Sunday, May 29, 2011

Warm Sunday

Sometimes the nicest places to go for an afternoon of nature are just about right in your back yard. Or at least, within city limits. I didn't have my camera with me, but my cell camera does in a pinch. We spent a few hours at McKenzie Trails and with the bright hues of nature and the brilliantly blue sky, it made for a really peaceful and enjoyable time together. My son was riding his scooter, I was speed walking to keep up. We stopped to feed some geese some dandelion heads (I didn't even know they ate those) and cuddled on a bench and listened to the sounds of nature and the music the water played as it danced upon the shoreline, the after affects of geese marking their territorial boundaries with one another as they chased each other in the pond. Sadly, my son's sandals gave him a blister and that put a rather abrupt end to the trip. So home we went to run barefoot through the sprinkler instead. What a lovely Sunday afternoon.



Don't forget what beauty lies within your own city limits.. stop and take it in. It will help you to recenter yourself, gain clarity and renew your spirit.

Jules :O)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

May Long Weekend Mountain Trip

We are such lucky people when we can travel a relatively short distance and be surrounded by such amazing beauty. The Rocky Mountains are just tremendous, and no matter how often I go see them, I never get tired of looking at their jaw dropping beauty. These photos are from my weekend getaway with my "gorgeous in all ways" boyf. He only enhanced the enchanting Kootenay National Park. Again we stayed in Radium Hot Springs at the Village Country Inn, but we took in the whole park, basically from just south of the Continental Divide to Panorama. If you get the chance, explore the Rockies. Whether you're viewing them from their east side or west side, from Canada or the United States, they just don't disappoint!

The beautiful, crystal clear and crisp Vermilion River, fed by the Simpson River in Kootenay National Park, just north of Numa Falls.

You can go to a place called "Paint Pots" and explore a very colorful natural spring location where Indigenous Tribes once used this naturally occurring yellow mineral water to paint stones, teepees and clothing. I recommend wearing shoes you don't mind getting muddy and stained. You can also go the other direction here and see Marble Canyon, but we didn't do that this time around.

The Paint Pots are 3 natural pools of mineral water, each containing a different pigment - yellow, green and turquoise that all vary in size. Here's a reflection in the yellow pool.

The view on the way back to the parking lot, looking south down the Vermilion River.

The same mountain range from the first photo, but I thought I'd make it black and white. It's really quite a dramatic mountain. I wish I knew what the names of all the mountains were. Apparently it takes 40 years for a fire ravished forest to regrow.

It's always an incredible time when we go here. But watch out for animals on the sides of the roads as you drive through, as Kootenay National Park doesn't have a retaining fence of any kind like Banff National Park does to keep them away from the road. On average, you'll see between 15 - 30 white tailed deer and likely some elk or moose as well. In Radium, you will inevitably be greeted by the local bighorn sheep. It seems like a lost trip if you don't spot at least one of those while you stay there.

So if you're looking for something to do this spring/summer/autumn I don't hesitate to recommend exploring the National Parks of the Rockies.

Jules :Owow!

Friday, May 20, 2011

hmmm...

I didn't realize I hadn't written anything in so long..

Well, I'm looking forward to my long weekend. I need to do a bit of yarding, plant some flowers, get my vegetable garden in... and I'm going to partake in some much needed and anticipated hot springs time as well.

I guess this will be a short post, because I really don't have more to add. I'll post some photos when I'm back. I love the mountains in the springtime.

Jules :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

happy moment

When I became separated, I was wearing a size 20 pant. I was miserable, feeling unloved and worthless and I became an emotional eater. While I still tend to eat when I'm upset, I have a much greater handle on the situation now. I've been through health issues quite a bit and they had sometimes prevented me from being active. Or maybe I just used them as an excuse.

But today is a much different story. I've gone from 200lbs and a size 20 (I think I even owned a pair of jeans that was a size 22 all the way down to a size 10 at 162 lbs. Almost 40 lbs lighter and that many sizes. I think I can begin to consider this a success story. I'll be happy when I can wear a size 8, I think, or weigh about 140lbs. It's all been done through understanding proper nutrition and a LOT of sweat and hard work. No shortcuts.

