Saturday, February 23, 2008

The dinner's cancelled because of a death!

The World's Greatest Collection of Funny Facebook Status Messages - HAHAHA! I also like working in morbid references in conversation: I've recently done that with Countess Elizabeth Bathory, plus Burke and Hare! YAY! :D (these were in two separate conversation with the same person, hehe)

True to form, my browser keeps disappearing. If I could talk to Corey, he'd say that I should get Eric to install Windows XP already. Good idea, except I'm not done with my BootyBase files. Must work on that next week! Maybe I'll talk to Corey tomorrow on Feast Day since my Sunday doesn't LOOK very busy... *hmm*

Ada picked me up, and said that her son Ian is sick. We discussed allergy shots, the improving sunny weather over the past few days, the Veggie Tales movie AND dinner (Ian termed it "a lucky night!" - cute kiddy thinking!), Chinese doctors, herbal medicine, wanting to throw up whenever you tasted the vile black concoctions prescribed by herbalists, and getting sick every February. At Awana, I talked to Melia about the leadership dinner tonight of pizza: she totally understood that I needed to leave with my ride.

She also mentioned something about Steph's party tonight getting cancelled because Viv's dog Bams had died suddenly of a seizure while out on a walk. Steph wants to be with her, of course... and it just sucks! =/ Good thing Melia told me, because when I got a free moment to call Steph later to confirm this, SHE said that she'd sent an email last night which I never got! Anita stopped by briefly to show off Allison to people - the baby was awake for a bit, then fell asleep.

Talked to Andrew about a family dinner and his new hairstyle, bantered with Mike, wished Meg a happy tenth birthday, and sympathized with Samantha when she said going up and down the stairs a lot was tiring. I admired Jordan's cool drawing, told Matthew that wipes had soap in them to wash your hands (he LOVED the bubbles!), and shared in the discovery of a pad of achievement slips - so we AREN'T supposed to photocopy them! Also let Jason and Amos use my calculator while Danny told them that he did private math tutoring for free, and tried to smell Andrew's raspberry cooler breath which Golden said was gross. I couldn't smell anything, so perhaps that was just as well.

The guys gave me a cute blue CLASSY Beanie Baby from the store, which was sweet. That makes me think of the missed opportunity I had last year with the plastic Livestrong bracelets knock-offs that said LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, and other things! Told Benedict to move since he was blocking my view of the scores - he told Martin to do so as well. Now that I'm home, I see that Raymond sent me an Evite to next week's small group outing - hmm, okay! I'm getting into the candygrams that my sister gave me last week: cinnamon hearts, striped Hershey's Kisses, and heart gummies! No, this is not my dinner. :P





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A dream where I pummel a sleazeball!

Some people have "normal" dreams. I have dreams that incorporate the sinking of the TITANIC, the Garden of Eden, and vigilante justice. Disclaimer: I do not think all East Indians are sleazeballs.

* My friends, family, and I were in a brown multi-level townhouse when there was a lot of snow outside. Somehow, I was delegated to go across the street to grab something from another family. I don't know why everyone picked me because they knew I was afraid of the snow and the challenges associated with it.

* Suddenly, we were all transported to a White Spot with stone walls. Jon and Eric were at one table, and my mom and sister were at another table. I was quietly eating my own meal with some other people, when some East Indian sleazeball went right up to my sister and put moves on her. He told her that she looked beautiful today. She raised an eyebrow and asked him to repeat himself, so he did: "You look beautiful today, darling." That was the cue for me to go over there and proceed to pummel him senseless, getting in a LOT of good blows to his face. My guy friends helped me by taking care of his nether regions, haha.

* After that, we were invited to go on a ship - we knew it would sink, much like the TITANIC. Melia and I were frantically choosing certain doors marked "Legato" or "Medium" in hopes to escape our fate. We knew the band would play right up until they got submerged in water, at which point the instruments would be floating all over the place as they got submerged in bubbles from the musicians' dying breaths. Thanks to this knowledge, we also realized that the water would be 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and EXTREMELY cold!

* There was a crowd of people on one of the decks listening to Lesley talk about Australia and the problems in that country. I knew that there was a slinky snake made of Craisins somewhere in the crowd, and enlisted the guys' help in cornering it. The snake was surprisingly elusive, yet we could see it raise its ugly head, which was much like a king cobra's. We knew it was whispering seductively evil untrue things into people's ears, and hoped we could cut off its head before it was too late. Finally, we nabbed the snake, cut off its head, and dumped it into the water. (we could have dumped it into the water alive, but we knew it would slither up into the doomed boat somehow)

* On another deck, there were people huddled in a round abode with windows. We wanted them to get out, and have a chance in the lifeboats which were being deployed. However, they wouldn't because "Earrings" was spelled with only one R on the manifest. Even the spelling / grammar Nazis among us knew that this was really petty, since this was truly a life-or-death situation! Eventually, we left them to their fate and jumped off ourselves.

No idea where this dream came from, unless it was my eating the package of Craisins last night in front of Eric / Jeremy that Grandma gave me some time ago at Oakridge! Before I leave, I should play my Scrabulous moves or else my opponents will think I've disappeared off the face of the earth! One of them has even sent me a message: "Did you play your move in Scrabble yet, beautiful?" I'd find that very dodgy, were it not for the fact that it's from my boyfriend, haha! I'm looking forward to the dinner tonight, which includes the PEANUTS, haha. (I remember the story of Mom's accent rendering "peanuts" as "penis" - hahaha, it made Dad glare at everyone when Daniel laughed really loudly and fell off his chair!)

