Category Archives: Self-Analysis

-Ing Thing Revival

I haven’t written an -Ing Thing in forever, and there isn’t too much happening today, so why not?

Missing:

In the capacity of being able to reach people easily, I do miss Facebook.  When I read over old posts and I think about co-workers, school mates, or Katimavik people, I wonder what they are doing now and a feeling of “I need to get a hold of them!” arises.  This could also be coupled with the fact that I just saw friends I haven’t seen in a while lately, so maybe I should start with e-mailing people and see how it goes.  I don’t miss Facebook on the whole though.  It’s so boring and ego driven.  I’m over it.

Reading:

I’ve been reading a lot about people’s experiences in Japan, whether in reminiscence (like in 1000 Things About Japan), or scouring Trip Advisor forums for things to do and see.  It is important for me to read about this stuff anyway so I can plan my trip, but it’s also just pleasant to read about other people’s experiences.  Speaking of Japan, I am going to plan out my itinerary this week.  I think I may be spending a lot of time in museums because it’s so hot.  I know it’s not ideal that I’m going during the hottest season of the month (and not even when most of the festivals are happening), but it’s the only time I have off.

Reflecting:

Looking at previous -Ing Thing posts, I’ve realized that I was pretty vain during my time at Katimavik.  A lot of stuff about products and what I’m gonna buy next.  Then again, my world was limited to whatever community I was a part of at the time (or in my house, which got me to try a lot of different things) and the internet.  Now that I am back home and I have freedom in the marketplace, I don’t have the desire to write about such things anymore.  It’s just a block away.  Even still, I don’t think about cosmetically bettering myself all the time now.  What I mean by cosmetically is with hair dye, make up, better clothes, etc.  Plastic surgery is not on my list.

If I’m listing the “bad” physical qualities I have now: I’m balding, my skin is not as good as it could be (thanks partially to my work hours and not bringing in lunches often enough), and I am starting to get a serious tummy.  I could fight balding by shaving off my hair (which I did do last summer, although it doesn’t really work for me), I am changing my diet by eating more home-cooked meals and less trips to Tim Hortons, and I am starting my workout routine this week.  I’m not going to fight what I am anymore and just work on what I have to make it the best I can be.  I’m 26, there isn’t much more change that’s going to happen unless I am lazy.  Maintenance is key.

Over-indulging:

I put way too much soy sauce into certain things that it can’t be healthy for me, even though it’s delicious.  Pho and chinese fried rice are my biggest offenders that get this treatment.  Same goes for sugar in my tea.  I do honey usually, but now I am finding that if I just put milk in as a treat, it’s enough.  At Starbucks if I have a really bad day, I’ll still do my 8 pumps of chai into a chai latte.  That’s about half syrup for those of you keeping track at home.  I like my chai like I like my men, strong.  But the sugar content is through the roof.  I am finding that it’s getting to be too much for me now (sugar wise) and also the price is ridiculous ($5 is crazy).  Even $2 for an extra large (24 oz., slightly bigger than a Venti at Starbucks) tea at Tim Horton’s is too expensive.  I’m trying to not spend money while I’m at work, and it’s kind of working.  I kept my costs down last week and now I gotta do more of the same.

That’s about it for this -Ing Thing.  Off to teach and to start work on festival material!

The List 2014

Keeping in the theme of looking back at stuff I posted years ago, let’s check out what my goals were and how I tried to accomplish them.

From September 2007:

Looking forward to next summer, I’m going to do the following:
– Take singing, alto sax, guitar, or dancing lessons, and possibly get my Grade 8 piano.
– Work out and gain an upper body (which I may be able to do at Katimavik).
– Improve on fashion more (which I have since I’ve worked at BR. I’ve became quite knowledgeable on stuff for men and women).
– Learn sign language and improve french (I’ll be able to improve my french at Katimavik).
– Post more in this blog (if I get off my lazy ass and do it).
– Find out what I want to do with my future career-wise. Music or Social Work? Or maybe something completely different all together?
– Visit friends in other towns more (I’m talking to you, Windsor/London/Sudbury/Ottawa/Cambridge people!).

Mission accomplished? Enh, somewhat. Jumping ahead almost a year to July 2008:

I can say that I have or am starting to accomplish most of those things in that list, except for the sign language (I’m going to be learning Italian, Spanish, or Japanese instead), and taking sax, guitar, or dancing lessons (I opted for vocals). Everything else I’ve done during Katimavik and I am continuing to do now… Might as well continue the list:
– Get a demo recorded with original songs
– Save money by only using so much cash a week
– Buy clothing that expresses individual style and has a fantastic price (I’m going to start buying sweaters and knits. I don’t do much layering.)
– Get at least a 3.3 GPA in all of my classes
– Receive my Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate
– Continue to exercise
– Learn another language (Spanish, Italian or Japanese)
– Network in Toronto to help music career

So what have I accomplished since then? Let me tell you. Not exactly what I set out to do…

I tried recording a demo later that summer and had 2 songs done. One them was alright, but the lyrics were so contrived. So I’d like to take another stab at it someday and actually have proper stuff prepared. Maybe this year, but it isn’t high on my list (probably should be because of Japan).

Because of studying in Red Deer, I certainly did learn Italian and Spanish. I also learned German and Latin. Thanks Voice program! I now know what I am singing in classical music! I also picked up Portuguese when I was in Portugal in 2012. I can read it at least and maybe figure out what is going on.

The save money by only using cash thing was definitely inspired by Gail Vaz-Oxlade. I loved watching her shows. I’m pretty good with money (my taxes were already set for submission on January 1st), but I do spend a lot go money on food. My mission should be to bring food in every work day. I will save a lot of money I think.

As for fashion, I still like reading The Cut and GoFugYourself and Fashion Week, but I have become frugal with my fashions. Like I mentioned recently in a previous post, I wear dress pants almost all the time and almost always a button up shirt and a cardigan or blazer. Right now I am wearing jeans (shock!) and a button up with a sweater. Red in honour of Valentine’s Day! I’m kind of sappy now, I know.

My grades were pretty good in College in comparison to how awful they were in University. I was definitely in my element, that’s for sure. Plus I graduated so… Mission accomplished!

I was about to do my Grade 8 exam when I left for Red Deer, but I left before I could do it. However, I’ve played much harder material in college and sang Grade 10 pieces, so I feel like I don’t have to do it anymore. However, I do have the Grade 10 piano books. They’re fun and kind of challenging to read. Ballet takes up most of my time and my reading has become stronger and faster now thanks to the sheer volume of books I have to play.

Continue to exercise… We all know how this turned out. When I get back from Montreal, I’m going to start that running app I mentioned before. Some cardio is better than none, though what I really should be doing is weight lifting. Get some muscles!

As for other things I want to do…

2014 List:
– Bring food and tea from home for work
– Write a song every day and record a demo (before Japan)
– Start running AND lifting weights again
– Keep mastering French and Japanese
– Learn a new piece on piano every day and get it up to a good performing level
– Talk to someone I haven’t talked to in a long time every day (or at least try to reach out to them. I don’t maintain friendships as well as I could.)

