Monday, March 30, 2009

What I Want To Do When I Meet Robert Pattinson

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I read the sweetest little story about how a Canadian singer named Adaline ended up meeting Robert Pattinson, of Twilight fame.  I was touched by the story and by her interaction with him, although I'm a little chagrined that she decided to share her story on MySpace, potentially getting him into big bad trouble (since I think he was supposed to be somewhere else, outside of the country, this weekend).  Anyway, as you may have guessed, I'm a big fan of Robert Pattinson, but not in the crazed fan-wanting-to-jump-his-bones kind of way.

I think that it is hard to be in the public eye, and to have every move photographed and documented.  It is probably twice as hard to do this when you're just trying to figure yourself out, something I think I did for the greater part of my early 20's.  It is a thousandfold harder when you are the object of misplaced affection for underaged teenage fanatics who confuse you as an actor with the character(s) that you portray, and heap holy expectations on you that nobody on God's green earth could ever fulfill.

I cannot imagine what it would be like to live a day in the life of a celebrity.  Honestly, I'm glad that I don't have to; the public scrutiny and criticism, coupled with my own neurotic paranoias, would make me an utter basketcase.  It wouldn't be pretty ;)

Anyway, so Robert Pattinson and nearly all of the cast of New Moon are in my city, Van, shooting their movie right now.  In the past days and weeks since I discovered that they are here, I have wanted to meet him.  I have made that abundantly clear to just about anyone who will listen (my apologies to those of you who had to, especially Hubbs)!

However, I share Adaline's perspective on this guy as being, well, just a guy - a regular person who happens to work in film rather than in a school or in an office.  I do not have crazy illusions that he is in any way the same as the characters he has played, and to be honest, I liked him a whole lot better as a nerd in his made-for-TV movie, "The Bad Mother's Handbook," than I liked him as "Edward" in Twilight.  I have watched him in a couple of interviews, and have been very impressed with his groundedness and his intelligence, not to mention his multiple talents.  He has struck me as a very interesting and complex person, and also one who (so far) has been taking his newfound fame in stride.

And given these impressions, I would like to meet Robert Pattinson.  Not to take pictures with him or have him sign some part of my body or a framed picture, and certainly not for romantic reasons.  Not to hound him and make him super uncomfortable and not to use him to become famous or popular. 

Instead, I'd like to be his friend. I'd like to invite him to dinner with Hubbs & I (Hubbs thinks I'm crazy but he's not threatened and would be open to dinner guests), and I'd like to have a normal non-interviewy conversation with this young man.  I'd like to (if he was open to it) ask Robert Pattinson to join Hubbs & I at church; our church is so hipster-crowd-oriented that skinny jeans are practically the uniform, so I'm pretty sure that even someone who doesn't regularly attend church would be comfortable heading to the 5th Ave. Cinemas with us on a Sunday morning.  I'd like to be honest with Robert Pattinson (smoking is gross and our home is a smoke-free zone, thankyouverymuch), and not some butt-kissing sycophant who probably tells him how awesome he is every hour of every day.  I'd like to invite him to work out at my gym; the assistant manager there is uber cool (a DJ/musician by night) and would totally ensure the guy his privacy.

Anyway, that's what I want to do when (if?) I meet Robert Pattinson.  I don't know that I'll ever get that opportunity, but if I did, I would be true to my word.  No squealing or crazy fan behaviour here - just a gal who loves Jesus and who is happy to make a new friend with someone who probably needs a friend in this city. :)




Friday, March 27, 2009

Payless Princess

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I used to take offense to being called, "Princess" because it was often used in the condescending phrase, "Suck it up, Princess."  (I still hate that phrase, BTW).  Nowadays, I would probably have to agree, at least in the context of accommodations.  I am a princess where overnight travel is concerned.  Gone are the days of cheesy chain hotels and crappy budget motels; no longer will I stay in a sub-standard lodging that requires that I sanitize the toilet and tub with Dettol before I dare use it.  No longer will I tolerate bugs crawling around the floors and having to slip plastic bags over the pillows before sleeping on the beds (on top of the covers, fully-clothed).  I've moved on to bigger and better now.

When I was young and had no money and no say, I was subject to my parents' frugal spending on travel lodgings.  We'd usually end up somewhere with a kitchenette, and the first thing my poor mom would have to do when we checked in would be to scrub down the bathroom with the Dettol that we brought with us from home.  Then she'd put away the pots and pans that we also brought with us, the very same that we would use to cook our own dinners with while on vacation ("vacation" being a gross overstatement of my mother's experience on these trips).  Because my folks wanted the cheapest rate possible, we never knew what it was like to stay in a hotel that had room service and amenities.  These places where we'd lay our heads were often bare-basic two-storey lodgings with worn carpets and chipped tiles.  

