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Enough already

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This winter has been bad! Really bad! Record snowfalls, record cold, and I’ve been record cranky about it! There’s been days when I could have gotten out to walk the dogs, but there is no where to go that isn’t covered in a foot of snow or more. Shank doesn’t care, but Halia and I certainly do!

I think we’ve received close to 70 inches of snow this season. Our norm is around 35. Super.

Here’s a picture taken during the latest snowfall – about 7 inches.

photo (3)We’re supposed to get a few more inches tomorrow. Boo.

I snapped this pic last week. Funny thing… I live in ‘The Municipality of the Town of Kingsville’, my phone number is ‘Cottam’, my mailing address is ‘Essex’ but the (barely) a village I’m closest to (like 1/4 of a KM) is North Ridge (North Ridge, hence the hill in our yard). Here’s a pic of the village’s sign:

photo (1)That’s a lot of snow.

I did take Mr. Shank out for a walk on the week-end to Sutton Creek Golf Club – I just can’t stay away! Even in the winter! I thought the walking would be easier in the ditch (frozen solid obviously). It wasn’t easier, but it was definitely pretty!

photo (2)During the last snowfall I was stuck inside and a little cranky, as I really wanted to go into town and run a few errands… I’ll preface this by saying a) they are very nice neighbours, b) they might have been going to deliver food to shut ins, or donate blood, or serve at the soup kitchen… I’ve only been inside our local Mickey D’s 3 times and I’ve seen him there twice… that’s the disclaimer…

Best neighbour ever! A little while later guess who snowblowed our driveway so I could get out! Yay!

photoWell, that’s about it for today. It’s true, I really don’t have much else to talk about beside the weather.

Life’s (brr) good.

 

This morning

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So lucky me was up at 3:30. That’s only 4.5 hours sleep – ugh.

Here’s my thoughts…

3:30 – ahh, good, I still have an hour and a half left to sleep.

4:00 – I can still get an hour’s sleep, not bad.

4:15 – ugh, stop thinking about all the crap I have to do today, I can still get some sleep!

4:45 – this sucks! Maybe I should skip the gym and sleep to 7.

4:55 – if I would like to eat today (a couple of my girlfriends are coming over tonight to apps, cocktails and hot tub), I better go to the gym.

4:49 – get to the alarm and reset it for William before it goes off.

Ugh.

Not so super awesome things today –

– Eye doctor appointment. I REALLY need glasses. I lost my 3 year old pair in Cleveland, and Shank recently ate my 5 year old pair. I’m spending a lot of time on the computer lately, and my eyes are bugging me. Also, I’m driving to Florida in a couple of weeks, and will certainly need glasses.

– A bunch of work and emailing to do.

– Can’t walk the dogs, as Shank’s foot is still healing (did I blog about that? I don’t think so… another time).

– MomG is in London and my mom is busy all day today, so that means I’m going to have two ornery dogs to deal with.

– I have a headache.

Good things today –

– Girlfriends are coming over tonight

– It’s one day closer to Shank being good to walk (Either Saturday or Tuesday – due to ‘Family Day’ on Monday, the vet is closed – have to make an appointment)

What I would like –

To take a nap, eat something, not have a headache, walk the dogs, skip to about 6pm tonight.

Ah well, if that’s all I have to complain about, I’m not doing so bad.

Of course it’s cold, it’s Canada

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It’s been cold. Like below average cold, but seriously, it’s Canada. Based on Facebook you’d think the sky is falling. Yes it’s cold. I’m sure it was cold when you went to school/work/gym this morning. Guess what? I was cold too, but seriously folks, it’s Canada (albeit Southern Ontario… still…).

Yeah, it’s been so cold one does not venture outdoors unless one has to. I told the dogs this, and they collectively decided, ‘We don’t care. Walk us.’ They don’t care about wind chill. They don’t care about snow (well, Halia does sometimes).

So this (a part of my ‘not impressed look’ meme for Stevil) is me yesterday…

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I was 5*F more unimpressed yesterday than today, as yesterday it was a balmy 4*F when I walked the dogs (with a wind chill of a brisk -20*F), and today, although I looked pretty much the same, it was 9*F, with almost no wind.

William and I were in the hot tub last night and realized the the air temperature was 101*F colder than the hot tub water temperature. Now that’s something, I guess.

It’s winter. In Canada.

