Sunday, September 30, 2007

pizza and more

I lol'd all right.... yes, you heard me... I LOL'D.

The new Domino's Oreo Dessert Pizza commercial makes me laugh and laugh... the only problem with it is that I've seen it more than 11 times this evening... I started counting the 3rd time it was on, then lost track after 10 viewings.

Also, I'm in love with the sweater song from the new Old Navy commercials.

(can you tell I've spent the evening on the couch?)

Friday, September 28, 2007

things come in sets of 3?

or 7's.

I should have gone back to bed yesterday when the day started with me nearly running over a man (if you see a car coming, you shouldn't walk around the blind corner and STAND in the middle of the road waiting for it).

The day ended with the most awkward of youth groups... and had in it's middle, an unplanned meeting, staying two hours late after work, not getting the supplementary job I'd hoped for, forgetting my lunch, and having my purse locked in the office because a meeting went late.

On the plus side, I've got fun plans for the weekend, and my mileage cheque came in! 89 days till Christmas.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

bad vibes

ok, so today I was working inside the Pdot's Rec Centre, supporting some guys in their job there... also going on was the set up for a polling station which was to open at 12. the 'burg's station was to open at 9am... both times were listed on the notices sent to people... who reads the whole thing??? you scan it, find the numbers you're looking for, and that's it.
I'm thinking of writing a letter to the editor....

Mister grumpy pants was manning the outside portion of the station, "greeting" people as they came. The first arrival was at 11:15.

Arriving Man:: Hi I'm here to vote
Grumpy pants:: Well, you can't yet.
AM:: puzzled look
GP:: OBVIOUSLY you didn't bother to read past the first paragraph.
AM:: puzzled look
GP:: Because if you had, you'd see that it's 'burg that opens at 9, WE don't open till 12.
AM:: puzzled look... walks away

Mister Unhelpful (who's been wandering around asking people questions and getting people upset) wanders into the hall.
MU:: THOSE people in the gym rented it until 11.
GP:: They're still in there
MU:: They don't PLAN on leaving until 12... but they only RENTED it till 11... no one's kicking them out.. is that Pdot's general climate??? (look of disgust)

GP:: (with a triumphant look) Well, I just turned our first away.
MU:: oh really?
GP:: He couldn't be bothered to read the second paragraph, so he was early.... it's ok, he was only going to vote green party.

I don't even stifle my shocked "oh goodness".

Later I hear GP try to pull the holier-than-thou "you couldn't be bothered to read the second paragraph" thing on another guy (who arrived at 11:50) the man didn't play along, much to grumpy pants' disappointment... he was cut off with "I'm a few minutes early".
GP tried to redeem himself a few moments later with a story about the man who arrived in the last hour "irate that he couldn't vote, but hadn't bothered to actually read the papers."

I let out another "oh goodness".

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

two for the price of one....

sometimes, you can't pass up a good thing... like, a peddle thingy at a garage sale.. for only a quarter- so you can sit at your couch being lazy... AND getting exercise. Or... like, going someplace you're not very comfortable... just so you can squish a new puppy....
sometimes you get to hear two quotes that are equally deserving of the title "quote of the week" (maybe even "quote of the month"....) one day after another... for times like that... it's important to indulge.

"Bill Borne? I'd do something illegal for that man"
(not from who you'd expect it)


"When I met them... I knew they were good people... and then, when the wife came out barefooted into the yard, I knew they must be missionaries."

Monday, September 24, 2007

monday bunday

pretty much the ultimate in bunny disapproval.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

what's that? we've left you speechless?

this weekend has been... so great.
I feel like me again, I've been missing me for quite awhile... when did I last feel like I've been in my skin? I don't even know.

It all started with a great concert out at Hughes Room, that had me singing at the top of my lungs, smiling like a ninny, and dancing round in my highest heels. Sweet 80's done acoustic... yeah, it doesn't get much better than that does it? (think hungry like a wolf... folked....)
Ask me about it sometime.

One memorable moment of the evening included Tantisama, myself and a group of lovely male police officers. We hit the ride program sometime after 1am, they were being all manly joking with each other as we rolled down the window, and we were greeted with
mmpo (manly man police officer):: "good evening ladies"
(chuckling in the background from his friends... "hey, how come you get all the ladies tonight?")
us:: (coyly) hello there
mmpo:: where are you two coming from this evening?
us: Hughes Room
mmpo:: so early? why so early?
us:: laughing... um... it's after 1?
mmpo:: well, have a good night.... drive safe

(then some random comment about us driving thru his check point again...)

