Dad on the look-out. We test drove some Civics, Corollas, Camrys, etc…, and then my Dad happened upon a Jetta. Well, Bevan loves Jetta’s, so that’s what he went with. It’s a 1999 Volkwagen Jetta – Silver. He’s happy as a clam with his new car. Today he’s getting some new winter tires put on it – the all season’s just weren’t cutting it in the snow. Thanks to Dad (again), he got a great deal on some good winter tires, so we don’t have to drain our bank account either!!

I’m on vacation again, too!!! My last day of work was December 7th (a Thursday), and I don’t go back until January 2nd (a Tuesday). We went home this past weekend and got the tree all decorated. We decorate our tree at home differently every year - this year we made all of our ornaments out of Basic Grey scrapbook paper. I loooovvvve it. We took pictures, but they’re on Mel’s camera, and she hasn’t sent them to me yet. I’ll post them as soon as I have them.

Other than that, things have been pretty quiet – but I’m not complaining – it’s been nice. I have lots to do this week to get stuff ready for Christmas. Our house is decorated, but I have lots of projects to finish. More later, I promise!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Complaining ...

Please forgive me in advance, I just have a little venting to do. We've had a kind of crappy few days. Nothing major, just little things that add up to make it seem like everything is going wrong. Firstly, Bevan's car didn't make it back to PEI after his trip to Halifax. He called me on the way home to tell me it was making a really loud noise. He made it to Pictou, thank goodness, and now my Dad is working on fixing it again. Thanks goodness for a mechanic in the family!! Also, the renewal of Bevan's job isn't going as smoothly as we had hoped. I thought they would just have a board meeting, say that they approved the budget, and therefore, his job, and voila!! Well, it's not quite that easy. Almost a week later, and things are still kind of up in the air. On a much smaller scale, we really wanted some Diet Pepsi with our supper on Sunday, and when we got home with it and opened the bottle, the bottle was broken, so we couldn't drink it - stupid glass pop bottles on PEI. Then, on Sunday night I really wanted a cup of tea. So I boiled my kettle, got out my favorite tea cup, put in the tea bag (Honey Lemon, yum), poured in my water, and CRACK!! My favorite cup cracked right up the side!! Anyways, that's enough venting for now, I needed to get all of that negativity out of my system!!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Home Alone

Although I'm no longer single, I certainly have been living the single lifestyle last night and today. Bevan went to Halifax overnight last night to visit some friends, so I'm left here alone. I was sad when he decided he was going, but so far, my time alone has been nice. I worked at the scrapbook store today. Carolyn decided to close the shop a few minutes early, and she and I, and her daughter and neice went to Charlottetown for a girls night out. We had supper at East Side Mario's - I had Scallop Carbonera - YUM!! Then we went to Indigo, where I bought Wicked. I'm a huge Wizard of Oz fan, so I've been looking forward to reading this one for a while. Next, we went to Old Navy, where I found the cutest little onesie for friends of ours who are due to have a baby any day now. Then, off to Micheal's, where I bought a couple of rubber stamps, and some ribbon - of course!! Oh, and we made a stop at the Great Canadian Bagel as well. My feet were actually a little sore when we got home - when I go shopping with Bevan we are never shopping long enough for my feet to get sore at all!! I guess that's the difference between shopping with men and women.

So, I came home last night, put on my pajamas, relaxed on the couch, watched some Grey's Anatomy Season 2 (I'm trying to prepare myself for the beginning of Season Three this week), and I fell asleep!! It was great!! Then I went to bed at around 3 am. I got up this morning at 8:30, went and bought some cream cheese and coffee, and came home and enjoyed my Cheddar Swiss bagel and cream cheese and coffee while catching up on the last week of General Hospital. Now, I'm here blogging, updated iTunes, and wasting time, when I really should be tidying the house!! There's an airshow here in Summerside this afternoon, and I believe tomorrow afternoon that I'd really like to check out. I plan to read some of my book. In general, I'm just enjoying my time alone, although I do miss Bevan a lot!!

Oh, and for any of you Lost fans out there, check out It is Wikipedia, but with all Lost information - great way to find out about connections and theories. Anyways, enjoy your weekend, and I promise to blog again soon!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Hurricane Frankie has passed through without incident!!

I guess to fully understand this part of the post, you should probably first read Mel's blog from a couple of days ago. So, Mel, Mom, Dad and Frankie came to visit this weekend, and I was just wondering what would get chewed, eaten, or peed on.(is that spelled right, I don't often spell that one in the past tense!!!) Well, I'm happy to report that everything is just as it was before she arrived. She was a very well behaved puppy, and even if she wasn't I'd still love her, because she's just soooo darn cute!! Frankie had her first shopping trip to Old Navy while she was here. She's now the proud owner of a green jacket that matches Melanie's green Old Navy jacket surprisingly well (I'll post a picture of them when I get one!!) They let us take her into the store to try the jacket on her to make sure it fit.

The rest of our weekend consisted of:

1. Eating Mussels: see previous post for details. After this weekend I've tried 10 of the 21 varieties. I've tried rating them, but I've come to a conclusion that they're all delicious.

