Year End Meme (courtesy of mostlycrazy)

1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before? Fell in love.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? N/A.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No.

5. What countries did you visit? United States and Mexico (in addition to Canada!)

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006? A greater dedication to several of my passions, and closer awesome-er relationships with my friends.

7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Uh. January 11th… as for why, it was one of many new experiences that I experienced last year.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting to the point where helping to build houses in Mexico felt awesome and was awesome and wasn't clouded by me being stupid and overanalytical like I tended to be at home.

9. What was your biggest failure? Not being mature enough to perceive what I should have perceived and act accordingly with relation to certain other people.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I was incredibly sick (stomach ailment) while in Fairmont with Jeff.

11. What was the best thing you bought? New furniture including my new bed!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Heather and Jackie's for being such great friends although I don't see them nearly often enough. There are many others of course, but those are the ones who come to mind at the moment.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? My own. There have been a few others but really it's my own behaviour that was rediculously stupid and frankly I have been the one to get myself where I have lately.

14. Where did most of your money go? Bills, food, travel, furniture etc.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My housebuilding trip to Mexico (surprisingly I'm still on an emotional high when I think about it).

16. What song will always remind you of 2006? I don't think I have one… or at least I don't remember its title.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? neither.
ii. thinner or fatter? neither.
iii. richer or poorer? neither.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Spending time with all the many friends who truly matter.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Dwelling on that which I cannot change.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? I spent it with my family.

22. Did you fall in love in 2006? Yes.

23. How many one-night stands? None. I did date one guy for a few days however.

24. What was your favorite TV program? I got hooked on Criminal Minds.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? I can't think of anyone that I actually hate.

26. What was the best book you read? Probably either the Grimm's Fairy Tales book I read OR the book I'm currently reading that Beth gave me for Christmas (Mercedes Lackey's The Fairy Godmother)

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Dobacaracol!!

28. What did you want and get? New furniture!!

29. What did you want and not get? *laughs* true love a la Princess Bride! 😉

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
V For Vendetta probably.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 24 and had people over for a casual gathering (well sort of… yay power outages!) and then went to Gabbana with people and then played Settlers of Catan… I was depressed on my birthday (that was how I realized it) which stunk… but I think otherwise it was pretty good.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? To have spent more time with the awesome friends who truly matter.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006? Becoming more preppy in some senses… but really just more put-together when not working at SaveOn.

34. What kept you sane? Adventure!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? *shrugs* realistically I didn't really fancy any particular celebrity or public figure this year…

36. What political issue stirred you the most? the stupid re-opening the marriage debate thing (thank goodness that didn't happen)

37. Who did you miss? So many people that it would hurt to list the names… but really I missed my Grandmother since she died in 2005.

38. Who was the best new person you met? Again too many people to list… and I think listing them would be a really hard thing to do — given that I'd inevitably miss someone crucially important.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006: That it's really important to live in the moment — life can change in an instant, and it's important to build memories — good and bad — by experiencing things… having all of those firsts… taking those reasonable risks… and having a good time.

Come to my gathering on Dec 29th!

Just the habitual reminder that I'm having people over on Friday (the 29th) starting at 5pmish.

Currently I know that at least two people asides from myself will be attending, so really, the more the merrier. I really do want to see you!! And please if you haven't already, let me know if you're coming — if only to let me feel less lonely — or to let me know that the internet works! 😉 Whichever reason's fine with me! 🙂

As I said before there will be an optional White Elephant Gift Exchange (see my previous post for more info on that one), and I'll have some snacks and many beverages (mostly non-alcoholic, as at most of my gatherings although I do still have a bottle of white wine sitting around here, and people are free to bring additional items of course). Bringing food is also optional, but always welcomed.

And if you don't have my address — ask! 🙂

Quick recap…

So as I mentioned before, I'm back from Mexico now… and thus I thought I'd share a bit from the past few days… of course this is now that I have some free time: I did afterall spend 9 hours at the CKI gift wrap for the Bissell Centre on the 21st and work 8 hrs yesterday, plus finish my Christmas shopping at WEST EDMONTON MALL (yes, indeed, I hit the mall on the 22nd of December and got out in record time!), play some ball tossing games, chat with friends, and otherwise have a good time — yeah, I'm not unpacked nor are the gifts wrapped, but hey, I've been busy!

