And the countdown is on ,,,

Well, I’ve been counting down since the new year,, but it’s really moving along now.

32 days, 17 hours and I’ll be stepping on the sands in Cuba.  I really can’t wait either.  We both need this vacation.  It’s been 2 years since we’ve been down there, and we’re so excited to be going back.

I really hope it goes smoother than last time.  So many things went wrong that we lost 2 days of enjoyment because of it.  I’m not going to rekindle the problems we had, the resort is already aware of what happened.  So hopefully they don’t repeat it, or when we get back, this blog is going to have a lengthy post.

Anyway, i will say that the resort we’re going to again is Meliá Las Antillas.  It’s in Varadero.  If you haven’t been there,, you really should. But, just in case,, you might wanna wait until my updated experience 🙂

That being said, I still have things to get done before we leave.  No, the kids are not coming,, it’s an all adults resort.  Thankfully we have the in-laws staying with the kids while we’re away.

So on that note,, I must head off and really buckle down and get things done around here. LOL.

Not that it’s out of control, just so no one has much to do when we’re gone.  Mind you I’m hoping that our neighbors will help them if there’s a lot of snow.  It usually does around that time of year.

Anyway,,

Until next time.

K ❤

The lost has returned,,,, or have they??? lol

Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog.  And I know I said that I’d try and write something every day, but to be honest, I am not that creative to think of interesting topics to talk about like others do.  I’m having a hard enough time trying to get back into my writing schedule.  After all, I still have a sequel to write.  And a script.  I swear that one is going to be the death of me yet.

I guess the latest bit of news is that my trip to Cuba with hubby and friends went off successfully.  Albeit a rough start, but once we got settled in, we were able to relax (somewhat), and take in the sights (and drinks 😉 ) and meet new people.

We went on a little day trip to Varadero by means of a double decker bus.  That was fun.  It was my first time on one, and we got to sit in the upper part.  You pay 5 pesos each to get on, the lady would give you a ticket (more like a piece of paper with the name of the bus on it) and you go into town.  There’s no set time either to have to catch the bus back.  Anyway, we got to a spot where our friends remembered from their first time there and we got off.

I must say,, I was pleasantly surprised.  There were no one hounding you to buy their stuff.  Until we went on our Havana excursion.  Luckily for our tour guide, there were only 8 of us going (less people to loose).  Our guide (Maibel) and driver (Pavel) for the Havana tour were awesome.  She was very well informed on the sights we seen, plus any other little tidbits that we might find interesting.

We also done the Dolphins and Catamaran excursion, which was a lot of fun.  They took us snorkelling,, which I tried to do, but in the end, ended up going back to the boat.  I think if I had to have had on a life jacket, I wouldn’t have panicked as much.  I can swim, as long as I know I can touch bottom, I’m fine.  In this case, I was finding it hard to concentrate on the breathing.  I had a face mask (the kind that goes over your eyes and nose), and for some reason, I forgot to take in a deep breath and go under.  Thus the panicking.  If we ever go to Cuba again, I’ll be wearing a life jacket so the overwhelming feeling of drowning won’t come over me. 🙂

Though, just one week is clearly not enough time to relax.  It would have been if there wasn’t so much confusion for the first 2 days.  But then Tuesday we went to Varadero, Wednesday we done the Havana tour (which was Old and New Havana, cigar factory and the rum factory and store).  Thursday we took a break and stayed on the resort. Friday was the Catamaran, then Saturday was home again.  Our friends had another week left.

Anyway,, That’s pretty much our Cuba trip,, I’ll leave ya now with some pictures during our week of fun.

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I love gardens!!!

I love gardens!!!

The power of Hurricane Sandy.  Big stones embedded into the tree.

The power of Hurricane Sandy. Big stones embedded into the tree.

I used to have this as an indoor plant. They are growing everywhere down there.

Tallest bridge

Pavel, me, Maibel & my hubby

On the Catamaran heading to see the dolphins

On the Catamaran heading to see the dolphins

getting kisses

Getting kisses

This is what our maid, Betsy, done for our last night there.

One of many fish that was there in the little pool of water on the resort.

We hope to visit the same resort again in the future.

Until my next adventure,,,

K.

My Year in Review…

This might not be as long as my other years, or as interesting, but it’s something.

Trying to think of what I done throughout the year can be tedious.  Especially where there’s days I don’t remember what I had for breakfast the day before. 😀  So I’ll just do the highlights of what happened in 2013.

Only big thing that happened in January was Brett’s birthday.  And it’s scary with the thought of his birthday coming up again in a few days and he’ll be 16.  I don’t look like someone who has a teenager for their child.  But I look at it that it’s having a child with special needs is what’s keeping me young.

