Sunday, December 24, 2006


It's Christmas Eve and here at work we're busy eating, singing, and tracking Santa on NORAD's webpage... oh yes, and we're also forecasting the weather. Everyone in the office brought in treats, and our bosses went out and bought us so much food... I don't know if I've ever seen such a spread! It's actually pretty fun working tonight... it's like I'm a kid again and too excited to sleep thinking about my presents. I'm actually getting a pretty good present tomorrow... James is coming to town!

Friday, December 22, 2006

My Favorite Lurker

So this post is dedicated to my friend Eric, who I've found out reads my blog, but cannot comment (although that part is slightly suspect). I have been feeling a little down about blogging of late, because I felt like other than Bec and Ang, no one reads mine, basically it's been your run of the mill Christmas blogging pitty party. But finding out that I have a lurker of my own has made me excited once again to share the boring details of my life with the world... so thanks Eric.

So tonight I'm at work for the first of my three Christmas night shifts... oh man there are a lot of sweets here ... and we haven't even gotten to christmas eve when we are having an actual buffet. There are tim bits, cupcakes, candy canes, turtles (OK, I brought the turtles), chocolates, and a raw shrimp ring that was sitting out all day long. We tried to get our supervisor to throw them out, but he seemed to think that they were still good so they are in the fridge, a food-poisoning trap waiting for anyone who doesn't know any better than to eat raw shrimp out of a communal work fridge.

My family left town this morning, after arriving here yesterday morning. It was so fun having them in town, but it was also definitely a gong show and I don't really know how the next week of driving across the prairies will be for them. We spent almost all day yesterday at the West Edmonton Mall... shopping, and wandering around. Me and Max went on the roller coaster, which was a highlight... every time I think that maybe I've built it up in my mind and it's not as good as I remember, but it never disappoints. Of course Max, who has been a dare devil since we were little, was so calm. We're hanging upside down, and I'm screaming while he leans over to me and is saying, "yeah this roller coaster is really good". I guess once you've bungee jumped 30+ times, roller coasters are no longer that scary.

We went for dinner at daddy-o's on Whyte, and then went back to my place. We opened presents, then Max watched movies while my parents and I played San Juan, which my Dad totally won. I couldn't believe the crappy luck I was having that I couldn't even beat two first time players.

They left really quickly this morning because they had dinner plans in Saskatoon, and my Dad had to get on the road RIGHT AWAY. While he was running around, counting down the minutes until they had be out the door (and then the minutes they were late by), telling mom she didn't have time for breakfast, packing, or going to the washroom, I had a breakthrough. I get my Trip Nazi tendencies from my father! Anyone who has ever traveled with me (Lynn, Laura, James, Angela) knows what I'm talking about... it's a sickness and I'm trying to change... but at least I know where I get it from and that has to be one of the steps, right?

Monday, December 18, 2006

Are your parents home?

So I'm on some suckers list for charities, because I gave some money a year ago to some charity event. Now I'm so annoyed because I get 30 phone calls a day, and 80% of all mail that arrives at my house is from charities wanting money from me. I don't mind giving money, but I've now decided not to give to any charity that solicits money from me. I'll have to go to them. Well usually I screen all the 1-800 numbers that show up on my call display, but today for some reason I picked up. I say hello, and after a pause the woman on the phone goes "Is your mommy or daddy home?". After a pause I reply "No, I'm all grown up." Does my voice sound like a little kids and I just don't know it? She apologized by saying "you just sound SO young". Thanks. After that she wasn't getting anything from me for her little angels or whatever she was collecting for.

In other news, I had the strangest driving experience today. I'm stopped at this red light, when this cop car with lights flashing drives up and parks in the middle of the intersection. The cop gets out and motions to all of us stopped at the light to stay put. I look to the right and see there is another police car with his lights flashing, followed by an undercover cop car, with lights flashing, followed by: a hearse, 5 limousines, a coach bus, 30 other regular cars, with regular looking people in them, and another police car with lights flashing brings up the rear. While this caravan is passing, about 6 other police cars that are driving down the street on the wrong side come whizzing by, I assumed go ahead and stop traffic further down the street. Then, when they had passed, the first cop got back in his car, and drove off. So, what I want to know is, whose funeral was that? Who is so important that when they die they get the police to come shut down the roads for them. You want to know what the strangest thing was... the coach bus, following the limos... it was empty.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Crafting it up in Edmonton...

Yes, today was the day I have been waiting for since last christmas. I went to the Butterdome Craft Sale, the largest craft sale in western canada, to kick off my shopping. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Me and Rach took the bus into u of a where it's held (in the giant gym that is shaped like a stick up butter... hence the name butterdome), and spent several hours walking through the place. There were so many people there that sometimes you'd walk into a booth to check it out, and when you turned around you realized that you couldn't get out. Not a good place for a claustrophobic. Add to that the fact that your arms are full of jackets, and tons of bags full of goodies, and it does make it a little difficult to get around.

I just love buying presents at craft sales, last year I hit a couple and managed to get almost all my shopping done. This year I didn't quite do that well, and I know that I'll have to head to the mall at some point, but I still did pretty good. The other great thing about the craft sale is the food samples... we hit up the cranberry pudding with hot butter sauce booth multiple times. Oh it was good times.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

How many days til Christmas?