Oh, and yes, I've posted my photos from San Diego and from Tijuana on Facebook. There are certainly better ones out there, but they're on the cameras from the group and thus not in my paws! Pictures at:

— No, my luggage did not arrive with me. But Mike and Kate and Emily and John were all so hospitable anyhow! 🙂
— Loved the greenery at the Zoo. Mike was awesome at educating me about the Zoo plant life. Yeah, there's more types of plants at the Zoo than animals… This was the San Diego Zoo… which unlike the St. Louis Zoo charged admission.
— The carousel ride was longer than I've ever experienced… and cheap too! Quite fun!
— Then there were the animals! So many awesome animals! 🙂
— Ate at Chipotle… decently yummy food… one of many Mexican-ish food experiences!
— Target shopped! Thank goodness my luggage eventually arrived and I didn't have to buy everything at Target however.
— Cool arcade: 25 cent skee-ball!
— Advantage Rent-A-Car adventure. 'nuff said.
— Lack of sleep. Trip was running on Rajeev time!
— House building: we were team three, and built a pink house from the ground up. I mostly hammered, and painted… but I also helped assemble the latrine/outhouse, measured, advised, etc.
— Children's carnival — someone tried to buy the prize out of my hands!
— Visiting orphanage… such cute kids… felt great to do it!
— Tijuana road adventures… wow! Glad we survived! 😉
— Getting stopped by the Mexican police 'cause apparently there were reports of armed vehicles in the area matching our description… thank goodness we didn't run into them or the kidnapping danger.0
— Played the letter game and the location game in the van.
— Tom shared (as did we) details of at least one of dream significant others, dates, and first times…
— Lost Topher in the airport 🙁

And so much more! I unfortunately miss so many people now.

Quiz fun! :) and… I'm back!

I'm a Talent!

You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.

Talent: 51%
Lifer: 49%
Mandarin: 36%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

You Are a Centaur

In general, you are a very cautious and reserved person.
However, you are also warm hearted, and you enjoy helping others in practical ways.
You are a great teacher, and you are really good at helping people get their lives in order.
You are very intuitive, and you go with your gut. You make good decisions easily.

I'm back from Mexico. An adventure and a half. And I'm exhausted. I've no idea when I'll get the time to do the Christmas shopping that I need to do for example. That said, I'm loving the season, and need sleep before work tomorrow. So much to do… so much to enjoy! 🙂

Leaving on a jet plane… and gathering my place on the 29th!

Your Dominant Thinking Style: Visioning

You are very insightful and tend to make decisions based on your insights.
You focus on how things should be – even if you haven't worked out the details.

An idealist, thinking of the future helps you guide your path.
You tend to give others long-term direction and momentum.

School's out for the holidays (for me anyway)… so much fun eating and talking with my awesome classmates at my prof's place! 🙂 It's been a great week in general! Now I just have to pack… and well… prepare for tomorrow!
So tomorrow, I fly to San Diego (and then go build houses in Mexico after that). Can't wait for the adventure to begin! I might even run into a friend I ran into today at the airport — crazy, eh?

Ah… so the gathering: Looking at people's availability, I'm going to have it on the 29th, starting at 5pm and running until whenever it ends.
I'm HOPING to have a white elephant gift exchange: that is if you can, bring something wrapped for a gift exchange: it can be anything really (preferably something fun and that you'd actually like to receive but, the randomness is pretty much half of the fun!)… Basically people would pull numbers to determine the order to go and then pick a gift out from the pile OR steal someone else's gift (all still wrapped) on their turn, with unwrapping happening at the end of the exchange. This will only happen if there's enough people interested.
The exchange would be around 7ish I'd imagine… with the rest of the night unscripted with the option of board games or anything else really.

As for food and whatnot: I'll at least have some snack food, and many beverage options available. If you feel like bringing anything that would be great.

I would, however, love RSVPs. Afterall, it is the holiday season, and I never know who's left (or come into!) town.

So you're all invited!!

Bible Villain Quiz courtesy of Krista

A Child of Israel
You scored 35% Pride, 20% Envy, 47% Ambition, and 15% Deceitfulness!
You are one of the Children of Israel. There were many good Children of Isreal (e.g. Jesus, Moses, Elijah, Daniel, Peter, and so on). However, for the purposes of this test, you are one of the bad Children of Israel. You are part of the chosen race of God, but in the Bible it seemed like you could never stop complaining and messing up. You are not really a biblical villain in the traditional sense. In fact, you possess a lot of godly qualities. You are humble, you love your neighbors, and you are quite trustworthy. However, your relative slothfulness and recalcitrance made it impossible for you to strive to reach the high purpose that God had for you. You were content to do just enough to get by. Therefore, since you're striving was not with God…it was against God. This is why you are considered a villain.

A Child of Israel
The Serpent
The Phillistine
Judas Iscariot
The Demon
The Fallen Angel
The False Prophet
King Nebuchadnezzar
King Saul
The Antichrist

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

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You scored higher than 99% on Pride
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You scored higher than 99% on Envy
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You scored higher than 99% on Ambition
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You scored higher than 99% on Deceitfulness

Link: The Which Biblical Villain Are You Test written by MetalliScats on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test