Monday, December 29, 2008

Year in review

1. Have you had any relationships this year?
of course- im married! I have also made new friendships so that is also relationships

2. Have you had your birthday yet?
a couple weeks ago

3. Kissed two people in the same night ?
not that i recall

4. Been on a diet?
not really- im fine with me this way.

5. Pulled an all nighter?
I dont think i ever have

6. Drank Starbucks?
only if i have to

8. Bought something(s)?
Just bought a freezer today

9. Met someone special who changed your life?
Dave is always changing my life :)

10. Been out of the province?
yep- to Honduras, Europe and then moved to the states.

12. Hugged someone?
Yup quite a few ppl

13. Slept in someone else's bed?
not often

14. Got a job?
nope- left my job and now i cant work!

15. Loaned out money?
Nope but the bank loaned me some for our house

16. Gotten in a car accident ?
yep- hit a tire- air bags went off and everything

17. Gone over your mobile phone bill?
nope- but they didnt cancel it for me so i had to pay for 4 months i never used it!

18. Been called a bitch?
nope- not to my face anyways

19. Done something you regret?
Not that i can think of.... i try not to have those

20. Where did you begin 2008?
In Brampton with Friends

21. What was your status on Valentine's Day?
having fondue with dave

22. Were you in school (anytime this year)?

23. Did you have to go to the hospital?
nope- thankfully

24. Did you know anybody who passed away?
not personally

25. Did you move anywhere
to North Carolina!

26. What concerts/shows did you go to?
to Corb Lund band and Bon Jovi

27. Describe your birthday:
Quiet day at home, dinner out

28. What has been your favorite moment(s)?
oh boy- ummm i donno.

29. What was your best month(s)?
I think Oct. - got house, got dog, ryan and christine got married

30. Overall, how would you rate this year?
Very good

31. Do you have a New Year's resolution?

1. Who did you kiss on new years? Dave
2. Did you have a new year's resolution this year? nope
3. Does it snow where you live? not here to much :(
4. Do you like hot chocolate? yes
5. Have you ever been to time square? nope- it would be fun though!
6. Do you ski or snowboard? i dont think so :P

1. Who was your Valentine? Dave of course
2. When you were little did you buy Valentine's for the whole class? yup
3. Do you care if the groundhog sees its shadow or not? i dont care but the whole thing is kinda funny.
4. What did you get for valentines? umm- flowers im sure

MARCH 2008
1. Are you Irish? nope
2. Do you wear green every year on St. Patrick's Day? If im working and sometimes even if im not.
3. What did you do for St. Patty's Day in 2008? nothing
4. Are you happy when winter is pretty much over? kinda sad but kinda glad

APRIL 2008
1. Do you like the rain? yep
2. Did you play an April fool's joke on anyone this year? i generally dont
3. Do you get tons of candy on Easter? nah
4. Do you celebrate 4/20? never have
5. Do you "love" the month of April? sure- love spring

MAY 2008
1. What is your favorite flower? Love daisies, love the smell of lilacs as well
2. Finish the phrase "April showers": bring may flowers
3. Do you celebrate May 24th: I dont do much for it.
4. Is May anything special to you? well this year e left for Europe at the end of may

JUNE 2008
1. What did you do for Fathers Day? I was in Ireland- so nothing
2. Did you do anything fun during this month? well- Ireland for 3 weeks then off to Germany and then Holland
3. Have a favorite baseball team? nope

JULY 2008
1. What did you do on the 1st of July? I was in Amsterdam... so i wore my canadian necklace and earringd and did whatever
2. Did you go to the fireworks? nope
3. Do you tan in the day? nah

1. Did you do anything special at the end of your summer? met new people in Belgium at a church
2. What was your favorite memory of summer? that there were too many memories.
3. Did you have a sunburn? i think so - but it was mostly cool
4. Did you go to the pool a lot? the pool in Belgium was too cool most of the time :(

1. Were you attending school? nope
2. Do you like fall better than summer? yeah- most of the time
3. Anything special about September to you? Came home from Europe and got ready to head to the states

1. What was your last Halloween costume? mexican
2. What is your favorite candy? umm- sweedish berries
3. What is your favorite thing about this month? the colours

1. Whose house do you go to for Thanksgiving? first time with thanksgiving in the states- didnt do a thing- well went to a restaurant for turkey dinner
2. What is your favorite thing about November? umm- not sure

1. Do you celebrate Christmas? Yes! and the commercialism of it too a bit
2. What are you thankful for? Great friends and family
3. Have you ever been kissed under the mistletoe?have i seen real mistletoe?
4. Get anything special last year? im sure i did
5. What do you want this year? more of the same!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.
May it be a blessed one!

