Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy scary day

The weekend is over and now it is Halloween today. I wasn't really thinking this morning. I got up and came to work, and it was at work when I realized it was Halloween and I didn't dress up .. shit. Well.. let's go over the excitement we had this weekend.. shall we?

Friday Night: Pretty low key evening, not much excitement but a good thing was that Harley went to bed at a fairly decent time which gave us the opportunity to finally watch "Saw". Those of you who have seen it I am sure will agree.. that it is Halloween cinema at it's finest.

Saturday: I talked to Bill earlier in the week and he was goin to get the company truck so he could help me with picking up some lumber from Co-Op. Bill agreed to get the truck because otherwise it was going to be 25 bucks to have them deliver it. Now.. 25 dollars wouldn't be that bad if it was across town.. but it was only up the street a few block from where I live .. so .. I couldn't picture spending that much cash to deliver that. I would rather give the money to someone I know if I am going to be spending that much We purchased 7 - 14' 1"x3" primed mdf board that Leanne and I decided to use as baseboard because it was a hell of a lot cheaper than regular baseboard for the bedrooms. More than half the price. This would give us enough for the 2 kids bedrooms. Unfortunately he was not able to get the truck, but Wendy was nice enough to ask her dad if we could use his truck to move it. No problem. But there was a catch. (isn't there always a catch?). We had to move the marble that was in the back of his truck out and put it in their back yard. Now I thought. Hell no problem.. shouldn't be that bad.. but when I was thinking that.. I was thinking the marble pieces would have been like 15 to 17" long. you know .. like cindercrete sidewalk blocks.. Nooooooooo.. the were these HUGE pieces approx 8ft by 4ft and about and inch n half thick. It took 5 of us to move them. Thankfully their was only three of them. Wendy's bother originally got them from some a building that was being demolished downtown and thought it would be a good idea to use it for a countertop in his kitchen but he was not able to find anybody who would cut it to the appropriate size for him. I guess all the places looked at him like he was crazy. So.. Don (Wendy's dad) being the type a guy to not be able to throw anything away had them in the back of his truck for quite a while and decided to use them as "patio blocks" so he could put his bbq on there and so forth. I was thinking it could be pretty slippery .. but what do I know. Time will tell I guess.

So Don delivered the boards to my house and after that was done he decided to rototil my back yard for me. He was going to it earlier in the year but when it was planned it rained straight for a while and it ended up being to wet, and then we never set up a time again. He brought over this rototiller that used to be his dads probably from about 1952. It was a cool machine actually. The pull starter didn't work on it anymore, so he used a little electric motor and connected to the rototiller with a belt and run, and had the engine start with that, then switch the belt over when he got it running good. Unfortunate though, he ended up having trouble with keeping it running. This bothered him because he just did his own yard about a week ago with no problem. He was persistent though .. and worked for over an hour trying to get it running. He finally gave up .. and mentioned that he was going to bring his other one over the next day if the weather was good, but he didn't show up. I didn't expect him too. He did enough for me at the time.

Later in the evening Leanne, Harley and I, went to see Oma and Aunty. We played a game of dice together. Well not really Harley more or less played "it's raining dice" when it was his turn.

Sunday: Amy came over and we all went hard on Harland's room. We got the base boards in, plus we also did the baseboards in the hallway. Amy still scares me when she uses a saw. She is way more comfortable with that thing then I will ever be. She did however cut herself when the guard rail fell down on her finger. But that was ok. I had band-aids. Except it wasn't the brand "Band-Aid" band-aids .. they were something else. Elastoplast? .. something like that. Amy is so awesom in helping us out with this shit.. if she didnt we wouldn't be anywhere near being done. We all tossed harley around for the day and tried to keep him away .. actually when we started and he was taking his nap he slept write through the saw cutting the board. So I can't say he sleeps like a log .. because the saw couldn't cut through it.

