Thursday, September 28, 2006

Ugh, broken sleep.

A BORING NARRATIVE: The Saga of the Missing Knitting Needles.

I dreamed that I found my needles in my room, so I called beverly_sutphin to tell her the good news. Then I woke up and realized they were still missing, so I got very sad and went back to sleep. I then dreamed that I had my needles, so I told beverly about the dream I'd had where I hadn't actually found my needles.

Then I woke up. Again. And I was very depressed because I was getting obsessive about those stupid needles. So I got up and tore my room apart. (This is all awake for real.)

Then I tore my car apart.

Then I walked around my neighbourhood for an hour in the hot sun searching in case the evil bastards who broke into my car had dumped them someplace. I also took pictures. A roll and a half of film.

Then I came home and made a coffee smoothie with my mom's new blender and had lunch.

Then my mom started getting obsessed with my missing needles, so SHE looked around for half an hour.

Then I got sick of the whole thing and went to take a twenty minute nap. Of course, I dreamed about the GODDAMNED needles. Then I woke up and came to sit down to check blogs before tutoring.

Then. Then, I noticed a bag beside my computer that I didn't remember looking in. I opened it.

Inside...were my needles.

Un FUCKING believable.

(Incidentally, my aunt has been outted in that I learned she still reads here fairly frequently. I'm debating either upping or lowering my use of the word "fuck". Hi Auntie J! Feel free to comment!)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Woo to the HOO!

Weird Al's new of the songs on it. :)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


:( Looks like my knitting needles might've been in my car when it got broken into, and I currently can't find them anywhere. :( I'm really upset about this. I love my needles. I'm hoping that they're just in with a bag that I haven't looked at yet or something.

This SUCKS. :(

What Are *YOU* Doing in November?

As longtime readers may remember, and those with whom I am usually in contact IRL with CERTAINLY remember, two years ago I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which participants try to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days or less. I managed to do it, shocking the HELL out of me...although everyone else expressed less surprise. Last year, due to vast quantities of school, I decided not to participate as I rather enjoyed having my head remain on my shoulders in one piece, rather than scattered haphazardly about the room after it exploded.

I believe everyone else felt likewise.

In 2004, I was working full time at Michaels in preparation for Christmas, plus taking three correspondence courses, and I still managed to complete the novel. It's not very GOOD (yet), mostly because I knocked it off in 29 days rather than the allotted 30 (and you know it would've been award winning calibre if I'd used that extra day...please see above comment of exploding heads) and it hasn't been edited (yet).

In order to get myself into the headspace of NaNoWriMo, I've begun editing my old novel (read: I found the "manuscript" [note the ironic quotes] and have not yet mustered up the courage to open the binder [as I remember my first go-through of it with a sharpie CROSSING out huge tracts of...words and writing "GAH! BAD! CHANGE!" {This was mostly through dialogue...gods, I hate trying to write natural sounding dialogue. {I figured out a way around this in my next attempt. Oooh...}}]) and I'm going to start a new sentence now. I've also begun outlining my new novel and am really excited to start writing it.

You know...since I'll have so much time in November. :P Whoops. I meant so much "time" in November. Or maybe "so much" time.

So, anyone want to join me in thirty days of madness?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Oh, you suck. And OMG!! YAY!!!!


Dear School District #1,
YOU SUCK. I hate you. And your crappy person I talked to. "Don't bother applying for another year." Bite me. Your freaking loss.
The Teacher (who can find another job anywhere she wants)


Dear School District #2,
You totally and completely rock. I love you and want to have your children (grades K-12). Thank you for the voice mail today telling me that you are accepting my application and sending it on to the next level (reference checks) because my references are going to knock your socks completely off. After that, I will give you the most impressive and together interview you've EVER heard, then the criminal record check will come back sans flaw, and you will offer me a job in your lovely, large, growing (btw, that means that you'll be giving me a classroom in the next few months...hmmm????) school district. Also, the place that you are means I'll be able to buy a place for much cheaper...and maybe even have HORSES!!! Do you know how much I love you?

The Teacher who will soon be working, thank all the gods.

Needing Google: Room again...

Missing: one (1) plastic, probably Michaels brand bag, commonly distributed at the checkout when purchasing goods from said store.

What? Why are you looking at me funny?

