Thursday, November 30, 2006

Home Safe...Again

I'm NOT going out to karate tonight. I'm not running the risk of getting caught in the (so far) unpredicted snow.

Pictures are currently uploading onto Flickr. Verrrrry...slooooooowly....

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Snowed in Again

I've gotta stop going out when the weather calls for snow! Luckily, both times I've been with great company: Dave the first time, and beverly_sutphin and family this time.

Seriously, Beverly's kids are like a big old happy pill for me. I miss everyone when I don't see them. I'm pretty content right chocolate is currently being made for me. Video games are being rented (due to insane boys going out in this weather to rent them). :D It's good stuff.

Eventually, I'll upload some of these pics I've been taking...hello and good bye to 3200! That's what? An average of 400 a week? Something like that? wonder my hard drive hates me.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


side note: I wonder how many of my posts here begin with an inarticulate noise...quite a few, I'd imagine.


My computer is currently broken! Yay! Hopefully Dave will be able to work his computer-fu on it and make things work. Seriously, WTF is up with me and broken computers over the last few weeks? Think happy "please don't lose any of the files" thoughts at my general direction if you please. The first thing I was going to do last night after uploading photos was to do a full back up of everything. DAMMIT. I realized this morning that I had close to 700 photos that I hadn't backed up yet. Eeeeeee... no good... Please oh please...

Today was lousy. Computer broken, angry about no job, etc. ad nauseum.

Then I started getting a really bad headache and my stomach started hurting in that fun, monthly kinda way. "Ah!" I said, raising my finger to the sky, then quickly placing it back on the steering wheel (as I was driving at the time). "This is why I've been so ARGH today, and would've been more ARGH if I hadn't been in Nanaimo." Hooray for PMS. :P At least this time I get to pretend my insanity has a cause.

I've been doing a lot of driving over the Pitt River bridge between my house and Maple Ridge. Several years ago, when I was first going over there regularly, there were bright orange plastic posts, about 4 feet tall, along the centre lane to discourage drivers from changing lanes whilst (mmm...pretentious Englishe writinge.) going over the bridge. I hadn't been that way in a while, and I noticed that every. Single. One. of these posts had been shortened to roughly 1 foot high...about the height of an average car bumper. As they are now, these posts are more of a polite suggestion than any type of deterrent. You know what really would deter people instead of plastic posts? A concrete divider. :D

Or else a PMSing, underemployed teacher using her under-utilized "teacher glare". Man, put one of those every twenty feet...THERE WILL BE NO LANE CHANGING!!!

Monday, November 27, 2006


Windows could not start because the following file is missiong or corrupt:
Please reinstall a copy of the above file.

Woo to the HOO! /sarcasm

Sunday, November 26, 2006


Is this going to work? I posted a more real post on my basically unused LJ...we'll see what happens. Dave and I are back from Nanaimo, and we're snowed in at his place tonight. Luckily he booked tomorrow off work and I don't need to be anywhere except tutoring at 4:30 tomorrow afternoon.

I wound up only taking ten or so pictures on the island because I was so busy, and we came home early, but I got a few nifty pictures of snow falling back out here.

Testing.............**HIT PUBLISH**

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Greetings From Nanaimo!

This internet terminal doesn't have a very good space bar... $1/ten minutes! Ai-yi-yi! It's in the lobby of our hotel and I'm standing up after seven hours of disc golf.

It's snowing here. It's kind of nice, because we don't have to come home tonight...but I'm not sure when we'll come home tomorrow...maybe early. Auntie J, could you tell Mom if you see her online that we're ok in the snow? Thanks!

Last night we had dinner out at a family restaurant with juke boxes on some of the tables...not ours though. :( Probably just as well because I wouldn't've paid attention to Dave if there had been. "Ooh! They've got FLOYD!!! Huh? What? Yuh huh...ooh! Jewel!" *clicky clicky* I had a rather uninspired seafood soup and "Caesar" salad. Oh well. Then Dave and I went to see Happy Feet, because we would have just been around our room so we figured we'd actually go out.

