Saturday, December 31, 2005


*debates tagging someone...nah...this one's too long.*

The New Year Meme

1. Telemarketer (less than two weeks)
2. Retail slave
3. Pizza baker
4. *censored* (to protect me from googlebots.)

1. Serenity (and all of Firefly)
2. Princess Bride
3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
4. Chicago/Phantom of the Opera

1. The Riverside Chaucer
2. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Scott Cunningham)
3. Most fantasy (except Lord of the Rings...I know. I know...shaddap)
4. This is like picking favourite children...Women Sailors and Sailor's Women

1. That Vancouver Suburb I'm in now.
2. That's it.
3. I've only moved once when I was 8 months old from the same city.
4. But I was born in New West. Does that count?

1. Alias ('s the last season)
2. Firefly ( more episodes)
3. Highlander ('s over)
4. Queer as Folk (Wahhhh...hey...Is anyone else noticing a trend here? Thank Deity for DVDs)

1. Scotland
2. England
3. Washington State
4. San Francisco

1. Various blogs
2. SFU webmail
3. Various webcomics
4. Ovarian Masses-how to tell if they're malignant. (YAY!! NO MORE OF THAT! *deletes link*)

1. Sui Sha Ya sushi (all you can eat)
2. The Keg
3. Bostom Pizza (open late...even if I can't ever get soup)
4. Death By Chocolate.

1. Sushi
2. Chocolate covered cherries (Queen Anne type)
3. My grandmother's chocolate chip cookies
4. popcorn (it's so bad for me, yet so good)

1. Douglas College
2. SFU
3. UBC
4. Port Moody Senior

1. "Hokay."
2. "Like..."
3. "What the crap?"
4. "I'm/you're such a nerd."

1. With Dave
2. In my very own classroom, with my very own class
3. On a beach, learning how to surf...or eating fresh seafood and drinking a margarita. Either or.
4. On the bridge of the Serenity ogling Mal and Inara.

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any. I usually say I'm going to give up smoking and drugs...really easy since I don't do either.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Did anyone close to you die?
Someone from my karate dojo, but I didn't really know him all that well.

What places did you visit?
Seattle, Bellingham, Harrison Hot Springs.

What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
An education degree.

What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory?
The day I got accepted at school...damned if I know the exact date though. Also, Dec 21, the day I had my ultrasound, and today when I found out everything was normal.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Going back to school, keeping things together with Dave (though that was really more his patience than my success)

What was your biggest failure?
The s3x toy party business.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
I've had this frigging cold on and off for months now. And I dropped a keyboard on my toe, and stubbed my toe so hard once that's gross and I don't want to get into that.

What was the best thing you bought?
Mmmm...most of the great stuff I acquired was bought for me. Desk... computer... new bras... new dresser. I don't remember buying any big ticket items for myself.

Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Dave. He's been a saint putting up with my bitchyness...which heavily manifested itself last semester.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
See above. Whoops.

Where did most of your money go?
My tattoo (just kidding Mom. No tattoos here.) Yarn, books, DVDs, car insurance, payments and gas.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Firefly. (Jeez, obsessed much? I'm going to look back on this next year and be like, what the crap?) Oh, and learning how to tat!!

Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?
Happier...I know where my life is going.

Thinner or fatter?
*buffs nails* I think I'm about the same, but I lost 3-5 pounds between Halloween and now, thankyouverymuch.

Richer or poorer?
Hrm. Poorer. Definitely.

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Karate and knitting. My two favourite K activities.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Doing crap aimlessly on the computer. (Like memes! Hey, wait a minute)

How will you be spending New Year's?
With friends watching movies or playing games.

Did you fall in love in 2005?
Stayed thoroughly in love.

How many one-night stands?

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I hate the word hate. I certainly dislike a few people now that I didn't care much for earlier.

Do you like anyone now that you hated this time last year?
Nope, don't think so.

What was the best book you read?
Oh lordie. Ummmmmm...probably Alias Grace or The Robber Bride, both by Margret Atwood.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

What did you want and get?
*CENSORED* Oh, and a new computer, and a clean room. And acceptance to teacher training.

What did you want and not get?
Digital camera

What was your favorite film this year?

I'll go with Narnia...since I can't really remember. Aeon Flux was good too.

What did you do on your birthday?
Had a couple close friends, my family and Dave's family out for dinner, then karaoke for the friends.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not having spent so much money on the failed s3x toy party business.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Teacher-ish. More mature, except for the funny earrings. As an elementary teacher, one is destined to own multiple pairs of funny themed earrings.

What kept you sane?
Dave. Knitting, Karate.

Who did you miss?
Bill, but then he moved out here!! Yay!! Still miss Justy...we don't hang out much.

Who was the best new person you met?
People from my education class.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
If I put my mind to it, and don't get distracted by the shiny internet, I can accomplish so much.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Holy crap...

I'm a Gigabyte for two weeks starting on Tuesday! I'm teaching ten lessons!! AGGGHHHGHGHHHH!!!

Scared, and nervous, and VERY excited.

Oh, holy crap. I'm teaching the first lesson back after Christmas break. *FEAR*


My ultrasound came back totally normal!!!

From my report: "the uterus is sonographically normal...the right ovary is sonographically normal...the left ovary contains (stuff that is normal)."

"Impression: no focal sonographic abnormality is identified in the pelvis."


Thursday, December 29, 2005


I bought a ridiculously cheap copy of Hercules The Legendary Journeys Season One (which was said to be out of stock) on the 27th. About fourteen minutes ago, it arrived. Wowza.

(EDIT: I checked my invoice. I actually bought it yesterday around 230 pm. It showed up on my doorstep today at around 4 pm...26 hours after purchase. Go CNL!)

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Browncoats Unite

PC250007, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

For all you Firefly fans out there (and if you aren't, I want to know WHY!!). This Jayne hat was made for Dave's sister, Jen and it turned out fairly well. I gave it to her in a plain box, tied with butcher twine and filled with shredded paper just like in the show. I also included the letter that Jayne got from Ma Cobb when he received his hat.

Pry. My. Fingers. From. The. Mouse!!!

You can tell when a game is very very good when you play for just "five more minutes" and three hours later realize it's past 0300. Holy crap.

Thanks Dave. Successful present. :D

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas!

Hopefully you're not a big ball of stress. That is all.

Oh, and hopefully you don't realize 34 minutes before midnight on Christmas Eve that you don't have anything for some people you're seeing tomorrow at noon. Whoops.


I don't know if I'm actually done, like finished everything. I'm more done, like dinner. I can't do any more...but I am about to get dressed, go upstairs and do some more.

I feel so icky. I have presents I'm not finished.

I really do like this time of year...but I'm turning into a giant stress ball. Yeesh.

Merry Christmas and Winter and Happy Holidays because I can't think of all the stuff that happens. :P

I want to go and sleep for a week.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Poked and prodded

Dentist appointment today. Yech. No real surprises.

I've been working on this toque. I can't talk about it much, since it's going to be a Cmas present, but it's been the bane of my existance trying to find the right yarn for it. I think I've finally got it right. *phhooof*

Interesting conversation I had with myself. I'm getting sick again, so I decided to take a nap around 3 pm or so (I know, I am so lucky...). I woke up around six and it was dark outside. "Sweet! We don't tutor until 10 tomorrow!" "Excellent. That gives us another three hours to sleep." Zzzzz... One hour later. "Why the hell can't I stay asleep? This sucks." "Word." "Why's Dad watching TV at seven in the morning?" "Ohhhhh..."

So suddenly I find myself with an entire evening that I didn't realize I had. So I ate lobster on pasta with garlic butter, and now I'm reading and planning to get to the knitting very soon.

Real soon.

Currently reading: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
On the needles: Christmas presents x 3

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Ooh, interesting.

Photo touchups. Found via Melissa Summers at Blogging Baby.

My ultrasound went well, I guess. I won't know the results until Friday or Monday (which is WAY faster than I expected) but the tech didn't run screaming out of the room to get a surgery table prepped for me, so that's good. Updates as they occur.

The waiting...she is almost over.

(backstory: during my physical back in October, a small lump was found in the vicinity of my left ovary, so I had an ultrasound scheduled. Said ultrasound is tomorrow.)

