Monday, June 30, 2008

random photography

I usually like taking pictures. I'm still kinda learning all the ins and outs of my camera though, so they don't always come out so pretty. Hopefully I'll get the hang of it one of these days. :)

So last week sometime, I saw (very randomly) on the news that the moon was supposed to be bright and full and appear to be very large. In short, it was supposed to look amazing. I had to work that night, but I toted my camera to work with me in hopes that I might catch a glimpse. I kept going outside (and leaving my client alone, bad me), but there seemed to be a heavy cloud cover that night. Finally, around 10:45 pm, the clouds parted and I managed to see the moon. Yes, it was bright, and yes, it was full, but I failed to see why it had made it onto the evening news. Nothing spectacular, I tell ya. But I was there, with camera in hand, so I snapped this. Is it just me, or does it look pretty much the same size as normal???

Okay, so after that incredibly wonderful picture, I will insert a picture of a rainbow. I love rainbows, they make me happy. Anyways, it started pouring the other evening (like it has pretty much every day for the last 22 or so), and the sun was shining, so I knew there would be a rainbow somewhere. And it showed up right in front of our house. I don't think any picture does a rainbow justice -- this one was so beautiful, and I couldn't even manage to get the whole thing in the viewfinder, seeing as I was way too close. I just wanted to reach out and touch it -- and grab the pot of gold lol. :-D Anyways, here is my best attempt.

Something else that makes me happy is shopping!!! There were Old Navy ads plastered all over TV all week, and something that caught my eye was the one-day sale on Saturday. They were offering all their classic flip flops for just $1!!!! I know a bargain when I see one! I was quite pleased with the haul, paying just $4 for four pairs of flip flops that would normally cost $20. The limit was five pairs. I was going to get five pairs for myself, but I had one generous bone in my body, and bought a pair for James as well. However, after seeing how ungrateful he was, I think I should have stuck with five pairs for me. How sad I had to leave the green ones behind.... :(

And last but not least, is my ever-willing photo subject Spencer in her ever-lazy pose. :)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

overheard in the drive-thru

"Welcome to McDonald's, may I take your order?"

"Yes, I'd like a junior chicken sandwich and a double cheeseburger, please."

"Okay, so, a junior chicken combo?"

"No, just the sandwich, and also a double cheeseburger."

"A junior chicken sandwich?"

"Yes, and also a double cheeseburger." (sigh!)


After a minute.....

"Welcome to McDonald's, may I take your order?"

uh, hello?

"Um, I just placed an order, did you get that?"

"Oh. I guess it didn't go through, do you want to order again?" (as if I have a choice, now that I'm stuck in the middle of the drive-thru)

"I'll have a junior chicken sandwich and a double cheeseburger please!"

"A McChicken combo?"


"A JUNIOR CHICKEN SANDWICH!" (said in a very loud voice) "and a double cheeseburger too!"

"Okay, so, just the sandwiches?"


"Please pull ahead for your total."

"Thanks." (or not)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

adventures of our cats

Our children cats are named Spencer and Harry. And before you ask, no, we DON'T have an obsession with Princess Diana. We just picked those names because we like them.

Anyways, on to the tale.....

Last Saturday, I was trying to relax after coming home from work at 7am. We were supposed to head over to James' parents house around 11am, so I wanted to be as rested as possible. In the past few days, we had noticed the apartment had an interesting odor hanging in the air. I figured this was just because the litter boxes needed a good deep cleaning, and we were out of air freshener. Little did I know it was much worse. I went to tackle the litter boxes and realized there really wasn't much to clean out of them. Which was weird, seeing as I hadn't done it in a few days. So therein lies the problem -- I can smell it, so I know it's there, so WHERE IS IT???

I didn't feel like doing anything else, so after freshening up the litter boxes, I settled on the sofa to rest a little. Spencer was running around and crying -- didn't really know why, didn't really care. :) She started pawing in one corner so I yelled at her to stop. She ran over by James' toolbox and started scratching around there. Again I yelled at her, and was very annoyed that she should disturb me in such a fashion. After that, she squatted not far from where I was sitting and made an ENORMOUS mess on the carpet.

By this time, I was livid. I yelled at her some more, picked her up, and carried her to the bathroom, where she was to remain a prisoner. :) James had been sleeping, but was now very much awake due to the commotion. Harry was looking on with interest, trying his hardest to be good so I would not turn my wrath on him. As I was cleaning up the mess, I began to smell that wonderful smell again, and not just because of what I was doing. It was in the vicinity. So I looked in the areas Spencer had been scratching around in this morning, and found another huge mess, all over James' winter coat. Plus, she had taken it upon herself to pee all over a large box of scrapbooking supplies I had stashed in the corner. Now this is where I draw the line -- do NOT mess with my scrapbooking stuff!!!

Needless to say, I did NOT get any rest that morning, as we spent most of it cleaning up the house and running to Walmart to get stain and odor removing cleaners. I guess the problem was the humidity in the house had made the litter in their boxes damp and it wasn't clumping properly. Spencer wasn't fond of this, so she decided to take her business elsewhere. Luckily, Harry did not decide the same thing. :) We fixed the problem with a dehumidifier and brand new clean litter, and all has been well ever since.

I have always been the one to defend the cats when James gets mad at them or wants to get rid of them. But let me say, I was THIS close to leaving Spencer out on the street when she decided to pee on my patterned paper. And my alphabet stickers. And my rub-ons. And all the rest of my stuff. That is just an area too close to my heart (no pun intended). But she remains, as the princess of the house (for now).