The caulking didn't go a smooth as I originally planned though. I got my caulk all over the place. At least I got the caulk to fill the hole though. Leanne and Amy both tried my caulk as well and Leanne did a better job than I did.

We then moved Harland's stuff into the room and man was he ever excited. He especially likes the Hot Wheels boarder and light switch plate we put in there. First time he saw it he yell "AH!! CAR!! TWO CARRS!!" He slept pretty good for his first night. Though I think he was a little confused in the middle of the night because he came out running and he was in the kitchen crying and looking like he was lost. But when Leanne got him back to bed he zonked out like a stone.

Today, we are going to take harley out to the mall for trick or treating. It is easier that way for him and he gets a little freaked out when it is dark outside at the moment

Listened to:
Television - Marquee Moon

Friday, October 28, 2005

another weekend is here!

Yea!! Another weekend has begun! .. so far I am not sure what will be on my plate for this weekend .. but I am hoping to get the base boards done in Harland's room. So here's hopin!

Quick funny story. I was talking to one of my clients today and she was telling me about one of her employee's that used to work at a 900 number office. What did she have to do to get the job? She had to talk to the boss on the phone and if she was able to successfully "get him off" then the job is hers.

I had a good 'ol hard chuckle on that one.. let me tell you. Can you imagine that? ..

.. I told her to have her call next time they have a problem.


Thursday, October 27, 2005

Laminate Flyer's raking leaves

So .. seeing Amy's blog made me realize that I had a couple of things to say for my blog. It has been brought to my attention that 1.3mm makes a SHITLOAD of difference. I picked up 7mm laminate that was on sale for 99¢ a square foot. It was cheap enough that I was able to get enough for all of the bedrooms and get rid of that shitty carpet. The original stuff that I got for the livingroom/kitchen and hallway I got on sale for 1.99 sq ft (reg 2.59) and it was 8.3mm. But the quality of the stuff is 100 times better then the shit that we were trying to put in last weekend. It was cheap, chipped easily and some of the boards were not even straight. We literally had to bend them to make it fit. Now that it is in .. it looks pretty good. But I will NEVER purchase 7mm or even recommend it to anyone else. I guess it may not be just the size of it .. but maybe it was the brand too.. because just the crap the board was made of was cheap and shitty. It would crumble easily when you tried to tap the pieces together and everything.. Hell with that last stuff.. you could literally drive over it with a forklift and it would still look good. Actually that is what the sales guy did when I bought the original stuff last year.

But given how much of a pain in the ass it was to get that last stuff in. I think Amy's not going to help me again. It probably was not worth the Chubby Chicken dinner.

Also. Last Tuesday our crazy flyer woman dropped off the flyers like she usually does. Actually maybe I should explain a little more. I call her the crazy flyer woman because she is "not all there". But I have to hand it too her. She loves her job and she takes pride in what she does. Like clockwork, she will deliver the wed flyers on Tuesday at around 5:30-6pm. Then she will the next day go down with her checklist and make sure that she delivered the flyers correctly. If she thought that you didn't get the flyers yet, she will make sure that you get them. And you don't have a hope in hell convincing her otherwise. A couple of months ago I was playing in the front yard with Harley and she came up to the yard and she asked. "Did you get your flyers? .. don't worry I will get them for you"
.. "no no", I said. ".. that is alright, we got them. They are in the house."
"They are not in your mailbox" she continues, " So I will get them for you right away"
"No you don't have to..I""
".. they are not there .. I will get them to you right away"
"We have them."
".. that is ok. No worries."
..and off she goes with her little handbook marking whatever she marks in there and continued on her way. And sure enough. We got another set of flyers that evening.