Tomorrow is my pelvic ultrasound. Of course, I probably won't find out the results for a few days weeks. I've been downplaying it because I censor a lot on here, but I'm really worried. :P I guess I'm posting this because it's almost 1:30 am and that's kind of a witching hour. (aside: tomorrow is the Solstice! Happy return of the longer days!!) In twelve hours I'll be full of water and driving to my appointment.

Bah! It's probably nothing! Now everyone tell me that some more so I believe it. It's so stupid...I'm sure there's nothing to worry about.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Christmas Presents

Woohoo! I finished shopping a week or so back, and now they just need to be put together. I'm making most of some of them might be getting to people a little later. :P Ask my mom...I owe her a set of cross stitched towels from Mother's Day...uh...2002. I'll post pictures after Christmas, since some people who read here are getting stuff I've made. :)

Tonight I'm going to the Ridge Theatre to watch the best commercials of 2005. Hmm...paying to watch commercials...what has the world come to? Hehe.. Popcorn!! Whee!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Stolen from Lora.

This is a milder one than I've seen floating around. ;) Brackets are my comments

[ ] I am shorter than 5'4.
[x] I think I'm ugly sometimes most of the time (only sometimes)
[x] I have many scars. (mostly little ones...chicken pox and other)
[] I tan easily
[x] wish my hair was a different color.
[x] I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color.
[ ] I have a tattoo.
[x] I am self-conscious about my appearance.
[ ] I have/I've had braces.
[ ] I wear glasses.
[ ] I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free.
[x] I've been told I'm attractive by a complete stranger.
[x] I have more than 2 piercings.
[x] I have piercings in places besides my ears.
[x] I have freckles.

Family/Home Life

[x] I've sworn at my parents.
[x] I've run away from home. (when I was twelve or thirteen. I had some cockeyed thought that life on the street would be like Pretty Woman)
[ ] I've been kicked out of the house.
[x] My biological parents are together.
[ ] I have a sibling less than one year old.
[x] I want to have kids someday.
[ ] I've had children.
[ ] I've lost a child.


[x] I'm in school.
[x] I have a job.
[x] I've fallen asleep at work/school.
[x] I almost always do my homework.
[ ] I've missed a week or more of school.
[x] I've been on the Honor Roll within the last 2 years. (if there was an honour roll, I'd be on it)
[ ] I failed more than 1 class last year.
[ ] I've stolen something from my job
[x] I've been fired. (Burned pizzas, cookies, my boss, flooded the kitchen...not my finest moments)
[x] I've skipped school/Class (only univrsity/college)


[x] I've slipped out a "lol" in a spoken conversation. (When the internet was young...and so was I...I used to use ROFL in conversation...)
[ ] Disney movies still make me cry. (only when I'm hormonal...but then Coke commercials do that when I'm hormonal)
[x] I've peed from laughing.
[x] I've snorted while laughing.
[x] I've laughed so hard I've cried.
[x] I've glued my hand to something (the other hand)
[x] I've laughed till some kind of beverage came out of my nose.
[x] I've had my pants rip in public (my karate pants...luckily it was the one day that I brought spares)


[ ] I was born with a disease/impairment.
[ ] I've gotten stitches.
[ ] I've broken a bone.
[ ] I've had my tonsils removed.
[x] I've sat in a doctors office with a friend.
[x] I've had my wisdom teeth removed.
[ ] I had a serious surgery.
[x] I've had chicken pox.


[x] I've ridden over 200 miles in one day.
[x] I've been on a plane.
[x] I've been to Canada.
[x] I've been to Mexico.
[ ] I've been to Niagara Falls.
[ ] I've been to Japan.
[ ] I've Celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
[x] I've been to Europe.
[ ] I've been to Africa.
[ ] I've been to Asia.


[x] I've gotten lost in my city.
[x] I've seen a shooting star.
[x] I've wished on a shooting star.
[x] I've seen a meteor shower.
[x] I've gone out in public in my pajamas.
[x] I've pushed all the buttons on an elevator
[x] I've kicked a guy where it hurts.
[x] I've been to a casino.
[ ] I've been skydiving.
[ ] I've been an abuse victim.
[x] I've gone skinny dipping.
[x] I've played spin the bottle.
[ ] I've drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour.
[ ] I've crashed a car.
[x] I've been Skiing
[x] I've been in a play.
[x] I've met someone in person from the internet.
[x] I've caught a snowflake on my tongue.
[ ] I've seen the Northern Lights.
[x] I've sat on a roof top at night.
[ ] I've played chicken.
[x] I've played a prank on someone.
[x] I've ridden in a taxi.
[x] I've seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show
[x] I've eaten Sushi.
[x] I've been snowboarding.


[ ] I'm single
[x] I'm in a relationship.
[ ] I'm engaged.
[ ] I'm married.
[ ] I've had someone cheat on me.
[ ] I've gone on a blind date.
[ ] I've been the dumpee more than the dumper.
[x] I miss someone right now.
[ ] I have a fear of commitment.
[x] I have a fear of abandonment.
[x] I've cheated in a relationship
[ ] I've gotten divorced
[x] I've had feelings for someone who didn't have them back.
[x] I've told someone I loved them when I didn't.
[x] I've told someone I didn't love them when I did.
[x] I've kept something from a past relationship.


[x] I've had a crush on a teacher.
[x] I love to flirt.
[x] I've been kissed in the rain.
[x] I've hugged a stranger.
[x] I have kissed a stranger.


[x] I am a terrible liar.
[x] I've done something I promised someone else I wouldn't
[x] I've done something I promised myself I wouldn't.
[x] I've snuck out of my house.
[x] I have lied to my parents about where I am.
[ ] I am keeping a secret from the world
[ ] I've cheated while playing a game.
[x] I've run a red light.
[ ] I've been suspended from school.
[x] I've witnessed a crime.
[ ] I've been in a fist fight.
[ ] I've been arrested.
[ ] I've shoplifted


[x] I've consumed alcohol.
[ ] I regularly drink.
[x] I've passed out from drinking.
[ ] I have passed out drunk at least once in the past 6 months.
[ ] I've smoked weed
[ ] I've taken painkillers when I didn't need them.
[ ] I'm a stoner.
[ ] I've snorted cocaine.
[ ] I've eaten shrooms.
[ ] I've popped E.
[ ] I've inhaled Nitrous.
[ ] I've done hard drugs.
[ ] I have cough drops when I'm not sick.
[ ] I can't swallow pills.
[x] I can swallow about 5 pills at a time no problem
[ ] I have been diagnosed with clinical depression.
[x] I shut others out when I'm depressed.
[ ] I take anti-depressants.
[ ] I'm anorexic or bulimic.
[x] I've slept an entire day when I didn't need it.
[x] I've hurt myself on purpose.
[ ] I'm addicted to self harm.
[x] I've woken up crying.
[x] I've cried myself to sleep.
[ ] Seeing a therapist.

Death and Suicide

[x] I'm afraid of dying.
[x] I hate funerals.
[x] I've seen someone dying.
[ ] Someone close to me has attempted suicide.
[ ] Someone close to me has committed suicide.
[x] I've planned my own suicide.
[ ] I've attempted suicide.
[ ] I've written a eulogy for myself.


[ ] I own over 5 rap CDs. (I'm not sure...I don't know exactly what I've got in my CD collection
[x] I own an iPod or MP3 player.
[ ] I have an unhealthy obsession with anime/manga.
[ ] I own multiple designer purses, costing over $100 a piece.
[x] I own something from Hot Topic.
[ ] I own something from Pac Sun.
[ ] I collect comic books.
[x] I own something from The Gap.
[ ] I own something I got on e-bay.
[ ] I own something from Abercrombie.
[ ] I own something from Hollister Co.

Political/Social Attitudes

[x] In general, I don't like people.
[x] I'm a feminist.
[x] I'm outgoing.
[ ] I listen to political music.
[x] I'm Democratic.
[ ] I'm Republican.
[x] I'm liberal. (radical not liberal)
[x] I don't like Bush
[x] I don't like Bush with my own reasons to back it up.
[ ] I am for Bush.
[ ] im religious.
[x] I dress fairly modestly.
[x] My attitude is, "If you've got it, flaunt it."


