Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Another Stupid Survey Thingy

- Available: Maybe you should ask my husband...
- Age: 27
- Annoyance: guys shaking their legs under a table when they are out for dinner

- Best Friend(s): Chris and Monica
- Beer: Coors Light
- Birthday: June 8, 1980

- Crush: The Rock
- Car: Bruce Eugene
- Candy: Laffy Taffy

- Day or night: Both
- Dream Car: Dodge Viper

- Easiest person to talk to: Monica, Chris and Zig
- Eggs: Over hard (giggle)

- Favorite Month: June
- Favorite Memory: Too many to pick one

- Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: Worms
- Giver or taker: Both - I can be very greedy, but I love to shower people with things

- Hair Color: Very dark brunette
- Height: 5'5
- Happy: For the better part of the time

- Ice Cream: Real Vanilla or Bubble Gum
- Instrument: My electric guitar Ramona
- Jewellery: I'm addicted...are there meetings for that?

- Job: Editor and Writer

- Kids: Want them more than anything in the world
- Kickboxing or karate: I'm a ninja - so both
- Kindergarten: All I remember is Freddy peeing his pants and Michael looking up my dress all the time

- Longest Trip: I always go on week long trips - so, Cuba, Mexico, Dominican, Canada, etc.
- Longest Relationship: The one with my husband - we've been together for almost 13 years

- Milk Flavor: 1% or chocolate
- Most missed person: Monica
- Movie: Love Actually

- Number of Siblings: One
- Number of Tattoos: 3
- Name: Alison

- One Wish: Have a baby
- One Fear: Not being able to have a baby
- One regret: Not having an official father/daughter dance with my dad at my wedding - it still haunts me 6 years later

- Pet Peeves: Sunday drivers
- Part of your personality: Smart ass

- Quote: "This is causing me to hunger for beauty" - I don't know who said it

- Reason to smile: Life is good
- Reality TV Show: America's Next Top Model
- Reason to cry: When I'm being a girl, it happens once in a while :)

- Song Last Heard: Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright
- Season: Summer
- Shoe: 9

- Time you woke up: 5:50am
- Time Now: 11:11pm
- Time for bed: In about half an hour

- U love someone: Lots of someones
- Unpredictable: Yeah (cough) I've heard I can be ;)

- Vegetable you hate: Sweet potatoes
- Vegetable you love: Cauliflower
- Vacation spot: Home or Bahamas

- Worst Habits: Foul mouth, mood swings, being messy
- Where are you going to travel next?: Home/North Carolina?
- Weather right now?: Hot and muggy

- X-Rays: Foot, wrists, hand, chest, vajayjay, teeth
- X-Rated Porn: In college, Tuesday nights were referred to as "Tuesday Night Porn Night", we would rent it and laugh our asses off

- Year it is now: Y2007
- Yo-yo?: More like no-no...oh that was lame, even for me

- Zoo animal: Orangutans
- Zodiac sign: Gemini - the twins

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Four Things

Peaches and Purls has tagged me for a meme. Here it goes:

Four Jobs I’ve Had
  1. Proofreader
  2. Nanny
  3. Reporter/Photographer
  4. Chiropractic Assistant
Four Movies I Can Watch Over & Over
  1. Love Actually
  2. So I Married an Axe Murderer
  3. Bring It On
  4. The Wedding Singer
Four Places I’ve Lived
  1. Winnipeg, Manitoba
  2. Calgary, Alberta
  3. North Bay, Ontario
  4. Rainy River, Ontario
Four Places I've Vacationed
  1. Huatulco, Mexico
  2. Cabarete, Dominican Republic
  3. Cayo Coco, Cuba
  4. Orlando, Florida (Disneyworld baby!)
Four of My Favorite Dishes
  1. Stir fry - homemade
  2. My mom's stew and dumplings
  3. Crab and artichoke dip from Joey's
  4. Fresh biscuits
Four Sites I Visit Daily (blogs are not included in this list)
  1. Facebook - because I'm an addict
  2. Hotmail
  3. Dictionary.com - because I am a nerd
  4. mls.ca - because I want a house so damn bad
Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now
  1. At home in my parents sunroom, sipping a glass of wine and chatting with my dad.
  2. Shaking my ass in a club in the Bahamas with Chris, Monica and Jeff - and for all the Bahamians to be chanting "Go white girl, go white girl!"
  3. Out for coffee with a great friend and some amazing conversation.
  4. In bed, snoozing.
*I tag Chris, Krista and Logziella.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

