Wednesday, December 14, 2011

One and Only?

Echoing this blogger's thoughts - and after an especially hectic morning, having a newborn in a town where you have zero family is less than ideal.  We have a few friends who live in Ottawa (one great couple who live around the corner) and luckily Pete has been working from home and can help a lot, but it is still quite tough.  We are still in the "we can't imagine doing this all over again" stage, so for the time being it seems as though William is likely going to be a single child.  He's been a good baby but is sliding into colic territory and is testing our sanity.  Parents must eventually forget how difficult the first few months are, otherwise I know I wouldn't be here (having 2 sisters).  I just keep thinking about how it would be later in life, only one kiddo running around... and even later - only one to come home and visit.  Although, having only one would mean we could help him have a lot more experiences. Tough decision I think, but I guess we'll have to see how it goes.

Some more fun news - Sunday night my Mom flies over form Calgary (our first Christmas together in 4 years) and Pete's family is coming up for Christmas so thankfully we'll have some help soon.  We even have a babysitter for our anniversary next Monday - a date with my husband, yay!  I think we are going all out this time, sushi dinner and a movie :)  Sherlock Holmes here we comes!

Hopefully I can unpack a bit more between now and Christmas (with my one free hand) - the house is finally looking more and more lived in, and we even had company over for coffee and muffins yesterday!  

Happy Wednesday

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thursday's Photo

It's still a bit big, but I couldn't resist trying it out.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Langemarck at Ypres

William Wilfred Campbell

THIS is the ballad of Langemarck, 
  A story of glory and might; 
Of the vast Hun horde, and Canada’s part 
  In the great grim fight. 
It was April fair on the Flanders Fields,
  But the dreadest April then 
That ever the years, in their fateful flight, 
  Had brought to this world of men. 
North and east, a monster wall, 
  The mighty Hun ranks lay, 
With fort on fort, and iron-ringed trench, 
  Menacing, grim and gray. 
And south and west, like a serpent of fire, 
  Serried the British lines, 
And in between, the dying and dead,
And the stench of blood, and the trampled mud, 
  On the fair, sweet Belgian vines. 
And far to the eastward, harnessed and taut, 
  Like a scimitar, shining and keen, 
Gleaming out of that ominous gloom,  
  Old France’s hosts were seen. 
When out of the grim Hun lines one night, 
  There rolled a sinister smoke;— 
A strange, weird cloud, like a pale, green shroud, 
  And death lurked in its cloak. 
On a fiend-like wind it curled along 
  Over the brave French ranks, 
Like a monster tree its vapours spread, 
  In hideous, burning banks 
Of poisonous fumes that scorched the night 
  With their sulphurous demon danks. 
And men went mad with horror, and fled 
  From that terrible, strangling death, 
That seemed to sear both body and soul 
  With its baleful, flaming breath. 
Till even the little dark men of the south, 
  Who feared neither God nor man, 
Those fierce, wild fighters of Afric’s steppes, 
  Broke their battalions and ran:— 
Ran as they never had run before, 
  Gasping, and fainting for breath; 
For they knew ’t was no human foe that slew; 
  And that hideous smoke meant death. 
Then red in the reek of that evil cloud, 
  The Hun swept over the plain;   
And the murderer’s dirk did its monster work, 
  ’Mid the scythe-like shrapnel rain; 
Till it seemed that at last the brute Hun hordes 
  Had broken that wall of steel; 
And that soon, through this breach in the freeman’s dyke,
  His trampling hosts would wheel;— 
And sweep to the south in ravaging might, 
  And Europe’s peoples again 
Be trodden under the tyrant’s heel, 
  Like herds, in the Prussian pen.  
But in that line on the British right, 
  There massed a corps amain, 
Of men who hailed from a far west land 
  Of mountain and forest and plain; 
Men new to war and its dreadest deeds,
  But noble and staunch and true; 
Men of the open, East and West, 
  Brew of old Britain’s brew. 
These were the men out there that night, 
  When Hell loomed close ahead; 
Who saw that pitiful, hideous rout, 
  And breathed those gases dread; 
While some went under and some went mad; 
  But never a man there fled. 
For the word was “Canada,” theirs to fight,
  And keep on fighting still;— 
Britain said, fight, and fight they would, 
Though the Devil himself in sulphurous mood 
  Came over that hideous hill. 
Yea, stubborn, they stood, that hero band,
  Where no soul hoped to live; 
For five, ’gainst eighty thousand men, 
  Were hopeless odds to give. 
Yea, fought they on! ’T was Friday eve, 
  When that demon gas drove down;  
’T was Saturday eve that saw them still 
  Grimly holding their own; 
Sunday, Monday, saw them yet, 
  A steadily lessening band, 
With “no surrender” in their hearts, 
  But the dream of a far-off land, 
Where mother and sister and love would weep 
  For the hushed heart lying still;— 
But never a thought but to do their part, 
  And work the Empire’s will.
Ringed round, hemmed in, and back to back, 
  They fought there under the dark, 
And won for Empire, God and Right, 
  At grim, red Langemarck. 
Wonderful battles have shaken this world, 
  Since the Dawn-God overthrew Dis; 
Wonderful struggles of right against wrong, 
Sung in the rhymes of the world’s great song, 
  But never a greater than this. 
Bannockburn, Inkerman, Balaclava,  
  Marathon’s godlike stand; 
But never a more heroic deed, 
And never a greater warrior breed, 
  In any war-man’s land. 
This is the ballad of Langemarck,  
  A story of glory and might; 
Of the vast Hun horde, and Canada’s part 
  In the great, grim fight.
Wilfred Campbell was a Canadian Poet. Many Canadian troops fought and died in the 3rd Battle of Ypres, otherwise known as Passchendaele. The fighting around Langemarck was just one part of the long bloody battle in 1917.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

