August 25, 2008

Things That Bleed Through... In a Good Way.

I helped Buddy colour a picture of Doctor Octopus in his Spiderman colouring book this morning.

He looks kinda annoyed, no?

The best part, though, was the bleed through on the back of the page. It's a "finish the picture" page. You're supposed to draw whatever Spidey is fighting... Now there's a great big Doc Ock head for Spikey to fight!

That's da bomb.
Can you see Spidey? He's in the bottome right-hand corner.

Good times, good times.


Buddy the Fisherman

Buddy has been pretending to fish for years. Everytime we get close to any running water, he grabs a long stick, holds it over the water and waits patiently for a bite.

Buddy pretending to fish.

Everytime he asks me, "Mommy, why aren't the fish biting?"

Well his dream has finally come true. We went on a bout tour of a local river and marsh the other day. The tour operator helped us fish off the side of the boat.

Buddy caught 7 fish. All by himself!

Pulling in his catch.
Notice how terrified Monkey looks?

Good job, Buddy!

The other kids had fun blowing bubbles.

It was a really fun day.


August 20, 2008

My Airport Adventure

Yesterday, the boys and I boarded a plane to fly home for a visit to our family in New Brunswick before school starts.

Well, we made it in one piece... but not without a few incidents.

Our flight had a stop at an aiport halfway home. We were not supposed to have to get off the plane, but I know you can never count on that. So, on the flight from home to halfway, I asked the stewardess if we'd have to get off the plane at halfway. She said that there was a going to be a crew change so we'd probably have to get off the plane. Then, a little while later, she came back and told us that, actually, we'd have to change planes.


So, when we arrived in halfway, we got off the plane and checked at the counter. They told us that they'd be boarding the new plane in 5 mintues. Great.

5 minutes later, boarding was announced and we boarded 1st (families with small children get to board before anyone else). Just as we arrived at our seats, the lights in the plane went out - pitch black. When the light came back on, I got the kids in their seats and handed out markers and crayons and notebooks. We were just settling in when the steward (and a very cute one he was too) told us that we'd have to get off. The plane was experiencing mechanical difficulties and it was going to take at least 30 minutes to fix. Everyone off. Okay. We deplaned and the announcement inside told us that they weren't going to be able to take off for at least an hour. We went to the bathroom and found some seats in the waiting area.

We sat for an hour. The kids were getting more over-tired and hyper by the second. Suddenly, I noticed a bunch of people for the New Brunswick flight leaving the area where we were waiting. I went to the desk and asked what was going on with the flight.

The woman behind the counter checked her computer. "It says the NB flight is at gate 21," she told me. She had bleached-blond hair, teased up into 1980s frizzy perfection, blue eye shadow and a bad attitude.

"Are you going to announce it?" I asked.

"I don't know. It always says gate 21 here," She replied. I think she must've been French. She said "always" meaning "toujours" which actually translates to "still" in this case - so her computer still says gate 21 for my flight. But I knew that the flight had been at gate 28 because I'd been on that plane before it had mechanical difficulties.

"Well, it was at gate 28," I explained. "We were on the plane and they made us get off because there was something wrong with it. If it's at gate 21 now you might want to announced it, so people will know. It was at gate 28."

"I just got in and it says gate 21 here," she said, "you might want to relax a bit."

Oh. No. She. Di'n't

"Pardon Me?" I asked. Quite loudly.

She looked surprised. Apprently people don't usually dare to question Air Canada employees.

"I said you need to relax. I just got in and I don't know. You were being rude to me."

"I was not being rude to you. I am dealing with waiting with two little kids and my gate change has not been announced. You are being rude to me!"

"Well, I just got in and I don't know about your gate change."

I was completely exasperated by now. I told her, "You're lucky I have two little kids with me right now." Then I gathered the boys and stormed down to gate 21. I took a few deep breaths and considered marching back and demanding to talk to a manager. I mean, honestly! I was just trying to explain that they should announce the gate change. I was not being rude. 1980s bitch needs to sit down and shut up. Okay? Un-hun.


So we waited another 20 minutes at gate 21 and then checked in to board. Just as we were about to leave the airport for the tarmac, a man waved us back inside saying, "There's mechanical trouble with this plane too."

We went back inside and I exchanged desperate, exasperated looks with another mom who had two young boys with her. She sat down and dejectedly put her head in her hands.

After a few minutes they announced that there was a plane ready for us at gate 28 - our original gate. We all trudged back down to gate 28, where we waited about 15 or 20 minutes in line while my boys went into full-on self-destruct mode (they got so hyper that I thought my head might explode) to board the same plane we'd been on an hour and half before. Can I get a "Argh!!!"?

Finally, we boarded the plane. It took them at least half an hour to get the door closed. All this waiting and mechanical issues and confusion certainly made me feel assured of our safety. As we took off, I closed my eyes and hoped fervently that there would be no problems or mechanical issues while we were in the air... and that our plane was actually headed where we wanted to go.

