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Got my hair cut today!  Been planning this for ages.  Don't know if it's exactly what I wanted.  Definitely shorter than I planned, but I also knew that a lot of it had to come off due to dry and split ends.  The hairdresser put in a lot more layering than I'd originally pictured, and her styling was not that great (didn't need that much volume, thanks - felt like Peggy Bundy when she was done).
Still, I like the bangs, the ends are not gross, there's no more hair in my face, and I look more professional vs. student shab, so I'm happy.  We'll see what I can do with it on my own.

Now I just have to get used to bangs tickling my forehead!

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Cripes, I can't even describe the last couple weeks.  Let's just summarize, yeah?
  • Packing and sorting and cleaning?  Took much longer than expected.  Enough so that I actually paid 2 extra days rent (I felt bad) to finish.  Moving truly is for the birds.  But it got done and the Lords were quite impressed.  So much so that he told me that I was an excellent tenant and that I'd have a good reference whenever I'd need it.  \o/
  • Stayed with a couple friends the last 2 nights in Kingston.  They had a bunny!!!  So much cuteness, I'm kind of considering getting one.  Someday.  Maybe.
  • So bloody sad to leave Kingston.  As much as I can't wait to see family, I'm not that excited to move back in with the parents.  I guess that's me, finally feeling like an adult.  At 29 years old.  :P
  • Also going to miss all the awesome people I've met here.  :' (
  • BUT!  I got to spend the last 6 days (come tomorrow) hanging out with my best friend in Toronto, which has been fun and very relaxing (even if I have been trying to finish off Chapter 3 (no it didn't get finished before moving.  woe) and doing the edits on Chapter 1).  We've watched movies and played games and drank lots of wine and some beer and "worked on assignments". 
  • Leaving tomorrow on a train back to Winnipeg.  Leaves at 10 pm on December 9, and arrives in the morning on the 11th.  :D  SO EXCITED!
That's about it.  Well, that's all I can think of right now.  So many fun things, and I can't even think of them right now.  The exhaustion probably isn't helping.

Tomorrow though?  Gonna involve more packing (or repacking, as it were), chilling out here, then heading downtown to drop off my bags and go on a sushi hunt.

Such a boring, unfunny post, but I figured I should update for my own sake.  :)

Nap time!

Nov. 15th, 2010 07:06 pm
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In preparation for going nocturnal, I am going for a nap!  Was supposed to go down an hour ago, but the internet, it is shiny.  :3

YAY SLEEP!  \o/
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Ack, what a day, what a day.  I feel like my brain is going every which way, and I'm not going to get done what I wanted to have done by the end of the day.  The headache isn't helping.  The cuppa with a friend this afternoon did, though!  :)

Sometimes it's the small things that help the most.

I think I'm going to walk home.  An hour of fresh air should clear things up nicely, and maybe I'll be able to at least finish off one more section tonight.  It's gotten so lovely and cool outside, and I love walking in this weather.  Fall is seriously my favourite time of the year, and one of the things I like about southern Ontario is that fall actually lasts several weeks or even a couple months.  Unlike back home in Manitoba, where fall will last from a Tuesday to a Friday before the snow flies.


ETA: YAY RAIN!  I may or may not have danced and sung in the rain.  :D

I am...

Oct. 4th, 2010 07:57 pm
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Via [info]snufflesdbear  Originally posted by [info]dr_is_in at Copied via quite a few other places.....not sure of the original source...

*I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.

*I am the person who is afraid of telling his loving Christian parents he loves another male.

*I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.

*I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.

*We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.

*I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.

*I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me.

*I am one of the lucky ones, I guess. I survived the attack that left me in a coma for three weeks, and in another year I will probably be able to walk again.

*I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.

*We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.

*I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.

*I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.

*I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.

*I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.

*I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.

*I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.

*I am the man who died when the paramedics stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.

*I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I did not have to always deal with society hating me.

*I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don't believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.

*I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.

Re-post this if you believe homophobia/transphobia is wrong. Please do your part to end it.

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Pet sitting at a friends place until tomorrow sometime.

