Sunday, December 6, 2009

It's been a WHILE!

I know I haven't posted in approximately forever, and lots has happened!

Nattie and I went to Montreal and Toronto. Toronto was pretty cool but I fell head over heels in love with Montreal. Everything about it, in fact.

Then I was in Banff for this really awesome training thing for work, which was really fun and very interesting! It was mostly about marketing, which I'm really interested in.

Then we had to go to Winnipeg because my uncle died, which was really sad. I know this isn't really a nice thing to say, but it was really nice to see everyone. I'd rather not have been in Winnipeg and seeing everyone for that reason, but since it had to happen, it was nice.

Finally, the Christmas party was last weekend! It was a really great time!

This is a really weak post, but I'm on my way back into the blogosphere, ha ha, perhaps so I think that's why.


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Come full circle

Those who know me well know that there are a few phrases/words that I plain old don't understand ("paradox"). There are also a great many which I kind of get but I really could never use in a conversation ("flaky") and some I just plain old don't like ("that has nothing to do with the price of tea in China"). I SHOULD understand these words/phrases, I think. I honestly (and I may be being cocky here) nothing about these things that is so far above my head that I can't figure it out, I think there are just some things that don't click with people. In any case, the phrase "come full circle" meant little to me until very recently.

I went to "Ask the Rabbi" with my dad last Tuesday and I was sitting there, very much enjoying myself, and thinking about myself ten years ago. I have to say, as an aside, that it makes me feel like infinity years old to be able to vividly remember ten years ago, but I won't really go there. Anyways, ten years ago (or at least very close, 9 at least), I would have been sitting around with my youth group having "Bible Answer Man" with Pastor Russ. I can't fully describe what it was like to sit there with a bunch of old Jewish guys and be thinking about my former religious life, but I really enjoyed myself. And I definitely got a real kick out of it.

Dad and I went to Yom Kippur services yesterday. I am not a good faster, but that part of it wasn't too bad. It was a really interesting day. Man did we pray. Well, I didn't really, because I honestly have no idea what's going on. I told my dad that and he said "sure you do" but I don't think he comprehends that, unlike him, I was not forced to go to an Orthodox Synagogue until my early twenties or late teens or whenever it was that he stopped going. I think he had a really good time though. He said he "got a lot of good feelings out of it", and I think that's what I was hoping for. The biggest drawback was that we didn't get to sit together (because it's Orthodox) and so I was all by myself with a bunch of ladies that I have never met, etc. I still had a good time though. It's funny how 99% or so of the ladies just go to chat. Very funny.

And dad got to carry the Torah during the service. I really had very little idea what was going on, of course, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that it's quite an honour to be chosen to do that. It was really cool to (kind of.... there's a serious barricade up between the ladies' and men's sides) see him up there. I think he was really happy. Afterwards he said that being chosen to carry the Torah is a "great honour". And he seemed pretty happy about it. So that's pretty darned cool.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009


I have never really considered myself a super "lucky" person by regular standards. What I mean by that is just that I don't win the few times I gamble and stuff like that. Nattie and Matt and I went to West Ed last weekend for our annual waterpark trip and I had a GREAT time. We were so tired on Friday night though, maybe from all the cardio at the waterpark that day, but probably just because we're getting REALLY old. We were barely able to coax ourselves out of our respective beds after watching a really crappy movie (Observe and Report) for a fun post-mall closing walk. We eventually got to that little fountain thing with the cute little whale that you can stand in and take pictures in (I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about)..... I had some coins in my pocket because I had them ready to throw down the mall (one of my favourite hobbies, when it's busy people jump all over the place because they hear money. It's hilarious). Annnnyways, I handed out some pennies for us to throw in the fountain to make a wish. Nattie and Mattie tossed their pennies in with their wishes. It took me a REALLY long time to figure out something to wish for. This is not to say that my life is perfect, that I'm always happy or anything else kind of silly like that, but I just felt REALLY lucky and blessed and grateful that I couldn't think of anything to wish for.

That's all. :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Oh wow.

I stumbled on this by accident.

Need I say more?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

2 days, 2 posts..... WHAT?

