Saturday, November 29, 2008

Stuff...And Things.


Current Mood: A bit under the woozy...

Current Song: Better together by Jack Johnson (I'm so over him now...)

It's been largely uneventful after the Golden Jubilee Hullabaloo this week. Things got off to a roaring start at the beginning of the week and now we've come to a screeching halt. Which is fine, really, because I think we could all use the rest now. Though, not for long, because the joy that is Christmas is now coming up (can you tell I'm thrilled?). Sigh. So today, I decided to write about some bits and pieces over the last week.

Mating Calls:
My sister and I were talking at a street corner some evening last week (i realise i made us both sound like hookers. But we were waiting for the Aga Khan to roll on by), and we were discussing big cars. She has an affinity for gas guzzlers that are practically the city version of monster trucks. She said it's kind of like a mating call. Birds have great plumage, deer have big antlers and Men have giant cars. Though I must admit, trucks have their sex appeal. Never would I actually drive one. I'll stick to my good ole reliable honda, thank you. Yet another useless conversation. Refer to the smurfs one below. You'll see where we're going with this.

I am thinking more about a shiney scalp. I like bald men recently (not balding...there's a difference). It's hot. Whatever.

I am somewhere through a third of the "Witch of Portobello" by Paulo Coelho. At times, it's cripplingly esoteric (He did after all write the Alchemist and the Zahir) but he writes with magnificent fluency. He's somewhat like an old friend that's really eay to talk to. Though, probably someone you don't want to hang out with too much because they might start to make you crazy. You know the kind.

My next project is "Can you Hear the Nightbird Call?" by Anita Rau Badami (author of Tamarind Mem, which i haven't read as yet). I accidentally bought it at Coles the other day. What? I had a gift certificate left over, so I happily added to my collection. You know I can't keep away for long...

Maintenance Phases:
I've probably said this before, and it's probably truer than ever. My family seems to be into maintaining friendships with people. I mean maintaining in the sense that you might a car or a pair of leather boots. Once in a while, we hang out, but I don't think I'll ever be one of those people who needs to see a particular person every single week. I start to shut down if it's too much. I think my closest friends know this. Surprisingly a lot of them are extroverts. Another weird thing I discovered from the Meyers Briggs. Wonder what they see in me (Probably my good looks).

Well I think that was all the thought that's happened this week. I shall write again if anything else happens in my life, though doubts are high. Okay picture of the week. I took it at a skytain station and changed the colours. I'm hoping they're getting better.

Please comment and let me know if they are or aren't and if you like them or you think I should stop assaulting your eyes.

Ciao for niao!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My First Guest Post!


Current Mood: My voice is gone, I'm dehydrated, I'm exhausted, All my muscles hurt, but I've never been happier!

Current Song: A hacking cough by My Lungs.

Check out my guest post this week on Isabella Mori's Blog!

Lots of thanks to Isabella for the space on her blog. I'm happy I have a guest post at last! Now I'm a blogger (before I was a rambler).

Picture of the week: the three flags all Canadian Ismailis had in their hands, as we lined the streets of downtown vancouver a couple of days ago to welcome the Aga Khan to Vancouver! This particular gloved hand belongs to my younger sister :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Everyday Faith


Current Mood: Slightly lighter than that complete meltdown last week

Current Song: Something Indian

So I decided to photoblog it this time around. I got wind of the Golden Jubilee Banners downtown in Vancouver to commemorate the GJ of His Highness the Aga Khan, the leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims (of which I am one). So I went on a two-hour traipse through downtown vancouver and took some photos. They are below!
This particular one is from the Georgia Street onramp. I like that it's right beside that giant banner that says we're all canucks. I think it's so fitting. Because afterall, we really are! It's rather conveniently located right next to the Hockey Mecca of Vancouver too so it's particularly appropriate.

This next shot is taken from Robson street. I dangerously ran onto the crosswalk to get the shot. Yes, that's right. I live in the danger zone (okay, not really, the walk light was on)

This last one is from the Burrard Street Bridge. I didn't have the heart to walk the entire bridge but i did get on the pedestrian walk to snap this shot.
After this fun but tiring ordeal, I sufficiently have the right to say that I have done my week's exercise. No more! Now only eating! Okay, I'll work out again probably in a day or two. In the meanwhile I'm going to continue to enjoy the rest of this time. Watch out for a blog coming next week!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Two Step Blog


Current Mood: could be better, and definitely could be worse.

Current Song: Love Lockdown by Kanye (really good song! go listen! now!)

So, I have a two part blog today, because the topics are really more unrelated than they usually are (you never thought that would be possible did you?)

Part 1: Conversation with the Biology Student

Me: Hey, if smurfs choke, what colour would they turn.

Zoyah (in deep thought): Well, what colour is their blood?

Me: What am I, a smurf biologist? How the hell would I know?

Zoyah: Well do they blush?

Me (looking impish): ....uhm

Zoyah: Well, do they??

Me: Yes, I guess they do

Zoyah: So that means their blood is red, which would mean they would probably turn like a greyish blue....

Me: Thanks for clearing that up....

Why we even bother talking to each other is beyond me. Such garbage we concoct. I mean who would put this much effort into answering a stupid question like this? On the other hand, now I can impress my friends at parties. Popularity, here I come!

Part 2: I'm an arrogant bastard and I know it.