I think that is plenty. A lot of daily stuff, but considering that I work almost every day, the music stuff shouldn’t be that difficult. Just gotta do it!

21-100 Things About Me (with commentary!)

Here’s the rest of the things about me.  Enjoy.

21. I’m blunt to a fault sometimes. I’ve gotten better at not being that way though. Living with 10 other people cures you of that habit quickly.  (Still blunt, but if I feel like I was too harsh, I do apologize.  Generally, people that know me know that how I say things is not a reflection of what I actually mean.  My words are more important than my tone, even if it gets me into trouble sometimes.)

22. I would take an one-on-one interview over a group interview any day.  (Still would.  Although I did successfully get a job from doing a group interview 2 years ago for a promo gig, I still like one-on-one scenarios better.)

23. Lucky Charms cereal is so good. I think the love for the super-sugary cereals comes from not having those cereals when I was a child. I was also deprived of Sodalicious, Fruit By The Foot, and other fun-time treats that would get traded over elementary lunches.  (Now when I see those types of candy, all I can see is raw sugar and it actually grosses me out.  Tastes change I suppose.)

24. I’m a sucker for Major 7th chords.  (Oh my god yes.  So good.  Also diminished chords that resolve in wonderful ways.)

25. I find it easy to predict a chord progression of a song.  (I was talking about this with my co-worker when it comes to song writing.  If we write stuff for ourselves, we tend to get too complex.  But then we think about writing simpler stuff and it hurts our souls.  This is the problem with learning music past high school.  You know too much.)

26. I enjoy lazy male vocals and female vocals with vibratos. I can”t understand what’s being said in screamo songs. Can anyone?  (Still don’t get what’s being said in metal songs when being screamed.  But I had the opportunity to assist a metal band in writing new songs.  I told the main songwriter, write in different keys, it’s no good to have 7 songs with a drop D.  But that’s a testament to how those songs are.  Can’t change tunings in between songs during a concert that easily I suppose…)

27. I have never had a pen explode on me and make an embarrassing stain on my pants or shirt.  (But I do have to deal with a lot of cat hair, thanks Edgewood.)

28. I don’t have much of a problem walking around the house in my underwear, unless there are guests in the house.  (This is something I did a lot in University.  Even baked cakes in my underwear.  Weird? Maybe.  But it was University, when else are you going to experiment with your housemates’ boundaries? Now though I have the decency to wear pjs or some form of robe around the house.  I’ve grown up a little.)

29. Every time I watch the movie Amélie, I always find something I missed the previous times I watched it.  (Haven’t watched Amelie in forever.  I don’t watch many movies anymore.  Only when cuddling with boys or watching them with friends. On my own, I can’t bring myself to watch anything.)

30. I prefer form fitting or tight yet comfortable clothes over loose clothing any day.  (I do like things that fit, though tight is out for me now.  No one needs to see that.)

31. I don’t care much for beer. Everything else alcoholic is great, and I’ll force down a beer if I have to, but I will never ask for one.  (I can’t drink any alcohol anymore.  I discovered last summer that if I drink any kind of alcohol I get sick immediately or the next day without fail.  So now I don’t drink.  And honestly, I wasn’t much of a drinker unless it was during my two years of University.  That time also involved going out to the gay bar quite often.  It was a simple time then…)

32. I love Easter chocolate. It’s my most favourite time of year because the weather is warm and the chocolate is cheap and delicious. (As I write this, I am eating a Rolo Egg. It’s pretty delectable.)  (Rolo eggs are still delicious, as are Cadbury Creme Eggs.  It does make me a bit sad that they now have the mini eggs in every colour for every season though.  Way to sell out and make your product not special anymore.)

33. I am a mouth breather, according to my friend/model/dental hygienist.  (I use an air flosser now, but I feel like it actually damages my teeth, so I am switching to good ol’ normal floss now.  My teeth are not the greatest.)

34. I will defend friends if they are being put down behind their backs.  (Still true.)

35. I read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings when I was 10. I couldn’t bring myself to watch the movie. Although, I do think I would enjoy watching the Hobbit. Bilbo… Bilbo Baggins… only three feet tall… (Bilbo… Bilbo Baggins… Greatest little hobbit of them all! I did watch the first installment of The Hobbit last year.  It was pretty good, though some of the comedy was kind of hollywood and made me groan.)

36. I love it when I start singing a song and then someone in the house will finish it and vice versa.  (This happens at work too, it’s awesome.)

37. However, I find it annoying when people who are not performing with me start trying to add in bad harmonies or vocal acrobatics in the middle of my songs. You have to start at the beginning of a song and build up to it, not just jump in there and add in whatever you want.  (This happens at Statlers.  I’ve gotten over it.  I still have a bad habit of wincing a bit when something goes wrong when someone else is singing.  I’m rooting for them to do well, I don’t want to see them fail!)

38. I’m a nerd. But I didn’t take programming in high school or university, so I don’t know how to hack into your computer, or physically put together your hard drive. But I can fix your computer in other ways. I’m handy with printers and photo-copiers as well.  (Absolutely a sign of my generation.  More so with the young kids.  EVERYONE has an iPad and a cell phone now, even if they are 5.)

39. I think the Microsoft Office Assistants are annoying. I don’t want to see you pop out and ask me, “Oh, it looks like you’re writing a letter! Want me to help you with that?”. No, thank you. I’m capable of doing it myself.  (Clipit is good for humor though.  I use Siri and my voice recognition stuff in my car too.  It works for me and I’m lazy.)

40. The greatest compliments I have ever received were after my performances. People would come up to me and say, “Thank you, your songs made me feel like this, or made me think of a time in my life.” I love knowing that the music that I play makes others feel good.  (I look back at these memories fondly.  I still get these feelings with my students and I know that when they perform or practice, they feel good and the people that are listening to it feel good too.)

Sorry about the syntax change here.  It bugs me but I am too lazy to fix it right now.  Oh snap, there’s another thing to add to the list!

