Friday, November 30, 2007

Tycho the Toad

I have the unfortunate task of reporting that Tycho the Toad has been lost. It seems that he managed, once again, to escape from his tank, but this time I couldn't find him. I'm not holding out hope anymore because it has been since Tuesday that I last saw him and there is no way he could survive out of water for that long. It's very sad. He was such a cute little toad.

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

Bizzare Banana



So there were some bananas at work today and one of the sets had on that looked like this...





And the inside looked like this... It was very strange.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Recombinated... I mean reconnected

I am back online:) So hopefully you will soon be recieving regularly posted posts. Note the key word in the sentence as hopefully. I also have a phone with unlimited long distance. So those of you who are my friends from far away and actually maybe want to talk to me, then you can have my phone number. Well, I guess you Edmonton people can also have my phone number.

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

Sexy Geek

This website -sexygeek.ca- contains an hilarious comic strip (if you are into physics comics that is). They are written by a physics student at UofA.

Praying


I love this picture. I miss Mexico. I am tentatively planning a return for January 2009. It will be awesome.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

No phone + no internet = sucky

I really need to move into this century and get a phone, possibly even internet connection at my very own house. I'm not holding my breath for that one though. But this not having a phone thing really bits. I do fully intend on getting a phone line hooked up real soon says the girl who has been saying that for almost a month. My goal this week is to get a phone hooked up. That seems like not a very difficult goal to accomplish.

Good Song

I was watching the news tonight Anchorman said there was a fight And a young man died from his wounds They showed pictures of the battle And I almost turned the channel Like I always see you do Then it hit me like a freight train coming through That’s somebody’s son, Somebody’s husband, Somebody’s everything, Out there someone’s coming undone It made me wonder if anyone really wins When every war has to be won That’s somebody’s son I walked the hall to check On my youngest lying in bed And I stood there watching him dream I tried but I couldn’t imagine if something happened And I didn’t have him here with me Then I cried for that dead boy and his family He’s somebody’s son, Somebody’s husband, Somebody’s everything, Out there someone’s coming undone. It made me wonder if anyone really wins When every war has to be won He’s somebody’s son Somebody’s son, Somebody’s husband, Somebody’s everything. Out there someone’s coming undone. It made me wonder if anyone really wind When every war has to be won Somebody’s son ~ Somebody's Son, Aaron Lines

Saturday, October 13, 2007

I seem to only post while at work...

... that is because I do not yet have internet at my house. I'm working on it and getting a phone. My bank account was hurting after having to write a damage deposit and rent. As for my new place, I'm liking it. Have I pointed out that I do not have any roommates? That is quite possibly the best part about it. I haven't unpacked yet. I have been quite busy. Also a lot of my boxes are still at Glenda and Ian's... I will retrieve them at some time. You can keep my table for longer.

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

A confession

I have a confession to make... I currently love country music... there I said it.

Totally Jon's fault.

Love

I don't think there is a better description then this...

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

A post... I'm posting

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

R.I.P. Claude

Today, a person that I work with at the ARC, Claude, passed away. He was a dishwasher and also a resident there. It was rather sudden and shocking. He had been sick for a couple of weeks, but when I talked to him on Wednesday he said that he was coming back to work on Monday. It was just so weird. We all knew that he was sick but never figured that this would happen. We all expected him to come back to work.

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

Quite possibly the coolest landscape picture I have taken

This is a picture I took while in Mexico. It is the sun setting over the ocean with Venus (the white spec in the upper part of the photo)

Two New Links

If you are observant, you may have noticed that there are two new links over on the right hand side of my blog. The first is the offical site for the Save Darfur Coalition and the second is for STAND Canada. Everyone should visit both sites and check them out.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

One thing that is amussing

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.

Tripping Out

I saw one of the strangest things I have ever seen today, while at work. This women was in the back alley and myself and another employee saw the women take a hoof (this is apparently what it is called when someone does crack) and then started tripping out. I've never seen anyone do crack before. I was amazed at how instantaneous the effects were. Watching her tripping out was really strange. Every part of her was constantly in motion. It lasted about five minutes and then it was done. As quick as the effects came, they were gone. After seeing that, I can see how crack could be so addictive. You get the high and then it's gone right away and you have to get it again. It was crazy. Why do people want to do that to themselves?

Friday, August 24, 2007

Back to the night shifts

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

So apparently I do like some kinds of fish

While at Lesser Slave Lake this weekend, I went fishing. Well, I didn't actually fish because I don't have a fishing liceance but I was out in the boat. Afterwards we had a fish n' fry. We had caught some Walleye. To my surprise, it was delicious! I had never tried Walleye before and nor had I ever had fresh fish. I quiet enjoyed it. This is good because I have been trying to like fish because it is very good for me. I can't wait for the next fishing trip. Perhaps I will get a liceance. I don't think I will actually fish because I am too much of a softy to hook a fish. But if I have a liceance we can bring in more fish.

