Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Sickness?

I don't feel amazing. I don't really know what it is yet. Maybe a cold? Maybe flu? Who knows. What I do know is that I would be very happy if it went away quickly. It is making me tired, and its not even 11pm. That's against everything I stand for lol. Someone get me some pills! lol

UPDATE: Its 3 hours later, and i feel less awful than I did before. We will see in the morning whether I'm actually sick or not. I didn't eat well today. Maybe that's my problem. LOL

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Subconscious

I've had weird dreams lately. Lots of them. Here are two that I can remember:

1. I dreamed that it was two years ago. I was still living with Krista, although our apartment was beautifully decorated. The type of cozy, wood-work walled type of place that you could see yourself in in the winter, warmed by a fire. Not that 70s wood panel crap. I'm talking high class wood walls. You know the ones. Like in a study.

Anyway, that's where I live in the dream. Then all of a sudden I'm with some family and friends, and we're walking on Wellington near where it becomes Rideau, and it is apparent that I have impregnated my cousin Tommy's [now ex] fiancé. Tommy isn't there, and nothing about the situation is tremendously shocking, although we're trying to figure out what to do since its a gay guy and my cousin's fiancé having this baby. Like what happens in that situation? And why is there a committee deciding what to do about it?

The dream ends with some gratuitous shots of the apartment again, for no reason. Its like there was the main dream, but it was surrounded by a real estate ad or something. But the weirdest part of the dream, hands down, is the fact that I know I've had it before.

2. Last night, I had a dream that Andrew and I were at my grandma's old house in Cottieville. [I didn't need to say the name, but this is likely the first-ever mention of Renfrew's little suburb in a blog, so I'm rolling with it].


back to the dream... whew that was freakish... umm... so Andrew and I are at grandma's house [he's never even been there] and he is watching TV and I'm reading a book. By the end of the dream, I've read the whole book in just 2 hours. I don't know what book, but that seems amazingly fast. That's the whole dream. Me reading. What a dull dream. I'm sorry you even had to read about it. But I had to live it. I didn't even get to read the book, I just dreamed that I read it. What kind of life is that?

Now, you the precious reader, come forth and analyze my dreams!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Cropping

This summer in Renfrew, I poured through every frame, album and box of pictures in my mom's house. I scanned anything I found to be important, with the intention of eventually turning it all into a photo book spanning the first 18 years of my life [after that, its a book each year, since i've now got a digital camera... the books every year part has already begun to happen, so now its time to make the 18 year book. After the scanning and ordering chronologically stage, it was time to crop all the pictures of their white scanner bed borders. Tonight I finally finished the cropping process and I'm left with 1050 pictures that I scanned this summer. Crazy, right? Right. The next step will be to edit and clean up the pictures [i know some will not be salvageable, but i'll try]. I hope that sometime in the next year, I'll have the finished book show up in the mail. But for now, here is a very small selection from my life:

1987: Birth

1988: Baby's first getaway

1992: Backyard superstar

1992: Wedding fun

2000: Newfoundland ferry fun

2001: Skating trip

2002: Red head

2003: Hello, yellow

2003: Alison's wedding

2005: Prom

2005: Merry Christmas

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Twilight

Everyone who doesn't shut up about the movie Twilight, please step forward. I'll be doling out shots of cyanide between 2-5, then supper break, and then again from 7-9:30. If you think you'll require two shots, let me know before the procedure begins.

The movie isn't even getting good reviews, so shut your damn pie holes, stop scratching your necks til they bleed in front of the actor, and let me live in the Twilight-free zone!

The Book Club

Welcome to Michael's Book Club. No, I am not affiliated with Oprah in any way. Good try, though. I've been reading approximately one book per month, which is just happening that way, so its not a rule of the Club or something. As far as I know, I've read three books this year, although I'm not really thinking about anything that may have happened pre-August, so I can't help you out there. I know this doesn't sound like much reading at all, but when you're as 'busy' as me, and you 'do lots of reading for school', you just don't read too much. Luckily I live in the middle of nowhere now, so I get to read 25 minutes each way on the bus. Woo! Here are the first three installments.

