Friday, June 29, 2007

Last Night

Last night was great. It didn't start out great. I woke up yesterday with a blazing headache. I went back to bed and woke up around lunchtime still with the headache. Stayed up for a while, napped for a few hours, woke up when Master got home from work and still had a headache. After a while I was cranky and bored and I wanted to get out of the house.

So I decided to go for a drive and invited Master to go with me. We left around 9PM. I didn't tell Master where I was going, but he figured it out. I was making the big circle around Edmonton. It was a nice drive and by the time we stopped for a snack, we'd been gone a little over an hour. We got home and watched the very end of the season opener for the Edmonton Eskimos (the CFL team). The game went into OT and ended in a tie, which isn't great, but it was still fun to watch. Then we snuggled and kissed and touched for a little while, and then decided to go to bed. But you know we couldn't just go to sleep! He fucked me hard and deep, made me into his little whore, just like I love!! It was good. Yummmmmmmy! And after that it was wonderful to curl up with Master, touching and kissing again, and just drifting off to sleep. It was a great night. :)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Summer Nervousness

Schools in Canada (or at least in Edmonton) run longer than schools typically do in the States. A and J have their last day of school tomorrow, on Thursday. My confession is this: I'm a little anxious about being home all day with the kids all summer. Not at first. But as the summer wears on, and they - esp. J since he'll be home all the time, but A starts her first job on Monday - get bored, I don't know if I'm going to have much patience for that. I never complained much about being bored when I was a kid because if I did, my parents would just put me to work and give me chores to do! I just keep telling myself that it's only for 2 months. And the truth is, I'm getting along better with the kids. I think we're all more adjusted to where we're not uptight around each other and I can hang out with them more, so it may not be as bad as I'm imagining. I sure hope so!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Dating

Last night Master and I went on a little date. Mainly, we just went to see a movie, but we'd never done that before. We've never really had the chance to date. All during the last couple years, we'd only get to visit every few months and because we'd always be saving money for plane tickets, whenever one of us did visit, we'd usually just hang out at home. We might go out to dinner once during a visit.

As we were making plans for this the other day, we were talking about the fact that we've never really gotten to date. I said, "Now that we're married, we can finally date!" lol

We went to see Ocean's Thirteen. It wasn't really Master's cup of tea (he's not typically a movie kind of a guy), but I saw the first 2 in the theatre, so I wanted to see this one too. The beginning was a little choppy to me, but overall I still liked it and enjoyed it. The guys always just seem to have so much fun in the Ocean's movies and I think that comes across, makes me enjoy it more. And since I appreciated Master going to see the movie with me, you know I had to put out when we got home. (hee hee!) No wonder he's looking forward to more dates with me... :P

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Monday, June 25, 2007

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Today

Today would've been my dad's 67th birthday and my parents' 40th wedding anniversary.

(Yes, they got married on his birthday. That's one way to make sure he'll never forget your anniversary! lol)

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Hair

I went today to get my hair trimmed for the first time since I've been in Edmonton. It always makes me nervous to go to someone new. You never know how they'll be. Thankfully, the girl that cut my hair today did a good job and really seemed to know what she's doing. The fact that she complimented my hair colour didn't hurt either! She said if I ever colour my hair, she'll find me and hurt me because my natural colour is too nice to do that. So I think I'll keep going back to her! :)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Saturday

So I'm finally getting around to posting about Saturday. Master, Mom, and I left really early because Master's car needed an oil change before we hit the road and if you don't get to the place early, then You're just stuck waiting. So we got there at 7 AM. Unfortunately, they had changed their hours and now didn't open til 8, so we were waiting for a good while. And I was sooo dang tired. At the oil change place, in the waiting room, was a sign that read:

Unattended children
will be given
an espresso
and a
free puppy

We just cracked up at that!

After that we finally got on the road and headed to the border. It took about 5 hours to get to Montana. That area along the border is just... there's nothing there, but it's really beautiful. Mom had left Peachie at the RV park where they'd stayed right outside Glacier National Park. It's beautiful. But I could only half enjoy it, knowing that we were on our way back to the border, and that would be the hard part.

