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Nov. 25th, 2005 @ 10:50 pm X-mas spirit arrives early
Current Mood: touchedtouched
Just for a change of pace, I will not be whining about my life. Instead, this is actually a positive post!

Tonight was the "Light Up" celebration in town. The official turning-on of the town's Christmas lights, the stores in the area stay open late, fireworks, just an excuse for people to get out and have a bit of fun really.

I left the bookstore around 9:30 after helping Lynn close up and started walking to my car (which was a block or so away due to the celebrations). On my way I came upon a mini-doughnut stand and I'm a sucker for fried dough covered in sugar and cinimmon, mmmmm. There's a fairly long line, but I can see my car just a little ways away and I know my parents and brother would love a couple of mini-doughnuts too.
I'm standing behind a couple of families that are all out together. Nice people and I chatted with a few of them as we were standing in line. Finally, it's just the families and I in line, and I hang back a bit so the kids and everyone can get their doughnuts.

Next thing I know, there's a bag of a dozen steaming mini-doughnuts in my hand and the families are walking off, one of the dads yelling, "Exactly one month to Christmas, hope it's a merry one for you!"

I barely had a chance to yell a "Thank you!" before they disappeared into a store.
Somehow this just totally made my day, this random little act. It's nice to know there are still genuinely kind people out there.

To whoever you people were, I truly hope you have a Merry Christmas too.
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Dark and Sparkly, Credit: Laurahonest
Nov. 10th, 2005 @ 06:50 pm Grr Argh
Fuck fuck fuck fuckitty fuck fucker fuck!

Seriously, what deity did my family manage to piss off?! This is just getting fucking ridiculous...
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Dark and Sparkly, Credit: Laurahonest
Sep. 30th, 2005 @ 11:26 pm Yeah, still a geek
Current Music: Collective Soul - Where the River Flows
I'm back in school and can now refer to myself as a University student. *giggles*
I actually missed school. I missed learning, and actual sat in on a couple of my friend's classes last year. I know, it's sad and pathetic.
And, to add a level to my geekdom, I found the only other anime geek at my school. While waiting for my first class to start. >_< Of course, the black binder covered in White-Out, spelling the names of every character in Sailor Moon and Chobits (plus the Naruto headband and Inu-Yasha buttons on her bag)... not exactly subtle.
I adore my classes this semester, for the most part. I can't wait for my Sociology and Biodiversity classes. English is good (no surpise there), the only problem I have is the fact that the proff starts her sentences at a normal volume, and is down to a whisper by the end of the sentence. Add to that my deafness and, even sitting front-row, center, I have issues hearing her half the time. And the jury's still out on my Classic Mythology professor. He's a very nice guy, I'm just not entirely sure that he's not a bit off. You'd think he'd actually be able to remember which myth we read 20 minutes before...
Such a geek...

And now, to catch up on the Shit that Makes My Life Interesting:

The Day of Disturbing at the Library. *shudders* We were all a LOT stressed out and frustrated last week. The system that we use to run the library (all admin type functions), was taken offline for some repairs on the Sunday. Then, after taking the whole system apart, it is discovered that the peice that is supposed to be getting replaced is lost in the mail. >_< So half our functions are shot all to hell, shit's building up, we're not the happiest of librarians.
Wednesday, Random Middle-Aged Guy walks into the library. He asks me if we have any recent issues of teenage girly magazines like Seventeen, YM, etc. He's going to be taking his daughter back-to-school clothes shopping and wants to see what's in style, prices, whatnot. Alrighty, so I help him pick out a pile of magazines, and leave the guy at a table in the back. About 10 minutes later, another patron comes up to me at the desk.
Her: "There's a guy in the back reading some magazines...?"
Me: "Yes...."
Her: "He's, um, he's licking them."
Me: "... He's WHAT?!"
So I run to our workroom, where there's a window through which I can see Creepy Guy. He flips through a couple pages, stops, looks around, and then he LICKS the fucking page! I have got to be hallucinating this. I grab Elvina, one of the librarians, and she watches with me as the Guy licks another page! I'm not talking a little "Let's see if this is edible" type lick. It was a full-on, ice cream cone dripping down your arm, gotta get it all -type lick. And not even just pages of underwear models, sometimes just random pictures.
Elvina: "You helped him, you get to take care of this one! Hehe."
Me: "Hell no! I'm the same age as the chicks he's licking!" Elvina was laughing too hard to reply. Finally got Mary (the scary librarian) to deal with him. She walked up and said, "Thanks, those magazines are now a health hazard. Please get out of my library." And he just shrugged, grabbed his stuff and left. Not embarassed, sorry, nothing! Eeew... We have to delete each magazine from the library catalouge now. So they're living in a box that reads "Licked Magazines. ew ew ew ewwwww."
This just disturbed me beyond all belief.

