Wednesday, January 31, 2007

only by the grace of God

I scared myself so badly today. I have never been in a car accident, and after today, thankfully, I can still say the same thing!!!

It's winter and it's been snowing up here most every day as of late, today being no exception. I was driving home from the grocery store around 8:30 am. There wasn't really a lot of snow on the roads, but there was enough, and it was slippery and slushy. I was kinda going along a windy road, probably one I shouldn't have been taking because it isn't as well travelled. Nevertheless, there I was. I was driving very slowly and headed around one of the more severe curves. And then it happened.......I found myself skidding onto the other side of the road into oncoming traffic! Be still my heart. There weren't a lot of cars on the road, but there WAS someone coming the other way right when this happened (of course).

Fortunately, he was paying attention and saw me. HE SAW ME!!!! I shifted the car into neutral and tried to steer it back onto the right side. I was able to come to a stop, and so did he, about 3-4 inches from the front of my car. I was so relieved!!! Beyond relieved! I didn't even know what to do at first, but then I thought maybe I should get going the right way again. :) I was a little scared to look at the other driver, for fear he would be angry or making obscene gestures or what have you. But he wasn' me and gave me the thumbs up and mouthed "it's okay!" Wow. Double relief. I kept wondering to myself on the rest of the way home if I would have been that understanding had I been in his position. I wonder.

By God's grace, I am in one piece! Thank you, God, for keeping me safe and putting me in the way of someone who taught me a lesson about understanding and patience. His protection will never stop amazing me.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Canadian weirdness

So. Living in Canada is really not that different from the States. But they do have some oddities about them, just little stuff that sometimes drives me nuts.

  1. Winter hats are called toques. That's pronounced "toooook" as in tooth.
  2. The last letter of the alphabet is said "zed", not "zee." Now that's just retarded.
  3. Things that you wear on your feet that I would normally call sneakers or running shoes are called "runners." How original.
  4. The squirrels that grace us with their presence are all black, not gray like I am used to.
  5. Every label on EVERYTHING is written in half English, half French. The irony is Ontario is not a French province. I don't know anyone who is French, or even speaks French, but we have to look at French every time we go shopping or eat.
  6. There are no dollar bills, the lowest denomination is $5. There are, however, $1 coins called loonies and $2 coins called toonies. Yikes.
  7. The things that you wear on your hands in the winter that I normally call gloves or mittens depending on whether they have fingers are called "mitts." No matter if they are actually gloves.
  8. You can use debit for EVERYTHING up here. And I mean everything. You don't have to have a check card. This is one thing I actually like. I generally never have cash on me, which means I don't have to carry the annoying loonies and toonies.
  9. Okay, not everything -- the local coffee place, Tim Horton's, which everyone (excluding me) is in absolute love with, only accepts cash. This is probably the only reason I would ever carry cash.
  10. You cannot buy milk in gallons or half gallons as most normal people do. Instead, you buy it in BAGS. Three bags equals four liters, which is a little more than a gallon. And it is EXPENSIVE!
  11. Yes, people do say "eh" a lot. A LOT.
  12. Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) is kinda equivalent to the day after Thanksgiving in the US. Crazy shopping and crazy sales. People get up early to go out and blow money right after they just blew a bunch on Christmas. Credit card companies love this day.
  13. Boxing Day has become more of a Boxing Week thing. Even after Boxing Day is over, places continue to advertise "Boxing Week" sales clear into January. We're at the end of January, and I still see Boxing Week sales being advertised, usually at furniture stores.
  14. Have you ever heard of five-pin bowling? Enough said.
  15. Canadians trash Americans a lot. Sometimes this amuses me, sometimes it really annoys me. Often, they will do it in front of me, not realizing where I'm from. Then when they find out, they're like, oh, well, I DO like some Americans, or I didn't mean YOU..... Yeah right buddy. It is kind of funny, though, to watch them squirm. :)

Okay, my brain hurts. I will add more to the list later. There is definitely a lot more.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

gas prices 101

hey, I'm talking about gas prices again!!! And I'm not complaining yet either.......amazing.

I filled up yesterday for $0.77 a liter ($2.43 a gallon). That's the lowest it's been in a while!!!! It dropped a bunch when I wasn't paying attention or noticing or even caring about it. But I'm cool with that. Definitely.

stained glass masquerade

Wow, this is powerful......I'm sure we have all felt like this. I know I have.

Is there anyone that fails?
Is there anyone that falls?
Am I the only one in church today feelin' so small?
'Cause when I take a look around,
Everybody seems so strong,
I know they'll soon discover that I don't belong.

