Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Who knew vacationing could be so stressful and tiring?  I think I do this to myself though.  Definitely

My Boy, My Puppy

Love love loved it when I woke up this morning and Sharon brought Eamon to me and he couldn't stop smiling.  He reminded me of Hobbes whenever someone came home after a trip, all excited.

Great to be home, even though when I got home last night at 1:30am I realized that I didn't have my keys.  And Sharon wouldn't wake up.

So I went to my parents house to get a spare set, and of course she wakes up...right before we get there.  Oh well, my fault.

Now then, the vaykay continues!  Great time with the boys, and now for a great time with the fam (meaning I'll need a stomach pump pretty soon, of course)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Irene? More Like Iree-tate

So I'm here in Philly with the boys.  On the weekend that a lot of places closed early because of Hurricane Irene.

Our Segway tour got cancelled, which sucked (and this after I booked it a few weeks ago and the operator said "we'll only cancel it if there are thunderstorms" and after I said to her "what's the chances of that, really").  Then our trip to the Jersey Shore was cancelled because everyone was being evacuated from there.

Then last night we went to a bar (and what I thought was a restaurant) and we were turned away because Micky was only 19.  So we went to Philadelphia to eat...at a Korean restaurant.

BUT...things are still good.  The guys (sans Micky and I; I was way too tired last night after driving) went to a few bars last night and got absolutely plastered.  We went to the real reason we to Philadelphia this morning: Pat's and Geno's Cheesesteaks.  I ate 1.5 cheesesteaks just this morning for breakfast.

And the weather is starting to clear up and we'll go touring around here.  And of course the company makes the trip, and so far it's being made.

I love being on vacation (really, just not at work)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Dammit Irene

Worst luck with this dang hurricane.  Luckily we were able to change some plans.

It's going to be Arvin's (rainy) Bachelor Party in Philly then!

Gonna be a long drive down there, but I'm sure it will be fun nonetheless.  Vaykay time with the homos!

Only downfall?  Gonna miss my babyboy.  I told him not to grow up too much while I'm gone.  According to Sharon, he knows I'm going and thus explains why he's been so cranky.  OR, as I actually think...he's just moody like someone.

I'll also miss you.  Yeah, you

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It It That Time?

Oh yeah baby...time for some vacation with the gays.

Too bad the weather may be conspiring against us...argh.

I should prolly catch up on some sleep before this Red Bull weekend

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Spirit at work is officially feeling broken.  Hoping some time off will recharge me?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Work Spirit Feeling Crushed


Gotta shake off the feelings I have at work and whatnot.  I have to keep in mind that things could always be worse.  I don't know why I'm always searching for something that is not there.

Was watching The Wonder Years when I got home and heard this song, somewhat fitting:

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Next few days are going to be hectic!

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And thus, that reminder will always be there

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Angel Of God

My mother came over the yesterday, and reminded me of something from when I was a kid ("blast from the past", if you will).  She asked Eamon if he was going to say his "Angel of God" prayers before he went to bed.  I haven't said that prayer in years, but it's of course ingrained and etched into my memory as I always had to say it before I went to bed:

Angel of God, my Guardian Dear,
To whom God's love, commits me here,
Ever this day, be at my side,
To light and guide, to rule and guard,


(Or should I said "Eamon", amirite?)

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A few more days left.  A lot more things left to plan?  Or is it all a diversion?  (since I know Argay might be reading this)

Monday, August 22, 2011

4 More Days...

...gotta make this happen.  Gotta git up and git at it.  No time to procrastinate.

Vaykay what!

Although, why do I have a feeling/sense of "argh"?  Why must everything I do have that pressure associated with it?  Man!

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RIP Tita Remy.  Sorry I couldn't make it to the viewing or the funeral today...hope you see Lola up there

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Oh Right, That's What Running 10km Is Like

So I went for a run this morning for the first time in a really long time.  I went running, then I went running, then I just kept on running.  When all was said and done, I took a look at google pedometer and found out I more or less went 10km.  But it really wasn't good, time-wise.  This Oakville 10km run I'm doing in a month should be really interesting...

And then of course I ruined that exercise by eating like crap today.  I better get on this exercise thing because I'll be eating like crap the next few weekends

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Last Class With My Growing Baby Boy

I won't be around for the next two weeks, so today was the last swim class with the boy.  And it was fun, as per usual.  We (I) even did two dunks in the water with him (in case you're wondering what his reaction was, it was the same as it was all the time during swim class:  nothing.  No reaction at all.).

Starting up again in September again, I hope.  Can't wait

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Getting deals are always awesome...but the vacation planning doesn't stop yet, still a lot left to do

Friday, August 19, 2011


Man, this work week felt long.  Felt fried at the end of this day.  (ha...not).

Glad it's over...but now, it's time to sit down and plan this vacation.  So of course, I cleaned my car and garage doors.  Looks shiny and new!