My mom was put on some new prescriptions at the beginning of the month. No problem, worst side-effect was a dry mouth. Then the dizziness and freakishly high blood pressure starts. It's not constant just comes and goes. My mom went to the doc, nothing really came of it. It's when she finally woke me up around dawn to drive her to the Urgent clinic that I realized just how bad it was. My mom has to be bleeding violently, or coughing up her kidney before she admits to being sick. Got out of hospital sometime after noon. Mom's off the pills, but still having some issues.

Also, am rather pissed off. Some idiot at my school scratched the hell out of my car and cracked one of my brakelights. I was parked, damnit! How fast was that idiot backing out to cause that much damage and leave that much of his paintjob behind?! I'll find the bastard eventually, there are only so many while vehicles on campus.

The good news: Karen's moving back! Sometime towards the end of January, exactly a year after she left. And her boyfriend is coming too, he got a job on the rigs.

And to add another layer to my geekdom, the libray is going to do a huge Harry Potter thing for Halloween. Going to turn the ENTIRE building into Hogwarts. The staff in costume, some volunteers (also cosplaying), to act as "prefects." *squees!* I can't wait!
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Dark and Sparkly, Credit: Laurahonest
Aug. 27th, 2005 @ 05:49 pm Wow, things have acutally happened!
Let's see if I can get this update in chronological order...

Mom had her operation July 11, after issues with the hospital being closed due to the floods. And, of course, she was less than a model patient. The nurses spent the next day chasing my mom through the hospital, begging her to stay in bed. Ha! Good luck. Full hysterectomy, and I caught her weeding our garden a week later.
We got the results back from the post-surgery tests they did. Benign tumors, cysts, and a bunch of other issues. Seriously, the doctor read off a list of over a dozen things they found wrong. So very thing that it was all removed.

Went to Canmore/Banff for a week with the family. Spent most of it just hanging out, relaxing. Mom had finally realized that NOT causing further injury to herself would be a good thing, so we took it easy.

Then went out to Naramata for a week with Karen, her boyfriend (Ryan), and her parents. Had a great time. I hadn't seen Karen since February, and I missed her parents too. And, until this trip, I hadn't yet met Ryan. Talked to him on the phone once. But he exceeded my expectations. Karen was asking on a nightly basis, "So, what do you think of him now??" Which is really funny coming from her.

Back at work now, and the renovations to the old section of the library should be complete within the next 2 weeks. Huzzah! I'll be keeping both jobs when I go back to school next month. Any bets on how long before I have a total nervous breakdown?

The other big news is that my parents bought a new house today. Still staying in the same town, thank god. Basically just moving to the other side of the river. I haven't seen the place yet, but Mom assures me I'll like it. (Figures, just when Bunny's memorized my address, it changes.)
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Dark and Sparkly, Credit: Laurahonest
Jun. 29th, 2005 @ 10:38 pm Still above the water
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
First off:

Which HP Kid Are You?

I really don't think that surprises anyone. I've got half her personality traits, and definately her hair.
The release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is sneaking ever so much closer. Things are finally really getting under way at the bookstore. *fangirly squee* And I get to keep a bunch of the official merchandise and promotional stuff. The stress will be more than forgotten as I do my fangirl happy dance.

In keeping with my geekdom, I hunted down Yukino's, the city's first ALL anime and manga store. I love it! It's like a block away from the train, great selection of anime merchandise (Menchi hats!), and the owner is just awesome. I spent well over an hour just hanging out and talking with Annette. And then she gave me half a dozen boxes of free pocky. I now worship her.

