Thursday, August 31, 2006

La Science des rêves

Michel Gondry, who directed of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, has a new movie out, La Science des rêves (The Science of Sleep), and I would like to see it.
"In Paris, a young man who has fallen in love with his neighbour learns to manipulate his dreams, until he gets caught up in them."

Office esheep, Graziano

This is a picture of my desktop at work. My new little esheep buddy, Graziano, is in my startup files and right now he is walking along the bottom of my screen! I selected this name for him because it means friend, and because sheep graze in the meadows. Now if only I could find that little cat ebuddy, Nikko, I think it was called...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Whatcha doin'?

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Accident on the Yellowhead

This past Sunday was not one of my best days.

* The bike carrier fell off my car (finally, here's a photo with the new tinted windows) while I was driving down the freeway. My bike is ok, the carrier is ok, Miranda and I are ok, the other people and cars on the freeway are ok... MY CAR... dented. wah! (no one stopped to try to help the damsel in distress, not like this tough cookie needed it, but still the effort would have been nice...)
* I forgot Lucky (the cat) at home when she was supposed to come to my daddy's house with us.
* I get to my daddy's house and find out I have a huge cut on my foot. I still have NO IDEA how it got there, but probably when I was dealing with the crap happening on the freeway.
* I thought I was reading the directions and making the dinner properly. Turns out I had been reading the microwave instructions (when I was trying to cook on the stove-top) and I wasn't even reading those right. I put the frozen pasta in a pot of boiling water when I neither set of directions called for water!

I did manage to go for a bike ride in the hot sun. I took some pictures. I didn't actually go down to the river valley, and instead stayed at the top of the valley where I figured there would be a lesser chance of me hurting myself. I found a spot where some children had planted various flowers, and stopped to take some pictures of the plants.


Guess who is going to be joinging a running club - Angelinie & Michellini !!

Starting tomorrow, we will be participating in a 10 week class with the Running Room, out of the Kinsmen location. At the end of the course, we will be running a 5km event.

Monday, August 28, 2006

When things get you down - DANCE!

Or because you want to!
Or just because you can!

Top 9 I'm dancing with today
(because I couldn't stop at just 5 and it's not a top 10 list)

1. Revenge by Plain White T's
2. Lips Like Morphine by Kill Hannah
3. Top of the World by The All-American Rejects
4. What More Do You Want by Plain White T's
5. To Be Loved by Papa Roach
6. Civil Sin by Boy Kills Boy
7. Hate by Plain White T's
8. Falls Apart by Hurt
9. Waking Up by 10 Years
ok, let's make it 10! -
10. Hide Away by Rock Kills Kid

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Dance Camp

Miranda attended the Disney Princess Summer Dance Camp at her dance studio a few couple of weeks back.

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Grandma was taking her each day, and so I only had the opportunity to speak with her teachers on the final day, when the girls were giving a presentation of the lessons they had learned over the week. Miss Kelly (the Tap/Jazz teacher) said that Miranda is a delight to have in class (all the teachers say that about her) and that it is nice to see how poised she is, and how well she is retaining the dance information she has learned over the past few years. After the presentation, the girls were each awarded a congratulatory certificate and a wand!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

I was bored, so I thought I would check out my Last.FM page. Look at who the top person is in my "neighbours"(image at left)... and then look at who the top person is in their "neighbours"(at right).

How many thousands of people use and we are top in neighbours?

Friday, August 25, 2006

I wish that post would just go away

I didn't get much sleep last night, but when I finally did drift off, I had a dream that he had a new post in his blog, titled "I wish that post would just go away!" refering to one of my posts. That soooo sounds like something I would do. Technically, this post should make it go away, since it's the third blog entry since that one, if anyone has it filtered for the last 3 posts.

Music Sucks

I'm not really enjoying music right now, unless it is turned up to a volume level that breaks glass and makes my ears bleed. Anyway, here's the top 6 song I like to blow my eardrums out with.

1. Gyzmkid by The Teen Velvet
2. Empire by Kasabian
3. In The Clouds by Under the Influence of Giants
4. White Light, White Light by Supersystem
5. Running Up That Hill by Placebo (wow, the bass in the car, makes the windows shake!)
6. The Sound of a Breaking Heart by Boy Hits Car

... and a #7 that's not really included in the list because it's a little to bouncy cheery - Land of Confusion by Disturbed.

... and a list of the top 5 totally off the wall songs I have been listening to (makes me wonder, what are they thinking, and what am I thinking?!)

1. Many Lives 49MP by Final Fantasy (the CD is called He Poos Clouds --- haha! It is one bizarre album.)
2. Haircuts by Pony Pants (you have my fake shampoo it's called No More Tears)
3. I'm In No Mood by The Fiery Furnaces (I'm in no mood to comb my hair there's a chill in the air)
4. Brandenburg by Beirut
5. Snakes on a Plane (Bring It) by Cobra Strip (Oh I'm ready for it, come on bring it)

Crap, all that complaining about music, and I just spent THREE HOURS sorting through the mix CDs I had in my car, making nice labels to stick on the pockets in my new PINK CD case from Ikea. *sigh* I have to be up in 5 hours.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


My very eyes may just see you now, pluto...

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune... there's no more Pluto. I guess the the International Astronomical Union wanted the sentence to make more sense? hahahaha Lame joke, Angel. What is the world coming to? Pluto is declared to not be a planet ... at least it's not the only thing being stripped of its title today. Maybe Pluto is responsible for the huge cosmic disturbance in my world.

Crap! I cannot recall if I locked my car this morning... and I'm working late. Management gave me the green light to work as much as I want to get caught up from being out sick for 3 days; even extended the inviation to let me sleep here if I wanted. haha right. I'm pretty sure now that I locked up the car. I hope I did.