  1. I enjoy reading with a glass of wine or chocolate.  (I don’t read much anymore unless it’s on the computer.  Sad.  I do have a few books I should read though.  I have one by my night stand that is begging to be read.  I used to read when I was on the TTC, but now that I drive everywhere, I just listen to Pimsleur tapes and music.)
  2. When I was a kid I used to stay up all night and read.  That stopped when I got to University.  I’ve taken up that habit again since Katimavik.  (It makes me happy to see my students with a book in their bags or reading while waiting for their parents.  I hope they don’t stop reading.)
  3. I love looking for the subtle rhythms and melodies in music and studying the lyrics.  (I still do this.  Such a nerd.)
  4. My first exposure to Japanese music came from watching Clip Trip on Much More Music.  I watched Pizzicato Five’s Tout Va Bien and I was hooked.  (This will lead to something wonderful in the future very soon!)
  5. If I studied more in that field, I would love to run a show like Clip Trip, or The Loop.  (I am not well versed in the field of media, even though I did work at a radio station for a year.  Shows like that wouldn’t work anymore because we don’t show music videos anymore, but there are other options!)
  6. I have never toured the CHUM Building in Toronto, but I want to and plan on doing it this summer.  Some Torontoian I am.  (Still haven’t toured the CHUM Building, but I did sit in on a taping of the Marilyn Dennis Show.  It was fun.)
  7. Synthesized strings in serious ballads annoy me and take away from the emotion of the song.  (I’m a bit of a snob that way.  I still like real instruments over synths.)
  8. I have so many things I want to do in life, I wonder if I’ll have time to do it all.  (This does not count as a “Thing” about me. Way to phone it in, Edward.)
  9. I don’t do anything for April Fool’s or for Poisson Avril.  No fools or fish here.  (I still don’t.  I generally don’t like being pranked.  Ain’t my style.)
  10. Spring to Summer is my favourite seasonal transition.  (Still true.  I love it when it gets warm.  I love busting out sweaters in the Fall too.  Plus I get to wear boots and sneakers.  Bit more variety in the wardrobe is nice.)
  11. I enjoy going to art museums and wandering around.  (Don’t do this enough at all.  FAIL.)
  12. I have yet to buy any souvenirs for my family.  It’s probably because they have all been to the same places I have been living in for the last 7 months.  (I didn’t get them any souvenirs because we’ve travelled to all parts of Canada except the territories and I think the could live without a “I LOVE WINTERPEG” t-shirt.)
  13. I try to find things to look forward to in life.  (Still have that positive outlook.  For example, I am looking forward to Japan in June.  For REAL.  It’s my dream coming true.)
  14. Sometimes when I’m bored and listening to a song, I wonder what the artist is doing at that moment in time.  (I still make this remark when I am out with friends and hear a song somewhere.  I can’t tune out music.)
  15. I’d rather do something right the first time than half-ass it.  (Still true.)
  16. I pick up random romance novels for fun and open up the page to see if it has any hilariously written love making scenes in it.  (Aw yeah! Still fun!)
  17. Bad resumés make me wonder how those people got jobs in the first place.  (And lord have I seen some bad resumes in my time! Also see how anal I am? I used the accent on resumes.  Now I don’t care quite as much.)
  18. I’ve seen almost all of the Star Wars movies (except for the most recent one) but I couldn’t tell you what happened in any of them.  (Uh… I couldn’t really tell you what happened in all the Star Wars movies but I’ve seen them is like saying, I can’t tell you the history of the United States, but I’ve went on vacation there? Fail.)
  19. I get more intellectual satisfaction out of reading a book than watching a movie.  (True, although I do get wrapped up in movies and always feel like I’m in a daze after.  I like immersion.)

60.  I have a soft spot in my heart for documentaries.  (Yet I don’t actively watch them.  I don’t really like them quite as much as I think I do.  They’re interesting in theory but I have to be in the mood for them.)

61. I wore an argyle sweater today and was deemed by my co-workers that it was like I was being forced to wear it to Grandpa’s Christmas party.  It was kind of cute, but not my style.  (This must of been during Coach or BR I think? It was just after Katimavik and just before I was going to do Gerontology and then cancelled it.)

 

62. I don’t do much layering in my fashion.  Usually it’s just a polo or a t-shirt or a button up shirt with nothing underneath.  I plan on changing that.  Maybe I won’t die from the cold as much.  (I don’t own any polo shirts now and I don’t layer unless it’s a button up with a cardigan.  Or a full on suit.  Sign of the times and my job.)

63. Since I was born 4 months pre-mature, I don’t have any body fat which means I am very susceptible to cold (it’s super effective?) (I don’t think that’s because of being pre-mature, I think that’s just because I am thin.  I still have this problem.  It’s the wind.)

64. I am a tad comma happy.  I like using compound sentences and conjunctions.  (This is still in my writing today! It’s a problem, maybe… SEE?!)

65. I like biographies.  (They are fun to read but again, like Documentaries, I haven’t read any recently at all.)

66. When I look in the mirror, I get a surge of happiness.  I didn’t feel that way about myself until I started High School.  (Very true still.  It’s how I feel better about myself.  Making funny faces is also hilarious too, I did that with one of my students recently to get them to shake out the silliness so we could focus on playing the piano.)

67. I didn’t have the best Elementary School years.  Lemens Ill Pubic Scoo was not too kind to me.  I got picked on a lot ’cause I was scrawny (once again, lack of body fat).  (I also acted very feminine during that time.  I would grow up more in high school and even more after University.)

68. I don’t talk much about my past because nothing exciting happened until I got to University.  (Not so much that it’s not exciting, but because I didn’t have many friends in elementary.  They were all in other schools.  Most of my friends were in extra-curriculars.)

69. I miss some people in Windsor, but I don’t miss the city.  As Mik once said, “It’s the city that smells like ass and roses.” I couldn’t agree more.  The Detroit River smells awful.  (Still does.  And I don’t miss it.  I don’t miss Cambridge that much either, but I do like going back there for the Chocolate and for walking around.  It’s actually a very pretty downtown area.)

70. I don’t consider my ex-boyfriends as ex-boyfriends.  I call them my friends because that’s what they are to me now.  (This is true for Mik.  That’s about it.  Everyone else is an ex.)

71. I consider not being out to your parents (at least) or your immediate family to be a deal breaker.  (It still kind of is… but I know that some people try to, so it’s not a complete deal breaker.  It’s if they don’t try at all and want to keep it secret selfishly… then I have a problem.  I’m not saying you have to tell them, but if they ever meet me, they’re going to have questions.)

72. I don’t watch Oprah or Tyra, although I do find them amusing if I’m really bored and happen to be in front of a television.  In fact, I don’t watch much TV anymore.  I used to when I was a child but I just don’t have the time (it’s all taken up by work and learning).  (Still don’t watch TV.  Internet yes, but see previous post.)

73. I spend most of my time on the Internet instead, watching television from there (ha!).  (I should learn to read down before typing.)

74. I love my MacBook, but I wish the keyboard was built more ergonomically.  (I’ve gotten used to it, it’s fine now.  Though my MacBook is pretty grody now.  I should buy a new one someday…)

75. I love live bands, theatre, opera, orchestras, anything! I’d rather be there than watch it.  (Yes to that, but I don’t go to see them often because I am always working when it’s happening.  Sunday matinees are really the only time.)

76. I’ve never had a jam session.  (That changed when I got to Red Deer.  Jam class was fun though my voice is not suited for pop/rock music.  I’m pretty old school/classical/Josh Groban-esque type.)

77. I’ve never performed with a band.  Only with an accompanist or as a duet.  (Did this in Red Deer.  It was fun.)

78. I love fragrances.  My most recent purchase was Banana Republic’s Cordovan.  It came out last year and I love it.  (Still like fragrances a lot, but I find most of the men’s stuff now smells really sweet, like rockets… why is that a thing? I have BR’s Blue Summer and it smells awesome on me.  I do best with clean fresh scents.)

