Archive for the ‘Just for fun :)’ Category

Worst parking job #1

October 17, 2012

I’ve wanted to start a series of posts like this for awhile! There seem to be way too many bad parking jobs around this city. Here’s a great example…in a fairly open parking lot…



My first Christmas tree :)

December 14, 2011

I thought I’d post a pic of my very first, all-to-myself, Christmas tree. Oh, I’ve decorated several trees in the past, but they’ve been shared with either family or a roommate (love ya Denis!). Christmas trees and I have a bit of a precarious history; back in 1984 or 1985 (not sure if I WAS 3 or just almost 3); I pulled my mother’s meticulously decorated creation to the floor, breaking several gorgeous glass ornaments in the process. I’ve been making it up to her, though; I buy her several ornaments each year to add to her collection!


Contest/Poll…PEI’s Ugliest Souvenir!

September 9, 2011

If any of you saw my Tweets from the past few days, you might have noticed that I posted a few pics of PEI “souvenirs” from my Labour Day weekend trip (for those not familiar, Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province, and also home to my family’s summer cottage :)). My mother and I perused some area gift shops for a few hours (two of which I used to work at!), and had some fun mocking the truly ugly cr@p that some of them STILL peddle!

I wanted to give the chance to all of my readers to mock these wonderful pieces equally! Therefore, here are the 7 candidates in the order in which I saw them…

I’d love to hear my readers’ opinions on these special pieces- poll to follow! I’ll even award a prize (yet-to-be-determined) to the person who responds with the best comment  🙂

If you’re going to chase Royals, WEAR SNEAKERS!!!

July 6, 2011

*I will preface this post by stating that I will refer to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as Will and Kate. They are pretty casual people, after all!*

I was one of those crazy people who got up at the crack of dawn (well, earlier than the crack of dawn, actually; it was 3:50am!) to watch Will and Kate’s wedding. You see, my mother and grandmother are great fans of the royal family, and books about the various members of the monarchy have always been everywhere around the house and cottage. It was a great activity for Mom and I to enjoy, and watching the entire wedding with her will always be one of my favorite memories of time we spent together  🙂

When word got out that Will and Kate would be coming to Prince Edward Island this summer, there was NO question that I would be going! My BFF got the weekend off of work to join me, and I shift-traded in order to make a nice long weekend. Time set aside, we headed over to the Island after work on the evening of Canada Day. On Sunday afternoon, we did a bit of a reconnaissance mission to determine where we would stake out our spot the next morning for the main event; an appearance and walkabout at Province House. The royal couple was set to land in Charlottetown on Sunday evening, so out to the airport we headed! It was really neat seeing their plane land; I forgot (*GASP*) my camera at home (as you will read later, it was just as well!), so I snapped a pic with my iPod Touch:

The next day, we left the cottage bright and early in the morning in order to stake our place in front of Province House. We parked at my grandmother’s house and walked the 15 minutes into town (remember this; we had also done a round trip the day before during our recon mission!). The royal couple was scheduled to speak there, do a walkabout, ride down Great George Street (the street perpendicular to Province House) in a landau (i.e. a carriage pulled by horses!), and then watch a performance on the waterfront. We got to the area at about 8:30, and there were a LOT of people there; some had been waiting since the previous evening! Since I am relatively short (5’6″), there was no way in Hades that I was going to be able to get any decent photos, since people were crammed together like sardines and we were 2-3 rows of people back from the barricade. Instead, I concentrated on enjoying the moment and taking pictures of the giant TV screen that we were coincidentally positioned close to  🙂

By the time Will and Kate appeared outside, we had walked 15 minutes at a rapid pace and stood in the same spot, barely moving, for almost 2 hours. Remember than recon mission from yesterday? I don’t wear sneakers in the summer unless I’m at the gym. Therefore, I was wearing my super-comfy, well broken-in Birkenstocks. Standing in that crowd, I could FEEL giant blisters on the bottom of both feet, and they felt like they were on fire! I managed to limp down to the waterfront to do some more stalking (bff is SO lucky that he’s 6’+ tall and has a SUPER camera!!!), and then managed the 15-minute walk back to the car through gritted teeth. By the time we got home, my feet were so sore that the only thing I could compare them to was the result of the Black High-Heeled Boots in Paris incident of 2005! I unfortunately had to miss Will and Kate’s departure later that day for Summerside, where my bff shook both of their hands, and where my mother ended up on!

