Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Your Vocabulary Score: A
Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!You must be quite an erudite person.

My new favorite song. Love this song. Will be listening to it on de beach.
This will be the last post before the Dominican people! Whoo hoo. An entire week in the sun (studying law). Sigh. Just no escaping it I suppose. But at least it won't be as bad as in class, since I'll have a lovely tropical drink in hand. No worries about hepatitis since I am so full of the vaccines that a hand shake could give you instant immunity.
Happy Birthday to the bride to be! She is old today. I hope she is somewhere celebrating in style. Rest assured Carrie, that I will be celebrating with you tomorrow and all of the drinks are on me. (well it's all inclusive so really, I'm not as nice as I had you thinking just moments ago).
Have a great week and I'll be back next week to post lots of pictures of all of the fun I've had while you all have been col. *smirk*

Thanks Kat!

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said I love you and meant it
09. Hugged a tree (I was drunk)
10. Bungee jumped (does that thing at Canada's Wonderland count?)
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise ~one too many times...right Kath
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
.16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day (there's a story behind this)
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk.
42. Had amazing friends ~ who've needed taking care of when they were drunk
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe.
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love :o(
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow - also a story
56. Alphabetized your CDs (I am not answering this)
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken 6
9. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie ~ The Air Up There (woo hoo eh Kat?)
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced - well almost.
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an expert
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage8
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children ~still a work in progress as well
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild 118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery (wisdom teeth)
120. Had a snake as a pet (for three days when I was 7)
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one important author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life (maybe - his wife certainly thought so)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

That hurt

So today - in a flash of brilliance - I decided it was time to put back in the belly ring. Oh yes. 4 years out - not so easy to put back in. It kinda hurt - but I think that might be because the gage of the barbell is bigger than the ring that lived there previously.

This kid who sold me the barbell was convinced that the hole would have grown in. Nope. After a decade your body decides to give in and let it be. I have had my belly pierced since doing that was considered shocking. 14 years ago - I can safely say I was one of a handful of people who had done such a crazy thing (especially where we grew up). Then the tattoo, the nose ring and the crazy Tina Turner hair. I wonder now if perhaps I should concede that at age 30, one should retire such childish things... But it's just so sparkly and cute. The only difference is, now - I'm just freaky underneath my sweater sets and pearls. I'm such a dork.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Explain to me why tanning is never easy? Every part of my person has spent the same amount of time in a tanning bed in preparation for the beach. Why is it, then, that my stomach is about 20 shades darker than the rest of me? Splain it. Go on, dare you. One nice side effect, however, is the illusion of stomach muscles. I have an illusionary 4 pack. (I think that perhaps that didn't sound very complimentary...)

While I'm here I'd also like to complain about people. Not anyone in particular, I'd just like to lodge a general complaint at people... generally.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Little Russian People

So as most of you know, I moved into my new house last month. I have since met many of the neighbor's and I must say thus far I am pleasantly surprised.

The little people who live beside us are Russian. They are little apple dolls that are masquerading as people. (When I googled "apple dolls" I got this... and it is really creepy and I think it may give me nightmares). Apple people had some problems with their computer so I went over to help them. He is 85 and she is 81. Did I mention how cute they were? Anyways, she starts telling me how her husband suffers from a bad back and arthritis - she points out it's because HE is old - in a hushed tone "He IS 85 you know!". Next thing I know, I see him in our back yard moving a huge filing cabinet back into the storage shed. Little old Superman. She must have gotten comfortable with me because she started talking to me in Russian. Then her husband came back with a bucket of unpasturized honey and started telling me all of it's benefits - good for burns, good for cuts, scrapes, sore throats, blisters, chapped lips - you name it. Just slap some honey on there and you're good to go. "Why no body here knows this... not like the old country. In old country, everyone know honey like magic."

So, off I went with honey in hand thinking how nice it is to have little old apple people next door...who keep showing up at my back door with muffins and little presents and talking to me in Russian.
Free Hugs - Thanks for the idea Carrie in BC

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Sorry Blogfans!

I have just gotten over the flu - so I apologize for not having blogged as of late. (You may all make me feel better by telling me how much you missed me, though, LOL - flowers, soup etc).

