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Monday, April 30, 2007

Fun Filled Weekend!

Hello Ladies!

I had a relatively busy weekend. Earl was home all week of course and his back was feeling great, so he got to work doing something we've wanted to do since we moved into our house. One of the main reasons we bought the house is because of a beautiful backyard and deck. Its a two teared deck but the top half had a big square hole for a hot tub. Since we have one kid with another one still wanted in a couple of years, a hot tub isn't going to happen, both for $ reasons and safety of course. So we decided last year to fill in the hole to make the top part of the deck usable space. Anyway to make a long story short-well okay shorter-my husband finished the project. As you can see from the picture above this was fate! One of the great things about this deck for me are 2 built in planter boxes. One of them had to be down sized to accommodate our canopy. When we took it apart we found the biggest wasps nest I have ever seen!!!! Good thing we got rid of it! The deck looks great and we built in the corner to make sure no more wasps are going to make a home of our deck.

Other then that thrill of the week, I got my new steel toed shoes from Walmart. They are girls ones. I was hoping there would be tan and pink- because that would be funny! But no such luck, so I got the tan and girly shade of blue ones instead. They where only $55 so I was happy.

I've also had a pretty active week, since the weather has been nice I've been able to get outside and walk and play with Evan! We've also finished our spring clean up. We have a house on a corner lot so we've got tons of lawn to take care. Maybe this year I'll ask Earl to show me how to use the lawnmower. I know, I know I'm such a girl! I've never mowed the lawn in my life. But it would be good exercise considering our front yard has a relatively steep slope. I'm feeling great! Hopefully the scale will show a little of it tomorrow.

On Sunday Leanne and I went to a NS lunch at Kelsy's. The ladies we meet there where soooo fun!!! Shelly and Sandy where a blast! Shelly even made loot Inside was among other girly items a home made key chain the says NSROCKS! Evan loves it!!! He also loves the pink Breast Cancer bracelet. I'm keeping an eye on him so he doesn't brake either one of them.

Well that's it for me today. Tune in tomorrow for Tubb of Tuesday and we can see if yard work and gardening are good for the body as well as the soul!

See you tomorrow!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Yesterday and today.

Well yesterday while Evan was sleeping I finally got the chance to clean up my garden. Since we moved into the house in Dec I got the chance last year to just watch stuff come up, see what's there, it was very exciting for me. I know, I know, it sounds boring, watching flowers grow, but I enjoyed having something to watch besides my new born baby. Anyway so this year I got the chance to clean things up, it was rewarding and good exercise. I'm a little stiff today. I removed one rose bush that was to scraggly looking,it was the first thing you see when you come into the yard, it had to go, I transplanted some irises there instead, they are my fav flower after all.

After Evan woke up we went for a little walk around the block. I had a very scary moment. I was carrying him a little ways and one of the neighbors drove by and waved, so I waved back and my foot rolled into someones grass edging. (you know the ppl who make a little space between their grass and the sidewalk?) This was at the corner so there was a large section of side walk. I was so scared!!!! I stumbled as far as I could going towards the boulevard grass and away from the cement, but we still went down. I tried to hold on to Evan for as long as I could but I also didn't want him to be under me when I went down, so I turned to the side. There we where on the ground and I hit my head on the curb not to mention I rolled my ankle it hurts a little today. It sucked but we are fine. I had nightmares about it last night. One little thing like that could change our whole lives. What if he landed on the cement! Such scary stuff.

Today is G-shopping day, and Walmart day.

I have to buy steel toed shoes for my new job, Katrina suggested Walmart, they sell them rather cheap there. As long as they are CCA or CAC or whatever approved I'm good. So that's pretty much my day today. Earl is here to come with me this time at least, which is nice, g-shopping with baby is a pain, more so the unloading part. Earl's back is doing much better he's been taken it easy and resting.

