December 31, 2006

December 26, 2006


If you have been following my blog for a while (I know I have), you may recall me mentioning the beautiful gate that Scott made for my birthday a couple of years ago. Here's a reminder:

This artistic streak must run in Scott's family. He asked his dad to make me a stained glass window. Together they worked on the design and chose colours and glass. Scott's dad has been working on this window for months (and with 200 separate pieces of glass one can see why it is such a lengthy and painstaking process).

They surprised me with this beautiful gift yesterday:


December 25, 2006

Happy holidays!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy holiday and a wonderful new year!

December 18, 2006

As autumn draws to a close... is an image of the worst of winter in Vancouver last year:

...and a glimpse of what Vancouverites think of the weather this year:

December 14, 2006

December 13, 2006

While we're on the topic of ads...

Just in time for the holidays! Oh boy!

December 02, 2006

November 26, 2006

Rehoming Red

Sometimes even the greatest efforts aren't enough. Our friends have given it their best shot, but little Red continues to suffer from severe separation anxiety. Crating, treats, anti-bark measures and medication have not been effective, and in some cases have exacerbated the problem. The fact is, Red needs constant human companionship. His goal in life is to snuggle up to someone and snooze. Feline company does not soothe him, and since he can be treat-possessive canine company would not be ideal. Our friends have contacted various rescue organizations but none have new homes available at the moment. Your suggestions are welcomed.

November 21, 2006

How fortunate

Scott cracked open a fortune cookie and read this:

And then he opened his mail and read this:

And I laaaaaughed....

November 19, 2006

Not helping the cause

I'm a supporter of Toronto's pesticide ban, however I have come to realize that I am not helping the cause by putting this sign on my lawn.

November 16, 2006


When I first saw that someone from "Isolation Manson" was viewing my blog, I misread it as "Isolation Mansion" and thought it sounded like a terribly sad and lonely place to live. Apparently it's actually a French insulation company. My mistake.

November 12, 2006

Sign in a gift shop

At long last...

...we bought a car. It has been a real struggle for us to find a vehicle that would meet our criteria. I wanted something fuel efficient, affordable and appropriate for a new driver. Scott wanted a Hummer. Here is our compromise:

I was thrilled to be replacing Scott's old gas-guzzling Jimmy, which was not only environmentally unfriendly but also too large for me, a timid new driver, to maneuver. Little did I know that the Element is a TARDIS. A TARDIS with huge blind spots. I haven't tried to drive it yet, but when I finally find the courage to do so I will give you ample warning. Lord knows what damage I could do in such a long and wide-bodied vehicle.

November 05, 2006

What to do?

It has been discovered that cute little Red, the recently acquired companion of our friends Rose and Jeff, barks from the moment they leave the house to the moment they return. Does anyone have experience with this problem? If so, please share your wisdom. The crate has helped with his destructiveness, but what humane methods are there to discourage anxiety-related barking?

October 23, 2006

True Swiss

As a teenager, I went on exchange to Switzerland. I was amazed at the level of asparagus consumption in that country. My host family had a water pitcher resembling a bundle of asparagus. There was even grafitti about the veggie; on the library door of the college that I attended, someone had written in marker, "Quand j'etais jeune, je n'aimais pas les asperges" (When I was young, I didn't like asparagus).

I suppose it should come as no surprise that Ferris, being of Swiss extraction, has a particular fondness for asparagus. I have yet another reason to be very glad that he has (mostly) overcome his old habit of peeing on people to express his delight at seeing them.

October 21, 2006

off the mark

Mark Parisi has penned a number of cartoons that have made me laugh out loud. I appreciate his quirky sense of humour.

October 17, 2006

As requested...

...another quick doggy update. Ferris had the pleasure of a romp in the park with his canine pals Kody and Red on the weekend. While Ferris still seems to be itchier than the average dog, he is significantly better than he used to be. As for little Red, crate training seems to have done the trick. That good news merits a joyful rollover.

October 15, 2006

You asked for it.

With all the kind comments people have sent regarding the wedding photo I posted earlier, I was beginning to feel guilty for deceiving you all. As penance, I offer these less flattering images.

In this photo it looks like I'm wearing a bustle UNDER my dress. I used to think that my rear end exemplified what the kids nowadays call "junk in the trunk," but now that I have consulted the Urban Dictionary, I realize that in fact I have an "SUV in the pants."

With all of the trouble I had concerning the bodice, I never even noticed that my skirt didn't fit. The more I look at this photo, the more surprised I am that nobody tried to rest a wine glass on my behind during the reception.

The conversation just prior to the taking of the photo below went something like this:

Calamity Jen (to photographer): Aw come on, don't be taking photos of us while we eat. Please?

Photographer: Just pretend I'm not here.

Calamity Jen: That's a little difficult when you're only two feet away.

Photographer: Okay, okay. [Lowers camera]

Calamity Jen: Thanks, I appreciate that. After all, why would anyone want a photo of this? [Feigns eating like a pig]

Camera: Snap!

Not exactly the picture of beauty and grace

October 14, 2006

Creative uses for babies

You may be familiar with the site I've checked, and there is no such site as, however my friends did the following to their child anyway:

I like it. I would start a site myself, but that might jeopardize my new job in the child welfare field.

October 11, 2006

The culprit

Some of you may remember my diatribe about being a bridesmaid. Well, here at long last is a photo of the culprit: that blasted bridesmaid dress.

I've got to tell you... seeing that great big smile on the bride's face makes it all worthwhile.

But don't get any ideas, girlfriends. I won't do it again. And if I do, I'm wearing a muumuu.

October 04, 2006

Lessons learned

I had my final pre-paid pre-test driving lesson this afternoon. My normally punctual instructor, Lino, had called to let me know he was running late because the heavy rain was slowing traffic down. That suited me just fine.

Eventually Lino arrived and we were off. As soon as I started the car I noticed the low-gas indicator was flashing again. I frowned at the blinking indicator and turned toward Lino, who was smirking. I grumbled, "You weren't late because of traffic. You were late because you were driving around in order to show up here with an empty tank." His denial was unconvincing.

"You know what?" he said. "I've got a student who is exactly the opposite of you. He loves the smell of gas, and tar, and rubbing alcohol, too." Better you than me, driving around with that kid, I thought.

After I had filled the tank, I reminded Lino that we had practiced gassing up twice but had not yet covered night driving or driving on gravel. "Those come later," he explained. "The first thirteen modules are geared to get you to pass the test, which you, uh, at this stage, well, you wouldn't, um..."

I made sure to drive on the sidewalk on the way home.

October 03, 2006

Theme room




It's done!

Completely overdone!

Over the top!

Can't wait to see Scott's face.

Oooo, he's home! Shhhh, let's tiptoe downstairs to the bathroom and capture his reaction. He looks puzzled.

Or perhaps, dare I say... pleased?