He forgot to ask us if we'd been drinking.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

dip dip and swing'er back

my arms are going to fall right off my body.

I challenged the dragon x5 today, and did pretty well considering! My official team was CH's, my team that I put my full heart into was the SVFF team (of course!) and ... then there was the random race with the hospital's team... uh.. yeah...

I'm not sure where we are on the "annual" list for the 'burg's dragon boat races, but since this was my second.. I'm calling it the second annual dragon boat race. SVFF needed some extra rowers, so of course I jumped into their boat when their first race was called, we did pretty well... well... ok, it was kinda slow, but most of us hadn't been on the water since last year's race... and we were just warming up.

And then it happened... the wind picked up... race times went up for every team... WAY up, we were paddling into the wind, waves jumping the side of the boat on the turns... and the steers calling for all to paddle so we didn't flip. I was doing ok with the whole thing till he yelled that at us.. then the panic sat in my throat for awhile.

My second race was with CH, we had a full boat, it went ok... MUCH slower than my first race, I could feel the difference in the boat, feel the pull on the paddle as being different.
Then back into the festival boat for an AMAZING race, we were together (after a false start, the wind blew us out of the right angle before the race started... our steers kept yelling to the race official "we're not ready yet!") and pulled HARD.

Then our last race was called... I didn't know what to do! my teams were against each other!!! We rallied up a few extra bodies, and I decided to stick with the festival crew... but only three of us showed up... we stood at the cue wondering where the rest of the team had gone... joking about them being in the pub.... when one member wandered by... we hollered and got his attention... and he said they were all at the chili cook off... then took off running to get them.

I knew there was no way he was going to run the two blocks to down town, find everyone and get them back in less than two minutes... my own team had enough people... so Manda and I joined the Hospital's team (they were really short on bodies) and poor AJ stood forlornly in the festival's lane by himself wondering what to do... when... out of nowhere.... the festival crew showed up! (sans tambourines) Yeah... turns out they weren't at the cook off... they WERE in the pub. Money was thrown on the table, and drinks left full when they took off running.

So really, it turned out for the best in the end... I didn't have to sabotage either boat in the end!

SVFF came in first in that level... the third level overall... pretty darn good!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I can't tell the difference, can you tell the difference?

Ok.. the new job.
I've been there a few weeks now, and I still have no clue most days what it is that I'm suppose to be doing.. but it's getting better and better. I'm showing up in the right place now... so that's a start!

So... this new place is pretty busy, there are people coming and going all the time. It would be fair of me to say I really only know about 75-80% of who's in and out. Here's the thing.. sometimes... it's hard to tell who's an individual being served by my employers, and who's not.... it can be a pretty fine line in some cases. (this workplace too is supporting individuals with developmental delays) I've been learning not to judge a book by it's cover so much...
two cases to look at.... two days ago, an adorable young man (18ish?) walked in.. I thought to myself.. "ummmm... I think I may have found BabySheff's prom date!" After a few minutes with him, I figured I better put that phone call on hold.
Yesterday, a LOVELY man walked in (I'm thinking 28-32ish?) (lovely in a sort of bashful geeky cutie boy way). I was introduced to him, he gave a shy-ish handshake.... then turned away... and then...... I saw the purple and grey backpack.... backpack? Must put that phone call on hold too.

Anyway, an hour later, I'm walking past the meeting room, I see thru the window the guy with two other staff. I see him pull a laptop out of the backpack and start a presentation...
where'd I put that phone?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

the hills are pretty crazy

I got an email on my couch surfing page, and I was so sad to have to write my first "no can do". On the plus side... I'm going to folk the 80's with the McFlies on Friday (errr. they'll do the folkin' I'll do the watching and enjoying!)

BUT, this gives to you the opportunity to have a surfer!! Anyone interested in hosting a young man and his bike on Friday night? He's travelling from Toronto to Kingston and needs a little stop over. He's a verified level two with couch surfers (so that's a good thing for hosts) and I checked all his host's references and they all look good.
Send me an email you Northumberland County rez' and I'll hook you up!