Lesser Slave Lake

I love going north. It is my favorite direction to travel in. So visiting Lesser Slave Lake last weekend was very cool. It's a nice spot. I suggest everyone visit there.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Busted

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

But see, he was supposed to make it

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

Whoa very weird

I live in Joey and Jotheney's old house. The exact one that they lived in. Jotheney, I sleep in your old room.

That was just a random fact because I felt that since I hadn't posted since Friday I needed to do so.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Lefthanded Socks


Sweet socks! I found these at Giant Tiger today! Of course the other says righty, but that's not the important one.

A bigger readership and an apology

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

Religious Intolerance

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.

Posting once again

Yes, the splurge of posting is due to the fact that I now have a reliable internet connection, instead of a sketchy, quasi legal one.

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

300

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.

Dumpster Diving

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.

New Diggs

Yes, so I am happily moved into my place. I am very glad to be out of Liz's condo. That joint was lame. My new place is so much cooler, as is my new roommate. And it is a three bedroom townhouse, so it is so much bigger and in a much better location then the suburbs. I think that Mazy and Tesseract are liking it a lot better too. There is actually room for them to run around. There is also a dog to keep then occupied. I really hope they are not plotting anything against him. They seem to get along fine.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Unfortunate

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

George and Julian


These are my new house plants, George and Julian.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bashir lies, Darfur dies

Watch the video, visit the website (www.savedarfur.org) and sign some petitions.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

What a lovely afternoon

Thank you to Jon, Ben, Joey, Susan and Jason for such a lovely afternoon.

I got two new members of my family, George and Julian. They are more house plants from Ikea. I will post pictures soon.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My family members


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

Insects everywhere

Went on a fishing trip to Baptiste Lake near Athabasca on Monday. Everywhere you looked there were swarms of these insects. They weren't mosquitoes though so they really didn't bug (hahaha) me. I thought this was a cool picture though.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I'm a lazy bloger lately

I have been so lazy with blogging lately. I guess I just don't have anything to say. There really isn't anything exciting going on right now. I like my new apartment. After living in basement suites for 5 years it is odd living in a third floor appartment. My roommate is really nice and the cats are starting to get along. A funny thing is that our phone number is almost the same as the number to report a poacher to Alberta Fish and Wildlife so this morning I got a call, very early in the morning from someone trying to call them. I think next time I get a call that early in the morning I am going to answer with "Alberta fish and wildlife, how may I direct your call?..." I think that would be funny. But perhaps that is just me.

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

The end of something

An hour and 17 minutes ago I finished writing my Partial Differential Equations final exam. I don't know how I feel about that. I'm happy that the exam is done and I always am with exams. But at the same time I am sad. This is the last math course of my degree and quite possibly the last math course that I will ever take again and that makes me sad. I love math. I love the way it makes me think and I love the satisfaction of finally solving a math problem that I have been working on for hours. I am going to miss it.

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

Optometry appointment

Today I handed in the results of my optometry appointment to the Recruiting Centre. It was the last thing needed for my application. Now hopefully soon it will be sent off to the big wigs in Ottawa. Then hopefully I will soon know what is going to go on. I'm excited. I could be starting a career soon. Wow, crazy.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Another new cousin

This is Emma Grace MacDonald. She is my new cousin. Well second cousin that is. She is my cousin Murray's daughter and the first of the next generation of the Hardcastle family (my Mom's side of the family). Wow, two new family members in 4 months, how lucky am I? I can't wait until I go home during the summer to meet Erin and Emma.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Clifford E. Lee Nature Sancutary and 6 months!





Today Jon and I have been going out for 6 months! Time passes fast. So we spent some time at the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sancutary just outside of Devon. It's very pretty there and I haven't been there since going skating with Carol and Glenna about three winters ago. It was nice to get out of the city and into nature.
I assure you that pictures and stories of Mexico will be coming soon. For those of you on Facebook though there are already lots up there.
Also, the toad mystery has been solved. It turns out that Copernicus escaped while Jon was babysitting him. So he got replaced but Jon "forgot" to tell me. I don't yet have a name for the new one. I am considering Tycho after the astronomer Tycho Brahe.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Copernicus turned green



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

Back from Mexico

I got back from Mexico yesturday, well actually very early this morning. The trip was amazing. It was more then I could ever have imagined and I would go back in a heart beat. The children who live at the home and in the village, Venadillo were amazing. It was pretty heart breaking to leave them. I really hope that I can go back sometime. I don't really know what to write in this post. There are so many thoughts and feelings that need to be analized. I'm sure posts for the next while will be about Mexico. All I can say is that God is awesome- Dios es grandious.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Off to Mexico

I'm doing the final bit of packing to leave for Mexico. I got off work early today. It's a very early start tomorrow morning and I still have lots to do. I can't wait to get there. For those of you who are interested, you can see daily updates on the Edmonton Temple website. There is already one from the first team that arrived on Wednesday. It seems very surreal that the trip is finally here. Thank you to all of you who have supported me, finacially and otherwise for this trip.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Just feel like posting

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.

