Saturday, January 07, 2012

4-3 REVENGE against Bruins! / EARTHBOUND and Mr. Saturn!

At home yesterday after making mushroom soup, I managed to start up a game of EARTHBOUND since I could do so from some semblance of memory. Now that I'm here at the library and have brought my laptop with me, I also copied and pasted the FF VI walkthrough I've been using to Word, so I can do that at home also! I asked Ryan to keep me updated on the game just in case I didn't wake up in time, and he did. He's a sweetheart, although I kinda wonder if I'd be saying that if Vancouver hadn't won 4-3!

Eric said he'd check the connection problem out tomorrow after church, which is fair enough since I don't want to bother him any more than I have to. I know the C94 doesn't run on Sundays anyhow, so hopefully it'll be fine then, although I'm not holding my breath! Sonya seems to have deleted her FB account again, too.

Ness and Tracy's mom telling it like it is to Pokey: "You don't like SALMON? TOO BAD!"

A bathroom in Onett's library:

You can return the town map in the year 2001!

A hidden Mr. Saturn in Happy-Happy Village:

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Friday, January 06, 2012

Mao's dancers, clash of Kings, Shaw "service"

I'm back at the library, having borrowed Mao's Last Dancer (Li Cunxin) and A Clash of Kings (George R.R. Martin) before I even got to the computer room. Thank goodness for time extensions, otherwise I'd never be able to catch up on the last 24 hours around here! At least Randal DID email me back, and I got interesting stuff to read.

Due to this stupid Internet problem, I won't be able to fully participate in my beloved weekly tradition for the first time in MONTHS! UGH! The people at Shaw were not helping. I told them that I knew I was disconnected from the Internet (I have a thing on my taskbar that clearly shows the status), and they STILL wanted me to go to various browsers to see if that was the case! Hello, I am not DUMB. I called Eric later, who at least kinda helped.

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Bryan, Shaw intermittent outages, inactive library account?

I had some thoughts about certain people in my life last night; private entries are indeed a good thing! Bryan surprises me and is crazy, for sure! When I got up today, I found that the Internet was intermittently in and OUT; Shaw even knew about it, too. Called Dr. Ruby's office, and got a good time in the future (the 26th at 3:30) for my testing. I finally decided to go to the library (being lucky to even send Mandy a reply at home about how Randal thinks Mr. Creep is a bad person now because of what he said about slapping Jen around), and found out that my library account is listed as inactive. UGH! I guess I'll have to do something about that while I'm here. Also, I just sent Randal a LONG email about my feelings regarding Mr. Creep AND Paul, since I couldn't tell him anything at Jeremy's with Paul being RIGHT THERE that night!

Edit: I just figured things out with the Accounts desk, and have checked out In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth (Ann Rule) - now, I have to remember to return it!

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3-0 wins over Minnesota / Locke puking!

Listened to a good 3-0 win over Minnesota, heh. Talked to James on YM, as is becoming quite the usual thing these days; I think that's a good thing!

Locke, puking over the side of an Albrook ship bound for Thamasa, right after Shadow / Terra / General Leo talk about love and emotions:

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

What I gave for Christmas 2011

What I gave for Christmas 2011

* lots of cards and stuff for my real-life friends! (candy canes and chocolate for Jonathan / Ashley / Rachel / Ramen / Shira / David / Evelyn / Mattias / James / Brandon / Anastasia in Toddler Sunday School; Eric M. [plus mints]; Eric H. [plus Advent calendar]; Jon / Harmony [plus Advent calendar and chocolates]; Steph / Lisa [plus Advent calendar and Rockets]; Vanessa; brandy beans and massive Reese's peanut butter cups for Julie C.)

