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June 2012

Found 7 blog entries for June 2012.

It’s 1am and here I am at the laptop, not able to sleep because I’m seeing the events of this afternoon play over and over in my mind.

It all started with an innocent trip to Ikea to look at cabinets for the basement. In the parking lot, Clint unloaded Trin, and Faith and Nilo were going to walk. But sometimes I just like to carry my kiddies because then I can whisper things into their ears. It’s fun to carry them. But both wanted to be carried this time, and I’m always up for a challenge in that department.

Let it be noted that Clint is always trying to get me to stop with all the “challenges” with the kids. I love to pick them up and then toss them on the couch or throw them up high and let them fall on the bed. I remember how thrilling it was when

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If y’all are wondering why I’m actually blogging and keeping up with Facebook so well, it’s because I’ve been deserted. There’s no one to laugh at my jokes, and team up against the kids with me. I am husbandless. I lost him to the basement only a few short weeks ago. Sometimes I step down into his lair and offer him food in exchange for facetime, but I think he finds me far less interesting than the plumbing, concrete, and general dirtiness of the basement---things which he knows I abhor.

My killer of spiders and maker of cream of wheat has a vision. He sees a world where children don’t roam underfoot. Where children are banished to the basement and tempted with Netflix so that mom and dad can pretend to have a date night upstairs, which isn’t

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Clint and I are in the process of finishing our basement. Framing, electrical and plumbing are all done, and presently Clint is downtown getting permits. (I wrote this last week and am just now posting). There is something amazing about having one’s basement finished. We feel like we’ve arrived! Especially because we’re doing it all completely above board and getting permits all the way through!

Finishing our basement will certainly add value to our humble little abode in Auburn Bay, but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get those permits in place when you decide to finish your basement or make any permit-requiring changes to your home. I know this, because last year we had one heck of a runaround trying to get permits for the concrete

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I’m a pretty opinionated grocery shopper because I love to cook. If you live in Mahogany, Auburn Bay, Cranston, Copperfield, New Brighton, McKenzie Towne and even McKenzie Lake, and the Douglasdale areas, you have a few options of where to get your groceries. As a mom of five, my tastes have evolved over the years, and I have finally hit a stride of groceries that I think works well. Let’s look at your options:

Superstore at 130th

I used to shop here all the time. The savings were decent, and buying bulk is right up my alley. However, a couple years ago when I was pregnant, I was in the produce isle picking up a few things with my basket in hand. There was a broken tomato left on the floor which I didn’t see, and I slipped and landed right on my knee.

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If Oprah can have favourite things, why can’t I?

We’ve had an excellent experience with Trecc electric, and especially with, Josh Crippen, who has made developing our basement and installing a home theatre an absolute dream. Because of Josh, we’ve had such a smooth experience, and we love all of the innovative and affordable suggestions he put out there to make our home one killer audio jungle!

One of the things I am the most excited about is the Sono system that he recommended, and which we are having installed in the coming weeks, once drywall and taping are done. This awesome little system is very affordable, and allows us to control our whole home through our iPhones and iPads! We are literally counting down the days until we can pick it up! (We

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Just kidding. This will not be in depth, nor a proper analysis. It will, however, be a moment of me talking about this odd little character in the colloquial disconjointed writing style that I always bring to my classy, high-brow, Calgary real estate blog.

I can’t say enough about how much I love the movie Tangled, and really anything else that John Lassiter sets his hand to. I’ve seen the flick probably at least a hundred times, and sometimes I still get belly laughs, and I don’t think I’ve made it even once through the king and queen scene without sobbing like a baby, a single restrained tear.

Here’s what got me thinking about Mother Gothel. Today we’re in the shower and Faithy’s got all her Rapunzel dolls in there. (Three, and they’re all Rapunzel.

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  1. Costco is a date-night destination for us. There’s something really romantic about buying triple tubs of ketchup.
  2. We love the house we built in 2008, but we hate the lot.
  3. We don’t have cable TV in the house, and haven’t had it for 6 years now.
  4. Clint’s feet are always sore, yet he refuses to see a doctor about it.
  5. 2 or 3 times a year we both make two huge vats of spaghetti sauce and then freeze it into meal-sized portions. Once done, it takes 2-3 days to get our kitchen back to a point where a food inspector could call it sanitary.
  6. We have a morning meeting together every morning which involves coffee and quiet time. I look forward to this moment of the day for the rest of the whole day.
  7. The emoticons on our iPhones have taken on whole
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