Friday, June 29, 2001

Okay, I'm off, have a great weekend my friends! And wish me luck!!! ^_^
And in response to the ever popular "Get a life":

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" I'll get a life when it is proven and substantiated
to be better than what I am currently experiencing."
-"Borrowed" from Miss Cloth
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*grins* I love that quote!
Well, as the quote says, seize the day! I'm not sure I'll like it, I'm not sure it'll turn out, but hey, what the heck, it's not often I do! ^_^

Can't wait to finish convincing Mum how much I need a vacation. Don't think it'll be too hard, but I've got them a bit worried this weekend so it make take a little more time than I wanted, but hey, so long as I get a week, or even a few days, away, from everything and everyone.....I can imagine the bliss! ^_^ Besides, we know the town inside and out, she's great. I know she won't mind me going up, at least for a weekend! Hey, she's known me since birth, if she can't understand me, who can? *Grins*

I won't be trapped anymore once I get my liscence, just give it time. ^_^ Sometime in July I should have it, one way or the other! Never fear! ^_^

The best part of it all is, when I have to make trips home next year from this little city, I'll have a travelling buddy! Driving or busing, I can try to go home same weekends as Heather, that'll make the 3 hour drive both ways significantly more pleasant! ^_^

Now, as for next year, if only I could convince Jana that she wants to clean the bathroom........*L* That wouldn't be fair though. Besides, when it comes down to it, homework or cleaning, I'll either have a very clean place, or have lots of motivation to do my homework......then again, I'll have a computer and a decent TV.........:)

I hope everyone's enjoying their summers! I just surfed my way through cyber space catching up on my friends sites, I was a little out of date, but hey, what else is work for? ^_^ So hey everyone! ^_^

I found this on the Ice Queens Magnificent Blog, I'm not a huge fan of this blog, I just wandered over out of the freshly updated blogs, looking for more design ideas, when I stumbled upon this post:

Are You Lonely?
Tired Of Working On Your Own?
Do you HATE Making Decisions?

You can: Hold A Meeting!!!
-See people
-Draw charts
-Feel important
-Impress your coallegues
-Eat donuts

All on company time!!!

Meetings
the practical alternative to work.

*grins* Ah, it made my think of Thursdays! ^_^ And besides, what else are meetings, really? Very few ever accomplish anything useful, though the odd tidbit of useful information is thrown your way often enough that you can't miss them. *sighs* Ah well, ^_^ just smile, nod and keep those eyes open Sanjay! ^_^ *tisk tisk* Caught sleeping already.....^_^

Oh, and for those of you who I'd been discussing this with, yes the CD did burn here at work. Same software and all. *sighs* Looks like I might have to take my computer in, I would rather it be that I have something set wrong.....but Ryan's computer's still on the defaults, he hasn't used it at all......:(

Well, I'll end that there, it's getting close to lunch and then I'm off for the day! Wish me luck! And in case I don't get a chance to say this, since I have a horrible habit of missing birthdays (WHY are so many people born in June?! That's 3, though I only missed one by any significant margin.....silly Ivo, you've got me paranoid about missing these birthdays now! Honestly, it's not that I don't care.....I just don't remember........Okay, so I have a terrible memory......I'm working on it ^_^)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA! ^_~


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As we speak, so time flees away.
Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow.
- Horace
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Thursday, June 28, 2001

Well there we go! Comments are back! ^_^ These are a little different, but they work and that's the important thing!
Drop me a line, test them out! ^_^
Here's the web site where you can find them! They're simple, easy to use and they WORK!

Reblogger
Enjoy ya'll!

And no, didn't get the burner, they're attempting to conquer computer problems there too! ^_^

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You have to have Soul. But if you don't have Soul, Halibut will do.
-The Muppets
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It worked, so let's see how this part works......
Try this......
I just might have begun hatching an idea for an interesting blog, but, it will need a bit of time for development.....though it is quite promising! ^_^ I actually plan to work on it today! ^_^ I have all summer to do this tiny little piece of work, now that they've slashed most of the sections out of the site...... ^_^ Why rush? *Grins*

Well, Jamie called me from work today, here at work. *grins* So hard to stay annoyed at that boy.....but that's alright, I was already not annoyed at him anyhow. Sure, we're due for one of those infamous talks, but hey, we're also due for a fun weekend. :) I'll put off Port Elgin for a few weeks! Actually, I'm hoping to talk my parents into giving me a vacation, they think I need it *grins* and hey, a few weeks of driving under my belt and I may be able to convince them.....it's all back roads after the first 1/2 hour, and besides, the worst I can do is crash into a farm fence, or a tractor........anyhow......^_^ I'm hoping for a relaxing, fun filled vacation! ^_^ Whoa sand fights, hilarious Heather tales and more sand! Did I remember to mention the swings? *smiles* Well, we'll probably be more mature next time and do more of the pool, swimming, walking around town, coffee shop type thing. When was the last time you had childish fun I ask? Probably too long ago! It's surprisingly refreshing! Anyone who's up for beach volleyball though is welcome to come camping!!! I've been dying to play! I need to hone my skills for the "C" level games again next year! *L* (Skills at C level.......^_^)

Today's been great! First of all, who doesn't love Donut Meetings?! Free Hot Chocolate, for us non-coffee drinkers, and they finally got the daunt orders right, plenty for everyone! Not that this's always a good thing......my appetite for the little tasty treats has been decreasing since I've been eating better foods. In fact, I'd rather water, but, that's harder to get at. Besides, who'd want to miss the fascinating conversations? *L* Where else to profs, faculty, staff and students all meet and converse because they want to.....^_^ And it's even about work sometimes, but even that's interesting!

