Saturday, March 28, 2009

If you are a realtor, there's a good chance I already hate you.


Right now I am in realtor hell.  And here's a list of the things that annoy me about searching for housing.

1. You spend hours searching for something that sounds remotely interesting and in your price range.  Hours and hours of needless stress.

2. Once you see something you have to play the annoying fifty million email and phone call games as you try to set up appointments to see said place.  

3. I have not met a single realtor that values my time enough to show up on time.  I'm not late... so why should they be?

4. Even if you confirm the appointment... there's always the chance the realtor will not even show up.  Yes... I have been stood up by a few too many realtors.

5. If they do show up, sometimes they dont bring the keys.  What is the point of that?  Did they think I was just using the housing as a rouse to spend five minutes with them.  No.  I wasnt.

6.  Seriously they do not value my time.  If you arent gonna show up... CALL.  If you dont have the keys... CALL.  I give points for at least pretending like you arent trying to waste my time.

7. Sometimes the realtors do something sneaky... like not telling you the exact address... Location is everything people... dont tell me to meet you five blocks from where we're looking. 

8. You never know if the apartment that could be ok is the best.  Is it the best price?  Could you find something that is less like a dungeon?   

The jist of it is that I do not get why realtors get paid at all... I did the search to find the place... I set up the appointment.  They should be paying me.  All they have to do is bring the keys.  Let me talk to the owner and I could get the keys too.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mr. Right meet Mrs. Wight

This is my beautiful friend Ali.

She's so crazy funny cool that words dont really do her justice. I wanted to be her friend.

And luckily Matt got in her friend circle and opened the door for me to get to know her better.

We hung out and did lots of hilariously funny things. We've had so many memorable moments.
(And yes... she is a unicorn-->)

We started our very own running club. Which was a total success, even when I was a suck-face runner. Which was often.
And we even tried our hand at a few races.

We had play-dates in Waterton and fun road trips around SoAB.

We were silly and real.

We frolicked like children on hoodoos, and dressed like mermaids for the big Halloween bash.

And we talked for hours about life and shared all our biggest dreams.
We learned things from each other that we didnt know we needed to learn.

And now my good friend has fallen in love.

And I just was informed today that she is getting married. Alison Marie Harding will now be Mrs. David Wight.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Who needs medicine when you've got JELLO?

I made two packages of JELLO yesternite.
And as such have been on a JELLO kick all day.
Best decision so far.  That may change when the sugar high wears off.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Furry Friends

So a few times I've seen a shadow dart across the room when its late at night.  And this shadow is dang fast so by the time I investigate its already gone, leaving me to wonder 1. Where it came from and 2. Where it went.  And Leyla has also seen a dark shadow, but everytime she sees it she's not wearing her glasses, so she cant tell what it is.  But sometimes I get easily creeped out so I usually just ignore it.  Out of sight, out of mind.  

Last night I saw said shadow again.  But this time I got brave and decided to do a little investigating and turned on the lights.  We have this thing that plugs into our walls thats supposed to keep just such little furry friends away, but on closer inspection I realised it was plugged in... and not turned on.  So i turned it on and a little while later I watched a little mouse (scream if you feel the need),                                                                                                  
(pictured mouse is a dramatization of actual mouse seen)
saunter its way back towards the front door.  I followed after the mouse to see where it went (not too closely).  And couldnt find it (since I'd given it an adequate head start).  I hope now he decides to stay gone.  

Monday, March 16, 2009

Q to the A

Lindsay tagged me in a facebook note... but sometimes I dont want the whole facebook community to know everything about me... just a little overshare fear I've got going on.  No big. But I'm SUPER bored slash tired of studying... So why not get to know me a tidge more?

1. Were you named after anyone?  First name.  No.  Middle names.. I'm sure there are relatives somewhere on either side that sport Ann and Ripeka is definitely some relatives name.  Like Lindsay, my mom was given a list of maori names to choose from... seeing as my mom wanted my middle name to be Rebecca, and Ripeka is maori for that, she chose it.  Plus I think it was the least ugly sounding of all the options.  Thanks mom.  

