My Favourite Websites…

I spend the majority of my time online on about 3 different websites. I occasionally surf the internet, but I would guess that I spend about 90% of my time on just these three websites.

#1 – Facebook – I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it, but I spend a lot of my time online on facebook. I’m not OBSESSED with it like other people I know, but I do go on every day just to see what’s going on. Sometimes I feel like I find out more about my friends and family on facebook than I do from talking to them. I think it’s more that you don’t know what to ask about when you talk to them on the phone or in person, but sometimes I find out the craziest things on facebook. I’m not really into all of the games and apps they have on there now, but I like seeing what people are doing – even if I haven’t talked to them for a long time. It’s also nice to be able to talk to family without having to wrack up a huge phone bill.

#2 – IMDB – I often go on IMDB to look up a movie or an actor and then I spend about 45 minutes surfing around finding who was in a show with who and what my favourite actors are currently working on. Quite often, I’ll start at one movie and eventually work my way back to the original thing I was looking at. I’ve even gotten quite a few good recommendations for shows that I now love off of IMDB.

#3 – Goodreads.com – If you like to read AT ALL, I suggest that you get a goodreads account. I use mine constantly and it’s the best site I’ve found for book reviews and recommendations. You can connect with people all over the world and see what they’re reading and how they liked it. I’ve found a lot of books that I probably never would have noticed in the store that I have absolutely loved (such as Divergence, The Hunger Games Trilogy, and anything by Jeffrey Eugenides). You can message other people to see where they’re getting their books (this is how I discovered bookdepository.com – They have books at almost half price and they ship anywhere in the world for FREE). You can add your own books and write your own review or you can just fill out the number of stars you’d rate it. It’s a great site and I probably go on it the most out of every site.

What are your favourite websites? Any suggestions for a book/movie lover?

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Tyler’s Famous Chili…

Tyler spent the evening making his famous chili for work tomorrow. He has to work all weekend doing inventory in the warehouse (everyone at Stihl has to do it), but he gets the week between Christmas and New Years off in exchange for working one weekend, so it kind of works out. They try to make the weekend fun and one way they do that is by having “Bean Day” on the Friday (because they call them “bean counters” – haha). Everyone brings in a dish with beans and they do a big potluck lunch. Tyler decided to make his famous chili. It’s seriously the best stuff in the whole world. I used to hate chili growing up, but now I bother Tyler to make his chili all the time, especially in the winter because it’s SO warm and delicious.

Tyler’s secret is the bacon and the chocolate. He starts off by cooking an entire pound of bacon in a pot and then cooks everything in there with the bacon and bacon grease (I never said it was healthy chili!). He adds onion, celery, a pound of ground beef, a can of lentils, kidney beans, mushrooms, chili powder, and two cans of diced tomatoes. He uses the chocolate to balance out the bitterness that can sometimes come from all of the acid. He just puts a little bit in and then balances it out with a little bit of red pepper flakes. It’s the best stuff in the whole world!! I could eat it everyday. I usually hate eating leftovers, but I will eat that chili until the last drop is gone! It’s the best!

Now I just need to convince him to leave some at home tomorrow…

Other Vacation Destinations…

I have about a dozen other vacation destinations that I want to go to other than Egypt. I’ve always loved to travel, but I often find it stressful as well. I’m not the best navigator around and often get lost easily, so I like structure with my trips (or I like no structure at all where I can just wander around an area). My favourite person to vacation with is definitely Tyler. He lets me go into any place that I want and I try to do the same for him. It’s nice to just go where you want when you want sometimes.

There are many other vacation destinations I’d love to visit, including:

New York City – I think this one comes from many of the books I’ve read. They’re always based in New York and I’d love to go see the lights and the stores and the city. I know that it’s probably not nearly as glamorous as I think it is, but I’ve still always wanted to go. I always pictured myself living their briefly too. Just to see what it was like. That is completely unrealistic now, but that’s okay.

New York City

Paris, France – I’ve always wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower and practice my French. I could also visit the Louvre and just explore the culture.

Paris, France

Brussels, Belgium – My family is from Belgium and I’d love to go there and learn more about the culture. I’d also love to learn Flemish, but since my Grandfather passed away, I don’t think I’ve heard a word of it. I looked into teaching myself Flemish, but even Chapters doesn’t carry those language kits.

Brussells, Belgium

Hawaii – I just want to go somewhere warm, where I can sit on the beach or by a pool and just relax. I know there’s not too much to explore in Hawaii, but walking along the beach just sounds heavenly, especially when I think about the snowy weather that I’m sure will invade Ontario soon.

Hawaii

Germany – I know that it sounds morbid, but I want to visit some of the WWII museums and take the Auschwitz Tour Krakow in Oswiecim, Germany. I like reading about WWII and I’d like to see some of the things that I’ve read about. I’d also like to see Berlin.

Berlin, Germany

Do you have anywhere that you would like to travel? I could probably list about 100 places (some of them are just smalltowns that I’ve heard of that I’d love to see someday).

