Monday, February 28, 2005

Whirlwind Weekend

This'll be a long one, folks.

Friday night was anchorsplash, a swimming competition with all proceeds going to charity, put on by another sorority. I went to cheer the aquatic girls on, and we won, and placed second, which was very impressive. Part of it was a synchro competition, which we also won handily. If only I could swim pretty. Sigh.
It was a lot of fun, although I didn't go out afterwards, as I had to work in the morning, and wanted to go out Saturday night.

Saturday night had a rocky start, with me getting a deeply unpleasant phone call that left me in tears, and then having ten minutes to get myself together enough to go out. I briefly considered not going out, but decided sitting at home would be exactly what I didn't need. Anyhow, I went out with a friend, her boyfriend, and a bunch of people I'd never met before. We went to Crush, a club on Granville. I'd never been before, and it was a little different from clubs I'd been to in the past. There're couches everywhere, it's brighter and more constantly lit (no flashing lights, no strobes), which i enjoyed. Less enjoyably, it has a dance floor the size of a sedan. Anyway, I spent the night talking with the group, and in addition to losing my voice by the end of the night, had a great time. It was definitely exactly what I needed after the horrible beginning to the night. I got home at around 3 am, and promptly passed out until my alarm went off.

At 7 am. Yep, had to get up for work. Work was insanely busy yesterday, with people lined up for 5 hours straight. My voice was not thanking me for the money made; it launched a strike after around 2. Luckily, we closed at 4, so I wasn't the voiceless server for too long.

And after work, it was Oscar night! I went to Tessa's, for a lovely evening of snarking and snacking. In the snarking vein, I am not nearly as enamoured with Hilary Swank as the Academy seems to be, nor do I think her dress was "daring" or "elegant". In fact, there really wasn't a single dress all night that made me "wow" an actress. I think the most gorgeous red carpet look I saw this year was Oprah's makeover of a chicken farmer. Also, Beyonce? Shut UP. Not only did you succesfully wear three hideous outfits during one event, but you managed to perform a song so badly that everyone I was with simultaneously thought "Dammit, they couldn't get Celine?" I don't think I've heard such an awful "French" accent in my life.

The Oscars were quite short, thank god. I was in bed and asleep by 10:15. Amazing how tired you can get on 4 hours sleep. So that was my weekend. And now begings the week.

Thursday, February 24, 2005


That's what a rooster says in french. Last night I went to Roosters, a bar in Abbotsford with a cowboy theme. It was actually quite a lot of fun, and afterwards, a friend and I watched Queer Eye until 6 am. So...late night. And yes, I am very tired. Especially as I was up at 10, and went for a walk with another friend at 12:30.

It was gorgeous today, sunny and even kind of warm, which hadn't really happened thus far, so I went and bought a really cute shirt from American Eagle, and I'm quite impressed with my purchase. I also found out that the iPod Mini prices have just been lowered, and am therefore now coveting the mini even more than before. I just need to pick a colour...

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Quick Note

It's been a weird couple of days. So much has been happening around me, and I feel like I'm only caught up to, at most, half of what I should be doing. It's not school stuff, or anything that I'm obligated to do on paper, but I still want to do it, and when I can't, it makes me feel almost insecure, somehow. It's all very odd.

I went to the doctor today, to see what the blehs have been about. My doctor basically thinks it's a virus, or anemia. Of the two, I'd prefer a virus, but I'm not so sure I believe that it's something so minor. Anyhow, I had a blood test, so I guess I'd better wait until the results come in before I start psyching myself out.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Quote of the Week

So, I've totally neglected the quote of the week for oh, 4 months? Here it is, making a comeback:

"Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it."
-Albert Smith

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Sunday Night

At my house entails me writing an essay while wishing I was taking a nap.

Last night, I went out for Tessa's birthday. It was a lot of fun, and I had some extremely tasty food while I was there. We went to Two Parrots, interesting. It had a charming combination of not-tacky-enough-to-be-cool decor, horrible service, and variable food. My burger and fries were great, but others ordered things less...enjoyed. And service really was awful. The server "couldn't hear", was a bit rude, and seemed to begrudge every request we made. However, we still had fun, and that's all that really matters.

Well, back to the essay. Time for me to finish this thing off.

(Tessa has hot hair. To go with her hot self.)

Friday, February 18, 2005

Bare Necessities

In addition to the viewing of The Wedding Date yesterday, I also bought some underwear from La Senza. I was going t link to the ones I got, but the pictures they have are ugly. Anyway, they're cute and comfortable, and just what I needed.

