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Portable Protein Pack? Mmmm… Sounds Yummy!

Published June 30, 2014 - 0 Comments

Protein Pack99% of my TV shows and movies come directly from the internet so I don’t tend to watch commercial advertisements much anymore.  This weekend we were watching a movie on AMC.  I’m sure that I’ve suffered through more ads in that short span of time than I have all year.  It was rough.

But one of the ones that really made me sit up and take notice was something called Oscar Mayer’s P3 Portable Protein Pack!  Unfortunately, while I may have noticed the ad, I really didn’t pay very close attention to anything other than the name.  I fully intended to sit down and write a blog post about pink slime (which they do not use in McDonalds Chicken McNuggets, despite internet rumours to the contrary) with jokes like “It’s the stuff they scraped off the floor that they weren’t allowed to put in their hotdogs!”.  I envisioned it in some sort of plastic tube like toothpaste where you just pushed from the bottom and bit off a chunk.  Now doesn’t that sound appetizing?  Pink Slime

Unfortunately for me, 30 seconds worth of “research” proved that theory wrong.  The portable protein pack may be the worst marketing name in history (Remember when Apple announced the iPad and people made fun of it sounding like a feminine hygiene product?) but it’s not pink slime.  In fact, it’s a selection of cheese, nuts, and processed meat.  Protein! Go figure.

I’m not sure that this product is something that I’d be interested in, but hey…  I never thought that I’d be buying Lunchables for my kids either.  (I’ve since stopped doing that because it’s stupid, but there was a time that the convenience outweighed my reasoning).

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Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong

Published June 27, 2014 - 0 Comments
Am I Wrong

I love stories like this.  This song was released in their native Norway (Yes… I said Norway.  I know what you’re thinking.  They appear quite un-Viking-like) back in April 2013 and peaked at #2 in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.  After that the song didn’t do much, until it was released in American in April 2014.  Even then it was a slow climb up the charts.  Apparently it’s the #2 song in Canada right now, and I don’t think that I’ve ever heard it on the radio.  What’s up with that?

This video was shot in Botswana with the goal of showing Africa in a positive light because much of what we are shown in media is fairly negative.  Some of the scenery is breath-taking.  Watch it and tell me… Am I wrong?  🙂

Adventures in Lawn Mowing – Part 2

Published June 23, 2014 - 0 Comments

homer-phone-300x291“Thank you for calling MTD Canada.  Please enter the Canadian Tire model number of the lawn mower you are inquiring about.  This number may begin with a zero, and may contain a dash.  If it contains two dashes, please enter the numbers priot to the second dash.”

WTF?!? It may begin with a zero?   I need something a little more defnitive than it may begin with a zero.  What if it doesn’t?  I don’t see any numbers that start with zero on the mower!  And what’s this thing about it may contain a dash, but if it contains TWO dashes then input the numbers before the second dash.  What if it doesn’t contain a dash? What if it has THREE dashes?  OK.. here’s a number… it starts with a six.  Wonderful… let’s try it.

“That number is invalid.  Please enter the number again or wait for instructions on where to locate your model number.”

OK… this should be interesting…

“Your model number is located in three locations – on your Canadian Tire receipt, on the original packaging, and on your user manual.  This number may begin with a zero…”

You’ve got to be kidding  me.  The receipt?  The original packaging?  You know where a good place to put the model number might be???  On the fucking lawn mower!

After searching through old user manuals, I finally found the one in question… only to discover that the model number listed on the cover was the exact same number that I had tried earlier from the mower.  I had forgotten one of the rules!  It didn’t start with zero, but it DID contain TWO dashes, so I needed to use only the numbers before the second dash.  Finally after putting the right model number…

“Thank you for calling MTD Canada.  Our offices are currently closed.  Please call back Monday-Friday 8am-5pm EST”

It’s a wonder I didn’t light that mower on fire and push it over the nearest cliff.


Adventures in Lawn Mowing – Part 1

Published June 20, 2014 - 4 Comments
Happy Happy Happy

Happy Happy Happy

Sure wish that *I* could mow my lawn right now.  I’d be as happy as that clown.  But no… my lawn is starting to look like something out of Jurassic Park.  There could be a new species hiding among the overgrowth and we’d never know.  Why?  Because I have two lawn mowers and both of them are currently pieces of shit paper weights!

One mower (I’ll call it my Yardworks) doesn’t have the side chute deflector.  I haven’t used that mower in a couple of years, so I have no idea where that piece is.  I’ll get back to this one in a bit.

The other mower (I’ll call that one my Craftsman) came with the house, and was a pretty good one until it went up against a tree stump.  Stump 1.  Mower 0.

