All Hallow's Eve… and some quick quizzes!

So this year, I dressed up as a vampire/deadperson/trampy person (whatever) for the Halloween Dance… and for warmth went out on halloween itself as a stereotypical witch (how simplistic, eh?). It was a good time overall. I muchly do enjoy the holidays!

Anywho… here's some quick quiz results for your viewing pleasure (or whatever the case may be).

First Best Friend: Megan
First Screen Name: hmmm… I dunno… menollyswimkid perhaps?
First Pet: I had a pet rock… I don't remember what I named it however.
First Piercing: n/a
First Crush: Peter (in Kindergarden I believe)
First Record: gosh… too many amazing Kids' records to name the first one!
First Car: n/a
First Love: n/a
First stuffed animal: gosh… I think it would be that white teddy bear I got for Christmas one year… unless my pound puppies were first… hmmm…

Last Alcoholic Beverage: Hmmm… I think that it was some punch of some sort… at Audrey's books actually. Something similar to a wine flavor dominated I think
Last Car ride: well it was in a truck, but my brother drove me to the LRT
Last Movie Saw: Waterboys (Japanese Film Festival)
Last Phone Call made: I called my parents before I headed home on Sunday.
Last CD Played: I honestly can't remember which one it was, I've been listening to the radio lately.
Last Bubble bath: a year or so ago?
Last time you Cried: gosh, I don't remember at the moment
Last trip more than 3 hours away: was it really ICON? *gasps*
Last meal out (not fast food): Uhhh… I likely went for Japanese food someplace at some time by myself (I was craving it)

EIGHT *edited to have six* HAVE YOU EVERS
Have you ever dated one of your best friends: yes
Have you ever been arrested: no
Have you ever skinny dipped: no
Have you ever been on tv: uh… probably
Have you ever kissed someone, and then regretted it: no
Have you ever had a sex dream about someone: yes, who hasn't?

SEVEN *edited to have five* THINGS YOU ARE WEARING
1. CKI 50th Convention t-shirt
2. black work pants
3. underwear
4. black socks
5. a watch

1. bought groceries
2. got the mail
3. ate breakfast
4. cooked lunch
5. went online
6. did some readings for class

1. Friends
2. good food
3. good music
4. Travelling (near and far)
5. literature

*editted to remove four*

1. Black or White: Black
2. Hot or Cold: hot
3. Chocolate or Vanilla: vanilla

1. Fall in love
2. Live a satisfying life with no regrets

1. Do I really regret anything important enough to write here? no.

The BBC asked people to vote for the top fifty things everyone should try a bite of in their lifetime. I agree with Richard…I don't think that this is truthful, but I am still doing it for amusement.

Bold the ones you've eaten.

1. Fresh fish
2. Lobster
3. Steak
4. Thai food
5. Chinese food
6. Ice cream
7. Pizza
8. Crab
9. Curry
10. Prawns

11. Moreton Bay Bugs
12. Clam chowder
13. Barbecues
14. Pancakes
15. Pasta
16. Mussels
17. Cheesecake
18. Lamb
19. Cream tea
20. Alligator
21. Oysters

22. Kangaroo
23. Chocolate
24. Sandwiches
25. Greek food
26. Burgers
27. Mexican food
28. Squid
29. American diner breakfast
30. Salmon
31. Venison

32. Guinea pig – people eat them!?
33. Shark
34. Sushi – vegetables only thank you
35. Paella

36. Barramundi
37. Reindeer
38. Kebab
39. Scallops

40. Australian meat pie
41. Mango
42. Durian fruit
43. Octopus
44. Ribs
45. Roast beef
46. Tapas
47. Jerk chicken/pork

48. Haggis
49. Caviar
50. Cornish pastry

Seems I've eaten a lot

This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 6.8
Mind: 6.5
Body: 7.9
Spirit: 7.3
Friends/Family: 3.8
Love: 0
Finance: 8.4
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

Somehow I'm not believing this above representation to be at all accurate.

Japanese Movies… Japanese Canadian novels… and of course poetry…

So… I ended off a week (well, the school part of it anyhow) watching some deliciously halarious films at the Metro for free. As per the usual, I wish that I could be in two places at once in order to see more… but given that that's not possible, that'll likely be my Japanese movie fix for the time being. As for my thoughts on the movies: Dora-Heita was funny, and a good movie, although I'm not a huge fan of Samurai movies in general. The gender roles and power roles were especially interesting… I liked how things were turned on their head sometimes… although at others, I was not very pleased. On the other hand, Waterboys was an excellent film, it had me floating on air walking home afterwards with the colourful images and song forming a great mosaic in my mind. I highly recommend people seeing it: based on a true story, this comedy follows the adventures of five boys from an all-boys school who take up synchronized swimming.

