Lost in Vancouver

A thirty something single woman pretending to be a grown up... Mary Richards with liquor and attitude. Hell, I might just make it after all.

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Saturday, November 29, 2003

Calgary sidewalk

It's not about winning, it's about participating.

Good or evil?

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Friday, November 28, 2003

Some colour

Despite the horrible gloominess outside, my Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridesii) is brightening up my living room (lounge for you Brits). That makes me happy.

Cold and miserable

It is so bloody cold and wet out that I can't be asked to leave the sofa. I've ordered in dinner and I intend to sit here and watch my new Holy Grail DVD and nest tonight. There are far worse ways to spend an evening.

Last night wound up being a bit of a late one again. I don't know who I think I'm fooling when I say I'm going to head to the pub for the game and then come home. I should know that once I'm out, the chance of me coming home before midnight are about the same as the chance of being hit by lightening.

Have you ever noticed that the day you're tired or heaven forbid, hungover, at work is always the day that the most horrible, boring, put you to sleep, tasks need to be accomplished. Why is that? I know it's not my imagination. Is it?

Ooh, food's here... gotta go.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Colour blindish

I can never judge colours properly on this bloody laptop so I'll leave things as is for now and take a look tomorrow to decide whether I like it or not. Of course with it being US Thanksgiving maybe it'll be quiet enough I can work on the rest of the banner at the office. Now wouldn't that be nice?

Tuesday, November 25, 2003


Screwing around with colours/banners/etc etc...

In the meantime, my apologies if you come here and find something that completely clashes or makes things impossible to read. Yes, I know I could do this offline, but I don't want to ... so there.

It was only a matter of time

The folks at T-Shirt Hell have done it again. Another batch of compassionate, supportive new t-shirts are available to the public.

These guys are going straight to hell... or the Jerry Springer show, which is pretty much the same thing.

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Movin' on up

I live in a relatively quiet neighbourhood...until recently. There are two houses on my block that were rebuilt and made absolutely lovely in the last couple of years. Unfortunately it seems that the owner - who did all the work himself - couldn't keep up with the payments. The homes were recently sold in a court ordered sale and tonight they are being moved out of my neighbourhood on large trucks so that a 10 suite townhouse complex can be built. Watching these massive homes travel down the street on trailers is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. They are moving very, very slowly but it's just bizarre to watch. Most of my neighbours are still out there watching and it's 2 am.

Apparently the homes are being relocated to Vancouver Island, which makes me happy. At least they didn't just tear them down. On the down side, I'm going to have to deal with a year of construction... which blows goats. Selfishly I'm just hoping that the construction isn't too obnoxious, but I know it will be. Sigh... I hate to see beautiful old homes leave the area so that town houses can be built.

Friday, November 21, 2003

Very sleepy...

But not complaining.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Not at all shocked

So, is anyone else not at all surprised that a certain someone was arrested on charges of child molestation? C'mon, a 45 year old man 'sleeping' with young boys? It's more than just a little strange, so why on earth would parents allow this to go on? It's not like this is the first time there have been questions about his bizarre behaviour and 'love' of children.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Ch ch ch changes

The last little while I've been feeling like something isn't quite right...like something needs to change. I'm getting tired. Tired of doing the same stuff with the same people all the time. Tired of having to watch everything that I say because some people are so fucking insecure and sensitive that you can't even joke with them. Tired of playing bullshit games. Tired of pretending I like people because heaven forbid I'm honest and say that I'd rather not spend time with them. Tired of having to apologize for the fact that I'm loud. I know I am... shhhhing me every three seconds doesn't help, it just pisses me off. I'm not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but my god, this is who I am - good and bad. Deal with it or fuck off, but quit trying to make me you. I don't want to be you.

I think it's time for some changes in Sandy-land and they have to start right here and right now cuz I'm too tired of all the bullshit to deal for one minute longer.

For those of you who know me in 'real life' and are reading this and think you know who or what I'm talking about ... trust me... you don't.

One of the funniest things I've ever seen

Monday, November 17, 2003

I'm back!

It was lovely to visit everyone in Calgary, but I'm happy to be home (at work actually). Nothing too exciting to report but I do have some lovely photos from the Calgary Zoo. As a rule I'm not a big fan of zoos, but I have to admit I did enjoy it. I think I'll have to go back when I can spend more than a couple of hours.

I should have some pics posted in the next day or so.

Oh and BTW, it's true... dry cold doesn't feel as cold.

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Back in the day

Friday, November 14, 2003

Warm and Sunny

I arrived in Calgary last night and much to my chagrin it is much warmer than Vancouver right now. It is currently gorgeously sunny and +7 degrees. Who'd of thunk it? So I have a big suitcase chock full of sweaters and other warm toasty articles of clothing, only to find that what I really need is a couple of T-shirts and some sun screen.

Live and learn.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

On the road

I head to the frozen wastelands of Calgary tomorrow nite so I anticipate that my blogging will be pretty light until my return on Monday evening. Until then, here are some of the things that made me smile today:

My 3 1/2 yr old god-daughter Tessa asking if I'll take her to see 'the aminals' when I'm in Calgary.

