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New Intro Page

Well I finally got around to changing the main intro site, go have a look, you can now get to any of our blogs from there.


You Realize That He Knows

Hubby: you coming for a smoke?

Me: yup, just hang on

Hubby: I think I saw a little rain earlier today

me: no response

Hubby: Aliens landed in front of the doctors office today

me: no response

I was definitely busted for not paying attention when I got up and asked “so when did you see the rain at the doctors office today?”

Apparently he’s done this to me on a couple of occasions, note to self: pay more attention when hubby is talking!

So So SO Frustrating!!!!

Earlier today I spent at least two hours futzing around with a web design trying to get the stupid damn thing to do what I wanted it to, all to no avail. I finally gave up around dinner time. Five minutes ago I set out on the process again to show Slimes what it was doing wrong to see if he could help and the stupid fricking thing worked on the first frickin try. It looked exactly as I was trying to get it too look when I spent hours on it earlier. AAaarrrrggggghhhh!!!

Shower Tips

This my quick list of things to remember when you live in an apartment that uses a hot water heating system. I assume this only applies to older buildings but I could be wrong.

The Upside: For our building anyways the heat is included in our rent. The downside to this fact is that our building seems to be so well insulated that we rarely have to actually use the heaters in the winter, we seem to get enough radiant heat from our neighbors and the piping in the walls and ceiling.

The Downside: totally unpredictable showers and due to all the extra piping in the building, lots of clanging and clicking noises (more noticeable at night of course).

Here’s my list of stuff to remember when showering:

1. The actual temperature that you’re looking for is inversely proportional to the temperature that you’ll end up with no matter how much you fiddle with the damn knobs. This happens to me and Simon on a regular basis; if I get into the shower first I usually end up fighting to get it cool enough the whole time then not a second or two after I get out and Simon get in the temp will drop and he ends up fighting to keep it warm enough the whole time he’s in there.

2. During peak water usage time (7-9am and 5-7pm) you can only expect two temperatures, fricking hot or frickin cold which will usually be the opposite of what your looking for (see point one).

3. Turning the knobs to affect the water temperature doesn’t really affect the actual outcome. Ex. Turning down the hot to make the water colder will sometimes result the actual temperature going up. A lot of time it’s just easier to wait out whatever surge of cold/hot has just affected your shower.

4. When the hot is cranked and the cold is just about off (you can’t turn it all the way off because then it goes into scalding mode) and the water is still freezing cold a toilet flush will give you that minute or two of normal temp that your looking for.

5. A recent development this last week is once in a while the building decides that is just doesn’t want to give you any hot water at all, I mean nothing here. A nice precautionary step is to turn on the bathroom sink faucet just to double check that there is still some hot water circulating.

6. Finally the water system reserves with right to scald/freeze you anytime in deems necessary without warning, usually this will happen when rinsing conditioner out of your hair or have soap in your eyes resulting in it taking just a little bit longer to get to the shower head and point it in another direction.

One final note to all of you laughing at our lovely shower system and it’s nuttiness is that the one big upside is that we have yet to take a shower long enough to run out of hot water.

The Weekend with the Pool

We didn’t actually get there until about 10 on Friday night but we went in anyways, we quickly unpacked the car, scoped out where we were staying and then jumped right in. It was magnificent, we were in there the first night until about 2:00 AM just cooling off. We spent pretty much all weekend in the pool aside from food and bathroom breaks and a little bit of sleeping at night.

If you have access to a pool anywhere during this heat wave we’re experiencing then by all means take advantage.

My biggest dilemma this weekend was when I actually started to feel a little cold and couldn’t decide if I should stay in just because of the fact that I was in a pool or get out for a bit and warm up (this was mostly a late evening issue).


Pool, Yeeessss!!!!!

Simon and I shall be partaking in the comforts of a pool this weekend, I’m so excited. I plan on spending every possible moment I can in it.

Note to our offline friends: Give us a call if you’d like to come and join as we’re allowed to invite a few people to come and join us.

Marley & Me

A lot has been written about this story, for example here, here and here (all worth reading) so I’ll just give my feelings on it and not get into the book itself. I LOVED this book, this is the quintessential book for all dog lovers out there looking for a feel good book to dive into. I stayed up until about 5:00 AM last night finishing it and I bawled for at least the last two to three chapters. Once I got the point where I knew the end of the book was coming I made a point of getting out of bed to get some Kleenex because I knew I was going to need it. I think at one point I was even bawling so hard that breathing started to become an issue (had to put the book down and get a hold of myself).

Go now get this book, read it.

