Sunday, August 30, 2009

Beagle seizures.

Two seizures today. One at 1:40 am and the other at 12:30 pm. Both were longer than she's had before.

Not sure if they were caused by the stress of going to the vet. Two trips in one day - blood draw in empty stomach and blood draw on full stomach, or if it was from us coming back from vacation.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Camp Day 2 and 3

This year has been quite a bit different. There has only been one day of mini games so far. Mostly drills. Lots of off ice instruction and on ice instruction where you don't get to throw a lot of rocks.

However I feel that the video analysis has been stronger, as we were also offered drills to correct the issues that they talked about in our deliveries.

My sliding foot comes over too fast and too far over. I was recommended to start with my slider foot a little farther out.

Once again, not a lot of people volunteering to skip. I've stepped up to the plate a couple of times, even though I like sweeping. A couple of times, when we've been unorganized, I've also said a few things to get everyone moving. I hate standing around being unorganized and wasting time.

Jeremy and Joel are still at party night. I gave up after the first karaoke song broke out.

I thought Jeremy and Joel were coming back for the nightly dip in the hot tub. Apparently they went out to the pub with the instructors. I would have liked to have hung out with them too. Oh well.

A soak in the bath tub and off to bed it is then.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Camp Day 1

Camp didn't start until noon, so we started out with a quick trip to Qualicum. We stopped by a chocolate store for a piece of chocolate that Joel financed due to lack of Canadian funds, and a trip to the hardware store to find a screw/nail for Jer's little photo buddy.

Camp started with registration and lunch. Lunch was ham or turkey sandwiches, salad, and fruit. I saw a few people returning from last year.

This year there were 56 people, up from last year's 32. While there are more instructors, it does feel just a tad bit crowded at times. Example, we started out with some mini games, and are rotating through 6 person teams.

After 4 ends, we had some off ice instruction about the curling delivery. When we headed back to the ice there were 3 different stations that we rotated through.

Our first station was sweeping. The most interesting thing about it, is that this year they are teaching closed sweeping.

The second station was set up. Getting in the hack and getting but not sliding up.

The third station was balance. We practiced the drill in pairs. It was the drill that I wasn't balanced enough for last season, and got smacked in the nose with when I let go of the broom.

Dinner was fairly tasty. Salad, a dinner roll, beans, rice, and chicken.

Then came Welcome Night!! Last year I won nothing from Welcome night. This year I won THREE items. The first item I won from having the largest denomination of bill in my purse. It was a 50,000 dollar from Indonesia. I've had that squirreled away for more than 7 years. When I came across it cleaning last year, I put it in my purse, wondering if they would play the same question this year. My prize was a curling pin. Then, when we were getting in line for another game they had, I sneezed. I won an impromptu "Weirdest sound that a camper has ever made." I won another pin.

My third prize was from ROCK bingo. I had actually decided that I couldn't win it, looking at the different questions that were asked. Someone who had won the same kitchen appliance at a bonspiel. Someone who has the same middle name. Someone whose parents had the same name. Joel pointed out that Jeremy and I had a pet with the same name. With that, I filled out quickly someone who went to the same college, someone who had the same allergy, someone who had stolen 5 points in a game, and someone who had a pet with the same name. Booyah! The prize for that was a little gift that the couple of Japanese people that came to camp brought.

Since then, we've hung out at the hot tub and been terrorized by overactive children in the hotel swimming pool. Just chilling out after a mellow half day.

Vacation Day 1

We left home early in the morning and stopped off in Bellingham to eat at Casa que Pasa. Nom nom nom potato burritos. Jeremy purchased a little buddy to appear in photographs.

From there we raced to Tsawwassen Ferry at 12:45. We made it with room to spare! We passed our time playing cribbage. I was feeling headachy and headed to the car for a nap.

We drove to Nanaimo first and wandered around attempting to play our favorite game STP, but they were all in hiding. We heard some music from the Nanaimo Jazz festival, walked along their boardwalk area and saw a jellyfish. The boys ate Nanaimo bars in Nanaimo, while I settled for a soft serve ice cream cone.

Our suite at the Beach Club Resort is pretty luxurious. 2 rooms, 3 washrooms, and a kitchenette and entertainment area. Phat!

We walked to the local pizza joint for dinner and were annoyed by some tweens that kept running and biking around. I found some Merrydale Cider at the LCBO and we got breakfast fixings at the grocery store.