P.S. I got her back today -- I gave her a nice long bath, and by the time it was over, she was mad and has gone into a corner to sulk for the rest of the day. Hopefully, she won't pee in that corner lol. :-D

Friday, June 20, 2008

spoiling ourselves :)

We work hard!

We earn our own money!

We deserve to buy ourselves nice things once in a while!!

That being prefaced, we went out shopping yesterday and bought a couple things. Not-very-cheap things. Pretty expensive things. :) James has been wanting a video game system for a while now. And while I'm not big on war games and the like, I do enjoy other fun games and games that make me think.

So, before we could talk ourselves out of it, we came home with.....

The xBox 360, of course, being for James, (left), and the Nintendo DS Lite for me (below). I had to go to work last night, but I would venture to say that James probably stayed up half the night playing Splinter Cell. :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

confessions of a mall addict :)

My name is Melissa, and I like shopping. Okay, I love shopping. And most of all, I love shopping all by my lonesome self. Don't get me wrong, I like shopping with my sisters-in-law and my sister (when I get to see her), and I definitely like shopping with my mom, but there's just something about strolling along in the mall all by yourself -- taking your sweet time, spending an hour in one store, and maybe 2 minutes in another, because I want to and I don't have to worry if the other person is getting bored or wants to look at stuff I don't want to!! Basically, what it means is I'm selfish lol. :)

As a little side note -- I have never had my wallet stolen or lost my credit/debit cards when I'm shopping by myself, so there's another pro to add to the list. (And yes, that has happened more than once.....)

So I set off this afternoon to a mall about 40 minutes away. Our tiny town has NO good shopping, and I'm not even exaggerating. We have Walmart, Zellers (kinda like Target), a few old lady clothing stores, drugstores, dollar stores, and yeah, that's pretty much it. Fortunately, we live in a pretty central location -- drive 30-40 minutes in any direction and hit great shopping. So I kinda rotate through all the good malls.

Before I left, I went to the Salvation Army and donated a huge bag of clothing, and tons of books. Getting rid of some stuff beforehand made me feel better about the money I might spend lol. :-D

Anyways, it was a very therapeutic 3 1/2 hours -- I got a bunch of great (inexpensive) shirts and a few other things. Plus a piece of pizza and a Frappuccino. :)

Pretty much the perfect day. The only thing that could possibly have made it better was if there had been a great scrapbooking store to shop at too. :) Oh, and unlimited money would be nice.......

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

this and that

I have certainly been neglecting this blog again, as per usual. I'm always thinking, I should put this on my blog, and then I never do! So I think what it boils down to is I have a blog in my head, if anyone is interested in reading it. :) :)

My mom had surgery on June 12 to remove the cancerous cells. They also removed several lymph nodes so they can try to determine whether the cancer has spread. The surgeon was looking for a particular lymph node but couldn't find it, so hopefully they have taken ones that will be a good indicator, as she definitely doesn't want more surgery. She also had a drain put in this time, which annoyed her to no end, but that was removed yesterday and she is recovering at home. She was even able to attend church on Sunday AND sing in the choir. I don't believe there's anything my mother cannot do!

James and I have been pretty busy lately. We finished up our Missions Conference at church on June 8, and that was a great time of fellowship and learning. Going to church five times in one week certainly put a drain on our gas money. It is rather unfortunate that the closest good Bible-believing independent Baptist church is about 30 minutes away, but we believe in being faithful no matter the cost, and we believe this is the best possible church for us right now. One day, we hope to move closer to a Godly local church.

A couple of weeks ago, we went to a Jays game in Toronto. We always love to do that -- ride the subway into downtown Toronto and watch a baseball game from the upper decks. The tickets are fairly inexpensive, and I got to try out the amazing zoom on my new camera. Some of the pictures I got look so close-up, and we were sitting on the top level! I'm going to have to get some pictures of the Yankees when we go in August. The only bummer to the day was it was probably the hottest day of the summer so far. :) Not that I mind the heat, but the sun was out in full force, and there we were with our bared, sunscreen-free shoulders. Haha, yeah, I was in pain for almost a week after........that'll teach me.......

James seems to have done something to his shoulder. On Thursday, he was in so much pain he was practically crying, but he wouldn't let me take him to the emergency room. He went to the doctor on Friday, who thinks it's a torn muscle of some sort. He loaded him up on pain meds and scheduled an x-ray and ultrasound for later this week. Yesterday, James said his shoulder is feeling so good, only a twinge here and there, and he wants to go back to regular duty at work. :) I say let's wait until the test results -- he might be feeling good as a result of taking all that pain medication around the clock. Hopefully, it was only something minor to begin with, and has already started to heal.

Hmmmmm.......anything else? Oh yeah, I was able to quit one of my jobs and I am so happy about it! I worked at a nursing home every other weekend, and it was really draining me. I loved all the old people, but unfortunately, that was the only thing I loved about the place. This particular home had such an uninviting atmosphere, and staff who would rather gossip and argue among themselves than take care of the residents. In the last few months, I ended up having to work BOTH of my jobs on the same weekend, which meant working 46 hours in the space of only 58. Let me tell you -- a few months of that equals total exhaustion!!! I am very thankful that it was only an extra job, and not necessary to our financial situation, so out the window it went! I am sending in my application to register for the RN exam sometime this week, so I am working on perfecting my resume and a cover letter to send out to area hospitals. I thought this day would never come.

And there you have it -- my incredibly newsy post.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

up and up and up

Just a note on this fine rainy day that should make EVERYONE happy they don't live in Canada.

And that is.....

Gas is $4.84 a gallon here.

That's right -- rejoice and be thankful for the $4 or so you're paying.

Cuz now you know -- it could be a lot worse.