Keep on goin'

Stay loose. Learn to watch snails. Plant impossible gardens. Invite someone dangerous to tea. Make little signs that say "Yes!" and post them all over your house. Make friends with freedom and uncertainty. Look forward to dreams. Cry during movies. Swing as high as you can on a swing set, by moonlight. Cultivate moods. Refuse to be responsible. Do it for love. Take lots of naps. Give money away. Do it now. The money will follow. Believe in magic. Laugh a lot. Celebrate every gorgeous moment. Take moonbaths. Have wild imaginings, transformative dreams, and perfect calm. Draw on the walls. Read everyday. Imagine yourself magic. Giggle with children. Listen to old people. Open up. Dive in. Be free. Bless yourself. Drive away fear. Play with everything. Entertain your inner child. You are innocent. Build a fort with blankets. Get wet. Hug trees. Write love letters

Meme

Layer One:
--Name: Miss Amanda
--Birthdate: 09/29/88.
--Birthplace: Scarborough, Ontario
--Current Location: Guelph, Ontario
--Eye Colour: Brown/Green... is that hazel?
--Hair Colour: Black... but it's starting to wash out. Finally.
--Height: 5'4.
--Righty or Lefty: Righty.
--Sign: Libra

Layer Two:
--Your heritage: Irish/Italian/British/Welsh/French/African
--The shoes you wore today: My super-beat-up Powder Room sneakers.
--Your weakness: Chocolate
--Your fears: I'm fearless?
--Your perfect pizza: Bring on the meat.
--Goal you'd like to achieve: I'd like to learn to study properly.

Layer Three:
--Your most overused phrase on AIM or Yahoo: lol? or "omg it's _______!"
--Thoughts first waking up: mannnnn.
--Your best physical feature: My eyes. Love.
--Your bedtime: Anywhere from 11-1
--Your most missed memory: ...?

Layer Four:
--Pepsi or Coke: Water or milk
--McDonald's or Burger King: McDonalds. Omg I want to go there for dinner RIGHTNOW.
--Single or group dates: Single.
--Adidas or Nike: ...don't care
--Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: ... don't care
--Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate
--Cappuccino or coffee: Cappuccino

Layer Five:
--Smoke: Recreationally.
--Cuss: Yes
--Sing: Yes and I am horrible.
--Take a shower everyday: No... every 2 days or so. Sometimes I get on OMG CLEAN kicks and shower twice a day.
--Have a crush(es): Nah.
--Do you think you've been in love: Yup.
--Do you want to go to college: I'm at university, which is better than college anyway
--Want to get married: Perhaps.
--Believe in yourself: Yes
--Get motion sickness: Not really.
--Think you're attractive: Meh.
--Think you're a health freak: Nope.
--Get along with your parent(s): Most of the time
--Like thunderstorms: Yes.
--Play an instrument: No

Layer Six:
In the past month have you:
--Drank alcohol: Yes.
--Smoked: Not cigarettes.
--Done drugs: Yes.
--Had Sex: Yes.
--Made out: Yes.
--Gone on a date: No, but I am on Friday.
--Gone to the mall?: Yes.
--Eaten an entire box of Oreos: No.
--Eaten sushi?: No.
--Been on stage: No
--Gone skating: No.
--Made homemade cookies: No. And I am upset. But I have made brownies.
--Gone skinny dipping: No.
--Dyed your hair: No.
--Stolen anything: No.

Layer Seven:
Ever...
--Played a game that required removal of clothing: No.
--If so, was it mixed company: N/A.
--Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: ...duh
--Been called a tease: No.
--Gotten beaten up: No.
--Shoplifted: Yeah.

Layer Eight:
--Age you hope to be married: No idea.
--Numbers and Names of Children: Fuck kids.
--Describe your dream wedding: Open bar. The rest is just details.
--How do you want to die: Quickly or in my sleep.
--Where you want to go to college: Guelph! Right where I am!
--What do you want to be when you grow up: I think I want to do something with animal breeding of some kind and genetics behind it.
--What country would you most like to visit: Ireland.

Layer Nine:
In a guy/girl...
I hate these sections so I am personcotting it.

Layer Ten:
--Number of drugs taken illegally: One.
--Number of people I could trust with my life: 5/6.
--Number of CDs that I own: Like... 4.
--Number of piercings: Three.
--Number of tattoos: Zero.
--Number of times my picture has appeared in the newspaper: Zero?
--Number of scars on my body: 1 that I know of.
--Number of things in my past that you regret: None. Don't regret.

Another update!!

I'm home again.

I had a great day. I went and bought the new Ipod shuffle... it came out on Friday and I got the last one Future Shop had left. It's about the size of a quarter. Seriously. My mom's calling it the "postage stamp ipod". It's sweet.

