Saturday, October 11, 2008

The germs WON'T automatically die!

High-scoring words of the night so far:

WRIT (140 points) - against Laura F. [5W, 4W]
INANER (300 points) - against Darryl K. [2W, two 5W]

Henry and I took an hour to reach Melia's old place for Awana orientation! Apparently, Auntie Rebecca got impatient and called Henry when we were ten minutes away. Not our fault everyone suddenly decided to do things on the weekend, and drive so people were virtually jack-knifed! I was glad of the time to decompress and think. We passed BCIT, Metrotown, and other places which brought back memories of Fellowship at Hansel and Cathy's. Metrotown also reminded me of Alan P.'s posted party at Red Robin's - I don't really think it's at 7:15 AM, haha. Too bad I can't go there, since I'm really meant to be saving money at the moment! William is our second clubber turned leader (after Andrew), and a bunch of my friends' kids are now old enough to be in Awana! (Nathaniel, Olivia, Ian M., and others)

We went over all the usual things, Chris gave us a bunch of verses to memorize, Henry "saved" me, I bantered with Margaret / Michelle / Hilary, Henry thought the germs would automatically die if we left our church property uniforms at the building (NO!), and Mike provided hilarious answers when we were meant to be serious. The nuts also spilled on the ground TWICE - yikes! At least I also got to wave hello to Sabrina! I was thoughtful on the way home, and glad I didn't have to do anything right upon returning! (hanging out is one thing, but being rushed everywhere is NOT!)

Jon says we're leaving about an hour earlier than normal - sounds fair enough! We're also watching some movie called BARTON FINK at Nate's in between lunch and dinner... seminal Coen Brothers film?! I'm in! (yay for distraction!) Mike Tr.'s wondered how we know each other (LJ layouts!), and Michelle's wondered about my status of wanting to kill people, hahaha.

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Old and new church photos!

Here are a few photos [courtesy Emily and Joey] from both the old and new church buildings!

Old church exterior:

Mike K. attempting to use the urinal in the new church building... see the TAPE over it?!

Andrea: "Why are there no mirrors in the women's washroom?" (Lanie, Mark, and someone else are in the background)

The new church's sanctuary is still under construction! (Mike T. jumped over the orange-and-white thing last night!)

Mike bombing the women's washroom:


The sign for the women's washroom, which reminded Grace of the ones at Aberdeen:

A (temporary?) exit sign:

As of right now, going on the second floor is PROHIBITED! (Phil and others look up)

A view of the (temporarily inaccessible) crying room from the sanctuary:

Unfinished stage and sanctuary:

Front doors:

Mike hiding among boxes and stuff:

Party time in the girls' washroom! (Quan, a friend, Lanie, Jason, Mark, Andrea, Mike, Isabel)

Last singspiration in the old church:

(some people in picture: Vania and Vivian up front, John, Wilson, Ethan, Nathan W., Chalaine, Hilary, Sarah in a chair that doesn't fit)

Nathan looking inside the fridge at the old church... what memories will he have of that place, we wonder?

Uncomfortable pews at the old church: (the kids sit at the front)

(Priscilla in front - according to Julie - and Hannah, Karmie, Noah, and Josiah in back)

The old balcony, with Timothy's hard work over the church offices:

The fridge at the old church has never been so empty OR so clean! It's not labelled, and it's still okay!

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Weird church dream, and grammar images

Had a weird dream which consisted of a CROWD of people in a building that was a new church we'd been constructing for years. Finally, it was all done and we could use it. It was mostly brick; someone asked me what the old building was made out of, and I thought it was brick as well. My mom was telling me and my brother to hurry up with the chairs in one of the rooms, or else we wouldn't have enough overflow seating. To my surprise, I saw Lillian there, being escorted by Harvey F. (one of the Awana missionaries) - Cindy (in red jacket) asked her where Pastor Glen was. She told us that he'd committed suicide after a few years of depression, and also said that their granddaughter Michaela was a holy teen terror now. I remember thinking that THAT made her mom Anne 62 if the kid was 14, which wouldn't be true in real life! Right after that, we saw Pastor Glen in construction gear, so we told him what his wife had said. Suddenly, Lillian changed into a chubby blonde (reminds me of Kelly McIntee from school), and wanted to leave - she was quite petulant!

