Wednesday, August 31, 2005

How would you like your eggs...?

I have just finished eating scrambled eggs, bacon, toast with cheese whiz topped off with a tall glass of milk...It was okay, a bit greasy but that's how I feel this morning. You're probably thinking, gee she must have gotten up early today to have that for breakfast before going to work. Well see...I'm not at work, I called in sick today.

OOhhh....bad I know, especially if you're not physically sick per se...however!!....I'm claiming mental sickness today :) Last night was a rough night for me, I bickered and complained with Kristen the whole night, I was contrary, angry, sad, frustrated, anything miserable...that was it.

I'm at the breaking point, there are just so many things that I've wanted to do, meant to do, should be doing, and since returning from Nfld I've done NONE of it. I went to bed overwhelmed, thinking, thinking, thinking (I'm guilty of doing that too much sometimes) and realized I just have to take a day for me. To do cleaning (already have the bathroom scrubbed and a load of laundry and its 9:45am) to organize a few of the boxes in the living room/hallway (my brother is moving out tomorrow and in less than 2 months we move to the new house) and who knows what else is on my to do list.

So I ask myself should I feel guilty about staying home today? What do I say to all the little 'ol bittys tomorrow when I go in and they're all like, how do you feel today, what was wrong with you? Too be honest I don't even give a rats ass what they think or don't think. I don't need to justify when I know I need some time for me and when I need a break. I would like to think I know myself well enough to know what I need when I need it.

Anyway, enough of my rambling on, time for me to finish checking things off my to do list. Wish me luck and peace of mind :)

Monday, August 29, 2005

The Terrible Daughter

In all the hustle and bustle of returning from vacation, getting back in the work scene and then our camping trip this weekend (which was great, a lot of rain Saturday evening, but overall a good time) I realized this morning that I hadn't talked to my parents since Thursday night meaning I missed calling them on their 29th wedding anniversary on the 27th (Saturday) I will have to make sure a phone call is made tonight ....eek!

My parents met January 1976 when my dad was visiting Bonne Bay. He went for the weekend with two friends from school (he was attending school in Stephenville to get his GED) while there he met my mom. By August 27, 1976 they were married, my dad was finished school and now a Bonne Bay resident. June 19th, 1977 my brother Blaine was born. They lived in Shoal Brook renting a little cottage I guess you could call it behind Mr. Cyril Sheppard's House. Dec 1979 they moved into our house (half of it was Aunt Thelma Caines old bakery) in Glenburnie and on March 22, 1980 I came into the world :)

I have seen from my parents the effort that goes into making a marriage work, I have seen the rough times when we didn't know where the next meal was going to come from (but was always provided for, by a loving family and church) I have seen the laughter, the hugs, the kisses, and the co-operation. My dad helping mom with the dishes, my mom helping dad figure out some problem. There are so many good things that I can take with me to my relationship because of their example. I'm very proud of them and love them very much. Congratulations Mom & Dad on 29 years of marriage and I hope for many many more.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Hi, Ho...Hi, Ho its off to Flesherton we go!

And in a couple of minutes I'm off to Flesherton for another great weekend of camping and socializing with my friends. I'm really looking forward to the campfires, chatting with the girls, and hopefully a good game of volleyball.

I really need this weekend away, my first week back from vacation hasn't been an easy one. Hectic at work, missing home, the adjustment to re-joining the "rat race"...I could go on. Well time to go, I hope you have a great weekend as I am planning to have. Ciao!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Kristen & Riley

Kristen found a new best friend while we were home! His name is Riley, he is 7 months old, very hyper and extremely loveable.
As soon as Riley would see us coming up the hill he would starting running around, shaking, barking, the whole nine yards cause he couldn't wait to greet Kristen and then of course go play catch. If you ask why they are in the trunk of a car, well....Kristen wanted to show me how there was a latch inside so if you got kidnapped you could get out!! When Riley saw Kristen he had to be where he was, so of course he jumped inside too and lucky me had the camera to get the shot.

