Thursday, August 5, 2010

I Hate This Part

The moment when I realize my oven mitt is on backwards

The, ‘knock the breathe out of you, dizzy, sit down’ when you find out someone you love is sick

The first raindrops to hit you in the middle of your 5km walk (when my cell phone's in my pocket)

November’s weather; such a tease... just be warm or snow already!

The inevitable hole or stain someone else will point out on my thrift store purchase

The spider web that I catch with my face, two steps out of the door on a bright sunny day

The fear of finishing a sunset hike, in the dark

The sick feeling when I realize I pressed ‘off’ instead of ‘sleep’

The word moist; I am convinced there is no sentence that can make it sound pleasant

30 minutes after Indian food

Being on a skinny sidewalk, in the rain, with heavy traffic alongside me (and the puddle that greets me with a dirty wet kiss)

Forgetting deodorant

The intolerable kid who sits directly behind me and doesn’t understand the concept ‘closing your mouth while chewing [anything]’

People who have full on LOUD ring tones for texts, and text a LOT... do they think it makes them seem popular?

[From a waitress’ point of view] Boys (or girls) who tip phone numbers instead of money

Getting water up my nose

The last goodbye

----an example of water, right up the nose---


What are some of the things you can't stand?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

First Flash 55

(a story written in 55 words)


I know you want to be closer, but I'm just not ready. 

All week you've been popping in on me unexpectedly.. my car, my bathroom, my bed.. 

I don't want you near me anymore, if you come around again consider your life in danger. 

That's not a threat, it's a promise...

Goodbye spider. *swat*

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Fast Cars and Freedom

Good morning! Well, I don't know about 'good' but it's morning at least... the truth is that the incessant ringing if the phone has forced me to get up... so, in the spirit of Liz Lemon, Ugh, Nerds!

A week (maybe two) ago I got out of work, walked to my car [Swarley] and noticed something was dripping close to the back wheel... So, instinctively, fearing for the life of my baby, I drove to the shop down the road to see what it was.. he lifted my car and took a look and told me my filler neck had a leak.. [a filler neck is the pipe in between the gas tank and where the gas goes in the car]  

So I drove home miserable and distraught, 'my baby has failed me'.  The next day, I noticed almost no puddle had formed 'so it must not be leaking anymore'?  And decided, that so long as I didn't fill it up all the way, I should be fine..

Yesterday, I was on my way to my trusted mechanic and fate slapped my in the face.  After nearly two weeks of no problems, the "Check Fuel Cap" light was suddenly on, mocking me with it's brutish orange.  ---I don't know if you're like me, but, in my head, no threat to my car is very large until a service light goes on... once the light goes on, I can no longer avoid the issue-- and it was on.  

So, after the initial $70 for the oil change, getting a tire plugged, and one new wiper blade; I am going to have to go back to the shop to get a new filler neck installed *ahem* $250 :(   And, to put the venomous icing on the cake, I also need new rotors and pads on my front breaks.. (but I am going to get someone I know to do that.. so $60.  Fun right?  no. 

The only peak to this is, it helped me complete number 8 of my '21 Before 21' and I have learned how to do an oil change.  I now know where the filter is, where the cap to drain the oil is, that my car takes 5oL of new oil and, most importantly, that it would be far too messy for me to ever attempt at home merely with car jacks and a 'bucket' to catch the oil.

In essence, this is how I feel;

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In My Head

So I am sitting in my bed watching 'Pretty Little Liars' right now, and it is taking everything inside of me not to go downstairs and grab the bag of white chocolate chips that are hidden on the bottom shelf behind the marshmallows and crushed pecans. I have one day left to go of my 'no junk food' and it is getting ridiculous trying to hold out until the very end.  But I will.  I am determined.... truthfully I am just writing this because if I don't, my mind will find a way to make me cheat..... and then, inevitably, I will be guilt ridden, and have to start the 30 days over. Gah why can't today just be over?!  

On the same token, this feeling is making me particularly happy about my decent upbringing.. Because, had I ever turned to drugs, there would be no hope of quitting an addiction.  If I can barely resist the temptation of chocolate and sweets, how in the world would I get off crack?  :P  

Also, it is Canada day!  Wahoo :D  Happy Birthday Canada!  

Friday, June 25, 2010

What I've Done

This one is taken from Kris, in Because or Why not.  It is a random list (made by someone else, it is not a to do list of mine) and in bold are the ones I have completed so far in my life.  Which ones have you done?  Let me know if you try it :)

1. started your own blog
slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited Hawaii
watched a meteor shower
given more to charity than you could afford to
7. been to Disney
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
sung a solo
11. bungee jumped
12. visited Paris
watched a thunder and lightning storm
taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the Mona Lisa in France
slept on an overnight train
had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
gone skinny dipping (does half count? :P)
27. run a marathon
28. ridden in a gondola in Venice
seen a total eclipse
watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
been on a cruise (but only for a few hours)
seen Niagara falls in person
visited the birthplace of your ancestors (some of them)
seen an Amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of Pisa in person
gone rock climbing
40. seen Michelangelo’s David in person
sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful erupt
bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (not a charity thing, had a walk-out while waitressing.. grrrr!)
44. visited Africa
walked on a beach by moonlight
been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the Sistine chapel in person
50. been to the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris
gone scuba diving or snorkeling
kissed in the rain
played in the mud
gone to a drive-in theatre (with my family, while young.. I have yet to experience this with a boyfriend)
been in a movie (do home videos count?)
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
taken a martial arts class (judo, age 7)
59. visited Russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies
62. gone whale watching
gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. been sky diving
66. visited a concentration camp
67. bounced a check
68. flown in a helicopter
saved a favorite childhood toy (a few)
70. visited the Lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the everglades
been fired from a job (how I loathe you marks work wearhouse; maybe I should have done a better job hiding that while I was working for you??)
76. seen the changing of the guard in London
77. broken a bone
been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the Vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in Jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. kissed a stranger at midnight on new year’s eve
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
met someone famous
joined a book club (in grade 2, I think we all had to?)
93. gotten a tattoo
had a baby
95. seen the Alamo in person
96. swam in the great salt lake
97. been involved in a law suit
owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee
Ridden an elephant

Thanks Kris!

