Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I've been Tagged...

Ok, so apparently Jessica has seen me through her Romper Room Mirror and I now have to list 7 random things about myself. Who even knew you could tag people via blog? Oh well, it's a fun task so I'll participate. Here's my 7 Random things.

1. I'm addicted/obsessed with Lip Gloss. I know, no surprise there, but off the top of my head I can count 25 different tubes/pots/sticks of the stuff and tell you where they are, and those are just the ones that I know about. If a new type comes out, I have to buy it. Some people drink, others smoke, but I just apply my lip gloss. I've discovered that since I've moved out and my sister can't steal them, they accumulate very quickly. Honestly, perhaps I should seek some type of therapy for this.

2. I have a huge crush on Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) on NCIS. I'm fully cognizant of the fact that he's a fictional character but I can't help it. He's smart, funny, charming and good looking. What more could you want? (As a side note, I also really like Bob Brown (Scott Foley) on the Unit)

3. I LOVE office supplies. Doing up the Staples order at work makes me really happy. New pens, paper, pads and post it's just brighten up my day. When the Staples order comes in it's like an early Christmas!

4. I read at least 3 books a week. Does this make me a nerd, absolutely! Could I stop if I wanted to? Probably not. I can't help it. It's like some type of compulsion. Perhaps a therapist would tell me I'm trying to escape reality and by placing myself in a fictional environment it makes me happy and secure, but whatever I just love it. (Anyone have any good suggestions for books to read, cause I could use some!)

5. Sometimes I read the dictionary. Again, this is showing you just how much of a dork I really am, but it's super interesting. If I really want to spruce it up I read the Bible Dictionary. You would not believe the stuff you learn reading the dictionary. I'm thinking I need to invest in some good Encyclopedia's next.

6. I love the scent of Vanilla. I'm currently sporting Vanilla Shampoo/conditioner, body lotion, bubble bath, soap, and laundry detergent/fabric softener. I even have a couple of Vanilla scented candles I like to burn every now and then.

7. I like to listen to Christmas Carols super early. Drives my roommate nuts!!! I started playing them on November 1st. They just make me all warm and fuzzy and I love that!

Hopefully this was enlightening for you :) It was certainly fun to write them all down. Kind of liberating actually. So I guess now it's time for me to get out my Roomer Room mirror and see who I can see..."Romper, bomper, stomper boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me, do. Magic mirror, tell me today. Have all my friends had fun at play?" I see Kristine and Kellie and Kristi...well ladies consider yourself Tagged. Sorry if you've already been tagged, but I'm pretty sure you only have to participate once. Have fun!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

It's official, I'm Not a Terrorist!!!

All right, so I have no pictures for this particular blog, but I do have a fun story, which is totally better right! I like to think so! So for all of you who are reading this you can use your imagination which is WAY better then any camera I could have had with me!

As I'm sure you're all aware, now is a PRIME time if you plan on doing any shopping down in the Good Ol' USA since our dollar is so strong. Thus I decided that I certainly would want to take part in that great tradition of cross border shopping. Little did I know of the Adventure that would await me.

Ok so here in Ontario depending on what day you go and what border you cross at it can take anywhere from 30min-a couple of hours to cross the border. Well on Friday Holly and I decided that we were going to go shopping and so we drove to the Sarnia/Port Huron Crossing (It's about an hour away from where we live in London) after she had finished class for the day and it was around 3:30ish when we reached Sarnia. It only took us about 45min to get to the border guy (which really isn't so bad) but here's where the story starts to get fun.

Border Guy: Your Citizenship

Us: Canadian

Border Guy: The Nature of your visit?

Us: Shopping

Border Guy: Do you have any produce, Meats, yada, yadda, yadda?

Us: No

Border Guy: Do you ladies come across the border very often?

Us: Not Really.

Border Guy: Have you ever been randomly selected to participate in a search?

Us: Uh, No.

Border Guy: Well today's your lucky day cause the computer's randomly selected you to be searched today. (or something along those lines)

Me: Well at least this will be an interesting shopping trip.

Border Guy: (Kinda Chuckles) Well Ladies please pull over to the left and someone will direct you on what to do.

