Friday, September 29, 2006
I park my car in a sketchy part of downtown, and on Wednesdays and Fridays we walk to my car to go running. We drive around looking at the bums and the shabby buildings to kill off the extra time. Today I get to my car and, as I am backing out of the parking spot, I see a grubby man standing by a brick wall, and there is a grubby woman with him, kneeling, and well, I don't need to discribe it any further.
She was giving him a blow job! Right there in the parking lot!! ick! gross!
I totally need to find somewhere else to park my car.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Oh how I wish Eelke was here to see the trees! I know he was here at the start of October last year, but he was probably so freaked out by being in such a foreign place that he wouldn't have time to really enjoy it. By the time he comes to visit again, it will be the end of October and all the leaves will be gone.
Eelke sent me a copy of his PhD thesis so now I have something to read and put me to sleep at night. hahahaha! ;)
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Oh! and maybe we could get a baby toupee for the little doggie too! heehee! (the Lil'Kim one, of course)
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
That was before my mum met Susi Hyldgaard at the jazz club.
Now when I go to her house, I just ask her to put on the red cd! The album is actually called Blush, and my favourite song on the CD is Take Your Time; I also like Blush and Seeking and Sometimes and well, the whole CD is nice to listen to! It's a bit jazzy but not the annoying, scratch out your eyes after you stab your co-worker for asking you yet another stupid question kind of jazz like they sometimes play on our Musak at the office.
Susi is from Denmark, and this is her fourth album, but the first to be released in North America. I have to find out how to hear the other ones!
(here is a cute drawing from inside the CD - I looove stick drawings)
Back in February, I blogged about how season 1 of Weeds ended link. Well, the show is back for season two and it's pretty darn good!
Friday, September 22, 2006
Today the pace-coaches were a no-show, so the two of us ran with another couple. They usually run "the loop" which is just over 5km long, and do it by running 3 x (10 +1) plus a few extra minutes. EEEK!!! The girl's knee started giving her troubles so we only ran 2 x (10 +1) and 6 additional minutes, then walked the rest of the way.
Here's the situation: I am going nowhere in my department, because there are no positions to advance to. Earlier this week, I asked the head of the department to consider moving me to another area of the office. He thanked me for my interest, but declined my request at this time, based on the fact that he wants to keep my expertise in the department, as things are unstable staff-wise (people quitting, getting fired), but that when things settle down and there is an opening somewhere then I will be considered. Reading between the lines of bullshit, it means I shouldn't hold my breath. To top it off, the next day I found out that one of the new girls in the department is pregnant!, which means that she will be going on maternity leave for a year, so we'll probably have another year of instability to look forward to.
I have been there 5 years and I feel like he is stepping on my coat-tails and not letting me move anywhere. I could ask for a raise, but I have no idea what other jobs are paying, so now I am doing the research. But if I am making all the effort I might as well seriously consider these potential job offers, because just more money from my current job is not going to make me like it more. I want room to grow. I am working on getting myself out of the weedy ditch and finding myself a place in a splendid garden. (and eventually the plan is to end up in school so I can go even higher!)
Monday, September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
I look tired and it's because I was! I hadn't planned on going out that night. In fact, Noemi took Miranda for the afternoon after dance classes, because she said I looked like shit and needed a break. (thanks) I had actually been thinking about invited Sadie over for a sleepover with Miranda, but Noemi called back and said she would like to keep the children, so I joined the party.
I'm also looking skinny. And the girls (read:Michelle)were not impressed by my casual attire, and I was pressured into donning a black shirt before we left.
After drinks at LL and Michelle's pad we hopped in two cabs and went to Whyte Ave. The plan was to get in the door at Urban Lounge and then LL wanted to go to the PO to dance. (Yes, you can dance to great, LIVE, music at UL but it's not the right kind of music for her.)
I was in cab #1 with Lindsay, Jenn and Ricky's friend Jeremy, and we had no problems getting into UL. A while later, Ricky shows up, sans Michelle and birthday-girl LL. He said he got in the band entrance and somehow Michelle and LL lipped off the bouncer and were not being let in. Ooops! Daniel and David were also in line to meet us, but tired of the long cue and went to Black Dog (where there is no dancing, so we did not follow).
We danced the whole time and I got bruises on my right foot to match the ones I got last weekend on my left foot, and replacing the ones I got two weeks before, from drunken dancers stepping on the top of my feet. There was a stagette paarty with a blow-up cowboy and Ricky (on a self-proclaimed dare for 20 bucks) grabbed the doll for a photo.
The band was awesome! Exit 303, a five-piece rock band from Edmonton did a fantastic job with the cover tunes they played. I have yet to check out their original music, but I will do so soon!
Oh! So whatever happened to Michelle and Laura Lee? They ended up at Saphire! But I didn't find out about that until I caught up with them at their pad at the end of the night (or start of the morning), since lL was too drunk to bother calling us to report where they were. Alternately, it never occured to us to call her... I know I just assumed she was dancing at the PO.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Yesterday evening, I picked up Miranda at 6 and she told me it was Meet the Teacher night at 6:30. There wasn't a note sent home the night before, but it was marked in yesterday's agenda note... apparently they sent the information at the start of the school year. So I looked at home at the papers and it was in the principle's message, at the bottom paragraph saying they would have meet the teachers on Sept 14 at 6:30. Well #*@%$ if I read it all the way to the bottom when it was as boring as hell.
I went to the meeting, and after I asked if the teacher could remind us the day before of such events and she told me it was in the newsletter sent home before. I stated that it's nice to get a reminder, and that Miranda's other teachers used to do that. She again said that it was sent home in a newsletter and to mark it on the calendar. Stupid bitch. In my fragile mental state, I have no idea how I managed to not totally freak out on her!
