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This is my idea of a post today: a survey.

I spent the weekend at home, minus today. I had to work from 10-6, and I worked at Courtesy Desk for the first time. I returned and handled mini-crises all day, including a fight between a parking attendant and a woman who accused the 80-year-old parking attendant of deliberately hitting her in the face with his baton. I called a manager pretty fast. But I liked it. I was busy and the day went quickly.

Mom comes home from the Carribean tomorrow night. A cruise sounds heavenly right now. That’d be the way to go, I say.

I need to shower and head to bed. Tomorrow’s another day of school and work. Only 2 weeks ’til February break. Wow…

Name: Nicole/Nicola/Niki
Eye color: Blue
Hair Color: Blue
Height: 5’2

FiNiSH THE SENTENCE- Last night, I slept ____.
Crappily. I woke up ever 2 hours, counting down the time until I had to get up. And then Sadie, my puppy, was crowding the bed.
2006 was ___.
One hell of a ride.
My Grandma was born in ___.
Canada. One was born around Hague, the other around Rosthern.
I could eat ___ everyday.
Chips. Mmm…
If I had to move outta state, I’d go to ___.
Oregon. Cannon Beach, to be exact.
I wish I hadn’t ___.
Thought about how much homework I have to do. Sigh…
My dad is ___.
A mystery…
___ is my idea of “sexy”.
A sense of humor and a competitive spirit.
I can currently hear ___.
The Detroit news. They’re fretting over a little snow. I feel so sorry for them…

This OR That ::
-Florida or California: California. No real reason why.
-Math or English: Math if it’s straight equations. English if the math involves graphing or proofs.
-French or Spanish: French. I like to pretend I can speak French.
-Ocean or Lake: Lake. Waskesiu…
-Mexican or Chinese: Chinese. Vegetarian spring rolls!
-Green or Pink: Green! Green is the colour…
-Sharks or Dolphins: Uh, dolphins. Sharks have sharp teeth.
-The ’50s or ’60s: What does it matter? I don’t remember either. How can I pick one? But I’ll go with the ’50s.
Tall or Short: Tall. The opposite of me. πŸ™‚

Random Q’s *.*.*
1. Have you said the “F word”? Um, have you watched a football game with me?
2. How tall is your best friend? Kirstin and Allie are quite a bit taller than me. Lliana is shorter than me. Jill is a bit taller than me. It all balances out.
3. Can you speak another language? I like to pretend I can speak French. I know some German, though it’s a unique Rosthern dialect. A few Spanish words. And that’s about it.
4. What was the name of your first crush? Aaron. Grade 3.
5. Did this person ever say they loved you? Nope. It was one of those kid crushes where you punch and tease each other. That’s how you knew the other person liked you. If only it were that simple now…
6. What continent do you most want to see? Europe. Australia follows close behind.
7. Name two of the most beautiful women ever? Renee Fleming.
8. What’s one song you’ve listened to today? I heard so many at work today. Tonight, “The Water” by Amy Grant.
11. What’s your ideal height for the opposite sex? Anything taller than me. Not too hard to achieve.
2. Do you know anything about your heritage? I know everything about my Mom’s side. My Dad’s side I know about half of. His side is too big and isn’t keen on discussing the past.
13. Have you ever played golf? One day in Grade Eight. That was the last time, too. But each summer I keep saying I’m going to learn.
14. What year did your mom graduate from high school? 1970.
15. Would you like to change your body/looks? The middle.
16. Would you name your kids after someone? I’d put my parents/grandparents names as my children’s middle names. I wouldn’t have a Dale, Jr., though. No offense to my Dad, but it’s just too confusing.

NOW Is your hair up? Nope. I finally bought a curling iron, something I’ve never needed before.
is your phone right beside you? No, it’s on the coffeetable.
Do you wish you were somewhere else? Sleeping…
Do you have plans for tonight? I’m going to finish this, have a shower and go to bed.
Are you wearing makeup? Yep. Haven’t had a chance to wipe it off yet.
Are you wearing chapstick? No. But I finally found the Fruit Smoothies chapsticks I’ve been looking to buy all winter!
Are you cold? Not really. I’m bundled up in my blanket and comfy clothes.
Are you tired? YES.
Are you excited? Not particularly.
Are you wearing pajamas? Yeah.
Who’s the last person that called you? My Dad. He wanted to make sure I got home safely after work. Awww…

PAST Anything you regret? A few things. But I don’t think about them everyday. Just once in awhile.
Ever stuck gum under a desk? Nope. I hate gum…
Ever spit at someone? Probably. Good thing I can’t remember, because it’s disgusting.
Ever kick something living? Yes. Our dog when she was pregnant. I was little and mad. I still feel awful…
Ever had your nails done? No. I do my own when I feel like it. But it’s so much work…
Ever thrown up because you cried so hard? I don’t think so. I don’t remember the last time I threw up. Good thing…

LAST WEEK Had any plans last week? Work. Go to school. Go home for the weekend. All went according to plan.
Who did you see the most last week? My workmates.
Was last week interesting? No overly so. Just busy.

