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:)