Friday, June 29, 2007

Notes from the crawl...

1) We started in Yorkville yet again, and I'm pretty sure that we saw Jude Law at our first stop. We were sitting on the patio, right by the entrance, and he was leaving. My friend and I were talking and we both stopped and gave each other a very pointed "Is that Jude Law?" look. I'm pretty sure it was, even though he had a totally awkward haircut. About 20 minutes after he left, he returned with really red eyes. Oh yeah - my first celebrity gossip scoop!

One of my coworkers at this point spilled a glass of merlot all over one of my other coworkers. The waitress brought us a spray called "Wine Away", which totally got all of the wine off her jeans. Miraculous!

2) Our second stop was a book launch. My coworker had a couple of poems published in an anthology. We stayed for all of the readings; they were mosly pretty good. However, standing in a hot little bookstore for 1.5 hrs killed the buzz that I'd gotten from stop #1.

3) We moved from the launch to dinner at a cute pub we discovered last year. I now know where to get Toronto's best Mac & Cheese.

4) We meandered to College St, were we ran into two teaching assistants from our school who thought it was hi-larious to see 6 teachers out on the town. We told them to bring us someplace to do shots and we ended up at this club that was in a garage on a side street. There we saw a few men in skirts dancing to house music. We had shots of amaretto and sambuca, and joined in on the dancing.

5) Next stop was a grungy bar that one of my coworkers loves. We slowed down our drinking pace momentarily and slowly sipped our drinks to loud rock music.

6) At our next stop, I moved on to drinking peach martinis. We then made plans for next school year - important stuff like starting a Friday lunch tradition and stuff. At this point, we were all pretty drunk and high-fiving each other a lot, because apparently, I tend to high five people a lot when I'm drunk.

7) Last stop was Sneaky Dee's - which I honestly think is the best last stop on a pub crawl because they have pretty great poutine. Anyhow, our waitress ended up spilling a plate of poutine on my coworker (who was wearing white, of course). My other coworker exclaimed "Oh no! My ketchup!" as this happened. We were all laughing hysterically at this point, and the waitress was apologizing profusely. She spent 10 mintues with us, cleaning off my coworker's sweater with baking soda and club soda as we continued to laugh. She ended up bringing us a round of apology shots.

I think it was about 4 am when I made it home. Ahhh, I love the end of the school year. :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Thanks for the memories...

As I was watching the class of 2007 walk across the stage this evening, I remembered something: I am a member of the class of 1997, and approximately 10 years ago, I was making a similar walk. Now, that of course, was back in the day of Ontario's archaic education system where there was a grade 13 (OAC) for those who were university-bound, so I graduated from high school knowing that I'd be back again in September taking fun courses like physics and calculus.

But still - it's been 10 years since I graduated high school. Yikes!

It's been a pretty productive 10 years for sure. In that time, I completed my OAC year, got two university degrees, racked up 4 years of teaching experience, kept all of my close friends from high school, made tonnes of new ones, and developed my refined taste in cool music. Not too shabby.

Anyhow, back to my mind wanderings during the ceremony... There was at least on good thing about graduating from a St. Ratford high school. All of the graduating classes were given free tickets to a Festival Production. The play for my year was, I kid you not, Death of A Salesman. Could they not have found something more depressing? It was a good production, but I left with a "gee life sucks" feeling, which isn't particularly what one wants to feel as they move into the next chapter of their life.

Tomorrow we have our year end meeting. There are a couple of people who are leaving our school of whom I'm quite fond, so it'll be a bittersweet day. At least I'll end it with a kickass annual pub crawl. :) I think I've mentioned the pub crawl. Oh, how I'm excited for the pub crawl.

