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Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Oh my god, sometimes I hate being a woman. Fucking menstrual cramps suck!!! I've taken drugs, tried the heating pad, tried stretching, tried curling up in a ball on the bed, tried a bath.... nothing helps. The codeine in the Tylenol 3 I have helps take a bit of the edge off but then I feel nauseated. Bleh. I hate this day or two of the month!!!!!

So yeah, that's what I have going on today. That and a crisis at work where we're running a new product and the box company that makes our shipper cartons fucked up on the box size, so our boxes are slightly too long for the product. Our product is frozen so the extra room may cause the product to break in transport.... so yeah, I was at work for 11 hours yesterday with the Quality manager trying to figure out a way to still run the product with the boxes we have until the box company can produce new ones. We did find a fix for it but it requires additional cardboard inserts and two extra people on the line to add them to the cases. God... what an ordeal. So with having to deal with all of this, I'm really behind on my day-to-day stuff. I ended up going home at 3 pm today because my cramps were nearing the unbearable level - so the work remains undone until tomorrow... and tomorrow the pile will be even higher. Fun, fun, fun. The management team is gone to a conference tomorrow though, so I'm stuck working 11 hours again anyway so someone is there to manage any issues that arise. So weird that I'm the person that is given that responsibility these days... I'm sometimes amazed at the strange position I find myself in sometimes. A year ago I would have never seen myself where I'm at right now - I don't think anyone would. What I'm doing now is not really even in my job description... but then again, I am doing most of my manager's job while she's on maternity leave, so that's probably why. Once she's back, my responsibility and work load will definitely be reduced. I'm actually looking forward to that. :)

I've started season three of Grey's Anatomy. Some of the characters are pissing me off now... I think I'll definitely be going through this season slower than the previous two. I think I may be getting a touch annoyed with it.

I really need a holiday away from home. I would like to visit Jen and Wendi in Philadelphia sometime in the near future. I would also like to visit San Francisco again and go to Victoria for a visit to The Butchart Gardens. I went there when I was 13 years old and it was amazing. I showed Jules the pictures online and she thought it was magnificent, so I would like to take her sometime. The company she works for has an office in Victoria, so I think she'd also like to visit some of her colleagues that she talks to on the phone regularly with.

Tonight, some of the cutest little kids I have ever seen came around for candy. Little wee ones dressed like frogs and bunnies and ducks and bears... sooooooooooooooooo adorable. Halloween is so worth it just to see the little itty bitty kids who can barely walk up the steps come by for candy.

I've decided, next year I don't want to give out candy. I want to give out something else... like maybe juice boxes or something. I remember as a kid that I always thought it was cool when I received stuff that was different from the rest. Then again, I was the kid who loved when I got raisins and sunflower seeds and I gave away my chocolates because I didn't like chocolate until I was 18 years old for some reason. It's still not a favourite of mine... it has to have a lot of caramel or nuts or fruit or something in it for me to eat it. I cannot eat dark chocolate at all though... instant bad reaction. Not sure why that is.

Today I'm grateful for:

* Drugs (even if they barely work)
* Friends
* Quick fixes
* Responsibility
* My bed

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I love Grey's Anatomy

I am finally not sick any more! Yay!!!!

I think I'm not sick any more because I've been watching so much Grey's Anatomy. Heh...

And when I'm not watching that or sleeping, I'm at work. Bleh. The busy season sucks. Thank goodness Jules is in the running for Most Understanding Girlfriend Of The Year...

I did manage to get my highlights touched up (I hadn't been since July) and four inches cut off. My waves are curls again... it looks really nice. :)

Today I'm grateful for:

* My girlfriend
* One day off on the weekend
* The beautiful weather we had today and the gorgeous walk I went on with Jules
* My laundry almost being finished
* Finally not being sick any more (just in time for my flu shot at work tomorrow)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Drugged state

No change so far this week... my cold has moved into my chest but that's about it. I leave work, go home and climb into bed to watch a couple of episodes of Criminal Minds before passing out with the help of Nyquil.

