Archive for December 2004

The Black Plague

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Here I am, sitting in front of the computer on New Year’s Eve, deathly sick. Well okay, maybe not deathly, but it definitely feels that way. I think I must have picked up a cold or the flu or something up at Ottawa. While I was up there, I kept on sneezing, probably because of the dust in the house, but that meant that my nose would get stuffed up at night, so I would sleep and breathe through my mouth. That would give me a sore throat, and that would make me cough. So I figured the coughing would stop once my throat felt better. But apparently that’s not the case.

Last night I worked from 5-10:15, and it was the longest shift ever. I felt like crap the entire time, with a headache, sore throat, and a nasty cough that wouldn’t go away. Later on, when I got home, I realized I had a fever as well (it may have started at work, but I don’t really know). Fevers have got to be one of the worst things on the planet. Here I was in my nice, warm house shivering and feeling like I was outside. Once I went to bed, I was curled up under the covers shivering for about half an hour before I actually started warming up. Then I suddenly got really hot and took off the covers. That’s what makes fevers so annoying – one minute you’re freezing, and the next minute you’re boiling…Continue Reading

Message From An Old Friend

Wow! I never expected this. I just got an email from a friend I haven’t spoken to in at least 3 or 4 months. It just kind of popped up out of nowhere. That’s pretty awesome!

This guy is a person I met online a long time ago. We’ve known each other for at least 2 or 3 years, and, both being interested in web design, we worked on stuff together and made awesome stuff. We had this one place called The-Lounge that had hundreds of members – maybe even thousands, I’m not sure – and was just a place to hang out and talk about anything you felt like talking about. It was awesome. It eventually got shut down for some legal reasons, but we kept going on the web design sphere, creating our own websites but still maintaining a close friendship with each other. If I put up a few links to my friends’ sites, his was always the first up there, and it was the same on his site as well.

But alas, nothing ever seems to remain constant, especially on the Internet, and he decided to get away and spend some more time working on his social life instead. There was a girl he liked, plus his car and his room he was redoing. He decided (a few times, actually) to just get off the Internet completely, because he was “hooked” on it. He left a few times, and eventually came back, but the most recent…Continue Reading

2004: The Year In Review

Well, since everyone and their uncle seems to be making these year in review things, I decided I might as well go ahead and do it as well. 2004 was a pretty good year. I figure I might as well go through month by month, although I must confess I don’t remember much about the beginning of the year. Oh well, here goes:

In January, I was still in Grade 11 with about 5 months left of school. I had just gotten my bass for Christmas and was horrible at it. My G1 license was a measly 3 months old. Exams were sometime during that month, and as far as I remember, they went well. That’s about all I can think of. Katie and I were friends at this point, and I remember seeing a picture of her with a wierd New Year’s hat on. Woohoo.

February was a month that completely slipped by. I have no clue what happened at all, except for it being only 4 months left of Grade 11. I suppose something interesting happened, but I sure don’t have a clue what it was.

March is about the same. My sister came home from university for her birthday, unfortunately. That’s about all I remember. 3 months left of school.

In April, it was, firstly, April Fool’s Day. Not much happened; there were a few pranks played at school and none at home. By this time I was probably pretty good at playing my bass guitar. Somewhere…Continue Reading

Ottawa Recap

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Well, I just got back from my trip to Ottawa. I don’t think it was exactly what I was expecting, but it was fun all the same, I suppose. I had expected it to be more of a vacation and less of meeting relatives, but some of that was a little unplanned anyways. Let me run down what happened.

Day 1 – SundayThe Tozers had told me they would pick me up at my house at 10:00 AM. I called at about 11:00 when they still hadn’t shown up. It turns out they hadn’t slept most of the night and then decided to sleep in and just leave later. No problem, except they could have told me. Oh well, so Bethany told me they would be there about 11:45. They showed up half an hour later at 12:15 and we were off. It was about a 7-hour trip up there, taking a little longer than usual due to weather and traffic conditions. My Great-Aunt Iona lives in a small town outside of Ottawa called Manotick. Of course, as I mentioned previously, she was in Florida, so we were to have the house all to ourselves. That’s not really the way it worked out, but I’ll get to that later.

When we got there, my second cousins Carrie and Sherrie (I’m not really sure how you spell their names, but it’s close enough anyways) and their families were there to let us in. We got partially unpacked and ate some lasagna…Continue Reading

Boxing Day Blowout!

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I wasn’t planning on posting here today, but since the Tozers are late yet again (what else is new?), I decided to head on down to the computer and engage in my two favourite pastimes: writing and listening to music. I just burned the newest Underoath CD since I’ve been planning to do that for a while now. I wanted to wait to see if I’d get it for Christmas, but I didn’t so I burned it. Jordan got it and last night at my aunt and uncle’s place, the anti-action was heating up, so we went out to the van and listened to the CD a couple times.

Last night was really boring. Everyone just sat their talking and I was starving – my stomach kept growling. Finally we all went for the food, and and it got boring again. Jordan and I went out to the van after the food. The van’s pretty sweet; it’s the van that the Tozers borrowed from one of their friends or co-workers or something for their trip up to Ottawa. They were supposed to pick me up at 10:00 today. It’s now 11:30… I called their house about 11:00 and Bethany said Aunt Lynn and Uncle Dave decided not to sleep at all last night, so then they decided that sleeping in was better than leaving early. So they should be picking me up about 11:45 – so I’ll go upstairs at 12:00 to be ready for them, I suppose.

Anyways, I…Continue Reading


Yay for Jesus! It’s awfully nice of Him to come down here to earth so we can celebrate His birth by buying and giving each other presents, isn’t it? It sure helps out those businesses with only a few million in their pocket to capitalize on yet another holiday that they can make a few more bucks on.

But I suppose that Christmas is what you make of it, right? It’s a time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for us, giving up everything He had up in heaven to come down to earth and be incarnated in a tiny baby. Christmas is a season that encourages generosity and benevolence, where people aren’t as grouchy to each other and share with others. I mean, you don’t get much of that anymore. It’s great that there’s still one day a year (or if you’re lucky, the entire season) where people remember that it’s not all about them. Getting things isn’t what it’s all about; giving things is so much better – and Christmas is one of the few times that people can realize that.

Christmas is a time of relaxation, allowing most people (except those that we depend on, like police and firefighters, etc.) to get time off work and spend time with family. That’s another thing not encouraged in our society – family is downplayed so much in favour of materialism. It’s awesome that there’s a season that not only encourages sharing and giving and all that fun stuff, but also…Continue Reading

Christmas Eve!

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Isn’t it exciting? Christmas is almost here! There’s only one more sleep ’til Christmas (if you like counting that way; I’ve always preferred counting days). While I don’t get as excited as I used to about Christmas, I still love it. I remember waking up (well, getting up I suppose, since waking up requires you to have gone to sleep) with my sister really early, like at about 6:00 or 6:30 AM, and running into my parents’ room to jump on their bed and wake them up. We liked to do it as early as possible because they took a long time to get up (relatively speaking – each Christmas second is the equivalent of a hour), and so the earlier we got them up, the earlier we could open our presents.

It’s always been a family tradition to start with opening our stockings. My parents usually put small gifts in there, plus a lot of candy and a toothbrush to go along with all the candy. It got annoying to get a toothbrush every year, though, since toothbrushes really don’t wear out all that quick, but oh well. Stocking-opening is the prelude to the good stuff. Next we move over to the Christmas tree and start opening presents one by one. Usually I’ve been the person that gets to hand out all the presents. I just pick out a present for each person and hand them out one by one, waiting for the person to open theirs before giving…Continue Reading