Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday Wants

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Even though it's absolutely gorgeous, sunny, and green outside, I'm feeling uber-b*tchy and not so gorgeous inside.  I don't know why, Hubbs doesn't know why...it just is that way.

So, to cheer myself up, I thought I'd compile a little wishlist of stuff that I want.  These are not essentials, they're not necessary, and my mother would tell me that anything on this list is unreasonably excessive and wasteful.  However, the best way to get over the blahs is to shop, and when one cannot go shopping, a good alternative is to make a wishlist of stuff one would shop for if one could.

If I could tell the genie to grant me infinite wishes for "stuff," here's what I would want:

1) A white Pur Minerals eyeliner (do these exist?) and the 4-in-1 in Medium Golden.
2) An off-white leather sectional with clean lines in its design (I have yet to find the one in my head).
3) Nutella - although truthfully we already have a jar at home that I've been enjoying with my whole grain cranberry raisin bread...SO good...
4) Sushi every day of the week
5) Gladiator sandals with soft soles and proper arch support
6) A big wide black belt, and another big wide brown one too!
7) Designer sunglasses
8) New eyeshadow (the creamy kind) in a huge palette of colours
9) A short white summer dress that isn't see-through and is flattering on my round body
10) Wedge shoes that are also comfortable, supportive, and fashionable
11) A second glass display case for Hubbs' Transformer collection
12) Laser eye surgery
13) A Blu-Ray DVD player (or a PS3, which does the job and costs about the same)
14) New bedding for our bedroom; I want to change the colours into more neutral brownish tones
15) Short black bookshelves so that we don't have to keep all of our books in boxes

Hrmmm.  That was a way shorter list than I thought it would be.  Of course, some of the items cost a lot more than others, making them less likely purchases in the immediate future.  Still, you get the picture.  I'm feeling greedy.  Spring is making me greedy.  Not sure what that's about, but hopefully I will get over it (and this funky mood I'm in) stat.  I work almost all of the next week and the last thing I want is to be cranky to the kids. 

Strange, but that did not make me feel any better.  BAH!



Saturday, April 25, 2009

Pur Beauty

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In case you didn't know, I am not a natural beauty. ;)  Shocking, I realize.  I rely on the assistance of a full case of make-up each and every morning to help me look as radiantly gorgeous as I do, and even then this case of make-up isn't always adequate for the task.

Well, my little sis, Superstar Jo, introduced me to the world of mineral make-up.  She's a Bare Minerals girl.  After piquing my interest, I headed to my local Shoppers Drug Mart and picked up some mineral make-up, but not the BM kind (which they do not carry in their Beauty Boutique).  Instead, I got me a fancy schmancy Pur Minerals starter kit and began my journey into the world of mineral make-up.

Well, fast forward a week and a bit, and I am a changed woman.  My eyes have been opened and I wonder how I could have lived without Pur Minerals.  In fact, I'm so enamoured with the stuff that I plan to pick up their mineral duo eyebrow compact and another shade of their 4-in-1 foundation (my current shade is a bit dark for my not-yet-tanned state) as soon as it comes in (they've run out of the stuff).

This mineral make-up is magical; I use their 4-in-1 on my face and it evens out my blotchy colouring, and then I use their very light blush and their subtle bronzer to give my face a bit of sun-kissed glow.  The make-up is lightweight and is buildable, meaning you can add layer upon layer of powder to your face until you get the coverage that you want.  It is also very clean-feeling, and it doesn't seem like I have foundation on my face when I'm done applying it.  In fact, I'd say it is even lighter than the compact powder I used to wear (L'Oreal True Match Pressed Powder).  I have also had zero break-outs.  

Upon doing some post-purchase research on the product, I've discovered that many people prefer Pur Minerals to some of the other mineral lines out there.  Pur Minerals is also fragrance-free, oil-free, and chemical-free.  It is bound together with the ever-moisturizing ingredients of Shea Butter and Vitamin E.  Oh, and it offers SPF15 protection from sun damage. 

