Thursday, September 23, 2010

wish me luck

Having Lichen Sclerosis has made it so that I have to have a small surgery done today. Just a day surgery thing, the procedure only takes 20 - 30 minutes, but I'll be in the hospital for like 5 or 6 hours. Wish me luck that it all goes ok and that I'm still "normal" once I get out! LOL

See you on the flip side of it all!
Jules xo

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Trees

Well, since my last post left most of you speechless, I'll go back to posting something *decent*. Here are some gorgeous mountain tree-scapes for you to enjoy, taken the last time I was in Banff on my "me day" hike.




Jules :Oj

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Guilty Indulgence #3

DISCLAIMER: This post is rated P for perverted. If this surprises you from my blog, you haven't been around long enough to know me well enough. If it grosses you out, you can spew and get all high and mighty later, but for now, at least watch the video.

#3 Guilty Indulgence
MR. MAGIC

Before you spazz out, it doesn't go internal. But hot dang... this MISTER deserves high praise. He only needs about 15 seconds and I'm screaming for joy. Yes. I'm guilty... and I DO indulge. Frequently.

Jules :Obuzzzzz-ahhhh)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mountain Daisies

Daisies, tulips and orchids. My favorite trio of flowers. When I was in the Rockies on the weekend, I took some daisy photos. Here are 3 of my favorites.




Jules :Oj

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My ME day... but I missed you.

Well, I went to Banff. I wasn't sure about going, because I like companionship on something like that and had nobody to go do it with... but I was told I still should go and that I would have a great time, by Thor. He knows me well. I had the most fantastic time!!

I didn't arrive there until 2 and by 2:15, I was hiking up the mountain. It was a very tough climb, uphill all the way... no flat spots to stop and catch your breath. It took me 1.75 hours of constant up, up, up. Legs burning, heavy breathing, butt flexing. I was dripping with sweat by the time I reached the summit. There was a sign that warned that it was a moderate to strenuous climb, but I didn't care. It felt like a Bucket List thing that I needed to go do and cross off. So on ward and upward I went.

After I looked like a drowned rat, but to be fair some of it was rain. LOL

I enjoyed the view immensely, even thought it wasn't the first time I'd been up there. I super love looking at mountains from the top of mountains. It's a totally humbling experience that completely fills you with awe. I don't want to seem self absorbed, but here are two photos of myself. The first one is how bad I looked when I got to the top, and the second one is how adorable I look in the mountains (once I dried out, LOL)!!


See how amazing they look on me? And to think... not ONE stranger hit on me. Hmmpph!!

After the hike, I went to Sanson's Peak (the neighbouring mountaintop) and then took the Gondola down. I went to the Banff Upper Hot Springs and soaked in them for 3/4 of an hour and then got a Quesadilla and took it down to Bow Falls for a picnic supper. Bow Falls is one of my very favorite places on God's green earth. I could go there and stay for hours and hours, just watching and listening to the Falls.

A day for me, about me, totally to fulfill my soul. A ME DAY. It was tops!!

Next time, though... somebody really should join me. ;)

Jules :Oj

Friday, September 17, 2010

Accessories

The only good thing about Autumn arriving is that I get to wear scarves again. I fell in love with this one the other morning when I went shopping with my sister.. and those earrings too. The earrings came in a set of 3 and I love them all. In fact, I've worn a set for the last 3 days in a row. They make me feel pretty.

Soooo... do you like my scarf and earrings? (Nothing like fishing for compliments on one's blog, is there?? LOL)


Now, on another note... I'm trying to decide whether I am going to Banff for the weekend or not. The weather's been rainy and chilly.. and I seem to have lost my waterproof jacket, and I'm sure it will rain while I'm there, so I'm not sure. On the other hand, I would super love to hike up to the summit of Mount whats-its-name (I sincerely can't remember the name of it) and then go relax in Banff Hot Springs. I just wish I had someone to do it all with. Does anyone want to meet me there Saturday afternoon and go hiking with me? LOL Even if you don't want to meet me, at least help me to decide whether to go or not!

