31 March, 2010

Life Lessons...


Today is my birthday and with birthdays come reflections - reflections of where I’m at in life and where I want to be in the next year or so.   
Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way…
I’ve learned – every day should be lived like it’s happy hour.
I’ve learned – to laugh often, at both myself and others.
I’ve learned – not to take things too personally because some people are just asses.
I’ve learned – you should always follow through on a dare – at least once in your lifetime or until such time as you get caught.
I’ve learned – some people won’t be there for you when you think they should be.  It’s these disappointments that make us stronger.
I’ve learned – what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
I’ve learned – swearing can be good for your mental health.
I’ve learned – I’m my own best friend.  I have to be – my real friends are crazy.
I've learned - if you lick a light pole in the winter, in Canada, your tongue will stick to it.
I’ve learned – my family may love me, but sometimes they can be a pain in the ass.
I’ve learned – to say NO and not feel guilty about it, when to pick my battles and when is the best time to simply walk away.

30 March, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts...


It’s a short week for most here in Canada – thanks to a holiday on Friday (aka Good Friday).  Thank goodness for small miracles.
I really need to win the lottery.  I could do so much good with a lottery win and I might just help a few people along the way too…
I took two books on holidays with me, but didn’t pick either of them up the whole time.  Instead, I chose to rot my mind with the latest editions of People, Us Weekly and The World Weekly News.  Don’t judge – everyone should know how to tell if they’ve been abducted by aliens…
Spending 30 minutes on hold listening to muzak is enough to send even the sanest person over the edge.  I’m sure of it. 
Last week while on holidays, I watched the new A&E series with Kirstie Alley – Kirstie Alley’s Big Life.  I liked it.  She is a funny lady.   I also watched Gene Simmons Family Jewels – also a very funny show.  I've been missing so much.  God Bless America and HBO…
My friend and her husband have taken up curling and that’s all she talks about.  I wish I could share her enthusiasm for it, but I don’t and I can’t even pretend to.  I’d much rather watch paint dry.
For more randomness, please be sure to visit The Un Mom and she’ll hook you up with plenty of other bloggers and their random thoughts…

29 March, 2010

Why?


Why can’t every day feel like a holiday?
Why can’t every day have a $2 happy hour?
Why can’t every day - be a day spent at the beach?
I’m back at work.  Am I happy about it?  No.
On my commute into work this morning, I had an overwhelming urge to turn my car around and simply drive back home and go back to bed. 
I was prepared to tempt fate.  I doubt I would be fired for one day of truancy, but secretly hoped that I would be. 
Of course, I would be devastated to be unemployed, but it might just be the kick in the pants I need to motivate me to do something else with my life.   Don’t get me wrong, I don’t WANT it to happen but I’m just saying…if it did…it might not be such a bad thing.

22 March, 2010

Day 2 - Rincon, Puerto Rico

Another great day in Puerto Rico.  I am destined to live on a  Caribbean Island and that is that.  So much sand, surf and sun, my senses are in overload.  Life is meant to be lived like it's happy hour...

No whales were spotted on the beach today, but I did see another first....a woman in a thong with butt cheek implants.  Yes, ass implants.  I couldn't believe  it - it was like honey dew melons had been implanted in her ass cheeks.  J actually called her bubble butt...fitting I suppose.

Just when you thought you've see it all - you see more...more than you can ever imagine.





21 March, 2010

Day 1 - Rincon, Puertco Rico

It was a great first day.  The pictures will follow eventually...hopefully if J gets around to sharing them with me.

We spent our first day at a beach called Domes here in Rincon.   Domes gets its name from the abandoned nuclear reactor dome that sits adjacent to the beach.  Who knew that getting a tan will most likely allow me to glow in the dark as well...

Anyhow, Rincon is the surfing capital of the Caribbean, so needless to say the beach was a busy place for surfers and watchers alike.  It had a very bohemian, laid back, friendly feel to it.  It was nice and tranquil.

We also had the opportunity to see 2 humpback whales surface not too far from shore.  We were able to watch them for over 30 minutes - swimming along, not a care in the world.  It was an AWESOME sight!

Not so awesome are the drivers here in Puerto Rico.  To put it mildly - they are slightly insane.  I am not a timid driver by any means, but these people scare the shit out of me.  Within 5 minutes of leaving the airport yesterday, we were almost side-swiped.  Good thing I have cat like reflexes...or nine lives....  I'm wise to them now.

Tomorrow is another day at the beach...







