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  • Vacation Tweet Update III

    August 2nd, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   No Comments »  

    July 27

    • Still completely bagged after 4 days and 5 nights at #sdcc. Hoping recovery is complete before tomorrow. No yawning allowed
    • Looking forward to playing tourist in SD tomorrow. For now, we sleep
    • Afraid. I am horrible in pictures. @theonetruebix takes amazing pictures. Hopefullly he didn’t get my ditz expression on my face in his pic
    • And yes, Drew who looks amazing in every photo ever taken of him, makes me feel even sadder about the known deficiencies of photos I’m in

    July 28

    July 29

    • Boosting the US economy 1 beer and amusement park at a time.
    • Just finished watching night shows at SD Seaworld. Ooh ahhs were awesome!
    • Train is out of service. Boo! I think we’re stuck waiting 30 more mins for the blue line. Hope I’m mistaken.
    • Yay for whining on twitter! Replacement train has arrived!
    • Train goes forward. Train goes backward. We have returned to station we just left
    • Who needs a theme park when every trolley ride is an adventure?
    • Oh hai mr transit security occifer. Late for the train were you?
    • Really looking forward to the zoo (pandas!) tomorrow

    July 30

    • “Home” from the zoo. Sleepy. One last full day in SD before we fly back to #yeg

    July 31

    • WTF? Last day in town & I have a giant blister on my little toe
    • Important research underway. Which paper umbrella garnished fruity girly drink tastes best?
    • Sleepy. Have to be awake at 0 dark 30 for the flight home to the great white north tomorrow
    • 4 am wake up call at the hotel. Wonder if that’s early enough?

    August 1

    • After much early am panic we are at airport, through security & on way home.
    • Goodbye sunny SoCal. We barely knew you
    • Sitting in an airport & waiting for a flight takes an excrutiatingly long time when you are drinking crappy tasting beer.
    • Feeling old as a result of this trip. No one bothers to ID me anymore
    • Coming home with a suitcase filled with geek shirts. Hope @bingofuel is prepared for round two!
    • Fighting over who gets stuck drinking the beer. Not usually a conversation we’re used to having.
    • What a welcome home. Thunder storms, lightening, hail and tornado warnings

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    Vacation Twitter Updates – Part II

    July 26th, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   No Comments »  

    Turning off the option to receive tweets to my phone tonight as my txt messaging plan is nearly exhausted. Nothing to fear though, I will likely tweet a bit more about our experiences during the last week of our vacation.

    July 25

    • Standing in giant ballroom 20 hoping to get into Chuck panel. Then it’s time for the Jayne hat flash mob
    • Must have t: I am not a nerd, I just enjoy standing in line.
    • Comic-Con = diet & exercise program for nerds.8 flights of stairs & unknown miles walked before breakfast
    • We’re in! Time for Chuck panel
    • Adam’s inner grunt monolog: Joss Whedon
    • Finished last shift at california browncoats booth. Rest of the con is schedule free
    • Sitting in on the Ray Bradbury panel & 2 tv premiers so we have a spot at the Mythbusters panel
    • Sad we missed the V premier
    • Drew & I weren’t that impressed with Human Target or Vamp Diaries. On the bright side, we’ve all got seats for Mythbusters!
    • Waiting for @donttrythis to hit the stage. @badastronomer running the show :)
    • Consensus is that tv shows are “meh”. Mythbusters next & we know they’ll rock :)
    • Oh hai raspberry mojitos. Of course i with you this fine evening
    • Mythbusters panel rocked. @donttrythis & @badastronomer were a hoot. Tomorrow we wake at 0 dark 30 to brave the ballroom 20 line for Dr. Who
    • hmmm, seems I’m missing some incoming tweets. Didn’t see @britl‘s Cunning Hat search q until today… Boo twitter!

    July 26 (last day *sniff*)

    • Ack! Slept in. Must get to trolley & into ballroom 20′s hellish line-up
    • In line to go inside & get in another line. Here’s hoping we get into Dr Who
    • *w00t* we’re early enough that we’re guaranteed seats. Fabulous way to start the last day at #sdcc
    • We are in & pretty close to the front. Will see if timelord greatness rubs off & makes us cooler.
    • Trading freebie Dr Who comics with peeps in the row behind us. Panel about to start. Wish dad were here to see this.
    • Nathan Fillion & PJ Haarsma just crashed the fan club meeting *w00t*
    • Feeling sad that comic-con is nearly over. Will be a long time before we can afford to do something like this again
    • Lesson learned at comic-con: if you see something you want, buy it. Likely won’t be there later
    • Old and new school comics everywhere. Seemed like MILES of them
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    On Vacation

    July 24th, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   No Comments »  

    Last weekend Drew and I headed south for a few week’s vacation. After landing in San Diego shortly before midnight we crashed for the evening and drove down to Disneyland. We spent Drew’s birthday running around the park and topped off the evening with a great set of fireworks. Then, it was off to sleep before driving across LA (traffic sucks!) and visiting Universal Studios. Had a fabulous time resulting from the decision to bite the bullet and spend the extra money on a front of the line pass. Instead of needing two days to do everything in the park we got through it all in a single day. Our last day in LA was spent wandering Hollywood Blvd and through Santa Monica.