Jules :Oj

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Guilty Indulgence #2

If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know this one. I love me a good, hot, bubbly time.

Guilty Indulgence #2:
BUBBLE BATHS

I don't have baths all the time, sometimes I like a nice revitalizing cleansing shower as well. But on cold days, or days when I have sore muscles or a lot of stress, there's just nothing like unwinding in a steamy bubblicious bath. Above are the current products I'm using. The Vanilla Honey Fa foam bath is good, it gives a nice stretchy playful bubble that lasts for at least 30 minutes. It smells good... but ohhhhhhh... the Cocunut Scrub is delectable. OMG. If it wasn't soap I'd eat it every time I used it. I just wanna rub it all over me and never wash it off. And it really does leave the skin feeling soft and silky. I love it!! I'll definitely buy it again.

Looks relaxing, doesn't it? Ahhhhhhhhhh.... yesssssssssss.

Jules :Oohhahh!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Guilty Indulgence #1

I think I'll do a series for a while, on and off.. of the things I am guilty of indulging myself in once in a while. Things that I feel truly self absorbed while doing because: they. are. just. THAT. satisfying.
My guilty indulgence #1 is
BUTTER CHICKEN with steamed basmati and naan.

OMG... I super love butter chicken, Indian style. It is fattening, made with cream and butter galore, and that's why I don't indulge very often, but it is seriously delicious. My favorite Indian dish, by far. So tonight, I went to Indian Flame in Red Deer and ordered me up a nice take out order of it. While I was there, I tapped my hands and feet to the awesome Hindi music that was playing and sat there beaming from ear to ear at the tasty treat that was to soon be M.I.N.E!!! I'm not even afraid to say on here that I licked the plate... well, I swept it with my finger and then licked my finger.. I didn't want to seem TOTALLY inappropriate.

I swear to God, the man who could (and would willingly) make this dish for me once in a while, would surely be the one I'd have to marry. LOL

Yum. Yum. Yummy!!

Jules :Ommmm!

Craptastic.

OMG. My son has had 9 official days of school and the words a parent dreads the most were spoken when I went to pick him up today. "Nathan, there's your mom... (and then she discretely says to me) Ohhh, I need to talk to you."

Crap. Certain dread shivers pulse through my body.

My kid's a good kid, isn't he?

Lately, I've been having a bit of a problem with back talk at home, and not following through on what I ask him to do. I just sort of figured this was normal for an almost 5 year old boy, so I've dealth with it as best as I can. But apparently now it's spilled over into his school behavior. Oh, and poking and punching. GREEEEAAAT.

My son's been in the hallway two days in a row now for misbehaving in class. Ms. B says she spends alot of time with him, trying to make him listen and follow the routine and rules, but from time to time, he needs to be removed from class. WTF, Son?!? Honestly? Do I have to be MORE of a disciplinarian with you at home so that you can realize how to follow rules at school? Makes sense now, why he's having a hard time wanting to go to school in the mornings if he's getting into trouble there. The kicker is that I discipline him more than they would....

People tell me that I should take him out of school, but frankly, I'm not cool with that. I want him there learning, making friends, having to be accountable for his actions. I want him to learn how to react and respond appropriately to other people, his age and adults. I've been home with him all his life, and I think he's too dependant on me now. Plus, honestly... I need the break from him in the mornings these days.

I hope this isn't going to be a year full of visits to the Principal's office. Now I have to go wrack my brains to think of an appropriate "rewards" system that will work for him when he has a good day at school.. aka "subtle bribery system". LOL

Wish me luck with this child of mine. I know he's really a good boy... really...

Jules :O/

Monday, September 13, 2010

It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring....

Good golly. Really? So, it's been raining for like, 10 days here... and this is the forecast until Thursday. Joy.

4. Days. Of. Rain.

I guess the good news is that none of those are snowflakes... yet. But what's up with that really black cloud on Thursday? Ewww.
Jules :O/

worst day of my life.

Worse than the time he said to me "you're fat".
Worse than the time he said "I don't love you, I want to go live with Daddy"
Worse than the times he's called me boring.

