Friday, September 30, 2011

Song Time

Feeling this song thanks to CBC Radio 2: 

Also feeling this song since I saw it on TV in Philly:

Pad Thai? More Like Dammit Thai

So on what must be my 9th attempt, I cannot  for the life of me get this damn Pad Thai recipe down.  Unsurprisingly, I threw the recipe away.  More unsurprisingly, I'm blaming the recipe as opposed to my, you know, lack of ability.

And now I feel bloated.

(didn't help eating all that ras malai after the meal)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Day I Almost...

...bought a car just like that.

Wtf?  I know.

But a deal on a 2008 Civic came by, and I was seriously contemplating getting it.  I even called my insurance company to see how much it would cost.

Only caveat was that I would have to buy it by tomorrow, as the person would be buying their new car tomorrow.

In the end, I just couldn't be compulsive like that.  And I don't think I'm ready to let go of my car yet (as I would have to sell it, which is a whole other can of worms).

(Just planning for the future, in case there is another child in the future.  Or something.  Again, that's a whole other can of worms)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Day In Which I Learn...

...that perhaps maybe I care about my job a little too much (also perhaps the day I found out that the place I work at is a joke.  Or at least the people treat it as a joke).

So my friend Kats told me that throughout the Health Department, specifically for our program area, that there has only been about 20 tickets issued.  There are about 40 inspectors Region-wide.

I account for 11 of those tickets being served.  Seriously?  I mean, seriously?!?  What have the other PHIs been doing?

And in the doesn't matter anyway.  At least, that's how I feel.

Well whatever, as long as I know I'm doing my job right.  I guess

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


So it was quite painful today playing ball.  It felt like I got punched on my thighs about a dozen times.  Hard.

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Had a team meeting today.  I like my team.  I'm beginning to let go of all my anger with the whole soap opera the past few months and am starting to enjoy the people again.  I'm also accepting of my place at work; especially since it's made me realize I've lost the passion for it and am now going to try my hardest to actively pursue things outside of my everyday work.

Let's hope

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Lunch with the BFF today for the first time in a while.  It sucks that things are getting a little awkward, but such is life.  I'm still hoping for her.  She will be wonderful and she deserves it...if only the fates allow her

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Don't be embarrassed.  You'd do the same for me, and more

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sor(e)t Of

It's the day after the race, and luckily the only thing sore are my shoulders and quads.  Shoulders?  I guess I'm too tense when I run.  That or I'm holding up my shirt with my elbows because I'm too hot (and I want that sports-bra look).  I really should remember to dress more appropriately.

Monday!  Time to git it

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stand By My Platform

Yee-uh!  Completed the platform for the fireplace.  Of course it took me much longer than I would have hoped for, but, well, since when do I do anything regarding renovations fast?  I'm happy I got it level.

(It should be fine, but I'm worried though that my gas guy will tell me that it doesn't pass the minimum distance requirements to the walls.  Well, we'll see.  Yikes.  Speaking of which, he was supposed to come today but he was a no-show.  That's another thing I'm worried about)

You Can Do...(Wait, Pee First)...It!

So I did the Oakville 10km race this morning with Argay and Wiles.

I wasn't expecting to do well, all things considering, but I did something I've never done before during a race:  I stopped for a pee break.  Seriously, what the heck?  And it wasn't just a pee break, it was a long pee break.  I must've drank a lot of liquids.

I knew I should've went before the race, but I thought I wouldn't have enough time.  At the time I went to the portapotty, Ian was ahead of me.  I knew when I got out I wouldn't catch him, but Arvin was behind me.  Sure enough, there he was when I got out (at the 4 km mark).

I spent the next 5.5 kms chasing after him, thinking, damn, he beat me.  And he also had these tights that of course we didn't stop making fun of him about; I spent 5.5 km staring at

But then something weird happened: I got a burst of energy with about 500 m left.  I ended up beating him by 2.6 seconds.  I think I officially caught up to him in our unofficial head-to-head match-ups (regardless of his claim that this race "doesn't count because it's not the Mississauga Marathon one").

Of course after he reads this, he's going to go on some crazy training regiment.  I KNOW YOUR PLAN.

(Ian beating us doesn't count because he has nothing else to do up in Newcastle except run.  So there.)

Anywho, I'm hurting a bit right now, and of course I have that whole "I'm going to train harder for the next race" thing going on.  I even just signed up for the Mississauga Marathon 10k run just now.  (Really, who am I kidding?)

