Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Janessa!

Parm helping Janessa cut her birthday cake with onlookers Ayden & Taquiyah.

The now 6 year-old birthday girl Janessa!

Aliya just hangin' out & drinkin' her Smirnoff Ice...
Eliza & Aliya...doesn't a baby suit her well?! ;)
Tonight I went to Boston Pizza for Janessa's 6th birthday - she had a great time, as did everyone else. Gotta love a lil' family gathering! I was really not impressed however, to get home to find out that my car is a piece of CRAP....see post below for details of my anger.

ARGGGGG

I have the WORST LUCK EVER with car tires. You may think I am kidding, but I am definitely NOT. I actually have had more flat tires than everyone I know COMBINED. I am so frustrated with my car!!!! I just had a flat tire about three weeks ago & my spare is on my car already since I can't really afford new tires right this second. Then, I get home tonight and ANOTHER one is flat!!!!! I have to admit, I had a mini break down to my brother, sister & Mitch....after I stopped sobbing, I could laugh about it a little...because seriously, this is just getting freakin' ridiculous. I know I am ranting so I apologize but I am sooooo irritated. Help?!

PS - I actually didn't intend to take this picture...it was dark out and I was using our air tank to put air in my stupid tire and couldn't see. Since my phone has a super duper bright flash on it, I thought I could just "almost" take a picture and just have the flash go off. Nope, it definitely takes a photo! So, here it is, a photo of my lame tire. It doesn't look flat here, but rest assured, IT IS.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Polysportuous & Pomegranates



These two pictures just about sum up the day I've had...that's right, I've haven't done a whole lot today! I woke up and watched some random movies on TV with my sis - Murder by Numbers & The Bodyguard. This naturally led us to sing "I will always love youuuuuuuuu" in our own very fabulous rendition of it for quite some time. Then, I made breakfast burritos for me and my daddy. Next, I tried unsuccessfully to have a nap. Then I made stir fry for dinner. (see how eventful my day has been?!) Then I watched the last quarter of the Grey Cup with my sis and Mitch. I learned my sisters definition of "polysportuous" (meaning she has  knowledge of a bunch of sports) and ate pomegranates with my mom. Have you ever eaten a pomegranate? I'm undecided if I liked it. It was weird eating seeds and they didn't even have that much taste.

I'm exhausted from this tiring day I've had (haha...) and am laying in bed watching TV now. Goodnight!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

My Friend Binz


Tonight, sicky Heidi (literally sick, she hacked all night!) and I took a little drive to Binz's house to check out her newly put up Christmas decorations. Turns out our little Binz has quite the decorating knack; who knew?! This is her and her beautiful tree - complete with silver, brown and pear-colored ornaments. Impressive!!  (sorry, the pic is a bit blurry)

The three of us get along so well; I always enjoy when we spend time together. I'm not trying to be mushy, but seriously, I love them. The things we enjoy doing together include: getting drinks at Starbucks (some drinks hotter than others...), making nachos at Lindsay's and scraping cheese off the bottom of the pan, hittin' up the Winston Mariachi for good deals and ensuring Heidi knows how to use her Blackberry.

Oh, to be a kid again...





I went to Disney on Ice last night - can I tell you how much fun I had?! I am a huge fan of kid stuff like this...plus my parents used to take me to the Ice Capades when I was younger so this is totally up my alley. I went with my friend Lisa (who lovingly bought me a ticket!) and her sister and all of their children plus some others. There were about 15 of us and we took a limo down (I know, high rollin' to Disney...we're cool) and we all enjoyed it. I put 4 pictures up because, well, I wanted to chose just ONE picture to sum up the event, but turns out I couldn't do it!! As Woody says, YEEHAW! I will post more pics on Facebook for those of you interested.

Eliza - I specifically chose the Japanese Minnie picture for you...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Yellow Haired Friend Heidi


I am not alone in this blogging world! Hip hip hooray! Heidi has one too!

I call her yellow haired because when we met in kindergarten, that's what I told my mom she had. "I have a new best friend. Her name is Heidi and she has long, yellow hair." And here we are, 20 years later. Blogging. How cute...

This picture is a couple years old, but a) it's cute (like us) and b) it's fitting for this way too snowy day we are having around here!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Book Club Meets Russell


Amanda, 'Liza and I went to a book signing at Chapters at Strawberry Hill to meet Russell Peters. 4 hours later, we chatted him up and got our books signed.

