O brave new world

Miranda and Prospero

We had a very interesting weekend! It started on Friday when I gave my final presentation at the college. That actually went amazingly well, and I am pleased to say that I technically am now done 17 years (and 2 months) of formal education. …Yay!

I was terribly burnt out when I finished up at the college at 12:30, and my supervisor told me before he left that I wasn’t expected to return to the plant that day. I am a fan of impromptu long weekends, and spent most of the afternoon lying on my bed with my friend Jessica, chatting about nothing in particular and dozing in and out of consciousness.

The real event was Saturday night. I didn’t want to get Addison a birthday present unless it was something meaningful and thoughtful, and I told him as much. He then asked me if I’d please make him dinner on his birthday, to which I readily agreed. However, I still wanted to do something for him. A perfect opportunity arose when, several weeks ago, Jessica told me about a play that was taking place on the 20th. I told Addison nothing of it until that night.

We saw The Tempest, by William Shakespeare. It is believed to be the last play Shakespeare wrote on his own. We both enjoy Shakespeare, and it was a lovely evening. After it go out I offered to take Addison anywhere he wanted to dinner, and he chose the Saint John Alehouse. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to the Alehouse, but it is in Market Square, and it is HUGE. There is an open room with tables and chairs, another area with booths that extend in back, and a large basement/bar area. The lights are low and the atmosphere is very comfortable, if somewhat loud. We were seated in the open area, near a window. It was funny because there was a large group of probably 20 people, and you could tell that most of them were just wasted. Several of the men kept bursting into “Ring of Fire” over a period of about fifteen minutes. That lost its appeal after the second rendition of the chorus, and I was glad to see them go. All in all it was a very relaxing evening, and Happy Early Birthday to Addison!

Yesterday was relatively uneventful. We went out and bought some veggies – parsnips, sweet potato, carrots, onions and some garlic – and I roasted them in oil with some spices. It was delicious.

My co-op ends on Thursday, so today I have a meeting about potential employment here at Point Lepreau. I am nervous, but hopefully it’ll go well. Wish me luck!

P.S.: Being the terrible Harry Potter fan that I am, I didn’t read Mugglenet from Thursday until yesterday, thereby missing the awesome news that DUMBLEDORE IS GAY. I am so excited I could puke. I knew as soon as I read Deathly Hallows, and Lesley made fun of me for loving the Dumbledore/Grindlewald pairing. Who’s doing the dance of vindication now, Lesley? Who?

P.P.S.: Also, guess who was in Mum’s shop a couple weeks ago? Robert Munsch!! How awesome is that?

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From STARTREK.com


The New James T. Kirk: Chris Pine

We have received word that Chris Pine has been confirmed to play the role of James T. Kirk in the new “Star Trek” movie directed by J.J. Abrams.

As previously reported, Pine had been in talks for the coveted iconic role, but had a potential scheduling conflict. Today’s confirmation ends speculation on whether the actor would choose “Star Trek” over another film he was offered called “White Jazz,” to be directed by Joe Carnahan and starring George Clooney. Carnahan’s own blog dropped strong hints that Pine chose “Trek” over his film, but the details of his signing on to the Trek movie have not been finalized until now.

The 27-year-old Pine is one of Hollywood’s hottest young actors right now, gaining prominent attention as Lindsay Lohan’s love interest in “Just My Luck” and as a neo-Nazi assassin in Carnahan’s “Smokin’ Aces.” His father, Robert Pine, has played a couple of roles in Star Trek (“Liria,” “Tavin”) and performed with Michael Dorn on CHiPs.

…SQUEEEEEEEEE!

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I am NOT a shoe person…

…Which you can tell by my “man” shoes. For the last several years I have bought shoes/boots/sneakers from the men’s section. I mean, they’re just more comfortable. And when I finally bought a pair from the women’s section the last year, Lesley made fun of them!

Oh well, what do I care, right? Lesley’s dumb anyway. Comfort is what matters!

Today at work I realized that it felt funny on the side of my foot whenever I walked. So I take the shoe off…and there is a giant gaping hole in it! Emergency repair job, anyone?

And yes, I have krazy glue in my purse (Yes, I have a purse! I even have TWO purses!). I have everything. I am a walking…umm…thing that has lots of stuff!

So I finally realize I can’t put it off anymore; I have to buy new shoes. But how do I remember to pick them up after the hour-long drive home from work?

I am just a ball of class.

Addison and I went to Sears this evening. I know they’re expensive, but we have gift cards for there, which makes it easier. I actually managed to find a comfortable, professional shoe.

Less than $35 (gasp)! AND THEY EVEN LOOK LIKE GIRL SHOES!

Take that, Lesley. Triumph!

