Thursday, September 28, 2006

But he talks like a gentleman, like you imagined when you were young.

I had a really good day today. I mainly attribute it to the fact that it was dress down day for the kids, and for once I actually remembered to wear jeans on dress down day. Normally I forget, walk into school, see the kids all out of uniform, and curse myself for forgetting. All this week I kept chanting to myself "wear jeans on Thursday" and it worked. I also enjoy dress down day, 'cuz most of the kids are quite fashionable, and it's fun to see what they wear.

I had a weird bonding moment with some students in my period 1 class. They were discussing the new Weird Al song (Young and Nerdy). I had actually seen that video on Muchmusic awhile ago. Needless to say, I was stunned to see Weird Al on Much. I had totally thought those days were over. Anyhow, we discussed Weird Al classics like Eat It and Amish Paradise. Good times.

We had our book club meeting tonight after school. It was fun. I enjoy getting other people's perspectives on books. It always makes me reeavulate what I thought, and I end up seeing it in a different light. (Or perhaps it's just a sign that I'm wishy-washy...)

One thing that the book did, was make everyone reminisce about their childhoods. I continued to do so while I walked to the subway and home in the chilly autumn air. Autumn is my favourite season and I love that it's getting a little bit chilly. I find there's something about fall that makes me pensive and nostalgic for pretty much everything in my past. There is also something ghostly about the fall. As Hawksley says in the song Autumn's Here:

"I think that ghosts like the cooler weather.
When leaves turn colours, they get together."

Perhaps these aren't sprits of the dead per se, but the spirits of our pasts. Sometimes, when I'm walking in places that I associate with my past, such as the streets in the neighbourhood where I grew up, I picture the ghosts of my past walking down the same streets. It's probably kind of weird, but it's comforting to think of the shadows of mine and my friends' teenage selves still walking down the streets laughing and being silly.

When I got home after enjoying the chilly fall weather, my roommate and I had a TV bonding experience. We watched the premiere of the new show Ugly Betty while taping The Office. Ugly Betty was pretty enjoyable. I'd recommend it as a new show to pick up. It's reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada, although it's based on a Spanish show that came years before.

Then we watched the new Office which was very good. Oh, those Office people are very clever in the way they tease you with the whole Jim/Pam thing. Love it. We also watched last season's finale, to catch my roommate up. So The Office is officially the new TV obsession in our apartment.

And... yay! Tomorrow's Friday! I'm looking forward to this weekend. It looks like there is a girls' Saturday movie matinee that will go down, Sunday brunch with other friends, and a free concert on Sunday night. The free concert is this CBC radio deal called "See Vous Play" that is in celebration of international music day or some such thing. Anyhow, I got free tickets online and Emily Haines is playing and the headliners is my beloved Joel Plaskett along with his Emergency.

There is also an all night art party happening on Saturday night called Nuit Blanche. It sounds so cool. Apparently there is going to be this fog display at U of T's Philospher's Walk, so I might have to find time for that.

Unfortunately, I will have to find time for cleaning, schoolwork and laundry this weekend too. Boo-urns to that.

Hope your weekends contain suitable levels of fabulousity.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

It goes like this: the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift.

Finished the book (Fortress of Solitude)! I didn't do my alotted reading last night because I got distracted by going out for girlie drinks with my pal Becca T to relieve work-related stress. I know where my priorities lie. Anyhow, I was able to compensate by reading from the time I got home until now. (With breaks for an episode of The Office... and that time I fell asleep.)

Overall, I didn't care for the book. I wouldn't say it's a bad book, but there was something about it that just didn't do it for me. It will make for an interesting discussion, I'm sure.

Thank goodness tomorrow is Thursday, since Thursdays bring Fridays.

Time for another cartoon, since I have nothing overly original to say.


ps The other day someone stumbled upon my blog through googling the probing question of "does Chad Kroeger have a tattoo?" Kind of made me laugh.

Monday, September 25, 2006

I remember years ago when our punk rock was none of their business.

The sweetest thing about Monday night is the feeling that I've made it through another Monday. I always feel that the prospect of another week is much more attainable once I've survived that pesky first day.