Apparently I'm taking a weekend trip to Banff in November with Jules and Ryan to see their friend (and Julie's former co-worker) who now lives there and manages a book store. I remember thinking, the last time I was in Banff, 'I don't know how anyone could live here all year...' because it's so small and geared towards tourists ($$$$), but I suppose some people like it a lot. I'm a city girl, so what do I know...

Oh, yesterday at work, I was asked to go to some formal banquet on Friday evening. Our company is a finalist for some environmental and safety award for the city and therefore five reps for the company must be there, with guest. I'm dragging Timmy, my co-worker/twin brother to it (I had to beg... it wasn't pretty). It's going to suck because I'm sick... blah. Oh, that and the fact that I have to wear a freakin' DRESS! Sigh...

Today I'm grateful for:

* 8 am start at work
* Dayquil / Nyquil
* Um....

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Yep, sick!

Ugh... I'm siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick....

The above should have a whiny tone to it.

Work was horrible yesterday... I worked at the speed of a snail so it was pretty useless. After work I picked up some pictures from Wal-mart, framed 'em, took a nap and then took the pictures over to Julie's place to mark our two month anniversary. Needless to say, the framed pictures went over very well. : )

Julie's friend Ryan was over and we played Scrabble. I love Ryan... he and I get along sooooo well, it's almost scary. Despite my being stoned on Nyquil, I kicked ass and won. I had a craving for Chinese food, which was strange because everything was making me feel nauseated... so we ordered food but it took two hours to get here... so by the time it got here, I was no longer interested in eating, so I ended up eating three bites before going to bed. Lovely...

This morning, Jules and Ryan went grocery shopping for breakfast stuff... Jules made us omelets while we watched 28 Weeks Later which I thought was terrible. It wasn't scary - all it did was piss me off. Now we're watching the Arrested Development episodes with Charlize Theron before we go back to my place to tackle my mountain of laundry. Sigh... I hate being too busy to keep up with laundry.

Today I'm grateful for:

* Dayquil
* Nyquil
* Halls
* Hot tea
* My girlfriend

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sick? I hope not!

So yesterday, I woke up feeling kind of sluggish and off... like a cold or flu was imminent. Felt cranky and achy all day and ended up going to bed ridiculously early at 7 pm. Now I've woken up at 1:15 am and I feel like absolute garbage. I have a headache, my body aches, I have a wicked sore throat... sigh...

I've gargled with salt water and I'm on my second cup of tea with lemon (apparently I have no honey... probably because I only use it for tea when I'm sick...). I found some cold meds from the last time I was sick - I have no idea when that was actually but I know the meds are still good - so I've taken two of those and found a stash of Halls left from my ex-girlfriend. So far nothing is helping but I'm hoping it'll kick in soon... at least to get me back to sleep. I start work at 7:30 this morning... bleh...

I cracked open the first season of Criminal Minds last night and watched the first episode. I purchased that back in June during DVD distract-o-rama when I needed to keep myself distracted from my break-up at all hours of the day but never actually got to it (which, I suppose is a good thing!). Anyway, I thought it was not bad. The episode ended kind of strange but I suppose they did that so the viewer would tune in the following week to see what happened. I saw the show on television the day before yesterday and noticed that the lead character is no longer on the show. I remember reading about it but I can't remember why. I didn't watch more than maybe five minutes of it but it looks like he must have just left his job (in the show) and now they're all shocked and dealing with it or something. In reality he probably drove drunk or something and is all embarrassed... who knows. It's not even worth looking up.

Next week I'm house sitting for my best friend/co-worker. She's off on a business trip to Sonoma, California. Must be freakin' nice to be staying in wine country and to get to go golfing as a team building exercise! I'm kidding... business trips suck big time and I don't envy her at all. I still have my fingers crossed that I don't have to go to Minneapolis this year. So far I've avoided it and I hope I can still escape the year without a trip. I actually hope I never have to go again... I don't think I have much training left to do. Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky. : ) I love traveling for personal reasons but business trips are to busy and stressful!!

