thetofupirate: (Jayne: eating people alive)
It's so strange how I can feel like I'm so busy, but really I'm not doing all that much. Just work and some exercise, and some cleaning, and some Christmas organizing. Oh well.

Yesterday I felt like crap, so I skipped out on a friend's cookie swap. Which I feel bad about, but I figured feeling gross and being around people and the food that they'll take back to their people would be a really bad idea. There's a work cookie swap coming up, so I won't be entirely cookie swap-less.

Plugging away on my nephew's Christmas present - I'm knitting a blanket. Nothing fancy, just garter stitch squares of different shades of blue that I'll sew together and then trim with a border of another shade of blue. I just have three and a quarter more squares to go, then I can start on the trim and sewing. Must remember to check my needles, I don't think I have a yarn one. If not, then a stop at Len's Mill will be in order. I love that ridiculous store. It's like a craft store, fabric store and dollar store all smashed together in one place. And I'm sure at Christmas it will be even more insane than usual! A couple years ago my friends and I joked that we should all meet up there one day, and give ourselves 20 mins and whoever can find the best Christmas present (the tackier the better!) for $10 or less would win (what they'd win, I dunno. All the presents?) - we never did it, though. I should see if anyone would want to do that this year or next.

Earlier this morning I came up with my own Christmas list for Scott's family's gift exchange. I kind of hate coming up with lists, because I feel like a greedy jerk and like people will think I want everything on the list. I'm just giving options! And then the present will be a surprise. I should really get over that feeling. I know that anyone would know that I do not expect everything on the list (especially because you can't buy everything within our price limit) and I really should stop feeling bad about the things that I do, especially when someone else asks me to do them! Ah, self esteem issues. Awesome.

Okay, how much more random can I get? Perhaps that's a sign to stop here, and come back another day. Hopefully before a full week goes by.
thetofupirate: (Default)
I'm lusting after Fluevogs right now. I'm saving up for this pair. I'm not into heels normally, but this has started me lusting on a billion other pairs of their heels...I'm going to be saving up for the rest of my life to fuel this!

I'm trying to narrow it down to which ones I should save up for once I get those...I currently have 14 tabs open of shoes I think are cute. Some are very similar to the ones above, though, so I'll save those for later. Perhaps it will be these ones. Or maybe I should aim for these ones while they're on sale. And these boots are also super cute. And I should probably attempt to get something other than black ones all the time (but it's so hard! If I'm gonna pay that much, I should be able to wear them all time!) like these cute ones.

Why can't I win the lottery, and spend it all on shoes?

And now that I'm thinking about it, maybe I DO want the first pair in turquoise.
thetofupirate: (Damn the man!)
So, I'm going to be much later getting to my sister's place then I thought. Scott got stuck at work for an extra 40 mins, and he still has to go to the pharmacy before he gets home.

Times like these are when I wish I still had my own car.

I wonder how many entries I will start with "So,"...
thetofupirate: (Rheostatics robot zombie)
So, I've already missed a day in December. Oops.

Tonight I am heading to my sister's place, where I will hopefully get there in time to see my nephew before he goes to bed. We are heading to my parents' place tomorrow for the Santa Claus parade, and lunch. I'm excited to see my nephew! It's been about a month and a half since I've seen him.

I really enjoy working only half a day on Fridays. It's so nice to be able to get stuff done in the afternoon, like getting my hair cut, and doing dishes, and some laundry, and I still have the whole evening free.

I also really enjoy going to this stylist. My former stylist stopped working at the last salon I went to, and I called a bunch of places in town but she was not working at any of them. I stopped in the current salon I go to, to ask if she worked there, and my now-stylist was really helpful in trying to help me find her. At the time, I said if I couldn't find my former stylist, I'd come back to her, and I'm glad I did! She makes me laugh a lot, and this visit we found out that we like a lot of the same silly movies! And we had an awesome talk about ridiculous beauty standards. (And my ipod just started playing "Don't Make Me Over", heh.)

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Dec. 1st, 2010 08:42 pm
thetofupirate: (itty bitty chairman meow)
As I sometimes do in December, I have once again been moved by the whim to attempt to post every day this month. That may even mean that I will continue on with the 30 day meme thing that has been wallowing away in obscurity (I don't know why I write that ridiculousness, it just wanted to come out). But I'm afraid that it will probably mean that I'm writing a bunch of little short entries about absolutely nothing, because that seems to be how I roll.

This evening has been pretty nice - snow outside, a fake fire in the fake fireplace, good music, a super soft extra comfy sweater, and a purring cat sitting nearby. I've even exercised a little bit, and emailed my sister to try to sort out a Christmas gift for our parents. It's been fairly productive (for me, anyway), even though it doesn't really feel like it.

