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 theknot.com?)... 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.