Pay phone

With work, I do a bit of traveling a few times per month. Traveling meaning driving to the neighboring city to visit the other offices. One day last week my co-op student Patrick, and I were cruising down one of the country roads and had the windows down, music loud and just enjoying the summer.

Here’s the scene: Maroon 5 — Pay Phone, came on the radio.

Patrick and I got to talking about how we never see pay phone’s around anymore. Am I right? I mean seriously, when’s the last time you saw one?

Which got me thinking and I want to tell you a little story. Let’s go back… wayyyy back to my childhood. I don’t think cell phones existed. I remember pagers did before cells. I won a pager off a local radio station and had my parents “buzz” me when they wanted me to call home. I felt like a drug dealer with one of those pagers. So silly.

Okay sorry, getting off topic. Trying to tell you my story of using a pay phone.

I remember back when I was in Junior High (grades 6, 7, 8) and I always went to the movies with some friends. But instead of putting a quarter in the pay phone, calling home to my parents to pick me up for the evening. I dialed ‘0’ and asked the operator if I could make a collect call. If some of you recall, you remember a voice recording came over the phone then and asked “please speak your name – beeep” _______ and it gives a certain amount of time frame to say your first name only.

Let me tell you folks a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ about me.

I was the QUEEN of collect calls. Because during that allotted time frame I managed to speak so fast to tell my parents where I was and when to pick me up. Basically a huge blurting out of “NancyHereComeGetMeAtAvalonMallBye!” Oh I had it right down pat you guys. I even got my friends doing it! I always saved those quarters for my piggy bank, not the pay phone. My parents always wondered how I was always “in the money”.

Now you know a random fact about me…

Another random fact. I’m off to a Charity Golf tournament for work today — a whole day and evening event. Maybe I’ll be participating in some sort of tailgating food? We all know I love me some food.

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Things you may not know

I’m going a little off the beaten path today, with a post about things you may not know… about me!

I like pens. I’m very partial to my pen-stash as I can only print clean with a certain pen. I like a fine ball point that feels as if it’s almost wearing out of ink. I’ve written about my favorite pens a few years ago. But to give you a brief run down I couldn’t find them in stores anymore, so I e-mailed the company asking if they still made them. They don’t, or at least not in Canada. I went to Ebay and purchased a half dozen from Hong Kong. Sweet hey?

I’m not a morning person. Since 2012 started I’ve been waking up two hours before I need to be into work. Previous years I’ve been waking up maybe 30-45 minutes before I needed to be into work. I shower in the mornings, so yes I always felt quite rushed. I like to savor my mornings now, just relaxing on the couch reading on my iPad with Alfie as my sidekick bouncing off the walls in the mornings. Most days he’s pretty cuddling in the a.m. which is great.

I drink tea a few times per week, and only at work. I’m a huge fan of the orange pekoe flavor by Tetley Tea. Though, I am a tea drinker, I don’t venture out of that pekoe-stage. It has to be very very strong. It takes me about ten minutes to make a good cup. We even have one of those fancy hot water taps at work, but I dribble in the hot water as slowly as possible to let it steep while I’m pouring. Nothing worse than drinking a tiny bit of flavored hot water.

I’ve been blogging for over 12 years. I remember when the word “blog” came into existence and thought it was the silliest name. My archives to back to 2004 but I can’t recall what year I actually started blogging, I can only assume it was somewhere in between 1999-2001. When my first website was up and I wrote on it a few times per month, it was pretty much exactly what I blog about today.

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Too many grocery bags laying around?

You can’t throw those things out anymore. They cost a precious $0.05 a piece these days. For as long as I can remember, my Dad has been folding up grocery bags ever so neatly and putting them away for future garbage use.

After I moved out I wanted to keep up the habit of the folded bags. I quickly lost patience.This is what our pile of empty grocery bags looked like.

While I do usually bring reusable bags to the grocery store, sometimes you forget to do so and are left with paying for them. I was browsing the wonderful site that is Pinterest the other day and stumbled across this blog post and and got folding away. This is a similar technique to what my Dad uses to fold up the grocery bags. But these stay rolled up into a almost a pilsbury dough boy crescent roll piece of pastry. Mmm, could almost eat it, couldn’t ya?

All 67 of them folded up and ready to be stored away. Cute looking right? Almost like a decoration. But not.

I feel accomplished. Thanks Pinterest, for finding Polka dot Pineapple‘s blog! :) Now, anyone want to go buy morgan silver dollars for me, for all of my hard work? All joking aside it took like 25 minutes to do it. I watched the very first episode of Napolean Dynamite on Global while folding. Ha!

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