Poetry reading comments

So the poetry reading last night was rather cool I'm not entirely happy with the poems I read, but my delivery improved for at least one, and I think workshopping another in class will fix some of its glaring issues.

I was really impressed by a few poets… but especially with Martin Kerr's performance (http://www.justanotherman.com) whose performance I was impressed enough with that I bought a CD. I rather like the CD too! Quite the voice… and with the preambles to the songs and their messages, even more interesting.

Maria ended off the night splendidly — typical of her poetry… which I adore. This was followed by a bunch of spoken word… some of which was loud enough to make my hearing kind of off for the rest of the evening (as Jeff can attest to). But they freestyled and compared me to the Matrix's Trinity — which was rather surprising and I suppose complimentary… so I thought that that was cool.

I was so pleased to have support there. It was great to see and catch up with Jackie (as the only friend who came this time asides from my classmates Gail and Maria, Blood Ink aquaintances and of course past classmates). I shouldn't neglect to eat supper so frequently however.

Now, I've procrastinated essay writing enough… it's due tomorrow so I ought to get crackin'.


Four jobs you have had in your life:
1. student (I get paid for it in scholarships and tax breaks don't I? 😉 )
2. cashier
3. hostess (so what if it was only one day my other choice could be substitute flyer deliverer)
4. baby sitter
Four movies you would watch over and over:
1. Where the Heart Is
2. 10 Things I Hate About You
3. Princess Bride
4. 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet
Four places you have lived:
1. Revelstoke
2. Parents House in Fort Saskatchewan
3. Temporarily in Countryside in Fort Saskatchewan (before my parents bought their house
4. my apt in Edmonton
Four TV shows you love to watch:
1. Gilmore Girls
2. CSI
3. That 70s Show
4. Amazing Race (apparently I don't watch enough TV anymore)
Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Quebec
2. BC
3. USA
4. Taiwan
Four websites you visit daily:
1.UofAWebmail 2. Hotmail 3. mail.com 4. my livejournal
Four of my favorite foods:
1. Sushi (Japanese food in general really)
2. Thai food (no cilantro!)
3. spinach
4. broccoli
Four places I would rather be right now:
1. travelling
2. sleeping
3. on vacation
4. in a state where my essay is done!

Beauty! :)

So I really like the result I got from this quiz:

You scored as Sleeping Beauty. Your alter ego is Princess Aurora, a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty! You are beautiful and enchanting, and as sweet as ever.

Sleeping Beauty

81%

Goofy

81%

Peter Pan

75%

Cinderella

63%

Ariel

56%

Cruella De Ville

44%

Pinocchio

44%

The Beast

44%

Snow White

38%

Donald Duck

25%

Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego?
created with QuizFarm.com

Sleeping Beauty IS my fave Disney animated movie anyway! 🙂

In other news, in case you're curious, the Montreal trip will be from June 4-July 8… and I'm totally psyched!! 🙂

Also, as a reminder, Tuesday night I'm doing a reading at the Backroom Vodka Bar on Whyte! I'd love to see any of you there! It's a fundraiser for Blood Ink (the student literary journal… essentially a publication I've been published in before). Info can be found at: http://www.ualberta.ca/~jekerr/new.html but the tentative order of stuff is:

Kevin Mcleod
Tess Tickner
Dean McKenzie
Cathy Hodgson
approx. 25 minutes (including change overs)
MARTIN KERR (music)
approx. 20 minutes
Victoria Rohac
Ali Grotkowski
Thomas Trofniuk
Natalie Helberg
approx. 25 minutes
BRAZILVILLE (music)
approx. 20 minutes
Ben Lof
Rebecca Fletcher
Maria Chen
approx. 20 minutes
DIALEKTIKA (music)
approx. 20 minutes

Cost is $5 and it all starts at 8pm! Come one come all! 🙂

WOO! :) Totally excited about Montreal! :)

So it appears that I did indeed get the bursary to go study French in Montreal this summer! I'm totally psyched! It'll be such fun!! I need to keep my French up anyhow, and this'll be the perfect opportunity… not to mention the fact that I'm totally looking forward to being in Montreal at the same time as Kiwanis ICON… (not sure if I'll have the time to catch much of it… or even meet up with people who are in town because of it, but I'm psyched that I'll be there!)
A month in Quebec… how exciting!

Yummy smoothie goodness!

So I got home from work today (5 people in the front end called in sick today, can you believe it?)… and quickly made a wonderful smoothie from items I had sitting around the house: yogurt (mango), skim milk, and frozen peach slices and frozen strawberries. It's absolutely yummy and a throwback to summer. Great antithesis to what's outside! 🙂

Anywho… much to do in the next few minutes but it is such a yummy smoothie! 🙂

Because I'm procrastinating again (sort of)

You Are The Moon

You represent the unconscious side of life, what happens in dreams.
You are capable of great genius – but also of great madness.
Emotions tend to be primal for you, both your fears and your fantasies.
Your intuition is always right, listening to it is the difficult part.

