Saturday, February 21, 2009


Henry picked me up, and we spent a bit of time discussing what we'd done last night: he'd studied for midterms, a chapter test, and papers! When we got to church, Tim held the elevator for us, saying that his son Joshua had just woken up from a nap. Margaret told us that they were doing the flag ceremony already: man, it was WARM in the fellowship hall! The kids were supposed to bring friends for a pizza party happening later, and they had! It was certainly hectic, but it was manageable. Talked to Chrystal about her new work hours - those are good because she can now schedule appointments and run errands before everything closes! Jordan wanted us to order pickles with the pizza: uh, no thanks! Saw Quan and Sonya there, and talked a bit to Auntie Rebecca: she seems to think I'll have no trouble finding a ride home tomorrow after the child protection seminar, which is in the fellowship hall - good!

Sean rushed into the room after the Sparks handbook time, declaring it to be GAME TIME! Man, he was excited! The kids were very excited for the pizza party, of course. Danny asked me how many consecutive weeks they'd played a variant of Shipwreck: at least three, by my memory! I talked to Sean for a bit, and he seemed to respond okay. David's son Ian came up to me (prompted by his grandma), and gave me a paper bag containing a homemade Chinese dessert. Of course, I said hi to him and thanked him for it! People saw Angus with two trays of sushi, and took them from him for a dinner. Saw Chris comforting Heyman and Johnny - apparently, they were cold and didn't want to take the bus home, so the problem was solved by Auntie Rebecca. Talked to various kids about the Awana toys, too.

On the way home, Ian told me and his mom Ada that he didn't know what fried chicken was: now I want some! Ada was going to pick some up - but then had to get gas at the LUCKY price of 88.8 cents a litre! (Ian thought it was cold) Seeing the kids' pizza made me hungry enough to pick out random pineapple pieces from a box, haha. Maybe I'll do that next week when I scout out rice cookers, but not tonight. Sean just said "Yay! It's yellow! Slow down! Now it's red! You are so slow! 6:17! 21!" a lot, haha. He's cute! Everyone else is doing delivery, but I won't since I have plenty of food and wish to save money. ;)

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Joyce, funny video, and a dream about grass and dogs

High-scoring words of the day so far:

FELINE (120 points) - against Dawn L. [3W, 4W]
FOX (111 points) - against Jeff M. [5L on X, hook off SI to make SIX]
FELTED (144 points) - against Kim W. [3W, two 2W]

Interesting rack of the day so far: USNOTBRO (against Emma L. - read that as "Us, not bro!")

I watched a touching video that Sonya put up for Guys' Appreciation: I liked the nods to Darren and Chris, who aren't here right now! Also saw this hilarious 24 parody through fanfic eyes, hahaha. I'm used to it from that community, so why not? Hey, I got a reply to my Craigslist apartment ad from someone with the same first and last name as Elizabeth's mom! QUIRKY! The second week of March works for me, haha. (location is Shell Road and River Road - Bridgeport area) It might even be a point in my favor that I used to be friends with her daughter if it's the same person, heh.

Had a weird dream which involved a typical white suburban family just hanging out at home, when my friends and I arrived to convince the kids to come over to a grassy area of town to pitch tents. The kids agreed, and told their parents and aunt: the mom and aunt had dyed red hair, and we decided to just hang out at the house for the interim. Everyone was watching TV (with the parents and aunt in another room) when the dad wondered aloud whether it smelled like police. (not pot) The mother opened the front door while my friends and the kids and I just huddled in the living room. Two of the braver guys attempted to protect everyone else by forming a human barrier with their arms extended across the group.

When the police officers (in dark blue uniforms) said they needed to search the house because Christine Magee was dead (Jon went all musical at THAT news!), the aunt immediately went to the stairwell and hid there on a chair since she was afraid of the police dogs. The dogs weren't even normal police dogs, but were more like your average pet dog. (I don't know dog breeds well enough to even look it up) Instead of being suspicious like real-life police officers would be, these ones just kept doing their job! (hell, they didn't even have a search warrant like real-life officers would!)

After the police officers left without finding anything (or apologizing), we told the aunt that she could come out of hiding. Then my friends and I decided to leave with the kids in tow. Unfortunately, our tent area had gotten soggy despite the fact that it had been SUNNY when the cops had been over. Andrea and I went in one tent to assess the damage: yup, the grass and mud were soaking EVERYTHING! The dream ended as William was inviting us to go somewhere, but I was being really needy and wanted Andrea by my side. Weird!

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The Deuce is Loose!

High-scoring words of the night so far:

JAW (175 points) - against Anne-Marie S. [4W, 5L on W, hook off HA to make WHA]
BUGEYE (352 points) - against Pat K. [two 4W, 3L on B]
ZAYIN (500 points) - against Michele S. [two 5W]
MOCKS (256 points; two 4W), IMMIXES (270 points; 5W, 3W) - against Carol-Ann H.

Interesting rack of the night so far: TINTHITS (against Nancy W. - read that as "tint hits")

Poo nugget for this weekend: Q & A - The Deuce Is Loose - Loose stools like the "Soft Serve" have many causes. If the stools are only loose intermittently, it is important to make sure you are not eating something that your body cannot digest. The most common causes are lactose intolerance, artificial sweeteners (example: sorbitol), and fructose (example: sodas). If there is no obvious dietary culprit, yet you continue to experience recurring "Soft Serve" stool, you should consider getting checked for certain gastrointestinal diseases like celiac disease, which is an intolerance to gluten-containing products.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Your ex AND your girlfriend get along?!

Bingo of the evening so far:

DISTANCE (97 points) - against Josephine S.

High-scoring words of the evening so far:

AMPLE (190 points) - against Karla M. [5W, 2W]
ASSUMED (1271 points) - against Emma L. [5W, 2W, 3W, 4W]
HOMEYS (136 points) - against Janet H. [4W, 2W]
TALLOW (150 points) - against Janet H. [two 3W, hook off HINGED to make WHINGED] (different game)
TENSIVE (330 points; two 5W, hook off SALT for a plural), DIKEY (120 points; three 2W, and a good deficit-erasing word!) - against Tung N.
ZINCY (115 points) - against Cheryl L. [5W]
QUAD (112 points) - against Casey W. [4W, 2L on Q]
BEAUISH (106 points) - against Michelle M. [3W, hook off COVET for a plural] (a good deficit-erasing word!)
AGONISES (3650 points) - against Lynn K. [two 5W, two 4W]
GREET (358 points) - against Wayne N. [2W, two 5W] (a good deficit-erasing word!)
AQUAE (114 points; 4W, 2L on Q), PYRITE (5W, 3L on P) - against Jay R.

I was listening to a house party on vinyl earlier, and this guy was there with both his (almost) ex-wife and his girlfriend who is still married to another person... hahaha, oh dear. That would be a recipe for disaster with some people, I'm sure! Apparently, the three of them are all happy together and hang out on weekends - what a "suburban" concept to struggle with!

Talked to Corey for a bit, as usual. Learned that his parents' anniversary (Feb. 10) is the day before his mom's birthday, and they STILL have cheesecake from that occasion!

