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I know I haven't posted in months but I'm too excited.

CTV isn't showing Defying Gravity anymore, so I couldn't watch it online. SPACE is though, and SPACE is Canadian owned and has it online.

Goodness I may have to stay up late tonight and watch at least Ep 10. Too bad I'm in Oswego all next week and won't be able to watch until I return to Canada.

Defying Gravity <3
chem

On February, gardens, reading, and keeping in touch

What is about February that makes it such an awful month? Is it the difficult spelling, the never ending winter weather that lacks even hopes of spring, is it that even though I have a boyfriend I don't get to celebrate Valentine's Day because he thinks it is a crap holiday? How about the fact that it has the fewest days, but never seems to end.

Maybe I'm just lonely, and need to wait till the end of March to have vacation, summer to go camping, and Easter to go home again. Good thing February is over at the end of the week. Hopefully March will bring spring quickly so that I can do my gardening. I'm so unbelievably excited to have my own garden this year. I already planted tomatoes and green peppers at Ajae's house and if I hadn't forgotten the seeds there I would have them planted here too.

I'm waiting for my Megavideo forced pause to be up so that I can go back to watching old Scrubs episodes. I was going to read, but I find it hard to read in front of the computer. At the same time, I have no one to talk books with anymore... and reading seems to have died so that I can sit online and talk sporadically to Ajae, Leah, and Ivy. So I watch a lot more TV now, which makes me sad... it an odd kind of way since I really do like the shows that I watch. Most of them are pretty story based (like House or Bones) and others let me keep up with the major events of the economic crisis (The Daily Show). I do miss reading though, and having someone to talk books with. I should find a book club, but I hate going out at night when it is really cold... I haven't even been going to the Y although I have kept up working out at work.

I've been asked a bunch of times by various older adults if I miss school yet. I keep saying no, but I really do miss the people. I feel like no one (other than Ivy, Leah, and Ajae) has put any effort into keeping in touch, and I don't feel like trying if others aren't interested. My mother pointed out on the phone the other night that she had very few friends at her wedding. She and my dad married a long time after they graduated, and had drifted away from most of their school friends (each of their best friend being the exception). My mom had made new friends while she was living in the Pas, but they couldn't afford to come to Belleville for the wedding. She was saying that she thought the internet might result in bigger weddings since you keep in touch with more people, but honestly people don't seem to put the effort in anymore. It's like 'haha! I found you on facebook, now I will add you, we will talk a couple of times and then never again!' I'm not saying that I'm not guilty of this... but I do wish that it wasn't the case.

That's partly why I started writing people. I have two people that I send letters to every so often and I would always enjoy having more. c'mon people, if I don't have someone to talk to what will Ajae and I talk about?!?

I may just start talking to you all at random... just to see who keeps the dialog open, and who has already given up.
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Found on: http://bl.net/forwards/psychtest.html
My answers are in bold below the questions. No offense but I thought of a china teacup first.

Have a pen and paper handy before you read any further. As soon as you read a question, write the answer right away.

Make sure to answer questions 1-10 before moving on...NO CHEATING!!

Read the following questions, imagining the scenes in your mind, and write down the FIRST thing that you visualize. Do not think about the questions excessively.

1. You are not alone. You are walking in the woods. Who are you walking with?

2. You are walking in the woods. You see an animal. What kind of animal is it?

3. What interaction takes place between you and the animal?

4. You walk deeper in the woods. You enter a clearing and before you is your dream house. Describe its size?

5. Is your dream house surrounded by a fence?

6. You enter the house. You walk to the dining area and see the dining room table. Describe what you see on AND around the table.

7. You exit the house through the back door. Lying in the grass is a cup. What material is the cup made of?

8. What do you do with the cup?

9. You walk to the edge of the property, where you find yourself standing at the edge of a body of water. What type of body of water is it?

10. How will you cross the water?

Ajae
Rabbit
It runs away
Large
No
Centerpiece, candles, lace cloth, wooden chairs, fireplace
China
Pick it up and take it with me
Small Lake
Swim


This has been a relational psychology test. The answers given to the questions have been shown to have a relevance to values and ideals that we hold in our personal lives. The analysis follows:

1. The person who you are walking with is the most important person in your life.

2. The size of the animal is representative of your perception of the size of your problems.

3. The severity of the interaction you have with the animal is representative of how you deal with your problems. (passive/aggressive)

4. The size of your dream house is representative of the size of your ambition to resolve your problems.

5. No fence is indicative of an open personality. People are welcome at all times. The presence of a fence indicates a closed personality. You'd prefer people not to drop by unannounced.

