{May 29, 2008}   What a day!

I have to admit I haven’t been in this lousy a mood in a couple weeks. Kids … testing today, really testing. And you know what? They succeeded – they got a rise or two (or four or five) out of me. Definitely not the most stellar hour in the history of my teaching career … on the other hand, I think I might have ‘scared’ a few of them ‘straight’ as it were, so that’s all good. I just managed to tie up my next two lunch breaks with detentions. Really detentions should be served in the office, or under the auspices of a teacher assigned that ‘supervision’ duty, in a detention room, like I remember it being in high school and middle school anyway.

Other than that I’m trying to motivate myself to clean up this pigsty … I have to admit since the move has been getting close we’ve kinda been letting it go, and sort of feeling ‘why bother’ since no one’s coming over and it’s messy and we’re surrounded by boxes anyway – I didn’t go pick up my husband because I wanted to clean up around here, and I just ended up going down for a two hour nap (although obviously much needed). But things are going well. Tomorrow is FRIDAY which is always a positive, and then I get to go out to a dance lesson and see some old friends for a late dinner. Saturday is my birthday and we’re meeting my mom, step-dad, and step-mom for lunch, before going to Brantford an hour away for dinner w/friends and the theatre. Sunday is called “Sarah has to finish her marking” day.

So the busy-ness doesn’t stop, but hopefully ‘days from hell’ are on hold now till at least Monday. Please please please … :S

{May 28, 2008}   The Moments that Matter

Moments That Matter
(Aaron Lines/Mark Irwin/Josh Kear)

I used to think I was a bigshot
Thought I had it all but guess what
Can’t measure life by the things you got
In the end it all ends up to nothing

I swear I missed so many birthdays
Valentines, hallowe’ens and anniversaries
Left me lonesome in the worst ways
But mister I learned something

You can’t buy back the moments that matter
You can’t buy back the moments that matter
There’s a big pot of gold at the top of the ladder
But you can’t buy back the moments that matter

Gonna play some football in the backyard
Teach my nephew how to play the guitar
Call up some old friends and play some cards
Waste a few Saturday evenings

Gonna take my wife out dancing
Every now and then without her asking
Spin her around singing and laughing
There’s memories we should be making


All this talk about the good life
Makes me realize I got a great life
Gotta keep my priorities in sight
You just get one time around


You can’t buy back the moments that matter
You can’t buy back the moments that matter
Years pass you buy and the days start to scatter
But you can’t buy back the moments that matter

{May 27, 2008}   A 9-Letter Word

Which, if you remove its letters one-by-one, each forms a proper English word, right down from 9 letters to 1 letter.

Can you guess what word it is? Watch below to find out.

Thanks Roz for the video! 🙂

{May 27, 2008}   Awesome start …

So – today was a good one. One of my classes was on a field trip so I got a nice unexpected prep time, plus I managed to retain my G2 (not that that was really a surprise – I’ve had it for years, and been driving awhile, but I haven’t had time to get my full license but I can’t keep this one past this month without re-qualifying so I did … yay).

We had a nice dinner to celebrate, bought some groceries, and all that … I’m now mellowing out with a glass of wine before sitting down with some marking and some half-naked sweaty athletic men (yes … WWE Raw in an hour lol).

AND … the projected thunderstorm DIDN’T HAPPEN, which meant I got to take my kindies outside to play – which is usually more fun for them, and results in them being better behaved (or, more to the point, if they DO slip up it matters less as it isn’t inside the school and disturbing other classes). So all in all a good start to my week … hope everyone else’s began as successfully! 🙂 Peace.

{May 26, 2008}   I’m BACK! YESYESYESYES!!!

So – my internet is back. I still have an axe to grind with Bell, but we’ll deal with that at another time. I had a good weekend camping near Ottawa, am in reasonably good spirits despite being bug-bitten and tired, and don’t especially desire to aggravate myself currently.

