Monday, June 30, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Adult musical dinner theater night

Last night we went in to the big city and had a wonderful time with some new and old friends at an adult musical dinner theater.....I sort of knew what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by how much my face hurt from laughing....and I had no idea that these singing puppets could be so dirty lol.
My favorite song of the whole show was called "Internet is for porn" it up on youtube.....seriously funny stuff....if your dirty :-)

There was even a funny German reference song that even had the hubster laughing!

This was the group of us that all met up for this event.

This amazing lady was the one who organized us all...which was no easy task, as we all live in different places, so it was a great treat. She is also the amazing lady who was a stranger to me up until last summer when she picked me up and took me to my first music festival. Thank you Lisa!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Greenhorn trucking observations

So I have been at new trucking job for just over a month. The following are my observations and discoveries over that period.

1. People are STILL shocked at women driving trucks....and by people, I mean EVERYONE. I have LITERALLY been stopped by both men and women in parking lots or shouting from their cars...."wow...a woman driver, never seen that before", or "do you have a license to drive that?'

2. All female truck drivers are NOT angry lesbians.

3. There ARE some angry lesbians who do drive trucks (those ones don't like me and won't wave at me when I pass them.

4. Most men don't believe that as a female driver, we can back up or make it through most tight driving situations.....but when we do....and we do it right in front of them, they all of a sudden become very flirty and think "yeah, she's not that bad" which they are then given the cold shoulder.

5. This world is INSANE....yesterday I discovered that we here in Canada, have people in the USA, drive all they way to AB, to pick up semi trucks full of our recycled cardboard, drive it back to the USA, and then send it on a boat to China, were they then turn it back into usable boxes. SERIOUSLY....I was talking to the trucker from Seattle WA who does this....what boggles my mind is that Canada can't recycle it's own cardboard...we gotta send it to the States and then over to China....yeah....that's seems economical...mind blowing to me.

6. All back entries to restaurants are DISGUSTING....and because of this discovery, I no longer will eat at certain restaurants because of the "what they don't see won't hurt em" idea they have.

7. There seems to be a certain protocol with truckers and waving or head nodding to each other.....and if you don't comply with this unwritten protocol, you are then considered a "snobby driver"....I now make a point of vigorously waving my hand so they are undoubtedly aware that I have acknowledged them for five seconds.

8. Once you are behind the wheel of a larger truck, your personality instantly becomes somewhat more arrogant...whether you want it to or not, you actually believe you are more superior to any other small vehicle on the road.

9. Every time I have to back in to a sticky situation, as a greenhorn truck driver, I have to tell myself...everyone has to start somewhere, and today is another notch on the learning curve...this is how I calm myself down instead of freaking out.

10. All receivers need Valium or a different job....they all seem to be SUPER cranky and overwhelmed.....which I don't know your job is to receive stuff, why are you shocked that a truck is there to bring you shit....sheesh.

11. Most men are more then willing to help out a "girl" driver....and by "help out" I mean...."well I think this is how your should drive advice, or back up advice".....this coming from the man who doesn't or has never driven a truck....these same men also don't stop looking at your boobs either rather then your eyes....but hey....if you wanna stare at my old saggy boobs and it means your gonna get the shit off my truck faster....stare away.

12. I have not yet decided if I like this job yet or not....I's fun, it's different, everyday is variable and you have to be able to handle last minute changes and be very very adaptable...and most of have to like bouncing around in a seat all day long and getting in and out of a truck (which in my mind I have decided that's it's the equivalent to doing 100 squats a day lol)

So....for now....I keep on trucking!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Diggin the garden

Time spent in the garden is glorious.....not as glorious as it used to be when I was younger and it didn't hurt the body as much, but it's still's just now my knees hurt, back hurts and it takes a little longer to get back up after weeding for a while lol....but I don't think I will EVER tire from spending time in the garden.....just looking around at the fruits of my labor puts a smile on my face :-)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Wind power

Not far from our house and little village is a windmill farm....they started the first stage of three stages a year ago....I find them beautiful, enthralling and magical....I literally could sit underneath one all day....I love the sound they make with the wind, I love how they just mesmerize my senses when I am near them.
Am I crazy? Oh probably....I jut have this thing for windmills okay! lol 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Well it has officially been one year since we moved BACK to Alberta from BC. It's hard to believe that we have been here that long already.....yet one year is not that long. It's hard to believe that we left BC....yet when we sit down and talk about our five years in BC it seems like a dream. We know it happened and we have so many great pictures and memories from our five years there....but we are now creating new memories and taking pictures of a new life back in Alberta.
It's crazy to think of how and what we have done in this past year....the people we have met, the places we have gone, and the places we look forward to see.
This is also the first official year that I have had NO children living at home...that my two babies are out in the world on their own....that I should be having the empty nesters syndrome....but I don't have that feeling at all....I'm not sure what that feeling is supposed to be....but maybe it's cause I am so busy with work and gardening and this and that.
I miss my children deeply...but at the same time they are close by, and it's so exciting to see them being the amazing adults that they are, and hearing their life stories...the good the bad...all of it.
So...what will the next year bring us? Who knows...seems that life is a never ending adventure for this family...who knows where we are going or not going lol.....but buckle's always a good time!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Vegetarian cooking experiments

So once in a while I get the itch to try something new....and in doing so....the hubster becomes part of the experiment.....meaning I make him eat it too....even though he's not vegetarian.
So the first one I tried last night was this:

Two 15 oz. cans black beans
1 cup salsa
1 tsp. cumin
Corn tortillas
Toppings of your choice: lettuce, tomato, onion, roasted red peppers, corn, avocado, cilantro, etc.

{For the sauce}
1/2 ripe avocado
3/4 cup cilantro, stems removed
Juice from 1 lime
1 clove garlic
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. agave/honey
1/8 tsp. salt

Make the avocado sauce: in a food processor or blender, add all sauce ingredients and blend. Add a touch of water to thin if necessary, and tweak seasonings as desired. Set aside, or refrigerate if making ahead of time.
In a pan over medium heat, add black beans (rinsed and drained), salsa, and cumin. Heat for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally, until heated through. (Optional: mash beans after heating for a creamier filling.)
While the beans are heating, chop and prepare your toppings. Warm the tortillas if desired.
Assemble the tacos: spoon the black bean mixture in the center of the tortillas, drizzle a small amount of avocado sauce over the top, and add your toppings.

The next experiment came tonight after work.....I just LOVE eating at any Indian restaurants and this is one of the usual desserts they always have....its just KILLS me how much they charge at a local store for these freakin balls.....1.00 PER FREAKIN I picked up a pre packaged thing to try out first before I now start out making it from these pics are NOT the "from scratch" ......but from the package.

All I can say is DAMN I LOVE SUGAR BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!