2007 quiz from Jackie

Because I'm interested in just how I'd answer this one, here's my answers!

1. Where did you begin 2007? At RenderMan's house party.
2. What was your status by Valentine's Day? Single of course! 🙂
3. Were you in school anytime this year? Yeppers! 🙂 Most of the time actually.
4. How did you earn your money? At Save-On-Foods and I guess a few other places too.
5. Did you have to go to the hospital? Nope.
6. Did you have any encounters with the police? Nope — well other than at work but that's normal.
7. Where did you go on vacation? Vegas, Europe, Portland, and I guess you could count San Diego/Mexico.
8. What did you purchase that was over $1000? Vacations! 🙂
9. Did you know anybody who got married? Heather and Jason, Krista and Rob… and actually quite a few others but I don't know them as well.
10. Did you know anybody who passed away? This year, I didn't know anyone personally who passed away.
11. Did you move anywhere? Nope. Haven't moved in nearly 8 years.
12. What concerts/shows did you go to? Iris Dement in March, Blue Man Group in May, Weird Al and Great Big Sea in July, Must Be Tuesday in August, Cuff the Duke in November, Possibly a few more I can't recall now.
13. Are you registered to vote? Of course.
14. Who did you want to win Big Brother? What? I have time to watch TV? That's news to me!
15. Where do you live now? in my apt!
16. Describe your birthday. I had friends over to play board games! It was awesome!
17. What's one thing you thought you'd never do but did in 2007? Uh… *shrugs* I actually don't know the answer to this one.
18. What has been your favorite moment? I honestly don't think I have one. I have many, and most are spent either traveling or with friends — of course having my work well received isn't bad either.
19. What's something you learned about yourself? That I NEED to go and achieve my goals. And that I NEED to spend time with people who matter regularly.
20. Any new additions to your family? Nope.
21. What was your best month? No idea. December's been pretty good, as were the summer months.
22. What music will you remember 2007 by? Gosh… Weird Al, Blue Man Group, uh… plus all the popular stuff and the Across the Universe soundtrack.
23. Who has been your best drinking buddy? not applicable.
24. Made new friends? Of course.
25. Best NEW friend? uh… right. uh… no comment.
26. Favorite night out? *sighs* I dunno.
27. 3 people you've liked? Uh… well ergh… their names started with O, N and R. *sighs*
28. Have you kissed any of the three from q.27? Yes.
29. Something you look forward to before 2008? I dunno actually. I really want to hear from my friend RenderMan though — have my emails been getting through?
30. Where will you start 2008? Hopefully with friends. *sighs* I've no current plans, and I really don't want to spend it alone — even alone in a crowd of people I get kinda down when I spend new years alone.

Christmas recap

Anywho… I'm back in town and busy as ever — Christmas included the gift wrap (yay!) lots of shifts at work, and well… going home for the holidays.
I went shopping on (gasp!) the 24th of December with my brother (picked up a couple last minute items, although realistically I'd already done my shopping), before playing my other brother's Guitar Hero 3 for quite some time (totally fun though I suck at it all things told!).
Christmas morning was lazy — we didn't open presents until everyone was home — which was in the evening. I did however get to watch Spiderman 2 finally (with little Seth on my lap — yay for nephews!) and saw Hairspray that night after present opening fun. Sure I didn't get much by way of material things, but who cares, it was a great time spending time with my family, eating together and losing Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? DVD game.
And yes, indeed I did get spoiled — spending time with people was tops on my list! Plus I got Gilmore Girls season 7, a new wallet (which I have yet to transfer stuff into), a new stereo system (new to me!) that works (yay!), some money and gift certificates, a stuffed animal, candy canes, and an excellent CD (songs from Across the Universe). Indeedy I feel spoiled.

Now back to your regular programming — oh and there's New Year's coming up. Whatever shall I do?

Quick Mexico Recap

So I promised a trip recap and then proceeded not to deliver on that promise for a considerable amount of time. Well, here it is then!

First I flew to San Diego arriving at the same time as Steve, we picked up baggage and then got directions by bus downtown where we ate at a Persian restaurant. There was a lot of food, but it was good to eat something substantial and relatively healthy before the Mexico portion of the trip began. We then met up with Ken and Tom at the airport and went to Old Town for Mexican food (I ate deep fried ice cream) and some explorations of the historic area including visiting a print shop, some stores, and a Zoltar machine before heading back to the airport to pick up Onslow and Aubrey.