Friday, December 19, 2008

car accident

here is a brief report of our car accident

it was foggy and we were coming home from puppy school. there was a large tire in the middle of the lane that i couldnt advoid and i hit it(must have come from a tractor trailer) - but the airbags went off and we had to pull over. because of that the hwy patrol came and we got a tow truck so now we dont have a car.

the tire hit the from drivers bumper and went away from the vehicle - so we didnt have much damage to the car. It could have been a lot worse! We are Thanking God that it wasnt!

EDIT: Friday Dec 19 10pm
here is some conversation i had with my mom:

mom: so how did you make out with your car? much damage to fix, is it fixable?

9:28pmDebbie: well- we were told the appraiser will be by within a week too look at what they want to cover.
who knows- maybe they will write it off- air bags are expensice

9:28pmNelly: thats a long wait! is it at teh garage waiting for the appraiser?

9:31pmDebbie: yep

9:31pmNelly: everyone asks if the tire still had a rim on it

9:31pmDebbie:yep- it was the whole tire like it was off a truck


9:32pmDebbie: but not much damage. maybe i will post a couple pics
we were on 321 its the main road- divided 4 lane highway

9:34pmNelly: where the big trucks go


9:34pmNelly: did the cop just happen by or have to call him?

9:35pmDebbie: I was going slower then the limit not much- but much more then i would have been - it was 55 and i was going about 50

we called, and he called the tow truck

i think we were going much slower by the time we hit it.

9:35pmNelly: slammed on the brakes?

9:36pmDebbie: both dave and i actually dont remember the moment we hit it. we both saw it at the same time, i hit the break and then loud poof and i was still hitting breaks, pulling over and stopping. and then dave just remembers being on the side of the road. the poof was the air bags

9:37pmNelly:instinct takes over

9:37pmDebbie: it filled the cabin with smoke stuff and was very stinky!
we got out quick and there was a lady behind us that called 911 for us
she saw the tire go away

9:37pmNelly: they says its bad stuff

9:37pmDebbie: its nasty, couldnt hear for a bit after either

9:38pmNelly: did anyone else hit it?

9:38pmDebbie: not that we saw- we think we hit it across the road and off the other side

9:39pmDebbie: but neither dave and i can get those split seconds when we actually hit it. in fact dave doesnt remember til we were stopped on the side of the road

9:41pmNelly: but the worst part is that its a pain in the butt to have to go through all the hassel involved

BUT the best part is no one was hurt!!

9:42pmDebbie:it easily could have left us and hit someone else. or many other things!

9:42pmNelly:angels watching over you & other on the road that night

9:42pmDebbie: no kidding
there were many thankful prayers going up

9:43pmNelly: you bet.
and bailey didnt have a clue what all the fuss was about

9:44pmDebbie: actually bailey took it well.she was a bit subdued today shes ok

9:45pmNelly: she proablly sensed some tension in the air, haveing to decide what to do next etc

9:45pmDebbie: she rode home in the car atached to the tow truck- i think she liked it- she fell asleep- the tilt must have made her comphy

9:46pmNelly: thats cute

how did you get around today before you got teh rental?

9:47pmDebbie:the tow truck guys came and picked us up and the when we had to leave the car there- they drove us to the car rental place- and waited til we were sure we had a car we could get- they were very good to us
they dropped us off last night with the car attached

9:50pmNelly:they are nice!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My Christmas Letter

Welcome to my blog- those of you who have never been here before.

Well, My mom likes to write a letter up every year and there is always so much in it. I have decided to make a short letter on my blog for everyone to see if they want. So much happened this year so we will see how short it really is.

so lets start at the beginning of the year. At the end of January, I went from full time work at Shalom to causal. This was because of the long commute and the bad weather that usually comes in Jan and Feb. I did work quite a bit before my end date of May 17.

We then went to Honduras for 2 weeks to visit Dave's friends there. They are school teachers in a Christian school there. We even took a vacation in the vacation by going with the school on a trip and getting a different hotel.

I was again in charge of organizing Alpha at church. It went well with a small but good group. One of the highlights was the weekend "retreat" on a boat in the Toronto Harbour.

Not much happened until April when my friend, Amy, and I went to San Francisco!
This was an excellent trip until we learned we couldn't sleep in the same bedroom! Luckily the hotel had another room for Amy to stay in. We did all the touristy things there.
Many of you know (especially if you have been to this blog before) that Dave and I headed to Europe this summer for Dave's work and some vacation. So the end of May we were OFF. Our adventures are recorded here in this blog but I will give a brief recap. We had to pack up all of our stuff from our apartment and have it sit in storrage so we could leave and move right away when we got back.

