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Living Alone…..

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What would it be like to live alone? I sometimes think about this when I think about people who do live alone. Every once in a while I think how nice it would be to just be responsible for myself….but what would I actually do with no family and no pets around?

I realized today, because I was thinking about it, that I have actually never lived alone. When I was born I lived in the hospital for the first few days with all the other little babies, then I came home and lived with my parents and siblings and pets….obviously. When I went to College I lived with my sister and roommate, and then with my Aunt and Uncle and their children and their dog. After College I moved back home and lived with my parents again until I got married and then my husband and I lived together. It wasn’t long until the kids and pets came along and even after we separated I still had my children and my pets to live with. After our divorce I got remarried so today I live with my husband and two of my children and two dogs. I have never lived alone. 🙂

So I gave this living alone thing some thought because I often hear people who have families say they just wish they could be alone…..I’m not sure they really mean it. I think living alone would get boring fast at least for me. I would probably adjust but in the beginning I think it would be a bit like this…..

If I lived alone I would get up in the morning to my alarm clock and not to my husband waking me or my dogs whining to go out… would be very quiet. I would get up and start getting ready for the day. I would probably listen to music instead of the news while getting ready for work which means I would no longer know what’s going on in the world around me. Once I was ready for work, I would walk out of my house alone and say good-bye to nobody, no kids and no dogs to wish a good day to (and have to remember to lock the door). The drive to work would be quiet as the only conversation would be me talking to the radio….and I would hope nobody in the lane beside me noticed me talking out loud to nobody else in the car.

After work I would drive home alone (and have to dig out my own house key and not wait for my husband to unlock the door for me) and walk into an empty quiet house to be greeted by no one…..not even a wagging tail. The house of course would not be any messier than it was when I left because there would be no kids there to dirty dishes or leave their coats and back packs lying around, and no dog fur all over the carpet to have to vacuum up. I’m sure I would turn on the TV to make some sound in the quiet house and then I would decide what to have for dinner, alone. I could have whatever I wanted because I would only have to please myself  but how much fun would it be to cook for myself everyday and eat alone, most likely in front of the TV. I think I would probably become a couch potato and watch whatever was on TV whether I liked it or not because not only would I have control of the remote (once I figured out how to use it) but I would have no motivation to get up and do anything. No kids needing to go to their sports, no pups needing to be walked, no piles of laundry to do since it would be just my clothes. It would be just me and my TV in my too quiet house. I’m pretty sure I would go to bed early….yes even earlier than the 10:00pm I go to bed at now, and I would become a sleeper. I’m a pretty sleepy person now so with no reason to stay up or get up early I imagine my bed and I would become very close friends.

I’m sure that people that do live alone are adjusted to it and are not couch potatoes like I assume I would become. I’m sure they fill their days and evenings, but I have decided that living alone is not for me so I hope I never have to…an hour or two here and there would be fine but I appreciate sharing my space with my husband, my kids and my pets.

Bring on the chaos, the mess, the disorganization, the planning and preparing meals, and the running the roads, because I think it’s gotta be better than the alternative. 🙂

Things That Bug Me…..

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Some days I get bugged easier than other days…..but there are some things that always bug me.

When people call at work to ask for a phone number and just as you’re about to give it to them, they tell you to hang on while they go get a pen to write it down…….did you not know when you called that you were going to need a pen?  You called me, I didn’t call you… prepared.

Parents negotiating with their young children. Parents borrow strollers from us to use while shopping and when they return them and their 2-year-old doesn’t want to get out. Instead of just removing their child they stand there trying to convince their child to get out of the stroller…..who is in charge here people, you or your child? Pick up your toddler and move along.

People who take up two parking spaces because they somehow think they or their vehicle is superior to you or your vehicle. Who do you think you are anyway?

Car signal lights. First, it bugs me when people don’t use their signals when they’re changing lanes or turning in front of you, or when they turn it on just as they are changing lanes, as if it is an afterthought. Second, it bugs me when people don’t turn their blinkers off and you have no idea what they are doing.

