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2nd-Mar-2007 09:58 am - Ice storm
house & home
Ice covered plants are cool looking. Therefore...I must post this picture.

22nd-Feb-2007 09:25 am - Travel Map: Canada
academe
Here is a map of all the provinces in Canada I have been to:






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1st-Feb-2007 09:21 pm - Booklist 2006
reading
So, I planned to post this at the beginning of January but realized right now that I haven't yet. Since 2005 I've been keeping track of the names and authors of the books I read during the year. I mainly started this practice for memory reasons. I think about things a lot and read a lot of books, so naturally when I think about things, I will refer back to scenes and ideas from books I have read, but I can't always remember the name of a book or author. Therefore, I am writing them down, so that when I forget I can go back to the list to find out. It's just that simple.

An interesting fact: I did not read half as many books in 2006 as I did in 2005.

Here are the books, listed in order from least recent to most recent.

Books Read this year (2006)
Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan – Vincent Crapanzano
Writing Women’s Worlds – Lila Abu-Lughod
Arrows of the Queen – Mercedes Lackey
Claude Levi-Strauss – Edmund Leach
Sweetness in the Belly – Camilla Gibb
The Fairy Godmother – Mercedes Lackey
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
Hoot – Carl Hiaasen
Bones of the Master: A Secret Journey to Inner Mongolia – George Crane
Metro Girl – Janet Evanovich
Skinny Dip – Carl Hiaasen
Lucky You – Carl Hiaasen


My favourites were Stardust and Skinny Dip.
house & home
Me and Alex got a kitten in November and named her Misty. She is grey with golden yellow eyes. She loves to play with anything see fixes her eyes on...tiny giftwrap bows, yarn, tiny santa hats and stockings, balls, paper, pens and pencils, even our hands and our arms, my hair, and sometimes she is fascinated by the movement of our eyes. She loves to steal socks out of our dresser drawers and attack them if we happen to leave the drawers open. She may even sometimes lay down and sleep in these pieces of furniture. Most of all, she tries to eat whatever food we are having for lunch and dinner and sometimes we find that she has managed to stick her entire head in one of our glasses so that she can get to the water. Last month she went through a phase where she wanted to climb up our brand new curtains...let's just say that they don't look so nice anymore. It will be interesting to see what she does next.

She is adorable...she is our Misty kitty.
12th-Oct-2006 12:48 pm - Songs
randomness, "spiral jetty", fun
Just contemplating which songs are my favourite in the stuff i listen to the most. I believe they are:

Goo Goo Dolls - Broadway
Green Day - Time of Your Life
Jewel - Hands
Live - I Alone
Live - Lightning Crashes
Live - The Dolphins Cry
Norah Jones - Seven Years
Our Lady Peace - Automatic Flowers
Our Lady Peace - Innocent
Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
Sarah McLachlan - Adia
Sarah McLachlan - Sweet Surrender
The Tragically Hip - My Music At Work
The Watchmen - Stereo
The Watchmen - On My Way
All my Watchmen songs
7th-Oct-2006 06:44 pm - Where Is Neil when you Need Him?
reading
Just found out Neil Gaiman has an album of songs based on his writings.

I just finished Stardust about a month ago. It would be awesome to hear the song entitled "You Better Leave the Stars Alone". Sounds like it's about the book.

I must get this.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FP2IXM/ref=pd_cp_b_title/002-1758890-7500051?ie=UTF8
2nd-Oct-2006 03:24 pm - random sentences of 2 months gone by
randomness, "spiral jetty", fun
Got married.

Honeymoon - Dominican Republic. Fun.

Moved into new house with new husband.

Curiosity of tv shows I have missed = becoming obsessed with Smallville (because Superman is awesome)...and watching some Sliders.

Trying out new cooking recipes. Failing horribly at a few and succeeding with most while tasting new dishes.

Failing to wash dishes = piles of disgusting filfth...until finally we got the water softener of our dreams (i.e. one that works). Now failing to put away clean dishes = piles of cleanliness in our way.

Helping to choose songs for the worship time at church with my husband = fascinating, fun, and special.

Lots of wedding pictures, but still none developed.

Finished reading Neil Gaiman's book Stardust. Amazing. Also read a book called Hoot. It was a cute story.

Back in school for last year...and yet, I'm not that interested.

Husband's friend from another city came to visit. Food I made turned out good, had fun watching them play Lego Star Wars II and making funny looking people in the Tiger Woods golf game.

And of course, boredom.

Oh yeah...am also waiting for October 31st to come around. Not for the obvious reason of Halloween, but for the reason that will get off the hook for pretending to like Halloween...RENATO ROSALDO. And of course, that he is talking about a topic which I find absolutely interesting...reflexivity in ethnography. I just can't wait. I wish he was coming now. Sigh. Too bad nobody out there probably knows what I am talking about.

