Tuesday, March 29, 2005

What a day... I don't think I've ever been so relieved to have only junk in my inbox! Phew.

Basically a bunch of people got emails saying they were either "on stand-by" or didn't get the Disney jobs. I just about hurled my chocolate and cookies breakfast when I read that this morning at work. I wasn't even going to check my email out of fear, but I laugh in the face of fear! Mwa ha ha! Anyway, no emails. I don't think I've ever been so nervous checking my email... Uggh... Christ. I want to curse so much on here. But I'll cuss in my head as Disney girls don't curse in public ;) (Keri tried not swearing while we were in Disneyland Paris... Eventually it turned into "not swearing in front of children" and probably "not swearing loudly in front of children.")

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I just hit the keyboard randomly instead of cursing. How productive.


Monday, March 28, 2005

Okay... today is my last calm day as it is still a holiday at home. And here, sort of. However, come tomorrow evening, all measures of insanity will be off the chart. Here's the schedule - Edinburgh is now six hours ahead of Quebec as we changed to daylight savings time this past weekend. So, the ABSOLUTE earliest I would get a call is, I imagine early Tuesday evening. However, if the Canadian calls follow the pattern of the Brit calls then the calls won't be going out to early evening of the office's local time. Uggh! So that would be in the hours just before and after midnight here. Needless to say my phone will be left on overnight ;) Although, one must wonder, would I remember the call? Sometimes when people tell me stuff when I'm almost asleep I have no recollection of it whatsoever. Although this, I imagine, I will remember because I will probably bounce out of bed, grab a Tennants from the fridge, call home/everyone, and then stay up the rest of the night watching Disney movies. I *would* put in the effort not to wake the flatmates, but no guarantees.

Actually, I'm kind of excited now and want my call to come at an odd hour. Now I'm getting excited! This replaces the sick-to-my-stomach feeling of last night.

Anyway, if I don't get a call by Thursday evening Edinburgh time I am to call Eric at Castaway and ask him if I got the job. I expect if I don't receive a call my then that I 1) did not get the job, or 2) am on the "maybe" list.

So lets try to focus on something else. (HA HA HA HA HA HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHA!!! ... right.)

On Thursday, or perhaps Wednesday, I came up with the brilliant idea to host an Easter shingding at our flat. Neither Keri or I felt a dinner was necessary, so I proposed the new Easter egg-stravaganza of Sundae Sunday. Sunday afternoon Keri and I trucked over to the Tesco and bought vanilla ice cream and numerous of toppings and sauces to make sundaes. Four litres of ice cream and numerous sprinkles later, there were ten rather full people lazing around our livingroom watching Old School. Anyway, Sundae Sunday was quite the hit and very economical! It cost about £5.60 for the whole thing so we just divided up the costs between everyone.

I went to the gym yesterday and the bowl that is usually filled with apples was filled with large, Lindt chocolate eggs. The good stuff, as we like to call it. I was told to take one on the way in, but assured the folk at the desk that taking one on the way in would just lead to me sitting in the locker room eating chocolate for an hour. So I took one on the way out, made a comment about being the hero of our Easter fiesta, so Front Desk Guy insisted I take more! Needless to say, the rubberarm had been twisted. In a completely related note, I sinned soooo badly when it came to money and sugar this week. The thought of eating anymore chocolate makes me wince - as with ice cream. (Exception: chocolate coated digestive cookies.)

In terrible news, the trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park (if you put that into google and type safari as sufari you get my blog!) did not happen. The bus did not show up. Ugh. Screw you, First Bus, SCREW YOU. It was probably a blessing in disguise as it was incredibly hazy and foggy and cold and rainy. However, us two canucks, one yank, one aussie and one south african made a brutal mistake Sat morning: we chose to go to Deep Sea World. Absolute waste of money. The only highlights were that corral reef photographs nicely, I saw a stingray eat a funny small fish and I got to touch a snake. And the train trip to the place was also lovely. Yay, train. And the building in which the attracted was located was about the same temp as outside. Brilliant. I love seeing my breath. Ugh!

I spent more money than I meant to on Saturday night because the bartender at Buddy Mulligan's was hot. I don't want to jump the gun here, but I'm pretty sure that out of the 100s of girls he served that night I was the most memorable because I was the only one wearing red hiking boots in the bar. And you know how often bartenders look at customers' footware. (Oh, sarcasm from Jen! How terribly surprising!)

