Wednesday, December 9, 2009

60. Take a Graphic Design Course


This fall I took a course called "Visual Design" from UBC continuing education. The goal of the course was to introduce you to basic design principles and concepts and it was the perfect way for me to be introduced into this world. The teacher, Mary Kletchko, has tons of knowledge and experience and was a great resource and I would definitely take courses with her in the future. I learned about typography, colours, what makes a good design, what makes a bad design, how to talk to potential clients, how to design an effective logo and lots more. It really validated so many of my gut instincts that I couldn't quite put into words when I did or didn't like a design. Here's a poster that Holly, Dean and I designed for our choir Christmas concerts, and it was well received in class. I'm looking forward to learning more, and exploring this area of my creativity :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Favourite Christmas Albums

Since Christmas is just around the corner and I'm about to pull out my good old Christmas music (and hopefully add a few new ones to the collection) I thought I'd write a post about my favourite Christmas albums. I've come up with a list of eight of the musts for me each year, but I am hoping that people (like you!) will comment with their favourite Christmas albums so I can add some new classics my collection. Enjoy!

1. Bing Crosby Merry Christmas (1945) - An absolute classic in my house growing up. Christmas doesn't feel like Christmas without a little Bing, and a little Meli kalikimaka.



















2. Nat King Cole The Christmas Song (1961) - There is nothing like Nat's tender voice singing the classic, the Christmas Song with one of the most famous opening lines, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." I can smell them now :)




















3. Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) - Nothing says Christmas like this album, and images of crazy Charlie Brown and co. dancing like maniacs to rockin' jazz.





















4. Ella Fitzgerald Ella Wishes you a Swinging Christmas (1960) - Who doesn't love Ella? And who doesn't love Ella singing swinging Christmas songs? 'Nuff said.



















5. Mariah Carey Merry Christmas (1994) - Yes, you may laugh at first, but once you've belted All I Want for Christmas is You five times in a row in your living room, then you'll understand.





















6. Loreena McKennitt To Drive the Cold Winter Away (1987) - This beautiful album is one of my favourite Loreena releases and makes you feel like you're wandering through a snowy forest with a velvet robe on.



















7. Harry Connick Jr. When My Heart Finds Christmas (1993) - Harry's original Christmas album is full of cheesy jazzy Christmasy goodness. Just sit back and let Harry take you on a Sleigh Ride.



















8. musica intima nativité (2002) & o nata lux (2008) - A double bill of choral goodness direct from Vancouver. Okay, so I'm a little biased towards this wonderful a cappella ensemble, but these albums are completely stunning. nativité has some of the classic Christmas greats, and o nata lux could almost be played any time of year. You will love them both.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Yes I CAN!


After many years...months...days of pondering I finally joined the Co-operative Auto Network! I've joined as a deposit-free member so that I can test it out and see how much I use it, and whether I'd like to become a full member eventually. For those who don't know about CAN, it's the perfect way to have the use of a car, but not own one! You just pay hourly fees for when you use the car (at least for deposit-free members) and then you return the car to its spot and no need to worry about a thing!

Yesterday I took my first drive in a CAN car, a little 2007 Toyota Corolla that is literally a block from my apartment! It was very liberating and I'm excited to be part of the CAN family along with lots of other Co-operative people ;) Here's a photo of me and Soph with my first CAN car...and no, I didn't cause the bump in the fender. :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

83. Make a Pumpkin Pie





Last night I felt the sudden urge to make a pumpkin pie and cross this off my list, so I used Holly and Dean as my guinea pigs, armed myself with Trisha's recipe and directions and off I went! I made the crust and filling from scratch (well, except for the pumpkin which was from a can), and it turned out beautifully! I've never actually tasted fresh from the oven pumpkin pie before and it was melt in your mouth delicious (not to toot my own horn or anything). I can't wait to make it again...it's the perfect fall food :) Oh, and I must mention that no, Holly is not crazed in this photo, but we were given the strict directions from Trisha's recipe to "beat eggs savagely" and thus we did as we were told.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