2. Eating a Deep Fried Mars Bar at the Frosty Treat in Kensington. Yes, that is an actual Mars Bar, dipped in batter and deep fried, then covered with ice cream, hot fudge and peanuts; ie: heart attack in a dish. But oh my, are they delicious. Mel and I behaved ourselves and shared one.

So, all in all, we ate a lot!! Way tooo much. So I guess I better make my return to the gym tomorrow after my weekend hiatus. Saw a link to this on Bevan's Blog and thought maybe I'd try it when I go:

I think it's pretty hilarious and amazing.

So, with that I'm going to wrap up my 78th post. I know, that's pretty pathetic for an entire year of blogging. In my defense, however, I've never kept any other kind of a journal for nearly this long, so I'm quite happy with myself. I just looked back on my posts from early September last year and it's so interesting to compare last year to this year. For example, gas prices right now are 1.009/litre, compared to 1.30 last year. (although this is still a pretty unstable thing, they seem like they could shoot up again at any time). Last year was cool in early September, and this year it has been cold since almost the beginning of August. It's been a very different summer this year with Bevan working for Special Olympics rather than Rainbow Valley. He's had weekends off and we were home waaaay more often (which was much harder on the pocket book now that it costs us $59 to go across on the ferry, or $64 if we buy an assured loading pass). My resolution for year 2 of blogging: to post more often.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

My name is Melissa, and I'm a Flex Mussels Addict...

Yes, I've officially taken the first step, I've admitted it - I'm sooo hooked. Flex Mussels has been here in Summerside for 2 summers now. I tried them numerous times last summer, and a few times this summer, but with Melanie and Dad here today I think I can officially call myself an addict - I went twice in one day!!! There are sooooooo many varieties, and I just HAVE to try them all!!!! Bombay, Negril, Cajun, Traditional, Dubliner just to name a few. You can check out all the different varieties here. I've tried 8. Bombay, which was my first, is still my favorite. Here's an adorable (yeah, right) picture of Melanie and I there tonight:

Yes, we are flexing and beeing foolish!! And before we left, we told the owner we'd be back tomorrow, which I know is probably true; sad, but true.

We went to Charlottetown for a little while today as well. We checked out Old Navy, Micheals, and the Wedding Place. Mom and Dad are here, too, but they're going home tomorrow, and Mel's staying until Monday, and we're going to scrapbook and make cards tomorrow and Monday. It's so great that it's a long weekend. That means just a 3 day week next week. We have Kathy Anne and Steve's wedding next weekend, and then our planned weekends are over!! The summer has been busy, but good. It just passed much too fast. Anyways, I'm off to bed now. More pictures from the weekend to follow.

Oh, and Bevan reminded me that I didn't post a response about the Hawaiian Chicken - it was DEEEEElicious. It had lots of curry and chicken and veggies. Bevan even ate the veggies!! I'll post the recipe in the next couple of days.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

I bought one...

Yep, I purchased an Ipod. I stayed practical, I bought the 1GB, which holds about 200 songs, which is perfect for me. And, in my typical fashion, I'm obsessed with organizing it!!! I want to only have songs on it that I really like, because what's the point of having to skip past every second song. And I like all the songs to have the proper artist name so that everything is where it should be. I know, it's really sad. Anyways, the real reason I bought the Ipod is because we joined the gym yesterday, and I really need some motivation. They don't have TV's at this gym, so I need something to keep my mind of what I'm really doing while I'm there.

Since I've last posted we went to a wedding (last weekend). It was really nice. Mel's friend Chris got married.

I went to Kathy Anne's stagette party last night. She works with me and is getting married on Sept. 9th. Most of the work girls were there, and we had a pretty good time.

Oh, and I went wedding dress shopping while I was home last weekend. We went to Halifax, and I had great success.

Anyways, I better go get some stuff done, that 3 hours I just spent organizing the Ipod (or Spinderella as I like to call her), isn't time I really could have afforded to spend doing something so trivial!!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Bevan's Cooking Supper...

Right now, as I write this. He's cooking Hawaiian Chicken - it smells really good. I'll post later to let you know how it was, if it's good, I'll post the recipe, too.

Did another layout this afternoon:

Let's try this again...

