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Raie
25 December 2009 @ 01:41 pm
Merry Christmas y'all
 
 
Raie
25 December 2009 @ 12:24 am
The heart is a silly thing.

*sigh*
 
 
 
Raie
24 December 2009 @ 09:31 pm
I will be arriving in downtown Ottawa around midnight this Boxing Day Saturday. I will be free until around 11-ish/noonish Sunday.

Anyone wanna do sum-fin? :)

I know my bro has already invited me out for at least one drink, so anyone wanting can tag along for that.

Let me know.

Everyone have a MERRY Christmas!!
 
 
Raie
02 December 2009 @ 10:28 pm
So tonight I had my first shift at MWW. It was fine. Kind of annoying they have all this technology wear and stuff I gotta learn XD. Did cash most of the night. The girl I was shadowing was impressed with how I just jumped it. Well I did do cash at Soupman...though it was many years back. It felt natural except for the bazillion receipts especially when doing returns or exchanges. I messed some of those up. I made one woman wait like 15 minutes 'cause I was trying to save her money by splitting her order and using these $10 off cards. But I did it wrong, and one didn't meet the $50 limit...and haha and oh I butchered that. But the lady was very patience and impressed with how I handled it. Don't see why... o.O

Andddd the people are nice. Looks like I have night shifts, which works out for me. I most likely can get the car at night, and then I can still babysit during the day and get money for that.

But truth be told, it's not what I want to be doing. I'm outgoing, so it's not a hard job. It's just...folding is NOT my strength. Ha, oh dear. I stuffed one guy's bag so badly...And it's only going to get worse. I hear on sale days, the line-ups are crazy.

Anyway...I really want to be doing some graphic or web work. There are a few internships I've seen on kijiji.com in the Toronto area. I got asked for one interview, but I was in PA and she never responded to my e-mail asking if we could first do a phone interview. She typed with online lingo though... "U" for you etc...so I wasn't surprised when I didn't hear back from her.

Money is okay. Minimum wage for something I don't particularly feel like I excel or really enjoy...that's a little junky. It's a month-long contract. I don't want to extend it if they want to. I'm kind of hoping they don't want to, and I'm forced to find something else. XD That's silly.

Ahhh.

I want an internship so bad. So bad. That would be wonderful.

I'm so lucky to find something I love doing, am good at and can make a decent career out of it.

In non work news...my right ear is stopped and has been since Monday night. It's driving me mad. Yawn all the time. Used a homemade neti pot which was very unpleasant. Got nasal spray decongestant. It's popped a few times, but nothing permanent. I read you're not supposed to fly on airplanes when you're congested. That can happen and sometimes it's permanent.

Gah. I want it gone. My hearing is a little poorer in that ear too.

At least I'm not deathly sick anymore. The Biddinger residence in PA got hit pretty bad. But we're all still battling this nasty thing.
 
 
 
Raie
02 November 2009 @ 07:02 pm
I am back in Toronto.

I'm okay. Don't feel terrible, which is a first. Think I'm handling life a lot better and more realistically.

I think I want to get a job here. At least something temporary just to get me going.

I was holding out, hoping that the house would sell and I'd start at CTU in January. Unless someone comes with cash any day...doesn't look like that'll happen.

So I have to stay in Canada until AT LEAST April. Major bummer if that's the case, but then I want to make the best of here.

Resent my application to a job agency in the area. I went personally one day and they sent me home telling me to apply online and they'd contact me. That was in September and I never heard from them. Trying again. This time I'll call 'em if they don't contact me soon.
 
 
Raie
18 October 2009 @ 05:34 pm
I'm enjoying my time in PA thus far. It's been a week. Only have 2 weeks left.

Wish I could stay.

Staying in Canada might be better if I were in Ottawa with friends.

But I found a great church in Toronto.

Hmmm.

A good paying job I enjoy would be nice.

Off to go biking with girls and dog!
 
