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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Day #31

Wow! A whole month has come to an end, I can't believe it. And the project is still going really well for me. This has to be the best New Year's resolution I've ever made and kept for so long :-)



Today I went with my husband to his weekly floor hockey game at a nearby school. I'm not allowed to play because it's "just for the guys". But, since we got there early enough, I grabbed a stick and started to play on my own. And then I took on Nic in a very short one-on-one game of basketball. I lost, but that wasn't the point. I haven't played sports in SO long that it was nice to get out and do something for a change! I hope to change this part of my (lack of-) active life in the near future.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Day #30

My plans were changed yet again because of the weather conditions. It was so bitter and super windy today! My new thing would have involved getting together with others and being crafty, but the drive up there might have killed me (or at least, the car). So change in plans! I decided to write my name in Chinese. JenMac had done this, so I stole her idea yet again.
It was difficult! I'm not an artist by pen-and-paper by any means... well, that's a lie but I find that kind of art difficult. I'm baffled that Chinese people write like this all the time. Yikes!!
This website allows you to enter in your name and then it produces the characters for you. And here is my attempt:

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Day #29

Tonight after work, I met up with a friend at the Curves for Women near my house. Unfortunately she was unable to join me when I went in to sign up for a one year membership. I'm very excited! The Curves program is not like any other gym membership: when they say you'll get a workout, you'll get a workout! I found it to be very simple and not strenous, which is exactly what I need to keep my heart in check. No over exertion allowed, which was hard to monitor when I worked out on my own.



I was influenced to join Curves because there was a recent announcement at work that the partners were willing to pay 50% of gym membership fees, to encourage the staff to stay active and have a healthy lifestyle. I was ecstatic! And I'm so thankful! And I am so looking forward to the changes for this coming year!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Day #28

One of the first suggestions I got for this project was from a coworker friend. She stops at my desk every now and then, and announced her ideas to me one day. So, today I wore two different types of socks. I've worn different coloured socks on purpose and by accident (that's what happens when you get dressed in the dark...) So two different types was new.

When I put them on in the morning, I didn't think I'd be able to handle the different feelings on my feet, but I adjusted. As long as my feet were warm and covered, I was happy.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Day #27

I've heard that there are people who can recite the alphabet backwards in record time. So, I decided to try for myself! It took a few tries and then I finally remembered what letters go where when reciting the alphabet backwards. And then I sang it backwards. Oh yeah, it was fun. I sure made Nic laugh! Haha

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Day #26

Keeping a low profile, I stayed in the house today. Cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning... and I was finally able to set up our dining room table with a mixture of chairs! We had invited my grandma over for dinner, and my family was going to come as well. So, today's new thing was eating dinner at the dining room table. It was cozy! And I must say, it feels much, much more homey now.
By the way, dinner was spaghetti & meatsauce, garlic cheesebread, cesaer salad and your choice of four different ice cream flavours! :-) It was delicious!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Day #25

Not such a nice "new" thing for today, but I'll count it and add it to the blog.
Today, I hit another Volvo on the road. It wasn't an accident, I knew I couldn't squeeze past her, but I thought I'd try. It's amazing how fast you wish you could take something back, but it was too late.
Thankfully, it sounded 100x worse than it was. When we pulled over we discovered I'd just added a simple racing stripe and her mirror popped backwards (they do that just for this reason!) She took down my information and told me she'd call with the estimate. Yikes! This was not what I was planning to do as my something new. But, such is life and bad decisions.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Day #24

Tonight was a blast! I went to a Tupperware party for the very first time. I love the products, and I bought a few pieces a few years ago to get my own collection started. A co-worker threw this party and it was awesome! The "tupperware lady" was very energetic and we kept her on her feet by asking a million questions. Hey, she was handing out ballots for every question, for the chance to win a prize. Of course I'm going to keep asking! They were honest questions though... I was still asking questions when my name was drawn as the winner, too. Haha :-)
She baked us a cake using one of the Rock 'n Serve containers too - only 9 minutes in the microwave! How cool is that?! (Quite delicious, too!)
And, we could choose one free gift if we booked a party at our houses too, so I did*! (I like free stuff!) Overall, I had a great time socializing with co-workers outside of work, and meeting a couple new people. Fun!

