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Busy Summer October 5, 2007

Chad and I had a pretty busy summer and so I thought I should update everyone on what we did.

The beginning of June we spent a week camping at Goldeye Lake.  It was really peaceful and relaxing.  We spent most of the time just the three of us – Chad, myself and our dog Aspen.  I love our tent trailer – it’s still “rustic”, but it’s much better than sleeping on the ground.  Plus there’s a furnace, which makes me so excited since I freeze my butt off most nights even when it’s super hot out.  Our friends Sif and Cam joined us for the weekend and we spent some quality time with them around the campfire in the evenings and hiking during the day.  I’m still bummed Chad wouldn’t let me take the mine tour in Nordegg. 

For our two year anniversary we decided to spend the day in Calgary having fun.  We went to the Calgary Zoo and took about a million pictures I’m sure.  We then enjoyed an always yummy supper at Red Lobster and some shopping.  It was a great day, aside from the near miss with the bird on the highway home.

We have been contemplating painting our house since before we moved in.  We live in a mobile home, hence the ever stylish wood panelling and the even more stylish orange carpet.  The carpet’s only saving grace was the fact that it wasn’t shag, but still that didn’t mean I liked it.  So, we’ve wanted to paint for years now and I was really getting sick of the carpet.  So, we finally bit the bullet and started painting and ripping out carpet the end of July.  We got the master bedroom, the hallway and the two spare bedrooms painted that first weekend.  We also got the carpet ripped out and replaced a part of the subfloor in the bedroom which had some water damage.  We decided we wanted to lay laminate flooring.  One word of advice – do not listen to the salesman when he tells you “all you have to do is lay and click it together”.  Uh, yeah, no – not that easy.  I mean, certainly it’s a do it yourself kind of project but involves much more than laying and clicking.  So, Chad got our master bedroom floor laid before I headed off to a week long Girl Guide Camp.

So, camp for a week with eight 10 year olds.  I will admit I had fun, lots of fun.  The camp was very well organized and the kids had a blast.  I’m afraid though that seven days with said 10 year olds is just too much.  The kids just couldn’t handle the early mornings and the late nights.   We did well, with only a few meltdowns, nothing an early bedtime one night wouldn’t cure.

So, finally this week we finished the renos.   All I can say is “Praise the Lord”!!  I honestly do mean “Praise the Lord!”  We painted the living room and got the floor laid.  It looks great.  Really great.  I’m so happy.  Now the search for new living room furniture begins.  We’re debating going to a store in Edmonton today for, what appears to be, a great sale.  The only problem is you can’t take your purchases with you when you buy, unless you buy a floor model.  You have to wait 4 to 5 days to pick it up.  We really do not like the idea of having to go back to Edmonton next week to pick up the furniture.  We’ll see, Chad isn’t home from work yet, the store’s only open until 6 and it’s an hour and a half drive up to Edmonton.

Oh, I forgot to mention the great deal we got on three area rugs.  We bought three fabulous area rugs for $200 on sale.  Regular price was over $2000.  Can you say “steal of a deal”? 

I almost forgot – this September long weekend brought a short visit from my eldest brother Graeme.  It was so good to see him and spend time with him.  I only wish his wife and son came as well, and that we didn’t live so far away from each other.  Hopefully the new year will be a good time for Chad and I to go out and visit them.

My second eldest brother Brendon was very ill this summer and so that was a stressful time for all of us.  I’m happy to report he’s back to his healthy self and I’m not so stressed and worried about my big brother anymore.   All is well….

Anyways, this week I started a new rotation at work.  It involves alot more long stretches at work, but then I get two four day weekends per month rather than the one that I had in my old rotation.

Chad is just finishing up his Module 4 for CASB and will write his exam next weekend.  Please pray for him.  Working full time and doing CASB full time is really starting to wear on him and I can see the strain it’s taking on his mental health.

 This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and I have to work although we are going to my mom’s for supper on Sunday.  I can’t wait to have a yummy turkey dinner. 

So, there you go.  You’re all caught up now.  Leave me a comment and let me know you’ve stopped by to read.