Plus, it's possible that all that is solid really does melt into air. I will find out. But learning about modernity really does give insight into the lives we are living.
9th-Aug-2006 04:25 pm - 3 more days until I'm Mrs.
academe
Only 3 more days! YEAH! It's almost ready. It's almost all planned. I can finally relax a bit now. We will get married, have fun afterwards, and two days later we be on our honeymoon. We are going to the Dominican Republic and staying in a very nice resort. Never Alex or I have gone anywhere outside of Canada except the states (which doesn't count for much since the states is very similar to Canada). It will be a nice experience. We are planning to go on little day trip guides to see the country and of course lots of rest and relaxation. And also lots of pictures. You can't be an anthropology student who likes photography without taking lots of pictures at a foreign country. It just doesn't work.

So like I said, all the planning is almost over. But I had to spend all day working on tiny tedious junk to get it that way.

Yesterday I...
Did every single last piece of laundry so that I could bring all my clothes over to my new house today,
decided what to wear the rest of the week so that I could bring all the rest of my clothes over today,
finished the ceremony programs,
packed all the rest of the stuff I left laying around in my room and all the bathroom stuff so that I could bring it to my new house today,
made up an invitation for Alex's parents (for keepsakes),
wrote out a list of everyone who is travelling from out of town or province to be at the wedding,
Wrote out a list of people to thank for their help,
Wrote out the details of the itinerary for our MC,
Put some more music on my MP3 player for the reception (which took a while because I needed to reinstall the stoftware and couldn't figure out which one to download from the site),
typed out and finalized the seating arrangement and sent to sister for her to make,
made the little cards for people to give us marriage advice on,
rearranged the diagram of the room the reception is at,
and emailed the lady at the hotel we are having our reception at about 7 times to get everything straightened out

Somewhere in that I also managed to take some pictures with mine and Alex's new digital camera we got as a gift and uploaded some of them to my Flickr account.

Then I went to bed, because I was very tired. I'm sure glad I did all that yesterday instead of tommorrow or Friday though.

Today I brought over all the rest of my stuff and organized the book/computer room to make it useable (there are no more books or boxes all over the floor). Now I am enjoying some time to myself by looking at stuff on the internet. I think I will continue now.
4th-Aug-2006 04:10 pm - 8 days...
academe
Well, in exactly 8 days from now, I will be married. He is the most wonderful man...I cannot wait.

It has been so busy and hectic since January (when we got engaged). Six months was not really long enough to put everything together. But at least it will be all over with soon. I have to say, I am very surprised at how much work goes into a wedding. A wedding that is only for one DAY has taken us six MONTHS to prepare for.

Overall, it hasn't been too bad though. there haven't been any major fights or upsets...which is good. Everyone is still getting along :) I think, it has been stressful though because you feel like all the work and decision making will never end. It feels like if it could, it would drag out forever. But it wont. It will be very nice to see everything come together in the end and we can be proud at the fact that it was our effort and our family's effort that made it all possible. And we have a good house to live in (which was part of the planning process) and we will both be very happy together.

As I said before...I cannot wait :)
1st-Aug-2006 08:54 pm - Random bookmarks
randomness, "spiral jetty", fun
So, I probably have close to about 100 bookmarks in Firefox and was just thinking...I bookmarked some of these pages just cause I thought they are interesting, but I really doubt I'll ever look at them in a long time...So maybe instead of leaving them there to clutter up the information I DO need, I will leave them here in this little journal for me to find months in the future. So maybe a few months from now it will be like finding my own little hidden treasure...

Here are some of these little treasures:

1. "Saints.com": http://www2.webmagic.com/saints.com/
Information about different saints. Basically, encyclopedic. I don't know why because I am not Catholic but I find saints interesting. Maybe because they are people who did something big enough in their lives to catch someones attention.

2. Oral History Questionnaire: http://www.ec-online.net/Knowledge/articles/oralhx.htm
A life history questionnaire. I like life histories and this would make it easy to interview someone else or myself one day.

3. Kitten War: http://kittenwar.com/
A place to vote on which kitten you think is cuter. A novelty at first...and then you get bored of it. Some of those kittens are so sickening cute, you just have to laugh though.

4. The Burning Man Project: http://www.burningman.com/
I saw this on Malcom in the Middle. Really weird art thing festival. You have to see for yourself to know.

5. "World's Largest Collection of World's Smallest Versions of World's Largest Things": http://www.worldslargestthings.com/
I like the concept.

6. Kathey Reichs website: http://www.kathyreichs.com/
A forensic anthropologist. I found this interesting because she is the inspiration behind the character "Temporance Brenan" on the show Bones. She has also written some novels, of which the main character is Temporance. But in the show, Temporance writes novels of which "Kathey Reichs" is the main character.

7. Urban Harvester: http://www.urbanharvester.ca/
A group of people trying to grow fruits and vegetables for retail in peoples backyards.

That's all for now I guess. Maybe after I delete a bunch of these REALLY useless bookmarks, I'll find some more.
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