So, we'll see how I do this year in attempting to post every day this month. See ya back here soon.
thetofupirate: (blue)
Apparently I've had this sitting in an empty entry for almost half a month. It really doesn't seem like that long ago.

Anyway. I'm Emily. I often have to think really hard about how old I am. For instance, I currently always want to say that I'm 33, but I'm 32. It usually goes the other way around, though. I currently work as a medical receptionist, but I really want to get back into Communications. I do not really enjoy searching for jobs, but I dislike my current job even more, so job search it is.

I live with my partner of almost 8 years. (I call him a partner because "boyfriend" seems a little weird after being together that long and living together for four years. And "common-law husband" sounds even weirder.) Lots of people ask us when we're going to get married. My standard answer is "We have a mortgage, we don't need a marriage." Perhaps if we were married, though, the fucking bank that took over our mortgage would finally fucking acknowledge me as a co-owner of our damn house. But really, it doesn't bother me one bit.

I am often sarcastic.

I'm not a big fan of writing bios/introductions of myself. Really, what do people want to know? I was painfully shy as a child; I'm still a little shy but tons better than I used to be. My favourite colour is blue. I really dislike feet in general, my own in particular, however I've been wearing sandals a lot this summer. I am a huge fan of argyle socks, with striped socks running a close second.

I am an avid consumer of pop culture. I love love love music, but I am a little bit picky about what I listen to. I have not willingly listened to the radio in years (but I did used to have to listen to it for work. Augh. There are no good radio stations in this area.) but I'll listen to the CBC if I think of it. I love to read (my ideal job would be a reader for a publishing house) and I will read almost anything. I will usually still try to finish a book, even if I hate it, if only because maybe somewhere there is something good in it. I love movies and tv, and often the badder the better! But I do like good things, too. I am especially fond of zombie movies. I will only watch horror movies with my friend Cameron (we have a tradition of getting together to watch a couple of movies, and eat delicious food at the same time. Sadly, now that we live in different cities, this doesn't happen nearly as much as I'd like it to). I realize that a lot of zombie movies are also horror movies, but to me, they're in a league of their own, and I will watch zombie movies anytime, anywhere. (But they are especially fun to watch with Cameron.) For my other favourite movies, the "so bad they're good" ones, it is especially fun to watch them with my friends Nat and Amy, but again, I will watch these anytime, too. I keep lists of the books I have read, and the movies/tv on dvd I have watched. Sometimes the yearly totals are scary. (Moreso for the movies than the books. I don't think there's such a thing as reading too many books. To many movies, however...)

I got a new laptop on Friday (happy early birthday to me!) and I'm still getting used to the keyboard and whatever that thing is that you use to move the cursor around that's not a mouse. Touch pad? Whatever. I keep making it do strange things. It's a little annoying, but I guess I'll get used to it soon enough. The number of typos this bilingual keyboard makes me make is ridiculous, though.

I'm not sure what else to put in this. I guess if you want to know something, you can ask in the comments (if anyone is still reading this! I have been very neglectful as of late) and I will answer.

the meme )
thetofupirate: (blue)
Just spent some time at the Way Back Machine reading message boards I used to hang out on about 8-10 years ago. My fave threads were the ones where people talked about what they did in their day, and the ones where people wrote short letters/postcards to anything they wanted.

It's been a long time since I did some postcards here.

Dear patients in the office where I work,

Yeah, that sign? The one that says "Please wait here until called"? It means WAIT THERE! If you come up to my window before I call you, I will finish what I'm doing, ask you to wait at the sign until we're ready for you, and pretend I am still working on something, just to piss you off. And I will take EVEN longer if you tap your fucking health card at me.

Just do what the sign says!
emiline

*

Dear co-workers,

Seriously. WE ARE NOT FUCKING TWELVE YEARS OLD! Get over your fucking whining and petty fighting. I am not going to solve that shit for you, because I don't give a crap. Go eat a bowl of fuck and stay outta my way.

I like you better when you leave me alone,
emiline

P.S. If I end up covering for you while you're on break and you leave everything in a shambles one more time, I am going to LOSE MY SHIT! Not cool.

*

Dear Camcam,

I should be cleaning right now, but I'm doing this instead. You won't mind when you're visiting tomorrow if the house is a little cluttered? I hope not!

xo em

*

Dear stomach and head,

Yeah, yeah, I should be serving you dinner, but there's not a whole lot to eat in here. I've got potatoes...and cheese. Happy dining?

