July 2006

General31 Jul 2006 08:59 pm

I don’t work on Mondays, I usually do school work instead. It’s a nice change from the terrible Monday feeling everyone else gets. In my absence, my coworkers made a “Chair Opera” video to “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin”.

Now, this might be one of those “you had to be there” jokes, but I still think it’s pretty funny, and I hope they continue the trend. Atleast I can now never worry if Matt is too busy to help me with something!

Here, for your viewing pleasure, I bring you “A Whole New World : Choreographed Chair Opera in One Part” I enjoy the directions you can hear the most.




General28 Jul 2006 11:51 am

Last weekend, I baked some cupcakes for a friend of mine. It was her stagette, and there was a ‘food party’ beforehand. The theme was Hawaiian/Tropical, and so I stole a few recipes and altered them a bit to concoct some delicious minicakes. Today, I brought them into work, cause it was Friday. These pictures had to do with it being Friday too.

We wanted to created a sort of crazy “cupcake eye” effect, but fell short when we ran low on ambition and interest. There was talk of making a sort of “Geordi LaForge” type eyeband with the cupcakes attached to it, but we then decided to do a careful balancing act with my eyes and the cupcakes. There was almost a cupcake accident, but all was well.

The vanilla/white cupcake is a Pineapple-Coconut cupcake with a Pineapple-Ginger Cream Cheese frosting and Candied Ginger. The chocolate one is a Peanut Butter filled Chocolate cupcake with a Rum-Chocolate Ganache and Carmellized Bananas. I will post the recipes if anyone wants to try them.

General25 Jul 2006 03:09 pm

This past weekend, my boyfriend and tried making our own Ethiopian dishes. This was prompted by cost cutting measures and terrible service at one of our favorite restaurants. We go once a week, and are treated with the same cold service each time. We’ve requested substitutions on our combination platters to a defiant “NO”. So it was time to take matters into our own hands.

We made a few dishes, all of which were delicious. Ethiopian food, like much of Africa and the Middle East, is eaten with your right hand and a bread, in this case a spongey crepe-like one called injera. Injera is made of an ancient grain that is hard to find in some cities so we made ours out of regular flour and club soda. It wasn’t that great.

Today, after an extensive Google search, I think I found a few places in Edmonton that sell the particular grain we need. But I also found a website that will ship you premade injera. Also, if you so desire, a ‘big sheep and Johnnnie [sic] Walker Black‘ for just $99.

General20 Jul 2006 05:59 pm

This whole Photobooth thing is going to end embarassingly for me one night, when I think I’m working alone. I’ll be “Blue Steeling” for the camera and someone’s going to walk in. I can already tell you that the other person is going to be jealous though, and want to get in on the camera action.
I got my hair cut over a month ago now, but some days I’ll come in and have it styled differently and someone will give the awkward “Ohhh…your hair looks, uh, niiiiice…” Does that mean it looks like a Beatles hairdo? Cause today, I think it does.

General19 Jul 2006 08:35 am

July and August are the hottest months in Alberta, and with that, come insane storms rolling in over the mountains. They come and go quickly, bringing thunder, sunshowers (leading to eventual rainbows)… but also sometimes hail, high winds and little tornado fingers. It’s always best to keep a watchful eye, as my mom demonstrates.

General17 Jul 2006 06:59 pm


Summer 2006 Obsessions: 

  • cupcakes
  • reconstructing clothes
  • things colored hot pink
  • geology and the study of rocks and minerals and the components that make up our Earth

One of these things is not like the others. 🙁

General17 Jul 2006 10:04 am

Our iMacs at work come with Photobooth, which is a built in camera that takes candid photos and allows you to webcam from your computer.

I can’t tell if I love it, my new jeans or my coworker Matt more.

General11 Jul 2006 10:44 am

Sometimes, it’s best not to ask.

General10 Jul 2006 10:11 am

I have long knocked the expensive jean market. I think this comes, in part, from my fear when approaching the ‘jean bar’ at some upscale store. I am accosted by a sales clerk who demands to see my butt and thighs in this pair, that pair, no THESE, they have silver threads in them, dontcha know? I refused to dance and prance infront of a mirror and be persuaded into buying the newest Diesels. Knockoffs? Sure. One offs at the local Ross or Winners? Sure, even if one leg is longer than the other.

Partly, it was due to my frugality. Why on earth would I spend $150 and up on a pair of jeans when not even my $50 pair fit me? Who can account for the next year of weight gain anyhow? I don’t even wear jeans everyday, so you have to get your money’s worth somehow, and god forbid those jeans don’t fit in a year.

But finally, I made the switch. And let me tell you, my ass looks fantastic. $150 of that price must go straight into engineering and design. Jeans are cheaper than a butt lift, but I still won’t be buying one pair for every day of the week. Not even if my generous boyfriend decides he wants to buy me another pair. What a sweetheart.

General06 Jul 2006 11:21 am

I think a big reason I wasn’t posting a lot was because

1- My life wasn’t happy. I cured this by quitting Home Depot

2- The spambots had taken over my comments to the extent that I could not keep up. So I added a feature where you have to do a simple math formula to enter a comment… hopefully that will deter them all.

They humiliate you like a regular person: Don’t you know that my privates are a lot bigger than yours?

They try to swoon you with comments about how “awesome” your site is, or leave small inspirational messages:

Don’t walk behind me,
I may not lead.
Don’t walk in front of me,
I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Sometimes, they are so nonsensical you cannot even pull out words to sort through them to find and delete them:
The circumstantial evidence is very strong, especially when you find a trout in the milk.

They also make me feel inadequate, or that they care for me. Here, an ‘ad’ for an anti-anxiety drug: Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you.

Tricky buggers.

General05 Jul 2006 04:20 pm

It’s been extremely hot in Edmonton the past few weeks, and to cope, I’ve found a curious past time: the ice cream machine.

No, not even just the sugary sweet Rockets that drip all over my keyboard, but the machine itself. It’s got this awesome robot arm that sucks out the frozen confection you want out of the freezer, then delivers it to you. It’s worth the $2.50.

Until you realize you are down $20 and up 20lbs.