Saturday, July 23, 2005

My scalpel is the remote

So, we're sitting here watching 24. I was booting up the computer so I wasn't looking at my husband. Unbeknownst to me, he was sticking out his hand to ask for the remote. By the time I noticed, he was irritated, and he said "Me sticking out my hand like this means I'm asking for my scalpel. My scalpel is the remote.". Men.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

That's sorted, then

First off - where I got the title of this post.

Want to Get Sorted?

I'm a Ravenclaw!

And now for the rest.

Today's my 6th wedding anniversary. Hubby and I are blogging about it simultaneously. Ah, modern romance.

We started the day by exchanging gifts. I got him a gift certificate to MEC, which stands for Mountain Equipment Coop, and as far as I know, is the only place to buy rock climbing gear in Toronto. Also, I got him Jade Empire and the screenplay for Network, which apparently is a classic example of how to write a good screenplay. The Network screenplay was actually part of a compilation so he got 3 screenplays for the price of one. He liked everything. Go me!

In return, I got a $200 gift certificate to a local spa, a box of trail mix, and some Lindt chocolate. I was quite satisfied. :) My only concern is it seems the spa might go bankrupt any day. Hubby said that when he went in to look around, nobody was there, except for the person working there. And 3 weeks later when he went back to buy the gift certificate, the person remembered him, and again, nobody was there. Plus, their flyer claims they have a website, but when you go there they haven't actually put anything up.

After the gifting, we went for breakfast at the Rock n' Roll Diner, a new restaurant in our area. It's pretty cute. It's all done up like a 50's diner and some of the booths even have a TV right in the booth, and you can change the channel and stuff.

Then we went to the Star Trek convention for a while. They had a deal where you could stay for up to 2 hours for $10, so we did that. It was kinda boring, honestly. The art show was interesting but it was fairly small. I would have liked to see someone speak, but none of the guest stars I recognized were speaking while we were there. We did see a fair number of fans dressed up in costume though. One guy was dressed as a hobbit and he looked awesome. We also saw a great Mal, from Firefly/Serenity.

Once we'd had enough geekiness, we headed downtown to MEC, where we spent money with impunity. We each got a climbing harness (I got the Black Diamond Momentum), shoes (Mad Rock Frenzy for me (nice name, eh?)), and a chalk bag and chalk.

Then we had lunch at IKEA (strange choice, I know - we didn't want to buy anything - just went there for lunch) and came home. It was a good day.

I'm hoping we can go rock climbing soon and try out all the new gear. :)

Friday, July 08, 2005

General Update

I'm getting better and more confident at my new job. And am also starting to like it more - probably because I know feel like at least I have a clue what I'm doing. And, we got a new hire in our group, so it's not just me and my boss any more. So work-wise things are looking up.

At home, Kenneth is still being a fabulous house husband. Last night he cooked dinner - chicken dogs for the main course, followed by homemade apple/banana fruit salad with yogurt mixed in - yum! I was impressed. We ate out back on our mini-patio in our Muskoka chairs (Adirondack chairs, for the Americans). It was so nice. Unfortunately, he opened a beer for me, when what I really wanted was red wine, because I opened a bottle a few days ago and it's not getting drunk very fast. But that's OK.

We seem to have mended fences with our neighbours. We told them we were going on vacation, and they mowed the lawn for us while we were gone. So I wrote them a thank-you card to thank them. They seemed so happy about it! Next time dh mowed our lawn, he mowed theirs too (they're connected, so it only takes like 5 more minutes to do theirs too). They seemed really happy about that too. Well, there's a tree on our side of the property line. It had these ugly juniper bushes around its base. I'd been thinking of getting rid of them basically since we moved in, but hadn't gotten around to it, because it seemed like a huge job. The neighbour spontaneously volunteered to remove them! And then he planted flowers and put up stone edging around the tree. Our neighbour rocks.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Urban Challenge

This weekend we went to visit friends in Ottawa. The main reason for our visit was because on Sunday, Mike (my best friend's husband) and Mike (his best friend) were running a race called the Urban Challenge. The Urban Challenge is a race where teams of 2 (in our case, Mike & Mike, aka The Moops) compete to be the first to complete 12 checkpoints. There is a clue (often fiendishly difficult) that tells the teams the location of each checkpoint. They need to run to each checkpoint in order, and have their picture taken at the checkpoint. Then they return to home base. My husband and I were part of the internet support team for The Moops. The racers called in (and camera-phone emailed pictures as well) the clues. We used the internet to try and solve them as quickly as possible so we could tell the racers where to go next.

And they won! They came in first, 25 minutes ahead of team #2! We were shocked and amazed (in a good way, of course) that they did so well. And it's all thanks to us! LOL.

Bonus: They won some gift certificates to the Running Room and gave us $50 worth! Woo hoo!

They were also the #1 fundraising team, having raised over $1700 for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. For that, they each won a Motorola V551! Just like my phone, only with 2 extra buttons and the ability to record videos. Not that I was coveting them or anything. ;)