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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Snow in the air...

I can't believe it's almost December already! Where the hell does time go anyway? Who knows...

Here in the City of Glass, we have an 80% chance of rain or snow tonight. Knowing Vancouver, the rain will luck out but then again, it is sooooo cold out there.

I am so tired today. It probably didn't help that I worked at the craft fair all weekend and then didn't sleep very well last night. But hey! I'm young, right, I can take it!...*sound of my head hitting the desk in a deep sleep*

Anyway... The craft fair went pretty well. I didn't sell a lot of stuff but I did well enough to pay for my table and still have a bit of a profit. I also met some really neat people and had some very encouraging feedback on my work. The craft fair itself was alright for what it was, but there were some organizational issues that really need to be sorted out. For instance, there was no planned layout, meaning that on Sunday I had people seeling greeting cards on either side of me. Now since I was selling photo art cards and prints, it was a bit ridiculous. Also, it was freezing. With an ice rink just outside the auditorium doors and a door to the outside just a stone's throw from our table, it was hard to keep warm without putting on your jacket (isn't that right Claire?). Not too mention that we nearly starved because the pizza we had ordered was an hour and 25 minutes late. (Claire, it might interest you to know that the people who ordered on Sunday didn't get their's till 1:30. So glad I had Ryan make a food run for me!) Thanks Claire for coming on over for the weekend. It was a lot of fun and I appreciated the support (and being able to take a bathroom break).

Work is pretty busy and I have a feeling it's going to be a long week. We have our Critsmas "Tea" (read: party) on Friday. All I know is that it's three hours long and I won't be stuck having to answer the phone. I know there are some team games and having to answer the phone in the middle of say, the "giant knot game" would be pretty stupid. Each of our communities are having a tea of their own and Sr. Mgmt will be attending. Our president is going to each one (yes all of them- except for one) and drawing the names of the staff who will win the prizes we have set up (Note: I have been wrapping them all: 31 mugs, 16 baseball caps (only have to wrap the ones for the western teas) and 31 Starbucks cards(just tied with curling ribbon). It's a good thing I like wrapping so much! If I didn't, I would hate it by the time I got to wrapping my own Christmas gifts!

Anyway, time to go and veg before bed (which will be early again tonight). I think I'll continue this tomorrow...

Cheryl... although I know you already know this, but I'm thinking of you and your family right now. I'm here for you if you need me, as always.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Like drowned rats...

Uuuk! I hate feeling cold and damp! Welcome to fall on the West Coast... like normal.

Yesterday was a beautiful day between two gross ones. Went to UBC for the apple festival and enjoyed the very warm and sunny day. Saw Claire off to the ferry today, which was sold out and she had to wait for the 2pm sailing. Meanwhile I headed back into town where I puttered around trying to find a specific size of a pair of pants at the GAP that I saw with Claire yesterday at Metrotown. Unfortunatel,y they have sold out of that size completely in Vancouver. *pout pout*

I did, however, find a pair of short boots at Payless that I can wear to and from work that will actually keep my feet dry. A novel concept since all my shoes are wrecked and my feet get soaked!

All in all, I'm feeling very cultered lately. A couple of weeks ago I went to see Mamma Mia at the Queen E Theatre with my co-workers. It was an amazing show I would so go it again if I had the chance. Friday was the Jann Arden concert. I had been looking forwward to it since I bought the tickets back in April and I most definitley not disapointed. She's a fabulous entertaining who is so hilarious. Not to mention that her voice and lyrics have always resonated with me.

And to top everything off, tomorrow I'm going to see Lord of the Dance with Caroline. I haven't seen Caroline in so long and am really looking forward to catching up.

Well, I'll let you all know how it goes. Time to watch a movie... Ryan and I are debating between The Wiz, The Incredibles (which I LOVE!) or something more serious...but first... time for the apple crisp I made... yes, Claire I had to! :)

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Time to catch up...

So much has happened so I really need to write ...

Bowen Island was great. It was such a relaxing day and we really enjoyed getting out of the city. We wandered around the main village area by the ferry terminal and wandered up to Artisan Square. Poked around some shops and then wandered back down the hill to find some lunch. After spending some time at at the park where the ferry terminal is, we took the community shuttle (yes, there were buses we could use our Vancouver bus passes on) to Bowen Bay, on the other side of the island. We stopped for a short while and enjoyed the beach and waited for the shuttle;e to come around again. Once we got back to the ferry, we went back to Vancouver. I have to say that Horseshoe Bay is so pretty. It really is your typical marine village. We had a fabulous early dinner at Trolls. Mmmm, fish and chips. Yum! All in all, we had a wonderful BC Day.

The following weekend, Ryan's parents were in town. The had just come back from Las Vegas and stayed at our place on the Saturday night. We had dinner at the Macaroni Grill (food was great but we waited an hour and a half for our table because they lost our reservation) and then watched the fireworks (Sweden put on a fantastic show).

That Sunday was the Gay Pride Parade. It was a great parade; very entertaining. The only complaint I had was that it was 2 hours long. Now normally that would n't be a problem. But when you're sitting on the sidewalk in full sun on Beach Ave, it was a bit much. But I was very good about putting sunscreen on and a didn't burn... all except for one spot... the part on my head. Having thin hair, it tends to create a natural part down the middle of my head and leave a thin strip of skin exposed... Yeah, FYI... it really hurts...

On Wednesday Aug.3, we saw China do their thing for the Celebration of Light . It was an okay show, but no where near as good as Sweden.

Last Saturday was Ryan's b-day. We spent the part of the day at Sasamat Lake in Belcarra (just North of Port Moody). It was so nice there. The lake was warm and so clean. And it smelled like a lake. How quickly I had forgotten. The salt air permeates everything here in the West End. It Then becomes a part of you. Makes things like lakes stand out as novel. We came back in to town and I out together a picnic dinner for the two of us and my friend Sarah. We took everything down to our normal fireworks viewing spot and enjoyed food, good company and a great finale to the Celebration of Light.

This weekend has been far less busy. Yesterday, I just puttered and fiddled with things in the apartment. Today is more of the same. Sorting, cleaning, budgeting, that sort of fun. Last night was great though... Ryan got tickets from his parent to Bard on the Beach. We saw Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It is a fantastic play and I highly recommend it.

