Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Shut Up! I'm Deciding....


Remember the good old days, when everything you ever needed to buy was crammed into the one and only General Store in town, and you could just ask the storekeeper Mr. Byrnes for a quilt and he'd disappear into the back room and magically reappear with the quilt that you wanted? No? Well, neither do I. However, I do remember shopping to be a far less complicated venture when I was younger, and when consumer demands weren't so lofty so as to drive up the number of choices available to us for just about anything.

Yesterday I went to buy a pillow and a duvet. Easy, right? Not really.
This was no simple "I need a quilt, Mr. Byrnes" sort of task, because consumer demands have made possible a vast and varied selection of pillows and duvets for shoppers to choose from. Pillows now come in different materials (down, down alternative, foam, memory foam...) with different material covers (cotton, microsuede, etc.), in different sizes and shapes. Duvets also come in various sizes and materials. I spent nearly an hour in the store making my decisions; do I go with microfibre fill, or polyester fill? Is the 250 thread-count really going to be much better than the 233 thread-count duvet shell? Should I opt for the double/queen size, or should I go with an actual queen size? Is it hypoallergenic and machine-washable? Will the filling gather and bunch? Would Hubbs prefer the memory foam or the super-memory foam cervical pillow? Is it better to have a heavier or a lighter density of memory foam?

I was literally going batty trying to make a decision. It was more like 25 decisions, actually, and I had to use a lot of brain juice comparing and contrasting and evaluating the merits of the different products on the shelves, as well as execute a cost-benefit analysis of each product in my mental computer.

In the end, I settled for the following: a standard memory foam cervical pillow with a cotton cover, and a double/queen-sized, 250-thread-count, microfibre-fill, quilted down-alternative hypoallergenic duvet. I was exhausted. I also longed for the days when I would have only had one or two choices: to buy or not to buy, and in what colour? Unfortunately, supply-and-demand laws work against my desire for a simple shopping experience for bedding. Since other shoppers demand a selection, I must pay the price of having to weigh out the pros and cons of each alternative, investing a good chunk of my time and mental energy in the process.

No wonder Hubbs hates shopping. Overwhelmed by the selection and decision-making process of this ordeal, I am beginning to, too!

Monday, May 28, 2007

A Super Long Deluxe Meme to Kick Off the Week

... because I am entirely too fatigued to post something substantive, plus I am narcissistic and I like talking about me. Grab a cup of hot tea/cocoa/coffee and enjoy. It's a long one ;)


Favorite Color: Blue.
Favorite Food: Chinese (specifically, my dad's glorious steamed shrimp dumplings and delicious BBQ pork, BBQ duck, and sweet & sour pork)
Favorite Month: July/'s a tie.
Favorite Song: Over the Rainbow (the Braddah Iz version)
Favorite Movie: Anne of Green Gables...the entire 4-hour set
Favorite Sport: I don't like sports.
Favorite Season: Autumn
Favorite Day of the Week: Friday/Saturday...another tie.
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla, Amaretto, Maple, Pralines & Cream ... as if I have only one!
Favorite Time of Day: Sunrise/dawn and night time (after sunset, when the sky is pitch black with stars)


Current Mood: Mildly annoyed and fatigued.
Current Taste: Sweet tooth craving following my 2 slices of whole wheat crust pizza.
Current Clothes: Yoga pants & a t-shirt.
Current Desktop: A picture of Vancouver's False Creek area during the daytime
Current Toenail Color: Opalescent pink with a French pedicure.
Current Time: 9:50 pm.
Current Surroundings: Filthy office, messy desk. I need a maid.
Current Thoughts: I wonder why weird people I don't really know keep asking to be my Facebook friend?


First Best Friend: A girl named Mandy, in kindergarten.
First Kiss: The evil ex who shall not be named.
First Screen Name: Hmmm.
First Pet: Goldfish? I don't remember.
First Piercing: Ears
First Crush: A boy named Gordie, a boy named Mark, and a boy named Kevin. I liked lots of boys.
First CD: Actually, it was a cassette, thankyouverymuch. It was the Bangles' In A Different Light.


