Friday, June 30, 2006

Friday Feast June 30, 2006

On average, approximately how many times per day do you yawn?
I've never really thought about it... maybe 15?

What was your most memorable school field trip?
In grade 5 we went to Barkerville Near Quesnel BC. It is a "Preserved Gold Rush" town. You can go through all the shops and see how people lived, pan for gold, and they had an old time candy store that sold Jaw breakers the size of baseballs... that was the part that really stood out being in grade five and all. It took over a year for me to finish the jaw breaker and I don't remember if I actually did finish it.
We also took some really great trips with highschool stage band to the Kelowna Jazz Festival.

Fill in the blank: I was extremely __________________ this week.

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Which color do you think of when you hear the word "soothing"?

What is something that, if you had to, you could save up the money to buy within one month?
There's lots of things that fit that bill. It really surprises me where we can find money when we need to.

PS: Have a safe and happy Canada Day long weekend, and I hear rumours the sun may actually put in a guest appearance

Thursday, June 29, 2006


The loveseat is finished! Turns out I didn't have enough fabric to finish the skirting and needed enough for just three peices, so off I went to buy another half meter. Luckily it was on sale again, not half price this time, buy one get two free. So needless to say I walked out of there with three meters (I'll make some extra cushions later).

My lovely Assistants are modeling the before:

And here is the After

I am very happy with the way it turned out and am putting more pictures on my flikr page.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Some Facts about Leather Sofas

So it turns out there's no way I'll be doing the other couch and chair in leather. I made a call or two and discovered that leather runs around 600-800 a skin. A skin is about 4 meters.. it takes about 12 meters to cover a couch. If leather is so expensive.. why then, you ask are some places selling leather sofas for only $1500? Well it turns out that the leather sofas you see on sale are made from an italian leather that comes from calf skin.. so it is a little stretchier and not as thick (therefore not as durable), and the only parts of the sofa you buy that are actually leather are the parts that touch your body... ie the arm rests, inner back & bottom cushion... the rest is, you guessed it, vinyl.

A truely, completely leather sofa would run about closer to 4 or 5 thousand dollars.... a quality leather sofa would run much higher. So I'll be shopping for an alternative fabric for my next couch and chair reupholster... maybe ultra suede or denim. Suggestions?


After calling around to all the listed saw mills, I could find none that sold undressed (or dressed for that matter) Maple. We went into Home Hardware and got a nice 1x4x3 piece for 3.78 a foot, plus some wooden Buttons to cover the screw holes. All in all it came to $15... not bad all things considered. I spent the evening planing, and cutting, and drilling, and sanding, and polyurithaning. This morning I went down and light sanded my peices and put another coat of poly on, and when I get home today I will repeat the process one more time so it has a really nice durable finish. The wood looks awsome and I put one of thepieces into it's place on the loveseat before I gave it a second coat.... beautiful. After I've done my third coat this evening I will start cutting fabirc for the skirting. (hoping I have enough left over material) I may have to buy another half meter, but am hoping to avoid that. Although if I do have to buy more it's better to know that right now, so I can rush out and get it while I know they still have it. Once it's all put together and completely finished I will post before and after pictures. I can't wait to show Connell and Lynn (they gave us the loveseat) how it turns out. Here's hoping she doesn't want it back after she sees it.

Next on my fabric related projects list is the couch and chair Mike and Cathy gave us. This time I'm going to get really brave and try to make some changes to the actual frame... redesign the look of it a little. I would like to find a place that sells leather (at a reasonable price) and recover it in that. There is only one listing in the yellow pages under upholstery fabric so they will be my first call. No one at fabricville seems to know of any leather sellers, since Leather and Lyrics closed in uptown. So if anyone knows of a place that sells leather by the meter, or of a saw mill in the area that actually has maple let me know.

I was joking with Darrell, that we should go around on big garbage pick up day and see if anyone is throwing out couches and chairs. I could call up Alison Thomas (she's pretty good with a sewing machine)... maybe we could start a little hobby business on the side. hehehe

Monday, June 26, 2006

Soggy - ish weekend

It rained for most but not all of the weekend, so I pretty much finished my rainy day project of recovering the loveseat. All I have left to do is the bottom skirting.
I'm hoping I have enough fabric to peice it together without having to go back for more. When I bought it, it was on sale, but it's not anymore and I don't want to pay $25.99 a meter for more of it. I also want to do something a little different with the front of the arms. Normally you use the cap peices that were already on the couch and cover them with your fabric then nail them in, but I want to get a nice peice of maple and cut it to the right shapes, sand it, round off the edges, and give it a nice coat of polyurithane instead. There is supposedly a mill in Quispam that sells undressed maple so hopefully I can find them, other wise it's $30 at Kent or Home Depot for a piece the size I'd need. All costs considered, we got the loveseat given to us, the fabric was on half price (plus my club elite discount) so 8 meters came to $100, there was about $20 for thread and some new needles, and even if I have to pay $30 for the wood.... $150 for a new loveseat is pretty damn good.