I also have a 5k race next month.  This should be interesting

Saturday, September 24, 2011

This Is The Way To Train For A Race!

So it's the Oakville 10km run tomorrow.  I didn't exactly train at all.

So logically, I eat at a buffet at a Thai Restaurant the day before.  Naturally.

I blame Arvin for this one.  Him and Feli were going before we picked up our race kits, so Sharon and I joined.   Ugh.  I guess I could've stopped at the fourth plate...

Nevertheless, it was yummy.

We then went to pick up the race kit and saw Jools and Dang there.  I wonder what it's like to own your own company.  Hopefully one of these days I will?

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Went to Eamon's swimming lesson this morning.  His instructor, while really nice, decided to not opt for a bikini wax/shave.  It was quite distracting, and not in the sexy way.  The hair was as long as my armpit hair!  Yikes

Friday, September 23, 2011

Day Caring

So we started our search for a day care for the boy by going to the first one today to "check it out" (day off what!).

Holy crap my boy is getting older :(

I'm listening to him now scream and wail because he doesn't want to go to bed.  I think he's teething.  Yeah, seriously...older...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sewage Is Always Greener On The Other Side

So I went on a job shadow today with an Environmental Waste Control Inspector.  It was actually pretty fun...I went to the Pratt & Whitney jet engine plant and saw some cool jet engines.  Then I got to thinking about what it would be like working in the private sector.  Heck, I also got to thinking about what it would be like being an Environmental Waste Control Inspector.

Looks like I'm dreaming pretty hardcore about this whole career change thing.  Yikes

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Buh Got PIlipinoed

Work.  Blah.

JulesBuh came over to hang out with Eamon after work.  Made her a "Filipino Meal":  fried hot dogs, egg and garlic fried rice.  I'm thinking she has indigestion right about now.

How the hell do Filipino's live past 50 years of age?  Seriously, the diet is horrendous.

(but I liked the meal, of

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Sometimes when you look back, nothing looks familiar and you get freaked out and scared and think you made wrong decisions.  But the reality is, you've gone so far, you can't see how bad it was in the first place.

You don't need to know where you're going, you just need to keep moving forward.

See the forest from the trees

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Love Your Home, Hate Your Wallet

So part of the fireplace install involves getting my chimney capped.  Called up a guy who would do that, along with some brick pointing.

I can do this myself and save some major $$$, right?

I mean, a two story fall isn't that bad, right?

< crickets >

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Watched the show New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel.  Yeah...looks like I found my new Rory (unsuprisingly, they both look very similar)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Boom, Wall

So I went to go play ball in the evening today (after playing in the morning as well).  I ran out of energy.  Never felt that tired playing ball before.  Sigh.  Oldness sucks.

Gotta get at it again tomorrow morning...I have a 10km race this Sunday.


Sunday, September 18, 2011


That's the words I was saying to myself as I attempted to use concrete for the first time in my life.

Lo and behold, I've actually resumed some work on the fireplace today.  I decided to make a cement podium to level out where the fireplace will sit.

I'm not exactly sure how this is going to turn out.  Should be interesting.

And by interesting I mean frustrating and expensive.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tanks Gawd Tomorrow Is Sunday, The Day Of Rest

So it was a pretty busy day today:

-woke up early cause I had to do some inspections at the Brampton Farmer's Market.  Freezing cold in the morning to the point that my fingers were numb.  But all in all, it was a good inspection day (in that there were no big problems).  I also purchased a lot of food (of course), which would just be the beginning of the eating for the day

-went to Lowes to return the extra sealer.  Spent extra time in contracting juices are starting to flow again

-came home, left right away for Heartland with Bubs and bubs.  Got a bow tie for Nadal's wedding in November.  I'm just trying something out here

-went to Kim's uncle's home in Rexdale for Michael's birthday party.  It was a very nicely renovated sidesplit with what seemed to be the biggest backyard I've ever seen.  Started my renovating juices flowing even more.  They also had some of the best food ever... I mean, chicken?  Steak?  Crazy desserts?  My heart is hating me right now, but my mouth is more than happy.  Oh, also saw my Best Man there, even though it's been more than a few months (maybe even a year) since I saw the guy.  I of course just pretended and acted the same.  Life is funny sometimes

Now I'm tired.  I really should get some sleep, cause who knows what tomorrow will bring

Friday, September 16, 2011

Okay, Maybe I Took This Extreme Couponing/Hoarding Thing Too Far Today

So we ended up at Dixie Mall.

