Friday, September 29, 2006

This just in from MoustacheVille, USA...

It's back by not-so-popular demand. I expect I can hold off Ferda's requests to shave for about 10-14 days. Before then, I'll make sure to take a pic and post it up here.

Until then, moustache wearers of the world, UNITE!

super_ap on the radio?!?

This morning on the way into work, we stopped by the CHEO Dream Home for a quick visit. There was added incentive to go this morning since Katfish and Kornicky were there from Live 885 - and they were giving away a trip on the 24 Hours in Vegas on a Private Jet contest. So we checked out the house, introduced ourselves to the two radio dj's, then soon enough they were asking us what we thought about the house and whatnot.

We really didn't know what to say on the radio - I bet we sounded lame, my excuse is that I hadn't had any coffee yet.

Anyone out there here us?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Adventures in cooking


I haven't had a lot of opportunities to cook lately. It's something that I definitely enjoy doing but between ultimate and other social happenings it has been tough to find the time. Besides lets face it, as far as I'm concerned it's still BBQ season which barely counts as cooking (c'mon even James can BBQ!).

Monday we had a makeup ultimate game but it didn't start till 8:30 so I had a few hours between work and the game to work in the kitchen. I took that opportunity to prepare One Loaf to Love, a meatloaf roll-up recipe stuffed with cheese, mushrooms, red peppers, onions and zucchini, from my beloved Eat, Shrink and be Merry cookbook.

While I had the oven nice and hot I quickly whipped up a batch of cookies. I made Cranberry Hooteycreeks a recipe that came recommended by the delightful Mrs. Jen whose tastebuds have yet to fail me! This is a great oatmeal cookie recipe. It has got cranberries and white chocolate as well the recipe calls for pecans but I only had hazelnuts on hand and, dare I say it, it tasted better with them than it would have with pecans.

In other cooking related news... Yesterday while I was doing a little surfing I came across a gem of a website. It's called Binnur's Turkish Cookbook. It features authentic Turkish recipes with very easy to follow instructions and photographs of all the scrumptious dishes. I'd recommend it to anyone who is looking to try new tastes. Great big thanks to lovely Binnur for putting the site together. I've added a link to the site on the side menu as well in case anyone else is curious to try some exotic Turkish cooking. I've already printed out a few recipes to try out on my guinea pig, uhhh I mean my darling sweetheart, James.

Simpsons Trivia - September 27, 2006


In How I Spent My Strummer Vacation, who does Tom Petty think Marge is?

A. Grace Slick
B. Homer's mother
C. Cappuccino Barista
D. A palace guard

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Episode quote:
Homer: What the, where's my money?
Marge: Dear Homie, had to buy diapers for Maggie, love Marge.
Homer: Wha?
Marge: Simpson..
Homer: Oh.

one more:
Mick Jagger: And remember, Rule #1, there are no rules. Rule #2, no outside food.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Weekend Review: Sept 23-24

Haven't had the desire to blog much lately. Is this a bad sign? Is the beginning of the end?

Who knows...

Friday: After work we went over to the Glebe and walked around for a bit. Got a coffee from Starbucks, picked up some street meat and poutine from a corner fry-shop vendor, then walked to the canal and sat by the water and ate our 'dinner'. It was a mega grease attack but it was still pretty damn tasty. At 7:30 we met up with Holly and Alex at the MayFair to catch a double feature: Scoop followed by Lady in the Water. Both movies were pretty good. Perhaps Ferda can do movie reviews later. I know she really like the Scoop, while I really like the M. Night Shama-lama-ding-dong movie. After a long week of work and ultimate, and 3 plus hours of movies, we were done for the night and headed home.

Saturday: Indoor ultimate at HBH. We arrived early and did some weight training at the gym first. Apparently Ferda really liked it, I'm hoping its a trend that will continue. We won the game quite easily, we have a pretty solid team: a lot of the same people from our Spirit Team. After the game we stopped by Jen's place for a visit - thanks for all the tasty food Jen! Later that night JamesMo came by and we played some nintendo, til like 2am.

