expo ernie


Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 — 9:18am PST
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(Photo Missing) This picture was taken when I was about a year old. Being born and raised in Vancouver I know quite a few things… It’s possible to get walk-rage at 8:15 in the morning, there are several degrees/classifications of rain (ie. showers, drizzle, pour, sprinkling etc.) and only certain variations require umbrellas… Surrey will always have a bad rep, even though some of the stories I hear about Maple Ridge make me cringe in Jerry-Springer-esque fashion. Expo 86 was fun and in high school free Grizzlies tickets from our basketball coach were entertaining at least. I also know that the Canucks will eventually win the cup – and someone will be in the stands with a sign that says “Believe”.

I have lived and travelled elsewhere, including 1 year in Boston working for a dotcom that got gobbled up about 4 times and I didn’t survive the last gobble… We were talking last night about living elsewhere in the future, particularly in John’s home state – now I won’t get too much into our personal conversation… but it’s obviously an option down the road. Walking home from work last night and looking at the mountains in the twilight… I would sincerely miss living in Vancouver but I value the fact that I can adapt, adjust and experience life elsewhere – pretty much like what John has been able to do here. And yes, as you can see, I am a natural blonde.

EDIT: I found two more old school pics – Jen with her ghetto-blaster and us sisters at Christmas – gosh aren’t we adorable? YAY 80s! except… what the heck does my mom have on her feet??

no hockey, just beaver


Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 — 12:01pm PST
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okay for a non-hockey post… Bell‘s aired its latest commericals featuring Frank & Gordon. Two animated beavers, one with the voice of Norm McDonald – they’re really cute and funny although i’m sure within the next few weeks of seeing them often during commerical breaks the novelty will wear off but still 🙂 EDIT: I just kicked total a$$ at beaver air hockey.
Does anyone know if the Bay sells sporting goods? I know there used to be a section in the one in Surrey Place… and Guildford but I’m not sure about downtown… I just know there’s about 3 floors of womens’ wear and you still wouldn’t be able to find something you would actually want to buy and wear :p

Back to Canadian animals… Our Premier unveils an agreement for the rainforest on the BC coast with hopes to make everyone happy, loggers, first nations, and the endangered Spirit Bear.

Edit: Chris just sent over the Geek test (yes, what a busy day at work eh?) and of course I have to share my results: Modern, Cool Nerd.

Also… I know this may sound totally weird… but whenever I have something on my clipboard, ie. I just copied something and i’m waiting to unload/paste it somewhere on my puter… it feels as though my mouse is like Mario when he’s got a turtle shell he’s carrying around waiting to drop/release it using my right mouse button…. like i can physically feel it all loaded and ready to fire :p no more coffee for me *runs and hides now*

EDIT: One more plug Tod Maffin’s – how to do stuff
The T-shirt thing is cool and the rest is great 🙂

get the puck out


Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 — 9:10am PST
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Columbus Blue Jackets were in town last night fresh off a 6 game win streak. We were coming straight from a whoopin’ in Edmonton against whom our stats are less than impressive. There was talk coming into this that our “big line” has not been producing – basically that all the call ups, rookies, 2nd and 3rd lines have really stepped up since Christmas to carry this team. We won 7-4 and all 7 of those goals were by different players on different lines.
The brother line is just totally solid – it wasn’t until this year and the introduction of Anson Carter to the lineup that the twins really got the catalyst they needed. They were always good with puck handling and passing but there wasn’t much spark, they were just ‘good’. Now you toss in Anson Carter who just completely compliments their style and skills and BAM we have a wicked 2nd line and one of them being named offensive player of the week.

Now about the “big” line (consisting of Naslun, Morisson, Bertuzzi)… it showed up last night, Naslund being solid (nothing too fancy or spectacular) but Bertuzzi worked his butt off as did Mo. We’re starting to see real depth with this team – even from players such as Josh Green, Alex Burrows and now Mojzis who are battling every game for a chance to stay up in the NHL. Bieksa making his impression after being with the Moose last year as well. Ryan Kesler has got some heart – going up against the likes of Iginla and Foote. John asked me if he was a rookie and I believe he was a call up last year and has been a pretty darn impressive addition to the roster ever since – he’s got wheels, fists and a lot of determination.