Waiter Rant by The Waiter (Steve Dublanica)
For about a year, I've been reading Waiter Rant, the blog. It is a collection of brilliantly told stories about the anonymous Waiter's life as a server in New York. It is one of the best blogs I ever read. When it was announced that the book was coming out, I was extremely happy. By some great Amazon fuckup, I received my copy about a week before it was published in the US. Maybe even before The Waiter got his copy!

The book was hit and miss. As a die hard fan of the blog, it seemed watered down. It was a collection of separate stories tailored into one arching story. For someone who loves the blog, there were clearly lies and misguidance used to connect things. That being said, it is still as well-written as the blog, and it has had phenomenal success in the US and Canada. Within a month of release, the book was in its sixth printing. For the average person, it would be a great read. For a fan of the blog, I'd suggest you refrain. Its a bit of a disappointment. However, I think some of the charm was lost when the book was published, The Waiter became Steve Dublanica, and my imagined perceptions of the anonymous Waiter came crashing down.

I would play outside with this book 3.5/5 times.

Why I Hate Canadians by Will Ferguson
As a fan of the book How To Be A Canadian which Will co-wrote with his brother Ian, I had to read this book [and may go on to read more of his books in the future]. I read this version, the 10th Anniversary Edition, which was apparently slightly edited since the original, but not too much. Apparently something about Princess Diana was removed after the first printing due to the unfortunate timing of the book printing / her death.

This book is quite good. There was a little bit of information that I felt was repeated from his other book I had read, although I assume that it would be hard to write books about Canada while not mentioning his experiences in Canada World Youth or Katimavik. Otherwise, this book is hilarious, educational, and well written. I recommend it to anyone who loves Canadians.

I would play outside with this book 4.5/5 times.

One Red Paperclip by Kyle MacDonald
If we've learned anything here today, its that I like to read about things that I already know something about. How diverse. I also followed the One Red Paperclip saga online, as Kyle MacDonald traded his way up to a house in one year. However, while I loosely followed the story online, the book is brilliant. It has everything. George Stroumboulopoulos, Alice Cooper, a trip to Japan, haircuts by mom and even some things to make you think at the end of each chapter. It also includes pictures! I recommend this book to anyone who isn't a stick in the mud.

I would play outside with this book 5/5 times.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Ad Agency

The Multiple Sclerosis fund raising commercial goes like this:
"They said we would never fly." [insert footage of first successful airplane flight]
"They said we would never climb Everest." [insert footage of climbing Everest]
"They said we would never walk on the moon." [insert footage of walking on the moon]
"They said Multiple Sclerosis would never be cured."
"Together we will end MS."

The Phillips Arcitec Shaver commercial goes like this:
"Conquered the sky." [insert footage of first successful airplane flight]
"Conquered Mt. Everest." [insert footage of climbing Everest]
"Conquered the moon." [insert footage of landing on the moon]
"Conquered the neck." [insert image of razor]

The two cents from Michael:
I saw these two commercials within 24 hours of each other, both on CNN. How the hell did this happen? My best guess is that one ad agency is lacking ideas. Did the MS people need a cheap commercial [since they're trying to raise money, not spend it], so they just stole Phillips' idea? Did Phillips think 'Hey, lets be assholes? Razors are way cooler than stopping MS?' And why is CNN dumb enough to be airing identical commercials? Haven't they noticed that something is up?

Whatever the outcome, I think its pretty tacky that a razor is putting itself up against fighting a disease. Tsk tsk.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Grilled Disaster

Andrew never ate a grilled cheese sandwich. He's almost 30, and decided it was time. When he turns 40, I think he's going to work his way up to apple juice.

I got home from class, and he had purchased the requisite white bread and cheddar cheese [we already had the margarine]. He had eaten his first sandwich by the time I got home, and he loved it. He cooked me up two of them. The first one started out good, but then the cheese started to pour out. There was too much cheese.

To make a grilled cheese, I use 4 moderately sized slices of cheddar. Andrew used 5 generously sized slices. I swear that his sandwiches contained practically double the maximum limit of cheese consumption for anyone in a 72 hour period.