Ok, I'm giving blogger one more chance to post some pictures. I've been getting scrapbooking done this weekend. It's been fun. I've wanted to do the daily dose page forever. I'm trying to get out of the habit of just scrapbooking events, and more into scrapping everyday things, and things about me that I can look at 20 years down the road and say "I remember that now!!!" Events are more likely to stick out in your mind, but things like the combination of drugs I had to take for months while I had hives is something I will surely forget. Plus, my dad told me the hives thing happened to him when he was younger, and now it's happening to me, so if it by some chance happens to my kids someday, I think it would be great to have this page to show them. Today I'd like to work on a '5 random things about me' page - my sister did one of these and I think it's a great idea. And I have some more hives pictures I've been meaning to scrapbook, but they are really ugly pictures of me when I was super puffy and they're gonna be hard to scrapbook - but it'll be a great challenge!!!
Oh, and we saw Talladega Nights last night. Will Ferrell is in it, so it was hilarious!! Once again, we see Will Ferrell in his underwear, which, although it's not really attractive, is always funny!! Can't wait for this one to come out on video, it's definitly one I want to see again.
I'm off for now, I'll post again before the weekend is over!!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

My Mini Golf Post... finally

Yep, after all that teasing, the mini golf post is finally posted. You just have to scroll down a couple of posts. Please excuse the picture sizes, I'm still having problems with blogger, so I posted them via photobucket instead.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Back from Pictou

We went home to Pictou for the weekend. I didn't really feel like much going, because there was nothing really going on there, and we have to go home for a wedding in a couple of weeks anyways, but we went anyways. It was Jubilee weekend in New Glasgow, and we knew Joel Plaskett was playing on Thursday night but we didn't think we'd make it home in time to see him. But it turns out he wasn't scheduled to go on until 10:30, and it was actually later than that when he started, so we saw the whole show. It was, once again, awesome. We were further back in the crowd than we were in Charlottetown on Canada Day, but it was still a great time.

I spent the entire day on Friday with Mel at The Scrapbook Depot. We made some great cards that I promise to post pictures of soon. I spent waaaay too much money on new stamps!!

On Saturday we were really bored, so we went to Truro. We went to Carsand Mosher and bought a few scrapbooking things. Then we went to the bridal shop, where I was really disappointed with the service, or lack there-of. Let's just say I have no intention of buying a thousand dollar plus item from this store due to the lack of helpfullness.

We headed back on the boat on Sunday morning. There were 2 full rows of cars waiting to head to PEI, and when we got to PEI, the parking lot of cars waiting to go to Nova Scotia was full!!! It's a holiday in Nova Scotia today (Natal Day), so I guess everyone was heading back to celebrate. I think it's a holiday here, too, but I still had to work :(

Last night we went to a BBQ at John and Jennifer's house. We chatted outside while we sat at the new patio furniture, and then we moved inside to eat supper because it was getting cool outside. It was a great time. We've been trying to get together with them forever, so it was great that it finally worked out. Hopefully we'll get a chance to have them over to our place soon, but they're due to have a baby on Sept 14th, so it may take us a while to get together again!!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Still working on it.

Yes, I'm still working on the post from 2 days ago. I'm having some blogger issues. I can't seem to get my pictures to upload, so I'm going to go the photobucket route instead, but then I have to worry about getting the pictures to be the right size.
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Still nothing new, it's actually 7:10 am, I have to go to work in 20 minutes. Yet, here I am, wasting my time on the computer. My coffee this morning was one of my best cups in a long time. I didn't want that cup to end.
And I'm on the edge of my seat about "So You Think You Can Dance" tonight. It's elimination night. I'm predicting it will be Travis and Donyelle. I'm not sure, it's so hard to tell. I think people really like Ivan and Benji, and I think Heidi's safe. Natalie was is the bottom 2 a whole bunch of times, so maybe it will be her who goes, I really don't know. I think next week may be the finale, too!! What will I do on Wednesday nights when it's over?????????
I may be heading home to Pictou for the weekend, I haven't really decided yet. If I do go, I'm leaving tonight, and I still have nothing packed, so I guess I better decide sometime during the day today and get my butt in gear. Joel Plaskett is playing tonight at the Riverfront Jubilee in New Glasgow, and if I knew I would get home in time to see that I would go for sure, but there is almost no chance we'll make it in time. No one else at the Jubilee I really want to see. If I do go home I may spend the day with Mel at the shop where she works, and that would be fun, but then I have the rest of the weekend with not much to do. I'd kind of just rather be here where all my scrapbooking stuff is, I might actually get something accomplished that way. Well, I better get going if I'm actually going to make it to work today.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

I'm still here

No, I haven't totally forgotten I should write stuff here. As a matter of fact, I've started a great, long post, but I'm having some issues with Blogger and adding pictures. I promise I'll work on it tomorrow. Right now it's past 11 and I have to work tomorrow.

A whole lot of nothing...

The title pretty much sums it up. There hasn't been much going on. I spent Friday at the shop making some cards and learning some new techniques with acrylic paints and some others from Carolyn's sister in law. It was fun. I'll post the cards when I scan them in. They're much different from what I tend to do on my own, but great techniques for teaching to my card class.

On Sunday we went mini golfing. Now, I don't think I've mentioned this before, but Bevan and I are quite the Mini Golf Fanatics. Ever since we started dating it was something we've loved to do. I think the first place we ever played mini golf together was at Trenton Park. Then in the summer of 2001 we made a trip to Cavendish, PEI and played as many mini golf places as we could handle. Here's a list and a short review of each one:

1. Trenton Park - our first. It was 5 years ago, but as I remember it was okay. It's kind of under lots of trees and stuff, so there was lots of pine needles and debris on the greens. I don't have any pictures of this one as it was in the pre-digital camera era.

