Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Teamwork

makes me happy.


Being pregnant there are certain things I should and should not be doing.

Painting falls into the latter category.

As you may have noticed, from other photos taken around the house, I'm a little obsessed with white walls & bright stripes.

Lucky for me, as there are a few rooms that I would like to have painted before the wee baby arrives, I've got a teammate who doesn't mind doing what I can't.

So he paints...


I measure and tape...


he paints again...


and then I peel and reveal (the room that is) - but that's a whole other post.

What a team!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Choosing The Simple Life

makes me happy.



I think we always have the choice to make our lives either simple, easy and uncomplicated or difficult, dramatic and sensational.

I don't think either way of living is right or wrong, just recognizing that we do always have the choice.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Dropping Negative Baggage

makes me happy.



Okay, my last Tolle quote for a while, I promise.

I just thought this one expands on yesterday's so very well.

Here Tolle answers the question, 'How can we drop negativity, as you suggest?'

By dropping it. How do you drop a piece of hot coal that you are holding in your hand? How do you drop some heavy and useless baggage that you are carrying? By recognizing that you don't want to suffer the pain or carry the burden anymore and then letting go of it.


Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Ducks Being Back

makes me happy.


While walking with Kev and Cash in the park the other day we stumbled upon Mr & Mrs Duck!


Normally we find them splashing around in our pool, as seen last year, but as it's still slightly frozen they've settled for a puddle in the park...


for now.

Anyhoo - seeing them reminded me of this story Eckhart Tolle tells in the Power of Now...

Even ducks have taught me important spiritual lessons. Just watching them is a meditation. How peacefully they float along, at ease with themselves, totally present in the Now, dignified and perfect as only a mindless creature can be. Occasionally, however, two ducks will get into a fight - sometimes for no apparent reason, or because one duck has strayed into another's private space. The fight usually lasts only for a few seconds, and then the ducks separate, swim off in opposite directions, and vigoroursly flap their wings a few times. They then continue to swim on peacefully as if the fight had never happened. When I observed that for the first time, I suddenly realized that by flapping their wings they were releasing surplus energy, thus preventing it from becoming trapped in their body and turning into negativity. This is a natural wisdom, and it is easy for them because they do not have a mind that keeps the past alive unnecessarily and then builds as identity around it.

Negativity is not natural to us. We create it when our mind resists what is, believing it can manipulate reality and get what it wants. As any of us who believe in The Law of Attraction know, by creating and focusing on this negative state of mind all we will do is attract more of what we don't want.

Flap your wings and surrender to what is. Let go of all negative thoughts and feelings, and allow peace and positivity to flow into and through you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Spring Equinox

makes me happy.



This time of year always makes me happy. I think I'm going to petition that spring should be the new New Years day. The sense of excitement and anticipation from everyone you come in contact with is extraordinary. It really resonates, I am amazed of the shift in people.

Plans are made, goals are set, doors are open. Life seems to begin. It's a little different then the dead of winter, no?

The transition from winter to spring brings a warm gentle breath of air and with it carries a promise of colour, longer days, baseball and of course patios!

There is no better motivation than that.

Happy spring year everyone.

Keep the smiles comin' and spread the word.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Emma's Bridal Shower

makes me happy.


I promised the ladies this weekend, as I had promised myself, that I wouldn't overload the website with Bridal Shower photos.

But when I opened them up and took a look, I realized there were a few I just had to share...


simply because,



in the same way the bride always does,


they put the biggest smile on my face!

Hope they do the same for you.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Baby Zoolander

makes me happy.



Alright, so this photo, of the three they gave us today, is labeled Face. Now I'm no expert but, it looks to me like the baby's head is over there on the left side. In which case I'm thinkin' that it turned it's face, puckered it's lips and struck a pose for the camera... Blue Steel to be exact.

Did I mention we couldn't wake it up for the first ultrasound?

Just like dad.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Teardrops

make me happy.



Let me tell you something....I'm not a Leg Guy, an Ass Guy or a Boob Guy. I'm an all around Tight Package Please Don't Act Crazy kinda of Guy (with side of beautiful eyes and a funny bone of course). And that's just what I've always had with my Stacy until... the pregnancy.

As you would imagine Stacy has been eating super healthy and still exercising all the time so to the majority of people she doesn't look very different. But believe me, there are changes a brewing... two major ones to be exact.

Her boobs.

Stacy's always had very small boobs, perfect little tear drops I used to call them. And while she doesn't struggle with body image issues, there has been the odd time here and there while trying on this or that, when she has commented how a larger chest would fill out that dress nicely.

'Get a different dress then.' was always my thought.

Now, comparatively speaking, her boobs are enormous. It's not just the size of them that is the issue here, it's the mass of them. They weigh about 20 pounds each. Whhhhhat! My poor girl feels like tops are fitting her oddly, bras are a whole other issue, and her back is killing. I'm contemplating getting her a weight belt.

Most guys that I've told about Stacy's massive moons, reacted like I should be like a kid in a candy store. Not this guy. I shed a tear for our long lost teardrops but, my brother was right when so eloquently commented on this tituation situation, "They're not yours anymore."

I suppose they're not, so I'm just going to continue to be supportive and embrace all the changes - big ones and little ones.

But I do have a point here ladies - be happy with what you've got and make the most of it. The grass isn't always greener.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I'm The Boss

makes me happy.



I snapped these photos last night while Kev and I were working a gig together.