I think I posted yesterday. Hmmm. Not really sure.

Anyways, I was thinking again (Nattie must be thinking "oh gosh, why").

When we saw Julie & Julia, I REALLY enjoyed it. I have to say it's one of my favourites. I knew it was a Nora Ephron movie and I knew that Nora Ephron was Jewish but I guess I never REALLY thought about it before we saw the movie. Anyways, I LOVED the movie so much. And then some. But I definitely had that Woody Allen/Kevin Smith feeling when I watched it. There's something about certain directors that makes me feel that way. Something else interesting that I learned on imdb is that Nora Ephron is in 2 Woody Allen movies, as an extra-sounding type of character. I just think there's something to that.

I wish I could articulate better the way I feel when I watch Woody Allen movies or Julie & Julia, but I can't because I don't understand it myself. They're not "Jewish" movies. Most of Woody Allen's main characters (in the movies where he is the main character) are Jewish, but I think that has something to do with the fact that it seems like most of those movies are kind of autobiographical. Or at least I think the characters are reflections of him. In any case, I found out that Nora Ephron also directed When Harry Met Sally, which many of you know is one of my very favourite movies. And Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail..... all of which I REALLY loved.

Not that I think it's fair to just say that just because she's Jewish I'm more likely to enjoy her movies. That's definitely not what I'm saying or thinking. I just feel like there's something there. I don't know what, and I don't know how it can transcend subject that way (if "it" does, in fact, exist). It's probably just a fluke. I mean, the fact that 2 of my 3 very favourite directors are Jewish doesn't constitute some demographic miracle or relationship. A LOT of directors (and other people in Hollywood) happen to be Jewish.

In Stars of David (one of my very favourite books), Abigail Pogrebin points out that Nora Ephron has been called a "Jewish humorist in the tradition of Woody Allen". So there's that, are they both Jewish humorists? Nora Ephron doesn't think so. She doesn't see herself as a Jewish writer anymore than she identifies as a woman writer. She says "Don't I make movies?". Which I totally agree with. I wouldn't want to be a "woman director" or a "Jewish director" or whatever, I'd just want to be a director. I happen to think that'd be a cool job anyway, but that's another tangent for another post.

I just think there's something to this though. She actually says something that I can appreciate about a certain Jewish type of humour: "one of the things that seemed very clear to me was that this thing that you call Jewish humor, whatever it is, partly comes from being ina minority. In my stereotype of Jews, one thing I love is how funny they are -- how funny at their own expense they are". I think that the "connection", should there be one, has something to do with Jews having a certain type of humour (or writing style or something. Could be anything), making something non-Jewish with that type of humour and then my interpreting it in a certain way. That definitely doesn't explain my love of Julie & Julia, When Harry Met Sally, or much else at all though. So that's great. I have a question and a totally irrelevant theory.

It was just something I was thinking about. In other happy news, I got a few books I ordered today. My new copy of Stars of David by Abigail Pogrebin, I Am Jewish edited by Judea and Ruth Pearl , and Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt. YAY!

I should stop ordering books and start READING books though. My list is quite long!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

You really can't.....

plan for life, can you. Not that anything unexpected has happened to me recently, it's just what I've been thinking about. I think I'm really frustrated because I misread a certain situation and then really fouled it up. That's all I'll say, but my one reader knows what happened. The details aren't important anyways.

Nothing too, too exciting going on otherwise. Enjoying some Jeopardy. I LOVE Jeopardy. Speaking of old people-like things that I am in love with, I caught up with a little Antiques Roadshow last night. Boy was that ever good. This one guy had this amazing collection of Hallmark cards (he worked for Hallmark) by Charles Schulz (sp?) as well as some assorted sketches, including Peanuts ones. It was pretty cool. I gotta say it gave me goosebumps a little. The appraiser said it was probably worth up to $150,000. Which is NUTS, especially because he didn't seem to expect it to be worth too, too much. It's just such a good show though. Has anyone else noticed that Jeopardy has changed their set dramatically? I think I know the answer to that question, ha ha.