Last Cigarette: I have never smoked, not even one puff. Therefore, the answer is none.
Last Drink: Super yummy sweet champagne, the name of which I still need to get from my new bro-in-law.
Last Car Ride: Driving home from Costco after buying a lot of frozen meat.
Last Kiss: Hubbs, today.
Last Movie Seen: That awful movie "The Holiday", which we turned off before we finished watching due to its inaneness and completely unredeemable story arcs.
Last Phone Call: Wrong number, on my cell phone. Thank goodness for free incoming calls.
Last CD Played: A praise & worship CD recorded in Canada. It was playing in the car on my way home.


Have You Ever Dated One Of Your Best Guy/Girl Friends: No, but I married my best friend so I guess I am dating him now :)
Have You Ever Broken the Law: Only traffic laws involving speed limits and stop signs.
Have You Ever Been Arrested: Nope
Have You Ever Skinny Dipped: Not yet!
Have You Ever Been on TV: Not that I am aware of.
Have You Ever Kissed Someone You Didn't Know: No.


Thing You're Wearing: My glasses
Thing You've Done Today: Seen my chiropractor.
Thing You Can Hear Right Now: The quiet hum of the computers in our office. Yes, there are 3 in here.
Thing You Can't Live Without: Hubbs. Oh, and beverages of all varieties, esp. diet pop.
Thing You Do When You're Bored: I blog or surf the Web or sleep. It's a toss-up between the three.


1. Chiropractor's
2. My brother's place
3. Spicy Garden restaurant
4. Costco


1. Jesus.
2. Hubbs.
3. Cristina.


1. Black or White: Both! Can I say both? I used to always veer towards black but lately I've been drawn to white.
2. Hot or Cold: Cold, unless we're talking about ideal city climate, in which case I opt for hot & humid.


Have a baby with Hubbs. But that is NOT going to happen for several years, so those with vested interests (read: Mom, Dad, Mom-in-law, Dad-in-law) should not hold their collective breath for this just yet.

That was fun. I'm really into meme-ing right now so forgive my lack of original posting and please pretend to be even mildly amused by my ramblings about myself. It's good for my ego and self-esteem :)

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Movie Viewing as a Sign of Loserdom?

Okay, so apparently someone somewhere invented this "checklist" to measure one's state of loser-ness by counting the number of movies they have seen. Here are my results:

If you've seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own account, paste this as a note. Then, put x's next to the films you've seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

( ) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
() Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
( ) Airplane
Total: 4

(x) The Princess Bride
() AnchorMan
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
() Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
() White Noise
( ) White Oleander
(x) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
() The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 9

(x) Scream
() Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 12

(x) Harry Potter 1
( ) Harry Potter 2
( ) Harry Potter 3
( ) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 15

(x) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
( ) Robots
Total so far: 16

( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
Total so far: 19

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
( ) Flubber
Total so far: 20

(x) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
(x) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 22

( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
(x) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 24

( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
(x) Lucky Number Sleven
(x) Ocean's Eleven
(x) Ocean's Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
( ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 29

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
( ) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
(x) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 33

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
( ) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 39

(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total so far: 49

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
(x) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
(x) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 52

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 58

( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
() House of 1000 Corpses
() Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 58

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
( ) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total so far: 60

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
(x) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
Total so far: 63

( ) Kill Bill vol 1
( ) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 63

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 68

(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
(x) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
( ) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

Total: 72

I'm thinking, aren't I the actual loser with a low score of 72? Most people have lives that include going out and seeing movies, or renting them on DVD from their local "no late fees" movie rental place. I, on the other hand, manage to only see something like 10 movies a year, most of them NOT in the theatres, and all of them NOT during opening week. Who created this stupid checklist anyway? Why is 85 the arbitrary value assigned to loserdom? I totally do not get it.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Yes or No Meme

Thanks to my friend NaLa, I have another short, fun, concise meme to do. Fun times on a Thursday morning! :)

Only two rules-- and you MUST follow them:
You can only say Yes or No.
You aren't allowed to explain anything unless someone asks you.

