Party re-cap… and my slight cold.

So in two days I've been to two parties… one was my own and another was hosted by one of my glorious friends. In no particular order I have thus learned the following:
1. hosting a party on the night of the opening of HHGTTG may have some effect on attendance
2. An overly full fridge may result in accidents
3. The Strathcona Farmers Market rocks!
4. Snow one week after summer weather is rather annoying
5. Head colds are no fun
6. The Incredibles is a great movie!!
7. Shauna's homemade mac 'n cheese is MOST excellent.
8. Homemade organic cookies are great also
9. I have a friend who sings karaoke Frank Sinatra really well
10. None of us are very good at '90s trivia
11. Cush pillows are quite the interesting conversation piece.
12. Mega organized menus for potlucks can be truly delicious.
13. I'm not as bad at pool as I thought (although I'm pretty close to that bad)
14. Sometimes I don't miss the bus I expect to take.
15. Nicole and Shauna have EXCELLENT skirts!!
16. Food made by many of my friends is also scrumptious
17. I can still dance okay… albeit poorly in running shoes!
18. I NEED to see HHGTTG!!! Hearing all these stories of people who've already seen it… makes me wanna see it even more… especially when THEY haven't even read the book!?!?! *sighs*
19. Cleaner apt means a LOT less stress for me
20. I need to spend more awesome times with the AWESOME friends that I have.

Get together update :)

So today is when I'm hosting a wonderous potluck at my place. Currently invited are many wonderful people.
Information of course is still found in previous posts, especially: http://www.livejournal.com/users/ali_kira/73338.html …. but anywho…
I wanted to update with a partial list of whomever had told me that they would either likely be there or for certain be there. I still want RSVPs from a bunch of people… and hopefully an idea of what they'll bring (as much as I love *real* ultimate potlucks… this isn't one).
Anyway with first names only (and yes, I know enough people with each of these first names that this probably doesn't actually tell you all that much) [also the number of question marks denotes how tentative their coming is…]:

Shauna (likely bringing homemade mac 'n cheese… mmmm!)
Alex
Maria??
Aileen
Shelly? (arriving late)
Jackie
Carla
Nicole
Greg (bringing beverages of some sort)
Colin? (arriving late)
Anastasia??

Oh and evidently I'll be there too! 😉 As will a bundle of good ice cream… and a chicken dish that I'll make.

I plan on updating this post with the most recent data frequently.

School's out for summer! :)

So I wrote my final final for the semester this morning. And unfortunately my throat decides to be sore today. Great. I blame it on my yesterday's nap since that's when it first arose. *gah!*

So… HGTHG comes out in theatres tomorrow. I gotta see it. So perhaps sometime soon?

Tonight I'm volunteering to essentially be Vanna for an event to support the Inner City. It'll be great showing off those live auction items and whatnot. I can't wait! 🙂

The apartment's slowly getting cleaned up… which is nice by my books.

One of those long quiz thingys… 'cause I ought to be studying… ;)

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF – The Survey
I'll only post the less obvious/some of the questions… so here!

Your Heritage: CANADIAN! 😉 But really half Japanese, a quarter Polish and a quarter Norwegian
The Shoes You Wore Today: not wearing any just yet… but red soft slippers 'cause my feet hurt (I need new work shoes)
Your Weakness: I only have just one? Odd that! 😉 I love maple… and caramel… and pineapple… and sushi… and exotic new things (food)… and CKI stuff… and well… I could go on forever and a day.
Your Fears: Being alone forever. Burning to death in a fire while conscious (not unconscious from smoke inhalation) unable to save the lives of my friends and family and pretty much everyone I care about)
Your Perfect Pizza: Yummy pizza dough with lots of cheese, some sauce usually tomato or some white sauce (although other sauces work too… yummy!), artichoke, broccoli, spinach, peppers, baby corns, chicken, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, mushrooms, oregano, carrot, pineapple.
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year: Well… I'll just not jinx things and to for a lesser goal: to do well on my last couple exams! 🙂
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger: *giggle*
Thoughts First Waking Up: What do I have to do today?
Your Best Physical Feature: my shoulders.
Your Bedtime: depends on the night.
Your Most Missed Memory: hmmm… good one. I have no idea. How about adventures at CKI events from 2003? Why not?
Pepsi or Coke: ugh
MacDonalds or Burger King: I much prefer Steak 'n Shake. But really: no particular preference… although I have more free coupons for McDonalds
Single or Group Dates: Single.
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: as long as it's pre-sweetened… I'm not caring.
Chocolate or Vanilla: vanilla.
Cappuccino or Coffee: NONE.
Do you Smoke: NEVER.
Do you Swear: rarely. I'm more likely to use them under the breath, or say such things as WTF? But I do on occasion.
Do you Sing: Yeah. Poorly. But who cares, right?
Have you Been in Love: no
Do you want to get Married: I'd like to, yes.
Do you belive in yourself: usually as of late 🙂
Do you get Motion Sickness: rarely.
Do you think you are Attractive: sometimes I can be.
Are you a Health Freak: no. But I eat rather healtily.
Do you get along with your Parents: yeah.
Do you like Thunderstorms: sure!
Do you play an Instrument: well… not particularly… but I did play piano… and drums… and can play other percussion instruments 'cause I've a pretty good sense of beat and can read music.
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol: no… unless you count tasting it in food, or sipping another person's drink to see what it tastes like
In the past month have you Smoked: NO.
In the past month have you been on Drugs: no
In the past month have you gone on a Date: No.
In the past month have you gone to a Mall: Of course! I don't live in Edmonton for nuthin'!
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos: nope. Although I did eat some vanilla oreos at the Stollery Radiothon.
In the past month have you eaten Sushi: yes… but not the good stuff. Fast food sushi is so not worth it.
In the past month have you been on Stage: not particularly this time…
In the past month have you been Dumped: no
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping: Nope.
In the past month have you Stolen Anything: no
Ever been Drunk: Nope.
Ever been called a Tease: uh… yes.
Ever been Beaten up: depends on what you count as 'beaten up'
Ever Shoplifted: nope.
How do you want to Die: preferably when my life's pretty much included everything I need or wanted to do… whenever that's done it would be nice.
What do you want to be when you Grow Up: grow up? Who said I wanted to 'grow up'?
What country would you most like to Visit: Gosh… I wanna see everything! But Japan and France would be among the top contenders.
Number of Drugs I have taken: Assuming you mean illegal ones, none.
Number of CDs I own: a bunch… probably something between 30-60.
Number of Piercings: Zero
Number of Tattoos: Zero
Number of things in my Past I Regret: No idea. Mostly just telling people things which I thought were the truth but which ended up not being the case after the fact.

THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Ali
2. Alicat
3. Ali Kira

THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE HAD:
1. AliKira (and variations thereof)
2. MenollySwimKid (that's an old one)
3. Eccentric Explorer (I think that one's probably also in retirement)

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. My shoulders
2. My eyes
3. My nails

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. The fact that I am so frequently sore
2. Split ends on hair whenever they develop
3. Skin irregularities.

THREE PARTS OF YOUR HERITAGE:
1. Japanese
2. Polish
3. Norwegian

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:
1. Clothes 🙂
2. Keys
3. writing utensils

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. slippers
2. Jeans
3. T-shirt

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS OR MUSICAL ARTISTS:
1. Barrage
2. Lamb
3. The Beatles

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS:
1. Lamb – Bonfire
2. Cheap Trick – I want you to want me
3. The Beatles – Accross the Universe

THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP:
1. Respect
2. The ability to hold up both ends of a conversation
3. understanding.

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX THAT APPEAL TO YOU:
1. Being 'real'
2. Nice hair (however it's styled… including the lack thereof)
3. Symmetry of features (scientifically an attractive trait)

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:
1. CKI stuff.
2. Communicating with/spending time with people.
3. dancing.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:
1. *shhh! No jinxing it!*
2. A chance to relax.
3. To spend time with ALL (no exceptions) my great friends the world over.

THREE CAREERS YOU'RE CONSIDERING:
1. Writer
2. Uhh… something with an office?/in the business world?/??
3. I'd love to be an editor, or something… ?

THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO ON VACATION:
1. Japan
2. Visiting friends the world over
3. Europe

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:
1. Get published.
2. Find a significant other that likes me as much as I like them and live happily ever after 😉
3. Uhh… *no jinxing things*

I adore… because everybody's doing it ;)

Today's a total junk food/pleasure day! Gotta love yummy treats… especially when it's wonderful friends like preparing 'em! Yum!

So… in other news… I was thinking of having a 'happy university bars going non-smoking' party on May 1st… then I realized that May 1st was a Sunday and for some odd reason, the bars would evidently be closed *grumbles*. I was thinking of May 2nd… but that's a Monday… and evidently a poor choice… because not only are the most of you going to be working (or otherwise indisposed)… but I'll be working 8hrs also. So that's out. And I was *so* looking forward to it too! We really have to hang out at the 'Plant or something in May… afterall, I've always said that I'd patronize bars and pubs and whatnot more once they went non-smoking.

I *think* there'll be another attendee at the get together on Friday… who will likely be bringing homemade mac 'n cheese (yummy!)… so things are looking up in that department.

So here's the nifty new meme!

Pete and many other cool souls are all playing the 'I Adore' (or the 'I hate' but I'm just not in the right mindset to do such a negative thing at this particular time of year… or am I? *muhahaha*) game…

Post your name in the comments and, I'll write a short blurb about you.

Paper DONE. Exam done 2 to go! :) Also get together update.

So my paper was successfully handed in… and I had the opportunity to discuss SYU (Summer Youth University) from 1998 since my prof had taught me then… and of course hit McDonalds (and all the free coupon yummy-ness that boxed cereal provides). I've determined that their salads are not nearly as good as Wendys salads… but the fruit and yogurt parfaits are okay… as are the Chicken McGrills. So the coupons are pretty nice.

