What Jaclynn Means


You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.

You never give up, and you will succeed… even if it takes you a hundred tries.

You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice.

You are usually the best at everything … you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic “Type A” personality.

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.

You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.

A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don’t get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you’re too busy having fun to care.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

What’s Your Name’s Hidden Meaning?
Stole this from my cousin Tricia over at the Price is Write…I always think these things are fun…I think I might try out a couple of the baby names we’re considering…..
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We’ve lived in Kingston for almost two years now and we still miss the Island and the Comox Valley something terrible. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the family and friends we have out west, but there was something about valley life (and all the snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, and camping right at our finger tips) that just got into us and stuck. I don’t know if it is normal or if it’s just me, but I tend to plan and visualize a trip downtown before I take it; for example if I want to buy thank-you cards, I think about where I can buy them, where that store is located and then where I want to park and what else I can get done in the area. To this day (after almost two years) I catch myself picturing downtown Courtenay instead of Kingston. In fact I did it again the other day when I was looking for some thank-you cards. There is a street here in Kingston that is similar to 5th street in Courtenay in that is is full of little specialty shops and fun for walking and browsing. Because it is much closer to home and school, I try to do most of our shopping on this end of the city. Anyhow, I was thinking of where to stop and inevitably thought of a Courtenay store. I always feel a little foolish when this happens, but I was downtown and it was a sunny day and I got to thinking…we’ve got a pretty good thing going here…maybe it’s time we start to acknowledge Kingston for what it has to offer us. After all this is where our first child will be born, and now that I’m taking a year off to stay at home with baby we’re going to be here for longer than originally planned. Kingston really is a nice city, especially in the spring, summer and fall. It’s huge tourist destination in the summer and it can get a little busy downtown, but we’re locals and know where to park (for free) in short walking distance to the water front and the great ice cream parlours. It’s not the north-east woods, but we’ve got a pretty great paved walking path just out the door that is great for walking with a stroller and for rollerblading and there is a huge group of soccer fields just down the street that we can take the dogs to for a good run and some ball play. I mean really… who are we to complain, this is a great city and a good posting; we’ve had more visitors in the less than two years we’ve been here than the five that we were in the valley. Besides we’ll eventually make our way back out west, until then I’ve decided to dwell on all the positives this city has to offer.

Home Alone…

May 1, 2008

…or at least alone as you can get with four pets in the house. Jason is in the field until Tuesday for a local excercise; he’s been lucky enough to come in twice so far to catch a shower and some real food (they are eating IMP’s, so all packaged, processed and preserved to the hilt kind of things). This is the first time since we’ve been married that it is me at home with the ‘kids’ while he is away and I’ve learned a few key things:

– my living room floor is not the slef-cleaning model and apparently Jason has a lot to do with keeping it fur-free (just kidding I knew this, but with shedding season in full swing here, I didn’t realize just how often he must vacuum)

– it’s alot easier to convince yourself to cook a real meal when you know there will be some else there to eat it too. I’m still eating, but some nights it’s a lot easier to throw together a quick sandwich and salad rather than actually COOK something.

– I get bored a lot easier when Jason isn’t home….I had grand visions of all the sewing I’d get done while he was away, but have yet to actually accomplish any of it. Without him sitting at the table on his computer and using the stereo in the livingroom it is far to easy to turn on the tv and sit around bored for hours even though there is nothing on.

    I’m pretty sure I’ll survive…but it’s been a real eye-opener on the house work front. I’m going to have to come up with some kind of schedule when I’m home with the little one or nothing will get done. Yesterday I forced myself to get up off the couch and clean the bathrooms, but was down-right beat once I’d fininshed (did I mention fatigue has returned now that I’m in my third trimester). Today’s goal is to vacuum the livingroom before the hair balls get big enough to attack my cats. On a final note, my hat goes off to all of you out there who I know do this all the time. I can only imagine the adjustments that will need to be made when Jason goes away on tour or on an out of town course I have a little one to care for as well as myself and my zoo crew.

41 things about me

April 29, 2008

I love reading peoples 100 things posts and am so far from my 100th post that I’m stealing a page from my cousins blog and putting up 41 things for my 41st post.