T-1 week

We headed out to our new place last night to check on the progress of the house - everything is nearly finished, only the paint touch ups and the baseboards to finish - yay!

Thankfully, we've slowly started to tie up loose ends with the house, mortgage and movers from Calgary.  All the stresses are slowly dissipating and now I can concentrate on chilling with this little man and packing up our apartment - not the most fun task, but it won't be too awful.  After looking around a bit, it's really amazing how much one can accumulate in such a short while.

The funny thing is, this apartment is the first place that Pete and I were able to live together, and although we were only here for 11 months, I've been here longer than anywhere else since joining the military.  Hopefully once we move, we'll stay put for a good couple of decades.

I should also mention a big thank you to everyone back in Calgary who is packing up all my stuff and meeting with the movers - that's not a fun task either.  Once it all arrives, I think we'll have a great time going through all the boxes and getting reacquainted with all my belongings / all the extra stuff my mom threw into the mix.

Just for fun I thought I would leave you with a picture that Pete was pretty excited to take.  Apparently William has followed in his Father's footsteps and has begun studying Arnold's Encyclopedia of Body Building - like Father, like Son.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Grand Entrance

I've been re-assured by my Doctor, the labour and delivery nurses who saw me through the 44 hour ordeal, the whole surgical team, and all the post delivery nurses that I have the worst delivery story they have experience in a long while....

Not quite the plan I had envisioned - but in any case, it is over, I am home at last, and our little one is here - he (along with Pete and I) is happy as a clam, and undeniably (to us anyways, but we are understandably biased) he is the cutest thing we have ever laid our eyes on.

Without further ado - our darling William

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A theory

I think I've figured it out, why our little once hasn't made his/her appearance.  Although my decided due date is tomorrow (after being changed from the 17th, to the 10th and then finally tomorrow) I was convinced that he/she was coming early - I even bet on the 29th in my baby pool, and my husband bet on the 1st - oops!

Anyways, as I sit about my apartment (on sick leave for the past 3 weeks - a blood pressure thing) I've come to have more positive feelings about where I live.  Originally, I was rather unhappy with my apartment - the location was awesome, the amount of space was also awesome, however the kitchen and bathroom left something to be desired.  But hey, when your husband has 2 days to find a place to live while your house is bring built, somethings are less important.  As I was saying, since I've been home, and Pete works from home 4 days a week, we've had a great time cooking, cleaning, getting things organized for our new arrival - it's become more of a home, I'm almost sad that we get to leave in 1 month and 11 days.  But my theory regarding why this little one won't come out is because he/she would rather live in the house and not our 1 bedroom apartment....

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Still nothing

Because Heather put it so eloquently  (she is due today, me on friday) - head over and read the post on being 40 weeks pregnant.

