Happy New Year everyone!

Before I forget to send you all some mighty happy 2006 wishes… HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🙂

I'm *thinking* I'll be wearing a party hat in only an hour and a half… yes that's right, I went in to buy some groceries (I was out of bread and awake anyway) and noticed the hats on everyone! It'll be fun!

As for the evening itself… I'm still considering Brad's party… we'll see. I still do work tomorrow… so I'll have to get home somehow… *sighs* We'll see.

Anywho… Happiest New Years one and all! I know that the end of 2005 has been treating me well, and I hope that 2006 just continues this excellent trend!!

Posting=Procrastinating (what else is new? ;) )

So my brother brought over my computer chair (now in a semi-repaired state!)… which is remarkably comfortable compared to the other one. And I thought that it was irreparable. What do I know anyway?

Essentially I've been procrastinating cleaning or doing reading for class… or even writing some semi-good-enough poetry to submit for class… or… any of those other 'important' things that I ought to be doing today. Perhaps I need to get offline and do some of those things, eh?

I work this afternoon… a nice short shift… the kind of shift where I get the fewest breaks/hours worked. But still it's work… and if I remember correctly I get paid today also (getting paid weekly IS rather nifty!).

Tomorrow's New Years Eve… I still don't quite know what I'll be doing. I'm thinking of either relaxing at home… or heading to Brad's party thing… problem of course being how to get there, especially given that I work until 6pm, and I've never been to his place before and thus wouldn't recognize it. *sighs*

I wonder how much more unproductive I could be today?

2005 Quiz courtesy of Mim

It was a good year… a very good year…

LOVE
[ ] stayed single
[X] got kissed
[X] kissed someone new
[X] made out
[ ] made out in a car
[ ] kissed in the snow
[ ] kissed in the rain
[?] fell in love
[ ] fell in love with a fool
[ ] had my heart broken
[ ] broke someone else's heart
[ ] had a stalker
[x] had a good relationship with someone
[ ] questioned my sexual orientation
[ ] came out of my closet
[ ] got pregnant
[ ] had an abortion
[ ] got married
[ ] had a divorce
[ ] kissed someone of the same sex
[X] dated someone that i will never forget
[x] did something I regret
[ ] lost my true love
[ ] lost faith in love
[ ] kissed under mistletoe

WORK/SCHOOL
[ ] got a promotion
[X] got a pay raise
[ ] changed jobs
[ ] lost my job
[ ] quit my job
[ ] dated a co-worker
[ ] dated my boss
[ ] dated my boss's son/ daughter
[ ] got fired from my job
[X] got straight A's
[ ] met a teacher who i became friends with
[ ] met a teacher who i really hate
[ ] found the subject i love
[ ] failed a class
[ ] cut class
[ ] skipped school
[ ] got in a fight with a classmate
[x] did something i was proud of
[ ] discovered a new talent
[x] proved myself an idiot
[ ] embarrassed myself in front of the class
[ ] fell in love with a teacher
[ ] got the lead role in the school play
[ ] made a varsity team
[x] was involved in something that i will never forget

OTHER
[ ] painted a picture
[X] wrote a poem
[ ] ran a mile
[x] listened to music i couldnt stand
[x] double dipped
[ ] skinny dipped
[x] went to a sleepover
[ ] went to camp
[ ] threw a suprise party
[x] laughed till i cried
[x] laughed till i peed my pants
[x] flirted shamelessly
[X] visited a foreign country
[X] visited a foreign state
[x] cooked a disastrous meal
[ ] lost something important to me
[X] got a gift i love
[x] realized something new about myself
[ ] went on a diet
[ ] tried to gain weight
[ ] dyed my hair
[X] came close to losing my life
[X] someone close to me died
[X] went to a wild party
[X] drank alcohol
[ ] drank alcohol underage
[ ] got drunk
[ ] got arrested
[x] read a great book
[x] saw a great movie
[ ] saw a movie so scary that it made me cry
[x] saw a favorite band live
[X] did something that i want to tell everyone
[x] enjoyed this year overall

Some quizzes for the fun 'o it!

