Friday, May 30, 2008

Lost

So who else watched the "Lost" season finale last night? Here are some thoughts:

It killed me when Jin died. I liked him!! When the boat exploded and Sun was screaming... I was actually rocking in my chair and crying because it just broke my heart.

Is Locke going to become one of the creepy immortal people on the island once they take him (or his body) back?

And when Ben says that all of them have to go back, does that include Walt? And it looks like Walt is about 5 years older from when the show started, even though it hasn't been on that long. lol

I was so relieved when that boat in the dark turned out to be Penny's boat. For one thing, the way it first showed up, it was reminiscent of the Others's boat when they kidnapped Walt. for another thing, I was really worried that Desmond was going to end up being killed, since Penny's father is the one trying to find the island and is apparently a bad man, AND he doesn't like Desmond.

Why did Claire suddenly have an American accent in Kate's dream?

Since whatever hole Ben crawled through at the end led to somewhere really cold, maybe that explains how a polar bear ended up on the island. Although if that was a new hole, then maybe not. I had trouble seeing what they were focusing in on as he crawled through.

I'm really curious what it was that Sawyer whispered to Kate before he jumped from the helicopter. I'm sure it was the favour that she mentioned in a previous flash-forward, but when will we find out just what that favour was?

Christian Shepherd is starting to creep me out a little. And it just hit me last night how religious his name sounds.

Are we going to get to hear the explanation that Locke got from Richard after he left the Orchid?

I'm glad that Keamy's dead. But if you'd like to see that guy in a completely different - and much nicer - role, check out the movie Mystery, Alaska.

Well, I think that's all my thoughts on the finale for now. Anyone else have any thoughts?

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Montana

Finally!

Master and I had a really good trip to Montana. The drive down was pretty uneventful, but there were a few highlights. A little north of Calgary, in the rolling hills in the distance, I noticed that they looked white. I kept looking, trying to figure out what was going on. I mean, there's no white sands around here or anything. I asked Master about it and he said it looked white to him too, but surely it wasn't snow. And not thirty seconds after he said that, we saw a little snow on the ground! In the worst spot, it looked like they'd gotten about 2 inches. Fortunately, the roads were completely clear and dry and it was sunny, so that wasn't a problem. I just kept looking at the snow, saying, "It's May 9th. It's May 9th!"

When I got my Alberta license plate, I left my OH plate on the front, since AB only requires the back plate. So when we got to the border to cross into the States, I don't think we'd even come to a complete stop, when the agent asked, "Why do you have two different plates on your car?" When we told him why, he said we needed to take the Ohio plate off since it would still be considered a valid plate in the States. So we pulled over in their parking lot after he let us go and took it off. Dang it.

The biggest impression about Montana that I come away with after this trip is this: there is a whole lotta nothing in Montana. Master and I learned that it's the 4th largest state in the U.S., but their total population is less than a million people! Whole lotta nothing...

We spent our couple days in Great Falls, MT, which has about 55,000 - 60,000 people. Master and I think that maybe they don't have a lot of revenue going on in that city because a lot of it looked rather run down. But what Great Falls lacks in attractiveness, I think their people try to make up for in kindness. It just seemed like everyone was nice and friendly! And that's always appreciated. :)

If any of you ever travel to Great Falls, I would recommend the La Quinta Inn where we stayed. It really is as nice looking as the picture. We even paid the extra $10 a night to have a room with a river view, and the hotel definitely sits right on the bank! I was fairly impressed with the hotel, their complimentray breakfast was the nicest I've ever had at a hotel, and the woman who checked us in was so helpful and friendly!


