My blog - January 2006

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January 31st 2006, 1:27am

Since my format is a little different than all of yours, if you leave a comment, can you paste a link to your blog at the end of your comment for me? It would be great! Wow, this is getting way easier to do! Even though I'm not travelling... That's a little bizarre!

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Comment posted by Andrea at 1:27am on January 31st 2006

Hi Naomi!! It's sure been a while huh? I check your blog every once in a while, just to see where you are and what you're up to! Mine is www.warmcozyblanket.blogspot.com

I have a question for you about the three degrees of travel thing you have on here! My sister, Lindsay, is interested in travelling around Europe in the fall, similar to what you did. Can you hook her up with some information and some people? She'd love the help as this is all very new for her.

E-mail me at the address above OK?

Hope all is well, talk to you soon, Andrea

Comment posted by Karis at 1:27am on January 31st 2006

Hey Naomi,

Saw your name on Sharon's blog. . . congratulations!! It was exciting to read about some of your adventures, and your wedding plans. That's great! Still planning to use those sketches you showed me at Bible school?! ;-) Hope everything goes well -- blessings to you. ps. if you want to check it out, I have a blog at www.karispics.blogspot.com about what I'm doing out here in Japan. Take care!

Comment posted by Nomi at 1:27am on January 31st 2006

I'm using some of the ideas. Mom was going to sew my dress, but we found one I loved, and my mom and sister loved on me. Trying to make James' jaw drop! Hee hee! I dropped by your blog a while back, was too tired to drop a note then! Skype me sometime, girl!

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Look! A Mexican Restaurant!

January 30th 2006, 7:47am

Kristina and Michelle came out this weekend for a visit, along with Michelle's little guy, Aidan. We went out for appetizers on Friday night with Aubrey, Colin and Paul to Moxie's. Oh My Goodness! I had no idea their appetizers were so BIG! So we left there nice and stuffed.

The next morning I talked with James for a half hour or so while the other girls had their showers, and then we blitzed out the door to see the first photographer. Janette Morrison is her name, and we've decided to go with her. She offers a great deal, and James is pleased with the style of camera she uses. We went to another photographer afterwards (at that point we hadn't decided), and then onwards to meet the DJ... On the way to the DJ's, we discovered the SLOWEST A&W on the planet. No joke. We walked in, and Kristina ordered a Mama burger. No fries, no drink, just the burger. Easy, right? So over five minutes later, we're still standing there, no burger... And the girl hasn't even asked if I want to order anything. So when Kristina was finally handed her burger, we'd noticed that the cars were going through the drive-thru a lot faster than the walk-in customers. So we figured we'd order my food and Michelle's food through the drive-thru. HA!!! Bigger Joke!!! We got told to park on the side of the building - where we sat for another 5-10 minutes. It was great to have some people to come along with me to do these things, what with James being out of the country and all.

We dropped Michelle and Aidan off at her aunt's house afterwards (she ended up going home early with her other aunt), and Kristina and I went to check out a church. It's cool, and we'll likely go with that church, since it's one of FOUR I've provisionally booked. After having such a hard time getting a church, I'm NOT taking any more chances. We dropped by Stokes later to check what we'd registered for, and then set out to find somewhere to eat. Who'd have thunk it? There are plenty of malls in the Shaganappi area, but it seems, NO restaurants. So we drove towards the church Trevor & Daphne Willems attend, and still no restuarant. Except fast food. Which is funny, since there are plenty of motels in the area! So we go down one more street. Picture this. I'm cracking jokes, and acting goofy to set Kristina off, and we get to the part of the road where something might be. I'm calling out, look, a motorcycle shop, look, a bike shop, look, a kayak shop, and then I yelled out "LOOK! A Mexican Restaurant!". Kristina sharply turned us into the nearest parking spot (luckily empty), and we dashed in. Fortunately, we missed the mad rush that followed us, and got seated directly. And good GOOD food. As in, Naomi was in Mexico multiple times last summer, and this is like being in Mexico. Without the salsa verde, though. Boo hoo! Oh, Lori, it's made with tomatillos!