Rewind to Sunday and my rather unsuccessful journey to Word on the Street. I didn't go there until the afternoon, and it was just far too busy when I got there to really have a good look around. Then it started to rain a bit. So I just went to a CD store and bought a new CD (Emily Haines and Soft Skeleton) instead. I didn't really need new books. I have too many books to read anyway.

Speaking of which... Staff book club is on Thursday and I'm determined to finish the book (Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem). I figure if I stick to a hundred page a day diet, I'll be done by Wednesday night. Actually, I've probably already read 75 pages today, so I think I'll exceed the daily goal.

After school, I went to my local Starbucks to read. I ordered a cafe latte, but the barista thought I said a pumpkin spice latte and rang that in. I thought actually that was a better idea, so I said to here "You must be psychic. I ordered a cafe latte, but actually a pumpkin spice sounds better so I'm fine with that." She decided to be nice and just charged me for a regular latte, but I got a pumpkin spice instead. I saved about a buck. However, it totally made my day. Does this make me pathetic if the highlight of my day is getting a deal on a pumpkin spice latte?

I'm not sure of my opinion of Fortress of Solitude yet. There are some things I like about it, but I am finding it a rather tough read. I'm pretty sure that if I wasn't reading it for bookclub, I'd probably have abandoned it, instead of plowing through it. One thing I do like about it, is that it has a lot of musical history (some late 60s stuff, but a lot of 70s soul, and the birth of punk and rap) in it.

So, I've been reflecting on my recent listening patterns as I listen to it. Lately, I've been listening to new stuff (new Sloan, of course, and Emily Haines) and David Usher (seeing someone live always makes me dust off their stuff).

I've also been listening to a few Hole songs, which is odd for me. I was never a huge Hole fan in the 90s nor was I especially interested in them. However, I'm really enjoying listening to their old radio singles. I find it hilarious that I like the song "Malibu" again. When that song was on the radio in the late 90s, my friend Jolene and I would scream everytime it was on the radio because it had become massively overplayed (along with Praise You by Fatboy Slim) and could not stand it any more. We joked that the radio station we listened to (London's FM96) was more or less just a Praise You/Malibu station because that was all they played. Anyhow, I'm kind of surprised that I can enjoy Malibu again. Only took 6 damned years.

I never listen to the radio anymore since I have my iPod. This means that if a song does become overplayed, it's only my fault. Kind of makes me notalgic for the days I could curse a radio station for wrecking a song for me.

Courtney Love is coming out with a new CD and a book at the end of this year. I'm interested in it, because I think she's a rather interesting figure. She's a huge mess, but she pulls it off somehow.

I've also been listening to Hawksely's Lover/Fighter album. I think it's my favourite non-Christmas Hawksley CD. I always listen to it around autumn, partially because I put "Autumn's Here" in heavy rotation in the fall, and also because it came out in the fall, and makes me happy to think that my life is much different than the way it was when I bought that CD.

Anyhow, enough with my music babble. I need to get back to reading!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

I carried you down to the St. Lawrence river...

First thing I'm going to say is that I'm angry with myself. Angry with myself for forgetting my camera at home on two separate occasions this weekend. I could have had lots of cool pics for this post, but no, I had to forget my camera. Boo-urns to me.

So last night, my pal Becca T and I braved the elements to catch David Usher playing at Nathan Phillips square for the kick-off of the Waterfront Marathon. We got there in time to see Emm Gryner (she's enjoyable) and to stand in a bit of drizzle while waiting for David Usher.

Becca T and I have quite a history with David Usher. Normally, we don't refer to him as David Usher: David "Attractive" Usher and "The Superior Usher" are our names for him. We also are constantly referring to the SNL skits of The Antonio Banderas show whenever we see David Usher. I hope everyone has seen them before because they are hilarious. Chris Kattan plays Antonio and keeps doing things like unbuttoning his shirt and his sidekick keeps saying "Too sexy! Too sexy!" and then Antonio says "but I must". They're hilarious skits. Anyway, whenever David Usher does something particularly attractive on stage, we always say "but he must" a la SNL. Corny, yes, but really funny in my humble opinion.

Anyhow, he put on a really good show last night. (Wish I'd remembered that darned camera to get pics!) I can honestly say that I haven't been listening to much of the Superior Usher in the past year (I never listen to the Inferior Usher, just so you know) and I forgot how good his music is. He also played some new stuff, which was really great. He's got a new CD coming out in 2007 and I'm feeling it's going to be a good album.

