Tuesday, November 27, 2007

fashion forward

I got a haircut on Thursday. It's shorter now and I have side bangs. I have also started wearing makeup more regularly. I feel like an adult.

My wardrobe doesn't reflect that. I am not a dressy up kind of person on a day to day basis, and usually prefer comfort to "professional looking clothes", although if they are comfortable...

Then I realized that I know how to dress like a college student, and I do it real well. But I don't know how to dress like an adult who is a part of the design/construction/business world.

Plus, I don't want to go finding these necessary clothes. Someone should pick out everything that will look good on me and how to wear it and then I will have a free credit card and go buy it all.

I guess it's one of those days where I just don't like any clothes I have...don't we all have those?

Also, it snowed last night, about 2 inches, which is quite a bit since it's so wet and heavy. It was a beautiful snowfall - about 2 degrees, no wind. I was in London Drugs and overheard a guy at the counter say: "It's blizzarding out there!"

Come on people, live in the prairies for most of your life, heck, live in Caronport for one winter, and you will realize that what we had doesn't even come close to the definition of "blizzard."

BC people. Sheesh.

We're getting our Christmas tree on Saturday. Whooohooooo!!!!

Monday, November 05, 2007

I'm on coffee break

The neglect that is this blog has not been entirely intentional. For a few weeks I have been thinking of great things to blog about: being in Toronto for Thanksgiving, how I don’t really feel Abbotsford is home, going to Brandon’s Halloween party, having Jon Nolan here for a few days, the fact that I now enjoy and can finish crossword puzzles, the regular installments of stuff I’ve made and of course the everyday things that are interesting at the time. I have even thought of what pictures I could put on my blog, if I would have had my camera at the time, like when the fog is burning off down here in Glen Valley and the sun starts to shine, or an orange sky behind Mt. Baker, or me and Dan in our Halloween costumes, or I don’t know…stuff.

So yes, as you can read here, we went to Ontario for Thanksgiving. It was great. Plus I saw two friends while there, which wasn’t planned. Becky could meet us at St. Jacobs, and Jackie and her family were at the top of the CN Tower. And in line for the elevators at CN Tower, Mullet Lady was in front of us...

Jon Nolan came to visit us on his way to California. Jon was the best man at our wedding, for those of you who have no idea who I am talking about. (Yes, the guy that had the midnight slide at Super 8). He’s on an adventure, basically trying to not run out of money and just doing what he wants, as long as he’s home for Christmas. It was great to see him. I had Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning off, so I could hang out with Jon which was fun because I never really had before and now I feel like he is not just Dan’s friend, but mine too. Jon’s only goal and mindset when he was here was to get his car windows tinted, to try to hide the fact that he is pretty much living in his car. What a dirty drifter. A dirty drifter that we love. Here he is with his Oldsmobile Wagon pimped out with LIMO TINT windows….

Brandon’s Halloween party was on the Saturday before Halloween. I hate Halloween, for the record. Dan and I went as a pair of Aces, and unfortunately I didn’t take a picture. It’s pretty much the easiest costume you can come up with when you are invited to a party the day before it’s happening. So keep that in mind when you need a costume and don’t have a Value Village nearby. Jon went as Dan Wall, which was a hit! Brandon has made Dan Wall (and me, by association) into a legend with his friends. I am not sure how or why this happened, but all of his housemates think we (The Walls) are super cool, which is a nice feeling, so when we showed up and then had another “Dan Wall” in tow, they were thrilled. I take the credit for Jon’s costume idea.


Other than that, things have pretty much been normal around here. I make stuff and take pictures of it and Dan goes to work and hates the cows and getting up early, and I go to work and think my job is ok and it rains a lot.

Installment number 3 of Cake Class starts tonight. Here is a fake cake I made for the last class. It's sitting on our counter at home and I not sure what to do with it, so if anyone wants it....

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Thanks for your book suggestions a few posts back. I meant to say that a long time ago. All of the books I have read lately have been off of that list and they have been terrific so far! Right now I am reading The Time Travelers Wife, and I can't put it down - thanks for the suggestion Leah!

Monday, October 01, 2007

DELICIOUS!!!!


Here is a tasty alternative to the good old pumpkin pie. No offence to pie people, but this is a delicious, easy recipe, just in time for Thanksgiving! Go make it. Now. Wait, read my blog first. (and sorry the picture is a bit blurry...)

Almond Pumpkin Cheesecake

Almond Crust
Butter (or hard marg.) - ½ cup
Gingersnap cookie crumbs - 2 cups
Sliced almonds - 1 cup

Pumpkin Filling
Cream cheese blocks (250 g) - 2
(softened)
Sugar - ¾ cup
Brown Sugar, packed - ¼ cup
Eggs - 4

Flour - ¼ cup
Ground ginger - ½ tsp.
Cinnamon - ¼ tsp.
Nutmeg - ¼ tsp.
Canned pure pumpkin - 1 cup
(not pie filling)
Sour cream - 1 cup

Caramel ice cream topping
Chocolate ice cream topping
Sliced almonds

Crust:
Grease bottom & side of 9” spring form pan. Melt butter, add crumbs and almonds. Mix.
Press evenly in bottom of pan. Chill for 1 hour.

Filling:
Beat cream cheese and sugars until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until combined.
Add next 6 ingredients. Mix. Pour filling onto crust. Bake at 325* for about 1 ¼ hrs until almost set. Filling might still wobble in middle, but will set when cool. Run knife around inside edge of pan to allow cheesecake to settle evenly. Cool completely.
Cover and chill 6 hrs or overnight.

Spread caramel sauce over cake to cover. Drizzle chocolate sauce in long loops over caramel topping.
Gently drag toothpick or skewer through chocolate lines to make it look marbled.
Sprinkle almonds around top outer edge of cake.

ENJOY!!!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

sometimes I forget I have a blog

That is to say, I didn’t blog very much in September, and now here we are at the end of it. Time sure flies.