Well I'm back in Edmonton after having a great weekend in Vancouver. It was great to see everyone, and to spend lots of time with James, but it makes it so hard to come back to work and snow. Still, it's almost Christmas time? 19 days goes by so quickly, before we know it it's going to be 2007. So weird, 2007? Remember when 1994 seemed like it was really far away?

So I think one of my highlights from the trip was games day... I'm so excited to be able to play games with Tim and Bec more than once every 3-6 months! After they left, I just kept wanting to play the new games that James had bought but they were all for 3 people or more. I told James that we needed to have children so that we could have people to play games with us whenever we wanted... but I'm not so sure he was on board with that plan:)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Work, work and work...

That has been my life lately, so that explains the lack of posts. I just haven't been doing anything too interesting, and so my blog suffers. This weekend I'm working 4 shifts in a row, and I'm working the Yukon and there is NO weather. That means the 48 hours feels like 100 hours... so sad that Lainey Gossip doesn't get updated on weekends:( So if you want to help me out, post lots this weekend so I have something to read! Hey you might even win a Post-It Award in the process... must get my votes in soon.

I did go see Casino Royale last week, and it lived up to all my dreams. Daniel Craig is the hotness, even if his head is freakishly small compared to his massive shoulders... much better when he's wearing a tux... of course I think that is almost universally true of all men.

Can't wait to come visit the ocean next weekend, I really hope it's warm and all the snow is gone by then. Yeah, there is going to be snow. Watch out for those Vancouver drivers!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Movies and movies...

I have just returned from the theater where I've just watched my third movie in as many weeks. This has got to be an all time record for me, probably I didn't see three movies in theaters in all of last year. But it seems that there have been quite a few movies coming out lately that I actually feel willing to pay 12 dollars to see... and with the dreary, icy world outside, any type of indoor activity is looking pretty good. Since I got a request for a Borat review, and I love movie reviews, I thought I'd try to share my thoughts with you.

First there is Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kahzakstan. See it. It is brilliant. I don't want to say that if you don't like it, that means there is something wrong with you and that we can't be friends anymore, but...

You have probably heard a lot about the movie, and you may be wondering just how offensive it is. The answer to that question is that it is offensive to everyone, and everything. Any decent person will find plenty to be offended at. The anti-semitism alone should make you ashamed at enjoying it. But Borat is created by a very intelligent man, and all the prejudice is so over exaggerated that it really is pointing at the underlying stupidity of the beliefs in the first place. Actually, what everyone I've talked to seems to find the most horrifying in the movie is not Borat, but the things he gets other people to say. Like how quickly sales people will come up with answers to questions like "Which gun is the best to shoot a Jew", or "How fast would I have be driving to kill a Gypsy with this car".

There are some unfortunate scenes with very unattractive naked men, but they too are hilarious. If you can make yourself watch, which quite frankly, I had a hard time doing. All in all, I loved it. I may have built it up a little too much before I went, because I don't think it changed my life like I expected to it to, but it is the funniest movie I've seen in a while, and it did make me think a lot more than your run of the mill comedy. "Great success, high five!"

Also, did anyone catch Borat on Leno trying to make a 'sexy time' with Martha? Check it out on YouTube if you missed it, and thanks to my friend Eric who showed it to me today.

Will Farrell has tried a non-frat pack movie before, but from the way that everyone is making a big deal about him being in this movie you would think they had all forgotten Melinda and Melinda. I wish that I could forget Melinda and Melinda, I did not like that movie at all... but for that I blame Woody Allen (nobody talks like that in real life). So when I heard how good Will is in Stranger than Fiction, I was very excited to see it for myself. This is another one of those reality and fiction intersecting movies a la Adaptation. Now, it's really not fair to compare movies to Adaptation too much, since that is one of my favorite movies of all time. But I have to say that Stranger than Fiction does pretty well for itself.

First off, it's funny. Dustin Hoffman is so great in this kind of role... reminds me of his character in I Heart Huckabees a bit...and Will did a great job of reining himself in to play the straight man. The story itself becomes a bit problematic if you think too hard about it, but I'm trying this new thing where I don't pick movies apart too much, and just try to go with the premise I've been given. It's definitely fun, and it's really enjoyable watching those actors do their thing. I left the theater feeling happy and content in my choice of film, and really, what more can you ask for?

Now the count down has begun for the next Bond... Casino Royal? Has anyone else seen the trailer? Total loin quiveration (that one is for you Rach).

Our friend Lynn

Well I love that everyone seems to think I am the Lynn expert! It's true, I have been friends with her since I was 9 and she was 8 and we used to play dress up in her mom's clothes. I loved that at 9, her mom's high heels actually fit me! Quite a thrill to wear high heels at that young age... but anyways, back to your questions.

Lynn's birthday has not passed, it's November 18th. So Lynn, if you're reading this, happy birthday next week! We've all been warned, so no excuses about not remembering. I'm the worst for that, I forget everyone's birthday. The worst part is that I usually remember that the birthday is coming up, but then forget the actual day. I think it's because I never actually know what day it is, and shift work is making it way worse.

As for her wedding, I know Lynn had picked a tentative date, and something makes me want to say that it is August 11th, but that could be wrong. So Lynn, again if you're reading this, comment and let us know the day for sure.

