Saturday, September 29, 2007


I was in Shoppers Drugmart yesterday getting milk. It saves crossing the six lane highway at the end of my street. Anyway as I was on my own I decided to take advantage and buy some nightcream for my poor wrinkles :)

I was trying to decide if I could justify buying the $26 stuff as opposed to the $20 stuff and generally havering over the stupendous array of products that promise to magically annihilate fine lines.

The young bouncy sales lady came up to me and said, 'Try this.'

I tried it and said, 'That's nice, how much is it?'


I didn't even choke, I just laughed and then she started telling me if I spent over $30 I could get some great little sample tubes,--but what I wanted only came in jars for $58...

What is it about me that suggests I am such an easy mark??? LOL.

Jeez. I took the $26 L'Oreal nightcream and didn't feel a spot of guilt.

Now playing: Be Be Your Love - Rachael Yamagata
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


My life is eating, shopping, drinking, canasta, legal nuances with Triskelion bankruptcy, the possibility of DH going on strike, choir, brownies, swimming, school, dog walking, house cleaning, laundry, wood piling, garden tidying, bill paying,

oh yeah--and occasionally editing :)

I'm a bit worried my hero isn't sympathetic enough. He's a bit of a rascal :)

Monday, September 24, 2007


Life is insane right now. I'll visit soon I promise.

Now playing: Susie Q - CCR
via FoxyTunes

Friday, September 21, 2007


If a man goes out and gets hammered without telling his wife, and if this man brings home a massive Toblerone as a very unsubtle bribe, is that man allowed to share the chocolate?

Now playing: Out Of Tears - The Rolling Stones
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bionic Woman

DH and I were watching TV when an advert came on for The Bionic Woman, and we both frowned and said, "Who is that?" Because she looked soooooo familiar. And I laughed and said, she looks like that girl who played the youngest Slater girl in Eastenders--and she is :) Zoe Slater :) Her real name is Michelle Ryan, she's only 23 and I feel like I've known her forever. Good luck Michelle!!

The official trailer

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Banff and Lake Louise

The rest of our holiday was spent in the mountains. It was pretty exciting to see those jagged peaks after living in Winnipeg for 3 years :)

In Banff we took a gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The next picture isn't mine, neither is the shot of the hotel or the hot springs because my f-i-l still has those on his camera and they're not back here yet.

The view was amazing...

This is a weather station on the top--can you image building such a thing?

And the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is amazing. A gothic monster but totally gorgeous inside with really wonderful/helpful staff. We had dinner in the pub just below the hotel itself, overlooking the golf course--then we went home to our RV :)

The springs were really hot. Wow. Just bearable, but really nice.

And finally pretty much the only wildlife we saw were these goats and some gray jays, nutcrackers and chipmunks.

We drove to Lake Louise...

This is Moraine Lake near Lake Louise only much quieter and much less touristy. Totally gorgeous. That's where DH took my new profile photo :)

Here's me doing all the work on Lake Louise itself. Didn't really like the Chateau.

And we found romance...on the Bow river

which was just a 30 second walk from our campsite...

It was great. I highly recommend the mountains for a vacation :)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Wheel of Time

I've just read that Robert Jordan died. What a terrible shame. If you haven't read The Wheel of Time series you are missing out on an epic adventure. My sincerest condolences to the family, he was a tremendously gifted storyteller.

It would be a depressing time indeed--my blog has turned into constant eulogies this last month--but then something wonderful happens to balance the sad times. My brother and his wife just had their first baby (my brother already has two teenage girls, one of whom starts university today :) Little David is the first boy in that house. Congratulations Ian and Gem. Helen would be pleased. She always loved babies :)


Wow. I've had an incredibly busy week. The sort of week that flies by tearing out nose hairs on the way. Ouch. Anyway, first week of school and school activities are done.

And I read my friend Judith Rochelle's first print book...I would have told you it was good anyway, but it was great. Tough and gritty with a heroine I could completely relate to and a hero whom was very believable and very sexy. There was enough technical data to tell me she knew exactly what she was talking about and it was really nice to know she'd based the hero on someone she actually knew. That was pretty cool and if I were single... (here's hoping DH doesn't read this post:)

Have a great week, I'll be visiting soon, I promise.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Colin McRae

Colin McRae died yesterday while piloting a helicopter carrying his 5 year old son, another little boy and a good friend. What a tragedy. Colin McRae was 39 years old (my age) and retired from what made him famous.

He was a rally driver and became the youngest ever World Rally Champion in 1995. I'm not sure there is a person in the UK (and with his video games maybe the world) who hadn't heard of the exciting Scottish driver. I'm so sorry for his wife and daughter, left behind. To lose a child and a husband on the same day?

I admit to having a fascination with helicopters. When I was a teenager I wanted to be a helicopter pilot and I once spent a summer being ferried around by helicopters up in Northern Labrador. My time there assured me that although they are incredible machines, helicopters are also amongst the deadliest. People rarely survive a helicopter crash. And because of this the pilots I met were the most dedicated to safety and following rules and regulations that I'd ever met. I am absolutely sure Colin McRae was the same way.

You never know what life is going to throw at you. Be safe, but be happy.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Royal Tyrrell Museum

This is a fantastic museum situated in Drumheller, Alberta.

Fabulous displays and a nice glass wall through which you can view the scientists doing their stuff (click here for a virtual tour).

The museum takes you through the geological ages with well laid out displays and information boards.

My photos aren't brilliant, but they're not bad either--if you like dinosaurs :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Rugby World Cup

There are parts of the world where time has stopped. For those in the know this is because for the next 7 weeks the Rugby World Cup is on in France. My DH has finally got coverage in Canada (Setanta Sports which seems to be Irish, which is alright with him :).

This means no intelligent conversation during matches, no Toni TV programs (thank God for the PVR if there is any space left), and instantaneous depression when Ireland do badly. Just like old times :)

And here's to the reigning world champions--we better enjoy it while we can...

Monday, September 10, 2007

Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick founded the Body Shop in Brighton in 1976. She was decades ahead of her time and a real force for human rights and protecting the environment. She died aged 64, of a brain hemorrhage Link to BBC. RIP Anita.

And how can we forget tomorrow's 9/11 Anniversary? I remember exactly what I was doing during each part of that day, I remember the less than admirable actions of some and the immense bravery and heroism of others. It is a day we'll never forget, for the victims who died and for those who still grieve their loss, and for those who still suffer the ill effects from the dust cloud that engulfed lower Manhattan. God bless.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

The Badlands--Alberta

It took us about 13 hours to drive to Dinosaur Provincial Park. Mile upon mile of flat prairie landscape across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and finally Alberta. Alberta also had oil wells--lots and lots of oil wells, pumping up and down like alien beings sucking the land dry.

It was big sky all the way.

So, we were driving along this fertile prairie farmland and all of a sudden the land drops away into dry riverbed canyons, lined with cottonwoods and surrounded by these wildly carved sandstone sculptures.

A desert, no less, full of scorpions, rattlers, coyotes and cacti (what on earth do they do in the winter?). Amazing--totally and utterly amazing. Dinosaur fossils were discovered here in the 1800s and are constantly being washed down the coulees every year.

And we found some :)...

A Hadrosaur's articulated leg bone has been left for possible future excavation...

And my daughter and I found two teeth. One was a Hadrosaur (duckbilled dinosaur) and the other was a... I forget :(

And then after two nights of listening to the coyotes howl we headed north to The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller past some magnificence Hoodoos. I'll leave that for another day...

Friday, September 07, 2007

I'm back!

Here's a view of Lake Minnewanka. Will post about my fantastic trip later. DS's first day of school today :D