Soccerballs, A Giant Slide, Twisted Sister, Caramel Apples, non-existant alarms, Masters, Medals….

So the last few days have been an adventure and a half… and really the adventures of this summer have only just begun. Let's go though the adventures chronologically, now, shall we? 😉

Thursday, I played soccer for the first time in about a month. Now, you have to realize that I'm not a terribly amazing soccer player. So when we got to be playing without subs for the girls, and me who (silly me!) likes to play midfield more than anything else (I can at least be in the right place at the right time!) and has such annoying little 'undiagnosable breathing problems as I like to call them' which really don't bother me that much but cause a lot of other people to worry…. well… I felt quite a bit more out of shape than usual. THEN what do I do but walk down Whyte for Marble Slab (so I had saved enough stamps for a free one!) and then walk home. That's a LOT of walking following playing soccer. So I woke up Friday sore as can be.

Friday began with massive doses of CKI stuff. Sure… I'd caught some TV Thursday night (last half of CSI, and another Gilmore Girls first season episode… have I mentioned how much I love that gift??), but Friday was for getting stuff done. And I guess, for the most part I did, before jetting off to campus to pay my confirmation fee, and heading to Northlands for all the Kiwanis Giant Slide enjoyment! And gosh do I ever enjoy volunteering at the Kiwanis Giant Slide! I was all psyched for my 4 hr shift even! And then 4 hrs went by… and I was still swiping cards, scanning wristbands and taking tickets… 5 o'clock rolled around… as did 6 before I finally left to explore the free-ish stuff available on the grounds… which I did (I even got 4 liters of pop!)… and indulge in some beef dip to go with my pizza slice. (why not?)

Anywho… I met up with a friend at some sorry excuse for a dog trick thing (well… uh… it was meant for kids if that means anything) and got some decent seats for Twisted Sister. Yep. Stop being so darn surprised, already! I actually went to Twisted Sister. And LOVED it. It was some great Rockin' good times. Not to mention the fact that due to my wonderous talent for seeking out free stuff we were at the head of the line for the autograph signing with the band… and I've got some nifty signatures as a result. Not only that, but did I mention that I had a Rockin' good time? WOW.

Well… after having an amazing caramel apple and some yummy lemonade (with a whole yummy lemon)… I headed home to my bed. Set my alarm. And slept… until my alarm didn't go off this morning. Since I was supposed to be volunteering for the World Masters (or so I thought) at 9am, I panicked and looked for a number to call to let them know I was late. Not finding one ('cause they gave me next to nothin' by way of info that I might have appreciated but for the bare necessities of which this apparently was not), I booted it to campus arriving apparently just in time (10:30am-ish) for my role to start… since the person who gave me my shift apparently thought there was a 9am game (which there wasn't… there was an 11am game at earliest). Suffice to say… I was darn lucky… and simultaneously frustrated. But I wasn't the only one, and I had a darn good time with the other volunteers and helping to hand out the excellent medals with the help of one awesome paraolympic athlete. Did I mention that it was an excellent time? Or that the basketball games were really really nifty to watch? No? Well now, I guess I have!

Anywho… that's a brief (mega brief) nicely positive vocab laden description of my past few days.
Tomorrow I volunteer 10 hrs at the Heritage Festival… and then hypothetically instantaneously arrive at Telus Field for the Worlds Masters closing ceremony. It'll be an adventure most likely.

Ice Cream-y goodness…. oh and I'm apparently getting older (still!)

After its long absence, we are FINALLY getting good ice cream within a five block radius of my apartment again! I just noticed that the Marble Slab Creamery is coming to the vacant storefront formerly occupied by A Buck or Two. I totally missed Baskin Robbins being across the street… and now yummy Marble Slab goodness is coming downtown! YAY! Yay for ice cream! Yay for raspberry mixin's!

So… apparently my roommate noticed that I've been acting all like I've realized that I've gotten older or something. Yep. That's right… I've been in this really odd reflective mood as of late. It's rather the most interesting mood… I mean… yeah, I know I'm not in grade school anymore, and I'm not quite retired either, but well… it's kind of odd, you know… realizing how much time HAS passed since graduation (from BOTH high school and university actually).

