As Close to Nothing as Possible

I’ve been watching the 30 Days of Nothing over at Owlhaven, and thinking of giving it a try.

So, as of tomorrow, we will be starting our own 30 days of Nothing. I’m not exactly certain how it all plays out for us…I’ll be talking to Jon tonight and then hopefully I’ll have a plan all set in place for tomorrow, but as of right now the plan is to do some form of the 30 Days of Nothing. One that works for us.

This should be interesting. I’m not a big shopper, but I do buy more than I should from time to time. So stick around and see how well, or poorly I do this month.

In other news, I slept for 11 hours last night. At 8pm,I laid down to read with Jeremy and then cuddled with him and fell asleep. Then we woke up this morning at 7:00am….Wow! Now, the baby was up at 2:30am and again at 4:30am, but still I got a 6 hour uninterrupted stretch, and I feel SO AMAZING! I’ve managed to get quite a bit done today. It’s one of those things that if I went to bed every night at that time, I’d be able to get up earlier and get things done. I think that the 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep is the trick. Even though Siah goes down around 7:30-8pm every night, if we go to bed around midnight, and then he’s up at 2or 3ish….well, that’s only 2 or 3 hours that we are getting before the first interruption….and that’s just not enough in my books. I know that I could let him cry it out, but I’m not there yet….not saying that we won’t get there, but not just yet.

Well, tomorrow is the official GRAND OPENING – I’m laughing at that because it sounds so official. – The OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING of the store.

For the first week, we will be having a buy 2 and get a 3rd of equal or less value for free.

Check it out…..there should be something that you’d like for yourself or even for a gift.

Only the Second Time

Man, We’ve been doing this parenting gig for over 12 years now and for only the second time in that 12 years we’ve had to call poison control.

I think that’s a pretty good track record. I mean, I’d love it if we hadn’t had to call them ever, but for how……….energetic, and inventive my children are….I think that’s a decent number. In fact, I’m surprised that we aren’t on a first name basis with the fine folks over at the Poison Control Call Center.

The last time we called was when Jeremy swallowed a penny….that was SO MUCH FUN…you know…..waiting for the penny to drop…..literally!

Fun time, people, FUN TIMES!

Well, last night was not nearly as exciting. Siah had tried to do the Houdini Maneuver out of his highchair….have I mentioned that he’s climbing or crawling up onto anything and everything – again with the FUN TIMES!….and so we put him down on the kitchen floor. He waddled over to the empty dishwasher and then 2 seconds later started gagging. A barfing baby is not fun, but when you realze that the soap from the dishwasher – which is a mixture of Borax and Washing Soda – didn’t disolve completely away and that there was a little bit left in the soap dispenser and then you realize that your kid ate some of it……

It’s one of those “eye rolling, go and call the poison control people and find out if we need to go and spend the entire night sitting in the disease filled ER and possibly picking up goodness knows what and how that in and of itself has to be WAY worse than the tiny bit of borax that the baby just injested” moments.

Fortunately, the nice Poison Control guy said that we were morons for feeding our child Borax and then asked if we would not bother them so that the really impotant calls could get through.

No, they didn’t say that, but they weren’t concerned and said that there was nothing that we needed to do – Siah would be all okay!

So, in my concern and because these people weren’t nearly concerned enough for my child’s heath and safety, I utlized my Google medical degree and found out that…..

NOTHING! It really was okay! I mean, i shouldn’t be feeding him Borax for a snack, but apparently the Poison Control Dude did know what he was talking about and I really don’t need to worry…..which I still did…..totally, right?

He’s up and happy this morning and I’m assuming all is well.

Moral of the story……well….I don’t know what the moral of the story is, but….we won’t be feeding the baby any Borax any time soon, eh?

Walking Together

Geli is in her first year of middle school.

Grade 6.

She seems so little to be moving up in the world.

I know that she’s 11 years old and that she’ll be 12 soon, but it still seems weird to have my baby, my firstborn moving beyond elementary school.

We’ve had tons of fights discussions about life and responsibility and trust and…well, just way too many things.

