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The Alice in Wonderland movie isn’t coming out until March 2010, but I already know it’ll creep me right out! Check out the just-released pictures of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, and others here.

Captain Jack Sparrow this ain’t!

Really nice weekend.

Joe and I are slowly boiling down house maintenance to an art form. At least in my mind, anyway. We’re both fairly neat people, although we do tend to accumulate piles of random stuff. Still, we’re able to keep a relatively neat house so it’s not too arduous to clean up before we have company. Joe vacuums and washes the floor, while I dust and sweep. I do the bathrooms and kitchen and Joe takes care of the front yard and the garbage.

I’m actually hoping to jot down a schedule of all those occasional jobs that need doing monthly, seasonally, annually, etc that sometimes get forgotten and slotting them into some kind of master schedule. But I’m crazy like that. If anyone has any suggestions of jobs that get forgotten and how often they “should” be done, I’d love to hear them!

Of course, we’ll see how well we stay on top of things when we eventually have kids in the house and/or more pets.

The reason we were cleaning up this weekend was to host a little Father’s Day get together for my side of the family. We were so excited to have everyone over as this group of family had yet to see all the renovations we’ve done in the basement (yes, final photos will be posted eventually…). I think they were all impressed and I know Joe & I had a wonderful time hosting. Lots of work, but worth it to spend quality time visiting with those we love.

Well…almost.

Have you ever had a friend that you sort of lost touch with somehow? A postponed lunch date or an unreturned voice mail…you can’t remember precisely, but you know that you haven’t talked in weeks. You think about them occasionally when something reminds you of an inside joke or a laugh that you shared together and you swear to yourself that the next time you are near a phone or on the computer, you’d call them or email. Pretty soon weeks turn into months, and by then embarrassment and guilt start to creep in. What kind of friend am I, you think. Their birthday is coming up, you tell yourself, I’ll make a note to call them then. It’ll break the ice and then it’ll be like old times.

Then you awake with a start one night months later when you realize that not only have you forgotten your friend’s birthday, but you’ve also let Christmas go by without so much as a card. You are the worst friend ever, you tell yourself. But wait, your self argues, couldn’t your friend just have easily made the first call? Didn’t they miss your birthday too? And so you toss and turn, unable to fall back asleep and shifting helplessly from guilt to hurt, from remorse to anger.

Before you know it, you’re actually starting to avoid any mutual friends you have for fear they’ll say “Hey, have you hear about so-and-so? He/she just got married!” and then you’ll spend hours wondering why your friend didn’t invite you to the wedding. And then you’ll spend even more hours fantasizing about the fantastic dress you would have worn had she invited you so that you could passive aggressively show her up on her big day.

Having spent years avoiding your ringing phone, dodging familiar faces in the neighbourhood mall and hiding from your inbox, you finally decide that enough is enough. You just can’t live like this any more. So you pack up and move to Cleveland to start your new life.

And then one night out in Cleveland you walk into a coffee shop and there’s your old friend buying a latte. Your eyes meet and you smile.

That’s kind of how I feel about this blog. Explain that.

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