Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
(i especially like the paragraph about co-opting Santa Claus)
Anyway, it was in my search for the original lyrics to "Deck The Halls" that i came across the term about Victorians. As i have gathered, "Deck The Halls" was originally Welsh. The english lyrics are not a translation. They may be English, they may be American. It doesn't matter which, really. They are from the Victorian era. When carols about piety replaced songs about revelling. Christmas was once again celebrated, it had been banned by Cromwell. Banned for being secular. Interesting....
I am (still) looking forward to The Winter Solstice. Mostly because it begins my 11 days off work. Hmm, eleven days of vacation. That's almost like twelve days of Christmas. ;-)
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
After all that lifting and throwing and carrying and rearranging, the car still didn't fit in there! That was the ultimate goal of the cleaning: to get the car in the garage. Alas it was not to be. Not yet anyway. Just need to bring a few things in, throw a few things away and Bob's your uncle (as they say). It's kind of like playing that game Rush Hour, but with heavy lifting, lol, and a mess.
....back to waiting for The Winter Solstice.....
Sunday, December 09, 2007
There is a very large icicle hanging off the back of our house. It has grown slightly since i took a photo of it. Since it's in the backyard i don't think it's a danger to anyone. Squirrels maybe. A bunny? I dunno. I'm not to concerned about it falling ON anyone. I am a little concerned about it falling in general, and possibly damaging the soffit. I should knock it down, but part of me wants to see if it will reach the ground. That's be kinda neat....
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
We bought a new TV. that was a bloggable experience. There's been snow to shovel, the sink hole is gone, Christmas shenanigans at work...
Maybe work is the culprit. More socializing going on, not as much need to blog about things? Not that there is socializing at the expense of work being done. It's just a "family" atmosphere, that's all. Once you've told your story to a co-worker, do you really need to write about it online?
I've got one! No, not interesting enough. How about....no....also not worth mentioning.
Why don't we watch this
Sunday, November 25, 2007
There we were, along with everyone else, going up and down the aisles. Hoping to get everything we needed before the weather turned. And turn it did. Though it was after dark before the precipitation began. Stringing up the lights was done in the relative mild be comparison. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.
Currently "they" say:
Updated:Sunday Nov 25 2007,21:00 EST- London Airport
| Sunday |
| Monday |
| Monday |
| Monday |
Cloudy with showers
A few showers
Rain or snow
|Wind||SW 15km/h||SW 15km/h||SE 10km/h||N 15km/h|
|Rain||less than 1mm||close to 1mm||5-10mm||1-3mm|
From Sunday Overnight to Monday Evening we expect 1-3cm of snow and 10-15mm of rain.
I noticed recently some tracks in the snow on the deck. At first I thought they belonged to a bunny. Upon further inspection i was afraid they belonged to a raccoon. It turns out they belong to a squirrel. One of the fat-bottom squirrels that are common in our neighbourhood. I saw him/her scamper out of the garage. You see, the rear garage door does not come all the way down to the ground. There is enough room for a small critter to get through. i knew this already. I once put a nearly full tub of ice cream in the garbage in the garage. The next day there was a shredded bag and no more ice cream. Lesson learned, foodstuffs go in the bin. Having said that i didn't think much of chubby squirrel coming out of the garage. Until i went to put the ladder away that is. The squirrel has chewed away part of a golf bag.
I'm not sure if he thought the head-covers were trapped relatives, or if he thought it looked like a good place to sleep or what exactly. Suffice it to say, the weather proofing capabilities of the golf bag cover are severely compromised. I have since barricaded the door and reinforced it with eavestrough guck and mothballs. That ought to work.If it is slippery tomorrow we have new tires and brakes, so we should be okay. We also have one old tire to boot (pun intended) but that can wait for another day....
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
On more than one ocassion There has nearly been
A flood in the kitchen
Thrice now it has been averted
Once by a bucket
Once by a garbage can
Most recently by the dish dry rack
Had it been tilted the other way
A flood for sure there would have been
As it was though
The dry rack drain was higher than the level of the water.
Maybe i should stop putting potential vessels
under the Sink
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Today we are having our fireplace/chimney inspected. Who knows, we may have a fire tonight. :)
Or maybe just the furnace on ;)
So what did i do before facebook and myspace and ogame adn whatnot? i think i blogged, quite regularly. I'm not sure what i did before blogging though....