Just so we all remember what she looks like, I've posted a picture of Lynn looking beautiful in Cancun. Happy 24th birthday Lynn... we've come a long way since grade 4!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Photo Booth is fun.

Monday, November 06, 2006

what i did this weekend...

It's monday night, and I'm back at work after a great weekend. James came to town, which was so great and reminded me why we are getting married. He is fun. How much fun is it to have a someone to spend your weekend with? We registered at the Bay on Saturday, and I wasn't sure how it would go, since registering is potentialy not that fun. Well we got there at 1pm, almost quit at 3pm, but told ourselves not to be such wimps, and ended up staying 'til closing! It was actually pretty fun. Even with all that time there, it's surprisng how few things get decided on. The woman at the registry place thought we were crazy when she saw that we had registered for 2 brandy glasses and 4 martini glasses, and no other stemware or glasses. At least we have our priorities straight.

That night, we went and saw Borat with Rachel and Dallas. It was great, and so busy! We ended up standing in line for 2 hours to see it so we wouldn't have to sit in the front row, and I've never had 2 hours in a line go so fast before. Thanks to the Synchyshyns (did I get that right?) for the good times.

On Sunday we spent the afternoon playing Cranium with Jenny and Ian at their very cozy house. It was my first time playing that game, and it's pretty hilarious. Especially the part where you have to hum a song, and the other person has to guess what it is. Yes, it turns out my humming skills are not so good.

In between all this we managed to watch 8 episodes of Lost. And now I have to wait until December to see the next one! It's going to drive me crazy. James has all the DVDs, and he's seen them all, but I get too spooked to watch them by myself.

I'm so ready to be done with long distance.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

the joys of hair removal done right

Happy Halloween! I am not dressed up, and not doing anything fun tonight ... this is the first year of my life when I haven't had a costume, or done anything for Halloween. It's sad that I've ended up like this... but I'm feeling pretty glad that I'm not a kid here tonight though, it's cold outside... who ever heard of trick or treating in the snow? Those poor children.

Anyways, today I got my eyebrows threaded for the first time ever, and I must say that I will never go back to doing my own brows. $5, 2 minutes, and all of a sudden I have beautiful, not lopsided eyebrows. I don't know about anyone else, but I never know what to do with mine. What shape to make them, how to keep them looking groomed without going too far... and how are you supposed to pluck with your left hand? They have been a mess my whole life, and I don't know why it took me so long to realize the solution. I shouldn't BE doing them myself. Leave it up to the experts. How long will it be until I give up on home grown mani/pedis and adopt the same attitude? Hopefully for the sake of my budget, it will be a while, but I have to say, I'm sorely tempted to hand over all my grooming to the ladies at Bella Tonic spa ($5 threading, $15 manicure, $25 pedicure, $40 full leg and bikini wax... ok, I guess it would add up quick:)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

It's finally here.

Winter. It snowed for the past couple of days, and at first I thought it would just melt. But it hasn't... could this mean that I'm finally going to have to experience a REAL Canadian winter? Here's a picture of snow found on the internet... instead of the forest, imagine my house. That's what it looks like here. Today, I decided to pull a total west coast move and not drive at all because of the snow (even though I'd been driving in it yesterday). I spent the day watching Gilmore Girls on DVD (yes, possibly quite lame, but thanks rach!), and cleaning my house... it was very cosy. That's the nice part of snow, it makes you so happy to be inside. Well, when I did finally venture out to go for coffee, I decided to wear my winter coat and boots... even though it was probably overkill. It was NOT overkill, by the time I crossed the street I was cold, -16 degree windchill is A LOT worse than I remembered it.

Yesterday, in the snow storm (ok, maybe a bit of an exaggeration), Rachel and I went and saw Marie Antoinette.

Dallas was out of town, and next week when James is here I've already made him promise to take me to see Borat (who else is psyched for that movie?), so it seemed like the perfect girly outing. It was exactly what I expected, very pretty to watch but with extremely sparse dialog. So much so that if you didn't know the story, it would be kind of hard to follow. Lucky for me, I'd read an article in vogue (of all places) a couple months back that was all about the life of M.A., so it helped to fill in details about a lot of the characters in the movie.

Tomorrow is my last day off this week, and I definitely have errands to run, so I'm going to have to go out into the gross, mucky world outside. Aren't I glad that I didn't take my dad's advice and kept my winter tires on all summer. Some may say it ruins your tires, but I was prepared when the snow hit.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

New computer!!!

So, I finally came to terms with the fact that technology had passed my old iBook by, and that it was time to move on. So I've upgraded to a new MacBook. It looks almost exactly the same as the old one... but don't let that fool you because it is sooo much faster. And, things actually work on it! I can finally post pictures on my blog. And as per Ang's suggestion, here is one I took of myself using Photo Booth. Up until now I've been uploading pictures only at work, but that is a little sketchy since I'm pretty sure it's frowned up on. Oh well, if they don't want me blogging at work then they should block the webpage...

I have no good excuse for the lack of posts recently. I've just been working and playing with Jenny and Rachel. It's just so wonderful to have those girls living in town. So here are some highlights of the past couple weeks...

* I bought my wedding dress!!! I'm so excited to get to wear it... it's exactly what I wanted, but nothing I'd imagined. And now that I have a dress it's extra motivation for me to get my butt to the gym. The dress fits now, I'd better make sure it will still fit 7 months from now.

