Saturday, April 28, 2007

Now Die!

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

Thursday, April 26, 2007

New Girlfriend

With the pleasant surprise of seeing Scott at the gym I had an "if this isn't nice, I don't know what is" moment (thank you for the reminder KV, Jr.). When I realised that, I tried to stop thinking about everything wrong/troublesome/unpleasant and just enjoyed those moments as if nothing existed outside of that time.

So, Scott and his family (bless their hearts) listen to Country music, and Scott mentioned this song called Brand New Boyfriend that his niece (who is 3) hears on the radio. When he was over for dinner, she asked him if his new girlfriend would be there. When he said no, she told him to make sure he tells his new girlfriend hello from her. (I'm telling the story second hand, so I'm sure it's not as good as when Scott told me.)

My reaction: awwwwww!!! Talk about her being so totally adorable!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Another waver at the gym - THE BEST YET!

I went to the gym this evening and in the locker room I was feeling sad. My knees were so sore from running on Monday that I was wanted to cry (I skipped yesterday) and feeling like my running career was over and I was always going to have sore knees and going to get fat because of lack of mobility. (This is the first time I have had knee pains since taking up the sport in September.)

Thinking of ways I could shake myself out of this funk, I thought about calling the Boyfriend just to hear his voice. I decided against it because, I was

  1. not wanting to sound cheesy by calling him up and saying, I just needed to hear your voice...
  2. not wanting to sound like I was checking up on him by saying, hi, just calling to see what you're up to...
  3. not having other excuse to call him, especially while sitting in the locker room!
  4. resigned to the fact that I would probably get his voicemail and not actually get to even talk to him.
Still blue, I walked up the stairs to the track, my head down and wincing from the pain of each step. At the top, I looked up to check out the running direction chart and out of the corner of my eye I see someone on crouched down in a stretch and waving at me!

After blinking to make sure I was actually seeing what I thought I was seeing, I smiled at the waver and was ready to almost burst into tears of excitement. There he was, the Boyfriend, in the flesh, and waving at me!!

Instead of running, I went to the work out area with him, which was probably the best thing to do, to give my knees a break.

529

I had to flip through 529 songs before I found it. The song I was looking for is A Ghost in the Arcade by Idlewild.

634

There are 634 songs on my ipod and I am trying to find one song I listened to this morning (I had been listening on random play). I listened to this song at home today and I thought the band was Death Cab or Snow Patrol and now for the life of me I cannot find the song again! I thought it was called something about polar bears being loose in the arcade. I might be on crack.

AHHHH! Maybe not! I just looked though the track listing for Songs For Polarbears by Snow Patrol and I think the song I want is Days Without Paracetamol... Ugh, it's totally not that song (although I was listening to it at home this morning) because it's not on my ipod. :(

It's not like me to not be able to find a song. Google isn't even helping me at this point. wah!! I want to go home right now because I will be able to find it on my computer. Talk about being frustrated!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Brainfart

My mind seems to be fresh out of ideas to blog about.

(maybe it's from all the turkey wraps I have been eating for lunch. I have been so dead ass tired lately, with no real reason why, so I have come to the conclusion that it is from the turkey. Only problem is, now I am starving, because I don't know what to eat for lunch if I can't have a turkey wrap!)

So I will share an article Scott sent to me this morning.

15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will

My favourites:

1. "I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'"

13. "So it goes." Ahhh, three little words that pack so much meaning!
___________________

After reading through it I now was to go back and read all the books I have by him, and buy and re-read his books that I no longer have. Cat's Craddle and Slaughterhouse-five would be the first ones to buy, since they were the first Vonnegut books I read, and I read them so long ago I barely remember what happened in them!!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Surprise! Meet the Parents

Before reading this post, make sure you have read the leading up to this post first

New Scott (who from now on will be referred to as "Scott" and the Old Scott will now be "Old Scott") ... so Scott took me with him to dinner at his parents' place yesterday. He didn't ask if I wanted to go with him, he just told me that was the plan, a quick bite, no dishes or anything like that, because we were running on a limited amount of time to get to motorbike shopping.