[x] I can sing well
[ ] I've stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant.
[ ] I open up to others easily.
[ ] I watch the news.
[x] I don't kill bugs.
[ ] I hate hearing songs that sacrifice meaning for the sake of being able to rhyme.
[x] I curse regularly.
[x] I sing in the shower.
[ ] I am a morning person.
[ ] I paid for my cell phone ring tone.
[x] I'm a snob about grammar
[ ] I am a sports fanatic.
[x] I twirl my hair
[ ] I have "x"s in my screen name
[ ] I love being neat
[ ] I love Spam
[x] I've copied more than 30 CD's in a day
[x] I bake well.
[ ] My favorite color is either white, yellow, pink, red or blue
[x]I would wear pajamas to school.
[ ] I like Martha Stewart.
[x] I know how to shoot a gun.
[ ] I am in love with love.
[ ] I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS.
[x] I laugh at my own jokes.
[x] I eat fast food weekly.
[x] I believe in ghosts.
[ ] I am online 24/7, even as an away message.
[ ] I've not turned anything in and still got an A in a certain class.
[ ] I can't sleep if there is a spider in the room.
[ ] I am really ticklish.
[ ] I love white chocolate
[x] I bite my nails.
[ ] I play video games.
[x] I'm good at remembering faces.
[ ] I'm good at remembering names
[ ] I'm good at remembering dates.
[x] I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.

[x] My answers are totally honest


I don't know how many times I watched the Rudolph movie...a lot of it I can quote as it goes. It's funny how the expressions on the face are so uncoordinated to the emotions that are supposed to be expressed. It's awesome, but bad and great, at the same time! I just need cookies to make it all better.

*clasps hands together*

Oh joyous taste sensation...

Eggnog fudge. Wowza.

I should probably go eat something substantial though...I tend to get sick if I only eat pure sugar. And eggnog flavour.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

I am very annoyed right now.


Friday, December 16, 2005


I had kind of an emotionally lousy night last night. But, it's amazing how quickly all those mental gymnastics vanish when the stomach gymnastics start...note to self: least favourite nighttime activity=throwing up at 0400.

I'm in a better mood this morning though...sun is shining, birds are singing, tons of stuff needs to be done and my stomach is queasy still...headache and dizzyness? Check.


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Why I'm not writing a long post...

I have no chair.

Yesterday in a fit of neat freakishness, I started cleaning the floor in front of my closet. Then today, I continued. I started cleaning the floor of my closet. Then I emptied my closet.

Onto my chair.

And my bed.

And the floor I was originally cleaning, plus under and around my computer desk. So even if I had an uncluttered chair, I would still be kneeling in front of my desk with a sewing basket jammed against my thigh.

Sunday, December 11, 2005


I think that everyone knows of/knows someone who is homophobic. I have this friend, I'll call him R, who is hideously heterophobic, or maybe femalephobic. I hugged him once after not seeing him for a couple months and he shoved me away with an "Ew! Boobies!" R refers to people as "Those straights/breeders" in the same way that idiot assholes refer to homosexuals as faggots or queers or (insert slur here). How the hell do you educate someone like that? He seems to be generally bitter and disrespectful to everyone, so it's not just "those straights" but holy crap. There is much annoyance in Karin's head tonight.

The floor is open.

Nine people??

Hello to the nine people who have come over here...probably from squid's place. I wish I was more interesting...but I censor myself a lot on here. :) So, um...yeah. Welcome!

Stolen from Chris (barefoot and...)

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't *speak* often, please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL MEMORY OF YOU AND ME.It can be anything you want--good or bad--BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.When you're finished, post this paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.No excuses, OK?

Saturday, December 10, 2005

hey, I just realized something...

All those books? All that knitting? All those COMPUTER GAMES?? All that stuff I've been putting off "until school's over"?? SCHOOL'S OVER, BABY! *breaks out the Sims*

Blogroll stats

27/32 blogs I read on a regular basis (not counting my LJ feed) are written by women. I suppose that makes a certain amount of sense since a lot of them are pregnancy blogs that have since turned into after-pregnancy blogs written by the same person. Weird and bizarre though, still. Especially since I tend to get along with guys much better than I do women, I'd think that I'd read more guys' journals...or maybe it's because not as many guys blog as women do. Bah, I don't know.

I heard a statistic around Hallowe'en that the average people gained between Hallowe'en and Christmas is about 9 pounds. So far, since Hallowe'en, I've lost three. :) I'm celebrating with some chocolate chip mint ice cream with marshmallows on top.

What? The marshmallows are insulating the ice cream. Is there ANYTHING those little white balls of sugar can't do??

My days off.

I still wake up around 9 or so...and I'm going to bed around 1030. Isn't falling apart from sheer exhaustion fun, boys and girls? I've been mostly chilling out for the last day or two, but now! Now it's time to get moving on my Grand List O' Stuff To Do Over The Holidays(tm) Apparently today I have to do laundry and get a box of stuff sorted out into keep in room, chuck, otherwise get rid of or keep in storage. I've only got ummm...ten of those boxes in my room, not counting those in my closet. :P Yuck. I'm tutoring today 2-3, and I leave for karate before 4 so I need to get on that now.


Any time now.


yep...just about to go...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Yay! Done!

All finished. I have a couple of assignments due sometime in the new year, but I don't need to start them this weekend. Ahhhh...nearly a whole month free.

To be perfectly honest, these last three months passed in a sleep deprived haze. I remember what happened when people prompt me, but so much happened in such a short time that it's really foggy.

In other news, my throat is killing me, I've been feeling nauseated and dizzy all day, and I'm exhausted. My first night of freedom is going to consist of me going to bed early and crashing like a rock. Off a cliff.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Two. More. Pages...

I have two more pages to write for my semester to be OVER. Do you think I can concentrate? No, of course not. That would be far too easy. ARGH!!!

Tomorrow's my last day! *does a happy dance*

Ancient Advice

From June 1, 1997 | The Chicago Tribune | Mary Schmich

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97:
Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

*happy dance*

One more assignment to ultrasound (no, I'm not pregnant) is booked for two weeks from today (about four weeks sooner than I thought) and then they'll be able to tell me that nothing is wrong. I'm especially looking forward to them telling me nothing is wrong. I'm NOT looking forward to drinking 1L of water between 1230 and 1pm, then not being allowed evacuate... for what will likely be two or more hours. Yeah... :P

Sunday, December 04, 2005

To Do

Planning journal
Lesson plan overview (9 lessons)

Full lesson plan x 3 2
Journal entry x 5 3
Papers: roughly 10 7 2 pages
Group project x 2
resource sheet

It's been a good day...

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Look a meme

(still working...just on a break)

Take my Quiz on!

Hey, great turnaround...

Googlebots are wickedly fast. I just got my first hit from Google for the word "orgasm". I only used it a few days ago! Crazy.

I was putting a forum together for my fellow education students, and I saw that someone was looking around at all the posts, so I checked out the IP address, and it was for somewhere in Google. Huh, I thought. Someone must have routed it through Google or something. Then I realized that less than twenty minutes after I'd put up the stuff I'd put up there was a Googlebot crawling through the forum. I'm impressed.

And slightly frightened. Wow.

Burning...burning...burning OUUUUT...

I'm done like dinner. I just want to sleep for the next week, but I can't because I have SO MUCH STILL TO DO!!! GAAHHHHH!!!

Planning journal
Lesson plan overview (9 lessons)

Full lesson plan x 3 2
Journal entry x 5 3
Papers: roughly 10 7 pages
Group project x 2
resource sheet

Thursday, December 01, 2005

My pancreas is about to have an orgasm, then explode.

The pancreas is the one that regulates sugars, carbs and insulin, right? Anyway, my dinner tonight is pasta, garlic toast, veggies, hot chocolate and a ton of marshmallows. The marshmallows are less for the flavour though, and more for their insulating properties.


Ahhhh, who'm I trying to kid? I ate a handful after they "spilled" on the counter. And they weren't insulating the counter, that's all I'm saying.

Although if I eat too many, I'm going to find them insulating my hips in a week or two...

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

One step at a time...

...slowly I work towards school being finshed for a whole glorious month. I am still working at ten times what I've ever worked at school before, but I'm starting to run out of steam. Guh. Two assignments due this week...four...five?..due next week.

Ow, cramps. Bad time! Busy! Can't fall asleep early right now!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Open Letter

To all the people in my courses at school: Chill the fuck out already. You're harshing my mellow. one in this place wants you to fail (except me once in a while when I'm feeling particularly vicious, but that doesn't last long, I swear). None of the profs want to flunk you out. If you didn't do it right the first time, YOU. GET. A. REWRITE.