One time, in this gorgeous city of Van, prior to going on our bus tour down the west coast of the U.S., we stayed at some nasty place in Chinatown.  I remember that this dump was so filthy that my mom forbade us to take off our shoes or change into our PJs.  I think that she saw roaches on the floor, and that was when she hung up our bag of breakfast buns on the hinge of the door, off of any surface that a hungry roach might reach.  She did in fact cover our pillows with plastic bags before she let us sleep on them, and I don't think my folks slept at all through the night; they were probably on bedbug patrol to keep their kids from being eaten alive by rats and other creepy crawlies. 

It was a memorable childhood, and I hold fond memories of those trips we took as a family and unforgettable nightmares of those ghetto places in which we stayed.  My parents did the best that they could with the resources that they had, and I do not begrudge them in the slightest for these interesting accommodation "adventures."  In the decades before the Internet was available, there was little way for them to know in advance about the sort of lodgings that they had booked their family into, and as newbies in Canada, they probably weren't all too familiar with rating systems and the gross variance in hotel standards that was out there.

But times, they are a-changin'.  I am no longer a penniless kid, and I now have the means to control where I stay.  And as I've been booking our trips for the year, I am discovering more and more that I am a bit of a diva.  Not quite the 5-star Fairmont-properties-only type of diva, because I am still a frugal Chinese gal and I don't like to see extravagant money wasted, but I have definitely become a solid 3-stars and up sort of gal.  Sure, I've been spoiled rotten; Hubbs has been enormously generous in booking us into swanky places like the Sheraton Wall Centre on previous trips to Van.  But even before Hubbs entered my life, I think my bar was being raised.
So nowadays, this payless princess undergoes the following steps before booking any travel accommodation:

1) Check Expedia to find the highest rated and best-priced hotels.
2) Thoroughly examine all virtual tours, pictures, and information offered by Expedia on said hotels.
3) Read Expedia's reviews by travelers.
4) Go to Tripadvisor to cross-reference how well these hotels rank according to their reviewers, and eliminate hotels with wide discrepancies between the two.
5) Thoroughly examine traveler's pics of said hotels.  Read the 1/5 and 2/5 reviews to see what the complaints are about.
6) Go to the actual hotel sites to check out the rate differentials between booking third-party and booking directly with the hotel/chain.
7) Go back to Expedia and re-read all the information.  Look for:
- high-speed Internet access (preferably free)
- an attractive lobby/reception desk (it says a lot about a hotel)
- fitness center
- hot tub (if it's not a beach property)
- on-site restaurant(s)
- modern room layouts & adequate space
- hidden "service fees" (not good)
- free parking (if we rent/drive a car)
- hair dryer
- in room safe
- bathrobes (preferred, not necessary)
- complimentary (preferably designer) toiletries
- cable TV
8) Do a Google search on all images and reviews of the hotels from other sources just to be sure.
9) Go to the bedbug registry to check if there are any bugs at the hotels.
10) Go to my various points programs to see if I can swing a deal on a stay at any of these hotels, or redeem for gift certificates towards stays there.
11) Consult with Hubbs after having narrowed down my choices significantly.
12) Do one more cost analysis of the hotel(s) in question to see which would be the best value for the dollar.
13) Make a reservation or book and pay, depending on who the hotel is being booked through.

Hubbs wonders why it takes me hours and hours and days and days to book accommodations.  To go through all 13 steps honestly takes that long.  That said, we've booked our stays for HI now, and they are all well-ranked and good value-for-dollar (in that we'll be getting what we pay for).  No surprises, no roaches, no bedbugs, and no filth.  The research is well worth it, though, and in the end it offers us peace of mind when we travel to know that we're staying somewhere that many others have found not only adequate, but awesome.

So if you call me a princess because I'm so stinkin' picky about where we stay, I won't blame you.  In fact, I would wholeheartedly agree.  But this princess is going to have a great holiday and a good night's rest, thankyouverymuch. :)





PS - If you're wondering where we're staying, it's at the following 3 places:

1) Sheraton Maui Resort (on points & cash)
2) Aston Kauai on the Beach at Makaiwa (weekly discount rate direct with Aston)
3) Maui Kamaole (great rates through CRH and a connection of my father-in-law's)


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Three on Thursday and the Death of Competence

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So here's a meme I probably already did, but will complete again because my friend NorU sent it to me.

