Anyone in favour of a four day work week? I’m! Weekends are too short. Something always gets neglected somehow. We weren’t home much this weekend. B.’s nephew had two birthday parties, one with friends the other with family, we were at both. It was fun. B.’s sister had the basement ready to entertain a bunch of five year olds. I thought it looked like Toys ‘R Us exploded in their basement. The highlight was clearly Outrun2 hooked up to a large LCD monitor playing with a steering wheel, brake and gas…it really was arcade-like. Black Ferrari Spider. Mmm. B.’s nephew cleaned up pretty well. His interest in cars very apparent in the gifts and all the birthday cards.
Sunday evening was the Dixie Chicks concert. We started with dinner at Jack Astor’s downtown. It was ok. Place was busy as always, the food was only ok. It appeared that there was cheese-whiz on my $14 Nachos. WTF. (The Nachos also gave me GI grief all night to boot ~ sigh) We met a bunch of friends of B.’s friend Bonnie who were also going to the show. The crowd was pretty pumped to see the Chicks. There were several rounds of the ‘wave’ and various let’s go clapping patterns. The opening band the Damnwells were interesting. I didn’t really get the band though. They started the night with two rocking tunes then starting playing tame boring stuff off their new album. I didn’t like the change. They were much more entertaining when rocking out. They had another song off an itunes compilation (or something like that) that was killer. I
figured it was their last song. It wasn’t they ended with more weak stuff off the new album. All I can say is their new musical direction sucks. The band should stick to the rock. There are plenty of pop acts out there to do ballads and ‘crap’. They do have potential though. Ho-hum. Rarely is the opening act a reason for showing though and the audience was clearly there to see the Chicks. There were many cowboy donning 20 somethings. A special thanks to the women showing off excessive cleavage that walked up and down the stairs many times in section 323. Looking for some attention maybe? *smirk* Anyways, music, after a few songs I (and B.) were pretty underwhelmed by the sound of the chicks. It just seemed to be lacking something. The vocals also seemed a little unclear at times. For all the drama about how political the band is — they were pretty tame. I think Natalie made one reference to the President (which the crowd roared to). I think the soon-to-be-released movie of theirs ‘Shut Up and Sing’ will explain their side of
things in more detail. Clearly the Chicks are talented and innovative performers. They used all sort of instruments during their performance. I was surprised to enjoy most of their material. It seemed to me that Natalie was a little tired tonight, maybe due to all the touring? The lighting and TV screens behind the stage weren’t as impressive as other concerts I’ve been to. If the Chicks really had a political agenda I think the images behind them would have reflected that… instead the screens showed blobs and ink blotches… which I didn’t find added much at all to the performance. The Chicks played three encore songs….again I thought the order of the songs was very odd. I’ve always thought bands play some of their more popular or upbeat songs during an encore. Seeing that the Chicks had already played Sin Wagon and Earl they had to do a cover song and some slower material for their encore. –Shrug- I didn’t get that. Overall it was fun. I didn’t feel well most of the performance however (see Nachos for dinner) so I felt pretty immobile.
And the Sabres streak comes to an end. It took a shootout to do it. It was a great run and is clearly the start of a great season.
Wow. Friday already. Weekdays seem to blur together. The repetitive grind of scheduled working life I suppose. I really never feel I have enough time to spread around. Time for myself, time for the gf, hobbies, pets, housework, gaming…I really could use another 4 hours each day at home to do things but finding the energy at time on a weeknight is difficult. I assume it is even worse for B. who starts earlier and often has longer days. I wonder at times what it is all for? To have a place to live? To be able to live well. For comfort? Materialism? We are made to feel empowered by buying nice things. Is that wrong? It is wrong to want to create an environment that makes you feel good? I don’t think so. Home is the one place in life where you get to have ‘mostly’ complete say over everything. (assuming you and your spouse can agree – which is another story all together) No one tells you what to place where, what colours, what things, what is right. So I’m looking forward to continuing the evolution of our living space at home. As each facet of the change completes itself I do feel more and more ‘at home’. Which is a wonderful feeling.