Although I suppose that this, coming from the one who has been dubbed Hermione, is scant comfort. Um...but yeah. Stop with the freaking out, mmmkay? Because then I start to freak out, thinking I missed something...and THAT...well, if Momma ain't happy, ain't no one happy. Capeesh? Aiight then. Carry on.

Love and kisses,

PS. If anyone can come up with an assessment activity for a literature lesson comparing "The Gingerbread Man" with "The Stinky Cheese Man" before 1030 tomorrow morning, please send it along. It's freaking me the fuck out that I can't get something together.



Why can't I access SFU's webmail? Or get ICQ and MSN running? Or go to Gmail? :(

Monday, November 28, 2005

No snow please! We're BC'ers!

What the hell is the fluffy white stuff doing coming down before Christmas? This is BC! We don't get snow! We get rain! That doesn't turn into ice! Or slush and get into my boots!! *mental note: wear boots tomorrow...very high ones*

0600-I wake up, remember to grab my wallet and my Social Studies project that is due today, leave the house a little late because I snoozed twice instead of once.

0640-realize my car is frozen shut. Finally crack the seal and turn on the car...I'm almost out of gas...turn off the car. Use expired credit card as ice scraper (I can't ever find's about somewhere). Start to drive, can't see a bloody thing, so I risk running on the airy breath of gas fumes to defog my car.

0650-get to the gas station on the fumes of the fumes of the fumes. Where the crap is my wallet? I remember using the credit card but...oh my GOD...I check the roof of my car where there's a suspicious wallet shaped mark in the frost on the roof. Oh my GOD. I envison my wallet in front of my house. Then I find my wallet in the corner of my bag. Yeesh.

0710-get to Dave's, drop off my car, get a few minutes of snuggling and realize that I don't have my Socials project. Seriously...this time I really didn't have it. I knew exactly where it was too...and that's where it was when I came home tonight. So I phoned my mom and walked her through turning on my computer and emailing me the files. Not bad considering that *I'D* never turned on my computer.

0824-get to school, print off my project, get to class. Whew.

0920-turn in the project

1030-go to really crappy lecture that we have to go to. Get to write the review of it so people know what they did wrong. I needed a thesaurus...could only think of three terms for "useless". *sigh*

1230-get the runaround for half an hour on my cell phone while I'm trying to deal with getting a test scheduled for my stomach. *grrr*

Blah, blah, stuff happens and now it's snowing. So with my track record, it ought to melt and just be nothing by tomorrow when I have to be at Gigabyte. Either that or shut down the school. I'm open to either possibility.

So this was the weirdest almost bad day today. Everything was messed up enough to stress me right the hell out, but nothing really went wrong. And my last week keeps getting shorter and shorter...I think I had two classes cancelled today for a total of three. Oh wait...they weren't cancelled. They were made into "tutorial classes" because profs can't tell us not to show up, but they can mention to one of our group that if we were going to skip any particular day, Xday would be a good choice.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Something philosophical?

I feel as though I should write something momentous...this is the first blog post on my new computer. :D But that's about all I've got.

A Secret Look Into My Blog Format: whine about school, whine about how I feel yucky, gush about how great things are...

Now I'm afraid I'm going to have to kill you since you know my secret.

Goals are good...

...if you can keep them up.

Goals for December

December 9-take the day off and revel in the lack of homework or classes. Tutor sometime during the day.
December 10-Karate, again with the revelling of no homework. Laundry and organize a box of stuff.
December 11-Clean the bathroom.
December 12-Kitchen, stock up on dust allergy pills, box
December 13-The floor around my computer and the couch, vacuum
December 14-stuff from the side of my bed
December 15-box of stuff, more beside my bed
December 16-Laundry, finish with the stuff beside my bed
December 17-karate, vacuum, move all my stuff into the newly excavated place beside my bed.
December 18-organize all my school notes into "keep for who knows when" and "using next semester", box
December 19-clean bathroom
December 20-25-frantically finish making all the Christmas gifts and cookies that I forgot to do through the previous two weeks.
December 26-clean rec room
December 27-put Cmas stuff into room
December 28-Jan 3-relax, start reading next semester's stuff, come up with lesson plans for 2 week practicum

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Bleah and Yay

Oof.. I've got a wicked headache. I've felt kind of lousy all day...sort of bleh-y. So descriptive...I know.

I've been doing a lot of homework...annoyingly, a bunch of it is stuff that I could have done earlier in the year. *snark* I'm a dumbass sometimes, but whatever.

I got to watch three fellow karate-ka (students) test for their brown belts today. That's of them joined just a little before I did. Uh, yeah...don't ask me what level I'm at. :P I've been sabotaging my training on and off. It's bad. I need to fix that.

We got to spar today. I am pleased. And sore, in a good way.

And now, to bed. Because I am a tired person who has forgone having a life when I joined the teacher training. Two nights in a row in bed before 1130. Yeesh. I might get all wild and crazy and do some tatting before I read until I fall asleep with the light on. It's just a big party over here, folks.

Friday, November 25, 2005

One line thoughts

Someone's been spamming my knitting blog...with relevant spam. Wow.

I want a Tobelerone. Or however that's spelled.

I have less than two weeks less of classes, then almost a whole MONTH off.

My age is up at the top of this page...I don't think I like that.

I'm not oversaturated with Christmas hatred this year! YAY!

I can kill way too much time reading blogs and comics. Oh, and blogging. Time to get back to work...

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Due before Dec. 9

Planning journal
Lesson plan overview (9 lessons)
Full lesson plan x 3
Journal entry x 5
Papers: roughly 10 pages
Group project x 2
resource sheet (not sure what the heck that is...)


So, I'll see you all December 10th, mmmmmkay?

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Foggy foggy.

I don't do well when I have to drive at night when it's wet. I have discovered that I don't do well driving at night, or even in the day, when it's really really foggy it has been for three days. Especially when I'm exhausted...either before or after school. I changed lanes yesterday on the Barnet Highway and realized when I was already over there that there was a car in my blindspot who thankfully had gotten behind where my car was.

I check blindspots though...I'm pretty sure that I was clear and that the other car flew up to try and block me...if that's the case it was a really shitty thing for them to do, especially since visuals were at about twenty feet. *snarl*

Or maybe it really was just me...

Sunday, November 20, 2005


The winner of the "fake me out country song of the month"

He wondered how she'd take it when he said goodbye.
Thought she might do some cryin': lose some sleep at night.
But he had no idea, when he hit the road,
That without him in her life, she'd let herself go.

(ed. note: this is where I started to get pissed off...but then...THEN!!!)

Let herself go on a singles cruise,
To Vegas once, then to Honolulu.
Let herself go to New York City:
A week at the Spa; came back knocked-out pretty.
When he said he didn't love her no more,
She let herself go.

(ed note: YES!!!)

She poured her heart an' soul into their three-bedroom ranch.
Spent her days raisin' babies, ironin' his pants.
Came home one day from the grocery store and found his note,
And without him there to stop her, she let herself go.

Let herself go on her first blind-date:
Had the time of her life with some friends at the lake.
Let herself go, buy a brand new car,
Drove down to the beach he always said was too far.
Sand sure felt good between her toes:

She let herself go on a singles cruise,
To Vegas once, then to Honolulu.
Let herself go to New York City:
A week at the Spa; came back knocked-out pretty.
When he said he didn't love her no more,
She let herself go.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

On a roll again...

Today I baked gingerbread cookies, did a ton of laundry and cleaned up my room somewhat. We put out birdseed last week and I see a bunch of chickadees and various other avian life outside on our balcony. Someone close to me is gonna have a BABY!!! :D I've got an incredible guy.

So that's the good stuff.

The bad stuff: I'm so panic-ridden at the idea of seeing a certain person today that I feel like I'm going to throw up (need to leave in three minutes...better finish this post). My computer keyboard has ceased functioning, so I'm using my mom's mac and it's very hard to type on. All my school stuff is on my computer downstairs. This is making me feel like I'm going to throw up because if I can't get my stuff....eeeep... I'm so jealous that I think I'm going to throw up. I'm so busy that I fell guessed it...I'm going to throw up. I've got a minor health thing that probably won't turn out to be anything at all, but it's making me nervous. I'm still tired and sick to the point of inability to focus or anything like that. I'm dizzy and nauseated and shaky and generally feeling like crap. Because of illness and school, I don't have time to see anyone and when I do I'm too tired to really enjoy it. Grr...

ok, pity party's over. I've got to take off. The birds outside are adorable...