Oh and speaking of books to movies I found out today that fox has bought the rights to turn it into a movie, I shall be there to see that with Kleenexes in hand. Maybe I’ll wait until it comes to video so as not to embarrass myself in public, we’ll see.

Today’s Book: I started reading Break no Bones by Kathy Reichs, another one of my favorite authors.

A Funk in the Web

Has anyone else noticed a not quite noticeable but still there general glitching of the internet the last week or so. I don’t think it’s our ISP as it seems to be affecting a number of systems. I think it started either late last week or early this week. The first problem I remember was with Typepad, people weren’t able to leave comments and some people weren’t able to write posts for a day. That was followered earlier this week when went down for a day or so (Simon had no access to his bookmarks). Yesterday flickr was down for most of the day and now this evening neither me or Simon are able to access our blogs. I’m writing this in Word right now because I’m not able to log into my blog on our server, which tells me it’s the server is hosted on and not Shaw. I also saw a small glitch with feedburner today wherein I wasn’t able to read a couple of the post from one of my feeds. It’s very strange, almost like a major server has gone down somewhere and it’s bottlenecking net traffic all over the place. Has anyone else noticed this or is it just us?

Book vs. Movie First

During Aline’s recent visit we got onto the topic of books and she recommended Stephen King Desperation to me which led us into the discussion of which is better reading the book or watching the movie adaptation of the book first. I’m a firm believer in reading the book and then watching the movie. The books are always a lot more detailed and I find that knowing the background of what’s been left out of the movie will either make it a better movie for me or I just won’t like it at all, a lot of that depends on the take of the movie and how close it comes to how I pictured the scenarios in my head as I was reading the book. The main reason I stick by my book first rule is that I tend to think that if I know the ending by way of the movie I won’t have as much of an interest in reading/finishing the book. I know the same can be said for seeing the movie first and then reading the book and getting those extra glimpses into the stuff that was left out of the movie. I know Aline’s thinking on this subject is completely opposite from mine and we tossed it back and forth a bit while she was here but for now I’m sticking with book first.

I was going to talk about a few book/movie comparisons but the only ones I can think of that I’ve seen recently are Stephen King ones, maybe we’ll just go with that anyways. The big movies that came out from Stephen King recently (well not that recent I suppose) were The Green Mile and Dreamcatcher. Both were done really well but I still think that it helped to have read to book before hand. I felt it give a better understanding of the little things that are going on and a bit more of an insight into what the characters are thinking/feeling which is something that has a tendency to be lacking in book to movie adaptations. When I was reading Dreamcatcher I had no idea that there would be a movie coming out so it was actually quite a while before I got to see the movie and I had actually forgotten a lot of the little things so that may have actually added to my enjoyment of the movie as I wasn’t constantly comparing it to the book.

I just thought of two others that aren’t Stephen King, woohoo. The first one is the movie Christmas with the Cranks which was an adaptation of the John Grisham story Skipping Christmas. I though both the book and the movie were good. It was a cute little Christmas story and I enjoyed both versions. The last one I thought of was James Patterson’s Along Came A Spider. It’s been a while since I had either watched the movie or read the book and even though the James Patterson Alex Cross series is one of my favorite series out there I don’t really remember how the movie compared to the book. What I do know is that Simon hated the movie, he though it was horrible compared to the book and left out a lot of the story that was key to the development of the antagonist, and of course he mentions that any chance he can.

Last night I finished reading Desperation and today I just started watching the movie. So far I’m impressed but I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that it’s a Stephen King story and they’re usually pretty well done from what I’ve seen. Of course I’m only about 20 minutes into it when I had the inspiration for this post so I’ll let you know what I think after I’m done.

There’s been a number of movies over that year that I’ve watched after reading the book and in general they’re not bad, some really suck, but I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a movie that was better than the book. For now I’m sticking with book first until I’m convinced otherwise. On a side-note I’m really looking forward to The DaVinci code as that was an awesome book (all of Dan Brown’s books were awesome).

I also want to start something with my blog that I’m going to start adding to the end of posts. It may last, it may not we’ll see how it goes. Alright considering I’m always reading something I’m going to be quickly mentioning at the end of my posts which book I’m reading.

My Current Book: Marley & Me by John Grogan – Awesome story so far. I’m just over half way through and there’s already been a few teary moments, something that I don’t do a lot of with books, but it is the story of a Yellow Lab so that alway gets me going. Of course I did cry at the end of the Desperation book, I won’t tell you why just in case you plan on reading it.

One more thing to add – I just started back into the movie and realized that one things that books don’t have is the well timed and appropriately placed soundtrack.


Set about to play around in photoshop today and came up with some interesting results, not in a good way though.

First there was the all black summer day:


Then we had it snowing at VanDusen:


This is of course the original:


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