1. I was born three months premature and weighed only 2 lb 10 oz at birth.

2. I looked like a drowned rat…seriously not a cute baby until I started to pile on the baby fat.

3. My mom was on holiday when I was born so eventually she had to leave me in the NICU in Saskatoon to go home and take care of my brother, my god-mother Sheri (who was attending U of S) came to visit me everyday and to this day we still have a special relationship, no matter where in the world she is living.

4. My family is freakishly normal and happy, same as my husbands…we hope to foster the same environment with our own kids.

5. I talk to my mom at least once a week, so does my husband (his mom).

6. I joined the military at age 17 and needed my parents signature.

7. I currently hold the rank of Captain in the Canadian airforce.

8. Through my military training I’ve earned two degrees with no student debt.

9. Instead I ‘paid’ (and will pay as I just finished this last degree) with time served.

10. I love my job.

11. My trade is Aerospace Controller, but what I did (when not in school) was Air Traffic Control in the terminal (so not control tower work, but talking to planes while monitoring them on a radar screen).

12. I’m not sure what my new job in Ottawa will entail, but I know it is related to any and everything the Canadian Forces is involved in in Space.

13. I met my husband in Comox BC, we had a mutual friend who was going away on course and he introduced us because we were both interested in rock climbing (a sport you cannot do alone).

14. We were friends for years before we started dating.

15. He proposed before we’d even been dating for a year; in the backyard while we were playing with our new puppy.

16. We had a long engagement and were married in Aug 2006.

17. Our wedding was PERFECT. Seriously I cannot think of one thing I would change.

18. The day after our wedding we packed up the pets and started our drive across country to Ontario, where I would be attending school.

19. We wanted to start a family right after we were married, but then I was accepted for a master’s program so I said we had to wait (there was no way we were going to have a kid with both of us studying).

20. We got pregnant right away and are expecting our first child in June

21. I’ve had a very easy pregnancy with no morning sickness or complications.

22. I’m convinced labour and delivery is going to be hell or the kid will be a hellian 🙂 (it only seems fair since the pregnancy was so easy).

23. I own two dogs and two cats…I can blame all but one cat on my husband.

24. I don’t really like cats; but don’t worry, mine are well taken care of and pampered.

25. That being said, if I have my way (which I probably won’t see #23) we’ll never own cats again. These two are great, but come on how much luck can one family have.

26. I tend to be quite and reserved when meeting new people; at times I believe this leave a poor first impression and people think I’m a little stuck up.

27. I’m trying to work on this.

28. My husband is great with people and can talk to anyone, I admire this.

29. I want four kids, but Jason is more comfortable with the idea of three.

30. We’ve decided we’ll start with one and see how it goes.

31. I never want to own a minivan.

32. I’m a station wagon kind of lady.

33. I’m 33 wks pregnant and we have no idea what to call this kid.

34. I love to travel.

35. Last summer Jason and I fulfilled our dream of a Europe vacation (just in time before we got pregnant).

36. We both want to go back and share the experience with our growing family.

37. I love to snowboard and really miss living close to the moutians.

38. Same goes for hiking and camping.

39. I have a ridiculous number of fillings in my teeth, even though I brush and floss regularly.

40. I pierced my tongue during my last year of university; I kept the piercing until I lost one of the fasteners on vacation in the Dominican Republic, with no replacement I couldn’t keep the piercing in place and it grew over.

41. I pierced my eyebrow shortly after university and loved it; then one day (about three years later) I just stopped wearing it.

Give away envy

April 22, 2008

      Well I am finally finished with school (and beleive me I am VERY happy about that), but in the preceding weeks I haven’t had a chance to make anything cool to give away…so I am deferring this weeks give-away carnival (for now). Check back in May time frame for a hand-made gift to be given away. In the mean time I’m going to use my now free evenings and weekends to catch up  on about 50 projects I wanted to get done before the baby comes.

DONE

April 16, 2008

I handed in the final draft of my paper today….now I just need to wait for some feedback….then I’m DONE!

Yeah, this is a month late; but believe it or not it took me this long to get all the photos on my computer 🙂

My little sister (through a community program) B.J and I coloured eggs last week in preparation for Easter. first we started with an easter egg hunt where she had to find a dozen coloured plastic eggs throughout the main floor of my house.

Don’t ask how the pineapple fits in, seemed like a good idea at the time (we always have fun)

Most of the eggs held candy, but one of them had her gift from our trip to Florida

(excuse the fuzzy pics, the camera was on the wrong setting, they get better)

Then we got on to the real work