Z SoccerChic9: January 2006
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
on my lunch break, I had an "interview" with the Medicine Hat pregnancy centre in regards to volunteering. Now, The Hat was laid out in the most confusing an unorganized fashion ever, and that combined with my lack of direction, I of course got lost. So, I stopped at the library, and asked them if they knew where the pregnancy centre was. Immediately, the lady who was helping me lowered her voice to a whisper as she proceeded to talk about the centre. She then said I could use the phone to call them. So, I did, to get directions.

When I got off the phone, the lady quietly came up and in a whispering voice asked if I had found it. It was rather comical as I believe she thought I was going for a pregnancy test and thought it might embaress me if she talked in a normal voice.

All that to say, I am now a volunteer at the pregnancy centre...just another thing to keep me out of trouble and all!
I have an accent.

Last night at Bible Study there was a general agreement that I officially have some sort of accent. Now, normally you would think that accent's = cuteness....apparently they equal being made fun of.

But that's okay, cause I can say Calgary properly, and they can't!!
Saturday, January 28, 2006
I ordered a Mac laptop recently. Okay, more like a week and a half ago, and I have yet to recieve it. Now normally, it's not really a big deal, because shipping takes time and I understand that, however, I was kinda buggified right away. This being due to the fact that Apple's website said shipping would be completed in 24 hours. When I ordered, they said, no it would be sent out of their warehouse within 24 hours. Now, 24 hours has come and gone, along with a week and a half of days that should be long enough for a laptop to be shipped.

However, I am still laptopless in The Hat, and I am contemplating making a customer complaint.

Just so you know, if you order a Mac computer, don't believe the 24 hour shipping sign on the website.
but it's been kinda crazy keeping it that way:) Work is busier than ever, I didn't know that was quite possible, but it is, though I am collecting some very nice overtime hours and have decided I think I'll go visit B.C. while I'm down here with them. The girl I work with is from B.C. and not only does she have enough connections for me to be royally pampered while down there, she has also been selling me on how great a place it is. Besides, she has some guys she knows who can teach me how to surf, it doesn't get much better than that....it would mean one of the things I want to do before I die being checked off my list!!

I did my first conference this week, which means I stood up and gave a speal on what my office does and so forth, I think it went okay based on the fact that no one threw anything...but then again, these were nice homeschoolers who most likely wouldn't hurt a flea, so I can't really be sure. I have another conference coming up next weekend, in SK, and it's rather larger and such, so that could be interesting to say the least. But hey, I love it, meeting people and learning about their views on life and schooling and such. It's funny, because my perspective is being challenged, and there are times when I sit there or speak and I forget I was homeschooled, it feels like a different world in some ways. Though I must say, I am inspired by these woman who devote themselves so fully to something they believe in.

I'm packing again, my roommate has an international student coming to stay with us, and she's a few weeks early, so I'm packing up my stuff this weekend as we try to cram the three of us into the house...should be interesting, and I hope the student is not clasterphobic. I'll be staying this next week at my boss' house as he is gone for the week, and then a few more weeks before I get my own place...and after living out of a box for the previous three months, I think I may like that!!
Monday, January 23, 2006
I hope that everyone who reads this voted today, and also that red was not their favourite colour as they neared the polls. I am definately pulling a later night and watching the votes come in. We got some huge parties happening in town, and I figure I'll survive tomorrow even if I don't get much sleep, cause it's a worthy cause!!

Anyhow, if you haven't voted, please do so....cause it's important and you'll feel a warm and fuzzy thing deep inside you...and that makes you smile or something!!
Because I've eaten vegtable soup for just under a week now, and I'm sick of it. I don't like it any more, I don't like waking up and seeing vegtable soup, or falling asleep and dreaming about it. I don't like the smell, or the taste really, I just want a piece of bread.