I think i talked to people on the phone or in person or something ;)
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
What about Jean Cocteau's guitars?
Having said that (and realizing that language/spelling is an ongoing fluid thing) It wasn't much of one. Not hear anyway. At work we had nearly 100% of staff in costume, lot's of fun. Last night I decorated the house. Cobwebs on the bushes, a phony tombstone, carved two Jack O'Lanterns, skulls on stakes in the lawn. Lot's of fun. Tonight we bought extra candy (just in case), and ordered Chinese food so as not to be occupied with cooking, also lot's of fun. We had twenty-one trick-or-treaters. :-|
Not that kind of boo, Boooo!
Maybe it's the lack of time change. Maybe it's the lone house on the block giving out candy, perhaps it's the busy street. Twenty-one!? Last year (at the condo) was slow, we only had about 50. Our first year there we ran out of candy, turned out the lights and went to the horse track. Twenty-one. Sheesh. I was going to wear my costume while giving out candy. I took it off for dinner, and never put it back on. For the first time since living in an apartment building we made it through our entire Hallowe'en dinner without having to answer the door.
Maybe next year..........
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The upstairs toilet here at the new house rocked from side to side. Something we were meaning to fix. Then, on Friday night, water started dripping into the basement, via the basement bathroom ceiling. The culprit? The upstairs toilet. So we bought a new one, at RONA. They sell a kit. (likely other retailers do the same) Toilet, tank, seat, nuts, bolts, seal, supply line. Everything in a box. the instructions were rudimentary. basically you put the seal in the toilet and put the toilet on the bolts. The hard/time consuming/dirty part is removing the old wax from under the old toilet. It doesn't stay attached to the toilet, oh no. It stays attached to the flange on the floor. Oh well, that's life. The water control and flush assembly were pre-installed, so i didn't need to consult the directions for that or for the seat or for the tank. Alright! I think it looks better than the old toilet (not that a toilet is every pretty or anything). We'll just have to wait and see if i installed it correctly. I believe our diagnosis to be correct.
You see, the floor in the bathroom and the front hall and the kitchen is tile. the rest of the house is hardwood. The tile is noticeably higher than the wood. Because of this and because the house is old and the floors not level the old toilet wasn't seated properly and rocked from side to side. as no water ever leaked onto the floor , and the one closet bolt was quite rusted i believe the leak to have been through the seal and onto the outside of the drain pipe. Let's hope i was right. :)
In other news, i have put flatwound strings on my Telecaster. I've been curious about them for years and i'm not sure why i didn't do it sooner. No more pick scrapes for me, but so what!? Warmer "broken in" tone from the get go, smoother feel under the fingertips, none of that Veruca Salt sliding sound (well, maybe SOME of it with high gain). Right on! Oh wait, i can do pick scrapes, weird.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Oh well, it'll be like it was, long ago, when we were running Windows ME. LOL.
The computer needs to be torn down, the fridge emptied, the garage arranged so that only approved goods are transported by the movers, etc, etc.
This afternoon we get the keys, tomorrow (Sat) our stuff gets moved in.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
We're moving. We are literally rehousing. We will no longer be housed here, but at our new house!
Can't wait. Counting down the days..........
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
how 'bout this: i love hardwood floors. Can't wait to move! :)
Saturday, August 18, 2007
As a teenager my favourite radio programme was Brave New Waves on the CBC. It no longer exists. That's a shame. I wonder if sourcing ones own music online is going to adequately replace it? I doubt it. Suddenly hearing (and hearing about) a new band/artist is very different than stumbling upon something yourself. It's also much more likely you'll hear something you wouldn't have otherwise sought out. Oh well, whatareyougonnado? I'm obviously quite behind the times. I'm behind the times in other areas as well but that can wait for another day. I wonder what else is crumbling away while i sleep. The shores of Lake Erie I'll bet.........
This other one
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I would like to return to Chicago, there's so much more to see. Maybe take the train next time.....
The house is officially sold. Time to start the countdown to moving day. Also, must remember to change our address with everyone/thing/place.
Uh, ... i suppose i don't have much to say for blog #100. No hooplah, no fireworks, no superfantastic can't-stop-reading-it story. Just some stuff that happened recently. And not nearly everything that happened recently...just some stuff
Now i'll have to come up with my best introductory college course joke for the next post ;)
Same bat-time, same bat-channel
Holy Hyphens Bat-Man!!!