The post you probably didn't read

My girls are gonna come to Reno!!
eelke Aug 23, 2006 - Show original item

Allright I have found a house to rent and I asked Angeline and Miranda & Lucky to come live with me in Reno. (I finally realized that I can't live without them). It was the most difficult decision I have made in my life, but I'm convinced we are all going to be happy. They hopefully will move over here in the end of September (with a U-haul and all their furniture + car). Angeline can go back to the University and finish her degree.. something that she really wanted and is well capable of of doing. We also have to get married for her to come here which is also exciting! I'm looking forward to the day that I will be reunited with my loved ones.

Ya, well that was last night, and this morning he calls to tell me that he is retracting his decision. How freaking wonderful. So much for not being able to live without us. And the bloody deleted post is still showing up in my RSS reader.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Cloud 9

I am on cloud 9, and the view is wonderful!! I cannot believe it's actually happening. Somebody pinch me!!! Eelke and I are getting married! I will be moving Miranda and Lucky to Reno at the end of September.

Wah! I'm sad about leaving my family and friends behind, but I will be with the man I love and everything will be better than great. I am so excited, I don't know how I will sleep tonight.

Monday, August 21, 2006

My Room

I rearranged my room when Eelke went to the Netherlands and today I cleaned it! And my Mummy didn't even have to tell me to do it!

(I was creative because there was a basket of clothes to be folded and an ironing board in the room for the whole time I was taking the photos.)

Actually,I took the photos because I finally bought and painted frames, and hung up my art prints (there is still one more, but I need to paint the last frame before hanging it above the head of the bed.)

Sleeping like a princess

Princess Miranda declared, I'm too old for Dora the Explorer!

So she picked out bedding to make her room fit for royalty!

At Ikea, Princess Miranda picked a purple bed cover (it is the same design as mine, only mine is light brown) but they had no nice sheets to fit a twin bed. We went to 2 different Winners stores and finally found somes nice cotton sheets in a gold. I don't know what the deal is, but it was so hard to find twin-sized sheets that were 100% cotton and at least a threadcount of 250!

I must say, I'm a bit jealous of the rich colour in her room now!

Thursday, August 17, 2006


After coughing for 2 weeks (real nasty coughing fits), I finally went to the medi-centre this evening because my left lung was really sore and it was hard to breath on that side. I have Bronchitis.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

This book (by Milan Kundera) was not as I expected to be, and it far surpasses any expectations I had for it. It is brilliant! It is a story about a woman, her womanizing husband, his mistress, and the mistress's lover, about how their lives are connected, about choices and chance, about the one chance to live, and about the substance of existence. (I love thought provoking books and it makes me look sadly at all the time I have wasted reading "brain candy" empty, pointless books.)

chapter two, begins...

"If every second of our lives recurs an infinite number of times, we are nailed to eternity as Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross. It is a terrifying prospect. In the world of eternal return, the weight of unbearable responsibility lies heavy on every move we make. That is why Nietzsche called the idea of heavy return the heaviest of burdens (das schwerste Gewicht).

If eternal return is the heaviest of burdens, then our lives can stand out against it in all their splendid lightness.

But is heaviness truly deplorable and lightness splendid?

The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground. But in the love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man's body. The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life's most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become.

Conversely, the absolute absence of a burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant.

What shall we chose? Weight or lightness?"

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I thought it was a thing of the past

As I was driving to work this morning, I saw something that I thought I would never see in this day and age; how naïve I am to think that such a thing would be a thing of the past! I saw a new-ish car driving, with child in the back seat of a car, standing up, and leaning into the front of the car! In a safety conscious society, where we have laws governing infant and child seats, I would never have thought that a child would be in a car without a seatbelt, let alone off the seat. How can people be so irresponsible?! I felt so sorry for that girl, to be in such a situation, with such uncaring adults. Then I thought how fortunate my child is to have a me as her mother. As an infant, I even took her car seat with me in the airplane, so she would be securely fastened during take-offs and landings. This meant purchasing an extra seat ticket to ensure there was a seat for her car seat be put in, even though the airline would permit children under the age of 2 to sit on an adult's lap for free. As a result of my diligence, I now have a child who is hesitant about getting into a taxi because there is not a booster sat for her to sit in, and not once has she ever tried to undo her belt while we have been driving.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Love is like Pi

Love is like Pi - natural, irrational, and very important.

- Lisa Hoffman

Friday, August 04, 2006


I'm sick of getting spam comments in my blog, so I turn the word verification back on. Sorry, it's annoying, I know, but unfortunately there are a select few who ruin the it for everyone else. Thanks, you jerks.

Gray Day

It's a gray and depressing rainy day. And cold (11C). I woke up early, took Miranda to Grandma's, washed the car, gasses up the car (then it started to rain), waited 30 minutes to get in for an oil change, returned bottles for refund to the depot (160 Red Bull/Red Rain cans I consumed in 5 or 6 months), then I stopped at Van's before going home.

Have a look at what I ate for brunch.

I bought a bunch of sweets: candies, chocolate, crisps, cookies, and sprinkles. Some of the candies I liked, some that I bought from the bulk bin were so gross! No wonder Eelke never broght those kinds home for me to try. The family owned Dutch deli & gift shop is closing on August 12th. You can read about it here

Yummy candies:

Yucky candies:

Thursday, August 03, 2006

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!

Happy birthday to my car!

I picked it up one year ago today, with 8km on it. Now it's at about 13,400km. After I treat it to a car wash, I will post a picture (showing off the tinted windows I had done last week).

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean

As I was going to bed last night at 2am, Eelke's was in London waiting for his plane. As I was driving to work this morningat 8am, Eelke was flying over the Atlantic Ocean. At about 4pm today, he will be back on North American soil. He'll be in Reno at about 8pm.