In which I swoon because the songs are just that great…

It had been years since I had seen Lindsey, let alone known (really known) what she'd been up to. So attending a send off concert for her trip to Germany to study Opera singing was more than enjoyable. I must say that I think I appreciate opera more than I once did, but I still think I liked the English language tunes best — and the more musical theatre type songs were my faves, but overall it was a great concert.

Note to self: do not wear shoes not worn 3 months previously for the first time for a 10+ block walk.

In other news, my bookshelf is now organized. Which is great except my BOOKS I HAVEN'T READ YET section (aka one full bookshelf including well over 100 books) is rather overwhelming.

Bye rob! And congrats to Trisia!

Another eventful evening: this time the awesome launch of Red Nettle Press! Trisia outdid herself, really and I had an excellent evening (and picked up a couple great chapbooks, one by rob mclennan and Trisia Eddy and another by Jeff Carpenter, and had them both signed). Great food, FAB poetry and spirit… yes indeed I had a great time!

I even ran into Mary (from swim team from way back when… it had been ages — I didn't even know she frequented poetry events). Others I saw were Alice, Patrick and well the list could go forever.

I'll definitely miss seeing rob around though. We never did get together just to chat… but if I'm ever in Ottawa I'll be sure to track him down (that is if he's not somewheres else promoting a new book!).

Oh and if anyone's at all interested I have an excerpt of My Obaasan in the Work of Arts magazine (this is the UofA Alumni magazine for the faculty of Arts). It felt incredibly difficult to butcher the poem for publication (if it didn't fit on a page, it wouldn't get in) but I'm pretty happy with the result. Besides, it has a rather huge circulation, which can't hurt! Now to write more good poetry and prose…

Meme city! (courtesy of Beth)

Copy and paste to your own journal, erase my answers, and add your own. Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following questions.They have to be real places, names &/or objects, but nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person you got this from has the same 1st initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question.

1) 4 LETTER WORD: Able
2) BOY NAME: Aaron
4) OCCUPATION: Aeronautics Engineer
5) A COLOR: Azure
7) BEVERAGE: Apricot nectar
8) FOOD: Apples
10) A PLACE: Australia
11) REASON FOR BEING LATE: Ate too much

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Uh… sort of: Kira's from We The Living by Ayn Rand. My parents liked the name Ali which I believe was the name of an actress at the time, but I don't think I was named after her.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? *shrugs* I don't know.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING Sure, it's neat an legible. I like handwriting.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? I eat lunch meat? That's pretty rare! When I do however it's usually honey ham or chicken or turkey… but again I RARELY eat this anymore.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? I need to cut down on this. Realistically when I do use it it's pretty obvious, but still…
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? It's not on my list of things to do. Hangliding or zip lines are however.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? in some ways, sure!
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their attitude and the way they carry themselves… and of course general appearance.
16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? my habit of comparing myself to others too often.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST: Those people I so rarely see that I can forget their awesomeness… *sighs* the passage of time causes so many changes…
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? I'm wearing a jean skirt (which I adore!) and bare feet.
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? soft boiled egg on whole wheat toast.
22. If you were a crayon what color would you be? Red
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Good food! 🙂
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Beth is a great person!
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Hockey, Figure Skating (all ice sports really), water sports, team sports if live…
27. Hair color Dark brown
28. Eye color Brown
30. FAVORITE FOOD? Interesting food. Usually of the main course variety.
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy I suppose. But hey reality-based tv is often really frightening (and I'm not talking about reality tv shows).
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Gosh has it been really long enough since I've seen a movie that I don't remember what it was? I watched Benny & Joon recently.
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? It's a black phage sleeveless V-neck with a macrophage on it. I adore this top! It makes me look great!
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Spring or fall! 🙂
36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Uh… something not too sweet or rich… but unusual.
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? I'm reading a book? I'm actually reading November's Harpers, a Success from Home magazine and How to Walk in High Heels (which I find impractical and amusing more often than educational)… and I'm reorganizing my bookshelves AGAIN. Books just seem to grow and multiply.
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? The CKI graphic standards
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? I didn't I went to a small press launch
42. FAVORITE SOUND Good music
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Taiwan? I don't know which point in Taiwan was the furthest from home however. I don't think Europe was farther.
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? One for stating the obvious.
48. WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN? Read, write, enter contests, spend time with friends doing random things, dance, eat, have fun! 🙂
49. WHAT'S YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE Gosh, just one? Let's go with a tie between Nice Girls Don't Explode (which I really wanna own), 10 Things I Hate About You, The Pianist, Romeo and Juliet (1968), and Where the Heart Is.
50. FAVORITE HOLIDAY? The winter holiday season.