Wow. How ’bout them Sabres! Tied the NHL record for most wins to start a season. Tomorrow they try to break it. GO SABRES!!!
Weekend will, of course, be busy. Already two birthday parties and a concert. I’m um… going to a country show…the um… Dixie Chicks. More later. Ahem. 🙂
The weekend flew by again. It happens so often that it is expected I guess. Saturday we spent most of the day trying to sort out our window treatment upgrade problem situation from hell. Unless you know what you want expect grief if you trying to figure out drapes, blinds, fabrics, patterns, etc. because each of those has a billion books detailing choices you can use. It is unreal. I *think* we have decided on some styling blinds. We also looked at dishwashers – which was uneventful and entertainment units. This entertainment unit went smoother. B. already had an idea what she wanted and I agreed it was a nice choice, we lucked into finding it at Sears. We ended up ordering it today.
The weather was pretty awful. I was hoping to enjoy a nice fall hike but rain made hiking an unpleasant option. Bah. Maybe we can squeeze it in next weekend?
What a start for the Sabres! One more win (which would make nine in a row!) would tie an NHL season starting record. GO SLUGS!
Not sure what our breeder did to our dog when she was in New York. She is ridiculously sucky. Gawd.
Sunday –finally- had the pleasure of meeting KK’s daughter Katrina. She is a cutie! must be her mother’s genes (further proven with the full head of hair). It was good to see the KK family doing well and adjusting to the new addition to their lives. Yes, I actually held the baby for a few minutes. She has the cutest little fingers. Like adults but super shrunk, perfect looking somehow.
I’ve decided Rogers website sucks. I’m trying to return my faulty digital box to them for a replacement so… I used their website to locate a store near me, that worked ok, but the services are obviously inaccurate and the times they are open at each location are as well. Seriously… how long would it take to update the site with correct store information to avoid wasting the time of hundreds of customers?! You’d think ‘Pick Up/Return Digital Equipment’ means I can exchange my faulty digital receiver. Uh, no.
Rain enough for you yesterday? It has been a little odd at home without B.. (She is away on business) There seems to be so much to do. I think one reason humans partner up in life is to help each other get stuff done. Oh and to scratch each others backs.
You may have noticed the NEW Flash Sabres’ calendar on the top right corner of the blog page has been freezing sporadically the past few days. I’ve recoded the data array… and I think I finally got it beat. It has not froze in v.14. Let me know if you find any oddities with it.
What seems like an eternity ago we picked out couches for the living room. Sears was suppose to deliver them between 5 and 9:30. The guys showed up around 9:10. Judging by how tired the delivery men appeared to be I think they have far too many deliveries in a day. They looked ready to collapse. I thought it was odd how much packing the couches came in. Don’t get me wrong I think it is great they are well protected during the delivery… but it took us 20 minutes to remove all the plastic, form and tape. To prepare all the plastic, form and tape for recycling pick up easily took my 25 minutes… there was tons of form to be cut down. Anyway, the couches look really sharp and necessitate the need to upgrade other furniture in the room (which now looks dated and out of place). I think once the living room is done it will be a cozy and comfortable room we can enjoy.
It is getting cold! We even had a light snowfall on Thursday. Nothing like the hammering that Buffalo got… but any notion of warm Indian Summer like weather is gone in my mind. Brr.
I entered a hockey pool run by a brother of a co-worker. So far I’m not doing bad. *Obviously* it is early, but I’m holding 3rd at the moment. –grin- Sabres are off to an 4-0 start… 3 wins by shootout. In spite of this I’m not a big fan of the shootout. Hockey is a team sport and I’d would prefer to see more Sudden Death overtime than a shootout. Exciting for the fans…blah blah, I think it is a bit of a cop out. At least give the boys 20 minutes of sudden death before the shootout.
Various home improvement jobs are marching along. Carpets, toilets, lights, furniture, painting… phew.