1. Taken a picture fully naked? No!
2. Painted your room? No.
3. Made out with a member of the same sex? No!
4. Drove a car? Yes.
5. Danced in front of your mirror? Yes.
6. Have a crush? Yes!
7. Been dumped? Yes :(
8. Stolen someones heart? Yes?
9. Gotten in a car with people you just met? mmm...yes.
10. Been in a fist fight? No.
11. Snuck out of your house? No.
12. Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back? Yes. :(
13. Been arrested? No.
14. Made Out With A Stranger? No.
15. Left your house without telling your parents? No.
16. Had a crush on your neighbor? No.
17. Ditched school to do something more fun? Yes.
18. Slept in a bed with a member of the opposite sex? Yes.
19. Seen someone die? No.
20. Been on a plane? Yes.
21. Kissed a picture? Yes.
22. Slept in until 3? Yes :)
23. Love someone or miss someone right now? Yes.
24. Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by? Yes.
25. Made a snow angel? Yes.
26. Played dress up? Yes.
27. Cheated while playing a game? No?
28. Been lonely? Yes. :(
29. Fallen asleep at work/school? Yes!
30. Yelled at a friend? Yes.
31. Felt an earthquake? No.
32. Touched a snake? No.
33. Ran a red light? Yes.
34. Been suspended from school? No.
35. Had detention? No.
36. Been in a car accident? Yes.
37. Hated the way you look? Yes!
38. Witnessed a crime? Yes.
39. Pole danced? No.
40. Been lost? Yes!
41. Been to the opposite side of the country? No.
42. Felt like dying? Yes. :(
43. Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? Yes.
44. Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? No.
45. Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Yes :)
45. Sang in the shower? Yes.
46. Made out in a park? No.
47. Had a dream that you married someone? Yes.
48. Glued your hand to something? No.
49. Got your tongue stuck to a pole? No :P
50. Ever gone to school partially naked? No!
51. Been a cheerleader? No?
52. Sat on a roof top? No.
53. Didn't take a shower for a week? No!
54. Too scared to watch scary movies alone? Yes!
55. Played chicken? No.
56. Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? No.
57. Been told you're hot by a complete stranger? Yes.
58. Been easily amused? Yes.
59. Mooned/flashed someone? No.
60. Cheated on a test? No!
61. Forgotten someone's name? Yes!
62. Slept naked? Yes :)
63. Gone skinny dipping? No.
64. Blacked out from drinking? No.
65. Played a prank on someone? Yes.
66. Gone to a late night movie? Yes.
67. Failed a class? No!
68. Choked on something you're not supposed to eat? No.
69. Played an instrument for more than 10 hours? (In a row? or Ever?) No. Yes.
70. Cheated on a girl/boyfriend? No.
71. Thrown strange objects? Yes.
72. Felt like killing someone? Yes!
73. Felt like running away? Yes.
74. Have you ever ran away? No.
75. Made a parent cry? Yes. :(
76. Cried over someone? Yes :(
77. Had sex more than 3 times in one day? Yes.
78. Dated someone more than once? Yes.
79. Had/Have a dog? No.
80. Own an instrument? Yes.
81. Been in a band? No.
82. Drank 25 sodas in a day? No.
83. Broken a CD? No.
84. Shot a gun? No :(
85. Had feelings for one of your best/good friends? Yes.

Now, your turn! ;)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Is It Wrong to Be So Damn Girly?!?!

In case you had no idea, my baby sister's wedding is coming up in 3 short days. In preparation for walking down the aisle as her bride's matron and standing up for her, I went on a little pampering spree: I got a French pedicure and gel nails.

