Monday, August 25, 2008


For those of you who think "the cost of living can't be that bad"'s a little sampling of rental ads:

Best marshmallow roasting stick ever

Dan made this for me just in time to prevent a tantrum!
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Sunday, August 24, 2008

BBQs, playoffs and good times

This weekend marked the end of baseball season. With winter set to start next month (or so I hear), it was time to wrap up four months of slo-pitch with the annual playoff weekend. We finished second in our division, so we had a fairly good shot going in. Unfortunately, we lost our first game on Friday night by one measly run. After the game, we decided to come back to my place (or Dan's place?) and drown our sorrows around the fire. The hilarious night consisted of a home-made marshmallow roasting stick (think kindling, zip ties and fork), Jesse wearing Lanette's sports bra, wild boar pepperoni and deer sausage, as well as a little fire-side wrestling.

It was back to the diamonds on Saturday where we managed to string together a couple of wins, which meant we played at 9 a.m. this morning. Last night it was the "now-annual ball team wrap up at Alex and Lori's house". She had thrown together quite a spread of food, but unfortunately, the festivities of the previous night seemed to have taken the wind out of everyone's sails. Apparently it was quite a bit more mellow than last year! Candice and I blended up some deeelicious daquiris with the booze Pat bought me for hitting a in-the-park home run (sans errors) this year and then we took it easy for the rest of the night.

Back at the diamonds this morning, we played an intense nail bitter against the Cannons that saw us come out on top by one run. Unfortunately, we couldn't carry our winning streak into the next game and ended up losing to the Dirty Mitts.

For your viewing pleasure I've uploaded some playoff weekend photos on to Flickr. Unfortunately, the brilliant idea to take photos didn't hit me until today, so I missed some fantastic opportunities on Friday and Saturday night.

I also must start keeping better notes about some of the hilarious quotes that result from our time as a group. It is non-stop laughter at the ball diamond and beyond.

Well, I'm staring to pack for PEI, so I better wrap this up. Stay tuned for some east coast updates in the next couple of weeks. We're off to the gentle island for a week, starting Thursday, and then I'll be in Calgary until the 8th. After that, I'm back to B.C. for the much-anticipated ladies golf weekend in the south Okanagan. I can hardly wait.

Once that's over, I'll be back in oil country to start a new chapter with my little sis, who will be my roommate starting September 11. It's a little scary, but I'm sure it'll work out.

Adios amigos.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Mrs. Michelle Cambell.

Originally uploaded by Lanette14
Here's our little Michelle, all growed up and married.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Wedding

I am just home from a fantastic weekend (well, less than 48 hours, really) in B.C.

I headed home Friday afternoon, arrived in Kelowna in the evening, jetted to Kelowna for some last-minute wedding shopping (read: spree) and then drove to Enderby. The next day, I had a hair appointment in Winfield, and then it was back to Enderby for the big event.

And what was that big event, you ask? Michelle and Dave's wedding!

That's right, the two love birds tied the knot in a phenomenally beautiful ceremony and a fun-filled evening bash. You'll see photos up on Flickr soon, but I just wanted to tell everyone what a great time I had and how happy I am for miss Michelle. This girl has been dreaming about getting married since she came out of the womb I think, so I'm glad she's finally hitched and that she's found an amazing guy to be hitched to. You guys deserve every happiness that comes your way.

I also am grateful for a weekend filled with girlfriend reunions. I got to spend time with some of my closest old gal pals with whom I've certainly lost touch. I think it's safe to say we took the time to rekindle the flame. It was so nice to be around those crazies again. I miss them so much.

Well, now I must finish unpacking and get ready to upload some photos.

Once again - cheers to Dave and Michelle and huge hugs to all those girlies I can't wait to see again.



Monday, August 11, 2008

The Ft. McMurray IQ

Here's a snippet from a conversation I overheard on the bus this morning:

This guy was talking on his cell phone so obviously I only have one side of the convo:

Guy (talking about the person on the phone buying him something): I need a new watch.

- "Yeah I want to put it in my hard hat, so just something cheap"

- "I like digital, hey?"

- "I don't want to have to figure out what those hands say.....okay, this one's at the six, this one's at the 'thirty'---two. Okay, it's 6:32."

- "I just want to look at it and know, okay, it's 6:32"

The best part was that this guy was dead serious.

As I nearly laughed out loud, I reached for my BlackBerry so I could record this priceless demonstration of intelligence.

I thought we learned to tell time in grade two.

Welcome to Fort McMurray, everyone.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


5 p.m. today, the following occurs:

"Ding-dong"...goes the doorbell.

I run downstairs and cautiously open the door to a husky young guy with his back to the door. He turns around and the following conversation ensues:

Guy: "Hey! how are you?"

Me: "Umm...fine thanks. How are you?"

Guy: Good. Are you the queen of the castle?

Me (now realizing this is some kind of salesman): Uhh, I am for today, yeah.

Guy: Ahh, your parents aren't home?

Me: Um. I'm 26, I don't live with my parents.

Guy (now astonished): Oh wow. I'm sorry. You totally do not look 26.

The rest of the conversation eventually results in my declining his "free" carpet cleaning service after he quickly explains that he's paid out of the advertising budget for some steam cleaning company and that the "catch" is that they only do one room. Well, buddy, I rent, so no, you're not cleaning my carpets - despite your attempt at flattery.

Hello!!!! Do I honestly look like I'm a teenager who lives with her parents? No! Although I thank the lord for looking younger than 26, I quickly attribute it to the fact that I have braces. This happens to me all the time at the liquor store now, too.

Just thought I'd share this comical story.


Sunday, August 3, 2008

More golf

Lots of golf played this past week, and this weekend. Tuesday was ladies night and then I played in a tournament on Friday. We captured second overall in the best ball tournament (with little to no contribution from yours truly), so we each came home with a Taylor Made hybrid 3 iron. You have to love these company tournaments.

Yesterday it poured all day long, so there was no chance to get out for the 10 a.m. round we had scheduled. Today I played with Kristen and her boyfriend Mike. The rain held off, save for a small shower here and there, and it turned out to be a pretty nice day on the course. It was not so nice on the score card, though.

I continue to pursue my goal of breaking 100 by the season's end. I did shoot 50 on nine holes on Tuesday, but still can't break the barrier. I'm going for sub-50 on nine and sub-100 on 18 this year. Today's round: 107. Yuck! The good news is that my driver seems to be working again.

I have nothing else exciting to report, but I do want to send along my sincere congratulations to Christine Hiebert and Asa Leishman who tied the knot yesterday at their home in Lumby. I miss you guys and can't wait to see the photos. I so wish I could have been there and hope you guys enjoy every happiness you deserve in the years to come.