Sunday, December 31, 2006

happy new year (or, lobster with the lobbsters)

I hope you all have a fun and most importantly a safe New Year's eve. Whether you are at home with Dick Clark or out galavanting into the wee hours...have fun and stay safe.
We will be watching the Flames in HD (go flames) and having a tasty treat of lobster in the comfort of my dad's house. Hopefully fun will be had by all (and hopefully the flames win!).
See you in the new year.

Friday, December 29, 2006

christmas vacation

Apparently work isn't the only thing I'm taking a vacation from these days. To be fair, I have been pretty busy. First I had to work, then finish the Christmas shopping, then it was Christmas and fake Christmas and then I've only had a few days since then...
It is great to be around family and friends...though it is weird to be in a place so familiar but not really have a place to call home.
I wish I had pictures to post, but alas. I don't think we even brought the cord to upload pictures.

I hope you are all having a good time with family and friends and that you aren't eating as much as Kirsten.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

happy christmas to you all

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? egg nog if it is home made. i hate the eggnog from a carton

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? santa used to set out his main present right by the fire place...now santa fills our stockings with wrapped gifts

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? i'm a fan of just white

4. Do you hang mistletoe? i never have and doubt that i will

5. When do you put your decorations up? my preference would be the first weekend in december

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? anything appetizer related. i love brie and cranberry in phyllo pastry...mmmmm

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? i don't know that i have a favourite...they are all pretty good. but if i have to choose, it would be waking up in the middle of the night, going to the door of my room and feeling the weight of my stocking against the door as i pushed it open. i would then bring the stocking to my bed and open it for the first time. once my sister was up, i'd open it for a second time and show her, then once my mum was up, it would get opened for the third time.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? i'm not sure

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? nope

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? with decorations? i'm not sure how to answer that. but we all know what a pretty tree we have ;-)

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? i don't mind it in Calgary...but in Ottawa it means too much salt and too many slush puddles

12. Can you ice skate? jordan doesn't believe that i can. i don't think i'm really any good, but i have skated many a times.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? i remember being pretty excited about getting Rainbow Brite and her horse...

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? friends and family.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? nanaimo bars, anything that involves dark chocolate and chewy ginger cookies

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? stockings, christmas morning breakfast at my mum's house and my dad's decorations at his house

17. What tops your tree? an angel, of course (the one i made out of construction paper...she has a green face)

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving? giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? o holy night and the version of all i want for christmas is you that is on the love actually soundtrack

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? i used to only like the cherry ones. now i'll eat the peppermint ones, but i could definitely go without.

Monday, December 18, 2006

back in cowtown

I caught the first flight out yesterday morning and the check-in agent almost made fun of me for being there exactly 3 hours before the flight (the earliest i could check in) because the flight wasn't full and there didn't seem like there was much of a chance that I wouldn't be getting on. What she did not know was that if I had even been there at 5:30 instead of 5 (maybe even if I had been there at 5:15, I'm not sure), the knot in my stomach and all the other clear signs of anxiety would have been too much to take. It's just easier to be early...

Unfortunately, at that time of day, Tim Horton's did NOT have any chocolate raspberry donuts. I had to settle for a few regular old chocolate timbits, but they were still delicious to me (as I so rarely eat donuts).

So now I'm here but I do have to work for the next few days, but I haven't adjusted to the new time zone yet, so I'm starting early so that my days are over early as well.

I hope to see as many of you as possible!

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I've edited to add that you all have to read THIS (and hopefully this link is fixed now)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

leaving on a jetplane

Hopefully all goes well on the standby list tomorrow morning and I'll be on a plane at 8am EST. Of course, this means leaving the apartment at 4:30...but it is worth it for the amount of money I'm saving by doing so.

I am leaving a city full of green grass and daytime highs of 10 degrees. This is not normal for this time of year, but I have no complaints at all (which is more than I can say for some of the other people who live in this city...they are whining that it may not be a white christmas). I have no idea if Calgary is snowy right now, but it is colder than here. But even if it was -30, I would only complain a little bit.

Wish me luck...

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

the return of the ghetto tree

Even though we won't get to enjoy it for very long, we felt the need to put up our "tree". So whilst I baked cookies (and Heather sat and chatted with me), Jordan got out the old lamp stand and garland and reconstructed our tree. It may not be big and it may not actually be a tree, but it is ours!
ghetto tree 2006

Saturday, December 09, 2006

"heartwarming stories"

This is the time of year that those heartwarming stories get circulated. Whether it is the one you get by email where someone notices a crying mother at a gas station and finds out she's just trying to get to her parent's house for Christmas and has 3 kids and all of their stuff in the back and so they buy the lady some gas and some food and some gift certificates, or the song about the kid who is trying to buy some shoes for their dying mother, or the one about the cashier that picks up the difference for the baseball glove a kid was trying to buy...

The point isn't whether or not it actually did happen, the point is that those things could happen.
Regardless, instead of warming my heart, they actually make me feel a bit like a bad person. They make me think about all of the nice things I don't do for other people. All of the things I don't think about doing. They make me feel like I'm so wrapped up in my own world and in myself, that I don't take enough time to help others.

Isn't that heartwarming? Not so much. I think I need to work on that.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

three legged dog

That there is the most interesting part of the post. The three legged dog. I saw one today...it was limping down Preston street with nary a care in the world.
Other than that, I really don't have much to say but I'm sick at looking at the last post.

I do have a thought though...why oh why do most variety packs of yogurt contain strawberry? I hate the smell of strawberry yogurt. The taste is ok...but the smell really gets me.

What else? I can really feel that I need a vactaion and some time off...I really can't wait. In just two weeks, I'll be back "home" and even though I will be working for a few days, it will allow me to ease into it.

I will leave you with a few stories that have caught my attention:
-Hooray!

-For real?!?!

-Sad

Sunday, December 03, 2006

new bed, new hair, no batteries

Now I don't need to post do I?

Our bed was delivered on Friday so Jordan spent most of the afternoon and part of the evening putting it together. I helped a little, but he did the bulk of it. By hand...no electric screwdriver or drill...lets just say that the EQ3 stuff is a little thicker and heavier than Ikea stuff. Mechanical help would have been mighty helpful.
But, it is now put together and looks wonderful, though it was much easier to put sheets on just the plain old mattress on the floor.

I got my hair cut yesterday...not a huge change, but enough so that it looks different. Oh, and a new colour. Again, not a huge change, but I love the colour.

No batteries for the camera, so no pictures of either the hair or the bed.

Anything else? Well, winter has finally arrived, but thank goodness it isn't all that cold yet. There is now snow on the ground...but Friday involved freezing rain and that stuff is no fun at all.

Oh, yes...I'm very interested to see how the Liberal party does in the next election with their new leader AND, how do you Albertans feel about your new premier?