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Pain - People in this house complained that I didn't post yesterday. They said they were hoping that I'd be so used to it that I'd forget and write anyway. Yesterday, after I got up, I worked on the computer for a...

New Year's Eve Eve - I played on the Wii for a bit today. I now understand the sore shoulder thing. The spammers were hitting my blog hard all day. I had to close comments on a post much earlier than I usually would. My...

Last Sunday of the year - Another quiet day at home. Played with Christmas presents, watched movies, the girls made dinner. I have to get serious about crossing things off my ToDo list, starting tomorrow. 4...

Christmas Eve Eve - Ice was home at 5:30pm today. Just like a regular husband. He works a half day tomorrow and then he's done 'til Tuesday. Yay! 8...

Girls' night - L took her practice G2 this afternoon and passed. She was relieved, I think. K came home from work and said, "It's snowing! And it's really cold! Can I have ice cream?" J is spending the night at his friend's...

Restored - The other night I thought I would sync my iPod Touch because I hadn't done it in a while. When I connected it, I was prompted to update the software (which I had been putting off) so I said ok....

Frustrating - Why the hell is this still happening? Why James Chartrand Wears Women's Underpants Taking a man's name opened up a new world. It helped me earn double and triple the income of my true name, with the same work and...

Over - The season ender of Dexter was like a punch in the gut. Well done, TV people. I have two books done for Canada Reads. Three more to go! I finally have an idea for what we can do on Christmas...

Unusual - If tomorrow is a snow day, L will be very very disappointed. So, as much as I'd like to sleep in, I'm hoping it's not. We still haven't decided what we should do on Christmas Eve if we don't go...

About time - We did some Christmas shopping today! Our actual purpose was to get L's birthday present but we saw some things that we needed so we picked them up. We also bought something that surprised both of us, a family present...

Two places at the same time - K's Christmas concert was at the high school tonight. I saw most of it and she did a great job. Right in the middle of the concert though, I had to go to J's parent-teacher interview (bad planning on my...

Familiar - I told L that when she goes away to school I'm going to get a laptop with a webcam and Skype. Then every day at around 3:20pm, I'm going to put it on the chair in my office and wait...

It's snowing! - K was the only one of my children to go to school today. Book club tonight. There were only six people (and only three had read the entire book) but the discussion was interesting. The backyard is completely white for...

Zapped - I had the x-rays done this afternoon. The positions were a little awkward but otherwise it was no big deal. Won't know anything until sometime next week. I'll say one thing for the healthcare in this town: they're very efficient....

Getting old - Toward the end of the summer, I started having some trouble with my hip. There wasn't much pain involved but it was similar enough to what happens to my shoulder that it upset me quite a lot. Three things bothered...

Planning - The girls made nachos tonight. They're very good at it. At dinner, the kids pointed out that none of them will be in the Christmas play at the church this year. We've been going to that on Christmas Eve for...

Finally - K went back to school today. Seeing her friends again did wonders for her but she has a lot of stuff to catch up on....

Boring - I miss the days when the American Music Awards were edgy and kinda wild and half the winners were drunk or high and you never knew what people were going to say. They were fun then. I have my doubts...

Again again - Ice got his H1N1 shot today. Might be too late though because I think I've caught it from K....

Couch potatoes, kinda - Spent the afternoon watching episodes of The OC with K. Ice came home. Aaaaannnd that's about it....

Again - K is sick. I'm thinking this is going to be a long winter....

PA day - L went shopping with my parents for her birthday (which is next month), J had friends over last night and today, K had a friend over for the afternoon. I used to have a social life like that. Everyone around...

Good things - Doing a little happy dance because the kids have tomorrow off school *and* Ice came home tonight. (more of a twitter update than a blog post but whatever)...

Giller - Big surprise that Linden MacIntyre won the Giller Prize. I haven't read any of the books yet but, based on what others were saying, he was not one of the favourites. He seemed genuinely surprised, which was cool. My arm...

H1N1 - The kids and I got our H1N1 shots today. This was the first day they were giving the shots to the general public — the only day in this town — so I was little concerned about how long we'd...

Relax - Last night, I said that everyone should just veg today. Which is pretty much what happened. Some napping, lots of staring at the TV, leftovers for dinner. Just what the day after Christmas should be like....

