Monthly Archives: September 2013

Camping in September

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I went camping this past weekend with the famjam and it went a lot better than I had braced myself for.

We left late Friday and arrived at Presqu’ile around 630pm so we scrambled to get our tent set up, the air mattress blown up and playpen positioned.

It took about 2 hours to get the tent set up (of course we had a space heater because of the wee lad) and stocked up with our necessities.  It was pitch black out by the time we sat down for dinner….

Saturday was gloomy, rainy, drizzly and blah.  It didn’t stop our camping group from playing bocci ball, ladder golf and dominos.  We certainly made the best of a wet day – many, many tarps kept us dry.

Has anyone camped with a toddler before?  I suggest you do – I loved having my little guy outside, in nature and with some of his family.  Lucky for us, Jay’s dad has a tent trailer (equipped with a furnace no less) and little D had his naps in there saturday.

I didn’t get an opportunity to take any pictures until Sunday…it was so beautiful after such a crappy night of down pouring rain (we stayed dry in the tent, booya!).

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I took a little walk around, we were steps away from lake ontario and if anything was going to remind me of the Atlantic (minus the lack of salty air), this was it:

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Since we were there for only a short time, I’d like to go back maybe next July and give it another shot..maybe bring the bikes so we can travel around the park without having to fire up the car (there’s a lighthouse at this particular park that I would have loved to see).

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Next time, we’ll also be a little more picky about the site…sleeping on an angle wasn’t so much tricky as it was annoying…the site we set up on was actually the neighbouring site.  Our site, we went in on with Jay’s cousin but the slope of the site was so bad only one tent could set up to take advantage of the flattest part…

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D slept so well Friday and Saturday and above is his morning nap Sunday!

I think we’ll continue taking our little guy camping…he loved being outside as much as we did.  I don’t know what it was that made it easy (despite the weather) but I can’t say enough, take your kids camping at least twice in one summer to see how your family does (the first time is like a trial run and the second trip you’ll know what worked, didn’t work, if you had too much or too little of something).  It’s soooo worth the planning and the memories are second to none.

Our camping season has come to a close and with that has left me with excitement for the next season (and the idea that maybe we should save for a tent trailer should our family ever get bigger lol)!

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Facebook Rant

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Has anyone who admin’s a facebook account read the recent proposal to change the privacy agreement? 

I suggest you do…and make sure to check your settings and to google yourself…and even check the images on google.  You might just see how easy it is to find yourself and how scarily easy it would be for a catfish to get up in your business.

Now, my facebook is pretty tight (I think)…I try to make it hard for people to find me on purpose.  I generally try to keep it to people who I actually talk to, including friends and family and a few coworkers who contribute something positive to my life.  I’m not out to set any records for having a shit ton of friends.

However, I have an issue with facebook distributing people’s photos and videos just because a)they honestly don’t know how to change their settings or b) they’re just ignorant to the issue which most would say “to each their own”…but I don’t think it’s fair.  

They are saying that they reserve the right to do this…to take the pictures and videos (depending on the privacy settings) and distribute them…like facebook isn’t already a forum to exploit oneself. Seriously.  People already lose jobs or are denied jobs because of their facebook accounts.  Is it really necessary for them to further exploit people so they can gain some $$? obviously.

Was I hallucinating one day when I saw a show where the girl had never taken part of a weightloss program and yet her photo was on the television commercial or website?

UGH!

Go Google yourself. right now.  Hey – don’t forget to check the images section like I said!!!

In the meantime, I’m going to be working on minimizing my facebook page, including photos and videos. Which makes me sad.  I post for my friends and family who live provinces away…I even have a friend who lives in the States who keeps tabs on the famjam through facebook. And now I’m going to deconstruct it because the site sucks so much and you know what? I’m going to break up with it. Ha!  

*sigh*  Before I ramble on anymore, I must say good night to you all.  🙂  

Stay cyber safe! 

Late night rambles

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So, I’ve been trying to learn (and let me tell you, teaching yourself something when you know nothing, poses some challenges) how to let go of certain pet peeves. 