After I got home, my energy levels crashed. Why? Mostly because I've been essentially spending all my extra time working on this essay about The Electrical Field, and One Hundred Million Hearts, both by Kerri Sakamoto. It's difficult working on something you care so very much about especially when you really want to do well, and know that what you've done is okay, but not okay enough. The struggle was amusing and quite refreshing actually.

Then poetry… I'm back to writing poetry relatively regularly… which is certainly a good thing. I like the style that I've started working with, and I like the experimentation in the things I'm writing. I'm actually getting the courage to at least submit my stuff to some local student oriented publications… so who knows… it feels good to write.

We're Hiring — jobs are everywhere…

One thing I've noticed recently… is that there are simply way more jobs available these days than there are people wanting to fill them… many of these jobs are entry level, sure… but they do need to be filled. And this becomes problematic when working for a company that NEEDS job applicants. I mean… I've worked here for well over 4 years now, and love it: the benefits are great, I'm getting paid well for the work I do, and I have a lot of fun at certain points throughout my day. Sure, it's imperfect, but it's the ideal job during my school year: I can work as few or as many hours as I'd like, and this means I'm paying ALL my bills with this job including tuition.

Let me repeat that: all my bills INCLUDING tuition. This means that any scholarships or contest winnings I've gained over the past few months are entirely useable for luxury if I so desire. This also means that I'm considering options for travel and enjoyment.

But… why aren't people applying to work with me. We need more cashiers right now. The hours are there, the benefits are there, and the presence of great co-workers are there. The starting wage (although I can't remember it off hand) is rather nice for an entry level job. And certainly they do train us all nicely. Evenings and weekends are what we need people for, and frankly that should be perfect for a student whether high school, college, technical college, upgrading, or university. Where is the problem here exactly?

Essentially if you know anyone who needs a job… I'm pretty confident that we need workers.

meme and a quiz 'cause I've nothing really interesting to type (asides from the latest essay)


You have Tiger Eyes (like
my username, haha)!
Positive Traits:
Determined, Passionate, Loyal, Strong,
Negative Traits:
Aggressive, Ambitious, Domineering, Possessive,

Your eyes are the windows to your soul. What type of eyes do you have?
brought to you by Quizilla

I'm not necessarily so pleased with that result… but it does contain truth… and much of it.

Three names I go by:
1) Ali
2) Ali G (strangely enough)
3) Ali Kira (lately this list isn't as interesting as it has been in the past)

Three screen names I have had:(warning, they're all from sixth grade…)
1) MenollySwimKid
2) AliKira and ali_kira (and variations thereof)
3) EccentricExplorer

Three physical things I like about myself:
1) My shoulders
2) My hair
3) My nails

Three physical things I don't like about myself:
1) acne today
2) wierd tingly hand remnants of nerve injury thing from summer blood donation
3) tan lines on my feet

Three parts of my heritage:
1) Japanese (actually I probably should type Canadian here first… but I get the impression that that's not what's being asked)
2) Polish
3) Norwegian

Three things that scare me:
1) inadequacy
2) the idea of being alone forever
3) being extremely ill without help

Three of my everyday essentials:
1) clothing
2) a time piece of some sort
3) food (and water)

Three of my favorite musical artists:
1) Lamb
2) Goo Goo Dolls
3) The Beatles

Three of my favorite songs: (I'll just go with ones from the artists previously stated…)
1) Lamb — Bonfire
2) The Beatles — Across the Universe
3) The Presidents of the United States of America — Some Postman (many thanks to Pete for showing me that one!)

Three things I want in a relationship:
1) mutual affection and attraction
2) respect
3) common interests

Three LIES:
1) My hair is dry right now. (I'm stealing yours Mim!)
2) I'm not slightly concerned about my essay not accomplishing my goals
3) I have close-toed shoes that I really like.

1) My eyelid feels as if it's twitching again.
2) I'm starting to think that writing is actually what I want to do.
3) I'm actually rather loving school right now.

Three physical things about the opposite sex that appeal to me:
1) general appearance
2) intelligence
3) ability to have a good conversation with me.

Three of my favorite hobbies:
1) Getting out of the apartment and doing things with people
2) Volunteering
3) Contest entering

Three things I want to do really badly now:
1) Sleep more
2) Have a huge stretch of time to work on my essay in peace
3) Figure out why my eyelid is still twitching (best way I can think of to describe it)

Three careers I've considered:
1) Librarian
2) Writer
3) Editor (notice a common theme?)

