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.