Here are the more amusing replies from my sister's "dinner of spanks" Evite:

Daniel: "Um.... I don't fit into my bikini anymore. But I'll still show up, I guess. Hmm... maybe a different type of peanut this time.... how about honey roasted? or.... ooo, toffee-flavored peanuts. I hear they come in all types..."
Melia: "I'm only coming if there are going to be garlic-flavored peanuts. =p"
Michelle: "Will there be peanuts? Ha ha ha."
Danielle: "Yes, I do believe I can! I will be ready to spank... hehehehe!"

You should get a dress that's...
Black - Elegant
You are naturally elegant and classy. You should opt for a black dress with some funky accents to show off your good fashion sense and natural beauty.

'What Prom Dress should you get?' at

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Went out to do some banking (laundry peace of mind with $50 worth of loonies and quarters!), purchase some body wash on sale (Zest Ocean Energy Energizing Effects / Lever 2000 Pure Rain / Coast Breakaway), get a stapler combo / stickers / 2000 colored staples (which I've since lost?!) from an office supply place, and grab some Smarties. Vicky S. saw me from her car - that was very surprising! Met Eric at the usual place, and we left - talked about microphones, headsets, Windows XP, magical and fascinating things, Riverview (mental institution), colored cubes and pyramids, programming, and Pho. Not like there was too much time for Subway since he still needed to get a thank-you card! I was definitely loaded down with my heavy knapsack AND Nathan's dishes from Sunday, so I was glad to give the dishes to Jon before I laid my knapsack down in the basement! (saw Mike, Joey, Vanessa, Jason L., and others on the way into church)

Spent a quiet time at Pho until Chuck popped in to say hi - we talked about Valentine's Day, Long's Noodle House and our story there, blogging, the Internet phenomenon, Korey, plans, cellphones, Eric's takeout order, and more. We went to the basement together, where I looked someone in the eye without flinching - couldn't bring myself to nod, but it's still progress. I told Eric that I'd laid his dinner down on a nearby table, and said hi to Connie and Joe - they thanked me for the Facebook FunWall / SuperWall cards, haha. Had a great talk with a financial advisor sort that Martin knows - I know my sister found it stimulating for her brain! Saving money, compound interest, being a steward, knowing the owner if you were a manager in real life, debt, materialism, credit cards, wills, instant gratification, etc. - very interesting! (like if you saved $100 a month for 15 years and then didn't save anything for the next 25 - you'd get $440 thousand... but if you didn't save anything for 15 years, and then started saving $100 a month for the next 25 years, you'd only get $123 thousand!)

Told Jeremy that he'd confuse my grandma again since he only had a mustache - he laughed, and wondered whether Eric had a full beard. He did, and then joined in our discussion. No, I don't know what "mustache" would be in Chinese, and I think Grandma still recognizes Eric even with his beard! Told him what "White Kid" was in Chinese - I hope Grandma doesn't get confused, haha. Briefly talked about Hitler / Charlie Chaplin's beard going out of style in a generation or so after World War II, as well. Commiserated with Lesley on her cough: at least she had Halls lozenges! She wondered why I was carrying so many staples around - I'd just bought 5000 of them! Eric turned around and whispered that there were no chopsticks with his lemongrass chicken Pho dinner, so I mouthed an apology before he went to the kitchen to grab some. It was funny seeing Danny and Nai Chiu try to figure out a way to get to the Chinese Bibles stored in the basement since our group was taking up basically the entire floor with our chairs and tables! (one other guy even went under the overhead on his way to the kitchen, haha... he even provided the speaker with a glass of water!)

Talked to Eric, Steph, Raymond, and Martin about tomorrow's "dinner of spanks" - Eric had joked that it would be hard to find the place on the map, and Steph thought she'd include the map for EVERYONE even though she didn't want to spam my or Eric's inboxes. Jeremy said something about turkey eggs and how I had to look something up about them on the Internet since he's Lenting it. Five minutes a week just doesn't cut it to check your email - I can imagine the state of HIS inbox at Easter! (Eric: "So THAT'S what I was supposed to do for worship practice two weeks ago! This is what we did for Fellowship a few weeks ago! Most of it will be junk mail by that point!") Haha, no wonder he didn't get the butt list yet - no worries!

Talked to Cindy about her birthday speech for Steph - it's good that she now knows there's another Christian teacher at her school, heh. Grace and I discussed friendships, and a fear of public speaking - it's okay that Cindy felt she had to read, since it DOES get her nervous otherwise! She's moving next week, and doesn't want to - she still has closets and bookshelves to pack, aiya! Stanley, Jeremy, and Eric talked about old cars - yes, Eric's family has a 1970s Parisienne! Jeremy says engine blocks are made out of plastic these days, heh. When they got to talking about giant robots and such, I went upstairs. Nathan was showing Jon, Jason W., Ivan, and others a hilarious AMERICAN IDOL video - Jason W.'s mom was very confused when she saw the laptop screen, haha! Discussed Randal's quirky birthday gift of cheap plastic handcuffs for Steph because she wants to be a cop ("Ack! I *should* have opened them in the privacy of my own room!"), Dallas, money, Vivian S. house-sitting, learning, and shushing me on the way home - interesting times, indeed! :D

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Conditioner reminding me of yogurt / Credulous Salmon

While I was in the shower earlier today, I had the thought that my Body Zone avocado / raspberry / mango herbal conditioner reminded me of strawberry yogurt. It IS a similar pink color, after all. (random stuff, I know) My browser's disappeared any number of times this afternoon, too... oh well.

Eric also called me from work - good thing I showered early, since I also thought that I'd be ready for anything Diven threw at me! No, not literally. :P So I called him back twice and then left him a Facebook message which he is now free to ignore. After calling back a third time, I decided to call his cell which I only do when I'm desperate. :P I can definitely meet him at 6 since I have nearby errands to run, and maybe provide a thank-you card for the speaker if I have one around! It's good with him, haha. :D

I just got hit by the salmon bot again!

