December 21, 2009

And the Winner of the Canadian Blog Awards Family Category is...

Not me.

But, dude, did you see who I was up against?

I'm happy just to have made the top 10. Thanks so much to everyone who voted, I can't tell you how much I value your support.

You can see all the results, an impressive list of fabulous blogs, at the Canadian Blog Awards website.

I came 7th. The winners in my category were:

1. Loulou’s Views
2. Postcards from the Mothership
3. Crib Chronicles

A heartfelt congratulations to them all, especially my girl Loukia from Loulou's Views, sitting proudly in first place. Way to go! I knew you were going to win.

The blogs I nominated did very well in their categories, too (giving me a great big fat WIN in the 'I have good taste' category):

Beck from Frog and Toad are Still Friends came in 1st place in the Blog Post Series category with her Halloween Posts. Congratulations, Beck! I also nominated Beck in my own category, family blogs, where she came in 6th. The fact that Beck came in 6th just goes to show how steep the competition was in the family category this year. I didn't nominate Beck in the humour category, but I voted for her everyday. She came in third. Kudos, Beck!

Nag on the Lake came 3rd in the Popular Culture category. Yay, Nag! I think you deserved to be 1st, though.

Mouse Traps on the Moon came 4th in the Culture & Literature category - a good showing for such a new blog. Congrats, Sue!

Congratulations to all the winners.

Keep blogging Canada!


December 18, 2009

Last Day To Vote!

It's the last day... Can you believe it?

Please vote for me!

Thank you all for your support!

Hugs and kisses and a happy holidays to you!


December 15, 2009

Fabulous in My Ridiculousness

Yesterday was the 1st day in four months that I didn't have school work to take care of.

So what did I spend my time doing?

Naturally, I played with the paint program on my computer to make these:

This one I did for my Facebook profile. I was tired of ordinary.

This one I did just because. Isn't it fabulous in its cheesiness?

Then I read my book in a steaming bubble bath.

It was wonderful.

Happy Holidays everyone! I'm in the mood for some Christmas.

(oh and pssst... don't forget to vote for my blog. Just click the beaver button on my sidebar. Thanks!)


December 14, 2009

I Heart Faces - Pets

Last summer we visited a park where the kids were able to feed local wildlife out of the windows of our car. They fed carrots to wild pigs and large deer and bison.

Halfway through the park there was a walking trail. The white-tail deer that populated the trail area were so tame and used to people that the boys were able to get close enough to make friends. The kids still talk about it.

Buddy called this deer 'Bucky', and Bucky is my entry for this week's I Heart Faces photo challenge - "Pets Only".


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December 13, 2009

Even More Than Last Time I Brought This Up

Last year my blog was nominated for a Canadian Blog Award but it didn't make the finals.

Oh well, I told myself, I was up against some real blog rock stars.

This year?

Thanks to YOUR votes, I have made the 2nd round of voting... The short list of 10 blogs out of which the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Family Blog in Canada will be chosen.

I need your votes more than ever because this year, just like last year, I am up against some real blog rock stars.

Will you once again put on your fabulous voting shoes and give me your vote?

Remember, this year you can vote once per day and you can rank all the blogs who are in the running according to who you support.

Thank again for voting. Hearts, flowers and sunshine to you all.



December 7, 2009

Ask The Reluctant Housewife - Favourites and Dreams Edition

My family just left for school and work, or where ever it is they go everyday, washed, fed, dressed with lunches and mits and hats and waterproof outer layers.

Whew! That was a lot of work.

Now I'm going to take the time to answer the rest of your questions from Ask The Reluctant Housewife. It's been so long, you probably forgot what you asked so it'll be a fun surprise for everyone. Whee!

Elaine from The Miss Elaineous Life wanted to know:

What celebrity would you LOVE to do lunch with?

TJ Thyne. I have a huge crush on him. It's nearing fan girl status.

For that reason, I'm not sure my husband would be 100% happy about me having lunch with TJ Thyne. So maybe I should choose someone else, out of respect for the sanctity of my marriage.

I think that lunch with Margaret Atwood might be fun. Have you ever heard her interviewed? She's so witty and intelligent and she's such a character, I think she'd make an excellent lunch date.

I also think lunch with Rick Mercer might be fun, I'm a fan.

Stephen Colbert and John Stewart. I like funny people and they are funny people.