Then Andrea asked me to go with her to the purple bathrooms - they're mustard yellow in real life. I was really insistent on my food leftovers and my paper towels being in the same place: next to the bread and the bucket! She tried reassuring me that we had talked about this before, and the stuff had to be near the secret cubbyhole, but I was like a kid having a tantrum. We were in the car later, following people on bikes through fields for some reason... then I woke up.

Some of this is probably due to the setup time last night, heh. (and no, I do NOT want my former pastors committing suicide!) We saw one of our new neighbors just getting out of her car, and said hi. She was probably wondering where all these people were coming from at 10 PM or so, haha! I also let Auntie Jane take a picture of me with her digicam. I'm stealing various pictures for a possible photo post later on, too.

I MUST BE STRONG! Luckily, my busy time started last night, and will continue till Monday. I'll see when D wants to go out next week too. :)

Plenty of people have added me to Facebook: Juan S., Martin W., Damien L. (reminds me of Damien Hui from school), Carolina M., Henrik (yay!), Dave T., Hailey V., Muazzam S., Hui Keow L., and Rick R. Most of this is related to the BLOOD games.

Here's a GREAT image, and an equally great icon to go along with it:

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Friday, October 10, 2008

So this is the new church... hmm!

High-scoring words of the night so far:

AXES (110 points) - against Danielle L. [hooked off Z; 2W, 4W]

I love hot showers on a cold day - one of the joys in life! Amanda N. and Marius J. added me on Facebook, which is cool. Went to the new church (discussing murder of peeing tourists / subs / stupid people / hockey pools with Eric - we even "spied on" the Hakka church!), and there were far too many people around to help with the chairs and everything else. (but it was good to see everyone working together...) It was disorienting, but I managed to talk to Melia about tomorrow - later, I confirmed that Henry still has my number. I like the way he said it to me, and I've missed his humor! Doesn't matter to me if he has to go early since it's his sister's birthday, heh.

Talked to Cindy, Dianne, Dawn, Hannah, Priscilla, both Andreas, both Mikes, Martin, Raymond, and others - the sanctuary seems really shallow! Wiped the bathroom doors and frames, and learned that Terry will be at the banquet on Sunday. Chung and Karen also had their baby: A BOY! Cordia referred to herself as a human icicle: then why was she wearing a T-SHIRT?! (as Joey said) Vanessa had a list of the tables for Sunday: we were amused that Auntie Ying seemed to be sitting all by herself; Phil and Grace get to sit with little Noah; and someone spelled Angus and Melia's last name wrong. Mike K. loved my black "bomber" jacket, and advised me to try a Pokemon game - am I gonna get addicted to another thing where the creators get sued?! Now I'm just debating Netspeak with Corey - yay for friends! (he feels the same way I do, but just teased me with some...)

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Do NOT hold my hand!

Had a weird dream which somehow involved my meeting various friends at a department store (which looked like Richmond Centre Sears), and getting myself confused. Then Korey came up and wanted me to accompany him to the watch repair place / Costco. He held my hand all the way up to where the path diverged - he impetuously took the escalator, while I took the stairs. Bad person! There was a mini-escalator to get up to the glass doors, so I took it by myself, refusing his offers of help.

While in the store, I saw all these bins of white hoodies, with red lettering and black borders on the text. I thought Jeremy would like them since they had drawings of bikes on the front... hey, they even had matching pants suitable for the cold weather! I saw Eric T., who looked a bit older, what with a bit of mustache. Then I saw Evelyn K., guiding her friend around the store. They let me know that I could come with them; at that point, Korey came up and wanted to hold my hand all the way down the escalator. At that point, I was surrounded by my friends, and got away just as I woke up.