Bad timing because wardrobe contest ends on Tuesday (see lastest freakout at Sewing on Pins).  But that's okay because I get to cuddle adorable kitties and a big adorable doofus of a dog!

:D

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Despite resisting it for ages and ages while someone on my flist praises it to the skies, I finally got hooked into White Collar.  In fact, I did a season 1 marathon on Saturday, and caught up on season 2 this week.  This show seriously fills me with glee.  Not only are the characters awesome, the suspense built up gradually, and has awesome season and series long arcs and plots, it's the little things that get me, the interactions between the characters, the consistencies in the show and characters are such a nice change from most other shows out there.  My gosh, it's so nice to see a character stay in character, and growing while staying in character! 

Anywho, I've decided to pay it forward, and a friend of mine is coming over tonight to watch the first couple episodes.  While I'm excited about this, it couldn't be worse timing.  SO BUSY right now, but the guy is only down for the day from Ottawa, and the poor sod needs some company right now.  Dammit, why can't I say no to people when they ask me for things?  Heh, oh well, it'll be fun.

Probably the worst part of all this is that my apartment is a disaster; it looks like a fabric store/laundry mat blew up all over it, so now I'm spending hours I could be working on my thesis (or sewing!), cleaning up.  Dammit, company should accept my disaster zone as is!!!  :D

Oh well, the motivation is a good thing.  I guess.  :D
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Normally, it's not considered a good thing to have a financial institution laugh at you when you call them with a problem.  But I suppose when you're laughing along with the representative, it's a little better.  

I had to call my credit card company to ask about getting a new credit card, since mine expires at the end of this month.  After checking to make sure there wasn't any holds on my account (there weren't), the rep told me she'd send one off right away.  When she confirmed that it would be a card with a chip, I started playfully grumping about it, which eventually lead to us discussing/complaining about having to remember all of these bloody passwords.  She was pretty amused by my vows to never get with the times and purchase a cell phone, and out right laughed when I told her I'm probably going to wind up one of those anti-technology, wild-haired hermits in the bush just to avoid all the numbers I have to memorize.  And laughed harder when I started to wail about not having a pretty picture on my credit card and how that means I have to grow up and have a boring old adults credit card!  (Not fair!  I LOVE my card with a black and white image of the earth on it.)

And then she thanked me for making her day. 

After a day of struggling with a stupid computer program for data analysis, I think she made mine too.  :D
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...or at least, a picnic in Victoria Park. :)


Art by Valerie Woelk

Since the weather here has been absolutely lovely, and because I've been wanting an excuse to laze about in a park, I decided to plan a picnic with 30 of my closest friends in Kingston tomorrow at the beautiful Victoria Park.

According to the facebook event I made, as of this evening, four people are confirmed and one more maybe. :( Too many blooming weddings!

BUT I DON'T CARE because it's going to be fun anyways. I felt generous and wanted to host, so I'm catering, with a menu that will go something like this:
  • Make your own sandwiches using homemade bread (the dough is rising as we speak), with corned beef and smoked turkey, veggies galore, and tuna because I said so, dammit!
  • Store-bought but yummy cookies
  • Chips
  • Peanuts (pending no one being allergic)
  • Juice and water and maybe sweet iced tea if I can find a jug to make it in
  • uh...that's it
Not too fancy, but it'll be fun anyways.  I hope someone can bring a frisbee or ball to pass around because I have nothing.  Actually, I wonder if the Lords Above have something.  He plays sports...hmmm...I'll go bug him later.

I hope more people can make it out, otherwise I'm going to be eating sandwiches for a week, and I hate sandwich meat.  :D  Unless a certain someone shows up, in which case we might have to fight for our food.  ;)


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So last week was an absolute bust for my thesis, but pretty good for sewing and my suddenly present social life. Last Wednesday, I had both a date and a Tiki party to attend (for which I sewed myself a dress), both of which were lots of fun. Mmm...tiki drinks. I started another blouse earlier on in the week, although I was pretty much useless the rest of it.  I did, however, manage to find myself a ballgown ($25 at Value Village WOOP!) for a friends birthday dinner for Saturday night, at which everyone showed up in black tie and ballgowns.  We had a great time eating dinner at a nice restaurant downtown and playing an interesting card game called Munchkins at a house party while drinking far too much wine.  AND THEN on Sunday, I went out for a BBQ at a friends cottage, where we alternated between relaxing on the dock and jumping in the lake.  I haven't been that relaxed in years.

