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2011 - Annual Book Post!! [31 Dec 2011|04:02pm]
This year I read 54 books! My goal was to reach 50, and I totally beat it! It helps that I read the additional 4 books in the 4 days after Christmas. Yay for books!

Total books read: 54
Best book read: Fire From Heavan - Mary Renault
Least favorite book of the year: A Summer of Drowning - John Burnside
Quickest read: I Want to Go Home - Gordon Korman read in 2 hours
Most ridiculous read: Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination - Helen Fielding
Total Library books read: 18
Total non-fiction books read: 14

List is behind the cut!Collapse )
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[14 Sep 2011|11:31pm]
I, officially, hate technology. My internet is not fucked up, buy my computer is. It is fucked up to the degree that the guy who's job it is to fix internet problems has never heard of my problem and doesn't understand why the internet is not working.


I have decided that I am moving to the forest where technology does not work. I will hike out once a week to check the mail box and pick up a newspaper. Please contact me via homing pigeon, semaphore (4pm daily) or Morse code on drums.
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[17 Jul 2011|11:38pm]
Just went through a bunch of old enteries and deleted a bunch of Russian spam. Is this a sign I should be posting to my journal more often?
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[28 Feb 2011|11:50pm]
Course Selection Stress!!!

Arrrrrrgh, Political Science is offering very few courses this summer, which doesn't work with my plan to get rid of all of my 200 stuff over the summer. However, I can get US Politics (which I'm interested in) as a distance course. I've just never done a distance before. Do other people like them? It still counts as a regular class on my loans right?

I am so, so, so close to being done. I hadn't realized just how close. I need 1 course for dialogue, 3 courses for Communications and 7 for PoliSci. That works out to 3 semesters of classes. OMG, I could be done in a year! That's a very scarey idea. MORE SCHOOL PLEASE! WILL SOMEONE GIVE ME A MILLION DOLLARS TO PAY FOR MORE SCHOOL???
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[14 Jan 2011|02:20am]
Had a mini dialogue class reunion tonight, and it was AMAZING! Pizza and bowling - I bowl better while dancing apparently. I came in dead last with 47 point! Go me! There was much hugging of everyone, but especially tall hot Josh.

The only downside was that I lost an earring - and it was one of my favorites with dangly stars. This is the second earring that I've lost since mid-December.

Tomorrow (or rather, later today) homework reading, unit inspection of the water damage and a visit to my cousin in the evening.

PS: Nell is not sick - I think she was just a bit stressed out from the fire alarms.

PPS: I think I'm going to make waffles tomorrow morning - mmmmmmmm, waffles
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[12 Jan 2011|08:07am]
Blargh - so tired right now. Was woken up at 6am by the fire alarm going off. It had just turned off as I go to the lobby, and there were firemen, so I apparently slept through most of it. When I got back to my floor one of my neighbours was poking his head out and let me know this was the second alarm of the morning - apparently I slept through the 4am alarm. This does not seem like a good thing.

The other feature of my morning was the two large garbage cans in front of neighbours door which were collecting the water that was pouring from the ceiling. Note to everyone: roofing during the winter is a BAD IDEA.

And, just to make the morning terrific: I think Nell is sick. I still have some of her medication, thank god, so I won't have to find someone to drive me to the vet, but still!

Bad morning, really tired, going to sleep on the couch, I think.
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[10 Jan 2011|09:47pm]
Mondays will suck this semester. Long long long day - 6 straight hours of class, with only 10 minute breaks inbetween. But, I soldier forth in the academic frey!! My classes seem interesting, although one of my TA's is kind of iffy - he conducted the entire class without actuallying giving us the assignment criteria sheet and was acting like we were so dumb for not knowing what he was talking about. Dude.

I am attempting to cook more. Last semester I didn't eat out a lot, but I had a lot of packaged/processed food and sandwiches. Have been doing relativly well in the last few weeks as actually cooking every night, and setting aside leftovers to be used later in the week. Will see how this holds up over the semester. I'm thinking of making Mondays a slow cooker night. I have one, rarely use it, and have time Monday morning to actually put foods together. Might give it a go. Also, attempting to eat breakfast every morning. It's working well so far. I froze pancakes! Go me!

I bought two squashes today. Am not entirely sure how to cook them, but they seem to come with instructions. Will attempt in the coming days.