2. When was the last time you cried?  Stupid question... And as such I'm changing it to-->Whats the dumbest thing you've ever cried about/most awkward cry moment you've had?  When I got my invitation for my dental interview, I was on the phone with Cody Pollock, random kid from SoAB that I went to highschool with.  I was checking my email just scanning as I talked, and read that I got an interview and just burst into tears.  Right then and there on the phone.  Needless to say the conversation got really awkward.  

3. Do you like your handwriting?  No... not in the slightest.  I've always tried to morph it into someone else's... and as such, when I used to do stats for the LCI football team, our stats always looked like Steph Wilde wrote them cause I would mimic her hand writing.  Also I can fake my mom's signature pretty well, minus the lefty slant.

4. Favorite lunch meat?  Lame.  Changing that --> Favorite meal of the day... without hesitation BREAKFAST... I mean.. can you really go wrong with 1. Waffles or 2. Cereal?  You cant.  

6. If you were another person would you be friends with you?  Well, it'd probably take me awhile to warm up to myself because 1. I make terrible first impressions and 2. It takes people awhile to grow on me. 

7. Do you use sarcasm?  Only when speaking.

8. Favorite smell?  Laundry... you know when you walk by a building and it has its laundry vent facing the street and all the sudden you are surrounded by the smell of laundry... sometimes I stand and just smell it.  I love the smell.  

9. Who do you miss the most?  Matt and Josh and Cathy.  

10.  Favorite cereal?  Reeses puffs... I mean come on... Chocolate peanut butter tasting cereal?  There's no going wrong with that.  

11.  Do you untie your shoes to take them off?  Nope.  Especially since most of my shoes dont have laces... thad be a tough accomplishment.

12.  First thing you notice about people?  Their eyes... and then if they have gingivitis.... I saw this kid on Sunday... I almost died his gums were so disgusting... Floss people.  Its worth the lack of bleeding and disgustingness. 

13. Hugs or kisses?  Eck... me and hugs are not friends... I'm just a super awkward hugger... and there's no getting around that.  So kissing all the way.  

14.  Farthest from home?  Florida... wait... is Hawaii farther away?  Where's Hawaii?

15. Where were you born?  Good ol' Edmonton AB.  

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Katie Babe

Two years ago, on March 14, 2006, a beautiful little girl was born.
Our families' very own Katelyn Jane.
And on Saturday that little bug turned two.

I cannot believe how grown up she is.
I called her at her party, and while talking to me on the 
phone wasnt top on her list of things to do, its 
crazy to me that she's old enough 
to talk on the phone at all.  

She may not be my baby, but I love her just the same.
And I hope for the best things for her.
Before I know it, she'll be eight.
And then she'll become that snarky teenager who I will desperately 
want to think I'm still young and hip.  
And then she'll be dating.
And going off and living her grown up life.

I hope she always knows how much her 
family loves her.
She's still just a baby who loves to play 
on slides.  But I have no illusions that soon time will speed on, 
and those moments will be gone far too quickly.

So I wish her Happy Birthday.
Love you Katie Bug!  

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Clarifying... for my own sanity

I have to say it.  I've been holding my tongue but I cant stand it anymore.  Brad does not make things look easier.  He may be more arrogant about every imagined victory, but in no way do I think he's doing a better job at this whole dental school thing.  Lindsay's comment irked me on the last post.  And yes.  I said irked.  Brad.  Nice guy.  Doesnt kill people or kick babies.  But in no way does that make him someone who is more talented than I am.  It just isnt so.  And Matt told me he could beat him up.  Easily.  And I know I'm not the best at everything.  But I definitely wouldnt go about classifying people as better than me.  No.  Maybe in the whole small setting on the Simulation Lab they have a better day than me at our chairs.  Maybe they've worked in a dental office before.  Went on some random charity excursion with their dental parent where they did dental work illegally.  I dont care.  I maintain what my dad tells me... We all suck in the grand scheme of things.  As we should.  We are LEARNING.  Its not learning if you already know how to do it perfectly.  And none of us compare to a dentist whose been practicing for twenty years... heck... two years.   So... is Brad better than me?  I think not.