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Faces I Love!!!

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Every now and then I need a little something to make me smile.  Thanks to my Second born I now have these photos that she’s taken of herself and our cat.  These really made me laugh and laugh.  I loved them so much I just had to share them with everyone.

Everyone that knows me has seen countless pics of my cat with her “resting bitch face”.  Well, here are a few more.  These are different though.  Second born has decided to mimic MuiMui’s facial expressions.  The quality of the pics is not great but these are priceless to me.  These are two faces that I love!!!!

faces-i-love

 

*Pics are courtesy of Second born and are being used with her permission.


What Makes Me Smile

Yesterday, as I sipped my Tim Horton’s coffee I found myself smiling. It lead me to think about all the things that make me smile. They aren’t always big things, in fact they are mostly little everyday things.

Since I’ve already mentioned the coffee, I’ll just elaborate a little bit.  Every time I take that first sip of a Tim Horton’s coffee I smile.  Sometimes, I even sigh.  Throw in a chocolate dip doughnut and that smile is wider and brighter.

My kids don’t always make me crazy. How can I not smile when second-born says “I love you mommy”.  Yeah, I know every mom smiles at that but I always smile when she says it out of the blue.  Then there are the few and far between times when they have a “sisterly” moment. When they’re not bickering or yelling at each other.  I have to smile at these moments because it makes me feel hopeful that someday, hopefully not in the too-distant future, they will be able to get along and be great friends as well as sisters.

Obviously, like anyone else, my guilty pleasures make me smile.  Two of my guiltiest pleasures are Nutella and reading.  I love getting home from work and just before starting dinner having a little bit of heaven (pronounced Nu-tel-la) on a slice of bread.  Mmmmm always make me smile when I take that first bite.

Then there’s reading.  What can I say about it other than, if I could sit and read all day, I’d gladly do it.  I often forgo sleep so I can read.  Getting a new book, be it a hard copy or an e-copy, makes me so very happy.

Another thing guaranteed to make me smile is the sight of my nephew (6yo) and niece (4yo) dancing.  They dance with so much intensity and enjoyment. How can I not smile?!  Whereas my nephew goes all out when you ask him to dance, my niece prefers not to be watched.  If she catches you watching the dancing ceases immediately, only to commence again when she “thinks” you’re not watching.

I always have to smile when I tell DH that I’m in the mood for something specific for dinner and before I can even tell him what it is, he guesses.  He’s always been able to do this. I don’t know how. I guess he just knows me really well.

I know it’s a bit childish but I can’t help but smile when my friend Cristina snorts when she laughs.  We’ve discovered that although we may not look it, we really are 12-year-old boys deep down inside.  We giggle, laugh AND snort (well she does) at the most inappropriate things.  Very much like Peter Griffin.  To know us is to love us…REALLY!!!

One thing that makes me smile until my face hurts is….ready for it?… ROB!!!!!

When he smiles, I smile

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My Latest Mission

It’s been almost four years since I had to put my beloved cat of seventeen years down.  I miss him a lot.  I had him longer than I have had my own children.  For a long time, I didn’t even think about getting another cat, which made my husband happy.

Merlin - taken shortly before he passed away. Yes, he was old and crotchety but I loved him

You see, I’ve always been a cat lover. My husband… not so much!  When we got married, I begged and pleaded and hubby caved. We got Merlin!

After Merlin, DH made me promise that we would be pet-free for at least a year.  I had no problem making this promise as I couldn’t even think of replacing Merlin.  [W4R: Awwww, this is sooo sad! ;..(  I need a HEA ASAP!]

As I mentioned before, it’ll be four years at the end of March and now I am seriously wanting another cat.  My problem?  DH is not keen on the idea. [W4R:  Rut-roh!]

These are his claims:

  • He likes not living with fur everywhere. [NOTE: As you can see from the pic, Merlin was white and our wardrobe mainly consists of black and more black clothes. This was a constant issue for him.]
  • He says it’s nice to be able to go away and not worry about who’s going to look after the cat.
  • He says that he doesn’t want to have to constantly keep shooing the cat off the counter.[NOTE: Again, I draw your attention to the pic: Cat… counter…]
  • He likes not having a cat standing at his feet while he’s eating dinner.

All of his claims are valid.  [W4R:  Is that code word for “silly”?  Cats rule! LOL]  I’m not going to bother denying it.  I have to keep reminding him of the times when Merlin would sense him coming and would be waiting to greet him at the door when he came home from work.  And remind him of the times when Merlin used to cozy up to him on the couch while he watched TV.