No sooner did I put in the final few staples in my Loveseat on Sunday, than the sun came out. It actually turned into quite a nice day. I managed to do the laundry and dry everything on the clothes line. Darrell strung out the hammock. Bertis and the Bonds came over, and we BBQ'd. Brian and Helen brought their dog Yorky, so he played with Elton and Tiff. We took them all to the lake for a swim, I ended up wading out to about my knees after a the odd dropped stick and the water was actually quite warm. If I had been dressed for it I would've considered going in for swim. Maybe next time.

I had hoped to go the auction for Jamie, but something came up with Darrell's computer and he had to go into the office to fix it, and by the time everything was taken care of it was too late.

Darrell braced our back deck. It was starting to get a little swishy. The original braces were just nailed in, so over time the whole thing worked itself loose. Darrell got some heavy duty bolts and really cinched it up. The whole deck really should be rebuilt. It won't happen this year, but it may a project next year... we'll see how the money flow is.

I managed to get a little gardening in. It's funny... when I was younger I could never get what all the fuss was about when it came to gardening, but now I find it very relaxing and enjoyable. Plus it's really neat to watch things grow. You plant some stuff, you spend some time pulling weeds, you water, you mulch, and then you go out and are rewarded with new growth each day. It's a pretty simple pleasure and it makes your yard look nice.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Friday Feast June 23, 2006

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you like your job?
8, most fo the time I love it, sometimes I get bored with it.

When was the last time you think you were lied to?
I don't know about out and out lied to.. I have been fibbed to and people have exagerated the truth. Most recently a client wanted a quote for a project based on 90 seconds of animation, but when all was said and done the project turned into almost four minutes, and they still want the same price quote. I wouldn't say I was lied too mind you... but four minutes is a far cry from 90 seconds in animation terms. So I'm a little put off by the whole thing.

Share some lyrics from one of your favorite songs.
I'd have to pick a favourite song, and that changes for me over and over. I don't have a favourite type of music or an absolute favourite song or favourite singer. My musical taste goes with my moods. Sometimes I find myself listening to an old song from when I was in highschool and then can't get enough of it for a few days, or something new come on the radio and I go looking for it. At the moment I can't seem to get enough of an old 80's song by George Michael and Aretha Franklin called "I knew you were waiting"... some of the lyrics ar ..." When the river was deep, I didn't falter. When the Mountain was High, I still believed. When the Valley was low, it didn't stop me.... I knew you were waiting, knew you were waiting for me."
I know it's a poppy old piece of fluff, but at the moment I kinda like it. While I'm working out, I've been listening to the Wilsons (the solo album Wendy and Carnie Wilson made after Wilson Phillips split up) and both the original and revival versions of Cabaret.

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What do you do/take when you are in pain?
I usually take a nap, or have a bath... depending on the pain. I take enough prescribed medication on a daily basis that I avoid self medicating whenever possible. More often than not I just suffer through it.

Fill in the blanks: My __________ is very __________.
Well I could stick any number of dirty little things in the blanks couldn't I? or, I could say My dog is very happy. or My schedule is very full.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


The stain was dry enough to install my little picket fence around the Blue Spruce tree. As you can see the Tree isn't very big yet.

I think it turned out pretty good considering it's made from scrap wood I scrounged.

I got the last cushion for the love seat done last night and am going to start the awful job of pulling staples from the frame this evening. Hopefully I can have all the fabric off it and new peices cut by the weekend.

Still plugging away at my animation projects and have aquired a new one today. I think the end is coming into view for one of them at least.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Playing in the workshop