Then I got my hair cut. I miss my old hair, so I'm working on growing my bangs out. That was pretty unexciting.

Then Mom and I went to the Mandarin for dinner as a treat. We sat down and she was like "do you want a drink?" so I was like "uhmm... just water", and she was like "no... like a real drink... like booze", so I got a strawberry daiquri. It was yummy. The waitress even set it down in front of me and such. Gooooood stuff.

In other news, I've done pretty much the opposite of the freshman 15. So far I've lost 9 pounds, and lost another 2.5 since last weekend. It's amazing, and I'm happy about it. I still eat "normally" at school, so it must be walking to classes and not having a car to go places.

That's it really.

Buh

Week 9 of 12.
Almost done the semester, then there's 2 weeks of exams/hell, and I am *so done* with calculus forever.

University has been treating me well. I didn't really notice a big change between being at home and being here. I think that has to do with still being around people I'm familiar with. I mean, people talk about how different it is... and I really prefer it. Instead of freaking out about a million assignments throughout the semester and doing homework every night, there's maybe... 5-7 major assignments to do. In one class, I have *THREE*. Three things that my mark is based of off.

I'm going home a lot more lately; don't really know why. Meh.

Anyways, got a 22% calculus midterm on Thursday, so I should get crackin'.

Thanksgiving

Let us all slaughter turkeys to celebrate how the native americans got screwed when the pilgrims came. Yay!

So I'm back home in Scarborough again. It took forever to get home on Friday night because of the death traffic on the highway. It was okay though, I had my Nintendo DS, a bottle of water, a little can of Pringles and a bag of comfy laundry beside me to lean on. Perfect. I haven't really done much since I've been home. I've slept a lot, and avoided studying for my Sociology midterm on Tuesday. I discovered that at the end of each chapter is a summary, so instead of having to read 200+ pages that I have avoided reading so far, I'm just going to read 7 pages of summary, and then read sections that have terms I don't know in them. I don't really know what to expect from this exam. The prof says you can reason your way to every answer even if you don't know it right away, yet she told us about a girl who normally gets 85/90 in her classes who got a 29% on this exam. NOT COOL, BATMAN.

I also have one of my two major calculus tests on Thursday. And a physics quiz closing this week. STRESS. I tried to do some physics about an hour ago, and it wasn't working. It's very unnerving because I really felt I had a grasp of all of this stuff. It seems so easy when you do problems with the professor in lectures. The answers are so obvious and simple. But it's so tough when you're on your own.

Speaking of doing work, Mom has kicked me out of every study area I tried to use. I wasn't allowed to work on the kitchen table, or the dining room table, or on the couch in the living room. So, I found a ghetto card table in the basement and brought it upstairs to my room. It fits and it stands and everything, so that was good. I needed a chair, and there were four matching chairs that went with this table, so I brought one of those up. I opened it up and this giant-ass nasty bug with a zillion legs came out of it and ran under my dresser. Omg it was so disgusting. It's okay now because they're scared of light so it won't come out... but what about at night when I'm sleeping and it's dark? What if it crawls all over my face and into my ear and I go deaf? EWWWW.

Well, family has arrived so I must go socialize. And kick their butt at DDR after having several glasses of wine. Such is my holiday tradition... can't let myself down!

Home Again

So I'm back in Scarborough for the weekend. I have so much homework to do but I don't feel like it. Today Mom and I went out and did a whole buttload of stuff. I went to the dentist, went and picked up a prescription, bought underwear, Chantal Krevi-whatever's new CD and new plugs, went out to lunch, and got my hair cut. And, I got D&G glasses.

The dentist was the worst part. I usually have no problems with the dentist. The fluoride stuff is gross, but overall it's not painful or anything. Except for this time. I went at 11:30 and my gums are still swollen. I had the worst hygenist ever. She scraped and scraped at my teeth, and kept poking at my gums with her pointy tool thing and it was horrible. When I rinsed and spit, there were bits of FLESH I was spitting up. It was disgusting. My gums are all red and angry at me now. I took some Ibuprofen and that's helped, but they're still upset. Mom will be phoning the dentist to complain, and I won't be going to that woman ever again. She was so mean. After she was done, she was talking to me like it was my fault. No matter how horrible my oral hygiene is [and mine is pretty good], I should not BLEED and be in PAIN afterwards. Angry face.