87. Try 12 new recipes each year


Okay, so I haven't truly accomplished this one since I have to try 12 new recipes a year and it's only year 1, but I was pretty proud to have already reached 12 and it's only September so I count that complete (although I'll keep going next year.) I've had lots of fun getting more into cooking and trying new dishes and have discovered some delicious staples for my diet. Here they are:

1. Cajun Beans and Rice
2. Gumbo Style Chicken Creole
3. Chicken Chow Mein
4. Stifado (Greek stew)
5. Tuscan Chickpea Pasta
6. Lentil Chili
7. Gen's Granola Bars
8. Hungarian Goulash
9. Chicken & Peppers with Balsamic Vinegar
10. Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
11. Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing
12. Stove top Macaroni and Cheese (low fat)

If you want any of the recipes just let me know!

89. Have Holly, Dean and Sophie over for brunch


So last year Holly and Dean gave me a lovely waffle maker which I have used countless times...just not for their benefit :) So I finally had them over for a yummy waffle brunch this morning complete with fresh strawberries and all the right toppings. After that we had a sunny stroll to Granville Island and I'm sure we walked off the brunch...:) Oh, and the waffles looks exactly like this....I forgot to take a photo but it really did happen!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Create your own novel cover

Here's a fun little activity that I got from Holly and Dean's blogs!



Hmm....and what is this load? Is it the load we all carry on our shoulders? Or for this young man, is it the load of fridges that he must carry to support his family? Intruiging....

CREATE YOUR DEBUT YA COVER

1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or click http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/
The name that appears is your author name.
2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or click http://www.websitestyle.com/parser/randomword.shtml
The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.
3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net/index.php
Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.
4 – Use Photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.
5 – Post it to your site along with this text.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Safety first


Everyone knows that safety comes first when reading to children. I always read to Sophie with her big red helmet on...you just never know what could happen ;)

Monday, June 15, 2009

78. Go to a show at the Stanley Theatre - Les Mis


Although the Stanley Theatre is literally about a block from where I live I had yet to see a show there until this past weekend. For Holly's birthday my parents and I treated her to a night out to see the Arts Club Theatre production of the favourite musical, "Les Misérables". Jean Valjean was played by Kieran Martin Murphy and he definitely carried the show. His voice was spectacular in all of its range and his acting was spot on. The singing in general was strong throughout and I was satisfied with the majority of the casting. The biggest disappointment for me was the lack of full orchestra and the overly synthesized sound, which tended to distract me from the great singing and the production overall. In general, though I enjoyed the show and would definitely go to another Arts Club production (and hopefully at the Stanley theatre!) It was also a lovely evening out with Holly which included a yummy post-production dinner on the patio of Earl's and watching the Penguins win the Stanley Cup right before going to the Stanley Theatre...coincidence? I think not! Go Penguins and Jean Valjean!

Monday, June 8, 2009

77. Go see a film at the Vancity Theatre


So a couple of weeks ago I finally saw a film at the cushy (if small) Vancity Theatre during the DOXA Documetary Film Festival. We saw "The One Percent" . As Wikipedia puts it, the film is "a 2006 documentary about the growing wealth gap between America's wealthy elite and the citizenry on the whole. It was created by Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune." The film was really interesting and thought provoking and then afterwards we got to do a Q&A with Jamie Johnson via skype! Definitely a great first experience both with the DOXA festival and the Vancity Theatre.

Monday, May 25, 2009

56. Get a full time job


Well, after almost 2 years of working at both the Chan Centre and for musica intima I have narrowed it down to one full-time job! I'm now working just for the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts as a Marketing & Communications Assistant Coordinator. I've been here since I was a work study student during my graduate degree, but now I'm a "real" employee and it's great! I will miss musica intima, but I'm excited to be able to see projects through all the way now and for all the great shows that I'll be part of here. Plus, I get to cross off another item from my 101 Things to Do List :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

92. frame snow photo of Sophie


Well, I forgot to update my blog when this happened, but I printed and framed the gorgeous photo of Sophie in the snow that Holly took. What a beautiful shot of my little niece!