After work I got creative in our workshop. Last fall, when all the garden centres were selling off all their inventory I picked up a tiny little blue spruce for the yard. I planted it out front and plan to decorate it at christmas time when it gets bigger (at the moment it's not yet 3 feet tall.). No sooner had I planted it than one of the resident rabbits came over to check it out, I thought it was cute, until the rabbit started eating it. We scrambled together some old wire shelving from an ill advised indoor greenhouse purchase and wired them together in a little protective fence around the tree. Unfortunately it looks bad and isn't big enough, and the poor little tree is cramped inside it, so after work I scrounged the workshop for scrap plywood and 2x4s and started building a little picket fence to protect it. It actually turned out really well and went together quiete easily. Each pannel is two feet wide and the pickets are two feet tall. I even got to use my new air stapler on it. Unfortunately I forgot a step I don't usually forget and made more work for myself. Because it was a quicky little craft project... I forgot something very important. Once you finish cutting all your pieces... stain them before you assemble. Admittedly it means you have to wait to assemble until the next day, but if you go ahead and put it together then slap a coat of stain on it, instead of staining individual pieces that you can pick up and flip over... you end up staining a picket fence. Anyone whose ever painted or stained a fence knows what I'm getting at... it is time consuming and a pain in the ass. I still can't believe I skipped that step and found myself up until midnight staining my cute little picket fence... Oh well live and learn. Sadly it's a mistake I will probably make again in the future because it's easy to forget. Today after work, my fence should be dry and ready to install around my tree.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Busy Weekend

We were super busy this weekend getting our flower boxes built and filling them with soil and plants.

I got most of the cushions on the loveseat finished and have one more to go before I start ripping the rest of the fabric off the frame and recovering that.

I managed to get my animation model built on Friday and am riggin and timing it today, it is over 3 minutes long so it may take a few days to render out.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Kickin into high gear

SOOOOOOOOOOOO Happy to see the sun out today. It's going to make it very hard to concentrate on getting my work done. I have to put the full press on today to finish my build of one of the Two animation projects I have on the go. I am hoping to have the build done, the models rigged and the entire sequence timed out by the end of the day.... maybe even rendering started... I'm also hoping to leave a little early today and get home to stain the remaining 4x4 for the second flower box at the side of the house. Somehow I think I may not get away early, but here's hoping.

We managed to get one of the boxes put together, in place, leveled off, and half filled so that's half the battle done. All the pieces are cut for the second and need to be stained, assembled, put in place, leveled, and filled. Then the fun can start.

Even though it's a "Rainy Day project" I've already started recovering the Loveseat. I couldn't resist. I wanted to see how the fabric was going to look in the room, so I did the two back cushions. Of course now I can't just have two cushions done and leave it at at that.. so of course I got back to it last night and got all the peices cut out for the two bottom cushions. Later tonight when we're done working outside I'll sew those together. We have a friend from Halifax coming out to do some work near the end of the month and he may or may not stay with us, so I'd like to have the entire thing reupholstered before he arrives, just so the room is finished.

I descided not to renew my Gym membership. Instead I bought an eliptical trainer and an ab ball. I have it set up downstairs and have been working away at it the past couple days. I plan to get to the point where I can go 60 minutes on the trainer at the highest tension, while singing the entire score of Cabaret original or revival either will do... I'll alternate. Then I think I'll be in Emcee form.

Friday Feast June 16, 2006

What is a word that you use that would not be considered common?
Skookum - I didn't realize it was a British Columbia Specific Word until I moved to the East Coast. It's a Chinook Jargon Word that means big and mighty. Chinook Jargon is the trading language based on the language of the Chinook Indians with words mixed in from French, English, Salish, nootka and toher local tongues. In daily language it's used to describe something sturdy. Ie: I bought a soft shell guitar case that has a really skookum chunk of foam in it for support.
Learn more about the word Skookum

What theme of calendar do you have on your wall this year?
Labrador Retreivers... every year I have Labrador Retreivers

Name 3 people you speak with by telephone a regular basis.
My Grandmother, My Mother, The Bonds

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If you could buy a new outfit for someone you know - who would it be and what would you purchase for them?
Darrell - I would buy him a pair of casual pants and a nice shirt

What is the last beverage you drank?
I am currently drinking a coffee. (Yes I know I quit drinking coffee but lately have had the occasional one.)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I'm Recovering...

... A love seat.

One major problem with all the rain... it ends up costing us a lot of money.

There is no shortage of projects at home for us to complete, in fact since we've bought the house our lives have been about going from one project to the next at home. It's a very new house, and there's nothing wrong with it (ie major problems or fixer upper things), but as any home owner knows.. the projects are always there. There will always be tasks and things you want to do and improve and change, and it is never ending right up until you no longer live in the that house. So we have a thousand and one projects we can tackle, unfortunately we only have materials and stuff in place for a couple and almost all of them were outside projects.....