Flakey Guide Mom Saga Part 2 January 22, 2007

Filed under: Girl Guides — taramayrn @ 4:59 pm

See the post below for full story.  Today said mom left a message on my phone saying she got the letter, etc I dropped off there yesterday.  She then had about 2 excuses as to why she wasn’t around on the weekend – sob sob cry me a river.  Then she says that last time her and her daughter talked her daughter said she wasn’t sure she wanted to stay in Guides!  WTF??!!!  Where did this come from?  Is this a ploy by mom to avoid paying?  So, she says she will talk to her daughter again tonight when she is home from school and she will let me know tonight after 3:15.  So it’s now 5 and no phone call.  Suprise suprise. 

Stay tuned for further installments of this saga.


Flakey Guide Mom Saga Part 1

Filed under: Girl Guides — taramayrn @ 8:25 am

 Most of you know this, but if you don’t – I’m a Girl Guide leader.  I have been in Guiding all my life – just received my 20 year membership pin.  I also grew up in a “Guiding” family.  It was a given that I’d be involved as an adult…it’s in my blood.  I enjoy mentoring the girls, seeing their faces light up when they learn a new skill or accomplish something they didn’t think they could.  I enjoy the other leaders – some of my best friends.  I enjoy giving back.  I volunteer my time, I don’t get paid.  That’s okay because 99% of the time I love what I do as a Girl Guide leader.  The other 1% not so  much fun.

So, I have this girl in my group.  New to Guides.  Great kid, lots of fun, lots of potential.  Except her mom’s a flake.   Our registration fees for Girl Guides are $75.00/year.  Totally reasonable, I mean Scouting charges at least $150.00.  So she’s getting a steal of a deal, especially considering she still hasn’t paid the fees, yet her kid is still participating in all the activities.  Nice eh? 

So, I’ve done my duty and given her information on a payment plan or Member’s Assistance (where the district will pay her kid’s fees) – nope refused them.  Told me after Christmas she could pay them.  Okay, fine, I believe her.  I’m too nice I suppose.

Oh, I forgot to mention she also has 3 cases of Girl Guide cookies she hasn’t returned (so that’s $144.00) and her kid is signed up to go on this huge camp I’m taking a group of girls to.  The camp fees for that are $200 but the deposit of $50 was due in October.  Still haven’t received them yet either.

So, I call her a few days ago telling her I absolutely need the money and cookies by Friday.   Oh no problem she says, yeah we get paid that day.  So she is to call me that day so I can come pick the stuff up.  I’m not even asking her to drive to my house, which if I were smart I would have made her done.  Why waste my time!?  Anyways, I get a sob story later in the day about how her hubby can’t leave work and he has the money, but for sure the next day we’ll get together.  Okay, so me, Mrs. Nice Leader, gave her another chance.  Well, as you can guess Saturday came and went with no word from her.  I call many times – no answer, no answering machine.  Nice….

 Gee, thanks for taking advantage of an organization that runs off volunteer hours, etc.  So, my district commissioner and I wrote up a letter to her last night and I’ve dropped it off to her yesterday evening.  Essentially if she doesn’t pay by the end of the month or accept Member’s Assistance her kid’s out. 

Why is it that I feel like the bad guy though?  Clearly she is taking advantage of my good will and my generousity, even if it isn’t intentional.  So really I shouldn’t feel bad for laying the smack down.  But I do.  I feel bad for her daughter, she’s being punished because her mom’s a flake.  I’m hoping though that this letter will open her eyes.  I hope so anyways.  I wonder if she will come to the meeting tonight and if she’ll say anything about it to me.  I wonder what the excuse will be this time.

I just don’t understand some people.  I mean if that were me in her shoes I’d be so worried about paying the fees and returning the unsold cookies (I’m not even asking her to sell all of them).  If I knew my child really enjoyed an activity would I jeopardize that for my child?  Hell no!!  I suppose she doesn’t really realize how serious this situation is and how serious we are.  No payment= No Guides.

Did I ever tell you I hate being the bad guy?!