Monday, February 28, 2005

Be gone!

Happy last day of February everybody!

Good riddance February, you wretched month. I don't want to see your sorry days again for at least a year! Git! Skidaddle!

March. Here in Otown, it's threatening to come in like a lion. Oh well. I'm all for ending on a lamb.

Yay for March! Easter and Spring all in one month. There will also be birthdays and new babies and trips home and visits with friends. Dinner parties to be had and plans to be made.

Hey March? I'm so glad to see you.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Beyonce Overload.

Apparently Oscar is trying to break new records tonight. Beyonce performed not one but THREE of the nominated songs tonight.

I've got nothing against Beyonce but ... come on. Was no one else available?

The Bandwagon.

The Delawarean and Mike say if you do this you're cool. (Maybe it's a Delaware thing.) And you know I'm always the first one to jump on the cool bandwagon. So here's litte thing that's making the rounds. Actually it's kinda neat to see what books people have lying around.

Instructions:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

So as I am sitting next to my bookshelf I closed my eyes and pointed...

S. Morgenstern's
The Princess Bride
by William Goldman

Immediately, Inigo shifted position, increased the speed of his sword.

"Now he surprises you with Bonetti's attack."

But Inigo was not surprised for long.

So now what do I do?

Beats me.

But here's a Quiz to go along with The Princess Bride theme.



Buttercup

Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

It's like Sputnik.

I have that line from So I Married an Axe Murderer in my head. Anyone seen that movie? It has some of the best (and most enduring) lines in it.

"There's a Piper down! I repeat: We have a Piper down!"

Except in my head the line is actually saying:

"There's a Gmail down! I repeat: We have a Gmail down!"

(You have to say it with a Scottish accent.)

Okay I'm losing it.





Friday, February 25, 2005

Bed Hog.

Tomorrow morning while I am still sleeping Eric will be getting up early and going to his mega LAN party. That's right. The "Big Boy Sleepover" is this weekend.

170 people ~ mostly men boys, will gather at the University campus. They will all be laden down with boxes containing monitors, keyboards, towers, CDs, DVDs, sugary snacks, gallons of caffeinated cola, sleeping bags and whatever other paraphernalia they may see fit to bring.

In Eric's case, he is bringing a cooler, a pillow, his own computer chair, headphones, microphone and a camera.

It's ridiculous .... but it's wonderful. My technogeeky but lovable husband has found other technogeeky but lovable friends and now they are all going to celebrate and play games for the weekend. I'm pleased for him.

And you know what that means.....

I get the bed to myself!!!!

Oh the luxury of it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

See Zach Write a Blog.

I was blog surfing tonight and found a link to Zach Braff's blog. It's actually linked on the Garden State Official Website.

I had never heard of this before. Maybe I'm the only one but I found it interesting. He only writes every once in a while now. He's gets, on average, over 1000 comments per post. One had well over 3000 comments.

So imagine, you're surfing along and come across Zach Braff's blog. You seen that 1500 people have left a comment before you. Do you leave one anyway? That just strikes me as insane.

Huh.

Mars & Venus.

Eric and I had an argument talk last night. Car maintenance didn’t even come up. Because really? It’s not the issue.

Eric and I lived together for more than a year before we were married. So you wouldn’t think that things would change that much when we tied the knot. But things did. Not big things. Just a whole bunch of little things. In fact, it seems to be all in the perception.

It’s hard to explain. But I think that now that I’m a "wife" I feel like there’s expectations and duties that have been thrust upon me. Even though I do the same things that I did before we were married, I feel like it’s gone from "doing my part" to "being my responsibility".

Eric and I have different timelines. Last night we talked about timing expectations. Example: when I ask for him to clean the dishes up. He cheerily agrees. But then the dishes continue to sit there. I usually get fed up and do it myself. He gets peeved with me for this, and last night he asked, "Why can’t you just wait 2 minutes? Why does it have to be done right away?"

I thought about that. The answer I came up with is that it's because I have already been waiting. If I have to ask him to do something it means that I’ve already waited the 2 minutes or 20 minutes or the whole day for him to notice that something needs to be done. I’ve already bided my time. When he asks why I can’t wait for 2 minutes it’s because I’ve already waited for 20.

We both became a little enlightened at that revelation. It’s all in the perception.

Another thing that I’m trying to wrap my head around is Asking.

