Sunday, December 31, 2006

So this is the new year and I don't feel any different...

It's not the new year yet, but I figured that a line from "The New Year" by Death Cab for Cutie, which just happens to be one of my favourite New Year's songs (suck on that Auld Lang Syne), would be fitting for my 2006 year end post.

So, here are the things that rocked in the world of Christielli in 2006.

Rocking Trips
Cuba --> Why the eff did I not take a tropical vacay for my 2006/2007 holiday? Oh yeah, someone spent too much money on the following...
Trip to the "Old Country" --> I find it cool that a few ppl that I know are planning trips to England in 2007. Makes me wistful for my England/Wales/Ireland trip this summer. I will go back, maybe not in 2007, but definitely at some point.

Rocking Albums
Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood - officially my fave CD of 2006
Also in the top:
Damien Rice: 9
Sloan: Never Hear the End of It
Memphis: A Little Place in The Wildnerness
Hawksley Workman: Treeful of Starling
Amy Milan: Honey from the Tombs
Dashboard Confessional: Dusk and Summer

Rocking Concerts
I did not go to nearly enough concerts in '06 (what I say every year - but it was particularly true of '06 when I think I only went to like 10). I plan to remedy this in '07. But, of the far too few I went to, the most noteworthy were:
Hawksley Workman at Massey Hall - OMG such a good show. It was supposed to be in March, but got postponed 'til Becca T's birthday (June 10th) and was well worth the wait.
Sarah Harmer at Harbourfront - Love her.
Dashboard Confessional/City & Colour at the Molson Amp - I was like the oldest person there, but man, Dashboard's good.
Christine Fellows at the Rivoli - Becca T was disappointed because she felt the overhead projector art took away from the performance, but I still had a great time.

Rocking Songs
According to my iPod, I listened a lot to:
My Braids - Colin Munroe
In the Cinema Alone - Memphis
Incredibly Drunk on Whiskey - Memphis
The Lights and Buzz - Jack's Mannequin
Headspin - Lukas Rossi
Rootless Tree - Damien Rice
I Dreamed We Fell Apart - Memphis
All That I Want - The Weepies
So Long, So Long - Dashboard Confessional
Light Years - Sloan

Rocking TV
Rockstar Supernova - Anyone who read my blog, or talked to me this summer/early fall, was well aware of my obsession with the show. And yay to my boy winning!
The Office - Again, I think we're all well aware that Office time on Thursday nights is the high point of my week, and the $40 I spent on the season two DVDs was some of the best spent money of my life. I LOVE JIM!!!
Ugly Betty - I watch this too. It's the TV equivalent of a good chick lit book.
Daily Show/Colbert Report - Still love these two.

Rocking Books
The Girls by Lori Lansens was published in 2005, but I read it this year, and loved it a lot.
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky - Such an amazing story behind the book, and the book is wonderful.
Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventrue and Tony Hawk's Around Ireland With A Fridge - older books that I discovered this year that made me laugh very very very hard.
The Birth House by Ami McKay - Like The Girls, another great book by a Canadian woman.

Rocking Movies
Marie Antoinette - I'm in the love it camp for this movie.
An Inconvienient Truth, Who Killed The Electric Car? and Shut Up and Sing - great documentaries
I loved Will Ferrell in Ricky Bobby and Stranger Than Fiction
Little Miss Sunshine - saw it twice in theatres, loved it twice

Rocking People
The last four months of 2006 have been very difficult ones with both of my parents having health problems. I am such a blessed person to have the most supportive friends, blog buddies, and colleauges. There are so many people in my life that I appreciate deeply. Thanks guys.

Rocking Job
I still really do love my job. Yay for that.

Rocking Miscellaneous
Starbucks put out some quality beverages this year that I spent too much money on.
I got addicted to Lush bath products this year.

Okay, so that's it for my list of 2006 enjoyabilities. I was going to wish you all a rocking new year, but then I realized that's very Dick Clark, which is not cool, so I'll just say have a fantabulous new year.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

A word that rhymes with hopeful, for the new year.