I'd also like to have lunch with you. When are you free?

Loukia from LouLou's Views, who is also nominated for a Canadian Blog Award in the Family Category (go and vote for her and, while you're over there, don't forget to vote for me! Yes you can place a vote for both of us. Yay!), wanted to know:

Where is your favourite place to shop?

I have fairly pedestrian tastes when it comes to shopping. For clothes I shop at Old Navy, The Gap, Banana Republic (rarely), Winners and (don't judge, we don't have Target here) Walmart. For house stuff, I shop at Ikea, a really great storage stuff store called Solutions, Sears, and (don't judge me) Walmart. For food, I shop at Loblaws, Superstore, Independent, T&T, The Produce Depot and (every so often) a fancy bakery or the farmer's market.

They're all my favourites... I just like to shop.

What is currently your favourite song?

I have such a hard time choosing a favourite song. Lately I've been listening to the songs from Glee on YouTube while I clean. They're a lot of fun. I wouldn't say they're my favourite songs, though. Hmmm... I don't have a favourite song. Feels like a cop-out, but it's the truth.

What was your favourite childhood movie?

This one is easy. My favourite childhood movie was and is The Goonies.

Erin from The Mother Load, who just had a fab blog make over (go and check it out), asked:

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

I would do exactly what I'm doing right now, except without the constant worry of failure. That would make my life easier, let me tell you.

Have you ever had anyone post any not-so-nice comments and/or had to block anyone from your blog? I've always wondered what to do if/when that happens.

Yes, I had a blog smack down with the folks from Ask and Ye Shall Receive. What did I do? I fought back in a way - I talked to them calmly until they put down their pitchforks and torches and went home. I'm no push over. You can read what happened in the comments on my post My Blog is Boring and on two of the posts following it, if you're so inclined.

I've never had to block anyone, no. People are usually very nice in the comments and my blog is pretty dull, really, there's nothing here to incite strong negative feelings. People who don't like it just don't read it, I guess.

And if you had an extra $5,000 lying around, what would you do with it?

An extra $5000? I guess I'd put it towards student loans. See what I mean? - boring! heh

Working Mum from Working Mum on the Verge asked:

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Nothing very different. I'd probably buy a little house in the same neighbourhood I'm renting in now. I'd renovate it, too. I'd also do some travelling - we'd take that walking vacation in England, we'd probably take the kids to Disney, we'd go home to see the family more often. I'd give some to charity. I'd give some to loved ones. I'd invest it wisely. That's about it.

Jen from Buried With Children wanted to know:

Who would you like to have over for dinner?

Having people over to your house for dinner is quite different from having a lunch date with them, isn't it? I'm not much of a cook, to tell you the truth, but I guess I'd like to have some of the friends I've made blogging, but who I have yet to meet in person, over to dinner and get to know them face to face. Don't worry, ladies, I'll order take-out!

What would be your last meal?

Oooh, fun question! Hmm... Coffee, cheesecake, cheeseburger with tomato, lettuce, pickles, ketchup and mustard and fresh-cut french fries, Ben & Jerry's, more coffee. In that order.

Would you run naked during a packed baseball game for $1000?

I want to say yes and prove that I like to live dangerously, but the truth is I probably wouldn't.

Mamma Karebear from The Ramblings of a Crazy Mom asked:

What is one of your biggest fears dun dun dunnnn?

Of course one of my biggest fears is my kids getting hurt. Of course.

Personally, though, I have a lot of anxiety, especially social anxiety. I'm basically afraid of people. I worry a lot and I'm scared to do a lot of things, but I make myself do them anyway.

Andrea from Good Girl Gone Redneck wants to know:

What is your favorite book?

This is another really hard question! I don't have a favourite book. I have a giant pile of books I reread and reread and then, just for fun, I read them again. I have some favourite authors, though, I'll list them for you, okay? They are: Jane Austen, Bill Bryson, Jen Lancaster, Anne Tyler, Sophie Kinsella, Margarent Lawrence, JK Rowling, and that's all I can think of right now, off the top of my head.

As an added bonus, I read a couple of really great books this weekend that I think you (yes all of you) would like:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a fictional tale set in the British Channel Islands and London, post WWII. It tells the story of the an author named Juliet Ashton and her friendship with a group of people on Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, which develops almost by accident after she receives a letter from one of them about a copy of a book he loves that she used to own - her name is written on the inside cover. It's a beautiful story with wonderful characters.