I’m doing my best to look forward to the week ahead – and no mistakes, there are some awesome things coming up. I’m excited about my birthday next Saturday, which will consist of having my parents (Mom and step-dad, Dad and step-mom, brother and his girlfriend) over for lunch before having dinner with some good friends and going out to the theatre afterwards. Sooner than that I’m looking forward to Friday, with a dance lesson and dinner with really one of my oldest and dearest friends, as well as his girlfriend (who’s a sweetie pie too). But a staff meeting Wednesday … and a driving test tomorrow just to keep a license I’ve already earned (and which I’m nervous about, since my parking is Godawful …) … I could stand to skip all that. Plus the unpacking from camping. 😛

So – it’s an eventful one, and hopefully ultimately a good one – but one I’ll try to keep in touch through and about. 🙂 Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with my new favourite picture in awhile. It’s from last weekend at my mom’s house, Ari and I with my brother Kyle and his gf Dawn. 🙂 I think it’s an awesome picture of ‘the kids’, and I definitely plan to get it developed and framed as soon as I get a moment or two to breathe. Peace all! XO

{May 18, 2008}   Quick update

Hey guys – still offline (actually at my in-laws right now borrowing their computer) – but thought I’d drop in just to say I hope everyone’s having a great long weekend, as we are (minus the lack of internet lol). We met with a couple of friends for breakfast yesterday and then went to the market before rigging up a TV and DVD player on our balcony (with the help of extension cord of course) for an outdoor movie marathon, complete with a couple glasses of wine. A very nice afternoon!

And now after shooting up some internet, as my FIL called it ;), we’re heading to the movie theatre to check out a wrestling pay-per-view attraction, and tomorrow it’s to my mom’s for lunch. All in all a good time! 🙂 And hopefully Tuesday the internet will be back up and running, and I’ll be back at work refreshed and reenergized, and all will be well. Hope all is well out there with my cyber-friends, and hope to be in touch again too. Xs and Os to everyone with the patience to put up with my offline-ness this week. It’s killin’ me! 😛 Cheers.

Our modem is busted.

I’m writing this from the Kitchener Public Library. I feel SO out of touch. I did not realize how internet-reliant I was until I’ve had to go the last 24 hrs. without email … Facebook … my blog …

I’m hoping to get back here to the lib this weekend – but in case I’m too cheap to cover the $1.25 parking, we have been told our modem should be replaced early in the week. So check back Tuesday @ the latest.

And meanwhile in case I don’t get back til next week, Canucks, enjoy the long weekend! 🙂 Peace all. Xs and Os.

{May 13, 2008}   Happy Mother’s Day

Was busy most of the day yesterday
So didn’t get a chance to blog
But right now would like to say …

Happy Mother’s Day:

Mom –
You are my best friend,
My inspiration,
The woman I hope to be.
I have never met someone
So universally liked
And respected.
And if I haven’t said it enough,
You did an awesome job.
Any good in me
Comes from you
And your tireless work –
Even if I didn’t always appreciate it.
Thank you.

Gramma –
You were my second mom,
My best friend,
My first phonecall every weekend,
The person I trusted most growing up,
And you still top that list today.
I respect the care you take
Of your family,
And admire your strength
And unconditional love and support
And honesty. Thank you, as well.

Monique –
You came into our family at a tough time,
But you make my dad so happy,
And have been an awesome friend
To my brother and to me.
I can never thank you enough for that –
For not being an ‘evil stepmother’,
For being so kind to all of us.
Many, many thanks.

Val –
You raised the man I love,
And did an awesome job.
You are a voice of calm and reason,
Never overbearing but always observing,
And you have earned my respect, trust
And love and appreciation always.

To the moms I know –
Alex, Joanna, Lynn, Jules,
Many of the girls at work –
You’re awesome. You’re strong,
You are raising some of the nicest,
Most intelligent, most amazing
Children I know.
Thank you
For being the young and cool
Moms I want to be.
And Jules – thanks for being MY mom
During a very trying time this winter.
I still have your jacket. 😉
Thanks everyone.
Hopefully, I will join your ranks next year.

And to all mothers everywhere –
May this be a time to reflect;
On your successes, on your ‘areas of opportunity’.
A time for your family to appreciate you,
And for you to appreciate yourselves.
Happy Mother’s Day.
God Bless.

{May 9, 2008}   A Rant

OK. Let me preface this entry with the fact I KNOW that in the grand scheme of things, this is the very definition of ‘small potatoes’. With 100,000+ dead in Myanmar, George Bush as US President, soldiers still in Iraq and Afghanistan, reaching the peak of oil, etc. my little problems as a solidly middle class 25-year-old professional woman, happily married in Canada, will very rarely amount to ‘First-Class Tragedy’ status. But hopefully here I can vent some frustration I’ve been dealing with this week, having recognized it’s not a major thing, so that I can get it out of my system and return to being the generally happy, calm, productive young woman I’ve worked on being these last few weeks (contrary to my general jaded, lazy, cranky character lol).

