Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Aside from that, I'm still sick, really ick, but trying to go with the flow. Yesterday we had supper with Pat's family and played Cranium, which is always a fun time. Pat was uber competitive and got frustrated at me for being so slow with some answers (such as not remembering David Suzuki's name among other brain farts), but we actually did quite well in the end. I love that game and it always brings about many laughs. I even got to put my English minor to use for once by knowing the definition of the word "cuckold" - man I was so smart for the 5 seconds that it lasted.
Today we had a nice dinner with my parents, and I subjected Patrick to nearly a full hour of home videos - me in all my 4 and a half year-old glory. Now that's some pretty entertaining stuff I tell ya! So much so that Patrick fell asleep on my lap, haha! I was one bossy little feist-ball back then, shouting orders at people, singing songs, telling my brother what to do, and eating constantly. Wonder what that says about the type of kids we'll have one day...
Well, I'm off to take a nice relaxing bath. Cheers.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Sniff, sniff, one year ago I was a day away from this place... I did this page for a random challenge at Scrapbook Centrale. It was quite fun. Man, I should be on their design team simply for all the freakin' times that I mention and link that store on my blog, lol.
This morning I woke up at 11:50 am. I can't remember the last time I slept that long. It's probably because I couldn't sleep very well last night - I kept coughing every time I swallowed, and felt like my throat was closing up. It was very unpleasant. So I ended up taking a Benadryl at like 2 in the morning. I guess that's what did me in!
Patrick and I played "Scene It" last night, which I just bought. Pretty fun! But his TV is so tiny we have to squint to read the writing. So I'm thinking that a flat screen may be coming soon. At least when you don't go to the aforementioned place, you can afford to buy stuff.
I am off to enjoy the day.
Good day, sunshine.... good day, sunshine...
Friday, July 25, 2008
Anywho, I found lots of interesting hate letters to my ex-boyfriend, and huge picture of Jon's Lajoie's head pasted onto a heart, good times, good times. Haha. Gotta keep those for entertainment purposes for my future children. I always wished that my mom had left me more tangible things like that from her teenage years. While call it weird, but I plan on keeping stuff like that. I guess it's the obsessive scrapbooker in me. But no, I was like that even before I started scrapbooking, like in 5th grade when I started officially keeping a diary and writing, writing, always writing...
While cleaning, I also came across these words I had written on the front cover of a notebook. Yes, I used to write out lyrics and poems and the like ALL the time when I was younger. I was reading the words and literally felt them pulling at my heart strings - I practically recited it word for word, and yet couldn't quite put my finger on where it was from... then of course I realized it was from the sleeve cover of Morning Glory. And once again my sickly Oasis obsession became blatantly evident. Isn't it great I found this just in time for the month of August - I keep reminding Pat that his Oasis tutoring will begin so that he can brush up on his songs and facts before the concert in September. Hahaha... anyways, here's the words I found:
Coming down off the nova somewhere near the boiled egg that is the Royal Albert Hall, we watch Paul's sun crossed with John's star and hold ice cream hands. Someone slipped on a cassette as the one you wanted left with someone else but somehow it was cool because as the music filled the shadows, you heard a sound that was a million miles away from fakery and a step away from your heart.
Just like it always did, this sound puts the swagger back into your step, the rush into your blood, but somehow, and I don't know how, they had become deeper, wider, soulful, better at their craft, inspired by so many things like a world that is tilting who knows where and the applause they always knew was theirs but waited so impatiently to receive. Words cut you from all angles, backed up by a monumental sound that rises high, high and high to crash against your rocks and then changes, majestically and magically to soothe the wounds inside.
As you are dragged inside on this trip abandon, you hear a council estate singing its heart out, you hear the clink of loose change that is never enough to buy what you need, boredom and poverty, hours spent with a burnt out guitar, dirty pubs and cracked up pavements, violence and love, all rolled into one, and now all this.