Testimonial: today, I even went out without any make-up, save for the Pur Minerals foundation.  For those of you who've known me since forever ago, you know that this is *huge* since I'm always wearing lipstick and eyeliner, if nothing else.  Not today, however.  I was fresh-faced and I still looked okay! :)  That is the magic of Pur Minerals make-up.  

I am *so* turning into a mineral make-up junkie.  But don't stage an intervention just yet - I still have some beautifying to do and there is more to the Pur Minerals line that I still need to investigate ;)


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Best Burger In My World

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... is the one that I make.  Well, for me, anyway; maybe you have your own personal favourites.  However, IMHO nothing beats a homemade burger, and it's 3x as awesome when said burger is made with healthy ingredients.  This tasty burger is easy to make, too, and sooooo delicious.  Here's my super yummy recipe:

1 lb. ground bison
1/2 large onion, chopped finely
2 slices whole wheat bread (moistened w/water)
1 large egg
salt & pepper to taste
sugar to taste
soy sauce to taste
1 T hot chili oil sauce (the oily kind, but drain the oil first)

Mix the first 4 ingredients, and season with salt, pepper, soy sauce, and sugar.  Add the hot chili oil sauce (the chilis from it, but drain away the oil) and mix again.  Make 4 large 1/4lb. patties, put on a rack over a pan, and bake for 35 minutes at 375F.

I use bread instead of oatmeal as a binder because I find that bread is more moist, and the resultant texture is far softer.  It offers a good balance to the otherwise-lean bison, which tends to get a bit rough after it has been cooked.  I also use the chili oil to give the burger a bit of kick, since Hubbs likes a bit of spice in his food.  The bit of oil in the chili oil sauce also gives an additional boost of moisture to the patty.  The finely chopped onions mixed in with the meat also flavours up the patty, and creates the most delicious aroma when it bakes in the oven.

I made these burgers a while back for Hubbs and today was a burger day again.  I made a special trip to the grocery store just so that I could get avocadoes, fresh hothouse tomatoes, spinach, and whole wheat buns for the burgers.  I also bought some slices of havarti.  

By the time we had lunch (yes this was for lunch), we were ravenously hungry (being ill has staved off our appetites for the past week but now it's back and raging).  It was absolutely heavenly biting into our burgers for the first time.  YUM.

Anyway, I thought I'd share my recipe.  I rarely cook as it is, and when I do I'm usually ripping off someone else's recipes.  This one's my own, a mish mash of my parents' recipe with a bit of my personal preferences tossed in, and it's one that's actually good.  

Summer's around the corner so it will be a good time for burger consumption on the patio or the deck.  Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! :)


Random Meme Time!

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You know I love these things, narcissist that I am.  Here's one from my friend Kate in HK.  I am still recovering from this freakin' illness so mindless Q & A is completely my style at the moment:

1) What is your salad dressing of choice?
My own concoction, inspired by my in-laws' own concoction, that uses only honey, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil.  Yum!

2) What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
In E-town it's either Hardware Grill or Wasabi.  In Van, we have several favourites, but I think right now Paul's Omelettry is in top spot.

3) What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it?
Sushi - I was just telling Hubbs this very thing.  I could choose between makis, temakis, nigiri, and sashimi, not to mention the chirashi bowls.  Those items alone could last me a month. ;)

4) What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Pine nuts, pesto, finely chopped roasted chicken and bacon, asiago or mozza or a similar white cheese, and shredded spinach.  Few make it right though.

5) What do you like to put on your toast?
Berry jam and butter

6) How many televisions are in your house?
One awesome Samsung Series 5 37" LCD. :)

7) What color cell phone do you have?
Black, and I'm hoping to upgrade soon.  I need one with some touch-screen functionality, man!

8) Are you right-handed or left-handed?
Right, although I secretly wish I was ambidextrous.

9) Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
Yes.  

10) What is the last heavy item you lifted?
The leather couch...no, wait, I think it was my purse!

11) Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
Not knocked, but I have been unconscious before.

12) If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
Um, not if I could help it.  I'll leave that sort of stuff up to God.  I like to be surprised ;)

13) If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Having pondered this question many times in the past, I still have not come up with a conclusive answer.  I would probably keep it the same at this point.  Name changes are a hassle and frankly, I just don't have time for it!

14) Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
Not even for $100,000 although I might start considering once we hit 7 digits.

15) How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
One.  I find them incredibly bad for my back and there is no arch support at all.  I come home with shin splints and sore hamstrings.  I prefer sandals with straps.

16) What’s your goal for the year?
Lose weight...be healthier...get a job ;) The usual.

17) Last person you talked to?
Hubbs.

18) Last person you hugged?
Also Hubbs.

19) Favorite Season?
Mild.  I used to say fall, and in any other city it would still be fall, but in Van the weather is way more mild and so I also enjoy the feel of early spring, and the feel of summer, and the feel of fall, and even those days and weeks of early winter that are snow-free and brisk.

20) Favorite Holiday?
Christmas.  As a Christ-follower, however, I also recognize the significance of Easter and so it has a special place in my heart too.

21) Favorite day of the week?
Saturday.

22) Favorite Month?
December and July.

23) First place you went this morning?
Kitchen - I heard Hubbs puttering around and I wanted to find him to say, "Good morning!"

24) What's the last movie you saw?
Watchmen - yeah, I know, I totally need to see a lot more good movies, most of which are coming out in early May.

25) Do you smile often?
The proof is in my "smile lines" that I am hoping do not extend nor deepen.

26) Do you always answer your phone?
Not anymore.  Hubbs has taught me to not be ruled by the telephone, and to let it go to voicemail if I'm busy or the caller is unidentified.  This has curbed a lot of the telemarketing calls.

27) It's four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
Someone who is MSN'ing the previous owner of my cell #.  This has happened several times in the past, and it is SO annoying!

28) If you could change your eye color what would it be?
I would probably want lighter eyes, although that might look pretty strange with my uber-dark hair and Asian complexion.

29) What flavor drink do you get at Sonic?
What is Sonic?

30) Have you ever had a pet fish?
Many, may they R.I.P.

31) Favorite Christmas song?
With the exception of a few particularly cheesy/annoying ones, I love all Christmas songs.  In fact, I would listen to them all year round if it didn't depress me to think about how far away Christmas is.

32) What's on your wish list for your birthday?
I could use a new laptop.  I also wouldn't mind getting laser eye surgery.  

33) Can you do push ups?
Yes :)  

34) Can you do a chin up?
No :( - but I can do an assisted chin-up on the Gravitron machine at the gym.

35) Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
Eternally optimistic so I would say excited, for sure.  Spending my life with Hubbs is awesome, so I enjoy and look forward to each day of growing older with him.

36) Do you have any saved texts?
Text *messages* or text *books*? I purge all of the former and most of the latter, though I keep a couple around for reference.

37) Ever been in a car wreck?
Yep - one that eventually resulted in a settlement for me that was triple the initial settlement offered by the stupid insurance people when my car got rear-ended by buddy in his mom's SUV.

38) Do you have an accent?
I guess it depends who you talk to.  I'd reckon that my Aussie mates might say I have one ;)  I tend to morph my speech ever so slightly to accommodate my audience, so it is far more drawly when I speak with folks from the South, and way more Aussie when I'm chatting with my mates from down under ;) 

39) What is the last song to make you cry?
Sophie B. Hawkins' "As I Lay Me Down"

40) Plans tonight?
Grocery shopping.

41) Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
A few times.  That's where Jesus usually finds me. ;)

42) Name 3 things you bought yesterday.
A new leather jacket, V8 Fusion drink, Starbucks' Protein Platter tray

43) Have you ever been given roses?
Not often enough (hint hint Hubbs!)