*Found a couple new restaurants I like. Me and Rachel went to the Urban Diner on Saturday night, and I had the fanciest Mac and Cheese dinner of my life. So tasty, and super cheesy (probably not helping my goal of fitting my wedding dress much). And I went back to Daddy-o's on Whyte with Jenny yesterday. Oh my, they have a very good crab cake po-boy sandwich. Crab cakes in a sandwich... that is decadence.

*Went to see Cirque du Soleil a couple weeks ago, and of course it was fantastic. It was their new concert type show, Delerium, so at first I really wasn't sure what to expect. But they really didn't dissapoint, there was still plenty of insane stunts and acrobatics... PLUS there was a lot more dance than in the previous show of theirs that I saw... and I realized just how much I watching dance.

*I bought an iPod nano... a red one, which is so small... I mean they are not joking when they say it's tiny. And let's all give a big shout out to Apple for bringing back the colours. It's so great to have music at the gym again, i'm just going to have to try and be a little more careful with this one.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Fashion victim?

So... I bought my very first pair of skinny jeans today. They are not even just straight leg... these are tapered, tight, grey, skinny jeans. An item of clothing I vowed never to wear, since I remember hearing from the British what-not-to-wear girls that tapered pants flatter NO ONE. And that the only people who could sort of pull it off are size 0, but even they are pushing it.

Well this fall, skinny pants are back again... along with leggings and long sweaters and belts... it's the 80s re done, and for some reason I find it all very intoxicating. See, I missed the 80s the first time around, since I was in Japan and things were different there. And we were a little too young to have the full fashion force of the 80s hit us... But still for years, I've felt left out when conversations turned to what fashion disasters my friends were during the later part of that decade... I was just a regular kid and did not wear the bright neon legging, or the legging that looked like photo copied jeans for that matter.

Skip forward to 2006, and I'm in a change room trying on tight tight jeans, vaguely aware that they do in fact make my hips look huge... but for some reason I don't care. Sometimes it seems fashion is not even about how good you look, it's just about embracing the moment. I wore my skinny jeans all over town while I did errands for the rest of the day, and every time I caught a sight of my reflection in a store window I couldn't help but smile. Maybe I'm just a fashion victim jumping on a hideous trend, but at least I can say I've done it... and besides, by the next time this trend comes around I'll DEFINITELY be too old.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

wedding shmedding...

So last night at work I was talking to my friend Rob, who is getting married next August. He was talking about how crazy organized and on top of things his fiance is... the whole thing is pretty much planned! She's even designed, printed, and assmbled their invitations. There is nothing like hearing about someone like that to make you feel like you are failing as a bride. I haven't even looked into invitaitons at all! Or flowers, or cakes, or much of anything for that matter.

I'm not exactly feeling stressed about the wedding yet, but it's just that I'm not super keen to plan it at all. I like thinking about things in theory... but when it comes to putting it all together, I suck. And what's worse... every time I decide that some detail isn't that important to me, there is this little voice in my head saying "You only get one wedding, and if you don't do it right you will regret it for the rest of your life." So I'm left with this list of things that I feel I should care about...but don't really. Oh if only I could have a wedding planner to do it all, or a wife of my own to do the planning...that would be great.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Fear the crane!

Way back in summer 2004, while living in the basement suite on west 3rd, I came home to find that my toilet bowl tank had cracked, and water had been leaking into my apartment. A week later I got a phone call from my landlord... Luke... informing me that he had spoke to an 'expert' who had told him that the only way the toilet bowl could have cracked like that was by physical force. The conversation went something like this...

Alyssa:Luke, no one was home when it happened.
Luke:It had to be you, you lie!
Alyssa:Luke, no one was home when it happened.
Luke:You broke it with your super human stength!
Alyssa:Luke, no one was home when it happend.
Luke:Crane toilets are good quality toilets... they don't just break on their own, you stupid lier, even though you've never been anything but an ideal tenant I hate you anyway and will try to pin everything down to mildew growth in the bathroom on you!!!

At which point my dad, who was listening in on this conversation informs me that a)Crane toilets crack all the time leading to b) a class action lawsuite against them.

After informing Luke of this he quickly hangs up on me, without so much as an apology for his rudeness... and never mentions this to me again in the next year I live there.

Well the crane has struck again... exact same problem... the toilet bowl in my parents bathroom cracked flooding the whole kitchen downstairs. And it turns out that their insurance company has an entire department dedicated to damage caused by crane toilets cracking! Which leads me to my point... LUKE NEVER TALKED TO ANY EXPERT!!!! Any expert would KNOW about this was an outright lie designed to bully a young girl into paying for a new toilet... I know that it's been a couple years, but still I get so angry when I think about this.

Whew, that was quite the rant... I guess hearing about crane toilets has brought back all the anger that towards Luke that I have burried inside... must work on being more zen...

But beware if you have a crane toilet... aparently they are ticking time bombs.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

What I did at work today

So I always try to explain what I do at work, and do a crappy job of it. But since my blog needs more pictures, here is my forecast that I did today. I was forecasting the southern half of BC, and as you can see, it explains why it was raining in Vancouver today.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

it's raining....