Meanwhile, Ryan is madly working away on his thesis. He wants to hand it in this week, so he's feeling just a little bit stressed. But he does actually have to the end of the month to complete it. I just know he wants it over and done with.

Work is going great. Got some feedback from Senior Management about the focus group sessions we took part in awhile. They have taken everyone's suggestions seriously and some things are going to be changing. Should be interesting to see what happens. We'll see..

Well that's enough rambling for now... lots more to come for sure...

Monday, August 01, 2005

32 degrees in the city...

What a hot and beautiful sunny day! 32 degrees here downtown and boy does it feel like it!

The dinner cruise on Wednesday night was wonderful. Ryan and I had a great time with my co-workers. Our president Samir was great and personable. At point after the fireworks when we were all chatting on the main deck, he was chatting to Ryan and a couple of ladies from our office. It was great to see Ryan socializing with them. I had a great time myself. Had some wine, saw some good fireworks, danced a little and got to know my co-workers a lot better.

Yesterday, Ryan's parents came to stay with us on their way back from Las Vegas. Went for dinner and then to see the fireworks again (more about that later). Dinner was delicious except for the 1 1/2 we ended up waiting to get a table (they lost our walk-in reservation). I was so hungry and my blood-sugar was so low I had a huge headache and felt really faint.

The fireworks were spectacular. It was Sweden's night (Canada went on Wed) and boy did they put on a show! I'm looking forward to China's show on this coming Wednesday and to see whether they beat Sweden this year (Sweden took the honours last year). Canada has no hope of winning. The show just wasn't anywhere near as sophisticated and the timing wasn't all that great. I think it was their music. Their show was called "Jazz in the sky". The music was fun to listen to but was hard to put fireworks to. But enough about that.

We (Ryan, myself and his parents) went to see the gay pride parade. It was fun and most definitely entertaining but went really long and in today's heat it was hard to have energy for the entire parade.

Tomorrow should be another fun but relaxing day. We're going to take the bus and ferry to Bowen Island. Never been there but apparently there's lots you can do if you don't have a vehicle. Looking forward to getting out the city and exploring places near by.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The days of summer...

I am so enjoying summer. Still need a beach day, but I'll get there.

Spent the weekend in Victoria. It was so nice to jsut take it easy and not have to do anything. My Aunt came over to my paernt's place for dinner on Saturday. Earlier that day, Ryan, my Mom and I puttered around downtown and then when we got back, my Mom and I just hung out on the deck chatting. It was so good to spend time with her. I've missed my family. My day, of course was busy pedalling his butt off with the pedicab, but I got to see hime in the mornings.
Sunday, Ryan and I met up with Claire for coffee before we heading back to the mainland. All in all it was a lovely weekend and I cold have done with another day or two.

Work is going well. Think I've really got the hang of the job. Today was the monthly birthday tea where everyone in the office gathers for about 20-30 minutes for cake in honour of anyone who has a birthday that month. I ordered a dark choclate mousse cake that was sooooo good! Nothing like cake for lunch!

Tonight is going to be awesome too. It's the first night of the fireworks and my work is going on a dinner cruise. In fact, I'll be leaving in a hour. Really looking forward to hanging out with my co-workers outside of the office. They are a great bunch and I want to get to know them better.

This weekend will be nice too. Can't believe it's a long weekend again. But I'll take it! Ryan's parents are coming into town on Saturday so we'll see the fireworks from Sweden that night.

Anyway, time to get ready. I've got a boat to catch!!!!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Stupid people...

Notice that I didn't just say tourists (I know Claire, I'm a copycat). Today was entertaining to say the least...

Some angry man came into my building and went up to the British Consulate on the 8th Floor, where he dropped off a susipcious package. Turned out to be nothing to worry about but it did mean that all the people in the building (12 floors worth), including my office got to trek down the stairs and be evacuated! Yay!

Stupid freakin' idiot!

I can't believe some people these days. What nerve, expecially after the noon hour bombs in London today. In any case, the bomb squad was going to take a long time, so we just ended up going home.

So, I'm definitley looking forward to coming to Victoria tomorrow. It'll be nice to get away.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Okay, okay, I get the message...

I was meant to work here. How do I know this, you might ask? Well, because of 11:11. I've had this thing for many years now where whenever I would look at clock (in the AM or PM), it would be 11:11. I always felt that this number meant something very important but I nver knew what is was... until know. It's funny really, becauase I only clued into it last week.

I work at street # 1111 and my 4 month probation ends on November 11. Crazy, eh? But I'm not one to ignore the signs... I'll go with it!

So I guess I'm where I'm supposed to be. Which is a reassuring feeling.

Despite my depression, I've always known that my decision to move to Vancouver was the right one. And so far, that feeling hasn't let me down yet.

And I'm quite thrilled to report that my depression is finally over! I've felt true emotions again, especially joy. I know I'm okay now and that makes everything else that much easier. So I've been able to enjoy the little things again.

On Saturday, Sarah and I treked out to Richmond on multiple buses and went to Michael's. It was nice to spend time again with a fellow crafty person (I miss you Claire!).

Sunday was equally fun... Ryan and I bus-hopped our way to White Rock. Actually, it wasn't all that bad. We took the sky train into Surrey and then hopped a bus to White Rock. We discovered later that there was a direct bus between White Rock and Vancouver that ran once an hour on Sundays. It was quite nice to go home on an air conditioned coach bus with comfy seats.

White Rock was nice. Got some sun (a little more than I wanted by accident), wandered the shops and just enjoyed a beautiful summer day. Got pictures and I'll post when I develop that roll (I know, I know... one of these days, I join the digital age...).

Anyway, it was a wonderful weekend and I'm already looking forward to this coming weekend. Ryan and I are going to Victoria for a visit. Not dure what kind of time we'll have for visiting (it looks like Sunday is really the only day), but let me know and I'll do my best.

Heading out to the start line... Posted by Picasa

In the lead!!!! Posted by Picasa

Crosing the finish line... notice that they are half a boat-length ahead! Posted by Picasa

Claire and Dave... Posted by Picasa

Friends... Posted by Picasa

Regatta Photos..