I didn’t realize how tired and busy my first month of work would make me. I think now I am starting to adjust to working full time and will now be able to keep doing my own stuff at home etc. because I won’t need to only eat and sleep once I am home at 5:30.

Work has been going well for the most part. I am working on a couple interesting projects, and a couple not so interesting. I believe I am on 4 or 5 projects of the 15 or so in the office right now. Here are what they are (briefly):
1. reno an existing house to create a house in the layout the clients found online. The existing house is one story, L-shaped. The house they want is some sort of cross between a Tudor style and Craftsman (figure that one out), and they want to use the existing foundation as much as possible.
2. Convert an existing operating dairy barn into office space for a huge dairy group. Now I don’t know if you have ever been INTO an operating dairy barn, but converting it to an office seems a bit ridiculous to me. But hey, to each his own.
3. Plan an office layout in an awkwardly shaped room.
4. Sunroom addition for a woman who has already sold her house (maybe) but the buyers are ok with it and really the room is for her dog because her house is pretty small.
I am sure you can imagine where there might be challenges, and also some entertainment, even if I have to keep that part to myself.

Today my plans include laundry, making cookies (maybe…we’ll see how the other stuff goes) purchasing supplies for my next cake class, and making a pumpkin almond cheesecake. If that turns out well I will post the recipe. I am looking forward to my day, despite the fact that the sun is not shining and the sky is grey. I really miss fall in the prairies….

So yes, as aforementioned, I have signed up for two more cake classes. The first one is Fondant and Gumpaste, and the second one is Course 2. The first one starts on Thursday night, and the other one not until November. I didn’t realize that I would miss the first night of Fondant and Gumpaste because we will be in ONTARIO!!!!!! That is ok though, because Kylie also taking the classes and she will fill me in.

I just have to say that I like TV, and I am glad that two shows I like have started again…it was a good Thursday night at the Wall’s house…Steve and Kylie’s I mean.

Happy Saturday everyone!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Learning is Fun!

I can't believe it's been a week already, more in fact, since I last posted. Blogging has become somewhat less fun since the picture adding part of it can't happen around here. Oh well, I will still try my best to keep the masses informed. I use the term "masses" lightly.

Anyway, I got the job! I called on Tuesday morning, and on Tuesday around lunch got a call back and around 2 I went in for my first day! So it's been a bit of a whirlwind, but pretty good so far. They use a different program from what I learned at SAIT, so even though I had had some exposure to this drafting software, there is still a learning curve. And of course every office has it's own stuff to learn anyway. So those things have been difficult, along with learning how to have a full time job that wasn't at camp where you can (and are encouraged) to go play for a while if you want. I like my boss and the two other people I work with. They are all really nice and welcoming etc.

Cake class numero duex (how DO you spell "two" in French? or Spanish? This is why I did not take a Language class..ever) was last night. Quite enjoyable. We learned how to pipe stars and curving lines, zigzags and dots, outlines and letters. It was harder than I imagined, but also fun. Dad, I LIKE going to cake class! Being taught something new, (I realize now that I am old enough to appreciate it) is something I really enjoy. I decorated a cake with a fall theme...yellow cake with chocolate icing and then I did leaf shapes on top and filled them in with stars. I took a picture of it to document not only my first "Wilton" cake, but also how much I still suck! Because obviously my next ones will be phenomenal and will win prizes and medals.

Dan and I have been watching The Office lately. We bought season 3 on DVD last week and have been enjoying the episodes in preparation for season 4, which starts sometime I assume. Oh The Office, how I love thee.

Here is a point of interest...
As of tomorrow I will have 6 email addresses. One work (brand spanking new), two personal (one I don't use, but is handy for junk and signing up for things online etc), one I put on my resume, one with Telus, one from SAIT.
That is a disgusting amount of email addresses. Oh well.

Does anybody have some book suggestions? I am due for a library visit on Friday and need to have some titles to look for...

Monday, September 03, 2007

wife-in' it up

I haven't really felt like blogging lately, but somebody insisted on a new post, and I do agree that the time has come according to the calendar, but not according to life occurances or daily events.

Anyway, what can I tell you?

This past Friday was the Wall's annual pig roast, which is exactly what it sounds like. I had attended once before - last summer - and had an enjoyable time considering Dan and I had driven from Calgary the night before and arrived in Abbotsford on the Friday at 4AM. This year was better than I had anticipated, and even though I still didn't know (m)any of the guests, that was ok because Brandon came and he is always great to have around. He was still laughing about his time with my aunties (he really likes all of you aunties!) at me and Dan's wedding, and he gave us a MAGIC BULLET for a wedding gift.

Today is Labour Day, and while that means nothing for Dan, it does make me feel better about not having a job yet, because if I was working I would have this day off anyway, so therefore I can do what I want and don't have to be productive and working around all day. I still have not heard back from my potential employer, but plan on calling him tomorrow to see where things are at. I always hate to call, but I know that I must.

This afternoon we started to destroy our dead garden in preparation for making something better. It was a total disaster before, and while it still is, it's getting better. Dad and Dan cut pretty much all of it down a few weekends ago and then we rounded up and today Dan and I took out a fallen over archway and a large vine and chicken wire and a rotting fence. I took a before shot so someday I will try to post that someplace on the internet.

I sound like an old lady talking about my garden. Sheesh.

Oh, Kylie and I are taking a cake decorating class that starts tomorrow night. It's at Michaels the craft store and is for 4 weeks, one evening a week. I am looking forward to this and I hope that I learn something and that it is acually fun. I think it will be. I am glad to be taking it with someone I know and like, because then if it turns out to be ridiculous we can be sarcastic about it together. I'll keep you posted on what goes on.

I am going to go watch a documentary on Tupperware now, and bake a lasagna.

This whole post makes me sound like I'm a wife in the '50's..

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Before and After

I have been trying, rathe unsuccessfully, to post some before and after pictures of work we have done around the house. I have been trying to do this for several days in a row now, and today I realized that it probably won't work how I want it to, so today is the day I gave up. Maybe some other day I will try again, but that day may be a long way off.

