Monday, October 31, 2005

This little princess wanted to give me candy.

The cutest trick or treaters came to our door tonight. So adorable.

My Brilliant Idea

Okay I think everyone fantasies about having a truly novel idea and making millions from it.
This morning as I loathed looking at our unmade king size bed I thought to myself. I hate making beds and I'll feel this way for every day that I ever get up.

It's time to make a bed that looks very cool but doesn't need to be made. I'm thinking the mattress can be to focal point of the room, and have a cool design like a top sheet. The pillows and blankets you'd store in a pull out box under the bed. For a couple you'd have 2 separate blankets, this would solve midnight arguments of, "what how come you have all the blankets" and so it's still romantic you'd make the blanket is big enough so you can still layer them and sleep together when you feel like it. (for the first 20 minutes of sleep mostly).

So I think the bed should become more multi functional like a lounger and place to sleep, You could make a mural on the lounger/bed to be a focal point of the room and the whole padded headboard look would fit into this perfectly.

I think if you marketed this as the bed that doesn't need to be made, at least every single guy on the planet would want one!

What no one has commented on my brilliant idea, okay maybe it's not so easy to visualize. Come on someone out there must think it's an okay idea. Hmm I wonder what Martha Stewart would think.

I asked Quentin about my idea and he said he couldn't visualize it, Kate said the same thing. I receintly bought a whole pack of colorful sharpie pens so I drew a little mock bedroom with the bed that you don't have to make.
I think what I was envisioning was the bottom sheet being the focus instead of having to use a top sheet and comforter as your, "made bed". You would change the bottom sheet and that would be the focus for the room. It would have to be a really new fabric, something incredibly durable but soft and comfortable, kinda what ultra suede has done for the coach.
I don't really know anything about designing furniture but I still think if you marketed a bed that didn't need to be made in the traditional sense, many people would at least give it a few minutes consideration and it could be one of those trendy new things that last for awhile.

Hockey Joke

My little brother told me to blog this awhile back. It's definitely a cheeky Bradley joke.

Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Wayne Gretzky are standing before God at the throne of Heaven. God looks at them and says, "Before granting you a place at my side, I must first ask you what you believe in." Addressing Lemieux first he asks, "What do you believe?" Mario looks God in the eye and states passionately, "I believe Hockey to be the food of life. Nothing else brings such unbridled joy to so many people, from Moscow to the bright lights of New York. I have devoted my life to bringing such joy to people who watch us and support their team." God looks up and offers Mario the seat to his left. He then turns to Steve Yzerman, "And you, Steve, what do you believe?" Stevie Y stands tall and proud, "I believe courage, honor and passion at the fundamentals to life and I've spent my whole playing career providing a living embodiment of these traits." God, moved by the passion of the speech offers Yzerman the seat to his right. Finally, he turns to Wayne Gretzky, "And you, Wayne, what do you believe?" "I believe," says Gretzky, "You're sitting in my seat"

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sunday Night

Everyone loves Sunday night, the last bit of being lazy before the work week starts again. This coming week should be interesting. My Mom is gone to NY till Thursday so I'll have to keep her and my clients happy till she comes home. I'm suspecting it will be hectic but lucrative so I definitely don't mind. I am a bit jealous too that my parents are going to NY again. My Dad decided he wanted to go for his birthday. I don't know why I like that place so much it's just another city, and I have a big city just 30 minutes from me now.

Tonight we watched the movie Bewitched, it had one really funny part were I laughed so hard I started to cry. It's were Will Ferrell is trying ask for his dog back if you've seen it. I never thought he was that entertaining until that scene.

Okay here is too the comng week, hope it's a good one.

Being Jem for the night.

This is one of favorite costumes of all time, Jem

Carmen Cassandra

Pirate Jon

Alice in Wonderland

Candice and I

Jen as a flapper girl

Tom and Jen.

Sexy Cop from the Mirage, I thought her outfit was so cute.