So, as I was feeling better yesterday I went out with a friend from school. It was kind of last minute and unexpected and that's always sort of fun. We ended up at this over 30 crowd event kind of by accident. But it was good music and ...well they had a we stuck around. When I say "over 30" I mean "over 50". This was some serious trainwreckage people. Though - I must admit I do enjoy seeing people of all ages having a good time - I do NOT enjoy watching someone my grandmother's age grind with someone while sporting a black pleather mini skirt. That is terribly wrong on many many levels. It was the Twilight Zone - or perhaps the Dead Zone is more appropriate - mayhaps if I drive by the same place today it will not be there anymore. (I need you to pray on this people. I'm hoping it isn't LOL.)
Now, not surprisingly being the only young ones hangin about and - we gained some seriously unwanted attention.
The first of the unwanted attentions was gained by a fellow who was, shall we say, dancing to his own beat. I was sure he had an IPOD on since I have no idea what he was grooving to. Well - as not to be hurtful and as he was putting forth such an effort on the dancefloor - I conceded to a little dance with him. It was a dizzying experience and it left me wishing I had more of that gravol I have become so dependent upon lately. But he really did work it - so much so in fact that he had his own sweat towel. Yes. Towel. For sweat. When he sat down to take a break (or to fix his hearing aide) he put his sweat soaked towel on a nearby table. Shortly after his break some ladies sat down at the table with their buffet (ya, it had a buffet - these old folk know how to party) and all I could think was sweatytowelsweatytowelsweaty. Shiver.
The second fellow we nicknamed "Mr. Yellowpants". Yep - you guessed it clever people he was wearing yellow pants. Not just any old yellow pants though - these were.... well, quite remarkable. They were hammerpants. You have to give the guy credit though. He has probably had them since wearing them was cool. Maybe he's bringin sexy back.
I could go on all day - but it's giving me flashbacks that I don't really want to deal with so this will have to suffice.
Here's to you - my loyal friends for putting up with me!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Kathleen and I are sitting together right now...

... and this will be the product of both our efforts. The very first "Who Said Life Wasn't Funny When You're a Sniper Kitty From Canada" or WSLWFWYSKFC (that flows a bit better - yeah?) (Kitty From Canada not Kentucky Fried Chicken)

We have decided to discuss the things that we are so blessed to call our own here in Canada.

Ketchup Chips - unless you have tried these delectable little red chips please don't scoff at them

Dill Pickle Chips - food of the gods and goes freakishly well with Hawaiian pizza (which was created here in Canada by the way.... don't quite get that but... okay)

Nanaimo bars (we made 'em first)

Butter tarts- Date squares- Pablum- Crispy Crunch bars-smarties- McIntosh toffee bars- Red Rose tea (Only in Canada ....Pity) Is this all true? Can it be you don't have Smarties?? Gaspe! So, if I were to say "Do you eat the red ones last?" would you think I was making a cannabalistic reference to the Natives?


It is quite obvious that some people are having a tough time understanding Canadians, so the following will run through a very brief translation of the Canadian 'dialect' and hopefully help some of you out.

  • EH = pronounced AY (similar, but not the same as huh)
  • Eh is a useful word that is very important and is the basis of all Canadian communications.
  • It is used in conjunction with other words, or simply by itself.

The tone or the slight differences in exclamation also changes the meaning:

  • Eh? = what did you say?
  • Eh? = what do you think?
  • EH? = something to say just to end a sentence.
  • Eh? want a doughnut or some Tim Bits?
  • Eh! = sure!!
  • Eh? = what you say when you realize you have no money to pay for it.
  • Eh...uhuh = yes sure!
  • Eh..wanna? eh? = lets fool around ...
  • EHHHHHHH = sounds coming from the car.
  • eh... = I'm pregnant!
  • EH????????? = how did that happen?
  • EHHehhEHHehhEHHH = sounds from the delivery room.
  • EHHH-ehh, EHHH-ehh = baby's first cry.

Other interesting Canadian terms:

hoser = a good friend..
take off! (variation - take off, eh!) = you are kidding, no way, fly an airplane.
Two-Four = case of 24 bottles/cans of beer.
Over by = no one has deciphered that term yet.
Stays where ye're at and I'll come where yer to - Stay there, I'm coming.

In the war of 1812 we burned the White house and most of Washington.
Our "Civil war" was led by a drunken, and possibly insane William Lyon McKenzie.
Our civil war was a bar fight that lasted a little less than an hour.
The only person arrested and hanged after our civil war was an American mercenary who slept in and missed the whole fight, showing up just in time to get caught.
The Hudson Bay company once owned 1/11th of the Earth's surface.
The average dog sled team can kill and devour a grown human in less than three minutes.
We don't have much of a taste for powdered bear testicles, but we know who does, and we're willing to sell them.
We wear socks (black ones, if possible) with our sandals.
We knew plaid flannel was cool way before Seattle did.
We can out-drink most Americans.

Monday, November 06, 2006



Friday, November 03, 2006

I was driving home yesterday and the kids were getting out of school - so they had a crossing guard helping them. Very busy road so, this is a good idea. But.... this was a mentally handicapped man. Busy road. Mentally handicapped. Poor little fellow almost got taken out like three times in the space of five minutes. He kept thinking - okay, now I can go - only to immediately turn around and go back to the curb (as not to be taken out by a car) leaving the poor kid accross the street waiting and waiting. (I wanted to yell, "Phsych" every time it happened and laugh... but I didn't.) I think the whole idea is to give people time enough to stop. Once I had the chance, I stopped my car and gave him a very long opportunity to cross the little girl who was very patiently (albeit nervously) waiting.

Click the link above, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see that there are several jobs that are utilizing the mentally handicapped for job placements. I mean, I'm all about having mentally handicapped people working but.... maybe some jobs just aren't a good idea? Thoughts?

Some of the jobs listed are as follows;
Gas Station Attendant, Construction Worker, Credit Representative, Crossing Guard, Bouncer, Data Entry Clerk, Farm Labourer, Receptionist