March 2006

>Friday’s Feast

>Appetizer:
Name 3 things that you think are strange.
1.) humans, which are part of
2.) nature, which is part of
3.) the universe, which is endlessly strange and fascinating and complex and incredibly cool.

Soup:
What was the last ceremony you attended?
Well, there was the thank-you speeches, etc at the Sight Unseen cast party a couple of weeks back….

Salad:
What is one lesson you have learned in the past year?
Don’t take on so many things at once. Now it’s just a matter of trying to follow that advice….

Main Course:
Tell us about one of your childhood memories.
It was 1977 and I was watching TV in the living room. My mom was in the spare bedroom and she had been sewing some new clothes for me and she asked me to come in for a fitting. I remember turning the TV off when I left the living room – to save the spot where the show was at – so I didn’t miss any of it. When I came back and turned it back on, the program was in the middle of commercials. And that’s how I found out that I couldn’t pause TV. Of course we live in a pretty different world now. It’s pretty amazing how many technological advancements have happend in the last 30 years….

Dessert:
If you could extend any of the four seasons to be twice as long as normal, which season would you want to lengthen?
Summer. I love the heat. Of course, I’d probably change my tune if I lived in a different climate.

>Mixing It Up

>Last night there was a little mixer at Sebastian’s for young entrepeneurs in SJ (under 35). I headed over with Joanna. The speeches at the beginning were intersting and inspiring. The mingling I’m not so good at, but I did make an effort to talk to at least a few other people. We didn’t stay long. I had to get back to work. Yep. worked till midnight.

Now today I’m mixing my usual work stuff up by delving into dealing with things outside of my usual realm – namely anything more complicated than basic HTML, considering I don’t even do that too often anymore. I was sure I’d have to work tonight, but it looks like I’m at the point where there’s nothing I can do until tomorrow. Thank goodness for that. I’ll feel a million times better once this stuff is done with. Ah – there’s nothing like stretching the boundaries of your ‘norm’ every now and then, eh?

>Crazy Busy Week

>Monday night was a SJTC: Second Stage Play Reading of The Illusionist which was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the story and the characters, and it was nice to see all of the folks that came out. After that, they played the movie Waiting for Guffman but I didn’t stick around for that as I had some overtime to do for my day job.

Tuesday night I took a run out to FutureShop and picked up Memoirs of a Geisha and watched it while I made and ate supper. It was as fansastic as I remember! Then I came back in to the office to put in a few extra hours. On my way back in, I found a cell phone laying in the middle of Germain Street. I actually wound up getting ahold of the owner and was able to return it to him. By the time I got all of that sorted out, I was starting to lose steam, so I didn’t get as much work done as I’d hoped. Ah well – there’s always the weekend. ;-) (I have some big work deadlines this week.)

Otherwise, all is well. I’m still loving my new glasses and Hunter and Grace are as cute and cuddly as ever.

>Mom’s Visit

>My mother took the bus from Halifax to SJ to visit me for the weekend. We started off with meeting Colin and Joanna for a drink at Churchills on Friday evening. Then we headed out for a bit – and rented Capote. But we were both pretty wiped from full weeks, so we called it a night at 9 PM!!

Saturday was a full day of shopping, we got back to my apartment in time to relax for an hour before heading out to supper at Billy’s. We had intended to see a production by NB Theatre at the Imperial but mom was starting to get one of her headaches and I was feeling pretty wiped at any rate. I’m not used to the power-shopping like that! So we headed home after supper and climbed into out PJs and watched Capote. Very good film. Very interesting.

Sunday we decided to do breakfast at Reggie’s and ran into Colin there. Then we spent the afternoon doing a bit more shopping and running some errands (groceries included). We ate in and watched Pride & Prejudice and Pollock. It was a good chance for mom to see some movies that may be a little “artsy” or slow for dad’s tastes.

Throughout the entire weekend, Hunter and Grace were a constant source of entertainment and amusement. I’m sure mom will have a ton of little kitten tales to regal dad with as soon as she gets back to Halifax.