I've had my share of texts / facebook messages / bb messages / phone calls all inquiring about the status of Baby S - all well meaning and all nice, but no, nothing yet and yes, I will make sure to call everyone once he/she arrives.

Besides just wanting to hold / meet one wee one, I seriously cannot wait to

  • sleep on something other than my aching hips (ie: my back)
  • eat sushi, soft cheese and prosciutto
  • bend down to pick something up
  • have my hands back (swelling + carpel tunnel = useless appendages)
  • not have heartburn all the time
  • wearing all sorts of shoes - not just sandals
  • get back to running (my last run was at 6 months when Pete and I visited Calgary)

Saturday, September 17, 2011


An update on the chaos that has happened over the last week:

Last sunday night we noticed the paint where the ceiling and wall connect in the bathroom and our closet was bubbling.

Diagnosis:  3 floors up there was a water leak and it made it's way down to us....this can be fixed, but the unfortunate news is our building superintendent was taken away in an ambulance on monday and hasn't been able to come in to repair it (thank goodness he is ok, just not back at work yet).

The bad news:

  • Because it affects our closet, everything we had in there is now in random locations throughout the bedroom mixing in with all the baby stuff (which there really isn't room for to begin with), plus this makes it pretty frustrating to get dressed in the morning - thank goodness I'm not at work anymore and Pete luckily works from home. 
  • We move into our new house in exactly 2 months so the rest of our apartment is full of packing boxes and we are doing our best to contain the mess.
  • We could possibly have a newborn in the apartment any day now.... because
  • Thursday my doctor discovered that my blood pressure is elevated - normally it's low / normal but when you are 37 weeks pregnant, higher blood pressure is not a good sign.  So, I'm on sick leave and we get to pop into the hospital tomorrow and tuesday to re-check it.  If it remains high that means that we might get to meet our little one sooner than anticipated - hows that for news?
  • When he does come to fix it, we won't have a bathroom for a while, and our bedroom will be a construction zone - all things un-good when bringing home a brand new baby.
  • The longer we wait the higher the possibility of mould - also un-good for a teeny baby (not to mention us)
So there we go... the chaos that is our lives at the moment.  Fingers crossed it all comes together next week.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sister #2

Oops, I am a few days late with this one.  I blame the awesome fun that is the metropolis of Sharon.  In any case - it was my older sister's birthday on Saturday...

Happy Belated Sarah - let's hope the weather held for your BBQ

Note:  Yes, this photo is ridiculously old  (that would be Sarah in the peach shirt and white shorts - Amy is the wee one beside my Dad, and I am rocking the plaid shirt).... but I know she was pretty happy that day, she bought her first horse "Indy" - he was awesome.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sister 1

A big Happy Birthday to my little sister.... I can't be in Calgary to share a toast, or slice of cake with her so I'll have to settle with this awesome pic from our trip to Veags. 

Note: the point of this picture is to illustrate that even though she is not a large person by any right, the "adult" sized shirt in question (from a very popular american retailer) is ridiculously small on her... and I am pretty sure it was a medium or large...

This pic is shamlesly stolen from facebook - a very good friend of hers painted this, I think it's awesome.

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Month of Birthdays

This time, it's for my old roomie from Quebec City... Happy Birthday F!  Thinking of you lots today :)

Up next next week: BOTH my sisters...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jack's last letter

A true Canadian, who loved Canada and did his very best to make it better -

Something we can all agree on, regardless of how you are politically aligned.

I believe his email quote says it best  - From the late Tommy Douglas

“Courage my friends, ‘tis never too late to build a better world.”

August 20, 2011

Toronto, Ontario

Dear Friends,

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.
Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped. So I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue.
I recommend that Hull-Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel continue her work as our interim leader until a permanent successor is elected.
I recommend the party hold a leadership vote as early as possible in the New Year, on approximately the same timelines as in 2003, so that our new leader has ample time to reconsolidate our team, renew our party and our program, and move forward towards the next election.

A few additional thoughts:
To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.

