Happy Hallowe'en, everyone...I know what I'll be eating handing out tonight! Anyone up for leftovers? ;)
***Yup, those are eyeballs. Gumball eyeballs, no less. Josh saw them in the store and HAD to have them...BOYS! He took a bunch of them into work today to share...I wouldn't let him take my candy the candy we're handing out to the kids tonight.***
On Sunday, Josh and I finally got to meet Spitgirl (E) and her husband A. I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but she's nicknamed Spitgirl because she used to beatbox. I've known her online for a good eight years, but we never met.
She and A met us at our house and I gave them the $.50 tour of our place and I think they fell in love with Deuce. Thankfully he was on his best behaviour and didn't hiss...sometimes he can get a bit finicky when we have people over. I'm starting to wonder if he's getting a bit mellow in his 'old age'. Anyways, we sat around and talked for about half an hour and then hopped into the car and made our way through a torrential downpour bit of rain to Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls.
We got out of the car at Niagara-on-the-Lake to stretch our legs a bit, even though it was raining, we wanted to show them a bit of the town. I took a big umbrella, and as soon as we crossed the street, it popped...badly...like inside out and nearly flew away. Thankfully I had wrapped the strap around my wrist or it would have gone POOF...it happened two or three times. Spitgirl undid her umbrella and was about to open it, when it went *sproing* out of her hands and fell on the ground. It was not good...Funny, but not good.
We continued walking and talking some more and then got back in the car and headed to Niagara Falls. The weather turned progressively worse. The sun came out...in the distance, but it was taunting us...that's when then thunder and lightning started. :P
When we got to the Falls, that's when the heavy downpour started. Thankfully we had a couple extra umbrellas.
Since the weather was so shitacular, there were no crowds to contend with and we were able to find a parking spot relatively easily. We went to the pay parking area, and we saw a sign that said they charged $20.00, but I guess since it was fairly late and raining heavily, nobody wanted to come out and collect the money. Bonus!
We walked around (I hobbled) for a bit and took in the sights. A had never seen the Falls before, so we showed him both Falls. Since it was getting a bit late and the weather was getting progressively worse, we got back into the car and headed back to T.O. and went out for dinner...for sushi!
We went to our favourite sushi place (Ichiban) and E introduced us to a new dish we had never tried before...which we both LOVED called jap chae (it's Korean). It's basically translucent noodles with vegetables in a 'special sauce'. I have no idea what's in the sauce, but can we say YUM?!
We sat in the restaurant, for a while and had more great conversations, but it was over too quickly. We drove them back to our place to get their car and then we had to say our fond farewells.
I was about to walk down the stairs Thursday night, when for some reason I decided to look up and see where Deuce was. Seeing that he was safe and sound, all curled up at the top of the stairs, I proceeded to go ass over tea kettle and fall down the curved stairs to the bottom. Apparently I let out a "blood curdling scream" (I think Josh exaggerated), which made Josh come downstairs to find me at the bottom of the stairs with my slippers having shot off my feet and sitting in the living room. I'm sure I looked like quite a sight.
Nothing's broken. I'm just in A LOT of pain in my back, neck, knee and ankle. How much of a freaking klutz am I? I'm really pissed about this...we're meeting "Spitgirl" on Sunday and I'm all achy. Way to make an impression. I feel like the 100 year old (wo)man.
* I meant to make mention of this on previous posts, but that little snail at the top of the screen is really starting to annoy me. He's now inching his way towards 10 years. TEN YEARS!
* Along the same lines, I did a bit of quick match today. There are 210 days of dossiers until the CCAA gets to us. If they refer a week at a time until they get to our dossier, that means we're going to be logged in for 30 more months. Frightening. Not that I didn't already know that on some level, but to work it out mathematically really puts things into perspective.
* My mom took Josh and I out for Chinese food tonight and we were sitting there enjoying our dinner when a gentleman walked in with a bag. He sat down at a table and put the bag down and bellied up to the bar and ordered a drink (for those who care, he had a double bloody caesar). He stared at the bartender and watched with amazement as he made the drink and then went down to sit at his table and ordered his meal. He opened his bag and he took out the contents and carefully placed it on the table. My mom, Josh and I stared at each other and broke down laughing our asses off.
*He had a bottle of pickles. A BOTTLE OF PICKLES! Who brings a bottle of pickles to a Chinese restaurant?! Seriously?
*Once his food arrived, he opened the jar of pickles and poured them over his food (brine and all)...mmmm tasty. I couldn't stop staring...
* I haven't been feeling the bloggy thing for a while, so I've just been posting pics of cats. Woo. Things are just THAT exciting around here. Heh.
* Actually, Josh and I went on a long road trip on the Thanksgiving long weekend, but I've been too lazy to blog about it. We went to Owen Sound, Wiarton and Tobermory to check out the fall colours...and OH MY DAWG were they fantastic! We had always talked about doing a long road trip like that, but we were always busy or the weather was crappy, or a hundred other excuses came up...but this year we decided to take the bull by the proverbial horns and go. We couldn't have had better weather. One of these days I'll have to upload the pictures...