So certain people have been bugging me to post photos from the Corporate Rowing Challenge that took place in the beginning of June in Victoria.. where a certain friend of mine (Dave!!!) helped his team win it for the second year in a row. I recall we celebrated with a pitcher of sangria that night. Very good sangria and also quite strong... Congratulation dave and the Butchart Gardens team!!!

I had to get down on my knees and lean over quite far to get this one... Posted by Picasa

One of a few waterfalls... Posted by Picasa

Lynn Valley photos Posted by Picasa

Lynn valley


Well I've finally developed a roll of film! Got some good stuff on it that I thought I'd share..


This first one is actually from a beach day I had with Sarah and Troy at Jericho.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Boy, do I have good news...

that is shaking away my depression...

Yesterday, after only 4 days, I was received an offer of peremanent employment...

Which I accepted!!!!!!! Were talking the full-meal-deal here. Benefits (health and welfare, dental), vacation and annual compensation reviews. I am SOOOOO happy.

So I guess, that with a "real" job, I am officially a part of the adult world. Weird...

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

In true Lindsay style...

I missed my alarm and was almost late for my first day of work! I had set my alarm for 6:30, which I checked twice before going to sleep. Meanwhile...

I went to bed with a headache that I couldn't seem to get rid of. Then I spent a restless night fighting to keep some of the sheets for myself. I woke up at like 5:30 or something and I had no sheet and only a small bit of the blanket covering me. I wasn't the only one having a restless night. Suffice to say that I never heard my alarm go off, but apparently Ryan said he vaguely heard it go off and that I turned it off (it was indeed switched off when I checked later). I woke up at 7:00 when Ryan's alarm went off! I freaked out, cursed and hurried to get ready for work... I had to be out of the house by 7:20 to make it to work on time. I felt rushed, tired and gross because I didn't have time for a shower. To top it off, I still had a headache. Well, at least I didn't smell...

Got to work after stopping for coffee and a muffin (my breakfast becuase I didn't have time for that either) and had the normal tour and introductions. Work was actually pretty good despite a rough start. It was quiet in the morning so I had a chance to get a feel for things. The afternoon was busier (especially the last hour and a half) because I got behind on a couple of things. Mostly it was becuase I'm just learning their procedures and also where the heck everything is stored. But it was a good day. Felt tired when I got home and I still have that headache but I think I know how to get rid of it... might have to bring out the superstrong essential oil blend I have for migraines.

As for the weekend, we had a good time on Canada Day. R and I went to Granville Island to take in the free Jazz festival shows going on there. WE saw some really great stuff and enjoyed ourselves. We then went for dinner at this really great restaurant on Granville Is. called the Sandbar. The service was exceptional and the food soooo good. I had the most amazing black cod. Oh, yum! Turned out to be a pricey dinner but I think we got what we paid for.

Saturday we had dinner with R's parent's. We went to the Banana Leaf which serves Malaysian food. It was soooo cheap (especially compared to Friday) and was really fantastic. I can't wait to go and try their other stuff.

Sunday was a quieter day. Went grocery shopping, did laundry, the normal stuff. In the afternoon we went to the mall and did a tiny bit of shopping (I finally have a pair of sandals!) and then caught a couple of the last Jazz fest perfomances. Watched Back to the Future III (watched the second one on Sat). R couldn't believe that I hadn't seen them. I, of course, have seen the first one (many times in fact) but never the other two. They really are great. Michael J. Fox and Chistopher Lloyd are really fantastic.

Well, I'll try not to make this much longer (can't believe it's this long already). In other news, I personally am doing a bit better. My depression has been a big problem lately (as some can attest to) but I think I know what's causeing it. But the last few days have been better. I'm pretty sure getting my job has helped my optimism at least a little. But things are that good yet. I still can't seem to get really happy and excited about things. Things are kind of dulled for me.

I thin it's time to be proactive abot this. I know what I have to do... it's just a matter of doing it.

Friday, July 01, 2005

It's about damn time!!!!

Well, I finally got the word about my job...

...

...

...

I

Got

The

Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hahaha! Found out about 2:45 today. I start on Monday at 8!

That's all I have to say for now...

Except... Happy Canada Day tomorrow!

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Another one???????

Well, I didn't get short-listed for the first job that I was interviewed for. Oh, well. I'm disappointed but I'm getting over it. However, the second interview for the second job went quite well. Well enough that I was called in today to do a third interview! I met with the CFO of the company (who was quite nice) and we chatted for a few minutes and that was that. I should find out if I got the job tomorrow. They are supposed to the let the agency know around noon and I should find out when I get back from my lunch break.

I'm having lunch with a couple of my forum buddies... I forgot to mention before that on Friday we all met eachother for the first time. We had dinner at Steamworks... an awesome pub in Gastown. I had met one of them before for coffee so at least we knew we'd be comfortable with eachother. It ended up being an awesome evening and we all enjoyed eachother's company. Ryan came too and he enjoyed meeting them as well.

Anyway, I should go for the evening. Have to do a couple of things and then head to bed...afterall I am a working girl once again! ;)

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Where have the days gone?

I can't believe that it's Canada Day this coming weekend! The days have just flown by... I'll have been in Vancouver 9 weeks officially on Wednesday. Weird. I think I'm really starting to settle in.

Last week I was temping at a great place downtown. Great company and great people. Very friendly and helpful. Made the week go very smoothly. Tomorrow I start temping at another place downtown until Tursday. Good to work again this week, especially the making money part.

Went on 2 interviews today. The one in the morning was proabaly the most amazing interview I've ever been on... the guy who interviewed me was super friendly, charismatic and very engaging. he put everything out on the table and was honest about everything. The best part was that he didn't ask the typicla questions everyone gets... we just talked about ourselves and the company. Very cool place to work. I really hope I get that one.

The second interview went well enough to get me a second interview(wow, does that make sense... I think so...) tomorrow during my lunch break. So we'll see.

I should hear about the first place tomorrow and the second wants to fill the position very quickly. I'm hoping I get to hear from the first place before the second... makes my life easier...

