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(no subject) [Apr. 19th, 2007|06:54 pm]
Don't shoot the pianist

When you see this, make a post and quote Supernatural!

From Home (I think):

Dean:  And here a Sacramento man shot himself in the head… three times.

Also:  go, Canucks, go!  *crosses fingers*

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Mary Sue Me [Apr. 17th, 2007|06:01 pm]
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[music |Hockey Night in Canada]

*crawls out of her cave to wave hello*  Two final exams left to go in my university career, not counting the two-week-long, six-days-a-week, ten-hours-a-day surveying course I have to take because I’ve been putting it off for three years, mostly in the hopes that they’d take it out of the curriculum.  They only have thirteen more days before the course starts to revise the grad requirements, so they’d best be quick about it.


big_pink has tagged me to Mary-Sue-ify myself in the Supernatural world.  Which was tougher than it would seem.  And so we have:




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Five questions (and answers) [Feb. 6th, 2007|07:50 pm]
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[Current Location |In front of the TV]
[mood |contentcontent]
[music |Canucks hockey]

Here's the instructions, as stolen from lady_octavia:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better. If I already know you well, expect the questions may be a little more intimate!
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

And here's the things she asked me:

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Life update [Jan. 13th, 2007|11:59 am]
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[Current Location |Home]
[mood |happyhappy]

Weekend!  Although this past week has pretty much felt like a weekend, compared to last semester.  I wish I’d always taken just five classes a semester … of course, then I wouldn’t graduate until about 2011.

As it is, I might die before May, of boredom.  I can’t spend (all of) my class time doing Sudokus and crosswords, because I sort of have to listen if I want to learn anything about engineering economics and law.  I think my limit of listening is 40 minutes… and the classes are 90 to 120 minutes.  Ugh.

It's almost snowing again!  There's about 8 inches of snow on the ground, and it's -5 C, and supposed to stay cold for the next few days, the way it doesn't in Vancouver.  Seriously, we've stolen eastern Canada's weather this year.

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Walkin' in a winter wonderland... [Nov. 30th, 2006|07:00 pm]
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[Current Location |horizontal]
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]
[music |the cat meowing]

Canadians laugh at what we Vancouverites call "winter".  Mostly, it rains.  When even a couple of inches of snow falls, there is utter chaos on the roads.  Mostly this is because the temperature hovers around freezing and it's icy and slushy and yucky, but great all at the same time.

Saturday night?  Honest to God blizzard.  We had a foot of snow on Saturday and Sunday, and schools were cancelled everywhere on Monday, and some still on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

 Also, I cannot convince the following lj-cut to say:  "Public 'transit' weather woes", so please disregard it if you don't care about how buses don't run when nobody wants to drive and wants to take the bus.

But I got to shovel lots and lots of snow off the sidewalk for half my block, and I got to take lots of pretty pictures:

Also, thanks to

quellefromage, there are lots of things that begin with C that I love.  Like, say:


  1. Christmas
  2. Cheerios
  3. Crossword puzzles
  4. Canada
  5. the Canucks
  6. children
  7. candles
  8. camping
  9. civil engineering
  10. chocolate-chip cookies
AND TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY OF CLASS BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!  I have to study like crazy because I haven't learned anything at all this semester.  Eighteen days and counting...

ETA because I cannot subtract:  Sixteen days and counting.  The 11th thing I love that begins with C?  Calculators!
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(no subject) [Nov. 24th, 2006|03:35 pm]
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[Current Location |Home!!!]
[music |An entirely silent house]

I have not been home at 3:25 pm in weeks.  I'm only home now because I'm going to be at school every day for the next eleven, and probably every day for the next three weeks.  Weekend?  What's that?  I'll sleep when I'm dead.  And....