It's cold and rainy outside today... only 9 degrees... and it's supposed to stay that way all weekend. It sort of takes the edge of having to work. I'm really excited for fall this year, which I know is crazy, since the chance that I'll get off easy with a really mild winter again is not so good. I should want summer to last forever, but I don't. There is just too much pressure to go outside and enjoy the weather. But what if you live in a basement? And work 12 hours so you don't feel like going to the park when you get home? And melt when it gets hotter than 28 degrees? And don't have a pool? Then you end up feeling like you're waisting the summer. So tonight, all I want to do is sit inside and knit... and I will feel great about it, because who would want to go outside in weather like this?

Of course, this just applies to fall. I would be happy with rain for the next 9 months (kind of like at home), but I'm still really freaked out by driving in snow. And just to remind me why I should make sure I really enjoy this fall weather, here are a couple pictures from when Bec came out to visit last March. Just a little taste of what is coming.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

a little bit of disposable time...

Whew... it's my last night of work until Thursday, and I'm looking forward to the break. Don't get me wrong, it's not as though I've been working myself to the bone lately (actually not even close). It's just that I've been away, and then went straight into robot-night-shift-mode (work til 7am, sleep til 5pm, repeat), so I feel like my to do list is getting pretty long. So, because you're all dying to know, here are the highlights of my week to come...

*Mail in the deposit to the caterer... I know this one seems boring, but actually I'm psyched to do it because it means we actually HAVE a caterer for our wedding... hoorah!

*Go to the chiropractor... yup, after years of suffering from my headaches and doing nothing but complain (and blog) about them, I'm finally seeking some help... thanks in part to the sage advice of Rachel. I'm really hopeful that this will help so fingers crossed.

*Knitting... the leaves are turning brown and the forecast high for thursday is 7 freaking degrees... must be time to start knitting again! Every year I try to learn something new, and this year I'm thinking that might be making socks... something I've avoided for a while because they're supposedly hard and also because I could never imagine myself wanting to wear knit socks... but I've found some super cute patterns on, so this might be the year I face my sock fear. Also, I'm thinking about making a trip to a real yarn store to buy some nice yarn... I feel giddy just thinking about it!

*Rasberry picking...well it seems that there exists such a thing as 'fall rasberries' and you can pick them yourself at a local farm. I am there, since I've been going through rasberry withdrawl the past few years since Mom and Dad moved and I lost my source. Rach- did you end up going with your mom?

Sometimes it feels so good to have nothing to do but fill your days as you please.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Back from lotus land...

Well I thought that perhaps the reason no one reads my blog anymore is that everyone is tired of my blog template (that, or the fact that I never post anymore... sorry!). So hopefully the new colour will jazz things up... unfortunately my old computer crashes when I try to load pictures... I can't wait until I have access to a newer computer.

So I've returned to Edmonton after a great week in Vancouver. It was SO hard to leave this time, the gorgeous late summer weather really reminded me why I love that city so much. It really made me miss being a student too... which is very nerdy of me... but I can't help that I love going to school. I miss learning new things everyday, and the feeling that endless possibilites lay before you. I think I also miss how much simpler my life seemed when I was a student... that single minded focus on the next assignment, the next test... it left very little time for self doubt.

As far as my time on the coast, it was great to see friends and family again. The only down side was that I got really sick... and just as I was getting better... James caught my cold! Sometimes you just have to laugh... so even though I'm going on and on about how beautiful it was there... I really spent most of the week lying on the couch and watching movies! The last night in town, James toughed it out and we went to Bard on the Beach, which was a lot of fun.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

6 more days!

I am counting down the days until I'm back in BC! Next Wednesday I'll be retunring to Vancouver for my last vacation of the summer. This vacation wasn't even my idea. When the guy who makes up our schedules made the August/September one, he accidently gave me a week off. So I decided... why not just go with it?

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

David Gray and Shooting Stars...

It's been a while since my last post... mostly I've just been working days, and that really cuts down on my blogging time! So I thought I'd try blogging from home, which is something I haven't done for a while. I'm waiting for my pizza dough to relax so I can strech it, so it seemed like a good time to write a post.

Last weekend I worked Friday through Sunday, and although I'm usually really exhausted after working a 12 hour shift, I decided to try and be social and get together with some friends from work on Saturday night. I showed up at my friend Amanda's place where they were supposedly going to play poker, and was informed that the new plan was to try to listen in on the Edmonton Folk Music festival, which was happening down in a park in the river valley. I was a little skeptical that we'd be able to find anywhere good to listen from, but David Gray was the headliner, so I figured it was definitely worth a shot. Well we ended up finding a great little patch of grass right by one of the entrances, which was off the main roads so that the noise from traffic wasn't so bad. We could hear everything perfectly, but David was still a few acts away, so Amanda's boyfriend ran back to the house to get blankets and sweatshirts... thank goodness because I was in a T shirt and a skirt... and it got down to 10 degrees by the end of the night! The concert was great... even greater because it was free. We got to hear all of Bruce Cockburn and then David played a great show and even played 'Say hello and wave goodbye' which was all I wanted to hear! There was a meteor shower Saturday night as well, and even with alll the light from the city we could still see quite a few shooting stars overhead... a pretty spectacular concert experience all in all.