So, I've decided that manna would of made me complain, and suddenly I somehow kinda vaguely understood the Israelites complaints....cept they had it for a whole lot longer and it tasted like honey...
God does crazy and amazing things in our lives and all you can do is sit back and say "wow". I had a few of those moments this week, and this morning I am still breathless at the fact that God is good, even when I really don't deserve it.
Friday, January 20, 2006
So, Leina (my roommate) and I had been looking forward to our baked potato for two whole days now. We had this master plan which involved spaces in both our schedule to run out and meet up at Wendy's and order a baked potato with butter (and chives...cause that's healthy). So, I'm rushing around getting stuff done, I take off from work to meet up at the local Wendy's (yes we only have one....you can stop laughing now:), and guess what. They were closed due to a fire. I think I started crying right by the doorstep and throwing various objects at the windows.

Do not, I repeat, do not ever take a baked potato away from someone who is only eating vegtable soup. It was a very very sad day in my young life.

So, we had to run to the grocery store and buy potatoes and go home and make them (I know, an entire 6 minutes in the micowave, it's gonna kill me:).

So yah, I had a baked potato...I hate Wendy's:)
Thursday, January 19, 2006
as a special reward, my diet says I can have one baked potato.....with BUTTER. Mmmm, it has been the thing that is driving me for the last day and a half.....potato and butter...I am so drooling all over my keyboard at this very moment.

Oh, and cravings do odd things to you.....I eat green and red peppers raw, and I like it. Yah, normally I don't eat them raw except in salads, but guess what I'm munching on...oh yah. Today is a happy day in my young life.

On an odd note (if what was written above is not considered odd) we got a whole lot of snow here last night. Now in Alberta, because it is so dry we don't get much of anything falling out of the sky. But this morning, I woke up for a few inches of snow and a beautiful landscape all bright and clean....I stood in the middle of the street and took pictures, until I almost got killed by a car, ahh well it's a small price to pay for beautiful pictures:)
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
So for breakfast this morning I had vegtable soup. It was kinda odd to say the least, but it tasted rather yummy. Oh, and guess what I had for lunch, that's right...vegtable soup. But, I also get some fruit, well actually quite a large bucket of fruit...so I should be set for the afternoon, until tonight when I get some more vegtable soup!!!!!!

I think I might be turning into a vegtable with legs.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
you know that one of my pet peeves is when people snort back their snot into their mouth. I can see or do quite a few things without being grossed out, but when people snort their snot my stomach turns. Well yesterday when I was on the plane flying back to Calgary...the entire three and a half hours the man beside me snorted back his snot like there was no tomorrow. It wasn't just a small sniffle, but a long drawn out sucking in of air to the point where his lungs rattled and you could hear the snot swishing around in his mouth. It was grating on my nerves so badly, and I thought I was going to lose my lunch. I almost leaned over and said "hey, do you think you could go suck back and swish your snot in the bathroom or something". But I refrained, because I didn't know if he was like dying or sleeping or just trying to annoy me.

And of course, you can never let people who are trying to annoy you know that they are actually...annoying you.
Yesterday when I was on the plane, I started, worked on, and completed two crossword puzzles. I have never done that before in my entire life. I always started them and never finished. So yah, I can cross off another thing on my "To Do Before I Die" list. Which of course is most exciting.

(mary is excited at least:)
I know, it's odd to call Alberta home, considering I've just moved here and all, but it really does feel like home to me. I arrived in Calgary yesterday afternoon, after a fairly non-eventful flight, had lunch with the Reinharts and then headed off to Medicine Hat.

I moved in with Leina, and I'll be staying with her for a month. I must say, I think we will get along just fine, as we both hit it off quite well with each other.

Tomorrow I start a cleansing diet...it involves eating a whole lot of vegtable soup, but I think it will be good for me, even if I do have to eat it for breakfast.

I arrived to work this morning to my desk being utterly buried...over three weeks of work has piled up and I am up to my eyeballs in stuff. Oh well, keeps me busy.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
well, that is the theme song for tonight and tomorrow morning. It's wierd, in some ways three weeks just flew by, in other ways it was almost too long cause I hung out with my friends and family and it just makes me get kinda attached and all. I'm looking forward to going back, really I am....however, I am leaving for good now and it's kinda sad in some ways.

My parents threw a kinda party tonight after church, I huged many people and I am quite sure that my smile is permanantly glued in place, and will be for the rest of the month or something. You know what's odd....I never cry when I want to or when it would be acceptable if I did, however, when I really don't want to cry because it would be an inconvinience, that is when it happens. I'm so wierd.

