Snow, snow and more snow.

This picture was taken today at the Windsor Street exchange which is a major exchange in Halifax that has about 7 streets going into it. Thought it was kinda funny. We’ve had so much snow we have 15 to 20 foot snow banks in parking lots and 5 to 6 feet snow banks along the sides of the roads, walking down a sidewalk feels weird cause you can’t see anything.

Storm drains all over the city are buried. Might as well completely forget about fire hydrants, they can not be found. City’s pleading with people to help them dig them out but wont tell us where they are as they say it is a safety issue, to me not knowing where they are is a bigger safety risk. In the last 2 weeks we have had 42 cm (28 fell on the same day) and 13.4 mm of rain.

The problem is since Feb 1st we’ve had 97.1 cms of snow in total. Most of which is still on the ground, all the rain has done is freeze into layers of ice on top of it. There is no where for any of the rain to go as the storm drains are all covered so certain roads have become lakes and ponds. Of course people are dumb and think they can drive through it and are getting stuck. Not fun.

How many days till spring??

What was he thinking?

As more information becomes available about the guy that worked with us that planned the failed massacre plot at the mall on Valentines Day, the more disconcerting and confusing it’s becoming. Co-workers are starting to speak out to the media and more information is being dug up on social media showing his intent to open fire on his co-workers at my work. If you have no idea what I am talking about reading this post explains more.

A co-worker of mine alleges that he talked to her about shooting up the workplace. There is an article in the paper about it from yesterday and another co-worker of mine sent me a link to it on Facebook. But I have questions, questions I hope will be answered soon in one way, and in another way I wonder if maybe we are better off not knowing.

If he opened up to her or mentioned to her about opening fire at our work, why did it take her a week to go to the media with it? I wonder if she was the one who tipped off the police… If not did she just think it was a joke? Another question I would have is when was this supposed to have happened? The plan for the mall was for Saturday the 14th of February and he was arrested on early Friday morning the 13th at 2am picking up the girl that was accused along with him.

Apparently he quit work on Thursday the 12th. So when would have have done it? Why did he quit on Thursday? What would have been the point in quitting? Especially if you planned on opening fire on your work place the next day or day after. Were we really less then 7 hours away from him actually doing it on Friday? They arrested him at 2am, most people are at work by 9am… was it really that close? Would we really have been in that position in a few more hours? My boyfriends mom works with me, my ex-boyfriend works with me, both of them on the same floor of the building as he was on. I am one floor below. We go back and forth all the time. He would have had access to both floors. Was the mall the original target or were we actually the original target?

I mean if he planned on opening fire at work on Friday, what would make him think he would make it to Saturday for them to open fire in the mall on Saturday together? What the hell was going through their minds? I know as the trial begins that some things that we probably don’t want to hear or know about may come out. Maybe the woman alleging this is only saying it for the attention. Then again, she did not give her name, no one knows exactly who she is. Why would she lie about it?

Either way, none of us can stop thinking about it. Even though we don’t really talk about it outright, I am sure we are all have questions.

Just a short update

It’s hump day and it really feels like hump day. I can’t wait for this week to be over. I have waited on average 1 1/2 hours each evening after work for a cab that tonight never showed up (after 1 hour and 45 minutes). A co-worker offered to drive me home and before I had a chance to call the cab company the driver called me and I answered not thinking and he gave me an earful… so I yelled right back. Won’t be calling that cab company anytime soon.

I’m in awe of human beings. Since I started supporting software I have been called every name in the book. I get people who don’t know how to turn on a computer and navigate Windows or the Mac OS and they expect you to solve everything for them… including errors that have nothing to do with any of our software and clearly say so. Spent 45 minutes today trying to explain to a woman who could not even find the power button on her Mac that I can not explain to her how to install software if she did not know  how to turn on her computer or what a file or web browser was. This is going to be a bit of an adjustment period I think.

Oh yeah, and it looks like I wont be going to New Brunswick for my Great-Grandmothers birthday after all. Pretty bummed about that. But hoping Mom and I can go in the spring. Would like to take Cory there and spend some time in the cabin on the lake that my Aunt and Uncle own. They said pretty much anytime.

