Monday, October 31, 2005

Haunting time of year

So this past weekend was great. Spent all of my time with my wife doing various different things.

Friday night we went to Saunders Farm. They have a barn of terror and a haunted hayride. Good times. It was a little chilly there, but still lots of fun.

Saturday we played with the Fall Gullwings in the playoffs. They had two games - won the first, lost the second. Mrs. Pimpson and I hadn't played ulty for a while, so we were very rusty. Especially the next day - we were both achy and moany. But it was ok, since misery loves company.

Saturday night the sister-in-law came over, we chatted for a bit, then watched TV. Also made some wookie cookies. There was a horror movie on CityTV, Ginger Snaps, so-so scary. We watched that then MadTV, then SNL. The host was Lance Armstrong and the musical guest was Sheryl Crow, coincidence? Apparently Saturday night we missed a good Halloween party at Duncan's. We heard all about it on Sunday night when...

... Alex and Holly came over for dinner. Mrs. Pimpson made canneloni - very good. Thank you. We all enjoyed our dinner then walked over to Chills for CHEO. The four of us agreed it was the best haunted house we had EVER been to. Only $3 entrance, plus it all went to CHEO. I haven't heard Ferda scream that much since the last time I shaved my head.

And today - back to work. Typical Monday. Full of problems and morons. Can't believe some of the phone calls I get. This one woman complaining to me about how her rents due, and how the bank needs a letter, and how she's good at managing money, but somehow this is the universities fault that she can't pay her rent. Yeah right. Blah blah blah.

And I've got grandma on SAR's front counter saying: "Did you run the cheques last night?"

No grandma - last night was Sunday. And I wasn't thinking about work - or you - at all. Go back to your Solitaire game and leave me alone.

JamesMo, a co-worker of mine who works in SAR, just told me a good story about grandma. [we call her grandma cuz she's like 65, won't retire, and is the most crotchety person on campus. She should not be dealing with students...] Apparently grandma just transferred JamesMo (her supervisor) a call from a disgruntled student.

While transferring the call, grandma shouts out: "Have fun with this one." BEFORE she put the call on hold... obviously the student heard it all.

Brilliant. Customer service at it's best.

Priceless



This was taken near 4am at Toronto's Pearson airport. If you look close you can see the orange title bar of my blogsite. Priceless - IMO.

Other pics of the DR Vacation can be found here and here.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Manly Men

What's the best way to tell the men apart from the boys? Easy.

Order pizza.

Our office was treated to 7 large Lorenzo pizza's from a research group we've done a lot of work for, quickly. Obviously the ladies could only swallow down about 2 pieces each. I personally had 5 pieces, 62.5% of a whole pizza. And I'm not talking some McCain international pizza, this is BIG.SAUCY.MEATY.PIZZA.

Anyway, five minutes ago, a co-worker of mine, Trung, came into my office still chewing on one of his pieces. He was giving off the warning signs that his stomach was ready to explode: smaller bites, heavy breathing, larger than normal gut, most of the sauce was getting on his face - you know what I mean.

So I aks him: "How many you had, Trung?"
He replies: "This is number 3"

I think that image will haunt my memories for a while - poor skinny Trung, struggling to get down his third piece of 'zza.

Mon Héros

Mon héros est mon père. Il s’appelle John Simpson. Il a cinquante et une ans. Il est grand et mince. Ses cheveux sont bruns et gris et courts. Mon père ne travaille pas parce qu'il est retiré. Il n'est pas marié, mais il est divorcé. Il habite au Hawkesbury, Ontario. Il a un chien qui s'appelle Lucy. Il aime son chien très beaucoup.

Mon père aime visiter notre chalet très beaucoup avec son chien. Il conduit un nouveau camion s’appelle Nissan X-Trail, son camion est très beau. Son camion est grand et noir. Mon père aime regarder la télévision beaucoup. Star Trek et JAG est son programmes favori.

Habituellement, il porte des jeans et une chemise blanche avec des manches longes. Il porte les chaussures brunes. Il porte des lunettes aussi. Il n'a pas une barbe.

