February 15, 2011

You’ve got mail…

Filed under: Day-to-Day,Just 4 Fun — Chantelle @ 3:53 pm

Two online purchases arrived in the mail yesterday (…okay, actually one arrived Tuesday, but more on that and why I didn’t get it until yesterday later).

I will talk about the larger package that I got late in another post, but right now I want to focus on a cute little package I received right in my mailbox. It was this book:

Beautiful, beautiful book. It is a journal, actually. It has the old-timey, Reader’s Digest condensed look to it, complete with gold leafing on the sides. But what is best is inside. It is¬†a journal. Not just any blank lines write away journal, but it asks you a different question for every day of the year, for five years. You work your way through the book five times, on the same pages. Then, as you go you can compare your answers to that of previous years. How cool!

And what better time than now to start? I am newly engaged, writing about how Gilles is currently in school an away from home, and five years from now I will likely be on mat. leave with a baby (or two!) in hand! Talk about change.

Each day only allows you room to answer the question at hand, one sentence.

Like this one for example:

… ūüėÄ

I bought mine from Amazon.


February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Holiday musings — Chantelle @ 9:04 am

Gilles is in Moose Jaw today of course, but all the same. We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day next weekend (bad in that it will be all Easter stuff out for him to buy, good in that he will actually have some money. I bought tickets for us to go to the monster trucks again this year as his Valentine’s Day gift.

Anyway, I thought it would be nice to have something here anyway. Gilles, if you’re reading this, I put¬†a favorite poem below for you:

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

And in Life’s noisiest hour,
There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee,
The heart’s Self-solace and soliloquy.
You mould my Hopes, you fashion me within ;
And to the leading Love-throb in the Heart
Thro’ all my Being, thro’ my pulse’s beat ;
You lie in all my many Thoughts, like Light,
Like the fair light of Dawn, or summer Eve
On rippling Stream, or cloud-reflecting Lake.
And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you,
How oft! I bless the Lot that made me love you.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

February 7, 2011

Do any of you craft?

Filed under: Crafty — Chantelle @ 1:37 pm

I’m working on two projects right now for the most part:

This cross-stitch:

I will post work in progress posts if I remember… I am almost done the black border now, and nothing in the middle…

And I’m working on this “Instant gratification scarf” for my sister:

I’m working with two yarns at once, a¬†cherry red, and a dirty red (some brown and purple mixed with it). It’s turning our really nice, and I’m over halfway done!


Filed under: Change,Day-to-Day — Chantelle @ 10:37 am

We don’t have one yet (sorry to spoil the fun…) but we will be getting one at the beginning of April!

Okay,¬†I digress. Pendng that we do not have any major monetary issues prior to the beginning of April and that we successfully bounce back financially¬†from Gilles’ two months in school, we will get a kitten in April.

Granted, that sounds pretty iffy. But it is the closest I have come yet to Gilles telling me- Okay, go pick out a kitten now!

Our landlord is great about it too. She has said from the get-go that we can have a kitten, provided that we agree to get the carpets professionally cleaned by the cleaner of her choice when we move out. (I think that that is very fair!). Once we are ready to get a kitten we need only to email her to ask permission, which she will then grant in writing with that stipulation, so that we have a written record of the agreement. (She is very particular about the legal details… which is good. It is nice to see after renting from Elite, where a 24-hour notice is lucky to show up on your doorstep 12 hours prior to them entering your apartment).

The fact that we are adament about adopting a kitten will drastically decrease the number of cats available, but as the cat will be indoor only, it is important that it has not been subjected to any major trauma.

Based on the fact that we want a kitten, and that short-haired is preferred for an indoor cat, our options right now are as follows:

From the Saskatoon SPCA:

"Hook loves to explore and loves to hide, he is the biggest of the litter.""Ketsa likes to play lots and is very cuddly, she likes the other animals.""Littlest Hobo is a VERY cuddly kitten and loves to be held and enjoys being talked to."




“Casey was found during an early cold snap in front of a business called “Energy Doctor”. He was in the snow, cold, shivering and less than eight weeks old at the time. However, he instantly purred, cuddled and ate like a horse.His foster Auntie now says: “Casey is a very busy kitten. He likes his treats and toys. He gets along well with the other cats and loves being picked up and held. He has got one of the loudest purrs we have heard in along time.”

Estimated date of birth of Casey is August 21, 2010.”

Marianne (Grey) and Melvin (Orange)

Marianne’s Description:
“”I’m the softest, silver grey, mackerel tabby and the smallest of the bunch, also the most independent. I think I am the cutest and most affectionate little girl ever! My foster mom thinks I am the most mischevious of my litter mates. ”
Marianne is very pretty and a little love. She is the most competent and remains a bit of an adventurer. She seems the least reactive to the dogs and is quite happy to go nose to nose with them; she even slept beside them on one occasion. She really enjoys the Christmas villiage and did her King Kong impersonation until removed by her foster mom, covered in sparkles. She likes best to hang out with Melvin. Estimated date of birth is July 7, 2010.”
Melvin’s Description:
“”I am a little orange classic tabby with little white paws. I too am a boy and I’m the big adventurer in the bunch. I like to do things first, but someimes I’m a little accident prone. I am a cuddler and like to snuggle and purr with my people.”
Melvin is the quiet one who’s often found cuddled up with Mercedes and Marianne. He loves sleeping in the sun and is a little wary of the dogs but not afraid. He is a calm,sweet little guy and is really fond of Marianne with whom he is often paired up, sleeping or playing. He has a lovely soft purr and uses it often.
Estimated date of birth of Melvin is July 4, 2010.”
October (no picture):
October is a gentle soul with a adorable face. If there is an open lap she will find it. She is always at the door to greet you when you come home. She is a cuddly and social cat that gets a long with other cats, dogs and people of all ages. She would be a great cat for a family that is ready for snuggles. Date of birth of October is October 26, 2010. She was born in the program a few days after her Mom, Orianna was brought in off the street.
2 free kittens, looking for a good home.
”¬†Two female Kittens looking for a good home . Appoximently 2-3 months old .