So we pull over to the left, they tell me to park my car (I was driving a rental) and they tell us that we have to go into a building and to please take our wallets, but no cell phone's allowed. So we get out of the car and head towards the customs office (I think it's customs...It's got all sorts of Home Land Security posters though, and I think they're a division of the FBI), and the nice guy who told me where to park took my keys and proceeds to start searching my car. Holly and I go into the building where there's a GIANT line and start our wait. Well we wait, and we wait, and we wait...and two hours later we finally get to the front of the line. Now let me say this about the Homeland Security People, they were pretty nice to Holly and I, however we were pulled over randomly, but to everyone else, they are MEAN! You do not want to mess with these people. They are rude and scary and they wear Guns! They have holes built into their jackets so that you can see these guns. Seriously, if you are doing something wrong at the border you should re-think that because they are not messing around. (Nor would I want them too really...they're just defending their country). You need permission to go to the bathroom and they practically frisk you before you go in! Once you're in the building you can't make any phone calls and you can't leave until you're cleared to go. No joke....it's almost like being incarcerated for a short period of time :) It's some seriously good times.

Anyway so like I said it took roughly 2 hours for us to get to the start of the line, where we get quizzed on where we were going (The mall up the road...no joke, it's about 7min from the border), why we were going, how much money we had on us, why we were driving a rental, our citizenship and where we were from. There's was allot more to it then that, but at this point I'm condensing things :) He then went out and re-searched my car (which took him 20min) and then came back and told us we were free to go. So we left the building to the applause of all the new friends we had made in line. (I'm actually not kidding about that. They clapped when we left. We were the only ones in line who hadn't been pulled over for some actual reason.) We then continued on our Merry way to the mall because at that point we only had a few good shopping hours left.

On a side note, here's my favorite two reasons I overheard people talking to the customs officers about why they got pulled over. These are actually REALLY funny if you hear the full story, but they're still pretty good in short version. So...reasons to be pulled over at the Border.

1. A Man was stopped because his license plate had come up as stolen. He had reported his car stolen two weeks ago and then thought it was a good idea to drive it across the border without letting anyone know he had it back. (Yes, it really was his car.)

2. 3 guys probably around my age told the border people they were going to visit their friend in Buffalo. (Big Red Flag as there's a border crossing in Buffalo and it's in the state of New York...we were at the crossing in Michigan...it doesn't matter where you are in Ontario, it is NOT faster to go to Michigan and then drive under the lakes to get to Buffalo. It probably adds about 3 hours to a trip you could have avoided by just driving to Buffalo.) Turns out they were going to a Cock fight and had a Rooster in the back of their car. That's right, they tried to get a rooster across the border.

Anyway all in all it was a pretty fun trip. It makes for a good story at the very least. I REALLY wish I could have taken pictures, but I'm pretty sure Homeland Security probably wouldn't have liked that so much. Needless to say, I'm sure glad to be Canadian. (Side note, I love that you can't bring produce and Meats into the US, and that they don't care about anything else, but in Canada they ask about tobacco, alcohol and Firearms. Good to know where the priorities lie!)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sink Holes and Other News

Ok, so you know how I mentioned on Halloween that the city had had a water break and that there was a giant sinkhole accross from work??? Yeah, well here's a picture of it!

Granted this is an Aeriel view, and well, you kinda get to see the awesomeness of it. This is a pretty old picture though (a few days) and for some unknown reason they currently have a giant tent pitched in the Middle of it. (You know the ones that look like Circus tents but are too small...yeah, one of those) We're not entirely sure whats going on out there, but apparently this street is going to be off limits for the next couple of months. How crazy is that??? You just close one of the main intersections just cause there's a giant hole in it. Also as a side note, I didn't take any pictures yet, but they felt the need to make two more giant holes down the road, so there's a grand total of 3 giant holes on Wellington Street. What is the city coming too?

Who knew one little water break could cause so much damage??? Not enough to get me out of work though...only the rest of downtown ever gets that privilege :)

In Other news I'm heading to Port Huron Michigan tomorrow to get some Christmas shopping done. I'm pretty excited about that. There's just something fun about driving to another country just to go shopping. Even if it's only an hour away. I'm super excited to go visit all those fun stores that just haven't made it across the border yet! (Bath and Body Works anyone???)It'll be some good times...even if it isn't in the Maritimes. Anyway I'm going to head off to bed, big day tomorrow and all!