TODAY Have you cussed? Uh, yeah.
Have you yelled at someone? In my head. I wish I could have done it out loud, but that would have not been good customer service.
Have you cried? No.
Have you called more than 3 people? No.

SPILL YOUR GUTS First thing you did this morning? Looked at the clock and sighed. It was time to get up.
Last thing you ate? Yogurt. Mmm…
What’s something you look forward to most in the next 6 weeks? Hopefully I’m going to go to Regina one weekend during February Break.
What’s the last movie you saw? I have no idea. Something over the holidays, but what – I don’t know.
Do you believe in long distance relationships? Sure. Why not?
Have you been cheated on? That would require dating, so no.
Do you think that someone is thinking about you right now? Maybe. I hope whoever is thinking about me is thinking good thoughts…
Choose one to have (love, beauty, creativity)? Love.
Do you untie your shoes every time you take them off? No, no, no, no. That would be planning ahead. I don’t do that.
Whose bed did you sleep in last night? My old bed at home on the farm. So comfy…
What color shirt are you wearing? Black Rider tank top with a green hoodie. I know – football season is far away…
What are the color of your bedsheets? Blue.
What were you doing at 11 last night? Sleeping. Or trying to…

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I had a ‘nightmare’ last night that everything had changed at Walmart and I was completely lost. ‘Well that’s a little silly,’ I thought when I woke up. Saskatoon’s latest Walmart opened its doors today, and people were cranky. I don’t know why everyone was in a foul mood; they can’t blame it on the weather.

I cannot wait until Friday, when I can head out to Rosthern, hang out with my Dad and my puppy and just have some peace and quiet. There is something so soothing and peaceful about being on the farm. It’s my little place of refuge.

Time for bed. I just can’t seem to get enough sleep lately….

P.S. I attended the Lorne Calvert/Danny Williams equalization pow-wow on Tuesday and will post on it when I get the chance…

Literally!

I am the proud winner of the Star-Phoenix Student Promotion contest. I subscribed to the Star-Phoenix back in September, as they had a promotional rate for students – $13.00 a month. When I subscribed, I was also entered in a draw for $1000.00 and – I won! Woo hoo! Dixie Chicks tickets and now $1000! I think I should buy some lottery tickets…

My voice is basically gone now. Kind of annoying. I was supposed to sing at one of the churches here in Saskatoon this weekend; the date has been booked for a couple of months. And now I’m going to have to cancel; there’s no way I’m going to be able to sing halfway decent by the weekend.

Well, I should do some homework. I’m working at Wallyworld all week so we can be ready for the Grand Opening on the 24th. There’s a lot of work to do yet. We’ll see if it all gets done…

Why do they make Tylenol Cold tablets with this ‘Cool Burst’ sensation? Mint and apple juice just don’t mix. If I want something minty, I’ll brush my teeth. And I bet adding that ‘Cool Burst’ sensation makes the medicine cost even more. Capitalists…

My voice is almost non-existent this morning. That’s good news for some people. πŸ˜‰ It’s so nice to be sick and not have to worry about how long it’ll be before I can sing again.

This weekend has been great. I went to see the Huskies’ men’s hockey team play Lethbridge both Friday and Saturday night. Unfortunately the rink was a bit cool, which left me longing for the end of the games more often than not. Friday’s game was very exciting, with the Huskies winning 3-2 in overtime. Last night’s game was not as exciting, as the Huskies went up 4-0 in the first period and went on to win 7-0. I was really surprised the game wasn’t a bit rougher after the Huskies’ seventh goal.

It was much better hockey than the Blades action I saw last weekend. Plus, the rink at the U of S is quite small, making you a part of the action. The only disappointing thing was the fact that the fans weren’t very vocal. I found I was the loudest person in the rink, though that’s not unusual for me. πŸ˜‰

After last night’s game a bunch of us went to play pool at Snookers on 8th street. It’s a nice pool hall on the 2nd floor of a strip mall. It’s very well-kept and well-run. I showed off my inability to play pool, but no one else was that good either. Except my brother. Jeff’s a pool shark! All of those afternoons playing pool at our grandparents paid off for him – obviously they didn’t pay off for me. I did sink 3 in a row at one point, but that was the end of my magic, if you can call it magic.

The girls beat the boys 3 games to 2, which meant the boys had to buy ‘Tacos in a Bag,’ some weird concoction the pool hall advertised on every table. We were more than curious as to what these ‘Tacos in a Bag’ were, and why they cost $3.00. Jeff went to order them, and when the waitress delivered them, she said, and I quote, “What a strange decision, guys. I’ve never had to serve these before.” We found her statement more than odd, especially as these ‘Tacos in a Bag’ are advertised everywhere! They ended up being crushed up tacos in a Doritos bag with a glob of sour cream and some lettuce and a fork with which to eat it. They had run out of taco meat. Jeff paid $3.00 for a small bag of Doritos with some sour cream and lettuce. He liked it, though.

