Monday, July 28, 2008

The links

This weekend was fantastic. You just can't beat two hot, sunny days on the golf course.

Saturday I played in the Girls Inc. fundraising tournament with some other girls from work. We had a great time, even if we did come in dead last. We could hardly believe we came last since two of us golf semi-regularly, but we got great prizes because of it. Plus, our raffle tickets paid off. I ended up leaving with a jacket (compliments of last place), gift certificates to The Keg and The Fish Place, a flash light, small clock, mug, balls, etc. etc. But who's really counting? It was all for a good cause :)

Sunday was the Employee Recreation Association golf tournament at the much nicer Fort McMurray Golf Club. It was my first time playing the course, but let me tell you, it's definitely worth the extra $12 to play there as opposed to Macdonald Island. The day was long, hot and humid, but it was fun nonetheless. Our team finished the day at -3, which was pretty good. Unfortunately, I had to leave as soon as the prize-giving started because I'd completely forgotten that I had a ball game at 8 p.m., so I'm not sure where we finished, but most of the teams we talked to were either -1 or even. I think the winning team was -7 or -9 or something like that.

So, back to baseball. Forgetting about the game meant I had to travel straight from the golf course to the ball diamond. Of course I only had my cleats glove in my ball bag in the vehicle so there I was, standing on third base, in my golf skirt. Nice, Lanette. Nice.

This week we're golfing another ladies night at Mac Island (last week I won a great pull I'm looking forward to the prizes.haha). Ladies night is fun - $20 for the round of nine holes, $5 each for a cart, and you're set.

It's so nice to be hitting the links again. I'm trying to get in all the rounds I can before winter hits at the end of next month.

Post a comment and let me know what you're up to. Or, e-mail me at I miss you all.

Bisou Bisou,


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Yellow and blue make...

Yellow and blue make...
Originally uploaded by LipBomb
I have to share this with you...Brodie's brother in law is a fantastic amateur photographer. The stuff he comes up with is incredible...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Paranormal activity

Okay ladies and gents, anyone who knows me will know I am the biggest frigging scaredy cat when it comes to being home alone.

Well imagine moving into a house you don't know all that well. You would think you'd take extra care to lock the doors when you leave, right? Exactly!

I am certain I locked the door last night, even though when I got home from my ball game the door was unlocked. Hmm. Weird. In fact, I thought it was so weird that I told Kristen about it at work today.

So, today when I left the house to go golfing you think I would have taken extra caution to make sure I locked the door. Once again, I was certain I had.,..but, I get home and guess what? Door's unlocked. Very. Very. Strange. And Very. Very. Freaky.

Well, I just had to share my scary story with you all. I'm off to bed - keep your fingers crossed the monster doesn't come out of the basement.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Moving Weekend

My calves ache. My shoulders are sore. I want just one more day off, for what good is a weekend if you spend it moving???

That's right. This weekend I left company housing and settled into my new home. Luckily, it's only a one-minute drive from the condo, so the two trips I had to make were nice and short. Friday was another glorious PTO and thank goodness, because the movers called and said they wanted to deliver first thing Friday morning instead of Saturday afternoon. This actually worked out a lot better because then I could spend Friday unpacking a little bit at the new place and packing up a bunch of stuff at the old place. I had everything moved out of the condo and quite a bit of stuff unpacked at the new place by Saturday afternoon.

Once my bedroom was set up and clothes were unpacked, I had to hop in the shower to get ready to volunteer at the "Big Spirit Music Festival". I don't normally volunteer for these types of events, but then again, I'm not usually living in a strange town by myself. I actually didn't think of this idea on my own, but my boss wanted to volunteer and asked me if I wanted to tag along. Those of you from Tolko would know that I am adept at performing CLMs, so I decided to say 'yes'. It actually turned out to be interesting and not all that tough. All I had to do was take peoples' tickets, so it was good. Plus, we got to listen to some good music. Theory of a Deadman and Collective Soul were two of the three performers. I can't remember the name of the first group...that should tell you something about the performance.

My first night in the house by myself went a-okay. At first, I thought I'd be nervous (I'm just like that, okay...), but I managed to not scare the bejeezus out of myself and slept throught he night (even though it was about 100 degrees in my room).

This morning I woke up, did some more unpacking, decided to hit up the driving range and then went for a quick shop at Superstore. The driving range was about 50/50...after the first half-bucket of balls, my swing came back and I was hitting some solid shots. Hopefully this translates into good things on the course come Tuesday's Ladies Night and my golf games on Saturday and Sunday next weekend.

Superstore was surprisingly un-busy which is extremely rare in Fort McMurray. Every day is crazy there and Sundays are usually TERRIBLE. Today, I got my stuff (including an oscillating cooling tower fan, a new dress and a t-shirt...oh SS how I've missed you), and walked right up to the check-out lady. She was as confused as I was about why it was so busy. The weather was amazing today, so that may have had something to do with it.