Have started reading The Hundered Thousand Kingdoms but I'm not sure I like it. Will read more tonight.
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Annual Book Post! [01 Jan 2011|09:04pm]
Hello All! This is my annual book post - a complete list of all the books I read during 2010.

Number of books read: 44
Favorite read: Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
It took the longest to read: Gone With The Wind (733 pgs in a year in a half)
It took the least amount of time to read: This Can't Be Happening at McDonald Hall (1 hour)
I'd Most Reccomend: Heat Wave by Richard Castle

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Because I Love Lists! [03 Sep 2010|01:10pm]
Recent book aquisitions!

A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins

The Turn of the Screw - Henry James

This Can't Be Happening at Mcdonald Hall! - Gordon Korman

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

The Wizard of Oz - Frank Baum (this one comes with a slightly creepy gift inscription!)

Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood

I Will Fear No Evil - Robet Heinlein

The Robber Bride - Margaret Atwood

The World in the Evening - Christophe Isherwood

The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje

Used bookstores rule! All of this was around $20ish, with store credit! (I love credit!) Hopefully these, along with some books borrowed from friends and family, and the rest of my previous "To Read" collection (about 5 books) will keep me occupied this semester. I have 2 hours of commuting to do each day and assuming I can stay awake on the bus, it will be great reading time!
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[30 Aug 2010|01:05pm]
I found my files! I still have everything! Major woohoos!!

However, all of my programs are gone, so I'm slowly recoving everything I like, and reorganizing my computer the way I like. But, a bunch of stuff updated itself to newer versions, like Window's Media, and it's driving me CRAZY. The newer version sucks, and I want my old layout and look back. But yay, computer!
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[29 Aug 2010|04:59pm]
So, fun times with my computer! I'm up at school right now, using the internet in the library.

I got home last night, and my computer was going nuts with some malware virus. AVG kept popping up every 30 seconds and it was kind of a disaster. But, I kept a cool head, and figured out how to get rid of the malware. The program found 51!!!! things to fix! How does that happen? So, after that was fixed, my AVG kept going nuts. So, I ran a virus scan and found 15 problems (again, how? Isn't AVG supposed to get rid of this stuff every night?) Then an AVG box popped up telling me it had fixed 10 problems, reboot to fix the rest. So, I rebooted and now my computer won't go.

From what I found on Google, the virus I had was attached to the files that actually boot up windows. And I think AVG deleted those files, so no Windows won't start. I can't get into safe mode and when I tried booting off of a an actual copy of Windows nothing happened. So, I'm going to go home and use my reset disk, and reset my whole computer.

I'm actually pretty Zen about it, kinda. I'm more scared that I'm going to screw up the resetting of windows than I am about loosing all my files. Almost everything is replaceable - TV, music, audio books, and craft patterns. I'm only really upset about loosing the pictures of my finished crafts and my 2010 Reading List.

What has really been freaking me out today has been the loss of the internet. I don't have wireless at home, so I couldn't use my laptop, and it was kinda hell. I felt completely cut off from everyone and everything. I couldn't look up hours for anything, phone numbers, buses, no Facebook, no Livejournal, no YouTube, no downloading, I'm at a complete loss.

So, unless anyone wants to call and talk me out of it in the next couple of hours, I'm going to reinstall Windows. Wish me luck!
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[03 Aug 2010|01:36am]
I slept in until 11 this morning, and now, at 1:30am, I'm not in the least bit tired. Going to bed now will only result in my laying there until 3am. So, up now, trying to get tired.

This is where my sleeping problems come from: staying up to late. I'll crawl out of bed at 8am, drag myself through the day, pass out for two hours when I get home and then be up until 3, repeat, repeat, repeat. If I'm not ready to drop when I get into bed, I just lay there for hours. How do I make myself sleepy?

Went to Old Navy today and bought jeans. They were on sale for $19 a pair, so I figured, why not? I haven't bought jeans in almost 8 months, and I need a pair that fit properly in light wash. Wasn't horrible thrilled with the two pairs I picked out, but thought it would do. Got them home, and started trying shirts and shoes on with them, and I'm now even more disgusted than I was. The fabric is really really cheap, they're shorter than I thought they'd be and they're so unflattering. I'm going to return them. Now, the quest begins again. I hate shopping for pants.

In non-complainy news, I've had a great weekend! Saturday I went to Kits Beach, sat under the beach umbrella and watched dogs playing in the ocean. Sunday I went to the Pride Parade and watched half naked people dance, and today I stayed home and watched movie. A very voyeuristic long weekend?