2. Sandspit - In Cavendish, PEI. Played in July 2001. Once again, a pretty good course. Nothing too crazy, but it was challenging if I remember correctly. I do remember it was a really hot day that day, so I may have enjoyed it more had I not been so warm.

3. River of Adventure Mini Golf - In Cavendish again. July 2001. I remember loving this one. It's full of fun stuff. One hole has giant potatoes on the green that you have to shoot around. In another you shoot the ball into the hole and it rolls down a large drill bit or something. And, of course, there's the giant lobster, which in no way is interactive in the game, but Bevan always loves having his picture taken with it!! There's also a hole where there is a swing type thing that moves back and forth over the hole, so you have to time your shot really well. We played this course again last year in 2005, and I was slightly dissapointed to find it's gone downhill a little bit, but it still has some cool features.

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4. Black Magic Indoor Mini Golf - Yes, Cavendish again. Another fun course. No pictures of this one - once again pre-digital camera. The golf balls and clubs glow in the dark, and the walls are painted with glow in the dark pictures. One important lesson I learned at this course: never wear white undergarments under a sheer dress while in a black light setting - no it wasn't me, but the woman who was playing in front of us.

5. Ripley's Believe it or Not course - (I believe it may be called Mariner's Cove). Cavendish again. This one was fun, but a real toughie!! Not a good one if you're looking for a fun, quick game. This one requires some real concentration and skill, much like this next one:

6. St. Andrews Mini Golf and Country Club - This one is right here in Summerside. I believe it is modelled after a full course somewhere. This one has some real fun features - real ponds and real water and sand traps.

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7. Crystal Palace Mini Golf - I think I remember this one being kind of neat. It was indoors and I seem to remember playing around a ship or something. Pretty fun if I remember correctly.

8. Magic Valley - outside New Glasgow Nova Scotia. This was a pretty straight forward course - nothing fancy really.

9. The Snow Queen - outside Antigonish, Nova Scotia. I barely remember this one, I've included it in my list because Bevan told me we went there. I do remember driving all the way there just to play Mini Golf. But I think the memory that sticks out in my mind most of this day is when I kicked Bevan's butt on the go-carts. I guess that great memory just eclipses all the other memories of the day.

10. Magic Mountain - in Moncton. Another one I only vaguely remember. I do know I was here with my parents and Mel and Bevan. I remember it being just outside the park, and I think I remember getting a hole in one here.

11. Drive-U-Crazy Mini Golf - at Cymbria campground in Cymbria, PEI. This is the latest, and among the greatest courses that we've played. I will say it is a little run down and the greens have a few wrinkles and some of the props could use a coat of paint, but this one was great. They have a castle that you have to shoot the ball through, a big red maze that you have to shoot the ball into, and a wheel powered by water that the ball goes into, and gets carried up to another level, where it is dropped onto the green.

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All in all, I'd rate Drive-U-Crazy as my favorite fun course, and St. Andrews as my favorite more serious course. I think Bevan and I will someday build our own dream course and put all of our favorite features of all the courses we've played in one.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

New Cards

Made a couple of new cards tonight, a baby one for my friend Denise (now I just have to get her address so I can send it to her!!), and birthday one for sometime when I need one. Just felt like playing around with my scrapbooking stuff. Everythings pretty quiet right now, although there's nothing wrong with that, who need drama???
I'm trying to watch both Big Brother and Canadian Idol right now. Oh, I guess I can stop watching Canadian Idol - Sarah Loverock just got voted off. I liked her. I don't really have a favorite yet. Big Brother is pretty good this season - it's All Stars. Chicken George is back, although I think he's near the end of his run. That's what he gets for trying to play all sweet and innocent and then getting caught eavesdropping!! I'm sooooo hooked on these stupid reality shows!! Tomorrow night is "So You Think You Can Dance" (I think that's my favorite).

Monday, July 24, 2006

Love it...

Found this picture of a wedding cake and I love it, only with my wedding colors of blue and brown instead of pink and brown like it is here.

Also, this great girl named Heather made me some monograms, check them out and tell me what you think:

Guess Who Has a Blog????

My sister Melanie!!!!! Check it Out!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Exciting News and a Couple of Layouts

I just got some very exciting news!! My friend Denise,
who just got married in early June, is pregnant!!
Yay!! I'm soooo excited for her. She is only very newly pregnant, like, not due
until March, but it is such great news. The other girls I was at the wedding
with and I knew that this would be happening soon, but I don't know if any of us
(Denise included) really thought it would happen already.

I've been
scrapping most of the day. It was rainy here. I'm still waiting for Bevan to get
home - really hoping he made his last flight on time. They only had 40 mintues
to get from one flight to the other, and from what I could tell from the online
info (yes, I was stalking his plane!!) the arriving flight was 15 minutes late
and the departing flight left RIGHT on time. That was
about an hour ago, so I'm hoping he's on the plane and on his way home and not
at the airport trying to arrange for another way home.