Three places I want to go on vacation:
1) (I'm going to take this question and spin it around… I'm thinking of perhaps studying in) Quebec
2) France
3) Japan

Three things I want to do before I die:
1) Get really involved in the writing community (hopefully becoming published and/or reaching a good audience and having good quality work)
2) Travel the world
3) Have a family (i.e. meet someone I'd want to spend my life with for starters)

Three ways that I am stereotypically a boy:
1) I like working on hands on service projects (eg. building things, standing on ladders to paint, etc.)
2) Getting ready for the day should be as simple as possible
3) I'm not a huge fan of the stereotypically girly gifts: cut flowers, scads of chocolates, and scented candles

Three ways that I am stereotypically a girl:
1) I like wearing skirts and dresses (and to dress up in general)
2) I like shopping
3) A trip to the spa for pampering is priceless

Ali needs google meme with comments! :)

So you likely know the drill with this meme: type [insert your name here] needs into google and see what it comes up with… here's mine complete with comments:
1. ALI NEEDS TWO ANNUAL REPORTS –> so it's all in caps, eh? And what type of annual reports do I need exactly?
2. Ali needs a passport photo for his US visa –> well… I'm not male, and I don't need a US visa, nor a passport photo (not at the moment anyway)
3. Ali Needs to Find Birth Father –> I already know who he is, so why would I need that?
4. Ali needs to speak to the consumers agency to make sure weΓÇÖre set to ΓÇ£do business –> right… what kind of business? monkey business?
5. Ali's needs with money to spare –> out of context this is really grammatically incorrect… but if I deleted the word 'with' well then, sure!
6. Ali needs all the help he can get and we must club together for the children –> I'm still not male… but sure… the children are a big priority.
7. Ali needs to be made to realize that Iraq ain't going to be –> should I just quit while I'm behind?
8. Ali needs an 18-inch zip to replace a broken one in a cushion –> huh?
9. Ali needs more sources of funds, equipment, and resources for shelter homes; and income-generating ideas for the women –> that would be great and all… but I really haven't thought of it.
10. Ali needs to fix the HUGE bags under her eyes! –> yeah… sure. that's called sleep! 🙂

I get the impression that some people get way more interesting answers to this one than I…

Essay awesomeness plus Quiz answers (guess what? I'm procrastinating again!)

So… my paper, due tomorrow, is going along splendidly. In fact, whenever I do actually get some writing started on it, it goes so great that I'm incredibly disappointed that it has to be disturbed by classes or work or whatever that arises. It'll get done though, and be filled with some mighty awesome pictures too!! 🙂

Anywho… some fun quiz answers follow:

You scored as Loner. YOU HAVE NO SOCIAL LIFE! thats ok





Emo Kid
















What Highschool Clique Do You Belong To?
created with

*laughs* I somehow think that this quiz is not as culturally relevant as it could be… but whatever.

You scored as Goofy. Your alter ego is Goofy! You are fun and great to be around, and you are always willing to help others. You arn't worried about embarrassing yourself, so you are one who is more willing to try new things.



Peter Pan




Sleeping Beauty




The Beast




Snow White


Cruella De Ville


Donald Duck


Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego?
created with

*sighs* well, my fave character is Sleeping Beauty, but apparently I'm not that much like her. I like this answer however.

You scored as Angel. Angel: Angels are the guardians of all things, from the smallest ant to the tallest tree. They give inspiration, love, hope, and positive emotion. They live among humans without being seen. They are the good in all things, and if you feel alone, don't fear. They are always watching. Often times they merely stand by, whispering into the ears of those who feel lost. They would love nothing more then to reveal themselves, but in today's society, this would bring havoc and many unneeded questions. Give thanks to all things beautiful, for you are an Angel.













What Mythological Creature are you? (Cool Pics!)
created with

*chortles merrily* Somehow… this seems a little too utopian 😉 Whatever.

You scored as Hermione Granger. You're one intelligent witch, but you have a hard time believing it and require constant reassurance. You are a very supportive friend who would do anything and everything to help her friends out.

Hermione Granger


Albus Dumbledore


Ron Weasley


Remus Lupin


Ginny Weasley


Severus Snape


Sirius Black


Draco Malfoy


Harry Potter


Lord Voldemort


Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is…?
created with

*sighs pleasantly* My favorite character too! 😉 Suitable I think… although I'm not nearly that intelligent.

You scored as Odin.





























