Thursday, September 27, 2007

I Graduated!

Dance started up last week. (For any new blog readers, I started square dancing in January 2005). Monday night I officially graduated from the mainstream program. I should have gotten my certificate in April but the ceremony took place while I was in Texas. It wasn't anything huge. Just recognition that I'm progressing. It was fun though :)
This picture is from last Christmas. My partner is on my left.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


This afternoon I set my phone to silent when I went into a board meeting. After it finished I stopped at home quickly and then headed to my parents. While I was driving I realized I should probably turn the ringer back on. When I opened it to change the setting, it rang! It was my mom wanting to ask me a question. I was like "well, I'm actually on my way to your house. Can you wait five minutes?" Good timing :) I also got dinner there.

From there I stopped at Jenna's. I wanted to return books 5 & 6 of Harry Potter and pick up book 7. My plan was to just stop by and get home to watch tv and upload some pictures. That didn't work. Janik was there and Jenna's sister Katherine, then Will (Jenna's husband) joined us and a friend of his stopped by. We ended up visiting until 11! It was so nice and relaxing and funny and interesting and exactly what friends should be. Better than tv any day :)

This morning one of my co-workers gave her notice. She's been looking for something else for awhile now and she finally found it. Her new position is with a company and work environment that will fit her really well. We'll miss her a LOT, especially her technical expertise but I know this is a good thing for her. Good luck S!


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Beautiful BC

Meredith's friend Zoe is visiting from Australia so we've been showing her Beauiful Bitish Columbia. Yesterday was Bridal Falls. It was a grey day but warm enough to go for a short hike. It's late in the year so the water over the falls was light but they were still beautiful.

The good part about the less than perfect weather was the fact that tehre were only a half a dozen other people around. It was great.

Mere and I in front of the falls.

Today (Sunday) we went out to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. Mere and I have tried to go there a few times and we never made it. Today was a perfect day. It was warm and not too windy. We didn't stay long but it was nice to hike down, take a few pictures and then head out.

I have been very negligent in enjoying my beautiful province this summer. Granted it was a wet summer and I had myself so busy I didn't really make time to go out and enjoy what this area of the world has to offer. Hopefully I'll get to do a bit more this fall.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Talk like a Pirate Day

Yesterday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I am so not in to that. There's a Facebook application you can load which will help you with that but it drives me nuts. I always ignore it.

BUT, in honour of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I have a story. There's a cell phone ad on the radio that has been driving Seth and I nuts. The premise of the ad is that this girl is driving to school with a guy and her friend calls. The two girls are talking and in the background the guy is singing something about matters mathematical and equations. It's very catchy but we haven't been able to figure out the words.

Seth finally got enough of them yesterday that I was able to plug them in to Google and found out that the guy in the commercial is singing "The Major General's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's, The Pirates of Penzance.
I am the very model of a modern Major-General,I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical,From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;I 'm very well acquainted too with matters mathematical,I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news With
many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.
Pirates of Penzance is one show I have very little experience with. I kind of want to see it now because I can't get this song out of my head! Read the full lyrics here

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ramdom Memory #3

Stacy's post reminded me of something I was thinking of posting last week. In grade three I was given the task of handing tests back to the students in the classroom. At least I think that's what I was doing. Whatever it was was super important and it was an honour to be asked. So big an honour that even though I had to pee really bad, I made myself finish doing this task before I went. Of course, I didn't make it. I still remember the feeling of standing there, in the classroom, with warm fluid running down my legs on to the cheap thin carpet in that portable.

I was *so* embarrased. I ran straight to the bathroom and hid there until my mom came with clean, dry clothes for me.

The funny thing is I still do that to a certain extent. Well, I don't pee my pants but I do sit here at my desk at work and say "I'll go after I finish XXX". Thankfully my bladder is louder then it was then and I have enough brains to just stop and go pee (because it takes, what? all of two minutes?) but I still try and push it. You'd think I'd learn!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Am I a good sister or what?

