Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Just One of Them Things

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Current Mood: denying the fact that I have to go to work

Current Song: That Gwen Stefani one..."we're cool" I think I was

Good weekend for the most part. Friday was the concert for choir at Fraser Valley or Cloverdale or Abbotsford. I don't know. It's not Vancouver. Yes, that's right. I'm a city snob. But anyway, the audience was really fabulous, but the concert was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long. It went on and on and on. And I wish they had rehearsed a bit more. It was close to being ideal, but wasn't quite there. No offense to anyone of course. But as someone who's familiar with choral music, it would seem rather obvious. I am super happy to announce that the alumni of VIMYC will be singing at the final concert. We're going to do two pieces which is so exciting, not only for the fact that we're singing. But we're singing together again, after so many years. So it's going to be a complete blast! I have one ray of sunshine in my life and that is it!

Sunday was the Partnership Walk, which was actually really nice. It was so hot outside though, that I felt that I was parboiled by the time I got home! Luckily I haven't obtained one of those horrific tans. I'm a bit coloured already as you may well know. I don't quite need more of it. The food was awesome of course. The only reason anyone goes to partnership is for nando's chicken anyway! Overall fun times. We actually did the whole walk, which was good. And quite surpringly I haven't gone and died or anything yet. Brilliant! It's better than when I didn't work out. Oh those days were painful!

Anyway, the stress headaches have started again. I'm eating advil like it's going to go out of fashion. I have a few more weeks at work and then I need to get cracking on my thesis which is worrying me even more! ooooh! It's not good. not good at all. I think my supervisor is going to murder me.
Speaking of which, I had better get going. I have a looooooooooong day ahead yet. Later days!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Curiosity Gave the Cat Heartburn

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Current Mood: How I long to be in death's cool embrace! (okay, it's not that bad, but it's close!)

Current Song: God Shuffled His Feet by CTD

Sorry I haven't written in a while. I seem to be apologizing a lot lately. The weekend was good. We had Zoya's 19th birthday party. It was a surprise and she was surprised, which is kind of what we aimed for. There was also shopping involved this weekend. New cargos! yeah! My sister has contracted the same bag obsession as I and my mother have. I think it's hereditary. She ended up buying an electric blue, patent leather, mockcroc...very nice! I'm terribly impressed with her taste in bags. She does her family proud!

So Zoyah and I were in the car the other day and we started thinking about the song above that I have stuck in my head. It asks some good questions, like: "Do you have to eat or get your haircut in heaven?" I wonder that too actually. I raised the point that you must not have to get your hair cut in heaven because Jesus looks the same. But Zoyah thought he might have had a trim. I guess we'll find out when I get up there. My heaven would be no flat irons and great straight hair. But I have this feeling that that's not entirely possibly in heaven or hell. And we wondered if God had a name. Like, maybe his name is just Dave or something...who knows eh? I guess we'll find out when we die. Or if you're like me, you'll be cosy with the Devil (whose name is probably Gary)...

Another curiosity that I have. there is someone in Montreal that seems to read my blog quite regularly (one of the few that frequent this blog)...I wonder who that is....Hello Montrealer! Comment ca va?

Okay, I had best get my act together and get to work....later days folks!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Notes for Parents

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Current Mood: Pretty good, I'm in a skirt

Current Song: Set Fire to the Third Bar by that band i can't remember

So everyone, I have decided that I am going to write a book. And I'm going to write it on parenting. Why you ask? Because we are about to raise a generation of self indulgent monsters is why. Mind you, I think that some parents are very good parents, but most parents I know are about to get their hands into something very sticky and don't know it. There are a few out there who have "doting parent syndrome", with their newborns, but if they keep it up, it's all going to go horribly wrong somewhere between now and the age of 18.

Second reason I'm writing a parenting book: I have parenting experience. That's right, you heard me. I have parenting experience. As the co-parent of my sister, I know how to handle tantrums, bad grades, bad hair days, refusal to eat food, school stress and beads up noses. You'll be hard pressed to find a 7th grader with parenting experience. But having done it for 16 years of my life, I think I know what I'm talking about.