Hell Is Other Parents: And Other Tales of Maternal Combustion by Deborah Copaken Kogan is a memoir. Deborah Copaken Kogan is just so cool. She used to be a war photographer, now she's a mom of three living in NYC. She tells of her relationship with her three kids (supporting her son, the actor (he played the young Spock in the Star Trek movie), dealing with her daughter's social struggles at school and having a baby years after her first two kids) and of her struggles dealing with other parents. I enjoyed it so much, I can't wait to read her other books.

Both delightful reads. Check them out and let me know if you enjoyed them as much as I did.

Ami from Writing: My Life asked:

What is your favorite childhood memory?

My parents used to take us camping every summer. The campground had a playground where my brother and I would spend our days. I can remember looking for four leaf clovers, going to the beach, and walking up to the store for popsicles.

One year my parents decided, as a special treat, to take us to the local drive-in, which was showing Cinderella. My brother and I dressed in our pajamas and climbed in the back seat of our station wagon with our pillows and blankets and a bag of snacks. Twenty minutes later, we pulled up to the drive-in ticket booth. The man in the booth took Dad's money, gave us an odd look out of the corner of his eye, shrugged his shoulders and waved us through. We parked at one of the speakers and my parents looked around. They had a quick whispered conversation in the front seat and told us we were leaving. My brother and I cried the whole way back to the campground, we were so disappointed not to watch the movie, but my parents promised they'd take us another time.

I didn't know at the time why we had to leave the drive-in before the movie started, but my parents told me years later that the movie hadn't been Cinderella, like they thought. No, it was in fact Sinderella. My parent figured that the theatre had merely misspelled the name of the movie, but when they pulled up to their spot in front of the screen they noticed that the other cars all contained, instead of families looking forward to an innocent Disney classic, lone men sitting and staring straight ahead so as not to have to make eye contact with the other movie-goers. My parents wisely decided that it would be best to do the drive-in thing another time.

Two questions naturally arise from this story: What kind of drive-in theatre shows porn? and, perhaps more importantly, what was the man in the ticket booth thinking allowing a young family into a porn movie with their two small children?!

Happily, that drive-in closed down shortly afterward, because... EW! And my parents did eventually take us to a different drive-in theatre. I can't remember what we saw (maybe E.T?) but I remember how much fun it was to sit in the back of the station wagon, munching popcorn and watching the movie on the gigantic screen.

What is your favorite TV show and why?

I think I'd have to say my favourite TV show, that is on TV currently, is Bones. I like the interaction between the characters and the witty dialogue. Also, have I mentioned my huge crush on TJ Thyne?

He plays Dr. Jack Hodgins, the bug and slime guy (which, in science-speak and according to Wikipedia, means he's a forensic entomologist and a mineralogist/forensic mineralogist AND a forensic palynologist AND a forensic chemist), on Bones.

But my favourite TV show of all time would probably be Buffy... for pretty much the same reasons - witty dialogue and great interaction between the characters. Plus, the vampires don't sparkle, which to my mind is a huge bonus.

If you could be someone else for a day who would you be and why?

I'm no fun at this because I don't really want to be anyone else. I like being me. If you were to make me choose, though, I guess I'd have to choose to be someone who's life I'm curious about. Like, what was it like to live in the year 1000? I bet it was horrible, but I really have no idea. I could be someone from the year 1000 for a day and find out. Or, what's it like to be a guy? How do they walk around with all that hanging between their legs? I could be a guy for day and find out. Or, what does my husband see in me? I could be him for a day and find out. Am I good mom? I could be my son for a day and find out... Something like that.

And on that note, it looks like I'm plum out of questions. Thanks so much for asking and for reading the answers. I had so much fun doing this.

Hugs to everyone who asked and hugs to everyone else, too. Why not, right?


December 6, 2009

Sunday Stealing - Can't Sleep

Have I ever told you I have a weakness for these question and answer things? I think it must stem from my now defunct teenage love of Cosmo quizzes. I say 'defunct' but I have been known to hit the Facebook quizzes pretty hard from time to time, so perhaps my teenage love of quizzes is alive and well.

Anyway.... On with the Sunday Stealing questionnaire thingy: The Can't Sleep Meme.

Would it be hard to kiss the last person you kissed?