That is how the rain ends up costing us money. Darrell had an indoor project he could work on, unfortunately it was a metal work project which meant him bogarting the workshop all weekend.. so I couldn't work on the wood mouldings for the bedroom (which is the other indoor project that we have materials etc in place for). Some projects for me presented themselves however. Mike and Kathy gave us their old couch and chair as well as a couple end tables and a Tv stand, and Connell and Lynn gave us their old loveseat a while back (it's the one that matches the couch I recovered last year). We moved the end tables and tv stand into the spare room downstairs... put the dresser in the closet, moved the bed over, and brought the loveseat in as a place to sit.. now that room looks more finished than any other room in the house. I made a trip to fabricville and found some really nice deep red fabric for the loveseat and will now have a great rainy day project to work on. Since Darrell bought a big air compressor a while back I figured I would make reupholstering easier and bought an airstapler at sears. Last time I used a hand hald staple gun and had to go over all the staples with a hammer after each seam.

Of course now that I have rainy day projects in place... the sun decided to return. That's Murphy's Law... but I'm not bothered by it in the slightest.. I'd be perfectly happy to not get to the loveseat until the fall (which is when I had planned to do it in the first place).

Wanting to take advantage of the sun, we got right to it when we got home from work yesterday. I cut the grass (which was no small feat) and Darrell got the weedwhacker out and conquered the big stuff. We'll have to redo the lawn again very soon as it was so long and wet that it's starting to pop up all uneven now. We also got one of the flower boxes assembled and the area mostly dug out...but by then it was 10 o'clock and time to get the tools cleaned up and put away for another crack at it on the next sunny day.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Rain Rain Rain

Alright we get it already... enough with the rain.

All the rain is really starting to dampen my spirits. I think I suffer from seasonal depression, because I can get every down near the end of the winter and gloomy if the weather is like it has been the past week.

The biggest part of the problem is that we have a bunch of projects on the go at home.... all of them outside... so I feel like I'm pushing ropes, nothing's getting done. That's very depressing. It makes me feel very unmotivated, and that doesn't help when I'm working on two big projects at work.

On another subject all together I will be starting back at the gym very soon, to work on flattening the gut I have developed and lowering my blood pressure without medication.

I have been listening to the original Broadway cast of Cabaret in my car, and last weekend Kizzy lent me the 1998 revival cast version. Sometime between the Original cast and the Movie... Cliff lost all his songs which is too bad. Some of the clunckier songs from the original were discarded for the revival and some of the movie songs were worked in, in their place. Unfortunately they replaced the Money song "Sitting Pretty" (From the original) with the Money Song "Money Makes the World go around" (From the Movie). The Movie song was a big hit and is more recognizable, but the original cast song was a better song. As far as strickly singing goes, I prefer the Original cast to the revival cast..pants down. Joel Grey has much purer quality and tonality to his Voice than Allan Cummings, but Allan Cummings has a more gutteral and sinister quality to his performance. I'm going to aim for somewhere in between the two when I go after the part of Emcee next spring. (Oh yeah... that's the part I want). Vocally My Favorites for Sally Bowles are Jill Haworth (Orignal cast), Liza Minelli (movie), Natasha Richardson (Revival)... in that order. Natasha Richardson is entirely too singsong in her performances... no grit like Jill and Liza. All in all I think the songs that were included in the revival are better, since it is basically a mixture of the best from Broadway and the movie, but I wish they hadn't dropped Cliff's songs, since it makes it another one of those shows that plays heavily on only three characters and a chorus. I don't know which version SJTC will ultimately have the right to, but maybe if Stephem is successful in securing the rights to both we could amalgate them and create our own version that could bring back a song or two for Cliff.. so more people on the cast get some singing in.

Friday June 9, 2006

About how much money did you spend on gas this week?
About Forty Dollars

What is your favortite brand of toilet paper?
I don't have a favorite, but right now we have a huge stock of Cashmere... when they changed the name from Cottonelle to Cashmere the superstore had a big so we stocked up and have enough toilet paper to last for a couple years. Providing of course that we don't ahve too many female visitors stay with us for any length of time.... I don't know what the hell you girls do with all the paper, but you sure go through a lot of it.

When was the last time you discovered something that you thought was pure genius?
I can't remember the last time I thought something was Pure Genius... more often than not I think "Of course.. why didn't I think of that? It seems so obvious now."

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What is the least amount of sleep you can get by on per night?
I used to be able to go all night and function on three or four hours of sleep, but now I like to get at least eight hours... I can still function on four if I have to.

June is a popular month for weddings. Do you know anyone who is getting married this month?
Not to my knowledge.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Omen marathon

The sun actually showed itself near the end of the work day yesterday, so I took advantage of it by getting all my bulbs planted in pots on the deck. at least that way they can get started and when we have the two flowerboxes put together and filled with dirt they can be transplanted.

