Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year to everyone.

I am hoping that next year will be filled with many moments of growing into a fuller version of ourselves - more learning, more discipline, more wisdom, more peace, more joy, more love, with ever more closeness with God the Father who forever waits with enduring patience and love.

My eyes are open wide to what awaits us.

A blog post just to blog

Friday, December 29, 2006

Beka is kicking me in the butt and telling me to blog a new blog. The holidays have been bad (BUT GOOD!) for blogging. Bad 'cause what should I do? blog? or hang out with people who are usually in school but are now out? Obvious choice to make here. But the holidays is prime time to blog 'cause so much is happening, and so many stories to tell. What to do? Anyway, I'll get over it.

Right now, I'm sitting with Lindsay T., Christine and Kaylee in my apartment office and we're looking at blogs, and I'm writing mine. They're checking out myspace pages right now, I think. Or reading old friends' blogs. Or emails. Lindsay T. is reading one of my cool books that I got for Christmas. Lindsay T. and me were separated at birth, I'm sure (besides the age difference). I knew that she was my twin as soon as we were on a retreat together and we all realized that there was only two bathrooms - one for all the guys and one for all the girls. She made a schedule for the girls of 15 minute time slots each to shower. It's nice to not be the only one so anal about organization.

The end of this blog.
On to more hanging out.

Chris, this post is for you

Saturday, December 23, 2006

He who knows others is learned;
He who knows himself is wise.

Lao-tzu, Tao te Ching (sixth century B.C.)

Vonage Review #2

Thursday, December 21, 2006

I just got the most fantastic customer support rep on Vonage. She immediately knew what was wrong. Actually she is so good that she completely erased the negative merits that the other two won in my heart. Crazy though - I received my last misplaced call from a woman trying to call Italy this morning at 6am. Ugh.

Yeah, when that last woman called, I answered, "GOOOOOOD MORNING! (so she wouldn't hang up on me) Sorry, I've had 5 misplaced calls, and I'm just wondering what number you're trying to reach." Thank God she told me. I was like, OH MAN, please tell me I'm not going to have phone calls waking me for the next 4 weeks. Gonzo couldn't go to sleep for like an hour or more after the 3am call. So, what was happening was when you sign up for Vonage, you get assigned a 'virtual number' - a temporary number that you can use while your regular landline is being transferred. Well, they forgot to cancel the virtual number when the transfer of my phone number was completed, and so people were calling that virtual number and I was receiving calls on that number also. It's over, and Vonage is officially grand.

Vonage Review #1

So, the whole Bell to Vonage switch went off with out a hitch. I placed the order about 10 days ago, and I have never ever witnessed anything pulled off more professionally than this. Everything that could have gone wrong was prevented with clear, clear instructions and communication, like my high speed internet service that is connected with my old landline. They had instructions arrive in my inbox that told me exactly which number to call and even the sequence of choices that I to make so I didn't have to listen to all the lame choices offered at Bell that actually lead me to dummies who know NOTHING about their system.


Not impressed with:
For the last 6 hours that I have been with Vonage, I've had 5 misplaced calls made to my home number. Two people answered, the other 3 were hang ups. It didn't bother me much, until this last one that was placed at 2:30am... I called Vonage. It's obvious that their best people are placed at sales. I got transferred to two technical support reps and the second one was borderline rude with me. Anyhow, we'll see how many other people us over the night...


Sunday, December 17, 2006

I have an announcement to make.
My husband, Gonzalo Rene Jimenez, has officially entered the blog world.

If you would like to check out his blogs, please see:
My heresy, and
Critical Critiques


break, break, break - can't wait

Friday, December 15, 2006

had a good, good time tonight with margaret and matt. matt came over to make chocolate cake with gonzo. it was a good excuse to eat steak for dinner. mmm... we managed to watch two pixar movies in one night. oh how i forgot how great those movies feel on my eyes.

tomorrow i hang with margaret. well, really, i'm going to be going christmas shopping on behalf of my mother. the injustice. i finished christmas shopping sunday, december 3. i managed to score all the gifts that both gonzo and i needed to buy for both sides of the family, as well as for friends. and what? now, i have to shop for all the gifts that my mother "doesn't have time for". ugh.

i'm so glad to just have a day where i'm not going to do any work, do some brainless shopping, and meet up with an old friend (dave stone, folks!). i'm even making my husband go to the presentation by himself. sorry, hubby. just can't go near the place tomorrow.

i left half an hour early today, 'cause i was working up a big ball of stress at work today. so much so that it manifested in itchiness. yes, the itchy saga continues. my elbows, the sides of my face... i'm becoming a freak, officially. i've gotta get my stress under control. the funny thing is that i didn't know that i was stressed. i thought that i was doing pretty good. my skin betrays me. i think that i'd rather this than the chronic stomach aches i had a few years ago. i had that for six months straight. everything i ate made my stomach hurt. it's amazing i didn't lose a single pound back then.

i'm looking forward to the holidays. i'm looking forward to a new year. 2007. craaaazy. i remember when we were decorating the whole main foyer at the church for 2000. fever and all.

let's save some money

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

okay, i became officially tired of paying too much money to my phone company for my landline. if you're like me, you never use the stinkin' thing anymore anyway. never for more than a few minutes a day. i pay something like over $50 a month, with about $5 going to long distance. pretty lame.

so, i signed up for vonage. i signed up for the tiniest package they've got. $19.99 for 500 minutes anytime anywhere in north america. all free incoming calls. 4.9 cents per minute overage. if this works out nicely, i will save over $600 a year.

just now i received my router. i'm very excited about starting to use it. will update all you dedicated readers of mine. :-)


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

today my friend wiser leaves for australia. lucky...

great monday!

Monday, December 11, 2006

today, i didn't bring a lunch. so i invited debbie and theresa over to 'crossing bridge noodle' at the plaza east of work. debbie and theresa both had brought their lunches but weren't 'excited' about eating it. haha! i had company. over lunch we shared stories about work and theresa was astonished - realizing that she wasn't alone in the pressures and stresses that she had been facing. (she's only been working with us for about 2 months or so). we gave her some suggestions and told her that she needs to draw boundaries around her life so that she doesn't end up just being angry at work all the time - not that she is there yet.

i've been getting to know theresa over the last few weeks and i learned that she lives at yonge and finch. i learned that she takes the bus. i take the bus. i live at don mills and finch. i asked her the question - how come i've never seen her on the bus? that's 'cause she leaves work late almost everyday. sometimes 5:30, sometimes 6, sometimes 7. but never at 5. so today, when i finished at 5, i went and grabbed her and we took the bus together - jabbering all the way home. yay! new friend!

i had such a great day today. had a really great chat with jonathan. had a really funny story-sharing time with rex and terry. i don't know... i feel like i had just great connecting times with people today. i feel light. i feel just ridiculously giddy and happy. (oh yeah, of course, i did some work too!) anyway, i chalk it up to reading the bible in a way that i hadn't read it in a long time, last night. [thanx bex]. i know, obviously, reading the bible isn't this magical thing where suddenly everything is going to be perfect, but being spiritually fed before facing a day makes a whole ton of difference. of course i know that. living that is a whole bunch different.

Toronto = Nathan Philips Square + Queen Street + Sushi on Bloor

Sunday, December 10, 2006

In Nathan Philips Square
Originally uploaded by kathy photo.
today was taking the Geng sisters downtown to see Toronto. Lois (on the left) has been a resident here for seven years, but Cindy (between my parents) has only just arrived probably just over a month ago. She speaks no English. The sisters together have been busy taking care of their elderly father - and so Cindy hasn't seen anything about Toronto aside from her neighbourhood block. So, we took it upon ourselves to show Cindy a bit of Toronto.

We first took her down to see Margaret's studio sale. She was invited by a few friends to bring some pieces and sell them at their new gallery/studiospace. Very cool and generous of them. I bought a piece from one of the other artists who works with glass making unique handmade beads.

Afterwards, we parked and made a walk down Queen Street (seeing City Hall, and Nathan Philips Square), up McCaul (to see Margaret's ugly school), west on Dundas, through Chinatown on Spadina, and then back on Queen Street to where we started. Cindy was attracted by Mendicino's window dressing, but repelled by the prices inside. I took them across to Zara - they were pleased. I think they'll go back when they have a chance.

After our little 2 hour tour, we took them where we take all of our guests: Sushi on Bloor. Come on, who doesn't love Sushi on Bloor? That makes guests 32 and 33 introduced by me. :-)

At dinner they toasted us and thanked us for sacrificing our "precious time" to show them around - as if they're a project or something. Oh my goodness, I love having the chance to express sentiments with few words and lots of gestures. Sharing time together - having a chance to share a first time experience with someone new to the city. Building friendships that don't even have a language to communicate with. Seriously a very special time.

My parents want to take them to Niagara Falls next. This would mean in the wintertime. Aiya - we did this with Tom one other time, and it's dreadfully cold. You'll have icicles hanging out of your nostrils within two minutes of stepping outside.


last night i stayed up way too late trying to customize my darn blog. it started when i noticed that dave's blog had labels (or tags - searchable by topic). and other cool little differences. blog envy. see what it can do to you?

anyway, coupled with chatting with adam and margaret on msn, it was a recipe for a late night. 2am. i have a headache. the worst part was, i was trying to see if i could download a couple of these templates but it wouldn't work. And plus some of them required way too much set up (i.e., downloading the images of the blog, uploading it elsewhere and then modify all the links so that they refer to the new location. at 1:30am i had no patience for that, that's for sure. and plus, do i take this thing THAT seriously? (reminding myself, it's not that serious).

it's obvious that i am a blog-addict. i am a dedicated reader of at least 6 blogs. i'm gonna add the links of the blogs i read over there (to the right). right now it shows that i read one blog (christine's) but that's a lie.