I am so tempted to pull Miranda from that class, but I hear she is an extrememly good teacher. She has been teaching for 26 years, almost as long as I am old! But that could be a bad thing, because I think she imagines all the children come from homes with two parents, Daddy working, Mummy staying home baking cookies and casseroles. PLUS, it's a nut free classroom, due to children with severe allergies, and it's difficult for a mostly vegetarian family to find lunch items which contain protein but not nuts. Miranda is already sick of wraps and croissant-wiches and yogurt, and it's only week 2 of the school year. *sigh*
I am losing it here!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
I was thinking about getting Miranda a Shuffle for Christmas, and then I thought I could get a new 8GB PINK Nano (it's sooo me!) for myself and give her my old one, just put it in a new case for her, but DRAT! I forgot that I had my name engraved on it, and Miss Miranda is old enough to read. Or, I could tell her I have my name on it so she will always remember who gave it to her, and rememebr who always loves her more than anything in the whole wide world. Now that's something to consider...! :)
Rain fell in buckets all day today. Walking to my car after work, I went through the pedways, but still had to talk outside for 3 blocks. By the time I reached my car, my pants were soaked from the thighs down. If I hadn't been wearing a longish coat, then I would have been wet from the waist down. Rain and cold and wind. ick. Fortunately, the wind wasn't all that bad, just a few periods of gusting.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
I was in a bar and an old couple came in, wanting to purchase a $6000.00 bottle of perfume that was 5mL in size! It came in a purple bottle, and was presented to them in this amazing display with crystal and flowers, like it was some magical elixer of life. I wanted to take a photo of it, but I didn't get my camera ready before they removed it from the counter, so I was allowed to go behind it. When I tried to photograph it, the images captured were nothing like what I was looking at, like images of strange people were appearing in the photos.
Then I was at the ATM machine and making a deposit. I left my card in the machine because I was going to make another transaction, and then I walked away for some reason. Some guy went to the machine, took out my card, and put it in his pocket. I saw him do this and reached into his pocket. I pulled out my card and a handful of other papers and whatnot. Included was his driver's licence. I looked at his name and his middle name was "Ebay"!
Another part of my dream, I was buying something (in this bar) for my shoes and I had to leave without paying. I ended up leaving my purse on the bar counter, with my keys, my I.D., my ipod, my camera, my $6.00 hand cream, my $5.00 tin of mints (and all that other crap that is in my purse). ...
Then it started raining outside, and the thunder and lightening woke me up. I woke up sad, and I didn't go back to sleep, so I didn't get a chance to dream up a plan on how to get my stuff back.
Oh and I also dreamed that Miranda came home from school and said the children were calling her names because she had pigtails in her hair.
Friday, September 08, 2006
I don't like the running and ending back where I started. I wish I could run and run and run and not have to think about going back to the beginning. I want to run and run and run until I collapse on a sunny patch of grass looking at the blue sky and have my heart stop.
Oh poo! there is not one comma in this post! My comma key on the keyboard seems to be broken. :(
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Symposium and Phaedrus by Plato
Symposium attempts to find the ultimate manifestation of the love that controls the world, leading to mystic union with eternal and supercosmic beauty. Phaedrus discusses the psychology of love, resulting in the concept of the familiar Platonic "forms" as objects of transcendental emotion.
Sleep Talking (Science, Needs & Misconceptions) by Yvonne Harrison
Topis in this book – 1. a fascination with sleep, 2. sleep as a process, 3. sleep and the psyche, 4. sleep in the modern world. This book explores the importance of sleep-related issues by bringing together up-to-date research from fields of science, medicine, law, education and social studies.
A Brief History of Infinity by Brian Clegg
From the Publisher
Infinity is a concept that fascinates everyone from a seven-year-old child to a maths professor. So remarkable and strange is it that contemplating it has driven at least two great mathematicians over the edge into insanity. Where did the concept of infinity come from? Who were the people who originally defined and later refined this paradoxical quantity? Why is infinity, a concept we can never experience or truly grasp, at the heart of science? How can some infinities be bigger than others? An exploration of the most mind-boggling feature of maths and physics, this work examines amazing paradoxes, for example Hilbert's Hotel. This imaginary resort has an infinite number of rooms, which all happen to be occupied. Unfortunately an endless coach turns up carrying an infinite number of new guests. It's not a problem though - it's easy to prove they can all be accommodated. The book also looks at: the people who devised and refined the concept, the many mind-bending paradoxes of infinity, infinity's place at the heart of mathematics and science in processes such as calculus, how dividing by zero brings infinity into view and infinity and cosmos.
A Brief History Of Globalization by Alex MacGillivray
From the Publisher
Globalization is fast becoming the most over-used and least understood word in the world. The accelerating political, economic, cultural and environmental interconnections that it describes are powerful and controversial. But what does it really mean?
Ever since Pythagoras first imagined the world as a sphere revolving around the sun, our planet has been shrinking. This book covers globalization from all angles: from 15th-century explorations to the rise of the multi-national corporation; from the Great Wall of China to the birth of the football World Cup. Opening the lid on the complex economics behind the controversies, MacGillivray gives equal play to technology and culture, politics and war.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
- The best thing I like about my child is...
- My child's interests include...
- My child may get frustrated when...
- Three words or phrases that best describe my child are...
- Something I would like you to know about my child...
- This year at school, my dreams for my child include...
- Other information or insights I wish to share...
I am an over-achiever and ran out of room (I was writing super small, too!) and needed to attach an extra page.
Miranda in her new desk ---->
Friday, September 01, 2006
You can click here to view all the possible results. I want to know what everyone else is!