Friday, November 30, 2007
I've decided that with my very bad luck, I am done the the amphibian thing for now, maybe even forever. I'll stick to just having cats for now.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
I am also giving an offical Lefthandedsocks welcome to Susan, my new roommate. You can see her blog if you look to your right, although she hasn't posted in forever. Something about her computer being really old and it wanting to blow up if she tries to make a blog entry.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Jon and I have now been going out for over a year! That's totally amazing. God totally makes people meet people at the right time.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seaking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perserveres. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Well, I make a post seeing as I am at work and need something to stay awake with and I haven't posted in a while and a lot had happened since I last posted.
As some of you know and some of you don't, I had to move out of my house the first weekend of September. About 11 days after I had moved into that place, I found out that my roommate has schizophrenia. I found out because she hadn't taken her medication since I had moved in and she was freaking out. But she promised to start taking her medication again. And she did, for about two weeks and she was great. But then she stopped taking it again. She started into this pattern where she would take her meds for one day and then stop, freak out about 5 days later and then take them again for one day. About a week before I moved out, she started to get really scary. She was uttering death threats about the people she was freaking out about. It was never me from what I heard, but it was still scary. Then the Friday before my first night shift at Cornerstone, she was freaking out again, I was a little worried to be leaving but I had to go to work. But when I got home on Saturday morning she was really bad. She was saying how much she hated living with the cats and she was going to move to a one bedroom apartment and she actually started calling places. I was just going to shrug it off and go to bed, but something inside of me told me that I had to get out of there. So I went and got Jon, we got Mazy and Tesseract out first and then Jon got a bunch of people together and we moved my stuff out. I honestly believe that if I had not moved out that day and just gone to work that night that Mazy and Tesseract would not have been alive when I got back. I feel really bad for my old roommate because she needs help and she doesn't see how much help she needs and I also think that her family is in denial about how much help she needs.
So for the last three weeks I have been staying with Betty-Lou. Betty-Lou is a very amazing women who goes to my church. I am so grateful that she was willing to take me in. I don't know what I would have done, because almost everyone I know is allergic to cats. I probably would have ended up back in Ontario. I mean it would be nice to live near family again, but it would have felt like defeat and even worse, it would have meant leaving Jon behind.
So I have decided that I am never again moving in with anyone because I don't want to give anyone that much power over me again. It is really expensive to live on your own in Edmonton right now, but for me, it is worth it.
I found a place and I am moving in on Monday. It is a two bedroom top floor of a house. It is old, but I like it. And it is my name on the lease. I can't wait. I can't for stupid things like being able to use my own dishes and pots and pans and stuff like that. I can't wait to not feel like I am invading on someone’s space and that if they didn't need the rent money, I wouldn't be there.
Life is strange. This whole last year has felt like I have been sliding backwards. The only good things were meeting Jon and Mission Mexico. Don't get me wrong, those were two huge things in my life, but everything else just seemed so negative. But this fall and winter is time to get things back on track. That year is over with now and it is time to move forward:)
Well apparently blog posts at 1:30 am are reflective, feeling post.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Claude was an interesting person. Somedays he could be the grumpiest old fart out there, but most days he was a nice guy with a hard past. There were somedays where he'd be dancing around the kitchen while he was doing the dishes. He always had a story. Heroin was Claude's drug of choice. He told me that he tried every drug out there, but heroin was the only one that he ever went back too. But he had been clean since coming to live at the ARC 5 years ago. He didn't really talk much about his family. The only thing he told me was that they were all career military and that he had served for 3 years but dropped out because it wasn't for him. He didn't have much contact with his family after started doing drugs.
I'm quite sure that where ever Claude is right now, he is cruising on a Harley.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
One thing that I find amusing when I sign petitions from the Save Darfur Coalition is that when they are addressed specifically to the While House/President Bush about five minutes after signing you get an email like this
On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.
We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.
Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.
Thank you again for taking the time to write.
I find it quite entertaining. If you would also like to receive your very own automatic email responses from the White House, you should visit the Save Darfur Coalition web site and sign some petitions yourself. Not only will you receive correspondence from the White House, more importantly you will be helping to bring attention to a very important humanitarian crisis that is occurring right now on our very planet.