Then, we came back. We ended up there longer than usual because more of the "grown ups" were there and conversation was flying. We came back with 1/2 an hour until lunch time....darn. ^_~ But, I stayed another half hour or so in the end, just in case. The later lunch proved best.

Another summer student and I went for lunch, met with someone she knew on the way, talked, and go to the beloved Arts Quad. We think we saw the other girl we meet with walking away, we both watched, wondering if it was her, debating. Julie tried to call her name, no reaction. But we still weren't sure. Well, we didn't go after her, and she managed to hide her face when she turned the corner. It'd be odd for her to be leaving down the entrance hallway, but still, the resemblance from behind was uncanny.....I just hope it wasn't really her.

Feeling a bit, well, bad, but not too bad because the other girl tends to go to the pool at lunch these days anyhow, we both went into the cafe, bought food stuffs, yes I snitched a Cherry Coke. ^_^ Then found seats, ate, talked. Normal. What was odd was that we decided to go sit outside. Okay that part isn't odd, but we ended up on the green (and I just found out some sort of platform, more trees and flowers are going in out there.....I hope they don't cut into the open lawn too much!!!) and sat under a tree in the shade, reclining on our bags and we talked.......what a gorgeous way to spend the afternoon. It was getting close to 2 before we realized it and sauntered inside. It was too beautiful to rush! ^_^

I came in, sat down, and am going to experiment with these files on a burner here at work, I'm still trying to figure out what's up with mine at home and I'm at about the last straw, but I don't want to take my computer in......I'd be....deprived! But, if this burner burns the files, it's either superior and I need an upgrade, or mine's just crazy. Hopefully mine's crazy. That's the best solution.

Another good thing happened, Jamie called me! How odd, but it was nice. Things are feeling much better. I might actually be looking forward to this weekend..... ^_~ *L*

Well, I shall end this here, though I must say, house hunting trip Monday and Tuesday, was the best ever. Boy did I need a vacation! ^_^ Nice to have everything sorted out....I feel like all the cobwebs are clear, it's great. Now THIS feels like summer! ^_^

Enjoy the weather everyone! It's beautiful out today!

Have fun & God bless!

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"The secret to getting ahead, is getting started."
-Emily
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PS> Note the quote says nothing about _when_ you need to start....^_~

Wednesday, June 27, 2001

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I cannot give you the formula for success,
but I can give you the formula for failure
-try to please everybody.
-Herbert Bayard Swope
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I couldn't have said it better myself, so I just grabbed the blurb off the Headboard web site! Please, go vote for them, you can download the song right on the contest site, with one easy click! ^_~ It's a fun little song, give it a listen! If you don't like it don't vote, but if you do.....^_^ Well, you know what to do!

06.20.01 ”Stuck on the Ground” is entered
in the Loud Energy “Protest Gas Prices”
Contest! Please follow the link and rate
the song (you have to register first).
Thanks! The prize money would be a HUGE
help.

- Vote for Headboard

C L I C K H E R E
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"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."
-Langston Hughes
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Sunday, June 24, 2001

I think all of these are great, and I use them all the time, but with lack of content these days, I thought I'd post them all up here for you to ponder about.
Life's an interesting thing to ponder. Make sure you don't waste it, enjoy every minute of it, even when things aren't going the right way. ^_^ Have fun guys, God bless!

This is what The Dali Lama has to say on the millennium, all it takes is a few seconds to read and think.
Instructions for Life in the new millennium from the Dali Lama:
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs:
Respect for self
Respect for others and
Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for
each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
Here ya go, updated it.......*L* I'll be back on Tuesday, gotta take a little trip, househunting and all. ^_^ Have a good day!

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This above all: to thine own self be true.
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
-William Shakespeare
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Thursday, June 21, 2001

You shall go out with joy and be led forth in peace.
The mountains and the hills before
you shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

-Isaiah 55:12
Please vote for Blogger, the super cool site which provides me, and many of you, with the ability to post our babblings on the web, in the Webby Awards! Just click here!