After the excitement of yesterday's computer not working problem (not fun!) I thought I'd post some quizzes 🙂

Time Started: 2pm
Your Nickname(s) [if any]: Alicat, AliG, Alibanana
Are You Single or Taken?: Mmmmm…. seeing someone.
What Is Your Birthday: July 24
Have Any Siblings: yes.
Your Hair colour: Brown
Your Eye colour: Brown
Your Shoe size: something like 7.5 or 8.5 (usually half sizes) womens.
Your Height: 5'3.25
What are you wearing right now: A halter top, an ankle-length jean skirt, the watch I wear to work usually, a hair tie, black socks, and underwear.
Where do you live: Right here! 🙂
Have Any pets?: nope… unless you include the pet rock that I think I might still have somewheres.
Who are your closest friends?: There are several.
Do you have a bf or gf?: well… I am dating someone… and he's male.
Do you believe in love at first sight?: It's possible. At the very least attraction at first sight definitely is.
What do you notice about the opposite sex?: I notice a whole lot about them actually, from physique to personality and much in between.
Have you ever slept with a member of the opposite sex?: yes.
Who do you want to marry at the moment?: I don't terribly much want to marry at this particular moment… maybe at some other particular moment 😉

———-Your FAVORITE———-
Colour: red
Food: all sorts really… although I HATE cilantro…
Food dislikes: CILANTRO. There are others, but they're not severe or anything.
Animal: hmmm… elephants, turtles, butterflies
Drink: it varies. Fun and interesting beverages mostly.
Sport: to do: ballroom dance! to watch on TV: figure skating to watch live: hockey or many many other sports actually… but in general, I like sports… within reason.
Movie: So many great ones! How about all the fun movies I own?
Fruit: mmm… so many good ones!! (I like fruit). The tangerines and pineapple in Mexico were so great!
Singer or Band: The list is far too long for this.
Ice Cream: Marble slab. Gelato on the other hand is just plain amazing from Leva…
TV show: Meh… CSI, Gilmore Girls
Actor/Actress/celeb: Topher Grace maybe?
Cartoon character: I dunno… Disney's Sleeping Beauty was my fave Disney cartoon movie. But I like lots of cartoons.

———-HAVE YOU EVER———-
Smoked: no.
Broken the law: Hasn't everyone? (Hello jay-walking!)
Gone skinny dipping: Nope.
Had someone ever made you cry: Many times.
Made some one cry: I probably have although I don't like to think that I have.
Played truth or dare: Yes… there are some akward memories there.
Fallen asleep in school: frequently. Although lately it hasn't been as big of a problem…
Ran away: not from home…
Ever had a sex dream: who hasn't?
Cried when someone died: Yep…. many many many tears.
Lied to somone you cared for: Yes… but not recently… or for a very long long time.
Cried in school: yes.
Fallen for your best friend?: once… a long time ago.
Kissed some one then regreted it [for some reason]: yes… also not recent.
Been rejected: yes, many many times.
Been in love: mmmm…. maybe….
Been cheated on: not to my knowledge.
Cheated on some one: No.

———- What… ———-
Makes you laugh the most: Lately, I've been giggling a lot… I blame Jeff 😉
Makes you smile: My golly… far too many things lately… life is good.
Makes you feel better no matter what?: mmmm… good question… good friends and great conversations?
Do you wear contacts or glasses: yeah… glasses on occasion.
Do you get along with your family: yes.
Have you done drugs?: nope… unless you count taking medicine when sick by perscription from the doctor who diagnosed the need.
Schools have you gone to?: RHS, SAL and UofA
Stolen anything: Not that I can think of.
———- Random Shit ———-
What are you listening to right now: Jefferson Airplane — High Flying Bird
What did you do today: I worked 6hrs.
What are you most scared of: being alone forever… or maybe there's that horrible reoccurring nightmare from my youth (which was improbable and unlikely, but I really don't wanna burn to death in a fire fully conscious of the fact that that's happening)
What are your favorite things: mmmm…. there are so many! Spending time with great friends and travelling are a couple I would imagine…. but there are really a lot.
What do you dream about: lots of random things and people.
Which do you like better- Night or Day: they're both good… but night edges day out by a smidgen.
What is it right now- night or day: day
Are you better at listening or giving advice: *shrugs* I dunno.
Phone or in person: In person!
Oldest, middle, youngest or only child: oldest.
The place you would move given the choice: Meh. I like it here for now.
Stupidest thing you have ever done: I've done many stupid things.
What's your room like: messy/disorderly… off white walls, mismatched furniture… cluttered…. etc.
Worst thing that has happened to you this year: I dunno really.

———- On The Opposite Sex, Do You Like ———-
Tall or short: Taller than me 🙂
Ear peirced or not: Meh.
Long or short hair: Depends on the guy.
Tan or fair: Whatever goes well on the person… I'm not a fan of skin cancer though.
Freckles: *shrugs* depends on the person
What do you notice first about the opposite sex: tends to be their overall appearance.
Shy or outgoing: Depends on the person really.
Indoor or outdoor: A bit of both.
Jewelery or none: However it works best for them really.
What do you like the most in a guy/girl: Caring, trust, respect, great conversation skills, cuddles… 😉
Time finished: 3PM