Yesterday Rach and I decided to head out and try to stock up on berries at one of the U pick farms outside of the city. Well it turns out, there really aren't any berries left, but the farm we went to, Happy Acres, had tones of Upick veggies! So we spent a couple of hours picking squash, peas, beans, potatoes, and dill. It was pretty funny to see us city girls try to figure out how to pick veggies. After asking a women who was also picking veggies where the beans were, we had to follow up with the question "And what do the bean plants look like?". But everyone has to start somewhere right, and you realize how little we know about how are fruits and vegetables are grown. Digging up the potatoes was my favorite, becuase it's so exciting when you find them hidden in the ground. We'll be going back in a few weeks when the fall crop of rasberries is ready... fall rasberries... who knew?

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Gossip and furniture...

I have a confession to make. This is my second night shift, and even though I always say that I'll post as soon as I'm working nights... I didn't post at all last night. Bad blogger... but in an attempt to blame others rather than take responsibility for my own actions (or lack thereof) I say it's Rachel's fault for introducing me to I've spent the last night and most of my free time tonight so far catching up on my gossip. Who knew that Ashley Simpson had a nose job done? Probably everyone but me...

I mentioned to my supervisor last night that I missed getting flyers at home... since they all go to the upstairs tenant. So tonight she brought me in a huge stack of flyers, including the motherload... the ikea catalog! At first I laughed, but seriously, I've been reading them... even the Safeway flyer! That is when I'm not reading up on my gossip... does it sound like I actually do NO work at work?

I just finished reading The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld, the author of Prep. I read it in one day, which usually means that I really liked the book, but in this case I'm not so sure. It wasn't as fun as I would have liked it... I think that's my problem with her characters... I just don't like them that much.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A quiet-ish night of weather in Southern BC means that it's blogging time for Alyssa!

I've realized that once I've told a story to one of the 5 people who reads my blog, I feel that I can no longer post about it... and this has been hindering my blogging... it is one of the reasons I haven't posted in so long! And also why I never posted about the name website, or the cookie incident... which, I agree, both would have made for some good posts. But, I've had some fresh experiences, and so I'm excited to share with you what I've been up to in recent days.

First of all, it's been really hot. I never thought that 28 degrees would feel cool to me, but after this past week it does. All I can say is thank goodness I live in the basement... it's the next best thing to air conditioning. Although it's not quite as good, and that's why on Saturday night, along with Dallas and Rachel, I was forced to seek shelter in the cool, dark movie theater. Unfortunately, so was everone else in Edmonton, and the show we were going to was sold out. Not to be deterred, we buy tix to the later show, and decide to kill time by participating in another cool activity... eating ice cream. Unfortunately so did everone else in Edmonton, and after walking across hot dusty parking lots, there was a line up out the door for ice cream. So we end up walking even further across hot parking lots to eat ice cream in the Walmart McDonalds... in the end, quite a bit of walking outside for what was supposed to be our way to keep cool.

On Sunday, I joined the lovely Rachel and Dallas again, this time to go to A Taste of Edmonton. It's a festival downtown where restaurants from the city set up booths and you can sample their food. For $15 I ate a ton of great food... and I'm not going to lie to you, a lot of it was desert. How do you resist ice cream cake when it's so hot out? You don't.

After hearing about it from Bec, I went to my library and got a copy of Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress... and read it in 3 days. I thought it was great... the story about Mick Jagger killed me... I mean how often in life do we fantasize about things obsessivly, and then have them come true?

Two days ago I was looking in the mirror when I realized that I had something stuck in my eye. A little white dot had appeared on my iris. I tried everything to get it out, crying, flushing my eye with water, even trying to get it out with my finger... but it won't move. At first it kind of felt like there was something in my eye, but today I don't feel it all. I had a doctor's appointment, so I asked her about it and she replied ever so reassuringly "I have no idea what that is". Then she said something about freezing my eye and trying to get it out... I'm a little freaked out by this.

So that's what I've been up to... not the most glamorous life, but I'm learning to cope with that. And on Thursday, my work is sending me to Kamloops where I'll stay for the weekend and be reunited with my love. I can't wait.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

the rocking chair of death...

OK, I've decided that the furniture in my appartment is evil. First of all there is the couch that is so uncomfortable that rather than sit on it, I blow up an air matress for guests to sit on. But I haven't minded so much, since all winter I've been sitting in the stuffed chair that came with the place. Well lately my back and neck have been bothering me way more than usual... so much so that I've developed an alergy to Advil from taking it so much. After going back to BC for the week, and having no big neck problems, I've discovered that it's the chairs fault! 2 hours yesterday sitting in it, and I'm back to popping pain killers... although now I'm careful to stick with Tylenol. Oh, if only I had a comfortable place to sit... but after the couch fiasco this winter I'm a little hesitant to try and buy anything for this apartment.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

my poor feet...

So it turns out that dancing barefoot on tiles is no friend to your toes... I don't know about everyone else but my feet are pretty sore this morning. Now that the excitement of the Howie-Thorpe wedding is behind us, it seems like my time in BC is almost over... in a few days I will be heading back to Edmonton, and even worse, work! But at least the sun has finally come out, and even more exciting, my grandma, aunt and cousin are coming today! I'm very excited to introduce them to James, and see my aunt and cousin who I haven't seen in at least five years. Since I won't be posting the next few days I thought I'd write something now just so that people will not give up on this blog!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

some late night thoughts...