My Bucket List

I wrote a bucket list a couple months ago; ya know? Things I want to do before I "kick the bucket". Here's what I came up with. (Take careful note of #21!)
  1. Write a novel.
  2. Go to Bard on the Beach.
  3. Go kayaking more frequently.
  4. Own a horse.
  5. Be fluent in French.
  6. Own an expensive, gorgeous area rug.
  7. Become a rescue scuba diver.
  8. Go white water rafting, again
  9. Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
  10. Join a Toastmasters group and do public speaking.
  11. Own a nice camera and learn to take pictures properly.
  12. Make wine.
  13. Take cooking classes.
  14. Read: Anna Karina & the rest of the books on my book shelf that I haven't read yet.
  15. Be a Big Sister.
  16. Donate blood as often as I am eligible to.
  17. Own a yacht.
  18. Learn more about wine.
  19. Understand the stock market.
  20. Trade stocks.
  21. Start a blog.
  22. Swim with sharks.
  23. Have a pond in my yard.
  24. Have a library in my home, complete with a big comfy chair to read in.
  25. Have a beautiful patio to entertain guests on in the summer.
  26. Be able to wear a bikini comfortably.
  27. Learn to like and appreciate olives.
  28. Have a broader, more intelligent vocabulary.
  29. Send my parents on an extravagant vacation.
  30. Plant a garden and actually take care of it properly so that I can eat the vegetables.
  31. Invite my siblings over for dinner at LEAST once every two weeks.
  32. Call a head office of somewhere I got/always get fantastic service at just to let them know.
  33. Encourage 5 other people to write bucket lists.
  34. See Ellens show live.
  35. Have babies with a man who loves me to death, & raise them to be generous and kind-hearted.
  36. Travel to India.
  37. Own a coordinated towel collection.
  38. Keep “book club” alive forever.
  39. Create my own recipe.
  40. Do my own oil changes.
  41. Have my grandchildren sleep over on weekends frequently.
  42. Be debt free.
  43. Own a home.
  44. Achieve my BBA in HR.
  45. Own a big dog.
  46. Do the polar bear swim.
  47. Recycle whenever possible.
  48. Have a workout routine I stick with for a long time.
  49. Attend a rave.

BBC Top 100 Books to Read

I saw this going around on Facebook and since I love reading & books, thought I would share the ones I've read. Out of this list, I've read 22 of them. I included the Bible in my list of "read" items since I've read a lot of it; I figured that counts for somethin! I would like to have read this whole list. A lot of the books I own and really do plan on reading...I just have such a big list of books yet to read that I don't know when on earth I will get around to it!


1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (read)
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling 
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (read) 
6 The Bible (read a lot of?!)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott (read)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (read)
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell (read & LOVE IT; my all time fave book)
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (own it & plan on reading it)
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis (read)
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis (read)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (I've read A Thousand Splendid Suns and it's similar to this...does that count?!)
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (read & LOVE IT)
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (read)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving (read & LOVE IT)
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery (read)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (read)
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan (read)
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel (read a bajillion times)
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen (I think I've read it?!)
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (read)
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (read)
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (read)
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (read)
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White (read)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (read in English AND French!)
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (read)
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Stella, Dot & Heidi!

http://www.stelladot.com/sites/heidirietkerk

Heidi is going to be a jewelry stylist; check out this website... I think she will be fabulous at it because she just really enjoys this stuff and is passionate about it. It is really nice jewelry...I wanted about 34 different bracelets when I went to my first trunk show!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Where to start?

I have to admit I am slightly lost right now...in multiple ways: First, I am confused how to work this whole "blogging" thing; where to put posts, what to put on my profile etc. Second, what the heck do I talk about?! Third, who is actually going to read my blog?! I think I need to do some brainstorming. What if my life turns out to be boring and no one wants to read my blog?! I feel like I need a purpose to have a blog...or at least an umbrella topic.

I am watching The Bourne Identity on channel 40 right now - I enjoy this movie.

Maybe I can write about books?! I looooove reading...I'm planning on reading for a bit before I fall asleep tonight. I am reading Russell Peters' book - I heart him a lot because he is super duper funny. The book is interesting; I enjoy reading about his life but it jumps around a lot which is irritating to me!


Peace out!