Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Something I should probably listen to more often...

I couldn't find the official video that was post-able, and she kind of rambles a little at the beginning, but once the song gets going, it's the same point.

Monday, January 30, 2012

And so it goes....

No go on the interview.  Apparently they short-listed a few people who were a "better fit."

I have no idea what that means.

I should be getting really used to rejection.

I guess all that's left to do is keep trying.  Something will come up eventually.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Grocery store pet peeve

Am I the only person who understands that if you sample the produce (bulk items, candy) at a grocery store, then you are in fact costing yourself more in the long run?

Stores have to count that as a loss, when things go "missing", and then have to raise prices to make up for that loss.

I understand that most of that stuff looks oh so tempting and tasty out there where it's easily attainable, but can't you wait until you've paid?  Really?  Are you that starving that you need to have it now!?

I just don't get it.  It would never occur to me to eat something before I had purchased it.  It doesn't make sense.  I don't own it, I can't eat it.  Doesn't that make sense to anyone else?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I hate the phrase "You're either with me, or you're against me."

Nothing, I repeat, nothing, is that black and white.  Ever.  There are always shades of grey.  Maybe I'm better at seeing both sides of the coin than a lot of people, or maybe I just don't like to make decisions, or commitments, but I always see the grey.

The world is always full of grey.  Black is ever colour, and white is the absence of any, but life is really just grey.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tied Together

I keep meaning to post this and I don't think I have up until now.  When my family did the 5k walk for Prostate Cancer on Father's Day, we were photographed to possibly be in a photo display put together by Photosensitive and Prostate Cancer Canada.  

Well, our (technically, my dad's) photo was chosen to be in the display.  The display is travelling across the country, and was at Brookfield Place in Toronto January 9-20.  We went to the opening earlier this month.  It was interesting to see the photos in a display, and read the mini-stories that were along with them.  Also a little depressing.  It did make me realize how lucky we are that my dad has reacted as well as he has to his treatments.  It could have been so different.

You can see the photo gallery at Tied Together

We actually, have two photos in the gallery.  On the first page, toward the bottom.
The one to the right here (the first one in the gallery) was in the actual display.

It's kind of neat, but kind of weird.  I don't know really know how to explain it.

I will be walking again, in June, for the Father's Day Run/Walk.  Think about giving.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Interview yesterday.  Went hopefully well.  Has the potential to be a very well-suited job for me.  I hope they think that I'm at least well-suited enough to get a second interview.  I've never gotten a second interview.  Cross your fingers.

The weather sucks.  It's warmish and rainy one day, then it's cold and snowy the next.  This is winter.  In Canada.  It's supposed to be snowy and cold.  That's what we're all used to.  Just do it and get it over with.  And if it's still doing this waffle-ass business in April, I will be pissed.  Spring and fall are my favourite seasons, and we very rarely get either of those anymore.

Beyond that, life is... well, life.  It continues.  And there's not a whole lot more to say.  The exercise resolution is going well.  I've lost 4-5 pounds and I've done exercise most days so far this year.  So that's good.  Hopefully it's becoming a habit.  The reading resolution is also going well.  I'm halfway through book number 3 for the year.  That's a good pace.

Beyond that, resolutions be damned.  Those are enough to think about.  (I'm just mad at myself because the goal to write more tanked... in the first week.  That blog has been sitting vacant since, I think, day 3... bad, bad potential writer.  You should be flogged.)

I'm currently going through all the multitude of CDs that I owe, but rarely listen to and ripping them to my computer so that I will actually make use of the music they contain.  I missed some of them.  Some of them, not so much.  But it's all going to be there, at my finger tips.  My neighbours may begin to hate me.  The music will be very, very random for a while.

Hmm... that might be it.  Like I said, keep the fingers crossed that I get a phone call for a second interview.  That would be monumental news.  And throw in a prayer for better weather.  That would be nice.

I have to go work on finish a baby gift, for a baby that's already been born.  Kinda needs to get done before the shower.  Cross your fingers on that too...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Free stuff!

I'm playing Shopper's Drug Mart's Shopper's Optimum spin to win game.  Please join me.  If you use my link I get 5 free spins.  It's free (probably only for Canadians, in case there are Americans reading this)

Also, there's a cool site called Wanna Win that's also free, and you just keep entering contests.  Just pushing a button that says participate.  It's neat.  Haven't won anything yet, but it's not like it's labour intensive to keep trying.  http://www.wannawin.ca

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Yup, me again.

