Shrimp Breath

Last few weeks kathy has been off school and living in Cambridge with me which is really nice. It is nice to wake up next to her semi curled hair and funny to watch her invade the part of the bed I was just sleeping in. I apparently hog the bad during the night : p. We spent a few days down in Harrow with her relatives during her Birthday, it was fun and relaxing. I got to see a muskrat swimming about and some birds with red on their wings and some other crazy stuff like Leya. Played a lot of Blokus too and found out that those bastards made a PSP version but not a DS version, fuckers.

Mario Kart is fun, but 150 is damn hard, too many enemies and I can never get into first, it is very difficult to get to just 3rd and I fall apart at the end. Last couple of weeks I have watched seasons 5-7 of Buffy and am now working on Angel however Kathy will be watching the rest before school really picks up, oh well. Cottages are expensive to rent for a week or two, even after Labour day.

I am sleepy and nervous now. I do a full day in my new position and it is very time intense and I am not sure if I will remember everything, so many unknowns.

I have wet feet

I walked to the 401 centre and got my socks soaked completely. I think I am going to get virus’s in my feet. Of course not too many places had their sidewalk plowed. On the way back I saw on of those mini bobcats clearing the sidewalk, those things are pretty manuverable. The peron in it cleared the sidewalk and than wanted to get to the otherside of the street. She raised the shovel and than pivoted in place and pushed the button for the traffic lights with the bobcat’s shovel. I want to drive one of those. Super fun.

So with the freezing rain the carpool didn’t go to work. Second time in less than 7 days and apprenlty another snow storm is going on right now and won’t let up until the morning. I’ll feel very uncomfortable if I couldn’t come in again :/. I had to drive my niece to her hockey game which is 5 minutes or so from my house. It was a miserable drive and really slippery. I got stuck at a nearly level stop sign due to ice and had to roll back a bit to get a running start to get past it.

When coming back from the Ice Park I left through the back road so I can get the light back home. The road was of course all white and I thought I was following the car in front but I guess I was off to the right a little because all of a sudden it started to sound like I was going through fresh snow that hasn’t been driven on so I steered back towards the centre of the road. I didn’t realize at that moment that the street has no sidewalks or curbs and has ditches so I almost drove into a ditch : / I don’t think I would have been able to drive out of it. So that was dumb of me. How about you?

feeling glum

I feel depressed and excluded today at work, which is kind of good since I have
to finish up my stuff, especially since it seems like a storm is coming
in today, meh. I feel like I am stuck in a rut and am underused. Part
of this is a blessing in a way since I can have time and try and do
stuff for my self but the downer is I doubt it’ll hellp in the end. Meh

Oh well Friday after the snow storm was pretty good and I had delicious tacos yum yum. Oh and Gingie never did learn anything. After cleaning out his cage yesterday Kathy found that there was a big pee spot that was shaped like his igloo, so he still pees where he sleeps. He also peed and pooed on his edible bridge :/
I’ve been looking more and more at digital SLRs. I am pretty surprised that Sony ones actually seem to be pretty good. I mostly find this surprising since their video game systems and TVs and such would be high on the price and stiny on the features, not so here, it is quite the refreshing change. I like that it has the image stabilization built into the camera and not the lens, so I can but any lens later without having to pay a premium for IS. The pictures looked really good from what I saw. Pentax is another camera with the stabilizer built into the camera, unfortunatley the pictures aren’t nearly as good which is quite a shame since they use AA batteries which would have been a real treat since I have about 20 rechargables. Another plus for the Sony is that everyone doesn’t say the starter lens that it comes with is horrible. Even with all that it looks like Canon still edges out the Sony Alpha a little bit but they do seemed priced higher, especially since the image stabilizer is built into he lens. I’m mostly worried about that since my hands are pretty shakey even on the best days.

Maybe I am just worried about money too much. I do want to go up and make more, actually I feel like I have to. House orices are scary unless you want to live by the rail road tracks. I lost the 6/49 on Wed so I guess I have to try making it. Oh and Scotia Bank Mutual Funds suck ass.

So hot

I feel like I am stuck in my skin and I just want to crawl out. I should shave now but I don’t want to bother, it seems to take me too long to do it.
Kitty got to spend a few hours outside and pretty much the entire time he was just meowing to be let back in but no one paid any attention to him. Now he is standing at the screen door to be let out.

