Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
He didn't really want his picture taken, Sally on the other hand was very cooperative although I've discovered that when I have the camer infront of my face, she closes her eyes and looks away so I have to be fast.
And the money shot...Beauty and the Beast. Check out Mr. Tubby's face, he's freaking drooling!
Friday, June 26, 2009
The beef, much to my dismay, was too big for the bbq grill. After telling Kerry that next time we need a bbq we will be getting a much bigger one, I cut the brisket in 2 pieces.
He left for work smellling like a hickory stick. I'm sure the neighbours think someone's house burnt down during the night, it smells so smokey but oh, so yummy both inside and outside.
I will never tell anyone that I am making them brisket for lunch ever again. Unless it's left over from the night before.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Emily got to school, I drove her and then came back to read my brisket recipe only to realize that if I have to massage the brisket with the rub I made 2 days ago ( I hate touching raw meat), and let it sit for 1 hour afterwards, and then bbq it for 1.5 hours and then bake it for 4.5 hours and let it sit for 1 hours before cutting, I have to get up at 4 am. Who's stupid idea was this?
I woke up at 4:30 am today, because someone was breathing very loudly, Sally, and I actually thought it was someone in another room of the house talking. Freaky! But good to know that the sun comes up around that time so I won't be bbq-ing in the dark tomorrow.
This brisket making better move me up to sainthood.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I woke up feeling like someone pummeled me in my sleep. I'm so sore, I think I just slept funny.
I think I'm pretty smart, I realized I could save the MP3 files from The Photographers' Workshop to my ipod and listen to them while I do other things, instead of sitting in front of the computer listening. Sometimes, I just can't believe how smart I am.
I made more purses, I will list them on etsy.com and hopefully sell a couple to offset the cost of the crazy fabric collection I am obtaining. If I think it's getting too bad, I'll just go to my mom's and then I'll realize I only have 3 drawers of fabric, she has a room, and that will make me feel better. Although she doesn't have a scrapbooking room and I do.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
There were some awesome bikes! Kerry liked this one!
Monday, June 22, 2009
So, rainy Monday morning, bring it on! I'm just happy to have started the class I never thought I'd get into!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Side. The kids said it looks like he's wearing a back pack and that it was super cute.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I could cry. And maybe I should have seeing as how I found this out while I was weeding my evening away when I could have been putting my new stamps together. At least my tears would have watered my plants...
I have planted my seeds twice. I have weeded, not that well, but still, more than ever before. I water, I fertilize. I wish. And still I have nothing to show for it. If the birds and bugs didn't abscond with my seeds, the cat next door crapped on them and then the quail and bugs ate the little bitty plants that did grow. But I had some hope...I had 2, yes, 2 radishes. And when I got back from Vancouver I was so happy to see them still there, and they were huge. So I picked them. And as any good scrap booker would do, I washed them and set them on the cutting board for their photo shoot. Then I ran downstairs to get my camera. It was set up in the bedroom for my boudoir photo shoot. Not. While downstairs I heard the sound of claws on the floor, running claws, happy claws, claws on the deck. What the ?
I ran upstairs to find only 1 radish on the cutting board and a certain girl dog looking at it longingly. A certain boy dog had taken off with my radish!!! He's tried before to take things off the counter, but never actually has. Usually he will try to lick the item and then he gets yelled at.
This is what I get. This is what I weeded for hours for, what I lovingly watered and fertilized for. So I bit the other radish, it was stinking hot and gave it to Sally.
I'm thinking this gardening thing is better left to Grandpa.
This guy had his 92nd birthday on the 11th but we celebrated last night at Ozeki's. It always cracks me up that we go to a Japanese restaurant. It was good, he ordered green tea ice cream for dessert, so did I, he complained that it was not worth the $2.50 for 1 scoop, it's not. But I explained that green tea ice cream is super expensive by the litre. He accepted that and ate his ice cream. The server brought a piece of paper, which had "Otanjou-bi Omedetou Gozaimasu" written on it. She didn't quite pronounce it right, Grandpa couldn't understand her. She said her co-worker wrote it down for her and she was just reading it. Grandpa looked at her and said her accent was wrong, she's Chinese. Which was bang on, she said she was and they laughed about it and she got note writer to come and read it for him. She was Japanese, the note said "Happy Birthday!" Grandpa got a kick out of it and kept the note.
BTW, I had a chance to sit and look at my Photographers' Workshop binder. I'm such a loser. It's just a binder, with tab pages, nothing else. The info will be emailed and I will have to print it out. What a let down.
Monday, June 15, 2009
These are the new Stampin' Up In Colours Inks and Cardstocks.
Right away, Shaun got asked to pose with this person, all 3 kids were from D Gray Man, I won't even pretend to know what or who they were. I like the cute charaters, the soft and fluffy ones.
My Neighbour Totoro. A movie character, I haven't seen it, but the kids borrowed it from Tara's Shawn and we had to take pictures of Totoro for Shawn.
The girls took part in the 'Glomp' game. Glomping is when you run up to someone and hug them, it's best to ask for permission first. Dozens of kids stand in a large circle, this one happened to be outside on the side walk between Canada Place and the convention center, right in front of all the tour buses, so the tourists got an eyeful. A dozen kids stand in the middle, and spin bottles. They run and hug the person the bottle is pointing to, and then swap places with that person. Deodorant is a must.
Then the kids made a huge congo line. Again, the tourists were in shock, many took pictures.
The best cosplayer at the convention. Master Roshi was in character, he walked, hummed and posed like the real Master Roshi would have done. He even crossed the street in character. This guy had to be my age, he was not a teenager, he was also there by himself. That's devotion to Dragonball!
A guy on a segway is not something we see in Kelowna on a regular basis, but in Van. it was the norm.
