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Why do I do these quizzes? Most of the time because I’m bored. Oh, well. It’s not as if any of you really have to read them…

Three Names you go by:
1. Nicole
2. Nicholas – My Dad has called me Nicholas since the day I was born. Why? I wish I could tell you…
3. Murph – Here’s the story: My brother, sister and I were playing MarioGolf one day many years ago. I am normally a pretty decent golfer (at Nintendo golf, that is), but I was having an off day. So, my brother started calling my Murph, which is apparently a name for a bad golfer. At least, that’s how I remember the story…

3 Three Parts of Your Heritage:
1. German
2. Russian
3. French

Three Things That Scare You:
1. Being on a SkyTrain when the Big Earthquake hits Vancouver.
2. Stephen Harper becoming Prime Minister.
3. Heights

Three of Your Everyday Essentials:
1. My computer
2. Food
3. Music

Three Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
1. Red snowflake pyjama pants
2. Yellowstone National Park shirt
3. Berry red nail polish

Three of Your Favorite Songs:
1. Like We Never Loved At All – Faith Hill/Tim McGraw
2. Ain’t It a Pretty Night (from the opera Susannah) – Carlisle Floyd, sung by Renee Fleming
3. LA – The Wilkinsons

Three Things You Want in a Relationship (other than Real Love):
1. Someone who will constantly harass me about my sports teams…
2. Someone who’s not afraid to challenge my opinions
3. Someone with a sense of humor

Two Truths and a Lie (in any order):
1. I don’t really like that many people.
2. I like asparagus, green, yellow and red peppers and even mushrooms.
3. I love The Gap.

Three PHYSICAL Things about the Opposite Sex that Appeal to You:
1. Eyes, first and foremost.
2. Smile
3. Voice – the deeper the better…

Three of Your Favorite Hobbies :
1. Reading
2. Making fun of celebrities, politicians, or, well, anything or anyone…
3. Listening to music

Three Things You want to do really badly right now
1. Go out and see a movie
2. Have some Sour Cream ‘n’ Onion chips
3. Get rid of the supper I just ate so that I can eat some chips…

Three Places You Want to go
1. Europe
2. Australia
3. Across Canada
Same as Lauren said!!

Three Things You Want to Do Before You Die
1. Get married.
2. Have children.
3. Find what I truly want to do and that makes me happy.

Three Ways that you are stereotypically a Girl/Guy
1. I love shoes.
2. I love clothes.
3. I love makeup.

Let the second-guessing begin!

I was at the mall when I heard the Team Canada selections for the Men’s Hockey Team. Suffice it to say that I was shocked when Sidney Crosby wasn’t named. Not even to the reinforcement group. But that made me happy that Team Canada has much better sense to name Spezzz and Staal, who are near the top of the league in scoring, thatn an 18 year old phenom who really hasn’t proven anything yet. Good for them for getting past the media spin. But Todd Bertuzzi? He’s not the player he was 2 years ago. No way, no how. He’s slow. He’ll take a lot of penalties. I don’t think the big ice is for him. I wonder if part of his production problems now are because of the bigger offensive zone in the NHL. But, whatever… The defence is solid, so are the goaltenders (thank you that Turco is there and not Cujo…), and the forwards will be great. Minus Shane Doan. That kid if useless. But, again, not my call. And, as off-put as I was by Rick Nash being named to the team, the quality of the reinforcement squad makes it okay. Plus, if he’s healthy, he’ll be fantastic. Enough of that…

So, I’m home. I really don’t feel as if I’ve been away that long. Thank goodness it has warmed up the past couple of days, otherwise I’d probably be back in Vancouver by now. I’ve slept lots, eaten more than any human being should eat in a month, and I’ve had the chance to have a whole 48 hours in my pyjamas. Excellent…

Other than that, things are pretty quiet. I’m staying with Michelle for a couple of days before Christmas, and then it’ll be the big day! I love Christmas…

I made my voice teacher cry today. More about that in a minute or two…

I had a funny experience on the bus today. A couple came on, about 55 years old I figure. They sat beside me. While I watched them walk on, I thought, “They seem like a normal couple.” Ha. They were soaked in the smell of pot. I was stunned. And felt like gagging. Yuck. Then, across the aisle from me, a Native man sits down. His clothes are dirty, he’s carrying a couple of shopping bags that look like they’ve been carried out of a dumpster. His face has clearly been scarred in some sort of fight – at least, that’s what I think. A cell phone rings. The Native mans answers it. On his Blackberry. I thought he was a poor, homeless man. Some homeless Blackberry man, apparently. It’s all about perception.