I have been to talking to a few people at work and am I ever glad I seem to be in a good area, they just tell the most horrific stories that just seems so rude and ignorant to others. I’m not expalining it well but I am tired.

I hope I can go out on the weekend as much as I want to, I’m just worried the heat won’t play well with me and make me sick. It is hard to findshade in some of the areas. oh well.

Bad day today

Today started off kind of bad, went to the car and the check oil light was on, the temperature outside was around -15C, -30 with windchill so I just drove to my parents house to let them figure it out since it was still 6am and since the light in my hood doesn’t work I wouldn’t be able to see a fucking thing in there anyways. The window begins to fog up and my heat isn’t working because it is too cold so to get rid of the fog I open the window, this method works wonderfully, a little chilly but I seem to have hardened up quite a bit.

On my drive to Cambridge the Check Engine light comes on too now, oh joy. A few years ago I blew the engine in my dad’s car. I had the radio on pretty loud since at the time my car didn’t have a working radio and the oil pump stopped working at somepoint while on the highway so I was forcing it to work going 120 until I got off. The engine shut itself off as soon as it went to idle speeds. It didn’t shut itself off as a safety feature, it shut itself off because it was seized. If you are wondering why I was driving his car, it is because a few days before that I blew the transmission on my car at the time.

Anyways when I saw that check engine light come on I assumed that due to the cold that another part of my car decided to stop working, in this case the oil pump. It turns out that my car apparently burns oil at a very slow rate and it was empty. I had an oil change a few weeks previous. I had a similiar experience a few months ago but it didn’t seem to have come back so I just chalked it up to a fluke and an improper oil change. So now I drive a hybrid car, a gas/oil powered car. How sexy. After all this when I got dropped off at home I went to drive it to Waterloo the check coolant light comes on and fight as I might I couldn’t get the damn cap off so I took it as a sign drove to my parents house and just gave up on going to Waterloo today. Fucking car. Could have been worse all things considered, especially since the car still runs despite running 30 kms this time with low/no oil and 100 km previously in the same manner.

It really sucks when it is freezing and dark out. I even have a flashlight now so I can check the damn oil every morning before I head out. Also I couldn’t find any clean t shirts and wore Katty’s and I broke the button off of my pants pretty damn early in the day, that really made me feel like a fat slob.

Work was interesting at least today, a little fast paced in the morning since I had to get a fair bit of information quickly since I didn’t know about it Friday morning when it was originally discussed.

Kitty missed me, he was so excited when he saw me, he was looking through the blinds meowing and than purred when I picked him up. I haven’t slept here for a bit so he has missed me. I am sure my parents will be happy that he will stop trying to get into their room in the morning.

I have been shopping around for a GPS lately, I have really just started. Damn those things can get pricey, there are some that are relatively cheap that basically just have the coordinates that you are at and an arrow pointing you towards the destination that you chose. I had more in mind the type that would actually show a map with trails or the river if available and contour lines to figure out where I was going and to show a route better. Still they do cost more, I better get my ass out there more.

I got my first assignment back yesterday, my group got 18/18 yay. From looking quickly at the solutions posted I can see why, we put in steps and schedules and everything. The toughness is starting to pick up with trying to value mixed instruments like bonds that come with stocks or detachable warrants and such. I really should be doing my homework, unfortunately my books today are at Katty’s since I expected to get my self back to Waterloo. It took a bit longer than normal for me to get to Waterloo yesterday so I didn’t get to see Kathy before class, I did get to see her after her class during a break in my class. I think I only have 9 more classes to go, it feels so short. If I was taking taxation the midterm would have been for next week. Kathy has been taking my iBook to class lately since her macbook has been making a whining sound, so far the tech hasn’t been able to replicate the sound but will be exchanging the screen anyways since he noticed the middle of the screens back light isn’t as bright as it should be. We both have noticed this before but I thought it was just the lighting in her room and my eyes but he had the option of putting it side by side. Kathy did get to talk with the person actually doing the repair and gave him more information to help replicate the sound. Even though this laptop went back within it’s first year I think Kathy is much happier with the warranty service she has experienced so far. She didn’t have to do 2 hours of random installing uninstalling software and hardware for two hours like the Dell techs made her do and got to speak with a person almost from the get go on the phone. I’m not sure how long her call lasted but mine for a different issue was 5-10 minutes. Also she gets to drop it off locally where she can actually have contact with the people doing the repair and take responsibility for it, not just some faceless slob.

