Today, fill your cup of life with sunshine and laughter.

30 July 2007


I have to gratefully acknowledge Trav for conveniently posting this meme where I could easily find it and adapt it to my own use. The trick is to answer each category in three words, no more no less. NOT as easy as it sounds ... Oh, if you want it, help yourself.

1. Where is your cell phone? on my desk

2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend? Mac the Knife

3. Your hair? long, curly, brown

4. Where is your father? home bugging mom.

5. Your favorite thing to do? play with Brennan

6. Your dream last night? can't remember it

7. Your dream car? yellow Jaguar convertible

8. The room you're in? cluttered music room

9. Who did you hang out with last night? Mac and Brennan

10. Your fears? spiders and ex

11. What aren't you good at? hiding my emotions

12. Muffins? never eat them

13. One of your wish list items? finalize the divorce

14. The last thing you did? petted the dog

15. Your computer? my life line

16. Your pet? Daisy the husky

17. You are wearing? halter top, cutoffs

18. Your life? better every day

19. Your mood? relaxed, on vacation

20. Missing? nothing at all

21. Your car? 2005 Toyota Matrix

22. What are you thinking about now? camping with Mac

23. Your work? french/music teacher

24. Your summer? playing with Brennan

25. Your relationship status? falling in love

26. Your favorite color(s)? green, red, cream

27. When is the last time you cried? late last night

28. When was the last time you laughed? two minutes ago

29. School? never stopped going

30. Favorite 90's group? barren, desolate wasteland

28 July 2007


I unashamedly stole this meme from Sanni. I think memes may be the answer to getting me blogging again. They're fun and I don't really have to think very hard. Perfect, huh? Hope you don't get bored ...


Things I plan to do before I die

1. meet my dear, precious SP friends
2. adopt another child
3. write a novel
4. travel (anywhere at all would be fine)
5. be completely debt-free
6. go to a Van Morrison concert
7. get another degree, just for myself, not for the job

Things I can do

1. make my son laugh, any time
2. teach anyone to play the piano
3. curl my tongue into a tube
4. bake a perfect double chocolate cheesecake
5. create a child-sized replica of a tank out of a cardboard box and a wrapping-paper tube
6. read a 250-page novel in less than 2 hours
7. hold my breath underwater for 67 seconds

Things I can't do

1. type worth sh*t
2. swear without feeling guilty
3. stay angry at someone
4. play chords on a guitar
5. balance a chequebook
6. speak Spanish
7. understand rap music

Things that attract me to the opposite sex

1. gentleness (been the other route ... never again)
2. a positive attitude (nothing more depressing than spending time with someone who always sees the negative aspect of things)
3. intelligence (or else I get BORED)
4. self-awareness (knows who he is and what he wants and needs out of life)
5. eyes (the expression in them is more important than colour or shape)
6. the VOICE (intonation is everything)
7. big hands (um ... this is a purely sexual thing ...)

Things I say the most

1. aww geez
2. I love you
3. my day was going great till I looked in the mirror
4. baby, you're the greatest
5. i know you can do it
6. where'd I put my ___?
7. good night, sleep tight; angels watch over you till morning light; mommy loves you with all her might

Celebrity Crushes

1. Van Morrison (hey, nobody said they had to be sexual crushes ...)
2. Jamie Foxx (ahh hell ... everything about him)
3. Richard Gere (onscreen kisses that melt my fillings)
4. Gerard Depardieu (the aww-shucks demeanor, the accent, the nose ...)
5. Alan Rickman (the voice ...)
6. Rowan Atkinson (anybody who can make me laugh like that ...)
7. Bond (and we're not talking 007 here ...)

Songs I can't get out of my head

1. Yellow Submarine
2. Hit the Road, Jack
3. My Sharona
4. Hey Mickey
5. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (thanks a whole helluva lot, Staples Business Depot!)
6. Moondance

Things I do in the middle of the night but shouldn't

1. read trashy novels
2. get out of bed
3. check my email
4. check to see which of my friends are online (because I always end up chatting)
5. laundry
6. baking
7. talk on the phone to Mac

Things I'd bring to a deserted island

1. my son
2. Mac
3. full-equipped tool box
4. one of those crank-operated satellite radios
5. Swiss Army knife
6. first aid kit
7. waterproof matches

Shows on TV I follow

*I'm unable to fill this one out, because I haven't watched a tv show since May 2006

Reasons the world is better off that I don't carry a gun

1. PMS
2. the lines are too long at Tim Horton's in the morning
3. too many idiots with a license to drive
4. type A personalities bother me
5. the sign says 10 items or less, dammit!
6. I close my eyes when I pull the trigger
7. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool pacifist ...