Okay, I'm going to try to get back to sleep...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Worn and weary

The plant manager at work is in Palm Springs right now on vacation... but for some reason he felt the need to send the office staff flowers. We each got a vase filled with two roses and two carnations with some other kind of tiny flowers mixed in. I wonder if it's to make up for the fact that it's hectic at work and he's out golfing...

I'm so bloody tired but I've forgotten how to relax and have downtime. I worked until 6 pm this evening before deciding I needed some sort of evening of relaxation. Now I'm home and I have no idea what the hell I want to do.

Today I'm grateful for:

* Not having a birth certificate issued in the province of Quebec before 1994 (my poor dad has to apply for a new one before he can apply for a passport... how stupid)
* My girlfriend for being unbelievably supportive
* My friends
* The winter jacket we're all getting from work as our 4 year no lost time award. Cool. :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

So apparently...

...my girlfriend caught part of my blog post yesterday when I was composing it. She was sort of sitting/laying beside me on the bed while immersed in Bad Girls series 1 and I thought she couldn't see the screen, but I guess she did at one point.

One lengthy e-mail later...


Oh yeah, and work SUCKS right now. It's only the second week of October and we're already shorting customer orders. Fuck. Damn Alberta and our long summer of suffering with lines shut down, etc. I still take it personally even though it's not really my fault. Fuck.

Here are some pics...

Ravine near home

Jules and I

My sister, Samantha and I

My sisters, Chantel and Samantha and I (too bad Sam's blurry...otherwise a great pic!)

Monday, October 8, 2007

This and that

100% on the defensive driving course. Woo! The seven hours of agony was worth it. I only received three phone calls from work through it... I was impressed.

The weekend has been filled with relaxation, Bad Girls series 1 (Jules bought it for me a while back and now she's finally being introduced to it. She's hooked now... heh.), lots of thanksgiving food, a sex toy party, lots of sleep, a nice fall walk, a three am viewing of Venus in the sky... hm... oh yeah, and some work mixed in.

The sex toy party on Saturday was really fun. The guy who did it is the owner of the company and is an actual sex doctor (not a line - he's got a phD) so it was very informative and not at all raunchy and embarrassing!

Jules has been talking a lot about having children. She and her good friend Ryan have been talking about having a kid for over a year now. I think she really wants to know what I think about it. I've given a general opinion so far but not a personal one. I'm not really sure what to say at this point, given that we've only been together for two months.

Today I'm grateful for:

* My brief chat with my American twin today :)
* Sleep
* The waitress at Denny's still remembering me even though I haven't been there in ages
* Getting some work done on the weekend
* Long weekends
* A little anger management

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Long Weekend

Well, for four days this week, I worked from 7 am to 7 or 8 pm. Tomorrow I have off but only because I'm going to an all day defensive driving course (to erase three demerits from my driving record). I am absolutely exhausted, but am persevering because, well, someone has to. People at work are flipping out left and right and I'm trying to ignore them all and continue doing my job. It seems once the busy season starts, everyone starts acting like babies. Nobody can take any pressure. Whatever. Business is business and what has to be done has to be done. End of story.

I'm hoping to relax tomorrow evening with Jules... Saturday morning I have to be back home because an ex-co-worker is dropping off a gift she brought me back from Africa. Then in the evening I'm off to a party with Jules and some of her friends. Sunday afternoon is Thanksgiving dinner... and then hopefully Monday I can get some work done on the laptop I brought home.

Jules is shocked that I am bringing her to thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents' place. I'm not out to my grandparents but I still bring my girlfriends around for important events. I introduce them as my friends and that's that. She finds this to be very significant but to me it was a no-brainer. She's really excited to go... probably because I mentioned that my grandmother makes homemade pumpkin pie. : )

I'm finding it very hard to find the time (or some nights energy) to blog on a daily basis. I really miss doing it though. :( I'm hoping work calms down a bit so I don't have to work such insane hours but we'll see, I guess...

Today I'm grateful for:

- My unbelievably understanding girlfriend
- A long weekend... or hell, a weekend longer than one day!!!
- My passport finally arriving in the mail (I sent it away June 8)
- My American twin {{{vibes}}}
- The possibility of a vacation at the end of the year