Now, if you’re into politics, you might want to check this out. There’s a game called “Prime Minister Forever”. I downloaded the free trial of it offered by CBC’s online website (it’s somehwhere in their election coverage), but there’s a website that offers a full version as well, with 6 different scenarios. The free download only offers the scenario of this election. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like fun. And – politics is perception…

So, what do you perceive about Stephen Harper? I perceive that he’s laying out all of his cards too soon. I surmise that Paul Martin is bluffing. It’s like a poker game, and I truly think that Harper is playing all of his platform cards way too soon. There’s still over a month left in this election campaign, and everyday he comes out with a new platform announcement. I don’t know what the Liberals are doing, but they’re clearly saving all of their money and ammunition for the last couple weeks of the campaign, which, if we actually do care, is all we’re going to care about anyways. But that’s my perception…

Which leads me back to my opening line. Why did I make my teacher cry? I can’t say for certain, but I think it was a good thing. We were doing some technical exercises, and I let this Bb go that just sailed. And that’s when my teacher teared up. I’ve never seen him be that emotional. Ever. He just said, “That sound was gorgeous. It had roundness, clarity, beauty, it was just – beautiful.” And this man knows what he’s talking about. He’s one of the greatest teachers in Canada. And I made him cry. I’m finally finding my sound, or, if you want to take it literally, “my voice”. It’s exciting, it’s frightening because it’s such a big sound, but it’s fascinating. That’s what I came here for. To find myself. To find “my voice”. To get rid of my perceptions…

I suck. I really do. I must be THE most pathetic 23 year old on the planet. It’s Saturday night, 10:45 pm, and I’m on my way to bed. This is silly. I could have fallen asleep aroudn 7:30, if it weren’t for the “Corner Gas” documentary on CTV.

It’s not that I don’t want to go out weekends. I do. I miss my 4th year university days when I finally let myself go out and do fun stuff and stay out really late. The problem now is that I don’t have anyone to do those things with. Hopefully I will again – soon…

Today I wrote my Grade 5 analysis exam. It was a typical RCM exam. Most of the questions were fine, and there were 1 or 2 that were way out in left field, leaving you wondering “What the ?!)#”. For instance, name the form of a fugue. Fugue IS the form! Fugues are not ternary or binary. Ack! But, whatever. I think I wrote down ternary and half-proved it, so we’ll see. The rest of the exam was fine. I thought I would be the oldest one there, as the rest of the exams being written were Preliminary and Grade 2 Rudiments. But then a couple walked into the room and looked mid-40s, so I was saved. And it took me 2 1/2 hours to write. On the most beautiful, warm day we’ve had in December. Freaking fantastic…

Other than that, I’m preparing for the home stretch before Christmas break. I don’t really have anything major form here on in, just an audition on Wednesday night for my conductor, which, although it is an audition, is not too huge a deal because I’ve been working with him for over a year now, so nothing is really going to be a surprise. It’s just a pain in the butt. Oh, well.

And on that note, I’m going to bed, ’cause it’s up at 7:30 to go to work. What a Sunday…

Our prayer club had its Christmas party tonight. It was a blast. We just sat around and visited, something we haven’t done for awhile. We also exchanged gifts. Molly picked my name. Was I ever lucky. First of all, I got an Advent calendar, since Mom didn’t send one to me this year. And I promptly ate chocolates 1 thoough 7. Then, she got me a Magic 8 Ball. So, we had fun with that for awhile. Along with it, was a framed photo of Michael Clemons and I at a BC Lions game. Actually, it was a photo of Molly with Clemons’ head on her body. It’s an inside joke. If you remember from last year’s Grey Cup, Molly thought Pinball was a “Make a Wish Foundation” kid on the sidelines, since he was so small and was grinning so much. Then she started calling him Smurfboy because of all the blue he was wearing. Anyways, he’s our football joke. Too funny. And then to top it all off, she bought me a football! A CFL football, complete with air pump and a tee! I’m definitely taking it to school next week and kick it around the lawn of the Academy before I practice. It ought to help me relax!

