Getting my name in print again :)

So, I open my email after a couple days of not doing so and well… am greeted with the usual deluge of forwards and other messages of little import.

But one strikes me. I smile.

Another one of my poems will appear in print: this time in Blood Ink.

A nice surprise on a poetry/project/essay day (well at least it is now that work's done and email's caught up on).

Quick quizzes!

Glamorous Soul
64% Tastefulness, 55% Originality, 59% Deliberateness, 52% Sexiness
[Tasteful Original Deliberate Sexy]

You choose your outfits carefully according to many criteria. You don't
like looking cheap, dull or random and you go to great lengths to avoid
this. You are successful, too. People admire your taste and sex appeal.
Many try to imitate you but not many can recreate your unique style.
Sometimes, however, they find you too intimidating to approach. If you
don't wear retro style yet, perhaps you should consider it. It would
become greatly your sexy, mysterious self.

The opposite style from yours is Fashion Enemy [Flamboyant Conventional Random Prissy].

All the categories: Fashion Enemy Bar Cruiser Kid Next Door Sex Bomb Hippie Kid Fashion Rebel Fashion Artist Catwalk God(ess) Librarian Sporty Hottie Office Master Uptown Girl/ Boy Brainy Student Movie Star Fashionista Glamorous Soul

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

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You scored higher than 73% on Tastefulness
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You scored higher than 71% on Originality
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You scored higher than 67% on Deliberateness
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You scored higher than 63% on Sexiness

Link: The Fashion Style Test written by mari-e on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Your brain: 120% interpersonal, 40% visual, 140% verbal, and 100% mathematical!
Congratulations on being 400% smart! Actually, on my test, everyone is. The above score breaks down what kind of thinking you most enjoy
doing. A score above 100% means you use that kind of thinking more than
average, and a score below 100% means you use it less. It says nothing
about how good you are at any one, just how interested you are in each, relatively. A substantial difference in scores between two people means, conclusively, that they are different kinds of thinkers.

Matching Summary: Each of us has different tastes. Still, I offer the following advice, which I think is obvious:

  1. Don't date someone if your interpersonal percentages differ by more than 80%.
  2. Don't be friends with someone if your verbal percentages differ by more than 100%.
  3. Don't have sex with someone if their math percentage is over 200%.

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

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You scored higher than 79% on interpersonal
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You scored higher than 15% on visual
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You scored higher than 88% on verbal
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You scored higher than 40% on mathematical

Link: The 4-Variable IQ Test written by chriscoyne on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Postmodern CSI TV Technology poetry Essays…

So last night was odd: I was working on a postmodernism essay topic proposal for class… and turn on the TV to CSI:Miami… and witness an episode which so very closely works with postmodern ideas that it is frightening. Not only that, but the subject matter works for both Barb's classes that I've taken/taking (not to mention the other class for which the essay topic proposal is being written!). So well does this work that my poetry for another project flows like quicksilver and I send off my essay topic missive to great reviews…

Now if only the worm circulating through the mail servers would stop its idiotic circulating (I'm smart enough not to open something so ridiculous… but still!)…

Twenty-one hours awake isn't so bad of a thing…

Now is the end of another hectic weekend… but a great one. And it all started with the enjoyable events of a Thursday…

Now… as many of you might know (or not) as the case may be, I truly enjoy wonderful conversations with great people, more than many many other things. So when my so called 'weekend' began with a multitude of great such ones on Thursday… following my as usual excellent Comp Lit Can lit class, including conversations with Erin, Ashley, Katie, Kevin, Shauna, Alishia and Anastasia (just to name a few), things were off to a great start! I even got to play with crayons, wooden blocks, glue guns, ribbon and weird little pig-like balls (thanks Anastasia!) at the CKI meeting. Such fun! πŸ™‚ TV viewing was had, followed by some writing, reading, and of course sleep.