19 March, 2010

Happy Fryday...

Sorry for my absence as of late.  I've been too busy actually having to work that I haven't had time to participate in activities I want to do - like blogging and now, I'm getting ready to leave for holidays, so this will be a quickie.

I'm taking my laptop with me, so I hope to be able write a few posts from Puerto Rico and perhaps J will share a few photos with me.  Until then, I leave you with this.... 

Happy Fryday...




16 March, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts...Rum, Rum, Rum


  • I can’t believe Tuesday is here again already.  Where the hell did last week go?  I don’t really care since I’m going to be on holidays in 2.5 days.
  • Puerto Rico here I come.  I’m pretty excited about visiting Puerto Rico – it will be my first time.  Ummm, well technically my second time in Puerto Rico, but this time I’ll actually be able to leave the airport.  So, I’m counting it as the first time.
  •  The last time I was in the Puerto Rican airport, I purchased a hat and as a bonus, it came with two bottles of Cruzan rum!  I KNOW, most times it’s the other way around…but I swear the rum was the bonus gift.  I still have that hat.  The rum…well, not so much.
  • If you haven’t experienced the wonders of Cruzan banana rum (or coconut rum or raspberry rum or orange rum) – you just haven’t lived life to the fullest.  It’s good with any type of juice, beverage, water or taken straight up…your choice.  May I suggest – Sunny D California flavor?
  • I also saw the largest seeing-eye dog ever on my last visit to the airport in Puerto Rico – it was a Great Dane.  The thing was enormous and I swear it stood at least 4 feet tall.  I was a little concerned when the man decided to head into the duty free store with the dog.  All I kept thinking was “thank god it’s not wagging its tail or all that rum breakable stuff doesn’t stand a chance”.
  • I plan on trying my hand at either surfing or boogie boarding while I’m in Puerto Rico.  I’m leaning towards boogie boarding.  I figure I stand more of a chance of staying on the boogie board than I do a surf board.  Either way, I’m not going to look graceful doing it…
  • I haven’t pre-tanned this time around.  I know, I know “those things will cause cancer”.  Having said that, I’m horribly white and pasty and am afraid that I will offend the locals.  Maybe some tan-in-a-can is in order?  What’s a better look – white and pasty or radiation poisoning orange?
 
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15 March, 2010

Boat Drinks


It’s only 3.5 more days until I’m bound for a sunnier destination. 
I’m pretty stoked about my upcoming week of sand and surf, but then again I’m always excited about going away.  I think I was a nomad in a previous life.  I love going places, seeing different things and experiencing different cultures.  I like the thrill of the unknown…
I tend to get restless easily and despise winter.  I crave warmth and sunshine, so this vacation seems long overdue.   It’s not, but it seems that way.  Normally, I can only make it until early February before I snap and NEED to hop a plane to somewhere.   Seriously - normally, I would be in full meltdown mode by now, but this time it’s different – my Canadian winter has been more manageable than they have been in the past. 
Thank you Mother Nature.  I thank you.  My boss and co-workers thank you and most of all - my family thanks you.
On that note, I leave you with the lyrics from a song by Jimmy Buffett - Boat Drinks, which I’ve had stuck in my head for 3 days:
Boat Drinks
Boys in the band ordered boat drinks
Visitors scored on the home rink
Everything seems to be wrong

Lately, newspaper mentioned cheap air fare
I gotta to fly to saint somewhere
I’m close to bodily harm

Twenty degrees and the hockey games on
Nobody cares they are way too far gone
Screamin boat drinks, something to keep em all warm

This mornin, I shot six holes in my freezer
I think I got cabin fever
Somebody sound the alarm

I’d like to go where the pace of life’s slow
Could you beam me somewhere Mr. Scott?
Any ol place here on earth or in space
You pick the century and I'll pick the spot

Oh I know, (I know)
I should be leaving this climate
I got a verse but can't rhyme it
I gotta go where it's warm

Boat drinks
Waitress I need two more boat drinks
Then I’m headin south fore my dream shrinks

I gotta go where it's warm (I gotta go where it's warm)
I gotta go where it's warm (I gotta go where it's warm)
I gotta go where it's warm!

I gotta go where there ain’t any snow
Where there ain’t any blow
Cause my fin sinks so low
I gotta go where it's warm

12 March, 2010

Turkeys and Beavers...


