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Jan 05, 2003, 12:00pm

Welcome to 2003!

No, I haven't set the New Year resolutions yet - I need to talk to Jeanette about it. Basically the deal is, I wanna have both of us fit into clothes we wore when we met. For Jean, this is almost a nothing deal - she's pretty much the same size and weight she was when we met almost 10 years ago. For me, it's a bit more of a, uhm challenge.

I have another, much more personal resolution that I won't be sharing with y'all :)

I spent 10 days in Ottawa over the holidays, spending time with my family and some friends.

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Old Friends
Janet and Heather, at an Irish Pub, catching up on old times.

I got to see someone I haven't seen in about 13 years, and that was Janet Gil (she's pictured to the right with my other old friend, Heather). Janet had a daughter this year, and she seems very happy and content (Janet - not her daughter - I haven't met her daughter), and wow, she looks almost EXACTLY the same as I remember except her hair is longer and a light brown now.

Hanging out with Heather was great. The night I took this picture, Jeanette (that's my Jeanette, not to be confused with Janet) was sick and unfortunately stayed at home, and I did feel a bit awkward with Janet and Heather because they mainly talked about "girl things" as I sat quietly by and nodded, but I got to spend a few other times with Heather and caught up with each other on a lot of things.

Heather and her fiance Eric brought Jeanette and I to a house party for New Years eve. It was a very, uhm, cozy apartment (read: tiny) with most of the folks at least 5 or 10 years younger than me, but I had a great time. I even got to show an old party trick of mine: I can flip a lit cigarette into my mouth, close my mouth, and smoke the cigarette... then flip the still-lit cigarette out again. I saw it in an old movie (Class) many, many years ago, and spent many a drunken night (and burnt mouth) learning the trick. It's nifty that I can still do it - it's been about 7 years since I last tried. There were a bunch of 18 to 24 year old women at the party, and they were seriously impressed with the trick (at first I thought they were being sarcastic, but as we were leaving, one of them came up to me and said "that was the coolest party trick I ever saw!!!", so I guess they were, uhm, impressed.

The main purpose of my visit to Ottawa, was of course to spent time with my Mom, who has cancer. I did get to spend a lot of time with her, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. We went to the National Art Gallery with her on our last day in Ottawa, and she seemed to really enjoy the visit. I have heaps of DV tape of her walking through the museum, making comments on the art she liked.

Lastly, Christmas day and Boxing day were not fun for me - I developed a massive toothache(s) that pretty much incapacitated me. I couldn't get to an emergency dentist until the 27th, and I had to see two. One pulled a tooth, the other fixed a broken filling. I still need my second last wisdom tooth pulled though. Grr.

After the dental work, my pain subsided somewhat, but the side of my face ballooned because of the pulled tooth - for a couple of days it was massive. Even by New Years' eve it was still noticeable.

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At the Disco
Jeanette, all doled up for New Years (and shortest of the bunch) with Eric and his fiance Heather.
A Rare Photo
I don't like photos of myself, but Jeanette loves this one, so here ya go. My face is still puffy from the pulled tooth. New Years Eve hijinx photo.
My Mom and Jeanette
My Mom and Jeanette, from my last day in Ottawa. Both have great smiles!

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