The Bucket List meme

The Bucket List. Place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X from the ones you have not. This meme is making the rounds through Facebook. I'm not going to 'tag' anyone in it, but I am curious as to what everyone's done.

( ) Gone on a blind date
( ) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
(x) Been to Canada
(x) Been to Mexico
(x) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Hawaii
(x) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter
( ) Gotten lost
( ) Visited Washington, DC
(x) Swam in the ocean
(x) Cried yourself to sleep-
( ) Played cops and robbers
(x) Recently colored with crayons
(x) Sang Karaoke
(x) Paid for a meal with coins only
(x) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't.
( ) Made prank phone calls- when I was little and before caller ID.
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
( ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(x) Danced in the rain
(x) Written a letter to Santa
( ) Kissed under the mistletoe
(x) Watched the sunrise with someone
(x) Blown bubbles
(x) Gone ice-skating
(x) Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
( ) Gone snowmobiling
( ) Lived in more than one country
(x) Lived in more than one State/Province
(x) Admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(x) Wished upon a falling star
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
( ) Visited the Statue of Liberty
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
( ) Been on a cruise
(x) Traveled by train
(x) Traveled by motorcycle
(x) Been horse back riding
( ) Hiked through a slot canyon
( ) Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
(x) Been to Disneyland or Disney World
( ) Truly believe in the power of prayer
( ) Hiked through a rain forest
(x) Gone whale-watching
(x) Been to Niagara Falls
( ) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Gone to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Witnessed a glacier calf
(x) Gone White Water Rafting
( ) Been spinnaker flying
(x) Been water-skiing
( ) Been snow-skiing snowboarding
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey
(x) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
( ) Been to a Major League Baseball game
(x) Been to a National Football League game/CFL
(x) Been to National Hockey League game

I have a new computer! Many thanks to Grant for his help in this long procrastinated endeavor.

This week, I finally caved. Which in this case is a good thing. I finally decided that it was high time I actually did something about the non-functionality of my current computer (it needed replacing for at least the past 5 years), and buy myself a new machine.

Part of the reason why I postponed it was that I'm ridiculously frugal. The old machine still 'worked' you see, and therefore spending the money to replace it wasn't high enough on my list of priorities. In addition, I'm good at procrastinating. And like to be technologically backward… or rather this is my natural state of being. Regardless, I don't know much about computer systems themselves, having always had them built for me… or otherwise assembled from disparate parts. So, I always focused on having the 'right' expert in the field of computing (or equivalent) who actually wanted to help me get a new machine. I just never actually got further than the 'thinking part' of the 'getting a new computer' process.

Some people had suggested getting a Mac, but I had qualms. These included compatibility of programs, my ergonomic keyboard (as I honestly cannot type with anything close to the speed I can type on an ergonomic keyboard when using a normal one), my familiarity with different programs, my need to use certain things in combination etc. I'm indeed a strange one in this respect. And, had I not found a computer expert to help me, I would have probably still been contemplating getting a Mac for its stability, lack of compatibility problems etc.

But instead, last night Grant and I went to Future Shop and found a deal on a PC. This is an absolutely excellent computer for what I use it for (as I am realizing) and given that Grant knows a thing or two about PCs, it's working rather splendidly at the moment. I still need to rescue some files off of floppy discs, but otherwise my old computer is only functional as Beth needs to use it.

All that remains is organizing, getting Microsoft Office, and getting the printer up and running again I think (there's probably more but I don't know what that would be at the moment).

It's hard to believe just how fast things run when NOT using MY old computer!

And in other news, my internet speed will be increasing on Monday! Shaw called and let me know this, which is really stellar in my books (though bizarre).

Over the last ten days…

It strikes me that I have not written a real blog post in a while: in fact looking more closely the last non-meme post that I have written was from February 10. Now, unless I'm somehow even more sleep deprived than I think I am right now, a fair number of things have happened since the tenth of this month about which I will comment.

One of my dearest friends has left the country to teach English overseas. I still find it hard to believe just how far away she has gone, especially since she left the day I returned from my trip to Winnipeg (more about Winnipeg later). Nonetheless, for serendipitous reasons, I was able to attend her going away party, where I met a tonne (okay, so not a literal tonne, but you get the gist of what I'm trying to say) of absolutely excellent people. It was a good night for many people (myself included). Probably my favorite Friday the 13th on record, even though I did work from 7am-3pm that day.

Valentines began with a wonderful breakfast goodbye to Jackie at the Upper Crust restaurant. All together it was an amazingly great day though I definitely hadn't had enough sleep for ease of packing when it came to that evening and time to prepare for my trip to Winnipeg for DCON.