I have no exciting news of my own.  Well, I have an interview on Tuesday, but that's not exciting right now.  It just has the potential for creating something exciting.  We'll see.  On Tuesday.  And well, in reality, there'll be at least a week of waiting.  Fun.

In other people's news that is exciting to me, my oldest (oldest as in she's been my friend the longest, not that she is actually oldest in age because she's not) had a baby last week!  His name is Preston.  And I get to meet him today!  He's adorable, based on pictures, and well, what baby isn't adorable when it has some kind of connection to you.  And I get to be his aunt.  Because his mother and I are old friends, and (I'm deciding this part) because he has no biological aunts anyway, because both his mom and dad have brothers.  So his aunt is not going to actually be related to him, but he's not going to know any different.  Especially right now.

I've read two books so far this year.  That's good.  One of them, called "Still Alice" is about a woman who has Early OnSet Alzheimer's disease.  It's a bit ... poignant.  Very good book.  I recommend it.

The other was about Grace Kelly.  Also, my mother and I went to see the Grace Kelly exhibit.  It was quite interesting, except for the bitchy attendant who snarked at me for touching something I wasn't even touching.  (She could have easily been pleasant about it, and just asked that I not touch it; she was very accusatory.  It was mean.)  And of course, I was annoyed by all the other people there, but that's not unusual.  I just don't like people.  If everything I do, could be done with only the people who are closest to me, I would be a happy person.

But that world will never exist.   And really, who else would want to live there.  My life is dull.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Promises, promises

I said I was going to blog more, didn't I?  Well... I am, just not here.

So far, I'm doing really well at my workout goal.  Though obviously no pounds lost yet, I have done a workout in some form every day.  And that means that I'm posting on that blog every day.

And 3 out of 4 days I've managed to do the writing that I said I was going to do.  So I'm posting there.

But here?  Not so much.  I just haven't had a lot to say so far.  I'm sure I'll come up with something besides the weather.

Which, BTW, is freakin' crappy!  I hate snow.  Have I mentioned that before?  We had 40cm of it yesterday.  I had to DIG out my car!  And the doors were frozen shut, and then, like the idjit that I am, I actually went to work!  On  what could have been a freakin' snow day!  AGH!!!

And now that I've got that out of my system, I'm off to post on the writing blog.  Time for Day 4 of the Writer's Book of Days.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Day one of the new year

Haven't broken my resolutions yet.

Haven't really started most of them either.

But I do have plans to start one (exercise is forthcoming later this afternoon), and I am going to write more.  Which is the point of this post.  The writing more is going to be completed as a kind of project.  I have a book called "A Writer's Book of Days".  It gives writing prompts for each day of the year.  I am going to write based on those prompts, trying to do it every day.   And, helping with the blog more resolution, I'm going to do it in a blog.

But in order to avoid clogging up this one, I've started a new one, just for that writing: http://oneyearofwords.blogspot.com/  Just in case anyone is interested in reading.  I will not say that it will be interesting for anyone to read.  A lot of it probably won't make any sense at all.  But the best way to write, is to write.  And so, the project begins.

Happy New Year! Resolutions?

Do I actually believe in New Year Resolutions?  No.  Mainly because the first day of the new year is basically exactly the same as the last day of the previous one.  So what makes me think that I can make changes any better that day than any other?  Nothing, that's what.

Usually my resolution is to not make resolutions, which means that I've immediately broken my resolution.  It takes the pressure off.

But this year, I am going to make resolutions, the theory being that if I write them down, they'll be more concrete and I'll have to stick to them.

And so, the list:
1) Lose weight.  The magic number is 30.  With a hope for a bit more.  And the goal is to lose it by September.
2) Read more.  This year I read 45 books.  The goal is to read just as many next year.
3) Try something new.  I want to join a book club, take a cooking class or learn to sew.
4) Write more.  This kind of goes along with read more because when I read more, I generally feel more creative and can write more. Also, I want to take a writing course.  I know they're offered at continuing ed at UWO.  Just need to find the money.
5) Blog more.  Hand in hand with write more, actually.  Just a different form of writing.
6) Find a new job.  It's just time.  I'm in the 8th year at the Complex, and it's beyond time to find something where I can grow and challenge myself.  Or at least not feel like I'm going to throw up before I go to work some mornings.

And that, my friends, is my resolution list.  Feedback?  Anyone?  Anybody want to help with any of the resolutions?  Be a buddy to keep me on track?  Let me know.