I want him to see things that need to be done without my asking him or reminding him. To me, that just makes it my responsibility. No matter if he’s the one to do the task or not. If I have to identify that it needs doing and ask for it to be done, it’s my task to track. He wants me to point these things out. He needs me to point these things out. But our perception of asking and being asked is different. He’s usually more than happy to do what I ask but I hate having to ask.

So maybe now that we’ve figured some of this stuff out we’ll be able to understand where the other is coming from a little better. It's all in the perception.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Marriage means many things to me. There's all that love and trust and honesty and partnership stuff.

That's all well and good and I was pretty bang on about all that stuff. But something that I had assumed would happen and didn't when I got married was transference of car responsibility.

I wrongly assumed/in vainly wanted/held my breath in hopes that my relatively new husband would take over the responsibility of car maintenance.

It never happened. Car washes, oil changes, filter changes, tire rotations etc. It's all mine. I even get to deal with the guys in the dealership that treat me like I'm lying when I tell them that intermittently, my car won't start.

I guess I was wrong.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Apparently.....

.....I have too much time on my hands.

Dad did the banner but I've done the rest myself. (maybe I shouldn't admit to that) "Butterfly Wings" is readable on Firefox but it has been suggested to me that it's not on IE. Hm.

Anyway, I'll keep working on the blog title but at least the rest all matches now. Too late to change my mind now. :)

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Splendid.

Isn't my new banner FAB-U-LOUS?

I wish I could take the credit but it's all thanks to my Dad. He made it and then gave me explicit instructions on how to put it up.

Apparently these are the things he does during sleepless nights.

I'd hate to wish sleeplessness on anyone but if they can do cool stuff for me...

Meerkats Unmasked.

That was the title that caught my eye while channel surfing last night. It was on Animal Planet. They made it sound so mysterious and secretive. I read it like: MEERKATS!!! Unmasked... So serious and revealing. Being a fan of Timone....



I flipped it on. What a great laugh it turned out to be. They were the funniest little creatures and the whole hour was entertaining. Eric had fun laughing at me as I laughed at the Meerkats.

So I learned all about Meerkats from this Alec Baldwin (apparently he likes Meerkats too!) narrated documentary. While I watched, I munched on Cadbury's Mini Eggs.



I love those things. Eric went out and bought me a big bag of 'em. Ain't he grand?

So that was my Friday night. I wonder if anyone could possibly top that.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

The Line Up.

Thursday evening. It's our big TV night. And our big TV night just got bigger. Survivor is back! The 10th series! Wow. I haven't missed one series yet. I guess that they're changing it up this year.

I don't know how I feel about that. On one hand I say: "Why mess with a good thing? It works. So leave it alone." On the other hand: "Change is good. Keeping it fresh is a good thing."

So we'll see.

Our neighbour (Carly) comes over every Thursday. Sometimes her boyfriend comes too. It's a tradition now. We eat snacks and enjoy the fire. We chat during commercials and generally have a really nice evening.

My question is, why do they have to put all the good TV shows on in one night?

Here's what we watch:

730pm Joey
800pm Survivor
900pm The Apprentice
1000pm ER

We have to tape The OC (at 8pm) for Carly and then we also tape CSI (at 9pm). She takes the tape home, watches the shows and then brings it back so that we can watch CSI.

If they could spread these shows around to different nights, life would be a lot easier.

Such is the life and trials of Sha.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

True Blue.

A long lost friend called me out of the blue the other day. It was really nice to hear from her. I hate to admit this but I am terrible at keeping in touch. I'm tempted to give this blog addy out even more than I already have so that people have a fighting chance at staying in touch with me.

Am I lazy? I don't know. Maybe that's part of it. Some friends I am just willing to let go. Others, I know that no matter how often or how rarely we chat, we'll always be friends.

I have lost contact with more than a few friends since I moved to Otown. A few valiently tried to call me and keep up the ties. I was content to let it fade. Maybe leaving those people behind were part of leaving my old life behind. Maybe.

It's not really fair of me. Perhaps some of my friends were left wondering what in the hell happened. I am sorry for that but I am thankful for the true blue friends that I keep. For they are worth stadiums full of friends.



Me and my best girls.

Monday, February 14, 2005

A Butterfly for a Butterfly

Eric worked late tonight but look what he brought home for me along with a handful of flowers. In case you can't tell it's a big butterfly balloon.

Isn't it neat?

I feel lucky. Very lucky to have married such a wonderful man.

Borrowed....

....from Mel. She writes a good blog.

