Monthly Archives: November 2008

GIRLS WEEKEND

One of my closest friends birthday was on Monday.  She wanted to go shopping in Buffalo for the weekend for her birthday.  It wasn’t very imaginative, but it was her birthday so no complaints from me.  I just go with the flow….most of the time.

We left on Sunday, so I had to take Monday off from work.  We decided to do an overnight thing so that we could leave early on Monday, which worked perfectly cause I was home by dinner time.  Anyways, as usual, I’m shopped out.  Birthday girl is famous for her endless amounts of shopping and spending.  And, what’s funny is that we just went to Buffalo 2 months ago and she was still able to spend over $200 at Target.  I don’t know how she does it.  The only shopping I want to do after this weekend is grocery shopping.

It was good bonding time though.  I got caught-up with my friend whom I haven’t seen in awhile and birthday girl confessed to me her new crush.  We were having the best burgers at Fuddruckers (seriously, the best) and she says to me “I like that guy from the Montreal office”.  This is the guy that she tried to set-up her ex-assistant with but it didn’t work out.  Oh, the tangled web we weave.

I wasn’t surprised by her confession, I suspected that she would end up liking him, which is one of the reasons why I thought her set-up was a bad idea.  And she had told me about this situation that happened between them awhile back, which made me think he was interested in her (which he is), and her in him, but she denied it, as one does when they can’t admit their own feelings.  Anyways, distance is still a problem with this guy and he’s already pointed out her negative attributes, he’s starting off well, isn’t he? 

What do I think?  It doesn’t matter, because I’m just glad my friend is engaged in something other than shopping, stressing out about her family life, money and the next great lip balm she wants.  She’s already negative about the whole situation, so I’m not going to add to it, because its nice to see her excited (yet negative, I know, its crazy) about something other than the usual.  I think its good to take some risks because you never know what will happen.

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MY ADDICTION

Hm..wonder what brand of toothpaste I like, eh?

Hm..wonder what brand of toothpaste I like, eh?

I have an addiction (among a few others I’ll never confess to..lol)…………..I’m a Stockpilieraholic. 

On the weekend, I decided to go through some of my stuff in my spare bedroom to see what I could gather as gifts for Christmas.  I wasn’t being cheap, its just that I’ve bought stuff for the express purpose of giving them away as gifts.  So, I went through my storage bins in my spare bedroom again to figure out exactly what I had.

Well, guess what I found while shifting through the bins?  Apparently, I have a million tubes of toothpaste, like what the hell is that about?  Here’s the thing – when it goes on sale I get brain dead and go into a buying frenzy of cheap toothpaste forgetting I have enough for a family of 10.  Seriously, I kid you not, thats why I took photographic evidence of it.  Is there any sane reason why a single girl needs 9 tubes of toothpaste (there may be more hiding, I’m afraid to admit)?

Anyways, I did find quite a few items I had bought to be given away, so, there’s a few people I can scratch off my Christmas list.  What else did I find in my dig?  Well, I have enough moisturizer to last me a million years, bars of travel size soaps that will keep me squeaky clean while I’m on my business travel extravaganza early next year and an assortment of other things that are not worth repeating.  I went through all this stuff a few months back when I was cleaning, but couldn’t quite admit to my addiction, but I can no longer hide it.  Aiya…I need to stop this madness of stockpiling household items!!

The digging was good, because I’m going to donate a load to charity – I’d been meaning to go through the stuff again after my intial organization, but got busy, so this was good.  I put some stuff aside for donation, perfect timing since Christmas is around the corner.

I pledge to stop the stockpiling.  I’m not a shopper – I can go weeks without stepping into the mall, but I tend to buy things on sale and then just put them away and forget about it.  From now on, buy only what I need, seriously, less is always better.

ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO REOPENED

Courtesy of the AGO

Courtesy of the AGO

When I was young, I remember going to the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, and looking at the various exhibits there.  I didn’t understand it much at the time, but I could appreciate that I was looking at something not only was artistically appealing but had a story behind it.  The next time I was there was many, many years later with a family friend who was visiting.  That was the last time I stepped into the AGO – more than 15 years ago.  I’ve driven by it, wanted to visit, but time just rushes past you and you forget. 

