January 10, 2011

Christmas in Plural

Filed under: Events,Holiday musings — Chantelle @ 3:06 pm

Gilles and I spent our last Christmas as a ‘two entities’ this year, and in doing so spent the actual Christmas apart.

On the 23rd, I left for Gravelbourg where I celebrated Christmas with my relatives from my Dad’s side of the family. Dad grew up with six siblings, five of which went on to marry and have a minimum of one child, so this was quite an affair. On this side of the family we draw names for the exchange, in order to allow the gift we give to be both personal and to keep Christmas as inexpensive as possible. I had my cousin Brigitte this year, and I bought her three etched glass Christmas ornaments from a local craft fair. The ornaments were diamond in shape, with a “chipped look” etched edge. On of the ornaments was a horse in the sun, one was a horse head, and one was musical notes. I also made Memere (my dad’s mom) a scrapbook-style ‘Brag book’. I wasn’t able to find rings big enough (know where I can find 5″ rings anyone?) so it ended up being two rings. The book itself is about six inches square, and designed so that it has pieces sticking out all over the place. I did take a picture of this… but Sasktel is being mean to me and won’t let me access my phone pictures online right now.

We also exchanged gifts among my immediate family. For my mom I bought a handmade pottery butter dish, in a nice deep green. (She didn’t know what it was at first, and it was very amusing). I bought my brother a squash raquet and a pair of winter gloves, and my sister a sweater (which was too small so I exchanged it for an in-store credit for her later on). Gilles and I went together and bought my dad a 1 TB external hard-drive. Ironically, he had just bought the exact same one two weeks prior, so I ended up returning the hard drive later on and topping up the amount so I could give him a $100 gift card for Futureshop.

And what did I get? Well I forgot to mention in my last post that we got spoiled by Elsie and Nolan for Christmas this year. We got a cookbook, a Habs travel mug, some Habs Christmas balls, a stuffed Christmas cat, some tea, a mug, and a Chapters (Indigo) gift card for sure… Hoo boy, I’m sure I’m forgetting at least one thing too.

From my brother I got Glee Season 1 part 2 (he wanted to get me both part 1 and 2, but couldn’t find part 1 anywhere). He also got me a travel mug that plugs into the cigarette jack in my car to stay warm, which is really cool.

From my sister I got an amazing teal and black scarf, and the board game Yatzee! The scarf below looks very similar to the one she got me, except mine has a bit more of a rich look (softer, thicker, shinier?) and is flowered instead of checkered.

I got a black Black and Decker coffee machine with a timer from my parents for Christmas (+ love!), a Kobo e-reader, (++ love!) and a Reitman’s gift card!

From Gilles I got seasons 6 and 7 of Gilmore Girls, to complete my set 🙂

From my cousin Christa, I got a wool “mohawk” hat. It looks like the one below, but in cream with dark brown on it.

Memere also gave a gift for both Gilles and I – $50 and a two decks of Coca-Cola cards!

On December 27 I met Gilles in Regina, where he had been for his mom’s sides’ Christmas. They did a Christmas exchange there, and Gilles got a Saskatchewan Roughrider duffel bag, and a set of four hurricane glasses. I absolutely love the glasses, they look like this:

Gilles’ Memere surprised me with a gift when I got there as well (the same as she had given Gilles) – A few pairs of socks, a lotto ticket, and $50!

We had only an hour in Regina, and then Gilles joined me as we headed on to Tisdale for my Mom’s side of the family’s Christmas.

We had a Chinese gift exchange there as well. I gave a desktop picture holder, that held 4 albums. It is wooden, about three inches deep by six wide, by four high. Gilles gave the  2011 ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’ book (see below). It is sort of like the Guiness book of World Records books, except instead of records, it just holds really weird things.

Gilles recieved a $20 Sport Chek gift card (Michael’s gift), and I got three ‘country-style’ winter pictures and a package of assorted teas. I also got $10, a tube of Pringles (which I gave to Gilles), and a pair of hand-knitted socks from my grandmother.

On the 29th, we left Tisdale and went down to Riverhurst, where we celebrated Christmas and new years with Gilles’ dad’s side of the family. We spent our days playing many, many games, including hockey, sledding, and a lot of Magic the Gathering and Settlers of Catan. We had a Christmas exchange on the 30th. Gilles gave a ‘Polly the Insulting Talking Parrot’ (seen below), which says things like “Polly wants a cracker. Polly wants a cracker. Give Polly a fucking cracker!” and “Who’s the pretty Polly… Who’s the pretty Polly… … … Not you lardass!”, and a book of “sex positions for old people”. As you can tell, this Christmas is a very different one from the others that we attended! The gift that I brought was two pairs of boxers, (one pair had the Koolaid man on drugs, and the other had the words “My fucking boxers” written all over them), a tie that says “Kiss me, it’s Christmas!” and a sticker that says “There is no life without coffee”. From the exchange, Gilles got a wooden incense holder complete with incense, and I got a bag with: 2 bags of popcorn, a container of After 8 sticks, the movie ‘The BlindSide’, and a neat water bottle.

