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On the twelfth day of Christmas, listersgirl sent to me...
Twelve streetcars drumming
Eleven bellinis piping
Ten booksbooksbooks a-leaping
Nine accents dancing
Eight libraries a-reading
Seven restaurants a-walking
Six giles a-cataloguing
Five indi-i-i-ian buffets
Four stan rogers
Three designer guys
Two milles bournes
...and a victoria in a stravinsky.
Get your own Twelve Days:


Hee hee hee.
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I just heard some co-workers talking about me behind my back (although technically it was just on the other side of a divider where they didn't realize I was standing). They were saying completely not the things I would have expected - it wasn't worse or better, just not what I thought. I've been deluding myself all these years!

So now I'm totally curious, which makes it anonymous commenting time! Tell me what you really think of me - the good, the bad, the ugly. Think of this as your chance to say those things that we're all too polite to say to each other's (virtual) faces. Tell me something, whether you've known me for years or just started reading yesterday (although if you just started reading yesterday, I promise, I'm generally much wittier. Or so I think). Think I'm smart? Think I'm cheerful? Think I'm lazy and passive aggressive? Wow, I totally agree with you.

Just, please, keep it anonymous so I don't have to think of polite responses. :D

Now isn't this much better than doing work?
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Happy... actually, I have no idea what this holiday is called in Ontario. It's still B.C. day in my mind, although I'm pretty sure Ontarians don't particularly have any interest in celebrating B.C. Maybe each province should get a special day, and make all the other provinces celebrate it. For B.C. day we could smoke pot, scream in terror at the sight of snow, and watch provincial politics flip-flop from the extreme right to the extreme left and back again. Or maybe that's just in Victoria. :D

So let's call it I-Have-The-Day-Off-Work-Today Day. Yay! Although, oddly, I'm actually kind of looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. And not just for the air conditioning. I've been so far behind, but I'm finally getting to the end of my backlog, and I think it's making me work with renewed intensity. I got so much done this week; I've been clearing post-it notes and cds off my desk with abandon. In fact, I had a really hard time sleeping on Friday night because I kept thinking about everything I want to do on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, I've been having a productive AND relaxing weekend. Go me. I have done all sorts of house maintenance stuff, read many books, and spent a very fun afternoon/evening with [livejournal.com profile] globetrotter1, eating sushi, people watching on a patio, and talking about books, movies and how people are annoying. Good times. And now I'm watching Lost in Translation and plotting what to make with all the groceries I bought.

Also, apparently it's [livejournal.com profile] girldetective's birthday today. Happy birthday! Have some cake for me. Or maybe I'll have some for you. :D

In conclusion, I have been tagged. )

Book Meme

May. 14th, 2005 11:55 am
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Two (count them, two!) people tagged me on this yesterday, so I guess I really have no excuse.

1)Total number of books owned?

Two very full Billy bookcases worth. I guess it's around 400? All I know is any time I run out of room on those shelves (including filling up all the stackable spaces) I have to start getting rid of books, because I have nowhere else to put them.

2) The last book I bought?

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke and Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, both of which I had taken out from the library and then given up when I saw how ENORMOUS they were. Buying was a necessity.

3) The last book I read?

The last book I finished was Tom Perrotta's Little Children. Now I'm reading Transmission by Hari Kundzru (and, of course, A Suitable Boy).

4) 5 books that mean a lot to me:

I don't know if this means books that have a lot of memories, books that supposedly changed my life, or just books that I love, so I guess this is a random mix of the above.

1. Bloodsucking Fiends, Christopher Moore
2. Bellwether, Connie Willis
3. Mondo Canuck, Geoff Pevere & Greg Dymond
4. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
5. Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss

5) Tag 5 people and have them fill this out on their ljs

Ok, so there are 3 memes like this (books, DVDs/videos, and music) going around right now, and I can't remember who has done what, and besides, considering where I know most of you from , singling people out seems silly, so I'm going to say anyone whose name (first, last or user) begins with A, F, K, P, or W. Go at it!

(I was going to say something here about the music meme, but that would just provoke people, so never mind.)
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It's Friday, therefore I meme.

Take the first sentence of the first post of each month for the past year and make a paragraph from it.