I think I've only had a pedicure once before this, and it was not memorable enough for me to recall the details of it. My wedding was the only other occasion in my life that has necessitated gel nails, and that was to mask my nail-biting problem (I'm down to one bad finger, which is a heckuva lot better than all 10).

Anyway, this pampering spree was a little excessive, since I am not the bride and quite frankly, I could have easily hidden my deformed bitten nail without the gel French manicure. I decided to do it because, well, I'm girly. I love having feminine looking nails that make a cool clickety clack sound when I type, and I enjoy watching my now-prettied hands pick things up, wash dishes, and basically do just about anything. I admire the whole aesthetic of it. I think it looks feminine on me (although the idea that it might also look a bit sleazy/cheap/slutty has not escaped me either, since I've seen some rather interesting ladies of the night or ladies of the bar with similar nails).

So now that I have my gels again, I am actually contemplating keeping them around for a while, just because they look so dang good. I know they need bi-weekly maintenance, which means that if I do keep them around, I have to be prepared to fork over some serious $ every couple of weeks. I already have a monthly (sometimes 2x/month) massage habit to pay for, plus not-so-cheap facial products; the gel nails would definitely be an added financial burden that Hubbs would essentially have to pay for (since I am still not yet employed). The upside of my pretty nails, aside from the aesthetic reason, is that it does prevent me from biting my nails, possibly helping me to get rid of my crappy habit once and for all. The down side is the cost, as well as the fact that it essentially ruins all of my nails because with gels, you either need to keep filling them in or you need to let them grow out; they don't just peel off.

Dilemma dilemma. What should I do? What would you do?

Sometimes being a girl is so expensive!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

One Word: Meme.

Okay, so for this meme (I love these things) I'm only allowed to provide a one-word response. Short and sweet. Perfect since I've got some wedding planning to assist with today :)

One Word Quiz.






Not as easy as you might think.

1. Where is your cell phone?: Purse.

2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend?: Hubbs.

3. Your hair?: Tousled.

4. Work?: Looking!

5. Your father?: Hometown

6. Your favorite thing?: Hubbs

7. Your dream last night?: Forgot

8. Your favorite drink?: "Diet"

9. Your dream car?: Acuras

10. The room you're in?: "Office"

11. Your pet?: Hubbs!

12. Your fears?: Clowns

13. What do you want to be in 10 years?: Educating

14. Where did you hang out last night?: Pizzeria

15. What you're not good at?: Exercise ;)

16. Eyebrow rings on the opposite sex?: Irrelevant

17. One of your wish list items?: Europe

18. Where you grew up?: North

19. The last thing you did?: Sleep

20. What are you wearing?: Jammies ;)

21. what aren't you wearing?: Contacts

22. The website (filled with eBay spoofs)?: Really?

23. Your computer?: Toy

24. Your life?: Busy!

25. Your mood? Content

26. Missing?: Money

27. What are you thinking about right now?: Blogging =P

28. Your car?: Operable

29. Your work?: Socialite =)

30. Your summer?: Relaxing

31. Your relationship status?: Married

32. Your favorite color?: Blue

33. When is the last time you laughed? Yesterday

34. Last time you cried?: ... Forget

35. School?: Teaching?

Yay that was fun. Bring on another "one" ...heheh...I crack me up... ;)

Thursday, May 17, 2007


So, did I mention that I got myself some new glasses? These are a bit of a departure from my usual, wire-rimmed conservative look. They're sexy and sassy and completely hot, and they're plastic frames (which normally don't work on my bridgeless schnoz but these come with nosepads!). My smokin' new frames look like this:
Unfortunately, I don't have my glasses in my possession just yet. You see, my optician and I both failed to read the fine print that says that the nosepads are "available" with the frames (meaning they don't come on the frames by default). He ordered in the snazzy frame, only to discover (upon my arrival for the fitting) that the crucial ingredient to pulling these frames off on my flat Asian face was distinctly missing.