And today I wrote one of my finals. Given the lack of studying (well… I did study but my study habits are rather less than mediocre… especially when I fall asleep with my notes in my hands) I was rather pleased with my recall.

So I've only 2 more finals to write. Which is all good in my books.

As for an update on the get together… I've one person confirmed arriving around 5 (and leaving before 9), 3 current maybes (one of which would leave nice and early also), and 1 person maybe arriving around 9:15pm. I'd love some more RSVPs. Really. I haven't seen the majority of you for far too long as it is.

A reflection on the music that I enjoyed as a child…

[Before I go to hand in this essay and thus finish my pop culture course (yay!) I thought that I would type a short piece for all of you. As for the get together… I currently have 4 people who have said they 'probably' be there.]

Anywho… music has always had a great effect on my life. The odd thing being that I never really stopped listening to children's music until I was no longer a child. In fact up until I was about 12 years old, my favorite tunes to listen to consisted of children's favorites… many of which on ol' cassette tapes. In fact some of my favorite tunes were Sesame Street greats, Yogi bear stories, and Cabbage Patch Kids tunes. In fact, most of the music I listend to on my own time had been likely recorded in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mind you, that's not to say that I didn't listen to my parents music also. I loved my dad's country and rock 'n roll. The Beatles, classical music and classic rock were tunes available from my dad's massive record collection which he would play on occaision. I also listened to oldies via my mother's radio station of choice (my dad listened to the country radio station when I was a child.

My first real stereo system of my own had the great appeal of not only a radio, but a record player and an 8-track! I was ever so pleased to be able to play whichever classic records that I pleased, plus to tune into country radio whenever I wanted. Some people might think it odd that I loved my 8-track player… (although I much prefered my record player). Alas, I only had about 4 8-tracks with which to play. Yet, I continued to listen to obscure children's music, country, classic rock, The Beatles and classical music (just to list a few genres).

I also loved listening to musical soundtracks… and found that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, and Les Miserables were favorites for those times when I was fighting the most horrible of moods. These still are numbered among my favorites, and continued to be during my junior high years.

It wasn't until 1992 when I was ten years old that I started to listen to what one might call 'popular music' or even recent tunes (with the exception of whatever newer soft rock/Celine Dion etc. that my mother listened to on her oldies radio station or country on my dad's). I remember tuning into Power 92 for the first time as if it were yesterday. It was 8pm on a weekday night, and back then they had a feature where at 8pm they would play two new up and coming songs, people would vote on them for an hour and the winner would be played at 9pm. The winner would of course become the 'champion' for the next night, which would be pitted against another challenger. After 5 nights of winning, a champion would be retired, and two challengers would be pitted head-to-head. I don't remember whether there was a champion that night going in, nor do I remember the other song, but they played Donna Lewis' 'I Love you Always Forever' which I listened to, fascinated, as I lay upon my European Ikea bed. The song would go on to win the 8 o'clock showdown as they called it, and later become the top song of 1992 on the Power 92 countdown at the end of the year.

That song was my favorite that year. Maybe it was just circumstance, but it was… and remains associated with oh so many memories. In fact for that reason (and that reason only) when I stumbled across the CD later in life, I made sure to get a copy.

Update on things… and a quiz thing.

So… I still haven't finished my paper due tomorrow. But I did have a great time volunteering at the Radiothon… and managed to figure out one of the classes that I will drop for next year. I'm really growing to love the music on last.fm more and more. Oh! And I've been writing a bit more regularly… which does bode well!

The weather is so utterly glorious out these days… I love being able to wander out of doors for a good long walk to campus and beyond… without a jacket… ! 🙂

As for the get-together on the 31st. As per the usual, I'm receiving a lot more people saying no they can't make it than those who can. But I currently have one friend who will be there around ~9:15ish. Please RSVP if you'd like to be there. I really truly would like to see you there if you live in the Edmonton area or are nearby. Feel free to invite friends within reason… just be sure to let me know about it.

In any case… here's a quiz thing. As much as I *DON'T* speak American English… I decided to answer anyway… mainly because I ran into the expression: 'rotary' for a traffic circle/roundabout for the first time ever very recently… and thus thought the quiz was rather interesting as a result.

Your Linguistic Profile:

70% General American English
15% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Midwestern
5% Upper Midwestern

April 29th!

So here's my current plan:

Who: Hopefully a bunch of my friends 🙂
What: a casual potluck and possibly games (possibly Trivial Pursuit 90s Edition, or cards, or various others…) night — bring a potluck item and if you would like, a game of some sort. Potluck items: to simplify the process… once people give an idea of what they are bringing I should be posting a list of what's already coming food-wise.
Where: My apartment (email or phone if you want an address)
When: Friday April 29th, 2005 — hopefully arrive around 5pm or between 4-6pm… but you can likely drop in any time throughout the evening. Let me know in advance.
Why: Because I haven't seen most of my Edmonton-area friends for like ages… and I finally will have some time to catch up with all of you for a casual fun time.
How: Please RSVP as soon as possible, so that I know who's coming, what to expect, etc.