Here's the
progress I made today (and my scrapbook is now full, I think I'd like to get a
new one for just engagement and wedding stuff, and a new one for our CKU trip):

Journalling on "The Proposal" reads:

It all happened on a Saturday morning. There was a card
class at the shop that I was going to go to. Bevan was driving me
to the shop, and when we got there he helped me carry my stuff inside. I
wanted him to help me pick out some paper for an altered letter I was going to
make him. Carolyn and Michelle were downstairs in the classroom setting up
for class. We all chatted for a few minutes, then Bevan and I were going
to head upstairs to pick out paper. Carolyn told me that she had finished
a couple of new layouts and they were sitting on her desk. So, Bevan and I
went up the stairs and I went right over to the desk. The first layout I
saw was the one Carolyn had been working on the previous day; it was on the
right side of the desk. Then the layout in the middle of the desk caught
my attention. I was in complete shock when I finally realized what it
was!! It was a layout with a picture of Bevan holding a ring box, and up
the side was stamped “Marry Me.” Bevan tells me I said no, no, no a bunch
of times first (I didn’t mean that I didn’t want to marry him, I think I was
just in shock and trying to put all the pieces together!). When I turned
around to look at Bevan, he was on his knee behind me, holding what turned out
to be my engagement ring. He asked me again: “Will you marry me?” and
through my tears I managed to say “Yes”.

Misc. Garble

Just a post because I haven't posted in a while. Not much is new. Just finished my first week back at work. It was ok, but my first day back was really hectic.
Bevan's been away in Manitoba at the Special Olympics Summer Games. He left at 4 am on Tuesday and gets back tonight at 1 am. I'm really hoping that the weather the maritimes are supposed to get from the tropical storm that is passing by doesn't affect his flight. I haven't minded being here by myself too much, but it's been pretty boring!! I did, however, get to watch "So You Think You Can Dance" without him whining that I was watching "that stupid show" again. It was another great week on the show. Dmitry and Martha were eliminated this week.

I wasn't really surprised with the results. I think all the girls loved Dmitry because he liked to take his shirt off. I think he was an amazing dancer, but he seemed more limited than some of the others. Martha seemed really good a few weeks ago, especially when she danced with Travis, but hasn't been as impressive lately. My picks to win: Benji and Natalie or Allison. I'd like to see Natalie win, but she was in the bottom 2 last night. I think it will probably be Allison.

There is nothing I really need to do today, so I think I'll do some scrapbooking and maybe get started on some Christmas cards for my classes in September. I'm not working at the store on Fridays over the summer, which has been great so far for getting stuff done that usually get put off.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Being the 26th Customer

Yep, that's right, unlucky number 26. We went to the grand opening of M&M Meats here in Summerside today to pick up some goodies for bbq-ing. We were standing in line, waiting to pay, when all of a sudden the people at the cash register started cheering. The person in front of us was the 25th customer, and every 25th customer of the day was getting a prize. Mind you, it wasn't like a million dollars or anything, it was a pizza pan, but it just goes to show you that I'm not a lucky person. I've never had much luck winning things, but I guess it makes it even better when and if you do, for example, I will never forget when I won that cake at the cake walk back when I was little. It was an amazing cake that everyone was ooohing and aaahing over the whole time, and then I won it. It was pretty exciting. And last year I won a rubber stamp from a scrapbook store back home. I just keep buying those lottery tickets and hoping that someday I'll be lucky again!!
Not much else going on this weekend. It's beautiful outside today. I helped decorate for a wedding reception just outside of Charlottetown yesterday. I have some pictures that I'll post when I put them on the computer. It turned out really pretty, it was kind of a garden theme so we put potted plants on all the tables and fresh flowers everywhere. The weather would have been great for the wedding today.
We had a little picnic on our back deck for lunch today, we made yummy sandwiches and had pasta salad. It was great. I'm trying hard to enjoy my last couple of days before I have to go back to work.
Oh, and I now have plans to go wedding dress shopping on August 17th!!!! It will be me and my mom and Mel and Christine and Dawn going I hope. We'll go to Halifax and Dartmouth, and I hear there's a great place in Windsor I'd like to check out. I'm excited about it because everyone will be able to come with me. Bought some awesome brown and blue ribbon at Old Navy of all places yesterday for the wedding. It's about 1 1/2 inches wide with huge polka dots - I love it. Bought some candles at Michaels too. Decided to go with round candle holders for the tables with ribbon tied around them, and bright gerbera daisies in the middle of each table. It's all sooo exciting for me.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

My Favorite Cancelled TV Show

Just saw this great blog challenge on 2 Peas and it reminded me of my favorite TV show that got cancelled. Nobody else will probably even remember this show. It was only on ABC for 1 season. They had it on Friday nights, so nobody ever saw it, but it was the funniest show ever. It was called Married to the Kellys. It was about this guy who grew up in a big city who married a small town girl and moved back to her hometown and was thrown into her very family oriented lifestyle. The other characters included the geeky brother, the perfectionist sister and her husband who had givin in to the close knit family lifestyle, and the parents. My favorite part of the show was when the whole family would sit around the table before a meal and sing their dinner song. I'm looking all over the internet for the lyrics to the dinner song - it was soooo corny that it was hilarious. Anyways, the show was cancelled a couple of years ago now, but I'm still holding out hope that they put it out of DVD!!!