So anyway, last Tuesday I was talking to my buddy Brass on the phone and Leanne goes "Oh my God. Gil!! Check this out!" .. and there she was, the crazy flyer woman, raking the leaves in our front yard. I was so shocked. I wasn't sure what to do. Do I go out there and say something? I was stunned, just standing there watching this woman rake my leaves with the rake that Leanne left beside the front door steps. I nearly forgot I was talking to Brass on the phone. The only thing I could think of was "I have to take a picture!". Of course I couldn't find the camera. So I grabbed my cell phone and took a couple pictures with that. Unfortunately though the first one that I took which would have been the best didn't save in the camera for some reason. I must have erased it when I went to take a couple of the other pictures.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

about me

So .. my sister sent me one of those questionare emails .. I replyed to everyone that was on her list about it .. but I didn't bother to send it to everyone on my list. I have done those things before and I thought all the people on my list already know that stuff.. but just so no-one feels left out .. I thought I would post it on here as well.

1. What is your occupation? Technical representative
2. What color is your underwear? White, Yellow, Blue, with specks of green (Corona bottles) .. and possibly brown .. but I didn't check on the inside yet
3. What are you listening to right now? PEE - Now! More Charm & More Tender (1996) (song playing at the moment: "I hate all vegetables")
4. What was the last thing you ate? Nature Valley 100% Natural Crunchy Granola Bar (peanut butter flavor)
5. Do you wish on stars? only shooting ones
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Hmm.. never thought of being a crayon. I think I would prefer to be one of those crayons that you make from melting all of the leftover crayon pieces together
7. How is the weather right now? Can't tell .. not lucky enough to have windows in my office.. and crap! .. double wammy. My Google Sidebar is saying "no weather information" .. arrgh what am I to do now!
8. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Joel
9. Do you like the person who sent this to you? .. do I really have a choice?
10. How old are you today? 32 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days
11. Favorite drink? water
12. Favorite sport to watch? no such thing really.. but I do watching someone getting severly injured from time to time. Can that count as a sport? .. hmm with the way reality tv is going, maybe "The Running Man" will become a real thing.
13. Have you ever dyed your hair? no, it always has been someone else.
14. Do you wear contacts or glasses? Glasses.. origianally I was just thinkign of contacts .. and then I would have to say no
15. Do you have any pets? No .. not unless you count, children, my wife or spiders.
16. Favorite food ? I usually would say KFC .. but I might be guity enough to say McDonalds nowadays.. oh wait a min .. you said "Food" ... ok .. well in that case "Momma Beck's Cabbage Rolls"
17. What was the last movie you watched? Wallace & Grommit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
18. Favorite day of the year? Nov. 11th
19. What do you do to vent anger? vent..
20. What was your favorite toy as a child? my stereo.
21. Fall or Spring? Both, as long as it is not summer or winter
22. Hugs or Kisses? I usually can't have one without the other.
23. Cherry or Blueberry? I'm a man... the answer is obvious.
24. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? take it or leave it.
25. Who is most likely to respond? don't care... at least it wont be my sister.. .
26. Who is least likely to respond? my sister.. she sent it to me.
27. Living arrangements? . (my sister pointed ot to me that I missed this question. I remember thinking.. man .. this one is dumb .. I will come back to it because I couldnt think how I would answer it .. so .. I will just leave it )
28. When was the last time you cried? last night.
29. What is on your closet floor right now? 2 bags of gifts for our future daughter from Leanne's surprise baby shower from her workmates.
30. Who is the friend you have had the longest? Hema
31. What did you do last night? Played with my son. The kid sure can rock on the bass now.
32. Favorite smell? My wife.
33. Who inspires you? The King from the burger king commercials..
34. What are you afraid of? Table saws
35. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? I will eat them all .. who am I to choose? (I noticed I missed this question in the original email and left my sisters answer there by mistake so I changed it for this posting)
36. Favorite pizza? anything thin crust.. . (I noticed I missed this question in the original email and left my sisters answer there by mistake so I changed it for this posting)
37. Favorite dog breed? .. at first I thought that said "Dog Bread". .but .. if it's breed.. I guess it would be "Mutt"
38. Number of keys on your key ring? 8
39. Favorite car? There will always be a piece of my heart for the puppy mobile.
40. How many years at your current job? 7
41. How many states have you lived in? 0
42. How many towns have you lived in? 0
43. Favorite day of the week? today
44. Ever driven a Motorcycle or Heavy Machinery? Yes .. and yes.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Well things are going.. as to be expected