I also have my "lessons" planned for my first day of vacay (Friday). School-year habits, such as planning your days, are hard to kill during those first few days of vacay.
1) Sleep in.
2) Drink lots of water, and eat something to hopefully minimize effects of hangover.
3) Mail ring back to Sweden? (See note below)
4) Walk to children's bookstore that is near my new apartment to pre-order next Harry Potter book. I know, it's shocking that I haven't ordered yet, but I don't until I find a place that will put the book directly in my hands at midnight for at least 30% off.
5) Continue jaunt to neighbourhood library and check out a few books. I haven't done that in a long time.
6) Take books to a coffee shop and read them while enjoying a frappucino.

I love summer!

Note: Less than two weeks ago, while perusing celebrity gossip, I read about a ring made in Sweeden called Singelrigen. Bascially, it's a ring to signify that you're single, and you're cool with it, and whatever. I liked the idea, and I really the look of the ring, so I ordered one. It arrived today, but is a little too big for my ring finger (I was between sizes). It fits on my middle finger and index finger, so I'm debating whether to exchange it or keep it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

It never once bought me a drink.

No more pencils, no more books, no more students' dirty looks!

I have 2 more days officially on the clock. Exams are marked, marks are in, and I'm in the process of cleaning my desks (don't ask, but I have multiple). I have a couple more binders to organize, and a few other assorted chores, and that's it. Tomorrow night is graduation, then on Thursday we have our year-end staff meeting/lunch. And then, you know what comes after that? Pub crawl!!! Woo-hoo!!!

It's been a busy time since the fantabulous Weakerthans concert. I went to St. Ratford this weekend. The honest-to-God highlight of the weekend for me was that I went for a long walk around the river on Sunday afternoon, and a little weasel scurried past me, and stood still so that I could get a good look at him/her. I don't think I've ever seen a weasel in real-life; they're smaller than I imagined. While I was looking at the weasel, I remembed back to the mammology course I took in university and how weasels have a special jaw that clicks in just the right way that makes their bite pretty powerful, and how I was lucky that said weasel was not trying to bite me. Then, my mind wandered to a favourite line from the Simpsons: "Marge, don't discourage the boy. Weasling out of things separates us from the animals. Except the weasel."

Okay, I'll stop indulging in my weirdness now. Whose weekend highlight is seeing a weasel? Yeesh, I get stranger by the day. But honestly, I'd never seen one in real life, except for the human type, of course.

This evening I went to a wedding shower for a coworker which was conveniently held at a pub in my neighbourhood. It was fun as far as showers go; no corny games or anything like that, just people getting together and having drinks and snacks. There were teachers from a bunch of school there. It turned out that one of them was actually a Canadian pop music star from the late 1980s, whose tape I totally dug. It was kind of funny because my coworker (whose shower it was) came up and asked a group of us if we'd ever heard of the singer, and I of course was all geeky and exuberant and noted that I loved her when I was 8. So, my coworker introduced me to the woman like I was a big fan, and it was a little bit embarassing, but not too much really. It's more funny to think that I've ended up working for the same school board as a childhood idol. I had to call my mom and tell her when I got home though.

Anyhow, I should get going to bed. The faster I go to bed, the faster that I can awake and get myself to work to finish off those last pesky tasks.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Measure me in metered lines and one decisive stare.

Well last night was my enjoyability of enjoyablities - a Weakerthans concert. The long over-two-year drought is over. It was awesome to the power of infinity. My coworker who went with me teased me about how when I really like something I say "I love it/them/whatever dearly". So after the concert she said "Did you love it dearly?" and I said "Of course I loved it very dearly!"

As you know, it was in downtown Hamilton. Downtown Hamilton is pure sketch, y'all. There we were, two Toronto girls, debating where would be the safest place to park the car in a parking lot. Should we park by a nice truck? Maybe then scoundrels would break into the truck and not our car... Or perhaps the truck would just shade the car and make it an easier target. When we were driving home after the concert, we were very sure to have our doors locked. Anyway, I don't think that Hamilton's sketchy area is that bad, after all, there are some very sketchy areas of Toronto (like where I saw Joel Plaskett), but unfamiliar sketch is scarier that familiar sketch.