Full, full day

Saturday, December 09, 2006

I had such a good, full day today. What was better was that cleaning had nothing to do with today. Oh, I love a clean house, but I hate the process. And Gonz and I aren't very neat people. Two people with loopy artsy brains - doesn't really show up on organized desks.

Anyway, today, I made a powerpoint presentation upon waking (and eating two toasts with blackberry jam...mmm...), and then typed up that wall text for Click. All the while, trying to maintain my wits about me 'cause I was going to be leading worship tonight at SNG (our Saturday Night service). I haven't lead worship in a long time, and for me, if I am 'out of practice' with something, I work myself up being soooo nervous. It's a weird thing about me - I focus on the fact that I haven't done it in a long time, instead of thinking of all the times I HAVE led worship. During my college years, I led almost every single week there was a youth night. That's at least 30 weeks out of the year. And trust me, the crowd tends to be harder there. Tonight was fun. Playing music with people you're always used to playing with is so great. So comfortable. Matt said it was fun because I trust everyone I'm with - and that's the thing, how can I not trust everyone around me who is a better musician than I am? I just basically have them there so I can sing along with whatever they're doing. Honestly. During rehearsal I'm all up to whatever they suggest - but I'll step up to the plate to lead once the service start. Of course, someone has to.

It looks like we're going to be having much more of hand in directing SNG worship in the coming months. It's going to be a bit different than the way that we've been doing it - we're going to work with what has been working, and try to develop some of the parts that have been kind of lagging. I'm looking forward to it. It's weird, 'cause all this week I was thinking about when I was going to talk to Jonathan about making myself more available to lead worship and help that way. Then we had this meeting tonight to help plan the Christmas service which then just turned into an SNG worship organizational discussion.

Oh - looks like it has been decided that Margaret and I (and other people who will have to be involved to make this work) will perform "what child is this" Sarah McLachlan style... i'm excited.

Blah, blah, blah - anyway, got to see all the busy school people now that most of them are done. Good to see old friends again. Life carries us all on different ways, and sometimes away from each other. I don't like that part so much. But I guess just as long as when we get back together we can carry on as time had not passed, I'm okay with that.


Friday, December 08, 2006

so, i don't think that vox is gonna fly. as soon as i signed up for that thing, i stopped blogging altogether. i think that i definitely reached my limit of online presence. i can't handle more than: flickr, myspace, facebook and keeping dedicated to all the blogs i read. i love the computer, i love the internet, but hey, a girl's gotta have a life away from a desk.

on to my life today -
have a day off, but i've got other work cut out for me. i have to type out all that wall text that i have to do for Click, make a powerpoint presentation for Larmour, and clean my dreadfully messy house. Okay, well, maybe it's not that messy, but it's definitely not where I want it to be.

tonight i go see my other family - the jimenez. should be a goooooood time. i am one of the few people walking the face of this earth that actually likes their in-laws. :-)


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

i found this thing called vox. my page that i started looks like this: click here to experience. i saw it advertised on flickr, and when i took a little look around i got excited because their templates are gorgeous/cute. annndddddd i thought that perhaps i could merge everything together: my flickr images, video, and all the journalling that i've done here on blogger.

well, two of three ain't good enough, in my opinion.

i can do flickr and video on it, but i can't do blogger. it'll do livejournal and typepad blogs, but not blogger. it says that i can import my blog, but all it does is just takes the title and posts that. i'm not sure why it's not working. i haven't been able to find any help for that.

i probably shouldn't waste too much of my time on it. but it would have been fun. looks soooooo good.

you know what else looks good? my husband got a hair cut today at Framar. Mr. Fancy Pants better look hot.

soooooooooooooo tired

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

my itchiness has returned. for some reason i have hives all over my legs. and the some other reason it's only at night that they taunt me. all this while i just want a good night's rest. i woke up at 1:30am, and then intermittenly all through the night. got up, tried to control the itchiness with some lotion(s) and went to sleep on the couch, got up took a benedryl, and then got up went back to sleep in our bed, fell asleep, then woke up again... no rest, really.

i had the same thing about two weeks ago for three weeks straight. i got sick during that time. i am NOT having that repeat again.

well, got to work at 11 today. i have so much to do. but when i'm tired like this, i can't even find the energy to feel stressed.

i can hear my bed calling me.

alien visitor

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I'm covering for reception lunch right now. And there's a guy who just walked in and his eyes are pointing in different directions. He's complaining about a headache. Keeps asking about things like Christmas hampers, and free dinners and stuff. Wants special assistance. The pastoral care pastors aren't in right now. I hope that Pastor Keith Preston shows up soon...

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

life feels so large
when you share it
freely, generously
i'm lifting offf
i'm spinning free
never felt so good
to be me

new phone!

Monday, November 27, 2006

finally.... we got a new phone. our last phone was pretty crap. oi. we had battery problems from the start which we recified with a car charger for a little while. but then there was no hope - and that was about a month or two ago that it started. just would die in the middle of a conversation although it would say that it was full battery. you'd turn it back on and then it would say it was still full battery. stupid stuff like that.

now we have a lovely nokia 6265i just like my sisters. we're a trio now. the phone is seriously so fun. what's cool too is that it has bluetooth connectivity so he can take pictures and video and deliver it wirelessly to his mac. when i performed that trick for the first time Gonzo cheered and applauded. for real.

okay, i'm so tired now, and it's 10pm. i'm officially OLD.

over the language barrier

Sunday, November 26, 2006

cooking the dumplings
Originally uploaded by kathy photo.
Today was one packed day of enjoying people. Got up, cleaned the house for a bit, but then skyped with Tom. So great that communication overseas is way more accessible now (for me). Phones are so 1986. It's hard to know when people are home, and if you can catch ten minutes here and there and just catch up on people's lives, it's just so different. You actually feel like you're in touch.

Afterwards, I went to the gym with Margaret. First time that i have worked out in about a year or more... Gonzo and I are going to work on signing up at the Y this week. (Now that I've written it, it has to happen!). I've got about 150 cookies sitting on my diningroom table, so I'd better join the gym otherwise there could be a major change in clothing size.

the main event for today was hanging out with a new family that we met at church. The parents were attending one of our satellite churches and that is where my parents met them. My parents had a neat time of connecting with them when the father was sick and in the hospital. This was about a year ago. Then, by chance, we met their two daughters (they are actually three - like us! - but the eldest one is still in China). We just hit it off. They're hilarious. The daughter Lois has been in Canada for seven years and is settled quite well here. She's got a good job down at King and Bay, programming for some company. The daughter Cindy (in the picture) just arrived about a month ago to take care of her father (her mother went back to China to receive some special treatment for her vertigo). She speaks no English, but she is so eager to learn. She's already learned a whole lot in three weeks (from the first time we met her).

So, today, the Cheng family invited the Lim family for dumplings. There was this massive misunderstanding about whether ir was lunch or dinner. Whether we were making dumplings together, or just showing up for them. Etc. But we had a great time. They are very different people. The father is super-educated. And brilliant. A few times in the evening, if he felt moved by whatever was occuring at that moment, he'd announce that he's going to write us a poem, spontaneously. (There is some kind of style of poetry in China like this). And his poor daughter Lois had to translate. (She translated for everyone the whole evening - me to Cindy, Cindy to the rest of us, her father to us, us to her father. She was the bottleneck for communication. She's gotta be beat by now). At dinnertime we toasted with styrofoam cups of coca-cola. You just know that these people live a very different life back in China.

It was an amazing time of bonding of two families with completely different backgrounds and current situations. But the warmth and sincerity was unbelieveable. We're gonna take Cindy downtown to sightsee 'cause she really hasn't seen anything yet.

Oh yeah, for probably about an hour and half, I created flashcards for her to build her vocaulary in English. I drew about 25 pictures with the corresponding English word. I haven't drawn in forever, and I was amazed that I still could. We had so much fun. I also learned A TON of Mandarin tonight. So much came back to me.

I am so tired now, but such a full and satisfying day.

butter event

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Originally uploaded by kathy photo.
juanita and i work together. we love food. we talk about the dishes we made recently and how delicious they were. food, food, food. talk, talk, talk. we kept talking about how we should have a cooking day together and stuff. well, as it is very typical in Toronto, you talk about getting together but somehow making it happen is a different deal altogether.

about a month ago we were talking about how i can't bake. and how i made these flat banana loaves, not able to make them rise more than an inch and a half. i had given up about over a year ago on baking. well, that's all we needed: a goal. juanita is an avid baker (although both her children hate sweets.... weird...), and so who better to learn from?!

so, today was the day. i went over to her house, bringing my sisters along (well, actually christine brought us because i had no car) and made 4 kinds of cookies - all with similar shortbread type batter. i even brought my kitchen aid mixer that i never use 'cause i gave up on baking, remember? we made cookies with pecans, ones with icing, ones with chocolate chunks, and ones with chocolate chunks and cranberries. these were seriously easy. i didn't know baking could be so easy. they only had 4 ingredients each. that's fabulous.

juanita baked her batch, with christine as her assistant (TEAM A), and margaret and i worked on ours. we made over 350 cookies between 10am and 3pm, using 6 pounds of butter total today.

to the gym tomorrow.


looked at puny negatives all day.
this is the fourth night i've been out in a row.
i have been non-stop full since sushi last night.
now i have two cups of bad coffee in me.

i'm also full of good times and stronger connections to the people i love.

however, i'd better go to sleep.
i've got a butter-event tomorrow morning, and dumpling event on sunday. i'm gonna be lucky if i'm alive on monday.