Friday was Seth's birthday. I left this on the counter for him.
I tried to tell Mom and Dad about it on Sunday and they said "We know. He took a picture with his camera phone and showed us." I asked him if it tasted good (because I didn't have enough ingredients so I cut the recipe in half but I wasn't sure how it would turn out). Seth said "you tell me". See, when I got home on Sunday there was only about 1/4 left. I think he liked it. LOL Oh, and he was planning on showing the picture to all his co-workers. Yup, I'm a good sister.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I guess I should be happy...

that it hasn't happened before :(

This weekend I went down to Lopez Island with Darrcie for a scrapbook retreat. This is what? The third or fourth time I've gone south across the border to the US to scrapbook this year. I've done it a bunch in the past too. This time, after waiting in line for well over an hour, they decided to question my motives. Sent me inside and grilled me while they searched my car.

The "Border Protection Agent" assigned to my case told me "this is what I think. I think you're going down to sell product in the states". How do you convince these people that the product you're bringing is for personal use? Yes I had at least one pack of un-opened pages but that was about it. Granted I have been lazy in cleaning out my car. I do still have the CM decal on my window (it makes finding a silver Corolla a whole lot easier!) and I do have a few old business cards floating around (does the fact that they are two addresses ago not work in my favour?) Mostly they just decided to pick on me.

The BPA dude told me "you realize that if you're lying and I find out, you'll never be allowed in to the USA again?" I told him that I realized that but I was telling the truth and not about to change what I had to say. Of course he didn't like that. He ended up calling Darrcie to confirm who I was and where I was going, checking SS (because I told him that's where I "met" her) and, looking me up on Get this though. MY NAME SHOWED UP!!! WTH?!?!?! I've been deactivated for almost TWO YEARS! And my name still shows up on the locator.

A word of advice to any active or not active consultants, remove any and all reference to CM from your person/car and ONLY bring your "personal use" scrapbooking supplies (whatever that's supposed to mean. I thought I packed light this time!)

It's not fun to be accused of something that isn't true. I can be glad that it was something I could truthfully answer about. (And man is it natural to want to defend yourself!!!)

They went through EVERYTHING. Including my wallet. Which has CMSheriTx's business card in it. "When did you talk to her last?" "Uh, like in person or online?" "When did you talk to her last?" (thanks for the clarification) "Yesterday I guess" (We posted to the same thread. Does that count?)

Anyways, I know they're just doing their job and I probably could have (and will) clean out my stuff a bit more but man, I waited over an hour to get the third degree. Not fun.

The retreat was fun though. That was good. And getting home was a breeze. "Where do you live?" "How long were you gone?" "What is the value of goods being brought back" "Have a nice day!"

~Heidi...glad to be home...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Where Were You when the World Stopped Turning?

Weird. I started writing this one year ago but I never finished it.

No one will ever forget where they were on September 11, 2001. For myself, it was a normal Tuesday morning. I got up, got ready for work and when I came into the kitchen Mom was listening to the radio. She rarely did so it was a bit weird. Then the phone rang. It was my dad's friend asking if he was awake and had heard the news. He wasn't. Mom filled me in saying that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center in New York and then she went to wake Dad. By that time the second plane had hit.

I remember now that the reason Mom had the radio on is because Seth was working for a temporary labour agency and had to be at work quite early in the morning. She heard that the first plane had hit when she was driving him to work. She came home and kept listening but didn't know if it was a big deal or not. That's why she didn't bother waking up my dad until his friend called.

I borrowed his walkman and listened to CKNW on the way to work. When I got there we tuned the radio to CKNW and my boss set a small tv up in his office. I think we watched the towers fall together.

To me it was very much like a movie. A real life, real time movie that I couldn't escape. Big explosions and conspiracy theories but all coming through the tv so it didn't seem real.