Maybe part of it is that I'm actually cleaning my room again. *shrugs*

My room is actually getting clean! Call the reporters! ;)

So… last night I decided I wasn't in the mood to hit K-days following my 8-hr shift at work… instead, I just wanted to relax at home with some Gilmore Girls goodness and hopefully get some cleaning done. Surprisingly, cleaning actually WAS done! And my room is en route to getting clean!!

Anywho… I found another one of those awesome quizzes online. This one on humour. And really it was interesting. It claims I'm The Provacateur… and I rather disagree with it's assessment… but whatever, it was interesting.
http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take?testid=17565214125862764376

I can't believe that summer is really almost over… I mean… my summer freedom is really… next month I'll be so darn busy… and this weekend is no exception (not my fault that some of the bestest volunteer opportunities happen to always happen at the same time! I mean… it's not every year that the World Masters Games comes to town… and then there's K-Days and the Heritage Festival. Fortunately, it's a long weekend, and I'll get paid super well for working the holiday!).

Thinking that a bowl of raspberries with milk and sugar makes a delicious breakfast…

So my birthday, while excellent in many ways, was as usual underattended. Really, this doesn't bother me that much… however, I had hoped to see a lot of people and well, for the most part didn't. And yes, tears were had… as per oh so many other birthdays. Not necessarily bad tears, but droplets of salty water just the same. My life's like that.

Friday night's adventures at Sweet 69 was fun (dancing at is indeed great fun). To a certain extent I felt a bit old… but I guess that's more a mental association with clubs and youth and myself having been so un-used to frequenting them before (because of smoke). Now that they're smoke free, I can see myself going perhaps more frequently… mind you more frequently than almost not at all is not all that frequently… my being crazy busy and all! 😉

Saturday was a windy day… the farmers market almost blew over… and we kept getting pelted by rocks… but I picked up some rather yummy foodstuffs… as did Shauna. Much fun was had! Then we nixed the park (partly due to the flying rocks and mostly 'cause of the 70-km/hr gusts of wind), and watched a couple of movies at my place before the delectable goodies at The Creperie and the ballroom dance fun of the evening. The dance was excellent, which was spent with many awesome people… and ended with a trip for bubble tea.

Sunday was fun also… but much more laid back: we had some great times at the Taste of Edmonton, relaxed at my place, and then ate out at Gabbana which was great: the server even put a candle in our cake slice!

After everyone went home… I wrote and watched the gloriously awesome Gilmore Girls season one which was gifted to me by two awesome individuals. *sighs* such fun!

Now… although I sometimes actually felt old (happens when my friends are significantly younger) and sometimes like a young bumpkin (when my friends were significantly more world-wise), my birthday did motivate me to reach higher… and do more… and well hopefully fly (not fall!) in the pursuit of my dreams! 🙂

The Personality Defect Test

Emo Kid
You are 28% Rational, 42% Extroverted, 28% Brutal, and 28% Arrogant.
You are the Emo Kid, best described as a quiet pussy! You tend to be an
intuitive rather than a logical thinker, meaning you rely more on your
feelings than your thoughts. Not only that, but you are introverted,
gentle, and rather humble. You embody all the traits of the perfect emo
kid. You are a push-over, an emotional thinker, gentle to the extent of
absurdity, and so humble that it even makes Jesus puke. If you write
poetry, you no doubt write angsty, syrupy lines about depression,
sadness, and other such redundant states of emo-being. Your personality
is defective because you are too gentle, rather underconfident in
yourself, decidely lacking in any rational thought, and also a bit too
inhibited.

I probably made you cry, didn't I? Fucking Emo Kid.

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more INTUITIVE than rational.

2. You are more INTROVERTED than extroverted.

3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.

4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.

Compatibility:

Your exact opposite is the Smartass.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hippie, the Televangelist, and the Starving Artist.