So besides the job stuff, things are okay...Claire was over this weekend. We had a great time. I enjoyed showing her around Vancouver. Had wonderful sushi at my favourite all you can eat place in the West End and then ventured out to Casa Gelato which has 208 flavours... sooooo yummy... we all had at least one flavour with alcohol in it... hmmmm.

I'm a little more hopeful today. which is better than I have been. My depression has been hitting really hard lately. I'm pretty sure it's realted to the pills I'm on. So I think it;s time to go to the doctor and try another brand. I really can't do this much longer and it's hard on the other people around me... I'm holding on and it helps that I've got the support of everyone who cares about me. (thanks)

Anyway, I suppose I should go start dinner. Till next time...(hopefully with great news on the job front).

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Quick update...

Well, I'm excited... I get to work all next week. I'm temping at a place downtown for the entire week! Yes!!!! Pay is okay but so much better than nothing. I go in for a quick training session on Friday.

Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to the end of next week. Not only is Claire coming over for a visit but I've organized a get-together for the core group of people I'm friends with on the DV (discover vancouver) forum. Should be an exciting weekend all around!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Making money...

is the nicest feeling! I got to work today... went in as a temp and covered reception for an accounting firm. It was quiet and i only answered phones but they were really nice and I made myself some money! Wahoo!!!!!! I knew my consultant would come through for me.

So with any luck she might find more stuff for me. and maybe she'll hear back about the interview I did on Friday.

But for now I am just happy to have done something. and speaking of that... It's time for dinner... I am meeting Ryan and his colleagues at a an Irish pub in Kits for dinner. I'm sooooo hungry and very much in the mood for pub food.

Yay food! Yay money!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Out with the old and in with the new...

Well, it's Friday and what a week! Actually it's been a really hard week. I've been going through a slight depression lately, and it's been fine but it's hit me a little harder this week.

Wednesday, I officially withdrew from co-op as I didn't get the job. It took them 2 feaking bloody weeks to tell me I didn't get it! Boy was my advisor pissed off when she found out they still hadn't called me.

Ahhhhhhhh! Bloody hell!

*breath Lindsay, breath*

But there is good news out of all this. I went to an employment agency yesterday and was booked for an appointment with an employment consultant this morning. Went in and had the meeting which consisted of an interview and an assessment of my KSA's (knowledge, skills and abilities... learned that in school). So I did the tests and did quite well.

Things of all things, she ended up getting me an interview for this afternoon!!!!! So at 2pm, iIhad an interview for an admin assistant position. The are wanting to do second interviews so we'll see whether or not I get through to the next stage. If not, Barb will try and get me some temp work.

Crossing my fingers that something, anything will happen.

Monday, June 06, 2005

A survey...

This came from Dave's blog which came from Spencer's blog which I believe came from someone named Laura's blog. So here goes...

Have you ever: (check all that apply)

( ) smoked a cigarette?
( ) smoked a cigar?
( ) smoked anything else?
( ) made out with a member of the same sex?
( ) crashed a friend's car?
(x) been in love?
(x) been dumped?
( ) shoplifted?
( ) been fired?
( ) been in a fist fight?
(X) had feelings for someone who didn't have them back?
( ) been arrested?
( ) made out with a stranger?
(X) gone on a blind date? (Only once... best thing I ever did... found love)
(X) lied to a friend?
( ) had a crush on a teacher?
(X) skipped school?
( ) slept with a co-worker?
( ) saw someone die (not on TV)?
( ) drank till you puked?
( ) been in an abusive relationship?
( ) been attracted to someone that your friends thought was unattractive? (who knows?)
(X) cheated while playing a game? (I used to change the stickers on rubik's cube- could never figure it out)
(X) been lonely? (coincided with depression... not good)
( ) used a fake ID?
(X) had deja vu? (like all the time...)
(X) felt an earthquake? (2 larger ones... I sleep through the smaller ones)
( ) been robbed?
( ) robbed someone?
( ) been suspended from school?
( ) been in a car accident?
( ) witnessed a crime?
(X) had deja vu? (ha ha...very funny)
(X) questioned your heart?
(X) been lost? (first time was in Target in Bellingham when I was like 8)
(X) been to the opposite side of the country? (only as far as Ottawa... but close enough)
(X) swam in the ocean? (ahhhh... Parksville in the summer... warm sand and sun)
(X) cried yourself to sleep? (many times)
(X) sung karaoke? (Club Grad and my 2nd staff Xmas party
( )not had enough money for food? (not yet and hopefully it won't get to that point)
( ) paid for a meal with only coins?
( ) made prank phone calls?
( ) laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose?
(X) kissed in the rain?
( ) crashed a party?
(X) have traveled more than 5 days with a car full of people? (moved across Canada with my family)
(X) had a wish come true?
( ) told a complete stranger you loved them?
( ) had sex in a park?
(X) had a dream that you married someone? (kind of a given)
( ) worn the opposite sex's clothes? (Halloween can be a crazy, crazy time...)
( ) ever felt the presence of a ghost? (I think ghosts hate me)
(X) worn a really ugly outfit to school? (went along with my glasses and braces)
( ) been pushed into a pool/lake with all of your clothes on?
( ) pushed someone into a pool/lake with all of their clothes on?
(X) been told you were hot by a complete stranger? (some guy on a bus... he was creepy)
( ) broken a bone?
(X) caught a fish then ate it? (mmmm... rainbow trout)
( ) made porn?
(X) laughed so hard you cried?
(X) cried so hard you laughed? (scary day)
( ) mooned/flashed someone?
(X) cheated on a test? (grade 4, scary teacher I was very afraid of... math test ... enough said)
( ) gone skinny dipping?
( ) been kicked out of your house?
( ) cheated on a girlfriend?
( ) had casual sex with a close friend?
( ) had sex with someone and later were ashamed to admit it?
(X) felt crushing defeat? (in terms of life... OH YES!)
(X) felt thrilling victory? (only a handful of times but felt amazing)

So you might learn more about me or else you know all this stuff...

Monday, May 30, 2005

Beautiful days...