She “HATES” having to work. She “HATES” having to give into the house and family.

How do I get it through to her that this is a life long thing…..

You make one persons worth of mess and you are responsible for at least one person’s worth of upkeep.

I’ve tried really hard to not ask a ton from her. In fact, this summer when we were camping with friends of ours – I was surprised at what they expected from their kids. I was even more surprised that for the most part, the kids did what they were asked with minimal fussing. Sure, they were kids and acted like kids do, but they knew that they were responsible for certain “house jobs” and they did them.

It made me really think about what I expect from my kids and made me think about how I can motivate them to do what is required of them.

We are struggling with Geli right now. I know that some of this is just foundational growing up stuff. I know that we will get through this, but right now….it’s not fun, nor is it easy.

Have any of you walked through this whole pre-teen, growing up, responsibility stuff; and have any good pointers or tips for me?

Thank You

I just want to say thank you to all who have commented or e-mailed your support in regards to my store.


I’ve bee neglecting my blog because…well….because I’ve got too many things on the go, and apparently this is one area that has been neglected.

I’m working on a really good balance, and I think that I shall be able to work everything out as long as I keep to that very important word – BALANCE!

I have a tendancy to get fixated on something and do it ot the exculsion of most all else, and when ever I do that….bad things happen. Not “bad things” literally, but I end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed, and I try to have it as my goal to walk life in balance, and to not be stressed. Sometimes I do better and some other times, not so much.

I have about 2 dozen new pieces to put up in the store, and Jon is working behind the scenes to get things all running smoothly, and so if you encounter any difficulties in the process, please just let us know and we’ll get it all sorted out. Things might change around or look slightly different or something, but should be all if not mostly sorted out by……” drum roll please” October 1st.

I will be having an “official” (how does that sound for important) launching of the store, on October 1st, and will be having a “BUY 2, GET A 3RD FOR FREE” sale. I hope that you will find something that you like for either yourself or for someone else in your life.

Now, I know that was a lot of “business news”, and again, I will be working on a balance between everything even here on the ol’ blog.

The family is doing well. I have pictures to show you, stories to laugh about with you, advice to get from you…the list goes on and on and on. Here is a quick picture from the weekend.

We went out for dinner with my Grandpa at 80’s Restaurant We’ve been going here since my youngest sister was born….a loooong time ago. It was so nice to see Grandpa, and to spend some time with him….we need to do that more often. I love that my kids are able to make memories with their Great-Grandparents. It’s not such a common thing that the Great-Grandparent generation is even alive any more. Any way…

Here is Grandpa and Jeremy….nice bunny ears, Papa!

Some News

Alright, so I’m feeling a bit better – Thanks to all who asked, commented or e-mailed. I haven’t had such a sore throat in a long time. But I think I’m on the mend. It was weird…no other symptoms except a wicked sore throat.

AND…..YES!!!! It was my birthday yesterday. I’m now officially 33 years old. I’m easy 10 years older than Xandra’s teacher this year….and THAT makes me feel like a geezer. Okay, maybe not 10, but he’s a guy and he looks younger than he actually is – which is a good thing because he looks really young…..really REALLY young. But he seems like a really nice guy so it’s all good – I guess, eh?

So, thanks for all the Facebook messages, and the e-mails and the phone calls and texts, and well – I felt totally loved and spolied.

Jon took me out for breafast in the morning (I love going out for breakfast – It’s my favorite!) and then two of my girlfriends took me out for all you can eat Sushi for lunch (that’s my next favorite) and then my brother was going to take me (and Jon) out for dinner, but at that point I was “yucking out in my pants” ……ha ha ha ha – that was something I said a very long time ago, and I can’t believe that it just popped into my head right then. Actually, I was feeling very full, but still excited about going out for dinner – Can you imagine a whole day without me having to prepare ONE SINGLE MEAL…yah, me either, so this was AWESOME.

BUT….and there’s always a but, eh? But, we remembered that it was “Meet the Teacher Night” at both the Middle and the Elementary School, and so we rescheduled for early next week…..was it Monday or Tuesday? I don’t remember? Hmmmmm Chris????? Help me out?