Wiser Night

Friday, November 24, 2006

Mango Mix
Originally uploaded by kathy photo.
This blog is for you. :-)

We had such a great time tonight. Tonight was the one proper time all week that Wiser has been home that we've been able to get in a GOOD HANG OUT. And tonight we got that fix, for sure.

Started with Sushi on Bloor. I had a hard, hard time getting my dad and myself downtown. I was on Bloor for a total of 45 minutes. Anyway, after that, we had such a great time. Dad and I arrived, and Christine's already got like 15 items written down on a napkin, and Wiser's like, "WHAT ELSE?" As if this were going to be the last meal he ever had on earth. In good fashion, we almost didn't make it... but we brought in some good eating power (THE LIMS) and every last maki was gone.

Afterwards, we went to CD Replay and they were having a wicked sale. We got Matrix Revisited (the making of The Matrix I), Peter Gabriel "So", Whale Rider Soundtrack and "Gold" by Cream [2 disc] for $30.

AND... after that, we brought our pictures from our travels and shared them at the newest, coolest spot in town: Destiny Tea Cafe. Yeah, yeah, i know that it's the third time in two weeks, but it's so great there. Next week, the 'regulars' are planning on eating there. I really want to try the food. Looks so good.

We have one more hang out with Wiser tomorrow, then he's back to school. :-(


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

oh... i just finished the crappiest design task i have every month: the church monthly calendar. it's just amassing tons of information and organizing it neat rows. i always have a crick in my neck when i'm done. now i'm done. and i have a crick in my neck.

i'm just waiting now for joseph sullivan to pick me up so that we can go home to gonzo and ana and have swiss chalet for dinner. i'm looking forward to a boring white meal. :-) sometimes chicken soup is just the best thing for a stressed day. crazy thing is that i've got more tomorrow. and i still haven't figured out how i'm gonna get to the chapman's studio on friday. they work outside of the TTC reachability. maybe i'll check out VIVA. although in the past when i've tried to check the website, it's been down. i hope i don't have to take a taxi. i'm not too keen on climbing into a car with a perfect stranger. i know that it's perfectly normal and not-crazy to call a cab, but.... i don't wanna.

okay, so facebook is definitely my new obsession. the feature that i'm sold on is the fact that there is a summary of activity that all your contacts have made that day. that's very fun. and it's way better designed than myspace. that's why everyone clammers to customize their page... it's so ugly! facebook - i don't mind the way it looks. i'm fine that you can't change it.

joseph's here. gonna go now.

john mayer

Friday, November 17, 2006

i'm in love.

cool new spot

cool spot
Originally uploaded by kathy photo.
Christine took us to Destiny Tea House on Silver Star Blvd, just north of the church a bit, tonight. It's absolutely beautiful. All wood, with all this crazy Chinese lattice designs. It's obviously a popular spot among the 'real chineses'.

One of the greatest and coolest things about Toronto, that I absolutely love, is the ability to really experience a real taste of another culture. Like, I am Chinese. But I really don't know anything about Chinese culture outside of a Chinese family experience. I don't know what Chinese people do for fun. What young adults go out and do at night. Well, one of the things that I found out tonight is that they go to these bubble tea houses and play cards, like the person in this photo is doing with his friends... (he's wearing green). So, our plan is to go next week, and do the same. Me, Beka, Gonzo and Christine are going to go there and play cards. Like the real Chineses.

business card

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

thought i should show you the business card that i made up for Gonzo. i ended up having them colour copied, although that was definitely the last resort. i asked my trusty print broker and when he heard my timeline he told me he'd colour copy it. i proceeded with hesitation but i trust him, so i went ahead with it. they actually turned out pretty good. but i'll get them done up for real, on offset press in the near future.


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Today i am in stress because I'm trying to see where I can get really good quality business cards printed for Gonzo for Wednesday. Yeah, most places aren't even open today. I don't want to go to digital printing as that definitely won't be as good as offset. I've called a bunch of places to see if they are able to meet the deadline - leaving messages. Hopefully someone will call me back tomorrow and give me some good news.


Saturday, November 04, 2006

*Sigh* had a nice time connecting with the Massimis tonight. Me, Gonzo, Jonathan and Erika went out for dinner and a movie (The Departed) tonight. We had a nice time catching up and getting to know one other (particularly getting to know Erika - she's the new addition). They're cool. I hope that we have more times hanging out.

We might go to Ottawa together. That's exciting! We've gotta pick a weekend over the next month, and see if it'll work out. I'm looking forward to it. I LOVE OTTAWA. I doubt there will be any leaves on the trees by the time we get to go. I'd love to see Ottawa in full FALL FORCE. That would be beautiful for sure. It'll be a good time. I'll talk to Gonzo tomorrow about what weekend to go on.

Getting older is definitely funny. I don't know why some people dread it so much. I love it. It's a little scary sometimes, especially all the transitional parts, but for the most part, it's so exciting and fulfilling and ... indescribable. Of course, there are so many questions that you have to ask yourself along the way, but isn't that what is so cool? That you live with yourself your entire life (yes, it's true), and you have to get to know yourself -- just as much as you have to get to know someone else that is outside of yourself. Anyone who thinks that they know themselves fully at any point in time are only fooling themselves. Or, they're not having any new life experiences. These new experiences are unearthing stuff out of me all the time. Makes me angry sometimes, makes me laugh sometimes, and overall, I think that I'm ridiculous. But hey, I'm lucky to have people around me who can still stand me. :-)

Okay, to sleep!


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

On Sunday, I called Tom in Germany. On that day, I've been in the search of a microphone for my computer. See, Tom introduced me to Skype -- although I was aware of it, I was only aware of it in the capacity that Hans uses it, but I didn't know for what. In case you also don't know, Skype is so you can chat with your friends online, like msn, but with the added capability of 'voice' chatting. At first I was like, okay, that's not that big deal - especially we have this thing called PHONES.

However - it turns out to be super-fun. Even if it's just chatting like msn. I like the set up way better than msn. You don't have a trillion windows open and having to keep track of who you're talking to, which is sometimes a big problem for me. (All you people who speak to me on msn regularly know that this is true). All the chats in Skype show up on one window, and then when you have more than one person that you're chatting with (with your fingers) you'll see a red circle with a number of how many entries you're behind in reading. Pretty great.

With the voice chatting thing - you can call REAL phones, which is great for people who are computer-inadequate. That would be amazing if it stayed free. It's going to go to a paid service at the end of the year. However, super-cool, it's free to call each other on computers forever. I think.

ALSO - there is video conferencing. I guess iChat is also available, but I don't think that is available on pcs. And unfortunately many of my friends are on pcs (I was about to write 'most' of my friends... but most of my friends are on macs!). Anyway, I don't want to have to buy an iSignt rig.... $200. If I happened to have an iSight (like on the cool new iMacs and macbooks), that would be ultrafun.

So, yeah, I bought a mic back on Monday night and I didn't know that macs didn't have a 'regular' line in port. I thought the other port that looked like headphone jack was a line-in, but I guess not, since I had purchased a pc mic (for $6), and couldn't get it to work. I told the people at the store that it was defective since I tried it on both my macs, but they tested it in the store and proved me wrong. Works on a pc! Oh heck. So I had to buy a $40 one from the mac store if I wanted to chat with my friends overseas for free. I guess in the long run it'll be cheaper than calling. Plus, for some reason, in today's world, if it's something attached to the computer, you'll do it way more often. Like, I would never pick up the phone and call Germany 2 or 3 times a week - not even ONCE a week. But so far, I've spoken to Alice and Tom three times this week. It's so different. Weird eh?

On another note, I bought the new John Legend by the Doctor's recommendation. So far, pretty sweet.


Sunday, October 29, 2006

tried to post this on myspace -- got rejected. so here it is:

At home by myself on a crazy windy Sunday morning up on the 14th floor and figured I'm going to make an appearance on myspace. Unfortunately, since I'm so out of practice of blogging on here, or even anywhere lately, I haven't a clue what to write.

Anyway, life is good. Trying to get settled back into a regular routine from after a big vacation. It's nice though, feeling like you can set new habits and all that. Feels a bit freeing. It's weird how when you get into a routine, whether good or bad, you have only a little power to get out of it. Interrupt it huge, however, with a big trip somewhere and even your sleeping patterns are up for modification. I'm an early bird now! :-)

Posted some of my pictures from our trip. Only got the first few days up -- mostly Sweden so far. Will post some more soon. Check it out.

At home

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

They say it's always say that it's great to go away, but always better to come home.

Honestly, this time, coming home was a bit unsettling.

Of course, this isn't saying that I'm not happy to see my friends, or my family, or that I'm not grateful for the life I have here. But I feel like this time, when I came home, my eyes opened up to some things that I didn't see before (which is good), but I don't like (which is bad).

Like, people are so busy here. And what's worse is that I'm busy. I am so busy. People fit INTO my schedule. In Europe (and most of the rest of the world), schedules fit AROUND people. Time drives people around here like slaves. Since I got back, I am trying to be a little less like that. I'm trying to have the attitude at work that I can only do what I can - but of course, still have a great work ethic. The key thing for me is just not letting work stress me out so much that it just lowers the rest of my life, as if this is all that my life is about.