"Do one thing at a time and who the eff cares?"

This is the rather poorly worded sentence that officially became my new year's resolution as I was sitting in a cold car, talking on the phone, trying to consolidate new year's plans with my pal Christa.

Now, for those of you who have had the oppurtunity to have a phone conversation with me (I was going to use the word joy, but I'm not so sure that's it), you will know that I tend to go off on tangents a lot while speaking on the phone. I tend to think of something else in the middle of a sentence and then start talking about it. Hmmm, I could get distressed and worry that it means I'm a horrible converstationalist, but I'll take the glass as half empty, and interpret it as a sign that I have a very fast brain.

Anyhow, during my converstaion, I lamented about how I really hate New Year's. It comes too quickly after Christmas, and I'm not really in the mood for a big party, and I can never find a party that meets my specifications. I think it's because when I was younger, New Year's meant I'd probably get super drunk and get involved in some shenanigans that would somehow become legendary among me and my friends. Even though I think New Year's plans become more sedated as one gets older, I still feel this nagging feeling of loserdom if I don't have really cool plans. I've got my default plans set up for this year, but I'm still investigating my options.

Talks of New Year's made me lament my problems with new year's resolutions. Usually I use new year's as a time to examine every single thing that I consider wrong with my life and come up with a series of resolutions to fix them. This means I end up resolving absolutely nothing and end up getting frustrated.

So, I have decided to do one thing at a time and not over-complicate things. I think I'll start with an easy resolution like eating out far less or going to the library instead of buying books. Then, after feeling a bit of success, I'll move onto harder things. Yeah, that'll work.

I also lamented to my pal that I tend to worry over really stupid things that really I should not care about. I declared that my 2007 philosophy will be "Do one thing at a time and who the eff cares?" So I'm feeling like I can handle this new year thing now. Yay for my pal Christa! Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without her.

ps I will prolly post some sort of best of 2006 to end the year with. I just like to list the things I enjoyed in the past year. So, that'll be soon and I hope you all have a good ending to 2006.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Andrew Jackson all I'm asking show us the wheel and give us the wine.

I have to admit, I always feel a bit of post Christmas let-down. You spend so much time and energy getting ready for the day and then *poof* it's gone.

The days leading up to Christmas were super fun. My last-day-of-work lunch party was pretty fun. And, since I was smart and took a late night train to St. Ratford, I avoided a lot of stress.

On Saturday, I had a very fun Christmas get together with my ol' friends from high school. Tacky presents were exchanged (some more dirty than tacky) and much alcohol was consumed. Yay for that!

I find I'm perhpas not as cheery as usual this year. I partially blame the weather. It feels more like early November than December.

Hoping to spend the next few days reading the stack of books I got for Christmas, enjoying the music that I purchased on Zunior's boxing day sale, and catching up some more with friends. I dig this no work thing.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

I made it!

The countdown has diminished to one write-off day! Woot!

If I don't post until after the holiday craziness has diminished, Merry Christmas to each and every one of you!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Christmastime has come. There will be toys for everyone.

I am very tired. After school, a colleague and I went to the mall across from the school to get a couple of plastic sets of drawers with wheels to wheel our crap around in. We've been complaining about the piles of crap (ie paper, scissors, books, marked work, extra copies of assignments for those who lose them, pencils, markers, binders, you get the picture) that we have to lug around. Anyhow, we came up with this solution and figured that if there were 2 of us with drawers to push around, kids could not make fun of us. I could say "Well, Ms so-and-so has one." If there's one thing teenagers understand, it's doing something because your peers are.

Anyway, after the operation-plastic-drawer was completed I decided to go do some more shopping. I ended up at the Eaton Centre, mostly because I've been meaning to take a picture of the breathtaking Swarovski crystal tree that they have up. It's way prettier in real-life, but here's a picture.


2 more full days + 1 write-off to go!
ps It's not Christmas if I don't have a new CD. My mom gave me carte blanche to go buy one for myself on her, but I can't think of any that I want. Any suggestions?