Thanks goodness today is Friday and the weekend is merely hours away. 
It’s been an odd week on more than one front – at the beginning of the week, I was bored out of my tree and then yesterday, I had to work overtime.   I’m not complaining - it was nice to be busy for a change. 
As I mentioned in an earlier post this week, I’ve been suffering from some sort of seasonal allergies.  When I wake up in the morning, my eyes feel like I’ve been drinking tequila the night before and once I’m able to pry them open, they start to water uncontrollably.  I haven’t been able to wear mascara for days…it’s that bad.  My co-workers seriously think I’m going through some sort of “marital” issue…
Anyhow, the weeping and oozing usually lasts until the allergy meds kick in – usually a couple of hours.  As you can imagine this impairment is affecting my vision and I think the meds are starting to make me hallucinate. 
This morning, I was about 10 minutes into my drive and when I spot something on the side of the road.  It’s almost Spring, so my first thoughts are of roadkill…most likely a skunk.   As I get closer, I realize the thing is way too big to be a skunk.  As I get right beside it - it makes a dash across the road, but its depth perception is off because the thing runs into the side of my car.  I stop my car and I roll down my window.  At first I can’t figure out what it is and then it gets up and starts gobbling and runs off into the woods.   It was a freaking wild turkey!  A wild turkey just hit the side of my car and manages to get up and run away.   That’s some crazy shit…
I check my car – no damage.  I wipe the tears from my eyes and continue on my way.  At about the 30 minute mark, I notice something else in the middle of the road – it’s small this time and moving incredibly slowly.  I think to myself “what the hell now and what the hell is a turtle doing in the middle of the road in March?”   But to my surprise, it’s not a turtle, not a skunk, not a squirrel, not a turkey or cat.   As I’m squinting through the tears, I spot its tail and guess what?  It was a beaver!
Normally beavers are not found as far south as I travel, but there is no other explanation.  Well there might be one or two… I wasn’t wearing my glasses and I couldn’t see worth shit, but other than those two minor details – I swear to God, it was a beaver!

Only in Canada folks…

10 March, 2010

Q&A With Myself...


Today is an anniversary of sorts…
Today marks my 2nd anniversary at my current place of employment.   Over the last 2 years, I’ve had some  a lot of spare time to reflect upon the career path that I’ve chosen and what wrong turns have lead me to the cube where I sit today.
I’m not happy with some of the choices I’ve made, but I’m not going to dwell on those – life’s too short.   Each wrong turn has led me to something different, some new experience.   I’ve met some great people, others that aren’t so great and those who should be forgotten, but sadly are etched upon my soul. 
I’ve learned some things along the way and have laughed at myself and others while doing whatever it is that I do.   I question whether I should have become a sell out and an ass kisser, but realize that I just don’t have what it takes.  I like being able to hold my head high and know that I’ve gotten to where I am in life by being honest – with myself and others.
Here is an excerpt of a conversation I had with myself this morning …

So, today is your anniversary.  How do you feel about that?
Well, it sort of sucks.  I thought I’d be at a different place in my career by now.   At least the sun is shining.
Is it the worst place you’ve worked? 
Certainly not.  You know the shit we’ve put up with.
Is it the best place you’ve worked? 
Certainly not, but it could be if corporate management just tried a little harder.  Geesh!
Do you see yourself being there in another 2 years? 
Most likely, I would say yes.  However, I hope not.  I can’t imagine be able to withstand the mind-numbing boredom I face on a daily basis for another 2 years.
Where would you like to see yourself in 2 years?  
The hallucinogenic side of me says - “living an independently wealthy lifestyle on a Caribbean island”.   The realistic side of me says - “bitching and blogging about the fact that I’ve been here 4 years and have nothing to show for it”.   I’m really rooting for a lottery win…
What do you like most about this place? 
Hmmm, the ping pong table is pretty fun and the beer keg in the lunchroom puts a smile on my face. 
What do you dislike most about this place? 
Being @$%^& bored out of my mind 99.8% of the time.  I also dislike the cube dweller that occupies the cube beside me.  She’s a lazy, dumb ass.
If you are that unhappy, why don’t you quit?  
I will in good time.  Apparently, good things come to those who wait… and wait… and wait…
Have you thought about a career change?
Yes – every friggin day.   I’m working on a few creative ideas right now and only time will tell where they lead.  I’ll keep you posted on how they work out.
Is your boss planning anything special for your anniversary?
God I hope not.  There is nothing more awkward than sitting through lunch, making idle chit chat with someone that doesn’t give a rat’s ass about you (or you about them).  If I could hope for something though - I would hope for a nice severance package.
So what’s for lunch? 
I’m thinking a meatball sub would make us feel better…

