A to Z weekend

AUGUST is almost over. I haz a sad.

BIG BROTHER was not on because of the Emmys. I haz another sad.

CHELSEA. We went to the old Chelsea Market to get fresh veggies over the weekend. We got there a little late, but it was okay. We’ll go earlier next week.

DRUNKS kept me up awake sunday morning from 3am to 5am. If they do that again next week, I might get angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.

EMMYS. I watched the Emmys while reading comments on Twitter. It was missing “Shiny’s made up facts about the Emmys” like we had during the Olympics. How cool was that?

FLYING in! Friends of ours we haven’t seen in a while are flying in at the end of September. I sense some time off coming…

GNOCCHI (home made) were made on Friday night. That sh*t takes a long time to make, let me tell you.

HBO. After watching previously mentionned Emmys, I realized that I need to get HBO.

I’LL BE BACK! I got sucked into a Schwarzenegger marathon on Sunday.

JEWEL. Is it just me or does Jewel looks like she’s not all there when she sings? I mean she looks like her hair caught on fire when she was little and they extinguished the fire by hitting it with a shovel. I loved her so much in Firefly.

KIDS are sad the summer is over.

LAWN needs to be mowed.

MOM is back home. I’m amazed at the miracles of modern medecine. Of course, it might just be all the gnocchi I made.

NAP. LovelyWife took a 3-hour nap on Sunday.

OUTDOOR activity: We hiked around Pink Lake. Pictures to follow.

PLATES were bought. We’ve been looking for rectangular plates for a while, and managed to find some. Sweet!

QUIET. I need to find a quieter computer, as my home computer’s HDD is making a noise that reminds me of a blender on pulse. This does not look good. I’m half kidding, all my data is on an external HDD, so if the computer dies, I just need to reinstall the OS.

ROULETTE Scotch glasses. I like them. A lot.

SOFT. I gained some weight while on vacation. Time to do something about it. I downloaded the C25K App. Gotta start running now. Or tomorrow. Tommorow-ish.

T-FAL frying machine. We finally got one and made awesome French Fries with mussels on Saturday night. This machine uses next to no oil, so I don’t have to feel too bad if I get some French Fries from time to time.

USED. My living room chair was delivered two weeks early (Yay!) but is broken (Boo!). The frame is crooked. I suspect this was a return of a used chair, as mine was supposed to be built today and delivered on the 16th.

VERDICCHIO. The wine we had with the mussel was delicious.

WTF? I went back to the furniture store to ask for a chair repair/replacement, and the manager started by offering me 10$ to “buy some washers at the Home Depot” to “Even out the legs”. I was not impressed, and told him so. If I’m paying 600$ for a chair, it will not look like ass the day I get it.

X-MAS. Less than four months before X-Mas. start shopping people! Don’t complain to me on December 23 that I didn’t warn you early enough.

YIKES! Zoé is starting High School today.

ZOÉ is starting High School today.



Stolen from the Bellaventa

A – Age: 37

B – Bed size: Double

C – Chore You Hate: Folding clothes

D – Dad’s Name: Peupa (Jean-Paul)

E – Essential Start Your Day Item: Underwear

F – Favorite Actor: Kevin Spacey

G – Gold or Silver: Platinum

H – Height: 5’11”.

I – Instrument (s) you play: Guitar.

J – Job Title: Ass. to the manager.

K – Kid(s): Two.

L – Like: Another drink please.

M – Mom’s Name: Meuman (Mona… M-O-N-A Mona…) 

N – Nickname: Michel

O – Overnight Hospital Stay Other Than Birth: Not in a very long time.

P – Pet Peeve: Loud chewers

Q – Quote that you like: “Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine”

R – Righty or Lefty: Ambivalent.

S – Siblings: Two younger. A Sister, than a brother.

T – Time You Wake Up: 5:15.

U – Useful tool: Computer / Blackberry.

V – Vegetable that you dislike: Ocras.

W – Ways you run late: I’m never late.

X – X-rays You’ve Had: Teeth, shoulder, back, right knee.

Y – Yummy Foods You Make: Pizza, rice pudding, Mac&Cheese.

Z – Zodiac: I am the walrus, goo goo g’joob.

Oh, and today is the first day of spring. Rejoice.