Craziness going on in BC politics. Well, that was a lazy weekend if ever there were one. 10 things learned in one weekend. There will be no April Fools happening here. Happy May, everyone! I tried to follow the crowd and make one of those little icons of me, but it looked nothing like me, no matter what I did. Yay, Fringe! Oh, hello, I love long weekends. I am full of bad news on a very minor scale today: the Chicago roadtrip is off (no Audra and no Min, boo), I haven't seen or talked to some friends in weeks (thus killing my August resolution), I don't have the money to take German in the fall like I thought I would, which renders the September resolution of improving my German slightly more difficult, and my hamstrings are wicked tight. Hello! November already. It started as a conversation about NaNoWriMo and other writing projects in which I expressed my disbelief that anyone could manage to write 500 words a day.

So, apparently I like to announce the coming of the new month and discuss the weekend. Also, I write a lot of very short sentences, except when I don't.
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I don't have a playlist, because I am Not Cool Enough for that shit, and still cling resolutely to my CDs. Of course, I spend 8 hours a day in a room with 175,000 of the damn things.

So, I'm doing the dork version of the lyrics meme, also known as Look what's sitting on my desk at work! I took 25 random CDs* and picked a line from the third song on the CD.

Songs )

*They're not entirely random - I was kind and ignored the Christmas CDs littering my desk, and also all the indie promo CDs that no-one will have ever heard of. Also the classical. Plus, be warned, these are not at all indicative of my taste in music, since at least half of them are things that I'm working on, rather than things that I'm listening to for fun.

Go forth and identify!
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Happy belated birthday [livejournal.com profile] linaerys! It sounds like you had fun (and I'm glad you're starting to feel better).

Speaking of feeling better, many of you are sick or going through medical treatment right now, and I hope you all have speedy recoveries and painless procedures.

I can't believe there are actually 3 other people out there with mmmmpie as an interest )

How is it that I'm the only person with atheist nunnery as an interest? After all, I know some of you took vows. :)

20 answers

Jun. 11th, 2004 11:05 am
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Am I too long-winded for you? Read the short version of my life!

Meme gacked from sarcasma )

Sadly, that's a pretty accurate representation of me. I think I need a hobby.
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If you...

1. ...owned a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve?


It was long ago decided that any restaurant would have to be a side dish restaurant, in honour of the fact that mostly we want the dessert for the whipping cream, the salad for the salad dressing, and the chips for the dip. [livejournal.com profile] sarcasma, this was with you, right? I'm not losing my mind? So, yeah, a restaurant where the menu consists of sauces, dips, spreads and toppings.

2. ...owned a small store, what kind of merchandise would you sell?

Oh, probably locally made kitchy things, although at one point I had grand plans to open a store that sold everything to do with musicals: CDs, sheet music, posters, books, knick-knacks. Of course, then I discovered that if you went to real cities, there actually were stores like these.

3. ...wrote a book, what genre would it be?

Definitely a romance novel. Then I could count all the ones I've read as research. Plus, you know, I always want to read one where the woman is a vegetarian, or has actual good taste in music, so I probably should just write it myself.

4. ...ran a school, what would you teach?

Can't I just run the school, and let someone else do the teaching? Sad to say, I'd probably be a great administrator. I don't know, maybe I'd teach the finer techniques of not being able to make small talk, and how to ignore your co-workers in 5 easy lessons.

5. ...recorded an album, what kind of music would be on it?

Cabaret songs, definitely. And funny songs from musicals.
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Language is fun, yo. (Taken from [livejournal.com profile] genarti)

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks? Stream.

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store? Cart, or grocery cart.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in? Lunchbox.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in? Frying pan.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people? Couch.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof? Gutter.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening? Porch.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages? Pop.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup? Pancake.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself? Sub.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach? Bathing suit.

12. Shoes worn for sports? Runners.

13. Putting a room in order? Tidying.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark? Firefly.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball? I have no idea.

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down? Teeter-totter, or see-saw. Either one.

17. How do you eat your pizza? With my hands.

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff? Garage sale.

19. What's the evening meal? Dinner.

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are? Basement.
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1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.

Dude, that's soon. I'm going to have to keep them small. Okay, finish learning the choreography I'm working on, clean off my desk, make cookies for my co-workers as a holiday thing, go to at least two craftfairs, run on the treadmill for more than 3 minutes without falling off.

2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.

Julia, Jade, Laura, Angie, Marie (friends from high school and the job I had after university)

3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.

Drive stick, speak fluent German, ballroom dance, bake a pie...and suddenly I'm drawing a blank, even though I know there're hundreds of things I'd like to learn. Um, how about do quick household repairs.