Monday, December 18, 2006

I'm fine with all my memories, still I could use vacation...

3 more teaching days (+ one write -off day) 'til Christmas vacay! Yes, this blog will be all-countdown, all the time until the big moment: Friday at 2 pm, when we're allowed to leave.

Anyhow, I didn't really do the whole weekend rundown thing yet, so I will.

To the best of my recollection, I was exhausted on Friday, so I came home, did some cleaning, and went to bed early. Woo. My teenage self would be *mortified* at the idea that I would do such a thing.

Saturday was super Christmas shopping day! I'm pretty much done; except for a few little things that I'd like to get when I'm in St. Ratford (as opposed to lugging them home on the train.) I went to this really cool craft fair that I read about in the paper on Friday. I got a few little gifts, plus the super-cute hat (below) for myself. After the craft fair, I went to various other shopping locales and got some other random gifts. One of my favourite finds was some Giant Microbes. They're stuffed toys that resemble various microbes at 1000x magnification. I got them for a couple of colleagues in my department (a red blood cell and white blood cell) and couldn't resist getting a bookworm for myself.


Sunday was my 9th annual gift exchange extravanganza with my pals Becca T and Flora. We usually try to go to Swiss Chalet for a Festive Special. I got some really nice gifts from each of them. Plus, I was quite pleased with the stuff that I found for them. I got Becca T a Dwight Schrute bobblehead that I had to order from NBC. She was quite pleased.

Below is a picture of our little Christmas tree. Note the large ornament in the front. That was made and sent to me by Raina. See, Raina, it's on my tree!!! It was the first decoration on the sucka... I've gotten some other gifts and cards from bloggers too for Christmas. Yay for blogging! Thanks guys!


We also have lights on our balcony this year. Long story short - since both my parents are sick, they haven't decorated for Christmas. Anyhow, last weekend when I was home, I decided that I'd pick up a new string of lights at Canadian Tire, and put them up over the garage. However, I was deterred by the melting snow that kept dripping onto my face from the roof as I tried to carry out that plan. So, I decided to put them on a shrub outside our door instead. They looked really stupid there to me, so I got all frustrated and took them down. Anyhow, I ended up bringing them back to TO and putting them on our balcony where they actually look good. I hadn't seen them from the outside until tonight. I never walk on the side of the building where my apartment faces. I made a special trip tonight and they looked nice- although very very far away since we're 27 floors up.

Well, time for me to get my sleep so I can knock another day off my countdown.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Where have all the good people gone?

'Tis the season of disappearing blogs! I had a favourite disappear a few weeks ago, and now I check today and one more is gone and another is not going, but going through cutbacks.

I'm going to miss the deleted blogs. I'm totally surprised by the connections that I've made through blogging. I started blogging as an avenue for me to write my thoughts, never thinking that I'd ever have anyone read them (and I didn't for the first few months). Then, by browsing others' blogs, I ended up having people whose blogs I read and commented upon faithfully, and who did the same for mine. I have valued each and every one of those people and their comments, and I love reading about your thoughts/feelings/frustrations/fun times/more. So, know that you are all appreciated.

I don't think that I could ever hit the delete button on this thing. I think my posting wanes from time to time, but I have a record here of 1.75 years of my life, and even though most of the time I feel that it's not the deepest nor most innovative material, I must admit I like reading my archives and laughing at myself in the past...

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Yay!

Yay for 1 hour Christmas episodes of the Office! Becca T came over for the event, and then we watched The Muppets' Christmas Carol, as is our annual tradition.

Yay for 5 more teaching days of school left until vacay (the last one doesn't count) .

Yay for a successful shopping trip last night that brought me ever so closer to being done my Christmas shopping.

Yay for the Lush bath bomb that I treated myself to. It turned the water in my tub purple and released sparkly stars into the water.

Yay for me putting up Christmas lights on my balcony.

Yay for ice cream.