I can summarize last night's concert in three words: "but he must".

One last David Usher note: he's a great songwriter. There is one line from his song "Devil By My Side" that I think is especially poignant in current times when there seems to be a lot of religious intolerance:

"Believe your truth is not my truth.
Believe that God can exist with many faces at one time."

See, that Superior Usher is not just a pretty face.

Today I got up early (for me on a Saturday, that is) and had breakfast at Starbucks and met Becca T at her subway stop. We had tickets for a matinee performance of MacHomer at the Young Centre in Toronto's Distillery District.

Confession: I really don't take advantage of Toronto as much as I should. I live my life in a few neigbourhoods: my neighbourhood, my school's neighbourhood, the Yonge/Bloor area (just because I used to live around there and miss it), Queen St., and the Annex. I had never actually been to the Distillery District (nor had Becca T). The Distillery District consists of historic distillery buildings that have been converted into an uber-hip pedestrian mall.

I could have taken some neat-o photos of said District, but, alas, I forgot my camera again. I also had forgotten the map which I had printed the night before, but my sense of direction while in Toronto was good enough to get us there. Note: my sense of direction fails me anywhere outside of this city.

The play was freakin' hilarious! Oh my. I can honestly say I've probably never laughed so much in a 70 minute period. MacHomer is a one-man show where one man does Macbeth using over 50 characters from the Simpsons. He is pretty faithful to Shakespeare's script, but he throws in a lot of Simpsonian moments. My favourite was a scence between Burns (King Duncan) and Smithers (Duncan's son Malcolm) where they go out of character for a moment.

Burns: "Smithers, who was this infernal play written by?"
Smithers: "William Shakespeare, sir."
Burns: "Have this Shakespeare fired immediately Smithers."
Smithers: "Uhh.. sir, Shakespeare's been dead for about 400 years."
Burns: "Excellent."

If you live in Toronto (Scott), or are visiting (K), make sure you catch it. It runs until Sept. 30th. And for the rest of you, keep an eye out for if it makes its way near you.

After the play we wandered around the District, stopped at a funky cafe for coffee, and browsed around some stores that we couldn't afford. I did get a neat-o bracelet from an outdoors jewelry stand.

From there we headed to the Eaton Centre, where I'm proud to say that all I bought was some cheap jewelry at H&M. Hmmm... I deserve a present for being so frugal. Hahaha.

Tonight I'm buckling down and reading my book club book. I believe I've made it to page 20. I feel like I'm in university again: giving up a Saturday night to frantically read something. Yeesh.

Tomorrow I plan on heading down to the Word on the Street book festival at Queen's Park. Maybe I'll remember my camera. Last year I ran into Jack Layton with a thermos of coffee (or perhaps something stronger?) there...

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

And the sky was made of amythest.

I just finished watching the season premiere of The Office. It was enjoyable. I have my theory of how I think this season is going to go. I think Jim's new branch in Stamford is going to be merged with the Scranton branch due to downsizing. This will bring him back to the Scranton office and we'll have more Jim/Pam moments. Although they do a good job of Jim/Pam moments even when they're not together. Lots of shots of empty chairs and meaningful longing glances at the empty chairs. Also, I think the manager from Stamford will be transferred to Scranton branch and will have to interact with Michael. Michael will be threatened by the idea of a boss who is actually cool, and act even more like an ass. Hilarity will ensue. So that's my prediction for the season. Of course, I've borrowed heavily from the British Office for my hypotheses.

Okay, so what's going on besides The Office?

- I gotta start reading the book for my staff book club tonight. We meet next Thursday.

- Thank God tomorrow is Friday.

- I got my MacHomer tickets.

- I could use a couple more hours in the day.

- Either that, or being able to stop time. Huh, think I'd take the time stoppage.

I'm feeling a lack of post material yet again, so I'm going to share with you an email forward I received today. Look carefully at what's inside this Mexican bag of lettuce:


That would def add protein to your salad.

Okay, I'm seriously off to start that book now. To do that, I'm even going to forgo my nightly crack fix (by that, I mean reading celebrity gossip blogs - nasty, addictive habit that I want to get off).

