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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

Hope ye all have a great Halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2006

What Flower are you?

No Monday Memories this week. I was away this weekend and didn't have time to prepare one ahead of time. (I know, so not me!!! hee hee!)

More about my weekend when I have time to write it. Gotta go to work!

I was late putting my Saturday Photo Hunt up because there was no internet service where I was, even though I did bring my laptop. If you haven't read it, scroll down below.

Also, try this flower quiz if you like. I got it from SnapDragon Pam

I am an

What Flower
Are You?

"You are a health conscious person, both your health and the health of others. You know all about the health benefits and dangers of the world around you."

Have a great day, everyone!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

SOS - Sunday Only Speak

Further to my Saturday Portrait Hunt Poster yesterday, I thought I would continue on that thread for Sunday Only Speak by referring to the BIBLE passages that mention sheep, many of which, of course, are not really referring to sheep but only an analogy to humankind.

1 Samuel 25:11 (Whole Chapter) Why should I give away my bread and water? Why should I give away the meat I've prepared for those who clip the wool off my sheep? Why should I give food to men who come from who knows where?"

In this case I think he is referring to his actual sheep. Samuel thinks he should only give away his food to those who work for him, not to drifters coming around. At least that's my interpretation.

Jeremiah 23:2 (Whole Chapter) So the Lord, the God of Israel, speaks to the shepherds who take care of my people. He tells them, "You have scattered my sheep. You have driven them away. You have not taken good care of them. So I will punish you for the evil things you have done," announces the Lord.

Jeremiah 23:3 "I myself will gather together those who are left alive in my flock. I will gather them out of all of the countries where I have driven them. And I will bring them back to their own land. There my sheep will have many lambs. Their numbers will increase.

Jeremiah 23:4 "I will place shepherds over them who will take good care of them. My sheep will not be afraid or terrified anymore. And none of them will be missing," announces the Lord.

Ezekiel 34:6 (Whole Chapter) My sheep wandered all over the mountains and high hills. They were scattered over the whole earth. No one searched for them. No one looked for them."

Ezekiel 34:8 He says, "My flock does not have a shepherd. Many of my sheep have been stolen. They have become food for all of the wild animals. My shepherds did not care for my sheep. They did not even search for them. Instead, they only took care of themselves. And that is just as sure as I am alive," announces the Lord and King.

Ezekiel 34:10 The Lord and King says, "I am against the shepherds. I will hold them accountable for my flock. I will stop them from taking care of the flock. Then they will not be able to feed themselves anymore. I will save my flock from their mouths. My sheep will no longer be food for them." ' "

Ezekiel 34:11 The Lord and King says, "I myself will search for my sheep. I will look after them.

Ezekiel 34:12 A shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them. And I will look after my sheep. I will save them from all of the places where they were scattered on a dark and cloudy day.

Ezekiel 34:15 "I myself will take care of my sheep. I will let them lie down in safety," announces the Lord and King.

Ezekiel 34:16 "I will search for the lost. I will bring back those that have wandered away. I will bandage the ones that are hurt. I will make the weak ones stronger. But I will destroy those that are fat and strong. I will take good care of my sheep. I will treat them fairly."

Ezekiel 34:22 But I will save my sheep. They will not be carried off anymore. I will judge between one sheep and another.

Ezekiel 34:25 "I will make a covenant with them. It promises to give them peace. I will get rid of the wild animals in the land. Then my sheep can live safely in the desert. They can sleep in the forests.

John 10:14 (Whole Chapter) "I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep know me.

One of my favourite verses. It resonates with me.

John 10:26 (Whole Chapter) But you do not believe, because you are not my sheep.

John 10:27 (Whole Chapter) "My sheep listen to my voice. I know them, and they follow me.

Similar to John 10:14 above.

John 21:16 (Whole Chapter) Again Jesus asked, "Simon, son of John, do you really love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord. You know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."

John 21:17 Jesus spoke to him a third time. He asked, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter felt bad because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He answered, "Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.

Jesus meant, look after my followers.