Today he said to me "Why should I be nice to you when all you ever do is treat me like DIRT?!?!"

I have never been so horrifically hurt in my life. The only thing you want your child to feel is loved by you.. It's what you strive for each and every second of parenthood. You live and breathe your children. They are the most important thing to you in the world, you want nothing but their happiness. Even after the worst tantrum, if he still comes back to you feeling remorseful and needing his Mommy's hugs, kisses and cuddles, you know everything's going to be okay between you.

But this... THIS... killed me this morning. All I ever do is treat him like dirt? Is this REALLY how he perceives our relationship???? They say that kids always say what's really on their mind cuz there's no point in lying, that they speak the truth cuz they're innocent minded.

The worst part is that he said this to me after I gently woke him up, sat on the bed with him, hugged and kissed him, spoke softly to tell him he needed to get ready for school, made him one of his favorite breakfasts.... I was golden. And all he could see was me treating him like dirt. I feel like a total and complete failure this morning. All I can do is cry, cry, cry. How could a not-quite-5-year-old even form a thought like that??? And to top it off, he never said sorry, he never came to me for those kisses and hugs after his time out.

So here's me. Totally. Devastated.

Jules :'( :'( :'(

Sunday, September 12, 2010

OUCH!

Well... that's not good. I was pruning all of my shrubbery in the yard today, getting it ready for autumn/winter and this happened. Needless to say, I had to stop pruning and go do first aid. Actually, this cut is really really deep.. not quite to the bone, but deep. It's been 6 hours and it's still bleeding. I never knew how much a wound like this to the fingertip would be such a gusher. I probably should have gone and gotten a stitch or two, but with both boys, it seemed like too much trouble. So I cleaned it out well and I'll clean it out again and then get some polysporin and a waterproof bandaid and call it fixed. Hopefully it will reattach itself given enough time.



Jules :O(

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

PRIDE is....

..... seeing your child's accomplishments.

My son's 3rd day of Kindergarten and he's so good at writing his name already! We did an exercise at home today for 30 minutes. We practiced each letter individually and then I had him go put it all into practice on the chalkboard. I am sooooo proud of my boy. He didn't need any help at all, and with each letter he printed, he said the letter name. I hope it all sticks in his memory, and that he actually does it at school. It's so beautiful!



I think we'll practice every day this week and then next week work diligently on numbers 1 to 10. But when I say diligently, I mean in the most FUN way of course! I found out today that I make an awfully good cheerleader, and I guess all those years of working with this mental age group in the school setting really did me some good for my teaching skills too! Still.... I'm not looking forward to high school mathematics.....

Jules :OD

Monday, September 06, 2010

Getaway

Sorry for my absence. I went away back to the mountains (which we all know I LOVE) for the Labor Day long weekend. I had a great time again too. I got to try kayaking, so that was new for me, I loved it. Here's a photo of me in the kayak. The weather didn't really cooperate that much this time on my mountainous getaway, but it is on the verge of being Autumn, and weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. It didn't detract too much from me having a wonderful little mini-vacation.


We went for an invigorating hike again... does it get any better than hiking in such beauty? Anyway, you all know my love of moss, so I thought I'd share this mossy photo with you. It's probably not even moss.. it's probably some strange fungal thing that will make me diseased, since I touched it. I thought it looked so cool though.

On the highest point of the hike, I snapped some photos like this one.. it is a totally amazing view of this lake from way up there... and soooo calm and serene. It's got to be one of my favorite places on earth that I've experienced. I'd love to just go there for a whole day, have a picnic up there, soak in the atmosphere, and watch for wildlife.

This wonderfully bizarre beetle thing on the window caught my eye enough to take its photo several times. Being on the inside of the window and it on the outside, it wasn't threatened by my camera being that close. Cool bug, hey?

Here's one of the snowcapped mountains I fell in love with on the way home. A few weeks ago when I went to Banff, there was no snow on the mountains at all. But now, even further south, they are dusted already. I love snow capped mountains.

It was all a little bit spur of the moment (well, as spur of the moment as I can be given the job I have), but I'm glad it all worked out so that I could go.

Jules :Oj