    On Wednesday we headed back to San Diego and have been neck deep in Comic Con madness. It’s been great so far but the stories of crowds and craziness all appear to be true!

    For those who follow me on Twitter, we’ve managed to get a basic pay-as-you-go cell phone with a text messaging option so I’ve been tweeting our vacation. For those who don’t follow me, a breakdown of our trip is as follows*:

    July 18:

    • neighbours throw party for hubs bday. Sweet but they feed him too much beer. left to his own devices he decided to re-pack luggage
    • Guess who’s stuck “fixing” his packing at nearly 2am on day we fly to SoCal?
    • SoCal here we come. Brekky bright & early with @eliste tomorrow am then off to Disney. Volunteer schedule all set. Costume in bag. Excited.
    • Hanging out at the #MSP Armed Forces Security Centre. Tea and sleep before flight to SD.
    • Landed and made it to hotel. Crashing for a few hours sleep before the fun really begins.

    July 19

    • Got cell phone for local calls & tweeting set up. Trying best NOT to take iPhone off of Airport mode to avoid crazy data & roaming costs.
    • Humid. Fun so far. Had great breakfast & fun catching up before spending time with Mickey.
    • Just finished watching the ooh ahhs at Disneyland
    • Sorry #yeg Capital Ex has nothing as good as this

    July 20

    • Just saw the mule from Serenity
    • So happy we saved 4 long time 4 vacay. Lack of $ worries makes a difference
    • Pondering trip to see walk of fame in the am

    July 21

    • Interesting. After days of joking that I got tired too easily at theme parks, Mr. “I’m not tired” has slept in & refuses to get out of bed.
    • Drew is kicking me as he drives route 66
    • Apparently we are now headed to santa monica for a few hours
    • Bless you SoCal. 100 spf sunblock FTW!
    • Too bad I’m already sporting a burn on my face
    • Stuck in first LA traffic jam. Send beer and pizza please.
    • Our GPS appears to be lost. What luck!

    July 22

    • The Canucks hbve landed #sdcc
    • In line to pick up #sdcc passes. Miss front of the line no wait option
    • Help! There must be something in the water. Too many happy waiting ppl #sdcc
    • I miss my iPhone. Old school messaging is so time consuming.
    • Also, no camera on cheapie pay as you go phone. On other hand, got phone & txt
    • CSTS t shirts, she-ra, wonder woman, charlie chaplin spotted
    • Adoring the fact that I am not even close to being the biggest geek in the room
    • #sdcc day 1 t shirt choice: @hijinksensue LOLFOX for me. @drhorrible “not my nemesis” for Drew
    • First day at #sdcc a success. Goodies obtained. Checked into hotel. Early day tomorrow.
    • Check-in clerk thinks Drew & our sponsor looked like brothers. I can’t see it.

    July 23

    • Off to comic con
    • Once again waiting in a long line up to get into exhibit hall. Not open yet? #sdcc
    • Cunning hat delivery delayed. Should have tonight. #sdcc
    • Who’d have expected military spouse mantra of hurry up & wait to apply in real world? #sdcc
    • First volunteer shift done & met adam baldwin FTW!
    • Breaktime is over. Noms in the belly. Braving the crowds again. SDCC. Must blog w/ pics soon since can’t twitpic with temp phone.
    • Doh! Wrong trolley. Time to get off & try again
    • In & getting ready to help out at the @drhorrible screening
    • @feliciaday is introducing @drhorrible. Let the singing & call backs begin
    • Commentary!
    • Watching people google ninja ropes during commentary! How cute! #sdcc @drhorrible
    • Lots of trollies during the day. Long wait at night #sdcc

    July 24

    • Day two. Sleepy & I now have bags under my eyes big enuf to bring purchases home in
    • Cool. @drhorrible @MoTancharoen @ZDubDub (Maurissa, Jed & Zack) signing during my shift
    • First mission accomplished. Got seats for Coraline & @neilhimself. Unfortunately this means missing @theguild :(
    • Today will be an adventure. Forgot epi-pens in hotel room.
    • Got into the dollhouse & joss whedon panel *w00t* #sdcc
    • Saw @britl earlier today *yay* no donation to browncoat charity *boo* public shaming r us
    • Heading to bed. Yes, I’m old. Much sleep needed tonight so we can get in line at 0 dark 30 for the Chuck panel tomorrow am.
    • Unofficial final grade on Stat class was a C+ Barely squeaked through the exam & tanked my GPA, but it’s a pass. I’ll take it.


