Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Move

Friday night pk and I got the keys to our new apt. We dropped off three loads of our belongings in our car. Luckily we now live on the main floor so there were no stairs to lug heavy boxes up (though we... i mean Pk, had to lug the heavy boxes down the stairs of our old place).

Saturday morning we did another couple loads of the small random things that we didn't actually get around to packing and then we picked up a van, went to Timmy's for some fuel and met up with our friend Carlos who was helping us move.

The move went quite smoothly and the neighbours never came out so I don't think they actually know that we have left yet. I can picture the girl coming up the back stairs to ask us if she can use our phone and then looking through the window and seeing an empty kitchen... hehe...

Anyway... we finished the move in the afternoon and spent the evening relaxing with beer and sushi... mmm mmm mmm!

A big Thank You goes to Carlos for all his help.

Sunday we took a trip to Ikea to get a lamp set and a bookcase which we enabled us to finally unpack the boxes and boxes of books we hadn't touched since we were in Toronto. It was nice to get rid of all of those. Of course the lamps were typically Ikea - the one lamp in the set doesn't work and the lightbulbs suggestions on the box doesn't actually fit! Typical....

So we've been unpacking and getting settled in to our new home.

Pics will be coming soon... once all the boxes are out of the way...

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Surprise! I'm Severus!

Actually it's a tie...

You scored as Severus Snape. Well you're a tricky one aren't you? Nobody quite has you figured out and you'd probably prefer it stayed that way. That said you are a formidable force by anyone's reckoning, but there is certainly more to you than a frosty exterior and a bitter temper.

Harry Potter


Severus Snape


Remus Lupin


Albus Dumbledore


Ginny Weasley


Hermione Granger


Sirius Black


Ron Weasley


Draco Malfoy


Lord Voldemort


Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is...?
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Potter Prejudice

Pk and I went to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire this wknd. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Lots of action - though the movie seemed to fly through everything a bit too quickly... but that's understandable considering it's one of the longer books and a lot happens that can't possibly fit in 2.5 hrs.

The next movie I want to see is the new Pride & Prejudice... though I have a feeling its not one that pk would like to sit through with me. Brooke, I wish you were here so we could see it together... and then daydream about having picnics in the countryside speaking in english accents... sigh...

So the big moving day is arriving soon. I'm taking the day off work on Thursday to start packing so everything will be ready to go when we get the van on Saturday.
I'm looking forward to this whole deal being over. The neighbours below apologized yesterday which is all nice and good. He said he turns into a different person when he drinks and his New Year's resolution is to cut down. It's great that he realizes why they fight... but I really don't want to have to put up with them screaming at each other everytime he has a drink.

On the work front, I made my first sale yesterday. My first commission :)
In the office, we have a windchime hanging that you get to ring whenever you make a sale. It's a nice way to acknowledge people who were able to make a sale. Hopefully there'll be more to come for me once I am comfortable with all the information I'm learning and can actually focus on making a sale.

It's been crazy foggy this past week. It's pretty clear where we are up in the mountains but once we start getting into the lower elevation the fog gets sooooo thick! Here are a few pics of what the drive to work has been these past few days.

And last but not least, a BIG HUG & THANK YOU to my Auntie Mary and my parents for sending me some wonderful little pressies from Ireland.
Thanks mom and dad for finding a Moleskine notebook. I love it!
And thanks to auntie mary for the handy little cookbook and the lovely jewelry!

Friday, November 18, 2005

"Just the sad frizzy hair that is my life" - mymy

My dear little sis kindly allowed me to share this "Before & After" pic she created of herself.
She just msn'd it to me and I thought it was a great little spoof on all those before & after shots they have on all those reality shows these days.
I especially love her expression in the 'Before'. She looks sad, slightly angry, and a little bit crazy. In all the 22 years that I've known her, I don't think I've ever seen her look so wild.
Thanks mymy. And CONGRATS on getting 100% on your psych exam... and last week you were all worried... i told you that you didn't have to worry.

in other news... i got a nice little surprise today at work. A customer sent me a sweet little Thank You card for helping him sort out all his courses he had registered for. I've only been working there for two weeks. It was nice to get that today when my brain was all a whirl with so much new info being crammed in my brain as I get used to the new job.

this wknd will be the beginning of the packing. By next wknd we'll be outta here - away from the Gangsta Skids. Never thought I'd ever meet anyone that would fit that description.. but there's always a first time for everything.

I like to move it, move it....

damn that 90's music... forever stuck in my brain.

On Wednesday night, pk and I went apartment hunting. We phoned a whack of places, set up an appointment for a building in West Van. After work we went to see it only to find out that they don't allow pets. So we walked around the area a bit, checking out possible buildings but nothing that appeared to peak our interest. We got in the car and started to drive home when just down the street from our initial appointment we saw a building with a sign advertising a vacancy for both a 1 a 2 bedroom.

We called the manager from outside the building and he invited us in to check out the place. We decided to check out the one bedroom on the main floor as it was amazingly affordable and WAY less than what we're paying now. It's amazing how much people pay just to have a "view". For a one bedroom, the space is quite large and neither of us can see ourselves feeling cramped in it at all. Lovely walkout to a little garden. The building manager talked to us for over an hour.. maybe even two.. in all that time the apt was so quiet!

So yesterday we finalized everything and we're moving next wknd. I can't wait. So close to the water, the beach, more restaurants and shops (including the only yarn shop on the north shore - that could be dangerous).

