Tuesday, February 28, 2006

hairy adventures



I've never had my hair as long as I had it at my wedding. That was back in July I loved the way it looked! It was difficult to care for so around September I got it cut and the middle picture is from that day. These days I'm sporting the 'do on the right. It's a huge change. I don't know what possessed me to do it but I went and actually paid someone to give me this awkward new cut which I still haven't adjusted to. I'm hoping it'll grow out soon.

Anyhoo I just wanted to share my new 'do with everyone because I know there was some interest in seeing it. Also I wanted to prove that I can rock the Uncle Rico pose with the best of them. Awww ya!

El Mustachio


Monday, February 27, 2006

Try this link...

... for a very touching video

Recipes used for Saturday's Dinner

-Appetizer-

Crab Dip

This is the first time I made this dip. It was good but it's not my favourite.

1 pkg Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 can real crab
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach

Mix cheeses and spinach in mixer
Add crab

Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes.


-Main Course-

Starvin' Guy Chicken Pie

I got this recipe from Jen who I think got it from Crazy Plates

1 cup chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup low-sodium, reduced-fat chicken broth
1-1/2 cups peeled, cubed potatoes
1-1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 cup sliced green beans (cut into 1-inch pieces) - I left these out
1 can (10 oz) reduced-fat Cream of Mushroom Soup (Campbell's Healthy Request), undiluted
1-1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (about 3/4 of a lb)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon each dried basil and ground thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Biscuit Crust
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup skim milk

Spray a large saucepan with non-stick spray. Add onions and garlic. Cook over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add broth, potatoes, carrots, and beans. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Partially cover and simmer for 12 minutes. The potatoes should be slightly undercooked. Remove from heat.

In a small bowl, stir together mushroom soup and flour. Add to vegetables, along with chicken, parsley, basil, thyme, and pepper. Stir well. Pour into a medium casserole dish.

To prepare crust, combine flour, baking powder, sage, and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk. Form a ball with the dough. Add a bit more flour if dough is too sticky. Roll out on a floured surface to fit top of casserole. Place dough over chicken mixture. Prick several times with a fork. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 servings.

-Dessert-

Black Forest Mousse Dessert










Ingredients

1-1/2 cups cold milk (use skim, or calcium-enriched skim)
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding (use the fat-free, sugar-free kind)
2 cups Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed, divided (use the ultra-low-fat/95% fat-free kind)
16 Oreo Cookies, divided (there is a kind with 25% less fat - use this)
1-1/2 cups canned cherry pie filling (if you are lucky enough to find 'no sugar added' go for it - I had to use regular)

Directions

1 POUR milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Gently stir in 1/2 cup of the whipped topping.

2 CRUSH 10 of the cookies coarsely; stir into pudding mixture. Spoon half of the pudding mixture into 1-1/2-L serving bowl. Spread 3/4 cup of the remaining whipped topping over pudding mixture.

3 TOP with 1 cup of the pie filling, remaining pudding mixture, remaining whipped topping and 1/2 cup pie filling.

4 CRUSH remaining 6 cookies; sprinkle on top of dessert.

Wow.

What a fantastic weekend. I really don't remember all what I did, but I've very satisfied about it. Sounds weird, I know.

So how come the right-side-frame thing is squished down at the bottom? Any one else see this?

UPDATE: Squished right-side-frame thing fixed.

Spent both Saturday and Sunday at Alex's framing the basement appartment. Got a lot of the top boards and headers in place. Only about 3 complete walls finished though. He's outta town for this week for work, but I expect we can get a lot done next weekend if we start early and don't make too many trips to HomeDepot.

Saturday night the Hong's came over for dinner. Since I was over at Al's all day, she did a GREAT job cleaning up the house, making a FANTASTIC dinner and dessert all by herself. She really spoiled us with dinner: there was a crab and cheese dip, spinnach salad, homemade chicken pot chicken pot chicken pot pie, and a really tasty dessert with oreos, cool whip and chocolate pudding! After dinner the four of us played 12 rounds of scattegories where, if I remember correctly, Ferda won. Siv and I kept getting the same words. Like every round.

Sunday, FO and CoBro helped Alex and I at Al's place, then we went to Kelsey's for dinner around 7. We were all starved by then. Really was a nice weekend. I like to help Alex for two reasons:
1 - he could use the help
and
2 - he has the best power tools that I love to use.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Simpsons Trivia - February 24, 2006


Today's a tough one with no multiple choice. EEK!

In Worst Episode Ever, because of Homer's gastronomic antics, who is Lisa familiar with on a first-name basis?