I'm also trying to be a little less tired. I go to work and feel tired every day. Probably because I sleep so late. I am finally living a little bit of my dream of waking early every day. Right now, I'm still sleeping in, but sleeping in is now 7:15am, and not 9:30am, 'cause I go to sleep around 10:30pm now. Last night, Gonzo and I went to sleep at 9:30pm. I don't know why I never discovered this before, but it feels amazing to be at work now, and be fully and completely awake.

Also, I came to having my car window smashed in on Saturday night (not yet a full week that I came back from holidays). Crime is all over the world, but it didn't help the unsettling feeling I've had all week.

I know that it'll pass. I miss my friends in Germany. I miss my new family in Sweden. I hate that I won't be there when big things happen, or when little things do too. That part makes me sad.

But I should be happy that I am home, where I won't miss the things that happen to my friends and family that I already have here.

Catch up!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Okay, so since the last time I posted, I forgot that you could change the language of the keyboard. So, yes, I've got it switched over to English and now it's not so torturous to blog to write email.

Since I wrote last lots has happened. I'll try to recap here.

Didn't have internet at all while we were in Sweden. Probably good for me, since I needed to wean myself off of my addiction to computers. Haven't felt the gravity of computers this whole trip, pretty much. Probably 'cause I know that I really can't post any photos on flickr! ;-)

My impressions of Sweden:

It is EXPENSIVE. Sweden has 25% tax included in all goods. Sweden's tax is so bad on goods that if you buy Swedish goods outside of Sweden it is cheaper. (that point seems very wrong to me). After spending one rainy day (only a few hours)in Stockholm we quit shopping and eating out, and stuck to visiting free things like manors and castles and parks. For lunch we spent what was equivalent to $70 CDN dollars on 4 people (3 non-refillable glasses of soda, and four pizzas). We spent $45 CDN on parking for 5 or so hours. It just isn't worth it. I could have blown all my money on three days in Sweden, and that's just not worth it.

It is SAFE. One of Sweden's primary values as a country is safety. Volvo is marketed in North America as a 'safe car', and once you go to Sweden you'll get why they are so proud of this. They have these meters on the highways that take the temperature and humidity of the air. As soon as it seems as though ice could form on the roads, salt trucks are out to work. Speeding is HEAVILY fined here. No one drives above the speed limit. As soon as roads start to develop grooves, they are repaved.

The Swedish people are very good with immigrants. They do not allow new immigrants who do not know the Swedish language to work immediately. They give them a kind of social assistance and put them through a program to learn the language. After three years they assess their language skills, and then allow them to work (or disallow them and have them continue the program. So eventually everyone is able to speak the language. Canada should adopt this for sure. I mean, the part of getting everyone to learn English. There are immigrants who have lived in Canada for decades and still can't say anything past 'Hello', 'Bye', 'Thank you.'

Swedish people, as a culture, and this is completely a generalization, isn't a friendly country. People do not greet each other in the street. I tried smiling at someone passing me in the street and they ignored me. After trying this several times, I concluded this is definitely something they were not accustomed to. They aren't rude. They just aren't warm. This bothered Tom quite a bit since Germans greet each other -- not only in small towns but big cities too.

The girls are pretty. The guys are nothing to write home about. Everyone is tall.

We spent most of our time with Gonzo's family. Sitting around the house eating all the time and talking very loudly. Tom and I joke that we took a quick trip to Chile (and not Sweden). 80% of what we heard spoken was Spanish. Much of his family only spoke Swedish or Spanish. We had a great time with them. They are a sarcastic bunch of people and once you got the idea that they teased you because they liked you, it was made way more sense. Poor Tom had no idea what was happening. He got the term 'Cola' attached to him somehow and day and night he would be called this. 'Cola' is a slang term in Chile for 'gay.' I picked it up quick that you have to have a come back immediately in order to defend yourself. At the end of day one, Tom asked why he was getting made fun of so much. Once I explained it to him, he felt much better. They are a tough crowd sometime -- but they really are wonderful people.


After returning late on Monday night from Sweden back to Frankfurt, we got picked up and went back to Erlenssee/Neuberg where Tom and Alice are from. In the morning Tom's mom came to pick us up and we had breakfast at the Wahls. They are some of the kindest people anyone could ever meet. I love to spend time with them anytime we can. After that, we got excited about Tom's new release CD that came in the mail for him. We were honoured with the first copy! We got him to sign it, but he wasn't too comfortable with the idea. We told him he had to get used to signing stuff and the screaming girls...

He said that yeah, he'd have to get used to signing... but he's pretty used to screaming girls already. haha.

We went to pick up our rental car in the afternoon that we are going to be taking to Berlin tomorrow. We managed to rent ourselves a Smart Car ForFour. It's automatic with what they call, "TipTronic." You can manually chance the gears forward if you want to. Don't know anything about that....

I do know, however, about driving on the germany highway now. I was speeding down the highway at 160 km/hr and had to move over to the slow lane with germans zipping past me like I was driving like an old woman. It's crazy. I can't believe that people drive so fast here. But I definitely like it! I got to drive part way from Erlensee to Heidelberg where we are today.


Heidelberg. This would be my second time to Heidelberg. It's a great city. So gorgeous. Gonzo said though that he was having an overload of experiencing 'old things'. He was serious. So, we didn't get to see the castle in Heidelberg on the hill that was built over three centuries. I saw it last time so even though I wanted to see it again, I wasn't too disappointed. We had schnitzel in the shopping mile at Bier Bretzel. Really cool joint. We had drinks the night before there (european milkshakes are more milk than ice cream ... in case you care). They have awesome french fries there. I have had french fries both times I was there now. My addiction lives strong.

At the restaurant Tom and I played a game with Gonzo where we name a movie and a scene and he sings the soundtrack. I know that he's the Soundtrack Index, but I didn't realize how amazing he actually is at it. Kind of scary, actually.

I am at around 700 digital photos now, of our trip. Most of which are good (I'm good at deleting immediately crappy and mistake photos). I have a problem where I actually feel like if I don't take a photo of a new place that I am visiting I actually feel like my trip was worthless. I might as well have stayed home. I know that doesn't make much sense, but that's what it feels like.

Tonight is soccer night with Tom's roommates. I guess that what would be equivalent to the North American Football night with the guys. I think that I'm gonna crochet...

Germany - the start!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Been in Germany for about 4 hours now... Feels so good. We'll be here for 2 weeks (well, with a break in Sweden - Thursday to Sunday).

******UGH. This German laptop has the 'z's and the 'y's switched. I'm gonna stop correcting myself from this point. Just switch them around in your head*****

So, zes, I am verz excited. Gonyo is currentlz passed out on the couch beside me. We had a verz late flight -- leaving Toronto at 12pm, and arriving at 7am Toronto time. He didn't sleep verz much. I definitelz slept more than him, but not bz much more. This would be due to the child that sat behind me with severe ADHD. He kicked mz seat everz moment that he was awake.

Before we got on the flight, i noticed him (around 5 zears old), with his mother and little sister (mazbe 3 zears old). I noticed him because his mother had him on one of those leashes (for children, of course). His mother was struggling with putting the stroller in the large plastic bag that Air Transat makes zou put on the strollers before putting them on the plane. She had to let him go. He started running around, and finallz came back to where his mother and sister were... he grabbed his sister bz the dress, and hit her hard twice on the back. This child was the spawn of the devil. And this child sat behind me and his screaming kid sister.

Other than that, the flight was perfect.

Tom came and picked us up at the airport. He had opportunitz to go home before having to pick us up (he arrived a couple of hours before us flzing from Toronto, stopping in Milan). We went to see his brother and his familz, and Tom's parents. It was so nice to catch up with his parents a little. It would have been three zears since I saw them last. So cool. I also met Tom's little nephew that I onlz saw as a bump on his mother's bellz the last time I was in Germanz. That was trippz.

Aiiighhhtt.. I am on german dial-up that bills bz the minute so I'd better go. Next time I'll construct mz blog in Word first to be more economical. Fer sure.

*sigh* I am in Germanz. This is great.

one week

Monday, September 25, 2006

one week until we're off to germany and sweden. it's so close i can almost taste it.


Monday, September 11, 2006

Gonzo and I have been investing in our home lately (which is indicated by the lack of postings I have been making on here). We've bought an entertainment unit, 'cause our DVDs were flowing out onto the floor, been rearranging our office (since we seem to be doing more work in there), neatening up our bathroom (no more numberless containers on our counter) -- everything just feels so much better. The peak of all of this activity has to be the moving the family piano into our home at 7:55 this morning. After the movers moved it in, Gonzo and I just sat in our livingroom eating breakfast enjoying the sight of a musical instrument (finally!) in our home. Looking forward to practicing... 


Thursday, August 31, 2006

Originally uploaded by limmers.
Today, I designed a logo I liked. It's for Parkway Forest's ladies' fellowship. I drew the girl and the balloon myself! That's is definitely a stretch for me.

Gone to Sh*t

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Well, got my mail back about 20 minutes ago. Blood pressure has gone down 50%. Now... to catch up.


Email is down. This is starting off to be a bad day. Hopefully ends sooooooonn.....


Monday, August 21, 2006

Lately, I've accomplished so much stuff that I've been meaning to take care of, but haven't.