Well I'm 6 hours into my third night shift in a row. This block of nights has been tough since I haven't been sleeping very well during the days, and as all you lucky people in southern BC know, there isn't that much weather... a combination which leads to some long nights. I talked myself out of picking up an iced late from Second Cup on my way to work like I did the last two nights, because I told myself that it's not a treat if you have one every day... what a huge mistake. I think I've grown dependant on the caffeine and my green tea just isn't cutting it.

So during my long night shifts, I've been spending a lot of time thinking about wedding plans (where would we be without and my new favorite thing to do is to think up the music playlist for my wedding and I was wondering what everyone else thinks are some good wedding songs?

Here is my top 5...

1. Mint Car- The Cure ... song to play while we run out of the church
2. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
3. This Will Be (an Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole
4. Stir It Up - Bob Marley
5. Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye

Oh Canada...

So I'm working nights this weekend and didn't even realize what day it was until I was driving to work this evening and heard something about Canada Day on the radio. It's always a little sad to find yourself working nights, on a weekend, on a holiday. We all went to the lunch room around 11pm and turned out the lights so that we could watch the fireworks, it's funny that if I hadn't been working I probably would have missed the fireworks all together. We could see 2 different sets from the office... this city really goes all out.

Tomorrow night a guy at work is buying everyone pizza for dinner! Isn't that crazy... it turns out he promised that if he worked a few double overtime shifts then he would buy pizza for the whole office. I was feeling that I would have to pay for my own dinner, until I found out that his overtime check was $2000! So bring on the pizza party.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

calorie insanity

I was at Safeway today and saw a little boy hold up a carton of chocolate soy milk and ask his mom how many calories were in it. When I was little I don't remember ever thinking about calories, fat, or my weight. I think it's really sad that kids are so concerned now, starting at such a young age... they are missing out on the only time in their lives that they get to be completely oblivious.

The mom at Safeway replied that he was too young to think about calories, and that he should only think about if his food was healthy. I thought that was a good answer, but you have to wonder that if a boy who's mother has healthy attitudes towards food can still be counting calories at 7 years old, what is happening to all those kids out there who's parents are constantly dieting and complaining about their bodies.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

a few pictures

Since I finally remembered to bring my camera somewhere I thought I'd share some photos from my weekend camping trip to Jasper.

Here we are with our new tent ... owning camping equipment makes me feel so grown up! One of my favorite things about this tent is the fact that it is that subdued shade of brown, not bright orange or red like a lot of other tents seem to be.

On Saturday we drove down the Icefield Hwy to see the Athabasca glacier. Halfway there we realized that we didn't have enough gas to make it to back to Jasper, so we decided to keep going until we reached Saskatchewan Crossing... it was quite the detour but since that highway is so beautiful the 3 hours of driving felt worth it.

After going to the glacier we stopped at the Athabasca Waterfall, which is only 30 minutes south of Jasper and really cool. The water has carved out these amazing canyons, and potholes in the rock, and you can even walk through an old canyon. Very beautiful and well worth the detour if you're driving through Jasper, say on your way out to Edmonton!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

this past week

Some people are so good at this they can post almost every day, I am sadly not one of them. So please don't give up on me just because it seems that I may have dropped off the edge of the earth. This time my excuse is that James has been out visiting this past week. It was great, I only had to work 2 days, so it was like we were on vacation. Some highlights of the week were...

1. Being in the same city as my fiance...always a thrill. Seriously, I was sitting at work and thinking about how I would call James when I got home, but then realized that I wouldn't be calling him, I would be SEEING him... that is a great feeling.

2. Games night with Rachel and Dallas... those two sure know how to show people a good time. The two best meals I've had in the last month have both been at their place... thanks for the leftovers Rach, they were great at work.

3. A crazy rainstorm on Thursday flooded my basement suite... OK, this one is more of a lowlight... but the plus side to having no furniture and using the crappy stuff left by my landlord is that it sure didn't matter to me that it got wet. Luckily this is not Vancouver, and a flooded basement will actually dry pretty quickly. Funny story about my flooded apartment, it made me realize that only owning 3 towels is not so great for trying to mop the place up. So I decided to go over to Walmart to quickly buy some towels (yes Walmart, sometimes being the closest and cheapest place wins over all the other bad stuff about them), and Walmart had flooded. But not all the store, just one section... that's right, it was the towels and bedding section that was flooded and closed. Awesome.

4. Camping in Jasper... James and I bought a tent from MEC, which we decided was kind of like our first home. Then we went up to Jasper for the weekend. It was so fun to see the mountains, tons of animals (including a bear, a coyote, and some of the ugliest looking mountain goats), glaciers and all that.

So that is pretty much what I've been up to.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Rocking Out at Chucky Cheese

I've been living the life of a 9 to 5 day-worker this week, with three 'project shifts'. Basically you work on your own and decide what you want to do, so since I'm so new these are just like all day study sessions for me. Right now I'm learning about fog and low cloud... I know...thrilling.

So the perks of working regular length days is that you can actually have a life. On Wednesday I went to see Bright Eyes with Rachel and Dallas. My first official concert in Edmonton, and it was at Reds at the West Edmonton Mall, definitely one of the funniest places I've ever seen a concert. It's this giant space that is subdivided into a pool hall, an arcade, a family-style diner, a bar, and a stage. And it's decorated with huge animal heads hung from the ceiling... I think that Dallas' friend described it best when he said it was a giant chucky cheese. Neat. It did make me appreciate the fabulous Commodore Ballroom...