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Simpsons Trivia - February 23, 2006




TRUE OR FALSE

In Half Decent Proposal, Marge's sister Patty uses a bolt cutter to remove her bra.

Winter sucks

Is it a duck at the beach? A platypus perhaps? Or a towel wearing sunglasses? Hmm...

From our trip to Cuba. The chamber maid left these little towel creations on the bed after she would make it. And let me tell you, she made one heck of a good bed. You could bounce a whole roll of quarters!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ma présentation française au sujet de la France et de la Coupe du Monde

INTRO

Bonsoir mes amis, ma présentation est au sujet de l'équipe nationale française du football. C'est important parce que la coupe du monde 2006 sera en Allemagne cet été. Je pense que la France a une bonne chance de gagner la coupe du monde cette année. Ma présentation se composé de trois sections : Histoire, joueurs, et de coupe du monde 2006.


HISTOIRE

L'équipe nationale française du football porte les chemises bleues et les shorts blancs. Ils avaient joué nationalement pendant beaucoup d'années. Quand la coupe du monde a commencé en 1930, la France était l'une des premières équipes à jouer, gagné le Mexique 4-1. En termes de coupe du monde dans toute l'histoire, la France est le numéro six de tous les pays avec vingt et une victoires. Pendant, les bleus avaient joué très bien. Les victoires de la coupe du monde en 1998 et de coupe d'Europe dans 2000 les ont faisait forte.

JOUEURS

L'équipe nationale française a beaucoup de joueurs forts. Le meilleur sont : Henry Thierry d'arsenal, Zinedine Zidane de Real Madrid, David Trezeguet de Juventus, et Fabien Barthez dans le but. Tous ces joueurs sont très célèbres et très bons.

TASSE DU MONDE 2006

Avant, j’ai dit que la France à une bonne chance a gagné la coupe de monde cet été. C’est vrai parce que l’équipe se compose de bons joueurs. Il y a d'autres bonnes équipes dans le coupe de monde cette année, mais la France a été placée dans un groupe facile. La groupe se compose de La Suisse, la Corée, et le Togo. avant, la France a gagné ces équipes et je pense que la France peut gagner encore.

Peut-être, la plus grande difficulté sera des équipes d'Amérique Du sud, comme le Brésil et l'Argentine. Mais il n'importe pas, parce que j'aime la France et je sais qu'ils peuvent gagner !

Simpsons Trivia - February 22, 2006

In "Day of the Jackanapes" according to reporter Kent Brockman, what entertainers were killed in a plane crash?

A. The Banana Splits
B. Benny and the Jets
C. The Four Pips
D. Cruiser and the Crunch

Eat this, clever MasterCard commercials

[MSN conversation from 12:59pm, Feb. 21]


JamesMo says: lol - did you hear [removed] asking [removed]: "You've never celebrated Pancake Tuesday?" - umm, hello, she is from a country called Turkey. The predominant religion there is .... Muslim! I don't think they would celebrate pancake tuesday.

James says: yes. yes I did. Priceless

JamesMo says: that's blog worthy


[names removed to protect the innocent]

[I'm the innocent, and it's to protect me from being sued]

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Ferda's Heritage
















as if I look like Luke Skywalker!!! Too funny!!!

Six degrees of Kevin Bacon

According to myheritage.com - where I used this photo:


I resemble the following celebrities:

Stefan Raab - 71%:


Russell Crowe - 62%:


Antonio Banderas - 60%:


Will Smith - 60%:


Kurt Russell - 58%:


Kevin Bacon - 56%:


[thanks to Kevin for pointing this out!]

Japanese Name Generator

Your Japanese Name Is...
Keiji Inokuma

SuperHero Name Generator

Your Superhero Profile
Your Superhero Name is The Wind Goliath
Your Superpower is Unexplained
Your Weakness is Midgets
Your Weapon is Your Cosmic Sword
Your Mode of Transportation is Phone Booth

Simpsons Trivia - February 21, 2006



























In Bye, Bye, Nerdie, the lady from Springfield Baby-Proofing starts her sales pitch with what stunning remark?

A. "Your baby's on fire!"
B. "Your baby is dead!"
C. "I stole your baby!"
D. "I am the Lindbergh baby!"

Monday, February 20, 2006

Once again - stolen from Jen

who knew?

You Are Barney

You could have been an intellectual leader...

Instead, your whole life is an homage to beer

You will be remembered for: your beautiful singing voice and your burps

Your life philosophy: "There's nothing like beer to give you that inflated sense of self-esteem."