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Dear internet,

Today I was so tired...
*chorus* HOW TIRED WERE YOU? */chorus*

I was so tired that I nearly put my foot under Dave's car's tire when he was pulling away after he dropped me off at school.

On purpose.

Because in my sleep befogged state I thought that if I broke my foot people would give me nice drugs and I could go home and take a nap. Logical, no? No? Ok. No. Although if it'd been a stranger's car and wouldn't have entailed my boyfriend being traumatized by injuring me the odds of me doing it would have gone up.

(This has been slightly exaggerated by comic effect. Don't glare at two know who you are.)

Monday, November 14, 2005

*resumes breathing again*

Dave's back. I picked him up at the airport yesterday. Much woot-age.

I teach my first lesson at Gigabyte Elementary tomorrow. I'm excited. I know I'll do fine (yay, hubris...) I wonder if I'll look back on this entry with a shaking head or gleeful "I knew it!". In roughly 15 hours there will be 21 kindergarten and grade ones wielding scissors on my behalf.

Oh, the power.

That's about it for me.

Sunday, November 13, 2005


Yesterday I switched to Firefox, but had to go to bed before I could play around with it at all. Based on my first impression, I'm loving it muchly. In IE, my blog is totally borked because of the size of the photos, but Firefox makes it so that my sidebar isn't on the bottom of the page!!! MUCH REJOICING!!!!

That's almost enough to make me forget about migrating the content somewhere else.

So Dave's back from Montreal tonight. This is the first time that he's gone somewhere without me for any length of time. I've been to Scotland when we first met for a month, and to the States for a couple days at a time since we've started going out, but he's never gone anywhere. But now he's back, and I need to think of something to surprise him with. I'm thinking dessert-like, but I don't have time to bake anything today. I have to finish some homework so when I (coded on the off chance that he actually reads this before he leaves...) ick-pay im-hay up-hay om-fray uh-thay airport-hay I can hang out with him until he's tired and wants to go to sleep (I estimate fourteen seconds after he's in the car).

Now, to homework.

Friday, November 11, 2005

BW Leaves in the corner

BW Leaves in the corner, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

Fun with black and white.

Squirelly Wrath!

Squirelly Wrath!, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

This is one of UBC's attack squirrels. He's currently being very cunning as he moves to surround me. Yes. All by himself.

They're cunning, ok?

Shadow Play

Shadow Play, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

Fun with shadows. Wearing a filmy skirt and boots? Needed a photo.

Abandoned Bench

Abandoned Bench, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

I like this. The perspective is cool. I did it in black and white too, but I don't think it's got the same impact as some of the other BW stuff I did.


Texture, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

I've got a bunch of pictures up of autumn around UBC. I'll post some here that I particularly like. This is a close up of the vines that cover the front of Scarfe (the education building).


Dave's plane landed in Montreal. I solemnly swear that I will never roll my eyes again when my mom is worried about me going somewhere.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

So tired.

I want a diet Coke with lime.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Attached to the comments for my math paper from a few weeks ago...

"Your research paper for MAED (Math Education) 320 was very well done and presents a perspective that is unique or under-represented in the field of math education. For these reasons, I would like you to consider submitting your paper for publication in the BCAMT (British Columbia Association of Math Teachers) journal, Vector.


(edit: I haven't gotten any official word if I have gotten into the journal...just that I ought to submit. Just wanted to clear that up. :) )

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Things I learned at Gigabyte Elementary today.

1) Don't trust the paint. It isn't dry.
2) There really isn't a spider on my head.
3) Shouting out the answer without raising your hand is just like budging with your voice.
4) No, seriously. The paint really isn't dry. (green paint on the bosom of my lavender sweater. It's a nice look.)
5) If a kid turns to you and says, "Hug?" and you let them, you're going to feel smiley all day.

Monday, November 07, 2005


Like most people, I have symptoms when I'm sick. However, I've noticed over the (far too many) times I've been sick the last few years months that I have symptoms when I'm getting better. Generally speaking, I avoid food like crazy when I'm sick, especially milk based products. Yech.

So the two symptoms I look for are absolute ravenous hunger, which lasts for about three days, and milk-based food/drinks. The last two days I've been eating everything that wasn't nailed down and last night I had a bit of Irish cream, I've been eating cheese (cheddar and smoked salmon flavoured cream cheese) and a glass of milk with my peanut butter and banana sandwich (eaten last night just before a huge steak dinner and after about a dozen crackers with cream cheese).

Hooray! I've been sick for 13 days's about bloody time that I feel better.

Sunday, November 06, 2005


I'm tired. I'm sick. Day 12 now. I've got cramps. I'm sick of having to schedule time to see people. I'm tired of being sick all the time. I'm sick to death of not having any time to myself. I'm so tired all the time that even if I wanted to see people (or the odd time I do get to go out) I'm bitchy and whiny and I know *I* certainly wouldn't want to hang around with me.


I think I need to do more knitting or something. It's my therapy in a yarn ball. And it's great because not only do I get to wear my stylish yarn creations, I get rid of stuff that was taking up space in my room! It's a win win situation.

In other news, this will be post 918 on this blog...I'm thinking that once I hit 1000 I might migrate over to Moveable Type or something...maybe Word Press.

You between being bitchy, seeing people, not seeing people and being sick. My exciting life. :P

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

No magic pill

Darn. I've got a virus, which means that antibiotics won't help. Dammit.

Last year at this time I was frantically pounding out 1667 words each day. DAMN I wish I was doing Nanowrimo again. :( I really loved the feeling of it. *sigh*

I took a depression test, and SHOCKINGLY!!! I am far less depressed than I've been in months! I have been feeling GOOOOOOOOD, despite being sick.

And the Canucks won tonight. It's been an overall good day.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Wow, what a crappy layout that meme below has.


Firstly, I'm a nerd...not a dork as I thought. This mixup due to overwhelming amounts of cold and flu medication. As my MSN handle states, the four main food groups are NeoCitran (finally spelled right! no more googles!), chicken soup, Halls, and Chapstick.

Secondly, I'm still sick. Doctor's appointment tomorrow.

Thirdly, my first day at Gigabyte Elementary was a grand success. More about it later...highlights include being given two spontaneous hugs by two different five or six year old girls, helping in the computer lab and realizing that I actually kind of know what I'm doing...and that I'm going to be in the right field.

Finally. I know there's a lot of people breathing a sigh of relief that I finally know what the hell I'm doing. I'm the loudest.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Still feeling gross

Wow. Ok, so it turns out I've been fighting this cold since before school started...about two months. I've been sick without really getting better since Tuesday. Time to see the doctor...I have an appointment at the university student clinic for Wednesday.

I'm really freaked out by being sick all the time. I hadn't realized it had been this long...not to mention that over the summer I had a cold/flu that lasted well over a month as well. I'm so scared that I've got something really bad. *sigh* Best case scenario: Wednesday the doctor looks at me and goes, "Aha! This is all caused by blah blah blah...and all of your stomach problems stem from the same source. It is cured by a non-side effects laden, sweet tasting pill that dissolves on your tongue instantly. Just let me write you a perscription...oh no wait. Here's a free sample!! Oh wait...there is a minor side effect. You start sleeping well and can focus and do homework much better than you could before. Here's your pill!"

And then poof, I'm healthy. How awesome would that be?

In other news, I start in my classroom tomorrow once a week for all of November. Whee! I shall start referring to my school as Gigabyte Elementary.

In other, other news, I'm a werewolf.

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

In other, other, other news, I'm a dork. Funny, I always thought I was a geek.

Modern, Cool Nerd
60 % Nerd, 56% Geek, 39% Dork
For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.

Nerds didn't use to be cool, but in the 90's that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn't quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and "geek is chic." The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!


Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in any of the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Professional Wrestling

Love & Sexuality


Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 57% on nerdiness

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You scored higher than 79% on geekosity

free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 69% on dork points
Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Saturday, October 29, 2005

All about Meme

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?


Virginia Woolf
You are Virginia Woolf! You were openly bisexual
and had public affairs, but you never liked
sex. You wrote a seminal feminist work, long
before feminists knew that they were feminists.
In this vein, you never really considered
yourself a feminist. You were a tragic figure,
but a damn genius.

Interesting... I'm certainly a damn genius. Some of this isn't true, for sure...

Hey, I'm still here.