When I finally got through the door (Scott blocked the way for a while because his niece rushed to the door to greet him), I shook his mum's hand and then she gave me a hug. His niece was shy for about 10 seconds, and then she must have said my name a hundred times in the short time I was there, which is impressive because she's 3 an my name isn't the easiest to remember! We chatted about dolls and my little ponies and on being "shhh" when people are on the phone, and she's so sweet I just wanted to scoop her up and squeeze her to death. His nephew was flirting with me across the table, between putting his bowl on his head and his eye in his chocolate milk. His sister and brother-in-law seem very nice. His dad I had met before, and I unintentionally managed to slip in the fact that he abandoned us while snowmobiling in February. When I was leaving, I was told that next time I had to bring Miranda with me. They were so warm and friendly, and I can see why Scott actually likes having dinner with his family all the time.

My point is, Scott cannot be compared to the Old Scott just because they share the same name.

And who are my mother and step-mother to judge my new boyfriend based on the history of an old boyfriend? Here I am, having already met Scott's immediate family and one aunt, and the only person related to me who he has met is Miranda... what does that say about me?

Leading up to a point

When I first mentioned to my family that I was dating someone named "Scott" my mother and step-mother pretty much had the same reaction. My mother thought it was bad idea to be dating a man with the same name as an ex, as she envisioned my relationship with the New Scott would be like it was with the Old Scott.

Brown hair, blue eyes, both Capricorns... that doesn't mean they would be exactly the same..

And when do I ever listen to my mother?

Two years into the relationship with the Old Scott, he would say we had only been dating 4 months. Almost five months into the relationship with the New Scott and he's saying we've been together 7 months! Maybe they do have some things in common, being bad at math one of them, but at least the New Scott isn't in some stage of relationship denial.

Old Scott and I were together for at probably 1.5 years and practically living together before I ever met his parents, and in the 3.5 years we were together, I don't think his parents met Miranda even once.

New Scott does seem to be keeping me a little bit of a secret. His friends told me it was really only about 2 months ago when he was actually giving them details about his new girlfriend.

I do have a point to make in all of this, which I will make in my next post!

Too much Supernatural

I think I have been watching too much Supernatural because reading this article totally creeped me out, when normally it might not have had such an effect.

Drifting 'ghost yacht' baffles Australian officials
Last Updated: Friday, April 20, 2007 5:16 AM ET
The Associated Press


Australian rescue workers from Sydney found a puzzling scene Friday on a catamaran spotted drifting off the Great Barrier Reef: sails up, engines running and food on the table, but no crew.

(snip)

"They got on board and said the engine was running, the computers were running, there was a laptop set up on the table which was running, the radio was working … and there was food and utensils set on the table ready to eat, but no sign of the crew," said Jon Hall, a spokesman for Queensland state's Emergency Management Office.

(snip)

The vessel's emergency beacon and three life jackets were still on board, along with a dinghy.

It that not spooky?! Read the whole article here.

ipod Baby

I want a baby so I can dress him/her up like an ipod! Heck, if they made them in kid sizes, I would dress Miranda up like an ipod!! I think I would draw the line there, I don't know if I would dress yself up in an ipod shirt.

The website is ipop my baby. See more ipod babies here and buy the shirts here.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Computer Nerd

I got to work and was prompted to change my password and it wouldn't accept what I wanted to change it to. I tried a few more alternatives and it was still giving me error messages, mostly that I cannot use one of my past 12 passwords.

I got angry! and muttered to Damon that I was just going to change everything to "fuckyou". I paused for a second to think it over, and then immediately changed every work password I could to "fuckyou". Of course I had to use capitals and numbers in some instances because each logon has different password conditions to be met for security purposes.

hahahaha! Here I am, thinking I am so clever, when probably every computer nerd out there has already done the same thing.

gRuMbLe

Holy crappy weather, eh? Heavy, wet snow if falling from the sky. We are supposed to get 2cm of it, but I swear 2cm have already fallen and it's still coming down. Ah I just looked again and we're actually expected to have 5cm of snow today. blagh!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

How bad am I ?

The Boyfriend was dead set about getting a profile on Facebook, and everyone knew his feelings about it, and what does the Girlfriend go and do? Yes I did... I set up a Facebook profile for him!! I warned him yesterday that I was going to do it. I sent out "friend" requests to his friends, so I wonder who will be the first to tell him about it. (I hope he doesn't disown me over it!)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

who's that girl?