Mon père aime la musique rock, il aime jouer des sports comme frisbee et soccer, et il aime manger des hamburgers.

J'adore mon père très beaucoup, mais une chose que je n'aime pas - il fume des cigarettes.

[French course homework]

Thursday, October 27, 2005

50% really ain't that bad...

So as ALL living Canadians know - last night was the biggest 6/49 draw in it's history. The grand payout turned out to be more than $54 million. Oh.My.God. $54,000,000.00 - that's a lot of zeros.

Turns out there was only one winner also - some lucky schmuck in Alberta or something. What makes it worse is that Alberta is already the richest province in Canada, thanks to gasoline costing an 'arm in a lake'.

Like most Canadians, I played the lotto last night, $10.00 worth (I believe they actually sold something like $90 mil in tickets for this draw - that's a lot considering Canada's latest estimated population is sitting at 32,270,507). Anyway - the upside to this story is that I, along with 871,035 others, won ten bucks. Sweet. Get three numbers right out of the required six - win ten bucks. What a country.

** update: As I mentioned above, I didn't win the $54 mil - BUT! - I did just get an email from infomailersec48@msn.com (please SPAM them) saying I won the following:


Your email address attached to ticket star number (4-5) drew the EUROMILLION lucky numbers 3-19-26-49-50 which consequently won the draw in the Second category. You have been approve for the star prize of EUR € 667,248.26

Aww Yeah baby.


I have another interesting fact: did you hear about Brian Diesbourg? He's an Argo's fan who has a shot at tonight's game to kick a 50 yard field goal. If he splits the uprights - $1 mil goes in his pocket. Now that is WAY easier than playing 6/49.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Eww


So if Tom Cruise was born in 1962 and Katie Holmes was born in 1978 - that means the difference between these two love-birds is a bit fat 16 years.

So that means when teeny-Tommy was 18 - baby-Katie was just a toddler at two years of age.

What does this mean? I don't know....

Memories

Last night Mrs. Pimpson and I went down to the basement and fished out my old Halloween decorations. A couple years ago my mom (in an effort to clean out her basement) shipped them all out to me from Vancouver.

I don't think I had taken them out of the box any of the other years since then - mostly because I was living in a house with some other guys where things tended to get broken faster than you could say "Trick or Treat". But since I'm very proud of my new home that my wife and I share, this year I was eager to show them to my wife and perhaps start some new traditions of our own.

Regardless of what season - or time of the year it is - (Easter, Xmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Flag Day, Etc...) I think having some yearly routines is nice, something you can hang up or display on your mantle or front door. It helps you break away from the normal day-to-day boringness that is work. This is especially important when you live in a town like Ottawa, where winter lasts for ten months of the year and you're lucky if you get 5 hours of sunshine a day.

Back to Halloween. So we found a pumpkin carving kit, complete with little carving knives and stencils to help carve a fancy looking pumpkin. We also found some little crafts that I did when I was a little boy: like a little spiders and pumpkins made from orange and black felt. There is also a great wreath that my mom created years ago. I'm trying to figure out how to hang it from our front door without punching a nail-hole in it (any ideas are welcome - please comment!).

Regardless, I think the most important of Halloween is to have a good pumpkin, all carved and lit with a candle. We plan on creating our masterpieces this weekend - hopefully we'll get some pictures of them to share later.

update: This MSN conversation happened shortly after I showed Ferda this great website which is full of great pumpkin carving stensils:

Ferda says: but they are not scary! i want a scary pumpkin
James says: Darth Vader is scary! He's the most feared ruler of the Sith empire!
Ferda says: oh james you are such a nerd sometimes
James says: ok. You do a scary one, I'm doing darth vader.

** SECOND update:** I found this beauty of a post on another blog site (thank you Google's blog search): 1000 lbs of butter sculpted into Darth Vader. Wow.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

DR Trip

This, my friends, is what you have all been waiting for. The summary for what Warren and I did while we were away last week in the Dominican Republic.

