Sunday, December 30, 2007

Our Devirginizing NYE Party Experience

Will occur tomorrow. And what says New Years better than a Mexican/Carribean theme? I'm not sure!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Lots O' Things Left To Do

...before the new year. My it's gone by so fast. My life at this point compared to last year? Drastic change at the least

I Take Steaking Seriously

So it's been said here plenty of times how much I like steak. To find the "best steak" to me is a quest I take seriously. After some contemplating (as in, the past 28 seconds), I've decided to come up with this criteria:
1) Must be either a NY or T-Bone cut
2) Meat must be tender and not chewy; almost melt in your mouth
3) Medium-rare
4) Not break the bank (important because I cannot justify spending $50 on a cut of meat. I'm looking at your Ruth's Chris)
5) I have to try it at least twice, in case the first time required a mulligan. Unless the first time was so amazingly good, that a second time is not required.
Why do I bring this up? Well, I have carefully chosen my first "best steak." Almost surprisingly, the "best steak" happens to be from...East Side Mario's. Seriously. Here's the breakdown, according to the criteria above:
1) NY cut
2) Melted in my mouth
3) Bloody goodness
4) $20 with the fixin's
5) Second time trying it, in case the first time was a fluke. I mean, seriously, when you think of steak, you don't think of East Side Mario's
This is, of course, not set in stone. I will always be on the lookout for the best steak

Friday, December 28, 2007

Badda Boom Badda Finally

So our painting oddesey has finished...for now. But hey, at least it's done? Again...for now.
So, we'll celebrate by going to my favourite dirty franchise: East Side Mario's! Steak here I come...


So something I noticed about myself...I do things in excess (let's forget the obvious, that being the amount of food I eat...harhar). Case in point, ironing. I tend not to iron for a long while, then when I'm faced with doing it, I'll do it literally for 5 hours straight.
Why do I mention this? Well, the past four days I think I have painted a combined total of...38 hours. No, seriously. But, at least my wife was with me the whole time.
Next house we get? walls

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I Got Boxed

So my wife wanted to go Boxing Day shopping, and I ended up buying all the things I wanted:
-power washer
-TV stand
Hey, she did get something:
I win?

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Traditions: Old and New

Old: going to the Siervo house for Christmas and my Tita Alice making "specifically for me" the appetizer consisting of cream cheese, liver spread and cheddar cheese.
New: painting.
And now...the craziness of Boxing Day shopping tomorrow. Yikes

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas Eve!

Off to Church and the fam jam tonight...then painting again tomorrow. It'll be a painting holiday!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Furious Balls

So Nina, Mel and Ron passed by, and we watched "Balls of Fury." Sometimes there are movies that are so bad that it's good, and I'm known to have enjoyed quite the stupid movies. I'm sorta disappointed though that this movie didn't even get to the status of "bad that it's good."
At least Maggie Q was nice to look at in the movie. I still want a ping pong table. Soon.

Stucco = Amour de Menstrual

So I was stuccoing the ceiling today. Aside from it being very messy, it also smelled. My wife said, "it smells like menstrual fluid."
I don't think I'll ever look (or smell) at stuccoing the same again.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Poser Time

So we got our soccer uniforms today, and much to my (gay) delight, it matches the cleats I bought a week ago. No doubt people on my team are going to think that I bought the cleats to match the jersey when really it was the other way around and coincidentally.

What makes it even worse is that undoubtedly I'm gonna be the worst guy on the team. But my motto is: make playing bad look good. Ooorite!

* * *

1.5 weeks off! Yee-uh!

* * *

1.5 weeks trying to finish the renoes! D'oh!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Okay Fine, Hustle Plan B

So today was a deadline for any of my workmates to join the team I'm currently on to, in my self-absorbed thoughts, "to help me out" (a 13 month "learning assignment" is what it's called when really it's a mat leave position). A certain PHI was supposed to join me, but the plans fell through.
So, my Supervisor was in a panic, and I guess I sorta was too. I saw my target (perhaps the only other PHI I would be comfortable working with) and started to, as the young kids say, hustle her. I was telling her all about the joys of working on my team.
And, to my delight, she seemed more interested than not.
I'm hoping this will turn out...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Let's Say I Was An NBA Player...

...and I was, you know, good...I would like my nickname to be DAGGERS
(yep, I'm a tard and the things I think when I win a game of basketball in the morning)

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Future...

...(Shop) will be spent trying to pay off the massive debt I incurred while buying my latest toys. Went to Future Shop and got a "good deal" (how good is it when it's crazy money?) thanks to an old baseball teamate/high school friend Carlos. But even though it's expensive, I still feel like I scored. So I'll just go and say it: score!

Snow Problem!

