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Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

So the interview is over and done with, I’ve put in my hours for the week, and after I write this and post it I’m hitting the sack and sleeping till I wake up.Thank GOD it’s FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!The interview went so-so.It’s impossible with these things to tell whether or not it was in my favour.I asked how many people were being interviewed and they wouldn’t give me a number, just ‘a lot.’It’s for a govt position so most likely 100-200 people…And they misled everyone in the job posting by saying 2 positions were available. In fact ZERO positions are currently available.They’re creating a pool so ‘possibly’ next spring they can hire people.The only real plus is that if you make it into the pool, your info is kept on file for two years, so you have a better chance at getting a job within the organization if something does come up.But obviously I was quite disappointed to learn that there isn’t any chance …

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

It’s amazing the impact of stress on the body.I have an interview tomorrow – a panel government type interview with testing as well.I’ve never had this kind of interview before so I don’t know what to expect.I feel so much pressure because there’s a lot at stake here.If I make it into the pool of people they’re creating, even if the job I applied for doesn’t work out, they’ll keep me on file for other positions for an entire year.This could mean good things, but there are most likely a TON of people being interviewed so…I try not to get my hopes up too high.Issues of self doubt cloud my vision when it comes down to the night before these types of things.I hate being tested, I hate all eyes on me scrutinizing while I plead my case.It feels as if I’m being interrogated, and even though I know I’ve done nothing wrong, it’s as if I suddenly feel really guilty about something, like maybe they’re right, maybe I did do it.Whatever it is.It’s ridiculous the way I get myself so worked up.I qua…

Ooh child things are gonna get easier...Ooh child things will get brighter....

No pun for a post title this time, song lyrics instead...

I have such a mixture of emotions going on inside me right now.I want to hibernate just so I don’t have to deal with it, although I know that ultimately once I woke up it would be staring me in the face once again…I guess I wish I knew more by this stage of my life.I know, I know, don’t we all?And I know compared to a lot of people, I have it so good and so ‘easy’ and all should be well in my world.But it’s all relative right…and I don’t know, I guess I just want to feel like I know what life’s all about and what I’m meant to do and when.I want to be doing things I enjoy with the majority of my time…have a job that makes sense to me (i.e., makes me happy or at the very least content…not wishing to gouge my eyes out on a daily basis would be nice…Is that too much to ask?!)I wish we were living somewhere that we could stay long term.I wish houses were still affordable in this day and age.There’s no way we’ll ever own a house anywh…

Cat Lovers Delight!

If you have cats or have had them or just in general enjoy them, watch this!

Cutest. Cartoon. Ever.

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

I am sooooooooooooo tired today.It’s one of those bad weather days where the cold gets into your bones and all you want to do is curl up and sleep.It’s raining and it’s dreary and even after a hot bath I am chilled.I hardly EVER have a sweater on in the house but I’m living in one today and even that doesn’t feel like enough…I wrote that hours ago.I ended up having a short nap after work and warmed up a bit under all the blankets.It’s still dreary out though.But with the Christmas tree and other Xmas lights on, the apartment feels cozy. I am thankful that I don’t have to go out in this weather again today!Who would have thought finding some funny/funky bottles of hot sauce would be so difficult in Vancouver?!In Nanaimo you can get that sort of thing at any grocery store just about.We’re getting some fun ones for James’ mom’s husband because he LOVES hot sauce and had one called ‘Death Sauce’ that he showed us when we visited in Halifax on the tail end of our honeymoon.So as one of his…

Some people's noses and feet are built backwards: their feet smell and their noses run.

Tonight James and I went to the Canucks vs. the Ducks game at GM Place with my grandma.My brother was supposed to be going but long story short, he had a work thing in Edmonton, so James and I went along.I can’t say I’m a huge hockey buff or anything but the game was quite enjoyable.I love going to events where I get to partake in the clapping and cheering aspect.I get into the swing of it and I like being a part of the crowd.Roberto Luongo is my new hero.Not really, but I think he’s pretty awesome!Who knew I snubbed him a few months back when I got Trevor Linden’s autograph for my granny.How was I to know what the face behind the mask looked like?!I didn’t even think about it till later and by then, of course, it was too late.So, ‘Bobby Lou,’ I’m sorry I was ignorant to your existence till recently.If I’d have known, I’d have shunned Trevor Linden for YOU!!Anyway, that was a side issue…The game tonight was AWESOME.We won 4 to ZERO.The Ducks SUCK!!They were really aggressive – it seem…

Sea captains don't like crew cuts

OK so I am posting today after all.I’m going to be soooo tired tomorrow…I have a very long day ahead of me and it’s 1am and I’m not asleep yet :SWhy is it always on the nights when I reeeeally need to get to bed early that my mind races and I want to stay up all night?????????????

