January 23 08

Our phone is slightly possessed and gives us a little double ring when it’s a long distance or a telemarketing call. i appreciate this, actually. if it’s an area code i don’t recognize, i don’t pick up.

because i have issues. i can’t just hang up. and i can’t just jump in mid-scripted-shpiel and cut them off at the pass. oh no, i have to listen to them rant about my free geoholiday vacation or how i really do need my air ducts checked and oh, it’s very important that i subscribe to the Toronto Star. I let them get to the end of their rant, and then hang up. i told you i have issues.

so, last night the husband picks up the 604 phone call, even though i knew it was no one that we knew, but he insisted and when they asked for me, he told them i wasn’t there. she called back a second time and said she was from Canada Immigration. fuck. these are NOT the type of people that you want to start messing with. have you ever seen a canadian immigration officer? hearts made of stone, i tell you.

so, she was already suspicious. and she was calling to tell me that my nanny was waiting, in Vancouver, to be picked up. um, hello? excuse me? my nanny is downstairs, thankyouverymuch.

apparently, the nannywhore Rakela, who totally screwed me over when i got nanny poached, has been using MY name to bring nannies into Canada. i know, right? what. the. fuck.

so, i ranted. to this poor immigration officer. i told her all about Rakela and how she skipped town when my nanny walked out on me and left me in the lurch. i ranted about how Rakela is a total pimp. and she’s definitely doing something shady.

and so, when i got off the phone, you know that immigration officer is writing on her blog… fuck. these are NOT the type of moms that you want to start messing with. have you ever seen a canadian mom? hearts made of stone, i tell you.

ahaha. Jesus, they should give me a badge or something…

he was too young. and i am a little bit broken today.

i want to thank you for all of your book suggestions. as per many of your recommendations, I started reading Atonement last night. I figure before i fall in love with Jodi Picoult, i better get a jump start on the book version of Atonement before i watch the movie version, which has to be done before the Oscars. you see, it’s all very thought out…

my juice blog is in the finals in two categories in the Canadian Blog Awards.

Best Media/Celebrity Blog

and

Best Entertainment/Cultural Blog

click the links and go and vote! pretty please!

also, please give some love to my friend Angella over at Dutch Blitz. she made the finals for best blogosphere citizen and best blog post series and for my friend and another writer over at UrbanMoms, Beck of Frog and Toad and Still Friends. she made the finals for best family blog. They are both beautiful women, both inside and out, and are friends, both online and off.

go! vote!

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  1. Good lord! That is terrible! NEVER mess with immigration folks. What happens next- are you trying to contact your nanny poacher? This is one of those stories that even though I don’t personally know you I told some other folks (new blog readers for you now!)

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    Comment by Steph on January 23, 2008
  2. What is it with Immigration officers anyway? Are they required to be complete arses 98.9% of the time? Though I gotta tell ya, the Canadians were a lot nicer than the American ones we encountered while getting my Canadian down here. Still, they all strike the fear of God into you with so much as a cross-eyed look. Way to go sick them on someone else! ha!

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    Comment by AJ on January 23, 2008
  3. Ali that is so evil what rakela did using your name like that WTF?…I am so HEARTSICK over heaths passing how terrible for his family..

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    Comment by LAVENDULA on January 23, 2008
  4. I’ve learned to hang up. Or come up with a (to me) hilarious excuse to hang up. Like, “oh holy crap, I seem to be on fire!”

    Chris Cactus’s last blog post..The Choreography Of Living (Or, Fifteen Years On)

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    Comment by Chris Cactus on January 23, 2008
  5. That is crazy ! And come and pick your nanny up in Vancouver ?? I think you need to blog more about Rakela.

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    Comment by Heather on January 23, 2008
  6. OMG with using your name! I don’t even know what to say to that except… OMG. Some people have some serious nerve.

    As for Heath Ledger… sad, shocking, and far too young. I keep hearing the media types say that it appears to be an accident, and somehow that just makes me feel worse.

    Dawn’s last blog post..Sing Along: January 22, 2008

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    Comment by Dawn on January 23, 2008
  7. That is insane! So, do they have something in the immigration system now that says you’re not bringing 20 nannies into the country every month?

    (And really, wouldn’t you think SOMEONE would catch on that you keep going through nannies like tissues?)

    SciFi Dad’s last blog post..TWS: Sexy

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on January 23, 2008
  8. Can you get on a do not call list, we did and we hardly get any of those calls anymore.

    I had a friend from NYC call me and give me the news. I am very sad too, he was the one person I wanted to see when I was there last week.:(

    Tara’s last blog post..I love New York

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    Comment by Tara on January 23, 2008
  9. Poor Heath Ledger’s baby girl. It just kills me when kids don’t have their parents.

    Kristie’s last blog post..No seriously, thanks for the information.

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    Comment by Kristie on January 23, 2008
  10. I am astounded about Heath. Sigh.

    And about the whole nanny deal. WTH?!?!

