since I'm still online… here's a couple thoughts… on pleasant times and creepy moments.

As many of you know, I work at the supermarket. This means I work with people every day. Normally I love my job — in fact I still do, even though there are certainly time periods when I'm not terribly pleased. Well one of those times was a few days ago. It was rather off-putting in fact.
I was serving one of the regular customers. He's a man in likely his fifties or sixties (I'm horrible at calculating age from appearances) with a slender build, and wears clothing styles that remind me of the sixties or seventies — suits. The most noticeable feature of this man is his mutton chops. They truly stand out, and look good on him somehow, perhaps it's just because they suit his facial bone structure? I don't know. After I put through his order, he pulled out a Wal-mart flyer from inside his store flyer, pointed at the two dresses on the cover and asked me which one I preferred out of the blue. I paused, not knowing what to say and finally pointed at the white one and said something to the effect of, uh, I like this one best. He answered, I like the vampire neckline, which struck me as odd, before he left the store. As much as I'm studying vampires, I don't tend to think of V-necklines as vampire necklines.
The thing is, he returned to the store, this time while I was running the service desk, a couple of hours later. He pulls out the dress that I had pointed at and asks me to try it on. I stall for a few moments telling him that I really don't think that I should. I wouldn't feel comfortable. I can't accept gifts etc. His response was that oh well, he'll get someone else to try it on. If the colour doesn't suit he can dye it. etc.
This interaction makes it even more awkward for me to serve him. It's not as if he can just stop buying groceries.
*sighs* Annoying.

Tonight as I was doing research for my short story by listening to Marlo Thomas' Free to be… You and Me on CD, music I used to love when I was uh… 12 and under. At that time I had this music on record (LP) and on cassette tape rather than on CD (I bought the CD for nostalgic reasons more than anything…), I remembered both the flaws to the audio tracks, of which there are many, and how I used to find the message a bit too happy-go-lucky and a bit too obvious… but I also remembered one of my favorite stories from it. It's the story of Atlanta, which can be seen as romantic, a fairy tale, a story of female empowerment etc. but it's also a story of running races. Which at the time made me think of swimming races. But today, it reminded me of my pleasant walk home from school, especially when I pass by the groups of runners along the paths… and how much I enjoy walking out in the bright sunshine — as much as I don't run — or at least I don't run unless I'm doing something like playing a sport at the sports and games nights or soccer with The Kicked or something. Today was a great day!

Okay… so I have 'free time' and what do I do? *sighs*

So I have been rather productive as of late — I've an outline for the short story that's due for one class and have practiced a couple of times for my poetry reading tomorrow… and finished the paper due tomorrow, handed in the paper due today and so on. I want to reward myself with something awesome like social interaction… but wait… I'm online. Wasting time again.

Not doing anything particularly useful. Avoiding housework (yes, Beth I will start the dishes soon). Maybe I'll even get some more school work done. But all work and no play makes Ali a dull girl. And I really really really have been feeling lonely — mostly 'cause one of the essays I've been writing has the loneliness vibe all over it (it's a creative piece about last summer's trip to Montreal, focusing on the idea of homesickness).

I've not been unhappy — just longing for social interaction. And I guess dreaming dreams of happily ever afters again.

In other news I think our last class of the year for my non-fiction class may include a semi-public reading component. I like readings! 🙂

Spoiled or not quiz…


[x] Mother
[x] Father
[ ] Step-Mother
[ ] Step-Father
[ ] Step-Sister
[ ] Step-Brother
[x] Brother
[ ] Sister
[x] Nephew
[ ] Niece
[ ] Cell phone
[ ] Own bathroom
[x] Own room
[ ] Your Own Allowance
[ ] Hot tub
[ ] Guest room
[ ] have a computer in you room
[x] Own TV

TOTAL: 6

[X] Fullsize or bigger bed
[x] More than 8 pairs of shoes
[x] Sunglasses
[x] Watch
[ ] MP3 Player/iPod
[ ] PS2 that works
[ ] X box that works
[ ] nintendo DS
[ ] Gameboy/ Advance
[ ] Gamecube

TOTAL: 4

[ ] Basketball Hoop
[ ] Air hockey table
[ ] Pool table
[ ] Ping pong table
[ ] Fooseball table

TOTAL : 0

[x] Nightstand
[ ] Stereo in bedroom
[x] DVD player
[ ] Parents give you credit card

TOTAL: 2

[x] Job
[ ] Goes shopping at least once a week
[ ] Expensive cologne/perfume
[x] AIM/MSN
[x] Camera
[x] Phone (I've a land-line that functions on digital phone!)

