Friday, April 28, 2006
I'm in a good mood, as the nice people at Dougs Spoke and Sport repaired my wheel and reattached my kickstand, so I am again biking to work and my nifty new bike is back to me. I love it. There's already a gopher armada on the path I ride to work- I counted 12 today and they haven't even started making little gopherettes yet. Soon it'll be an obstacle course.
This weekend I've got lots of things planned: pressure wash the deck so we can paint it, get a few sheves and organise the now cleaned basement and rake the yard AND pick paint for the living room...cuz I just got my backpay from our new contract and it's enough to paint the living room. Hooray! No more nail holes. To celebrate we went out to EE Buritos (finally) for supper. Wow. Wow. Wow. Good good food, run by a family so proud to serve it to you. I had cheese stuffed roasted peppers with refried beans and rice and horchata to drink. Yum... my stomach is grumbling happily now just thinking about it. I hope we can go there a lot...
And so, since I have nothing really exciting to say, but a few minutes to spare, here's a bit of useless info about my life right at this very moment:
Current attire: Jeans, coral shirt, silver specs, superstar runners...and a lab coat.
Current mood: A bit tired, a bit stiff, but happy.
Current music: "Love Songs" a compilation of Billie Holiday songs
Current annoyance: all the achy new muscles in my body. You'd think they'd just give up their protest by now. They are my squidgy slaves and must learn to do my bidding...I've got lots in store for them and if they're complaining now, it should be a long summer.
Current thing: daydreaming about the deck when it's done. I want to live out there all summer and hopefully after this weekend it'll be cleaned and usable, and maybe in a few weeks, be even more cool. I'm so hyped to paint and fix up things. I just hope my poor body can keep up with my ambitions.
Current song in head: Me Myself and I (as sung by Billie Holiday)
Current video in player: The last episode of BSG. I finally watched it last night from when we taped it on the holidays. Man..has there ever been such a good show? It even overshadows DS9 and Babylon 5 in my mind.
Current DVD in player: Space Goast Coast to Coast season 3. Funny stuff..I love Brak and Zorak.
Current refreshment: Just finished a friday treat of a Tim Horton's double double coffee and a blueberry muffin. Although I love Time Hortons coffee I have to learn to make my own muffins. They're always better...I should learn to not be dissapointed by a bought muffin. I just haven't had time to make a muffin lately. I like muffins. Muffin muffin miffin oh muffin muffin hey.
Current worry: Will the student loan people leave us alone now for another 6 months? Maybe if we don't move or make a sound they'll get bored and go away.
Current thought: Is anyone else wierded out about what the heck is going on in Iran? Normally I'd say just let them be and go for a diplomatic solution, but a country enriching uranium against world rules with a leader who has said on multiple occasions that and entire country (Isreal) should be wiped off the face of the earth is not something I am comfortable with...and just what is the rest of the world supposed to do about it? I'm hiding under a chair myself.
Songs that make me happy:
-"Them There Eyes" by Billie Holiday
-"Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" by The Flaming Lips
-"When Soul Meets Body" by Death Cab For Cutie
Things that make me happy:
-My new bike (ya ya yaaah)
-Fresh fruit. There is so much fruit and so little room in my stomach.
-Billie Holiday's voice. The woman's voice is just magic.
I'm thankful for:
-my wonderful husband
-having enough money to pay our bills and not worry about that sort of stuff for a little while at least
-Springy sunshine and happy hopping gophers
Three nice things I will do soon:
-Send flowers to our elderly neighbor. Her husband passed away recently. He was such a sweet old man...we used to talk out in the yard and I'll miss him.
-Find a neat gift for my neice Elliott. She turns 1 next week!
-Put up birdfeeders. Happy birds. And happy cats too, as they can stare at them through the window.