They are very active but loving kittens . good with children and other pets.  
please call or email for details .”
Cat for sale ($80)
”¬† ‘Pretzel’ is a lynx-point siamese, 6 month old unspayed female.¬† She was dumped on a friend by an irresponsible pet owner, but my friend couldn’t keep her due to her own two cats and a dog, which terrified her.

I took Pretzel off her hands, but she is not a good fit with my two mature cats (16 years and 9 years).  She would be good with other cats about her age.  She follows me everywhere in the house, and loves to give kisses.
Pretzel had all of her shots and a full physical the day after coming to me, and has a clean bill of health.  I have bill from vet for $237.   The $80 covers 1/3 of that.   Includes a food dish and litter box.
e-mail or call 291-1444″¬†

Beautiful and very cuddly black cat to give to loving home FREE
“We unfortunately must give our kitty away. His name is Sparkles and he is a six month old, beautiful black cat with a big bushy tail; he is very cuddly and affectionate and great with kids. He is not yet fixed but is up to date on all immunizations. I am also giving away his litter box, scratching post, and cat carrying kennel all for free! Please respond with an email with your name and phone number if you are interested.”
Orange kittens to give away (no picture)
These kittens are about 3 months old and ready to go to a good home.  Call 664-2777. No emails please.
Kittens (no picture)
“4 kittens looking for their new forever homes.¬† Please contact to arrange a visit “
4 kittens left (no picture)
“4 adorable kittens in need of good home, 3 males, only one female left. 2 Males are grey and white, and one is pure grey; female is multicoloured, grey, white and orange. If interested please send email for phone number and location.”
That is what is available right now. By the beginning of April I am sure that the adoption agencies and Kijiji will be slew with spring births… I can’t wait!

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February 1, 2011

In need of inspiration

Filed under: Weight loss — Chantelle @ 4:33 pm

I gorged last night. I won’t give you any details, all I can will say is that it wasn’t pretty. To make matters worse, I didn’t exercise yesterday either (unless you consider grocery shopping and bringing in groceries exercise!) I don’t even know why this is going on, I seem to be in this funk.

I think I need some inspiration.

So lets see. What does Google suggest? (I am a big believer in ‘Google know everything-ism’).

The first thing that came up is Canadian Living ‘6 tips on maintaining weight-loss motivation’. That sounds good, let’s see.

1. Remember your initial reasons for wanting to lose weight.

Yeah, I want to be a skinny little bitch for my wedding. I would love it. Skinny feels better than food tastes, right? But either way, my dress will fit. Whether I lose weight or not. I would love to lose more weight for that but I have come a long way already. Can’t I just say I am doing good, and quit?

2. Use physical reminders of your goal.

Well I think the mental picture of me overweight in a wedding dress is a pretty good physical reminder. But the thing is, in order to be as big as I am in my mind, I would have to gain a lot of weight between now and July. Really, I don’t have a lot to worry about.

I do like what some people I know have been doing though… blowing up a huge calendar to put on their wall, and marking your weight down on it day by day, and marking in a bright colour when you got your workouts done. That could help.

3. Keep in mind how far you’ve come.

I really have come a long way. I was over 200 lbs once. I’m nowhere near that now.¬† And going to the gym has certainly helped with the arthritis in my knees. With the amount that the weather has been bouncing around this winter, I would be nearly crippled if I was still at the same weight I was. Now, it’s rare for them to bother me.

4. Try the “shopping bag cure”

ie/ fill shopping bags with the amount of weight you’ve lost and carry it around.

I dunno. I get that the amount that I lost is heavy. But this is still dumb.

5. Get support

This one is kind of obvious. We have ‘Thin Thursdays’ where we eat salad at work, and we ‘weigh in’ with our co-workers once every two weeks. Thing is though, seeing what my co-workers can get away with eating and still lose weight is rather un-inspirational rather than inspirational. I mean honestly, potatoe skins? I would gain immediately.

I think it will help when Gilles is back – he wants to join the Y with me, so we will have this ‘I worked out. Did you work out?’ competition vibe going on. But for now? It’s mostly pats on the back that are too light to give me a shove.

6. The $10 cure

This is basically eating the greasy, unhealthy food you are craving and living with the consequences.

And let me tell you, this may be the biggest motivator. Because while all that greasy, awful food tasted great when I ate it, today I feel really sick, and I know that that’s why. My body can’t healthy greasy fast food when it is used to a 90% vegetable diet.

I’ll keep at it… and hopefully it will be a long time until I binge again. I thought a long time about forcing myself to throw up last night after I came to my senses from all that eating. But I decided not to go there. I don’t want to be that person.

If nothing else keeps me motivated, this will.

I have the same body type as her and know that I could look like her if I could just… focus. If nothing else, Alyssa Milano will be my inspiration.

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