Anyhow, I didn't get a chance to finish yesterday's post, as you might have noticed! *L* But I will find time to finish posting today! Promise! ^_^

Just later.........^_~ It's time for my walk *L*

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I am only one, but I am still one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
-Helen Keller
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Wednesday, June 20, 2001

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People are like stained glass windows:
they sparkle and shine when the sun's out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within.
-Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
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Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Just updated Sanjay's links! And I'm on my way home, and hopefully, to a movie! ^_^
Good night minna-san! ^_^

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"When ideas fail, words come in handy."
- Goethe
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Salutations!
I must say, things have been busy! I just looked over a friends wedding website. Wow. Life sure is different now then way back when I went to school with her. Crazy. Life certianly has a way of catching up with you. I can pretend to hold onto my younger years all I like, things are different now. Maybe it's just the whole, I'm moving out and will probably be living away from home for the most part of the new few years, before I permanently go. And the fact that I have two about to be married friends (I know the dates now and they're both in the next two months!) but come on, I'll have to scrub my own bathroom!! None of you rez kids had to do that! *L*
I'm just hit with surprise sometimes. Such as my inability to tear around Wonderland all day unaffected and wide awake. Man, was I dizzy when I went to bed last night! *L* It would have been funnier if I hadn't felt so sick, but looking back, it's funny. ^_^ Well, I could go on about all the reasons why I'm feeling older now, but it's not that I think I'm quite prepared to be called an adult yet. I still have a ways to go, but I could definately call myself and all my friends (with a few exceptions ^_~ ) young adults. Life has just took a few interesting turns these last few months, or perhaps over the whole last year. ^_^ My first year of University didn't feel that different until the end, so perhaps that is why I'm thinking of all this now. Hey come on, my boyfriend's going to be 21 soon!!!! That's the last birthday that most people are happy to count, because that's where you achieve the final privilege that comes with age, drinking in the states! *L* ^_~ (Sorry Jamie! But it's true and I love you anyways ^_~)
Anyhow, I could go on all day about all the interesting and not so fascinating changes in my life and those around me, but I shall end my rant here, but never fear, I'm sure you'll find me continuing on another post!
This weekend was amazing. Somehow Jamie and I pulled off seeing each other for the entire weekend! An impressive feat to say the least! Most impressive was the surprise picnic but the water. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, and such a lovely day too in the end! And taking his sister and cousin to the park was fun too. Dinner with his family and then games after (like taboo and that game where you're given three words and you have to find the connection? Like Tribond....) which I did well in! Amazingly enough! Then, as another surprise, he drove me home. We had a great drive. I'll have those songs stuck in my head for a while yet! (You know which ones! *smiles* OH And I heard You Can Call Me Al playing at Wonderland!!! *L*) Then a pleasant evening at my place then visiting friends who were up in Hamilton for the weekend! ^_^
Then, early early the next morning, Jamie came to my place after dropping Ivo off at the station (Jamie and Ivo stayed a Cheryl's for the night, it was so nice of her!). We hung out most of the day. We went shopping for his parents, swam for hours and just hung out. Somehow that passed the whole day, and then it was time for him to go. But I must say, it was a wonderful weekend. I can't wait until the next one. ^_^


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"Love means to love that which is unlovable, or it is no virtue at all;
forgiving means to pardon that which is unpardonable, or it is no virtue at all."
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Thursday, June 14, 2001

Well, I seem to be falling behind these days, but that might because I've actually been busy, or stuck! *L*

Picture taking has been going well. We've gotten a few funny ones too, or at least they seem funny. I think I've been in this room too long. At least I'm not alone in my insanity. ^_^ A girl I met today was making chromosome jokes, but I'm not better, I laughed. ^_^

People here in the Accelerator/Reactor/Other facilities are great! And did I ever mention how much I loved Thursdays?

I'd best tell you how I started my hard day. The floor between the door I have a key to, and my office was waxed. This meant that I couldn't get to the necessary various hookups for my computer. Darn. No work for me. ^_^
The only downside was we were stood up by the people we were supposed to meet, so I had to skip lunch and sit and wait for them, just in case they showed up after the meeting, in case it ran late. *sigh* Oh well, I got to finish my book! Well, the climax is over, and I'm into the denumont so I can handle waiting until I get home to finish off the last 3 pages! Hey Sanjay I'm going to be needing those books! I'll have the forms next week! (They're not in yet, I checked) we'll have to trade! ^_^ Anyhow, this is why I'm never early! I was early and then I waited! This is why you show up late! *Grin* If they're not there by then, they're not coming! "Punctuality is a virtue of the bored" (I forget the womans name, I'll find it for you though! ^_^)

Today was actually quite a bit of fun. The prof and his crew are off to Tialand so we had to get pictures before they left! *Grin* They were funny, ah beer jokes...... And of course, the ground up tooth, or poor Julie doing the tests on the rat legs.....*Grins*

Well, yesterday, in here it was hot. As an understatement, I generally don't have problems with heat but boy, I stood up to get fresh air and things went black for a second. *grin* I thought it was kinda neat. I don't think the two lanps at my back, the one in the front or having my hands on a very hot lap top were very good things though. *shurgs* I got to leave and eat orange juice on a stick! I was happy! :)
Yikes, home time! *smiles* I'll type some more later! Have a great time guys!