3 Quotes that make me laugh:
-"My leprechaun fell asleep hours ago" ~Ken Sobool
-" I don't know why we need a roof anyway, just put a hat on and get over it" ~Dad (Brak Show)
-"When does the monkey come out of your ear? I don't have all day you know." ~Brak
Thursday, April 27, 2006
I ride my bike to work, rain or shine, as long as weather permits and yesterday was my first day back at it...and I made it a whole half a trip before catastrophe struck. The kick stand had been incorrectly installed and it jammed up the rear wheel, nearly throwing me off. Consequently, the stand had to be taken off to even move the bike. The wheel is now warped and the frame is all scratched to hell where the stand was mounted from the jarring, as there was no rubber seal put below the stand to prevent scratches.
So..I've cooled down a bit and after work I am taking it in to see just how much of it they'll replace. Ideally, I'm cheesed enough that I'd like a whole new bike, but they should at least fix the scratches and give me a new wheel. I've only had it for a day after all!
I am now convinced I'm jinxed. I just can't have nice things....
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
I found this quote yesterday and it captures exactly how I feel about life right now.
Gotta run - crazily busy day. Happy thoughts...
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Don't pull two all nighters dancing and having a fantastic time with old friends right before you have to back to full time work. I know the music was live techno and funk mixed with even some Thievery Corporation thrown in for good measure but you are no longer a young thing. You need sleep. Leave a day for rest before you go back to the real world or your body will curse you for it.
Just a thought.
Monday, April 24, 2006
I'd like to clarify that it's not our junk. OK, we had an old couch and a few bags of leaves but the rest was all "gifted". We got the house for very cheap from family, and one of the conditions was that they could leave behind whatever they didn't want and we could "keep" it...like a sort of gift...only unwanted...and mostly unusable. And worst of all - it took up so much space.
Needless to say, at first we didn't mind, as we had so much painting and fixing up to do (again part of the deal) that we didn't even notice much. Now that we're getting well into the fixing uppy painting and such, we've started to curse all the junk when it gets in our way and thwarts our plans. Our 4th level was full to the brim with useless crap and we finally decided to do something about it. After a dissapointing call to 1-800-got-junk (they wanted a retarded amount to take it all away) we rented a 17 ft UHaul and filled it to the brim with junk. Yard junk, shed junk, deck stuff, basement junk, delapidated old useless nicknacks and no less than two non-working barbecues. You name it, it went. We even broke down and shed all our boxes and packaging from our appliances and electronics (we both had every box for everything we ever bought...we both are anal about that kind of thing) and recycled them. That hurt a bit but we figured we might as well do it all. The fact that none of that went into the UHaul but to recycling was even more surprising to us, when we finally realised just how much junk we had.
The result of our plans was a whole day of me carting crap out into our back yard, sorting it and then J and a friend helping me load it into the truck when he got off work that afternoon. Thursday morning we were off to the city dump. The result - we officially removed over a literal tonne of garbage from our house. Yes, I have the city dump weighbill to prove it - 1030 Kg of junk (I also learned that a 17 ft UHaul weighs just over 3 tonnes empty, should anyone care...)
Now we actually have way more space downstairs...for a craft/stained glass area, tool/workbench, laundry and actually organizing and storing stuff on the shelves down there. We can also prime and paint our screened in deck finally and hopefully get some lights out there. I want to take an old table and cover it in tiles for out there, move our barbecue (it works!), make a rack for the bikes and have friends come over and help us paint murals on the walls and an old style map compass on the floor to make it "ours". We even took in my window I made for the back door to be placed between low E glass so my Dad can put it in our door. I can finally clean up the yard and clear out and use the firepit (never knew it was there under all the old yard waste and junk behind the shed!!) and we even have a functional playhouse in the backyard (with toys) for our friends and family with kids...AND I can plant some flowers in the yard too because we actually went and got the yard tools and things we've needed for so long to help keep up the yard.
It is so exciting. The junk phase was step one in a list of elaborate plans that can now be started.
We're both procrastinators so it'll be amusing to see how far we get on all these things, but if I can get to it, there'll be no stopping me!
Saturday, April 22, 2006
I must admit - I am not the young thing I used to be..but I can stil shake my funky fine self. Went to see a great DJ from Sweden (and others) in Calgary last night with some old and some new friends. The event was held in a circus school so there were odd trapezes and decorations and a few performances mixed in with the music from stilt walkers and the like. Very unique.