Our realtor gave us tickets to go see the new Wallace and Gromit movie at the theatre. Harley enjoys watching the short films all the time. So hopefully he will enjoy this. He seemed to do ok at Madagascar when we tool him there. Hopefully this won't be too different for him.

Nothing overly exciting has happened. It's pretty much the usual. Go to work, go home, do stuff, yada yada. I am hopefully going to be able to attack the bedroom this Sunday and get it done. Amy offered to help so that would be pretty cool.

The weekend help that I was going to be getting from my brother was kinda short lived. Not because he doesn't want to help .. just because he got a new job and he is working the weekends.

Last weekend I helped him move stuff to the apartment. All I can say is that if you have lived in a house for 15 or so years and then you are moving to an apartment, you will notice that there isn't that much in the line of "apartment friendly" furniture. But it was all done. I am hoping to see them a little more settled in tomorrow when I go there. My bother can't seem to remember how he had his stereo configured so he could play his Gamecube. So I will give him a hand.

Leanne and Mom are making a "belated" thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. So that should be good. She made a Chocolate Cheesecake this morning. It was pretty hard to leave it alone. It was cute. While Leanne was making it, Harley set himself up at the kitchen table waiting to be served the "yummies". Let's just say he was pretty upset when he realized that he was not going to be getting it right away.

I gotta get me a turntable someday. I finally grabbed my vinyl from mom's house and brought it to it's new loving home. Even though I am not going to be able to listen to any of it. It makes me comfortable to see it there. And smell it. hmmmmm .. ah .. peaceful.

Hema was right. I was always going to regret selling some of the records I did now almost ten years ago. At least I still have the ones that I have though. I really miss my 45's. I gave them to my x-fiance's uncle. He had a jukebox. and .. well at the time .. I thought I could have possibly inherited it. Well .. I was wrong. But in the full scope of things, sure I may not have the 45's anymore.. but I have my current wife and son (and future child of course) and they are worth a lot more then some crappy old jukebox that I probably would have lost in the divorce that WOULD have happened if I did go through with the marriage at the time.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving fellow Canukians

Well, it was a pretty good weekend. Though it went buy really fast. For most people it would still be a weekend, but not I.. or the other 5 people that are working with me today. Since it is lunchtime, I thought I would state how my weekend went.

Leanne took Harley to the farm for the weekend. Amy agreed to come over to help with attacking the renovations to the hallway of the house. We ripped out the carpeting, foam and the shitty tile underneath. Which took longer than anticipated. But of course isn't that how it always works? Amy and I went to purchase a bit for my laminate trimmer (Since it didn't come with one and the dumb-asses at the store didn't point this out to me when I purchased the bloody thing) and look for some matching T-molding to use in between the doors and from where I left off in the kitchen. The T-molding shit is expensive!! 5 bucks a foot!! And of course they only sell them in 8 foot lengths. So I spent 90 bucks for two skinny pieces of shit. My god!

By the time the floor was prepared enough to start laying the laminate, It was pretty much Amy's time to take off. I called my brother to see if he could give me hand. And thankfully he came to give me a hand. I am happy he did because table saws scare the shit out of me to use. I mean hell.. Saws and power tool shit. that's my wife's department. She is into that shit. Me? . I just want to keep my arms. Because trust me I would have somehow harmed myself. Herman noticed how pathetic I was with a saw so he decided to take over the cutting and I would use the trimmer to do the corner shit. And of course...(this can only happen to me) I end up harming myself.

