Monthly Archives: July 2008

Generally feeling sucky

I think I have a pinched nerve or something like that in my back.  I was feeling this bug crawling up my leg.  After feeling it repeatedly like a dozen times and having Eduardo check it a couple of time,  I came to the realization that it wasn’t a bug and it was starting to feel more like I was getting those ‘pins and needles’ from my leg waking up.  It keep me up for hours on Sunday night.  It went away after I finally fell asleep.  It is now back this morning and there is nothing more annoying than feeling like something is crawling up your leg and knowing nothing is there and you can’t make the feeling go away.

I am also tired.  I think this might be partly from depression and I was thinking about going to a counselor to sort out some things that have been bothering me.  I don’t have time to do both so I suspect that if this leg thing keeps up,  I will be heading to a physical therapist for a few weeks.

Was I like this?

Mom always said she couldn’t wait until I had children especially if they turned out like me.  Well Mom… I don’t know if they are turning out like me… you tell me.

I am
making lunch. They come up to me and say they are hungry. I tell them
to wait until lunch is ready. Piero starts into the makings of a little temper tantrum then
goes on to say he doesn’t like what I am making. Have you ever had it?
No… then how do you know if you will like it or not.

15 or 20
minutes later lunch is being served. Now, Piero (who didn’t
actually get anything when he asked prior) is now no longer hungry and
eats almost nothing despite liking said lunch – or so he says. And they wonder why I
didn’t feed them right before lunch! ARGH!!!

WTF???

What kind of person googles with the phrase "Feeling up my step-daughter"?  What is worse is that it hits on my blog where I talk about how much Kylie makes me feel valued as a step-mother.   I am quite sure that is not what they were looking for.   I am feeling a bit sullied by that search.

The end of an era

I arrived in the United States in October 1996.  The first thing I did was lease a 1997 Toyota Paseo to get me around.  The car wasn’t the colour I wanted and it wasn’t a liftback like the 1996 model.  In fact,  I decided after the fact that it wasn’t really a car that I wanted at all.  But despite that… I completed the lease then bought the car.  In the almost 12 years that I have had the car,  it has been a faithful companion.   It has required very few repairs although I kept up on the required maintenance.   I am going to miss this car.  It hasn’t gone to car heaven.  I sold the car to Kelly.  I wasn’t planning on it but we found out that she can’t get a car loan due to lack of credit.  Of course she has no credit!!! She just arrived in this country.  How the United States expects anyone to get started in this country is beyond me.  They truly make it difficult.

So we went out to buy a car for ourselves so we could sell the car to Kelly.  I thought I wanted a Cooper Clubman.  Eduardo wouldn’t even go test drive this car.  We test drove a Matrix.  Now I have been a loyal Toyota household for years.  Between Mike and I,  we have owned 3 Toyotas but I am sorry, Toyota Corporation,  you didn’t get my business this time around.  The Matrix had an extremely poorly designed instrument panel.  They didn’t have a Yaris to test drive and I guess with the price of gas,  the Prius is selling for a premium.  We went to try to test drive a Nissan Versa.  The chick left us standing at the front door for 20 minutes.  When we left,  we saw her wandering around out back.  Nissan didn’t get our business either.  We called that night a bust.  We looked at the Honda Fit but didn’t test drive it.  And then Eduardo said… well you could get a 2-door if you wanted to…. after all we have the Patriot for family events.  Those were the magic words!  I took him to the VW dealership and we looked at then test drove a Sunflower Yellow VW Beetle.  I  am now the proud owner of my dream car – a yellow Bug.  It is a bit silly and frivolous but still practical.  The gas mileage wasn’t as nice as I would like it but at 29 mpg,  it is also better than most.

Meet Emily……

My Mosiac

Puppeteering

This weekend,  I headed out to Joanne’s to look for a pattern that I wanted to make a shirt out of.  While there,  I saw some little kits to make puppets.  I bought the kit,  I bought some glue and we sat down on Sunday to make them.  They look really cute although we were having problems with the pieces drying and also falling off.  Shouldn’t I have used Aylmers glue with the felt?  I don’t know.  They are currently sitting under a stack of books hoping that they will dry and the pieces will all stay stuck together.   Piero was really excited to be making the puppets but Kylie had little interest in the process.  She wants the puppets but thought that making them was overrated.

We should find out tonight if the puppets managed to stay together after the drying process!

Christmas in July

Mom sent Piero’s birthday presents a bit late so they just arrived last night.  She bought him 10 Hot Cars – Thanks Mom!  It is a good thing that she did that because according to Eduardo,  Piero didn’t have any interest in cars so we sure wouldn’t have purchased any cars for him.   He loved those cars so much he had to take them to the pool with him when we went.  I put my foot down at actually taking them into the pool.  So later that evening,  I told Piero that we were going to call my Mom and thank her for her gift.  I warned him that she only spoke English.  He smiled widely and responded that he knew a bit of English so that was ok!  So we called Mom and she was totally great about talking to him.  She asked him how he was and you could see him think about that and then say that he was good.  Then, very sweetly, he said ‘Thank you for the cars’  I could hear Mom say she was glad that he liked them and then I prompted him to say that he liked the cars very much and he said that to her.  Then he said "bye, bye."   I wish I could convey in words how absolutely cute it was to hear him speak to my Mom.

I really hope that we can go home for Christmas with the kids.  We don’t know yet if Eduardo can get the time off but I would love to go home and see my family and introduce them to my step-children.

Going in circles

On July 4th, we had the children.   Our goal was to enjoy our day off with them by having a barbeque, going swimming and seeing the fireworks.  We had the barbeque and it turned out great.  The afternoon was nice although turning cloudy  and not too hot.  We then tried to go for a swim.  Not 5 minutes after we got in the pool… we had to get out.  It started raining and they closed it.  Bummer…

They guys went out to buy a soccer ball so they could play in the field while we waited for the fireworks to start.  We went to the park.  We sat there for a bit and we finally discovered that they weren’t having fireworks this year.  Due to serious injuries last year,  they switched to a laser show.  The kids really wanted to see fireworks so we decided to check out fireworks closer to our house.  I didn’t think the atmosphere was as nice but they put on a good show.  So back home we went to park the car and we started walking over to the school.  We discovered that the back path to the park was closed because of their renovations so we decided to now go AROUND the park.  I felt bad for the kids because this was going to be a long walk.  Just as we got turned around,  it started raining.  We were at a point where we had to decide to take wet kids to see the fireworks or see them… best we could… from our balcony.  We opted for dry kids and the balcony.  Piero was decidedly unhappy because he wanted to see them up close and personal.  We overrode them.

We sat around the house waiting for the fireworks.  They started with a loud bang that you could hear throughout the entire house.  Piero, Eduardo and I ran out to arrange the furniture.  I went back inside and there was Kylie hiding in the hallway and crying.  I picked her up and tried to soothe her as I took her out to the balcony.  I finally persuaded her to look at the pretty colours and her tears dried up and the smile returned.  She absolutely loved the fireworks!  And for the little guy that wanted to see them up close?  It turns out he didn’t want to see them after all.  They were too noisy and part of the way through the fireworks,  he went into the house.  So it turned out that seeing them from the house was the best idea after all.  The view was perfect as we basically sat at fireworks height. 

Eduardo and I made a pact then and there that we weren’t going to go anywhere to see the fireworks from now on.  Our balcony was the perfect vantage point.