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March 7, 2009

A Saturday Consisting of Books, Coffee, and My Macbook

Filed under: blogging,books,meme,reading — by Monica @ 7:47 pm

I was seriously thinking about leaving my blog to rot. It’s been a good two months. But nahhh, I think I will come back to it every so often. Whenever I feel like it ūüôā So here’s what I got today:

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I went to Chapters and there were a bunch of books on sale! I’m talkin’ like $1-$2 for hardcover books. Bookshelf fillers anyone? I got a few. What would have cost me $200 retail was only $27! I think I hear the Scottish celebrating.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell 

Leave Me Alone I’m Reading by Maureen Corrigan

My French Whore by Gene Wilder 

The Hungry Years by William Leith

The Sound of No Hands Clapping by Toby Young

The Little Women by Katharine Weber

There were a lot of books but what I’ve chosen looked to have decent content. I think I may hit the used book stores in my area to find some deals on acrylic painting books. I’m just getting back into it as of recently. I use to take a visual arts class in high school and I loved it. I’ll need to find books on learning the acoustic guitar as well. I have a guitar and took lessons for a couple weeks, quit, and now I want to learn again, on my own. Is it me, or do I seem to have some sort of difficulty in committing to things? I just need to be more self-motivated and become dedicated this time around.¬†

The LG Dare 9700, 3.2 megapixel camera

The LG Dare 9700, 3.2 megapixel camera

Okay, this picture doesn’t show off my new phone at all, but my phone took all these pictures you see in my post today! Some are blurry, but I’m still getting use to everything and whatnot. And my pink silicone case, of course! I do love it. My cell phone carrier is Telus and this was an upgrade to my original LG Chocolate 8500, which is now junk, I really put that phone through a lot! I’ll have to take good care of this new one and not drop it on pavement and ceramic tiles every other day. ¬†My contract was coming to an end so I was looking around to other carriers (Rogers, Bell/Aliant, Virgin, etc). But after listening to everyone’s opinions and reviews (that of my co-workers and friends), I’m pretty happy with Telus’s services so I figured I’d stick with them.

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*sigh*… No car today… Next time though! ūüėÄ

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Just checking out my emails.

Also, in¬†response¬†to Booking Through Thursday’s¬†post on Thursday 26th about books that we know are fabulous but have never gotten around to actually reading them and would like to someday, mine would be: the Twilight series. Everyone is reading them now. There are – what? four? – four books out as well as a movie, all my co-workers are reading them, circulating their copies at work. I figured I should get with the now and read them sometime. I’ll borrow someone’s copy and if I like them I’ll buy them for my personal collection. Also, I would like to read some classics in which I always notice references made to these classics often, such as Emma, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, things like that. And The Secret. The Secret is actually one of those books that I said “I should probably read someday” and I’m just about done it now! It’s different. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m not much of a spiritual person nor much of a believer. If “The Secret” were¬†seriously¬†that easy, I would totally believe it! But I don’t know… Sometimes I think its all garbage. But again, I’m on the fence on this one, parts of the book or the concept I do believe, others not so much. I mean this whole thing, the law of attraction and positive thinking, is nothing new.

Anyway, that’s about it for me. I should get a move on… Nice to be back. Have a great weekend everyone!

January 17, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

Filed under: blogging,friday,fun,life,meme,shopping — by Monica @ 4:50 am

Friday Fill-Ins hosted by Janet

1. Enough with the freezing cold weather in Canada; -40 degrees!

2.¬†A Century Party (a drinking game) this Saturday and an overtime opportunity Saturday night (midnight-8am)¬†causes me to be conflicted.¬†Ps. I went with the overtime… I know, I know.¬†

3. I’ve been craving¬†to purchase nice, new clothes (on sale!).

4. Baby moose playing in a lawn sprinkler makes me laugh.

5. I wish I could go to a resort down south next week.

6. Leaving my job to travel around Europe or Australia has been on my mind lately.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to¬†being done with the overtime and being able to relax, tomorrow my plans include¬†groceries, nap, work at midnight¬†and Sunday, I want to¬†relax!

January 10, 2009

Music & Art – What Do You Think?

Filed under: art,blogging,music,thoughts — by Monica @ 9:13 pm

If I Were A Boy; do you prefer BC Jean’s version of the song – the woman who actually wrote the words! – or the more famously known rendition by Beyonce?

Personally, I love BC’s raspy voice. I’ve been listening to it over and over in the past couple days.¬†

I can spend hours on YouTube. I look one thing up and then from there I just stumble upon one thing to another.  Below, is a video of artist Nick San Pedro painting Britney Spears Circus. The video is pretty cool and so is his style. He is infamous for celebrity portraits. Check out his website for more faces and he also sells the paintings and prints as well.