We returned home on January 2nd. First we went to Lindsay and Kahleigh’s and dropped off their Christmas presents (they had left for Christmas already when we dropped off the others).

I made Kahleigh a green and silver necklace, with a little heart at the end of a silver chain and a couple green beads further up. I gave Lindsay some “Fred” items: Tipsy Toes icecubes, Gin and Titonic ice cube maker, and Chimpsticks. (see below).

Gilles bought Kahleigh some chocolates, a hot chocolate maker, and some fuzzy socks, and Lindsay some shot classes and rocks glasses.

 Then, we had a date night, as it was Gilles’ last night with me before school. We went for supper at Kelsey’s, and then went out to the movie ‘The Tourist’. (Loved it!)

All in all it was a very busy, very fun Holiday season, during which we both got very spoiled!

The map in ‘girl colours’ below shows my routing for the holidays, and the ‘boy colours’ one shows Gilles’!


December 8, 2010


Filed under: Change,Events — Chantelle @ 9:20 am

I’m done.

Has it sunk in? No, not really. It probably won’t until I’m walking across that stage in June.

There are still some things to do… apply to graduate for one. I can’t do that until January. But the point is the same. I never have to go to class again if I don’t want to. No more term papers. No more cramming all night for an exam.

Yup, I can deal with that. 🙂

November 2, 2010


Filed under: Change,Events,The Wedding Files — Chantelle @ 11:39 am

It’s still not quite sunk in. I’m engaged. As in, I’m going to get married. (I know, that seems obvious but it took me a while to get to realizing that step).

Gilles is my fiance. I’m his fiancee.

I have over a grand wrapped around my finger. It is gorgeous though.

There are so many implications of being engaged. So much to do, so much to think about. I truly haven’t even grasped the edge of that yet.

I think, as this blog has become both my personal journal and my catharsis, I will document the journey here.

I am getting married exactly nine months from today – July 9th, so it will be quite a journey. A quick one.

🙂 You can expect a lot of wedding posts. (I hope you don’t mind)… of course, I will continue to blog about the rest of my life too, so you can expect more posts in general .

I have noticed three things since I have gotten engaged (Saturday).

1. The first thing every single person asks is to see the ring. (See the last post before this one if you haven’t seen my pictures of the ring yet btw)

2. The second thing everyone wants to do is hear how he asked. So, here we go. (Ironically I have this story down to a science now… I don’t think I’ve even been changing any of the words the last few times).

I was already in my costume. My hair was curled and pinned, my make-up was on, my costume was on. I was Eve (as in, Adam and Eve.) Gilles had his costume on, but needed my help with his contacts. He wanted to wear purple contacts, but has never worn contacts before in his life. I was fighting to try to get his first contact in, and we had been working on it for about twenty minutes already. He was getting really antsy (which looking back, isn’t like him at all but I thought he was just excited or something). He kept saying that I should just pack them up and I can tape his costume up and put in his contacts for him at the party. Meanwhile, I kept insisting that once we got there I didn’t want to be hiding in the bathroom trying to put his contacts in, I wanted to hang out with my friends. He was always telling me to lighten up and stop micromanaging every second, so I was trying to do that. But he kept insisting that we had to leave by seven, and he didn’t want to be late. I was getting frustrated and told him that either I was putting them in now, or I was throwing them out. He told me to just throw them out then, but I responded that it would be a waste of $30 to just give up and throw them out. I kept trying for a few minutes. Meanwhile we were both becoming more and more frustrated with each other (as often happens when two stubborn people have opposing opinions, so I thought nothing out of the ordinary with it).

However, then he said to me, “Look. You are impossible to surprise. There is a limo coming to pick us up and it is going to be here at seven so we have to leave at seven.”

My jaw dropped to the floor.

After a pause I snapped into action, put the contact back in its case, and shoved my entire make-up kit in my purse. (Yeah, not sure why I did that). I grabbed the contacts and ran downstairs to put my shoes and coat on.

Meanwhile Gilles was peering outside, and told me that the limo was already here, and that he couldn’t remember if he told the driver we would be in costume.

He helped me to the car (well, actually he started trotting off toward the car while I locked the door, until I asked him if he was seriously expecting me to get to the car without falling on my face on the ice in my heels, and then he helped me to the car).

He had champagne ready for us inside, and informed me that we had the limo for an hour, and then it would drop us off at the party. We chatted some, commented on the limo, commented on the view of the city. About half an hour in, he leaning in for a kiss and started rummaging in his pocket. It was at this point that I clued in what was going on.

He stopped rummaging in his pocket, but I was too nervous to look, so I kept our lips locked. Finally he started giggling so I had to pull away. He held the ring up to me, and sat there looking at me. I couldn’t say anything for a moment, then it became apparent that he wasn’t going to say anything either. The conversation following went a little like this.

Me: You’re just going to sit there?

Gilles: My costume will get in the way if I try to kneel.

Me: I’m sure you can figure it out

Gilles kneels on the floor of the limo. I continue to stare at him, waiting for him to say something.

Gilles: [after a seemingly endless pause that was probably only 2 seconds] Will you marry me?