I've been sick for the last few days. Wow. Bleah. I lay down for five minutes today before karate (330) and woke up at almost 6:30, when karate was over. Whoops.

I don't have anything of substance to say, so I'll meme instead. I think I took this quiz last year or even further back, but had a different result. Interesting.

You are Form 3, Unicorn: The Innocent.

"And The Unicorn knew she wasn't meant to
go into the Dark Wood. Disregarding the advice
given to her by the spirits, Unicorn went
inside and bled silver blood.. For her
misdeed, the world knew evil."

Some examples of the Unicorn Form are Eve
(Christian) and Pandora (Greek).
The Unicorn is associated with the concept of
innocence, the number 3, and the element of
Her sign is the twilight sun.

As a member of Form 3, you are a curious
individual. You are drawn to new things and
become fascinated with ideas you've never come
in contact with before. Some people may say
you are too nosey, but it's only because you
like getting to the bottom of things and
solving them. Unicorns are the best friends to
have because they are inquisitive.

Which Mythological Form Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

I feel hella crappy

The cold that's been teasing me for the last couple...umm...months... has finally exploded. Ugh.

I saw Serenity on the weekend. Good stuff. :)

I did SO MUCH WORK today. I'm feeling awesome about it all. I've even done my jogging for the last two days in the evening. Mostly it's been jogging on the spot, because I forget to do it until ten thirty and need to go to bed soon, but tonight I'm going to actually go to the gym and run on the treadmill. Whee!

(edit: hey, my post from yesterday finally showed up. WEIRD)

Monday, October 24, 2005


I forgot to bring my knitting, or a book or any other crafty stuff.

I want to start knitting Jayne's hat from Firefly.

I saw Serenity last's good stuff.


Sunday, October 23, 2005

God fucking dammit.

Why does so much shit happen to some people? Deb from was diagnosed with leukemia. That is so fucking unfair. She's got a little girl who needs her to be healthy.


Good thing Deb is so kick ass that that cancer is shaking in its metaphorical boots right now.

It's the end of the world as we know it...

There are some constants in the world. The sky is up and the ground is down. It rains in Vancouver and snows in Alberta. Karin will always find a new hobby when she is the busiest. Karin is lazy and will not run/jog for exercise.

Hold onto your hats kiddos. The immoveable object has met the unstoppable force. I've decided to start a running program, starting with a walk/jog program, then gradually working my way up to running the Sun Run, a 10 km "fun run" in the spring.

...and I feel fine.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Weirdest penalty ever

What should you do on a breakaway when you lose your stick? Wait for the guy behind you to come up and try to grab HIS hockey stick to try and score.

Ummmm...I don't think you're allowed to do that...neither do the refs. Bertuzzi in the box for holding the stick.


Dude, that sounds DIRTY.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Carbs 'n' cheese 'n' ham (squared)

My dinner tonight...very impromptu...

Twice baked potato, stuffed with ham and cheddar cheese.
Annie's White Cheddar Mac and Cheese, with ham tossed in when I realized that there was ham in the fridge.

Apparently I like ham and cheese and carbs. Not much of a surprise to me, really... :P

Teacher Strike News

Petition that might do something...might not.

This sucks. I'm supposed to be in my practicum classroom today. I should've had a couple weeks of meeting my class and getting to know them before I teach them in the spring. *sigh*

Saturday, October 15, 2005

18 now...

Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar just had a baby girl.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Ow, my hand...

Has anyone ever had one of those days when you're really sick of making hats, so you start crocheting a baby blanket for practice and it somehow starts turning into a hat so you just run with it?





Oh. I guess it's just me.

I think it's time for bed.

Have you ever had one of those days...

...where everyone seems slow and stupid and irrational, and then you look around and realize that it's really you who is slow and stupid and irrational? *cough* neither...

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


...spawned by "As The World Falls Down" --David Bowie, currently on my mp3 player, and a trip to the Party Bazaar which had many awesome masks...

I propose a Labyrinth themed Hallowe'en party. Dress up like a character from Labyrinth, one of the Masquerade characters, or...???

Who's in? Say...Friday October 28th?

This is all tentative...but who knows? I could use an excuse to dress up. :D

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

A meme and an update

First the meme: Just like Donna...

You Are Apple Cider

Smooth and comforting. But downright nasty when cold.

I had an amazing weekend. My Oma was in town from Edmonton, and I spent a lot of it with her, getting to hear her stories and learning to tat (hand make lace). *sarcasm* I wanted to learn because y'know that I have way too much time and not nearly enough hobbies to do with string. */sarcasm* It was so incredible though. I'm the fourth (fifth if you count my aunt...but she isn't in the direct line for me) tatter in my mom's family. My grandmother, my great grandmother and my great, great grandmother all tatted and it feels so awe inspiring to see my hands create something that women in my family have made for nearly 150 years.

I'm half Scottish (dad's side) and half Austrian (mom's side), and I've always only explored the Scottish side, what with playing in a pipe band, Highland dancing, celtic music, eating haggis etc. The closest I've really been to Austrian culture is watching The Sound Of Music and opening family presents Christmas Eve. Oh, and rye bread. I loves me my rye bread...with liverwurst on it. (Side note: why is it that I always pick the disgusting traditional food to love?? Ah well, keeps people away from it.) So to be able to explore some of the other side, that was such a great experience. I have a copy of the book she uses, with a handwritten inscription from her to me in it, as well as her notes, and a tatting shuttle that she bought for me from Lewiscraft, but I think the most important thing she left for me was the memories of seven or eight hours over the weekend of crafting together, talking to each other and my mom, learning a beautiful art.

When I practice my tatting, I can hear her speaking in my head with her accent, telling me the next move to make. I make the same exasperated noises when I make a mistake. All of us take our tea the same way, enjoy cheese, smoked oysters, crackers, liverwurst, rye bread and coldcuts for lunch. We'll all have different last names, but we're all connected.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Happy Birthday, me!

I've left my mid-twenties and entered my late twenties...although maybe that's not accurate...since I really only had one mid twenty.

I'm babbling. Look at my newest project to see why I babble.

I'm very tired and my shoulders are tired.

Also, I've been reading Alien Dice, an amazing webcomic/graphic novel. Don't start unless you've got several days straight to read it. Personal experience...from me and Kit.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Just to annoy everyone...

Daa da da da daaaaaa da. Daaaa da da da daaaaaaaa. (Graduation processional marchie thing.)

I didn't walk to that...I walked to the SFU pipe band, and chatted with them a bit, since I know some of them (did I ever mention that I used to play in the pipe band? I did...tenor drum)

Anyway, I got flowers, and a degree and now I'm gettin lunch. Pictures will be forthcoming.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Holy crap

This is gonna affect my practicum...however, it might mean I get a vacation on Tuesday...

Thanks Bimkins for pointing it out.

Edit: The above link stopped working, but here's another.

"...teachers will mount picket lines at schools across B.C. on Friday, and will remain off the job until a resolution has been reached and accepted by a subsequent member vote."

Now you don't have an excuse!!

AND you don't have to freeze your tail off!

Watch me convocate tomorrow morning!!!

Ok, fine. I'll watch, but I'm still mad.

Sittin' here in my Canucks jersey, watching the game. They hooked me. I admit it. Not totally though...I was tutoring for the first half hour, and I ran down here to watch when I got home, but forgot to turn on the TV...but I get to watch the whole third period.

So, I went all girly today...I got my eyebrows waxed for convocation tomorrow. (aside: 9:15 tomorrow morning at SFU! Come if you want!) I figure there will be more pictures taken of me tomorrow than there will be until whenever my wedding is, so I might want to look purdy.

Also, remember that tomorrow night is my grad/bday dinner/karaoke ((AUGH!! Phoenix just scored!!)) and I'll be there at seven until late. Come by sometime for five minutes, or five hours...whatever you want. (((((WOOOOOOO NASLUND!!!!! 19 seconds later by number 19!!!!)))))))) Significant others and/or kids are welcome. I never sent out evites, but consider yourself invited if I know ya. Email me to tell me you're coming, and I'll tell you where we'll be. (Burnaby)

Monday, October 03, 2005


School is good...very tiring. I have a headache most of the time, and this weekend was murder. Tired and dizzy. Bleh. I feel somewhat better though.

