Wednesday, August 30, 2006

This is good news...From the NWA site:

Essential non-prescription medicines allowed now include contact eye saline solutions and eye care products such as eye drops and contact lens solution.

Now checked in but you still have to stop and get your travel documents reviewed before proceeding through security.
Will today ever end? The day is just crawling as I try and wrap things up here before heading off to MI for 10 days. I'm desperately waiting to hear back from people on a number of events that are occuring while I am gone and trying to do some some planning for a conference in Whistler at the end of September. Unfortunately I can't move ahead on any of these things as all of the executives are away on conference...timing couldn't be much worse. Oh well.

I think I may even have exhausted the internet. What else can I research? I now know every possible flight combination to get me to Deline NT and let me tell you, its complicated. I've also spent some good time looking for new music and catching up on the news. It's incredible how many sites have picked up the Tofino water shortage story. I guess things worked out for the best, if I hadn't been going to MI this weekend I probably would have headed over there to catch some surf. And what's with this Jessica Simpson - John Mayer gossip? Did he not watch Nick and Jessica - Newly Weds or whatever it was called?

Please someone, anyone email me, call something!

Monday, August 28, 2006

The BBC is reporting that Tea "healthier' drink than water. While this is good news for me (I probably drink more tea than water) you have to wonder about the validity when the study was sponsored by The Tea Council.

In other news, a collegue gave me a jar of Marmite today from his trip to England. It comes just in time as I am nearing the end of my last jar. This should hold me over until my Dad returns from his trip to England in mid October. My mouth is just watering at the thought of having a toasted bagel with marmite....yum!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Updated with photos

The trip to Edmonton was short but sweet. I was first off the plane and luckily didn't have to take anyone down as I sprinted through the arrivals area. From the airport, after a quick bite to eat and getting some advice from Bill an airport volunteer Trent had befriended, we were off to the West Edmonton Mall (WEM) on a shuttle bus. The WEM really is quite impressive, its big and there's a lot going on there (water park, amusement park, aquarium, mini golf). We decided to take in the amusement park and rode the MindBuster in the front row (frontwards) and the last row (backwards) twice. It was quite the experience, leaving us both a little nauseous and shaken, but nothing a little Mc D's french fries & orange drink couldn't fix . We also took in the Edmonton Fringe Festival in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood. We didn't have time to take in any shows but wandered the festival grounds and caught, or more precisely were caught by several buskers. From there we met up with Trent's uncle for a quick drink before heading back to the airport to pick up bags we had checked upon my arrival. And so, that was Edmonton. I'm not sure what else there is to do there but our short time was well spent. Trent is now safely in Norman Wells for a few days of orientation before heading off to Deline to begin his teaching assignment, and I am off to the pool to swim a few laps on a beautiful warm sunny Sunday afternoon here in Vancouver.

Friday, August 25, 2006

I'm totally wowed at the service I have gotten today from David at The Mac Station here in Vancouver. He managed to tracked down one of the last Mac Books in the GVA for me this morning and has been great at working with TW and I to get it set up so TW can just plug in and go once he is in the NWT's. For all his help, I've picked up David some Cookies by George. I hope I don't eat them all before I have a chance to deliver them.
Yee ha...I'm all checked in for my flight to Edmonton tomorrow morning.

I was happy to see that I am in row 2 which will make for a quick exit :) I'd hate to have to knock down old ladies as I sprint through the arrivals area to meet Trent.

Less than 24 hours to go!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Aquaman is being a little shit!

Aquaman is our pet fish at work here on the 22nd fl. Lately he's not been eating his food despite all of our best efforts and encouragement. I've even resorted to trying to spoon feed him some mornings as he just sits and stares at his pellets, but he just won't eat. We've debated whether he is just spoiled and likes the attention or if he's getting blind in his old age. Sadly, I think its the later and that his time left with us is limited. Finally got him to eat two pellets

On a happy note...after swimming last night I was sitting on a bench at the beach speaking to TW on the phone when I spotted 2 seals playing in the water just out from the breakwall. My excitement at seeing them never seems to go away.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Woo hoo! We did it!
I'm off to Edmonton this weekend to see Trent off.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Congrats to Derek on his impressive second place finish in today's OC-1 race at Jericho.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Sometimes, food is not your friend. I'm not sure what is wrong with me but my body doesn't seem to like food at the moment. Its done wonders for the waistline (so much so that people have commented on how much weight I have lost) but really...if I were to choose between fitting into my denim jean skirt (which I am sporting right now) and being able to keep the lumberjack breakfast down...I'd choose the lumberjack breakfast any day.

On a brighter note, I met up with Derek S this afternoon down at Jericho as he's in town for an outrigger race. Although my grilled cheese at The Gallery didn't go down too well it was nice to hang out with him for the couple of hours I could keep myself vertical. Tonight I'm taking Sharon out for her last supper here in the hood before she makes the move to Kelowna tomorrow. I will certainly miss her as she was so welcoming to me when I first moved here, involving me in all of the BMO circle's activities. I haven't decided yet whether I will try and eat a little or just watch...I imagine I will eat as I am a glutton for punishment.
Update... I ate and the results weren't too bad. Perhaps all t he chilies helped to kill what ever has been giving me the problems.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Ohh and one last comment before I go to bed. TW and I ran into SP at Mitzy's on Sunday morning. looked beautiful...glowing in all your pregnant gorgousity. per our demands, I have the receipt for the romantic candle lit dinner for two.