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1) What mental disorder does remind you of? too-intelligent-osis 😉
2) Is a college student? he was one once… now… I don't actually know.
3) Where was born? Edmonton?
4) What animal should be combined with? A liger! 😉
5) Is athletic? no not terribly, no.
6) Could you see and together? no not particularly.
7) Do you have a crush on ? nope.
8) What song/movie would you recommend to ? Romeo & Juliet (1968 version)
9) Are and going out? definitely not!
10) Thoughts on ? I haven't seen him for far far too long… what's up with him anyway?
11) How would kill ? with some sort of internet-bad-karma charm one gets from being online for long periods.
12) What animal does remind you of? a liger! I already said that!
13) Would you make out with ? nope.
14) Is an emo? naw…
15) Where would most like to visit? hmmm Switzaland perhaps? 😉
16) Which of your friends should go out with? well since he's already taken, and she's a nice person… n/a
17) What is 's biggest flaw? he's no longer posting to his lj often enough!
18) If and were siamese twins, where would they be joined? at the head!
19) Are and married? nopers.
20) What video game does remind you of? Commander Keen
21) If commanded an army, who would be his/her followers? lemmings! (so I've computer games on the brain perhaps?
22) What would you do if you found out has a crush on you? *sigh*
23) Is popular? yessir.
24) What do you agree with about? there are a lot of politics in the Kiwanis family.
25) One thing you can't stand about ? he's no longer posting to his lj! 😉
26) Does do drugs? nopers.
27) What languages does speak? english.
28) What flavor of jello would be? lime?
29) Does have a dog? no?
30) Which president would be likely to idolize? Pierre Elliot Trudeau? (not a prez, but hey it works?)

More Christmas musings (as I find myself still at my parents' and online)

The lights outside are quite enjoyable to walk through with my father, talking about whatever that comes up, although being interrupted by my brother's cell phone ring (I doubt I could get used to having a cell phone if ever I were to get one… at least not quickly… ack!) telling us at the point when we are almost the furthest from home that it was time to be back for my little nephew's gift opening. Talk about timing! 😉 Anywho… it's always quite fun to watch little ones open gifts… especially when they're so receptive. The papers certainly entertained… and fortunately even with the head-butt/hug that he provided me with, a great time was had by all. Cutest was the fact that he helped choose out my present… at least he chose the scents for candles. Not half bad if I say so myself. I wonder if I'll burn 'em?

Today I SO didn't go Boxing day shopping. Actually I did, if you count shopping in the Fort really Boxing day shopping: I bought some more pens (a box of 12) and a night shirt (yay for new pjs on sale!). Nothing spectacular, but fun to spend some time with my mother (who incidentally hates shopping *sighs*).

Then there's always food, and crossword puzzles at home… plus a zillion sports highlights and games to watch on the massive TVs, along with other entertainment for the holidays. No harm in any of that certainly.

Tonight I should be heading back into the city to home… tomorrow I'm back at work. Maybe I'll have caught up enough on sleep to not be zombie-rific? 😉

Random thought: I think I need to read more poetry and write more stuff. Preferably do my homework for poetry class also. We'll see.

I wonder how many CKIers check their email regularly when I need them to? *sighs*. I'll just have to deal with things once I get back to my place, eh?

Christmas spoiled me! :)

So I expected to spoil my family for Christmas… and mom really did get spoiled, for which I'm very happy. She certainly deserves it. I think that my brothers truly enjoyed their gifts too.

But truly, I feel utterly spoiled! The desk that Logan and I put together yesterday afternoon before leaving for my parents' place was and is amazing… it'll take some time to get used to I assume, but it's nice and fits oh so perfectly! Not to mention the fact that my brother was awesome and hooked my computer back up excellently. And of course, it was way cool to be able to move my old computer table thingy to the side to put my toaster oven on. Maybe I'll actually use it now? *shrugs*

Anywho… this morning, I was truly spoiled! I got so many excellent gifts! I totally didn't expect to get this spoiled!! The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire soundtrack is excellent!! I just listened to the amazing Viennese Waltz… such fun! It would be great to dance to it eventually. I also got the Damien Rice cd O.

My Gilmore Girls fix will be had with seasons 2 and 5 (I still need 3 and 4 to complete my collection… that is until the 6th season comes out! 😉 ) There's even a Gilmore Girls-isms booklet in Season 2 to read and understand a bunch 'o the things that they say and aren't necessarily common knowledge.

And then Johnny Depp movies *sighs*… how pleased I am to have What's Eating Gilbert Grape!! I've been wanting that one for years and years and now I own it! Edward Scissorhands is pretty cool too: the first Johnny Depp movie I ever saw!

And a brand new pillow for my bed…. it'll be so comfy!! 🙂

I'm incredibly incredibly pleased to say the least (although I was much more pleased with my family and friends' reactions to their gifts… but that was afterall the intention!). I think that the folks are incredibly pleased (although tired… given the adventures of the evening/morning).