So yah, I haven't packed yet and I fly out tomorrow, so guess what I'm doing tonight...that's right not packing.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Sarah and Kev are getting married...crazy huh. It's the oddest feeling when your friends all start getting married.

I, however, am just doing my best not to trip when it's my turn to walk down the isle....and also not fall off the step I am standing on, which would be mildly amusing to say the least:)
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
A record was set in Alberta....-61.

There is something disturbing about that picture, yet I can't quite figure out what it is. Oh yah....it has to do with me living in Alberta. Gah
Monday, January 09, 2006
Today, I got up at 5:00 and headed off to Barrie to do some snowboarding. I must say, the snow was beautiful today and it wasn't that cold....and the best part is that I actually stayed up on my board for the majority of the time. It might not have been pretty, I am sure my butt was in the air the entire time, but I managed to get down the hills. Though I did wipe out quite majorly and smash up my one knee quite badly. I would love to show you a picture of the bruise, but I am kinda too lazy right now, and my legs are hairy cause I haven't shaved them. So, I'll spare you the pain:)

On an odd note, I leave a week from today, and that is just wierd. It's been awesome being here and seeing everyone, but I am kinda ready to go back and get started on putting together my life in Alberta.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Tonight, I sat in a room full of girls and watched a good friend of mine open wedding presents. It's such an odd feeling, as this is not just a random person preparing for a wedding that is a week away, but this is my friend, this is Sarah.

It starts when you're five, you dream of a dashing prince, who is perfect in every way....he sweeps into your life in a beautiful Audi TT (two-door, silver, tinted windows, fast...very fast), and you, the most beautiful princess in the land, falls for him. It's so perfect, there are lots of flowers at your wedding, frilly dresses, and your prince looking quite dashing in a tux. It just happens and you just know...everything is so sure.

Then reality strikes when you are about 12 years old, and suddenly you realize that there isn't a prince, and you aren't the princess....those were fairy tales that worked when you were 5. Life can be harsh with it's reality, especially to a young girl who's had these beautiful dreams built in the sky. Somehow, life forces you to live in a real world where there is real pain, love, hurt, beauty, sadness...and all those other strands that life presents.

Until you hear the voice of one of your close friends on the phone one day....you can barely understand what the heck she is saying, but you are sure of one thing...she's excited. As you try to make out what she is trying to communicate, and wondering if she is speaking English...a faint glimmer of hope enters your soul....there are still prince's living in the world...they're just disguised as frogs (no offense boys:)

I'm very happy for Sarah...for she found her prince and in one week from today, the Lord willing, she will become the most beautiful bride ever and say I do to the man of her dreams. And I for one feel extremely blessed to be able to witness this.
Friday, January 06, 2006
despite the fact that I don't want to be. Today, I ended up at Wal-Mart three times, because each time I had forgotten to get something or do the thing I had to do the most. Then, I arrived home, finally...only to remember that I had not bought milk like I said I would.

Somehow though, I feel embaressed going back a fourth time....sheesh, I'm going to be old well before my time, even when I say I'm 19.
The new volvo that my parents bought recently, is quite fast once it gets going. However, the best gas milage on it, is at 160. I find that kind of odd, because who drives 160 all the time...I suppose you could use it as an excuse to drive 160, but the tickets that you'll be recieving for driving that fast in the city, will most likely not make the savings even out.

Happy thoughts all around, because the Canadian Junior Hockey Team, won 5-0 against Russia...I smell a victory.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
since I don't really want to celebrate my 20th birthday (which is coming up in a couple of months) because I don't want to get older and such, I figure I will just tell everyone I am 19 years old...For the Rest of My Life. It's such a brilliant plan I can't believe I didn't come up with it sooner. So, from now on I will always be 19 years old and that is what I will tell people when they ask. Haaaa, they are going to be so confused.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Welll, it's actually not night....but it's a line from a cheesy song, so I just quoted it for no real reason..other then I could. Anyhow, I officially feel like someone stuck a blender in my head and swished everything around...it's kinda odd actually. It's like I was so sure about everything, and all of the sudden, I can't remember my name. Which leads me to believe that having any or some sort of memory loss would be a really odd thing. I saw an Oprah show about that once, and I don't even like Oprah...but there was a person, and they lost their memory completely while they were in an airport.