Sunday: Watched the usual 2 hours of Corrie Street, then practically fell back asleep until it was time for more ultimate. Ferda had volunteered to sub for some random team, and I came along to watch. When we got there, it turned out that the other team was short guys, so I volunteered to play for them. So it the first game ever of Pimpson vs Pimpson. It was a lot of fun, and Ferda's team ended up with the win. That day was nuts though, SO windy, I think only a handful of points were scored by timecap.

Friday, September 22, 2006

My New Time Waster

So last night on the way home from work, we stopped by Wal-Mart and I bought the Lego: StarWars II game for gamecube. Only got to play for a couple hours last night, as we had an ultimate game at 8:30 - 10:30.

Only really got to see a bit of it, like a few storys into Episode IV: I think currently I'm playing as Han, Luke and Chewie and they're on the Original DeathStar running around disguised as stormtroopers.

It's a WICKED game so far. Earlier Ferda and I were playing together on Tatooine: she was Obi-Wan and I was Luke. She would use the force to move lego blocks around and I would blast up those little pesky droid stealing animals, what are they called?? Jawas?? The multiplayer is great: you can be playing on your own, then say a friend pops by, they can jump in right there, play along side you, then if one gets bored, you can just have one person drop out like that. No quitting or losing progress. Very neat feature IMO.

Another feature that I didn't try out yet is the build your own character station. You can take any part of your playable character and build a completely new character with those mis-matched pieces. For example, you could have the Princess Leia slave outfit for the legs and chest, give her hairy wookie arms, and then top it off with Vader's helmet!

I also really like the cut-scenes they made to progress through the story. Obviously, it's very true to the original, but they've thrown in some hilarious extras that you have just got to see.

That's really all I've got to say right now, perhaps I'll write some more later once I progress further.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Fall Returns to Ottawa

Wow - really haven't written much here lately - not sure why - but luckily Ferda has been providing us with our daily dose of Simpson's Trivia.

Last night was our first ultimate game for the Fall season. I don't think I've played in the Fall league now for a couple years, and I think I have remember why. Man o man, it was cold. And it's only September 21st!!!

Fortunately, Fall only runs until the end of October, but unfortunately, I wouldn't be surprised to see snow flying around then. We've joined two outdoor teams, and one indoor team here at HBH. Regardless when or where we play, I'm happy to be getting exercise. Also happy that I am able to improve my game a little - every bit helps.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Simpsons Trivia - September 20, 2006

In The Strong Arms of the Ma, Marge accidentally pepper-sprays Ralph, causing what to happen?

A. His boogers to turn spicy
B. His hands to smell like burning
C. His pants to go up in flames
D. Marge to go to jail for assault

Monday, September 18, 2006

Simpsons Trivia - September 18, 2006



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In Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?, what food item earned the honour of being Homer's first negative review?

A. Gum under the kitchen table
B. Coffee and donuts at work
C. Pizza from under the couch
D. The new Squishee flavour from Kwik-E-Mart

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Some memorable episode quotes:
Editor: I just had a thought. We're looking for a new food critic. Someone who doesn't immediately poo-poo everything he eats.
Homer: No, it usually takes a few hours.

another one:
Homer: Well, what do you think?
Editor: This is a joke, right? I mean this is the stupidest thing I've ever read!
Homer: What's wrong with it?
Editor: You keep using words like "Pasghetti" and "Momatoes" You make numerous threatening references to the UN and at the end you repeat the words "Screw Flanders" over and over again.

and another:
Homer: Really, the only word to describe it is :drools:
Lisa: Hmm. What's the English equivalent for :drools: I'd say ... transcendent.
Homer: How about groin-grabbingly transcendent?
Lisa: Uh ... I don't think so.

Spirit Tournament recap by Darryl

Foxy Boxing,

Let me say a few words while I still have the energy to type (actually I'm kidding, I'm getting Lauren to write all this while I muffle words into my pillow, half asleep.)