What is the definition of terrorism anyways?

I think people take for granted that they are safe from huge terrorist plots or large massacres when you live in a small city or a town that things like that just don’t happen to. But the truth it is it can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. No one is immune. No city or town is safe. Not in the world we live in today. This has been proven time and time again.

Sometimes things like that seem so far removed from where you are. You hear about it, you empathize and sympathize for the people involved but you know that it is unlikely it will ever happen where you are, your safe, your loved ones are safe. You can’t help but put it to the back of your mind and move on. But is that a mistake?

Well, my city Halifax, almost became one of those places today that we hear about in the news all the time. Having it happen in your country as it did this past year with the attacks on a military members such as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa on October 22nd, 2014 and the ramming attack two days before that on October 20th, 2014 where Warrant officer Patrice Vincent and another member of the Canadian Military were rammed by a car and Patrice was killed, is hard enough to comprehend and completely senseless. But how can you ever justify opening fire on a bunch of civilians in a shopping center on Valentines Day (or any day)?

That was what was supposed to have happened today in Halifax at the Halifax Shopping Center. As police have asked, I am not naming the individuals as they do not deserve the attention. However that was their plan for today. For 4 people, 3 were locals and one woman from Illinois to open fire in the Halifax Shopping Center and kill as many people as possible before turning the guns on themselves. Just thinking about it I am in tears. I have friends and people that I know that work there. I have friends and family members and other people I know who go there every weekend. I had plans on going there myself today…

Words just can’t describe the feelings I have, but I am going to try. These individuals are heartless and deserve a hell of a lot more then what they are going to get, that’s for sure. Likely a slap on the wrist and a 6 month prison term. One killed himself last night and another, a 17 year old boy was picked up in connection but there was not enough to charge him on. So 2 are being charged and I hope they get a hell of a lot more then that. I hope they rot their lives away in Jail. I am endlessly thankful for the RCMP, the Halifax Regional Police, the Geneva Illinios Police Department and the anonymous person or persons who tipped off the police to the plot, you guys are truly Heros for taking it seriously and for working tirelessly since Thursday to try and stop it from happening and capturing the people who would have been responsible.

The one thing I am confused about. How can you consider this as not a terrorist attack plot? A plot for a mass shooting in a public place? To me that is terrorism, you are trying to instill terror in the public. They said instead it was “a group of individuals that had some beliefs and were willing to carry out violent acts against citizens”…. by definition is that not terrorism?

PS – So I found out a few hours ago that I work with one of the suspects. Talked to him often. I’m so shocked right now.

Cars & Domains

The beginning of this week kinda sucked…Been dealing with the stupid car all week. Needs a new battery apparently. I’ve also been dealing with Network Solutions trying to transfer my domain name out from them, but apparently they do not want to let it go! It’s getting annoying.

My Mom and Dad came up yesterday for a doctors appointment. Unfortunately, I was working and was not able to see them as they wanted to get home in case it started to snow and could not wait for me to get off of work. Dad was able to test my battery and alternator and he said the power coming out of the alternator is fine, but not the battery. So that confirms the battery needs to be replaced.

In one way I am glad to hear it is only the battery, however if it was the alternator or something else like that then it would likely be covered under warranty and then it would not be my problem and I would not be stuck with paying for any of it myself. Oh well, a battery is not really that expensive anyways. I just really don’t have the money.

I’m sure that people at my work are really tired of listening to me complain about it. As I am sure people on my Facebook are. I am tired of complaining about the damn car myself. So far since Dad boosted it I have been starting it and running it as much as I can. But still have not really been able to drive it much. I was able to get it started last night and drive Cory’s sister Kristy home but that’s the only time that I have driven in 2 weeks.

As for Network solutions I have been trying for over a week to get an authorization code from them for transferring my domain out and I can not seem to get a working one from them. At first I called and they said it would be emailed, the next day it was not there, called again and they said they had no record of it. Asked for it again, next days still wasn’t there, called again and again no record, asked them again and this time I got it, gave it to OfBlue, they tried it and said it was invalid, called Network Solutions back and they sent the same code again, told them it was the same, he put me on hold to check with his supervisor who said it is always the same, but was regenerated and should be okay and get them to try again. Sent the code and a copy of the email with the code to OfBlue and am waiting to hear back from them.

