- I have a new job! March 23 was my first day at SSI Solutions. They're an IT provider that acts as complete IT Department for most of their clients. It's not exactly what I was hoping for, as I was leaning more towards a job where I'd work as IT support for internal clients rather than external ones.... Still, it seems like a good company and I really like all the people I'm working with. I think I'll keep going back for a while and see how it grows on me.
- We went to Calgary last weekend to party with Aaron's old roomate Ryan, his boyfriend Jim, and their crew of Calgary gays. We spent Friday night getting totally sloshed playing Sociables (with better rules than listed in the link!) and a game I've never played before, Celebrities. The way Celebrities works is that everyone throws the names of a bunch of well-known people into a hat, and then everyone picks names out of the hat in turn. On the first round, you can describe your celebrity any way you want as long as you don't use their names. In round two, you only get two words to describe the name you picked; in round three it's charades only. It was a lot of fun and we all got good and drunk. Saturday night we went and partied at Calgary's delightfully sketchy gay bar The Eagle, which was also a blast. The Random Surprise Of The Night was that Neil was there too! Good times were had by all. Sunday, the fella and I went to meet his friend Melissa for some sushi at Wassabi. Surprise, they don't open until 5 PM on Sunday! And not at all on this particular Sunday!! Melissa gets a C- for Planning Skills. So, we went across the street to the shady looking Cat 'n Fiddle pub instead, ready to defend ourselves from knife attacks and choke down greasy food. Well, shame on us for our lack of optimism... it was soooo good! I would certainly go back if I happened to be in the neighborhood. Anyway, after a great visit and a great lunch, it was time to head back home. We got back to the condo around 6 PM and were so completely exhausted; I don't think either one of us moved from our spot on the couch until it was time for bed. I had a ton of fun in Calgary, but next time it's the boys turn to visit here!
- Last night was full of running around too. Aaron's cousin April had a baby girl on Monday, and so after work we drove down to the Grey Nuns hospital to visit. Little Addison made all the appropriate cute baby faces and noises, and didn't even lose her charm when she dropped a giant turd into her diaper. Such a lady! April was still pretty tired and I think was a little sick of all the visitors, so we tried not to overstay our welcome. After chatting for a bit, we made our way over to IKEA to look for the cool and stylish drinking glasses we had seen at Greg and Brad's place last week. We weren't able to find them, but I did end up with a new snap mesh tea ball, so we didn't walk out empty handed. It does feel a little strange to walk all the way through IKEA and only buy 3 dollars worth of merchandise though! To top the night off, we went to see Coraline in 3D at the South Edmonton Common theatre. It was really good, although I do confess to dozing off a couple times. Hey I was really tired! But the movie was seriously fantastic... a cool story and the stop-motion animation was beautiful. My favorite part was that they didn't do a lot of tacky "look what we can do!" 3D effects; instead of being gimmicky, it just enhanced the movie.