He watched as I ate the sandwiches... slower and slower... with each bite, more ready to vomit cheese all over the place. I could have fed the neighbours for a day with the amount of cheese that oozed out onto the plate.

I'm not even sure if there was bread. I think it was a grilled ball of cheese, with crumbs attached.

The Late Nights

I was going to post this last night at like 3am when I was still awake, and it would have been more effective, but I was too tired to bother. This weekend was full of fun and partying, and very little sleeping. I got like 2 hours of sleep Friday night, and about 5 hours Saturday night. Woo.

Then last night, after way too much procrastination, and a very lackluster episode of Desperate Housewives, I finally started my Biogeography homework, which is two short labs. All I needed to do was make some graphs in Excel and do half-page write-ups. This should have taken an hour or two, but it took like 4 hours. One of the graphs I had to make was in an Excel spreadsheet that had 27021 rows of information.

What. The. Fuck.

Needless to say, trying to turn that much information into a graph repeatedly crashed my computer, and I didn't end up including that graph [but I did include a box in place of the graph explaining my plight, and what the graph WOULD look like]. I went to bed at 3am and woke up at 9:30, and then 10, and then for a fire alarm which was thankfully brief, and then finally for good at 11.

Today is a bad hair day [its been so bad lately that it's getting the ax tonight] and I also missed my bus [because I forgot that my bar hair needed hat cover, so I had to run back up the stairs to get a hat, which took too long]. But as I was walking to my alternate bus route, I remembered that class today is at 2:30, not 1, so I came back home to hang out for a while. Damn my poor scheduling! So now I've had this time to come write this special post. Soon I'll be off to hand in my assignments and get another one. Blah!

Hopefully your Monday is going better than mine!

Oh, also, when I woke up this morning, I was rockin' out to Taylor Swift pretty darn loudly. Apparently Andrew has the day off work. That was fun to find out. But I wasn't embarrassed because Taylor is so damn good HAHA. She should come back to Ottawa so I can see her again. If you don't already love her, I demand that you download her music [or buy it if you're rich].


Friday, November 14, 2008

The Ice Cream Cake

For approximately three years, I've wanted an ice cream cake. A big one, a small one, a piece of one, half a forkful. I want some friggin' ice cream cake.

Throughout this time, I have been tempted by the possibility of getting to fulfill my wish on several occasions, but each time the plan is thwarted. Other people change their minds, laziness stops us from going, people forget.

Today, I very randomly told Andrew that I was craving ice cream cake, and that he should buy us one. He immediately said he'd get it on his way home from work. I was very excited. I even ate less other crap throughout the day, because I'd be enjoying the ice cream cake so much.

Dairy Queen is closed for the season.

I want a freaking ice cream cake! This hummus and pita just aren't the same. I want vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, icing, that clear gel icing, and the amazingness that is the fudge crumbly stuff in the middle. I want and need it now.

Anyone who buys me some DQ cake gets 5000 points to be cashed in for Michael Land Fun Prizes. They're real, I swear.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Network

The geography department at uOttawa is a peculiar place. Our home-away-from-home is the basement and sub-basement of the Simard building, where we gladly spend our days discussing glaciers, forming bizarre maps on slow computers, and reminding each other how we all love our little home-away-from-our-second-home, the Map Library, which is a special section of the 3rd floor of the main campus library; a place where we can go enjoy an aerial photo or find a place to sit, when none of the other 40,000 students would think to go there.

As part of our fun, we have our own special computer network [which, it seems, not too many departments at school do... everyone just uses a common uOttawa account. psh.]. Every month, Jim, the computer guy for our department, adds a lovely new geography-related image to the main page of our department's network. Oddly, there was no image for the first two months of school. But as me and my classmates learned on Monday, November belongs to us.

This picture was taken at the wind farm on our Gaspé trip in September. If everyone didn't already know who we were, we'd be Geography celebrities. Geography celebrities in front of a really big wind turbine blade!