79. I would like to create my own music box one day.  (Still would.  Need to write a kick-ass melody for it.)

80. When I was a kid, I used to slide down the stairs steps because we weren’t allowed to slide down on the pole.  (If I became a stripper, that’d be the start of a good joke.  But sliding down stair steps is fun too.  Obviously don’t do that anymore.  Hardwood floors hurt, man!)

81. I only drink Coke or Pepsi when it is mixed with alcohol or in Slushie form.  (Slushies are ok, though I can only do smalls now.  The larger sizes make no sense to me.  Can’t do the alcohol thing.  This isn’t Windsor.)

82. I enjoy natural silences in conversations.  (Still do.  They’re there for a reason!)

83. Dying does not freak me out.  Since I worked at a Palliative Care Centre, it’s not such a scary thing anymore.  (When my time comes, it’ll come.  I gotta make the most of my life now.)

84. I cringe a little when I hear bones cracking.  It used to be much worse, but I became desensitized after someone cracked almost every bone in their body.  (Still grosses me out.  Also tooth wiggling.  Some of my students have teeth that are growing out and … uggggh.)

85. I can’t watch operations.  (True.  Not my cup of tea.)

86. I’ve always enjoyed random shows on the History Channel, but I never turn on the TV to watch the History Channel.  Or Discovery.  (Now they show a lot more reality, so good for them for getting with the times.  At least they’re making money?)

87. When I study something, it is best done in a library.  If I have music on, I will listen to the music and not read my book.  My brain’s priority starts with music and works its way down.  (TRUE.  TVs have the same effect on me.)

88. I have a key chain, coin, and world instrument collection from when I was a child.  All of those things are collecting dust on my bookshelf and I wonder why I collected key chains.  I understand coins because that 2000 Millenium coin is going to be worth something some day, and the world instruments will come in handy should I need maracas or a bamboo flute on my album, but key chains? (I still have those musical instruments.  Not gonna use them in an album, but they’re nice to have.)

89. I want to see Gone With The Wind but I still have not roused myself to do it.  I’m a terrible gay.  Yet I know exactly how fabulous Vivian Leigh was in that film thanks to the gay hype.  (I still have not seen that movie.  I did finally see Breakfast At Tiffany’s with my used-to-live-in-Winnipeg-friend Daniel, which was very nice.  Cuddling and watching a movie is awesome.)

90. When I do have a music career, I am going to do whatever I can not to end up like this guy.  His first album title? Even The Ladies Love Him.  I only know about this because it was one of the gay CDs that I found in the Safe Space in Windsor.  I wonder who bought that CD in the first place… (The sad part is when I worked in radio at a gay radio station, we got lots of cds like that.  People using their sexuality to give their album a point is sad.  George Michael and Elton John didn’t do that.  Let your music do the talking please.)

91. My first job was at a dollar store.  Pretty exciting times.  (All of the employees were women.  There was a lot of drama, backstabbing, and anger.  I just needed a job.)

92. I could wear Cabbage Patch Doll clothes when I was a baby.  (They’re still in a bag in my photo album.) 

93. I loved the movie Waking Life.  (Have not seen it since.)

94. I have a hard time completing projects that I start.  Since I admitted that last year, it’s been easier for me to follow through.  Katimavik solidified that quality for me.  (This blog counts I suppose… but I am posting every day so far, so it’s working.  I just gotta set a schedule and stick to it.  That’s the best way for me to operate.)

95. Our family used to have a rotary phone.  Now it’s collecting dust in a box somewhere.  But I know how to use it.  That gives me an edge over the people born in the ’90s.  (I loved that rotary phone… I wonder where it is now…)

96. My favorite show when I was a kid was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Who doesn’t know the theme song or seen one of the terribly awesome movies(Yeah, childhood nostalgia! Love it.)

97. I have never said “Cowabunga” in my life.  Sounds kind of dirty.  (I am not as cool as Mikey.  Never will be.)

98. Even though I’ve learned about how deja vu works, it still is interesting to me.  (It’s still interesting and it still happens, though not quite as frequently.)

99. I usually think with my heart first and my head second.  (Depends on the situation but yes, usually it’s my heart.  My head comes into play after the fact.)

100. I plan on traveling a lot throughout my life.  (Just getting started.  Portugal 2 years ago, lived in Red Deer 4 years ago, going to Japan in 6 months and then who knows where?)

That’s it! 100 Things with commentary.  Off to go teach!

1-20 Things About Me, revisited

I promised to do this, and here it is.  If you wanna read my original 100 Things (plus some Katima-shenanigans) , you can follow the can check out the category at the bottom of the page (I’m too lazy at this moment to do a link… they’ve changed where things are on this thing and it SCARES me).

Commentary time (in parentheses and italics for extra insight).  Let’s see how 5 years has changed me.