OHHHHHH! I forgot to describe the contents. Two (2) balls of wool (actual wool, not acrylic) and my knitting needle case of ultimate dooooom. I've practically torn my room apart (metaphorically, because it's basically clean and I refuse to mess with that) and I can't find the damned things anywhere. Yes. I looked where they were before. This irritates me, because I have projects that I want to work on, but I don't want to buy more needles when my case contains the elements for the combination of over 100 kinds.


I've really got to look into tagging the stupid case with a GPS transmitter. This is the second time in two weeks that it's gone missing.

I've GOT it!

While driving home and thinking about my irritating hair (I'm growing out my natural colour [dark blonde/light brown], which means there are some loooooong roots. Or else, looooong dyed tips of fried hair [sort of orange-y]). While I was doing this (complete with mental parentheses, as I was composing this post at the same time) I figured out the best way for me to get an interview.

Step one: get irritated at my hair. DONE!
Step two: get it cut so there's an inch or two of evil orange left.
Step three: dye the tips purple, or some other crazy wild colour.
Step four: as soon as the dye is set and permanent, a school board will call and ask me to be interviewed that afternoon!

It's practically foolproof!!!

Anybody got any ideas why that wouldn't work? Hmmm???

Thursday, September 21, 2006


Eeeeee!!!! Gigabyte is hiring!!! Think much happiness at me! Think "luck"! Think "all other people who are more qualified than me miss finding this job"! Think "write a kickass cover letter instead of blogging"!


Whoops. I'll get on that now.

Wish me luck, because I have a feeling that this whole "getting hired" thing is going to take more than just being a kick ass teacher. Which, of course, I am.

Someone please let me prove it?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Channeling Eeyore

I'm depressed.

It's raining.

At least two of the six school districts I want to work in aren't hiring anymore.

I'm practically broke.

I trained for a year, and might end up working retail again because I'm not getting any calls.

I can't find my knitting needles to finish off a project and start a new one.

My life has suddenly stalled, after it seemed like it was all coming together.


Ok. Enough of that.

In honour of my thirtieth* (27th) birthday I'm having not one, not two, not THREE, not even FOUR or even FIVE BUT SIX celebrations!!!! That's right! One celebration for every five (4.5) years I've been alive. There are four that I'm inviting the general public to...And seriously, if you can't make it to at least ONE of these, you'd better damned well live outside the province...seriously. So there. :P

Here's the plan:
Thursday October 12: karaoke
Friday October 13: get-together at my place
Saturday October 14: something downtown in the evening
Sunday October 15: something during the day.

September 29th-I have no idea what I'm doing...Kit and Bimkins are in charge of this.
October something-family dinner

Hello, I'm a spoiled brat, but I don't care because I'm having a lousy few weeks and I want to celebrate, dammit!

*beverly_sutphin's idea...start now thinking like I'm thirty, then when it happens it's not such a shock.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Happy "Talk Like a Pirate" Day!

Saturday, September 16, 2006


Things that have happened this weekend to annoy me:
-someone from my practicum had her orientation for a school board that I'd like to get into. I still haven't had a call.
-my car was broken into

-I organized my first Saturday in the Park and only one other person came out.
-people keep telling me to stop leaving stuff in my car. GOD. I *KNOW*. Stop telling me crap that eight people have already said.
-I forgot I was supposed to tutor this morning, so I cancelled since I had SitP. Great. Now I'm neither tutoring, nor doing SitP.

HOWEVER! I have home made borscht. It is delicious. The beets taste like carrot-y potatoes and there's a bunch of meat in it. This makes it just like delicious stew, except bright red. And I successfully carried it past my white, freshly washed karate-gi, without spilling even a drop on it. A good thing, since boiled beet juice is used for permanent-esque dye. Yes.

I think I need a nap before karate.

Wish List

Hello, it has come to my attention that my birthday is coming up. And so, since this is a medium which I use to remind myself of things, I will be posting this list.

And it also has the added bonus that people may actually want to get me something off this list. ;) But no pressure.

Also, if someone would like to donate money on my behalf to the Red Cross, your local school district, Children's Hospital, or any other charity that you can think of, I would be absolutely thrilled. :)

"All Miracles Have a Price" graphic novel

White, drawstring waist karate gi (uniform) size four. Any quality (I mean, if someone wants to get me the Todkaido gi, I certainly wouldn't turn it down.) found at Mikado Martial Arts and others around the city.

Kim Possible: Rufus Talking Bueno Nacho cute.

My RioKarma (mp3 player) fixed.