So Lame, It's Awesome
Usually I'm pretty quick with the good comebacks...and yet...I can absolutely
picture myself saying (and doing) this.

Alison's lame comeback line:

"Your fly is open"
(especially if it's not, then keep staring at their genitals)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

50 More Must Know Facts

Because you can never know too many things about people...no, wait - that's not true. You can totally know too much about someone...but ah well, I like sharing my idiosyncrasies.

1. At the movie theatre I always forget what movie we are going to see. I know when I sit down, then we watch the previews, then I lean over and say to the husband "what movie are we seeing again?" He used to think I was just goofing off but quickly realized that I get too caught up in the previews and genuinely forget.

2. I drive too fast. My right foot is made of lead.

3. I love a good storm. The louder the thunder and the harder the rain, the more I love it.

4. I would love to adopt a child (and probably will some day) but am terrified that they will want to find their birth parents, will find them, fall in love with them, and forget all about me.

5. My least favourite flowers are carnations - I once told the husband that if he ever showed up with carnations for me if was an instant divorce - I wasn't kidding.

6. My husband and I can speak to each other through noises and eye movements. Not just things like "I love you" - but complicated stuff like "can you get me some water and my vitamin on the next commercial break?" - it's bizarre.

7. I loathe cats. They are the animal version of the devil.

8. I often talk in my sleep - but am usually in a half-asleep, yet coherent state when it happens. I will sit up, think that someone is in my room, carry on a full fledged conversation with them, then say out loud "Alison, as if _______ is in your room - lay down and go back to sleep" and I do.

9. When I hang around with someone a lot I tend to take on their mannerisms. I start to laugh like people, I say the things they do, and begin to move my hands and speak in the same way. As if I'm not weird enough on my own.

10. When I doodle I always doodle the same things - my name, my nickname, flowers, the name of whoever is with me, waves, hearts and stars.

11. I hate being out with a group of people and them saying "Can you just throw this in your purse?" I usually end up with keys, cameras, wallets, sunglasses, and all kinds of things that aren't mine. I'm going to quit doing that...as of right now.

12. Sexual innuendos are a big part of my day. I am forever making everyday things dirty.

13. I can't ride an up escalator like a normal person. I usually run and jump on, grab the sides, kind of crouch down, and lean back - like I'm going to vault myself off at the top.

14. If I have the choice of walking through a regular door or the big round ones that are divided into sections but always take way longer to get through - I will take the revolving one, always.

15. One of my favourite things to do is make my husband laugh. I do on a fairly regular basis - but when I'm really on a roll he will say "Oh Shy, you are making me laugh today" and that, to me, is like him telling me that I'm the most beautiful person he has ever seen. It makes my insides smile.

16. Deep down in the pit of my stomach I am terrified to get pregnant again. I want to so badly, but there is a little voice that keeps screaming "NO! What if you die this time?" I'm trying desperately to quiet that voice.

17. I have a certain way of eating every kind of chocolate bar. Caramilk bars I eat square by square, and I flip each square upside down, eat off the bottom, lick out the caramel, then eat the rest of the square. Mars bars I put on a plate, cut into slices, then eat with a knife. Smarties I have to dump out, arrange into colours, then eat evenly - so that there is the same amount in each pile. Etc, etc.

18. I have two birthmarks. One on my left hip and the other a few inches away on the top of my butt cheek.

19. I have 3 tattoos and want more. I will get at least 2 more in my lifetime - I have no doubt.

20. There are only two people in the world that I genuinely worry about what they think of things I do or say, and they aren't who you would expect.