It all started last Friday, Oct. 14th. I had a pretty rough day at work, and didn't get home til 7pm. But when I did get home, I was treated to a FANTASTIC dinner by my wife. She had prepared kofte (Turkish style meat balls - but not ball shape, more like squished oval shape), with rice, mac & cheese, and salad. I was floored! And it was all so good - thank you Mrs. Pimpson.

So I packed my stuff, and ate my dinner, and waited for Warren to arrive. I was expecting him sometime before 10pm, since that was our planned departure time from Ottawa to drive down to Toronto to catch our flight. So guess how surprised I was when I got a phone call from him at 9:30 saying he couldn't find his passport! Well - I told Warren that he could still get through customs in both countries with a driver's licence and a birth certificate. So he got his crap and showed up. (it should be mentioned that later he found his passport while we were IN the Dominican - it was in his work folder!)

So we hit the road to Toronto around 10pm, traffic wasn't bad, we stopped once for drinks and a pee, and eventually arrived at Pearson around 2:30am. We parked at the ParknFly and caught the shuttle to the terminal. Then we waited for a while. I started a book, 24 - Operation Hell Gate (based on the TV series), to help pass the time.

After we cleared the security gates, we passed by a Bell internet station, a search my pockets and found some change, enough to buy me one minute of blogging time - that gave us this gem. Warren actually took a picture of this momentus occasion, he said he would email it to me over this coming week - it will definitely be posted.

The plane ride down was ok. Slept through most of it b/c I was DEAD tired. I believe they played the movie Batman Begins - haven't seen it. They served up some crappy rendition of breakfast - eggs and bread mixed together - then nuked beyond recognition. I still ate it all though. We landed in Puerto Plata around 11am (no time zone change - for those who care). Then we were bused to our hotel: The Grand Flamenco.

The hotel was great. Nice, friendly staff, well kept grounds, great food, and judging from Warren on more than one occasion, the booze did the trick in terms of getting you drunk. We first we setup in a crappy, older room. But we bitched for three days straight and got switched into a much better one: bigger bathroom, newer overall condition, and the TV had a remote control. Woohoo! Priorities....

We spent most of our time at the pool - whether it was beside it or in it. They had one of those swim-up bars - but I was told you could only get beer there - I was drinking mostly fruit punch and 7up. Good mix actually...

They have the buffet restaurant for breakfast lunch and dinner - but they also have 4 a-la-carte restaurants that you can go to (after making reservations). The best of the 4 was Brazilian. It was like dim-sum, where you just sit and all the food comes to you. They had 6 different waiters wandering around with grilled meat on swords. You would simply call the guy you wanted over, he'd stick his sword on the table and slice you off a piece of that meat. They had chicken, turkey, beef, pork ribs, lamb, & fish. The beef was the best - by far.

The beach at this particular location - Playa Dorada - wasn't all that great. The sand wasn't the nice white sand you expect, it was very brown and ordinary. The water wasn't that turquoise colour you would expect either, and it had lots of seaweed in it. The last thing about the beach area that pissed me off were the vendors. At any given point, you had about three different local vendors trying to sell their junk. Little necklaces, wind chimes, t shirts, drums, hats, everything. And they all seemed to missing an important word from their English vocabulary - NO. For crying out loud - they would not take NO for an answer. Anyway...

One night we went to Mangu - the area's nightclub. Half meringue and Latino rap, and a 50-cent song here and there. It was fun, I gather the drinks were expensive, but at least the bar was VERY air-conditioned. Not hot or humid at all, which was very nice.

We did one day trip away from the hotel. We took a bus - with a lot of other tourists - to the downtown area of Puerto Plata. We visited the rum factory, amber museum, some old fort built to defend against pirates or something, and these two jewelry shops. In hindsight, I think the whole trip was a setup to take the tourists places to get them to spend more money. The worst part was we even paid for the trip. After visiting these places, we went about 20 kms away to the Bay of Sosua, a beautiful beach with the white sand and turquoise water I was talking about earlier. However, as lovely as the beach was - it too had HUNDREDS of vendors. And these ones were even worse, not only would they not take NO for an answer, they would literally grab you by the arm and pull you into their shops.

