Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thankful Thursday Mar.31


Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for the internet!  No, not because I can blog, but because of the internet radio.  I've discovered three wonderful positive Christian music stations that have become my favorite stations to listen to especially while at work. 

I'm thankful for the bright sunny day we had yesterday.  Ok it was still cold, we barely reached 5*C and I slept through most of the day anyway BUT when I did wake up at around 4pm it was still sunny with a clear blue sky.  FYI: I work nights thus sleep days. 

I'm thankful for my husband, he completes me.  When I feel run down or dazed, he's always there to put his finger prints on my glasses.... for some reason, whenever he does that it makes me laugh :-)

I'm thankful that I'm finally getting my blogging mind back... been blogstipated for quite some time now.  Don't know what I would have done without the blog-hops.

Thankful Thursday (blog-hop) is hosted by Bug's Eye View & Greg's General Store.



Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Foolishness



Volume 20 of Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by From This Side Of The Pond is all about Foolishness!  Join the blog-hop!  Follow her link then follow her blog!


1. April rolls in at the end of this week and in celebration of that infamous date (April 1) answer this question-what is something foolish you've done?

When I was in high school, I had a bit of acne and like every teenager, I used clearacil créme to clear them up. Back then they didn't make the invisible type that blends in to your skin unnoticable. My face, likely my forehead and cheeks, were dotted with clearacil and I went out to the store. Only when I approached the fridge and seen my reflection did I realize I left the house without washing off the clearacil. I prayed I would not run into anyone I knew.

2. With April comes Easter and that classic edible treat known as Peeps...so tell me...what's your favorite way to eat/fix chicken? That's wasn't what you were expecting was it? I 'fooled' you. teehee

Yes you fooled me! I thought the question would be about peeps... I don't like peeps at all (pink teeth, need I say more). I like fried chicken like Buffalo wings mmmm.... or BBQ .... ok now I'm hungry!

3. What's the best museum you've ever visited? Or your favorite? Or the one you'd most like to visit

I once went to a museum with my sister. Now I have no clue what the name of it was but I remember it was dark and when we went inside I was terrified that I grabbed the security guard and refused to let go. I had a death grip on his shirt. Eventually I went through with my sister and checked the place out. We took some photos and I look terrified in each one. The most recent museum I went to was inside the St. Joseph's Oratory. They have a museum set up with different paintings, sculptures and lifesize wax figures from around the world all depicting the Nativity. Simply beautiful, it's certainly my favorite and it's pretty well lit too.
 
4. You know what they say about April showers....what's your preference-a bath or a shower

I prefer a shower. I won't start my day without one to perk me up... won't end my day without another one to relax.

5. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder"-fact or fiction? Why

Depends on who you ask. One person can say the absense makes the heart grow fonder while another can say out of sight out of mind! For me, it depends on the situation. For someone or something I like, then my heart grows fonder. Dislike.... out of sight out of mind!

6. What's your favorite product made/grown in your home state/province

Favorite province made item oh sure that's easy! poutine! I don't even know if it was "invented" in Quebec but it's pretty awsome. (fries with cheese curds & gravy = poutine)
 
7. What is going on in the world today that affects you the most

Rising gas prices. Rising food prices. Government decided to call an election ugh!!! Who do I vote for (my options are: Robber, Thief, or Crook)

8. Insert your own random thought here

I'm listening to KLove radio on the internet. Positive Christian music.... I love this!!! Thank heaven's for the internet because Montreal doesn't have a Christian radio station.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Expendables

We finally got around to watching The Expendables this weekend and I must say it wasn't what I expected.  It was pretty alright if you're into "action" movies that are all about testosterone, fighting, shooting, bloodshed and bad words.  Other than that it was tolerable at best.

The movie could have been called The Old Action Stars or The Action Heros We Grew Up With.  Ok that'd be a long title but it'd work somehow.

With the terminator Arnold Schwarzenneger along with John McClain Bruce Willis both making a brief appearance that were kind of dull and lame in my opinion.