Weekend Review: Feb 17-19

So. It's Monday. Here we all are, back at work. The weekend has come and gone. Too quickly this time in my opinion. And all I have of the weekend is memories. Let me recount them for you:

Friday: Driving home from work wasn't as bad for us as it was for some in Ottawa. We watched the news that night, something we normally don't do. I find it depressing watching the news; it's always filled with bad, negative stories. My thoughts go out to the families of those lost in the crashes on the 417.

Saturday: We watched a couple of movies in the morning. First Proof and then Saw II. Didn't really enjoy the first, I thought it was missing something. Hmmm, what was it again? Oh yeah: an ending. In my opinion, the movie just stopped with no conclusion. Open-ended stories like that piss me off. The sequel to Saw was pretty good. Very gruesome and creepy; our kind of movie. We went for a quick shopping session at our local Winners. In Ferda's opinion, it's the second-most Happiest Place on Earth only to DisneyWorld. She picked up a few items and I was bribed with a mocha from Starbucks; which is coincidentally my Happiest Place on Earth. Then we drove out to Joelle's for a euchre tournament with about 14 others. It was a lot of fun. And Joelle put on an amazing party; she had thirst-quenching drinks, tasty snacks, tempting desserts, and a great atmosphere. We randomly drew partners for a 7-game, round-robin-style euchre tournament. I got lucky and was paired with Shannon - we ended up winning the whole thing: our record was 6 wins and only 1 loss to the team of Alex and Duncan. We played cards til about 2am, then some left, while the rest of us retired to the basement to work on Dave's LavaLife profile. I can't wait for Matt to post it - stayed tuned to Rochman to see it. We left sometime after 3 - didn't get through our door till almost 4am. Moral of the story: it's tough having friends in Orleans when you live in Barrhaven.

Sunday: Got up nice and late. Made some bacon-egg-mcmuffin's for Ferda and a strawberry-banana-smoothie for me. Then headed to the movies with Duncan and Holly to see Date Movie. Pretty funny - but my advice: don't spend money to see it. Neither did we. In fact, you should all check this out: General Mills cereals are giving away movie tickets in cereal boxes. No catches really, just can't use it on Friday or Saturday. Definitely worth it, considering a box of cereal is under $5, and the movie ticket itself is about $10. After the movie, back home for dinner and MP7 with Holly and Alex. Also played some dominoes. Fun night.

Monday: The office mouse was caught in the trap over the weekend. Poor sucker was pretty dead come this morning. One of my co-workers said:

"I think I'll take the rest of the day off - I'm sure there's something in
the CBA for mousal-greivance."

Simpson's Trivia - Feb 20, 2006

In "New Kids on the Blech", Marge thanks L.T. Smash for saving Bart from what?

A. Kissing groupies
B. A murderous mob
C. IRS agents
D. A lifetime of crippling showbiz fame

Friday, February 17, 2006

Friday Office Humour

Star Wars Baby

[SFW]

Simpson's Trivia - Feb 17, 2006




In "Trilogy of Error", what line does Ned Flanders repeat a couple of times?

A. "Well, I'll be a P. Diddily!"
B. "That's a ding-gong diddly!"
C. "Shazam!"
D. "Son of a diddily!"

Thursday, February 16, 2006

super-ap's list of 4s...

...which was stolen from Kevin, who deceived Ryan, who ripped off Artoo, who duped Ferda, who swindled Jen, who conned Jill, who likely bamboozled someone else.

Four Jobs You’ve Had In Your Life
1. supervisor, accounts payable (yes, that's where super_ap came from!)
2. research accounts administrator
3. youth soccer coach
4. babysitter

Four Places You Have Lived
1. Barrhaven
2. Hawkesbury (my Dads)
3. my cottage in Avoca, QC
4. Vancouver

Four Music Artists You Can’t Hear Too Often
1. The Age of Electric
2. Ludacris
3. Jack Johnson
4. The Shins

Four Favorite Books
1.
2.
3.
4. (I don't really read, sorry, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once)

Four Movies You Could Watch Over and Over
1. Matrix trilogy
2. BASEketball
3. Dodgeball
4. anything with Jackie Chan

Four TV Shows You Love to Watch
1. Arrested Development
2. Futurama
3. anything on HGTV (lately I'm addicted to shows about home renovation and decorating)
4. anything Law & Order

Four Places You Have Been On Vacation
1. London, UK
2. Cuba
3. Dominican Republic
4. Tofino, BC

Four Websites You Visit Daily
1. super_ap
2. dooce
3. cats in sinks
4. TWN - Ottawa Weather

Four Of Your Favorite Foods
1. Dessert
2. Meat of any kind (including moose, thank you Ryan)
3. Pizza
4. Sushi

Four Hobbies
1. ultimate
2. video games
3. driving
4. snowboarding

Conformity; Schmformity

[MSN coversation from 9:16am, Feb. 16]


James says: have you seen all the lists of fours out there now?