I’m so glad the weekend is here. Now I need to prepare my taxes so I can get a new battery for the car and some winter tires so that I can get it back on the road…

Inspirational women

Over the years I have had many inspirational women in my life. I have been very lucky in this regard. My mom, my aunts, my Grandmothers (Nan and Grammy A.), my great Aunts and my great Grandmother (Grammy), among many other various family members and family friends. So I definitely haven’t lacked female role models… So I’d like to introduce my Great Grandmother (Grammy).

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This picture was taken in April 2010, which would have been two months after her 101st birthday! And guess what? She will be celebrating her 106th birthday on February 27th! Which also happens to be Cory’s 35th birthday as well. And I will be going, as long as the weather cooperates. I did the math which means she was born in 1909. Can you imagine the changes in the world she has seen and the things, both good and bad she has seen? The other people in the picture are my Mom and Me. I feel bad about missing Cory’s birthday but I missed Grammy’s 105th birthday last year and I am sure he understands

I’m in awe of her honestly. Up until about 2-3 years ago she was still getting around completely unaided, she still lives alone in the house her and my great Grandfather lived in for over 50 years before he passed away (though her Grandson lives next door) and was going up and down her basement stairs on her own doing her laundry. She now has a walker which she, half the time, refuses to use and has someone cook, clean and do laundry. She still “fights” them to do the dishes and fold her laundry.

As far as her life, I don’t know much about her really when she was younger. I know she and my great Grampy had two children, my Grandfather (Mom’s Dad) who I never met, he died before I was born, when mom was 4 and my great Aunt who is awesome and has been an inspiration and influential in my life as well. As for Grammy, I love listening to her tell stories which she surprises us with from time to time or what my great Aunt tells us about her. It’s a real treat when she tells us things about her life and we treasure every minute of it.

I’m a software agent!

So today was my first day as a software agent officially as last week they still had me taking hardware calls on Friday and doing any software emails as they came into the bin, as there was not enough software emails in the bin. I was a bit excited last night about a full day of emails while listening to music. However they ended up just sticking me on the phones in the afternoon as there was no emails left in the bin. Nothing like getting thrown into the fire…

There is so much difference between hardware and software it is unbelievable. With hardware you have projectors and with the exception of the interactive projectors that actually just project onto the wall or a plain old whiteboard (the old school kind) and the touch is through the pen or through what they call a light curtain, anyways the rest of the projectors are just that, a projector that connects to a computer and gets image via a VGA or HDMI cable and that the touch part is the actual whiteboard which connects to the computer via USB.

There is many things with hardware that can go wrong, image issues, touch issues, kids breaking things, pens not writing, etc and it usually all comes down to something not plugged in or something that someone broke. Typically though it is usually just common sense that as you are walking a teacher through steps on fixing the issue it clicks in their head and their head (until next time anyways when they seem to forget everything you told them a week before when it happened lol). Sometimes also the boards need to be calibrated or oriented etc. All simple stuff. All fairly easy for me to understand. Though I am sure I remember feeling overwhelmed myself in training 3 years ago and almost breaking down and crying one day.

But with software there is way way more issues that can go wrong. There are errors, there are usability issues, installation issues, computer issues, OS issues, compatibility issues, and just plain “the issue is between the computer and the chair” issues. If you don’t get that one, think about it a sec, who is between your computer and your chair? Lol you would be surprised how many people do not get that…

It’s all a little overwhelming but I am just glad to have something different to do, some calls where I feel challenged and have to really dig to find the answers rather then walking away from my computer, grabbing a drink while talking and saying everything by memory.

It’s different, that’s for sure and despite myself I am actually going to love it I think. Even if I resisted so long.

Other then that it was an interesting day in other ways. Last week I was moved over by a window from in the middle of the center. I forgot how much I missed sitting by the window. Hopefully these 2 images will explain themselves.

