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Emotional rollercoasters and so forth

I’ve been having really strange emotions lately. Suddenly feeling like crying is one, but also these surges of love and happiness. It’s really weird though, I don’t know how to explain it. I’m kind of all over the place, but then I guess that’s how I roll!

I got a daytimer thing for Christmas…since I don’t really have a super crazy schedule that demands jotting down appointments and so on, I’ve been using it to record bits and pieces of what happen each day so I can remember when certain things took place. To say I have something recorded for every single day would be a total lie, but there’s a good portion of the days with tidbits filled in. I think it’s a good idea. Especially on days when I don’t necessarily feel like writing in my journal or blogging. I can just jot down a few key words or sentences and I’m done.

Tonight I made a Puttanesca pasta sauce which I added a few ingredients to (including Schneider’s meatless meatballs which are AMAZING) and we had it with whole whea…

Why Earth Hour? Why not Earth 24/7?

March 29th from 8-9pm is considered Earth Hour, when everyone is urged to turn off unnecessary lights in taking a stand against climate change.Correct me if I’m wrong here but…What kind of message is this really sending people?Rather than designating one hour to climate change, why aren’t we more actively turning out our lights regularly?If it can be done for that hour, it can probably be done for many more hours and on a regular basis. I found out about Earth Hour because they put up a notice about it in our building elevators.So we polluted the earth by using a printer and ink and paper in order to tell people to turn their lights off for an hour.Groovy.I see what they’re getting at (whoever ‘they’ are).It’s great to show people how easy it is to live without every light in the house on all the time.It reminds people of how simple it is to just turn off what you aren’t using.BUT I’d prefer if the presentation of it was different…I’d rather be reminded how important it is to ALWAYS c…

Written last night, posted this morning

I’ve been staring at a blank screen for ages.Emotions run high but words…they have to be formed so carefully, be thought out.Right now I don’t have the energy.How are you?I get asked this question so often.Sometimes I don’t feel like answering.Maybe I just am.Why should that require explaining?I’m tired of trying.Actually, in general lately I’ve been very tired.I wake up tired, go through the day tired.Ironically, when it comes time to curling up under the covers at night, it takes me ages to drift off to sleep.It’s really too bad, especially considering how quiet our new place is.I should be sawing logs but oh no, I just lay there and toss and turn and listen to James snore and feel jealous that he could fall asleep with such ease while I just lay there feeling desperate because I’m suddenly wide awake.Is that a saying people use for sleeping (and snoring), sawing logs?Me and my family have so many little terms for things that I’ve come to realize aren’t actual sayings to the outside…

Happy Easter!

I got up late this morning, after a late night last night.We had our brothers and their girlfriends over for an informal ‘housewarming’ party.We were happy to just have a small group over – I think 6 ppl in here at one time is the limit.We all just managed to fit in the living room, but any more bodies and we’d have been a bit cramped!It was fun, we played games (The Newlywed Game and Outburst), had drinks, laughed, talked.Ate.All the usual party things!This morning when I got up, I discovered James had hid 12 mini Easter eggs around the apartment.We usually do this on Easter – we take turns hiding and finding the eggs.So after I found them all, I hid them for him.It was fun!I look forward to being able to do this with our kids one day – seeing their faces light up each time they find another egg!
We’re just lazing around but soon we’re going to go out for an Easter brunch.We don’t do a formal dinner for this occasion...I’m really happy to not be in a situation where I have to be aroun…

Good Friday

After a sleep in and a somewhat lazy morning, I made James a nice breakfast consisting of fried eggs with bĂ©arnaise sauce (with some leftover asparagus) and a veggie sausage product (which he quite enjoyed) and myself a bowl of raisin bran (with a new ‘oat clusters’ twist – soooo good!)Then my brother called and asked if we wanted to join them on an outing with Maude to an off-leash dog park =) Obviously I couldn’t pass up the chance.James went to get his hair cut while the rest of us went to the park where Maude had a great time playing with a group of new friends =)She is the cutest puppy, I will never tire of that girl!
She ran and played till her smooshed in little French Bulldog face was panting and snorting!Soon enough her bulging eyes were beginning to droop and she was ready to go home for a nap.I said my goodbyes and met up with James and we walked over to Denman Street.Looked in a few shops, dreamed of buying some nice new art (dreamed because we looked at the prices and kne…

Loserfest

I really hate how it happens that someone seems to have earned your trust and you’ve let them in and you think all is well and then suddenly you remember WHY YOU NEVER LET PEOPLE IN.It’s a lot easier to just not let anyone get to the point of being ‘trusted’ when they’re just going to break it anyway.This is so maddening!Don’t act one way with me and then another way with everyone else!Don’t act like you completely agree with me on all counts and then stab me in the back when I’m not looking.I can see what you’re doing.You’re just as bad as the rest of them.I don’t have time for these childish games. I don’t have the patience either.I wish MSN would die.I ‘have’ to be on it for work and it drives me mental.Stop messaging me with your bullshit opinions if you’re just going to turn around and latch on to everyone else too, despite all you’ve said to me about them…I hate it when people think they need every single person in the world to like them so they become a chameleon and make it se…

200th Post

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For my 200th post, I thought I would do a picture post of our new apartment!Honestly, I really don’t feel the pictures do our place justice.I think it’s way nicer in person.It’s fairly small so it’s difficult to capture a good image…Also I have done a bit more organizing since I took the pics so some things are a bit different, but at least this will give you an idea =)
Starting off, here is our front hall, taken from the living room area. Hall closet to the left, our "laundry room" to the right (I was doing laundry when I took the pic so the doors are open and clothes are hanging!), the doorway with the hanging bamboo thingme is to our office, and the open door there to the right is the bathroom...
Oh laundry room, how I love thee! For almost 10 years we have had to cart all our laundry downstairs and therefore saw it as a huge chore to do a few loads at a time...I always wished we could have in suite laundry and now we finally do! I am STILL excited by this, I don't …

Work woes...