We arrived in first in Ireland for a 3 week stint. We did weekend trips to the countryside and while Dave was working I toured around Dublin. Its a very rainy city and cool. We also celebrated our 1 year anniversary.

From there we went on a one week vacation to London, England.
Then a week of work in Munich, Germany. This was followed by 4 days in Amsterdam, The Netherlands for vacation and then 3 days in Paris, France where we met up with Steph (a friend)
From there we started the 3 months in Mons, Belgium.
Some of the places we visited from there include: Berlin, Germany; Luxemburg city, Luxemburg; Salzburg, Austria; Brussels, waterloo. Brugge, Antwerp, in Belgium; Nantes and Normandy in France

We went to Nantes to visit my sister (Melissa) who was just starting her Exchange Program school year in France.

We arrived back in Canada for only 6 days before we had to cross the border for our move to North Carolina. While in Europe we had bought a house that we had only seen one time before.
This house closed on Oct. 3, 2008. Its an older house and needs a bit of work but it so far so good.

Shortly after moving in we found ourselves on our way back to Canada for Ryan and Christines Wedding where Dave was a groomsman and I was the MC. WE are so happy for these two and wish them many years together.

On Nov. 2nd we got ourselves a puppy. Bailey Shatner McGee.

We have had both sets of parents come and visit us already and look forward to having my parents and Amanda (sister) come here for Christmas.

I look forward to your comments below (click on comments to add one)

We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Love Debbie and Dave

Friday, December 5, 2008

normally I dont do this

Normally I dont post articles but this one made me laugh due to the issues with the Canadian government right now:


Leafs Just Won The Cup

National Post Published: Friday, December 05, 2008

Canada was stunned on Monday when it was announced that the Stanley Cup will be awarded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The cup will be taken from the 2008 playoff champions, the Detroit Red Wings and be awarded to the Leafs, who didn't even make the playoffs.

How is this possible, Canadians ask?

Well, the Leafs have formed a coalition with the Eastern Conference semifinalists, the Montreal Canadiens, and the conference quarter finalists, the Ottawa Senators, meaning they now outnumber the Red Wings for on-ice victories.

According to current Leaf coach Ron Wilson "The Red Wings have lost the confidence of the league and should hand the cup over immediately to our coalition."

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is cutting short a European trip to try to resolve the unprecedented hockey crisis that could force a second playoff series, or see an opposing team coalition take the cup.

Jeff Pitt, Calgary.

Monday, December 1, 2008

My Thanksgiving Weekend

My Thanksgiving weekend didnt start out so well.
Dave left me sleeping when he went to take the dog out for a walk. (we drive to a nearby walking path thats pretty flat and paved and no cars;) ) He came back in looking for his I-pod so that woke me up. Then about 6 minutes later he was back again!! He noticed that the front passenger tire was flat on the car!

not bad- you can just put on a spare and get it fixed right? Well maybe on a day thats not a holiday! Well I had remembered that Walmart was open so dave gave them a call and yes they were open and would love to serve us!

Sweet!? yes and no. the spare tire was also flat and as we only have 1 car, we had no way of getting it to the shop. So I tried calling the neighbours to see if they had a pump (no). No answer. Humm- now what? I walked over and knocked on the door (turns out they turn their phones off at night) since it was 10 am i figured they would be up (and they were hosting thanksgiving dinner there). Well they were willing to give us a ride into town as soon as they got dressed.

We got a new tire, pumped up the spare and life was good.
The rest of the day we hung out and went for a walk with Bailey and then for lunch at a restaurant for turkey dinner.

woke up early for Black Friday sales. We were at Walmart at 7am (opened at 5) and the store wasnt that crowded. It was like going on a Wednesday afternoon. We got most of the deals we went for. We then hit up Lowes which also wasnt that busy to get a shop vac for $25 down from 90! score!
I think everyone went to the cit for deals, leaving the deals in town for us!

We came home and I did some cleaning up. I had the girls come to my house for crafting in the afternoon. After which Aaron and Deborah stayed for supper and watching the Arrogant Worms DVD - which i believed they liked :)

Slept in a bit, took dog for a walk, went and saw the Santa Clause Parade in town. it was ok- typical small town parade :)
watched a DVD at home, not too much (that I can remember)

Went to church
Fixed the eaves troughs
Lunch out led to discussion of Wii and the purchase of one. It boiled down to me saying i wouldnt argue with the purchase of one and Dave wanting to blame it on me and we agreed. So we were off to Toys R Us to get it.
We bought a few games right away and spent the rest of the night doing that :)

that was my weekend. Expensive then good deals, cheap entertainment then expensive Gaming system.

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Christmas season 2008

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