I had called U.S Customs, Canadian Customs, and Canadian Immigration there at the border crossing on Tuesday - the day my mom had originally tried to cross with Peachie. I had called both Customs offices again on Friday to confirm what I'd been told earlier. I'm glad I did. Turns out what I thought in the first place was correct - I don't want to import my vehicle yet because I'm still techinically a visitor and you're not going to import anything to a country that you're visiting. The importing will come later. However, that being the case, my mom still wouldn't have been able to bring the car across earlier since it's my car and in my name.

When we got to the border station, the customs girl at the window was the same one that had been there when Mom had tried to cross and remembered her. She closed the window and called another officer over and talked to him for a while. Then she asked me a few questions (like if i had firearms), told me to pull over into one of the slots, and go upstairs to immigration with the little yellow sheet she gave me. When I spoke to the guy from immigration on Tuesday, he said it wouldn't be a problem, and they'd go ahead and give me a new visitor's record there at the border, since I'd already sent off my application to get a new one and extend my visit for an additional 6 months. But even though he'd said it was fine, I was still really, really anxious about it. (Can ya blame me?) I got up there and the woman at the desk fairly soon seemed to know what was going on. She even asked, "Are you the one that called?" I apparently already had a reputation at the border crossing! I showed her our marriage license and the receipt of payment for my visit extension application. She made a copy of the license and my passport. And then she printed out a new visitor's record for me!! It was so simple, it couldn't have gone any better if I'd scripted it myself. And the really awesome part is that the application I'd sent in was to extend my visit by 6 months, but my new visitor's record is good for a year!! I'm legal as a visitor in Canada for a year!!

I had to go back down to Customs and give them the yellow slip that immigration had stamped as "Admitted." The two Customs people actually seemed kinda ticked that Immigration had let me through. lol They told me a few more things to know about all the immigration/customs stuff ("If a Canadian drives your car without you present and gets pulled over, the car will be seized. It will be seized.") and that was the end of it. When I walked out the door of that building, I felt like I'd escaped from the jaws of death! I cried a little in just pure joy and relief. It was just so wonderful!

So then we hit the road again, heading back to Edmonton. Let me advise that if you're ever in that border area when it's been raining, watch out for little prairie dogs. They were running across the road there for a while... and I think one of our cars took out one of them. I feel bad about it, but when they keep running across the road, you can only miss so many. We had a good trip back, except for a bad storm we encountered, although we made it through that safely.

Master had called A and J at one stop on the way home to let them know what was going on. We ended up getting home a little later than we thought we would - it was around 11 PM. We walk in the door and... it was like they'd just been pigs all day and hadn't cleaned up after themselves at all. The lights in the kitchen and living room were on and the TV was on, and they were both upstairs. There were cups and dishes all over, trash on the counter, just all this kind of stuff. They had even taken one of my cups and put it on the floor with one leg of a stool in it. I was pissed. It's all stuff that they know they need to take care of and they just didn't bother. I was partly pissed just because they ignore this kind of stuff a lot and partly because I was embarassed for my mom to see it. It frustrates me that they have things they are supposed to do, don't always do them, and don't always have any real consequences for not doing them. And, not being the parent, it's not my place to say anything. I can say something to Master, but I still don't think he's consistent in his discipline of them. It's getting better, but that night I was just pissed off. After such a good day, to come home to that really put me in a foul mood.

Anyway, that's the Saturday summary. Mom flew out early Tuesday morning and got home okay. My letter of police clearance from the FBI was waiting when she got home, so she's sending that up here. That's the one main piece we were waiting on to be able to submit our application for Master to sponsor me to immigrate here as his spouse. So we should be able to get that application sent off before too much longer! :)

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

This story makes me sick. Makes me want to smack some people.