Congrats to my sister and Brother in Law who got an offer on their place in Collingwood. The deal isn’t finalized but they have accepted the offer and it looks good so far. This was the major hurdle to climb before they could move out West. It is strange to think that they will be so far away soon. I’ve seen a lot of my sister since they moved to Collingwood. It will be sad to see her and my B.I.L. only a few times a year in the future – if that. Regardless, I wish them success and happiness in their new life in Alberta. On the bright side at least they have the Oilers and a wonderful area to explore and enjoy as I did many years ago. I look forward to having a place to crash in Alberta!
Today was a pretty laborious day. I moved the remaining mountain of dirt off the driveway into gardens in the backyard. This took hours. Ask my back how much I enjoyed it. But it feels good to have gotten it done. In the evening a neighbour helped us install a toilet in the upstairs washroom. It wasn’t a straight forward easy installation due to the manner in which things were originally installed in the house. It seems done. Just need a longer hose to connect the water and test it ~ and pray for a dry leak proof crapper.
On Saturday B. and I went to see an afternoon showing of Wicked. Wicked is a musical based on the characters from the Wizard of Oz. What made the Wicked Witch of the West wicked? What made her that way? What her life like before the house squashed her? Wicked answers these questions with song, dance and a good sense of humour. I enjoyed the story and thought the musical was quite enjoyable. You can appreciate Wicked on various levels simply as song and dance, or appreciate some of the deeper messages on race, humanity and human relations. B. enjoyed it too calling it ‘cute’. After the show we went out for dinner at Osso Bocco, an Italian restaurant in Brampton. Dinner was decent. I was a little disappointed with my Osso Bocco… I normally don’t order more obscure things off a menu but I thought I’d try something different. The pasta and sauce were very good but picking a fairly fatty cut of meat in a poorly lit restaurant was pretty unappealing.
Today we did some shopping at Home Depot. We bought a toilet to replace the cracked one upstairs that is leaking. Hopefully we can install it soon… we do have to wait for the boards below it to dry properly however. This afternoon we are going up to Collingwood (likely for the last time) for Thanksgiving dinner with my parents. Should be a great meal.
Wow… three big wins to start off the season for the Sabres! (Especially v. the Habs… what a win! 4-2 with 5 left and win 5-4! Heart! heart! heart! We shall never surrender!)
Nothing quite like coming into work and the code on the door is changed and all your possessions are in a cardboard box. I picked quite a day to be away from work yesterday. Three people were fired, the president stepped down and there were many team meetings. In spite of the chaos my co-workers thought it would be funny to prank me and put all *my* stuff in a box, although I’m not fired. Well, not yet anyway. Amusing now I guess but jez what a way to enter work. Sadly I didn’t get a chance to say good bye to my three co-workers who really did box their stuff and lose their jobs. I’m still a little dazed by this.
We drove up to Collingwood yesterday for the Turkey Day sale. I was a little disappointed. I felt there was more stuff last year. I found a few collared shirts but no boots and the fleece I looked at were still too pricey for me. B. and my sister did pretty well however both finding winter jackets and fleece that they liked. A nice, but long day with them. We had yummy pizzapizza for dinner, some of their gourmet pizzas are really good. We had a Sweet Chili Chicken Thai and Napa Valley pizza, both were very tasty.
We discovered a leak in the ceiling on the main floor washroom a few days ago. Apparently the upstairs toilet is cracked and has been leaking for a few weeks. There is quite a mess. The drywall was decaying and B. pulled a bunch of it down to reveal a black moldy mess. Gawd knows how much all this will cost to repair. So far the quotes have been pretty scary.
The NHL season starts tomorrow! To help track the Sabres progress this year I’ve added a flash Sabres’ schedule to the top right corner of the blog page. I’ll be updating it throughout the season. Go Sabres!
Signed up for Rogers’ Centre Ice today. Calling for support sucks bad enough, yet someone Rogers has taken it a step further! Yes… have no idea what options are available at all when you call in because Rogers now has ‘voice recognition’… I thought press 1 for Houseware was bad? How about not knowing if houseware is even an option. What a dumbass idea. Just when you thought phone support couldn’t get any worse.