Too Tired

I have had a busy day and the heat has sapped all of my energy. I will blog more tomorrow. Some days you just have to call it in. We do have a new ice machine. The other one died yesterday night.

Boxing Day Randomness

A collection of random things that happened today…

Our swanky new ice machine

We woke up and discovered that the beloved and much used ice machine had broken. We use it every day. Life is not worth living without a nice machine. So we had to procure a new ice machine today. At least I did not spend the day trying to talk some septic guy into coming here in the snow to pump out our overflowing septic system.

My mother bought an outfit for me at my favourite clothing store – Suzanne Bell’s.  I did not particularly like it although it was purple, my favourite colour. Of course I found a bunch of clothes that I just had to had. We had a good time there. They all have great senses of humour and we laughed like crazy.

Then we tried Canadian Tire and Wal-mart for ice machines – no go. We did, however, discover that Wal-mart sells sushi. Who knew. It was pretty good too.

Our next stop was Home Outfitters. We knew they had ice machines there and we were not disappointed. It was, however, the last one. We didn’t get a box and we didn’t care. We also found tons of stuff. There was an $800 stock pot! I could not believe that it would be possible to pay that much for a stock pot! Anyways we let with our ice machine, a new cuisanart griddle/grill, a new Le Creuset frying pan, and some other stuff that is escaping my memory at the moment.

We then stopped at the bank and we went to London Drugs. I needed to get a 1 tb drive to act as a network drive for backing up files etc. I also got a really good deal on iTunes cards – the $50 cards were $10 off. At Deb’s suggestion I bought 5 and ended up getting one free!. This will be great for my new Apple TV! Then we made it home, finally.

Not sure where the day went. It might help if we got up before noon! All together it was a productive day full of retail therapy.

On a good note today the hip pain that has plaguing me for days has mostly gone away. What a relief to be able to walk and stand mostly pain-free.

I must add a bit of a rant though. What is with all of these specialized parking spots? There are disabled spots – which I totally get. Small car spots also make some sense. But today at the Canadian Tire I saw a spot for  a fuel-efficient spot. There was a Toyota Corolla parked in it. Is any 4-cylinder car considered fuel-efficient? I would think it should have been reserved for a Smart Car or a hybrid. Then when we went to Home Outfitters there were spots for parents with strollers. What is it with the proliferation of specialized criteria for parking spots?

Pet Peeves: The Heat Edition

Ok, I confess, I hate summer. Actually, I more than hate it, I loathe it and I dread it. Yet every year it comes. This summer has not been as bad as summers past but it is still bad enough. We are now on day 3 of a heatwave that has seen the temperatures in the valley close to 35 degrees celcius. This is insane. I take a shower, come downstairs, clean up after the dogs, let a few out and I am sweating. It is insanity. Having auto-immune disease makes one even more susceptible to the heat.

It also makes me incredibly bitchy. I have no fucking patience for anything –  not for the dog panting on my already hot leg, or the one who wants to be velcroed to me. Simple errands become an excercise in entering hell and becoming overheated. And it never fails that when there is a heatwave I will have some major running around to do. So far, during this heatwave, my computer had to go into the shop, my laptop died and I had to get another one, I picked up my computer and they did not do what I wanted so it had to go back again today and picked up again today. Then there is all the setting up and finding of software because they had to do a clean install of windows. Oh and the sound wouldn’t work and I couldn’t make it work with sweat dripping in my eyes.

Even the poor dogs can’t get cool despite three air conditioners running. I feel the most sorry for Kiefer because he is big, hairy and black. Molly the little pom who is also quite hairy suffers too. They are all panting big time and sucking back the water. Most of them don’t really want to eat either. The only one who does not seem at all bothered by the heat is Clio who is currently making bizarre noises and digging her bed. Oh the joys of the blind and brain injured little dog!

Thankfully I am done for today. I just looked at the weather eye and the temp is 30 but it feels like 37. Just tell me it will end. Thank god the ice machine is working!

Ode to my Ice Machine!

I love my ice machine! I never have to fill ice cube trays again! Deb got it for me for Valentine’s day this year. In 10 minutes it makes ice. It is amazing. I pretty much always have ice now. With ice cube trays they always seem to be empty and it always seem like it was me who filled them up. Probably not entirely true but that was my perception. Now, I just have to make sure it is on and if it is not I only have to wait 10 minutes and I have ice. It could not be better in the summer!