So the GTA's first snowfall of the year came and went, and I learned something great about my new neighbourhood: our roads get plowed early! I would like to say that it's a perk of living in Meadowvale and near Hazel, but that just might be in my head.
I also learned that it's pretty hard to plow in our cul-de-sacs, as they just don't leave the snow on the side of the road. In fact, they actually have to truck the snow out. I was quite flummoxed by that idea, for some reason, but at the same time I was mesmerized by the process. Maybe there is some substance to the accusations thrust upon me of being...strange

Sunday, December 16, 2007

I Am Legend (In My Own Mind)

Watched it and thought, "'s okay, nothing too blockbuster about it." Also didn't help that my wife thought I tricked her into watching it, as she didn't enjoy it too much (she of the not-so-appreciative-reception of scary flicks). I didn't know it was going to be like that, really.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Ma Baybay's Back

So after five days of being a bachelor, my wife is back from her sales meeting. It was quite the experience being a bachelor again...brings me back to...two months ago

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Where Does The Day Go?

Seems like time is going by so fast -- with too much things to do. On top of that, we got our property tax bill for the year...yeah...maybe we should move to a smaller house...
On top of that, we got the electricity bill, the gas bill, the...woah, I sound like my Dad now

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Why Bother Having A House?

Especially when you have spent more physical time at the office the past three days than actually at home? Okay, so this won't happen very often, but man-oh-man...this is nuts! I'm so not used to all this work. What the heck, am I in private industry or something?
Screw this! I'm claiming overtime for sure

Monday, December 10, 2007


What the hell...when the heck was the last time I spent TWELVE FRIKIN' HOURS at work? I must think I'm some private sector employee.
I swear this reminds me of being a university student again, procrastinating with the best of them. Unfortunately, this is for money...sigh

Sunday, December 09, 2007

So A New TV It Is!

Looks like we'll "have to" get a new TV that will fit our entertainment centre. While I'm somewhat excited about that prospect, I'm not excited about the debt it will incur. Oh well.
Oh yeah, and the family room is starting to come along...just a few more touch-ups, put up the shutters and get curtains, hook up the electronics, get a rug, ummm...okay, maybe not coming along that well

Maybe If I Drank Alcohol...

...I'd know the differences between Martinis?

So I made a mistake. Arvin invited us to go to a club today for Rich's birthday, and when he called the house, he told Sharon, "Devil's Martini." Knowing that Rich lives in Oakville, I thought the party was going to be at the club in Oakville called "Dirty Martini." Of course this confusion came to a head when we called Arvin and he said, "I'm in the lineup." We said we were too. Just that he was in Downtown Toronto, and we were in Oakville.
Thank goodness D. Martini's is no longer in business cause maybe my head would've exploded.
We ended up at Ron and Mel's house with Nina. At least the chocolate cake they made was awesome.

Friday, December 07, 2007


Gotta get out of my lazy funk...I'm gonna finish my work this weekend. I gotta. Dangit.

Operation Burgandy

It's a go...first coat down...five more to go

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

You Light Up My Life

My wife. However, it wasn't so bright going to that light fixture sale at the International Centre. The line-up was long, and if we actually decided to get something, we'd be in a 2 hour line-up just to pay.
I'm not going to that Umbra sale. I hate line-ups

Back Pain(t)s

Back pains are back, but I'll just attribute that to the fact I've been doing lots o' painting. The renos are starting to look like it's coming to fruition (or vegetablition). I sorta can't wait for it to be done; then we could actually invite people to our house.
I am sorta irked at myself that I didn't take the "before pics". Oh well, at least Sharon and myself will know the differences

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Seriously, these backpains worry me. How the heck can I be hurting already? I'm not even 30 years old.
It may have something to do with the fact I played soccer today and was flinging my body all around. Much fun; perhaps the achey back was worth it.
Oh yeah, and my wiring project is coming along...all due to the fact I bought a new home theatre system. Christmas comes early for Jason!
And to top it off, I gots a day off tomorrow. Well, I'll be working on renos and "overtime" so it may not necessarily be considered a day off in these eyes.

Monday, December 03, 2007


In all my TV and speaker cables in the walls now which took me a long while, which in turn leaves me wired. I think.
I don't wanna work tomorrow. I have this deadline for a manual I have to finish, but I'm nowhere near halfway done nor nowhere near halfway motivated to finish it. This can't be good.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth

Watched it and thought it was an interesting movie (and any movie that makes Sharon physically squirm is a bonus). If I were a lesser man, I'd say something like, "they're coming out with a sequel, and it's called Pot's Maze!"
If I were a lesser man...

Maybe It's Better To Stop Counting

The scores our basketball team loses by, that is. We got smoked again today and I scored a whopping ZERO points. Very disappointing...exactly how am I going to make it into the NBA at this rate?

Friday, November 30, 2007


So played ball this morning, I'm gonna play ball tonight, and I'm playing ball tomorrow. Ballin' is my hobby...ballin' is my hobby
* * *
Contemplating buying a sound system for our TV...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Batting .333

Now while for baseball that would be a pretty decent average, when it comes to mentoring students becoming certified PHI's, it's, in my opinion, abysmal. Two of my students recently went for the examinations and I just found out that both of them failed. Making it even worse is the student I had that did pass I thought wasn't going to, while the two I thought would didn't. Go figure.

Is it a reflection of their mentor? I think so. I feel like that parent that has failed their child. Sucks.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Other Side Of The Fence Don't Look Bad

If I was single and had lower tolerance for the opposite sex, maybe the other side wouldn't look so bad. Unrelated to all of this was me training a room full of women today, with all of them questioning every topic I presented. Really...unrelated...

