Tuesday, November 28, 2006

apparently it is in you to give

As I talked about the bone marrow registry in my last post and there were some questions about it, if you are interested in more information about signing up, here is the link
They will answer any questions. So far, the only pain has been the needle prick, though I have heard that if you actually donate, it can be pretty painful.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

almost december?!?!

It is hard to believe that it is almost December. Where on earth did November go? What on earth did I accomplish in the month of November? Hmm...well, I did get my blood taken twice (the first left a pretty good mark, the second was fantastic...i guess they treat you well when you are signing up for the bone marrow registry), I made two batches of cookies, I went to a hockey game (for free), we had a weekend with a car, I drank some gingerbread lattes, the Flames finally started winning...I almost got impaled with an umbrella, we had oysters (he shucked, i watched), i think i saw my sister once (over a delicious sandwich...or was that in october?).

Ok, so November wasn't a complete waste of time...but I still can't believe that next Friday is December 1st. I guess I better start figuring out what kind of christmas treats I will bake. Plus, even though Kirsten has already started the countdown, I think mine will begin December 1st (although it is kind of tough to start a countdown when you are not entirely certain of your departure date...)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

i don't recommend

I don't recommend the "sharp cheddar" version of Kraft dinner. If you are going to differ from the 'old school' flavour that we are all used to, I would go with the "three cheese" variety instead.

In other news, I've been sick for a week and a half now, but I finally feel like I'm on the mend. Hooray!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

i recommend

No, I don't mean this fabulous book "designed to improve fundamental musicianship", but rather Skor bar ice cream by Breyers.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

they's so pretty

As I watched a documentary on the "hardcore" anti-abortion movement (as in, those who kill abortionists or support those who do), there were two things that struck me the most.
The first was that they sounded a lot (one guy in particular) like islamic jihadists.
The second was that the people from the American south are not an attractive bunch. Seriously...the only somewhat attractive person that was seen on camera was living in the south, but sounded like they were from New Zealand or somewhere like that.

Lesson? If you want to feel really attractive, go south.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

again with the ettiquette

It has been raining a LOT here lately...so again, the umbrellas are out in full force. The other day whilst approaching an escalator, the lady in front of me decided to hoist her full length umbrella (complete with point) horizontally and start swinging it. You should have seen us all scatter for fear of being impaled.

But rain brings not only umbrella etiquette, but "wet stuff" etiquette as well. As I sat on the bus today, a guy who had obviously been standing outside sans umbrella sat down next to me and proceeded to drip all over me. Not only that, but he actually put his bag so that it was half on my lap. I just didn't get it. He did make up for it by helping me to determine what stop we were at (the windows were all fogged up).

On a completely different note: for those of you with little to no "junk in the trunk" or for those of you who have shopped for someone who is lacking in the "booty"...i need some jean recommendations. I am one of those aforementioned people who are basically flat down the back and I'd like to find a pair of jeans that make me look like i just might have a butt back there.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

double standard?

So I was involved in a conversation with 3 other females. We were talking about 4 people: Man A, Man B, Woman A and Woman B.
All except Woman B are married with kids and there was shameless flirting that had gone on between the women and the men. The kind of flirting that made the people around them uncomfortable and that had people talking.

The discussion moved in the direction of who was acting the worst in the situation in the context of each of their lives. All of us agreed that Woman B was the better of the four "evils". She wasn't married and whilst it isn't the most honest thing to flirt with someone's husband, she herself was not married and is therefore the one that should have an ok time sleeping at night.

It really got interesting when it came to classifying the remaining three. I personally felt that all three were equals in this situation. All were acting in ways that they wouldn't want their spouses to see and none of their actions were less reprehensible than the actions of the others. All had children and would cause equal disruption if their actions were to lead to marital discord.

Two of the other women involved in the situation felt that Woman A was the "worst" in this situation because she was the mother of small children. The impression I got was that somehow because she was a mother, it was worse.

I didn't have time to ask if maybe they expected worse from men than they did women thus when women act in ways that may imply infidelity it is more reprehensible. Or maybe they had other reasons. But I do not agree and I don't really understand logic behind their opinions.

Is this a common double standard? Are there more people out there that feel that Woman A was more wrong than the two men? Does anyone think that the men are more wrong or that perhaps Woman B was the "wrongest" of them all?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

i never/i've never

-Eaten a Big Mac

-Stayed overnight to at a hospital (unless you count when I was born)

-Forgiven myself for most of the things I've done that I'm not proud of

-Ordred a Martini

-Been in a real car accident (where there was actual damage as opposed to a little fender bender)

-Seen the movie Malcom X

-Been to Toronto (other than the airport)

-Successfully donated blood (they couldn't get the right vein)

What have you never done?

(and PS- Yay Flames!)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

love it

I know...you are all sick of hearing about Starbucks and the christmas cups and the christmas drinks, but the cards you can send at this site crack me right up.
And yes, I DID get a gingerbread latte on my way to work this morning. The guy in front of me actually made fun of my order.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

some random tuesday musings

-Call me cynical, but I really don't see how the Saddam ruling coming just a few days before the US primaries (and by primaries, i mean mid-terms) is a coincidence. I also don't know how I feel about the verdict. On one hand, I have this feeling that until the man is dead, I will always think that there is a chance he can hurt more people. I also am not sure I believe in capital punishment. I don't know if killing him will make him even more of a legend and maybe even bolster the cause for his supporters. I just don't know. He's not a good guy, that much I do know.