Friday, August 24, 2007
So after a 2-year hiatus I am back to working occasional night shifts. I accepted a position at Cornerstone, the women's aftercare residence run by the ARC. I'm not entirely sure what I will be doing. I think it is front desk. All I know is that Gladys said that she really needed people to work nights on the weekends and so I said that I'd do it. It is every second Friday and Saturday from 9pm-9am. Crazy hours, but the pay is rather good and extra money always comes in handy.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
When will people realize that you really shouldn't live and work at the Salvation Army if you intend on doing drugs? When I got back to work on Monday morning I found out that a person that I have been working in the kitchen with and who also lives there has been booted out because he showed up to work totally high and hallucinating. This is someone whom the kitchen staff has been suspecting of not being clean for a long while now and we were waiting for him to give us a reason to have him drug tested. We expected him not to show up this weekend because we got paid this last Thursday (he has a habit of not showing up on weekends after pay days). So if he didn't show up we were going to have him drug tested. He did show up and was high as a kite. So he has been kicked out of the residence. Unfortunately, we work in a union and because of this he has to be given another chance. He has to complete a 21-day rehab program and then is aloud back to work. Now, I'm all for people being given second chances, but this is not the first time that he has messed up like this. He has been in and out of rehab for almost 30 years. This is not the first job that he has been suspended from. None of us in the kitchen feel comfortable at all about the idea of him coming back. It is very dangerous to have someone who is high on cocaine working in a kitchen. It would be really not cool if he comes back.
Also I found out the story about Jeff and Rick. On Thursday night they came home completely drunk and so have been kicked out of the program. It's such a shame. I just don't get it. Especially with Jeff. He was done. Why come so far and then mess everything up. I guess I am just very fortunate that I don't get it.
Friday, August 17, 2007
So there are these two guys in the Anchorage program who started the program just before I started working there. Their names are Tim and Jeff. I have been really routing for them to finish the program and get everything straightened out. And they have been doing so well. They both finished the program last week and are waiting to get a spot at Keystone, the men's aftercare residence. They were going to move there in September. I was so happy for them. Then on Thursday we found out that Jeff didn't come home on Wednesday night. I was crushed. He was so close and has come such a long way. There was another guy, Rick, who didn't come back either. I don't know what happened to them, I might find out on Monday when I go back to work. It sucks because if you miss curfew while in Anchorage, you are out. It's really sad because Jeff was doing so well. I just pray that neither Jeff nor Rick are dead or fallen back into old habits.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Well, apparently I have a bigger readership then I thought. Apparently it includes someone called Anonymous...
Don't you just love it when people leave rude comments on your blog and then are too ashamed to put their names behind their words. Yes, the previous blog entry received some rather nice comments. I don't think that I will delete those comments. It's good for people to see the kinds of things that pansies are writing. I will however, no longer allow anonymous comments on my blog because I believe that if someone is going to express their opinion on something, they should have to put their name behind their words.
Also, on a good note, yesterday I received an apology for the incident mentioned. I was happy about that.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
So today there was an incident at work that really bothered and offended me. During soup line today someone left a Bible sitting on the table. A person I work with, who will remain nameless, told me this and then suggested that we better hurry up and rip the Bible up before someone picks it up to read. I was livid after he said that. I reminded him that he works at a facility run by a Christian organization and if he has no respect for Christianity that perhaps he should not work here anymore. He said that he hated how he was told that he was not allowed to listen to his type of music while at work and if he continued to he would be written up and fired. I said that it was no excuse to say that you would violate a religion's holy book, especially not when you are being employed by that religion. It is one thing to not agree with a religion, it is an entirely different thing to say that you want to destroy their holy book. He knows exactly how strong of a Christian I am and he is lucky that I have as much self-restraint as I do. Needless to say, I am writing him up tomorrow and making sure that my manager knows exactly how I feel about this. Religious intolerance should not be tolerated. He needs to learn that he can't show that kind of disrespect towards others.
Oh and yes Dad, I was not going to mention Barry Bonds because I felt that I said enough in the first post. I liked the comparision though, that was nice.
Monday, August 06, 2007
So yesterday I ranted about Barry Bonds. Today I would like to acknowledge another baseball milestone that was reached yesterday. Tom Glavine won his 300th game last night. This is an awesome milestone, as he became only the 23rd picture in baseball history to win 300 plus games. This, along with his 2 Cy Young Awards and 5 20 plus game winning seasons, guarantees him at the very least a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot and most likely an entry into it. This is great. Tom Glavine has always been one of my favorite players. He is someone who knows and respects the game and shows a lot of class on and off the field.
