Thursday, March 31, 2005

Pantyhose Suck.

I do solemnly swear that I will never buy a skirt or dress that requires pantyhose ever again. From this point on the only such articles that I will buy will be for summer wear when I can go pantyhose free. It's all about pants from here on in.

I have struggled into hose for the last time. I have poked my finger through the flimsy material for the last time. I have frantically searched for a new pair for the last time. I have angrily searched for a new outfit to wear for the last time.

Pantyhose, you are dead to me.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Egg Psychos.

Someone left us an Easter treat. Our weekend housesitter left a note telling us that the Easter Bunny had visited on Sunday and had left an egg on our front porch. Sure enough there was a big yellow plastic egg full of goodies.

I laughed and figured that she had left it for us but upon further investigation found out that it was not from her.

I was perplexed but not worried. And as I sat happily eating chocolates from the egg I thought to wonder briefly if perhaps some psycho had gone out delivering Easter Eggs this year.

The thought went quickly out of my mind and I enjoyed the treats thoroughly.

Just goes to show you that I live in a small, safe community when I feel safe eating chocolates left on my front porch.

Tonight we found out that it was from our neighbour up the street. See? No egg delivering psychos here.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Good Luck Galore.

Well. Back at home, in my usual spot, after a whirlwhind weekend.

It was golden. It couldn't have been better.

I think so anyway. There are 'moments' that are a little blurry. :)

Iona will be pleased and entertained to know that I got shat upon by a seagull this weekend. This is the second time in my life that's happened. The first time was about 20 years ago. Anyway, I had to laugh. No harm was done. My hair was up in a pony tail so I dodged the "bullet" so to speak. My coat took most of the brunt.

And hey! It's supposed to be good luck so I'm expecting great things.

Other than that, there's too much to tell. We had a blast. We drank lots and ate well. There was laughter and good times.

I have a million things to do tonight before I jump back into real life but I did want to check in.

If you haven't popped in to my
Dad's Blog, you should do so. He's morphed a pretty hilarious shot on today's post. Go have a look.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Green Girl.

Having a quiet moment or two. Decided to log in and say hi. I've managed to skim the blogs a little but haven't had too much time to leave comments.

We're having a really good weekend so far. Our arrival was late on Wednesday night ~ around 1am. Then we were up quite late visiting with the old folks. Thursday was a nice quiet day. Stayed close to home.

But last night....oh lordy....Eric and I dropped over to visit a good friend of mine. I took a bottle of wine, thought I might have a glass or two. Fast forward 7 hours and my sober husband patiently herded his drunk wife out and into the car.

Then, said wife, woke up with one of the worst hangovers EVER.

So, no consumption of wine took place today. I had to toast my Mom, the birthday girl with a wineglass full of water.

Ah. Well.

It's all in good fun right?

It's all about the party when I come home for a visit.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Homeward Bound.

Tomorrow I'm heading for home. Yippee!

We're taking an extra long weekend and hitting the road for home.

I'm really looking forward to seeing family and friends.

I will try and post while there but it's doubtful I'll get much computer time in.

Have a great Easter weekend everyone!

Monday, March 21, 2005

Tired Eyes.

I don't know if it's the changing of the seasons or just a cycle I'm in, but I have been so tired lately. No amount of sleep is enough.

This morning I stumbled out of bed after grabbing that all important extra 5 minutes of sleep. Somehow I got myself into the shower and through all my morning tasks.

I could have sworn that I put on brown socks to match my brown pants and brown shoes.


Once I got to work, I realized that my socks were black as can be.

I think that my brain plays tricks on me. I specifically looked for brown socks. Thought for sure I picked brown socks and here I find myself with black ones.

Every evening I actually pick out the clothes that I will wear the next day. I pull them from the closet and hang them on the back of the door. This is because my brain is usually way too addled to pick out an outfit in the morning. I've always left the sock-choosing until morning though.

Guess I'll have to start doing that ahead of time now too.

Question: Am I the only one that is completely muddled in the morning?

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Piece of Luck.

We moved into this house in December of 2003. The whole time we've been here we've needed a decent dining room set. We bought an inexpensive (read: cheap) set when we first bought the house. We thought it would do but it didn't take us very long to figure out what a crappy, uncomfortable set it was. If you ever asked us what the worst purchase we ever made was, that would be our answer.

Since then we've been keeping an eye out for a decent, comfortable set that wouldn't put us in the poor house.

Then, last week Eric discovered a set for a really good price. We could buy as many or as few chairs as we wanted at $50 a piece. The table was a steal at $170. So, Friday night Eric and a friend went to pick the set up for us. He put it all together only to find that one of the six chairs was missing the seat. Saturday morning he headed back to get the missing cushion only to discover that the whole set had gone on sale Saturday morning along with matching cabinets shelves, coffee and end tables, etc. He came back home with the $100 that the store refunded to him and the cushion. We celebrated our good luck by buying a cabinet, a shelf, a coffee table and 2 end tables.

