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Ramblings by Category

Ramblings by Year

so, here’s that thing, right? the one everyone has been doing? so, yeah, here it is

Various friends have been doing this and I actually thought it was a neat idea. But I thought I might mix it up a little and not only post the first sentence of the first post of each month [I think that’s the rule, right?] but if something happened that month, I would list it as well. A LOT has happened to me this past year, so I figure, hey! why not?

January (79 posts) : it’s now January 1st here in Montreal.
[wow, I’m full of excitement, I can just see where this post is going!]

  • dogs got incredibly sick on a treat and threw up and crapped all over the apartment. Had to take them to the vet and have them rehydtrated.
  • turned 30 on January 23
  • had a week off from work

February (40 posts) : I would like them to stop.
[in reference to nightmares]

  • Jinx turned 1 on Febuary 28
  • applied for a new job at the end of February

March (20 posts) : Take me Out – Franz Ferdinand
[I am in awe of how thrilling I am… I need to start writing better posts on the first of the month!]

  • Annie turned 8 on March 7
  • Shawn turned 29 on March 15
  • after interviews and tests all month, found out I got the new job on March 24
  • March 27 our apartment burns down

April (27 posts) : Noone ever really talks about the aftermath of a tragedy.

  • started my new job on April 10
  • bought my purple guitar

May (26 posts) : Halooooooo, everybody!!!!
[a post written by Jinx himself]

  • Jinx was “tutored”

[wow, I’m dull]

June (26 posts) : First I thought, maybe I won’t post today because I don’t feel like it.

  • had my first mammogram (in preparation for the reduction surgery)
  • er…nothing else of note, really.

July (40 posts) : I appear to have randomly lost 6 lbs.
[and that’s BEFORE the surgery!]

  • first year wedding anniversary on July 2
  • breast reduction surgery on July 7
  • Chelsea moves back to BC on July 18
  • went to Just for Laughs Comedy Gala with Shawn

August (35 posts) : I have two She-Ra songs in my head.
[how’s that for random, eh?]

  • got a cute Tinker Bell hat from Cindy-Lou
  • got to see my cousin Sheryl who was in town for a wedding
  • Shawn was working 50 billion hours a week and I hardly ever saw him
  • allure of living with in-laws wearing off and QUICKLY

September (25 posts) : I really should have little notes that I carry around with me all the time.

  • found out through phone call from former neighbour that our landlord was planning on moving into OUR apartment
  • confirmed with rat bastard landlord that he changed the construction of the building and now we had nowhere to live
  • through various dealings with rental board and rat bastard landlord found out he gets away with it and we get nothing
  • ended up getting three months rent
  • had a weekend away with Shawn and went to Upper Canada Village
  • came back sick as dogs with possible Plague of Yore
  • Shawn still working 50 billion hours a week
  • very tired of father-in-law
  • VERY emotional month… more so than the fire.

October (20 posts) : 10AM and I’m here at the computer in my jammies, having just gotten out of bed moments ago.
[should I have posted the first line of the lyric in block quotes on this post? Meh, I’m just going with what I wrote]

  • aside from the drama and anxiety surrounding the apartment fight with rat-bastard landlord nothing much
  • we were SUPPOSED to move back to the apartment mid-October
  • found out insurance screwed us over too and were told we had to get all our things out of storage by the end of the month – when did I find this out? TWO DAYS before October 31 (we ended up making a deal and got the stuff in November)
  • started getting sicker since September, now it was starting to concern me

November (27 posts) : Why do people find it funny to automatically say “you’re pregnant!” whenever you’re not feeling well?
[That will teach them! Turns out it’s a mystery liver ailment, take that! stupid non-funny people!]

  • ended up in hospital after illness got worse and I was throwing up water for 4 days.
  • sent home and told “it’s a virus” only to find out almost 2.5 weeks later I have a “liver problem” and now must wait until Emergency Appointment on January 10, 2007 to find out more
  • finally had my first week of vacation since JANUARY and spent the week with Shawn
  • also picked up all our belongings from insurance warehouse and brought it back to in-laws to stay in their guest rooms on November 24
  • dentist appointment during week proves No Cavity Record still stands – 30 years, people!

December (27 posts…and counting) : It’s been a while since I have posted dog photos, or since I even took any for that matter.

  • work becomes so stressful that I seriously think about quitting after almost breaking down in Big Boss’ office
  • celebrated first Christmas ever without snow
  • got to see Marcel! (December 22)
  • got to see Jill! (December 26)
  • bought our new bed (to be delivered when we have a new home) and got free PURPLE sheets and a pink Serta sheep 🙂
  • realization that I am boring as all get out and need to write more exciting things in 2007!! 🙂

day of the eve of a new year

Am I going to make any resolutions for 2007? Not likely. I don’t think I have made resolutions since I was a kid. They are never kept anyhow. But I do think that 2007 needs to resolve to treat me and my family a little better after 2006 went and kicked our bottoms all the way to timbucktoo and back.