We did meet an interested lady while we were down there, and some of you might know her. Her name is Wilma. Luckily our experience with her wasn't as bad as some tourists down in Cancun and Cozumel - my thoughts are with them. I think the worst part of Wilma we experienced was one night when it rained VERY hard, it was also very windy. We, like everyone on our resort, just stayed in our room and waited that night out. In the morning we noticed our room was flooded with an inch of water, but this was a good thing because it helped us get the room upgrade I mentioned above.

Coming home, the flight was ok back to Toronto. We had to make a quick stop in Punta Cana to pick up some other tourists also going back to Toronto. The movie on the way home was Fantastic Four - seemed good watching it on MUTE (I wasn't willing to pay the $5 for a headset). They served a dinner, some kind of veggie pasta.

We landed in Toronto around 5:30pm Saturday night. It was 7pm when we finally got to the ParknFly lot. Now this time traffic through Toronto sucked. For the first 45 minutes of the drive we were only traveling 20 kms/hour. It was also raining very hard - made for a long, wide-eyed drive. By the time we arrived back in Barrhaven (11:30pm), my knuckles had turned permanently white.

To summarize: it was a very nice vacation to which I owe Warren greatly for choosing me. You see, he won the trip (that's right - it was free suckers!) and he chose to take lucky old me. Even though I had a great time, I missed the loverly Mrs. Pimpson very much, and I'm very happy to be back home with her.

UPDATE: Actually, the best part of the trip was that I didn't catch the Mexican Muddies or the Dirty Sanchez Diarrhea or whatever it's called...

Monday, October 24, 2005

I love hate my job

It sucks coming back after vacation. So many problems that need attention. And all I need is my sofa and my tv and my dinner.

New Rule

I'd like to make one thing clear about the use of this blog. Since I am the creator - you all have to do whatever I say.

After my week long hiatus, I've caught up on the posts and comments - and I have come to THIS conclusion:

No posts/comments shall be written that refer to the overall hairiness of myself. Whether it be referred to as my .

It's all lies people! And lies hurt.

Thank you - that is all.

Cast your vote here!

I found this site online http://www.petsmart.com/halloween/index.shtml?ertCode=MSN_102005_&cm_ven=MSN&cm_cat=shopping&cm_pla=102005&cm_ite=howl I will be the first to confess to not really being much of a "pet person" but I would have to have a heart of stone to not find these photos simply adorable. All of these pictures are giving me a toothache because they are all so sweet but if I had to vote for only one of these little guys my vote would go to #7, Wesley. Who would you vote for?

Friday, October 21, 2005

Awww yea 2 1/2 hours until the weekend!

Fridays always drag because you want them to fly by so that the weekend starts already. Today has been no exception to that rule. The highlight of my day so far has been lunch. I met my friends Danijela & Trung for lunch at Efes on Preston. It's a Turkish restaurant. We had a meze and borek to share and then we each got kebabs. The food was just divine! I was partial to the spinach borek though, it was the best. I wish I knew how to make it. Mom showed me several times but last time I tried making it it tasted funny. James ate it all anyways. I can always count on him for that! Like that whole shredded potato & leek soup debacle. Yuk!

Anyhoo... I'm back at work now. I'd rather be lying down in front of the TV after that meal but c'est la vie...

Thursday, October 20, 2005

are you serious?





Well, I sure am glad it's not the 50s.
Click to view in full glory.

40th Post!

I am in a far better mood today than I have been for the past couple of days. Hurricane Wilma has been downgraded to a level 4 hurricane and is not expected to hit FL until Sunday by then James will be home - yay!

What is happening to the world with all the natural disasters. It is all so frightening. I urge everyone to help however they can. The Red Cross and Unicef are my favourite charities.

Man, I am such a downer!