There are other references to sheep in the bible Job 30:1 (Whole Chapter) Job 31:20 (Whole Chapter)

Source: New International Reader's Version Bible @ http://www.bible.com/

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Saturday Photo Hunt - SAFE

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John 10:14, originally uploaded by irish_church_lady.

This is a house on the hillside of the area of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. Notice the fog hanging over the hill. You can see it almost touching the ground to the left of the house.
I've often wondered if this is an old abandoned house from the Potato Famine Days starting in 1845 to 1851. It's a quite a stark contrast to the word SAFE. World disasters, whether long ago or recent are difficult to fathom if you believe in a loving God.
I do, and I have faith that I may know the full story some day. It is something that my human mind cannot comprehend, but thankfully my spiritual being is enough to sustain my faith.
I do pray for guidance and strength for the Lord to help me and others, in any time of darkness, so that we may live in his light once again.
An excerpt

An inquest was held on Monday last, before Francis Twiss, Esq., Coroner, on the body of a poor labouring man, named John Botend, of Ballireanig, to the west of Dingle, who fell on the new road there making, and expired immediately after being carried to his residence. The verdict was "he came by his death from hunger and cold."

On Tuesday, the following day, an inquest was also held on the body of John Browne, Kilquane, who died on the road from Tralee through Littlerough to Dingle on Monday last, as he was on his way from the Workhouse at Tralee to Dingle-- fell on the road and was taken into a farmer's house at Kiloummen-- and expired in a few hours after. The Verdict was "that John Browne, being in the Union Workhouse and making his way home to Dingle, a distance of over 30 miles, died of fatigue and weakness." --Kerry Examiner.
Next week: Windows

Friday, October 27, 2006


Hey THE OFFICE fans. This was a repeat episode of the season opener and a CLASSIC dudes!

Initially I was disappointed it was not a new episode but then I got into it again since it was such a great one and picked up on things I missed from the first view.

My favourite parts - tell me yours:

- Stanley explaining about why he now has two toasters... OMG I love Stanley

- Jim putting the guy ahead of him's calculator in jello ... what's that guy's name? ... and when that guy gets all mad and kicks the garbage can

- Jim explaining how he got his name of "Big Tuna" in his new office and the fact that he thinks nobody knows what his real name is

- The girl behind Jim explaining to the camera how Jim always shirks in front of the camera. She captured his antics beautifully!

- Dwight saying at the beginning how much he misses Jim and blubbering and all and then saying it was not true very emphatically. Believable in both parts!

- Michael trying to kiss Oscar to prove he is not homophobic

- Dwight trying to kiss Oscar because he was all inspired by Michael's demonstration

You can see a 2 minute replay on the NBC site here. See it all on exclusive deleted scenes.

Hug it out bitches if you love THE OFFICE!!!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

1. My project went live last weekend WEE!
2. It's really starting to get cold! I've ditched my sandals. Alas :(
3. I can't find my library book and it's overdue. BITCH
4. I only ran once so far this week. LAZYA$$
5. It was because I was too busy and had meetings. OK Chica!
6. They already have another project they want me to start. NUTS!
7. Can't a girl ever get a rest? Apparently NUT!
8. We're going away this weekend with my sis / bil. YAY!
9. I bought a Maeve Binchy book at Costco. Financial WIZ (avoidance of future overdue fees)
10. My daughter's house purchase fell through. ... Sniffles
11. My therapy sessions are good. I rock! hee
12. Taking charge of something is a good thing. Ya think?
13. This was a random 13 Duh!?

I leave you with a pic of an anorexic cock.


Thanks Lisa!


WEEK 64 - My #18 Get the T13 code or view other players

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Foto Pherrets - Change

After Mum's Funeral, originally uploaded by irish_church_lady.

OK we all look happy here. We are, after a celebration of a life well spent. We are also still in shock.

People in these shots: My older sis and her husband, my oldest daughter, my hubby, my aunt and uncle from Ireland, my granddog.

My Dad's not in any of these shots but he's doing well.

This is one situation where the adage "The more things change, the more they stay the same." doesn't fit.

Life has been permanently changed for me.

Deal with it Church Lady.

I'm trying.