Monday, November 26, 2007

I Can See Clearly Now...

...that we got new windows! It's looking alrighty. Now we gotta paint. Woah.
I can also clearly see how much work at my actual work I gotta do still. I'm actually going to start doing work at home. Triple woah.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sweet N' Sour Balls Of Heaven

Something about sweet n' sour chicken balls I really like. While not your classical Chinese food, it certainly satisfies my guylow Chinese cravings. Yum...
* * *
Ensuite bathroom is finally gutted, and ready to go. Prolly in a couple of months. Sigh.
Good news, though, is that we are getting our new windows tomorrow and Tuesday. Bad news, though, is the cost. Yikes

Saturday, November 24, 2007


So we went to Donaldo and Robin's apartment in Toronto for a little shindig, and Robin made this dip that was fantastic. So good, in fact, that it warranted a Title to this post. Good people they are...hope they get married soon!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

As Predicted...

...traffic chaos! First snowfall of the year, and it took me 1.5 hours to get to work.
One thing I'll miss about living at my parents house is the proximity of it to the highway. Since I was going north, and not a lot of cars go north, a day like this would only take me about 33 minutes to get to work (normal time would be about 23-27 minutes). But now that I live at my new house, and I take main roads to get to work (and of course people don't know how to drive in the snow), the commute which normally lasts 30 minutes took me 1.5 hours today. Ay nako!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Destructo With Cuts

So I spent the better part of yesterday dismantling my master bath. I now have cuts on my fingers. I'm such the handyman.
* * *
Forecast tonight is the first snowfall of the year. You know what that means: idiotic driving tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I Like To Break Things

Like my Master Bathroom. It's disguised as work, but I don't mind because it's an outlet for other things (like real work).
Too bad I keep getting cut...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Pain In The...

...neck. Painting a ceiling will do that to you.
I think, hopefully, by tomorrow, we're finally gonna be able to move into our Master Bedroom. Right. We'll see.
* * *
A sad moment at work today: found out a colleague that was expecting in April lost her baby. She'll be away for the next couple of weeks, understandably.
I'm gonna be mighty stressed and busy at work.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Things I Don't Like (18 hrs. Edition)

In the past 18 hrs., I have identified that I don't like:

-the movie Beowulf. It kinda sucked, actually. Maybe I was expecting too much
-painting a stippled ceiling with oil-based paint

On the other hand, I have identified that I do like:

-a Keg steak
-Raptors on HDTV

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Okay, Yeah... dreams got deflated today.
We lost by 30 and I scored exactly ZERO points. I even got to the free throw line for the first time in my life, and I missed both of them.
Clutch I'm not.
Gotta shake it off and try to do better next week.

This Is What Happens...

...when you play the lottery sometimes with the same numbers. You check the results and then you find out that the numbers you usually play match 4 of 6 numbers. The week you don't play.
Sure I would've won $76, but I'm going to have to think of this rationally; it's money I never had in the first place.
Now if it was 5 of 6 numbers...oh man.
I think I'll stop checking the results.

Friday, November 16, 2007

H D Baby

Got the new HDTV box today and I gotta say...I'm not that impressed. I mean, it does look clearer than the other channels, but something seems to get lost along the way when you realize that the non-HD channels now look worse than when they were with regular Digital Cable.
But whatever, I'm sure I'm going to start really loving the HD

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Facebook Makes Me Tired

So I posted some wedding pics on the Mukahbook. It took a long while. I'm tired today as a result. Well that and the fact I continue to go on my downward spiral of unhealthy eating. Gotta stop and take stock...
* * *
After cleaning out the fish pond today and nearly losing my fingers to frostbite, I think it has sunk in that the fish responsibility (which is big; trust me on this) might be too great a burden for us. So I think we're either gonna sell it or eat it. (I'm just joking! Man...of course we wouldn't sell them)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"Because Everyone Gets A Turn!"

I dealt with a bunch of knobs today -- that is, doorknobs. I'm proud to say that the majority of the doors on the upstairs level now has doorknobs. And all it took was four months!

* * *

Watching this season of Raptors ball is leaving me uneasy again. Why can't they play a game and it feel like they actually have control of the game? I hate the these 11 years of fandom seem to be taking a toll on me.

* * *

Sooner or later I'll put up the wedding and Greece pics on Facebook. Man I'm lazy

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Getting High

Unintentionally. I was cementing the ABS pipes under the leaking sink, and man-oh-man that cement is some crazy toxic stuff. All I kept thinking about were those really bored kids who would sniff glue.
I hab headehck

Monday, November 12, 2007

Hey Chubbs

What the did I gain 6 pounds within the last month? Unless the scale at the gym is completely wrong...I have to start being neurotic about my weight again

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Man spraying stucco on a ceiling is some pretty messy work.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

L x 20

That is, we lost by 20 points in our game today, much better (but not by much) than the 30 point drubbing we had last week. I did score 9 points, but I also had some horrendous air balls that always leaves you feeling embarassed. Argh.
We're starting to gel as a team, but man oh's hard when we don't have size vertically. Oh there's a bunch of us that are getting bigger horizontally, but we need height.
Small ball it is; if only we had more talent

With Thanks To My Wife

So the leaking toilet that discouraged me greatly was determined to be due to a hairline crack. I was left thinking that we had to buy a new tank because we no longer had the box for it. Due to my wife's persistence in saying we could exchange it, we brought it to Home Depot where they exchanged it no questions asked. Woah. Score!
Of course it does nothing to help with the fact there is damage in the basement now due to the leak. Oh well

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Time To Make That Commitment Again

"I am not going to complain just to complain."