So, I had my French presentation yesterday. I think it went well but I can't tell. It was all just a blur. I am not a shy person but I was pretty nervous about this presentation since my French leaves much to be desired. My cookies were all gone though. That batch yields quite a bit of cookies. They turned out pretty good but not as good as they could be. I left them in the oven a little too long and they weren't as chewy as they should be since that is what makes them Wookie Cookies. Get it? Chewy? Chewbacca? Wookies? ugh... nevermind!

So, I'm shopping for boots now. I need a new pair. Ok, I'm using the term need very loosely. I want a new pair. I love Zappos but they don't ship to Canada neither does Nine West. Looks like a trip to the mall is in the cards... as fate would have it I'm going to be at the mall on Friday for my first ever hip hop class. I think I can pull it off, I love to dance! Besides, I picked out a spiffy outfit to wear. What do you think? It's hammer time y'all!!!

No big plans tonight. I'm invited to dinner at Kelley & Lee's the cutest married couple ever! Well, aside from Les Pimpsons of course! They are making chili. Kelley asked me if it was ok. I said I preferred surf and turf. She thought it was cute that I thought I had a choice... I'm only kidding. I'm delighted that they're having me over. Truth be told I hate eating alone - not that that stops me from eating.

Anyhoo... I should get back to work. Toodles!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Wilma Strongest Hurricane on Record - Yahoo News

I am so worried for my man. We spoke last night. He told me they had a thunderstorm yesterday. They were able to change rooms though after their room got flooded on Monday so that was a plus.

They will be returning Saturday morning and flying over Florida. According to this article --> http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051019/ts_nm/weather_wilma_dc it is headed to Florida: "Tourists would be ordered to evacuate on Thursday and residents would be told to flee the coming storm on Friday."

I just hope all goes well and I have him here with me safe and sound. I am so anxious for his return.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

to counterbalance the 'poste de fromage'...

ok so my last post was a little cheezy but I can't help the way I feel. If I can't spill my feelings on an online blog then where can I?

To counterbalance the cheese post here is a cookie post... This is what I'm presenting for my french class on Wednesday (eep that's tomorrow - yikes!)

Les Biscuits de Wookie (Wookie Cookies ou Wookie-ookies)
du Star Wars Livre de Cuisine, Robin Davis

Ingrédients:

· 2 1/4 tasses de farine
· 1 cuillère à thé de sel de bicarbonate de soude
· 1 cuillère à thé de sel
· 1 cuillère à thé de cannelle en poudre
· 1 tasse de beurre
· 1 tasse de sucre brun
· 1/2 tasse de sucre
· 2 œufs
· 1 1/2 cuillères à thé sucre de vanille
· 1 tasse de morceaux de chocolat du lait
· 1 tasse de morceaux de chocolat demi-doux

Préparation:

Préchauffer le four à 375 °F

Dans un saladier, mettre la farine, bicarbonate de soude, sel et cannelle en poudre et bien mélanger.

Dans un autre saladier mettre le beurre, sucre brun et sucre. Bien mélanger avec l’aide d’un mélangeur électrique. Ajouter les œufs et sucre de vanille et bien mélanger avec le mélangeur électrique. Ajouter ce mélange avec le mélange farine. Incorporer les morceaux de chocolat.

Déposer des petites quantités sur une plaque de biscuits, bien espacés d’un pouce (à cause de l’expansion) Répétez jusqu’à ce que vous avez utilise la pâte entière.

Cuire 10 minutes au four, en surveillant la coloration.

waiting anxiously...

It's true what they say... absence makes the heart grow fonder. Only 4 more sleeps left until James comes back home to me. It has been rough for me not having him around. I've grown so accustomed to him. We've been living together since June, that's 5 months now. At first it was tough. I didn't like sharing my bed, Waking up when he did (he is a morning person and I am not!). I was barely sleeping for the first little while. After some time these little things stopped bothering me. James is possibly the kindest, sweetest not to mention incredibly handsome husband in the world. Not having a queen size bed to myself is a small price to pay when you have all you could ask for in a partner... James is my partner for life. Like I said in my vows: I will always cherish him.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Airport woes

Here we are, Warren and I, waitig at the Toronto airport. It's 4:34am

Can you believe they ave internet here???? I sure as hell can't.