The town has now flooded for the THIRD damn time this month. And yet again, the library escapes being damaged. Still trying to figure out just how the hell that happened. But the new expansion will be done next week, so from the 7-10 we'll be moving everything into the new area so the old section can be renovated. By September, all should be finished. Gah, I can't wait.
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Jun. 14th, 2005 @ 11:26 pm I swear, it just never stops
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: The Arrogant Worms - Billy the Theme Park Shark
My last post involved a fair bit of whining on my part. And now to add to all the shit that's going on.

My grandparents called tonight (my dad's parents). Turns out that they CAN'T afford the assisted-living facility they moved into a month or two ago. Bringing with it a half-dozen other related issues. Argh.

Just now I was talking to a friend. Mel just found out this weekend that she has Leukemia. And anyone who knows Mel understands why my reaction was, "Oh. Oh... Fuck!" And she's still living on her own, which, in my opinion, she shouldn't be in the first place. She started chemo yesterday and it's already hitting her pretty hard.

And I got a call from a friend who's freaking out because she might be pregnant, and only just started on the Pill 10 days ago. *bangs her head against the desk*

Okay, okay, positive note: I took and passed my road test today. Dear God, I can legally drive!
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Jun. 8th, 2005 @ 11:26 pm This is normal for my family
Current Mood: numbnumb
Current Music: The Beatles - Blackbird
You know the saying "When it rains, it pours"? Never been quite so true as it has this week.

Since last Tuesday, it's been raining almost non-stop. The last 3 days have been all-out flooding in southern Alberta. Miraculously, the library (which is no more than 20 feet from the riverbank) somehow DID NOT flood. It seriously defies physics.
One of the librarians, however, was not so lucky. Maura lives in a basement suite about 2 or 3 blocks from the river. There is now 5 feet of water in her suite. She's lost everything. For the time being, she's going to stay with Tessa, the head librarian. Several of my friends have also been hit by the flooding.

This is why I live waaay up on the hill...

And the flooding river caused even more problems for us. My mom was scheduled for surgery early this morning. We've been planning and waiting for MONTHS and she was finally able to get time off work and schedule everything so it'd all work out. We got a call last night saying that the operation is canceled because one of her surgeons is trapped by the flooding, and another is busy sand-bagging her property. Fuck.

But, being my family, that's not all.

Yesterday morning my family was all out at work and school and I was running around the house getting ready to meet up with a friend to take her out for her birthday lunch. Then the phone rings. My aunt was calling to tell me that my granddad had died a few hours earlier.
I have not had to deal with anyone close to me dying since my grandmother passed away when I was 8. And I was all alone in the house when I was really hit for the first time with the death of someone I love. NOT a good feeling.
For the next 3 minutes or so, I completely lost it. I don't usually get emotional. I don't cry as a general rule. But I couldn't even hold on to a tissue right then.
After those few minutes, I snapped back into my usual calm state and started running around the house, knowing that my aunt had called my mom and she'd be on her way home. I cleaned and got out another box of Kleenex, god knows my family was going to need it. Then I heard my friend Mel's car pull up, scribbled my mom a quick note, and went out to lunch with my friends. We laughed, we talked, we had a good time.

I am emotionally stunted.

And the icing on the cake, I was looking over the bursary forms last night. And because of some little technicality with my University, I might get only HALF the funding from my dad's company that I was going to get.

This is almost a quiet week for my family.
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Dark and Sparkly, Credit: Laurahonest
Jun. 3rd, 2005 @ 08:39 am Gee, I feel so loved... Or not.
As of 9:36 last night, I am officially 19 years old.

Didn't really do much for celebrating, just went out to dinner with my parents.
What disappointed me, though, was the fact that, outside of my immediate and extended family, only ONE person remembered my birthday.

Thank you, Tanis.

Well, I knew Kirren would forget. She's horrible with dates and I had to remind her to call her mom on Mother's Day. But this is just sad...

I'll stop whining now.
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Dark and Sparkly, Credit: Laurahonest
May. 30th, 2005 @ 11:34 pm Been a busy girl
Current Music: Sarah McLachlan - Full of Grace
Remind me again, which way is up?

Well, quit Mark's. So there's one less headache. But still a lot of other crap going on.

Finally gotten up off my ass and am learning how to drive. Enrolled in a driver's ed course, have finished the classroom sessions and did my first in-car this afternoon. Tomorrow, my instructor is making me drive in downtown Calgary. I'm starting to wonder if maybe he's suicidal.