Yesterday, Ryan and I went to Lynn Valley with our friends Sarah and Troy and a huge group from MeetIn Vancouver that Sarah introduced me to. It was a cloudy and cool day, perfect for hiking. It is so pretty in there. Just lush west coast rainforest, a powerful river that drops in the prettiest falls several times throughout the park. It was nice to be social. There were some of the same people I met a couple if weeks ago, plus a whole lot more.

Ryan met Sarah and Troy for the first time and we all get along great. It's nice to ahve a couple we can go out with. Besides, now Ryan knows that I'm not making Sarah up!

On Thursday, I went to Jericho beach with Sarah and Troy. Soaked up some rays, enjoyed the beach, and the good company. We all got a little crispy... well, Troy was super-extra crispy. He said he hurt for days. Ouch! As it was I burnt in some weird places that obviously got missed when I put on the sunscreen. I'm very glad for aloe vera gel. Good stuff formy poor skin. But, hey! I've got a great tan.

Hoping to hear from the prospective employer today. If she doesn't call soon, I think I'll call her after lunch.

Well... gotta finish my cleaning. It's that time of the week again. Also looking forward to going to Victoria this weekend. Plans are starting to come together. I'll keep you in the loop.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

It's nice to feel productive...

wouldn't you agree? Earlier I went into my perspective place of employment to do an assignment for my perspective employer. She gave me a scenario- Season Opener of the BC Lions and I had to do the following:

-Organize to have a car on display
-Create a contest in which the public wins a prize
-Create an event day itinerary
-Create a budget for the event
-Write a press release to the car dealerships informing them of the event and the car on display
-Write a status report

All in all, it took me 3 hours to do all of that. I'd like to think I did a good job. I was given few details and I also really didn't know what she was loking for. Ingrid is away tomorrow so I'm hoping she will call me on Friday and let me know what's happening. I'm hoping things happen quickly either way. I'm starting to run out of time to start my co-op.

But we'll see. I'm still optimistic that things will go the way they need to.

Have I mentioned recently that I really want this job?

If I'm not working, I'm coming to Victoria for a couple of days. Dave's rowing regatta is on Sat June 4th. So I'll be there cheering him on. It's also my friend Claire's b-day on the Monday. I'm hoping to see those of you I couldn't see before. Kaitlyn, you up for it?

I'll be talking to all of you soon. Keep smiling (if you can).

Enjoy the summer that's now approaching at last. Here in Vancouver it's supposed to be 29 degrees! And I don't doubt it. Today is pretty warm itself.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

And of course...

Just remember that the post I wrote is no real indicater of my spelling skills... I'm out of school and work... I'm allowed the spell funny...

Crossing my fingers and toeses...

No that wasn't a spelling mistake. Watch"Singin in the Rain" and you'll know what toeses refers to.

Well, sorry to keep you all hanging like that. I'll fill you in on the job stuff. I met with Ingrid (my prespective employer) on Thursday. She told me about the job and the company and we talked about what I've done and I explained I was ready for a challenge. It was a pretty informal interview, which I quite liked. The catch is that she's looking at other people as well, so, tommorrow I go in for a test... I haveto write a press release for her to show my writing skilss. It should be pretty easy becuase I did several last summer and I have a couple to refer to becuase there is a specific way to format them. I'm hoping hat foes well. In the end it might come down to doing a voluntary trial week to see how I fit in. I'm hoping it doesn't come to that but I'll do it in any case becuase I really want this job.

As for my long weekend... it was okay I guess but we ad pretty crapy weather here in Vancouver. It sctually started on wednesday evening. Thursday was interesting. Sarah came over for dinner and we had a great time. But during dinner the wind really picked up and we finally got the thunder storm they had been predicting for several days. Sarah left around 9:30 so she wouldn't get caught in the rain. It was good timing becuase about 15 minutes later it just downpoured.

There I was all alone in my little apartment. Ryan was out for the evening and it was pretty creepy. I made a couple of phone calls, watched part of a movie, read in bed and finally fell asleep. Was sleeping really good becuase I didn't even hear Ryan come in the door.

So that was Thursday. After that we got lots of rain (which is good and I'm not really complaining about) but then we also had really high winds (no fun to go grocery shopping in wind AND rain- umbrellas don't work), and don't forget about our bout of hail.

All in all it's been and interesting few days. I'm hoping that the rest of this week is productive and brings good news. Well, laundry calls...

Cheers!!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Hopeful

Well tomorrow could be a really good day... or not. I have a meeting with a lady I was put in contact with by one of my co-op advisors. With any luck I'll have a job. But I'm not going to put too much into it just in case things don't work out. I really need something to happen right now, though. I'm tired of wondering aimlessly around town and I can't stay in the apartment all day everyday.

But I'm being social. Last week , I went with my friend Sarah to a meet and greet mixer. We met a lot of really nice people who are all part of meetin.org... a social gathering organization. We met for drinks and then wandered Stanley Park. It was a lot of fun and it was nnice to be my normal bubbly social self with a bunch of strangers. I was right in my element.

Sarah is coming over for dinner tomorrow. Girls night. Both of our guys are out late so we decided that Thursdays are now officially girls night... as long as I'm not working.

Went to Victoria this past weekend. Ryan had a conference on fri and sat. We went for four days. It was great to see everyone. Good to spend time with my family. My brother was over form Pender so we all (my Mum and Dad, Matt and his girlfriend Laura, Ryan and I) had dinner together. Then on Sat night I had a gathering at my parent's place with Dave, Cheryl and Claire. It was good to see them and be joking and enjoying eachother as we always do.

A friend is going through a rough time right now. I feel for her and I could do more. But she knows that I'm always there for her if she needs me.

Ahhhh. Home. I guess I'm starting to refer to this place as home. The other day Ryan and I were out. I made a comment about " when we get home"... not "when we get back to the apartment" but "when we get home". It's a confortable feeling. I'm still havig a hard time calling my parent's place just that, "my parent's place" and not "my place". Things are sinking in as I go along and I'm starting to feel more settled.

I want to post pics of my place but until Ryan and I get the network set up, I don't have internet access on my computer where the photo hosting program is. Yes Dave.... you can laugh at me about forgetting the switch... how dumb, eh?

