Thursday, September 13, 2007

Note to Self

Janis, if you actually want to get any work done... don't go to the library! You KNOW how distracted you get by all the books and magazines and DVDs... you don't actually get around to doing any work for at least an hour, and then it's time to go home. It might be a place where other people can concentrate, but know your weakness, Janis, and avoid it!

Apocalypse Now, Part Two

Tuesday morning, I did something I never would have dreamed I would ever in my lifetime do... I went to a Power Step class with Jolie at the gym. You work out for an hour doing weights, squats, lunges, sit-ups, stretches etc. to music. Okay, have you ever seen the Steve Martin movie "The Jerk"? I highly recommend it, by the way. I AM STEVE MARTIN! No, I think I'm WORSE than Steve Martin... I have no rhythm AT ALL. I can't even clap in time to the music at church. It's embarassing really, but it certainly keeps me humble. The funniest thing was when the instructor actually mentioned that movie... probably because of me, haha! Jolie was telling me how it's really cool when everyone is in sync, and it feels like a Britney Spears video (because of the coordinated movements, not the provocative clothes!) and how she curses the person who screws up and ruins the mood. I'm like, HELLO! THAT'S ME! WHY are you bringing me along? Well, I survived, though I think I looked like a fish out of water, desperately flapping around on the shore, trying to keep up and not die. I thought I was going to die during the lunges... they're brutal! It was quite the workout, and I conquered yet another fear, thanks to Jolie's encouragement. I don't think I'll ever get in sync though! Jolie's like, well, religion comes easily to you, physical stuff comes easily to other people. So I guess I'm good at something... just not anything that involves physical coordination! And she wants me to learn to ride a bike... HA! Maybe she has a secret death wish for me... and after all I do for her...

Just For Fun

Sunday night, Jolie asked me if I wanted to join her and Marty in going up to Harrison Hot Springs on Monday. "What for?" I asked her, thinking it would be an excursion related to her fledgling jewelery-making business, or to look at a property they were interested in. "I thought we could go up and enjoy the public pool, where the hot springs are pumped in, just for fun," she replied. I was flabbergasted... Just for fun? It's been forever since we grown-ups have done something together without the kids "just for fun." I kind of thought she was kidding at first. But she wasn't! So after dropping the kids off at school, we drove there and enjoyed the hot spring-fed public pool. But let me say, you really can't take Marty out in public. I didn't know whether to be embarassed and annoyed or amused by his antics, so I ended up being both. Here we are, probably the youngest people there by thirty years at least, all these lovely older people enjoying a nice relaxing soak in the pool, and Marty's is showing off his solo synchronized swimming moves and creating minor tidal waves... I imagine they were all cursing the "youngins" for their tomfoolery... but I swear, it was only Marty. Jolie and I both behaved very respectably (with the exception of bringing Marty along). Anyway, it was amazing to get away and do something "just for fun"!

I Know I'm Getting Old When...

Like my mom, I snuggle in bed to read a good book, and end up falling asleep.

Apocalypse Now

It started out like any other Sunday morning... me yelling at the kids to hurry up so we wouldn't be later than usual to church... Layni finding leaves and rocks and other treasures to share with Mattias on the walk there... enjoying Sunday morning fellowship... going to McDonalds for lunch. It was there, sitting in the french fries-shaped chair, that it happened. I had only eaten three chicken nuggets and not even finished my fries when I thought, "I don't really want to finish this. I'm kind of sick of this food. I really wouldn't mind if we didn't come here for awhile." I cannot believe after thirty years, it's finally happened... I'm somewhat sick of McDonalds! It might not be my favourite restaurant in the world anymore! Maybe I have a brain tumour. Okay, that's not funny... but it would explain the radical shift in my perspective. I think the end is near...

Saturday, September 08, 2007


Once again, I've not been faithfully keeping up my blog... oops. I really have no excuses. The girls are back to school and find out on Monday who their teacher(s) will be. We're not sure yet, but they may be in separate classes this year, which might actually be a more difficult transition for Layni than Lysa. It's wonderful to see the close relationship they have, and that Layni still enjoys being with her sister, but it might also be good for her to get out on her own and not feel so responsible for her. Lysa's SEA said if they are in different classes, they will do some transition visits to make it easier for everyone. We're very happy that Lysa has her SEA, Cherry, back this year. We love her and are glad to have someone who loves and knows Lysa so well.

I finished reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" yesterday. I basically stayed home and read all day Thursday, but couldn't quite finish it before falling asleep that night (you know you're getting older when...) It was a great read, and yes, I'm a big nerd and proud of it! Jolie asked me if I was weeping, which I wasn't, but I did have tears in my eyes at a couple points. It's kind of sad that it's all over, but satisfying too... I hope J.K. Rowling doesn't sell out and write another one. So many people have ruined a good thing by not leaving it alone... like the abysmal remake of my childhood classic "The Dukes of Hazzard" - shame on you, Willie Nelson, for what you did to Uncle Jessie! And a sequel to "Gone With the Wind" or the proposed prequel to "Anne of Green Gables" - SO WRONG!!!

Tuesday night, we're starting a ten month scrapbooking journey called "A Legacy of Faith" at my church. One Tuesday a month, we'll do a page pertaining to our faith journey, like the Biblical meaning of your name, your spiritual mentor, favourite Bible verse or hymn etc. I've never scrapbooked before (though I do make cards), so this will be a fun way to get introduced to it.

Thursday morning, my Bible study starts. We're doing a book called "Pray" by Tony Jones - you'll never guess what it's about, haha! It examines prayers through the Bible and early church in order to impact your own prayer life. I'm hoping it will be a great time of fellowship, learning and heartfelt prayer that will be a blessing to us all.

Some people I love are going through very hard times right now, and sometimes it's hard not to get discouraged. Sometimes it's hard to pray - what do I say? Will it make any difference? But I've found when all else fails, I can sing... an old hymn of faith to cry out to my God and remind me of who He is. My favourites are "Be Thou My Vision," "Standing on the Promises," and "There's Power in the Blood."

Well, I need to go get the kids ready for bed so we can all get up in time for church... it always seems no matter how early I try to get up, we're always running late. Oh well, at least we get there!

Monday, September 03, 2007


I bought Marty a new kettle today. He was very grateful. I won't be making pancakes again any time soon.