He was making lots of deposits into our Best Life Ever account as he had me in stitches while having fun with the microphone and podium.

When I opened up the photos and looked at them today, all I could think of Tom Cruise as Frank T.J. Mackey in Magnolia.



There's many a Mackey quote that would suit the photo above but I think this one works best...

"I'll tell you what I want you to do Janet! I want you to do your fucking job!"


Funny.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Space & Silence

make me happy.


Without space there could be no flowers.

Without silence there could be no love songs.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Money in the Bank

makes me happy.


Stacy and I laugh a lot. We share a somewhat dry, quick and sometimes odd sense of humour. I believe it 's one of the cornerstones of our wonderful life together.

The other day I had Stacy in stitches and as she caught her breath she said, "What would I do without you?" to which I replied, " You would probably be rich beyond your wildest dreams."

Money has never meant as much to me as happiness does.

So, it's with every lame joke I crack that gets a laugh out of Stacy, that makes me feel as though I've just made another deposit into our Best Life Ever account.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sunday March 15th 2009

makes me happy.


This is what the sunrise looked liked yesterday morning... magnificent.


Very foretelling of the promising event to come... Meghan's wedding shower!


But let me back up a couple days to when preparations began. Firstly my husband cleaned the entire house, went to the liquor store, and even helped me pick out flowers for the special day.


Then my sister baked her famous Pistachio Covered Chocolate Cheescake Torte and came over early to arrange all the flowers...


she's got skills - mad skills.


A couple of Meghan's other special lady friends brought over some infamous shower sandwich's and home made dips...


and a few other girls popped by early to help put to the finishing touches on everything.


And then the woman of honour arrived,


and her many well wishers...


from all the different facets of her life, and they mingled and chatted, and enjoyed putting faces to the names of the other significant others that mean so much to her.


A highlight for myself personally had to be meeting Meghan Telpner -obviously not the guest of honour Meghan, another Meghan - that's her in the pretty pink sweater and green scarf. We had recently began following each other's blog when I did a post about our Christmas brunch with Fitz and Megs and Meghan Telpner sent me a message, "Small world, I went to school with Meghan!"

And then there she was sitting in my living room, how cool?


It was a real group effort to create this afternoon filled with love...


life...


smiles...

and laughs...


but she's worth it - so very worth it!


With all our love - may your every dream and wish come true Meghan.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Her Patience

makes me happy.


For the four years Kev and I have lived in this house, the second bedroom on the main floor has been occupied by many a different guest and... Cashius.


While she almost always sleeps in our bedroom, unless of course the guest in the spare room allows her to squeeze into that tiny bed with them (read - Rob & Andy), she does spend a large part of her day lying on the bed keeping track of all the comings and goings in the backyard and the park.

Well, we recently relocated the spare bedroom to the basement - something to do with that growing pot belly I've got, and Cashius is none to happy about it.

Every morning when we get up she stills walks in the room, looks for the spare bed and then turns back to me with a slightly disgusted expression.



This morning I pulled a chair up to the window so she could keep an eye on those pesky birds and squirrels and I think she really appreciated it, until...



she got sleepy...



and was having a very hard time...


getting comfortable.


I promise we'll build you a new bed Cashius.

A little smaller then your old one but, definitely bigger then this chair.

Thanks for your patience my pet.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

17 Weeks

makes me happy.



Not much to report here, except I have a pot belly for the first time in twenty or so years.

Das coo.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Radiohead

makes me happy.



So, I dig Radiohead... a lot.

These are a couple photos I shot at the concert here in Toronto last summer.



Next to the show it self, my favourite part of the day had to be when this rainbow graced the sky, right before the band went on, right after the sky closed up after an hour long downpour.

It reminded me of the profound mantra - This too shall pass.

Like the storm, all our problems, our defeats, and our sorrow's, too will pass.

And just like the rainbow, all our successes, our victories, and our happiness, too will pass.

Underneath it all one thing remains the same - our true nature, and I believe Eckhart Tolle put it best when he suggested...

Love, joy and peace are deep states of Being or rather three aspects of the state of inner connectedness with Being. ...These are aspects of your true nature.


Please enjoy my favourite Radiohead song and give yourself a moment to think about that...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Recognizing The Illusion

makes me happy.



I'm reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle again (third time) and thought I would share a quote with you today.

Here Tolle is explaining how all problems are illusions of the mind...

"Ultimately, this is not about solving your problems. It's about realizing that there are no problems. Only situations - to be dealt with now, or to be left alone and accepted as part of the "isness" of the present moment until they change or can be dealt with. Problems are mind-made and need time to survive. They cannot survive in the actuality of the Now.

Focus your attention on the Now and tell me what problems you have at this moment."

None.

Monday, March 9, 2009

B's

make me happy.



The grand finale of Shark Week materialized yesterday, on my actual birthday, with a most delicious brunch prepared by, and held at, Kelly and Sandy's.

While I know how to cook food that is healthy, my sister knows how to cook food that tastes good, and isn't that exactly what you really want on your birthday?

Frittatas...



pancakes, bacon, hash browns, freshly squeezed orange juice,



and cupcakes all added to the most wonderful birthday week ever.

And still, the brunch, combined with all the balls, bikinis, books, bedding and best wishes I received this week could never add up to the amount of blessings I feel by enjoying a life so full of loving and caring people.

I can only hope I make you all feel at least half as I loved as I do.

My absolute gratitude.