So I have one mower with an extremely bent blade, and another that can’t eject the grass clippings and stalls immediately.  This will never do.  My neighbours are all zipping around in their fancy ride-on mowers and probably asking themselves what is going on at the Shorbel.  Well stop asking, and get over here and mow it!  Because that is highly unlikely to happen, I have decided to go with Plan B:  repairing one or both of my mowers.  If you know anything about me, you know that when it comes to repairs, unless it has a keyboard, I’m useless.  But hey, I have Youtube… how hard could this be?

White Girls CAN Jump!

Published June 18, 2014 - 0 Comments

Basketball was never my sport.  (Oh sure… what is my sport, you ask? BasketballGood question!  But it’s not basketball!)  I remember shooting hoops in gym class, and that was ok, but I never quite got the hang of that whole “dribbling” thing.  And other than watching trick shot highlights, I’ve never found professional basketball worth my attention.

So when Jess’ daughter joined a basketball team and I found myself in Fredericton for a tournament, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  It was the first time that we’d all gone somewhere in the new Kia Sorento.  That optional 7 person seating sure comes in handy!

But ya know what?  It was a great weekend!  I learned a lot about the game, and it wasn’t boring like I had always figured it would be.  I learned a little more about the rules, and gained more of an appreciation for the game as a whole.  There was a ton of talent on display.  Those girls are good!

So this may have been my first basketball tournament, but I know it will not be my last.  Next time though… separate hotel rooms for the children!  I’ve never before had security come to my door because of the noise.  Damn troublemaker kids!  🙂


Need a Reminder of How Old You Truly Are? The Olsen Twins Turn 28 Years Old Today.

Published June 13, 2014 - 2 Comments

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You probably don’t require a reminder of just how old you’ve suddenly become, but here’s one anyway!  Mary-Kate and Ashley (or The Olsen Twins, as we all like to call them) are celebrating their 28th birthday today.  That’s right, little Michelle Tanner is 28 years old.  Hard to believe!  Maybe even harder to believe is why anyone would really care!  I certainly don’t.  I heard the “news” on the radio this morning as I came into work, and immediately forgot about it within seconds.  It was only as I found myself sitting here on my lunch break wondering what I should blog about today, that I looked online and noticed that the twins managed to make the headlines there too.  Apparently they’re still a fashion powerhouse, although they’ve since moved from the pre-teen into the young adult market.  Good call.

Forbes had the twins listed at #11 on their “Twenty Richest Females” list back in 2007, with $100 million.Olsen Twins  I wasn’t able to find anything more current.  OK, I didn’t try very hard.  But I don’t imagine that they’ve spent too much of that money.  It’s funny… when I think back to Full House… did it ever occur to anyone that these little girls were going to end up filthy rich?

Probably not.

Then again, you probably never pictured yourself getting old, either.

You’re welcome.

Iggy Azalea – Fancy (Explicit) ft. Charli XCX

Published June 9, 2014 - 0 Comments

Look who’s back with another awesome music video! Although this song has been around for a little while, I really haven’t paid it much attention until this weekend after I added the video to my iTunes collection. Now I’m hooked! I changed my ring tone and my text tone. Haha… I’m so fancy! Who dat? Who dat? IGGY.

In Times of Emergency, Social Media Doesn’t Always Get it Right

Published June 5, 2014 - 3 Comments

RCMPI’m writing this as the manhunt in Moncton is still ongoing in the search for a man who opened fire yesterday on RCMP officers, killing 3 and wounding 2.  His name and face have been splashed across the world, but I won’t bother to repeat them here.  I don’t want to give this murderer any more attention than he’s already gotten.  Only to say that I hope this comes to a swift conclusion.

Instead I’m going to write about social media’s role in this story, and how even in a time of emergency, we don’t always get it right.

Last week we heard that a newborn in Trois-Rivières, Que who was snatched from the hospital nursery had been recovered after a harrowing 3 hour search, spurred in great part to a plea shared through Facebook.  Score one for social media!

But last night as I took to Twitter and watched the activity on #Moncton scroll by faster than I could comfortably read, I was alarmed at how social media was not helping, and even harming, the search for the shooter.  I found it incredible that police would even have to ask the public not to post the location of officers as they searched for the gunman.  Human nature makes us want to be part of the story, to be the first to say “Look what I saw!” but that’s not always for the best.  The sheer amount of misinformation being passed around as quasi-fact only leads to confusion or even panic.  Imagine reading that the shooter might have carjacked a vehicle on a road that is somehow relevant to you.  That sort of uncontrolled speculation doesn’t help anyone.  It only feeds the chaos.  And don’t get me started on the internet trolls who occasionally interrupted the continuous stream with their jabs about redneck Maritimers being somehow lesser Canadians than the rest of the country.  Go find another sandbox to play in.