I read an article online today that they were reopening the AGO.  It had been under construction for quite awhile now, three years?  Its a bit of a landmark on Dundas and Beverly.  The grand opening is tomorrow and for the weekend they are going to have free admission.  I’d love to go this weekend, but unfortunately, I have plans on Saturday and Sunday.  So, I’ll just go another day and pay for it.  I think its worth it, especially considering who designed it.  And, there are some interesting exhibits going on right now that I’d like to see.

So, who designed it?  I was surprised to learn it was designed by Frank Gehry.  Famous Canadian architect currently living in California.  I’ve admired his work for many years, so I’m happy they choose a Canadian, and a famous architect to boot, to design the new AGO.  I went to the Experience Music Project in Seattle about 6 years ago and loved it.  It was definitely an experience.  And, of course, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millenium Park.  His signature style can definitely be seen in both of these designs.

I don’t think I can get any of my friends to go with me to the AGO, except for one friend who likes the arts like me.  I suspect the new building has revitalized the neighbourhood.  The area stirs up a lot of good memories for me, and I was even around there about a month ago but was in such a rush that I didn’t stop to see the progress on the building, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks now all completed.

Funny how something like this stirs up old memories long gone that can still make you smile.  Call me sentimental.

LIFE RAMBLINGS

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I can’t believe that its already November.  I got my first Christmas party invite.  My best guy is having his annual party in a few weeks time.  I’m looking forward to it.  I haven’t seen the boy in ages.  We’ve both been so busy.  Him especially since he got a promotion.  He offered me a job, but I turned him down.  It wasn’t enough money and I wasn’t willing to commute downtown again for less cash.  It would have been fun to work with him again, but it wasn’t meant to be this time around.

Speaking of jobs, work has been super tense lately.  Over the past few weeks there have been a number of layoffs and reduction of hours for a number of employees.  I feel bad, but I’m not worried about my job.  Its not that I think I’m indispensable, I’m just not worried about it.  My co-worker is pretty worried.  He was telling me how badly the company is doing, which I knew already, but he knows it best because he’s the analyst.  It will be interesting to see what happens in the next month.

I had a feel old moment today.  One of the girls in marketing came over and we got into a conversation about the weekend.  She mentioned she was going to a party at Queen’s university – she wanted to have fun and hook-up with some future doctors and lawyers, which Queen’s is filled with.  I laughed and told her to pick me up one, then remembered that most of these guys were about 10 – 15 years younger than me.  She was like “oh, come on its fine, I’ll find you a lawyer!!”.  I laughed…of course we were just joking, but it made me feel old thinking how young this party crowd would be.  I am certainly way past the partying age, I did my damage way back when, so for a few seconds I had my feeling old moment, but honestly I’m quite happy to be beyond all the body slamming, head banging, drinking, dancing till dawn and bad pick-up lines of my younger years.

And, honestly, who would want to see me head bang anyone, right?  😀

EXTENDED WEEKEND

I played hooky from work on Friday, so I had an extended weekend.  It was exactly what I needed.  Work has been on and off insane and I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out, I just needed a break from it all.  I’m coming to the realization that I am not good with this 9 to 5 thing.  Sigh.

Anyways, the weekend was good.  My friend asked me to drive her parents to this dinner party at a restaurant nearby my place.  Her parents live near the beaches in Toronto and its a rather long and sad story, but her father is nearing the end of being able to drive.  My friend, who has a license, hasn’t driven in 20 years because she doesn’t like driving (that’s putting it mildly).  So, she is having to come to terms that she will need to get refresher courses on driving because she will need to drive her parents around.  That was my Saturday, driving her parents to this dinner thing and then waiting around till they were done.  I did get a sushi dinner out of it though, so great compensation for me.

Then yesterday I met up with my godchild.  I haven’t seen the family in over 4 months.  I have this big guilt around my godchild, so it was really good to see him.  My friend just had her fourth child, so this is the first time I’ve seen the new addition.  I love newborns, they are so damn small and I love holding and cuddling them.  It was good to spend time with them.  And, I always end up having the most interesting conversations with my friend…while sitting in Mastermind toys where kids go crazy playing with everything in sight.

I had some good conversations this weekend.  It left me with some things to think about.  Sometimes the answer to stuff is so simple, but you can’t see it because people, such as myself, tend to complicate it more than they should.  Anyways, I’m just rambling, it’s Monday – is Friday here yet?  😉