Lesson learned: if you’re going to stalk Royals, do so in Nikes, not Birkenstocks. Even the most fit will be taken down. Trust me!!

It pays to be anal!

March 10, 2011

I’ll be the first to admit that I am very observant when it comes to the written word. Give me a newspaper article or essay, and I can spot a mistake in a minute! I’m not sure where this “skill” came from, as neither of my parents is this way; however, I did grow up in a family of heavy consumers of various types of literature, so I can honestly say I have read thousands upon thousands of words in my short life 😉

The following picture was taken of an ad that came to one of my apartments several years ago. To this day, I have no idea why I even read the ad; I had no need to rent furniture or electronics, and as a student at the time, I didn’t have too much time to waste! I can’t believe I’ve held onto this minuscule scrap of paper all these years, but it makes me smile just by looking at it. I actually submitted the snapshot to the Ellen Show’s “Funny Pictures” section on their website; we shall see what happens! See if you are able to spot what made me laugh so hard (and yet again, I apologize for the quality of the picture; Ansel Adams I am not! Hint…try sitting a bit further away from your computer monitor…).

Here it is; enjoy!

I’m baaack…

February 13, 2011

Gosh, I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I’ve last posted! A friend of mine, a fellow blogger, encouraged me to use blogging as a form of self-expression, and that’s going to be my goal for this new year (which is now almost 1/6 of the way through already!). Some of my ideas for the blog this year, which may very well change by the [insert unit of time of your choice]:

-depression and anxiety: how they affect your relationships, job, everyday life

-going against the grain: being stubborn and its ups/downs

-decorating a small space on a budget

-the joys of apartment living

-eating and living well when you just don’t feel like it

Thanks to everyone who’s kept checking in here over the past couple of months, and welcome to new readers. I always welcome comments of any type (even the Bots; some of them are really funny!), so, as they say: Let your fingers do the talking!

Just because I feel like it, here’s a pic of my new apartment:

Darn; that’s my place in New York! Let me pull up the right photo…

“Memorable” commercials- Post #1

November 12, 2010

Similar to my music video posts, I’ll occasionally be posting some videos of interesting, good, or just plain BAD commercials that I’ve come across over the years. They may be from the 80s, 90s, or today…enjoy!

First up:

If THIS doesn’t make you want to go right out and buy one, I’m not sure what will! I want the skull and crossbones print…I’m SURE my college-age brother would be all over it, just like the kid in the commercial!

Now entering the 70s…’fros and long hair welcome!

October 26, 2010

My mother has been an avid listener of CBC Radio for as along as I can remember; in fact, my cousins and I call ourselves “CBC” kids because we all grew up listening to Rex Murphy, Barbara Bud, and tales from the Vinyl Cafe. I can hum the intros from a number of shows, and quite often I rely on CBC for my nightly newscast if I am on the road.

About a week ago, my mother called in to CBC and won two tickets to The Eagles Experience at a local theatre. She asked if I would like to go with her, and I was quite reluctant at first; I’m quite skeptical of “tribute” groups and would rather listen to a group’s original recording than sit for a couple of hours and listen to a bunch of guys wail out some other group’s greatest hits. BOY, was I ever proved wrong with this one!

“The Eagles Experience” was, I would say, my second-favorite concert experience of all time (not that I’ve gone to a lot of concerts, but Bon Jovi would be pretty darn hard to beat). The musicians were from all over the world; Australia, New Zealand, England and Scotland. Now, I’m no music expert, but I DID take music lessons for a total of 12 years, and I can appreciate these guys’ talents; most of them played two instruments during the performance (guitar/piano/keyboard/drums). They even looked like the original members of The Eagles, especially the guy portraying Randy Meisner- down to the long hair and facial expressions! I also learned a couple of things from the performance: Don Henley was an Eagle; “California Girls” was a BEACH BOYS’ hit (knowing my mother’s scope of musical knowledge, it’s a miracle she even knew the name of the song, so I’ll let that one pass!); and The Eagles are NOT from Australia (I mixed them up with someone else; maybe ACDC? And the groups’ styles are SO similar too!).