So you think you can dance???

Yes, apparently my Uncle Garfield does think he can dance. This picture was taken on Saturday night of carnival. Garfield decided to do the robot. It was very amusing. We have video of it as well that will keep me laughing for years to come.
Now to discuss some real dancers, those people on "So You Think You Can Dance" are sooooo good. This is my guilty pleasure show of the summer. I just can't wait until Wednesday nights so I can watch it. Although I must say, they need to leave it on at the same time every week and stop changing it around!!!! Tonight will be the results show. My favs are Donyelle and Benji and Natalie and Musa and Ivan and Allison (did you see them last night?? They were sooo good). That doesn't mean that I don't like the rest of them, they are all really good. I think tonight may be the end of the line for Dimitri and Ashlee. Dimitri was not so good at the "pop" dancing last night.
Oh, and I saw "The Devil Wears Prada" last night with Carolyn and Michelle. I've been hearing lots of people say not so great things, but I loved it!!! I just finished the book a couple of weeks ago. They changed a lot of things from the book to the movie, but it was still a great movie. Anyways, I'm off to have breakfast on this, my last "vacation day" and then I'll be scrappin for the rest of the day.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Fun Page....

Finally got around to doing some scrapbooking. Everytime I got the urge over the last couple of days there was other stuff to be done, like laundry, cooking dinner, etc.... I'm really happy with the outcome of this one though.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

It's Over

Just a quick post for now - just wanted to post that I'd survived the Lobster Carnival weekend. It was one of the best carnivals I can ever remember. Thursday night was girls night. I asked Christine and Dawn to be my bridesmaids and I'm so excited that they said yes. It just makes all the wedding planning so much more fun to know that they will be involved. We finished off the night at the tavern. Friday we went out on the boat and I got a really bad sunburn. Friday night we went to the beer gardens and saw Trooper. Saturday brought with it another boat ride - there were 24 of us on the boat this time. Saturday night was the parade and a trip to Alec Thoms pub. All in all, it was an amazing weekend. I consumed more alcohol over this one weekend that I did for in entire rest of the year. I've got hundreds of great pictures, but I'm still home in Pictou, so I can't post any until I get back to PEI. I think I'll head home tomorrow and enjoy the rest of my vacation there. More tales of the weekend to come - I promise.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Heading Home

I'm heading home today for the weekend for Lobster Carnival, probably won't get a chance to post until I get back on Monday or Tuesday.
Oh, and guess what..... I got gmail!!!! (Thanks Bevan!!) Loving it so far.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Monday, July 03, 2006

Forgot these movie and book reviews

Ok, so I've spent a fair amount of time in the past week at the theater and with my face buried in book!!! At the movies I saw:

The Lake House: this was a pretty bad movie. The whole concept is just soooo silly. And you have to concentrate soooo hard to figure out what the heck is going on, it was hard to just enjoy the movie.

Cars: this was a great movie. It was funny. I was pretty tired at the theater and it seemed a little drawn out come the end (maybe because it was soooo predictable as well, but what can you expect from a kids movie). It had some good adult humor parts in it, too.

Nacho Libre: another very funny movie. Not everyone will find this one funny though. It's written by the same people who wrote Napoleon Dynamite and is very similar in it's humor. It's silly funny stuff that I think will get funnier everytime you watch it. I was sooo surprised because Jack Black is in the lead in this movie, and there was not one other actor I have other seen before. Jack Black was as hilarious as always. Can't wait to get this one on DVD.

I also finished a couple of books:

Shopaholic and Sister: another great shopaholic book. I swear that Sophie Kinsella could write a million of these things and I would never get bored of them.

The Devil Wears Prada: this book exceded all my expectations. I was expected it to be good, but it was a great read. I finished it in about a week. I'll have to make another trip to the theater soon to see the movie!!!

My Vacation so Far...

Day 1: Friday - worked at the scrapbook store. It rained - really hard, and there was thunder and lightening.
Day 2: Saturday - slept in, did laundry, went to Charlottetown to see Two Hours Traffic and Joel Plaskett. When we came home, it rained, and there was more thunder and lightening.
Day 3: Sunday - had big plans for some Mini Golf, and perhaps a trip to the driving range with our clubs, and guess what..... it rained!!!!! And last night at around 12:30 there was more thunder and lightening!!!!!

So, weather-wise, my vacations not off to a great start, but that's ok, as long as I'm here at home I can at least scrapbook and make some cards. I think a lot of stuff is closed here today since the July 1st holiday fell on a Saturday, but I'll hopefully get some stuff that's been on my list for months crossed off. The laundry is all done, so I can pack for the trip home to Pictou for the weekend.

