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I Don’t Think It Can Get Any Better

(Instantly lifts the table-cloth to touch a lot of wood! I don’t want to jinx this!)

I am one of the luckiest ladies out there right now.

I’m finished with my semester. One more to graduate with an Associates’ Degree, and then onto my Bachelors!
I just had a most wonderful weekend in VanCity, catching up with some old friends and meeting some new ones.
I also got to go on a couple dates while in the city. (Ooer. Say it out loud. Ooo- er.)
I’m home for the holidays.
Kitty and Grizzly are just as fuzzy and adorable as ever.

My fuzzy, shedding babies

Kitten and Grizzy-Bear. Cutest Rotti's ever.

Puddin’cat invaded my bed last night and slept on my feet.

Puddin'cat. She comes when you call!

The Barn Kitties are still identical and adorable and oh-so-fuzzy.

And I have more projects!

I have the wedding to plan still. Today or tomorrow, I’m going to type up all my notes, instead of having them in a binder. It may be easier to have them on the computer as well for ease of transferring.

I’m applying for jobs. Mostly online as I don’t have a working printer. I’m also applying for things I never thought I’d be able to. But it seems I am actually qualified to do things!

I have a secret project that I’m working on. It’s Scouting related, but I can’t say more than that. Mostly because there is a lot of drama going on with it, and I really just want to pound out a draft. I know it will have a lot of changes to it, I fully expect that. But you need a base to jump from.

I’m realising more and more how blessed I am. I don’t worry too much about rent and grocery money (Thanks, student loans!). I have a vehicle. I have luxury material items. I have warm, good clothing. I have several pairs of shoes.

I have a loving family. I have the best damn friends a young lady could ever want or need. And I love and appreciate them. I don’t tell them enough.

I’m healthy (as far as I know), and I’m Happy. Yes, italics required. I’m blessed, loved, cherished and I cannot thank my lucky stars enough.

In this holiday season, take a moment to slow down. Stop, even. Think about how good you have it. You’re warm, dry, well-fed, well shod and warmly clothed. You probably have a cell phone. And a computer of some sort to be able to read this. You’re literate and educated. You’re loved by friends and family.

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. (Festivus for the rest of us, if nothing else.)

Wedding Bells and Silver Bells

My friends Eddie and KC are getting married!

It’s exciting, though kinda strange to think that I’m old enough for it to be socially acceptable for my friends and I to have children and get married and stuff.

I’m the lucky girl who gets to be the wedding planner/event organiser. That means I do a lot of the legwork and find ideas and methods and various small and large tasks.

I’m actually really excited to do this. I LOVE planning things. (Like the failed Rover Dinner/Dance. Maybe if I ever move to VanCity again.)

We went wedding dress shopping last week and KC tried on some gorgeous dresses… Wow. Almost makes me want to change my mind about what I want my dress to be. Almost.

Sometime in the next couple weeks, we’ll be figuring out what to do for the centrepiece and getting a couple more things on the massive checklist done. A lot of the things are tasks Eddie and KC have to do themselves – or things their parents have offered to do.

And I have a feeling I’ll get to be the event organiser/wedding planner for a couple other friends of mine, but we’ll see what happens.
I’m pretty happy with where I’m at now. I could use a little clarification on something, but I’m sure it will work itself out in due time.
School is nearly done with. History exam this week and computers next week, and then no school untill Jan 10th. I’m excited for a week and a half after new years to do nothing but relax and find a job.

Oh yeah, I go to school two days a week next semester. I can’t think of a better deal going into the insanity that is going to be Spring. Between Scouts, Rovers, the Wedding and a couple other possibilities (that will more than likely come into fruition), school and a job, I am going to be one busy beaver.

And Now it’s Christmas season! (Well, nearly. I try to keep it at bay until Dec 15th. That marks Christmas season for me.)
Which means baking, baking and more baking because I am a typically broke student. And I already have a bag of flour and sugar. And I bake well, and my family seems to like it. I know my friends do (or they are good enough at acting to fool me.)

I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time. I love it. I am hoping it’s not just a fluke, or some new friendships bringing out the best in me, and that it’s a real change for the better.

I have one fly in the ointment, but hopefully it will be fixed in the next couple months. And that’s all I can say without delving into grody details. (It’s not very serious, don’t worry!)

I wish you all the best in your exams/end of term/end of school/work/projects/everything!

Book List Bonus

This is a bit of a meme that’s been floating around for ages on the facebook. (I thought I had filled out my own version, but I think I only looked and made a mental list on someone else’s post.) Anyway, you’re supposed to copy/paste into your blog/note/journal/whatever and put an X or somehow mark the ones you’ve read to see how you stack up agasint your friends.

The list is from the BBC, and includes a lot of “classic” literature.
I’m going to use purple for books I’ve read, green for the ones I’ve tried to read but stopped before finishing leave the rest. (Ones I’ve seen as movies will be red)

(I’ve read/seen 27. I thought I had more done.)

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible – Too Many Cooks
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Does it count if I’ve read several plays for school?)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert X
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Bandwagons

I fell off mine.

I had a cheeseburger. It was satisfying for about 3 minutes.
Then the guilt set in.

I’m going to blame it on menstral insanity and an explained craving for red meat. I eat a lot of broccoli and sometimes I remember my multi-vitamen, so I’m getting enough iron, but sometimes it doesn’t quite work.

I’m going to pay for this though. I’ve noticed the few times I’ve had meat by accident or otherwise since switching over my tummy roils and rumbles and generally lets me know that it isn’t so keen on processing meat after being meat-free.

I might have to re-think my Turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas and switch to Thanksgiving and Christmas salmons…

But, It’s not the end of the world. It’s not that I have to start all over at step one.

Besides, after eating the burger, I “punished” myself and finished my essay on King Lear. So that’s done, only one more on Love’s Alchemy by John Donne.

 

On an unrelated note, I’ve  been watching a LOT of Dan Savage Q&A videos on youtube. Lots of questions, lots of slightly sarcastic, but truthful answers. If I were not nearly as educated in life as I am, I would probably find them informative too. As is, I find them mostly entertaining that some people simply do not know about things.
But then I remember the US has abstinance-only sex ed. And then it all makes sense.
Poor America. Last to the gate, but first and loudest to congratulate themselves.

I am also trying (though it can be like pulling teeth at a bad dentists’) to read a book a friend sent me. I’m on about half way through and it’s really getting to be a hubby-hunting how-to.
While it would be nice to stumble upon some sort of relationship, I’m not setting out to find a life partner. A partner in crime sounds more my speed right now.

Also I find I’m really good at fixing your relationship. I just have no clue of how to have one, myself.
Ah well. I’ll figure it out at some point.