I booked a doctor's appointment for Tuesday, to see what the hell my weirdness is all about. Hopefully they'll have some answers. It's probably a good thing I'm going; I haven't seen the doctor in a while, and there are a few things I want to ask about.

Today is paper day! Which means that I have a date with the library. Ah, Fridays. They're so crazy!

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Two Movies, Two Reviews

Movie One: Hitch

I quite liked it. It was funny, cute, never so shmaltzy you wanted to shoot yourself in the foot... The actors were all pretty good, the writing was funny, and everyone really got into the roles. I mean, Will Smith was still Will Smith, but the problem with having people that famous in your movies is that they'll always be "Big Name Star", so I could forgive that. Also, Amber Valleta is gorgeous, and the clothing was very very pretty.

Movie Two: The Wedding Date

This one was, in my opinion, pretty bad. It was oddly choppy, some of the actors had awful delivery, and the movie never really gave you enough time to understand why these two were falling in love. Debra Messing's character was just weepy and neurotic, while Dermot Mulroney's was in theory supposed to be incredibly hot, and instead was just kind of...bland. Of course, I find him about as physically attractive as, say, a goldfish, so that could bias me a little. And some of the clothes were hideous.

Verdict: Go see Hitch. Skip Date.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Young Are Scary

So I was walking to the bus yesterday, when I spied a pair of girls walking down the street, dressed in the all too popular style of "highschool skankanista". It's a look that's been disturbingly prominent lately; while I find it sketchy enough that girls my age dress like that, one of the girls apparently got cold (big surprise), and pulled on a "Grad 2005" hoodie. My reaction? "Well, at least they're in Grade 12, it's not some 14 year old", which is in itself a sign of how bad it's gotten. Then I saw the letters on top of the "05". They were "QE". That's an elementary school. These girls were at the oldest, thirteen, walking around showing thongs, tummies and "cleavage".

What in the world is wrong with our society, that 13 year olds girls are dressing like it's 40 celsius out, and are starving their rake-thin bodies for fear of being fat? When did girls in elementary school start dressing like that? When I was their age I didn't even know that kind of clothing existed, and that really wasn't that long ago. What happened to being a kid? When I was that age, I ate the lunch my mom packed me, and played square ball and tag. And that was about the only thing that didn't set me apart from the other girls in the class. These girls were going to buy lunch five blocks from their school, and were discussing how hot Ryan from The OC is. The young are scary, and somehow, our society made them that way.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


So, lately I've been feeling a little odd. I feel detached, away from the rest of the world, and I don't like it. It's weird and unsettling, just floating through the world like nothing's really there. And my motivation has taken a nosedive. But I can't shake it. I have no idea where it's coming from; I haven't changed or started any medication, nothing huge seems to have happened. So whatever it is, should you come upon it, tell it to drop by my door. Me and it are gonna dance.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Ah, That 14th Day of February...

So, it's Valentine's. This is the first Valetine's I've spent consciously single; all the other "single" ones, I'd never experienced a Valentine's day that wasn't alone. Gotta say, it's not that bad. Of course, it's not like I broke up with the ex yesterday (thank goodness). So anyhow, Valentine's hasn't been the horrible affair that it tends to be projected as for the single set. Woohoo!

Work, while slow on Saturday, was crazy yesterday. Which is awesome, but man was I tired. I ate dinner, and passed out. It's amazing how quickly a weekend flies by when you work through it all. Now I just need to get some research for my paper done...

Off to cook dinner and get some work done. Happy Valentine's, all!

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Work, And Play!

It was sloooooww in work today. I mean, if there'd just been two of us, it would've been fine, even brisk. But with 3 people working the front, we were all looking for stuff to do. On the bright side, we were totally on the ball the whole time as a result. Also, I got my first paycheck, which was awesome!

Last night, T, N and I went to the mini Richmond Night Market that was on for Chinese New Year (which was on Wednesday, so Happy New Year!). It was awesome, as all night markets are. This was smaller than the summer version, but still had tons of weirdly useful and unusual useless things to offer. T and I bought beach bags that are so cute. Mine is yellow, with pink and white accents, and a big lemon on it. T's is pink, with a ladybug. And they were only $10! N bought a cigarette holder, won a free umbrella, and purchased some food. T and N were both sucked in by the man at the Magipad booth, and bought themselves each portable heating pads, so they can be "hot for the rest of their lives". I love the night market.

