Christmas questions (plus wish list)

Questions regarding Christmas:
1. What do you want for Christmas? This goes especially for Mom, Dad, and my two brothers.
2. Whose addresses have changed? (regarding Christmas cards) if they have, what are the new addresses?
3. Who wants Christmas cards? Any specific requests? — I likely won't be done these until just before Christmas, so I admit right now that some will be late.


Wish list in no particular order:

CDs
Je me Souviens 3CD boxed set
The Arrogant Worms' Giftwrapped: The Best of the Arrogant Worms
Barenaked Ladies Christmas/Holiday CD

Books
The other four books from The Chronicles of Prydain (NOT Taran Wanderer, which I own)
Ingamald, and A Glass Darkly by Gail Sidonie Sobat (not A Winter's Tale, which I own)
The rest of the Mercedes Lackey Heralds of Valdemar books (ask if you want to know which ones I still need) Other Mercedes Lackey books are welcome too
Gonzo's Little Book of Motivation by David A. Kelly
All 7 Harry Potter books in hard cover boxed set (matching)

DVD
Nice Girls Don't Explode
Natalie Portman, Johnny Depp or Topher Grace movies
Quebecois films
Season 7 of Gilmore Girls
The remaining seasons (6 and beyond) of That '70s Show
Criminal Minds (seasons 1 & 2)

Misc.
Happiness
Time spent with friends
A new computer chair (very basic, not terribly large or anything)
Repaired CD playing function on my Stereo (or a new stereo system, but really, it's only the CD part that doesn't work)
shopping outings with friends
Good food, good company
Cool boardgames
Travel
Pampering (spa?)
unique experiences
A time turner!!! (yeah right!)

Realistically if you know me well enough that you want to get me a gift and find nothing here suitable, you probably know me well enough to know what I like. I like surprises too! πŸ™‚

Meme-er-rama from Hobbit Maiden

You Should Wear Cherry Red Lip Gloss

Wild, fresh, and totally alluring.

— I dunno about the tongue shot, but okay.

You Are a Moderate Mama

You're not overly political, and your views fall more with the American mainstream.
In fact, it may be difficult for you to decide who to vote for at times!
Your approach to politics is reasoned and well though out.

— a little obvious, perhaps?

Your Psyche is Violet

You are spiritual, intuitive, and serene.
People trust you to rescue them from bad situations, and you usually come through.
While you are quite enlightened, you find that your path is very lonely.

When you are too violet: you can't connect to ordinary life or ordinary people

When you don't have enough violet: you lack wisdom and can't learn from the past

*smiles*

You Are From the Moon

You can vibe with the steady rhythms of the Moon.
You're in touch with your emotions and intuition.
You possess a great, unmatched imagination – and an infinite memory.
Ultra-sensitive, you feel at home anywhere (or with anyone).
A total healer, you light the way in the dark for many.

Moon, really?

If I went to lectures this good I'd never stop taking classes….

Bao forwarded me the link to this lecture and I was so impressed that I had to watch the whole thing. It spoke to me. It made me want to take the kind of classes that he taught. Believe me it's worth watching: With everything from storytelling, Disney, computer programming, VR, Star Trek, Star Wars, Geekiness, computer games, winning stuffed animals, Karma, helping others, volunteerism, being an astronaut, acheiving childhood dreams, the academic world, The Sims, helping others achieve their childhood dreams, advice for living one's life right, not letting obstacles get you down, cancer, leadership, role models, and so many other worthwhile things that I firmly believe that you probably would gain more than you'd imagine in your wildest dreams by watching this and perhaps even implementing some of what you learn in your life.

Even dating advice given in this lecture is worthwhile.

Check it out, for your benefit, and for your entertainment… and I suppose education as well.

Yes, it's a lecture but it's worth it.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5700431505846055184

Go. Make your dreams a reality.

The best LAST lecture. A most inspiring talk. And a shining star of a person. Who will be missed. WOW.

Perfect viewing for the American Thanksgiving weekend.

If I'm falling asleep standing up, I'm likely pretty tired.

As the above subject would suggest, I'm not getting enough sleep lately. That said, by tomorrow that problem should be resolved for the time being — why? Because I will somehow manage to finish the essay I have due tomorrow by then! πŸ™‚

But yes indeed, I've been far too sleep deprived lately. Mostly because of the whole burning the candle at both ends phenomenon — having my time booked up from early morning to late night (aka. really early morning).

But the Fait Accomplit release party went splendidly — we almost sold out of our first print run — which is nifty since there does seem to be demand for more copies. Lots of cool people were there, and the readings were pretty smashingly fun as well.

Winter Waltz was fab. Sure emotionally I was more stressed than I needed to be, but things are getting better in that arena — plus I danced most of the night, and looked stellar with my hair done by Jackie! πŸ™‚ Food was great, and I enjoyed the traditional trip to BP's afterward. Sure this meant a lack of sleep but seeing some of my sorely neglected friends after the ball was welcome too. Gosh I miss some people sometimes. *sighs*

Work — well, suffice to say work is short staffed. But I'm still able to say 'no' if I really don't need/want the overtime. A discussion with Clarence did help to reveal to me my priorities, and so saying no becomes easier.

Now I'd best get started on that paper — or at least go back to procrastinating it!