The venue was a total hole, but holes are fun, and my coworker loves holes so we were quite happy. The opening band, Attack in Black, were quite enjoyable. Then it was a very short while and then the Weakerthans came on! Yay! How can I describe them? I really and truly believe that they are the best live band around. Am I biased? I don't think so. All I know is that I liked the Weakerthans. Then, in the summer of 2001, I saw them live and after that I loved them dearly. After a few more shows, they became my favourite.

Anyway, they did not disappoint last night. (They could never disappoint.) They played a lot of new material, all of which was amazing. Oh new Weakerthans record, how I await you! There was even a song about curling. Also, for one of the new songs Christine Fellows took the stage and played keyboard (I think). I couldn't see much on the stage, even though the venue was tiny. All I know was at the end of the song, John K said "Christine Fellows, everyone" which I assume meant that she was playing on stage. She is someone else who I love dearly.

I also enjoy how there are songs, that on CD you might overlook or which might just not be your favourite, but when they are played live become standouts. Last night, the song "The Prescience of Dawn" totally stood out for me. My breath was taken away. It was awesome.

Below are some pictures of the show. The first one is taken from my vantage point. The others were taken by my tall coworker. In desirable traits for a concert-going-buddy, height is definitely on the list.



So that concet will definitely tide me over for awhile. I hope that there will be another long Weakerthans-concert-related post coming in the near future.

I actually don't have to be at work today because all of my exams have been written and I'm caught up on my marking. Next week, I have to go in and tie up some lose ends, and on Thursday is our year-end staff lunch and then it's good-bye to the 2006/2007 school year!

I get to laze around my apt until when I have to catch my train to St. Ratford. Happy weekend to everyone!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I know you may roll your eyes at this, but I'm so glad that you exist.

Tomorrow night is my Weakerthans concert in Hamilton. Woo-hoo! I am beyond excited for this. Now, I'm sure I'm complained a billion times on here about the fact that it's been over two years since my last Weakerthans concert, and man, am I happy to be ending that dry spell.

Initially I was going to rent a car with my dear friend Becca T to go to Hamilton for the show, but stuff happens and she can no longer go. Luckily, I have a friend at work, for whom I've made Weakerthans mixed CDs, who was more than willing to pick up the slack. Plus, she's got a car, so I do not have to deal with my Toronto/highway-driving anxieties at this point in time.

In university, my pals Becca T, Alison and I coined a lot of words in our personal lexicon. We were weird like that. One of the best was the term enjoyability (noun) which is a term for something enjoyable. A Weakerthans concerts is one of my top enjoyabilities in life. Since I'm in a happy mood, I'm going to list some more enjoyabilities, just for fun, since making a list of enjoyabilities is an enjoyability in itself.

* Today's weather - it was a little cool, but I love not sweating!
* Sitting on my balcony with a yummy Orange Mocha Frappucino from Starbucks. I'm sad that I'm moving away from said balcony. I don't go out there often enough, but man, the view is breathtaking.
* New CDs! I picked up the Silversun Pickups (haha) and Imogen Heap on a whim today.
* Students who write me happy notes on their final exams.
* The Daily Show/Colbert Report - I haven't watched them in awhile, but I did today and laughed a lot. My fave line from Colbert "Oscillating fans: pick a side - left or right. We're at war!"
* Planning end of school pub crawls.
* Nice marking pens.
* School staring a little bit later during exam week.
* Taking the train to Stratford. I complain a lot about the train's lateness, but I do enjoy sitting on the train, listening to my iPod and daydreaming. Incidentally, I'm attempting another trip home, provided I do not sleep through my train again.
* Fresh laundry. That reminds me, I'd better go get mine from the dryer. Later!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Because the air outside will make our cells divide at an alarming rate.