So, my mission is to convince DH that we can have a cat again.  I’ve always liked black cats and would love to get one.  Especially one with blue eyes (as per first-born’s request).

Yes, a black cat with short fur wouldn’t shed as much, or at least you wouldn’t notice it as much on our black clothing.

We (first-born and I) have already picked out a name for our future cat [NOTE: that’s me trying to project positive thoughts to the universe 🙂]   His/her name is going to be Appleton Rumball.  [W4R:  WTF?]  I know, you’re thinking “WTF?!”  [W4R:  Yes, I totally was.. how’d you know that..?]  It’s just one of those things that first-born and I came up with together.  I suggested Rumball and she (loving all things Jamaican) thought of Appleton (as in the Jamaican Rum) and voila! Appleton Rumball.  [W4R:  Again, I say, WTF…. LOL haha…  ]

So what I’ve started doing is texting pics of cute little black kitties to DH throughout the day, with messages attached like:

Could this be Appleton Rumball?

Could *this* be Appleton Rumball?

I’m thinking that if I’m relentless and bombard him with all the cute images he’ll give in eventually.

Wish me luck!!!!  [W4R:  Good luck!!!!!  And give in, Mr. Stefter, go ahead & give your ladies what they want, you’ll only be happy that way, mister! 🙂  Oh and I have enclosed a photo below of one of the most awesomest (yes, I know that isn’t a word) cats around… LOL!]

Cats Rule, suckas!

**Writing4Roses is kind enough to look over my ramblings to make sure I’m dotting all my Is and crossing all my Ts (and to add the odd witty comment every here and there).

My Pet Peeves

The Scream by Edvard Munch

I’m a pretty agreeable person.  No really! I am!!!! But just like anyone else, I’ve got a few pet peeves that drive me crazy!!!!

The word “Irregardless”

This is one of those words that so many people use and it drives me batshit crazy.  The word should be regardless!!!!  Out of curiosity, I went to Urban Dictionary to see its definition for the non-word and this is what I found:

1.  Used by people who ignorantly mean to say regardless. According to Webster, it is a word, but since the prefix “ir” and the suffix “less” both mean “not or with” they cancel each other out, so what you end up with is regard. When you use this to try to say you don’t care about something, you end up saying that you do. Of course everyone knows what you mean to say and only a pompous, rude asshole will correct you.

2. A word used by uneducated people intending to sound intelligent. Often, the defendant will use this word in court in an attempt to impress the judge and jury. Educated people notice and those who use this word instantly identify themselves to educated people as being uneducated. Educated people rarely correct them because it helps educated people more easily identify them if they are well-groomed.

3. This is not a fucking word… WTF!!

I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you that the third definition is my favourite. LOL  [Note: I went to Urban Dictionary just because it’s far more amusing than a regular dictionary! 🙂]

Empty boxes/containers left in the pantry or fridge

It can’t be just me that hates this.  Is there anything more annoying than going into the pantry or fridge to get something only to find that there is nothing left but the container it came in?   [W4R:  What bugs me is when someone leaves very little left in something not enough for a drink or meal & acts like it’s no biggie!]  Why does it seem that I am the only person in my household that is perturbed by this?  There are three other people at my house and not a single one of them could care less that there is an empty juice carton in the fridge or that there is an empty cereal box in the pantry.  Not to mention that it was one of those three people who put said empty container back in the fridge or pantry. [Note to self:  Install cameras in fridge and pantry and catch the perpetrator(s) red-handed].

Toilet paper - over and under AKA right and wrong

Toilet Paper Rolls

Ah yes, toilet paper rolls at my house could trigger an hour-long discussion.  No matter how many times I explain to my family members about the “right” way to insert a toilet paper roll, my words (some may call them rants) seem to fall on deaf ears.  Don’t even get me started on family members who apparently have difficulty in replacing empty toilet paper rolls.  [Note:  All of the above mentioned applies to paper towel rolls as well.]

Other Drivers

There are so many things that annoy me about other drivers but at the moment, the thing that most stands out in my mind is drivers that slow down to 2km an hour to go over train tracks.  REALLY?!!! Unless your car is 100 years old and falling apart I think it’s shocks can withstand going over the tracks at a faster speed.  This links into my fear of being stuck behind an asshole inching over the tracks as I look over and see a train headed my way.  [Note:  Sorry.  that should go into another post about my fears and phobias.]

