Sunday, June 29, 2008

Summer

Summer is definitely here now. It got pretty warm yesterday and it's going to be hot today. The high today is 31 C, which makes it about 90 F. Ugh. People always think I'm crazy, but I really don't like hot weather. The heat is the main reason I didn't stay in Texas after I finished college. I know I really shouldn't complain much. I mean, I've moved to a place where full-on summer is really only about 2 months. It's the end of June and it's just now getting hot. But I don't think it helps that we - like most people here - don't have air conditioning. So when I'm at home and I'm hot, the best I can do is strip down and try not to move much. Sigh.

My mom is arriving Thursday afternoon! She's going to be here about 6 days to visit, and this time it's not a surprise! And hopefully this time, there's no freak snow storm either. lol

Friday morning Mom, Master, John, and I will be leaving to drive to Jasper for the weekend. Mom really wants to go there, see the mountains and the animals, see all the stuff we talked about from when Master and I got married there. Ricky was going to go with us, but when Master mentioned it to his mother, she said he couldn't go and that there was no way we were taking him out of town. Nice, huh? Alice just started a new job and has to work, so she's not going either. I don't think she was real gung ho on the idea of going anyway, so I don't feel too bad about that.

One of the things were going to do on Monday is go out to Elk Island with Mom. I've told her a lot about it, so she wants to go there too. We've invited Master's parents and brother and sister-in-law to come too, although I'm not sure yet if they are actually coming.

Tuesday is just going to be Mom and me. I'm not sure what all we'll do yet - I have a restaurant in mind for lunch. But it'll be good to get some time for just the two of us. And then she leaves early, early on Wed. morning.

It'll be fun. :)

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Wedding Customs

This article about the history behind wedding traditions is quite interesting and amusing. Enjoy! :)

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Blood Suckers III

Master and I went back to Elk Island on Saturday night. We wanted to hike some and then drive around to see animals. We actually saw a couple moose this time! We think maybe it was a mama and half-grown baby because one was smaller and neither of them had the big antlers. I'll post pictures sometime.

Anyway, Saturday was probably the warmest day we've had so far this year. I think it got up to about 80 F. The mosquitoes were out in full force! (Again.) Of course, it doesn't help that we were walking in the woods. But they really like to come after me with a vengence! I don't know why, but Master didn't get bitten half as bad as I did. My right arm, around my elbow, almost looks diseased because of all the bites! I've got them on my arms, legs, and even my lower stomach, just like last summer.

I wasn't wearing any bug spray, because up until now, the mosquitoes haven't been too bad, and I don't like to wear it if I don't need to. We have some at home, but I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for good bug spray to use. We'll be going to a couple parks soon, including Elk Island, and I don't want to come out having donated half my blood to mosquitoes every time!

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Friday, June 20, 2008

What to do...

I got an email a month or so ago from one of my good friends from college. She was emailing me and 3 others, all of whom were friends back in the college days. All 5 of us are spread out - Omaha, Chicago, Phoenix, Maryland, and me way up here - and my friend was suggesting that we plan a girls weekend together sometime. We all sent a bunch of emails back and forth about it and were able to figure out a time and place that would work: San Diego, last weekend of Sept. But as I started thinking about it, I really became unsure that I'd be able to go. I just don't think I can afford it.

For one thing, I still feel like I'm getting on my feet a little after not working for a year. I'm doing okay, but I haven't been able to put much into savings, so I don't feel like I really have a cushion at this point. Also, Master and I are planning on going to TX to be at my granddad's for Christmas, and that is going to cost a pretty penny.

On top of all that, my passport has to be renewed this fall, so I'm not even sure I'd have my passport in hand for that weekend. Granted, I could send it in earlier, but I'm not sure I want to commit to a trip if I'm not even sure I'll be able to get there and back!

When I told my friends that I wasn't sure I could afford the trip, one of them emailed me privately asking if she could help. She said she was in a position where she could, and she hoped she wouldn't offend me by offering, but she'd really like us all to be there if we can. Is that an awesome friend, or what?

So... I don't really know what to do. Master doesn't think I should go. Partly because of the money and passport, and partly just because he doesn't want me to be away from him. I don't want to be away from him either. And while I know my friend would never hold her help over my head, and I'm not even sure she expects me to repay her, I feel guilty just thinking about her having to pay for any part of my trip. But I would really love to see my friends again, and I know I'd have a lot of fun with them.

What's a girl to do?

