Archive for February, 2007

TP and You: Getting to the Bottom of Things.

I am a curious person by nature. I need to know things. Something happened yesterday that made me think of a question for you.

So I go into the staff bathroom and head into my usual stall (the one farthest from the door, because the one closest gets a LOT of traffic. Namely poo traffic, and I’m not about that.

Anyhow, as I walk in, I see that this woman who I work with is washing her hands. I know for a fact that she also prefers my secret stall of happiness, but I go into the stall anyway. Sadly, our toilets don’t flush as good as they could (I mean, we’re a nonprofit for Pete’s sake! We don’t have money for new fancy toilets!). This means I am faced with a dilemma. I can either embarrass the woman washing her hands, or I can flush for her, OR I can just potty on over top of the TP left and flush. While deciding, I noticed that she folded her TP in a particular way.
She grabs say 2 feet of TP, and then she folds it over and over—making it look like a little novel! I didn’t know so much skill could go into toilet paper management!
I went home later that day and discussed with Steve.

He had an entirely different method all together! I don’t know how much he wants to share, so I’ll just keep his TP habits out of it until he comments, but I am here to tell you that I don’t do either of the things I saw/heard about.

I am a buncher. I just grab oh…an arms length let’s say, and then I just crumple and get to business. Every bunch only gets one “go” at me, so sometimes I grab a second helping. I always bunch it though, I’m not a folder. To me, folding is too much of a time consuming business considering what I’m going to do to it. I just can’t justify it.

I also prefer that the toilet paper roll have the TP go over the top, not out from the bottom. My sister agrees on this.
My question to you is, have you ever heard of another “technique” in the bathroom? It seems like some people have quite the elaborate process from what I’ve been told. I also know that people are QUITE particular on how the TP should come off the roll. What’s your view?

Do you ever find something really stupid that makes you laugh really hard?


THIS would be mine. I can’t help it! Kitties + Pokemons = My new desktop wallpaper at work.

It’s Savin’ Time!


Pretty, pretty Vancouver….aaaahhhhhhhh

Survey Time, Y’all! What what.

1.WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My sister named me! Thank God, because my dad wanted to name me Remy, after the alcohol, Remy Martin. Gag!

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Yesterday when I watched the sad, SAD ending to Heroes.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? I like when I write in caps. My handwriting is nice, but I don’t really like it.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Fake meat!

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Winston and Zelda!

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes! I am hilarious!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Heck yes I do.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes indeed!

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Yes, but I am scared of heights so I think I might scream a lot and maybe pass out.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Fruit Loops.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? I don’t think I own shoes with laces…BIZARRE

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? YOU tell ME after I write my memoirs entitled, “You Can’t Make S*%T Like This Up.”

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Bubble gum, yeah!

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Hair I think, and eyes.

15. RED OR PINK? Pink, but it has to be really bright pink otherwise it’s too fufu girly for me.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? How my anxiety constantly has me fighting battles in my head about how to get though a day.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Out of living people, I’d say I miss the Duke, out of people no longer here, I miss my grandma.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING ? Brown and brown.

20 WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Some kind of crazy pecan thing that is actually a Weight Watchers brand treat that is only 1 point. I don’t know what 1 point is, but it doesn’t taste that good…all the women in the office are on weight watchers…it’s hard to escape their food!

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? I was listening to the Decemberists, but my iPod died. 

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Purple!

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Steve, the foreheads of the pugs, fresh laundry, forest

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE ? My mom

25.PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Various sites

26. HAIR COLOR? mousy brown originally, but I dye it various colors. I think it’s kind of reddish

27. EYE COLOUR? Green and brown

28. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Yes, after the unfortunate incident where Winston ate my Chanel glasses, I decided to switch to contacts!

29. FAVORITE FOOD? You know what I like a lot? Guacamole and chips. It’s not really a meal but I love avocados. I like tacos too.

30.SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? BLOODSHED!!! Okay okay, happy endings.

31. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Pan’s Labyrinth I think.

32. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Brown shirt with a green vest-ish shirt over it…hmm, it sounds tacky, but it looks good!

33. SUMMER OR WINTER? Autumn. Ha!

34. HUGS OR Kisses ? Punches!

35. FAVORITE DESSERT? Pie!

36. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Probably no one!

37. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? don’t know.

38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? Clara

39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? My mouse!

40. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST? Heroes

41. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SOUND? I like when you can hear the birds again in the spring, and I like lawnmowers, except when it’s 6am…

42. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles!

43. WHAT IS THE FURTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? San Fransisco, CA

44. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENTS? I am double-jointed almost everywhere because I have really slippery cartilage. I wish I had a cool nickname because of it…like “There goes Slippery Bones Martin” or something. I can also do a back bend with no hands—kind of like Neo in the first Matrix movie! Wait wait! I can also do a good limbo because of that!

45. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Calgary, AB

46. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?I think everyone has done this already who would be willing to!

Oh noes!


Oh my beautiful 12-inch powerbook, how your days are numbered!!! I talked to the lovely folks at My Mac Dealer who informed me that since a little tiny cord came out of a slot, that it will cost me $300 minimum to fix! AAAAAAAHHHHH!

Also, because it’s been yanked off a table or two in its day, it’s not a guarantee that it can be put back together again, which is totally BALLS.

It looks like I may have to invest in a laptop a little sooner than I had imagined!

Oh, lappy, you have been so good to me, why…WHYYYYYYYY?!

Thankfully at this point it’s just the internet that’s messed up, so I can work something out I think, until I can buy a new laptop.

Life as a grown up is expensive though!!!!

News!!!

I believe the wheels are in motion to move to Vancouver at the end of the summer! Oh my!