The internet is an amazing tool.  Social Media networks like Facebook and Twitter allow us to converse in ways that we’d never even dreamed of years ago.  But for all the advances we’ve made, people are still people.  There will always be good and evil, leaders and followers, smart and stupid.  That’s never going to change.

My thoughts go out to the people of Moncton, and the families of those brave RCMP officers who died protecting them.

What’s New?

Published June 3, 2014 - 3 Comments

So what’s new?  What’s going on?  What’s shakin’?  It’s been 6 months!  C’mon… gimme something!  How’s the family?  Kids?  Work?  Latest plan for total world domination?  There’s gotta be something going on that’s newsworthy!

Ummm….     maybe?

It’s actually hard to believe that I’ve been away from here for 6 months!  Granted, at the time that I packed up shop, I never thought I’d be back.  Maybe a post here or there, but even that was in doubt.  My blog was sitting on a server in Powweb, and I had long given up hope of moving it to Dreamhost, where my new blogs had been opened.  I’d already spent money to renew Powweb’s hosting for a year, and didn’t like the fact that I was paying for 2 hosting companies.  But everything that I’d tried to move the files from one host to another failed.  I even bought a program that was supposed to make it seamless and I still couldn’t get it to work.  I’d pretty much given up on it.

It wasn’t until my vacation last month that I started to get the “blogging bug” again and sat down to try to migrate the blog again.  This time there was an urgency… I had cancelled my Powweb membership months ago, and they were only holding my blog until my pre-paid year was up: some time in June.  So if I wasn’t able to move this blog, it was either start from scratch (maybe not a bad idea, I dunno) or give up on it altogether.

If you’re reading this, then you probably have a pretty good idea what the outcome was.  I found a great little WordPress plugin called Duplicator that actually lived up to its name!  And better yet… it’s free!  I’ll probably write a post about this plugin later, but for now, suffice it to say… you wouldn’t be reading anything on this blog without Duplicator!  (The migration wasn’t 100% seamless.  You may have noticed a lack of pictures.  None of the pictures from previous posts moved over, so anything you see now is something that I’ve had to put in manually, but that’s fine.  I was worried about the years of writing… not the pictures that I borrowed from the Internet)

So what about you?  What’s new in your life?

We Went Glamping!

Published June 2, 2014 - 0 Comments

I’m a little late getting to this post, but you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been playing with the blog layout again.  Always trying to improve!

May 17-19 was Victoria Day long weekend here, or as we usually like to refer to it as… the unofficial first day of summer.  If I had a cottage, this would have been opening weekend.  Unfortunately I don’t have a cottage (yet!) so I need something else to do.

*cue drum roll*

Have you ever heard of GLAMPING?  It’s short for “GLAMOUR CAMPING” and has been popular in parts of Europe for awhile.  Now it’s making its way over here!  Think of glamping as a cross between staying in a tent with all the luxuries of a hotel room.

In our case, we booked a weekend at Ridgeback Lodge in Kingston, New Brunswick.  Two years ago a young Dutch couple bought the lodge and decided to try to bring Glamping to the area.  Judging from their jam packed booking schedule, it appears to be successful!  I was looking through the guestbook, and even through the worst parts of winter there were entries from guests who were loving it, even if they couldn’t see outside!

There are two newly constructed dream domes, and in them you will 20140602-100456-36296496.jpgfind everything you need: electricity, wood stove, large comfortable bed, fully functional kitchen, BBQ, firewood, toilet, shower.  Nothing is forgotten.  The true piece-de-resistance is the wood-fired Japanese style hot tub.  You’ll have to venture outside for that, and it takes a few hours for the water to heat, but it’s so worth it… I can’t adequately describe how awesome it feels to sink into that huge hot tub and just relax.  You will spend your time wondering how to build one of these at your house.  Trust me.

Our weekend didn’t bless us with perfect weather, but that’s fine.  We found the dream dome so completely relaxing that we didn’t need to venture outside very often.  A quick look at the guest book showed many couples who had stayed over the harsh winter didn’t venture out either.  Sometimes it’s nice to just relax in a cozy little space.  You’ll probably start to question whether you truly require most of the “stuff” that you’ve acquired in your personal life.  We certainly did!

Jess put together a little video of our walk in from the car.  We wanted to relive the initial impression before we tainted it too much with our own personal belongings.  Feel free to pass it along!


As always… thanks for reading!