My new glasses are awesome. Or, they will be, once I get them. $644.95 later, haha. I got D&G frames. I went into the store and there was the high-end [Prada, Versace, etc etc] section, and the no-name section. So of course I shopped high-end, since Mom and her credit card were with me. They're black and square and emo and say "D&G" on the side of the arm things. I love them. The best part is that we were talking to the saleswoman, who was young and cool, and my mom asked what D&G stood for. So the lady and I laughed and explained it to her. But, since my lenses are ridiculous and they have to order them, I won't be able to get them for 2 weeks, but I wasn't planning on coming home until Thanksgiving anyway, so that's when I'll get them.

University has been going well. Nothing is beyond me so far, except for some calculus used in physics, but we don't need to know it. We got piss drunk last Thursday, which was quite stupid as I had an 8:30AM class on Friday that I legally had to go to - it was a chemistry safety thing. We all did some puking, except for Rachel. 5 1/3 shots of vodka is good shit. We all had 5-8 shots each, the 8 being Lisa because she's psycho. Straight shots, they weren't mixed or anything. But yeah, I went around and met a bunch of people since my inhibitions were more or less gone. But we're all fine and no serious damage was done. Except to Sydney's debit card, which Lisa had signed "Penis Roblin" so she had to scrape it off and try to get a new one. We did some damage to each other with Sharpies, and some people did damage to potential relationships on MSN. But, it was good times. There's a video on my cell phone which I'm sure I'll upload eventually. And pictures. Oh are there ever pictures.

I think that's it. Supper should be ready soon [omg corn] so I'm going to go hang around the kitchen. It feels weird to be home. It feels like I'm never going to be going back, but by this time tomorrow I'll be back in my dorm room again.

It's just... strange.

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

So I move to Guelph TOMORROW. I really should be sleeping now, but I know once Mom and Dad get up, all of today will be spent packing and getting ready and I won't get a chance to go online. I'm really, really excited obviously. I've got my school stuff bought and packed, and my laptop and all it's crap are packed away. Mom bought a new printer - one of those all-in-one things, but it really annoys me. It installs like 6 programs and all this crap, so I decided I don't want it and I'm bringing the good ol' reliable HP instead. I've never had a problem with that printer, it's plug-and-go, so it'll be much easier because I know how to work it properly. As far as the laptop goes, it's all ready to go. I *think* I've got all the cables I need, I just need to gather up the vital software [XP, Office, drivers for various things] and pack it away.

I think I'm going to put my clothes in my milkcrates, inside of grocery bags. I've also got my under-the-bed box that I can pack some more clothes in. I've got my bedding packed, in my suitcase, so that's good. I think I need more general "living stuff", but I haven't even really thought about it.

I got my new cell phone. It's a Sony Ericsson w300i, which looks like this. It's pretty sweet. It came with everything - radio receiver, earphones, and most importantly, the USB cable! So, I've now got Greased Lightning as my ringtone. The only problem is that Rogers won't let you use an .mp3 file as a ringtone, so I had to use this weird program that converts the file or something. It goes to like... .de or something. But it works and it doesn't sacrifice quality like the other way I had tried, so I don't care. It cost me $39.99, and it's just a hardware upgrade so I get to keep my plan and everything. Tom's getting one in September, when he's eligible for an upgrade.

Yesterday was the last day of work. It still hasn't sunk in though. Last year I was so excited for it to be over, I was all hyped about it. I wasn't as much this year. I guess because university looks so much closer now that work is done. After work I walked over to the Eaton Centre to meet up with Rachel and Sydney to go shopping. I moved $75 to my account to make about $120, but it wasn't enough for all that I wanted to buy. So I phoned Mom to ask her to move some money into my account online, and then I'd pay her back. She's done it before, and she was about to do it, but she can't because she paid whats left of my tuition and school costs [~$4000], but she paid it before the RESP cheque had cleared so she's not allowed to touch her chequing account until it does. She couldn't transfer from savings because that takes a day. Soooo I was mad at the bank. But, I bought a [men's] hoodie from Hollister and new underwear from La Senza. For some reason, I like boys' clothes better than girls'. I was going to get jeans from AE, but then Lisa and Rachel wanted to get the exact same ones... so, no.

I came home afterwards because I felt really tired and gross. Then I felt hot, so I asked Mom... and yes, I have a fever. So I went right to bed. I still don't feel that better. I also have *no* appetite. Yesterday I ate... a shake for breakfast, a grande no-foam vanilla latte [<3 lisa], half a 6" sub, and a small piece of cheesecake. And juice from Jugo Juice. I had some Glosettes right before bed, which is totally gross but whatever.

I'm going back to bed now, I really need some good Zzzzzs. My next update will probably be from Guelph! And it'll have pictures, so be excited.

All I Can Do

Does anyone else love Chantal Krevi-whatever? I do.

So it's Friday! One more week of work left, plus I've taken Wednesday off to go to The Ex with Sydney and Jorge and Lisa.