And yes, I do have work to do these days! *grins happily*

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"Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk."
- The Dali Lama
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Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Well, as for the weekend, and Monday, they were quite interesting! I actually had a splendid time! Though I was at work until 7 yesterday......@_@

Thursday I had an excellent round of minigolf with the lovely people here in the Med-Phys department, well all the summer students and Grad students that is. ^_^
Well, the car in the shop was out in time for our trip so we didn't have to arrive at the course in clown-car style. I was definately pleased! Though, I must admit my amazment at the speed and caution exercised by the boys. They were exceptionally slow and careful drivers. I was impressed, and needless to say, shocked.
I managed to come in 3rd or something along those lines, but the girls won! And we had two people who'd never played before! ^_^ There should be pictures soon!

I'll have to find somewhere to post some of the interesting pictures taken around here. I'm afraid I have a bit of an affinity for all the fun radioatcive, danger and otherwise unsafe, signs and machines around here! Fascinating! The research around here is absolutely fascinating!

Well, I can't believe it, only 363 pages left in Temple of The Winds. It's getting interesting, I'll probably end up reading it all night! *L* It's taken me a while to make a dent in the book, but I'm enjoying it and can hardly wait to take up Sanjay's offers on the next few books. I may even have to go back and read the first ones in the series, which I have not. Dad just dropped this one on my bed, from his travels at some point, so I've been working on it while waiting for my rides and such. Though they may not be as exciting when I know how it ends..... Judging by what time I was able to go home yesterday, you can gather that I made a good dent that night. *L* Actually I worked for quite a while, I had a few hours to make up. Being extra early this morning helped! ^_^

Well, Friday night, I had pizza in the car on the way home. Rushed upstairs threw on my riding habit and was just about to race back downstairs when Mum calls up. My lesson was cancelled. So, I went back up the stairs (I was partway down), changed back into my jeans and finished eating my supper. One piece of pizza is never enough. ^_^ I was still in a bit of a foul mood I must confess, though thanks to Greg for stopping by Thursday night! Such a nice guy! And lunch with Melissa before that had been wonderful! *Grin* Did I remember to mention that? She's such a sweetie!

So anyhow, Jamie and I were on the phone for much of Friday night, later on that is. We stayed up too late though, he was really tired by the time we reached Sunday! ^_~ He drove up early Saturday morning, and he remembered my purse! He found it in Tim Hortons. *shakes her head* It's even bright red so I can't lose it, or at least I shouldn't be able to lose it. And yes, I know I should have kept my phone number in it....*L* Ah well, I could claim his dazzling smile was too distracting, but I don't know which is worse ^_~ *hehe* So, I managed to leave my purse in a Tim Hortons, all the way on the other side of Toronto this time. *sigh* Ah well, at least I keep things interesting? That's okay that just means that it's very fortunate that all the parking practice I did that week, thinking I had my purse, turned out so well! Parallel parking the van, for the first time (I'm used to a much smaller car) on a very busy street at rush hour was great practice!

So anyhow, on Saturday Jamie and I had a wonderful day! We played minigolf, raced motorcycles and swam! Oh, and we mustn't forget, being locked out of the house for quite some time and of course, Die Hard. ^_^ I know, we select such romatic movies! But come on, what's better to watch in the summer than explosions? The boys spent quite some time trying to convince me to swim, I knowing the water was at best 60 degrees F, refused initially, but, eventually, I let my sense of fun win over my sense of logic. So what if my limbs went numb when they touched the water? It would be fun! Well, Jamie decided he didn't like my idea to get in slowly and he shoved me off the edge of the pool. Then Steven joined in splashing the whole time, wondering why I wasn't as wet as him. That's okay, Jamie had been out of the water for quite some time and his expression when the cold water being splashed hit him made the whole thing worth while! *LMBO* So we all mucked about in the nice clean pool for a while (that's right CLEAN, assuming I remember to vacuum tonight!) before the two of them froze and had to get out. So much for me being the wimp. ^_~ But they were fun, I'll admit to that! The rest of the day was equally as good, but it was spent fairly quietly, lots of conversations, a game of Sorry, dinner, etc. ^_^ And no, I didn't leave my purse in the Tim Hortons this time! *L* Then Jamie had to drive back home. The poor thing got stuck in construction though. So much for having you home early, little lone on time! *L*

Sunday, I picked up more manga, I missed that stuff! Ah, to have a job again! Things are finally getting somewhere here at work too by the way! Anyhow, back to Sunday!

I mowed a lawn that needed it sorely. I could only mow about two inches of grass at a time in some places! All this rain has definately thickened the grass! I even managed to get some suntanning in! Impressed? *L* Though you can't really tell, I'm still as pale as a ghost! ^_^

Monday, aside from being a very late day, went by at a pretty good click. The mornings seem to these days, I've settled into a routine, or lack there of, and there's always someone interesting to talk to! Or some little field trip Vikram or I think up! *L* But, being such a late day and quite day, means that there is less to tell about it. Though I was dissapointed that they never got around to making icecream and popsicles with the liquid nitrogen. Maybe on a nicer day! Apparently, it's best when it freezes quickly, and quite safe!

The day went by quickly enough, I talked with many of the people around here, finished off a few more pages of that cursed list of companies to look up and search through. Jana managed to get her long sought after perogies (another staple food for next year? ^_^) and I heard more of the adventures of living alone. I just hope an assault sqad of spiders don't try that on me.

Well, I think that's it for now! I'll let you know how today went once I've been through a few more hours of it! *grin* Have a good one!