Monday, April 27, 2009

An afternoon with Holly and Sophie



On Friday afternoon the sun was shining so I met up with Holly and Sophie and we had a lovely time! We first went through the Museum of Anthropology and as you can see, had fun making faces together...we are so respectful. Then we headed to the lovely Nitobe Gardens and watched as Sophie tore about like a madwoman...very zen. Holly has more great photo but for the moment I thought I'd post these 2 silly ones of Sophie and I making the faces. We are ridiculously good looking.

Friday, April 3, 2009

35. Write Five Poems


I've started on my goal to writing 5 poems with a little poem about spring.

Spring breezes,
Chilled and warm,
like honey and ice tea,
waiting,
for new blossoms,
light and fluffy,
like a baby chick,
winter's last breath,
melts to green,
puddles in the squishy grass,
waiting,
for the sizzling summer sun.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

#80 - Collect photos and frame them for my walls

Okay, so I haven't entirely finished this one, but I think I've made some pretty huge steps. That is I actually got photos developed, chose some great ones from these, bought some nice frames and then last weekend I hung them myself! That's right....I didn't even use a level and yet I'm pretty sure they are level. It makes me happy to have more decoration up and as Munir says, "It doesn't look like a boy's apartment anymore." It never did look (or smell)like a boy's apartment, but now it definitely is more girlie. I'm now inspired to finish decorating. Let's hope my inspiration leads to action. Perhaps in another 6 months I will be finished.

Change of plans - my big trip: the North or bust


I promised Holly that every time I changed one of my 101 things in 1001 days I would justify why this was done and how it is an improvement. I have slightly adjusted #8 from: Plan a big trip to : Go on a road trip to the Yukon and Alaska. This is something I've wanted to do for a long time. Tara and I were thinking of attempting it way back in 2000 but ended up driving down the Oregon and California coast and getting some sunshine....definitely the right choice at the time, but now my Northern adventure has become something that keeps coming back in my mind and won't let go. Today Genevieve and I were talking about it and now it's something I (or rather we)just have to do in the next couple years! I want wilderness, isolation and a totally raw experience. So I think that this is a thoroughly justified change to #8. Holly do you approve?

Friday, March 13, 2009

29. Go to the chiropractor


After actually crying during a back bend in my yoga class, I decided that I probably should take my yoga teacher's suggestion and try going to a chiropractor. He suggested Robin Armstrong from Qi Integrated Health at Broadway and Macdonald and so far it's been great. I really hate the sound of cracking bones and I was pretty freaked out by the idea of someone doing that to my back, but I also wanted to try and solve my lower back pain and feel flexible again! I've been going for just over a month and it's amazing how much more flexible I've become already. That and I really like and now trust my chiropractor and I'm hoping that this will offer some good solutions. She also uses Active Release Technique and gives me exercises to do that will help me to stay aligned and not have to depend on coming back all the time. I must say, it's also really nice just to have someone help me take care of my body and just be focusing on that whenever I go. Also, the clinic is completely zen and has the coolest sink in the bathroom which imitates a zen garden's fountain. So, I can check #29 off my lists of 101 things! Yay! And hopefully my back gets a lot better too :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Losing my Commodore virginity with K'naan and Esthero


It's true. Before last night I was a Commodore virgin, but now I have finally experienced one of Vancouver's live music hot spots, a place where you never quite know what to expect, or so I hear. Last night I went to see K'naan and Esthero (one of the Cultural Olympiad shows) with some friends. I wasn't that familiar with Esthero, but was told that she was great....maybe only on a CD? From the first moment she was on stage she was unprofessional, rude and kind of offensive and not in a good way. It's not unusual for a singer to have that "I'm so cool, I can swear and say whatever I want" kind of attitude, but every time she spoke I just lost more and more respect for her and couldn't really pay attention to her singing. Her voice is good and she obviously has some talent, but I think she may have been too drunk to really showcase it. My "favourite" moment was when she completely forgot the words to one of her songs and royally screwed it up and stopped the song and started again and told everyone how she'd messed up. Wow, way to win over an audience. Needless to say, I won't be going to any Esthero shows again anytime soon.