Today was a mix in weather. Woke up and it raining. Then it stopped and got brighter. I decided that I should take advantage of the break and get some fresh. Then as soon as I stepped out the door, it started raining. Figures... Murphys Law, eh? It stopped raining awhile later and got very sunny and warm. Well now that I'm home again, the sun id gone, it's very cloudy and I think that it going to rain again. Not to mention the thundershowers they were predicting. Vancouver weather. I don't know why anyone bothers to figure it out at all. Weather forcasts often don't mean much.

Guess that's just the way the cookie crumbles...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

New week...

Had a pretty good weekend. Went to the UBC Botanical Garden's Perennial sale and got myself some pretty plants. Need to get some pots, soil, a trowel and some annuals and my balcony will be set. Looking forward to having a space out there to relax and enjoy my view.

Also looking forward to coming to the Victoria this week. Ryan and I are in on Thursday and we leave Sunday. I'd love to see who I can. Let me know when yo're available and I'll do my best to work something out.

Just doing laundry right now. The dryer takes forever and if I don't do really small loads it will dry some things but not others. Example, Ryan's pants were dry last time but my terry socks weren't. I think it's posessed. But I dhould go check the darn things now. Should be about done...

Friday, May 06, 2005

Cleaning Friday...

Today the apartment gets a good once over of cleanliness. Love the smell of cleaners. Weird, eh? Well since I grew up in a very clean home I guess it reminds me of home.

Feeling a little homesick and lonely right now. The only 2 friends I know here are at work or busy so I must amuse myself. Been out walking everyday. My body is confused. Forgot what exercise was. Also, there is only so many times I can walk the main streets in the West End before you ealize you've seen it all before. I'm not quite there but soon enough I think.

Spent yesterday afternoon down at the beach. Sat on the grass on my picnic blanket with my dinner, listened to some music and skeched the scene around me. Not a bad sketch either. Might be a good painting.

Talked to Claire last night for almost and hour. It was nice to catch up. Our conversations always are long ones. We've have a tendency to not be able to end it. Oh well. I like it that way.

Coming to Victoria next week. Ryan has a conference on Fri and Sat. We're coming over on Thurs afternoon (I might come over on Fri if I have to do job stff) and leaving on Sun. Don't know how much time I'll have to visit with everyone, but I'll try. In any case, I'll talk to all later.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Settling in...

Well, I'm here, I'm unpacked and my place is put together... finally!

For the last three days Ryan andI have been sorting our stuff and figuring out where to put it all. I have to say that the place has finally come together. I'll post some pics when I get some. THe weather's been lovbely except for the short period of rain on Friday but other than that it's benn sunny and warm and there's been a lovely breze off the water. Since we're a block from the beach we get the breeze coming right into the apartment. It helps that we're aater facing.

Going to look for a job starting tomorrow. Wish me luck. I'll post more soon.

Cheers :)

Monday, April 25, 2005

Last days in Victoria...

Right now I'm sitting in my room in my parent's house surrounded by boxes. Boxes, boxes and more boxes. My life currently exists packed tightly in boxes. Not mention the tonne of stuff that has to go in the car. My Mom and I spent most of yesterday packing. Between that and moving all the boxes into my room, my body is sore and tired. It's only 10:30 and I feel like going back to bed! Or at least collapsing on the couch. Mmmm... sounds good.

Last night I had dessert at the Cactus Club with Cheryl. The food was good and so was the bathrroms. Very nice. Then we wondered around downtown where we ended up at Johnny Zee's. Played a shoot'm up game, a motorbike racing game, a car racing game and the basketball game. We had fun and laughed ourselves silly. I also learned that I'm a very good shot. I'm not sure if I should be concerned about that...

Tonight I'm having dinner with Cass, Dustin and Aurora. Ahhh Aurora. Love that little girl. She's like a neice to me. It should be a nice evening. It'll be good to talk more with Cass. We didn't really have a chance on Saturday.

Now Saturday evening was great. Had a get-together at the Irish Times Pub. A lot of people turned out which made it a lot of fun. It was definitley not a night I was going to walk away sober from. Had one beer.. Keith's IPA.. one of my fave's. Then, Dave bought me a 'dirty nellie'. If you don't know what it is, it's guiness and irish wiskey with a shooter of bailey's that you drop in and then you down the entire drink. I wasn't sure I was going to make it but I did. All I could taste was the bailey's, which was a good thing becuase Dave said it smelled like ass. I didn't really want to think about it so I focused on the bailey's.

Then Frankie bought a pitcher of Keith's and proceeded to fill glasses. At some point my glass was topped up. Then came a second pitcher and I was topped up twice.... I think. Suffice to say, I'm not quite sure how much I had. In between chatting and drinking I danced it up with the live band. But I'm so grateful to Dave for driving me home. Wasn't too sure I could make it to the bus on my own. My world was spinning pretty nicely. Made it home, took some tylenol and collapsed into bed. Woke up feeling not too bad at all. Just a minor headache.

It was a great night and I want to thank everyone for coming out. When Dave sends me the evidence (ie. photos) I'll post them. There were some really good ones, especially the one of the group.

Ryan moved in yesterday and I get to talk to him tonight now that our phone line is finally hooked up. Took Telus till this morning, which I guess isn't too bad.

Tomorrow the movers some to take away my stuff. Then on Wednesday we are all on the 9am ferry. Ryan is leaving work at 1pm and then us and my parents are going to Granville Island. Going to be an emotional day, I can just tell. But at least my parent's accept the fact that I'm moving. Not like Dave's parents. I guess all parent's deal with it in their own weird way and we just have tolet them go through the motions. Especially my parents. The reality is that they don't get to ease into it. After all, my brother moved to Pender for the summer, only 3 weeks ago. Now I'm leaving. Major empty-nesting going to happen. But they'll be fine and so will I.

I'm going to miss Victoria and all the wonderful people here. But I'm ready to make this change. I'm ready to take the leap. With any luck I'll have solid ground beneath me when I land... otherwise I'll be landing somewhere in the Straight of Georgia. I think I'll pass on that one!

The next time I write it will be from my new apartment... so everyone take care for now and I'll let you know how I'm doing when I get settled.

:)

Friday, April 22, 2005

5 More days...

Here we go!!!!!!