Ferda says: ya I have seen the lists, you should do yours

James says: okokokok. but I want mine to be different. maybe a list of 3's? or 5's?

Ferda says: you should stick to the format

James says: okokok

Ferda says: :-)

THE Valentine's e-card

I know VD has come and gone but I just wanted to share this kickass VD card. Check it out!

Simpsons Trivia - February 16, 2006



In "I'm Going to Praiseland" according to gospel singer Rachel Jordan, why is it easy to switch from Christian music to regular pop?

A. All you is change "Jesus" to "baby"
B. All you do is remove hald of the sequins from the costumes
C. All you do is trade religion for drug abuse
D. If it doesn't work out, you can always switch back

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Inquisitive minds want to know

So I bet you are all wondering what plans the super_ap made for Valentine's Day. Aren't you? I knew it. So, here it is, I won't disappoint:

Last night, I had a midterm from 6pm - 7:30; and I got home about 7:45, grabbed Ferda, and we headed out the door. Our destination:

-

Home Depot.

-

Man, it's unbeleivable how romantic I can be when I try. We looked at crown mouldings, paint chips, and I bought a 20 lb bag of salt for the driveway. But don't be fooled, I was a gentleman the whole time. In fact, I didn't even make her carry the bag of salt!

-

Well, actually, I did get her a card, and I wrote this poem in it:

You may not "carrot" all for me
The way I care for you.
You may "turnip" your nose
When I plead with you.
But if your "heart" should "beet" with mine
Forever "lettuce" hope
There is no reason in the world
Why we two "cantaloupe".

Clearly we are already married, but I thought it was cute. BTW - the poem was lifted from here.

So that's it. That is what we did. What did everyone else do?

Is cat now! - Simpsons Trivia




In "CHILDREN OF A LESSER CLOD", Lugash, the gymnastics instructor, says Lisa can't be a gymnast for what reason?



A. Her ankles are weak
B. She's too old
C. Her balance is like crazy goose
D. Chalk makes her sneeze

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

List of 4s

shamelessly stolen from Jen

Four Jobs You’ve Had In Your Life
1. Teaching Assistant
2. Author
3. Computer Consultant
4. QA Specialist

Four Places You Have Lived
1. Warsaw, Poland
2. Ankara, Turkey
3. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4. Ottawa, ON

Four Music Artists You Can’t Hear Too Often
1. Jack Johnson
2. Mariah Carey
3. Shakira
4. Enrique

Four Favorite Books
1. The Shopoholic books
2. She's Come Undone
3. All Judy Blume books I read growing up
4. Harriet the Spy

Four Movies You Could Watch Over and Over
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. Old School
3. There's Something about Mary
4. Spiderman

Four TV Shows You Love to Watch
1. The Office
2. Futurama
3. Seinfeld
4. Raymond

Four Places You Have Been On Vacation
1. Bodrum, Turkey
2. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
3. Santa Maria, Cuba
4. London, UK

Four Websites You Visit Daily
1. http://superap.blogspot.com/ - duh!
2. http://www.perezhilton.com/ - guilty pleasure
3. http://www.gmail.com
4. http://www.tribute.ca

Four Of Your Favorite Foods
1. Pho from Pho Thu Do
2. Shawarma from Prince of Garlic on Prince of Wales
3. All Turkish food
4. Baklava

Four Hobbies
1. ultimate frisbee
2. eating
3. TV
4. Travel

Happy Valentine's Day Everybody!



Today is our second valentine together. We don't plan on doing anything special. We went out to eat yesterday. My wishes to go to Harvey's were squashed and we went to Broadways on PoW instead. We shared a pound of wings and had some sandwiches and fries after. I was pining after the crepes at the Marche place at Rideau Center but my hunny thought Broadways was more fitting for our VD feast. Oh well... another time...

In other news I got a haircut over the weekend. My long dark locks are now a thing of the past. I now have a helmet of quirky short hair. I am not too fond of it to be honest. I went to the hairdresser with a picture of what I had in mind and she cut it completely different from what I wanted. I was pretty upset but I was brave and didn't cry. I figure it's just hair and it'll eventually grow out but I'm still weirded out when I see myself in the mirror. At least it's easier to care for than before. I HATE BAD HAIRCUTS :-(

Simpsons Trivia

TRUE or FALSE

In I'M SPELLING AS FAST AS I CAN the name of the horror movie hostess with the large chest and fake Eastern European accent is The Bride of Hooterstein.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Update on the funky smell in my office

So this morning, I just get into work and I see the look on one of my employee's face: a look of urgency, panic, and disgust. What is going on?