Hump Day Hunt - Week Forty-Four

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

What's in a name?

originally uploaded by irish_church_lady.

Do you like your given name? Yes I do. It's not that common anymore and has a sophisticated sound to it, in my humble opinion. I also like my middle name because it is my Mum's name.

Do you know how your parents chose your name? I think it was after Deborah Kerr, the actress.

Do you have any nicknames? I've had quite a few. My current one is Debs. As a child it was Debbie Down because I used to climb up a lot and my Mum was always telling me to get down so it got shortened to Debbie Down, kinda like you would talk to a dog.

How do you feel about some of the more unusual names that have become popular lately? I like unique uncommon names alot but not bizarramundo names like River, Sun, Leaflet etc.

Do you think an odd name carries a stigma as the child grows up? Odd yes. Unusual no. There was a kid at my school who's name was Harold but he went by Harry. His last name was Dick. Think about it. Why would his parents given the poor guy that name?

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Monday Memories - Booby Talk

In Grade 7, I walked through a doorway to be greeted on the other side by a boy in my class with his hand sticking straight out and landed on my boob. That's not the worst of it. He squeezed it and it hurt.

You know when you are just developing and you have these marble feeling nodules on your chest. Then, he retorted "Nice falsies, {insert lastname here}".

I was so hurt physically and emotionally that he thought that what he felt was kleenex in my bra and it hurt like hell to boot!!! His name was Doug McLean. I will never forget it.

You don't forget a hurting booby squeeze overnight you know. I hope he googles his name and finds this post. I think it actually was an accident but his callous comment to me really hurt.

So what do you men think? (Don't be shy!)

Was he really trying to cop a feel and it was all set up or did I actually embarrass him by running straight into him that he had to interject such a cruel comment?

Sunday, October 22, 2006

SOS - Sunday Only Speak

So this is a lame-a$$ SOS. It's so lame that it doesn't even qualify as a SOS.

So if you joined to get any spiritual enlightenment, move on or go back and read this post SOS - The Facts of Life ... er well that is kinda on the borderline too... borderline spiritual maybe but funny as heck.

This one's a good one - from the heart - SOS - Kids 'n Church. This one's good SOS - It's what's in for FALL.

I promise I will have a good one for next week. I've already started working on it. Brilliance doesn't just happen overnight ya know!!! Oh ya, sometimes it does.

So in lieu of that I commit the sin of pride, one of my better ones, and present to you a combo video display the virtues of my wonderdogs to the sound of my fabulous son (Mr Philosopher) 's music and my creative and poetic genius of choreography and vision as I present....

It's A Dog's Life ... I'm After

(aren't we all?)

~ The stressful life of a pet dog ~

Thanks to Steven Novak for the inspiration to put up a video with actual Titles and credits and music. Consequently he also gets the blame for not spirtual enlightenment. Hey Steve, may see ya down there.


Saturday, October 21, 2006

I'm having too much fun with this

OK first off, it's all Leesa's fault (lmao).

I picked this up from her blog and have been having a great time doing it.

50 Dark Movies in a Painting

I'm up to 43 now and am stuck. My daughter is doing it too. She helped me with some of the newer movies that I don't really know.

You can have your game boys and video games and all that stuff. It does nothing for me but solving puzzles like this, and cross words and sudoku's - I love those.

Don't start unless you want to kill some time, especially if your a Type A personality like me. The good news is though that you can save it and go back to it later. You just have to enter your email address.

So if I didn't get around to see your SPH then it because of this. My apologies.

Have fun internets!! Don't say I didn't warn you and thanks Leesa!!!


Oh and I need some advice, internets ~ specifically those who use blogger.

I'm up to 270 posts. I think blogger only goes to 300 and then you would start to lose your older posts. Am I correct?

Should I create a new blog on blogger to start my new posts on when I run out here? This means I need to notify my memes of my new site, correct?

I could probably use a new template anyways, but I'm not sure if I'm up to switching from blogger. I'm ready to stay with what I know because I don't want to be stressed about new toolset problems until I have time to deal with them.

Please tell me what to do.....I trust no one else but you internets.