Lazy Tuesday 50

Well, I’ve done it again. I find a good thing and then it’s swept from under my feet. Avitable decided to end his Lazy Sundays – with a bang I might add – so this is the last time I’ll steal his Lazy Sundays and answer them on my blog. Gotta find another schtick!

1. Have you ever pretended to be your girlfriend dad?

We don’t have those type of issues. Let me rephrase that. We’re not really into role playing. Wait that didn’t sound good. I’m into a different kind of role playing. Aaaaaargh!

2. Would you ever cut one of your friends on purpose?

Sure, if they asked nicely. And signed a release form.

3. Where’s the worst place you’ve ever gone without a weapon or Backup?

I’m Canadian, I go pretty much everywhere without a weapon.

4. Are you afraid of tollbooths?

Yes, there incredibly small and I could get wedged in them.

5. Have you ever worn OR scrubs?

There was one year I pretended to be a surgeon. Long story.

6. What do you do with a smell that won’t come out?

Leave it in and shut the door.

7. Don’t you hate when nobody will acknowledge you or talk to you?

Say what?

8. Can you fly a plane? Does anyone know?

No and no. That’s what scares me. I think I should start to get the word out. What if there’s a problem on a plane and they ask me to fly the damn thing?

9. Do you fight with your wife and in-laws non-stop during Christmas?

We stop for sleep and meal breaks. Har har. I never fight with my in-laws. I fight with my wife on occasion, not just over Christmas.

10. Have you ever burned something valuable that wasn’t yours?

Not that I can recall. Never been the type to play with fire much.

11. Has anybody ever shot you with a BB pistol?

As a matter of fact, my cousin shot me with a spring-loaded BB pistol when I was around 12. He almost took my eye out. We were playing fake poker, and had the old BB pistol out (we were pretending to be gangsters). One of us would pretend to win, the other one would grab the pistol and shoot the other. the sound of the barrel popping out would be the bullet, and the winner would fake death in the cheesiest possible way. Repeat ad nauseam.

We had been doing this for a good 20 minutes when it happened. I must explain that we were playing with that gun all the time since we were 6-7, and we never put pellets in the pistol. But on that day, when my cousin shot me, I fell on the floor and my cousin heard the pellet bouncing off the wall. There had been a pellet stuck in there for at least 6 years, and it came out and hit me about half a inch from my left eye.

12. Can you go to the bathroom if someone is listening?

At home, sure! Elsewhere, not so much. Although I must say taking the plane on a demi-regular basis does a lot to cure that little paranoia of mine. When you travel and you see a bathroom, use it, you never know when you’ll see another one.

13. Have you ever bought the very last hot dog from a hot dog stand?

I bought my last sausage from a particular sausage vendor. It was the very last I’ll get from that place. I ordered a Diet Pepsi and one polish sausage. The guy cooked my sausage, and when it was done opened his cooler so I could get my can of Diet Pepsi. Amongst the cans, ice and water were floating sausages. Yum! 

14. Would you kiss a toaster?

Only if I thought it could turn into a PlayStation 3 with a 62″ flat screen HD TV.

15. Do you like gladiator movies?

Only if by “gladiator” you mean “rare” and “movies” you mean “steak”.

Lazy Monday Meme*

1. Name something you have in common with all your siblings?
We all have the same amout of ears, eyes, arms and legs (2). Oh I know, we have the same parents!

2. Do you fold your underwear?
Yes, otherwise they won’t fit in the drawer.

3. Who is the last person you wrote a letter to on paper?
That would be the diagonal letter I wrote to Martin. I think this was in 1996.

4. What was your first job?
I had a paper route like everybody else. That didn’t last long.

5. Aside from Driver’s Ed, who really taught you how to drive?
I pretty much learned on my own by reading manuals. Did I ever mention I love reading manuals?

6. What did you do today?
Got up, put underwear on, peed, started downloading “Life on Mars”, looked for the corn drawing at, answered five questions on this meme. Oh wait, six!

7. Are you emotional?
Hell no! Ahem. Yes.

8. Have you ever had the same dream more than once?
This is funny as I had this really weird dream last night, and it is a recurring dream. It’s a creepy dream about a serial killer in which I get killed. It’s always the same dream. I dunno wat it means but it freaks me out.