I'm starving and don't feel like cooking anything. Brutal. I'd say there's a SERIOUS chance I'll be having KD pretty soon here. I made this spaghetti last night and it was quite good but it was so garlicky I tasted it ALL NIGHT so I don't really feel like having it again, even though I have 2 containers of leftovers. The garlic has probably just intensified by this time anyways. So I think I'll skip it.

The other piece of news is that I did a little bike shopping today. And I had NO luck. It was brutal. I was really interested in this one but none of the people at the store knew how to fold it and I didn't want to buy it without seeing how to fold it. I even tried to take the instruction manual out of the little bag hanging from the bike to figure it out but I just couldn't get it. I was really disappointed in the customer service I received there. I try my VERY best not to complain about stuff like that, but it was brutal. If someone asked me how to fold something when I worked at TRU and I didn't know the answer, I would ASK SOMEONE. So that really sucked. I'll have to bring a friend next time, I guess.

I had really good plans to read by the pool tonight but I'm so tired I'll probably just end up lazing around on my computer and watching TV. I have 2 good shows to watch soon, so I'm watching some The Doctors until the good stuff starts.

Annnyways, SUPER excited for mine and Mattie and Nattie's trip to Edmonton in a few weeks and then TORONTO AND MONTREAL pretty soon too! HOORAY!


Sunday, August 2, 2009

What a week.

I know it's been FOREVER since I updated this but honestly none of the details are all that fascinating and Nattie, you already know them all so I don't really need to put them all in here. I just wanted to post something small because I have had possibly the most crazy week I've ever had in my life and I just wanted to get it out. Ha ha, in an outrageously public (but hardly ever read) forum.

Tomo and Elliott got married last Saturday and it was so wonderful! Congrats to them, they are so cute together and will no doubt live a very long happy life together! I so hope they get everything they ever dreamed of and more! I'm pretty sure they're still away on their honeymoon (I think they're going away to Disneyland later this year as well, how exciting, to have 2 honeymoons!) but Elliott has posted some pretty adorable and sweet updates since they've been gone.

I was also a little hungover on Sunday, oops. Molly and I saw the Ugly Truth, which was awesome and I had a great time with her even though I felt like total garbage.

I really don't want to be nonchalant about this but I feel like it's been a really long time coming and that's that Jordan and I broke up on Monday, I'm pretty sure for good this time. I suppose you can really never say never but sometimes you just can't make it work, no matter how much you love someone. And now I realize that and that's OK. We'll both live, just fine. And hopefully we can keep being friends and hopefully someday I'll be friends with his wife or girlfriends or whatever and we can just be really great friends who had a really great relationship a long time ago.

I've been thinking the last week or so though, about stuff and things, lol. And how damn lucky I have been in my short 22 (almost 23) years to have so many amazing people walk in (and sometimes out) of my life. I could never even attempt to make a list, but you all know who you are and I just wanted to say thanks. I don't think anyone reads this other than Nattie (and she'll die of shock when she sees that I've updated so she might not even read this far), but if you read this, please know that even though you probably don't realize it (even though you might), you've had more of an impact on my life and who I am than you could ever know. So a million times thank you. I'm just the absolute luckiest girl in the whole world: I've met more amazing people in these short 22 years (do I sound like a broken record yet) than probably some people do in their whole lives. I forget about that a LOT, I think, and I don't treat a lot of my friends like I should to show them how much I love and appreciate them, but I truly, truly do. Whether it's sharing laughter or tears, fun or sadness, in sickness in health, for richer for poorer (wait, how did I get here?).... just kidding. But seriously, thanks to everyone. I love you all so much more than I could ever say in person (because I'm a baby and am cold/dead inside) and especially online.

Sometimes you just can't plan for things, huh. I think I've had one of those weeks. And the constant in all of it is that all of my friends who have handled me until now and still stick around (tough, tough people, nice work) have stuck by me every step of the way, no matter what it was that I was learning at that particular moment. I also can't sleep but that's a totally separate story. :)

Also, could someone float me a little musical talent? I'm trying to play my guitar again today and when I sing it sounds like I've been smoking (I haven't been). And it's driving me crazy.