21. I love the word "chagrin" - I don't think it's used nearly enough.

22. I still get excited when I see my byline in a magazine. I hope that thrill never goes away.

23. I have a phobia about touching my eyes, or anyone else touching theirs. I will often yell "Don't, don't, don't" and then cover my own eyes and gag.

24. To go with #24, when I go to get an eye exam and you have to put your face up against that machine and it blows air in your eye to check the muscle in your eyes or some crap - I freak out. And I mean freak. Like I am 5 years old and they just told me I can NEVER see my parents again. I almost cry every time.

25. I love to wear heels. They make me feel sexy. I sometimes prance around my apartment in them when I'm home by myself wearing undies and a t-shirt. It is not sexy then. Definitely not.

26. I wish I had a gay male friend. Really. I think a gay guy would be an absolute blast to hang out with.

27. When I need to give my name for something - to get an account on a website, for someone to take my name if I'm waiting in line for something, when someone calls me for a survey on the phone - I will always say my name is Daphne. I don't know why, I don't even really like the name.

28. I hate to iron clothes. I will avoid it at all costs. Usually if something needs to be ironed in order to wear it, I won't buy it.

29. I have an addiction to buying notebooks and pens. I have more of both of those than anyone I know.

30. I can stand in a card aisle for an hour and be completely entertained. And I laugh very, very loudly while I stand there. Usually other people looking for cards are just laughing at me because I can't control myself. I was recently told by a guy in the mall that my laughing put him in a great mood. He said he was having a miserable day, but loved how I laughed so hard at the cards, so that he was happy too. It made my day.

31. I hate my nose. Hate it. It turns up at the end and looks hideous.

32. I wave at people that I don't know when I'm driving. People's first reaction is always to wave back, and it makes me happy.

33. One of my favourite songs to sing karaoke is Love Can Build a Bridge by the Judds. It is one of the lamest songs in the history of the universe, but my best friend and I sing it together all the time.

34. One of my favourite things to drink is Lemon Snapple. Yum.

35. I have this thing about my ears. I love to have them touched and I love people to whisper in them. But if you stand behind me and whisper softly in my ear, I will arch my back and suck in my breath...and then...well, let's just say that it better be my husband that's doing the whispering.

36. I am quite ticklish. All over - but if you tickle my armpits I will almost certainly pee my pants.

37. I worry too much, enough to give me insomnia and make me physically sick, but I have been getting better at letting things go.

38. I hate my fertility doctor so much that I actually grit my teeth to keep from snapping at him, and have to force myself not to slap him every time I see him. I don't think I've ever disliked someone more in my entire life.

39. However, I actually really despise one of the associate editors I work with. She lives far, far away - but more than once I've threatened that if she worked in the city I would drive to her office and beat her up just for being such a bitch.

40. The husband and I are weird about license plates. For instance if your license plate was EKM 459 - we would yell "EEEKEM 459" and point at your license plate. Or if it was PIS 321, we would yell "PISSSSSSSSS 321". We started that a couple years ago and it stuck. Other friends of ours now do it.

41. I talk to myself in the mirror when I'm getting ready in the morning. Nothing in-depth, I just like to talk.

42. My favourite kind of donut is old-fashioned plain. You know, the kind with no icing, sprinkles or flavour? I love them. They rock.

43. When the husband and I are on long drives and are hungry, we often play this game where we say "if I could eat anything right now, it would be ________". Then the next person will take their turn. It can go on for an hour sometimes.

44. Music so affects me that it can alter my outlook for an entire day. It has the power to take me from happy to sad, sad to happy, serious to silly, silly to romantic, you get the idea. I Heart Music.

45. My body lotion is Johnson's Baby Lotion. You would not believe the compliments I get on the way that I smell.

46. When I get a new phone book every year, the first thing I do is flip it open to make sure our name and phone number is there.

47. When I clean my ears I use Q-tips, and I put them so far into my ear that my eyes roll back in my head and my mouth falls open.