Sleepercar! (oh and Black Lungs and City and Colour…)

Last night I took advantage of my contest win and attended the City and Colour concert at the Jubilee with my brother. Not unsurprisingly I found the opener the best out of all three bands preforming — I love watching concerts at venues like the Jubilee btw, less stressful than the jostling standing type but also AMAZING accoustics!

The first band of the night, Black Lungs was pretty interesting. A really short set — I think I liked the keyboardist better than the singer (the singer, like City and Colour is also an alexisonfire bandmember.

City and Colour itself was pretty good but was so similar in songs that I started liking the ones with the addition of great drumming or tambourine or the singing of Sleepercar as additions better than the normal stuff. That plus the fact that it was all so mellow that it found me wanting to sleep made me consider this GREAT music not exactly perfect for me — in moderation I rather like the tunes but other than that… not something I'm going to seek out.

But Sleepercar… that's a band I totally enjoyed. More energy than the other two somehow, and somehow a more fun feel to it too. Loved how they looked on stage, and the fun of the harmonica playing and the guitars and keyboards etc. A very fun second opener. Logan even got me in the line to buy the CD after the show from the artist (nice guy it seemed in person too — which NEVER hurts). He signed the case (so my collection of signed CDs grows…).

Definitely a good time.

I can bartend, and adventure… on a weekend with friends

Friday night, I bartended the Big Rock Eddies. Thus, I learned more than I ever planned on learning about Big Rock's selection of beers (and one cider!) without imbibing a drop (you know I don't drink right?). Great fun and such crazy outfits — ballgowns and blue jeans and everything in between. A lot of alcohol was consumed and I learned that Chop makes great crab dip stuff and that the Sawmill makes good meat (duh!). Fun all round plus I got paid for it (woo!).

Saturday was Kevin's going away party — meaning that while I operated on next to no sleep (work was counterproductive at best), I had a blast at Tasty Tom's and at Block 1812 with friends. Great stuff and awesome people — Kevin has great taste in friends.

Sunday was planned relaxation — which means that I ran into Matthew and Finnegan and played numerous board games as his place while enjoying tea. Ticket to Ride, Great Wall of China, War of 1812, and Thebes are all great as two player games! 🙂 Finnegan is sure a cutie (still a cutie!) too!

Monday, upon meeting up with Vivian she described my outfit as perfect for fighting baddies… I loved the compliment and thought it would be great to dive into a computer game with that type of garb.

So now that my sleep deprivation comes to an end, I look forward to tomorrow night's concert.

I just keep winning! Who wants to join me to see City and Colour at the Jubilee on the 28th?

The concert is at 8pm and provided I get the tickets couriered to me in time, I've won two tickets. I would love to have some great company! 🙂

Apparently I'm getting good at winning things again!

Anyway, send me a message or reply or shoot me an email and we'll arrange to go together.

No I'm not some sort of super fan or anything… but I did win the contest so I'm looking forward to attending, and the Jubilee is a great venue.

So sore…

Apparently doing a ridiculous amount of physical activity is rather uh… soreness inducing.

In other news, running a children's tour at work is intensely amusing. The squeals when in the freezer or in the cage or when seeing the lobster or the crabs or the flowers… are all worth hearing. Totally cute!

RATT Karaoke was a great ending to a VERY rainy day. Awesome to see Peter, Anna and Colin there. Of course others I recognize and know were there, but seeing as I didn't budge from the table I came to, which was realistically rather out of the way, I highly doubt anyone save Carla (to whom I said 'bye' before she left) noticed I was there. Some people's voices were quite ear-grabbingly horrible this time around… but others were so amazing that I was still very glad to be there.

