December 2005


>I only have a half-day of work today and then I am on holidays until the new year! I am glad I saved a bit of extra time so I can run around and get a whole series of errands done, such as getting my winter tires put on, finishing making gifts and wrap them, doing Christmas cards, etc.

I’m not sure how often I’ll get around to posting while I’m off but I’ll try to make an effort to.
Happy Holidays!!

>Only 5 days until Christmas!

>Where does the time go? Work has been crazy busy so my days have been flying by. Outside of work I’ve been pretty busy as well. Last night I spent the night in and working on a painting. I’m almost done. I can’t wait to post photos of it – but you’ll have to wait until after I’ve given it to its owner. :-)

I STILL haven’t done Christmas cards. I did spend a bit of time last night trying to adjust a photo in Photoshop for it but I’m seriously lacking in space on my Mac so I kept getting messages that my scratch discs are full and I couldn’t even save the changes I had made. Yarr. The photo is a Christmas photo of my kittens & I by the tree. I want to send it out to a few family members (and my parents want a framed copy for Christmas). Hopefully I can finish tweaking and printing it tonight. Hmm… now that I have stamps, I should just do the cards up ASAP and get that out of the way. They will be a bit late as it is. Ah well.

>Weekend Update

>Friday night I was pretty beat. I’d had an extremely hectic week at work and didn’t really have the energy to do much. I thought about going out and getting some Christmas shopping done but I just didn’ t have it in me. Besides, it was freezing rain. Ann stopped over right after work so I could do her hair and makeup for her for her work Christmas party. After that, I did a bit of cleaning and made supper, ate, and cleaned up. I spent about an hour working on a painting, and that’s about it for my evening. I needed an early night.

Saturday was very full. I was up early and spent the entire day running errands and getting all of my Christmas shopping done. The mall was packed, of course. That kept me busy until supper time – where I went to Swiss Chalet with Colin. By the time I got home from supper I had a few minutes to play with the cats before heading out to Swayze Christmas #10. It was at Callahan’s this year. I think I still prefer a house party. Especially since I’m not usually a fan of beer – and when I do drink it, I’m pretty picky about it. If you’re not a beer drinker, there really isn’t much other choice there other than coolers or bar shots. So I had about a drink and a half all evening. At any rate, it was a great opportunity to catch up with some friends – including a few that I haven’t seen much at all this year. I was pretty beat so I didn’t stay out to keep “partying” after the movie.

Sunday I tried to sleep in (as much as the cats would let me) and then met Colin for breakfast at Reggie’s. Then I spent the rest of the day trying to get things done for Christmas. All the while, I had the TV tuned to TLC for their entertaining marathon of What Not To Wear. And that’s about it. I STILL haven’t done any cards yet this year and I still need to finish making a couple of things that I’d promised to people. I know my next few evenings will be full with that stuff. Man – I’m looking forward to having some time off!!

>The Classic Dames Test

Myrna Loy

You scored 9% grit, 19% wit, 33% flair, and 50% class!

You are class itself, the calm, confident “perfect woman.” Men turn and look at you admiringly as you walk down the street, and even your rivals have a grudging respect for you. You always know the right thing to say, do and, of course, wear. You can take charge of a situation when things get out of hand, and you’re a great help to your partner even if they don’t immediately see or know it. You are one classy dame. Your screen partners include William Powell and Cary Grant, you little simmerpot, you.

Check out The Classic Dames Test for yourself! Or, for the guys, find out what kind of classic leading man you’d make by taking the Classic Leading Man Test.

>Friday Feast

What is a word that your family uses that would not be considered common?
Slacks (that comes from living in Ontario – and I love some of the old-fashioned stuff)
and I know there are a ton of other words and sayings that I grew up with that are quirky but I can’t seem to think of anything right now. I’ll update this later if anything comes to mind.

What theme of calendar do you have on your wall this year?
Current 2005 calendars as as follows: At home at my front entrance is a calendar that had old movie posters. At work I have a Far Side mini wall calendar and a shoe-of-the-day calendar. Every year at Christmas, my parents buy me the calendar for my home. I can’t wait to see what they’ve picked out this year!

Name 3 people you speak with on a daily basis.
Colin, Beth and Joanna. Although I generally don’t chat with Joanna on the weekend unless we actually hang out together.

Main Course:
If you could put a new tattoo on someone you know – who would it be, what would the tattoo be of, and where would you put it on them?
I don’t think I’d want to put a tattoo on anyone I know.

What is the last beverage you drank out of a glass bottle?
Yesterday at lunch I had a cranberry juice out of a glass bottle.

>A Creative Evening

>Last night was fun! Kristi and I grabbed a bite to eat at Swiss Chalet, then she came over to work on a painting while we watched Moulin Rouge. Love that movie. She started a new painting while I spent a bit of tie on one that I’m in the midst of. Always feels good to be creative!


>If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, there are some pretty awesome graphics and tutorials at The Computer Graphics Society.

>Been busy

>Not too much exciting going on lately. I’ve been busy trying to finish Christmas gifts and there seems to be a whole lot of social things going on this month – go figure. Work is busy so my days are flying by. I can’t wait until I have a bit of time off. I need the break. Speaking of work, I’d better get to it….

>Friday Feast

Name something you’ll miss about 2005.
It has been a great year. I’m not sure if I’ll miss anything about it though. It has been a good year for making changes. I’ve added murals to my repetoire, I’ve started running (which I never thought I’d do), and I got kittens.

What is one thought that went through your mind today?
The more hard work and effort you put into something, the more “lucky” you get when it comes to its success.

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how compassionate would you say you are?
Maybe an 8? I don’t think it’s consistant though. A lot of it depends on how well I know you, what kind of mood I’m in, and if it’s something that lines up with my value system.

Main Course:
If you could invent something, what would it be?
Whatever it would be, I would want it to be creative or artistic and it should inspire people to better themselves and be more loving and giving and tolerant.

Do you prefer salty snacks or sweet treats?
Mmm… salt! I LOVE the salt!!


>Last night was great! I had dinner at Churchills with Joanna and Colin – and decided to treat myself to theri Texas Sandwich (prime rib on Texas toast with lettuce & tomato & BBQ sauce) – yum! Then Joanna and I headed over to the Somerset to catch Improvisation Corporation. Man, were they funny! Great job guys! Once again, my face is sore from laughing so much!