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[03 Jun 2009|05:00pm]


My life.
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[22 Mar 2009|12:11am]
So I finally got around to uploading some pictures of my Costa Rica trip from mid-February. They're in my Facebook, but just in case I'll repost them here. I'm lazy though, so there's not a lot of commentary.

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[15 Jan 2009|11:36pm]
I am going to Costa Rica! In one month I'll be lounging by the pool, and lounging on the beach, and most importantly, I'm going to go check out the capuchin and howler monkeys! If I'm really lucky, maybe I'll get to see a jaguar. Fingers crossed.

Also, we're thinking of checking out the World Baseball Classic in Toronto in March, which would pretty much be amazing.

I really need to update here more, but let's face it. I'm lazy. I also had my first practice after the Christmas break today so I'm too brain dead to come up with anything interesting to say. Sorry.
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[16 Dec 2008|10:14am]
Yesterday, I was installing something on my laptop that required a restart. My laptop turned off, never to turn on again. No amount of hitting the start button would make it work. The fan just died. I got Matt on the case and he fiddled for a while before telling me that it was pretty dead, but he had another laptop at work that he could maybe pull parts from. If not, I'd need to buy a few replacement parts.

A few minutes later, I hear him on the phone with work people. It's after 8, but this isn't unusual. He's a network admin, so he's always working after hours and on weekends. He hangs up the phone and tells me he has to go in to work, but it shouldn't take long. Since he's going in, he'll take my laptop and see if the spare parts work out. I thought how nicely that worked out, but I didn't say it because he had to leave in the middle of the night when it was just about -40 out.

He was only gone for about 20 minutes. He came in and told me that the parts he had worked, and he got my laptop back up and running. I'm all excited because yay, my laptop isn't dead. I wander back into the computer room to do something on my desktop, then return to the living room a minute later to find a brand new, shiny, super fast laptop set up on my laptop table.

The phone call, the spare parts, it was all lies. He had my Christmas present waiting at his office so when my laptop died, he just figured he'd give it to me early.

It's so pretty.

Very fast, almost 300 gigs of space, and instead of a password when I log in I swipe my fingerprint. Seriously. It's so pretty. Did I mention fast? My day at work is going to crawl by today, knowing the beautiful thing is sitting at home waiting to be played with.
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[13 Nov 2008|05:16pm]
I didn't know my love for Darren Hayes could grow any more, but it seems I was very wrong. This is from his MySpace account, where he wrote about the recent vote on Prop 8 in California:


"This is a picture of Richard and I recently in Paris.


We're married.
Some folks in California decided to change the American Constitution to legislate
that this right should not be given to gay people in California.
Presumably because of what gay people will do to the definition of marriage.

Just so we are clear, this is our definition of marriage:
We want to grow old together.
We love each other so much that we want to share our lives together, forever.
We are monogamous. We're faithful. We're in it for the long haul.
Sometimes we argue over who's turn it is to make a cup of tea, but for the most
part we are soul mates.

If, God forbid, one of us should fall ill, one of us will take care of the other one.
If,, God forbid, one of us should pass away suddenly, we would want our estate to go
to the one of us who survives.
We'd like other stuff too, like, you know, the same tax breaks as other married couples
and the civil rights you would extend any other committed couple in the free world.
And to be able to be respected and receive the same rights that everyone else has.

But mostly, we just want to grow old together.

We're really lucky that the country we live in allows for same sex partners to receive
all of these things. But some folks in California recently decided that some Americans
did not deserve this same respect.

So for those people who voted to 'ban' gay marriage; to take away a right and permanently
discriminate against a minority group - I wanted to share this picture of Richard and I.
It's us, tearing down the fabric of good society and the sanctity of marriage in Paris.
Lock up your children!"
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[23 Oct 2008|01:44pm]
I am actually finally going to start using a personal journal over at IJ. It'll be more RP related than this one but if anyone on my list here has an IJ, let me know so I can add you!
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but what about all the good things Hitler did? [14 Oct 2008|03:19pm]
Be ye red, blue, a different shade of blue, orange, green, independent or other (Marxist-Leninist ftw?) be sure to get out and vote today. Apathy is lame. Vote and be happy you don't live in a country where the Nazis/Russians/Taliban/Chinese shoot you for it.