Jay and I still minimize what each other does in the course of a “working day”…sure, he works in a warehouse picking boxes for 12 hours a shift…I still think chasing and dealing with a fussy (learning independence while still wanting mommy) baby turning in to a toddler is a full time job.  Yet, I’m still expected to keep the house pristine and have dinner on the table by 6 (even my mother contributed to that)…

I don’t know about any other Momma’s….but even when my kid doesn’t have an ear infection, I still don’t sleep soundly…I still listen to the monitor, USUALLY the one to jump out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to hush up the screaming baby….by the time 6pm rolls around, I don’t even want to look at the kitchen let alone cook…

I don’t want sympathy…empathy maybe….but maybe I’d be less resistant if once in a while someone else cooked, or made sure the garbage was put out every week instead of saying they slept in and didn’t have time.  Maybe if there was a joint effort in cooking or even cleaning up after instead of saying it’s my mess so I have to clean it.  

When I put all of this in to perspective, this really is a dumb issue.  Some women have the gene to just make things happen and are even happy to do so. Hell, women have been programmed for years to do this….I feel like I have some weird mutation (maybe a bit of laziness) where my brain says, I should only do 50% because I’m not the only one who lives here.  

I think the real issue here is maybe I don’t feel appreciated enough and there for lack the motivation to go above and beyond when it comes to anything other than the baby.

Anyways, it’s past my bedtime so I shall go.

Nice chattin’ with ya internet.

Catching up

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I’ve not intentionally taken a hiatus…some more changes are taking place in order to achieve our goal of buying a home.

I will officially be working from home starting Sept. 10th!  It guarantees me enough hours to squeak by and meet the requirements.

My original position with the F.I. will remain the same (I’m casual so a few hours here and there will keep me afloat there).  My 2 direct sales jobs are also status quo…trying to keep up with the bare minimum until I can get settled with this new job.

My soon to be toddler took his first solo crawl around the house…today he’s throwing things and chasing after them…and holy crap can he move…I’m going to be in BIG trouble when he transitions from his knees to his little feet.  The good news? There’s my cardio!

So not only am I now in pursuit of specific office equipment, I need to get those baby gates and plug covers and drawer clips that we’ve been procrastinating on getting.  Oh and child care? ouff.  It’s now not a matter of *waaah my baby has to be with someone else all day* it’s: *waaah, how the hell am I going to find someone in a week and a half to babysit part time*?!

So things are a tad bit out of sort around here….I was literally offered a position minutes after the interview process which took place on a Friday.

I was scrambling last week to get a desk, hot pursuit of a telephone head set that doesn’t cost over $100 and at the same time meets the specs of the company. oh ya, and have the worst cough of my life…maybe it was bronchitis? who knows, don’t have time for the doctor lol.

Today, I feel like things are actually coming together (aside from the babysitting)…my home office is coming together (still have to take pictures and send them to the company along with model/serial #’s of my equipment), we have a birthday to go to today, I think I found a headset compliments of Ebay (I felt like myself 8 years ago combing ebay instead of kijiji which was kind of cute), my cough is better though my muscles are still angry at me and we go camping next weekend!  Did I mention my kid had a double ear infection? He’s much better after day 7 of 10 of medicine, eating me out of house and home and crawling everywheeeeere.

PS. We’re still totally in love with our Journey.  Just sayin’.

I also took on another baby, well, toddler as of tomorrow she is.  Just until I start my new job so this house has been cray cray with babies!  I’m thankful every day that I did not have twins!  But also thankful to have an opportunity to give D a little playmate in the comfort of our home 🙂

Anyways, I have limited time to get a grocery list together, my kid down for a nap and fed again before the birthday get together and tidy up the office and take pictures and maybe do some laundry….

side note: my kid is killing himself laughing right now sitting in front of our tower fan…not sure what’s so funny?!

Have a wonderful Labour Day weekend everyone! It’s a beautiful day today in my area and it’s supposed to rain and thunder tomorrow 🙂