    *As posted. Typos abound.
    Note: Pics to follow when I get the time to pull them off the camera. May not be until we get home.

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    slow few months

    June 24th, 2009 she Posted in Adventures with MOT, Flan-dom, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   No Comments »  

    For those following my blog these past two months haven’t provided much entertainment. So, I’m sorry to note that it’s not going to get much better for the next little bit.  Hopefully you’ll still find me in your RSS readers once my crazy final weeks of school/papers schedule is finished.

    I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but I’ve been busy with school of late. While I’m stuck in the basement writing and calculating, Drew’s been tearing apart the backyard. I’ll try to post some of the before/current state pictures soon. We’ve not reached the “after” state yet.

    This weekend we’re swooping into Vancouver for a few days and will be visiting with Drew’s aunt and cousins. Saturday will be spent at the Vancouver CSTS and those of you on the wet coast who are interested in what MOT’s been up to might catch a glimpse of him running around Vancouver before the weekend is out.

    He’s been pretty subdued since he came home from Afghanistan however it’s only a few more weeks before MOT heads to SoCal. Which reminds me, I’ve got a picture or two of MOT’s final days in the Sandbox that still needs posting.

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    Putting my “vacation” foot down…

    January 20th, 2009 she Posted in Flan-dom, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   4 Comments »  

    Last year Drew and I – with much help from Drew’s best friend S’s wife K – went on vacation to Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper National Park.  It was the first non-camping/non-family/non-wedding related vacation we’d ever had. We’d never had a honeymoon.  We’d never gone anywhere together that didn’t involve a family visit or wedding in some way, shape, or form. It took us nearly 13 years to vacation together.  Alone. In complete control. Do the things we wanted to do. Or, more accurately, could afford to do.

    So why did it take so long to go on vacation together?  Some of it was related to our jobs. We spent a lot of time apart while one (or both) of us was working out of town or out of country.  But let’s be honest.  99% of the reason we never vacationed together was because we couldn’t afford to do both the family/wedding visits AND personal vacations. Guilt piled up. Family won out. We visited.

    Until last winter.  We took the 4 day trip to Jasper and had a fabulous time.

    This year we’re going to San Diego Comic Con.  4 day passes to the Convention have been purchased. I used my NWA airmiles to arrange for our flights.  Hotel reservations have been made and we’ve joined the SoCal Browncoats brigade of volunteers. We’ll be soaking up the sun in Southern California for 2 weeks. A visit to Disneyland is on the horizon. Now we have to save a boatload of $$ for the hotel. *squeee*

    We’ll likely miss a family wedding or gathering this year. And I don’t care. I suspect Drew doesn’t either. We can’t afford to do both and it’s about time we got to do something we really want to do.  It’s taken 13 years for us to start putting ourselves first.   Like my parents before me, it’s often us who does all the traipsing around to visit others. Not this year. Our firm message to the family will be – You know where we live. We have a spare room. Don’t ask or expect us to visit you. It’s your turn to jump through the hoops.

    Just don’t plan any visits until Drew returns.  Or in July.  Or at Christmas/New Years.  We’re not available ’cause (finally) we’ve got plans!

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    Mr. Orange Toque goes to Afghanistan

    December 17th, 2008 she Posted in Adventures with MOT, Those Who Volunteered, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   5 Comments »  

    Having sipped wine and smoked cigarettes in Paris, watched the sun rise over the Taj Mahal, and shopped in Winnipeg, MOT decided something was missing. He’d lived a life of fun-filled abandon and it was time to take the next step. MOT found friends amongst the Canadian military and decided to go along on the latest tour to Afghanistan. Who could blame him – it was this or spend another cold winter chopping wood in the wilds of Alberta.

    Granted, he certainly didn’t like how the trip started. Being forced out of bed and into the cold at 5am wasn’t his idea of a good time. Then, there was lots of “hurry up and wait” time before the bus left for the airport at 9am. Enough time to get his picture taken with some of his luggage. As you can see MOT does not travel light. Many of his bags were shipped overseas separately from his “hand” luggage.

    MOT and some of his luggage
    MOT and some of his luggage

    Like most members of the military, MOT doesn’t know exactly when he’ll be coming home (although, he sort of knows the month) or how often he’ll have access to a computer to post updates on his adventures. He’s certain many pictures will be taken and his stories posted as soon as he can find access to the interweeb.

    While he’s away, his behaviour will be carefully monitored by the men and women of 408 TacHel Sqn from Edmonton, AB. We wish him and his associates a safe trip.