Oh goodness gracious, my shoulders and, for some reason that I don't understand, my neck, are sore from all of the paddling this weekend. Thank goodness today was a relatively easy day at work, with only short classes and then exams.

Anyhow, my fellow Torontonian Scott made up this meme himself, and I'm going to do it right now, before I forget. What's better than a home-made meme??

God doesn't care whether or not I follow all of the little rules. He cares that I'm trying to make my corner of the planet a little bit better and that I love my fellow humans, even though some of them make it tough sometimes.

I adore sitting in a comfy chair, reading a good book while listening to my iPod and drinking a latte.

They always say that you should keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. Lucky for me, I don't have much in the way of the latter, 'cuz it would really suck having to invite enemies to concerts.

Yeah, it's true that I'm a huge nerd, but I'm comfortable with it.

At one point I said that I would never, ever be a teacher. Mainly because at that point, I was a teenager, and lots of people said "oh, you should be a teacher" and teenagers like to be contrary like that. Trust me, I am an expert in the contrariness of teenagers.

Why should I care about celebrity gossip? It's cheap, meaningless, tacky, and crass. Yet it's the first thing I turn to after a hard day at work. It's my crack, I tell you.

Real men find smart women sexy.

I always return to St. Ratford. I love to badmouth it, and mock it, but it will always have a special place in my heart. I don't think I'll live there ever again, but I'll always have a connection to the place where I grew up. Plus a lot of my peeps still live there.

The music I love makes the soundtrack of my life. I love how I can listen to songs, and they vividly bring me back to memories of past times, and people.

I've never really had a broken heart because I keep myself way too guarded to be heartbroken by anyone. And, I've never met anyone whom I've loved enough to be hurt that deeply.

Someone told me that going to the University of Toronto would be a huge mistake because I'm not suited to living in a big city. Me - 1, that person - 0.

I can sit and pretend that summer will last forever, but Septemeber always creeps up on me.

The funny thing is I really should be cleaning my messy apartment instead of blogging. I wonder what percentage of my blog posts have been written under the auspices of procrastination?

Sunday, June 17, 2007

So let go, jump in, oh well, whatcha waiting for?

This weekend was the big dragonboat festival. We had 2 races yesterday, and 2 today. The races on Saturday were the heats to determine what divisions we'd be racing in. They had put us in the wrong heats actually; we were with mixed teams when we were an all women's team. Now, we were told that we couldn't use this as an excuse; women's teams can paddle just as well or maybe better than mixed teams since women do tend to be good team players, which is what dragonboat racing is all about. Nevertheless, we came in last in our qualifying heats, but at least our times were on par with the lowest division of women's teams.

Our first race today was a diaster. We were racing again against mixed teams for the education cup. Again we finished last and had our worst time ever.

However, we had one race to go: the final for the lowest division of women's teams. We buckled down, practiced our start while sitting in rows on the grass, and stretched beforehand. We repeated our mantra for the upcoming race: reach out, head up and focus on our boat. We also had to borrow some paddlers from another team to fill our boat (a couple people left early for no good reason - boo, they're off the team next year I say).

We got yet another coach to steer us for this race. Apparently this year, everything was rather disorganized as compared to other years. We didn't even get a consistent coach from week to week, like we were supposed to. This last guy was really good; he got our sagging morale up and give us good last minute tips.

The race started. We reached out. We kept our heads up. We focussed on our boat. (Which is so much easier to do when you are not in last place with all of the other boats ahead of you.) I had no idea where we were compared to the other boats. At one point our coach said we were in third place. Everyone was screaming. For the last 100 m we paddled like crazy. The finish line got closer. The coach screamed "Go you sexy bitches!!! Reach!!" We went all out screaming like crazy. We got to the end and had no idea how we did; there were two other boats really close to us. Even at the end, we weren't sure how we did. All we cared was that we weren't last and we gave it our all.

