Epixome
This is CRAZY LAND.

Aug
27

After I paid my Shaw and hydro bills, I went out at 1 to do my banking and ran some errands. I got some ribeye steak / spaghetti / veggies / borscht / iced milk tea at The One Café for the iron, and got an on-sale Nescafé 475g instant coffee canister (I’m running low on coffee because of the usual suspect – it was $10) / on-sale Cadbury Dairy milk bars x3 (toffee / bubbly with white chocolate / Oreo Cookie Crunch) / on-sale store brand invisible tape x6 at London Drugs. Got home at 2:45, which is fine by me! Much easier than yesterday’s epic expedition, for sure! It’s been about a year since I last got an instant coffee canister (Aug. 30 / 2013), but the one I have now has been mostly used a lot in the past few months or so!

Aug
27

I discovered redrum this morning, and it seems to be back to normal. Yay for no stress this time around! Also had a dream where Steve L. (wrathchild) was protecting us from Mom chasing us down. Oh my.


You’re a Sensitive Sleeper

Sleep doesn’t always come easily to you, but when the conditions are right, you sleep like a baby.
You need your sleep to be in a sanctuary, with cozy blankets, quiet, and the right amount of light (or darkness).

Once you get to sleep, you sleep deeply. And you may get seriously grumpy at anyone who wakes you up.
Sleep renews you and even helps you grow as a person. If you’re not sleeping well, your life starts to suffer from it.

Aug
26

No more blue Engrish shirt or dark blue shorts that I got at Sears forever ago! I went out at 1 to see if I could find shorts and a T-shirt. First, I went to London Drugs to get two pairs of replacement Secret ankle socks since the “pair” I was wearing was mismatched in texture, and I couldn’t stand the feeling any longer. Then I wasted time at Coast Mountain Sports / Atmosphere before going to Sears to get a blue “Rock Island Oysters and Clams Public House” T-shirt which was 40% off! ($20 to $13.43!)

When I got to Oakridge at 3, Auntie Kwai apparently saw me when I was busily trying to cross the road! Then I had to wait half an hour to even SEE the dentist. Apparently, a chunk of one of my back teeth has been missing since at least 1995, when I had my wisdom teeth removed! Sean saw it on the X-ray, went “WTF?!”, and wondered how long it had been there! The tooth hasn’t caused me any problems for almost 20 years, so I will just roll with it. Then I decided to continue with my shopping trek because it’s better to use this month’s money than next month’s money! (even if it would be practically drained by the time I’m done – I needed and wanted to buy these things, anyway…)

Afterwards, I briefly went to the Apple Store at Oakridge, then glanced in the Bay. Then I went to Lansdowne, which was largely another waste of time except for using the Target washroom and getting a half-price container of Island Fresh Gain laundry detergent. I couldn’t find Winners, and didn’t want to eat up any more time than I had at that point since the malls all close at 7 or so on Tuesday night. After wasting yet more time at American Eagle, I finally found a pair of breathable Under Armour black shorts with pockets at Champs in Richmond Centre! Pretty good, since the last time I bought them was more than four years ago (July 31, 2010) for the MATRIX shorts! I figured I had just enough energy to go to London Drugs for the second time today, since the last thing I felt like doing was going out on ultimately fruitless expeditions again tomorrow! At that last stop, I purchased some Minute Maid orange juice (I was thirsty!) and two replacement Home Accents pub glasses. The last time I bought some pub glasses was on Sept. 11, 2012. When I got home at 7 (not wrong to feel accomplished!), I spilled some Oktoberfest knockoff equivalent beer on myself, necessitating yet another shower! Man, I’m a consumer whore!

Granville Island Public Market:

Aug
26

Michelle Osterhoudt Steed wanted to add me to Facebook: sure, why not? I know the name from Mikki’s SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND music group, after all! Called Uncle Andrew’s office to ensure that I actually still had an appointment this afternoon (I do, so I had coffee – might as well get it over with), and then called Atmosphere (Coast Mountain Sports / Sportschek) to see if they still had shorts in store. They do, so hopefully they’ll be relatively cheap. Maybe I can find something at Oakridge since I’ll be there anyway…


You Could Develop Invisibility

You are an incredibly observant person, and you have a real head for details. You remember everything.
You are quite clever and even a bit sneaky. You’re the type who likes to work behind the scenes.

You aren’t one for attention, but you do still want to do good in this world. You just prefer to be anonymous.
You are more adventurous than you might seem, and you want to be able to travel everywhere, completely undisturbed.

