Warning: Weirdness and personal details contained within. Mostly weirdness. You've been warned.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

In the headlines...

From this article:

"I am told there are at least a thousand doctors from different jurisdictions that are in Canada that aren't practising," said Dosanjh. "We need to reskill them, retrain them and bring them on stream so they can do what they do best instead of driving cabs," he said following a meeting in Calgary.

Ya know, I heard on the grapevine that there's lots of doctors that come to Canada and aren't practising. Funny, those same names came up on applications to be allowed to practise when they first moved to Canada. And we turned them down. What a weird coincidence.

Retrain them my ass. Lots of those doctors are well trained already, but Canada refuses to acknowledge the fact. Seriously, if you had trained for several years in another country, would you want to train for 7-10 years more here to get the same accreditation you already had? Not I, my good man.

Monday, September 27, 2004

I'm a people person

It's not so much that I hate people. I'd like people a lot if, every once in a while, I could just grab them around the neck and shake them...

Friday, September 24, 2004

And he made light ... and then took it away again

The power was off this morning. My roommate helpfully pounded on my door at the time I would have gotten up had my clock not died a fiery burning death from lack of juice. It was an hour before my showering time because I've started using the elliptical trainer again. But I figured I'd get up anyways. I never really get back to sleep when I'm trying. Not that I was about to exercise with no way to clean up after sweating.

So I made my lunch and talked to H. Then just before she left for work, an hour before I did, the power came back on. I finished up my lunch and wandered into the shower. I was thinking that it would be kind of funny if the power went out while I was in the shower. It's absolutely black in our bathroom without the lights on.

I had just put the shampoo in my hair when the lights cut out again. It's a good thing our water heater runs on gas.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Random comments

Never mention monkeys and expect to get away with it. In any context. The monkeys will come back to haunt you.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Oh. My. God.

I just about died laughing at this.

Thursday, September 16, 2004


That bringing the bottle of multi-flavoured chewable vitamin C to work probably wasn't the best idea. They seem to find their way into my mouth a lot. They taste just like candy!

Completely frustrated...

I was so excited that I brought a Fruit-to-Go to eat this afternoon, and it's afternoon, and I have nothing to do, and eating a Fruit-to-Go is, like, something to do, and Fruit-to-Go's are tasty to boot. The anticipation was so sweet. I started digging around in my backpack, drooling while thinking how this will keep me occupied for at least a minute.

And then I realized I already ate it this morning.

Ah blessed sleep

I finally got an entire night's sleep last night. Please note that I did not take any cold/allergy drugs at all last night. Let this be a lesson to me - sleep and drugs never mix.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

tra la la la la

I had my first music lesson today. Well, first in a long time. Through the Conservatory of Performing Arts. The prices there are painful. Although I did expect that, at least. But I get to learn! and sing! and dance! Well, maybe not dance. It would take an elephant-sized miracle to do that. But the singing!

After one lesson I feel I've learned a lot. My teacher is excited and excitable, and personable. And I have things to work on, and he seems excited about teaching me. Me! Will wonders never cease!

As I remarked to H, I'll probably get the job I was interviewed for now, since I'm actually signed up for things and getting involved. Damn you gravity.

Here sleep ... heeeere sleep

So . . . tired . . . must . . . post . . .

Okay, so I'm not that fanatically dedicated to my blog. But ye gods I am tired. I didn't sleep more than 30 minutes at a stretch the night before last, as I kept waking myself up to blow my nose. And the in between sleep was filled with nightmares about not being able to breathe. And also nightmares about freaking out when not being able to breathe and waking to see my roommate coming in to see what was going on and me being entirely naked and horribly ashamed and that's probably far more than you needed to know.

Where was I? So last night I thought I'd dope myself up good (and by dope myself up I mean take more drugs in one evening than I have in the past 6 months combined - aka 2 different kinds of pills and a cough/cold/flu/when-you-only-have-a-slight-itch-in-the-
middle-of-your-back-but-nothing-else-seems-to-work liquid-death substance) so that I'd be sure to get some sleep. And I slept like a rock - for 2.5 hours. At which time I came instantly wide awake, ready for the day ahead. And no amount of pleading or cajoling or bashing my brain changed that. Finally after 3 hours I was able to drop off for a couple hours again. Till 6am, when I was again instantly wide awake. ENOUGH BRAIN, ENOUGH. You win.

So the plan tonight is to go to bed early. Except that I'm sure my brain has this already figured out, and will find a new and devious way to thwart me. Jerk.

Monday, September 13, 2004

In the headlines

U.S. says UN, Africa can solve Darfur crisis

The key to stopping the ethnic violence in western Sudan rests not with the United States alone but with the United Nations, other African countries and Sudan itself, President George W. Bush's foreign policy advisers said Sunday.
The stupidity of American politicians will never fail to amaze me. Did they figure that one out on their own? You mean they really don't need to try to solve other country's problems for them? All by themselves? And here I thought they were the solitary "heroes".

Post 9/11

Ok, I know that the tragedy of September 11 had a big impact on people, especially in the States. And not to belittle the people who were killed, and the people who risked their lives and safety to salvage what could be found in the rubble. But good grief, get on with your lives. No wonder Bush is able to wangle so much support from the American people, he doesn't let them forget. He needs to keep the public worried in order to keep himself in office. His scare tactics are getting out of hand. Vote him out already.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

I went to the circus on Saturday with my mom, little sister, sister-in-law, and her kids. J got the kids each a light toy, which became their constant and undivided focus until we took them away. Easily amused.

I always forget how long and boring the circus is. Even when I was a kid it wasn't all that great. I wish I would remember these things before going. Well, actually I did remember this time, but I thought I'd go anyways since my niece and nephew were going. They had a good time. And I had a not bad one, but my god was it long! I don't have the attention span to sit through something that long, how can they expect a herd of kids to? Baffles me.

Saturday, September 04, 2004


A customer called in yesterday, he had removed a virus on his computer but now the software wasn't working. Turns out he'd called in a couple months ago for the same thing. He really likes downloading music. "Well, I'm the owner of the company, so what am I supposed to do while my people are taking calls?"

For starters, you might not want to download viruses when you're running a $10,000 piece of equipment and paying people to work on it. Or not work on it, since your computer isn't running.

Or you could, you know, work on making your company better, or doing some management. Perhaps "do work". His employees must hate him. I sure would.

Jobby jobby job job job

I have an interview! With Nortel! This is exciting! Somebody loves me! Exclamation points! (shrieks like a schoolgirl)

It's for an RF Design Engineering position. Doing stuff I have experience doing! In an area I'm interested in! Sorry, please excuse the excitement. I'm kind of a freak when I'm excited. Well, really I'm a freak most of the time. Okay, all the time. Damn, I was so close to getting away with that.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

And for a change...

From this article:

Canada's premiers issued a challenge Thursday to Prime Minister Paul Martin to say exactly what he meant when he promised a national pharmacare program during the June election campaign.
Oh. Oh that. Well, I was just trying to get back in office. I didn't really mean that. You mean I have to follow up on these "promises"? How come nobody told me that?

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Again with the headlines

Florida readies for hurricane Frances

Thousands of Floridians were told to get ready to evacuate as hurricane Frances closed in on Florida on Wednesday, just weeks after hurricane Charley ravaged parts of the state.

Floridians? Is that really the term? Wow, glad I'm not from Florida. Saskatchewanian is so much better.


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