Anyway, lunch time is over despite the fact I still have more I want to type. Maybe if I work fast. Like, super fast. And on the plus side, the non-Disney portion of my blog did help me take my mind off the fact that I am waiting for the most IMPORTANT PHONE CALL OF MY LIFE to occur within the next few days. Breath in, breath out. And re-analyze my interview for the 400th time. I'll be honest, it could have went better, but I was too excited to be overly professional.

Oooh.... now the ole mind is wandering again.. Help!

The end.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Wooooo McDonalds!

So I FINALLY had my Cadbury Cream Egg McFlurry. It was good, but not as good as the infamous Munchies McFlurry of London. Ah well.

I don't feel much like blogging - MSN is too distracting... However, I bought a CD yesterday and let me tell you allllll about it. Actually, let me just tell you what surprised me: CDs here don't come shrink-wrapped! I noticed inthe store, so I opened the cover expecting it to be empty but the CD was actually in it! (Good thing really though... I mean, it was in an HMV, they would need a crapload and two halves of counter space to keep CDs stored underneath!) I asked the cashier about it (travellers talk to everyone/anyone) and she said it depends on the company regarding whether there is plastic around the cases or not. We both agreed that's it better for the environment and she pointed out that it means people can return the CDs if they don't like 'em.

The end. Time to converse to other Disney folk (or hopefuls, rather) on MSN. =)

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Ugggggggh... No phone call.

But that's okay. I decided I am going to find out at 9:30 tonight, which is 4:30 in Quebec.

Last night when I left the gym there was a voice mail on my phone and I couldn't access it right away. Cue panick. On the third try I got into my messages and it was from my temp agency. Sigh!

Note to self: call temp agency.

Planning for trip is coming somewhat well... However, I may need to cut off Norway, sigh! It'll be rather time consuming to get to and I'm not sure if I can make it up to Oslo before my rail pass runs out. I blame Suisse for being overly distracting. However, this could all change. Everytime I read about a different place I get excited about *that* particular place. Last night I was reading about Suisse, so now I am most excited about Suisse. The night before that I was reading about Norway, so was most excited about Norway. (Though slightly frightened because the book kept emphasizing how expensive things are there!)

Anyway, lunch is over. I meant to go outside, but my salad was really big (guess I was a little too ambitous when I made it last night) and I got distracted on the forums that myself and other Disney applicants so devotedly check on the hour to see if anyone got a call.

Did I mention I haven't gotten a call yet?

Wait - let me check my phone one last time.

Nope, no call.


I'm also a wee bit... I don't know... sad perhaps that I'll be doing the bulk of my trip on my own. I enjoy to myself, but it would be awesome to have more travel companions. Maybe I'll figure something out... =D

The end.

Monday, March 21, 2005


How am I supposed to make it through the next week and a half??? Seriously, I almost jumped out of my skin when I saw I had missed a call at work AND I had a new voice message. (It was, unfortunately, a hang up.)

What am I going to doooooooooo? Waiting is hard.

Anyway, the ceilidh was fun on Saturday night!

Good news: the Lindt factory (the chocolate company that makes fabulously delicous melt-in-your-mouth chocolate) is in Switzerland and I may make an effort to visit it. We'll see. It rather depends on geography. And I like calling Switzerland "Suisse" because it's faster to write down.

I wish I had a bike. I mean, I *do* have a bike, but I wish I had one here. And in Denmark. Because so many Canadians, you know, have bikes in Denmark.

You know what's confussing? Earning in the UK, but having to file taxes in Canada and claiming your income and, potentially, having to pay taxes to the Feds in Canada. I have been paying tax here, but I should get all of it back.

It's kind of funny that I pay taxes into Canada as I'm not sure if the PEI health care plan even covers me aboard. And really, what other Canadian tax benefits am I using? Subsidized airfare? No, not really. Education? Hmm, nope. I'm not even driving on CANADIAN PAVEMENT. (I consider paved roads and huge plus on living in Canada.)

Guess what? Citizens of the UK pay half as much as Canadians for passports that last twice as long. I learned that last summer.