There was less than 1 second between first and third places. One of the several coaches that we had throughout the season told us that it's often the push at the end that determines the winner. Well, the push that we gave at the end did it! We won the last race! We got a gold medal! Dammit, we were sexy bitches!!

(Note: we loved this last coach and asked him to be our coach next year. He said sure, if we were willing to drive all the way to Pickering. We were very disappointed to find out he wasn't in Toronto.)

Anyhow, below is a collage that we made to celebrate our victory complete with a medal, our trophy and our plaque.



One of my coworkers had to leave early because she had a bad knee that got really bad from being knocked against the side of the boat. We called her to tell her that we won the last race and she wouldn't believe it. Hahaha. We're all going to wear our medals to school tomorrow.

Anyhow, it was a great experience. I'm so that I decided to sign up for dragonboating. If you recall, I did so when I was a bit drunk. I honestly don't think I would have done so while sober. I'm not the most sportive of individuals, and I haven't been on any sort of sports team since fourth grade and haven't even thought about joining any sort of team since then either. It's really fun doing something unexpected and out of the norm like this, and I guess it goes to shows me that I should take more risks in life.

(Note: I just remembered that my friend begged me to be on the broomball team in teachers' college. I reluctantly agreed. We only played in one tourney I think. We were the Mighty Ducks of broomball: we didn't even have our own helmets. I think we actually won a game which made us very happy. We had no chance agains the likes of the Faculty of Pharmacy who had jerseys and were sponsered by Advil for crying out loud.)

Also, perhaps I would have been better in sports if I had had someone screaming at me "Go you sexy bitch!"

Anyhow, I think I'm going to be hurting tomorrow. But, it will be hilarious wearing my gold medal all day at school.

Well, off to do some marking. I've got two sets of projects to mark (well not complete sets, some are to come in tomorrow still, but I promised those who got them in on time I'd have them marked for tomorrow). Tomorrow is a short day of classes and then exams in the afternoon. I'm not even doing anything with my classes: I wrapped up everything on Friday. Oh summer vacay, you're getting so close that I can taste you!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

We're back where we belong.

The big news is that tomorrow is my last full day of teaching for the 2006/2007 school year. I can't believe how another year has flown by. Next year will be my fifth year of being a teacher; my fourth at my school.

The year end has sort of sneaked up on me. I mean, come May/June, there's always a countdown going on in my head, but this year, I've been so busy that it's like BOOM! and there is one day left. Tomorrow I'm going to play exam review Jeopardy in my classes, and give them treats, and maybe get a little mushy on them.

I love summer vacation, of course, but it's dull compared to the school year. I have my share of days of frustration, where I feel like I'm banging my head against the wall. My school is not especially academic (although there are some really sharp knives mixed in with the spoons, so to speak), and they like to give me some of the more challenging classes to teach, which is actually a compliment. Anyhow, despite the frustrations, I have so much fun at work, and during the summer I miss the little moments that I have during the average day that make me laugh and warm my heart.

So, as an homage to the school year that was, I'm going to share some of my favourite moments from this school year, most of which are from the last few weeks.

*Kid comes in for extra help at lunch before a test. I say "So what do you need help with?" Kid looks at me as if I'm kind of dumb. "Well, science..." he says, as if I was going to help him with English. I bite my tongue and don't point out that science is a rather broad field, and I was hoping that he'd narrow it down for me.

*Kid puts up his hand during a test and asks about a particular question which was "Is your home wired in series or in parallel?" He says "I never thought to look." I do my best not to laugh and explain he is supposed to use his knowledge of circuits to figure it out.

*A couple weekends ago, I tell my period 3 class that I really like them and I'm going to miss them. To which one clever kid replies "Miss, if you're going to miss us so much, why don't you give us 5 more minutes to study for our quiz??" So I do. Then when I say put your books away, it's quiz time, they all say "Miss, but remember you are going to miss us, right? How 'bout 5 more minutes?"