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Let us so live that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry.
-Mark Twain
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Friday, June 08, 2001

*smile* Not much of a post today. ^_^

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"Romantic love?
A curse I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy."
- Unknown
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Sorry about yesterday, I never had a chance to finish that post. I got called off to an impromptu meeting, which took longer than estimated due to the interesting conversations that developed. I then returned to find everyone out, waiting for us for minigolf. We had a bit of rushing to do. *L* Anyways, here's a neat quote I ran across today!

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We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
—Henry David Thoreau
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Thursday, June 07, 2001

Ah, I love being a young adult. Another day full of sunshine, pasta, and more life altering stories......What's not to love?

Today was remarkably fun and I've made remarkable progress and have been working steadily all day, with a brief check in on the Date My Sister Project, on TheSpark! Naturally, my supervisor, who is back now, will walk in as a blog. Just you watch. *Grins* She's so sneaky too, I never hear her coming, and no that can't have anything to do with these headphones......^_^

Unfortunately, I have little in the way of funny stories though I had much wisdom imparted on me today over a lovely meal of donuts and hot chocolate. Man, that machine really can make a cup of hot chocolate! ^_^ I went for the sprinkles today as I settled in for a pleasant debate (which was mostly over after my wonderful persusasive skills worked their charms, and we're going to the minigolf course I recommended. ^_~ Let's just hope all goes according to plan, so that I can't be blamed.....). Well, quickly we gathered that one car is in the shop, still. Mechanics ordered the wrong bumper and seem to need several days to put on the new one. Who knew? But, the car must get fixed, we have to wait, it's owner is coming home soon. *L*
So, going from there, we have two cars, just enough. Fortunately most of the students here have work or other plans or just don't like minigolf. All the ones I know are going, so I'm quite content. Besides, I don't need a big audience to view my amazing mini put skills. Hopefully, there will be no ball dodging this time around. *LMBO* Ah, poor Wes and Dan. I've never seen people jump, or drop as fast as they did. And both narowly escaped certain doom as my golfball grazed wes's leg, or bounced of the pole where his head had been moments before, only to deflect at Dan's head. Fortunately, he dropped and it landed just on the edge of the water and was retrieved reasonably quickly. When they say hit it hard, don't listen, it's a trick!

But, all that aside, my few holes kept the game from being a total loss!

Wednesday, June 06, 2001

Greetings oh faithful ones!
I fear all is the same here in the land of work. ^_^ Though, we managed to squeeze a few more appointments out of some of the wonderful faulty here on campus to show us their stuff. I found it fascinating. Who knew that's how and accelerator worked! Well, I did, but now I understand it better, and hey, found out a few more jobs for Engineers! *Grins* (They have to get the bombarded substance (liquid or gas) from the accelerator into the hot cells somehow!)
And to think, we were able to view some of it, he moved the shielding.....I hope that was safe....^_~ All in all it was an interesting hour. Well spent.
Another bonus, I managed to score some more lounging on the grass in our new favorite secluded spot on lunch today, while laughing away at the silly things put in the school paper, boy, they can be really funny when they try! Another bonus to my lunch was running into one of the SOCS people! I managed to talk about Rep training and figure out what's going on, which was a huge bonus! Remind me to tell you more Jamie! ^_^
Well, aside from the paper turing an innocent childrens show like Thundercats into a funny comic strip, and the children's story edited to make it sound.....interesting, and meeting up with the SOCS personel, lunch was relatively uneventful, though yummy!
Thanks to Jana's aid, I managed to avoid unnessecary snacking, since I'll be doing enough of that tomorrow at our famous doughnut meetings! Man, I love Thursdays! This week just keeps getting better and better!
If anyone sees a bright red purse, PLEASE tell me *Sniff*.......Please? I can't go for my test without it!
Let's see, tomorrow doughnuts, fun meetings and conversations (fascinating stuff goes on here! And everyone loves to tell you what they're doing! Well, most of them!) and after work, MINIGOLF! *grins* WIth all the fun people here in and around the labs! Then, home to talk to Jamie. It would take a lot for the day to be any better! (Though seeing Jamie would definately improve it! ^_~ Okay, enough mushyness I know! *L*)
Friday, I'm riding, how great is that, and I get to do more jumping! Man I missed it!
Saturday, there's a good chance of seeing Jamie which will be amazing, though if I don't I can still do the festival thing maybe up there, so it'll be an okay day.....^_^ (I even got out of the Rep session, just in case, so I can do that too if you're not around dear *L*)
Sunday, I plan on getting organized. I ought to have cards for writing down my recipes, clean my room, you know the drill. ^_^ Be useful around the house possibly!
Wow, I'm having too much fun these days. I think I've possibly been bored! *L* Though I'm reading this great book! Temple of the Wind, part of the Sword of Truth series. It's fantasy, what can I say! ^_^ It's the first decent book I've found in a while so perhaps I'm being a little over enthusiastic, but can you blame me? *Grin* It's nice and thick too, promises to be a good read all the way!
Well, I shall probably end this here, no truly interesting escapades, though I may have some humorous workspace pictures one of these days. Ah, digital cameras and the fun you can have with them! There's lots of neat and remotely dangerous equipment around, tons of warning/danger/authorized personel only signs, and hence hundreds of funny picture taking opportunities! *smiles* I'll post them if I can ever get a link to work! Well, some of them anyways! ^_^
Well, good day all!
Have fun and don't forget the sunscreen!