Yay!! It was a happy day as we unloaded furniture that we never really liked in the first place.

Now my living/dining room has a whole new look.

What good luck! We should have bought a lottery ticket too.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Buy Your Coffee.

Friday's have been officially christened "Buy Your Coffee Day." at my house.

Not being made of money we had to cut down on the buying of coffee on a daily basis and start brewing our own. We make good coffee (in spite of what Shadow says) and I enjoy it every day.

But it's just not Timmy's. I love Timmy's. I work beside a Timmy's so it's pretty difficult not to make a coffee run all the time. (Especially when it's Rrrrroll up the Rrrrrrim to Win time!)

So not to be totally depriving ourselves completely, I made up "Buy Your Coffee Day." so that once a week at least we can treat ourselves to a Tim's.

It's just one more reason to love Fridays.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Today, Everyone is Irish.


I hope that there is lots of cheer and pub music and green beer among you. How many people will wake up with a hangover tomorrow?

What are your plans? Do you take the day off and go pubbing all afternoon and evening? I used to. Not anymore but I do miss those times on days like this. Back home everyone will be revving up for good ole St. Paddy's Day. Here, the party would be awfully small and the cab fare would be awfully expensive.

I used to party like there was no tomorrow on St. Paddy's Day. In fact, very often I did lose the next day completely to a hangover and regretted every sip of green beer.

Now I celebrate St. Paddy's Day in a pretty tame way. I wear something green. Woo hoo.

Have a great day everyone and be sure to share any stories of debauchery tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Time Flies.

I am stunned at how much time I don't have.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Shopping List.

Eric just made a quick trip to the grocery store.

On his list?

1. Jug of spring water.
2. Loaf of bread.

As soon as he got in the door, I hear "Awwwww Shit!"

He forgot the bread.

Can you believe that?

Major City Tour.

Well we just got back from Montreal. It was damn near another last minute trip but this one I knew about as early as Thursday evening. Sheesh.

After going to Toronto last weekend and then Montreal this weekend, I asked Eric for a little warning if we're going for the Big 3. Vancouver might take a little more planning!

We went to Montreal to visit hospitals. Yep. That's right. We visited 2 different hospitals yesterday. The first visit was to Eric's Dad, who was not feeling very well yesterday but today the Doctor's finally gave him the go ahead to eat. When we arrived today he was happily chowing down a hospital lunch. I swear, the only time you'd be happy about hospital food is when you've been deprived for days. I think that this is a great picture of Eric and his Dad, Gilles.

Our second trip was to visit Eric's new god-son. He's as cute as a button. It was a real treat to be able to visit the newly minted family in the hospital. Baby Etienne was born on Wednesday.

Isn't that a great picture? Eric's pleased as punch to be a godfather/honourary uncle.

I'm pleased too.

Friday, March 11, 2005

All Clear?

So here's the story on why Blogger has been (and pardon my french) el-fucko for the last few days. Please note the "However, there is more work to do." line.

Beware. We may be in for more fun and games.

Friday, March 11, 2005

In the past several days, we've had a bout of stability problems with Blogger. Yesterday morning, users were encountering errors when trying to login and access their blogs.

During this time, mail-to-blogger was temporarily disabled in an attempt to resolve some of the difficulties - it is once again back on, altho' message processing may be delayed. Additionally, we are working on a patch to fix a bug that has prevented many users from leaving comments today.

Most of these problems were caused by an increased amount of load on the application servers. We have addressed this problem by increasing the number of machines that serve the site. However, there is more work to do. In addition to bringing on more machines and completing additional capacity planning, we are also working to identify and correct problematic database queries. These queries are poorly optimized and lead to the increased load that jeopardized the service in the past few days.

As a Blogger user, I completely understand how unacceptable the performance has been in the past few days and it is the focus of the engineering team to fix these issues.

Posted by Jason at 3:43 PM


Just so you all know, I would love to leave you comments right now....

I would love to.

Thursday, March 10, 2005


It's on days like this that I consider picking up and moving to another blog provider.

A friend has tried Blog Spirit out. It looks decent. No waiting for comments. That's a biggie.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005


I keep reading blogs where people are raving about how Spring has sprung and all that.

It makes me more than a little jealous. This is been such a brutal winter. A hard winter. A long winter. I want nothing more than Spring to come. To see green grass and hear rain on my window and smell that fresh scent in the air.