When I went into Old Navy tonight to find some shorts, I spotted this pair of jeans in a size 12. Tried them on, they were too big. Asked the girl to go get me a size 10 and I swear to God Almighty that I nearly broke down and cried tears of happiness when they fit me so perfectly! I have been trying to get into 10's before I go to Toronto in June and it looks like that has become a reality. Now, I don't think I'm a "true 10" yet. I think I'm going to be fluctuating between 12 and 10 for a little bit, but if I keep up the proper eating, and maintain at least 3 days a week of vigorous exercise, I should get there. I'm really proud of myself.

As proud of myself as I am feeling right now, I have to mention that I couldn't have done this without the support of my beautiful sister who's nearing phase 1 of a weight loss goal herself, my boyfriend who is always so encouraging, and my friends and family who all tell me that I'm looking good. When you're struggling with weight, it's imperative to have people around you who help rather than hinder. That sort of sounded like an acceptance speech at some awards ceremony. LOL

I've still got to work on my bouncy bootie, hips and stomach the most. The rest is all coming off nicely but those areas are stubborn.

So that's it. I just needed to share. I'll post another when I reach that 140lb mark.

Jules :O)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Back into do-it-yourself mode

I'm not sure whether it's just the fact that spring hit and now I feel the need to make things de-cluttered and clean, or if it's because I'm itching to sell my house and build a new one again, but it seems like all I've been doing for the last week is just hard core gutting, cleaning and making things much improved inside and outside. I always thought I'd be building a new place once I was remarried and had a partner to experience the joy of construction with, someone to share pride in ownership with, but that's just not happened as of yet and this antsy feeling is quite unshakable. I have to do some small home improvements before I could list the house. I need to hang two closet doors and trim out the basement windows and 2 closets. I wonder how long that would take me to do. I also need to lay baseboards, but I think I'll leave that for the new people. One project in the house to be done isn't exactly overwhelming. I don't know. I might not even trim out the closet doors. Just hang them.

Anyway. I have no idea what my house is really worth. I bought it for $320,000 and since then have put about $8000 into it, and that was 2.5 years ago now so I'm wondering if I could get $340,000 or more for it. If I can, it will be helloooooo new house with front attached garage and an en-suite. Glorious. That will be a house I'll be content to be in for a long time. So wish me luck! Once I finish cleaning and staging, I'll have the appraisals done. The builder I want to go with does a guaranteed home buy program, so even if my house doesn't sell, they buy it from me at the appraised price. So this whole thing hinges on the appraisal.

I'll be disappointed if I can't get what I need out of it, but I know it's just another year away then, maybe. I suppose I could hold out here in this house for another year. Or maybe sign a deal in the winter and move next summer.

It's about wanting to live in a house that will satisfy my needs, on a quiet close, with nicer neighbors (hopefully), closer to the north end of town, but not on the north end, close to amenities and not too far from Nate's school. I think I can make it work.

For now it's clean, clean, spiff up this, trash that, move those and voila! So that's what I've been up to.

Jules :O)


Sunday, May 08, 2011

So do tell...

I think for Mother's Day this year, I'd like to be told whether I'm a M.I.L.F or not.

Gawd, I'm such a pervert. But you know, whether they admit it or not, I think all mom's want to be MILF's. We want to be sexy sought after babes that attract attention. We want to know we're looking hot and experience that passionate frenzy or rush of energy knowing we're the one you dream about playing with between the sheets. Whether you're a mom who's single, or married or dating.. I think this rings true. Am I right? Oh come onnnn... admit it! ;P

Have a great day everyone!

Jules :O)

Thursday, May 05, 2011

So this is what anger feels like.. hmmm...

Stupid m-effing antivirus software. I've had McAfee on my laptop since I got it and it's been running daily scans and doing daily updates and always everything came back clear. 3 days ago, an error message came about that said that it could not do updates, but that everything was still showing free of viruses. It told me to contact McAfee support for assistance with the problem. So this morning I did.