I'll let it stand on its own without any explanation. :P

Jason P., Dede H., Jay M., and Kent S. all added me on Facebook for the BLOOD GAMES - yay! Man, it's cold - good thing I have proper gear, if I can find it! Thanksgiving dinner is on Monday night, which is as it should be. Not sure I'll feel like eating a LOT after Sunday's banquet, but I always make do! Also just got email from someone named "Randy Turd" - Corey told me not to discriminate against people with bad names, but seriously. That is NOT getting a response! :P

The words in my game with George can make a half-sentence: gritty figeater ran cones, dire lug. "Lug" reminds me of the time when everyone looked up LUG on various places like Facebook - HAHA, that was EPIC! Of course we were at Jeremy's, having squash for the third time! I've been reading old entries, and I now know I do NOT think it was a good idea. What fool was I... *sigh*

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Blood RPG play will be where it's at... (forgive my bad grammar)

Bingos of the night so far:

AERATION (72 points) - against Darryl K.
EMULATOR (60 points) - against Danielle L.

High-scoring words of the night so far:

YUK (109 points) - against Wendy F. [5W, 2W; hook off RIND for RINDY]
FLAW (81 points) - against Angela V. [3W, 5L on W]
YONDER (100 points) - against Jay M. [5W, 2W]
TAWNIER (120 points) - against Melissa J. [5W, 2W]

I've gotten into bloody RPG games on Facebook today - four at once isn't as bad as it may sound! (City of Blood / Elven Blood / Skies of Blood / Blood Lust... New York alleyways in the criminal underworld, villages and quests, a futuristic terrorist fight in 2050, and vampires!) Related to this: Alaric N. [reminds me of Alaric Pena from school], Gunter S., Cassandra M., Teresa C., Kevin H., and Yin M. added me on Facebook. The name Alaric reminds me of Ragnar - more medieval names are GOOD!

My MSN has also been going in and out, which Corey mentioned in an email. So of course when it went back ON briefly today, he sent me MANY butt emoticons! Unfortunately for him, I couldn't see them since I was on Trillian! (I already used the webcam microphone to tell him to keep his butt in his pants, haha)

Behold my new Halloween icon:

And a new Facebook icon:

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Video representation of our church!

Bingo of the night so far:

POLITER (67 points) - against Matthew M.

High-scoring words of the night so far:

BUILD (256 points; 4W, 3W), TARNISH (240 points; 5S, 4W) - against Michael C.
WINESAP (130 points) - against Hitomi S. [5W, 2W]
AFOUL (160 points) - against Brian B. [4W, 5W]
TOYERS (180 points) - against Ivor J. [4W, 5W]
FRIARS (216 points) - against Anna D. [2W, 3W, 4W]
WAVES (275 points) - against Alice P. [two 5W]
OPIATE (108 points) - against Steven S. [3W, 4W]
PFUI (125 points) - against Skye D. [5W]
VOWING (208 points) - against Vas D. [two 4W]

Nathan's slideshow from Sunday - 33 years of MEMORIES!

Michael M. has deleted me from Facebook - oh well. That would explain why no moves were made in a Wordscraper game for a week! :P

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Let's axe six Kens with bonnets!

Bingo of the night so far:

UNBONNET (94 points) - against Karla M.

High-scoring words of the night so far:

BAULK (115 points; 5L on B, 5W), OILMAN (128 points; 2W, 5W) - against Alice P.
AXE (136 points) - against Jennifer F. [5L on X; 3W]
DEFOG (120 points) - against John D. [4W, 3W]
SIX (156 points) - against Jenna G. [3W, 4W; hook off WEEPIE for a plural]
KENS (186 points) - against Michael C. [4W, 5W; hook off JOIN]
UREMIC (650 points) - against Sarah S. [two 5W]
CLAWS (450 points) - against Joseph C. [5W, two 3W]

Melia says AWANA Orientation is at her old place this Saturday... interesting! Will be a challenge, but we'll see what happens!

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ROCK BAND and Wordscraper = FUN TIMES!

Bingo of the day so far:

COEDITED (77 points) - against Steve L.

High-scoring words of the day so far:

ETHANE (156 points) - against Rook S. [3W, 4W]
VALET (206 points; 2W, 3W, 4W; hook off WOO to make WOOL), WIPING (300 points; two 5W), LABRA (168 points; 2W, 3W, 4W) - against Jocelyn W.
GAITED (128 points) - against Karla M. [two 4W]
ICEBOATS (280 points) - against Pat K. [5W, two 2W]
BIGFEET (260 points) - against Melinda B. [5W, two 2W]

I'm having fun on Movie Mistakes, heh. Heard from Henrik, who seems to be doing well. Hey, Vanessa tagged two photos of me from this past weekend - good times! Tried helping Andrew and Michelle, too.