Yay for a Christmas gift exchange on Sunday with a couple of my friends for whom I've got kickass gifts.

Yay for tomorrow being Friday.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Six Weird Things

Just a little while ago, The Grunt tagged me with the “6 Weird Things” tag, where you simply state six weird things about yourself. I’ve been having a really really tough time thinking of these six weird things let me tell you, not because I’m not weird, but I think since I’m used to my weirdness, my weirdness does not seem weird at all to me. Here is what I’ve come up with:

1) Trigonometry/Calculus Therapy – If I’m feeling nervous, or anxious, or upset and I want to calm myself down, I will do a bit of trig or calc in my head. (Sine = opposite over hypotenuse; the derivative of 3x2 is 6x et cetra.) It’s weirdly calming – at least for me it is. I’m sure some people would find quite the opposite. I read a book (The Memory Keeper’s Daughter) where the main character would recite the periodic table in his head to calm down. Quite frankly, I’d like to try that sometime.

2) Elevator Games – I live on the 27th floor. Hence, I spend a lot of time in the elevator. To pass the time, I will play little games in my head (like closing my eyes for awhile and guessing what floor I’m on when I open my eyes). Once I was in the elevator with my roommate and I asked her what elevator games she played in her head to pass the time (perhaps hoping that I’d learn some new ones). She gave me a weird look, and then I had to explain the whole elevator game thing to her. She declared me weird. Apparently she likes to think of useful things while in the elevator.

3) Christmas Tree Soap Opera – I don’t do this anymore, but the holiday season reminded me of this weird tradition that I had as a kid. As soon as our Christmas tree was up, I’d sit beside it in the evening and make up stories about the ornaments in my head. Quite involved ones, where the tree was more or less their town and they were characters living in the town. That seems even weirder as I type it.

4) Rubbing my Hands Together – Most people do this when they are cold. I do it when I’m excited or hatching an evil plot. My friends have noticed it and make fun of me for it (especially in high school). I don’t think I do this as much any more, which I see as a sign as I’m not concocting enough trouble these days.

5) Play List Queen – Maybe this isn’t so weird; I just have no idea whether other people do this as much as I do. I’m not a fan of putting my iPod on shuffle, because it ends up that I keep rejecting every song that comes up. I’m constantly making “On the Go” playlists. I have a hard time erasing these lists, so my iPod is chock full of lists with titles such as “End of September List” “Last Week of School List” and so on. Do other people do this?

6) Rarely Writing Things Down – I rely on my memory for most things. When I first started emailing my friends a lot (in my first year of university), I didn’t bother using an address book: I had all of their emails in my head and I’d just type them in. I don’t do this anymore but I don’t bother with a daytimer or anything like that – I just remember everything. That’s why if I have a little memory lapse (like forgetting that I lent a kid a pen), I really freak out because if my memory goes, so will my whole memorization system. (Side note: I do pride myself on my memory – if you’re ever going to do something embarrassing, don’t do it my presence, it will not be forgotten.)

If I remember correctly (and I always do, hee-hee) I am supposed to tag six people. So I will tag Jolene, Joanna, Sandee, Becksley, Wes, and AlieMalie.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

But if you hit the bottom floor, you'll see the light above my door.

I am in such a better mood today thankfully.

Reason #1 that I'm such a good mood is that I started reading the book I bought last night to cheer myself up. I only read about 30 pages, but they were amazing. The book is "The Girls" by Lori Lansens. It's a book written from the point of view of conjoined twins, and it is set in southwestern Ontario. The beginning has been amazingly interesting; I haven't been rivetted like this by a book in awhile. I hope it keeps up the momentum.

Reason #2 that I'm in a good mood is that I enjoyed my day at work besides an incident that caused me to *panic* for a good 5 minutes (I thought I lost something;I didn't), and another that made me want to bash my head into a wall (more or less a kid who is really really really out to lunch - how can I help someone when they lose *everything* and can't even remember to bring a pencil to class?). Despite all of this, I still enjoyed my day.