Robert Pattinson

[W4R:  *Happppy claps* LOL] This is my blog so of course there has to be something Rob-related in this post.  Yes, it’s true!  I have pet peeves about Rob.  Not Rob directly!  He’s perfect!!! [w4R:  Amen.] *snickers*  Other people’s thoughts and comments about Rob.

It’s ROBERT PATTINSON! Not Patterson!  Not Pattson! Not Edward! And Not “the sparkly guy from Twilight“!!!! [W4R:  Not Patrick Robertson?!]

Yes, he’s most well-known for his role as Edward in Twilight but he’s so much more than that.  If you haven’t had the chance or the pleasure, please do yourself a favour and watch Remember Me, Water For Elephants and The Bad Mother’s Handbook.  He’s charming and beautiful and a pleasure to watch.

It also annoys me to hear people say “he’s not THAT good-looking”. My jaw just drops!!!!  I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that not everyone thinks he’s THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE (which he is – People Magazine take note) but come on!!!!  You just have to admit that the boy is very Very VERY attractive. [W4R:  Yes, please, hallelujah & AMEN!]

I’d like to go into the whole Robsten/Nonsten issue but…that’s a whole other post. [W4R:  Don’t forget the Crapsten team while you’re at it.. you’ve gotta be equal opportunity here! LOL]

Thanks for letting me get some of those off my chest.  I could go on but I think I’ll save some for another day on another post.

[W4R:  I hope you feel better now… 😉  I shall submit my bill to you in exchange for the chocolate pudding you’ve promised me LOL]

**Writing4Roses is kind enough to look over my ramblings to make sure I’m dotting all my Is and crossing all my Ts (and to add the odd witty comment every here and there).

What I’m Looking Forward to in 2012

So 2012 is upon us, and moving very quickly too.  January has almost come and gone but there’s so much more to come this year.  So many things that I’m looking forward to.

Rob's movies in 2012

 
MOVIES
 
There are so many movies I’m looking forward to this year.  Of course, there are the Rob movies I just can’t wait for:  Bel Ami, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and Cosmopolis.  I’m anxious to see all three of his movies but Cosmopolis is the one that means the most to me 🙂  [Note from W4R:  Sweet Jesus, this man shall kill me in 2012! Yes, I’m predicting the future… meccaleccahighmeccahineyho LOL]
 
I’m also looking forward to Hunger Games.  The book was phenomenal and I’m excited to see what they’ve done with the movie.  How about The Avengers?!  I’m a sucker for a good superhero movie, but ALL those superheroes in one movie…  HOT DAMN!!!!!
 
 

My Anticipated Books for 2012

 
BOOKS
 
I’m sure there are many books to be released in 2012 that I will really enjoy, but the book that I’m most excited about is JR Ward’s Lover Reborn.  I’m bouncing in my seat in anticipation of the latest book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
 
I’m also looking forward to Cassandra Clare’s books City of Lost Souls and Clockwork Princess.  I’m not 100% sure that  Clockwork Princess will be released this year but I’m crossing my fingers.  [Note from W4R:  There’s MORE?!  I’m still on the second book! Geez, I can’t keep up!  LOL  *looks down & grabs a pen and… *delete, delete* opens MS Word & begins to make a list of MORE books-to-read LOL*]
 
Presently I’m reading and enjoying the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter.  Hopefully I’ll be all caught up when The Darkest Seduction is released.
 
Another book I’m dying to get my hands on is the sequel to Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard.  I’m not certain that it will be released this year but a girl can hope 🙂
 
 
& MORE

London

 
2012 is going to be the year that I will finally make a trip to London, England.  [Note from W4R: Jeal-ous! LOL I wanna go.. please to be putting me in to your suitcase, k? Thanks…]  Of course, I won’t believe it until I’ve actually purchased my ticket.  Note to Cor and Meg:  I’m coming for you!!!!!  Can’t wait!!!!!
 
 

My girls, Jen & Deb

Most importantly, in 2012 I’m looking forward to more good times with family and friends.  I made a lot of new friends in 2011 and I look forward to spending more time with those friends and making new ones!  😀
 
 
 
 
**Writing4Roses is kind enough to look over my ramblings to make sure I’m dotting all my Is and crossing all my Ts (and to add the odd witty comment every here and there).
 

These Are A Few of My Favourite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...” ok, that’s not what I was going to really say but those sound so good.

My sister recently made a blog post called Things I Love in 400 Words.  After getting me all sentimental and weepy it got me thinking about making a similar post.  There are so many things I love that I fear I would bore everyone to tears with the long list (never mind trying to keep it under 400 words)  so I’m going to keep it down to just “a few”.