Apparently I like working a Casino…

Or so yesterday would have me believe. Yes my shift was supposed to be 10:30am-7pm, but given that one person didn't show up and another called in sick, I stayed until closing — 3ish AM. As the banker, I was able to finish reading a novel I had to read for class next week (putting a small dent in the crazy pile of homework that I apparently need to accomplish), I was able to enjoy my job, and eat some yummy food (and some mediocre food as well — I highly recommend Casino Edmonton's Carrot Jalapeβ”œβ–’o soup however). I also met and spent time with some cool new people and learned some stuff about just how working a Casino works.

That said, this will not be a week of getting loads of sleep. Nor will next week be (homework!). *shrugs* not much I can do about it!

In any case, tonight's the Fait Accomplit release party. I'm looking forward to it of course and I hope to see you there too! 7:30pm at Dewey's (in the Powerplant on UofA campus) until 10pm. There will be readings from a number of truly talented contributors. I'll be MCing as well, and there will be copies for sale.

Anyway, what with Winter Waltz being tomorrow, it'll be a busy weekend!

Supposedly my day off?

I'm good at procrastinating, unfortunately. That said, I'm actually quite happy that I procrastinated writing the essay I wrote today. Why? 'cause I love the topic SO MUCH that I would have written too much had I had longer to work on it. Truly. Now if only I had a CD of the record rather than just some cassette copies. *sighs* That's what I get for writing a paper on a Yogi Bear LP from 1977, eh? πŸ™‚ Yay for Yogi telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood!!

In other news, I totally love Jackie's new salon!! Such an awesome decor (red!!) plus awesome stylist (Jackie, you rock!) of course! And it was stellar to see Shauna again — I so wish I could stay in touch with people better. *sighs*

I finally ended up bringing in my tailoring to a tailors. I also finally used my $5 off coupon for Planet Organic (if you're a UofA student and have a student handbook, I totally recommend using your coupon ASAP! It expires at the end of November and is worth $5 off of a minimum $5 purchase — essentially $5 free!) on a delicious veggie wrap from the deli. I totally recommend it!!! Yum! Very filling and with so many awesome veggies and beans.

I went to RW&Co. to use my gift certificate. I got a dress remarkably similar to Jackie's outfit today ('cept mine is — you guessed it — black). I think I'll actually wear it quite a bit. It reminded me of a dress that Jackie had pointed out for me a while back when we were shopping together. I also got a scarf/wrap thing in purple which will work well with all those black dresses I have piling up in the closet (oups!) [I think I'll have to consign a few I imagine — eventually].

Now to get back to proofreading my essay and other homework-related stuff in between my internet musings. I think it's so fabulous I can write so many papers on Little Red Riding Hood variants… as well as of other fabulous stories. Next week I write on The Joy Luck Club and Tamarind Mem. Wish me luck!

Free movie pass for two to Preview Screening of August Rush Tomorrow!

So I won a free preview screening pass for two to August Rush (another movie I'd really like to see, but can't attend the preview of due to work etc.).
It is at 7pm at Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton on Nov 14.
That's right, it's tomorrow (the pass arrived today in the mail).

If you're interested in picking up the pass from me, I'll be home for the rest of the evening tonight. First come first served. Call ahead if you have my number or email or facebook message me (replying to this post works too, provided I read it in time!). I'll be checking periodically. I'd really hate for this to go to waste.
Thanks.

Brief update from a very busy girl

I caught the local visions part of the Global Visions Film Festival on Sunday — while I liked half of the films the other half was either too antagonistic or jarringly loud to satisfy my sensibilities.

Fait Accomplit was sent to print. The Release party is on Friday November 16th from 7:30pm-10pm at Dewey's on UofA campus. Please attend and be dazzled by the artistic skills of poets, photographers and writers. There will be readings (including me!) and a great time had by all!

Gary Geddes was on campus to read from his new book: Falsework, which meant that I bought even more reading material. I'm a sucker for awesome books signed by the writers… mind you, when it comes to poetry and Canadian Literature, every book sale counts.

Work and school are going well. Ali is too busy, but what else is new?

Ten things that make me happy (because Beth tagged me)

1. Spending time with my friends – something I do far too little of as it is.
2. Knowing that I'm loved and/or appreciated by people who matter in my life.
3. Traveling – one reason why I continue to go places on a very regular basis.
4. Eating good food, partially because I'm often too lazy to make it myself, but also because it is an indulgence I appreciate.
5. Reading good books.
6. Seeing live theatre and also good movies, documentaries, speakers, readers etc.
7. Accomplishing any of my many goals.
8. Helping others.
9. Expressing myself.
10. Good Health.

What the Butler Saw – Absolutely a laugh out loud riot!

When else can you go to a play and say things like What an elephantine phallus! or I didn't recognize the actor until he took off his clothes and make sense?

This play, currently being produced by Studio Theatre (and running until the 10th), is an absolute riot! Everything from the premise (a shrink [a Doctor] asks a candidate for a secretarial position to disrobe as part of her interview) to the amazing diction (English humor from the 1960s era — Beth thought it reminded her of Monty Python), and the great stage craft — not to mention set design, use of props, and costume construction — combines to make a fabulous staging of what some reviewers would call Oscar Wilde on crack to quote the very apt description. A must see — especially for those who think that a cigar is just a cigar AND for those who don't — though certainly not meant for those who do not appreciate a partially clothed actor or actress, nor for those who would shy away from loud noises or edgy humor.

One of the best, most humorous, comedic plays I have yet had the pleasure to encounter!