Well, we solved the mystery and I get my nosepad-laden frames next week. In the meantime, though, I wanted to wear new glasses to stave off the disappointment of not having my actual sexy ones ready. The optician just so happened to have the same frame, WITH nosepads, in a different shade. So, in uber-sassy, colour-clash fashion, I have been sporting these frames for the past few days:
Yes, these are turquoise glasses with brown accents. Yes, conservative little ol' me is sporting these specs. I have to admit, with them on I feel a little more sassy than usual, and a little more conspicuous. I think I draw more attention, too, although from my shopping experiences so far, these have been favourable friendly experiences rather than looks of disgust or horror. I have to admit, I'm having fun with the glasses, not unlike how brunettes have fun when they dye their hair a fun and unconventional red or blonde hue.

So whaddaya think about crazy coloured glasses vs. sexy black? Are you a funky glasses sort of person or do you tend to stick with more conservative frames and colours?

ADDENDUM: My optical store is obviously far more efficient that most service-providing places I've been used to, so I did not expect the pleasant surprise of having my sexy black frames arrive on site a mere 2 days after I had written this post. I eagerly rushed over to the store just hours after getting the call, and switched from my crazy blue frames to my more sexy black ones. I *love* these black frames, thank you everyone for your feedback, and I definitely feel more "at home" in these than with the blue ones. Hubbs hasn't been able to tear his eyes away from me either, so I take it he likes my new specs as well! ;)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Re-entering the 21st Century


As some of you may know, my return from the land across the ocean marked the beginning of a new era in my cell phone life. My previous phone, which I liked a lot, was not going to work on N. American soil, so I had to get myself an economical, sturdy, practical phone to last me the 2 years of my wireless-slave-contract. I settled for a nice little Nokia, a reliable and durable little phone will limited features. In truth, it was a dinosaur of a phone even 3 years ago, and has only become more obsolete in the last few years.

I never learned how to text on this phone. It didn't have a camera. It had limited gaming potential and less-than-stellar graphics. It wasn't Bluetooth friendly, and took forever to get connected to any wireless network. However, it made calls and received calls with clarity, so I kept it.

However, a recent "dropping" incident left my little dinosaur 3100 unable to do even that. It began to cut out, to fade voices, and to be unreliable. This was the sign I needed to re-enter the land of 21st century wireless technology. I marched into the phone company tonight and found myself a new phone: the Sony Ericsson W810i.

This new toy of mine has a nice Walkman function, radio function, video function, camera function, great graphic resolution, and I think it even washes dishes ;) It's swanky nice and has a very consistently positive user rating of approximately 8/10 (which is good considering most phones have a 6-7 rating). It's also sexy looking in a sleek black colour.

Now if I can only figure out how to download ring tunes and text message, I'll be all set. :)

So here's to me, to the end of a 3-year era of archaic phone use, and to many text messages in days to come!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

You Know What Annoys Me?

Laziness on the job in professional, intellectual occupations. When one is paid for their intellectual work, they should work to the best of their ability. They should not settle for short-cuts or for submitting sub-standard work. They should not dilly-dally for weeks on end and then rush to complete something that could have been done well had it been worked on regularly in preceding weeks. They should not make excuses and blame others for what essentially amounts to their own laziness and apathy towards quality work.

I think of my Hubbs, who is always proactive in his work, and tries hard to do his best at all times. I compare him against certain people with whom he has worked (or still works), who do not bother to test their products for errors or misses significant steps in their processes, leading others to fall behind because of inevitable problems that result from the missed steps. I wonder why these people even bother to stay in their profession if they do not have enough drive to even do an acceptable standard of work; if their jobs are so unpleasant to them that they fail to take ownership of, and pride in, their work, then perhaps they are in the wrong field and should simply pursue a different line of work.