6. If your answer did not include food, people, or flowers, then you are generally unhappy.

7. The durability of the material with which the cup is made of is representative of the perceived durability of your relationship with the person named in number 1. For example, styrafoam, plastic, and paper are all disposable, styrofoam, paper and glass are not durable, and metal and plastic are durable.

8. Your disposition of the cup is representative of your attitude towards the person in number 1.

9. The size of the body of water is representative of the size of your sexual desire.

10. How wet you get in crossing the water is indicative of the relative importance of your sex life.
chem

"This is what my Dad would be driving if he had like five jobs or something."

It's been a good week thus far. Renting a car for the weekend because of the OC Transpo bus strike meant that Ajae and I got some errands done and I got a tall lamp for my apartment at Ikea. We also went to the Museum of Nature and saw Ajae's brother. Ajae really wants a car and we are contemplating buying one, if we can find one we can afford and that we both like. That's right kids, I'll be learning to drive again!

A couple of things that you all should know!
1. This journal now also posts on Facebook. You can read it there or here currently. Due to my paranoia about people on the internet you CANNOT search me on Facebook if you aren't already my friend. The results you get aren't me. If you would like to be added as a friend on Facebook please let me know in a comment below and I'll find you! Even my Aunt has Facebook, so if you don't then you are less cool than my Aunt. (She's pretty cool btw, but I needed some way of making fun of people that aren't addicted to Facebook yet.) This journal may soon make it's way into being Friends Only. I think that everyone on here that doesn't have a LJ account does have Facebook, and anyone without Facebook I believe has a LJ account. If this is not correct PLEASE let me know.

2. In doing some research at work I came across a couple of articles that I find interesting. http://yworking.com/technology/twitters-place-at-work/ and http://yworking.com/news/is-your-business-cool/ specifically. The whole blog is interesting but I want to talk about the Twitter thing briefly. Twitter, I've been told, is the next big thing. Unfortunately I think it's a headache and a half but apparently that what everyone things when they start using it, I hear from the same people. I love this idea of using it for asking questions, the limited character count keeps things short and sweet. Things that need long answers are better talked about in person anyways. I also like it for Open Innovation as a conversation starter. Go on post your idea SUMMARIZED and then start the meeting process and the idea exchange in a different forum. Names are logged so that people get the credit for starting an idea and it is open concept. Maybe you never thought that Bob could help you with this idea but he has been building exactly what you need in his garage for years as a hobby. This allows him to see your problem or solution and offer his help without having to sign up to all the discussion forums that work offers and spend hours checking them every day.

I'm not that fond of Twitter, but I'm starting to think that I should try it out.

3. I'm on a search for pen pals! I love writing letters, and I might make you personalized cards if I'm feeling creative. I also get sad that I never get any mail that isn't bills or junk mail. If you would like to start a written snail mail conversation with me either comment or send me an e-mail. opi _ c at hotmail dot com. Obviously I will still talk to you about the day to day things online if you like, but you'll get something different (I hope) in the letters. I hope that when I become rich and famous that these letters will sell for lots of money on EBay... benefiting you, the pen pal.

4. I love Douglas Coupland. I'm reading Microserfs right now... which is like jPod only earlier and a little differnt. My dream Jeopardy board would be:
-Robertson Davies novels
-Internet Fads
-Generation Y
-Arthurian Era
-Lord of the Rings
-Excel Use and Abuse
-Killing time at work

Much love to you all, especially you Douglas Coupland.

Also my new favourite term of the day is Boreout... which I suffer from on alternating weeks.
chem

"And that's why you need to propose to Opal right now! I want to go to another wedding!"

Oh Leah, you're hilarious.

So... I have nothing to do for the rest of the afternoon, and I forgot my book at home this morning. Not that I really had a book to read. I think me and my Chapter's gift certificates are going to take a walk tonight and remedy that.
So let's see if I can bring you all up to speed on somethings that I've been thinking about. I'll keep your friend's page tidy with the use of lj-cuts, but please be sure to read the HOBBIES part, if nothing else.

