Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Beautiful Day

The sunset on my way back home from Camrose, from visiting my Dad yesterday, was so pretty I had to stop a few times to take photos of it as it sunk lower into the sky. I found it particularily stunning as it peeked through the naked trees.

My Dad, by the way is recovering so well! I was thrilled to go to his house and see him standing and walking!! His ribs are healed for the most part, his scars are all totally clean and healed, his body has it's shape and color back, his eyes looked normal, and we had a really nice conversation. It was just superb seeing him doing so well today. Just beautiful! I was like a cheerleader, full of squeals and excitement. Finally, my heart feels like it's healing again.

Jules :Oj

Saturday, February 19, 2011

R Rated Post... Beware!

Trust me, proceed with caution.. this is graphic. Stop now if you're easily offended.

I swear to God... if I have to die young, I hope they find me naked on my bed with my Mr. Magic humming my kitty and my Jolly Green G rocking me from the inside, surrounded by fruity scented candles with the hint of vanilla and coconut caressing my skin. For the love of God, we should all praise the inventor of the vibrator.

Jules :Obuzzz)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

strange thing

Well, who else do you know that would drop an egg on their floor and then instead of running to get a paper towel to clean it up, they get their camera and sit there snapping photos thinking "Huhh... I really like the way that yolk looks against the contast of the stark white shell".


I was told that my way of looking at the world is what makes me so lovable. I took that as a compliment.
Have you ever had a moment like that... where instead of doing what would be expected, you did something a little bit odd?
Jules :Oj

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

all sorts of laces

Last night I dreamed that my job was to tie up people's shoes. All people came to me for their shoe tying task. There was a giant long line up out my door, down the block as far as the eye could see, all hours of the day. I took a hot air balloon ride up just to see how long the line up was and it literally was infinite. A job for the rest of my life as a professional shoe tier. Not A shoe tier... THE shoe tier.

Probably not all too bad of a job... except that the problem was that everyone who came to me to have their shoes tied had faulty laces. That little thing on the end that holds the end together and makes it go through the holes (what's that thing called?)... they fell off of every lace I touched. Some people already had their laces looped, so for them it wasn't a problem at all. But the ones who didn't have theirs looped, it was so so frustrating and time consuming trying to get the laces through the holes.

At one point, I looked at my hands and the skin had sort of hardened on them and turned into these almost robotic like looking hands, so that they wouldn't get rubbed raw from all the handling of the laces. I remembered thinking that I felt sorry for my son who would have to take over the burden of tying shoes as he grew up, after I retired.

Ya. That's my brain for you. Weird, na?

Jules :O?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's in the Mountains!

I escaped to the mountains, this Valentine's Weekend. The drive there was whiteknuckling, the drive home was frustratingly long because I had to double the road time as hwy 93 was closed... but my time in Radium was outstanding! I couldn't have possibly had better company, either!

So this time, our main goal was to go cross country skiing. Thor brought me a complete set of skis, with boots and poles! How sweet! On Friday night we went to the hot springs and the lady at the counter told us about this nordic ski resort called Nipika. So the next morning we set out on the hunt for it. It's located just a 15 minute drive on hwy 93, north of Radium Hot Springs. You veer to the right off the main road and onto Settler's Road. That drive takes you down, down, down into the valley close to the river. You arrive to see a barn that was built in the early 1900's with a renovation to host parties in a room above the barn. The main floor is a giant open room where you can rent cross country skis and everything else you'd need, if you didn't bring your own. Cost of using their trails is just $10 per adult. It's pet friendly there too, with lots of large dogs running around. Nipika Resort also has cabins for rent, if you want to stay right there and ski for a whole weekend, though I prefer our little Village Country Inn in Radium iteslf. So here are some photos of the scenery as we skied and of the mountains on the way home.


This was ont he way home, the skies were blue for a good portion of the drive. I had to drive down to Fernie and back up Crowsnest Pass to get home. What should have been a 4 hour drive became 8.5.

The rich forest surrounding us as we skied.. it smelled so good...


These are the skis and poles Thor brought me. They worked perfectly.. thank you so much!

If you wandered off the path down there, the snow was very very deep!


The staff at Nipika (well, the sons of the owners, as it's a family owned and operated business), keep the trails well groomed.


Another blue sky photo of a mountain range on my way home. This one was near Sparwood.


While skiing, the atmosphere could only have been topped if it were a sunny day. The song of the wind rushing through the trees soothed my soul, while the fresh clean crisp air revived my body. Nipika has a section for beginner to intermediate skiers and a much more difficult and intricate course for advanced skiers. So there's something there for everyone. I hadn't been nordic sking in absolutely ages, and as my first time out as an adult, this was so much fun. I didn't even fall, not even on the downhill parts!

Jules :O)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

damn the rules!

Why on earth is Weird spelled that way?

Isn't the rule: I before E except after C?

Where's the C in Weird?

English teachers really have their work cut out for them. Hey! There's another one.. Their. There's no C in Their.

Ha! And by the title, I bet you thought this post would be more exciting....... psyche!

Jules ?:O)

Friday, February 04, 2011

Really, everyone should read this one...

So, due to my L.S. I had to have something called an endometrial ablation done. It's a fairly common practice, at least here it seems to be because since I've had mine done, I know of at least 2 other women who've also had it done. Basically, it means destroying the uterine lining so that you won't have a period anymore. It didn't bother me much, since I've had my tubes tied since Nate was born, and have known for some time that I'm unable to bare children again.

So anyway, I had this surgery done a while ago and something so strange has come as a result. I still go through a monthly cycle... but at it's climax, there's still some cramping, a tendency to overeat, serious fatigue, a craving for chocolate, and some scary bad assed pms for a few days. Basically, it's like having the period but without the messy part. I non-affectionately call it my ghost period.

It's really odd though.. going temporarily insane for 2 or 7 days and not having the same end result that used to signify that I was indeed not losing my brain, but it was the cause of something bigger and more important. I mean, people don't understand "ghost periods". And really, without any physical evidence of what's making me lose my marbles, aside from some seriously painful and oddly full feeling breasts, how can I really justify my temper tantrums anymore? I have had to rely on my soul sister's period cycle to obtain information on whether my suddenly scortching hot temper is justifiable or not.... "Umm, Vix.. are we having our period right now cuz I just bit my son's head off and...". Yeah, you get the idea.

Okay, so from now on there are two types of periods. The drippy kind and the ghostie kind. They're both real... they both need to be treated with the gentlest of approaches, men and children (God forbid there are children reading my blog) pay close attention ... they are equally as serious in terms of affecting the female's ability to rationally distinguish and respond appropriately to.. well just about everything. When your woman is experiencing her drippy or her ghostie, just get used to saying things like "what can I do to help you?" or "I'd really love to give you a lower back rub right now" or "ummm, do you mind if I take the kids out for a while, and would you like a chocolate ice cream for later?" or "no, no.. I didn't notice that giant pimple at all" or "are you kidding me? you don't look bloated!" or "yes, I'll cook, clean and do all the chores without you telling me this week, for sure!"

Be agreeable and extra tender with your woman during this time of the month. It's firey, it's ferocious, it's mindnumbingly insane and we really just sort of turn into unrecognizable beasts for a few days. It's sort of like having an out of body experience... you can't hold us accountable for much during this time.

The good news is that it only lasts for a few days and then we become that sweet loveable woman you fell in love with for the other 26 days of the month.

Jules :O!