Wednesday, January 31, 2007

trying to de-lazify

Well, it is embarrassing to admit this, but I'll just take the plunge: I'm lazy. I go to work and I work hard, but when it comes to anything else? It takes too much energy. I'm tired when I get home. I get up pretty early. I leave the house before 7 (barely before 7, but before 7 none the less). I don't really want to have to worry about a million different things when I get home. I did A LOT of that already. When I was in school I either had dance or music lessons or band practice or the other band practice or volleyball practice or colourguard...oh yeah and I occasionally did my homework too.

Once I started working, I suddenly discovered what they call "doing nothing". For the first time in my life, I could come home at the end of the day and not feel guilty that I wasn't reading or practicing or finishing an assignment (not like I always did all of those things when I was supposed to, but I at least felt guilty about not doing them). I guess somewhere along the line I got pretty used to it.

Now, it is time to de-lazify. So far, I have 2 projects that will help me. The first is to start training to write abstracts for this organization: link. I have been "accepted" and have received my training package and will start on that in the next few days. Doing this will not only look good on my resume and bring in some extra cash, but it will improve my writing skills and prepare me for other types of jobs or school.

I'm not quite ready to tell the world about the second would mean that I have to do it for real and I'm not quite ready to make it a sure thing yet. I'm pretty sure I'll do it though and I'll need words of encouragement along the way.

Ahh I will miss you.

Monday, January 29, 2007


1- I have to say, I'm a little surprised about the latest Flames trade. Who knew he'd be back in Cowtown? Now I'm going to have to start to listen to some of the post-game stuff on the fan 960.

2- It has been coooold here. I think it is supposed to get better soon, but I am not appreciating the -29 windchills.

3- I just finished a writing course at the University. I highly suggest such a course for anyone who wants to brush up on their writing skills. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun. Now I need another dorky book though...the teacher had one and it looked pretty interesting.

4- January is almost over...I can't wait. I hate January and find that it is usually the month that brings me down the most. Thank goodness it has been sunny this past week (despite the bitter cold). I don't think I would be in a very positive "headspace" if it weren't for the sun.

5- I know it was going to happen eventually, but I can't believe that my sister has a boyfriend gentleman caller that I don't know or possibly won't meet unless this turns into a longer term thing. Weird.

That's enough...enjoy the rest of your Monday.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

granny mc olderson

Yes, my name is Kristen and I like my bedtimes early and my music quiet.
I usually go to bed by 10pm and I prefer to be able to hear myself think.
What can I say? I value my hearing and I don't function well when I'm tired.
I don't see why I can't still be kind of cool but still prefer to look after my sleeping health and my hearing.

Now if you would excuse me, I have to go sit in the laundry room and wait for the inconsiderate youngster who has had their clothes in the dryer for the last 3 hours and who didn't leave a "courtesy basket". Honestly, young people these days just have no manners...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

shoes (aka these boots were made for walking)

If I forget my book, riding the bus gives me ample opportunity to blatantly stare at other people. If I'm not listening to their conversations (whilst trying not to stare at them directly right Heather?), I check out what they are wearing and I like to think about what kind of person they might be.

Today there were no interesting conversations within earshot, so my thoughts and my eyes wandered to the shoes. There were all sorts of shoes and most were appropriate for the weather. There were new shiny black boots with heels, new looking uggs (maybe fuggs, I didn't see the label...regardless though, they make much more sense in the middle of an Ottawa winter than they do in LA), salt damaged brown boots (those were mine)...then I noticed a pair of pink, strappy ballet flats. Not at all sensible for the day. Her feet were clearly wet and therefore cold. My eyes wandered upwards to see what kind of person would be wearing such non-sensible (though cute...and complimented with a pair of pink stripey socks) shoes. Much to my surprise, this person looked nothing like I thought she would. In fact, she looked more like a person who would wear sensible shoes. Maybe not a pair of giant sorels, but something at least weather appropriate.

This got me thinking. Do I want to be the kind of person who people look at and see "aah...wears sensible shoes"? In the middle of winter - you bet your aspercreme I do. Cold feet are not my friends. But for the most part, I would much rather be the one in the cool shoes. Not the really high heels, not the ones you know required a good chunk of the monthly income, but the pair that you look at and think "great shoes". Mmm....great shoes...must...resist going out and buying shoes...

And so, I leave you with what kind of fall shoes I should wear. It says I need class and edge. Not sure I am very edgy...but I can work on that.
You Should Wear Buckled Boots

Motorcycle chic meets uptown.
You have the class and edge to wear this boot.

Friday, January 19, 2007

it is red and shiny, maybe it reminds him of rudolph

I used to wonder what Santa did during his off season...but I wonder no longer. Why? Because I've recently discovered that he drives an OC transpo bus. In fact, most mornings this week, I (and many other citizens of Ottawa) have been driven to work by Santa himself.
Amidst other people's bus issues, I am happy to report that I have no complaints about Santa, though I do have the occasional complaint about other passengers.

PS-Grey's Anatomy last night? Not the first time I've cried during that show. I think watching that made me actually accept the thought that one day my parents will die. Not cool...

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

spare change?

As I was asked for some change yesterday (keeping in mind that the windchill was putting it in the high -20s so the last thing I wanted to do was stop), I had a thought: Do you think men are more likely than women to give change in that particular situation?
My thought is that in the walking along and getting approached for change situation, a man would be more likely to give change because he is more likely to have it in his pocket and thus wouldn't have to go through the ordeal of opening up a purse and finding the wallet etc.
I wonder if this theory is testable....(and does anyone disagree or have a different theory?)

Monday, January 15, 2007

finally human again

I can't believe how badly that illness kicked my butt. I didn't feel like I was going to die, but there were moments that I almost wanted was not fun at all. But, I'm now doing much better. I could actually spend an entire day at work (my first since last monday) and I'm feeling pretty good. I still have some sinus congestion and I'm still tired, but things are good.

In other news, we had some serious snow today, and I took a pretty good spill on the ice. There was a large patch of ice hidden under the snow and there was nowhere to step in order to prevent the was tragic really. At first I thought I may have actually hurt myself...but I think besides the potential of being a little stiff tomorrow, I think I managed to escape serious harm.
(for those of you who remember the great fall of last year, it wasn't nearly as spectacular, my toque did NOT fall off and it hurt far more).

Hopefully now that I am feeling better, I can get back to the blogging.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


That's all I have to say about how I feel. I hope none of you get isn't pretty.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

ahh the flu...

I don't have fact I'm really hoping that my flu shot is working its magic...but Jordan? He's a been down for the count for a couple of days. I'm not sure if it is the time change or the fighting off of the virus that is making me tired, but something is. I'm hoping that I can manage a good sleep tonight before heading back to work tomorrow.
I had a nice rest...especially once I was able to relax and just forget about anything that may cause stress. So for the most part, I'm feeling pretty rested and ready to go back to work. Hopefully it lasts (though I am certain that I will be really ready for the weekend come friday).

As for new years....ahh the best laid plans. On the way to my dad's to watch the game in high definition I realized that amongst all of the satellite channels he gets, none of them involve a sports channel...of course, the only channel we actually needed was the rogers sportsnet channel...but no sports actually means no after feeling like a big idiot, we ended up down south for lobster AT the lobbsters. Still a delicious meal and some good times...though one of my favourite parts of the evening MAY have been somebody pushing another somebody over as he was trying to put his shoes on...

Anyway, back in Ottawa and back to work. It was nice to be in Calgary and to be with everyone. Thanks for the fun.