Friday, May 29, 2009

Forgetting About Woulda Coulda Shoulda

makes me happy.


I've been off work now for a few weeks and have to tell you, I haven't got nearly as much done as I had planned to.

Aside from the fairly constant back pain that's slowed me down, I simply feel tired. I'm sure in part due to the fact my sleeps are all to often interrupted by trips to the washrooms, kicks in the organs, and shifts in position to ease pressure on my back and work out limbs that have gone numb - but, apparently making a baby in it's self is a tiring act, or so they would like me to believe. Who are they anyway?

Regardless, I don't like. I've always taken my health very seriously so that I'd be able to live a pain free, energy filled existence on a daily basis and these recent physical changes have left me with a feeling of loss of control.

It got to me today and I had a bit of a breakdown on Kevyn's shoulder. It's always funny discussing these kinds of feelings with him because he never feels them. As much as let likes to get things done and lead a productive life, when he doesn't, he's A-Okay with it. Never one to feel guilt about taking life at a medium pace or beat himself up for not being able to check everything off his to-do list in one day.

So you can imagine he had a few choice words for me about listening to my body and shutting up my head!

And with those words fresh in my mind...


I asked myself, "What would make you feel THE BEST right now?"


My answer, "Stepping away from everything I thought I should be doing and taking Cashius for a walk in Cedarvale instead!"


And that's what I did.

Enjoying the smells and the colours, the feel and the sounds.

Both my body and mind thanked me afterward.

I told them they should be thanking Kevyn.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Working Through My Fear

makes me happy.



Hey Ho! Kev here. I know it's been a while - let's blame my recent vacations to Mexico and Vegas for taking me off track, cool beans?

But now I'm coming back. And with a bang! Here to share a little story with you about working through fear - something I'm sure most will be able to relate to.

As many of you know, Stacy and I often work catered events when we're not bartending. Stacy even more so then me as she's been doing it longer and she has a couple gigs she does on a regular basis. Or should I say, had and did, as she's now getting ready for baby and no longer working.

On that note, I offered up my services to work some of those regular gigs. Well, I got called up the other day and as soon as I said 'yes' and hit the reply button a wave of fear rippled through my body.

Why? I'm not really sure.

I could blame Stacy and say following in her work ethic and style is like following Norm MacDonald on The Dave Letterman Show



but... I'd only do that cause I like blame Stacy for shit.

No, I think it was just a fear of the unknown. As this particular job is done by only one person I knew I'd have no one to rely on but myself. What if I didn't know where something was, or didn't know exactly where something went, or didn't know exactly when to do A, B & C?

I couldn't believe I was feeling any anxiety about this Sane Kevyn kept saying, "All you'd have to do is ask someone!" But Crazy Kevyn kept telling me it was all going to be a problem, somehow, somewhere, something was going to go wrong and it was going to be all my fault. Ridiculous.

Luckily I was able to keep tuning Crazy Kevyn out, simply grinning at him and his silly ways, and get to work with Sane Kevyn.

Happy to report the job went as smooth as butta.

Rest in peace Crazy Kevyn... RIP.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Funny Tennis Pictures

make me happy.


Sure these two guys can smack around the tennis ball better then this,


in fact Al, the guy in the shot above, has to be one of the best all around natural athletes I've ever met.


But really,


whose not got...


a smile on their face right now?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Perfect Sunday

makes me happy.


Oddly, and luckily for Kevyn, we had NO plans or obligations for this past Sunday.

I say 'luckily for Kevyn' as I no longer suffer from the same sort aches and pains as most do following the wedding of two their best friends. No, my aches and pains these days are of a different kind, perhaps not as severe or intense. Certainly one of the benefits of pregnancy is the eradication of The Hangover!

So we got up slowly, ate some fried eggs and toast in the backyard, the ducks flew in...


and Bobby stopped by.


And while I continued to re-finishing some bedroom furniture, nothing about the day felt like work, as I was constantly breaking to eat pistachios, drink green tea and laugh with the boys about the previous night and the curiosities of life.

I also enjoyed messing around with my camera settings, trying out this cool option Adel had told me about called Shoot and Select, that rapidly shoots up to 10 frames in a row and then allows you to select and keep the best ones.










Apparently I selected them all! I see my iphoto doubling in size very, very quickly.


As the evening rolled in we pulled out the Snuggie, made a salad, barbequed some meat...


and enjoyed the magic of just being.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Maloney's

make me happy.


