Saturday, September 30, 2006

The South Beach Sugar Diet

That's right, it's me....the wife! This is my first official post to Bay's blog.

A couple weeks ago, my good friend, Chin, and I made a bet that I could give up sugar for the rest of the year. If I won, I would take away all his shoes. If he won, he would dress me for work for 1 day!!! To any who know either one of us, this would be absolutely disasterous for the losing party.

The first few days without sugar, were really rough for me. I was popping tylenol and was cranky all weekend. Then I actually did something dumber....I went to work. I deal with millions of dollars on a daily basis and any error on my part would cause mayhem. Let's just say my co-workers have been really patient with me over the last couple of weeks and have been covering my ass.

This isn't the worst part. I've been trying to lose weight since the spring and was successful in losing about 15lbs up until September. My doctor even complimented me on my hard work and said to keep it up. Anyways, all that hard work went down the tubes when this bet started. In less than a week and half I've managed to gain 10 lbs!!!!!! Not good. I bought a jacket at the beginning of the fall season and now I can't button it....gross!!!!!

All-in-all, I've been pretty messed up by the lack of sugar. I've been supplementing my cravings with really awful junk food like McDonald's. I almost never go there. If I do, it's usually for a coffee just so I can get a free paper in the morning.

Anyways, Chin, out-of-the-blue, calls off the bet. At first, I thought this was one of his ploys to fool me into eating something sweet but he sent me a really disturbing email. One of my co-workers, Kumanan, sent him an email about how I was doing at work without the sugar and describing what I had eaten for that day. When I read it, I was seriously grossed out. I never eat like that at work or even at home. As ridiculous as this may sound, I need sugar. Before this bet, the only sugar I would have during the week was in the 1 coffee I had in the morning. Then, occassionally I would treat myself to some sort of candy on Friday (occassionally). But now, I have at least 2 coffees a day (with sweetener) and eating breads and cereals like no tomorrow....hence the added 10lbs.

Now that Chin has called off the bet, I can go back to my sugar diet. I'm gonna need all the help I can get with my brother-in-laws wedding coming in less than 2 weeks! I have to somehow fit into the dress I bought.

Wish me luck!

Friday, September 29, 2006

To New Car, or not to Car

Well, the Pontiac Grand Am did it again, the only way it knows how. It broke down. Transmission this time. That thing is on a friggin respirator, with a nurse and a defibrillator on standby.

Its impending death has caused the wife and I to go virtual car shopping online. The thing is, I hate cars (Shaun and Chris are grimacing at this very moment). Cars are not good investments. In fact, they depreciate as soon as you drive them off the lot. They cost you tons of money in gas and insurance. And five years from now, when you've made your last finance payment, that's when people start punking you for having an old-school five-year-old piece of shit.

But the reality is that I need a car. Family and friends live in Mississauga. You can't get anywhere out in the burbs without a car. So suck it up, you fucking jerkoff (that's me yelling at myself, I guess the red devil on my shoulder is a redneck or something).

I never really understood people that loved to drive, until I drove my first luxury car. It was the Chevy Suburban, and man did it ever feel good. Heated seats, leather interior, and the engine just purred. I was making excuses just to go out and drive that thing.

Thus, the dilemma. No car equals pulling teeth, while we sit on the Go Bus, or hope that someone is nice enough to drive us home. Getting a car means I'd have to spend money on something that I don't even like. But getting a nice car might change my attitude
. But cars are not a good investment. But sunroofs are good for fresh air.

Fuck, I'm babbling. It's late. We're just going to rent every other weekend or something. Until we're ready to move to a bigger place. And then I gotta think about this all over again. And pass my confusion and anger to my loyal readers. Enjoy.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

10 reasons why Mac OSX is better than Windows

In no particular order:

  1. Looks better. Windows looks ugly. In the Apple world, the hardware and software look great.
  2. The Dock: I can keep shortcuts without cluttering my desktop. I can switch tasks without guessing. Sure the genie effect and the magnification are gimmicky. But they look wicked!
  3. Spotlight: I can search for stuff on my machine, and find it fast. I don't have to look at the fucking Windows dog wag his tail for 5 minutes, only to tell me that he couldn't find anything for me.
  4. Exposé: Find the window you want fast. In Windows? Well, you can keep clicking on the taskbar until you've guessed right. Or you can use ctrl-tab. Lame.
  5. Front Row: All of my pictures, movies, and music, controlled by a remote, and displayed on my TV.
  6. No Viruses, Spyware, Adware, Trojans, Spam: Should these separate points?
  7. My Lost Widget: It starts beeping! I have to push the button! 4 8 15 16 23 42
  8. iLife: iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, and Garage Band. All bundled with the OS for free.
  9. Innovation: OSX has had 4 major releases since 2001, with a fifth (OSX Leopard) due sometime next year. Windows XP came out in 2002!
  10. No Internet Explorer! Well, you can download IE 5.2 for Mac, but why would you want to downgrade?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

My New Toy

On Sunday, I purchased my first Mac. I am the (very) proud owner of a Macbook Pro. That's right, bitches! I told you I hate Microsoft! So much, in fact, that I'm done with viruses. Or waiting 5 minutes for my machine to boot up. Or even reaching to the back of my computer to plug in a usb cable. Fuck it!

I've been up past my bedtime for three nights straight. I love new toys.

What's really cool is my Lost widget. Every 108 minutes, I need to push the button. My wife thinks I'm crazy.

I'm starting to get sleepy. More about my new Mac tomorrow.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Firefox Fever

It seems y'all are right. Overall, Firefox has about 10% or less market share:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers

But in more tech-savvy circles, usage is up close to the 30% mark, which was my estimate:

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp
http://www.webreference.com/stats/browser.html

At our table last night, FireFox usage was at 83%. Shaun, you fucking suck. I thought you were computer-savvy, but you're no better than the sales guy at my office that doesn't know the difference between memory and disk space. Hope you have Norton installed!

Real internet users use FireFox.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wii Release Date!

Nintendo finally set a release date for the Nintendo Wii. November 19 bitches! Say goodbye to going out Al. Say goodbye to "yo, what are you doing tonight?" Al. Say hello to Depends undergarments Al. Say hello to "sick as a dog as far as my boss is concerned" Al.

$279 CAD is slightly higher than I was expecting, but it's too late -- I've bought into the hype machine, now gimme gimme gimme! I can't wait to play my wife in Tennis. Trust me Bay, I will "sumoku" (pronounced Su-moke-a-YOU).

Future Shop already has prices for the games. If all of these games release at the same time as the Wii, my ass is broke! On the wishlist:
  • Mario Galaxy
  • Metriod Prime 3: Corruption (You use the controller to twist shit open!)
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Solid Snake under a box!)
  • Wario Ware
  • Twilight Princess
I'm standing in line tomorrow. Who wants to go home...