Other than that, things are crazy busy. I write my Grade 5 Analysis exam, so I’m desperately trying to avoid all studying. My teacher wants me to nail down my recital program before the holidays, so I’m trying to figure that out, too. My Little Mozart class has their concerts next week, plus I have a mandatory staff meeting, an audition, work, teaching, lessons, and I have to find time to have a haircut and pack in there! I’ve given up hope of getting my Christmas shopping done before I get home, so I’m just going to leave it ’til then.

Otherwise, things are good. I sang really well in masterclass today. My voice is turning a corner. Things are evening out, no more “hiccups” in the sound, which is a good thing. And I finally learned that practicing is good. I sang this Mozart aria (“Zeffiretti lusinghieri”, in case you’re wondering…), and I was so nevous, convinced that it wouldn’t sound as good as it did in my practice room. But it went off, well, almost perfectly. My muscles remembered what to do! It was a good lesson. I actually trusted myself today, and the result was fantastic! And on that note, I’m going to listen to some Strauss before I go to bed…

Actually, the easiest money I made was last November when I found &60 in an ATM. And no, it wasn’t the money I had just withdrawn. The person in front of me had left it there. I searched for a half hour, looking around the food court for the lady with blonde hair. But she was nowhere to be found. So, I considered my $60 as a gift,and promptly bought a ticket for the Riders/Lions Western Final. And then God must have punished me for my stealing, because we all know what happened in that game…

Anyways, after spending all Sunday in my pyjamas, something I haven’t done in months, I realized I needed to walk across the street to Shopper’s Drug Mart. The following chain of events then occured:
Nicole: Heather, I’m going to Shopper’s. Do you want anything?
Heather: No, thanks. Are you going in your pyjamas?
Nicole: I hadn’t really thought about it. Should I?
Heather: You should. Make it a true snow day. I dare you.
Nicole: And what will I get if I go through with it?
Heather: Name whatever it is you want.
Nicole: I don’t want to extort anything from you…
Heather: Come on. Name it.
Nicole: $5?
Heather: Oh, make it $10.
Nicole: OK.

So, Heather came with me, and I made $10. End of story.

Now on to my election coverage. So, Stephen Harper is a “flip-flopper”! What a news flash! First of all, he decides he’s going to cut the GST, which his party INVENTED. Interesting. Then he goes on this tirade about how our medical system is unconstitutional, and how he would enable the system to quit infringing on the human rights of health care. Hmmm, he’s standing up for human rights with health care, but yet wants to reopen the same-sex marriage debate. Isn’t that a right? A right for people to marry whomever they choose? Okay…

Gilles Duceppe is a blockhead (Ha ha! That’s a pun. Get it? Bloc vs. block?). His whole “let’s give Quebec it’s own national hockey team” platform was a little ridiculous. Well then, I want Saskatchewan to have its own national curling team in the Olympics. But if you wish to check out the possible rosters if Quebec were to separate and have its own teams, check out the following: http://thestar.blogs.com/jabs/2005/12/a_big_shoutout_.html and
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/writers/allan_muir/12/02/inside.nhl/.

Jack Layton? Ack, the guy has no hope. The Liberals are going to try and scare everybody, so he shouldn’t even bother trying. But I did see someone with a “Layton for Prime Minister” pin. At least he’s got one vote…

And what about our Prime Minister? He was pretty low-key this week, letting the Conservatives give out all of their election promises within the first week of campaigning. There are a few days left in this election campaign, fellas. Better ration your promises, there.

What else? Oh, I’m just counting down the days ’til I get to head back to Saskatchewan for Christmas, along with practicing, teaching, working with my clients, and studying as litle as possible for my Grade 5 RCM Analysis exam this weekend. And, I’m trying to extract information on SFU’s Education program, but it’s like trying to get information on Roswell. It’s ridiculous. The deadline is January 16. I kind of need to know whether I can actually apply or not. And why may I not be able to apply?

