I am ridiculously busy… as usual.

So since I last wrote, Reading Week has come and gone, and with it CKI DCON among other things. Here's a quick recap of some noteworthy happenings!
-Wednesday, I went to a conference for work, which was great (although I was likely exposed to more secondhand smoke than I would like to be for like a year but whatever), and included my WINNING Oilers tix for March 2nd. Yay for being Miss. SmartyPants! 😉
-Jackie and I watched the eclipse from a park bench — great to see just how the moon changes when the Earth's shadow passes over it.
-Thursday, Susan and I picked Carrie up from the airport (she stayed at my place on the weekend as I was her host) before District Day of service began (complete with some TV coverage of our service project at the food bank (part of our group also cooked at Ronald McDonald House)
-Crazy costumes were the aim of the day for opening session that evening — I was Ingamald from the Ingamald Trilogy by Gail Sidonie Sobat — meaning my character was obscure enough that no one knew how well or how poorly I was dressed for the character — Arwen, a Hufflepuff, a witch doctor, an Enron VP, a ninja pirate, and others made their presence known. Oh and we built balloon towers.
-Workshops and the HOD were the aim of the day on Friday. This included a crazy game wherein we passed objects. Great fun! And yes, I did present the powerpoint on the Mammoth project. After a dinner at BPs, we had some more fun including cards, medieval dance, pool, foozeball, and so on. Mike made a great girl during the Medieval dancing though!
-Saturday morning I showed the interested Winnipegers the mall (along with Carrie). We rode the Galaxy Orbiter, saw much wildlife (penguins, flamingos, coral, sea turtles, fish, sharks, stingrays, etc.), and basically the mall.
-The afternoon included some more fun by way of a Kiwanis family session (it's too bad that the Key club members didn't attend), and a stress busting workshop including breathing exercises and yoga!
-The banquet went well as usual — I got to pie Ian in exchange for my donation to the Tomorrow Fund! In addition the boys beat the girls at pictionary this time around — I think that they have been getting progressively better over the years… and this one's no exception… apparently my CKI district needs more good female pictionary players! 😉
-Sunday, Carrie and I went out for breakfast before I sent her to the airport via shuttle — she didn't get home what with delays and whatnot until the next day.
-I finished my necessary readings (I still have more to read, of course) and went on an unsuccessful trip to the mall to shop for dresses, where I bought nothing.

Anyone have any good suggestions of where to go for nice frocks? You know, party dresses and the like. I'd like to spend under $100 each on a couple of new dresses, preferably not black (I have too many gorgeous black dresses as is), that would be dance-ready. Yes, I'm sure I have other constraints, but the first problem is to find a place that actually sells the said type of clothing!

-I finally watched Dianna's Pride and Prejudice DVD (the newer one with Kiera Knightley. It was better than I expected in some ways, similar to the 6hr BBC miniseries in others, and way too fast paced. But that said, I liked it, just not as much as the BBC version!
-Monday was for work and sushi and school. No use complaining.
-Today I'm going to do a bunch of homework as well as presenting at a Kiwanis meeting, and somehow (hopefully) getting some sleep… please?! 🙂

Other random musings — I keep winning stuff and a rose on Valentines is still a good gesture…

… even when you get it from your place of employment. Yes, work was great this week with the provision of a rose for every female employee (well the men could get them if they wanted, but really… and yes this was unfair but it's the first time work's done anything like that for us on Valentine's so that was cool. I also got some candy from a co-worker — which turned my teeth pink *yay!* 😉

Also, I'm still winning things. I may have another movie preview pass (depends on the mail), and I will be reviewing a YA Graphic Novel in the next week or two — and possibly doing a book talk on it too for class (two birds with one stone!). So that's always a plus.

But my to-do list keeps growing. And I'm not getting enough sleep (or so my body keeps telling me). I need to exercise more, I need to eat better (right portions at right times more than anything actually) and I need to write more. The most success is happening with the writing thing at the moment, although that's not saying much.

Other important things on my to-do list: host a board games night in the next few weeks? Go shopping with Jackie? Clean house? HOMEWORK! And so on.

Oh and in other news, being a student means that I was excused from jury duty this time. Which is good. This means I'll be able to go to Kiwanis ICON and CKI ICON and all the rest of my summer plans which I was hoping for! 🙂

A Brief Update… plus invite to the CKI Murder Mystery (as many of you may have heard of it).

So it's been a while since I last posted… but I have been a busy critter… so here's a brief update whether you really need one or not!
Saturday's Valentine's Dance was excellent! It was so great seeing ol' friends again and dancing — I definitely don't do enough of that anymore. BPs afterward was fab, especially as for once I wasn't working the next day!
The Citadel's production of Macbeth on Sunday was great — of course I'm too big of a Macbeth fan for my own good, meaning I nitpick and think of all the passages missing rather than all the great aspects of the performance — which frankly was pretty awesome (though mildly unusual, especially with the portrayal of the witches).
On Wednesday, my supposed day off (where I actually had to get training to run the new self checkouts at work but whatever), I saw Studio Theatre's production of While We're Young — which frankly blew my socks off so to speak. If a play can make me think that much about both topical and historical issues, if a play can cause me to both laugh AND cry, if a play can be such fun yet have such depth and so on — it's one damn good play. It's only too bad more people didn't see the world premiere of this performance. Wow.
Valentine's Day meant a midterm at school — but in my first class one of my peers fed us chocolate during her presentation, so it started on a great note! The midterm went smoothly enough too. At work, it was a gong show — our first day with the self-checkouts and while I liked the change in the routine, it's a lot less predictable, and perhaps a lot more entertaining — something to get used to in any case!
Friday night, I went to the Attitude reception and Alberta Ballet's performance of Dangerous Liaisons. Wow. I'd never been to the Ballet before, and based on this experience, I'd totally recommend it to anyone. Sure I was up in the second balcony and couldn't see perhaps as well as I'd like, it was still amazing, and worth seeing. I finally understand the Alberta Ballet's ad campaign — totally right when it is said that you should think again when you think that you don't like the ballet. Really. Wow.

