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I had an odd phone message when I got home tonight.

It was from David Orchard.

David Orchard, if you don’t know, is an academic/farmer who ran for the PC party in 2003. And lost. And got burned by Peter Mackay in the now infamous merger of the PC and Canadian Alliance.

Anyway…

Orchard left a message at my house, stating that Stephane Dion is going to be in town this Sunday, April 1, at 2 pm at the Delta Bessborough (in case you want to go) to make a major policy speech on farming and the Canadian Wheat Board.

Am I the only one who finds it rather odd that a French-Canadian academic is taking the side of farmers, rather than the prairie-based Conservative leader? Hmmm…

Today I went to the eye doctor, and all is well. Yeah! That was about the most productive thing I did today.

I did go to work, though. I guess that, too, was productive.

I cannot wait until the Junos are over. I do support Canadian music. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s great. But the Junos are no more than an awards show for albums that sell well. When’s the last time you saw a classical singer performing on the Junos? Huh? Or the Grammys, for that matter. Many great, independent Canadian artists won’t get any stage or face time. Instead, it’ll be Nelly Furtado, shaking her ass and changing outfits four or five times. The only saving grace this year is that no Canadian Idols are nominated for Album of the Year, unlike last year. What a joke.

One last closing thought: why are men so clueless?

Listening to and love:
LeAnn Rimes: ‘You Take Me Home’
Daniel Barenboim: ‘Liebestraume’
Little Big Town: ‘Live With Lonesome’
Melissa Etheridge: ‘Come to My Window’
The New Pornographers: ‘Use It’

I finished my women’s studies paper in 5 1/2 hours. Not bad, huh? I started at 7:00 and finished at 12:30. I’m rather impressed, especially since when I read it over, it actually made sense. Not completely, but mostly. I am now finished all of my papers for this term. I always wonder how I’m going to get it done, and then I do. I could lay low for a week and do next to nothing, but my finals schedule is silly, so I’d better get reading already. I got some catching up to do…

This weekend sucked. Disappointment and frustration reigned supreme. Work was busy and stressful and then there were other things which just plain ticked me off. So, I spent yesterday morning spending money on clothes. That made me feel better. Even in the midst of the rain/snow/sleet today.

Michelle and I went for lunch at Flatlanders today, a restaurant on 8th Street. Sooo good. I highly recommend it. And the prices are as reasonable as any of the other chain restaurants, possibly even better.

What else? Can you believe it’s almost the end of March? Wow. What happened to the time? Craziness.

Anyway, I’m going to quickly write a note or two on my other blogs and then it’s off to bed. I do have to work tomorrow. And go to the eye doctor. Woo hoo – new glasses! And maybe some contacts that won’t make my eyes look bloodshot…

Listening to and love:
LeAnn Rimes: ‘This Woman’
Mirella Freni: ‘Mi chiamano Mimi’ (from La Boheme)
Carolyn Dawn Johnson: ‘Taking Back My Brave’

So, I have 7 of 10 pages finished on my Laurier/Boer War paper, and haven’t even started my Western alienation paper. But it’s only Tuesday. LOTS of time, right? I’m getting a little worried…

Last night I went to Walmart to get some ink for my printer. I ended up staying there for an hour and a half, visiting with various people. I went to visit Lindsay, then went with her on her break, and then Tanya had a break, so I stayed and chatted with her. Then I played some football with the boys in sporting good – yes, we throw a football around the store – and then some customers started verbally attacking each other, so I had to phone a manager. I wasn’t working, and yet I took care of the store. I’m such a good employee.

I went for academic advising for Political Science today – what a joke. I waited an hour for them to look through my program monitor form for one minute, sign it, sign my request to take a 400-level class form – that’s it. I’m not sure what happens with history. I have to look into it. But, it looks like this little plan of mine to finish in two years might not happen. I’ll probably have to take some spring/summer, maybe even one more fall semester. We’ll see.

And now I need to get back to my essays. They’re not going to write themselves on their own.

Listening to and love:
Brian McKnight – ‘Anytime,’ ‘Back at One’
Carrie Underwood – ‘Wasted’
Anna Netrebko – ‘E Strano!’
Carolyn Dawn Johnson – ‘Taking Back My Brave,’ ‘Thinkin’ Things’
Joan Sutherland – ‘Depuis le jour’
Jason Aldean – ‘Amarillo Sky,’ ‘Why’
Jennifer Hudson – ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’

P.S. This is post #300 – Happy 300th to me!

I had a three hour nap this afternoon. Mmmm. The only problem was that I woke up disorientied, thinking I had to be at work. After a few seconds of panic, I realized what day and time it actually was, and settled back to sleep. Funny, right?

It’s March 16th. The month is half over! Why is time passing by so quickly? I’ve got two essays due this next week, and one the week after. Needless to say I’ll be a little busy the next while.

I got my two essays back from February, and both were given 80%. I was very thankful for the 80 in one class since the essay I handed in wasn’t particularly good. The other 80, though, I’m not exactly satisfied with. My paper has no constructive criticism whatsoever. None. No comments on my ideas. There was a little tinkering with my thesis statement, but that’s it. How am I supposed to improve my writing if I don’t get any feedback? One thing I have realized, though, is that in history and political science, particularly political science, you have to be straightforward. You basically have to state, “This paper discusses…” and have a bunch of headings. I don’t like that. It doesn’t force you to get your point across, and it doesn’t force you to be able to have a logically-flowing paper. I don’t get it…

Work is good. I’ll be starting to work full-time in Customer Service starting tomorrow. Full-time does not mean 40 hours. It just means I’m guaranteed a certain minimum of hours, which is good for me. Especially with summer coming up. And within 6 months, I start getting sick time, vacation, benefits – it’s a good thing! Plus, I’ve met so many new people. Lots of new friends. It feels like Luther all over again!

I’m going to leave you a list of things I’ve been listening to lately and love. It’s going to be my new ‘thing.’
Carolyn Dawn Johnson: ‘Love and Negotiation’
Ashley Monroe: ‘Satisifed’
Corinne Bailey Rae: ‘Just Like a Star’
Kathleen Edwards: ‘In State’
Little Big Town: ‘Good As Gone’
Melissa Etheridge: ‘I Need To Wake Up’
Lang Lang: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
Dixie Chicks: ‘The Neighbour’

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