    C/p Dust My Broom

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    #mumbai

    November 26th, 2008 she Posted in Save Us From Evil, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   2 Comments »  

    From Tweetsgiving to terrorism. So go the days of our lives.

    This morning I woke up excited about the use of Twitter as a tool for advertising a charitable campaign. As the day wore on and news began to filter out of Mumbai, Twitter is once again proving it’s unique position in social media circles. News of the Mumbai attacks are reported to have begun surfacing on Twitter an hour before the first reports began appearing in mainstream media (such as CNN).

    Having spent little time outside of work in Mumbai, I can’t begin to express how heartbroken I was when I learned of the latest attacks.  While I don’t have a close of an emotional (or personal) connection to Mumbai as I do with Bangalore or Manila, I can’t help but cry at the thought of the suffering and terror now gripping the city.

    We didn’t stay at any of the hotels mentioned in the news, but we did take pictures of the Taj Mahal hotel when we were touring Mumbai and again when we were on our way to visit Elephanta.

    Learn more about the attacks:

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    I should be sleeping

    April 11th, 2008 she Posted in Where No Flan Has Gone Before   2 Comments »  

    I landed at midnight last night and arrived home just before 1am MT. Having just crossed 3 timezones my body was suffering under the delusion that it was past 4am AT when I finally crawled into bed. I started my day at 7am AT. Have I mentioned I don’t have any luck trying to sleep on planes?

    Late night and early morning flights always remind me just how far outside of Edmonton the Edmonton International Airport is located. There’s nothing quite like driving a half an hour to get to the city limits (30 mins if there’s no traffic, over an hour during daylight) and another 20-30 minutes to reach the airport when you have a 6am flight and need to be at the airport 2 hours before departure.

    Poor Drew had to be at work at 0 dark 30 for mandatory time on the rifle range and was not amused. He was less amused when he discovered – upon arriving to an empty parking lot at work – that he’d set the alarm clock an hour early and landed at the office 45 minutes before he was supposed to be there.

    I was going to drop into work for an afternoon seminar on copyright law but didn’t even hear the alarm go off. I slept for approximately 12 hours and missed the session.

    And now I can’t sleep. Crossing time zones is always evil. Of course traveling from the east coast to the west coast is not nearly as disruptive to the internal clock as traveling to India or the Philippines was. I do have a few days off before I head back to work on Monday, so it’s not all bad.

    What’s bad is my 10am appointment with the dentist. Yep, it’s that time of year again…

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    it snowed (and rained) last night

    April 5th, 2008 she Posted in Random Burbling, Where No Flan Has Gone Before   2 Comments »  

    I haven’t managed to take any pictures while I was here. There hasn’t seemed a reason to bother. My sister is a great one for taking pictures. She’s always snapping moments in time. Usually capturing people as opposed to places.

    I didn’t really pay much attention to the city when I was here in 2006. Who sightsees in their hometown? I noticed some development projects, new roads, silly things like that.

    Driving around in the backseat of the car with my mum and sister a few days ago gave me time to look out windows and see what has become of my hometown. I always knew it was more of a small town, blue collar, working class city but I don’t think I ever really noticed just how dank and dirty it seems. Seedy in sections. It’s like an old grand dame who’s let herself go and doesn’t even realize it.

    Now I sit in a hotel and stare out windows at broken pavement, broken cars and furniture in messy backyards, boarded windows and peeling roofing tiles. I wonder if the hotel planning team had taken a good look at the neighbourhood they were building in? Actually, from the front end the view is much different. I guess you can’t expect much separation between the glitter and the rough when you’re living in a small city. I wonder if it’s always been this way or if it’s simply my black mood that encourages my vision of this side of the city?

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    and so it goes

    March 31st, 2008 she Posted in Where No Flan Has Gone Before   5 Comments »  

    Tomorrow I have a full day. First there’s the packing. The shifting through textbooks trying to determine which ones to cart from one end of the country to another. Then there’s the updating of my iPod contents so I have something to listen to on the bazillion hour flight. I need to dig out my spare laptop batteries and install my bagpipe music software to help me practice. Oh, and I can’t forget my chanter and at least the basic music book. Once that’s finished I get to sort through my boring wardrobe and decide what to bring. I’m leaning towards t-shirts, comfortable sweaters and jeans. The only problem is they take up so much room in a suitcase. I suspect a few pairs of dress pants and blouses will make their way into the case in an attempt to try and save room.

    So much stuff for just a week away. Of course, I can’t go a week without working on my History paper. It’s the final one valued at 40%. That means at least 3 books are being packed. More if I end up bringing my articles from my course pack.

    Mom says the weather has improved – although snow is expected soon – so I won’t need to find my winter boots. Apparently a good set of sneakers (I don’t think I own any) or solid pair of shoes will suffice. I can’t get away without a warm jacket and at least one heavy sweater.

    The things we do to visit with family…

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