My day in pictures

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Inspired by SB, I’ve finally done my day in pictures. Prepare to be amazed at the excitement which is my life! From Thursday, January 10th, 2013.

5.30 am – At the gym!

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6:30 – Still at the gym. This is my ‘impressed’ face – just finished an hour of cardio. Yay me. I’m so thrilled – actually I was so happy to done! Holy bags under my eyes!

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Ah… the sweet reward – coffee! Beautiful sunrise. It’s a great way to start the day – home from the gym, dogs out and fed and coffee in hand by 7:30!

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On the computer at work by 8:30 – just starting some scheduling with Hootsuite. I sit at the coffee table in front of the sofa – you can see Halia on the love seat in the background.

 

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9:30 – Still working. Obviously my workmates are having an incredibly productive day – lounging, and sleeping.

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10:30 – I’m starving! Bananas, oatmeal and a bored Shank in the background…

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Thrilling life eh? 11:30 – walking the dogs on the fake Greenway. It’s the incomplete part from Essex into near McGregor, hence ‘fake’. It’s mostly used by 4-wheelers and snowmobiles. I’ve only ever seen 2 people walking on it, so it’s a great place for the dogs – not near any busy roads, and nobody there – perfect! That’s Shank running down the path, Halia, as usual is lagging behind me.

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12:30 we’re just finishing up our walk. This is Halia’s paw print from the last time we were there. I could tell by the marks in the snow that there was no one there since us the week prior!

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Relaxing time! – 1:30

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William is home early (don’t tell his boss!) – chilling on the couch at 2:30!

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3:30 – SHOCKER – I’m hungry again! Pre-dinner salad type thing – it’s AWESOME by the way!

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William bathed the dogs. Always a debacle! 4:30 wet, rather unhappy dogs.

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VIDEO alert – isn’t this exciting? It’s dinner time at 5:30.

6:30 – going to KT’s for a girl’s night. Have to move fast as I thought it started at 7, but she invited us over for 6! Yikes!

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I meant to take a couple of pics at KT’s – but I forgot! Oh well, you get the idea!

Fascinating! Okay, not really, but it was fun documenting the day. Not the most exciting in life I’m sure, but it’s mine and I love it.

Life’s good!

 

A dog’s conversation

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This is a dog conversation that occurs pretty much every day.

And yes, my dogs do communicate telepathically.

Halia – My Liz just went upstairs, what do you think she’s doing?

Shank – I’ll go look!

Halia – I’ll go with you!

Shank – She’s in the bathroom! That’s a good sign!

Halia – What’s she doing in there? Go in.

Shank – The door’s closed, so I’ll push it open.

Halia – Push it open and I’ll go with you.

Shank – OMG! SHE’S BRUSHING HER TEETH!

Halia – That could be a good sign, or a bad sign!

Shank – That could be a good sign! I’m going to start wagging my tail!

Halia – She’s not telling us to leave. That’s a good sign! I’m going to start wagging my tail and dancing around a bit.

Shank – Me too! I’m getting excited.

Halia – SHE’S GOING INTO HER CLOSET! This is getting good! Follow her!

Shank – OMG! SHE’S CHANGING HER CLOTHES! I’m starting to lose it! I might bite you because I’m so excited!

Halia – I’m excited too! Don’t bite me! I’ll growl and bite you back!

Shank – I can’t help it! I’m overwhelmed. I bite! I bite!

Halia – I’m going to dance around more!

Shank – Me too! I’m so excited!

Halia – She’s going for the entry closet!

Shank – OMG! THE LEASHES ARE IN THAT CLOSET. I’M GOING TO WHINE, BARK AND BITE. I CAN’T HELP MYSELF!

Halia – Control yourself! She needs to put my collar on!

Shank – OMG! YOUR COLLAR IS ON. WE’RE GOING SOMEWHERE. I DON’T EVEN CARE WHERE! THIS IS SO AWESOME!

Halia – Let’s run for the garage door. I plan on tripping over you, growling, and whining.

Shank – I’M LOSING MY MIND!

Halia – She’s going for her shoes!

Shank – OMG! SHOES ARE A GOOD SIGN! HER PURSE! AAAARRRRHHHHGGGG! I’M TOTALLY FREAKING OUT!

Halia – She’s opening the door! Be sure to get into the garage before she tells us no! Push, run, shove, whine!

Shank – OMG! I’M IN THE CAR. I’M TOTALLY FREAKING OUT!