And can you believe this lousy post cost me thirty cents!!!!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Oh, they have the internet on computers now...

Man - the interweb / worldwidenet has some pretty cool stuff. For example - I found this gem:

Use the third letter of your first name to determine your new first name:

a = poopsie
b = lumpy
c = buttercup
d = gadget
e = crusty
f = greasy
g = fluffy
h = cheeseball
i = chim-chim
j = stinky
k = flunky
l = boobie
m = pinky
n = zippy
o = goober
p = doofus
q = slimy
r = loopy
s = snotty
t = tootie
u = dorkey
v = squeezit
w = oprah
x = skipper
y = dinky
z = zsa-zsa

Use the second letter of your last name to determine the first half of your new last name:

a = apple
b = toilet
c = giggle
d = burger
e = girdle
f = barf
g = lizard
h = waffle
i = cootie
j = monkey
k = potty
l = liver
m = banana
n = rhino
o = bubble
p = hamster
q = toad
r = gizzard
s = pizza
t = gerbil
u = chicken
v = pickle
w = chuckle
x = tofu
y = gorilla
z = stinker

Use the fourth letter of your last name to determine the second half of your new last name:

a = head
b = mouth
c = face
d = nose
e = tush
f = breath
g = pants
h = shorts
i = lips
j = honker
k = butt
l = brain
m = tushie
n = chunks
o = hiney
p = biscuits
q = toes
r = buns
s = fanny
t = sniffer
u = sprinkles
v = kisser
w = squirt
x = humperdinck
y = brains
z = juice

I am now to be called: Pinky CootieBiscuits. Which coincidently, is also what is left over after a night of tequilla shots, a bag of Famous Amos cookies, and Pepto-Bismol.

A good friend of mine back in Vancouver would be known as: Loopy AppleTush. Man - that describes him to a T!

Anyone care to share?

Old news perhaps.



I have someone I would like to introduce:

Bond. James Bond. That's right. This guy (Daniel Craig) will be playing your favourite hero filled head to toe with STDs in the upcoming Bond film Casino Royale.

This makes me wonder who the next female co-star will be... and more importantly... what will her name be?

We all remember some of the good ones from the past: Pussy Galore, Xena Onatopp, Mary Goodnight, Dr. Holly Goodhead, Honey Ryder, Plenty O'Toole, Countess Lisl von Shlaf, Octopussy... the list goes on.

But what will the new one be? Any guesses? Maybe the British double agent Anita Goodrub? Or the Russian Ice Princess Ivana Eetchu? Or maybe the deadly Chinese assassin Fukyu Longtime?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

what the...

what is with the sidebar contents getting scrunched at the bottom of the page. Is this happening on anyone else's computers?

Mrs. Pimpson

Thanksgiving Weekend Re-cap by Day-o

I know James is super busy today so I figured I'd post for the day. He's going to DR you see and he has quite a few loose ends to tie up what with work and school before he leaves. I am going to miss him so much but I'm so happy for him. He deserves some time off.

Our weekend was pretty lazy. We relaxed for the most part. We finally got cable on Saturday. My eyes were glued to the TV after not having had cable for over a year. It will be nice to keep me occupied while James is away. Another thing I will be doing lots of while he's away is playing We heart Katamari. Now I am not one for video games but this game will keep me occuppied for hours. The object of the game is to roll up anything you see into your katamari to make your katamari as big as possible. See image to the left. This is a delicious katamari cake which I found while searching for an image online. Yummy! Whoever created that is a genious. That's the cake I want for my birthday. James get on that!