My most recent project was the painting of old white plastic patio chairs. There were 4 left here from the last tenant, so last week I spruced them up with some paint for plastic spray paint. Two are now Sun-Dried Tomato colour and two are Honeydew colour. They look much better. The idea came from Canadian Living magazine, and to my amazement, it wasn't impossible to do. Half the time their projects are ridculous and would never work in the first place unless you are a "professional doer"

My dear friend Heidi is visiting for a few days this week. She came to photograph a wedding of this girl we both kind of know from camp. That is where she is right now in fact. It is nice to see her and have a friend around for a few days. Dan also went to the cabin (Wall Family cabin) this weekend with his brothers and some other people, so having Heidi here is great. She also brought me some Taber corn, which is hilarious, given that Dan insists that their corn is the best, when obviously I, being from the promised land (S. Alta) know better.

I guess that is all for today, especially considering the lack of picture upload ability. I'll be eating oreos and watching tv for the rest of the afternoon if anyone would like to join me. Don't worry, the afternoon is almost over so it's not as bad as it sounds.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

harry potter and the mildew infested trailer

Well, I have read the last Harry Potter book. It was quite good - lots of adventure and action. I will not spoil it if you have not read it and are planning to, but let's say that the last 50 pages or so are the best part of the book, and it all comes together there.
Christine (Dan's sister) bought the book, and since I went with her to the midnight party at Coles so she could buy it, I had dibs on it when she was done. Steve and Kylie also went to the midnight thing.
Also, Dan and I are getting new carpet on Monday in the three bedrooms in our trailer. We pulled up the old stuff and there is mildew and sickness in parts of the underlay which really is gross. As a person that lived in Alberta most of my life, it's just wrong and scary to have that much moisture in a building. I told Dan I was scared to breathe in the mold spores, and he said whatever, he's lived in BC all his life. I think I prefer dry climates...although it is sunny today.
What else? I am in town doing some errands this morning, which I guess I should actually get to.
Nothing else is going on. As usual.

See you later.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

wedding photos

It's probable that all my blog readers have already visited this website, but in case you haven't, or you are a lurker and don't tell me you read my blog, there are some wedding photos to view at

www.jennroach.com

Just click on weddings and then Dan & Erica...

Sunday, July 08, 2007

bullets

Well, still no internet at home - but there IS dial up 3 kms away at the Wall's house! So here is a brief summary of my life to date:

- Today we finally cleaned the laundry room! It was gross, but looks way better now!
- I am sewing some roman blinds for various windows in our house. My first one turned out pretty well, and now I'm working on the second. They are surprisingly easy to make.
- Mom and Dad were here for Canada Day weekend. We worked around a lot and went to Granville Island on July1, which was fun, entertaining and full of people. I remembered how much I love being in cities.
- Dan and I bought a DVD player, and we kind of get the global tv station, which obviously means we can watch movies AND watch the Simpsons on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
- I buy groceries a lot.
- We tried out Fort Langley E-free Church today, and really enjoyed it! We think we will go back.

Until next time...

Thursday, June 21, 2007

date

Wow! It's been a while and I don't even have time to write much.
Things are going good. Trailer is almost clean. Mom and dad come next week! I miss reading blogs. We got a bed today. We are looking forward to sleeping.

Tonight is the cheapest date ever.
First stop, Library
Next, Canadian tire to buy vacuum with gift cards
Last, Dairy Queen, because we'll be hungry.

I have to find Dan now....he might be lost in the reference section.

PS - LPL is a WAY superior library.

Pictures soon? Hopefully!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

two by 13

something fun, to mix it up. and because there is 2 days left...

two names you go by:
1. Erica
2. Rica

two things you are wearing right now;
1. shorts from Value Village
2. engagement ring

two things you want in a relationship:
1. love
2. trust

two of your favorite things to do;
1. eat
2. sit in the sun with a good book or good company

two things you want very badly at the moment
1. a glass of milk
2. to see my friends!

two pets you've had
1. vanilla, a white cat
2. duke, a brown bunny

two things you did last night
1. went to a bridal shower
2. ate meatballs

two things you ate today
1. strawberries
2. muffins

two people you last talked to
1. mom
2. hillary

two things you are doing tomorrow
1. haven't thought about it
2. at all

two longest car rides
1. lethbridge to mexico
2. lethbridge to abbotsford

two favorite holidays
1. christmas, of course!
2. summer

two favorite beverages
1. milk
2. iced tea

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

watch this!

Last night I came across a new tv show called "On The Lot." It mimics American Idol in that the American public votes for their favorite people after the show. And surprise surprise, it's produced by Fox. Anyway, in this show they have film makers and they are given a task each week of a kind of film to make. Last night they were showing 1 minute comedy shorts. Some of them were so clever and funny. Here is a little peak!



Unfortuntely this is the only video I could find on YouTube from last nights show... so here are some links to the other ones I thought were funny:
and of couse, I have to cheer for the one and only Canadian on the program:
Enjoy!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Spring Days

I haven't been busy, but I have been wrapped up with wedding stuff and not getting any new emails. Plus, since I haven't been busy or doing stuff I feel as though there is nothing to blog about, per se. Nothing of interest that will come out witty and insightful, at least.

I got my hair highlighted the other day. I told her I wanted to be able to notice they were there, but not gross looking, and this is what I got. I quite pleased with the outcome, even though I am not sure you can really tell in this picture that my hair is at all different.

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Dad chose today to try to get the basement carpet clean. He had shampooed the bedroom down here and the main area on the weekend, and that inevitably left some black marks around the computer near his shop door, which dad tried to get out with a garden hose and a shop vac. The first spray of water went mostly on the computer, which had me and my mom laughing and rushing to find a towel. I am sure you can imagine the sight. Also, I should point out that today has been a rainy and cold day, hence the chance of basement carpet drying is way down to slim status. Obviously (and logically??) it's necessary to have two fans blowing on said carpet area, and on me, making the entire basement the temperature of an igloo.