And, in the middle of all this, my house is an absolute disaster and looks and feels like a bomb exploded and a camel threw up. Fortunately, my natural deodorant is still working and so it doens’t stink and above all else…..THAT IS AWESOME. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to go to out, and to sweat, and to stay in those same clothes all day, and then to take them off at the end of the day and to do a pit sniff and other than the fact that you “know” you sweated in them – THERE IS NO STENCH! So much so that if you wanted to be gross and disgusting – which I don’t – you could totally get away wth wearing them again the next day…..which I wouldn’t, but I could….I totally could.

This is so unbelieveble to me. I am starting to grasp the fact that I am not a stinky hippie any longer. YAAAAAAHHHH!

Okay, so back to the bomb exploding, camel vomiting disaster of a house…….

A while back my favorite earrings broke.

It was hell!

My sister made these earrings for me back when she worked in a Rock and Gem Store in North Vancouver. They went with just about every piece of clothing that I owned and they were the perfect mix of not too dressy, but not too casual. They were perfect! PERFECT, I tell you!

Well, I wore them right out! One of them broke on me after YEARS of almost daily wear.

I was devestated, and so after an appropriate mourning period, I decided to move on and attempt to recreate a new pair that was as close to the originals as possible.

I headed to Michaels, and found some stuff and whipped up a new pair in no time at all.

While I was there, I got sucked into the black hole of the beading and jewelry section, and I will never again be able to climb my way out of there again. THE END!

Actually, I was overcome with ideas and possibilities, and well….in any spare time – like nap time or after bed time in the evenings – I started making some jewelry.

A friend of mine came over and saw some of the stuff and well….she picked up a few pieces, and then I had the opportunity to go and hang out for an evening with a bunch of ladies, and I sold a bunch more pieces…..and so….with a huge amount of panic little bit of stress…..I am now going to be selling some jewelery on-line.

I’ve not uploaded all the pieces into the store, and we still have bugs and glitches that we are working out, but if you’re interested – go and take a look and maybe…just maybe, there will be something that you like.

Keep checking back regularly as I still have pieces to add, and I’m making new pieces in my spare time…HA HA HA HA HA! Spare time, what is that?

Also, if you see something that you like, but you are wondering about different colors – let me know and we’ll try to work something out.

If you come across any glitches or *gasp* spelling mistakes (I would never make any of those) and you have the time….let me know so that I can make everything look as good as possible.

Hey, something in my life has to be neat and tidy and it sure ain’t my house, right now.

I’ll be adding some more product to the store today and then once again, we are off to Vancouver this weekend AND….AND…..I’m getting my hair done on Saturday! YAH! So I’ll post pictures, as soon as I can.

And hopefully, things will be getting back to normal and my regularly scheduled blatherings will resume and life will be grand, eh?

Am I nuts to think of hope for that?


I’m not feeling so great. I have the WORST sore throat, and IT SUCKS!

It’s the start of the weekend, and I’m tired. I think that Siah’s been feelig the same as me, and he’s been up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up… nights. It’s been a party.

Last night, just to try to get some sleep for myself….I just kept him in bed with me, and well – if it were possible to get even less sleep…yah it happened.

If he’s feeling at all like I am – well, that’s just nasty.

Okay, enough moaning.

I gave a few samples of the deodorant to a few people, and the response that I’ve had so far has been really good.

I just need to find some good containers to put the finished product into, and I think that I’m gonna sell it. It is truly THAT GOOD!

Jon even “tested it out” with out me knowing. He went 2 days between applications, and said that even at the end of the second day that he was only starting to smell and from only one pit.

Thanks for the info, Honey! Way to test it out for me.

But, now you all know that you should be able to go for two days in between applications -good info, eh?

I’m gonna go and make a HUGE pot of tea and sip and sip and sip and sip and sip until the tylenol that I took kicks in.

Winning the Stinkin’ War!

Nope! This is not a post about “The War” or about any kinda politics….you should know me better than that. Not something that I’m terribly interested in blogging about.