4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).

Give money to my parents, buy a condo, get said condo professionally decorated, set up scholarships at my various alumnis, go to New York and see every Broadway show I wanted.

5. List five things you do that help you relax.

Read, watch favourite TV shows (Buffy, Sports Night, Absolutely Fabulous, Red Dwarf), drink herbal tea, yoga, and, sadly, eat dessert.

Meme!

Nov. 12th, 2003 11:00 am
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Nothing like starting out the day with some soul-searching.

APRIL:
Active and dynamic. Decisive and haste but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people's problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their luver can see.

Obviously I was a changling child, and I was not really born in April.


rest of the months here for anyone else feeling sheep-like )
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Why am I talking about sports? Procrastination is a wonderful thing...

1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones?

Of my own volition? I'd say no. I've been known to enjoy bits of the Olympics, particularly speed skating (for the spectacular crashes) and curling (which I got slightly obsessed with during the last Olympics, to the point where I actually had to read the rules so that I could follow better), but I don't think I ever would have bothered if my roommate hadn't been watching.

2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes?

That would imply that I had a favourite sport. Or that, you know, I pay attention to these things.

3. Are there any sports you hate?

Ugh, boxing. *shiver*

4. Have you ever been to a sports event?

I've been to a few cricket games, which were mildly amusing. And I have a vague memory of going to a hockey game, minor league I think. Oh, and I watched a baseball game once, but that was only because my high school crush was playing.

5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play?

Oh, lord no. Well, other than those that I couldn't whine my way out of in school. Team sports in particular were the bane of my existence.

Friday Five

Sep. 5th, 2003 09:02 am
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1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most?

I hate washing the floors. It's not even like we have much in the way of floor in our tiny bathroom and tiny kitchen, but I just dread doing it. I put it off, and put it off, until I can actually dirt patterns on the floor. [livejournal.com profile] vestra, if you've ever thought that you had to wash the floors far more frequently than is your turn, this is why. *ducks*

2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing?

I like to tidy - I get great satisfaction from recycling the old newspapers, and straightening up the coffee table, or making sure everything is put back where it belongs. I don't particularly mind cleaning the bathroom (other than the evil floor), either, although my back always regrets it after I scrub down the bathtub.

3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed?

For the summer, while I was living by myself, I supposedly vacuumed every weekend, and alternated cleaning the kitchen and the bathroom weekly. This...sort of deteriorated into "no one is coming over, it doesn't matter if I clean". It's a little embarrassing to admit, but as long as things are tidy, and there isn't random stuff all over the place, I can easily ignore a little grunge, at least when I'm living alone and therefore it's my grunge.

4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules?

No, but I am easily seduced into buying multiple cleaning products, one for each fixture in the house, even though I'm sure they're all actually the same.

5. What was the last thing you cleaned?

Hmm. I cleaned the toilet and the bathroom sink on Sunday, and wiped down the kitchen counters and stove yesterday.

Meme

Sep. 2nd, 2003 03:53 pm
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...the all-musicals version (because anything else would require me to be sitting in front of my CDs)

"Little Priest" from Sweeney Todd

"I Know Him So Well" from Chess

"Sitting Becalmed in the Lee of Cuttyhunk" from A New Brain

"Tango: Maureen" from Rent

"Everybody's Girl" from Steel Pier

"Remember" from A Little Night Music

"Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof

"Gee, Officer Krupke" from West Side Story

"I'm Still Here" from Follies

"Ragtime" from Ragtime

"Little Things You Do Together" from Company

Yes, it's true, I am such a follower.
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Friday Five for you:

1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country?

Vancouver in July (assuming home province to be where I live now, not where I'm from). Outside of the country would have been Austin TX in February for the MLA conference.

2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling?

Perhaps only unusual to me, but last Christmas when I was flying home I fainted on the plane. Then I fulfilled all cliches by not having any idea what had happened or where I was when I can out of the faint. Luckily I was standing right beside the flight attendants at the time, and I got extra cookies out of the deal.

3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go?

London, to see Kit. New York, to see musicals. Victoria, to see my parents and the cat. Germany, to learn German. Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and that whole part of the world. Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Somewhere where they'll feed me and water me and I can lie around reading.

4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car?