To the members of my party: we’ve done remarkable things together in the past eight years. It has been a privilege to lead the New Democratic Party and I am most grateful for your confidence, your support, and the endless hours of volunteer commitment you have devoted to our cause. There will be those who will try to persuade you to give up our cause. But that cause is much bigger than any one leader. Answer them by recommitting with energy and determination to our work. Remember our proud history of social justice, universal health care, public pensions and making sure no one is left behind. Let’s continue to move forward. Let’s demonstrate in everything we do in the four years before us that we are ready to serve our beloved Canada as its next government.

To the members of our parliamentary caucus: I have been privileged to work with each and every one of you. Our caucus meetings were always the highlight of my week. It has been my role to ask a great deal from you. And now I am going to do so again. Canadians will be closely watching you in the months to come. Colleagues, I know you will make the tens of thousands of members of our party proud of you by demonstrating the same seamless teamwork and solidarity that has earned us the confidence of millions of Canadians in the recent election.

To my fellow Quebecers: On May 2nd, you made an historic decision. You decided that the way to replace Canada’s Conservative federal government with something better was by working together in partnership with progressive-minded Canadians across the country. You made the right decision then; it is still the right decision today; and it will be the right decision right through to the next election, when we will succeed, together. You have elected a superb team of New Democrats to Parliament. They are going to be doing remarkable things in the years to come to make this country better for us all.

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.

And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,
Jack Layton

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Another Happy Day

Quite the Birthday week - this time it's for my Mom...

Happy Birthday Mom - wish I was there to celebrate with you - I'm raising a glass of Iced tea (no sugar) in your honour.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2 for 1

A Big Ole Happy Birthday to two special ladies today....  Heather and Vivian

How is this little munchkin already 1???

Sunday, August 14, 2011

What I've been up to this summer....

Firstly, The house is progressing.... soon we'll need a key to get in :)

 Dug out basement
 Walls being poured
 Checking out the mudroom
 We have 2 stories of Great Room
 Et Voila!  A house!

Secondly, our visit back to Calgary - our last until next year, and our last with just the two of us!

 Pete's first visit to Spruce Meadows 
 With my Mom - you can just see the belly
 Ronnalie and I always go to Spruce Meadows together
 Pete's frist Calgary Stampede - The Rodeo
 The Chucks

Back in the NCR...
Pete in heaven - Gatineau Park

 Vivian's baptism - can't believe she is running already!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Wednesday Morning Funny

You just have to appreciate this one.  Young people forget that we old people had a career before we retired......
  Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.

Charley, a new retiree-greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn't seem to get to work on time. Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their "Older Person Friendly" policies.

  One day the boss called him into the office for a talk.

   "Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-up job when you finally get here; but your being late so often is quite bothersome."

   "Yes, I know boss, and I am working on it."

   "Well good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear.  

  Yes sir, I understand your concern and I will try harder.

   Seeming puzzled, the manager went on to comment,  I know you're retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say to you there if you showed up in the morning late so often?"

   The old man looked down at the floor, then smiled.  He chuckled quietly, then said with a grin,

"They usually saluted and said, Good morning, Admiral, can I get your coffee, sir?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Recipe Success

When your husband emails you and asks you to make another 2000 of these for the freezer, so that he can eat them all the time.  You might have found a winner....   Thanks Jenna!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Floor Tiles Stress

Tomorrow morning, we have the much anticipated Interior Designer appointment scheduled.  Since we decided to build this house, I've tried very hard to keep in mind kitchen and bath cabinets and back splash and floor tile colours when I watch anything on TV, go to anyone's house, peruse a magazine etc...  I've even asked nicely for Pete to drive several loops around the community to see all the different stone colours for the exterior of the house (I'm terrible at seeing the "big picture" from a small sample).  So far, Pete and I have been really good at agreeing on the cabinet colours and even the counter colours, but I am really worried about the floor tile situation.  Lucky for us, we aren't suppose to paint for a year so those decisions can wait!

Let's just hope I don't walk into my house and regret anything....  Thankfully we have a professional helping us to pick.

Kitchen colours... however, with more "warm caramel" tones in the counter

Bathroom cabinet colour... maybe with a white counter though

Friday, May 27, 2011

Giveaway Friday

Because everyone loves a good giveaway, especially when it involves something delicious :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011


This spa may have just saved my sanity.... They make all their own scrubs/masks/moisturizers from proper organic and natural ingredients and even have special treatments for preggos - how fantastic!

Thank you Peppermint Organic Spa!

