Tuesday, January 30, 2007

You Know You've Been Blogging Too Long When
You find yourself using html code/tags when writing a memo in Microsoft Word.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Well, not really very hairy. I mean, Harry.

Prob NSFW, although quite tasteful.
Business-Related! Kind of.

Steve, My Fav Business Blogger, discuss Bluetooth:
I hate these people because they confuse me. I’ll be waiting in line for a sandwich, and someone behind me will say, “I’m about to get a sandwich.”

And I’ll look around and see the person standing there by himself and assume he's talking to me, and I'll think: “Well, me too, Rainman. This is, after all, the sandwich line.”

I love this guy. He’s irreverent and rude and non-PC and very funny. And he knows his communications stuff too.

Check out the archives. My fav so far is: Putting Things in Perspective

Friday, January 26, 2007

Best Subway Paper Quote of the Day
"The Oscar Winning Actress was trying to escape zombie-like creatures on the hood of the Jaguar when the crash occurred."
--from Kidman in Car Crash

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Gators would be an improvement.
It's been a weird 24 hours. And not weird in a fun "hey, these aren't my shoes, why are there gators in my bra" kind of way.

More later.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Mish Mash I Was Taking a Bath
Veggie Challenge is over and wasn’t all that challenging. I enjoyed writing the song and discovering Holt Renfrew’s baked veg samosas, but otherwise – meh. (Oops, just unwittingly ate vegetarian lunch. Whever.)

So now let’s talk about more fun stuff. Like my new obsession with Harry Potter movies and books (had read some books before, but not seen the movies) and the fact that I took Ice Prince swimming on Saturday which was loads of fun. I also feared I had lost my cooking mojo, but perhaps it doesn’t turn out all well when I don’t taste the non-veg items.

Did you know one of my favourite things in the world is a hot bath? Seriously. Sometimes I think it would be decadent to mix favourite things, with mixed results:
Bath + wine/champagne = good
Bath+ paper back book = excellent
Bath + hard cover book = soggy for days
Bath + Fresh = NR17 rating
Bath + cookies = soggy
Bath+ coffee = odd
Bath + cat = pleasant with 15% chance of cat falling in and serious injury
Bath + sponge = chore
Bath + radio = perm
Bath + candle = overrated
Bath + toothbrush = efficiency like in Cheaper by the Dozen we read in Grade 5. (not the Steve Martin movie which I haven’t seen.)

What do YOU recommend I try mixing with a bath for that Crazydelicious experience?

Friday, January 19, 2007

You May Touch My Monkey
Dinner last night:
Baked Veggie Samosas from Holt Renfrew Cafe

Oat squares

Veggie California Rolls

Yawn. I tire of this Veggie Challenge. Too easy.

Now is the time on Sprockets when we dance!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

New Song in the Ice Queen Sings Pantheon!

A song about the Veggie Challenge, to the tune of Turning Japanese:

I've got a challenge, I've got a challenge
Maria says Veggie for a Week would be swell
I want to prove I can do it
It’s good for my insides as well
It’s got me eating squash and eating peas and eating corn and eating cheese

Oh yes
I'm eating beans and cheese I think I'm eating beans and cheese I really think so
Eating beans and cheese I think I'm eating beans and cheese I really think so
I'm eating beans and cheese I think I'm eating beans and cheese I really think so
Eating beans and cheese I think I'm eating beans and cheese I really think so

No beef, no lamb, no veal, no chicken
No shrimp, no sushi, no crab, no wonder I’m weak
Everyone around me's eating tasty dim sum
Everyone avoids me ‘cause I’m rather windsome

And yet I'm
Eating beans and cheese I think I'm eating beans and cheese I really think so
Eating beans and cheese I think I'm eating beans and cheese I really think so
I'm eating beans and cheese I think I'm eating beans and cheese I really think so
Eating beans and cheese I think I'm eating beans and cheese I really think so

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Who’s peeking out from under a staircase?

So the Veggie Challenge is fine. Yogurt with granola for breakfast. But there is one problem. It’s a bit indelicate. Let’s just say that if my body were an orchestra, the wind section would be experiencing some problems. Probably detoxifying or some such thing. Anaerobic something or other.