I realize now that I've digressed... I was talking about our weekend... where were we? Oh yes, Sunday. Ryan and his girlfriend Vero, whom I got to meet for the first time, invited us to go hiking with them. Ryan: your girl is such a doll, I am totally taken by her! It took us a while to get to the hiking trail in the Gatineau mountains but Ryan got us there. We started the hike and I was holding up pretty good at first but after a while I was crawling on the ground. It was brutal! The sights, however, were gorgeous. Autumn is just amazing here. Seeing all those trees in their glorious colours was pretty cool. We took some photos but I have yet to upload them.

I loved not going into work for Monday. Our good friend Mel invited everyone over for a pot-luck Thanksgiving dinner. She had 2 turkeys for all 20 of us. She is definitely the hostess with the mostess (?) We were very spoiled. I made frosted pumpkin squares which were amazing. I put them out after the dinner and I turned around for a second and they had vanished. I was flattered that they were so popular. Here's the recipe for anyone who is interested:

Frosted Pumpkin Squares
Prep time : 10 min.

Can be made ahead of time and frozen.

1. Beat 4 large eggs, 2c. sugar, 1c. canned 100% pumpkin (without spices. This is what I used --> http://www.edsmith.com/web/html/site_pages/products/pie_fillings/pure_pump.html), 2/3c. cooking oil, 2tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt (I also added 1 tsp. of ground ginger).

2. When completely mixed add in 2c. flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder.

3. Put into a greased 10x15 pan and bake at 350F for 20 minutes (I had to bake for longer than this. It's a good idea to take it out and stick a knife in the cake to make sure it comes out dry before letting cool for frosting).

Icing

Beat 1/2 c. cream cheese, 6tbsp of margarine, 2 1/2 c. icing sugar*, 1 tsp vanilla, and 2 tsp milk (if needed.. I didn't use it) and voila. Frost the cake while it's slightly warm.

*We didn't have icing sugar and we were going to go to the store to pick some up and my mom called and I told her. She suggested we put some regular sugar in the coffee grinder and we'd get icing sugar. I'm sure it would work in a blender or food processor as well. Just a tip.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The DR is [just] in [time]

In exactly one weeks time - I will not be here. I will be somewhere else entirely. I will be in the Dominican Republic. I cannot wait for this trip because I feel like I really need a vacation. I feel like I've been working really hard at everything I do and I need a break from it.

The pic above I took last time I went to DR, back in '03. That was a very memorable trip - I hope this one goes well also. Looking at the TWN the forecast doesn't look so great. But I'm optimistic that will change.

The Lord of the Rings



Ah crap. We're totally doomed now. First Afghanistan and Iraq - next Middle Earth.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

To everyone out there who actually reads my Blog, I hope you have a nice long-weekend filled with friends, family, naps, and all the food you can stuff into your fat belly.

I know I'll be practicing the ancient thanksgiving art of eating so much so that I can't move away from the table. I think this year I'll aks my wife to mix it all up in a blender, so that I can just enjoy it 'smoothie' style in bed. That way I won't have to move anywhere all weekend.

Excellent.

Quiz Time


What is the woman whispering to the man? [no multiple guess answers today, I want to know what you think she's saying!] Leave your answer in the comments section, I'll post them to the front page later.

I think: "Guess what honey! I just cleaned out the garage, now you can park your bike there again."

Matt said...
I think - "If you don't smile while they are taking this picture, I am going to go Lorana Bobbit on your ass."

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Coolest.FlashSite.Ever

http://www.sithsense.com/flash.htm

Ugh...

Could there be anything more embarrassing than meeting on of your co-workers in the bathroom? Man, I hate that.

Wait - there is something more embarrassing:

What if that bathroom was tiny - and to get past the guy at the urinal you have to practically squeeze by with your front against his back. Eww.

And..

What if the guy at the urinal happened to be your boss. Great.

AND...

What if you had just came out of the only stall in that bathroom after taking a huge, smelly dump.

Yep. This all just happened to me.
:-(

To add to the previous post about weather


I think it's quite interesting that the leaves here in Ottawa are changing their colours. I always assumed that the trees only would change if the temperature fell below a certain degree. But since it's been so warm here lately, hardly a normal, cold, fall day - I would expect all the leaves to still be green.