Corduroy pillows are making headlines

So I'm posting this an hour before it's officially Tuesday...I don't want to fall short of posting once per day for the whole month but I won't be getting home till really late tomorrow night and might not be up for posting...so it should count for something that I'm posting a second time today to make up for that, and come on, it's only an hour - cut me some slack!!


The Favorites, Have-You-Evers.. and Last Times! Oh, the variety!
What is your favorite..gum:Dentyne Ice, usually spearmint or other mint flavours restaurant:Depends what food I'm after...I love Sala Thai, Subeez, Balthazar, Baguette Time, for brunch I like Milestones... drink:Tea, hot or of the sweetened iced variety season:Spring type of weather:Spring type crisp weather - not too hot but not too cold either emotion:The happiness that comes from loving and feeling loved thing to do on a half day:Enjoy a bubble bath, read, clean, go for a walk, window shop - sky's the limit!! late-night activ…

A bicycle can't stand alone because it is two-tired.

I can’t seem to shake this depressed feeling today.I don’t even know exactly what’s causing it – in most ways I should really be quite happy.And I am for the most part…but something has been eating away at me today.I caught myself a few times saying to myself without even thinking, Aaaahhhh, I feel SO depressed…Maybe it’s the weather?It sure is freezing cold out.There might be a bit of a snowfall tonight, although nothing more than a centimetre I wouldn’t think.Still, though, for us Vancouverites just the idea of snow makes us chilled to the bone! I jotted down a few blog ideas while at work today but I don’t feel like writing about any of them now.I think I’ll go read for a little while, or pop a show in and zone out while curled up on the couch under my duvet.That’s probably the best use of my time right now!
We are decorated for Christmas.I will take some pictures later and do a countdown to Christmas post SOON!!

If you don't pay your exorcist you get repossessed.

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So I had this cute little miniature pumpkin that I decided to carve for Halloween, rather than going out and buying a big one only to have it go moldy in a matter of days and then have the mess of cleaning it up...Yes, I am the Halloween Scrooge!


The miniature pumpkin did not fail. Rather than immediately molding, it instead began the process of mummification.

Unfortunately, all good things must eventually come to an end. You can see through the eye hole, a fuzzy something-or-other beginning to form above the candle... :(

My dear dead pumpkin now finds himself in the Circular File 13.

Is a book on voyeurism a peeping tome?

Today I found out that more than likely I will never be able to access the files on the hard drive from my old computer that went caput 2 days before James and I got married.With literally a year’s worth of journals and pictures GONE from my life forever because I stupidly didn’t do a back up for that long, I am quite upset to learn this fact.Adding insult to injury is that the very few files that WERE retrieved happened to be pictures neither James nor I would want anyone else to see.What are the freaking chances of that?!No wonder the guy said the attempt was free of charge…he got an eyeful, it was payment enough.Ugh.So, you’ve learned 2 things today.1.Do frequent back ups and 2. Don’t leave random things on your computer without being password zipped if you don’t want to risk them falling upon the wrong pair of eyes.Double ugh.OK I am moving on with my life now…I have to.Today we started decorating for Christmas.I know, I know, it’s not even December yet, it’s waaaay too early for …

The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

8 Random Things... 1. I’m not impressed with the Christmas oranges this year – they’re huge and taste like water.They’re supposed to be small and filled with orangey goodness.It seems to me they’ve been genetically modified and in the process have lost their appeal (or maybe I just picked a bad orange).2. I’m currently reading The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold, and just like her other books I am absolutely loving it.One of my favourite books ever was one of her others, The Lovely Bones. 3. I’ve made a vegetarian Shepard’s Pie for dinner and I think it’s going to be gooooood.I am pretty sure Jet will love it.4. I’d rather listen to fingernails running down a chalkboard than listen to a James Blunt CD.5. I enjoy taking care of my husband.Not in an I’m-his-wife-so-I’d-better-cook-and-clean-like-a-good-little-wife kind of way, but in an I-love-him-so-much-and-enjoy-expressing-it-any-way-I-can way.He does so much to take care of me as well…It feels good to show love through a nice meal, a b…

Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat says to the other, 'You stay here, I'll go on a head.'