Yep, pretty much everyday. Entertaining to say the least. Except on those occasions when I’m not taking them with me. Then they act like the most neglected, saddest, depressed canines ever.

 

More blogging guilt

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I’m still here.

I have over 100 items to read in my Google Reader – yikes! Normally I would read through them all before I blog – in case I’m missing something – but either I blog or I read, so I choose to blog!

William and I were having a risky date night at home – risky because he’s on call – and guess why I’m writing – because he was called out – Boo!

Life’s good. Fast, busy, fun.

I’ve taken on a project at work that’s been a ton more work than I was expecting – mostly because I’m not familiar with the workings of the website. I’m almost done, which is perfect timing, as we’re leaving for TN on Thursday afternoon for more than a week, and as long as things go according to plan, I will be totally done setting them up by the time we leave.  By we, I mean Billy and I – it’s the first time since like 2004 we’re going to be in TN together! I can’t wait – it’s going to be so much fun! The country club/bar (where I found Shank more than a year ago!) is changing owners and we’re going to the last night it’s open – a Halloween party! Golfing, chilling – fun!

We’re also going to Nashville (Smashville!) on Saturday and Sunday night – hang out at some bars downtown, (good country music!) and check out the tailgating the next morning. We’ll either snag scalp tickets (TN is playing Chicago) or find a sports bar – I think one of William’s random friends might be either meeting us at our place, or in Smashville, so that should be fun fun fun.

Last week-end we were in Cleveland again, and yes, they won! The atmosphere in the stadium was like they won the Superbowl! Even the new owner who was there, stated the vibe was more like a win for a team heading to the SuperBowl (as opposed to the first win in 11 games!). Friends came with us who had never been before, and they (although Lion season ticket holders) were pretty shocked at the awesomeness of the tailgating and the city in general.

Oh really… apparently it is illegal to drink in the muni-lot, but it’s ‘overlooked’  – meanwhile there are a bunch of police in the lot and I’ve never once seen them hassling anyone. Imagine a lot that holds thousands of cars – at $25 bucks a pop. That’s some serious money for city – so…. they ‘overlook’

There is always something new to see in the lot – this was new for us – the players were quite serious!

Later that wooden structure was FULL of drunken dancing people – it wasn’t there last week-end though…

We had the best seats I’ve ever had at that stadium – 7th row, 45 yard line on the visitor’s side –

Although my friends and husband abandoned me outside the stadium in favour of the restroom, I managed to get a good picture with Chomps!

The guy behind me is not staring at my ass – he’s looking at Chomps’ ass – much better than mine in those tight white football pants!

We went to a stadium Backers party the night before the game, and they were selling tickets for a Browns frame picture signed by 9 Browns – including Kosar! Well, our friends won it, and gave it to us! It looks so awesome in our bar (next to the Cribbs one William bought me two weeks earlier – same framer, same signature pen!)

But I hate that bar stool!

We hit the Cleveland Chophouse and several other random bars, well supporting the local economy! Man, we dropped a bundle! Lots of laughs, great food and drinks!

Funny – William’s ‘random’ friend that might be meeting us in Smashville was in Cleveland that week-end, but William didn’t have his cell on him! He was literally minutes behind us in two different bars! Haha!

Dogs are good, and I’m going to miss them so much while we’re gone! Not so much getting up early to let them out, feed them, and entertain them – but I’ll miss them anyway!

That is my constant view on walks with the dogs. Dog bums.

So, life is good.

More about lately, and today

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What a gorgeous morning. For that matter, yesterday was gorgeous as well. It’s weird how clearer everything appears when the haze of summer lifts. It’s like I’m wearing glasses and seeing clearly for the first time.

It’s funny how the slightly shorter days are already affecting me. In the summer, I’m ready to bounce out of bed as early as 5:30… now, I’m happy to lounge in bed until 7:30! This morning I was enjoying the distant sound of thunder and the cool temperature… so cosy! Although rain was nowhere in the weather outlook, the thunder and lightening became super intense – then I had to drag my butt out of bed – to shut windows – it was pouring – out of nowhere! Weird! Here’s a low tech view of the lightening strikes… guess where I live? Smack in the middle (and the only) of this storm!

 

That’s a lot of lightening! Now, it’s perfectly clear and beautiful – good thing, I’ve got golf this afternoon, and amazingly, I haven’t had to cancel golf once this season because of the weather – weird again!