I didn't get a stamp when returning to Canada a couple of weeks ago. However, the customs lady said I should declare myself a TOURIST and not a resident. That means I should get PST and GST rebates! Right? Right? I mean, I really stretched my wallet for that Pizza Delight meal and those Bulk Barn "meals". ;)

The end, my time is pretty much up and, upon looking at my paper that is supposed to covered in hostel notes, I have been unproductive. Although I did write down that a hostel in Nice costs €18 a night, includes breakfast, and has a kitchen.

The end.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Ugggggh... I'm at the library and all the windows I have open are randomly freezing up!

Anyway, three cheers for the Scottish weather! In all honesty, I could *probably* be wearing shorts today. I was sweating outside in my long-sleeved shirt! (Mind you I was walking up a couple of Edinburgh's steeper streets.)

Tonight my lacrosse team is having a ceilidh fundraiser. I've been to two ceilidhs so far and it's actually quite easy to catch onto the dances. Not so easy is developing coordination.

So I'm getting in the groove of planning my trip. This mostly takes place late at night when I should be sleeping or when I'm on hold when calling banks. (My job was a wee bit unexciting this week...) I have realised that I want to see way too much and too little time. On the chopping block thus far is Sweden (which I keep wanting to spell Sweeden) and Cannes. Yup, the whole country of Sweden gets cut off and France loses only Cannes and has gained Vimy as of this morning ;) Tough break, Scandanavia!

Anyone ever buy an HI card? Is it worth the investment? I've heard minimal yes's, but I only pay £7 for the card in Scotland so it *may* be worth it...?

By the way, Shan was kind enough to point out to me that RyanAir is having QUITE the seat sale. I may be flying from Oslo, Norway to Glasgow for a fabulous $42CND. Well, if I have to... ;)

You know what I hate? Not knowing about my wee Disney job. I mean, waiting for the interview was more so exciting because I *KNEW* when I arrived in Halifax I was guaranteed an interview. If I get the job, the wait to go down south won't be as nerve wracking as I'll have an actual start date and I will *know* that is when I'm starting. This is all up in the air! Am I waiting for ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE GUT CHURNING news, or, FABULOUSLY WONDERFUL AMAZING CHERRY-ON-TOP news? UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHH! I didn't expect to find out this week, but come mid next week I'll be twitchin' in my trousers and running to the internet cafe or library every day after work compulsivly checking my email. Cry! What if I *don't* get it?!?! WHAT WILL I DO?!?!

Maybe I'll work at Universal Studios, that would show them ;)

Anyway, library is closing... Adios!

Friday, March 18, 2005

Ugh, my post didn't work.

The end.

Hola hola,

I am feeling a *tad* ambitionless. I originally came to the internet cafe to get a phone number out of an email and then head off to the gym. But now..., but NOW... Anyway. Yesterday was St. Patricks Day. Yay. I celebrated by going to lacrosse practice which was fun. I ran most of the way to practice because I was, surprise surprise, running late. Mostly because I decided to take a different route and got blocked in my a river with no bridge and had to backtrack. Very enjoyable! ;)

I've slept through my alarm for the past two days. Whoops!

I feel like an oger today. My clothes feel too tight (curse you, Tennets!) and my shoes too small. Plus I can hardly walk in my heels today for some reason. Maybe I'm just off balanced or something.

No word yet on the job ;) But that's expected... I don't imagine I'll hear anything before mid next week.

Today I work I played with my nose ring, bit my nails and scrawled on paper. I was on hold on the phone a lot today.

Anyway, I'm going to be ambitous and "go" to the gym now.

I originally put go in quotation marks because I was planning on being a sauna rat but realise now that I don't have my bathing suit with me.... So now I actually have to GO to the gym. Bathing suits are tricky like that.

Number of comments on phone about my Canadian accent today: 2


Thursday, March 17, 2005

Chicago was quite the show! The orchestra was actually right on the stage which I, in my limited theatre experience, have never seen before! The first act is a little foggy as I was, whoops, randomly nodding off.

Today it is warm enough that I did not wear a coat on the walk to work nor when I was outside at lunchtime.

If anyone has a Europe travelguide they want to give/lend/sell to me I would really appreciate it... I know it's a necessary investment, but they run almost £20!