Disc golfing was pretty awesome. We played in the COOOOOOLD for a lot of the time. Things were warming up a bit and the sun even made a wee brief appearance, but then it started snowing. At one point I had to switch from my white discs because the ground was covered! I slid down a hill on one of my discs. It was amusing, but my hands froze after that. Luckily it was the last hole.

Also! Guess who won Amateur Ladies? Yeah...that'd be me. :D I've got a trophy and twenty bucks to prove it. WOOO!!

Ok, time's up. *love* Talk to everyone later.

Friday, November 24, 2006


OMG. I hate packing so very much.

Off to the island for a disc golf tourney this weekend. Wish Dave and I the luck!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Gradumacation!, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

Look what I did today! :D

*cough gag*

Oh my GOD. Arnica gel smells like EVIL. Like EVIL DEATH! Not Evil Dead. Although maybe a zombie...

Haha...oh yeah...

I've got my Bachelor of Education convocation today.

I totally forgot to say anything here. Hehe. Whoops.

Pix forthcoming, I'm totally sure. :D

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


This takes a while to load, but holy crap. I <3 it.

Rabbit Update

Running desperately around the wheel...feeling sick because I totally dropped the ball on the tutoring thing and I think I'm supposed to be in two places at once tomorrow, but I can't ASK anyone because they don't know I've dropped the ball.

And that damned letter from the school board. I hate this. I HATE this. I can't deal with everything. ARGH!

Now it's nearly three am. I just want all my responsibilities to vanish for a few months. I don't even HAVE that many responsibilities! How am I going to cope with working? Or when I want to have kids? I think I need a few months in a padded cell.

Crap, crap, crap, crap, crap, crap, crap, crap, crap. (and I typed each of those cut and paste here!)

I just feel so helpless. *sigh*

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Anger and Depression

Bad day today. My alarm didn't go off and I slept until I had to leave for tutoring. Checked my email and I'd forgotten a tutoring job I had yesterday. Got a letter from one of my school boards saying that they weren't going to interview me.


Can I have a do-over?

Monday, November 20, 2006


The comments on my previous post made me smile today. Thanks to everyone. :D

I have purple painted nails. Finger AND toe. Although I have to redo two of the fingers as I managed to drop the (capped!!) bottle of nailpolish under my bed and the polish wasn't quite dry yet. There's a lot of "yuck" under my bed. I should get on that...

Due to some lovely hand/body cream, I have fancy, papaya milk scented hands (and arms and elbows because I put too much on and needed to spread it around). The polish and the hand cream were gifts from Dave from Gwynabella's aromatherapy store.

Less smiling: I had my hard core schedule all figured out...was very excited about it...had my alarm set for 0800... Then I stayed up until 430 reading a novel and spent nearly five hours hitting my snooze button. At least I'll be tired tonight...

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Furious Anger

I. Do. Not. Want. Advice.

Is that clear enough? Seriously. I will kick you in the butt if you give me any more unsolicited advice. I don't care if you're trying to help. I just. Don't. Care. Leave me alone. If I tell you not to give me advice because I'm working things out on my own, when you still persist, you're not trying to help me. You're trying to show off how much you know and that's all about you and what you want. You're just being selfish.

Don't tell me to "smile" when you see me in public, especially if you don't even know me. I'm not your little girl puppet who makes you uncomfortable when I'm not falling into your perfect little happy childish cliche. I'm not happy right now. And that's none of your fucking business.


Hi. I'm not in the best of moods right now. The above was pre-emptive, not because anyone's doing it. Thanks. Oh except for the "smile" in public. Some asshole did that to me once a few years ago...and it still pisses me off.

Things I'm doing to put myself into a better space:
-time for creative stuff
-creating a strict schedule which allows me lots of time for creativity and exercise, while also getting stuff done that needs to get done.
-clearing out the deadweight of all this physical stuff that's in my living area. Enough is enough. Maybe I'm finally sick enough of it all to just make it go away.

So yes. I'm working on it. Thanks for reading the virulent attack. And it probably wasn't directed at you...we'll see what happens in the comments. ;)

Saturday, November 18, 2006


Running away to karate...will post later, but wanted Day 18 to be in. :)

Friday, November 17, 2006

NaBloPoMo Day 17

This post is a potpourri. Hence, no descriptive title. Although none of my titles are really THAT descriptive. And none of my posts are really that un-potpourri-like.

