Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dictionary.com - Exhibitionist


1. A person who behaves in ways intended to attract attention or display his or her powers, personality, etc.

2. Psychiatry. A person afflicted with compulsions of exhibitionism.

So I have to remember that everything happens for a reason - but this??? Just the facts then: I'm on the phone with JoJo Friday after work. I'm sitting in my car in a parking lot at Assiniboine Park - the one across from the formal gardens. My door is wide open, I've got my feet up and I'm just having a nice chat. Let's be clear here - that I'm the only one in the entire parking lot!! Through the chuckles and giggles of our conversation I notice that a red truck has parked right across from me, there is a couple in the truck. I barely pay attention. A moment later, I glance up and the woman is gone. I'm curious, but whatever. I look up again, the woman is back and then she's gone again. The guy is staring right at me and happy as a clam. And then it hits me. She's not just taking a nap.

Question - am I:

A - horrified, someone is getting it on right in front of me?

B - disgusted, ready to call the cops?

C - ambivalent, who am I to wreck their fantasy?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ten Life Goals - per JoJo

In no particular order (and subject to change)... I would like to:

Run a marathon
Travel Europe
Go to the Maritimes
Go to LA and have someone at LA Ink become more creative with my canvas
Go back to Vegas with SEVERAL friends
Buy clothes without looking at the price tags
Figure out what my dream car is - and get it
Read the bible from start to finish
Give up my obsession with the scale
Learn ASL fluently


Seriously, I thought I was going to have a new #1 - on the "I hate to do this" list.

The yearly physical - it's a necessary evil - men are you listening? Ladies, you already know what I'm talking about. If you don't catch little problems, they can grow into BIG problems.

So fine - with a rather apprehensive and only mildly panicked mindset (considered going for the full blown anxiety attack), I went for my mammogram today. I gotta say, it was not nearly so bad as I've heard, though I do cringe for the women who've had a much worse experience. Sure the girls got a little squished, but they bounced back good as new (well not quite good as new. something about nursing two children, gaining/losing weight (at least 2x NOT counting pregnancies not to mention gravity taking over). Did I say bounced? More like flounced. I don't even think I blushed when the attendant pushed, pulled and maneuvered my girls through the meat grinder.

Just do it. Of all the things we put our bodies through, this could actually save your life. I refuse to panic about what bad results could mean unless there is something to panic about. I mean, I've been having annual pap's for YEARS and I never worry about cervical cancer. This was just routine and is just one more thing on my list of things to take care of every year or so. Not so bad, when you consider the alternative.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

so many things on my mind

Life is just moving at an alarming rate.

The inline marathon that I've been waiting a whole year for is now a memory - A GREAT MEMORY. I knew from the very first time I watched DH cross the line at his first Marathon in 1998 that I had to feel that exhilaration. I've always competed with myself in that regard. I came in at a variety of times over the years and this year and faced all facets of different obstacles, including a broken rib, various roadrash incidents and boot issues that would make your toes curl (LOL) I've set 2 personal best times this year. WHAT A RUSH. I'm very excited. I came in 20th out of 129 40-44 year olds in 1hour 37minutes 40seconds at the NorthShore Inline Marathon in Duluth. I AM PUMPED. Now I've hung up my skates for the season, I'm already looking forward to next year. Icing on the cake is skating with my hubby, my 2 brothers and a great bunch of people from all walks of life. I could rehash the entire race for you, but that you'll have to suffer in person :)

Yesterday I went for my physical. Once a year whether I need it or not. Seems like a good idea right? Of course. And my doctor has always said that when I hit 40 (because my maternal grandmother died of breast cancer) I have the added bonus of looking forward to a mammogram this year. GREAT. Whatever. I thought I would have at least a few months of waiting in our wonderful health system. Turns out there was a cancellation. Next monday - 9:00am. Oh joy, that's barely enough time to panic!!!! I can't wait to have these girls flattened like 2 skinny pancakes. UGH. Then there is the added bonus of actually thinking about the thought of them actually finding something... One day at a time. This is just routine. :)

Well, Mandy has started driver's ed. WOW. I feel its a milestone. Apparently life will get very exciting now... Can't wait. She feels hard done by because her birthday's in November and most of the kids she's in class with are in grade 10, not 11. She'll be 16 soon enough.

Samantha is doing 2 time line projects in school. One of them involves finding pictures of significant family moments. #1 on her list in our family - the birth of her cousin Big L. She is a sentimental, very emotional girl. She was 5 when he was born and takes the road that brought him into our lives very seriously. What a kid.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Had Pizza today

It felt like that kind of day. Couldn't wrap my head around thinking of something to cook, never mind actually cooking it. I've known all week tonight was "flax picking night" For those who don't know, we have a septic field and it must be covered for winter - with flax. Its pretty funny. Tim and I throw it in the truck/trailer and the girls stomp it down. We did this for about 1.5 hours and my arms and hands are tired. My shaky hands are going harder than usual which depresses me. Whatever. I was a trooper up till the last few bundles, then my hands were betraying me and I had just had enough.

Today I wondered if I would get out of flax picking by getting on an airplane. Mom & dad are in Thunder Bay and had a fairly significant car accident. Their faithful 1998 Honda Accord is totaled and they still have to drive home. No broken bones, but shook up and sore. A lot of concern for mom whose body can just not handle more trauma, she's already waiting for a hip transplant that can't come soon enough. Dad seems to have made out ok, just a sore neck so far. Mom will take longer to heal, very sore from the seat belt injury. The next few weeks will be tough. I offered to fly out and drive home with them, but they feel they can handle it alone. I respect that, but I'm worried. I need to see them. I love them.

I feel the pressure of time passing. I hear that happens when you get older.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Its raining

VERY HARD. I'm very cozy in the house. Funny part is I dropped DH and the girls at Beaudry Park with Grampy's canoe. Then dropped the truck at the not so big boat launch in Headingley and I walked home. I wondered as I walked how long it would take them, if they'd have trouble getting the canoe out of the river, what they would do if it rained... And I thought about what I would do when I got home. Good thing supper rang a bell. I was supposed to get a roast on the rotisserie!! Trouble is I've never done that by myself before. Instructions came in very handy and I think I did it. We'll know in about 2.5 hours...

Back to the boaters... they've just walked in the door. Must go see how they made out!

All is well - DH got soaked to the skin! A good time was had by all!


Mojhito - is that how you spell it? I could look it up, but that would be no fun.

My first experience with Mojhito's was over a year ago where i drank one, very slowly and lady like as I was with my mother at my sister-in-law's first epicure party. My second experience was just a few weeks ago at WestHawk with B&K. Nothing like teaching her 16year old to mix us these very tasty drinks. Too bad we ran out of mint! My third experience was yesterday. JoJo just happened to have a bottle of ready made Vodka Lime Mohito drink (note to self, maybe the bottle is in the recycle bin - then I would know how to spell it...). Her and I settled down to have a very civilized round of drinks last night. No wonder that we finished the bottle, I mean really, A - they taste good. B - it was only 750ml - just a teaser I think! Problem is we couldn't figure out why we were so giddy in such short order!! I vowed to get to the bottom of this question. Mystery solved - 14.5% alcohol. That would do it.

We went for a walk around the block. Good thing we have very big blocks where I live...