TW and I at about 7:45 AM on route to Marilyn Bell Park.

Our list of demands to drive the boat from Pickering to Marilyn Bell on our day off included the following:

  • A 6:00 AM pick up
  • Water/snakes (though some of us prefer snacks)
  • Tea/coffee and bagels
  • Gas and oil for the boat
  • A romantic candle lit dinner for two

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Every now and then I am reminded how fortunate I am.

Last week while at NTT's I found out that my sister has to go in for brain surgery in early September. When I got the news I was hanging out with someone who without saying very much was able to make me feel very comforted. I got through the week of racing knowing I had some really great friends to lean as I was definitely a little freaked out and stressed at trying to figure out how I was going to manage taking time off work once again. The reason I say I am fortunate is that over the past 5+ years my company has been completely supportive of any time I have requested off to help my sister out, and I have needed a lot. And even though I am in a new role in a new province on contract I was told to do what ever I needed to do.

I guess the point of this posting is to say thank you to those of you who kept me distracted over the last week (ok...that was really just one of you who kept me distracted) but also my friends who were totally understanding and supportive. Thank you so much CH for letting us take up residence in your spare room, Jax & Blake for the drives and comfy couch and especially T-Bone for her enthusiasm at how things have worked out..thank god there will be no tears of sorrow!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Spent the August long weekend in Bala at the cottage. On top of db training I was lucky enough to get a couple of good wakeboarding sessions in. A little friendly competition led to learning to bunny hop and switch foots and one of the most spectacular falls I have ever taken. Caught my front edge and took a face plant rather hard.

The lack of power up North didn't get in the way of Karaoke Saturday night. Sometime after several PTU's and a long day spent on the water I moved from spectator to participant. Capped off the weekend by catchng the Sloan show at the Kee on Sunday night. Plans to cab it back to the cottage afterwards were thwarted by a lack of cabs. After walking more than half way we finally managed to hitch a ride in the back of a pick up the rest of the way home.

Tuesday it was off Welland for National Team Trials. All of our teams, women/men and mixed won in all categories. The women's races were spectacular with the team posting some definitive wins in both the 500 and 1,000M distances.

Wednesday it was T-bone time. We met at Mitzy's for breakfast then spent the following 2+ hour crying as we watched World Trade Centre. We all know the details of what happened on 9/11 but the movie puts a face on those involved in the rescue. With puffy eyes and runny noses we made our way down to the Pantages Spa for pedicures. I left T-bone with #3 and met up with another friend (Ok...TW) in town for WCC's. We took in Shakespeare in the Park's A Comedy of Errors which was really great despite cramped quarters . Thursday morning, after driving the pontoon boat from Pickering to the WCC site (a 1:54 minute boat ride) we played tourists in TO first heading to Chinatown for lunch and then spending the afternoon exploring The Distillery District. Friday to Sunday it was down to Marilyn Bell Park from early morning to late evening for the WCC's. The G&G crew didn't perform quite as well as we wanted but we had a lot of fun and looked great doing it. We had a great time hanging out at the G&G trailer all weekend and being well fed by Alex, our faithful team cook.
Wow...where to start? The past 10 days have been quite a whirlwind of activity and emotions.
So much so, that I don't even think I am ready to write an update. I'm hoping a little sleep and taking a few days to adjust to reality will help.

Friday, August 04, 2006

People actually go to work after taking the red eye? How?

Thursday, August 03, 2006

I'm all checked in and ready to catch the red-eye to TO tonight. Web check-in has to be one of the greatest developments in modern travel. I love the fact that all I will have to do is turn up at the airport at around 10PM, pass through security and then its right onto the plane. I've got a new book, my travel pillow, ear plugs and gravol all ready for the flight.

But before I head to the airport, its off to a farewell dinner for a friend moving to Kelowna. We have reservations at Watermark which is right on Kits Beach and has the best view of the sunset in the city.

Well fed, tired from a late evening of fireworks followed by packing...this bodes well for a good flight...I should be out before we even take off.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I am my mother

More and more I see the resemblances between myself and my mother. I've been told many times how much I look like my mother, even more so I think as I age (dear god..did I just say that?). When I looked in the mirror today it hit me that the skirt I am wearing today could just as easily have been hers. I love skirts and I can remember her closet being full of them. From my voracious appetite to read, my love of tea to putting comfort ahead of fashion; I really am like her. And I think that's a good thing.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Two things

  1. Really disappointed I wasn't in the boat this morning to see the fisher that jumped into the boat as described over at VOC
  2. Temperature update:

Van 18C

TO 36C feels like 46C

MI 35C feels like 46C

Wow...I am I ever glad to be in Van right now! I actually wore a cardigan to work today as it was cool this morning.

I've just started reading The History of Love by Nicole Krauus. The main character has just made reference to one of his favourite stories as a child, the Little Prince by Antione de Saint Exupery. It just so happens that I loaded that audio book on to my ipod last night. Weird huh?

Went into a local surf shop last night to pick up a gift for a friend's bday. Thought I would just ask if they had any Mini Malibu's there. Proceeded to make a total fool of myself when I didn't realize that they were a hugely popular category of board...I had just thought there were a few models and they were probably hard to come by. I'm sure the guy thought I was a total nutter and had never surfed a day in my life.

Must eat...very hungry.