I wonder if there is something in airports that makes memory loss more common. After all, I still need to watch the Terminal...because it's one of those movies that came out a long time ago and I said I needed to watch it, but I haven't yet.

The Phantom of the Opera is in New York right now, and I want to go see it...but since I am not in New York, I have decided I will watch the latest movie instead.

Do you know that the Silver City Theatre has really junky show times...I come to that conclusion after hanging with Gus and us wanting to watch a movie, but there was like no showings starting at any time between 7:35 and 10:05...what's with that. So, we went mini putting instead....I wish I could say that I kicked his butt...but not quite...I didn't want to show off.

You know what would be funny...if Tigger Woods practiced on a mini putt green....that would make me laugh to myself. Not chuckle, because chuckle is a bright pink colour rose that grows in green houses, and it's not very pretty.

My younger sister likes pink..and that kinda wierds me out...cause pink is girly, and as of yet there has been no girly girls in our family. I am struck by how odd that is...like where did she get it from.

So, that leads me to conclude that this is a case of nature and nurture working together to make people who they are.
Nick is sitting at the computer beside me, and making random and nasty comments to me. And I must say, that I was doing nothing, absolutely nothing. I am merely sitting here, minding my own business, wrapped up in a huge blanket and playing Pac the Man (which I must say I have the highest score on and have had it for oh, like over 2 months:). I didn't even make fun of the fact that Nick is dirty cause he just showed up from work, and his hair is messy, and he looks funny...I never even mentioned that to him...yet he continues to abuse me with negitive commenets.

personally...I think he's jealous of my good looks and ability to roll out of bed and look so incredibly beautiful!!
I went to St. Thomas today, with some friends and family...and it was quite an enjoyable day to say the least. Having 150 people crammed into a three court gym always proves to be interesting and entertaining to say the least. Volleyball is quite differnet when you have about 20 subs. It's like you lose half your lifetime sitting on the bench...nevertheless, it was quite an enjoyable day. After all, I did get to see my little sister skate with a boy....(she'll kill me later).

I'm kinda tense right now, very tierd and yet tense. It's like I'm anticipating the next move, and I am totally and unsure of where it's going to come from or what it's going to be...and that's just a little wierd you know.

Anyhow, have fun returning to work people, I'll think of you as I sleep in:)
Sunday, January 01, 2006
I can't sleep anymore at night....it's like my mind is all messed up....something to do with three cans of coke tonight, an exhilerating game of Maffia, and my body thinking it's two hours behind the actual time. I'm also slightly stressed, so that is most likely making the entire package a non-sleeping deal. Odd...more odd that I just wrote a paragraph about that:)

I played Maffia tonight for the first time in forever....crazy I tell you, I forgot how fun that game can be. Especially when everyone's blood pressure rose about 10-fold and with 20 people talkign at the same time, it was nuts. Funny though to watch.
Isn't it funny how so much can change in a year, and yet you can be in the exact same place doing almost the exact same thing. I have yet to figure out if that is a positive thing, or if perhaps on the flip side of the coin it's a negitive spot. Are circles a good thing, or are they a reflection of bad decisions and unmade or unfollowed choices?

You're ignoring me again, same as before...it's almost like clockwork the way the pieces line up and the puzzle fits. Sometimes I don't know what is up and what's down, it's like some confusing jumble in which everything got shook up and I don't know where the light is coming from. I am sure Coldplay is running in the back ground "No one ever said that life was easy, but they never said it would be this hard". That song is so my theme song right now.

You're confused, so am I...pats on everyone's back that we've all discovered that life does not come wrapped up into a neat little package with a ribbon on the top. At least some of us are in the same boat...where we say such things as "You don't always know God's plan, but it's when you look back" or "Life isn't easy, but it's worth it". I've said those things myself, not just to you, to many people, I don't know if it helps.

We've returned to the same wall, and once again it's me, not you. And I don't know what to say, because I'm not sure there's anything I can say.
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