Sunday's flight to Winnipeg was delayed… but otherwise it was good. I arrived safe and sound and met up with Tracy and Louis pretty immediately. Spencer's family made great hosts and we got to do all sorts of sightseeing in Winnipeg:

Manitoba Museum (which I really enjoyed!), Festival de Voyageurs, The Forks, Skating on the Red River, Louis Riel's Grave, St. Boniface Cathedral, the University of Manitoba, etc. It was overall a great sightseeing experience. I so wish we had a skating rink like the Red River (the longest in the world!)… such fun! We went 2.5km at least, round trip!

And fun too! DDR, karaoke, tobogganing, snow-hill climbing, snow maze navigating, box-numbering (with a Sharpie), etc. And of course what was called We-Can's Wild Whopper of a Virgin Wassail. And really great food (French Canadian/Metis, and the whole gamut of more regular fare). I had a great time!

And the flight home was perfectly on time. Andrew's dad was generous enough to give me a ride home from the airport (and we had an excellent late lunch).

I still haven't unpacked but whatever. I'm back to working 7am shifts… and CLEARLY not getting enough sleep… but I'm not actually complaining about this fact.

Oh, and my souvenir from Winnipeg is this wonderful pair of mittens that are actually really warm and stylish. It's odd, but I keep buying mittens on my travels, first San Diego, and now Winnipeg… odd, isn't it?

4 things meme (from TJ)

Four things about me that you may or may not have known in no particular order.
Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Cashier 2. Health and Safety co-chair 3. Bartender 4. Hostess
Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. Where the Heart Is 2. 10 Things I Hate About You 3. Romeo and Juliet (1968) 4. The
Princess Bride
Four places I have lived:
1. Edmonton 2. Montreal 3. Revelstoke 4. Fort Saskatchewan
Four TV Shows that I watch:
1. That '70s Show (DVD) 2. Criminal Minds (when I catch it) 3. CSI 4. Big Bang Theory
(when I randomly catch it)
Four places I have been:
1. Taiwan 2. Orlando 3. Mexico 4. Winnipeg!
Four People who e-mail me (regularly):
1. Jackie 2. Kim 3. Devon 4. Dirk
Four of my favorite foods:
1. Sushi 2. Spinach 3. Pineapple 4. Raspberries
Four places I would rather be right now:
1. A different part of Edmonton 2. Taiwan 3. London 4. Luzern
Four friends I think will respond:
1. Jackie 2. Beth 3. Nancy 4. Carrie
Four things I look forward to this year:
1. Nashville 2. Birmingham 3. Random life adventures/events 4. Regina

Because I think Beth AND Matthew tagged me.

Rules: It's harder than it looks! Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and randomly tag 10 people (including me). Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real. . .nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice.

Tags: do this if you want, I'm not going to choose favorites.

Have Fun!!

1. What is your name: Ali
2. A four Letter Word: Able
3. A boy's Name: Alan
4. A girl's Name: Abigail
5. An occupation: Aviator
6. A colour: Azure
7. Something you wear: A-line skirt
8. A food: Apples
9. Something found in the bathroom: Astringent
10. A place: Alberta
11. A reason for being late: Asterix Comic books
12. Something you shout: Ahhh!
13. A movie title: Armageddon
14. Something you drink: Ades (as in lemonade or limeade)
15. A musical group: Archies
16. An animal: Aardvark
17. Street Name: Alberta Avenue
18. A type of car: Accent
19. Something scary: Axe murderers
20. Ice cream flavour: Apple pie

Books List meme

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
Do they think no one reads anymore?


Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE.
Star (*) those you plan on reading.
Tally your total at the bottom.
Put in a note with your total in the subject