*I have to teach a unit on space, which isn't my favourite because I don't know all of the answers to all the questions they have. One kid asks me "Miss, how long would it take to fly to the moon?" I reply "I don't know, I've never been." They are nice enough to laugh and leave it at that.

Anyhow, I'm going to miss them during the summer. Remind me of this when in August I start writing my whiny "I don't want to go back" posts.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sleepless long nights that's what my youth was for.

10 random things that have been running through my mind:

1) I just ate strawberries and yogurt. Strawberries are my favourite of all the berries.

2) I'm wearing new jean capris that I bought awhile ago. I like them a lot.

3) I dance better in my mind than I do in real life.

4) I need to get a light-up sign in my room that says "Do not think about anything stressful past midnight!" The past two nights, I've been tossing and turning in bed thinking about the most ridiculous things, and gettting stressed out and irritated. Then, the next day, I realize the stupidity of my thoughts and wonder why I got all worked up. In general, I tend to be a pretty laid back person, but I guess when I'm over-tired that goes out the window.

5) I booked my movers. I just need to book the elevator and pack my stuff up. Moving day is July 14th by the way.

6) I've also booked my flights for the Western Canada Extravanganza.

7) I spent 15 minutes today looking for my misplaced keys. (They had fallen behind a chair.) I honeslty got convinced that I'd left in the door and that my sketchy neighbours across the hall must have stolen them.

8) I'm hoping that the course I'm taking this summer might be a good place to meet guys, because really, that's really the only way I can make myself look forward to it. I'm required to take this course to get my permanent contract, and I don't think it will be hard like the course I'll be taking next summer (which will result in me getting a raise). I dunno... maybe there will be guys there. But, they will be teachers. And, in theory, dating a teacher would be okay because we'd have the same vacay time, but on the other hand, teachers are an odd sort and there really aren't that many younger males in the profession... or at least not that I meet.

9) Today I ate the most delicious fudgsicle.

10) There are three more full days of teaching left. And, for two of those, we actually have shorter classes. Oh summer my friend, you are so close to being here!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

I'm capsized staring at the edge of safe..

I've been trying to blog all week, but I start a post then I read over my writing and think "this is the most boring thing known to humankind!" and delete it.

This could be indicative of two things:
a) my life is really, really boring right now; or
b) I'm in June ADD mode and my attention span is just slightly higher than that of a gnat.

Anyhow here's the weekend rundown, put into a numerical list to help me organize my wandering thoughts.

1) Rowing was cancelled on Friday because of a wicked thunderstorm. Myself and a couple of coworkers got there just in time to head down to the beach, get a bunch of sand blown into our face only to meet the rest of our team running to the parking lot. We made it to our cars just before the torrential downpour.

We have one more practice (Wed night) until the big races this weekend. Hmmm, do you think the fact that we haven't practiced in a couple weeks bodes well for us?

2) Friday evening I went to a coworkers' place to beverage, eat homemade eggrolls, and play Apples to Apples (a great party card game - buy it if you don't have it!). It was good times.

3) Saturday was errand day. As well as running errands, I booked some accomodations and train travel for the upcoming Western Canada extravaganza. I still have to book my flights.

4) Today was my roommate's wedding shower out in Mississauga. It was good. Hard to believe that in a month and a couple days we're no longer going to be roommates.

5) This weekend's much repeated song on my iPod is The Con by Tegan and Sara from their upcoming album of the same name. It is fabulous. I'm excited for that album.

Did I mention that I have 5 more full days of teaching 'til exams?? Woo! I can't believe this school year is almost over!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Who'll give you time to cry and time to find yourself?

What's better than seeing two bands, ones that you would actually pay to see, for free?

Perhaps seeing them in a venue that allows the second band to play the multiple encores that you're accustomed to?

But, really, one cannot expect perfection all of the time in one's life.

