21 August, 2014

Random Thoughts - Fleeting Summer, Canadian Woes Edition...

Where has summer gone? Or did it even arrive in this first place? I don’t know about where you’re from, but here, it’s been cooler and more rainy than usual. We have an “old wives tale” in our area that says when the golden rod starts to flower; there will be frost in approximately 6 weeks. Well, the golden rod started to flower about 2 weeks ago, so if the tale is true, there will be frost on the ground by mid September.
My friends that I told you about a while back have officially moved to Panama. I’m so happy for them, but I won’t lie – I’m super jealous too. I know my time will come – if and when J and I can agree on a retirement destination. We each want different things and at this point, our only compromise might be splitting our time between 2 spots. Not the wisest move financially…

The Boy has been home from school for a visit in between semesters. It’s been really nice having him home, but soon he will be back on his way and once again, our house will be quiet…and clean…and the refrigerator will be full.

I’ve been participating in WAAAAY too much of things and not enough of others – too much food, too much drink, too little exercise and with that, my butt has become WAAAY too large. I had been doing so well up until mid July and then things just fell apart. I refuse to get on the scale because that will just cause me great anguish. I have every intention on getting back on track after the long weekend. Yes, I’m procrastinating…

As a Canadian, I’m tired of being gouged by shipping companies because I live in Canada. I’m disgusted by what things cost to have something shipped across the border. I order a lot of things online. On average, I pay more than 4 times for shipping to Canada than if I lived in the US and THEN, I still have to pay any exchange fees, plus customs and brokerage charges – pure B.S. We live approximately and hour and a half from the border, so in order to combat this, I’ve opened up an account with a US company that will accept shipments in my name in Niagara Falls, New York. They charge $5 per package when I go to pick it up. Yes, I’m still paying gas and my time, BUT I think it’s money well spent. It’s my way of sticking it to the “man”.

One problem solved, but my next complaint is that some websites (i.e. Converse.com) will not sell to me because I do not have a US credit card. Their site clearly says shipping to the US only, so my “US address” now solves that problem; however I cannot complete the purchase because I do not have a US credit card, nor will they accept payments from my PayPal account because it is also registered in Canada. eBay and a million other companies don’t seem to have a problem taking my money, so what’s the deal with Converse? What do they have against Canadians? Another case of pure B.S.

For those of you that are “friends” on Facebook, you know that J has shipped his first wholesale order for his wine bottle creations to a winery in Malibu, California. We also participated in an outdoor festival a few weeks back and his creations got a lot of positive feedback…and some sales too. He’s also aligned with a local home decor company and has some of his pieces on consignment with them. We’re pretty excited about his success so far and are hoping the orders continue. If you’re interested to can like our page on Facebook – either click on the link just search Surfing Flamingo and voila.

29 July, 2014

Holding Pattern…

Do you every feel you can’t move forward because your feet seem to have been cemented in place?  Well lately, I feel like most every day.
Work is the biggest culprit – there have been lots of changes, lots of changes to come and until those changes are finalized, my job duties are like a revolving door – constantly changing with the winds.  Don’t get me wrong I like change, but I also would like to have a sense of where I’m going to be long term and by long term, I mean for at least for the next few years. 
We are short-staffed and I’ve been called upon to take on more duties until a replacement can be found.  How can they find a replacement when they aren’t even looking?  It’s been almost 6 months with no end in sight.   I’m not one to shy away from a challenge or hard work, but I also don’t like being treated like the “fix-it” girl – especially when it won’t be recognized in any way shape or form by the “powers that be”.   By the time next year’s review period comes along, they will have conveniently forgotten about all the extra work I’ve done, problems I’ve fixed and money I’ve saved the company.  I don’t expect the world, but a little recognition would be nice.  Crazy talk, I know.
One thing I take great comfort in knowing, they will miss me when I’m gone to the Caribbean…. permanently.  I know everyone is replaceable, but I can guarantee they won’t find another one of me. 
Until then, smiles everyone, smiles! (Can anyone tell me where that line is from?)

18 July, 2014

Happy Friday - Random Thoughts...

I’m so happy it’s Friday.  I’ve been working “summer hours” for the past few weeks and it’s great – work an extra hour each day and then leave at noon on Fridays.  If only we could do that year round.

Our friends booked their “one-way” flights to Panama this week.  Yes, they are retiring early!  I’m sooo excited for them – a little jealous too, but mostly excited.  I know our time will come – “patience grasshopper”.

We haven’t been to the beach in a couple of weeks now – mostly thanks to bad weather and prior engagements.  I can honestly say that without those weekly excursions, my “life-balance” isn’t what is should be.  I’m not at all at peace with the world at the moment.

Our annual reviews are upon us here at work and let me say, what a @#%$ waste of time.  Our raises have been predetermined months ago and no matter how stellar my performance has been, I do not have the ability to earn over and above the predetermined about that everyone gets straight across the board.  With that said, no matter how bad I’ve done, that will also not be reflected.  Waste of time…

I’m gearing up for a summer festival in a couple of weeks.  I will be showcasing my jewelry and J will participate with me by including some of his wine bottle creations.  This will be the first outdoor venue for us, so let’s hope the weather holds out.

All in all, life is pretty good at the moment – especially now that it’s Friday!

02 July, 2014


I’m having a tough time with this blogging gig lately. I don’t have anything to say – surprising even for myself! I feel so many people have lost interest in it as well or perhaps is the Summer weather keeping everyone active and away from their computers. That’s a nice thought, but I’m thinking the fad might be winding down. I’m not giving up on it just yet, but only time will tell.

Yesterday was a holiday here in Canada – Canada Day. Seems pointless to have a Tuesday off. By law the holiday could have been “moved” to the Monday. That would have made perfect sense to have a long weekend in the middle of summer, but alas NO – common sense does not prevail in matters such as these. So now today, feels like Monday all over again. Aghhh!

Work continues to be a “means to an end”. I don’t love it, I don’t hate it (most days) – it just happens, I get paid, repeat. It’s progress review time here at the moment. I hate them – they are a waste of time and I suck at trying to make myself sound more important than I am and my job more interesting and useful than it truly is. I’m terrible at kissing up and won’t do it – they could keep their money for all I care. To sum it up - it’s crap.

As I’ve mentioned before, The Boy is continuing his education through the summer months. We haven’t seen him since the end of April. I know it’s only been a couple of months, but I miss him. The house is so quiet and clean without him.

Summer is passing by like a flash. Here we are into July and what have I done with my summer so far? Nothing, no plans to do anything either. Although J and I have made a point of going to the beach almost every weekend since the beginning of April. It’s only about a half hour drive and once we are there, we take a 10 mile round trip walk up and down “our beach”, beachcombing and just letting life pass us by. It’s been quite enjoyable and there is nothing quite like the sound of waves rolling in to soothe the soul and calm the mind. Truth be told, I could use that walk every day.

23 June, 2014

Because There Is Nothing Else Going On...

Happy National Pink Flamingo Day!

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