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“Some Assembly Required”

Well, last night sure was an interesting endeavor! A couple weeks ago we ordered a bookshelf from Sears, and while we were in NS for the weekend I got an email saying it had arrived. Well, we didn’t get back into town on Sunday before 5, so the plan was to go pick it up after work. I usually get home around 5…

We got distracted.

Not that that’s a new and unusual state of being for us, but I ended up paying for it in the end. But can you blame me? The episode of Whose Line is it Anyway? with Robin Williams is on YouTube! We had no choice.

After a weekend of camera fun, I decided that documenting the evening would be lawl-tastic. However, Addison seemed mildly distressed at the antics on Whose Line?

However, upon further inspection, it was revealed that my antics were, in fact, the ones responsible for his distress. He then ignored the camera and all was well in the world…for now…

Suddenly it was 8 o’clock and we had no bookshelf! D’oh! The plan was to get the bookshelf and my books from storage, then assemble the two (that is, shelf and shelf with books). So off we go to Sears! One unassembled bookshelf, one giant book-filled suitcase and two book-filled laundry baskets later, we were back at the apartment building. It was now 8:45pm.

Now, I abhor (Did I spell that right? Abhor? Abhorr? No, I had it right) white trash as much as the next mildly-intelligent person. I mean, I did work at Wal-Mart. However, when you have that many heavy things that need to go up to the 2nd floor, why not take advantage of whatever means are at your disposal? And so what if said means happen to be a stolen shopping cart? In my defense, there are at least two in the basement. …Not sure what I’m defending there…

In the end we had 2 laundry baskets and 2 suitcases full of books, since I’d emptied one suitcase to go to NS. This was the resulting mess. Even with our large bedroom clean, this was going to become a bit spaciously difficult. So Addison decides that we need to assemble it in the kitchen…

…And tries to move it himself. He’s adorable, I know, but strong he ain’t. After a little assistant from your friendly neighbourhood camerawoman, we had the box in the livingroom.

Naturally, Addison (being the “sharp tool” he is) attacks the box with a sharp pair of not so much scissors as kitchen shears. Nothing like scratched finish to get the blood flowing! Oy.

I pulled the “instructions” out of the box, to reveal this (see above). This is an unaltered photo, folks, AND unaltered instructions. Notice the giant tear. I’m guessing somebody at a factory somewhere really didn’t want to be packaging unassembled bookshelves. Curse you, AquaScum.

So assembly continued. Addison explained the finer points of hammers (cabinet hammers are smaller than normal hammers), much to my boredom complete and total excitement.

“Didn’t you know, honey?” he said with a giant fake smile. “This is how these things work: the instructions are crap and you take it apart and put it together again everytime you screw up. Yay!”

Then our roommate, Jon, walked in. “Watcha doin’?” he asked. I explained my keen interest in documenting the project, which he seemed to find [very] mildly entertaining. He grabbed the camera and CLICK!

“I call this one ‘Confusion’,” he said.

Of course, Addison wasn’t too pleased with me when I kindly explained to him that he’d put the middle support shelf on backward. It’s not my fault that the screw needs to be BENEATH the shelf to support the weight! Gee whiz.

AND he’s just getting ready to screw on the second side of the last shelf when I point out that we (or he, whatever) appears to have the finished part of the shelves facing out, but the unfnished part of the side of the frame facing out. …Oops. Not that, y’know, we had to take the whole damn thing apart and put it back together again. Nope, nuh-uh, not us!

AND OF COURSE, this whole time he’d been screwing the shelves in perpendicular to the floor/frame, which not only did the instructions say not to do, but I thought would be fairly difficult. “Fine,” he said tightly, “why don’t we screw it together your way?” And we did.

FINALLY the frame was actually together! YAY! Then it became a mathematical enigma when we tried to space all the little tiny nails onto the backing around the frame. “There,” he said finally. “…How many nails do I have leftover?”

“…Nine?”

“DAMMIT!”

Teehee. But it got done. We even managed to carry the thing into the bedroom without much fuss. I put the shelves in myself any everything! (The hard part, as anyone will realize)

“Oh, oh,” said Addison, watching me put the shelves in, “Put them in the same place as the other shelves in the other case! Then it’ll be like we live in a library!” …Is it bad that that’s what we get excited over?

Addison made grilled cheese and I meticulously put my books onto the shelf. Finally I stood back and it was complete!:

TRIUMPH! Of course, at this point I’ve completely lost track of time, and it’s 11:45pm! Yikes!!!

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*yaaaaawn*

We are two sleepy…umm…sleepyheads, I guess. We got plenty of sleep, but we were both quite sore, so it wasn’t as restful as it should have been. I am physically achy from being overstressed (Did I mention my father will be visiting Thursday night?), and Add is on the edge of a cold. Oh well; we can nap this evening.

I finally found my camera! Apparently it really has been hiding in my backpack this whole time. I took a few pictures last night of our new and improved bedroom; I’ll add them to this post when I get home. You’ll be amazed – I even cleaned it Wednesday night when Addison was at work!