  • Get my digital photographs from San Francisco printed, and then assemble all my photos from that trip into photo albums. My sisters know what a feat this is!
  • Repotted all my plants that were too big for their old homes
  • Put shelving into my bathroom space to improve tidyness in there (Margaret-assistance)
  • Installed a light over my kitchen sink so we can see! (Margaret-assistance)
  • Upgraded my Microsoft Office for Mac and got my email organized
  • Started planning better storage space with Gonzo. But have to wait - can't blow all our money right now
  • Booked and are planning our vacation to Germany and Sweden. Gonna be amazing!
  • Bought a scanner recently - after waiting about 2 years.

    Feels pretty good. Working on neatness. Working on sleeping. Working on waking. Gonzo has been transfered to a new house in Richmond Hill, which has cut the travelling time into more than half. That's one good thing. Gonzo's got his new schedule which is far more consistent and less sporadic than his last schedule. Many days are 7am to 3pm. Another GREAT thing. Gonzo's also got a great boss. He even uses email. Trust me, that's a leap and a jump forward than what his last house was managed like. And yet another great thing. Thanks God!

    Anyway, life has taken a nice comfortable step forward. I'm happy for it. Gotta move on booking a dentist appointment for both of us... a not so great thing.
  • Humility

    Wednesday, August 16, 2006

    Keep my ears open
    Keep my eyes seeing
    I want to forever be someone
    Who learns from everyone
    Around me

    It's Official

    Monday, August 14, 2006

    My uncle John confessed to Gonzo yesterday that he is scared of me. He also said that he knows I'm scared of him too (or so he thinks). He thinks that this is good.

    My family is officially deranged.


    Sunday, August 06, 2006

    So after my whole ordeal yesterday (I effectively purchased three scanners yesterday), everything came out alright. I scanned a TON of pictures today in a little over half an hour. And the colour reproduction is actually pretty amazing. I am very surprised for have bought an HP scanner. HP, sheesh, they make really good printers - but heck, not necessarily scanners. Photo stuff is usually left to Canon or Epson. Actually Canon is pretty much crap aside from their video equipment and digital cameras (congratulations again, Lindsay Thompson). Canon makes crappy printers. Canon makes crappy copiers. Canon makes crappy scanners (as I discovered yesterday when mine failed to even power up out of the box - and that was the top of their line).

    The only thing about this scanner though, is that it's HUMUNGEOUS. Oh well, I'm happy that it works and the quality is actually quite excellent. I only hope that it stays working. I read a review from someone online and said that it crashes and freezes up on her/him all the time. But, that might be their crappy computer's fault. I have a mac, so therefore, that does not apply to me.


    Scanner Trouble

    Friday, August 04, 2006

    So.... today, I finally brought myself to purchase a scanner after about 2 years of deliberating. Like, I don't reeeeeally need a scanner, but there are instances where I am like, 'it would be nice if i had a scanner right now.' Anyhow, I have a video project coming up for a client's wedding, where they want me to produce their photographs in a video. Video slideshow, yes. Great! An excuse to buy a scanner! Well, if the scanner that I just bought works tonight when I finally get home, it'll be the third one I've bought today. 

    I'll let you know how it goes.

    crawling out of my skin

    Thursday, August 03, 2006

    Today I saw a bug worthy of being from Asia. Body was at least 2 inches long, and probably half a centre thick. Lots and lots and lots of legs. Long, long legs. I showed Rob and he then turned around and said he'd get Juan to kill it although he acted like a tough guy about it. :-)

    That was two hours ago. Now, I am extremely bored 'cause no one is hardly here at work. I have Juanita, Samantha, Mike, Rob, Juan, Olive, Sandi, Rex and Debbie. I think that's it. If you know what work is usually like for me, you'll notice that people who usually give me work are not here. Nope, not a single one. Only 1 hour and 2 minutes to work... 

    Counting the seconds...

    let down

    Wednesday, August 02, 2006

    the illusion is fading
    i can see what really is
    i'm not surprised, i'm not afraid
    although i am not relieved
    that i was right
    i hoped i would not be that person
    who would see
    who can see through
    all that you appear to be
    you are you just the same
    i can't be hardened by 
    all that we search to explain
    but you are stepping down
    now that i am sure
    i see through
    all that you appear to be

    History of the Wok

    History of the Wok
    Originally uploaded by limmers.
    I invited my parents over for dinner on Sunday night, and I made sage pork loin with apples and onions. (So GOOD, except I shouldn't have used my cast iron pan 'cause it made the sauce black!) I planned a whole evening (simple, mind you) where after dinner we could enjoy some coffee out on our balcony. But because my parents were expecting to go home after dinner, they decided to cook the chicken wings they had brought over for dinner 'cause they wouldn't have time to cook dinner on Monday. Well, the wok you see in the picture is actually their wok. It's at least 25 years old. My mother gave it to me when I got married 'cause I asked them for it. Everything I had was new, and had no history, so I wanted something that I knew from even childhood.

    My dad got contemplative, and said, "You know how many meals this wok fed you?" And that made me appreciate my dad (and the wok) that much more.

    Reading is Bad For You

    Monday, July 31, 2006

    Because I am really weak at history I thought it would be good to buy a history book. They were having books on sale at Chapters - random ones, for prices that were something like 85% off. Anyway, I found a book on a topic I can remember I was introduced to when I was in Grade 4, at Dallington Public School: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692. This particular book is entitled "In the Devil's Snare."

    So, I started reading it a little last night and what do I dream about? Two girls who are mildly demon possessed harrassing me at some kind of ministry thing I was leading. Wonderful!

    The Better-Thans

    I think that we all have ways of thinking that we are better than someone else. Once we stop that, we are a little less angry.


    Sunday, July 30, 2006

    Yesterday, at the Ling Fu Barbeque at Colonel Danforth Park, I was trying to say what I could of what Mandarin I still possessed from six years of Chinese School as a child - at least a good 15 years ago. Yeah, tough. Later, with Lisa, I was talking about how proud I was of my parents that they spoke such awesome Mandarin now. Before they joined the Chinese church they had a good understanding of Mandarin but it was rusty and didn't have a very wide vocabulary. Now, they are able to communicate spiritual truths in Mandarin! That's crazy...

    Lisa then turns to me and tells me that my pronunciation is very good! I was floored. I get really self-conscious and have a hard time speaking Mandarin because I am worried that I have horrible pronunciation. I got a compliment from someone from Shanghai - moved here only less than one year ago! Okay, so now she's armed me with confidence to try more. I am really excited about it.

    One of my summer goals was to learn something new and cool. I have learned (while only at the novice level) DVD Studio Pro, but perhaps I can start trying to communicate more in Mandarin... That would be really hard. But fantastic!

    Beka said that she got her start in Thai when a Thai girl complimented her on her pronunciation ("You sound like Thai!"), and she became fluent in the language. Geez, that would be mind-blowing! I feel like I am way too old to learn a new language. But hey - Tony Baker learned Tagalog at his old age. ;-)

    Full days of fun

    Playing Cards
    Originally uploaded by limmers.
    We had such a great day yesterday (well, actually even since Friday). Friday, we had Beka and Lindsay over to prep for the Resonate Pot Luck. When they got to my house, we made lists and off we went to go shopping for food and other random items. We went to Canadian Tire first in order to get me some zip ties to fix up my lanterns - and I got some citronella candles for cheap!

    We then went to Hong Tai to buy some cheap, but good groceries -- chicken, black bean sauce, peppers, ground beef, spinach, mmm.... Then to No Frills for regular non-Asian stuff, like Lasagna noodles.

    Lindsay and Beka took care of making the lasagna once we got home, and then they played Dutch Blitz with Gonzo while I put up the lanterns, and swept the balcony a little (not too much, or my neighbour beneath us would not be happy). I made black bean chicken with yellow peppers a little later.

    Okay, the Resonate pot luck was amazing! Everyone tried so hard. We had chicken fettucini alfredo, steamed rice, wild rice, fried rice with bbq pork and shrimp, chinese onion pancakes (my favourite!), noodles with peanut sauce, tomatos and chickpea salad, noodles with veggies, steamed rice, wild rice, almond jello, ice cream, ice cream bars, cake, lasagna and chicken in black bean sauce (of course) and other things I'm sure I am missing. This was no half-bumbum pot luck. We were stuffed silly.

    We watched a slideshow of Beka's and my photos of the Roadtrip ('cause no one else sent me any!), and people later then enjoyed the balcony. The little bit of work I did in order to get it a little less junky (threw out quite a few things) worked out!

    Everyone was still chatting it up and having a really good time when we started to herd them out at around 11:15pm. We had to drive a few people home so we couldn't hang out much later than that (poor Lisa didn't get home until 12:30am!). Gonzo and I then got home did a little bit of clean up (not much), and headed off to sleep around 1:30.

    We had another full and awesome day at the Ling Fu barbeque-picnic at Colonel Danforth Park (not really easy to find on the internet). Luckily we didn't get lost! We had a good time hanging out with Matt, Margaret, Lisa and getting to know Jesse (Lisa's family's housemate). I love hearing about recent immigrant stories of back home and their struggles and challenges here. Widens your worldview so much, which is so important. So many of them have such difficult situations here, but they still find so much to enjoy in effort of making Canada their new home.

    After the bbq, Matt, Margaret, Gonzo and I went to SNG (after stopping at respective homes), had a good service. After service, Beka, Lindsay, Kristiina with Gonzo and I went down to the Jazz Festival and enjoyed some Samba Squad (in the rain). They were amazing. We then headed off to get some dinner at Yumei Sushi (find pictures here.