Seriously. This year I want the YEAR to resolve to be nicer to me and then to KEEP THAT RESOLUTION.

Don’t push me 2007 because I am close.. to… the… edge. [heh]

[I am sitting here with my tea and about to do one of those stupid copycat post things everyone seems to be doing these days, but I am going to mix it up a little. You know me, I live outside of the box :)]

Yummy, yummy books

So I thought I would revamp my book category. Since I read way too fast for me to be able to update the sidebar when I change books, I thought I would just post about books that I thought were fantastic and I think others should read.

I do not claim to be a great book reviewer. I sucked at book reports in school, but I will tell you when I like something and try to explain a little about why. If you want a good book review go read Monkey’s book review blog. You’ll enjoy it, trust me! 🙂 Monkey reads just as much, if not more than I do. She also reads many different varieties of books, whereas I tend to stick to the same things. I don’t like to be too adventurous in my reading. I also don’t like non-fiction.

So in honour of my revamped book category (this only applied when the post was on my other blog) I shall tell you about 4 books. But two of each go together, so it’s really like two really long books. 🙂

peter and the starcatchersPeter and the Starcatchers
by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

If you ever wanted to know how Peter Pan became Peter Pan, then this is a good book to read. It has the (toned down) Dave Barry humour and the (I guess) Ridley Pearson fantasy style. It is quite a fantastical depiction of what makes Peter magical and how he ended up on Never Land. It is unlike any other Peter Pan stories that I have read. There is a reason for everything, the magical creatures weren’t just always magical. Normally I think I would have had a problem with that, but I really liked the way this story was written and I quite liked the characters. This is why, after having read this particular book in soft cover, I went right back to the bookstore the next day and bought the sequel in hard cover.

peter and the shadow thievesPeter and the Shadow Thieves
by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Now that Peter is all Peter Pan and stuff there is more trouble afoot. I did not like this story as much as the first, as if often the case with sequels, but I did like it in the sense that is was a great adventure novel. The plot itself interested me, but I felt like it didn’t really do much to progress the story of Peter Pan. I guess it wasn’t exactly the intention, I got the feeling this book was more about the adventure than about Peter Pan being Peter Pan. There are more characters involved than just the original Peter Pan ones. There are more pirates than just Captain Hook and his gang. And there is more sort of supernatural elements than I would have thought. I don’t know how I feel about that exactly. But the story never bored me and I was caught up in it right through to the end.

Both of these books are nice long ones. I was rather excited about how each chapter also had a little picture. I would say these were easier reads than the Harry Potter novels, but they are almost as full of excitement and adventure and mystery. Not too sure about how to gauge what age a book is for. I probably would have read these at about 7 or 8. I think they are classified under 9-12 years old in the store. If you know someone who liked Harry Potter, they will be sure to like these Peter Pan novels!

twilighttwilight
by Stephenie Meyer

This was one of those books that I picked up and put back down, picked up and put back down many times when I’d be in the bookstore. The first time I picked it up was because the cover caught my eye. Once I’d read the summary on the back, I wasn’t too sure. Sure I liked many vampire stories, but I wasn’t really a vampire girl and then added to the fact it was a TEEN vampire? I had visions of Dawson’s Creek meets Dracula or something. I couldn’t bear the thought of teen angst vamps. But then I would think about it again when I passed by, but would always end up putting it back on the shelf. But then I read Monkey’s review and I went back to the store and bought it. Bella isn’t your average teen, nor is she a vampire. But the love story between her and Edward the vampire is one that is told in such a manner that I was not rolling my eyes, I was not bored nor was I thinking this was totally unbelievable. I liked all the characters and I found this author’s take on the vampire myth to be refreshing.

And again? I went back to the store the next day and bought the sequel in hard cove. [for those of you who don’t know me well enough, I HATE when my books don’t match. If I am buying them in soft cover – they ALL have to be in soft cover. I generally do NOT like to mix and match my books. Don’t even get me started on my Harry Potter all being in soft cover in the AMERICAN versions!]

new moonnew moon
by Stephenie Meyer

Look! A sequel! And it wasn’t as good as the first! But I didn’t totally hate it. I was a little grumpy about the additional characters though. Just once I would like to read vampire books and not suddenly have the whole “we don’t get along with werewolves” thing. I think the book really could have done without the introduction of a new supernatural being. I was happy with the vampires. The vampires were missing for half of the book and that was not fun. But the vampires came back (the very next day… hehehehehe, sorry) and all was well. The story didn’t captivate me as much as the first, but I still ended up reading the entire 570 pages in one night. I think it was just a little over four hours. Now of course I have to wait until October 2007 before I can find out what happens next. GAH!

