My last post was titled, “My Weekend Part 1: What Sucks“. It would stand to reason, then, that this post would be titled, “My Weekend: Part 2“.

I am not so good with the follow through, however.

Proof: half-finished quilt from three years ago as well as all those scrapbooking supplies I bought with the intent of creating Emily’s baby book from scratch. I figure I can start when she’s eighteen. Just think of all of the photos I will have to work with!

I feel bad that I left y’all (which us Canadians don’t say, FYI) with my grumpy rant. I am really not a negative person by nature. I am what I like to refer to as an “eternal optimist”. Honey likes to call me “slightly delusional”.

Same difference.

It just felt GOOD to rant. I know that there is good in everything but the bad just seemed to accumulate. Once I got it all out? I slept like a baby. Not the real babies that don’t actually sleep, but like those fairytale babies that sleep for fifteen hours a night. Except I only slept for seven.

But it was uninterrupted, so at least there’s that.

I am beyond busy and cannot muster up a post of merit. I’m sticking to lists. Lists, to me, are like breathing. They come naturally, and if I stop them? I could die. Srsly.

1. Work is manageable. Last year? With double the students? I ALMOST DID DIE. OK, fine. I was not near-death. It was pretty unbelievable though. This year, I am not pulling shifts that run from morning until midnight. My days are still incredibly busy, but there is a light ant the end of the tunnel. I will be done in two weeks.

Maybe by then the cold, rainy weather will end and that sneak peek we had of summer will come back in full force. Here’s hoping.

On Sunday while I was reading all of your comments and emails working and thought I would take a break to see what ma famille was up to. I quickly put on the zoom lens and shot this through the window.

Ma Famille

It is no wonder that Daddy is the favourite parent.

2. My hand is almost back to normal but that the black-and-blue that has turned to pink-and-purple. Thankfully, it was my left hand (I’m a righty) and the injured part did not effect my photo-taking. The left hand was fully capable of supporting my lens, which is all sorts of awesome.

If I could not take photos? I don’t even want to go there.

But I CAN take photos. And I HAVE taken photos. The time to EDIT said photos? Um. See point #1.

3. Our minivan is a 2002 Honda Odyssey. “Best of the Best”. “Highest ranked”. Rank is the word of choice here.

Our warranty is for 5 years/100,000 km. We are at 5 AND A HALF years (boo!), and 75,000 km. SHE’S A BABY!

Apparently, there has been a full recall (and class action suit) in the USA. Matthew then found a Transport Canada recall, and we were excited!

Except our VIN is not part of the group that was recalled.


Honda Canada tells us that they will “work with us”. Hopefully that is not code-speak for “work us over”.

4. The parade! It was fun! Our town is small, but it is known around these parts as the “Town Of Festivals”. Remember the Festival Of Lights in December? Also fun.

This weekend was a festival called “Actionfest”, which is a huge baseball tournament and the park is filled with vendors selling….fries and mini donuts. Kind of against the whole “action” deal, but whatevah. The mini donuts are TO DIE FOR.

There I go with all of that death talk again. Sheesh.

Here are some photos from the day.

Waiting for the parade to make it down the road.


The dudes. Excited.

Daddy and his girl.

Daddy and his girl

She took this whole parade business very seriously.

Miss Emily

We had promised the kids that there would be CANDY! We don’t buy candy for home very often, so this would be such a fun TREAT!

Except the candy? Was not happening. WHAT KIND OF PARADE IS THIS? Graham asked me, “Is the candy coming tomorrow?” Um, no, sweetie. This is your only chance.

There were a few spatterings of Double Bubble. Not so good for kids the age of mine. But then! A float from a local pharmacy came by and started hucking stuff!

Hm.  Candy?

Yes. That would be a pill bottle FULL OF CANDY. Because we want to teach our children that pill bottles are fun! And easily accessible! And that those little “candies” inside are tasty!


At least Nathan was not a fan of the candy.


That’s right, dude. Stay away from the “candy” in a bottle.

5. We went to the potluck, and people ate the lasagna!. The whole deal for the night is that we eat together with all of the other families. We then ditch the kids drop the kids off to participate in fun activities while us adults get to drink coffee and connect.

Even MORE awesome? The fact that while we were drowning in caffeine, our kids were learning a song to sing at the Sunday night service. If I had known ahead of time, I would have come prepared with the big camera. I did have my point-and-shoot, and took a video. Emily and Nathan bailed on the production once they saw me, but Graham stuck it out.


Untitled from Angella on Vimeo.

As much as he and I are alike? He is ALL DADDY in that clip. And that cackling you hear? That would be me. The cackling turned into a smoker-esque cough yesterday when I finally succumbed to the cold that has been plaguing everyone else in my house. The positive spin? My voice is all deep and sexy. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Enough babbling on my part.

How the heck are YOU?

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  1. sizzle June 10, 2008 8:20 am edit

    Graham standing there with his arms stiff at his sides is cracking me up. Deer. In. Headlights. :)

    Pill bottles with candy? What were they thinking!?

    Have a good day Kathleen Turner.