Work at 7:30AM isn't always the 100% best thing to start my day… but hey, it was a good one, so Friday morning began. Ending at 1:30, followed by grocery shopping, eating a wonderful lupper (meal time sort of between lunch and supper) and walking to Spruce Ave for some uniball in St. Basil's school gym with the kids from our after school program. Of course that was followed by more fun: off to Dewey's for the official Bacchanal/release party for Fait Accomplit! Yes, that's right: I've a poem published in it, and got to read it at the super successful release party too! Now, although the poem itself isn't perfectly displayed (some words should technically be superimposed upon others), I'm pretty pleased. It's a nifty little volume! They even sold out at the party… and will be making a second run of copies (excellent eh?). I even got to talk to a couple past classmates and have some excellent discussions with Sarah and Graeme before jetting off to meet up with Shreyo and others for his birthday.

Saturday also began with work at 7:30AM, and was also a late night: later than the previous evening. Why? It was Winter Waltz of course, and thus filled with some excellent dancing… perhaps too many foxtrots (what else, when you have LIVE music? The Edmonton Swing Band was great however)… but a great night. I got to know a few new people (like Ryan, Mark and Steve for example) and saw Lorna again for the fist time since she left for the East. It was also good to see Jeff again for the first time since Halloween, and spend some time with Linda, Lana, Darren, Brad, Scott, and so many other excellent people that I've missed seeing regularly…. can you tell I had a great time??? Even BPs was stellar… a feat for that hour of night!

Sunday was a little bit more lazy: another 6 hours of work, and a good long conversation with Kim (interrupted with a nice call by Jeff for which I am glad to thank Shaw Digital's lovely calling features!), and catching up on my internet-y enjoyments.

All in all a great weekend. πŸ™‚ Thanks everyone!

Back to your everyday programming….

So, it feels kind of odd to think about the whole week. I mean, my life's motoring along great (still is, all things considered): school's going well, my apt is getting a bit (emphasis on the bit part!) more tidy/organized, I'm thinking up rad topics for papers (although I haven't put a finger on what I'm writing just yet, I just know I need to get movin' on it and soon!), writing some pretty sweet poetry (well compared to my normal drivel that is), getting all geared up for the Mexico trip, sending off Operation Christmas Child boxes, getting gift exchange items put together, wearing/repairing (etc.) some good styles/clothes/makeup etc., and then wham… my mom calls and tells me (on Thursday around noon) that my grandmother has died.

Sure, the tears fell like crazy. And, I needed to speak to my friends, calling people (often they're not home in the middle of the day on a Thursday, even with fall-term break) and reaching just enough of them. I escaped into a book. I cleaned, spent time on the computer pursuing my contest entering hobby, wrote the first Christmas cards, cooked up some edibles, went out for dinner, worked… and interspersed all that with remembering my grandmother. I don't know if it's really sunk in yet. And I know that it'll have to.

It does feel weird though. To know that she won't be there when I next go home to my parents' house. To know that I won't hear her less-than-completely-even-close-to-intelligible (with my poor grasp of the Japanese she spoke) words. To know that mom won't have to argue with her anymore. To relegate my grandmother to memories. And there's like a million good ones, even though I only usually saw her once a year most years growing up.

At first I didn't couldn't figure out why this mattered so much to me: but I think coming upon me at this particular moment in time, when school topics so closely cause me to reflect on my own life, my own upbringing, and wonder about my parents' among other things… the impact of my grandmother on my life is really felt. I always felt close to her somehow, even with that language barrier, even with the fact that I gave up so many times at understanding what exactly she was saying or doing. It's hard to believe that she's gone, that I won't be able to stand in a room with my mom and my mom's mom by my side. Grandma won't be around for all those future events that'll shape my life, my family's life, and so on. She won't be feeling all the pain that she's felt these past few years either though. And, well in general, there is a lot of good to go with the bad.