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Our Christmas shopping is almost done.I am SO happy knowing I won’t have to deal with the crazy December mall crowds.

A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was a nurse said 'No change yet'.

Today we took my sisters, the crazy Springer Spaniel duo, to the vet.We had to take Tessa for blood work and to have her leg checked out, and we brought Emma along for the ride.She has epilepsy and if she gets super stressed out she could end up having a seizure, which tends to trigger more of them.Not that going for the car ride to Ladysmith wasn’t traumatic for her (she squealed like a pig the majority of the ride there), but it’s better than leaving her alone at home, wondering where her sister is the whole time.A lump was discovered in one of Tessa’s hind legs a few months back, just before my wedding in fact.After the honeymoon my parents broke it to me that the vet thought she quite possibly had cancer, and that she had a maximum of 3 months to live.She was put on a medication that would work as ‘pain management’ but ultimately there was nothing they could do for her.A few days into taking the meds, she was back to her old self, the swelling in her leg had gone down, and she see…

No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

Last night I went out for dinner with my parents and aunt and uncle to the Longwood Pub in Nanaimo.I had the best time!We had a few drinks at the house before heading over and I had an eye opening conversation with my mom and aunt about their childhood.Actually, it wasn’t entirely eye opening – most of what they said I knew about, but there were a few key pieces of information that really hit me.I have to say, I feel SO fortunate to have been so loved and cared for throughout my life.At the restaurant we had a lot of laughs and great conversation.I don’t know if it was all the drinks or just me being sentimental but I thought a few times of how much I love everyone at that table and how much I enjoy their company.We all get along so well and my uncle is such a hoot, very entertaining at times.I wish James could have been there too.The food was so good too!Usually I find restaurant meals way too big and I feel stuffed and sick after eating three quarters of it.But despite having a whol…

There was once a cross-eyed teacher who couldn't control his pupils.

Today is joke day (I've just decided).Here are a couple of recent discoveries.Enjoy!"Vet's Second Opinion"A man runs into the vet's office carrying his dog, screaming for help. The vet rushes him back to an examination room and has him put his dog down on the examination table. The vet examines the still, limp body and after a few moments tells the man that his dog, regrettable, is dead.The man, clearly agitated and not willing to accept this, demands a second opinion.The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat and puts the cat down next to the dog's body. The cat sniffs the body, walks from head to tail poking and sniffing the dog's body and finally looks at the vet and meows. The vet looks at the man and says,"I'm sorry, but the cat thinks that your dog is dead too."The man is still unwilling to accept that his dog is dead. The vet brings in a black Labrador. The lab sniffs the body, walks from head to tail, and finally looks …

Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.

Went to an Avon party today, ordered a few things for Christmas.Then we drove to Coombs.I love Coombs! The Old Country Market in particular.No goats on the roof, I guess it’d be a bit too chilly for them up there at this time of year!It was insanely busy in the market but enjoyable nonetheless.Also hit up The Shady Mile, where I got the cutest little Christmas tree ornament do-dad for our apartment.It has little blue lights on it and it’s all silvery and sparkly. Tomorrow is Monday, back to work blahs anyone??Oh well, I have 2 springer spaniels to keep me occupied on my breaks.Never a dull moment with those two…I have a few topics on my mind that I wouldn’t mind blogging about in the near future, but it’s not going to happen tonight.I have supper to eat, tv to watch, and sleep to get.Priorities, I know.

A pessimist's blood type is b-negative.

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This ostrich is giving the Larry David stare.

"OK..."

"OK..."

A cardboard belt would be a waist of paper.

I wonder if the fire alarm will go off tonight.Sooo weird having people get in touch with you who you just never in a million years expected to look you up!I want to go on a rampage and reorganize EVERYTHING in our apartment.Pretend we’re moving and just tear it apart and put it all back together again.Manic, much?!We just finished watching a sci fi mini-series called The Lost Room, starring (among others) Peter Krause, who played Nate in Six Feet Under. It was a really great show.There were maybe a few loopholes but not really…in some ways it was a little predictable and certain parts could have been better, but it’s definitely worth watching.I found it entertaining enough that we managed to watch the entire show in 2 nights!Next we’re thinking of renting Heroes…I’ve heard good things so we’ll see.I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow, I’m tired of walking around with the cuffs of my pants soaking wet.I want to learn how to sew.

