Leah's Thoughts
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Christmas Day
Today was so much fun. Like most families, we opened our presents, then had breakfast. I got a lot of fun stuff, and some money. Money is always good. My grandparents came over for dinner, and aksed where J. was. They were actually well behaved this time, but I'm sure if J. was there, my grandfather would have had something to say to him.

After they went home, Linda and Gwen came over, and we played cards while my dad and brother played pool. It was a fun night. I actually had forgotten how sneaky I was at playing Euchre. You better watch out, if you want to play with me.

Friday, December 24, 2004
Christmas Eve Day
We have a tradition in my family that every Christmas Eve day my mom's family comes over to our house to visit. Our family has gotten much bigger over the past couple of years, with some new significant others and some new babies (who aren't babies anymore). Because of this, we have gotten together the last couple of years at work. It was still fun, but not as comforting as being at someone's house. Well this year, since my parents now own a large house, we were able to fit them all in here. It was great. In total we had 17 people here. We were missing 9 people, who couldn't make it. I hope to see them soon.

We found out yesterday that my uncle, one of the ones that didn't make it, is now engaged to his wonderful gf. Ok, so I have never met her, but from what I have heard, she is a big improvement.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Happy Holidays
To anyone that actaully spends some time reading this, I wish you a wonderful holiday season.

I'm sure it will be better than mine is turning out to be.

Monday, December 20, 2004
New Monitors :)

The one thing that I noticed about D2L while I was there, was that
everyone had nice 17" monitors. Unlike the poor QC department here, we all
had crappy 15" monitors. Now I'm not really complaining about the size of
the monitors, but the poor quality. They are fuzzy, and hard to read. One
of the other girl's monitor was so bad, that you couldn't read anything off
the screen.

Well as a Christmas present from our manager, we all got new monitors.
Nice new, easy to read 17" monitors. As most of you know, I test software,
and to do this affectively, I need two computers. My "test box" and my
"main computer". My test box is used for, you guessed it, testing. This
one only has the program I am testing, and maybe some other programs to see
how the interact with them. My main box has everything else, and is where I
read the test outline that I am following. So here I was thinking that I
was going to be getting two monitor, but it turns out that we only got one
each. I guess one is better than nothing, but they hooked them up to the
main computer. I would have thought that since I spend most of my time
staring at the test box, making sure everything not only runs correctly, but
looks correct too, that I should have a nice monitor where I can see what is
going on. I guess if I get really frustrated with this setup I can always
switch them, right? It is my monitor. :)

Friday, December 17, 2004
Jobs you Love

My dad and I were talking on the way to work about how at my age, I
should love going to work and how I should be excited every day. This only
came up because I was saying how I can't wait till the holidays, as I need
some time off work. Now I'm not sure if this is because I don't love the
job, or I am just not use to working this hard. The longest I have ever
worked at a full time job is 4 months, I have been here 8 months with no
real break. In university you get a whole month off for exams, every three
months. So I have now started to think if I really do enjoy this job, or if
it is just making money. Also, what kind of job would I love.

For the most part, I do enjoy this job. Sure there are boring days, or
stuff that I don't understand, but I am starting to pick up on that stuff,
and I'm sure there are boring parts to everyone's jobs. I have been
starting to do some more work with web pages, both for work and pleasure,
which has been great. I am finding this work challenging enough, and very
enjoyable. I have learnt some Java Script, and put it on my web site, and I
have also made something for my company's web site as well. Also I have
been making a scrapbook of my trip to Europe, and it is great working with
Photoshop, although I still have a lot of work to do there.

I use to have this dream... I never told anyone this, because I didn't
want anyone to think it was dumb, but I wanted to own my own company. I
wanted to start my own company making web pages for people. The only
problem up until now, was that I didn't have enough knowledge or experience
with web pages to offer anyone anything useful. There are still some things
that I would like to learn, but I think my online resume is growing. So if
anyone is out there and likes my web pages, give me a shout and I can make
something for you too. :) I am also working on the layout for my blog, so
that it and my website match.

I guess the only thing I really need before I can start making pages for
others, is clip art, and images that I can sell to others. Most of the
stuff that I have used, says I can't do that. So I guess I will have to
make a portfolio of different scrap book pages, and different backgrounds
that I can use to make pages

Wednesday, December 15, 2004
I'm not too sure if anyone reads this except my wonderful bf, but if anyone else does, I would like your opinion.

I started working on the photo album for my trip to Europe, and I realized that it was really boring. While my brother and I were out getting a Christmas present for my dad, I saw an Online Scrapbooking book, I didn't get it because it was $32, and I knew I could find information abotu it online for FREE. I did a bit of scrap booking before, with my trip to Daytona, and I really enjoyed it. I thought that doing it online would be just as fun. It is starting to get more fun, as I am learning the tricks to Photo Shop, and I found a website with free backgrounds etc.

So here is what I have so far of my first days in Europe. Let me know what you think. Please keep in mind it is not done yet, and the Back and Foward buttons don't go anywhere.

Monday, December 13, 2004
Turn over period at my company
At my company, we have had several people leaving in the 7 months that I
have been here. I wasn't too sure what it was until today. I knew that
things with my workstation weren't that great, my computer still isn't setup
properly, but that really isn't the IT guy's fault. He didn't know I was
starting in the first place, and no one knew how long I was going to stay,
so it wasn't a high priority.

Today we have 2 new people who have joined my department. Since they are
"real" employees, they actually get training for this job. Considering they
both worked in labs before, they will need to learn a bit about how to test
software. So far, there have been so many things that have gone wrong with
their first day, and it is still not even 2pm.

Here is just a small list of what has happened:

To be honest with you, if my first day was like this, I wouldn't come back
for a second. You would think working at a computer software company,
setting up two computers shouldn't be this much trouble.

Sunday, December 12, 2004
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Last night I went for dinner and a movie with G., her mom, and my mom. We went to the Greek Garden, it was fantastic!!

After dinner we headed to Galaxy and watched Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Now I have to say, if you enjoyed the first movie, you will love this movie. I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard at a movie. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoyed the first. Renee Zellweger is such a fantastic actress, and has such skills to pull off a role like this. Bridget gives hope to all those overweight, clumsy girls out there just looking for love. :)

Tuesday, December 07, 2004
This is just a quick update, I will write more about my trip when I get a chance, but last night I was able to quickly upload my photos from my digital camera onto the Yahoo! Photos site. There are no descriptions yet, as I will be making a new photo album on my new website. Feel free to have a look at my photos (just click Slide Show, on the Yahoo! page)


Thursday, December 02, 2004
Internet Cafe in Germany
Coming to you live from Connection, an internet cafe in Germany. It says that I am posting this at 4:32am, but here it is 10:32am. It is a beautiful day here, almost no clouds in the sky. My dad is currently visiting a customer in another town, and I am here picking up a few things for some people. Mainly I am looking for a Christmas ornament for my dad.

I am having a great time, but I do miss J. very much. It is hard to be here without him, not knowing how much he misses me. I'm sure that he is thinking of my at least once and a while (at least I hope).

Anyway, tomorrow I am heading to a castle for a couple of nights. I am really excited. It is located on the top of a small mountain, above a small city. I have been taking a lot of pictures here, and will have to take some more there.

Well I should be back home 4pm on Monday. I will post again shortly after that, since that is actually the time my plane lands in Toronto.

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