Thursday, August 30, 2012

Final House Plans

Well there it is, our house on paper.  We break ground in September, and I'm so excited.  Once other details are finalized I'll be sure to share them.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Lundbeck says cancer drug approved in Canada

Reuters – 22 hours agoCOPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish pharmaceutical group Lundbeck said on Tuesday it had received approval from Health Canada for its cancer treatment Treanda which is used to treat two common types of cancer including lymphocytic leukemia.

Lundbeck said the move would substantially strengthen the group's growth outlook, but kept its full-year guidance intact.

It said it expected Treanda would be available to physicians and patients in Canada during September.

(Reporting by Mette Fraende; Editing by Dan Lalor)

This news was so exciting to me...approval for cancer fighting drugs has been so difficult for the companies who have discovered cures for some types of cancer.  The big problem with it all comes down to the conspiracy theory that pharmaceutical companies are not wanting cures to be found as they are making a lot of money on the cancer patients who already have prescriptions for chemotherapy drugs, steroids, and others their doctors prescribe.  Is this truly a conspiracy theory?  I don't know, but I have read alot of documents and have seen documentaries that suggest otherwise.  They mainly focus on the leaders of drug breakthroughs who's frustration always comes through on how "big pharma" won't approve their cures due to the millions and millions made on those who are suffering with the disease already.  Think about it: if every cancer patient was cured, how would they make all those millions?  It is a sad thing to try to understand; the absolute disregard for humankind while big pharma plays God.
I personally believe there is a cure for cancer out there, not just because I want to believe it in memory of all those I have loved and lost to cancer.  But because I want to believe it for the safety of my children and their children also.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Mobile blogging tonight. I'm so lazy.

I'm trying out this mobile blogging thingy again where I send the post as an email to my blog account. Bear with me if it doesn't work.
What a crazy busy summer this has been. Last week was hopefully the last of it and now I should be able to catch up on boring things. Like housework, laundry, and reading.
And sending my kids to my in-laws is the perfect way to end a great summer holiday.
I admit I do feel a bit guilty about feeling so elated at the idea of shipping them off. It's not like they are bad, but after spending so much time together this summer mommy needs a holiday too.
The best thing about that idea is four days in a row of quiet. Oh, the quiet! I will really enjoy all that noise-less quiet. Of course Charlie will still be here running amok but that is soooo entirely different than:
"MOM!! He's touching me! She's wrecking my stuff! He's in my room again! She sneezed on me!"
There's no need to go on. The problem with it all isn't that they are bad or abnormal. They are just being kids. The problem is that mommy's boiling point has been reached, and I believe that there is only so much that a mom can handle listening to.
So off they will go, and I'm planning on enjoying myself at the lake one day, and going to the Blueberry Festival in St. Walburg to hear my friends' children sing. That to me is a fabulous way to cap off August.
On another note we have met with the builder we hired to build our house, and now the plans have been emailed off to the designer to have the changes redrawn. Things are finally happening, and I will be counting on all of you, my fine readers, to help me make up my mind should I need it!
Of course I will blog the entire thing from start to finish, and so you will be with me through it all. I'm so excited!
The first dilemma that we had to solve was making the house fit on the lot we picked. Which meant squishing the design in by a foot, and making up for it by lengthening the house by a foot. Same square footage in the end but I'm crossing my fingers that it won't make my already small living room long and skinny. And we all know what it's like trying to furnish a long skinny living room. Not many options for furniture placement with an entry and stairwell on the same wall opposite a fireplace. Hmmm, we will have to see. And that was only the first problem! There will be many more I'm sure.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Two weeks down, two left to go then Dog Days of Summer: I can kiss you Goodbye!

It's not like I want summer to be over per say, but I do really need a break from all this time off from school. I love my kids, I really do, but have you seen that commercial with that guy at Staples mouthing the words to the Christmas tune: "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"? And he's pulling his lazy, sand and sunshine zombie-fied kids behind him on a couch attached to a rope behind him? The one where he's doing pirouettes and grand jetes down the aisles with a huge dopey grin on his face?
That's me.
Yes, that was me last week as I shopped for back to school stuff and back packs and I am not ashamed to admit it.  I was even so gung ho that I got everything labelled and in the back packs, ready to go for the first day of school...which is in two weeks.
We completed the back to school theme this last weekend with a trip to Edmonton to shop for school clothes, dance stuff, and do some general merry making.
We watched the Sea Lions, ate gourmet cookies, and swam in the pool at our hotel.  We did Galaxy Land and Chuck E Cheese's.  We put on a lot of miles, which was good for me due to the gourmet cookie shop where I splurged on a massive homemade Nanimo bar.
As usual the hours spent in Galaxy Land gave me a headache, and one over tired little girl.  We promised the kids we would relax in the pool and hot tub when we got back to the hotel, but had to break it when we saw the pool full of people and the hot tub closed for maintenance.  I have to say I love hotel rooms but not when we have the kids.  No one sleeps until very late, and the fighting over who is looking/breathing/hogging the blankets/foot is touching me/farting on me/can't see the TV until I am ready to scream is not worth it in my opinion.  In fact the night always ends in someone getting a spank on the butt.  Hence the fact we only go once a year with the kids.  This suits me just fine.
This year I didn't find the annual school shopping trip as bad as last year, which ended with me breaking down and crying into my lunch at the West Ed food court.  Maybe the kids are maturing a bit, but boy is there ever a long way to go with dealing with Miss Jacelyn's whiny and stubborn attitude.  But that is a whole other can of worms that I'm unwilling to get into today, so I will save it for the therapist. :)
When I hear my friends bemoan the fact that school is just around the corner, I always either:
a) get envious, or
b) think they are completely nuts.
My kids need structure, and the routine of school days.  They are out of sorts without them and so summer seems to drag on endlessly for the kids no matter how busy we seem to be.  Yes, I am ready for the fall without a doubt.  And with the last two weeks of August bereft of any activities, I will be looking around town for things to do to fill the days.
On the other hand, I will miss my lazy afternoons with the kids spent at the park, or just hanging out in the backyard listening to music.  The ballet plays that the girls put on for me are always entertaining, and Brandon has found a love for reading this summer and likes to spend an hour or so at a time curled up on the other side of the couch from me lost in Greg's world from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid".  In fact, he's managed to read the entire series since Christmas, even if some of them weren't in order!
I'm looking forward to the times we can spend an entire day in relative harmony...oh say in 5 or 8 years.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A real Humdinger

Wow the storm warnings we have been issued since June 26th are still going strong.  I am almost ready to throw the towel in on the summer it is getting that bad.  Here is what went over Lloydminster last night at approximately 9:45pm.  The thunder and intense lightning and pouring rain lasted for an hour.  Apparently this storm system created funnel clouds and a few touchdowns before losing some strength and slamming into us.  Like I said...the weather can smarten up any day now!