The crowd was more than ready for K'naan to get on stage and he lived up to my expectations of him. He was likeable from the get-go, and has the kind of presence where you feel like you want to be his friend and get to know him better. His poetry/rap is so artistic, witty, smart and impressive and he had the audience in the palm of his hand. His natural, easy-going nature was an interesting combination to his politically charged music. He also started his set with one of my favourite songs, "In the Beginning" so that won be over right away :) I only wish the whole night was K'naan and Esthero had passed out drunk and couldn't perform. It would have also been better to have this show on a weekend for poor suckers like me (and others who I was with) who have to work early the next morning! I must be getting old :)

I also bought K'naan's new album, Troubadour, last night and will let you know how I like it. Congrats K'naan on saving the night :) Also, for those who don't know K'naan, he's a Somalian born Canadian hip-hop artist who combines elements of folk, rap and hip-hop into his political and catchy lyrics. As he says, he comes from a "nation of poets" and this is evident in his elegant rhymes. Check out his website.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My new favourite place


I have discovered an oasis at UBC...you could even call it my own little sacred place. Okay, maybe it's not my own since it's open to the public but I love it anyway. It's the Nitobe Gardens at UBC and it's about a 5 minute walk from my office. I've been going there on my lunch break on sunny days and it restores my calm every time. Today I sat in the sun and stared at the pond and felt so peaceful. It's a Japanese garden so I'm getting pretty excited for cherry blossom season when I'm sure it will be even more beautiful. I will be sure to bring my camera during that time and post some photos of all the lovely blossoms. I'm so happy Nitobe and I found each other :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

91. Buy a vacuum


So, I decided that you don't need to be getting married in order to get household items. In fact, I really think they should have showers for people moving out on their own now since people don't get married as early any more. So today, as I was walking home with my groceries in my backpack I decided to buy myself a vacuum! Yes, it was on my list of 101 things to do and my current one sucks...or rather, doesn't suck ;) So today I walked into London Drugs, grabbed the first vacuum that I found that was on sale and voila....my carpets actually look clean again! I must say, I've had a great bus day...3 really nice bus drivers. Earlier today I had a bus driver stop in the middle of the street to pick me up, then Holly and I had a great one that was joking around with us, and then, after I bought my vacuum my next bus driver was cracking jokes left, right and centre! First he asked me to vacuum the bus and therefore not have to pay my fare, then he was making jokes about things "sucking and not sucking" the rest of the trip. If you ever want some amusement buy large objects and take them on the bus. Anyways, here I am with my new Dirt Devil. My life is truly exciting.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

72. Take Sophie to the Aquarium


Well, on the spur of the moment on Saturday morning I thought it was the perfect opportunity to cross #72 off my list and have a fun morning with my niece at the Aquarium! The only photo I have from our adventure is leaving Hol and Dean's place but we really did go :) It's kind of hard to take pictures when you've got a 2 year old running around, you're pushing a stroller and opening doors which is why I didn't take any at the time. We successfully navigated the buses together and made it to the entrance. The first thing she said was "put money in!"...I finally figured out that she wanted to put money in the fountain, which we did and I'm sure she made a great 2 year old wish like "may mommy please take me to the library this week and let me wear her shoes."

Some highlights for Sophie were (in her words):
1. "the big....fat....turtle!" (referring to the giant sea turtle)
2. "otters rolling...other otter sleeping."
3. "baby beluga!"
4. "little sharks"
5. "silly monkeys"
6. "balls!" (in the tank with the dolphins)
7. "little sea star...big sea star."

She tried to snatch a stuffed baby beluga in the gift shop in the way out and promptly announced that "Sophie want this" but I convinced her that her mouse and moosey were enough to keep her happy for now.

So it was a fun and lively outing with my niece and I look forward to many more! :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

26. Buy New Running Shoes















Pardon me Roy.....are those your new Adidas running shoes? Yes, after much procrastination I finally bought new running shoes! Hooray! Now I just need to get back into running shape and I'm good to go.

It pays to complain.