Then there were the bad guys the wrestler dude Steve Austin, Julia Roberts's brother Eric Roberts, the police guy from HBO's Dexter David Zayas, who all did pretty well in their roles though Austin & Roberts were playing the same character roles they always do:  Austin as the thug muscle and Roberts as the I'm-the-rich-bad-guy.  sigh.


The good guys consisted of rambo Sylvester Stallone, the transporter John Statham, the karate guy Jet Li,  masters of the universe he man Dolph Lundgren, the guy with the bad facelift Mickey Rourke, unknown actoer Randy Couture and chris' father Terry Crews.  Lundgren's role was predictable - pretty much a carbon copy of the role he played in Universal Soldier.  *rolls eyes*.  Rourke was alright except for his face.  The others were pretty good too all except Crews...

the guy from Everybody Hates Chris! 

That's who they put in that role??? 

No, no and NO!! 

It should have been Ving Rhames. 

That role should have gone to Ving Rhames.  Everytime Crews appeared on the screen he looked like he was about to crack a joke.  I just can't take him as a serious actor.  Scenes with him in it from a distance were fine, I just told myself mentally that it was Ving Rhames. 

It's worth seeing once and only once if you're looking for an action shoot-em-up-macho-man type of movie. 

I rate it on the Susie Movie Scale a two stars simply because it had a lot of old faces (pun not intended).

Friday, March 25, 2011

Flashback Friday - News!





  
This weeks Flashback Friday, hosted by Mocha With Linda, goes as follows:


Did you parents watch the national and/or local television (or radio!) news when you were growing up? Did they have a particular favorite network or newscaster? What about subscribing to the newspaper? Did they shelter you and your siblings from news or was it discussed out in the open? Were you easily frightened by news events? Did your parents explain them? What significant news events do you remember from your childhood? What stands out about them? What is the earliest historical/news event about which you say "I'll never forget where I was when ________ happened"? (And where were you?!)




Mom always watched the news, usually just the local 6pm news.  As televsion stations progressed with the invention of "news channels" she watched even more!  Even when the headlines repeated themselves she never turned the channel.  I was somewhat annoyed by that but now, I feel like I've morphed into her because all I do is watch news channels (BBC World, Algezira English, CNN, CTV News)  I also am in the habit of reading the Yahoo headlines even though that scrolling feature drives me insane.  We never really discussed the news unless it was a major snow storm brewing and we hoped to have the day off school!


A major historical event that I recall as "big news" was the explosion of the space shuttle.  I remember I had just entered the school building and saw my friends sitting along the window seats and then we just started talking about the shuttle.  I never really paid much attention to space exploration before that but now it's always something I want to know about.  The big "Montreal event" was the 1976 olympics.  I remember all the construction that went on and I still remember that we're still paying for that white elephant of a stadium.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thankful Thursday Mar.24



Thankful Thursday
 
 
 

It's been a roller coaster week for me but I AM THANKFUL that I have a God who listens to my prayers.  I felt so overwhelmed earlier this week but took it to God and no sooner was I uplifted and lighthearted again.  Praise God.

It's warming up, if you call temperatures still slightly below freezing "warming".  It was a very cold winter and finally I can ditch the ten pound really heavy winter coat for my lighter one that's still somewhat warm.  With each day spring draws near and eventually it will arrive (just hope it's before July).

Will be baking cookies for the kids at church for an Easter event.  I'm surprised that they think so highly of my cookies, it makes me smile.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hodgepodge Vol.19

  Partly Hodgepodge with a chance of snow-Vol 19 , blog hop hosted by Joyce From This Side of the Pond


1. Sunday was the first day of spring. So they say. Ahem
What is your favorite outdoor springtime activity?

Every springtime I like to walk around the St.Joseph's Oratory garden. The flowers aren't in bloom but the tulip bulbs are sprouting and the garden also has larger-than-life statues of the walk of Jesus and they're truly breathtaking. After going all winter just looking at the Oratory from street level, actually having the chance to take a walk through the garden (which is always closed during winter), is such a blessing.


2. Who would you want to come into your kitchen to cook dinner for you?

Anyone who can cook better than I can! I can bake a mean cookie but a dinner meal.... WHAT... sigh, I'm still trying to get it together. So I guess any one of those chef guys on the Food Network will do just fine... for dessert a cake made by the Cake Boss would be perfect!


