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My Poor SUV

21 Mar

So this happened today…

Some ass-hat broke in to my suv, smashed the driver’s side window, pulled everything out, made a mess, stole some stuff, then left the inside of my vehicle exposed to the elements which in this city means the rain, which means the upholstery and carpets are absolutely drenched.

I am such a jumble of emotions right now..I seem to jump between wanting to meet the person or people who did this so I can smack them upside the head and take my stuff back or being sad about what was taken and having to deal with the situation. I am also highly irritated in general about having to deal with this cuz ya know dealing with insurance and RCMP and mechanic shops is such a joy. sigh.

My suv was parked in front of where I live and statistically crime like this is perpetrated by teens to young adults who live in the neighbourhood…oh the random stuff I remember from Criminology and Law classes lol All this means to me is that some shitdick who possibly lives in my neighbourhood will go walking by my place from time to time with MY iPod! Grr! He/she might even wait at the bus stop across the street and smirk, maybe chuckle to themselves, as they remember what they got away with.

Not even like they are some criminal mastermind, all they did was smash a window, create a mess, and steal stuff, anybody can do that. *rolls eyes*

They were fairly stupid about what they took, I mean yes they took my iPod, which I am highly upset about but I’m upset because I am emotionally attached to that iPod, not because it was new or shiny or highly coveted by others. That iPod was a present for graduation from film school in 2008. In tech years that means it is ancient! Aaaaand it kinda is, it is an iPod without speakers, without a camera, without the ability to easily connect to the internet, without a data plan, without access to the Cloud. Hell, you can’t even sync it to a computer unless the computer has operating software that is 2 to 3 generations old. Β Which upsets me even more because the human who is the equivalent to the common cold who now has my iPod will quickly realize it can do none of the things he/she expects it to do, and really is only good for music, and I worry they will get so mad they’ll smash it, or throw it out, or be mean to it, and then my iPod will think I don’t love it anymore. 😦

Yes, I am one of those people who gets emotionally attached to her technology, don’t judge! πŸ˜› It’s one of my adorable quirks. πŸ˜‰

Along with my iPod they took some scratched up sunglasses, three pairs, that I used for dragon boating – hence the scratches. Aaaaaaand, they took my Kit Kat. MY Kit Kat! That’s just rude.

The Kit Kat was a random gift from a friend that I kept in the centre console of the suv so it wasn’t right at hand in the apartment. Made it so I couldn’t just grab it when bored but instead had to decide if I wanted it badly enough to go to the suv to get it. It’s one thing to steal my iPod and sunglasses, but it is definitely crossing a line to steal my Kit Kat Chunky bar. Is nothing sacred anymore?

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So yeah, they stole my iPod and cable, three scratched up pairs of sunglasses, and a Kit Kat Chunky bar.

Screams kid to me, especially considering they left expensive things behind.

And before you lecture, yes I realize I should not have left anything in the suv and this is my fault. Don’t think I’m not beating myself up about that.

Because this all happened late in the day there were no shops open I could take it to so tomorrow morning I get to get up nice and early and spend my morning finding an ICBC approved shop that can fix the glass and the upholstery and that has a courtesy car. Lovely.

The only positive thing to happen is that it is considered a no-fault claim so my insurance rates won’t go up. I still have to pay the deductible though, which sucks.

I had slim hope the neighbours security camera caught the break-in since the neighbour came to me while I was cleaning the glass out of my suv to say it might have and he’d check the footage this evening but sadly I got an email from him saying my suv was just out of range and he couldn’t see anything. Which means the RCMP really won’t be any help because without video footage they won’t even send a person around to investigate let alone try to find who did this or find my iPod. Which means no consequences for the cranberry-fucknut who did this. sigh. I want there to be consequences. I want their misery. I want my freakin iPod back!

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The Returned – 2013

16 Mar

The random perk of working odd days and hours from most people is you end up seeing things on tv you would have normally never seen. That is, if you are watching tv at some point during those non-working hours when it seems most everybody else is slaving away…

Today I saw a movie on tv called The Returned. I have noooo idea why I decided to watch it, it is a zombie movie and that isn’t really my thing, ya know? That and I had other things I should be doing…theoretically…

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I figured I’d watch a bit at the beginning, it would prove to be dumb and not hold my interest, and I’d go back to my book buuuut that didn’t happen…

Two hours later I am staring at the screen in horror, but not scared horror, in anger horror, emotional horror, life is unfair horror, and amazed at how good a zombie movie could be when it doesn’t focus on gore, or violence, or any of the standard zombie movie cliches.

