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My turn 🙂  The gift I ordered for Chris arrived! It was only fair that he got diamonds too. LOL Well, that’s what the wedding gift anniversary theme is for the 10th (the modern list) and we’ve been following it since we were first married. We vary from year to year on whether we follow the traditional or modern route; it basically depends on what makes sense (i.e. Tin? I don’t think so).

He liked it 🙂

 

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You heard right ladies and gents. My hubby surprised me with an early anniversary present since he’ll be away on business later in September.

Life list item crossed off: Own diamond earrings.

They’re PERFECT!

He even wrote a nice note to accompany the gift.

I’m a lucky girl

10 years strong!!  🙂

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I’ve been super busy lately and have neglected my blog. Yes, I feel terrible. 🙂 Here’s a recap:

My husband and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary earlier this week. I bought Chris 2 things – one has yet to arrive. The 9th anniversary traditional gift is leather and I bought him a bracelet that’s got metal and small leather inserts – it’s very cool-looking and was to replace the last bracelet he had that broke after several years of wearing. I also got him a leather toiletry case which I know he’ll love since we travel regularly. He got me a new office chair to replace the squeaky monstrosity I’m using now – I’ve had it for years… We went out for dinner last night to celebrate and I enjoyed one of the best Italian meals I’ve had in a long time! We went to Trattoria Timone and even though we didn’t have reservations, they were able to find a table for us. I started with one of the best caesar salads I’ve ever had – super garlicky! followed by the jumbo seafood ravioli – truly decadent and really delicious. Shrimp, scallops and lobster wrapped in one massive ravioli in a tasty rosée sauce – perfection. Paired with a yummy Malbec. Tiramisu and a cappuccino for dessert. I blew my whole bank of WW points on that meal but it was worth it! 🙂

Last weekend, family came down to visit from Montreal and we took them to the Badlands – I love this place, I feel like I’m walking on Mars…  My sister-in-law and I did some fall shopping as well and I think I bought out the entire RW & Co store. Ha. Just kidding. But I did stock up on work clothes for fall including 3 skirts, 3 tops, 2 cardis and 2 pairs of pants. I’m all set – except for the elusive hunt of the new handbag for fall. Must find this soon now that the weather is cooling down.

We closed the pool (snif) but we’ll be back in sunny climes soon enough during our cruise in October. Funny story – a rep from the cruise line contacted me asking if we wanted to upgrade our ocean suite to the grand suite for an extra $720. We countered that we’d do it for $300. We’ll see what happens. 🙂

I’ve been hooked on a book series by Jean Auel about caveman times – it’s really a very engrossing story that’s set about 25,000 years ago when both Neanderthals and Cro-magnons lived at the same time. The characters are very interesting and I’m enjoying learning about the way of life back then which mainly focused on survival and finding food, shelter and surviving the elements. I’ve just started book 5 – highly recommend for something a little different. I watched the movie they made of book 1 (The Clan of the Cave Bear) with Darryl Hannah back in the mid-80s but it doesn’t do the book justice.

I think that sums it up.

I feel much better now – you’re all caught up! 🙂

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Today I celebrated my 15-year anniversary at work.

15 years!

That’s like a whole crabby teenager in human years.

Time flies 🙂

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Today would have been my father’s 78th birthday. Today is also the 13 year anniversary of his passing. Talk about full circle. He died on his birthday, when he was 65 – I secretly think he was playing one last joke on his friends by officially retiring  at the standard age of 65 – but he retired from life. 🙂

I was only 23 when he passed away and my parents had long since been divorced. Our relationship was on-again-off-again and somewhat strained, probably quite a bit during the angst-ridden teen years (lol). Near the end, he was very ill – he was a very heavy smoker for most of his life and was anywhere between 1 to 2 packs a day, as were most men of his generation I suppose. So it was no surprise that he had health issues (emphysema). He passed away during the winter of the ice storm in Montreal.

The qualities I remember the most are:

  • He was very smart. And witty. (I take after my dad :))
  • He was  a great athlete – he excelled at most sports he chose to play. Fastball, boxing, golf (although there were some golf-club-flinging-into-the-tree moments), softball, etc. He also enjoyed watching all kinds of sports on TV.
  • He enjoyed chess (he was the one who taught me how to play – I was about 10 – and I’ll always remember the game when I finally beat him – this was years later). We were both early risers and would often play chess at 6am.
  • He liked to play all kinds of games as does my mom and us kids too.
  • He enjoyed video games – he was ahead of his time! He would have loved the console games of today.
  • He was artistic and could draw very well.
  • Table manners and etiquette were a Very. Big. Deal.

The small things:

  • He loved his Tetley tea and anything else was inferior.
  • He would wear three-piece suits regularly.
  • His preferred cigarette brand was Vantage, which wasn’t available in very many places.
  • Shaving was a big production. Personal grooming in general was very important to him.
  • He loved black licorice.
  • He used to say Toodle-oo and tell my sister and I to be good Doo-Bees (I’m assuming from the show Romper Room).
  • He swore like a lumberjack. It’s amazing that us kids don’t chop wood for a living.
  • He sang Happy Birthday with such gusto.
  • He was an animal lover and he would spend hours training our pets to do things. Funny story: When we lived in Toronto, he used to go to the zoo regularly and visited the parrot. He trained the parrot to say “Hello Ted”. He would then bring clients and colleagues by and start talking to the parrot and they would flip out when the parrot welcomed him like an old friend. 🙂

All this to say that I was shopping for my husband Chris’ Valentine’s Day present and to stick to manly traditions, I bought a shaving brush, stand and cream. Chris had mentioned a few times in passing that he used to shave with a brush when he was younger and loved it. I have no idea why he stopped so I’m hoping he’ll be pleasantly surprised and will enjoy his gift. But it’s a surprise so don’t tell him. I remember my dad shaving with a brush and us girls sitting on the side of the tub watching him at the sink.

So, this post is dedicated to the men in our lives, past and present, and keeping traditions alive. 🙂

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