And that was about it. for me, it was a bit of the calm before the storm of this work week.

>Friday’s Feast

>Appetizer:
How would you describe your personal comfort zone?
Well, there’s the comfort zone that surrounds me when I am out in public that only friends and family can enter comfortable. I’d say it’s about a foot and a half. Then there are places were I feel very comfortable – like my apartment and the SJTC loft and the Imperial. Places where I am familiar with the surroundings and I have confidence in my actions.

Soup:
What is your favorite tree?
I am a fan of all arbours… ;-) but I prefer hardwoods. I’ll put my vote in for Maple. They are beautiful and I LOVE maple syrup!

Salad:
List 3 foods you’d like to include in your dinner plans for tonight soon.
Salmon, maple syrup (now that it’s on my mind) and broccoli.

Main Course:
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given, but didn’t heed?
“You should sign up for the stock options.”

Dessert:
On a scale of 1-10 (10 being highest), how much attention do you feel comfortable receiving from others?
Oh – probably a 9 – LOL. (I am a bit of a thespian afterall. I think we all have a bit of a showboat side to our personalities.) And of course I prefer positive and honourable attentions. That should go without saying.

>Suddenly Super Busy

>I have a massive amoutn of work work to do before the end of next week, which means I’ll be putting in some overtime in the evenings. And my posts may be a little shorter.

I will, however, be taking the weekend off as my mom is taking the bus from Halifax to visit me! :-) Yay!

>A Quiet Evening

>Mid-evening, I met up with Colin and Joanna at Churchills for a bit last night. It was good to catch up. Joanna was nerrvously awaiting news on a cottage she is looking into purchasing, so the distraction was probably good for her :-)

After that I headed home to what I though would be the final section of DragonQuest VIII. Well, for one thing, the level was much larger than I’d anticipated. So that took me a fiar while to clear out. Then it led to what looks like the actual final chamber. I decided to take my characters back to town and do a bit of alchemy in preparation for the big battle. I need to go hunt down a certain monster and hope that they drop a cerrtain item that I need for the item that I want to make. So, knowing that I still had a lot more ahead of me than I’d originally anticipated, I decided to put the game away for a bit and put on Carlito’s Way. I got about half way through it before I started to doze off, so I just shut things down and hit the hay.

My kittens were super-cuddly this morning. It was a real treat, but it made it that much more difficult to get up and head in to the office.

>Sushi Samurai

>Do you remember that classic console game, Burger Time? Well CBC kids site has a version called Sushi Samurai where you can make sushi! It’s an excellent time-waster!!

>Monday Night Movie Night

>I picked up a couple of new movies for my home collection last night. Well – at least it started out that way. I got American Psycho and Carlito’s Way at Blockbuster for really decent prices. Then, when I popped in to HMV, I came across a collection of 12 movies (an one extra CD) by Oliver Stone for only $50! It contains (if I can remember correctly) the following movies; Salvador, Platoon, Wall Street, Talk Radio, Born on the Fourth of July, The Doors, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Nixon, U Turn, Any Given Sunday, and America Undercover.

When I got home, I settled in to watch a movie called Water that Joanna had lent to me. It was fantastic! It is set in the 1930s during the rise of the independence struggles against British colonial rule, and it follows the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. Totally worth checking out – it is really well done and is a very moving film.

>Weekend Update

>For the most part, my weekend was filled with the production of Sight Unseen. The cast party was a mellow one – par for the course for this smaller show, I suppose. Thanks again to Emily for being such a great help with both wardrobe and props!

Sunday I tried sleeping in a bit and spent the day running errands (groceries, etc.) and tidying my apartment. I had a quiet evening in and played a bit of Dragon Quest VIII. I’m getting towards the end. I think I’ll have to make sure I’m all stocked up on skills, weapons, armor and supplies before I go in to this section which looks like it could contain the final boss.