Probably people who love traditional zombie movies don’t like this one as much, so maybe that is why I liked this one, because it is different?

Without giving away any spoilers, in case you decide to go watch it, in this movie people who get infected and get the zombie virus can take a once daily injection to hold off turning in to the stereotypical zombie. They are called “The Returned” because they returned from the horrible fate that awaited them if they hadn’t gotten the medication and responded to it…that fate of course being a transition into a traditional zombie and then a bullet to the head.

The main characters are a married couple, he is a “Returned”, she is not. They face a crisis, as does the rest of the world, when the medication needed to keep all the “Returned” as humans is running out.

It is one of those great movies that lets you analyze a situation that is happening in the world and debate what you would do, what would those you know do, what do you believe should be done by the government, the military, the medical professionals, all without making you feel threatened because it is just about zombies not something real, like say, an outbreak of Ebola, or Avian Flu, or H1N1…you know, those pesky outbreaks that had people freaking out about closing borders and not sending aide to other countries for fear of the disease then being brought back.

Sorta like how District 9 could inspire conversations that in actuality were about how to treat refugees, but since in the movie the refugees were aliens there was less chance of people freaking out about having a conversation around the rights that are awarded to refugees because it is just aliens, right? πŸ˜‰

I love movies like that, movies that can open dialogue about topics usually shunned because they are uncomfortable to talk about.

In case you hadn’t gathered by now, I liked the movie, I even recommend the movie…just don’t go in to it expecting all the normal zombie movie stuff or you’ll be disappointed. Go in to it expecting some zombie gore type scenes, but mostly expecting a drama about relationships, a movie that will make you question what could cause you to change your views on how to treat your fellow man, how much do you think society should do to care for those who have un-treatable illnesses that could spread and kill quickly, how long do you think your humanity would last when faced with unbearable decisions?

Ooooh, look how quickly a zombie movie got deep and thoughtful! πŸ˜‰

Life Labs Snafu

2 Mar

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I have been trying to get in to Life Labs for a week to get a test done. Each time I went the wait time was stupid long and I couldn’t wait. And yes, I know you can book appointments but the only appointments available are at times that didn’t work for me, hence my attempting to walk-in.

Yesterday I went towards the end of the day, thinking it might be quiet, and got told that the type of test I needed required me to be there when there is more than an hour left before closing…I was two minutes late, sigh.

They gave me a printed out list of instructions for my test and my personal paperwork back. You know the paperwork, the one the doctor fills out saying what test you need and filled with all your personal medical info plus contact info. That paper you never want to lose.

So yeah, I get home, chill for a bit, then pull out the paperwork so I can read the instructions as well as remind myself what the lab hours are for Thursday. That is when I noticed that while yes, they did give me a piece of paper with instructions they also gave me someone else’s personal paperwork.

Just to be clear, I now had access to some random strangers test request, doctor information, contact information, health care number…all kinds of information that is sooooo not my business.

Can ya say oops Life Labs?

I went back today worried I wouldn’t be able to get my test done since I no longer had the form requesting my test. I was all prepared to put up a bit of a fuss about having to go back to the doctor to get another form all because they screwed up but the lady who was working yesterday was also working today and she remembered me. She didn’t realize she gave me someone else’s paperwork but she did realize after I left she still had mine so she apparently waited a bit to see if I would come back and then she filed it.

I was just grateful I didn’t have to go back to the doctor and get another form cause it is next to impossible to get in to see my doctor in any kind of timely manner.

One of the other people working made an off hand comment thanking me for bringing the other person’s form back because apparently the lady who gave it to me could lose her job if it was missing but I don’t think that is true. I mean, I think it is true someone could be fired for something like that, but I don’t think anyone would have realized she gave me that paperwork, it was a photocopy and they probably would have figured they forgot to make a copy of the original and make a new copy.

Makes you wonder though, how often something like that happens…

So lesson learned, take a closer look at the paperwork I am handed before leaving somewhere to make sure it is mine!

Soft Tortilla Bowl

11 Feb

I’m a bit delayed with this one but I finally got around to trying the Soft Tortilla bowls by Old El Paso. I’ve been wanting to try them for a while now but I don’t really make tacos so couldn’t justify randomly buying them.

