Vacation, here I come!

So, following tomorrow's work shift (and it should HYPOTHETICALLY be less stressful than the work chaos of earlier this week [including computer issues, customers, injuries and bizarre thefts among other things]), I will be on vacation, heading to my parents' place for a dental appointment, back to Edmonton, to Calgary to visit a friend and then to Vegas with said friend. I'm truly looking forward to this trip, because it's one of VERY few REAL vacations. As many of you realize, I often travel for CKI/Kiwanis or other purposes that aren't solely leisure. This will be FUN. That said, I will likely eschew all contact via phone or email/internet for the duration of my stay in Vegas (barring really good reasons). This will of course contribute to the vacation aspect of my travel!

What will I do on vacation? See some shows: Cirque de Soleil's Zumanity and Bette Midler, eat some great food, swim a bit, and catch the sights. Yes, I overplan too, so I have tonnes of information available to me, but heck we'll have a good time.

And I've been getting loads of advice (solicited and un!), which helps influence just what I want to go out of my way and partake in on my travels.

Back to Edmonton… and much to do in limited time.

So I'm back home. And looking at 6 more work days (8 consecutive in total) now before heading off again, this time to a dental appointment followed by a trip to Calgary and then my trip to Vegas. I don't even think I have breathing space if I want to get everything done (thank goodness I realize that I am an imperfect being and cannot get everything done).

BC was… well, emotion filled, actually. Tears and laughter, and everything in between. The weather couldn't have been better actually (though it was a BIG shock to the system to come home to snow!). The weekend included seeing cousins I hadn't seen in YEARS, many stories from my father's past (and the pasts of other relatives), meeting relatives I hadn't met before, good food, crazy art work, riding a segway for the first time, walking around Ymir, helping to clean up my grandparents' basement, acquiring an odd assortment of items from said basement (the next board games night will possibly include The Game and/or the MAD Magazine board game among other possibilities), getting gifted with a wedding shower gift (yeah I know, I'm nowhere near getting married… put it this way: my cousin mentioned that they had given up on us girls…), walking tour through Salmo, eating great breakfasts at the Dragonfly Cafe, the mountains, watching my brothers and cousins jump into the frigid river water (off the divingboard no less), watching kids roll down the hill (as we once did), listening to an excellent eulogy, passing the urn, getting to know people better (especially significant others of family members), etc.

So many memories, including the ones we made that weekend. It was as I expected, and more in many ways.

Once I got back to Alberta, I relaxed for a day with TV and Wii. I definitely overdid it with the Wii (as per the usual), and am still a bit sore from that. I kind of wish I had one here, seeing as regardless of the size of my puny TV, it encourages me to be active.

I was having stomach upset issues the night before last. Thank goodness they were essentially gone by morning, though yesterday I was feeling rather run down. I didn't want to TOUCH the computer let alone deal with my email backlog (which I'm sorry to say still isn't caught up on, but I'm getting there).

Instead, Beth and I went and saw Studio Theatre's production of Assassins. I really enjoyed this production, and it gave me a lot to think about. Put me in a good mindset actually — of all things! So I was pretty motivated today to at least tackle some of the internet backlog.

Seeing as I have to get up mighty early tomorrow and have probably a tonne of things to do (including a party to potentially attend tomorrow night depending on whether I'm feeling up to it), I had best get offline shortly… but yeah, I'm back to my Edmonton reality for the time being — at least until next week anyhow.

A meme! (from Maria)

I want to know 36 things about you. I don't care if we never talk
or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet is fine.
You're on my list, so I want to know you better!

BE HONEST! COPY FROM HERE THEN SEND DIRECTLY TO ME IN A COMMENT THEN, REPOST THE EMPTY QUESTIONS.

1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
2) What was your dream growing up?
3) What talent do you wish you had?
4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
5) Favorite vegetable?
6) What was the last book you read?
7) What zodiac sign are you?
8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
9) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if i showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm…careful!)
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
27) What's your favorite place to hang at?
28) Do you believe in ghosts?
29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30) Do you swear a lot?
31) Biggest pet peeve?
32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
35) Do you believe in God?
36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?

Books and Movies… oh my! :)

So, someone mentions that I haven't posted much lately, and she's right, I haven't. So I guess I'll start by writing about that which I had been mentally thinking about posting lately: various media.

I've been reading a smattering of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and magazines lately. Plus I finally read the Watchmen, which I adored. It was utterly excellent!!

Following my reading of the Watchmen I went and finally watched the movie. I rather liked the movie as well. I missed the intertextuality of the graphic novel while watching the movie, but appreciated the decrease in emphasis of smoking in the movie. The movie's ending is also a better reflection of our post 9/11 world than the graphic novel was (though the graphic novel better reflects 1985 sensibilities).

I also finally read the Da Vinci Code. I wasn't as trapped by the suspense of it as I would have been had I not already seen the movie, but I rather liked reading the illustrated version. Plus I was surprised by that which differed from the film. The writing was a lot of telling rather than showing but was very accesssible and a well-developed/researched mystery. So I enjoyed that, although the writing style wasn't particularly jaw-droppingly amazing. I had a VERY hard time putting it down.

Last night I saw Star Trek!! I absolutely adored it and REALLY hope that there will be other Star Trek movies made with these actors in this universe. It really truly impressed me. It was indeed all that I expected it to be and more. I was giggling so much (plus to be honest was rather frightened at times…). The intro took me a bit to get situated with. The aesthetics were really well suited to the film as well.