I have to. There are so many things to complain about, that if I keep doing it I'll begin to get annoyed at myself even more. It's not worth it.
One last complaint before I go on this seemingly hopeless journey: I hate having this fragile psyche...I want to toughen up.
I stopped swearing (for the most part)...I can do this...right?

Fire! Fire! Fire!

Went again with the workmates to Firehall in Oakville for wings. Yummy.
It's not really a good way to start the whole "eating properly after finding out I gained 4 lbs." thing, but at least I tempered it by going to basketball practice today and sweating my bollocks off.
Gotta keep motivated; gotta gogogogogogogo

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

It's Back On

The morning basketball games with Clavo at the Y, that is. Good thing he got his job I can practice ball and try to get into shape again (I gained 4!).
I also realized that the people I work with now...yeah...I'm going to be irked a lot in the future. Be warned there will be a lot of complaining in the near future

Monday, November 05, 2007

Where Did That Come From?

All of a sudden I just realized I have all sorts of work at work to do now. I'm gonna be pretty stressed out for the next little while. I would love to say, "no pain, no gain" but the unfortunate reality is,'s not really recognized in Government. Oh well.
The lack of sun isn't doing anything to make things better either.
Wow I'm awfully complainey. I'll think about something more pleasant. Like I'm married! Yay!

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Finally getting things done; seeing results.
I kinda don't wanna go to work tomorrow. Sigh...the life of a restless fool

Of Course

First basketball game of the season for me, and of course I sprained my pinky finger. Hurts as heck. Oh yeah, and we 30. I did hit my only shot (three pointer). I think I better be more aggresive next game, barring the "plays" that the other guys on the team insist we work on don't further confuse me.
It's gonna be a long season

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Back to work. And not only that, all sorts of things to complete. Sigh.
Last night we had our first official basketball "practice." It's gonna be an interesting year.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Right Back Into It


Monday, October 29, 2007


Again. Oh well, I have a couple days to recoup.
I also have a lot of renos to finish. It starts again!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Back From Hell(as)!

It's been a great honeymoon back to reality.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Being A Cretan After Being A Saint(orini)

Fun times in Greece, although I've seriously been sleeping too much which is making me restless. My wife is sick. Sucks!
Things to note so far:
-I'm not eating baklava for another 6 years
-driving here is fun (and nauseating for Sharon)
-can't wait to get home and eat some Filipino food
-starting to feel recharged for work again
-met another couple (Venezualian-Chinese) that I'm sure we'll be contacting again in Canada
-I plan never to ride on another high-speed ferry again, unless I have no choice (reason: sukah)
-you see one ruin, everything else looks ruined
Sorta can't wait to go home after our last leg of the trip. Then I'll want to leave again!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mykonos: My Konos

The title doesn't really make sense, but neither does going on the Internet during our vacation. Whatever the case, Greece is a nice place so far, and our first stop, Mykonos, has been a relaxful, enjoyable stay. We met a few couples (including two couples who just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary...I can't even think 25 days ahead!), and we ate a lot. Good times!

We're off to Santorini now for another couple days, then to Crete then to Athens. It feels like such a long time since our wedding and (literally) a world away from home. All this relaxing I'm not used to...I haven't slept this much in a long, long's getting me stressed out

Sunday, October 14, 2007

We're Married!!!

It's official, and although it doesn't feel like anything now, I'm sure it'll hit me soon. The ceremony, the reception, the everything went great. sleep for 30 hours, but whatever...we're off to Greece. See you in two weeks-ish!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Is A Blurrrrr

Everything is coming up fast and furious. Last night, through the insistence of my friends, I ended up at a "Gentleman's Club." You know you're getting old when it's 1:00am and you are doozing...while in the club.
Then today, my workmates gave me a pleasant "surprise wedding shower party" at good ol' Mandarin. I feel fat now, but at least we gots some nice gifts.
More madness tonight and tomorrow because a boatload of family is showing up. Yay?

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Left? Right?

So a pivotal moment* came today when I picked up Arvin from the GO Station. If I turned left, we would be heading to the Church for our wedding rehearsal. If I turned right? Niagara Falls, the U.S., Mexico, and perhaps never come back!
Holy drama.
The rehearsal went well, and I seem to can't wait until Saturday. I'm getting married!!!
*(not really)

Monday, October 08, 2007

We Went To The Home Show...

...and ended up buying candy and getting a newspaper subscription. Hmmm....