Steps - The library and the health unit are having a competition to see which group of employees walk the most in a week. So K is wearing a pedometer. Which she checks often. I was cleaning this afternoon and didn't notice...

A Sunday - Went shopping again today but still couldn't find everything we needed. We're running out of time. Busy, busy week ahead....

Halloween - We had two trick-or-treaters come to the door. That's it. J didn't go out this year. He thought it would be pointless since he can't eat any of the candy. Instead, he went to a friend's house for the night....

All Hallows' Eve Eve - J had a good time on his field trip. There was a set of indoor activities and that's where he was through the worst of the rain. I had been quite anxious all day so I was relieved to hear...

Field trips - K went to Toronto with her music class today to see a concert. The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, I believe. She said it was good. Tomorrow, J is going on an adventure challenge thingy which is completely outdoors. And it's...

Staggered - This morning, K left for school at 7am, J at 7:45am, and L at 10am. On Friday, J has to be at school by 6:50am. That should be fun. I still feel like crap, although slightly better than yesterday....

My turn - Spent the day on the couch after not sleeping well. The fever broke early in the afternoon but I still feel like crap. I kept J home today just to be safe but I think he'll be fine to go...

And so it goes - J stayed home today. When I called the school, they wanted to know his symptoms so they could report to the health unit. I don't feel 100% but I can't pinpoint what's wrong. Lack of sleep probably and this stupid...

One up, one down - K is feeling much better. Still coughing but also dancing around the house. However, J is now sick. He wanted to go to bed at 7pm. I wonder who's next....

Just a cold - K stayed home from school today. She slept 'til 11am and I think she felt somewhat better after that....

It's Tuesday - K went to school because she thought she was feeling better this morning. Partway through the day, she decided maybe she wasn't. I don't know what'll happen tomorrow. J stepped on his sunglasses and broke them. He was quite upset...

Not a good start - Everyone slept in this morning. It was not a good way to start off the week. K is coughing and not feeling all that great. I may keep her home from school tomorrow. This DNS issue with my ISP is...

Visit - Years ago, before L was born, a couple of Ice's co-workers boarded with us during the week. The job they were working on was close, their houses weren't, so it made sense. Having them there wasn't always easy but it...

Date night - Ice and I went out for dinner tonight. We had planned to go to a specific restaurant but it was full (who would have thought you'd need a reservation in October for a restaurant in a summer resort town?) so...

Don't breathe - The power went off early this afternoon for about ten minutes. When the kids came home, they said it was off at both schools, too. Then it went off three more times! I don't know what the hell was going...

I could do that - I took J to see the nurse-practitioner this morning. She said everything looked good and to just treat any symptoms if they arise. She wasn't sure how long before it completely clears up so do you know what she did?...

umm.... - Both my mother and my mother-in-law called today. The girls decided that Rick Mercer would be an embarrassing dad but an awesome uncle. All but one of the photos I took at L's commencement are blurry. Maybe two....

Too bad they're wax - At the grocery store on the weekend, they had a Thanksgiving display and on the table were a bunch of candles. I picked up a vanilla one to smell it and then one of the brown ones. Oh my god....

Health check - J stayed home from school today. He was stuffy and had a headache and felt like crap. Then Ice called and said he felt like crap, too. Me, I have a sore muscle in my back, right beside my shoulder...

Also two - I slept through another storm this morning. It felt like Sunday all day. And that's all I've got....

Two - I turned the heat on today. Reluctantly. The other night at dinner, L said something about Ice "coming over" this weekend. I think he's been out of town too long....

October? - J got stung by a bee today. It really hurt apparently, but didn't swell like it did when he was six. It's getting really cold in the house but I don't want to turn the heat on yet. :( October...

Nine - The girls' school pictures came in. They look pretty much the same as last year. Also, they make awesome nachos. Only three months to go! (argh... I wrote this but forgot to post it!)...

So I can sneak up on the cat - Went shopping today for mostly boring stuff. I did get a new anti-static mat for my office though. Not entirely sure how I feel about it yet but it's much quieter than the old, broken one. K is on a...

Not here - J had a new friend over last night. He left our house just before 4pm today for the (maybe) 15 minute walk home. At 5:20pm, someone called from his house asking if he was still here. I said no and...