Long story short (too late!), we didn't arrive until 1:15am - two hours after we were supposed to arrive and REALLY late for the kids. Monkey fell asleep on the plane from halfway, but Buddy didn't fall asleep until about 2am (he was too excited to check his secret compartment - a cubby at the head of his bed where his Granny always hides presents).

In the meantime, Granny was having trouble figuring out what time to go to the airport to pick us up. The website for the halfway airport and the home airport had different information. According to the home airport website, the flight was ontime and, at our arrival time, it updated to say that the flight had arrived ontime. According the halfway airport, the flight was delayed, but it didn't update at any time to say that the flight had departed. Not knowing which information to believe, Granny arrived on time to pick us up and had to wait two hours at the airport for us to actually arrive.

In happier news, the boys both slept in until 9:30am. Yay.

And that's the story of an airport adventure from a crazy housewife who yells at Air Canada employees in front of God and everybody at airports near you.

Do you have any crazy airport stories to share? I know you do!



August 18, 2008

Lyrics Game

Here's how you play:

1. Pull up your playlist (iTunes, MP3 player, whatev) and put it on random.
2. Take lyrics from the 1st 20 songs.
3. Make your readers guess what the songs are.
4. No googling

There ya go. Here's the songs... Can you name them?

Look at your watch now
You're still a super hot female
You got your million-dollar contract
And they're all waiting for your hot track

***Gwen Stephani - What are you waiting for?***
Guessed by Sass.

My father worked in construction
Its not something for which I am suited
Oh, what is something for which you are suited?
Getting out of here

Wound up drunk again on Robson St.
Strange cuz we always agreed
At the start of every evening
That's the last place I wanna be
Coffee drinkers dressed in black with no sugar
They don't give me no respect
They say look here comes another one
And I don't know what they mean yet

I'm searching for things that I just cannot see
Why don't you don't you don't you come and be with me
I pretend to be cool with me, want to believe
That I can do it on my own without my heart on my sleeve
I'm running, I'm running, catch up with me life
Where is the love that I'm looking to find
It's all in me, can't you see, I can see, why can't you see it's all in me

***Nelly Furtado - Turn off the light***
Guessed by ScrappySue's Teens.

We arrived in December and London was cold
We stayed in the bars along Charing Cross Road
We never saw nothin' but brass taps and oak
Kept a shine on the bar with the sleeves of our coats

Took a trip on a bus that I didn't know
Met a girl sellin' drinks at the disco
Said truth comes back when you let it go
Seems complicated cause it's really so simple
Walkin' down Yonge Street on a Friday
Can't follow them, gotta do it my way
No fast lane, still on the highway
Movin' in and out, no doubt there's a brighter way...

where are the kids?

maybe pregnant; or on drugs; or on welfare; on top of the world; on the honor roll; on parole; on the Dodgers; on the back of milk cartons; on stakes in the middle of cornfields; on covers of future history books; on old ladies' mantles; walkin' on water; nailed on crosses

I think it's time I had a talk with my kids
I'll just tell 'em what my daddy told me:

I been thinking
Of a little place down by the lake
They got a dirty little road leading up to the house
I wonder how long it will take till we're alone
Sitting on the front porch of that home
Stomping our feet on the wooden boards
Never gonna worry about locking the door

I caught you smiling at me - that's the way it should be
Like a leaf is to a tree
So fine

All the good times we had, I sang love songs so glad
Always smiling, never sad
So fine

She wants a car with a cupholder arm rest
She wants a car that will get her there
She's changing her name from Kitty to Karen
She's trading her MG for a white Chrysler Le Baron

So that's right dude, meet me at the bleachers
No principals, no student-teachers
Both of us want to be the winner, but there can only be one
So I'm gonna fight, gonna give it my all
Gonna make you fall, gonna sock it to you
That's right, I'm the last one standing, another one bites the dust

***Gwen Stephani - Hollaback girl***
Guessed by Amanda.

Faster than the speeding light she's flying
Trying to remember where it all began
She's got herself a little piece of heaven
Waiting for the time when Earth shall be as one

***Madonna - Ray of light***
Guessed by Elaine and Amanda in an impressive team effort.

Who am I? You I am sure of
Your sound is sweet, the mosquitoes sweep
While I am sure of no one.