Wow...I've done more than half way on the posting every day thing. I'm pretty impressed with myself. :) Unfortunately, the same cannot be say for NaNoWriMo. I wrote hard for the first five days, then gave up. I got sick, I got depressed, I got REALLY SICK FOR THREE DAYS OMG!!!! and so I've decided my time was better off elsewhere.

Last night, the rabbit that runs on the wheel inside my head refused to step off the wheel, churning it around madly within my brain for hours. And hours. And hours.

Until six am. The squeak of the wheel was as follows, "you'renotgonnaGETajob you'renotgonnaGETajob you'renotgonnaGETajob you'renotgonnaGETajob". It was really nice. I was so excited. :P Finally at six I was starving, as one is when they're up at some ungodly hour, so I ate a yogurt, took 1/4 of a Gravol and was knocked out fifteen minutes later.

I managed to get up for an hour or two at 11, then came back down and passed out until five.

Looks like I'm back to being nocturnal...but that's not so bad tonight! Because I'm hanging out with Gwynabella and Dave this evening, and there will be food maybe a movie and possibly even wine consumed because guess what...

It's been over a month since I went off booze and caffeine!! YAY!!! Good news: the dizzy spells have nearly vanished after the hellish first week and change. Bad news: the dizzy spells went away...which means it was probably the cutting out of the caffeine that did it. Dammit! To test that theory, I toasted the arrival home of my brother yesterday with one of my beloved Lime Diet Cokes. I have missed thee. The Diet Caffeine Free Cokes with a squeeze of lime juice? Faugh! They are as mud to your sweet, sweet, caffeine-y and artificial lime goodness. *cuddles up to one*

Ahem. I quite enjoyed you may be able to tell.

Unfortunately...guess what happened twenty minutes after I finished it. Mild dizzy, mild nausea. This could've been because I was about to drive to Maple Ridge to teach a new student upon whom I cancelled the previous day because of the windstorm and I wasn't sure how the parents would react to me. So could've been fact, I believe it was indeed nerves.

And to test that, I'm gonna have one! Just not tonight. I'd rather the rabbit fell off the wheel on its own...not because I shot it with misused Gravol.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Happy, happy dance

My "little" (6'something) brother is coming home today! He's been working on a cruise ship for the last six months and we're leaving for the airport in *EEP* nine minutes!


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Quilt, originally uploaded by Random Synapses.

What with the whole computer blowing up thing, I spent some time off the computer and finally finished up this quilt topper for a baby quilt for some friends who just had a baby girl. It's gone through the washer all right, and now it's in the dryer, so with any luck I won't have any burst seams and can put batting and the backing on tomorrow or over the next few days.

I always worry about the first projects always look fine, but...I'm not sure how strong they are a lot of the time. Thus, I like to do the first several washes here before I actually give it someone.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Hooray! I'm computer'ed again! My computer had been broken but it now seems to be fixed. We'll find out quickly...

It's odd how attached to the computer one gets...this morning afternoon (I'm allowed...still recovering...) I woke up and blearily went to my desk...then remembered I had no computer.

Last night, I did some sewing, a bunch of reading and went to bed early. I was caught up in a book so I didn't actually go to SLEEP early, but I had the right idea.

Tomorrow I start tutoring a student for a few weeks while the usual teacher is away. I'll be taking a bunch more of her students...assuming that I ever get myself together enough to call her about it. It's on my list. I'm doing it tomorrow.

Yep. I made another To Do list. I find it's the only way that keeps me together enough to get anything done. Apparently I'm feeling a lot better now. I had a huge dinner and needed to make some Annie's Mac and Cheese tonight because I was starving again. Hooray!

Monday, November 13, 2006


Is Blogspot down? Is it just me? Can anyone read this?

Hello? *tap tap* I'm getting an internal 500 error...I guess that means it's on their end?

I had to share...

During my random meanderings through the internet, I stumbled across this quote...

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."- Groucho Marx

Sunday, November 12, 2006


Couldn't sleep last night, possibly due to the eighteen hours I had slept that day, and the fifteen from the day before. So I was up from one am to eight am, then slept until 4.