  1. I don’t doodle or draw all over things.  Right now, I’m using a laptop that my room-mate used to own (he was going to toss it out because the monitor didn’t work.  I fixed it by attaching a monitor cord to it) and he doodled all over the keyboard with sharpie.  I find doodling all over something makes it more ugly.  (I was never a “doodler” when I grew up.  I have no visual artistic talent, so if I drew all over something, it would become hideous I’m sure… Why would you ruin something by spewing your artistry all over it? There are exceptions of course, but generally it does not end well.)
  2. I am spontaneous sometimes.  Not in the “Let’s pack our bags right now and go on a trip to Cuba for a week” spontaneous, but in the “I saw something that was so you that I just have to tell you about it and I haven’t talked to you in a while” kind of way.  I found a book sitting in the bookshelf a few seconds ago and it was Oscar Wilde’s classic The Picture of Dorian Gray.  I called Mik (who loves the book to death) to tell him that I found a copy and thought of him.  That, and to say hi.  (I am still friends with Mik and we do keep in touch.  I still have not read The Picture of Dorian Gray.  When I see things, I still do text or call people to tell them about it, though it doesn’t come up quite as often since I live at work now.)
  3. Poetry books are my guilty pleasure.  Some people have Nick Carter, others have watching bad soap operas, some may even have reading Perez Hilton (not guilty) at work, but mine is well written poetry.  (I do enjoy poetry still, though I don’t read it quite as much.  You will find me reading sheet music more often than prose.  Sensing a pattern here… Also, bad soap operas can be hilarious.  I have grown to like so-bad-its-good stuff, like The Room, or Judge Judy.  I still like recaps and snark the best though, I can’t stomach watching Real Housewives of Insert State or Province here… God, Vancouver makes me so sad.  Once again, Canada is too late to join something so trashy.  See the 80s.)
  4. I am on a never-ending quest to create a wardrobe of my own that has clothes that are unique, interesting, and, of course, fashionable.  (Wow.  I actually don’t shop for clothes much anymore.  I still have a plethora of kick-ass underwear and I am making a goal to collect lounge/sleepwear from every country, but I hardly ever drop money on clothes unless it’s for work.  I rarely wear jeans now, it’s dress shirts and dress pants all the time and I like it.)
  5. Sad novels, movies, and pictures can make me tear up, but have never pushed me to crying.  Music, on the other hand, can and did, twice. (Both Sides Now, the 2000 version that was used in Love Actually, and when performed on its own can make me cry EVERY TIME.  Also It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green when sung at Jim Henson’s funeral by Big Bird.  I love melancholy and minor endings to songs.  So delicious.)
  6. If I am performing a song in public, I always make sure that I know the words the song.  There isn’t anything more embarrassing than forgetting the words to a song in front of an audience.  (This is still true, but it’s true for all singers.  No one wants to forget the words on stage.  It’s mortifying.  I do love watching bad auditions and when songs and performances go horribly wrong though.)
  7. I want to try para-sailing.  (Still haven’t done it.  Maybe could of done it 2 years ago in Portugal, but didn’t.  I should make that a goal.)
  8. If my skin was clearer, I would be insanely confident all the time.  (My skin has good days and bad days and I have accepted that.  This is why I have facial masks for when my skin breaks out from shaving too quickly.  Overall though, my skin is better.  I hate it when my nose breaks out from when I have a cold though.  Too much irritation and I look like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  My body still gets pimples too, but I’m more over it now.  People are more concerned about themselves than what they see on other people.)
  9. I enjoy all types of music.  I used to say that exact phrase and add in, “except honky-tonk country music”.  But then that wouldn’t be true, would it? Being here in the Prairies has allowed me to enjoy it a little.  (I don’t mind country, but I don’t actively listen to it.  This is the same for most music as I only listen to the radio when I am in someone else’s car.  What do I listen to most often nowadays? Classical music, Game OSTs, and some Japanese stuff.  What can I say, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is kind of catchy and I still love Shibuya-kei style music.  I like Yasutaka Nakata’s production style.  It’s complex and danceable.)
  10. It irks me to see things spelled wrong (see earlier in the post with hippy and hippie).  (Still does.  I know I spell things wrong too so I should be more empathetic.)
  11. As I help out high-school students with their school work, I realize that their work isn’t so bad and it can be done relatively quickly if you just focus.  Why it took me two years of University and Katimavik for me to figure that out, I do not know.  (I still feel this way and I wish I had known that when I was in high school.  Even just the sense of “It’s only two pages and it’ll take me 10 minutes to do” would of been nice.  When I do theory with my students, I try to make it as fun as possible, in honor of my favourite theory instructor, Malcolm Bell.)
  12. I yawn a lot.  When I think about yawning, or someone mentions it, it happens.  You aren’t boring me, I’m just lacking oxygen.  (I still yawn quite a bit, it’s pretty bad.  I try so hard to avoid it during ballet, but when I sit and wait, I end up yawning.  I am definitely not bored during classes.)
  13. My hands are almost always cold.  Cold hands, warm heart, my mother used to say.  (Still true! My feet are always cold as well.)
  14. I was born 4 months pre-mature.  I should of been born in March, but I had other plans.  (I must do a speech at the hospital where I was born to show parents that pre-mature babies can turn out just fine.)
  15. Religion is fascinating to me, but I do not follow a certain one (unless Tolerance is a religion now).  (Still not sure on this one.  I still think I can be a good human being without it.)
  16. I know that I will inevitably become a full-time musician one day.  It is just a matter of when I have enough money to support myself while pursuing my dream.  For now though, I will be a gerontologist which is I love as well.  (As much as I love gerontology, I would end up declining the colleges that accepted me for the program and end up in Red Deer, AB studying music.  A past vocal teacher once said to me, “If you love something enough, money will follow” and she’s absolutely right.  I love music and I am so happy to love what I do every day.  The next step for me is to figure out what I want to do next.)
  17. I have seen sides of people that very few other people get to see.  I am easy to open up to and trust.  I keep confidentiality.  (I think everyone has seen sides of people that others don’t get to see.  I am still easy to open up to and trust, but that is because I learned to be a good listener from Social Work.  I am supremely patient with others and I am easy to read.  I tend to keep what others say to myself, but that does get me into trouble sometimes.)
  18. I leave messages on phones and I am not very fond of texting (something that my parents have beat into me because texting is expensive, and words alone can be so impersonal and misinterpreted).  I would rather hear or see a person face-to-face than exchange pleasantries over the Internet.  (I do text quite a bit now, but if there is a human right in front of me, the phone goes away.  I hate it when people pull out their phones while we’re having a conversation.  It’s one thing to check something, but when you have to check a text and reply to it, that person can wait.  Or excuse yourself.  As for the last part, A MILLION TIMES YES THIS IS STILL TRUE FOR ME.  I still don’t do online dating/grindr/gay.com/insert other sites here.  I am old-fashioned I suppose.  I like meeting people face to face and asking them out if they look interested because it’s a real time interaction and if I get rejected, so be it.  It is what it is.)
  19. When I eat chocolate, I have to remind myself to savour the chocolate and not just bite down and finish it in 2 seconds.  (I still don’t savour chocolate, and it doesn’t help that there’s a never ending supply of it at the house thanks to my Mother going to Montreal every other week.  There’s a Lindt factory outlet there, so there’s always a box… super dangerous.  But I do try to savour Reid’s Ginger Chocolate.  It’s still the best and my favourite chocolate in the world.)
  20. Sometimes I will write little witty notes on tests that I mark.  For instance, on a psych test I marked on Friday, a student wrote, “I don’t know, lol!”.  I wrote underneath, “lol, don’t write that.  It is bad form.  kthx.”  (Since I don’t mark tests anymore, I don’t do this.  But I do draw smiley faces or use crayons for little kids.  I get creative sometimes!)

There you have it.  20 things about me revisited.  Stay tuned for more stuff like this.  Off to work!

Finishing Surveys and Taking Shifts

I’m going to be working every day for the next week.  I might be breaking a rule according to one of my managers.  Guess they don’t like it when someone works too much.  Shifts needed to be taken and I am taking what I can get.  I’m a gay college student! I live beyond my means! A champagne lifestyle on a beer budget!

Because of the financial woes that could potentially be on the horizon (college expenses), I’m going to have an allowance by drawing out a certain amount of money a week.  I can’t trust myself to write down all of my purchases for budgeting.  Starting tomorrow, I will take out a certain amount of money and spend it only for that week.  

Now that it’s on this blog, it is set in stone.  There’s not too much happening in this post, so let me do something exciting by finishing this meme.

81-100 Things About Me:

81. I only drink Coke or Pepsi when it is mixed with alcohol or in Slushie form.  

82. I enjoy natural silences in conversations.

83. Dying does not freak me out.  Since I worked at a Palliative Care Centre, it’s not such a scary thing anymore.

84. I cringe a little when I hear bones cracking.  It used to be much worse, but I became desensitized after someone cracked almost every bone in their body.

85. I can’t watch operations.

86. I’ve always enjoyed random shows on the History Channel, but I never turn on the TV to watch the History Channel.  Or Discovery.