44) Current hate right now?
Bronchitis and nasal congestion

45) Met someone who changed your life?
Yep.  His name is Jesus.  Of course, there have been others, including the man I married.  I think every encounter one has with another results in the giving of a little bit of oneself to the other, so in that sense, everyone alters the life of everyone else with whom they've interacted.

46) How did you bring in the New Year?
With a buzz (two is apparently too many martinis for me), and with Hubbs.

47) What song represents you?
I can't think of one song that full captures who I am.  I'm a little bit of everything, but not like that (as Hubbs calls it) "angry housewife song" by Meredith Brooks ("B*tch")

48) Name three people who will complete this?
You, you and you

49) What were you doing 12 AM last night?
Taking Erythromycin and crawling into bed

50) What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
Man, it's bright outside.  What a beautiful day.  Thank you God!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I Hate "Cats"! - A Theological Rant

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Hubbs & I heard a fellow named Bob Sjorgren speak at church a few years ago, and our faith has never been the same.  You see, Bob likens the theology of the modern Church to that of the attitudes of cats and dogs.  Cats are self-centered and everything is about them.  Dogs are loyal and faithful and everything is about their Master/Owner.  So too, some Christians are all about themselves; this is reflected in how they live, how they pray, and how they see God as part of their lives.  Other Christians are all about Jesus, and this too is evidenced in how they live their lives on a minute by minute basis.

After hearing the sermon, we read Sjorgren & Gerald Robison's book "Cat and Dog Theology," and the way that we worship has been transformed.  We have also been ever-increasingly convicted of our own selfishness and how we so often rob God of the honour and praise that He is due.

Our new church, praise Jesus, is also "dog-like" theologically.  So often has our pastor reminded us that it's not about us, but it's about Jesus.  It always comes back to Jesus, to God Himself. 

Anyway, as we have become changed, I've found myself growing ever more intolerant of those who profess Christ but who make all things about them; their theology is incomplete and it excludes God save for a cursory acknowledgement.  They treat God as though He is their eternal Santa Claus, there to bless them and make them prosperous and give them rewards because of their faith or their good works or their oh-so-lovely -souls.  They live out "Christianity" as a religion for the privileged and the blessed, and they pick and choose the parts of the Bible to believe and to claim as Truth (usually the "feel-good" parts).  Please.  Sure, God loves us, yes, but everything He does is for His name's sake alone.  Everything.  His glory is of foremost importance to Him, and even as Jesus hung on that cross and became a propitiation for our sins, He was doing it for the Father's glory, and not because we are so darn likeable and too cute to send to Hell.

So often, the incomplete theology of misled "cats" cause them to believe that worship is a response to what God has done for them personally, rather than an acknowledgement of who He is (holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts!) first.  They embrace the "I, me, my, our, us" pronouns far more than the "You, God" and "Yours."  They focus on God's love and mercy and grace to the exclusion of His wrath and jealousy and judgment and hatred of sin.  They think life has to be fair according to their definition of fair, and get angry with God when life is "unfair" to them, forgetting that it's all about God being glorified through His plan for humankind.  They consider themselves to be the main protagonists of the Bible, and they believe that God's will is to bless them.  They ignore the parts of the Scriptures that talk of suffering for His name, and of God making His own name great.  

And we are all cats.  You and me.  We've all been misled into an incomplete faith and understanding because we are selfish, self-centered, entitled people living a privileged life in a part of the world that has not had to suffer persecution for our faith.  We indulge our sinful natures and our egos and the humanistic philosophies around us, and we make God into our personal genie, rather than the Savior and King of Kings that He is.  We do not come before God as little children, faithful and hopeful and trusting and surrendered.  

Oh, sheeple (I borrowed this term from Garth Turner), I must decrease so that He may increase!  We must all decrease so that He may be glorified in our lives, in our words, in our deeds.  To God be the glory, forever and ever.  It's not about me.  It's all about Jesus.