In other news, my new camera arrived yesterday! Yay! I purchased the Canon Rebel Xti from this nice fellow at Tolko who has decided to upgrade to the Canon 40D. So, it's not new (although you'd never know it), but it's new to me and it marks my entrance into the more sophisticated world of digital photography. I'm planning to take a course at the college some time soon so that I can put this fancy camera to some good use. You can all expect lots of pictures to be hitting the airwaves (e-waves?) in the near future. The original reason I started telling this story was to once again remind everyone about how difficult it can be living here. For the camera, I needed to pick up a Compac Flash memory card. First stop...SuperStore. Nadda. Second stop....Wal-Mart. Zilch. Third stop....Staples. S-O-L (well, except for a $130 8-gig beauty that holds like 8,000 images of the highest quality). Finally, on my fourth stop (The Source) I found exactly what I was looking for. You see people, this should have been easy. I should have walked into SuperStore, asked the person to sell me what I was looking for, and be done. Nope, not so easy here. The most difficult thing is trying to ask the young kids where you can find something. With such high turnover in this town, no one ever knows where anything is. And, because they don't want to admit they don't know where it is, they just tell you they don't have it. This is super frustrating when you know damn well the store has what you're looking for. That's today's Fort McMurray rant.

Whew, this has been a long post, so I think I'm going to finish setting up my new oscillating cooling tower fan (I love how fancy they can make a fan sound).

Hope the weather is as great where you are, as it is where I am.



Saturday, July 12, 2008

A few advantages

While it is terrible being away from the people you love the most, there are a few (though very few) advantages. Here are three:

1. I get to watch whatever movie I want. Over the last couple of months, my selections have included P.S. I Love You, Juno, and tonight's feature: Brokeback Mountain.

2. No one cares if I fall asleep in the beginning, middle or end of the aforementioned films.

3. I can leave the dishes piling up in the sink and I'm the only one I can get angry with.

Of course, none of these compare with being able to share your time with others, but they are small things that help me get through the long days by myself!

This week at work was really crazy, so I'm enjoying the weekend. I was up super early this morning and at the gym by 7:05. I came home, washed my piled-up dishes, vacuumed the floor, tidied the bathroom and got dressed. Then, I decided I hadn't seen Ron and Terri in a while, so I called them and took Subway over for lunch. We had a nice visit before I decided to hit up the buzzing, but not-so-big, Peter Pond Shopping Centre. To my delight, La Senza was having a big sale. Perfect timing, since I've been needing some new skivvies. So, three bras, five pairs of undies, a super-cute sleep tank/nighty, and $74 later, I was on my way home. A pretty nice haul if you ask me!

Dinner consisted of five sauteed scallops, whole wheat fusilli, six cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of three-cheese blend - deeelicious.

Now I find myself on the couch (after a little bit of online poker-playing) and ready to dive into Brokeback Mountain. I can't believe I haven't seen this movie yet.

Tomorrow I have to head into work in the early a.m. (think 6:30), make strawberry banana trifle, and then head to Kristen and Mike's for what is expected to be a lovely dinner. Because Dan and Julia are also coming, I get to play wheel #5. Oh well.....I'm over it.

I hope you are all having, or had, a fantastic weekend.

Bisou Bisou!


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

"Have you theen my batheball?"

This is a better version of the photo below.

Thanks to Auntie Dani for providing the camera for this shot.

Thanks to Kyle for capturing this splended image so we may remember it for years (and weddings) to come.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

July Long Weekend 2008 009

July Long Weekend 2008 009
Originally uploaded by Lanette14
A fine example of what happens at Funtastic. This is my little sissy.

July long weekend

The Lundquist's annual father/daughter bonding time took place last weekend in B.C. with the great Funtastic slo-pitch tournament. Since everyone who reads this thing is probably from the Okanagan, or participates in the tournament, I'm not going to explain Funtastic. As usual, we had a great time and this time we were pleasantly surprised by our team's record: we only lost one game (the final for second place). This is much better than our usual 5th place runner up finish. So, I left with a surprisingly-cute brown Funtastic zip-up hoodie in size 'S' instead of a XXL t-shirt. There's something to be said for winning. Oh, and the weather was absolutely amazing. It was 30+ every day (it reached 34 on Saturday....even though our vehicle was convinced it was 37 degrees outside).

Sadly, we had to leave the Okanagan on July 1 and make the trek back to Calgary. The traffic was pretty decent and after a quick stop in Banff to see Brodie's sister and brother-in-law, we were back in the big City by about 8:30.

The next day I had to make the dreaded drive from Calgary to Fort McMurray. I was pleased with the small amount of traffic that was on the road heading north from Edmonton. It's a good thing because Highway 63 is just as everyone describes it - crazily narrow. If you get behind a semi, you nearly have to put half your vehicle in the oncoming traffic to see around him. I can't believe people actually travel that road in the winter. While it's straight, it's very dangerous. There isn't one single passing lane for more than 300 kms. Sure, there are places where you can pass, but no actual third lane. Hopefully I wont' have to make that drive too often - and you definitely won't see me on that highway in the winter.

Since returning to Fort McMurray, it's been pretty boring around here. The weather has been stormy and rainy, which sucks because I finally got my golf clubs yesterday. Yay!!!

Well, I'm about to go make some lentil and barley soup. Sounds delicous doesn't? :)

Muah xoxo.