So I guess I did have something to post about after all:)

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

What a beautiful day

I usually love Edmonton winters because, while it is frigidly cold, the Sun is shinning and the sky is brilliantly blue. The nighttime sky is just as a good and about as much of a delight as an astronomer is likely to get in the city. But this winter has been so cloudy and drab. The clouds rolled in just in time to ruin the transit of Mercury in November and have stayed ever since aside from a few days here and there. So I was delighted this morning to wake up to a beautiful, sunny day. I even pulled out the sunglasses! Now that is a good day.

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

Being forced to quit

So today my manager, James, told me that the owner will not give the time off I requested for Mission Mexico. So as a result of that, I am quitting. My last day is March 22. I have some choice words to describe the owner at the moment. James called her the devil. He's not impressed that she is making me quit instead of letting me have the 4 shifts off that I need. He was coming up with all these crazy schemes to get me to stay, all of them slightly dishonest. I told him that I don't want to work for a women who cannot respect the purpose of me going on this mission trip.

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

Lent/Self Denial

As I'm sure you all know, lent started yesturday and I have a confession to make. I am a Tim Hortons cookie addict. It's actually quite bad and I have realized that the majority of the tips I earn at work have gone to fueling my addiction. It's a good thing I work out regularly. So for lent I have decided to give up Tim Hortons cookies in an effort to stop the addiction. To help with this, all of the tips I earn are going into the little blue Self Denial box. Hopefully at the end of it I will see how many tips I do actually make in a month and realize that it is worth saving them instead of spending them on things I don't need, like Tim Hortons cookies.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

No matter how hard you try to teach your cat general relativity, you're going to fail ~Brian Greene

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A pleasent surprise


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

Another new member of the family



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

I got bored of green

thus you get blue know on my rarely ever posted on anymore blog. I assure you there are things going on, but I would rather not post about them until I know more about them for sure... I assure you the future on Lefthanded Socks could be very interesting.

Monday, January 29, 2007

My Passport Experiance

Well, as most of you know I am going on Mission Mexico in March and, like most things in life, I left getting my passport until pretty much the last minute. I went down on Friday and got there at 6:15am only to find out that 1) it was unlikely that I would make it in and 2) I forgot my birth certificate (hey going to bed at 2am and waking up at 5am is not very condusive to making you remember things). Seeing as it was 6:15 and it was unlikely I was going to get in, I decided the only thing left to do was to camp outside of Canada Place on Sunday night and get my passport application in on Monday morning. So, that's what I did. Kim (who was being the best sister ever and whom I owe very big) and I arrived at Canada Place at 1am and cozied in for the night. We were 43rd in line. It wasn't too cold of a night. We both snuggled down into sleeping bags and listened to some tunes. It was actually a rather pleasent atmosphere, everyone was talking to each other and holding eachother's place in line if they had to step out briefly (Kim had to use the washroom at around 3am so we trucked it down to a Tim Hortons). Even though it was a little cold, I think the weather could have been a lot worse because there was nothing falling from the sky and there was almost no advection of temperature (a fancy new expression that I learned for wind chill in my Continuum Mechanics class). However, it was increadibly nice when the doors to Canada Place opened up at 5:45am and we were able to wait inside. The office opened at 8am. Shortly before then we were greeted by a passport officer (custom officer?) with "Welcome to my nightmare". I was out of there by 8:45am after being informed that my passport should arrive in 4-5 weeks, which gives me a 1-2 week cushion before leaving for Mexico. I think it was definitly worth going down there that early. It was good to know that I was definitly going to get in that day instead of waiting all day in line just to find out that they are going to close without letting you in. This feels like such a big stress has been lifted off my shoulders. Now it's almost out of my hands whether or not my passport gets to me in time. But it was all worth it.

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

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Horned Melon

Recently while at the grocery store, I was intriqued by this very bizzare looking fruit. It is called a Horned Melon. The outside looks so lovely and you expect to find a wonderful, juicy, suculent fruit on the inside. The inside is actually very gooey and filled with seeds. The general opinion of all who tried it (myself, Kim and Jon) was that it tasted like either a sour or a salty banana. It is a very bizzare taste experiance. I don't think it is one that I wish to repeat. The outside of the fruit however is very pleasent looking, so perhaps it can be decoration one day.