87. When I study something, it is best done in a library.  If I have music on, I will listen to the music and not read my book.  My brain’s priority starts with music and works its way down.

88. I have a key chain, coin, and world instrument collection from when I was a child.  All of those things are collecting dust on my bookshelf and I wonder why I collected key chains.  I understand coins because that 2000 Millenium coin is going to be worth something some day, and the world instruments will come in handy should I need maracas or a bamboo flute on my album, but key chains?

89. I want to see Gone With The Wind but I still have not roused myself to do it.  I’m a terrible gay.  Yet I know exactly how fabulous Vivian Leigh was in that film thanks to the gay hype.

90. When I do have a music career, I am going to do whatever I can not to end up like this guy.  His first album title? Even The Ladies Love Him.  I only know about this because it was one of the gay CDs that I found in the Safe Space in Windsor.  I wonder who bought that CD in the first place…

91. My first job was at a dollar store.  Pretty exciting times.

92. I could wear Cabbage Patch Doll clothes when I was a baby.

93. I loved the movie Waking Life.

94. I have a hard time completing projects that I start.  Since I admitted that last year, it’s been easier for me to follow through.  Katimavik solidified that quality for me.

95. Our family used to have a rotary phone.  Now it’s collecting dust in a box somewhere.  But I know how to use it.  That gives me an edge over the people born in the ’90s.

96. My favorite show when I was a kid was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Who doesn’t know the theme song or seen one of the terribly awesome movies?

97. I have never said “Cowabunga” in my life.  Sounds kind of dirty.

98. Even though I’ve learned about how deja vu works, it still is interesting to me.

99. I usually think with my heart first and my head second.

100. I plan on traveling a lot throughout my life.

Progress

An e-mail has been sent to the Eaton Centre.  Now to play the waiting game to see if they will take me on.  After work today I went on a little shopping spree.  I now have an outfit for the party tomorrow.  There is a little change in plans because after the party ends at midnight, I’ve decided to take whoever wants to come along to the Best Chest Contest at Woody’s.  Should be a lot of fun.  I intend on taking pictures!  

I tried to learn 10 new hiragana symbols today but my brain just wasn’t into it.  Since I have time tomorrow, I will learn those and maybe a few others.  It’s better to know them cold than to know them a little.  I’m set for my lessons tomorrow in vocals and piano.  Squee.  

Tomorrow’s post (or Friday’s) will be way more eventful than this.  In order to inject some excitement, I’m going to continue the 1-100 Random Things About Me Quiz that I stopped doing a long time ago! Here is 61-80!

61. I wore an argyle sweater today and was deemed by my co-workers that it was like I was being forced to wear it to Grandpa’s Christmas party.  It was kind of cute, but not my style.

62. I don’t do much layering in my fashion.  Usually it’s just a polo or a t-shirt or a button up shirt with nothing underneath.  I plan on changing that.  Maybe I won’t die from the cold as much.

63. Since I was born 4 months pre-mature, I don’t have any body fat which means I am very susceptible to cold (it’s super effective?)

64. I am a tad comma happy.  I like using compound sentences and conjunctions.

65. I like biographies.

66. When I look in the mirror, I get a surge of happiness.  I didn’t feel that way about myself until I started High School.  

67. I didn’t have the best Elementary School years.  Lemens Ill Pubic Scoo was not too kind to me.  I got picked on a lot ’cause I was scrawny (once again, lack of body fat).

68. I don’t talk much about my past because nothing exciting happened until I got to University.

69. I miss some people in Windsor, but I don’t miss the city.  As Mik once said, “It’s the city that smells like ass and roses.” I couldn’t agree more.  The Detroit River smells awful.  

70. I don’t consider my ex-boyfriends as ex-boyfriends.  I call them my friends because that’s what they are to me now.

71. I consider not being out to your parents (at least) or your immediate family to be a deal breaker.

72. I don’t watch Oprah or Tyra, although I do find them amusing if I’m really bored and happen to be in front of a television.  In fact, I don’t watch much TV anymore.  I used to when I was a child but I just don’t have the time (it’s all taken up by work and learning).

73. I spend most of my time on the Internet instead, watching television from there (ha!).  

74. I love my MacBook, but I wish the keyboard was built more ergonomically.

75. I love live bands, theatre, opera, orchestras, anything! I’d rather be there than watch it.

76. I’ve never had a jam session.

77. I’ve never performed with a band.  Only with an accompanist or as a duet.

78. I love fragrances.  My most recent purchase was Banana Republic’s Cordovan.  It came out last year and I love it.

79. I would like to create my own music box one day.

80. When I was a kid, I used to slide down the stairs steps because we weren’t allowed to slide down on the pole.

Future List

I was reading over the first post of my blog a few days ago and I noticed that I had made of list of things I wanted to do next summer after Katimavik:

Looking forward to next summer, I’m going to do the following:

– Take singing, alto sax, guitar, or dancing lessons, and possibly get my Grade 8 piano.

– Work out and gain an upper body.

– Improve on fashion more.

– Learn sign language and improve French.

– Post more in this blog.

– Find out what I want to do with my future career-wise: Music or Social Work?

– Visit friends in other towns more.

I can say that I have or am starting to accomplish most of those things in that list, except for the sign language (I’m going to be learning Italian, Spanish, or Japanese instead), and taking sax, guitar, or dancing lessons (I opted for vocals).  Everything else I’ve done during Katimavik and I am continuing to do now.  I’m doing exercises and becoming stronger and more filled out on the upper half of my body.  I’m even more aware of what’s in for next season in the Fall since coming back to Banana (structured jackets, all black, and panda eyes) and reading WhoWhatWear (love that site).  I made a commitment to post more back in September… but I’m definitely holding up my end of the bargain now at least.  I found out during Katimavik that Gerontology is what I want to do as a safety net for my music career.  I had a visit in London last night and I’ve been to Cambridge a few times over the summer so far.

The sub-conscious mind is a powerful thing.  I never thought about that list when I was setting out to complete these goals, I just wanted to learn or improve some skills.  May as well continue this idea and make a list of things to accomplish for next summer:

– Get a demo recorded with original songs

– Save money by only using so much cash a week

– Buy clothing that expresses individual style and has a fantastic price (I’m going to start buying sweaters and knits.  I don’t do much layering.)

– Get at least a 3.3 GPA in all of my classes

– Receive my Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate

– Continue to exercise

– Learn another language (Spanish, Italian or Japanese)

– Network in Toronto to help music career

What about everyone else? How do you realize your future goals?

The Post With Many Links

Contrary to what I said in my last post, I did not work until 6 today.  I was reminded by my supervisor and my iTouch that I was working until 9.  No big deal.  I guess my brain figured that I worked until 6 every day.  Tomorrow I am most definitely working until 6, no question about it.

