Monday, May 29, 2006

A Shiny Welcome

When I got back to work after my vacation, I found a nice little surprise for me from a few of my co-workers!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Out Adventuring

Hello readers,

I'm on a bit of an adventure, so there won't be many (or any) posts for the next while. But when I return there will be some really interesting content.

Sneak preview: I saw and got photos of a real avalanche!

Check back in a few days!



Thursday, May 18, 2006

One Year Since Re-Acquaintance

Exactly one year ago is the day that I arrived in Fredericton to meet Natasha after my trip to Halifax. And that's where it all started!

Lots has changed in the past year, and we're both looking for many more good things to come.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Remember this game from the early 90's that was so popular? Stratego! I brought my board to work and played with Brian, my strategy game buddy here in the office.

We both played as kids, and one or two other people who came by recognized the game.

We'll play a game of Terrace sometime too... it's a fun one, but much less common and a lot newer than Stratego.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

New 9/11 Footage Released

Some new 9/11 footage has been released, showing a plane hitting the Pentagon.

CNN Report and video

The video is rather poorer quality than I expected, and I'm unsure how much it'll actually prove. The debate on this will probably continue on for much longer now.

Census 2006

Canada holds a Census every 5 years and today is Census Day. Apparently it's law that every household fills one out, but I'm not sure about the consequences of not doing it.

In any case, I filled it out. Performed my civic duty or whatever. Won't have to think about it again for another five years. =)


Monday Night Kabobs And Iced Tea

It's non-stop action for us these days, and last night we had a couple of friends (Ken and Jillian) over for chicken kabobs and iced tea on the patio.

Chicken, peppers, onion, mushrooms, and pineapple on a skewer, basted in an orange and honey sauce. A tasty and healthy combination, and good looking to boot!

Andrew at the BBQ

Natasha, looking great as always!

Besides the kabobs, our other specialty was iced tea, made from real tea bags! No fake iced tea here, and it was really delicious.

On the side, a selection of veggies, cheese, bacon bits etc to make salads, and a plate of watermelon. Looking forward to much more watermelon this summer too!

Had a great time, and found how how good kabobs can really be. If you want to try something different this summer, kabobs are the way to go. All you have to do is choose some kind of sauce, and keep them well basted so the veggies don't burn while the meat is cooking. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Tuesday Night Spontaneity

Yesterday was one of those spontaneous days where you come up with an idea, and just see where it leads.

Natasha and I were out shopping for something to carry our bikes with on our car, and finally decided on a roof mounted system from Canadian Tire. On our way in, there was a hot dog stand, and this got her thinking about eating hot dogs for supper. The stand was gone by the time we came out, but we decided to do something different and drive in to Vancouver. There's at least a few great hot dog stands on Robson street, and we wanted to go for a little walk anyway.

So, we headed downtown and walked down Robson street. The hot dogs were amazing. Indeed, Natasha said it was the best hot dog she'd ever had. Fat hot dogs, big buns, lots of toppings. Mmm!

After that, we decided to go to the Vancouver Art Gallery as it was Tuesday and admission was by donation. The top floor had an exhibit about pre-fabricated homes. There were some pretty crazy designs which obviously made great use of space, but most of them were really ugly. A couple of them caught our attention though. You need space to build them though... they're a style you'd normally put somewhere far from the city (big windows, open design, lots of wood).

Ceiling at the Vancouver Art Gallery

The 3rd floor had Native Indian art which was neat, but not something we have a big interest in. Still, there were some nice pieces. The 2nd floor was closed, so on to the main level.

On the main level, we found all of the things you'd normally look for in an art gallery... actual paintings of people, landscapes, and other scenes. There were some really great pieces and we enjoyed browsing them all. Overall, not a bad way to spend $10, and an hour or so.

The evening wasn't over though... we made one last stop at a crepe restaurant which we spotted earlier. We ordered two crepes, one with fresh strawberries and the other with dark chocolate and banana. Very tasty, and an excellent dessert at the end of the day.

We really didn't take many pictures, just one of each of us in the art gallery. If they turned out, I may post one. Otherwise, none this time around. =)

Monday, May 08, 2006

Here We Go Again

Update: May 8, 2006

Okay, we figured out what's going on. Our neighbour upstairs is moving out, and our landlord was showing the suite to potential renters. I heard him ask if they wanted to buy, but it makes sense now, as he was explaining to them that he was selling the place.

So, possibly more changes than we anticipated, but I think it'll work out. We've had a few bumps here and there but overall it always seems to work out.

May 6, 2006

I was in the hallway today, and heard voices in the common area of our building. Turns out, I overheard some people getting a tour as interested buyers. I know our landlord is thinking about selling but I haven't seen or heard anything about real estate agents yet. And it didn't seem like they were getting a tour of the suites, perhaps just the one the owner lives in and the common areas. So, it's hard to say exactly what's going on at this point.

Updates to follow (of course) if anything happens. For now, just a few whispers, no definite news to report.

Long Distance

My family really got into a thing with long distance relationships. Both my sisters married guys from afar off, and I married Natasha from the East coast.

This is for all of you who are in a long distance relationship, or think your someone might be far away... just hold on and be patient. Things will work out nicely if they're meant to be.

And I'm speaking from experience. If you wait for someone you really love, it's worth it in the end. =o)

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Natasha's Coming Home

As you know, Natasha's been gone for a few weeks but is returning tomorrow morning.

And so, things will return to normal. Normal meaning busy. Especially this week, as we have some relatives coming to stay with my parents, and we're going to be invited along to many of the outings.

Anyway, welcome home, Natasha! Really glad to have you back! Missed you a lot!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Summer At Starbucks

Okay, I might be pushing it a little bit with "Summer", but it sure feels like it with the nice weather we've been having.

And what better way to enjoy it than with a delicious Iced Tea from Starbucks?

These shaken iced teas come in three flavours: Black, Green, and Passion. I've tried them all and like each of them a lot. You can even order it with lemonade (a little more expensive) but usually I just order it sweetened, or even better "half sweet".

If you've never had one of these or don't order at Starbucks much, don't worry. Here's a ready-made phrase for you to order:

"Hi, I'll have a Venti, Shaken Black Iced Tea, half sweet, please"