(*Anyone interested in coming? Let me know! :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Day #23

Well this is cool! I did some browsing and found that this website (http://sketchfu.com/home) gives you a "paint" drawing board. Pretty neat, so I drew this sketch:

View lisa365.livejournal.com at Sketchfu

If you visit my profile (http://sketchfu.com/profile/starbursidereus) apparently it plays exactly how I drew it, too. Fun!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Day #22

I love movies. I've already posted about movies once before, and tonight's new thing was going to the theatre alone.
A good friend of mine has done this quite a few times, especially with a film he really wants to see, and no one else is able to go. Well, not such the case with me. I just wanted to go alone to see what it's like. I bought my "discounted Tuesday" ticket for only $4.20, and sat down in theatre #4 to see Cloverfield, all by myself. Not so weird! Though, the movie itself is a different story... but I won't spoil it for anyone wanting to see it. :-) Just be prepared for the entire 90 minutes to be a home video camera running around Manhattan. It made me queasy.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Day #21

I've been slacking a bit in the photography department, and with the spring & summer weather coming (eventually!) for portrait season, I knew I had to get going on building my portfolio in a professional way. So I spent the evening doing just that: creating & ordering a photobook portfolio online. The unfortunate thing is that it will take 2-3 weeks to be ready. I'm hoping that time will fly by, and this printer will be quicker as they have been in the past with normal prints. Very exciting!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Day #20

Being silly is normal for me. That is, when I'm not being serious. Haha. Tonight I nearly ran out of time (not again!!!) so before I headed upstairs to bed, I closed my eyes and walked up the stairs backwards. Need I explain further? I'm very thankful that we have railings in our house. Oh, and I had to turn around on the landing as well. More challenging that way. :-)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Day #19

Sometimes I find this blog is more of a confession of my life. I've never done this, or I've never done that... and today's entry is yet another one of those days!

To be honest, I've never baked a cake. I've never liked baking or cooking or sewing or anything like that. At least not until I got married and moved out my parent's house. And today was my mom's birthday, so I decided to bake a cake. Absolutely nothing fancy or something that needed brains. It was a Betty Crocker Butter Pecan special. :-)

(And to make myself feel even better - it didn't burn and tasted very yummy! Mum was happy!)




Friday, January 18, 2008

Day #18

Day 18 and the project is still going strong - somewhat! I need more creative ideas all the time, so please leave a comment or send me a message! I am willing to do almost anything, and although I might get embarrassed easily, I promise I won't be shy :-)

Today's new thing happened by accident! At the Kitchener Rangers game tonight, there were two goals that were questionable (and eventually not goals). During the one break, the DJ played the usual songs to get the crowd on their feet (moreso for the kids I'm sure). For one song, my friend agreed to stand up with me. Well she lied and I got up all by myself to sing and do the actions to the "YMCA". Slightly embarrassing, with a few stares... but it was something I'd never done before (alone!)

I aim for fun!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Day #17

Well, today flew by FAST!! Before I knew it, I was getting ready for bed and realized I hadn't done anything new (oh no!) So, seizing the moment and a bare foot, I recited the "This little piggy" nursery rhyme to my very embarrassed husband. After much tickling and laughing, I explained that it was something I'd never done! :-)

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Day #16

day #16 Something I've never tried was painting my nails black. They've grown so much over the last while, that I wanted to show them off. Sort of. So, after a quick trip to Shoppers Drug Mart (favourite store!) I bought the only black polish they had in the nailcare section, "Black Satin" by Rimmel London. It advertised "10 Day No Chip", but any girl who's ever painted her nails knows that doesn't mean anything. I guess we'll see!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Day #15

I'm still sick! I had a few ideas of what to do "new" today, and it finally occured to me that I've never tried the worst tasting, most effective medicine ever. Seriously.
I had stood up to my parents ever since I was about 12 that I absolutely refused to take any kind of cough medicine. I still have a hard time accepting prescriptions, but I've always had a deep hate for medicines that you have to pour into a tiny cup or onto a spoon, and swallow. But for years I've heard that Buckley's "Tastes Awful. And it works." so here I go. It was Nic's idea to video me today.