In other news, today mom and I went to try to find bras for our wedding dresses. Not an easy task I might add. Although if you need a good laugh go find a body shaper suit and try to put it on. Laughter guaranteed if you have someone around to help you get it off! I think we maybe had some success (not with the body shaper suit), but you never really know until you try it with the dress, so we will see what is what some other day.

Wedding plans are good. And yes, I am excited for anyone who might be tempted to ask. I am currently working on wedding programs and seating arrangements. We weren't going to have seating arrangements, but I was at a wedding this past weekend and I was awfully glad that they told me where to sit. I went by myself, and all of the people I knew fairly well were the bride and groom and other people in their wedding party. I ended up sitting with some people I knew from high school, which was good, but man oh man, I was happy that Cait told me where to go.  Anyway, the whole seating arrangement got me thinking that that's a good idea, so things have progressed. For those of you attending, don't worry, I won't enforce the seating, it really will be optional.

As for wedding programs, what do you put? I am actually asking for suggestions here, so feel free. I mean, you have the usual list of people and order of ceremony, but do you really need an order of ceremony? Everyone knows generally how weddings go, and we aren't planning to make the ceremony hours long so people feel like they have to start checking off completed items. I'll experiment and see what I can come up with on my own. I wish Dan were here, he loves lists and would be good at this kind of stuff. I could wait until he gets here, but I am in the mood to do it now, so you know.

And one last picture, on a totally random note.
Dad with "the weight of the world on his shoulders." (His joke, not mine.)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Books!

Well I know it's been a while, and that is because I have actually been Missing In Action for the last two weeks. After school ended Dan came to Alberta and we moved all my stuff to Abbotsford. The plan was that I would be there for two weeks, getting our lives together, unpacking, painting etc. Plans changed though, and I came home to Lethbridge on Tuesday night instead of this Saturday because of this:
Dan and I are going to rent a place from his parents in our married lives, however, the place we are moving into has a very reluctant to leave occupant. This guy gave notice for March 1, and then stayed through April, and then wanted to stay for May too. Anyway, the story ends (or continues maybe?) with him supposedly moving out May 15. I decided to come home, because Dan was working everyday anyway, and I didn't think that living at his parents house with really nothing to do was a good way to spent my week. Plus I was sick with flu like symptoms from Sunday to practically today, so being home is nice.

I feel like my sentances don't make too much sense, and I am going to blame that on me watching Oprah the same time that I write this.

Dan's Aunt's had a Pampered Chef Bridal Shower for me which was nice. I was able to order about $300 worth of products, which was really fun! I picked some stoneware, and some other actually usefull products. Some of the stuff they have is so stupid. Dan's mom's family sometimes reminds me of my mom's side - lots of aunties and cousins. It kind of had that feel, although I know if my aunties were at this party, there would be a lot more talking, and a lot more food, just by nature!!

Anyway, I was going to do a little book review for all you avid readers out there, so here are some recommendations:





Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill

This book is on CBC's Canada Reads list for this year. It's a fabulous read about a girl who lives in downtown Montreal. Baby, the main character, lives with her heroin addicted dad, Jules. This book is witty, and surprisingly full of beauty. It's really eye opening to see an impoverished neighborhood full of pimps, hookers and drug dealers through the eyes of a twelve year old who calls that neighborhood home.

The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards

This is family drama at it's best! This book covers 20 plus years in the lives of a rather messed up family. One big secret destoys this family, which inevitably leads to many other secrets that just keeps pushing them apart. I don't think my description of this book is very good, but I don't want to give it away! Trust me, this a good read that will make you wonder what lengths a person would go to save someone else from pain.


Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

This book has had a lot of press already, and it actually came out last year. Short stories about medical students are contained in this book. It revolves around 4 characters, and all the stories are connected. It's not so much about being in medical school, but the secret lives of doctors. I found it hard to put down; over all a great read!

Have you read any good books lately?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

no more papers, no more books, no more bloggers' dotted looks!

This is 8.5 inches of papers. Which were from this school year.
That now belongs in the recycling bin.
My next dilema is what to do with all of my empty binders and packs of loose leaf paper that I have left over from when my mom and aunties made each of the kids buy the maximum amount because it was on sale back when I was 9 or 10. Any takers?
Also, as a way to avoid the inevitable studying, packing and cleaning to be done, I (obviously) changed the look of my blog. A new look for a new adventure, I say. Do you like it?

Friday, April 20, 2007

It's over! (or has it just begun?)

School is done! And not just for another year, but for good! (except for exams - but who counts those for anything??? just joking)

So, you are now reading the blog of an Architectural Technologist!

Here is what that means:

2 years
9 textbooks
$145.33 spent on MANUAL drafting supplies

And, to top it off,

COUNTLESS hours spent on autocad.

Plus, a warm welcome to "summer vacation" with an inch of snow!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

things that can't sleep in the night

Can't sleep.

I hate night. Night is when I get stressed out. Sometimes I feel like I am in grade 2 again worrying about the next school day and not being able to sleep because of it. I was actually like that in grade 2. When you think about it grade 2 is really nothing to be stressed over...read some poems off of those giant laminated pieces of paper, share your peacock blue pencil crayon with the neighbor boy who never had that colour, be picked up for lunch and watch Care Bears while you ate it, brain storm ideas to write a story about dinosaurs, and other fun stuff like making ice cream in class or being taught how to lasso a chair by your student teacher. I don't think my stress is school related anymore though. It's almost over, after all, and it's easy to stop caring so much after so long.

Back to night. I don't like it. Which is ironic because most people who know me would call me a night owl. One time when I was at Briercrest I worked on a paper at 2 in the morning. This might be normal for some college students, but I hadn't worked on this paper until 2 in the morning, I was doing something else (likely out with Dan...we were so stupid, and it was cold) and then came in and decided to do my footnotes at that point. My roommate wasn't too impressed with me, but like now, I couldn't sleep and needed something to do to zap the last of my energy. Anyway, at night I get overwhelmed with life if I stay up too late. It's like the weight of the world comes down on me past 11 o'clock and I start feeling bad about myself and my life choices. It's a horrible way to spend time awake.