Normal ROCK BAND pose:

(Citrus at back, me in purple hat, Danielle with guitar, Cindy, Vanessa, Jon on phone with Harmony, Steph, Vivian with bass, and Christon in front)

Let's get ROCKING! (no, NOT retarded... that's a Black Eyed Peas reference, you savvy? :P) [and I manage to work in a PIRATES reference too - I am on a ROLL, baby! ]

(me, Danielle, Cindy looking the other way, Vanessa, Steph, and Vivian with guitar)

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Pour java on your other exes, who are twerps - GEEZ!

Bingo of the day so far:

TRAMROAD (930 points) - against Lorraine C.

High-scoring words of the day so far:

TWIRP (160 points) - against Nicki E. [two 4W]
EXES (187 points) - against Jason J. [two 4W; hook off DEHORNS for a plural]
GEEZ (140 points) - against Leona M. [5W, 2W]
MALTHA (176 points) - against Karen V. [two 4W]
OTHER (162 points) - against Shannon C. [5W, 2W]
JAVA (128 points) - against Colin W. [two 3W]
OXALIC (375 points) - against Sara H. [two 5W]
TRAMROAD (930 points; 5W, two 4W), MINGLE (900 points; 4W, two 5W) - against Lorraine C.
WISE (172 points) - against Tanya P. [5W, 4W; hook off PUB for a plural]
AXES (220 points; 5W, 4W), CONGEE (2W, 5W) - against Alice P.
LOFTING (176 points) - against Christine M. [two 5W]
JELLS (108 points) - against Tamara S. [two 3W]

Interesting rack of the day: OMGUDIE.

The only thing I remember in my dream involved knowing WAY too much about people's sex lives, and a humungous plate of pasta with Coke. Dunno what THAT means, if anything! Also wished Dawn a happy birthday... all those quarter-century jokes she made a few years ago about me will now catch up with HER, hahaha. :D

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

33 years of memories....

Bingos of the night so far:

TUNEABLY (64 points) - against Tracee T.
SOLDIERS (68 points) - against Sarah L.

High-scoring words of the night so far:

LOINS (82 points) - against Nancy B.-L. [4W, 3W; hook off the last four letters of BEAGLE to make AL / GO / LI / EN]
WIFEY (1120 points) - against Larry G. [5W, two 4W]
INTIME (200 points; two 5W), HENCE (160 points; two 4W) - against Jason J.
DASHI (225 points) - against Laurie T. [two 5W]
PIOLET (275 points) - against Bo F. [two 5W]
PLOTZES (833 points) - against Aly J. [4W, 2W, 5W]
REVOTE (275 points) - against Carey G. [two 5W]
TABLE (108 points) - against Angela V. [2W, 4W]

Amazingly enough, I managed to get through the day with minimal tiredness, but I was definitely feeling the need for a nap the last ten minutes toward home. Being stuck in traffic listening to the new contenders for the HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA theme didn't help, either. Had to nap when I got home, however.

Steph drove me and Mom to church, and we saw a number of people taking pictures when we got there. There was a special collector's bulletin with an old photo of the church building on the front. Jeremy thought that they'd glued the cover to the normal bulletin, which turned out to be true. The sanctuary definitely echoed since it was SO EMPTY - no piano, PA system, or decorations for sound to bounce off! He said he'd peeked around the corner to see the basement, and that was pretty much empty too. (which I saw for myself later on)

