Thursday, June 23, 2011


Finally, I'm only 4 minutes away from my 2-week vacation! And oh boy am I ever ready for it... Canada Post went on strike two weeks ago, and work has been busy as hell since then, being a courier company and all. We're refusing service to anyone who hasn't shipped with us before cause we're insanely overloaded.

Add to that a cold I got at the same time as the postal workers going on strike that caused my chronic cough to go into overdrive that not even my cortisone pump, nasal cortisone spray and antihistamines could take care of. And the fact that talking CONSTANTLY makes my cough X times worse as well, as in "Is she DYING over there or something!??!" And my cough preventing me from getting to sleep (thankfully that only happened 2 nights this week).

So finally, FINALLY! I got some antibiotics on Tuesday morning after coughing my lungs up for the past week and a half, and they have started to take effect today, just in time for my vacation! [/sarcasm][/whinerant] All this to explain how freaking ready I am for an effing VACATION!!!!!! [/yelling]


I have planned:

Go visit my parents with Carlo, don't know when yet, and enjoy all that there is to do in beautiful Rawdon in the summer

Cook my ass off from the list of recipes I've been meaning to make FOREVER

and put my apartment in order.

And relax/have fun of course!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The gamers

Steph working on d&d and Carlo playing Dragon Age: Origins at Steph's place just now.

And here's Christelle with about two weeks worth of lunches that she just made:

She made what she calls "smush", a mix of chicken, rice, kimchi, fried mushrooms, soy sauce, cheese, hot sauce and chipotle pepper. It's spicy, but reeeally yummy!

Phone pics week of June 6th

So it turns out that using photos is not conducive to phone blogging. You can upload the pics easily, but have no way of moving them around or putting text between them in the Blogger app, so you have to use your phone browser and then can edit in the "edit HTML" mode only, but you can't see the pics so you have to open another browser window to see what to write above what pics and have to keep switching back and forth between browser windows and it's a lot of hassle. So I uploaded the pics from my phone and now I'm editing on my computer. Sigh. I can't wait till they update it so I don't have to do this. I've submitted my feedback on the form thingy they link to in the Blogger Buzz post about it. Oh, and I just realized, the pics I upload via the Blogger Droid app can't be clicked on to view them larger. Argh!

Here's Licorice being cute as usual:

Some flowers I saw on my way back from the gym one afternoon

Here's my friend Tiffany, she came over last weekend after we went to a yummy Greek restaurant. She came over yesterday as well for some bbq with me, Steph and Carlo:

Here's me, Carlo, Licoric and Tiffany:

My livingroom just now, Carlo's computer is at Steph's at the moment though:

Licorice being affectionate:

Here are the kebabs I made last night. They didn't turn out great cause the boxed mix I used said to let it sit once mixing with the meat for 3 hours, and I let it sit for 4 1/2, so the meat tenderizer turned the meat to mush, and they were falling off the skewers. They were too spicy for my taste, too onion-y for Steph's, and too mushy for either of our tastes, so Carlo is gonna throw them into some pasta sauce:

Some delicious burgers I made last weekend for Steph, Christelle, Carlo and I:

Carlo's uncle's dog Teddy in the back of his mom's car, she was driving us back from her place after we went there to pull up a small tree stump and plant her hydrangea last weekend:

Some peonies I saw on the way back from the gym, they smelled soooo good!!:

Some eggplant, portobello mushroom and shrimp I grilled, this time I didn't fail on the shrimp and they turned out great. I mixed them with oil, garlic salt & pepper beforehand instead of just slathering on some bbq sauce:

Some delicious grilled eggplant and chicken ballotine I made:

I've been sick all weekend and I can't wait for this stupid cold to go away. Yesterday I grilled more burgers and some chicken, the chicken I wasn't satisfied with though. I tried doing like I had seen at the cafeteria I worked at where they cooked the chicken in the oven for a while before finishing it on the grill, but the chicken wasn't smoky enough for my taste. When I've tried cooking it only on the grill in the past they burn too quickly since I don't have a way to make a two-zone indirect fire with my gas grill at the moment, and forget wrapping them in tin foil, the skin sticks to the foil and comes off. I'll have to try something else to get smoky, perfectly grilled chicken.

We didn't go to tams today, it was cold and rainy and I stayed in bed a lot. Next weekend my sister is coming over, and us and a bunch of friends are gonna go back to the Pho 88 on Sunday, and the weekend after that I start my two weeks of vacation! :D I don't have anything planned yet aside from visiting my parents with Carlo and doing lots of grilling!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mother Nature FTW! 2

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First phone post

Yay! It works :) Here's a pretty picture of downtown Montreal seen from my job.

Blogger app

Ok a while back blogger announced they were coming out with a blogger app, I downloaded it but hadn't been able to get it to work since then. Apparently I downloaded the wrong app, I got the one by Anders Hedstrom, I should have gotten the one by Google. Or maybe the one by Google wasn't even available back then? I seem to remember the one I got being the only one on the app market... anyways. Phone blogging here I come!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I wanna go catfish noodling!

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Ummm, so I'm bored at work. It's only 11:49.... I dunno what I'm gonna do between calls the rest of the day, I've checked all my usual websites... The posts I haven't posted need pictures that are on my computer at home...

It's supposed to be 27 (80 farenheit) degrees today, I made sure to bring a tank top to change into after work on my way to the gym. The a/c is on in the building where I work and I have bad blood circulation so I have a thick fuzzy blanket wrapped around my waist/legs and thin cotton hoodie and a thick sweater on top of my t-shirt.