I've always really loved and cared for my grandmother, even if it didn't always seem like it at the time. And gosh darn it, I'll miss her.
But I have those memories.
Hopefully they won't be forgotten.

I'll always love my Grandma.

Hmmm… non-withstanding the fact that I'm Canadian… this political quiz was interesting.

You scored as Libertarian. Libertarians believe that you have the right to live your life as you wish, without the government interfering, as long as you donβ”œΓ³βˆ©β”β•œβˆ©β”β•œt violate the rights of others. This translates into strong protections for privacy and property rights, and a weak to non-existent social safety net.



New Democrat




Old School Democrat


Pro Business Republican


Socially Conservative Republican


Foreign Policy Hawk


What's Your Political Philosophy?
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Quick memes!

You scored as Unicorn.. You are a Unicorn. A unicorn, in ancient times, represented bravery (Note the one spiraling horn) and often portrayed that of a warrior. You are kind and gentle and like your horse kind, you are often found staying away from those you don't know.













What Fantasy Beast/Creature are you?
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Interesting… I like unicorns πŸ˜‰

I am:

a stack of blank CD-R discs

The most cost-effective way to store and deliver large amounts of data.

Which office supply are you?

Data, am I? huh. Cheap too? mmm.

You scored as Neo, the One. Neo is the computer hacker-turned-Messiah of the Matrix. He leads a small group of human rebels against the technology that controls them. Neo doubts his ability to lead but doesn't want to disappoint his friends. His goal is for a world where all men know the Truth and are free from the bonds of the Matrix.

Lara Croft


Neo, the One


The Amazing Spider-Man


Indiana Jones


Batman, the Dark Knight


William Wallace


James Bond, Agent 007




El Zorro


The Terminator


Captain Jack Sparrow


Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
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*smiles* I like! πŸ™‚

Aliana sent me this quiz… and I couldn't help but fill it out!

Excellent intro Aliana!! I'll alter it somewhat:

Okay, here's how it works: Ali is apparently bored and enjoys pointless activities that fill up time such as minesweeper, freecell and popcap games such as Rocket Mania. To save her brain from rotting out, she also types sometimes (she's heard exercise is good for the body and soul after all). If you're likewise inclined, please erase her answers and fill in your own and send it back, then she can learn all about you too. Feel free to omit questions, answer in chunks, or tell her to go throw herself in a well because you're too darn busy having a life to answer stupid questions like these.


1. Name: Ali
2. Middle name: Kira
3. Gender: female
4. Age: 23
5. Birthday: July 24
6. Astrological sign: Leo
7. Marital status: Single
8. Height: 5'3
9. Weight: don't have a scale, although I'd imagine it to be near 125lbs.
10. Eye colour: brown
11. Hair colour: brown
12. Shoe size: something like 7.5 or 8.5 womens (depending on the shoe, my feet do tend to like half sizes)