Then we met up with the rest of the group, transfered stuff to the vans and made our trek across the border to the same ranch where we stayed last year — although in quite different accommodations (this year we were all in the same large room).

The first day of building was rather fun — we went VERY QUICKLY from a slab of concrete and some pre-assembled (WOW!) wood frame pieces to a fully assembled house. I spent the afternoon on the roof roofing — at times I don't know how effective I was, but I did have fun and managed to be useful (I would be more useful on the second roof but whatever).

That night I went with Minda, Tom and Zack to La Nina restaurant to pick up food and order the follwing night's dinner. Quite an experience an we were very thankful that we had Paul as our guide. This was followed by a very entertaining discussion on the difference between Canada and the USA back at our room at the ranch.

Day two was a lot of mudding, painting, hammering, tiling and otherwise making the school house look beautiful for all of the over 1000 kids attending the fenced school we were at. It was the kids' last day of classes and a day to celebrate so they were all in street clothes, there was EXCELLENT Latin music (I wanted to dance all day, tool belt and all) and great food (we were fed steak, spaghetti and tortillas at one point by the students). Some people even challenged the junior high kids to basketball.

That night was the kids' carnival. We had a blast with all of our games. The kids apparently listened to me and my crazy noises/bad-Spanish and hand signals when it came to who got to hit the pinata first. Great fun overall! At the end of the night, we celebrated with a campfire and s'mores. I ate my s'mores sans chocolate because I didn't want to deal with the overly intense sweetness (yes I'm kind of crazy backwards at times) but it was good fun).

The last day of building meant that we worked on the church that we'd had our carnival in — indeed it wasn't finished being constructed. I worked on the roof — helping with stapling the tar paper and hammering (by hand — not with a nail gun as on the school roof) the shingles down mostly. Others transported supplies to the very high roof while others still did painting and other tasks. By noon we were done our role here and went to dedicate the school (no one was there) and visited a locals market (not the touristy kind but eye opening just the same). Finally we visited two orphanages in Tijuana. The first was the same as last year, but the second was a different one. At both we gave supplies and each kid got a toy of their choice. We played with the kids for a while at each location too.

A quick border crossing (and the purchases of Churros, a poncho, a cock (aka. a rooster-piggy bank) and a guitar)) and we were back at the church we stayed at last year… which meant eventual food and showers and sleep on the pews. We left the next morning after brunch at The Gathering Place (yum!) and I had a good chat with Ken in the airport about Kiwanis stuff (strange how I'm somehow able to provide some apparently useful info for his Kiwanis club).

Highlights of the trip (lowlights?) included:
-someone fell off the school house roof (and landed feet first with no injuries or anything!)
-someone dropped a hammer off the roof grazing someone else's head (but no injuries!)
-someone nailgunned his middle finger requiring my first aid *sighs*
-someone stole the cock (rooster!)
-someone got hit in the head with the stick while supervising the Pinata game
-someone wore a pinata on his head.
-someone's plane was delayed
-someone used the word for penis instead of the word for pineapple in Spanish
-someone accidentally told a kid 'I love you' instead of 'I want you to'
-we build a great school
-we ate great food
-we had fun
and of course helped out 🙂

1980s Meme (yes Trip recap will be forthcoming)


