Thursday, 27 November 2008

Cozying up for Winter

I finally changed something around the house! Of course, it's something very minor, but it's something I've done every year that we've lived here. I took down my fall wreath, and replaced it with a quilted wall-hanging that my Nanny made. I have two, but the other has pictures of snow-men, so I don't put that one out until we actually have snow. And I bought something for my house: A pretty ceramic garlic-keep. I've been wanting one, but I didn't like the earthen-ware ones that I always saw. This one was about $7 at Safeway. I think it needs a tag and a ribbon. After I left KD and JK to go to school last night, they got a phone call from a realtor asking to show our house in 45 minutes. So KD had to finish feeding the baby and tidy the house and keep JK from messing it up again...all by himself. He did a very good job...for a man who generally doesn't notice whether the house is sparkling or not. He didn't polish and tidy quite to my standards, but I was quite proud when I got home and saw how he did. Besides, it figures that the one time the house isn't sparkling, the buyer is actually interested! Yay! Our house is in her top two. Finally we get some interest. PS: How does a baby sprout a molar without the mama noticing? Bad mama! And Happy American Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Officially a Housewife

Last night I officially became a housewife: I politely listened to my first in-home sales spiel, while thinking about all the other things I needed to be doing and hoping the baby didn't wake up. And, I've managed to successfully resist the family curse! I didn't buy a vacuum cleaner from the demo person! When I was growing up My mom bought a vacuum from every single sales person who came to the door and offered to dump a jar of dirt on our carpet. I remember her buying at least 3 or 4. She had a Kirby, which was awful. And there was one that didn't use bags, but just had a plastic jug that had to be emptied. The last one she had was a Tri Star, which is the company that tricked their way into my house with the promise of a "free gift". My younger sister recently succumbed to the curse and bought a vacuum from a salesman; she hates it and its expensive bags. No matter how miraculous, durable, and well-waranteed it is, I don't think I could ever stomach paying nearly $3000 for a housecleaning machine! That's a family vacation! Speaking of which, for my patience they gave me a certificate for 2 nights of accomodation, so that's pretty nice.
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On Monday JK woke up asking for "Kekker", which is how she says her friend's name. Later that day, he came over for a play date while his parents enjoyed some time together at a movie. JK was thrilled that he was here, but she did NOT want to share her toys. After he went home, she heard KD walk in the door and yelled "Kekker!" instead of the usual "Daddy!" Poor KD. It's ok though. She gets to spend the whole evening with daddy today.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Air Mail

Every day I check the mail, expecting nothing more than the usual junk and bills and the odd newsletter for KD. But I always hope there will be something interesting for me. I love getting mail, but I rarely do. Today--surprise!--I got a card from my dear friend ebbyanne. Somehow the timing of her letters is always perfect and give me the encouragement I need. Someday soon I need to brew a cup of the white tea she sent, and sit down to write her a letter. Our written correspondence has become even more sporadic since the advent of Facebook...and Ebby's move across oceans. We had a showing of our house on Tuesday, and we haven't heard yet what the people thought of it. For the other showings we always found out the next day that they thought it was "clean and nice" but they weren't interested, so maybe this delay is a good thing. In the meantime, the duplex we want to buy is still on the market, and I doubt they'll sell any faster than we do if they don't lower the price. The marke is getting dramatically softer around here. One reason I really want this house stuff to be over with is so that I can do house-stuff again and decorate for the holidays! We had our first on-the-ground snowfall on Tuesday, and I am itching for Christmas.

Friday, 7 November 2008

My First Interview

Today, at 4:00 PM, I have an interview. No, I'm not getting a job. I'm interviewing an editor for my school final project (in lieu of a final exam...I think I'd prefer the exam!). I was lucky to be the first to ask the editor who did a talk about fact-checking in our last class...otherwise, I'd have to try cold-calling someone from the newspaper or something. I'm glad I was able to avoid that. And now, since I've already met this editor and I know that she is friendly and nice and bubbly and talkative, I'm not as nervous as I would be otherwise. I have to come up with some good questions, which have to be handed in with the profile I have to write. My instructor was going to email me some notes from her Magazine Writing course, but she hasn't. I'll just have to wing it with what I can find on the internet. I think I've come up with some decent ones. Today is the deadline for the contract of the house we want to buy. I don't know what's going to happen, and frankly, I don't care. Last night at supper, I was getting JK's highchair ready for her to sit in, when she reached up on the table and grabbed the handle of the roaster I had just taken out of the oven. I didn't think she'd be able to reach it. She has a little burn on her finger. It is a bit swollen today, but not blistered. Now she knows the meaning of "hot", which is one of her favourite words to say. It makes me sad.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Scavenger Hunt

My sister, Ceall Na Sidhe, tagged me for an interesting meme. Instructions: To answer the questions below, do a Google Image Search with your answer, and choose a picture from the first page of results. [I didn't notice this part when I was doing it, so some of my pictures are not from the first page. Oops!]. Post the answer with minimal words of explanation. [I also have to confess that I reworded these instructions to be more grammatically correct...I have an incurable obsession. Sorry to the original writer of the instructions!] Age at my next birthday: Favourite place I would like to travel to: Favourite place to be: Favourite food: [I couldn't find a bigger picture, so if you can't read it, this is Bernard Callebaut Chocolate Drops...very expensive chocolate chips] Favourite pet:Favourite colour combination: Favourite piece of clothing: Favourite Movie: Town I live in: First job: Dream Job: Bad Habit: Worst Fear: Something I'd like to do before I die:

Monday, 3 November 2008

Trick Or Treat

Thanks for all the nice comments about JK's costume! KD took her on the rounds of his family. First they went trick-or-treating with his little brothers. (His brother in the picture below came up with his own costume: a cocoon.) Then they went to each of KD's other brothers' houses. JK didn't get to bed until around 10:30, but she was so good. The contract for buying the new house expires on Friday, so we're probably just going to have to let it go. We will keep this one on the market until the end of the month, or until we hear that the house we want has sold. I just want it to be over! In other news, my grandfather's second cousin in England sent me a picture of our ancestors' gravestone in Scotland. I won't post the picture because I didn't take it, and it has full names on it, but it is so fascinating. It goes back to 1786. I hope everyone has a great day!