And of course now I am about to dig into the pile o’ books we just bought with Christmas gift cards and I am drooling over having at least a week of reading ahead of me. Hopefully I’ll get more gift cards for my birthday because I know I’ll be going through book withdrawal again by then!

i need to read like i need to breathe

So I thought I would revamp my book category. Since I read way too fast for me to be able to update the sidebar when I change books, I thought I would just post about books that I thought were fantastic and I think others should read.

I do not claim to be a great book reviewer. I sucked at book reports in school, but I will tell you when I like something and try to explain a little about why. If you want a good book review go read Monkey’s book review blog. You’ll enjoy it, trust me! 🙂 Monkey reads just as much, if not more than I do. She also reads many different varieties of books, whereas I tend to stick to the same things. I don’t like to be too adventurous in my reading. I also don’t like non-fiction.

So in honour of my revamped book category I shall tell you about 4 books. But two of each go together, so it’s really like two really long books. 🙂

peter and the starcatchersPeter and the Starcatchers
by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

If you ever wanted to know how Peter Pan became Peter Pan, then this is a good book to read. It has the (toned down) Dave Barry humour and the (I guess) Ridley Pearson fantasy style. It is quite a fantastical depiction of what makes Peter magical and how he ended up on Never Land. It is unlike any other Peter Pan stories that I have read. There is a reason for everything, the magical creatures weren’t just always magical. Normally I think I would have had a problem with that, but I really liked the way this story was written and I quite liked the characters. This is why, after having read this particular book in soft cover, I went right back to the bookstore the next day and bought the sequel in hard cover.

peter and the shadow thievesPeter and the Shadow Thieves
by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Now that Peter is all Peter Pan and stuff there is more trouble afoot. I did not like this story as much as the first, as if often the case with sequels, but I did like it in the sense that is was a great adventure novel. The plot itself interested me, but I felt like it didn’t really do much to progress the story of Peter Pan. I guess it wasn’t exactly the intention, I got the feeling this book was more about the adventure than about Peter Pan being Peter Pan. There are more characters involved than just the original Peter Pan ones. There are more pirates than just Captain Hook and his gang. And there is more sort of supernatural elements than I would have thought. I don’t know how I feel about that exactly. But the story never bored me and I was caught up in it right through to the end.

Both of these books are nice long ones. I was rather excited about how each chapter also had a little picture. I would say these were easier reads than the Harry Potter novels, but they are almost as full of excitement and adventure and mystery. Not too sure about how to gauge what age a book is for. I probably would have read these at about 7 or 8. I think they are classified under 9-12 years old in the store. If you know someone who liked Harry Potter, they will be sure to like these Peter Pan novels!

twilighttwilight
by Stephenie Meyer

This was one of those books that I picked up and put back down, picked up and put back down many times when I’d be in the bookstore. The first time I picked it up was because the cover caught my eye. Once I’d read the summary on the back, I wasn’t too sure. Sure I liked many vampire stories, but I wasn’t really a vampire girl and then added to the fact it was a TEEN vampire? I had visions of Dawson’s Creek meets Dracula or something. I couldn’t bear the thought of teen angst vamps. But then I would think about it again when I passed by, but would always end up putting it back on the shelf. But then I read Monkey’s review and I went back to the store and bought it. Bella isn’t your average teen, nor is she a vampire. But the love story between her and Edward the vampire is one that is told in such a manner that I was not rolling my eyes, I was not bored nor was I thinking this was totally unbelievable. I liked all the characters and I found this author’s take on the vampire myth to be refreshing.

And again? I went back to the store the next day and bought the sequel in hard cove. [for those of you who don’t know me well enough, I HATE when my books don’t match. If I am buying them in soft cover – they ALL have to be in soft cover. I generally do NOT like to mix and match my books. Don’t even get me started on my Harry Potter all being in soft cover in the AMERICAN versions!]

new moonnew moon
by Stephenie Meyer

Look! A sequel! And it wasn’t as good as the first! But I didn’t hate it. I was a little grumpy about the additional characters though. Just once I would like to read vampire books and not suddenly have the whole “we don’t get along with werewolves” thing. I think the book really could have done without the introduction of a new supernatural being. I was happy with the vampires. The vampires were missing for half of the book and that was not fun. But the vampires came back (the very next day… hehehehehe, sorry) and all was well. The story didn’t captivate me as much as the first, but I still ended up reading the entire 570 pages in one night. I think it was just a little over four hours. Now of course I have to wait until October 2007 before I can find out what happens next. GAH!

And of course now I am about to dig into the pile o’ books we just bought with Christmas gift cards and I am drooling over having at least a week of reading ahead of me. Hopefully I’ll get more gift cards for my birthday because I know I’ll be going through book withdrawal again by then!

all these books for just $40

I love gift cards. I love book sales. Between the two of us all these scrumptious books only cost us $38 and change. How awesome is that?

It helps that Chapigo has a 30% off on all hard covers sale going on.

[We just saw eragon in the theatre and had to go out and buy the books. It was a pretty great movie. I totally want a dragon now.]