So I took something called the Meyers-Briggs typology index, which is a psychological personality test that asesses you on four different personality dimensions. My personality was coded INTJ (Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking and Judging). In a nutshell, my personality type makes up about 1% of the population, so we're pretty rare. It's also been coded as The Mastermind, the Scientist and some other thought and process oriented words. It's actually very accurate. It explains my general disregard for authority because apparently I don't care who it comes from, if it doesn't make sense, I'm ready to trash the idea. It also explains why I'm not a big fan of social mores. As one of my close friends said, I bore easily. Apparently, if you haven't managed to captivate my attention in the first 5 minutes. I'm out. Don't be offended, it's just that you're dull. That's all. It also says that I'm process oriented and I love systems. If it can't be analysed I don't want anything to do with it (that also explains the whole I-don't-believe-in-love-at-first-sight thing). And Finally, I am self confident, and slightly aloof (or as another personality profile put it, I'm an arrogant bastard and I know it). You can read my profile here. Should explain a lot about me.
You can also take the test here. Perhaps that'll be a nice change for your friends and family who are sick and tired of trying to understand you! Mine seem to have given up on me, and good for them, cuz this cookie doesn't crumble for anything!

Okay, very long blog entry this one. I shall be off. I'm sure i can find something to do :)
Until after le weekend!

Monday, November 10, 2008

I'm So Over It.


Current Mood: a bit irritable. story to follow

Current Song: Benny Lava (stupid benny lava!)
So, I've had an interesting few days. It seems to be official that the Aga Khan is visiting us in the next couple of weeks. This means that everything has gone into high gear when it comes to getting ready for the events and essentially the rest of my life might have to be put aside to accommodate it. It seems to already be happening. An event that I was performing at now happens to fall on the same night that I have tickets to the Just for Laughs Comedy Tour. Tickets I've had for weeks! So guess who's not going anymore. I'm feeling teary just thinking about it. I nearly cried last night. It's by far the worst luck that you could have. Something good better come out of that evening or else nobody will have seen the wrath that is about to ensue. I swear it.
The meetings too are now the bane of my existence. I've always hated meetings. People essentially get together to confuse eachother and talk about what's not been done. They seem to be less productive than if someone just gave me a list of things to do and told me to get on with it. I would have no problems with that. But i guess the good thing is that I can incite the fear of God in people with my leadership style. Apparently that's a level 1 leadership style. Whatever that means. If I ever figure it out, I'll let you know. In the meanwhile, everything has turned to utter chaos. You might be seeing a lot of cranky for the next few days. Or maybe I'll just submit to the will of whatever is out to get me in this universe. You know how it goes.

Anyway, I better get on with it. I'm going on a cleaning spree today because the house is driving me nuts. I've got some things to do. Here's a picture!
PS: It appears that someone in Columbus, Ohio has become a Strawberry Ghetto frequenter. I'm always curious about who's reading the blog. Would be nice if you folks left a comment sometime....

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Red, White and Bubbly


Current Mood: surprised at how hard it is to type with nailpolish on

Current Song: Who's gonna Save my Soul by Gnarls Barkley

I am doing something that I have not done in a decade. I am painting my nails a garish's called succulent. I haven't actually painted my nails in about 8 years. I was never the girly type to start with and the last time i actually sat still to do this was first year of undergrad, when you're still optimistic about the world. The whole thing goes downhill from there. In any case, they will be succulent for about 2 or 3 days. I have also discovered I can't paint my left hand. Another odd ambidextrous strange.

I have recently rediscovered my public library. I just went through 3 books last month (not quite a record, but i'm back on the reading horse). I took out 3 novels. I'm comfortable a third of the way through the first one. This should be easy to do. The one i am currently reading is actually by an Ismaili author, Anar Ali. The book is a series of short stories and is called Baby Khaki's Wings. I'm not sure i'm impressed yet, though the stories are quite rivetting at times. Simple use of language. Will let you know what I think of it. I have started writing again as well. It's quite nice. I think tragedy gives me my writing roots. I was always one to write teen angst poetry (thank god, most of it is tucked safely away on the book shelf). I think tragedy makes you question your own being and re-evaluate yourself. I do that through writing. Plus it helps you make up tragic scenarios for the future.

One last comment i guess would have to be on the recent presidential election in the USA. I think that the Americans certainly made the expected choice. There were a few surprising victories in there. Now to see what will happen on the world stage, and more importantly, how the conservative Canadian government will relate to our now liberal neighbours down south. Mind you they are moderately liberal from what i'm hearing, but who knows. I'm interested to see how the next 4 years will pan out. For now, we're sitting pretty I think. Kudos to the States. The rest is to be seen.

Alright, i'm going to do some things now, perhaps some of it might actually be work. I might surprise ya! ciao for niao!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Wilderness


Current Mood: meh

Current Song: Better in Time by Leona Lewis

So the halloween has come and gone. We had some pretty awesome looking pumpkins. Mind you, not a lot of children came up for candy. More for me. I somehow managed to avoid the massive crowds of sugared up children by making Zoyah get the door and then I didn't have to smile and pretend I liked anyone's costumes. It was good times. However, my stomach can no longer handle the junkfood I used to be able to eat. I guess that's probably a good thing innit?
This weekend we also went to a sample shoe sale. My mother and I are both lucky enough to have size 6 feet (stop laughing...they may be small but I kick hard). Women are like vultures. Vultures I tells ya. There was much scratching and snatching and eye gouging (okay, not so much the eye gouging). But there were some women that didn't waste time, holding one shoe in their hand and walking around with one foot bare trying on shoes as they saw them. it was a mad house and a good social experiment. Like animals. There were even a few that circled you like hyenas. the moment you put that purple sling back down they jumped on it, sometimes taking your hand with them. Completely insane and much fun. I finally did get the red coloured shoes that i've longed for all my life. Now I think my shoe life is complete. Which of course means, that I will be going back for more. Oh happy days.

Anyway, that brings us to the end of my weekend adventures. Here's a picture of the pumpkins we carved. One has a spider on its face and is having somewhat of a panic attack (that's Zoyah)...and the other one is throwing up (also Zoyah). Enjoy. We shall commiserate soon!