Off to Orlando…

So I'm almost set to depart for my first FULL Kiwanis International Convention (technically it's my 4th as I made appearances in 2003 at Indianapolis [namely a particular International President's suite party, as well as part of opening session], 2004 at St. Louis [I carried the Canadian flag in the opening ceremonies], and 2006 in Montreal [the best HOD ever, plus some workshops, the closing session and lunch with CKI staff and SLP members]. Hopefully I'll see and meet even more great Kiwanians en route to my building a Kiwanis club this fall!

Now to get more packing done…

First Aid needed during a First Aid course… and other adventures.

It seems I'm rather tired these days. Mostly as I've been waking up for 6am each morning this past week. Strange… I also think this tiredness impacts my ability to run on varied food sources.

Then again it could just be adrenaline. Which I think has a lot to do with my odd sensations this afternoon.

You see, this morning one of the participants in the first aid course I am taking fell out of his chair while watching the video for AEDs. He was having a seizure. We all helped ensure his safety (removal of hazards, reassurance once he regained consciousness etc.) and ensured that medical aid arrived (especially seeing as he had never had a seizure before — or at least he never knew that he had ever had such a thing)… definitely an adventure… it reminds me of when I took drivers ed and the instructor was in a car accident… that kind of weird likes to happen.

(oh and yes, he's okay… he does have to go figure out why on earth he was having a seizure however… and his not having eaten breakfast didn't help things I don't think… another reminder to remember to eat right. I was happy I had an extra granola bar for him when the paramedics asked if anyone had one)

So with that kind of stress and the early mornings (not to mention the fun of actually performing CPR on the doll… and the happiness that is being rather GOOD at the course this time around, rather than just being average or slightly better than average)… I found it harder to deal with the bright sunshine and the motion of bus number 3 on the way home. Sushi helped (as did a nap and a shower) but I think the whole day made me look forward to Orlando more.

Now if only I could get Denver booked. GAH!

Two degrees… and this one is prettier than the last….

So I did indeed cross the stage this morning and was granted my second degree, this time with distinction (which honestly was a surprise to me, showing that I wasn't paying attention). I don't know if the ceremony felt more meaningful, but I was definitely paying more attention than some members of the crowd (way to ruin it for everyone) although I wasn't as detail oriented as some.

I rather enjoyed how the chancellor took the time to personally congratulate me. That was a nice touch. It was also nice to see the university president when she wasn't shopping for groceries! 🙂 I'm also glad that I was able to see Nick, Elizabeth, Chris and Melissa in the crowd. Certainly there were a few others there, but with over 600 people, I'm not surprised that I didn't see anyone else I really knew well.

It felt good go convocate. I'm very pleased that I attended the ceremony. It was also fun to spend time with my parents. Now if only I could have slept better beforehand….

Hopefully I'll see some of you in the next hours or days?

Interests meme plus a few musings

Lately it seems I'm always posted when I'm physically exhausted. Of course when I'm not physically exhausted I'm walking for miles as it is summer and the weather is occasionally cooperating (to put it mildly). *shrugs* whatever.

This is a meme I got from Jackie: if you comment to this entry, I will list 7 of your interests so that you can explain/talk about them.
Here are those Jackie requested that I explain (and perhaps afterward I'll update mine as I haven't done so in years).

creativity — certainly while I'm often rule bound, I'm a huge fan of using creativity in whatever ways possible, be it in writing or in art or pretty much anything whether I'm watching or participating… creativity is key!

dancing — I occasionally ballroom dance. But really I enjoy dancing of all types and wish that I could do them all. I'm especially curious to try out various types of dancing lately and love just going out and groovin' to the music. In fact I often move my feet to the tunes played at work while working… lots of good beats (regardless of the qualities of the songs). Apparently I'm a pretty decent follow (in ballroom) and I definitely have a good sense of beat.

food — I adore eating good and INTERESTING food. With the exception of my extreme cilantro aversion, I'm pretty open as to food I'm willing to try and devour — of course I too have my tastes. I much prefer interesting or unusual fare to standard and possibly boring selections. In addition I'm a big fan of balanced meals and colourful meals (some of the worst meals ever have been monochrome or lacking of food groups). I much prefer main course type food to desserts as well — I find most desserts to be either too sweet, too rich or too coffee flavoured (okay so coffee is abhorrent as a flavour too).

ideas — I'm a big fan of innovation. Ideas that changed the world, that kind of thing. I absorb a LOT of information on a regular basis, and follow some of it (that which I pick out as being useful). Realistically ideas are one of the major reasons I pursue so much education, as I find the more exposed to them I am, the more invigorated I am about life.

people — While I definitely don't have the world's best people skills (and am notoriously more phone shy than the vast majority), I definitely find people both fascinating and amazingly awesome. I treasure all my far flung friends (and nearby ones) and love to meet new people. Of course my not being superhuman prevents me from communicating as regularly with my Facebook friends as I would perhaps like, but there are worse things… if I don't actually interact with people each day I tend to get a bit down.