The tournament was absolutely awesome. AWESOME! I had so much fun, and I think it's safe to say that so did everyone else! There was so much spirit I don'tthink it all washed off in the shower. The layers of dirt did, but not the spirit!

The crew we had was simply too much - smurfette, legs, and so much more! I will no doubt extend any & all invitations to future games out to this team first whentournaments arise, as I cannot think of a better group of 11 to share to field with.


Here are a little fast facts...
We played through a little more then 6hrs of ACTUAL ultimate, not including the break(s) and lunch we had. Essentially, we were there for a solid 8hrs or more!

During the 5 games we played, we rifled though 102pts (all games combined) and although only 36pts were actually ours, that's still a friggin' HUGE load of points in 1 day!

Based on a recent OCUA thread I read, we all pretty much covered AT LEAST 12k min. sheer running today. However, since we all doubled up on shifts every 3-4 turns,that puts the number even higher, so I could say 14-15km per player was done easily!

We finished ranked 9th in the intermediate division, of 12 pretty tough teams!

I know everyone's bed is going to look nice tonight, and for those who have to work or attend something important tomorrow, I applaud your "trooperness". Aside from Lauren who will likely run a marathon because she's bored, the rest of us will be taking a much needed day to rest, relax, recover, and watch some NFL FOOTBALL...or not.

Again, I just wanted to thank everyone for making today one of the BEST days I've had in a long time, and pretty much the best ultimate experience to date! YOU ROCK!!!

"You're all aces in my book." -Sol (Ocean's 12)

Darryl

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

super_ap Rant #7

Ain't no party, like a third floor administration building party, cuz a third floor administration building party don't ---

Hold it. super_ap is back in black today, and this cold 'n' wet weather makes me mo' depresst than how Oprah feelz when they run outta cheesecake at the all-you-can-eat buffet. Oh snap!

Aiight, let me tell y'all 'bout this whack cracka from da academic side of da trax of the HBH campus. This shit all starts with her sending me this email:


-----Original Message-----
From: Slutty_McDoesItALot
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 9:26 AM
To: super_ap
Subject: Grant account number for [removed] Dept.

Hi James, I am trying to arrange a reception here in the [removed] Dept. for September 15th and the food and beverage bill needs to be charged to an account that I’m not used to charging. It should be called the [removed] Account that is contributed to by [removed] every year. Can you help me out? Also, we want to pay the speaker an honourarium that day, would you mind just filling me in on how long a cheque like that takes?

Slutty


So I writez her back:


-----Original Message-----
From: super_ap
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 9:54 AM
To: Slutty_McDoesItALot
Subject: RE: Grant account number for [removed] Dept.

Hi Slutty,

I found yo account # - it's [removed]. Assum'n we git tha signed requisizzle on tha 5th or 6th, that gives LOTS of time ta git tha cheque bizz-ack ta you by tha 15th. One thing ta keep in mind, if this is an honorizzle payment; we wiznill require tha Social Insurance Numbah n home address of tha individual receiv'n tha payment.

Werd,
super_ap


No problem, I'm thinkn to ma-self as I'm waitin for this requisition to arrive during the week after Labour Day. 'Bout a week goes by, still nothin', then I get this little gem of an email yesterday:


-----Original Message-----
From: Slutty_McDoesItALot
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 3:48 PM
To: super_ap
Subject: RE: Grant account number for [removed] Dept.

Hi James, I am still waiting to hear back from the speaker about his address in Germany but he is a German Citizen and therefore does not have a Social Insurance #. If I can get it to you by tomorrow will we still have time to get the cheque cut for the end of this Friday? Also can you also let me know what the SEPPP account # is because some of these seminar charges need to go to this account.

Thanks!
Slutty

My eyes just about popp'd outta my head. SEPPP account #?!?! What the fizzuck!? I don't even know what SEPPP stands for you crazy bi --- I calmed myself down n wrote her back:


-----Original Message-----
From: super_ap
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 4:01 PM
To: Slutty_McDoesItALot
Subject: RE: Grant account number for [removed] Dept.