I saw my Reebok Zigtech basketball shoes onsale for $59.99 plus 25% off at the Foot Locker.  So of course...I bought two.  But at least now I don't have to buy basketball shoes for the next few years!  (Right?!?)

And then I went to Crappy Tire to get gutter protectors that were on-sale after the incident I had earlier this year (leaves blocking up the gutter).  Of course since they were on sale, I had to buy more than was necessary as I'm "thinking ahead" for when I build my shed.

Seriously, I think I have a problem.  But it was all good deals!  Really!

Lawdhavemercy if I don't save enough money for Eamon to go to University...

(dramatic much am I?)


Extreme Couponing/Hoarding

So I became one of those this morning.

But I couldn't help it!  (I could've if I didn't go like I was originally planning.  But let's not think about that).

Sharon informed me that there were "good sales" at the Walmart Anniversary sale and that he was going at 7:00am because we had to get cheap boxes of diapers.

So I went.  And saw all sorts of crazy deals!

Omega-3's on sale for less than half the price.  Boom...bought 6.

Vitamin D's on sale for less than half the price.  Boom...bought 6.

Deodorant on sale.  Boom...bought 6.

Large-sized toilet bowl cleaner on sale.  Boom...bought 2.

Batteries, chips, mouthwash, etc.

This is the part of the post where Arvin will make fun of my hoarding ways.  Yes, I did buy a lot of the same except in different colours.  I don't care!

I got problems

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What Goes Around Comes Around, Teef Edition

So I went to do a pool inspection yesterday, and I met one of the managers.  She just came back from lunch, and she had food stuck in her teeth.  I found it quite humourous (I did not mention anything to her).

Today at the end of the day, I got to my car, and lo and behold, there was food stuck in my teeth. I'm pretty sure people saw it.  I find it humourous though, not embarrassing.

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Am taking a writer's workshop for PHIs (mandatory as directed by Management).  They started talking about verbs/action nouns/active nouns...yeah, needless to say I was lost.  I mean, I don't ever recalling learning this in elementary/high school!

Paraphrasing what my admin clerk said (she a graduate of English from U of T):  "everyone here graduated from Ryerson.  Everyone writes crappy.  You're going to need way more than two days in a workshop to improve the writing of everyone."  Funny because it's true

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What Exactly Are You Trying To Prove?

...would be what the less diligent PHIs would say.  Perhaps.

Was a crazy, crappy day which involved:  issuing a conditional pass after throwing upwards of $1000 worth of food; issued tickets to a place; closed a pool; had quasi-conversation with manager that turned me down for position ("Want to talk about the interview?" "No.  There is nothing that can be said that will make me any less upset."  Wow  Oh, and I had lunch at 3:45pm because of all the craziness of the day.  For serious.

That's just the way work goes sometimes.  Yet, I think that not everyone goes through the same thing I do because I'm just self-absorbed enough to think that I just care a lot more about my job than others.  Which may be true, but it begs the question:  what exactly are you trying to prove?


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Thoughts and feelings look good shown, but they remain in my mind and my heart forever even if they become hidden forever due to circumstances beyond your control.

Never stop fighting and never stop believing

Doing The Right Thing Feels Weird

So I guess my body was asking for some sleep.  I usually, you know, don't listen to my body.

Last night, I actually listened to it.  I went to bed at 9:30pm (wtf?).

I mean, I still woke up a few times, but I guess the point is that I got some rest.

I suppose getting rest also gives you some weird dreams.  The one I had last night involved having to go on a road trip with the entire family to Salt Lake City, Utah right after watching a "Legends of the WWF" wrestling match (where the wrestler, Shawn Michaels, wanted to go with us on the road trip).  Oh, and in the dream my mother caught me smoking, because apparently I'm a smoker, but my cousin Princess said it's okay because I'm on vacation.  Hmmmm....I think I should just go back to not sleeping as much

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Mistake: Reading The Comments Sections On Newspaper Sites

I've got this obsession with reading the (often bigoted and ignorant) comments section on The Star website (and the The Sun website -- I know...The Sun?  Apparently I do want to kill my brain cells).

They are discouraging me from following my aspirations towards a new career (whatever that may be) because I'm feeling like I shouldn't leave this "cushy job".  It's all "the sky is falling" while reading the comments (and articles, in the case of The Sun).

I've got to find a new hobby and I have to continue to believe in my (rather recent) dreams

Career Thoughts

Had a burst of motivation to look into career alternatives last night.  I think I don't have any choice but to go back to school.