Anyhow, my free Stills/Hawksley show was awesome, awesome, awesome. The Stills are a pretty great live band. Now, I'm pretty unfamiliar with their music other than the fact that I love the song "Lola Stars & Stripes", and own their CD "Logic Will Break Your Heart". (Confession: I bought that CD a long time ago and never really bonded properly with it. I think I got it as one of those 2 for $25 deals along with Damien Rice's O. Usually, when I get two CDs at once, a sort of natural selection occurs and one CD prevails over the other. I really will listen to more of the Stills now that I've seen them live.)

After a good set by The Stills, my dear friend Hawksley took the stage for what I think is the eighth time I've seen him. He put on a good show as always and played a good mix of newer stuff and old classics that I love. He also had quite a few rockstar moments during songs like Anger as Beauty, Smoke, Baby, and Jealous of Your Cigarette. He is such a great live perfomer.

The show was at the Harbourfront Centre which is a good outdoor venue with covered seats (thankfully since it started to pour at one point). The only thing that sucks about the HC is that it is near a bunch of condos, so the music can only be so loud, and the band must be done at 11 pm, which limits encores. However, tonight it was a bit more special there was a light show going on a the same time as a part of Luminato (a 10 celebtration of all things creative that's going on right now in Toronto).

Anyhow, I must say that my concert-going of 2007 has hit a better stride then in the beginning of the year. I've had Ben Folds, Great Lake Swimmers, The Joel Plaskett Emergency, Hawksley Workman, and, in 2 weeks and 2 days, the Weakerthans. I may not have quantity, but I definitely have quality.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

You gotta roll with the punches to get to what is real.

Remember how I said that the cancellation of rowing practice was going to allot me a bit of extra time before I caught my train? Well, I decided that perhaps a little nap was in order. I didn't worry about setting an alarm clock or anything since it was only 5 pm, and my train didn't leave until 10. Well, apparently a busy week with performance appraisals, accompanying 92 kids to the science centre and very warm temperatures takes its toll on a person. I didn't wake up from my little nap until 9:37, thereby missing my train.

However, it might be a blessing in disguise... I was able to cancel my ticket (however, I incurred $25 worth of cancellation charges 'cuz I'd gotten the discounted tickets... boo!) and I'm sticking in Toronto for the weekend. I have a tonne of work to get done, not to mention the usual chores and errands. Staying here will facilitate everything much better. I was able to get a lot of the chore and errand type things done yesterday, so here I am on Sunday procrastinating the inevitable schoolwork.

And what better way to do that then to fill in the latest survey that's been making the Facebook rounds? (For the record, I prefer doing surveys the old-fashioned way still: on my blog.)

1. Initials: CAW

2. Name someone with the same birthday as you: Matt Groening!! I think that says a lot.

3. Favorite fruit? Bananas and strawberries.

4. For or against same sex marriage? Very much so.

5. Are you allergic to anything? Not that I know of.

6. Are you bisexual? I don't think so.

7. Have you ever slept in someone else’s clothes? Yup.

8. How many U.S states have you been to? 10. Might add another one this summer.

9. How many of the U.S states have you lived in? Zer0.

10. Have you ever lived outside the U.S? Always.

11. Name something physical you like about yourself? I like my hands.

12. Something non-physical you like about yourself? I've always been a fan of my brain.

13. Do you have any pets? Not at the moment, but I plan to get a cat when I've moved into the new apartment and have returned from my summer travels.

14. What is your dream car? Mint Green hybrid VW Beetle. I don't think VW does hybrids yet, but one can dream. Actually, if I've dreaming, maybe it'll be a Mint Green VW Beetle that gets 100 Ks to a thimble-ful of corn oil.

15. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? I'd love to go back to the UK. Also, I really want to visit France and Greece and Italy and ....