trivial pursuit — I used to be a huge Trivial Pursuit Online addict. It was the awesomest free online board game for quite some time… that is until they eliminated it and recreated it as a sucky pay-service which I definitely didn't get involved with. Still it's one game I certainly miss. I love trivial pieces of knowledge. I'm totally in pursuit of knowledge… trivial or not… and so this was at one point a real fun pursuit of mine.

walking — Not only is walking my mode of transportation of choice, but it allows me to explore things from ground level, winding myself through paths not traveled by cars, and smell the roses so to speak. I love how walking is good exercise, great for the environment, and allows me to commune with my imagination and thoughts if alone, and catch up with another awesome individual if in the company of someone. It's generally an activity that most people can participate in somehow (and if disabilities mean mobility aids so be it, but walking is much more everyone-friendly than most sports for example). I just love walking and I think this week (and my feet!) tell the tale… mmmm…

In other news life certainly has not slowed down since my last post. It felt great to walk in the rain (when it wasn't those nasty BIG drops) on Wednesday before and after the gym.

Elaine's going away party was a splendid encounter with gluttony (or shall I say good food?), as well as some crazy conversations, a lot of walking (I walked to That's Aroma 🙂 ), and some bunny ears for good measure. I'm going to miss her muchly.

Last night, Kelly's Phd party was splendid. Not only were there board games (yay for new people for the group!), but there was awesome pizza (the falafel pizza was splendid, the chicken one would have been more splendid if it wasn't for the cilantrification… 😉 ), great tea, and awesome antics. Did I mention just how much I adored Malcolm's jumping stilts? I even tried it myself (after signing a waiver) wearing as per usual terribly impractical clothing (but not heels). I thank Malcolm muchly for providing the opportunity to try bouncy stilts and not letting me faceplant or otherwise hurt myself. Great fun. Oksana also seemed potentially interested in my Kiwanis club building venture so that was neat (I rather find it interesting how I keep running into that family). Of course I also thank Kelly and everyone for their care and concern that I get home safe and sound following the party.

Today I'm simply exhausted however. And sore. Partially from the stilts and walking I'm sure, but I'm betting some of it has to do with sleep lack — I did work at 7am this morning. I had a nap after work which helped however and chose to take care of myself rather than overexerting myself and dancing or otherwise putting myself into a situation of even more sleep deficit. Priorities are important, right?

Oh and hopefully I remembered to invite the right people to my upcoming graduation and board gaming gatherings. Facebook is useful but does not replace my memory!

Delicious, delicious shoes… (and music and dancing and parties and bikes and…uhmmm food!)

Gotta love it when items on my 'wish to do' list get done. I also love the busy-ness of my life right now: mostly because I'm seeing people I care to see and relatively often (I wish there were fewer people on my list of people I HAVEN'T seen recently however… but one cannot have it all).

Saturday night, I attended Dance Inner-City, the first ever Spring Dance festival which was so perfect: not only did the weather utterly cooperate, but Sheena and Heather struck so many beauteous poses… and I loved the imagination striking images and the fun of it all — I even joined a couple times (to African and Native music) to dance barefoot in the luscious green grass. Such fun!

And then at Nancy's we got to hear her two newest songs! Such awesome tunes. AND I got to recall the strategy lacking Sorry (the board game) and flail about playing Wii games (woo!).

Sunday Olwyn and I played UpWords. Somehow we were ridiculously well matched. Great fun! Then more scrumptious food (I had already had sushi that day) at Sicilian Pasta Kitchen… yummy…

And Yesterday was ultimately ridiculously productive: Grocery shopping, Build-A-Bear (I finished making the NY bear I planned on creating in NYC), shoe shopping (two awesome semi-dressy pairs of sandals… I already have blisters from walking at least thirty blocks in one pair yesterday, but they're not even bad blisters or anything and I'll continue to wear those comfy heels… gotta love SofMoc! 🙂 But really, I learned that I have narrow feet (dratted shoes not liking me!), and picked up some shoes that SHOULD provide alternate tan lines (hopefully). All heels (since the flats didn't fit right) and comfy — how can I lose? Plus we all know Ali's love of basic black footwear!

And then I picked up new lip gloss from MAC… and went and ate yummy food at Golden Bird with Justin (first time catching up with him in months/years…) before a bike month movie at the Metro. Great stuff all in all!

So I'm looking forward to the next few days… and hoping to have even more adventures in AliLand… 😉

MY APARTMENT BUILDING IS RENTING!I

I promised SO MANY of you who are looking for a place to live and/or move out into that if my building EVER had vacancies, I'd let you all know about it. Well apparently (according to the sign outside) there's a bachelors suite available (I believe if I calculate it correctly there's only one bachelors suite in the whole building and it's next door to me). I don't know what the price would be but it wouldn't be bad (in fact compared to pricing in Edmonton right now it would likely be a pretty awesome deal). Fully renovated I believe too (unlike my apartment).
It's likely to go faster given just how AWESOME my building and landlord and location are!