The One

My book is available on amazon.com

February was when I  published my first book.  I tell ya, that was the one thing that I’ve been so nervous about in my whole life.  As soon as I made the post on facebook that my book was available on Amazon.com, I get a reply from my friend in the US saying that she just bought her copy.  Well,,, I cried when I read that.  It was a good thing the kids were in school, and hubby was at work, cause my eyes were red and puffy.  I wasn’t looking pretty, lol.  Then a little while later, I get a phone call from a childhood friend from Ontario.  And she got me crying again.  I’m so grateful for my friends, they are awesome.  Their support is so overwhelming.  And I know that some of them will read this, so I want to thank you all.  I love you all. xoxo.

March.  Well this is when we were supposed to go to Cuba. Unfortunately we had to cancel 2 days before flying out due to unforeseen medical reasons.  But we were able to get the majority of the money back,,, gotta love insurance, and gave the money to our awesome travel agent to put on a gift card for us when we found another place to go.  It took a while, but we found one.  It’s still in Cuba, just in a different location.  Though this time we will be going with friends.  I’m so excited!!!  Can’t you tell??  If you have me on Facebook, I’ve been doing a countdown.  As of today we have 132 days left. :)

I'm in Stargate heaven :)

I’m in Stargate heaven 🙂

This brings me to April.  Well this is the month we have our annual Sci-Fi event, Sci-Fi on the Rock.   And this year I was in my glee.  Not only did I get to meet Mike Dopud, but I was lucky enough to get to meet Gary Jones as well.  I was in Stargate heaven.  But I kept my cool.  I done my fangirl squeals when I was alone.  Usually when driving home after a long day of taking care of Mike’s needs.  I was assigned to look after him for the weekend.  I never asked him, but I hope I done a good job,  🙂 

May and June we were preparing for the kids finishing up their school year, and getting ready for our annual autism camp.  You know the saying, if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything.  Well… 

July and August.  These 2 months went by so fast.  We had the autism camp on the first weekend of July, then the kids were taking turns with both sets of grandparents, and home.  I think if I could do it, I’d like to spend most of the summer away from town.  To get away from city rules would be a wonderful vacation indeed.

September started up the school routines again.  Though this time, Brett started high school.  Yep, he’s in grade 10 (or level I as we used to call it growing up).  Denise is in Grade 5, so she’s got 1 more year left in this school, then she’ll be in Jr. High.  Saying that makes me feel older then I am, lol

November.  I was asking the kids what they wanted for Christmas.  Yes I have to do it that early, especially for Brett as he tends to ask for things that I have to order online.  And sometimes it’s hard to track down so I’ll need all that time to locate it.  Though, usually anything dealing with Dinosaurs will make him happy,, I still try to get what he asks for.   Mainly because he doesn’t ask for much, so when he shows interest in things, I want to make sure he gets his requests.  Now in saying that, I don’t give in to him all the time.  There’s days when he will want something, (usually when we go to the mall and Cole’s Bookstore is close by) I will tell him a simply ‘no, not today’, and he is fine.  He doesn’t take with a tantrum like I’ve seen some kids do out shopping.  And the fact that he’s autistic and the other kids i see are not, makes me wonder if their parents are afraid to say no every once in a while?

Oreo

Oreo Psycho Ford

This is the month when we got Oreo too.  She wasn’t quite 8 weeks old, but she ended up being a great addition to our little family.  And with the loss of Hammie (our hamster), she helped Denise’s sadness. 

December brings one of the biggest highlights to my year.  This year I turned 40.  Yes, there, I’ve said it,,, I’M 40!!!   Before you all ask,, no, I didn’t do anything different to celebrate it.  It was just the usual quite day with my hubby and kids, and my usual ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.  I know it’s ironic and maybe weird to some to have an ice cream cake in the winter.  But every birthday here has to have one.  In fact, when Brett’s birthday next week comes,, he’ll have one too.  🙂  And if you haven’t had one for your big day, then you should. 

Now mind you, I have started writing on the sequel to my first book back in February.  Along with adding to the script off and on throughout the year.  I’ve been in a great webseries called Star Trek Reliant.  It’s an awesome show to watch.  I’ve had the honor to be apart of it as well.  I’ve been a few characters already, though my favorite is Dr. Sheppard.  If you know me, you know how we came up with that name, lol 😉 

And that’s my year in a nutshell.  Told ya it may be short and not that interesting.  Though I plan on making 2014 an awesome year.  With writing 2 books at the same time, finishing up on the script to start filming this summer, this is going to be a very busy year.

So on that note, I want to wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2014.

Love always,

Karen, xo.