A while ago, I stopped using deodorant.

In trying to make healthier choices, I wanted to not be clogging up my pores with Aluminum filled anti-perspirants.

I tried the Rock Crystal, and for a while it worked AMAZINGLY. No stench….I still sweat and had some sweet pit circles, but I can handle wet pits – I CANNOT handle any stench! There was no smell, but after a while, I started to react to the crystal, and so I stopped. I bought some other alternative deodorants, but they never really worked.

Fortunately, I am at home most of the time, and so on a lot of days, I’d just wear nothing, and if I noticed any smell, I’d just go and wash up, and VOILA! Problem solved. This didn’t help me if I were out and especially if I were out ALL DAY!

I was a nervous wreck, wondering if someone was thinking and wondering who forgot to bathe that day.

I’ve been thinking about making my own deodorant for a while, and just didn’t have the ingredients around for the recipes that I’d seen.

Last week, early in the week, I was googling homemade deodorants, and came across this site and her recipe for a deodorant and probably the most exciting thing was that I had the ingredients on hand….sort of.

I didn’t have arrowroot powder, but she also said that you could just cornstarch, and I did have that.

3 ingredients – baking powder, cornstarch, and coconut oil.

I really didn’t think that it would work all that well – seeing as I’ve tried quite a few different commercially prepared deodorants, and been disappointed. Both Jon and I have been searching for something that would work for both of us. I’ve actually used Lavendar Essential Oil and it smells nice, but it seems to either wear off quickly or just get washed off by the flood of sweat that I seem to produce. It’s awesome, I tell you….really not so much! But Jon’s not so interested in the Lavendar Essential Oil…I can’t imagine why?

Anyway, I combined the ingredients in a little container, and mixed it all around. My first thought was that it smelled good enough to eat. I was a little concerned about whether or not the “oil” would get my clothes greasy, and about how well it would soak into my skin, and well…..if it would really even work. I put the lid on the container and put it in my bathroom, ready for the next morning.

It had hardend overnight, and if we had an old deodorant container – it would have been almost perfect to have used that, but….we just scooped out a pea sized amount with our fingers and smeared away.

It’s a bit gritty, but it smooths on nicely, and soaks in really fast, and SMELLS SO YUMMY!

I have used it every day since then. Applying once in the morning, and when I do the evening pit sniff to see if I’m delicious enough to crawl into bed with Jon (unfortunately, he doens’t do this for me, and sometimes….he really needs to) I have not once smelled any BO at all! In fact, you can still smell a bit of the coconut oil.

Even the next morning, 24 hours later, all is still well in the stench department.

I am a bit in shock, that something so simple could work so well. I keep wondering if I’ll need to change it up in a bit because it will mysteriously stop working for me or if this is the long term solution for me.

Have you tried any alternative deodorant solutions? Have you found something that you are happy with? or do you just use regular deodorant? and Why?

The Addiction is “Sometimes” Overwhelming

I’m not sure if I blgged about it, or if I just thought about blogging about it….there are a lot of thoughts begging to be blogged about, but sometimes the time or energy is just not there…but we got rid of our cable back in June.

Money was tight – but that wasn’t the deciding factor. I was really sick of the kids parking their butts in front of the TV at EVERY POSSIBLE SECOND. It drove me nuts….it started from the moment they woke up and lasted until the minute they went to bed.

It’s not that they were watching TV all that time, but that they tried to….it was the default. Oh look, were not doing anything….let’s watch TV. Oh, we should be getting ready for school…..let’s watch TV. Oh, we just came home from school….let’s watch TV. Oh, we should be doing homework…let’s watch TV. Do you see a pattern?

I was CONSTANTLY telling them to turn it off and to get focused on the task at hand, or else to just “Go and play!” But then, of course, I hear the whole “We’re bored! We don’t have anything to do! We don’t know what to do!

So I’d list off a whole ton of stuff, which they’d immediately reject and we’d be rihgt back where we started from.

So, we cut our cable…..end of issue!