So, calling your phone company, or any other company to complain about something is never fun, but I tell ya....it DOES work if you have the patience! Through a variety of phone conversations, and talking to people just right I have managed to have all my fees and charges waived for my new blackberry from Rogers! After the UPS shamozzle I just didn't feel like it was right that I had to pay them an admin fee after all the hours I spent trying to sort it out so I convinced the retention department of Rogers that they should also waive the admin fee and voila....a free phone! :) Never give up when you're not satisfied! Don't be so Canadian! :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

101 Things to Do in 1001 Days


"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." ~Confucius

Drum roll please....the moment you've all been waiting for...or at least a select few....yes, it's my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days. I technically started on the 1st of January, 2009 so my 1001 days are up as of September 29th, 2011. In that time I have the following goals (and more which are not on the list.) Also, having done them once does not mean I will never do them again :)

101 Things to Do in 1001 Days


Finances
1. Earn at least X
2. Increase my personal savings to at least X
3. Meet with a financial planner
4. Read a book about investing and finances

Travel
5. Visit Sabrina and Josh in Montreal
6. Go back to Hawaii or somewhere tropical
7. Visit my friends in the maritimes
8. Go on a road trip to the Yukon and Alaska (and possibly NWT)
9. Go 5 places I've never been before
10. Visit Grandma again on Salt Spring
11. Go to Portland

Health
12. Climb the Grouse Grind
13. Reach my goal weight
14. Run to the end of Spanish banks
15. Run a 5 k race
16. Run a 10 k race
17. Walk to or from UBC one day
18. Ski at Whistler
19. Go to drop in badminton
20. Climb at least one mountain
21. Ride in a critical mass
22. Go to a naturopath or nutritionist
23. Bike to work for an entire week straight
24. Bike the sea wall
25. Take a dance class
26. Buy new running shoes
27. Go tubing at a Vancouver mountain
28. Go ice skating with Munir
29. Go to a chiropractor
30. Go to a massage therapist
31. Do 5 push ups in a row

Creative & Musical
32. Do a water colour painting
33. Do an acrylic painting
34. Start writing my novel
35. Write 5 poems
36. Buy a full size keyboard
37. Write first 60 pages of my novel
38. Find a band to play my sax in
39. Finish writing piece for mom
40. Finish giraffe cross-stitch for Holly
41. Knit a scarf
42. Enter some writing in a contest
43. Start writing group
44. learn how to crochet and make a toque
45. Finish my Southwest Trip scrap book

Self
46. Buy a hot red dress
47. Get my legs waxed
48. Buy black boots
49. Finish a cross word puzzle by myself
50. Buy a new cell phone
51. Buy a bikini once I've reached my goal weight

Church
52. Read the Old testament all the way through
53. Re-read the new testament
54. Go to the Vancouver Temple open house with friends and family

Career & Education
55. Join the Society for Ethnomusicology
56. Get a full time job
57. Update my resume
58. Read both marketing books that I own all the way through
59. Take a course at UBC
60. Take a graphic design course
61. Take the following courses: Indesign, Photoshop & Illustrator
62. Get my thesis bound and printed (a few copies)

Entertainment

63. Go to a White Caps Games
64. Go to the Opera again
65. Go to Theatre Under the Stars
66. Read 5 of the books that people have leant to me
67. See a dance performance in town
68. Make a list of 10 movies I want to see and watch them
69. Make a list of 10 books I want to read and read them
70. Go to Medea
71. Watch all Oscar nominated Best Picture Movies from one year
72. Take Sophie to the Aquarium
73. Have a sister day with Holly
74. Go to the Belkin Art Gallery
75. See a show at the Frederick Wood Theatre
76. Go to a Vancouver International Film Festival film
77. See a movie at the VanCity Theatre
78. See a show at the Stanley Theatre

Home
79. Finish decorating my apartment
80. Collect photos and frame them for my walls
81. Finish putting together my 72 Hour Kit
82. Start food storage
83. Make a pumpkin pie
84. Learn how to use my crockpot and make something with it
85. Back up all my files
86. make goulash
87. Try 12 new recipes each year
88. Make dinner for Michelle
89. Have Hol and Dean and Soph over for brunch
90. Make a loaf of bread from scratch
91. Buy a vacuum
92. print and frame snow photo of Sophie
93. Buy bees wax candles
94. Buy renter's insurance
95. Make a cheesecake

Volunteering and/or helping others
96. Surprise someone with an unexpected gift
97. Volunteer at a worthy event
98. Perform at a senior's home
99. Donate to or do something more to help the Stephen Lewis Foundation
100. Make treat for a friend
101. Donate more clothes, scarves etc. to a good cause

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The joys of public transit


Like many other people, I ride transit every single day. Like many other people, I have a massive list of transit pet peeves. Don't get me wrong, Vancouver has a great transit system and it allows me to live car-free which is great! But....it can be ...well...interesting at times, to put it mildly.