The concert was a total time warp, as most of the audience was 55+, and I saw quite a few patrons wearing jeans, t-shirts, and other typical “70s” wear. When I got home, I remembered that my parents had some really good stories from the 70s; they both lived in Vancouver from the mid- to late- part of the decade, and Vancouver during that time was a heck of a lot more exciting than any place near where I now live during that time! Here are a couple of “clean” ones that really made me chuckle:

– My mother had an Aunt Sadie who also lived in Vancouver at the same time as her; this aunt would have been somewhere in her 60s or 70s at the time. This aunt’s maiden name was MacLean, and when she heard that a singer named Don McLean was coming to town, she just HAD to go see him; after all, he was related to her! The concert wasn’t quite what prim Aunt Sadie was expecting, and I think she left before it was over (what a shame; I’d love to see Don McLean live!)

– My father and an English friend of his were waiting in a line to see a little film called “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” when it first came out in 1975. Well, according to my dad, there was a group of nuns, resplendent in flowing habits and wimples, excitedly discussing the religious movie they were about to see. I’m not sure if you’ve seen this particular film, but let’s just say it’s not exactly something that would be shown in catechism class! I would have paid to see the looks on their faces after the first few minutes of the movie!

I’d go to another concert like this in a second! Now, if only Freddie Mercury could come back from the dead…but for now, please enjoy this clip of The Eagles’ best-known classic being performed live (quality isn’t the greatest, but just close your eyes and pretend you were there ;)).

Things aren’t always as they seem…

August 16, 2010

In 2008, my best friend and I went on a Mexican Riviera cruise that left out of Long Beach, CA. We flew from Newark to LA together, but our trip started in two different destinations; I flew to Newark from Halifax, whereas he flew from Albany (and the saga of THAT flight is a totally different post altogether!).

Anyhow, our last port of call was Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We had spent the previous few days relaxing, walking along the beach, and taking things at our own pace. When we vacation, we enjoy doing excursions on our own, preferring to take taxis than tour buses. Well, we were enjoying a beach walk on a gorgeous afternoon when we walked by a resort that had dozens of tan, buff men in Speedos milling about. Since the beach was packed with tourists and resorts, this didn’t seem odd to me at the time.

When I got home and got my photos developed, I showed them to a few friends. It took a few comments for me to figure out WHY this resort was crowded with men…

I laughed it off. Hey, a cute guy is a cute guy! Plus, the beach was gorgeous. This shot shows how many resorts were along this stetch of the beach:

Ahhh…paradise! Hopefully I’ll have some new pictures of a tropical paradise come this winter  🙂

Lock be a lady tonight!

August 14, 2010

I ♥ my laptop. I had my old one for a little over 3 years, and it definitely ran its course. Lucky for me, I have a good friend who is very knowledgeable when it comes to computers, and he generously offered to come along with me to pick a new one out. We were lucky and found a really great deal in the second store we went to, and I was even MORE lucky that he was able to help when, 6 weeks later, the laptop had a major “meltdown”. Thank you very much; you know who you are!  🙂

At the time I got this wonderful piece of equipment, I was a university student. I studied a LOT in the library, and it’s a real pain in the rear to have to haul your laptop with you every time you need a bathroom break or a drink from the water fountain. One of the gifts I requested for Christmas was a laptop lock, and my brother came through with a very nice one from a company called Targus The lock worked wonderfully for several months; it was very easy to set up and use. All I had to do was set the combination and apply a supplied sticker to the lock so that it wouldn’t be too lose when inserted. Well, one day in May (the 15th, to be precise. I’m odd that way), the lock stuck and would NOT come off.

To the frustration of family and friends (one friend in particular ;)), I left the lock on the laptop, thinking “I’ll get it fixed eventually”. You see, I didn’t want to be out the money for a) a locksmith to remove it, and b)the lock itself. After a few e-mails back and forth with Amanda from Targus, I got the response I wanted; they would pay for a locksmith to remove the lock AND for a replacement. Now THAT’S customer service!  (Another post in itself; I’ve heard and read a lot lately from friends who have gotten less-than -satisfactory service from various companies)

This past Wednesday, exactly 12 weeks and 4 days after the initial “problem”, I meandered my way into a local locksmith’s shop and explained my predicament. He took a look at my laptop which I had set on the counter, went and got a pair of pliers, and took the lock off. In literally 5 seconds flat. Apparently, that “supplied” sticker had become loose and the lock became jammed.

Lessons learned: listen to your friends; spilled Coke can be averted as a result. Don’t be lazy; it often takes very little time to solve seemingly insurmountable problems. Finally, keep all documents for important purchases; you never know when you’ll need them!