Miles to go - Tomorrow is a PA day. I get to sleep in! Lots to accomplish before I go to bed though. K & I went back to the library on Tuesday and picked up a few more books. One of them was...

Rainy Monday - Took the kids to school this morning. It was pouring when I got up but by the time we left, it was barely a sprinkle. Forgot L was coming home early so I was kinda thrown off when I heard...

Now I have to get up early - Our librarian is too efficient. She sent an email today to let me know that she already has everything set up for the book sale! So, no first pick but she did say we could come in for a sneak...

Stuff - K volunteered us to help set up for the library sale. First pick! L starts driver's ed tomorrow. That course is expensive. I'm sad about Patrick Swayze. Kanye West is an ass and his "apology" on Leno didn't change that....

The day after - So now that the play is done, L & K are getting sick. Better now than during but still... Last night, Ice and I watched movies until 4am. We haven't done that together in a long time and I really...

Labour Day - Just a quiet day spent at home. Read outside for a bit; Ice barbecued steak; watched some of the Star Trek marathon on Space; girls had rehearsal from 1pm to 9pm. It was a lovely long weekend. For some of...

Shopping and visiting - The girls had rehearsal from 10am to 9pm today so Ice, J, & I went shopping. We bought L's graduation present finally and although she hasn't had much (or any) time to play with it, I think it's safe to...

Long weekend - It does not feel like Labour Day weekend to me. I'm glad the weather is going to be nice though. I survived yesterday on about 3 hours of sleep. No idea how. Coach House Books has a sale on. Buy...

Last - The kids and I went to the dentist today for our regular checkups. Everybody was fine (no cavities!) but we left here at 11:30am and didn't get home until 4pm. That's a pretty big chunk of the day. Tonight, I...

Second last - We went back-to-school shopping today. The kids got most of what they needed and I couldn't resist throwing a few things in the cart for me. What is it about school/office supplies? Pens, pencils, markers, binders, notebooks, post-its, etc.... I...

Saturday afternoon - Ice and I did have the afternoon to ourselves but he didn't read and doze and I didn't work. Instead, he played games on the PS2 and I played games on the laptop. We did take J out for dinner...

Free time - J is spending tonight and tomorrow with a friend and the girls will be away for most of tomorrow so it looks like Ice and I will have some time to ourselves. Which will probably translate into him reading and...

Three - Did you know that the piano parts on BTO's Takin' Care of Business were played by the pizza delivery guy? Wikipedia says it's not true but Randy Bachman himself told the story. Very interesting documentary. Rehearsals for the girls' play...

The weekend - Ice and the kids had a good time. The weather wasn't the best but they said it didn't really matter. Ice's brother and family were there too so the kids weren't bored when it was raining. As for me, I...

Checklist - DVDs pizza vodka Coke munchies tunes books laptop Yeah, I think I'm set for the weekend....

Yes, random - About an hour after I posted (whined) last night, I felt much better. Got lots done and slept better, too. L came home today. She had a good time, lots of stories to tell. I picked up K this afternoon...

My brain is foggy - I couldn't think straight today and didn't get anything done. I have two books that I have to review very soon and a bunch more that I want to review very soon. I kinda sorta had a project planned for...

Isn't this July weather? - The house is really quiet without L here. Ice barbecued corn on the cob last night. There were a couple of small fires but it turned out well. The girls' theatre group had a pancake breakfast this morning. I didn't...

It can stop being hot now - I heard on the news tonight that women's boxing will be a medal sport at the 2012 Olympics in London! I know it's all about publicity but I still get a bit of a thrill when an author I respect...

Also, random - J had his dad to himself for most of the day. I think he liked that. The girls made it through their first week at the theatre. Barely. I really shouldn't watch TV shows about tornadoes. I almost forgot to...

Random - L is going to a pow wow this weekend. I'm kinda envious. I got put on a hitlist in Mafia Wars! I wish I could ctrl+f things in my house. My dad has a Facebook account with a profile picture...

Dinner out - My parents are camping in the area while they see a couple of plays so they invited me and the kids out for dinner tonight. We went to a local inn known affectionately as The Rubber Boot, or simply, The...

Impressing the kids - I had the house to myself for the day. Of course, I slept for half of it but still. The weird thing was, the afternoon went very slowly. Everytime I looked at the clock, I was surprised that it wasn't...