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Hobbies, which I originally spelt HoobiesCollapse )
Being Erica and Internet TVCollapse )

On Random Little ThingsCollapse )

Happy New Year everyone!
C11H8S

"Oh so you didn't quit!... Wait you're not Ana....So did Ana quit?" "No, just gone for the holidays"

Possibly the nicest comment I've ever gotten on the xkcd feed.

So anyhoo! Happy Holidays to all of you! Especially those friends of mine that are currently in transit and in need of a little luck for planes, trains, and automobiles to arrive at their destinations safely tonight. I will be on my train at 2:40, hopefully sitting beside a cute boy named Ajae. (Hopefully VIA will help us have a romantic train ride together since we are getting on at different stations.)

I'm at work until noon, and my computer here got a virus so they took it away. I'm in someone else's cubicle but I can't get at my mail etc. That and I don't have anything to do anyways... except for work on a presentation that I need to start doing interviews for, and no one is here anyways.

So random thought of the morning; when did the Globe and Mail stop publishing their Christmas Crossword. Seriously, that was like the one thing that my sisters and I could work on over the holidays and not fight about. Okay, not the only thing, but very close to it. I would write, cause I could spell the best and they would tell me answers as they got them. Our parents would help where they could, and it was a whole bunch of fun! Damn you Globe and Mail for taking away one of my favourite Christmas traditions!

Ummm also lj tells me that it has been a while since my last update, but honestly everything is still the same. I'm still rotating, working out a lot, sleeping little, and missing a cute guy who is in Ottawa.

Also I am becoming more and more aware that very few people read this, as proven by the fact that I frequently have to tell people where I work, or what I do, or what's been happening. (Answers: Novelis, Foundation Trainee, Nothing.) I'm going to keep the journal, but I fully expect to update it less and less. I still read everyone's entries daily though, so please don't stop updating yours! And watch for the random post when something exciting happens.
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"And to be honest I look forward to your reports more than anyone else's."

So at the early hour of 10:09am I have finished my work for the day. Admittedly I have been here since 8am, but 2 hours != 7.5 hours. I did get the report done and sent out though.

I'm planning on using the rest of the day to catch up on my word count.

Also I am sore from the Fitness class that work offers at lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays. I went yesterday for the first time and then didn't do Pilates, but did do Yoga, and my half hour swim last night. This of course means that I don't feel at all guilty about missing Aquafit tonight when I take Ajae out for dinner, and I don't have to do the Ab class on Wednesdays now since I can work out at lunch instead. Thank goodness, as I hated that class.

Also I had my first (in a while) low blood pressure attack yesterday. When we were done exercising and standing to do the stretches I was nauseous and dizzy. I sat down for a bit and scared everyone, but I'm fine. It's been so long since it last happened that I was really really surprised.

Ah well, on to NoWri-ing

EDIT 10:42am : Also I'd like to point out that even with the rough economic times all my friends and friends of friends that have been looking for work, have found work. Some aren't doing exactly what they were expecting, some are volunteering in their field and working another job to pay the rent, some are work on contract, and some are full-time. So a big Congrats to everyone! I think it's a great sign about how well our educations and persistence paid off that we are in this situation. And a special Congrats to the three of you that got jobs this week :D.
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Random thought while working on NaNoWriMo:

When I was first learning to type I thought I wouldn't never be able to do it without looking down at my fingers. Even now when I conciously think about typing I look down every so often to check on them and make sure they are in the right spot, or I make a lot of mistakes.

Yesterday Mike said that I was a far better typist than he was and I laughed and said "I doubt it"

Then I realized this morning that I had typed an entire paragraph without looking down and only making a spelling mistake. I'm am impressed with myself.

Also my characters are about to play Scrabble together... mostly because I need for them to be around each other long enough to fall in love. So that the rest of the plot makes sense!
NaNo

"I know you aren't a secretary but do you have any idea where Francisco is now?"

Working on report 2 of 3.

I believe that it should be a requirement punishable by death that people have to define their variables. I need to know what the hell C and alpha are to write up why the graph looks funny.

NaNoWriMo is going well except I am wasting all my words on writing reports and not on making up my story. Also I don't seem to be able to write linearly. I am jumping around in my story like a kangaroo.

Working out lots, which is fun. Ajae's birthday is coming and I have evil plans for his cake, but I haven't quite figured out how to make it.

See I'm not dead. Just busy.