…Did I mention that? Addison got a job at the college working as IT Support for the night classes, giving him about 6 hours a week of work. He’s also tutoring students at lunch time, which gives him the same hourly income. WooWoo!

So the bedroom is clean, and Addison was doing the laundry when I got home from work yesterday! I love my husband. I hung up the multitude of jeans piled on the floor of the closet, as well as the laundry as it came out of the oven[/dryer]. I don’t know what it is, but having a clean room is so satisfying. I just wanna be in it when it’s spiffy. …I am odd like that.

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OOPS

So, yeah, how about that over-a-month-since-I’ve-posted-ness? Yes, I am properly abashed. I’m not sure what you expected from a crazy person, however.

And in my defense, I’ve posted a bajillion times more than Addison! Why couldn’t he have posted on the blog, huh?

K, I’m done.

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We have been keeping ourselves busy since August 31st. Addison is back in school, which I think he is grateful for (not that the graveyard job was horribly disinteresting and ended in naps and D&D or anything). I myself am still working away at PLGS, and I will hopefully be hired on as IT at the end of October when my co-op expires. My final presentation at the college is on the 19th of October. Oy joy, I’m looking forward to that.

So what’s everybody up to for the TurkeyBirdDay Weekend? We, as always, have too many plans on the go :) We’re heading up Saturday before noon to my outlaws in-laws house in Lakeville. Yay for Turkey! And maybe even a birthday present for my almost-17-year-old sister-in-law. Oh boy oh boy!

We don’t want to have to leave so early that we need to drive all the way back to Saint John, so we’re going to spend Saturday night at Mum’s house in the booming metropolis of Harvey Station (“Ohhhh!”). Then on Sunday we’re going to my aunt Denise’s house in Hopewell Cape (for all you NBers, look at your Medicare card. Yeah, there). More family and more turkey! YAY for a tryptophan overdose! Then it’s back home Sunday evening. Monday we were going to lay prone on the bed, unable to move for all the food, and unable to function for all the social interaction. Fun, no?

Anyway, I’ve got to get back to work. Just wanted to let you all know that I’m not dead. What’s going on with everyone?

ETA: Only 29 days ’til I’m not married to a teenager anymore. YAY!

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Wait…what??

I am at work, and have just been informed by a male co-worker that I am an “amazing creature.”

LOL!

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Another weekend, another set of swollen ankles

Well, we’ve just come out of another weekend spent driving around the province, and I think it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all. Except for my ankles, of course. (Anyone know what a diuretic is? It’s MISERY is what it is. Grr…)

But before I get too far into that, I guess I’ll back up a bit.

I know I’ve been slack about updating, particularly about the reception, but I’m not sure I’ve fully recovered from that yet. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask, and you can see a few pictures from it here.

I noticed a lump on Izzy near her genitalia earlier in the week, so we had to take her to the vet. Lots of rat poo ensued. The car reeked of it by the time we got home, as did Addison’s poo-stained shirt. The vet wasn’t sure what it was, as it’s not causing her pain, but she thought she saw bruising, so she wonders if Izzy and Nina were fighting. Anyway, we’re giving her meds every 12 hours, so hopefully it’ll get smaller soon.

Now, while I’d been able to keep the apartment in pristine condition for nearly two weeks, we started to get slack just before the reception…and, well, after it we were just totally useless. Not motivated at all. The place has just been a pit all week, and while we kept meaning to clean it literally every night, we never actually got around to it. So Friday morning I’m at work at I check my email and there’s a note from Jon – our roommate – dated Thursday night, saying he’ll be back in town on Friday. … I had no idea! And of course, he was driving up with his mother, and the place was a massive wreck! Wedding gifts were still sitting on the floor waiting to be put away, laundry was piled up in the basket in the hallway, dishes everywhere, the floor needed to be swept/cleaned/vacuumed, etc. I panicked. Addison called me at work and I begged him to call the house and see if they were there. They WERE, and I was so embarrassed! Addison told them not to clean, that we’d been planning on doing it… I get home at about 5:30 and the place is SPOTLESS. Dear Lord was I embarrassed. They weren’t home; they got back about an hour after that. Jon’s mother is a lovely woman, though, and while I still feel terrible, she had no problem. “Oh, I was bored, what else was I going to do?”

Also, since Jon’s back, we’re getting the big bedroom! He has to work in Plaster Rock today and tomorrow, but he’s coming back after that. He boxed all his stuff up on the weekend while we were gone, so tonight we just have to move all his stuff out of his room, put our stuff in there, and get his stuff into our room. It’s such a relief! We need more space, and I think it was actually Jon’s idea to move us into the big room, which is just great.

