Whee!

Jul. 20th, 2009 02:18 pm
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I now have a medium sized chest freezer plugged into the outdoor outlet on my back deck. It is white and shiny and will do a good job at reducing the food bill for this house as I can buy meat in bulk when it's cheap and freeze the damn stuff.

I may even be persuaded to keep ice cream in the house now that it won't be taking up 1/3 of a drawer.

Happy birthday to me! Thank you to my MIL, my FIL and my Grandfather.
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Rest well, young man. You listed your religion as "music"... enjoy it now. Your family will miss you. 19 years was too few for us, but clearly it was time for you to continue on.

Eric James Hatlelid

HATLELID Eric James

It is with profound sadness that we announce that Eric died suddenly on January 31st, 2009 in Kingston, Ontario. He is deeply missed by his parents Keith and Anne Hatlelid, sister Lyndsay, brother Graham, grandparents Tom and Jennie Laing and Wes and Kathleen Hatlelid, uncles and aunts Doug and Margaret Hatlelid, Steve and Betty MacKenzie, Len and Sharon Hatlelid, and David Hatlelid, by cousins Melissa Carter, Sarah and Scott MacKenzie, Emily, Rachel, Katie and Lisa Hatlelid, and by countless friends.

Eric was born in Vancouver on September 24th, 1989 and was a former student at McKechnie Elementary School and Prince of Wales Mini School. He was currently attending Queen's University on a Principal's Scholarship. Eric will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour, his kind and gentle manner and his amazing intellect. Eric was an enthusiastic participant in all aspects of life. He loved playing guitar, snowboarding, watching the Canucks, being with friends, listening to music, sports of all kinds, camping, reading, and family vacations.

A service to celebrate Eric's life will be held on Saturday, February 14th, 2009 at 2:30 pm in Ryerson United Church, 2195 W. 45th Avenue, Vancouver. The exact cause of Eric's death is still unknown (a fact that would deeply annoy Eric's scientific mind) but it appears that a recent virus interrupted the rhythm of his heart and that he died peacefully in his sleep.

In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made payable to "The Prince of Wales Mini School" re: Eric Hatlelid, and forwarded to: Prince of Wales Mini School, 4750 Haggart Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6L 2H8, Tel: 604-713-8981. Funds received will be used to establish an Eric Hatlelid Memorial Scholarship and to make a donation in his name to Queen's University.
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I've been feeling strangely reticent lately. Posting and returning emails has seemed to be more energy than I can muster. Not really a good state of affairs... I'm anti-social enough without adding to it.

My Nana leaves to return to England today. I've been spending the last few days as much at my mum's as I can. She really is getting old and frail. She loses the thread continually and can't keep instructions straight in her head for five seconds all together. It's so hard to watch... and I don't like the fact that she's returning home to a place that's a good half hour or more from either of my aunts - who themselves have very busy lives.

My mum and Doug decided to try and convince Nana to come live over here. They're going to be filling in the paperwork over the next few days and start the process of having her come over to live with them. With luck the Canadian government will not have a problem with it. I'd like to state once more for the record that Doug, with all his idiosyncrasies, is a very, very good man. It is not going to be easy having Nana living with them, but he just shrugged his shoulders when I mentioned how thankful I was that he was willing to undertake such a huge commitment and said that some things are just obviously right to do. He also commented that eventually he'd get used to having his socks and underwear getting put away ironed too, but that that one would always be slightly awkward. Hehe.

Frazer and I will be taking our first vacation this winter. We are leaving on December 17th for Las Vegas, where we will stay for the night before driving down to Arizona to visit internetz friends. We will be staying with them for four nights, then driving back up to spend another night in Las Vegas before flying back on December 23rd. All the adults (and I use this term lightly) involved in this little venture are extremely excited about the prospect. Rhys couldn't care less... but that's because he's really not of an age to understand. Hehe. I'm a little trepidatious about taking him away for so long, but I'll get over it. Tickets are booked, passport information has been delivered to the Government, so we should receive our passports in the next 2 weeks, and all that's really left is figuring out car rental, hotel accommodation for the two nights in Vegas, and insurance. Whee!

Went to a wedding on Sunday. It was fun, and lovely to see Trav and Lisa happily (and finally) wed. They were very brave and opened the floor to guests to give little speeches and share stories on the spur of the moment. :-) Frazer got up to say a few words, although I abstained. A bride should never hear on her wedding day "So, I know Trav because we dated for 8 months..." at the beginning of a speech. Hehe.

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And a pic of me from the wedding as well... )

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