* When we were in Owen Sound we had a waitress at the hotel who told us that it was her second shift. We assumed that she meant that it was her second shift at the restaurant...we soon found out that it was her second shift EVER. She had to be shown everything at OUR table. We ordered a bottle of wine and, no word of a lie, this girl didn't know how to open it. The manager of the restaurant had to give her step-by-step lessons on how to open a freaking bottle of wine. Seriously! Who doesn't know how to open a bottle of wine? We asked her what the soup of the day was and she had to run to the kitchen and ask. When we finally placed our orders, she had to come back and ask us what sides we wanted. After she brought out the openers, I was going to ask her if any bread came with the meal, but I feared that her head would explode...We felt badly for her, so we didn't complain, but seriously...I SO wouldn't stand for that if she wasn't a 'newbie'.
* The funny thing was, she claimed that she used to be a bartender in Niagara Falls, our table was right by the bar, so we heard her talking to the rest of the staff when anyone ordered a drink. She was supposed to mix drinks for some customers (I guess they didn't have a bartender), and she didn't know how to mix ANY drinks, let alone which glass goes with which drink...and that goes back to my previous point. HOW could she be a bartender and not know how to open a bottle of wine?! Oh well.
* When it came time for dessert, we were just relaxing and enjoying the scenery, but the waitress kept coming back and asking us what we wanted. Josh turned to her and said "we're resting and contemplating the universe". She had a look on her face like the RCA dog and came back a couple minutes later and said "Are you still resting?" Heh. Josh said "Yes." and we continued to look out the window. She came back another few minutes later (having not gotten a clue, having not passed GO and not collected $200), and asked again. We ordered dessert and cappuccino, but she said she didn't know if they had that, so she brought us coffee instead.
* I have a feeling she isn't going to be employed at that hotel for very long. :P
* It's been freaking SNOWING today...for several hours! Thankfully the ground isn't cold enough so the snow hasn't been staying. UGH! I'm SO not ready for the winter.
* I'm finally going to meet Spitgirl (yeah yeah, I know bad nickname but there's a reason for it) and her husband this weekend when they come to town! I'd link to her blog, but I don't know if she wants that or not...so oh well. Anyways we're going to take them on a trip to Niagara Falls to check out the "waterfall"...and then out for sushi! I can't wait...
I was tagged recently by Jen and Jeff but hadn't gotten around to doing it...I haven't done one of these in eons.
I'm supposed to list 7 weird or random things about myself...let's see. I think everything's pretty much out there already, but I'll try to come up with something...
1. I'm a Bath and Body Works fiend. Seriously. The staff at the new store already know me (not by name - yet - but give it time, the store has only been open a little over a month). My linen closet has an entire shelf devoted to B&BW products. I'd ALMOST be embarrassed if the stuff didn't smell so damn good. The one thing that bums me out is some of their products aren't available here yet, and they don't ship to Canada on their website. BOO!
2. I LOVE Tim Horton's ice cappucinos...anytime, anywhere. I think it's almost as strong an addiction as my B&BW one. ;)
3. I can bend my left thumb behind my hand. It's a fun party trick.
4. I love to travel and can't wait to go away...hopefully sometime in December if all goes well! I don't want to say anything yet in case it doesn't pan out...
5. I'm scared of clowns, really...or at least I used to be. Ever since my brother (AKA Ugly) MADE me watch Poltergeist when I was younger, yes he tortured me when we were kids, I've had a thing about clowns. (You all know the scene I'm talking about, right?) I used to check under my bed every night for a good couple of years (yes, years). What made it worse was that I had a clown picture in my room that my mom made for me, which ironically will be hanging in "Little Maple's" room whenever we get her. It's sitting in there now.
6. I love, love, love sushi. Can't get enough of the stuff. Mmmmmmm.
7. I have a photographic memory, it freaks people out. I can sing most any song on the radio (albeit, badly). I remember just about everything...it's weird. I had a get-together with friends from public school recently and I was telling stories about things and they just looked at me like the RCA dog and said "How do you remember this stuff?!" I wish I knew...
As you all know a referral batch came out recently (about a week or so ago) that went from February 9th to 15th. It wasn't terribly large, but not terribly small either. We're still looking, according to this site at a referral sometime in October 2011. Yeah, whatever.
Anyways, I found out today that ANOTHER batch came out.
Yeah, I know! How strange is that?! I don't remember a batch ever coming out back to back like this before. It was only a day (February 16th), but still, it's something. I'm not really sure what to make of it, but I have to admit I'm surprised and for once, I'm surprised in a good way. :)
Congrats to everyone who will be seeing their child's face for the first time in the next few days!
I was watching the news just now and saw the above article and couldn't believe what I was seeing. For those of you that don't know, we're having a Federal election in Canada right now (election day is just over a week away).
Anyways, apparently in a couple of ridings there are people who don't like the Liberals and have not only been defacing signs and spray painting houses that have the signs on the lawns, but now the vandals have actually been cutting the brake lines! Let me say that again...vandals are cutting BRAKE LINES of people who leave their cars in their driveway if they have a Liberal sign on their lawn. What the holy hell is that?!
I can't even wrap my mind around that. Not that there's any sense in vandalizing a sign or someone's house with graffiti...but to actually crawl under someone's car and CUT the brake line. I've never heard of anything this scary or disturbing in my life regarding elections.