Really folks, it’s not like I have a horrible job.  It’s just not a GREAT job – those just seem to elude me…

09 March, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts...


 

  • Does anyone else think Dancing With The Stars is scraping the bottom of the barrel with their choices of “Stars” for this upcoming season?  Not that I watch the show to begin with, but now that Kate Gosselin and Pamela Anderson are appearing, I won’t be tuning in anytime soon – not even out of morbid curiosity to see which bimbo gets the boot first.   And what are they thinking putting Buzz Aldrin on the show?  I know he is a great American icon, but let’s leave it at that…
  • I haven’t seen the movie Avatar, so I can’t speak with any great authority, but I’m glad it didn’t win any of the major Oscar awards.  James Cameron may be Canadian, so you’d think I would have been rooting for him, but he is also the same man that brought us Titanic and that I cannot EVER forgive him for.
  • Work is extremely boring these days.  More so than usual.  Maybe it’s the in between seasonal weather or maybe it’s my co-workers that are boring me…either way – I’m bored.
  • My son didn’t get early acceptance into his #1 college program choice.  All is not lost, as he did get into his 2nd and 3rd choices.   The reason – “his Grade 11 English marks did not meet the level required for early acceptance”.   He hasn’t lost hope altogether though, as the college is waiting for his Grade 12 midterm English mark to see if he’ll qualify for late acceptance.  It’s been a bit of an eye-opener for him and a great life lesson.   As parents, we can only “badger” so much about the value of good grades and now, the lesson has been learned. 
  • You’d be happy to know that with my son - I took the high road and as much as I wanted to, I did not say “I told you so.”  There’s enough salt in the wounds…for now.  I’m such a great mom.
  • I’ve been suffering from some sort of allergy.  One can only assume it has something to do with the change of seasons.  I live in Canada and it’s not like the trees are blooming and the pollen is pollinating – at least not yet.  I’m blaming it on the fact that the sap has started running from the maple trees and it’s now “maple syrup season” in the Great White North.   I hate maple syrup, so it’s entirely possible that I could be allergic to that shit…
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08 March, 2010

Sexy Hot Tan...

I was busy catching up on some of my magazine subscription reading this weekend, when I happened upon these items featured in one of my scuba diving magazines.   

The marketing scheme worked - not only did I gaffaw out loud, but now I have to buy some.   It's not like I'm attracted to anything in a Speedo or Will Ferrel for that matter.  No, it's for a good cause and I'm sure you'd agree, we all need sunscreen.  Go here if you are interested in purchasing some too...

The proceeds from the sunblockers go to the Cancer for College’s Willpowered Scholarship Fund, and help pay for cancer survivors’ college educations.




05 March, 2010

Where Has The Time Gone?




I was cleaning up the hard drive from my old computer – trying to organize the zillions of photos that are stored in no particular order, when I came across this little gem.
I remember the day it was taken - the peaceful calm of the early morning hour, the stillness of a 6 year old boy – my 6 year old in contemplation of what his life or day may hold.  This is the same young boy that successfully got his “big boy” driver’s license on Wednesday. Time may fly, but this memory will stand still forever…

04 March, 2010

Astrological Genius...


I’m constantly baffled by horoscopes.  On one hand, I don’t know why I bother – it’s not like I totally believe them, but on the other hand, I’m drawn to them like a fly to wet paint.   
It’s a bit of an obsession and as I’ve mentioned here before, I trawl through the numerous horoscope listings for one that I feel best suits my mood, likes and dislikes for the day.  They all have their merits and sometimes, I prefer to choose a few good points from each to adopt the final piece as my guiding light for the day. 
Here are today’s pickings…

Horoscope #1
Until you know the real reason why you haven't heard from someone that you placed so much faith in, try not to jump to conclusions. After all, being aware that things can occur unexpectedly, this person does deserve the benefit of the doubt. Pay more attention to your inner voice. 
My Response:  I’m choosing to “pay more attention to my inner voice”.

Horoscope #2
Make adjustments, as others who rule the roost have very different ideas from you. Your intuition comes through when dealing with financial and partnership matters. You will make an excellent decision. Tonight: Dinner for two.
My Response:  I like the sound making an excellent decision, but dinner for two also sounds nice.

Horoscope #3
Adventurous day. Do you feel like having an adventure? Well today, you're more likely to have an adventure when you go on a short journey. No need to go very far, just someplace you've wanted to go before, yet never been. Today is also a good day to surprise a close friend with news or a small gift.
My Response:  I think I’ve had this horoscope before, but I always like the sound of an adventure.