It seems like in Edmonton we crumbled when it came to offense and Auld was left to carry the team. With shots on goal being so lop-sided it really was no fault of his. He’s been solid and from the begining I have supported the Canucks’ decision to have him as our #1 (and I’m also openly anti Cloutier and Jovo so that may not be a surprise) :p

I’m still missing Cooke and Park who are currently out, day to day with injuries. Can’t wait to have their skills back on the ice and hopefully Cooke will stop getting hurt during practices sheesh!

That’s my hockey talk for this morning, I wish we could get out and attend more games – we had so much fun at the one we caught earlier this season, it would be a blast to experience that again. Although sitting on the couch holiding hands and talkin’ hockey with my husband-to-be ain’t too shabby at all :p

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cupboards and sour pies


Monday, February 6th, 2006 — 11:20am PST
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Stephen Harper created himself a cabinet. Our 22nd Prime Minister was sworn in today… we’ll have to see what he has in store for Canada meh… I don’t feel like reporting on that right now…

I just read on HollyMcNarland.org forum that the song Beautiful Blue is the opener for the series Falcon Beach.

Featuring the music of Sam Roberts, Holly McNarland, Sloan, Aveo, Pilate, Matt Mays, Doctor, The Eames Era, Da Griff, Meligrove Band, Mia, Jahranimo, The Mark Inside, Paper Moon and Zukie Joseph, Falcon Beach is a TV movie pilot for a one-hour dramatic series in which class conflict and the drama of youth play out over the long hot days of summer.

Seeing as how I would never be compelled to sit down and watch Falcon Beach (or any other show like it), I’m glad I decided to check out the Holly site this morning and discover this. ALSO there was news about her new album ‘Chin Up Buttercup’ and its launch in the spring – although not confirmed (at least I couldn’t get any solid hits on Google). Holly is by far my favourite female artist (Canadian or otherwise) I SO can’t wait – I’ll be sure to report any updates.

feats of strength


Monday, February 6th, 2006 — 9:59am PST
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my list of grievances is ever-growing. blogger was giving me a hard time all weekend, it deleted posts and took ages to get anything done. it deleted john’s original posting of the podcast we did together friday night and it kept giving me weird error messages – even going to the status.blogger.com page – it was totally blank except for “OK” in the upper left corner 😐

rogers wireless on the other hand… is another story, a very long story, needless to say i’ll be getting two bills in the mail again this month and there’s one i’m supposed to ignore but i’m not sure which. so i’ll have to call their customer service line again and tell that person the big long story.

Edit: Looks like some Blenz employees had some grievances of their own (courtesy of Beyond Robson)

we didn’t get much done this weekend in terms of wedding. i think we’re just down to the licenses (liquor and wedding) and our attire. everything else is booked and i think we’re going to have a solid attendee number by our RSVP deadline. Again, really wicked that john’s friends can make it up. His parents have had a trying time recently with health problems and there have been many stresses on my family as well but hopefully when our day comes, everyone will be able to relax and enjoy. it shouldnt be an extremely stressful event at all, but with all of life’s curveballs, things just pile up.

January was our rainiest on record here in Vancouver and February started off with winds, storms, floods. This week is supposed to be sunny… and the Canucks have a home game tonight – hopefully they can recover from their loss in edmonton since their home record is impressive. right now, for this week… things are looking up…

no more pea coat…maybe


Sunday, February 5th, 2006 — 9:47am PST
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sun all this week? this is the view from my computer right now.
joy 🙂

we’re watching the superbowl on the american channel so that we can enjoy the commercials. at this point john’s fave is the CareerBuilder.com monkeys – I think they were last year too. you can’t go wrong with monkeys – like in the years of eTrade. not sure who i’m cheering for – i guess by geographical association perahps i should cheer for seattle… although i really don’t care. we had a good morning with my mom and now we’re just enjoying some home-made margaritas and foooootball. i just spent a couple mins explaining some rugby rules and regulations to john. i used to play in high school (scrum half) and i still find it more interesting that football, although – the commercials aren’t as interesting.

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