16. Are you bipolar? I don't think so.

17. What dream car do you want your husband/wife to drive? An environmentally friendly one. That's all I ask.

18. Where would you want to go on a first date? Depends on whether it's a good first date or a bad first date... A good first date could be anywhere, quite frankly. But if it's bad, I just ask for lots of escape exits.

19. Would you date the person who posted this before you? Hmmm... it would give me a good excuse for going back to the UK. ;)

20. Has anyone ever sang or played for you personally? Yup.

21. Ever been kissed under fireworks? No... I tend to lead a life void of anything that resembles romance.

22. What was the last text message you received? Becca T saying that she got my message.

23. Have you ever bungee jumped? Nope.

24. Have you ever white water rafted? Nope.

25. Has anyone ten years older than you ever hit on you? I'm sure, but I don't keep a tally of these things.

26. Are you racist? I don't think so.

27. What song are you listening to right now? Just Friends by Amy Winehouse

28. What's your favorite song at the moment? Hmmm... maybe either Lazy Eye by the Silversun Pickups or 1234 by Feist

29. What was the last movie you watched? Pirates of the Carribean 3. Boo.

30. Where was the last place you went besides your house? The mall.

31. Have you ever seriously vandalized someone else's property? No.

32. Have you ever hit someone of the opposite sex? Of course.

33. What's the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? I'd have to say how they are dressed.

34. What's your fav. body part on the opposite sex? Forearms and eyes.

35. What do you usually order from Starbucks? Right now a Grande Light Orange Mocha Frappucino is my heaven in a cup.

36. Say something totally random about yourself: I'm a klutz.

37. Do you have an iPod? Yes!!!

38. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity? My friend Becca T told me that I have the same eyes as Mike Myers (the comedian - not the psycho from the Halloween movies.)

39. Do you have freckles? Nope.

40. Are you comfortable with your height? Yeah. It's average.

41. Do you love something right now? See questions #35 and #37.

42. How tall are you? 5’6"

43. Do you speak any other language other than english? A little tiny insignficant amount of French, but it's very rusty.

44. Have you ever ridden in a limo? It was the only good thing about my high school prom.

45. Has anyone you were really close to passed away? Yes.

46. Do you watch MTV? Never.

48. What's something that really annoys you? People who are nasty and disagreeable and petty.

50. Do you like Michael Jackson? I will quote Bart Simpson - "It's just something that's made up to frighten kids like the boogeyman or Michael Jackson."

51. Have you ever surfed? No.

52. Do you know how to pump gas? Yes, but I prefer if someone else does it.

53. Do you drive? Only when in St. Ratford. Although, I will be overcoming my fear of driving in Toronto in a few weeks.

54. What's the latest you have ever stayed out? All night.

55. Have you ever thought that you were honestly going to die? Not in the immediate future though, but I am aware of the inevitable.

56. Were you ever rushed by an ambulance into the emergency room? No.

57. Have you ever been dared to do something you didn't want to do? Probably. Nothing stands out though.

58. What's your favorite state to live in? A perpetual state of happiness and dogoodery works for me. -> I'll go with Claire's answer.

59. What color is your hair? Brown with blonde highlights for summer.

60.What color are your eyes?Brown.

61. Do you have any special talents? Lots.

62. Favorite non-alcoholic drink? Chocolate Milk.

63. Favorite city? I love London England and Syndney Australia but deep down it's always gonna be Toronto.

64. Have you ever ridden a mechanical bull? Good Lord no.

65. If you were working on a pirate ship, what would you most likely be? I'd probably get stuck mopping the poopdeck... But, if one Captain Jack Sparrow was on said ship I'd like to be his romantic lead, even if the last movie did suck.

66. Who do you live with? With my roommate. Only for 6 more weeks though. :(

67. Last thing you watched on TV? The news.

68. Do you wear glasses or contacts? Neither.

69. Have you ever taken a roadtrip? Tonnes of times. My favourites involve bands (such as the Sloan roadtrip and the upcoming Weakerthans roadtrip.)