You Would Win Best Original Screenplay

You are insightful and expressive. You've always been a natural storyteller.

You know how to hook an audience, entertain them, and surprise them at the end.

Where people see everyday life, you see an engaging plot with interesting characters.

You notice details that other people ignore. People you've only met once or twice live inside your head.

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Rice blends are very frugal... and lots of juice is good!

I was kinda frugal and kinda not while shopping today, but I did save $23.92. Noticed some Uncle Ben's rice: I've been looking for ways to get some grains into my diet besides pasta and bread, so this was good. (Bistro Express: long grain / wild rice, whole grain brown rice, and a veggie medley - roasted chicken flavor works!) Also got a three-pound container of gluten-free Nuworld Wholesome Wild Rice Blend, which I never noticed before: it has medium grain brown rice, black sweet rice, red rice, and wild rice. Apparently, one cup of uncooked rice yields three cups of cooked rice, and I could do this on the stovetop if I wanted: very good! (although maybe it's time to go to the Asian places and get a rice cooker, haha)

Got some Hershey's Kisses since they were on sale, and I could save $2. Was going to get a Lawler's box of 63 individual servings of New York / raspberry / turtle cheesecakes as a treat to myself for saving more money this past month, some Nesquick cereal, and a 4L jug of milk to go with it, but decided I didn't really need those items. Instead, I got the individual cheesecake slices / FibreOne cereal (on sale) / a 2L jug of milk. Got some apple-lime SunRype juice, on-sale 2L cola (88¢), on-sale toothpaste (stock up!), on-sale crayons, 4L wildberry juice (on sale), 4L apple juice (on sale), spaghetti sauce (on sale), 2L of Silk chocolate soy milk, two Salisbury Steak Swanson's microwaveable meals (on sale), one lasagna Alfredo microwaveable meal (on sale), grapes, on-sale kitchen towels, Chunky Soup (on sale), raspberry-cranberry yogurt (on sale), roast beef, 2.8L Sunny Delight Tangy Original, and bananas.

Remembered the Bridge Mixture (on sale) for both Corey and myself, but decided I didn't need four of them, haha. Two will be quite sufficient, especially since I'm giving one away. Noticed some bacon-ranch Pringles chips, but of course I don't need those since I just bought some earlier in the week! Saw that the Happy Planet juices were on sale (saving $2), so I bought Pomegranate-Blueberry Bash and Strawberry-Banana Smile. Sampled some new V-8 Fusion flavors, so bought those as well: hey, it was on sale AND there were coupons for the Acai Mixed Berry and the Peach Mango! Apparently, they also had soup or something: interesting stuff! Now I see evidence of mice in my cupboards again, so I don't know why I bought 5 pounds of yellow potatoes... oh well. I got two weird phone calls when I was out: 1-234-567-8900 from Ohio struck again, as did 1-204-975-3301 from Manitoba. Yikes!

Here are the current crayons in the Crayola 24-pack, translated into English / French / Spanish: green-yellow, yellow-green, apricot, blue-green, dandelion, violet, blue, yellow-orange, cerulean, gray, red-violet, violet-red, blue-violet, red, green, carnation pink, red-orange, yellow, black, brown, scarlet, orange, and indigo. Not sure what the difference is between some of the colors listed, but it's okay. As long as the kids enjoy the felts and crayons (and Auntie Fonda keeps the box), it'll be ALL GOOD!

Edit: On the advice of various people at the Craigslist forums, I've put the bag of potatoes in the fridge for now. They apparently don't freeze well, although I was just going to put them in a covered pot and just put a heavy book on the lid to deter mice. I hope I get out of here soon...

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Sarcasm tonsil survey

It's way too sunny outside, and I got up before my alarm - UGH. At least I have a free night coming up!

Thanks for the Facebook survey, Billie. :P

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Kinda-sorta named after my aunt. Too bad the name now gets me confused with someone else! I WANTED TO BE UNIQUE!



4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? I believe I liked lyoner sausage when I was in school. Either that, or roast beef! (yes, of course it's the processed stuff...)

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Nope. At least I can hand other people's kids back to the aunties and my friends when I'm done with them, hahaha.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND? Of course I would! I'm a rare find! :P [good answer]

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM? Of course I do.


9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Probably not.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I don't have a favorite - maybe Shreddies.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? If I'm wearing shoes with laces, then yes.

12. It's midnight already?! That's not a question. But if you really want to know, it's 10:10 AM.



15. RED OR PINK? Red! NOT pink!

16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My apparent willingness to be "stuck" in certain circumstances because I'm too lazy...

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Can't say...



20. Yay! I'm not turning 20 next year! That is NOT a question, dude!



23. FAVORITE SMELL? Hot and sour soup!




27. HAIR COLOR? Dark brown.

28. EYE COLOR? Brown.


30. FAVORITE FOOD? Far too many to list.





35. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs! Both are okay, though.



38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Anyone else, I suppose.

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? James Michener's Hawaii.

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? A Certified Data logo.

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? I didn't watch TV last night.

42. FAVORITE SOUND(S)? Good music!

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Rolling Stones. (got a double-shot of them on the radio right now, in fact... Jumping Jack Flash and Under My Thumb)


45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I wish! Writing, from what others tell me. Maybe looking after kids too, but anyone can do that... *shrug* (here I go discounting myself again... whee...)

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Vancouver, BC.


48. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE / SIGNIFICANT OTHER? Shut up, you stupid survey.

49. IS THE CUP HALF-FULL OR HALF-EMPTY? Depends on my mood.

50. IF YOU COULD SIT DOWN TO DINNER WITH FIVE PEOPLE, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Nathan, Eric, Helen, Lauren, and Farrah! (haha, like that would ever happen...)

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Soft Serve Poo / Oblong Coho

The Lonely Island's I'm On A Boat (ft. T-Pain) - Album Version reminds me of a party house I went to last year in Chilliwack, where the people (Leif / Jesse / Korey / Carissa) would listen to this type of music LOUDLY, and ALL THE TIME. The song is good for what it is, I suppose. :P

Bingo of the night so far:

FORETASTE (75 points) - against Eliana M.

High-scoring words of the night so far:

HERMATE (120 points) - against Kat S. [4W, 2W]
SPOOFER (1490 points) - against Karen E. [two 5W, two 2W, hook off TAV for a plural]
TALOOKA (128 points) - against Alice P. [4W, 2W]
AVIATED (475 points) - against Sean R. [two 5W]
RUNWAYS (1500 points) - against Heidi H. [4W, two 5W]
ZINKY (225 points) - against Philip T. [two 3W]

I played ION on Jerenda F.'s ION... gotta love those quirky coincidences!

Interesting rack of the night so far: BEEFALAS (against Marina R. - read that as "Beef, alas!")