I'll try to do better next time,
emiline

*

Dear Friday Night Lights,

You're awesome, even though I really don't "get" football. But I am very sad that my favourite character has been downgraded to a guest star. You'd better have some good plotlines to make up for that.

Don't make me regret the love,
emiline

*

Dear people who still read this lj,

Y'all are fantastic. I am going to try harder to be around more often, and to post better stuff.

xo emiline
thetofupirate: (Default)
I've decided March will be my New Year.

One of my resolutions is to write here at least once a month. It's been a really long time since I've regularly updated anything, and I'd like to get back into that. Maybe I'll even end up writing something that won't make me cringe. But I won't hold my breath about that.

Another resolution is to start regularly updating a book review blog I started ages ago and only updated once.

There are other things I'd like to do this year, too. Like take a trip with my family, which means I'd actually have to get a passport. Start exercising regularly (isn't that why Scott bought me a Wii Fit for my birthday? Why, yes it is). Finish the sweater I started a couple years ago. Make a lightweight sweater or shawl to go with the dress I will likely wear to a couple weddings this summer. Lots of stuff like that.

I hope you're all well. See you back here within a month!
thetofupirate: (johnny cupcakes)
It's been a long time since I updated. And I have lots of things I could write about, but I'm not really into it just at this particular moment.

But! If anyone would like a Christmas or Holiday or Winter card, please comment below! (Comments are screened.) Please include your name and mailing address, and anything else you'd like me to know.

Hopefully I will be back later this week, with an update consisting of some of those things I could write about.
thetofupirate: (johnny cupcakes)
I changed my journal design in the hopes that cute little death guys would make me want to update more often, but so far it hasn't happened. Oh well.

Tomorrow I am off work. I was going to have this whole week off, but then the receptionist who works most of the week at my one-day-a-week job wanted a week off in September, so I changed to that week for my "vacation" instead. But I kept tomorrow off because I have an appointment to get my haircut, and I had to work this morning on what is supposed to be a "civic holiday" so I'm giving myself an extra day off to make up for it.

My plan for tomorrow is mainly: get haircut. Walk further into downtown to the art store. Buy some canvasses (and the marker I have been coveting for YEARS). Take a cue from [livejournal.com profile] shannonmariah and make my own versions of art I really like. I've been trying to find a calendar I had that I wanted to copy something from, but I haven't found it yet. I think it's in the office under some of Scott's crap (surprisingly, as most of the crap in the office is mine). But if I can't find it, I do have plans for other things to paint. And if I ever find the cord for my camera, I will post pics of whatever I come up with!

I can see the modem's flashing lights from the corner of my eye and it's driving me nuts! I think I must either leave the room, or sit at the other end of the couch so I don't go insane. And I should find out where the annoying tinny music is coming from and see if I can make it stop because it is also driving me nuts. Apparently it has become "Drive Emiline Nuts" Day!
thetofupirate: (dear buddha...)
I think I'll be planting my garden this weekend. I have to decide what to put in it! Once again this year I'll be buying plants - I wanted to try to start seedlings, but I don't really have anyplace to do that at the moment. I'm hoping to finally replace the missing pane of glass in the porch, and next year I can start seedlings there, as it gets really warm and greenhouse-like when all the windows are shut.

I'll plant tomatoes, of course. And last year the zucchini did really well, so I'll have those, too. I'm going to try cucumber again this year - two years ago I planted cucumber, but something would randomly bite them (not eat them, just bite them), so I couldn't get anything. I'm hoping that since the zucchini was left alone last year, the cucumber will be left alone when it's planted near the zucchini. I want to start some lettuce, and green onions, too. And there's likely to be room for a couple other plants, but I don't know what I want yet. I guess I'll just see what's there that strikes my fancy.

For the herb garden, I've already got mint and chives. I will plant basil again, because YUM! Maybe only one dill plant this year, though, which would leave room for one other herb...or two, if I get rid of one of the chives (I didn't use the chives much last year). I'm not sure what other herb I want. I guess I'll just take a look and see what I can find.

I want to plant a couple flower gardens, too...I'm thinking along one side of the walkway to the front door, and along the side of the fence in the backyard. That already has some peonies, and a bunch of weeds - once I clear out the weeds, there should be a lot of room for a flower garden. I don't know if I want a more structured garden, or just a mix of stuff like the two beds already out front (a co-worker asked what was planted in there, and the only things I can identify are peonies, lily of the valley, day lilies, tulips and daffodils. I have no idea what the rest of it is!) - our neighbours have really nice gardens, so it makes me wish I was good at the structured ones like theres. It's just so much easier for it to be more wild! I admit it, I am a lazy gardener. I guess I'll just wait and see what I can find, and go from there.