As per usual during this time of year, I ate too much for Thanksgiving. I guess it didn't help that I had two dinners (one at my house, the other at Sharon's).
Regardless, the food was spectacular at both.
Then a thought came to my mind: by Christmas when we do it again, we'll be married. Woah!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

One Week

One week left! So how did I spend the last week as a bachelor? Well, today, I stayed in the house all day and tried to do some more renos.

I really suck at time management. I wanted a lot of things to be done by this point, but I guess it'll have to wait until after the honeymoon. Sorry baby.
I also wanted to go to the home show, but there were too many other things that popped up. Damn again.
Sigh...seems like so much stuff to do in so little time. Better get crackin'!

Thursday, October 04, 2007


Since I prolly won't remember to "celebrate" my 1000th post, I've decided to just count this one. When I started this blog, I didn't realize that I would be writing whatever nonsense came to my mind pretty much everyday. Actually, I lie. I know that I am horribly stubborn, and I refuse to stop doing something when I put my mind to it.
Thus, a lot of my posts have been pure nonsense, and a lot of others have been short blurbs on how my emotions were that day. Honestly, aside from my future wife (just over one week to go! In the words of the immortal Joey Lawrence: "WOAH!"), I don't even know who reads this.
Just as well; this blog started off as a way for me to remember what I was thinking/feeling that exact date I want to remember (for as long as I've been blogging, anyway). Also, I always rationalized writing in this space that since I'm already on the web, I may as well just do something creative for at least two minutes (sometimes much longer) while I'm on it. To that end, I have always said, and maintain the belief that even if this blog were to simply erase from the vestages of time by one simple technological glitch -- I wouldn't fret about it.
If anything, it would stop me from realizing exactly how much I'm utterly addicted to the Internet. (At least 995 days I was on the net? Dayum)
* * *
So thanks to some good luck from an FYI from Facebook (props to Yanky Li) who tipped me off to a good deal on a 42" plasma TV, we are now the proud owners of one:
Ketch de plasma taste!
Raptors HD here I come! Yee-uh!
There is also a back story to this, but I'd rather not get into it. Just know that I think Future Shop should be renamed Future Hut/Palace with Moronic Salespeople

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


And of course, as soon as my computer starts to work at my new home, it gets a virus. So off to Dr. Alben it goes, where it's been for the past few days. Hopefully he doesn't see my "adult files" on my computer.
* * *'s a comin' up fast. I hope I at least get the powder room done. I just painted it today, and it's so...bright...

Monday, October 01, 2007

Blazin'! thing is for sure with my computer being at my new house: it's damn fast!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Separation Issues

So my computer, which has been at my desk for the past number of years, is finding its new home today at, well, my new home. I'm not sure if my computer is going to be sad away from the deck and home its gotten comfortable at.
Then I remember the Ikea guy: "You crazy...machines don't have feelings"
Okay, so maybe it's me then

Saturday, September 29, 2007

What Happened?

Where did my motivation go? I can see the end in sight (of the renovations), but I can't seem to just will myself to do it. Argh...I feel burnt out. Can't wait till the wedding is done and we're in Greece.
* * *
Played basketball today with the team I'll be playing with until April. Looks like it's gonna be a rough season

Thursday, September 27, 2007


DecoratorWindowsPhotographer.'s a coming fast...
* * *
Had some yummy Salad King today, and saw all the Rye High students. Man I feel old. On the brightside, the Thai food was awesome...perhaps one of the things I miss most about Ryerson

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Two-And-A-Half Weeks

Time to get crackin'

Monday, September 24, 2007

I Be Zombie

Okay, so in theory when I got the new position at work, I felt that I would be able to sit down and actually accomplish a lot of administration work. Of course, like in a lot of things in life, theory does not always translate to application.
I suppose I just need some adjustment, but after sitting in front of a computer proof-reading a food manual that was horribly written for five hours with varying results (I got to page 15 of 157...eeeeyah), I realized I might be what I thought I could overcome: a zombie.

Yumm...iMac and iCheese
Luckily my restlessness might soon be subsided; everyone I spoke to who has a similar job as I do says it takes time to adjust to the constant sitting and concentrating I have to do. Can't I just have to get over the whole eating too much while working I have going on.
* * *
Took my car to be repaired and repainted for the next few days. I had to rent a Toyota Corolla in the meantime...I miss my car already

Saturday, September 22, 2007

It'll Be An Epic Battle...

Paying these Maytag Epic Front Load Washer/Dryer that is! But, thanks to an awesome deal, free labour and warranty, one year free supply soap and fabric softner, and a "do not pay for 6 months interest-free" deal, it won't be so bad. At first the new washer/dryer was just a thought. Two days later, we bought it.

The dryer likes it on top...yeah baby, yeah!
On a somewhat related note, the fact I'm getting really excited about a washer and dryer sort of displays just how far my life has gone. I'm old?

Friday, September 21, 2007

Go Go Go Go Go Go Go

I gotta motivate myself somehow! So much things to do, and it seems so little time. Thank God I have Sharon, who I think is stressing herself out even more than I am.
I'm starting to get the whole "can't wait till the wedding is over and we're in Greece!" feeling...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I See (Thru) It

So after approximately a dozen window companies, I believe we found our company! The price is right, the company comes highly recommended by a third-party government advisor and the salesman is someone I didn't have a sleezy feeling about. Thank goodness I have Sharon who did all this research. I should marry her or something...
* * *
So what's next? Washer/dryer. Who needs to eat!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

That's What It Looks Like!