I would have been right on time for work today, but I stopped for some drinks and a croissant so I was nearly 10 minutes late. I get to my desk, pull out my beverages for the morning - one large can of Rockstar and one small can of Rockstar, because it helps to temporarily restore mental alertness or wakefulness when experiences fatigue or drowsiness.

Damon, my podmate, says: Oh snap! Angeline is hitting the Rockstars!
Angeline says: Helllll yaaaa! I'm rolling in to work this morning on zeeeero sleep!

I even made my fist into a dorky looking circle to indicate "zero".

Cinderella... or a wicked step-sister

I bought these shoes last week, but had to take them back because they just didn't fit right. An 8 was too long and a 7.5 was too narrow through the toes. :( These ones were BCBGirls but I think Nine West makes a shoe just like it, so perhaps I can track it down and might have better luck with it fitting.
ps - I love the Louis Vuitton wedges in the picture posted on the wall (on my desk at work). I ripped the page out of Vogue when I was getting my hair done last month because I loved the shoes and the dress. I'll post the picture later.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Expect Nothing

Expect nothing and you won't be disappointed. I need to figure out how to master that because it seems like every time I turn around I am feeling down. I spent all weekend excited at the prospect of going to see Econoline Crush tonight, only to find out this morning that someone's wife won't let him go to a concert on a Monday night. That's the story, anyway. Someone else would rather pull a large tree out of the ground for a friend's brother. That's his story, anyway. I can't find anyone else who likes Econoline Crush, or who might humour me by coming along! I couldn't get anyone to get Finger Eleven tickets with me, either, of Brand New... At first, I was thinking that it was the music, but now I am thinking that maybe the problem is with me, and people just do not want to be seen in public with me. haha! Would it be weird if I took Lucky along for company? I think the cat might appreciate a nice concert every once in a while.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Gearing Up

I've never had to look at ladies motorcycle gear but can you even begin to imagine how excited I was today when Scott was trying to dress me up like a Barbie doll an action figure. He sent me a picture of a jacket and it was PINK! He sent me a helmet and it was PINK! I clicked around the site and found that they have so much bike gear in PINK! Since I have been told I need to have the right gear if I want to ride with the boys when the bikes come out, I want PINK! *dreamy sign* He's the sweetest, always wanting to make sure I'm safe. My parents will totally flip out if they find out (reminder: my step-mum thought I was reckless when I drove to Banff), but it will be so much fun! I asked, and Scott said he hasn't fallen off his bike, plus I was impressed by his safe and responsible driving skills when he carting me around on the snowmobile. :)
click image to enlarge

FYI:
In European tests, 1.4mm leather gear withstood 5.8 seconds of heavy abrasion. Under the same conditions, denim jeans lasted 0.6 seconds. (source) ouch!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Monday Night

Econoline Crush is one of my favourite Canadian bands. (I know, I have like 100 of them, but my hotmail email is the name of their album from 2001!) I had totally given up hope of ever seeing them but Econoline Crush is playing at the Starlite Room on Monday!! I have a babysitter, so who wants to go with me?

Now I have 3 of their songs playing in my head at the same time and I don't have a single one on my ipod right now (4GB is not enough space for anyone!!). Chris is trying to talk me out of buying an 80GB ipod and going with an external HD instead, but here is a prime example of how useful the larger ipod would be. I could be listening to Home or Sparkle and Shine or Make it Right or You Don't Know What it's Like right now!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

A little piece of Heaven

I love jewellery. I love computer gadgets. I loooooove this heavenly piece of computer gadgetry disguised as jewellery!! It's a 100MB memory stick by Active Crystals, a wonderful collaboration between Philips and Swarovski. I would look amazing hanging from my neck. They aren't available until August. *dreamy sigh* A girl can dream... I want one I want one I want one (or 2, or 3! They do have 4 different models).

They also are going to make gorgeous earphones!!

in memoriam


"I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

While you were working

While you were working, I was riding shotgun in bossman's super dirty Hummer H3, listening to Hillary Duff's new CD. Then I played some badminton and Shutes & Ladders. Had Subway for lunch, chatted with friends and then my 2.5 hour fun break was over.

