Just Me

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Friday, January 21, 2011

What's fun about living here?

By 'here' I mean this fricken ice cold city where toes and noses freeze off and you just can't wait for another cup of tea because your fingers are almost frozen place. So what IS actually fun about living here (Winnipeg, not Yellowknife)?

Not helping your brother clean out his sUuuper full garage when he moves, that's for sure. (Okay, fine, maybe it was a little fun, but I attribute that more to the people, not the activity or the weather.)

But making the latest viral video (see below) happen on your own back porch this morning?That's pretty fun.

Oh, and it is lovely in the summer. I keep "forgetting" that.
Gotta go, my tea's ready...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


You may think (from the title) that this post has to do with the last post concerning the basement, but you'd be wrong.

After typing 'purging' I wondered if I spelled it right and used my lazy spell check way of typing it into google search. Well I did spell it right, but the next 4 things in the drop down menu just made me sad.

Side note: usually the drop down menu de-lights me with it's suggestions of what it thinks I am trying to type. I find it pretty hilarious(especially, as my sister showed me, if you start typing 'How To...' many fun suggestions then)!

However, this time, the next four things midway through typing 'purg' were, in order: purging tips, purging tips and tricks, purging definition, purging anorexia. It just seemed so...wrong that suggestions for tips and tricks came up before definition and disease.

Come ON Google workers, make it better! (I don't actually know how it works, I just like to hope that the google mass has some sort of control on how suggestions pop up other than who paid the most, or what was the most popular-at least for things of this nature, but probably not. Hey a girl can hope, can't she?)

Anyway, out of curiosity, I clicked on tips to see what the hoards of beautiful teenage girls who think they're hideous are finding on their google searches and....ugh (check title of post).

I hate when I find the worst parts of the internet.

It Is Time.

I've 'taken some time off' of work this week so we can finally begin to clean up our basement. No small feat, we've ignored the basement for almost 3 years now and we don't just intend a clean up, but an all out clean-sort-organize. Ugh. We can call it our pre-spring-cleaning.

Let the purging begin.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Goodbye Good Commercials too?

Why do the americans have to take over everything?

I just heard on the news that Target is buying Zellers...by 2013 they don't expect any Zellers to be left in Canada. I just want to support Canadian stores!! Why is that so hard! Not that Zellers was the best store or anything, it was just my department store alternative to Wal-mart (who I reeeeallly hate). Now what? Already when I googled Zellers a picture of Target came up. Sigh. I bet we won't even get their funny-awesome-indie-canadian-musician-backed-commercials anymore. Double sigh.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Time for a laugh

I found this old 'letter' while cleaning out my files. Hopefully it will make you chuckle (okay fine, laugh your head off at your desk) just as much.

A message from John Cleese to all citizens of the USA

In light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (excepting Kansas, which she does not fancy).

Your new prime minister, Tony Blair, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the followingrules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. In the Oxford English Dictionary look up aluminum, and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.

2. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as favour and neighbour. Likewise, you will learn to spell doughnut without skipping half the letters, and the suffix ize will be replaced by the suffix ise.

3. Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up vocabulary)

4. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as like and you know is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as US English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of -ize.

5. You will relearn your original national anthem, God Save The Queen.

6. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

7. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns,lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

8. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and this is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean.

10. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left with immediate effect.

11. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

12. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have mistakenly been calling gasoline)-roughly $6 per US gallon Get used to it.

13. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

14. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

15. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

16.You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

17. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable.

18. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

19. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all tax monies due (backdated to 1776).

Thank you for your co-operation.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pour a cuppa tea...

I could so use a snow day today. Ugh.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Question to brain:

Why is it that when I watch "The Mentalist", full of murder, dead bodies and 'gruesome' details, I dream of making pies and other relatively nice things, but when I watch "The Amazing Race", something I long to do, I dream of the contestants being human flesh eating zombies that I must join or avoid?

I'd really just appreciate more
dreams of pie, okay? Okay.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

couch thoughts

holy cow

i am at home

on the couch

just sitting

no tv

no noise

no one home

no plans

snow outside gleams in afternoon sun

it's ridiculously peaceful

maybe life has become a little too busy

if this feels like heaven

or maybe it's just after effects of a crazy holiday season