may these gates never be closed

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US gov’t drops their plan to require passports for US/CDN border crossings (not by air/water) and instead is planning on having a PASS card. So in the future when i go shopping across the border i may have to have my passport and unlike our neighbours to the south, i’ll just need that along with my drivers license, birth certificate, i.d. bracelet and barcode on the back of my neck… no fancy card for us (at least not yet).
I found out this morning that i’m eligible to fly free with WestJet the day after the election – fun! not sure how/when i would be able to get back.. or where i would go… but hey, free plane ride yeee!!

24 Hours has a story about burnt out supermoms. I don’t have any first hand experience although i know my sister is a super mom. both she and her husband work and manage 3 kids that are 5 and under. we have a great support system within my family but it still amazes me – and the children are so great.

i haven’t had much time to spend with john’s family and the kids on that side – he has 4 nephews and 2 nieces that are all under 12. it will be nice when we can travel again and spend time with his family which he’s been away from for months now. over the holidays all the kids broke into a charming rendition of Oh Canada! via iChat. well, it was to the tune of Oh Canada but it was more like ‘Oh Canada, you stole our Uncle John…’ very sweet and amusing *ahem* hehe. i know it wasn’t easy when i was living in boston – at the time my niece was 3 and my sister had just had her second child. i missed birthdays, family get togethers, holidays etc. one thing is for sure, they’re always going to be your family – and they can always come visit (just give us time to get a guest room setup… and to get a guest room) :p

my head hurts

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He said that she said that he said… Matt Good poses some questions to local Vancouver – Centre candidates. Responses: Svend Robinson, Hedy Fry, nothing yet from the others.

Meanwhile a group of Vancouverites will be gathering to view election results as they come in. It’s a great idea but I’m not sure I can handle 5 hours of election coverage in a row… albeit there will be beer involved…Speaking of liquor, Gus just got back from Puerto Vallarta – unfortunately for the first part of his trip he has tonsillitis. He passed along some pics and so has Anne (office Anne not Toronto Anne). She spent about 3 weeks in Hong Kong and has brought us back yummy cakes and postcards. Also, I’m messing around with my blog because I’m bored with it – now i’ve gone ahead and really screwed things up – if things don’t line up and they’re funny colours, just bear with me, i’ll try to fix it …. later

first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women

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Caught this on Darren Barefoot‘s site, it’s Craigslist meets Google maps (double true!) HousingMaps.com. Pretty nifty. Craigslist got me through my move to Boston and even my moves in this area. I found my roommate, house, furniture (sold as well). John told me that he read an article about how they might start charging for CL postings – eek!

In a move to cut down on scams and frivolous listings, Craigslist, a popular online classifieds site, is considering charging a per-post fee for its real estate listings in San Francisco and New York City.

Last night the Canucks defeated the Penguins 4-2. Morisson had a great game and it seemed like Sid was pickin fights with everyone. They take on Buffalo on Thursday. John’s friend Don is from that part of the world, although more into football right now than anything he said – it’s nice to have a team like the penguins, anyone who comes to play in that arena goes home happy. Poor Pens. I say move em up to Winterpeg, sorry Mario.

I got suckered into buying coffee cake from ‘sbucks this morning, it sure it tasty. got to work at 6:55…things to do this afternoon so i took over the morning and will be off at 3pm for sushi with John and those things to do. Listening to Neverending White Lights right now and i think it’s making me sleepy…

just pretend you're a duck

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Just one question… why do people already carrying umbrellas a) walk under awnings? 2) stand under bus shelters thus leaving no room for those without umbrellas so they have to stand in the rain? i’m not sure if people around here just don’t trust the water-tightness of their umbies, or if they’re just completely paranoid of water. at any rate, this annoys me and my wet wet feet, shoes, pants, hair etc.

also, if you’re going to walk with your umbrella tilted down in front of your face, try to *sometimes* perhaps look where you’re going so i don’t have to dodge you and run into the street or on to the mud as we play sidewalk chicken – even though you’re not even aware what’s going on at all… anyhoo, home now, i have beer, i have hockey… 3-2… check out this crazy goal by Ovechkin (of the Washington Capitals) earlier today.

teacher, mother, secret lover…

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just as i looked over at john and said – ‘where have all the mid-season stupid reality tv shows gone?’ i see an ad for ‘skating with celebrities‘. laura is a junky for this kind of thing, dancing with the stars brightened up her summer and she’s ecstatic that it’s coming back. the kind of show i was talking about would be like…temptation island, paradise hotel, the chair… my roommate in boston was addicted to the sleazy cheat on your bf/gf shows or hook up with as many people as you can for money shows. aside from the ‘good’ reality shows like Holmes on Homes and some makeover/renovation shows that i’m completely addicted to, what i really look forward to is Amazing Race. i swear my sister and i would totally kick butt on that show – we’re fairly well travelled between the two of us, we speak 3 languages, street smart and not too bad to look at (maybe, perhaps). The last season was a family edition and they stayed mainly in the continental US so it was a bit of a snoozer.

we both can’t wait for the new season of Rescue Me, John got me hooked on that one. i had my first taste of 24 last night and boy is that stressful – it’s a great show but my heart rate was up for 2 straight hours. i’d never seen an episode before and was pretty impressed. another big show neither john or i have ever seen would be Lost. everyone’s talking about it – i was just never compelled to watch it but maybe it’s worth a go? although it’s the season for big network season premieres, still i must admit my fave shows are usually found on Discovery Channel and Showcase (shh ;p) and since i’ve gotten digital cable, IFC has become my new best friend.