I mentioned some frustrations with the Ministry of Transportation yesterday – that they don’t book road tests outside of bankers hours, that you can’t keep your mid-level license (the G2, between the learner’s and full permits) once you’ve earned it unless you get your full license before it expires, etc. Well, as frustrating as it is, life is life, I’m more than familiar with public sector nonsense, and as I mentioned last night I was prepared to deal with it, requalify for my G2 and take my test for my full license once I got a break from work in the summer. Well, as it turns out … as long as I am scheduled for that G2 test, I am considered a “G1” driver – ie, on my learner’s permit. Ie not allowed to drive by myself, etc. etc. etc. – I find this out while I’m at school and my husband is at work.

Now for the sake of not incriminating myself I won’t say how I made my way home, but the point is this is a HUGE inconvenience, and puts me between a rock and a hard place. I am a qualified licensed driver, able to drive by myself, and quite competent at it. But if I intend to not let my license as I currently have it lapse, I need to rely on the bus and my husband’s driving me around for the next ten days. Which is not exactly the end of the world admittedly, as I said, but to give up the freedom and to be judged as a novice driver simply because I haven’t had my own car in which to get driving experience and practice until 6-8 mos. ago, and now I actually WORK during the hours testing is available, due to governmental public sector red tape, is pissing me off royally. Again … not exactly a nuke going off or famine or a natural disaster or world peace, but one of those petty little personal grievances, and since this is a personal blog, I figured I’d air it.

All that on top of a very WEIRD and FRUSTRATING teaching day … this is definitely time to be T’ing GIF.

And I’m spent. 😛 Thanks for listening guys – I DO feel better and promise to make my next post more upbeat. Luv y’all. XO


That is my big triumph. I actually cooked. lol I made a ham. And corn on the cob. And it was edible. In fact, it was even … dare I say … ‘good’ and ‘yummy’.

Words cannot describe. 😀

Today was also productive – sent off a bunch of mail I’ve been sitting on, went to a Dr.’s appointment (blood pressure slightly up – probably the ham … salt and all, y’know? that plus a Tim Horton’s habit I’ve apparently developed this week), shopped for Mother’s Day (no small task with a mom, a step-mom, a mom-in-law and a VERY VERY dear grandma to shop for 😉 ), and just generally booted about town in my hot little Optra.

Which reminds me – I want to take my “G” exit test (for non-Ontarians: basically going from my learner’s permit to my full license) in Stratford – I’m ready for it except I’m not terribly experienced with highway driving and the highway in Stratford is less scary than the Kitchener one – but they don’t schedule those roadtests after 3:15 pm. Well I’m at work till 3:15. So what I’m going to do – right now I’m on my permit between my learner’s and my full license – yay graduated licensing – but it’s about to expire, which would bump me down to my learner’s again. So I’m going to requalify for that next week (which is incredibly basic and I should be able to do in my sleep … though let’s hope not) and then in the summer when I’m not working as consistently (or will at least have a break between jobs I’d think), I’ll get my full license.

But meanwhile – might I add a grumble here about government/public sector bureaucracy? ARGH are the MTO and drivetest people frustrating … and to think my silly husband thinks private enterprise is generally all kinds of wrong. Perhaps – but at least they are efficient, and you can cow them into being customer-friendly at least SOME of the time … but anyway. I’m trying something new this week – it’s called focusing on the positive – so I think I’ll get off THIS ride before it takes me into cynical and jaded-ville … where I’ve already spent way too much of my time over the years.

But that aside, as you can see, BUSY – that’s my life in a nutshell lately – and it doesn’t look to be letting up anytime soon. The fun part of the school year is about to commence – camping and year end assemblies and parties and stuff – plus we’re going camping at the end of the month so I can take a French certification test, and my birthday is coming up, plus we have a wedding to go to, and our move, and perhaps more progress in other areas of our life … and then it will be Sept. again before we know it. Whoever said time goes faster and faster as you get older knew of what they spoke, let me say that!

et cetera