Friday, November 24, 2006

candy canes

today was a gorgeous day around these parts.

it was sunny, warm, gorgeous.

it was so nice, in fact, that I was able to put up our outdoor "holiday lights" without wearing a coat. weird but nice.

so now, our porch is illuminated again. we have strings of multi-coloured lights on the railing and big red glowing candy canes attached to the spindles. it looks really pretty.

I still need to get my living room window done but that's easy enough, it's all "inside work."

our neighbourhood is starting to light up and it's really pretty!!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

what a difference a day makes

Today is the first day, all week pretty much, that I have felt half-way decent.


Today has actually been a very good day, I got lots done at work, we did lots of errands after work. I have tomorrow off and I don't have to go anywhere. I shall putter around my house and do what I want, pretty much, when I want to.

nice huh?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

so very sick

to my stomach.


it comes and goes.

mostly I wish that it would go.

tonight, I feel particularly yucky and I'm not thrilled about it.

fun huh?

Monday, November 20, 2006

snow on the porch

snow on the porch
Originally uploaded by Julep67.
it doesn't look like much but it actually did snow here, at some point through the night last night.

it didn't amount to much, it didn't last too long.

it did, however, remind us that winter is almost here, that the snow could possibly be something that we have to deal with again, like it or not.

happy monday, huh?

Sunday, November 19, 2006

home again, home again

busy intersection
Originally uploaded by Julep67.

yeah, we're home.

I had a 22 hour day yesterday. 6 hours of sleep last night. a tiny little bit of food poisoning on top of that, just for fun.

I'm so glad to be home. I missed the fish. I missed my bed.

If I'm lucky, I'll figure out how to keep my eyes open long enough to watch the simpsons tonight.

If I'm luckier, I'll be able to have a nap for a few hours, right now.

there really is, no place like home!

Friday, November 17, 2006

inside the carwash

inside the carwash
Originally uploaded by Julep67.
things we did tonight:

1. ran errands (dollar store, costco)

2. went out for dinner (chinese, just mediocre)

3. washed the van (in a carwash, guess it should be called a "vehicle wash" cuz it doesn't just wash cars

4. made a list, checked it twice

5. piled up stuff that I need to pack in the morning

6. packed up stuff that I won't need tonight

7. worried a little about my trip out of tomorrow for work, I didn't want to do this but I did.

8. wished you all a very happy weekend

Friday, November 10, 2006

harvey night in canada

things we did tonight:

1. mailed parcels

2. bought 12 grain cereal (for making bread with)

3. visited costco for the rest of the groceries

4. ate dinner

5. drove across the new centennial drive overpass (just because - it opened yesterday)

6. drove by the new "fountain" in market square (it's sad, disappointing, tiny and plain - sort of like the mayor's term in office!)

7. drove past the lvec construction site (also sad and disappointing)

8. came home and got ready for bed

9. wrote this post (such as it is)

happy friday!

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Originally uploaded by Julep67.
I really like this time of the year. particularly, I enjoy the sun being up earlier in the morning since the time changed the other weekend. what I'm not thrilled about though, at least not until the holiday lights go up, is how dark it gets so early. I know it's a fact of life and something that happens every year but still, it doesn't thrill me to come home in the dark.

things at work have calmed down over the past couple of days and I'm feeling much better about things in general. feeling like you're always reacting is not good. I'm a planner and a list-maker and I am enjoying actually being able to plan my days again. it's a little boring I'm sure but it keeps me sane.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

vote early and often

vote early and often
Originally uploaded by Julep67.
we voted tonight at an advance poll for next week's municipal elections. we used the electronic voting machines and didn't have any problems with them. I'm not sure why things got so mucked up over the weekend with them but everything ran smoothly for us.

given that one of the key issues in the mayoral race is about the LVEC, it felt kind of nice to be voting in the Memorial Centre. felt a little bit like we were all flipping the bird at the folks who shoved the LVEC through.

speaking of birds, there was a mallard on our front lawn when we got home. he was just wandering across the grass. Mark got some bread and the poor guy just sat under our tree watching us while Mark tore up a slice. eventually, he quacked a little and then wandered over to the neighbours. I hope he's not injured, he seemed really tame and a little stunned. he didn't eat any of the bread but it was dark rye and Mark thought that if he wasn't a Jewish duck, he might not like it. I wondered if he maybe wasn't full from being fed up the street already. either way, I hope he's okay. when I looked out about 30 minutes later, he hadn't come back.

be safe little duck dude.

Monday, November 06, 2006

smokey sky devil

smokey sky devil
Originally uploaded by Julep67.
poor mark had a weird day today.

most days for both of us are strange at times, as are yours I'm sure.

today, he picked up a fare and drove the guy to his destination. despite the early hour, the fellow was already drunk. upon arrival at his home, the guy informed mark that he was $3 short but that he'd go to his apartment and get what he owed. after a few minutes, the fellow came back and told mark that he was locked out but that he could get it at the restaurant next door.

patiently, mark waited for the guy but by this time, he was pretty sure that he wasn't going to see the $3. eventually, the guy came back sans $3. he assured mark that he would pay what he owed him and began panhandling beside the cab. you have to admire his effort but mark cut his losses and left. mark was both amused and disgusted at the same time.

fortunately for me, as frustrating as things might get, I pretty much never have to wait for someone to panhandle for me to get paid.

compared to that, my day (which was actually pretty good) was like floating on a cloud. yikes.

so, how was your monday?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

borat movie = good laughs

This afternoon, we saw Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakstan. We were already fans of Borat from Da Ali G show and we both enjoyed it, a lot. Several times, I laughed so hard that I cried. That doesn't happen every day, let me tell you. If you like Borat, you'll like the movie. If you think that Borat is stupid, don't see this movie. You just won't like it! We hadn't been to the movies in a while. I am always surprised, and I don't know why, at how bad the coming attractions look. We saw two trailers for "Turistas" and both of them made me laugh at how bad it looked. Just horrible. Does anyone actually go to see these movies or do they go direct to DVD.

It was nice to get out of the house for a while. On Thursday, I went home from work early. I just felt lousy. I had a bad headache and a horrible sore throat. I also stayed home on Friday. For most of the day, I slept. When I woke up this morning, I felt much much better. I think I had whatever Mark had last week. It was pretty yucky. I think that all the sleep really made the difference. I don't think I've been getting enough of it lately. Not at all.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Last night, we had 119 trick-er-treaters at our door. Well, technically, we had 115. One treat bag went to a friend of Mark's who popped by (his friend has a little girl so I made him promise that he would give it to her when he got home). There were three really goofy teenagers who were at the door twice. When I asked them if they had been here earlier, they all denied it. I wanted to say, "dudes, you are the only three who are wearing your masks pulled up on your head like that. You all look like you are heading to a clan meeting, seriously!" but I didn't. I just grinned and gave them each another bag.

By 7:02 p.m. I had one bag of candy left so I turned the light off. There was a group of four kids at the bottom of the driveway and I didn't think it would be fair to turn three away empty handed.

I was glad when the last one was gone because I was feeling really shitty. My bones were aching and I was really warm. I think I've had a low grade fever the past couple of days. I've felt like hammered shit all week. No fun. It was cute to see the kids last night. Lots of little princesses...there were also a number of Freddy Kruegers. I hadn't realized that Freddy was so popular again. I'm not so sure if it's appropriate for little boys to be dressed as the offspring of a nun who was raped by criminally insane psychiatric patients but then again, I'm not a parent so what do I know?