We have my mom's van back. Slight issue with TWO of her tires blowing out. And they were only about 4 months old. Some damage to the rims and whatnot.

Issues with The House are still on-going. I gave my mom a bit of a verbal kick-in-the-ass today and she made some phone calls and visited the owners. She even played the "sick daughter" card. Gee, we're not desperate, really. But I think that little bit of motivation I gave her could actually make all this work out eventually. *crosses fingers*

Working a lot, of course. Library is giving me a lot more hours, as is the bookstore (where I'm in charge of the Harry Potter book release party. No stress there...)

There's been some, er, issues with my friends too. I somehow managaged to drag Mel T. out of hiding, most of the gang hasn't even heard from her since graduation. Took her to a little party at Mel W's house and there were some *cough* tense moments. But in general, it went pretty well. Especially since Mel T's off the medication that was playing serious havoc with her emotions for the last year or so.

Mom's going in for her operation next week. In the last 2 weeks or so, she's started getting really nervous. Then again, with her family history of cancer/aneurysms/heart attacks/even more cancer, it's understandable. Nice to know I have even more medical fucked-upness to look forward to.

Ok, lighter note. Went to Otafest last weekend. Spent far too much money, but it was so worth it. And I found Kirren's birthday gift (which, surprisingly, is not anime related.) Plus, I got to drag Jess through the con all day. And her being molested by the administrative guy in the "I am a Gundam" costume will be the highlight of my year.
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May. 29th, 2005 @ 11:11 pm Return of the Quizzes
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Rooney - Find Myself
Seems that the few people I keep up with on LJ have all posted quizzes they took. I'm too nosy to NOT take the quizzes too.

You Are The Apt Mind
"I know that. And that. And yes, that too."

You have brains, and you are not afraid to show it. Your intellect and intelligence may have others constantly asking for your help with things that take a lot of thought or are difficult puzzles. Academic values are held highest in your opinion, and you may also have a bleak view of humanity. You may find trouble dealing with emotional issues, however - as they are illogical and inunderstandable. Your friends consist of intelligent and intellectual people to challange you and continue your mental growth. Even in the easiest of times, you are not afraid to show anyone just how much you know.

Which Classic Story Role Do You Play?
brought to you by Quizilla

Wow, that's pretty much what happened when we were playing Cranium last night.

You are 57% Rational, 57% Extroverted, 28% Brutal, and 57% Arrogant.
You are the Braggart! Like Muhammad Ali, you would surely tell everyone that you are "The Greatest" whilst bragging incessantly about your intelligence, your skills, and your abilities. You tend to be a thinker rather than a feeler, and combined with your extroversion and arrogance, this makes you someone who probably just LOVES to brag about his accomplishments. Despite this, however, you are a very gentle, tender person and truly care about others' feelings. You just happen to care more about yourself. Unlike Ali, of course, you are rather rational as opposed to emotional, and you are also much more gentle. But his arrogance and extroversion best reflect the most visible aspects of your personality. Your personality defect is the fact that you are extremely overconfident, extroverted, and perhaps rather lacking in emotions. YOU ARE THE GREATEST! Or so you keep telling yourself every night, in hopes that eventually everyone else on the planet will agree. Well, sorry, we probably won't.

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more RATIONAL than intuitive.

2. You are more EXTROVERTED than introverted.

3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.

4. You are more ARROGANT than humble.


Your exact opposite is the Bitch-Slap.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hand-Raiser, the Haughty Intellectual, and the Capitalist Pig.



If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 46% on Rationality

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You scored higher than 57% on Extroversion

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You scored higher than 25% on Brutality

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You scored higher than 64% on Arrogance
Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid

Riiiiight, we'll go with that...

Genius Fucker
You scored 22 relevance and 18 creativity!
You are a connoiseur of bad language. Congratulations, Fuckball! Not only do you swear when appropriate (and inappropriate), you are colorful with your cocksucking concoctions. Bravo! Now go out there and continue to make the world your bitch by peppering those stuckup motherfuckers with words and phrases that make the hair on their asses curl up. And if they don't like it...well, fuck'em.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 56% on relevance

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You scored higher than 61% on creativity
Link: The Swear Word Usage Test written by nastyhabits on Ok Cupid

The sad thing is, I've cut WAY back on my cursing since I stated working at the library. Shakespearian insults, on the other hand...
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