Oh, and the concert Saturday was sooooo much fun. Joel Plaskett put on a great show. We were in the 3rd row from the stage, and other than the big stick in the mud guy who stood right in fromt of me and didn't even seem to care that he was there and the girl to my right who kept hitting me in the face with her ponytail when she turned around, it was great!!! I didn't take my camera because sometimes I really hate lugging it around for the whole day, but I had my new camera phone. I now realize, however, that I can't figure out how to get the pictures transferred to the computer!! I know, it sounds like a simple task, but the computer just won't recognize the phone. I'll keep trying and hopefully figure something out; There is one of Bevan and I at the concert that I really like.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Too Long...

Wow, a half a month since I posted, I know, that's tooooo long. I have some good excuses, but won't bore you with them, let's just say we've been busy, not always doing things we wanted to be doing. But, guess what, I'm on Vacation now!!!! Yay, 2 weeks of doing whatever I want!!! Well, I'm going to take this opportunity to catch up on all the cleaning my house needs, as well as some scrapbooking hopefully. I shouldn't promise anything though, because Lobster Carnival is next weekend, and I've yet to figure out how long I'm going to be home for, so I may get nothing at all done, which would be fine too!!
This weekend is Festival of Light in Charlottetown. I'm disappointed that I missed last nights concerts: Matt Mays and Sam Roberts, but we're heading down this afternoon to see the Joel Plaskett Emergency - I'm pretty excited!!!
The pictures you see are of my garden and flowers before our rain storm yesterday. Things I've learned about gardens: 1. most flowers need more sunlight than I have provided. Never plant your garden on the side of your house that gets barely any sun and never plant it under a huge chestnut tree!! 2. never place your garden in a place where water from your roof will pour off, creating a huge trench in the soil!!! I guess you learn from your mistakes!! Maybe I'll try to fix up the soil tomorrow. Can't do it today because it's Canada Day and everything is closed!!
Had my last card class at the shop yesterday. I enjoyed doing them, but I must say, I'm looking forward to a break. Don't know how many Fridays I want to work at the shop over the summer, I think I may take a vacation from that until September as well.
Well, I'm off to get ready for our trip to Charlottetown.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Look what I have.....

Well, it's not really mine, I just get to have it in my house this weekend. It's a Canon Digital Rebel XT EOS. I don't know if I got all those letters in the right order, but it sounds good!! The camera belongs to Bevan's work, and it's his job to figure it all out over the weekend (good freakin luck!!!) It's great for us though, because we have been really wanting a new camera, and this was one of the models we were looking at, so we get a chance to try it out and get a feel for it to see if we like it before we buy one. One of my concerns about this camera is that it's a Canon, and everytime I get my picture taken with a Canon camera, I blink!!! I know, I sound CRAZY!!, but it's true. So, much to my dismay, I will have to have my picture taken a number of times this weekend to see if the theory holds true for this fancy-schmancy cameral as well. (I really hate having my picture taken, so I'm not looking forward to it). I found this great website that offers a free online photo course for beginners, so I'm going to try it out and see how it goes, I'm super excited.

In other news, yes, it's been 2 weeks since my last blog, but I have some good excuses.... for one, blogger was down the last time I went to post. When it finally let me in I typed up my post, added pictures, and then when I went to post it, the site went down again and everything got lost!!!! ggggrrrrrrrrrrrr. Needless to say, I walked away from the computer for the rest of the day. I haven't spent much time on the computer in the last couple of days. We started working at our new office on the 6th, and everything is computerized there, so I really don't want to even see computers when I get home.

Last weekend was my friend Denise's wedding in Cape Breton. It was great fun. I got to see my good old dental hygiene friends. The driving sucked, but it was worth it. Here's a picture of me, Alanna, Susanne and Denise. Denise looked great in her dress.

I updated our wedding blog today as well. We've now confirmed our ceremony and reception locations and our DJ. Not a lot else going on in terms of planning lately.

Lobster Carnival is getting close. I only have 2 weeks of work left, and then I'm on vacation for 2 weeks. Carnie will be great this year. Mel missed last year, so I'm sure she'll have to have twice as much fun this year to make up for it.

Anyways, I'm gonna get going now. It's waaaay past my bedtime and I have to teach card class at 10 tomorrow morning. I'm really looking forward to a weekend at home this weekend, and hopefully I'll have time to post more sometime over the weekend.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

More Fun to Come

If the old saying that blondes have more fun is true, there should be lots of fun in my future - I'm a blonde again. Got my hair cut and colored this evening. I love going to my salon, love sitting there and chatting and drinking coffee. The woman who did my hair is getting married next Saturday, so we talked about all kinds of wedding stuff.

I got a phone call from my friend Denise tonight, too. She is getting married next Saturday (June 10th) in Cape Breton. I'm sooo excited to go and see all the girls from hygiene school who are going to be there. Hopefully I'll have some pictures to post afterwards. I have to remember my camera though, I've developed a bad habit of forgetting to take it when I go places.

