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Manderz Musings: July 2009

Manderz Musings


Thursday, July 30, 2009


We're waiting…


for Saturday…


because on Saturday…


we're welcoming something new into our lives…


2 cuddly dogs from

the SPCA!!!

The details (that we know):

Names: Dexter & Gizmo (as chosen by us)

Age: ~2

Breed: Dachshund cross

Friendly: very

Loveable: definitely

Training: so far, so good

Very, very excited!

Don't worry, pictures will definitely be up as soon as I have them.


In other news:

  • My parents are coming up for a visit tomorrow.  It will be wonderful to see them, and show off the house, and get some help with some unpacking and odd jobs.  :-)
  • I applied to go to school this Fall at the local college – take a couple evening courses.  Fingers-crossed I get accepted.
  • The shoes I ordered from Aldo arrived – the ones I really, really wanted don't fit though.  So big bummer there.  But the sandals are cute, so I'm painting my toes so I can wear them tomorrow.

And finally…

Happy birthday Jill!



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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Rambling

Working overtime is 100x better when you actually want to do it.

I'm loving having my computer set up, since I can listen to all my music again.  Turns out I actually missed it.

We have our first overnight guests coming up for Thursday.  Conveniently, Jason is out of town until Thursday.  The cleaning and preparing has been left to me.  Tonight I accomplished nothing.  Tomorrow, I must accomplish more.

Top priority: laundry.  2nd in line: scrubbing the shower.

I never get to bed early enough when Jay's away.  It's almost as though he functions as my bed-time alarm clock.

070809_180741 Me, as a drowned rat

I've been craving a Wii Fit session for a few days now.  I should probably make an attempt.  Ironically enough though, both of us have gained weight since starting to be more active.  But we're both understanding, so it's all good.

My bedroom is a mess.  Barely see the floor messy.  And the only reason you can see the floor is because my parent's rule of "always have a clear path from the door to your bed and to your window" was firmly ingrained in my head.

My fridge and pantry are currently lacking in the food department.

Tar sand beetles are creepy, and probably the largest bugs I've ever seen.  It just so happens they are even creepier when they fly.  However, I did find out they only bite when trapped or scared.  Which is definitely noted in my books.

Creeping Facebook is turning out to be just as much fun as creeping Nexopia.  Oh, those were the days.  It's fun looking at all the pictures people post, seeing what's happening in everyone's life.  I think that in itself is huge – that I don't see many of those people on a regular basis anymore, so it's always cool to see where they are ending up.  It's still kind of crazy to think I graduated 3 years ago.

Lately I've definitely been feeling the urge to get a new tattoo.  Probably upper back, maybe coming down my side a bit.  Not exactly sure if I want a tree/bough of cherry blossoms, or a koi fish though.  I know I want both eventually – it's just a matter of deciding which one is right for me now…and where I want it to go.  If anyone has any thoughts or ideas, please share.  Perhaps I should just talk to my artist, seeing as he's a friend, he might be able to share an honest opinion as well.

Word-wise, this is on the of the longest blog posts I've written in a long while.

071109_101005Beer for breakfast

I accidently deleted an entire folder of unread e-mails.  I was about to restore it, and then I decided it was probably a sign that the e-mails weren't that important to begin with.  My life will not be forever altered by not reading those e-mails.  Trust me on that one.

My wheatgrass and lucky clover have both been tossed into the garbage.  My black thumb (aka irregular watering schedule) has shown itself, and won.  Yet again.  Next on my list: bamboo (again).  I just love it.  And there's no such thing as overwatering, so I just need to "fill the pot" every day, and all shall be well.  I hope.

Being the klutz that I am, I just spilled water all over my keyboard and mouse.  Luckily I have a new hairdryer.  And everything still seems to be working.  Hopefully the same will be true tomorrow.

I really miss my snowboard friends right now.  If you read this…please come visit me.

I would love to have the same keyboard and mouse at work.  Somehow I don't think I can pass it off as a justifiable expense.