If you happen to be in the Ottawa area, check them out.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Best of my life

We joined some friends for a Mother's Day Afternoon tea at the MacKenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park.  Besides being surrounded by the beauty of the Park, for the former PM had some lovely stone "ruins" erected for his enjoyment - and now ours...

The estate is also home to the most delicious scone I have ever had the chance to taste.  If you happen to be in the Ottawa area and are looking for a lovely afternoon in the woods, make sure you pop by for a cup of tea and the world's most delicous scone, you won't regret it!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Four things Friday

1. I desperately want a bike so that I can bike the canal all the way to Parliament and see the Tulips, Kath bikes all the time and rarely uses her car… I'm jealous - plus the price of gas is terrible these days….

2. I miss my friends in Calgary terribly… email is nice, Skype is better but they both pale in comparison to visiting face to face - and tea o'clock is beyond fantastic when you can share it with some pretty fantastic people.

3.  More on #2, my next visit to Calgary (7 July!) will be epic… It's Pete's first Stampede, my first in 3 years (Yahoo!), and the last time I'll be in town until next year… Newborns + a new house = Linda has to stay in Ottawa for a bit.

4. This is my first summer since 2007 where I won’t be elsewhere training… I was in Victoria in 2008 and Quebec City for 2009 & 2010 - I will forever miss the 400 stairs up to the plains of Abraham… perhaps I'll roadtrip it up and see some friends that will be there for a few weeks.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Quiz

I am ashamed to admit that I am not doing very well on this quiz.... yikes!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Things I've noticed lately...

  • Sliced tomatoes with salt sprinkled on them is an acceptable and delicious dinner
  • I no longer crave chocolate :(
  • Changing your uniform at work causes a lot of ruckus….I've had more people stop to talk to me today than ever
  • Apparently afternoon tea is all the rage… when Pete and I lived in Victoria, we would partake once a month - haven't done tea in Ottawa yet, perhaps during the Tulip fest we'll find a cute tea house
  • I love that my new city has a festival dedicated to Tulips
  • After growing up in a very Conservative city, and having the PM as my MP, I think I've actually changed my tune for this next election
  • Baby furniture / accessories are rather expensive
  • My job is very Excel heavy - somehow this is really exciting to me.. I guess I'm a closet Excel geek

Sunday, April 17, 2011


So it seems there is somewhat of an epidemic going on, first here, then here, also here, even here and a good number of my facebook friends are also signed up - so I thought what the heck, why not?

I'm speaking of course about babies…

I've been married for over a year now… lived in the same location as my husband for only 4 months (that would be thanks to different military postings) and am currently 3.5 months pregnant.  Yep, correcto-mundo - the Sands family is growing by one in October. 

The thought suddenly hit me on Wednesday when I was staring at the fuzzy black ultrasound screen watching a teeny tiny baby (8.8 cm long) move around, kick his/her legs, open and close their mouth and generally live it up inside me - what a bizarre concept.  I did have a few symptoms but nothing that really made it hit home until I saw that image, which is now of course up on the fridge and greets me every time I walk by.

I'm so lucky to have a husband that is beyond excited and has already begun chanting "Go Leafs Go" to my tummy (I had to marry a Leaf fan - ughhh).  Plus a fantastic family of in-laws who live close by and are ready to help in any way - it also helps to have a sister in law who is a soon-to be nurse and adores babies (jackpot!).  The plan however, so far is a bit off kilter when it comes to dates - Pete goes away on training Sept to Nov, Baby S comes in early Oct, and the house is ready mid Nov…. But hey, that’s how we roll apparently - never a dull moment for us.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Giveaway - Sony W series Walkman

Because everyone loves a good giveaway....Also, if you are into running (as most of you are I suspect) check Laura's running blog... full of all sorts of neato stuff.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Weekend Update - a day late...

Since my last post, life has been quite busy with the new, new job. My life
still has some "Devil Wears Prada" parts to it, I no longer fetch coffee
for people, and act on their every whim. However, I do work for another
"strong female personality" and everything that entails. Luckily, I
have others in the office to balance that out. My new job puts me back
in uniform - hallelujah for not picking out a "work outfit" every
morning, and goodbye to bad hair days. Plus, my health benefits are back and
my pay went up, and I wear combat boots to work everyday (except civie
Fridays of course).... I love being in the military.

