12/22/2003 07:07:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Well, I knew it was going to be interesting. It all started when we showed up at the airport in Calgary and got in the wrong line. We didn't stay there very long, but it was going to be a sign of things to come. We get to the right counter, only to be told by the over-worked and under-paid Air Canada check-in lady that AC 636, the flight indicated on our e-ticket, didn't exist. At all. Ever. She booked us on a flight that was an hour later, but then we missed our connection in Toronto, which was kind inevitable since she didn't book our luggage through to Halifax anyway. So we got our bags and went to the Air Canada client care centre (both people) and, after an hour of waiting, finally got a voucher for free bus rides to and from a free night in the Comfort Inn. Seeing how we had to get a 7 AM flight the next day, surely we would have gotten sleep to awake bright eyed and bushy tailed. So we went to the hotel bar and got wasted. Really, really drunk. After 3 hours and 4 pints, and a Pizza Pizza pizza later, I manage to get an hour's sleep. Waking up at 4 AM still drunk isn't fun. It's even less fun when we have to get on a cold bus to get to an airport to catch a plane. Ouchie. So we check in, and get in line to board, when our names are called over the airport-wide loudspeaker, even though we're only 5 ft away from the person calling our names. Apparently, Air Canada was really, really sorry, and decided that they would bump us up to Super Better-than-everyone-else-class. Also known as Executive class. So the ride to Halifax wasn't all that bad, but it was close. Remind me to not use travel agents at all anymore. Anyhoo, we're alive and well, and with Eva and Bill. Their house is beautiful, their hospitality amazing, and things are good. Apparently I'm going to Fredericton tomorrow to meet some of Rose's relatives. Should be fun! Ian and I went to see ROTK (Return of the King) tonight. Great movie, but certain things needed to be explained more. Like the reason for 5 false endings. But other than that, the film was awesome! Well, that's all for now. CYODFS|W|P|107214523467763312|W|P||W|P|12/20/2003 12:10:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Well, we're off! We're travelling all day today, arriving in Halifax at or around 12.55 AM local time. I'll try to post tomorrow if I can with a funny re-telling of the trip. We have our cell phone with us, if anything comes up. Love you all. Mike and Rose|W|P|107194753870999566|W|P||W|P|12/12/2003 07:24:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Well, in my defense, it is a valid argument, innit? If you can't keep plants alive, a pet isn't for you! That and the near-dangerously violent allergic reactions I get to pets really doesn't appeal to me. Which reminds me that I need to get some antihistamines before heading to N.B. for the hollidays...which is freaking me out 'cause it's only 1 week away. Sweet Maker I can't wait. It's not taht I don't enjoy Calgary, it's just that...well, I'm tired of it right now. I need a break. I'm tired of the mentality out here, but more specifically, I can't wait to have a week go by during which I don't have to see my co-workers! And I think the bamboo looks kool. If I could, I'd take it to work mith me and leave it there! I'm hungry, I wonder what we have to eat....|W|P|107128229199545918|W|P||W|P|12/11/2003 04:43:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Rose says: "Master and Commander" is a really fun movie. Definately worth watching in the theatre (even if your local IMAX wants to charge you 20$ for the privilege!) I wouldn't recomend this movie to anyone who actually knows anything about the Napolionic wars, though. And by "anything", I mean little things such as , oh, who was fighting whom. MIke has told me we can't get a cat because I can't even keep two sticks of bamboo that grow in stagnant water and I only have to water once a month alive. Hey, in my defense, it's a dumb-looking thing that doesn't grow anyway. Who cares if it doesn't grow in shades of green or shades of brown? |W|P|107118619749495305|W|P||W|P|12/05/2003 04:36:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|So I've changed the media listings. Nothing much else to report. Come back tomorrow for Mike's review of Master and Commander. We're going to see it tonight. CYODFS|W|P|107066736802593192|W|P||W|P|12/03/2003 10:58:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Rose says: hahaha! Isn't that exciting? Just put two boys together with some computer stuff and watch them go! Brr!... it's cold and snowing here today, but I guess I can't complain since Mev and Aaron have told us that they're at -40 up there in the NWT. Yikes! Hang in there, guys, just think of how great the summer will feel! I want to share a really great veggie stew recipe I tried on Saturday. It turned out really well, and is dead easy to make more or less of, depending on who you're feeding: Ingredients: 1 tblsp. each dry majoram, basil and parsley 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest salt and pepper 4 tblsp. softened butter 8 oz. frozen chopped green beans 1tblsp. olive oil 1 small finley chopped onion 1 chopped garlic clove 8 oz diced summer squash or potato 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 small can crushed tomato (about 1 cup) 3 cups corn kernels (canned or frozen) In a small bowl combine herbs, lemon zest, salt and butter. Set aside. Cook the beans uncovered in boiling water for two minutes. Drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a large pan with onion and garlic. Saute for one minute. Add 1/2 cup water, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the beans, squash or potato, pepper tomato and corn and salt to taste. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in the herb butter and season with pepper. (All credit goes to Deborah Madison in "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone"). This recipe turned out really well for me. If I made it again, though, I might add some crushed chilis. Yum! Maybe I'll make it again tonight since it's so grey and snowy today! (And since I have so much free time on my hands... grr!)|W|P|107047431701260401|W|P||W|P|