Hi Slutty,

As a German citizen ballin' a service in Canada, I will have ta wit hold canadian taxes as per CRA guidelines. Hollaz to ma brothas on da East Block. The tax rate is 15% fo' puttin tha smack down in dis nation. So yo grant will be charged $400, $60 will go to
the taxman, n he’ll git a $340 CDN cheque n shit. You is right tho, I don’t need a SIN or otha killa numba, howeva, it’s very important thizzay I git his home address, so show some love niggaz. Get me tha paperwork ASAP, n we’ll git tha cheque ready fo' Friday.

As fo' tha SEPPP account numba, I don't have a blingin' clue what you is talkin' bout.

super_ap


Damn. Couldn't have been mo' straight than that. But I bet you bottom dolla that I'll be hearin from that cracka sometime today. Ma point is dis:

It don't matta how straight to tha point the super_ap is with these fools, they is always comin back wit da same ol' questions that I've heard befo'e. I'm sure it's tha same fo' all bruthas n sistas of the A/P crew; so many retards, so little time.

REDO: Simpsons Trivia - September 13, 2006


In The Blunder Years, what does Homer keep saying about the old quarry that really bugs Lisa?

A. It's only a stone's throw away
B. It's between a rock and a hard place
C. It rocks
D. It's the perfect place to un-gravel a mystery

Simpsons Trivia September 13, 2006


In Homer VS. Dignity, why does Homer refuse to throw pudding at Lenny?

A. Lenn is partial to tapioca
B. Homer wants to eat the pudding
C. Lenny is a war hero
D. Homer's arm is sore

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Cable Guy!

So a few friends of mine from the blogger community have been weighing in lately with their opinions and questions on cable tv. So I figured it's time for my $0.02 - here goes.

First things first: can you really put a price on cable tv? I don't think so. Regardless of what the bastards at rogers want to charge you, and regardless of what options you get, there is one fact that holds true: you are getting cable tv - which is a great thing. Do you not realize how many countless hours that can be wasted from sitting in front of the idiot box? Plenty. And do you know how many great shows are on cable tv right now? Tons. I'm talking 24, Lost, The Office, Simpsons, Family Guy, and lots of other quality programming. And don't even get me started on how hooked we are on Coronation Street lately. I swear, we watch that show religiously every Sunday morning.

So, my main point is this: squeeze whatever deal you can out of rogers, but then suck it up and pay the bills/connection fees, 'cause cable tv is worth it my friend.

Now, I do have a second point as well, and that is: cable tv may not be a necessity if you have high speed internet and a video ipod like some of you do. This is a decision that you need to make on your own, based on your priorities. I think that even if the Pimpson had the internet and a computer, we would still pay for cable tv as well. As you know, they have the internet on computers these days, and you can download all your favourite shows. Except for maybe Coronation Street, due to it's extremely small fan base in North America which is comprised of only two people: me and Ferda.

And finally, my third point is this: everything is negotiable. Especially, with a large, mega-bucks company like rogers, you can get them to throw credits at you like Bill Clinton throws around singles at a strip club. Just call in, speak with a customer service rep, and make up some story like: "Oh, I didn't know there would be a installation charge?!" or "The guy I spoke with before, I think his name was Pedro, didn't mention that this deal was only good for four months!!" Hold your ground, wait the 15 minutes while they speak to their 'supervisor', and get the credit back on your bill. It's worth the fight, 'cause nine times out of ten you will win.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Question

Why is it that all rap stars have extra-large posters of Al Pacino from the movie Scarface in their homes?

Weekly Weekend Review, 365 Days of Worthless Words, Thoughts

Wow, another weekend is done, summer is definitely drifting away while winter is getting closer. It was pretty chilly this morning when we woke up, and I was very close to flipping on the furnace for a bit to warm the house.