Your fortune:

You are about to embark on a very important journey – and a very difficult one.
Some of your deepest dreams will be realized, as well as some of your deepest nightmares.
Follow your creativity and visions; stay away from your weaknesses.
You are taking a voyage to the center of yourself, and you may be pleasantly surprised by what you discover.

Happy End of St. Patrick's day to all!

I've been exhausted all day. I was working in zombie mode at work today. We were short staffed too. The project however for class is moving along well (tomorrow morning I'll get crackin' on it again!).

Anywho… apparently:

You're 25% Irish

You're not Irish. Not even a wee bit.
Not even on St. Patrick's Day!

Here's hoping people are feeling less tired than me today! 🙂

Since you like advance notice…

Since I've received a few comments from people who apparently wanted to go to the poetry reading and who couldn't 'cause they hadn't received adequate notice (although I'd mentioned it weeks ago in passing in a post)… on the 28th, I'll be reading at the Backroom Vodka Bar on Whyte. There's a $5 cover, as it's a fundraiser (poetry and music). Blood Ink is hosting it, and it starts at 8pm.

About me survey from Erin

Erin sent me this one.

~*YOU*~
1.WHAT TIME IS IT NOW? 11:24AM
2.What is your name? Ali Kira
3.SINGLE OR TAKEN? taken
4.WHAT DOES YOUR NAME MEAN? Ali means great, or truth or something (depending on what the source is). Kira means sun
5.WHO PICKED OUT YOUR NAME? my parents together
6.WHAT'S YOUR NICKNAME? Alicat, and I guess a bunch of others.
7.HOW OLD ARE YOU? 23
8.WHAT COLOUR ARE YOUR EYES? brown
9.DO YOU HAVE AN INNIE OR AN OUTIE? innie.
10.WHAT SIZE ARE YOUR SHOES? depends on the pair… usually something like 7.5 or 8.5 womens.
where's 11?
12.HOW TALL (OR SHORT) ARE YOU? 5'3.25
13.HONESTLY WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF? I'm unique! 😉
14.WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS GET COMPLIMENTED ON? lately, my reading voice.
15.WHAT IS YOUR WORST QUALITY? I can procrastinate rather much-ish
16.WHAT ARE THE LAST FOUR DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER? no comment
17.DO YOU THINK YOU'RE CUTE? I guess I can be.
18.HAIR COLOUR? brown
19.DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? nope.
20.LIVING ARRANGEMENTS? I have a roommate and am looking for a new one in a 2-bedroom apt.

~*FAVOURITES*~
21.FAVOURITE DRINK? hmmm… I like a lot of different ones… mostly juice-based stuff.
22.FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK: gingerale with a tiny bit of rum
23.FAVOURITE MONTHS? *shrugs* all of 'em!
24.FAVOURITE FOOD? too many good ones to list!
25.FAVOURITE BOARD GAME? Trivial Pursuit
26.FAVOURITE WEB SITE? www.goldfishlegs.ca
27.FAVOURITE CLOTHING BRAND? *shrugs* Smart Set holds up good over time.
28.FAVOURITE DAYS OF THE YEAR? *shrugs* good ones.
29.FAVOURITE COLOUR? red
30.FAVOURITE ANIMAL? turtles or elephants or butterflies…

~*FAMILY AND FRIENDS*~
31.DO YOU HAVE MORE GIRL OR BOY FRIENDS? *shrugs* I dunno.
32.WHO'S YOUR BESTFRIEND (ONLY ONE)? I dunno… I'll say Kim by default.
33.ARE YOUR PARENTS TOGETHER? sure.
34.HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TOGETHER WITH THE FAMILY? hmmm… I think that the last time that I saw my family was in January or February.
35.DO YOU TELL YOUR PARENTS OR YOUR FRIENDS MORE? friends.
36.ANYTHING SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR PARENTS? They're my parents! Isn't that special enough?

