Sunday, October 29, 2006

Daylight Savings -- Time Goes Back Tonight

We almost missed this one, and only found out later tonight. Sunday, October 29, at 2am, the time "falls" back an hour. This is great news for us, as we could really use the extra hour of sleep!

Hope you all got the daylight savings warning in time, or planned in advance for it!


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Got Passport?

So, rules are changing, and it's becoming more essential to have a passport when visiting the USA from Canada. You can still get across the land border with a birth certificate and drivers licence, but if you fly to the States, a passport is required. Since we live so close to the border and are required at times to cross it, and because we have many friends and relatives in other parts of the States, we are both in the process of getting our passports. Might as well get it done sooner than later!

My question to all you readers is this... What is your passport status? Do you have a passport? Are you going to get one soon? Or are you not interested in a passport at the moment?

Post a comment, let us know!

Update - October 27, 2006

We went to the passport office early this morning. We were in line by 7am, which got us right near the front of the line and we were through before 8am. All I can suggest to you is, get there at least 30 minutes before the doors open or you'll be waiting behind at least 50 people. Anyway, our passports are now in process and we should receive them within 2 weeks.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Another Song By Natasha

Natasha's journey to making a CD is slowly but surely progressing, and I'm helping out by posting another song she recorded recently.

Link to the song

To play the song, just click the link above. If you want to save it to your computer, right click on the link, and select "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (Firefox).



Onwards And Upwards

I'll be starting a new job in the next two weeks! After six years at my previous job, I've moved on and am looking forward to the new challenges it'll provide.

My advice to others who are looking for more than what they have now... don't wait until it's too late, or you're stuck. Start looking now. You don't have to do a full scale job search. Just keep an eye on the market, apply for jobs that you're really interested in, and when the right one hits, you'll be ready to move.

The fact is, the job market is pretty hot right now and all the people I know who are moving jobs are moving to better ones, and with higher pay. And like I said, it doesn't require tons of searching, you just have to be specific. Over the course of four months I sent six or seven resumes, had two interviews, and got a job. If you're specific, you won't waste your time or other people's time, and you'll end up with a result you'll be happy with.

Anyway, I'm excited about my new job, and as always when life takes a new direction, I expect it'll turn out to be a big benefit now and in the long run.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Wisdom Teeth -- Recovery

Hello readers,

Last week I had my lower two wisdom teeth removed. Since then I've been recovering nicely and am almost back to normal. Still have to be careful how I chew but I'm eating most normal foods. Otherwise, no bad side effects from the operation. I got some anti-biotics to prevent infection and they've given me some heartburn but that has been better as well.

Thanks to those who called, emailed, etc. You'll even be happy to hear that I'm just as wise as before. =) And those of you who are following the new penguin "pet", we decided on "Tux" for a name.

Thanks for continuing to check the blog!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Last Two Wisdom Teeth -- Out!

I went in this morning to have my lower wisdom teeth taken out (I had the top ones taken out about two years ago). The operation went smoothly, I'm feeling well, and it doesn't hurt all that much, even without the use of Tylenlol. We will see how things continue, but I have high hopes.

Especially with Natasha here to look after me! She's got everything figured out and has all kind of tasty snacks here that I don't have to chew.

No pictures to show you I'm afraid! The teeth are gone somewhere as they had to be taken apart, and I don't even have a "chipmunk" picture to show you.

Thanks for visiting. I'll be posting again in the next little while about recent and upcoming events!


Andrew with his new unnamed Stuffed Penguin

I bought Andrew a little present when I went to the store for groceries tonight. I knew this cute little winter penguin would cheer him up. He's been carrying it around with him since I got home :). I know who will be watching "Happy Feet" as soon as it comes out! Andrew! He's doing well, quite cheerful considering, and not too happy with me for taking a picture of his slightly chubby cheeks :).

Let's hear your ideas for a name for our new "pet". :)


Friday, October 13, 2006

Letter To The Upstairs Tenants

Our upstairs neighbours were at it again last night. Laughing, loud footsteps as though running or jumping, and the sounds of a ping pong ball. Could they really be playing ping pong above us on a laminate floor? I hope not but after living in close proximity with people for a year, I'll believe almost anything.

There's just no respect.

Update - 1:09pm

Just found out. They do have a ping pong table. What's going to happen now, I wonder? Keep watching for more on this...

Monday, October 09, 2006

First Anniversary Vacation

Sunday was our first anniversary, and we decided to take a vacation over on Vancouver Island for a couple of days. We found a nice cottage on the water and spent our days relaxing and keeping busy at the same time.

The Ferry

We caught the ferry to the island on Friday and spent most of the trip on the top deck, watching for any signs of whales, or anything else interesting. Nothing was to be seen and once it got really windy, we moved indoors.

Even with the straps down, we still held onto our hats


Being that we were at a lake, and I hadn't done it in a long time, we brought along some fishing gear and tried to catch something. Unfortunately, we didn't catch anything, but had a lot of fun trying.

All smiles, but no fish

Natasha sporting her new Tilley and vest while fishing

The lake

The lake we visited is called Sproat Lake. Here are a few photos we took in and around the area. Also, a picture of the cottage.

The lake and surrounding mountains

The lake at sunset

The cottage we stayed in

Our Anniversary

We've now been married for a year, and this is something to celebrate. Since the first one is special, we bought each other some really nice gifts.

I bought Natasha her anniversary band

Natasha bought me a TRUMP watch! Wow!

One year later, and still smiling! Thanks to our families and friends for all your support and for all the things you've done for us. We hope to spend many more years with you!

The Water Bombers

Sproat Lake is home to two water bombers that are used to fight forest fires in the area. We tried to get close but couldn't get in right where they are, and had to take some pictures from a nearby park.

Water bombers parked in the middle of the lake

Cathedral Grove

Cathedral Grove is a really neat area of a park that has some truly massive trees that you can walk around and see. We walked through most of the paths and took some pictures of us and the trees.

The two of us by a hollow tree

Natasha with the largest tree

This tree is absolutely massive, and you can get a pretty good idea from the picture. If you're in the area, definitely check it out.

On from here

We had a great vacation and are ready to get back to work tomorrow (yay!). And on to the next year together we go. Looking forward to it!

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Fall Decorating

We're really moving into Fall now, and Natasha decided to do a little bit of seasonal decoration around the house. Conveniently, we have some leafy garland from our wedding which she put up here and there, plus a few additional items we bought or borrowed.

Our wedding photo, taken almost one year ago

Our entry way has a nice little floral arrangement

A new basket and gourds in our living room

The basket has a story behind it. There's a small flower shop near to where I work that was selling out everything they had. We walked by one day and Natasha saw this basket and wanted to buy it. A few days later, they'd opened up for a few hours and I peeked in. After some searching in the $7.95 section, I discovered this basket in the $3.95 section and it was a nicer one than the more expensive baskets. Regular price, $30. So not a bad deal, and a nice addition to Natasha's decoration collection.

Hope you're all having a great Fall. Coming soon: Winter!

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Friday Night Cruise

On Friday night we went for an evening cruise sponsored by the company I work for. A paid for cruise, free drinks and appetizers, and a great view, what could be better?

Being that we were on the boat, we didn't get any pictures of the boat itself while on the trip, but we got a few of us, and the sunset.

Just boarded the ship, all smiles!

Gazing off into the sunset

Once again, Natasha's picture comes through as one of the best, and this sunset picture is one of them. The entire trip was beautiful, taking us around Stanley Park, along the North Shore, and around English Bay.