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If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you
could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42%
Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is
close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well.
Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can
determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored
near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

free free
You scored higher than 11% on Rationality
free free
You scored higher than 44% on Extroversion
free free
You scored higher than 25% on Brutality
free free
You scored higher than 20% on Arrogance

Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid

Klondike Days: Ali's adventures on Day 1

Okay… some of you know that I really truly adore the summer festival season. Others might know that I utterly enjoy K-Days (partly 'cause it does happen around my birthday every year, but that's another story in itself, and not nearly so happy-go-lucky). Yesterday was another truly enjoyable day spent at Northlands.

Now, you must understand that part of my joy at Klondike days is always the Kiwanis Giant Slide… which very much amuses me (especially when I'm volunteering at it, which I was last night… selling our marvelously inexpensive slide tickets ($1/person/ride! The most inexpensive ride at K-Days, and really the best 😉 )). It was terribly fun sitting there relaxing and selling ticket after ticket on such a marvelously beautiful evening.

Now the afternoon was a different story: I certainly wasn't just sitting and selling stuff. I got some good quality exercise wandering the grounds as per the usual, indulging in carnival treats (actually, I got bubble tea, and chicken snitzel plus a bunch of free samples… *shrugs*) and watching the circus (better than last year's I think, and rather fun… but nothing jaw breakingly amazing). I enjoyed as always, the International Marketplace, and was incredibly pleased with the Prairie Finds pavillion in the Agricom. Why? Well, primarily because they had imagination-shaking Louis Lavoie paintings. I adore Louis Lavoie paintings, but simply don't have thousands of dollars sitting around to purchase one of his originals (yet anyway… someday when I have a house of my own and somewheres to put it… I'm going to get me one! I like his work THAT much! Ever since I discovered it at The Works years ago, he's been one of my total favorites!!). Well, I did manage to find a wonderful framed print however that I couldn't resist picking up. Somehow, I'll get a nail in the wall and hang it, too. It's just that kind of wonderful! 🙂 It's a little girl fishing off of a dock with a gorgeous little dinosaur. *sighs*

I think I came out better than usual from K-Days this time: my frivolous purchases have matured (slightly anyhow) into something I can truly enjoy… and I did have a great time.

Stay tuned for my adventures at K-Days on the 26th (would anyone like to join me to catch Wil perform at Bonanza Park? I can't make it to the Arrogant Worms unfortunately (working), but wanna catch Wil perform again (after his amazing performance on Canada Day). I have a two-for-one K-Days admission coupon from my volunteering at the Masters that I would love to use), and on the 29th (when I volunteer at K-Days yet again!).

Ali Birthday update! :)

So… Apparently, this weekend I turn 23 years old… and of course this is time for a celebration. Come on out if you've some time! I'd love to see you. Really. The main reason for the plethora of events is so that… well… I have fun and see people before becoming one of the most super busy people ever come August. So here's an update on the events of the days:

Saturday July 23rd, 2005
10am-Noonish:Farmer's Market outing for breakfast/lunch/fun times. Unless it's pouring (which it shouldn't be) we'll go to the City Market on 104th, as it's outdoors and wonderful (and also Alberta's oldest Farmers Market!!). If it rains, Strathcona Farmer's market will be the plan, which would also involve taking the streetcar there and back. Feel free to meet us either at the market, or at my house first (if you need my address, call me or email me)
1-4pmish: Let's go to the Park for frisbee or other fun! Someone reminded me on Canada day that they ALWAYS went to the park on their birthday… so I thought why not? If it's a nice day, we'll go to KITCHENER PARK at 11411 – 103 AVENUE (that should be the right address) to go play some casual frisbee and perhaps some other fun stuff. Feel free to bring along skip ropes, balls or other projectiles (as I only really have a frisbee). If it rains we'll spend time in my apt, perhaps watching a movie or something.
5PM: Tasty Saturday at The Creperie! I haven't been to The Creperie since high school. This I think is a horrible mistake. So, we'll go for what one group of my friends would call a Tasty Saturday. This means that we go to a restaurant on a Saturday for some great food! 🙂 I've made a reservation for 6. If you can't come, are bringing more people, or can come, I can call and change the reservation, so just let me know. More info on this restaurant is found at http://www.thecreperie.com/index.html
After dinner (it starts at 7pm): Ballroom Dance Social! This will be held at Dinwoodie lounge on the UofA campus (located on the second floor of the Student Union building)… $5 per person, and $3 if you have a UADC membership (www.uadc.ca). Even if you don't know how to dance really, it'll be fun, I can assure you that someone will teach you a few moves, and there'll likely be snack food, water, great people and great tunes!

