Tuesday, 28 February 2006

Blog etiquette and bowling

Was just about to post about Friday's night out bowling with classmates and tutors, and then thinking about whether or not it is ok to post pics of other people on your blog without asking them first. I guess in this day and age of technology, one would assume pics of themselves might end up on the net, but what is the etiquette around these things I wonder. Regardless, here are some pics...if anyone is sensitive about having their pic up, I'm sure they'll let me know;)

Finally got a good grade back. Got a 68 in Marketing; looking forward to having the paper returned with some feedback. That one was a real bitch to complete, so glad it was worth something in the end. As much as I say I don't care about my marks, well...it is nice to get a good one;) Also found out that some of my frustrations/concerns around my dissertation research may be unfounded and got some research done on a presentation due in a couple of weeks, so today ended up a productive day:)

Friday, 24 February 2006

What's the big deal anyway?

Ok, so a United Arab Emirates company who has bought out a British company will now run several port authorities, which were not even in control of the USA previously. Why does everyone have their panties in a bunch over this? It's a bit mystifying to me and smacks of paranoia and racism, to my mind. When are people going to realize that just because a select group of people from one nation, religion, etc commit an atrocity that this does not mean the majority should be punished or perceived as a threat? What are they going to do next, put all the Arabs in the US in relocation camps??

Thursday, 23 February 2006


I'm itching to listen to a CD that has gone missing:( If you're not familiar with the Magnetic Fields, they're a great Canadian band well worth a listen. A bit folksy, a bit cheesy, but fantastic. Must remember to purchase vol 2 of the set I have when I come home (cheaper there!).

Killing time procrastinating on finishing my dissertation proposal. Oy vey, I think an MA in English lit would be so much easier than all this research on tourism. Give me Camus or Lessing over this any day!!!

Tuesday, 21 February 2006

5 dates, 3 countries

Got back this evening from a weekend in Amsterdam with Steve. Most of you should know he's the fella I met in Ireland over xmas, from Australia. So this makes three countries we have now had "dates" in, and five separate occasions so far we have spent time together;) Fantastic weekend, and a great city with a wonderful atmosphere.

Tired, so more laterz...

10 hours of sleep later, let's hope I can speak more coherently:) Amsterdam really is a wonderful city. The people are vibrant and friendly, many riding around on bicycles (they actually have bike parking lots that hold up to 2,000 cycles!). On our first night in, while trying to locate our hostel, we got directions from a nice older man and his grandaughter (?). He even took out his newly bought reading glasses and ripped off the tag so he could read the address I had and walked us over a bridge saying "follow me and then i'll tell you more." Everyone seems to speak English there, even if it is not fluently.

The weather was the most chilly I've encountered since being away from home, but that didn't stop us from enjoying some Haagen Daaz ice cream on Sunday. They had a fantastic posh shop (Aunt Liz, you would have loved it...will attach a pic soon!). Got some excellent food every day, really, from Mexican (finally...been missing that), Greek (seriously orgasmically good lamb in tangy yogurt sauce), to Irish pub grub, and even a great sandwich on the flight home. KLM is the bomb. Hmmm, I think the only Dutch food we tried, if I am remembering correctly, was baked goods:) Well, actually, we went to a local-ish pub the first night and had some nice meat and potato dishes.

As far as sightseeing goes, we did a lovely canal cruise and saw the Anne Frank house, and just generally did a lot of walking around. Good stuff and highly recommended...

Edited to add:

Ladies, the things we whine about but often take for granted... Fully enjoyed the fact that I could rely on someone else to figure out directions for how to get around the city while in Amsterdam. And had loads of help in planning the trip. Again, good stuff :)

And a funny...to point out more linguistic differences. Here, and in Australia I guess lol, jelly means jello. Imagine what some peeps must think when imagining a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. That was a great laugh!!

Thursday, 16 February 2006

More verbiage

It's funny how you don't think too much on the literal meanings of commonly used phrases, when you understand the metaphor. Take 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket', for example. Our tutor was trying to explain this phrase to the non-native English speaking students by describing how eggs are fragile and if you put them all in one basket, then drop the basket, they will all break, whereas if you separate them into multiple baskets and drop one basket, you only lose a few. Never crossed my mind...as I just know what it means automatically.

Monday, 13 February 2006

Annoyances & benefits

I'm wondering---have they not heard of hold over here? I shouldn't say that, as I have been put on hold by the post office and such, but calling the GP is a whole other story. There is no hold, and you have to call back about a dozen times before you get through...line is always busy. Drives me nuts.