I figured now was as good a time as any to buy the fixings for tacos soooooo I bought the bowls. I however have yet to buy the meat…so I still haven’t made tacos. *rolls eyes*

What I did do though was re-purpose them for breakfast, cause who doesn’t like a fun breakfast?

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Because it is me I bought the whole grain bowls, hey, it lets me pretend I am making healthier choices. Don’t judge, that’s just mean. πŸ˜‰

I scrambled an egg and two egg whites, tossed in some dill because, well…because I was making the eggs for me and I like dill in my eggs…that’s about how deep I get when making choices in the kitchen lol

The bowl is supposed to go in the microwave for 10 seconds according to the package, so obviously I did that. No reason not to, right?

Once it was done in the microwave I put some shredded cheese along the bottom, put the scrambled eggs in, topped with the rest of the cheese (I used 20 grams total of cheese, and yes, I weighed it out) then just for fun topped with 1 tablespoon of salsa.

Gotta say, I was quite happy with the results. Tasty. Protein and carb and dairy and I guess even veg since I had salsa on there…all good things! And better than it being all good things, it was all tasty things. Mmm!

Only thing is those bowls are small. They are mini sized so not like I couldn’t tell from the packaging they are small lol That’ll probably be okay when I actually make them as tacos because I’ll eat two but no way I am eating enough scrambled egg to fill two of those bowls, that is just too much egg. I have an egg limit and that would take me past it lol

If I hadn’t put some cheese on the bottom of the bowl I am fairly certain the heat and moisture from the scrambled eggs would have destroyed the structural integrity of the bowl and it would have been quite the messy meal. So whatever you fill yours with, I suggest putting something as a barrier along the bottom, whether it is cheese, or lettuce, or whatever your little taste buds desire. Unless of course you want it to fall apart when you pick it up and have all your fillings spill all over your plate, and your hand, and possibly your shirt…sure hope that isn’t your favourite shirt you are wearing! πŸ˜‰

I am hoping to make some bbq shredded chicken in the next day or so and try that in the bowls. Or just buy some ground meat and make taco meat, then eat taco bowls like how they are meant to be used. Ya know, like normal people…

I can’t remember how long the package said they are good for once they are opened, I do remember that they need to be put in to a container of some sort (mine are currently in a Disney tupperware – in case you were wondering) and do not need to be refrigerated which if you think about it is a bit um…concerning? I mean yeah ok, they are sorta like bread, and bread doesn’t have to be refrigerated, but these aren’t really bread, and they last longer than bread would, so what is in them that has them lasting so long? I figure I don’t reeeeeally want to know so I am ignoring that little quirk. πŸ˜‰

I’d classify the tortilla bowls as a good buy. They can be used for a lot of different things, you get 8 in a package, they aren’t freakishly expensive, and they taste good. Well ok, to be fair they themselves don’t have much of a taste, they are more the vessel for your other, tastier foods, but they are perfect little vessels and do a good job, which is all I ask of them.

Oh, and just an fyi, if you are on WW, one bowl is 2 SP, so yay! for a new, point friendly food. πŸ™‚

 

Cat vs Cookie

9 Feb

So there I was, sitting on my living room chair with two coveted Maple Shortbread Cookies. They cost me a whopping 6SP in Weight Watchers land so a definite treat.

The cat comes to sniff the first cookie. I’m ok with this because he likes to smell all my food but never tastes it. I am torn between he is sniffing for poison and if he ever smelled some he would save me by swiping the food out of my hand OR my food is so unappealing to anyone who isn’t me even a cat won’t eat it…

Anyways!

He comes to sniff the cookie. He sniffs for longer than normal. Weird, but alright. Then all of a sudden he decides to switch from sniffing to gnawing on the cookie! Doesn’t even try licking it first! Oh no, not him, just starts gnawing on it, like he could somehow fit the whole thing in his mouth. *rolls eyes*

So, being the supportive of personal growth person that I am I broke off the section of cookie that is now quite obviously never going in to my mouth and offered it to him. He nibbled it a bit then proceeded to ignore it in favour of giving himself a bath.

Seriously? He gave up a delicious Maple Shortbread Cookie to lick his own tummy. I think we can all agree he doesn’t make the best life choices. Β πŸ˜‰

The travesty is that I lost about 1/4 of my cookie. My planned for, points already tracked, can not replace, cookie. 😦

Such a cruel world. *big epic sigh*

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Don’t let the innocent look fool you!