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Hunting Animals... Sort Of

There's a national park a little east of Edmonton, Elk Island National Park. There's a highway that runs through the bottom part of the park, and Master and I drove through there last summer one evening when we just went for a drive. Off to one side we saw a group of buffalo! So I'd kept thinking that it'd be cool to go back sometime. Of course, it costs money to get in, so it wasn't something we could do last summer, what with barely scraping by while I wasn't working.
So, a few weeks ago on a Saturday, Master and I decided to go out to the park with the boys (A was at work). We didn't see very many animals, just a few bison... and they wonder around free! Within the park, that is. Apparently it's the largest fenced national park in Canada. Here's some bison!



Anyway, part of the info they gave us stated that the best time to see the animals is dawn and dusk. Master and I went "duh" when we realized that. So just he and I went back the next Saturday evening. You can drive the entire length of the park, but to really see most of the park, you have to hike on the trails. So Master and I picked a shorter trail and hiked. We were hoping to see elk or moose, which we didn't. But we did see a porcupine! It was kind of in the bushes, which is why I didn't take a picture. It was bigger than I expected, though. It was just cool to see it!

After our hike, we decided to drive the park, since it was really dusk-ish by then. The first animal we saw, along the side of the road, was a badger! I didn't even realize what it was at first, since I'd never seen one before. Unfortunately, it ran away before I could take a picture.
A little farther down, we saw something trotting along in the middle of the road. It turned out to be a silver fox! He was so beautiful. I got a picture, but it was getting dark and he was running, so it's not the best.

I/we have gone back to the park a couple times since that Saturday evening. We always see the bison. I keep hoping to see moose or elk, but it hasn't happened yet. I've hiked a couple different trails, and have seen hoof prints, but no big animals. But I love going there, so I'm hoping I will eventually!
If any of you ever make it to Edmonton, I will personally take you to the awesome park!!

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

This story absolutely breaks my heart. I'm about to cry.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happiness

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.

-- Robertson Davies

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Signs

From our trip to Montana...

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Huh

If you had the last name "Ujj," how do you think you'd pronounce that?

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Happy Times

Congratulations to Tracy on getting married and to Bearette for her new baby boy!!

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Proof

I had a doctor's appt. a few weeks ago, and I had a follow-up appt. yesterday morning. The doc I'm now seeing has a nurse that works with him specifically on his diabetic patients, and my appt. yesterday was with her, Kate.

(A little aside, all of my blood work came back great, so YEA!)

Soon after I get there, Kate takes my blood pressure. But she has a spiffy machine that does it about 6 times over several minutes, and then gives the average of all those readings. Well, right as she hooking me up and as the machine starts going, she's asking me about the process of me moving up here. So I'm telling her the whole saga of us driving to the border and not getting in, and how the next time I visited, if I didn't leave when I was supposed to, they were going to issue a warrant for my arrest!

The machine finishes it's thing and Kate looks over and says, "Wow. I guess we shouldn't take about immigration while we're taking your blood pressure!" If I remember correctly, it was 144 over 100.

So, I'm there for a while and we're going over different things, like how the blood sugar meters in the States use a different measurement than the ones in Canada (of course), so I needed a scale to show me the comparison. And before I leave, she takes my blood pressure again. This time, we're not really talking much, and she's contacting another clinic about finding that comparison. My blood pressure the second time? 123 over 84.

Medical proof that immigration is bad for your health, people.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Submission

We're learning. And last night, it worked.


I got upset, really upset, last night. It had to do with one of the kids, and it had to do with something that has absolutely nothing to do with me. Master didn't understand why I would get so upset over something that doesn't affect me at all. I told him that, to me, it's just part of a pattern of behavior and some of the things in the pattern do affect me. I was yelling at him and even used a choice word or two, which I really try to refrain from for the most part.


He made me sit on the bed with him, and then made me cuddle with him. I didn't want to, but I obeyed. He told me calmly, but firmly, that he didn't want me to get upset, or worry about, or even think about, the stuff that had nothing to do with me. I wanted to disagree or try to give my side of things... but I knew he was right. So I just said, "Yes, Sir." And he told me that I was his good girl.

He told me to get my comb and then sit in front of him on the bed so he could comb my hair. I did, and just as he started combing, I started crying. I told him I was sorry. He held me back against him and gave me little kisses and told me it was okay. He made me feel safe and loved, and like maybe I really am a good girl. It was so reassuring.

Then he took me. Hard. It was sweaty, passionate, animal sex. Gotta love it! A little while later, after we went to bed, I needed him again. I needed more of him. This time it was slow and sensual until it turned into powerful and animal again. It was incredible. My right ear is a little sore today too. :)

It ended up being an amazing night for us, both because of how the D/s worked for us, and because of the intense sex. I can't wait for more!!

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