2nd Annual Halloween Party

Sunday, October 31, 2010

We had our 2nd annual Halloween Party on Friday night. We spent time every night last week preparing for the party. We rehearsed the song we were going to perform. I made palmiers, chocolate fudge cookies and roasted red pepper and gouda dip. We bought M&M's, a veggie tray, meatballs, chips and Lone Star salsa. We mixed up some black martinis and filled the coolers with beer, Pellegrino, mango juice and pop.

We wore another 'couple's' costume this year. We were vikings, both of us with long, braided wigs.

The kids went to my mom's for a sleepover, and thank goodness, because the last guests left at 3:00 and we were glad to get to sleep in until 11:00.

I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of all of the guests at the party, but I did get a lot of them.
There were so many good costumes, but I was partial to Greg's Mad Hatter, and Phil and Kathy's Mexican wrestlers "Captain Keg" and "Captain 6 Pack".

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Music Mayhem

Saturday, October 23, 2010

DH is a major music fanatic. He is the proud owner of many musical instruments, all of which he plays to some extent or another. He took organ lessons for 8 years and can play a mean polka. The organ isn't far off from a piano, which we also own.

Since DH likes to write and record his own music, he has Ableton Live for the laptop and some various and sundry equipment, the purpose of which I can only pretend to know. What I do know is that is is a lot of equipment and setting it up on couch cushions and leaning over a synth on a coffee table is a less than ideal setup.

DH setup everything in the basement last week, and after seeing how much music stuff he had when most of it was in one room, I told DH he should look into getting a music studio setup for the basement. We planned some space for it in our basement and right now it's just housing some dolls and cradles.

If I had my way, we'd have a white metal L-shaped desk installed. It would be semi-industrial-looking and would have multiple shelves to hold all of DH's equipment. Of course function is critical, but I want it to look good, too. And I don't want DH to have to hunch over the coffee table anymore.

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Raking

Monday, October 18, 2010

While I was spending obscene amounts of money at Costco on Sunday, DH was home raking the back yard with the kids. I pulled in just as they were filling the last bag. So cute!

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A new record

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I went to Costco this morning when it opened. I was in and out in 48 minutes and spent $480. Yep, for every minute I was there, I spent $10.

DH couldn't imagine how I could spend that much on groceries. I looked at my bill and noticed a few big ticket items

Shrimp $13.79
Salmon fillets $24.99
Cashews $14.99
Pantyhose $18.99 (it's fall and winter's coming, I've gotta have these for work)
Cat food $36.39
Kleenex $14.79

Not to mention all the little things that add up, like

Yams 5 lbs $3.99
Bananas $1.89
Caesar Salad dressing $4.89
Eggs $3.29 (for 18)
Crackers - 4 boxes $7.99

Later in the day, Mr. Boy cashed out his allowance account, all $48 and bought his first big ticket item, Super Mario Bros for the Wii. He is learning about money, trade-offs, priorities and saving. And buying that game made him really, really happy.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

Monday, October 11, 2010

Friday was a pretty relaxed day of work after the crazy week we had. The big presentation we had been preparing for all week was at 2:00 on Friday afternoon. The place was half empty because it was the Friday before a long weekend.

Friday night, DH and I went to the see the movie The Social Network, which was entertaining.

On Saturday, Sweet Pea had skating in the morning and Mr. Boy had hockey in the afternoon. DH is the head coach of Mr. Boy's team and he takes his duties very seriously. He is bound and determined to get the boys on his team to the absolute peak of their potential. It's wonderful seeing DH so passionate about this, and I feel it really enhances Mr. Boy's hockey experience, too. Not only does he have his dad as the coach, but his dad is a good coach, too.

Saturday night, we watched the Toronto Maple Leafs embarrass the Senators, although I have to say it was entertaining nevertheless, because Toronto played so hard. Now that we're both working full time, we have all three kids in piano, and Mr. Boy plays hockey twice a weekend, plus Sweet Pea skates and Precious has gymnastics, DH and I were so beat that we didn't even stay up past the second period. Oh, I forgot to mention that my hockey season started this week, it was Meet the Teacher night at the older two kids' school, and I had a book club meeting, as well as my annual physical at my GP. Every week seems to be crammed to the gills lately.

We got a second car last week and DH spent yesterday cleaning the garage to see if we can fit it in there, alongside our old car and with the motorcycle. I did the groceries and went to the gym, and not much else.

Last night was Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's. Everyone brought something and the food was delicious. I had a turkey wing for supper, along with the stuffing, candied yams, brussel sprouts, etc, then keylime pie and pumpkin pie for dessert.

We took our annual Thanksgiving photo in front of my mom's tree and it turned out alright. I've also booked our Christmas 'portrait' at the grocery store photo studio. I booked it for a week after Precious' 5th birthday. I saw proofs of her school portrait and it was so awful, I have to get new ones taken, plus I want to get one of the whole family.
You just gotta love long weekends!

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Gappy

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My almost-7-year-old daughter lost her two from teeth in a span of three days a couple of weeks ago. I keep asking her to say "Ethel Thayer" (obscure On Golden Pond reference).
She's adorable with her teeth, and might be even cuter without them, especially with chocolate ice cream all over her face.

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Dishwasher

Saturday, October 2, 2010

About a week before I went back to work full-time, the latch on the dishwasher stopped working so the dishwasher wouldn't complete a cycle without having to hip-check the dishwasher closed every time it stopped working, several times through the cycle. It was annoying, but not bad.

I called the dishwasher guy to come on our Nanny's last day here, a Thursday. I knew she would be home and could let the guy in. He came, adjusted the latch and $90 later, my dishwasher worked. For one day.

I realized early that Saturday morning that adjusting the latch wasn't going to fix things and the dishwasher wasn't working again. The first day the repair guy could possibly come back was my first day full-time and the second week that DH was working at his new job. Neither of us really wanted to take time off, and I'm a 50 minute bus ride each way, and with the dishwasher guy giving us a three-hour window when he might show up, neither of us could do it.

My mom (the saint) volunteered to wait at the house the next week for the dishwasher guy to come back. He was in an out in a minute, and said that he needed to order a new part and would call when it came in, and schedule yet ANOTHER visit to the house where someone would have to sit and wait for up to three hours.

By this point, the frustration was getting to me. It'd had been weeks since the dishwasher had worked properly, and the latch seemed to be deteriorating even further, meaning that the hip-check method to clean dishes was no longer effective. We had to bring out the big guns!

DH rigged two kitchen chairs and cube and wedged them between the dishwasher and the fridge to get the whole cycle to complete. This meant a difficult hurdle when I wanted to use the kitchen during the wash cycle, and I also couldn't get access to the fridge.
Mom volunteered yet again to wait for the repair guy on his third visit, when part in hand, he fixed the dishwasher properly. It cost me another $96, which was really annoying, but at least the dishwasher was fixed.

The next morning, I came downstairs to get ready for work, and found the chairs and cube set up like the photo above. I almost flipped, thinking that DH had tried to run the dishwasher the night before and it hadn't worked! Turns out, it had just become a habit for him to set up the chairs and he had forgotten that the dishwasher was fixed. What a relief when he told me that!

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