Tuesday, November 28, 2006

yep, I'm still here

Today I met with my classmates to work on our group project. It was sort of a waste of time, as most things are in group projects when most of the work is done, and you have 3 hour breaks at school in which these menial things can easily be accomplished. Especially when Tuesday is a day with no classes. So in the end I spent about 5 hours at Oliviers house. Here is a break down:
1.5 hours - waiting for rest of group to arrive. A car wouldn't start. I took the c-train with two others and we seemed to arrive at the agreed upon time, so why is this not possible for others who have "reliable" transportation?
20 minutes - copying and pasting the last written assignment for the project, which was already written for another class. this also includes editing and making a title page.
1.75 hours - playing Scotland Yard (it's a game)
36 minutes - looking at a power point that had been started for our Friday presentation. I don't care if the words fade in or star wipe, just make the stupid thing and show me when it's done.
45 minutes - waiting for everybody else to realize that we were done so we could all go home at the same time. Something about group meetings makes you unable to make your own decisions about when you get to leave.

A better part of today:
Heidi and I talked about camp and we laughed and that made me happy.
Also, we actually cooked supper.
I watched the season premiere of Degrassi: The Next Generation. I don't know what it is about Degrassi, but I just think it's great. I don't even follow the show, but if it happens to be on, you know I will watch it. I miss the old ones. One time this semester I was flipping channels and I saw that the Degrassi made for tv movie, Schools Out, was on. It was two hours of '80's bliss.

I also got some books from the library this week, so have been dealing with the horribly cold freeze your face off in 10 minutes windchill of -40 eyelashes start to freeze together on the walk home kind of weather with blankets and books.

I hear it's supposed to start warming up though.
Canadians and their weather. You'd think there would be more interesting matters to discuss, but there isn't.

Today I also saw a commercial about the Olive Garden. In this commercial there were about 4 or 5 women who were out for dinner, and they all ordered something different so they could pass it around and try everything. I got to thinking about this commercial and maybe I read into it a little, but it made me miss my Briercrest years. Or year - the first one. That was a terrific year with friends and Bible studies and a lot of laughter and some not good stuff too, but mostly good. Mostly great in fact. Anyway, this commercial really made me want to have my friends around me, but also made me want to have friends like that in my future life in BC. It's scary to think about moving someplace knowing limited people, and on top of that to be newly married. And basically, the ideal solution would be that we all live on a commune and I have everyone I love and need around me and they are only a few buildings away and Shannon and Chris and Heidi and the rest of the girls can to go to Olive Garden whenever we want. In the more reasonable sense, I've come to the conclusion that praying for a group of friends to love and support me (and to love and support) will probably be the second best idea, next to the commune plan of course. Maybe this is just me realizing that my days of being unmarried are coming to a close. And that is ok, but also a little bit sad, because that part of my life will be over, and I've really enjoyed the last 3 years of my life. More than I maybe thought I would.

We (me and Heidi) would also like to point out that the Christmas novelty commercials have started. We are sure you have noticed also. These are the questions that are thoroughly discussed as we watch tv every night:
- Why do they still make Chia Pets? Does anybody even buy Chia Pets? What grows on Chia Pets? Maybe we should get a Chia Pet?

- (In reference to the "'Ove'Glove") Do people actually pick meat up off of a flaming bar-b-q like that? I wonder if it really is the same material used to make fire fighter equipment? Why don't they make the Ove'Glove longer? You would think that the rest of your arm would get hot and burnt when you reached to the back of the grill like that. Why doesn't Take Home Chef have/use an Ove'Glove?

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Game Day

Last night I went to a Calgary Flames game at the Saddledome. They played the Detriot Red Wings and beat them 4-1! I went with three of my school friends, and I have to say that it was probably the most fun I've had in a very long time! Lindsey, Olivier and Raelene came to my place after school and then we had supper and then took the train down to the Stampede Grounds. We sat in the Nosebleeds, but who cared!

Home Ice

Me and Lindsey in our "retro" flames apparel (Thanks to Heidi for lending me the hoodie!)

Raelene, me and Olivier at the game

I also saw a guy from high school at the game, which was strange, because he doesn't live in Calgary. We chatted for a few minutes - it's nice to know he's doing well and enjoying his life. So all in the all we had a great night...and then....

....as we were walking out of the Saddledome and back to the C-train, Raelene jumped down the last flight of stairs from three stairs up and landed poorly and really hurt her knee. The Saddledome medic came and we went into the first aid room and Lindsey called her dad to come pick us all up, and we were all kind of laughing about this, Raelene included, but it seemed like she was in quite a bit of pain. I am not totally sure what happened after I got dropped off, but I think Linse was going to take Rae to the hospital, and I hope she is alright. She was in good spirits when we were waiting for Lindsey's dad, so I don't think her fall really ruined her night.