1G i-Pod Shuffle--Because I'm sick of carrying CDs around since my Rio broke

Flickr Pro Account-because I have over 200 photos and the old ones are dropping off the end. And that makes me sad. Wishlist

Also good are gift certificates for any or all of the following: Ikea, Michaels, BestBuy,, Costco, Fabricland, Fabricana

Friday, September 15, 2006

Brain Lake

The title of this post is my first and last name anagrammed! If that's not a word, then it should be, dammit!

Saturdays in the Park is "radiate spunky trash". Yes. Very nice. :D

"I'm going to curl up in his sock drawer *sniff* and sleep for days."

10 points to whomever isn't Kit and gets the reference.

Whenever something negative happens, I like to go to sleep so I don't have to deal with it. I think I'm going to do that now. And I also think that I really, really want to get rid of my car. Before, I sort of really wanted to get rid of my Between gas and deductibles and new brakes (which thankfully I didn't have to pay for) and all that other crappy stuff...yeah. Maybe I'll just change the insurance and leave it on the street for a few months and see if I can actually do it.

*insert strong profanity here*

My car got broken into again. Today. FUCK.

Call me, beep me...if you wanna reach me...

Ohhhhh, I am such a NERD!!!! Guess what I changed my ring tone to? Huh? Huh?? *GLEE*

The Kimmunicator ring from Kim Possible.

Told you I was a nerd.

I got the file from here and be warned...if you click on the link, it's REALLY shrill and is rather loud (although that might be my speakers, since I used the voice recorder to record it). I also did the theme song, but it's pretty scratchy, so I'm probably going to stick with the Kimmunicator. EEEE!!!

Yeah, did I mention that I'm a biiiiiig nerd?

Oh! Oh! Oh! ALSOPLUS! Only 15 more days until the first episode of the fourth season of Kim Possible...the one that wasn't going to be made!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Ok, I'm going to bed now, since my brain seems to have been replaced by that of a rabid fangirl.


Thursday, September 14, 2006

Busy, yet not...

This is irritating. I have to leave to go tutoring in about fifteen minutes, which means I don't really have time to start anything except a short, boring, whiny blog post. I've actually managed to do a lot of stuff today, and I'm currently listening to my printer spit out copies of the application form I need to fill out for individual teaching it's not like I'm doing NOTHING. But fifteen minutes isn't enough time to watch a TV show, or take a nap, or anything. :( Boo. I hate time constraints like this. I hate knowing that I have to be someplace at a certain time, unless it's first thing in the morning, and then all of my motions are an effort to get myself to this place. When I have to be somewhere in the afternoon, I just get frustrated because I can't relax enough to just be in the moment. Instead it's a constant barrage of "only two hours" or "just an hour until I have to leave" and "gotta go in ten minutes". *sigh*

Am I the only one to feel this way?

Ss-s-so C-c-c-cold...

*teeth chattering*

Oh my gosh, it's so cold in my room...I can't even believe it. Gah...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Stash, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

Not pictured: fine art stuff like canvases, good paint, a VERY large easel, sketch books and good brushes. Also not pictured: knitting machine in my garage, my mom's sewing machine and serger (not technically part of my stash, but I use them...sooo...yeah. If you aren't overwhelmed enough, there are also notes on the pic if you click on it and go to the Flickr site.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

This Space Ain't Called Random Synapses For Nothing, You Know.

Why is it that sometimes I can remember my social insurance number like THAT *snaps fingers* (usually when I'm at home and I've got it handy) and other times, I have to phone home to have it read to me (when I don't have it handy at all)? HMMMM??????

Saturday, September 09, 2006


I slept for thirteen hours last night. I'm very groggy now...only been up for two hours. Bleah.

Gotta go to forthcoming about amazing evening with amazing art energy and amazing women to chat with.

I need a thesaurus...amazing=boring if used too much.

Friday, September 08, 2006


Why is it that when I get up early to do stuff, barely anything gets done...but when I sleep in I can get to 11 schools, a school board office and a university in less than 4 hours?

Oh, and get a parking ticket because I'm stupid and can't read signs. But we won't talk about that.

Will Buy Sweet New Technology off You

Could someone please invent a "Google: Room"?

Search for: knitting needle case ((SEARCH))


Evening things out

Soooooooo...since I went to bed two hours later than I wanted last night, AAAAAAAAAND I got up two hours later than I wanted to this morning...'s all even, right? RIIIIIIGHT?????


Aw, crap. :(

Well, I'd better get going...I have a lot of stuff to do today, and two hours less in which to do it.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Day in the Life

I think I'm skipping it this month...I'm stupid frazzled.

