Evolution: People Change, So Do We

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Written on 4:15 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

This was Brian and me 2 and a half years ago... Do you remember these days?

This was us last month... Can you recognize us?

Update on the snow...

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Written on 11:51 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

Despite Montreal's 3000 city snowclearing vehicules, it is expected to take another 5 days to finish clearing the few 4736 km of road from the few 42 cm of snow that fell during Friday's snowstorm. These operations alone are estimated to cost over 20 million dollars to the city of Montreal.

Untill then, drivers have to be patient and keep their eyes open for any temporary 'no parking' sign because they could pay both a parking fine and their own car's removal (tow) cost!

Great White (shark) in New Caledonia

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Written on 11:28 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

With my parents moving to New Caledonia in January, it's good to see they will have some *ahem* 'company' when they go snorkling. If they were afraid to be bored or not see enough big fish, now they have something else to fear.

Great whites are notorious for their agressivity towards humans and have been linked to many fatal 'accidents'. For more information about great whites' behaviour, visit www.greatwhite.org

Big Bird - Big Mouth

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Written on 11:13 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

I Got a New Toy!

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Written on 1:49 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

I spoiled myself a little today when I bought this very cool compact Oster espresso coffee maker. It is an inexpensive way of getting the great quality taste we love from a fresh espresso right at home and without cluttering the whole countertop space.

I officially inaugurated my espresso machine tonight and the coffee tasted great! I can't wait to experiment with different grains!!!

Possum Story

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Written on 9:31 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

I received this mystery picture in my inbox today. Why 'mystery' ? Because it came with no explanation.

It came from my father. I believe the foot and legs are my mom's.

So what's the story that goes with this picture? Anyone has any idea? Was she attacked by a possum and the camera was all they could find next to her body? Or maybe she bought this new pet because she thought a dog was too much trouble...?

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

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Written on 9:12 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

How many centimeters of snow fall would you guess we received Friday? 5? 10? or even 15?

25cm?... That's what we were supposed to receive... but on Friday only we got a huge 42 cm of snow, breaking the last record from 1969 (38 cm). That's a lot of snow! I personnaly don't mind *that* much because usually the weather's nicer when it's snowy. Altough I have to say that digging the car out of a parking lot every 2 hours is not my favorite hobby.

No doubt. Winter is here. Dec 21st or not, winter is definitely here. To celebrate it, Brian and I are attending a one-day dance workshop given by Zack & Maryse of Swing Connexion school, located near De Castelneau metro station.

Hang On!

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Written on 3:14 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

Our beloved 'Nana' is currently at the ICU (intensive care unit), fighting against a couple of tumors blocking her airways.

Our thoughts are with her and the message I wanted to send her with this card is:

HANG ON! Don't give up! If someone is strong enough to beat this thing it is surely you, Nana! We're there with you. Hang on tight!

To send her encouragements, add a comment here.

Re-creating Australia in a Fish Tank...

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Written on 4:45 p.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

6 months ago, I gave up trying to find a kind of fish that would survive my little terrorist, a red zebra cichlid female (as seen on picture to the left). For the sake of this story, I'll call her Bonnie.

So Bonnie had proved herself to be a very difficult tank mate for a few 8 other cichlids who were killed and eaten by her, 1 beta, 2 tiger oscars (american cychlids), as well as ate over a dozen snails. What else could I try? I decided that my friend Charles would receive a very nice red zebra cichlid female as a present for his very own cichlid fish tank. He had told me how aggressive his cichlids were and, to be honest, his cichlids were approx. 3 times the size of Bonnie.

So Bonnie spent 10 hours in a plastic bag on a bus with me from Abitibi, to move into what would become her new home.

Last month, I had news that Bonnie's size had trippled and that she was now attacking the leading male cichlid of her new tank and he was now paralysed from fear behind the jet of water coming out of the filter. Charles decided it was time to isolate Bonnie in a smaller fish tank where he only had a litlle guppy. Three hours later, there were no traces of a guppy in that tank and Bonnie was alone again.

In the meanwhile, I was on vacation in Australia and Charles was taking care of my fish. In this tank, I had 4 gouramis (1 pearl, 1 gold, 1 red and 1 blue), 1 shark, 5 neons tetras, 3 angels, a beta and a pleco. On my return, 2 gouramis(gold and red), the shark and the beta were missing. I bought a small eal and two yellow suckers to replace them. Since then, I saw my pearl gourami (as the picture to the right) attack the blue gourami to death, as well as the eel and one of the 2 yellow suckers... For the sake of this story, I'll call my pearl gourami Clyde.