-I owe Ken King an apology for raising my middle finger in his direction here. Apparently it was not his nor the Flames organizations fault. I'm still waiting on the final word as to whether it is Rogers Sportsnet's fault or the NHL's. Regardless, I'm not happy with the fact that even on our Rogers Sportsnet west channel, we don't get the Flames games. I guess next time we should get satellite. (and boy am i glad that i didn't send the flames an email)

-Breaking news: Britney Spears has filed for divorce. I'm shocked and disappointed and frankly a little fearful for my own marriage. I mean, if they can't make it, how are we expected to make it? (i'm sure the dripping sarcasm came across...but just in case: those two statements? more sarcastic than i've ever been in my life)

-We finally bought our bed this weekend. It has been a long time coming and I can't wait to have a bedroom that feels like an actual space as opposed to a bed on the floor and some dressers. Hopefully it will be delivered more promptly than Nathan's couch. We've got the fact that no upolstery is needed working in our favour.

-I've finally found a way to find current haircut pictures on the internet. Googling "medium length hair styles" and things like that often bring things like this up. And regardless of how that style may or may not be nice...I can't deal with those lips. So today I had this brilliant idea of searching "new haircut" in flickr. Real hair cuts, real people...I even got a few ideas. Hoooray!

-I hear tomorrow may be the debut of the new Christmas cup. Does it make me a complete loser that that excites me? It makes me feel like the Christmas season is upon us and just makes me feel more festive. I'll have to keep my eyes open tomorrow. If I see the red cup, I might just have to stop on my way home from work.

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

first snow

Well, it is snowing. When I first looked out the window this morning, there were those little tiny flakes that barely count as snow. Now they are bigger and there are way more of them. I guess winter hath begun. Booo.

In a totally unrelated thought, when I was at Starbucks yesterday, it was really busy. There was a long line to order and a long line waiting for drinks. As I watched the poor barista struggle with cutting open milk bags, I thought "I wonder if they are more efficient in places where the 4L milk jugs are the norm". If you think about it, the Starbugs baristas here have to worry about opening a new milk bag every Litre...whereas the baristas in Calgary just need to worry every 4L. Plus, they don't have those pesky bags to worry about.
Yeah, I'm a bit of a dork.
(and i really enjoyed my first tall, non-fat, no whip, two pump, gingerbread latte sans Christmas cup of the season)

Saturday, November 04, 2006

been there, done that (well, some of it)

I found this on another blog and thought it was fun. My comments are in italics, the things I've done are in bold.
01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped (i'd do it)
11. Visited Paris (maybe sometime soon?)
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game (Flames vs Sharks, triple overtime)
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa (can you?)
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables (does it count if it was my mum growing the vegetables? we got to choose plants that were "ours" and she did most of the work)
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne (see last weekend's "i'm too old for this" post. i really dont recommend it)
24. Given more than you can afford to charity (i've given when i wasn't sure i could afford it but it all worked out ok and i could...so it doesn't count)
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse (does betting nickles on winning chuckwagons count?)
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight

31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb (i've been head-butted by a sheep)
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run (i don't think i ever will)
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking

37. Adopted an accent for an entire day (maybe next time I'm in another country)
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer

40. Visited all 50 states (i haven't even visited all of the provinces and territories)
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk.
42. Had amazing friends (i still do)

43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe.
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing (indoor and outdoor)

49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving (i would do it)
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them

54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow (i think so anyway)
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero (maybe as a kid...)
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day

60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China (i'd like to)
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured an ancient site

70. Taken a martial arts class (i'm not sure i lasted more than one class in karate when i was young)
71. Played Dungeons & Dragons for more than 6 hours straight (i'd rather poke my eyes with hot sticks)
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days (no thank you!)
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo (maybe one day)
81. Rafted the Snake River (i haven't even rafted on the Kickinghorse)
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert” (i'll be thanked as an expert in an upcoming publication)
83. Got flowers for no reason
85. Been to Las Vegas (several times before i was 21...haven't been back since)

86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark (i don't think so)
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently well enough to have a decent conversation
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised (raising) children (child)
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over (i don't think this move counts)

101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds (i don't think that would be a very good idea for me)
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart (i don't think so)
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show (one day...)
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears (i still have the scar, and since when are ears your face?)
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery (not sure if my knee surgery was considered major)
120. Had a snake as a pet (no thanks)
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours (not that i can reacall)
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states (if the US counts as foreign, which it should, i am about tied between countries and states. i HAVE been to more countries than provinces)
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about (i'm not sure)
130. Gone back to school (one day i will)
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach (not because i wanted to)
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes (i'd like to, i hear they are tasty)
134. Read The Iliad
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (i caught a fish and my dad prepared it...)
137. Skipped all your school reunions (i don't plan on going once they start happening)
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you (i'm not really the artsy type)
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Friday, November 03, 2006

overheard in ottawa

Upon delivery of a two-bite brownie-
Not fat but not skinny person: Thanks, but you should have one...you could gain a few pounds. (lengthy pause)...not like ME.
Really skinny deliverer of the brownie: I already had one thanks...

This got me thinking. If it had been a fat person delivering a treat to a skinny or normal weight person, I highly doubt that they would have said "Good thing you're delivering it to me and not eating it yourself...you could stand to lose a few pounds." No one would think that was ok.
What right does anyone have just commenting on people's weight? If you are a doctor, you can comment. If you are close to the person and you are genuinely concerned about the health of a loved one, then you can comment. Other than that? I really don't think you have the right.

We are all painfully aware of our body shapes. We all have our "I feel like I look good today" days and our "I really don't want to look in the mirror today" days. We have almost all experienced the self-loathing that comes with being down on how you look and how much you weigh. Why oh why would we want to comment about somebody's weight and contribute to one of those crappy days? Is it to make ourselves feel better? Is it to put ourselves down?

Just something I was thinking about.