We went to Trevor and Daphne's church after, and I really enjoyed myself. It felt a lot cozier than the church I've been attending, I might just switch! Far close to home, too. Afterwards we went to their place and talked and talked and talked for hours! We didn't get out of there until nearly midnight! It was so great!

Sunday was a true day of rest. I talked to James on the phone for a good three hours, while Kristina slept and read (and although I thought I didn't hear her, she managed to have a shower and get dressed, as well!). Then we went out to IKEA, had lunch out there, and then went to The Bay to try and solve the mystery of what on earth I'd registered for... Some things just aren't well named. Plus we have to change how we're registering, because we've changed our minds as to how long we'll live in Britain for. Instead of a mere two or three years, we're thinking ten years! So lots of time for you guys to have excuses to travel to England! ;) And the rest of the day was pretty much just kicking back at my place. And now it's late, and we have to sleeeeeeeeeep.

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Comment posted by sharon at 7:47am on January 30th 2006

makes me think I need to make a stop over in Calgary....

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Comment posted by Janelle at 7:47am on January 30th 2006

please, please give Daphne a big hug for me!!

and i'm excited about you & your dress! how fun is planning? i loved it!

Comment posted by tamra at 7:47am on January 30th 2006

hellloooo!

Oh my old roomie. Good to see things are falling into place with the planning. :)

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Bridal News

January 26th 2006, 2:27am

My mom, sister and I went to the Calgary Bridal Fair this past weekend and had a great time! We bought my dress (I LOVE it!), the tuxes I love are now available at Moore's, and I found some great photographers and DJs.

Now Kristina is coming out to Calgary for this weekend, so that will be a lot of fun. I haven't seen her since last January, when James and I went across Canada. Hurray! What fun! And we're going to do a little wedding stuff together.

We had a really hard time finding a church we liked, but I've found three and booked them tentatively, in the hopes that ONE will work. The church I'd really like is hard to get ahold of, but I'm hoping it might still happen. AND we've already got our reception site. Exciting!

Well, just thought I'd give a little wedding update. Work is fantastic, I love my job. Everyone is great, and my work day goes fast. Which is really all you can ask for! Plus it's great for a resume. I'm keeping so nice and busy that our time apart is flying by. Hopefully that continues. Keep your fingers crossed for me, will you?

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Comment posted by Janelle at 2:27am on January 26th 2006

I'm glad you have finally updated! and i'm super excited for you - wedding planning is sooo fun! where will you guys live? well, keep in touch ok! love ya!

Comment posted by at 2:27am on January 26th 2006

We'll be living in England for our first years. We plan on eventually coming back to Canada, but want to spend some time in England first. You know, all those travel locations so nearby!

Comment posted by Jolly at 2:27am on January 26th 2006

WHAT!!! You are getting married???!!!! Right on! Ma Brooke! (as the Yemenis say!) or Congradulations as the Englisis would say! Wow! See what happens when I leave the loop! I take it his name is James! Tis a kingly name. Way to go, Naomi! Marriage is a hoot! -jolly

Comment posted by Sharon at 2:27am on January 26th 2006

Yay, she's finally blogging again!

By the way, I didn't do the life-sized Game of Life (I know, I know, it would have been so much fun--but I had to think about my sanity and how much time it would take to prepare it). I did get a couple of the board games, though--turned out alright.

Anways, love you girl!

Oh, yeah, what's James' website address?

Comment posted by James Ots at 2:27am on January 26th 2006

My website address is http://jamesots.com

Comment posted by karina at 2:27am on January 26th 2006

hi naomi. so much conratulations on all the exciting news :) what is your tentative date? i'm a very bad friend for not returning your calls and i'm really sorry. will you forgive me? i work or have youth or jason's hockey games almost every evening so that's why you haven't reached me lately. perhaps emailing would be better. i will try it. love you lots :)

Comment posted by at 2:27am on January 26th 2006

We're getting married July 29th, there will be a website eventually.

