Archive for January, 2004

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

Ok, this is a rather meaningless post, but here it is nonetheless.
GO to Starbucks NOW and order an extra caramel sauce Caramel Latte, or an Americano.
I tried both of these drinks at work for the first time today and was blown away.

The Americano is just plain yummy if you like coffee. Rather than brewed coffee, it is shots of espresso watered down with…well, hot water. SO yummy.

And the Caramel Latte……I took one sip of it and said out loud, “holy cow, this is the drink that could make ANY bad day better!” Incredible.
So go. GO! Go now.

Forty things you might not know about me

Thursday, January 22nd, 2004

It’s 2:30am: I’m bored.

1. My name spelled backwards is ellehcim obmik
2. I was born on a park bench in Antigua**
3. I have lived in 5 different houses.
4. My favourite food is stuffing. Too bad people only make it twice a year.
5. I want more than one kid.
6. According to Clay, my eyecolor keeps changing.
7. I can’t remember what my natural hair colour looks like.
8. I don’t have cable tv. Or satellite. That’s right, I have 3 channels. (Plus French CBC)
9. I am still operating (perhaps that isn’t the right word) on dial-up internet.
10. I jumped 216m from the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa with a bungy cord to break my fall. (Holds the world record for the highest bungy jump. I’d do it again in a heartbeat).
11. I’ve been to two African countries and hope to see more.
12. I don’t shower every day.
13. The last movie I watched was Chocolat. Loved it.
14. I hate the taste of beer.
15. My favourite veggies are garden fresh carrots and peas.
16. For the time of year we’re in right now, my favourite fruit is oranges. Navel oranges are the BEST right now.
17. I’ve won 3 trophies for piano, and have a bunch of first and second place certificates from festivals too.
18. I love to pump gas. (When the temperature is above 10 degrees)
19. I’d marry for money over love.**
20. I can’t handle malls. Why does my Starbucks have to be in one??
21. The celebrity I most look like is _______.
22. My newest cd is Celebrate Mistakes by Number One Gun. Tight album. I love it.
23. My boyfriend Clay is the greatest guy in the world. And he’s hot.
24. I’m leaving for Sweden in two weeks!!!
25. I am one of the (self proclaimed) world’s worst procrastinators.
26. When I grow up I want to be immature.
27. I don’t think I’m beautiful. But I’m trying to convince myself that I am.
28. I’ve never had sushi.
29. My newest favourite coffee discoveries at Starbucks are Bella Vista coffee, and non-fat Cinnamon Spice Mochas.
30. I’m all about brand names.**
31. I don’t like Pepsi or Coke. Too sugary. Too gross.
32. My life’s ambition is to be a bull rider.**
33. I want to learn how to do pottery.
34. I want to play the bassoon.
35. I want to learn more about hockey. Yes that’s right, I’m Canadian know very little about the sport. Er, I am still Canadian, right??
36. One of my nephews calls me ‘Uncle Kimmi’. I just can’t get enough of it.
37. There are French monkies on my pants.
38. I love silk plants.**
39. In snowy weather, there is a bigger blizzard inside my car than outside. I think it’s colder in my car too.
40. Texas Toast. Need I say more?

(**Creative license used liberally)


Tuesday, January 20th, 2004

Today I worked my last shift at the care home. Well, not last last, but my last one before I leave for Sweden. It was really hard to leave. Seriously, in spite of all the times that I am ready to pull my hair out from the frustration I sometimes experience there, I really really love that job. I love the people who live there. And it is supremely hard to know I won’t be going back there for four months because….well, some of them very well may not be there when I get back. It’s not like they are all healthy; I am sure some of them will be moving on to a more glorious residence before I get back. That’s hard. I hadn’t realized how attached I have become to so many of them. I can be glad though, because I will be going back eventually. It would royally suck to have to quit that job for good. I hope I don’t have to any time soon.

Stress free

Wednesday, January 14th, 2004

I don’t have to stress about a credit card anymore:
my mom is getting a card for me under her account. What a relief. Then I made my bank account a joint account with her, so if I need to use the credit card, then she can access my money and pay off my bills right away before I start getting charged interest. So it all worked out.