48. My sister-in-law and I are not close. She is younger than me and is nothing like somebody I want to be - yet she has the ability to make me feel like the most un-cool person out there. I hate that she can do that to me.

49. I like to drive. If you are at my house and you need to go 45 minutes across the city to pick up a pack of gum I'll take you. For the price of gas you would think I would be smarter - but I'm not.

50. Even though my profession is as an editor, I still make grammar mistakes, and I occasionally spell things wrong. I used to always spell the word accommodate wrong until I learned this line: Accommodate is big enough to hold both two c's and two m's.
So lame, but I never forget how to spell it now.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

My Lifetime

10 Years Ago: February 1997 – I was seventeen years old, applying to colleges, and being crazy with all my highschool friends.

5 Years Ago: February 2002 – Had just moved to Winnipeg four months before, was working as a Nanny and enjoying being a newlywed.

Yesterday: Was an extremely busy day at work – but a lot of fun for various reasons.

Today: I went in to work for a few hours, and soon the husband and I are going out on a date.

Tomorrow: Is Superbowl Sunday. We’re heading out to a friends house for a party.

5 snacks I enjoy: Sunflower seeds mixed with cottage cheese, milk chocolate, pineapple, mini dill pickles, and cheese and crackers.

5 bands that I know the lyrics of MOST of their songs: Amos Lee, The Dixie Chicks, The Tragically Hip, Sublime, and No Doubt.

5 things I would do with $100,000,000: Pay off all my debt, put money away for my brother’s university education, write my parents and in-laws each a big cheque, buy a Dodge Viper and keep working while secretly slipping dirty things and swear words into each magazine I work on (I wouldn’t tell anyone at work I had the money of course, well, maybe a couple people).

5 bad habits I have: Worrying, talking too much, being incredibly stubborn, swearing like a trucker, and never hanging my clothes up.

5 things I like doing: Camping, having friends over, work (am I a total loser for writing that?), writing freelance, and wrestling with my husband.

5 things I would never wear: A fur coat, leggings, stripper heels (4 inches is my max), acid wash jeans, and jelly shoes.

5 TV shows I like: Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, CSI (all of them), and America’s Next Top Model.

5 movies I like: Snatch, The Princess Bride, Bring It On, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Fight Club.

5 famous people I'd like to meet: Drew Barrymore, Bill Clinton, Anna Nicole Smith (just because I could stare at her in amazement, marveling over how dumb she is, and she wouldn’t even catch on), David Suzuki, and Cameron Diaz.

5 biggest joys at the moment: My husband, my family, my friends, my job, and life in general.

**I tag anyone who wants to play.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Really!? Carnal Hey? Okay Then...

*This post is just a little bit on the uh, descriptive side...long story short, I took a test - this is my result:

The Carnal Lover

Based on the results of this test, it is highly likely that:

You prefer your romance and love to be wild and daring rather than typical or boring, you would rather pursue than be pursued and, when it comes to physical love, you concentrate more on enjoying the experience rather than worrying about your performance.

This places you in the Lover Style of: The Carnal Lover.

The Carnal Lover is a wonderful Lover Style, though it is often confused with terms like "player" or even "slut." The Carnal Lover is not necessarily either of those things (though sometimes is) but is instead a lover of life, romance and pleasure. The Carnal Lover is a treasure to find, though can sometimes be difficult to keep happy once found, because a Carnal Lover often loves a variety-filled life.

In terms of physical love, the Carnal Lover tends to be dynamic and driven, and can therefore be quite pleasurable. Given the right motivation, and the right lover, the Carnal Lover can be a delight in bed.

Best Compatibility can probably be found with: The Surprising Lover (most of all) or the Devoted Lover, or the Liberated Lover.



Monday, January 01, 2007

Reflections of 2006

1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
a. Found a job that I am totally in love with (for the most part).
b. Started a blog.
c. Went to a jazz bar – and loved it.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more this year?
I don't remember what my resolution was, but I'm fairly certain it had something to do with losing weight. The list for this year’s resolutions is on the other blog page.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
About five friends and my old boss.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank God.