Poo nugget for Friday, Feb. 20: Soft Serve - The Soft Serve Poo comes as either a precursor to, or a last stage of, some sort of intestinal disturbance. More dense than diarrhea but softer than a normal poo, this solid yet amorphous turd comes out in one smooth steady flowing motion. This stool's liquid consistency can be intermittent, varying from one bowel movement to the next. When short-lived, the development of mildly loose stools associated with abdominal cramping can be due to indigestion of poorly absorbed foodstuffs. More often than not, an increase in dietary fiber will help to bulk up the stool and lend it a more traditional consistency. Synonyms: Jabba The Poo, Play Doo, Cow Patty, Septic Seepage.

Hey, I got a coho without having to update!

[00:47:05] OblongCoho: What does iron maiden mean?
[00:48:05] AlenaBrolxFlami: "What does Iron Maiden mean?" It's a torture / execution device.
[00:49:01] OblongCoho: hail, fellow?
[00:49:27] AlenaBrolxFlami: "hail fellow?" indeed... and well met are we!
[00:49:33] OblongCoho: The Lonely Island's I'm On A Boat (ft. T-Pain) - Album Version is also good
[00:50:01] OblongCoho: haha I see ye have the filter on as well
[00:50:24] AlenaBrolxFlami: can't be too careful
[00:51:52] OblongCoho: What? I am sorry, I am a bit drunk right now...
[00:52:25] AlenaBrolxFlami: This actually reminds me of last year at a party house.
[00:52:56] OblongCoho: Haha o rly?
[00:53:18] AlenaBrolxFlami: well... the people would listen to this type of music LOUDLY ALL THE TIME.
[00:53:48] OblongCoho: what type of music?
[01:00:01] AlenaBrolxFlami: rap
[01:00:17] OblongCoho: what art thou talking about?
[01:00:30] OblongCoho: didst thou see the "I am on a boat" thing?
[01:00:41] AlenaBrolxFlami: that is what I am referring to, yes
[01:00:56] OblongCoho: that's most unusual
[01:01:24] OblongCoho: I guess the faerie thing betaketh one serf more than once?
[01:02:45] OblongCoho: anyways
[01:02:52] OblongCoho: I usually do not listen to that type of music
[01:02:55] OblongCoho: but it's funny
[01:04:25] AlenaBrolxFlami: neither do I, but I agree
[01:05:07] OblongCoho: what type of music dost thou prefer, usually?
[01:07:43] AlenaBrolxFlami: classic rock, or metal
[01:09:19] OblongCoho: ahh...
[01:09:26] OblongCoho: I prefer punk, or pop punk
[01:09:58] OblongCoho: but I enjoy classic rock and some power metal
[01:11:13] AlenaBrolxFlami: this is sweet
[01:12:06] OblongCoho: hmm?
[01:12:43] AlenaBrolxFlami: I said what you enjoy is good
[01:12:48] OblongCoho: oh
[01:13:19] AlenaBrolxFlami: so what are you doing up so late?
[01:13:39] OblongCoho: getting drunk and talking to disordered serfs on my guild contacts about depressing ass sodding nonsense
[01:15:09] AlenaBrolxFlami: "disordered serfs?" oh dear. sounds like quite the interesting night
[01:15:47] OblongCoho: haha yea... it's all right
[01:17:47] AlenaBrolxFlami: sounds good... I'm just talking to someone about batteries
[01:18:05] OblongCoho: B-batteries?
[01:18:14] OblongCoho: and D batteries, that's hard for foreigners
[01:19:24] AlenaBrolxFlami: nah... just your regular 9-volt batteries
[01:21:09] OblongCoho: oh... I was quoting Dimitri Martin, by the way.
[01:26:02] AlenaBrolxFlami: never heard of him
[01:26:17] OblongCoho: oh sirrah
[01:26:21] OblongCoho: awesome stand up comedian
[01:27:27] AlenaBrolxFlami: interesting! however, it is now 1:30... I'd love to continue this conversation
[01:28:02] OblongCoho: 1:30?
[01:28:04] OblongCoho: in Cali?
[01:28:07] OblongCoho: it's 4:30 hither
[01:28:20] AlenaBrolxFlami: no... in Vancouver, BC, Canada
[01:28:57] OblongCoho: OMG I love Vancouver
[01:29:09] OblongCoho: I have only been thither once
[01:29:21] OblongCoho: but I saw the rubber rainbow condom factory
[01:29:27] AlenaBrolxFlami: the WHAT?!
[01:29:29] OblongCoho: highlight of my trip, swear to God
[01:29:44] OblongCoho: haha
[01:29:50] OblongCoho: it's hilarious
[01:29:53] OblongCoho: we just drove thereby
[01:29:56] OblongCoho: look it up
[01:30:00] OblongCoho: but my bro was like "look!"
[01:30:13] AlenaBrolxFlami: [01:29:21] OblongCoho: but I saw the rubber rainbow condom factory
[01:30:49] OblongCoho: yea
[01:30:53] OblongCoho: I know
[01:30:56] AlenaBrolxFlami: that's what I got from you...
[01:31:03] OblongCoho: btw, my real guild membership is RockAgainstEmo
[01:31:06] OblongCoho: I know, it exists
[01:31:07] AlenaBrolxFlami: haha... well, guess I'll have to look it up
[01:31:10] OblongCoho: fo sho
[01:31:18] AlenaBrolxFlami: HA. I am getting a filter.
[01:31:27] AlenaBrolxFlami: [01:31:03] OblongCoho: btw, my real guild membership is RockAgainstEmo
[01:31:35] OblongCoho: thou art getting the faerie's
[01:31:39] AlenaBrolxFlami: oh yes
[01:31:41] OblongCoho: oh, and a filter
[01:31:43] OblongCoho: nice
[01:31:51] OblongCoho: anyways
[01:31:54] OblongCoho: I am Donnie
[01:31:57] OblongCoho: what's your guild?
[01:32:19] AlenaBrolxFlami: anyways... I am Leslie, and my screen name is AlenaBrolxFlami
[01:32:56] OblongCoho: sweet. I live in Raleigh, NC. And ye live in Vancouver.
[01:33:09] OblongCoho: and thou art definitely the coolest serf I have met through upstream thus far.
[01:34:41] OblongCoho: And next time I am in Vancouver (In at least 2 years, probably) I will contact ye
[01:34:48] OblongCoho: and we're checking out the rubber rainbow condom factory, okay?
[01:35:35] AlenaBrolxFlami: haha, okay
[01:35:51] OblongCoho: promise? pinky swear?
[01:36:34] AlenaBrolxFlami: Sounds like a good thing to me! I need to get to bed.. you're the funniest person I've met through this project, that's for sure!
[01:36:41] OblongCoho: alrighty
[01:36:46] OblongCoho: I will talk unto thee later, g'night
[01:36:52] AlenaBrolxFlami: goodnight

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Condescending World Vision people are ANNOYING!

High-scoring words of the evening so far:

SUBWAY (356 points; 4W, 5W, hook off NOON for a plural), DITZIER (880 points; 5W, two 4W, 2L on Z) - against Luella R.
NEEDIER (160 points) - against Alice P. [4W, 2W]
RECOLOR (250 points) - against Janet H. [two 5W] (a good deficit-erasing word!)
BITTER (110 points) - against Susan H. [5W, hook off BIT to make BITT, hook off FA to make FAT]

Had a very annoying experience just now. A World Vision door-to-door person knocked on my door, and proceeded to call me "dear" as he explained what his organization was about. I had to tell him that I wasn't interested, and closed the door firmly behind me. Now, I have no beef against World Vision - as I believe it's a good cause - but honestly. You do NOT condescend to me! Stupid people! I should just have pretended not to have been home...