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"Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for
each other exceeds your need for each other. "
- The Dali Lama
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Tuesday, June 05, 2001

Well hello again!
Ah, another day! Well, it's gotten a little warmer and the glorious sun was shining during my lunch break. We finished eating early, so we went outside. Lovely! I had a wonderful rest lying in the sun with my lunchmates. ^_^ Well, one cheated and used a bench, but there's nothing quite lying on the soft grass with the sun gently washing over your face. We found a wonderful little spot to go for lunch now, it's great! Can't wait to do it again!
It's supposed to get a little warmer over the next little while, hopefully I'll be able to swim soon! ^_^
Today was relatively uneventful. Spent most of it cleaning up my computer since I added two new programs, but that's the fun part!
I got the new versions of Adobe PhotoShop and Dreamweaver (5). I'm quite pleased. Now I just need a chance to play with them! ^_~ Ah, I'm starting to sound like a geek.....^_^
I really gotta start going to sleep. Yeesh, *yawn*, but hey it's worth it! ^_~
This weekend, could be pretty normal or could be fun. It's either Jamie or cleaning......*L* You can guess which one I'm hoping for! ^_^
I had fun playing with the digital camera, and if I could upload pictures I would, some'll probably go on a site somewhere though and I'll link. *Grins* Ah, fun pictures of the radioactive lab and fun stuff! Even the X-Ray machines etc. Too bad the camera wasn't ready in time to catch the detectors overflowing! *L* Ah Liquid Nitrogen spills! Gotta love 'em!
I have Mini-Golf on Thursday and a chance to practice my new moves! I'm hoping to leave my competition in the dust.......well, at least I plan on avoiding near rmisses with my golf balls this time!!! I'll aim away from the people and at the hole. How hard can it be? ^_^ Right Sanjay? ^_~
Well, not too much new here, so I think I'll leave it there! ^_^ I know, amazing, she didn't ramble on today, or even attempt to dish out an interesting story?
The answer sadly, is no, too much time playing with my computer, and too much more fun stuff to try out! *Grins* I'll be back, with something more interesting by tomorrow I'll wager!
Until then!

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Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
- The Dali Lama
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Monday, June 04, 2001

Greeetings and Salutations to everyone!
I must say, this weekend was quite........interesting! *L* As are all my weekends these days!

Well, Friday night I rode. I was lucky enough to jump a line (two fences in a row) hopefully I'll be back doing courses soon! I can hardly wait! ^_^ Who knows, I may even be lucky enough to ride in the summer show circuit at this rate! ^_^

Then, Saturday Jamie managed to get the car so he came down early and we had a great day. After an action packed hour, we tied at minigolf. Perhaps the black lights and the interesting effects they had on me threw off Jamie's game as much as the kid in front of us (*LMBO* Such a cute kid!) or perhaps, my aim truly has improved. Either way, it was a close game. It all came down to the last hole. I think he might regret correcting my swing. ^_~

Overall, it was a very nice day. We finished off with the Buskingfest! This is a show that takes over the mainstreet of the small, yet lovely town, and fills it with all sorts of performers. We were lucky enough to catch the fire show, which translates into lots of people playing with fire. But, "Don't try this at home kids!"......*Grins* We headed back to the car at a nice early time as the show wound down, only to see to our surprise that the fireworks were definately spectacular. So, Sue, who's Mum I whole heartedly thank, grabbed blankets from the car and she, Jen, Sarah, Jamie and I all settled in to watch some of the show. We all felt terrible for not buying tickets, but we were at the car already, and it turned out to be the perfect spot to watch from! Who knew! We sat on the grass under a tree, it was wonderful. We then headed out, before they were over, because Jamie had a long drive ahead of him. It was an hour well spent! ^_^
Jamie's car now has a theme song, Party Join Us by Party Shin-Chan, and anyhow, Jen, Sue and Sarah were all simultaneously doing the Sprinkler in the back seat of the tiny Accent. Picture 3 girls, crammed into room for two of them, all holding their left arm up, bent, hitting the elbow five times with their right hand and then follwing with the "whoooo" sound as they mimicked water spraying from right to left. *grins* What I wouldn't have done for a camera! Ah, let the good times roll! ^_^ As is obvious, we had a good night! ^_^ The whole load of people moving simulatneously was a bit much for the car though and it rocked a little, but it survived. ^_^ Everyone got home, and we all called it a night, eventually. ^_^
Sunday, I went over to Jamie's, with Sarah's offers of a lift, another thank you! Jamie and I had a pleasant, yet relaxing day, I unfortunately did not get anywhere near an average amount of sleep so I was a little foggy, but that just worked out to be a wonderful excuse for sitting around and watching movies, and making trips to the corner store for more Coke! ^_^ (Hey, I hear that Pepsi bought out Coke or is in the process there of or something? True? False? Rumor? Fact?) Eventually, we went home, and yes Jamie they took the 401, and yes, it is faster! *Grins* Aren't we glad we found a better route? ^_^
Well, Sunday night was wonderful, for many reasons. I got some relaxing time with my family, a yummy dinner, and a great phone conversation.
Thanks James. I haven't felt this good in a while. It's all good. Thanks for being my angel. (And hey, that's not immasculating because in the Bible, all angels are male!)