Still it did need to get a repair. Oh well at least it wasn’t dead, she was living with it for a month before she finally took it in.

I avoided getting 2.25Kg of cheese

It could have been mine for the low, low price of $25. I did get a gallon of Febreeze today, it cost $23. I need to get Access to do what I need it to do for work, I have to condense 6 tabs of info into something meaningful, hope I can, otherwise I’d have to use MySQL or something.

Katty is still feeling icky, it has been a few weeks now, sigh.

My drive home last Friday was bad,, this week it was even slower. Going the last 3 KM on the highway took 15 minutes, and the worst part is that I was considering getting of on the previous exit and use the city streets to get in the same position, I figured the HWY was moving well enough, it would be the same amount of time either way. Again there were accidents everywhere and they had me cut off to Waterloo, the one on Bridge St made the drive through Bridgeport 40 minutes in itself. All said I think it took 2-2.5 hours to get here from work, good thing I was able to leave an hour later.

The weather sill looks icky and I need to do homework, I have to finish off my assignment and prepare answers from the text since my group will be called up to provide the answers for them in front of the class.

Fringe and stuff

Busy busy weekend. Friday night I got to go to the Fringe festival at
Laurier. I also got to go on Saturday night. I liked just about all
the of the plays. There was just one play that I did not like as much
as the others, I was looking more for the comedy and it was just trying
to be smart and emo. There was an opera which was based off of the
Robert Munch book, Mortimer, Be Quiet. I voted for it as best play for
that day. Although most of the plays were funny some just went off in
weird tangents and it was like when they were writing they decided hey
lets just do this out of the blue, such as the random dance numbers.

Katty really enjoyed the 15 Minute Hamlet.

I guess diseases are flying around, Katty wasn’t feeling very well. She
takes a lot of vitamin C pills as well as ginseng and Cold FX when it
feels like she is getting close to sick, that helps keep her from
getting the worst symptoms but she does feel though just general
ickyness and weird body temperature changes.

This weekend I didn’t do too much, I went to Giant Tiger to get some 88
cent milk that was on sales, the one in Kitchener is the nicest one I
have been to. I think I have begun to curb my spending, My Visa and
Zellers card were over 1000 grand this month and Katty’s reached 800$.
I believe I will be getting a $500 return from school since I dropped
one of my classes, they just usually hold onto it until the end of the
term to consolidate it with anything else that they may have.

Right now I am actually writing this at work eating an apple really,
really wanting to walk to the Burger King down the street for a Whopper,
it is Wednesday after all. If it wasn’t Wednesday I would be really
wanting to go to Pizza Hut despite my Subway coupons.

Yesterday night I went through doing my assignment for Accounting, I
think I have most of it under control however there are a couple of
issues that I am uncertain about that don’t seem to be covered
adequately in the text. I’m not sure if the first part of the text
perhaps would cover it better but it is just a couple of holes that may
have been left open for simplicity’s sake. I still can’t seem to
remember exactly everything I needed to know for this assignment, I had
to go back into my text to review the appropriate sections. Tonight I
guess I’ll check the solutions and double check them with my answers as
well as do the answers for next, next weeks chapter.

I think Kitty is relieved to not have the kids around anymore, whenever
I came home he sought refuge in my room. The first day they were over
he just stayed in the basement and didn’t come out until he realized I
was home.

Kitty didn’t something cute the other day. We play this game where I pull on the sheets a bit from the end of the bed and he assumes that there is something under the sheet by his feet since he is being pulled a bit and must kill it immediately. He usually paws it a lot than goes in with his teeth. The other day he jumps up on the bed, walks a bit and than notices that the sheet beneathe his feet are wrinkling and moving a bit and with that he spontaneously jumps into action biting at the sheet until it is ‘dead’. Take that.

My first assignment for Business class is just about done, just need some clean up. Good thing I did most of it before hand, the MSN meeting thing did not work out the greatest.

tap tap tap

I have for the last 7 minutes been reading an article online all the while tapping my nails in a very obnoxious way onmy laptop. Katty would stop and stare at me until I stop if I were in the same room as her. I am pretty jiminiy if I can use that as a word. I should be reading a chapter but instead tap tap tap. It seems strangely theraputic in a way, I keep wanting to do it even now, tap tap tap. The sound felt good, my joints in my fingers were alive. I was trying to get the perfect beat, like it would unlock everything I want to know. God is in the tapping.