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Michelle, Andrea, and Lucas

High-scoring words of the day so far:

WITLESS (144 points) - against Sheila Z. [3W, two 2W]
YAY (275 points) - against George M. [two 5W]
TOWELING (106 points) - against Eliana M. [4W]

Facebook notes: Michelle L., Andrea L., and Lucas seem to have added me back. However, Golden and Kempy seem to have deleted me, while Teresa L. seems not to have accepted my friend request. Oh well... Natalie (stitch_me_back) added me on LJ from RandomThought, hehe.

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He's ALLERGIC to cigarette smoke, subconscious!

LJ Aqua: Watch the words fly by, and then pick one to read a random stranger's journal!

David L. linked me to this confusing but funny Youtube video where this person answers the questions in a non-linear fashion. "Answering the question before last!" HAHAHAHA.

I had a weird dream which involved Auntie Fonda getting mad that someone left a silver toy gun out on the floor. Teunis said he'd done it, but needed to go out in the backyard for a smoke. (that's when I knew it was a dream - normally, he's seriously allergic to cigarette smoke!) Erik and Krista came over later, and they did some wedding planning. I remember Teunis wanted to be a second groom: at first, they thought he said "groomsman," so were willing to make that change. But when he clarified, they looked at each other and decided to continue wedding planning later... AWAY from the crazy man! I wondered how a wedding with two grooms and only one bride was going to appear... aiya! That's all I remember of the dream - why is my brother's wedding taking over my subconscious?!

For the record, I am not interested in polyamory for myself. I just happened to read about it recently, is all. But I did happen to come across something at Slate that struck me as humorous:

Dear Prudie:
I am a female involved in a four-year-long polyamorous relationship with a married couple. We are all happy and love one another very much. They have invited me to move into their home, and I would like to. The problem is that their two teenage children are beyond angry with the relationship. Even though they are not losing anything as a result of the relationship, they blame me for breaking the family apart and are very rude to me and their parents as a result. We don't want to break up to appease their children, who will be out of the house and on their own soon enough. But I can't imagine putting myself in the middle of such an uncomfortable living situation. Any suggestions for getting these teens to learn to accept me and the relationship?

—Three Is Not a Crowd

Dear Three,
Teenagers are just impossible these days. Mom and Dad go out and get a perfectly nice girlfriend to share, and the kids totally destroy the great erotic vibe you've all got going with their insolent remarks like, "Ewww, gross!" and "Why can't you be normal like other parents and just get a divorce or something?" They sound like complete downers who don't even understand the stimulating couplings and triplings that could take place when they have their friends sleep over (before the friends' parents hear about this, and all of you end up explaining polyamory to social services). It's too bad these rotten kids don't understand that their parents' need to fulfill their sexual appetites takes precedence over providing them a stable home. But since the teenagers are doing nothing but making life unpleasant for your happy threesome, my only suggestion for you is to find a couple who had the good judgment not to have children and leave this family alone.


Hahaha! I personally find it humorous, and don't even think it's advice! Of course, I would never say this in any community which supports polyamory, but that was my laugh for the day.

You Crave a Dynamic Life

Your dream is to live a life where you are constantly learning and evolving.

You believe that the world, people, and life are incredibly fascinating.

You want to use your mind as much as possible. You want to dare yourself to do what's difficult.

You'd like to expand your worldview and maybe even solve some of the world's problems.

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Bingo of the night so far:

EXORCISM (94 points) - against Thomas D.

High-scoring words of the night so far:

HOMAGED (108 points) - against Diana W. [3W, 2W]
OUTSPARKLED (240 points) - against Ken C. [3W, 4W] (a good deficit-erasing word!)
OWLETS (1100 points) - against Nicole B. [4W, two 5W]
GLOSSA (316 points) - against Natalie L. [4W, 5W, 4L on G]
SHEAVED (775 points) - against Whitney M. [two 5W, 4L on H]
DOZY (100 points; 5W), SQUAB (140 points; 4W, 5W) - against Brenda L.
ESSAYED (149 points) - against Wayne N. [3W, 2W, hook off VISOR for a plural]
MACRONS (192 points) - against Angela V. [two 4W]
DYSTONIA (120 points) - against Theresa B. [5W]
FEMUR (108 points) - against Shelley R.-B. [two 3W]
HEATING (775 points) - against Thomas D. [two 5W, 3L on H]
FIRES (144 points) - against Ruby M. [two 4W]
CURTER (126 points) - against Marina R. [two 3W, hook off WIRE to make WIRER]
ROBUSTA (115 points) - against Charmaine S. [5W] (a good deficit-erasing word!)
VOTARY (720 points; two 2W, two 3W), GHAZI (164 points; 4W, 3L on H) - against Wayne S.
BACHES (320 points) - against Casey W. [two 4W]
MISO (120 points) - against Anne-Marie S. [two 4W]

New record: 28 high-scoring words in 24 hours!

Talked to Vanessa H. about things - she works near my place, which I didn't know! Also reconnected with Chinese Eric, whose body is adjusting to the temperatures in Hong Kong: good, if he's going to be there another year! Corey asked if I'd fired anything up yet: nope! "Well, fire oil is good for you, so get to it. I always laughed at the name when I saw that in the store before, but then Jane went and bought one while she was here, and it's not so bad. :P I figured with a name like Fire Oil, it would be incredibly hot, but it's pretty reasonable. That same company has a bunch of other stuff in the little Asian section of the grocery store, but I haven't tried the other ones. I don't think I'll use up my bottle of fire oil for another year or two, so it might be a while before I get to try anything else." I still have some Western Family hot sauce from my mom, so it may be a while before I get to the FIRE OIL!

Now we're just debating padded envelopes vs. boxes, haha. "Stores have boxes they don't need. I had a girl go allllll the way across a Super Wal-Mart and back to get a box for me that I could ship a Guitar Hero game in. She kept asking if she could help with something, so I put her to work. :P She was cheerful and seemed happy to help the whole time, so either she was on drugs, was a robot, or needs to work somewhere better than Wal-Mart, because it's usually staffed by zombies. Try "I command you to find a box for me with THESE EXACT DIMENSIONS!" If they don't do it, just start smashing everything in the store to show them who's boss. Maybe the police station has boxes! :D" Coincidentally, Karla played BOX against me - I had the letters for a plural, so did that. QUIRKY!

I managed to rip a fingernail while opening something: GOOD JOB, HAMSTERETTE.

Poo nugget for Thursday, Feb. 19: Dr. Stool Says - Red Poo - Red poo can be a sign of something as dangerous as blood in your lower digestive tract, or a result of something as innocuous as a heavy helping of beets. Any sighting of red poo should be followed by a quick visit to the physician. Doctors may recommend a colonoscopy, a procedure which allows physicians to view the inside of the colon.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

No more cheddar cheese or barbecue chips!