I share, because I care.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Crabby Says
Regular reader and sometime contributor Crabby sent along a link that you may have seen bits and pieces of before, but in its entirety with commentary, it’s a work of art:

Maybe there are some good ideas for the Veggie Challenge?
If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium
This morning I was in a lather because I couldn’t remember if it was Day 4 or not.

You see, at Ice Prince’s school, the day’s activities are dependant on what “day” it is. The days are on a 5 day cycle. Some of you may remember this from your own salad days.

For instance:
Day One: Find out that last Friday yours was the only kid to not show up with an empty paper towel roll and five green pipecleaners, as per a request that is probably currently biodegrading under a puddle of Danone Minigo, banana/strawberry flvour.
Day Two: Child is scheduled to leave one item of clothing at school to be unearthed in Lost and Found in May, when item will no longer fit anyway. Choose from the following: underwear, mitten or glove (1), hat, boot (1).
Day Three: Gym. Ensure child is wearing new pants that you bought one size bigger for him to grow into so that they will fall down when he is running around, A fact that all of the girls will remember in Spring 2018 and refuse to go to the prom with him.
Day Four: Library. Bring books.
Day Five: Ensure child gets nothing for breakfast except two oatmeal cookies (oatmeal…breakfast!) so that when they do today’s unit on nutrition, he can write “cookies” under the What I Had for Breakfast heading.

Turns out it’s day three, so I made sure he was wearing his new Spider-man y-fronts. They’re cool! Hopefully, he won’t lose them when day two rolls around.

Bonus question: what does the post title have to do with Jack Tripper?
Pardon the Dust
Just goofing around here. deleted my haloscan comments by mistake, etc. etc.
Day Two of Veggie Challenge
Yesterday afternoon I had way too many cashews (there was a giant tray of FREE cashews in the mail room! How could I resist? Mind you, now that I think about it, it sounds a bit too good to be true. Maybe they were poisoned...like a humane way to cull the herd. Mmmmmmm...poison jumbo cashews....). For dinner, I had vegetarian california rolls (with a red pepper where the "crab" normally is, and they were pretty good), some oven fries I had made for IP's dinner and some homemade oatmeal cookies (butter + sugar +oatmeal = Crazydelicious!)

So far so good.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Lunch: Day One of Veggie Challenge
Lunch out at Saigon Sister where I had cold spring rolls (avocado and tofu) and coconut mushroom soup (no chicken).

Not bad! And tasty too.
Fun After All
Holy freak, Daylight Saving Time is much more exciting than I imagined!

Saskatchewan, and parts of Quebec and BC don’t adhere to it. Neither do Arizona or Hawaii. Don’t you think that would get confusing?

Supposedly, it saves millions of dollars in energy because we use less lights. Cool, eh?

They don’t say “Spring Ahead, Fall Back” in Britain, because they don’t call it fall, they call it autumn.

DST has its detractors, who say it messes up sleep patterns and a British politician expressed concerns over inheritances: "Supposing some unfortunate Lady was confined with twins and the first child was born 10 minutes before 3 o'clock British Summer Time. The time of birth of the two children would be reversed. …Such an alteration might conceivably affect the property and titles in that House."

Benjamin Franklin was the first person to allude to the benefits of DST, but he also flew a kite in a lightning storm, invented the urinary catheter, and wrote an essay called “Fart Proudly”, so no one listened to him about it.
Day One of Veggie Challenge
Bowl of oat squares with skim milk for breakfast. So far so good!

Unfortunately, I made a big pot of chicken soup last night using some leftovers. Perhaps I’ll freeze it. It smells so good!

A Challenging Year
I’ve decided that 2007 should be the Year of Challenges. Each week will be assigned a new challenge. It can be a week long thing or a one day thing.

Challenge me in the comments: I need 49 more!

Wolf Blitzer’s new job as Weather Network Copywriter

Stupid freezing rain kept me awake all night – it was like psychological torture: tap tap tap tap taptaptaptap taptap tap taptaptap.


Fun Fact.
Did you know that Daylight Savings Time is starting in March now? Yeah. I have to send out a memo about it.

Okay, maybe that fact wasn’t so much fun. But we’ll appreciate coming out of the darkness sooner.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Wine’s Vegetarian, Right? And Beer? No Prob!

I am joining Maria on the Veggie Challenge to go vegetarian for one week. I don’t think it will be a big deal. I tend to eat differently from Fresh and IP since my diet last summer, so making an extra meal’s not a prob. IP’s pretty much a vegetarian anyhow. He eats a lot of almonds.

