And now it’s time for

… a list of things that are good.

  • Sims 2
  • Having my own computer
  • Stash Teas
  • Mountains
  • Bridesmaids who say yes (wow, it’s scary asking people to do that for you…)
  • Having a job
  • Having the weekend off from the job

    Today has been pretty uneventful. We went out shopping with mom & Merv, then just came back home. Last night we created me, mom, Merv and Adam in the Sims 2, which was all sorts of fun. As soon as we’re done building and furnishing the house, I’ll start actually playing us. I told Adam he could do the house, which means I haven’t been able to play all day. The game only runs on his computer anyhow.

    I think we’re going to have an open stage at our reception. Kind of like the open stage we had at our going-away party, but outside. Sounds like way more fun that just having winamp playing the whole time (which, of couse, we will also do, assuming we can find a laptop.

    So many fun ideas.

  • A Photo update

    This is the first chance I’ve had to post photos in the past couple of months. Here are some digital snapshots we’ve taken.

    First things first: The Dyke.

    This is the sign across the road from us, where you go up onto the Dyke. I can’t help it, it makes me laugh every time.

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    Winchimes out the window…

    I’ve started seriously looking for an apartment. I think we’re probably hoping to move either Mid-November or December 1st, depending on what’s available and how our cashflow looks. Any locals with suggestions of websites that list rentals or people who’re renting a suite somewhere or anything like that, please let me know. Comment here or email me at jblizzard at gmail dot com with info. Oh yeah, and we have two cats, and I work at Grouse Mountain.

    It’s really windy today. Last night it was windy too – windy enough that the power went out for a couple of hours, anyhow. I’ve been listening to the windchimes hanging outside our bedroom window chiming all day. They’re tuned and sound lovely.

    I seriously need to move.

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    I’ve started writing down notes and ideas for the wedding. It’s kind of exciting, although I’m finding that with most of the wedding books I got from the library, they’re just going over things that seem pointless and silly to me, so chances are I won’t be using a lot of their advice or suggestions. At least it’s helping me figure out what I don’t want to do.

    We’ve already talked about where to have it – Temagami, naturally. We even talked to the owners of the lodge we want to hold the ceremony and reception at. Unfortunately, I have no idea how many people are going to be coming to this. I guess that’s the next thing I’ve got to work out.

    Hmmm. I need a wedding-type icon thingie for these posts so the totally indifferent can skip them. Heh.

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    Hey wait a second…

    this means I have IRC again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My computer has returned….

    Shipping is hell on computers. My machine is basically working though. It’s really good to have my own computer back, I’ve missed it. There’s a familiarity that you get with your own machine…

    My second hard drive (aka the important one) might have issues. I must open the case and check it out, it’s not showing up at all. It’s the one with my web pages I’m working on, my scanned photos (more than a few hundred of those) all my writing, and my recipe collection, along with lots of other things that I don’t want to think about right now. I haven’t got the energy to do it right now, I’ll try tomorrow morning.

    Work today was easy, there were barely any people on the mountain, so the shows had an average of four people in each. I was running the theatre most of the day. Easy stuff after working at the Alex… no one has panic attacks or demands that go out of my way to make their lives perfect and such. So much easier.

    My hands are like ice

    My schedule of transit/work/transit/sleep/repeat really bogged me down this week. By yesterday I was thoroughly exhausted. Fortunately I have today off, then work tomorrow and then have the weekend off. There was a rumour I might meet a certain CS/LJ/NWN/IRC buddy this weekend, but haven’t heard anything specific yet.

    Our computers, my guitar, Adam’s keyboard, and our bikes should be here by tomorrow. We were hoping they’d get here today, but they haven’t arrived yet, so chances are they’ll be in tomorrow. This means that I’ll be able to scan my sister’s wedding photos, finally. If she wants prints, however, she’ll have to send me some cash. I just don’t have the money right now to get them done.

    Someone at work yesterday asked me why I bothered. At the time, I was exhausted, moody, blurry-headed, and sick of sitting on a bus for 3 hours. I was hard-pressed to give her an answer. We really do need to move soon. I can only be zen about the commute for so long. I expect to have days where I just want to give up and forget about it – I’m just hoping that they don’t happen too often.