Egypt…

No, I’m not going there… yet. I have always wanted to go Egypt ever since I was a little girl. My Dad was the one who got me interested in it initially and over the years, I’ve developed a mini obsession with Ancient Egypt and the pyramids and stories.

Someday, I would love to go there. I know that it sounds crazy – no beach, limited transportation, and a much different vacation setting than most people want, but I feel like I need to go to fulfill a lifelong dream. I don’t know how much they let vacationers explore the pyramids (and it’s probably very limited, if at all), but that’s what I’d really like to do. I love watching movies about Ancient Egypt – it’s the one type of documentaries that I’ll actually watch. I also own several books on Ancient Egypt and have read a great deal about Egyptian mythology.

I’m also a fan of hot weather. Whether I’ll feel the same after spending a week in the desert is a completely different story.

I’ve always pictured myself taking this trip with my Dad and Tyler. I don’t know if my Dad would actually come with us, but I feel like he might. I don’t know what my Mom would do though. Mom likes to go on vacations and often goes to museums and such while away, but I just can’t picture her exploring pyramids with us.

We’ll have to see what the future holds. I know that I will go to Egypt sometime in my life, but I don’t know when it will be. I’ve done a little bit of research and found that a trip to Egypt from North America usually costs about $4000 a person, so I don’t think I’ll be going there anytime soon. Perhaps I could combine it into a trip to Egypt, Greece, and Italy and take a nice long vacation. We’ll see!

Do you have anywhere that you’ve always wanted to go? Who would you go with?

This is a must see!

The Sphinx

Seeing the sunset by the pyramids would also be a must!

 

Cooking Shows….

I have recently become addicted to watching cooking shows. I never ever watched them when I was younger, but once Tyler and I started living together, I started watching them more and more. I have watched every season of Hell’s Kitchen, all of the Kitchen Nightmares series, Seasons 5-9 of Top Chef, and we used to watch shows called Chef School and Fink (they were both based out of Stratford, ON). I love seeing what food they make and we’ve even tried some of the recipes.

This has also inspired a huge love of cooking for me. My mother is very unadventurous when it comes to food and passed that along to myself and my sisters. I’m starting to get out of that and will now cook with things I never ate growing up (like garlic). I LOVE garlic now. I put it in pretty much everything, lol. I am also a lot more open to trying different things now. I still have my favourites and often order the same thing at restaurants, but I’m much more willing to try things than I was before (Tyler can attest to that – it took him a long time to get me to eat different things). Another big thing I eat now is onions. I LOVE onions. I used to hate them and wouldn’t even eat things if I knew onions were in them. Now I eat them raw and put them in a lot of my food.

Do you watch any cooking shows? Do you like to cook and have your taste buds changed since you were a kid?

New Glasses…

Sometimes I’m surprised by how many people don’t know how blind I am. I have had bad vision for a long time and have worn glasses or contacts for the majority of my life. I got contacts in the middle of my first year of University and now rarely wear my glasses. If I don’t wear my glasses or my contacts, I walk into walls, literally.

I’ve had the same glasses for some time now. My eyes get worse every time I go to the optometrist and this year was no exception. I chose not to get new glasses when I got a new prescription though because I rarely ever wear my glasses and my old prescription was good enough for the 30 minutes or so per day that I wear them. Now that Tyler and I have benefits though, I thought that I would spring for a new pair. I bought a groupon a few months ago for clearlycontacts.ca assuming that I could use it to buy contacts. Sounds logical, right? Wrong. There was some teeny tiny fine print at the bottom that said it could only be used on eyeglasses. Not contacts, not sunglasses, not accessories. Just eyeglasses. So Thursday night Tyler and I spent about an hour on their website trying to find something different, but similar to my other ones. I think that we finally found a pair.They’re a little bit different from anything I’ve ever had before and I’m a little worried about the arms, but apparently clearlycontacts gives you a full year to return them if you don’t like them, so we’ll give it a shot. The downside? The glasses were $58 and my groupon was for $60. Sounds great! Then they get you with a $10 handling charge, a $15 scratch protection package, a $10 shipping charge, taxes, and a $9 charge because I need a slightly different lens. I’m pretty excited now that we’ve picked them out though and hopefully our benefits will cover the extra amount. It will cost us about $70 for a pair of glasses and considering how much my last ones were, that’s not bad at all.

What do you think? Are they me or am I getting a bit too far out of my comfort zone?

Christmas Already?!?!?

I can’t believe how quickly the conversion from Hallowe’en to Christmas has happened! It’s insane! Tyler and I went into a store on Tuesday and it already had all the Hallowe’en stuff down and the Christmas stuff was everywhere. Someone even told me that HMV was already playing Christmas music!

We also saw someone putting Christmas lights on their house today. Seriously? Tyler and I just took down our Hallowe’en stuff last night and putting that stuff up took forever, so I’m definitely ready for a break. I jokingly asked Tyler if we could put our stuff up and you should have seen the look on his face. It was like I had 2 heads or something.