So I'm thinking about skipping out of Edinburgh for the summer and doing a live-in job and, gasp, actually saving some money. This kind of depends on whether or not I'll be heading Orlando way come the fall/winter. If I am, I want to save up some money before hand as living in Edinburgh has realllllly taken a toll on yee ole bank account and I'm pretty sure I'll be blowing oodles of cash in Central Florida aka Biggest Tourist Trap Ever. I'm already planning on getting my Universal Studios Annual Pass about two days after I get down there.

Ugggggggggggggh, lunch is over. Huuuuuuge sigh. It's quite possible that my work is a wee bit boring... But on the plus side, I get to doodle notes about my upcoming trip in May while I am on hold on the phone.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

You know you are cool when you use your lunch hour to go to an internet cafe.

Although, in my own defense, it's only for a few minutes to check my hotmail account. And FYI for you all, the Easy Net in McDonalds is expensive at lunch time :S Makes sense though... I mean, McDonalds is a place people go at lunch time!

Getting up this morning was surprisingly easy! Basically it was bright outside and I didn't have my watch on so I thought I had slept in and wound up bouncing out of bed.

Work, however, is an entirely other story. Could my eyelids weigh anymore? Jeez. I was put in a different office with people whom I have never met before and I'm sure they think I@m a knob because I yawned 4,209 times and literally had my eyes closed when I was on the phone. The last time I remember being that tired was once at CIDA, and once when I worked at the treasury and I swear my lamp was blinding me, as was the brightness of my laptop machine. It was a rough day, I remember it well. It was a Tuesday.

This evening should be a challenge: we are going to see Chicago! I am quite excited, but worried that the heavy eye lids may attack again. I could go home and sleep for about an hour after work, but I think that would leave me groggy rather than refreshed. So instead I'm going to the gym! I think that is a wiser choice, it'll give me an energy boost, perhaps.

On that note, I have to run across the street back to work now. I'll blog about my interview later... I was going to when I was home but blogger was down a couple of times, a storm scrwed up our internet, and MSN and rail passes got in the way.

Friday, March 04, 2005

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am soooooooooooooooooooo excited!!!!

A job interview for a job I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really want AND a trip to PEI!!!

I decided whoever interviews me on Tuesday is in the position to rip out my soul and stomp all over it.

And yeah, I can speak again.


And thanks for the good luck wishes I have been getting =)


Time to go home and get ready for ceildh! (Och aye, that is bad spelling.)


Thursday, March 03, 2005

Mmm, I just bought LIMITED EDITION baked apple and cinammon yogurt. I tell you, the folks over at MillerLite are GENIUSES. Well, maybe... I haven't actually tasted it.

I kind of keep forgetting I'm going home... Instead it's all TUESDAY TUESDAY INTERVIEW INTERVIEW. And a wee bit of Lone Star. Mmm.

My voice is mostly back. I tested myself with a few phone calls yesterday (part of yee olde job description) and *most* people could make me out clearly. Today I sound different but my audible levels (new word?) are much higher than the cracked whispers of the previous days.

What if I don't get the job?!?!?!?!?! Saaaaad. I think I would feel very lost.

I am going travelling in May. People should come. Money is no excuse as my Brit bank account is currently topped up with about £120. In related news, I heart my bank account bank home. And don't feel bad for me, I just pulled my rent money from my bank account hence the gulpingly low figure. And tomorrow is pay day! I must say, I do like very much getting paid every Friday - with the provision of me having a job, of course.

Sunday's weather forecast for Halifax is variable clouds. No snow. No thick clouds. Good. Now we check Brit-land's weather... Cloudy. Well, duh. It's cloudy most of the time. I officially declare these forecasts set in stone and they are not aloud to change. The temperature prediction, however, is permitted to change.

I have lacrosse tonight. I am going to be quiet. I hope.

Steam rooms are apparently good for soothing crap throats. I have used this as a good excuse to hang out in the steam room at the gym a couple of times this week. I'm so sad/pathetic... Everytime I'm in the sauna or steam room I think about laying around on my days/hours off in Florida. Jen = desperate/obsessed Also, the steamroom made me think about what it must be like to live in a rain forest. And if I should ever see the rain forests. It would be neat, but I would probably cause more damage than I would solve. I would like to volunteer in South America someday... Or work. Something like that. ("Quiero vivir en America de sud." See? I would do okay with the language barrier.)

THe end. Lunch ended three minutes ago.