On another note, I'd like to thank all who came out to the last board game gathering. I'm only sad that there weren't more willing/able/healthy enough to come out to play board games this time around, but I certainly had a good time! I'm not sure I'll be able to host as many of these as I would like in the coming months given my ridiculous travel (etc.) schedules but whatever. Sure, I don't host the most crazy of parties (usually) but I enjoy everyone's company for board games and discussions and good food (hey, this time I even baked!).

Now I'd better get off to work…

ABC 123 Facebook meme

The rules are: *you enter the letter into the search box and first name to appear you must answer truthfully ..Then tag the people you answered questions about!

note: yes I am posting this to LJ first. Why? Because as a rule I post all notes to LJ and cross post them to Facebook. Just the way I work. I also don't post last names when writing notes.

A. Aaron
1) Do you love this person?: He's a friend.
2) Is this person your enemy?: no.
3) Would you kiss this person? unlikely, considering how far away he is and how rarely our paths cross among many other factors.

B. Aliana
1) What do you really think of this person? I miss my cousin! She's awesome though!
2) WhatΓÇÖs their favorite color? I don't know… pink?
3) Ever danced with them? Well I'm sure we did at a family wedding or something. It was fun.

C. Aaron (again)
1) How do you know this person? CKI
2) How long have you known this person? Gosh 3 years?
3) How old are they? I dunno… 23?

D. Ann
1) How long have you known him/her? Since April 3
2) Biggest regret? That I don't knowh her better yet.
3) Do you hate this person? No, of course not!

E. Angela
1) Have you met their parents? Nope.
2) Worst thing about this person? SaveOn
3) Best thing about this person? She has a fun attitude toward life.

F. Adam
1) How do you know this person? Elementary/Junior high
2) When is the next time you will see him/her? I haven't seen him in YEARS.
3) Do you go to school with them? Not since junior high.

G. Adam (different one)
1) What is this person's favorite animal? No idea
2) Where does this person live? Northern Alberta? Grand Prairie?
3) What is your favorite memory with this person? Oh I dunno… our competitive spirit in junior high school (academics)? Or that he was an honestly kind person at a time when many others weren't.

H. Aaron (different one)
1) What grade are they in? not in school
2) How do you know her? Through mutual friends (quite a few of them actually).
3) Ever done something illegal with this person? No.

I. Anita
1) What is this person's favorite food? I have no idea.
2) How did you meet this person? CKI
3) Do you trust them? In so far as I would like to, of course. 🙂

J. Aaron (another one)
1) They have any siblings? I have no idea
2) Do you know their favorite song? No — though this is a rather relevant question.
3) How did you meet her? Karaoke I guess… or through mutual friends. Whichever works best.

K. Amanda
1) What would you do if you had never met this person? Not have nearly as much fun at work!
2) Do you like him/her as a friend? why of course!
3) Would you go to Disney World with this person? That would be fun!

L. Alan
1) Is this person older than you? No.
2) Is this person single? His facebook profile says he is.
3) How many times do you talk to them in a week? I don't.

M. Adam (yet another one)
1) How old were you when you first met? Uh… 5? or 6?
2) Do you like this person? sure.
3) Have you ever danced with this person? Well, I'm pretty sure we square danced together in grade 4 and probably other gym classes too, growing up!

N. Amanda (another one)
1) Are you related? No
2) Could you live with this person? Probably.
3) What school do they go to? I think she's finished school?

O. Colin
1) How old were you when you first met? Uh… 25?
2) What's his/hers pet's name? I have no idea… does he have any pets?
3) Ever danced with this person? Nope

P. Alan (another one)
1) Have you been to the mall with this person? No
2) How about a sleepover with them? Definitely not.
3) Does this person have a job? I think so. He has many roles regardless.

Q. Juniper
1. What is the most striking physical feature of this person? Overall style. She looks amazing.
2. Who friended whom, and have you ever lied to him or her? I friended her. And no.
3. When and where did you last see him or her? At a poetry reading over a year ago now.

R. Aaron (YET another one)
1) Have you heard this person sing? No, I don't think so…
2) Will she/he repost this? Unlikely, but who knows, it's Facebook.
3) When does this person look best? When he's doing something he's passionate about.

S. Aimee
1) Is this person taller than you? Yes
2) Do you enjoy spending time with him/her? I did, back when we actually spent time together.
3) Do they live close to you? No.

T. Alvin
1) Would you do anything for him/her? I don't know.
2) Do you consider him/her a best friend? No, as I don't often see him!
3) Have you met any of his/her family? No

U. Jose
1) How long have you known him/her? a year or two
2) What does he/she like doing in her down time? I dunno… travel? Spend time with friends?
3) Good stories about him/her? Well there was this time in SCAND class… 😉

V. Aaron (one of the above)
1) They have a crush on you? I don't think so.
2) Would you hug this person! Yes.
3) Is this person your friend? Yes.

W. Aasha
1) Is this person loud or quiet? quiet
2) What's s/he do in his/her free time? Not sure
3) What color eyes does this person have? Brown

X. Julia
1) How old were you when you first met? 26
2) What's his/hers pet's name? I have no idea.
3) Ever danced with this person? No.

Y. Ashley
1) Does this person wear make-up? On occasion.
2) Does this person play any instruments? I honestly don't know.
3) What is their favorite sport? Wow, no idea. She has played soccer with us before though.

Z. Bronwyn
1) Does this person have msn? I donΓÇÖt know
2) Have you ever made out with this person? No
3) When will you see this person next? No idea whatsoever.