(04:24:09 PM) CredulousSalmon: Hi?
(04:24:47 PM) Flami: Ah, you've been hit by the salmon bot.

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Being trapped on an orange island with clubs

After I got to sleep, I dreamed that Jeremy and Quan were my favorite people in the world, and they were reading Deuteronomy 7:12, which had something to do with Israelites. Everyone knew that Jeremy was of my favorites, and he had absolutely no problem with that!

A few of my friends and I were at a conference centre with grey walls. I was in a meeting room when Angus came in, took a table, and started working on this huge greeting card. It had a Christmas motif (Santa Claus / reindeer / snow) on it, and several large pop-ups as well. I asked him who it was for, and he said it was for "Auntie Kitty." When I got closer to see what he was writing (and congratulate him on his perfect grammar and spelling), I could see that the card said "Thanks For Your Bridal Shower" in gold curly text. Steph came in to distract my mom at the back of the room - she was wearing a red shimmery top with a red sweater over it. She stopped to admire Angus' job on this card, of course.

Then we were transported to a sunny island, and the orange and yellow colors of the homes and menus comforted me. I knew Teunis was there, as evidenced by the friendly brown lion posted as guard at the entrance to said island. Teunis wanted me to get going on my own digital island, so we could play together with the palm trees. The brown color of the trunks and the green palms were most vivid, and almost hypnotized me. Wished I could have my own tropical island, but the dark red text when people spoke was most delightful. :D

I remember being able to write on the menus since there was white paper with blue ruled lines where the food selections were supposed to be. So I accordingly wrote about Quan, Jeremy, going clubbing, the comfort of the island paradise, and more. I also wrote about my plans for shoplifting, which I whited out later even if the menu was only going to last for the duration of my time there. Somehow I knew this was a dream, although I couldn't control the events. If I could have, the next paragraph would not have happened!

Then I decided to go to bed, with my legs curled in a protective semicolon position. I tried getting out of bed multiple times when I heard noises, but I just couldn't make it stick - I found myself propelled back into bed. Went to check the time, which was 1:11 PM, and then 7:06 AM. I got out of bed to go places, but again found myself almost yoinked back to bed, where I almost fell off! This cycle repeated itself a few times before I woke up for real. Interesting stuff...

Yikes - I think my subconscious is definitely trying to tell me something here! Triggers: reading a lot of T's journal / comments page, feeling trapped, using whiteout on paper, the bridal shower, plus putting stickers on my pink-ish Christmas cards with gold text and Santa Claus. (I almost typed "Satan" for "Santa" - oh my!) The music in the last part probably came from my radio in real life, which I left on for some reason. *shrug*

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Scrabble points rule, and so do Facebook additions and upkeep!

Finished my upkeep earlier this evening, just in time for the window to disappear again! AIYA! At least I was done with it, which was a good thing. I don't want to know how much aggravation I'd have gone through if I had to do certain things all over again! Caught up with email, too - thanks so much, Mandy D. :P

Hey, I got two double word scores on the word LATERAL! YAY FOR 28 POINTS! Then I managed to get ONYX (which makes me think of Sabrina's dog :P) for 44 points... thanks to placing the X on a double letter score, and the O on a double word score! Both moves were made against Korey, heh. Forced wins don't show up in the stats, but that's okay.

Chad S. and Milli P. added me to Facebook - heh, I remember those school days quite well, haha. The Canucks won 3-2 in a shootout against the Predators... YAY! Jennifer (fate_envies_us) also added me to Facebook - these friendships rock! :D

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Virginia scammers / December-January BBT Tally

Man, it's Thursday already?! This week has gone by quickly! I got a weird phone call from Virginia, which of course I didn't answer. 757-990-8951 is apparently Macy's / Bloomingdales / JC Penney calling to say that you've won a chance at this fabulous trip, and a similar trip for a family member. All you have to do is press 9... yeah RIGHT! I'm busy doing upkeep right now, which is fine. :D (Manitoba hit me again, but that's not a surprise!)


pudding @ Tazza (Friday, December 28)


white grape @ L&G Bubble Tea (Friday, January 11)
honeydew @ Tazza (Thursday, January 24)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Billie's hair, bridal showers, meetings

Hey, Petra R. added me to Facebook too! Sweet!

Here's another photo post!

I had to comment on this one, asking whether I really was Billie's hair. Then she clarified: of *course* I remember the hair pills from the last time I was over! (August 25-26, 2007) She had to subconsciously tag me as her hair, adding this postscript: "If you're my hair... I AM A WHOLE COUNTRY IN CENTRAL ASIA! :P" Go blame K for that one, hahaha! (I know her real name might kinda look / sound like Bangladesh... maybe?)

Me: .... I'm your HAIR?! HAHAHAHAHA!
Billie: Remember the hair pills the last time you came over? :P
Me: Oh yes, I remember those! :P

Billie: Well... I had to... subconsciously. :P PS: If you're my hair... I AM A WHOLE COUNTRY IN CENTRAL ASIA! :P

Me: HAHAHAHA! That's for sure... but that wasn't me. Blame K for that one. :P

Billie: Hahahaha! Je sais, je sais, but in all reality, I'm flattered someone thinks so highly of me. :P HAHA, just kidding! Remember that friend of yours who thought I was East Indian?... Do you see a pattern here? :O

Me: Hahaha. Fair enough! Oh, that wasn't my friend. That was one of K's friends, so yes; I do indeed see a pattern here! o_O

Billie: :P It's so wunderbar to have a purely Persian name... there's ALWAYS the chance that someone renames you without your permission! :P It's really funny though... some guy once thought my name was Vanessa, which is probably the only normal name which can somehow come out of mine, but Bangladesh just won the crown and took the cake! I never noticed that my name could ever be misread like that... OH! And where the blast did the G, L, and D come from?! And where did the F go?!