I'll attempt to post photos - I can't find my camera cord at the moment, but Scott's got a card reader, so I'm sure somehow, I'll get them up eventually.
thetofupirate: (walking)
Back in October, I wrote about the crazy stuff happening with my brother.

I never answered any comments, but I am very grateful to the people who did leave them. So, thanks to you.

And update on my nephew's situation - we're hoping that it's most likely that he is a klutz like my brother and I (I get random bruises all over that I have no idea where they came from, or can't narrow down what caused them because I'm always tripping or smashing into things). But in November my mother got an email from my brother - my nephew is now attending daycare (the evil one's mother, who used to take care of him, broke some body part so she doesn't look after him anymore). That means that there are now other people outside of the families that can notice any signs of potential abuse, which is slightly reassuring.

I have not contacted my brother yet. Still. I'm at a loss for how to get started. I just think it will go badly, since everyone else's contact has gone badly. But what if I'm the one who could get through to him? Not that I think I am, but I shouldn't leave that to chance, right? And I suppose, with Christmas being here, I could use that as an excuse for contacting him. I just don't know where to go from here.

But I guess I could think about it while completing my list of stuff do, conveniently found in my previous entry.
thetofupirate: (Default)
I've only been a little productive today, my first day of "Christmas Vacation".

I've slept in, made some oatmeal, fed the cat and cleaned around her dishes (she is a very messy eater), watched Little Miss Sunshine (on our new tv! It's pretty giant) while very slowly cleaning the living room (still not finished), and watched Against Me!: We're Never Going Home.

I need to:
finish cleaning the living room
clean the dining room
There was vacuuming! And bonus front hall cleaning! And then I cleaned the vacuum!
clean the bathroom
do the dishes with bonus drain de-clogging!
clean the kitchen
bake: gingersnaps and snowballs (the regular kinds, and the kinds for my sister, with no wheat and no eggs)
make cranberry pistachio white chocolate bark
shower
get dressed

clean Kaylee's litter box
wrap presents
pack for Christmas outings to my parents' and Scott's parents' places

Let's see what I can do.
thetofupirate: (Lenore loves kitty)
I like to send mail. If you would like a holiday card (I don't care if you'd rather not send one back; that's cool), fill out my poll!

[Poll #1302068]

Garden!

Jul. 24th, 2008 07:44 pm
thetofupirate: (Lenore loves kitty)


The first ripe vegetables from my garden!

The tomatoes (they are supposed to be small) were super delicious. I have not yet eaten the zucchini.

Gardening

Jul. 13th, 2008 03:20 pm
thetofupirate: (dear buddha...)
My garden is getting so exciting! Things are growing, and I am just waiting to eat them. It will be good!

Pictures! )
thetofupirate: (Default)
Since I didn't get my garden pics up yesterday, and I won't get them up until at least later tonight, I have decided to instead give you this bit of fun: Ed Begley vs. Bill Nye: It's a green war!
thetofupirate: (Default)
I am totally excited that Dr. Henry Morgentaler has been named to the Order of Canada. The Govenor General has been getting a lot of flack from anti-choice/anti-abortion/whatever you want to call them forces. Please consider contacting her let her know that you support their decision.

Contact information is:

E-mail: info@gg.ca
Phone: 613-993-8200
Toll-free: 1-800-465-6890
Fax: 613-998-8760

Mail:
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaƫlle Jean
Governor General of Canada
Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A1
thetofupirate: (Default)
Listening to Scott and his friend play Rock Band is pretty hilarious. His friend is definitely not a singer. Heh.

Ooo, Scott's going to sing now. That'll be fun. His friend is making him sing Ballroom Blitz. Heh, also amusingly bad.

BAH.

Jun. 13th, 2008 09:10 am
thetofupirate: (Damn the man!)
I was all excited to ride my bike to work today, and then of course, my bike lock appears to be jammed! I cannot open it. I am sad. I hope it's just because I was all flustered and in a rush to get to work, and not that there's something wrong.

So I call a cab to get to work, and it took half an hour to get me! (Although, perhaps I should have just walked the block and a bit to the other cab company to grab one. Next time...) BAH to that! But then I think the cabbie realized I was little "GET ME TO WORK NOW! Please!" so he went quickly. And he seemed surprised when I gave him a nice tip. (But dude, why are all sorts of school children taking cabs? Where are the school buses? But what do I know; I grew up in an area that had one cab company, with possibly only two cabs.)

Luckily, my boss is awesome, and was all, "Don't worry about it! I'm just glad you're here." I'm sure it helps I was only 7 minutes late.

Anyway. Here's hoping today improves. Please? I don't want it to get worse. Thanks.

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