Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Skunks and the Hunt for an Apartment

You may ask what do these 2 things have to do with one another? That's what I thought until late last week. Steve and Robyn and I were out looking around the neighbourhood at potential places to live when we came across this house, plastered with "House for Rent" signs. Amazing location but the house was a little run down. There were weeds everywhere and it was definitely vacant. But we had already come up with deals we could make with the landlord - 4 months free rent to clean up the place, etc. So as Steve sat in the car and called the number on the sign, Robyn and I decided to investigate. We were pushing through bushes and overgrown weeds to get along the sidewalk along the side of the house. I was ahead of Robyn. All the sudden, I looked into the window well (you know the cut outs for basement windows) and saw 5 baby skunks crawling all over each other in that little thing!! I turned around, began pushing Robyn, and yelled, "GO! GO! GO!" We ran in the car, shut the door, and rocking back and forth, I told them what I had seen. Steve says, "no problem. You can be co-tenants." Yoinks. There are some pretty awful places out there. Beware. I'm going to look at a place tomorrow morning. Hoping to be rodent free.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Georgia on my mind

Drove 16 hours through the sticks to spend a very short 3 days with my aunt, uncle, and cousins in Georgia! Check out this gi-normous peach that is on the side of the highway about 2 hours from Toccoa Falls (where my family lives).


  • watching my uncle do DDR (Dance dance revolution) in the most redneck bowling alley I have ever seen - they decided we needed a true southern US experience. Afterwards they swung us by the hang out of small town USA - a Walmart parking lot. Btw - I have to say that again I am reminded that Canada and the US - very different!
  • floating down a river on a tube for an afternoon. Sometimes the current took me, sometimes my very chivalrous 16 year old cousin towed me. It was extremely relaxing.
  • catching up with my family - they are very restful, understanding, wonderful people who I really wished lived closer.
  • tallying the number of times Kirsten says "like" - I think it was around 25 times in 1 1/2 hours. Me - only 20. We're trying to break the habit of sounding like (that would be the correct usage of the word) teenie boppers. And we're super competitive so this works well. I'm winning.
  • shopping at the outlets. Yup, i, janette doerksen, am saying that i enjoyed shopping! I scored and love the deals - capris for $10! Good times.

A great vacation.