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Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010's New Year's Resolution Kept!

In January, Dish resolved that this year she would finally complete the Tetris throw blanket she designed in August 2008. And yesterday, January 29, 2010, just under the wire, she completed the goal. Here it is, from start to finish! Dish cannot believe it is finally done!!

The pattern.

The yarn.

The completed squares, all 200 of them: 84 black, 36 blue, 36 green, 16 red and 28 yellow. Each one took between 30 to 40 minutes to knit.

The finished product!!! Dish likes to call it "Waiting for a Stick". Now that the project is finally complete, Dish would like to send a shout-out to Jeannine for being a competitor in all the frustrating Tetris games that inspired this project and also to Ryan who lent me the Super Nintendo and Tetris game that started it all.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Completely Astonishing

This is not a word of a lie.

Today at work I attended a meeting where we were informed that this meeting was a follow-up to a previous meeting that was held in 1994.

This is truly an excellent example of the efficiency of our government.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Catalog Living

Thanks to Michelle and the bloggers at Go Fug Yourself, I am now aware of a fabulous site called Catalog Living.

"Ever wondered who lives in those immaculate and overdecorated rooms you see in catalogs, with those brightly smiling children who are impossibly excited about owning a monogrammed towel? Wonder no more: The Catalog Living site imagines the occupants as a couple named Gary and Elaine, and scripts short captions about their lives."

Here is one of Dish's favourites:

Private property…

Gary Jr. painstakingly straightened his Star Wars figures after once again catching his dad playing with them.

Also check out the post labelled "A twist of something." This is time well wasted people!

Monday, July 12, 2010

15 Minutes of Fame

As you may have noticed, Dish has been slightly less than diligent keeping up with her blog posting. Nothing for months and then here we are with not one, not two but THREE blog posts all in one evening!

Now, as some of you may remember, back in March, Dish attended the concert of one of her co-workers, David Nelson Ostrosser (also starring Hugo Lyrette on guitar and Dominic Bouchard on drums) at Le P'tit Canot in the wilds of Gatineau. Good times were definitely had by all. There may have even been some storming of the stage. And the result? Dish and Lesley get their 15 minutes (or possibly closer to two seconds) of fame in a short cameo appearance in the live video footage for "All of Your Underwear."

Some other photos of the night (click to enlarge).

I can't hear you Gatineau!

Katey looking on in shock as Lesley and Dish prepare to storm the stage.

The cat fight that took place off-camera.

Wait! There are enough pairs for everyone.

Lesley and Dish reconcile and persuade Katey to form a new girl band with them.

That's enough fun. Time to go home.

Many thanks to David (DNO) for including us in the video. Maybe if we're lucky, we can become regulars! ;o) Watch some of his other classics here. Just try listening to "Ain't Much Meat on the Hook" without getting it stuck in your head! I double-dog dare you!

A Miraculous Find

Every May in Ottawa brings the Great Glebe Garage Sale. It is a must-attend event, as one never knows what one will find there. And Dish must say, that Palmer is the king of the garage sale find. This year was no exception. This year, Palmer truly outdid himself. Dish was shocked and amazed at what he managed to come up with.

If you can't believe your eyes, you are not alone! YES! He found ANOTHER Red Hots 2 Minute Hot Dog Cooker and this one still in its original packaging!! How does he do it folks?

Apparently, he spotted the cooker and made a mad dash. Much excitement ensued. Other garage salers pushed eagerly to know more about the magical find that would cause such shouts of joy and exclamations of glee. In his own words, "I didn't even barter. I just paid full price. One dollar."

Now, thanks to Palmer, Dish is the lucky owner of not one but TWO Red Hots 2 Minute Hot Dog Cookers. She now has the original box AND the original instruction manual.

What does this mean for you?

Well, if your name is Gus Johnson, it means you may have another job on your hands. (Dish has yet to try the new hot dog cooker to see if it works. Actually though, she has high hopes for this one as the electrodes appear to have burn marks left over from previously electrocuted hot dogs.) It may also mean the start to a lucrative new side business in hot dog cooker repair. Everyone wants a Red Hots 2 Minute Hot Dog Cooker and, apparently, they may be able to get them. This just goes to show that if you wish hard enough for something, the universe will provide!

As for the rest of you, it signals an end to all that impatient waiting for hot dogs. Dish can now cook not just four but EIGHT hot dogs in just two minutes. Delicious electrocuted weiners for everyone!!!

A Fabulous Gift

Public thanks for this fantabulous birthday gift from my beloved friend Jennie is long overdue. Check out this rockin Smurf pillow that she knit with her own two hands. Many thanks also to Diane for transporting it all the way from Nova Scotia! This pillow was many years in the making, but it was well worth the wait! Thanks Jennie!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Verdict: HERO and then some!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Zero or Hero?

Dish has decided to be lenient and give the "Anonymous" Coward more time to prove himself. She patiently awaits further developments with regard to her Red Hots 2 Minute Hot Dog Cooker.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The City that Fun Forgot

And quel surprise! Dish is talking about Ottawa. In a move reminiscent of Footloose (or, if you prefer, Foot Louis), the National Capital Commission, the body that organizes Ottawa’s Winterlude, has decided to cancel all of the outdoor concerts associated with the festival this year. Next they will be banning rock music and dancing completely!

The supposed reason for the concert cancellation? Apparently, the generator used to heat the stage causes too large of a carbon footprint and the NCC is trying to plan an environmentally friendly Winterlude.

Now, Dish is all about environmental-friendliness, but there is such a thing as going too far. We live in CANADA people! Dish hates to state the obvious, but sometimes it is necessary to run a generator to provide heat in a climate this cold. Dish suspects this is more about money than it is about the environment.

The only question remaining? Where is Kevin Bacon when you need him.