The cutest nuns ever.

The Boys

The girls!

Me as Jem and my backup singer Quentin.

p.s Quentin thought he'd do this because everyone says he wears dresses anyways, but unfortunately he felt exposed when he went to the bar so he ran back up to Chris's to get changed. At least now he knows what it's like to think you could easily be molested by a stranger at any second.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Brad's the Hulk

Bradley called the house tonight and said, "quick get everyone in the kitchen I'm coming over. When we opened the door he ran on one spot and yelled, "I'm getting angry" and then he ran into the middle room and ran on the spot again yelling. It was pretty funny.

I've been tagged by Candice.

I have to say 20 things about me.
Oh geez this should be easy for all the stuff I talk about but for some reason I'm stumped.

1.I never liked to admit it before, but I've always liked writing. When I feel confused about anything for some reason when I actually try to put it into a paragraph it starts to become clearer what it is I'm feeling.
2. I want to figure out how to be a singer one day and play an instrument confidently. I think being in a band and having 4 or 5 people all playing the same thing and it just clicking would be really neat.
3. When I was a teenager and went to many religious bible camps I was convinced that God wanted me to be a missionary and I was terrified of traveling and thought that they made no money so I was very upset and felt very guilty because I didn't think it was great. Now that I'm older I actually think the life style of a missionary seems very interesting and fullfilling and I can't possible believe now that I was terrified of traveling.
4.I like arts and crafts more than I admit. Artistic stuff was never really something my family promoted, it was more sports, but now I'm starting to remember all the great things you can make, like funky halloween costumes.
5.Places I've traveled, Hawaii * 2, Florida *3 or 4. Barbadoo's, Toronto, California *2, Oragon, Germany, Brussels, Greece, etc. Most of my traveling is in the States and I always like going there. One of my favorite things to do when we first cross the boarder is check out the candy at the first gas station. For some reason I have a fascination with the different brands and flavors, I'm amazed that we don't have the same ones in Canada.
6.I'm becoming more and more interested in Gardening, and one day I want to take the master gardener coarse so I can learn all the latin names, even though I'll be terrible at spelling and pronouncing them.
7.I really want to have my own swimming pool one day.
8.I've never gone skinny dipping.

Finish this later, starting to get too tired.

9.I want to take a basic HTML coarse because I'm tired of not being able to understand the code part of this blog. I want to be able to edit the template and know what I'm doing.
10. I try to be very tidy. I'm constantly walking around my house and mentally noting things that need to be cleaned dusted or moved. I have a rule that if I haven't used something in the last 2 yrs then I should really throw it out or give it to someone else who will use it.
11. I like fashion, I have a few friends who I consider my Guru's and when I'm in doubt as to what's flattering I give them a call. Kate you're my primary.
12. I hate being bored, or just feeling like nothing is interesting. I consider it torture.
13.I want to get one of those new wave perms.
14. I've been married for 3 yrs and together with my husband Quentin for 5 yrs in total.
15. I sometimes fantasize about moving to New York for few years. I don't know what I'd do to make money, but I'd love to give it a try.
16.I love Star Trek and any true science fiction.
17.I wanted to be a sports psychologist in my first year of university, since I was a competitive figure skater for 10 yrs, it's a sport were psychological performance issues are extremely common.
18. I know that I want to have 3 children one day. I come from a family of 3 siblings and it just really works for us.
19. I'm really afraid to have children because I think I'm going to gain 60lbs. :(
20. I'd like to be able to speak just one more language fluently at some point in my life, maybe French or Greek is the latest.

Alright that wasn't to bad, who to tag,

I bet their's only a 50% chance you'll do it, but Andrew take it away.

K I've been reading other peoples lists and I really like it so I want to tag other people, Miranda! and Stephanie! If I think of others with blogs I'll tag you later. :)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Cabby says hello from Amsterdam

Cabby emailed me a video message from Amsterdam today it was the sweetest thing in the world. Thanks Cabby you totally made my day. Here's the video message.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Madonna is back!