I also went shopping yesterday. Michelle and I had planned to go see ‘The Prestige’ at the cheap theaters, but I ended up dropping $160 of my Christmas money on clothes. πŸ™‚ But, it was something that needed to happen, because I don’t have a lot of sweaters, or wintry clothes. I did not buy one sweater when I lived in BC because I’d just sweat in it. The climate is too damp for sweaters. Here, though, they’re a necessity.

I do have some sad news, though. I had to drop my American Foreign Policy class. I can’t tell you how sad this made me, as I’d been so excited for the class ever since I registered for it last summer. I had to drop it as I didn’t have the proper pre-requisites for it. It requires that I take POLS 260, International Relations. I would have gone to the department head to have them override it, but it’s a full-year course. That makes me think there are some fairly important concepts in it that I should really know before attempting American Foreign policy. So, I dropped it. 😦 I then noticed a lot of the upper years POLS courses require POLS 260. This could be problematic if I want to finish this Political Studies/History degree up next year. It might be intersession for me! Oh well…

Actually, more like ‘cold-bound’. I just didn’t feel like going outside today, so I didn’t. The police urged people to stay home if they didn’t really need to be anywhere this morning, and I was more than happy to be a good citizen and stay put. Yet another day passed where I didn’t do so much as eat. I had some cereal, some crackers, and that’s about it. I will finally admit it: I hate cooking. It’s a pain. The less work involved in cooking a meal, the better. And when I’m home for extended periods of time, I find I hardly eat at all. If you don’t move, how can you work up an appetite? So I really did nothing today – again.

If you like Canadiana, you should check out Will Ferguson’s latest book, “Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw.” Sometimes Ferguson’s humor is forced and contrived, and sometimes you can see the joke coming chapters before you get there, but his ability to weave history and the present is second to none. There are so many neat little vingettes from Canada’s history that are placed throughout the book that you feel as if you’re exploring another country. It only makes me want to explore this great country of ours. Road trip anyone?

Well, I’m going to update my other pages because it’s been far too long since I last did. After that, I’m going to watch The Daily Show to get Jon Stewart’s take on last night’s Address to the Nation by President Bush. I started watching CNN this morning, but got bored very quickly. Unless Anderson Cooper is on the air, I find it hard to care.

I hope you all survived the blizzard and that you stay warm the next couple of days. I love Saskatchewan – no sarcasm intended.

Technically my snow day is over, since it’s past midnight.

Only now do I feel ‘inspired’ to do any sort of homework or e-mailing. Why is that? Why did I waste the past 16 hours doing nothing but listening to the wind and watching TV?

I love storms. I’m one of those people who tune into the Weather Network all throughout a storm, and I’m saddened when storms subside. As roads continued to close, classes were cancelled and even buses came to a standstill, my excitement increased. I was almost giddy with glee! I listened to NewsTalk 650 all through the early evening hours, listening to people’s stories of weather horror.

All the while I sat in my pyjamas, warm in my house, laughing at the stupidity of people who even tried to venture out in this mess.

On days like today one realizes that nothing is more important than our safety and security. I phoned home at about 10 am just to see how the weather was in Rosthern, and found out that my Mom wasn’t able to make the 10 minute drive from our farm into town to work at the hospital. In 31 years, my Mom has never missed a shift due to weather. That tells you something.

Living on the farm as a kid, there were lots of days when we were sent home early because of an incoming storm, or the buses didn’t run, so we just stayed home. But to see an entire city shut down – wow.

And now it’s 12:30 and it’s time for bed. We’ll see what the weather holds for tomorrow. My car might not start, and I might not get to work again. Maybe it WILL be another snow day…

If I have learned anything in the past year it is that one need not wait for New Year’s to resolve to make one’s life better. Start now.

The past year has been one HEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLL of a roller coaster, the toughest year of my life by far. It started off really well, but by June I was in shambles. The rest of the year I slowly got back on my feet, while the end of December had one more shock in store as I mourned the passing of my Grandpa Hamm, a loss which leaves more questions than answers.

But as the old cliches go, the more you struggle through, the more you learn and the more you grow.

A couple of weeks ago a friend made an acute observation of my experience of the past year. They remarked how incredible it is that we search for what it is we want everywhere but right in front of us.

I finally feel settled and in control of things again. I finally feel content and happy with what my life is and where it is. There’s still a lot I am not so happy with, but the major pieces of my life are finally together; it’s only the spaces in between that I now need to fill in.

I wish all of you the best for the New Year. We are so blessed to live where we do, and let us not forget that.

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