I also looked up their website (http://buckleys.com) and learned that William Knapp Buckley was a pharmacist in Toronto when he combined a few ingredients to create the medicine. He started marketing his product in March 1920. A Canadian, and so close to home! :-)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Day #14

Hopefully my last sick day for this time around, I was pretty exhausted and not interested in doing anything too strenuous.
Another present that we received as a wedding gift was a monster-sized Webster's Dictionary, in a pretty blue colour. (There's a running joke in my family about the "big brown book", and now we have the "big blue book" at our house). I made it my mission today to read through all the words under X, Y and Z. So I did!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Day #13

Trying something new is sometimes a real challenge. Being bogged down with a cold is not very helpful when I want to go out and DO new things. *Sigh*
A friend came over today and brought me more orange juice, chicken noodle soup, and a plug-in vaporizer. Hey, that's something new I've never tried! When I was younger, my parents had something like a vaporizer... I should ask them about that. (Funny the things you remember about your childhood and the weird memory triggers...) Anyways. When it was time for bed, I inserted the Sudafed vapor strip and plugged the thing in the wall for the night. Almost instantly I could breathe through my nose, which was a relief!

[update next morning:]
After a good night's rest I could honestly say I want my own now. :-)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Day #12

I really wasn't in the mood to try anything new, but I knew I had to keep up with my project. I happened upon a sample that had come in the mail a few months ago, and decided to use it when preparing for myself and my parents before they came over. The latest thing is steaming veggies in Ziploc bags, so I tried it. Nothing fantastic, I know! But I was hesitant.



And the result? YUMMY, steamed carrots! Highly recommended!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Day #11

Tonight I stayed home, instead of going to the usual Friday night hockey game. Bummer! I don't like being sick... but who does? So I took out the Super Scrabble board we bought at Christmas, and played a game of Scrabble all by myself. It's not the easiest thing to do! I manged to play a few turns but I was quickly frustrated. (I'll blame the TV being on, as well as the letters that I kept choosing.) Never the less, it was interesting and of course, something new to do!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Day #10

There was a change in plans for today's new thing. I think I'm coming down with something, so instead of going out and possibly infecting others, I stayed in. So back on Boxing Day, before 7:00 in the morning, I had purchased the Romeo + Juliet "Music Edition" DVD, and decided to watch it entirely with the commentary on. I selected Director Baz Luhrmann as the commenter to be heard, and for the first time ever, it was the longest movie I've ever watched. It was something I've always wanted to do, to get an idea of what the director would want us, the audience to know about certain scenes and such. There was only really one thing that I found interesting: just after the scene at the gas station, Benvolio runs down the street. Only the actor ran the wrong way, into backed up traffic and pedestrians wondering what the heck was going on. Haha.
I'm not sure I'll ever watch another movie with the commentary on, again. (Maybe The Departed, but that could seem even longer).

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Day #9

I've always loved doing some kind of pen art... drawing, painting, doodling, or crayon sketching at restaurants that have the butcher paper as the table cloth. My usual "expertise" (if you will) is flowers, but today I wanted to try drawing my name as graffitti. So I found a tutorial on Wiki How To and utilized my lunch hour. Due to the lack of colours available to me in the office, I was limited to black, red and pencil gray :-)



I will have to attempt this again to find my edge... This is certainly not spraypaint worthy (Though never on someone else's property of course!)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Day #8

Here I am at Day 8 of my new things project. So far, it hasn't been too exciting -but I'm just warming up!
My new thing for today was watching a movie from 2001 for the first time: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I believe I had vowed myself to never get caught up in all the Harry drama, but lo and behold here I am.
I'm currently finishing up book two of the series, and since I had finished the first book I decided to try watching the first movie. It was great! Now I can better imagine the characters as I read about their adventures :-) However, I don't think the film would have been as meaningful to those who haven't read the first book. I think they left a lot of details out of the movie! For a 2-and-a-half-hour movie it was still well done. Now I'm looking forward to the next one :-)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Day #7

Not sew fast... I wonder how in the world I passed Home & Family Studies in Grades 7&8.
Tonight's new thing was sewing a placemat into a purse, which was a simple idea all by itself! The placemat I chose at the Dollarama this afternoon was probably the thickest one they had in stock, and my tiny sewing machine could barely handle it. (Or it might have just been my lack of skill?) Either way, I got the job mostly done. I just need fasteners and some sort of strap to put it to good use!