Her mom telling me how excited Tessa is that I'm coming to visit.

The look on W's face when we surprised him with his going away present.

Knowing that later tonight, after packing, I'm going to head out for some drinks with Miss M.

The fact that this time tomorrow I'll be on my way to the airport.

And later that evening I'll be ensconced at Ron and Lejla's...relaxing I hope.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

I love this time of year

Remembrance Day

Lest we forget...

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- John McCrae

Monday, November 10, 2003

Not fabulous

Went to see The Matrix Revolutions last night. If you are going just for the special effects then by all means, see it on the big screen. If you are looking for something spectacular, you might be disappointed. If you are just looking for a conclusion to the trilogy... save your money and rent it when it comes out on video/dvd.

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Oh the shame...

I love football. No really, I do, however it appears that I know absolutely nothing about it. Thus far today I've only managed to pick 2 games correctly. 2! It's very very sad.

Okay, next week, don't let me put money on anything and remind me to go against my instincts when picking for my pools.

Crap. Well, maybe the afternoon games will be better. Yeah, that's it... they'll be great. Yeah... then maybe I'll be able to quit walking around with my head hung down in shame. Sigh.

Saturday, November 08, 2003

A quiet night

Last night I wound up going out to meet B to give him his shirt (see below) and was up a little later than expected, only to be woken up early this morning by a panicked phone call. It seems that a good friend of mine was out at a club and was knocked off her stool by some asshole. She landed on a tile floor and cut her head open quite nicely. My job this morning was to help her clean it up and determine whether or not she needed stitches. She did, so I spent most of the morning convincing her that she was going for stitches or I'd bloody sew it up myself.

Once that was taken care of (3 stitches) I met the folks for lunch and shopping and then was planning on heading out to watch the hockey game (current score is 4-3 for the 'nucks). Unfortunately my body decided I would be better off falling asleep and not going anywhere, so here I am watching it on TV and relaxing instead. That's okay... We all need Saturday nights like that sometimes.

I think tomorrow I'm going to go and see Revolutions... or maybe Kill Bill... or maybe sit around and watch football.

Decisions, decisions.

Friday, November 07, 2003

Bad T-shirt

Yay! My order from T-Shirt Hell arrived today and I am totally excited. I am now the proud owner of one of these and have purchased this for a friend of mine as an early Christmas gift. I can't wait to see his face... he's gonna love it!!

Update: Yup... he totally loved it!! I rock!!


Well I finally saw The Matrix Reloaded last night, in preparation for seeing Revolutions and I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it. C'mon, reaching in and restarting her heart? I feel a little ripped off with the "to be concluded" crap too. Yup, not the best film I've ever seen, that's for sure, but probably not the worst either. Going to have to see the final episode this weekend... I feel the need for closure.

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

What's new pussy cat

With all the crap that's out there on the internet it's nice to see someone really trying to make a difference. Right now there is a lovely lady named Dana trying to save two little kitties that were left for dead at her workplace. They are just the cutest little things and I wish her all the best in raising the money that she needs to get them all fixed up.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

What ever happened to big adventures?

I mean really big adventures. I just finished reading On the Road and I feel like I'm missing out on something. I want a big adventure. I want to get out there and just travel and meet people and have adventures. The problem today is that most of us have too many things to be able to just pick up and go. What would happen to our jobs or our homes or our stuff?

Last week I found out that a good friend of mine has accepted a job in Lebanon (where he's originally from). He has to be there by the 24th, so he's sold his car, sold his stuff and he's going. Another couple of friends of mine were laid off last year and have been traveling separately ever since, with no set plans to come back. Finally, a couple that I met in London a couple of years ago is going to be in town in a week, on the last leg of their 12 month world tour. They quit their jobs, sold their flat, saved their money and just took off.

I want to do that! I really do, but I'm afraid that there's too much holding me here. I don't know what exactly, since I rent my flat, I'm not married, nor do I have children. If things carry on the way that I expect they might, I may even have the money in the next year, so what's stopping me?

Fear of the unknown? Not of traveling but of what I might come back to I suppose. What if I go and then I can't find a job when I get back? What if all of my friends have moved on and I don't have anyone left here to come back to?

I guess I'll start small... A month traveling by myself in the spring and see how it goes. I'll still have everything here and maybe the bug will bite hard enough that I'll be ready to pack it in and go. I would hate to live my life always wondering what it would have been like. That would be sad, don't you think?

Not much going on these days

My Canucks beat the Wings last night, my Broncos lost to New England and I made $10K on a $1600 investment yesterday. Things could be worse, but I'm just in a 'blah' mood I guess. Too dark and gloomy.

Saturday, November 01, 2003

One night stand

Well happily I wound up feeling better last night and made it out to the party. It was a lot of fun and the costumes were just great. I was a one night stand, complete with condoms, cigarette butts, and smeared make-up. Not the prettiest thing I've ever done, but it was a big hit.

Not so pretty eh?

Wednesday and Uncle Fester

My white trash pals

Hope you had a good one too.