~*YES OR NO*~
38.YOU'RE A FLIRT? *shrugs* I dunno… depends on whom I'm with… but unlikely.
39.YOU'RE SLUTTY? nope
40.YOU MEAN? I try not to be.
41.YOU LIKE SOMEONE? yep.
42.YOU CAN KEEP SECRETS? sure. Provided of course I know that they're sercret (or at least that they're priveledged information) beforehand.
43.YOU DANCE IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR? yep.
44.YOU'VE WATCHED A PORNO? no, not yet.
45.YOU SING IN THE SHOWER? not lately.
46.YOU LIKED BRITNEY SPEARS? not particularly… although I've done karaoke to it… and know words to a few songs.
47.YOU'VE LIKED A COUSIN? *sighs* not in that way, certainly. like them as family, sure.
48.YOU'VE BEEN IN THE OPPOSITE SEXES BATHROOM? yep.
49.YOU'VE SERIOUSLY HURT SOMEONE? I hope not.
50.YOU'VE BEEN HURT SERIOUSLY? not particularly.
51.YOU SWEAR? rarely.
52.YOU GET YOUR WAY? sometimes.
53.YOU'RE WILLING TO TRY NEW THINGS? of course… within reason.
54.YOU'VE CHEATED ON A TEST? yep.
55.YOU'VE SMOKED? nope.
what happened to 56?
57.WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? long jean skirt, Salisbury Composite High School t-shirt, socks, underwear.
58.WHAT COLOUR ARE YOUR PANTS? not wearing pants, wearing a dark blue jean skirt instead.
59.WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO? CKUA (the news)
60.HOW ARE YOU FEELING? full… I just ate.
61.WHAT ARE YOU DOING? typing this! 🙂 Sitting in front of the computer and getting random stuff done.
62.WHAT ARE YOU EATING? I just ate half a small lasagna package (yay for toaster oven for warming it up again!)
63.HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ONLINE? lots and lots. always!
64.HOW'S THE WEATHER? it looks okay.
65.WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? my mouse! It's a UofA libraries mousepad sticker.
66.WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? I'm actually not… I'm between books.

~*GIRLS ONLY*~
67.HOW MANY LIP GLOSSES DO YOU HAVE? uh… I keep misplacing them but 5ish?
68.WHAT PERFUME DO YOU USE? n/a
69.WHAT'S IN YOUR PURSE? uh… wallet, Palmers lip stuff, dance membership, two writing books, my agendabook, my notes from class yesterday and poems from class yesterday.
70.THONG OR REGULAR PANTIES? regular.
71.TALL OR SHORT BOYS? tall.
72.BLONDE OR BRUNETTE GUYS? *shrugs* as long as it looks good!
73.GOOD OR BAD BOY? how about a bit of both?
74.BOXERS SHOWING? no
75.LONG HAIR OR SHORT HAIR ON BOYS? whatever looks best on them.
76.WHAT DO YOU FIND ANNOYING IN A GUY? when they don't hold up their end of a conversation.
77.What's the first thing you notice about guys? general appearance usually I suppose.

~*GUYS ONLY*~

78.WHAT KIND OF COLOGNE DO YOU USE? 79.WHAT'S IN YOUR POCKETS? 80.BOXERS OR BRIEFS?
81.BLONDE OR BRUNETTE GIRLS? 82.Tall or short girls? 83.PIERCINGS ON GIRLS: 84.LONG
OR SHORT HAIR ON GIRLS? 85.GOOD OR BAD GIRL? 86.WHAT DO YOU FIND ANNOYING IN GIRLS?
87.What's the first thing you notice about girls?

~*OTHER QUESTIONS*~

88.WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW? League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
89.WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER? I ate lasagna for lunch…
90.WHAT ARE YOU HOPING FOR? that I find out soon about the Explore program.
91.HAVE YOU EVER FALLEN ASLEEP IN SCHOOL? oh heck yeah. yesterday even (oups!)
92.WHAT MOVIE DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE? a whole bunch of them.
93.TELL US ABOUT THOSE SCARS? what scars? Mostly from burns (random… touching myself on the oven or iron or…)
94.WHAT IS YOUR LOCKER COMBO? right… and I'm so going to answer this one.
95.WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO TRAVEL? gosh… I just plain like to travel!
96.WHAT DID YOU LAST DREAM ABOUT? the last one was like a fairytale with the members of my writing class in it.
97.WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? lasagna
98. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE? red
99.WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My mom.
100.DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON THAT SENT THIS TO YOU? sure. She's a great poet too!
101. LAST THING THAT REALLY INSPIRED YOU? The WiR 30th Anniversary Celebration
102.EVER HAD A CRUSH ON A TEACHER? no
103.ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT? I've done it before, so no not really…
104.SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING? I like Erin's answer of liking a happy movie with a scary ending!
105.SUMMER OR WINTER? fall and spring are better!
106.RELATIONSHIPS OR ONE NIGHT STANDS? relationships.
107.CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? vanilla
108.DO YOU WANT YOUR FRIENDS TO WRITE BACK? *shrugs*
109.WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? *shrugs*
110.WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? *shrugs*
111.WHAT DID YOU DO LAST NIGHT? went to class, came home, used the internet and talked on the phone with Jeff.
112.ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD? 2+2=4 (although really small values of 2 can make it equal 3 and really large values of 2 can make it equal 5)
113.WHAT TIME IS IT NOW? 12:41pm

Come see me read!

Tonight at ~7pm at Martini's Bar & Grill (109th street and 99th ave), I along with other members of my poetry writing class will be reading poetry. Come early if you want a seat! I'd love to see anyone come, even on this short of notice.