Tell K thanks for upgrading me from person to Nation. I am truly honoured. Truly. :P

Oh, right. My bad. :P But Blimey... an East Indian who worked at Shoppers once asked me if I, too, was East Indian, and I had asked him before if he was Persian, but that's understandable because I guess we have similar qualities, albeit small ones. But wow. People are hilarious. Honestly. I like it though... I never take offense. :]

Me: Haha, I bet there is that chance! "Vanessa" out of your real name?! Hmm... I just don't know, except maybe it sounds like Vanessa if said really quickly. I'll definitely tell K thinks for you later, although of course I run the risk of confusing him again, haha. Yeah, I wouldn't take offense at that... I'd see the humor in it too. People have thought MY name was Wesley, Leanne, Lindsay, and Lisa!

Billie: WHAT?! Wesley... that's just cruel! But then again, a lot of people can't seem to break the habit of calling me Banashef, but I'm too lazy to correct them. :P It happens after a while. It's one of life's real cruelties, but at the same time, it's fun to see people get creative! PS: I really HAVE lost weight in this picture! And it's not just the dress that's shaping me, wouldn't you say?

Me: Yeah, I agree! Despite what certain people (used to?) think, I do not look like a boy! It is kinda fun.. but Wesley?! *shakes head* Oh, you certainly have! That dress is going to make your night even more special! But it's not all that's shaping you, and you can trust me on that!

Billie: I know, name mispronunciations can get REALLY ugly. You witnessed one example. :P And! Thank you kindly! :D
Me: You're very welcome! :D

Melia's bridal shower, February 17 (Sunday)

This is what we do to fill time at church membership meetings while waiting for quorum to be met! (Sunday, Feb. 3)

Jon, reading a book at Louis Garden before lunch, prior to the aforementioned AGM:

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Me, give up blogging?! Never!

If someone asked me to give up blogging / journaling, I wouldn't like it very much. I need to have a life record somewhere, and writing helps me with thinking and such. So that is never gonna happen!

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Guess these fifteen movie quotes!

1. Pick fifteen of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
5. NO GOOGLING / using IMDb search functions!

1. "I am so embarrassed, my face is red. I staked everything on a loser."
2. "Sometimes, I guess there's just not enough rocks."
3. "That was a blank. The next one's real. Are you sure?"
4. "Y'know that ringing in your ears? That 'eeeeeeeeee'? That's the sound of the ear cells dying, like their swan song. Once it's gone, you'll never hear that frequency again. Enjoy it while it lasts."
5. "Even if you were my brother, I'd still want to fuck you."
6. "Elizabeth and I made love once. I just did it to see what it would be like with someone who looked like me."
7. "Purple in the morning, blue in the afternoon, and orange in the evening. Just like that, one, two, three, four."
8. "My very own darling. Remember last night when we were together? I yearn for your caresses, I can never have enough of them. I kiss you, caress you, love you, long for you, can't sleep without you, bless you. Sunny."
9. "Just a moment. I hear people wanting something... ME!"
10. "Sucking all the marrow out of life doesn't mean choking on the bone."
11. "I've already wasted my whole life. I want to tell you with my last breath that I have always loved you. I would rather be a ghost, drifting by your side as a condemned soul, than enter heaven without you. Because of your love, I will never be a lonely spirit."
12. "First she steals my publicity. Then she steals my lawyer, my trial date. And now she steals my goddamn garter."
13. "Tell you what... truth is, sometimes I miss you so bad I can hardly stand it..."
14. "I'm sorry, is he bothering you, sir? My brother can be an extremely irritating sort of person."
15. "Why do you have to point out how stupid everyone is all the time?"

Edit: I got hit by the salmon bot again!

(04:24:50 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: Hello, my friend!
(04:24:59 PM) Flami: What do you want from me?
(04:26:31 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: meh?
(04:26:47 PM) Flami: I think this is a bot.
(04:28:18 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: okay
(04:30:12 PM) Flami: did you just happen to update your journal? Google "themissinghat"
(04:36:34 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: zuh?
(04:36:35 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: the hatmaster?
(04:36:46 PM) Flami: something else, called Project Upstream
(04:37:18 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: I am so confused
(04:38:18 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: wait
(04:38:19 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: so I updated
(04:38:19 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: and you updated
(04:38:19 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: so the hatmaster connected our AIM names to talk?
(04:38:47 PM) Flami: generally, yes... but this isn't the hatmaster... this is something else involving salmon
(04:38:57 PM) Flami: I see your name as SanctifiedSalmon
(04:39:29 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: whoa
(04:39:29 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: that's how I see your name
(04:47:16 PM) Flami: yeah, this started happening recently
(04:48:17 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: weird
(04:48:34 PM) Flami: yeah... are you in themissinghat at LJ?
(04:49:05 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: not yet
(04:49:06 PM) SanctifiedSalmon: which is why I'm confused
(04:54:00 PM) Flami: ah... join that community, and it'll tell you some more, probably

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Dream: Fire trucks, and toy circles exploding

Hey, this is an appropriate Scrabble icon!