Madonna has a new video which I think is very cool. She is so cool! Growing up I was taught that Madonna was bad and evil and I wasn't even allowed to listen to the song "True Blue" when it first came out. Now that I'm all grown up Madonna inspires me. This lady who is how old just knows how to create a fantastic look. The pictures, the video, the song, the outfits wow I hope I have just a smiggen of that much style.
My favorite parts of the video are.
1. Madonna in her dance studio, (reminds me of taking ballet)
2. The Chinese cooks dancing together in formation at the restaurant.
3.Madonna walking with her tight dark skinny jeans, brown boots and black jacket. Now I want skinny jeans and a black jacket.
4 The stereo with it's different colored lights.

Maslow's Original Paper

I'll have to read this later, it's a link to Maslow's original paper how cool is that!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Trinity Western News

So my little brother goes to Trinity Western University, which boasts a very Christian community. At chapel today it's announced that the President is under investigation for sexually harassing one of the facility members.

Ahhhhh that sucks. He was the President when I went to Trinity I never really knew him but he seemed like a normal competent leader. How is it that a guy who has everything in the palm of his hand, even the devotion of an entire university just couldn't help himself. I guess no matter how developed we become we are ultimately still driven by our primary needs. But that's Maslow's theory, "Hierarchy of Needs"

Actually Brad just told me that his wife just died recently, poor guy. I'm not looking forward to the day when I've been together with my spouse for 30 years and one of us kicks off first. When you think about it most old people are lonely because their spouse that they spent a life time with has just passed on. I hope I die first cause I know Quentin would be better at handling the, "being alone" way better than me.

I want to note as well that even though I feel sorry for Dr. Snider I really hope the faculty member (God hopefully a lady) isn't hurt in any way and that I'm not trying to justify his actions.

The Jem Wig

Candice and went down to a store down on White Rock beach today and tried on my ultimate favorite wig "Jem Wig". I have wanted to buy this wig for the last 2 yrs but for some reason I'm just having a hard time actually going ahead with the purchase. Maybe one day I'll surprise myself.

The Diet

I was remembering the actual name of my blog yesterday and think I've forgotten many of my goals from the beginning of the year. I would still like to lose 10lbs but it's really hard. My Dad since the summer has lost 40lbs, and he's looking so much better. He's been apart of the Berstein diet which I think is fantastic when you're a diabetic and have so much to lose. So my question to myself is if he can lose 40lb why can't I get rid of at least 5lb. I know I don't look like I need to lose weight but I just don't want to ever lose control. I don't want to feel like I'm at a place were I can't manage myself anymore. This year I'll be spending Christmas in Hawaii which means during the holiday season when traditionally you eat the most I'll be anticipating sitting in a bikini for 2 weeks. I think it's going to be really weird being somewhere warm, usually our family heads to Whistler and everyone heads up the mountain for some snowboarding or skiing. You see these are appropriate winter sports because if you have a little bit of extra fat on your body it keeps you warm and pads your bum when you fall. Okay enough talk, it's off to the gym :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

I didn't know you could garden so fast.

Mrs. Mitchell came over and ripped through my garden like the Tazmanian Devil. She dug up shrubs that were overcrowding my front and we had them replanted in the back in about 10 minutes. I would have thought for sure that the plants would die if handled them this way but apparently they won't. I told her that I thought when you dug up a plant you had to be very careful not to destroy the root and to carry lots of soil with it which makes it heavy and harder to do. But nope this isn't the case and you can take practically all the soil off a root so it's really light and easy to carry.
I'm sort of starting to understand the difference between shrubs and perennials which I want my garden to be mostly of. I'm going for the low maintenance garden and I think Quentin and I should invest in some sort of automated watering system since I hate standing there with a hose in the summer. I've decided as well that heavy gardening in the fall when it's cool out is so much more enjoyable and Mrs. Mitchell noted that in the summer it's the time to relax and enjoy your work.
See it's starting to come together.