3. When was the last time you flew a kite?

I can't remember. I don't even think I flew a kite ever. May have run with it dragging against the ground but it never flew, that much I can be sure of!


4. What topic puts you to sleep faster than anything?

Government issues. I do my best to pay attention to what's going on in our country but it just gets so petty and with so many different groups (Liberals, Concervatives, Bloc Québécois, NDP... and more most likely) I just can't keep track of who said what when or why. When I'm really tired I put the tv on the government debate channel... works like a charm to put me out like a light lickety split.


5. What flowers do you associate with specific people, places, or events?

I think of my mom when I see daisies because she likes them. Dandilions remind me of my sister, once we took weed killer to the lawn to kill all the dandilions - the next day we had a lawn full of brown dead dry grass and huge holes! We over did it so whenever I see a dandilion I laugh to myself with the memory of our stupidity.


6. What significant historical events took place during your elementary school years?

Elementary school?! The olympics were held here in Montreal in 1976... I was seven years old then and in the first grade.


7. Do you swear? Do you pseudo-swear? (you know- crap, shoot, friggin' ?)

I don't swear, it's unlady like. I really don't like to hear anyone swear especially when I'm outside and overhear two folks in a heated conversation where every other word is a bad one. Ugh!


8. Insert your own random thought here-

I've got a print or dust speck on my glasses. Everytime I look as the white wall or desk or the white tile floor I jump because I think its a bug but it its the speck on my glasses. I should clean my glasses before I give myself a heart attack.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Meet Me On Monday: Mar.21




Questions:

1.  What jewelry do you wear 24/7?

I wear my wedding rings on left hand, a family ring on right, and a necklace with a cross around my neck.  These items NEVER or rarely ever, leave me and I will fight to the death to prevent them from being taken from me too!!

2.  Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?
I twirl my spaghetti, no matter how I try not to make a mess I usually do.  Husband says he can't dress me up and take me out specifically for this reason.

3.  How many siblings do you have?
I have four siblings.  Two older brothers and two older sisters.  I am the baby-la-la of the family.

4.  Were you named after anyone?
Not that I know of.

5.  Coke or Pepsi?
Either one, they both taste the same to me!


And there you have it!  This weeks installment of the Meet Me On Monday blog hop hosted by Never Growing Old.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cross-Stitch

I haven't been blogging too much because I'm up to my eyeballs in craft projects!

I've got quite a few requests from church members to stitch something for them and since I already have an abundance of religious cross stitch kits on hand I figure I may as well get them to good use.  Then there's the Red Had Society patterns I've been doing.  I've completed two and will get them framed this month and mailed out.  While I'm still stitching the third one, that'll leave me with an additional three more remaining and will get them mailed out once I complete them one by one rather than wait for one mass mailing.

I've been skimming ebay lately too.  Won two nice kits on Friday that are now posted so should receive them next week from USA.  Now is a great time for me to grab some cross stitch kits on ebay with the new found strength our dollar has.

I can't even mention the work-in-process that I'm supposed to be getting done.  I have almost completed one of the wisemen in the 3D nativity in plastic canvas but I'll likely put that project off... I just don't feel like working with plastic canvas these days. *shrugs shoulders*

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Extended Family

I don't have any pets.  I used to have a gold fish.  I named him Mr.Fish.  He lived in a glass bowl much like the one in this photo.  He had those coloured rocks at the bottom, a plastic plant and a glass ornament of a sign that said "no fishing".  He lasted a whole year in that bowl then one day my nephew came to visit and asked me what was wrong with my fish... I glanced at it then told my nephew to keep his voice down because Mr.Fish was asleep. 

I never got another fish after that.  I wasn't traumatized, just never got around to going to the pet store then just didn't give it a second thought to get another one.

I came across a photo of my friends pet bunny rabbit in my email.  She says it thinks it's a cat because it lays around the house like one.  Her kids love it!   I never knew anyone with a pet rabbit.  My mom has budgie birds that chirp a lot.  My brother has a dog and a tarantula.... that spider gives me the creeps!

