Migration Playlist

When we realized we would be doing a road trip, my honey decided we need to make a “Migration Playlist” to accompany our driving.  His rules were that we each had to pick 20 songs that would be part of the list and we weren’t able to tell each other our songs, so we could guess who picked them as we were listening to them.  He also decreed that only the person that chose a particular song, could decide to forward through it once it starts playing.

DD and I were both excited about picking our lists, but DS14 was not so thrilled and really wasn’t interested in participating.  As we got closer to leaving Ottawa, I finally pulled out my stellar parenting skills and told him he MUST participate. (I’m sure Barbara Coloroso wouldn’t have approved of my ultimatum).

When I checked the playlists I had to laugh when I saw what he named his playlist. His little protest on being forced to join in – HA! Plus he copied two albums over as his list instead of picking individual songs,  but hey – I can’t complain, he did make his list (although under duress).


It’s interesting to see the choices we all made.  I decided to make my list based on the Moving Theme.  Some of my songs I just added for fun and some because I love them,  but they all fit into my theme somehow. I have marked some of my favourites with *****.

1. St John’s Waltz – Ron Hynes*****
2. I Like to Move it – Crazy Frog (I wanted the Madagascar version, but I didn’t want to pay the $0.99 for it )
3. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) – Billy Joel
4. The Fortunate Ones – Ennis*****
5. Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
6. Moving On Up – M People
7. Moves like Jagger – Maroon 5
8. Home – Phillip Phillips*****
9. Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver
10. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros*****
11. Everyday is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
12. Changes – David Bowie
13. Shines Right Through Me – Great Big Sea*****
14. King of the Road – ( I used Randy Travis, since that is what we already had, but I  would have preferred David Wilcox)
15.  Homeward  Bound – Simon and Garfunkel
16. Rant & Roar – Great Big Sea*****
17. Ode to Newfoundland  – sung by Peter MacDonald and Ronalda  Hutton
18. Wide Open Spaces (Dixie Chicks)
19. Free Falling – John Mayer*****
20. Stop This Train – John Mayer*****
21. Country Road – John Taylor
22. Land and Sea Medley – Gordon Quinton

So I cheated and added two extra songs. Some of this list wouldn’t make my regular playlist, but I wanted to have fun with this one.

There were a couple from the other playlists, that I REALLY liked and didn’t know before.  DD had Gold on the Ceiling by the Black Keys – I love that song!  My honey also had Full Circle by Dark Eyes, which I also hadn’t heard before and that was also excellent.  Both will be added to my regular lists….  DS picked a Weazer album and a Death Cab for Cutie Album.  Luckily we all like these albums, but my favourite is probably “A Lack of Colour” by Death Cab.

Overall the playlist idea was awesome.  I don’t think we got through absolutely everything, but most for sure. A great way to add some fun and conversation to a long drive.

What are your favourite driving songs?

on the road

We spent our first night in St. Hyacinthe, just on the east side of Montreal.  The idea was to beat the Montreal traffic instead of facing that on Friday morning. And it’s a good thing we did – lots of construction. We started driving Friday morning and we took a quick detour across the bridge to Quebec City, but couldn’t stay…  Don’t you LOVE Quebec City?20130713-120247.jpg

Lunch was at a St-Hubert Express in Montmagny and DH did a conference call with the Free WiFi.  Check out my Instagram photo from the Bathroom of the St-Hubert.  HOLY ROOSTER! ( You can see my Instagram photos on the right side of my blog).20130713-120307.jpg

Friday night was spent at the Best Western in Edmundston. Perfect for families and they accept dogs. I think Rocky is getting used to hotels lol.



We are heading to Truro today.  DH hasn’t stopped raving about how excellent the highways are in New Brunswick.  He keeps pointing out how well they are made and how they are repaving roads that seem in great shape.  I have to say – it’s not something I get excited about but to each their own.


DD is keeping a journal and DS is trying to avoid the camera.  I totally get it but still feel the need to capture the avoidance.


It’s a beautiful day to be driving.  Thanks for all the texts and emails you guys are sending me!

memory lane (417)

Do you ever feel like you are watching a movie of your own life in real time?

We left our house in Stittsville around 7:30 this evening and I was at the helm of the family van, dragging the camper trailer.  My honey was working on his laptop in the passenger seat finishing up some loose ends from his day at work.   The kids were in their seats, DS with his guitar, and DD with lyrics saved on her ipod, ready to chime in on the singing.  Rocky was curled up on the floor, zonked after a day of playing with my girlfriend’s dogs.20130711-224050.jpg
I carefully pulled onto the Queensway and immediately felt like my movie reel started, à la This is Your Life. We passed the Canadian Tire Place (i.e. Scotia Bank Place/The Corel Building/ The Palladium).  Alfie first arrived in Ottawa 19 years ago too. Now he is leaving town and so are we.  19 years feels right somehow.

As I passed the ginormous IKEA, I couldn’t help but wonder when will be the next time I shop in an IKEA.  I don’t even really *like* IKEA that much, but somehow it is nice to know it is there when you need it.

