December 2003

>Mid-week Tuesday

>I took it pretty easy last night. A short nap, dropping off Anthony’s birthday gift, hanging out with Colin. It’s quiet at work again today. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a lot done.

>Belated Friday Five

>1. What was your biggest accomplishment this year?

I started my own business, studioDRE.

2. What was your biggest disappointment?

I haven’t managed to get out of debt yet.

3. What do you hope the new year brings?

Hopefully it’ll be another good year. The addition of a financial windfall might be a nice treat. ;-)

4. Will you be making any New Year’s resolutions? If yes, what will they be?

No, I don’t believe in making New Years resolutions. I just try to do the best I can with each day as it comes along.

5. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

I’m going to spend the evening up river with Colin, Shannon, Cliff, Bill, Dawn, all the pets, and whoever else will be there. I’m looking forward to it!

>Christmas Holidays

>Here’s what I’ve been up to since Monday December 22nd:

Monday evening Scott dropped over with a Wonder Woman Pez dispenser and a book for me. Thanks, Scott! Then, Colin and I spent a quiet evening in.

Tuesday was a beautiful day. After a late start, I managed to pack up Christmas gifts and my laundry and drove to Halifax. I picked mom up from work on my way into town. We had a quick supper of turkey loaf and then mom and I went to visit Sue and Jed and Jesse. What a cute kid! Tiny, and very squeaky! Then it was back home to start some laundry. Yippie.

Wednesday was Christmas Eve. Dad and I braved the crowds at the liquor stores in the morning, as we tried to find a decent bottle of scotch for their neighbor. Then I settled in to wrap gifts for a couple of hours. It was much easier to wrap everything there, and not have to worry about crushed bows and paper in transit from Saint John. Mid-afternoon, mom and I headed to Spring Garden Road so I could shop for some MAC cosmetics. Love their stuff! I also picked up some great lipgloss from Cargo and The Balm. After shopping and after supper, we headed next door to John and Carol’s annual Christmas Eve gathering. I only stayed a short while before going out to visit Renny and Harry. I watched Harry struggle to wrap gifts for a while, and then offered to help. Renny gave me some fancy margarita glasses and Harry gave me a Matchbox 20 t-shirt.

Thursday/Christmas Day: I woke the folks up around 9:30 by turning the stereo on and turning the base up. We opened gifts. My haul included fancy garbage cans, a calendar, a fictional day calendar (with items of things that happened on each day in literature and movies), some chocolate brandy beans (lactose-free), some socks with sparkles, Amaretto (Disaronno), a couple of tasty salad dressings, 4 Sherbet fountains, some fancy napkins with a houndstooth pattern, and a surround sound home theatre system. After opening gifts, mom and I worked on one of her smaller puzzles which she’d gotten for Christmas. My aunt Barb and uncle Bob came over and stayed for supper. Then, that evening. mom and I started a second puzzle.

Friday/Boxing Day. It still amazes me that everything is closed on Boxing Day in the Maritimes. Oh well, I wasn’t up for shopping anyway. I finally got around to finishing my laundry, and mom and I took apart the T-shirt that Harry had given me, and we remade it into a fitted woman’s T. It’s wearable now. Mid-afternoon Alden stopped by and we chatted and caught up for a couple of hours. Then I had a quick dinner of leftovers before Renny picked me up to go see Stuck on You. I thought it was cute – just what I needed. We stopped in at Cheers after the movie and had a pop. It was pretty dead in there. They’ve decided to close off the access to the rest of the Liquor Dome. Don’t know what they’re thinking there – I don’t imagine it’ll be good for business.

I got up early Satuday morning and packed things up and drove back to Saint John. I unpacked and got ready for Anthony’s birthday party, but I guess it’d been cancelled. So I spent the evening playing SSX 3 instead. I hadn’t gamed in 6 weeks – it was a nice treat!

Sunday morning I met Colin for breakfast at Reggie’s. Mid-afternoon, we headed upriver for some good company and relaxation. We chatted, I learned Othello, we tried out Colin’s new game Quoridor, had a tasty soup that Shannon had made for supper, and spent a bit of time in the hot tub under the stars. I drove home feeling relaxed and with prune-fingers.