    It's crazy to think that today is Sunday and I still have a whole day off. I love summer.

    DVD Studio Pro

    Wednesday, July 26, 2006

    I finally produced my first DVD out of DVD Studio Pro. I watched the Tutorial twice, to grasp what I am supposed to do with Motion, and DSP. Now, I am even doing up a label - haven't done that in a while! 

    It was a very simple set up, but I've gotta start somewhere! It only took me a few weeks to finally finish the darn project! 


    Tuesday, July 25, 2006

    No one is here at work. I feel more and more sleepy. It definitely helps me work when people are around. At least I have a full day of work to do today. Yesterday wasn't so good...

    The Tower That Ate People

    Monday, July 24, 2006

    That's one cool song - although I haven't a clue as to what it's about...

    The Bruce Peninsula

    Sunday, July 23, 2006

    This past weekend, Resonate went up to the Bruce Peninsula for a little RoadTrip (complete with no showers... and surprisingly enough - hardly any running water!) We had Mercy, Joanne, Carolyn, Kim Hampden, Kim Dawkins, Lisa Zhu, Matt, Margaret, Hannah, Beka, Lindsay, Heidi, Eileen, and Steven on the trip. We took the church van (huge 12 seater... I'm only allowed to drive 8 with my license), Matt brought the Aloha Van (thanks Matt!), and 'Zilla (our civic).

    Arrived in Lion's Head for a bon file and pizza that Chris treated us to. He surprised us with digging a pit for us just before we arrived, 'cause I was asking in the afternoon if there was anywhere to have a bonfire. What a guy!

    Had a good breakfast, then packed our lunches to head to the beach - Sauble! I'm glad that everyone was really happy with Sauble. It's really clean and peaceful. What an awesomely relaxing day. Then back to Lion's Head for dinner - shishkebobs and mutant baked potatoes. They took more than one hour to cook! Dinner left everyone ridiculously full. No one had room for the cantelope we brought up.

    Cranium. I stop there

    We had the opportunity to lead worship. Service was just fantastic this morning. The people at The Country Church really know how to worship. Worship leading there is really just starting the songs, and then you just get to sing along with them. I couldn't stop crying at one point. The presence of God was just so real. I know everyone was really aware of God's presence this morning.

    Afternoon - after lunch and saying our goodbyes we went to Owen Sound to hang out. Gonzo failed to mention to me when we were planning the loose itinerary that there wasn't a single store open on Sundays in Owen Sound. Well, I guess we had a nice little drive through the town. We spent sometime in Inglis Falls park where some of our crazy Resonaters decided to climb the cliff. Aiya.

    We had such a great weekend. Not only relationally, but God met us there too. I'm so grateful for that.


    Wednesday, July 19, 2006

    Today, I met with a committee that is discussing the issues of security, risk and privacy when it comes to donations online. I love being in meetings with people in the congregation. I get to see what they're like, a little, when they're at work.

    This particular committee are made up of professional paranoids. Really funny.

    Quantum Physics

    Tuesday, July 18, 2006

    Today, I watched a movie that my neighbours lent me:
    What the Bleep Do We Know?
    See site: whatthebleep.com.

    Lots of well presented information - and interestingly enough, not much I would disagree with. But. the focus of the philosophy is far too self-centred, and the entire outlook is God-removed. Or, let me correct myself - God, as in the Judeo-Christian God - is no longer Adonai, but me... the human being... as god. We are all gods. That is completely deluded.

    you or me

    Sunday, July 16, 2006

    pull or shove
    wake and turn toward me
    wake from your sleepy daze
    falling into your hollow gaze
    how you spend all your days
    and i can't tell you what i see
    wake and turn toward me

    Getting Organized

    Saturday, July 15, 2006

    Sometimes I feel like life is a big fight against certain things. On a grand, cosmic scale, that would be against:

  • Injustice

  • Disconnectedness

  • Unrighteousness

  • Hate

  • Ungrace

  • Ignorance

  • ....amongst many things

  • Other times, and often times, I have fighting lesser things, but these also must be fought:

  • Dust

  • Untidyness

  • Clutter

  • Indulgence

  • Obesity

  • ....amongst many things

  • And I am happy to announce that yesterday, I began to win the battle of DISORGANIZATION. :-) My worst thing is that I'm trying to keep track of our finances - particularly in the way we spend money. But that's not always that easy... we're really busy (I wish we weren't), and whatever downtime we have I don't want to be spending cleaning, or entering our expenditures and income into a money program. And often our receipts (the first step effort in keeping track of expenditures) are piling up like crazy on my desk, and other places in the house (contributing to the loss of the battle of 'Clutter'). However, the big blow to this problem came in the purchase of this pretty little machine:

    My own desktop paper shredder! My problem is that I can't just throw out my receipts because of the fear my mother put into me regarding identity theft etc. But now, that is NOT a problem.

    The second step I made was creating an excel sheet that I can enter details about how we spend money in a month. What's different about this and software that I have purchased or downloaded in the past is that it's SO easy to enter and view. I just use the row numbers down the side as the days of the month, and then have a formula set up so that I know what the total is at the bottom. But I also have this set up as categories (i.e., regular bills, leisure, groceries, gas, auto maintenance, etc.), this becomes separate columns. Then have these columns tallied over to the right, at the end. I have set up some of things that give me an instant report regarding the goals we have set and how that looks. Now, I have an accurate picture as to how we are doing financially in a given month.

    OH, AND, we have been successfully keeping up a habit of filing our credit card receipts in a coupon booklet, sorted by vendor. This way, when I go to check over our statements, I can do it SO quickly.

    It only took me over ten years of managing my own finances to finally set up something that I feel complete control over. Yeah, this blog might be way too long on such a measley thing where perhaps you have already figured it out, but for me - this the beginning of a victory of a battle I have too long been losing. Booyah!

    Now, to figure a way to wake up early...

    p.s. Ben left for Thailand this morning. Now, we wait for 35 days until he comes back.

    Douglas Snow Again

    Friday, July 14, 2006

    This time, a pathetic 150m in 15 minutes. My excuse: not wearing a proper athletic swimsuit, thus causing 'drag'. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

    Motion and DVD Studio

    Wednesday, July 12, 2006

    Since I got my fantastic mac set up at work back in January, I have not been able to orient myself with some of my programs. I have not yet looked at Flash, Motion, and DVD Studio Pro. All of which I want to be able to use, at least on a novice level, very very badly.

    However, today, I finally had a chance to watch the Apple Tutorial for Motion and DVD Studio Pro and they don't look that hard. I mean, there was a ton to remember, but at least I know where to start. They are SO powerful though! I am so excited for the next project that I get 'cause I'm gonna do it up huge! I have only been using iDVD out of necessity (although it still has some really great templates). The thing that is pushing me towards using DVD Studio (despite it being really awesome) is the fact that my iDVD mysteriously stopped working. It just started erroring in the middle of my project's burning process. Anyway, I figured since it's kind of a downtime at work, I actually had time to train myself to do this stuff. Tomorrow, I think I am going to experiment in Motion. Gonna be a fun, fun day.

    Flash... gotta get with that next.

    Finally being fed

    At work, I just finished preparing for a huge project. Now, I'm waiting on other people... But I'm really glad that I'm finished my part. It was daunting.

    So, suddenly at 2pm, I really had NO WORK to do. I started cleaning my office, doing research on design and stumbling upon a huge resource on the web for people like me: www.churchmarketingsucks.com. It has so many articles regarding area pertinent to something so specific that is relevant to me! Articles on the philosophy of marketing in church, foundations, process, tips, tricks - a wealth of information! Here's a snippet of what they're about, as posted on their website:

    Our mission is to frustrate, educate and motivate the church to communicate, with uncompromising clarity, the truth of Jesus Christ. Church Marketing Sucks is a part of the Center for Church Communication, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the church matter.

    Something's wrong with your church. Something's wrong with the Church. Church marketing efforts and communication in general suck. We've got the greatest story ever told, but no one's listening. The church has a problem communicating, and it's time to change.

    We love the church, but it needs some help. Typos, cheesy logos, and bad clip art aren't helping the cause. But snazzy marketing won't save this ship, either. It's not about being perfect, but there's a better way to communicate. It's authentic, it's loving, and it knows how to spell.

    This isn't simply about putting butts in pews or selling glossy postcards. It's about helping the church be the Church, and seeing lives changed as a result. If helping the church communicate better allows one person to finally glimpse the Gospel, then our work has been worthwhile. It may be fuzzy math, but God can worry about that.

    Oh... when I read that - I was like, THE SUPPORT THAT I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR! I found this website though, through a group on Flickr called Church Marketing Labs - 353 graphic designers, art directors, website developers, and the like, who are Christians, who work at church and desire for a change in the way we communicate visually. Okay, I realize that I may sound quite over-dramatic about this, but really, anything that I've learned, cried over, rejoiced in, and persevered through, I have done with non-designers. While I whole-heartedly appreciate all that I have shared with those I work with (at church), there's always a point where I'm talking and the eyes start glazing over... It's always different when you're having a conversation with someone and both of you speak the same language.

    So, I hope this changes my design and confidence in the days to come. I already feel so encouraged.

    douglas snow

    Monday, July 10, 2006

    Kathy: 400m in 1/2 hour
    Gonzalo: 250m in 1/2 hour.

    We'll go from here! So excited!

    world cup. done.