Tomorrow begins my social disappearing act, as I have a 3500 word essay due on the 13th (notable for also being the same day as my first exam). Then I get 3ish weeks of time off before beginning my Semester in Dialogue program and becoming the poorest! student! ever! Dear god, please let me get bursaries next semester.
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[15 Jul 2010|12:27pm]
After being too depressed to keep reading Solar last night, I picked up Schooled by Gordon Korman. GK was my fav! author when I was a kid, and well into my teens. I read his McDonald Hall books over and over again, to the point where my copy of Beware the Fish! lost its cover.

But, so far, I'm not really enjoying Schooled. Granted, I'm only 60 pages in (I fell asleep reading it last night, and woke up at 4am to turn my lights off, book splayed across my face) and things my change, but it's kinda awful. The "bad" kids, the ones who are working against out hero Cap are almost cartoony in their villainy. There's no real reason that they're being mean to this kid, other than "he's different." And both of the female characters are being mean because they are worried what boys think.

And yes, I'm sure this will all change, and everyone will come to love Cap and all differences are solved. But it just all feels so arbitrary. Sophie doesn't seem to hate Cap because she's had another person added to her life, and had her home turned upside down without consultation, she doesn't like him cause he's weird. It's feeling one dimensional.
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[15 Jul 2010|12:29am]
Am reading Solar by Ian McEwan for my Dialogue program next semester. It's not a hard read, bits of it are interesting but the main character is such a pathetic sad sack that I'm not enjoying the read. Everything he does is full of disaster, and its all his own fault - every ounce of it and he knows it. He doesn't care about anything - he's only going through the motions of life and its depressing as hell to read.

Should be going to bed now, but don't wanna.
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[23 Jun 2010|10:16pm]
Iz really really tired.

Tried studying, but fell asleep over books

Tried watching TV, but fell asleep in chair

Will try sleeping, hope to fall asleep
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This is too wonderful not to share . . . [07 May 2010|05:27pm]
Dinner out on Friday night!



Video from maelie
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[02 May 2010|06:15pm]
My name is Kim. I punched Maelie in the face. It was good.
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Woe is Me [26 Jan 2010|02:25pm]
I'm siiiiiiiiiick:(

And, that is about as interesting as this post is getting.

I've been feeling not great for the past few days, but I woke up this morning and just felt awful. I'm supposed to work today at Michaels, but for the first time in a long long time I was able to take a step back and say "The money is so not worth being there and feeling like crap all day." Plus, I don't care. So, I called is sick. Go Me.

My boss tried to guilt me into coming in anyway She said "Oh, it's a really big truck today, and the Big Guy In Charge is coming in, and you're the third person to call in sick today." But instead of taking the bait, all I said was "Wow, that sucks. I hope I called in early enough that you can find someone to take my shift. See you on Saturday!"

Three years ago, I would have gone in, overworked myself and spent the day miserable. Today, I've gone back to bed and had more sleep, drunk lots of tea, and am still in my PJ's. I need the money I make working there, but I'm not paid enough to stay sick for another week so they have an easier time. I'm very proud of my new approach to work.

Now, I'm going to watch Pride and Prejudice, cross stitch, drink some more tea, have a nap and try to feel better. I have work at the Art Gallery tomorrow and they pay me way, way more.
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[18 Jan 2010|04:23am]
Being woken up from a dead sleepy by loud music at 4:10am is not a pleasant experience: SO I CALLED THE COPS.
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[11 Jan 2010|12:29am]
Have been neglecting Live Journal. That is not good.

Currently, my house is covered in crafts. There is knitting on the footstool, the coffee table, the couch and the end table. There is cross stitch on the couch and the end table. My craft room is making groaning noises and I seriously need to invest in more storage drawers. Yet, I was still tempted to buy pretty wool at the store today, for absolutely no reason.

I have had my first week of classes and so far they all seem like they'll be good fun. The subject matter in each of them overlaps a lot, but the readings are all different. My schedule for the semester:

Monday: 2 Classes running from 9:30-6:30 at Downtown and Burnaby
Tuesday: Work (usually mornings)
Wednesday: Work 10-5
Thursday: Class 11:30-2:30 Surrey
Friday: Class 9:30-1:30
Saturday: Work (schedual varies)
Sunday: off
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