My crazy sister already has her tree up WITH presents wrapped underneath it! Shes’s nuts! I love having my tree up as much as the next person and probably even more so because my parents never put their tree up until about December 15th when I was growing up (that was mostly because they put it in the living room and they had to move furniture to accommodate the tree and wanted the disruption to be as minimal as possible). I think that I’ll try to get our tree up around December 1st. I’m not putting up any lights or outdoor decorations though until there’s snow on the ground. I know that it’s probably easier to put them up now when there’s no snow and it won’t be slippery, but I seriously can’t even fathom putting them up right now.

I will admit that I have started my Christmas shopping. I’m one of those people that picks up a few things at a time and that way it’s not so busy around Christmas. I have a bunch of stuff for my niece, some stuff for my mom, a gift for my mother-in-law, and something for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. I still have a whole bunch of stuff to get, but I’ll start getting it slowly over the next few weeks. I need to start thinking of ideas for my Dad, sisters, brother-in-laws, and father-in-law. They’re always hard to buy for.

We’re heading to Great Lakes Crossing in the states on Saturday with my family, so hopefully I can pick up a few things there. I’m getting my Mom’s birthday gift, but maybe I can find some more stuff.

When do you start your Christmas shopping and when do you put your decorations up? I think it’s still way too early, but maybe I’m wrong!

Nablopomo…

I have decided to attempt to take part in Nablopomo 2011. For those of you who don’t know what Nablopomo is, it’s National Blog Posting Month. Basically I’ll have to post every single day for the entire month of November.

I’ve never participated in Nablopomo before. I’ve thought about it on many occasions, but never thought I’d actually have the stamina to write something every day for 30 days. That being said though, I feel that I’ve neglected my blog lately and want to start getting back on track. Hopefully by the end of November, I’ll be wanting to write more and more. I’ve already got my blog planned for tomorrow and just need to finish it up. I may also need some topic suggestions, so feel free to let me know what you want to read about!

You can read more about Nablopomo at http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http://www.nablopomo.com

Note: I know this blog post says that I’m already a day late, but my blog wouldn’t let me publish my post yesterday, so here it is. Look for another blog post later today!

New Car…

We finally found a car for Tyler! After months and months and months of searching, we finally found one! It’s perfect timing too because Tyler got a full-time job in London! He starts on Wednesday and the car will be ready tomorrow! 🙂

We were originally searching for pretty much any Honda car around $10000, but we had to expand our search when nothing nice was coming up. Then Tyler’s Dad said that we should really buy from a dealership instead of just any auto centre and that expanded our search even farther. After looking online at EVERY Honda dealership within two hours of London, we still hadn’t found anything in our price range. Then we expanded the price range and were still coming up empty. We finally decided to lease a new car and then buy it out at the end of the lease. He got a 2011 Honda Civic and we paid a little bit extra to get a sun roof and a few other added features (like some nicer hub caps that Tyler wanted). We get to pick up the car tomorrow morning! It’s so exciting that everything is finally starting to fall into place! Now if I could just get a Program Manager position with my company, I’d be SO happy!

Here are two pictures of the car and I’m sure there will be many more in the future!

In Need of a Change…

I am desperately in need of a change. I need something to look forward to and the fact that every day is exactly the same is driving me bananas. I don’t have time for any projects or anything like that, so it’s not that I need something different to fill my time. I just need some things to start happening.

Tyler and I are still living with my parents until we find a house. We just can’t seem to find a house that’s really us. We’re thinking about building one in my hometown, but they can’t start right away and it’ll take four months for the house to be built. That being said though, I really want to live in my hometown. We’ve looked at quite a few houses in two other towns nearby, but nothing is catching our eye. We need a house that’s modern, but well-priced. Everything that is new and already built is ridiculously expensive. Before we can build a house, one other major thing needs to happen though and that’s what I’m waiting for.

Things are a little weird at work right now too. I’m currently working in a contract position until October of this year. I’m covering a maternity leave, but the person I’m covering for has actually been off for over a year already because she got sick during her pregnancy. A lot of my co-workers are saying that they don’t think she’ll come back, but I just want to know. She has until 4 weeks before my contract is over to decide if she’s coming back or not. If she does come back, I still have my position in Parkhill, but I don’t know if I want to go back. I liked what I was doing there, but the hours sucked and the drive there sucked even more. What I really want is to find a daytime position, but I just don’t think that there are any in my agency right now. The only real day jobs in my agency are either part-time hours and part-time pay or they’re management positions, which I don’t really think I have enough experience for yet. The one good thing about my current position is that I’m learning of some other agencies that do similar work that may be somewhere I can apply to in the future. For now, I’m content with  my job, but I want to have a plan set up for October in case my contract ends if the woman I’m covering for comes back from maternity leave.

I just feel like nothing is changing in my life and I desperately need it to. I thought that 2010 was going to be “my year” and it really wasn’t. Now I’m kind of down and wondering if 2011 is again going to be another bummer year where I just keep getting kicked while I’m down. I just want things to move forward and I want to start working towards my future. I feel so stuck and I HATE being stuck. I’m usually a very happy person, but lately I’ve been getting depressed very easily. I’m very touchy and will sometimes get angry or sad at the drop of a hat. Sigh…. I don’t know what to do with my life right now. I desperately need something to look forward to….