A Wilde and Snowy Weekend…

I apologize for the four-day gap between posts…even though it was not a holiday weekend here in Canada, it was a busy time!

1. Sinking to New Depths.  On Wednesday afternoon, Jim looked out the window and saw a septic tank cleaning truck stuck up to its axles in the mud in our front field…very bad idea on the part of our landlord’s brother, who owns the lots next to our house and is trying to sell them!  Needless to say, no sewage was sucked that day (although I imagine the truck driver was probably throwing the S-word around pretty freely)!

2. Lost Subscriber.  I think it was sometime on Thursday that I discovered that someone had cancelled his subscription to my blog…being obsessed with stats as I am, I was upset and hurt.  Had I said something to offend him?  Was my blog quality slipping?  After second guessing his motives for a few minutes  hours days, I decided to get over it…he “just wasn’t that into me.” 

3. Parent-Teacher Conference.  While my American friends and family were eating turkey on Thursday, I was on the Stairmaster meeting with Hope’s teachers at Quispamsis Middle School.  I met with six of her teachers in five different classrooms on two different floors.  Suffice to say, whoever made up our schedule must have known I need to lose a few pounds…the first meeting was on the second floor, second meeting on the first floor…you get the gist of where this is going!  I was up and down more than the Canadian dollar!  All of Hope’s teachers were very nice, and told me what a pleasure she was to have in their classes (I’m pretty sure they were actually talking about my kid).  I was relieved because I had been dreading the encounter with some of them.  I made sure Hope was thoroughly embarrassed by giving a lot of them my bookstore business card.  I also ran into one of Kaylee’s former high school teachers (he has a child attending QMS).  To Hope’s horror, I whipped out the photo album with Elise’s pictures to show him what Kaylee’s daughter looked like!

4. Alice’s Adventures.  One of the things that came up at the Parent-Teacher conference is that Hope needs to spend more time reading.  When we got home, I took down our copy of Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and asked Hope if she wanted me to read it to her.  She was unsure at first, but trudged upstairs with me anyway.  That book is quite enjoyable to read aloud, and Hope laughed in all the right places (I decided that the Mouse would have a Manchester accent).  We read two chapters Thursday night, and two more last night.

5.  Back to Work Friday.  The kids had the day off Friday because of Parent-Teacher conferences, but it was Jim’s first day back to work after his surgery.  He arranged with his boss to leave a couple of hours early in the afternoon…wanted to ease into the routine.  Hope came to town with me to hang out with her friend, Gabrielle, and go shopping.  Here’s what Hope bought for Jake at the Dollar Store:

Hope and Jake (photo by Jim)...this will be Hope's Christmas card this year...

6. The Importance of Being Earnest.  Jim and I went to see an ultra-modern version of Oscar Wilde’s excellent satire on Friday evening at the Imperial Theatre (there were references to Facebook and e-mail, and characters were checking their PDA’s).  The Saint John Theatre Company did a bang-up job as usual, delivering Wilde’s lines with the biting sarcasm we’ve come to expect from Oscar.  My favourite is Lady Bracknell’s response when Jack declares that he’s an orphan: “To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

7. Santa and Snow Come to Town.  Saturday morning was bright and sunny when we woke up…surely the weatherman was mistaken about snow later in the day…Anna had to be on the West Side at noon for the Lancaster Santa Claus Parade.  After an emergency stop at the mall for black sweatpants, she arrived just in time to make it into the team photos being taken before the parade.  By then, it was snowing like crazy!  We watched the parade from the car (Hope got out…she collected the candy given out during the parade, but didn’t share with us!).

Anna...self-portrait after the parade...

After a nap for Jim, and a quick supper, we were back on the road enroute to the Kennebecassis Valley Santa Claus Parade, which Hope’s cheerleading team was marching in.  The coach had told the girls to be there by 5:30…we were a little late due to a stop at Co-Op for a can of tomato paste.  The parade was forming at the high school, and by the time we got near it, the road was blocked off.  Traffic was crazy!  Jim drove us to his parents’ house, and we all walked to the high school from there (about a mile, I think).  Hope got there just in time to join up with her team.  Anna and I watched the parade, while Jim followed Hope’s team in the parade, snapping photos like a paparazzi.

Hope and her cheerleading team in the parade...photo by Jim

After the parade, Anna and I met Jim back at Jim’s parents’ house…Jim’s mom made Anna hot chocolate, and some tea for me.  I was exhausted, but not as tired as Hope, who had walked another half an hour longer than I had!  She went to bed as soon as we got home!

8. Little Wendy Homemaker.  Sunday morning, I got up early…in addition to four loads of laundry, I had plans to make homemade spaghetti sauce with tomatoes from our garden.  Kaylee, Scott and Elise were coming over for supper.  Jim suggested I make chocolate macaroons for dessert…we call them “doodoo drops” at our house:

"DooDoo Drops"


I took precautions and put up the baby gate in front of the dining room door, to prevent a repeat of the unfortunate molasses brown bread incident.