I've had an okay sleep schedule for the past couple of days, and I hope I can keep it up. The weekends usually seem to mess it up, but I suppose that's how it should be. *shrug* Hey, Kevin C. just added me to Facebook - sweet! I remember the Band days and concerts at McNair, as well as hanging around the guys' lockers. :D (so has Dawn O. from Ferris, and Ursula Hildebrand / Troy S. / Dave F. from Palmer)

Had a weird dream which involved Jordan and Thomas from Awana coming up to me and asking stuff about a fire truck not saving others in a burning building. They'd drawn something, and it was surrounding us like the A-ha video for Take On Me. Calla came up to us and declared that she was related to them, then we went to a rather messy toy circle with the children.

Rosanna and other church kids were there, and Pastor John was trying to keep order. We knew that there was a certain amount of time until the toy circle would close, but what we didn't expect was that it would EXPLODE in self-destruction! I went to the library to find books on wine for a few people, and then came back to the toy circle. It was DESOLATE! Went back to the books again to flip through magazines (the downstairs section was all history books and funny comics), and then got word that the toy circle had regenerated along with the toys.

This made the kids very happy, and Rosanna was on top of Evelyn, playing piggyback. Suddenly, Pastor John said that the toy circle would only be in existence for about an hour. We tried to get the kids to clean up quickly once 45 minutes were up. The baskets and toys looked like the ones in the church toddler room, heh. I asked whether the toy circle would explode like last time, and Pastor John said it wouldn't - hmm, fair enough! With one minute left, the kids were still playing and running around from one room to the next - we tried to impress upon them that the toys wouldn't clean themselves, but no go. When the hour was up, the toys all remained... but they were bolted to the floor. That was fine with the adults, since we all had packed black bags to go to Powell River anyway. Then the dream ended.

No idea why I had the dream - I know Danielle has just figured out that Calla is related to Stella / Benjamin / Noah because they're cousins of a sort. As for the toys and kids, I'm sure I had stuff to do involving them on Sunday. Very weird brain junk... o_O

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Facebook, Scrabble, Dallas, and misreadings

1. Elsa C. added me on Facebook - sweet! I remember her from Palmer; she and Jolie R. were good friends. (Noel E. and Kevyn O. also added me there - yay!) Speaking of Facebook, Kim unfriended me on there - that's okay, since we really didn't interact! Added all my friends to CIRCLES on there, and I must remember to do that when someone adds me!

2. I misread "unrated" as "urinated," and "detest" as "defrost." What the heck is wrong with me?!

3. Dallas invited a bunch of us to his place for dinner this Friday - lamb stew, a roast chicken, and some veggies would be cool stuff! Then he changed it to Saturday since some have Fellowship, which would be fine except Steph has her birthday thing then. (speaking of email, Raymond suggested the White Spot near the church for our small group dinner - then Daiso or bubble tea or something in Richmond later - we'll see!)

4. I now have a few Scrabble games going on at once: Steve L. even wanted to play with me. Haha, it doesn't matter if I lose to him, or even to Gayle / Ace via the Scrabble discussion board! (I've won / lost a few games against Korey, and lost to Jennifer and Jasmine too...) Hey, I just played RURALISE for 68 points and a bingo!

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Eight-eyed babies, James' birthday, Queen of Wands

A cool icon I came across again yesterday: (I used to think it was somewhat horrible, but now I've seen the light of appreciation! YAY!)

Went to sleep early with minty blue help, which I really needed. Thank goodness that translated into a good sleep! Had a weird dream; the only aspects I remember are someone knowing that characters in a book were going to die soon, and my preparing a sticker album-like birthday card for Pastor James with fuzzy stickers and greetings. It IS James' birthday today, and I just wished him a good one via Facebook wall post! Now I think I'll stalk people (like my old high school friends) on Facebook...

LEARN TO SPELL! Very funny, and so true!

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Ten Simple Rules for Dating my Daughter

HA! I just got a 45-point word courtesy of a triple-word score in Scrabble against Billie! Sweet! (FORGIVEN) Also, I finally feel more like myself: perhaps Eric is right, and I had too much alcohol last night. Sleep and downtime will cure that, for sure. ;)

Something I got from the latest posts page:

Ten Simple Rules for Dating my Daughter
To prepare yourself, start studying Daddy's Rules for Dating.
Your dad's rules for your boyfriend (or for you if you're a guy):

Rule One:
If you pull into my driveway and honk, you'd better be delivering a package, because you're sure not picking anything up.

Rule Two:
You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, so long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes or hands off my daughter's body, I will remove them.

Rule Three:
I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don't take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open-minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object. However, in order to ensure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric nail gun and fasten your trousers securely in place to your waist.

Rule Four:
I'm sure you've been told that in today's world, sex without utilizing a 'Barrier method' of some kind can kill you. Let me elaborate: When it comes to sex, I am the barrier, and I will kill you.

Rule Five:
It is usually understood that in order for us to get to know each other, we should talk about sports, politics, and other issues of the day. Please do not do this. The only information I require from you is an indication of when you expect to have my daughter safely back at my house, and the only word I need from you on this subject is: 'early.'

Rule Six:
I have no doubt you are a popular fellow, with many opportunities to date other girls. This is fine with me as long as it is okay with my daughter. Otherwise, once you have gone out with my little girl, you will continue to date no one but her until she is finished with you. If you make her cry, I will make you cry.

Rule Seven:
As you stand in my front hallway, waiting for my daughter to appear, and more than an hour goes by, do not sigh and fidget. If you want to be on time for the movie, you should not be dating. My daughter is putting on her makeup, a process than can take longer than painting the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead of just standing there, why don't you do something useful, like changing the oil in my car?

Rule Eight:
The following places are not appropriate for a date with my daughter: Places where there are beds, sofas, or anything softer than a wooden stool. Places where there is darkness. Places where there is dancing, holding hands, or happiness. Places where the ambient temperature is warm enough to induce my daughter to wear shorts, tank tops, midriff T-shirts, or anything other than overalls, a sweater, and a goose down parka - zipped up to her throat. Movies with a strong romantic or sexual theme are to be avoided; movies which feature chainsaws are okay. Hockey games are okay. Old folks' homes are better.