Sometimes I really miss my Briercrest friends. They are the best people I have ever had in my life and I wish I was better at staying in touch with them. A part of me thinks I wouldn't feel so crappy about myself and my life if they were everyday people. Well, they are everyday people, but you know what I mean.

I've been thinking about getting a new template for my blog, and possibly changing the name of it, but I am fresh out of creative titles at the moment, so I guess I will just keep mulling it over. Maybe in June when I have dial up internet and live in a trailer I'll have a good day and half to kill and will come up with something brilliant. Or, maybe next week during exams and packing and cleaning. There's a good chance.

Maybe the Magic Bullet infomercial is on tv. I won't check, but man I want one of those. You would too if you watch the entire 30 minute sales pitch. You can make anything in 10 seconds!!!

goodnight.

Friday, April 13, 2007

not much

I think Friends is on 6 times daily on the stations I get. I enjoy this because it's good background noise for me when I spent hours and hours on homework at the table. It's not writing a paper kind of homework, so the concentration level doesn't need to be very high, hence my enjoyment of Friends (and other random sitcoms) as background noise. Sometimes I listen to Jeopardy and pretend I am smart, but it's hard to know the answers when you can't read the questions for yourself. And that is the fun of Jeopardy - knowing the answers.

So I STILL have a week of classes left. I don't know why they don't end already.

Inspired by Hillary:
1 week of classes left
2 days until my project is due
3 more shifts at work
4 leftover slices of pizza
5 sore fingers (from drawing all day!)

Thats all I can think of actually. I also made some mini cheese cakes tonight. The recipe said it made 12, but 28 nilla wafers later I ran out of filling. Whatever. If anyone wants to come over for dessert, you are more than welcome!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Inaccurate Songs

I was walking home last night and it was snowing lightly. Snowflakes were landing on my nose and eyelashes and it is NOT one of my favorite things. In fact, I found it quite annoying.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

This morning I went up to ask the man upstairs if he could please turn down the thermostat since it was probably around 25 degress in my tiny basement suite. Seriously. He did so willingly, and then as I was heading back downstairs to finish getting ready for the day he asked me what my name was and if I was new. I looked at him strangely and said I had lived there for two years.

Here are the reasons why I am so anxious to move out of 1503:

1. I have no control (or VERY little) over the temperature of my surroundings.
2. Our "pantry" also contains the furnace and hot water tank, pretty much making null our attempt to store food in a "cool and dry place"
3. My room measures about 7.5 feet cubed. The window into that room is about 18" by 1'. If there was ever a fire, which seems pretty likely considering the average temperature of my apartment, and since my clothes get blasted with furnace air all day every day, and if I was in my room at this time, it's pretty unlikely that I could get out. Plus this window is at the top of the 7.5 foot cube, so getting up there might be difficult.
4. I don't want a roommate anymore. And having a husband is different that having a roommate. I would think anyway.
5. The entire house is paper thin. At night sometimes when I am lying in bed I can hear upstairs man talking on the phone, and I can't just hear murmers, I can clearly hear his half of the conversation. I can also hear him use his microwave at approximately 11:30 every night, and can hear his footsteps at 6:15 every morning while he wears shoes that clack on the linoleum floor that is right above me. The floor joists also squeak, but only in that corner of the house. Wonderful.

I wonder why I've taken so long to complain about this?

So the countdown is on. 24 more days living in my current residence.

I also get to quit my job this week. I have worked at Shoppers Drug Mart both years I while attending SAIT, and there is nothing that would keep me there past the 21st of April. I pretty much despise it, but the weekend (read part time) staff are ok people, so actually being at work isn't too terrible, it's really just the dealing with the public I don't enjoy. That and wearing pants that are too tight in the waist (and I mean waits, not hips, so these things are higher than normal pants), tapered, are too short and and cause thigh chaffing.
I am working this Easter weekend because of the hours, for one, and because I will get paid time and a half for the holiday days. Hopefully that will be motivation enough to at least be semi friendly to the customers. Like I care.

Going back to complaining, I was watching Oprah last week and saw something about a pastor whose church was promoting a "Complaint Free World". They had these bracelets (those rubber ones, like LiveStrong) that said "Complaint Free World" and you were supposed to wear it for 21 days without complaining, and if you couldn't do it you had to switch arms and start over again. I thought this was interesting, but would it really work? I doubt it. People are too self centered for something like this to become a world wide movement. I haven't really looked into this though, so what do I know?

This concludes my procrastinating for today.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Jesus Camp

I recently watched Jesus Camp. It's a documentary about the evangelical movement in America. If you have about an hour and a half to spare, you may want to watch it.

Pretty American, but still interesting.

Let me know your thoughts.

Friday, March 23, 2007

all in a day's work

It all started out as a normal shift at good old Shoppers Drug Mart #355. I had the 5:15 - 10:15 shift, which meant I had to cut class a little, but I was willing to do it, for the extra cash of course, which turns out to be not that much since my regular Saturday hours were cut back, but whatever, the point is I went to to work tonight. And it was pretty busy. Friday's usually aren't dead, which makes the time pass at a reasonable rate.

I had some line ups, and my co-worker seemed to always take off from the till any chance he got. This was sort of frustrating, but he himself is sort of a frustrating person, so I decided to let it slide.

Around 8:30 some police lights started to flash, and from my position in the store I couldn't really see what was going on, but was slightly blinded by the flashing reflections in the pop coolers and various shiny merchandise at eye level. I didn't think too much about this since the store is right on 16 Ave (hwy 1) and it' Friday night, and let's face it, it's not the greatest area of Calgary to be in.
At about 8:45 a police officer comes into the store and asks me if I had been at the till for the last while, to which I reply "Yes". He then asks me if I remember a bald guy buying some water and cigarettes and if I knew how he paid. Now, generally, my rule of thumb is to keep the line moving, acknowledge people but eye contact is brief and sometimes optional. So I had little recollection of who this cop was talking about. I told him maybe a credit card, but I didn't really know. (Actually, I didn't really know who he was talking about out of the dozens of people who had bought water and cigarettes from me already that night).

