Thursday Thirteen


Inspired from my iPod…

Thirteen ESSENTIAL songs for everyone to put on their iPod’s.

13. Enter Sandman – Metallica

12. Break on Through – The Doors

11. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zepplin

10. Sweet Child of Mine – Guns and Roses

9. Another Brick in the Wall- Pink Floyd

8. I Want to Hold Your Hand- Beatles

7. Hotel California- Eagles

6. Unchained Melody- Righteous Brothers

5. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

4. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

3. Heaven – Bryan Adams

2. Imagine- John Lennon

1. Boheniam Rhapsody – Queen

I’ll bet you are sitting right now looking at number 1 and thinking of Wayne’s World, where Wayne and Garth and friends are singing along to this song in a car, head-banging at the appropriate time…

I am.

Tuesday Newsday


Good news (or not), but the Tuesday Newsday feature is back! In this feature I post parts of the most interesting news items of the day and add my comments to the end of it. Feel free to add your comments too… The more the merrier.

In the news this Tuesday July 24th via Google News.

1) The corpse of a mummified baby has been discovered inside a Riverdale home (Toronto, Ontario). A renovator working in the home made the discovery late Tuesday night. Police said the body of the baby, estimated at about four months of age, was found inside a ceiling of second-floor bedroom wrapped in a newspaper dated from September of 1925. The mummified remains will be examined by the Centre for Forensic Sciences. Police homicide investigators are probing the incident.
Oh oh… Some 100 year old dude and his wife are gonna get their asses whooped for this one once the police identify the remains and track down the seniors in their nursing homes…

2) The Canadian dollar reached a 30-year high yesterday, closing at 96.36 cents (US) – up more than a cent from Monday – after Statistics Canada reported a massive 2.8-per-cent increase in retail sales in May from a month earlier. It is kind of neat to see the dollar climbing, even if it did kill our Scrapbooking business as the majority of our customers were American and took advantage of the then awesome exchange rate. $1.00 US got them $1.30 worth of products, Canadian.

3) The two Arab countries – Egypt and Jordan- with ties to Israel have paid an historic visit to the Jewish state to “extend the hand of peace” on behalf of their fellow Arabs.
Considering Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have not seen progress for seven years, a period in which more than 5,000 people have died in violence, the large majority of them Palestinians, and dialogue is good dialogue unless it starts with, “Find a new place to live”.

4) Troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan could be on her way to jail. The 21-year-old is facing a year in jail after her latest arrest on suspicion of drink-driving and possession of cocaine. She was picked up by police, following a car chase in California, allegedly under the influence and with a small amount of cocaine in her pocket, she was arrested after chasing the mother of her personal assistant in her car early Tuesday morning, Santa Monica police said.

All this happened just five days after she was booked in connection with a May drunken driving charge. Hmmmm. Alcohol, drugs, driving under the influence… What is going to happen first: Jail or Overdose or Britney Spears OD’s first? Role models??? NO WAY. The public is fascinated at watching these two half-wits self destruct in public. I’m sure Paris Hilton is happy the spotlight is off of her. I hope and pray that the earth will open up and swallow these two soon…

I will go on record and say that withing 2-3 years, One of these 3 will go to jail, one will have a mental breakdown and the other will flirt with drug and alcohol addiction and have her reputation ruined. All three will act, sing, or be photographed naked, or have upskirt pictures taken of them… They are trampy and unstable. Fame will eat them alive.

And for you parents stop buying their albums and watching their movies… please!

I’m still here….


I have to write some sort of post because I’m sick of looking at the July 8th post about the vomit comet, which I rode a week later. The Happy Boy had it, the Weed had it, I got it, then Urban Mummy got it. UGH. It was a major annoyance because of all that had to get done…

For Example,

I finished my marketing class last night – major group presentation to my professor and a few industry professionals. We rocked, but I was REALLY pissed off leading up to the end of this project. Throughout the entire 3 1/2 month course, I felt like I was responsible for keeping the rest of the group members meeting and talking, and if it wasn’t for one group member who took the bull by the horn, we would never have made it… and we just did.

This project required us to take an existing technology project that was under performing and re-launch it for the company we choose. In our case, we were launching a product for Mac’s convenience stores, which required us to learn about the industry, the product and Mac’s marketing plan.

All in all, it was a lot of fun and we learned a ton! The problem was in accepting responsibility. Every time we had a class and our group was called to the carpet for not being prepared or for missing a checkpoint, I was the mouthpiece. Every time we had to discuss something in the group, like the 2 members who did not want to talk on their Mic’s, or to tell the one group member who did not volunteer to do any work that it was not acceptable, I had to take over that task. I felt like I was on The Apprentice. I wanted to fire them all, except for one… the only female in the group who worked for Mac’s and really had a desire to get this done… well.

To make a long story short, we came to the day before the assignment and presentation we due and I realized that the PowerPoint sucked and the assignment was missing very important information, about the product, the customers and the company. Minor, eh?