At the end you flip over and start again because now you are not isolated. They have gone to work so that you can go home. High above the day turns pink and you feel your feet lift above the ground as new roads open up in front of you. In this town the jury is always rigged but the people know. They always know the truth. Believe. Belief. Beyond. Their morning glory.
- P.H. in the summer of '95.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Newish pages - I'm scrapping a ton these days! Also being very, very lazy, but it's acceptable because I'm sick. Apart from that, I've been cleaning up my iPod, making playlists, reading, watching TV and Movies, and not much else!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
In terms of scrapbooking, I'm catching up with some of the quiz challenges that were issued at Scrapbook Centrale. I am quite behind, since I decided that I would do both Patrick and I. It will be a nice memory down the road I think. Tomorrow I am going to Alex's to scrapbook, yay!
On Sunday we went to visit my grandfather's grave, which we haven't done in probably 5 years or more (at least I haven't anyways). We took some pictures, which my uncle insisted was a little morbid. I suppose it is, but at the same time it is celebrating my grandfather's life.
Today there are baby birds in my backyard!! We think they are baby cardinals, because the bright red father is feeding them. I just looked it up and apparently it's the father that feeds them while the mother builds new nests. Look how cute the baby is:
Also, my dad has started taking anti-depressants because he has been incredibly down for the past few months. We have tried a lot of different things, but he just has zero motivation to do things unless we force him to. We hope that the pills can cut down the anxiety and help him start feeling better. Of course we were apprehensive at first, but I think this is what's needed to give him the extra push. It has been heartbreaking and extremely draining to watch him in this negative state for the past little while, and now we realize that something's gotta give. So we are trying the pills and keeping our fingers crossed for improvement. I don't expect a miracle drug, but I'm hoping it can at least help him have some interest and motivation. My mom is on vacation for 2 weeks, so that is also helping to lift his spirits a little bit. Just one day at a time...
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Also, I added a link to Jon's website so you can go check out the highly entertaining work that he does. Click on the head in the tree to see his videos. Please be warned, he uses a LOT of swearing and some of his topics can be considered offensive (even though he's really only making fun of things).
Last night we watched this movie, which was pretty good for what it was, a light-hearted comedy/romance/action. (I've debated posting about all the movies we watch but then it might be really obvious that we are big losers who watch WAY too many movies). Although McConaughey is fairly attractive (if you don't take into consideration his side profile), I just kept thinking how much more "wow" the movie would have had if they had only cast Josh Holloway in this role. I mean, come on, it would have been perfect for him!! Oh my sweet Sawyer, how I miss you on prime time and how torturous it is for me to wait so long to see you again... sniff, sniff....
Saturday, July 19, 2008
So Patrick and I arrived early last night and hung out having a drink. We saw Jon and Lisa show up, and people were actually stopping him in the street to ask to have their photo taken with him! Then Nino appeared (who has been dubbed his friend Steve) and people wanted to take their photo with Nino too. It was all very crazy. Nino kept going around saying "you want some of this" and bragging that it was "his" big night. Ah, Nino. Gotta love him and pity him at the same time. But he did look very happy, even victorious. He even conned Patrick into buying him a 7-Up, ha!
Jon has some great new material, and his stand-up was awesome. There were so many great bits. And the atmosphere that a live audience brings just can't be beat. There were some agents there, and people from HBO. After the show they were sticking around to talk to him. We actually didn't get a chance to say hi because he was too busy. So we ended up getting a lift home from Darla and Pat - haven't seen them in ages and it was really nice to catch up. We squished 4 people into the back of his car, and I was worried that we would all DIE because he's a bit of a wild driver, but we made it safe and sound, thankfully. All in all, it was a great night, and certainly well-needed for us both with all of the drama going on in both households at the moment, which I will refrain from writing about in detail.