The dance will likely last until 1amish… I don't know how long we'll stay or what we'll do afterwards (people often head to BPs or elsewhere afterward), but provided you tell me first, you are free to stay over at my place… depending on numbers we might need more blankets/sleeping bags, but I dunno the interest for something like that.

MY 23rd BIRTHDAY!! Sunday, July 24th, 2005

11am-2pmish: The Taste of Edmonton! A personal tradition: I love to hit The Taste of Edmonton on my birthday, and have done so very often since I was a child. This will be at Sir Winston Churchill Square and is one of my favoritest festivals in Edmonton. Meet me at my place first (10:30ishAM) or meet me at the Square… it might be easier to find each other if you come to my place first (and it's a beautiful walk)! More info can be found at http://www.eventsedmonton.ca/A_taste_of_edmonton_home.htm and there's certainly some form of great food available for everyone!! 🙂 Not to mention some decent entertainment 🙂
3pm-whenever: Card playing fun and Birthday Celebration at Ali's apt so for the rest of the day my plan is to hang out with great friends at my place, perhaps play some cards (it would be oodles of joy to play a good long game of Oh Hell ('tis a card game, and yes I'll teach you if you don't know how to play)) since I haven't played cards for quite some time (I've watched more poker on tv even!). For dinner, I'm thinking of maybe taking a jaunt over to Gabbana (it's one of my favoritest restaurants in the whole wide world… I haven't had ANYTHING from their menu that I didn't like, and their desserts are exquisite!!!)… not to mention the fact that their menu is rather inexpensive on Sunday evenings, which also helps.

Klondike Days are here again!

And… as is the volunteering! 🙂 Tonight I do my first shift on the Kiwanis slide (one of my favoritest volunteering events ever!)… and it's also the first volunteer shift of many for the next couple of weeks… one of my busiest volunteering times for the year (by choice). It'll be such fun (and hey… I'll go catch the exhibition myself too!)

This morning I caught the Klondike Days parade. Longer I think than it has been in the past, I really loved all the great centennial floats. Quite the thing (as per usual). Half the fun was watching the crowds… one kid got a bag of newspapers and started tying free helium balloons to it… eventually he had enough… and it went soaring past the tallest buildings downtown. Quite amusing really! 🙂

So you think you can dance?

Talk about a fun tv show! 🙂

Sure… I know that I'm easily ensnared by Reality Television shows… (factoid for the day… the first such tv show was done in the 1970s!), but this one totally entertained me. Why? 'cause it's all about dancing. Really it's like an American (or Canadian) Idol show but with dancing instead of singing. And thus, it's a feast for the eyes instead of for the ears. And frankly, it fascinates me to watch people be versatile: most people can only dance certain styles successfully, yet this show looks for individuals who can do it all: individual, couple, group, and different styles of dancing. So fun to watch break dancers try to follow salsa choreography!

Anywho… since I too enjoy dancing (heck… I can dance a zillion times better than I can sing… mind you I enjoy doing both and know that I'm not some sort of amazing star at either), this show totally struck my fancy. I wonder how it will turn out.

My email ain't working. Grrr… also reminder to RSVP!

Hi all!

So… I'm having an unfortunately unproductive morning. Why? 'cause my email isn't working!! I rather like being able to check my messages and whatnot!

Anywho… if you're coming to my birthday, please remember to RSVP for The Creperie before Thursday… for the other events, I'd appreciate you letting me know, although I don't utterly need advance notice.