Learning

Learning
Breaking

Yikes!
Knots

Oops
Details!


And I'm (nearly) done!

Mostly finished!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Day #6



I'm standing with my Canada jersey

It was a great day! Nic and I were armed with cameras at Pearson International airport, waiting to welcome back a few members of Team Canada. We waited over an hour for them to come through those doors from baggage claim, and there had to be at least five other flights that came through before them.
It was exciting! I managed to find a spot front and center, right beside the cameramen for various TV stations (namely: Rogers, TSN.ca, CTV, and one from Quebec). Every time more passengers came through we had to step aside to allow them to pass us... thankfully there was only one passenger (a fairly large guy) who made a nasty comment about us all jamming up the walkway. Unbeknownst to this gentleman, he could have walked the other way, where there were no cameras or fans. :-)

Here is a photo I took during the event:
Steve Mason & mom

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Day #5

For Canadians, it was a big day in hockey. Today was the gold medal game of the World Junior Hockey Championship held in the Czech Republic.
Nic and I went to McGuiness Front Row in Waterloo to watch the game among other Team Canada fans. It was an intense game! At first we thought it would be an easy win. And then Sweden tied up the game with only 20 seconds left. Aah! Early in overtime we scored and it was a beautiful thing.
In all of this, I decided to stand for the singing of our national anthem, "O Canada", in a sports restaurant. It was a great four and a half hours in the restaurant!



Friday, January 4, 2008

Day #4

I love taking pictures. Travelling, taking pictures, and having fun. What isn't fun about that! Well, I kind of did a new thing for today, by signing up at Toyvoyagers.com.
Basically, you have a toy (think: dolls/bears/characters from fast food restaurants) and you create a profile for them. You meet other people on this website who are willing to temporarily adopt or "host" your toy for a length of time. During that adoption period, they take your toy around where they live and snap photos and share about their travels on your toy's Travelog. Kind of like the roaming gnome. Anyone can browse the site to get a better idea of what I'm talking about.
Awhile ago I was doing this very same thing, only I was keeping my toy ("Lamby") to myself. A friend also had a Halo character going on adventures ("Little Johnny").
Anyways, so I requested two free ID numbers for my toys that I will send out over this weekend. I'm curious and anxious to see where they'll end up, and I'm especially excited to see the photos and hopefully receive a postcard or two from their hosts!
Here are my Toy Voyagers, Lamby & Peach:

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Day #3

Ooohwee!

I wasn't sure what I was going to do today until about 8:30pm. I knew that I wanted to make something, like a craft or foodie item. So after browsing the web for a bit, I decided to make Jello shooters. It's actually a two-in-one new thing, as I've never made Jello before either.

I used the only Jello package we had in the house... Sparkling Wild Berry.
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Mixing it up... then it had to cool for 10 minutes. During that time I measured out the Rum and ginger ale (I didn't use the peach schnapps after all)

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I wondered if they would actually set because of the amount of alcohol...

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[next morning]
Here is one I put in the freezer, and one that was in the fridge. I will have to enjoy these after work. Yummy!

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Day #2

It was the coldest day of the year/season today (-14), and my car wouldn't start. I gave up after about 20 minutes, and let my supervisor know I wouldn't be in the office. So, my new thing for today was working from home. It's great! I was able to answer emails quickly (and less painfully!) than on the Blackberry, and it was really helpful. It's nice to know I have that option for when I can't physically make it into the office. :-)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Day #1

Welcome to the New Year of New Things!

I don't have anything profound to say... we woke up this morning to quite a bit of snow on the ground, and it continued snowing through most of the day. It kind of took me back to thinking it was Christmas morning, which worked out perfectly for my first new thing: opening a Christmas present on New Year's Day.
The gift I chose to save to open was the first present we received this season, as part of a wedding gift. So, it's been waiting patiently on our bookshelf since September!


We received a new ornament for our tree, it is engraved with "Our First Xmas 2007". I suppose we'll have to get a (real?) full size tree next Christmas, instead of the 24" fake one we had this year :-)
Hilarious videos from Improv Everywhere! :-)






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