This morning was one of those days when the whole feeling on the bus was not a positive or happy place to be. I usually listen to my iPod to drown out unwanted noise, loud cell phone conversations, fights in the back seat, drug deals etc. etc. Today I was listening to Madonna "Vogue", and suddenly I noticed a bus jam to my right. As usual, people weren't getting out of the way to let people off or on the bus. I think that there really are people in this world who get a kick out of blocking the bus doors during rush hour because I see them every time I get on the bus. Then they act upset and annoyed when they're in the way. For heaven's sake people..."MOVE TO THE BACK OF THE BUS!!" (I just had to get that out.)

So at the Willow stop (I was on the good old 99 B-line) this very large woman slams her way onto the bus yelling at everyone to get out of the bleeping way. I find that often you get some strange folk at the Willow stop since it's right outside the hospital.... I couldn't really tell what was going on, but she basically threw everyone out of her way and planted her body onto a seat in the front. At the next stop another older gentleman got on and sat in the seat next to her....little did he know what he'd gotten into. People continued to jam up the front of the bus and not move out of the way so the man was encouraging people to take the empty seats. Then the large woman flipped out and started yelling at him, "They'll sit down if they bloody well want to! Leave them alone!" he meekly tried to reply and calm her down, but she just got more riled up and she said, and I quote, "Don't you tell me what to do! I'm not your wife! I'm not your slave!!" Oh boy..it was fun. I practically leapt off the bus at my stop. The bus driver was either oblivious or so used to this kind of behavior that he didn't even care anymore.

This is just one bus ride of a typical commute for me. I've had many more adventures and I'm sure I will continue to have even more. Don't you love public transportation?

Here's some of my other pet peeves. Let me know which ones you agree with.

1. People who don't take off their enormous back packs and carelessly knock you over.
2. People who sit on the outside seat when there's a full bus and refuse to move over.
3. People who take up 3 or 4 seats by sprawling out in the middle of the bus.
4. Door blockers, of course.
5. Loud cell phone talkers.
6. People who don't care about personal space and shove their butts in your face when you're sitting.
7. People who insist on moving half their belongings including a bed and a dresser, and some tables during rush hour.
8. Bus drivers who drive like they are out to win the fastest bus driver award and slam on the brakes at every stop sign or intersection, hence throwing you to and fro in the bus and forcing you to get to know your fellow bus riders a little too intimately.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Out with the old...in with the new.
















So after long conversations with my more tech-proficient boyfriend I was convinced that I should get with the times and try the new Blackberry flip phone since I was upgrading anyways and I convinced them to give it to me for free. I brought my new phone home last night and thought it was pretty amusing to see my old cell next to the new fancy one. I think my old phone is having serious jealousy issues. I have yet to actually figure out my new phone, but probably in a few months, and after having read the manual a few times I will start to figure it out.

Friday, January 23, 2009

I got my phone...it's a miracle.

I just had to write a quick post letting you all know that I have actually received my new phone! Somehow my boss was able to sign for it, and when I got to work this morning..there it was! I'm still going to call Rogers and have a nice little chat with them, wondering why they had no record of sending it to me, but in the meantime I'm just glad it's here. What a shamozzle!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My blog is back and UPS will be the death of me.

Hello everyone! Well, after a very long blog pause I'm back in the blogging world. I have a couple of posts that I am dying to do to get started.

First of all, I have to complain. I have decided that UPS and Rogers are both teaming up to drive me to the point of insanity.