In non-work life, Pete and I have been busy visiting friends - more
people swung through Ottawa these fast few months, and a few repeats!
As well as been busy visiting family - all the in-laws came up and we
went down - more visiting to come at Easter :) We also started the
"house building" process. We meet this evening with the builder to
finalize our floor plan changes and then later on, another meeting to
pick out the finishes inside. We've been told several times how
flexible the builder is regarding moving walls and changing parts of the
house - for free! As long as we don't change the "structure" we are
good to go. Hopefully we'll end up with a house that has all we need
and isn't as cookie cutter as the others in the neighbourhood of the
same model.

This past weekend Pete and I were able to sneak away for a mini holiday to Mt Tremblant. I had visited once before with a friend from Montreal,
but hadn't spent much time seeing what they had to offer. This time, Pete was able to find a great hotel located right on the main square (at the foot of the ski hill - check the view). When we got to our room - read: condo suite - our living room windows opened to the square where they had a big outdoor concert happening. I felt a bit badly for telling Pete that I thought the room was even nicer than our apartment- then even make you a gourmet hot breakfast in the morning! ! If only we could
bring it all home with us! After exploring the ski hill shops, we ventured down on the other side of the lake to the "village" for dinner. We opted for Italian (can't go wrong with Italian) and ended up having the best Spaghetti Carbonara of my life! If you do go to Mt Tremblant, try the Resto Ital Delli!

Back in Ottawa, and back to reality we are dealing with overcast skies and thundershowers.... At least April showers bring May flowers... or at the very least, Tulip festivals :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Six Things Saturday

Because it's all the rage...
  1. Microwaved Grapenuts cereal is delicious, and amazingly fast to make and eat, as in overnight oats with yogurt.
  2. Rome and Spartacus are my newest TV addictions, also Rogers on demand is great for catching The Big Bang Theory when you are at work every Thursday night
  3. Having your bestest military friends just happen to be attending conferences in your new city for a week and a half is amazing and I wish they could come back more often! (fingers crossed for February!)
  4. Living along the Rideau Canal is fabulous and beautiful... my husband makes good housing choices in my absence
  5. The Devil Wears Prada has now become my life
  6. I actually do miss seeing my in-laws every week - good thing they are visiting this weekend!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Life as an Ottawan - Month 1

Things have progressively gotten better since moving here, meaning that we are finally on the homestretch to changing all our addresses, and my ID into my new married hyphen name (yes, I am one of those people... ) and my new province.  Truth be told, this was one of the most heinous things I could have done.  I have ended up swearing profusely at the Ontario government for their ridiculous procedures and rules, and becoming terribly depressed when I had to hand over my beloved and treasured Alberta licence to the evil women at the Ministry of Transportation.  I just wish that Ottawa could be it's own entity, like Washington DC - because honestly, it's better than Ontario and it really shouldn't have to be part of the craziness that this province is... pardon the Anti-Ontario sentiments... but I really, really miss Alberta.

In any case, it's Friday and I for one am THRILLED that I am *this* close to finishing the work week.  The new job (onto week 3 now!) has slowly become the norm, the office and it's people have become more familiar and I think I narrowly avoided a "Devil Wears Prada" moment with my boss and the other office ladies... fun, fun times.  Navy work has been interesting too... just got to the new unit, already was called out on parade to accept something for a department I didn't know I was in charge of, found out that the former Divisional Officer didn't do hardly any work, and I've inherited a mess - plus we have an inspection in 2 months - awesome!  Guess I get to put in some overtime after my day job to straighten out the mess.  But hey, extra money is always nice to have, and the experience is welcome.

Last week was a whirlwind of two jobs and friends in town and staying over.  Luckily, all roads lead to Ottawa when you are in the military, and for this reason we generally have friends in town every month.  This month many happened to come into town the same week.... so we were kept busy playing host and visiting with people each evening.  This week was much quieter on the visiting front but busier on the work front.  Tonight, however, the in-laws are arriving tonight for a quick weekend visit.  They are bringing up some armchairs for our living room (the blow up mattress just isn't cutting it anymore) and Pete's wonder road bike and a spinner so he can cycle indoors.  We plan on showing them the lot and the model house for our newest acquisition, delivery date to be November 2011!