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(no subject) [May. 23rd, 2009|12:32 pm]
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Don't worry. I'm still reading my flist!
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(no subject) [May. 4th, 2009|11:57 am]
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Because I am actually an old woman in a young woman's body, I started a cross stitch last week. My theory is that crafting like cross stitch, crocheting and card making (especially card making) are actually crafts of the young since that is when most people learn and fall in love with them. Anyway, it got me thinking that maybe it's time to mostly let LJ die and I should move on to thematic blogging, not that there's a lack of crafting blogs at all. I think there is, however, a lack of crafting blogs written by young, working women with no children or husband.

And as for LJ... I've been writing here consistently for a number of years now(4? 5?) and it feels a little bit like the journal of a younger me. Most of the people who read it don't actually want to know about the stuff I write here, already talk to me on a regular basis or should talk to me on a more regular basis. I no longer have as much of a desire to spill my life in the anonymous world of the Internet and my life is not nearly exciting enough to do so anyway.

We'll see what happens. Recently, I've been so lazy (and preoccupied) that all Internet activity has completely slipped by the wayside.

Lunch time!
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(no subject) [Mar. 24th, 2009|02:45 pm]
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Would you believe that I'm listening to music that has the following lyrics:

When I grow up I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star, I wanna be in movies

When I grow up I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars, I wanna have boobies.

Okay, so I just looked it up and the last word is not actually "boobies", but rather "groupies" which is only slightly better and not nearly as funny.

Yes, I am listening to the Pussycat Dolls. At least as Last.fm throws them at me. And I like it.
Oh the people the corporate world is capable of turning us in to...

Also, HI! I'm still alive!
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Because I can and you all love grainy webcam pics! [Feb. 25th, 2009|10:30 pm]
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This is what my room looked like half an hour ago:




This is what it looks like now:




Granted, my laundry still needs to be done, half my closet needs to be thrown out, my bookshelf is cluttered, my whole room needs rearranging to make room for my piano and I really need to vacuum.

But it looks good on the surface! And that's what counts. Right? Right?
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A life lesson that only costed me $275 [Feb. 23rd, 2009|12:32 pm]
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I bought a digital piano a little bit too implusively.

See, the guy in the cube next to be was doing a purge of some of the bigger items in his apartment that he never uses. A digital piano happened to be one. I heard him talking about it on Friday and kind of pounced.

And then, I didn't really do as much research as I should have. He wanted $275 for it, which seemed really cheap to me. So, I knew it wasn't going to be a great quality piano, but, I figured as long as it's full sized and sounds somewhat like a piano, it will be better than what I've got now. Which is a whole lot of drooling over expensive models, and not a whole lot of action.

After I handed him a cheque and moved the piano from his car to mine just before lunch, I looked up the specs.

75 keys.

No weighted keys. (Something called soft touch instead, which apparently gives you a loud, medium and soft dynamic. Not ideal.)

So, now I don't really know what I should think. I mean, yes, I have way more than I had before. I mean, I can actually play some music, practice a little, wait until the house is empty and play hymns and sing with a strained and cracking voice until my fingers hurt and my throat is hoarse.

But maybe I should have gone ahead and used the $800 I had planned and bought a cheaper full-sized digital piano with weighted keys and a stand that looks a little nicer. And maybe it wouldn't have been top of the line, but maybe I would have been way more satisfied.

I'll try this out for a few months. And if it turns out I'm completely unsatisifed and it's just not good enough, I'm going to put it up on Kijiji, scrape together all the money I've got from roommates for utilities, and buy the one I actually want.

I guess this is a life lesson in impulse buying... Not that I hadn't learned this lesson multiple times before.
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Running! [Feb. 19th, 2009|05:07 pm]
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Last night, I went for a run. I don't think I mentioned it here, but RIM gave me a new BlackBerry (smartphone) that has GPS. And, being an employee, I'm fortunate to have access to some applications that regular people have to pay for.