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Who taught you to live like that?

Happy new Sloan CD day! The 30 song opus came out today and I'm on my first listen. Love the first two songs. Now I'm on an Andrew song... Andrew songs typically aren't my thing, but this one has potential.

Lately I've been having a bit of blogger's block. Yesterday I started a post three times, and rejected all three starts. We'll see if this one makes it to the publishing stage.

I'm psyched for the season premiere of The Office. I bought the second season on DVD, and watched it this weekend. So funny. So good. Cliffhanger ending. What, oh what, is going to happen?

Has anyone read the book Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem? I was supposed to read that this summer for my staff book club, but never got to it. I have until the 28th to read it, so I figure I'd better get cracking on that.

I'm psyched for this weekend. There's a free David Usher show at Nathan Phillips' Square, and I'm hoping to get tickets for MacHomer.

I'm feeling this post is sucking, so I'll add a cartoon that makes me laugh and be gone. Hope your weeks are going well.

ps I think the Jay songs on this CD are the best.
pps I Understand (Patrick song) is seriously catchy.

Friday, September 15, 2006

I'm a million different people from one day to the next...

Stole this from Scott.

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?
I’d like to buy a house in the Annex area of Toronto instead of building new. I’m a city girl.

2. What's your favorite article of clothing?
This changes constantly. I just bought a new pair of jeans that I’m in love with and a black jacket that I adore. However, tried and true would be my green Old Navy hoody that has a rainbow on it.

3. What's your favorite physical feature on the opposite sex?
Eyes. I’ve also always had a thing for forearms.

4. What is the last CD you bought?
A Little Place in the Wilderness by Memphis.

5. Where is your favorite place to be?
A Weakerthans concert.

6. Where is your least favorite place to be?
In a long line.

7. What is your favorite place to be massaged?
Hmmm, I’m not really a massage person. I’m weird.

8. Strong in mind, or strong in body?
I’ve always been referred to as “the smart one”, so mind for sure.

9. What time do you wake up in the morning?
Monday – 6 am. As the week progresses, it moves closer to 7 am.

10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
The microwave. I’d be screwed without it.

11. What makes you really angry?
Intolerance.

12. If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
I’d like to rock the piano like Ben Folds. I can play the piano, but quite badly. I wouldn’t mind learning the guitar either.

13. Which do you prefer, sports car or SUV?
Can I get a VW Beetle instead? But quite frankly, I’m peachy keen with the subway.

14. Do you believe in an afterlife?
Yup.

15. Favorite children’s book?
Definitely the Harry Potter series. Can’t wait for book seven. From my own childhood it would be Matilda by Roald Dahl.

16. What is your favorite season?
Autumn.

17. What is your least favorite chore?
All of them.

18. If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Stopping time, so that I could do stuff at my own pace and have a nap when I need it or take a time out when need be. Oh, I could probably cause a lot of trouble while I stopped time too. That’d be fun.

19. If you have a tattoo what is it?
Don’t have one. Too indecisive.

20. Can you juggle?
I juggle sharp knives and flaming torches in my spare time. Okay… I wish I could. It would be a good party trick.

21. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to...
Can I pick both of my grandmothers?

22. What's your favorite day?
Saturday. On Saturday I can relax and still have one day of weekend left!

23. What's in the trunk of your car?
No car.

24. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?
Depends on the day. Some days, I crave sushi, other days I’m quite carnivorous.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Rain, rain, falling is the only thing you ever do.

Yesterday was a heavy day. I'd like to blog about it but I'm having a hard time getting the post out. It's all okay; but yesterday I had to deal with some sad news that I'd heard over the summer, but I hadn't really dealt with until yesterday. I have a bad habit of dealing with things by not really dealing with them.

After an emotional day, I came home to the news of the Montreal shooting.

Today I've seen pictures and read a bit about the girl who died. It's so tragic when a young person dies; especially in circumstances such as these. It's hard too, because she looks like she could be a student at my school, and filled with life one day, and tragically gone the next.

In my short teaching career, two students in my school have died. Yesterday, we had a memorial service for one of these students. It's hard enough for me to cope with death. It's especially hard seeing how it affects the other students. I'm used to seeing these kids being loud and silly or swaggering and acting tough; but seeing them filled with sadness is disconcerting and just plain wrong.

