Friday, 7 November 2014

back from St Johns

Its a Friday night, its finally stopped raining and I am home alone booted off of Netflix as we have only two users on our monthly fee and have lost both ipads. The girls are upstairs, one in each room, with an ipad each watching Netflix. Why cant they watch something together?

I was away for three nights for work in St Johns, although last night was hardly a night as I didn't get to sleep until midnight, it was party central in that hotel, and I had to be up at 4.50am for my flight home. Of course I woke up at 4am, because lets face it, that extra 50 mins of sleep at that point wasn't precious at all.

Got to the airport, through a seemingly endless line at security where I now seem to need three trays for all my stuff -  laptop out of its bag, ipad (essential Netflix whilst away), my phone, my handbag with all its charging cables (which likely alarms the scanner person although maybe (s)hes seen it all before), my clear bag full of lip balm, mascara etc, my coat, scarf, my boots, my belt..... it takes about half an hour to get this lot in all these trays and I am prepared mentally for it all before I even have my turn. (Many people are not prepared and they are they ones wearing all the lace up boots and with three laptops)
God only knows what it will be like when it gets really cold and I move onto my serious winter outdoor wear. I think I might faint with fatigue dragging it all through a heated airport......

So even with the threat of turbulence from the pilot  as I was snuggled into my scarf, covered by my coat, no legroom due to my laptop and bag shoved under the seat in front (got to make space for those people that WILL NOT check in anything) and with my new pillow thing, I was asleep as we took off.
I even missed the drinks round which was a shame because I was majorly thirsty.

This of course resulted in having to buy a Starbucks crème brulee, which I am not technically allowed due to its ridiculous calorie and fat laden count, while I waited for my little checked in bag to make an appearance.
I drank half and threw the rest out... took some willpower that did!

So here I am, nothing to watch, this is after all N America - there is nothing on normal TV, even though we pay an arm and a leg for it each month, hubby out having a beer with his mates, and no Netflix availability to binge watching The Killing (REALLY good)

I mean, I should be in the hot tub, its stopped raining.......

Monday, 3 November 2014

October in one post

An update is required before winter is full on, so here is October in one post:

Alpine arrived at our back door trailing blood from a really deep cut on his leg, it was a mysterious one and we still have no idea as to the cause but he ended up at the emergency vets (naturally!) on a Sunday and we ended up with a $600 bill! Awesome!
Poor thing had a splint for a week following where he was like bambi on ice and we had to source him some baby socks with sucky bits on the soles to enable him some traction on the floors in the house.
He was a mess for two days and then quickly healed. Pity for him prevailed for a while and he now believes hes allowed on the bed, hmmmmmmm.

Dukie seems to be regressing to being the puppy that he never really was which is a blessing. Its plainly apparent that getting Alpine was possibly the best thing we ever did for him (and Paul)

Horses and riding
Appear to have made a comeback into my life, the girls are enjoying riding lessons and I am enjoying back in the company of horses. I am thinking I may ride again next year - maybe...

Pauls Birthday
Came and went and his present from Amazon has still not arrived and its now November.... we decided to hit Montanas for a family dinner which was all decked out for Halloween and had one of the best meals ever there. For once I bypassed the fish, we all bypassed an apertizer and in true North American style went for steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, skillet mushrooms, corn and southern beans. Delish!

New hair
Got a new haircut, I may just attempt to not cut it short for a while and see where this goes.

Rocked as always. Girls went with Paul who was dressed aptly as superman and came back with garbage bag worth of stuff. There is some serious chocolate in the house which is not good.
I wish I could say that I dont care for it but thats simply not true. Too much is finding its way into my hands.
The neighbourhood, by the way, surpassed itself with the decor. I can see why this is Chloes second favourite holiday - after Christmas of course.

Rain and weather
Halloweens lovely cool but mild and dry evening was swiftly followed by a weekend of rain, and lots of it. It feels like it never ended, went on and on, rain rain rain. (Its raining as I type this! Where are we? Seattle?)

Anyway we took advantage of the damp yet mild temps to cook up new recipes from Pinterest, all healthy to try and counter the candy overdosing somehow, and they have all been successes, we now have found new food to add to the usual suspects.
I also have found a new Netflix show and bingewatched three episodes last night whilst listening to the wind and rain through the open window at 9pm which was a little odd for this time of year but very very nice.

PS: Its been gorgeous, when its not been raining

PPS: It snowed this morning, it was only a flurry but it was noticeable, it existed and it contained snow. #wintertiresareon!