Girls' night - When the girls got home from their theatre group, L said that she wanted to go to the library with K and just hang out there in the air-conditioning. Since J was spending the night at a friend's house, I...

Early to bed - K had to work this morning. She was late last Saturday and I didn't want that to happen again so when I went to bed (at 7:30am), I set my alarm for 9. I heard it go off but the...

End of vacation #2 - Newt, MA, and K2 went home today. We had a great visit. Lots of staying up late (really late) and talking and laughing. We watched some movies, played some games, and ate really well. The kids liked that we went...

What day is it again? - Slept in late. Hung around the house all day. Maryann injured herself in a grocery store accident. She blamed Newt or, to be exact, Newt's beans. Ice came home. The kids made dinner. Watched movies involving exploding cats. Well, one...

Screw the time - I haven't been to bed yet so this still counts. Newt, MA, and K2 are here! Lots of stories exchanged, a little alcohol consumed, and that's all I've got for tonight (this morning)....

Many hands - I had the kids cleaning like crazy today. They did a good job with few complaints, mostly about how humid it was. Can't blame them for that. Cleaning is so much easier when everybody pitches in. The former doctor's office...

The weekend - It was a fairly quiet weekend. We went shopping on Friday and.... that's about it. Well, we watched a couple of movies and I finished the neverending book and T stayed over on Friday night and he and L went...

Let the weekend begin - hmm... I seem to be out of reviews. Guess I'll have to write a real post. Or something resembling a real post. On Monday night, I went to the library with K. While she worked, I did some research and...

Not a review - Newt called yesterday which was very cool. She had a purpose for her call (a visit!) but I think we went off on 47 tangents from when she first mentioned it until we got back to it at the end....

One down, ten to go - The girls and I went to the library today and came home with 11 movies. I have seen some of the ones the girls picked but still, that's a lot of movies to watch in a week. I'm having some...

Canada Day - We saw fireworks last night so we didn't really do anything today. L went to a party, K & I watched some Ghost Whisperer, J played on the PS2. We're so exciting. The 3rd Canadian Book Challenge started today. I'm...

Fireworks and reviews - The fireworks on the beach were as lovely as always. It was cold but the rain held off until it was almost over. We got pretty wet gathering up our stuff but it wasn't a big deal. And I made...

Almost done - L saw Transformers 2 tonight. She said it was funny and she liked it. K is amusing when she's punchy. J has hardly been home. Trying to finish up the last reviews for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge has fried...

Finished season one - After an extended break for school projects and exams, L & I are back to watching Six Feet Under. What amazes me about that show is how much stuff happened in the first season that I thought happened much much...

Last day of school - This was a hard week for J since both of his sisters have been done school since Monday noon-ish. He made it through though and now we can all stay up late and sleep in. Speaking of staying up late,...

Father's day - Last night, Ice went for dinner with his father, brothers, and brother-in-law. They've been getting together around Father's Day for a few years now and I think they enjoy having some men-only time. The kids and I stayed home and...

Today - Ice and I went out for lunch, drove along the beach, went shopping, came home, did whatever, had supper, watched movies, the end....

Why isn't this week over yet? - I wrote two reviews last night with next to no effort. The words were just there. I wish that happened more often. J goes on a field trip tomorrow that is mostly outdoors. I hope it doesn't rain too much....

Tis the season, I guess - Last night/early this morning, J got up, came downstairs to use the bathroom (instead of using the one that's practically outside his bedroom), and then, on his way back upstairs, he grabbed his coat to take with him. Why? I...

Two weeks 'til school's out - Today was J's last day in the gifted class. Next year he'll be doing modules instead of weekly classes. I hope that works out for him as well as this has. L&K are stressing over tests and projects and their...

Maybe just mad - This is from a while ago. J asked L and I to give him the words and well, we chose certain ones just so J would have to write them down and then say them. We're nice like that. There...

A correction and other things - A correction to what I said yesterday: I will most likely continue to post reviews here until the end of the year because I need all the help I can get with this posting every day thing. J and I...

Bob Barker would approve - Ontario's first high-volume spay/neuter service is now open. Here's hoping people use it. Although I think it's sad that sharing certain information about the service "puts the Ontario SPCA veterinarians at risk of violating the Veterinarians Act."...