I scheduled my physical for college, so all is well… oh! I gotta register for classes! Must save draft! … Well, I tried to register but my account isn’t functioning for some reason.  I shall call tomorrow morning and get to the bottom of things.  Tomorrow is also the day I perform for a bunch of drunk gay people! I think I’m going to play the following:

  1. Mika Nakashima’s FAKE (without vocals but with awesome jazz piano because no one will understand Japanese) Ohhh… I encountered a bad rendition of some poor cos-player “singing” it at a convention of some sort.  I should really go to one of those things to perform.  I would kick serious ass.
  2. Sarah Slean’s Day One (bad sound quality, sorry). Got to have at least one up-beat song, right?
  3. Emm Gryner’s Blackwinged Bird (with vocals of course) to close the set.  I’m going to dedicate this song to my Katima-people.

I’m looking forward to performing on a piano again which I haven’t done in quite a while.  Not only that, to have a microphone with the piano for once? Sweet jesus.  

Holy shit.  I actually felt that thunder hit something close to the house.  I didn’t mention it was storming outside but… it’s storming outside.  Now you know.  That photo post I talked about will come later on in the week.  Friday seems like a good day to do it as it is a day when I do not work.  To make up for the wait…

Here’s an -Ing Thing!

Secretly Buying:

A couple of days ago I bought (so it isn’t really buying at all.  A false -Ing Thing) 2 types of CK Underwear and a blue silk shirt (which I am debating on wearing tomorrow for the performance or for the party… if it’s nice out, it’s going to be worn at the performance… one of the new pairs of underwear too) from my work (something that fits?! WHAAAAAAT?!).  I know I’m not supposed to buy anything but I enjoy having underwear at my disposal (that sounds terrible, but what I mean to say is that I enjoy underwear the same way that women buy shoes or purses.  Maybe I should of applied at the CK Underwear store again and forced them to only interview me for there and not for the Calvin Klein store that is in a mall that I can’t drive to) and the shirt was cheap. 

Needing:

To work out more.  I need to up my reps in everything: push-ups, sit-ups, going to start these ab exercises (be warned, there is bad music afoot and a minute of a useless intro)… We’ll see how that goes.

Playing:

I’ve started to play Final Fantasy Tactics when I’m bored of everything else (which won’t be the case in a few days with all the lessons and whatnot).  I’m not a huge fan of strategy games, but I do like FF, so it evens out.

Listening:

Oh god.  I remember when I first read about this group I told myself I wasn’t going to listen to them because they’re just so… Perfume? I figured I wouldn’t enjoy them, but as I was working today, a song came on that was similar to one that I heard a 30 second clip of (you can even learn how to do the dance!).  Now I can’t get it out of my head.  I think I’m going to have to download their album now.  

However, if there’s one J-Pop artist that I don’t intend on listening to, it’s Leah Dizon.  I’m sorry, her voice is too soft and quiet (they drown her out with the backing track).  I’ve seen her live performances and they are just terrible.  Granted, it is difficult to sing and dance at the same time, but there’s better than this.  She’s trying to be the next Britney or something by impressing everyone with her dance moves and it’s working.  If a Race Queen/Model turned singer can make it big… It gives me hope for my music career in Japan (you won’t see me dancing though).

Loving:

Now I’m going to practice for tomorrow.  The best thing about not having anyone else in the house? I can perform in my robe and no one can stop me.

I have great expectations for the future.

Long overdue -Ing Thing:

Wanting:

I didn’t believe it when I first flipped through the Spring/Summer ’08 Wish Book for Sears, but they actually have some clothing that I like and could possibly rock (if it’s small enough.  I need to measure myself.)  I want this and especially this.  But I have no money, so I’m going to be saving my Katima-money until I can order it.  Hopefully they will still have sizes by the time I get enough cash.

Missing:

I need to go buy another loofah.  Somehow I have mis-placed it.  I miss the exfoliation.  Also, our house is running out of hand soap and body wash.

Needing:

To do laundry.  Tomorrow I’m going to get ‘er done, first thing in the morning.  In inspiration of a post by RJ March I read a little while ago, I’m going to be wearing scrubs around the house tomorrow.  They are so comfy.  I also need to buy phone cards.

Resolving:

To drink more water.  I don’t ever drink enough, and I know my body and skin will thank me later when I’m hydrated and fresh-faced for the warmer weather ahead.

Wondering:

When I get back to Toronto in June, what am I going to do about jobs? Usually when it comes to me and the summer, I am working 3 jobs, and it’s become a running gag in our family (Eh Mon! Time to go to work! Unfortunately this does not seem to exist on YouTube.  Instead, I present to you, Men on Film 2.) I know that I have 2 jobs for sure, but is that enough to save for college? Guess I will find out at a later date.

Today was my co-house manager’s birthday.  Now she can vote and drink in certain provinces.  It’s funny, when I turned 18, I didn’t see what the big draw was.  I could vote, look at adult situations, and buy lottery tickets (and come out to my parents who visited me that weekend).  19 was tame as well.  I didn’t get plastered or anything.  Not that I wanted to, but you always hear stories of how wild and crazy people’s birthdays were.  I’m glad I don’t have birthdays like that.  But, it would be nice to have a lavish party.  Perhaps on my friend’s birthday (June 12th! You better believe we are partying, Stella!) I will do something awesome in celebration of that day being my half birthday.

I got a fortune cookie today after going to a Chinese food birthday lunch at Red Star and it said, “You will find romance soon.” I always keep fortunes in my pockets and I toss them in the trash when they come true.  I won’t be tossing this out at least until I’m done Katimavik.

I finished reading Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson.  It was turned into a major motion picture starring Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon back in 1999.  I have never seen the movie, but now I think I will so I can compare it to the book.  It would be interesting to see how much they cut out of a 500+ page novel.

I just listened to the song that k.d. lang wrote for the movie (which I had heard before I read the book a while back) and now that I’ve read the novel, I can completely see where she got the words to write the song.  I love k.d. lang’s voice.  She has the richest, powerful alto ever.  I would really like to see her live someday.

Speaking of seeing things live, I am going to go see the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra this Saturday and the Winnipeg Opera on Thursday with some music students of the high school.  There will be a chance to talk with the conductor and ask questions on Saturday, and it’s a dress rehearsal on Thursday for the Opera.  I am so lucky to go and experience these things.  I love listening to beautifully crafted music and seeing composers interpret another composers works.  I love the fact that I can not predict how a song will shift, or be pleasantly surprised if I guess correctly.  It would be so cool to meet the opera singers backstage after their show.

I’m definitely going to make an effort to see more artists this summer, or at least go check out more live music.

Tagged

An interruption from The Hills Watching Extravaganza

I have come to terms with my room-mate’s snoring habit. I figure that he gets what is coming to him because when I want to stop him from snoring, I have to get out of my warm comfy bed, take 5 steps, kick him (which prompts him to say “Ow” in his sleep), and retrace my steps and try to warm up my cold bed. Every 2 hours. It’s just a fact of my Katima-life.

On Sunday our group attended the Oak Hammock Marsh Parrot and Beach party. It wasn’t much of a party for the parrots because there was only 2. 2 out of 50 parrots showed up due to the grey skies, which later cleared up nicely. The day went on anyway and we learned how to Salsa dance. Just the basics with turns and the waterfall move.