It all started with a huge process of convincing Rogers to give me a new phone while standing in front of the Cell phone outlet at Costco with my friend Jenn. That process in itself was hilarious and lenghty and they finally said they'd send me a new phone and only charge me the upgrade fee. But they wouldn't let me take a phone from the outlet...oh no, that would be too easy. They had to ship it to me, of course. And it had to be delivered by UPS for some reason which they didn't tell me, and it had to be signed for. Since I have 2 works places and I'm not home during the day I have no concrete address to give them and they didn't know when they'd come. Also, UPS only operates from Monday to Friday from 10-6 which is really helpful for people who work full time.

First of all, I tried to get them to deliver to Holly and Dean's, but since you don't know when they'll come they of course came when Holly wasn't home. They suggested I pick up the package from UPS which has an office in the middle of nowhere next to the airport and is only accessible by car or helicopter and can only be found with police dogs and metal detectors.

Next, I got them to deliver to my musica intima workplace and rearranged my day so that I was in the office from 9-5 like I had told them. They never came. My annoyance grows even greater. I called UPS and the customer service guy was so angry on my behalf (I think he even swore) and promised that he'd deal with it and was just so mad they didn't process the delivery. He promised they'd call after 6. They never did.

Next step. I called Rogers and their very helpful customer service representative (heavy sarcasm) who maybe spoke 5 words of English said to me, "Yah, I can see you ordered a new phone on Jan. 13th...um, yah, it hasn't been shipped. We have no tracking number." Yes, completely useless. Obviously something had been shipped or maybe UPS is delivering me air?

So I had to wait until this morning to call UPS and after a lengthy conversation I found out that the guy who had been so indignant on my behalf had never recorded a thing in my file. Apparently he was getting his nails done at the time and couldn't type. Hence UPS thought they would try delivering to the same address as yesterday. One slight problem, I only work there 2 days a week, one which happens to NOT be today naturally. So they showed up with the phone and my boss had to kindly tell them to come back the next day and she would sign for it. Slight problem, after the first attempt apparently no one but me can sign for it. Other slight problem, I had arranged for it to be delivered to my other work place on Thursday.

So here I am with still without a phone, with a lot of frusration, 2 useless companies to deal with, and lots of extra day time minutes on my old phone which of course is falling apart. For your amusement I will paste my tracking information from UPS.

Package Progress
Location Date Local Time Description
RICHMOND,
BC, CA
21/01/2009 10:23 THE RECEIVER'S LOCATION WAS CLOSED ON THE 2ND DELIVERY ATTEMPT. A 3RD DELIVERY ATTEMPT WILL BE MADE

21/01/2009 8:29 THE DELIVERY CHANGE REQUEST FOR THIS PACKAGE WAS MODIFIED / DELIVERY TO AN ALTERNATE ADDRESS WAS REQUESTED

21/01/2009 5:44 IN TRANSIT
RICHMOND,
BC, CA
20/01/2009 18:02 DRIVER NEEDS SECURITY ACCESS WHICH MUST BE OBTAINED FROM RESIDENT/CONSIGNEE IN ORDER TO ENTER BUILDING / THE ADDRESS HAS BEEN CORRECTED. THE DELIVERY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED
RICHMOND,
BC, CA
19/01/2009 8:12 A DELIVERY CHANGE REQUEST FOR THIS PACKAGE WILL BE PROCESSED / DELIVERY TO AN ALTERNATE ADDRESS WAS REQUESTED
RICHMOND,
BC, CA
16/01/2009 18:33 DRIVER NEEDS SECURITY ACCESS WHICH MUST BE OBTAINED FROM RESIDENT/CONSIGNEE IN ORDER TO ENTER BUILDING / A MESSAGE HAS BEEN LEFT FOR THE RECEIVER TO CALL UPS

16/01/2009 17:15 A CORRECT COMPANY OR RECEIVER NAME IS NEEDED FOR DELIVERY. UPS IS ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN THIS INFORMATION

16/01/2009 7:54 OUT FOR DELIVERY
RICHMOND,
BC, CA
15/01/2009 22:51 DESTINATION SCAN

15/01/2009 19:56 ORIGIN SCAN
CA 14/01/2009 23:31 BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED

Tracking results provided by UPS: 21/01/2009 14:08 ET