It’s been wonderful! I mean, it was summer,and so it’s not like there were really awesome shows that we were missing, and the kids learned how to entertain themselves again, and when they really wanted, they’d watch a DVD that we owned – it was all good.

When we originally cut our cable, we actually didn’t completely cut it off….we just suspended the service. We decided that to suspend it for free for a time, was better than disconnecting and then having to pay a reconnection charge when we connected it again in October just before HOCKEY SEASON! (I wonder what the season is going to be like for the Canucks this year! It should be interesting)

So, we had every intention of reconnecting again. BUT,………now it’s September, and all my favorite TV shows are starting back up, and I really REALLY want to get the cable connected. Like REALLY REALLY! That got me thinking and wondering about my own “issues” with the TV.

It’s not that I’m sitting down in the evenings, and missing staring at the TV for an hour while I just sit on the couch and do nothing.

I have things to do. My time is full. There are things that I could do in front of the TV…like knitting or crochetting, or beading or any other number of crafts, but I can do things things just as well, if not better without the TV being on.

I am just realizing how much I “WANT” to sit in front of the TV and let it numb me into a oblivious vegetative state. It’s an escape, and a pretty effective one. We’ve been sorting through some stuff ined our life, and I wonder if the “desire for escape” has anything to do with me wanting to reconnect the cable……hmmmmm, that was a lightbulb moment for me – just in case you’re wondering….my own personal epiphany!

I could….I could call and get it hooked up today, but I don’t know that I want to. I mean, I do! A huge part of me wants to watch America’s Next Top Model, and Bones, and House, and the last season of ER and Surivor, and Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy, and whatever else I could get hook into, but a large part of me has enjoyed all the time and energy over the past 2 and a bit months, that has not been sucked into the black box in my front room.

I’ve even been contemplating not getting it turned on in October. I mean, just thinking it through, we don’t HAVE to watch the hockey games. We could listen to them on the radio or even the Internet, or…..imagine this…..we could “BUILD RELATIONSHIP” and go and watch a game at someone else’s house or even go out to the pub and watch them there…..there are options…I guess it’s just a matter of what’s important to us.

I’m really liking that the kids aren’t tied to the “tube” and I’m not sure that I want to be either….

Hmmmm, what to do? What to do?

What would you do? I’m just wondering?

It’s all about a happy, positive experience…

Jeremy went and spent the night at my parents place last week, and just a few hours after my mom picked him up, she e-mailed me this….

I like to go to my Nana Karen’s house. It makes me “happy” …..she always has fun things to do. We usually do arts and crafts together…… This one is all my own idea. I made it just for her…Do you think she will like it? I used her lipstick… it is such a coooool color……

I Could Hardly Wait

I was so excited that today was the first day of school, and now that it’s finally here……I really, really, REALLY can’t wait for tomorrow.

See, today is just a teaser. I had kids that couldn’t sleep last night, they were so excited that they were going to go to school tomorrow, and when I woke up to feed the baby at 4am – I found a middle sized child alseep in the floor in the hallway. Lovely, eh?

No, it wasn’t sleep walking or sleeping or whatever you want to call it. She had a whole bed of blankets and pillows all laid out. Whatever she did obviously took some planning and effort on her part, and she must have done it AFTER we went to bed around 10:30pm or so…little goof ball!

I am SO excited that it’s fall. This always seems like the beginning of a year. It’s like I get two new years…one in the fall, and the normal one in January. Do you feel like that, too?

Anyway, I was talking about today, and how I was so excited, but really it’s just a joke, because the kids are all home before lunch time. SERIOUSLY! Who planned this? Not a parent, obviously! Mind you, I don’t deal with separation anxiety and so I have no crying children wanting to be with me and no crying parents wanting to be with the children.

So, I am thrilled with my quiet moments this morning, and then will be even MORE thrilled with my quiet day tomorrow.

I think Siah is thrilled for the quiet too. It’s been a bit of a “maulled” summer. Siah has been a GIANT DOLL, and while that can be fun for the older kids….yah…not so much for the baby or the mom.

Well, I’m off to make the most of my “quiet time” They’ll be ready for pick up, WAY TOO SOON!