So after ordering our furniture from The Brick (or what we refer to as "The Crap"...clever, I know) at the beginning of June, it finally came today.
It's been so long that I actually forgot what it looked like. It was a plesant surprise! Looks nifty in my opinion.
The furniture delivery guys/assemblers were idiots though. I'm just glad that we're never shopping at The Crap again!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

It's Go Time!

I have a feeling it will be hectic-ness the next few weeks leading up to the wedding.
Thank God I have Sharon! She's the best when it comes to organization. She's also the best at getting things done. In fact, she's just the best.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Need An Estimate?

Don't ask me, because apparently I'm horrible at it.
I measured how much baseboards the house needs, and I was off by, oh...130 ft.
Yep, I'm a contractor!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

It's Almost There?

Really? I actually see the renovations almost done. Damn...but it's still months away for it to be completely done. But progress nonetheless.
Never again! (Give it a couple months when we're done then I'll have the itch again)

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Bonding With Brothers

So I've joined a basketball team Gil's friends organized in a league that plays every Saturday until April. Con also joined. Easy there brotherly bonding.
I'm sure we're not gonna do too well (considering no one is, you know, tall). But it'll still be fun and a source of exercise. Assuming I get playing time.
The first game is on October 6, a week before the wedding. I'm hoping I don't get injured or break a limb a week before the big date. Then I'll be missing the next three games...perfect! Not.
(That's right, I pulled out the "not" guff).
But whatever, I'll be in Greece baby!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

One Month


Poo-Poo, The Soft Kind

That's what the walls in our Master Bedroom looks like being painted on. Otherwise when it dries, it's not that bad. In fact, we both like it, which means nothing less than a success!
Now then...only about 7 more rooms to go...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

"And Knowing Is Half The Battle"

So I'm getting used to the idea of being an instructor (also known in some circles as a "professor"...I'm not sure where these circles are, though). I figure it will help with my natural fear of public speaking.

"And that's how babies are made...ummm...I mean how you wash your hands"
Of course with every positive, there will be negatives. In this case, I see myself getting sick of the repetition of the same topics being taught over and over again. I guess I'll just have to spice it up by telling lies? Yeah, that'll do.
* * *
So I'm thinking I have mental issues. Not serious enough that most people will notice, but issues nonetheless.
I'm sure everyone has their neuroticies, but sometimes I feel mine are worse than everyone else. Or is it because I'm not conforming to the social norm?

I'm different. Just like everyone else.
I babble a lot too.

Monday, September 10, 2007


I'm feeling that way these days. I think the shortening days, combined with the never-ending renos, in addition to the amount of money flowing out of our wallets, as well as not spending enough downtime with each other, also with the fact I'm feeling out of shape (I haven't been to the gym in over two months...sigh), learning the new job at work, having so much things to do at work and with the pressures of the wedding date coming up...

I'm sort of a mess. Sort of.
* * *
My Lola's death anniversary tomorrow. Has it been four years already? My gosh how time flies and life in general just seems like a blur sometimes

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Painting...Painting...So Much Fun...

I'll just keep telling myself that.
* * *
My wedding is coming up soon. Can't believe it's only a little more than a month away...I guess now would be a good time to actually think about it

Take Away The "t" From "Paint"...

And that's what it feels like.

It does look immensely nicer when it's done, but painting is so time consuming and tiring. Not to mention the sheer amount of walls we have to paint...yeah... you'll be reading a lot of complaining in this corner for the next little while.

Can't wait for the renos to be done!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Argh...Why Can't I Work Faster?

Something I've dreaded actually happened today...I lost motivation.
I had a day off today and had grand visions to do a lot of work around the house; only I didn't. I really want these renos to be done already and enjoy the house. I guess I'm just impatient and unfortunately I wasn't feeling it today.
It is coming along though; the floors are almost done, and just a few more coats of plaster for the drywall, then the big job: painting. I feel so fatigued, but it's almost there.
Almost there...
* * *
Gonna go to Al Duke's retirement party today. I should be having one of about 31 years. Damn.
Unless I win the lotto!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

So When Will I Get Sick Of It?

So I had my first day teaching today...I'm wondering when I'll get sick of it. Maybe not for a while; I think I'll enjoy it.
* * *
Operation 53" TV didn't go as planned: it didn't fit in my van. Oh well, I'll just not get it. I'll save up and get a newer TV. Eventually.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

First Day Of School

Well, at least that's what it sort of felt like as I started on my new team. So how did I cope? I spent most of the day with my old team. I did have to tie up loose ends, so really it's not my fault.
I already start teaching a course on Thursday. Do I know what I'm doing? Nope. Should be interesting.
Looks like it'll be an early day tomorrow then. Which can't be good because it'll be a long tonight.
Man, these renovations, while thoroughly exciting, are going to kill me!

Monday, September 03, 2007

By Superbad You Mean Supergood, Right?