Let’s start with a few of the fan fiction stories that have owned my arse in the last little while:

Open to Interpretation by elvis4scilla

Robert Pattinson is twenty-five years old and a solid A-list international star. He is on the last leg of a European promotional tour for his latest film, when he meets a sexy much older woman who has been hired to serve as his language interpreter. What will develop during their travels throughout Spain, Italy, England, France and America? Will this older woman teach Rob about love and lust or will he have something to teach her? Lots of ripe, juicy, delicious lemons and possibly other fruit.

Note: I don’t usually read RP fics (for my own sanity, I think) but DAMN!!! This one is so good. [W4R:  Yes, I love it too!]

Footprints in the Snow by cosmogirl7481

“An hour from now, when the snow falls again, it will be like we weren’t even there. But we will remember.” A story of unrequited love, and how the things we keep silent can hurt us and the ones we hold closest. E/B Rated M for themes of an adult nature.

Note:  You know you just can’t go wrong with any story written by Cosmogirl7481

Masen Days by purelyamuse

3rd Place Winner in the Boys on Boards contest! Now an EXPANDED multi-chap! Bella meets Masen at the local skate park. He’s a quiet, mysterious loner. She wants to help him, love him even. Will he let her? Or will he skate away like he always does? AH

Note:  I love this Edward. I just want to hug him.

Let’s move on to a few of my fave fan made videos:

Robert Pattinson//I Want You!!!// by manu150176

Mad About The Boy: Robert Pattinson by MelbieToast

Why We Love Vishous by Calanthaa

What?!  You thought they were all going to be about Rob?  Had to sneak some Black Dagger Brotherhood‘s Vishous in there 🙂

As usual this wouldn’t be a post from me if I didn’t bring some Robp0rn.  Here are a few of my favourite things about Rob:

Rome Rob edit by Socalmom2four

I can start with his beautiful blue eyes. Followed by his mouth (especially that bottom lip) and that delicious scruff of his.  These are a few of my favourite things about Rob.

BUT WAIT!…..

Rob at the Sex Drive premier Oct. 2008

How could I possibly not include my all time favourite thing about Rob?! HIS NECK!!!! I’ll spare you all the details about why I love his neck (that would have to be a post all on its own).

And last but not least, I have to include a few “real life” favourite things:

  • When my second-born says “I love you, Mommy”.
  • When my first-born wants to discuss books we’ve been reading or wanting to read.
  • That first kiss when DH comes home from work.
  • The tradition of putting a puzzle together with my sister and first-born on Boxing Day.
  • Being together with friends and family at Christmas.
  • Sitting down with a good book and a cup of coffee.

Yup! These are most definitely a few of my favourite things!

*Unfortunately Writing4Roses who usually is kind enough to look over my ramblings to make sure I’m dotting all my Is and crossing all my Ts has not looked this over. So any errors in spelling or grammar are completely my own.  [UPDATED!  — > **Writing4Roses has approved this message! LOL]


Just A Few Things…

This is a very random post. It’s just a few things that made me…

…LAUGH OUT LOUD!!!! My sister found this site and posted it on her Facebook wall.  My fave one there was the one you see on the right. I know it’s not true but it just made me laugh.  No matter what I do or where I go there’s always some connection to Twilight or Rob.

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...sigh. My good friend Setje made a lovely Rob fan video and I wanted to post it here.  She always has a great eye for amazing Rob pics and she’s put a few of them together beautifully in this video for our enjoyment.  Go ahead and watch!!!!  Go ahead and swoon!!!!  Go ahead and drool just a little. I DARE YOU!!!! 

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feel luckyI entered a contest to win tickets to Blissdom Canada.  I’m not new to social networking.  I’ve been using Facebook and Twitter for quite a few years now and I LOVE IT!!!! However, I am new to blogging. I’m really enjoying it as an outlet for all my crazy and not so crazy thoughts.  I think I could learn a lot of useful information from this event so I really hope I win *crosses fingers*.  If you’re interested in a chance to win tickets as well, enter here.  This contest is courtesy of Oh Baby! Magazine. Now, I’m not sucking up, but Oh Baby! Magazine is full of useful information for parents of young children and moms-to-be.  Check out their website for contests and articles as well as to find out where you can get your free copy of the magazine.

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…hopeful.  My friend Writing4Roses isn’t feeling well 😦  I hope that she will be back to her old self soon. Get well soon!!!  The days just aren’t the same without our chats.   I hope this little bit of GQ Robp0rn makes you feel better.