So I tuck it all away
Like everything's okay,
If I make them all believe it,
Maybe I'll believe it, too.
So with a painted grin, I play the part again
So everyone will see me the way that I see them.

Are we happy plastic people
Under shiny plastic steeples
With walls around our weakness
And smiles to hide our pain?
But if the invitation's open
To every heart that has been broken,
Maybe then we can close the curtain on our stained glass masquerade.

Is there anyone who's been there?
Are there any hands to raise?
Am I the only one who's traded in the altar for a stage?
The performance is convincing
And we know every line by heart,
Only when no one is watching can we really fall apart.

But would it set me free?
If I dared to let you see
The truth behind the person
That you imagine me to be?

Would your arms be open?
Or would you walk away?
Would the love of Jesus be enough to make you stay?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

loving my job

It's very rare that I would ever come to this conclusion, but I can't think of anything bad to say about my job!!!

Let's face it, folks......I'm an adult babysitter with a nursing degree. I've come to grips with that fact. But I don't know any other babysitter who gets paid per hour what I do. :)

And what do I get paid for, really? My "charge" sleeps probably 9 to 9 1/2 hours of the 10 that I stay with her. So I get paid to sleep, eat, watch TV, read, whatever else I want to do. And the reason I'm recently loving my job is that it is giving me time to scrapbook, something I never seemed to be able to fit in around here. So I get paid a bunch of money to do something I really WANT to do. Jealous yet?

Now, here's the thing......this (babysitting) is NOT what I really want to be doing. I want to be a nurse, and I will be taking a test to get my license up here on June 6th. But, for the meantime, who wouldn't love this job?

Friday, January 19, 2007

Michael's best song

Above all powers, above all kings,
Above all nature and all created things,
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man,
You were here before the world began;

Above all kingdoms, above all thrones,
Above all wonders the world has ever known,
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth,
There's no way to measure what You're worth.

Crucified and laid behind a stone,
You lived to die, rejected and alone,
Like a rose, trampled on the ground,
You took the fall,
And thought of ME,

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

all the above

I love music!!! I am generally listening to it all day long if I'm home, and even if I'm on the run, I usually have my iPod in tow. My husband and I generally agree on music, but occasionally we differ. For instance, he likes a bit of hip-hop (NOT for me), and of course, I love Josh Groban and Andrea Boccelli, and he is not a fan. We like a lot of the same Christian bands. But one thing we really differ on is that I will listen to a song for the lyrics, and he generally is attracted to it for the tune. But such is life....... Anyways, there are so many good Christian songs with excellent words, I could do tons and tons of posts on all the songs I like. But here's one for today, by MercyMe (probably my favorite Christian band). It is a GREAT reminder that there is ALWAYS a reason for us as Christians to be happy. And I love the fact that all the angels rejoiced when I got saved. I'm nobody special, but ALL of them rejoiced. Wow. Does God love me or what?

Remember the day that God forgot your sin?
Remember the way that joy came tumbling in?
There will be times when you cannot find
A reason to stand and sing
But let this remind you time after time
That you're a child of the King.

The day that Heaven found you,
The day the angels sang
Praises to the Father,
Who called you by name;
The moment you surrendered,
The moment you were saved,
And life, as you knew it,
Forever was changed,
And all the above rejoiced.

hello and goodbye

Hello to season six of American Idol and 24!!!! Two of my most favorite shows started this week, so don't bother me on Monday or Tuesday :)

And goodbye to my most favorite pair of PJ pants (sniff sniff). They are blue and black plaid and I've had them since about 9th grade. The holes on the sides of the legs were forgivable, but newer recent holes have left them unwearable, esp for running outside and checking the mail I'll miss them. Fortunately, my mama sent me awesome fleece PJ pants for Christmas!!!!

As you can see, there is really nothing in my life of note or worth blogging about, so I'm blogging about TV and PJ's. Somebody get me a gun. :)

Friday, January 12, 2007

I'm a bad cat mommy

Well, it's official. I am a bad cat parent. Ha ha.

Yeah, so this is what I did. I accidentally locked my cat out of the apartment for the ENTIRE NIGHT. So far, no lasting effects........we'll see.