Three names I go by:
1. Mrs. Loquacious
2. Mrs. L
3. Ms. Loquacious (before I was married)

Three jobs I have had in my life
1. Go-kart Park Ice Cream Girl & Cashier (a brief one-month stint in my life)
2. Jenny Craig saleswhore (they call it a consultant but the truth is that they're only there to sell you food and memberships and if you stop buying the food, they don't want to consult with you anymore)
3. Teacher

Three places I have lived
1. Caronport
2. Edmonton
3. Hong Kong

Three favorite drinks
1. Ice tea
2. Coke Zero
3. Lava flows

Three TV shows that I watch
1. 24
2. American Idol (I just got into it two weeks ago)
3. All three C.S.I.'s

Three places I have been
1. Koh Samui, Thailand
2. Sexsmith, Alberta ;)
3. Indianapolis, IN

People that e- mail me regularly
1. Hubbs
2. Vanilla Con
3. Superstar Jo

Three of my favorite foods
1. Dad's shrimp dumplings (har gow)
2. Sashimi (esp. toro)
3. Ice cream

Three friends I think will respond
1. You
2. You
3. You know I hate this question.  Feel free to respond or not.  I will love you regardless.

Three things I am looking forward to
1. Hawaii at Christmas, especially a return to our honeymoon hotel in Kauai
2. Superstar Jo and SpaceMax coming to visit me in two weeks!!
3. Seattle on Saturday; roadtrips with Hubbs are awesome times for deep conversations :)


Now for the rant part: what happened to basic competence in the workplace?!?!  I understand that blue-collar service providers sometimes hate their jobs, and especially in the retail and food industries, there are a lot of minimum wage workers who don't bother to invest a load of effort into their work because, well, you get what you pay for, and their bosses pay crap.  Fine.  I get that.

I'm pretty sure that most white-collar professionals, on the other hand, are not making $7.00/hr.  The expectation for professional services is that there is a basic level of ability and intelligence that informs their work.  As such, bone-headed errors should not occur.  Errors such as, say, failing to type in the proper direct deposit banking information on one's tax return, when a void cheque is in front of your face.  That should be a no-brainer, and someone who is being paid for such services should be able to do this without any difficulty.  I mean, it's essentially copying numbers in front of your eyes.

So why is it, then, that my e-file refund return was sent to me today with a glaring error on my deposit information?  And not just a typo of a number, or an inversion of two numbers.  We're talking about the wrong bank account number AND the wrong institution number, after I provided not only the void cheque but another instruction sheet with the information detailed in giant 16-point font!

Indeed, there can be no explanation except that competence is dead.  I mourn its loss.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Incomplete Thoughts

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Things have been busy, even though it's still spring break and I haven't been working, per se.  Instead, I've been...well...working, in the informal capacity that involves household chores and book balancing and now, trip planning.  You see, we're headed on a couple of big trips this year - Alaskan cruise in the summer and Hawaii for Christmas - and though these seem a lifetime away, the fact is that booking needs to commence immediately on some things (e.g. hotels, flight) and confirmed on others (e.g. the cruise) in order to secure our transport and lodgings.  Add to that our Seattle day trips (which begin this weekend) with the prerequisite research on where to go and what to do, and you're looking at a trip planner-in-training.

Anyway, so I have travel on the brain, and I've been booking and shopping around for everything from interisland Hawaiian flights to Seattle tourist attractions; I'm Chinese, and I'm nothing if not a bargain hunter!  As I've come across different things for our various trips both big and small, random thoughts and questions have been popping up in my mind.  I thought I'd blog these out and see if anyone else can empathize.

** Why don't certain airlines serve meals on flights that are more than 5 hours long?  I wonder what we'll "pack" on board to eat.  I'm definitely not fond of the idea of soggy sandwiches or giant bags of chips or sucking down a protein shake during the flight, but what choice do I have?  I think hot meals will be out of the question at any rate.

** I have a weird sense of what it means to visit a city, I think.  The places I want to go to in Seattle are their Science Museum, their Burke Museum of natural history, and a Target store.  Maybe I might also want to shop the outlets, but that's lower on the priority pole.

** By contrast, there is nothing I want to see in Skagway or Juneau.  I think we might end up booking zero shore excursions and just shopping in the little downtown area.  If we are allowed to stay on the boat, I might even do that! 

** What is it about underground cities that appeals to me so much?  They're like the ideal setting for campy horror flicks (which I hate), and yet I am strangely drawn to them.  I loved the underground city in Beijing and now I'm tempted to take the underground city tour in Seattle as well.  At the same time, I do not understand the lure of these places; they're old and non-glitzy and "boring" by most standards, but I am fascinated by old toilets and ancient city streets.  It's like I'm time traveling back to a point in history that no longer exists, I guess.  Van has its own "underground" mall (in that the entire mall exists on a sub-ground level near the train stations) and Hong Kong was full of underground shops (connected to their train/MTR stations) but these haven't excited me at all as a tourist (though they excite me immensely as a shopper).   