Good grief, I've become completely nocturnal.

I am feeling better though. I'm a bit queasy and weak, but I'm taking that partly as a result of not being able to eat much for three days. Now, of course, I've started coughing as my cold has decided that I'm better enough to invade.

Does anyone know if no name Gravol and Tylenol are bad to combine? My neck has been really sore the last few days due to odd sleeping positions and far too much time reading/being online with my head held oddly. Oh, and Neo-Citrin too. NC is my wonder drug for colds. kthx.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Diet Nobody Wants

(aka: Why do I always feel compelled to tell the internet that I've been throwing up?)

Starting around 0800 yesterday morning, I started feeling kind of icky. I blamed the fact that it was 0800 in the morning and I hadn't slept well. I've been yo-yo'ing back and forth between staying up all night, then sleeping most of the day. Rinse and repeat. So yesterday, I was going to a teaching ProD day that I'd been invited to and that I really wanted to go to...the catch being that it was in Abbotsford at 0900. And it was raining. Hard. I don't like driving much at the best of times, and driving out to Abbotsford (unfamiliar roads), in the hard rain ( was REALLY coming down) and not feeling wasn't high on my list of things that I'd really like to do.

So, I made it out there, largely without incident (found Abbotsford Airport by accident...) and mostly on time (due to aforementioned Abbotsford Airport incident). By this time, I was feeling absolutely foul. I was dizzy, felt nauseated...really fun. I made it through the (very very interesting! I'm glad I went) conference, ate some very nice Greek food that had been provided for us and drove home in the slightly (very slightly) less pounding rain and got home around two. I promptly went to bed, feeling like death, in preparation for date night with Dave.

When I woke up, I felt ok. Not great...just decent. Better than death. Dave arrived and we hung out for a bit while I showed him Evil Genius. Then...then I started feeling really, really bad. REALLY bad.

To make a long story short (all together now: "TOO LATE!!") I was basically getting rid of everything I've ever eaten in the last six years from midnight until six in the morning when my mom's chewable anti-nauseant finally kicked in. I then slept until nearly five pm.

Currently, I feel ok. Not great....but I just had a shower and that seemed to help. Bleah, I say.

Oh, and Dave is my witness in this. Around 1230 or so (after I was sick the first time...first of MANY) I sat up on the couch where I'd been lying with my arm over my face, and in a panicked voice asked, "HAVE I POSTED YET??? IT'S AFTER MIDNIGHT!!!" After being assured that yes, indeed I did post after midnight the previous day, I fell back into my couch stupor.


Friday, November 10, 2006

Whoo, 1300 posts

Strangely, Dave also mentioned that he had a certain number of posts today. Very odd.

Anyway, I just came back to mention that I've finally loaded my birthday present...a game called Evil Genius (links forthcoming, unless, you know...they don't. Google iz ur frend!!). I meant to just play for a few minutes, get to know the know how it goes.

Three hours later...

Heh. Good present. Thanks. :) I like it, but I'm annoyed with it.


Thursday, November 09, 2006


I was kind of tagged by Tsia, so here's my meme. And since I already posted today, this one doesn't even count for NaBloPoMo.

Your Vocabulary Score: A

Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.

Official Notice

DAMMIT! I'm officially sick. :P Stupid cold. How do I know? I woke up this morning in total agony due to sinus/throat/ear blockage/pain/grinding itch/something. I've had this once before and Neo-Citrin cured it, so I went upstairs and sucked back a dose. I was tempted to snort it, as most of my issues were in my sinuses, but I managed to refrain from the "temptation". Apparently my brain isn't completely blocked. This was around 8:30, so I fell asleep until around 2:30, helped my dad in the yard for an hour or so, then ate breakfast/lunch and fell asleep around 3. I then proceeded to wake up at seven. An hour later, I'm exhausted again, but I want to wait until ten or so before I go back to sleep so I can actually sleep through the night.

Being sick sucks.

However, this is the first time I've been actually sick since I finished off my antibiotics for pneumonia...and according to my paper journal (in which I track stuff like that) I was last "officially" sick was the end of July/beginning of August. Comparing that to my year of teacher education...I was sick basically the entire time. That was teh suck. So I'm feeling pretty good about that...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Two Steps Forward...One Step Back

Guess what I'm doing right now.