This week seems to be the last of the "crazy extras" and I think life will be settling down into routine next week... which makes me happy... I've got a little piece of paper I want to be putting to use.... (read that as yearly zoo membership).

Monday, September 17, 2007

Bunday Monday

Thanks out to Natalie Dee.

it's a boy!

it's a boy.

You are the proud parent of Mr.Bumpy
a new baby boy Stegosaurus.
Born: September 16, 2007 at 8:15pm
Weight: 19 lbs.Height: 2’7”

I've found a site that's completely useless... but.
of course I love it.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

confusion:: HOW did the chicken cross the road?

I live on a fairly quiet street traffic-wise.... except for when train 48 pulls in or out (yes, there REALLY is a train 48!) or when any of the other commuter trains are filling and emptying. Then.... I live in congesta-land... I've sat a full 5 minutes at the end of my driveway waiting for the cars to clear so I can leave my house.
I live a few doors down from the station... there are two exits to the main road from the station, the first goes directly to the road... but it's a blind exit and has resulted in many an accident, and the second takes a detour past my house onto a side road that leads to the main road... which is half a blind exit (oh, love the hills). It might have been Monday that I noticed the workers changing the street lights to include the little side road... there-by moving the stopping line for South bound travellers BACK by about 35-40 feet... They started the lights on Tuesday.... I've YET to see all the cars stop in the right spot.
This town is such a creature of habit, each time the light changes 3-5 cars are left sitting in the MIDDLE of the intersection... still blocking the side street. (Having ignored both the "stop here on red" and "do not block intersection" signs)
good grief!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


guys.... for real... this band I'm in... it's so great!!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

the return

.... of bunday monday!

My camera is dead after a weekend of wedding joy, so we take a trip back in time to a little tiny bunny face.... ignore the mess in the background.

This morning, I found a container of cookies baked by my roomie.... thankfully it had my name written right on top, 'cause I ate them!

Friday, September 07, 2007


in other news... I took up pirating again tonight, after quite a long hiatus.
Too long.
I have no POE.
And I have no idea what's going on.


The week leading up to the festival was great... I set up my tent to the top of the hill (a move I always regret while walking to the top for the 30th time in a day) on Tuesday afternoon, I'd been out at the site nearly every day for the week before that, but really couldn't get myself to commit to 24 hour living till then...
My tent in place, the kitchen on it's way, I went home each night (Tues, Wed, Thurs) for some showering and bunny lovin'.

The entire week had me laughing... I was smiling from ear to ear (quite literally... my face hurt all week) I was in the place I love best. Surrounded by people who want to be where they are, and will do anything to make things succeed... who wouldn't be smiling?

I'm sure that enough happened, or was said... to write an entire novel. At one point I turned to someone and asked them to follow me around writing things down for me so I could remember everything...

Tracey:: how do you cook for four hundred people?
Liz:: you take a recipe for four..... and times it by a hundred.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

slooooooow mover

I am wiped.
As in... I can barley do anything ... or think of anything.... without yawning.
I sit at my computer... and start to fall asleep. (hence the lack of posts)
Thankfully I'm not feeling too bad about not posting much about SVFF this year... I had a glance thru my archives, and it appears that every year I'm too done in to write... It's such an emotional weekend for a large group of us... a true LABOUR of love. We put our all into making it a success, and when we stop to look back at what we've done, no one can quite grasp it.

so many great little stories are jumbling around in my brain though....

Did you guys know there's a great grandmother who reads my blog???
Hey Barb!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

what did we do?

" where would we be without Cher? "

I don't know.

Monday, September 03, 2007

another year. 361 sleeps.

(photo credit:: scott, 2006)

it's going to take me a few days to process everything.
I've been composing and re-composing what it is that I want to say here... how it is that I'm going to unburden my brain... my heart... by writing about the events of the past week.

First... go get yourself a Toronto Star from today.... or find the CHEX archives from this past week.... (ps. I was on tv).

much love.

(what hand grown spices are they talking about?!????!)
(also... I love how the pic above makes it look like we're the only one's at the festival! cheese quote of the weekend:: "last year we had hurricane Ernesto, this year we have hurricane Sunshine" good grief!)