Brass lent me his table saw. Since his table saw didn't have any legs we just had the saw on the floor in the one bedroom. (that is in the process of being redone) I also used the table for when I was trimming laminate with the trimmer. So there is a piece that was fairly long and we needed a cut within the center to go around the wall. Herman cut it and I had him through in some extra cuts .. that way the trimmer can cut them off quick and I am not using the bit in one long stroke and over heating it. Anyway, he prepares a piece for me. Now usually I would just sit cross legged in front of the table and work on it, but since I needed to get at a better angle so I could see what I was cutting I was doing a deep knee bend. I wasn't very concerned about my stature until I piece came flying off the board that I was trimming and socked me right in the groin. And it was once of those graces too. My brother had a good laugh at my expense of course.

The hallway looks pretty sweet now. I can't wait to get the bedrooms done and the landing later on in the future and say goodbye to that disgusting carpet forever!!

Man getting around those corners were a bitch.. I couldn't have done it by myself. God bless my brother and Amy this thanksgiving for their help. Also to Brass who lent me his table saw, to Mango who lent me his brad nailer (which I didn't use yet because of the time it took to do the other stuff), and to Jackie for lending me his shopvac.

I know have this want to get some bowling pins and a ball and bowl in my hallway. I think I will get Harley one of those play sets so we can bowl down the hallway. I think it would be fun.

Oh incase you people were wondering why I have not added the albums that I listened to, it's because I have no been listening to anything in particular. I just have my computer playing random stuff all of the time and the same with the car. I only list it if I am listening to an album in particular. If not .. then just assume he just has his stuff on shuffle.. Clear as Mud? .. excellent

And oh yeah ..

I would like to say contrats out there to Merv and Andrea for getting a new house and I appologize again for not helping them move on the weekend. I am sorry merv.. but as you know .. I was caught up with the house shit. I promise I will make it up to you somehow.

Speaking of moving, my brother is moving next weekend, he sold he house. I will be helping him and his wife move into an apartment.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

ah to dream digitally

I would like to have a digital camera. I am sick of the piling up of pictures and nowhere to put them. At least with a digital camera, I can leave the pile of pictures on a disc and they are not flying everywhere. Then just print the ones I would want to have printed! .. hell it's that simple ... I am sick of paying money to develop pictures where the majority go into a pile and nearly get forgotten about. Or constantly having to look for the negative of one that you do want to print. It sucks. And I am not that much of a hardcore shutterbug to have all of that shit organized. So this christmas, I think I will have a digital camera on my list.

This album looks like it would be a great compilation to own. I must find it.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

*sigh* .. no turkey for gilly..

So we have been working on the house when we can. So far we have Harley's new room painted blue. Amy was superawesome and gave us a hand. It is always great to get help when I can because I am really running out of time to get this shit done. I have purchased some more base boards that matched what I have in the livingroom and the kitchen so now I can hopefully have the hallway done with the laminate floor soon. Leanne and Harley are going to go to the farm for Thanksgiving this weekend while I stay behind and get as much done as I can. The thing that sucks though.. is now that the weather is getting colder, I am going to need to have a location somewhere in the house for the table saw. Not looking forward to getting the sawdust all over .. but whatchagonnado eh?

So there is really not going to be a thanksgiving at all for me this year, because not only will I be trying to get as much done in the house while I am by myself, I am also going to be working on the Thanksgiving Day. The way I looked at it is that it will give me another day off in lieu for when the baby comes. As much time as I can build up now the better.

Last night I went to The Tap and met up with Batman and Shrek. Batman happened to be town again for a bit again so it was nice to see him. They both also came over afterwards and we watched The Family Guy movie together. Good times. Speaking of Heroes.. Nightwing came by over last weekend and picked up his freezer. The only thing that sucks though .. is that I accidently left the basket out while I was defrosting it. Ooops.

I will try better to put more postings in here again.. but hey .. once in a while is better then never.