** Is it more or less safe to fly on a smaller plane (e.g. the kind that doesn't have middle seats and only has rows of 2 on each side)?  Is Island Air, Go!, or Hawaiian Airlines the best way to fly between islands?  Which of these has the best safety record?

** I have no understanding as to why car rental is such a complicated process (insurance vs. no insurance, 4 different types of coverage, and on and on)?  And why so expensive?!?  The insurance and taxes really double the price, and make it extremely tempting to hole up and not drive whilst in Maui-dise.

** Which is better: the Vancouver Aquarium or the Seattle Aquarium?

** How realistic is it to see anything of substance on a day trip to Seattle?  I'm considering an over-nighter some point soon, just because I'm not convinced that those attractions I want to visit can be done in a day without a frantic rush.

** Is it better to buy US cash or to pay by credit card and get the exchange rate of the day on plastic?

** I wonder if Hubbs & I can spend without exceeding $150CAD/day on food while living it up in HI? We want to budget sufficient funds for our greedy appetites, but at the same time we're loathe to repeat the eating escapades of our honeymoon (during which we each gained about 10 lbs. of lard from non-stop eating and drinking).

** What's the bedbug situation in HI?  Of course I forgot to check this prior to booking hotels.  STUPID! 

And that's just the tip of the iceberg of my random here-and-there-and-everywhere thoughts and questions.  You'd think that booking a trip would be fun and easy, but I don't believe that is possible when one is a Type-A control freak like me; I want to know what everything is ranked and reviewed at and I want to guarantee that I get the best bang for my buck!

Oh..and we're now starting the process of flat-screen LCD TV buying...looks like I have more work ahead of me ;)



Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday and Other Tidbits

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It's Thursday! :) It is also rainy and overcast and gray outside, so I will only be venturing out when I *have* to.  Unfortunately, that is sooner than later :(

Anyway, I found two memes I wanted to tackle on this dreary morning.  The first is an ABC meme about me; it's random and silly and fun to do.  Voila:

A is for your age:  27 a few times over ;)
B is for your burger of choice:  I like all burgers that are moist and have a good sauce on them.
C is for the car that you drive:  Honda Accord EX-L V6 2008
D is for dog's name:  I don't own any dogs, not even the stuffed animal variety.
E is for an essential item you use each day:  Toothbrush and glasses.
F is for your favorite television show:  CSI and 24 and on occasion, everything on FoodTV
G is for favorite game:  Tetris, Dr. Mario, Wii Fit, Scrabble, and Settlers of Catan
H is for hometown:  GP
I is for instruments played:  Piano, recorder, and violin.  The question didn't say "played well" ;)
J is for favorite juice:  Guava and lychee
K is for what you'd like to kick:  My nail-biting habit, and these pounds that won't let go!
L is for last restaurant you dined at:  Mandala Iki Asian Bistro
M is for your favorite muppet:  Miss Piggy!  Hubbs is my Kermie. :)
N is for number of piercings you have:  Four - two on each ear.
O is for overnight hospital stays:  One - food poisoning on Koh Samui, Thailand that landed me in their "international" hospital.  The view of the garden was lovely. 
P is for people you were with today:  Nobody. Hubbs is away and I'm alone...but I am seeing my acupuncturist later!
Q is for what you do in quiet times:  Read, watch TV, take a bubble bath, shop, cuddle w/Hubbs, nap, pray, suf the Net...
R is for regrets:  Not being more active as a teenager.
S is for status:  Married.  Middle class.  
T is for time you woke up today:  7:50 a.m.
U is for what you consider unique:  Everyone! God created each person to be different from everyone else!
V is for favorite vegetable:  Potato - is that a veg?  Asparagus, spinach, choy sum, bok choy, and lettuce.
W is for your worst habit:  Besides nail-biting, it's probably my not-exercising habit ;)
X is for x-rays you have had:  I don't remember what it was for.  Probably teeth.  I can't think of any others.
Y is for yummy food you ate today:  A toasted ham & swiss sandwich on whole-grain cranberry raisin bread.  Maybe sweet & sour pork later. :)
Z is for zodiac sign:  Not into it, but if you are, I am a Pisces born in the year of the Dragon.

The second is a Thankful Thursday meme, where I am to list several things for which I am thankful or grateful.  This is an easy one to do, and one that I could list on and on about, but I'm limited to 3 - 5 items.

1. Jesus Christ. - Without Him, I would be lost.  Without Him, I am an object of wrath.  Without Him, I cannot understand what it means to love, and have true joy.  He is the propitiation for my sins, and the One who bore my shame.  He is the One who transferred me from darkness into light.  He is my Friend and my Savior, my Life-giver.  He is my Number One.