1. colour: red
2. expression: Lately I've been saying 'darling' and 'dearie' a lot.
3. ice cream: uh… Marble Slab just opened nearby… and while I'd usually say Leva gelato (and still do) I'll add Marble Slab Maple with raspberries as a mixin'
4. TV show from when you were a kid: Gosh… so many good ones! But I rather liked Take Part, Mr. Dressup, Sesame Street, Polka Dot Door, Mister Rogers, Care Bears… but my fave was Square One!!
5. TV show now: Hmmm… CSI… Gilmore Girls… and That '70s Show (although I hardly ever watch 'em these days given how little I watch tv at those hours)… I really love NUMB3RS though… and ER is still pretty nifty as are all the TLC shows (even though I don't get that channel), some FoodTV stuff (Iron Chef anyone?) and some HGTV stuff too I guess…. and then there's some reality TV…. the list goes on.
6. movie: Gosh… no idea! I can't wait for the new Harry Potter to come out though. And Waterboys was gosh darn funny! In other news… I really haven't seen enough animated flicks for my own good lately. Hmmm.
7. place to be: I dunno, really. home is good (aka. my apt) but really lately I'd probably say my poetry writing class or even a bunch o' other places too.
8. gift you've ever received: hmmm… I'm going to default to my stuffed bear, Bear-y that I got from the Uncles and Aunts at Large Christmas party the first year I volunteered there. He still sits on my loveseat and is a good companion (relatively speaking) when I need a hug or am lonely.
9. gift you've ever given: hmmm… I honestly don't know. Nothing jumps out at me. Perhaps the Carthage-Pullman to Anastasia 'cause she deserved it…
10. day of the week: hmmm… I dunno… Lately Wednesdays have been stellar (awesome classes)
11. vacation you've been on: Probably one of the ICON trips.
12. holiday of the year: Christmas! I'm a HUGE Christmas fan!
13. sport: ballroom dance lately! Although I'm afraid I haven't been dancing much… the last one was Halloween… *sighs*
14. thing to eat: Food! My goodness… too many great things! Believe me…! Lately I've been on a Japanese food kick… but I love food in general. Yesterday's food at Dim Sum for a Difference was good too (even though it wasn't really typical Dim Sum food or anything).
15. resturant: Gabbana, Mikado, Yokozuna, The King & I, The Sicillian Pasta Kitchen… etc.!
16. sleeping position: on side or back.
17. piece of clothing you own: good golly you better believe I've got loads of clothes lately! probably my jean skirt (goes past the knees and flares out beautifully when I twirl!), or my cotton velvet like jacket thing… or my nice winter jacket… or a bunch of my other skirts or tops or…. πŸ˜‰
18. poem: Well… to be honest… anything Maria Chen or Matt Stevens or Morgan Toane writes has got to be pretty fantabulous… the list goes on though and includes most of my poetry class… plus Gary Geddes… Don McKay… Louise Bernice Halfe (SkyDancer)… and many more.
19. season: fall or spring usually
20. book: Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series are my old friends… but there's a good tonne of great ones. Unfortunately given all my other committments I've not been reading as much (volume) for pleasure lately.
21. webpage on the internet: is pretty nifty but there's a lot of sites I visit daily.
22. animal: I like elephants, and turtles and butterflies best.
23. childhood toy: hmmm… my Cabbage Patch kid, Garnett Caldwell
24: halloween costume: I was a flower once. It was a great costume.
25. boys name: Too many to list.
26. girls name: again too many to list.

Have you ever: If yes, explain.

1. failed a test? oh certainly. A bunch. Although I've never failed a university class… there was one term where I failed nearly every midterm… and one class where I was consistently performing under 50% (except on the final where I barely passed), in the end having like a 44% grade… meaning I passed somehow.
2. fallen in love? no
3. been dumped? yes. Once. It was pretty early into the relationship, and no hard feelings really.
4. dumped someone else? twice… I wasn't very nice about it the first time (online is bad whichever way you spin it, but I've learned). Both times, it was the right thing for me to do at the time.
5. done something that scared you? yeah… many times. Nothing really significant comes to mind at the moment (except maybe running for prez and/or trustee of CKI)
6. done something you were ashamed of? Yeah. I've lied before for example.
7. broken a law? Yeah… who doesn't jaywalk occasionally, or accidentally do something one shouldn't?
8. been in jail? No.
9. smoked? No.
10. gotten drunk? No.
11. done illegal drugs? No.
12. ate an entire box of ice cream? Yes, over like… a few months. πŸ™‚
13. cooked someone dinner? Yup. Many times. Not cooked well mind you… I'm not a huge cook.
14. had a pet? not unless you include my pet rock.
15. been in the hospital? unless you count my birth, nope.
16. broken a bone? nope.
17. embarrassed yourself? who doesn't?
18. had a nightmare that you still remember to this day? Burning to death in a fire unable to save the ones I loved.
19. seen a ghost? no
20. been fired? no
21. been in a car accident? no, unless you count that guy who backed into my mom's car once way back when.
22. lived somewhere other than where you live now? I was born in BC, grew up in my hometown and live in Edmonton now… so yes!
23. been out of the country? Uh… yes. To Taiwan and the USA. I'll be heading to Mexico next month though (to build houses!)