Which Pagan God or Goddess are you most like?
created with

*laughs* right… I guess he is one of my fave Norse gods, but still…

I don't believe I've had a better experience since even perhaps the YAC or the TWTC

This weekend *sighs*…
I don't think that I've had a better experience interacting with the writing community since perhaps the Young Author's Conference or the Tomorrow's Writers Today Conference (both of which I attended whilst in junior high… 10 years or thereabouts ago). This weekend has reinvigorated my already increasing interest and joy in writing. It has also increased my happiness and surety with my educational decisions. Yet, at the same time, it has broadened my horisons. Over a decade ago, when I first learned of the Writer In Residence program at the UofA, I wanted to eventually be one. At the time, I hadn't realized that it was a year long appointment, or what exactly it entailed, but I knew that it interested me. I thought that it would be so incredibly amazing to be able to talk to and consult with those amazing indivituals who held this position.

This weekend I did just that. It was an utter joy to get to know some more of the faculty in the WRITE department, learn a bit more about the Creative MA that is available here (or at least about the students who involve themselves in it), talk to our Distinguished Visitor, and of course meet past Writers In Residence.

If I'm not somewhere else in March for the second half of the 30th Anniversary Celebration, I'm booking the time off work to attend. I believe that this was so crucial in my development as a writer that I am so thankful for the serendipity that meant I made it out to all of the events.

Now I've a couple books of poems (signed!) by two of my favorites (which I spoke to frequently throughout the weekend's events). If that's not icing on the cake, I don't know what is!

ABC quiz plus my name! :)



(note: due to my realization as always that this is public, I do not answer all questions in quizzes if you aren't already aware of this fact)
[A is for age of first kiss:]

[B is for booze of choice:]
I dunno. I kind of think I'd probably like those girly drinks, and punch from parties in general… but I don't tend to partake in the alcoholic beverages in general (partly 'cause I haven't found a favorite).

[C is for career:]
I think this weekend has solidified the idea that I truly and utterly still do want to write.

[D is for your dad's name:]
I'm not going to answer this one.

[E is for essential items to bring to a party:]
Well… asides from me, and some outfit (and accessories) appropriate for the occaision… I would say: a bag of some sort, my wallet (including money and ID etc.), lipgloss, lipstick, probably a pen and my writing book, maybe my agenda, maybe my glasses and or sunglasses, and perhaps something for the host and/or guest of honour.

[F is for favorite song at the moment:]
I honestly don't have one. I like far too many great songs. Like Lionel Rault's DJing last night at the Gala.

[G is for favorite game:]
I like far too many. Lately, I've been playing a lot of minesweeper, and solitaire (of various sorts). But I love trivial pursuit, and really any type of game with great people… within reason.

[H is for hometown:]
I guess it would be the Fort. But Edmonton is feeling more and more like home as the years go by… I consider Edmonton my home now…

[I is for instruments you play:]
well… I'm capable of playing percussion… and can still remember how to play the piano mediocrely I would imagine. But I haven't been a real musician for a while now.

[J is for jam or jelly you like:]
Strawberry or huckleberry freezer jam

[K is for kids?]
Kids are great.

[L is for last kiss?]
This summer.

[M is for mom's name:]
Again, not answering.

[N is for name of your crush:]

[O is for overnight hospital stays:]
n/a (unless you count when I was born if that applies…)

[P is for phobias:]
I don't consider myself a really phobic person.

[Q is for quotes you like:]
hmmm… I like far too many quotes to list them here, really.

[R is for relationship that lasted the longest]
hmmm… well… I dunno. it was something like 2 months in any case.

[S is for sexual preference:]
I like men.

[T is for time you wake up:]
Something like 8am, but it varies.

[U is for underwear:]
*shrugs* another question I'm not answering.

[V is for vegetable you love:]
mmmm… vegetables! Thanksgiving's squash and yams were delicious!

[W is for worst habit:]
*shrugs* probably at the moment it's hobbiting myself on occaision.

[X is for x-rays you've had:]
Chest x-ray (looking at lungs), and typical dental ones.

[Y is for yummy food you make:]
hmmm… lately, probably the occasionaly good stir fry or eggs or something. I'm a lazy cook.

[Z is for zodiac sign:]

Plans changed… interesting prospect?

So, apparently I'm no longer going to Saskatchewan this weekend. Am I disappointed? Sure. But I'm also glad: why? 'cause I can perhaps get this essay done and this other one started? But more 'cause it's the 30th Anniversary of the Writer In Residence program at the UofA and their festival is this weekend, and I really wanted to be there. March's festival will also be cool, but who knows where I'll be that weekend (Calgary? the USA? we'll see).

I'm thinking of heading to the fundraising gala on Saturday night also… too late to volunteer maybe, but it'll be fun to dress up snazzy and well… hang at Latitude. Why not? I mean, these are the experiences I'm here for. This is why I wanted to do this after degree… to do these kinds of things.

And hey… the free time will be nice. Anyone want to join me sometime this weekend to do something?

Now if only I remember to get all the little tasks I need to get done done today 😉