(Sorry my entry is all over the everywhere. In my defense it’s Monday morning and I am Le Tired)

So the weekend! Friday night Jon was back, so we spent the evening at the apartment playing Mario Party. We’ve decided we need another Wiimote :) Saturday morning we drove to Fredericton, got Jackie, and headed out to her grandparent’s camp on Lake George to go swimming. We had a lot of fun swimming, and we made a campfire after dark. …One of Jackie’s marshmallows set on fire, and when she shook it to extinguish the flame she accidentally flung some flaming marshmallow onto my foot. x_X I now have a scar, and a blister, and PAIN.

We slept the night in a trailer next to the camp, and since it was so warm the first thing Jackie and I did when we got up was take a dip in the lake. Addison sat on the end of the dock and watched us (he doesn’t like swimming). A bunch of ducks started going up the shore a few houses up where the people were feeding them, so Addison had the great idea to go get some graham crackers and toss them to the ducks. It was adorable! There were about a dozen ducks gathered around the dock and Addison kept quacking :) We swam back up and sat on the dock with him, and Jackie started pulling mussels out of the water, cracking them open, and feeding them to the ducks. Addison was finding them, too, and I was sitting with my back to the two of them and shelling mussels. Suddenly Addison says, “I got one,” and I turn around to tell him that we ALL have mussels, when I realize that he has a duck in his hands. “Pet it, honey!”

We went into Harvey for breakfast at the pub, then went to Mum’s house to shower (she wasn’t there). On our way up to Lakeville to visit Addison’s family, we stopped at Jackie’s parents house to see her pet squirrel (It’s a red pine squirrel). Jackie’s dad brought it home as a baby when it was attacked and bitten in the leg by a dog. He’s better now, and they let him outside all the time, but at night he comes back in and sleeps in a cage. He knows where the food is, lol. He’s adorable! His name is Rocky, and he is insanely fast! He kept crawling on Addison, and Add would play with him and try to catch him. This basically resulted in Addison standing in the middle of the living room floor and frantically swatting himself in an attempt to get Rocky. Again with the adorable.

We spent the evening at Ron and Andrea’s in Lakeville, had dinner, and we all swung by DQ for some ice cream before we headed home. It was a busy weekend, but we had fun. I just hope we’ve regained enough energy to move the bedrooms around tonight! Blah…

ETA: We’re spending the long weekend alone at Addison’s grandmother’s house in the Miramichi. We’re looking forward to a long weekend of rest, relaxation, air conditioning and movies. Sa-weet!

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Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I know I should be updating about our massively massive wedding reception from last weekend, but I’m still too worn out! :) So here’s a little recipe I picked up about seven years ago from my estranged uncle’s wife. It’s simpler than most recipes, but very tasty!

My recommendation to you is to make it the day before and let it sit in the fridge overnight so that it can really thicken. Also, try not to substitute my ingredients if you can help it: I’ve learned through trial and error that it’s easy to lose the awesomeness that way.

…That’s right, I said “awesomeness”…

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 large container sour cream
  • 1 package soft tortilla shells
  • 1 bag finely grated Tex-Mex cheese

Cook the chicken breasts (however you wish; I recommend the microwave for speed) and cut into small portions. In a large bowl, mix the sour cream, soup, broth, chilies and chicken. Tear the soft tortilla shells and layer the bottom of an oven-safe dish (ex. 15″x 10″ x 2″ pyrex). Pour half your filling mixture into the bowl, than top with cheese. Layer again with tortilla shells, pour the last of the mix on, and top with cheese. Bake at 375 F until cheese is melted, filling is boiling, and bottom tortillas are browning slightly (easier to tell if you’re using a transparent dish). Let cool for AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

The thicker, the better. This dish has got to be one of THE best leftovers in the history of the world. It’s even good cold! I have a 3-size set of Pyrex dishware, and by doubling the recipe, I was able to fill all three dishes last night. MMmmMmmMM.

Also, keep in mind that I basically hate spicy food, and I’ll eat this. So spicy isn’t a major concern.

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“Your ring is BEAUTIFUL!”

I was in the washroom at work and had just come out of the stall to wash my hands when a woman walks into the bathroom. Nobody I knew specifically, though I’ve seen her walking around the office occasionally. I smile politely and say hello, and she does the same. She goes to wash her hands just as I do, and suddenly gasps.

“Oh my goodness!” she said, looking at my engagement ring, “Your ring is beautiful!”

My Engagemenet Ring
My ring, from the manufacturer’s website

“Oh,” I say, blushing and grinning like a goofball, “thank you.”

“It’s just lovely,” she continues to gush.

“Thanks,” I say. “AND he picked it out himself.” Never let it be said that men have bad taste. Not my husband, anyway.

“You let the male choose it?” she says, clearly impressed. “Well, it’s beautiful. And tell him I said so!”

Teehee.

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