I made some headway on one of my projects and am in a more comfortable place with it's June 12th deadline looming. The final Voice Over will be done this morning so I can make decisions on timing and camera movement today.

Darrell and Mike worked late yesterday on a video that required the use of our new teleprompter. They would have gotten done alot sooner had it not been for a Harley constantly circling the Uptown and emerging on King Street every ten minutes. How do they get away with all that noise, it's enough to really piss a person off. If my car was that loud I'd get a ticket.. there's no excuse for it.

The movie network had an Omen marathon on for the 6th day of the 6th month of 2006. I watched the documentary and the first two movies (I remember them from when I was a kid, then popped a tape in the VCR to (Hopefully) record the last two, since I wasn't really up to staying up until 4am for the full marathon. I guess the "remake" of the original movie hit the theatre last night as well. I'm so sick of Hollywood... there's not one original thinking creative person left in the studio sweatshops. All that seems to be coming out are remakes of 70's movies and tv shows, and comic book movies. Granted I am a pretty big comic book fan so I happy to see my favorite characters hit the big screen with the special effects and computer graphics to really make them believable..... but where's the original movies? Did the entertainment industry break all the new ground there was to break in the 70's and 80's and now all that's left is to repackage the same old ideas? How many different ways can you remake Parenthood, or National Lampoons Vacation.... Switch Chevy Chase for Robin's still Vacation.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Hey Noah... got that boat finished yet?

All the rain took it's toll on our backyard, where the grass isn't established enough to hold the top soil in place. There is now a trench along the back edge and bit of a chasm from all the run off. I had hoped we would be able to get our flower boxes put together and installed this weekend, but the weather had other ideas. I have a bunch of summer bulbs that need to go into the ground, as I've already left them pretty late. I may have to put them in pots on the deck and transplant them later. I hope this isn't going to be one of those summers where it's beautiful all week long then pisses down rain every weekend.

Friday night was lots of fun. We went out to the Blue Olive to hear Kizzy sing with OPA. It was a good time. Darrell didn't stay, it was too loud for him to hear what was being talked about and most of it was theatre anyway, so he left and came back later to get me.

Saturday there wasn't much to do on account of the rain. We had planned to go to Suzy and Chris' BBQ but the weather won out and we stayed home. Sorry we missed it guys hope you all had a good time regarless. We did some around the house stuff and watched a few movies on the movie network. I finally saw Star Wars Revenge of the Sith... I'm glad now I didn't stand in line and pay money in a theatre. The story was weak and predictable, It was all computer effects and some of them were just not good, and it was entirely too human (barely any funky aliens at all). The entire movie seemed like blah, blah, lightsaber battle, blah, blah, Lightsaber battle, blah blah, lightsaber battle. My overall feeling about the "New" Trilogy.... Sucked! Gearge Lucas should have quit while he was ahead and not wasted our time on what was obviously a studio attempt to sell merchadise. Here's hoping he doesn't have any plans for another trilogy that picks up after the first one. The original cast is now old enough to play the parents of the next generation.. so lets keep our fingers crossed they all have better things to do.

Sunday I had to do alittle sewing for Darrell's teleprompter. I had to build a cover that would attach to the teleprompter frame to block the light glare and reflection on the camera lense... it's alot like the idea behind the old cameras where the guy used to have to duck under the cover to take the picture. Brian & Helen Came over Sunday evening. Helen's Mom Margaret is visiting from England for awhile. We all watched Transamerica with Felicity Huffman. Excellent movie I'd recommend it to anyone. Felicity Huffman plays the role of a preoperative transexual who learns he/she has a son from a relationship he/she had in college, and has to go to New York and bail him out of jail and forge a relationship with him before her councillor will give the final approval for his/her gender redesignation surgery. The performances of the entire cast are excellent.

Today it's back to work and hopfully I can make some headway on my animation projects and not waste the day surfing the internet and reading comic books.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Friday June 2, 2006

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest), how funny do you think you are?
I think I'm about a 6 or 7, however that doesn't mean anyone else does.

Name a local restaurant you would recommend to a visitor to your town or city.
Churchhill's has a really good menu and good service.

What's a lesson you were lucky enough to learn the easy way?
What you put out into the universe returns times three

Main Course
Where would you like to be 5 years from now?
In my fantasies, I would like to win 35 million in lotto and be traveling around the globe hob knobbing. In reality I would like to have our debts paid down and most of the "Big" projects around the house finished.

If you could see the front page of a newspaper from June 2, 2106, what would you imagine the headline might be?
I can't think of an answer, but I'd like to think that with advances in medical science growing in leaps and bounds I will be able to read the headline on that day and tell you.