Talked to Raymond briefly, but not as much as I'd have liked - at least I shared amusement with Jeremy. Raymond said something about Christon's birthday which I didn't quite catch, so Jeremy relayed it to me. Yup, his birthday was JUST past! Then Jeremy said to me: "Hey, you know what has to happen now that it's his birthday!" Due to the two hours' sleep, I was more than a bit confused, but managed a smile as I asked what it meant. Ah yes, the FREE BRA - that was an epic night! Speaking of epic, Nathan's slideshow was pretty good - we all laughed at this OLD picture of Erin from YEARS ago. Steph couldn't help but identify her out loud, haha. Jon directed us to hold hands during ONE VOICE, which I didn't mind for the unity part. We also prayed for the Hakka Lutheran Church, who's going to take over the building. Lots of memories and sentiment, for sure! (said hi to Andy and Megan)

After a few reflections and memories (ah, Sunday School outings!), we went out to congregate by the (non-existent?!) dumpster one last time. Sonny waved to me for the first time without being waved TO (if that makes any sense :P), and I talked to him for a bit about school. Finally got an actual ticket from Christon for next week; Jeremy had put his money in his change purse, first taking out all other coins. I'm happy I could help him with that, heh. Raymond needed a ticket, but Maxine had left already - I hope he got one! He told me that the prawn salad had lots of mayo, and that his finger needed strength - I don't doubt that! Wished Dawn a happy birthday (25 tomorrow!), and greeted her boyfriend Eni too.

Confused Tony with Jon, calling him "ugfart" while asking about White Guy #1's whereabouts. Hey, they were both wearing blue jackets! Of course, that led Tony to wonder HOW they could be confused, and then in turn to wonder why I called Eric that! ("So who's White Guy #2 [Jeremy] or #3 [nobody yet]?") Talked to little Megan for a bit - she wanted a clean rock to show her mom, while her friend Benjamin was just randomly throwing dirt around! (Megan hid behind me) Dianne was taking pictures along with everyone else, heh. Eric said he'd dealt with the subject of his phone call last night, which was fine. At least it wasn't anything important! (no Internet can get a bit frustrating!) Discussed Phil's flu with him, as well as the corn maze literally blowing over / Tony's karate schedule.

When I got to Sunday School, Arthur was VERY bored in the empty room! Apparently, he'd wanted to know where I was - he IS a sweetheart, like Auntie Fonda says. She regaled me and Rachel's grandma with a lazy co-worker story, and I entertained the kid with the photo on the bulletin cover. Couldn't think of any games, alas! Arthur kept pointing at the picture and saying something about MOMMY - we couldn't figure out what it was, since I thought that he was saying his mom was in the picture somewhere. It could work, since he recognizes the church building! Eventually, we figured he was pointing to the cars in the picture - his mom said she didn't drive those types of vehicles, though! He also looked out of the door a lot, and held my hand.

Afterwards, I talked about colds / not being able to sleep / Harmony / insomnia / depression with Vanessa / Jon / Eric / Cindy. Friends and exercise help, I'm sure! Eventually, we went to Mui's with Cindy and Vanessa. Talked about past bad people at Sunday School; Citrus and Bryant may have had a violent fistfight once, but NOTHING beats the story of Ryan going to 7-11 during Sunday School and returning with a Slurpee! (way to make it OBVIOUS!) We can't believe how fast certain kids (Jonathan Chan, Mary, Lanie, Ian, Cynthia, John, etc.) are growing up! It was cool... but then Grandma tried to go to the hairdresser while Dad was taking care of stuff at the church. NO WAY! (I took a picture with Samantha and Rosanna in front of the building, though!) Wordscraper will definitely distract me, as will Corey thinking I can make like those people on JERRY SPRINGER! [redrum too...]

Edit at 9: The computer just restarted for the first time in about ten days. :(

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Can't sleep!

Bingos of the day so far:

DOGEARED (64 points) - against Amy K.
PETULANT (63 points) - against Nancy B.-L.

I knew there was a reason I wanted to be taken home after the ROCK BAND extravaganza. Now it seems that I can't sleep, partially because I'm thinking too much. Yay for being a wreck at church when it starts! :P

Edit at 8 AM: Some sleep is better than no sleep. I did dream that I lived in Super Mario Bros. 1-2, complete with blue bricks / Goombas / turtles / the Warp Zone, and couldn't open my eyes to get out of that layer no matter how much I tried. Why, I don't know... I do remember mentioning my and Billie's forays into the game to someone yesterday, but that's about it. Weird.

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