Maybe I'll do it later...but don't hold your breath.

*hears wild cheers at the lack of giant post that is probably only interesting to me*

Also, I didn't take off comments...Haloscan is being flaky.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Doing stuff...

...being productive...

It's SO FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to not have a job...or prospects of one. Grrr.

I'm going to bed. Tomorrow I'm going to a billion schools in one district because I've got leads on internal postings. Then in the afternoon, I'm going to visit my practicum class for the afternoon.

What?! Don't look at me like's not like I *MISS* them! No! I'm researching what it's like the first week of classes!

Heheh. I got to see two of them today when I went out to see my sponsor teacher and get some stuff signed. I was so happy to see them, and vice versa. One was Subject 392-B (previously mentioned here , here and photographed here). :)

"Early" Morning Smiles

I have upside down birds outside my window.

This makes me smile.


The following is a conversation with a darned smart two year old.

Drew: *staring at the playdough on top of a bookshelf and pointing* I wan' da pay toe.
The Teacher: *sitting on the bed and playing dumb* You want a potato?
D: PWAY toe!
TT: Potato?
D: *enunciating carefully for the stupid adult* PUH-LAY DOH! For on da foor in my WOOM.
TT: Ohh! *I reach my arms towards it, while sitting six feet away on the bed* I can't reach it. Sorry!
D: No! Get UP!
TT: *gets up and stands six feet away* Nope! Sorry Drew...still can't reach it.
D: *looks thoughtful for a second* Come ova heah! *she points at the floor at the base of the bookshelf.
TT: *moves over and reaches...still too far away* Uh uh. Can't get it yet.
D: No!!! Come ovah HEAH! *she moves out of the way and points to the floor RIGHT at the base*
TT: Uhhhh...UUNNNNGHH!!! *I reach up with my lower arms, leaving my upper arms locked at my sides* I can't get it.
D: Weach youw awms ALL da way up!
TT: *to her mom* Ok, I think she earned this.

And we go and play pway toe in her room on the floor.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Thistle in Sun, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

New photos up at Flickr.


I feel bad for Steve Irwin's family. :(

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Mishmash Post

Dave and I had a really great anniversary day/weekend. Thanks everyone for your good wishes. :) We went out for lunch at our first date restaurant (Milestones) where I had a grilled seafood was the awesome. Then we looked at digital cameras, and I decided for sure on which digital camera I'm going to get for my birthday/graduation/anniversary present. It's not available yet (boo!) so I'm going to be all secretive until I actually get it into my hot little hands. Then, we watched a few episodes of Prison Break (OMG!!111!!! SO GOOD!!!!!) and we're almost caught up to the point of what is currently being aired.

Knitting, Arts and Crafts
I've been doing some knitting over the last few days, because Beverly asked me if I could knit up some soaker pants (PDF file) for her son. I'm so excited about this...yes, creating this article of clothing specifically to clothe her son's butt. Who am I becoming?? I also managed to get Beverly started with the knitting skillz and since she's a freakish overachiever, she's learned a more efficient way to knit and has gotten ridiculously good in an even more ridiculously short period of time. I'm jealous. :) But I guess it just shows what a wicked good teacher I am.

I'm thinking about opening up an online store. I'm excited. More details coming later.

Saturdays in the Park
I played SkyTrain tag with the Saturdays in the Park crew yesterday. It was loads of fun, even though my team was WINNING until the last 20 minutes when we lost most badly. I really enjoyed myself. Sadly, Marta and Rob are leaving for Ghana next week for the next seven months, thus leaving a gap in the leadership. Therefore, I have stepped up and taken over, becoming benevolent dictator.

This means more people who read this blog must come out to SitP. Updates will be this space!

During my meanderings of various places online, I found this post by RealLivePreacher who talks about interpretations in the Bible about homosexuality. It's an older post of his, but a really interesting read. I'm going to be looking around in his archives I think. I'm pretty impressed with what I've seen so far.

Comments are temporarily off because I was fiddling with the template and I'm too lazy to fix them. Also, I still don't have access to change Random Synapses over to blogger beta, and that irritates me. SO VERY TEMPTED to migrate over to Live Journal. I'll probably get sad at the lack of comment feedback though, and comments might be back by this evening. I'm a mercurial woman...what can I say?

Friday, September 01, 2006

I Love You, Sweetie.

Happy four year anniversary, Dave.

*snuggle* from your Lovergirl