9. If you were in an emergency situation and you had to deliver a baby, could you?
I could deliver a baby if I had the address and a fast car.

Boil some water! Bring me some towels! That’s pretty much as far as my knowledge of delivering babies goes. Although, my son was born with the “help” of a midwife, and she pretty much just stood there telling Lovely Wife that she could do it. So yeah, I could do that.

10. What was the most recent thing you bought?
Bunch of wines from the SAQ. Pinot Noir.

11. What is on your refrigerator door?
Nothing. It’s a stainess steel frigde so nothing sticks to it. I have a whole bunch of magnetic stuff on my dishwasher now. Oh wait, I just looked: fingerprints. Stainless steel is really hard to keep clean.

12. Name something you have to do tomorrow.
Stay home to have my new central air unit installed! Whoo-Ouuuu!

13. Would you ever want to swim with the sharks?
God no. I look too tasty to do that I think. Plus, I’m not a really fast swimmer.

14. What are you wearing?
Underwear and a silly grin.

15. What was the last thing you ate?
Rice pudding I made following my dad’s recipe. I just noticed that the recipe says “In a pot that goes on the stove, put the milk…”. Now who has pots that don’t go on the stove?

*Avitable has Lazy Sundays. I steal his memes on Sunday and answer them almost seriously on Mondays.

Back to the wobbly grinder

I really like my Wiifit. Now that I’ve taken care of this.

This week starts the giant carrousel of the summer vacations at the workplace. This means that for the next 6 to 8 weeks, instead of doing my work understaffed by 43%, we’ll be at the 57% mark. That’s right. I’m really looking forward to the next couple of months.

Now if I could get rid of all those darn meetings I have… Any takers out there?

Lazy Monday* Meme:

1. Who did you last shoot a dirty look at?
That woman who took 10 minutes adding up 67 cents in pennies, dimes and nickels and still managed to only give 43 cents to the cashier. Stop the presses! it’s that cashier who took 10 more minutes to figure out that 23 cents were missing. Nope, it’s you for noticing that it should be 24 cents. I’m shooting you a dirty look right now. 

2. What kind of car do you drive?
A 2008 Nissan Rogue SL in Orange Alloy. It has four wheels and gets me places.

3. Have you ever had a garage sale?
Yes, I sold everything when in 2002 wen I was supposed to get a job in Switzerland. It didn’t pan out the way I expected, We had to buy everything a second time, we lived at my Favorite Mother in Law’s place for a while and basically rebooted our lives. But we have fond memories of the garage sale.

4. What’s for dinner tonight?
No idea, my Favorite Mother in Law is cooking something while I’m at work. I hope it’s pizza. I hope she’s reading this.

5. What is the last drink you drank?
A Brio Chinotto. After question 3 I just poured myself a nice Single Malt. If ony this had been on question 7.

6. Last time you were sick?
I got a nasty nasty headache on Friday. I’m never really sick, but when I am it’s legen – wait for it – dary.

7. Are you happy right now?
Yes I am now. See question 5.

8. What is your favorite key chain on your keys?
Who has a favorite keychain? Seriously.

9. What is in your pocket?
Nothing, I’m in my underwear and my pants are in my dresser.

10. Who is the last person you had a phone conversation with?
From Wikipedia: “For a successful conversation, the partners must achieve a workable balance of contributions.” Wow, I’ve never had a conversation.

11. What’s something fun you did today?
I played a lot of WiiFit. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I also ate cheesecake, and I love cheesecake.

12. What are you going to do after this?
Probably play a little City of Heroes. Maybe have another piece of cheesecake. Heck, why not do both.

13. What is something you need to go shopping for?
Lovely Wife is in Europe now (in Nice) so I told her I was going to buy stuff she couldn’t veto. Should I go with a new couch or a giant flat screen TV? Any other ideas?

14. What was the last thing someone you love said to you?

15. What is a compliment you receive way too often?
“Sir, your t-shirt rocks my world”. I only heard that one once, but it’s still too often. Last week at the new coffee place, I received comments on my t-shirts every single day by different people.

*Avitable has Lazy Sundays. I steal his memes on Sunday and answer them almost seriously on Mondays.