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  2. GymBrat June 10, 2008 8:20 am edit

    um YAY! first! (did you ever think your blog would be one of ‘those’ where people are excited to be FIRST?!)- your blog is the equivalent to my cup of coffee in the morning. well, okay- my SECOND cup of coffee. :)

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  3. GymBrat June 10, 2008 8:21 am edit

    awww BOOO. :) sizzle must type faster than me. :)

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  4. Kristabella June 10, 2008 8:35 am edit

    I am not a big fan of parades. But the candy is the best part. So to go to a parade with not a lot of candy and then when there was candy it is not good candy? That is just not right!

    Looks like they had fun, though! Glad your hand is feeling better!

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  5. songsinblue June 10, 2008 8:36 am edit

    Where’s my ‘I could explode at any moment due to mass amounts of excitement’ Graham? He could not be less animated. Too funny :)

    Yeah, I’m a little worried about the person who had the GREAT idea of putting candy in pill bottles. Not too SMRT.

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  6. hills June 10, 2008 8:40 am edit

    Emily’s serious face is hilarious.

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  7. Samantha June 10, 2008 8:45 am edit

    OK that video is too funny. The girls are just a groovin’ up there and he’s all Mr. Serious. Awesome!

    Glad to hear your weekend got better, sorry to hear you’re sick! Spring colds are the new black, though (this coming from someone also with a spring cold).

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  8. Sharon June 10, 2008 8:49 am edit

    Hee – I love the video! I was totally like the girl on the right whenever I was onstage as a kid – totally hamming it up and having a great time.

    I’m doing good. I have the best cup of coffee I’ve had in a long time, and it’s doing my body good to be drinking this. The monsoon rains from yesterday have abated, which is fantastic. It was seriously crazy out here yesterday, and I hope the weather gets better soon.

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  9. gorillabuns June 10, 2008 8:54 am edit

    I have had a recall on my vehicle for the past three years and have yet to have it taken care of. I guess the potential problem of blowing up in my garage isn’t enough for me to take of the problem.

  10. witchypoo June 10, 2008 9:28 am edit

    Honda Canada is the BEST company to work with! I had some great experiences with them. However, I have a clincher line if you’re stalled: “You may have to take it up with my heirs.”

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  11. Mrs. Wilson June 10, 2008 9:55 am edit

    I’m glad things got better!

    Me? I am good! I have two babies today and they are SLEEPING! AT THE SAME TIME!

    I hope your cold goes away FAST!

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  12. Kami June 10, 2008 11:56 am edit

    Graham is hiliarious! He clearly knows the words yet his lips are barely moving and he sure isn’t going to move any other body part.


    Thanks for the laugh. And also? When I am busy, I don’t have the energy to post, you amaze me!

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  13. Elizabeth June 10, 2008 12:03 pm edit

    Great list. Hope you feel better soon.

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  14. ali June 10, 2008 12:24 pm edit

    I = Canadian who says y’all.

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  15. Rhi June 10, 2008 12:42 pm edit

    There is a parade in my hometown every summer and the last time I went I got pegged in the head with a Werther’s Original.

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  16. Hannah June 10, 2008 1:40 pm edit

    That video is classic!! Just what my boys would do, too.
    Glad your hand is getting better, and yay for your work being over in 2 weeks. You can do it!

    Hannah’s last blog post..Player of the day

  17. Kristin June 10, 2008 1:58 pm edit

    Candy in pill bottles… seriously!?! Someone out there is brilliant!

    Hope your cold goes away soon and that your hand is gets all better fast.

    Kristin’s last blog post..Jumperooing for the 1st time.

  18. Rachel Joy June 10, 2008 2:54 pm edit

    Rock on, little dude!

    The candy in the bottles? Freaky!

    And about that lasagna … I thought of you yesterday as I got together with 8 other ladies to fill up our freezers. My friend and I made about 50 lasagnas. We thought it was the best meal to be making as we didn’t have to worry about burning anything (we all pre-cooked our own beef) or slicing any fingers. Anyway, I thought of you. :)

  19. Kaza June 10, 2008 3:45 pm edit

    Girl, you are FUNNY. Thanks for the laughs. I happen to LOVE rants. And lists. And awesome photos.

    Hang in there on the work front. My own personal hell resumes next month. (WHY did I sign up for summer teaching, why?)

    Kaza’s last blog post..Surviving the 3s

  20. The Over-Thinker June 10, 2008 4:49 pm edit

    At 1:09, I totally thought he was gonna bust a move. But alas, no. At least we have the dancing-on-top-of-the-stairs moves that he treated us to a few months ago :)

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  21. Victoria June 10, 2008 5:29 pm edit

    I’m fine thanks! :)

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  22. Michele June 10, 2008 6:14 pm edit

    That Graham is adorable!!!

  23. Loralee June 10, 2008 6:19 pm edit

    Ug. I hear you on the beyond busy point. Utterly. Completely.


    Dude sometimes you just have to vent. (I could have totally used another word here but out of respect for your blog, I will refrain. You get the gist. Hee.)

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  24. joyce June 10, 2008 8:20 pm edit

    Oh my God, this post cracked me up! Emily’s serious face is priceless. Candy in pill bottles is sooooo wrong that it’s funny. And that video was hilarious!!!

    joyce’s last blog post..Rob’s worst nightmare…

  25. slynnro June 10, 2008 9:23 pm edit

    Dude, I am with Graham. This is what I would be doing if I were asked to sing in front of a crowd.

    slynnro’s last blog post..She’s got legs. And she knows how to tone them.

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