Aug
25

Mike and I discussed my being tired myself at midnight, letting the other sleep, shouting “rape!” in his sleep, snoring, FULL METAL JACKET, my NOT teaching him Mandarin / Japanese / Korean / Vietnamese, “me love you long time” (what Korey ALWAYS used to say to me!), prostitutes, how it isn’t possible that he could have had his tongue injury from licking me like a Shiba, Akita dogs, Dylan’s boring story about his emotions and his dead Toronto friend Christabelle who’d died senselessly because of a drunk driver, and his wanting to play that Newgrounds DOUCHEBAG WORKOUT game. He did do that for a while, then looked up Stolichnaya Premium Vodka on the BC Liquor Stores site, and Adobe Flash Player as well. We also talked about my weird dream where he looked like Robin Williams and lied to me about meeting up for dinner with his Uncle Lawrie when it was really his mom’s friend Penny (who looked like a younger version of Lynn), whom he called “six zeroes.” When I got up, I discovered that the lards had called just after I’d gone to bed – HA!

Then Mike and I discussed the ice bucket challenge (Ryan Kesler and the Sedin twins!), anatomy, having the rest of the bacon macaroni and cheese with some coffee, updates for WORLD’S END Chapter 2 on Mezzanine Stairs, and male anatomy pods. Conversed about his looking up Adobe Flash Player because DOUCHEBAG WORKOUT 2 wouldn’t work properly, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, “I don’t care!”, explanations for my crying, no reason for stuff, “Shiba Inu” meaning “brushwood dog,” Bill Clinton, the Illuminati, conspiracy theories, not calling him a dork, whales, socially inept people, “you can call me a lot of things – NERD and GEEK are fine and okay,” construction workers being douches, DOUCHEBAG apps or games for his phone, and Kabosu phone apps.

We talked about finishing the Cheddar Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Lays chips, The Amazing Atheist, DarkMatter2525 on Youtube (“How God Favors Evil”), God and free will, my drawer handle IN MY ROOM vs. the entire drawer in the LIVING ROOM (I don’t remember our talking about the former previously – but we did talk about the latter in the past month?), DOUCHEBAG LIFE / HOUSE OF WOLVES games on Newgrounds, appreciation of safety, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. Conversed about Pearl Jam playing like Coldplay, Kabosu in a kayak, things being better this time (no rushing?), Troy Sorel and his brother Todd Sorel’s reaction to the phallic lollipop (thanks, Mom… NOT!) in Gr. 8 in the cafeteria, surprise, wetness, dopamine, why Vanessa has to be such a flake, his not seeming enthusiastic about checking out Craigslist and FreeCycle for bigger beds, his having to take a shower before he got going at 4:30, and seeing each other later eventually. Time apart will be good for us… time to shower and do laundry!

Firion, Maria, Guy, and Gordon take on the Behemoth as they enter the FINAL FANTASY II Palamecian Coliseum to rescue the abducted Princess Hilda!

Aug
25

You Are Sometimes Productive

When it comes to productivity, you are very human. Some days, you are totally productive. On others, it’s a struggle to get much done.
Consider looking into common time management and productivity strategies. You already work hard, but you can get more out of every hour.

In order to become as productive as you’d like, you may have to say no more often – even when it hurts.
Productivity is not about doing everything all the time. It’s about doing the few things that matter most.

Aug
24

Eric called at 2 to say that he’d be here at around 5:30, which sounds good to me! I had to make sure Mike was actually awake at 3:45, of course, and he said he was just putting the finishing touches on the macaroni and cheese. At 4, he said everything was ready. Good, then! He wanted to bring the lemon Oreos; do whatever you want! Mike got here at 5:10 with chili oil, lemon Oreos, Worcestershire sauce for future Caesars, the bacon macaroni and cheese (with apparently too much Parmesan), and who knows what else. I know he wants to start the cult of Kabosu! Eric called to see if I had Pastor Dan’s address; I did not, so I called Pastor Dan to get it (Eric had found an email with that and forwarded it to me), then called him back. We were on our way at 5:50 with the ghost pepper salsa and everything else, so YAY for that!

The guys talked about cars, Honda Civics, the Sunfire, and such for a while; Kieran apparently has a Jetta, which sounds good. We discussed diesel, engines, Eric’s grandma going into a retirement home, the highway, Ladner Trunk Road, backlit road signs, and food shopping for next week’s BBQ. When we got to Pastor Dan and Sharon’s, I gave people some cards before settling down to watch Declan eat chips. The group decided to eat inside, but Pastor Dan said he’d meet me at the front door before going upstairs. Declan was looking at the backyard next door, Sharon showed us cute pictures of their new baby grandson, and we had bacon macaroni and cheese / fresh salmon from the Steveston docks / chips and salsa / chicken / quinoa salad / lemon meringue pie / coffee / tea / lemon-lime pop.