Nonetheless, I re-wrote the entire presentation today, and handed it off to my teammates 10 minutes before it was due to the professor with the prompting for them to forget it and forward it. One presenter backed out the night before, the other’s Mic did not work and the other 2 never confirmed if they would be presenting or not. Grrrr. We just sent out an email telling them what they are doing and they did it … well.

My blood pressure started to boil when I figured it would be two of us presenting and during the mic check, my router cut out, I lost my Internet and was logged off for 10 minutes. Thank goodness we were presenting last. When I logged back on, I had 7 emails from my group. lol. They were really worried, but we all came together and we got an “A” on the project and I pulled in another “A” in the course.

No time to rest as my Finance exam is due in 2 days. UGH. Crappy course, horrible US textbook, cramped content and worst of all, 50 multiple choice questions and three problems. Sigh.

Update:

Finished and sent the Finance exam 5 minutes before it was due… Answered all the questions, and can now calculate Weighted Average Cost of Capital with my eyes shut. Now that I’m sure I can use everyday. LOL.

Left Saturday for London, Ont. Stayed overnight at the 4-points Sheridan… nice hotel. Nice room, nice amenities (free bottled water). Crappy pool only because it was full of kids. There was a Harley convention there… all the bikers stopped by the Happy Boy to say hi, as he was waving to them… he made friends. He even asked me why one of them had a candle sticking out of his mouth. I told him he was holding it there.

Anyways, we drove Sunday morning to St. Thomas to spend the day out with Thomas the tank-engine. It was hot, sunny, and we had 2 cranky kids, lots of train stuff everywhere and we had fun!

We left before Sir Top En Hatt (or whatever his name is.. that guy that made Happy Boy cry last year), and went to the park to eat, play and run through the water… Then at 3, it was time to head back to TO. We packed the car, tossed in the kids, and by the time I got to the 401, everyone was asleep. LOL. We got home, calmed them down and off to bed. It’s not 11pm and I’m going too. No school work tonight.

Watch out!!! It’s the vomit comet…


I was really hoping to type this long, creative post about out trip last week to Disney with the kids and the crappy Disney Resort, President’s Choice MasterCard fiasco, Happy Boy trying to push over Winnie the Pooh, food issues, our 6th Wedding Anniversary, travel, cousins, and an overall GREAT time, but as I sit here trying to work on my Marketing product launch (details coming), my Finance final exam and a couple of assignments, I periodically run upstairs to help UrbanMummy wipe up vomit from the Baby Boy. He started to throw up around 6pm tonight, after a weekend of the Happy Boy throwing up, sleeping and not eating.

So I figure I have account for about 6 total sleep hours this weekend and I have cleaned up no less than 10 “discharges”. Poor kids. At least The Happy Boy is picking up… maybe tomorrow he’ll eat. :)

I just have to keep the TV volume down so I can run up and help on the clean up.

What are the new 7 wonders of the world and why do we need 7 new ones? Where are the old ones?


Today, July 7th 2007 the results from an official poll organized by the New7Wonders organization were publicized, and the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World named. Why? You ask. Well look at the new ones, and right after that I’ll explain why we needed them.

The New Seven Wonders of the Modern World:

1. The Great Wall of China. This is the largest man made monument ever to have been built and is visible from space.

2. Petra, Jordan. On the edge of the Desert, Petra, was the glittering capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV.

3. Christ Redeemer Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here you will find a giant (or massive, take your pick) statue of some guy named Jesus – standing only 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro.

4. Machu Picchu in Peru. This is an Ancient Inca City built by the Incan Emperor Pachacútec halfway up the Andes Plateau, and deep in the Amazon jungle.

5. Pyramid at Chichén Itzá in Mexico. This is the most famous Mayan temple city which served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization.

6. The Roman Colosseum in Italy. This great amphitheater in the centre of Rome celebrated the glory of the Roman Empire.

7. The Taj Mahal in India. You may not know that the Taj Mahal is actually a giant mausoleum, built by the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife.

So here are the previous (or original) seven wonders of the world:

1. Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The great pyramid was built as the tomb of Fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, and while not aging well, is still standing.

2. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. This multi-levelled garden which reached 75 feet high was destroyed by an earthquake.

3. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. It took only 120 years to build this temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis, but has since been destroyed by arson.

4. The statue of Zeus at Olympia Greece. This 40 feet tall statue was destroyed either by fire or by earthquake.

5. Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus. This Mausoleum stood a mere 135 feet tall, but was dismantled by European Crusaders

6. Colossus of Rhodes. This giant statue of the Greek god Helios was destroyed by an earthquake.

7. Lighthouse of Alexandria which stood around 400 feet tall, and the tallest man-made structure on earth for many centuries was destroyed by an earthquake.

So there you go. There was a need for new wonders of the world because the old ones are gone.

Wondering aloud if Andre the Giant is the old 8th wonder of the world, when who or what is the unofficial 8th wonder of the modern world?!?