Frequently at work we have homeless people who go dumpster diving in the dumpsters out back. They usually get a good haul because, unfortunately, we throw a lot of things out (I suppose that is not all entirely unfortunate because then people can find food in our dumpster). Today while I was throwing out some donuts that the residents wouldn't eat, I noticed someone in the dumpster. That was the first time that I actually ran into someone dumpster diving. I didn't really know what to say. I apologize for almost dumping a box of donuts on his head and then placed the donuts beside the dumpster. Later when I took some trash out, the box was gone.
The thing that bothers me the most about working there is how much the guys complain about the amount of food they are getting served, or the quality of food that they are getting served. There are some decent people who live there and so they are not included in this rant. I think most of them forget where they came from, why they are there and where they would be if they did not live there. Come on, lets face it, living at the Salvation Army is one step up of living on a park bench. Or in Edmonton, tent city. These guys are definitely the biggest group of ungrateful, selfish men I have ever met. Sometimes, it really gets to me, although I try not to let it. It is too bad for them that I know how to stand up for myself and don't take any kind of nonsense from them. I'm sure if any of them had any amount of ambition, they would have tried to write me up at least a dozen times. Too bad for them, I only enforce the rules and as such have nothing to get in trouble for.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Yesterday, Barry Bonds hit his 755th home run. Good for him, congratulations. The unfortunate part comes in when you realize that this means that he has tied The Great Hank Aaron for the most career home runs. This is a record that stood since 1976 and the top spot in career homers was well earned by Hank Aaron when he broke Babe Ruth's record of 715 in 1974. It is said that it was a great moment when Hank Aaron broke the record. It was a good moment for baseball and for America when a black man surpassed one of baseballs greatest icons in the most number of home runs. The same cannot be said of last night. For anyone I discuss baseball with, it is no secret that I dislike Barry Bonds. How can I have respect for a guy who 1. wears more body armour then a Leopard tank while he is at bat so he can crowd the plate and not get hurt when a picture goes inside and 2. is surrounded by accusations of steroid use which was over looked by brilliant commissioner Bud Selieg. Bonds will not doubt surpass Hank Aaron within the next few days. Our only hope is that A-Rod is speculated to surpass Bonds before his career is up. Wont that be a day to celebrate (there is a lot of sarcasm there for those who don't know baseball).
If there was ever a record that disserved an asterix, it is this one.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Lillian and Hubert seemed to have outgrown their homes in the last few months and so today I repotted them. They went from cramped 4 inch apartments to 8 inch luxury condos. Hopefully Tesseract wont be able to knock poor Lillian over anymore.
Tycho is still doing well. He is as cute and hoppy as ever. The picture is kind of blurry. It's hard to take a good picture of him.
I guess I don't really have too much to post about. So I'll leave it at that. Oh yes, I'm doing some link managing, so if you haven't posted in longer then me, you are getting deleted. Sorry, but it is just the way of things.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
My Mom and Dad have been moved Brantford Ontario. I am going to visit them in Essex for one last time at the beginning of June. I'm glad I choose to go early in the summer before they move or else I would not get to meet my new cousins. That would be sad.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
There is still some physics left to concentrate on. I'm sure once the end has come there will be a long and mornful post.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
So I just went to feed Copernicus and see how he is because I hadn't seen him since I got home. Much to my surprise I discovered that he has apparently turned green on the top side of him. He was originally brown. In the wild fire bellied toads are green but most turn brown in captivity. Perhaps he changed back to being green? Although part of me suspects fowl play and that perhaps my toad has been replaced while I was away. I will have to question the suspect when I see him next. Here are before and after pictures.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
I feel like posting because posting can sometimes help relieve stress. Although I don't really have anything to post about. How come some times you have perfectly good intentions for something and it turns out to be a complete disaster? And people just end up getting hurt?
I'm talking to Charmaine right now on MSN. Hi Charmaine!
Today Jon went to test drive a 2007 VW GTI. I went with him. It's a nice car. I personally hope he gets it.