* Corey T. (dwcorey) - Christmas card and bonus birthday card
* Billie E. (sianparis) - Christmas card and bonus birthday card
* Julie S. (julie709) - Christmas card
* Sara H. (thegirlsheriff) - Christmas card
* Kelli E. (neonrose5) - Christmas card
* Kadri K. (bad_habit) - Christmas card
* Janina P. (mrshannibal) - Christmas card
* Julie S. (julie709) - Christmas card
* Mandy D. (a_phoenixdragon) - Christmas card
* Karine G. (karineinthepool) - Vancouver postcard
* Farrah F. (lilaznffairy421) - Christmas card
* Candy and George B. (Phoenix and Heavyfoot) - Christmas card
* Sheryll (sheryll) - Christmas card
* Nyssa (giggles_19) - Christmas card
* Marie (reebee) - Christmas card

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What I got for Christmas 2011

What I got for Christmas 2011

* Christmas card from April (abw92)
* Canucks mittens from Eric M. and his family
* Christmas card from Karla M.
* Christmas card from Julie S. (julie709)
* Christmas card from Steve and Carol B. (Viper and Nutty)
* Christmas card from Janina (mrshannibal)
* Christmas card from Marie (reebee)
* Christmas card from Kelli (neonrose5)
* Christmas card from Kitty (bornwitch / dutch_kitty)
* Christmas card, I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar: A Collection of Egregious Errors, Disconcerting Bloopers, and Other Linguistic Slip-Ups (Sharon Eliza Nichols), and Wacky Erasers from Sara H. (thegirlsheriff)
* Christmas card from Christon
* Christmas card from Dylan, Deb, and Declan
* Christmas card from Karen and Lincoln
* Christmas card from Vania
* Christmas card from Gabriel and Vivian
* Guinness World Records 2012 from Steph and Lisa
* Christmas dinner, homemade chocolates, jalapeno cheese slices, two dark towels, hard candies, Mr. Big x2, Christmas card, three mugs, 2012 kitten calendar, Starlight mints, Whoppers, Kit Kats, teddy bear notebook, bubblegum candy, Coke, 2012 page-a-day Bathroom Reader calendar from parents [some of this regifted to the kids, honestly]
* cookies from Vanessa
* BPAL (Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs) perfume vials (Amber Chocolate, Florence, Undertow, Hellcat, and Intrigue), happy face / snowman / animal / lion / monkey / Christmas / heart / dog / ornament / rose / fairy / reindeer stickers, and a long string with map triangles stuck on it from Chase (chasethecat)
* Christmas card from Sarah G. (Tonks)
* postcard from Karine (karineinthepool)

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Cards Received, 2011

Valentine's Day (1)

Janina (mrshannibal): "Dear Leslie - All you need is love / Love is all you need. Have a lovely Valentine's Day! Love, Janina." [with lots of heart stickers]

Easter (1)

Janina (mrshannibal): "Leslie - May the joys of Easter bring you love, fun, and baskets full of surprises.. :) What do you call a duck that just doesn't fit in? Ha! Ha! Ha! Mallard-justed!! Much love, Janina."

Special 2011 (2)

Andrea and Chuck: "Dear Leslie, Thank you for celebrating our big day with us last year! It was great having you there! We hope that you've been doing well! Keep in touch! Blessings, Andrea and Chuck."

Janina (mrshannibal): "Leslie - thought of you the other day, and threw together some fun stuff. I made the pinball machine blank card, and two of the postcards. Speaking of which, I hope you like the wizard and fairy postcards. The other two postcards are from a book of funky / odd postcards. I've been wanting to send you some different postcards - not just the usual city / town / state ones. I hope you like the stickers... I made the bear sticker at the bottom of this page - I figured it went along with the paw stickers. Haven't seen the new HARRY POTTER movie as of yet. Lately, we've been watching CSI and Law & Order DVDs. I love those shows - I find them to be the equivalent to comfort food. Off to do some grocery shopping! Have a cool day! Love, Janina."

Birthday (4)

Cindy: "Thank you for being so thoughtful - you always remember people's birthdays! Enjoy your special day, and hopefully you get some chocolate cake! :) Blessings!"