Third reason: Because I'm sick and tired of hearing the phrase, "you won't know until you're a parent"....what do you mean by that? What won't I know? I won't know having to drive kids to extracurriculars? I won't know when kids have lost their homework/ buspasses/minds? What exactly won't i know? I won't know having to juggle work/school/cooking/laundry?
You try being me for a day and then repeat that phrase to me.

So these are the reasons I'm going to write a parenting book. Watch out for the launch at a chapters near you!

Until then, later days!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Perhaps Tomorrow

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Current Mood: underwhelmed

Current Song: The theme song from Saawariya (the worst indian movie ever made, ever!)

Well, here is the beginning of the week again and we are off to the selfsame grind, to see the selfsame people and do the selfsame kinds of things. Boy, is life unexciting right now.

So last week I found out that Coldplay is coming to Canada, which had me on a high for about 8 hours. Sadly they aren't coming to vancouver because they're playing at the Pemberton Music Festival, so boo. But they are playing in Calgary, so I might take an impromptu trip there at the end of July and stay for a few days, perhaps even see some edmontonian friends. Should be a good time. I'm practically ready to go at a moment's notice when tickets go on sale. Fingers and toes crossed!
This weekend was the communal birthday dinner. Good food, but I ate too much. We had cake with all of our birthdays on it. My sister, my cousin and I all had birthdays in the same span of time, and so for the sake of whatever it is we were trying to do, we all celebrated together.

Okay, major nerd alert coming up: Yesterday i watched a really awesome documentary made my Christianne Amanpour on Korea-America relations. The first move that Korea made in opening up to the world was to invite the New York Philharmonic to play a huge concert in Pyongyang. So basically music was the first thing to bring people together. It was powerful and North Korea is a bit creepy looking, like something out of 1984 and Cold War Russia. Gives you a bit of a heebie-jeebies. But the people were nice! If anyone has a chance to catch it, I highly recommend it. It's called "Notes from Korea" and it's by Amanpour on CNN.

Alright. I had best be going to work. I shall blog again, when something exciting happens. Later days!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Weirdness of You

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Current Mood: I've had better

Current Song: A Case of You by Joni Mitchell

I've been officially back from London for the last few days. I got in on Saturday. The flight was okay actually, despite being delayed (as usually is the case with Heathrow Airport). It's nice to have fresh air and clean drinking water sans floaties. I was standing on the street waiting for the bus the other day to work, and I just noticed how deadly quiet it is in my part of the suburb. Not that anything is wrong with that, but I miss seeing people. There's lots of people in London. Sometimes too many people. it was a great trip.

The last few days were just spent doing more sightseeing and going to see King Lear (which is the world's longest play...and seems even longer when you've been tramping around Buckingham Palace for the morning). I hate to say it, but it felt rather good to get it over with. Terrible eh? Oh well. We didn't exceed the suitcase weight requirement despite Zoyah's affinity for market winter jackets and we brought back souveniers as usual.

Sunday was spent at the Canadian Ismaili Games. Despite the rather difficult logistical requirements, it was done well enough. I didn't fall asleep during the volleyball game that we went to watch. The food was alright, though it had gotten cold by the time I got around to eating it. I got to see some friends (even some from out of town surprisingly!). All in all, a weekend well spent.

Now it is back to the grind. Work has been alright, but I'm increasingly tired this week, and I'm having a few Masters Thesis related frustrations. Hopefully they solve themselves before I commit a crime. We've got a busy few weeks coming up of course as usual. this is what happens when you've gone away, but such is life. Now to get back to reality, which seems a tad more gloomy than I would have preferred. But again, it's the way things are...
I'm sure I'll cheer up in a good week after I have gotten over the jet lag. In the meanwhile, facebook photos are up of the trip, so enjoy!
Later days!