TOTAL: 4

[ ] Electric or gas scooter/motorcycle/car, fourwheeler
[ ] Guitar
[ ] Bass guitar
[ ] Piano/Keyboard
[ ] Any other instrument
[ ] Been on a cruise
[x] Traveled out of the country
[x] Had a professional massage
[ ] Expensive jewelery
[x] Met a celebrity/celebrities

TOTAL: 3

[x] Straightener
[x] curling iron
[ ] Have been to a batting cage
[x] own more than $100
[x] Credit card or atm card or debit card or bank card
[ ] Been to Europe
[ ] Been to Hawaii
[ ] Been to NY
[ ] Been to LA
[ ]Been to Florida
[ ] Been to Las Vegas
[ ] Been to the Caribbean
[x] Been to Canada

TOTAL: 5

[x] Parents have a car
[ ] Jet Ski/boat
[x] Been Camping
[ ] Been to 5+ countries
[x] 100+ buddies on facebook/myspace

TOTAL: 3

[x] Home cooked meal almost every day (if you count my lazy cooking, then sure.
[x] Been in a limo
[ ] Been in a helicopter
[ ] Own a camcorder
[ ] own laptop

TOTAL: 29

Total= 26

1-22 = Ghetto
23-33 = Average kid
34-44 = Spoiled
45+ = Upper Class snob

Yet another biased and inaccurate quiz. But it's fun filling 'em out!

I keep thinking up great things to post in my lj but end up posting quizzes instead these days. *shrugs* One of these days I'll write something substantial about the recent workplace weirdness…

Marriage quiz from Andrea


How old are you going to be when you get married?

Put an X in every box that applies to you.

[] You know how to make a pot of coffee
[X] You keep track of dates using a calender
[X] You own more than one credit card
[] You know how to change the oil in a car
[X] You do your own laundry
[X] You vote every election
[X] You can cook for yourself
[x] You think politics are exciting
[] Your parents have better things to say than your friends

Total: 6

[ ] You show up for school/college/work every day early
[X] You always carry a pen in your pocket/purse
[x] You've never gotten a detention
[x] You have never smoked a cigarette
[X] You have never gotten completely trashed
[ ] You have forgotten your own birthday at least once
[x] You like to take walks by yourself
[x] You've watched talk shows
[x] You know what 'credibility' means without looking it up
[ ] You drink coffee at least once a week

Total: 7

[x] You know how to do the dishes
[X] You can count to 10 in another language
[x] When you say you're going to do something you do it
[x] My parents trust me
[ ] You can mow the lawn
[x] You can make adults laugh without being stupid
[x] You remember to water the plants
[x] You study when you have to
[x] You pay attention at school/college
[] You remember to feed your pets

Total: 8

[x] You can spell 'experience' without looking it up
[ ] You work out on a regular basis
[x] You clean up your own mess
[ ] The people at Starbucks know you by name
[ ] Your favorite kind of food is take out
[ ] You have gained weight since middle/high school
[ ] The first thing you do when you wake up is get caffeine
[X] You can go to the store without getting something you don't need
[X] You understand political jokes the first time they are said
[x] You can type quickly

total: 5

[X] You have realized that the weather forecast changes every hour
[ ] Your only friends are from your place of employment
[ ] You have been to a tupperware party
[ ] You have realized that no one will take you seriously unless you are over the age of 25 and have a job
[ ] You have more bills than you can pay
[ ] Most of all your friends are older than you are
[x] You can say no to staying out all night
[x] You use the internet every day
[ ] Your wardrobe hasn't changed in a while
[x] You can read a book and actually finish it

Total: 4

Total added up: 30

Add up all the x`s and title subject with the sum as My marriage age is

I don't believe this quiz. Why? 'cause the questions are simply not relevant with reference to marriage. *shrugs*

Poetry Reading Reminder! :)