I ended my evening with a nice long soak in the ginormous bathtub and the complimentary bath salts.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Vacation started today. Feeling just a little under the weather. Hope to feel better before tomorrow, or at the very most Monday.

We're headed back to Parksville for Four Foot Curling Camp, Part Deux.

For those of you who didn't hear about it last year, here are a couple of photos until the current vacation gets under way.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Quote of the Day

A quote of the day one of the devs sent out,

"Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live." Rick Osborne

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A not so busy Sunday

Today was not so busy, but I still got a decent amount of work accomplished.

I spent most of my time in the yard removing weeds and mowing the lawn. I also helped Jeremy glue the end tables together. Got a couple of loads of laundry done, walked Gravity.

Cross fingers. Posted a couple of items to sell on Craigslist in the Seattle area. My Army of Darkness poster, autographed by Bruce Campbell. A couple of Seattle Mariners items.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Another busy Saturday.

Jeremy is off biking on Lopez Island with some friends.

The list of completed tasks so far today:
1. I've made lunch to go for Jeremy
2. Washed one load of laundry
3. Stopped by the tailor. He made fun of the little stitches I used to sew my PIC patch on my jacket. "What, you want it to stay on forever?"
4. Stopped by the bank
5. Returned library books
6. Been to 4 consignment shops. Found one to leave my clothes at.
7. Stopped by the Subaru dealer
8. Picked up my jackets from the tailor.
9. Spent too much time at Office Max recycling some old electronics.
1o. Picked up my sewing machine from being serviced. They misplaced the cover, and will call me on Monday.
11. Started a second load of laundry.
12. Moved things out of my craft room to the basement, so I can start throwing things away or deciding if I can sell them.

To do list:
1. Yard work
2. More laundry.
3. Folding laundry and matching socks.

Its 5:15 pm and I want a nap. Heading back to the craft room to finish moving stuff around.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Je ne comprends pas

Not sure how my teammate Beth found this, but there's a page that has information about my competitive women's team from last season in French.

Pretty crazy.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Pig Roast!

Here are a couple of photos from last nights pig roast at the Rugens.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

The best part of the weekend!

And here is the best part of the weekend. Jeremy finished the dresser!! I helped a teeny tiny bit, and then our neighbor Doug helped carry it into the bedroom.

Some good, some bad.

Had a not so great week, but a pretty good weekend.

Monday night, bridge night was cancelled in favor of a Seattle Mariners game that Paula got four tickets to. Joe, Paula, Paula's father, and I went. The M's started off okay, then completely blew it. Joe and I gave up and left after the 7th inning, as we had the farthest to go.

I hoped to have a quick drive home, but got stuck in some nasty traffic. I-5 Northbound had closed 3 lanes. 520 didn't look bad, so I crossed a couple of lanes to take the exit. Less than 5 seconds after I passed the Montlake exit, I came to a complete stop. Stop and go traffic on 520. I sat in the same spot for more than 10 minutes. Boo.

Thursday night the air conditioner went wonky. I lucked out and scored a repair man on Friday. Good news, we cleaned the air filter and added some refrigerant and all is well. Bad news - we seem to have a refrigerant leak and need more work in the off season (early September).

Saturday Jeremy headed off to bike around Lopez Island with Jeff W and Thomas. Maya and I headed off to the Urban Craft Uprising. That was fairly fun. We spent about an hour browsing the booths. I picked up a cool resin pendant with a lady bug embedded in it. Maya picked up a bag of neat looking buttons.

From the Urban Craft Uprising we went to the International District to sample cajun food from The Crawfish King. Nom Nom Nom. We had clams, prawns, and crawfish! It was the lowest spiciness level, but still at the top of mine.

After lunch, we stopped by Molly Moon, and miraculously there was a short line. We got ice cream in less than 15 minutes! I was staring off into space when the guy standing next to me started talking to me. "I don't have a foot fetish, I'm just looking at the designs on her toenails." Which caused me to look at this lady's large feet that had toenail polish and daisies.

He gave us the low down on only having ONE scoop of ice cream, and splitting the flavours, and making sure the stronger flavor was on the bottom. We had bowls instead of cones, so didn't have to worry about that. I asked him what flavor he was going to try, and he said "Thai Iced Tea". I said, I thought about tasting that. "Tell you what, I'll taste it and you can look at my face to see what I think of it." I have a photo of him after tasting it. Maya ended up with Vanilla Bean and Thai Iced Tea. I ended up with Strawberry Balsamic and Thai Iced Tea. I sampled the Salted Caramel, but was not a fan.