And check your voter card so you don't show up at the wrong place to vote like I did. It was awesome.
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True Dad Confessions [14 Sep 2008|05:33pm]
"Dear Childfree people:
You are not missing anything by not having kids, dont let anyone tell you otherwise.

Enjoy your tidy houses, your vast amounts of disposable incomes, your free time, your ability to sleep in, your grand holidays.

Because anyone that tells you that you 'must' have kids is jealous of all those things."
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[21 Aug 2008|05:32pm]
It's raining. It has been raining most of the day. Even if it stopped raining now, the field would be dangerously water logged.

So my coach sends a message saying we'll meet at the field and THEN decide if the practice is going to go on or not.

...sigh. I have to get dressed, and pick up a teammate, and get out there just to go IT'S RAINING and come home. Meanwhile the Yankees are playing the Jays, Doc's pitching and I'll miss a chunk of it.

I am annoyed.


edit: we had practice. it was freezing and miserable and no one could grip the ball well enough to actually aim throws. very useless.
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[15 Aug 2008|03:37pm]
.....make that five (5!) Edward lines.
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[14 Aug 2008|08:28pm]
I have a serious problem. I currently have four (4!) roleplay lines in which I play Edward.

sigh.
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[10 Aug 2008|12:46pm]
Much good things. Saw the Cherry Poppin' Daddies last night, and they were awesome. I finally got their new cd (been searching the stores and finding nothing) and got it signed by the lead singer. he chatted with us a while, very nice guy. I also won a $50 jackpot on a five cent machine out in the casino before the show. My luck with penny slots continues.

Also, michika lent me her copy of Breaking Dawn so I'm finally reading it! Mine still hasn't arrived, which makes me so mad. But I picked up the book from her yesterday at 6:30, right before we left for the concert. When we got home, I stayed up until 6am reading. I'm almost halfway through.

Today is my granny's 65th birthday so my sister and other relatives are in town from the states for a big celebration. Should be fun. I'm doing nothing all day until the dinner but sitting here and reading. mmm Edward.
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[07 Aug 2008|10:19pm]
First practice of the university season today. I met my new coach. He's nice, knows a lot, and doesn't seem too insane. We didn't run much. I like it.

Also found out that the catching situation is...me. We have no one else right now. With two day weekends of five and six games, we need to get another catcher. I'm going to die.

In other news, Breaking Dawn still hasn't arrived. Sob. I saw it at the store and it took every ounce of strength in me not to buy it.
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New York - Day #5 [23 Jul 2008|10:26pm]
Another fun day at the ballpark. We won 5-1, and Mo came in for the final out. I was telling Matt around the 7th inning that I was sad we didn't get to see him. But then in the 9th, one run came in and there was runners on 1st and 3rd so just to be safe, Mariano came in to get the last out. Very awesome. We came early and watched batting practice. It was cloudy, so it wasn't terribly hot but we still managed to avoid the rain. After the game we went down to Times Square for pizza (the restaurant recommended to us by the locals who we chatted with at the game yesterday) It was really good. Besides that we just wandered around Times Square a while then came back to the hotel to relax. Tomorrow we've got a day game at Shae stadium and then, depending on the weather, maybe we'll check out more of central park. Not much else planned.
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[23 Jul 2008|07:50am]
Five Scientific Reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen

awesome.
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New York - Day #4 [23 Jul 2008|07:13am]
Yesterday was pretty relaxed. We hit the Empire State Building first thing in the morning, then went down to the water to see the Statue of Liberty. The lines for the ferries were insane, and you have to be there bright and early to have a chance at tickets, so we didn't actually go out to the island. Just admired from afar. We wandered around a while then Matt and I came back to the hotel to change, and then it was off to baseball. We had amazing seats last night, down on the first level. It was pretty incredible. We were sitting next to four middle aged New Yorkers who were really chatty the whole game. They told us everything we needed to know about New York - the best pizza near our hotel, what to eat at the Shae stadium game, where to go for cheap Broadway tickets. It was great.