I am back at work today. I have a ton to do! I was thinking about possibly taking Friday (the 2nd) off, but that’ll depend on what I can accomplish.

>Oooooh! Cool!

>Aragorn’s Fellowship Long Coat

>Weekend update

>Friday night I still wasn’t feeling all that well so I didn’t do much of anything. Colin popped by for a bit. We got 1/2 way through watching Minority Report and I had to hit the hay.

Auditions for Proof were Saturday afternoon. After that, I went home annd napped. That evening, Colin and I had supper at Ming’s and then went to a house party at Mike Alexander’s. At that point, Colin was starting to come down with the cold I’m still trying to get rid of, and I still wasn’t feeling so hot, so we left early – around 10:30 and called it a night.

Sunday I dropped Lisa’s birthday gift off to her (Happy 24th, Lisa!). I gave her some Karaoke CDs – I know they’ll come in handy! Lisa and Anthony gave me my Christmas gift – a Bratz doll (Jade) and an extra dressy outfit for her. She’s pretty nifty. They never had toys like that when I was a kid. I can always count on Lisa and Anthony getting toys for me! Then, Colin and I exchanged Christmas gifts. We figured it was a good time to do that – since neither of us were rushed. I gave Colin a Roots top, a flask, and a pocket-sized daily calendar. Colin gave me a gift certificate to a one hour massage (I can’t wait to go get that), tickets for us to see Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal in January, a funky snowman Christmas ornament, a merino wool neckwarmer, and a beautiful pair of silver earrings (from Handworks). After the gift exchange, we had leftovers from Ming’s and watched a bit of TV, then headed over to Shannon and Cliff’s and enjoyed good company and a bit of fine Port. Unfortunately, somewhere betweeen my apartment and there I lost one of my new earrings. How frustrating! Colin and I did a search for it, but couldn’t find it. At least we’ll be able to get a replacement at Handworks!

I’m at work today. I have a half day to work and more than a half day’s worth of work to try and get done, so I should get cracking!

>Friday Five

>1. List your five favorite beverages.

1) Pink Grapefruit Juice

2) Ginger Ale

3) Cranberry Juice

4) Perrier

5) Water

2. List your five favorite websites.

1) TheOneRing.net

2) McSweeney’s

3) For Better or For Worse

4) Style.com

5) Apple Movie Trailers

3. List your five favorite snack foods.

1) All-Dressed chips

2) tortilla chips with salsa

3) popcorn

4) salted licorice

5) fresh veggies

4. List your five favorite board and/or card games.

1) Scrabble

2) Cribbage

3) Rummoli/Michigan Rummy

4) Clue

5) Hearts

5. List your five favorite computer and/or game system games.

1) SSX 3 (PS2)

2) Kingdom Hearts (PS2)

3) Diablo (Macintosh)

4) Myst (Macintosh)

5) Halo (Xbox)

>101º

>That was my temperature yesterday evening. I left work early and went home and slept. I woke up and watched a bit of TV. Colin dropped off some chicken soup and orange juice (Thank you, Colin!). I went over my scene a couple of times, watched a bit more TV, and then went to bed early. I missed “Carol-oke” last night, which sounded like it would have been fun. Oh well.

I still have a bit of a temperature this morning, but I was feeling better, so I came into work. I had my Year-End Review with my manager this morning, it went well and I’m pretty excited about next year!

Tonight will be quiet – more recouperatin time. Yippie. Tomorrow afternoon are the callbacks for auditions for Proof. I’m looking forward to it!

>Yarr

>Saw LOTR:ROTK yesterday and loved it.

Picked up script at Rickey’s for Proof callbacks on Saturday.

Went to Churchills with Colin and met up with Cliff, Shannon and Jennica and had a beer and a tasty burger.

Went home and read script a few times and thought about “Claire”, then went to bed.

Woke up with worse cold this morning. Yarr.

>My World

>Dilbert

>LOTR: ROTK today!

>Last night went well. I tidied my apartment and the Doomsday Clock cast came over for our first cast meeting. It’s going to be a fun play to work on! After that, Colin came over and we watched Office Space, which Anthony had lent to me.

I got up bright and early this morning and moved my car out of the snow ban lot before 7 AM. So I made it into work nice and early. This works out well, because I plan to leave early to see the 4:15 showing of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.