Yesterday I took the dogs to my favourite place to walk them; the Chrysler Greenway near Wildwood golf course (of course!). The dogs had a great time running, walking, sniffing, playing

and lounging.

 

So that was good.

I finally cleaned out the garage, and wow, it feels so good to have that off my do to list! I’ve been meaning to clean it since June! Bout time! I might clean the car today, but the is significantly less satisfying than cleaning the garage, as it gets crapped up way faster. We’ll see.

When the boss is away… my boss has only been in town for 7 of the last 30 days… and not 7 days in row! So my job is essentially on auto-pilot right now. It’s super easy to just keep the wheels turning. There are a few things I need to do, but it’s not time consuming, and involves a lot of emailing back and forth, and is not urgent – so…

I’ve been reading the same book for a week now. How annoying is that? Very! It’s a biggie, and not as awesome as I expected. I’m just past halfway through, so I hope to get it done and onto something new by the week-end. I’ve been adding my books that I’ve listed in WordPress (and Vox for that matter!) for the last few years into Goodreads. I really like Goodreads, and have only started using it this year, and I look like a rookie reader only have a few dozen books in there… like c’mon! I’ve read hundreds in the last few years… so I’ve been working on that. I’m kicking myself for not recording the books I read in 2011 (and I accidentally added all my 2010 books as 2011!). 2011 was the year I started working again, and had a huge learning curve and no time to read… but I know that I read at least 20… annoying!

I can’t believe that Augusta National invited 2 women to join! Am I celebrating this major milestone for women in golf. Nope. I think of it like this… it’s a private club, they have the right to include or exclude anyone they want. I don’t know the reasoning behind it, but I hope it’s not due to pressure from women’s groups – that’s annoying. I have a club that doesn’t allow boys and never will. It’s called the Liz Professional Golf Association (LPGA). There’s only 2 members (me and Kikipants) and we’ll never compromise our club due to pressure!

Well, I should start to be productive now… life’s good.

 

Just so random

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Yesterday I finally finished a small work project I was working on. No big deal really, but it bothered me all the time! When I wasn’t working on it, I was thinking about it. I finally sat down and got it done. I thought I would feel great having this thing done, but I don’t. Maybe it’s because William was away, the weather, who knows.

I feel so behind on everything (well, now actually I’m caught up on work). Each day I work on the computer, then take the dogs for at least an hour  walk (if it’s just Shank I walk for 2 hours). Sometimes I’m so beat when I get home I can’t function! It may have something to do with the dogs getting frisky around 5am – however, they sleep most afternoons!

Speaking of taking the dogs for a walk, yesterday we went to a crappy dog park, and I decided it wasn’t enough stimulation for them, so I went to a nearby beach. The dogs had a great time despite the swarms of flies (at least the flies weren’t biting!). Shank and even Halia (who doesn’t usually like to get any part of her body wet) ran through the low surf, having a grand time.

Then Shank saw a goose in the water.

Shank has never swam before.

He failed…

Poor guy – I hope he’s not scared of the water now. He came out and was like W-T-F! He coughed and shook a bit, and never went deep again!

So anyways, the weather has improved in the last couple of days and I feel like I should be outside working – but yesterday afternoon I was too tired, and I’m gone from Sunday until Wednesday this week – making me feel even further behind! Ack!

William is home from TN. He had a great time. Apparently when they were in Nashville the other day, John Rich jumped in with the band at Legends and played a few songs. Sweet. That’s pretty cool. I know he’s happy to be home, and I’m happy to have him home.

Tomorrow is our season opener at the club – it’s going to be great! Sunday I leave for PA for a work thing. It’s my first work road trip ever!

Life’s good.

Oh yeah – GOM, Shank likes your local prairie dogs!

What kind of crazy place do you live in? Missing women, crazy prairie dogs, near a dangerous town? Lol!

Week-end part one of two

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Yesterday was Sutton Creek Golf Club’s opening day. Other area courses opened as early as a few weeks ago, but Sutton underwent some major changes over the winter, and they wanted to wait to open so they could do it right.

And they certainly did!

MomG had Halia this week-end (as she does every week-end!), and she also took Shank for the afternoon. Our tee time was at 1pm, and despite a rainy awful morning (and even a few drops on the drive there) it turned out to be a pretty nice day. A bit cool, and a bit windy, but hey, it’s April in Ontario, what more do you want!

It was so nice to walk into the club house and see familiar faces. A few people I hadn’t seen since last fall, so it was great to see them – kinda like a family reunion!