1. How old were you in 1980? Uh negative 2 years old.
2. How old were you in 1989? 7
3. Were you a Toys R' Us kid? Not particularly although I knew the jingle and occasionally visited the stores.
4. Did you watch Transformers? They were fun!! And the toys… gawsh, how I loved the little cassette that transformed.
5. Did you see E.T. on the big screen? No. That movie really freaked me out as a kid though.
6. Did you own a Lite Bright? Uh… maybe? I remember playing with one fairly frequently at friends' houses more so than at my own.
7. Who is your favorite Golden Girl? I didn't pay attention to who they were until VERY recently and only 'cause I have a friend who rather likes 'em!
8. When someone says Who you gonna call? You think? Ghostbusters!
9.What was your favorite toy? Garnett Caldwell — my Cabbage Patch Kid!! 🙂
10. Did you have a Pogo Ball? YES! Such fun! 🙂
11. Did you listen to New Kids on the Block? Uh… yeah. But my classmates were more obsessed than I was!
12. What New Kid did you have a crush on? Not applicable… although I know my classmates had the dolls and I pretended my Ken doll was one of the NKOTB dolls.
13. Did you play M.A.S.H? Mansion Apt Shack House! Gawsh yes!! And loads!
14. Did you watch The Care Bears? Loved Care Bears!! Grumpy bear was my fave!
15. Did you have Jelly bracelets? Nope.
16. Did you have a charm necklace and/or bracelet? Nope.
17. Did you own a glo-worm? Yep.
18. Did you ever own a slap bracelet? Oh heck yeah!
19. The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles? The Breakfast Club rocks! I've never seen Sixteen Candles though I'd love to.
20. Did you have a crazy hair style? Uh… I had a very short hair cut… a mushroom cut to be exact.
21. What was your first bike? I don't remember. I thin it was red though.
22. Name one thing you still own from your childhood? My childhood blanket.
23. Did you have a Cabbage Patch Kid? Of course!! Ever since like '83!
24. Did you dress like Madonna? Nope.
25. Rainbow Brite or Strawberry Shortcake? Strawberry Shortcake of course! And the original one not this new-fangled trendy one they created for this generation. So different!
26. Did you watch Miami Vice? Nope.
27. Did you own a pair of Jelly Shoes? Huh? no.
28. Did you own a Trapper Keeper? Huh? no!
29. Atari or Nintendo? Nintendo rocked (and I think we did have an arcade game version of an Atari machine which also rocked). Nintendo was awesome — we even had the Game Genie!
30. Did you play Pac-Man? Yes, but I stunk at it.
31. Which was better JEM or Barbie and the Rockers? JEM rocked!! 🙂 I had a book, and watched the show.
32. He-Man or She-Ra? They were both such fun!! I think I prefered He-Man though.
33. What movie scared you the most? A lot of movies did. ET for example. And The Mask and Who Framed Roger Rabbit and etc.
34. Did you try to dance like Michael Jackson? Nope… not until High school at the very least… and I spent more time watching people play badminton to Thriller than anything. (and dancing the hustle in Dance club to Michael Jackson songs rocks nowadays).

Off to SanDiego/Tijuana (again)

So I'm finally turning the computer off. After having been online ALL DAY (well I did leave the house a couple times to run errands, and have been packing/writing Christmas cards etc., but still!), it's high time I finish packing and walk the Christmas cards that I HAVE written to the mailbox. YES I'm not finished writing Christmas cards — there's still over 20 to write, but whatever. Some will probably arrive late. I'm okay with that. I still do need some accurate addresses from certain people but I suppose I can deal with what I have right now for the majority. It would be nice if by the time I got back (by the 20th) I would have the remaining addresses though.

Oh and CKI needs volunteers for the gift wrap. So PLEASE PLEASE volunteer, either that or bring some gifts to get wrapped — it's worth it! 🙂

Christmas Questions Meme

A 50 Question Christmas Survey

Before Christmas
1. Does your family send out Christmas cards?: I do. I send a LOT and am behind on sending 'em. My mom does too I think, but much fewer.
2. How soon do you start shopping?: Usually I start it in earnest on the weekend of the Butterdome Craft Sale… but sometimes I get some done earlier!
3. Who do you shop for?: Immediate family, donations to those in need, and my friends — plus a few gift exchanges too for good measure.

Decorations
4. Do you put up a Christmas tree?: Not at my apt.
5. Is it real or fake? The one my parents have is fake

6. Do you like tinsel?: Not particularly: it makes a mess.
7. Do you use homeade or storebought ornaments?: Both — depends more on sentimental value than anything.
8. Do you put Christmas lights outside your house?: not at my apt, and my parents very rarely do this either.
9. Do you put lights on the tree?: I don't have one, but my parents do.
10. How about popcorn and cranberries?: When I was little I loved the whole popcorn chain thing, but I never did cranberries (ugh!). No We don't do this though.
11. Is there a wreath hanging on your door?: no. I don't know about my folks.

Christmas Eve
12. Do you celebrate it?: Sure, I always go home for Christmas Eve.
13. Do you hang up your stocking?: Not recently :(. I rather like hanging it up though.
14. Does your family read Twas the night before Christmas?: Nope, not since we were wee. But it was a good tradition as it lasted.

Favorite
15. Christmas Movie: Gosh… so many good ones. Dr. Seuss' The Grinch would rank pretty high though.
16. Character from any Christmas Movie: Uh… Cindy Lou Who
17. Christmas Song: So many Great ones! How about Dar Williams' The Christians and the Pagans, or Do They Know It's Christmas? or BNL's Green Christmas or… too many great ones!
18. Christmas Memory: Opening gifts as a family… but really I adore all the fun that leads up to Christmas best.

