Sunday, October 26, 2008

Gadget Girl!

So for YEARS I have wanted a BlackBerry. But, my employer only pays for them for the sales and PM team (I work in finance and HR) and I couldn't justify the monthly cost on my own. I see the sales teams expense reports and so I know how much they can be. I've hummed and hawed about getting a Pearl because the monthly plans were cheaper but I hate the keyboard. They're really adorable, but it would drive me crazy to answer emails and have to hit buttons twice etc. I would rather keep my cell phone if that was the case. I won an IPOD touch at a staff party in Sept. and it's awesome. I updated it to have the latest software which give me the equivilent of the newest iPhone, without the phone part. I can check my email etc. from that, I have calendar etc. but it sucks to have to carry that AND my cell phone as well as the fact that I have to be in a WiFi hot spot to get online.I love the thing, but it was really annoying.

DH called me yesterday while I was out of the office on course and left me a vmail saying that they had a staff promotion on BlackBerry's at his work just for the day and it was a really good deal so we would go up when I was done work. We did and I FINALLY got my BB (silver Curve)! The phone itself cost me $12 and my monthly plan is $40 (incl. an awesome voice and data plan) + system access fee and tax. It's the employee promotional plan. I'm so friggin' excited and totally addicted to it. I can't stop playing with it.
This morning on my way to work, I had my old cell phone (for contact switch over), my iPod Touch (for music) and my BB on the bus (I do my part of the environment by taking public transit to and from work and it helps to not have to pay 6 bucks for parking every day too). People were probably looking at me going "GEEK" but I don't care. I'm a gadget junkie and I LOVE it! I totally understand the term "CrackBerry"!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

That's Life... just an update

Couple things I wanted to blog about:
1. Work Sucks: Over the last little while the general atmosphere has become very, very negative. It's too complicated to explain on here but I'm reaching a breaking point and don't know what to do. I'm not the only one feeling it. I'm also bored to tears most of the time (with exception of month end, qtr end and year end). I have a lot to do in a day, but I can usually get it done in a couple of hours. Then what? I trying to find things to do/look busy. It sucks. I like busy days. I enjoy constantly having something to do. It's challenging and therefore motivating. Having nothing to do SUCKS! I'm always edgy at work now and I snap at people all day. It's getting really bad and I feel stuck. I can't afford to give up this job. I can't take a pay cut, it' just not a option.
2. Reading Season: My reading season has finally begun and I'm so happy. Here's what my nights consist of in the fall: Home from work, make dinner, clean a bit while dinner is cooking, eat dinner, clean-up dinner, make lunches for next day, go for a walk with DH and dog, come home and park my butt with a good book and a cup of tea (or sometimes hot apple cidar). I'm either on the front porch wrapped in a blanket, in the bath tub, in my reading chair or in bed. I love taking that time to be able to read at least a solid hour each night. Fall is the best time to do it outside. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I hardly watch TV in the fall because I'd rather dive into my latest book. Right now, I'm reading Outlander (the first in a series of what is currently 6 books) and I have heard RAVES about it on GoodReads and on the NBC board. It's really good so far, but I'm just getting into it, so we'll see. DH is at work tonight so I'll have the whole evening to myself to really dive into the story.
3. VACATION: DH and I are on vacation next week. We plan to stick around the house and get some of the outside pre-winter stuff the needs to be done, done. One day we are going to head up to Algonquin Park (a HUGE provincial park about 2.5 hours from here) to do some hiking and see the fall colors. We always take a lunch and eat outside in the crisp fall air... soooo much fun. I can't wait just to have a quiet break from work. I may try to convince DH to give me a day of shopping Downtown (Toronto) as well. It's expensive down there, so I usually just pick up one cool thing, but it's fun.
4. Thanksgiving: It's the Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and we have 2 dinners planned thus far. 1 is at my FIL's and one is at my Mum's. I love Thanksgiving. I love the food, the decorations, the time of year. It's one of my fav. holidays. To me, it signifies that fall is really here and summer is officially over. My fav. part is the leftovers. Warm turkey sannies??? mmmm... can't wait.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Getting Settled

So we're almost one week into owning our first house. It's been pretty awesome, and feels fairly normal. I'm excited to go home everyday.

Sunday, as a posted before, we did a crap load of yard work etc. My mum, step-dad and DH's mum came over to help (my Mum is a lawn and garden guru). By 6pm I had hit the wall. The whole weekend had caught up to me and it took every ounce of strength to even stand up. We went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients for my fav. quick homemade meatball soup (comfort food), I made it, we ate it and then I collapsed into the tub. I felt a little better after my bath and played DH a game of air hockey, which he won, and then we settled in bed and started to watch a movie. Within a couple minutes we were both asleep.

Monday, I defiantely paid for the manual labour of the weekend. My body was sore from head to toe, especially my knees. I could hardly walk when I got out of bed that morning. Monday night we went to look at TV's because, unfortunately, the 5 year old 51" ProJo that we currently have is WAY to big for the living room. It's too close and it make me dizzy. It also makes the room feel crowded. We are going to get a 42" plasma, but are going to wait for x-mas sales. It will be substatially smaller and can get mounted on the wall so it's out of the way. It's funny to watch DH pretend that is something we "HAVE" to do when really I know he's elated at the fact that I'm FINALLY giving in to getting another TV. We also decided to pick-up a chest freezer (just a small one) because our main freezer in the kitchen is small due to the ice maker/crusher etc. It's coming in today and DH will hopefully have it when he comes home from work. We went grocery shopping, made fresh pasta with rose sauce and really yummy fresh bread for supper and just relaxed around the house that evening. We played eachother a best of 3 tournament on our air hockey table (DH won) and turned in for an early night.

Tuesday, DH put his home theatre system together and we learned that his x-box will now not shut off. Therefore, I have a feeling a new gaming system will be in our near future as well. Maybe I'll be a good wife and get him a 360 for Christmas. We had to go buy new cordless phones as well because ours were shot. I made dinner again that night (I had put some sausages in the slow-cooker that morning so there really wasn't much to do). Then we played another best of 3 air hockey game. DH beat me again. I went to bed early to read, but again was asleep within minutes.

Last night was the best night. It was the first time that DH worked an evening so it was the first time that I had the house to myself. I went home, changed into sweats, made fish for my dinner (DH hates fish, so it's the only time I can eat it) and when that was done I took a blanket out to the porch to read with a tea. It was sooooo chilly outside so it was nice to be in my cozy clothes wrapped in my favorite fleece blanket. I had to keep going inside to what I call my reading chair and once I was warmed up, I would go back outside. These are my favorite week nights. Quiet time to myself to dive into a good book with no interuptions! I LOVE it. In the 3 months we stayed with MIL I didn't get this. It was an awesome night.

When DH and I were going to bed last night, I realized that my bed feels more comfortable and bigger in the new house. I told DH this and he kinda laughed it off, but I'm serious. I've had the best nights sleep since we've moved into the house (though not nearly enough) and I'm soooo comfortable in our new room. Weird, I know.

We have a lot to do before the cold weather and snow comes (scrape and paint the windows, put the supports into the shed, get the gardens weeded and under control etc.) and we have to get in gear about my MIL's surprise 50th that we're throwing in December, but I think we can get it all done. I love this house, we're so happy in it, and I love the fact, that I LOVE to go home to it.