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

Today James and I had a nice sleep in for a change.It’s sooo rare for me to not set my alarm and get up early these days so it felt like quite a treat to not get up till 11am.I felt like slug, but on the other hand not falling asleep till after 3am means I really didn’t sleep that much.Definitely more than my usual lately tho – my nightly average got down to 3-4 hours this past week.After our morning cup of coffee and devouring chocolate croissants (thank you, Cobs!) we got ready and headed out into the rain to do some Xmas shopping.First I had to get a new umbrella, since mine broke a few days ago IN A HAIL STORM.How ridiculous is that.We hardly ever get hail and then we go and have a storm of it while I’m out and obviously my umbrella was in a weakened condition to begin with and snapped.Anyway, I got a really spiffy one at London Drugs.I’ve never spent more than about $5 on an umbrella before (and now you know why they break on me!) but this time I spent a whopping $14.99 plus tax.…

It's not that the man did not know how to juggle, he just didn't have the balls to do it.

So the fire alarm just finished going off, for the second night in a row.What kind of fucking loser gets kicks from doing something so STUPID??This person needs some excitement in their life, they are obviously lacking somewhere.I find it ridiculous because if it’s a ploy to seek attention, it’s not really working, is it?Because the actual person doing it gets no recognition.It just seems like a really lame thing to get kicks from when you’re not even going to be recognized for having done it.So you can pull an alarm and get people to walk outside in their pyjamas.Big fucking whoop, it doesn’t make you some sort of god or something.It appears we have nigh security at our building again, and it looks as though some pictures have been taken of the arsonist-wannabe.Or so we think anyway…It would be nice to see the person responsible put into a position where they have to own up to what they’ve done.More importantly, if the person is caught it’d be nice to know we might be able to get a d…

I used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded.

89 Facts About MeEVER BEEN GIVEN AN ENGAGEMENT RING?:Yes :) LONGEST RELATIONSHIP?:Almost 9 years LAST GIFT YOU RECEIVED?:Yummy smelling bath stuff from my Mom EVER DROPPED A CELL PHONE?:Yes but nothing bad happened! WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU WORKED OUT?:A week ago...I'm terrible, I know. THING(S) YOU SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON?:Food, sometimes clothing but not suuuuper often... LAST FOOD YOU ATE?:Last night I had some cottage cheese and a few Wheat Thins crackers FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX?:Probably the eyes... ONE FAVORITE SONG?:Everything by Michael Buble WHERE DO YOU LIVE?:Planet Earth...most of the time HIGH SCHOOL YOU ATTENDED?:It was in Nanaimo CELL PHONE SERVICE PROVIDER?:Telus FAVORITE MALL?:Woodgrove Centre in Nanaimo, seriously I love that mall! LONGEST JOB YOU HAD?:About 2 years DO YOU OWN A PAIR OF DICE?:Sure? DO YOU PRANK CALL PEOPLE?:I did at age 11 and I kid you not, it resulted in the cops calling my parents...so no, not anymore! LAST WEDDING YOU…

Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.

Well what do you know, I’m up at 3:56am after only going to bed about 2 hours ago WHY you ask???Why, because we were paid a little visit from the Vancouver City Fire Department, of course.Some fucker pulled the alarm again, or at least that’s what we’re figuring.We didn’t go downstairs so you could say we’re only guessing based on past experience.I went to bed so late tonight that I had just got to the point of deep sleep when I felt James gently rubbing at my back.He knows better than to wake me up in the middle of the night, regardless of how good his intentions might be.But even in my half sleep/half wake state, I knew there was something more to his nudging than a typical middle-of-the-night-moment-of-affection.He whispered in my ear, We have to get up babe, it’s the fire alarm.And that’s when my ears perked up and I heard it.Damn, I thought.And “Mother fuckers,” I said.I got out of bed and went over to the window in the living room, opened it up and took a whiff of air to see if …

Acupuncture is a jab well done.

So I went to get a refill on my birth control pills, hoping the doctor at the walk-in clinic would also do pap tests, since I’m far over due for my annual.But alas, she wouldn’t do it.Instead, she gave me a 2 month refill on my prescription.She said I should be seeing my family physician for the pap…But why would I be frequenting a walk-in clinic if I had a family doctor to go to?!I explained to her that I don’t have one, and she explained to me that doctors at that clinic typically will only do paps on their regular clients…of course, none of them are taking on any new regular clients…so it’s a lose-lose situation for me at this clinic.She suggested that I go around from clinic to clinic looking for a doctor who will do walk-in paps.But who has the time to do that?!Calling around is futile – I’ve tried that before but they often don’t know day to day which doctor will be in when, so I’d literally have to wander around the vicinity in search of a doctor willing to do a pap(???!!!!!!!!…

Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.