My poor liver.

All in all, this has been a great summer socially, although not so much so academically.  And I'm alright with that.  Oh, I'll stress out, I'm already stressing a bit.  But today has been decently productive, and I feel like I now have a better handle of my project, which is a nice change.  I have a lot to do, but it's doable.  And if it takes a bit longer, well, I can live with that.  Better to take a bit more time and enjoy my last few months as a student, than to lock myself in my basement and pound out the thesis, but in the end hate the experience.  IMO, that is, and that's really all that counts.

And I guess my supervisors, who is paying for it.  ;)

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Just because I found it helpful to keep me honest and motivated, here is my To-Do List of doom for this weekend. 
  • bake bread Mmmmm!!!
  • re-run XANES data that are wonky
  • write out flow sheet thing for water, sediment, and XANES data correlation
  • finish pencil skirt
  • start cutting out pattern for shirt
  • go to fabricland to get fabric for a new messenger bag Decided against doing this (my wallet thanks me)
  • come up with correlation graphs for data
  • make introduction and basic geochem slides for presentation (start, at least)
  • download and install university's presentation template
  • bake muffins
  • clean bedroom
Oh man, thats an ambitious list.  But at least I won't do my normal thing of 'oh I have nothing else to do, I'll just watch tv for the next 5 hours' when I'm pretending I'm finished everything.  :D

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Goals for tonight:
  • cook dinner (roasted potatoes and peppercorn steak!)  mmm!
  • bake coffee cake to use up crumble stuff  MMM!
  • do ALL dishes (including cooking dishes)
  • tidy up living room
  • finish sewing grey cardigan-like shirt  well, I hemmed the bottom.  Still have to do the edging around the arms
  • fix funky top (neckline and take in side seams)
A little ambitious maybe, but doable, I think.  I might have to do the last one tomorrow.
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Well, busy Heather is busy today.  Which, really, is about time, since I've been a lazy ass for the last 4 days. 

Got most of the living room cleaned up today, and only have to go through the Sewing Disaster Zone of DOOM that is one corner of it. 
Got the kitchen cleaned up, and am now baking my standard bread recipe.  Thank goodness for breadmakers - it makes the dough, and I just have to pull it out after it'd done and toss it into the oven. 
Got one of two stacks of papers sorted and stored in a new rubbermade bin.  Think I'll have to go back to Canadian Tire and get a few more of these things - they're fabulous!
Laundry is almost done!

Now all I have to do (other than the Sewing Disaster of DOOM) is find my bedroom floor and sort my bathroom shelves, and my place will be clean and organized for the first time in months.

YAY!
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I have very little summer clothing, mostly because I don't really like exposing my body too much. But you know, I'm sick to death of the clothes I have, and it'd be nice to be comfortable for once.

SO, on the way home today, I stopped at Phase 2, a used clothes store here in Kingston. (I try as much as possible to buy used. Not only because of the cost - since I am a broke student - but also because I believe in recycling where I can.) I not only bought 2 tops that are just darling, but I also found a skirt.

Now, I don't wear skirts that often. I've always had monster calves and awful ankles. But I like how they look on people dammit, so I figure, too bad. Plus the only person who will probably give a damn is me, and I can just suck it up already.

This skirt? It's very simple. Black, pencil skirt-ish, with two tiers of subdued black ruffles on the bottom. The impact? It has made me re-evaluate ALL the clothes in my closet! I can actually wear a lot of the tops that I couldn't wear with jeans (my usual bottom). Plus I can dress it up and down, so bonus!

And the best part? I feel good in it. Hands down, best clothing purchase this year.



Now, I wonder if I can work out the pattern and duplicate the skirt in another colour?

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