Plus we beat the hell out of the Twins again, who could ask for more?

This morning we're having breakfast and then it's straight off to the stadium for game three :) Our seats are way back up on the third tier but that's okay. It's Yankee stadium. I'm just sad it's our last game.
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New York - Day #3 [22 Jul 2008|07:15am]
Did lots more today. We had the behind the scenes tour of Yankee stadium, so we saw Monument park, walked on the field, and even sat in the Yankees dugout. It was awesome. Pictures later, I have way too much and I didn't finish organizing them yet. Then we headed to the American Museum of Natural History. They had a special horse exhibit, which I was really excited about. Except after we paid the $30 admission, they wanted an extra $16 just for the horses. So we decided against it, and just saw the rest of the museum. Lameos. I'm not paying twice just to see one extra exhibit.

After that we went back down to the stadium for the game. It was really amazing. We killed the Twins, I saw homers from Robinson, Alex AND Derek, which was a lot of fun. Tomorrow we're going to check out the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building before the game. We're getting a hang of this insane New York subway system, except for when lines change randomly just because of what time of day it is. That is getting annoying.

It's still insanely hot right now. The hotel was giving us free bottles of water, but they've run out completely. So we're on our own.
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New York, Day #2 [20 Jul 2008|10:23pm]
Two more points in the falsity of "the city that never sleeps." We left the hotel around 10am, and nothing was open. Nothing. Some stores opened at 11, some at noon, some not at all. Then we went for dinner around 7:30. Some people came in at 8 and were told the kitchen was closed. The place shut down completely at 8:30. A restaurant. What?

Today, we walked so much. In the morning, we walked up to Central Park. It's much more jungly than I imagined. Very pretty, trees everywhere. We found the stretch of the park that the Happening starts in, which was cool. There was horse drawn carriages around, we saw a little carnival, a chess arena, a million people from the NY Triathlon (including dogs from the 'dog NY Triathlon) We wandered around some more, looking for shopping. We ran into Trump Tower, so we popped in for a visit. We also walked by Rockefeller Center. After that, we braved the subway and because of my ultra-metro skills, got down to Ground Zero. We took a look at the new construction then hit the WTC Museum. They had personal items recovered from the wreckage, pieces of the planes, firemen's uniforms. All in all, pretty depressing. Though once you've been to Auschwitz, nothing else really compares.

From Ground Zero, we walked down to Wall Street. It's Sunday, so it was pretty quiet. We wandered down to the river and saw Brooklyn Bridge, then headed back. We had dinner at the early-closing restaurant, and then it was back to brave Times Square once more. We hit Ripley's Believe it or Not, which was awesome and weird and wonderful. And then dragged ourselves back to the hotel.

On the menu tomorrow: Yankee stadium tour, Northern part of Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History, and our first Yankees/Twins game.
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New York - Day 1 [19 Jul 2008|10:41pm]
When we got here, it was 37C. Holy. I'm melting. Meltiiinggg.

We sat around Newark for more than an hour waiting for our shuttle, which was frustrating. So when we got to our room, we were starving. This room feels very European, everything is very nice but TINY! At first I was shocked at how small the room is, but after spending about an hour out in the city I couldn't wait to get back to escape to this cozy little room.