Then the cop brings in from outside a bag with this dudes purchase with the reciept and also a wad of cash. I went in for the reciept but was told not to handle "the evidence". The guy had paid cash, $100 bill and it was in my skim box on the floor. Cop man says he will have to confiscate that. Ok. I turn things over to my co-worker, and he handles things while I handle the line (of course) and then as cop guy is leaving the store he says "Oh, we may need a statement from you."

As it turns out in the end, the bald guy may have robbed a bank and may have paid with stolen money. I had to write a statement for the Calgary police, who ended up taking $200 from me since I had two $100 bills in my drop box and they didn't know which one it was. I find this all slightly amusing, even though it will probably end in loss for the store....those Calgary police better reimburse me, or rather Shoppers. In any case, it spiced up my otherwise dull evening.

Here is a random thought:

When I was walking home tonight a guy yelled from a car "Hey Baby!" and then not 5 minues later I was honked at. I don't understand this and often think of Seinfeld when this happens to me. (You should watch his last stand up thing "I'm telling you for the last time" if you don't know what I'm talking about). I was wearing jeans and a hoodie and jacket, and just walking normally back to my home.

I got thinking about this more on my way down the hill and concluded that never in my life has this type of thing happened to my before I moved to Calgary. And you might even say that it's a frequent occurance here in Cowtown. Then again, I did live in Caronport for two years, and before that hardly ever walked around high traffic areas. Hmm...

I'm going to pick up my ring tomorrow from Ben Moss. One of the stones fell out of it a few weeks ago, but it's fixed now so that is good. I don't know what else I'll do tomorrow, but I only work at 5:15 again, so I had better make good use of my daytime hourse!

Have a good weekend all!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

bonus points

Holy moly...I hadn't realized that my blog was seriously outdated. By date only, not events that have transpired since my last post.

As I am sure you have read on Hill's blog, she came home this last week because she had time off from her Toronto things. Mom and dad and her came to Calgary this past weekend and then Hill stayed with me until Tuesday when she flew home. We had fun together. I like my family a lot and I am glad that me and Hillary like each other even more now that we are growing up.

Today my drafting group went to the campus bar instead of class for bonus points. I am aware of how odd this sounds, but it is true. Since we are doing group work we get extra credit if we do a certain number of team building activities, and apparently eating and drinking counts as one of those activities. It was actually a pretty good time, because we've sort of become friends through this project.

Anyway, since my last post there has been lovely warm weather, and then a snowfall, and then some pretty nice weather, and then another mini snow, and then today another mini snow. I play a game where I guess if the snow will be gone from my teeny tiny backyard when I open my blinds each morning. I haven't won yet. Growing up with Chinook winds really messes up your wind effect knowledge!

I had planned to write a bit more, but my keyboard is having issues, and Hillary can attest to how long it can take to type even a 3-letter word when it's being stupid like this, so that is all for now.

Happy First Day of Spring!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

streets and roads

Does anyone else compose their blogs in their heads way before they are actually posted? I do, but that is mostly because anything blog worthy happens when I am not in my house sitting in front of the computer.

Today has been a great day. It's been a mild +14 c most of the afternoon, so the snow is melting nicely and people are wearing less clothing, overall. More about that later.

Since we've had some warm weather, and the location of my house is downhill from everywhere I go in this city of mine, I have had some adventures in trying to walk up the hill without getting wet. I have conceeded defeat. Yesterday when I was walking to work and twice today when I was walking to Safeway and then to school I was splashed by crazed drivers who haven't a care in the world and so drive fast down the hill to soak innocent pedestrians. And I protect myself! There is a narrow sidewalk the first part of my journey uphill, so I try to see if traffic is coming and then when there isn't I run that part. The middle tends to be ok, although I have had to jump onto some lawns, which are more mud than anything, to avoid the splash of buses and trucks (I think those drivers enjoy splashing sidewalks, and people). The worst part of my walk however, is at the merge where I go around a curve, and there is a big dip in the road where water collects. Dirty water. There is no lawn to jump on to at this point, just a retaining wall, so you are pretty limited in places to avoid splashing. Buses frequent this merge, as do drivers that wouldn't know a yield sign if it hit them in the face.

I will try again tomorrow to get up the hill dry...maybe I should wear plastic pants and gumboots??

Anyway, as I said, the weather is great right now. I love to people watch and when I got to the SAIT campus today I walked the long way outside to my class, to enjoy the sun and to see what I could see:
- girl in a strapless dress, knee length, with sandals
- multiple people wearing shorts
- even more people wearing flip flops (keep in mind the snow isn't actually GONE yet)
- two guys playing ball on a snow/ice soccer field
- "Oh! It's SO hot out today!" - girl coming out of building, wearing shorts and sandals

Since when on March 7 when it's only +14 is it SO hot? Maybe warm, but HOT? People make me laugh.

Well, wanted to get that out into the cyber world. I gotta make some supper - I'm thinking cesaer salad with some shrimp is the ticket. I like receipes that require little work and zero instructions.

Oh yeah, another great thing about today was that I didn't have to go to school early, and our group is doing quite well in the drafting project. And I am realizing more what kind of job I want to be doing in a few years. I think file management is my calling. Being organized has such a huge payout - an A+!!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

all Idol and no Greys' makes Erica sad

I just would like to say that I am sick of American Idol, and that I think they should stop airing every bloody season of AMERICAN Idol on Canadian television.
Plus, it pushes Grey's Anatomy out of the tv line up when you have peasant vision, and this makes me sad this week because I am at home in Lethbridge.

My work term has been going well this week, but I am glad I am still in school. I really hope that I like my job when I graduate, because right now I am feeling like school is more fun. I think I will enjoy the work I am learning to do, but it might take a while. I hope it's ok that I am saying this.

Otherwise, me and Dan are getting married in 98 days. I meant to post when it was 100 days, but I didn't know what day that was until just now when I checked the counter down thing. I went to try on MY wedding dress tonight and it fits perfectly! No alterations needed, which is really quite remarkable when you think about it. My friends mom is going to put a bustle in and that is all that will be required. So that is great news. Also, I think we've got the flower situation under control, and it won't even cost a bazillion dollars, which is another good thing.