I didn't hire a gardner but now I have one. :)

Mrs. Mitchell showed up this morning bright and early and started planting the shrubs. I looked out the window and their she was. Oh yah and she's a doctor too so if I bump my head or something it's nice to have her around.

Headache Time for Me

We'll I'm fighting a nice headach this morning, I feel like a bit of a zombie when these hit. I have things I'd much rather be doing but I know I have to relax and enjoy doing nothing, ouch even typing hurts.

Monday, October 24, 2005

This is Cute

This is quite funny, it's about 2 minutes. click me

Backyard Garden

Yesterday Mrs. Mitchell took us to the older house she used to live at on Panorama Ridge. We walked around her property which was overcrowded with shrubs and perennials and she and Quentin dug up plants. Thank you so very much honey, I was a bit useless as all I did was stand point and say yes I'll take that one. (I was a big ball of emotion, stress, tension, yuck)
But it was very refreshing to stand out in the fresh damp air, it was so peaceful it made me really appreciate gardening again. Things I learned that are interesting, rhododendrons are extremely easy to transplant. They were digging up these very tall Rodo's and it was relatively simple.
So now I'm happy because I've really wanted to fill in our backyard with plants and give it volume, but I didn't know were to start, the project seemed too overwhelming. Now as you can see I have a whole bunch of plants just lying flat ready to be planted and propped up. Mrs. Mitchell said she would come over next Saturday and help me position and plant them. Looking forward to it.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Sunday Stress

I would just like to say that the last few Sundays have been really busy for me and have sort of reached a peak today. It feels like I have multiple problems, and they are all totally separate but seem to be melding together in my mind. I was driving and trying to relax today when my Mom called. Instead of speaking normal and calm with her about my problem I instigated a debate and then hung up and started crying after she didn't tell me what I wanted to hear. I think I wanted to feel sorry for myself so I let her be the enemy. You only do that with the people your closest with. So anyways it will be fine, I already feel much better, but geez I was wondering today what's that fine line of good stress were you're pushing yourself to the next level or bad stress were it's starting to change you negatively. How do you monitor yourself, cause sometimes when you're wrapped up in something it's hard to really have perspective.

Here is an article on good/bad stress and I cut and pasted some quotes.

According to Bond, nobody enjoys the feeling of stress, but those who are
best able to manage it have high levels of what he calls psychological
Those who are psychologically flexible put themselves in fearful situations
to pursue their goals. People who deal well with stress typically allow
themselves to feel fear. The point about psychological flexibility is that you use your fear for a constructive end.

Dr Bond says that one of the reasons stress has become a modern affliction
is that as a society we live in an increasingly complex world. My grandfather
never spent the morning shouting at his computer while trying to get online,
for example.

Successful people have a history of being able to cope. They sleep well, eat well, take exercise and, crucially, have good relationships. This could be with a partner, a spouse or a friend what matters is that you have people in your life whom you can confide in.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Halloween Trolley Tour

Tonight we went on this Halloween trolley tour out of the planetarium in Vancouver. The tour was supposed to be scary but it wasn't at all. It was more like a historical tour.

This is the picture of the night, Quentin has the best facial expressions especially since I'm beside him looking so normal.

Part of the tour took us to the old Police building downtown. They took us inside the morgue and autopsy room which was kind of creepy

Friday, October 21, 2005

Sushi on Granville St

Chris and I went for Sushi last night, considering both Candice and Quentin were either working or at home sick. This Sushi place has little barbecues so you cook your own meat. I even tried the barbecued Squid, which was actually okay maybe a little rubbery. So here Chris is trying to finish all the food he ordered because it's all you can eat for $20 dollars. However what you don't eat you have to pay for and he majorly underestimated my eating power. In the end he almost finished it all and the waiter said that was good enough. Good Job Chrissy!