Rule Nine:
Do not lie to me. I may appear to be a potbellied, balding, middle-aged, dimwitted has-been. But on issues relating to my daughter, I am the all-knowing, merciless god of your universe. If I ask you where you are going and with whom, you have one chance to tell me the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I have a shotgun, a shovel, and five acres behind the house. Do not trifle with me.

Rule Ten:
Be afraid. Be very afraid. It takes very little for me to mistake the sound of your car in the driveway for a chopper coming in over a rice paddy near Hanoi. When my Agent Orange starts acting up, the voices in my head frequently tell me to clean the guns as I wait for you to bring my daughter home. As soon as you pull into the driveway, you should exit the car with both hands in plain sight. Speak the perimeter password, announce in a clear voice that you have brought my daughter home safely and early, then return to your car - there is no need for you to come inside. The camouflaged face at the window is mine.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008


Sam let me in at Nathan's, and I proceeded upstairs after leaving my stuff in the basement. When I got up there, I saw Jon's CRU friend Dilys, whom I was trying to place for the longest time - at first, I thought she was some girl that Raymond brought! Also saw Joey, his Commerce friend Megan, Emily L., Ivan, Sam, Jeremy, Eric, Nathan, Christon, Jon, Sheena, and Julie... pretty good turnout for a dinner! Luckily, we had called on our way over to tell Jon to leave me some food, haha. It turned out to be the cheapest Sunday Dinner for some time (maybe since Grey Cup 2006?) at $3 a head. For my money, I got salad / spaghetti / beer / white wine and a big bowl of leftover meat sauce with a Tupperware container of spaghetti. Nathan cued up music on his laptop while Eric looked up hockey pool stats - we told Christon that he wasn't allowed to glance over at the screen since he's Lenting the Internet for no more than a half hour per day. ("This counts against your Internet time!") He countered that it was Sunday, and therefore FEAST DAY. Fair enough! Discussed wine, Communion, bread, stale wine and stale bread not being a good combo, Nathan not knowing Isabel is in New York for a week (they live in the same house...), forgetfulness after being introduced to someone five minutes before / Dragon Ball / Ethiopian dinner, etc.

I sat on the piano bench eating dinner for a while, and took Eric's seat when he left to go into the kitchen for a bit. (further complicating matters was that Jeremy had handed me a glass of wine with a grin - now I couldn't eat without placing the glass where it would invariably get knocked over!) When he got back, I apologized to him, and he joked that he'd hold a grudge for the rest of his life. Couldn't hear him, so I asked him twice to repeat himself - Nathan thought Eric had said he'd WEAR A DRESS for the rest of his life! This led to some very funny conversation: Jeremy turned to me and wondered whether that would be a good idea, and Christon said that the whole worship team could cross-dress! Jon remarked: "Pastor John seems like a pretty laid-back guy, but I don't know whether he'd go for that!"

I got Jeremy to scoop me a lot of salad after he'd scraped a considerable amount from the implements! Later, he turned to me with a grin and asked: "Leslie, how are we going to finish this wine?" "I have NO idea, Jeremy!" I replied with my own grin. After a while, he extracted a book from his knapsack and laughed at a funny paragraph; I inquired what was so amusing. He smilingly handed me the INDIAN COOKERY paperback book and told me to read a certain paragraph mentioning "the ordinary housewife." Haha, that book HAD to be printed in the 1950s! He got it for $8, which was a good deal - fifteen recipes for dahl curry, and the rest of the book being similar with lots of stuff? SWEET! (as he'd say)

Went downstairs after a while to watch the documentary - we were warned about charred bodies on the screen for half a second, lots of images coming at us, burning villages, and more. Apparently, it's gotten worse over the past year or so. Megan seemed scared of the movie before it started, so Joey asked whether she was going to have nightmares tonight! She bravely said no, heh. Some people in the movie didn't trust the Americans, and some Darfur people said their life is desolate from being displaced. Sounds about right. After we watched the documentary, we wrote letters to politicians. (troops, policy recommendations, etc.) Jon jokingly told someone (Sam / Joey?) NOT to put "fo' shizzle, my nizzle" into his letter, hahaha! Ivan asked how many S's "suppression" had; at least two of us heard "depression" instead, heh. Megan had a good draft, but discarded it because of spelling errors and two initial capitals in the word "country."

I told someone to look up correct forms of address on Google, so Eric did. Then I wanted to have a better view of an address on a template letter: unfortunately, Jeremy was also using it! I apologized, and he was cool about it - we shared the template in a better view for both of us later. We joked about salutations and endings we'd put in the letters: "I'm going to be your pen pal, and mail you every day in handwriting since it's free and you'd pay more attention to letters that take a little more effort to write! Yo, homie G! (the G stands for GOVERNMENT!) Love, Joey... XOXOXOXO!" Eric commented that I'd had too much alcohol since my face was all red - why do you think I took a water bottle from the box in the kitchen before I went downstairs?! Dilys had her own problems with the red-face gene, I noticed.

Joey and the girls found a LET'S FIND POKEMON book, and tried finding various monsters. (Megan thought there was one called Menopause or something like it - TMI for the guys, thanks!) That reminded Jon of WHERE'S WALDO, and a news story he had read where people wanted to get it banned from (school) libraries because it featured nude sunbathers. This led to a discussion of HARRY POTTER and where it had crossed the line from children's literature to dark adult stuff... Book 4? I checked my email, and Eric came over to ask whether I was on MSN. Nope, even though it was a feast day! It wouldn't do much good since I'd only be on there for an hour max until midnight hit!