However, they are in fact changing. As I looking out my window right now, I see bright reds and magnificent yellows hanging from the maple trees.

A friend of mine told me that perhaps its not due to the temperature that the leaves change colour, but due to the shortening of daylight. As we get closer and closer to the blahs of winter, each day gets shorter and shorter. So perhaps the trees can sense this lack of daylight and they know its time to change.

Interesting, no?

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

What on earth is going on? [literally]

For those of you who don't live in the capital region, you might be surprised to hear that Ottawa is currently 26 degrees and sunny. No clouds - no snow. It's actually up to 31 if you could the humidex.

Today is October 5th poeple! Last years weather was way worse - in fact Ottawa's average temperature for October is a measly 8 whole degrees! I've heard of global warming, frankly who hasn't, but I understood it to be a gradual trend. Not overnight.

I'm sitting here thinking to myself -

Man, if we, the citizens of earth, don't do something soon to correct this climate change issue. things could get pretty ugly.

NOTE: (added 12.05pm Oct. 6) - apparently I was wrong about global warming. I got the following graph from this website:


Apparently global warming is to do with the general decline in Pirate population over the last 200 years.

Another Quiz...

What is most likely the correct conversation to come after this scene in
Star Wars: Episode VII - Return of the Phantom Meat?

a) C3P-0 says: "Well I never... a sausage out in this heat?"

b) Anakin [wiping a tear from Queen Amidala's left cheek] says: "He is the chosen one. He will bring balance to the force. We must train him."

c) Darth Sideous says: "This is my apprentice - Darth Pork."

d) Selbulba says: "You're Bantha poodoo if you race in that pod!"

e) Jar Jar Binks says: "I don't know. Mesa day startin pretty okee-day with a brisky morning munchy, then BOOM! Gettin very scared and grabbin that hotdog and POW! Mesa here! Mesa gettin' very very scared!"

f) Yoda says: "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffer- err.. sausage."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Speakers

With some help from my friend Ryan, I have changed the setup of my TV room in the basement. My wife and I moved into our new house in the middle of June. At that time I did a half-assed job of wiring the surround speakers and setting up the room. And seeing as we were getting married 45 days later, I had more pressing concerns to manage rather than the neatness of my basement.

But after reading Ryan's article I was inspired to complete the job.
The above picture shows the basic layout [scale is off(by a long shot{DUH!})]. The blue boxes are the 5 speakers: 1 centre behind the tv, 2 front beside the tv, and 2 rear placed high and on the side of the listening area. The red box is the non-directional subwoofer.

The speakers I have are made by Energy - called Take 5. They are micro-speakers but they pack quite a punch - especially the powered sub. All of these are routed through a regular Sony amplifier that gives out 50 watts per channel (250 watts).

Here's my plug for Sony and Energy: the two systems combined make for a beautiful sound combination. I am very impressed every time I watch a DVD with a loud action sequence or fierce gun battle.

And the best spots to sit and watch are on the LazyBoy chair, or on the right end of the couch. These spots are the best viewing and listening positions - and most comfortable thanks to the new couch and chair we bought from the Brick.

I think my two favourite types of movies are action and comedy. I frickin' love Old School, Zoolander, and BASEketball.

Wow...

I logged in to Blogger this morning to write my usual piece of crap - and to my surprise, I saw that I have previously written 20 posts! Now I know what you are thinking... 20 is not a big milestone. And you are right, it's not. But nevertheless, I am still impressed with myself.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Pure Genius

The person who invented the microwave dinner/lunch is my hero [in this case lunch].

After a quick Google search, I have discovered that a man named Percy Spencer stumbled onto the technology to use microwave energy to heat food. He quickly patented the idea that:

a method of treating food by application of microwave energy, wherein the food is exposed to microwave energy within a restricted region of space and for sufficient time to cook the food to a predetermined degree.
Turns out that the "restricted region of space" was a galvanized garbage can in his first experiments.

Thank you very much Mr. Spencer for my microwaved lasagna that I am enjoying for lunch today.