My Abecedary (from Aaron)

A–Age: 26

B–Bed size: Queen

C–Chore you hate: hmmm… washing the floors

D–Dog's name: n/a (I've never had a pet)

E–Essential Start-Your-Day items: Hmmm… clothing. BREAKFAST. Beyond that it depends on the day I'm having.

F–Favourite Colour: red

G–Gold or Silver: No real preference: Gold is more malleable, silver more durable (but it tarnishes). I more often wear silver jewelry though.

H–Height: 5'3

I–Instruments you play(ed): piano, recorder (not well!), drums, bells, any sort of percussion really, flute (though horribly also).

J–Job Title: Customer Service Specialist/perpetual student/Health and Safety Chair

K–Kid(s): none yet.

L–Living arrangements: I live in a 2 bedroom apartment in a 12 unit walk up downtown with a roommate. It's home. I desperately need to do more chores though.

M–Mom's Name: I'm not typing that here.

N–Nicknames: There have been many over the years. But mostly I just go by my actual name.

O–Overnight hospital stay other than childbirth (if applicable): None, actually. I've been fortunate so far.

P–Pet Peeve: Improper apostrophe use. Gah!

Q–Quote from wherever: uh… nothing's gonna change my world from Across the Universe (song) by The Beatles

R–Right- or left-handed: Right-handed generally

S–Siblings: Two younger brothers

T–Time you wake up: anywheres between 6am and 11am actually. I have a very random schedule… but usually am up by 8am.

U–Under the water or Up in the air: both are good.

V–Vegetables you dislike: Cilantro's not really a vegetable but that's what I'm going with here.

W–Ways you run late: Hmmm… usually mostly because of transit, being multiply scheduled, and/or relying on others.

X–X-rays you've had: chest

Y–Yummy food you make: uh… eggs? I'm a VERY lazy cook. This needs to change at some point but probably not soon.

Z–Zoo favourite: Gosh: Turtles, Elephants…

Maybe (just maybe) I'm starting to de-stress…

… and check a few items off of my too-full to-do list.

While I'm currently operating on next to no sleep (and operating surprisingly well), I've had a rather good weekend. Certainly I didn't get to do EVERYTHING I wanted to do, but it was replete with different experiences (and yes, that work thing too…).

Friday I attended Edmonton Poetry Festival. It was good to finally get out to a Po-Fest event (as much as I wanted to attend more, I realized that I needed to stop stretching myself far too thin). In the process I was exposed to not only the excellent poets from the Glam Slam but also some other new poets in addition to Nicole Pakan and Douglas Barbour. I was disappointed that the Assasin of the night didn't place during the Glam Slam (as his poetry was so engaging and really unique too… plus you can never discount the fun aspect during a slam), but overall I truly enjoyed that aspect of the night. And I didn't go overboard this time but picked up a signed copy of The Hayflick Limit by Matthew Tierney (who greatly impressed me during the reading I attended at Axis cafe).

Saturday night I caught Oh Susanna! As per my last experience it was a blast, though shorter than expected. I found the guest stars (the actresses who played witches from The Wizard of Oz at the Citadel) more engaging this time as I had already seen their performance. I think I ought to go out to this more often, however when Colin and Peter leave town, the lack of company for the walk home will probably make it rather unlikely that I'd feel comfortable attending… not that I won't want to! Again it was great fun. Plus the sandwich was yummy! Also Colin and I exchanged books, which I absolutely cannot wait to read.

Today after work I enjoyed the Baroque Ensemble (thanks to Maria), which I think helped me be in the right mind today… and relax. And then I read a nice light Sophie Kinsella book — Can You Keep A Secret?

And I'm slowly getting other things done. Which makes me happy!

So apparently I still need to relax…

Or something of the sort. I was in a perfect mood today (after a bizarre work shift, really what with doors being broken, people being sick, and the crazy snow/cold weather) and my computer printer decided it didn't want to print.

Now my next action was to mention it to people online and hope that someone would point out an answer.

And that worked, although in an entirely unexpected way. Of the many people named David who could have helped, one came over and miraculously made the printer work. And I mean miraculously, because we have no idea why it works now but didn't then. Bizarre, really!

In other news, I read Cory's new book, and was rather pleased with the quick read. It's really nifty to see his story in print. It's quite a good one. And I'm slowly getting my travel plans under control for this summer. Slowly because not all the info is available. But it's getting there. And really, that's what matters.

I'm really looking forward to my vacation. I'm just thinking I might need another vacation, where NOTHING is planned as well. We'll see.

Not much to say… but transit adventures are fun (plus I'm a couch potato!).

So I got home from Regina safe and sound. It felt good to doze on the way back (I tend to doze/sleep on the way home from trips rather than en route to get there). That whole weekend consisted of a lot of sitting and eating (yes, and productive stuff too). It strikes me that I've become more couch potato-ish lately, and probably need to do something about this. Today was no exception as I was working a Casino for one of the local area Kiwanis clubs. I adore being banker so that was good stuff.

That said, I really need to do my transit research more diligently… so that I don't go miss the bus I'm planning on taking. Very important. Now driving through a trailer park on the bus was interesting, but it wasn't on my list of things to do today.

So I guess that's something to consider. Yes, my brain did think about the convenience of having a cell phone or a internet capable device at that point (when I was waiting for the bus) but you all know me well enough to realize that while I may have thought of it, I'm not about to act on that thought — not for a long while yet anyway.

In other news, this Leonard Cohen CD that I won (and picked up today): Live in London, is very soothing. It is truly helping me relax.

Are you a Literary Geek? Quiz from Natalie

This one was less daunting than the one that Rob McLennan posted.