I also went to see the Break Up last night with my friend Amanda. It was an interesting movie in that it seems like it's a romantic comedy, but it is just a little too real to be funny. You just feel so bad for these people, and they are so hurt and hurtful to each other... I don't know that being realistic makes it a bad movie (how could it?)... but it just shows that sometimes there is a very fine line between funny and painfully uncomfortable.

Another perk of working regular people hours it that weekends once again have meaning to me. And this one especially since James is coming out tonight, and staying for one whole week!

I'm posting a picture of me working the forecasting desk for southern BC... see how I'm reaching for the water bottle while using the mouse... talk about multi-tasking.

Monday, June 05, 2006

moving up the ladder and other thoughts

Well I did it... yesterday at work I was officially promoted to the next level at work. This means that now I'll work on my own (for the past two months I have had a trainer working with me), and that no one will be double checking my forecasts before they go out... kind of scary but also nice to know that people have faith in me and think I'm capable. My trainer is so great, and she organized a mini-party for me at work yesterday. We ordered pizza for lunch, and then there was a card, presents, and a cake that said 'Congratulations Alyssa'! How great is that... I'm sure none of the other people I was on course with will get a party like that for completing their on the job training.

The other exciting news of the weeks is that the newlyweds Rachel and Dallas are now in town! I spent some time with them last week, at their great new place, and I'm really looking forward to having some good friends living in town.

It's a beautiful day here in Edmonton... I am surprised how nice it is here these days. I am used to the prairies in summer and winter, when it's so brown and dry, so I was completely caught off guard when the grass and trees turned green. Of course it can't be compared to how lush and green things are at home, but it's wonderful after a bleak winter without any snow to cover up the dirt and brown grass.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Elephant Shoes

Did you know if you mouth the words elepant shoes, it looks like you are saying 'I love you'? It's also the name of a romantic comedy set in Montreal about a couple that meets, falls in love, and then breaks up all in 12 hours. I watched it the other night, when I was preparing myself for night shifts by staying up late, and I thought it was great. The couple goes through all the stages of a relationship from flirting to awkwardness to acceptance, all within this really short time frame. A very interesting concept, and I think they did a good job with it. The thing is that you know from the begining that they will break up, because it says so on the back of the DVD, but I was really unprepared for how heartbreaking it was when it happened.

So, tonight was the Ben Harper concert in Vancouver...and I'm so sad to be missing it. Why do I live in Edmonton? It seems like over the last year, I've always been in the wrong town at the wrong time, concert wise. But things may be looking up... Feist will be at the Edmonton Folk Festival... Rachel do you want to go?

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Forecasting all night long...

It's 1:15 am and I am half way through my second of three night shifts... even though I'm not feeling tired, I still can't help but wish that the next 6 hours will fly by so that I can get back into my comfy, comfy bed (ok, maybe I am a little sleepy). I've spent all shift trying to convince my supervisor that what she really wants to do is run over to Tim Hortons to get us coffee and tim bits...but she doesn't seem to be buying it. Shoot.

Night shifts can be pretty quiet, we have to issue our forecasts between 10pm-12am, and then again between 4am-6am, so around 1am it gets really slow... but I did sneak out to the lunch room to watch a bit of SNL... that will probably be the highlight of my weekend! I know you think I'm kidding, but it's true. It's really strange staying up all night long, and working 36 hours in one weekend...because almost all of your waking hours are spent at work. I get home at 7am, go right to bed, and sleep until 4pm... and then go back to work at 6:30pm.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I heart the library

So, I know I'm a huge nerd but I really love libraries. I just love how thrifty they make you feel, because you are taking all these books home and you didn't have to pay for any of them. And I love how when you're reading library books sometimes you find a slip of paper used as a bookmark by someone else... and you can wonder about all the other people who have read this exact book that you are holding, and what they might of thought of it.

So a couple of months ago I finally got a library card in Edmonton, and although I was shocked to have to pay a yearly fee for it (umm... Ralph? Isn't this province filthy rich with oil?), going to the library is now one of my favorite things to do. Today, for the first time I browsed through the CDs at my local branch at the super-cool Capilano mall (it is the most grandma mall you could imagine). Anyways, I was shocked because they actually have some great CDs there... I got Ani Difranco-So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter, and Jason Mraz, who I remember Bec loving... didn't we once try to see him in concert? Yeah, so the library is pretty cool.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

my very first post

Hello everyone... after months of reading everyone else's blogs I have given in to peer pressure and decided to make my own. I figure if Ang can use her blog to let us all know why she's late for Rach's wedding... then it's almost irresponsible NOT to have one.

So, I'm back in Edmonton where the sky was still light until amost 11pm! I just love how late it stays light in the summer. It will be weird to go back to work after over a week off, but I do feel very rested. The sad thing is that I have to work tomorrow night and will miss the 2 hour season finale of Grey's Anatomy. I miss VCRs, at least then you could tape the shows and watch them later. Is it worth it to buy one for tomorrow, tape the show, and then return it? Hmm... something to think about.