Friday night I picked up some Sushi for dinner at the local RCSS, and since they've changed the delivery day to Friday, it was very very fresh. I really want to go out for actual restaurant sushi but I'm good with grocery store grade in the meantime.
Headed down to the Legion for karaoke with mom and Sharon. Dad was already there for darts. I haven't been out since before Christmas so I was having some withdrawal. Ended up having a blast and getting some work out of the deal. Looks like I might have a gig hosting the karaoke night on my kid-free Fridays. I go in on the 11th so that Lance, our current KJ can train me on the equipment. Pretty awesome. Some extra cash to go towards my house-downpayment-fund for two nights work a month, for being where I might already be any given Friday. Can't beat that.
Speaking of house hunting, mortgage calculators of the ilk that you find on real estate sites are bullshit, and depressing as hell. According to the mortgage calculator, I can afford roughly $278 a month for a mortgage (which puts me at about $38,000 for a house. I can't get a mobile home for that little around here). I pay $700 bucks a month rent, plus hydro and I am not behind on my bills, and I'm managing to pay down my debt so CLEARLY I can afford more than $278 a month for a mortgage.
So eat me, mortgage calculator.
Back to happier things. While at the Legion a group of about 10 snowmobilers/cottagers from Strathroy come walking in, most of them around my age (couple older dudes, and at least one paperboy). My first thought, as one of the youngest available women in the Legion was "Oh! Hello Boys! Happy Birthday to Me!"
Normally I'm about as socially awkward as they come but on Friday, whether it was the beer or just a general sense of well-being and oneness with the world coupled with just feeling like holy-shit-I-am-one-hawt-mamma I was kind of on that night and lapping up the attention, especially from one of the cuter guys, who bought me a beer and asked for a dance. He was a riot, and we spun and twirled and made clumsy attempts at dipping while his friends hooted and hollered and we all sang along to any given songs. What a fun bunch they were, and I was feeling full of confidence.
Saturday I got up and went into town to take some clothes to the Salvation army and attempted to find a plain wood frame I to use for this print that I bought at the craft sale I did a few weeks back. I can't for the life of me remember the photographer's name but if I remember it I will link back. In the meantime, please, no one steal this image, kay? I'd feel really bad if you did. 'preciate it. I just want a plain wood frame so I can paint it. I'm thinking either red with white polka dots, or black with white polka dots.
|Got a source now - Corey Ramsbottom Photography|
Saturday afternoon I went ice skating with my friend Tessa and her boyfriend and her kids. My ankles felt like jelly and I think I need to invest in some hockey skates. I think they'd be more conducive to my skating style than the figure skates I currently have. We left soon after Tess fell and bruised her arm pretty good, which was unfortunate and quite surprising since Vegas odds would be on me being the one that wiped out, but I miraculously didn't fall once.
Saturday night I grabbed my guitar and headed to the local church for their coffee house night. I showed up a bit late so as a result I was dead-last on the roster, but I held out and managed to get a few songs in.
Here's what I played:
When I Come Back - NQ Arbuckle and Carolyn Mark (I posted a vid of myself playing this a while back. You can see it here)
I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory - Kathleen Edwards (I've always kind of considered her a poor-man's Sarah Harmer, but I enjoy this tune a lot.)
Tina's Glorious Comeback - Dan Mangan (Future Husband and Stepfather to my children. I wish.)
If You're Gonna Be Dumb You Gotta Be Tough - Karen O (This song is fun as hell to play)
Just a little Open Mic Ettiquette 101. Everyone wants a chance to play. If the mode number of songs people are playing is four, it might be poor form to play seven, you know?
Because I was very last on the bill, I was a little late to catch the free show being put on by Run With The Kittens at one of the local restaurants, but I did manage to make it about halfway through their first set. I've never actually heard of them before, but I found them enjoyable. Their sound is an odd mix of experimental sounds and blues-based rock. When I listened to them, all I could think of was the Moldy Peaches tune Downloading Porn with Davo (NSFW people). Later I found a similarity to catl as well.
Sadly, although a great restaurant, I found the Explorer's Cafe lacking as a live music venue. Lacking space to move, that is, so I left at the intermission as my claustrophobic tendencies were making me a bit twitchy.
Today was laundry and grocery shopping day. I met up with my mom and sister at the seventh circle of hell and promtly informed them that I was totally compromising my principles just to hang out with them, because I rarely shop at Wal-Mart if I can avoid it.
Feeling accomplished as I managed to make both Jello and Rice Krispie Squares for the girls lunches. Making them homemade is way cheaper than buying these things. A box of Jello costs about 69 cents and makes around six servings.. a pack of jello cups is about 2.99 and they have four.
With a box of Rice Krispies (4.99), three bags of marshmallows (@1.27 each, so $3.75 let's say) and a half pound of butter (1.50) you can make 4-6 dozen rice Krispie squares. A box of 8 individually wrapped ones are about 2.99. Plus by making the stuff, you get around the litterless lunch manifesto of the schools.
Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of a litterless lunch, and we should all do our parts to cut down on garbage. But telling a kid to take a granola bar out of it's wrapper and bring it in a container is bullshit. And I doubt the school is going to come to my house and wash all my bloody plastic containers. So I tell the girls "No, it's not litterless, but it's still less litter."