Thursday, November 30, 2006

Afterthoughts

This is my 200th post. Yee haw for me.

You know how when you're flying somewhere, the captain will tell you the current weather for your destination? When I was en route to Edmonton last week, the temp at that time was -16C. For us Americans, that's about 3F. And that was the warmest temp of my entire visit! By the time I left Monday morning it was -30C or something like that. Just frickin' cold. I was actually starting to get used to feeling my nose hairs freeze every time I went outside. (Yes, you read that right - my nose hairs froze.) Funny thing is, I wasn't that bothered by the cold until Sunday night and Monday morning when it was coldest, although I think it had something to do with the fact that it wasn't windy while I was there. See? I'm just built to live in Canada.

I never thought of myself as a hottie, but I can no longer deny it. While I was visiting Master, he and I would sleep naked - of course - under one blanket of medium thickness and we were both perfectly warm. Now that I've left, my poor Master is layering on clothing and blankets and is still chilly at night! His new nickname for me is "baby heater." So there it is, irrefutable proof that I am, indeed, a hottie. :P

After I arrived in the airport in Ohio, I had to wait for Mom for a little while since she was still at work when I arrived. So I bought myself a smoothie and sat down to read while I waited. There had been a Japanese woman on my flight to Ohio, in the row behind me, and as I came out to the baggage claim area, I saw a few other Japanese people waiting, so I figured they were waiting for her. Sure enough, as I was in line to get my smoothie, the original woman walked out. I don't know, of course, the relationship between any of them or how long it's been since they've seen each other, but one of the women waiting actually ran to her, so happy, exclaiming something in Japanese. It was one of those moments that makes it fun to be in the airport. My eyes actually watered because it was just so neat to see. For any of you that have seen the movie Love Actually, it reminded me of the beginning/end of that movie. :)

Speaking of movies, Mom and I did go see Stranger Than Fiction before I left for Edmonton. I actually really liked it! It wasn't what I expected, but it was good. I would say go see it if you get the chance.

Lastly, a big congrats to Slade (and her hubby) on being first-time expectant parents! :)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Once Again

I'm back in Ohio and back at my mom's. Again. I know she says she's happy to have me, but I feel like I'm taking advantage of her, and I hate that.

Thanks for all of your comments. Who knew it was so hard to move to Canada? If you can't get in as a visitor, don't have a job waiting, aren't already married, or don't have $10,000 in the bank - which I definitely don't - then you're just screwed. I wish we had the money for an immigration lawyer, but if we had money for that, then I could probably just apply to come in as a skilled worker, hence the $10,000. Master and I have an idea of what we'll do next, but we have to find out some more info before anything else, so I won't babble on about it now.

The good part is that I did get time with Master and, I think, made a step in the right direction with Canadian immigration by going, visiting, and coming back when I was supposed to. That's gotta count for something, right? I'm also just relieved that they won't be issuing a warrant for my arrest because I didn't leave. My life is so strange right now.

Friday, November 24, 2006

I'm here... kind of

The good news? They let me through and I'm here. The bad news? I don't get to stay. If I don't leave by Tuesday, I'm in big trouble. As in, they issue a warrant for my arrest. All of this because we made one honest mistake back in August. At least I'm supposedly building trust with Canada again this way by leaving when I'm supposed to. Or some crap like that.

So, for the most part I'm enjoying my trip. Master and I are both trying not to think about Monday too much - since that's when my return ticket is for - and just enjoy our time together, since we do at least get that much. I bawled my eyes out last night, though. It just hit me that, by not being able to stay, it means I'm still stuck in limbo. I can't get on with my life. And I have to leave Master... again.

Part of what pisses me off so much about all of this is that there's no clear cut resolution to it. I'm at the mercy of whatever immigration officer I come up to. The guy Wednesday night decided to let me in, but only for 6 days. He could've turned me away. Or he could've let me in without restriction. Completely his call. Which means there's no concrete way to know, say, what might happen if I flew back in a couple months. Would they let me in without restriction that time? Who knows!