That's it for me today. Bye!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

10 Foods I miss...

10 Foods I miss...soooo much!

1. Toast with peanut butter that's all melty, gooey and yummy!
2. Cheese and crackers
3. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
4. Yesterday was hot for spring, I really wanted a Slurpee!
5. Those oh so yummy Timmies Ice Caps
6. cookies-the NS ones aren't the same if you ask me. Chips Ahoy any one?
7. chips-once in a while I just want some salt and vinegar
8. White rice with soy sauce
9. Chinese Food-one of my fav outings
10. Pizza of course no surprise there!

Well that's it for me today, hope I didn't make you hungry...sorry.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I got it!


Meet another mom! Yippy!

I was walking with Evan down the street and we meet another mom. She has a 6 year old boy in kindergarten, a 4 year old girl in pre-school and a 2 year old boy. Her name is Bonnie and she lives about 3 doors down from us.

She was very nice, almost to nice, but needless to say it's some one to talk to. She said to come over any time and we can have coffee! I said that would be great!!!! I've been so lonely all year I wish I would have made friends with her in the spring Evan was born, we could have hung out all winter! Oh well. I knew she was around last summer, she goes for walks with her kids, and every time they came past our house their youngest would run up to our fence and yell PUPPIES!!!! and of course our dogs would go nuts!!! It was funny.

So I'm hoping to catch her outside more often so we can build a re pore. With her youngest being two, eventually Evan will catch up and I'm hoping they will be good friends.

I look at her two year old Nolin and think to myself I can't believe in just one more year Evan will be talking and collecting pine cones. Crazy! It shocks me to think back on just one year how far he has come, I can't imagine how he will be in another year. I can't even fathom it! Again what am I going to do when he leaves me. I know its years away but I can't imagine my life with out him, the joy, the worry, the frustration, the love of catastrophic proportions!

Well that's all the rambling I have to do for today. Bye all

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Tubb of Tuesday

Well that's another 4 whole pounds for me. I'm happy with that.

Timmies count 3

Well last night was eventful. We gave Evan his bath around 8 (a little late) Earl usually baths Evan in the tub with him and calls me when Evan is clean and has played for a while. So Earl called and I came and got baby boy. I dried him then put on his diaper and sleep wear. We then went down stairs for a bottle and a story. The nightly ritual was different after that. I usually bring Evan to Daddy for his kisses goodnight, well when I went to do so, Earl was hunched over on the bed with tears in his eyes. I knew his back had been bothering him lately so I figured it was that. He said we was drying off after getting out of the tub and he suddenly couldn't walk or move. I quickly gave Evan extra kisses and but him down for the night. I then called Earl's sis to come and take him into the emergency.

I helped Earl get dressed, helped him outside and waited for Ave with him, all the while checking and listening for baby. Thank goodness he went right to sleep with no fuss.

Ave came and she and Earl headed to the emergency. I told them to keep me posted. This was at about 9:00 pm. AT 12:30am Ave called and told me there is very little they can do. I still don't know what the problem really is but what I do know is it could either correct itself, or he will have to endure 6 months of straight pain even thow he's on meds, before they will do surgery. So needless to say he came home around 1am with a prescription for pain killers and T3s. He can't even pick up Roo! (for those of you who don't really know me Roo is Evan's nick name) 3 pounds max for 2 weeks is all he can lift. He has to go for nightly short walks to build up the muscles, and pretty much take it easy. He's off work for the next 2 days, so at least I got some company, even if he can't really do much.

After that whole fiasco, Roo decided to wake up 2 times during the night. At 3am and at 5am, then he has been up for the morning since 6. So needless to say it was another long night in the Potter house. I think Evan might be going through a growth spurt. His 12 M pants are looking a little shorter today. He's been eating like a horse too. This morning he had a whole slice of toast, a whole hard boiled egg and half a can of Mandarin orange pieces!!!!! and his usual 5 ounces of milk! Where does he put it all, that seems like a lot to me. But what do I know, he is my first kid after all. The rash on his face is now down to 8 pock marks so at least that doesn't seem to be getting any worse so that's good.

I didn't hear anything from Rona yet, hopefully today.

Well that's all for me today. Have a good one.

Monday, April 23, 2007

i think i got the a job...