Julie and I also went to Scrapbook Star yesterday to check out what it was like. It was pretty nice, although a bit small. Since it is half the distance of Scrapbook Centrale, we might go there if we need certain essentials, now that all the damn scrapbooking stores near us have closed. Scrapbook Centrale is still bigger and better, rest assured, but Star had certain little items I haven't seen. Afterwards we had lunch and then scrapbooked, which was fun despite the yucky, depressing weather. I have tons of pages just piling up, so I'll be posting them soon. Have a great day, I'm off to exercise.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
And here's the card I made for my dad on his birthday but didn't get around to posting:
It's such a beautiful day outside!! Hope you're all enjoying the summer. I have to get going to the doctor's now, boo!
Monday, July 14, 2008
No, he's not much into celebrating this year, but we had a party nonetheless for him on Saturday (but today is his real birthday). His mother and sister even came over (which hasn't happened for a very long time), and all went smoothly. It was a beautiful evening - the temperature was just right, the food was amazing as always thanks to my mom (who always outdoes herself), and the company was nice. We even had a nice little ambiance thanks to the new fire.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Last weekend, which feels so far away now, Patrick and I went biking together to Chambly, which was about an hour and a half ride there and back. It was good exercise and a nice day, so all in all, a fun time. That night we had a nice steak dinner with my parents and brother, and then tried out the new gas-burning fireplace my mom bought. You wouldn't think so, but it's really nice and natural-looking.
Sunday, we went for a hike on Mount Royal with Patrick's parents, his sister, and her boyfriend. It was super hot and I wasn't so sure we would make it all the way to the top, but we did, impressively. Afterwards we came home and went swimming, then had a bar-b-q. Overall, a nice weekend.
I've also spent some time with friends this week. I helped Julie peel off wall-paper on Monday, which was bizarrely fun. I told her it was as rewarding as popping a giant zit or peeling off dry skin (which I love doing, yes, I know I'm weird). Then Tuesday we had a scrap night with Julie and Alex, which was fun as always. Thanks for the blueberry muffins!
Yesterday I was exercising and encouraging my dad to so as well. He did quite a bit with my help, which is really, really good for him. It is hard to keep at it all the time, but we keep trying. That's about all I can say at the moment. I bought him some puzzles to work on today. One little thing at a time.
Friday, July 4, 2008
I came up with this solution. It was a pain to have to take the covers and papers all off the binding and then put them back on, as was cutting and gluing the many sketches and sorting them into categories. But it's done now and I can just put sketches in here right away now, instead of shoving them into my drawer and letting them pile up.
I'm also going to decorate juice cans with paper - they're becoming my new pen holders. I seem to be wanting to change a lot in the decor department lately. I also have the huge urge to re-do my room. You see, our dishwasher leaked water through the floor and in through the ceiling of my room. It damaged the paint and plaster in one corner, and make my shelves swell up - they look really bad, but you can't really notice unless you know it's there. However, this event has made me realize that I haven't updated my room for over 6 years, and I am dying to do repaint it and rearrange everything. I want new furniture, new paint, new art work, etc. It probably won't happen - I'm just dreaming. It would also be stupid to start any projects now considering that I will most likley be moving out within a year or two. But I still have that urge! I really want to get new bedroom furniture that I can eventually bring with me to my new place. But my room is so small that it's next to impossible to fit a whole set in here. So I will just let it play out as a fantasy and focus my efforts on things that are actually doable right now, like scrap-related projects.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I found this photo on flickr, cool no? We're going to celebrate shortly at Alex and Ryan's place - they're having a bar-b-q. I didn't make the GPK parade this year, nor will I be making the fireworks, and I kinda feel like I'm letting my home town down. It's a tradition to go down to the arena and catch up with friends you have known since elementary school. But not this year... sniff, sniff... but we will probably have more fun at the bar-b-q anyways, especially since the festivities are becoming more and more "french" and lame each year. And then there was last year's sad "laser" show instead of fireworks... and the fact that the police started forcing the crowds out of the fields at 11 pm. So yeah, I guess in the end, I'm not missing much.