Anyways, my husband and me were watching TV and promptly fell asleep on the sofas. About 1 am, Spencer jumped on me and woke me up, I think she wanted to be fed or something. So I dragged myself off the sofa, woke my husband up, and proceeded to get ready to go to bed. Well, in so doing, I was turning off all the lights. The light switch for our living room is actually outside our door in the little hallway/foyer thing, so I opened the door to turn it off. Unbeknownst to me, the cat ran out and I turned off the light, so of course, I didn't notice her. I shut the door, turned off the rest of the lights, brushed my teeth, and went to bed. When I went into the bedroom, I asked Jamie if the cat was in there, and he said yeah, he thought so. Well, we were both half asleep, and it was dark. I listened for a little bit, thought I heard some rustling, and said okay, that must be her, shut the door, thought nothing more about it.

Jamie got up around 9 am the next morning (well technically the same morning) and asked me if I knew where the cat was. I thought maybe she was hiding under the bed but no sign. I figured she must have been in the bed in the middle of the night while we were sleeping, since a stuffed animal had hit me in the head at some point. :) I looked in all her usual hiding places, nothing. Well, Jamie decided to take a shower, and I went to turn on the lights. I opened the door to get the one in the living room, and Spencer comes running in, looking very relieved! I just started laughing, I couldn't help it. :)

Now, if you know my cat at all, you know that she has a severe attitude problem. I thought perhaps this would scare her into good behavior, at least for a while. Well, it seemed as if it might.......for the better part of the day, she was rather good, kinda laying low, giving me shifty looks once in a while.

But has she learned? Sadly NO. Every time I open the door, she still tries to run out (although she has been outside a few times and is absolutely scared to death of it). She still has issues with her attitude. She bites and scratches when she shouldn't. She is bad in general and gets punished a lot.

I think she should be put out there every night, make her appreciate what she has INSIDE THE DOOR. But then again, she's a cat, she'll never appreciate anything. :)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

playing catch-up

Well, what a long and eventful holiday season it has been!!! I can't really say I'm sorry it's over, now I'm just ready for the winter to be over. Although it doesn't look like that will be happening anytime soon.......our temps are below freezing every day and there's snow at night and it's just miserable. Come summer!!!

Anyways, Jamie and I ended up celebrating our Christmas by going to church in the morning and then opening gifts together on Christmas Eve. Yay!! I got a bunch of stuff -- hmmm, a couple of movies, a Josh Groban CD, two hoodies, a bathrobe, scrapbooking stuff, and of course, candy. There might have been more that I'm just not remembering at the moment. I got him shoes (how boring, but that is what he wanted), a sweater, a long-sleeve shirt, two books, a Buffalo Bills toque, and a movie. Here is a pic of all the loot. :)

Christmas morning I had to work until 3 pm, and after that we went to Jamie's parents for the rest of the day. We had Christmas dinner -- two turkeys and ham and stuffing and potatoes and salad and veggies and croquettes and cheesecake and other yummy stuff -- lots of food for the 15 of us. Then we had a gift exchange, everyone had drawn a name, b/c buying gifts for that many people is kind of ridiculous! I personally was glad about the arrangement. I had drawn the name of Nate, Jamie's 17-year-old brother. Woohoo, a gift certificate definitely did the trick. Jamie's dad had drawn my name, and bought me a Casting Crowns CD I really wanted. So I think it worked out rather well. I had to work the next day (Boxing Day) too, but I didn't mind too pay always sits well with me. :)

A couple of days after Christmas, Jamie and I both got sick on the same day, nasty stomach flu sickness. Yuck!!!! And that's all I'm going to say about that, to spare all of you.

New Year's Eve, we went to a church party thing at someone's house. We were going to leave before midnight, but ended up staying until about 12:45 or so. We had a very loud and very rambunctious round of TriBond going, and of course, we just had to finish! Well, at least I did......Jamie wasn't all that into it. But I am ultra-competitive.......sometimes to a fault. :)

We spent New Year's Day at Jamie's parents' house again, and his grandparents came too. I don't think we got over there until later afternoon, b/c we had stayed up rather late the night before. But at least we didn't have hangovers, like a lot of the population.

So, now, it's back to normal. Back to working, back to the daily grind, back to winter, back to cooking meals every night instead of eating holiday leftovers. Jamie has a weird afternoon/evening shift this week, and I'm working nights, so we're not seeing too much of each other. It's pretty much, he gets home and I head out the door after handing him his supper. It will change next week though, which is good, b/c we need to start frequenting the gym a little more.

Okay, this post tired me out a bit, thinking of all the busyness. To close, here is a pic taken on Christmas Eve of me, my hubby, and our little kitty. If she looks rather crabby, it's because she WAS!!!!

Friday, January 5, 2007

I'm alive

Just posting real quick to say I'm here and I'm alive. I've just been super busy with the holidays and working a lot and all. But I've got lots to post about, maybe this weekend.

Happy 2007!