Around this time, Matthew started playing guitar and singing Hey Rosetta’s New Goodbye. I’m not sure if he planned this timing or if it happened organically but the kismet wasn’t lost on any of us…

get your things
we’re leaving
when the morning birds are singing
we’re sailing

cause its time to go
what’s to come only fate can show
see her move like a toreador
wielding her cloak and sword


so we’re taking the boat tonight
we’re taking our aging lives
and we’re waving a new goodbye
our arms open wide
(wide and wide-eyed)


We passed the Metcalfe exit, near our very first apartment as newlyweds. Nineteen years ago we drove to Ottawa in Chris‘ two-tone blue Ford Ranger.  In 1994, within a two month time frame, we graduated from MUN, got married and moved our lives to Ottawa and a teeny, tiny apartment that would fit inside our kitchen and family room in Stittsville. We loved that apartment.

As we got closer to the east end of the 417, I had to concentrate more on the driving. There is lots of construction and towing the camper makes me a bit nervous. Before I knew it we were passed the “split” and on our way to Montreal.  About 5 minutes past the split, I could see the orange glow of the sunset in my rear view mirror. And instead of feeling like we were leaving so much behind, I felt propelled forward to a new start, a new adventure, a new beginning.

Adieu, Ottawa. It’s been a blast.

Game Day


Well, moving day is here.  I guess this is really happening lol.  We have been busy preparing for this day and at times it has seemed unreal that we are actually going home!!!  But this is pretty real. Now there is absolutely no denying it!  The movers are here and making quick work of our stuff.  They have rolled out the red carpet – I feel like we are at the Oscars. Except not.


The head mover guy just happens to be from Newfoundland (we Newfoundlanders are everywhere).  Apparently the moving company is doing more and more moves TO Newfoundland instead away from the island.


Rocky really doesn’t know what to do with himself.  The front door is wide open, but he is hiding under the table. 20130710-102059.jpg

Another step closer!

should we pack him?


Rocky is all ready to head to his namesake.  He is groomed and has had a visit to the vet for his check up and shot and although I’m sure the commotion around here is confusing him, he seems happy.  I think he will make a great “Newfoundland” dog.

do you instagram?

On the drive back from the dance competition, the two teenage girls in the back seat educated me on Instagram. I had been hesitant to join but after chatting with the girls and seeing a cool photo from their master class given by Tom Richardson appear on Instagram, I decided to jump in and try it. There are still many mysteries to me that I have yet to figure out, but I am going to “play” with it for a little while.

In the meantime if you are on Instagram, look me up: marlayne709

PS – we are making progress on the packing!

moose on the loose


Driving through Algonquin Park today we stopped on the side of the road to get a better look at this little guy.  My honey grabbed the zoom lens and snapped these few photos. I just love Algonquin Park. It looks like Mr Moose loves it too.

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summer breeze makes me feel fine


It is the last night of the dance competition and the kids are watching the final show.  I have declined to attend, feeling a little “danced-out” after all week.  I’m sitting on the deck of our rented condo here in Deerhurst and although the view is nothing incredible, the deck is shady and there is a delightful breeze that is caressing my shoulders and stirring my hair.   I’m trying to catch up with the news online while sipping on a glass of wine.

We head back to Ottawa early in the morning to pack up the house and leave our home for the last 19 years. Sweet and sour.

Savouring these few moments of grace.

officially a teenager


You just know when you see a box like this something good is inside 🙂 My friend Bianca Coldrey owns Take Another Bite Catering and she is just fabulous at what she does. I know when I work with Bianca I am going to get wonderful food with amazing presentation. Bianca recently made this amazing cake for my now teenage daughter. She did just a fabulous job of it and DD was thrilled. Not only does it look incredible, but it tasted even better!



We are attending a dance competition for the actual day of her birthday so we asked Bianca to make some cookies to share with the other dancers. Look what she did for us! The kids really liked them.


Katie we love you and your funny, loving, beautiful self! Happy Birthday!


dip-dye bleach your teen’s shorts


Do you have a teen that wants to have a pair of these bleached denim shorts?  If you look at them in the stores, they are expensive, they are VERY SHORT and they are damaged (on purpose!).  So DD  used an old pair of jean capris that were getting too small and cut them into shorts. While they are not long enough to pass the middle finger test, they pass the summer test and are not indecent.  These were so easy to bleach and other than a bit of help from me, DD did them mostly on her own.

Hang the shorts on a clip hanger and adjust them so they are hanging into a bucket or a laundry sink.  Add bleach to the sink or bucket approx 2 inches below where you want the bleach, since it will bleed upwards higher than you think. Let the shorts sit in the bleach for 20-30 mins. We turned on the fan since all that bleach gets smelly.


Once they have soaked in bleach, rinse them REALLY well so all the bleach is rinsed out – you will want to use gloves for this part. It is super important to rinse all the bleach out, since the next step is to wash the shorts with water and vinegar.  Vinegar and bleach can create a noxious gas, so RINSE WELL.   We let the shorts sit in Vinegar and water for 10-15 mins and then we washed them in the washer (alone) and dried them in the dryer.  The instructions said to wash them twice, but we only washed them once.


Now DD is totally happy with her “new” shorts.  She did use a nail file to rough up the ends a bit. You can take a pair of scissor to them and damage them to your heart’s desire, but I really don’t quite get that (I’m not hip I guess).  But DD is happy and it was easy peasy!