Watched Superbad with the girls last night (Neens, Mar and Liz). Funny stuff! Memorable quotes from the movie:
"We're blood brothers"
"I got a boner"
"I'm samesies"

Arvin gettin' his groove on
Watching it almost makes me wish I was in high school again, with that fresh possibility of love and the tingly feelings associated with it.
Then I remembered how high school was a slurry of insecurities and hormonal atrocities.
I'm okay with where I'm at now.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Summer's Over Already?!?

That was fast.
Perhaps this will be a tradition of things to come: end of summer BBQ at our house. Fun times as always with the homies, and I learned a secret to good BBQing: margarine/butter, garlic, lemon juice, and lots of it

Hap Borthday Dr. Koh

After a crazy day of buying all new materials for our house (tiles, baseboards, etc.) and nearly breaking my back (do you know how heavy tiles are?!?), we ended up at Babalus for Ivy's birthday.
Good times as always, although I've come to realize this: Sharon is the love of my life, the woman I want to marry and have kids with and my best friend. She is not, however, a suitable dance partner for me (and vice versa). Like everything else, we'll work on it

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Now's The Time

To be a man, mature up, and stop being so...dumb.
I thought I was over this mentalicity. Yargh.
Doesn't help that I'm an emotional idiot and tomorrow is my last day in my office. I'm sure I'll be fine. Right.
* * *
Well, we tried to avoid it and think we didn't have to go there because we were not university students anymore, but we ended up buying at a place we said we wouldn't buy at: Ikea.
We couldn't help it! It was a no-tax sale, and the harsh realities of debt is sinking in. Plus, it didn't look half-bad.
I guess we're not so "high-class" after all. Oh well.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Goodbye General, Hello Supports

So my time in General Programs at work (ie. inspecting) is soon coming to a close (by the end of this week). Next week I transition into Supports Programs, where chief amongst my responsibilities will be teaching the food handler courses.
Excited for the new job? Yes.
Sad I'm leaving my friends I've made in my office? Yes (although I'll only be a floor away).
Nervous? Sorta.
Schitzophrenic? Yes. Still.
* * *
The end of this week will also mark the end of my mentoring for the third (and likely last) year. My student this year was...interesting. She's a smart one who I'm sure will do well in Public Health. So far I'm 1-0-1 (my student last year didn't go for the orals this year). I hope this one will make me 2-0-1 as mentor; not that I'm counting or anything.
I'll miss mentoring and getting to know my students, but I definitely won't miss the time investment required for mentoring. I liken it to being a babysitter. For four months. And constantly trying to prove that you're able to babysit, even though you make a lot of mistakes in the process (like dropping the baby on the head). I'm not sure where this metaphor is going, but all I know is that I'll miss it, despite all my gripes.
Honestly, this year's student also made me learn a lot about myself. I'm embarassed thinking about it right now. Yikes.
Have I already been a PHI for four years?!? Damn, time flies.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Kam On Motivation!

You ken do it!
Gotta get my mind right...

Monday, August 27, 2007

I Want The Voices In My Head... stop.
(Man, people must think I'm suffering from schitzophrenia)
Really, though.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

So Close...So Close...

These renovations that seem to be taking forever is almost coming to a close. I can sense it.
Can't wait, only thing left to do is sand, paint, work on the curb appeal, start the bathroom renovations, the windows...

When Did I Change?

It's interesting sometimes how you take stock of your life, and then realize that you have changed without actually, well, realizing it.
The recent change I've noticed about myself I'm not sure if I like. Sometimes I think I don't have a conscience (or at least do a really good job of ignoring it), which complicates matters.
I try not to be selfish, but often end up nothing but. I hurt the ones that mean the most to me just to benefit myself. It's frustrating.
Moral delimna? Sometimes. Confused? All the time.
I hate being so bipolar and complainey. Too many voices in my head...argh

Friday, August 24, 2007

Montana's What

It's that time again when all the "young" PHIs have a par-tay git-together at fun central:

Montana's is Hip Hop
Something tells me I'm gonna get paged as soon as I get there.

Thursday, August 23, 2007


So I just came back from a one-week vacation thinking I would be all refreshed and ready to go,'s like I hit a wall. No motivation, no physical energy, thinking too much, doing too little, not productive, way too emotional and complainey; yeah, all of the above.
I wonder what that is?
And to top it off, I'll be on-call for the next two weeks.
I'm thinking it may be because there is a lot of transition going to happen the next few weeks/months both at work and personally.
Arvin told me that I'm unable to get on with life and I tend to dwell because I have a sharp memory and don't forget much. While I would normally call that a compliment (who wants to be called forgetful?) , maybe he's onto something. I wish I could turn it off.
I also wish I wasn't such an emotional wreck.
I hope Sharon's ready...
Yikes...I'm babbling so much it's like I drank two litres of Babble Tea

Nice To Meet You

In my life, I'm grateful to meet certain people who tell me words of advice that I actually once in a while believe. These tidbits of life are sometimes far and few between, so when they come, it's like a light bulb goes over my head. I look forward to the next one.
* * *
Tomorrow is day two of the reality show, Jason:PHI. I was chosen by a workmate to make an instructional video; like a "day in the life of a PHI." It's gonna be quite horrible, and I can't wait for the end product

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Throwing Money Out The Window

Well, technically at windows. We're getting a bunch of quotes for new windows, and espensive!