2. Hubbs - He is my number two. :) He is my better half, my complement, my best friend this side of eternity.  He is the one who balances out my crazy, and he is the one whose love helps me understand the love of Christ more deeply.

3. Family - Both Hubbs & I have the best families ever.  Sure, there are occasional arguments and it's not always roses, but for the most part we are all bonded by love, and a fierce loyalty that engenders trust.  I'm very thankful for my siblings and their SO's, and my parents, and for Hubbs' parents, bro, and grandparents.  They all rock!

4. Church - Hubbs & I are so blessed to have found a church to call home.  We love Westside and we appreciate the way that this ministry has fixed their eyes and hearts on Jesus.  We love that this is a Bible-believing, God-fearing, people-loving community.  We can stand behind this fellowship of believers and feel called to join them in reaching others for the glory of God.

5. The Internet - I know this sounds really funny, but the Internet has been a blessing to us because it provides Hubbs with a livelihood (he is a software architect doing Web-based applications), and it provides people from all over the globe with an opportunity to read about and learn about Jesus.  It allows soldiers serving in Afghanistan to hear sermons every week, and it offers many Bible commentaries and translations to be accessed at the click of a mouse.  It is an amazing invention that has really transformed communication and community, allowing me to maintain relationships with friends from across the country and world.  I am very thankful for the Internet and for how quickly technology has advanced.

It is important to give thanks, not only at Thanksgiving, but always.  I have to say, these gratitude memes more than anything else really does help me shift my thinking back to one of appreciation and thankfulness.  Even though it's bleak and nasty outside, I have all the reason in the world to be joyful and thankful, because of the many things I am blessed with!

So, happy Thursday, and may your day be one of gratitude and thanks as well! :)




Wednesday, March 18, 2009

XKCD Read My Unconscious Mind

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This cartoon by XKCD captures the essence of a majority of my anxiety dreams, aka nightmares.  It's a recurrent one that I have, where I've forgotten either to complete a project or study for an exam, and it's almost always in a university course that I need in order to graduate.  More often than not, this course is in History (called Social Studies in my dreams), or in English lit.  And just like the cartoon character, I have to talk myself out of the dream and into rational reality.  

Why exactly do we have anxiety dreams of this nature? What do they mean?  I haven't found enough commonality between real life events and when I have these dreams to be able to form a theory or correlate the dream with something happening in my life.  

Regardless, I always wake up from these with a cold sweat and a racing pulse, and it takes a bit for me to calm down and return to slumber, if at all.

Any thoughts on the meaning?  I'd love to hear your interpretations! ;)


Monday, March 16, 2009

The Brutal Wii Truth

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For my b-day this year, Hubbs surprised me with the gift I most wanted: a Wii Fit.  I had searched high and low (well, wherever I happened to be at, I looked for it) but could not locate a copy of this game post-Christmas.  I guess due to recession spending, stores have been a bit lax about restocking, since a lot of their gear still hasn't moved yet.


Anyway, we eagerly set this baby up and got started.  I don't think we've missed more than a day yet!  Hubbs probably loves the Wii Fit as much as I do; it's fun and it makes us move.  However, much as I love the balance games and enjoy the advanced step aerobics, I am finding that this little white board is a bit too blunt.  I mean, not only is it telling me my BMI (don't ask..it's not pretty) every time I'm signing in, but it also tells me my weight.  THEN it porkifies my cute little Wii Mii to make it pudgier (thanks).  As if that isn't enough, it will gossip to Hubbs about me if/when I miss a day (I've only missed one); it will casually mention to him that I haven't been working out very much and exercise is important.  How rude!

The question is, can I handle the truth?  So far, yes.  I enjoy watching to see if my measurements drop over the course of the week, and I like unlocking new games and pretend-hula hooping to burn calories.  I just hope that I do see some drops on the scale from daily Wii-ing and working out.

Now that Hubbs has flown back to E-town, he won't be able to play on the Wii for almost a week.  Evil as it sounds, I'm secretly excited to see what sort of gossipping the Wii Board is going to do about his absence. ;)



Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tell All Your Single Friends :)

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So usually, I'm not one to do a ton of advertising.  However, I just found out that my neighbour and friend has built a free online dating website to help people find their special someone.  This neighbour has tried to incorporate all of the features that he has personally found to be the most useful on a dating site, on his website.

I like that he wants his site to emphasize authentic matches, not just random sex hook-ups.  I see the sincerity in his tone; he genuinely wants to help people find serious life partners.  I appreciate the clean look of his website; it is way more user-friendly and attractive than that "plenty of fish" site that I know many have used. 

And so, I am recommending this site publicly, in the hopes that if you are living in AB, BC, or WA, and you're looking for someone special, that you might consider setting up a profile on DatingBetter.com.  At least take a look at it, and tell people about it!  My friend has not only poured hours of his time and lots of his money into this venture, but has invested significant emotional stock into creating this match-making web service.  