Now I'm back at the office, banging my head against my desk, wishing I was anywere but here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Monday, April 09, 2007

Something New

Scott and I spent the afternoon at the mall and look what I found! What I really need is new boots but I fell in love with this hoody and couldn't let myself leave the mall without it.


ps - shopping with Scott is soooo much fun because he likes to shop too and wasn't trying to hurry me out of the mall ! At one point he even asked me if there were stores I wanted to go to because he felt like he was the one dragging me around from store to store.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter Surprises

My Tamagotchi gave me an Easter surprise today!! Out of the corner of my eye I saw a bubbly sort of thing start to move across the screen. I thought it was a ghost or cloud, and I was crossing my fingers that the Tamagotchi wasn't about to die! Watching it longer, I discovered it was an egg being pushed by a rabbit. The rabbit pushed the egg back and forth across the screen a few times before it disappeared.

My stepmum also gave me an Easter surprise: a very large F*CK YOU. In front of me, she gave my brother a gift (a pair of gemstones) to pass along to his ex-girlfriend, which she and my daddy brought back from their recent trip to Aruba. Normally this wouldn't be a big deal, but let me mention a few facts.
1. my brother and his ex broke up A YEAR AGO, a fact that he did mention when my stepmum asked about his ex when my brother was talking about other girls.
2. they didn't bring back a gift for me, or my brother, from this trip.

My dad was surprised that she was giving them to my brother, as he thought they would be keeping them for Miranda for when she is older.

I shouldn't be so surprised. Her own children don't even talk to her, and now she is alienating me. They took off for their vacation in February without letting me know... and she was usually picking Miranda up from school on Tuesdays to get her to her early ballet class, and I was left scrambling to make arrangements, meaning taking personal time to leave work early. Over the past few months, she hasn't hidden the fact that she dislikes me so I should just get over it.

The Easter Bunnies

Here are the Easter Bunnies Miranda has seen over the years. (Why do we call him the Easter Bunny and not the Easter Rabbit? And why do we call it a him? Are we assuimg that a female bunny would be busy tending to the baby bunnies, and also not strong enough to hop around the globe carrying a heavy basket of chocolate and sugar treats?)

click to see the photos

The Camera Phone

How I spent my Friday night -
Being entertained by these characters. :)
I used to be against the idea of having a camera phone: why would I need a camera on my phone when I always had my digital camera in my purse? For an instance like this, even having my camera in my purse wouldn't have been good enough to capture this picture. They piled up, said, "we need a picture of this," and within 4 seconds I had whipped my phone out of my pocket and snapped a picture. Incidentally, I now carry an itty bitty purse, with no hopes of fitting my digi camera inside it, so if I didn't have a camera phone the silly moment would have been lost. Thank you, camera phone!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Annual Meeting with the Easter Bunny

She just does it for the treats she gets afterwards. This year it wasn't a silly paper bunny-ear hat or a colouring sheet. This year, it was a bag of Mini-Eggs!

Miranda's Fashion Advice

I found this in Miranda's room. I have no idea where she got these ideas from!

Black haired people look good with green.
Brown haired people look good with red.
White haired people don't look good with dresses.
Blond haired people look good with blue.
Gray haired people look good with nothing.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

I have access!

YAY!! I can access the blogger.com website from work again!! For a while it was being blocked by the network admins so I could only post through email, and that meant no pictures in my posts. Now only if I had soemthing interesting to blog about, with pictures.

Oh! I went shopping during lunch and freaked out at the salesgirl at La Senza. I had 6 items to try on and she would only let me take 5 into the fitting room. I said it was rediculous of them to not allow me one more item if they were wanting me to spend money in their store!! It was stupid on my part for being honest and I should have just told her I had 5 items and she would have been none the wiser. I probably would have bought this one but I didn't just out of principle.

There, a post with a picture, from work!!

Running records

Yesterday, I completed my farthest run ever, 7km !!  I was thinking last night that I should look into upcoming 5km races and run just for the heck of it and then eventually work my way up to 10km.  I don't know if I cold run with other people now, though.  When I first started, I was always in a group running but now I am used to running without having to talk to anyone.  I listen to my music and clear my head of all thoughts (or I get so deep in my thoughts that I'm not aware of what I'm thinking about).
 