You make a door (to brokeness) than a window
But as with all our "improvements", it's better to look at it as an investment. Mos def

Monday, August 20, 2007

Here We Go...

...back to hecticness!
No let up until the honeymoon, I imagine...


After a fun week in Cuba, it's great to be home as always.
Mind you, the majority of us were wanting to go home by Friday, but that's besides the point.
From the trip, negatories:
-getting sick
-meeting new, fun people
-dancing in clubs
-swimming in the ocean
All in all, I had a good time and am glad the boys came out. Pictures soon (maybe, depending on the screening of them)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hangin' With Fidel

Getting all packed up and ready to go for a whole week of nothing! Well, there will also be a week of contemplative thinking, I would definitely imagine. I'll be here, so for a good 7 days I won't be blugging:

Going with the boys for my "bachelor party." Although I'm still wondering what kind of a bachelor party it would be when all the rest of the guys are trashed and I'm the sober one. I got a vacation haircut too (Mohawk what).
The hotel I heard is tres ghetto, so really, it'll be an adventure.
Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh boi!
(Love you baby, see you when I get back)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Realized Something About Myself Today

Nothing earth-shattering (come to think of it, when have I ever had a realization that shatter a country, let alone a planet?). I realized that I'm much a victim of novelty, especially when it comes to Doritos.
Everytime there is a new flavour of Doritos out, I always have to purchase it at that instant to try it out. Don't get me started when they had Ketchup as a flavour...
Anywho, case in point: today. I did an inspection at a convenience store today, and saw two flavours I haven't tried before: chili cheese lime and spicy habanero. So what did I do? I bought both.
Spicy Habanero: good, what I was expecting. Chili Cheese Lime: the flavours sort of clashed. I think the Tostitos Hint of Lime totally ruined it for me because nothing beats the Tostitos Hint of Lime, and when I saw that flavour, I thought it would be somewhat similar. It wasn't (I ended up giving half the bag to Kathie, which is prolly a good thing because too much junk food just ain't good).
I hope they don't come out with a Spicy Ketchup flavour...I think I'd gain 19 pounds in 3 days.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Some Actual Words Of Advice From Guys I Know

A (divorced): "Jason, I'll teach you what I learned about marriage and how to make it successful"
Me: "Okay?"
A: "Marriage is all about communication, communication, communication. It is not a one-way street. Marriage is a two-way street. Make sure you always have communication"
T (married 3 years, and not missing a beat): "That may be true, but I'm just saying...women don't know how to drive"
* * *
Me: "Don't you feel guilty for having feelings about other women, going on a date with them, and having a fiance?"
(He who will remain nameless): "No! Listen, never feel guilty, otherwise you know you did something bad. If you don't feel guilty, you didn't do anything bad"
* * *
A bunch of various guys who don't know each other: "Remember, what happens in Cuba, stays in Cuba"

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

I Heart Football

Had a grand ol' time playing soccer with the workmates today for the annual tourney. It's so fun and challenging. Challenging to, you know, breathe properly.
I feel so out-of-shape. I also want to play in a soccer league, although I would be scared I would just embarass myself. Eventually, I suppose. You know what this means though? That's shoes!
We went to Turtle Jacks afterwards where I had Buffalo Shrimp (absolutely awesome). I also got the razzin' from the workmates about getting married. Despite what they say, I can't wait...

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Monsignor Said "Okay"

So we're allowed to get married. It's soon!
* * *
Got a head cold...hope it goes away before Cuba. Maybe I'm too excited

"BBQ at my place!": A New Era

So I had to work today, which sorta sucked (late vendors, hot sun, aching feet, sweaty, blah). Afterwards, I was supposed to work on the house, but I felt a little fatigued and didn't want to bother my Dad.

Seeing as how the gas line for the BBQ was just installed earlier in the day, it was a perfect opportunity to test it out. And what better way then to invite a few peeps over to inaugurate the grill?

We had a small party around the natural gas grill
The inevitable happened of course, both bad (dropped a pan full of bacon and stained the deck with oil) and good (had the friends over whom I haven't seen in a while and did the "remember whens"). So aside from the getting old feeling, it was good times.
Back to reality for the next few days including: meeting with the Priest tomorrow; work, even this coming up Saturday for more overtime; and, trying to finish off as much as I could around the house before Cuba this Sunday. All while trying not to think about going on vacation. Good luck with that one...

Monday, August 06, 2007

We Have Cool!

So things at the house are motoring along (finally). We got our A/C installed today, along with the furnace. The guys are coming back tomorrow for the natural gas line for the BBQ (which I made today).
On top of that, our flooring guy started and completed the Master Bedroom and closet.
Good times...I mean, there's still a ton of things left to do, but it's always refreshing to see a lot of progress in a little time.
Not so good times? Working on a long weekend Monday. I'll be working a special event where I don't anticipate it going well. But considering all the money we've been spending, I gotta find it somewhere. I'll also be working this coming up Saturday for another crappy event; but that's okay, because only one more week till Cuba!