cuba

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The more I think about this Coalition issue in Ottawa, the angrier I get.

I was contented this morning to hear about the Ipsos Reid Poll though.

As a summary:

- 68% of Canadians agree with the Governor General’s decision to suspend Parliament.

- 60% of Canadians support the Harper government to ‘fight and do everything they can legally do to continue governing because of the severe economic situation the country faces, and the fact that the Liberals and the NDP have entered into an “unholy deal” with the Bloc separatists’

- 62% of Canadians are angry with the Coalition taking over power from the Conservatives

And most satisfying:
- If an election were held today the Conservatives could walk away with a majority government (46%), with the Liberals and NDP losing even more support from the last election (23% and 13% respectively)

I’m glad to see at least most Canadians have some common sense left, too bad I can’t say the same for our politicians.
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cuba

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This is what Gizmo does when she wants a treat. She will do this in front of strangers all the time. Most of the time all she gets is a pat on the head, but she keeps trying anyway.

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The pink heart-shaped nametag is an early christmas gift from my mom. I swear that both my parents treat her as their first grandchild.
cuba

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I think we've won the battle with housetraining the puppy. She hasn't had an accident in the house in about 2 weeks, and about 10 days without an accident in her crate. Still early, but I feel confident that she gets it.

She doesn't yet understand though that the cat is not a playmate. Not quite sure what to do about this one. When I was at my mum's a few weeks ago Gizmo got punched in the face by one of the (declawed) cats. She didn't try and play with him again. A few days ago she tried to play with our cat and came out of it with a claw stuck in her eyelid. That's the problem - the cat has some serious potential to hurt her, especially her eyes, but the best way she'll learn is by the cat telling her off a few times. Maybe I should get her some goggles and then just let her do her thing and find out what happens.

The culture of dog ownership has been really eye opening. My family has always had dogs but I've never experienced this before. So this weekend Gizmo and I are going to a "Santa Paws" party for Boston Terriers. There are 80 people RSVP'd (and thus 80 Bostons) and I can't even imagine how I am going to keep track of her, but I think she'll have a lot of fun, and that's what matters. They have organized a Kris Kringle exchange for the dogs (so everyone brings a $5 toy and each dog can go up and pick a toy on their turn), and there will apparently be a Santa Claus there for the dogs to have their pictures taken with. All the proceeds are going to a rescue organization though so it is all for a good cause. It sounds a little crazy but this is what I do to make the little creature happy.

Every time I talk to my father he asks "So Gizmo is still coming for Christmas dinner, right?"
cuba

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While the endorsement of Stephen Harper in the last election was not unequivocal it was pretty clear that Stephane Dion was not welcome as leader of this country by the voters who cared enough to actually vote. This coalition government business is nothing more than a power grab, and is not what is best for this country going into a recession.

It is a complete mockery of democracy.
cuba

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We got a dog Saturday night. She is adorable. A 4-month-old Boston Terrier named Gizmo. With the exception of throwing up on Joe on the way home she has been perfect. No barking, barely any whining, happy to sleep on your lap. In fact she was excellent at my mum's house yesterday, she sat on the chair while we ate dinner and just slept. Last night she went into her crate by herself and didn't make a peep the entire night.

So far Chrissy has not been impressed but I am hoping that she will get used to the dog eventually. Or at the very least tolerate her and stop the hissing.

Pictures to come eventually.
cuba

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Today’s theme is ‘Why Ashley Should Never Work Retail Revisited”

Generally at work I try to maintain some professionalism and keep my actual opinion to myself when it could be deemed as offensive. For whatever reason today I couldn’t and the comment “seriously, if they can’t see that those are jelly beans and they need us to print the word jelly beans on the front to tell them those are jelly beans then they are idiots and should go lay down and die” slipped out. Oops.

It did remind me however of some of the funnier moments working retail where similar thoughts were constant it seems.

Compiled below are my Top 5 Favourite “I Hate Customers” posts from my years in retail (for those of you discerning enough to notice there are actually 6 below – I realize this and it is not that I can’t count but that I couldn’t choose only 5 and Top 5 sounds better than Top 6):

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cuba

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Although I wish now I had 1. payed any attention to the news yesterday, and 2. hence filled up my car, I don't get the logic of waiting in line for gas for really any length of time to get a better price.
Even with the $0.13 price hike overnight.

It will cost me exactly $4.53 more today to fill up my car than if I had done it yesterday. There is that saying "time is money" - I would much rather just not purchase a coffee from Starbucks this week instead of participating in the chaos last night at the gas pumps. Instead I spent my time doing useful things.

That said, how can a pre-emptive $0.13/litre price hike be justified overnight? And why have U.S. prices not fallen suit? Why are oil companies not held to the same standards of business as everyone else?

I know the answers, but they are worth asking anyway.

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Hunt launched for youth who beat kangaroo

This story made me sick. What else is there to say?

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Thank you Rick Rubin for bringing Metallica back from the dead.
cuba

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Yay, a Federal election is coming.

If only these typed words could convey the lack of excitement in my voice.

Keeping in mind that our election is nowhere near as exciting as the one happening below us (oh if only we could be so lucky), I still fail to see how on earth the parties are going to drum up any excitement. All party leaders are boring white men (no offense to white men!) who, with the exception of Stéphane Dion, we had to choose from last time around.

Maybe the U.S. has the right idea with “celebrity” politicians, at least people are paying attention (hell, I think many of us in Canada are paying more attention to what is happening down there anyway). Considering that voter turnout was the lowest in recorded history the last Federal election, and that it doesn’t feel like much has changed since then (I can barely believe that so much time has passed), I wouldn’t be surprised if we set a new record for apathy.

Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised. Or maybe it is time for Stephen Harper to start eating some babies.