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Quickie

Just wanted to let you all know that everything at the border went just fine today! I made it back into Canada and I brought my car with me. After that, I was having a great day. Until we got home. But I'll tell more about that later (probably Tuesday after Mom leaves). Just wanted to let you all know!

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Little Post

Mom's visit has been good so far, with the exception of the whole car thing. It does mean that she and I can't do stuff during the day like we'd planned, but we just hang out here and visit. She's cooked good food for us. I don't think Master's kids know what to do with it, they're not used to having regular family meals. lol

So Mom, Master, and I leave tomorrow to drive to the MT border. I have some phone calls to make today to try to get things a little more in order for getting my car. I'm really anxious about all of this, and I can feel it messing with my stomach. I'll just be so glad when it's all over.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Master and I picked up Mom last night. It meant that Master also got to meet the couple from church (in Ohio) that Mom was traveling with. I really like them, so I was glad they all got to meet.

Of course, since Mom and I have no car to drive, we won't get to do a lot of the things we'd planned on doing. Edmonton has public transportation, but since neither of us are familiar with it or know exactly where we're going, it kinda makes it more difficult. Mom even has to walk or take a cab just to get to our house to hang out during the day. It just sucks.

We'll drive down just across the border to MT on Saturday to get the car. Presumably, everything should be in order by then. Everyone please say a prayer and keep your fingers crossed that I can bring the car across and that me getting back into Canada goes smoothly!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Hits Just Keep On Coming

So my mom called this morning. They wouldn't let her come into Canada. Apparently we have to notify U.S. Customs at least 72 hours ahead of time if we want to export a vehicle. I didn't think I'd be officially exporting my car yet since I'm still considered a visitor here in Canada. So my mom didn't have any of the stuff ready to bring the car across. So now U.S. Customs has gone ahead and put in the paperwork to export my vehicle and I can bring across in a few days.

Sounds like a hitch but not a huge deal, right? Except that apparently I have to be the one to bring the car across since it's in my name. And I'm not supposed to leave Canada right now since we're waiting on my visit extension paperwork to come back. If I leave, then it negates that application (and the $75 fee we spent on it). And, of course, if I leave, there's no guarantee that they let me back in. I about had a breakdown.

My mom had given me the number to U.S. Customs there at the border. I called and spoke with the man, and he said the paperwork was submitted, we just had to wait. So then I called Canadian customs at the MT border to find out how to bring the car across when I can't leave Canada. Of course, customs can't help me with that, the guy could only tell me that all I needed was the stamped title from U.S. Customs in order to bring the car across, no other paperwork was needed. And he gave me the number for Canadian immigration. I called and spoke with the man that apparently talked to my mom this morning, so he knew what was going on. He checked (presumably with his supervisor or something) and said that I could cross back into the States, bring the car across like I have to, and that they would go ahead and issue my visitors record there at the border instead of waiting for it to be sent from the immigration place that the application had been sent to. And he said they wouldn't even charge me anything additional for it! I asked him if he wanted my passport number so he could see my record, thinking he didn't know who he was dealing with, and that if he did, it wouldn't be so simple. He said he'd looked at my record this morning when my mom was there and he knew the situation. I made sure to ask his name, so I could say "Oh, I spoke with this person on the phone and this is what he said we would be able to do." I know Master really, really doesn't want me to cross back into the States, and I don't really want to either, but it sounds like I'll have to and at least maybe it won't be too bad of a resolution.

Now we just have to figure out how to get Mom up here in the meantime. The people she's traveling with are going through Calgary, so I think they're going to try to store the car in MT for a few days and bring Mom across the border with them (since the problem was the car, not my mom). Then Master and I will drive down to Calgary either today or tomorrow to get her. Of course, a few days from now we'll have to drive all the way down to the border to get my car, but there's not a whole lot I can do to help that.