So that's what's been happening here. I'll keep you updated as move progresses.
Yay! no more ghetto!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Lynn Valley Brochure never mentioned it was ghetto!

Well, as I promised... the sun finally came out and I was able to take a few pics on the way to work on Monday. This first one below is what we see at the end of our driveway looking to our left.

I took this pic while pk and I were driving to work. I've heard those two "bumps" referred to as the Lions Heads or something to that effect. There are two lion heads on North Vancouver's Coat of Arms so they probably represent these mountains.

Here is the view from the Peak Potentials office overlooking the parking lot.

In other news, the relationship with our downstairs neighbours has soured. Pk and I were enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon. Pk was writing his novel, I was knitting my sweater... the couple, as usual, began to shout and scream and slam doors. It was going on for a good while and i was starting to knit faster and faster until my hands were actually shaking from frustration and rage. I dropped a couple stitches and not being my typical self I stood on my bed and screamed at the top of my lungs for them to "be quiet" - (in not so polite terms). Their fighting continued so I figured maybe they hadn't really heard me.

Pk and I were outside in the afternoon and the peops downstairs asked why I yelled. We told them we were just frustrated and tired of their constant screaming and slamming of doors etc and that I was simply trying to make a point of how it might sound to us since we're living in the same house. The dude told us that we may be used to quiet and softness but now (and I quote) "get used to it, this is the ghetto. Vancouver is the ghetto and this is what happens here".

Needless to say, they obviously didn't get the point (though I know that it wasn't the best way to put my point across) but I find it quite funny that they think they're living in the ghetto... what with all the million dollar homes and all. I must have missed the "Welcome to Lynn Valley, You Have Now Entered the Ghetto" sign upon my arrival here. There was no mention of it in the brochures. [insert sarcastic tone here].

Anyway, this has led pk and I to the decision that we will be leaving the ghetto much sooner than previously planned. We've been thinking of it for a while but this incident pushed us quite quickly into the apartment searching direction. We've called a few places and we're going to be checking out an apt tomorrow after work. There's a few nice looking/sounding places that we found on craigslist so we'll be checking out a few more as the week goes on.

Well... that's it for now. I'll keep you posted on the apt hunting.
xoxo N;)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Back amongst the humans

Enjoying my first two days back in the work world. Getting trained on the registration program this week. It's a lot of information to keep in the brain but I'll figure it out soon. All the peops I'm meeting at work are all very welcoming. I may be the more quiet type but I do still enjoy the human interaction especially after being out of the loop for the past few months.

Been busy working on my knitting as well. Here are some shots of the sweater and the scarf I've been working on. For the scarf I'm using yarn that my Learning Annex co-workers gave me as a farewell gift. It's really pretty and soft. If any of you LA peops are reading this, Thank You for the yarn... it's yummers!

My dear cousin notified me that a new Pride & Prejudice movie has been made starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth. I'm not sure if I will be able to accept her as Miss Bennet...it just doesn't seem right. But I will be sure to see it regardless. It is Pride & Prejudice after all. Check out the P&P movie trailer here.

Snow has appeared on the mountain tops here. It's so pretty! I don't have a pic of it yet as everytime I actually have my camera with me the clouds move in and the mountains disappear. I'll get a shot of them to post for you soon!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

I start Monday!

I'm sitting here at Peak Potentials Training having just finished a job interview for a Client Care Representative position. It went quite well. I start Monday :)

It's pretty similar to what I was doing at the Learning Annex - providing information and registering people for the variety of courses offered. I'm excited... not only about finally making some money (plus commission!) but also about getting out of the house and interacting with humans. For most of the past two months I've been spending my days talking to two cats (and pk - the jury is still out on whether he is indeed a human).

In other news, I'm still working on my sweater and on my very first scarf. Scarves are so easy... though that's probably why I've never done one before... I like to dive in at the deep end when I'm learning something new. It's much more challenging that way ;)


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I'm Elizabeth Bennet!

You scored as Elizabeth Bennet
As one of Austen's most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet represents what most women would like to become: strong, independent, and loyal. Of course, she has her faults including a stubborn will of iron and a clinging to first impressions. Overall, Lizzie is bright and lovable...something to admire and aspire to.

Elizabeth Bennet


Elinor Dashwood


Emma Woodhouse


Marianne Dashwood


Charlotte Lucas


Jane Bennet


Lady Catherine


Which Jane Austen Character are You?
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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Todo, we ain't in ontario anymore...

Hallowe'en is crazy strange here in vancouver. Throughout the days leading up to halloween, the subject everyone is talking about is not what they're going to get dressed up as, not about how much candy they want, but fireworks. The radio mentions that they hope it'll be good for fireworks everytime the give a weather update. Apparently Hallowe'en means fireworks here.

So all hallows eve arrives. pk and i are enjoying our pizza dinner (Flying Wedge pizza - the best delivery pizza ever!) when all of a sudden "BOOM" "crackle crackle crackle" "BOOMcrackleBOOM". We go outside and the entire sky is lit up with fireworks! It seems like everyone in the neighbourhood has their own fireworks display. There are lights everywhere!

Now these weren't just little things... there are a few in the distance that looked professional - i would say it would even beat the light show on Canada Day in Ottawa. The fireworks go on for a good three hours... the incoming fog, combined with the large amount of smoke created an eerie atmosphere. Pk and I just stood on our deck, staring with our mouths open.

It's the weirdest thing i've experience here so far...
Click here to hear the sights and sounds we recorded halloween night.