Who knows?  You might find your special someone over the Net.  I did! ;)



Meme Time

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Yep, another one.  I love these!

1) What do you add to your coffee? 
Splenda and lots of cream or skim or half and half

2) What are you reading now? 
Not much - any recommendations?

3) Do you own a gun? 
No, although I've always secretly wanted to learn how to shoot.

4) Are you registered to vote? 
Yes.  It empowers me to complain when my party doesn't get elected.

5) Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
No, but I prefer every other type of alternative medical professional (e.g. acupuncturist, chiropractor, RMT) to general practitioners (unless they are one of my very ept doctor friends, none of whom live in Van).

6) What do you think of hot dogs? 
On occasion, they are the only thing that satisfies, especially if they've been grilled or BBQ'ed.

7) Favorite Christmas Song? 
I'll Be Home for Christmas, Silver Bells, Silent Night, O Holy Night, Carol of the Bells, What Child is This...and the list goes on and on and on.

8). What do you prefer to drink in the morning? 
Coffee if I'm teaching.  Tea if I'm not.

9) Can you do push ups? 
Yes, but not well, unless you're talking about the girl kind.  Then I do alright. 

10) What was the name of your first boyfriend/girlfriend? 
His name is dead to me, as is he.

11) What’s your favorite piece of jewellery? 
My wedding and engagement rings, and my cross.

12) Favorite hobby?
Napping, reading, shopping, and surfing the Net.

13) Do you work with people who idolize you?
No, but they like me. 

14) Do you have ADD? 
Sometimes I wonder ;)

15) What’s one trait that you hate about yourself? 
I am incredibly excitable, and can never pull off that "cool and collected" sort of look.

16) What’s your middle name?
S.H.

17) Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment. 
I'm thirsty...I can't think of 3 things...I'm hungry too.

18). Name 3 things you bought yesterday. 
Sushi.  Hot dogs!  I think that was it.

19) Name 3 beverages you regularly drink. 
Coffee, ice tea, water (sometimes with a flavoured Splenda mix).

20) Current worry right now? 
My back - I want a full recovery from my disc-ache so that I can resume workouts on Monday.

21) What side do you dress to?
I have no idea what this question is asking.  I put my pants on left side first? 

22) Favorite place to be?
In bed on a Saturday morning, in my Hubbs' arms.

23) How did you bring in the New Year? 
Dinner at Lift on the harbour in Van.

24) Where would you like to go?
Europe (Italy, Spain, France, England), Hawaii, Bahamas, a spa retreat, Disneyworld

25) Name three people who will complete this. 
I hate these questions.  Nobody.

26) Whose answers do you want to read the most?
All of them.

27) What color shirt are you wearing?
White.

28). Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? 
I can't say that I've ever tried.  It is probably only comfortable at the beginning, though.  If you sweat, I'll bet it sticks.

29) Can you whistle?
Only if I have a whistle.

30) Favorite colors(s)?
Today it's blue, champagne, silver, black, royal blue, and cherry red.  It will probably be different tomorrow.

31) Could you be a pirate?
I could not live on a boat for very long, so no.  

32) What songs do you sing in the shower?
Praise & worship and showtunes.

33) Favorite girl's name?
Ava, Amelia, and a name TBA if/when we have a daughter

34) Favorite boy’s name?
Micah and Noah (we claim rights to naming our son NOAH when/if we have a baby boy)

35) What’s in your pocket right now?
Nothing

36) Last thing that made you laugh?
Hubbs, and some dude named Daniel Packard

37) Best bed sheets as a child?
We didn't get any cool ones.  Ours all had nasty big flowers on them.

38). Worst injury you’ve ever had?
Whiplash from being rear-ended by some punk in his parents' SUV.

39) Do you love where you live? 
With all of my heart.

40) How many TVs do you have in your house?
1 - It sits on the floor in our living room, ghetto-style.  We're hoping to buy a good entertainment unit soon.

41) Who is your loudest friend?
Hard to say without hurting any feelings, I think, so I'll say ME.

42) How many dogs do you have?
None, but the one next door that barks all night makes me feel as though I own a yappy one.

43) Does anyone have a crush on you?
Hubbs is the only one I know of.

44) What are the most fun things you ever did? 
There have been many moments of fun in my life, but none comes to mind as THE most fun.  I have the most fun with Hubbs though :)

45) What are your favorite books?
It depends on my mood.  I like a bit of everything except for cheesy Harlequins, melodramatic Danielle Steel books, Louis L'amour-style westerns, over-the-top fantasies, and badly written pop fiction.  The truth is that I'm incredibly picky about my books, and often I will find myself more interested in well-written young adult/children's lit than the crap that can be seen in the adult fiction section of most bookstores.