Well, let me clarify for a second on that funky smell I mentioned the other day. You see, I had a theory about it. A theory that none of my co-workers believed. But I think they will all be believing my crack-pot theories from now on. My theory was that a mouse got stuck and died in the heater vents next to my wall. And the funky smell is none other than rotting mouse flesh being toasted to a crisp by the furnace. Mmm... and I spend about 40-45 hours a week in my office... oh yeah baby.

Back to the story... So can you guess what she found in her desk this morning? Ya, that's right. A mouse. And it's droppings. Go HBH. Perhaps a better slogan for this particular educational institution should be: Canada's Capital Location for Contracting Hantavirus.


- Mental note: keep hands away from face at all times while at work.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Big news for fans of catsinsinks.com

Ohmigod - if you thought cats in sinks was the best website ever, wait til you see this one: KittenWar! After you try a couple battles, make sure you check out the winningest and losingest kitten links on the top left. [and don't worry, I've made a nice link for kittenwar on the left column in case you forget the link] The winningest kittens sure are cute. And I wasn't surprised at all to see that the losingest cat is a hairless manx or whatever its called. Man, those websites are great. I'll search the web for more like them. OK - found some more: The Daily Kitten, Rate My Kitten, Rate My Bunny, Rate My Puppy, and Blogging Cat looks kinda funny. Wow! This one, Sultanfus and Guy's Kitty Kam, has a webcam for their cats... insane. OK, I've had enough of these animal pages.

So... back at Ferda's office obviously. We both got haircuts as planned; satisfaction all around - thank you WestGate Mall. It's amazing because here we are, 4:30 pm on a Saturday, and her office has about 6 people here working. If we were stop by my office at this time of day on a weekend, you wouldn't see anyone. And my office has way more people employed than hers.

Looking forward to going home, been out of the house for most of the day. I really like to stay at home on the weekends. Tomorrow we're going out to Hawkesbury to see my dad. He promised us dinner in exchange for me helping him move some furniture. I gather that he's made some new pieces and needs help getting them out of the basement.

Oh - Ferda just came back to her cube - and she's gone again - she's on a conference call with Bev - I can here the speaker phone. Man, my office is so much more low key than this place. I don't think we even have a speaker phone. And my office in particular sucks, lately there's been this really funky smell in there. Not sure what it is... some co-workers say they think something must have died in the heater system. I just keep spraying febreeze to cover up the smell. I suppose one day I'll have to call the maintenance folks and have 'em check it out.

I think that's all I have to say - gonna go to PopCap and play WordWorm.

Two posts on a weekend, I am such a nerd

We just finished our Saturday ultimate game, won by 3 points I think. Waiting for Ferda to get out of the shower here, and they have an internet kiosk?

I'm so there...

I wonder what makes this blogging so addictive. It's like a wonderful drug. So addictive and calling to me.

Plans for the rest of today: I think we gotta go back to Ferda's office so she can do some more work (we were there earlier...). Then we are planning to get haircuts this afternoon too. And perhaps Subway for a late lunch. Mmmm...

Later tonight? Maybe laundry (boo-urns), TV, movie, or MP7? We'll see...

The life of a married couple isn't that exciting all the time. I'm not sure what I thought it would be like before I was married though... I guess pretty much the same. Except I thought we'd spend more time driving around in a van solving mysteries...

2 Hours of great TV

Last night on TV, opposite the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympic Games, they had the final 4 episodes for Arrested Development on Fox. They were all fantastic. If you haven't seen this show, get Matt to bit torrent it for you.

Some of the best parts were:
  • George-Michael and Maeby getting married for real
  • When Michael and Buster went to Iraq to rescue Gob
  • Tobias and his wife (played by Portia De Rosi, I forget her characters name right now) trying to re-kindle their passion and save their marriage even though he's totally gay
  • When Michael found who he thought to be his long lost sister Nelly, but she was acutally a prostitute

Anyway, it was all hilarious. I really recommend you see this show. It's insane that Fox has cancelled it. But I suppose they see more value in other shows.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Friday Office Entertainment

Here's a good article for Arrested Development fans:

Bye Bye Bluths - Boston Globe

And Here's a neat clip for fans of beer and Star Wars:

Beer Wars

New Discovery at Google

Your favourite nerds having been working 'round the clock to come up with this one...

http://moon.google.com/

If you zoom in close enough, you can see what I mean...

Blahs, Hums, and Hos

So it's Friday. Whoopity-do. Been a long week, and I'm sure the next one be will be even worse. I've got two midterms next week: micro & stats. Both should go relatively ok, but the fact that I have to do it kinda sucks. We had our last stats class before the midterm last night, and I think I've got my null and alternative hypothesis tests down. The micro midterm is only on three chapters, so a little review this weekend and things are fine.

