been a while, eh?

I’ve been neglecting my blogs for a while as you can see. Since my last post, I haven’t had a day to myself where I could just sit home and not do anything at all for an entire day. And believe me, my work schedule wasn’t even that packed. I just happened to have plans for every free day I had, so that was a bit draining. But life’s been completely stress-free, and I’m enjoying every minute of it for as long as I can.

So last Sunday was my day off. Georgia took me out for dinner at The David Duncan House to celebrate my birthday. The food was AMAZING, and I loved the ultra classy atmosphere of the restaurant. I just love fine dining!!

After work on Monday, a few of my co-workers and I went out for dinner with Zahra (my old manager). She had dropped by a week earlier when her son was in town and I had a good time catching up with him. The very first thing he said to me was, “Don’t work so hard!!” heh Now guess what the last thing he said to me was? lol I see him only once a year or so, and even he knows me as a crazy workaholic girl!!

On Tuesday, Vanesa came over with chocolate cookies and cupcakes. After enjoying our munchies, we went through my wardrobe to decide what outfits I’ll be bringing with me on the cruise. We put together just over a dozen outfits, and then we had a good time just goofing off in front of the camera. That’s the kind of stuff best friends do, I guess :)

Thursday was my day off again. Georgia picked me up early and we went to the post office to pick up my passport. After grabbing lunch, we went over to her house and spent hours going through paperwork for the cruise and calling places with our questions. The worst part had to be going through all the information I gathered about the different islands and deciding on which shore excursions we would be taking. Just 37 days to go!!!

I pretty much had to work through the weekend, but I was happy to catch dinner with Charmaine and Edison on Saturday night at The Midtown Restaurant. I can’t believe it’s already been a year since Charmaine left for Taiwan with her boyfriend. It almost feels like that was yesterday, except now she’s back already! Time flew by way too quickly, but I guess that’s a good thing. We’re so happy that she’s back :D

After work on Sunday, I met up with Adrienne and we went shopping at Eaton Centre for her new cellphone plan. We were overwhelmed by the amount of info we received from all the different sales people. Some of those plans were actually pretty good. Too bad I still have a year and a half left of my contract. Booooo~

So yeah, I’ve had a good time catching up with everyone and just enjoying life minus the textbooks. I’ve also been doing a lot of reflective thinking, and slowly I’m finding more and more inner peace. I’ll share some of my thoughts later, but for now……good night!

birthday ’07

Much thanks to everyone and their birthday wishes.  It wasn’t quite the way I wanted it to be, but nonetheless I enjoyed my day.  Walking into work that morning, I was greeted by 10 dress shirts that needed folding, 40 new Talbott ties and 2 empty displays.  Great way to start off the day, eh?  Mel was downtown, so we met up and she took me out for lunch at Fran’s.  *Thanks, Mel!

While at work, I encountered two very interesting people.  One of them was an old man (I wrote about him here).  Everything he said to me was very inspiring, and I feel blessed to have met him.  The other was a very friendly Irish fellow from Amsterdam.  When I told him I’ll be visiting Barbados, he instantly took out pen and paper to write down his recommendations of must-visit places.  On top of that, he left me his business card and said if I ever get stranded anywhere in the world or need help getting around, I can feel free to give him a call.  He just may be around because he travels so much or he’ll most likely know someone there who could help me.  It felt as if I’d encountered two angels in one day.

After work, I met up with my mom and aunt for a bit of shopping downtown.  Then we went to Chinatown and had Vietnamese for dinner.  My aunt gave me a red pocket, which I thought was really cute.  When I got home, Vanesa and Tim came over.  Instead of bringing over a cake, they brought over something even better…EGG TARTS!!  :)  For some odd reason, I’ve been craving egg tarts for months so that was PERFECT.  hehe

it’s that time of the year again

On my 20th birthday, I worked 15 hours between my two jobs.  On my 21st birthday, I had a full day of classes at school followed by hours at the repair shop to get my computer fixed.  On my 22nd birthday, I worked, studied, and then went to class.  So guess what I’ll be doing on my 23rd birthday.