Books, Books, Books

Well, I must admit, reading hasn't been high on my list of priorities lately. Reading seems to be one of those things I do in spurts. If I'm really into a good book, I do nothing but read for days. Lately, I've been really into scrapbooking, so reading has taken a backseat. I do kind of have 2 books on the go however:

  • I'm just under half way through "The Way the Crow Flies" by Ann-Marie MacDonald. I read "Fall on Your Knees" by the same author and thought it was great. I've had a slightly harder time getting into this one, but I refuse to give up on it!

  • I've just started "Shopaholic and Sister" by Sophie Kinsella. I'm really only a couple of pages into this one, but there is no doubt in my mind it will be a great book. I've read all of the other books from the shopaholic series. If you haven't read them, check them out, they are among the best books I've ever read.

There are soooo many books I've read in the past that I would highly recommend:

  • Anything from the "Harry Potter" series.
  • "She's Come Undone" and "I Know This Much is True" by Wally Lamb. These were both Oprahs Book Club selections in the past.
  • "Summer Sisters" by Judy Blume. Yes, I believe she is a childrens author, but this book was written for an older audience. It has a couple of weird parts, but what book doesn't? It was great - a great summer read.
  • "Angels and Demons" and "The DaVinci Code" by Dan Brown. Two more really great books.

I do hope to tackle "Memoirs of a Geisha" as soon as I get a chance. I hear it's pretty good as well. Please post any other suggestions for great books in the comments section, I'd love to check them out!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Summer Plans

Saw this blogger challenge on Two Peas and thought it would be a fun one. It will be neat to predict my summer plans, and then to see how close they are to what I actually did once the summer is over!!

My Summer Plans:

  • Well, for starters, Pictou Lobster Carnival - an annual party at my house in Pictou. I always plan my summer vacation around this weekend. This year it falls on the weekend of July 6th-9th.
  • This is the first summer since we've moved to Prince Edward Island that Bevan has had weekends off. Over the last 2 summers he had to work every Saturday, so it really limited our ability to do much or go far over the weekend. This summer we plan to take in more of the great summer sites on PEI.
  • We also plan to go home more often over the summer. My dad just made a fishing boat into a leisure/party boat, so we plan to spend quite a few weekends lounging on that.

  • We did have plans to go to CKU-M in Boston this summer, but since the class list was posted last week, we have changed our plans about that. We're all a little disappointed, but it really was too much money to spend to take a bunch of classes we weren't all that thrilled about.

Well, I guess that's all that I can think of right off the top of my head. Not a lot of big plans, but I know it will be a great summer. We haven't seen much of our families over the last 2 summers, so we are really looking forward to spending more time at home.

The Good and the Bad

The Good - we saw X-men last night - Wow!!

The Bad - the doctor I saw yesterday, talk about poor bedside manner!!!

Let's start with the good. Bevan and I saw X-Men - The Last Stand at the theater last night. We spent the entire weekend before this watching movies. In preparation for this movie we had watched the first and the second X-Men as well. This was an excellent movie. Sooooo not my typical movie type. I was never a comic book reader. But I highly recommend this movie to everyone.
We actually spent our entire weekend this past weekend watching movies!! Here's a quick rundown:

The DaVinci Code - Hint: Don't go the the late show that only starts at 9:50!! We didn't leave until 12:30, so I feel this made the movie seem a little longer and drawn out just because I was tired. Other than that I really enjoyed this movie. I don't understand what all the bad reviews were about. I thought the movie followed very closely with the book, anything that was changed or left out didn't change the outcome. There were actually protestors standing outside the theatre when we went in, it was pretty funny. I just felt like saying "it is a book, fiction, no one is saying this is fact!!"

The Family Stone - I really enjoyed this movie. Loved the story. Yes, it's a pretty typical romantic comedy, but I like that kind of stuff.

The Ringer - Really funny. I think I felt guilty for laughing at first, but when I discovered that the whole movie is endorsed by Special Olympics, and that it's quite politically correct, I felt free to laugh and laugh. Watch it. Enjoy it.

Munich - Only watched the first half of this one or so, I didn't really see much point to it, maybe I fell asleep before all the really good stuff happened, so I don't think I should really bash it too badly.

Grandma's House - Can't find a link for this one. I had never heard of it before we rented it, it was Bevan's choice. Once again, I only watched the first bit. Not that it was bad, I guess I just wasn't in the mood. It has all of the people who are always extras in the Adam Sandler movies in it. Probably would have been OK if I had watched the whole thing.

OK, on to the bad I guess. I won't complain too much, just want to say that the doctor I saw yesterday was not nice!! He didn't introduce himself, barely let me get a word in to ask a question, shot down everything I had to say, and basically told me my hives have nothing to do with my kidney stones. I feel defeated and I feel like I'm no further ahead. I have to go for a bunch of bloodwork and other tests. I'm starting to think I'll just have to live with the hives and all the meds for a while longer. He was telling me about a med for stones, but most insurance companies won't cover it and you have to take it 4-5 times a day!! Doesn't really sound worth it to me.

Anyways, I'm off to enjoy my last unplanned vacation day (back to work tomorrow). I think I'll try to get some scrapbooking done. Have a good one.