 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Springtime Random

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* I hate vegetables; they taste foul to me (with few exceptions), and staying fresh and unbruised/dented/non-rusty are always issues with the good types of veg.  My solution? I've taken to drinking V8 Fusion.  I'm not sure whether this really is healthier for me than not drinking it, but it satisfies my veg guilt and it's quite refreshing for this spring season.

* My relationship with patios is a love/dislike one.  I love having drinks on a sunny patio with great company, but I get bored easily if the bevvies don't stay refilled and conversations aren't animated, and my thermal range of comfort is so freakin' limited that it can quickly go from being too hot to too cold on the patio in mere minutes depending on cloud cover.  I wonder if I shouldn't start packing a throw with me when we go for patio drinks.

* Twitter isn't nearly as fun as I thought it would be.  Facebook status updates are far more amusing to me.

* Hardwood floors are lovely to look at but not the least bit functional.  I wish we had laminate floors.

* Though I'm considering getting laser eye surgery to end my contact lens dependency once and for all, I'm also thinking about keeping my glasses as a fashion accessory.  I've received far too many compliments on this set of frames not to want to keep them around, but is it the height of vanity to wear glasses when one doesn't actually need them?

* Every so often I get an urge to spend copious amounts of $ on new makeup or new stationery.  I feel that urge coming on very very soon.

* Sushi is addictive.  I have had cravings for days now, but we've been having every other kind of food except for sushi these last few days.  I think I could live on an all-sushi diet.  Really.

* Yesterday at Shoppers Drug Mart, some crazy lady (who looks like the cousin of that Octo-Mom) cut in front of us in line to pay.  THEN she set off the security alarm like 3 times.  I think she was shoplifting and that's why she was in a big ol' hurry to leave.  Sometimes I wish I believed in karma!

* The spider eggs oustide our windows have hatched, me thinks.  In this sunlight, I can see the  sparkle of many many webs dangling down from the top of our window panes.  Now the trick is to figure out how to open our windows and enjoy fresh spring breezes without letting these creepy critters in.  My building should really wash our windows already.

And of course, here is the meme:


10 Things I Love About Spring

1. Bright sunny mornings and late evening sunsets
2. The smell of flowers in bloom
3. Wearing open-toed shoes and sandals again
4. Being able to use the sun-roof on our car, finally!
5. Sunglasses and BBQs
6. No more crazy layers and gloves and scarves (except as accessories)
7. The vibrant colours of plants in bloom
8. Slushy drinks
9. Weekend road trips
10. Healthier eating (no more comfort food!)



Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sonrise

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Today is arguably the most important day of my calendar.  Today is what my faith stands on, and what makes me a Christ-follower.  Today I remember that what happened over 2000 years ago paved the way for my freedom and my hope, and offers me life.  Today my Savior is risen!  He has conquered the grave, defeated death, and paid for my sins in full - alleluia, amen!

Have a glorious Easter, and may your eyes be fixed on Jesus Christ alone today.  
To Him be the glory, forever and ever and ever!

 

Monday, April 06, 2009

Complicated Choices Trump Simple Selections

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We found a new TV.  Hubbs and I were shopping around for a new TV, a small flat-screen LCD, and thought we'd check at Best Buy since we had a bit of time yesterday.  We ended up picking the Samsung Series 5 37" B530 1080p model, which was on sale (though not as cheap as what we could have paid online).  We literally walked out of the store with the TV in hand.

The selection process was pretty simple, actually.  We took our friend Nick's advice, and also Natalie's advice, and opted for a TV that we both agreed on for visual clarity, with a leaning towards Samsungs.  We then walked up and down the aisles at the store, watching TV on various sets and looking for signs of blurriness/graininess in the picture quality.  We also looked at the sharpness of the colours, and to see how well fast action images (e.g. sports) were displayed on screen.  

In the end, we both agreed on the Samsung 5.  Hubbs wanted a slightly larger monitor (>40") but we just bought an entertainment unit that only supports LCDs up to 40" in size.  Plus, we live in a small place, so an overwhelmingly large TV would seem ridiculously out of place.