I'm wearing my new favourite sweater/top/thing. It's got thick horizontal stripes of light blue, medium blue and teal with a big...I think it's brown, but it might be purple stripe...right across the middle. It sounds pretty hideous but it's actually very pretty. I also have a "Neapoliton" sweater/top/thing in pink, white and light brown, a pair of brown cords and a brown skirt that my mom bought me for school. I'm all respectable looking!!

I'll be meeting my sponsor teachers tomorrow probably...which means I'll be wearing makeup tomorrow probably. Freaky weird...maybe I should practice tonight, it's been so long.

Some wonton soup is MUCH superior to other. Holy chemical processing, Batman. Speaking of Batman...I had a dream about him (Christian Bale one) last night. Speaking of dreams...I won't tell you about the Batman dream, but here's a different one.

Dreams involving pink or orange gerbera daisies being presented to small robot vacuums by large city destroying robots immediately before rushing off to destroy the city...those make me giggle when I wake up. They are much better than the recent dreams I've had of being in bed and waking up to find someone IN MY ROOM, STARING AT ME, then really for real waking up. Those dreams suck much. I've had them two nights running...and I disagree with them. No more such dreams I say.

And now I stop typing into my blog, and instead type into a word processing document...for LO, I must do a social studies lesson plan. By tomorrow night. *eep*

Oh, and I started knitting again. I am working on a hat. And I discovered today that I can walk and knit at the same time. I'm planning on knitting Jayne's hat from Firefly, because I have become moderately obsessed with Firefly. No, I haven't seen Serenity yet. Yes, I'm going to. Probably several times. It's going to be THAT GOOD.

right...lesson plan. then bed. i'm on it.

Sunday, October 02, 2005


My headache is finally going away, thanks to the curative powers of aromatherapy, wonton soup, various flavours of tea and vast quantities of Advil.

Note to self: nearly out of Advil...purchase more.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

ColorQuiz.comKarin took the free personality test!

"Wants to make a favorable impression and be reward..."

Click here to read the rest of the results.

Friday, September 30, 2005


For the two people who will know what I'm talking about above... ;)

So, I need a vote....who thinks I should do this?

A few days ago I saw a squirrel. There are many squirrels at school...some of whom don't like me. One charged down the sidewalk in my general direction on about the third day of class. :P This isn't about that squirrel though, or the one which I saw chew into a chestnut and rip a chunk out with its deceptively tiny teeth (although that one was on my mind).

I saw a squirrel burying an acorn. I've never been close to one during the fall before, so it was fascinating. It dug really damned fast for such a little guy, dropped the nut in the hole, covered it up with the dirt it had displaced, then it pushed a stick and a leaf over the spot and poinged away. I was tempted to dig it up, just to see what the squirrel would do, but I thought it would be mean, since the poor thing was probably on acorn 149340 out of 30930490 that it needed to gather.

Also I didn't really want to see the squirrel chew into my finger and rip a chunk out of it with its deceptively tiny teeth.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Preaching from my radio

A couple of days ago I was listening to the radio and there was a radio ad for Union Gospel Mission's "Feed the Hungry" campaign which ended with the voiceover saying "bless you" for helping, blah blah. Fine, no problem. But then the DJ came on and said, "And bless you for listening to JRFM. But something that's nearly as good as being blessed with eternal salvation is..." then he went on about prizes or something.

I was REALLY surprised to hear it...not offended, just surprised. Now I'm curious as to what everyone else thinks. :)


Monday, September 26, 2005

Quote of the Day

"Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall in love with a gorgeous redhead." --Lucille Ball.


19000, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

I was my own 19000th visitor. And I learned how to capture screen shots! :)

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Birthday/Graduation Party Announcement

TO: Anyone I know in real life, or can be vouched for someone I know in real life. Also, significant others and kids are DEFINITELY welcome.

Thursday October 6th
7-10, dinner in Burnaby at a restaurant/pub that has an all ages seating area.
10-??, we move over to the non-all ages section for karaoke. :D

Email or comment me for details on the venue. I don't want to use evite for some random reason that I can't think of (aka, I'm lazy) but I'll probably send out evites in the next couple days.

Sorry it's a Thursday night, but that's when karaoke is. :P Miss Manners says you shouldn't ever say anything about presents even when saying they aren't necessary, but I think that's silly. Presents aren't necessary...but if you feel like you need to, please donate some money either to the Red Cross, breast cancer research, the food bank or Children's Hospital. I really have plenty of everything that I need.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

"How do you explain to the FAA that we had a rabbit strike at 1,800 feet?"

This has nothing to do with anything, but the end made me giggle, so I thought I'd pass it on.


Or: how things are going right today

I'm getting laundry done so I'll have clean underwear and socks for the week.
I'm getting ridiculously ahead of the homework and readings I need to do for next week.
I FOUND MY TEXTBOOK!!! (it was in my laundry basket.)
I feel smokin' hot again.

*kicks the dirt and looks embarrassed*

So, after a good night's sleep and a long hot shower last night with Ravensbara essential oil diffusing through my bathroom (antiviral and antidepressant. Smells like orange...kinda) I feel much better than I did last night.

Why do people do this to themselves? Why can't we hear all the good stuff people say about us when we're in that funk? (BTW, thanks Bimkins for the chat last night...everything is helping now. And thanks dearheart for the comment. It made my day.)

By the way...I still love my eyes but now I recognize my cheekbones, my hands and fingers, my breasts, how my butt looks in some of the jeans Dave helped me pick out, the curve of my back, my sillhouette lit by candles, how my waist has been curving into an hourglass and the muscles of my calves. I'm still a collection of body parts, but at least I'm outnumbering the ones I hate.

I don't feel so good right now.

Let's see if writing this will be the nice cathartic even it should be.

Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and feel like vomiting. I see thin, pretty girls walk down the street and watch people watch them. I see beautiful women with a few, or significantly more than a few, extra pounds, and think they're fucking gorgeous. Why can't I think about myself that way? Why do I weigh myself frantically every morning, before shower, after brushing teeth, before drinking or eating, after going to the bathroom, before putting on deodorant but after brushing my hair? Why do I need to lose every ounce of peripheral weight before I can look at the numbers? Why did I PUNCH THE WALL IN MY BATHROOM five minutes ago because the scale said more than I think it should? (hand's fine...wall's fine, just so you know.)

Why do I eat something sweet or otherwise slightly off of nutritious and feel like a beached whale in my mind? Why did I drive most of the way home almost, or totally in tears because I can't stop thinking about that half a muffin I ate, or the two regular cokes I drank? Intellectually, I know I'm attractive...unless everyone's been lying to me. But that same wonderful intellect of mine partitions my body. I don't see my fantastic...

Jesus. I can tell I'm depressed when I can't think of a single body part I like. My eyes. I like my eyes. And that's good because they're not gonna get any thinner. I've got tears running down my face while I type this. It's times like this I'm so glad I'm not a famous blogger, because I'm so fragile right now I wouldn't hear any nice comments left. I'd just read the hate mail, and dehydrate myself so that the water weight doesn't show.

Sometimes when I'm in a good mood (that sounds so trite, but it's the best I can come up with right now), I'll look at myself and think I'm totally amazingly gorgeous. I've been "up" like that for the last few weeks, telling Dave that he's got a smokin' hot girlfriend. Right now, I don't even feel like a lukewarm girlfriend.

I'm trying to decide between several options right now. Sometimes (not for a long time now) when I'm feeling horrible inside, I hurt myself outside...nothing serious like sharp objects anymore (yay, five years now? Something like that), but I don't want to do that to myself any more because it makes me feel worse. Besides, I think punching the wall qualifies me for that and uses my quota up for a week, at least.

I could get very very drunk off of what I have in my liquor cabinet. Bad idea...when I'm depressed, the first thing I want to do is have a drink. Very bad precedent to set. Luckily, the anti-fat part of my brain reminds me of all the empty calories in alcohol.

So, I guess that leaves taking a very hot shower, hoping the steam will clear out my sinuses, crying a bit more because I'm naked and feeling very gross about my body and going to bed and hoping that it's sunny tomorrow because if it's rainy, I don't know how well I'll deal with it.

So to recap. I'm a whiny little drama queen who doesn't have anything to complain about, so I make a bunch of stuff out of nothing, and cry about it to the tiny corner of the internet who reads my blatherings. Sweet.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

I feel growl-y

I'm missing a text book. It's a white binder with a crapload of articles in it. GRRRRRR. It better be in my car, or sommmmmebody's gonna getta hurt real bad.