5. What countries did you visit?
The U.S.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
a. A baby, of course (sorry, it always comes back to that).
b. To follow through with one or two of the crazy ideas I come up with – it would be entertaining, believe me!

7. What date(s) from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 26th – First day at the new job.
June 30th – Celebrated the 5th Wedding Anniversary with the husband – that’s a big thing since not many people even make it that far anymore.
November 8th – Found out I was pregnant.
November 29th – Found out it was ectopic, spent the day in the ER.
December 18th – Had surgery for the burst fallopian tube.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting my current job as an editor and writing for some new magazines – yeah baby, I waited a long time for that!

9. What was your biggest failure?
I guess losing the baby, not that it was really a failure on my part, but sometimes it feels that way.

10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?
Uh, do you read my blog? First surgery of my entire life was December 18th – not fun, so we won’t discuss it.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably the new car, since without it I would be riding the “Loser Cruiser.” But for myself, I guess I would have to say….uh…I don’t know…maybe…uh…

12. Who merits celebration?
The husband – for being the kind of man that he is.
My dad – for being my hero, no matter what.
My mom – for letting me see that she does have a soft side.
My brother – for turning into a cute, cool teenager overnight.
Monica – the Bahama Mama, she’s one of the only people that has ever seen me at my worst, and still accepted me the way I am.
To the friends I’ve made in blog land – oh wow, some of the most amazing people ever.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Maybe my own sometimes.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Paying off debt, going out for lunch, and paying for parking – woo friggin’ hoo.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting the job at MEP.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
The Boys Wanna Be Her – Peaches.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Both. Sadder because I lost the one thing I wanted most, along with some body parts. Happier because for some reason I have renewed faith in the world and the people in it.
ii. thinner or fatter?
Blech, probably fatter. Going to try my damndest to fix that though.
iii. richer or poorer?
Have less debt, but less pocket money. Sounds stupid but it’s true.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Write for myself, not for cash.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worry and watch t.v.

20. Did you fall in love in 2006?
I probably fell in love with my husband a little more over the past three months.

21. How many one-night stands?
Um, none. See above answer.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Brothers & Sisters.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Yes, but I didn’t know them last year – and they’re not worth mentioning.

24. What was the best book you read?
The DaVinci Code. I know a lot of people think it’s a load of hooey. But I have to tell you, imagining Jesus as a normal guy, having a wife and a child - and that there are secret codes hidden throughout Catholicism makes it far more interesting to me.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Prince (of all people), Sublime and Peaches.

26. What did you want and get?
A kick-ass job where I actually feel like a grown-up.

27. What did you want and not get?
Sigh, a baby – we’ve been over this.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Grandma’s Boy.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 26 and I don’t know what I did, maybe went to the Gwen Stefani concert? It was somewhere around that time.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Still being pregnant.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Pretty much the same as last year: jeans, cute shoes, funky tops and accessories!

32. What kept you sane?
The husband first and foremost, followed by going “home” to Ontario and hanging out with my parents and brother – that is what mellows me out and keeps me grounded.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I had a brief, lustful longing for both Orlando Bloom and Jason Statham. Both are over now – it just wouldn’t have worked. ; )

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Stephen Harper being such a dipshit and deciding that we would fight in the war instead of being peacekeepers as we always have. Get some balls you loser.

35. Who did you miss?
The Bahama Mama – wow, I miss that girl. Seeing your best friend twice a year just doesn’t cut it.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Wow, that’s hard. Since I started a new job there are some pretty awesome new people in my life. Probably Adrienne, since she proved that there are people out there that are more twisted and foul-mouthed than I am – plus she’s so damn funny. And Zig too – he’s such a positive person that it’s hard to be depressed, he always finds the silver lining.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Sometimes no matter how hard you pray or how many “deals” you make - you just can’t get what you want.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“Running, running, as fast as we can. Do you think we’ll make it? We’re running. Keep holding my hand, so we don’t get separated.” – No Doubt , Running