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen x+
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien * (but I've heard it read aloud while I was in the room)
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte x+
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling x+
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible (I've read exerpts and the stories of the Bible)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte x
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell x+
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (but I've read The Golden Compass which is the first part!)
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens x+ (I disliked the movie, however)
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott x+
12 Tess of the DΓÇÖUrbervilles – Thomas Hardy (I've tried this before but couldn't get through it)
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller x+
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare * (I've read some but not all!)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien x+
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger *
19 The Time TravellerΓÇÖs Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot *
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell (I liked the movie, so the book can't be that bad, can it?)
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald *
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy *
25 The Hitch HikerΓÇÖs Guide to the Galaxy x+ (my favorite page is the first one of the first book!)
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky *
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll x+ (It's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, btw! And Through the Looking Glass)
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame x+
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy *
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis x+
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe x+ (isn't this part of the Chronicles of Narnia?)
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain CorelliΓÇÖs Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden x+ (well written, but not necessarily accurate)
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne x+
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell *
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (I watched the movie)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez x+ (I usually enjoy Marquez)
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving *
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery x+
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The HandmaidΓÇÖs Tale – Margaret Atwood (I should probably read this, as it's on my bookshelf)
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding *
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel *
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen *
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens * (I've read the first page, and I've seen a movie version)
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley x+ (adore this!)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon * (I totally need to read this)
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez *
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck *
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov * (I've only read excerpts but I want to finish it!)
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac * (I've SEEN the original manuscript! The exhibit at the NY Public Library was so amazing, I just MUST read this sometime)
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget JonesΓÇÖs Diary – Helen Fielding
69 MidnightΓÇÖs Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville * (I wanna know more than just the first lines)
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens * (probably necessary)
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker x+ (better than I had imagined! 🙂 )
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett x+
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce * (it keeps coming up in conversation)
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens x+ (a great read!)
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flauber *
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry *
87 CharlotteΓÇÖs Web – EB White x+
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle *
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad * (I probably should finish reading this one)
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery *
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams *
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas * (I've read excerpts in French)
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare x
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl x+
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo * (it would be good to actually read this for reals rather than just knowing it off by heart)

If I count correctly I've read 24. This makes me feel MUCH better about my ENORMOUS lack of having read books that come up in conversation… and my 100+ books that I still need to read that await me on my bookshelf. *sighs*

One Word Answers (courtesy of Jackie)

1. What do you love? Friends
2. What do you dislike? headache
3. What do you Hate? no.
4. Your Family? important
5. Your shoes? black.
6. Coffee? Ugh!
7. Your dream last night? Ferriswheels!
8. Your favorite drink? liquid.
9. Your dream/goal? happiness
10. Your Favorite Flavor? food!
11. Your hobby? many!
12. Your fear? alone
13. Where do you want to be in 5 years? great
14. Where were you last night? work
15. Something that you are not? taken
16. Muffins? yum
17. Wish list item? dreams
18. When you grew up? shrugs
19. Last thing you did? wrote
20. What are you wearing? clothes
21. Secret Fantasy? love
22. Favorite Tattoos? *shrugs*
23. What is Freedom? life
24. Your life? crazy
25. Your mood? pain.

Things you have done during your lifetime meme from Joe

Place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X from the ones you have not. (and I'm making comments on mine!)

Things you have done during your lifetime
( ) Gone on a blind date –> I think I'd enjoy this, if someone I knew set this up for me.
( ) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
(X) Been to Canada –> I live here!
(X) Been to Mexico –> built houses here!
(X) Been to Florida –> Kiwanis ICON 2008!
( ) Been to Hawaii
(X) Been on a plane –> well how did I get from point A to point B?
( ) Been on a helicopter
( ) Been lost –> I don't think I've REALLY been lost.
( ) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the ocean –> but I was so young I don't really remember it.
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
( ) Played cops and robbers –> we usually played with monsters and whatnot instead.
(X) Recently colored with crayons –> well of course!
(X) Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
(X) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch –> yay for Circle K ICONs!
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't.
( ) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans –> the only Bourbon Street I've been to has been in West Edmonton Mall
( ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Danced in the rain-naked
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe –> with the right person I would love that… who has mistletoe anymore anyway?
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
(X) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser WYO!!!
(X) Seen the Statue of Liberty –> from an Airplane counts. I really need to go back to NYC.
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
( ) Been on a cruise
(X) Traveled by train
(X) Been horse back riding
( ) Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
(X) Been to Disneyland OR Disney World –> Just Disney World
( ) Truly believe in the power of prayer
( ) Been in a rain forest
(X) Seen whales in the ocean –> Well I've seen them in the St. Lawrence Seaway which ought to count.
(X) Been to Niagara Falls
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier calve
(X) Looked through a telescope
(X) Been water-skiing –> but didn't actually succeed at getting up on my skis.
(X) Been snow-skiing
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey
(X) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
( ) Been to a Major League Baseball game
( ) Been to a National Football League game


This is fun, but…it's harder than it looks! Erase my answers, enter yours.

Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following.

They have to be real places, names, things, nothing made up! Try to use different answers. If the person in front of you had the same 1st initial, you CAN'T use the same name for the boy/girl question.

1. What is your name ——————-Ali
2. A four-letter word ——————Able
3. A boys name ————————-Aaron
4. A girls name ————————Anastasia
5. Occupation ————————–Aviator
6. Color ——————————-Azure
7. Something you wear——————-Ankle socks
8. Beverage —————————-Alcohol
9. Something used in a bathroom———Acne medication