Chrystal: "Dear Leslie: Happy birthday, friend! Thank you for being someone I can be myself around. You are really a great friend. :) I have enjoyed spending time with you on our outings in Richmond. London Drugs and White Spot now remind me of you! Thanks for being so open with me, and for making me feel comfortable sharing about life and struggles and funny moments in my life. Hope we will have more get-togethers soon. :) Hope to see you at AWANA this year. Have an awesome and blessed year ahead! ♥ Chrystal."

Nathan: "LISTEN TO MY DOG DOG! Dear Les: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! To many wild horses, chicken, donkeys, and phoenixes and dragons; to desks, pencils, paper clips, and chisels; to Chinese, Caucasians, Africans, and the world; to magic, alchemy, and swords and whistles; may you have an awesome Birthday Year that is wonderful and full of Randomness! ~ Nathan."

Deb and Dylan: "God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and gift you, God look you full in the face and make you prosper. - Numbers 6:24-26, MSG / The Message Bible Translation. Dear Leslie: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We are happy to be celebrating today with you. We pray for continued growth in Christ as He reveals Himself to you throughout the years! May you experience His abundant love and blessings!! Love, Deb and Dylan."

* card from parents

* Steph: "Happy 45 35th Birthday! Loving through kisses and caring! ♥ Steph"

* Lisa: "I hope you have a great day and YEAR!"

Halloween (1)

* Janina (mrshannibal): "Where do vampires eat their lunch? At the casket-teria! [cafeteria] Ha ha!"

Christmas (15)

* April (abw92): "I hope you have a great holiday and a Happy New Year."

* Karla M.: "Dear Leslie, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and all good things in the New Year. XOXO, Karla."

* Julie S. (julie709): "Leslie, Have a great Christmas! :) Hope that you are doing well, and I look forward to many more "taggings" on Facebook in the new year! P.S. Enjoy the stickers! Love, Julie."

* Steve and Carol B. (Viper and Nutty): "And may you have a Happy New Year."

* Kitty (bornwitch / dutch_kitty): "Hi, Leslie. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas. I also hope that all your wishes for 2012 will come true! *huggles* Lots of love from the Netherlands! Kitty and the furry monsters. :)"

* Janina (mrshannibal): "What happened to the man who stole a calendar at Christmas? 12 months! Have a super Christmas and wonderful New Year! Love, Janina."

* Kelli (neonrose5): "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"

* Marie (reebee): "Hi, Leslie! Hope all is well with you!"

* Dylan, Deb, and Declan: "Dear Leslie, Thanks for the baby oil! Declan uses it all the time, especially now that the weather is so dry! Have a fantastic 2012!"

* Christon: "Merry Christmas, Leslie! Hope you had a good year, Leslie. We weren't able to chat as much this year, but I still appreciate it when I've been able to catch up with you in small group or at Jeremy's place for a dinner. The year has gone by really quickly, but it's been an interesting year as I've seen our fellowship dwindle. I've still appreciated the times you've been able to come out. Praying that next year will be filled with many blessings, and that God may continue to walk with us. Have a very merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year! Cheers! Christon."

* Karen and Lincoln: "Hope you had a wonderful 2011. Wishing you all the best in the upcoming year!"

* card from parents

* Vania: "All these years and still counting! You're a welcome constant in my life. Here's to the good times to come! Merry Christmas and God Bless! :)"

* Vivian S.: "Dear Sarne - I mean Leslie - I mean Sarne! :) MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! We wish you all the best this Christmas! May your new year be full of joy and love! :) BIG HUGS from Gabriel and Vivian!"

* Chase (chasethecat): "JOY! Wishing you a cheerful holiday season and a prosperous new year! Chase. (chasethecat on LJ)"

* Sarah G. (Tonks): "Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! I wish you love, health, laughter, and great memories. Love, Sarah. XOXO"

Total: 25

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Nellie Elizabeth Palmer-Strawn and Nanking... NO!

Nellie Elizabeth Palmer-Strawn wanted to add me to Facebook; I DON'T THINK SO! Seems as if Golden has undeleted his own account, which is good! Apparently, Christon's JUST realized that small group outing is this Friday; since Raymond's group is seeing some theatre play about Nanking and winter, they've invited us along. That sounds like it costs money; besides the Raymond factor, I really don't think it's a good idea for me!