I thank Colin's intelligent advice to take the LRT home rather than walking in my sodden apparel. Honestly I can be pig-headed at times…

Anyhow I was amazed this morning at just how late I was able to sleep. Hopefully I'll do the same tomorrow.

Tix to Disney booked… oh and poetry readings rock… especially the ridiculously intimate ones…

… even if VERY FEW people attend a particular poetry reading (like for example, the one I attended last night, where only somewhere between 4 and 6 of us were not the readers themselves), hearing GREAT poetry is very much worth it. And I must be getting exercise these days seeing as I walked to and from Cafe Select, my sore muscles telling me repeatedly that they are so sore… It was Rob's last reading as host here (thank goodness Trisia is taking over!), and I even got to have a long chat with Alice Major (and the other readers, but I think I talked most with Alice Major)… which was cool! Who would have thought I'd be providing her with advice?

On the way home, a Taxi cab nearly ran me over (dratted Yellow Cab!), but dancing in the rain on the way home was terribly fun once I got over my fright.

And poetry readings inspire me to write more poetry. WOO!

Another day off spent online (as I recover from walking walking and more walking (talking).

Following a relatively lazy Sunday, it only makes sense that Victoria Day was spent with David and Jason walking. And I don't just mean a little jaunt like the 75ish blocks from Friday. No, HIKING across SNOWDRIFTS down hills, on paths of rock and pavement, across roads and bridges, to the zoo and…

YES that was 5 hrs of walking: From the University through the river valley to Emily Murphy Park to Hawerlak Park to Wilfred Laurier Park to the Zoo (well to the electric fence and THEN the zoo) through the zoo and back home JUST in time for work [and somehow, thanks to David's long legs encouraging me to walk faster I wasn't late for work].

My feet ached all shift — and my body hurt since the line up for food was far slow moving at the zoo to get any, and while David's granola bars were more than scrumptious, I apparently need more substantial food to survive.

So after work (holiday pay!) some co-workers and I closed BPs… in a most amusing way. Great it was to spend some moments outside shifts with these excellent people… and hey the pizza wasn't bad either.

Something tells me that walking ridiculous amounts isn't necessary, as much as it is a heck of a lot of fun!

Excellent meetings and greetings… and celebrations and verbs and…

adverbs? uh… yeah… so we played a game of verbs and adverbs which resulted in crazy laughter… which was followed by YouTube craziness (ROBOT CHICKEN! etc.) But really yesterday was a rather rad day (did I just write rad? Why yes I did!)

At the end of my work shift yesterday I ran into Matthew and eventually Tessa and Finnegan. We chatted for a time in the beautiful sunshine before I headed home to play with stickers (I have far too many but this is likely a good thing) and head out to Peter's most excellent birthday party (at Colin's house). Not only did I meet some excellent people, but I got to try a new Pho restaurant (which did not contaminate any of its food with cilantro! WOO! 🙂 ) and spend some time in the beautifully green backyard. Loads of awesome trees bordered the yard… and there were fish! Yes fish! Just like in the pond in the Confucius temple in Taiwan except for the fact that they were in tiny full circles instead of a large half circle. Nifty!

And conversation led to YouTube which led to music videos and commercials and the revelation of my YouTube Josh Rimer addiction. I've of course many vids I watch on YouTube but yeah… Josh's vids are some of my faves. And somehow I think they found him entertaining. Which is more than I expected realistically.

Friday night was also a success. I checked out Stop and Shop for the second year running, AND was one of the first 25 in line (meaning I got a wonderful swag bag which I totally enjoy — FREE STUFF!) AND found both a necklace and a hipband that I purchased. After a further 30someodd blocks I made it to Olwyn's Mary Kay launch which was great fun (and lengthy but great!), here is where I chose to replace some of my skin care products as I not only did not react to the sunscreen but enjoyed most of the skincare stuff. I'm still a MAC makeup aficionado however, but I do look forward to getting my new skincare stuff! AND I even picked up some travel makeup brushes (which MAC does not carry regularly) so I was superly stoked! 🙂

But enough about my long weekend. I work tonight and tomorrow night. Money is a good thing.