No. It would be easy. All I'd have to do is turn to the left and pucker up.

When is it hard to kiss someone?

When they're far away, when they run away, or when they have very bad breath.

You're trapped in a room with your most recent ex for three days, what do you do?

Scrabble, definitely. Scrabble is always the right answer.

Does it matter to you if your significant other smokes?

Yes. That would be gross.

Have you ever regretted letting someone go?

I've grown apart from some old friends. I sometimes regret letting them go.

Where would you go if you were butt naked and locked out of your house?

Why would I be butt naked and locked out my house? I can't even imagine.

Okay, assuming I had just stepped out of the shower and realized the house was on fire - that it was engulfed in flames - and I had to run outside right away without even the time to grab a towel... I guess I'd go to my car. If I was likewise locked out of my car, I guess I'd have to go to a neighbour's house and ask for help.


Me: "Hi! Sorry I'm naked. My house is engulfed in flames and I had to run outside without even the time to grab a towel. I'm sure you understand. Can I come in, borrow some clothes and call the fire department? Thanks!"

Neighbour: "Um... I guess so. I was just about to watch Oprah, though."

Do you want to please everyone?

Yes. I want to please myself, too, though. It pays to be a little bit selfish.

Have you ever been called heartless?


Someone calls you at 3:00 AM, who do you expect it to be?

I would be terrified. I wouldn't expect anyone to call at 3:00AM and I would assume something bad had happened.

Does it matter if your significant other drinks?

Not really.

Could you go the rest of your life without doing drugs?

If you're counting coffee and advil as drugs, then NO.

Which is better, amazing eyes or an amazing smile?

Hmmm... Eyes, I guess. I'm kind of sucker for nice eyes.

Do you want to get married and have children one day?


Are you easy to get along with?

Usually. At least I like to think so... Let me ask the husband. He said, "Yep."

Do you ever want to go to sleep and not wake up?

Rarely. Sometimes I don't want to wake up but that's because I want to sleep, not because I want to die.

Are you shorter than your Mom?

No... my mom is pocket sized.

Describe your life currently in one word:


Are you on medication for anything?

No. Medication and I don't mix well. I was on the pill but it gave me terrible migraines, so now I'm on nothing. Except coffee - I hit the coffee daily.

Who would you allow to read your thoughts for one day?

Anyone. Have you seen my blog?

Are there things in your life that you will never be able to get over?

Of course. Nothing out of the ordinary, though. I've lived a wonderful life so far. I'm very lucky.

If you woke up naked next to the last person you kissed, what would your reaction be?

Where are my pajamas?! (You see, I have a great fondness for my flannel pajama pants).

If you play along, don't forget to link up to the Sunday Stealing Blog!


December 4, 2009

It's All Up To You

So... word on the street is that you can vote at the Canadian Blog Awards once per day.

I have a deep seated fear of rejection... so I'm almost afraid to ask (again), but will you vote for me? I'm nominated in the family category. You see, I need all the help I can get, I'm up against some awesome bloggers. So, please, if you luuuurve me... go and vote.

And while you're over there you can vote for the Nag on the Lake. She's nominated in the Popular Culture category. Her blog is a wonderful collection of fascinating stuff from all over the internet.


Ladies, Put Your Voting Shoes On!

It's that time of year again - voting is open for the Canadian Blog awards!

I've been nominated in the Family category.

I usually don't like to ask people to do things for me. I feel sheepish, you see.

But I'm going to anyway...

Last year, I didn't even make it to the finals. This year, even though I'm up against some really awesome (not to mention popular) blogs, I'd really like to at least make it past the first round of voting...

Will you help me?

To make it to the finals, I need your vote (and the vote of everyone else you know and all their friends, too).

Will you vote for me?


And after you vote for me, will you spread the word? I'll send you giant pink fluffy blog hugs if you do.

Are you ready? Do you have your voting shoes on?


December 1, 2009

I heart Faces Photo Challenge - Tooshies

This week's I Heart Faces photo challenge is "I Heart Tooshies" - photos taken from behind the subject.

I want to share a picture of my boys exploring together for this challenge.

I have tons of pictures of the boys rushing ahead to explore. The one I'm entering in the challenge is a recent picture, from a walk in the woods we took in October. I think it looks like they're heading off into an enchanted, fairy tale forest. I hope they don't eat any ginger bread houses!