Got news from some friends last night - apparently they got engaged over the past weekend, congrats Larson! Dish was right, a lot of people we all know are getting married. I think this is a great thing, and no matter what individual's will choose for themselves, I'll be happy and support them. But talking about this stuff makes me think about me, and the changes that happened to me when I got married. I would always say to myself: It's really not a big change, nothings really changed in my life, blah blah blah, etc etc etc.

But I suppose one of the biggest changes, and perhaps one of the hardest, is that before marriage it's all about you; all choices - all decisions - affect you. But after marriage, you've got someone else's feelings, thoughts, opinions that you need to worry about, that you need to take into consideration. I suppose that this has been one of the toughest bits for me to get used to. I mean, for 23 years its been all about me. And now I need to adjust my train of thoughts to include the feelings, thoughts, opinions of another person.

Don't get me wrong - I love my wife - so incredibly much. And I want to work with her as a team. I just need to change, and change doesn't come easy. But I'm very lucky in that my wife is who she is. She's the most caring, understanding, and nurturing person on the planet. I guess that she could be having some of the same issues - but perhaps not. Perhaps women aren't as selfish as men. Perhaps it's easier for her, since women as a gender, are very self-less in my opinion. I mean think about the act of child-birth: mothers give up everything for someone they haven't even met before. All without even thinking. They give everything to that unborn child, and promise to continue to give everything to that child for the rest of their life. That is quite the expression of self-less love.

I know that with time, I will be better. I want to be better.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Simpson's Trivia Twofer - yesterday's and today's

In BRAWL IN THE FAMILY, Groundskeeper Willie says the painful acid rain burns just like what?

A. The heartbreak of psoriasis
B. Exploding haggis
C. Under-kilt windburn
D. A Glasgow bikini wax

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In THE COMPUTER WORE MENACE SHOES, Lenny and Carl describe an e-mail as a computer thing, like an electric letter, or what?

no multiple choice for this one.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Political Motivation

Don't like politics? This might get you more involved in the political scene...

Better Bush

Biggest Grammy Snub EVER!

During one of my daily surfings I came across this delicious nugget.

It has been described as a "mind blowingly masterful video". I urge you all to check it out.

I bet it's moments like these that make Co-Bro proud of her German roots!

Call for 24 season 4

This is a call out for 24 season 4. Does anyone own it and wouldn't mind lending it out? Thanks in advance!

Review: Feb 3-6/06

So enough dilly-dally-ing, let's do this:

Friday night: After work we went to Walkley Nissan and checked out the Murano. It was SO hot. And SO expensive. Looks like my dream of SUV ownership might have to wait until I can perfect my ability at foreseeing the future, then I shall be able to win all lotteries and sports bets. Or better yet, maybe I'll make a time machine, go forward in time, get all the stats I need, then come back to our regular time, ie. the present, and place all the bets. Thank you Back to the Future II.

After that, we returned home and had some grub. Like Artoo, I can't really remember what else happened that night.

Saturday: We joined up with our ultimate team and had our first loss of the season. The team we played was young, quick, and fit. Basically the exact opposite of me. Regardless of the outcome, I always have a lot of fun playing. It really is great exercise. After the game we went to the grocery store, and the video store. We rented Mario Strikers on GC, The Fog and Dark Water. Played Strikers a bit, ok for rental, wouldn't buy it. Later that night JamesMo and Heather (HandJ) came over, we played train dominoes for about three hours. Really cool actually, thanks for showing us that game guys! We finished the night with our usual game of MarioParty7. At this point it was 2:30 and we were all falling asleep - except JamesMo - I imagine he still had 5 hours or so of online poker in him. You know this website: www.friends4friends.com? I think I'm going to keep pinging him with this URL until he gets the point...

Sunday: Got together with about 10 other guys and we played tackle football out in the cold snow. Was pretty fun. But also pretty cold. Can't remember who won, but thanks Jeff for organizing. When I got home, the number one goal was to try and regain the feeling in my feet. They were so cold they were numbing over! Watched a little bit of the SuperBowl. Here's my $0.02 on the big game: it is FAR too commercial, and it's not even that good of a game anyway. I find you can watch a playoff game where both teams will put more into it, and it won't take you 6 or 7 hours to watch it. We did watch Dark Water that night. Decent scary movie, if you're a fan of the Steal-Previously-Made-In-Japan-Horror-Movies-And-Market-Them-For-North-America genre, then you will like it.

