Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rained out

We officially have a new house to move into! We've got the stuff signed and we're moving in next Thursday. I'm looking forward to throwing away a lit of stuff. Moving is a very cleansing process. The landlord agreed to let us move in a few days early if we mowed the lawn. Tuck and I went to the new house to clean up the yard on Saturday. We bought a new lawnmower and trimmer to work on it, and together it took us about three an a half hours to mow that overgrown jungle.

I've had a pretty strange week. The first few days went by normally enough, but then the weather turned poor and I've been off the job until it stops raining. For the last few weeks I've been wanting a rain day so that I could get some chores done, but three in a row is starting to give me cabin fever. Since I have to get up at 5:00 AM to see if weather conditions are appropriate for working. So I've been up at 5 with not much to do. I went to movies in the morning, which is a strange experience. Almost nobody is around, and I feel like I'm not supposed to be there. Eery.

I saw a bit of that “Hoarders” show on A&E. It's simultaneously fascinating and terrifying. These people have disorders that make them compulsively keep stuff. The one family has so much crap that his family had to live in a tent outside their house. It makes me feel a lot better about my two bookshelves worth of comics, magazines and novels.

Attention Shoppers

Will It Blend? - iPad Edition

Man, I love that blender guy.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Summer Jobs

Sorry about the lack of updates, but I'm completely beat by the time Sunday night rolls around. Work has gone into full swing, and I'm consistently getting to bed by 9:30 and getting up at 5:00. I'm doing a lot more industrial work this year, so that means more boring orientation videos.

We've almost finalized the paperwork for our new house. It's a great place, but the location is far too south. It's below the Whitemud, and it's too far to walk to the LRT station, so you need to take a bus before you can get to a train. Weak.

My birthday came and went, and it was great! Thanks to everyone that sent birthday wishes. You know who you are.

I've got a good full week of work ahead of me. The forecast is for 28 degrees tomorrow, and I'll be in full industrial fireproof jumpsuit. Hoo-boy.

Microsoft Office Security Feature

Street Cleaning Day

The Trash

Monday, May 3, 2010

Free Comic Book Day Week! Also my birthday.

We helped Tyra move on Thursday, and I finally ended my eight month battle with Tyra's window screen. You see, about eight month's ago Dave and I were at Tyra's and she asked if we could help put her kitchen window screen back in. She managed to get it out some how, but it wasn't going back in. We spent a few minutes trying to pry it back in, but in the end we just left the screen braced outside, so it looked like the place was in the process of getting robbed all the time.

Well, she had a bottom floor apartment, so we removed the panes from her other window to move couches and things into trucks. While a group of people left to deliver stuff to her new place, me and Cassius stayed to clean. I spent about an hour and a half trying to pry the windows back into place using a combination of simple machines. Once the rest of the group got back it took three more of us to get he windows into place. From what I can tell, the window box has warped slightly over the years, and it's lower in the middle. It's a pain to put back. So after two hours of trial, error, and crushed fingers, we finally got the windows in place. I took the knowledge that I gleaned from this experience into the kitchen and took the window apart, and put it back together with the screen in.

Besides that, the move went swimmingly. At some point we found an all 80s music station on Tyra's TV. If you clean while Pat Benetar is playing, you feel like you're in an 80s movie montage. Nice. She bought us Pizza 73.

Darren's birthday dinner was at Reb Robin's. I ordered the blue cheese buger, which was a big mistake. I thought it would be like Fargo's blue cheese burger where the cheese is cooked into the burger, but it was just sort of lumped on top. Ick. The onion rigs were good, though. After dinner we played Rock Band and watched Birdemic: Shock and Terror. About half an hour of it. It's really terrible. Almost in the “so terrible it's entertaining” vein, but not enough to sit through the whole thing. We fast forwarded a lot.

Free comic book day was on Saturday. By the time I got off work and got to West Ed, all the Free Comic Book Day books were gone, but they had a bunch of overstock comics they were giving away. That's nice of them. Also, Marvel Essentials were only $6 (!!!!) and they had a few longboxes of trade paperbacks for ½ off. I bought a few. This week my comic haul was four Marvel Essentials, Hulk Vol. 1, and Aztec: The Ultimate Man. Wicked sweet.

I was brutally tired Saturday night, so I went to bed at 9:45 PM. I woke up at 2:00 AM completely wired. I watched 30Rock on my computer until 7:30, and then I made myself a big plate of nachos. At 9 AM I started getting sleepy, but I decided that I would stay awake all day to help reset my sleep cycle. To help that along, I drank a litre of Dr Pepper to get me through church. That was painful but it worked. Sunday night Ange brought over cupcakes because it's her birthday.

Oh, it's also my birthday this month, in case anyone wanted to to shower me with love and devotion.

For the Last Time... Don't Eat my Muffins!