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Maybe that's the real cause of serious collision on the 402 & 401. No bumps to keep the drivers awake and alert. Just smooth straight roads. Ahhh, taxes at work. ;)
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
We're quite tired and are glad to be back home. Luckily we were able to fill our day with things that kept us out of the house. The cat has been boarded, it's just easier that way.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Isn't this just the best i must saylol.
Pictures to follow, stories to follow, memories for many years to follow.
:( sore from packing and lifting, though
Monday, July 09, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
It's amazing what happens when you have things set up properly. Except that for some reason i can't get in to the title field right now, weird.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I just realised how little i care for the word "trainee." Let's stick to new hire, shall we? Okay, good.
More later, tomorrow even!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Anyway, tonight i saw a woman walking along the road/curb. Not on the sidewalk on the other side, not on the path in the grass, on the road part of the curb. What pedestrian anomaly will I encounter next? Stay tuned....
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
A teenage girl riding a bike while carrying a 6 pack of toilet paper...in her mouth! What's with my neighbourhood?
Anyway, lately i've been checking out custom/boutique and DIY fx pedals. Much like those found here. And here. This reminded me that i have a second printing of Craig Anderton's "Electronic Projects for Musicians". I read through it briefly. Methinks some manufacturers are using schematics from this book. No big surprise, just the age old DIY vs paying someone to do it for you sort of thing. Y'know.
So, about sushi.....
Fast Food vs Art Food
We went for sushi recently. Not all you can eat. Oh my. We came to the realizations that we've been eating fast food sushi. In a place with plastic plates. It was nice to see crockery again. It was the best sushi we've had in a long time. Beautifully presented too. And we got to take our leftovers home at no extra charge ;)
Well, i guess that wasn't so hard :)
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Maybe it's just easier to find fluff. Fluff and chain letters, rotten chain letters.
This was more of a ramble than i intended. New & Improved indeed, it's just in fancier packaging!!!
Saturday, May 05, 2007
I've been toying with the idea of changing this to a photo-blog. I realize there are other places online to do this sort of thing. We'll see how it goes. I'll keep you posted (no pun intended).
Did the Senators win?
Friday, April 27, 2007
There's Love :)
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Yesterday, there came a knock at the door. Or possibly a rining of the doorbell. It doesn't matter. Two women were at the door. Jehovah's Witnesses. Only one did any talking. I was given an invitation to the Anniversary of Jesus' Death (a.k.a. Easter) and a copy of Awake! (Seriously, the "!" is part of the title) to read. They claim they will return to hear my thoughts. i doubt it. The only person who has ever come back to my front door was someone trying to rip me off over my gas bill. I live in a high density neighbourhood that is well suited to door-to-dooring. I will be overlooked.
Back to the once upon a time. I recall wishing for an encounter with the Jehovah's Witnesses, so that i could give them the Mormon's number as my own. Or something like that. It was many years ago and i was young and angry. Oh well, the only thing i've ever bought door-to-door was a bag of oranges. I don't think i'll be buying religion. :)
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
After sorting out my costume Friday night and Staurday morning i anxiously awaited the party. My chauffeur arrived and off we went. My bag of "weapons" at my feet. We discussed our respective costumes and who would or would not be attending. It occured to me that though fanciful and unrealistic my "weapons" may be frowned upon. We discussed this. One never knows what will be confiscated by a doorman at a bar. Anyway, immediately after i said "I hope my 'weapons' don't get taken away," from the bag came crash, clang, schink! Hilarious! Luckily my driver is skilled at busting a gut while driving. Maybe you had to be there. Maybe not. The fake-noise-making-hook was the highlight of "before the party". I did not get to experience "after the party" but that's just as well. The party itself was a blast. A ridiculous attention getting who-the-hell-are-those-pirates blast.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
PS I knwo i spelled know "knwo"
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Okay, two black guys? Really? I look like Wayne Brady AND Forest Whitaker? I don't think so. I'm pale, and NOT smiling. I barely even look like Ray Liotta. With another photo I supposedly looked like Magic Johnson! Seriously. Still not black, still not smiling. Oh well, whatever. Maybe it's the dark circles under the eyes, i don't know. Maybe I need a better photo. Maybe it doesn't matter. It is amusing though. BTW the Magic Johnson photo also matched with Jack Kerouac, George Clooney, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Bob Dylan. Y'know, they all look the same. ;)
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
It's making noises again. Similar to the old noises, just on the driver's side this time. Not good.