Monday: Back to work. Man it sucks SO bad, and it's truly criminal that the weekend goes by so quickly. My thoughts went out to Dish and Artoo who started new jobs on Monday, that's always tough and tiring. After work, we started to watch The Fog, but it's seriously foggin' sucked. We gave up half way through and switched to a movie on CBC, Murder Unveiled, a true story about Jaswinder Sidhu and Sukhwinder Singh. Jaswinder, a Canadian from BC secretly married Singh behind her parents back in India. After the parents discovered this, they plotted to kill both. This story is about six years old now, but it still sickens me. The parents were successful in having Jaswinder murdered, however the attempt on Sukwinder was unsuccessful, even though now he is being held in an Indian prison on bogus charges. Unbelievable.

Laser Eye Surgery: Taking the Plunge


I have 2 appointment scheduled this week for consultations for laser eye surgery. One is on Thursday at Lasik MD on Elgin and it will be for 4 hours and the other is on Friday at Focus Eye Center for an hour. I don't know why one of them is for 4 hours and the other for only 1 but I guess I'll find out soon enough. I'm told they're going to be dilating my pupils, getting scans/maps of my eye and having my prescription evaluated to determine if I'm a fit candidate for laser eye surgery. Then, they will determine which surgery is more suitable for me. There are 2 types of procedures I'm interested in: Wavefront Lasik & Wavefront PRK.

Lasik is the newer of the 2. It involves an incision being made to the flap of your cornea. With PRK there is no incision instead laser beams vaporize the tissue on your cornea. This is less invasive but takes longer to heal (3-5 days as opposed to 1-2 with Lasik) since it is on the outside of the cornea rather than outside.

I don't know which I'll go with yet but I'm leaning more towards PRK because it is less invasive and less risky but then Lasik is newer (hence I'm assuming more progressive) and cheaper. The thing with Lasik though is the cutting up of the cornea flap which just irks me to no end.

I guess I'll make the final decision after my consultations. If any super_ap readers have experience with laser eye surgery, tips, suggestions or information please share in comments.

Simpson's Trivia - Feb 7, 2006

In SHE OF LITTLE FAITH, in the old sci-fi movie "The Planet from Outer Space" what does the spaceship crew do to prevent their deaths from choking on space air?

A. Open the hatches to let the space air out
B. Land on a comet
C. Put on their goggles
D. Smoke space cigarettes


On a personal note I don't think I've ever seen this episode. I have no idea what they're talking about.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Today's Simpson's Trivia

In SWEETS AND SOUR MARGE what achievement put Springfield in "The Duff Book of World Records"?

A. Town with the most zip codes per square mile
B. World's fattest town
C. Home of the longest burning tire yard
D. Population with the most death related amusement park accidents

Simpson's Trivia for Feb 4 & 5

From HALF DECENT PROPOSAL fill in the blank on Bart's chalkboard:

I will not bite the hand that feeds me ____________________

A. Butterfingers
B. Ladyfingers
C. Gag lines
D. Test answers

Friday, February 03, 2006

Why I fell in love with her...

[MSN conversation from Feb 3, 1:32 pm]


Ferda says: what did you do for lunch?

James says: i went with jamesmo to subway

Ferda says: cool - i got harveys

James says: nice!

Ferda says: ohmigod, i love harvey's burgers, i'm taking you there for dinner on valentines day

Simpson's Trivia

In JAWS WIRED SHUT, the movie the Simpsons see is rated PG-13 because it may contain what?

A. Brief rudeness

B. Adult explosions

C. Scenes with Garry Shandling

D. All of the above

Thursday, February 02, 2006

super_ap Rant #3: Bring it

I gotz to say - things 'round here have been on da 'up and up' lately, holla back if ya feel me. I mean, x-cept fo that crazy bee-otch sendin' me useless info by fax, things have bin tight and alright - like Madonna used-ta be back in da day. For realz.

So while reconciling my sub-ledger balances the otha day, I starts thinkin' to myself:

Man - da super_ap must be one stone-cold murdera. Eva since I post those 2 rants last month, none of you homies are representin' yo-selves. What's up with that? Did da super_ap scare y'all into hibernation? I think so...

I can't believe there ain't at least one of you suckas out there that want a piece o' super_ap. I'll take ya anyway you want it: Mucha-Lucha style mexican wrestl'n, one-handed knife fight, Dungeons & Dragons duel, toe-to-toe on a East Compton rap battle, I'll even bust yo S-to-tha-K-to-tha-izzULL with a Live Action Role Playing scuffle fo sheezy. Just don't come at me from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, cuz y'all know I be workin' fo the man - making sick amounts of dollar bills. You know how I roll.

