Tuesday, October 31, 2006

2.99 - The One with the unlikely winner

Don't you love it when the team you cheer for wins the big game? Especially when the 'experts' write them off? Last Friday my St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series...they set a Major League record for the team with the least wins in the regular season to win the World Series. All these so called 'Baseball analysts and expers' predicted that the Detroit Tigers would win it with no problems at all. But with shoddy defense and the inability to hit the ball...the Tigers basically washed their chances down the drain.

Today is Halloween...time for all those kids to run around and collect free candy from people that they don't know. Trav and I were talking about how we could skip Halloween and go right into the Christmas season. It's not like we dress up and celebrate the day...it's basically just a barrier that keeps us...well more Trav...from decorating for Christmas. 'Tis the Season starts tomorrow...book it.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

2.98 - The One with the End of an Era

Can you believe it? It has been about a year since we started going to Karaoke on Wednesday nights. We faithfully went week after week...and now, that run has ended. Last night we celebrated our one year anniversary of karaoke and fittingly enough...it was the last one. Our venue wasn't making much money for the last little while and they couldn't afford to keep it running. It's sad to see it go...it was a tremendous time...memories, melodies and harmonies to last a lifetime.

As long as there'll be music, we'll be comin' back again...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

2.97 - The One with the reason

I recieved this e-mail from a my buddy Chris...it's so true, enjoy


Pay attention, read between the lines, you will know the reason it was sent to you.

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is... you will know.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.

They may seem like a Godsend. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person may say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. Sometimes they walk away.What we must ask ourselves is, has our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, is their work done, is it time to move on?

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season!

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. They make you smile when you not around and give you butterflies when you are. They teach you passion, love, regret, fear...Your job is to accept these lessons, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

Stand for what you believe to be real, and embrace it. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

--> Stand up, take charge and go after that which you can not see. <--

Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

2.96 - The One with the new phone

Rule number one...liquids and any piece of technology don't mix well...EVER. Don't let anyone fool you...this lesson was reviewed the other night. Coming back from a very successful shopping trip...we were on our way home when I placed my cell phone in the cup holder and my friend who we'll call Naomi (cuz that's her name) put her fountain drink the the holder behind it. Somehow she managed to flip her cup upside down into the the holder which my phone was located, submersing it in diet coke. At first everything seemed to be fine with the phone...I could make and receive calls, same with text messages. The problem came when I tried to charge my phone...all it said was 'unable to charge'. Great...I've come to the point in my life where I can't live without my cell phone. So the next day I went and bought a replacement for my phone...amazing how a little portable phone has such an impact on ones life.

In other news: yesterday was Amanda and Travis' wedding. The day started of with rain, but by the time the ceremony was over the rain had dissipated. The ceremony was held in a little church and it was wonderful. Amanda looked gorgeous...so did her bridesmaids. The reception was great...MC Trav-Who did a fab job, dinner was good, and the party after was spectacular. One complaint is the song selection for the dance...very weak. Oh ya...and Dalton made a cameo...crazy guy drove from Caronport Saskatchewan to Brighton Ontario where the reception was held. I think he said he slept for a total of 8 hours since he left Wednesday evening and arrived Friday night. Let me tell you...when he got there...he recieved a very warm reception and Lesley was beaming. They're such a cute couple...alright on to the pics from last night:

The Wedding Party

Me, Amanda and Trav-Who

Naomi and I (yes the same on who coated my phone with diet coke)

MC Trav-Who

Maid of Honour Lesley making her speech

Rachel having a little too much fun with the plates

Jon & Rebecca

The newly weds

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

2.95 - The One with the IT guys

IT guys are supposed to know what they are doing around computers right? That's my understanding...that's why they are the 'IT' guys. Today two of these so called 'IT" guys were down from corporate office and they were working on our computers. I'm upstairs in the kitchen talking to the other staff I was working with and there is this desperate cry from my program manager.

"can you come down and fix the mouse? They can't get it to work..."
"it's not working...please?"

so I go down to see what's the problem...I find the 'IT' guy in front of the office computer using the keyboard to navigate around.

"uhhh ya...the mouse isn't working."

I pick up the mouse (which is wireless) push the reset button on the bottom and place it back down on the mouse pad and moved it around...

hey look...it works!!

I turn to my manager outside of the office and told her that I wanted to be paid the same amount that those so called 'IT' guys were being paid...no luck...

Monday, October 16, 2006

2.94 - The One with the wrong goal

There has always been a difference between Canadians and Americans...for starters they pronounce the 26th letter of the alphabet 'zeeee' while we correctly say 'zed'. I have nothing against Americans...I love visiting their country and I buy into their economy. But the thing that gets me...is how the American politicians campaign against each other. The commercials on TV are just down right nasty. Very cut throat and it seems like they don't respect each other. One candidate for congress in New York State advertises that he was in the navy fighting against communisim, Saddam Hussein, cancer, etc. Now he has retired and he's fighting on the homefront for you and your well being. Seems very violent to me...I don't think I would consider voting for him if I could.