Well, that's it for now! Nothing too funny happened today, lots of meetings and fun picture taking! ^_^ And a bit of blogging, email checking and a pleasant lunch! ^_^

Good day all! Hope your weekend was a spectacular as mine! (Though I'd have to say I couldn't quite capture on here the hilarious work stories of friends getting their coats caught on wagons at work and having to chase after the tractor until the driver noticed *L*, or any of the other hilarious story telling that went on. I had a lot of good laughs this weekend!!! Thanks guys! You're all great company!)

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"You can tell more about a person by what he says about others
than you can by what others say about him."
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Well, I'm taking a bit of a different angle today. This weekend gave me an opportunity to think, and face some things that have had me worried for a long time.

It's funny, almost. I realized that for the first time in my life I've truly reached a crossroads. Nothing is like it was before, and never can be again. Change is both exhilarating, and terrifying as I move into untread waters. I have to learn from my mistakes. There are so many life altering choices to be made every day, that alone is filled with anticipation and curiosity, as well as fear of making the wrong decisions. Although, some days, this all seems so silly. One day, I feel as though I can fix anything, go anywhere, do anything, and another, I realize how false those thoughts could be. But, I will rarely have this many choices with this much potential again.
Life is full of new things, and suddenly I've never been more loved, or more alone. I've never felt better, or worse. Never did I see my potential before now as I can today, and never have I failed to reach it as I did this year past.
This year was full of twists and turns. I learnt that sleep truly is a necessity and is directly related to your health, the value of time management, why procrastination doesn't pay, how to love, how to forgive and how to let myself be loved. I had more fun than I've had for as long as I can remember, but life also became more difficult and more complicated. And I'm now armed with the knowledge that things only get more tangled from here on out.
But, I also learnt that I don't give up, much to my own surprise, and how to hold on to the people that mean the most to you. I confirmed that sometimes, it's the little things that make the biggest difference. I learnt to take time for myself, because no one can run on empty forever. I learnt that giving doesn't always mean giving up time to study for your final and that you can give and still take time for yourself. Everything in moderation. But most of all, someone taught me how to see the light at the end of the tunnel again, and I'm forever grateful.
I thought my first year here fairly normal, just like every year before, until I actually thought, and grew and realized that it was different. I didn't think it was true, that people learnt so much in University about life. But, I was wrong, and not for the first time.

Most of all, I want to thank the people that showed me the way, even though I didn't always listen. God, family (especially my Mum), and friends.

But, also, I want to thank Jamie. His finally managed to get me to look up. Thanks for showing me the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm not sure I could have done it without you. ^_^

*L* I promise the next post will be a lot less serious. ^_^ I just thought I'd share some of my realizations with you, though none of them came out as eloquently as I would have liked. I hope everyone has a great summer, and I'll see you next year, if not before. ^_^

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"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
-Philo
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Friday, June 01, 2001

Alright, this also isn't ordinarily my style, but here's a little email Sanjay sent me. I was cleaning out my inbox and though I'd do this rather than forward to everyone. ^_^

The Lovers:

The lovers passionately embraced while lying on her bed. Then, suddenly the woman
cocked her ear. "Quick, my husband is coming through the front door.
Hide in the bathroom", she cried.

The lover ran into the bathroom as she hid his clothes under the bed.
Just as she turned back, her husband came through the bedroom door.
"What are you doing lying naked on the bed?" he asked.

"Darling, I heard you coming up the drive way and got ready to receive
you" she replied with a wink and a smile.

"Great" he said, "I'll just run into the bathroom and I'll be with you
in two shakes."

She panicked. Before she could stop him, he was in the bathroom. He
found a man clapping his hands together in mid air. Dumfounded, he
asked, "Who the devil are you?"

"I'm from the exterminator company. Your wife called me in to get rid of
these pesky moths" the lover replied.

The husband yelled, "but you've got no clothes on!!!"

The lover looked down at his body, jumped backwards in surprise and said,
"The little bastards."

Well, now we all know what to do if our lovers husband or wife should walk in..............

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Follow the three Rs:
Respect for self
Respect for others and
Responsibility for all your actions.
- The Dali Lama
(in case you were wondering, these are
all from his thoughts on the millenium)
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Oh, and as for the song, it's not my style at all, but it's been on in the car on Mum's radio station and the darn thing kept getting stuck in my head. The worst part is, I think I actually like it..........
^_^

JA!