    Otherwise there’s nothing going on in my life. Adam’s still at home every day, bored and wishing he had work, or at least his computer and keyboard. The cats are the same as ever. I really like spending time with my mom, when I get a chance to. It’s good to be close to her again. And the mountains are still the greatest thing ever.

    In the past five days I’ve read four Charles De Lint books, and I’m half-way through Wild Animus, which I started yesterday. I’ll have to release Wild Animus into the great unknown once I’m done with it. I’m not yet sure how I feel about the book, but I’m still reading it, so I guess it can’t be bad…

    All right, so I was mistaken

    I apparently got confused between the two schedules I had, and it turns out that I got today off. It was a good thing I figured it out before I went in to work today…

    And so, instead of working today, Mom, Merv, Adam and I went for a big drive around Mission, back roads back to Maple Ridge, out to Pitt Lake, and around Stave Lake and power station (not in that order.) It was beautiful and I took a bunch of photos to be developed someday. I’m collecting the rolls of film these days. We ran out of batteries on the digital camera, unfortunately.

    It looks like Adam will be getting enough hours starting in November. This is a good thing, as it means he won’t be so bored. I still have a feeling we won’t be able to move for December first, though, so long commute time it is for me. We could probably manage it if we get paid back, but I don’t think we can count on that happening at all. Such is life.

    I’m very hungry and mom’s making a roast beast. I can smell it cooking. Mmmmmmmm.

    An update on work-related things…

    These days there’s not much else going on besides work.

    The transit ride isn’t so bad. I’m dealing, anyhow. It’s usually 2 to 2 1/2 hours for me to get to and from work. Generally I give myself 3 hours and get there early, so I just hang out on top of the mountain with a cup of tea. I could really get to enjoy that.

    I need a waterproof coat, however. It rains a lot here. I left all of my coats back in Ontario, they’re going to be shipped someday. Supposedly our things will be shipped in the next few days – the pickup was arranged yesterday, but they still haven’t actually picked it up today yet. Blasted. There is a coat that I want to buy at the mountain, and it’s on sale and I get a discount, but I can’t spend the money yet.

    What’s more frustrating is, after telling Adam they’d give him 5 days a week of work, Mountain Equipment Co-op has changed their mind and are keeping him as an on-call person. His only shift he’s aware of so far is almost half-way through November. This creates two somewhat major issues.

    1) Adam is so bored he’s starting to get depressed
    2) We won’t have enough money to move out of Pitt Meadows for an extra month at least, which means I’ll be doing the three hour commute for two and a half months.

    One and a half months I could handle, and if I need to, I’ll get through two and a half, but it’s going to be rough. Especially on weeks like this one, where I’m working from Thursday (yesterday) through until next Thursday without a day off. This is the beginning of the test, I suppose.

    I have to get a user icon for the mountain.

    Into Maple Ridge we go…

    Today Adam & I took the bus in to Maple Ridge, where we found a bike shop that would be happy to put our bikes back together for us once they arrive. The one guy also said he’d give us directions out to some good cross country trails, which would be fun.

    Our things will probably be ready to ship by Thursday, which is great, since I’d really like to have my computer again. I realized today, however, that I don’t have my negatives, which is really kind of frustrating. I may never get the new site finished at this rate. And I don’t even know which box they’re in – I know it’s one of the big ones, and the same box also has the photo albums and some books and stuff in it, but I don’t know which one. I wish we’d had time to label and organize everything. Blah.

    I’ve been thinking about school some more. I still don’t know what exactly I’d like to study. Hooray for indecisiveness. (I wonder if I spelled that right?)

    We went to CostCo today, where I was tempted to spend money. Fortunately, I forgot my wallet, and so no money was spent. We also went to a Japanese restaurant in Maple Ridge where I had some fantastic Sashimi for lunch. It was good to not stay home and do nothing like we did yesterday.

    Mountains are far more imposing when there’s snow on their peaks. They just look… bigger. I like mountains.