After I hung up with my mom when she called, I just cried and cried. I feel so horrible that she's having to go through this, and that they people she's traveling with are even having to be inconvenienced because of it. They're good people and I know they're probably not super bothered by it, but I still feel so bad. It was bad enough that Master and I had to deal with this crap before, but my mom... I felt indebted to her enough just for driving up here. I just have to hope and pray that this is the last real bump in the road.

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Canadian Funny

There's something that Master and I have driven past a couple times, and it always cracks me up. Along one of the roads here is a sign (on the ground, not in the air) for the local senior citizens recreation center, and on the sign they change what's going on at the center in the area where the letters can be changed. The funny part... on the other side of the fence from the sign? Not the recreation center but a cemetary!!!

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Maligne Canyon

More Jasper pictures!!
Here are some more pictures from our trip to Jasper. We spent a few hours along Maligne Canyon (starts out as a canyon, then just becomes a river). It's quite a hike - the one where I thought I wasn't going to make it - but there are some really beautiful places along the way. The above photo isn't terribly beautiful, but I took it and am posting it to show how pure the water was - so pure it froze blue.


This was farther along Maligne Canyon, when it wasn't so much a canyon any more. Isn't it just beautiful?


This is Master right before we went down the hill to Fifth Bridge, which is where we ended (even though there was a Sixth Bridge). You can see the bridge over the river in the background. Check out that view!



This isn't the best picture ever, but it's of deer that were just walking around by the Fifth Bridge while I waited for Master to come pick me up. They just walked up from being down by the river and it nearly took my breath away. A lot of the animals around Jasper didn't seem to have much fear of people. I don't know if it's because they're inside a National Park, so they've never been hunted, or if they've been fed by people (which there are a million signs telling us NOT to do) so that's why they're not bothered.

This is Master and me closer to the top of the canyon, at Second Bridge. This is one of my favourite pictures of our trip and of us ever!! :)

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Quote of the Day

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
-- Hubert H. Humphrey

(Somehow this seems fitting for those of us with blogs, doesn't it? lol)

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Monday, June 04, 2007

O Canada

You know, money can be a funny thing. I've had to catch myself several times since arriving here several weeks ago. Instead of calling Canadian money dollars and cents (just like American money), I keep wanting to call it pounds and pence... like British money. There is a legitimate reason for this. I spent a semester in England in college, and of course the 1 pound unit is a coin. The paper money doesn't start until 5 pounds. The Canadian $1 is a coin (a loonie) and they also have a $2 coin (a toonie), so Canadian paper money also doesn't start until $5. So I keep getting hung up and wanting to call Canadian money pounds and pence! Yes, Master laughed at me when I told him about it.

I've also discovered another reason why I'm happy to be in Canada. I can buy my insulin without a prescription! I thought I was going to have to pay to go to the doctor soon after I got here just to get a prescription so I could get insulin. Turns out Canada doesn't require a prescription! Not only that, but one of the types of insulin that I use costs less than half of what it cost me in the States. Less than half! This all makes me very happy and makes me feel better about suriving here financially until I'm allowed to work.

My mom left Ohio today to drive up here to visit. She's driving Peachie here and then she'll fly home, so I'll get to have my car again soon. We were very fortunate in that a couple from church there in Ohio were already planning on driving their RV to Alaska this summer and suggested that she just drive tandem with them and she could stay the nights in their RV! I'm so, so glad that she doesn't have to drive all that way alone. They'll part ways in Calgary, so she only has to drive a few hours by herself, which is no big deal. So she'll get here in a little over a week, since they're doing some sight-seeing on the way up here. I'm excited to see her again and I'm excited to have Peachie again!! :)

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Jasper



This is the Athabasca River in Jasper. This was the view right across the road from where we stayed (Alpine Village). They even had nice wooden chairs on the side of the road where one could site and take in this wonderful view!




This was farther up the Athabasca River. There was a nice trail along the river. Master and I just walked along part of it, but from what I understand, it went for quite a good bit in either direction from Alpine Village.

That's MY man!! :)

I have some more pictures to post, but I'll space them out. I just hope you all don't get tired of seeing them. Enjoy!

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