Nearly there but still have a tonne of packing to do! Tonight I'm having coffee with Claire and Dave. Tomorrow I'm having my big farewell get-together at the Irish Times. On Sunday I'm having dessert with Cheryl at the Cactus Club and on Monday I'm having dinner (hopefully) with Cass, Dustin and Aurora. Maybe I'll get to packing sometime!

Yesterday I wrote my last exam..... ever!!!!! (Well for now anyway). It went awesome... 45 minutes and I was done. It was sooooo easy!

Got three of four final grades back. This term is shaping up to be as good as the last... 2 'A's and a 'B'+! No bad, eh?

Well I should get started on sorting and packing. Got lots to do...

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Can you believe it???????

Yesterday I attended my very last class! Unless of course I decide to go back to school at some point.... but that definitley wouldn't happen for a very long time.

So now I have two exams and then I am done!!!!!!

Had a wonderful night with Claire. Watched a movie and had some nice drinks (he he ... rum). It was nice especially since I had the same thing with Dave last weekend. It's really nice to have spent some time with my friends, especially considering the craziness as of late. But you know what? I okay now.

This week is the first time I felt really joyful. I mean really, truly happy. So I'm mostly better now. Just need to buckle down and get some moving stuff done.

11 days.... here we go!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 04, 2005

The countdown begins...

Alrighty everyone! I've now gone from counting weeks... to counting days... 24 of them to be exact. I move in 24 days! I write my last exam in 18 days and attend my very last class in 12 days. I can't believe I am almost done school. I mean four years have gone by! All I've got left is my final work term and then in October I get to walk across the stage because I've finally completed my Diploma.

When I look back, how I got to this point is really quite amazing. It only took 2 years at UVic, 2 years at Camosun, and a lot of crazy, insane days of studying and writing papers. It took the start and end on one relationship and the changing of a school and career. It took the start of the realtionship of my life and the amazing love from that person. It also took the love and support of my family and some of the greatest people I know... my friends.

My life through this period has been about people and the crazy insanity we all find ourselves in. I'm too much of an optimist to believe that any one event can bring us down. Bu there are times when it all seems too much. Like right now.

You'd think I'd have enough to deal with , what with school, working, moving and looking for a new job but add to that a lot of people I know (including family) are going through serious illness. My poor Mom. She's having a really hard time... we all are. Her best friend who lives in Oregon was just recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She just had an operation to remove as much of the tumour as they can before starting chemotherapy. And... her other best friend's husband (who I've met and really like) is waiting to find out whether he tests positive or negative for Hodgkins Disease (a form of cancer). Add to that that just this afternoon we found ou that my Aunt (my Mom's oldest sister) also has cancer. Can't remember what kind but some hard to pronounce carcinoma. (laughs hopelessly at the irony) You'd think after dealing with cancer so much already, my family might get a break. Guess not.

24 days...

24 beautiful , wonderful days, challenging days.

If I've learned anything in my life so far is that I must make each of them count.

So here's to living each day knowing you are loved by our freinds and family.
I love you all.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Good stuff all around...

So things are finally starting to come together. I booked a moving company today. Actually, there are the only ones to give me a reasonable price for ther amount of stuff I'm taking. They can charge a lot less than other companies because they do regular trips to the mainland. The others don't, so you end up footing a good portion of the truck rental... which can be killer!

So I'm so glad that's done! (understatement!) One less stress out of the way.

So you might ask how I, a poor student, can afford to pay fora moving company. Glad you asked! Yesterday, I got my bursary from Camosun. Every semester, those students considered in financial need can apply for internal foundation bursaries. Last year I got one for $200.00... this year... get this!!!!.... I got $750.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you beleive it? I was shocked!

So my bank account is doing very well, thank you!

So now I just have to wait until my tax refund comes in and then I'll be sitting pretty!

As for everything else... it's pretty much "hurry up and wait"!

YOU"VE GOT TO TRY THIS!!!!

I got this link from my friend Sarah. Turn on your speakers and click on the link.

http://www.grayace.com/dex/bunny.html

Hoppy Easter! (and that wasn't a typo! )

-Feel free to pass it on-

Thursday, March 17, 2005

WestCoast Winter Wonderland...

Just to prove to others that we do occaisionally have experience with "real" winter weather, these photos are ones I took in during the January snow blitz that we had. And since our street is a tiny side street, it took days for the snow plough to find us. By the time it finally did, the snow on the road had become a wonderful thick layer of compressed ice. Yay! :)

Day two... Posted by Hello

Day one... Posted by Hello

My backyard... Posted by Hello

Branches everywhere... Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 16, 2005


My brother shovelling the driveway. Posted by Hello

Island road trip...

I finally got my last three rolls of film developed so expect lots of photos to be posted. The following are from the road trip up-Island with Claire and Dave.

Good photo... too bad the one of the three of us didn't turn out! :( Posted by Hello

Glad we weren't there for that! Posted by Hello

That's a huge tree!!!!!! Posted by Hello

Claire getting comfy in the tree! Posted by Hello

Looking up to Mt. Arrowsmith from the Quay Posted by Hello

I have a home!!!!!!!

Ahhhhhhhhhhh! I have a home!!!!!!!!!!!!! And we get to move mid-month!

We will be living at 1307 Harwood Street, Suite 504

Here's what the building looks like: http://www.seethewestend.com/rental/rent2/4710-18a.JPG

Our place is in the fifth floor, middle section, left apartment (as you see it in the picture).

Friday, March 11, 2005

I'm on my way...

Leaving for Vancouver tomorrow. Going to look at apartments for the second and hopefully last time. If all goes well, we'll find a place that we like and is available for the 15th, then maybe we'll be able to sign a lease. Otherwise, we'll have to wait till April 1st and that's cutting it a little closer than we would like. So wish us luck! :)

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Procrastination is my middle name...

Studying... sleeping... I really should be doing one or the other. As long as it's not both!

But I can't seem to get studying and I can't seem to leave my computer alone long enough to make my bed, so I can sleep. Focus, Lindsay... Focus!

Friday, March 04, 2005

Well rested but not for long...