Saturday Photo Hunt - Dreaming

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After the bath...the drying process

Still wet

Friday, October 20, 2006


Not sure why I'm happy it's Friday because I'm going to have to work this weekend. Probably because I know we're close to having this project come to an end.

This weekend is our second cutover weekend to make more systems changes. I hope it goes well. I need it to go well.

So who caught last night's THE OFFICE?????

My favourite parts:
- Jim singing in a high voice to annoy his office mate - what was that song? I can't even remember now but he did a good job. It was a song that is meant to be sung high. A song that normally a chick sings.
- Jim and Pam talking on the phone. It was so cute. Can't you feel the love????
- Pam having to write down for Jan what Michael does all day because Jan is worried about his productivity. Ya think?
- Pretzel day line up ... and what is that area of the building used for the other 259 working days of the year?
- Pam trying to get Michael to approve invoices in the pretzel day lineup to try to help him with his productivity by utilizing that time but he refuses lol
- Stanley running to the door when the Pretzel Day announcement comes on the loudspeaker

Yeah so if you didn't see my b'day post below ~ I got the DVD's for Seasons 1 & 2 of THE OFFICE. Whoopee! Has deleted scenes and everything!!!!! Happy happy joy joy.

Have a great weekend internets!!! xoxo

Thursday, October 19, 2006

TT - Domestic Disasters in my Life

WEEK 63 - My #17

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OK first off I would like to thank everyone for all of their great movie ideas given for my last week's TT. I've decided what my #13 now is, I've got a list of movies to check out and I'm gonna start my second list of 13 favourite movies because no can do take any off the old list!!!

So drum roll please.......my #13 favourite movie is Sweet Magnolias. I just loved Weezy and Clarice in the movie and Sally Field and Julia Roberts did some great acting.

OK well now I'm going to recap my list of domestic disasters. No particular order. Let me know if you've had these close encounters of the abnormal kind. I always say misery loves empathy!

  1. #1 As a kid I unknowingly refilled the sugar bowl with salt and gagged big time on my cereal.
  2. #2 When I was 3 I climbed up on the dining room table and started gnawing on a solid pound of butter put out for lunch. I got about 1/3 of the way through. This probably should have gone on my list of Stupid Things I Did as a Child but I ran out of #'s!!!!
  3. #3 Got electrocuted when I was washing dishes and picked up a knife and accidentally touched the metal toaster with it that was on. The electricity transferred up my arm, across my shoulders and then down my other arm to the water, water being a conductor of electricity of course. Hard way to learn my high school physics theories!!
  4. #4 After I had been on a few dates with my husband and had only met his kids once, briefly. I came over one Sunday afternoon and brought some blueberry cheesecake that I made. He graciously served it. The kids each had a friend over at the time. He said to them "Isn't this great cheesecake that Deb made?" to which his daughter replied "Who's Deb?". I was standing right there in the kitchen. He was so embarrassed but we laughed and still tease DQ about that to this day. She was eight at the time. hee hee
  5. # 5 So my regular readers already know of my Ireland bathtub cleaning disaster blogged about under Monday Memories.
  6. # 6 Clipped my dog too short on the on one side of the head and had to keep going shorter and shorter until he was bald. I cried when my husband came home and saw him because I knew he'd be mad. I was po'd because his hair was so long and he needed a clipping badly and cheapskate dh didn't want to take him to the groomers. That's why I started clipping him on my own. Usually he does it.
  7. #7 A health care aid I am not. When I was a teen my younger sister hit a lamp post on her bike and broke her fingers. While I was sitting trying to comfort her until my parents got home from work I fainted. (Her fingers looked really gross). By the time Mum and Dad got home my other sister had run up to the high school to get my bf from football practice and I was in the bathroom with my head over the toilet.
  8. #8 Made my husband try seafood a second time to see if in fact he really was allergic to it. The last time he had a seafood gumbo at a really fancy restaurant but was deathly ill that night. We got a free meal out of it. (YAY!) We thought maybe the fish was bad. So he casually mentioned that he would like to have some seafood one night about two years later and I encouraged him. He was sick as a dog again. Boy did I feel bad. He can eat scallops and shrimps and fish but not mussels / oysters. I'm not sure about crab or lobster. LOL
  9. #9 Cleaned the kitchen sinks with bleach so much that the rubber pieces on the sink stoppers disintegrated. Left bleach rings on the countertops, spilled bleach on the carpet, got it on my clothes at my waist. I'm the bleach Queen! Yeah!
  10. #10 Cooked a few recipes and forgetting to put in a key ingredient....i.e. baking powder for a cake (rise up damn cake rise), tomato paste for spaghetti sauce (I wondered why it was so watery), walnuts in the nut garnished salad ... I'm sure there have been lots more which I have conveniently also forgotten!
  11. #11 MILK disasters - Drank a few mouthfuls of milk and swallowed before I realized it was sour! Had milk come out my nose once when I laughed after taking a swig at the dinner table. Was still nursing my baby when I returned to work and had to learn to dress creatively or stop talking about my sweet baby at work lest I encourage the let down factor right before a meeting. Got milk?
  12. #12 Put a gold rimmed china teacup in the microwave to warm up some tea. Sparks flew. Don't do that.
  13. #13 Number 13 has been erased from my memory. I know it happened, I just can't remember what it was. Was it a sewing disaster? Terrible tasting dinner disaster? Drank too much and threw up on my guests? I do not know. But maybe if you share with me your best domestic disaster it will jog that awful but protective memory of mine and bring it back out into full view. Feel my pain, internets. Share me yours! lol

