Thursday, November 30, 2006
I call my daddy but he had no suggestions, aside from putting the car in a heated garage and hope that un-sticks it. I didn't know who to call next. I call Honda's roadside assistance to see if I was still covered (I have been fearing that it was only good for a year and expired this past August). Fortunately, I can stop worrying about that as I am covered until August 2008). So then I tell the guy my window is stuck. He said it would take a while for a tow truck to come and take the car to the dealership. I told him not to bother because I was already driving and the dealership is in the same general direction as I was driving.
I was told it would probably be at least 2 hours to get looked at, but I could wait in the customer lounge. The lounge was nice, tv on the sports channel, somewhat cozy chairs, but it was feezing (or rather, I was freezing from drving with the window all the way down). There was also a kitchen and you could purchase breakfast or lunch! Cereal, toast, grilled cheeese, and daily specials (today it was pyrogies for lunch). I had a Coke Zero and Raisin bread in my bag. Also, it was a good thing my ipod was recharged (yesterday morning I went to turn it on for my walk to the office and it was dead) and I had magazines in my car to read. So I sat and tried to keep myself from freaking out how much this was ging to cost me.
The Window: The service department tried oiling it first but that didn't rectify the problem, so the ended up replacing the run channel. I now have the window up (and it goes up and down just fine) and it didn't cost me a cent. fhew!
Once I got downtown I had to park further away than I normally do because the lot was so full. :( And my leg really hurts because I have a tight muscle from not stretching properly after running on Tuesday (which was aggravated because I ran again last night), and sitting and waiting for the car didn't make it any better. I imagine that walking 11 blocks (three of those through the snow) in high heels probably doesn't make it any better. The pain started off as a tightness in my ITB (iliotibial band) at my hip, and after last night's run the pain was extending down to my knee. I know it will be fine with a little rest, ice and stretching.
Of all days to have to stay late at work... this afternoon I promised Miranda I would get her right after work and we'd go to the school to visit the book fair. Now she's going to have to miss it, and I will have to come up with a way to make it up to her. In the end, this car problem is costing me in the long run. :(
22 more sleeps until I get on the lace for Phoenix.... :)
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
It works so much easier when I look at them in retrospect.
After the show, everyone went home except for me and Daniel. We went to Moxie's for dinner and the insensitive bloke ordered a big boy Heineken (and then a Corona - big boys are 700mL). He did say that he considered not getting the Heineken but couldn't resist its great taste. I was drinking stripnotic and showgirl cocktails. Why do they give them such horrible names? I played wingman and helped the charming lad land the waitress's digits. haha! She initially thought that we were together and then thought it was a first date when Daniel questioned me being a vegetarian. She insisted that we were a couple. She is like 20, so that explains a lot.
After dinner, we met up with David at Fever. Holy crap was that place horrible! (David was there for a birthday celebration.) Very young crowd, girls with their Babyphat purses and Bebe tanks. The club, although non smoking, was constantly under the smoke of a fog machine. It hurt my eyes and my throat. We only stayed an hour before calling it a night.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Pashima is also called the "diamond fiber" and "the soft gold of high Asia". It is the finest, softest and warmest wool known to mankind, coming from the underbelly of the Capra Hircus goats from the Himalayas.
Miranda got a wooden Pinocchio toy, one of those kind that you hold on to the head and pull a string at the bottom and the arms and legs move up and down.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Exhibits that will be there at the same time I will be there include, Fierce Reality: Italian Masters from 17th Century Naples, Modern by Nature: Ansel Adams in the 1930s, After Dark: 100 Years of the Evening Dress (this one should be fun!), Brilliant Abstraction: Orme Lewis Gifts in the New Orme Lewis Gallery, George Thiewes: Expanding the Sculptural Field.
Bummer that I will be there before the Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Treasures from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam exhibit arrives. :( They will have 14 works by Rembrandt! There is to be over 90 pieces in total! I could cry! *sob* I'm so sad I'll be missing out, as the exhibit is only going to 3 museums in the United States.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
It was my mentee's birthday yesterday so I sent along a card with one of my co-workers, so I could wish her a happy birthday since I wouldn't be seeing her until today.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Yesterday, Michelle and I stayed late at work, blew up 2 dozen balloons and decorated Jenn's desk to surprise her when she arrived in the morning.
I didn't take very good pictures, because there was the whole other side of the pod that was decorated with balloon and streamers.
It was a "made with love" themed birthday surprise, as Michelle and I even handmade cards for the birthday girl. :)
In Vanisher, I was at first confused why there was smoke on the top, smoke on the bottom, and then a smokeless space in between. I could not comprehend how that could be possible! I walked away, perplexed and annoyed. Then I studied Magic Box and I had a EUREKA moment! In Magic Box there are a series of glass plates which break the box into compartments. Combining the two, in Vanisher, the smokeless space is there the vanishee is hiding, as no one really vanishes, it is just an illusion. Also, upon closer inspection, the puffs of smoke are not from a continuous explosion, also emphasizing the creation process of an illusion.