Bingo of the day so far:

REAROUSES (68 points) - against Robert L.

High-scoring words of the day so far:

IMPONE (108 points) - against Jamey J. [two 3W]
COXES (1709 points) - against Nicole B. [4W, two 5W, hook off TEEM for a plural]
ALIBI (160 points) - against Angela V. [4W, 5W]
COW (138 points) - against Angela V. [3W, 5L on C and W] (different game)
CYANITE (350 points) - against Reta H.-B. [3W, 5W, hook off RAW to make CRAW]
RAISINS (119 points) - against Sharon R. [4W, 2W, hook off RAMBLE for a plural] (a good deficit-erasing word)
SMOKEY (648 points) - against Karen E. [two 3W, two 2W]
ARABIZES (300 points) - against Madeleine H. [5W, 2W]
ZONULE (256 points) - against Shelley R.-B. [4W, two 2W]

Interesting rack of the day so far: HAMOVENS (against Jenny K.)

I have no idea why my dream last night involved me and Natalie H. (missblack) in charge of a bunch of kids playing with interconnecting Legos and crayons. The odd thing was that she and I were both wearing white wedding dresses with lots of lace, and stopped to pick up some appropriate presents in small white bags with pink wrap! It also involved thrusting and disgusting Pringles cheddar cheese chips... unsure what it all means! I do know that I don't like the cheddar cheese chips as much as the Four Cheeses or the Kickin' Cheddar, so I won't be buying those again. Same goes for the Life barbecue chips: it's not like I'm all about the name brand like SOMEONE is, but still. I know it's cheaper, but it's about the TASTE.

You Are an Endomorph

You have a rounder, softer body type. It's difficult for you to lose weight.

Endomorphs are known for being friendly, generous, and warm.

It's likely that you're a relaxed person who enjoys good times, good people, and good food.

You are warm and affectionate. You provide comfort to others and crave it for yourself.

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Urban legends and poo

Bingos of the night so far:

BYSTANDER (1035 points) - against Devin T.
ALERTEST (72 points) - against Emma L.

High-scoring words of the night so far:

OXIDIC (110 points) - against Karla M. [5W, 2W]
BYSTANDER (1035 points) - against Devin T. [3W, two 5W]
PUEBLO (192 points) - against Philip T. [two 4W] {a good deficit-erasing word}
ESOTERIC (110 points) - against Lori H. [5W]
VENGE (100 points) - against Alice P. [5W, 2W]
DEFYING (101 points; hook off PHASE to make PHASED), EASY (101 points; 5W, 3W, 2W) - against Emma L.
RAINILY (220 points) - against Natalie L. [5W, 4W]
OVERTALK (146 points) - against Ruby M. [4W]

Corey and I also talked more about Bridge Mixture (he'll get that for his birthday - maybe I should get a box for the candy!), plus some about sushi because of my memories of last summer. He likes it, but can't get it often because nobody else in his family does... d'oh! They're not really into seaweed as a snack, either.

Poo nugget for Wednesday, Feb. 18: Urban Legends Debunked - There has been a range of urban legends regarding the dangers of using a toilet, in a variety of different situations. Most of them have been shown to be false. According to, rumors about the presence of poisonous spiders hiding under toilet seats, sewer rats crawling up sewer pipes to attack unwitting occupants and terrorists booby-trapping toilet seats to castrate their targets have all been proven false.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Biscuit is dead! / Twisted Muppet Show

High-scoring words of the evening so far:

CHIAO (120 points) - against Donna G. [5W, 3L on H]
RUPIAH (108 points) - against Nicole B. [two 3W]
ENFACES (252 points) - against Lauren Z. [2W, two 3W]
HERMA (234 points) - against Fe T. [two 3W, hook off DIT to make EDIT]

Maybe it's just me, but this Bridge Mixture tastes minty for some reason! No, I have not gone crazy. Not like I had a wide sample to choose from last summer so I could have been informed about this... oh well. There's been another gang shooting today, and the victim's brother shot the killer with his own gun! Twelve in sixteen days?! Yikes!

Corey said he hoped my "interesting" tidbit was indeed just that; it hasn't been a good day because they had to put his dog Biscuit to sleep: "He's been having a pretty hard time lately. He had kidney failure, and hasn't been eating anything for weeks. I've been able to get him to eat at least a few bites of something up until a few days ago... so.. not the best day. He would have been 17 in another month." At least I was able to tell Corey that I got my package, which I hope is good. Chocolate and onions are really bad for dogs, apparently - aiyoh!

"And you should watch the shut your mouth one. Trigger Happy TV comes first, and then later the same guy made World Shut Your Mouth. It's a comedy / prank type show.. but done a whole lot better than that kind of thing usually is. He doesn't really play jokes on people that much... he just kind of creates bizarre situations in public. Subway Monkey Hour is Tom Green harassing Japanese people. So now you have Die Hard to watch, and all the Romero zombie movies. (even Zombi 2, the Italian, and totally unrelated to Zombie 1 except by name, sequel to Dawn of the Dead - Dawn of the Dead was called Zombie in Europe)"

"Day of the Dead, Romero's third zombie movie, is the remake... that's the one I said was wrong. So if you make it to part three in that series, we'll have to find you the real one. They're pretty good for horror movies. Not like Jason and Freddy movies, where a random group of people dies one by one... there's actually a story and stuff. I sent Meet the Feebles, didn't I? That's by Peter Jackson. Before doing mainstream stuff, he did Bad Taste (his first movie, about aliens and stuff, and he's one of the main characters), Braindead (which you have), and Meet The Feebles, which is like The Muppet Show, but really twisted. :P That's the puppet one I mentioned. Everything is Muppet-type puppets... pretty weird movie, to say the least. The characters are all basically Muppets doing the Muppet show, but it's mainly about what's going on backstage, and it's also in a Muppet-only world, so everyone's a puppet. :P I don't even remember all the stuff that goes on, but it gets pretty crazy. Definitely puppet sex and puppet drugs. The main star is a big fat hippo that cries a lot, and everyone is annoyed with her.. I think she gets hooked on drugs or something, I really don't remember. It gets really insane, though."

This is what he had to say about the hot sauce (Mongolian Fire Oil from the House of Tsang): "Is the box full of smuggled liquids? Well, like half-full? So Customs didn't seize any contraband? You said you wanted that fire oil stuff when I mentioned it a while back, so there you go. :P I don't think it's THAT hot... it's good though, because most hot stuff is more Mexican / salsa type hot. This goes well with things that tabasco sauce and that sort of thing doesn't go well with. I put it in the sauce stuff for dumplings (I need to make more one of these days), noodles... lots of stuff. I'm assuming it got there without breaking or anything... I didn't have enough room in the box to get it real padded... at least on the top and bottom."

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Hey, I got a Colorado package!