We talked about the States, the jalapeno vodka, walnuts, butter, milk, this morning’s California earthquake, DOGE, the fight at Tony and Trish’s wedding, that epic Costco lunch where the old ladies loved the kale salad and the variety, Pastor Dan’s family, small group stuff (start date is October 8 – dinners are October 22 and December 17), my birthday being on September 17, and Dylan not being good with dates. Also discussed puzzles, the WATERWORLD exhibition, the SIMPSONS ride, skipping lineups, Declan trying to feed milk to his sister Elysse, the fish bones, why Dylan and Deb chose their kids’ names, Irish names, Dan and Sharon’s family traditions (no “William Williams”!), Conan O’Brien, Conan the Barbarian, our busy summers, Disneyland, Bronies, anime conventions, ashes, social experiments on Facebook, weddings, Pastor Edward, the two people named Sabrina, Chris Lam, rabbis arguing with God, and Wayside. On the way home at 9:10, the guys and I talked about what Eric didn’t like about the Evite system now (polls and no custom replies?!) / bumper stickers / the speed limit / the Massey Tunnel / the Oak Street Bridge / Mike’s tongue injury (Sharon would have known if it’s normal for a tongue to split since she’s a nurse!) / next week’s help starting at 11:30. Mike and I can just transit to the church, which will necessitate getting up “early.” Oh well. At home, Mike and I tried the lemon Oreos and the jalapeno Stoli vodka, which was intense! Then he went for a nap, which is fine. The lards called, but I don’t want to deal with that right now if ever, so I won’t!

You can tell who the Dark Knight is in the FINAL FANTASY II town of Bafsk! “What are you doing just standing around? Move!”

Aug
24

I had a dream which involved me walking Hiero around and showing him all these bookshelves (“Auntie’s books! Grandpa’s books! Grandma’s books!”), having brightly-colored muffins from a Chinese bakery for breakfast (yellow! blue! red!), and having “lightly recycled blocks” for lunch. This also featured Karen Lew LOVING the blocks, Mom harassing us wherever we went, Dad telling me that Jon had been pretty hungry this year because his only hit song that he’d worked on had been Matthew Good’s WEAPON, and big round buttons for “Our Place” and “Gaming” on a system’s game screen. What the heck, subconscious?!

Mike told me that he’d had a nap, but was working on stuff like the cheese sauce (not boiling the water for the pasta?!) at 9:30 AM. Okay, then… at least he said that the bacon was in a sealed package in the fridge. I hope that’s true! I told him to be here by 3 or 4 anyway, since he KNOWS he has to come here with everything!

Aug
23

I had a dream where little Sean L. was making a mess with glitter, we were at a church, and Ellen and Frances C. were back! Everyone welcomed them back, and I told Frances the truth about my mom. Interesting… I told Ellen about it, and she said she hasn’t spoken to Frances in years, and also finds her scary!

Eric emailed me at 10 AM yesterday to say that he could give me and Mike a ride to tomorrow’s BBQ, but it didn’t show up in my inbox. I had to go hunting for it in my “All Mail” folder. What the heck, Gmail?! Mike did ask at 12:45 today whether we had a ride to Ladner, which is what prompted me to see if the reply was buried somewhere. I told everyone else that Eric could just call me tomorrow afternoon at any time, since Mike needs to learn that our laid-back way is the less stressful and RIGHT way to do things! Then again, it seems the location was still a bit up in the air, but (as I told Mike) that is OKAY. It is NOT something to stress about! Eric can’t host, and neither can Jason and Vicky since they’re sick and there are probably germs everywhere. Then Pastor Dan said that he doesn’t mind hosting solo since Sharon may be busy with the new baby boy (!), so we might as well go with that. Deb and Dylan don’t have a grill, but they could help set up and clean up since they’re spending the night in Surrey before they go to Kelowna on Monday.

I just managed to get the bus so I could go out to London Drugs and get regular Clamato, a 500mL bottle of 1% milk, and some almond milk. All of it had good expiry dates, and the plaza’s deck has been fully restored… yay for stair access! Mike thought that I’d forgotten about his refilling the other little bottle. Nope, but I’m efficient this way, and was going to get it anyhow! Of course, he STILL hasn’t finished cleaning his kitchen; I’ll call very good odds on him being distracted by something AND it being cluttered!

Aug
23

I decided to stay home while Mike bused to Sasamat to get flour and olive oil from his mom’s, since he said he would come over here afterwards in any event. He wasted time looking for a bus ticket which turned out to be in the car! Then again, he needed to get some from Safeway since that was his last one! Apparently, there’s an Anime Fan Expo and a Brony Convention in town, which explains the weirdly-dressed people at #3 / Westminster and the border traffic today from Washington / Oregon / Northern California. Mike gave me a goodbye kiss before he left, of course.

I was so drained that I went to bed just past 11, and didn’t get up till 9:30. Apparently, Mike had called me at 1 AM, but he was too late. I figured that he’d change his mind and just sleep at home due to his own exhaustion, anyway. However, he’s not the only one who can sleep more efficiently alone in my small bed, so he’d better not be punishing me about it. Apparently, Facebook was making him install its new Messenger app, which I’ve already heard is a pain. At least he got makeup brushes for that silver paint from Japan, which is a ridiculously tiny amount, but that’s already 25 times more than what he’d realistically need EVER. We also saw a Rottweiler in a truck bed yesterday!

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