I already posted today so does this count for tomorrow?It’s rude to stare at someone when they’re different from you and you want to check them out to kill your curiosity.That’s why you stare at them in such a way that there’s no way they’d ever notice.That’s what we did tonight when a man with no arms walked into the lounge we were at and sat down for a meal.He didn’t even have stumps – he literally had nothing whatsoever in place of where his arms should be.Upon further reflection, (and because we ended up talking to someone who believes she knows the particular man we saw), it is believed he may have been a victim of this. Which is a story for another day but omigod it TERRIFIES me the idea that a doctor could prescribe me something that could potentially cause life-altering deformities in my children…But yeah, we’ll save that part for another time…Suffice it to say, this particular guy was amazing.I mean, someone sits down in a restaurant without any arms and orders a beer and so…

She had a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but broke it off.

I can’t stand the noise in this place anymore.Half the time I don’t have a clue what it even is.But I know it’s driving me completely insane.I swear this building is cursed.I have a love/hate relationship with it, it’s true.Right now I’m experiencing the hate part.It’s 4:30 in the freaking morning and I’ve had, oh, maybe an hour of sleep.Between the talking, the music, the hammering, and god only knows what else, it has been a very long night thus far.James is able to sleep through most things.Myself, not so much.I wish people would shut the fuck up and I wish the pipes would too.At times like these I fantasize we’re living out in the country somewhere in our own house, hidden away from civilization.The only noise we hear is the sound of crickets out in the garden in the summer time when the windows are left open, and the sound of our own breath as we soundly sleep.A little peace and quiet, really, is all I need.But I’m not going to find that here.Every time I’m down in the parking ga…

When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

Today I got started on Christmas shopping.Usually I wrack my brain trying to figure out what to get people, but not this year.I’ve planned everything out and wrote a list and if all goes according to plan, all my Christmas shopping will be done within the next week, two tops.Which means pretty much all of James’ shopping will be taken care of, which I think he is pleased about =)We’re not spending a ton of money this year, although I know it’ll still be a lot, considering that even small stuff adds up.But at least we’re not going to be out at the mall just days before Xmas buying up random stuff just for the sake of having gifts for people.I love ‘stuff’ but commercialism also really grates on my nerves…and I know ‘the true meaning of Christmas’ has nothing to do with the presents anyway.I feel good about our plans though.And I’m quite excited about what I came up with for James’ gift this year.I think, no, I know he’s going to like it!I love being organized and feeling one step ahead…

Today's Special

I started writing a story last night that I was going to use as my post-for-the-day today.But I want to make a few changes…and I’m also thinking it could possibly be the start of something I could work with novel-wise.I’m not sure yet if it’s the route I want to take, but at least I’m feeling inspired to write.It’s about a situation I found myself in on a trip to Hawaii with my family when I was fifteen.So far it’s all factual but there’s definitely room for expansion if I let go and turn it into fiction.In the meantime, a cup of coffee is waiting for me, calling out for me actually.And then I have to battle the high winds and rain to get to the hotel my parents are staying at to join them for breakfast.Should be interesting…it’s so stormy, there’s no way my umbrella could survive the trip.The BC Ferries have been cancelled (that’s how bad it is out there) and my dad is a bit stressed because as much as he’d like to stay here with us, he has to go back to work tomorrow…Luckily my pare…

Something's gotta give...

I didn’t know that when a food or beverage item says ‘Product of Canada’ on the label, it only means that 51% of its manufacturing was incurred in the country.It’s still quite possible that some of the ingredients came from other places.I’d like to try eating only foods from Canada but from what I gather that’s not an easy feat…I’m concerned about products from China at the moment.Not that I don’t own about a million things that were made in China, ‘cause lets face it, ¾ of everything is made there.But I’m not going to deny that I think it’s a problem.They just don’t seem to have very good standards for health and safety there.Since it’s so easy for things in food to contain cancer causing agents, for example, I’m wary of products coming from a country with such low standards.I’d like to boycott myself from such products entirely, but where does one draw the line?And I’m not saying I think absolutely everything from China is harmful to one’s health, but I do worry because the typical …