The first technician took control of my laptop remotely and did a bunch of stuff and was unable to solve the problem. When he went to restart my system, we got disconnected. He removed my antivirus software completely and then I was told he'd be reinstalling it. He disappeared but I had the software there ready for reinstallation. I tried to install it but there was a new error message preventing me from being able to reinstall it at all! I logged into to helpdesk again, and the second person took remote control as well. He wasn't able to find a solution, so he patched me into technician #3. Tech 3 did a few things remotely and told me that I have a virus that's preventing my system from reinstalling the software at all. He gave me a number to call for virus removal and when he said it would cost me $89.95 to remove it, I scoffed and made a stink and said that I shouldn't have to pay anything for something that I didn't even know was a threat to my system because their faulty software didn't ever detect it on the daily scans! So he comped me the virus removal and gave me a number to call and an order number to avoid payment.

I paused to go get Nate and then when I got home, I tried to call. Number cannot be connected. Please make sure you are dialing correctly and try again. And again, and again.. a dozen times. No success. So I thought I'd just try to get onto the virus removal technician online instead. I had to enter a credit card to proceed and when I did that, it took me straight to a fucking satisfaction survey, charged my card the $90 and didn't even give me the option of chatting with a tech!!!

So back online I go to the original helpdesk, now to complain about the virus, the charge to my credit card and the lack of their ability to resolve a problem. I get a level 1 tech, couldn't help me, and he passed me back on to the same level 2 tech that gave me the phone number. This is FOUR bloody hours later of making ZERO progress!!

Well. Within reason, I sort of lost if on the last guy. I was tired of being fucked around with, passed back and forth, and having nobody do anything but apologize for any inconvenience. Don't apologize, FIX IT! When I came to you originally, at least I still had virus software, you totally deleted it and now it won't reinstall at all. No protection.

So I demanded that I receive my full money back for their product AND that I am not charged for the faulty system which took my credit card number and charged me for basically completing their effing survey. I said that I wanted nothing to do with their product and that I'd go find some better virus software that actually would alert me to a viral attack and quarantine it until I could figure out what to do with it. I mean, McAfee didn't even alert me to the possibility of there being a threat! WTF was I paying for protection for if they offered none?!

I got my money all reimbursed and a ton of apologies (including myself because I felt badly for coming a bit unglued on the guy) later and I've still got this virus, no software, and no solution.

I called a local company, he's going to do a full diagnostic and remove the virus, and for a lot cheaper than McAfee was about to charge me. But not till Saturday morning. So I guess I won't be surfing around much till I get it back and it's protected again. The whole thing just cheezes me off so much, because I don't surf "risky" sites or anything. I guess you just never know what's happening behind the scenes.. but that's what this type of fucking software is supposed to be there for.

What is the best anti-virus software out there?

Jules {:Ogrrr/

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Hypocritical

I'm guessing there's just a little bit of hypocrite in all of us (some people live their lives this way constantly, other's just a smidge). As I was relaxing in the tub again I was pondering this. And then as I reached south, I realized I'm definately a hypocrite. So I thought I'd make a list of things that make me so.

I'm a hypocrite because:

I'm always telling my son to keep his hands off his penis, but give me the chance to drop trou and 3 guesses where my fingers wander to.

I'm always telling people to exercise and eat right, but last week I only exercised once and allowed myself to eat pizza and some breakfast wraps from Tim Hortons.

I tell my loved ones to keep their nails trim (especially their toenails) and then realize that a month's gone by without cutting or re-polishing mine.

I notice when other people's houses aren't clean and then see that I can sometimes actually write things in the dust on my entertainment center, see... (I know, it's gross)


I'm not sure what else I'm guilty of being hypocritical of... but hey.. the curtain had to close sometime on this being that you all imagined to be perfection. LOL!

What are you hypocritical about?

Jules :Ogiggle)

Monday, May 02, 2011

Flathead Lake, Montana

If you're driving in Montana, you've got to stop into one of the darling little towns along the perimeter of Flathead Lake. Usually I drive down the west side of the lake, but this time on my way home I drove up along the east side and then cut across it's northern end. There's a few places to stop and pull over, get out and stretch or take a pic like this one (It's better if you enlarge it). The large island in the middle there is Wildhorse Island. It looks completely different from this vantage point than I'm used to and much smaller from the east side of the lake. The water mirrored the ultra blue sky so perfectly here and it smelled fresh, like the world around it was waking up from winter.


This is definately a lake to check out if you're heading into Montana.


Jules :)