I bet you didn't guess applying for a job at Michaels. I just bet you didn't. Unless you're Dave, or my mom. Because they already knew I was going to do this.

This kind of sucks. I mean, I'm excited about being surrounded by beautiful crafty goodness again, but I'd really like to be getting ahead in my career, not just something which I considered to be a stepping stone...a job that gave me money (and many, many discounts...oh, the discounts...) while I was going to school.


So yeah. I'm torn. Happy to be potentially working, sad to probably be doing the stuff I did for a year and a half as a stop gap measure, happy to be working in a place that I (generally) enjoyed. :P

Although I have to say that the main reason why I'm doing this is because after that cheque, I've gotten used to receiving money from them I think that as soon as I'm hired there, one or more school boards is going to call me and want to hire me.


Tuesday, November 07, 2006


I just got my cheque from Michaels craft store. Since I bought a bunch of shares over the year I worked there, and they're buying back all the shares, I just received a cheque for what I thought was $900 Canadian. Turns out it's for $900 US...WOW!!!!

I'm tempted to hang onto it to see if the Canadian dollar drops or the US one rises....hmmmmm....

Or I could put it in the bank tomorrow...since I could use the money NOW.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Hooray for good stuff!

We had brilliant Ultimate weather tonight...there was no rain, it was about 10-12 degrees Celsius, so I wasn't freezing my butt off, there wasn't much wind, except to cool me down a bit...just a fantastic evening.

AND...I scored my first point this season, and played some wicked good defense.

Good gosh, a post about something that isn't my big four!

Well, better remedy that. :)

I've now heard from my references that two different school districts have called them. SD-A called about two weeks ago, and SD-B called at least one of them last week. Neither of these districts were my original first choice, but looking into them, I'm really excited to be a part of either! :) The positives: both districts are growing. Negatives: both are in the opposite direction of where I want to live.

Details. :) Right now, I just want an interview...

Sunday, November 05, 2006


I'm really probably only going to talk about one of three or four topics over the next few weeks. Those topics are: writing, cleaning, job hunt and photography. Guess which one I'm going to talk about now. :) Hint: check the title.

Anyway, I was looking through the photographs I took while I was in Scotland/England a few years ago (four and a half now...yikes.). Some of them weren't too bad. However...the camera that I was using (and probably my lack of experience in photography) caused the colours to be fairly washed out in some of the shots. This makes me sad because I really like how some of them should have turned out.

Now that I have a brand new awesome camera of awesomeness, there's only one solution...

Back to the UK for holidays!

Due to money issues (ie: the total lack of it [money, not issues]), this won't happen for a while. I'm interested in travelling though. I like that I have been doing a little bit around the province, and I'll be doing some more over the winter (disc golf tournaments). Soon I will have money. And then I will go around the world a bit, to see what I can see, and maybe take a few (thousand) pictures while I'm there.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

This is becoming a very productive month...

Things I've got on my to do list:

-cleaning and purging through my whole room
-helping my mom purge the basement
-helping my dad chop up several trees in the backyard
-photography and how to sell it
-karate, Ultimate and disc golf
-writing in my blog every day this month

Things I've actually worked on:

-all of the above

I'm excited, yet confused. Why is it that only when I have a great many things to do that I actually get stuff accomplished. Maybe I'm a frustrated perfectionist, Type-A personality...

...yeah, or not...

Friday, November 03, 2006


I'm going to ask your indulgence for any spelling errors and/or typoes which may appear in this entry, as I am curretnly sitting cross legged on the floor, gazing longingly up at the monitor, in front of my computer desk. You see, I've been cleaning. And since I've got enough stuff in this tiny bachelor suite to fill (easily) a two bedroom condo, I had to move the most portable large objects out of my way so I could move boxes et. al. So yes. The two things that got moved were my exercise bike and my computer chair. This annoys me. But at least it means I'm not playing Solitare until the wee hours of the night. *siiiiiiiigh*

Yeah. Ok. Going to try and wrestle at least the chair back in here. It's kind of buried beneath a bunch of crap from my room. Actually, most of it's pretty good stuff...but it's stuff I don't need anymore. My mom and I are having a comeptition about how much junk we get rid of by next the Diabetes Association is coming by with a big ass truck to haul it all away.