 
Raie
23 September 2009 @ 04:04 pm

• Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

I received my questions from oreohmygosh


1. What got you into web design all those years ago? And, I know eljay is more convenient, but do you miss maintaining your own personal site?
The truth? Neopets. Remember neopets.com? Well at age 11, I got addicted to this virtual world. I wanted to make more money, and you did that by setting up an online shop and selling items you acquired. My online shop began expanding, and as I searched other people's shops, I noticed they had customized theirs with clashing backgrounds, colored texts and blinking animated GIFs. I had to find out how to make my shop more appealing.

And thus started the quest to learn HTML. At first, I just scoured their HTML source code, and would pinpoint what tags would do what. For extra help, I largely depended on Lissa Explains it All. Eventually, I started also gallivanting across the internet world of personalized websites, and I had to have one of my own.

Yes oh Livejournal is so much more convenient and when you're no longer 12 with no responsibilities, it is easier to rely on. But yes, I do miss maintaining my own personal website. Someday I hope to start one up again, but one which has more purpose than to just exist and spout my rants and evolving design.


2. Which LOTR character is your favorite and why?
I used to say Sam. I loved dear old Sam because I related to his values the most. The underdog. The chubby fellow who was often misunderstood and messed up, but had a heart of gold and meant well. He'd follow Frodo anywhere and sacrifice everything out of his deep love and trust for him. Thinking now, it is difficult to pinpoint one character, though I am still drawn to Samwise. I'd have to watch the series again to see if my mind has changed. Frodo and Gandalf just rock my socks so much, I can't leave them out.

Okay okay. You made this a hard question, but I pick Sam and Gandalf and Frodo are close tying seconds.

3. I know you've done some traveling, what is your favorite place you've visited and why? Switzerland. Switzerland is so lush and green, and the Alps are gorgeous. Everywhere you go, everything looks pristine and healthy. Even the brown cows look perfectly groomed. It looks like a scenery for some fairy tale and you just feel at peace when you visit there. I know I'll like it even more once I ski in the Alps too. :D

4. What's your favorite cereal now (vs. when you were a kid)? I love LIFE. LIFE is so delicious, and isn't ridden with heaps of sugar and preservatives. I especially like that I like the natural corn taste. When I was a kid, I LOVED Fruit Loops but rarely ate them. My household never had sugary cereals. I can tell you which cereals I HATED: puffed wheat and Shreddies. Blech! Childhood staple they were.

5. I've asked a lot of favorites...um...What's your least favorite thing about PA and what's your least favorite thing about...Ontario (is that where you lived in that country to the north?)...??
Yes you are correct - Ontario is the northern province of my birth (yeah, my mom drove over the Quebec border to have me) and upbringing though I spent my younger years in Quebec. Okay here are my attempts:

I dislike the most about PA: how little snow the state gets. Now where I've been, it's been "lucky" and has missed out on the masses of snow that's been dumped in the north east in previous years. However that's been much to my dismay. I just wish it snowed more often, and the snow would stay.

I dislike the most about Ontario: the extreme temperatures, specifically in Ottawa. Summer has humid hot temperatures with no relief and winters can offer such cold temperatures that Fahrenheit and Celsius meet.

Man, I didn't expect my responses to be so climate-oriented.
 
 
Raie
12 September 2009 @ 11:31 am
Watch this news video : http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=7011070

When the camera pans out and you see trucks drive by, and you can see the rammed cop cars and red truck, that's 611 - the route we live off of. Our driveway to our house is immediately to the right of that parking lot, and our property is in behind and to the right of the building where you see the rammed cars.

I can't believe how close that is. It also made me a little homesick to see the footage of my area. <3

I don't know why they call it Plumsteadville since technically they're in Pipersville, but perhaps they labeled it as such because the chase started in Plumsteadville with Plumsteadville cops.

If you look at time 1:12 in the video, you get a northbound picture of route 611. See the brown sign in the background? That's the auto shop to the left of us. Our house is before that. The cops are PARKED IN OUR DRIVEWAY.