This or That
19. Give or Receive?: While I like both, giving is more fun and rewarding.
20. Eggnog or Cider?: Both actually — in moderation and without alcohol.
21. Red or Green?: Red
22. Ham or Turkey?: Turkey
23. Star or Angel?: The tree at home has an angel… but realistically I prefer stars.
24. White Lights or Colored Lights?: White are less gaudy but I like both.
25. Blinking Lights or Still Lights: Still unless they blink in time to music
26. Were you Naughty or Nice this year? Let's go with nice.
27. What do you want for Christmas this year?: See an earlier post.
28. When do you open your gifts?: Christmas morning — with the exception of gift exchange stuff and stuff received at parties etc.
29. What's the best gift you've ever received?: Let's be diplomatic and say the gift of life! 🙂
30. What's the worst gift you've ever received?: uh… not applicable.
32. Have you ever head a Secret Santa? yes.
33. Do you like wrapping gifts?: If I didn't, would I volunteer so many hours for a charity gift wrap, eh?

Random
34. Do you put change in those red buckets?: Not usually.
35. Do you burn a yule log?: No, I lack a fireplace.
36. Can you name all the reindeer?: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen (plus Rudolph)
37. Do you bake cookies?: Rarely.
38. Have you ever seen your mommy kissing Santa Clause?: Nope.
39. Have you ever gotten a kiss under the mistletoe?: Nope. I've seen it once or twice at a party though.
40. Do you go caroling?: Occasionally. SUCH FUN!
41. Do you drive around and look at the Christmas lights?: Well, I don't drive, but I've ridden along many a time.
42. Have you ever left Santa cookies?: When I was younger, yes.
43. Have you ever sat on Santa's lap?: Yes, of course.
44. Who do you celebrate Christmas with?: My immediate family mostly.
45. Where do you celebrate Christmas?: At my parents'
46. Have you ever had a white Christmas?: Usually, it is white.
47. What part of Christmas do you look most forward to?: The whole season!
48. Have you ever had your picture taken with Santa?: I believe so.
49. Does your family always take a picture at Christmas? Not particularly, but it happens.
50. Have you ever heard the song Thank God For Kids by The Oakridge Boys? Not to my knowledge.
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I have vices… and they're not just procrastinating or thinking not enough of myself…

People ask me what my vices are, as if I'm too good to be true, as if my lack of consumption of alcohol or my not having a potty mouth or not drinking coffee or cola is some sort of quality that makes me more angelic than most. Well I'm not.

I figured out this week what the best answer to that question would be, what my vices are. And they're not the vices that people might expect — sure I might have other things that I do that some people might think are wrong, or not socially accepted or whatever by whomever they are… You know I'm not perfect… but the following are the vices that I'm thinking I'm thinking about this time.

— Doing too much. These past few months, especially the past few weeks, I've been feeling more and more burnt out. This doesn't mean that I want to stop doing any of the things that I currently am doing, but rather that I need to work at remembering to take the time to recharge — and more than just every now and again. To a certain degree my procrastination is caused by this. The stress inherent in this is likely part of the reason why I'm not always perfectly happy with life — I can get pretty down pretty easily… and while I figured out long ago that I need to spend time with my friends on a more regular basis than I do if I want to be happy, this is also one of the problems involved.

— Sleep deprivation. I have a bigger sleep deficit than I probably need to have. It's more than just a little annoying, to put it mildly. I don't have the energy reserves I once did.

— Sugar. I simply can't do the sugar thing any more. That's the realization I've been struggling to make this year I think. This summer when I was ill at work it was from lack of eating regularly. Last Thursday I was ill at work because I wasn't eating regularly. My energy levels aren't working out the way they ought to, and because I'm too lazy to cook right all of the time, I need to be more darn careful what I'm putting into my body. I've always craved vegetables and whole grains, but I don't think my body is handling processed food very well at all anymore. I get sugar headaches more and more frequently lately. I've always gotten these when I ate something sweet that was too sweet, or had too much of some sugary concoction, but yesterday I felt like I was getting one from ONE SINGLE Hershey's CHOCOLATE KISS. It's not as bad with anything that has more substance to it, but really it's a problem.