Well I went to my interview at Rona for the Green house position. I got all dressed up in my suit (which fits again thanks to NS and my hard work so far) I had my hair pulled up nice, make up on, I looked professional,classy, I looked great! Katrina was in jeans! lol.

She asked some basic questions. If I was okay lifting things? I said my kid weighs 29 pounds, lady I got python arms! She asked How do you work? blah, blah, blah. She took the info for the criminal check they have to do. I didn't have to take that stupid "If you found a quarter in a pay phone would you mail it to the phone company?" test. Which thank God! I hate those stupid juvenile tests that large companies give most of the time.

Anyway she was talking to me about what I would be making 11-12 an hour. She said that starting me at the 10 an hour would be a slap in my face. She talked about hours, and said she would call me by tomorrow at the latest.

So unless some other Denise with either Wood or Potter as a last name has stolen my identity and committed horrible crimes, I think I got the job.

Thank God the job search is over! Now for the training, getting to know ppl, the not knowing what I'm doing, that sucks even more then the job finding part. Oh well, that's life!

Evan has got a red bumpy rash on his face, I think it was the chickenpox shot, the info sheet says it could happen with in 22 days and if we can count over 50 poc marks to take him to the Doctor. I can only count 10 so we're good, but he's a grumpy monkey, it was a late night...I'm having a nap... and I'm not gonna feel bad about it!

So bye all!

Friday, April 20, 2007

I got a call!

Well yesterday not long after I finished posting, I finally got a call about a job. This is one of the ones I was rather excited about, but I wasn't to sure about the company. It was Rona calling, they posted an add for part time personal in the Lawn and Garden section of the west end store. I figured since I love flowers and gardening myself, and I have a little bit of knowledge on the topic this position might be fun. I could also learn more about what I love, not to mention the discount! So I emailed my resume yesterday morning. They must be hurtin for ppl since they called 3 hours later, either that or they liked my resume, but I think they just really need staff.
The message left by Catrina didn't sound great. She sounded a little drained. It made me think she didn't really like her job much. But I guess we will see.
I went over to Danna's last night for a brake from Evan and to watch Survivor (which was the best episode I've seen in 5 seasons, this one is getting really good.) I know that both Dustin and Jordanna both worked at Rona so I thought I'd scope out the situation and get their comments. Dustin is working there now while he's on spring brake up, he told me that there is some really nice ppl working in that section. Jordanna told me don't be a cashier since it sucks, so I'm going to stay away from that. So anyway I called back today and left a message on Catrina's answering machine. Hopefully she'll call me back soon. I just want to get the interview and stuff over with. I hate starting new jobs! It's so awkward and uncomfortable at first.
I'm still going to drop my resume off at the bridal house today on my way to get some blood taken. I have to get tested to see if I have the anti-body for chicken pox since I remember my mom saying my sis got them when I was under a year old, but I never showed any symptoms just a fever. The nurses just wanted to make sure since it's really dangerous to get chicken pox as an adult. At least its only 1 vile of blood this time, not the 5 like when I was preggers.
I think I'm doing super good this week on NS, I feel smaller, Leanne's old jeans are feeling looser. I'm really looking forward to the weigh in. I'm finding it really hard not the sneak a weigh in peak. I've resisted so far.
So that's it for me. Bye ladies

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Job serch.

Hello ladies,
Sorry I didn't get a chance to post yesterday. Evan didn't want to nap. I've also been concentrating on finding a new job. I've applied at Reitmens and there brands/Old Navy-the longest process I've ever gone through/ The Bridal House here in St A/ Rona in the garden section/ and the Gazette for there flyer stuffing shifts-so far I think this would be the easiest. There is only 3 shifts Tues-Wed-Fri 8pm still we finish. This would leave my weekends completely open and I could still give Evan his bath every night, which is something I enjoy doing. I wouldn't have to worry about how tired I am, or how I'm dressed, or how I look. I could just go to work, do the stuff and come home. No cash to balance, no customers to bitch at me, no phones to answer. It would give me some extra money and I think it would be rather relaxing. Of course I don't know, so I guess I'll have to see if she calls, which I'm sure she will, who wouldn't want little old me!?!
I am doing much better on my diet this week, I've had one timmies-yesterday-which I usually do on Wednesday, other then that I've stayed on program-even the water drinking! Yah Me! So here's hopen the scale shows it.
Well that's all for me today. See you around.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tubb of Tuesday