Not too long ago she posted this as a Public Service Announcement for people suffering from PMS. Or alternatively for people who are suffering from living with someone with PMS.

Happy Day.

Well I guess since I already got my V-Day rant out of the way, the least I can do is wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day.

Today, chocolate is calorie free.

Did you know that?

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Red & Sparkly

I have pretty toes. My feet are soft and my toes are painted red and sparkly. So yes the pedicure party was an evening well spent.

The company is a little "spa in motion". They come to your house and bring all their stuff. So it's almost like getting a spa job except that you can make snacks and have drinks and be rowdy or whatever. It's kind of a neat idea.

I've decided that I should get a pedicure once a month. At least in the winter. It's a great pickmeup.

Eric and I had planned on maybe getting to a movie or something this weekend but the timing didn't work out. We did manage to spend Saturday evening with friends. A good time was had. Eric suggested going to a movie tomorrow night instead but it's Valentine's Day. Won't everyone be out on dates? I think that I'll pass on that. Maybe later on this week. I have no idea what's even out at the theatres.

So in genuine Happy & Blue style here is a question:

Does anyone have any good movie recommentations? Seen anything particularly good or particularly bad recently?

Friday, February 11, 2005

Friday Fun Day.

Not getting much work done today. I'm sitting at my desk but not really working. It's like taking a day off without really taking a day off.

So I'm reading everyone's blogs. And if you haven't posted recently then I'm reading your comments. It's a great way to spend the day!

I'm looking forward to tonight. I'm going to a pedicure party! That's right. Wine, food and professional pedicures.

How cool it that?

Thursday, February 10, 2005

V-Day Rant.

Blue2go asked me why I don't like Valentine's Day.

Good question.

Is it because it's too commercial? Well here's the thing. It's not too commercial. It's only commercial. Card companies and confectioners and florists tell us that we need to buy their wares to tell our spouses, partners or whathaveyou that we love them.

I disliked Valentine's Day as a Singleton and I dislike it as a Married Person. I don't abhor it. I just don't like the concept. Flowers would mean so much more to me if I received them on no special day. Chocolates would taste richer if they were brought home as a surprise. Jewellery would sparkle twice as much if was given to me for no particular reason.

I dislike the restaurants on Valentine's Day. Hordes of people going out and lining up to eat out. How is that fun or meaningful?

I dislike the decorations for Valentine's Day. Pink streamers and red balloons and white doilies. Yuck. Can you say tacky?

So there you have it. Here ends my V-Day rant. But rest assured I bought my boy a card and a gift. And I will likely wear something red to work that day. I'm not Valentine's Day Grinch or anything. It just rubs me the wrong way.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

8 things about my day...

1. I got all my tax letters done! Yippee! Now I just have to catch up on all my other work.

2. I managed to find time to buy my love a Valentine's Day present even though I really can't stand the whole concept of V-Day.

3. One of our independent residents at my work wandered outside in the middle of the night in his underwear. He fell on the ice and while bleeding quite profusely crawled back inside. Needless to say I'm sure that he will be switched from Independent Living to Residential.

4. I was so tired today that I was tempted to crawl under my desk and have a nap.

5. Eric promised to cook and then promptly went over to visit the neighbour. Guess I won't hold my breath.

6. I got my shoes shined and polished at a charity shoe shine event thingy. They look great.

7. I had the chance to apply for a job at a hospital here. I decided against it because the timing is just not right.

8. I downloaded 2 Gwen Stefani songs. (Rich Girl & What You Waiting For) Yes I finally put iTunes on my computer. Now if only I could make up my mind about that iPod.


Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Tricksies

We're getting lulled into a sense of security here in Otown. It feels like spring is coming. It's mild for this time of year. The Canal is closed for skating. People are leaving their coats unbuttoned. Bits of brown grass are poking through the snow all over the place.

The calm before the storm. I just know it.

But we can't help but hope can we? We can't help but say to ourselves, "well maybe this year spring will come early and just stay..." As much as I scoff at the thought I still secretly hope it to be true.

I need Spring. I need the crocuses and daffodils and tulips. I need to see cyclists and walkers and greet my neighbors after a winter season. I need a spring rain. I need to smell that fresh, spring smell in the air. I need green. The dirty grey is oppressive.

Only 5 more Mondays until Spring is officially here.

The countdown starts here.


Monday, February 07, 2005

Crazies

Okay you bunch of crazies. It was simply a test. It was only a test. Just thought it would be fun to try it out. Just in case I want to call in something that's just too important or too funny to wait for me to get home to type. Or just in case I want to sing.....no, not really.