Horoscope #4
The early part of the day seems to be a little fractious, in that your emotional sensitivity seems to be worn on your sleeve; everyone seems to be getting on your nerves. But as the day progresses, so this changes and you'll find that there's a more benevolent energy coming through. The recent emphasis on one-to-one situations seems to recede. What comes to the fore now is your need to attract resources, especially financial resources, to yourself. Avoid financial disagreements and all will be well - and if you can't avoid disputes, go in with strong convictions.
My Response:  I don’t like the sounds of this one.  I certainly don’t wear my emotional sensitivity on my sleeve; however everyone does seem to be getting on my nerves, but that I call PMS.

Horoscope #5
If you are creative or artistic then you will soon get the chance to show what you can do. But what if you don’t know what you can do? That’s okay – you’ll find out soon enough. Your special talent is about to make itself known. 
My Response:  I like this one and choose to use all of it to my benefit.

And here's what I call...Astrological Genius...

My Made-Up Horoscope For Today – Horoscope #6
If you are creative or artistic then you will soon get the chance to show what you can do. Your special talent is about to make itself known.  Until then, pay attention to your inner voice and beware of idiots that will get on your nerves.  Unexpectedly, you will make an excellent decision in your choice of an adventurous dinner for two.

03 March, 2010

Randomness...

 I have a lot to say, but not enough of any one thing to form a complete blog, so here's some of my thoughts...
  • February is now behind us.  It's nice to welcome the month of March.  Somehow I feel like we've turned a corner and will soon be slamming the door in the face of winter.
  • On the topic of semi-spring weather, the animals have emerged from their Winter slumber.  How do I know?  Well, my roadkill count this morning was 2 skunks, 2 raccoons and 4 rabbits.  Yep, Spring is in the air.
  • My son went for his G-2 road test today and he passed!  Now, he is free to drive without adult supervision.  I'm not sure how my husband is coping with that thought since he'll be driving J's truck.  Thank goodness the boy doesn't know how to drive a standard or I might be the one concerned.
  • I finished preparing my taxes yesterday.  I'm happy to be getting a minimal return, but considering the amount of income tax I've paid to the government, I believe I should be entitled to a bigger one.  Seems only fair to me.
  • I like sports, but am glad that the Olympics are finally over.  I need something more mind-numbing to keep me entertained and the Olympics just weren't cutting it.
  • My mother-in-law baked 11 apple pies yesterday.  When I asked her what possessed her to do such a thing, her response was "I had some extra baking supplies that I didn't want to go to waste."  WTH?  I've had the same bag of flour in my house since 2000 and I'm not concerned about it going bad.  I just don't understand some people...

02 March, 2010

Sunshine Award



 
I would like to thank Greg @ Living My Life, Whatever for this pretty Sunshine Award.  I can always use a little sunshine in my life, especially since sunny days are one of my favorite things.  Thank you Greg, you made my day a lot brighter!   


As with all awards, there are rules, but to be honest – I don’t feel like dealing with a lot of rules today, so I will do as Greg suggested and will provide you with a summary of the sunshine in my life. 


I’ll warn you, it could be mushy, in a make-you-gag sort of way…

My “sunshine” is my 17 year old son.  His outlook on life is refreshing and he can always find humor in everything that comes his way.  He can make me laugh, make me cry, make me angry and make me proud – all within the span of minutes.   He is the love of my life.  He is my sunshine.

I know there are plenty of bloggers out there who deserve this award, so it’s yours for the taking…

01 March, 2010

A Real Sick Day...

It's been at least 6 years, but the dreaded "day" has finally arrived.  Today, I took a sick day. 

Not one of those pretend sick days that I take in the middle of summer when I just want to lay around on my deck or head out for a day at the beach.  Nope, this one is the real deal.  

I felt less than stellar when I hopped out of bed this morning, but attributed my assey feeling to it being a Monday.   Mondays do that to me.  It wasn't until I got the "bed spins" when I was standing vertical in the shower that I realized perhaps something was amiss.  

Realizing I couldn't safely make the commute to work with my head spinning the way it was, I sent my boss an e-mail and crawled back into bed.  

I don't really care if his first thoughts were that I was up late celebrating Canada's Olympic hockey win.  I wish that was the reason...I can deal with "hangover stupidity", but I can't deal with being sick.  I wasted a sick day for nothing...