I almost thought I’d be able to get away from it this year, but because it’s the Jewish holiday my boss downtown has specifically asked me to work for the next 3 days.  And after 3 fairly relaxing weeks (meaning I only had about 4 shifts each week), I end up working 6 days this week.  It’s just my luck, eh?

I’ve been doing A LOT of shopping lately.  Mainly putting together my wardrobe for the cruise.  Jennifer, Natalie, and I finally made time to catch up over lunch on Tuesday.  We went to Astoria on the Danforth, and boy was the grilled calarmari delicious!  After lunch and a quick stop at Starbucks, Nat went off to work while Jen and I decided to go for a walk.  We walked all the way down Danforth & Bloor to Yonge St.  From there, Jen walked north to go home and I decided to walk down to the Eaton Centre.  Vanesa and Tim happened to be shopping downtown too, so I walked from the Eaton Centre to Queen & Spadina to meet up with them.  And that was how I spent my day off  :)

OHHHHHH!!!  So I checked for my marks last night and found out I got an A for Psychology and a B+ for Children’s Literature.  And that means…

I am officially finished school!!!

Just thought I’d share.

it came in the mail

It never fails.  Year after year, the first (and often only) birthday card I receive in the mail is from GorGor.  Just as it’s been for the last 5-6 years, I came home from work and found the envelope sitting on my desk.  Enclosed is always a pretty card and a handwritten letter.

In such a technologically advanced society, we’re prone to using email, msn, or text messaging to send our birthday greetings.  We don’t often stroll through a stationary shop to select the most perfect card, nor do we sit down to patiently write in it before placing a stamp on the envelope to mail it out.  That seems all too inconvenient compared to the pressing of a few buttons.  And I’ll admit, sometimes when I’m busy, even emailing seems too much a hassle.

It really feels special to receive a physical birthday card.  Having been so busy over the last few years, I’ve been very very bad at keeping in touch with this big brother in Chicago.  At times, I feel awfully guilty.  But it goes to show that some friendships are unconditional, and only true friendships are not bordered by distance.

Thank you for the card.  I appreciate it.

an emotional week ends peacefully

Last week was an extremely emotional week, and coincidentally it seemed that way for a few of my girls too. It was as if we couldn’t turn the waterworks off. Luckily, by the end of the week I had crawled out of that uncontrollable state and was on the phone giving advice to the other girls. I was surprised to hear the words that came out of my mouth; the things I said were things that I should’ve told myself. And in turn, all this counselling has inspired me to situate myself in an indifferent position. Who said being a woman is easy?

Despite the battles with my own emotions, I still managed to have a good time. Vanesa, Tim and I had our coffee night on Tuesday. After stopping at Starbucks, we went over to Vanesa’s to watch tv. So after all these years, I’ve FINALLY been to my best friend’s house! hahaha

We hung out at my house on Saturday night. After picking up food at Sashimi House and stopping to buy a tub of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, we came home and watched Disturbia. It was an alright movie, though we found that it climaxed way too late and lacked a proper ending. We spent the remainder of the night singing karaoke, and by 2am we were all pooped.

After work on Sunday, I went to the Chinese Lantern Festival with my mom. It was a little different from last year.  We got there early in the evening so we did a walk-through and I took some pictures of the lanterns in the daylight. Then we sat and watched the performances. The lion dance that opened the show was rather disappointing, same with the martial arts that followed. Flown in from China, the stunts performed by the Chinese acrobats were amazing. This one girl twirled a table in the air with her feet, and this other guy played around with a large ceremic pot as if it was weightless. I’d really like to see another live Chinese acrobatic performance one of these days.

So now that the storms have passed, I’m ready to greet the new month with open arms. I spent the end of last week preparing for my passport application (oh, the horror). I’ll have to get that done today. When that’s done, I’ll have to get my health card renewed and eventually work on getting my driver’s license again (it expired in July!). Just two months short of the cruise, there’s a lot to be done.