Well, they do their Education degrees a little differently out here. You are required to first have a bachelor’s degree in the subject(s) you wish to teach. Then you apply to, what they term, Professional Development Program. You may not even convocate with an Education degree. That is actually not required. Just that you go through this professional development, and then apply to the BC College of Teachers for their teaching certificate. But, for UBC I am short 4 credits of classroom instrumental instruction, so I can’t apply until I take those. I couldn’t take them in Regina because they were only for Education majors. I suspect SFU is along the same lines. If that is the case, I will then apply to either or them, and then take my required music classes, as well as enough history or English classes so that I can have 2 teachable subjects instead of just music. Why not double your chances of getting hired!

All right. Off to bed for another weird night of dreams. I have had dreams for the past 2 weeks, every night. I’m starting to wonder if I actually dream all of the time. I probably do. In last night’s dream I was pregnant, and the baby wouldn’t come, and I wanted the baby so badly. I was 9 months pregnant, but still had the nerve to ask some random guy out. Weird.

So, I woke up this morning, tired and cranky at the prospect of not being able to sleep for another 16 hours, when I checked my e-mail and found a message from Joel. The title read, “Damn that infernal Blog of yours!” and I have to say, I was kind of scared. My Mom continuously warns me that some of my comments are, in her words, “harsh”. I’d always laugh it off, then write my next inflammtory comment and not think about it again. Until I saw Joel’s e-mail.

Now, after I had read it, I laughed. It truly made my day. I caused Joel to lose an hour of sleep. I think that’s a great accomplishment on my part. And kudos to him – he actually conducted research in order to prove me wrong.

So, what did Joel say? He said that he thinks there’ll be a Conservative minority, as opposed to the Liberal minority I predicted. Joel could very well be right, and if he is, bravo. But I hold to my prediction: Liberal minority. While Joel is correct that the Liberals will get slaughtered in Quebec because the sponsorship scandal was much bigger news there (they broadcast the proceedings live – from what I remember; it was like O.J. Simpson all over again), I can’t see the NDP gaining 9 seats to 27. I don’t agree that Jack Layton is a great parliamentarian. I think most Canadians see him as someone who was in a position to make things difficult for the Liberals, and he did. And he might even seem a, dare I say, “flip-flopper” because of his “I’m going to support the government” and “Now I’m not going to support the government” tactics. But that’s just me.

This is the Conservatives election to lose, don’t get me wrong. But I think people still don’t believe Stephen Harper as a leader. Look at the polling. I believe he placed 3rd in a poll of which party leader would make the best Prime Minister. That’s not good. People are still scared of him and his “hidden agenda”. They claim the Liberals have one too, but we all know that. But I think ones of the biggest issues that could come and bite Harper in the butt is the re-opening of the same-sex marriage bill. If the Liberals keep pointing to that, it may very well keep him out of 24 Sussex. It falls to social values, and that’s what people question when they think of the Conservatives. But the biggest issue facing Conservatives is the rebirth of the Separatist movement in Quebec. The Liberals will hammer at the fact that the Conservatives don’t even have their feet wet in Quebec at this point, and would you really want that type of government in a time of national crisis? At least the Liberals have seats in Quebec and have connections. The Conservatives don’t at this time. Paul Martin will mention that every chance he gets.

Have the Liberals done a fantastic job? H-e-double hockey sticks no. But we’re a lot better off than we were 12 years ago when they first came to power. Yes, we’re in need of change, but the Conservatives are not the change that people want. We need another Trudeau. But I’d like to see what Paul Martin would do with a majority government. I’m just curious…

Two sports notes before I go to bed: 1. What’s with the Joe Thornton trade? If you saw that one coming, I need to hire you as my bookie! 2. Riders to trade for Kerry Joseph for Nealon Greene? Can this actually be happening? Sure, give up Scott Gordon. We’ve got Darnell Edwards on the roster still, and he was a good safety to begin with. But give up Greene before Fred Childress. Joseph needs a good line in front of him.

Okay. Time for bed. I’ve got to get up early and go for a walk. With all of my working, trying to make up hours for people before I go home for Christmas, the gym has become a distant memory. And the scale shows it…

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