And this morning I read that Alberta runner  Sandy McCallum has set a new world record for the highest number of desert ultramarathons run in one calendar year, with the last one being 240km, bringing the count to 6 races.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Warning: Scenes of Sex, Drugs & Rock n' Roll

Strata's video for Cocaine (We're All Going To Hell)
I let Miranda listen to the song because she has no idea what it means, however, I will not let her watch the music video. Strata will be in Edmonton with Finger Eleven in May, but I think the show is sold out. :( Perhaps the Easter Bunny will deliver tickets in my basket!! I doubt it, since I have been informed that he only give candies for Easter.

Their new album The End Of The World comes out June 12th!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Bad Day

- I woke up with a killer headache.
- I discovered that I lost the stone out of my "HOPE" ring, dammit!  I really liked that ring.
- It's still snowing
- My favourite boots are completely trashed! and need to be thrown out (soles cracked and peeling off, and they are ripped at the heel)
- I hate all of my other boots (they hurt my feet) (except 2 pairs, but I can't walk 10 blocks in the snow in them) and really want to be able to wear sandals outside again!
- My eyelash curler broke in the car and if I didn't have an extra one in my desk at work I might have murdered someone ! 
 
Can I please go home and crawl back in to bed?  Since I can't, I have grossly abused the concept of business-casual, dressing more on the side of casual and not at all on the side of business, kicked off my boots, and curled up in my chair with a large shawl. Even at that, I still look more presentable than 1/2 the people in the discounting department. (inside joke)
 
I'm also a little crabby because I didn't have my morning croissant. Moderation is the key, even one croissant a day is a little over-indulgent, I'd say.
 
If you've read this post to this point, I must ask, why??  Are you really that interesting in me, or really just that bored?  

Joke for today

There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040 there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.

No Internet

 "A little under one-third of U.S. households have no Internet access and do not plan to get it, with most of the holdouts seeing little use for it in their lives, according to a survey released on Friday."  read more
 
What rocks are these people living under??  I go into attacks of panic if my Internet goes down for 10 minutes!   This is a big improvement from how I used to be before.  I would feel anxiety setting in when even turning the computer off for the night! Silly, I know, because I would just be going to sleep and wouldn't have a need to have the Internet.  I wanted to have the computer on in the event that I woke up during the middle of the night and needed to google something, or something like that!  Yes, I might have had some issues back then...
 
ps - why does Internet have to be a capitalized name.  Spell check always corrects me when I use a small i .

Monday, April 02, 2007

New Chevelle CD

The new album by Chevelle, Vena Sera, comes out tomorrow, and of course I have already heard it. :D I am enjoying it more than I did Think Type of Thinking & Point #1 but not quite as much as I enjoyed Wonder What's Next (I love every song on that album!!). They have changed their style and in my opinion Vena Sera sounds more commercial (safe) than their other stuff, but don't get me wrong, it is still a great album!
  1. Antisaint - LOVE IT
  2. Brainiac - LOVE IT
  3. Saferwaters - MEH, it's ok, but I like their heavier songs better
  4. Well Enough Alone - MEH, I don't know why they didn't release a better song as their first single, especially when I think every song is radio friendly. It's ok when listening to it with the rest of the album (it seems to fit in) but on it's own I don't enjoy it so much. It's that Pete sounds to whiny when he sings the "Why we leave / Well enough alone / Never thought about the shame" bits. Take that part out and I would really like the song!
  5. Straight Jacket Fashion - LOVE IT
  6. The Fad - LOVE IT (it is rumoured that this will be the second single released)
  7. Humanoid - LOVE IT
  8. Paint The Seconds - LOVE IT
  9. Midnight To Midnight - LOVE IT
  10. I Get It - LOVE IT
  11. Saturdays - LIKE IT

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Love Me, Love My Music

Even Miranda loves my music! Today, at her request, I loaded some new songs on her princess mp3 player, because every time she hears me play them in the car, she asks if I can put it on her mp3 player. I am proud of her good taste in music! :D

1. Cocaine - by Strata
2. Ladies and Gentlemen - by Saliva
3. Keep Your Hands Off My Girl - by Good Charlotte
4. Break Apart Her Heart - by Good Charlotte
5. Comin' Home - by City And Colour*

*She watched the City And Colour Live DVD with me this weekend and is now in love with Dallas Green