I should be doing my math assignment right now. That is also probably why I am posting. This of course means that I will be up early working on it. Oh well. I work better early in the morning and very late at night. I even made an attempt to go and see my math professor in his office to talk about the assignment and ask about getting notes ahead of time for when I am in Mexico and I even mentioned that I was coming after class on Tuesday and he said he would be there but wasn't. The one time that I actually attempt to go and see him, and he wasn't there. Oh well, seeing professors in their offices always makes me nervous.
I only have 4 shifts at Timmys left! I can't wait until my last shift is done.
There is only one week and 1 day until I am leaving for Mexico, that I also can't wait for.
Well, I was going to save this post until I knew the outcome for sure, but I feel like posting it because I am in one of those moods. As some of you know and many of you don't, I applied for the Canadian Forces. (Sorry to those of you who feel that you should have been told about this in a more personal way) I'm very excited about this. I applied under the Direct Entry Officer plan and hope to be an Aerospace Control Officer (Air Traffic and Air Weapons Control). I did my Aptitude test and Interview in February. Those were nerve racking but I did very well on them. I'm just waiting to have an optometry appointment, which is actually not easy to get in this city when you do not have an optometrist. My appointment isn't until after I get back from Mexico. But after that is done, my application will be sent off to the big wigs in Ottawa for them to decide whether or not they want me. I assure all of you out there that this is something that I have considered and prayed about a great deal. I didn't want to tell a lot of people incase I don't get in. But, it seemed the thing to do at this moment. So people can comment as they wish, just remember that this is my decision and just because you do not share the same viewpoints as I do, it does not make my viewpoints wrong.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
I only have 8 shifts left at Tim Hortons! I'm getting kind of excited.
It is 16 days until I leave for Mexico!! I'm getting even more excited about that.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
I am kind of sad about having to leave though. This is the first job that I have ever had that I actually like the manager and the people I work with. I have even made two very awesome friends. I will miss working with them a great deal. April is going to be pretty sweet though. I'll have all the time in the world to study for my finals and do my last three assignments. Plus more time for working out. Of course there will not be any money coming in. But my tax return is large enough so that I can easily make it through April and then I'll find a job. Anyone want to hire me?
I know everything will work out and Mission Mexico is more then worth it. A lot has been changing lately and I guess this is just part of it.
I am someone who got up again I am someone unshakable I have seen the earth spinning 'round And now I understand They used to keep you on the outside Now you're the only survivor You have spoken with the angels And your face still shines Just like mine We're The Glorious Ones The Glorious Ones Forever in the sun, we are The Glorious Ones And tonight we are the strangers In the darkness underground We have eternal things in out hands And tomorrow we rise So wise ~Tree 63 The Glorious Ones
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Well, I had a pleasent surprise when I got home from work today. My passport arrived! That was very quick. The nice passport lady told me that it would take 4-5 weeks to get to me, instead it took less then 3. That's pretty cool. It makes the Mexico trip seem so much more real because now there is nothing stopping me from going. I can't wait!!!!!!!!!
Can we hang out tonight underneath Your ceiling I could stare up at a million lights and listen to You breathing
If I fall fast asleep it's just because I feel so safe in You It won't take much to wake me up Could I walk out to sea way beyond these breakers We have no place amongst the movers and the shakers Yours is the only throne I'll
ever get down on my knees before You have the whole of me Lover come away Come away my lover I heard You say You've stolen my heart with one glance of Your eyes When I fell down You raised me up That's gravity Yours is the only throne I'll ever get down on my knees before You have the whole of me Lover come away When I fell down you were standing there waiting for me You picked me up, welcomed me home That's gravity Won't You come away Won't You come away with my Lover of my soul ~Tree 63 A Million Lights
Saturday, February 10, 2007
It occurs to me that I have forgotten to mention the unfortunate passing of Kepler the Newt. He escaped from his cage over Christmas. It was very sad...
Instead of another newt, I decided to get a Fire-Bellied Toad. His name is Copernicus. He has lasted for almost 2 months now. A significant amount of time longer then Kepler lastest. Plus he actually eats on a regular basis. He's really cute. Here are some pictures.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
I want to set The story straight It's time to tell The truth I never could Have come so far If it were not For You You covered up my sin You covered up my silence You covered up my shame You made me new again It's all because of You... They tell me to Abandon You To make my dreams Come true So what am I Supposed to do? I only dream Of You You covered up my sin You covered up my silence You covered up my shame I am new again. ~Tree 63- All Because