The laziness of people like this always drives me batty. It costs everyone else additional time and effort at the end, and the project always ends up being delayed, because mistakes and uncaught errors require trouble-shooting at the end of the process rather than during the building process. It's basically tantamount to building the foundation of a house without checking to see if the walls are straight and at 90 degree angles to the floor. The carelessness that occurs during the foundation-building steps, left unchecked, then produces a crooked house that needs to be torn down and essentially rebuilt. Costly? Absolutely. Time-consuming? No question. Preventable? Completely.

So, if you are reading this and you are someone who is a lazy worker, then get off your arse and do your job, or else get out of the field. There is no excuse for crappy work, especially if it affects those with whom you work, and especially if you are going to end up costing your company more money than you are worth.


Saturday, May 12, 2007

Adventures in Drugland, Mrs. Loquacious Style

I have a cold. A nasty, runny-nose-sneezing-headachey-sniffly cold. Hubbs gave it to me when he suddenly contracted a bad case of the sniffles on Sunday. I tried not to breathe near him, to touch him, to even touch what he had touched, but alas, when you share a bed you also share breathing space. And so, I got sick.

Since my cold began to emerge 2 days ago, I have been taking a few different meds to try to counteract this rather unpleasant condition. The ones that have worked best for me have been Advil Cold & Sinus and Cold MD. It has worked best when I've taken them together. Yes, yes, I know about contraindications between drug cocktails, but here's my question: does that apply to a medicinal drug taken with an herbal supplement consisting mostly of echinnacea, ginseng, ginger, and other such plants

Yesterday I felt like garbage. I was taking each set of pills as prescribed (Cold MD in the morning and at night, and Advil every 4 hours). A few short hours after I went to bed, I was woken up by my stuffy nose and sinus congestion, not to mention an inordinate thirst and need to use to washroom. This was the point at which I decided to take both sets of pills together; it had already been 4 hours since my last Advil intake, and apparently Cold MD is something you can take at any point during the day if you are going to be in a crowded place with potentially-diseased people (don't ask, it is what the label says!). So, I did a dose of each, slammed down a glass of watered-down orange juice, and headed back to bed. I woke up this morning feeling a LOT better. We're talking, 70% better.

Scoff if you will, but I haven't fallen down dead and I don't feel like the walking dead anymore, so if this means I have to take both drugs together, possibly for the next few days, then I will wager my chances with this cocktail.

Incidentally, does anyone know which is supposed to work better: Cold FX or Cold MD? Both plant/herb based, both have "Cold" in the name, and both claim the ability to boost one's immunity to cold viruses. I am curious to know.

Oh, time for another "hit." I'll keep you posted on my condition.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Back to Normal...Oh and ABC Meme (I Love Those Things)

My beautiful engagement ring and wedding band came back from the jeweler's today, and now my rings look brand spankin' new again, scuff free and shiny and sparkly. I feel much more complete now that my finger isn't adorned with a "pretender," which, for all its uniqueness, my Claddagh ring really was.

Okay, so to the meme that was inspired by MOFG's blog.

A- Available or Single? Um, neither. Off the market & married.

B- Best Friend? Hubbs.

C- Cake or Pie? Cake...moist, delicious, rich, freshly-baked cake.

D- Drink of Choice? Anything fruity, sweet, and non-alcoholic, unless of course it is a Lava Flow. Nobody makes Lava Flows like the good people of Hawaii, unfortunately.

E- Essential Item(s)? Everything I own is essential. We try to rid our home of useless junk every so often.

F- Favourite Colour? Blue.

G- Gummi bears or worms? Worms. I like that they are bigger/longer, so there's more to eat!

H- Hometown? GP, although nowadays I try to tell people it's E-town. One day I will tell them it's Vancouver ;)

I- Indulgence? L'ancome, lululemon, hour-long massages

J- January or February? Feb. It's my b-day month and V-day falls in that month too, so it's a guaranteed presents sort of month. Plus, there are no holidays in January except for New Year's, which is almost always overrrated.

K- Kids? Hubbs.

L- Life is incomplete without... hope, love, and a safe place to rest your head.