I'm so good at procrastinating, even when it come to vacations?  Yikes

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Downside Of "Responsibility"



Just cleaned the bathrooms.  But seriously, is this all I have to complain about?  I'm an idiot.  My life is good.

I did have a moment of envy/sadness though when I had lunch with Kiri, Kats and Tabico today.  They were talking about supervising and stuff and I just thought to myself that that's not going to be me.  Unsurprisingly, I'm taking this "not getting the job" too hard.  Seriously, what is wrong with me?  Again...my life is good...I have to stop being so envious

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Gotta really sit down and do this vacation planning.  Who knew planning a vacation could be so stressful?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dog Days Of Work

Keep it goin'...soon vaykay will be here.

Just have to, ummm...plan it

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Where Did The DVD's Go? Better Get CSI Involved

Actually, not really.  Sold all the CSI DVD's this morning (Craigslist what).  A big part of the past 9 years is now over I guess...but that's okay, it was good while it lasted.  I've always wanted to live a more minimal lifestyle (excuse me while I guffaw)

Monday, August 15, 2011

My Parent's Are Funny (August 14, 2011 Edition)

Went to my parent's house, and they have a wasp's next on the roof right by their front door.  Sharon, predictably, freaked out.

My parents, upon seeing her freak out, told her:  "don't worry!  They are friendly wasps.  Sometimes we sit outside on the porch and they don't bother us."

My Dad also told us that he was surprised his dollar-store insecticide doesn't work against the wasps.  I, on the other hand, was not surprised

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Took two boxes home with me from my parents place.

One of the boxes contained all my university notes (and is now promptly in the recycling bin).  There was a ton of paper, and I was thinking that if one university student used that much paper, the thought of how much paper all the university students use is mind-boggling.  I feel sorry for the earth.

The other box contained all my mementos and keepsakes from when I was a kid.  Crazy memories in there.  Helped me remember that I have a blessed life. Also crazy to remember how my life was as a kid growing up, and now I have a kid of my own.


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After a disappointing weekend (from the perspective that I wasn't as productive as I felt I should've been), I feel somewhat determined to get there.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Blind Date With The Angs

Well that was fun!

Met up with "Orthotics Jools" and for the first time, her husband Darrel (with their baby Dexter) at their (very nice) place in Oakville.  They had a pool and everything.

Good food and nice conversation; always nice meeting new folks with small babies like ours.

Can't believe tomorrow is Sunday already.  And then in a few weeks we'll be going on vacation...or as I like to say, v-yay-cation!  Can't wait

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Good news:  seem to be getting out of this funk caused by work

Friday, August 12, 2011

It's Creeping Up Again...

...my feelings of sedated sadness.

Can't let it get the best of me.  Gotta fight it off.

Gotta keep going.  Gogogogogogogo...

(do it for the boy)

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Eamon sleeps funnily.  He talks in his sleep.  Actually, it's not that funny because with the monitor on, we're awake whenever he's especially in one of his loud, chatty dreams.

If Sharon ever wonders if Eamon inherited something from her...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

One Hour Day

This is why workdays should only be for a couple of hours.

Today was one of those days that suck.

Left the house and boy was still sleeping.

Came back home and spent about an hour with him, singing with (!) him and then giving him a bath.

Then he was put to bed because he was cranky all day (I'm going with this reason:  he didn't get to say bye to me in the morning.  Hey, makes me feel better).

And the worse part?  He's growing up pretty fast.

Holy wistful

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Finally ate at Chawla's today to try their "Cream Chicken".  And holy crap, cream it was.  It was kind of like eating melted ice cream with chicken in it.  I mean, it was good, but it was the definition of rich.  It was also the definition of clogged arteries.  Didn't help that I gorged on the naan as well (love the freshly made naan)

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Felt bad I had to issue a $460 ticket today.  But hey, some operators will never learn.  I can't imagine having to fork over $460 because it was one of my employee's fault

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Went to see the model homes in my in-law's new neighbourhood.  They looked nice, and I think it helped invigorated me a bit to complete my renovations.  Just have to find the time to do so...

When BBall Kills

I love these Tuesday night pick-up games.  But I fear it's killing me.  Mind you, that's just the lazy side of me talking.

Last night Sharon and I forced Eamon to sleep with us (lol...not the other way around, as it usually is with some babies.  Apparently our boy is a big boy now and doesn't need us.  My heart may have just stopped for a bit there even though I'm obviously being exaggeratey.  Me?  Separation/anxiety issues?  Nahhhhh.).  It was really cute because his hand was basically squeezing my double chin.  Well, it helped calm me to sleep, anyway.

But then two hours later he started wailing.  So I put him in his crib and he promptly fell asleep.  Again, he obviously doesn't need us anymore.  Le sigh.