People who complain……all the time. I don’t feel good, I have a headache, I’m really tired today, I have too much work to do…..etc., etc., etc.

Trying to find a clear aisle in the grocery store. I don’t enjoy grocery shopping at the best of times, but it is really annoying when people just leave their carts in the middle of the aisle and you can’t get past them on either side, or when friends run into each other in the grocery store and think blocking the aisle with their carts while they have their “let’s catch up” conversation is a good idea.

Grocery store cashiers who don’t care how they handle the food you’re purchasing. Please don’t squish my bread when you scan it or fling my frozen pie shells across the scanner possibly breaking them.

At the drive thru window it bugs me when the cashiers give you back your change on top of your bills, the change falls to the ground and you can’t pick it up because you are too close to the building to open your car door.

Cyclists who drive on the sidewalks instead of the bike lanes and then ring their little bike bell at you because you are blocking the sidewalk trying to pull out into traffic. Or they drive on the streets but do not feel they have to obey the same traffic rules that car drivers have to… stopping for red lights.

People that do not know how to “merge”. A merge lane is not a yield, it is there for you to “merge” into traffic. Please understand what “merge” means.

People who chew their food with their mouth open and scrape food off their fork or spoon into their mouth with their teeth instead of their lips.

Tim Horton’s “Timbits” not getting your coffee right and then arguing with you that what they made is right and what you asked for is wrong. My husband gets the same coffee everyday…..3 sugar, 1 cream….he did not say 3 cream, 1 sugar, please do not argue… heard him wrong, just say sorry and re-make it.

Calling my children on the phone to ask a very important question and knowing they are watching TV and not paying attention to you by the number of times they say “what”, and finally telling them to turn off the TV and listen to you.

These are just a few of the things that bug me.

A Great Start to 2012…..

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Today is the first day of 2012!!

Where did 2011 go and how did it disappear so quickly? I will probably be saying the same thing on January 1, 2013. People always say the older you get the faster time goes……they are correct.

If today is any kind of indication I think 2012 will be a good year. 🙂

I saw the New Year in while watching TV with my husband. I don’t normally stay up past midnight regardless of it marking the beginning of a new year but my youngest daughter was at her friends New Years Eve party and she didn’t take her key with her. We didn’t want to go to bed and leave the door unlocked and we didn’t want to lock it and go to bed only to have her ring the doorbell and wake us when she got home so we opted for staying up and waiting for her until shortly after 1:00am.

Thanks to my husband getting up to let the dogs out this morning I slept in until 9:30am and then spent the rest of the day lounging around in my pyjamas. Ok, that’s not quite true, I did get dressed to take the dogs for their walk and then changed into my pyjamas when I got back home, and then sat around watching TV and playing on my laptop for the rest of the day.

We would normally cook a ham for New Years Day dinner but my husband and I searched every grocery store in this city and there wasn’t a ham to be found anywhere, so we “settled” for turkey again. I am certainly not complaining, I love turkey.

Tiny Tom ready to become dinner.

We popped “Tiny Tom” into the oven shortly after 1:00pm and while he was cooking my husband made dessert. That’s right, my husband made banana cream pie for us to have with our dinner today. Yesterday we couldn’t decide what we might want for dessert with our dinner but my husband thought he might like to have banana cream pie like his mom used to make. I have never made banana cream pie so we bought the necessary ingredients and he put his cooking skills to work and made us a scrumptious pie.

Adding the banana slices to the top of the pie.

The finished product.

Hehehe now that we know he can make banana cream pie he’ll be on the hook for it more often. 🙂

Cooked to perfection.

Tom was good and ready to eat by 4:30 so we had an early dinner and then the girls and I did the dishes, of which there were many. After clean up I took a little nap and then spent the rest of the evening just relaxing with my husband and watching “The Mentalist – Red John Marathon”.

This has been my idea of a great start to the New Year!