Also, right next to the La Quinta was an awesome pizza place. Awesome. It's the MacKenzie River Pizza Co. Master and I walked to it right after we got there on Friday because it smelled so good from outside, and we liked it so much that we went back again Saturday for dinner! Soooo good!! People, go to Montana just for the pizza. lol

We spent a good chunk of Saturday just shopping for things that we can't get in Edmonton. Actually, we hit up Super-Walmart after supper on Friday, then on Saturday we went to Target, Albertson's, and a couple other places. Here's the gist of what I got:

Diet Lime Pepsi (which I've mentioned before how much I love!) - 8 packs of 12
Diet Snapple Green Tea - 8 bottles
Cheddar Triscuits - 6 boxes
Wheat Thins - 1 box (Wheat Thins are sold here, but when I got a box, they didn't taste as good. I think they must leave out something that adds flavor)

There were a few other things that I bought in MT - like new sunglasses - but it had mainly to do with finding ones that I liked, not that I can't buy them at all in Edmonton. Master's buys included Diet Vanilla Pepsi, Diet Cherry Pepsi, Cheddar Triscuits, various cereals, and toys. So now you all know what we drive several hours to buy. lol

Master would be upset if I didn't mention the fact that, not only did we go to the pizza place twice, but we also went to Fuddrucker's twice. I had never been before, but Master loves their burgers, and I agreed that they were pretty good. Apparently there used to be one in Edmonton, but it closed, and after going to the one in Great Falls, Master thinks it's because they did a half-ass job. He said the one there was much better. As much as I really liked the burgers, I'm a little glad that there isn't one in Edmonton because it would definitely NOT be good for our arteries!

Also on Saturday we went to one of the dams in Great Falls that's used for hydroelectricity. It was vaguely scenic and vaguely interesting. I think Master was into it a little more than I was. I might've enjoyed it more if we could've toured inside where the actual electricity is created or something, but to just stand outside wasn't much. It's not even that big of a waterfall. Maybe I'll post pictures sometime.

We left Great Falls on Sunday and started driving back. There was a line-up at the border, which wasn't fun, but it was so nice to be able to drive up to the agent at the booth, answer a few questions, and then be on our way. I told Master that that was the first time in our travels together that we've been able to cross the border both ways and not even have to get out of the car and go inside!! :)

We drove as far as Calgary on Sunday and then stopped for the night. We decided it would be nice to take our time going home, since we'd both taken off work on Friday and Monday. We hadn't made any reservations in Calgary, since we had only decided the day before what we thought we'd do for the drive home. We ended up finding a Howard Johnson's to stay at. I wish we hadn't. I now refer to it as the Crap Motel. There were so many things wrong with that room that we ended up laughing about it because it was really a comedy of errors. For example, when we got into our second room (because the heat was broken ON in the first room, to the point where I was about to break into a sweat after about 10 minutes), we couldn't find the light switch. Once Master made his way over to a lamp and turned it on, we discovered that we couldn't find the light switch because it was on the other side of a part of the wall that stuck out when you walked in the door and was partially hidden behind the armoir! The little fridge that they provide for you to use? The front is right by the table, so it can only open a couple inches, and the side that opens faces the wall. So if you want to actually use the fridge, you have to reach over the slightly opened door and then you can only use it for things that can fit in the little space that the door will actually open!

Anyway, I could give a whole list of things that were wrong with that motel, but I'll sum it up with this: don't stay there!!! The only really good thing I can say about it is that we only found one small bug (in the tub) and it was already dead.

I was so glad to get out of that Crap Motel on Monday morning. Master and I drove the last few hours home without incident. I think I would've wanted to stay gone longer if it hadn't have been for Crappy HoJo's. That made me glad to be home. lol

We had a really good trip. It was great to get out of town, have a change of scenery, and stock up on some things we can't usually buy. It was especially wonderful to get so much time with Master, to celebrate our first anniversary. My husband, my best friend, my Mate, and my Owner. :)

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Friday, May 23, 2008

A Dog with Heart

This story is just sweet. Makes me smile and tear up at the same time.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Lead us not into temptation. Or Ikea.