One of them is this cool application that uses GPS to track your jogs. So, last night, I went for my regular Wednesday run.

Distance: 3.291 miles/5.296 km
Time: 35:30
Average pace: 10:47 per mile/6:42 per km
Calories: 314
Time at rest: 1:12 (stupid traffic lights. Mostly this means I was running on the spot.)

After doing that run, I really don't want to give up this GPS thing in three months. I mean, it's just as much info as you get from a treadmill, just not from a treadmill. (I kinda hate running indoors. There's something about moving but not moving that I find really unpleasant. Which I've only really discovered since becoming so dedicated to the outdoors.)

Unfortunately, any gadget that would do just this and not all the other things my BlackBerry (smartphone) would still be ridiculously expensive, if they exist at all.
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(no subject) [Feb. 18th, 2009|10:39 pm]
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I had a frustrating evening attempting to run a few errands. But I'm all mellowed out now, partially thanks to the beer I had with supper and partially thanks to the shopping therapy (two new cute pairs of shoes, peep toed and comfy!) so I don't really want to go over it all again.

Yeah, that's it.
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(no subject) [Feb. 17th, 2009|10:44 pm]
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I splurged this evening and spent almost $100 on a new pair of gym shoes, an exercise ball and a set of resistance bands. I realized after I did it that all that stuff would have been the perfect idea to give my parents for a birthday present.

Oh well. I still need new exercise pants. *hinthint*

The ball took forever to blow up, but it's pretty and purple and seems to be the perfect size for me.

The resistance bands are kind of cool, but it was a package that had one time been returned and the "Follow-Along Workout Poster" was missing. I guess I'll just have to rely on the information that the Internet can provide. Unfortunately, the package says nothing at all, so I don't even know at what point I have to be careful about snapping them. Should I just assume that it's impossible?

And, in other news, I'm meeting the parents this weekend. And probably the brothers, and the brothers' wives, and the brother's (yes, only one brother has any) children. And a cousin and an ex-girlfriend (who is marrying the cousin and, according to Facebook, prettier than I am, or at least more beauty conscious. And no, I'm not stalking. He took me on a who's who tour. I know this legitimately).

Yup. Kinda nervous.
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(no subject) [Feb. 12th, 2009|08:42 pm]
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So, I've been on a bit of a health kick for the past two weeks. Counting calories, tracking fitness, the whole thing. I say that it's not to lose weight, it's not dieting, it's just exercising and eating right. But ultimately, I wouldn't mind losing 5 pounds, or even 10. Or at least get rid of the roll that is making my flat stomach not so flat.

I've been running and playing squash and it feels great. Every night, right after work. So I've been getting lots of cardio. Not so much on the weight training though.

So, I thought I could maybe make it a Tuesday/Thursday routine to play squash and then hit the gym on campus and do some weight training. This past Tuesday, that's what I did. After squash, all sweaty and gross I went into the gym. Started off with some stretching in the cardio/mat room. Then, I went into the weight room.

Looked around.

Looked around again.

Not a single other girl in the whole place. Not only that, but there were guys stopping their workout to leer stare at me as I headed toward the cable machine. So, I turned around and left.

Turns out there is a reason we have Women Only gyms...
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Updates [Feb. 9th, 2009|09:56 pm]
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1. I am getting ridiculously behind on my flist.

2. I actually finished a whole three pound bag of apples. And a whole bag of salad. This means I am forcing myself to eat foods I don't like for the sake of turning eating right and exercising into a hobby. Or, so it seems.

3. Really, this is what this particular whole post is about. My cousin has asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding!

Yes, I'm beyond excited. I may have shocked the boy(friend) with how excited I was.

4. Speaking of the boy(friend), I actually changed my facebook profile picture to a picture of us. What is this? I don't do that kind of thing! The picture was just so cute though...

I draw the line at changing my relationship status.
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