Me: [while shoving my hand out because he is still holding the ring out as though he wants to set it in the palm of my hand] Yes!

At this point Gilles puts the ring on my finger, and sits back down. I kiss him. He proceeds to ask where the champagne went. I had put it in the cupholder things about 15 min prior”

I spent the rest of the ride spontaneously grinning and waving my hands, and saying “Wow. You’re my fiance. That’s so weird. And I’m your fiancee. Weird.”

Yeah. I’m classy.

…. and the camera battery was dead so we didn’t get any pictures of the limo. Once I get them however, I will post some pictures from the party, and I will take some nice artsy pictures of my ring for you. (Oh yeah, and did I mention that Gilles was dressed up as an executioner?)

November 1, 2010


Filed under: Change,Events — Chantelle @ 8:48 am

… more to come.

June 28, 2010

Hey, she forgot something…?

Filed under: Events — Chantelle @ 4:21 pm

Are you wondering how the Waterfront Craft Art Festival went?

I actually only spent about an hour and a half there, but was glad that I went all-the-same.

River Landing Spraypark

It was a really hot day, and the spray-park was full of kids playing. I spent the morning out garage-saleing and was out til about 3pm – and yes, I ended up with a sunburn (oops!)


These beautiful works are by Charley Farrero. He is a ceramic artist, and is also the person responsible for the “boats” at River Landing.

Carved Bronze

This piece was really neat. This is from the gallery of  Tom Schultz. They tried to explain to me how it was made, but it completely went over my head. All I can tell you is that it is sculpted bronze, and the bigger pieces are worth thousands of dollars.


I wish I could tell you who made these pendants, but I honestly have no idea. I took a picture of them because I felt that it may inspire me in some of my jewellery making (although I don’t make my own beads).

Crazy Dog

This one is neat. It is by Jim Nodge, out of Craik. He had a whole bunch of sculptures made by random, every day metals things. The lady behind the counter (his wife) talked some about how she sometimes comes in second to his work for importance in his life. I think this was the most talked about table at the event.


Finally, this table is full of homemade silver rings. I bought one myself actually, it has three bands and is tied in a knot. I absolutely love it. It is amazing some of the work that these guys do. (Again, I don’t know who the maker of these rings was – sorry!)

Did you know that I also figured out how to downsize my pictures a bit! Now my blog will have enough room for me to write longer than a few months! If you notice old posts being edited, that is why. I have too many large pictures on here taking up too much space.

Also — my Women’s and Gender Studies final is tonight, so wish me luck!!

June 20, 2010

Happy Father’s Day

Filed under: Events — Chantelle @ 11:48 pm

There’s fifteen minutes left of Father’s Day.

Just enough time to give a shout out to the best father I could ever ask for.

Happy Father’s Day Dad!

Only the best dad ever

June 9, 2010

Saskatoon Waterfront Craft Art Festival

Filed under: Events — Chantelle @ 8:04 am

I am so excited. (Yeah, that’s totally not like me, right? Ha!)

But seriously. This weekend for the first time in a long time, Gilles and I are actually staying in Saskatoon. Let the earth stand still and the gods revel in its silence. I know, right?

I have been wistfully planning for a weekend when I am actually at home and have time to do things on my own agenda for awhile now. I have dug through my (endless) list of things that I want to do, and have decided the following:

  1. Housework, be damned. That’s more of a weekday (Okay, Tuesday and Thursday) thing anyway. This weekend, I am going to clean up what little mess that I make during my daily activities, and no more. No more! Wow, that feels good to put into print.
  2. I really, really want to get my “garden” planted before it gets to be too late in the season and nothing has enough time to grow. I’ll explain more about my “garden” in a future post – it deserves a post all its own, and some pictures to go with it.
  3. I haven’t gone garage-saling in a really long time. Like, since the very first weekend of the garage sale season at the beginning of May. Whoa. Plus, I would really like to find a cool, funky lamp to light up the dark, empty corner in my living room.
  4. The Saskatoon Waterfront Craft Art Festival is in town!

Were you wondering when I would get to that? Seeing as it is the title and all, it probably merits some talking about.

To be honest, I hadn’t even heard about this festival before it showed up on my company calendar at work. As soon as I saw it though, I knew that I had to be there. After all, crafts? Art? Outdoors?

There was only one thing that was keeping me from going. Gilles’ uncle Ray just got back from serving time in Afghanistan at the end of April, and Gilles has been trying to set up a time for us to go visit him in Edmonton. Now, I know that this is a worthy cause to miss the festival — but I really, really want to go to this festival! I was a good girl though, and didn’t let on how much I really didn’t want it to be this weekend that we went to visit. I just let Gilles be in charge of plans, and remained uncommitted whenever he asked me if I wanted to go this weekend.

Meanwhile, this festival was chewing at me like only this kind of thing can. I wanted to go, bad. When Gilles told me last night that we wouldn’t be going to Edmonton this weekend after all, my heart was singing.

So, if you are at the festival on Saturday, (it’s only on Saturday — 10-5 I believe — but admission is free) make sure you stop by and say hi!

The picture below is from one of the exhibits last year – lifted across the festival’s website. You can find more here.

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