It has been a while since I've stayed up all night dancing and talking and hanging out with people and I must say a good time was had. The all nighter ended with a yummy Dennys breakfast and during a scattered eggy toasty conversation about limits and exhaustion a friend came up with a theory. He figured that we don't all know our limits, especially when we're young, so we should each get a leprechaun who will pop in with a wave and a smile to kindly let us know that we've gone too far and are at the point of total exhaustion and should just sleep. Given our tiredness at the time we figured it was a great idea but with a tragic flaw- Ken said.."great idea...but I think my leprechaun fell asleep hours ago."
Ah. I am weary and scattered but happy. It has been a great holiday off, busy and many things learned and done, with much to babble on when I get the time. But...now is not the time. Now is the time for a shower and some food and a final evening here with friends before heading back to home and the real world. When I'm back home in my pod I'll pontificate on the many cheezies of wisdom I gained this week.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Altho, now I'm convinced he's not human...
Thursday, April 13, 2006
I got up early to make J breakfast (aren't I nice) as he has to work, but me - nada. So far this morning I've already finished a book (Airframe...not bad) worked out twice the normal time, and sat and drank some coffee out on the front deck, looking at the river.
Now - who knows! I love the opportunity to do whatever pops into my head.
And, even better, it look like J has no shoots this weekend.
What to do? What to do?
Well, we have a few musts in the next few days:
-FINALLY eat out at EE Buritos, a fantastic local chilean place (they even serve fresh tomatillos), in town that the world has thwarted every attempt for us to go to. We're actually going to not say we're going out loud, so it can't stop us this time. I fear that simply typing it has jinxed things.
-Clear out our deck. It's screened in and wonderful to have but it is dirty and full of junk from a winter of "where do I put this? Oh just stick it out on the deck..." and we want to paint the floors in there and have a friend of our come over and paint a mural on the wall. Can't even sit out ther until some of the crap is gone.
-Sleep. A lot.
-Eat. A lot.
-Go to Edmonton (hopefully) to see Dekoze spin next weekend...he is spinning with another guy who does old school breaks. Sounds like a good night of monky dancing to me.
-Go for lots of long walks. The riverside paths are nearly passable now, so a bit of mud won't stop us now.
-Spend Easter with J's family. Their cat just died suddenly so eveyone is a bit down. It'll be wierd to not have Shadow around begging for skritches and tidbits.
And so I must be off to shower and get on with my day and find some lunch. I'm not sure how often I'll post in the next few days (honestly, I don't use the computer much at home).
So - ta ta!
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
I plan on practicing my vegetable imitation skills. The
natural behavior of broccoli is quite a challenge to mimic. It will take much diligence and effort...and Harp.
We had plans for a grand getaway somewhere romantic, but nowhere we wanted to go had a place we could actually afford, so we may just hang out here at home or go visit friends or my brother in Edmonton. If my Dad hadn't started renoviating the cabin we'd sneak up there, but it has no floor right now, so what can ya do?
Man...Just the thought of nothing to do with work for a week and a half.
You have a classic style, but you're up-to-date with the latest
technology. You're ambitious, competitive, and you love to win.
Performance, precision, and prestige - you're one of the elite,
and you know it.
Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Took a test linked to on Betty's weblog. Apparently I'm too odd to classify and exist as a ball of light...nifty.
Those of you who know me know that I am hardly the one to comment on style and fashion. Heck I'm doing well if my clothes are clean, happen to match and have all actually been put on that day. However, I've noticed a few fashion bizzarities that are becoming common here on campus and I just have to vent at their utter silliness.
1. Knitted toque ball caps
Ok...so we live in Canada - wear a toque when it's cold, or even whenever you feel like it should your inner gangster need soothing. OR wear a ball cap if you want. No complaints from me. But, for the love of god, do not make some wierdass hybrid knitted ball cap with a brim and wear it around (sometimes even sideways) and think that you look cool. You look like a 5 year old or someone with no true friends to tell you look rediculous. Knitted hats with brims. Why?