But I promise this will not replace my wonderful and witty prose. Ha. Ha. Ha.

So everybody relax. Breathe a collective sigh of relief. I am not changing format. But considering the response I got, I may throw in an audiopost every once in a while. I may even take requests. Or as Blue suggested I may contract out my voice to read posts for others.

Make me an offer! :)

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Learning new things....

this is an audio post - click to play

Blue is back...

Welcome back Happy & Blue.

(Please note: his new link is on my favourites list.)

Annoying Humans!

Can you hear him?



This is what I imagine Rocky the Wonder Cat to be saying.....

"Can't you people just leave me alone?
I was up quite late watching your bedroom
door. And then? I got up so early that the
birds weren't even up. All just to meow at
your door. The things I do for you people!

Meow. Meow. Meow. Meow.

You try doing that for an hour and see
how exhausted you are! All I wanted was
a little food. Is that too much to ask? But
noooooo I have to pace and cajole and
howl at you until you get up! The nerve!

So...can't you just let me sleep in peace?"

Friday, February 04, 2005

Red, Yellow & Orange

Friday. Ah Friday. There never was a more welcome Friday.

I got tonnes of work done today. Managed to get further ahead than I thought I would. So that means I may not have to go in on Sunday ~ which I thought I would have to. Whew. Hate working extra if I don't have to.

A most welcome surprise. My boss came in just after 3pm.

"I think...." he said, trailing off, "that you guys should leave early today."

Well for god's sakes! I've worked there since 2000 and I can count the amount of times he's told me to go home early. On one hand no less! The three of us stood there dumbly. Frozen in whatever tasks we were involved in, mouths hanging slightly open.

"Seriously," he continued, "It's really nice outside and it's Friday."

Say no more. I'm freakin' outta here! I still have a tonne of work to do but I shall not waste this fleeting spirit of charity. I shall not!

Grabbed my coat, put on my boots and damn near flew out the door.

"Have a great weekend......" I managed to call over my shoulder as I disappeared down the hall.

And then I bought myself flowers on the way home. 3 bunches of Gerbera daisies. One bunch red, one bunch yellow, one bunch orange.

Expensive but worth it. Just like me.

Happy & Gone?

Anyone know what happened to Happy & Blue?

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Short and Sweet.

Comments left on yesterday's post were hilarious! Thank you
everyone.
And if you haven't had a chance to read them go take a look....

Oh all except for one. I believe that I got comment-spammed.
Comment spammed! That's a first for me.


Oh and is there anyone in the world that doesn't have a gmail account? Apparently I've hit the jackpot. I have at least 50 invites to give out. So please, if you or your mother or your uncle or even your ..... cat want one, let me know in comments.

It's Thursday evening. My TV night.
That's why this post is....short and sweet.





Wednesday, February 02, 2005

For Sale - Cheap: One Cat.

My cat has lost his mind.

Lost it.

I think that Rocky's gotten to that point in his life, where most animals come to. All he thinks about is food. And as soon as he's done eating he starts thinking about his next meal or snack. He's getting so fat. But if we don't feed him he goes crazy.

We have to sleep with our bedroom door shut. If we don't lock him out he spends the whole night chewing on my hair and trying to fit his head into the glass of water that I often have on my bedside table. So often did I end up with water spilled everywhere and my head buried under the covers that I figured it was time to lock him out.

Now he stakes out the bedroom door. And if he hears the sounds of stirring within he starts to meow. Deep, heartbreaking meows that leave you sure that he's dying out there. Somedays he waits for our alarm clock to sound but other days a cough is enough to start him up. (This morning I could hear him before 5am.)

Usually Eric feeds him since he gets up before me. But every once in a while I'm up first and I feed him. On those mornings he harrasses Eric like crazy. Even though his food dish is there for all to see, Rocky tries to trick Eric into feeding him.

He's a crazy cat. When I get home from work I can hear him meowing before I even put my key in the lock. Then, for the next 2 or 3 hours he follows me around, dogging my steps. So then I bend down to pet him, which he seems to enjoy for a couple of minutes. Then he starts biting me. If he's feeling really frisky he's been known to chase me around trying bite my ankles.

Oh and let's not forget that if he has a hairball he's sure to huck it up on the carpet. Can't ever make it to the linoleum. That's particularly a favourite trick of mine.

Other than that he's really well behaved.

Anyone want a cat?