I hope everyone's Christmas was/is as happy as my morning has been treating me! 🙂

Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Thoughts for the day:
Emotions are wonderful wonderful things.
Wrapping gifts is quite enjoyable.
I'm oh so happy with my grades from this past semester.
It is incredibly incredibly warm outside.
Going home for Christmas will be nice.
Thanks to Anastasia for the wonderful goodies!
Thanks to Greg for the third season of That '70s Show.
And of course thanks to everyone for the amazing Christmas cards, good cheer and so on!
Jen, your candy cane and card was muchly appreciated also.
And of course a many thanks to Jeff for a wonderful evening. *smiles*

Take care all, and enjoy Christmas Eve and Day. Many smiles to all!

Greed: Medium
 
Gluttony: Low
 
Wrath: Very Low
 
Sloth: Low
 
Envy: Very Low
 
Lust: Very Low
 
Pride: Low
 

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It feels good to be home!

So, I'm home once more (yes, my sleeping/waking schedule is completely out of wack… I'm sure I'll fix it by the time I go back to work on the 27th). I had a most excellent time in Texas and Mexico with some really wonderful people. Although I've returned to some wonderful CKI stuff, and have a ton to catch up on, not to mention a bunch of people I'll most certainly miss (thanks of course to the hospitality of Rocky, Kelly, Sam, and Daniel among others, and Rajeev and Gwen for all their hard work organizing the trip… plus all the rest of the great people I met along the way)… it feels great to be home, especially to meet a nice warm and welcoming face at the airport (thanks Jeff!). Lots of things happening surely… and I likely should get some shut-eye tonight before volunteering up a storm in the morning… but hey… it's been a great time overall!

BTW… coming home to the notice that I've won a scholarship is certainly not a bad thing either! YAY for being a UofA Alumni and thus eligible for that extra $2500!!! 🙂

The Christmas cards and presents are also a nice welcome home!

In Houston!

So I thought that since I had the free time I'd type a bit about Houston. It is certainly not Edmonton! My flight arrived around 12:30ishPM yesterday and was followed with some adventures with Sam driving us around the roads of Houston in search of food and then of the real-estate agent that we were going to go view some houses with. That was an interesting experience to say the least: archetecture is not the same here as in Edmonton! Much more city-feeling I think not to mention Mexican influences, emphasis on air conditioning, and so on. Interesting to view such new homes, especially those that had not been finished just yet. In any case, as much as Sam might not think so, I had an excellent time.
We had an excellent dinner (greek food) at a quick serve (well quick if you're not ordering pork chops!) Greek restaurant (Niko Nikos) before driving around Downtown Houston and River Oaks to look at all the lights. It really feels weird to see all the Christmas decorations with no snow!! The Christmas carols also seem rather out of place. That said, driving the wind-y roads amongst the trees and mansions in River Oaks was fun, especially with all the Bearstein-Bear-trees and the white lights (there was a dearth of colour at these homes… very much white-light classy. Nothing like Candy Cane lane (no people… the houses don't seem really lived in from the outside like this, although the sights were rather breath taking, especially with the balls of light and the massive stockings hung from windows) but fun just the same. Nice to see all aspects of the city from the really rich areas to the more ghetto-like areas. Interesting comparisons.
I spent the night in Patrick's apt's guest suite (one of them, really like a really really nice hotel room)[observation: Jeff has totally gotten me onto a kick of using the word 'really' this week]. Now, I'm in his sixth floor apt hammering away at the keyboard (I'm very un-used to the typical keyboards and miss my own one at home… with its gap in the middle!). This apartment building is truly WOW. I mean, basketball players live here! Thirty some-odd floors… and valet parking. Nothing like any of my friends' places at home… it'll be a change to go sleep on concrete floor in a few days when we actually get to build them houses. I still can't wait. I've a ton of toys for the kids in the area and of course whatever I need for supplies.
I think that the rest of my day will be spent helping someone move and then out for dinner with Patrick and Sam's friends (12 people total?), and maybe if they can get tickets seeing King Kong (which should be nice, although I don't have my glasses with me (no need to lose them) I'll still likely be able to see things well enough).

Laundry and Christmas cards done… packing and wrapping left! :)

So as I sit here revelling in the fun that is listening to Christmas carols, I'm working quickly to get everything all done for my trip… and the anticipation most certainly mounts. I can't wait to meet everyone in Houston, El Paso and Juarez for the trip! I can't wait to work on those houses… I can't wait until…!! 😉

Can you tell I'm looking forward to flying tomorrow?

I'm going to miss Edmonton (and the people here) while I'm gone though…