Master and I were at Ikea yesterday. I got a bookcase and a CD/DVD storage thing, since all of my media is still in boxes. When we went to pick up one of the items, we saw this:



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Sunday, May 18, 2008

I Suck

I know, I still haven't posted about our Montana trip last week. I will soon, I promise. And you know I wouldn't lie to you! :)


In the meantime, here's a couple pictures of Peachie the morning after she got her hood crunched. This was right after I had found her like this. Master took a few pictures just in case we needed them, which we didn't. Peachie normally looks better than this, but she was really dirty at that point because of winter crud, so please forgive the dirt!



You know, it doesn't look as bad now in the pictures as it did when it happened. Maybe just because now I know everything is okay and Peachie's almost as good as new again!

To any Canadians out there - Happy Victoria Day!


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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Flying Solo

I promise I'll post about our trip soon - we had a great time!

But in the meantime, this story is why some parents have leashes for their children.

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Animal Sadness

I saw 2 coyotes on the way to work this morning. Sounds cool, right? Not so much. Because the first one was dead along the side of the road. The second one was still living, and standing in the field nearby. I couldn't help but think that they were together, family to each other in one way or another. And it just broke my heart. I had to work really hard not to cry, and I only did that because John was in the car with me (since I drop him at school in the mornings) and I didn't want him to think I was off my rocker. Even now it makes me tear up.

I love seeing animals like that, wild and just out there in the open, but close enough for me to see. But I hate it when they become victims of us humans, even when it's just an accident. I still loved seeing the live coyote this morning, I just wish it didn't have to be bittersweet.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Driving

I have come to a conclusion: of all the places I've lived, and therefore driven, Edmonton is the worst. THE worst. Congratulations, City of Champions! You boast about your hockey team, your CFL team, even your curling champions. But the true champions of the capitol city are your champion horrible drivers!! A couple weeks ago, Paul took Kim and I out to lunch for Administrative Professionals week and on our way back to the office, we were practically driven off the road by an idiot who decided to change lanes without really paying much attention to the fact that we were already in that lane! Last Friday on the way to work, the same thing happened to me again. I would've been driven off the road had it not been for a turn lane at that spot. And despite my long protests on my horn, the skinny blonde idiot snob didn't even look around to see what the honking was about!

Truly, in my experience, Edmonton drivers, on the whole, are the dumbest, rudest drivers ever. I used to joke that people in Texas were horrible for sneaking through yellow/red lights, so you should never take off on a green light too quickly. But at least Texas drivers, overall, are polite. I know there are bad apples in any bunch - that just comes with the territory. I am just amazed at how stupid, rude drivers just abound here in Edmonton. Even the drivers in Chicago were better than this, and I wouldn't have expected that. I mean, typically, big city drivers (esp. in the north) aren't known for being kind. And while Edmonton has about a million people, that's still about a fourth of the size of Chicagoland, AND those million Edmontonians are spread out over more area than Chicagoland.

So, what's the deal, Edmonton? Does the cold make you so upset and cranky that you have to take it out on everyone else on the road, even when the weather's nice? Did a moose teach you how to drive? Do you figure that the landfill-sized potholes are going to do you in anyway, so you might as well drive like crap?

I'd hate to lose my love of driving from living here.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

La Di Da

There hasn't been a whole lot going on this week. Hence, not much blogging. Due to popular demand, I will post a list of the goodies that Master and I get in the States after our trip to MT next weekend.

Master and I went to the park one evening earlier this week when the weather was wonderful. (It's rainy and cloudy right now.) We just strolled around and by the time we were getting ready to leave, it was getting dark. But just then... I spotted the beaver again! I'm kind of assuming it's the same one. lol We walked over to the part of the pond where it was and we got within probably 8 feet of it! He was just munching some grass and hanging out, and then he swam away. I was so excited that Master laughed at me. However, he did take a couple pictures with his cell phone, so once he downloads them, if they're decent pictures, maybe I'll post them.

Even though the tax season is over now, and things are supposed to be calming down at work, they're still busy for now. And I'm playing catch-up on something that was supposed to be done yesterday. (Yeah, I know it would help if I didn't blog at work, but I hate this stuff I'm supposed to be going through.) But we had a good season, so everyone's happy!

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