Anyway, thought I'd let everyone know what's going on. I'll be back in Ohio on Monday.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Just stuff

This is a big week for me. For Master and me, really. I'll be flying to Edmonton in a couple days, praying like crazy that I get through. I'm trying not to get excited, because there's no guarantees about what will happen, but it's hard not to get somewhat excited. Of course, every time I think about the trip, my stomach gets in knots, because I'm also really anxious about what might happen. I'm afraid to hope too much or get to excited.

So, this will probably be my last post for a few days. I still have a lot to do before I go. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I hope my next post will be from the other side.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Friday Bits

There was a little rabbit in Mom's backyard a moment ago. So cute to see him hopping around. :)

Mom and I had lunch with my brother today. (Mom took the day off of work.) We met at LaRosa's pizza, which I absolutely LOVE!! It used to be that they were only in Cincinnati. They've expanded north a little now, and there's one not far from my brother now. I love their pizza. It's my favourite ever!! And we had a nice visit with Brother. He wants me to try sushi - which I've managed to avoid so far - so I might see him again on Monday, with or without Mom depending on when we do it.

On the way to LaRosa's, Mom and I saw a hysterical license plate:

YMEOCFR

This is also a little test to see if you all can figure it out! Mom and I just laughed at this plate. Crackin' me up.

We're going to see Stranger Than Fiction this evening. I'll let you all know what I think of it later.

And, lastly, following are our quotes for today. Enjoy!


The scientific name for an animal that doesn't either run from or fight its enemies is lunch. -- Michael Friedman

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
-- Kurt Vonnegut

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Awesome Weekend

I had a busy weekend, but it was so fun!! So here's the rundown.

I had lunch with Meat and her fiance K on Saturday. This was the first time we'd gotten together since I've been back in Ohio, so it was good to see them again and spend some time visiting and catching up. They're having a house built for when they get married, so after lunch we drove out to see it. It strikes me as kind of funny that the new neighborhood where their house is, is in this big cornfield across the row of houses where Jiffy's family used to live! I think you can actually see their old house from one of the upstairs windows at Meat's new house. Anyway, it looks like it's going to be a really nice house. The studs are up inside, so they could walk me through and show me the different rooms. It's supposed to be finished by the end of the year!

Mom and I left that afternoon to drive to Granna's. Her cousin RK and her cousin's friend Lorraine were already there. Those are some impressive ladies! RK at 95 is still driving, still as sharp as a tack, hears just fine (I'm not sure if she wears a hearing aid or not, but I didn't notice one), and sees fine too. Her friend, who drove them the 120 miles or so from Indiana, is 84 and still a spitfire! It was cool to see them and spend some time with them.

Part of the fun of the evening was that my Uncle D, my mom's youngest brother, flew up from Houston and surprised Granna! He's actually here for some course for his job and staying with us until Thursday morning, but he flew up a day early to surprise Granna and spend the first night with her. Granna's not terribly demonstrative, but she was definitely surprised and pleased. :) So Uncle D got to hang out with all of us ladies Saturday night, nevermind that I was the only lady under the age of 60! lol

Allen was still in the hospital - but doing better - on Sunday morning, so it was a ladies trip to the big game! It was Mom, me, Melanie (Allen's wife), Mandy (their youngest daughter and HUGE Colt's fan), and Mandy's friend, Di. We couldn't find any place to eat right around the RCA Dome, so we just ended up eating lunch inside, even though it's more expensive. But we were there plenty early, so we could finish before the game started. We had pretty good seats, off one corner of the end zone, probably 50 rows up or so. There are basically 2 sections of seats in the dome, separated by the press boxes and rich people. We were at the very back of the bottom section. The game was just awesome! I've only ever been to one other NFL game and I was only around 7 or so at the time. Now that I know what's going on and love watching (as opposed to be distracted by watching the Bengal tiger on the sidelines), it was so fun!! We had a few guys in front of us that were high five-ing us when they'd score or get a sack or something. It was just awesome. When everyone is standing up and cheering - like when it's a third down for the other team - it would get so loud I couldn't even hear myself yell!! The Colts didn't play as well as they usually do, but they still won, and that's what counts. So they're still undefeated!