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&^%$*(&^ piece of &%$# car

That about sums it up… Now that I got that out of my system. I have woken up for the 4th day in about 3 weeks to find my battery dead again. It is getting so annoying. I thought this was a step up. I did not expect so many issues with this damn car! This is the 4th time it has died and had to be boosted and the temperature only went down to -11°C (-16°C ), which is cold but not cold enough that a 3-4 year old car should die when it gets that cold. There has to be something wrong with the battery.

Cory’s Dad is picking me up to take me to work at 8:30 tomorrow morning and I am getting a ride back with them as Pat (Cory’s Mom) works 9-5 and I work 9:15 to 5:15 this week. At least I have that much going for me, it wont be like last week where I had to do a combination of co-workers driving me to the KFC and walking the rest of the way (0.5 km) in blizzard conditions (which most of the last 2 weeks has been) that cause a 5-7 min walk to take 15-20 minutes or a cab and either Cory’s Dad or a cab in.

Time to call the dealership I bought it at to see if it was a new battery, I am sure they said it was but can not find the paper that said what was done to it to “certify” it in working order and then call the Ford dealership tomorrow and find out what the hell to do about it. I don’t trust the dealership I bought it at so anything they say I call the Ford dealership for an opinion as the dealership I bought it from has outright lied to my face before about the car but if there is even the slightest chance it is covered under warranty (if a new battery was put in a few months ago when I bought it), then I need to call the dealership I bought it from to find out what to do.

I am so so so pissed off! But really do you blame me? So far since I got the car, the windows stopped going up and down after 2-3 days of having the car, one key fob did not work when I picked it up and the other died within a week, which took 3 months for them to finally fix it after telling me all this was my problem and not theirs, the interior lights would not go out as one of the doors did not seem to close right, which we noticed within a week, it was intermittent and did not always happen.

They fixed all of that after fighting them on it, but this is the last straw. I am really considering looking into the lemon law to see if it covers used cars or to call a lawyer to see what they think cause this is ridiculous to have this much issues with a “certified” used car (which I found out means shit all here) from a reputable dealership within a few months of buying it. It’s not like I bought the car from Joe Blow off the street!

Anyone in Canada know anything about this? If your from the US or elsewhere don’t bother answering that bother answering that question LOL your laws are way different then ours, however feel free to comment!

I think it’s about time to move…

Cory and I have kinda been going back and forth over the last year or so on moving to a different place. We’ve talked it over and can not really seem to come to the same conclusion with one another on the issue. I wouldn’t really say that we argued over it, however we have had some heated discussions on the topic and have not really came up with any solution.

For me there are numerous reasons as to why I think we should more. The most important one to me is we have mold, and lots of it. The bathroom is really bad. Its behind the toilet were we both have an extremely hard time getting at. Its all around the tub and in the grout between the tiles. Its also under the bathroom sink. There is also mold in the kitchen around and under the sink and behind the fridge and every window in the apartment. We’ve tried mold & mildew removers, tons of household cleaners, bleach, vinegar & water and even pure vinegar and nothing will ever get rid of it never mind prevent it.

Our stove and fridge are ancient. The fridge constantly makes a loud squealing our landlord can not seem to fix. Recently the big burner (we have 1 large & 3 small) stopped working on the stove. We haven’t even gone to the landlord about that one yet… Our light in the washroom flickers on and of when you turn it on and has a habit of going off completely right after you get shampoo in your hair when your in the shower and there is no window and not much hall light so it typically means taking your shower in the pitch dark. Lastly the deck door refuses to close all the way and lock and randomly pops open.

Even with all this plus the lack of space, since we have way to much stuff for a small one bedroom apartment, I still can not get Cory on board. I know his been in the building now for almost 10 years and the apartment 7. But its time to move! This spring and summer I’m just going to start looking and tell him when I find a good place that we are moving or else LOL. He says we cant afford to but its like having kids… We are never going to be able to afford to, we’ll just have to do it anyways!

So that’s my argument and I need to stick to it or we’ll still be here in 40 years.