Thanks for stopping by, and  until next time, have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

January 9, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

Filed under: blogging,friday,fun,life,meme,shopping,Uncategorized — by Monica @ 6:09 am

I work Monday to Friday until 11:30pm, which is the best time for me to write in this blog. Therefore, it is currently, 1:45am, and it is officially Friday! Which means two things: (1) I had booked off Friday to have a long weekend, sort of a birthday present to myself (birthday was January 6th) and (2) This Friday meme posted below! Have a great Friday guys, have fun and be safe!

1. It’s January; it’s that time of year to hit the gym again… any day now...

2.  French Onion soup from the Keg is what I crave most right now

3. Cork and wine go together like ¬†plastic bags and twist-ties. I was going to say something else, but I don’t think everyone needs to know how immature I can be.

4. Chocolate milk, when hungover, is so nourishing.

5. Let us dare to call in sick to work (yea, right! I’m sayin’ perfect attendance for 2009).

6. Canada will always be my home.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to¬†shopping, relaxing, reading, tomorrow my plans include¬†a meat fondue with friends for my 21st birthday¬†and Sunday, I want to¬†drink mimosas!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

January 6, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

Filed under: blogging,meme,reflections — by Monica @ 4:30 pm

It’s Ten on Tuesday time!

10 Things You Want to do in 2009 :

  1. Save & invest more of my money. I will contribute monthly to my RRSP instead of yearly. Continue with m CSB. And open up another investment account. I know I am lucky to live at home, so I’m milkin’ it while I can!
  2. Work as much overtime as I can when it is offered, especially in the summertime
  3. Save up my PTO (paid-time-off days) for a nice trip next winter
  4. Stop being such a lazy bum, stop procrastinating, and become more active (this will prove more difficult for me considering I do work a sedentary job)
  5. Get to the beach more often this summer; work on a good tan
  6. Continue with my reading list for 2009
  7. Volunteer more than I do; give back to the community
  8. Redesign and organize my bedroom – And I mean new paint and that whole shee-bang! And new dressers. The ones I have now are hand me downs from my mother, pretty much antiques (of no value). They’re great, of course, especially considering how frugal I can be… until they fall apart. And I have drawers full of random crap (maybe that’s why they’re broken!) But I don’t even go into them, I don’t know what’s in there! There’s no reason for this and should be completely cleaned out. I need to think minimalist.
  9. Learn to build on the friendships I already have with my girlfriends and also, strike up conversations with strangers, (possible new friendships).
  10. I know there’s something else I want to do this year! Oh yea, well I’ve been looking at crafts online! They’re this Big Ass Book of Crafts book I want to get. Oh and photography as well – as that it one of my New Years Resolutions, to take more pictures.¬†

Now I just have to find the time for all this. Each and every one listed are realistic and attainable so I know I can do it! And it’s over the span of one year! Hell yea! That’s nothing! Thanks for a motivational list Yano!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Filed under: blogging,diary,reflections,thoughts — by Monica @ 5:35 am

Something to know about me: I love words. This is actually just a new found love as of late. Admittedly, I have never really enjoyed words as much as I do now. Perhaps not being in school anymore (ie. High School or university) has something to do with it, especially where as I am eager to learn! And now, where I am no longer in an environment that encourages and soley focuses on this sort of behavior, I really have to depend on myself to keep learning continuously, now that I am no longer in an education institution of any kind.

I work an eight hour job, seven days a week – if not more, – and it is merely words that bring an elatedness to my day. I am constantly jotting down unfamiliar or uncertain words, checking its pronunciation using online dictionaries. I always have a pen and paper handy, otherwise my iPod Touch will do the trick, and either in conversation or reading novels and articles, I will take note of a word and look it up immediately or go back to it shortly after. This is just one of my few goals for 2009, which is to expand my vocabulary.

As was previously mentioned, expanding my vocabulary is¬†one of¬†many other New Year’s resolutions. The following are other resolutions I have set for myself, and they are:

  1. Take more pictures – which means charge my camera regularly. I miss cameras that just took measly ‘ol AA batteries
  2. Learn to cook 
  3. Read more than I already do – I’ve created a reading list on my facebook, which I will post here later.
  4. Go to the gym Рenough said. 
  5. Take a crash course on my car (ie, learn how to open the hood and check oil, etc) 
  6. Think before talking; be more considerate of others feelings & how they may perceive me
  7. Have a blog 
  8.  Become devoted to a couple memes during the week
  9. Be more tidy & organized  
  10. Expand my vocabulary – look out for my Wednesday Words: new words I’ve learned, displayed here on a weekly basis.¬†

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