31 May 2003

Disappointment

Well, at least I now have something to blog. There's nothing better than waiting until a cosmic shift in the expected order of things to give one something to write about.

Yesterday I was talking to Andrea and she informed me of the unthinkable. Tom has not left w/v. Now, see, we had a deal. I had to put up with his online harassment, his in-person idocy (i.e., Bumper People with MY friends), and his friends making status reports about my goings on (i.e., cyber-stalking) but the trade off was that, as of mid-May, I got w/v to myself. He was supposed to leave. But, lo and behold, not only has he maintained residency, he FAILED to graduate. ARGH!! This information also comes from Andrea who checked the registrar's grad list for spring convocation. This is NOT FAIR! I don't want to hear the BS about how life isn't fair, and you just have to make do as best you can. I've put up with enough from this bugger, and I deserve the right to carry on without fear that the next ICQ message I get is going to be from a new account he set up to annoy me!

Where do I find these men? Why can't I find someone nice and not psychotic, like Lew's Mike, or the Estelle's Gerald? Why does it seem to be my lot in life to sift through the sociopaths, and then deal with them afterwards? Is it a gift I have. Now, to be fair, the previous ex went away quietly after I asked him to repay the money he owed me. It meant I had to chase him for it, but that effectively put an end to any semblance of positivity he might otherwise have tried to glean post-break-up.

I'm not asking that all exes either forget I exist, or even stay buddy-buddy. I want someone who has the common sense to know that it is inappropriate to hound someone, and beat them down just because they're feeling hurt. Wow. What a concept. Although, strangely worded, yes; I'm looking for an ex who can move on, so I can do the same.

BLARGH!!!

At this point, my saving grace is that he's taking a summer course to finish up and will be gone before the end of the summer. My paranoid fear is that he's decided to do an honours thesis and is sticking around for another year. I'm holding out for the former.

On a lighter note, I'm feeling much better than yesterday, so I feel ready to talk about LA.

It was AMAZING!! What a great place! I went to visit Mo who's working as a volunteer kindergarten teacher at a domestic violence shelter there. The people she works with are great. And the families who live there are relatively well-adjusted, considering the situations some of them encountered.

I'm not going to give a play-by-play of what I did, that's for the hardcopy journal and to tell my friends. But, for those of you I don't know, and for those of you I don't talk to on a regular basis, here are the highlights.

Helped at the shelter: Mo was sick the first week I was there, so I was her voice. It made me feel like a police officer, and I'm surprised that anyone liked me, but it's nice to know that I helped.

Craig Kilborn: Went to a taping of his show. Robbie Williams was his guest. It's amazing to think that Americans don't know who he is. He's been big in the Frozen North for years. The show was fun, and Robbie was awesome.

The Producers: Saw the hit Broadway musical. This production starred Martin Short and Jason Alexander. They alone were worth $50 of the $90 I accidentally paid for the tickets. It was a great show. I'm glad I decided to splurge.

Universal Studios: Mo's favourite theme park. We went on rides, saw some shows, had our picture taken with some Marvel superheroes. I got tons of souvenirs. We ate at an Italian restaurant that stuffs its customers, and went to the movie theatre at Universal to see Down With Love -- by far the BEST movie I've seen so far this year.

Farm: The families had an outing to a heritage farm, and I got to go too. Not what most people put at the top of their list of this to do in California, but it was a great day. Everyone was so happy. The kids got to run around and do things, the mothers got to see their kids have some carefree fun, and the Westerlies (a philanthropic organization) took care of everything, so the volunteers and nuns got a break.

Krispy Kreme: Experienced the bliss that is the fresh, still-warm heaven. Not like a donut at all -- a completely different experience. Awesome.

Anaheim: Stayed in a hotel, for easier access to Disneyland.

Disneyland/Disney's California Adventure: I can't say enough or even find words to describe what an AMAZING time I had. I love Disney. Three cheers for Corporate America. Too bad more multi-nationals can't find similar ways to make consumers happy. It's all about gluttony and excess, but tell me the last time that IBM made some kid's (or adult in kid's clothing) day like Disneyland can. So many cool rides. As Mo herself said, Universal looks phoned in be comparaison. I bought tons more shite, and had a BLAST!!!

Graumann's Chinese Theatre: An experience. Even if I did have to see The Matrix: Reloaded to experience it. The audio was amazing. You haven't truly heard the THX sound until you've heard it there.

Hollywood: I was staying in North Hollywood most of the time I was there, but it's not the same. Did a Star Homes tour (saw the Playboy mansion), did the Walk of Fame, I'd already spent a lot of time at Hollywood & Highland, the $6.8 million dollar shopping center that houses the Kodak Center; new home of the Academy Awards. Went to a really great movie theatre called the ArcLight where there's assigned seating, a reastaurant and a gift shop, and THE BEST movie theatre popcorn I've ever tasted. Tyra Banks was there with her boyfriend. They ate at the table next to us. We saw Everybody Says I'm Fine! which is an English-language Indian movie that will probably never see the light of day (dark of theatre) in Hfx. It was great. We stopped at H&H again to see if I could Build-a-Bear, but they closed early, so I was relegated to going home to bed so I could get up at 4:30 and fly home.

The end.

From Katie

HEY CHRIS! Glad to hear you are back, sorry to hear you feel ill. Hope you are better soon and then we can all go out for some fun.

30 May 2003

You like me!

So, I'm being harassed from various corners. It seems people miss my blog. Well, you'll have to suck it up and wait a while longer. I spent 2 glorious weeks in LA and was mildly jet-lagged from that, but my biggest impediment to a full-scale blog is illness. I went to bed with a sore throat last night, and I woke up with an accompanying cough this morning. I feel better having finally dragged myself out of bed, but still gross. Therefore, I don't want to use my brain to recount tales of sun and celebrities. I'd rather watch General Hospital and rest. I shall return when I've confirmed that I haven't contracted SARS.

22 May 2003

From Kelly

Poor little bloggy blog sitting in white space waiting for little black letters to gather and form. Thanks for all of my birthday greetings and such. I appreciate it.

15 May 2003

From Kelly

Christine is living the life of a California babe..while we freeze our bums off in Nova Scotia. I wish I could go somewhere warm..*sigh*

07 May 2003

Spring Cleaning

I've spent the last week clearing out my room. It's quite the feat. I accumulate so much junk and I don't know why. I just like to keep stuff. Last time I did this was 5 years ago when my carpet was torn up because a) my dog like to exact his revenge on the family by peeing in my room; and b) my allergies were starting to require something that didn't hold dust like a dusty incarnation of Magneto. I cleaned a whole bunch of $h!t out and packed into those lovely Rubbermaid bins. Now I'm sorting through bins, closets, drawers, under the bed behind the dresser -- you name it, it's been pulled out. I had a 5 day laundry saga where by I washed almost everything, packed away most of my winter stuff, unpacked my summer clothes, packed for my trip to LA (!) and junked a bunch of stuff that either doesn't fit or I haven't worn in a year. I wasn't as merciless as I'd wanted, and I ended up keeping more than enough for "sentimental" reasons. But I did make some space.

Sorting through ones life is hard. Deciding what to throw out or give away is torture. Should I have thrown out my old sticker album? Should I give away that Care Bears story? It's heart-wrenching.

But when it comes down to it, I'm tired of the clutter. Watch out: you could be next.

03 May 2003

I'm still learning

I know. I don't blog enough.

I'm enjoying not having work to do which means I don't have to sit in front of the computer all day which means less desire to blog.

I'll come back soon. Patience, young grasshopper.