Do to the weekends festivities and my eating of left over cake/chips. There will be no Tubb of Tuesday today. Tune in next week on the regular day for a weight loss report of epic proportions. (hopefully!!!)
Sorry for any inconvenience. Have a nice day.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Cake in face, armpits, ears.....

Evan's 1st Birthday Party!!!!
I had a really great time, and so did Evan as you can see above. Keep your eye on my ever changing pictures to the side of my posts for picture of the many toys, cloths and books he got.
The day was quite enjoyable, despite some glitches. (We are horrible parents that forgot to get candles...oops!) I spent 3 hours decorating my living room/ dinning room with balloons, streamers, race car tracks, and signs that said Evan's Grand-Prix! I think it looks super cute and I'll admit I haven't taken it down yet. My house is all brown-brown couch, brown wall, brown wood end tables-tv stand, brown carpet. The decorations add colour, I'll probably take them down tonight or tomorrow. Another week may be pushing the crazy line a little.
Other then that, I have to admit a crash and burn on my diet since the party. There was left over chips and cake and dip! I couldn't help myself. I was looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow but now I'm not so sure. Not only did I have chips, dip and yes 3 small pieces of cake. But my Timmies count is at 3, and my TOM is coming, I can feel it that may be why I can't stay away from the cake! That's my story and I'm sticking to it. It's not my fault! It's the horriblemoans! hehe. But I guess we will see tomorrow.
That's it for me today. Have a good one Ladies.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


Okay I have great news!
I fit into Leanne's old jeans. Size 18 baby!! Not only do they fit, and do up, but they are comfy too! I tried the same pair on last week and they didn't quite fit, so I'm really looking forward to my weigh in next week, hopefully it will be a big number.
Well I have a fun filled day today so this will be a really short post. I have Evan's doc appointment, then I'm going for a visit to my cousin (his wife heather)who has a bunch of stuff for me. Her son was born in May so the seasons for cloths line up quit nicely. Then tonight after Earl comes home we have to go for the dreaded needles.
As you can see my stroller has again moved. Since I didn't go to Danna's last night (she has strep throat which would be super bad for me, since my body is almost used to penicillin and the next stop is the big H word. Yuck.) I went for an hour long walk with my ipod. Yoohoo!
That's all for me today, have a great day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

thank god for phones

Well as the title says...thank god for phones. When one has a small but heavy child all those little things that one has to get done seem so impossible! For example-I have to get ready for Evan's b-day party on Saturday.
This involves-ordering a cake, getting decorations, getting food. All these tasks seem simple enough, but put a one year old into the mix and you got a big pain in the butt! Get him in the car, go into the 1st store, take him out of the car, if your lucky there are carts, if not your carrying him, (he still walks to slow). Then when your done with the first store, you get him in the car, drive to the next place, blah, blah, blah. Every quick stop takes so much longer!!!!
So anyway, I called Sobeys to order his b-day cake-HOT WHEELS!!!!. They tried to explain what it would look like, but I just said "What ever looks cute." So the cake will be a surprise to me, but its one less task to worry about. They did make the totally yummy cup cakes for our wedding, they where fresh, soft and sweet, just like cupcakes should be. They always do such a great job, so I'm not worried at all.
Other then that I made some calls about his one year check up, and shoots. I scheduled both for tomorrow. The doc appointment for 11am and the shoots for 7pm. I always like having the shoots in the evening so Earl can be with me. I'll pre warn all of you it sucks seeing your baby get his needles. Of course it's for their own good and its worse for the parents then it truly is for the child, but its very stressful for both. I'm glade that Evan has never had a reaction to them, except a slight fever and some pain. A bottle, some good cuddles and a good nights rest always seems to do the trick. I think this time will suck more then ever, he's going to be more aware of what is going on this time. The last time we had to go was at 6 months, that seems like forever ago now.
As you can see my stroller ticker has moved, I walked on my treadmill for 1 hour last night. Yah Me! Looking forward to my night off at Danna's tonight for a little chatting and some Top Model.
Have a good day ladies!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Tubb off Tuesday