We wandered aimlessly around the city, looking for food. I was shocked, considering they call this "the city that doesn't sleep". It was 7pm on a Saturday night and just about everything we found was closed. Finally, we turned around and headed to Times Square. At least we knew things would be open. But it was painfully crowded. People everywhere. By that point we were both starving so we put our names down at the Hard Rock. We had to wait an hour for a table so we tried to walk around but after fighting our way down half a block, we gave up and just went to wait at the Hard Rock.

We bought tickets to see the Mets play on Thursday. Tried to get tickets to the Yankees game tomorrow but the only ones left were in the $300 a piece range, which is a little steep. We've got the three games Monday-Wednesday, and the stadium tour. And now, we're going to see a game at Shae stadium too. That one is getting torn down this offseason as well, so we figured we wouldn't get another chance. Plus, David Wright (Mets third baseman) is a cutie.

I took pictures of the room! The bathroom is funny. When I sit on the toilet, I worry about hitting my head on the door. Matt can't sit properly (gangly legs) he has to sit sideways on the toilet. It's kind of funny.

Speaking of the city that never sleeps, it's 12:30 and Matt just tried to order room service from the bar. They told him it's closed. What?

Anyway, pictures.Collapse )
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[04 Jul 2008|01:05pm]

37

As a 1930s wife, I am
Poor

Take the test!



I serve no one.

131

As a 1930s husband, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!



Just for the fun of it. Turns out I make a much better guy, go figure.

Other fun stuff: creepy ass art


Happy Stampede one and all. getting home after work today (noon, and I live right on the parade route) was a gong show. but I'm comfortably sprawled on my couch watching baseball, life could only be better if the Yankees weren't losing.
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[20 Jun 2008|12:05am]
I watched one of my teammates go down right in front of me (literally) She was running home after hitting an inside the park homerun and was trying to beat the throw. She hit the base and the catcher and did something terrible to her ankle, and went down. I was up after her. She laid on the field for 20 minutes until the ambulance came to take her off. We still don't know if it's a break, fracture, or torn ligament or tendon but it is not good. She's one of our best pitchers too.

We have our very own Chien-Ming Wang. sigh.
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[15 Jun 2008|01:21am]
The Happening. Go see it.

Holy canoly.
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[06 Jun 2008|01:06pm]
Old but what the hell, I haven't seen it in a while and it made me giggle again so why not.

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[21 May 2008|05:04pm]
okay, what the heck. someone fix my e-mail. I've stopped getting my google alerts and some journal replies. I seem to be getting CJ and LJ (I think?) but not IJ. what the hell?

someone fix it :[
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[17 May 2008|01:03pm]
It is a beautiful 24 degrees (75 American) today. I woke up early to watch the ball game, dragged my laptop out onto the balcony and I've been out here ever since, watching ball and enjoying the sun.

I went to the zoo yesterday afternoon, which was also a beautiful day. Got very burnt, as per usual. But we saw Malti, the baby elephant (this was my second trip to see her) she's grown since I saw her last, but she's still so tiny and so so cute.

I also noticed that in the nocturnal building, we now have feathertail gliders. A smaller, grey, not quite as cute cousin to my sugar gliders.

So here! Have some pictures.

Calgary Zoo, May 16, 2008Collapse )
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U of C credit card policy blasted - Wheelbarrow full of coins used to pay tuition [13 May 2008|11:16pm]
A wheelbarrow buckled under the weight of 100 kilograms of tightly rolled coins as Teale Phelps Bondaroff pushed it toward the counter.

The University of Calgary political science student lugged the mound of nickels and dimes to protest the university's decision to no longer accept credit cards for tuition payments.

Instead of a quick swipe of a Visa or typing MasterCard numbers into the website, Phelps Bondaroff paid his $1,037.84 tuition in coins.


"It's time for change. We have to stop nickel and diming students," said Phelps Bondaroff, who rigged up a skateboard for extra support after the weight of the coins broke the wheelbarrow.

The university created an uproar in March when it announced it would no longer allow students to pay their tuition with credit cards.