    Sunday, July 09, 2006

    we're never gonna hear the end of it.

    great sunny day

    I had such a nice day with my husband today. After doing a little bit of cleaning of the house ('cause we're really behind in housework... but isn't that always the story?), we went to get a little bit of lunch at Subway, then off to the community pool. Pleasantview. It's free! The pool is kinda small but it's so close to our house, and it's just nice to be able to cool off with some people in the neighbourhood. I'm always excited about a chance to go to the pool. I possess a childhood-type excitement about the pool. I don't know why. I guess because we've never owned one, and I just never grew out of it.

    After that, we popped over to our neighbours to arrange a time to see a movie tomorrow - Cars! We ended up with a good hour-long chat. Was good to get some new people. Unfortunately, they're moving out at the end of the month. Bummer. Hopefully we'll start a good new friendship that we transcend the move. Yeah - I'm hopeful.

    Tonight we had dinner with the family - Margaret came home. Was good to see her after a week of not seeing her or hearing from her. She got a new guitar! That's awesome. I'm so glad, 'cause I was tired of her rattle-y, out of tune guitar every SNG. Yeah!

    Tomorrow is the World Cup FINAL FINAL - FRANCE vs. ITALY. Maybe I'll go shopping at Oshawa Mall.

    end of these days

    Friday, July 07, 2006

    where have you gone
    everyone is selling out
    left and right
    i am fearful
    that i may be next
    where have i set my believing
    they have misplaced theirs
    feet firm on the ground
    they are never leaving


    Monday, June 26, 2006

    I am a sicko today. I can't remember the last time I took a day off to be sick.

    I think I got sick of Maria Paz who we bumped into at the mall in Oshawa. She wanted to drink some of our drink and I said go ahead and she said she was sick and I said oh that doesn't matter because I have an immune system made out of iron.

    With that said, I realize I am an arrogant dumbface.

    Dinner with the McKenleys

    Friday, June 23, 2006

    Last night we had dinner with the McKenleys. They came over 1 hour late. ONE HOUR! I was worried that the food would be horrible by then:

    - Zucchini in garlic and red wine vinegar, skewered and grilled
    - Steak in Montreal Steak seasoning
    - Potatoes in lemon and rosemary
    - Tomatoe and purple onion salad

    Food was good, although the steak was well done (that's how Saj likes it ;-)). Afterwards we went to have dessert downtown at Futures - where I found out that Saj is dessert-crazy, so I should have never shown him the bakery-cafe that has 20+ cakes and 10+ pies to choose from. After THAT, we went to Sonic Boom - the largest Used CD/DVD/Vinyl store that I know of in Toronto.

    We had such a good time with them. Before we knew it, it was midnight and as adults we all had to go home 'cause we have work in the morning... We just had such a good time talking about life, and struggles, and just general stuff about how people think about things that puzzles us.

    Yay! Arty night people!

    New Toy!

    Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    I have my new Canon digital camera. I waited a long, long time for this... :-) I can't wait to take new cool pictures everywhere I go!

    Weird thing is that getting this new camera launched me into designing differently. I guess it made me consider what I COULD be doing... and caused me to actually DRAW at work today. I know, I know... you ask how is it even related? I can't explain. But yes, I did draw a picture today to incorporate into my design that I worked on today. I showed at least 3 people at work.

    And told Gonzo.
    And Margaret.


    Tuesday, June 20, 2006

    man, even if you think that nike is a sell-out brand... they've got some of the best marketing people on the planet.

    in preparation

    Sunday, June 18, 2006

    Today, i made dinner for my dad (well, other people came to ate, but IN HONOUR of him) for Father's Day.

    Tonight's menu:
    - Fresh Herb Pizza [rosemary, thyme, marjoram with coarse salt, olive oil]
    - Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with Lemongrass Pork [see recipe here. it rocks]
    - Bell Pepper and Summer Squash Skewers
    - Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

    I'm so excited... my father (an exceptional cook himself) actually looks forward to my cooking. Margaret was wondering earlier this week what we could do for dad for Father's Day and since I know that he likes my cooking I figure it would be nice to stay in and I can cook! Of course Margaret came and helped (after all... he's her dad too.)

    Well, we'll fulllllll. We've had dessert twice. Bad.
    Only thing is that Christine was missing... She'll be home Tuesday!

    First swim of the season!

    With an impromptu party at the Thompson's I have finally gotten to go swimming for the first time this year. Ohhh it feels good. I have to get my butt in gear and get down to Douglas Snow and become a spectacular swimmer that can do 50 laps in a row... yeah, I'd be happy to be able to do 10 right now...

    It was nice. Gonzo invited Ben and Melody over for dinner at our house tonight, which ended up turning into us bringing the meat over to the Thompsons where we hung out with the Thompsons (minus Paula...) and Cynthia, Sinclair and Tony. That kid... Anyway, the shiskabobs turned out spectacular (key:bacon). When Gonzo saw how much meat I brought over (not very much) he was worried. Melody convinced me to cut them up in half and voila there were suddenly at least 12 skewers that magically appeared. Hefty ones too! Not enough bacon however...

    I got a few mosquito bites. First of the season as well.

    I had a semi-brutal day. So hot in the apartment... I did laundry, did some chores, sorted through some financial stuff, downloaded new software to help me manage our financial life, took a 3 hour nap. I'm not sure which weekend I prefer: the weekend that Gonzo works mornings, or the weekend Gonzo works night. Both blow, I guess.

    Anyway, the evening worked out spectacular... although I haven't a clue as to where my parents went. We usually go over every Saturday night, but I called home and no one answered. My parents - they've come out of their cocoons and now are spectacular social butterflies that cannot be tied down. It's good though. For so long their lives were ALL about us (which I appreciate a whole ton), but now they're finding other people to touch and reach out to. They're in a good spot in their lives to do that.

    Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I'd like to exercise tomorrow. And...
    - clean up in time for Father's Day dinner tomorrow night
    - clean the bathroom
    - tidy the kitchen
    - decide what to cook and then shop for dinner

    Hopefully Margaret is planning on picking me up otherwise I haven't a clue as to how we're gonna get the food...

    11 minutes

    Saturday, June 17, 2006

    11 minutes until i run out of battery on the family powerbook. i want to write a blog, but i know that i should not plug the computer in 'cause i really should sleep. it's 1:50. if i plug it in i know that i definitely will continue to stay up. the internet is never ending. never never ending.

    resonate was nice tonight. we had it outdoors and the temperature was fabulous with a lovely light breeze. i admit was getting a little bit anxious when we started approaching the start time of the service and we suddenly had things to do although we had been sitting around for a good hour. i couldn't believe that we were gonna be late! but that's okay. i should just let go and not be so uptight about stuff like that. i have been better lately i think. things that used to bug me don't bug me so much anymore, but there is still a lot of things to knock off that long list.

    i'm watching when my temper is creeping up more closely these days. don't want to turn into an adult anger bomb.

    i just received my first warning that the computer will suddenly SHUT OFF if i do not plug it in soon.

    tomorrow i hope to:
    - do one load of laundry
    - exercise (go running)
    - organize my desk

    that should take me ALL day until I go to SNG. okay, gotta go. weird. says I have 10 minutes left of battery time. liar.


    Tuesday, May 30, 2006

    oh yeah, and it's my birthday today!

    i dressed up with a new skirt, and complete with fashionable accessories. I feel like a million bucks... :-) boys, you don't understand what earrings and some bracelets can do for a girl.

    27. wow. that's how old matt janes was when i first came on as an intern. it's a weird year for me. i figure i should have some interns.

    what do i hope for this year? to be a better person. to be a deeper person. to be more in control of my home. it's running away from me. when i come in the door, it looks like 30 people leave there... so many shoes...

    happy birthday to me. i am 27, alive and well, and happy.




    Thursday, May 18, 2006

    Hooray! After much labour, Gonzo and I are going to California in a couple of weeks to visit my good friend Wiser. We are going to be flying out of Buffalo which makes the flight like several hundred dollars cheaper. A little more of a trek, but Buffalo really isn't that far away.

    So the labour:
    I had a couple of flights lined up where both Gonzo and I could fly for under $500. Yes, both together. I called Wiser to confirm that the itinerary was convenient for him, and he told me to check Jetblue and Southwest too to be sure that we're getting the cheapest flight possible. And as I am doing that, the flights go up and suddenly there are no flights available for under $700 (for both of us). I was livid.

    Sometimes stubbornness pays off.
    I did my searches again and again in Travelocity... yielding nothing but flights that were in the $700 to $800 range... then finally giving up when I started getting flights that were $1150 in total. Ack.

    Then, I googled the phrase "Buffalo to San Francisco" to see what websites that would come up with and I found this website called Cheapair.com and found a flight that would send Gonzo and I for $455 US. However, I was a bit afraid because I had never heard of these people before.

    I gave them my credit card number anyway.
    But I did not receive a confirmation email at all (like you usually do - within MINUTES). But I couldn't stay up for it... I was beat. So I went to sleep. I dreamt about Wiser yelling at me for wasting money calling him during the day for $3 for 3 minutes....

    I woke up just now and acting pessimistic that we would be declined. (Oh I was reading on the website that the reason why there would be a delay is because they have to check my credit card information during bank hours). However, I found in my junk mail folder a confirmation email that states that Gonzo and I will be flying to San Francisco on Wednesday, June 7. Booyah.