After dancing, we rounded up people for the fashion show and started to get ready. The fashion show theme was “What not to wear to the beach followed by what to wear to the beach”. So some of us wore tacky clothing to show what not to wear, and later on we walked out in our beach wear. I wore the following:

  1. Red Billabong board shorts with a white GAP (RED) hoodie
  2. Black and grey Billabong surf top with TYR surf shorts (oh Lycra, you are so comfortable)
  3. White Billabong board shorts with the same hoodie as before with white sunglasses

When the show ended, I was approached by the man who ran the event and he asked another participant and I if we were models. We looked like we had done it before (which was true in a way because of the Parade de Mode in Montréal), and we must of looked good. There were pictures taken, but we don’t have them yet. Although today we did receive a blown up picture of our group on the roof. Oak Hammock Marsh has a green roof that serves as a great observation deck, a fantastic place to have lunch when it’s warm, and a feeding place for the birds. Hopefully more pictures will arrive soon in a digital form.

Because of Spring Break for the schools, I get to work at Oak Hammock Marsh this week. On Monday I got trained on how to use the theatre and do slide-shows and movies as well as work with the day camp. The next day I did a slide-show, face painting, and story time with the children that visited. Today I showed a film, did an hour and a half of face painting, and just generally hung out around the exhibits and learned stuff about the wetlands. I really enjoy working here, but I’m glad that I get to back to the school in 2 weeks (I’m house managing next week). My face painting improves with each child’s face or cheek I paint. It’s pretty amazing that I can develop such a skill. Drawing is my only weakness in the arts. It just takes practice I suppose. Much like anything else.

On Monday night, my Dad and Brother Unit #2 visited. I was so glad to see them. My sister-in-law’s mother is a chocolate maker, and she gave the Katima-group a lot of chocolate (left over from Easter, but it was still good and very delectable). I also got my broken watch back from the Bay, a pair of shoes I can wear for spring, and a credit card bill (there has to be some business on the trip).

We went out to a Chinese Buffet (ironically named Goody Foody). It was definitely Chinese-Canadian style. Almost everything was deep-fried, and there was hardly any vegetables in sight, except for the two stir-fry dishes. The bus boy that was working there had nice hair, and it reminded me that I need to buy hairspray and wax. As we were walking out, we found a man passed out in the foyer of the restaurant. I’m glad we found him as we were walking out, not as we were walking in (although if we did, then we would of ate at Joey’s bar, which had a Cabana bar attached… can you say gay?).

After eating not so goody foody, we killed a little time at the hotel my dad and brother were staying at by watching television and drinking rye and cokes. We found a disturbing “art” dance show on Bravo! (Bravo! and Showtime are one in the same, I swear).  In one scene, there was a man pacing back and forth and a woman sitting on the couch. The man stops pacing and the woman tilts her head back and points her leg upwards. Blackout. Next scene there are two women wearing dance tights and artistically “wrestling”, complete with soft-core porn grunts. I wanted to change it, but my father and my brother wouldn’t have any of it. I am officially scarred for life. Thanks, Bravo!

We finished our rye and cokes and then went to Silver City to see A Superhero Movie, a parody of a bunch of superhero movies. Go rent it. It isn’t worth the price of admission, but I thought Leslie Nielson was fantastic as always. There are a few laughs, but it’s not comic gold. It was 9ish when the movie was done and my brother decided that we should go have some drinks at the hotel bar.

Our drinks were great, but our service was mediocre. People that sat down after us, had 4 drinks, 2 appetizers, and left before us were served way better than we were. We left no tip, and I’m pretty sure they complained to the manager in the morning when they left to go back to Ontario. We would of complained on the night of, but the manager looked like an idiot who knew nothing (that, and he fidgeted with his hands and kept wringing his fingers. Very sketchy). I was driven home and I decided that I would never drink in another hotel bar again.

I had had a drink in a hotel bar before, with Jeffrey, in the Best Western of Montréal. They screwed up our orders. I asked for a Cosmopolitan for Jeff and I, and I received a vodka and orange juice, while Jeff got a cranberry and vodka. Hmm. Not right. Are all hotel bar staff not competent in all aspects of their jobs?

Last night was physical activity, and my committee had planned on going to the school to play floor hockey.  When we got there, we remembered that the school was closed for Spring Break.  So we decided to do a Billy Blanks Tae-Bo video instead.  It was actually a work out.  The video itself was kind of terrible.  Billy Blanks was wearing a very unflattering blue Lycra leotard thing that emphasized his man-boobs (he had a wardrobe malfunction half way through the video).  For some parts of the video you could tell that they just repeated the sequence again.  The cheesiest part of the video had to be when they decided to do moves in double time.  Then the strobe lights would go on and the lights would dim and the music would get more “intense”.  When the group wasn’t laughing, we actually got a work out.

Now for 41-60 things about me:

  1. I enjoy reading with a glass of wine or chocolate.
  2. When I was a kid I used to stay up all night and read.  That stopped when I got to University.  I’ve taken up that habit again since Katimavik.
  3. I love looking for the subtle rhythms and melodies in music and studying the lyrics.
  4. My first exposure to Japanese music came from watching Clip Trip on Much More Music.  I watched Pizzicato Five’s Tout Va Bien and I was hooked.
  5. If I studied more in that field, I would love to run a show like Clip Trip, or The Loop.
  6. I have never toured the CHUM Building in Toronto, but I want to and plan on doing it this summer.  Some Torontoian I am.
  7. Synthesized strings in serious ballads annoy me and take away from the emotion of the song.
  8. I have so many things I want to do in life, I wonder if I’ll have time to do it all.
  9. I don’t do anything for April Fool’s or for Poisson Avril.  No fools or fish here.
  10. Spring to Summer is my favourite seasonal transition.
  11. I enjoy going to art museums and wandering around.
  12. I have yet to buy any souvenirs for my family.  It’s probably because they have all been to the same places I have been living in for the last 7 months.
  13. I try to find things to look forward to in life.
  14. Sometimes when I’m bored and listening to a song, I wonder what the artist is doing at that moment in time.
  15. I’d rather do something right the first time than half-ass it.
  16. I pick up random romance novels for fun and open up the page to see if it has any hilariously written love making scenes in it.
  17. Bad resumés make me wonder how those people got jobs in the first place.
  18. I’ve seen almost all of the Star Wars movies (except for the most recent one) but I couldn’t tell you what happened in any of them.
  19. I get more intellectual satisfaction out of reading a book than watching a movie.
  20. I have a soft spot in my heart for documentaries.

I decided on a set list for my Open Mic performance.  It is going to play out like a relationship.  Happy, sexy, romantic, sad, depressing, and hopeful.  Probably with some jazz and accordion thrown in for good measure.  The performance isn’t until the end of this month, but I love thinking about how fabulous it is going to be.

P.S. The title of the post comes from a few seconds ago, where 2 of my house-mates wanted the internet so they can watch more episodes of The Hills.   Just for the record, I do not watch that show.

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