Work still feels pretty crappy.  Again, I really shouldn't complain because it could always be worse; I could have no job.  Especially when it looks like we're going to be going into a recession again.  I should just shut up and be grateful.

Excited that some vacations are coming up.  I have to start bustin' a move here...

Monday, August 08, 2011

Difficult Day Going To Work

Well, the announcement went out.

Just put on your usual "happy face" and try to be professional.  Right.

Cancelled my meeting with the manager and didn't reschedule one.  No point, really.  Can't say anything that I might regret.  Or worse, I might break down?  Bleh.

Everyone says things will get better.  Luckily, I believe them.

Can't wait to go on vacation.  Which reminds me, I really should start getting that organized...

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Be safe

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Eamon Can Now Go To Heaven

At least I think that's how this Baptism thing works.

Great day with the family and friends for Eamon's celebration.  The boy was a good one!  Didn't cry when he got the water on him (funny aside:  our "bedtime routine" for him is to give him a bath, feed him, read him a book, and lay him down to sleep.  After he got the holy water on him, we sat back down at the pew.  I think something triggered something because he skipped the feeding and the reading, and went straight to sleep...lol).

Did have a snag with the catering guy coming 45 minutes late.  I was going to yell at him when he finally did come, but then when he offered some money off we weren't too upset.  And really, who am I kidding?  Since when am I a yelling kind of guy?  lol

After (and during) the party, I remembered why I don't like having them:  it's a lot of work!  But then again, if we don't do this for our son, who would we do this for?  Plus, our very generous family and friends lavished awesome gifts for our boy...we are very, very lucky; lucky indeed.

Thanks to all those who came out and those who sent their well-wishes because they couldn't come out

Saturday, August 06, 2011

My Father Is Funny (August 6, 2011 Edition)

Looking at Eamon, he said to us "so he has the bloodline of aristocracy.  Attila the Hun, no?"

Sharon:  "I have no idea what you mean"

Dad:  "oh right, Genghis Khan"

Sharon:  "?"

What I had to explain to Sharon after they left:  "he was talking about Eamon's Mongolian Birthmarks"

Sharon:  "ohhhhh...I still don't get it."

And not more than these moments do I realize where exactly I get my complex humour from

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Gonna be busy tomorrow...our boy is getting Baptized!

Friday, August 05, 2011

(In)Human(e) Resources

Well I aired out my grievances to HR, and as expected, they towed the company line.

You win some, you lose some.

In the end, this may actually turn out to be a win, though.

On to the next one...

Woke Up, Found Things To Be Grateful For

-for having a good paying job to begin with
-my family and friends
-you.  Yes, you
-my sweet, sweet baby
-for having the life I have.  Sometimes I forget how lucky I really am

This is not the end of the world.  I will go through the channels that will allow me to express my concerns and grievances.   I still believe in myself and my abilities, and I know I've been cheated.  Is it worth it though?  Few things in life are.  This isn't one of them.  Sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some (as cheesy as it sounds). 

Spend a few days to be upset, but pick myself up and dust myself off and continue moving on. 

Here I go again with this song, but it's still great and fitting:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uVtmaIAm_U

Thursday, August 04, 2011

And The Career Questions Begin Again

So I received the surprising-but-not-really-all-things-considering news at work today that I did not get the job I applied for.  Oh, and it went to a candidate that had less experience than me, less (in my opinion) knowledge than me and less people skills than me.  Not that you need that stuff or anything, apparently.

I am angry, but I think it's only because it's my pride that has been damaged.  And I'm going to try to raise at least a little bit of hell without burning any bridges.

In the short term, I know I dodged a bullet working with an imbecilic, ignorant manager.  But in the long term, I fear it may have damaged my career.

For the most part, I enjoy my job.  It gives me a good work/life balance.

But just like other things in life, it leaves me question:  is this as good as it gets?  Is there more out there for me?

I need to win the lottery already

When Will I Learn? (Popcorn Edition)

If you eat a lot of freshly popped popcorn before you go to bed, you will wake up sluggish the next morning.  Dang oil.

Time to git up and running (speaking of which, when was the last time I ran?)...last day before the long weekend again what

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I Guess I'm Not That Young Anymore

Or healthy.  Whateves.

Played about 2 hours of pickup ball.  Knees are doing better since I got the knee braces, but my body as a whole has seen better days.  But whateves, I enjoy

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My boy!  He's getting pretty good at this sleeping thing.  I hope I just didn't jinx it.  I love that guy

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Gotta really step on it with the bachelor party planning

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Get At It

It's Tuesday, and it's a short work week (extra short as I have Friday off too).


Time to step up my game again at work and go hard with the inspections

Monday, August 01, 2011

It's A Honda Holiday!

Civic holiday, that is.  Tanks God for it.

So far Eamon has been taking this sleep training thing okay.  His Daddy even better...I slept through it all last night (thanks Bub!).

Let's hope he keeps at it