This year’s pumpkins!
It has been a few days since the last entry. Thursday and Friday work was very busy. Friday I had an offsite meeting. The devs we (J. and I) met with are really good guys… It would be nice to work with them on another project with a different client. They took us out for Sushi in Markham. Apparently they are regulars there and know some of the guys by name. They knew the menu by heart. It was kinda funny. I’m not big on Sushi but there was plenty to eat even for a pasty white guy like me.
Saturday we went to Brampton for our nephew’s birthday party. We has Chinese takeout. It is usually good but it upset my stomach. *frown* We also had amazing chocolate cake from Mercato in Bolton. Mmmmm. When we got home I watched the Sabres. It was a good game in spite of the shoot-out loss. I played some Warhammer but it kept crashing. Enough Vista BS! I stayed up late to install XP. Vista has been removed from all the computers in the house. Never to return…
Sunday B. had a VSO meeting most of the day. As usual it was full of fireworks. I stayed home and did some cleaning, watched the Bills lose and a had nap with my dog. Once B. got home we took the dog for a walk in Albion Conservation. The weather was strange… in the distance was some rather ominous dark gray clouds. We ended up stopping for groceries before coming home. Now it is finally chill out time on the couch. I’m tired enough to endure bad TV with B.. At least the company is good.
Wow… where did Fall go? Within 24h the temperature has dropped close to 15 degrees. I want Fall back. *frown*
Work. Well… Things have been better. The bigger economic downturn has finally hit us. We laid off five people from the company; just one from the Studio. We have a bunch of potential next projects, but nothing signed. Bummerville.
Tables have been used to create websites since the Internet went live. Since then browsers have been upgrades and HTML has matured. The major addition to web design in recent history is the power of CSS. CSS allows more flexible design and webpages that generally display faster. Today I removed all tables from the index and blog pages. (May still be some on other pages but their days are numbered) Anyway, you likely won’t notice anything different but unsung has taken a step forward in design and code thanks to CSS.
B. and took the dog on a unmarked trail today. It is likely a deer path. It is a great area for the dog.
I love the trees on the property… but gawd soooo many leaves to rake.
Sabres are looking solid so far this year. Off to a great start going 4-0. Vanek has certainly stepped up so far.
Having recently moved to Bolton I didn’t have a voting card for the new riding. So, when I arrived to vote I had extra ‘paperwork’ to take care of. Well… I starting chatting a little with some of the Elections Canada officers and they needed to know where I moved from. Brampton I said. She replied,’Oh.. moved, don’t blame you, you must have been one of the only white people there…’ Wha!?? Did I seriously just hear you say that? Well she said, ‘all those gangs and trouble…’ After she still didn’t hear an ideological affirmation she back peddled slightly, ‘it is more the gangs than the people there…’ Voting Conservative I take it? I figured Bolton was WASPy but openly racist? No. Wasn’t expecting that. Gawd… Disappointing.
Equally disappointing is the projected Conservative minority government. Blah.
We decided to have Thanksgiving dinner here in Bolton. My parents, sister, brother in law and their dogs came over yesterday. My mother did all the cooking (thanks Mom!) and dinner was very good. We enjoyed turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and various veg. For dessert there was pumpkin and apple pie… pretty traditional stuff. After dinner the ‘women’ watched Desperate Housewives and the ‘men’ watched football downstairs. It was good to see everyone. We had a very small visitor of a mouse just as JP was leaving. B. took him over to the soccer field. Isn’t she nice?
Today was pretty low key. We walked the dog with Kelly at the ‘Fairgrounds’. My Gawd was it hot? Indian Summer? It was 28 outside! Afterwards we went to a few apple orchards looking for some fruit wood for the fireplace. Both orchards were very busy and had wood but wanted us to come back later in the week. I spent a good part of the morning setting up the VCR to tape the Sabres game this afternoon. Go Sabres! Around 6 we decided to go for a hike in Albion Hills. It was quite nice, too bad, our ‘in season’ dog couldn’t join us.
I took Friday off since B. and were going to the Turkey Tent sale at Blue Mountain in Collingwood. It is the yearly sale of winter gear and ski equipment. In general this year’s sale was pretty underwhelming. The selection of jackets and other stuff seemed to be significantly less than in past years. Meh. Fortunately the sale wasn’t the only game in town. Other businesses in the area, such as Skiis and Bikes, also had a sale. B. found a more formal coat at S&B. We wandered around a bunch of stores at Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain is crazy. It is like a little city full of shops, restaurants, lodges, golf course etc. She ended up finding a nice jacket at one of the many shops there. I looked as well for stuff, but nothing in particular caught my eye today. We ended up having lunch at a decent Greek restaurant at BM. I really enjoyed the food. They had super tasty Tzatziki and the entrees were good too. It is amazing we finished them after all the bread and Tzatziki we pounded back. The weather was nice for wandering around. We also stopped at a heaven on Earth Chocolate shop. Pretty much everything in the store looked amazing. It was pretty pricy however so we only got a few things. -smirk- I enjoyed the day with B.. She was away most of the week so it was good to have a whole day together. It happens quite rarely.
My Sabres started the year off well with a big shootout win against the Habs! GO SABRES!
Zip. Another weekend passes by. B. picked up some movies Friday evening. One was good, one was embarrassing. We watched the ‘good’ movie Friday night. Syriana was an interesting political drama that you really had to pay attention to or you’d miss something. It was a complicated story about political corruption, oil, money, greed and human nature… I believe something like this film could certainly (or has) happened.
Saturday we were suppose to visit my sister but as we were leaving we discovered B. locked the keys in the car earlier. Fortunately I have CAA! One call and someone was here within 30m trying to open the door. The theft deterrent system works! I’m sure our neighbours love the fact that the car alarm went off three times while the nice CAA guy worked on the car. The night was a right off and only got worse watching the second movie. Made of Honor is embarrassing to even mention. It earned it’s pathetic 12% on RT. Even the cute couple of ‘Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan can’t save this forgettable, formulaic chick flick from its comic failings.’ Amen RT. Ho-hum.
I woke up early to join B. for the dog’s field training. Tanga did some things right and some things wrong. Most impressive was her tracking. I guess she has a good nose that knows where to go. After the training we when to the Aberfoyle antiques market. Or as some people call junk collection. It was a little disappointing. Certainly more junk than stuff you would want to bring home.
B. is off to Montreal again. So it is just me and the animals for a few days.
Congrats to Kirk and Sandra on their second! And to Anita and Bill on their third!
The American VP debate was pretty interesting. I figured Palin would be more embarrassing than she was. Even still I think this summarizes most of her responses all night. She sounded a lot like a high school kid running for some student representative position, NOT VP of the World’s most powerful nation. That in itself is disturbing, but how she ducked the questions with non-answers only confirmed my suspensions that she has no business anywhere outside of Alaska. But then again she is a maverick. Did I mention she is a maverick? So is McCain? Right? Sigh. Vote Democrat!
At home we also has a debate. As is typically Canadian all the leaders gained up on the incumbent Mr.Harper. The Green leader was surprisingly well versed on all of the issues. I’m sure the Greens will pick up some support. Dion…. well… I like the party and hate the leader. Could they find someone more vanilla? Unlike Duceppe, who I love but hate his party. Anyway… I’m hoping Canadians will come to their senses and avoid a Conservative majority. That would be disturbing. Unfortunately I think the left has too many options and the % each party will get will leave the Blues in power again. Gah.