Anyhow, I’m really just doing it for the challenge.

I’ll post what I eat here, so you can check in on me. I’m not going vegan, though.

Start date is Monday.
They were the best of times, they were the worst of times
The Office is on tonight. Seriously, this is my favourite show. Sister Stacey should especially watch it as the boss reminds me of a certain someone we used to work for who, on my first day there, sent me to a warehouse on King East to pick up a package of worms for the office composter.

This is the same boss who, when my manager happily announced she was pregnant, said “At least you can get an abortion in Canada.”

He also called me on boxing day to ask why I wasn’t at work.

He also cut all of our pay in half one year, right before Christmas to keep the business afloat. It did work. We were restored to normal by February.

There must be more stories about that office. I remember the brown mouse lived under the brown file cabinet and the grey mouse lived under the grey one.

And I remember the fantastic pranks we used to pull. And the silly things we did, like Glamour Day. And the whip. And the three hour beer lunches (hey, when you’re getting paid half, motivation pretty much goes out the window.)

It really was a fantastic job, because I was allowed to do things that by all means I was totally unqualified to do – Like be the Production Manager. Seriously: receptionist to Production Manager in two years. Not bad!

Okay, my original point was: watch The Office and love it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I Had a Dream

I had a dream last night that Lisa and Bart Simpson and I managed to steal a computer. We somehow faked an order, or charged someone else – I don’t know how. Dreams are vague on the details.

Lisa and I managed to change the order to TWO computers and she took one off to college with her. (Incidentally, she’s very pretty as a real person, with long blonde hair. And dresses like Jackie-O.)

I was with Bart when he got the waybill. (Bart kinda looked liked Jonathon Lipnicki from Jerry Maguire, but a bit older.) He was feeling guilty about stealing one computer, but flipped when he saw that the order was now two and the second went to Lisa. Kind of out of character, I thought.

What do you think it all means?

I’ve been stressing out about the vagueness of my promotion/demotion/no motion here at work and I’ve been sleeping very strangely.

By the way, Apu has always been my favourite on The Simpsons, but I am seriously into Duffman these days. OH YEAH!

And another thing: nothing like saying I'll post once a week to suddenly increase my desire to post before Monday. I'm so contrary!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Things Are Afoot

Seriously considering changing to one a week Super Big Gulp posts. Work getting crazier. I'll let you know which day will be post day (probably Mondays), and I'll make them extra good and long. Because who doesn't enjoy that? (That was rhetorical, but feel free to answer if you like.)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The persistance of hope
I thought I'd lost the chance at a promotion, but it may still exist after all.

I only wish my head would clear of Christmas cold so that I could wow them.

Tonight: Chateauneuf du Pape and rib eyes for courage!

Send me your good vibes! (And Boomer too, he's going for a promotion with the same boss. Yes, it's part of our plan to run the behemoth.)

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Oh! Hi! I didn’t see you there.

Can't believe it's back to work already. I don’t really feel like I’ve had a holiday. I've had a nasty cold. The most holiday-like time was my birthday (Dec 31) when I got dolled up and Fresh and I went out for a fantastic dinner. Sigh. It was so nice. And I looked so good!

Ice Prince’s birthday, on the other hand… Well, if you’re ever considering having children, I will lend you a copy of the video. Wow. We were, however, smart enough to not serve the cake until 15 minutes before they were due to be picked up. IP had an amazing time and got lots of presents and was very happy, so mission accomplished.

My New Year’s resolution is To Drink More Water. Which I think is quite reasonable.

Fresh gave me a gift card to Kitchen Stuff. I spent lunch hour pondering how best to use my newfound buying power. I think I will be purchasing:
A beautiful heavy sauté pan. Purrrrrrrrr…..
A set of six colourful mixing bowls
Measuring cups and spoons
A pepper grinder (the cat knocked the other off the table and broke it)
A Ginsu carving knife and fork.

And I couldn’t find it at Kitchen Stuff, but I will be getting a remote-read digital meat thermometer. Because I’m worth it.

Fresh also got me this book. Ice Prince told his Nana “Daddy got Mommy a book about laundry for her birthday!”

Douglas Adams was right about giant currency . Marie Curie " I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to...