The mailman knocked on my door just now, and cheerfully gave me a box. At least I didn't have to sign for the taped-up package, heh. It is Corey's package, which rocks! First-class mail?! Oh dear... it contains a bottle of Mongolian Fire Oil from the House of Tsang (no wonder everything was in a box!), and three DVDs of sixteen movies. Trigger Happy TV (2000), Subway Monkey Hour (2002), World Shut Your Mouth (2005), a Dave Brockie Experience (GWAR) live show, Die Hard 1 (1988), Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990), Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance (1995), Death Race 2000 (1975), V For Vendetta (2005), Meet the Feebles (1988), Thomas Edison's Frankenstein (1990), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985), Zombi 2: The Dead are Among Us (1979), and Videodrome (1983) seem sufficiently entertaining!

You Are Factual

You are highly intelligent, especially in areas that deal with concrete knowledge and facts.

You are amazingly analytical. You can make sense of chaos without involving your emotions.

If anything, you tend to be overly logical. It's sometimes hard for you to come to a decision, because you're too busy weighing all the options.

People turn to you in times of trouble. They know that they can trust you to give good, well thought out advice.

I liked the alliteration in this one. :D

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Math, profiles, detention, and eyeliner (survey)

This JUST restarted, again! I hope Corey's up at the same time I am so I can ask him (vs. the Craigslist forum) about computer power supplies... if that's even the problem.

Yet another Facebook survey from Billie...

Who is the last male you talked to through a text? None.

Do you remember your dreams? Usually. They're very bizarre!

Who sits behind you in math? Nick Turner did, at one point...

When will your next kiss be? Don't know.

Do you hate when people put "I love you" on their profiles? It's annoying if you know the relationship won't last... I'm cynical anyhow.

If someone liked you, what would be the best way to let you know? Being honest, open, and GENUINELY interested in whatever I had to say no matter how boring it was!

Does anyone think you are a bitch? Not so far as I know.

Your best friend is pregnant. What do you say? "I am a name nerd of sorts, so ask ME before you actually name the kid!" (not that I base my friends on what they name their kids, but you know...)

How much did you weigh at birth? 2.2 pounds.

Do you have déjà vu often? Not too often, I don't think.

So, what's your name? Leslie.

How many times have you gotten detention in school? Hmm. Not that often, either!

Did you wake up before 8 AM this morning? Nope.

Do you wear eyeliner? I'm make-up free and have NO idea how to use ANY cosmetic! :P [good answer!]

What's something that bothers you? People who say they're intelligent, yet use the MOST horrible typing methods ever! (this especially applies if text is the only medium I can use to judge them)

Have you ever been asked out by someone you didn't want to date? Yeah...

In high school / middle school, did you ever get caught passing notes? Not really, no.

Were you smiling in the last picture taken of you? Yup.

What do you think of the last song you listened to? Eric Clapton's Layla? Hmm. It's a good song. Reminds me of the time Sarah and Hannah were staying at Uncle Hansel and Auntie Cathy's house, and I brought it up to them as an example of an interesting song. Unfortunately, Hansel and Cathy thought it was questionable for some odd reason! (no, I didn't show them the lyrics or anything, but still... it isn't like this is THE most horrible rock song ever! :P)

Do you miss anyone? I certainly do!

Are you satisfied with what you currently have in life? Depends.

What were you doing at 3 AM? Reading Craigslist forum posts!

What's something you really want right now? Be honest. Hmm... improved relationships with certain people.

Is there anybody you wish you could be spending time with right now? Of course.

Have you had sex with more then 25 partners? Nope.

Have your friends ever randomly stopped by your house? I don't think they have... I'd have to buzz them in, for one thing.

Did you sleep in past noon today? Actually, I got up at 11 or so.

Have you ever cried yourself to sleep? Yes.

How many different colors are you wearing right now? Four: grey, black, dark blue, and brown.

Do you want someone back in your life? Just one? I want several people back in my life. [good answer]

When is the last time you cried really hard? A couple of weeks ago. Thanks, Eric. :P

Is anything annoying you right now? Not really, unless you count the mice and my laziness.

Is this year the best year of your life? Hmm. I guess it's okay.

Are you trying to avoid liking / loving somebody at the moment? No.

When was the last time someone called you baby? Last summer.

When was the last time you were really confused? See above answer.

Has anybody ever given you butterflies? Yep.

Do you have nice eyes? Sure!

What are your plans for today? Catch up on stuff.

What are you doing besides this? Listening to Rock 101.

Do you have any plans for tomorrow? Phone places which might have vacancies.

What's the first thing you did when you woke up? Checked email.

If your friends warn you about someone, do you listen? Usually.

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Woman misses her flight at the boarding gate / Wordscraper boxes

High-scoring words of the night so far:

TOKAY (153 points) - against Philip T. [5W, 2W]
AMOK (120 points) - against Itamar R. [5W, 2W]

Interesting racks of the night so far: LETAKNOB (against Karla M., Alice P., and Sara H.), ROOTPATH (against Donna G.)

I'm playing a game with Nicole B. (Game #4604153) at the moment, and we've managed to create a 4x3 box with our first few moves!


Andrew linked me to this video of a woman in Hong Kong who missed her flight at the boarding gate, and I watched it in full screen. I don't think I've watched a video in full screen since last summer, man! "It's not MY fault I'm late, since it was the TRAIN! It's acceptable that I'm late, since I've done it before!" Yeah sure, lady... whatever you say!

Poo nugget for Tuesday, Feb. 17: Doo You Know? - Toilet Paper: Made In China - The first reference to toilet paper dates back to 589 BC, in documents by Chinese scholar Yan Zhitui. Not everyone thought this new practice was such a good idea. An Arab traveler to China in 851 BC complained that the Chinese "are not careful about cleanliness, and they do not wash themselves with water when they have done their necessities; but they only wipe themselves with paper." It would be thousands of years before the bright idea caught on in the rest of the world.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

The Keg, Aaron Pierce, and more!

Mom picked me up, so I was able to read a bit of the paper before we left the townhouse to go for Steph's birthday dinner: I'm not surprised that there was another gang shooting today. But it was a WOMAN with a KID! Gave Steph her Rockets, which she seemed to like. Jonathan showed up for dinner, and it was cool. Talked about problems, saving money, cognac Brie steak with peppercorns, fried onions, teriyaki, Terrence coming here in late June, tiramisu, moving, Friday's potluck, numbers, our weird family photo poses, Keg gift cards, birthdays, age, Jon and music, training, and more. It was a good dinner!

HOUSE was about some dude who had AIDS-like symptoms, but not the actual disease. He was born with this set of unfortunate circumstances: HOW BAD! In 24, Aaron Pierce and Morris O'Brian were back - YAY! The ambulance was on scene to take Henry to the hospital, too! President Taylor wanted to leave the White House and be with her husband, and won't be held hostage in her office, so Bill offers to escort her there on some conditions. Dubaku visits his girlfriend, and says that he wants her to come with him when he leaves the country TONIGHT - yikes! "Your sister Rosa might cause trouble for us, so don't tell her about anything... do you trust me?" Oh dear. Someone's gonna be dead by the end of the day! Renee says that she had to hold Agent Vossler's wife and baby hostage, and Larry doesn't like that at all.