Well I've weighed in and I was pleasantly surprised. Total this week 1 pound! Right on the nose, weird huh. I guess staying away from the timmies payed off. I also went for a 45 min walk last night. That may of helped as well. Oh well what ever it was that helped I'm happy.
Timmie Total=2
Oh and I have a comment. I don't think that Jack Frost got the memo, its spring!!!!!!! I think that the hedge hog or what ever animal didn't see his shadow forgot to fax it. That's it for me today, got nothin else to write about.
Looking forward to Saturday!!! Have a good day ladies!!!

Monday, April 9, 2007

I found a tea for me

Yup that's right its yummy!
I've had it in my cupboard for a while now, and I tried it once. But I think I tried it with cream and sugar, and made it really weak. I like most of my tea weak, but this one, try it strong, just let the tea bag hang out in there while you drink it all up.
I've been really strong this week on the Timmies front. Earl has asked me at least 4 times over the weekend if I wanted a coffee, and I have resisted! Yah Me!
Evan's b-day was relatively uneventful, so was Easter in general come to think of it. We got up on his birthday and gave him a big hug. We went to for a drive and to Walmart where he got a mega blocks toy, and I got new cutlery!!! We really needed it. We bought a set that is rather modern looking, its nice and thick so I'm hoping that it will last a long time. After walmart we came home and had b-day cake with Earl's parents and Ave. It was okay but I'm really looking forward to Saturday. So far it's going to be a pretty full house.
Other then that we went over to Pat's house for dinner last night. It was fun and Evan got a real work out, they have way more space for him to run around. I took my Chia Meat Burger which I gotta say was pretty good. I also had some salad, and a piece of lemon cake. I don't think my weigh in is going to be great tomorrow, I haven't got on the treadmill or walked at all. So here's hopen I at least lost a little. I'll take anything right now.
Well, that's it for me today. I hope you all had a great Easter weekend!

Friday, April 6, 2007

Evan's birthday!!!!

Happy Birthday Evan!!!!!!
I can't beleive your a whole year old!!!

Thursday, April 5, 2007


So I've had an eventful couple of days.
First I went out for coffee with Steph. Well she had coffee, I had green tea. We chatted from 8pm till past 10pm, and we could have talked for hours more!!! Then she came over to my house yesterday around noon, and left at 3:30!!! It was great to catch up. We talked about her family, my family, friends and how they are. It was great to talk to another mom. Since her kids are both in their teens she had so many insights and knowledge for me to prob.
After she left I realized how much I missed it. The conversation I mean. I'm so very lucky I have at least 4 girl friends and a husband that are well versed on the art of conversation. My sister in law for example has no clue on how to communicate! Being with her is like being with a wet mop! I say something and hit the ball into her court. She doesn't even try to hit the ball back! What has caused this lack in basic knowledge is unknown to me, what I do know is it sucks when I'm forced to hang out with her when there isn't anything to do. I just sit there like a bump on a log, yawning and getting more tired by the second. Thank goodness for Evan in this case, he's a good distraction.
I can get together with any one of you ladies and talk for hours, especially if given the right topic. Thank goodness. I enjoy a great conversation.
On the other side last night all hell broke loss in my life for about an hour. I don't want to get into it to much because there is just to much to type. Lets just say it came down to my husband telling my father that he's a drunk, and to do something about it! Earl basically told him that we don't want anything to do with him until he deals with his issues. Needless to say I was a little upset. There where other things that set off the name calling on both sides of the phone, so I wasn't mad at Earl I was scared that the rift would now be unbridgeable.
Anyway all is fine now, Earl called my father and patched things up for now. But my fathers drinking problem is getting worse and worse. He called my house pissed at 5:30pm!!!!! WTH!!!
Anyway I think we are all going to sit down and talk. I'm going to have to show some tough love and put it all on the table. "Make a choice, start helping yourself or I can't help you. I got a family of my own to worry about now, I have to be a good mom, so my son doesn't turn out to be a fucked up person like you."
I think that's all for me today. I look forward to some great conversations about this and many other things! I love you ladies with all my heart. What would I do with out you!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Tubb of Tuesday