So I was sent the official poster for this event… not spectacular in the art and graphic sense… but hey it's got a still from a black and white movie on it — seems like it's probably from the Film Noir era.
Anywho… as a reminder:
Thursday March 29th
3:30pm HC L-3 (Humanities Centre Lecture 3 on UofA Campus)
I look forward to seeing people there! 🙂

A Very Biased Age quiz… from Caitlyn


[ ] I know how to make a pot of coffee
[x] I can do my own laundry
[x] I can cook for myself
[x] I do my chores after being told once
[x] I do my homework/work
[x] I actually enjoy intellectual, deep conversations
[x] I think politics is exciting
[x] My parents and grand-parents have better things to say than my peers
Total: 7

[x] I show up for school/work every day unless I'm sick
[x] I always carry a pen in my pocket/purse
[ ] I watch talk shows
[x] I know what incredibility means without looking it up
[ ] I drink black coffee (ONLY BLACK COFFEE)
Total: 10

[x] I know how to run the dish washer or do the dishes
[x] I can count in more than one language
[ ] I can mow the lawn
[ ] I can wash the car
[x] I can make adults laugh without making myself look stupid
[x] I remember to water my plants
[x] I study when I have to
[x] I pay attention at school/work
[ ] I remember to feed my pets
[x] I'm generally organized
Total: 17

[x] I can spell experience without the help of a dictionary
[x] I clean up my own mess
[ ] The first thing I do when I wake up is get coffee
[x] I can go to the store without getting something I don't need
[x] I understand jokes the first time they are said
[x] I can type quickly, because I type every day
Total: 22

[x] My choice in clothing is acceptable in an office or something like that
[x] I can watch politics and laugh
[x] I have realized that the weather forecast changes every hour
[x] I have realized that no one will take you seriously unless you are over the age of 25 and have a job
[x] I can read a book and actually finish it
[x] People have said that I look older than I am
Total: 28

Okay so the above quiz is incredibly biased. One main reason for this is: That it assumes that for you to be an adult you must SURVIVE off of coffee (or otherwise drink this beverage). I for one do NOT imbibe coffee. I've never drunk a whole cup of coffee at once. Sure, I've tried it at trade shows (in that little thimble-sized cup) and so on, but a full cup, even highly adulterated? No.

As for the rest of my answers… some of them are liberally answered: for example, I occasionally watch talk shows, and yet didn't check it off since it's so rare. I also am sometimes slow at getting my housework done — but priorities are priorities etc. *shrugs*

UofA strikes mandatory retirement!

Look at the article at: http://www.expressnews.ualberta.ca/article.cfm?id=8321

This will be awesome — some of my favorite profs will be able to stick around and do what they love for the few extra years that they would like to — and I guess the age discrimination will change in nature.

Sure, it might make things difficult for people of my generation and younger — but I think it is high time for this change anyhow… I know far too many older adults who desire to go the faculty route but who fear the whole mandatory retirement thing.

Unusual things I did this week (well, unusual for me!)

a) went to a bar (well, it was Stolli's for Jackie's hair show, but it was still a bar).

b) drank a cola beverage (I rather dislike cola flavour) c) drank a diet pop (I tend to avoid diet pop) d) caught a flying can of diet pop (I am not the best at catching flying objects) (all the same incident, I was losing my voice due to lack of sleep/borderline getting sick [thank goodness I've nipped that in the bud or so it seems] but it did help the throat [as counterintuitive as that seems] and I did manage to make it through my shift at work that day.

e) I saw uh… 4:30-6am in the morning… crossing the high level bridge in the dark — peaceful!

f) I napped on the couch — and NOT by accident!

g) I hoped that my paper deadline would be extended (it has been).

Well… it seems it's that time again, crunch time for school stuff. And yet as much as it's a time of the year when I do things I don't always expect to do, it's always stuff that happens during the crunch time… like I crave reading novels when it's studying season [non-course related novels!].

Discipline needed?

So I need to actually crack down and do my homework. This shouldn't be difficult — it's all fun stuff. So why am I procrastinating?

LJ and other blogs are only so interesting… work is only so many hours a day… I've read my readings for class (well… except one… but it's short)… and so on.

And I really do need sleep.

So why the procrastinating?