Chloe and Morris are apparently still together, which is cool. Larry introduced Chloe to the FBI, and made several derogatory comments about Jack, his wife, Ryan Chappelle, and others. But Chloe stuck up for Jack as the most trustworthy person, haha. Erica talked to Janice about Chloe being in the conference room, and was cautious. Dubaku sensed danger when he met up with his informant in the hotel lobby, and he was right: his conspirator / travel agent calls off the assassination plot. Jack Bauer and Renee interrupted an argument between Dubaku's girlfriend and her sister, heh.

The drug that evil Brian Gedge injected Henry with will probably cause an adverse reaction, and the President and her daughter just do NOT get along at all. Jack understands how hard it is for Marika, but she needs to do something for them. Renee is looking at cell phone pictures of Dubaku on Marika's cell phone, and Jack uses her as bait: at least there wasn't any radioactive dye like there was with Gredenko last season! The President's daughter is upset with Aaron for interrupting her date, and demands to know what's going on.

Janice was very upset when she couldn't hack into the FBI network to see what Chloe was doing, so she uses Sean's interoffice romance against him for her own ends! They lose the tracking grid as Janice pulls that device, and Jack Bauer gets closed off by police officers because someone has issued a warrant for their arrest. This is how we find out that Sean is the FBI corrupt agent, AKA the mole. Dubaku finds out about everything, and is justifiably pissed off. He's not going to get out of the country, and will deal with Marika himself: we all know how THAT'S gonna end... o_O [next week's episode apparently involves Dubaku chewing Marika out since he trusted her, and Chloe saying that files are getting erased as she speaks...]

Earlier tonight when I was ten feet away from her, my mom was setting the VCR to record House, since we were going out for my sister's birthday dinner. My sister was upstairs getting ready, and the following ensued:

Mom, repeating the name of the channel to herself: "28..."
Steph: "No, Mom... 26!" (her new age)
Me: "She's talking about the channel, not you!"
Steph: "Oh!"
Me: "Egotistical!"
Steph: "Cheh! Bad!"
Mom: "... TESTICLES?!"
*Steph and I laugh like crazy*
Mom: "Why are you so gross?!"
Me: "Never mind... that's not what I said!"

A little later, Mom went upstairs to get something done. Steph told her that she had her camera, and Mom was like "What sandwich?!" "CAMERA, Mom... NOT a sandwich!"

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Yay for accomplishment in stuffed monkeys and felts!

Went out to accomplish a bunch of things on my list, and fortuitously discovered light bulbs on sale at Staples (at the end of the pens aisle), so I didn't have to go to London Drugs. They were $3 for a box of four (so I got three boxes), which is actually better than I was expecting! Also bought a pair of scissors ($3.99 - why buy $9 titanium scissors?) and fifty Laurentian markers ($8.96) from there, heh. At Shoppers Drug Mart, I spent some time looking through the on-sale Valentine's Day stuff before deciding on a stuffed monkey with a heart ($7.49) for Arthur. He didn't need the Russell Stover bear or the Whitman's Sampler stuff, and I didn't want to get a HUGE animal either, like the ones on sale for $15 or so! (but I didn't want to get a really tiny bear, either)

Noticed some Pringles bacon-ranch chips there, so bought three along with a big envelope and some Smarties. My plan is to give some Rockets and Smarties to Corey, so he can see the Canadian difference for his birthday, haha. Then I saw some Bridge Mixture, which I haven't had since last summer. Actually, I've never had one package all to myself, so I decided to get it now. Why I didn't get it anytime during the past six months, I don't know. But at least I have one now, and I won't leave them out overnight unlike a certain person! Stopped by the dollar store to get a box for the felts, plus 960 mini-stickers and 23 birthday cards since I was there anyhow. (the box is actually one of those Freezer Seal boxes, but it was only $3 and the right size!) Then I went to Coles to see what the newest Bathroom Reader was, just for reference purposes. If it's "The Best of the Best," then I probably already have most of it in my existing books! Went to Taco Time for a super beef burrito, which reminded me of the time last July when I was in the mall past 8 PM - I did the same thing because I was really hungry. I bought everything I wanted to, which is cool!

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Interesting dinner invite...


I'm going to the Keg tonight for Steph's birthday dinner (maybe not combined with Grandma's), as per an email my mom sent me. Then I can give her some stuff, haha. Hopefully, I get back here before 24 starts! Speaking of starting, damn redrum has done so now... so maybe I should also get light bulbs / felts / boxes / a non-candy gift for Arthur this afternoon, because I sure as heck won't feel like it tomorrow!

You Are Coffee

You are highly ambitious and goal-oriented. You feel like there isn't enough time in your day to get it all done.

You are outgoing and creative. You love talking with people, thinking up crazy plans, and then acting immediately on them.

When it comes to caffeine, you'd like a refill. You can almost always use an energy boost.

Life is too short. You're going to get as much out of it as you can. You live for today.

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Presidential Poo / Writer's Block: Sounds Good to Me

High-scoring words of the night so far:

HOMING (224 points) - against Sheila Z. [two 4W]
TOGATE (436 points) - against Jamey J. [3W, two 4W]
NECK (120 points) - against Kaye W. [5W, 4L on K]
BEWAILER (175 points) - against Scott L. [5W, 3L on W]
PEACE (220 points; 5W, two 2W), SALLOW (905 points; two 2W, two 5W, hook off DUO for a plural) - against Jenny K.

I finally found out who was under Eric's mask in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: a living skull with eye holes! The face of death is the opera ghost! Talking to Billie about this now, after I bugged Corey about fixing stuff, hahaha. Little Steven's Underground Garage is Valentine's-themed, but I don't mind the St. Valentine's Day Massacre garage music. :D

Writer's Block: Sounds Good to Me

Persnickety, flibbertigibbet, lollygag — some words are just more fun to say. What's your favorite word?
Defenestration, hands down!
View other answers.

Poo nugget for Monday, Feb. 16: Presidential Poo - On a trip to Vienna, the White House flew in a special presidential crapper so that President George W. Bush's feces could be collected and disposed of in a secure manner. Secret Service agents capture presidential poo in order to prevent foreign intelligence agencies from collecting information about the commander in chief's health. Governmental agencies, including the United States' CIA and the Israeli Mossad, have used this approach to gain valuable information on the health status of world leaders such as Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

She has some awesome Engrish on her orange pants!