46) What is your favorite candy?
Fruit gummies, Glossette raisins, Reese's PB cups, Reese's Pieces, Twix, and Kit Kat.

47) Favorite Team?
Team Edward ;) (Only crazy Twilight-book fans will understand this reference...and I don't watch sports).

48). What songs do you want played at your funeral? 
"Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," "Nearer My God to Thee" and maybe some classical pieces by Mozart

49) What were you doing at 12 AM?
Sleeping

50) What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
Hubbs! :)



Friday, March 06, 2009

Flashback Friday Meme

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1. Did you date someone from your school?
No.

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?
Also no.

3. Did you car pool to school?
Sort of.  We had a deal going with some neighbours where my mom and some of these other neighbour moms took turns picking us up from school.  That only lasted a few years in elementary, though - and then it was just my folks driving, or me driving.

4. What kind of car did you have?
A Pontiac stationwagon.  We had other cars before that, but those were vehicles that I was too young to drive.

5. What kind of car do you have now?
2008 Honda Accord EX-L V6.

6. It's Friday night...where are you now?
Sitting on the couch w/Hubbs, watching crime TV (C.S.I., Criminal Minds)

7. It is Friday night...where were you then?
At home, youth group, fellowship, or out with friends or family.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school?
A kind of job that involved books.  Many, many books.

9. What kind of job do you do now?
A kind of job that involves school. :)

10. Were you a party animal?
Not at all.  I was at church a lot of the time.

11. Were you considered a flirt?
Depends who you ask.  Probably a little ;)

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
Orchestra - I played the violin, and choir - I sang second alto. 

13. Were you a nerd?
I'd like to think that I wasn't one but I got good grades in school, I didn't play sports, and I didn't party.  Draw your own conclusions.

14. Did you get suspended or expelled?
If I had, I would never have lived to tell about it.  The shame that I would have inflicted on my family would have resulted in my immediate demise (either at their hands or from my own guilt).

15. Can you sing the fight song?
Is that "Eye of the Tiger?" I know some of the refrain of that song, but I can probably hum most of the melody.

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s)?
My first, second, and third grade teachers, and my English 10/12AP teacher.

17. Where did you sit during lunch?
Wherever my friends were.

18. What was your school's full name?
The only public high school in my small city.  It was named for the city.

19. When did you graduate?
A long, long time ago, unless you count my most recent degree.  I graduated in 2007 from that.

20. What was your school mascot?
I think it was a tomahawk - is that politically incorrect now? Or maybe some animal...I can't even remember anymore.

21. If you could go back and do it again, what would you do?
I would take home economics instead of computers; programming BASIC wasn't all that fun or useful to my life.  I would have started exercising as a teenager, and I would have avoided dieting altogether.

22. Did you have fun at Prom?
At my school it was called Grad and it wasn't that much fun.  My date was a sweet guy but not an interesting, fun date.  

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?
I think Grad was the last time we talked.

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?
Not at all.

25. Do you still talk to people from school?
Only a few, and only sporadically by electronic means.  Life sort of gets in the way.

26. School colors?
I believe it was orange and black...just like Hallowe'en 365 days a year.

27. What celebrities came from your high school?
None? No idea.

A Belated V-Day Present

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I finally picked out my V-day gift...new shoes!  I decided to splurge and go with a pair of Fluevogs, since most of my shoes tend towards a more conservative style and I figured it was time to funkify my collection.  


Ta da! I love these shoes, BTW.  I wore them all day teaching today, and even had to climb stairs a few times.  My feet still feel great and are as-yet blister free.  I was even able to do some Wii Fit exercising after work, without any pedi pain.

I am very pleased with this purchase, a popular choice that has garnered compliments from both students and fellow staff.  I'm thinking I will be back to Fluevog the next time I want shoes.  If these are any indication, they are worth every penny! :)


Monday, March 02, 2009

Firsts & Lasts - a Meme borrowed from my sis

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I'm in cold wintry E-town right now, sitting on a comfy leather couch in my in-laws' basement, and net-surfing on Hubbs' Macbook Pro. I am hoping to upgrade to a Macbook one day soon but so far I'm not really getting the hang of the one-bar touch mouse or the "Apple +" functions (vs. Cntrl + on regular PCs). I do like the sleekness and lightweight feel of his laptop though.

Since I'm chillin' this March morning, I thought I'd MEME. My VanillaSis posted and tagged me on Facebook so I'm going to respond via the blog (which feeds into FB anyway). Here goes:

Firsts

1. Who was your first real date? A high school boy from a different school who thought I looked like Brenda Walsh (90210) because of my hair at the time...of course, we only went on one date ;)

2. Who was your first roommate? VanillaCon. Then SuperstarJo as well. Then I was on my own until college, when I got stuck with a roommate from Hell. Yep, I said it. She was all sorts of bitter nasty.