The only part that was kind of a bummer was that, when Allen bought the tickets for the game, he was only able to get 4 together, and then the fifth one in front. I thought it was the row right in front of us, but it turned out to be 5 or 6 rows in front. Mom, of course, volunteered to sit by herself for at least the first half. I wanted to spend part of the game with her, but none of the others ever volunteered to switch with her. So my mom spent the whole game sitting by herself. I was kind of disappointed about that and I know she was too.

My football wasn't done for the day, though! The Bears were playing the Sunday night game against the Giants. Since this was kind of a big game and since I don't usually get to watch the Bears anymore, I stayed up the watch the whole thing. It was great! For about the first quarter and a half, the Bears were not playing well, and it was making me nervous. But then they turned it on and really kicked butt!! They ended up winning 38-20, and that was on the road in the rain! I was so happy!!

So that was my crazy weekend. Good times! :)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Little Plug

I recently ordered and received a new CD - autographed, of course - from a guy, Zane, I was kind of friends with in college. As I think I've mentioned before, one of the blogs I've linked to over on the right belongs to him, Music Row Diaries. Despite earning a degree in math, he's now in Nashville trying to do his thing to become a successful recording artist. So, for any of you that like country/bluegrass music, please go check it out. His new CD, Hurry Home, is pretty darn good! I believe that you can listen to some of the songs through his site, which I would certainly recommend. So, for any of you interested, help a friend and go check it out! :)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Blogging Thoughts

Blogging is such an interesting thing sometimes. Now that I have a blog, I find that off and on during the day, I'll blog in head about stuff, thinking that I'll actually sit down and post it later. A lot of the stuff in my head never makes it to a post. lol

I've also noticed something lately. I have several blogs that I read regularly. I usually like to comment, if for no other reason than to let the other person know that I was there and read it. However, I'm finding now that if that person doesn't reciprocate - especially if they used to - I feel less inclined to comment. Now, I don't expect people to be commenting about every single post I make, and I don't expect them to check my blog every hour to see if I have anything new to say. (I am realistic about some things, people. :P ) And granted, sometimes I read someone else's post and just don't have anything to say. So... whatever. There's a point in there somewhere, you can go find it. lol

There might be a slight kink in the plans for going to the Colts game on Sunday. Our friend Allen is in the hospital. He had emergency surgery early Sunday morning to have his gallbladder removed. And because he had waited so long to have it removed, he also has pancreatitis because of a gallstone. The funny part in all of this (if there is such a thing)? Allen is an ER doc and was on duty at the time! So it looks like us ladies will still be going to the game without him. I'm not sure what they'll do with his ticket. At this point, we just want him to get better. Physician, heal thyself!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sunday stuff

Both the Bears and the Bengals lost today. I can't believe the Bears lost to Miami! It's their own fault, though. That's what happens when you turn the ball over 6 frickin' times.

Still not too much of note going on around here. It's next Sunday that Mom and I go with our friends to Indy for the Colts game. So I'm looking forward to that.

This Saturday Mom and I will be driving to Cincinnati again for part of the day. Granna's cousin is coming to town with a friend of hers for a little visit. Granna - my maternal grandmother - is 85. Her cousin is ten years older! There's definite longevity on that side of the family. In fact, Granna's mother, my great-grandmother, lived to be 100. Anyway, what Granna doesn't know is that my uncle David is flying in from Houston and is going to surprise her on Saturday! He's got a few days of training or something for work up near us, and will be staying with us while he's here. But he's coming a day or two early to spend a little time with Granna. So that should be kind of fun.

Sorry my posts have been boring and less frequent as of late. My life hasn't exactly been exciting lately. If you all have any suggestions or would like to hear me ramble on about something in particular, please speak up!