So the selection process was relatively painless.  Now for the complicated part.  Little did we know, but the Series 5 "530" model comes in an A and a B version.  The A version came out a while back, but the B version was only released this year.  I'm not sure what the specs on the A version are, but the B version offers an impressive 60,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio on a mere 37" screen, so that's pretty good (and I think much higher than that of the A).  However, because the B model is so new, and is apparently quite different from the A model, you cannot read reviews of the A and automatically presume that they apply to the B.  The tweaking/calibratio instructions for the A are also entirely different than for the B, so that in order to optimize viewing on the TV we'd need B-model calibration instructions, which of course do not yet exist.

I'm finding that as the TV offers more options (gaming vs. movie vs. whatever mode, etc for sound, display, PC vs. TV, yadda yadda), it is getting increasingly difficult to set up.  I remember the days when you could just buy a TV, bring it home, plug it in, and start watching.  Now there are a bazillion settings and far too many buttons on that remote control!  Ugh...I sound like an old lady but you know what I mean, right?  I feel like I need to take a course in order to calibrate my TV.  There is something extremely wrong with that picture.    

So, there you have it.  We have a new TV but I need to read up on it before I can get it set up.  *sigh* 


Saturday, April 04, 2009

I....Fall....To...Pieces....

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... in a I'm-getting-too-old sort of way.  At the tender age of 27 (v.7) I am wrestling with a brutal head cold, sinus congestion, a nagging hip pain, a phlegmy cough, a tender wrist (I think my nintenonditis is still healing), hot and cold spells, and general fatigue.  I may also be running a fever, though I haven't stopped to check my body temperature yet.

I'm pretty sure that when I was 16, I bounced back from rhinoviral attacks within a couple of days.  I don't even recall missing a day of school over a cold.  However, fast forward a few years, and now I have to go to bed before the sun even sets (6:45 p.m. on Wednesday night) just because I feel like garbage, and after a week of battling with this stupid cold, it's still working me over.

What happened?!?  I am on vitamins, I drink my water, I eat relatively healthy, and I worked out (note the past tense since I haven't been able to go to the gym regularly since my recent disc fracture followed immediately by the onset of the cold).  I blame aging.  My body is aging.  My mind remains youthful, my appearance stays pretty ageless and wrinkle-free, and in every other sense I think I'm holding on to my youth appropriately.  However, my body is not cooperating with the rest of me, and insists on getting older.  It sucks.

Anyway, here's a meme for my sick day; thank God it's Saturday and not during the work week!

1. Do you still have tonsils?
Yes.

2. Would you bungee jump?
Only if a gun was pointed at my head and I knew with 100% certainty that by jumping I would live and the bad guy would die.  

3. If you could do anything in the world for a living what would it be?
5-star hotel critic and fine dining food critic.  I might also consider being paid to shop, but without the lame lengthy secret shopper forms to fill out afterwards.

4. How many tattoos do you have?
None, though I've secretly considered one before.

5. Your favorite fictional animal?
Garfield and Miss Piggy.  I like the ones with attitude. ;)

6. One person that never fails to make you laugh?
Hubbs; he makes me laugh on an hourly basis.

7. Do you consider yourself well organized?
Anal-retentive might be another apt descriptor.  I personally prefer "Type A" because it sounds less, well, crude.  But yes, I have to have an organized environment in order to function and to work.  

8. Any addictions?
Currently I'm addiction-free (unless you count reading gossip blogs or watching 24), though it would be incredibly easy for me to become addicted to London Fogs and to regular massages.  

9. From what news source do you receive the bulk of your news?
Online, and sometimes from CNN or Jon Stewart or CTV.  

10. Would you rather go to a carnival or circus?
The carnival, but only if it's a good quality one not run by greasy carnies.  I'm psyching up to go to the PNE here in Van once the weather warms up a bit more.

