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Monday, 25 April 2011

Crazy Family

Things I love about my family......

1. We all are truly "there" for each other.
2. We all find the same things funny, even when they are non-funny (ex, teabagging, my moms inability to remember any birthdays, things my dad did when we were kids, Modern Family).
3. We genuinely want to hang out with one another.
4. We know each others darkest secrets and neurotic behaviours and use that information in appropriate ways.
5. If someone is hurting one of us, or treating one of us unfairly, we all feel the injustice and gain up together to talk smack about them, or debate the unfairness of it in very intelligent conversation.
6. We are very non-traditional....which leads me toooo......

MEXICAN EASTER!!!  So every year for Easter, we always go out to the lake and play bocce, horseshoes, drink beer, cook hot dogs over a fire and let the kids play in the dirt.  It's a great way to spend a traditional religious holiday, when you are neither traditional, nor religious.  Some years we have 40 people show up, some years it's 10 of us. But we try and go (weather permitting) every year.  This year was a bit of mash up and half my family couldn't make it out to the lake.  We also had an enormous hankering for nachos with the girls from work, so we decided nothing says "Happy Easter" like drunken Mexicans! And of course by drunken Mexicans, I mean us, getting drunk and eating Mexican food!!  So of course my parents were on board (remember why I love them?) and we organized a Fiesta!!  Gillian brought sombreros and stick on mustaches and nacho fixings (if Cheech and Chong taught us anything, it's you NEED a good mustache!), Mom brought tequila and limes and I brought tortillas and fajitas and other good things to eat ending in ahs.  We sat in the sun and drank amazing margaritas wearing our get ups...listening to Gypsy Kings on full blast and every once in a while someone would yell "AYE AY AY AY AYYYYEEEE!!" or bust out in a Mexican hat dance or samba inspired move.  Lots of laughs!  We sat around the table after moaning about how full we were, still wearing sombreros, but not mustaches because they are really hard to eat in!

And this is yet another reason why I love my family.  They would take part in an event like this without a blink of an eye and everyone would have a good time!

My Mom and Dad

My Husband and Mom

My Dad "Pedro"

Gill and Me....Ole!

Monday, 11 April 2011

Another Year Older

Annnnnnnnnnnd just like that.....i'm another year older.  This year though, involved alot of planning!!  The girls from work and I planned an entire day of birthday extravaganza!  It really had been a long time since I had a real birthday party, mostly because of my 294772 children.  So this year, we decided on a theme first off.  Originally, I wanted "Leather Lace and Latex" but then we thought that's basically LADY GAGA so that was our theme!  Then we decided we should get tattoos for my birthday as well, so we booked that.  THEN some friends were having their birthday party on the same day so we combined efforts!  Basically, my lovely day went like this....

-Woke up by 6:30am to crying baby
-Out the door for a run/walk by 7:30am
-Gals from work showed up with Subway lunch and a GAZILLION GIANT trays of homemade cinnamon buns!!!!  Keeping with the theme, they had sayings iced into them such as "don't be a drag, just be a queen!"
-Stuff our faces and all pile into Rhonda (the station wagon) and we're off!!!
-Tattoo shop and we sit and go over design etc with tattoo artist....I get to go first!
-Finish mine and watch G get hers!
-And we're off again!  Couple of pit stops along the way but we get back home where my mom is cooking a giant pan of chicken Mole.....YUUUMMMMMMM!!!!!  Her specialty!!
-Family all shows up, we squish around the table and DIG IN!!!  Also, we go through many, many bottles of wine!
-Birthday cake done and it's time to GET GAGA!  My mom does my makeup while the girls do theirs.  Yes.  Okay, they are talented, and I still need my mom.  I'm 32 for fuck sake.
-Time for costumes!!!!!!!!  I get dressed for the first time in my costume and all of a sudden it hits me....HOLY CRAP I'M NOT WEARING PANTS AND I'M GOING OUT OF THE HOUSE.  How does Lady Gaga do it all the time????  I'm feeling a bit awkward and naked wearing basically a PVC bodysuit, fishnet type stockings and PVC spike heel boots.  Annnnnd that's about all i'm wearing.  Naked right??
-Out we go to the other birthday party house!  Drink some more wine to help forget about my lack of pants, do some schmoooozing and we're off to dancey dance at the Element!
-DANCEY DANCE our butts off!  I still have the blisters to prove it!  Everyone has a good time and we stay till close, which is a miracle for us!  We're normally in bed by 10pm.
-Now here's the bad part of the night.  We try and phone a cab.  In Castlegar.  Basically, IMPOSSIBLE!  We have one cab in this town.  So we end up sitting outside the Element waiting for a cab for 1.5 hours.  Remember, I HAVE NO PANTS ON.  G is even worse off!  She has no pants, or shirt.  We freeze and are miserable.  What a way to end a good night!!
-Finally home and in bed by 4am.  Get to sleep and thankfully everyone sleeps in till almost 8am the next morning! 

I got off with a very minimal hang over!  Mostly just tired, but it was enough to remind me of why we don't do this anymore!  I've decided I can wear no pants and be okay with it, all though, it might not fly at work.  I also remembered what an amazing group of gals that I work with and hang with and I'm super lucky to have them as my friends!  I also have an amazing family (which I knew already!!) and this years birthday was a smashing success!!!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Gilly B Ballin

So I know this girl......and she's pretty rad.  She drives a rad car and has rad hair.  She sings and can play guitar, all though, it takes quite a few bottles of wine to get her to do that.  The point of my rad story is she's young, mature, happening and single.....and WHERE THE HELL DO YOU MEET PEOPLE IN THIS TOWN??!!???!!!  People who aren't douche canoes, or who don't have criminal records or people who aren't drug addicts??  I mean, really, the only place we have here is the Element, and it's a gross meat market full of guys just looking to pick up.  And she's better then all that!  Like, she's the kind of gal who will make you home made cinnamon buns, and sew you a jacket....BOTH from scratch!  She likes tall guys....with hair!  The longer the better really.....and she's a hairdresser, so she can tame the beast if need be, but more then likely she'll just cut off your ponytail holder and let it all flow!  Hairy chest, check!  She likes a real man!  So where oh where do you find these guys?  Maybe enroll in a class at the college?  Like, just one?  Ooorrr......sign on the side of the road?  No really, where are all the boys at?  Do we need more things/places for "singles"?  Or do they become cheesy and creepy the moment you label them as "single" hangouts? couldn't pay me to date again!  It's tough!  Suggestions??

PS - Did I mention she's rad????
PPS - Is she going to think I assume she's desperate when she reads this??

PPS - She's not at all btw.  She's happy in her life!

PPPPPS - If you take her away from me and I lose my cinnamon bun supply, I'm going to cut you.

PPPPPPPS - She's rad.