At the memorial, the priest mentioned that when you are filled with grief, it seems right when it's raining. It's as if the earth is crying with you.

It rained yesterday.

When I watched the news today, it was raining in Montreal.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Yay! Lukas won!

Woo-hoo! All's well that ends well.

I threw a mini-finale party for my roomie and Becca T who came into the Rockstar viewing quite late but enjoyed the finale.

I was quite glad that the cake I bought was celebration cake and not ease-the-pain cake.

ps What's up with Global? They cut out the part where Magni was sent home... Did anyone else experience this?

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Take my hand, we'll make it I swear.

So, I'm sure there are a lot of topics I could blog about today. There's political strife and home and abroad, stars are running rampant on the streets of Toronto for the film fest, I've hit a blogging milestone (my 300th post) and my job is keeping me on my toes. But... you know what I'm going to blog about today...

Rockstar!

Tonight's the final performance night, and then tomorrow, Supernova had better pick Lukas as their lead singer for the sake of my TV. By that, I mean if they pick someone else, I'll probably get mad, through the remote control at the TV with all my might, and the TV will break. Or such is the way the scenario plays in my head. Bright side: my tv is older than the hills (yet way smaller than the hills) and I could really use a new television. Dark side: said TV is an heirloom of sorts, and I'd feel guilt for breaking my grandparents' old tv...

(One could point out that the above situation could be completely avoided if I make sure that I don't have anything within arm's reach during the announcement is made. But what's the fun in that?)

So why, in my humble opinion, should my dear Lukas win? Well let me set up my case for you.... (15 points to match the # of contestants that we started with)

1) He looks like Hawksely Workman.
2) He occasionally has a Hawksley moment on stage - like when he growls at the end of a song, or hits a high note.
3) He rocks the sparkly pink eyeshadow like no man does.
4) He's from Toronto.
5) He sang a freakin' Chad Kroeger song and I did not hurl. I rather enjoyed.
6) He has a Degrassi accent. (When I hear him speak, it makes me think of the way the kids of the old Degrassi spoke.)
7) He's all about the drama - when he performs. (Not like the way Dilana's been about the drama in the past few weeks...)
8) He sounds good on my iPod. (Guess who stayed up far too late last night downloading his songs?)
9) Raina loves him.
10) He does not have a secret pop past. (Thanks for the tip, Raina)
11) I read a quote in the paper where a fan said that he would make crochet interesting. I concur with this quote.
12) His orginial song is quite good. I like it. And I'm totally objective when it comes to all matters Rockstar, hee-hee.
13) I read a interview where Storm thought he'd be the best lead singer for the band. I like Storm and think highly of her (even before I read that comment.)
14) His performance with Supernova was the best of the bunch.
15) He has rocked my socks off every week.

And look at that! An air tight arguement! I won't even dare you to poke holes in it, because I know you can't...

So, I'm looking forward to Lukas' performances of Headspin and Fix You (he can fix me anytime... oh my, can't believe I typed that...) tonight.

Stay tuned for tomorrow night's post which will be on one of two topics:

a) Yay! Lukas won!

or:

b) Why it's better for Lukas' career that he didn't win and why this stupid show was flawed anyway.

Post-show mini rant: Toby = meh. Lukas = intense and so interesting to watch. Dilana = very good Roxanne, original is song a little weak. Magni = meh. But... why the hell was Paula Abdul there? Wreck my favourite show, why don't they?

Sunday, September 10, 2006

I'm nice and safe in my serene surroundings...

So here I am on the unhappy side of the weekend.

On Friday, I ended up staying really late at school for some reason. I did score a ride home from a colleague though, which kicked ass because I was tired and didn't feel like doing the whole public transit dance.

Anyhow, upon my return home, I had a mini-nap and when I woke up I was a bit groggy. My poor roommate was home at the time and though she'd be kind enough to fill me in on some information. Apparently her friend, who is starting teachers' college at U of T, was lucky enough to see the Weakerthans that afternoon as they played a concert for frosh week.