When I got home Dad had our tv set up in the living room (it was normally downstairs). We watched that stupid thing for probably a week straight. It was crazy.

On the first anniversary of the attacks I drove with my cousin's grandparents to Alberta. The best part of that day was the fact that I had zero radio or tv. That was how I remembered. By disconnecting myself and just celebrating that I was alive, living in a beautiful country and surrounded with people I love.

September 11th is so far one of the biggest events of my life. I remember where I was when Princess Diana died, I remember knowing that the Gulf War was going on. I remember where I was and what I was doing when President Bush declared war on Iraq but September 11th stands out above them all.

Being in Washington, DC last year and seeing the re-built section of the Pentagon brought it home a little more but it still feels like a dream...and not a good one.

September 11th changed our world. It makes me sad to think that there are a whole generation of kids growing up who don't know a world without terror. I pray for them and for peace for everyone.


blogger burn out be gone!

Wow. I'm sorry. I kind of got blogger burn-out after all those concerts and then I got super busy and I just haven't been blogging at all. Let's see. What have I been up to?

Here's a recap of the long weekend from my email to Deb:

Let's see, Friday (August 31) I went to Costco with Mom. We made the clerk laugh. I was splitting a box of chicken with Seth and a package of hamburger with Mom. I was trying to figure out how much cash to give Mom so she could pay. The clerk was trying to be all helpful and asked "can I give you a sub-total?" We replied, "Only if you can split the hamburger!"

Once we were done there we went back to Mom's and I re-packaged the chicken and hamburger and put half of it in her freezer and took half home. My freezer's too small but her's has lots of room. Now I can just go shopping at Mom's when I run out of meat!

Saturday (September 1) I had breakfast with Jenna, Kimberley and Melissa. After that, Meredith and I headed into Vancouver. We went shopping on South Granville. Neither of us had been there before so it was fun and then had dinner downtown at a sports bar and dessert at the Pan Pacific.

Sunday (September 2) after church I went out for lunch with Mom, Dad and a bunch of other people and then I just hung out at their place. Mom and I played Scrabble (and she beat me horribly) and we went for a walk.

Monday (September 3) I didn't leave the house at all. It was great. I even SCRAPBOOKED!!! Woohoo! LOL It was a nice relaxing day. Seth was watching a Will & Grace marathon and I just puttered around.

Tuesday, September 4 I went back to work and found out that my boss had pneumonia AND bronchitis. We knew she was coming down with something but we didn't expect it to hit that hard. You can't control your health though! Normally it wouldn't have been a big deal but that week was our Annual General Meeting and Quarterly Board Meetings.

Wednesday, in a conference call with our accountant, lawyer and chairman, I was volunteered to RUN the meetings. Yikes! Thankfully my boss had really detailed speakers notes which she reviewed with me so I was confident and prepared going in to the meetings.

Thursday was final prep for the meetings with the Confidential one starting at 4pm. Juding from the comments that I received afterwards, I did alright. I presented all the information that staff needed to communicate and "facilitated" effectively. It was a good experience. Not something I'd necessarily want to repeat regularly or on such short notice but good none-the-less.

Friday was the Non-Con meeting and the AGM. Thankfully our Chair and Lawyer ran the AGM :) I got home just before five and took a nap. Those meetings always wipe me out. That evening I couldn't decide what to do. I finally ended up calling Jenna's house. She was out with Will but her sister invited me over and we watched the second Harry Potter movie together. It was nice and relaxing. Exactly what I needed.

Saturday I took my time getting ready but eventually made my way out to Terri's to scrapbook. We had a great time. Sue, Shannon and Kim were there too. I got a page done that I've been worrying about and I'm happy with how it turned out.

Sunday we had a late service so, even though it was a beautiful sunny day, I stayed at home and puttered around. I scrapbooked a bit, watched tv and read.

With work and life being so busy I'm really focusing on enjoying quiet time when I can get it.