Comment posted by Jen Bueckert at 2:27am on January 26th 2006

Hey Nomi! Congrats on getting married! I'm sooo happy for you. Check out my site sometime!!!!

www.i-love-life.blogspot.com

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Long Time No Blog

January 26th 2006, 2:17am

So maybe I'm not the best at posting on my site. Perhaps I can be rather negligent in my tales of adventure and the mundane. Possibly I could improve on my consistency. Yes, all of this is true! I ought not blog if I can't keep it up! But I know you'll all forgive me!

The cruise kept me quite busy this summer. I had a wonderful roommate, Hayley, who kept me sane and some other wonderful co-workers. On the other side of the coin... I worked my butt off! Let's just say I was pretty tuckered out when I got back to Canada. And after so many months apart, I was glad indeed to be back in Canada, especially since James was already in Calgary!

It was so nice to have some real time face to face together. By the time we had our one year anniversary in October, we'd had a scant six weeks together. We'd had nine months apart until I got back and it was wonderful and slightly odd being together so much after so much time long distance. Of course, I kept anticipating a proposal. When we went out for our anniversary to the Calgary Tower, I was hoping he wouldn't propose, I wanted it on a night of its own. When we went to the Calgary Flames vs. the Vancouver Canucks game, I kind of hoped he might be cheesy enough to have it put up on the scoreboard. Well, he didn't, but a girl three rows down did get her proposal that night. I figured that he was probably waiting to propose in Scotland, or England or Paris...

So when he picked me up from work the day after our car was insured and put on the road, I had no suspicions. I said if we whipped home quick I could get changed and we could go out and do something. HE said he already had an idea of what to do. Of course I was thinking in the back of my mind that MAYBE, just maybe, this time he'd pop the question. So after asking him how I should dress (with James I'm never sure!), I got ready and we headed out. He seemed quite certain of where he was taking me, so when we pulled into a parking lot, I was looking to see where he'd brought me. And on the side of the building I spot the words "Calgary Curling Rink"... I'm thinking to myself, he's kidding, right? I SUCK at curling. I fall all over the ice, can't get the rock to do anything. But okay, I'm game. So as we walk toward the building, I casually say to him, "Curling, huh?". Fortunately for me, he told me that we weren't going curling. Much relieved, but now curious, I asked him where we were going. He took me over a footbridge to Prince's Island, where we had a lovely supper. After we'd finished our supper (with mussells for starters, it's become a traditions of ours), I started to reach into his jacket pocket at the coat rack on my way back from the washroom. Suddenly James is beside me, asking what I needed. I told him I was just going to get his phone and take a picture of some things inside the restaurant. Since he was standing there, I thought we were leaving. But then he suggested that we have dessert. So we sat back down, and looked at the menu, only to realize we were too full! So we thought we'd take a walk downtown and look at the Devonian Gardens and see if they were a good reception site. They're really nice, but a little too small in the seating area to have dinner AND dance. James said he was feeling a little tired, so I said I'd drive us home. We headed back across Prince's Island towards the car, but James wanted to take a walk around the island. NOW I'm a little suspicious, since he told me he was tired. After walking around for awhile, with no specific destination in sight, I figured I was wrong again. So when James stopped to take a picture of downtown from the path (a completely normal thing for him to do), I took a look around and spotted a park bench by the river. So I got James to follow me over to it. After sitting there for a little while, he said "Oh, wait a minute!" He started to reach into his pocket, and all of a sudden he dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I said yes, didn't even look at the ring in the box until after! And my ring is just right for me! It's totally ME.

So there you go. Oh, and we had a lovely two weeks in England. It was so good to see him again, and meet all his family finally! And we went for Paris for two days and had a great time there, eating pastries, walking a lot, seeing some of the sights, and enjoying each other's company. For more info, visit James' website.

I've decided since all of you out there are so good at blogging, I'll just have to include little bits of the mundane in my blog as well! And if you put little remarks on my site, I'll be sure to respond a little bit more!

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