Friday, February 11, 2005


I wrote three midterms this week (hence the lack of posting). And finally, I am done. Other than that, I really haven't been up to much; just been me and the library. The good news is that it's Reading Week next week, which means I get a break! Woo! That being said, I'm exhausted.

The weather is amazing out, I feel like I should be sitting outside reading. Unfortunately, while very bright, it is also very, very cold.

Well, it's time for me to try to get some research done. Ah, the library. It's been so long. Not.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Worky Work Work

So, speculation of where it is I'm working seems to be running high, with wild, unwarranted rumors flying all over the place. Except from Tessa, who visited me on Sunday. No, it is not believed I am working for an escort service, as my opening sentence seems to imply. I am indeed working in a cafe, that will continue, on Never Reason, to be nameless. Please note that if any of you correctly name my workplace in a comment, it will be deleted. This isn't because I hate it, I actually quite like it. The people are really nice and fun, the customers are friendly, and the atmosphere is bright and cheery, just what I like. However, I do not want to be Dooced (scroll to the bottom, where it says DOOCED in green, if you don't know what I mean), and therefore the workplace will try to remain as anonymous as possible.

Had a midterm tonight, for infancy psyc. There are a lot of things I didn't know about pregnancy. For example, other than the obvious things like tabacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs, regular use of aspirin and caffeine can harm your baby. In fact, there are over a hundred over the counter drugs that could have negative effects on a fetus. And Accutane, a drug used to fight severe acne, can have extreme effects on a baby; it's the most severe widely-prescribed teratogen (fetus-harming agents) since Thalidomide. Luckily, the dangers of Accutane are known, and it's contraindicated for pregnant women. It also comes with massive warnings about pregnancy, and tells you to use two forms of contraception. Unfortunately, there are still hundreds of births affected by Accutane use in Canada every year, due to lack of knowledge and insufficient use of contraception. Definitely something to work on.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

The Five D's

I actually have no idea what the five D's are; they're from Dodgeball, a movie I haven't seen. I do know one of them is dodge. Anyway, as you may have deduced, I played dodgeball again yesterday (it was the one hour I had all Friday free of meetings or studying). As of yesterday, it has been established that while I'm pretty good at the dodging, I am abysmal at the throwing. A. Bys. Mal.

At work I've been slowly trying all the muffins they offer, and I have to say, Raspberry Poppyseed is definitely my favourite so far. Mmmm. So...try one! I am also now able to steam milk. Why yes, I am a genius, couldn't you tell?

Alright, back to the textbooks.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Two Things Important, Two Things Trivial (In That Order)

1. Happy Birthday Evi! By the time I finish writing this, I'll hopefully just catch the end of the brthdate. Hope you had a great one!

2. We took my mummy to the airport tonight. She's going to Taiwan to visit her family for Chinese New Year. I think she's pretty excited; she hasn't been back since I was 4, so that's...seventeen years. That's a long time to be away from the place you grew up in. She has seen (most of) her family more recently, but it's still been quite some time. Anyway, have a great time mum! And say hi to everyone for me! And happy new year!

3. I got my hair cut today. It's very pretty, and I love it. It's nothing drastic at all, it's just a little shorter and a lot neater. As usual, Jason did an excellent job.

4. I have a new cell phone. I don't find it terribly pretty, but it doesn't cut out after five minutes of talking time, so I'm happy. And the battery is a marathon runner! Impressed.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Really, Really Important

Go to this site, enter your postal code, and see what your MP thinks about equal rights for marriage. Write them a letter telling them to vote in favour, it doesn't have to be long, but write it. If they're already voting in favour, tell them thank you, and good luck. This is too important for us to ignore.

New Addiction

Supernanny. So good. If I ever have kids, I want her to come help me out right from the beginning.

I'm taking an infancy psyc course, and today we watched a video of a birth. That is not an aestheically pleasing picture, people. I understand that it's beautiful and all, but does anyone really disagree with me when I say that the beauty is all very metaphorical? Yikes.

The prof seems convinced that we're all going to get accidentally pregnant, which is a little unsettling. She kept telling us what not to do, in case we're pregnant, and how we should make sure we're properly nourished, and that we should take prenatal vitamins. That last one was a joke, I assume, but seriously, it's like birth control in a class. The kicker was her comment after the video;

"Your vagina is never the same, girls. I know mine isn't."