Hope I can ride the wave to complete fruition?

This should be interesting

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Google/youtube is great.  I don't know how I would ever get the lingering thoughts of "what song was that?" without these great tools

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's Been 8 Years Lola...

...I still haven't forgotten you and I never will.

I'm sorry I don't visit as much, but you're always in my heart and in my mind.

10 years ago, I was home alone with you watching the events unfold in New York City.  I'll always remember your "tsk tsk tsk" while watching the news.

These are some of the things I'll never forget on this day

Like Father Like Son...Crap

The boy will not take breastmilk from a bottle.  His face is akin to eating a lemon when he realizes what liquid is coming out of that bottle.  Then he flat out rejects it.

Then in a later attempt to patronize his father, he withdraws the liquid from the vessel, only to have it dribble out of his mouth completely.

He only wants fresh food.  He's not even six months old and he already knows what he wants?!?  Lawdhavemercy.

That's my boy

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I Stopped My Boy From Growing...

...his hair.

First haircut for Eamon by Barber Arvin.  Looks good except for that one bald spot (Eamon has more than a few).  He looks older now.

As in old like a middle-aged Indian man with a bad combover.

I told Sharon I didn't want him to get a haircut yet.  Mind you, it's more than likely because of I'm way too emotional and I don't want my baby to grow up yet.


(holy dramatic)

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Picked up the freezer this morning.  I truly am living a suburban life

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Sealed the driveway this afternoon.  I don't know how it is going to turn out, but man, all I'm thinking now is that I want a crushed gravel

(Wait, holy crap, I really AM living a suburban life.  Not that I'm surprised or anything.  I might even like it...)

Friday, September 09, 2011

Remember This Song?

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Going to buy a second-hand freezer tomorrow, only to find parents are looking to give away theirs.  After I already committed to buying this one.  Damn!

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Seriously, these Zigtech shoes are making me win.  I'm confused with this thing which is the opposite of losing

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Work Is Cramping My Time

Seriously.  I want to do so much other things, but I "waste" my time at work.  lol.

I'm happy I have a job and all, but is this all there is?  I sometimes feel like a career change is in order, but what will I do?  That's the question that's been haunting me for the past few years

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Well that was fun.  I could do that just all the time in my dreamworld

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The shoes are still making me a believer.  I wons again this morning.  Yee-uh!

Deep Freeze

Arranged a deal for a used chest freezer...yee-uh*!  

Dr. Oetker?  You are going to have a new penultimate place to stay before you reach our final destination in our stomachs

*being excited about getting a chest life is exciting

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Zig A Zig Ahhhhh

So I haven't won in my regular basketball games for what seems like the longest time.  This morning, I won.  The difference, it would seem?  The shoes.  The shoes?  It's gotta be the shoes!

I diverged from my normal Nike purchases and during the trip to Chicago I got some Reebok Zigtech's because they were the most comfortable shoes right out of the box (no break-in necessary).  I am pleasantly -- no -- very pleasantly impressed with the performance of them.

Looks like I found the shoes I'll be purchasing in the future when this one wears down.

Yes, I believe the hype.

Yes, it was more than just likely luck that I won.

I don't care...I haven't won a lot recently.  I'm taking this one


Shake, shake...shake it's hump day already!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

I Missed You Saw

My FIL asked me to cut some hardwood for him lengthwise.  I haven't used my tablesaw for a while.

I missed it.

Gotta start using my tools again...

The Let's Go First Day Back To Work Edition


Refocus and do it.

Damn cough and sore throat though...crapping dangit, hate it when I get sick

Monday, September 05, 2011

Long Road Back To Halfway To Respectability

Went for a 5km jog.  Realized a few things are catching up to me:  the food I ate this past week, the lack of exercise, and well, my age.  Gotta get my mind straight and focus.

And back to real reality tomorrow for work.  I can do this.



Sunday, September 04, 2011

Well That Was A Doozy Of A Trip

Great times (for my stomach) in Chicago yet again.  Spent time with the fam, ate lots (and I mean lots) of food I shouldn't be eating every day, let alone every meal, bought a suit and a couple pairs of shoes, and it was our first trip with Eamon (who was a champ throughout it all).

Back to reality, as I always say.  But it's good to be back to reality nowadays.  Especially since reality now involves me getting my act together and getting back healthy(er).  I have a race near the end of this month, and my arteries and aortic valve is still working on forgiving me