Then he gave me a message from Korey ("he says he loves and misses you"), stating that he'd talked to the K-Man earlier this afternoon - fair enough! Then Eric played ENDLESS OCEAN on Nintendo Wii, and then found an old-school 1988 Ice Hockey game which he and Sam played for a bit. All the Richmondites were left - the people who had the furthest to drive! Hahaha. Good times, though - I'll remember Nathan's stuff on Friday, I hope! When I get home, I'll be putting the meat sauce and spaghetti in the fridge: all wrapped in aluminum foil / plastic wrap / triple-bagged!

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Melia's AUNT gave her the raciest gift?!

Got to Melia's for the bridal shower, and had to write my best memory of Melia into a scrapbook: she had to guess who write what. Too bad that my handwriting is instantly recognizable! (I wish I had a scrapbook like that, but then I keep myself aloof from everyone for a reason these days! :P) Uncle Alfred dropped Auntie Maggie off, and Steph joked "There's a MAN in the house! There's a MAN in the house!" Hahaha, I bet he was confused! Played a few games, which involved questions about Melia / Melia guessing what Angus said about her / making a veil out of toilet paper, tissue, glitter, and ribbon (I contributed double-sided tape to my group's effort: yay for being prepared!) - good times. Becky looked great in the "outfit" ("how are you sticking the things to me without tape?!" "we have it!"), Danielle had balloons for her butt, and the other girl had "flowers" on her veil. Steph said I could give Melia a "CELEBRATE LOVE" book - good idea. Tried some of Auntie Kathy's peanut butter Rice Krispie squares: there were a LOT of snacks, in addition to the AMAZINGLY light egg white cake! (it was SO light that we could have eaten the entire cake without feeling gross!) Took some home, and triple-bagged my staples while throwing my non-working stapler into the garbage.

I helped Grace by loaning her a Sharpie so we could write our names on the plastic cups. Calla (who was two minutes from home) made a LOT of lemon cookies, Danielle LOVED the cubed cheese, and we talked to Winnie about pregnancy. She definitely doesn't look like a woman who's less than a month away from giving birth! (her due date with her son is March 9-ish, and says Colin is an Irish name) She could tell with Megan that the head was low, and she delivered her last baby recently - she's a doctor, and her patient was asking her if she was okay since she had a cramp! Too much pressure on bladder = wanting to go pee all the time! Cindy had totally lost her voice - she wants to take voice lessons from Jon in how to project it... good idea. Grace was having trouble finding the correct word to describe Jon and Jeremy's feelings on the whole Darfur genocide issue, so I supplied it for her: "Passionate?" "YES! That's the right word!"

Michelle said that she'd put all the pictures on Facebook, and Calla wondered what would happen if you didn't have it - eh, she'll figure something out. Asked Michelle if she'd gotten enough sleep: definitely not! I got some Smarties, the aforementioned snacks, and the candy favors - good thing this was so close to Valentine's Day since Melia's favorite color is pink. She got some cool presents: plate sets, a coffeemaker, tea sets, a personalized towel set, lingerie (AUNTIE KATHY?!), and more! Saw Phil later after we'd mingled when things were finished - it was cool, haha.

Danielle drove me to Nathan's, dropping Vanessa off first. As soon as we got into the car and she turned on the radio, I heard a familiar song: it turned out to be Buckcherry's SORRY.. That made me think of K since he likes it for us. When we saw Joe Sakic Way, I said that Melissa had wanted a picture of that. True, but the street's pretty short unlike Wayne Gretzky Way in Edmonton! (it's a MAJOR street there!) I remember Belinda knew someone at school who was his third cousin. Danielle and I talked about sleeping, work, seeing her brother, MSN, her uncle's funeral, her relatives thinking Citrus' name is Sytroos / Cyrus / Curtis, my mom saying that Danielle is her favorite (then quickly rectifying that to "one of my favorites" when she saw everyone else around), and the amusement my sibs and I get from our mom and grandma! (tentacles as testicles, Jeremy "not being at church," name confusion, etc.) Now the movie's about to start, so gotta go!

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You can't customize your Pho order!

Mom actually drove to church since Jon was too tired - she doesn't like driving since that 2003 car accident. I remembered that she was stressed out, so didn't say anything to her beyond the necessary greetings. Got to church to find the morning service still in session, so briefly greeted Grace / Steph / Citrus instead. When we were finally able to start, Raymond sat by me, and we talked to people about what we did last night. (I saw Flora's kids Eunice and Isaac - so cute!) Steph had gone to the Oilers game, so that's why her voice was strained. (all the yelling of "OILERS SUCK!" haha) I gave a jar of candy to Priscilla, Hannah, and Natalie - they loved it, and thanked me. Martin came in, and actually licked an offering envelope before remembering that we weren't supposed to do so. I told him that it was a reflex, and Christon said that the church should buy envelopes without a seal - good idea, except they'd probably want to use up all the ones WITH seals first! (we're Asian, and want to save money!)