Speaking of the wrong goal...check this out...

England...you're a soccer superpower...how could you let this happen?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

2.93 - The One with the change of weather

so I look outside and...

that's right...the first snow...it didn't stay for very long...but it's still snow

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

2.92 - The One with the new template

so? what do you think?

I've been wanting to change my template on my blog for something lighter rather than that dark blue one I was using. Thanks to Parker Torence for the template. I've modified it to what I want and I'm liking it so far...I'm sure I'll change it again when I feel up to it. Right now I'm done looking at code and trying to fix the little details...my eyes are buggy.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

2.91 - The One with the help button

check it out...I've rented a car for the next two weeks because the Highlander is being used by the person who owns it...and I've become dependant on a vehicle...yes...very bad. Anyways, I go to the rental place who tell me that the car that I have reserved isn't available so they will have to upgrade me to a better car for the same price. What I get is an '06 silver Chevy Impala...fully loaded...even includes the funky rear view mirror with the OnStar buttons.

I was already not a fan of this rear view mirror when I first started to drive the Impala. It's really big and it kinda obstructs my vision. Now I have even more reason not to like it. I was driving around this evening and I wanted to flip the mirror up so that the headlights from the cars behind me wouldn't be a distraction. As I grab the switch to flip it up the entire mirror moves...so I brace it with my thumb and try again. This time I accidentally hit the emergency OnStar button...that's right...of the three buttons I hit, it was the emergency one. Not the phone, not the OnStar button that gives you directions...the emergency button. The stereo turns off...the dash says 'phone'...and a voice comes over the speakers:

"This is OnStar Emergency Services...how may I help you?"
ummm...I'm sorry, I accidentally hit the button when I was trying to adjust the mirror
"so there is no emergency?"
nope...just me feeling like an idoit for hitting that button
"that's ok, it happens all the time. So there's no emergency?"
no...there's no emergency
"well, we're here if you need us. Have a nice day."

ya ya...laugh at the foreign guy

Thursday, October 05, 2006

2.90 - The One with the Job Fair

So I get this email from my boss Tuesday evening saying: "meet me at the life learning centre in the morning and dress to be on display."


first off I didn't know what the life learning centre was...or where it was located. But with some extensive research (I called Trav...cuz he knows everything around town)...I found out why I was going and where it was. It turned out to be a job fair for highschool students. So I'm there standing in front of our company display with nothing to give to the kids, but I looked good in my shirt and tie. Thankfully Chad came with a bowl of candy and some things to give out to the kids. The kids really didn't show much interest in our display...they mainly came for the candy. Some that did talk to us and were interested in computers were only interested in games. So basically it was a waste of time...for me...I'm hoping that some of the kids got something out of it...I think it's too early to have kids in grade 9 and 10 come to something like that.

In other news...

  • I called it...Alfonso Ribeiro won Celebrity Duets...
  • The NHL season started last night and the Leafs are already losing...
  • they won't make the playoffs either...
  • Anyone see the heads up play by the New York Mets? Or should I say the ridiculous base running by the Los Angeles Dodgers? The Mets tagged out two runners at home plate...on the same play.
  • My Red Wings begin their season tonight...how long is Hasek's groin going to hold up?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

2.89 - The One with the lantern festival

As promised...some pics from our night out at Ontario Place for the Chinese Lantern Festival. Lots of lights and lots of colour. It was quite a sight...hope you enjoy the pics

This dragon was made out of plates

Lesley with her Horse lantern

Naomi posing like a lantern

Chris the goat

Me and Sophie - A couple of monkeys

Rebecca and Adam...the Roosters


This was Trav's favourite lantern

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

2.88 - The One with the New Office

Ahhh October...what a month...I think it's the best month to be a sports fan: the NFL is in full swing, NHL and NBA seasons are about to begin, and the World Series gets under way. Not to forget about international soccer...all the Euro Leagues are in action...very exciting.

We moved into our new office at the beginning of the week. The upside: my office is on the second floor, it's closer to home, and I have reception on my cell phone. Downside: no lakefront view, the office is smaller...but that really doesn't matter. I like where we are now...I've got to do something about the plain grey walls that surround me...

One last thing...a bunch of us hit the Chinese Lantern Festival at Ontario Place on the weekend...what a sight. Trav wasn't thrilled about going...but he went reluctantly and I think he had a god time. Although I think he was more excited to have Baskin Robins there. I'll post pictures soon...