Anyhow, I still have to say boo-urns to the fact that there is not a new episode of The Office tonight. However, next week will be an hour.

I'm taking the train to St. Ratford this weekend. I think it's going to be a busy weekend. Hope that you all have awesome weekends and thanks for all of the happy messages on my melancholy day yesterday.

ps I just downloaded the song "The Sweet Escape" from the new Gwen Stefani album. Candy. The song is like sweet delicious candy. Too fun. Get it if you need a fix of sugar.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

I'd take the seasick crocodile.

I'm having one of those days where for some reason, I was in a great mood and then blam!, I crashed into a funky weird melancholy mood. I know exactly where I was when I crashed. I had for some reason gotten off at the wrong subway stop (I wasn't paying attention or something). So, oops, whatever, I'd walk to the next stop. Didn't bother me one bit. Since I had to walk a couple of blocks through prime shopping territory, I decided to do some browsing. I wasn't in a shopping mood but I decided to look around the Bay at Christmas decorations. As I was looking at some weird funky decoration my mood totally turned.

Anyhow, I've been trying to do everything to zap this mood. I've watched a couple of episodes of the Office. (Boo to no new episode tomorrow) (Btw, If you wanna watch full episodes of the Office, go here.) I even went for a walk and bought myself a book to read since I finished my book club book last night. I haven't even gotten around to opening it because I've been wasting my time sampling stupid ass songs on iTunes. I hate when I waste time doing something dumb like that because my brain is in some sort of weird state.

I'm also annoyed because when I was talking to my dad tonight he made some comment about me being just an average student. Okay, here I am, YEARS out of school (obviously) and that royally pissed me off. Gah. I HATE when something silly gets under my skin. It's so weird - one of the only things I've ever been confident about in my life is my scholastic ability and if anyone dares to question my ability, I get really mad, which perhaps might mean I'm not even confident in that. Grr. Oh, and one thing I can't stand is if anyone treats me like I'm dumb or talks down to me. Talking down to me is one way to quickly get on my bad side.

Okay, on the bright side, I did show one of my classes An Inconvenient Truth and it got them all riled up in a good way. They wanted to go out and plant trees and write letters to their MPs and the like.

Sorry for the incoherent rant. I think I feel a bit better. Maybe sleep is necessary. I have a bad habit of being tired and needing sleep and fighting it off for some odd reason. Weird.

Oh, on the bright side part 2 - we have another PD day on Friday. That means a day off planning for me. I can stay up late tomorow night and watch the Daily Show. Woo! Maybe life isn't quite the irritant that it seems to be at the moment.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Unplayed pianos are oftern by a window...

Not having to spend about 5 hours in transit this weekend has made the weekend seem super long and relaxing.

To add to the relaxation, I also treated myself to long sleeps and long baths. I feel more relaxed than I have since the summer.

I did some Christmas shopping this weekend. I braved the Eaton's Centre (going between 7 and 9 on Friday and 6-7 on Sunday meant the crowds weren't bad at all). I've been remiss in bringing my camera places with me so my picture-a-day project is at a standstill right now. (However, I pledged to try it for a week, and I did make it a week.) I really wish I'd remembered my camera when I was at the mall; there is a stunning huge tree covered in Swarovski crystals. I swear I'll get a picture next time I go.

Today I went for a movie and dinner with Becca T and a couple of university friends who I haven't seen for a very long time. It was fun. The movie was Deja Vu with Denzel Washington. I'd perhaps give it 3 stars out of 5. I generally don't go for action-y movies. If a movie is too exciting, I get bored and fall asleep. Since I didn't fall asleep during this one, I'll say it wasn't half bad. (I had wanted to see Happy Feet in 3D but I was voted down. Boo-urns.) Dinner was the festive special at Swiss Chalet. Yum!!

That's it for now. I have to get back to reading. It's staff book club meeting on Wednesday and I've got a couple hundred pages to read. I was the one who suggested the book so my face would be a little red if I don't have it finished.

Ciao.