The move is meant to save $750,000 in transaction fees the university must pay credit card companies to process tuition payments.

But by ending the use of credit cards, the university is pushing the transaction fees onto students who must now pay added bank fees to process the cash, said Phelps Bondaroff.

The university stands by its decision, said David Johnston, acting associate vice-provost of enrolment and registrar.

"It is largely to return the amount we are paying on credit card transaction fees to students through awards. It also gives us the chance to work with students who might actually be in financial difficulty to find a better way to fund their education rather than doing it on a high-interest credit card," said Johnston.

Students are still able to pay online through most major banks, if they set up tuition as another bill through their online banking accounts. Drop-off boxes will be posted around campus to accept cheques, and additional staff will be made available during peak payment periods such as in the fall, he said.

The students' union lobbied unsuccessfully to have the university reverse its credit card decision. Now, it's working with the administration to find ways to alleviate any strain caused by the decision, said students' union president Dalmy Baez.




Assholes. they didn't even tell the student's union in advance, they kept it secret until the announcement. way to let the students have a say in something that effects us JUST A LITTLE BIT
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[09 May 2008|10:04am]
We didn't get the 20cm of snow promised, but there was some snow on the ground today while I was coming to work. We also got hail, rain, wind, and apparently the world's smallest tornado ripped the roof off some building in the north. no one seems to really know if it was a tornado or not but it had to be some nasty wind if not. I'm really done with the snow. Really.

Going to try out this fridayfiver deal. Then I'll update at least once a week?


1. Who do you adore? Matthew! and the Yankees.

2. Who adores you? Matthew! and maybe the Yankees?

3. What's in your pockets? Lint. I don't really use pockets for much. when I'm walking around, my ipod goes in my jacket pocket. That's about all.

4. Who can you talk with for hours? Matthew! again. and the girls, we never seem to run out of things to talk about. Even if it means we're just sitting around telling the hilarious stories we've all heard a million times. It never gets old.

5. What sounds great today? nap time. It's Friday so I have a short day at work. I'm going to go home and sleep then wake up to watch baseball. Life is good.
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[08 May 2008|07:36am]
So the radio says we can expect 10 to 20 cm of snow. 4 to 8 inches. of snow.

Guess ball is cancelled tonight?
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2-1-1 [04 May 2008|06:13pm]
First weekend of ball is done.

Game 1 (saturday) was against the Hawks and we lost (ugh) but not by much. I started in left.

Game 2 (saturday) was against Ricochet, it was a low scoring game until the last inning when they scored 6 then we scored 6 and ended up tied at 10. Their first baseman was chasing down a foul pop and stepped into a hole left by the grounds crew. Still not sure if she broke or just twisted her ankle, but it looked bad. EMS had to come and she was carted off the field. I started in left then moved to centre.

Game 3 (sunday) was against the Titans. They ended up forfitting in the 4th inning when we'd scored about 8 runs (that inning alone) and there was still no outs. I started in centre.

Game 4 (sunday) was against the Vipers. We beat them something like 15-3. I started in centre.

I'm batting like crap. I had a few base hits, only one strike out, a few ground outs and a fly out. But my hips are snapping before my hands so everything I'm hitting is weak and sad. Yankees don't play tomorrow so I think I'll drag Matt down to the cages, I really need to hit a few.

I'm also burnt to all hell. Hooray.
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[03 May 2008|01:17am]
I was reading The Darwin Awards and came across this gem:

Honorable Mention: Child Pandering
19 October 2002, Portugal

Parents, take note! Catering to a child's tantrum can have serious repercussions, as a Caldelas mother recently discovered. When her four-year-old son refused to eat his soup unless she let him play with a gun, she handed it over - and was promptly shot in the stomach by an accidental discharge. Although she survived, her dangerously questionable parenting practices earn her an Honorable Mention.


The Darwin Awards

x~posted to cf_hardcore
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