How about "anything but bus"? I guess plane, mostly because it's fast and goes long distances. Or train, although I haven't gone all that far on the train. I've never really taken any kind of road trip, other than when I moved, but I can't imagine that the car is all that comfortable of a travel vehicle.

5. What's the next place on your list to visit?

Hopefully New York City this fall, if [livejournal.com profile] vestra and I actually get off our butts and make plans. Otherwise, home to Victoria for Christmas.

5

Aug. 1st, 2003 11:40 am
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Oh, look, it's a Friday Five I can answer without research (I mean, I tried really hard to create a cast last week, but it was just too painful).

1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?

Alarm goes off at 5:55am. Isn't that hideous? And really, I could do with another couple of minutes so that I can both make lunch *and* get to work on time, but anything before six just feels like the middle of the night to me.

2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late?

Do I ever. I am the queen of 12-hour sleeping on the weekend, going to bed at 11 "so that I can get a good sleep" and not waking up until 11, 11:30. Which is just so bad for me, because then the piddly 7 hours that I get during the week seems so pathetic. Plus my back always hurts from being in bed that long. Ouch. I can't seem to give it up, though, even though I love early morning Saturdays those rare times that I wake up early.

3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning?

Well, depending on how technical you want to get about it, listen to the radio while waiting for the weather report, get out of bed, walk to the bathroom, or pee. Oh, no, wait, I usually turn on the shower before I pee, so that the water can warm up, so I guess "turn on the shower".

4. How long does it take to get ready for your day?

On average, an hour and 5 minutes. Usually I can manage to shave a couple of minutes off that if I don't shampoo my hair that day, and I have to add a few minutes if I want to make lunch. I've tried to get it less, but I just can't seem to find anywhere to cut - all that's left is shower, dress, breakfast, teeth, go, all essentials.

5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast?

Bella! Did ya eat? - authentic Jewish brunch, Sundays at the Free Times Cafe. Best brunch ever. Otherwise, any one of a dozen restaurants in Toronto. Brunch is by far my favourite meal. When I first moved here, my roommates and I would go to a new restaurant every Sunday for brunch, in order to get a good collection of favourites. There never seems to be time for brunching anymore, because people are busy or out of town, and that makes me very sad, because eating the same food for breakfast on Sunday morning as you will on Monday morning is wrong.
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A topical Friday Five:

1. How are you planning to spend the summer?

Sadly, the same way that I spend the rest of the year: working. I miss the delineation of the seasons that school brings -- I mean, I've worked at least part-time every summer since grade 8, so it's not about not working, but about that change, and then the change of starting school again in the fall.

2. What was your first summer job?

The summer between grades 8 and 9 I worked as a dishwasher at my dad's restaurant (and was paid -- this wasn't forced family labour). I worked pretty much full-time, except for the 2 weeks when we went over to the island as usual (the benefit of working for my dad was that he automatically found someone to cover for those 2 weeks, since obviously I was going on holiday with my parents). I have to say, I hated that job and would never again be a dishwasher. I used to dream every night about washing the floors at the end of my shift. I think it's because of that job that I kind of don't like to touch food (although I still love to eat it).

Sometime around then I also started working at the music store where my mom worked, but it was only very occasionally until the next summer.

3. If you could go anywhere this summer, where would you go?

I'd love to go to New York again, but not in the summer. It'd be too much like the horrendous weather I'm living in now. I'd like to go somewhere where I could be outside without burning or getting too hot -- somewhere breezy where I could sit outside and read my book and be given silly girly drinks. Or Sweden. I always want to go to Sweden.

4. What was your worst vacation ever?

I don't think I've ever really had a bad vacation. I've been on some unimpressive band trips, but that's not quite the same thing. Nope, generally I've been a very satisfied vacationer. Although, now that I think about it, there was one summer trip to the island that was far far too hot, and everyone we knew ended up showing up at the same time, instead of one after the other like we'd planned, so there were about 16 people in one tiny little 2-room cabin. That wasn't so much fun.

5. What was your best vacation ever?

Possibly the 3 1/2 day speed vacation in NYC in 1997, where we managed to not only see New York (Central Park, Empire State Building, Bloomies, a very rain-soaked Chinatown), but also 5 shows. In 3 1/2 days!

Runners up would be Italy last year, Disneyland with friends 5 or so years ago and any variety of summers at the cabin.

Vacations are wonderful things, I tell you. Thank god I'm leaving for one tomorrow. See you all in a week or so, and Happy Canada Day in advance!

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