Monday, December 29, 2008

blah blah blah

In theory I don't go back to work for another 10 days. In reality I have a few small tasks that need to be done this week so as to not mess everything up 10 days from now. But whatever my intentions may have been on December 23rd, you should know that I'm terrible at working once I'm not at work. So, don't believe me when I say things like "I want to work from home" because I think that's just code for "I don't want to work again, ever" or "My boss is a douche and I don't want to speak with him again, ever".

So rather than playing with all my tantilizing toys, here I sit. At my computer. I'm not actually working, lord no. I'm avoiding the actually working by catching up on blog reading. But I finished much too quickly so here I am wasting my time (and yours).

dum de dum dum dum de dum.

soooooooooooooo, crazy weather we've been having eh?

remember that time we made those cookies and they didn't turn out right? that was hilarious.

how's work going with you?

what's the weather like in [insert your home city here] this time of year?

(sorry, just a flashback to one of the most boring extended family Christmases I've ever had. People over 45 are laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame.)

Fuck it. I'm going to Rock.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

2008 - An Early Wrap Up

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Successfully had my picture taken with Mickey Mouse.

2. Did you keep your New Years Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think I had a New Years Resolution

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Actually close? No. But several cousins did produce offspring.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Actually close? No. Distant uncles and even more distant cousins with odd and very tragic stories involving apartment balconies.

5. What countries did you visit?
Just the US. What?! It’s only the second time I’d been there. They are our neighbours!

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A boss who isn’t a douche.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 21. The day I started my new and ultimately awesome job, despite the douche. I’m a communications professional don’t you know.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Convincing other people that I’m a communications professional. :) Or kicking that nasty habit, again.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Failing, yet again, to become slender.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Some colds, some flus, some aching back. Man I’m gettin’ old.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My house.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I will celebrate Jon’s behaviour. Right at this exact moment he’s washing floors so I feel like he deserves some celebration.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
A certain douche. No, not the boss, yet another douche. Sure he smells good, I bet the devil smells good too, but if you get close up you might just catch the whiff of pathetic underlying it all.

14. Where did most of your money go?
My house.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Mickey!!! 1

6. What song will always remind you of 2008?
I’m On My Way by the Proclaimers. I’m on my way from misery to happiness today…

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. more happy or more sad?
Infinitely more happy in that I’m still employed.
b. thinner or fatter?
Same I think.
c. richer or poorer?
Same I think. But with a vastly increased debt load. Does that make me poorer? I guess so.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
All those things I always say I’ll do: learn another language, finish reading Dante’s Divine Comedy, play the piano every day.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Feeling blue. Punishing myself endlessly for my mistakes.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas Eve with the in-laws. Christmas morning at my mom’s. Christmas dinner at my aunt’s. Boxing Day having a Rock Band-athon and making a stop action film with the bro.

21. What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in 2007?
Crying at work.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
I think I have already fallen.

23. How many one-night stands?
Does rolling over and falling asleep without snuggling my spouse count?

24. What was your favorite tv program?
This was a big tv year for me, relatively. Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, HIMYM, and Weeds top the list.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nah, I think I always hated that guy.

26. What was the best book you read?
What is the What by Dave Eggers.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Last Shadow Puppets

28. What did you want and get [in general]?
A job I like and find challenging, a home that I own (well, will own eventually), a medium weight winter jacket.

29. What did you want and not get?
A European vacation, a boss I like, sweet mandarin oranges.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Mamma Mia

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 30. My birthday was spent at the happiest place on earth. Mickey waffles were eaten, photo ops with characters were had, unfortunate rashes were discovered.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A gazillion dollars for just being my awesome self.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
T-shirt or sweater and jeans. I’ve been rocking this look since the late 80’s.

34. What kept you sane?
My spouse, my close friends, vodka.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

36. Who do you miss?

37. What political issue stirred you the most?
I try not to get stirred by politics.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Howie, my gay boyfriend.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008?
Don’t drink until you black out. Bad things happen.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Cell Phone

There are very few times in my life where I wish I had a cell phone. This, tragically, is one of those times. Or rather, I wish my spouse had a cell phone. But then really both of us need a cell phone and the cost just seems a waste and oy!

Here I sit. The last person to leave the office. It has been 90 minutes since I last spoke with Mr. Rose. He was leaving work an hour early to come pick me up so that I wouldn't have to fight the inevitable horror that is our public transit system on a snowy day.

Can I be honest with you here? The roads don't even look that bad to me. I mean, yeah, it's snowing. But it snows here all the time. We're used to things being a bit slippy. We should be competent winter drivers. It's not like there's heavily falling snow right at this exact moment.

Earlier in the day the media told us to BEWARE!!! Winter storm conditions. HUGE blizzard, etc. Let's put aside the fact that 10 - 15 centimeters is really not that bad. 6 inches will what? Cover my ankles? Damped the hem on my jeans? But let's even assume that 15 centimeters of snow in our arctic desert is even an issue. Let's just assume.

I'm looking down now and I'm seeing maybe an inch on the ground. Plus some small, blowing flakes?

So is there really a panic? Or were we just told there was reason for panic so often that we created a panic.

I do wish I had that cellphone though. Guess I should have listened to all those ads telling me that it was what I needed in my life.

Friday, December 05, 2008


So I checked with my 16 year old cousin today and apparently douche is still an "in" word. Or it was out and now it's back in again. Either way, I feel safely hip using it.

I bring up douchbaggery because, well this might be obvious, I have a douchebag in my life. A douche I can't get rid of.

It drives me mad people!! Mad I say!!

Tips, tricks, strategies for dealing with near daily douchery? Anything? I'm dying over here. I will snap one day and attempt to slap the douche right out of him if someone doesn't intervene.

Also, I'm going to an office Christmas party tonight. And not my fun-loving, sexually liberated office. A dry, conservative, uptight office filled with engineers. Pity me.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Belt Tightening

I just bought tickets to the Nutcracker. Shitty second balcony tickets. But for $25 who's complaining? Aren't we supposed to be tightening our belts this Christmas anyways?

Is anyone tightening their belts? Or does anyone like me feel absolutely no change in their day-to-day lifestyle because of the current "economic crisis". Seriously, nothing. Absolutely nothing is different about my life.

I'll admit that my RRSP statement is sad. It goes up once a month when my automatic withdrawal goes in. Then it slowly edges down as the month goes by. Am I worried? Uh, no. I'm 30. My spouse is 35. We've got at least 20 years to make it back. Plus I'm buying units of something. So right now I'm buying units at a great price, way more of them then when the market was up. So when things recover I'll suddenly own a bunch of units of something worth more than when I bought it. Seems fair to me.

I mean, as fair as money can be. Which is not very fair. No matter how much I like my job I still feel enslaved by the concept of money. But what would life be if I had nothing to complain about? Which I imagine is what it's like to be wealthy on old money. A life with nothing to complain about. I'm sure I'd just waste it anyways.

Christmas Countdown!!!