Well this sucks. 0.8 pounds this week. WTH! I was hoping for at least two. I got lazy I guess. I didn't do my 5 hours of treadmill/walking. Okay and I may have had more then the allotted 2 timmies this week.
So here I go again. I'm going to try harder, I'm going to exercise-since that seems to be making the difference. I'm going to stay away from the bloody evil timmies. Green tea instead. Or the new chi tea they have there now.
Well other then the very disappointing numbers on the scale, I got a phone call last night from Steph! Surprised the heck out of me, haven't heard hide nor hair from that girl in months. So I'm going out for coffee with her tonight. She must of esp or something, I was going to call her and invite her to Evan's b-day party. (I know I would have gotten crap if I didn't, she would have heard through the grape vine, not that I didn't want her there, I love to see her when ever I can.) So that's 2 outings for me this week. Tonight with Steph, Wed at Danna's, and it's a short week for Earl and there for a short we for little old me. He has Friday - Monday off! Yippee!!! Two sleep in days!!!
Timmies count 3
pounds off 0.8-booooo. grrrr. sigh....well that's life.
I only have one more thing to say. NutraFlatulence sucks!

Monday, April 2, 2007

I can't beleive it.

Hello everyone,
I had a relatively great weekend. Minus the Evan not wanting to go down for a nap on Sunday afternoon. He just flat out refused!
We even drove around the city and country side trying to get him to sleep. I guess the car ride trick doesn't work any more. Dammit! It was so much easier! We ended up bringing Evan's birthday invitations with us and heading over to the south side to drop one off to Leanne and Mike. As I said above, he refused to sleep and they weren't doing any thing so we went in for a short but nice visit. Leanne lent me her girlfriends guide to pregnancy book, I'm planning on reading it when ever I can. She wants me to mark all the things that are true. lol. So that might be the whole book. Or at least large sections.
We also went out for a nice dinner with Earls family. We went to Swiss chalet. I figured this was a good choice to stick to my diet. Chicken is good for you right? I had the quarter chicken (which I brought most of it home) with cooked garden greens, and a potato (a cheat I know, but I could have gotten a juicy greasy burger or pizza. So I thought I did pretty good. It was very pleasant, Earls mom was in a good mood, which means unguarded and fun to be around. I have found her way more tolerable now that Evan is here. I think she doesn't want to piss me off with fear she won't see him. Which of course I would never do, but at least she's more pleasant to me now, and not at all in a fake way either. Evan sat nicely and entertained us for almost 2 hours!!! He's such a good little monkey.
Okay so I can't believe he's going to be 1 year on Friday!!!! I can see him growing up into a real person now. His personality is shinning through. Like the picture above, he loves his blue blanket! I think this may be the blanket. He wraps himself in it, and brushes it against his cheek. lol. He gets frustrated at himself if he's walking and falls down, or can't open the pages of one of his many books. When you give him a new food that he really happens to love he gives you this huge smile, and waves his little hands up and down as if saying "OMG this is the best thing in the world! and you gave it to me! and I'm the center of your world! and I'm sooo cute and I know it! now give me some more of that stuff that was the best thing in the my world!"
Lol, I cant' wait for you to see it, I hope his birthday cake will make him do it. I almost pee myself every time I see it! I gotta get a picture of it, but I don't think it would do it justice. Okay so maybe I need a video camera. I was thinking about getting one, mostly so that I can send videos to my sis. I feel like we are both missing out on so much! Maybe seeing it even if it's on the tv screen will help these feelings of being so far from her and Mannix.
Well that's it for me today. Have a good one!