So now that Bonnie had been controlled and isolated in this small fish tank with no tankmates to eat and that Clyde was terrorising my tank, I thought maybe these two belong together... One thing though: pearl gouramis are NOT supposed to be aggressive and cichlids are usually supposed to share a tank only with their fellow cichlids... So it is expected that Bonnie will attack and eat Clyde. Charles and I agreed that after so many killings, both of these fish proved to not be able to share their space with others and if one of them gets killed in the process, it will be 'death penalty' for serial murder.

Three possible scenarios now:

  1. Bonnie eats Clyde (10 against 1)
  2. Bonnie and Clyde bare with each other and tame themselves down (yeah RIGHT!)
  3. Clyde kills Bonnie (1 against 10)
Only time will tell what these two terrorists will turn themselves into, now that they've been isolated in their smaller 'Australia' tank...

Rockabilly night @ Jello Bar

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Written on 2:30 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

Tonight's the big night at Montreal's best martini house, the Jello Bar (151 Ontario E.).

Featuring the great Cat Scat Band at 10PM, DJ Byron and a free dance lesson provided by Studio 88 Swing at 9PM, this rockabilly night is set for success!

Let's rock'n roll, let's jive and let's swing all night long! Hold on to your martinis because when lead singer Robert Lavoie and DJ Byron 'the comet' Alley join forces to bring you an exciting retro night like this one, it promises to shake the house up!

Balboa practice every Wednesday

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Written on 1:50 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

It feels so good to be back at balboa practice every Wednesday I had to write a few lines about it!

Thanks to Zack & Maryse, our energetic coaches who work themselves crazy for the development of their new Montreal-based dance school, Swing Connexion, while devoting their best to the new balboa team, Balboa Connexion, and their baby girl Camelia.

With so many plans and a totally new choreography to build, it won't be boring for anyone!!!

De nouveau sur le marché du travail...

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Written on 8:05 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

Mon dernier mois passé en Australie a gravé en moi des souvenirs inoubliables et je remercie grandement tous ceux qui ont fait de ce voyage un succès.

Maintenant que je suis de retour, il est grandement temps de me réinvestir du côté de ma carrière en ressources humaines / relations industrielles. Je suis donc de nouveau disponible et activement à la recherche d'un emploi à titre de conseillère ressources humaines (généraliste), dans la région de Montréal.

Pour plus d'information, vous pouvez télécharger mon curriculum vitae.

Tout conseil, question ou commentaire lié à ma recherche d'emploi peut être envoyé à .

Back on the job market...

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Written on 7:43 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

This last month I spent in Australia will be preciously kept in memories forever. Thanks to everyone who made this trip such a big success.

Now that I'm back, it's time to get back to my career in human resources / industrial relations. I am now officially searching for a job again, as a human resources consultant (generalist), in Montreal metropolitan area.

You can download my curriculum vitae for more information.

Any hints, questions or comments related to my job search can be sent to .

Videos!!!

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Written on 5:42 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

I've started uploading a couple of videos from my trip in Australia.

You can download my videos from Oz here.
If you want to create a free account with SaveFile to store and link to your own files, you can do so here.

You can open these videos with QuickTime but I strongly recommend VLC instead.

My Trip Down Under

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Written on 5:32 a.m. by Cynthia Quenneville

Follow my journey in Queensland, Australia step by step right below:

Nov 2nd - Arrival in Brisbane
Nov 3rd - Cooloongata (Gold Coast) & Mount Cotton
Nov 4th - Dive in Stradbroke Island
Nov 5th - Walk at Point Lookout (Stradbroke Island)
Nov 7th - Going to South Bank by CityCat
Nov 8th - Surf lessons in Noosa (Sunshine Coast)
Nov 9th - Surfers' Paradise (Gold Coast)
Nov 10th - Tim Tam Challenge & Swing at the Carina Bowls Club
Nov 11th - Brian's leaving Brisbane & some watercolour painting
Nov 12th - Food Market & Mount Coot-Tha
Nov 13th - Teaching dad how to surf
Nov 15th - James Street Market & Balboa Class
Nov 16th - Chinatown
Nov 17th - Brisbane Museum
Nov 18th - Teaching the art of sushi making in Brisbane
Nov 19th - Swing at the Oasis
Nov 26th - Dive in Moreton Island
Nov 27th - Koala Sanctuary