Sunday, March 19, 2017


After the slow and quiet months of January and February, March has hit me like a bag of hammers from Home Alone. I'm not sure there actually was a bag of hammers in that movie but it sounds realistic. Movie realistic, that is. Not real world realistic. You'd need a really strong bag, not just Safeway bags. Have I ever told you how much I hate plastic bags? Not just for the environmental impact, but because they are ugly and messy and plasticy. Sometimes Dale takes things to work in a plastic bag and I can hardly stand it. He tries to hide it from me, for which I am grateful but I sometimes still see it. There are so many nice-looking reusable bags that no one should ever have to use a plastic grocery bag for any purpose other than a garbage bag. (There are occasions where I re-use thicker plastic bags from clothing stores, etc.).
So that's my unprovoked rant of the day.
So yeah, it's been busy, but apparently not too busy to spend time complaining about plastic bags. Almost every day and evening the past two weeks have been filled with things like dentist appointments, swimming lessons, school stuff, and of course work. There have also been fun things like yoga and hanging out with friends and family and best of all, Thermea ... twice in two months. I feel like a rock star. Last time I was there, a guy told me he'd been there 32 times. I question the accuracy of that; I've only been a few times and I can't even remember the exact number. Maybe he has a chart at home where he keeps track.
I felt kind of stressed about going since I had a lot of work to do, but I went anyway (Chloe and I went with my sister-in-law and niece from Florida). But it's amazing how as soon as you get there, all your troubles seem so far away. I had a massage as well and it was so good. I wish I could go every week.
All relaxed at the end of the day
It doesn't happen very often that all eight grandchildren (plus two partners) are in the same city (or country for that matter) at the same time. A photo was warranted.
After all the busy stuff, this weekend was very quiet and relaxed. Neve wasn't feeling great, so we hung out at home a lot. We watched many episodes of Gilmore Girls. Neve sent me this message when I was out on Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately for her, I didn't see her message until I got home. Fortunately for her, I made her a delicious homemade one.

She had a gymnastics competition in Selkirk on Saturday evening and pulled herself together nicely for that. She felt good about her performance and scored a bronze medal.
Neve placed first in her floor routine, which is her favourite event. The video is below but honestly don't feel you have to watch it. She is a little moving speck in the background. Dale was the videographer and it's not stellar. I don't think I would've done much better; there are always gymnasts walking in front of the camera and people clapping and other annoying things. Don't they know I'd like a decent clip to post on my blog?? I'll have to get a t-shirt made for next time so they know. Or maybe I'll wear a Global News shirt and pretend I'm doing a documentary. Anyway, unless you are a grandparent or a very devoted aunt or uncle, you may skip on by.

Other than that, we're starting to gear up for the next birthday (Chloe's on Friday) and trying to decide where to go during spring break. We weren't planning to go anywhere because Chloe has classes and Dale just has a couple of days off, but we didn't go anywhere for spring break last year and it made me sad and lonely. So I thought it would be nice just to go on a tiny little 3-day excursion; somewhere like Saskatoon or Moose Jaw (tunnels and spa). Then things escalated, as they tend to do when our family thinks about road trips. Suddenly places like Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis were in the mix. I want to stay in Canada so I'm trying to dial it back. Edmonton is a new option, but it might just end up being Moose Jaw. None of us are super excited about Moose Jaw, but I'm trying to think of it as a step up from staying home. Right??
In other big news, Neve is getting braces at the end of spring break. She is very excited about it. Well, she gets excited about a lot of things. Dale and I are not as excited. We would rather go to Jamaica. Twice. 
In conclusion, here are a couple of random pictures from my phone, although I believe I instagrammed them both.
This is from the Chamber's Spirit Awards gala. It was a really nice event and lots of fun.


Here's Neve on St. Patrick's Day. The green food colouring was used several times that day but that's about as far as the celebrations went.


Have a good week, everyone!


someone said...


Not while Trump is in charge. I beg you!!

And why always west? Why not go east? Get a cabin in Kenora or something? Enjoy a weekend with books and games and wine and a fireplace.

Well, that was my unsolicited advice for your time off! Haha!!

Loved the plastic bag rant. And the photo of all the kids.

And was it just me, or is there no actual video to skip by or click on?

xo Sio

Anonymous said...

Wow, Neve. Amazing. Sio, I don't think the video works in the safari web browser. I got it to work by using Chrome.

Agree with Sio, stay in Canada. I don't want you to have to cross a muddy field as a refugee to get back into Canada (that and the dollar is 'shitty' per my colleague who was just in Grand Forks for the weekend).