Wednesday, May 25, 2005


I really don't feel like continuing this thing.

Consider me on hiatus. Or sabbatical. Unpaid absence.

Whatever you want.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Fire! Fire!!

Nothing exciting ever happens around here. Hence - my boring blog.

BUT! This morning on my way to work I saw a burning truck.

Don't be alarmed, I was nowhere near the flames, in no sort of danger. It was actually in a parking lot at a church where the downtown bus comes to collect people for their commute. It had already been parked, nice & neat in a parking space, but had burst into flames which were pouring out the front and sides of the hood and underneath the engine.

I bet it was a matter of time before the big KABOOM! Which would've been exciting to hang around for, but
1) I was already running really late, and
2) Two fire trucks were already there advancing toward it with their fire killing hoses

So I just drove on. It didn't look like anyone was hurt, thank goodness. But boy does it suck to be the owner of that truck. And for the poor owner of the car it was parked next to.

Anyway....that is my excitement for the day. You may go.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

This one's for you...

Just returning the favor Em...

What should we call our typo dictionary?

Emily & I have taken to remembering our typos and using them in place of the real words they were supposed to be. This has created endless amusement and giggles.

Yes we are silly. And we love ourselves.


Wednesday, May 11, 2005


I'm so sleeeeeepy....

Last night Noelle went to Mom & Dad's for a sleepover, so WOOHOOOO - I get to go to bed early, right? So I laid down at 9:30 hoping to drift off to sleep. At 11:15 I got up to see what Brian was doing because I still couldn't fall asleep. I stayed up for a little while & read & that finally did it. I think it was around midnight.

At 4:00 I woke up. Wide awake. I didn't feel very good for some reason & couldn't get comfortable. I kept tossing & turning & ended up keeping Brian up too. Decided I was hungry about 5, got up, and ate a bowl of cereal.

There is NOTHING on tv at 5 AM.

So I went to lay back down for a while. Of course then I fall into a good sleep about 6 - when I should have been up and in the shower.

Sigh.....I hope the whole day isn't like last night.

Sorry this post is boring. Just thought I should put something new on here, but this is all I've got.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Bang on the drums...

I don't want to work.

This started out as a longer post, but I decided not to make you read all my whining. So I'm through. That is all.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Undeniable proof...

...that engineers are weird.

(No offense to the few exceptions to this rule.) I received this recipe today which was written by a former employee here at my office. (His name has been changed to protect the strange.) This is exactly the way I received it, exactly the way he wrote it, and he is totally serious. I always thought him strange, as I'm sure you'll agree. I don't know why he no longer works here. I have a sneaking suspicion that his head may have exploded.

(I wish I could figure out how to make it look like he did, formatted with tables. But I cannot, so you'll just have to imagine the perfect structure in which he placed it.)

Siberian Sausage Rolls
by Uptight Upstairs

This is an Americanized version of a Siberian recipe obtained in 1994 in Eastern Siberia. Readily available American material have been adapted to the original recipe.

Ground Pork Sausage
Colby-Jack Cheese
Crescent Dinner Rolls
Mustard or BBQ Sauce
Spices (to suit individual tastes)

  1. Remove Crescent Dinner Rolls from refrigerator. Open roll container and unroll being careful to keep the dough in its rectangular form. Ensure the triangular perforations remain intact; pinch these together using thumb and forefinger, and smooth. Allow the dough to attain ambient room temperature.
  2. Pre-heat oven to the crescent roll manufacturer’s recommended baking temperature.
  3. Cut sausage patties in approximately 6mm (1/4-inch) thick round patties. Halve each patty. Press each half-patty into a rectangular strip about 12mm (1/2-inch) square and about 9mm (3/8-inch) shorter than the dough width.
  4. Slice the Colby-Jack cheese into strips about 3mm (1/8-inch) thick x 12mm (1/2-inch) width x length equal to rectangular sausage pieces.
  5. Make a longitudinal cut in each rectangular sausage strip and insert a slice of the Colby-Jack cheese. Press the sausage back into rectangular shape, and transfer to one end of the roll dough.
  6. Add spices: sage, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, etc. to suit individual tastes.
  7. Place a strip of mustard (or BBQ sauce) against the inside sausage edge. The mustard (or BBQ sauce) should approximate 6mm (1/4-inch) in width; mustard (or BBQ sauce) should start and stop about 12mm (1/2-inch) from each dough edge.
  8. Carefully roll the sausage in the dough; ensure dough remains tight against the sausage. Pinch the dough ends shut. Trim excess crescent roll dough length with sharp knife. Allow dough to lap only on the bottom of the sausage roll. Pinch any dough splices shut that may have opened in the rolling process. The excess dough from several sausage rolls may be rolled together to prepare an additional sausage roll base.
  9. Cover a standard size cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  10. Place the completed sausage rolls on the foil covered cookie sheet. Ensure 25mm (1-inch) space is maintained on all sides of the sausage rolls.
  11. Bake in accordance with roll manufacturer’s directions concerning temperature. Cooking time will be longer (averages about 15-18 minutes) due to the increased number and greater mass of the material being cooked. Cook until golden brown. Allow to cool before eating. Generally 1-package of dinner rolls will yield 4-sausage rolls (5-sausage rolls if you piece the excess dough together); this will vary depending upon from personal techniques in rolling the sausage rolls.
  12. Substitute BBQ sauce for the mustard for an added flavour.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Serve rolls hot over a bed of rice topped with brown gravy.
  2. Serve rolls hot with a whole corn, cream style corn, and lima bean vegetable medley.
  3. Serve rolls, hot or cold, with a chili topping.
  4. Serve cold with cheese, savoury crackers, or various nuts.
  5. Use extreme caution if re-heating the rolls in a microwave; the hot cheese contained in the sausage rolls may adhere to your mouth!

I admit that it does sound like a tasty recipe, but for the time it took him to measure out all those precise directions and type out the instructions, he could've made me 3 or four batches. I am surrounded by these people every single day! AAAHHHHHH!!!!!

Monday, May 02, 2005


It's the first day of your 30s! YAY!!!

Saturday night was SOO much fun! Drinks, food, dancing (but not by me, sorry :), singing with all our favorite old 80s songs, and tons of laughing! And you don't look anywhere near as old as that lady in the bathroom, thank you very much. Oh. And that weird guy at the end of the night who wanted to hit on you. (You still got it! HA!) I think that was a good way to wrap up an era. Thanks for having a birthday so we could all help you celebrate!

I hope you got everything you wanted and that you're showered with attention and love today. If you're not, then speak up and demand it. It's your God given right.

Hope you have the Happiest Birthday ever!