Hopefully I’ll have it out of my system when I go to see my honey.

I am already falling a bit behind in my studies. My schedule is thrown off due to the snow fall that cancelled class on Monday, although I mmight be in the same predictament otherwise since I did have all day Monday to do this shit. I have to read half of this chapter still, do the questions for it by Monday and than behind the scenes make notes for the second and third chapters and double check my work for the class missed to see if I did the problems correctly.

Work has been uneventful lately, some things to do, mostly non emergency yet still important, just not terribly exciting tasks that eat up time. Tomorrow I think I’ll be having a one on one meeting with my boss, should be fun, unless it is cancelled since we have to do markdowns, well she does, I just set up the file. : /

It is not easier than you think

Scotia Bank fucking sucks, I really do hate them. I set up my card for online banking, reset the password and than get kicked out saying that I have to call in and get set for Scotia Online. it seems many years ago when I left the bank due to them charging me fees for an empty account that I did not use I got them to close my account. I wanted to open one to get some mutal funds so I would need a banking account. They only have one ‘free’ banking account with no monthly charges. However it only comes with the ability to remove money from the account twice a month, and moving money from that account to a Mutal Fund counts as a transaction. That is so fucking useless, I have no idea why people bother to put up with that or any of it. Monthly fees and having every transaction taxed. Basically every account of theirs has a monthly fee.

I signed up for a CIBC account through PC Financial, it will cost $24 a year but at least this way I can easily move money into a fund at regular intervals, I am still pissed about it. I assume and hope that the management fees are at least less, probably not, they do make more money than Scotia.

Some people have said the roads really weren’t that bad, I haven’t really gone out to take a look though but there is still a lot of bad shit happening out there on the highway.

I put together my BBQ, I think the igniter bits are installed correctly, we’ll see in about 3 months time I guess, probably 4-5 actually. One of the legs wasn’t cut very cleanly and had a bit of metal inside of it that I needed a hammer to get a plastic piece in, overall not bad. Still kind of small but I’ll be mostly doing hot dogs and hamburgers anyways so it’ll be fine.

My sister has left on vacation so her kids are staying here for what I assume is one week. This is going to be loud and unpleasant, I did get them to help fill my fish tank to the top again, the water dropped in temperature quite a bit, I hope they can cope.

Plant Destruction

Kitty decided that he would have fun the last few days and tear apart the already dead aloe plant that is still planted. The other day he tore off a leaf and went running through the house with it. Yesterday he uprooted the whole plant again and made a huge mess in the kitchen with it. He was not only walking around with it but also playing with it and made sure to knock all of the dirt from the roots onto the floor. When he was done he went into the hall and gave his something horrible has happened meow until my parents finally came up the stairs to see what the matter was. The last few times he used that meow was when he knocked a vase off the fridge and when he knocked a ball off the tree. At least he know when to alert us to stuff.

Looks like I am not going into work today. I never realized before that the weather website has a seperate picture specifically for ice pellets. The roads look pretty bad and a traffic report said that the 401 was closed from Guelph to Cambridge due to weather, not traffic accidents or anything, they just thought the road was that bad, Westbound at least, Eastbound was still open apparently. This way at least I won’t have to put up with the temptation of eating at the Pizza Hut buffet today. Wednesday to Friday were especially bad as if I just realized the food I bring to lunch suck and that it is so close by and could fill me up so I won’t need another meal which is kind of important on Mondays. I was able to fight it off but it was hard to do sadly. I watched the clock and kept revaluating my hunger situation, was that a grumble, will this sandwich quench my hunger, pizza bread is so delcious.

Kathy and I have been nerding it up playing scrabble as of late, I hope it keeps my mind sharp I am paranoid that it may be slipping at my young tender age.

Rubber Eel
At the fish store on Saturday we saw these happy little guys swimming around, there were a lot of them actually in the tank and they were all just on top of eachother, it looked weird but they looked really neat and reminded me of my beloved rope snake. Unfortunately at $20 a pop and my current expenses I had to turn myself away from them.

After spending 45$ on a dance pad that can be used on all systems since we haven’t been able to find one prviously that was cheap and worked with the cube I find one for 15 bucks at Toys R Us. Saturday a grand adventure was had riding from Waterloo to the end of kitchener and than all the way to the other end of Waterloo. We only stopped into a few stores but the trip lasted 4/5 hours.

Maybe I’ll put the BBQ together today.