So now that my present theatrical kick seems to have semi-run its course (I love theatre!), back to my regular programming I suppose. Which means I really need to catch up on my email (ack!) and there's a paper I have due on Monday. YES. This Monday. Holiday Monday. I know. *shrugs* I should totally start writing. *sighs* We all know this won't happen until tomorrow of course. And I still don't know what I'll be writing.

BTW if you're interested, you're invited to:
CKI's Murder Mystery — (which I've been helping put together)

Need a break from midterms, or just want a chance to hang out, have a
great dinner, and have some fun? Join us for this year's Formal and
Murder Mystery on Saturday, March 1, 2008! Roles (both major and
minor) will be given to everyone, and it will be up to you to solve
the mystery. Please email Christine if you plan to attend, and
include any dietary restrictions/allergies you may have.

Date: Saturday, March 1, 2008
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Location: Aurora Room, Lister Conference Center
Cost: $15 members ($18 non-members)
Contact: Christine: email circlek@ualberta.ca and address the email to Christine with subject as Murder Mystery — we need to know ASAP to write characters!

Body Worlds is coming to Edmonton in June! Awesome!

So I picked up a copy of the Metro this morning on my way back from getting blood work done, and from a glance at the cover photo, I was smiling with joy: Body Worlds is coming to the Telus World of Science in June!! I SO loved this exhibit in Portland and now there's another opportunity to take it in!! There are many people I know who'd enjoy this (especially Kim!). Exciting!!

In other news… it's been a good week. Work's going well. I'll likely not have to do jury duty (I talked to some other students who were summoned in the past, and they were able to get excused because of their classes too). CKI elections went well: no vacancies [it was still a gong show, but what else is new?] — for the first time in YEARS it's all female though. Kevin treated us (the 8 girls who remained after the meeting) to dinner at RATT.

I'm finally catching up on my internet usage stuff. And today is going to be awesome (although my feet are still semi-frozen from the walk to the Allin Clinic) with a haircut planned, meeting up with Heather, and some more work on the CKI murder mystery.

The weekend will be great as well: I'm totally excited about going stag to the Valentine's dance again, having a Sunday off, and seeing Macbeth, my FAVORITE Shakespeare!!

Did I mention that I met the actor who is going to be playing Angus when he came through my till on 15% Tuesday, his first day in Edmonton? Talking to him made me even more excited!!

Now if only I can get my totally awesome readings done in time…. 🙂

Marriage age quiz from Heather


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
[] You think politics are exciting
[] Your parents have better things to say than your friends

Total: 5

[] 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
[] You understand political jokes the first time they are said
[x] You can type quickly

total: 4

[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 the x`s and title subject with the sum as My marriage age is —
{28 YRS OLD}

Physical exhaustion is inevitable…

But all the same I've been having such a great time!

Last night, Erin's housewarming was such fun… I must say I rather enjoyed playing Rock Band for the first time, even if I wasn't terribly skilled or anything. It was fun. Even with my sore throat, I had a blast 'singing' to all these songs I vaguely remembered. Apparently I did decently at some of 'em even. I never did think Bowie would be my strong suit!

And then today I finished reading The Golden Compass (which makes His Dark Materials yet another series of books that I'll need to complete reading… dratted serieses! 😉 ). I can completely understand the outcry against the book from religious factions… mind you I think somehow that aspect of the book caused me to enjoy it all the more (go figure!). It was nice to see such an interesting way of using religion (and abuse thereof) to focus a plot that has nothing to do with the Church as it stands today (now whether or not there are underlying criticisms in the novel etc. that is another story). The book was well crafted and had me spellbound which was awesome. I wonder what parts were kept in the movie version though.

Anywho, I'd best get off to bed… I do never seem to get enough rest these days.

Quick update of sorts….

It's been a busy week. Not only am I busily reading for class, but I've been busy outside of work and school too!

Tuesday, Jackie and I went for dinner at Il Portico. I had a splendid time with some rather yummy food — I especially liked the bread with oil/vinegar and the salad. The peppers were fabulous, the pasta cooked to perfection and the dessert delicious!

Wednesday, I took Nancy to the Three Days Grace concert at the Shaw. This was pretty awesome — while I certainly am not familiar enough with the band to know all of their songs or anything, it was a rather lot of fun. The downside being that the stage banter didn't seem to reflect anything about their knowledge of the crowd or Edmonton or anything. It was still a pretty awesome time — especially after waiting in the ridiculous line to get in.

And then today, I went to the 7th Annual Gala in Blue Jeans Volunteer Appreciation event for the Stollery Children's Hospital at the Royal Alberta Museum. I took Mike with me, partially as Beth was unable to attend. This was great fun — it's surprising how much more fun the museum is with company. The food was good (Elizabethan caterer), as was the ceremony part. There aren't any really unique exhibits going on at the museum now, but I did get to see some awesome new stuff like an OLD Oil Kings jersey and some really really awesome stuff regarding Aboriginal history from the Red River and Westward… It reminded me of just how much Ian would love to see that extra temporary gallery, that is if his past visit to the museum was any indication.