Work issues are nagging at me.I don’t know if it will help to write it down and ‘let it out’ but it’s worth a shot, because I honestly can’t stand the way it’s all making me feel.For the most part I try not to let these ‘issues’ take me over, because my job honestly isn’t worth getting that stressed out over.As in, I do not get paid enough to truly care.But sometimes it’s impossible not to be affected, even when you know it’s not worth it.Back in October of last year, my then-manager quit.She made it sound like K was going to take over the position…which pissed me off since she’d only been with the company about 4 months, whereas I had been there for almost 10.I wasn’t saying I necessarily wanted the position myself, it’s just that I didn’t see how someone who’d barely been there could be qualified enough to become the manager.The next day I spoke with K directly about it to get her take on the whole thing and discovered she didn’t want to take over the position at all.Without getting…

Happy St Patty's!

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I hope everyone remembers to wear green today, or you might get pinched! That's how it worked when I was in elementary school...if you forgot to wear green on St. Patrick's Day, other kids would come up to you and pinch you and you couldn't do anything about it. I only made that mistake once!

Good times, good times.

Spent the weekend (well, since Thursday) in Nanaimo, since my dad's b-day was on Friday. We got him a gift certificate to Home Depot, a book on the history of Vancouver, and some yummy pastry things we got him for Xmas that he loved. Oh and I made him 2 batches of his favourite, Welsh Currant Cakes, while I was over ;)

I got a few new clothing items on the weekend. Comfort clothes that can also be 'dressed up.' One thing I love about my job is that I can wear the most comfortable clothes to work if I don't feel like dressing up ;) I don't really see the point in getting dressed to the nines if I'm just going to be sitting at a desk …

A hair raising experience

I got my hair cut and coloured yesterday.I went to a new person at a place really close to where we live.I thought I’d try it and see because if it worked out, it’d be so convenient for going back.BUT…I liked what the girl did with my hair, but the experience left something to be desired.In fact, I’ve firmly decided I’ll never step foot inside that establishment again.Call me old, but I found the place loud and extremely obnoxious.All of the staff looked like they were trying very hard to be ‘edgy’ and ‘different’ yet because they were all after the same thing, they all looked like a different form of the same thing.That’s going a bit far though – my problem with the place really had nothing to do with the way the people dressed and styled their hair.I could really care less about that over all…My problem with it was…well, lets put it this way: what wasn’t my problem with it?The girl who did my hair seemed nice enough...I don’t wish her any ill will.But she was smacking gum like there…

Thank goodness for paid sick days!

So I took a sick day today.The first day I’ve taken off sick in the year and a month I’ve been at this job, which I’d say is pretty darn good!I wasn’t that sick…But I do feel taking the day off was warranted.I had a bit of a headache this morning and am also dealing with ‘women’s issues’ and so in general just felt I needed a day to lounge about and not deal with office politics and the like. Call it a personal health day, if you will.I didn’t do much for most of the morning, just dealing with our crazy kitties mostly, who since the move have taken to the nasty habit of what we call ‘burrowing.’Basically they burrow themselves underneath the covers in our bed and lay there for hours on end, sometimes all day.We wouldn’t know they even existed when they’re in there, save for the 2 little lumps they make under the covers.At first it was cute and funny and silly and we were okay with it.But when they’re traipsing litter into the bed or beating at the door at night because they think the…

Spring Forward

I really have lost the blogging ‘bug’ lately.I just don’t feel like doing it these days.Most likely that’s because I’m more focused on having just moved and getting settled – I mean, it’s only been a week that we’ve been here!But still…Usually I love to write but lately, not so much.I’m thinking of starting writing my novel…I vowed as one of my ‘new years’ resolutions’ to have a minimum of 30 solid pages written by the end of this year.It’s already March and have I written one page?Not exactly. I have ideas in my head, it’s not that I haven’t given it any thought.But ideas in my head are pretty much useless if I never get around to writing them down…So I’ve got to get on that.Which might mean blogging less and writing privately more for a while, but we’ll see if I can’t somehow continue with both…I would also like to go back to food blogging like Trista has but we’ll see about that also.Am I being super lazy?Pretty much, yes.I think it would be good for me to get back into the habit o…

The Best Move

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I haven’t felt like writing lately…I’m all about nesting and settling into our new place!We love it here so much already, it really feels like home.It’s soooo much quieter than our last place, thank GOD!!I’m pleased as punch with it all.Our move went well…My worst nightmare came true the night before the move.One of the elevators broke down!Meaning we could no longer have the other one booked since there’s only 2 elevators in the building.BUT luckily our managers were on it and had it fixed in the nick of time before our move. Phew!!I was a bit panicky the night before but everything worked out just fine.The movers were really nice – waaaay better than the movers we went with last time.So anyone in Vancouver looking for movers, I would give their name and number to you.They only do relatively small moves though…There’s just the 2 guys and they have a smaller van – 14 ft long 1 tonne. I knew we had a lot of stuff but…it ended up we had too much to fit their truck!!Not by much but by en…