Well, I'm going to go watch tv until American Idol comes on. And then I will probably watch that too, but only out of spite.

PS WHITE RABBIT!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

people watching

Tonight I met up with my friend Jenn, so I took the c-train down to Chinook station...

story one:
On the way there, two guys got on and sat across from me. It soon became obvious that one of these guys was new to Calgary, and the other guy was his friend visiting him. The second guy had a pretty heavy accent, and I think he was from Eastern Canada - in any case he hadn't seen the Rockies before. Guy one is explaining the city to guy two, telling him about "tunnels" that connect down town buildings (which are actually +15's that go over the city streets), the Calgary tower, Olympic Plaza (outdoor ice rink that is downtown). Soon we pass the stampede grounds and shortly after the Talisman Centre. Guy one says to guy two, pointing to Talisman Centre, "That's the Saddledome". Naturally I had to correct him, and then they named me the tour guide.

story two:
Coming back home, a couple sat across from me. Their conversation was quite interesting to listen to. My version of their story is that they went out for a nice dinner and had a great time, and at the end of this dinner she told him "She needed more space". I missed some of the good parts of their conversation because we were going underground and it was loud, but basically she wanted to go out with another friend tonight after dinner and wanted more freedom, from him I guess, and he wasn't a big fan of this plan. It really sounded like they were breaking up over this. He replied with "You never pay attention to me anymore", and she said "Well you don't know what it's like to be pregnant". I wanted to know more, but then they got off the train.

Friday, February 23, 2007

you take your sweaters, you take your time

I have to say, it's been a while since I've just sat down at my computer and listened to music and made a new blog. The day has come I guess, and I am enjoying it.

On a side note, Happy Birthday to my cousins, Amy and Courtney!

A lot has been happening in the world and in my life as of late. I don't watch a lot of news programs, but I do watch breakfast television in the mornings, and also Ellen, which is where I get most of my information concerning the day to day in the world. I know that Lent started on Wednesday. I thought yesterday was Wednesday though, but it wasn't. The middle of February really came fast. I also know that the Oscars are on Sunday night. Ellen tells me this every day since she is hosting them this year. I don't really care so much, but she is funny and sometimes it's fun to see some of the dresses etc, so maybe I will tune in for part of it.

My work term starts on Monday. It's just a week long, and I have the priviledge of going to Ferrari Westwood Architects in Lethbridge. I am not sure what they will have me do, but I a sure that I will enjoy my week in Leth and that I will learn alot. And I will be loving the fact that I don't have homework next week.

I think I spent about 12 hours correcting the same things on drawings this week. Apparently some people don't understand how to ue xrefs in a drawing, and if you don't know how to use AutoCad chances are you don't either. But it really bugged me this week and made me stressed out a lot. The good news is that all our files are organized and our group will be ready to start on the next thing when we get back in two weeks. I am going to hold an xrefing session. Drafting techs should know this in their careers.

Anyway, last weekend I went to Abbotsford to visit the love of my life Daniel Wall. I had a half-ass reading break, and got to enjoy green grass, a little sun, my birthday, Grey's Anatomy, a calf starting to be born, coffee with a college friend, a queen size bed, the future in-laws (who I quite like, PS), and the ag show from Thursday to Monday - thanks to Alberta's best stat day, Family Day, and to SAIT for needing pro-development days.

Dan gave me a MEC zip up for my b-day, and Rachel (that's his mom) gave me Pampered Chef prep bowls. I am quite happy with both of these gifts, but I left the PC gift at Dan's house because I want to use them when we get married. And then it's like I get them again! I don't have any pics of my weekend, because even though I have gone digital, I didn't take any pictures, like usual.


So in preparation for my life after school, and also for work week, I have started to put together my portfolio of work. I can' believe how much stuff I've done in 14 months. It's kind of fun to look at my old drawings and see how my skills have improved over that time. It's actually just nice knowing that they have improved. I notice this mostly with autocad drawings, because you learn how to do things better with each assignment, and it's obvious. I fear my sketching and hand rendering abilities have slipped a bit, but that is what you get when you don't do it for a year. I am looking forward to the day when I finish organizing all of my files of all of my SAIT stuff...(Yes, I am a geek, and it's always a dead give away when the long posts are made on a Friday night.)

Well, I have to work tomorrow, and that means there are only 7 more Saturdays before I am done school. That doesn't seem like so many, which is good, because I generally dislike my job, even though it's not really that bad. If at any point it's sucking, it's because of mall people. They are mean and grumpy most of the time, not at all like the people buying lotto and cigarettes.

I need to call my boyfriend now and prep him for premarital counseling next weekend. Just joking! (About the prep, not the counseling.)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

the latest and greatest (I'm not talking about new blogger)

My apologies for not making my posts very personal lately. I haven't had much to say lately, but today I decided it doesn't matter what I say, so I can say it anyway and that is fine.

Mom and dad came to visit me yesterday. We went to Ikea and to a mall and also to Safeway and out for supper at Red Lobster. It was a good day. I like when they come to see me!

I couldn't sleep last night worth a darn. Well, actually I did fall asleep only to wake up an hour later and not be able to sleep. Why does this happen? I would like to know.

This morning I made 2 chicken pot pies. We had one for supper and one is in the freezer waiting for a day when there is no food to eat. I also made some banana choco. muffs last night, and some cookies last week, so I am pretty well stocked on the baking at the moment. I really like to bake. Food is definitely one of the greatest pleasures of my life.