A Minute In Susan's Mind

I'm not quite sure what I want to blog about today.  I'm pretty much in lazy mode right now.  I finally got around to updating my ipod, synching the stupid thing with the computer only because the audio Bible got removed the last time it synched!  User problems as per usual I suppose.

I won't complain about the weather.  All things considered, my weather dilemna is a whole lot of nothing compared to what's going on in this world.

My prayers are for the people of Japan. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Montreal Skips Spring

I love winter, I love winter, I love winter.
I love snow, I love snow, I love snow.
I figure if I say it enough I may just believe it and not dive head on into the winter-blues.

Yes, we had a lovely snow storm.. er... I mean QUOTE system END QUOTE  as per the weatherman and it left us with white-out conditions and messy roads with high winds on Monday morning that netted about 17 centimeters of snow just two weeks before spring.

Here we are, about ten days til spring, getting ready to jump the clocks forward and plunge myself back into darkness and we are in the midst of another snow storm just as the city begins cleaning up the last one.  According to the weatherman there is a QUOTE system moving up from Texas END QUOTE. Ya, so our weatherman is blaming tonights snowstorm on the Americans!  

So we got a Texas Snowstorm up here in Montreal Quebec.  

What??!! 

I may not be able to point & name each and every state on the map but I do know which one is Texas (and California and Florida same as any other Canadian Ha!)And look how the weatherman lies, the photo up there says QUOTE light snow END QUOTE.  Let me tell you, my four-eyes are looking out the window right now, IT IS HEAVY BLOWING SNOW ain't nothing light about it.  So we'll get about 25 centimeters when it's all done but wait... it's going to rain after that!  Yup. 

Dear Mister Weatherman, YOU'RE FIRED!

Fret not because I don't blame the Americans, in fact, I encourage all Americans to email me pictures of spring since we won't be getting any up here in Canada this year. I won't be the least bit surprised if I'm still wearing two pairs of socks, longjohns, boots, mittens, coat, hat, and scarf in mid June around the time when summer is expected to arrive.   

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Minute In Susan's Mind

I totally love winter.  Every time I see a fresh bed of snow I get this uncontrollable urge to run through it!  Snowy winter days make me think of christmas and christmas lights twinkling in the night.  I woke up this morning to a snow storm... had to restrain myself from hunting out the christmas decorations!

IT'S MARCH... SPRING SHOULD BE ARRIVING!!!

We had rain on Friday, mild temperatures and lots of rain into Saturday as well.  I would have complained about that but I didn't have to go out in it so it was actually a fabulous day to get rid of the snow. 

Then Sunday morning rolled around and it was snowing.  The liar weatherman said we'd get up to 5 centimeters of snow throughout the day then maybe an additional two to four centimeters by mid Monday morning. 

liar liar pants on fire!!

The QUOTE system END QUOTE that was supposed to bypass Montreal but it hit us dead on due to shifting winds.  I'm not really complaining for the snow, more like the timing of it.  I was stressed out that public transportation would be messed up but I got out and about without difficulty so like I said, no complaints... BUT IT'S MARCH we should be seeing the budding tulips by now, I should be placing bets on whether I'll see a yellow or red tulip first, not watching how many cars get stuck in a snowbank.  Ugh.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Flashback Friday: Fads



This week's Flashback Friday prompt went as follows:

What fads were popular when you were growing up? Which were seen as "must-haves" and which as simply silly fads? Did you like them or hate them? Which ones did you have? Which ones did you long for but never get to have? Were your parents pretty tolerant of fads or did they resist them? Were they the type to be sure you had whatever "the" Christmas gift of the year was? What about fad speech? Were there particular phrases or words that were common to your generation? Have any of these fads made a reappearance in your adulthood?

I smiled and laughed when I read this weeks Flashback Friday topic.  Mom wasn't into buying us the latest fashion fads, she wasn't going to "waste money" like that (those were HER exact words by the way).  The one fad I remember that we all wanted and got.....