Steve and I had a talk about job prospects for the both of us, and things are looking a lot better for the nonprofit and journalism scene out there. There are a boatload of npro jobs at arts organizations as well as left-wing papers for Steve. They have some of the best things I could hope to work for including the David Suzuki Foundation, Arts Umbrella, Emily Carr School of Art & Design,the Vancouver Aquarium, UBC, and the OLYMPICS! That’s just a taste of the amazing possibilities.

We’ll have to wait and see how the job market is in the summer, but likely there will be some good stuff out there.

This basically makes Xray win a bet that after I visited once, I’d move there.

YOU WIN, OKAY?!?! I LOVE IT THERE!!!

Plus, pugs and the beach?! HELLO AWESOME.

Naturally there will be some sadness from all of this, including having to move from people like my much loved sister and niece, and also my favorite passtime of my city’s pug meetup group, but I think it’s a step in the right direction.

Who knows, I might even get a masters in the arts while I’m there… 😉

Bird of Prey


Come to Alberta and you might just get plucked from the streets by an enormous bird of prey!
Someone working on an oil field outside of my hometown took this photo this past week. I am staying inside the rest of the winter!!!

Training and Waiting and Playing

Oh internet, how I have missed you! Sadly the internet is down at my house because of unforeseen events, so I will have to compose from other places!
The weekend was a bit of a gong show. I vegged out on Friday night and sat around with the pugs. I finally got a copy of Clara, which I was totally thrilled about! I’m still holding strong on my stance that used books feel haunted to me. Something about someone being so intimately involved with a book and then giving it away makes me uneasy. Every page I turn, someone else has turned before me. Someone else has lived this novel before me…
On Saturday Winston had his first obedience class! I am bound and determined to get these puppies trained! Winston did pretty good in class. He sat really easily, and came when called, which pretty much makes him a genius compared to the other dogs! There’s a Siberian Husky in the class that is RIGHT out of control. Like it’s pretty much time to call Cesar Milan in because this dog is going crazy. He was bouncing all over the place and was whining so loudly the entire time that I could hardly hear what was going on! They also broke out the clicker in class, which is something I’m not fond of. I mean, how often are you carrying around a freakin’ clicker to praise your dog?! I’m not a fan, but we’ll see if it helps…
On Sunday Steve was really, really sick, so I drove him to the Walk-In clinic by our house. We got stuck waiting for SIX HOURS to see a doctor. SIX HOURS! I can’t even believe I managed to pass six hours waiting in a room full of sick people. Watching a meth addict freak out on the phone with her father took up a good 20 minutes though. Yikes!
Steve got his meds after our epic wait and we finally got home and just sat and watched the Oscars and played with the puppies!

words are flowing out…

but not really. I’ve been a bad writer this week!!!

My apologies.

I haven’t had time to get my laptop fixed since Winston pulled it off my dining room table and I’ve been overloaded at work!

The work situation isn’t bad though. I really like having a lot to do from when I get here to when I leave. Isn’t that what it’s supposed to be like?

In pug news I’ve been keeping tabs on this bump that’s above Zelda’s nose. I thought it might be a sore from her getting food stuck in her wrinkle, so I’ve been cleaning it every day. It seemed to be getting better, so I moved to every few days, but when I looked at it last night, it was pretty big!

I think this is why she’s hated having her wrinkled cleaned! I can’t tell though if it’s a puppy pimple, or if it’s something else. It’s as big as a human-sized zit, and when I was cleaning her wrinkles last night it started to bleed a little bit. When I tried to take a closer look, it seemed as though it had a hole in it. I dried it off and let her run around and she was fine. Hopefully it’s nothing!

Winston has taken a liking to pulling any beverage off of my coffee tables and throwing them on the couch. I have no idea why he keeps doing this, or why I keep forgetting to move beverages off the tables, but I’ve now had to wash my seat cushions so much that I think I’m going to have to buy a new couch! Maybe leather is a better option if I don’t want to have to keep buying couches!

Other than that life has been quiet. I got to see “Reno 911: Miami” last night, and it was hilarious! I guess I should explain that it’s funny in a Monty Python, turn your brain off and laugh kind of way. Sort of like Snakes on a Plane. It was a free movie though, so it was very much worthwhile!

I saw a pretty rockin’ documentary on the ocean last night. It’s crazy how many creepy sea creatures are in the sea! There was this insane squid that had CLAWS! CLAWS ON A SQUID!!!! I think this could be a contender for Badass of the Ocean. Also, did you know that squids and octopus used to have shells?! I love learning stuf like that!

KNOWLEDGE!!!!!

New Westminster Dog Show


Yes, yes y’all! The New Westminster Dog Show is on tv tonight, which actually miraculously managed to help me get rid of my headache that was moving into migrane territory!

My favorite part of the show was when the pug came on camera and Winston took it upon himself to (what I think sounded like) cheer for the show pug! He actually “Woowooo”‘ed for the pug! He’s pretty much a genius.

I gave Winston and Zelda their first “pork” dinner tonight from the wonderful people at Baby Barks.

I have to say this is the most human-smelling food they’ve had. It smells EXACTLY like bacon. Except it’s pork and pork organs…which to me sounds TOTALLY SICK! It made me a little worried about bacon, but I guess all pork is gonna smell similar. The thought of their being ORGANS in this food has ensured that it will never reach my “LMizzle, Don’t Eat It!” list!!! (you were thinking of trying to get me to eat it…weren’t you?!)

Luckily, I don’t even have to taste the Porkgans (as I like to call them), when I can SMELL like porkgans because Zelda just licked my neck for about five minutes. Who needs perfume when I can smell like dog spit and entrails?!

On another note, does anyone know a good place to get cellphone wallpaper from? I got a fancy new phone and all I can get so far is sushi, when obviously my eyes would have a better time staring at a pretty little pug!


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