I've always had a good appetite. I've always stayed away from gorging on candy and sweets (case in point, I still have chocolate left from Europe), but this is more than just mildly annoying. The fact that I crave healthy food, and while I can still eat (and do) junk on occasion, I veer away from it and keep it in moderation by nature. And really, fast food of certain types no longer appeals to me as much as it once did.

This scares me though. Because Vegas taught me that white bread, lack of veggies, and fatty foods can be more than just problematic in combination. Because Burger King and Taco Bell taught me of the evils of processed fast food. Because I felt ill last year for having consumed too much processed cheese. Because I can't just do the sugar thing anymore.

But sometimes that's all that's available. And I NEED to eat regularly or I get stomach aches. I always have had stomach aches when I've been hungry.

My former favorite chocolate bar, Crispy Crunch, even in Halloween Treat size, gave me a 'too much sugar' feeling today. And really that tells the tale.

And considering how little I enjoy cooking… this isn't as easy as it otherwise may be.

2007 Year in review-type quiz from Jackie

WITH 2007 COMING TO AN END:

1. Have you had any relationships this year? If you count dating for a few dates, then sure.
2. Have you had your birthday yet? Sure.
3. Drank Starbucks? unfortunately.
4. Went camping? no, not this year.
5. Met someone special? sure. I've met lots of great friends and awesome people.
6. Been out of country? yes.
7. What are you thinking about? my lack of free time and sleep.
8. How many people have you gotten into a fight with this year? none physically, and as for verbally, I don't consider any of the arguments I've been involved in fights.

HAVE YOU…
1.) Hugged someone? yes, but not often enough.
2.) Slept in someone else's bed? no.
3.) Got a job? The same one as usual.
4.) Loaned out money? No.
5.) Gotten in a car accident? no.
6.) Gone over your mobile phone bill? I don't own a mobile phone. My lack of cell phone knowledge proved to me yet again today in class.
7.) Been called a bitch? not to my knowledge.
8.) Done something you regret? Other than ridiculously stupid thoughts and such, not particularly. And I guess starting silly arguments, or being too people-pleasing and not assertive enough or too assertive or… okay yeah. I've regrets, but they're not situationally specific enough to quantify them.

LASTS:
Last person you hugged? Jackie
Last person to call you? Uh… I don't know.
When was the last time you felt stupid? In class today re: cell phones
Who did you last yell at? Uh… yell? Me? Right… I can't remember.
What did you do today? Worked 8hrs, went to class, came home. 🙂

FIRSTS:
1. Who was your first prom date? N/A
2. Do you still talk to your first love? no
3. What was your first alcoholic drink? Whole drink? Champagne
4. What was your first job? Well you could include babysitting, or hostessing for Teacher's Convention, or substitute flyer delivery, but really Cashier is probably my first real job that stuck.
5. What was your first car? not applicable.
6. Who was the first person to text you today? not applicable.
7. Who is the first person you thought of this morning? *sighs* fictional characters — like Mr. Right for example *sighs*
8. Who was your first grade teacher? I don't remember her name off hand. I could look it up… *shrugs* She got homesick after one year teaching out west and went back to Quebec… she later sent us all postcards though.
9. Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane? Quebec City — actually we had a layover in Toronto first, but you get the idea.
10. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with? I never had to sneak out. I just told my parents where I was going.
11. Who was your FIRST best friend and are you still friends with them? Meghan. And no, I haven't seen her in AGES, although James did tell me a bit about her when she was mentioned last week.
12. Where was your first sleepover? In Meghan's backyard, in a tent.
13. Who was the first person you talked to today? Uh… Fareeda?
14. Whose wedding were you in the first time? I've never been IN a wedding party, but my first wedding to attend was my youngest aunt's wedding.
15. What was the first thing you did this morning? get out of bed.
16. What was the first concert you ever went to? Uh… Real concert? Uh… Savage Garden? Or do any of the random outdoor shows or Music Festivals count?
17. First tattoo or piercing? not applicable.
18. First foreign country you went to? The United States for shopping excursions
19. Who was your real first kiss? Scott
20. When was your first detention? uh, not applicable
21. What was the first province you lived in? BC
22. Who was the first person to really break your heart? Uh… Well… depends on how you quantify things I guess. I'd like to think that no one has, but really, I'd probably have to list Jeff here if I'm going to be honest with myself. *shrugs*
23. Who was your first roommate? Kim
24. Who will be the first to repost this? *shrugs* /