I'm still slightly ahead of things in regards to school, except for the reading I should be doing which I can't because I have no textbook for my social theory class. How irritating.

Sooooo, I'm sleepy. Not much else new. My room is looking a little frazzled what with me at school all day and not caring about tidying it up completely, but it's still in damned good shape. Most of the stuff scattered around is going to school with me tomorrow.

I snapped a belt loop on my nice plaid pants. I'm annoyed. I think they're the most expensive piece of non-club clothing I own.

Leaves are cool. I'm not having as many issues with today being the Equinox as I thought I would. I am not a happy autumn/winter person...weird since my bday and Cmas are both in those seasons. And Hallowe'en. But I'm really not a fan, and my university is already REALLY cold, and there aren't many places to walk across campus and stay dry and newsflash: VANCOUVER IS WET. I may need to start...horrors...carrying a raincoat.

But not an umbrella. Because umbrellas are for tourists.

And now before I make absolutely zero sense, I shall sign off.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Oh yeah!


I'm soooo tired.

I had my first group presentation today and I think we did really well. We met at university at 0730 this morning so now I'm completely exhausted. Whoosh.

I'm really cranky bitchy right now. I'm tired and frustrated about my inability to argue in a reasonable manner (argue as in have a discussion politely with dissenting views). I've still got 46 weeks of school left. I'm ahead of my readings and homework, but there's still. So. Much. To do. *sigh*


I released a couple more books into the wild today in various places around the university. This is way more fun than just giving them away. :)

Ok, now I'm gonna get all Hermione on my homework's ass and write a bunch of stuff so I might even get most of tomorrow off.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Don't forget...

Tomorrow is Talk Like A Pirate Day.

I'm doing a scrapbook/article thing and would like to interview some people. I've already asked a few bloggers with school aged children if I can use some of their posts (thanks Sheryl!) but if there's anyone out there who wants to send me some stuff they remember about their school experiences (good, bad, ugly, etc.) or about their kids' experiences, that'd be cool. or comment. Make sure you let me know how anonymous you want to be as well.

In other news...I am the goddess of stick figures. I love a program that in nearly every class the prof at SOME point says something like, "Now pretend you're a first grader." Yessssss...something that's not a stretch. I've done more colouring and drawing in the last two weeks than I have in the last couple months.

In other, other news...I want more non-caffiene laden diet pop. I'm pretty much out of Diet Sprite and diet grapefruit. I've got Diet Coke with lime, but I need more of both others and diet tonic water or something. I'd love a DCwL, but that's not condusive to me getting to sleep before REALLY late tonight, and my schedule for tomorrow looks like this...

0530 get up
0600 leave house
0630 get to Dave's
0730 get to school

...sleep is kind of required before midnight.

Damn, I'm tired...and it's not even eight. Only 46 more weeks of school to go!!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Oh, the horror...

I've become one of THOSE's not even 1030 and I'm going to bed.

The horror...

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Who the crap has taken over my body?

I don't recognize me anymore. I have turned into a person who does her readings, answers all the review questions, tidies up before going to bed, cheerfully (well, kind of) gets up in the morning for class, goes to bed earlyish (grudgingly...some things haven't changed), puts all her books in her bag, prepacks her lunch and is generally insanely organized because SHE IS USING HER DAYTIMER.

What the crap?!

Well, SOMEONE likes me!

I just got my rejection letter from SFU teacher training. *snicker*

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

BA Announcement

BA Announcement, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

So, what're you doing October 6th, around 0900? See above for what I'm doing. :) Anyone wanna come? Anyone? *crickets chirping* Huh. Can't say I blame's my convocation and I don't really want to go. :) I'm sure it'll be fine, but SFU gets REALLY BLOODY COLD in October. I think I'll be wearing a parka under my gown.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

I am losing my ever lovin' mind.

I'm taking so many courses, and they've all got similar names and similar topics...I think that I'm working on a project for one of them, and I'm not, or that we use a certain program and we're not...I'M SO CONFUSED!!!!!

Thursday, September 08, 2005


Today was my third day of school...second day of actual classes. Most of the last three days are hazy because of sleep deprivation. I'm working with about twelve hours for the past three days, plus I've got a cold. The teaching program is set up so that I'll be going through the entire year with the same group of twenty people and I've already made four friends with whom I'm in groups with for all my classes *desperately hopes no one is flaky*. Everyone seems nice and non-flaky we'll see. All of the classes have been really interesting so far. The profs are all fun, and the topics (even the ones I had doubts about [Principles of Teaching? Yikes.]) have been great.

I've managed to acquire a nickname within my group...Hermione from Harry Potter, because I've been ridiculously organized, to the point of having my textbooks in class when the instructors didn't know if they were in the bookstore or not. I've somehow managed to convince everyone that I'm a crazy superachiever. Muahaha! Now I just need to keep up the facade for the next 11 months or so and I shall be the awesome. I'm hoping that I keep going that way and if everyone stays convinced, I'll feel as though I've got to keep it up or else be mocked mercilessly. One of the guys has promised to do so if I start to fall behind.

So. Classes. I'm a little overwhelmed. For next week, I've got five pages of homework and around eighty pages of readings [edit: I forgot to factor in today's classes's readings. Eses. It's now up to nine chapters plus two articles at about thirty pages each], and I haven't even attended all my classes for the first time yet. I worked it out (probably shouldn't have...sometimes there is less fear in the unknown.) and it turns out that this semester I'm taking the time and work equivilent of eight or nine full time classes at SFU. The most I've ever taken in a semester was four, and that nearly killed me.

I'm bowing out of NaNoWriMo this year. Upon reflection of time and so on, I think my time would be better spent doing school stuff. It's annoying though. I was looking through the list of clubs today, and I've seen at least three I want to I want to rush (I think that's the term) for a sorority, just because...well, I told Dave that I had no interest in joining a sorority, but there were some CUTE girls walking around wearing Greek lettered t-shirts today. Oh, and academic excellence and peer support too... La la la.

Anyway, I need to get all my readings for Monday done tonight to prevent mocking, so there's my massive update. I have no idea when I'll update next, so see you when I do. :)

It's too EARLY!!!

I've already been up for an hour. I have done this three days in a row now. I have to do this for the next 11.75 months.


Monday, September 05, 2005


I'm just chatting with someone I haven't talked to in a while and casually said, "I'm starting the teaching program at *university* tomorrow."


*tap tap*


We are currently broadcasting from my room. WHEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

The Saga of The Desk

This is my desk. I love it. It is the best desk EVAR.

This is so amazing I have to share. :) So, I went to Office Depot and this desk was $249.99 and the top part sold separately for $114.99. There happened to be an undamaged clearance set out front that were marked to 50% off, then down again so that the desk was $99 and the hutch was $54.04 (*shrug* I duuno why either). So, Dave and I are wandering around, measuring other desks, sitting at them...etc. I decide, yep. I like the one that's out there. So I find the manager (a really cute redhead). She happens to be on the phone and dealing with irate customers in front of her, so I wait very patiently until she tells me that she may be a while. "No problem. I just wanted to ask you a really quick question. There are a couple pieces of furniture out front that have been discounted a couple times already. I'd like to take them tonight, and I was wondering if you could do anything for me. One's a hundred and the other's fifty." I figured maybe I'd get ten bucks off or something. I figure that's lunch out somewhere, and if you don't ask, you can't receive, right?

"How about $70 and $40?"

*mind boggles*

So instead of over $400 (including tax) they wind up being $125 with tax, and we get 10% or something back at the end of the year. Then Dave pays for it as an anniversary present, so it cost me nothing. :D

This was umm...yesterday? So today I spent around six hours cleaning and organizing around the space it'll be going. (Yes, I have a messy room. No, I didn't hire a bulldozer. Yes, next time I'm going to.) Today Dave, Jeff and I put together the desk part (read: they put together the desk while I kept out of the way, make sure they had beverages, got the parts they needed and bought them dinner.) Tomorrow the hutch! Then my computer goes downstairs on it so I can surf porn do homework without my parents distracting me.

Fortunately I have no stories that "will be funny in a week" about us putting it together. No mashed toes, no falling apart of the desk, no falling apart of the Karin, nothin'. However, because EVERYTHING in my room is going to be moved, the entire contents of my bookshelf is now on my bed, making it difficult for me to sleep there tonight. So, I shall sleep in my absent brother's room tonight, and hopefully rearrange things tomorrow so that I have a place to sleep.