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Foto Pherrets - Wet

Hump Day Hunt - Week Forty-Three

Greetings, fellow pherrets!
It's time to get together for the hunt.
Raindrops keep falling on my head!
That will make me this week's word!
And she was....

... after the bath

Happy Birthday to Me! - Updated!

Birthday Calculator
18 October 1959
Your date of conception was on or about 25 January 1959 which was a Sunday.
You were born on a Sunday under the astrological sign Libra. (Yay! I'm a Libra, I'm also a dork!)
Your Life path number is 7. Oh yeah!

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7. (Pool Boy is 1 Woot!)
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 4 & 22.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path number 9.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 3, 6, 8 & 11.
The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2436859.5.
The golden number for 1959 is 3. (3 means Holy Trinity woo hoo!)

You were born in the Chinese year of the Pig. (loved pigs as a young child, ok still do!)
Your Native American Zodiac sign is Raven; your plant is Ivy. Yay Ivy!
You were born in the Egyptian month of Choiach, the fourth month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).
Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 17 Tishri 5720.
The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 29 March 1959.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 3 May 1959.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 11 February 1959.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 17 May 1959.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 24 May 1959.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Saturday, 3 October 1959.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Thursday, 23 April 1959.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 10 February 1959.

Celebrities who share your birthday: (ones I recognize in purple)
Carly Schroeder (1990)
Wynton Marsalis (1961)
Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960)
Martina Navratilova (1956)
Pam Dawber (1951)
Laura Nyro (1947)
Mike Ditka (1939)
Lee Harvey Oswald (1939)
Dawn Wells (1938)
Peter Boyle (1935)
George C. Scott (1927)
Chuck Berry (1926)
Melina Mercouri (1923)
Jesse Helms (1921)
Anita O'Day (1919)
Lotte Lenya (1900)
Pierre Elliot Trudeau (former Prime Minister of Canada) - since we shared the same birthday and we lived in the Nations Capital, my Mum tried to make an appointment to meet him with me for my 8th birthday but his office said he was too busy. Fuddle Duddle

Top songs of 1959

Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin
The Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton - love this song!
Venus by Frankie Avalon
Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price
The Three Bells by The Browns
Lonely Boy by Paul Anka - he's from my hometown!
Come Softly to Me by Fleetwoods
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Platters
Heartaches By the Number by Guy Mitchell
Sleep Walk by Santo & Johnny

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 6.7174168297456 years old. (You're still chasing cats!) Ya baby!!!

In 1959 there were approximately 4.0 million births in the US.In 1959 the US population was approximately 150,697,361 people, 50.7 persons per square mile.

