Friday, March 24, 2006

Time, Love, and Tenderness

My MP3 player is out of batteries, and I'm sitting at work, trying to be productive, and going slightly mad from having to be productive without music to keep me company. To make matters worse, I have a song I hate in my head - "Time Love and Tenderness" by Michael Bolton.

I was having a conversation with a friend about this situation, and he asked me who the song was by. I didn't know, so I googled.



I was much amused by the resulting sponsored link. Boy, you really *can* get anything on EBay! Who knew?

Saturday, March 18, 2006

I'm hungry

But I thought before I go make something for breakfast, I'd make a quick blog entry.

I just had a big moment of relief. Ever since I organized my yarn stash last Saturday (read all about it on April 1 - you'll have to stay in suspense till then) I've been minorly obsessing that the yarn I bought at the warehouse sale back in November wouldn't be enough to make anything decent out of. So today I decided to search for a pattern that would fit with the yarn. I tried a few long-sleeved sweater patterns, but they all called for more yarn than I have. Finally, I remembered the pattern in the current (winter) issue of Knitty.com - Bobbilicious. I have to admit, when I first saw this pattern a couple of months ago, I wasn't a big fan. But upon reflection, I think it will be great to have around the house for when you feel chilled. And I have enough yarn for it! So I think that's what my Wendy Pampas is destined to become.

Kenneth stayed up till 4am last night playing Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter. I guess it's a fun game. I haven't even tried it. It would have to be ridiculously fun for it to make me stay up till 4am, though.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Cuba vacation recap

I just looked at my blog, and realized I haven't blogged since Feb 12! That's like a month. I better pull up my socks.

I do have an excuse. From Feb 17-24, I was in Cuba on vacation. Obviously, I couldn't blog while I was there (without paying through the nose for resort internet access, anyways). The first weekend back was spent recovering, unpacking, etc. The second weekend back, we went to Ottawa for a visit with my best friend. I've been working late-ish during the weekdays, because I suddenly am massively busy at work (combination of leftover stuff that piled up during vacation, and just general busy-ness). So all in all, this is the first moment I've really had to blog.

So, here's a recap of our vacation.

On our first day, we were walking down the beach and we came across a sea turtle flipper that had washed up on shore. Very cool! We're hoping said turtle died a natural death and not some sort of hideous man-made death. (In this picture, it's next to hubby's foot to give a sense of scale. Must've been a big turtle!)





Here's a view of the resort from our front porch. All the rooms were bungalows, spread out across the grounds. It was a really nice setup, made it feel more homey and less hotelly.








This is me on our beach. The little river you see in front of me was the natural boundary between our resort and the (much nicer) one next door. They had security guards posted there constantly to ensure that the riff-raff (aka people from our resort) wouldn't wander over and use the facilities at the nicer resort. Aside from the 2 resorts, we were in the middle of nowhere, which I wasn't sure I'd enjoy. But it turned out to be great. It was very relaxing.




As you can see, the lifeguards were very hard-working and made sure we were safe at all times. LOL.










The only scary thing about our beach was that we kept finding these Man O' Wars washed up on the beach. They're supposedly really poisonous and can give you a good sting. A couple times, the beach had a red flag up due to the number of Man O' Wars. One day we were all set to go snorkelling, and we went down to the beach and found it was red-flagged. We started talking to some other guests, who were also wanting to snorkel. They were thinking the red flag was an over-reaction, "After all, it's not like they move fast, you can just stay away from them! And there's only one in the water right now.". We decided to play it safe and not snorkel. Well, the next day, we saw the same people, and found out they had decided to snorkel after all. The woman had gotten badly stung on the ankle by a Man O' War! Boy, were we paying attention to the beach flags after that. ;)

We went out scuba diving several times with the resort next door. Our resort also had a scuba diving facility, but when we asked them about it, they were very nonchalant ("Just show up when you want to dive"). Given that it had taken us 2 days to even find them in their shop, we weren't too confident that we'd be able to just show up and go diving whenever we wanted. Plus, we asked if they have a boat, and they said they'd take us out on one of the paddleboats! Um, yeah. So we investigated the scuba shop next door, and discovered they had scheduled dives every day, a power boat, and they charged the same amount per dive as our scuba shop. Oh, and they accepted credit cards, which our scuba shop did not (this was critical, because we were in the middle of nowhere without access to additional cash).

One of the coolest things that happened on our dives was that the divemaster caught a puffer fish and showed it to us, all puffed up. I've seen puffer fish before (I think) but never puffed up. It was very cool. He had to massage it while he was holding it, because they hold their breath in order to puff up, and it would've died if he hadn't massaged it to get some water into it. After he let it go, it swam off, slowly de-puffing. This divemaster was the coolest one I've ever gone out with. He also brought along bread and gave it to us so we could feed the fish. And he caught a lobster and let me pet it.