9.  Ridiculous Gifts.  In between loads of laundry and cooking, I had a little time to peruse some of the many catalogues which have made their way into my mailbox.  Here are a couple of examples of what people are supposedly plunking down their credit cards for: 

Cast Iron Giraffe Toilet Paper Holder - $27.95...what kind of self-respecting jungle animal wears Charmin as an accessory? I could make him a scarf...

The Hot Seat Swivel Stool...$395...I can't have one of these because they only deliver to the continental U.S....darn!

10. That’s What She Said.  When Kaylee and Scott arrived (early, as is their custom), Elise happened to find the TV remote, and turn it on.  The big-screen TV also acts as Jim’s computer monitor, and he had been looking at his photos onscreen.  Anna and I took the opportunity to show our guests some shots from our PEI trip this summer.  Jim had several shots of some very tame foxes.  Kaylee looked at one and announced confidently, “That one’s definitely a girl!”  Anna asked, “Are you sure?”  After taking another look, Kaylee said, “Oh…I thought that was a hole…”(the poor girl inherited my eyesight!). 

One of the fox photos...not the one that fooled Kaylee!

We had fun with Elise…it had been a couple of weeks since we’d seen her.  She has added the word “flower” to her vocabulary…she had flowers on her very cute little coat that she got for her birthday.

Kaylee, Elise, Hope, and the fuzzy flower coat at Elise's 1st birthday party...

11. Homemade Spaghetti Sauce.  After simmering for a little over five hours, the spaghetti sauce was finally the right consistency.  To save a major mess, I decided to serve it with penne rigate instead of spaghetti, since we don’t have a high chair for Elise yet.  She rejected the old dishtowel I tied around her neck as a bib (it was clean, and only had a couple of holes in it!).  I also offered utensils, but she preferred to use both hands to feed the pasta and carrots into her mouth.

12. Nick Needs to Go!  Amazing Race is down to the last four teams…last night, Nick showed himself to be the whining dickhead that he truly is once again (sorry for the potty mouth, but Nick is a waste of skin).  Poor Vicki was struggling to run in the heat with her asthma, and he was telling her to “suck it up”!  She spent the episode throwing up after a food challenge, but didn’t want to quit.  When faced with finding a certain fishing boat in the dark, Nick gave up, and said he was going to go to sleep, leaving Vicki holding the ball again (she is the only one who has any, apparently).  They ended up at the pit stop without completing the task, and now have a six-hour penalty and a speed bump…it was a non-elimination round.  Please, Vicki…stop wasting your time with this buffoon…he keeps saying he’s changed, but he lies!


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36 responses to “A Wilde and Snowy Weekend…

  1. duke1959

    Its all about him. Of course this doesn’t apply to you but as soon as someone heads down the road of profanity I stop following them.

    • Thanks, duke…I unsubscribed to a blog once due to a combination of posts which I felt wasted my time (i.e. plastic cutlery vs. metal – it wasn’t funny!), and the fact that the host featured a highly inappropriate post by a guest blogger (this blog was a “Daddy Blog”…not a place where you’d expect to find the kind of stuff this guy was talking about!). Plus, the guy was arrogant (even by writer’s standards!). Wendy

  2. Hippie Cahier

    When I got around to setting up Google Reader, I unsubscribed from email subscriptions and added those blogs to the reader. Maybe that’s what he did? Of course, now I never get around to the reader and just bounce around in my blogroll….

    I like the doo-doo in Item 6 much more than Item 1. 🙂

    This is such a lovely picture of family life. Busy for sure, but worth every minute of it!

    • Thanks, Hippie…I really like e-mail subscriptions…some blogs I follow only have RSS feeds, but I can’t check those on weekends because they’re on my bookstore computer! I’m hoping that maybe he did set it up as a feed, but not counting on it! It definitely was busy this weekend…hoping next weekend is a little calmer, but not holding my breath! Wendy

  3. Good to see you back, Wendy, and glad to know you’re ok. Life sure sounds busy for you, and so much of this is an education for me … especially Santa Claus parades!
    I love The Importance of Being Earnest – a modern take on that must have been delightful.
    Keep warm
    Sunshine xx
    PS I also “lost” a subscriber yesterday and don’t know who it was … I feel the same way as you do!

    • Thanks, Sunshine…that was my second time seeing “The Importance of Being Earnest”…the first time was ten years ago…ironically, it was the same director (but with university students the first time, and the traditional time period). Interesting to see his direction evolve! Re: the “lost” subscriber…it’s tough not to take it personally with our “Cancer” personalities! Maybe Hippie’s right and they’re just getting us via RSS feed instead? Clinging shamelessly to that hope! Hugs, Wendy

  4. planejaner

    I hate it when subscribers delete me! 😦
    fun weekend, all things considered!
    the doo doo drops look like something the septic man left behind!