Had a great weekend. Busy as usual. But that's good. I would rather be busy than not. Friday night made a quick visit to Ikea to look at a few items, didn't purchase them at that point. Then stopped by Mike and Mel's for a movie night. The boys watched Nacho Libre and then F&F: Tokyo Drift while the girls watched Devil Wears Prada followed by Derailed. It was a great time, thanks guys! I believe there were a few Hollyisms that came out that night, but sadly, I can't remember (damn you alcohol...). Can anyone remember?

Saturday night we were out with our Hore's ultimate team for a year end party. Great time. Tasty bbq food, beers, and MANY laughs. Played an interesting game called crokinole(?) I believe. Would be worthwhile to pick up if not too expensive. It was nice to get to know our teammates off the field. Also Ferda picked up a new nickname. She had insisted that we call her the 'Killer'. However, little did she know that one cannot choose their own nickname, that's it's chosen for them. I would LOVE to share this nickname with you all, since it's HILARIOUS, but alas, she would KILL me.

Sunday went for a greasy breakfast at Broadway's - ohh yeah. Then after deciding what we wanted, we went back to Ikea to pick up our new items. We got a HUGE, and I mean HUGE, mirror for the dining room. Took me a while to get this anchored into the wall safely since it weighs like 50 pounds. For dinner that night, we made some kick-ass quesadillas on the bbq. First I grilled some chicken breasts, then we sliced 'em up and placed them in tortillas with green peppers and tomatoes and lots of grated cheese, then folded them up and placed them back on the 'que so they toasted up and the cheese got all melty. FANTASTIC. It took a while before we had the finished product, but man, was it ever worth it. After dinner, it was tv time with premieres of the Simpsons, American Dad, and Family Guy. All very funny. Glad to have some of our favourite tv shows back. Looking forward to the Office, Lost, and maybe Survivor, we'll see about that one.

Interestingly enough that today marks the 1 year anniversary of super_ap. Thanks to you, my readers, for making me continue to write large amounts of - ugh... stuff - here. [Stuff - don't really know what else to call this collection right now... I suppose I'll have to think about that. Perhaps over the next year to come]

As well, today marks the 5th anniversary of 9/11. Now, first of all, I'm sure there's thousands of other blogs/editorials out there with more poetic and thoughtful words to remember this sad occasion. So therefore, I won't say anything really. Instead I'll ask that you simply stop and think on what happened five years ago.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Sarcasm at it's best

[MSN Conversation from 8:44 am, Friday, September 8th - with my assistant manager]


James says: Good morning Val. US cheques should be ready. All 3 of them, Ha. Ha. Ha. I am so funny.

Valerie says: you certainly are. Ok, I will try to find the time to print all three of them

James says: don't do them all at the same time, you might burn out the printer.

Valerie says: we've got the fan running on it

James says: thank goodness

Valerie says: and four eunichs waving palm leaves

James says: eunichs? is that like an oompa loompa?

Valerie says: if you don't know what a eunich is, you might not want to

James says: ok, fair enough. I'll google it later.

Valerie says: good plan but be prepared to think "ouch!"

James says: ugh, sure.

Valerie says: ok, the cheques are run and now - I think I'll have to go home to recover

James says: better take Monday off too.

Valerie says: I like your style!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Who knew?

So check this pic out, it's a baby turtle that we found near my dad's house in Hawkesbury. It hatched from the creek next to his house and was walking dangerously close to the road.




It was honestly really cute. My dad said there were dozens of them crawling around there the other day.

But here's my question: I never would have guessed that turtles hatch in the Fall. I would have thought they were born in the springtime like many other animals. Your thoughts?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Long Weekend Goodness


Here's a funny pic from our weekend adventures touring Ottawa and Montreal. This is from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Here, Jordan and I can be seen doing our impressions of Baldwin and Lafontaine behind us.

Good times.

Check out my flickr page later on for more pics to come.

Stupidity Awards

The nominees have been posted, check it out:

http://www.stupidityawards.com/home.html

My favourite category is "Stupidest Statement by President George W. Bush".