In 1959 in the US there were approximately 1,667,231 marriages (11.1%) and 385,144 divorces (2.6%)In 1959 in the US there were approximately 1,452,000 deaths (9.6 per 1000)

In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

Your birthstone is Tourmaline -->The Mystical properties of Tourmaline
Pink Tourmaline promotes female balance and protection. Green Toumaline promotes male balance.

Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Opal, Jasper - my kitty

Your birth tree is
Maple, Independence of Mind - yay! I love Maples because the maple leaf is on the Canadian Flag, of course, but also there is a species of Maple called the Deborah Maple!!

No ordinary person, full imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respect, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.


of THE OFFICE on DVD from my kids / hubster!

Office Party at ICL'S!!!! Woot!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

After the bath

Monday, October 16, 2006

Monday Memories - Driving Challenges

As a young driver, we always experience our close calls and even some minor or major accidents which we learn from immensely. I was no exception, however the circumstances of my 'predicaments' were always rather bizarre.

My first experience involved a boy and a car and a drive-in movie. I begged my father to let me take his vehicle that had a full front seat to the drive-in with my 18 year old boyfriend instead of the bucket seat second family car. Um, excuse me, but was he nuts? Letting his 17 year old daughter go to the drive-in with her boyfriend in his car?

Anyways, he acquiesced to my begging. I had only been driving for less than a year and the drive-in proved to be much more challenging than what I remember from when my Dad used to drive in and park while we were all hiding under the blankets in the back.

How was I supposed to know that there was a dip in the parking lot that enabled you to position your car in a manner so that it was pointing upward toward the screen? Sheesh.... Well it turned out that the complexity of this and trying to position the big Buick beside the tiny tiny speaker so that the cord would reach was too much for my hormone filled brain to manage without incident so I carved a large scratch down the length of the car body, the teeny tiny speaker posing as the accomplice.

I was so filled of fear about what my Dad would say that I didn't sleep a wink that night, nor was there any amorosity experienced in the vehicle due to the sensitive state of my psyche. I only now understand his response that morning when I faced the firing squad.

I heard him in the kitchen making his tea and since I wasn't sleeping anyways, decided to face my fate and put myself out of my already self imposed misery. He sipped his tea and looked out the front window at the car, not saying much at all, as I explained what had happened.

It was as if he knew already about the scratch. Perhaps with the power of his own thoughts he made me drive by that speaker that night, upon realizing what a mistake he had made, in allowing me to take the sexmobile that night.

Parent's intuition.

My next driving challenge occurred in the same vehicle but entirely different circumstances. My parents were taking a trip down south, catching a flight from Toronto where the air charters frequently flew out of.

My duty was to drive them to the bus station downtown, where they would catch a bus and take the five hour journey to 'Hogtown'. Although we were supervised by my aunt who was staying with us, I had arranged to pick up my boyfriend from his home after I dropped my parents at the bus station. My first mistake!

My two younger sisters were traveling with me so they could see my folks off at the bus station too. The winter weather turned rather bleak suddenly, and upon my journey out to my boyfriend's, I hit a patch of ice on the highway and started to fishtail. ~~~~~><>>: You winter drivers know what I'm talking about?!

Many cars ahead of me experienced the same, I observed, but I guess being more experienced, were able to drive out of it. I must have braked (I don't recall) which put me into a 360 degree plus spin whereby I ended up in the ditch and facing backwards on the four lane highway.

This was before the days of cell phones and a kind gentleman stopped and offered assistance. I asked him to call my boyfriend's Dad when he got to his destination. I was quite confident he would then come with my beloved to aid this poor waife and her young charges.

While we were waiting, and saying our prayers, realizing it could have been a lot worse, I noticed a large passenger bus traveling up the highway and on past our stranded vehicle. I immediately recognized it as the one that was heading to Toronto. Yikes!

You see you had to backtrack and go downtown to the depot to catch the bus and it would eventually come back the way that we came.

I was worried that my parents might see us or recognize the car on the side of the road. I didn't even remember what side of the bus they were sitting on. Egads!

Anyways my bf's Dad helped us out. He ended up driving the car backwards on the highway to the closest off ramp while I drove with my sisters and bf in his car. Got home safe and sound to tell my aunt about our mishap.