I'll have to find out the name of this restaurant, it was so good.

After we went to see this new movie with Mathew McConaughey's new movie with Al Pacino 2 for the money. It was based on football and gambling and was okay. The only part that I really liked was how they dealt with the issues of addiction , they really explained well why people can't let go, and I really felt what they meant.

So thanks Chris you were a great date but next time I do expect you to buy me popcorn, candy and a drink, especially when I have to see a guy movie. :)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Match Point

My girlfriend said she saw this as a preview to another movie and it was really intense and dramatic, I love Scarlett Johansson and after watching the trailer this does look very emotional. This should be an interesting flick. Here's the trailer.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Sex and the City look a likes

Okay I found a bunch of pictures of people who look like the actors from sex and city especially the one who looks like Charlotte, wow the resemblance is amazing.
One of Quentin's friends Toby is here right now and he was like "Kim Catrall was married to my uncle, that woman held me as a baby." I was like, "Toby everyone tells me I look like her and how do I make some money with it." and he's like "you do like her, but their are tons of look alikes out there and theirs nothing you can do." So I looked online and he's right, for some reason I never considered that before, but now I'm like okay if I'm lazy and never do anything I don't have to regret it, so now I'm actually glad. And look their are more people out their that look the same, isn't that weird that people that aren't related look so similar.

Night Time

Tonight I'm sitting at my island in the kitchen (I'll have to post a picture of it one day) cause my brother went to the gym and my Mom is watching a Martin Short movie while we wait for him to get back. I'm attempting to make a chicken rice soup, which I wanted to be really different and interesting tasting, but my creative cooking skills chickened out and tonight and I decided to default to the safety Mommy recipe which is boil the hell out of the remains of the roast chicken that you bought from Save On Foods, then throw in what ever vegetables are still left in your fridge that haven't gone bad. You can add some rice too. I've sort of grown up on this recipe and I don't think I could ever really write it down, way to complicated.
Besides my soup I've had an interesting day, at one point I had a big discussion about depression and expectations and it's occupied my thoughts since. It was brought up how their are just so many expectations today and how your own pressure on yourself can really ruin you if you let it. I think for everyone it can be hard, their is this timeline that society has, like be married by a certain age, have children, own a place, have so much money, look as good as you can, and do it by a certain age and be happy otherwise that's lame. Even on this blog I think I'm wary to do a depressing post because we'll who wants to read that. In my mind a successful person is upbeat, cheery and always nice with no complaints. When you think about it though who can be like that all the time, it's depressing just thinking about being so happy. I think if you allow yourself to be depressed and feel like it's okay to fail then you're really accepting who you are and that's quite nice and comfortable. This might seem like a funny example but when I was a kid I loved hanging out at friends houses who were kind of messy cause it was relaxing and I felt like I could be myself. My house now a days is usually very clutter free and clean but hey what can I say I like hanging out at a house that's not totally clean.
Okay I might edit this thought more later, but I have to jump up and go see what my Mom is up too, she's insisting that I put lemon in my chicken soup to make it more tart.

p.s. Here is a picture of my Mom dancing in my kitchen as I write this post, to the music on the tv movie. This is were I got my great dancing aptitude.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Todd Bertuzzi, we're headed to the hockey game tonight which I actually totally forgot about but for some reason I had a dream about Todd Bertuzzi last night. We were in the same geography class together and were assigned to this project were we had to color in a map. I hardly ever remember my dreams but this one was pretty vivid. Since we're headed to the hockey game tonight, I think it would be quite funny if I had a sign that said, "I dreamt about Todd Bertuzzi last night" I'm sure I'd get on the big screen. I would never actually do that especially since Quentin might not appreciate it, but I bet if a girl did that everyone would laugh.
I'm excited to go to the game tonight :)

Kosta Braldey told me to Blog this picture of you. Hope you like it. p.s Quentin has some customers who are Greek and their daugher just came home from being in Greece for 3 years so were going to try to introduce Jon.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Just sitting at home watching TV

There is a new lap top in the house, initally I couldn't get my hands on it because Quentin was tinkering so much, but now he's mostly done and I get to keep it on my lap while I watch tv. I should mention lap tops are like mini heaters and kept your legs warm, it's very cozy.
Okay I better get back to watching this movie Addicted to love with Meg Ryan and Mathew Broderick. It's kind of a romance with a lot of drama, good old complicated love.