I got nothin' - A big decision was made in this house this week but I want to get permission before I post about it. We have things going on every day for the rest of the month but if I post about them...

To review - Nobody really knows why I'm proud of them but everybody knows that I like potatoes. I'm not sure what that says about me but I don't think it's a good thing. I really enjoyed not having to come up with...

Is it Thursday yet? - This week is taking far too long. I'm not sleeping well (or much) and I'm not getting nearly enough done. Combine both of those things and you get a weepy, touchy Ripley. Not good. The folks at Twitter made an...

Make some noise - K took a year or two off my life by coming home for lunch unannounced. I was upstairs, heard the dog bark (once) and heard a door bang, but then it was quiet and nobody answered when I yelled down....

Too many dots - This weekend was really quiet and I don't think I appreciated it enough. I was looking at my calendar tonight and realized it may have been the last completely free weekend for the rest of the month. Some of the...

In brief - Ice took L out driving this afternoon. He said she did well for her first time. My parents came by to take K shopping for her birthday. J went to his best friend's house for the night. Me, I did...

Four months - It was raining when it was time for the kids to come home from school so I headed out to pick them up. I was waiting at the end of the driveway for a break in traffic when a big...

Tuesday tidbits - I don't like coming up with titles for blog posts. Can you tell? K won a mini bar fridge in a draw that was related to the sound-a-thon. She's slightly giddy about it. Ok, I admit it's pretty cool. Teen...

Monday musings - Given the weather forecast and this town's tendency to lose hydro during storms, I should probably make my blog post sooner rather than later. J stayed home from school today. He said earlier that his throat hurt (which was a...

The weekend - On Friday, Ice and I went out for lunch and then stopped at the bookstore. We went in there to buy tickets for an upcoming event and came out with a couple of books too. Our mortgage renewal papers came...

Family update - Ice left for work this morning at 3am and returned home after 6:30pm. He was a little tired tonight. L is feeling much better. She sounds like herself again and her sense of humour has returned full force. K says...

Needed: upper body strength - When I got up this morning, it was raining hard enough that I knew I'd need to give the kids a ride to school. Just before we were going to leave, K L said the rain had stopped but it...

Random Friday stuff - My parents called this afternoon to let me know they were home from Florida and to ask if they could come for a visit. Of course I said yes so they dropped by after supper for a couple of hours,...

Don't ask me for directions - L is still feeling pretty miserable, which is to be expected, and still isn't talking very much. She is perfecting her hand gestures to get what she wants though. I had to run some errands today, including picking up L's...

Feels like Monday - L was home sick today so we watched a movie in the afternoon, prompting complaints from K&J that I never do that when they're home sick. I told them that was because L complains more (not true, exactly, but they...

Good Friday eve - Apparently Billy Bob stopped in the middle of his set tonight at Massey Hall to call Jian an asshole. Now I'm not a big fan of Jian (he likes the sound of his own voice a little too much) but...

Nothing - The problem with blogging every day is days like this one, where I have absolutely nothing to say. No reviews ready, no memes (not that I looked for any), not even any photos for filler. I'm getting things done with...

Chocolate martinis - Tonight after dinner, Ice said, "Hey, want a martini?" and it was all downhill from there. We laughed a lot, played a Timesplitters 2 tournament, entertained the kids more than a bit, and created several inside jokes. But when I...

Spring is in the air - Ice is on a spring cleaning binge. Today he tackled the garage and it looks great. I can get in and out of the van without worrying about hitting anything with the doors. Went shopping this afternoon and somehow came...

Monday minutiae - I got another book in the mail today. Which was great but also increased the pressure. I'm so far behind in my reading. L and I have been making plans for next week. Lots of movie and DVD watching (and...

In a few words - Tomorrow is J's birthday so he's had a friend staying over all weekend. My mom called from Florida last week. They're both fine and keeping very busy. I feel like I've lost an entire day. Not sure why. It's not...

Five sentences - The kids tell me that the sign I mentioned yesterday, the one on the crazy neighbour's house, also includes the word "death", which would explain the visit from the OPP. L did my "end of the year quiz" and she...

Must be old age - Ice wanted to take me out for dinner tonight but I completely forgot. So we stayed home and had pizza with the kids. It's probably just as well because I was feeling a bit off all day. At dinner, L...