"What!! What??? What!!! How could they?? I did not know about this! I was at school PHOTOCOPYING while my favourite band was playing!!! I totally could have gone! As an alumna of U of T that school owes me big time. When I was there, no one good ever played. EVER! For frosh week, the band was the Killjoys! Do you remember them? Probably not... Gah! Last year I saw Sloan play frosh week and it was great! How could I not know about this?? Oh woe is me. Next time you have news about a past tense Weakerthans concert puh-lease don't tell me. Ignorance is bliss..."

I think my poor roommate was shocked at my response. Poor girl. She probably assumed that I knew, since I usually know when most bands are in Toronto. My response would have probably been a little calmer and collected if I had not just woken up from a nap...

Anyhow, I was in a crappy mood the rest of Friday night, so I went for a walk and then went to bed early since the lack of sleep from the past week was still playing havoc with my system.

Saturday I spent the day at my friend Ali's place. My book club has been in limbo lately, and we haven't scheduled a meeting for our last book (March by Geraldine Brooks), which we chose a long long time ago. I'm just halfway through the book now. It's good, but I haven't been reading voraciously these past couple of weeks so it's taking me forever. Anyhow, in lieu of having a meeting we had afternoon tea which turned into dinner and dessert too. It was greating catching up with friends who I feel that I've been neglecting.

My pal Becca T won the quote of the evening award. The conversation had drifted toward silverware... well, actually my friend Ali (who is married) and my roommate (who is engaged) were discussing (gah!) silverware, while the rest of us were quite silent. Anyway, Ali went to go show my roommate her silverware, leaving us single girls on the couch. So Becca T breaks the ice by saying "So... any luck finding husbands?" which had me on the floor laughing.

Today I ran errands and now I'm blogging before I do some work. It'll be Monday morning soon.

ps My title of this post is from the song "Farewell Faded Memory" by John K Samson who is the lead singer of my favourite band who'd better play Toronto again soon. It's from an old EP that he made in the early 90s when he was in the band Propagandhi and was released on iTunes recently. It's tiding me over until the next Weakerthans record.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

I was saving this for an occasion...

... such as me making it to the first Friday....

ps Today a student asked me what I was doing this weekend and suggested that I should go to a bar. Yeesh, apparently I already look like a need a drink.

pps I find the first two weeks the most harrowing, even though it's when the kiddos are at their best, because it takes me awhile to get into the groove. Mainly in the sleeping and eating department. I've been suriving on four hours and I find I can't eat lunch for some reason...

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

You make my head spin.

A post with three parts...

A) Another Day Down

Thank God that I don't audioblog because my voice is so tired and needs a rest. It had a nice summer vacay, and after a full day of teaching, especially the first few classes where I have to talk a freaking lot, it's strained and tired. I don't think I help things by spending a lot of time yapping with coworkers after work...


B) Rockstar Rant

What will I do when my beloved show is over? I won't have anything to obsess over. Dammit.

Anyhow, I enjoyed last night's show muchly. Storm was probably my favourite performer of the evening. Of course, I loved loved loved Lukas, as I always do, but I really enjoyed Storm's original song. I dug Lukas' version of Bon Jovi's Living On A Prayer, and his original was great, but I didn't love it as much as Storm's. However, Head Spin has actually grown on me now that I've heard it more than once.

Voting: what the fuck? I coudn't vote!!! When I clicked on the vote flag on the Supernova website, I got the message about how to vote that you get during non-voting times. Did anyone else have this problem?

I have a theory: there was a conspiracy blocking Canadians from voting for dear Lukas so that he'd end up being in the bottom three for once. Harrumph. To that I will steal Toby's little saying and say evs. Evs. Lukas was in the bottom three, but was in no danger. In fact he benefitted and got to sing his original again, and now it's in my head.

Now who should have been in the bottom three? Magni! Magni's a great singer, but he just lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. I'd personally call it a lack of sparkle. I think it was his time, but those damned Icelanders apparently have no problems voting. So, unfortunately, it was Storm who got the Tommyhawk, which Tommy himself couldn't bear to bring down, so he made Jason do it. I think Storm deserved to be in the final four.

Next week = final week = a big "Go Lukas" from me!

C) Tag-o-rama (courtesy of Wes).

This requires eight things you don't know about me. I can totally do random, but I may struggle with the unknown. Please don't hate me if I say something you already know.