071209_110403Key ingredients: cereal and a good book 

There is a bit of a debate occurring in my head (I'm not really paying a lot of attention, but it continues nonetheless).  I just can't seem to decide if I'd rather wear scrubs or business casual to work.  Scrubs mean I can wear skate shoes.  Oh how I love wearing skate shoes.  And I'd never have to make a decision about what to wear in the morning.  And doing laundry would involve less sorting.  However, wearing business casual means I get to wear heels.  I do love my heels.  Although I'd have even more options if I was allowed to wear jeans since I don't have any dress pants that are truly long enough.  Another bonus is that I wouldn't need to go buy anything new, as I have enough business casual clothes in my wardrobe to suffice.

Jay left the lights on in the basement.  The basement gives me the hee bee jee bees.  Coming back upstairs and having the dark chase me is by far the worst.  *shiver*

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Monday, July 13, 2009


Where did the optimism go?  It seems farther and farther out of my reach every time I make the effort to find it.  Or maybe I'm not really making the effort, maybe it's only a pretence.

Where is my desire to better myself?  My goals are non-existent.  It's hard to find a starting point.  Even harder without an endpoint.

Where is the joy in the simple things?  I know it's there, it comes out every once in a while.  But it has to be carefully drawn out, and only stays out for a tiny bit.

Where are the answers?  How do I find them?  Will I find them?

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

What a Day

Today at work we began using the new computer program.  What seemed so simple and straightforward in training, become increasingly complex and made for a rather l-o-n-g day.  It turned pretty much every single staff member into a grumpy, stress ball ready to snap at the slightest occurrence.   Horrible, horrible experience.  I truly hope the powers-that-be learned that having a fully booked day when something this big happens is not a bright idea.  There were patients waiting half an hour to check out rather than the usual couple of minutes.


Tomorrow is a new day.  And we're slowly becoming a bit more comfortable.  The front desk team made a "pact" to have a slightly less stressful day.  That's enough for me.


After work both Jason and I ended up falling asleep.  So much for our plan to paint tonight.  Looks like we'll have to just suck it up and commit tomorrow night.  I was able to accomplish quite a bit once I woke up though.


Saturday night we are going to host a UFC party.  First time having guests in our house.  There's still lots of cleaning to be done, and hopefully we can finish painting before then.  Jason is a bit concerned because of the amount of people invited, and the lack of seating.  I think it's going to make it memorable – floor seating only, bring your own pillowGSP, we shall be ready!


The One-Minute Writer Prompt of the Day

(If you want to see what this is, and what I'm writing about, just check out the link.)

- A cuddle, a hug, a kiss from one you love.
- Playing with a puppy or kitten.
- A walk outside, listening to the birds.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

July 6th – A Very Special Day

Today Jay turned 26.



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Friday, July 3, 2009

Fashion News

Let's talk fashion for a moment.  I just found out they are creating a film The September Issue about - you guessed it -the September issue of Vogue.  A real-life version of my favourite movie The Devil Wears Prada.  I'm super stoked!  You can check out the trailer here.  But don't worry, I won't be offended if you don't understand the appeal.

Currently, 3 days set aside for painting the living room have passed, and we have yet to apply the first stroke.  Actually, we still need to go to the store and buy the paint.  But that's beside the point.  Instead, I cleaned the last of the kitchen cupboards, unpacked a few more boxes, and reorganized the pantry.  I always become so much more productive when there's another task I don't really want to do.

Having my computer all set up is just fantastic.  I am finally starting to catch up on my blog reading.  And I've cleared the majority of my e-mail inbox.  Another great benefit is being able to listen to listen to my full iTunes library (since it's on my external hard drive that I only unpacked 2 days ago).  The current artist playing: Backstreet Boys.  What can I say, sometimes the "oldies" are the best.

This weekend, unfortunately, I must leave Jay alone with the (potential) painting as I work Saturday AND Sunday.  It seems the weekends are disappearing rather quickly.  At least work will be fairly relaxed as it's just training for the new program.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Small Preview

Last weekend Jason and I went to a wedding for some great friends in Drumheller. It was so much fun, and I really enjoyed visiting and partying with everyone.


The wedding party


Some friends/family


Me & the bride


I swapped clothes with another girl halfway through the night…

The full album can be found on Facebook here.

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