Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Hope-Princeton

Coming back to Vancouver after this weekend, the Coq was closed for over a day and so I had to eventually give in and take the 'other' road yesterday afternoon. As some background, I have always contested that the Coquihalla is a much superior route in all areas: travel time, safety, enjoyability, and even cost since you spend the equivalent of the $10 in extra gas if you use the Hope-Princeton. Now, a lot of people are scared of the Coquihalla in the winter, and for good reason. I mean, both routes are mountain roads but the Coq can definetly be the worst of the two. However, after having driven the Coq weekend after weekend in the winter for the past 3 months, and now having done the same on the HP, my position has absolutely been solidified, past the point of opinion and squarely into the world of fact.

The HP yesterday was painfully slow, windy, and poorly maintained. Even in being a little generous to the HP with my calculations, it added no less than 45 minutes to the trip and used up more than enough extra gas to eat up the $10 in savings. I also witnessed two near accidents which would have been 'head-on' accidents compared to the 'impact with a snowbank' type accident that I have seen on the Coq.

Anyway you slice it, the HP is a slower, more dangerous route between the Okanagan and the Lower Mainland, and why anyone would use it unless the Coq is actually closed, is completely beyond me.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Let's Clear the Air

Yes, it was Pillsbury. Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie dough in the plastic wrapped tube format that looks like a big sausage. But NO, I did not sit down and polish off the whole thing, that is ridiculous! I ate about 1/4 of it while watching some TV with Jer.

I didn't finish the rest of it til the next morning at work.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

General News Update for the World

At this point, I have no idea who knows all our latest news and who doesn't, so if I blog about it then I'm off the hook. I can always say, "You didn't know? I posted it on my blog, I thought you read that!?". See, it's all about the easy way out. But seriously, here is all our latest good news.

VICKI IS PREGNANT! Woohoo! We found out just before Christmas, actually on the same day of the year that we found out about Megan 5 years ago. And, as it turns out, Vicki's due date is August 29, the same as Megan's due date. Cool. Of course, after her pregnancy with Megan, Vicki vowed to NEVER AGAIN have a summer pregnancy. Well, I recently vowed to eat better, so OOPS to both I guess. It will now be my sole responsibility to keep my beautiful wife cool and comfortable this summer, which I will do with as many air conditioners as necessary. (stay tuned for some good deals on almost-new air conditioners this September)

Also, we have found a new house down here in Langley. (pretend like I didn't already tell you that in the previous post) We remove subjects this week and we get possession on Feb.22. Moving day will be Mar.11 so everyone we know at either end of the trip can consider themselves on notice to help those days. It's going to be a little crazy getting everything ready to move and getting the new place ready(i have to attempt some minor construction-cringe) but it will be all worth it to have my family back together. I CAN'T WAIT!

So, there you have it, we sold our house, we bought a new one, we're moving over Spring Break, and we're having another baby. Wow, life is boring sometimes.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

OMG, We just bought a house...

Yup, after much(probably way too much) thinking and considering and painful decision making, we put in an offer on a townhouse here at the coast this morning, and our offer was accepted.

So, as long as we remove all the subjects, on February 22 we will be the proud owners of a new(to us) home. I should be more excited, but I'm just worn out mentally. I don't know why I worry and over-analyze some things and other things I'm way too laid back about. I'm such a pain in the ass sometimes, as Vicki will attest to.

Anyway, yay for us, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel of not living together.

Of course, now we have to pack up our house. And by we, I mean Vicki.

Love you sweetheart!

Monday, January 16, 2006

The Golden Globes

Tonight at 8pm. What can I say, I love movie award shows. Each year I try to ensure that my calendar is clear and the night's schedule is well mapped out so that I can sit back and enjoy the pointless celebrity-gauking that is the Golden Globes and the Oscars. The Oscars are definitely the more important awards and my favorite, but the at the Golden Globes the celebrities are allowed to drink, which can make for more entertaining speeches.

Last year I had to work on Golden Globes night, it was a sad time. This year, I am free and clear and it will be a great thing.

And I know what you're thinking, "Did Vicki know about this kind of thing before she married him?"...Answer - I don't think she did, but it's too late now. :)

Friday, January 13, 2006

My Burnt Fingers...Anyone see "The Office" Last Night?

So, here are the pictures of what I did to my fingers with some cooking oil while frying some chicken at Jeremy's house back in November. I did it on a Tuesday night.

Wednesday Morning:
Wow, that's a big blister.

Wednesday Night:
OMG, that's just ridiculous!

Thursday Night:
Ahhh, that's much better.

Almost time to go home...Yippee!

I still don't have anything interesting to post about, but at least I'm not feeling so sorry for myself anymore, man that was hard to take. I'm going home tonight after work and I get to see my girls; I love the weekends. The home inspection on our place goes today at 1pm and after that the subjects should all come off. Still nothing for us to buy here at the coast, but something will come up soon. We have to start packing this weekend, ugh. Oh well, it'll be a good reason to throw out stuff we don't really need.

I'll try to have something more interesting next week.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Have to write something....

If I'm going to have a blog, I guess I should post something from time to time. Interesting week. We have an accepted offer on the house, and the subjects should come off on Friday. It's good news, but it's also kind of sad because we're going to have to leave all our friends and family. But, it's the first step towards getting my family back together, this commuting stuff is BS. I miss my girls and I miss Vicki, sooo much. I thought living the bachelor life would be a lot of fun and keep my mind off things, but it's not all it's cracked up to be. Don't get me wrong, it's nice to go back to Jer's and sit my butt on the couch and watch TV all night, I'm sure not complaining. (especially with the 40' LCD TV and HI-DEF channels. Thanks again Jer) But in the end, the only thing that makes me truly happy is my family. I guess that's a good thing about all this, I'll sure appreciate every moment with them even more now, but I can't wait for this transition to be over.

See, this is why I didn't blog earlier, I'm always so melancholy(sp?) in January that I just end up being a downer. That's no fun.

But this is...Panda Golf
Thanks, Jeremy!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year!

Ok, the title of this post is all the 'happy' I can muster today. I'm back at work, away from my family again. I hate January.