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"When you lose, don't lose the lesson."
- The Dali Lama
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Hello!
Well, I've started work on my template, I have the header graphic worked out only, I'm in a bit of a debate with myself over the colour scheme, so that will put me back a few days. ^_^
Today's been interesting. There's no way it should have been frustrating......*L*
Well, it all started off innocently enough, waking up was hard to do, I never really got comfortable last night. But, it's a lovely day, and I actually have a hood! *Grins* So I've been able to avoid getting really wet.
Lunch was nice, the three of us dawdled a bit today since their supervisors are gone and we're all a little frustrated today, whether it's due to being unable to decipher instructions, still, with no one to consult, or having to redo a weeks worth of work, or well, my situation. *L* So, we tried on hats and whatnot over in the bookstore, and I got a real chuckle out of that, thanks Jana! ^_^
Oh, and you'll all be happy to know, I got rid of my hiccups! *L* They snuck up on me just as I came to sit back down to do this. *grins* Ah well, I've learnt the secret to getting rid of them, I just had to relax first.
Naturally, no one's sent in any more forms, and no appointments today. And I've finished the work I came up with. Problem, no work to do, except..........yes that's right, my favorite part! The stuff I really shouldn't be doing anyhow, and honestly, I don't think I've ever disliked doing anything this much. *sighs* And really, it's not that bad, I am just fed up with it, but I'm paid to be here, at least I finished going through a whole page of companies, largely they turned out to be not what I wanted but I found a few gems amid the rubble.
I gave up my computer earlier, and hence all forms of entertainment, and searched exhaustively through more sites for precious pieces of information. Unfortunately, since I can't get my questions answered, I have to quiz the grad students about what equipment they use and whatnot in my attempt to find relevance in these web sites. I've gotten faster at ruling them out as time goes on, fortunately. And my medical and health physics vocabulary is growing daily.
So, I find a bunch more companies, finish off the page and am quite pleased. I can handle this, I don't dislike this that much, I do turn up useful bits of information occassionally, there's no need to dislike this. Lazy students can now come to this site and have all the information found for them, I'd love that. Though, the page looks like we spent 5 minutes on it, not several weeks.
I go to lunch, have a pleasant time, have myself in a relatively good mood, and am set to sit down and do more exhaustive searching from the lists I've pulled from books during my research trips to the careers office on campus. But I can't find the page. I had it. I saved it. Several times. It might be in the shared folder, but of course that's not working. It's not on Vikram's computer, he doesn't ever remember seeing my list. We hadn't complied all our info yet then. So, where's my list?

Gone. Lost. Hidden. Anywhere but in front of me.

My endless, exhaustive search was for nothing. I have to do it all again. Man I love my job.

Though this is all so much worse when considered in the right light. Initially, I was okay with not doing much each day, that was the pace of the work and get university people to move quickly? This is a unique setting and as any student will have observed, University's have their own dimension and time moves much slower here than outside in the real world, unless of course, you have an assignment, test or exam to study for. But those are special cases. Now that they've shown me how great life is when I have work to keep me busy and I can momentarily move outside this strange time zone and have my day pass at normal speed, they take it away. They teased me with their promises of work and interesting design considerations.

Though, the funny part is, believe it or not, it seems funny now. In fact, I no longer can't stand this work that even a trained monkey could do. Eventually someone will get back to me, Monday and Tuesday I can call and harass a few more people, there will be more appointments and soon a High School student will be arriving and can take the work off my hands, since it's hers in the first place. But, with my luck, I'll get stuck on this and she'll get to do the fun work. *laughs* Ah well, all my gained knowledge with these programs will go to waste while more people learn them. *Grins* Oh well, my pages are going to look great. ^_^ Besides, I'm going to not listen, whip up a lovely template and present it one of these days, I doubt they'll have many complaints when they see I now have a whole section of the site done. *Grins* And hey, who likes paying someone to do nothing?

And hey, I'll be unsupervised until next Thursday. I'll get sooo much stuff done. I'll do the web site I was supposed to be working on or is it am supposed to be working on it? *grin* I'll go quiz people, get the information I want and go from there. *Grins* I'll go show off my initiative. ^_~ That'll show them right? *L* I WILL find work to do, useful or not. ^_^

So, I ride tonight.

*Grins* To be honest, I was sooo close to be frustrated, seriously irrevicobly frustrated, and now, everything just seems hilarious and how could I have ever worried. Hey, it's their site. It's up to them if they want to get it up. I have everything done, and it's wating for them. ^_^ So I should just relax and do my job, hey tons of you are working your butts off, laughing at me for complaining about my piddly little job. ^_^ When in reality, they're paying me to do this and I should be the one giggling. ^_^

So, instead of complaining, I'll take all this and just vent it running, riding, working out, oh and hey, I think I'm going to join the Y. As soon as I get my liscence. I'm trying to talk someone into letting me practice parking tonight. Renevating the house and getting it ready to sell is taking up quite a bit of time. *L* Naturally! :)

I'll be seeing Jamie tomorrow, hopefully playing minigolf, and cleaning and hopefully driving on Sunday so I can go for my liscence next week.
That's it I'm going ready or not. We'll see how I do, who knows, I may pass. If not, oh well, it's only $20. ^_^

So, there ya go! Hope everyone had a great day!

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Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
-The Dali Lama
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