My parents were away pretty much all week. They left on Sunday morning and got back today sometime. I pretty much fail as a teenager because I didn't have a huge-ass party while they were gone. But, I took Tuesday and Wednesday off and Lisa came over and we had an awesome time. On Sunday/Monday night, the power went off, so my alarm didn't go off. Somehow I managed to make it to work on time. I usually get up at 5:45... on Monday I was up at 7:15. That's an hour and a half of sleeping in! Jeez.

Today I had a party at work. I work way far away from everyone, holed up in a little corner in the middle of nowhere. I'll bring my camera on Monday to document it. So one of the ladies I work with came back there and told me they had bought pizza and to come have some. It was around lunchtime, and I hadn't brought anything, so I wasn't going to say no to free food. It's not uncommon for them to bring things in to share. So I get there and everyone just stares at me for a bit. It was unnerving, and then I realized the party was for me and the other students in our section, Janice and Seth. So my BigBossLady comes out with three bags, one for each of us. They got me a desk lamp, and it comes with a container thing attached to the base for a stapler, ruler, and scissors. It was so sweet, and something I actually needed. And I got a card they had all written in. It was generic "all the best" type stuff, but still sweet. When I get to Guelph I'm gonna take a picture of my lamp on my desk and email it to them to cheer them up.

On a related note, I was talking to my boss yesterday and she said that next year she'll get me a better, higher-paying job. So that's exciting. I'll be working for a lot longer - 4 months instead of 2, and I can barely take 2 months of data entry. It's scary and sad that I'm leaving a job I know inside-out and can do in my sleep, but I'm excited for a new challenge next year.

Guelph.
Oh man. So much to do, so little time. The countdown is in single digits now - 9 days! I really need to get going. Tomorrow I'm going to kick serious ass on the packing/etc front.

I've got a major modding craving again. It's brutal waiting for Mom's credit card to come in so I can stretch again, and I took Lisa to get a rook done today so I really want to get pierced. Plus while we were there I could hear the tattoo machines and stuff going, so I was all "omg ink me now" inside. Her rook looks awesome. I think I want a logarth with a CBR - for those who don't know, that would like something like this; the top one. I'm going to wait until Guelph to get it done though, just because with all the O-Week excitment, I won't be able to care for it properly. But I've decided I want it. It'll be my treat for surviving work. Last year I got an Ipod, so this will be considerably less-painful for my wallet, but more painful in another way, haha. Oh I'm so witty.

I guess that's it.
Peace.





[did I just end something by saying 'peace'?]

Pedal to the metal and hold on tight...

Hi.
So I haven't LJ-ed in awhile, but Alexis' recent voice post inspired me to do so. Summer's going okay so far... about as okay as a summer spent working full-time can go. I got my first paycheque on Thursday - $606.36. I moved $500 into my savings account, which left me about $120 in my chequing account for my own amusement. It's supposed to last me 2 weeks... but now I only have like $17 left. Haha.

Yesterday Lisa and me were supposed to go on a road trip to this trail ride place that's like 2 hours-ish away. But we left late and she was supposed to be home with the van earlier than we had originally planned, so we knew we weren't going to make it. So instead we drove into this empty parking lot and I got to drive! Omg, can I just say how fucking impossible parking is? Haha. I swear, I practiced for like... 2 hours. But it was fun, and I'm a lot more confident and shit now. Like, yeah. It was fun.

There were these lightpost things, so I decided to see how fast I could weave in and out of them. I know, I'm such a child inside. "Let's see how fast I can go while turning! Yay!" So Lisa was in the backseat while I was doing this, and she was a 'tard and was being unsafe and not wearing a seatbelt... so it's her own fault that she went flying across the backseat and slammed into the door. And I got to make fun tire marks and make the tires screech. Yay!

What else? Uhm... I drove without actually turning the car on. See, I was waiting for Lisa but it was really hot so I just did that thing where you turn the keys partway so you can use the radio and the AC and stuff... then Lisa came so I just started driving. And the brake felt all weird and shit, but I didn't want to say anything because the van had been flashing "CHECK BRAKES!!" the whole time. Then Lisa wondered why the engine light was still on, so I got even more scared... then we realized I hadn't actually started the car, but had still managed to go like, 3/4 of the way across the parking lot. And then there was the time I thought the gas was the brake and Lisa went flying headfirst into the little area where your feet go. Hahahahah.

So yeah. Yesterday was a really good day. I came home and then went to sleep at like, 8:00. Oh and I made a new piccyture for EIDYKINS. She is a psycho and has joined 5E again with Tropppppy, so I made them a picture because I'm cool. And there's no text on it because it kept looking ugly.

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