My little visitor

I had a little man come over and visit me today(Jack). I tried to talk to him but he mostly just slept ate, and smiled. Anyways here is his having a nap while his Mommy (Miranda) and I watched a movie.

I paid off my last student loan today

Ahh finally it's only been 4 years, but I finally paid my last student loan today. I'm so glad to get that over with. :)

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Someone says it on camera

Watch this little video of someone telling me I look like Kim Cattrall. I'm yelling a bit because a band was playing in the background. I just thought it was funny because I was showing a house that day and the lady who owned the house was like, "you know you look like that actress" and then I heard it twice at the party.
I really need to figure out how to make some cash from all this.

Stephanies oldest sister turned 40 today so we all went to a big hall were they had the party. Here is a cute pic of Steph and I.

Chris is the first guy I know to get his eyebrows threaded. Nothing makes your eyebrows look as defined as threading and it's only $4 at any East Indian Hair Salon.

Ahh usually you don't nap at Boston Pizza!!!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Lan Party

Last night we went to our friend Andrews house to hang out in the garage where for the last week he's had about 13 computers set up for testing purposes. Part of the testing process is to play this very intensive addictive video game called Quake 3. So here we are Friday night playing for countless hours against one another. I think at one point we had 13 or 14 different people playing against each other at the same time, it was free for all killing spree. It was fun but by the end I would walk outside and somehow could still see the flashing lights when I looked at a dark area, very trippy and I'm thankful someone didn't keel over and have a seizer from all the flashing lights.
Here is Quentin very impressed and happy because our new laptop was working so well.

Colin looking a little Zombish

Friday, October 14, 2005

Getting Rid of the Lilac Tree

We spent a whole day last weekend slaving away in my brothers backyard, here he is demolishing a Lilac tree, my mother wasn't very happy about it, but he was. Unfortunately the tree was in the wrong place and the yard was overgrown anyways. It was amazing what the 6 of us accomplished in one Sunday afternoon, the yard was spotless after.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Pussy Cat Dolls, "Don't Cha"

Found another good video, "Don't Cha" I love this song, it's different it's funky, if you watch it closely the dance moves are distinct and interesting. The best part is how they take this song that's actually really sleazy and tone it down with girls who are jumping on a trampoline and wearing sneakers. That's my favorite part and if I could be in the video I'd want to do that.

Mariah Carey, "Shake It Off"

I clicked on a news webpage this morning at it took me to a website that had Mariah Carey's new video, "Shake It Off". I'm a very old fan of Mariah Carey, she is fantastic and even though she's a bit over the top not many artist can sing like she can. I think she can hold a melody with her voice exceptionally well.
Anyways here is her new video and check out her hair in the second scene as she's sitting on the table, it's so huge I love it, I have to figure out how to do that.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

The Interpreter

After having a very big thanks giving feast at my parents we came home to watch a flick. Tonight it was The Interpreter with Nicole Kidman. The movie was good, I really liked the character Sylvia and in the movie she was quiet yet sassy. I didn't understand all the politics regarding the movie but having African culture made it more interesting somehow and not just a regular shoot'em up movie. I thought the most memorable moment was when she told a story of people from Africa and how they let go of their dead and sorrow. I don't want to say it but if you watch the movie wait for it, it's really touching.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

New Pics for my buisness cards.

I just had a whole new bunch of pictures taken. I have so many good ones I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them all but here are my two favorites so far. This is going to be fun find something to do with them, thanks Cal. :)