    Thanks for the link love! I’m sending it right back to you, now that the polls are open :)

    Angella’s last blog post..Finalist Friends

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    Comment by Angella on January 23, 2008
  11. wow! finals in 2 blog awards – way to go!! i voted for ya! good luck!!

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    Comment by Tova on January 23, 2008
  12. We get three calls from various branches of our bank alone EVERY DAY – apparently, we really need more features on our credit card! It’s annoying.
    Poor Heath Ledger.
    Thanks for mentioning me! I’ve already voted for you! :)

    Rebecca’s last blog post..And HOW did the birthday party go?

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    Comment by Rebecca on January 23, 2008
  13. I can’t hang up either. I don’t know what my problem is since I am generally hateful, ya know?

    slynnro’s last blog post..If you liked yesterday’s crap, you might also like this.

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    Comment by slynnro on January 23, 2008
  14. Whenever there is a number I don’t recognize, I pass the phone to my husband. He has no problem being a dick to the stranger on the other end. I’m like you – too polite to cut them off.

    LoriD’s last blog post..Repressed high school memory. Until now.

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    Comment by LoriD on January 23, 2008
  15. It is a FIERCE world out there for parents looking for nannies. Sheesh. You guys should fight to the death at least!

    Its so sad about Heath Ledger.

    Miss’s last blog post..I guess I’m it

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    Comment by Miss on January 23, 2008
  16. 1) seriously sad about Heath, he was my “if i could be with a famous guy” freebie winner. You know, when you and your mate list ONE famous person that it would be ok for them to be with once because it is sooo farfetched! Well, now mine is shot to sh!t.

    2)I can’t be mean to telemarketers either, my mom is vicious and I always feel so bad but I think the day will come when I have had enough.

    3) Nanny pimp! Woah.

    Lindz’s last blog post..Humpy bear

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    Comment by Lindz on January 23, 2008
  17. that’s insane about the nanny!

    Haley-O’s last blog post..Where Were You….

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    Comment by Haley-O on January 23, 2008
  18. Rakela will get what’s coming to her. And HL should not have gotten what came to him. RIP.

    kgirl’s last blog post..(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

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    Comment by kgirl on January 23, 2008
  19. Atonement rocks. Haven’t seen the movie, not sure I will. The book is one of my faves, though.

    Anne Glamore’s last blog post..Rite of Passage

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    Comment by Anne Glamore on January 23, 2008
  20. i hate telemarketers. i can’t cut them off either…must be a Canadian thing ;-). i rely on my caller-id to help me out. we’ve actually been getting some calls from 000-000-0000. wtf??? and as for the nanny thing….that’s crazy!

    an Heath…i was so sad when i read the news last night. it shocked me so much, i almost dropped my laptop. such a great talent lost way too soon.

    cate’s last blog post..snotface

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    Comment by cate on January 23, 2008
  21. argh..I can’t stand tele-marketers.
    I know I know they are just trying to make a living…but must they always call the second we get the bambino to bed.
    seriously annoying.
    just started Atonement last night as well.
    want to read it before going to see the film.

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    Comment by petitegourmand on January 23, 2008
  22. I see that you are listening to the Juno Soundtrack…I must get it..Pronto.I’ve heard bits and pieces of it..and LOVE IT.

    manda’s last blog post..HOLY MOLY–I Made it into the Bloggies finalists!!??!! WHAT??

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    Comment by manda on January 23, 2008
  23. I’m one of those mean bitches who is very mean to telemarketers. Especially if they mispronounce my name. I usually just tell them to piss off and hang up.

    Our phone does that crazy two ring thing too – actually, ours rings three times. Love it.

    Chantal’s last blog post..Bullety Edition 22; Missing The Show

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    Comment by Chantal on January 23, 2008
  24. I *never* answer the phone. Period.

    And I am so sad about Heath.

    Aimee Greeblemonkey’s last blog post..Shhh! I’m a Secret!

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    Comment by Aimee Greeblemonkey on January 24, 2008
  25. Oh…I have read most of Jodi Picoult’s work. Don’t read her latest, which is very shallow in my opinion. My 14 year old daughter has now gotten on the Picoult bandwagon and she wrote a brilliant review of The Pact on my blog. (To find it easily, go to categories and click on Book Reviews.)

    Di’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen (Vol. 65)

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    Comment by Di on January 24, 2008
  26. Oh boy – that certainly makes me think twice about getting a nanny. We moved into a 4 br house in May so that we would have the potential to have a live-in nanny… Now I’m thinking it oculd be a br for a 3rd baby instead.

    PS – I voted for ya!

    Mom On The Run’s last blog post..Scared Silly

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    Comment by Mom On The Run on January 24, 2008
  27. You have a steady nerves though! I always recommend parents try to avoid hiring nannies for infants and toddlers as far as possible. Children need parents! Do not forget about that!

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    Comment by Nanny Gemma on October 1, 2009
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