But all this aside, there is one shortie out there that deserves some respect. She's been layin' it down hardcore since she first stepped on the street, a-iight. You guessed it - the Dish has been talkin' smack since 01/11/06 - (that's in dd/mm/yy format for those ain't fly enough to follow the International Organization for Standardization's rules of labelling dates n stuff). Anway - each day this boo put up her thoughts and feelings and shit, and she gets like 30 frickin' comments on every one! Booyakasha.

Now I know what y'all be thinking, cuz usually I'm a stone cold killa, but you betta check yo self and don't get da super_ap wrong this time. I ain't about to come at her wit my forty-fo' mag. I just want ta say, that just like pimp'n, putting that heartfelt n thoughtful shit up there, ain't easy. Dish - you gotz much thug homie love comin from the super_ap. Boom bam as I step in the jam.

But just cuz I went soft fo' a sec there - doesn't mean the rest of y'all can take it easy. Y'all betta sleep wit one eye open 2nite, cuz the super_ap knows where you live and I'll come atchyou with the staple-remova o' death with a mad quickness. Betta recongnize - sucka.

Some French musings and Simpsons trivia

Last night we had French class - boo! It was not a bad class. It's always a drag to go to class after work but once I'm there it's not so bad. Plus, yesterday the hottest guy in class did his presentation. Dang! He's so fine and he did such a good job. Yes, you guessed it I'm talking about my sexy husband or as the French would say: miam miam! mwahahaha!!! Allow me to elaborate...

Usually after class we get emails from the prof talking about what was covered in class, les devoir and upcoming French activities. I have trouble understanding the emails so what I sometimes do is I'll plug them into Babelfish and ask it to translate the text from French to English. Here is a passage from the translation:

The French-speaking club will meet for an activity Friday February 10, with 13h00: ice-skating on the channel. The students who confirm their presence by courriel (clubfrancophone@hotmail.com)AVANT on February 8, will receive a tail of beaver free... miam miam!!

Tail of beaver, AWESOME!

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The following is neither French nor a musing but I figure I'll mention it here. So, yesterday I went out for lunch to Cam Kong which is a small Vietnamese place on Somerset. I met up with a good friend of ours let's call her H. Pelky. No no no, that's too obvious. Holly P. Yes, that will do.

We sat down for lunch and she mentioned that she was not feeling that well. That she felt a cold coming on and that her throat was hurting. I told her to go see a doctor and get it checked because I was sick last week and when I finally saw a doctor on Tuesday I found out I have strep and am now on antibiotics. This reminds me that it's time for me to take my pill. So I go in my purse and take out my drugs. The rest goes something like this:
HP - give me one
me - excuse me?
HP - hey why don't you give me one?
me - you realize these are not cough drops
HP - ya I know it's medicine
me - Holly I'm not sharing my *hand quotation marks* prescription *end hand quotation marks* drugs
HP - awww c'mon. My mom always shares with me!
me - WTF! Do u know what antibiotics are?
HP - ya!
me- oh ya? what are they then?
HP - I know but I'm not wearing my doctor's hat today
me - ya I see your crazy patient hat doesn't quite leave room for another

hahaha Geeez! Always a guaranteed laugh when you're with the Hollinator!

What do you guys think? Was I too harsh for not sharing my drugs? Hmmm... me thinks not!

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and now onto more important stuff... Simpsons Trivia:

In "THE BART WANTS WHAT IT WANTS", why does Homer steal the Olympic Torch?

A. He's protesting on behalf of athlete-hating fatties everywhere

B. He's tired of his favorite shows being preempted every four years

C. He was supposed to be the runner who carried it through Springfield, not Flanders

D. He's boycotting China, even though the games are in Sydney

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Simpson's Trivia #2

From "THE LASTEST GUN IN THE WEST", fill in the blank on Bart's chalkboard:

Making __________ is not a science project


A. Millhouse cry
B. Fart noises
C. Spitballs
D. Spaz faces

Good luck to all contestants but I'm pulling for you again Dish! ;-)

2006 Stupidity Awards - First Nomination

So I get into work this morning and sort through my inbox of everything that's been placed in it between 4:30 last night and 8:30 this morning (yes, somehow I get work given to me when the office is closed - but let's not start on that).

The most interesting piece today is a fax from a departmental administrator of one of the engineering departments. She is requesting I process a journal entry to reallocate certain expenses between accounts within the GL. The fax is actually a printout from the GL, with the following hand written near the top of the page:

James, please JV the hi-lighted items to the [deleted] account.
Thanks, [deleted]

Obviously this must have been the first time she has used a fax machine. Perhaps there are colour fax machines out there, but my office certainly doesn't have one. And I would be surprised to hear that her office had one.