1) When eating a hotdog, I always put mustard on, and then ketchup. Not the other way around. Mustard goes on first.

2) My pal Becca T thinks I'm obsessed with birds. I don't think I am... Last night, we were watching Rockstar videos online, and a commercial came on that featured a dancing pigeon and I commented that I liked the commercial. "Of course, you like it! There's a bird. I could sell you anything if I put a bird in the commercial!" she exclaimed, happy to have further evidence for her theory. More evidence for her theory: I like a lot of songs about birds, for example: Bird as Prophet, by Christine Fellows.

3) I buy a lot of Skechers brand shoes.

4) This morning I ordered a tall mild coffee and a white chocolate blueberry scone from Starbucks on my way to work.

5) I saved the scone for lunch.

6) I was obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid. My favourite toy was a stuffed Stegosaurus named Steggy. Steggy still lives with me.

7) If I'm asked to pick a number between 1 and 10, I'll probably pick seven.

8) When I get stressed out, I walk really fast, and think about trigonometry and calculus (just simple derivates) to calm myself down. How nerdy is that?

I will be lazy and say if you want to be tagged, you'd better believe that you're it. Oh, and a special shoutout to any of my friends from the GSA (greater St. Ratford Area), who I pressured into starting blogs, and whose blogs require some updation.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell...

I'm here. I'm alive. I survived. My next challenge is to get through tomorrow; the first real of school (we only had 20 minute classes today).

I think I'm bit lightheaded from inhaling odd fumes by the photocopier as I killed many the tree for the sake of edumacation.

ROCKSTAR IS ON TONIGHT!!!

My brian is mushy, so I don't have much else to say except for the fact that I'm alive. I wish I could fast forward through the next two weeks and arrive when my classes are nice and settled and I don't have worry about kids transferring in and out and in and out of my classes. (Headache.)

I'll leave you with a favourite quote of mine from my favourite television show.

Principal Skinner - "Ah, there's nothing more exciting than science. You get all the fun of sitting still, being quiet, writing down numbers, paying attention...[chuckles] Science has it all."

Sunday, September 03, 2006

If we keep it still, it won't go by so fast.

My long weekend thus far:

Friday - Went to school, of course, to continue unpacking our science stuff into our new labs. I've learned that if you leave Erlenmeyer flasks, beakers, pipettes, etc. in cardboard boxes over the summer, they breed like freakin' rabbits. I swear we did not have that many when we packed them up.

Forgot my keys at school. Realized this once I got home and tried to get in the building. Went back to work praying that someone would still be in the building. Made a deal with God - if I get my keys, I will not try to worm my way out of having my aunt (who I love but drives me bananas) crash at my place in a couple of weekends.

There were caretakers in the building still (and my VP for that matter), who saw me banging at the front door immediately. Keys were in desk drawer. Made trip home, again. That reminds me, I need to call my aunt tonight...

I rented "Akeelah and the Bee" on my second trip home. It was all right. I'd give it 3 silent Es out of 5.

Saturday - Woke up feeling like absolute shite. Yuck. I haven't felt that bad in a long time. Yucky headache, sore stomach etc. Decided that no, I wasn't going to let feeling like crap ruin one of my last days of summer. Showered, got dressed, decided to momentarily lie down on bed. Woke up at 5 pm. However, sore stomach and yucky headache were gone, so not all was lost.

Today - Decided the only way to face my back-to-school anxiety was to buy lots of fun school supplies. Look at the pretty marking pens I got:


With pens like that, and the funky new haircut I got earlier in the week, and all of the new fall clothing I've bought, I think I'll be OK. I think. (Pens, new clothing, and new hairstyles are my defenses against anxiety).

In celebrity sighting news, I'm pretty sure that I saw Andrew of Sloan by U of T today. Either that, or it was his doppelganger.

In cool iPod accessory news, look at these iPod skins called Gelaskins. I am so tempted to get one, once I survive a week of school. Hmmm, I think I'd get one by a well-known artist: I'm tempted by a Van Gogh, Monet, or Kandinsky. What's that iPod? No! You can't have the Snakes on a Plane one! Just because I let you have that stupid Snakes on a Plane song, 'cuz it is funny, doesn't mean you can have that skin. Be quiet or I'll won't get you a new anything.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!