Kayla Goes to College

Just before Kayla left to go to Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook we decided to take a few snapshots together. This is Kayla and Kenda posing with me in front of my brothers beloved pine tree (a whole other story) and then Uncle Shawn giving the thumbs up when the car was all packed and ready to go :)

Visiting With My Family

A couple of days before we came back Kristen, My dad, and myself drove to Stanhope to visit with my Nan & Pop Ball. It was so nice to see them, even if only for a few short hours.
Once we returned to Bonne Bay, my mom, dad, Kristen and I went to the Old Loft restaurant for dinner. I had Cod Chowder, scallops wrapped in bacon, and finished off with turtles cheesecake, well what I could get of it. Kristen said he didn't want dessert and then ate most of mine. That should tell you how good it all was. The highlights of the evening were when the Catamaran Boat Tour went by, the boat is called the Emm Cate (prounced CAT) and the whale that kept coming up for air around the bay as we ate. I could get a picture cause he would be going back under by the time the camera would snap. Sorry I tried my best :(

Visiting With Kristens Family

We spent a lot of time with Kristens family while we were home. The first two pictures are of our day trip in boat. Just after this trip Kristens dad took the boat out of the water for extra repairs.

The third picture I took of Paula the day we were leaving to come back. She obviously still didn't have the baby and I really wanted to get a "maternity" picture of her. This one was my favourite.

Mr. & Mrs. Jason Cullihall

The excuse to go home this summer was to attend Stephs and Jasons wedding. This is at the rehearsal dinner.
The Bride & Groom held a slow dance where you had to pay a toonie to dance with them. I decided that not only did I want to dance with the groom I wanted to dance with the bride as well.
Steph & Jason towards the end of the evening and anxious to get away for the night....he, he.
Jen (Maid of Honour) with Chris
Kristen and I are the park in Corner Brook where Steph & Jason had some of their wedding pictures taken.

Newfoundland Sunsets

Sunset in Winterhouse Brook
Sunset from the plane on our way back to Ont.
Sunset in Trout River

Newfoundland Scenery

MacKenzies Day Park (potential location for a wedding someday) he he
View from "The Old Loft" Restaurant. GREAT food too :)
This is about 1km from my home behind the mountains you can see the "Tablelands" a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Second Pond in Trout River

Newfoundland Living

As you would have figured out by now I have returned from my vacation. Here are the first group of pictures from my hometown and neighbouring communities.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Welcome to the World Baby Girl

I would like to introduce Kristens new baby sister Hayley. I can't tell you her middle name cause they haven't decided what it is yet ....ha ha. She came into the world very quickly on Monday morning (Aug. 22) They left for the hospital at 1:30am which is about a 90 min. drive away and at 3:05am she was born. The Dr. didn't even get to the hospital in time to deliver her. A well experienced nurse was left to the task at hand. She weighed in at 8lbs. 3oz and measured approx 20 inches. Both mom and baby are in excellent health, and the whole family couldn't be more pleased with the new arrival.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Presenting Mr. & Mrs. Jamie Hynes

As promised pics of Myrna's & Jamie's wedding. I borrowed one picture from Tara's blog (hope she doesn't mind) and the rest are from Myrna.

They day went well and I'm so happy for the both of them. Best wishes for a long and happy life together. I love you both very much.

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Useless Knowledge

I'm a useless knowledge junkie, I just LOVE it! Give me a fun fact or list of "Did you Know?" and I'm in my glee. I was just reading the monthly newsletter of and they had all kinds of fun facts scrolling up the page. Here are a few that caught my eye....

An onion, apple and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by their smell. I need to research this one, cause I like onions and potatoes but not apples. But its a texture thing not a flavour/scent thing.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning. I'll continue using my trusty sidekick the alarm clock, can you imagine an apple in the side of the head first thing in the morning? Ouch.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. treasury. There is absolutely no point in knowing this fact, what can I now do with this information?

On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day - although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself). I think I'm extremely guilty of this one :)

The harmonica is the world's best-selling music instrument. I love listening to someone playing harmonica around the campfire.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine. Based on that Myrna is either the healthiest or unhealthiest person I know...lmao!

Tuesday, August 2, 2005


Update #1: Myrna has returned from vacation and is officially a Mrs. I have seen some pictures, I will post some as soon as I receive them and they're beautiful!! Can't wait to share!

Update #2: The builders are putting the floor on top of the foundation of our new home. Will post pics of that when I get them downloaded.

Update #3: Only 3 sleeps & 2 work days til I go home to Newfoundland! I think I could burst into tears I'm so excited. I wish I could see my family more often. And yes, promise to post LOTS of pics of my vacation and of Stephs wedding. We'll have computer access while we're there so keep your fingers crossed that I have time to keep up on my blogging.