Writer's Block: That's good eats

Gosh… Tuna sashimi! And well, most restaurants don't provide vinegar (and I'm not going to the effort to prepare it myself just for one person, thank you very much), so it's not quite the same, more often than not, but I still do love it. It has a certain appeal, particularly when I'm not having a great day!

Sailing through the crisp cold winter air attached by a carabiner!

Oh yes, I went and rode the zipline in Churchill Square this morning. I wasn't sure I'd get the chance to do it this Grey Cup weekend, but heck, Tim encouraged me to come, and so we went. Poor Tim had circulation issues and couldn't stay outside in the cold long enough to partake in the adventure, but I was one of the first to go ride. The stairs were long and the harness different than the type we used at Grouse mountain in the summer time. Now I rather do want to go to Whistler to ride the zipline there — they have 10 runs (compared to Grouse Mountain's 5 runs, I really would love to check that out!).

But yeah, it was great fun — I ascended the stairs and rode across the square. It was cool to spin a bit, and change directions — not too fast for me, just right. I liked the experience of course and though my feet and finger tips were cold, I got down to the bottom and enjoyed.

After soup at City Centre Mall, I headed home to the computer. The plan for today is to get further caught up on email/internet/etc. and more importantly, homework and readings for class! 🙂 Honestly, I got food poisoning at such an inconvenient time.

Writer's Block: It's the thought that counts

I do actually rather like gift-giving. It's a fun challenge. Sometimes I'm better at it than others — particularly since I so rarely go shopping, but I do enjoy the process. I think it's worth it.

In other news, the Buy Nothing Day event went splendidly this year. I really hope that it goes even better next year (without the Grey Cup to distract from it!).

Happy Buy Nothing Day!

So this year, for Buy Nothing Day, I did actually succeed in buying nothing. It was an interesting feat. I did get some things for free from the Buy Nothing Day Free Market I help host with Kiwanis (please come tomorrow! We're open on Saturday from 9am-6pm! More info here).

So now that I'm out of bed and into the real world, I had best mention the fact that I have been sick all week. On Monday morning at 5somethingAM I woke up nauseated, and well vomited 7 times over the course of the day. Obviously I was VERY ill — in fact I cannot remember feeling worse. It took me until the following day to be able to be vertical for more than a few minutes at a time. It took me until yesterday to leave the house (and consume 3 meals in one day, though my appetite is still smaller than it normally is). Now I need to get caught up on my assignments (I got a couple of extensions essentially), and whatnot before the semester ends. I have so much to do!

In other news, I have a couple house guests. One is a cat who goes by the name Kitty. The other is my friend Tim, who is out of his condo due to the repercussions of the fire that his building suffered, and is now looking for a place to live until his building is habitable again (once they remove asbestos, approx 4 months time). So they'll be here until they find alternate accommodations. On a more positive note they are awesome house guests. 🙂

Writer's Block: Cool places

Gosh there are so many answers I have for this question. I do love Edmonton, it is home but I do also have favorite places in different areas.

For example in Canada: I love Vancouver for the amount of great things to do, friends and food among other things. I also really like Victoria, but for shorter visits. Both are great to relax, unwind and explore. But still, I adore Montreal. It's more cosmopolitan than Quebec City, but has authentic history, great food, great culture, and so much to do and see.

In the United States: I adore Portland: the transportation system is fabulous, there is so much to do, and I mean the bookstores make me such a happy woman! New York City is great for things to do and see (Broadway!!), great food and well… more culture than many other places in North America.

In Europe: I've been to so few places but adored London for the transportation system, the amount of things to do and see (the West End!), and the fact that I could visit the Tate Modern. Oslo is amazing for the culture, the transportation system, the relationship with nature (so many parks!) the culture and much more (I could see myself getting along quite well in Scandinavia). Paris has such awesome food, the Louvre (which I want to see more of), great architecture, and the cabaret! And well… I did love Luzern, Switzerland, though more to visit than to live or stay long there… but the combo of mountains and water and whatnot was stellar in my books.

Given that my 2010 travel schedule is essentially over… my 2011 one is starting to get planned. This is where I'm currently tentatively looking at visiting: Indianapolis (January, April), Jamaica?? (April if at all), Victoria (June), Virginia Beach (June), Geneva (July), Red Deer (August), and maybe some other places as well, but we'll see about those. I really don't want to spend as much time traveling this year as I did last year (which should be quite likely, to be honest), and like usual, I do plan on visiting a few new places. So we'll see.

Writer's Block: Family matters

To be honest, as much of a pain it was to have two siblings when I was a child occasionally, overally it was pretty excellent. I think that I learned a lot and benefited quite a bit by not being an only child. As for really answering this question, I think that life would have been far different if I had had a sister, but I have no idea if I would have preferred it or not. Having brothers was good for many reasons: though we didn't always get along (far from it) we've become far greater friends since growing up, and I really truly appreciate having them as siblings. In short, I guess I don't know it any other way and as such wouldn't change it even if I had had the choice.

Writer's Block: Healthy Confidence

I most definitely do. Not that it ever feels terribly unhealthy — but it's definitely been better lately when compared to in the past (even a few months ago!). Travel tends to do a number on my skin what with time zones, air quality, diet changes, and so on, so maybe it's just that I've been in one place for a while?

I don't know.

In other news: Festival of Ideas (what I was able to attend) was pretty awesome yesterday.

BBC books list from Beth

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or only read an excerpt.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the DΓÇÖUrbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time TravelerΓÇÖs Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House ΓÇô Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch HikerΓÇÖs Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain CorelliΓÇÖs Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The HandmaidΓÇÖs Tale – Margaret Atwood
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
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
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
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget JonesΓÇÖs Diary – Helen Fielding
69 MidnightΓÇÖs Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
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
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 CharlotteΓÇÖs Web – E.B. White
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
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 read it in French, I think an adaptation)
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo Excerpts in French