M- Marriage Date? July 9, 2005.

N- Number of Sibs? 3.

O- Oranges or apples? Whichever is sweeter. I do not discriminate between fruit, so long as it is sweet juicy fruit.

P- Phobias/Fears? Clowns. Faerie ring mushrooms. Weird bumpy-textured surfaces. Lice & gross skin rashes. Hair loss. Hair growth (I've seen women with moustaches/beards, I kid you not). Bugs.

Q- Favourite Quote? I don't have one. A funny one that's been on my brain has been, "Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight!" :)

R- Reasons to Smile? A good joke. Someone else's smile. Being surprised by something you didn't expect. A good find at a sale. Everything. Nothing at all.

S- Season? Fall/autumn, hands down.

T- Tag Three? Wobbly Bits, Janeylynne, and Natalie. I think only Natalie will respond, though I hold out hope that the other two ladies will return to the blogosphere soon! :)

U- Unknown Fact About Me? I have a very sensitive olfactory sense. I smell things that nobody else can smell, and I am quite sensitive to certain scents (e.g. garlic B.O., certain obnoxious men's colognes, a pan heating on the stove, the air after a good rain). Sometimes these smells trigger emotions that are beyond my conscious understanding, and so I can get quite emo over a smell. Other times, the odor is so strong to me (when perhaps not so much to others) that I physically react to them by developing a migraine headache or getting nauseous.

V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals? Biased question. No comment.

W- Worst habit(s)? Biting my nails & over-tweezing my eyebrows.

X- Xrays or Ultrasounds? Never had an ultrasound but the x-ray wasn't scary at all, so I'll say x-ray.

Y- Your Favourite Foods? It would be easier to ask what foods I dislike (alfalfa sprouts, cilantro, celery, pickles, beets, pomegranates, raspberries, veal, liver, peppers, blue cheese, and other gross things).

Z- Zodiac? Pisces.

Hrm. That was definitely not the most fun meme I ever did. I need to find better ones to bore you with! =P

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Which Star Wars Character Am I?

I am apparently Queen Amidala. Perfect, since she is my hero and my wedding hair was inspired by her Episode II "garden scene" look. Yeah, okay, I'm a nerd. Shut up.

Oh, and according to Hubbs I should've been an Ewok. He apparently thinks I'm a short hairy animal that likes to shoot arrows and climb trees. Nice.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Naked Finger

I'm not wearing my wedding rings today. No, my marriage is not in trouble, though I am blogging about this as a pre-emptive way to avoid any awkward moments between now and next week. You see, my rings are off at the shop being polished up and prettied after nearly 2 years of daily wear and abuse.

After I dropped off the rings, however, my left hand felt awkward. My middle and pinky fingers had nothing to rub against and I felt like covering up my left hand, even though nobody at the mall would even have noticed either way. So, I decided to get a cheap replacement. By cheap, I mean cubic zirc and sterling silver cheap.

Luckily, I discovered the Claddagh ring, which until yesterday I had never heard of. The Claddaugh ring is an Irish wedding ring with a very specific design of two hands holding a heart topped with a crown. The symbolism behind the Claddagh ring is this: the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown signifies loyalty. The saying associated with this ring is, "With these hands I give you my heart and I crown it with my love." The ring is supposed to be worn on the right hand, crown out, if the girl's heart is open (she's lookin' for love) and on the right hand, crown in, if she's seeing someone. A lady wears it on the left hand if she is happily married. Depending on which source you refer to, a married woman wears the ring with the crown out and the heart in when her man is with her, and she wears it with the heart out and the crown in when her man is separated from her by a distance.

I thought the symbolism was beautiful so I bought myself an inexpensive Claddagh ring in sterling silver, with a nice white cubic zirc in the middle of the heart, to keep my naked finger warm until my true rings return to me in a week's time.

So now you know - marriage is great, our relationship is wonderful. But my rings are dirty and scuffed and this is why I am not wearing them. The end.