Wednesday, August 27, 2008

God bless em

I took my Baba (Grandma) out on some errands as her partner is in Europe visiting his family. I also took her out to dinner. I love spending time with Baba because she has long since gotten rid of that filter that most of us have that keeps us from saying unintentionally offensive things to people.
At the restaurant we were getting served by a very pretty tranny named Jessica. Which is odd because we were in a very straight senior friendly restaurant (yay for equal employment laws!). Now i knew she was a tranny only because my gaydar is very good. As she is serving us our meal my Baba says to her. "My you have such a deep voice!"
She smiled politley and quickly walked away.
Love it!

Things Fall apart...

I am still feeling pretty gross. In fact sleeping last night sucked hardcore.

I got some news yesterday when i got home from work. Ryan my roomie just found out he has a job interview in Calgary for teaching on thursday. If that goes well Ryan will be moving out of the condo on the weekend. Part of me wants to be happy for him finding a job but there is another part of me that wants him to stay.

Not only will I be loosing a great roomate. But him leaving will financially cripple me as I wont be able to replace him anytime soon with someone I can trust to live with. I may get a part time job that I already don't have time for to deal with that tho.

The big fear for me is that I will be loosing my best friend and social coordinator. I think we have a pretty good/fun life here and all that will go when he leaves. Mostly because if he leaves it wont be for 6 months it will likley be forever. In many ways ryan is like a hubby, we live together nag and argue with eachother and have no sex (sounds like marriage to me).

I know nothing good lasts forever but i was hoping it would last a little longer at least.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Where the fuck did that come from

My boss (who was a nurse for 20 yrs) asked me yesterday morning if I was getting sick because I sounded a little horse. I though I was fine.

Sure enough though by the end of the day my throat was getting a little sore.

Last night I spent shivering under 3 blankets having awful dreams.

Now I am sore everywhere. Its like my dress shirt is made of sandpaper. It is kind of hard to describe.

The timing is really shitty Ryan and I were going to go to the YMCA for our first workout tonight. I am still gonna go but keep it really light as I am feeling a little dizzy.

This shit better clear up as it is Gay Camping this weekend!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Rollin down the river

I had a fantastic weekend.

I went down to Red Deer for a change to spend time with Greg and meet the rest of his family. On friday we went and saw Tropic Thunder. It was pretty good and really damn offensive but the laughs more than made up for it. Plus Jack black's surprisingly large package was on display in some tight black undies for a good portion of the movie.

Saturday we went to the farmers market and then to a BBQ at his parents place. Other than an aphid infestation it was a lot of fun. His family is really down to earth and funny.

Sunday we went tubing down the Red Deer River. I had never been tubing before so it was quite the experience. I am lookin forward to doing it again soon!

The only down side of the weekend was that Greg's ex and friend Alfredo was visiting as well. I tried my best to get along with him but he made it very clear that he wanted nothing to do with me. He was always polite (other than a very firm handshake) but it seemed like i had a forcefield around me with a 20 foot radius. I know he is still in love with Greg but its anoying that he couldnt at least play nice.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Officially a fan.

I have pretty much be trying to avoid this years Olympics coverage. I really don't approve of the Chinese gov't and I think awarding them the games is the wrong message to send. It has been hard to avoid it with all the media coverage but i have been doing well so far.

That was until friday night. Thats where I saw the future Mr. Granley. His name is Dylan Armstrong. He is a Canadian shotputter and possibly the sexiest man alive. Poor guy missed a bronze medal this year by 1 cm. I have never followed shotput before but i will be now. Greg and I have decided that he can take one of the swimmers and I can take this one. Seems like a fair deal to me.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Webcrimes: Case 2 Foggy Nostalgia

While planning my weekend excursions I came across the site for the Edmonton Streetcar. The crimes of this site are many.

Starting with the super fuzzy/pixelated header image with a gradient fade out that does nothing to hide the edges of the image. In fact all the images are poorly rendered as if the designer was trying to make everything look foggy or dusty.
The horrible background tiles. The nav menu.

The other pages don't get much better. Lime green text mixed with bright red text. Poor chart design. The list goes on and on.Clearly the designer was going for that faded sepia look which i think is conceptually appropriate for the subject. The implementation of it leaves a lot to be desired. Ugg that text I cant get over it!

Check the site out here.

Getting from point A to B

I had a friend's birthday brunch to go to across town yesterday morning. Greg and I thought it would be fun to take the edmonton street car to whyte ave. I have been meaning to take a ride on the car for a long time.

Basically we got screwed: the car didnt run till later, the store we wanted to get a gift certificate at stopped selling them and the other store did not open till much too late. One road we wanted to use to get over the river was closed and the other one was backed up because of a marathon then we could not find parking.

After that things went much smoother. We went to the fringe festival but couldn't find a show that would work with our schedual.

The fella and I had a pretty serious conversation about him moving to Edmonton. It is getting tougher and tougher on both of us when he leaves on sundays. I just worry as I don't want him quitting a job he really likes just to move closer to me.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Blast from the past

Phil and I dated for a year and a half. I ended rather messily and we haven't really spoken much in the last 3 years. There would be those awkward bumping into each other moments but other than that I steered clear. Those of you who have been following my blog over the years know that this distance was likely a good thing as he sorted out things.

He is working across the street from me now and figured it would be a good idea to go for lunch and catch up. We met on Monday. It was a nice meeting and surprisingly not catty at all. When we broke up he basically had told me I was immature and had no direction in my life.

I am really trying to let go of the things from my past that have harmed me in some way. I think the lunch meeting was a good way to reaffirm that I had moved past the petty things from before. There was no sarcasm no petty jabs. Just a nice catch up and some shop talk.

Time does indeed heal all wounds.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More Bettererer

Last night I finally slept. For the the first time in two weeks my head hit the pillow and I didn't get up till my alarm went off.
It was fantastic!

I talked to one of the VP's yesterday about the problems I was having with the amount of Technical support calls. We are now looking at getting a calls center to do first line support for the sites. This makes me very happy. I will need to create the solution documentation for the call center people but that should be fairly straightforward.

I also started working on my tattoo design. I have unknowingly been drawing a mandala as a tattoo since i was about 12. After doing some research I have found a a few actual manadalas to help me focus my design. I have always found Buddist philosphy appealing and last night I came accross this essay.
I have pulled this quote as being particulary relavent to me:
The modern mind is so plagued by the worries and concerns that society heaps upon us that any spare minute not working or sleeping is desparately filled with activities intended to help us forget about all the issues that disturb our inner peace.
The implication inherent in such behavior is that the troublesome issues in our lives are beyond the scope of our control, but in reality nothing could be further from the truth. Everything in your life, from a painful relationship to a demeaning boss to a frustrating weight problem, are all wholly connected to you.
I think this is an important lesson to learn and I need to keep it in mind as I go through my day to day life.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Is there a male PMS

So far today I have called the president of my company a liar to his face and at a separate time almost broken into tears in my office while i was alone.
I don't know what is wrong with me today. I have been feeling under the weather and having strange dreams since i returned from gay camping.

Is there a male pms or am I just sleep deprived?