  5. planejaner

    Wendy–after “Freshly Pressed” I had about 15 new subscribers…all at once, you know? But, I think they thought my posts would be like that one all the time…and you know–they’re not all funny. some are “religious” , some are “poetry”…some are all about dogs…

    so, I try not to take it personally. Now I just figure out who dumped me and just load a trojan spam horse into their email…

    just kidding.
    (just don’t ever delete your subscription…)

  6. duke1959

    I only have one so if that person goes I guess it won’t be a big deal. Just think about. I shower and brush my teeth everyday and nobody what to hear my words of wisdom?

    • I’m sure a lot of people would like to read your words of wisdom, Duke, but your URL doesn’t show up when you comment…please check your WordPress account/profile info and make sure it appears in there…nobody knows how to find you! Wendy

  7. duke1959

    Thanks Wendy. I hope the change I made works. When I went back to college after 25 years the “kids” would always show me how all of this stuff works. They found it funny!

  8. duke1959

    Thanks again. The wisdom part. I have a 39 year old step-daughter with 5 kids who would beg to differ on my wisdom.

  9. planejaner

    that didn’t come out very clearly…not all 15 dumped me after the freshly pressed thing…
    of the 15…probably 8 fell away over the next few months…

    I hate it, though…I try, instead, to keep looking at the other numbers…and let the rest go.


  10. I don’t know when I have been deleted. Is this good or is this bad? I subscribe to everything in Google Reader–except for Seth Godin who I have a mad crush on and would subscribe to the
    a b c if he was posting them.
    Reading aloud is such fun. My son did not read a word until he was in 4th grade–at a Waldorf school this is not a problem–and we enjoyed so many books together. When he learned to read he left me in the dust. I never think about reading together now, since we usually each have our own book in process.
    Loved the fox picture!

  11. That’s a lot of information. It really sounds like a busy weekend!

    I’ve never subscribed to you… but don’t take it personally–I don’t subscribe to anyone. 😉 I have all i need on my blogroll. My email gets enough use as it is!

    Have a great week!

  12. After looking at the ridiculous gift category my guess is that the giraffe was originally a piece of art that a wife placed in the bathroom for decoration and a husband found a new use for it.

    Are you willing to share your DooDoo Drop recipe? I tried Todd Pack’s cranberry recipe. It was wonderful!


  13. Wow. I wish that had been some other kind of truck. An ice cream truck maybe. That would have been better.

  14. So glad you enjoyed The Importance of Being Earnest, Wendy! I love when a director who decides to update a classic actually does a good job of it. Plus, I’m glad you and Jim had a night out together.

    Also, oh my gosh, your girls look so much like you!

    Don’t feel badly about your lost subscriber. I lost two last week. It’s just part of it, right?

    • Thanks, Maura…it was nice to have a night away from the kids!

      I think my kids look like me too, but they probably wouldn’t take that as a compliment (me being OLD and all!). It’s hard for me not to take losing subscribers personally…I’m going to stay in my Pollyanna world and assume he’s getting the feed instead… Wendy

  15. That poor giraffe!!! But he made me laugh…you notice I said ‘he’ 😉 Loved every picture in this post especially the ones of Hope & Jake and the fox…such a beauty! And Elise just always makes me smile 🙂

    I must confess, I had no idea you could check subscribers! I’ve never checked, 1. because I don’t know how and 2. because I don’t expect the number to be very high. I’m sorry you lost a subscriber…

    Would love to know how those doodoo drops got their name!

    Hugs, H.

    • Thanks, Harsha! Elise makes me smile too… As far as I know, you can only check your e-mail subscribers by going to your Dashboard, clicking Site Stats, and then scrolling to the bottom to the General box, and clicking subscriptions. You can click on the number and see e-mail addresses for those people who get your blog via e-mail. I don’t know of a way to check those who get your feed…wish I did! I named “doodoo drops” because of what they look like (think “sewage truck”)… Hugs, Wendy

      • LOL @ ‘doodoo’ origins 😀 and thanks for those instructions. I’m off to check site stats right away…will probably need a stiff drink after seeing the abysmal number!! Hugs, H.

  16. Wow, those were a busy few days! Hope and Jake’s matching Santa hats are the bomb! And snow, oh, how I wish we had snow…just rain here. Hugs, Diane

    • Hi Diane: Jake’s hat came with a matching scarf, but it was tough to get him to leave it on… We just have a dusting of snow left…some melting going on yesterday…I’m sure we’ll have more before Christmas! Hugs, Wendy

  17. Was just thinking about Christmas parades. This is the first time in a few years I am not loading a trombone or a sousaphone into the car and heading to our parade this weekend. Glad you enjoyed yours and that you don’t have a sousaphone to haul.

    The only subscribers you’ll lose are the ones that lack taste!

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