The trip down was fairly uneventful, a bit of thunder and some very large lightening gave us a scare, but it was short lived. But the way home was another story. It started raining and I could see the cars up a head had all pulled over. So I did too and then the downpour of rain and hail hit and it was so loud we couldn't hear ourselves! The water on the right side is probably 4 inches deep. There are at least 20 cars behind me pulled over, and you can see the dozen or so cars on the left side of the road pulled over. We sat there for at least 10 minutes and then a truck with a small boat passed us going about 40 kms. so I decided if he can do that, so can I. I was so brave, didn't help that the navigator, Shaun, said we shouldn't do it. But I did, and we drove slowly and we made it out save and sound.
I made the kids get out of the van and sit for a picture at the look out, you can see Okanagan Lake behind them. Always thinking of scrapbooking! I will make a mini album for the kids, like last year.
The girls both bought these hats, by Punchbrand. I think every person there bought something from the talented woman! The hats are so cute. Shaun bought a couple of her pins.
I made it to a couple of scrapbooking stores. We didn't make it to Krispy Kreme but we felt the trade off was worth it. Instead we found T&T market at Metrotown, the largest Asian market I have ever seen. It had a huge sushi selection, dim sum, bakery, and grocery store. The kids found their favourites in more flavours then they are used to. We found fresh BBQ pork buns that were the best I've had. I hadn't had any good ones since I lived in Vancouver, 18 years ago. And so we bought 4 and then I had to go back and get more to bring back for Kerry. I also had a a green onion pancake, I buy them here at Safeway, but probably won't ever again because I have tasted what they should be like and it is far better than the flat, oily thing at Safeway. I will probably crave these things!
The kids spent way too much money but I figured it was not that big of a deal. Everything they bought was stuff they can't get here. We went to Sakura Media so many times that the guys there knew us. Everytime we went they had just unpacked new books so the kids were thrilled!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
A - Age: 36
B - Bed size: Queen
C - Chore you hate: cleaning toilets
D - Dog's name: Sally and Linus
E - Essential start your day item: Cold coffee
F - Favorite color: Depends, blue, green?
G - Gold or Silver: Either or.
H - Height: 5'4"
I - Instruments you play(ed): organ, clarinet
J - Job title: Mom
K - Kid(s): Shaun, 19, Emily, 13
M - Mom's name: Elaine
N - Nicknames: Mama, Oog,
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Never
P - Pet Peeve: bad breath
Q - Quote from a movie: "Do or do not, there is no try" - Yoda, "Get your own tots!" - Napolean Dynamite.
R - Right or left handed: Left
S - Siblings: Younger brother, Justin
T - Time you wake up: between 6:30 and 7
U- Underwear: Yes
V - Vegetable you dislike: raw mushrooms
W - Ways you drink your coffee: cold, with lots of milk and Starbucks SF vanilla syrup.
X-rays you've had: MRI, to check brain when diagnosed incorrectly for migraines, sinus, chest, teeth,
Y - Yummy food you make: just about everything
Z - Zoo favorite : Elephants, except when the poop. Have you ever seen elephant poop? Gag me!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
What I will do is give you a little run down on what is in the new catty.
-a cute quail set. I could do layouts about why I have nothing in my garden.
-Season of Friendship, that tree set that was in the mini.
-Pony Party, think My Little Pony
-lots of new pattern paper
But I have to go!
We have 3 day convention passes, but also plans on shopping at Metrotown, a couple scrapbook stores, and Krispy Kremes. We plan to be home Sunday evening.
I have a list of what to do today, what to do tomorrow, what to take, what Kerry needs to know and do while we are gone, where we are going, contact numbers, and I might have a list of my lists.
Today's list includes baking Monster Cookies, they are great for trips and husbands that need to fend for themselves. With a whole 6 eggs, 9 cups of oatmeal, both sugars, Smarties, choc. chips and raisins, not to mention 3 cups of peanut butter, you can't go wrong. They are close to the size of my hand, not my palm, I use an ice cream scoop to measure them out. Also known as sawdust cookies or poop makers. Emily will eat them with much open faced mining to remove all the raisins.
I've still got my headache. I'm hoping the chiropractor gets rid of it. If not, I might have to resort to ear plugs for the drive down to Vancouver, or issue a gag order on the kids.
And to add to all this running around, list making, I am expecting my copy of the new SU catalogue, and new stamp sets.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Stay tuned for something special! I'm still nursing my head. I've decide my brain is growing, and my skull is too small for it. I go to the chiropractor tomorrow, if that doesn't help, I'm going to the dr. for a brain transplant. If I call and ask you to donate, it's because I think your pretty smart.
Monday, June 08, 2009
We got to look after our friend's 14 month old on Saturday. He slept almost the whole time, then he pooped. Linus thinks the baby is too die for. He is so fascinated with him. Last time he was here, he was crawling around and Linus pushed him down with a big old paw and held him there while he cleaned his ears. I was appalled. Mom wasn't so worried. In this picture you can see Baby is not impressed, and Linus's tongue is trying to taste him.
My mom and aunt went to Creative Chaos on Vernon and at the last minute I decided to go to. It's too big, there are too many potters, too many jewellery makers, soap makers, and children's clothes makers. I never by any crafts. But this year there was a guy, the Fimoman, and he had cartoon characters, magnets, pins and necklaces. So I bought the kids each one of those. And I always buy fudge, and Emily heard me say that before I left, so of course, I had to buy it because now it was expected of me. I bought some spices too.
Shaun had his Murder Mystery party and it went well, lots of food left over. He was a super nice big brother and let Emily hang out with his friends. She got dressed up and had a good time.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Friday, June 05, 2009
I cut the butterfly and branch out with my Silhouette, then glued cardstock to the back of the butterfly.