Kevyn and I were so honoured to stand up for our dear friends...


Emma...


and Dave...


this past Saturday as they said their 'I do's!'

As I said when I had the privilege of proclaiming my love for the both of them in a toast during the reception,


they are two extra ordinary individuals, as happy and positive as they come...


who have enriched and inspired both myself...


and Kevyn...


in profound and deep ways.


And now that they've come together as a couple, well now we had a real force to be reckoned with.


Inspiring twice as much love...


making the flowers smell even sweeter...


and filling the world with that much more joy, everywhere they go.


Jazz hands!


And while I expressed back in this post that - without space there could be no flowers and without silence there could be no love songs...


today I'd like to say - it is because of the joyful spirits of Dave & Emma that the flowers and the love songs...


the the smiles filled the space and silence.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Empowering Words

make me happy.



Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

And if those words didn't get you fired up - hopefully that shot of Cashius did!

Have a great weekend - I know we will.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

On Or Off

makes me happy.



A few of our girlie friends and I spent about 7 hours over at Emma's yesterday putting together some of the finishing touches for her wedding on Saturday.

There was lots of cutting, scoring, gluing and folding to be done...


and although we took the time to enjoy a couple breaks in her backyard to smell the flowers...



let Jake (Em's cat) and Cashius mess around, and to eat Indian food (the baby was going nuts), I still came home with a VERY sore lower back.

Luckily for me Kev had finished work early and even after hooking up with a buddy for a couple pints, made it home the same time as me. I knew I could count on the tender touch of my selfless husband's hands to massage away all my aches and pains.


What I didn't count on, as seen in re-enactment above, was when he leaned over and asked me, in the most sincere and sympathetic voice...

"Would you prefer it if I took my clothes off?"

Like I said... selfless.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tulips

make me happy.


Business opportunities have been on my mind as of late and stumbled upon this Bo Bennett quote the other day which inspired me so much I thought it would be a shame not to share...

The only place opportunity cannot be found is in a closed-minded person.

True, yes?

I liked it so much that I did a little more Bo Bennett reading and came across this one that I like almost as much, although totally unrelated to business...

Be friendly to everyone. Those who deserve it the least need it the most.

And the photo of the tulips?

Well, I snapped it a couple days ago and thought it to was too beautiful not to share. And, if you'd like me to relate it to this post I'd say...

Tulips, growing with ease where ever there's an opportunity and making people smile in the process.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What I Got Right Now

makes me happy.


Our softball league begins in less then two weeks.

I love playing softball - especially with this team of our that's been playing together for about 10 seasons or so.

The team had it's second practice this past Sunday and this was my view from the bench.

Don't feel sorry for me - I don't. Kev asked me afterwards if it was hard watching instead of playing... nope.

Now don't get me wrong, playing would have been great but, being as I'm almost 7 months pregnant, it's just not an option.

You needn't read many Buddhist teachings to learn how harmful unsatisfied expectations and unfulfilled desires can be to one's happiness.

Or as they so eloquently put it...

Want what you have and you'll always get what you want.

I want to have this baby and when it's time for me to get back on the diamond, swing the bat, run the bases, and catch the ball again - then I'll want to do that.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Burgers & Burt

makes me happy.


I'm not a big red meat eater. In my usual, without child state, I tend to indulge only once a month or so. That being the case, we rarely prepare it at home, opting instead to enjoy it when dining out, prepared by the professionals.

Since pulling out the barbeque a couple of weeks ago, my with child state, has had a little hankering for homemade burgers. As I can count on one hand the number of times I've cooked ground beef in my life - I was a little lost as to what to do.

Thank goodness for Google! It only took entering in a few keywords before I learned my options for jazzing up a homemade burger were endless. Off to the fridge I went, pulling all my favourite ingredients that I saw in any number of different recipes, and created my own.


That was the fun part. Mixing it all together with my hands... not so much. Yeah, there's no which way about it, those are animal tissues.


Anyhoo - once I get beyond that, we end up with The Stacy Burger!


At which time they are handed over to the grill master...


and we invite Laura Burt over to enjoy with us!

Laura is as much of a treat as the burgers. She always shows up full of life, hilarious stories, and last night, bearing gifts as well...


Snuggies for everyone! Seriously... she brought us Snuggies. Don't be hatin'!


Hard to beat a Thursday in mid-May like this, eh?

Life, she be good.