Late in the Fall I halfheartedly threw a whole bunch of flower bulbs into my garden. I'm looking forward to seeing how (or if) they come up. I have a feeling it's going to be quite hodgepodgy. The day I did it was pretty miserable and I was just aiming to get them in as quickly as possible.

But the snow will have to melt and we'll need to see some much milder temps before I get to see any such thing.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Come back Blue-boy!

Has Happy & Blue really signed off for good?

Did the long wait for the comments window really drive him over the edge?

I guess by now we've all left our pleading comments. I commented and emailed. Haven't heard back yet.

Does anyone or everyone agree with me when I say that Happy & Blue (I like to call him Blue.) left the best comments? I always enjoyed the tidbits that he left for me.

I really hope that he has not packed it in.

C'mon Blue-boy....give it another whirl.

We'll miss you too much.

Monday, March 07, 2005

In Other News...

Today was not a good day. As I had Thursday and Friday off sick the work was piled up on my desk with no end in sight. I barely knew where to start. Add to that, that everyone has questions for me about their taxes.

{I am not a tax expert people! Leave me alone!}

Then for kicks, let's pile a whole load of late T5s on Butterfly's desk.

{Can you have these out last week please?}

Oh and don't forget that we're short staffed this week so I have to take on extra work.

La dee freakin' da.

I know that I'll be all caught up by the end of the week. I know this, but for today and tomorrow and the next day, it won't be pretty.

Anyway, on the positive side of things, I seem to have finally shaken the worst of this cold. Now I get to point and laugh at the people who have it. Also, on the positive side of things is that I watched Spanglish last night. It was wonderful. We all really enjoyed it.

Eric has been called back to Toronto. I was not happy about his travelling. We're getting buried under winter's (hopefully) last hurrah here. Apparently it's not snowing outside of the Capital region. Doesn't that just figure? But my point is that Eric is gone for the night. He didn't even come home to pack a bag. Poor guy.

I was driving home tonight, just dreading that I was going to have to shovel our big driveway. My neck is already screwed up and I knew that shovelling all this heavy snow could only spell disaster. Imagine my relief when I turned the corner to see that my neighbour was just finishing up the job of snowblowing my driveway. I don't even know his name but he's getting a thank you card tomorrow.

Thank goodness for nice neighbours.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Last Minute Road Trip.

I am STILL not fully recovered from this cold. I felt better on Friday afternoon only to suffer a relapse at bedtime.

My nose is sore.

The funny thing is I think all these cold meds have raised my tolerance for alcohol. I drank a bottle of wine last night. I should have been falling over myself. Instead, I was only a little tipsy.

Go figure.

We went on a last minute road trip on Friday. Eric had a service call. I figured why not? I can blow my nose in a hotel room just as easily as at home..... "I'm in!"

So off we went. Got to Toronto at 11pm Friday night. Got back to Otown by dinner time on Saturday. We didn't even do anything in Toronto. Eric asked me if I wanted to at least go to Yorkdale. I declined. We've got malls here too. Why bother? So we went for lunch at Katz's and then headed for home.

It's a long way to go to sleep on a king size bed.

Friday, March 04, 2005

I Have an Active Dream Life.

Last night I had a dream. I was going for a job interview or something and I was nervous. So nervous that my mouth was bone dry. Dry like the desert. There was a big metal tub filled with ice and bottles of water but I didn't want to ask anyone for a glass of water from the interviewer. My tongue felt thick and I couldn't talk properly. I was so uncomfortable as I awaited my turn.

Finally, I couldn't take it anymore, I asked for some. I was handed a bottle of water but couldn't get the cap off.

For the love of god, all I wanted was a sip. I felt like crying but couldn't spare the moisture. Someone noticed my discomfort and helped me with the bottle. Gratefully I gulped down some water but didn't help.

That was when I woke up. The desert was no dream. I was parched, mouth like sandpaper. Apparently I had gotten so congested through the night that I was breathing only through my mouth.

Greedily, I gulped down the glass of water that had been within reach the whole time.

The good news is that I'm feeling slightly better today. Thanks for all your kind thoughts and well wishes everyone!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Today, my brain is functioning at a lower than normal capacity. (No smirking or jokes please!) This cold has gotten a hold of me so now I’m drugged out on Dayquil to get through the day.

Colds always kick the crap out of me. I don’t just get a little sniffly or a touch of a sore throat. I sneeze, I hack, and I can’t go anywhere without a box of Puffs. I get the ugly cold. Dry and red nose, puffy eyes, nasal voice.

In short? It ain’t pretty

Tuesday, March 01, 2005


I'm getting a cold.

And I blame you.

I figure I've spent too much time curled up with blogs belonging to people with colds.

Alright. Alright.

I need someone to blame don't I?

And you guys are always here when I need you.

What would I do without you?