3. What alcoholic beverage did you drink when you got drunk the first time? According to me, I have never been drunk (Hubbs might differ on that opinion). I think my first major buzz was on our honeymoon, in Kauai, after many lava flows and other fruity bevvies on our 2nd night there. I have never been hung over and I've never vomited due to alcohol consumption. There. Boring life. ;)

4. What was your first job? I babysat 3 kids down the street. It was a poorly-paid position given the ages of the 3 children (the oldest being maybe 4, and the youngest being 8 months).

5. What was your first car? 1985 Pontiac stationwagon (blue). No idea of model anymore, since I only drove it part-time for about 2 years before we got the "new car" (1993 Ford Tempo).

6. When did you go to your first wedding? I was a kid. We went to several wedding banquets when I was in elementary school, including the wedding of the daughter of the local Chinese laundromat owner. It was a big thing, I remember, because she married a white guy with a moustache! :) That probably set the stage for me to marry white ;) I was also in my cousin's wedding party when I was 15 or 16.

7. Who was your kindergarten teacher? Mrs. B. and Mrs. S was her assistant. Mrs. B was very nice but I thought Mrs. S. was sort of mean and a bit scary.

8. (This question was missing)!

9. Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane? I believe it was when I was around 4...we flew to Vancouver to meet with my Paw-Paw and Gong-Gong, and aunts and uncles who were immigrating to Canada. Their flight touched down in Van so I guess my mom decided to bring VanillaCon & I to meet the flight.

10. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with? I don't think I've ever done this, though in Gr.10 I did go on an overnight co-ed camping trip that my parents didn't know about!

11. Who was your first Best Friend? A girl named Mandy who lived down the street.

12. Where was your first sleepover? It might have been Gr. 7? I totally don't remember any of the sleepovers I went to, since for the longest time growing up I wasn't allowed to go to anyone's place over night.

13. Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day? Hubbs. And sometimes I'm ranting at God if I'm really stressed. He is infinitely, eternally patient :)

14. Whose wedding were you in the first time you were a Bridesmaid or - Groomsmen? My cousin's wedding (see above).

15. What is the first thing you do in the morning? Do the Fertile Focus thing (I'm gathering information), check my BBT, and pee (not always in that order).

16. What was the first concert you ever went to? NKOTB (don't laugh - it was like 1990).

17. First tattoo or piercing? My ears, during my elementary years.

18. First celebrity crush? Depends on who you ask. Apparently as a 3 year old, I was already lusting after Shawn Cassidy (Hardy Boys TV show). I think my first "real" crush, after understanding what a crush is, was Michael J. Fox (Family Ties sitcom) and Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains sitcom). Yes, I'm old. Don't hate.

19. First School? Hillside Community.

20. First Pet? Goldfish? We were pet killers and all the fish we owned seemed to expire in record time.

21. First Fight? I have never had a real fisticuffs brawl with anyone. I'm sure that between my sisters and I we exchanged a few pinches over the years, so that was probably my first fight Likely with VanillaCon.

22. First Facebook Friend? I can no longer recall, though I'm sure Hubbs was among the first.

23. First Love? Jesus. Hubbs is my number two. :) (I love you honey!).

Lasts

24. Last person you hugged? Hubbs, this morning before he got ready for work.

25. Last car ride to/from? From Superstar Jo's...to my current E-town home.

26. Last time you cried? Probably a few weeks ago. Lately the tears have been minimal.

27. Last movie you watched? I think it was at Christmastime; we rewatched Wall-E. Hubbs & I haven't been to a movie in a while.

28. Last food you ate? Muffins made by my mom-in-law...cinnamon muffins that are really yummy.

29. Last item you bought? Dinner last night.

30. Last item you've worn? My usual uniform of yoga pants and a t-shirt, and before that, a dress and tights and my new Fluevogs.

31. Last phone call? The evil telemarketing recording that just called the house.

32. Last thing you touched? I would think most people doing this meme would need to be typing on their keyboard at the computer, so isn't this a silly question? Aside from the obvious, I guess my last item touched was the phone.

33. Last funeral you attended? Actual funeral? It has been a few years and I don't recall anymore. We did go to the burial of my dad's late eldest brother a few years ago.

34. Last time at the mall? Three days ago.

35. Last time you were excited? Current mood. I'm going for lunch with my sis!

36. Last person you saw? Hubbs

37. Last thing you drank? Tea

38. Last time you were happy? Besides my current mood of excitement? Yesterday, hanging with the fam. I miss them when we're in Van.