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Free drugs, Weetabix, "jumbo" packages, and sanity

Finally got to call Dr. Ruby's office at 2:45, and got an appointment time two hours later - that was quicker than I expected, so YAY! I then showered and then had to clean up a big water mess with towels and such, so LAUNDRY TIME IT WAS before noodles! Of course, James messaged me on YM while I was busy with the above, so I ignored it (not really on purpose? haha) in favor of doing this before I had to leave the apartment. Saw Auntie Stella, who was impressed that I didn't have to wait at the office! I brought up the possibility of something else happening inside, so Auntie Ruby said it would be worth checking out. Ultrasound for me in Richmond later, I'm guessing... and I'm not even pregnant!

Went to London Drugs to get my prescription filled, and spent the next hour or so reading various books (DRAGON TATTOO / Stuart McLean / DARWIN AWARDS / ACCORDING TO THE ROLLING STONES) before I wondered if it was ready yet! It was, and I got warned about nausea / hormones / side-effects! While I was at the store, I picked up two "jumbo three-month supply" packages of ALWAYS pads - HAHAHAHA! I DON'T THINK SO! Also bought on-sale Weetabix biscuits, an on-sale candy cane chocolate bar, and an on-sale bag of chocolate gold Santa eggs. Finally got home an hour ago, emailed Chinese Eric a slightly more thorough update than I plan to give James later (I know Eric won't feel icky), and then finally checked my IM session. Turns out he knows I'm busy, and wanted to update me on his whereabouts before he came home - aww, that's sweet! Called Steph to tell her about things; I'm not sure I'd tell MOM about this stuff, man! I AM NOT THE PREGNANT PERSON IN THIS FAMILY!

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Alex and OLP in dream / Colorful patterns

I had a weird dream which involved Steph and Lisa playing jokes on me, going to church with Eric and then to a free Our Lady Peace downtown gathering which lasted all night, and then seeing Alex Lee at this event before walking home. Yes, Alex and I hugged since we hadn't seen each other in a long time. Interesting!

You Are Fun Because You're Unselfconscious

You are outspoken and quirky. There's nothing subtle about you.

You tend to motivate others and raise spirits. You are a natural team leader.

You don't worry too much about who you are or how you're perceived. You're happy to just be yourself.

Energetic and lively, you are always on the go. You're doing a million things at once, and doing them well.

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Kefka poisoning water / Sabin / Samurai Cyan

Kefka, preparing to poison Doma Castle's water in FINAL FANTASY VI ADVANCE:

Sabin talking like Prince Cyan in the Imperial Camp, a little later:

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Monday, January 02, 2012

SOUL OF REBIRTH / 3-2 shootout losses

Finished SOUL OF REBIRTH just in time for the hockey game, which ended in a 3-2 Canucks shootout loss... next up, FINAL FANTASY VI ADVANCE, and then anything with a bestiary!

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Pasta shapes / FFII ADVANCE done!

Talked to James for a while last night - I'm growing to enjoy these YM chats, haha!

You Are Macaroni

You are tender and compassionate. You wear your heart on your sleeve.

You are good-natured, and people enjoy your company. You put people at ease and make them feel at home with you.

In your group of friends, you are the intuitive one. You understand and empathize with others.

You are nurturing, kind, and lucky. You are good at keeping secrets, and you tend to be a private person.

Finished FINAL FANTASY II ADVANCE around midnight, too. I have no idea why Maria looks like a zombie...

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

Forgetting secondary resolutions / Awkward Pho avoided...