1) What author do you own the most books by? Mercedes Lackey

2) What book do you own the most copies of? The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler I believe (though it's possible that it's a tie with some other CanLit)

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? Not as much as it could have, given that it's a meme

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with? I'm not secretly in love with any fictional characters, though many are rather attractive in particular ways.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life? Gosh… No idea… how about Mercedes Lackey's Arrows of the Queen trilogy? It's comfort literature.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
I honestly don't remember… probably something like the Diary of Anne Frank, or anything by Roald Dahl or something.

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
I read bad books? That's news to me! 🙂 Uh… Derek Foster's latest book wasn't amazing. We'll go with that.

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Gosh… hard question! I'll go with Comment faire l'amour a un Negre sans se fatiguer by Dany Laferiiere

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
I wouldn't. But Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, because of the strategy that the writers employed to write the book… I wanna see someone else try that and succeed this well!

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
No idea. Someone like Michel Basilieres perhaps.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I don't know… it depends on if it's made well or Hollywood-ized too much. It needs to be a book that will benefit from good well constructed visuals.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Books that remain entirely inside a character's head. Imagination is often stronger than good visuals in that respect.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I can't recall anything specific enough to describe here. I'm more likely to dream up stuff with real people in 'em.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
*shrugs* who cares how lowbrow or highbrow a book perports to be?

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Uh… difficult, eh? Well I never did finish Paradise Lost by Milton, but I'd like to think the reason isn't because it's difficult.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
Winter's Tale (which is not one of my faves btw)

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
French because I can read it in the original.

18) Roth or Updike?
No idea.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Also no idea.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?

21) Austen or Eliot?

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Uh… I have a lot of gaps actually mostly in American/British lit.

23) What is your favorite novel?
No idea… there are simply too many great ones. Brendan Bouchard's Life's Golden Ticket is an easy read and has a good positive message.

24) Play?
Gosh… how about Angels in America

25) Poem?
Ummm… too many choices we'll go with Eunoia (even though I've only read excerpts)

26) Essay?
Uh… I dunno… there were a bunch o' good ones in my Comp Lit days.

27) Short story?
Again too many good ones… LeGuin's The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas comes to mind.

28) Work of non-fiction?
I don't know… there are a tonne of good ones.

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Too many good ones! Generally I love CanLit, popular literature and SciFi Fantasy authors.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
I don't know

31) What is your desert island book?
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

32) And … what are you reading right now?
A bunch of poetry books actually, especially the Bert Almon one I got from him in class.

School's out for summer!

Short musings about an interesting day:
– I caught up with Shreyo! Woo!!
– Walking out doors in a skirt and sandals in Edmonton rocks! Spring has sprung.
– 15% Tuesday brings out the best and worst in people.
– I like it when people support my side of a disagreement, even when the disagreement doesn't really matter much.
– We played Werewolves (equivalent to MAFIA) in class today! This makes 5 times in 4 days for me!
– I'm still not done my homework for Thursday but it'll be done soon enough.
– It strikes me that I have over 900 Facebook friends at the moment. That's probably excessive, but I like staying in touch with people.
– Talking about fan fic in class was highly interesting.
– I'm going to miss writing classes. It'll be years before I take another.
– I'm really actually rather pleased with the semester, regardless of the imperfections.
– 9 years of undergrad level classes… and now onto grad school!
– I've seen a rather large number of awesome people today!
– Marisa's gloves and boots are rad!
– Is it strange if I find friends extra attractive this week? Maybe it's just because people are no longer wearing extra bulky winter garb?
– How is it that it FEELS warmer than Indy?
– Something tells me I'm still rather sleep deprived.
– I probably should unpack my luggage etc. To-do list is massive.

Back but still luggage-less…

Fortunately Canadian North says it will be delivered today. That said, I have no idea of WHEN. And I still need to grocery shop and do laundry and hopefully otherwise leave the house. There ars simply so many THINGS in that suitcase.

GATC this year was good fun: I got along well with both the Govs and the Admins (which made me incredibly happy). We even re-visited Steak n' Shake (or rather 4 DAs did). Other fun included GPS adventures, sledgehammer to locker craziness, an incredible lack of sleep, encouragement to overeat (but unlike past GATCs, I don't think I ran the risk of ending up in a sugar coma, though the Oreo bark was rather tempting)… It was shorter and more casual than GATCs past, which had its pluses and minuses. Also, I enjoyed re-visiting the KI office.

But I'm back. And have crazy amounts of laundry, a good amount of homework, grocery shopping, and yes, would like to see friends again now that I've temporarily escaped the CKI universe.

Now if only I could have my luggage so I can leave the house and do laundry and unpack and etc. I really wonder where the suitcase ended up… Yellowknife perhaps?

Yet another trip to Indy…

… this time for my 3rd GATC. The first was as Governor, the second as Trustee and this time it's as soon to be District Administrator. Crazy, really. 2003, 2005, 2009. Things have changed in how this conference is run over the years, so I'm intrigued as to how much I'll get out of it. Plus I look forward to seeing the Govs and DAs and everyone at the conference too. That's definitely an upside to going!

That said, my plane flights are going to be awkward. I am NOT looking forward to them at all, mostly because they're full of connections and involve a great lack of sleep. At least I don't have to miss school or anything, but I'm still not looking forward to the logistics of it all.

I had best get packing, now that I have all the details I hypothetically need. I've gotten as far as looking up dress codes (and how I'll deal with them given that I haven't done laundry in a while), and cleaning out my purse, paying bills and… well yeah.

Boring stuff in general. But yeah… I'll be making it back to Indy. And it should be good fun.

In other news, I watched a very bizarre play tonight. It was well worth seeing, though I was uncertain as to my reactions.