Thank goodness. :P

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Novel Day 2

Today is the second day of NaNoWriMo and the second day of NaBloPoMo. So far, I'm ahead of the game in one (4238 words) and right there with the second. Lying in bed last night, I realized a few things.

1) Kit always mispronounces NaNoWriMo, calling it NanoREEmoe, rather than NanoWRYmoe. I say that she is mispronouncing because Wri stands for Writing, not Reeting. HOWEVER! I eat the crow of shame...because No stands for Novel...and it is not pronounced Noe...but Naw. And Mo is for Month, not pronounced Moe, as I have been...but Muh. So I have ALSO been pronouncing it incorrectly based on the words used to make up the shortened version. However, I did read the FAQs on the NaNoWriMo website, and ...well...I can't find the pronounciation guide which I'm PRETTY SURE was there last time I checked. *grumble*

2) I've come to a very weird that just never occurred to me before. (And Jen! Please don't think I'm picking on you...) Jen from Coasting Richly is the one who made my brain twist around this very odd notion. She writes "I once had an idea for a novel but not once, ever, the inclination to pursue it." *blink* *blink blink* That had never occurred to me. Ever. That people might not want to write fiction. It seriously blew my mind. I mean, thinking about makes sense, but I'd never even thought about it before. One of my earliest memories is being pre-literate at my Oma and Opa's house in West Bank, near Kelowna, British Columbia and within an hour, scribbling on every piece of paper that my mom had brought for me to draw for the two weeks that we would be there. (Good grief, could I GET a more awkward sentence? I'm going to go with "yes", in my currently whipping out novel. Oh look. Another one.) My justification? "I'm writing a book!" A whole book in an hour? Dude, NaNo's got NOTHING on my three year old self. I guess it was meant to be.

Ahem...anyway. The point is that I guess I always assumed that everyone had a writer, frustrated or otherwise, inside them. I sometimes look at the world with a running dialogue/monologue through my head, thinking about how I would describe things in print. When my grade four teacher was reading us Charlotte's Web, I pictured how the words looked, and read along in my head. It's so weird. I didn't do this with any of my other activities. I can understand perfectly why someone may not be interested in karate, knitting, art or playing a musical instrument. But because writing was such an ingrained part of my psyche, I didn't even think that people would feel differently about it than I did.

3) I need money. I want to start selling some of my (amazing, if I may say so myself) photos. Brainstorming, I came up with the idea of prints, greeting/holiday cards, calendars, images and that's pretty much it. I'm looking into places I can upload my photos and people download them for a certain amount of money per download. Has anyone out there had experience with that kind of thing? Anyone? Bueller? Alsoplus, I'd like to start selling some of my jewellery online, since I've got a digital camera now. I've become enamoured with Hyena Cart and could definitely come up with some stuff to sell there. Maybe even prints and cards and so forth.


So, lots to think about. I write in my paper journal every night, and lately I've been having trouble finding things I wanted to record. I wasn't doing anything new. I wasn't trying to think grand philosophical thoughts. My entries were getting shorter and shorter. So, what do you think happened after I went to bed after writing over 4000 words of fiction in 24 hours? I wrote two full pages in my journal. This writing's like crack!

(edit: and as proof that this writing thing, it being crack like...please note the relative length of this post as compared to the last....six months worth or so. Go ahead. I'll wait. Or, if you don't want to look me. This one's longer.)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Novel: Day One

Just a note: I won't put any spoilers people who aren't going to read along with it can read here without worry.

Anyway. I started the novel. I'm currently 986 words into it...not too shabby! HOWEVER! There's a small problem. I have one really good story idea in my head (which I didn't spend too much time on) and as I was writing, another one started edging its way in there. Annoying...sneaky... yes. So now I'm not sure what to do. But I'm tired, and feeling kind of sick, so I think I'll try to bang out another couple hundred words so that I've got almost all of today's work done before I go to bed. Then I can let it ruminate for a while.