It's going well. The new position that is. I was away yesterday. Upon my return someone said something about "falling apart without [me]". Right on! In all fairness though, i wasn't the only one absent.....
Bertuzzi in HockeyTownUSA, eh? Hmmm. And no more Jason Williams.......
It's amazing who can be found on iTunes. ;-) Acker Bilk AND Clint Ruin!?
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
The invention of Hemingway, or The Floridata, so they say. Rum, syrup, lime juice. YUM. :-)
This drink must be shaken. The previous could be stirred. Has to do with the ease of homogenisation. Anyway, change the rum to tequila, the syrup to cointreau and you have a Margarita. Another drink often, disgracefully, made in a blender. Take the margarita, replace the tequila with brandy, the salt with sugar and you're drinking a Sidecar. Put in creme de cacao instead of cointreau, cream instead of lime and it's a Brandy Alexander. Change the brandy to creme de menthe and your alexander becomes a Grasshopper. Leave the cream, but replace the creme de menthe with vodka and the creme de cacao with Kahlua and you've got a White Russian. ;-) [Anyone for a B-52?] Change the cream back to lime, the Kahlua to syrup, the creme de menthe to gin. Shake it. Pour it over ice. Top with soda. It's a Gin Fizz. Stir instead of shake and it's a Tom Collins. Change the gin to another liquor and it's a Collins of a different name. (You can look them up). Leave out the fizz, add cranberry and it's Carrie Bradshaw's favourite: the Cosmopolitan.
Alright. That's quite a few drinks. More than enough to please a crowd. I'm just not sure how useful the Mint Julep is as a "blueprint drink". It begets the Mojito. ..........and the Caipirinni .............i suppose. Let's see:
Muddle mint/key limes with sugar. Add ice. Pour in Bourbon/Cachaca. Top with soda. Refreshing. That's three drinks. But how much muddling can one bartender do?
Let's recap shall we. Rum & Coke leads to "____" & "_____" drinks. And all highballs. Martini leads to Manhattan and any drink that can be stirred. Daiquiri leads to Margarita and any drink in need of shaking. Mint Julep leads to different kind of Mint Julep, ...........................and toddies. Change mint to orange slice, include cloves as well as sugar, keep bourbon, change ice and seltzer to boiling water. Administer to invalid. Maybe he's on to something......
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Maybe we need a smaller fridge. Like a european fridge. Then things wouldn't get lost in the recesses of it and be discovered later when no longer edible.
"Maybe we will Lois, maybe we will."
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Nigiri vs Maki: Epilogue
Our sushi adventures have not ended. Before the game we went for some. Then we had to have some pizza to completely fill up. We're a little out of touch. We ordered the cheapest things we could without it being "water and a side salad". We'd forgotten what a la carte sushi prices are like. Aye Carumba! No wonder the all you can eat place is so popular. So we had 3 rolls and 5 peices for what today's filling lunch cost. Yes we've not given it up. We're just modifying. Sushi for weekend lunch instead of weekday dinner, all for the same price as a nice appetizer downtown.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I've tried writing something about the past. I've tried and failed. It's disjointed and inadequate. I've deleted it half a dozen times. I've been thinking about how i lost touch with people. How i didn't know some of them all that well. There used to be people whom i knew, or knew of, who probably didn't know me. But, there were people i did know who eventually i stopped seeing or talking to. But not for any good reason. Mostly because of unreturned calls and emails. Maybe because of busy signals. Maybe because of opposite working schedules. Some because of distance created by post secondary education. Distance, a lack of transportation and high long distance rates. However, just as often as my phone didn't ring I didn't make any calls. I suppose i took for granted that i'd see certain people again, and then one day the casual network i belonged to was too full of holes to be any use. :(
What are you gonna do?
Monday, January 22, 2007
I hear sushi's cheap in Vancouver.....
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
When i was younger than that i'd have trouble at comic book stores. (people still call them that) I'd be looking for a back issue of such and such and end up looking at them same 4 titles or going through the alphabet.
Maybe i need to write myself notes or something, obviously the mental ones don't work very well (please don't agree too strongly) Unfortunatley my note writing space is very limited. Anything more than 3 words is really pushing it. More on that some other time.