(What is wrong with blogger? I am trying to put another picture and on it just won't work!)

Friday, November 10, 2006

language

This evening at work a Chinese lady came in with a baby. She asked where the thermometers were in broken English, and I directed her to the right aisle. A few minutes later, she comes back to my till holding a thermometer looking confused. Coming to the counter she is pointing to part of the label and asking me what one specific word means. I read the label "For use orally, rectally..." Guess which word this lady is pointing to?
I try not to burst out laughing and tell her "Um, that means the bottom" Immediately understanding the word, this lady is a bit embarrased by her question and we both could have a bit of a laugh.

Also, tonight Kristen came into the store and introduced herself. Kristen and I have been scoping each other out for the last couple weeks because Brandon (her boyfriend) and Dan (my boyfriend) are in Australia together working at the same place. Only after they had left did we find out from our respective boys that we worked in stores right next to each other in a mall in Calgary. Go figure - of all the places to live and work. I think Kristen is from BC but is living here for a time. So it was cool to meet her and actually acknowledge that we know each other. Or at least know of each other.

Speaking of Dan, he is doing well. I guess I haven't really ever written anything about him or his adventures on here, and that should change since he's a permanent part of my life. The other day Dan called me to say this "Erica, I'm at the summit of the highest point in Australia, so I have really good reception!" He then told me to go look up Mt. Kosciuszko on Google Earth and see if I could see him waving to me. Funny boy. Dan is working for EdOut which is a outdoor ministry in New South Wales. They take school groups on different adventures - caving, paddling, climbing, hiking etc. He's loving it, of course, but I think is also glad he'll be home in a month. I'm pretty excited about that myself!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

against my policy

Well, for those of you familiar with my "I don't do homework after 10 PM" rule, I am here to announce to you that I have just broken it, and have possibly gone crazy in the mean time. It is now 11:50 PM and I just printed off my assignment that is due tomorrow, that nobody I've talked to is really clear on what was expected of us. Go SAIT instructors.
Also, on a sidenote, today my jump drive decided to stop working, so I had to run to school to get my file that was saved in a different area. I actually did run part of the way, fyi. Anyway, I got there and the whole main part of the building with the library in it was full of people eating some medieval type meal, and some of them were dressed up too. I thought it would be awkward if I were to walk through this affair of knights and ladies in my blue Columbia jacket and Bula toque, so I went up two flights of stairs, down a hallway and then down two flights of stairs just to avoid this charade. On the way back I didn't care as much and walked right through those crown-wearing buisness-attire chicken-eating people.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

(pineapple) tidbits

Well today the weather was just delightful with a high of 13. We actually got there too! Nothing like being able to walk around in this city in sneakers and a hoodie. It sure beats having to wear 15 layers and then get overheated every time you spend more than 2 minutes in a building.

Anyway, I was at work last night and was pondering how much people love money. Now I am not excluded from this, but I make a conscience effort to not be too wrapped up in making money or spending money or having money or paying bills or whatever. Maybe that in itself is evidence of my own attitude toward money, but that is not the point here. Over the year I have worked at Shoppers, I have noticed how often people say "I need to get rid of this change" or "I need to get rid of this $50" (or other bill) and I find this funny because at the same time they are buying lottery tickets hoping to hit the jackpot. It also bothers me that people hate having change. And that they actually say "I have having so much change". If they hate it so much they should just use plastic everywhere, or else carry a lot of change so they can always give exact change and not get any back, or lift some weights so they don't complain to me, the cashier who doesn't really care, about how heavy their purse is with all the change in it.

In other news, I made stir fry tonight and it was delicious!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

snow day


Heidi took this picture of me this afternoon for an assignment she has. Photojournalism gets cool assignments. Who wouldn't want to learn how to take fantastic pictures of people they love!!

So I guess I lied a little bit and it is actually Thursday today. I didn't blog a new post last night because I was tired after we got home from our movie. (PS, if you want to know when you can see Marie Antionette, click here.)

Here is me and Heidi's movie critique:
H: I liked it, but I found it a little too trendy.
E: I liked it too, for the entertainment factor. Not for the history factor.
H: Definitely not a high school social studies video.
E: No, it didn't really cover the French revolution. At all.
Verdict: Rent it, if you like cake! (and can handle Kirsten Dunst for about two hours)

Me and Heidi waiting for the train

No, Heidi's milk didn't moo

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

about time....

I promise a new post is coming tonight when I get home. Right now I'm going out with Heidi to Marie Antionette. It's a movie, if you don't pay attention to pop culture at all. And now I have to go meet her at the train!!