Oh!  Big news (to me)... I finally caught a fish!!!!!!  Although he was not big, in the least, and a pollock so not for eating, I am proud of me :)  I give the credit to the new fishing rod, super duper lure (I was not being cliche using the phrase 'super duper', it is actually the name of the lure) and rubber boots which all attributed to my good luck.  Here is the little guy;

Take Care!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Six Feet Under The Stars

Well hello again!  Happy 4th day of Summer!

A lot has happened in this past month that I need to catch up on, but I'll try to be brief so you aren't here forever.... (just in case, you might want to take your shoes off and grab a seat) lol

First I should tell you, that I am sick.  I have a cold that has been lingering since last Friday and just will not seem to leave.  Fortunately, it is to the stage where I am just sporadically coughing right now, very convenient as a waitress...... Hello *cough* *cough* sorry, *cough* pardon me; can I take your order *cough* ugh, sorry.... this was the epitome of my night.  

Hmm lets see, Oh!  I brought Sydney to the elementary school, and much to my dismay no one peed/cried.. though there were a few teachers with muffled screams when they realized he is real.  All together I ended up showing 4 classes him, two grade 8, one grade 7, and one primary class (maybe 6 years old)  They were, how do I put this?, not shy at all!  Every one of them was fearless and there must have been 17 hands on him at all times.   By the end of it I felt bad for the poor little guy being poked, rubbed and held by 100 new strangers.  That's a lot for one little tongue to smell! 

I also completed two more things off my list of '21 before 21' this month.  On June 18th I bought a lottery ticket (with a pool through work) and sadly, did not win.  I think my lack of winning has crushed any hope for future gambling.. probably a good thing though ;)  .... AND on June 15th visited Citadel Hill while they were all in costume and it was fun!  Despite the ridiculous wind lol. 

I think this picture adequately proves that they were in costume, and that it was windy... seriously, I might as well call myself Medusa from now on :P

What else has happened this month?  Oh, I picked up my first hitchhiker!  LOL for all of you shaking your head in disapproval (don't mind me, I just like to pretend that people actually read this and would do something like shake their head in disapproval of something stupid I did) I have seen the movie hitcher ---terrible ending by the way---- and don't worry, he wasn't a total stranger.. His name is Sandy, he's a regular at the pub I worked at in the Summer and for the past couple months-ish.  I left work to find him with his thumb out on the side of the road from drinking at my pub all afternoon.. I figured the least I could do would be to give him a lift for a couple minutes.  

I guess the last thing I can think to talk about would be the status of my 'no junk food for 30 days'. Well, I'm still in it.  And, as I predicted, it sucks.  (well, it isn't quite as bad as I thought it might be.. honestly).  I ended up starting on June 2nd, because the 1st was my Grandmothers Birthday and she would not let us leave her party without some cake.  Since then I have had two dreams where I cheated; int he first dream I ate oreos, in the second licorice... mmmm red licorice is my favourite candy.... mmmm.   So July 2nd I will be free to indulge on all sorts of awesome, again.  and... I should probably stop talking about this because I am now craving licorice and a carrot stick just will not cut that craving!  

Oh, also, Mom bought her and I wet suits yesterday!  So I'm pretty excited to use it, and finally stand up on a surf board!  (there is a place where I can rent a board just down the road).  

I think that's all the news for now.. well, I'm tired, so it's all the news you're getting :P

Talk soon!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Death and All His Friends

Today marks the end of an era.  Well, I am being dramatic, but it still sucks.  Tomorrow I will be taking on number 15 of my '21 before 21'... I am cutting out all junk food for 30 days (for those of you who pay any attention, I formerly had it as 'no sugar' but I figured no junk food was more accurate for what I wanted to achieve)

Ugh, I am so [not] looking forward to this!  But, I figured out of all the months left this one is the most appropriate...  Just before summer (aka, bathing suit season) and because I fear if I procrastinate any longer it will not be completed!

So I have convinced my mother to join the battle and we are doing this one together (I needed her to so she would not be bringing junk in the house and tempting me..*cough*... and for her health, of course)   However, prepping for this month of good eating has been a very fulfilling time!  It has been quite a chore ridding the cupboards of all things tasty hehehe 

It should be noted that I am a chocoholic, this could get messy.
I went and saw Iron Man 2 the other day, and I've got to say that I was impressed!  I never quite know what to expect with sequels, and there have definitely been a few that lowered my expectations *ahem* transformers 2.. Lion King 2.. need I go on?

But Iron Man 2 has been officially added to my list of winners, along with the Bourne trilogy, Die Hard series, and yes, Twilight Saga [guys can insert eye roll here] 
Hmmm what else to tell you?   On Wednesday I am bringing my snake, Sydney into a grade 8 class for my friend [lets call him] Cory's project.  I foresee that the teacher is expecting me to bring him in a confined glass tank instead of the pillow case he will be travelling in.... and if all goes well, at least one kid will wet their pants (I mean pee, get your mind out of the gutter! hehehe) and perhaps someone will faint...... Don't judge me;  If I've gotta go back to elementary school for the day I at least want some excitement out of it ;)  

Mum and I before our 30 days of hell.