All in a day

All in a day
Bring it on 2015, I'm ready for you (or so I like to think!)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Surreal Day

Today has been a roller coaster type of a day. I was up with the birds, 
packed up my school bag for the final time and headed down to the university 
feeling both nervous, yet excited.  I had to give my final presentation today and 
it went really well I feel.  I put the notes off to the side and just started speaking, 
and lo and behold I came to realize that I have learned a considerable amount
during this past 7 years of studies... yet it feels like the more I would learn, the
less I know!  Funny how this works.  

After three presentations it was lunch time, I had already presented and shared
my reflections on the experience of being a student at this uni for this past
four years.  I became rather sentimental when I shared how it felt to be finished... 
I was composed enough to go out for lunch with some of my colleagues, but I didn't
feel I could eat quite yet so I opted for a smoothie.  I think that it's safe to say we all
were on a high... 

All 5 of us are done, there's still two weekends of presentations but I won't
be here for neither of the weekends as I've booked myself a trip to Mexico...
I've never been to Mexico and I figure it's time to reward myself.  I'll fly out next 
Friday and am I ever looking forward to this trip.  

Yup, it's been a surreal day!  I'm totally exhausted but knowing
I don't have to write any more essays, attend classes, or give
presentations I am sure I'll sleep like a baby!  Well better than
a baby I hope as babies wake up generally every three hours! lol

I want to thank those of you who have been here encouraging
me along this journey, you don't know how many times I needed
a gentle word of encouragement and I'd come here to my blog
and find it, or it would be in the photos we've shared, or the
jokes and laughs.  Who else is awake at 3,4, sometimes 5 am to call? 
I'd just sneak into my blog and here you all were. 
For this I can't thank you enough. 

And please excuse me but after 7 years of studies I'm not
even going to edit my post tonight, my brain needs sleep! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Live, Love, Laugh and Dance

This year there was no turkey in the oven for Easter, 
no cooking for days, nor family over.  My daughter
isn't home from Australia yet, my son has been in
the process of moving and to cook a turkey for 4
people just didn't quite seem right as I don't want to be 
eating leftover turkey until the next holiday!  

I sure enjoyed myself this past weekend just the same, 
Saturday night I went out for a night on the town and
danced up a storm!  I left my camera behind as I just
wanted to let lose and have fun, I shot the following 
photo with my phone, it's sure amazing what they do 
these days!  This is a dear friend Danita and her band, 
she's one talented lady who rocked the house! 

Sunday afternoon I went with my daughter-in-law and
granddaughter to the Muttart Conservatory (Botanical garden),
you bet I took my camera for this one as there's plenty of 
photo to decide which ones to share! 

This next photo of Elyssa still makes me chuckle, I was teaching her
how to pose like a 'model' and talk about laugh...Elyssa found
this to be totally amusing, as did her Mom and I!  
I love the laughter we all share, the best medicine in the
whole wide world. 

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, in my opinion life
is far too short not to enjoy life.  Love deeply, live a little, 
laugh a lot and dance like nobody is watching... 
I did all three this weekend
and there's no therapy like it! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What I've Been Doing...

Well now, what have I been up to?  It's been a challenge to 
write this final paper for my degree, an immense challenge! 
It took some doing and this is by far the most intense piece of 
writing I have done to date within this past 7 years of formal education.  
I'd write, edit, and write some more, then edit and write more yet.
 Needless to say this is what happened to a lot of my writing...

However, I'm excited to say that I went to the university on Monday
and turned in my paper... oh what a feeling this was!!  Now just one more
final presentation and that's it, I'll officially be done on April 11th! 

 This is rather odd, usually I'm fighting to beat a deadline, 
the deadline isn't until tomorrow but I got so sick of writing,
editing and rewriting that I turned it in early... WHEW! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy Birthday Derek

My middle child Derek turned 31 on March 11th, yesterday we
had a family dinner at my place to celebrate and honor his
birthday.  Derek's girlfriend bought him a crown, 
looks good on ya son! ;-)

The cake was made by Derek's girlfriend, she did 
an amazing job with it.  As it turns out not only is Taylor Hall
both of my sons favorite Oiler's player, he's also Elyssa's 
favorite, she recognized the jersey number immediately when 
the cake was served! 

Happy Birthday Derek, wishing all of your hopes
and dreams come true! 

An Elyssa and Mommy moment...

 My oldest son Shayne, Elyssa's daddy...

Right and an Elyssa and Grammy moment... 

And we were missing one person, my daughter, 
well she's still clear across the world and doesn't return home
until April 19th... she's busy having the time of her life
and there's going to be plenty more family dinners for her to attend! 

We have so much fun when we all get together.
I am blessed with wonderful, amazing children
and one wee princess who couldn't resist getting in 
the last word as she walked out the door... she said to me 
"See ya later Miss Muffet!"  lol That's what I call her sometimes!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

That's a Wrap

I've been madly working on this final paper, yup, FINAL paper
this past few days, the paper is to be no more than 30 pages without
the title page or references and it's supposed to be  
approximately 7500 words.  I'm not too sure who was doing the math, 
because my 30 pages is much more than 7500 words... I'm digressing
though.  Here's where I was at yesterday...