We decided that no mention of this would be made to my parents when they called home. No need to worry them needlessly as everything was alright.

Unbeknownst to me, my father had seen us from the bus but said not a word to my Mum.

That evening, they called us, which was highly unusual because they weren't even at their final destination yet. My Dad was is such as cheapskate that he would limit the length and frequency of their long distance calls.

He asked, "Did Debbie get to back home from the bus depot okay?", to which we replied in unison on the phone.
"Yup. Fine."

Happy Monday!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

SOS - Sunday Only Speak

Seven Deadly Sins Quiz - found on Trish's blog

Kind of a silly quiz to do for SOS but I'm not in the writing mood today. I'm surprised that envy came out so low for me. Maybe I'm just better at controlling my envious feelings because I know it is a sin to be envious. Oh well. A highly sophisticated survey such as this can't be wrong can it?? LOL

Envy:Very Low
Lust:Very Low

Take the Seven Deadly Sins Quiz

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Saturday Photo Hunt - Lost

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Friday, October 13, 2006

BIG ASS FANS - Yup, that's what I said

Came across this at Anthony's blog

The post, the company - it's all quite amusing.

Big Ass Fans for business!

I just wish I was a fan of my Big A$$. I am a fan of fans though!

Not doing SPF today. Couldn't get my sh&t together with my big ass to get some pics. Most of the leaves are down here now anyways and surprisingly, I have none in my collection.

Oh to my FANS of THE OFFICE out there. Did ya watch it? Not my fav show but some good lines.

Stanley: No I am not doing that.

Stanley: You just spit on me.

I love Stanley. He's the man!!

There were other good lines from others but I forget them. The OFFICE FANS - help me out here.

Goin' to hafta have my notepad handy when I watch from now on. Can't trust having my laptop on my lap when I watch because I may accidentally do one of the following:

  • spit on it (from laughter) yay Stanley!
  • drop it (from laughter)
  • forget it's there and drop it (from intense focusing on the show)

Oh and here's a cute pic that one of my "The Office" buddies sent me. Pam is so cute. Michael is such a dork. OMG no way they will get together. No way.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Thursday Thirteen - My favourite movies

Grab your popcorn and
pull up a comfy chair
for a night at the movies!

WEEK 62 - My #16
1. So I Married an Axe Murderer - Mike Myers
2. Sophie's Choice - Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline
3. Rob Roy - Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange
4. This is my Father - James Caan, Aidan Quinn
5. Mike's Murder - Debra Winger
6. Sense & Sensibility - Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant
7. The Green Mile - Tom Hanks
8. A Few Good Men - Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson
9. Christmas Vacation - Chevy Chase
10. Austin Powers - Mike Myers
11. Best in Show - Eugene Levy, Christopher Guest
12. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant
13. Open for persuasion - tell me your favourite movie and I'll see if it makes my top thirteen. Who knows, maybe you'll give me so many good ones that I'll even have to bump a few of my own choices.

See next week's TT for an update on my chosen #13

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Got this from fleur-de-lisa I did it a few days ago. I should try it again today and see if I get the same results.

My Personality

Openness To Experience

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Find your soulmate / pysch twin

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Hey I started seeing a counsellor today. She was really great. I'm feeling hopeful that she is going to help give me some coping / cognitive behaviour therapies to get me out of this funk I'm in.

She gave me a lot of homework. I hope I will be able to get it all done. I'd hate to flunk therapy!! lol

One of her assignments was to ditch the alcohol. I'm struggling with this today. I don't drink every day. I may have one or two glasses of wine about 3 or 4 days a week. Today is one of those days I feel like one. But I will comply. I want to feel better.

Next week she wants Pool Boy to come. It's my birthday the day of my next appointment so he better she said. LOL See why I like her already??!!! :-)

OK, I did it again. Based on how I'm feelin' and answered now, here are my new results:

My Personality
Openness To Experience
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Find your soulmate /i pysch twin

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A little less neurotic, extraverted and conscientous. Still about the same level of Agreeableness. Openness to Experience ... slightly higher.