That's about it for now. I have a biggish announcement that I'm not ready to blog yet. Stay tuned though.


Monday, September 03, 2007

Acoustic Concert Series: Shane Yellowbird

Wednesday, August 29th The second of the Acoustic Concert Series. I've really been looking forward to this concert. The headliner was Shane Yellowbird from Alberta and local artist Damian Marshall opened for him. I saw Damian last summer when he opened for Leann Rimes. That was another show that I won tickets to from the radio station!

It was nice to see him again in a smaller setting. He is an awesome song writer and has some great songs.

Meredith came with me. She's not a country music fan but she does love live music so we had fun.

Shane was awesome. The funny thing was he opened for Emerson Drive last fall. If i had taken a road trip to see them I would have seen him as well. Instead I waited and got to see them both within three days!

Shane only has one cd (which is awesome). He sang a lot of songs off of it including his debut single "Beautiful Concept" which he called his "baby" :), "They're All About You", the song that really caught my attention and first made me google him, his new single "I Remember the Music" which I am loving, and of course, his mega (Canadian) hit, "Pickup Truck". Kristal's actually in the video for Pickup truck too.

He also did *fantastic* covers of "Texas in 1880" and Garth Brooks' "Rodeo". Shane grew up doing the rodeo circut with family and if he wasn't persuing a music career, he'd still be out there riding. Because of that, to me, he could sing those songs and really mean them.

Shane and his guitarist Troy shared a few stories of performing and being on the road and had us all in stitches. That's the benefit of an acoustic concert. The artists can slow down and chat a little bit so it's more personable. I did get to meet him afterwards and got a photo and autograph. He's really sweet and down to earth. I wish him a long and happy career because I love his music! LOL

Emerson Drive

Monday, August 27th I went straight from work to the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) in Vancouver. Traffic was mercifully light so I made good time. I decided to bite the bullet and park in one of the PNE sponored parking lots. The gate people were confused as to why the fair was so busy on a Monday night. The car before me informed them that there was a "major concert" going on that night which explained it to them. One of them asked who was performing and the other one said "I don't know. Some country band named 'Emerson Drive'". They were right!

Emerson Drive's lead singer Brad Mates (in the white shirt) is from Alberta, Dale Wallace (who plays keyboards) is from BC and the rest of the band is from Quebec. They have three cd's, "Emerson Drive", "What If?" and their latest "Countrified" From those cd's they have a long list of hits. They also hold the distinction of being the first Canadian group to hit #1 on the US Charts with "Moments".

They toured last fall with Shane Yellowbird but the closest they got to the Lower Mainland was Kelowna. I had seriously considered taking a road trip to see them but it never worked out.

When I heard that they would be at the PNE I knew I had to go. Sue got the "Coutrified" cd on the recommendation of a co-worker and when she heard I was planning to go to the show, she decided to join me. We met by the stage and secured a spot right up front, basically exactly where I was when I saw The Road Hammers with Jenna last summer. It's hard on the ears but great for photos and just so much fun.

Emerson Drive put on a great show. It is so high energy and Brad never stops moving. It's crazy. Shania Twain liked them so much that she had them open for her on her Up! tour.
Most of their songs like "Fall Into Me", I Should Be Sleeping", "If You Were My Girl", "Still Got Yesterday", "A Good Man", "Countrified Soul" and my personal favourite "Testify" are really up-tempo. They did slow it down for an acoustic set of rock covers and for "Moments" but the rest of the evening was rocking.

Our spot on the left hand side of the stage gave us a perfect view of David Pichette's smokin' fiddle playing. I have a soft spot for fiddles anyways and he is just amazing.

Sue & I

Our ears were ringing by the end of the night but we still added our voices to the crowd and encouraged the band to come out for an encore.
The concert was only an a hour and a half total. I still feel like I got a fantastic show, and for the $10 gate admission? You can't go wrong!!!

Left, David

Danick Dupelle
Patrick Bourqe