Random Dessert

28 Jan

I have noooooo idea what to call this but names don’t really matter, taste does, and it turned out surprisingly tasty. Definitely going to make it again!

Looks wise though, um, yeah, so not pretty!

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Take one banana, it needs to have a little brown on the peel so it is easy to mash. Mash the banana, add two eggs, mix. You’ll have a runny mix that may be slightly lumpy, depending on how well you mashed the banana so mash it well!

Pour the mixture in to a frying pan, cook, flip, cook some more.

Top with PB2 that has been mixed back to peanut butter consistency, or use almond butter, or real peanut butter, whatever takes your fancy. Actually, I might not use normal peanut butter because it is made with a decent amount of sugar and the banana makes this sweet enough as is, the PB2 is not as sweet as real peanut butter so it is a nice counter taste to the sweetness of the banana. That’s just my opinion though…

My picture shows the banana pancake (that is my working title for now) covered in PB2, I should have taken a pic of it prior to topping it, sorry ’bout that.

I maaaaaay have accidentally burnt the one side, well, maybe overcooked is a better description of what happened, but it didn’t ruin the taste so bonus! Also, it is such a runny mixture that when I flipped it well, it basically turned into a big ‘ol mess , which is why I say it isn’t a pretty dish. I think if I cook it on a lower heat so it cooks more in the middle before burning on the one side I can flip it and it just might hold its shape…maybe?

The final consistency weirdly enough reminded me vaguely of custard, despite the fact it is in pancake form, I guess because it stayed so gooey, but a good gooey, nothing gross happenin over here, I promise! The PB2 was a great topping because the banana made the pancake sweet and PB2 is sooooo not sweet, together they matched perfectly. πŸ™‚

So yeah, healthy snack / dessert / treat…whatever you want to label it. If you wanted to make it thicker and more filling you could probably add some oats to it, or if you want only the egg and banana in it but not as runny I suppose you could use just one egg. Tweak it whatever way you want, lemme know if you try something and it makes a tasty result! Sharing is caring people! πŸ˜‰

 

Costco Toys With My Heart

27 Jan

Oh Costco, you are so mean!

A while ago I wrote how they took away Kodiak Cakes from their stores. Devastation! Horror! Tragedy!

Well happy news, they brought them back so yay! Kodiak Cakes came back in to my life and I was a happy camper.

Costco, being worse than a jilted ex who keeps popping in to your life to mess with your head, has now discontinued another staple of my food world.

Devastation! Horror! Tragedy!

Costco, what are you trying to do to me? 😦

PB2, a food you may or may not have heard of, was most affordable if bought at Costco but sadly they have removed it from their regular stock. *pout*

Guess who blew their food budget out of the water to stock up on 4 containers of the stuff? This girl!

Yes ok, it can be bought at GNC and other health nut stores but in smaller containers for more money. Uh…no thanks! Hence stocking up today, before the last store in my area ran out of the last little bit of their stock.

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In case you have no idea what PB2 is lemme give you the lowdown. It is a peanut butter alternative, a powdered peanut butter. You can either add water to the powder to bring it back to normal peanut butter consistency or add it in powdered form to smoothies, oatmeal, all sorts of things.

Some of the ways I have used it…

(1) 2Tbls PB2 mixed with 1 1/2Tbls water so it is a bit runny, like heated up peanut butter, then I dipped sliced apples in it

(2) mix it with water to normal peanut butter consistency and spread it on my Kodiak Cakes (like pancakes), or on bread

(3) in powdered form put it in oatmeal, omg so good in oatmeal!

(4) in powdered form added it in to a smoothie

(5) made it in to peanut butter consistency and used it in a baking recipe

Basically anywhere you use peanut butter you can use PB2 for fewer calories, fat, etc.

I haven’t used it in anywhere near all the ways others have, a lot of people use it to make a peanut sauce for cooked dishes, which I like the sound of but have no idea how to make a normal peanut sauce let alone a modified version lol

A source told me when she lived in a small town and had no stores nearby to buy it from she ordered it online for about $8 a jar so I guess that will be something to look in to once my stockpile runs out. I reeeeeally hope by then Costco has come to their senses and brought it back though because seriously, taking it away, so mean!

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