I actually got up this morning; when I called Eric an hour later to bug him about the Pho family lunch (WHY WOULD I ASK WHETHER HE WERE GOING IF I WASN'T?!), he inadvertently reminded me of my secondary resolution to not go to church as much. This is NOT GOOD, hahaha. After that, I went back to bed. Got up again at 11:15 to discover that Eric had called four minutes before, so of course I called him back. He said that he obviously wasn't going to make it out today, so I said that was just fine by me! Then I called Steph since Jon probably wouldn't be available at that time: when she heard that we couldn't make it (and she had to tell Mom!), she tried convincing me to bus. I DON'T THINK SO! Maybe I'll call her next week so I can see when to get together with her and Lisa, heh. CHINESE NEW YEAR, GRANDMA, AND FIRE DRAGONS, OH MY!

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What's Your Healthiest Habit?

I think Golden deleted his Facebook profile again, but I'm not surprised!

Your Healthiest Habit is Staying Serene

You believe excellent health starts with good mental health. You make sure your attitude is right first and foremost.

You realize that having a stressful life can lead to all sorts of bad lifestyle decisions.

The happier you are, the more you'll take care of yourself. It's really as simple as that.

You try not to worry about anything, and you're pretty good at keeping tranquility in your life.

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I don't believe you're dying, not even for a second...

2012 wasn't even that old when it decided to provide me with some laughs! Eric sent me this email at 1:37 AM:

Hello Leslie,
Korey has received some bad news regarding his health. He has asked me to pass on an email of thanks and apology to you. Feel free to read it or do whatever you like with this email. I will keep it on hand.


Hi Leslie,

I am writing you this email to let you know I am very sorry. I am dying Leslie. Doc says I have less then 6 months left to live, maybe less than that he is saying. I got a second opinion so I know it going to happen. I want to apologize for ever hurting you or making you cry. I am sorry I wasn't the man you wanted me to be. I love you Leslie, you're a good person. You were a big part of my life and when I die piece of my heart will I am thankful you took good care of me and you loved me. I remember the first time we met and our first date. Leslie thank you for being in my life. No tears, you should be proud of yourself and your character.

Live, Laugh, Love

My reply:

Hey, Eric. Are you sure he's not trying to manipulate us again into 27 different levels of hell?! "When I die piece of my heart will" - uh yeah, I'm pretty sure more than a piece of your heart will die if YOU actually do go into the grave, buddy! I kinda get what he's trying to say, but I really don't know. Can you personally verify this using another source other than him?

Tears? As a mark of respect for you, Eric, you don't want to know what the tears would be! Yes, I know I am a snarky disillusioned bitch or whatever, but for your sake, don't ask. As for thanking me for being in his life, I have not been in that dubious position for FOUR YEARS! He should be telling that to YOU if what he says is even true.

Sorry, but I require a death certificate... preferably a non-faked one! Or maybe that's just me being morbid. Who knows. I choose not to believe this email until you can verify it using a secondary source. You, I trust. Him, not so much.

I posted this to ONTD, and they provided me with support for staying cold and distant. My FB statuses: "I don't know what to do with this email that just arrived in my inbox. Part of me wants to laugh my head off (almost typed "heads" - I AM NOT MEDUSA!!!), and part of me just doesn't care. Oh well.... GOOD RIDDANCE, 2011. Will NOT miss you in any way, shape, or form! Bring on 2012 - THE YEAR OF THE FIRE DRAGON!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY YEAR!!!!!!!!!!" and "I have decided on a reaction: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! If your goal was to get me to think of you, congratulations. You did succeed, but not in the way you imagine. My Internet support network and I are all laughing at your miserable pathetic attempts to get me to sympathize with your 'health problems.' I will still NOT be contacting you."

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2012 is here! / James, Tsui Woo, and a 4-1 loss


Noticed that Trevor and Noah unfriended me OR deleted their profiles on Facebook; FINE, THEN! Talked to James via YM for a while until the hockey game was on... YAY! Mom called to insist I send Chinese Eric an email about the changed lunch plans for tomorrow; Pho instead of Tsui Woo does work diet-wise for white Eric, I'm sure. Alan apparently has other friends in town, heh. Well, I'm pretty sure he's not coming! Replied to Mandy's emails, too. Listened to a 4-1 loss to the Kings, as well. At least I had something to do!

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