Under your trees I forget about me
And in your grass I remember him
I close the gates on marble floors
... Please set me free

Dreams cast into the sky
I'm moving on
Sweet beginnings do arise
She knows I was wrong
The notes are old
They bend, they fold
And so do I to a new love

Did you think that I would cry
On the phone?
Do you know what it feels like
Being alone?
I'll find someone new

It started out with a kiss
How did it end up like this
It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss
Now I’m falling asleep
And she’s calling a cab
While he’s having a smoke
And she’s taking a drag
Now they’re going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And it’s all in my head
But she’s touching his—chest
Now, he takes off her dress
Now, let me go

***The Killers - Mr. Brightside***
Guessed by ScrappySue's teens.

See I'm a young soul in this very strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout what is true and fake
But why all this hate? try to communicate
Finding trust and love is not always easy to make

The waves keep on crashing on me for some reason
But your love keeps on coming like a thunderbolt
Come here a little closer
'Cause I wanna see you, baby, real close up
(Get over here)
(Get over here)

***No Doubt - Hella good***
Gussed by Elaine and ScrappySue teens.

There was a factory
Now there are mountains and rivers
you got it, you got it

We caught a rattlesnake
Now we got something for dinner
we got it, we got it

There was a shopping mall
Now it's all covered with flowers
you've got it, you've got it

If this is paradise
I wish I had a lawnmower
you've got it, you've got it

We slip through the streets
While everyone sleeps
Getting bigger and sleeker
And wider and brighter
We bite and scratch and scream all night
Let's go and
Throw all the songs we know

(Yo, check this out right here)
Dude wanna hate on us(dude)
Dude need to ease on up(dude)
Dude wanna act on up
But dude get shut like flavor shut(shut down)
Chicks say, she ain't down
But chick backstage when we in town(ha)

Edited to add: Not all of them are Gwen Stephani, but 3 were. I considered changing one of them because I wanted to include Hitchin' a ride by Greenday but Hubby pointed out that 3 Gwen S. songs in a list of 20 is "clumping" and shows true randomness... We learned about it reading (and I can't remember the name of the book!) a book about using statistics in everyday life - to figure out gambling chances, or the chances of your airplane crashing. We didn't finish it, though. I found the author very annoying and kept "pfft"ing and "OMG"ing. He basically started with the idea that all his readers are morons. Anyway, I decided to leave it the 3 Gwen songs as-is.

Thanks for playing! Clues to come soon if no more guesses show up.


August 15, 2008

This Just In: Lazy Blogger Loses Readers

So sad when it happens to you (uh, me).

plz come back.



August 13, 2008

Me and YouTube

How it all started...

This is the 1st video I watched on YouTube:

I heard about it on a CBC radio show a few years ago. The host and the show's internet expert were talking about how it was the most popular video on something called "u-tube". It sounded great from their description so I decided I had to check it out. It didn't take me very long, with a little help from google, to figure out that it was actually called "youtube" and that it was the most fun ever.

And the rest is history... Although it's not, you know, popular history or anything. Women never make it into the history books, after all. Even when they're as endlesssslly fascinating as me.


August 10, 2008

A Little Bit Country A Little Bit Rock n' Roll

It seems I'm developing a taste for songs that have been countrified. I want to share some examples with you. Take a listen and let me know what you think.

Here's three examples:

1. Phish's cover of Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg. And, just incase you didn't catch the offensive lyrics, this video provides you with the words! Whee. (Sorry) The music's great, though.

2. Hayseed Dixie is a group that originally covered all AC/DC songs. They've branched out a bit with this cover of Holiday by Green Day. This rocks.

3. And, finally, I'd like to share Dolly Parton's cover of Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. I know it's not cool to like Dolly (unless you do - then it's totally cool (I like Dolly BTW despite considerable teasing from a rock-chick I'm friends with)). Give this a listen. It's really good.


Bleeding Love

Great dance routine from So You Think You Can Dance, season 4, Chelsie and Mark.

Danced to Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis.

I love this.


August 6, 2008

I Have A Dream! ... Apparently.

Last night I dreamt I was selling life insurance.

Life Insurance.

I was selling it.

So, I was trying to explain the life insurance plan to some people who were up on their balcony and they were not understanding. I offered to come up to their place and explain it. They agreed. I had trouble finding their apartment in their building. I finally did and I sat down with them and explained how the life insurance plan worked.

They were having trouble deciding whether or not to sign on.

I said, "I'll give you my final sales pitch: The best-case scenario is that you will never need life insurance... That nothing bad will ever happen. But if something does happen and you don't have insurance... You'll regret not having it."

What a strangely mundane dream.


August 2, 2008

10 Things That Were Cool When I Was Growing Up

1. Hammer Time. Yo, ring the bell cause school is back in session!

2. Dexter Boat Shoes. Everybody had these. We had a special way of tying the laces, too.

3. Plastic floss friendship bracelets which we wove ourselves out of this stuff:

4. Beverly Hills 90210. I liked the guy in the front row who was younger (I think) and had a crush on Tori Spelling's character. I always have gone for the class clown type.

5. Big bangs and perms. I missed out on the perm, but I definitely had the bangs.

6. Converse sneakers. Mine were red.

7. Sock Hops. At my school these were shoeless dances which took place at noon hour on Fridays in the gym and which cost fifty cents. The boys would stand on one side of the room and the girls on another... Then, finally, someone would start to dance and everyone else would join in.

8. BMX bikes. I had a red and black one. My brother's was black and yellow.

9. Mood rings. Mine was always blue, I wonder what that meant?

10. Ghostbusters. This movie is still cool.

What was cool when you were growing up?