Christon tapped me on the shoulder and said he liked the blue beret from Auntie Catherine - it IS cute! Hugged Uncle Peter in greeting, too. Chung had funny moments during the announcements: he calculated how old the church was by counting from Daniel's birth year, and then said that the next Resonate (which Daniel promoted) was a few weeks from a couple weeks ago! Haha. Daniel said that Michelle wasn't there since she was up till 4 AM studying - yikes! Steph didn't know if she'd drive me to Nathan's from Melia's bridal shower since she had to drive Karmie into Richmond. I understood, but had asked Pastor John beforehand where his family was since I didn't see them in their usual pew two rows from the front: they were all sick! That sucks! =/

After service, I went up to Eric (seated in a pew) and tapped him on the head as a greeting: that earned me a "HEY!" Hahaha, that's one of the only times I can do that to him since he usually takes advantage of our height difference and does it to me for fun! (What can I say? I love being dorky with the right people!) Gave Steph her birthday card after she complained that I didn't call her yesterday - she was OUT all day! Went out to the front of the church since we were EARLY - before 11? Talked about ingredients for curry (Jeremy says we'll be spitting out WHOLE cloves and cardamom), and Steph's birthday get-together next week. Raymond's driving Cindy, Martin wanted gift ideas, and Jon invited Eric on her behalf so he can WALK there! Discussed my crazy dream (Eunice better not tell her sister Pauline about her "having kids," or she'll be scared!), the great sunny weather, carrying a Bible and returning it to the car (I sympathize with Martin), Nathan's bronchitis and SLB night, the bridal shower, Facebook messages and events, little kids, checking email / Facebook, Hannah kissing Benjamin, and skating. (Raymond will have to ask Steph about that!)

Chung asked Jon something about ushers staying at the back until the Doxology, and I identified Sabrina (by Christon, in a white jacket) for Grace. I peeked in at a sleeping baby Allison, Martin discussed dim sum cancellations and grocery shopping, I waved to Sheena and Eddie, and Jeremy said that he'd rested a lot yesterday since he felt he might be getting sick - at least that worked! Stanley came up to us carrying a huge energy drink from 7-11; of course, nobody thought he needed that at only sixteen! I jokingly asked whether he'd been up all night this week practicing guitar - "kinda," he said. Eric joked that the energy drink was battery acid... it could be, haha.

Shortly afterward, Jon moved Eric's guitar so it wouldn't accidentally bash little ones in the head when they walked past us and into it. I asked Eric whether he wanted the kids from my Sunday School toddler class (Terence and Brandon) to be injured - no. Talked about Lent for a while: Jeremy said that Ray was FEASTING on meat on Sundays, so he had to tell him to eat something that was NOT meat, haha. Jon H. had failed at a fruit and vegetable diet one Lent, which nobody faulted him for: those things are low on calories so you can eat a lot of 'em, but that diet gets boring after a while! Raymond said that he'd Lented meat once, and he had brought up "quitting cold turkey" to a friend - that was definitely the wrong thing to say since of course he wanted meat immediately afterward! I told them that my sister's friend YoYo had been doing a 30-Hour Famine at Easter 2006: it wasn't too bad, except that one of her friends wanted to meet at the Richmond Centre FOOD COURT! So much temptation to EAT and break the famine, oh my!

Saw Vania at Sunday School, since she and Auntie Bessy were helping out. Felt a bit guilty that I wasn't there earlier, but it was soon ameliorated. After that, I interacted with the kids in the basement while asking Cindy and Chrystal to figure out my stapler. Apparently, the suction wasn't there anymore - guess it's time to buy a new one after years of service! Got Grandma upstairs, where my sister told her to just go over to the piano herself and give Vania a red envelope! (Vania was with Cordia) We're not going to wait for Vania to come over here, and we aren't going with her either! While that was going on, Uncle Johnny said hi to us and put a friendly arm around me - Mike's dad is cool and willing to talk. Then my sister and I decided on Pho for lunch - good call, even if Grandma invited the old female pastor! Grandma said she bought tickets for the family for the church 33rd anniversary Koinonia lunch in a couple of weeks; good, but Steph won't be there because of a St. John Ambulance course she has to take. Oh well, she can just give the red ticket away to someone who needs one since the event is sold out (as usual) - Grandma won't know any better till the day of the lunch, har har.

At Pho, the two old ladies each wanted a small #9 - no problem, except you CANNOT have it with ONLY rare beef! (is there even a dish on the menu with only rare beef?!) It causes trouble when they scold the waitress in Chinese (which she thankfully can't understand!), and makes her think there's something wrong. There is, but it's not HER - she's just doing her job, and you can't customize your order, especially if you can't speak their language and communicate clearly! Jon came in wanting a Vietnamese coffee (Steph had one since this morning's coffee wasn't potent enough), and wondered what was going on since he saw the old ladies in a grumpy mood. Let's hope we're not like that in later years! Discussed Evites, Danielle driving me to Nathan's instead, mishearing something Grandma said as "pizza" (not at the Pho place - but at Trocadero's!), regulating a sleep schedule, Christal and Wilson at the next table (GOLDFISH!), and more.

Steph and I drove Grandma's friend Eunice (who's apparently ALWAYS been cranky, according to our parents!) home to a long-term care facility (NOT a German-Canadian one which was nearby!), and thought that the bus loop there was a good idea. We didn't want her to take the bus because we had time to kill, and it was the right thing to do - old ladies and uphill blocks are a bad combo, too! Then we went to Save-On (while having an interesting discussion) to grab chips / salsa / grapes for the bridal shower - so efficient, even if I nearly lost my shoe in the car! It was a new experience for us, since we've never been to the underground parking lot near the Staples on Lougheed! Now we're at Melia's - so cool to see people! (that girl Caroline looks familiar for some reason)

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Not sure what's going on tomorrow with the car situation: I know Jon's probably busing to Nathan's, and Steph will have a car for Melia's bridal shower. We'll see what happens, and how tired I'd be after the bridal shower! Cindy emailed me to thank me for letting her know where Steph was (she was worried on Friday!), and Grace observed that we all look quite happy in the SLB Photobucket picture link that I left as a link on her wall. CHOCOLATE is very yummy - I agree with a lot of people on this, I'm sure! I have a jar of candy for Natalie, Hannah, and Priscilla tomorrow... YAY!

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