Things you may not have known about me....

a) Four jobs I have had in my life:
piano teacher
clerk in a camping equipment store
traffic engineer's assistant

b) Four movies I could/would watch over and over:
Um.  I almost never watch movies, because that would require me to sit still for great periods of time.  But, probably any James Bond or Indiana Jones movie.

c) Three places I have lived:
White Rock, BC
Surrey, BC
Vancouver, BC

d) Five TV shows I love to watch:

e) Eight places I have been on vacation:
the Texas coast
Washington State
New York City
Palm Springs
Grand Canyon

f) One web site I visit daily

g) Three of my favourite foods:
lemon meringue pie
mashed potatoes
chocolate chip cookies

h) One place I would rather be right now:
On a ski hill

Now, here's what to do... and please don't spoil the fun.
Copy and paste, delete my answers and type in your answers. Then re-post it!!! The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known facts about those who know you
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I hate school [Oct. 18th, 2006|02:56 pm]
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[Current Location |Home]
[mood |Busy]
[music |The rain pitter-pattering]

It is the halfway point of the semester today.  And it’s only going to get worse.

I hate school. 





We used to be grown adults, I swear.

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Terror on the high seas... [Oct. 6th, 2006|02:55 pm]
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[Tags|, ]
[Current Location |Home]
[mood |Thankful for Thanksgiving]

... and by "seas", I mean "mountains".

There are not words to describe the kind of day I had yesterday.

Needless to say, I did not watch Supernatural last night.  But I have a TV schedule for today:  4 pm, hockey (we did get a game update yesterday at the liquor store and heard that the Canucks were up 3-0), and at 7 pm, Supernatural on the Space channel.

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Short bus story (although the bus was actually long) [Sep. 14th, 2006|09:28 pm]
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[Current Location |in the rain]
[mood |contentcontent]
[music |Cat bounding up and down the stairs]

I left school (for the second time today) at 8:45 pm.  The articulated bus, which is wittily called the B-Line, says it has a load limit of 120 passengers, but that’s just a suggestion.  We leave the bus loop with space for maybe three in the stairwell.

There’s one stop on campus before we’re out into Vancouver, and like twenty people get on.  Seriously, there’s only room on the roof now.  Bus driver gets on the PA and says, “I’m turning on the heat.  If it gets too hot, just take off your clothes.  I mean, let me know and I’ll turn it off.”  Lots of laughter.  He carries on, “I know what you’re thinking.  ‘Why aren’t there more buses and why aren’t the bus drivers better looking?’”

And then I got off at the next stop.  There ends my story.  No, this does not mean I now like buses.  I arrived at school at 7 am today, and I got a seat on the bus for the first time this year.

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Twelve weeks to go... [Sep. 11th, 2006|03:32 pm]
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[Current Location |Near the cat]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |An empty house]

Biggest cat you have ever seen.  Well over twenty pounds, and not fat, just very, very large.  Brown and black.  Forthright.  Strange.  Mister Lucky, one of my new housemates.  Whom I'm growing fond of, in spite of myself.

Another cat, Lulu, who is grey and long-haired and quiet as a mouse.  And two people, a second-year med student, and the house owner, who has the same name I do. 

The neighbourhood seems noisy, because I'm used to the suburbs, where everything is spread out.  Here, the lots are small, the roads narrow, the houses tall and cramped together.  Way more dense than home.  And the neighbourhood's beautiful.  Old and stately and expensive.  Everything is close together, so walking is very practical, and the bus is close, so it's all good.  (I can handle five minutes at a time on the bus.  Any longer than that...)

You can see that I'm focussing on cats and people and houses, because the other thing is school.  Seven courses (which is pretty standard in civil engineering, although it is, yes, crazy).  For a couple of them, we even have to do readings.  We don't do readings in engineering, and certainly not 40 pages, twice a week, for a single class.  Except that, apparently, we do.

On balance, the semester will probably be all right:
  • two good courses (my electives!  I actually get electives this year!)
  • two all-right courses
  • two not-good courses
  • one terrible course
I should probably do homework.  Except maybe I'll detour down to the kitchen and have a piece of pumpkin pie...
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