Well...I had a fabulous time in Calgary! Five wonderful days where I didn't have to be anywhere (except for my flights of course) or do anything. Every night was a slumber party and my friend
Ang(ela) and I stayed up like pretty much every night. Did lots of shopping (got an awesome new suit) and had lunch in the revolving restuarannt in the Clagary Tower... 512 meters up in the air. It was pretty amazing.

Have to say that the flight there was probably most amazing thing about the trip. I pretty much had my face up against the window taking in the view. We convinced that we have one of the most incredible provinces. Don't you agree?

The only downside to the trip is that I had to come back! I probably could have stayed another two days, easy. But I had school and work. I also had a paper due yesterday that I procrstinated so much on, that I finished it at 12 midnight on Wednesday! Yeah... I don't usually do that but I've been so overwhelmed by school, work, moving and getting a co-op position, that I've been kind of stuck and haven't had a tonne of motivation as of late.

However, time contraints are pushing me to get my ass in gear and get stuff done. Have I mentioned that I'm moving soon? As in April 27th, soon? Yeah. Just a little craziness from that. But as mine and Claire's motto says:

Everything will be okay in the end... if it's not okay.. it's not the end!

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Full speed ahead...

For awhile there, I seemed to be stuck in a rut. I was unable to gather any motivation to make decisions.

Well, no longer. I made the big decision. I am now moving to Vancouver a full four months earlier than I had originally planned. I am moving in late April; as soon as my final exams are done!

Now I have about six months worth of stuff to do in two! But as daunting as it all is, I am so excited that things are finally happening. Once again in my life, one major decision I've made seems to have made everything fall into place. Amazing, isn't it, that one decision can affect every aspect of you life so greatly?

Well, wish me luck. I could all that comes my way. Especially considering that I know have to develop a co-op position in another city.

Bring it on!

Friday, February 04, 2005

Days passing by...

I know you're all thinking it.. so I'll just say it: my commitment to this blog has been going sadly downhill. But know that I've adjusted to school, I think I've got things figured out.

Not too much has happened since I last wrote. Went to Vancouver on the 28th, which was nice, except that whatever bug I was fighting, decided to hit really hard on the Saturday night. I felt awful. But Ryan was good to me and it was nice to be there with him. Ended up taking that following Tuesday off work. SO glad I did. Ifelt so much better the next day!

And on the topic of illness, I'm sad to say that we had to put our oldest cat down this week. He had been so ill for the last two weeks. He wasn't eating, he drank very little and was sick all the time. We couldn't watch hime suffer so we decided that it was time. I will miss him.

And it seems to be the fianl conlusion to that part of my life. TC was the last cat left from when my older brother was alive. In a way it is final closure but in another way I feel that we lost that last tangible and alive thing we had of David. But I am okay. Better than I had anticipated. It will be okay.

On a lighter note, I go to Calgary in three weeks. I am so excited. Even though I have reading break next week (i.e two days), my real vacation will be when I go to see one of my oldest friends. I have seen her in five years and we;ve known eachother since we were 10. That's over half my life! That's pretty amazing to me.

In the meantime, I am working extra shifts. This is great for my bank account but not so great for my energy levels. I work threee nights in a row and then I have two night classes the following two days. I did that this week and I do the same next week. Sigh. "Just think of the money, just think of the money". I guess being able to pay rent and my bills on time is worth working extra. Don't you think?

Well, have to get ready for a group meeting (I hate group meetings)and class. Wish me luck. Especially since I have a midterm and a quiz to study for over the weekend.

Friday, January 14, 2005

And the days go on...

Thought it was about time I caught up here. Just started school this week and I have to say it's going to be interesting semester. Only have four classes but still lots to do, so I can't slack at all if I want to keep the stress down. Also going to do my best to keep up on my reading (we'll see). It does help that I only have two texts.

Also focusing on developing a coop position for the spring. I'm going to the Bridal Fair this weekend to do some networking. Did the same back in October, so I know what it's like. It can be a little awkward since I'm not there as a bride and everyone thinks you are. But it works okay. Besides, it's so much fun.

Right now the sun is shining so brightly. It's that beutiful winter sun that can sometimes be blinding, but can warm you to your very bones. You know what? Sometimes I don't mind winter. Does that make me wierd? Oh well if it does. :)

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Oh yeah...

In case anyone was wondering... I now have long distance. Exciting isn't it?

And the winner is...

Ever year, Claire and I come up with a motto to use during the year to help us get through. This year's motto came care of a magnet with an anonymous quote I found and gave to her. When I saw it I knew it was perfect. This year's motto is:

"Everything will be okay in the end.

If it's not okay...

It's not the end"

Ringing it in..

2005 began walking up Cook Street to Yates to catch the last 22 bus. I was walking with my boyfriend Ryan and my friend Claire. Wonder of all wonders... it began to snow. Ever so lightly but it was hard to ignore the icy flakes as the wind tossed them in the air and on to my face. In the background we could hear the bells from the cathedral ringing in the New Year.

It was a good night. Went to a party at a friend's and hung out with a bunch of people I've known from school over the years. Even had a couple of youngsters there(a two year old and a 10 week old baby). Just goes to show you how all our lives are changing.

And speaking of changes, I 've been thinking about what I want for this coming year. I plan to set some goals to keep me headed in the right direction. Athough they might called New Year's resolutions, I like to think that they could be made at any time.

This year will be a "Be good to Lindsay" year. In short I will do what I need to to make sure that I do what's right for me. I plan to re-start my workout routine (which I had going very well last year, thank you, but I fell off after awhile). I plan to eat better but to also treat myself when I have done well. I will organize my room properly (FINALLY!) and keep to my established budget. The ultimate goal is to keep my stress levels down and enjoy each day. Which leads me to other areas of my life I need to focus on.

My relationship is so important ot me, and this year is a big one for the two of us. I am moving to Vancovuer in September, so we'll finally be together in the same city again. There is much to do and figure out but it will all happen as it needs to.

The other area I am going to work very hard at is my art. It is my passion and I can't keep putting it off. With less classes this semester I hope I can get some good things accomplished.

Here's to a New Year, new goals and a continuing postive outlook on life and the world, no matter what happens around the world or at home.

CHEERS!!!