Hump Day Photo Pherrets - Updated

Hump Day Hunt - Week Forty-Two

Happy Hump Day, to all of my pherret friends.
Another hunt is here.

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue

And he discovered this week's word:
By saying America,
I am assuming you mean North America
so I'm putting up my picture of my Canada Flag cake.
Does anyone have a picture
of an American Flag Cake
I can link to??
Hey, thanks for your links Wystful1 and Betsy!
See sample below

Monday, October 09, 2006

Monday Memories - One I wish didn't happen but I can laugh about now

I was a in university and had the opportunity to take my second only trip to Ireland to visit relatives. My first trip was when I was only 5, so I have fond but few memories of that time.

Of course, meeting and staying with my extended family was exciting and a proud moment for me. Making a good impression was also important to me.

Likewise, providing a welcoming and comfortable visit was utmost in my grandmother and aunt's families mind for us. So much so that they had retrofited the entire bathroom with a new sink, toilet and tub in honour of the occasion of our visit.

The overnight travel was not something I was used to at that time, so it took me a few days to acclimatize myself to my surroundings and waking / sleeping hours. The consequences of this jetlag was that I felt like I was in a fog most of the time the first few days.

Finally on the third day, I resolved to take a bath before going to bed to ensure I would have a good nights sleep and be fresh as a daisy the next morn. The bath definitely prepared me for a good night's sleep and even though I was already yawning, I did not want to disappoint my hosts by not cleaning up after myself so I promptly took out the bathtub cleaner and went to town after finishing my bath.

Imagine my horror when the next morning I went in to go to the bathroom and discovered the brand new green tub was now discoloured in the sweeping manner with which I twirled the bathtub cleaner around before scrubbing.

It turns out that said bathroom cleaner which looked suspiciously like our bottles of Bathroom Vim was actually a toilet sanitizer with such powerful chemicals in it that it immediately lifted the colour out of the laminated tub.

Apparently all's well that ends well because as upset and crying as I was, it turns out my uncle talked to 'your man' * at the bathroom store who took the tub back as defective so the expense of replacing it was only limited to the workmanship to remove and replace the object.

My dear aunt, who I was travelling with, left money on the dresser to cover this expense but needless to say it is something that haunts me to this day, even though we can laugh about it now.

* your man - common Irish term used for 'the guy'

Manic Mondays

I'm doin' last week's and this week's Manic Monday together.

To Sleep, Perchance To Dream

If you were to say that there is a period of your life that you dream about the most, when would it be?

The future, when I've won the lottery. lol

How often do you change the sheets on your bed?

Not as often as I would like if I had a maid.

If you could wake up tomorrow in your own bed, but in another place in the world (indoors or outdoors), where would you like it to be?

Ireland, of course. Tahiti would be a close second.

If you had to name the worst song to wake up to in the morning, what would it be?

Tonight's the night by Rod Stewart. I detest that song.

Bonus: (As in optional) If you were to have Shakespeare to dinner tonight and could invite one other person from history, who would you pick?

Mrs. Shakespeare. It would only be polite plus then I might get the chance to hear them bicker.

My daughter says I should say Christopher Marlowe so that we can see if they were really gay together and see if her friend's conspiracy about Marlo had actually writing the plays is true.

I don't even know who Christopher Marlowe is. Clearly she is the smarter one.

Land of Nod

What is your ideal time to go to sleep at night?
10 p.m. - not too early, not too late. However sometimes there's a TV show on at 10 that I want to watch or my blogging keeps me up. If I don't fall asleep before then I usually watch the 11 p.m. news and maybe the monologue of Leno.

If you had your choice, what time would you get up in the morning?
When I wake up naturally depending on the time I got to bed. I usually need 8 hours sleep but if I go to bed really late I will not sleep 8 hours but I will need to take a nap or go to sleep early the next night or soon. It will catch up with me.

How many pillows do you sleep with on your bed?
2 on my side, but one's not really used.

Are you particular about your bed sheets?
Yes, but only recently. I am now stuck on 420 per thread count sheets. They're devine. Like good quality hotel room sheets.

What size bed do you have?

Is that the size of your choice?
Yes, but I do like Kings as well.