Visually, my favourite piece was Sequel. I find it to be haunting and cold, but warm at the same time, which is strange because the body below is in a coffin, so really, it would not be warm at all.
Sequel follows a piece called Part 1. The full picture is the snowy scene with the severed head. What's neat about these pictures is that the images were created solely by make-up, staging, and set design: no digital manipulation of the images.
There was to be a 5th piece in this display, Presenting, but it was not out. I think someone knocked it over and broke it.
I was pleased to see there were more than 5 pices in the Baroque Masterwoks exhibit: 13, in fact! from the National Art Gallery of Canada, and then a display of Baroque pieces that the University of Alberta has in its collection.
I was also surprised by the modern art exhibit that was there: MAKEBELIEVE. It featured Canadian artists, highlighting the mechanisms of distortion & the construction of illusions. I most enjoyed the pieces by David Carter (Vancouver). Until this visit, I never quite understood modern/contemporary art. Maybe I have gained a bit of clarity since turning 30, or perhaps having someone to discuss it with made it easier to understand. (I think it's the latter.) I finally figured out how to appreciate television as an art medium!
(top image: Milutin Gubash; bottom image: Myfanwy Macleod)
Monday, November 20, 2006
Alas, the truth has a way of coming out and my soggy copy was discovered by the gift giver, and now the they are left with the challenge of finding a gift that I haven't purchased myself. The extra magazine was kept by the gift giver, who conincidentally also has an interest in science, and would willingly read it.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
A few months ago I heard the song Well Thought Out Twinkles, and I liked it! Well, I finally listened to the entire album Carnavas and since then I have been listening to Rusted Wheel over and over and over and over and over and over again. I also like Future Foe Scenarios and Little Lover's So Polite and Dream At Tempo 119. (EF - check the server)
Friday, November 17, 2006
The Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of 12 precious Baroque masterwork paintings from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada by the likes of Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Nicholas Poussin. Baroque Masterworks from the National Gallery of Canada features Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch and Flemish paintings dating from 1600 to 1750 arising from different social, political and religious climates. As a result of their age, rarity and historical importance, paintings such as these seldom travel. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity for Canadians to see these national treasures.
Yay! Hopefully they will have more than 5 paintings. Gosh, am I cynical or what?
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I am writing in Google Documents. I read that I can post from here to my blog. I don't know if I will ever use this feature, but I thought I would at least test it out.
Hmmm... all this online stuff, really how secure is it? Can someone hack into the google servers and peek at my personal stuff. Probably. Nothing is safe any more.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Tomorrow the temperature is to go above zero, so the snow will be melting and the roads will be worse than today. Then, it will freeze again overnight and the following morning the roads will be horrendous, icy and icy rutts everywhere.
Monday, November 13, 2006
She's six years old, and asking me to read her 19th century classical literature. My little brain-child :) The book is 700 pages long, but there is a children's version that is just over 100 pages, and hopefully I can track down a copy.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
It is also posted on the Art Gallery board at the elementary school. I coloured an orange and purple house too, but I still have to cut it out and put it together. (Nov 1st)
I wonder what I will do today!
Monday, November 06, 2006
It was the wind-up race for the Running Room fall clinics. It was at Rundle Park and they mapped out a new route to run. We started going cross country. It was about -6C, there was 2 inches of snow on the ground (it snowed the night before) and we were having to run on the grass. What a start! Once we were done on the grass, we had to run up hills, and then finally down hills and then up and down another hill.
Nicole and I finished in 00:32:31. Whoever said don't start in front because it's discouraging to see people passing you was probably a little wrong. We started in the middle and had slow people in front of us and it was hard to get around them on the narrow paths. Had we started at the front, we would have (1) been able to count how many people were ahead of us, and (2) we wouldn't have slow people in front of us!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
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Miranda freaked out when she tried to make popcorn in the microwave and this happened. Ana said that it had happened before. It was pretty funny to walk into the kitchen and see the mess. The bag blew out on both ends.
Miranda cried when she had to go home, and was somewhat comforted by the fact that we arranged for a sleepover in two weeks.
child one: Let's pretend we are witches and we have been best friends since college.
child two: No, since preschool.
child one: Ok.
child two: And let's pretend you are the rich one and I am the poor one, but we're still best friends and you help me when I need help.
And someone you can go to the hair salon with on Saturday and swap hair styles! Sadie wanted her hair straight and Miranda wanted curls.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
What I have learned about myself - I thought I was a woman who would be content to finish with the top 1/3 of the group, but discovered that I want to be finishing in the #1 spot.