Eric picked me up, and asked how my anti-Valentine's Day went. No, I did not massacre anyone, despite my status of "Leslie is anti-Valentine's Day. But she's pro-St. Valentine's Day Massacre! YAY!" - AIYA! He'd gone to the Keg with Nathan, Christon, and Jeremy: I remember the last time I was there in 2007, heh. Got to service late, so we sat together between little Nathan and Richie. The sermon touched on King Herod's violence, comparing him to Idi Amin / Charles Taylor / Robert Mugabe - I'm surprised Pastor John didn't bring up Pol Pot! Randal had a TOTALLY LAME announcement: "Change is coming! *describes where MONETARY change might be* If you have any change, drop it in the big box which Raymond will be holding - it's for the hamper families!" *rolleyes*

Speaking of Raymond, it's too bad I didn't get a chance to talk to him - I won't be going to the Osoyoos retreat next weekend because (as I explained to Johnny later) I am not a snow person! However, I did get a chance to talk to Jen and Karen about website design and stupid exes who don't understand that NO means NO. (in this case, "No, I don't want to talk to you!") Jen's ex Greg has tried talking to her, but she definitely needs her space; I told them about the whole Korey "CALL ME!" saga. If it's a bad breakup (as mine definitely was), you probably can't pretend everything is friendly! "Oh sure, we can talk on the phone / Facebook, and things will be FINE. Just add me back!" How about NO?! Men... *shakes head*

After that, I interacted with Keenan, whose brother Joshua wanted to play the drums. Nathan saw this later, and wanted to take a cute video. He told me that he didn't like cucumber slices, but his mom said he did - at least he apparently likes pizza now so Maxine says it's easier to have dinner now from a cooking perspective! Keenan kept on careening into us, so Calla figured that the kid thinks any legs are Mommy's - when Benjamin was that age (two years and two months), he was like that too since he didn't recognize people yet. I talked to Phil, Isabel (projects on Reading Break?!), Nathan, and Jeremy: Chris was back for Reading Break, yay! Nathan says they had to wait 45 minutes yesterday, since he didn't want to mess up his "Chinese time" with a reservation - I know how that is! Phil introduced his parents to Keenan with "I have parents, too!" and the poor kid looked VERY confused, haha! Thank goodness I saw little Hannah because then I could give her a Valentine's Day card!

Went upstairs to Sunday School after chatting with Eric for a bit, and gave each kid and Auntie Fonda a heart-shaped cookie from the day's refreshments. Auntie Fonda said she was jealous because little Arthur had a gift for me: hey, more chocolate is good! She prompted him with the gift: "Remember this? What are you going to do?" while I pretended like I didn't know what she was talking about - of course I thanked him! Now I need to buy felts (Auntie Fonda has some thin ones, but they all are running dry), a box for felts and pencil crayons, and a reciprocal non-candy / non-chocolate gift for Arthur this week. (like I reciprocated Rosanna's 2004 Christmas gift of Almond Roca with a teddy bear which was on sale!) It should be quite doable, especially since my Friday night is free. I don't care if I get reimbursed or not, since I let Auntie Fonda think I have some felts and boxes already, haha.

Saw some awesome Engrish (reproduced at the bottom of this entry) on Amanda's pants: luckily, her mom was late picking her up, so I sat Amanda down for the purposes of writing it down in my notebook. I'm sure Amanda was confused, but I simply told her that the pants were funny! Talked to Vivian, Karen, Christon, Calla, Johnny, Dylan, and Stanford about pranks, drywalling a kitchen shut, putting underwear in the freezer, putting crumpled paper in cars, nailing Spider-Man shoes to the ceiling, Tom Cruise movies, Osoyoos, Deb, gag gifts, seeing Steph at Tim Horton's (that is SO stereotypical!), and more. Unexpectedly saw Erin's cousin Jason, so discussed Ottawa, weddings, my siblings, Julie, South Edmonton, some conference called BREAK FORTH, and more - he's cool! Went to the old Green Village with my parents and grandma for lunch with Alan and Polly, which wasn't too bad. At least they didn't discuss kidney stones! (mostly Pastor Eunice's health, Jon's wedding, the Open House, the bazaar, Australia, my parents' August cruise, and more) Alan and Polly tried paying for us, but Mom convinced them to give her the bill instead - ah, fighting for the bill! Good times. :D

The Engrish on Amanda's pants:

(on one leg)
Red Apple
Elasnc in Suspenc
Accessories Elastic
Base Double
NTS for Double We
In Susepnspforad
Or Added Work Ea
Ssories Red Apple
Enps Eor Added Wo

(on the other leg)
Wear Deere Pick
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Suspenps For
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Bucket List

I've probably done a variation of this before, but no matter. Karla tagged me in the note, so I'll do it. Hahaha.

The Bucket List. Place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X from the ones you have not, then send it to your friends (including me).

Things you have done during your lifetime:

() Gone on a blind date
(x) Skipped school
() Watched someone die (I guess Linda counts, though I wasn't there when she actually DIED... I was there in her last two hours, I think...)
(x) Been to Canada
() Been to Mexico
() Been to Florida
() Been to Hawaii
(x) Been on a plane
() Been on a helicopter
(x) Been lost
() Gone to New York
(x) Swam in the ocean
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
(x) Played cops and robbers
(x) Recently colored with crayons (I help KIDS during Sunday School...)
(x) Sang karaoke
(x) Paid for a meal with coins only
() Been to the top of the Empire State Building
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't (all the time...)
() Made prank phone calls
() Been to the Colosseum in Rome
() Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
() Danced in the rain - naked
(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus
() Been kissed under the mistletoe
(x) Watched the sunrise with someone
(x) Blown bubbles
(x) Gone ice-skating
(x) Gone to the movies
() Been deep sea fishing
() Driven across the United States
() Been in a hot air balloon
() Been skydiving
() Gone snowmobiling
() Lived in more than one country
() Laid down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(x) Seen a falling star and made a wish
() Enjoyed the beauty of the Old Faithful Geyser
() Seen the Statue of Liberty
() Gone to the top of the Eiffel Tower
(x) Been on a cruise
() Traveled by train
() Traveled by motorcycle
(x) Been horseback riding
() skied on a glacier
() Been to Disneyland OR Disney World
() Been in a rain forest
() Seen whales in the ocean
(x) Been to Niagara Falls
() Ridden on an elephant
() Swam with dolphins
() Been to the Olympics
() Walked on the Great Wall of China
() Saw and heard a glacier calf
() Been spinnaker flying
() Been water-skiing
() Been snow-skiing
() Been to Westminster Abbey
() Been to the Louvre
() Swam in the Mediterranean
() Been to a Major League Baseball game
() Been to a National Football League game
() Been to a college Bowl game
() Been to an African country
() Been to Australia and / or New Zealand
() Ran naked through a public place
() Went midnight swimming naked
(x) Been totally embarrassed in public

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I've gained twenty minutes!

Bingo of the night so far:

EPILATION (73 points) - against Itamar R.

High-scoring words of the night so far:

SEVERED (300 points) - against Kaye W. [two 5W]
MINNOW (156 points) - against Allen K. [4W, 3W]
OXIME (104 points) - against Itamar R. [3W, 4W]
PAWING (280 points) - against Stu L. [5W, 4W]
AX (104 points) - against Marlene C. [5L on X, used twice over]

Got a ride from Eric for tomorrow morning, which is fine - at least my parents gave me warning about being at church early. I have just gained twenty minutes, and it makes a big difference - being ready at 8:50 vs. at least 9:10? Dude, that's valuable breakfast time! Mom says Dad didn't do anything romantic for her today, so I told her that he should, haha. This thing just restarted AGAIN! WHAT THE HECK?! It's been some time since it restarted TWICE in a day!

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