Facts of the day:
-right now it feels like -27 degress celcius outside in Calgary. It's actually only -19, but with wind you get to freeze your butt off (literally) if you go outside. I have to work tomorrow night, so I am hoping (but not really believing) that it will not be so cold tomorrow. I don't enjoy walking home at 9:30 PM when it's -30 ish and snowing.
-short weeks of school don't really feel short. We have a fake reading week coming up, which really means that we have this Thursday and Friday off and also Monday, which is family day. I am going to Abbotsford for these days, where it's 7 degress celcius, and only raining!
-I talk about weather a lot

The wedding invitations are made and ready to be mailed. Actually, they need addresses and stamps still, but other than that they are done. And I must say I quite like them. Maybe I will put a picture of them up once I send them out. I don't want to ruin the surprise after all!

Heidi is going to Texas tomorrow. Actually tomorrow she is going home, and then will go on to Texas. She's going to El Paso to do her Photo Journalism internship, so that will be fun for her, and lonely for me, and also not lonely. Speaking of internships, I will be doing my "work week" in Lethbridge at Ferrari Westwood Architects, and I am quite excited about this. It took a bit of work for this to come together, but now it has and that is a load off my mind.

Well, now I am bored and will go do something else. Probably homework, which is perhaps equally boring, but this is after all the Procrastination Station!!

Friday, February 09, 2007

the switch

I switched to Blogger beta...which better be better. I'll keep you posted. I'm going to try to figure it out now.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

sun

Today was the first day this semester that was still light out when I walked home after school at 6PM. It was lovely. Cold, but lovely.

Here are some pictures of my Lake Louise day with Lindsey and ice sculptures - I hope you can see them!


Friday, January 26, 2007

a good weekend...and it's only friday!

Today during our last class of the day (which is from 2-5PM...hardly a good time for a class on a Friday) Raelene, Cale, Steve, Lindsey, Olivier and myself made a little improptu supper plan. Since we were all on our own today as far as our home lives went, Raelene invited us over for a pot-luck/come and cook supper at her place.
We had ceasar salad, grilled steak and grilled chicken, roasted bell peppers, potato pockets with carrots and onion (which was my "contribution"), garlic bread and a fruit flan for dessert! It was so good - I don't think I've been this full since Christmas!
We also played Things and some Scotland Yard, which we as a group came to love last semester as we worked on our group project. I feel like I haven't really hung out with these people since before Christmas - we really grew in friendship last semester through the project we shared and we are all split up for this semester's project, and I have missed them. It was nice just sharing their company. I brought my camera to take pictures, but forgot to get it out when I was at Rae's.
I also never really thought that I would gain any lifelong frienships with people I met at SAIT, although now, a year and a half later I am glad to say that just the opposite has happened. I love these people, and even though I know we will grow apart, I know too we will all keep in contact throughout our careers.
Anyway, I have other plans for this weekend too. I have to work tomorrow, but am then going to a Roughnecks game (lacrosse)with Linse and some of her friends and then on Sunday we are going to Lake Louise to see some ice sculptures! Should be a fantastic weekend! I hope yours is good too!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

nothing in particular

I haven't done a lot of procrastinating lately, hence the serious lack of new posts. But today I guess it was time, even though there is nothing else I should be doing right now.
Today I took a bus. Actually I took two buses, and it was easy and got me where I needed to go quite quickly. In fact, I even "combo-ed" it and took the CTrain first and then a bus. This took me to Market Mall where I had a few errands to do. I found some shoes at American Eagle that I think are wedding appropriate too...this is them
Now the mall I went to didn't have my size of these shoes, so they called Chinook Mall and had that store put them on hold for me until the end of tomorrow. I am glad about this, but not looking forward to going down there, because it's a long way on the CTrain.
That is all I have to report today.
Oh yeah, on a random note, here is something else I love:

Sunday, January 14, 2007

a list

A little late to be considered New Years Resolutions, but I've made a list of things I want to do while I still live in Calgary/General things I want to do to make my life better:

1. take more buses. I have been quoted as saying "I don't take buses, and I don't combo" (meaning I don't take the c-train and then a bus) but that is silly because what if I want to go someplace that isn't on the c-train line? So I am going to take the bus more often, and not be afraid of it.
2. excercise. This may seem like a typical thing to say in January, but I am actually going to do it. And now I have to because I've put it out there. Basically I have almost every morning off from school, and I should use some of those hours to make my body more healthy. Plus my friends have those hours off too, and it helps when you have a partner.
3. clean my house more. Let's face it, this place is a mess most of the time.
4. try out new recipes/actually cook balanced meals more often. I was spoiled at home over the holidays, and I liked it. May as well try to do the same here.
5. nap more. Life doesn't need to be so stressed out. The real goal here is to slow down, and napping is a good way to do that.
6. drink more water. Enough said.
7. actually go to First Thursdays. First Thursdays is a program in Calgary aimed to actually make people go out and discover stuff about the city, namely downtown around Stephen Ave. They usually have restaurant promos and different stuff to do for free or for really cheap. Heidi and I have been telling ourselves to go since we learned about it last October (2005, I mean). It happens on the First Thursday of every month. Ok I just tried it find the info online, but it looks like maybe they don't do this anymore...I will have to investigate further.

That so far is my list....to be continued???

Thursday, January 11, 2007

every post needs a title

-Holidays are over. I had really good holidays.
-I started school again on the 8th. My classes look ok so far, but the schedule in which they occur is not ideal. Oh well, what can you do?
-Dan is still here visting me. He goes back to Abbotsford tomorrow night. I don't want him to leave.
-We have pre-marital counseling in March. Which happens to be the same weekend after my work week for school...so I don't know what I'm going to do about that, since the counseling is in Lethbridge, and starts on Friday night. Anybody know any architectural firms in Lethbridge that want a student from Feb 26 to March 1?
-Last weekend was a wedding reception for my cousin and his wife. They got married in St. Lucia, so the family came to Brooks to say congratulations. Here are some pictures of my family. (Ironically, there are none of the couple)

Me and my Auntie's Sue and Rose

Me and Eve

Me and Tanya

(she wanted everyone to know that she had my engagement ring on at the time because she loves rings)

Eve dancing the night away - she danced to every song. Seriously.

-Dan and I worked on our wedding invitations a bit this week. It's hard to believe that it' s only 5 months away!
-I don't know what else to write, so I will move on to emails and breakfast.