Man I'm missing all this good stuff at home. :P

Man that's crazy. Since it happened yesterday at 6:30 and Chandra and Brian have company, I wondered if they drove up and discovered the scene. Hm. Chandra e-mailed me the link.

Crazy stuff. Crazy.

Now I understand why I come visit my nephew Merrick here and he's exclaims, all confounded: "You haven't been shot yet?" Hehe jk. :P

Actually, I am disturbed at the crime in Toronto. o.O There are murders like ALL the time.
 
 
Raie
05 September 2009 @ 03:47 pm
Went for a nice bike ride. Didn't realize how hilly Pickering is. Now, they aren't big but when you're on a bike any incline matters.

I wish there were good trails for bikes close. Apparently there are awesome ones at the waterfront and while it's still Pickering...it's far to bike only to transport myself there. Since really I have all the time in the world here, I'm thinking of one Saturday asking my mom to drop me off and pick me up later.

I wish I had friends here. Not in the "I'm so lonely" way but "I'M SO BORED AND MY MIND WILL MELT" sort of way. I'm applying for a job I believe... But I can't until I get a confirmation from my last reference that I can use her. -_- Plus she was supposed to call me this weekend. She's an old teacher of mine who is a senior graphic designer (the big one!) and she took an interest in me. She seemed impressed with my work. I mean she has to be if she wants to hire me to help her with some of her clients. I believe I'll just be coding the sites, and not designing them, bit I don't mind. Official, smancy clients with good pay. :D Can't complain. I hope it does come through.

In the meantime I am addicted to a game on Facebook called Restaurant City. Yes, I never thought I'd see the day where I'd play a game on Facebook... o.O But I also never thought I'd see a day where literally I'd have so little to do with my life. Right now, I'm really just trying to find my purpose here as I wait out the days until I can visit my home! Yay!

If I do get a job, I hope I make good hours and pay to fly out to BC to visit Carey and Leann. Who knows. Right now I'm drooling at any prospect to fill up my time.

This morning, I did do something constructive. In fact I have been constructive. Even with 3 kids to help babysit during the week...it's nust how much free time I have. And it's not like I have money to go out.

Anyway, this morning I finally helped my mom finish the edging in the backyard. Took 3 half days. It was hard work, but something that felt all too familiar since I spent the spring in PA doing stuff like that to get the house ready to sell. XD

Anyway, if any of you have any idea how to fill my time up, let me know. I'm thinking of maybe volunteering somewhere. I just don't know how to throw myself in something like that. I would like it to be biking or walking distance... Hmm anyone have experience with that sort of thing?

Well I am visiting a church tomorrow. Maybe they will have opportunities. I did go to a different church last weekend, but it didn't feel quite right. It was fine and all. Maybe because it was a Nazarene church and my home church is Nazarene, and is an excellent church on so many levels... So of course it would be difficult for it to live up to mine.

But the church I'm going to tomorrow is a charismatic church. Have never attended a Sunday service of such a church. But I'm trying to take my time here as an opportunity to grow in independence and specifically get used to change and new things. So here I am trying it out.

Well Monday is Labor Day. Mothar offered to do something since we are kid free. To use up the day (heh) I think I will take her up on it. Maybe the Toronto Zoo though I'm sure it'll be packed with kids. But I do have my lovely zoom lens and it would be fun just for the photography. Maybe the Bowmanville Zoo too. I've never been there...

Anyway rambling rambling rambling...

If anyone wants to hop on over to Toronto to go out to a movie with me, it'd be much appreciated. I'll pay your ticket - movie ticket that is. I can't wait until Where the Wild Things Are, and 9, and next year's movies Chronicles of Narnia (sucks they moved it from this Christmas to 2010) and Alice in Wonderland. Where the Wild Things Are comes out on Chandra's birthday. Maybe we can go then. :D
 
 
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