11. When you were twelve years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A pediatrician.

12. Best movie you've seen this year?
I've only seen one so far in 2009 - Watchmen.  It was pretty good, but I couldn't appreciate it as much as someone who has read the graphic novel (e.g. Hubbs).

13.Favourite alcoholic drink
Lava Flow - Pina colada mix with strawberry puree and some sort of booze that the nice Hawaiian bartender free-pours.

14. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Try to figure out how I can sleep in for a few more minutes.  Then I pray.

15. Siblings?
Three + two in-laws and a significant other.

16. What is the best thing about your job?
No marking or planning or report cards!  Plus, I get to work with students from Grades 1-9.

17. Have you ever gone to therapy?
Only the massage kind, but sometimes I think I might benefit from some psychotherapy, since I think it is useful for so many others I know.

18. If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Oooh.  Today, it would be the ability to wrinkle my nose and have my entire home clean itself, sort of like that witch lady in Bewitched.

19. Do you own any furniture from Ikea?
A bookshelf, a queen-sized guest bed, one display case (we'd like a second one) and probably some miscellaneous items (e.g. the kleenex boxes in our washroom).  

20. Have you ever gone camping?
Yes, once with girlfriends and once with Hubbs, Space Max, and Superstar Jo.  Oh, there were also a few times with my church fellowship, but I don't remember specifics anymore.

21. Gas prices! First thought?
Thank God we barely drive. :)

22. Your favorite cartoon character? 
Undecided at the moment.  We have really been enjoying Family Guy episodes lately.  Does Wall-E count as a cartoon character?  He *is* animated.

23. What was your first car?
The Pontiac Sunbird stationwagon in blue.

24. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
Nope, but I think that marriage as a legal relationship is different from marriage as a sacred covenant before God.  Some people like to confuse the two, but I consider them separate entities, both of which I subscribe to.

25. The Cosby Show or the Simpsons?
Early years Simpsons would be better, but Cosby Show > recent Simpsons.

26. Do you go to church?
Westside! (www.churchonthewestside.com)

27. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
I thought I just addressed this one.  Robert Pattinson.  Then I'd ask him to be my friend. :)

28. What errand/chore do you despise?
Cleaning the laminate floors.  It is such a taxing and involved process, and the floor cleaning oil stinks.

29. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
This morning my alarm didn't go off, since I don't set it on the weekends.  But normally, my first thought is, "Ugh.  Already?  I wonder if I can sleep for 15 more minutes?" followed by a quick assessment of my morning schedule to determine if I can afford those extra minutes.

30. Last time you puked from drinking?
I have never vomitted from drinking.  I don't remember the last time I puked, period.  I usually block out those sorts of memories ;)

31. What is your heritage?
Chinese (with a bit of Mongolian thrown in from many generations back).

32. Favorite flower?
China lilies, though I actually like most lilies.

33. Disney or Warner Bros?
WB.

34. What is your best childhood memory?
Oooh...there are so many.  Playing swords, "camping," and singing duets with Vanilla Con, family vacations, trick-or-treating, kindergarten to Gr. 3 (alll of it), falling asleep during lazy afternoon nap-times with Superstar Jo and Vanilla Con on the family room couch, watching my little bro singing Canto-pop and dancing around as a 3-year old...the list goes on and on and on.

35. Your favorite potato chip?
I like the Terra veggie chips in Zesty Tomato flavour.  I also like Calbee's Snappeas (which aren't made out of potatoes).  Regular Lay's are good too.

36. What is your favorite candy?
I'm not much of a candy fan, but I like Skor, Twix, Kit-Kat, and Aero bars.  

37. Do you burn or tan?
I do both, but not well nor evenly.

38. Astrological sign?
Pissy.  I mean, Pisces.

39. Do you own a gun?
Not even the water-type.  But we do have a Transformer (Megatron) that can convert into a "gun" and shoot little pellets.

40. What do you think of hot dogs?
On occasion, only the artificial taste of a manufactured, processed, nitrate-laden meat product will satisfy.  Those are the hot dog days.