So long sweet solitude

Tuesday, January 13th, 2004

Tonight marks the end of my week having the house to myself: my parents arrive back in Canada tonight.
I’ve had a great time living on my own for the week:
-Driving a new VW (thanks for the loaner M&D)
-Pigging out on fruit
-Playing “poker” with the “family”
-Holding a Lonely Hearts Club meeting with Kell
-Eating a lot of grilled pork chops with Montreal Chicken seasoning on them
-Washing dishes
-Falling asleep almost every night while talking to my sweet Clayton
-Getting amazing news from Caitlin
-Having my brother over a few times to raid the junk food in the house

It’s been a blast. It’ll be great to have my parents home again though. Maybe they got me something cool in Cuba: one can only hope. And tomorrow….it’s back to driving my own sweet car. (If you know what it looks like…you’d laugh).

I hate banks.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2004

Sometime in late December, I applied for a MasterCard. I figured it would be good to have a credit card with me on my trip, in case my debit card doesn’t work or something. Plus, I HATE traveller’s cheques: they are the most annoying little brats in the world. So, I get this thing in the mail today telling me they won’t issue me a card at this time. Apparently I don’t have a good credit rating or something. Or apparently I haven’t been working for long enough. Apparently I don’t make enough money. I’d like to know a few things: How the heck can I have a bad credit rating when I’ve never done anything to affect it? I don’t HAVE a credit rating at this point, as far as I know… PLUS! How has my brother, who never has money and as far as I can tell, must have a terrible credit rating, how has HE been issued credit cards from the time he was like 17 or something?? This is blowing my mind. And now I don’t know what to do.
I hate banks.

All I can think about…

Monday, January 12th, 2004

I am so in love.

New Year Passions

Friday, January 9th, 2004

Forget New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re not passionate about something, you won’t stick with it.

Financial Responsibility
Ok, so I’m down to my last month of being in Canada. My last month of having an income. As of the beginning of this month I felt a heightened urgency to track my spending habits. So since the first of January I have been keeping receipts for every single thing I have spent money on.

It’s annoying.

It’s annoying because it made me realize how much useless things I spend money on.
So today I developed a rough budget plan: a way to maximize the amount of money I will finish this month with.
Normally I wouldn’t be so concerned with the amount of money I pile up, but I don’t know how much my trips to Sweden and Germany are going to cost me in the end, so I better be safe than sorry.

Nutrition and Wellness
It seems that I have come into a sudden interest in nutrition.
I may appear healthy in the broadest sense: in that I am not visibly sick at the moment. But I don’t think that I am well. I know I do not get enough exercise, and will be the first to admit that I do not have the healthiest diet. This might cause you to think that the next thing I’m going to say is, “I’m going on a diet and am going to shed some pounds.” (Or maybe something along those lines with a little less cheese factor).

I think a huge pitfall of “diets” these days is that they cater to a crowd of people looking for a quick fix: something to lose those extra pounds. So people starve themselves or what have you.
My focus is more of one seeking a lifestyle change that will promote wellness, not just quick weight loss. I want to know what will help me, and what will hinder me. And I feel ripped off that the only thing I learned about nutrition in school was, “Follow Canada’s Food Guide.” Thanks, that’s a big help. Er, no, it’s not.

So, this is all very new, but I’m thinking this is something I could persue a career in. If you think of it, could you keep me in your prayers as I contemplate this? Thanks.

Make up your mind!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2004

I have realized something in the past few days:
I hate when people over-analyze things that are dreadfully simple.

Where’d this come from? I see now that I made things with Clay way more complicated than they needed to be. I brought so many factors into the equation, when really…frick, almost none of them mattered. It came down to whether or not I care about him (heck yeah), and if I would commit to working at making our relationship work (and I have determined the answer to that is also a “heck yeah”: I’d be stupid not to). So now, I can’t handle hearing people over-analyze things to death. I think that’s probably because I found it so annoying in myself, so I find it annoying in other people. I was so annoyed with myself already I was just like, “Frick! Make up your mind already!”
There’s my rant. Bye.