The Recap

Before I begin today's actual post, I am requesting that you all leave me a comment suggesting a new blog for me to read. A couple of people have dropped off my list in the past few months, and several of my beloved bloggers are quite busy or on hiatus, so I need some things to read! So let me know your favourite blog [other than mine, of course!] and I will check them out, potentially adding them to my list!

I have been thinking for several days that I haven't blogged in a while, and as it gets further from my last post, I seem to feel more and more like if my next post isn't incredibly amazing, then it wont be worth it. But hell, half the posts in this blog are just crap, so why not trudge forward! Mando did it on her blog, so I will do the same. Here is a bulleted recap of the past week.

  • Last Wednesday, I missed class because I missed all 3 of my possible buses simultaneously. I don't know how the hell it happened, but it did. This is just one of my many bus issues this week. Nothing seems to work out when I want to bus somewhere. But I did meet some lovely girls on the bus on Saturday night. They even took a picture of me with them, but I have no idea who these people were, so it will never be tagged on Facebook. Sad!
  • I saw the movie Zach & Miri Make A Porno. It was pretty good. Some dumb parts, but that's a prerequisite in movies these days, so whatever.
  • I ended up taking a trip to Perth on the weekend, which was lovely. Nice little town. But they do NOT allow big box stores to come to town, and even their Tim Hortons is the 'chalet model' because they wouldn't allow the regular store to be built. Freaks!
  • I finished the 140 page photo book I'm giving my mom for Christmas, of her trip to Italy. She's going to love it. Just don't tell her what I'm giving her. If you do, I'll be sad!
  • I mean it. Don't spoil my mom's Christmas present secret.
  • My sister turned 30 yesterday. We only spend 53 weeks living in the same age decade, and then we spend 8 years and 51 weeks in different ones. When I turn 30, Alison will be a week away from turning 39. Crazy!
  • Yesterday I went to the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial. It always amazes me how many people turn out to something that involves standing in the freezing cold for two hours, while you stare at the back of someone else's head. I've gone 4 years in a row, and while I am always in the same general area, I'm pretty sure that no one in attendance is actually able to see what is going on at any point. Especially since one of the big screens is behind a tree, and the other one was broken. And then the sound system was cutting out while the childrens choir was singing. Bravo, CBC. Afterward, the thousands of people all made their way to restaurants or the mall, and downtown Ottawa went from absolutely packed, to barren landscape, in about 20 minutes.
  • I guess I should get going. I've got 4 labs to do for school, that are due within the next 10 days. None of them take very long, but they're boring and therefore time consuming. Grr.
Don't forget to let me know about your favourite blog! Thanks!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Aftermath

First of all, congratulations to Barack Obama! I officially have a historic event attached to my birthday!

Last night, Momma and Alison came to Ottawa for birthday dinner and I got my homemade cake just like I have 20 times before. Who knows how many more years my mother will be the one making my cake. I cherish those cakes dearly. It was a great evening!

Today I woke up a full hour early [I'm going to blame daylight saving time]. I did very little studying after I woke up, because I spent 3 hours being bombarded with birthday wishes on MSN and Facebook. By the end of today, 80+ people said Happy Birthday on Facebook, and more said it on MSN, in person and on the phone! Busy day!

I had my last midterm of the semester at 1:00, which went ok I guess. Then home for a bit, then back to school for a waste of time Quaternary Geology lab that COULD have been done at home since everything was just online. Grr. Then I came back home to eat Chinese food and watch the election with Andrew. With 4 minutes left of my birthday, I realized that I needed a birthday drink, so we had some Jameson's, and then we decided that the whiskey needed cigars, so Andrew ran and bought cigars and we enjoyed those with additional whiskey and a lovely chat.

All said and done, it was a nice birthday. Better than I expected. Lots of good wishes, and overall relaxing.

Some fun news! In addition to me sharing my birthday with 6 other people I know [Branden, Genevieve, Greg, Jennie, Jupiter and Steph] there is a good chance that my cousin Cheryl had her baby today, although I never heard anything [but she went into the hospital late last night, so a November 4 baby seemed imminent! Yay! Welcome new baby!

And just for fun, I was awake [not by choice] at 3:10am when my birthday became official. Huzzah!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008