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.