I've been bbq'ing (grilling for those in the US) a lot lately, on Sat. night I got everything ready but then realized my gas tank was empty and there was no more to be had anywhere at that time of night so Sunday morning I woke up with one thought on my mind: BBQ! I texted Steph and Christelle: "You two! Bbq! My place! 1pm SHARP! Be hungry! Be very hungry!" So I went and got some more gas and then bbq'ed up a storm for them and Carlo.

This time I didn't make the mistake of closing the lid for too long, not watching the burgers closely enough and letting some of them burn black on one side like I did last Monday. Oh, and the wood chips I used gave them great smoky flavor, it was soooo good! I also mixed in a lot of Spicy Mesquite seasoning mix (which is not spicy but I like it that way) and some of Steph's Dante's Inferno Smoky Chipotle Grilling Sauce, which I can't find a picture of on the internet but I might take one myself sometime if I think of it.They turned out really delicious, and I can't wait to make more. Our fridge is overflowing with leftovers at the moment though so it'll have to wait. Now it's 1:45 and there's lots of calls so more blogging later hopefully.

Mother nature FTW!

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Phone pics May 21-Today

It quieted down enough at work finally so that I had time to blog a bit. It's been crazy busy this week since Canada Post has gone on strike, we're refusing service to anyone who hasn't used us before to maintain the level of service for our current clients.

May 21st: Here's a nice bottle of port that my friend Steph bought and shared with us, it was soo good!:

Later in the evening I arrived home to Carlo's feat of epic dish stacking. The wok and spaghetti pot practically live in the dishrack, Carlo uses them so often cause he's always cooking pasta (he's half-italian) or noodles (he's also half-philippino):

23rd of May: This was a pic taken after an evening of drinking, gaming and watching movies with Sunny, Steph, Christelle, my sister and Carlo. I couldn't participate much in the drinking unfortunately due to a mild case of food poisoning that luckily passed quickly. The guys were playing Borderlands as usual, and us girls were watching Tangled (not my choice). I generally dislike Disney movies because of all the singing (give me a Pixar any day!), and after the first song I asked Cri if there were more and she replied only one. Two songs later I escaped to the bedroom to avoid the rest of them and take a nap. This pic was just before me and Carlo left, Christelle was trying out her drunken motor skills by high-fiveing Sunny in different ways. This was just before she tried a spinning one and ended up on the giant beanbag:

24th of May: Here is a pic of some really delicious ice cream I bought at the Asian market/depanneur across the street from Steph's place. Unfortunately when I brought it home later I forgot to put it in the freezer so it melted completely, I re-froze it and ate it anyways, it was still delicious :D:

Here's Licorice enjoying the view of our back yard:

Our back yard, mostly gravel and no stairs down from our balcony to access it but pretty nonetheless compared to my old one:

And Licorice enjoying the new bed I made for her from unused bedding in our closet:

May 25th: Here's some broccoli and staff-meal noodles with homemade cheese sauce. Carlo brought the noodles home from the restaurant he works at, they were just rice vermicelli with some shrimp and chicken and weren't that great on their own, but with cheese sauce were delicious (what ISN'T delicious with homemade cheese sauce???):

Here is the air conditioner we spent two hours during the wee hours of the morning setting up cause we knew we wouldn't have time to do it during the coming week. All the stores were closed so we had to kludge together a support for the thing with whatever we found on hand. Carlo took a plank from a small printer desk/cabinet thingy that we rested on the windowsill, and then to keep it from falling outwards we took an old utility belt of Carlo's that dated back to his cadet days and screwed it into the plank, and then into the windowsill. Beautiful aint' it! Lol :

May 27th: Here's me & Carlo being sleepy and silly at 7am before I headed off to work for the day. He works from 6pm-12am and I work 9am-6pm so the only time we really have to spend together during the week is early in the morning. I have yet to perfect the skill of going to bed early enough to be able to wake up an hour before my usual waking-up time though so some sleep is lost, but it's for a good cause! :D:

After work that day I went to the Jean-Talon Market to get some smoked lardons for Steph to make pea soup. Here's the belly of a lobster I saw, I find them really cool, I've never cooked one myself though. I should probably do that this summer:

It was apparently the lobster festival:

Here's my coworker Jenny who I went with:

Here's another pic of the market:

Some pretty graffiti near the entrance:

May 28th: Here's licorice trying to lure me in for some attention with her cutest pose possible, you can't see it well but her paws are tucked into her chest making her even cuter. This is on her favourite perch in the livingroom, a box on top of the air conditioner that is now installed. She'll have to find herself a new perch:

May 29th: Being cute on the dining room table again:

Enjoying the view from the balcony again as I fire up the grill that Carlo's mom gave us for the first time.

Licorice getting a foot rub on her usual spot, the kitchen carpet in front of the stove:

I went to Chinatown to pick up some stuff and noticed that our favourite restaurant, the Hotpot, has closed down. Very sad:

I fired up the grill Carlo's mom gave us for the first time:

Licorice enjoying the view:

Some wood chips I bought at the Canadian tire to try out smoking for the first time:

The grill is ON baby! Blood sausage and 2 kinds of burgers, mmmmMMMMM!!!:



More delicious!!

And the perfect dessert, an egg tart from Chinatown:

Carlo had to move the cat's perch so we could install the air conditioner. The cat couldn't care less... lol:

She soon found a new spot, an empty ramen box:

A notice I found near my apartment. Very sad :(

It has my name on it! :D

This is the result of me attempting to grill on a windy day and therefore having to keep the lid of the grill closed otherwise the flame would go out, preventing me from checking on my food often enough... I ate it anyways though:

Here's a powdered mix I found at a small store nearby for a delicious middle-eastern dessert, a kind of milky pudding scented with rose water and orange blossom water:

Another missing cat:(

And the view from my job: