Archives for December 2003

Holiday Recap

It’s been a rather hectic week for Jon and I, if not all that busy.

Unfortunately, Jon came down with some sort of virus on the 23rd. Nothing too serious, but he was largely out of commission on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I went to my family’s dinner on Christmas Eve, but otherwise we stayed close to home. Jon is much better now though, and back to work.

I am enjoying my time off. Yesterday, we went to the Strocels and played a game of Cranium with everyone. It was a lot of fun, and it was good to get out of the house.

Today, we bought a new fridge. It should come in about two weeks, since it’s currently on back-order. Jon and I are very excited. Refrigeration rocks!

Holiday Brunch

Yesterday Jon and I attended the 2nd annual Strocel holiday brunch at Swan-E-Set, in Pitt Meadows. It was a lovely occasion, with 26 attendees in total. The spread was great, the company was entertaining, and the room was beautiful. We’re looking forward to next year.

The countdown is on, with three days until Christmas. Tomorrow is my last day of work until January 5th, and I’m looking forward to the break. It is much-needed at this point, I assure you.

Travelling Salesmen

I’ve had the occasion to answer the door to a couple of door to door solicitors in the past couple of days. One for window washing, and just one today for Anducci’s pasta place. When I have answered the door, both have asked if my parents were home. I’m just guessing it’s kind of rare for these guys to meet someone of my tender age being a homeowner in these parts. Although it makes me wonder where all the other 27 year olds are. I think probably in hip downtown apartments, or as they would assume, their parents basements. The strange thing was the restaurant guy was probably my age.

I have to admit, I do get a kick out of it though 🙂

Bad Fridge!

Our refrigerator went on the fritz for the last couple of days, which culminated in everything in our freezer being ruined. Unfortunately, it didn’t become apparent until very late last night. Since today was the last garbage collection until Dec. 29, Jon was up at midnight clearing out all of the not-so-frozen food and hauling it to the curb. So disappointing!

We think that things are fixed for the time being, but getting a new fridge is now our new priority. After all, avoiding food poisoning merits a little bit of financial strain. That, and too many episodes like this and the spoiled food will exceed a new refrigerator in value.

Home ownership is so much fun! After all, who doesn’t enjoy unexpected expenses right around the holidays?

The good news is that we had a free waffle breakfast at work today, so even though I had no milk for my cereal, things all worked out. Yay for my company!

Carolling, Carolling

Last night was the last Brownie meeting of 2003, and we spent it singing Christmas carols at Seton Villa, a retirement home in Burnaby. We had a full house, which was good, and the girls did an excellent job. I, on the other hand, am still a little hoarse after my cold, so my singing wasn’t exactly up to snuff. My Brownies were sure to let me know when I was squeaking or off-key. Thanks, kids.

I’ve done this every year, and every year the residents have a great time and so do the kids. We’re not the best singers, but I think the most fun comes from the spontaneous things that kids do in front of groups. Last night, everyone particularly got a kick out of the callbacks during ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’.

“…All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names – LIKE PINOCCHIO!…”

Getting into the Christmas Thing

We’ve been getting the Christmas tree up. It’s a very nice smelling tree, and kitten has not yet climbed it, but we have a long way to go before Christmas.

My Baby

Dorothy the kitten is just moving all the time. Always with the pouncing and the mewing and the biting. She can jump 4 feet straight up in the air, and pretty much no place is inaccessible to her anymore. She’s also very cute, which is pretty much her most redeeming quality.

The next challenge? We’re getting our Christmas tree on Saturday. My current plan is to keep my precious and highly breakable ornaments in reserve for a few days, to see how Dorothy reacts. I love the kitten, but not enough to sacrifice my grandmother’s 54-year-old bird ornament to her, you know?

And Tilly? She’s just happy to get hay, and to be able to run around in her own room where the kitten can’t bother her.

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