Things I can't do without

1. my son
2. my friends
3. my dogs
4. laptop
5. bottled water
6. my Van Morrison cd collection
7. my piano

Things that make life worth living a little longer

1. my son
2. my friends
3. Mac
4. my dogs
5. my job
6. listening to the Blues
7. double chocolate brownie frozen yogurt

Things I used to do when I was younger but no longer do

1. drink excessively
2. smoke pot
3. jump the tracks in my car
4. go braless
5. live in an apartment
6. pull all-nighters
7. believe in "Happily Ever After"

Things that make it hard for people to like me

1. sometimes, I don't like myself very much, either
2. don't socialize much
3. tendency to hold myself back
4. shyness
5. don't trust people very easily
6. sarcastic
7. easily hurt and I withdraw

Stages I've gone through in my life

1. tomboy
2. girly-girl
3. teenybopper
4. band geek
5. university student
6. university professor

7. mommy

27 July 2007


Hey ... I just found this old post that I started and never finished ... with your indulgence, although it's somewhat out of date and sequence, I'm going to complete it and publish it now. Perhaps it will dull the shock of the contents of my post yesterday for some of you (remember, I'm the same person I was before you knew this stuff about me). This post is just some random blatherings when I was trying to get back to blogging at the beginning of the summer. Maybe this time, it will take. Here's hoping.

So, I was cruising my way through blog heaven, avoiding my work, and I came across this old, forgotten, dusty place and thought to myself "Why not?"
Thank you to all the wonderful friends who have managed not to forget me since my "disappearance" from the pack. Not only that, y'all remembered my birthday. It touched me to receive all the best wishes and emails on Saturday.

Today is the last "official" day of school here. For me, it's the last day for the next four months, as I am scheduled for major surgery the day we are supposed to be coming back. Surprisingly, there is no apprehension in me about either the surgery or the enforced 8 week vacation following it. This is a good thing, this operation, and once I feel better, I'll want you to celebrate with me.

Tell me, what does everybody else do in summertime? My kid and I are taking a full 6 weeks to be "mommy and big boy" all over this wide, wonderful wilderness we call home. Everything from fishing to bullfrog hunting, visits to the zoo or the splash park, camping to biking, has made it onto our schedule. No school or thoughts of it for either of us. It's what a summer should be, right? Of course, I'm a teacher and that allows for all that marvelous time off, but I'm also going to be talking to him and preparing his four year old mind for the many days when mommy won't be able to take care of him after her surgery. It seems there have been far too many of those times in recent months ...

My computer time is going to be limited, too, because I am not going to let it interfere with the time I spend with my little guy. As it should be, I guess. Evenings after his bedtime are MINE, though, for feeding this unexpected addiction. Who knows, I may even come back to blogging. I've had a couple stories brewing in the back of my head for months now ... (sorry, Dana ... not Taylor-generated this time, I'm afraid)

All in all, despite three surgeries in the span of six months, life is good and every day brings something new to smile about. In the past year and a half, I have made some new lifelong friends and they bring me joy every day, just by their very existence. My job and my students are another source of happiness. How did I get so lucky? I fell into this job, almost literally, and have never once regretted it. Best of all, there is this shining light in my life that brightens every moment of every day for me. He may be only 4 years old, but my son is one of the most miraculous beings in the universe. Not perfect. Heaven knows, "perfect" people are usually anything but ...

So that's where I left off at the end of June and here we are the end of July already. How time flies. So my question for you all is: what are you doing with YOUR summer? Leave me you answers in the comments. Love you all. Be well.

26 July 2007


Angell tagged me and everybody knows that if you get tagged, you're it.

By the way? I dug down deep for some of these, so if you're easily shocked, DON'T GO ANY FURTHER (Dana???)

First, The Rules: We have to post these rules before we give you the facts ...

*Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
*People who are tagged write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
*At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. (note: the first 8 people who read this and heaven't yet been tagged, consider yourselves the chosen ones)
*Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog. (see, now I don't have to do that)

Now, without further ado, here's eight things about (drumroll) ... ME!

1. When I was 16, I broke my neck, between the C2 and C3 vertebrae, in a diving accident. I was lucky, because my swim coach was also a paramedic and kept me immobilized until the ambulance got there.

2. I was known as a real party girl my first two years of university. I never missed a beer garden or a house party and I guess I'm just lucky that I didn't lose my scholarship or end up pregnant.

3. I can play 22 musical instruments. I started out on the alto sax when I was 14, the piano when I was 15 and just kinda went from there. The instruments are: saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, recorder, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, violin, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, piano, organ, marimba, drum kit, djembe, tin whistle and bodhran.

4. I didn't own a credit card until I was 39 years old, and only got one to simplify the adoption of my son.

5. I have recently become interested in the world of BD/sM and have met some wonderful, openminded people through internet and through local groups in the past two months. I am currently in a D/s relationship and have quite fallen in love with the lifestyle.

6. I was arrested in my early 20's for skinnydipping at a public beach. It was after dark and the beach was nearly deserted, but apparently my friends and I were not the first to have the idea.

7. I grew marijuana in my parents' back garden the summer between grade 11 and 12. They never knew what it was, and I never got found out, but I became a bit of a celebrity at school because of it.

8. About 18 months ago, I discovered I have a talent for writing a specific kind of literature. I have always enjoyed reading erotica, but it took having an online lover for me to discover that I could also write it. I have had 2 short stories published, and the magazine that published them has requested more of my work.

20 July 2007


“Please Visit Dixie and Matt and Wish Them Well As He Leaves For Parris Island And The Marines on Sunday, July 22, 2007.Just click HERE.”