THE AFRO

Yup, when we seen The Jackson 5 on tv with the big afros we wanted them.  My sisters both had big afros but mom was reluctant to give me one, she said I was too young.  I was in the 3rd grade but finally after nagging her to death begging annd pleading she gave in and I got the afro but it wasn't nice like my sisters, mine sort of just laid there on my head like a fluffy hat of sorts.  Yes, that,s my infamous afro.  Why I'm smiling is beyond me and lets not discuss the clothing shall we, I believe in that day and age, overalls were likely a fad too but mine used to belong to my older sister.

Sister #1 had a big afro

Sister #2 had a bigger afro

I had .... well, this is what  I had. 

I've seen some young boys bringing back the afro but it's just one of those fads that needs to stay lost.
 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Mar.3


This week, Thankful Thursday is hosted by The Bug at Bugs Eye View so I must begin by saying I'm thankful that she knows how to do the link up thing!  :-)

It's a very cold day with subzero temperatures again but I am thankful for the sun that is beaming down with promise that warmer days to come.

I'm a bit tired and feeling a little low on energy and have to head out to work in about five hours from now for my last night shift of this week but I am thankful that I have a job that I like, that's close to home and helps pay the bills.

I'm thankful for blogspot, it's a nice way to get connected to people if even for just a short while, to see the world through someone else's eyes.

Today, and everyday, I am thankful for Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge-Vol 16

"Marching into this week's Hodgpodge" is this weeks theme of questions hosted by From This Side of the Pond.




1. March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's birthday so I'm wondering...do you like green eggs and ham? Okay-how about this instead...how do you like your eggs? Or don't you?

I like eggs but they have to be well done and turned or boiled.  I'm not into the runny yolk business.  I've never had green eggs and I don't eat ham.  I did dye eggs for easter once, boiled eggs though but didn't eat them.  I made a mess dying them but had to experience it once in my lifetime (once was more than enough).

2. Is March coming in like a lion or something less ferocious where you live?
I'm not sure about that "like a lion" thing but I can tell you this, it's cold.  Bitter cold.  I've been wearing my heaviest winter coat since December and at that rate I should have great muscle definition on my upper body for carrying that heavy garment around for months on end but nope, nothing!

3. Do you work better or worse under pressure?
I wouldn't say I work BETTER under pressure, more like I'm more frustrated and angry when under pressure so I snap at everyone.  The job still gets done either way only coworkers feel my pressure as well.

4. March Madness-are you a fan? It's college basketball in case you're wondering. And if you're outside the USA tell us-is there any sort of 'madness' taking place during March in your part of the world?
I used to love watching March Madness on tv.  Never really had a specific team to cheer on, just like the excitement of the game and the count-down to the winner but then somewhere along the way I lost interest in basketball.  Just can't seem to get into that sport anymore so now, no, not into the March Madness.

5. Under what circumstances do you do your best thinking?
I do my best thinking when I'm supposed to be sleeping!  Strange but true.  I can't say that I think best at night because I work nights during the week and not on weekends but I find that once I'm in bed, relaxed and ready to doze off I start to think about everything.  I have a pad and pencil by the bed so I can jot down thoughts to remind myself when I wake up otherwise I may think I just dreamed it or forget it all together!

6. What item of clothing from your wardrobe do you wear most often?
Brown!  I have brown cordorys that have been getting lots of wear this winter being as they're nice and warm.  I've got tan cargos I wear in the summer and will wear in spring too if spring ever gets here!  Throughout the summer I'm always wearing beige or tan (some shade of brown in otherwords) and in winter always darker shades of brown. 

7. Do you use sarcasm?
I do.. unfortunately I do use sarcasm but I'm trying to stear myself away from that.  Sometimes I find it can be quite belittling to whomever it's directed at and that's just not right so I'm working on that.... failing miserably but I'm a work in process I suppose.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I have 3 papercuts on one hand... ouch.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Top 2 Tuesday: Money


Top 2 Things you've learned about money 

1.  Money is hard to earn, though at my job it can be exciting and rewarding, nevertheless it's still hard to earn.

2.  Money is even harder to save!  With inflation zooming through the roof and the stupid provincial sales tax (PST) at 8.5% and the goods and service tax (GST) at 5%, and banks charging insane fees for whatever they can think of, it's just so difficult to have anything left to save unless it comes directly off your pay cheque into an RRSP.