Needless to say I required some incentive to start with my edits, 
as it so happened yesterday morning I was booked in for grad photos, 
for those who don't know me, I'm on the left, and the other lady is
 one of my colleagues. We were goofing around after the photos were done,
 guess you wouldn't be able to figure out who instigated 
this one... or would you? ;-)

After two long grueling days, I am now down to my final edit,  
however this is going to wait until morning when I can see straight. 

There, that's more like it. I'm within page range, words are over 
a considerable amount, however I'm not going to worry about this,
maybe I should have used bigger words?  lol 

Finally, it's almost 3:30am and I believe I'm getting delusional,
on that happy note... that's a wrap! 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dirt Road Angels

Saturday night I took a time out and went to listen 
to The Dirt Road Angels.  These ladies sing like angels,
or what I'd imagine angels to sing like. 

Meet the Dirt Road Angels:
Top left to right:
Shawna Lynne, Danita, Dahlia 
middle left is Shila Marie and middle right Karen 

If you'd like to hear them sing, here's a link

I'm totally wowed! And the break did me good. :-)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

One Word at a Time

Well these studies are getting to me, I'm reaching the
point where I no longer want to write, I'll do almost
anything to procrastinate, but what fun procrastinating! 

I went to a seniors crib tournament and wouldn't you 
just know it, one of the ladies we were playing against
got a 29 hand! 

Yesterday it was a pedicure, did that ever feel
amazingly wonderful! 

I've even been trying new recipes collected from
facebook... these are French Toast roll ups and 
they're delicious! Especially with the Maple 
Syrup we're so famous for in Canada! 

Last Saturday evening I even went out on a date, 
hope to do that again with the same individual 
real soon, but time will tell. 

I've taken on a research/writing position with the 
University, just a temporary one and now I'm asking
myself WHY... I have a 30 pg. paper to write and now I'm
taking on more writing... yup I must be nuts!

 Now it's time to get this keyboard smokin' and come up 
with some type of brilliance... as they say if you can't dazzle them
with brilliance, baffle them with BS and I don't think at
this stage of this educational journey I can baffle anyone
with BS... just sayin'. 

The one good thing about all of this, this is my FINAL
paper, the paper to end all papers and I'm DONE... 7
years of education, where has the time slipped away? 
As I survey my surroundings, I think that I'm seeing some
of my answers... time to write! 

Also a quick thank you to those of you who have
traveled this journey with me, your encouraging
words have been immensely appreciated!  Now anybody
out there want to tackle a 30 pg. paper for me? ;-) 
One word at a time, I shall get through this! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far...

The day has finally arrived for my beautiful daughter, 
I picked her up to take her to the airport.  Her destination...
backpacking through Australia for two months! 

Here is Michelle all set to go, yup this is all 
she's taking with her. 

And me being, well being a Mom and all, I had to 
get in one more photo before we said our farewells
at the airport. 

After my experiences visiting Australia two years ago I know 
how much fun my daughter is going to have, she'll have the time 
of her life!  She's not at all shy, she loves to travel and is
adventurous, she's a lot like me which is a good thing I
do believe.  As the saying goes, the apple doesn't fall far 
from the tree, this is so true with the immense amount of
 similarities my daughter and myself share. 

Right, today Michelle also turned over the postcard I sent to 
her from Australia when I was there, she had it on her 
fridge and had forgotten what I wrote to her. 
Here's what I sent...

Well what can I say? I have a daughter who listens to her
Momma?  lol

Cheers Michelle, have a blast and if you choose not to 
come home, let me know asap so I can plan a trip over 
for a visit! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Babies and Photo Shoots

I've had the pleasure of doing two different baby photo shoots.

Not much need for words with these photos, except
I adore children and it was such a pleasure to be
able to coddle new babies again, it's been a 
while with my granddaughter going on... gulp, 
5 in a few short months! 

The first photo shoot I did was for a friend, this
is his first grandchild and such an adorable wee fella, 
the baby this is! ;-)

Sang himself to sleep ;-)

The next photo shoot I did the wee fella was
awake the entire time, not too keen on having
his photos taken but with patience and a few
feedings we managed to get him soothed. 

And while I was doing some of my edits I got to
thinking one of the photos would make a fantastic
birth announcement.  Naturally the name of the child and
all information on this photo is fictitious, but check out the idea... 

And other than this, I've been to numerous meetings, for both
volunteerism and networking purposes and I'm still doing
edits to get my desk cleared off so I can get focused not only
on my studies, but also on a short term research/writing
position I've taken on... yikes, but exciting all at the same time! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

It's become a tradition for me, my adult children, and
naturally my one sweet precious granddaughter, to all
come together at least once a month for a family meal
and to spend some quality time together. 
We did this on Saturday and the time we share together
... priceless.  

Auntie Michelle, my youngest child, bought
Elyssa a few different magic tricks and gave them
to her for Christmas.  They had to practice a bit, 
then it was showtime! 

Uncle Derek had to blow on the magic bag
which was empty in order for the magic to happen.

and ta da... boxes of flowers came out of the bag!

They performed a few other tricks as well then
 Elyssa informed us that she has magic money ears,
she got her Daddy to show us. 

It was a wonderful evening, phenomenal food, tons of
laughs, and I experienced the real magic...

the magic of love my family shares
when we all come together and play!