    Monday, May 15, 2006

    Today, at Costco, Gonzalo and I picked yet a couple more Williams-Sonoma cookbooks. Cooking is definitely my new obsession... Yesterday, I took upon myself the task of cooking Mother's Day dinner for 14 members of my family: Gonzalo's family, and my family, plus appendages (Matt and Joseph). I made chicken breast with a tarragon and cream sauce (would have been better if the guests weren't nearly 2 hours late -- a bit dry), glazed carrots with ginger, roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic (Gonzalo actually made these in the end), simple asparagus (boiled, olive oil and salt), and pasta with cherry tomatoes and basil. I started at around 2:30pm, and my guests were to arrive at 5pm, but they didn't come 'til something like 6:40. I managed to keep most of the food warm however.

    Although I can make some yummy food now, and am not afraid to try new recipes (some girls have a rule to wear nothing twice, I am a girl that tries to make nothing twice ... at least regarding the rule of trying to make many new dishes)... I'm saddened by the fact that I"m not yet a creative cook... I mean, I use many recipes, but don't make much out of nothing. I'm not like, "Ooooohhh.... this should taste really good together." Hopefully these recipe books are only training wheels that I will eventually out-grow.

    What is exciting though is that the 'Bread' book is Gonzalo's buy. He's been wanting to make bread for a while. He's been meaning to ask his dad about learning from him (he loves to make different kinds of breads), but hasn't worked out that way yet. Gonzo's first try is going to be focaccia bread (I told him to try to make something that doesn't have to rise too much - that way, you can't really mess it up!)

    The Steak and Chop book is my buy. Look at the yummy dishes:
    - Bistecca fiorentina with lemon spinach
    - Pork ribs with pineapple-hoisin glaze
    - Fillet tips on rosemary skewers
    - New York strip steak with blue cheese butter

    Oh man, I've never bought a recipe book where I could pretty much make EVERY SINGLE recipe in it because it looks so amazing, and it's not that hard to make... This is going to be one chubby summer...

    Mission Impossible 3

    Friday, May 12, 2006

    Gonzo, Margaret, Matt, Christine and I watched Mission Impossible 3 last night at the Richmond Theatre downtown. Sound at that theatre is amazing.

    The movie was so great. Writing, pacing, effects... so fantastic.
    As Margaret put it, "It was stressful." Not a slow moment in the whole film.

    Video Screen Shot

    Monday, May 08, 2006

    Video Screen Shot
    Originally uploaded by limmers.
    And here is a screen shot of my video that I prepared for General Conference that I am so proud of!

    General Conference 2

    Okay, my latest crazy opportunity is now flying to Winnipeg, MB for one day - leaving tomorrow morning, and coming back Wednesday morning. Pastor Smith asked me this morning. He was thinking about it, and felt that everything would be better if I was present to make sure all the media would go off without a hitch. Feels so funny though. Like, I will see many of my friends on Wednesday, and can say, "Yesterday, when I was in Winnipeg..."

    My life gets weirder, and weirder, and cooler, and cooler.... :-)

    Anyway, I'm really happy that I'll be there to make sure all the work that I put into the media will be presented well. 47 hours on one video to be presented badly is NOT cool. My trust level, obviously, isn't very high...

    At OCAD

    Sunday, May 07, 2006

    Today, I went down with Christine (after dragging her out of her Sunday mid-afternoon nap) downtown to see Margaret in action at OCAD. It was cool to see Margaret actually make some things in her jewelry class setting. Strange that after 3 years since she started, I still haven't seen her actually physically make anything! Unfortunately, I didn't get to see her make anything really cool because they weren't allowed to have gas or ... (something else that they couldn't turn on) because there were no class monitors and the person who turns on the gas (and whatever) would be liable. Anyway, Margaret started to make me a simple, but cool, bracelet. AND... and polished my wedding rings. OH MAN, it's like I got married yesterday! I'm so excited.

    I'm so excited also to show Gonzo. I know that he'll be happy... since I'm not really careful with them. I mean, I use them in every day real life. I don't live a princess' life, you know! I could probably take them off when I'm scrubbing the tub, however...

    Anyway, I'm proud of my little sister. She's doing really well. Her pieces are original and whimsical...is probably how I would put her "style." She even has a potential commission! Someone saw her locket piece and wanted to have something done for his mother for Christmas. That's fantastic! We were beaming for her (Christine and I were the only ones there at that time). Yay! Hopefully that works out.

    I took some photographs of her pieces and hopefully she can use them (I took them on film and I'm not good with film - even worse than I was before). Christine should be able to colour correct them to a beautiful state. Yeah... that would be good.

    General Conference

    My latest incredible opportunity was being given the task of putting together a video for General Conference. Pastor Smith and Jonathan Smith are going to be teaching a session on "Receptivity." The sad thing is that it is not a safe assumption that all churches are reaching out to those who have no hope, or in the midst of despair. Anyway, it's going to be a good and helpful session.

    So, General Conference is a big meeting with all the credential holders in the PAOC - across Canada. So all these people are going to see MY video! Crazy! :-)

    My video turned out ot be about 20 minutes of five pastors that we interviewed (I even got to fly to Cape Breton to interview one pastor) answering five questions. I worked about 47 hours on the video. This is definitely the longest I've worked on anything in my life. Usually I completely anything I do in about an hour or two!

    Happy 80th!

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006

    Happy 80th!
    Originally uploaded by limmers.
    Today we celebrated Pastor Yates' 80th birthday at our all staff meeting. A big ol' surprise. His birthday was actually yesterday, but we celebrated it today.

    He is loved by us all. He's such a fantastic example of someone who has just served God his entire life and still seeks to do so, until he is "called home." He turned to us "young people" and thanked us for setting an example for him on how to live life. Oh come on.

    I turned to Ben V. tonight at The Meeting Place and said, "Ben, you're turning 20 this year, right? Yeah, he's lived 4 times longer than you." That's a long time - and he sure has stories to tell.

    We had a nice time today celebrating his birthday. He certainly is an inspiration and a testament that you can indeed live for God your entire life.

    Inside Man

    Sunday, April 16, 2006

    If you're planning on watching "Inside Man" do not continue to read on.

    Gonzo and I took my parents to see 'Inside Man' tonight. The movie was terrible. I was planning on writing what I thought about it, but now that I think about it, I'm too tired.

    What I will say, however, is that the premise of the movie is amazing. Unfortunately, when you come out at the end, there is no point to the movie. Themes were weak. Women objectified. False endings (felt like the movie was coming to an end at least 3 times). Pacing was bad.

    What is also too bad are all the actors that are involved:
    - Jodie Foster
    - Clive Owen
    - Christopher Plummer
    - Denzel Washington

    I love all these actors. They got involved in a movie that Gonzo figured looked good on paper - but didn't turn out so well on screen.

    Anyway, tomorrow is Easter Sunday! We're going to Parkway Forest (one of APC's satellite churches). This will be the first time I'll be at a different church other than APC on Easter Sunday in FOREVER. I am looking forward to it. And then tomorrow night is our last Easter presentation. Phew. Looks like we're gonna make it.


    Friday, April 14, 2006

    Waiting to watch...

    - Inside Man
    - The Da Vinci Code
    - X-Men 3
    - Cars
    - Nacho Libre
    - Poseidon
    - Miami Vice

    Yeah, yeah, some of these movies aren't listed here for expected cinematic excellence, but sometimes, you've gotta watch a movie 'cause you've gotta watch a movie.

    In talking about Miami Vice, someone said, "...a movie? Miami Vice wasn't even a good show!" I know. But hey, it's Miami Vice. I've gotta see that with Massimi.

    Easter Presentation

    Thursday, April 13, 2006

    Hospital Scene
    Originally uploaded by limmers.
    We are in the final lap of finishing up this Easter Video for the Presentation at our church. It's been a bit of a tough go, but I think that we've learned a lot about how to do it the next time 'round. Yes. The next time 'round.

    I am so proud of this piece. Matt and Jeff have really brought it to life with the soundtrack and the audio mixing. Honestly, Gonzo and I were concerned that it was going to be boring. But I don't think that anymore.

    I am currently exporting the video AGAIN. This is now the fifth time. I found a typo. Then Gonzo found a typo. Then Gonzo found a couple of frames where the clapper shows up. It's annoying. The process is as follows:

    - 7 minutes: Export from Final Cut to .mov
    - 20 minutes: drag .mov file to the server
    - 20 minutes: drag .mov file to the laptop
    - 30 minutes to process the .mov into iMovie

    We're going to be displaying it in iMovie because we felt that it presented it the titles the crispest in iMovie. In QuickTime we were getting pixelation. We're presenting it on the computer because we felt that it would be more reliable than play and pausing on the DVD player. We have not had such good luck with that.

    Anyway, I'm excited for this weekend, and see what people's response will be.

    a year and a half later

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006

    a year and a half later
    Originally uploaded by limmers.
    Tonight I took the night off from working (I usually work 10 to 10 on Wednesdays), 'cause I'll be at the church all weekend - yay! Easter! I was already at the church until 10pm last night from the dress rehearsal.

    Anyway, tonight I finally got a good chance to clean up the wreak-of-a-house that we live in, vacuumed, did two loads of laundry, industrial-cleaned our washroom... all the clutter is still here though. Will have to deal with that on another day. Definitely not all by myself.

    So yeah, that is one of the reasons why I work so long on Wednesdays: 'cause Gonz is out working too. Look, I'm in my wedding dress 'cause I had nothing else to do (for once). It's fun that I can still wear it. Getting a little snug...

    Next thing: a little bit of exercise.