Either or:

1. chocolate or vanilla? vanilla
2. eyesight or hearing? hearing
3. Pepsi or Coke? neither.
4. dogs or cats? cats I would say… probably due to that neighbour who sicced his dog on us kids when we were young. Dogs aren't bad though.
5. hot or cold? *shrugs* either or.
6. boxers or briefs? don't care. Boxer briefs?
7. boys or girls? depends on what they're for. (i.e. friendships, relationships, babysitting etc.)
8. sunset or sunrise? sunset
9. day or night? morning or evening are good… midday I'm tired usually.
10. yelling or avoiding? avoiding. I'm not a huge fan of yelling.

Random stuff:

1. What do you want to be when you grow up? *shrugs* I rather like writing. And I rather like being a student… and making enough to make my ends meet. Wow… that's what I'm sort of doing now, eh?
2. How old will you be before you've grown up? what is a grown up anyway?
3. Where do you want to get married? Not a church. Other than that, I don't know. Maybe somewhere significant to me at the time? I'd probably like to get married though, I know that much. And when I do, I want it to be to someone who loves me for who I am and who will never give up on me as long as I'm trying my best. I want it to last.
4. What religion are you? agnostic I guess is the closest to what I believe… although I tend to disagree with quite a few people's definitions of what that might mean.
5. Describe your first kiss: uh… it was dusky… in front of the Butterdome on campus I seem to recall… and well… it wasn't perfect… but it was a kiss… akward but caring I would suppose.
6. What would your ideal day be like? What Ideal day? I mean really? πŸ˜‰ It would be an adventure of some sort… but not too stressful… with some pleasant surprises and some unforgettable moments.
7. What are you looking for in a life partner? Someone who doesn't smoke or do illegal drugs, who doesn't get drunk for fun, who likes to be close and snuggle, someone who is funny and sweet, romantic, doesn't need to go out somewhere to have fun, who is honest and caring and who wants me and loves me. Someone who thinks about weird things like I do and can hold an intelligent conversation about the nature of the universe if I want to discuss it, who likes to read, and watch movies, and maybe even dance in the livingroom. He has to be attractive to me. He has to be sexy and be open to anything I can dream up and be willing to practice. Mutual attraction and committment are of prime importance.
8. What kind of person could you never be happy with? Someone who didn't want me, or who was just with me because he couldn't get someone he thought was better. Someone who isn't honest about what matters, and is too closed-minded, or expects me to be someone I am not. Someone who is abusive whether verbally, physically or otherwise. Someone who cannot hold up his end of a conversation with me.
9. What habit drives you crazy? there's actually a bunch.
10. What's your pet peeve? *shrugs* there's likely a few.
11. Where would you bury your treasure if you were a pirate? I'd bury it? Naw… I'd invest it.
12. What movie do you wish you could have starred in? hmmm… there's a bunch o' cool ones… mostly chick flicks… although the first X-men film was cool (in that Rogue is an awesome character)
13. If you were a candy, which one would you be and why? Hmmm… toughie! Probably something obscure that few people like… but that's yummy to me… no clue what though… asides from the fact that it CANNOT be fuzzy peaches (I ate too many as a kid and got sickand no longer like them), or anything Watermelon flavoured for example as I don't like those flavours.
14. If you were a food item, which one would you be and why? sushi maybe? Something specific in that people can predict the flavour, and which only suits a certain palate, but which is oh so delightful to those who like it.
15. If you had to pick a way to die, how would you go? Well hopefully in old age in my sleep.
16. What once piece of advice would you like to tell your children? Do what you believe in, and do it as well as you can.