2. Hobbit pants
Now, it's colder in the spring and fall and so maybe shorts aren't your thing. But having said that, you do not live in Middle Earth and you are not a hobbit (and haloween isn't until the day after my birthday...a long time from now). Even my boss who is shorter than 5 feet would not be wearing flared baggy pants that come to mid calf. They look bad on everyone and honestly...they're silly.
3. Shortened mini bunny hugs over long shirts
I saw this yesterday and I actually laughed out loud (and got a good glare for my troubles) - a bunny hug with full hood and long sleeves that stopped snugly right below the mammaries. Why? Who knows? Another shirt was worn underneath it. It wasn't even one of those odd shawly shirts that just cover the arms a bit of back and the shoulders (I'm letting them go cuz they're odd, but not totally pointless). If you're not wearing such a silly thing to show off your belly, or to stay warm - what good is it?
Now, having said all this, I'm known for my lack of attention to personal style (style costs $$, so I have none) but please - people - think about what you are wearing. Just because some pop star wore something it doesn't make it right. Choose your own style, no matter how strange. And if you honestly like to wear those things, well I don't know what to say. Just be prepared to be giggled at my the likes of geeky old me.
OK, soap box away...back to work.
Monday, April 10, 2006
I am so busy, and so happy.
I have so much to do before I go on holidays on thursday so I just thought I'd drop in and say hi. I currently am the epitome of this guy. I've no idea where the image comes from, but it felt like me today.
Gotta go do some more research.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006
There was a time when she was in to depressed French poets and during the 1800s (I think) she found a lot of good ones. During the Charles Baudelaire and Voltaire readings there was a poem she found that I loved. It has to do with wondering about whether the angels that comfort us really know what our sorrow/pain is really like. The poem had lines like "Oh angel of joy and light unwanted" and "Do you know the sickness??". I've been obsessed with finding this poem for a while noe to read it to see if I still like it. I've searched and searched for it and can't find it and now I'm thinking about it again.
I know it isn't a lot to go on, but does anyone out there know what the poem is called, or better yet the words?
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
And let the sun wrap its arms around me
And bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing
And feel what its like to be new
Cause in my head there's a greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
So they may have a chance of finding a place
where they're far more suited than here
I cannot guess what we'll discover
Between the dirt with our palms cut like shovels
But I know our filthy hand can wash one another's
And not one speck will remain
I do believe it's true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
If the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too
So brown eyes I hold you near
Cause you're the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere
Where soul meets body
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions - and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
The sand is everything else - the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouseout to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.
Take care of the golf balls first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."
Monday, April 03, 2006
Step one - Lemon filling. Why have a fake squidgy lard filling when you can have yummy homemade lemon pudding? I found the cutest (and therefore *logically* most flavourful) teeny lemon for the sauce. Now, I cheated on the cakey part and bought a yummy Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix...I was feeling lazy (don't tell anyone).
So I whipped up the lemon pudding (to the sounds of Zooropa)
and the cake batter
and then popped them in the oven to bake.
I ended up with 16 twinkies to cool, and then, after not so patiently waiting...
I prepped for Step 2: twinkie lemony surgery. I apologise for the lack of injection photo. I only have 2 arms...
And when I was done, there were 16 of the yummmiest lemony filled cakey things that I have ever made. (if'n I do say so meself)
So yummy in fact that here's how many were left the next morning.
In defense there WERE three of us devouring them that evening...and lots of coffee...and a movie.
And what have I learned?
Homemade Twinkies rock.
Next time I'm making spice cake and filling them with cream cheese filling...(*insert Homer drooling sound here*)
I am just reflecting on a nice relaxing weekend full of so many good things: homemade twinkies with lemon filling (more on that soon), new plants and herbs to pot and put on the deck, friends over to play Settlers of Catan and watch BSG, amber rum paralyzers, listening to the new Flaming Lips album, geeking out to Star Wars and playing with my Darth Vader saber in the dark, listening to the rain fall on the windows (not snow!!), drinking hot coffee and nibbling on pumpkin muffins and having long lazy naps in the sunshine with my loving man. SO good.
It was a grand weekend and it pains me to be back at it this early morning, but after such a grand weekend I have to say, that if this is what I must do to have more time like that I'm giddy to do so.
Have a great day guys!
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