The course was in great shape. Two of the greens weren’t ‘ready’ for play yet, but they worked around it, and wow. The changes are awesome. Three of the 18 holes have had major layout changes, and a few others have had minor changes (no ditch on 7! Well, there still is 2 ditches, but the 3rd is gone!).

I golfed okay – my score was actually much better than I played – I was really lucky on some of my chips, but my putting was completely offensive (I three putted twice and FOUR putted once – terrible!). William really struggled, and I beat him by double digits! Let me tell you that doesn’t normally happen!

JimmyP joined us for the back 9, and after we had drinks and eventually dinner inside.

The clubhouse is gorgeous! A new bar, four big TV’s, an extensive booze selection (last year there was not  – last year it was leased to an a-hole), and a fabulous menu. We saw lots of friends, but as things were winding down, it was mostly family of the owner of the course. The owner’s son was acting bartender last night, and that was pretty fun. I also talked to a couple who made me dinner in Hilton Head! Their daughter is married to the golf course owner’s son (our bartender), and they hang in the same circle was William’s boss (William’s boss grew up across the road from the course owner, and they are still great friends) – so that was cool.

We planned on leaving around 7ish, but didn’t leave until 11! It was a long, awesome, perfect perfect day. It was so nice to be out there with William, realizing that we were finally doing what we thought of during the long winter months.

We’re so very lucky. I so look forward to many many more awesome times at Sutton this year with William and friends. Life is good (better now that the course is open).

Part two coming soon.

What a cliffhanger.

February post

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Slight guilt about not posting – thanks GOM!

Soooo… I’ve been busy. Who’s not busy? Busy is better than bored which I certainly was the last few winters. This year – thankfully, not so much. Oh, and I make money now – how nice.

I can sometimes ‘get away with’ working 20 hours a week. I won’t detail too much about what I do, (it’s a lot of social media stuff) but basically I turn the computer on at 7:30 am, and work on it until I’m told the battery is dying. Sometimes that’s it for the day, but usually not. It doesn’t matter how much or how little I work: I get paid the same no matter what (with a recent ‘raise’ being a purchase of an iphone for me by my ‘boss’ – sweet!).

I’ll walk the dogs, do house stuff, make dinner, read, watch TV with William, or see some friends. Nothing too crazy.

In the last few weeks I’ve had more things added to my plate – either self inflicted (helping a friend get a business started, offering to help out with SEO for an acquaintance) or because I’ve volunteered to ‘help’ my ‘boss’ out (taking notes in a 3 hour meeting, writing a blog post, looking into travel arrangements). I’ve also been ‘stuck’ doing things that aren’t exactly in my skill set, nor in my very loose, very nearly non-existent job description, (renewing domains for which we have no password, creating ads to placed in the UK marketplace, creating a press release).

Ugh.

I’ve had great success in the last few days (despite a massive post SuperBowl hangover, and spending 1.5 hours on hold with a domain registrar to no avail) in crossing some of the more crappier things off my every growing, never ending, constantly expanding to-do list. Yeah me. I even got a mention in the Wild Web World – sort of, it says the article was written by my ‘boss’ but it was me that wrote it! Me me me! Haha.

Other things of note (or not)

– there is a rogue onion piece hiding somewhere in our house, and my super sensitive olfactory system is on high alert and I’m constantly annoyed. I have tossed out nearly empty garbages, searched under cabinets and washed the floor to no avail. It’s driving me crazy.

– it’s hardly been a winter, which I’m super thankful for. This time last year we had a total snowfall of several feet – this year it’s been only a few inches. However, the above freezing temperatures, and a crap load of rainfall, plus two dogs makes me constantly cleaning dog’s paws. Annoying.

– with this warm-ish winter (it was in the 50’s the other day!), I’m getting the golf itch. I’m certain, even if we have an early spring, that our course won’t be open until April at the earliest. Ah well.

– William is at a funeral (wake, showing, whatever) that I should be at. I’m not at. It’s awful for me to admit the lengths I will go to to avoid seeing ‘certain’ people. My life is better without said ‘certain’ people in, near or around – hence, I have guilt about missing this showing for our friend’s father. Ugh.

– Life is good, friends, family, husband, dogs are good.

That is all for now. The laptop is about to die for the second time today (and it was plugged in for several hours!). I’ve done enough and am now going to watch some crappy TV or read. Ahh…