Saturday, October 24, 2009

Happiness!!

I just found out that Barbara Kingsolver has a new book coming out!! I can't wait!!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How Nice

Nice rose, eh? My manager, Candy, bought one each for Mari and me yesterday. Candy's been gone for almost all of the last few weeks because of travelling around to all the regional meetings. Our organization holds them once a year and our team deals with programs that are directly for the members, so she was one of the few people who went to them. Mari and I did get to go to the one here in Edmonton, though. Anyway, the roses were Candy's way of saying she was proud of us and to thank us for doing such a good job while she was gone.

So work is going pretty well. I'm getting more into the meat of what I'll be doing. It's a lot to get under my belt, but I'm looking forward to it. I'm ready for more than just the easier stuff. Mari still drives me a little nuts, but it helps to have Candy back in the office. At least that way Mari can ask her stuff, bounce ideas off of her, and all that kind of stuff instead of directing it all to me. I mean, we all have questions and ideas, but this is different. As in, I can't give her an answer, so she's just going to keep talking about it. Really, for the most part, I like Mari, and she and I just crack each other up sometimes. But sometimes I also want to tell her to just go away and stop bugging me.

I know I'm still not blogging a ton. It just seems like I either don't have anything to say, don't have the energy to say it, or don't want to blog about what's going on. I think things are going to be okay for me, but the last few months have just been bumpy. Good thing I don't have a weak stomach for bumps, eh? ;)

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Crappy Thanksgiving

Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in Canada. How was mine? Well, I celebrated by puking 3 times. I have a day off from work and what do I do? I get sick. I think I'm okay now, but I still haven't really eaten anything, so I stayed home today. I'm also not sure if this was caused by something I ate or some kind of bug, so I also don't want to spread it around in case it is a bug. I was told not long after I started my new job that if I'm sick I should stay home, because no one wants to catch stuff. In fact my manager said, "If you come to work when you're sick, I will send you home!" So, I'm staying home today. Ah... good times.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Finding Clothes

I'm not a big fan of clothes shopping. I have the potential to be, but between being plus-sized and always money conscious, there's only so much shopping to be done. So far, I've only found one store up here that has clothes that fit me. That's not a huge issue, really, because when I lived in the States, I really only shopped at one store there too. Here's the difference, though: in the States, I shopped at Lane Bryant, which has fashionable clothing. Up here, I've been shopping at Pennington's, which has some fashionable clothing, but also has a lot of clothing that looks more appropriate for someone twice my age. As I said to Master last night, "I'm not a fashionista or anything, but I don't want to dress like an old woman!"

Sometime after I moved here, I ordered some things online from Lane Bryant. At that time, they shipped to Canada. A couple weeks ago, I decided to order again because I was getting frustrated with not being able to find some things here that I really wanted. I went through the website and picked out everything I wanted. When I go to check out, only then do I discover that they no longer ship to Canada! I would have been pretty ticked off, except that... I have a Mom who loves me. :)

I called Mom and asked if she would be my personal post office on this occasion - if she was willing to let me ship the box there and then she turn around and ship it here, and I'll reimburse her for her cost. She said yes, of course, so I was still able to get my clothes. The box arrived yesterday. Everything fits well - which is the benefit of shopping at that store so much when I lived in the States - the exception being a pair of pants for work that are a bit too long, despite me ordering them in Petite. But that's a fairly minor thing, since it can be easily remedied.

So... what to do? There's a store here that I should check out a little more, but I'm not sure they have clothes in my size either. Master said I should go to West Ed Mall, since there are stores there that aren't anywhere else. I might try that, but I'm not convinved that'll get me anywhere... except to WEM! I suspect that in the end I'll just end up doing the same thing - getting what I can at Pennington's and ordering from Lane Bryant (or shopping there when I'm close enough to one in the States) when I can't find it here. That's just sure not the ideal solution to clothes shopping.

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Security Advice

I got this from Mom today in an email. I hadn't really thought of some of this before (partly because Master and I don't have a GPS) but it's good info, so I thought I'd pass it along.


This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

GPS
A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.

When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.

The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents. Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would knowwhere you live if your GPS were stolen.

MOBILE PHONES
I never thought of this.......
This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet... Etc...was stolen.

20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.'

When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their
bank account.

Moral of the lesson:
Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list.
Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc....
And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Where has the time gone?

Life is just flying by. Much like the weather. Edmonton has apparently decided to skip fall this year. I think we skipped spring too. A couple weeks ago we set a record for the heat; it was in the mid to upper 90's, I think. This morning it was -2 C when I left for work and I had to scrape a light layer of frost off of my car. That makes me kind of sad.

Work is... work. I'm still quite happy with my (relatively) new job, but I'm still stuggling with some of the drama. One of the people that I work closely with, Mari, has some issues. She's smart and is good at her job, but she has issues. She's negative and a little paranoid and possibly a little bi-polar or something because she's SO up and down. It wears on me and kind of wears me out. Our manager, Candy, is fully aware of the situation, as is the HR person. They're trying to make things better. Mari even knows how she is a lot of the time, but that doesn't necessarily help. I just hope things change. I like this job and I don't want her to ruin it for me.

I think Master and I have sorted things out. We've started over a little. We had a nice little dinner date last night. We had sex the other night for the first time in about two months. We're just not willing to give up. I feel better about us than I have in quite a while. :)

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