Stress Relief

My sure-fire coping recipe for immediate stress relief.  It totally works!

Two Peas in a Pod

Two Peas in a Pod


It drives me crazy... so why do I keep hitting the 'refresh' button?

Vair Impresses

Okay.  Seriously.  It's not just me.  This is INSANE right???


Is Ethan trying to tell me something?

The Pop-in

I was going to tell you about the Friedken incident, but then THIS happened...


It's the end of the world as I know it: MOM's dating!


OH.  MY.  GOD!  Just got this via email!  Should I be worried?

The Phone Message

Maybe I should get a restraining order?

She's Baaack!

Just when I thought she was out of my life forever...

Rewriting My Legacy

Here we go again! 

Hey Katie!

Well I haven't used this thing in a while, but since you're all the way in Vancouver, I thought I'd pull out the ol' webcam and give this videoblogging another try.  It seems like the only time we speak is when we talk about The None!  Just finding creative ways to keep in touch.  It worked great with Ethan when he was in Montreal!

Stay tuned...

Being under-employed

It's only been a few days since I was fired "encouraged to pursue other opportunities" and I'm already running out of money. How does that happen so fast? I'm not spending irresponsibly or anything. In fact, aside from the occasional (ruinously expensive, I'll admit) caramel-white-chocolate-double latte, I'm really very frugal. Time to rewrite the ol' resume AGAIN. Ah, job hunting. One of life's sweet little pleasures.

While I work on that, do tell: what's your favourite euphemism for being right-sized/optimized/streamlined?

Day... oh forget it. I don't even know what day it is anymore.

No video today. Or for the foreseeable future, as I have lost access to my webcam. You see, that meeting with my boss I was looking forward to? Turns out it wasn't a raise I was getting, it was a pink slip. That was just the beginning of what turned out to be a truly HORRIBLE day. The less said about it the better. Really.

And since then, things have gotten just a little bit weird in my life. More on this later, but in the meantime, I'm going to spend a little more time on Facebook (I have oodles of free time at the moment).

On the bright side: Trevor? Kicked him to the curb. Feeling pretty good about it, too.

Day 17 - Things are looking up!

Today is a good day!

Day 16 - Cake Wreck

Why, Ethan? Why?

Still Day 15 - Barb and Gary

What is it about wedding preparations that brings out the absolute worst in people?! Seriously. Sam's wedding is months away! But it's not too far away to bring out the ugly in mom. Read on for the latest assault on my sanity:

She keeps putting me through the BARB STRANGE JEWISH INQUISITION. She wants to know if Dad's bringing a date. And if so, what she's wearing, what she looks like, and how she'll be doing her hair... Which I suppose I should be grateful for. Kind of lets me off the hook for a bit. But it's also kind of terrifying. Because I know what's in store for me... any day now it's going to be:

Day 15 - A second date?

I'm going for it, baby!

Day 14 - The First Date

Ethan! I pulled myself together enough last night for my date with Trevor. Totally worth it.

Day 13 - Barb's Birthday

No video today. Feeling sick. It was mom's birthday yesterday. I had the bright idea of having Sam and her over for dinner. Read on, if you dare...

Last year we went to this great tapas place. Mom couldn't rave about it enough. So I thought it might be fun to recreate it. Y'know, the home-cooked version. Sam always takes mom to fancy places... But Sam's a neurosurgeon!!!.. She has that luxury. I just really thought that this could be more meaningful for a change.

I poisoned my mother. I mean, I poisoned all of us. But there's just something really dark about giving your mom food poisoning on her birthday. I know it was an accident but I've just been feeling so guilty. What if, subconsciously, I tried to poison her? I mean, with Sam's wedding coming up, she's been on my case a lot...

So I googled it. Listen to this: "New studies reveal a subconscious brain that is far more active, independent, and purposeful than previously known." What if my subconscious went momentarily insane?! What kind of daughter am I?! In retrospect, I can't help but question my choices. I mean, for God sakes, why else would I make squid?

Day 12 - Reading Series

Maybe I should start a book club. Or something.

Day 11 - The Neighbours

I did something really bad. And more than a little embarrassing.

Still Day 10 - Passive Aggressiveness

Ethan - I wasn't going to post again until tomorrow, but I just HAD to show you what I went out and bought on my lunch hour.

Day 10 - Trevor (Being Erica)

Things are looking up!

Day 9 - Dress Shopping

Oh please no...

Day 8 - My collection

Post It Collection

No video today. A whole lot of executive-types from head office are snooping around. Everyone's freaking out.

Instead, I leave you with a small sample of my growing collection of helpful suggestions from Vair. Enjoy!

Day 7 - Online Dating. Still.

The continuing adventures...

Day 6 - Online Dating?

Putting myself out there. Yep. Here I go.


I've been poked. 12 times in the past hour. The first time it happened, I poked back. Just to say: "hey, how are ya?". But then they just started flooding in. I mean, it's every few minutes. And I'm getting it from every angle! I'm getting gang poked! Seriously Ethan, should I be worried? What if it gets around that I'm the office pokee. Or that I asked for it? Because I swear I wasn't looking for anything more than the casual wall posting now and then! Maybe the occasional message! But this is too much! I just want things to go back to how they were, before the poking ever began. I never should have gotten involved with co-workers!

p.s. Gonna "friend" Noah Lafleur from high school... get my mind off this mess.

Day 5 - Vair-y Scary

I work with the passive-aggressive princess of darkness.

Day 4 - Speed Dating

Speed Dating

No video post today. Something is being (rather excessively IMHO) jackhammered outside. Went speed dating with Judith. Click through to find out the exciting details...

Okay, so I was supposed to go with Jenny. I had signed up with Jenny. In fact, it was Jenny's idea!!! But... Jenny bailed on me at the last minute because she had an actual slow date. Anyway, thankfully Judith was willing to take her place. Just another reason why I love Jude. I mean, she's in a healthy solid relationship... and yet she'll still put herself through dating hell for me.

Have you been to one of these things, Ethan? They. Are. Horrible. I mean, it's like putting yourself through 17 job interviews... consecutively! And where are the men? There were 32 women there and 17 men! One... gentleman, Arthur, was 72 years old. He was into gin rummy, aged cheeses, and Rodney Dangerfield... He was by far the catch of the night. You know what, Ethan, I'm trying. I really am. And I guess if 72-year-old Arthur's still at it, then maybe I shouldn't complain at 32, right?

...or maybe I should be very very worried.

Day 3 - Me and Ike

Warning: I am particularly pathetic today.


Post It


Day 2 - This is what I'm dealing with here...

Ethan. I told you that sometimes I feel like I am losing my mind. This is why.

Day 1 With My New Webcam

Here we go!



Guess what? I.T. guy just finished installing my new webcam... why they are giving everyone in the company webcams is beyond me, but it's apparently very important. I, however, am going to turn the inexplicable into the INCREDIBLE by using it to try videoblogging. This way you'll know what's going on in my life. Since you never seem to call anymore. Hint.

Anyway - stay tuned...