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Afternoon Update

So Ferda went home 'sick' around 12:30 - great idea. I wish I could have done the same thing. Sadly, as I mentioned last week, my office is under-staffed, in fact, I'm the only employee left for the day!

Anyway, Jordan's still in Ottawa for the next 24-36 hours, hence the reason for taking the afternoon off. Ferda called me when she arrived at home and said:

James! You'll never believe this! Jordan is outside right now cutting the grass and doing the weed-whacking!

Lucky me! Jordan, if you ever read this blog, you are welcome to come visit me anytime buddy!

Labour Weekend Review

Friday: After work, we headed home. Ferda dropped me off at home and she continued on to the grocery store to pick up some supplies for the long weekend. While I waited for her to return, I cleaned up the house for our guest that was set to arrive the next morning. That night we watched the movie Akeelah and the Bee. Very good movie, I recommend it greatly.

Saturday: Jordan arrived at 8am after taking the milk-run flight from Vancouver the night before. When we returned home, Jordan napped while Ferda and I just hung out. Around noon, Ferda had to go downtown to write another test for a job interview process. I expect the government will let us know her results around, oh, say the year 2008. While she was away, Jordan and I went for a bike ride and I showed him our neighbourhood and a few neat bike trails that we've discovered in the woods. We arrived back home about the same time that Ferda did. It was getting close to supper time, so we prepared what was left to prepare for dinner, invited Co-Bro over last minute, and enjoyed our dinner of chicken, gravy, stuffing, potatoes, and salad. MMMmmm, what a dinner that was. For evening entertainment we drove out to Orleans with Co-Bro and Dave and played some poker at Diane's house. It was fun! Called it a night around 1am.

Sunday: ROAD TRIP! Were woken by a phone call from my father at 7:45, far too early. Ferda and I wanted to kill him. We arranged the plans for that day which consisted of going to Montreal to visit my grandparents. We got up there a little before noon, had lunch with my family: cousins Kristen and David and my aunt and uncle from New Brunswick were there also. After a visit for a few hours, the 3 of us drove to downtown Montreal and walked around Ste. Catherine's area for a few hours. Showed Jordan what we could think of. Unfortunately, neither Ferda nor I know Montreal that well. On the return trip to Ottawa we stopped in Hawkesbury and visited my dad. The four of us grabbed a bite for dinner at Stephanie's, a decent restaurant in Hawkesbury on McGill Street. Can't remember what we did after we arrived back in Ottawa that night.

Monday: Woke around 9 and then I made breakfast for everyone. The usual of eggs, sausage, toast, potato patties, and some tea. After eating, we played a game of Scrabble where Ferda kicked our asses. It's funny, even though English is my first language and it's Ferda's second, she ALWAYS kicks my ass in Scrabble. We also started a game of MarioParty, but haven't got to finish it yet. So we got dressed, and got in the car and headed downtown to the market. Walked around, bought some veggies, toured around Parliament, ducked into the Blue Cactus to avoid some rain and have some beer and nachos. After a few hours our legs got tired and we went back to the car. On the way home we stopped by my office to use the computer. Once home, I napped on the couch while Ferda and Jordan watched a movie. Then we prepared dinner, steaks, grilled veggies, fries, and a healthy salad. After dinner, we drove over to the Blockbuster and picked out Running Scared. Pretty good movie, we all liked it. However, it was also pretty vulgar. Not good to watch if you're in the company of children. After the movie was done, Jordan and I watched Prison Break. I had never watched an episode before, and he tried to fill me in by explaining what was going on.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Friday Office Time Waster: Teagames MotoCross 2

So this week's time killer comes from a site that I've enjoyed quite a bit over the last couple of years. Teagames has numerous flash games at their disposal.

Now, they've recently released a second version of TG MotoCross - and it really rocks. Don't expect high quality sound-effects or music, but do expect a great side scroller that will bring you back for more.

If anything, you'll keep racing just to get a better looking wipe-out from when the little dude falls off his motorbike!