Small positive...called to make an appt. to have my fringe (bangs) trimmed and they said to just pop in, as that's free. Yippee:)

My computer is all healthy, thanks to Steveg, and my first essay is almost complete, so most of the annoyances of the past week are behind me. I love having my task list empty. Now I can look forward to the upcoming weekend trip to Amsterdam although at the risk of sounding cheesy, I'm more looking forward to the company than the location;) (which doesn't mean i'm not looking forward to the location, btw)

Sunday, 12 February 2006


Hmmm, do you think maybe this pilot was/is scheduled to fly me home in April? Let's hope he is suspended until after that, or better yet, sacked!


Teacher voice

Re-moaning about something. Have been kept up til at least 1am the past few nights by my noisy roommate and his friends, so I've been exhausted. Last night, 'wanker' and the new roommate were in the kitchen yackin it up at 3:30am, so I threw on my robe, shoved upon the kitchen door, yelled "Hey!" a couple of times before they actually heard me, and told them to keep it down. I got a muffled "yeah ok" as a response, but they were almost silent after that. It was Friday night, so I half expected a rebuff, but now that I know it works, I will not hesitate on any day of the week.

Saturday, 11 February 2006


It is so much fun to have classes with peeps who come from other countries, where English is not their native language. Just got out of a class in which one of my classmates was laughing about the fact that in the article she was assigned to read (part of some group work) it was stated that plants were psychologically damaged by tourists and transport. I thought it was amusing and odd, to say the least, until I looked at her article and read....physiologically damaged...at which point it became utterly hysterical;)

Another classmate did not understand the term "I hit the jackpot" when I mentioned it to him earlier. He said: "I don't understand. A jackpot is in the casino." Ah, the things we take for granted...

Friday, 10 February 2006


Well, I just got two more marks back. As you might remember, I got a 55 on my Sustainable Tourism essay (got that grade back in December). That is equivilant to a C in the states, and I thought that was quite fair, as I didn't really feel that I got into things as in-depth as I should/could have, but honestly, I wasn't too interested in putting much more effort into it. Today, I got informed that I got a 48 on my Politics and Policy (fair enough). What really surprised me was that I got a 53 in International Tourism and Globalization. I expected at least something in the 60s; felt I did B level work on that for sure. I even went and interviewed someone for the organization I did my presentation on. I'm tempted to just be really hacked off about it, but that grade is unmoderated (which means it could change) and I haven't seen the feedback on it. Well, I'm ticked anyway to be honest.

On top of that, my laptop is seriously acting up and I can do no work at home. Hopefully that will be rectified soon, as I'm not a fan of working in the library. Then again, if I am going to get crap grades, why worry!

Ok, enough ranting. Have plenty of very good stuff going on as well. Had a fantastic weekend in London and an upcoming trip to Amsterdam to look forward to:)

Back to essay writing...

modified to add: random useless info, but i think it's interesting. One of my classmates asked if Chapter 11 was named so because of 9/11, during a discussion we were having about why so many US airlines have gone into bankruptcy.

Oh, and I found out the 53 in ITG was due to the fact that although I had one of the best reports in the class, I had one of the worst presentations. Honestly, I know my presentation skills can be kind of shaky, but I thought the info was good and had a lot of fun working on it. Oh well, forget them! Where's the smiley with his pants down when I need it;)

Thursday, 9 February 2006

Yippee...two packages in one day

I feel like a lucky gal. I love getting mail:) My bestest friend sent me a box of goodies from home...some licorice, gum, mints, chocolate, tea...and my soap which I can't get here! Gotta love the emergency chocolate..."For immediate relief of: chocolate cravings, lovesickness, exam pressure, mild anxiety and extreme hunger. Tear open wrapper, break off desired dosage, and consume. Alternatively massage into affected area." That won't last long;)

Wednesday, 8 February 2006

Things I woke up to this morning

Woke up to this horrible noise outside my window at 7am. Turns out there was some kind of dredging of the canal going on. Not sure exactly why.

Got a package from my aunt today with some tea and a cute little string of hearts for Valentine's Day. Very cute...hung them up on my wall.

Chicago goes smoke free


I am soooo incredibly happy to see this, for two reasons: 1) I don't think workers should be forced to be exposed to second-hand smoke and 2) as a former smoker, I prefer not to have the temptation.

Bitchy pills and taxes

My dear mum sent me some photos last week of my kitty and the snow back home. In the background of one of the photos, I could see the corner of a newspaper article peeking out, with "PMS?" in the title. I wondered when that would make its way to me;) Guess what I got along with my tax documents today. Just teasing mom! It is interesting. I had a glass of milk last night though, and I'm not sure it helped. Reminds me of the Everybody Loves Raymond episode where he brings Deborah some pills to assist her with her pms. Man, I tell ya...I would pay good money for some bitchy pills myself.

Now, the other little clipping..."Mom dead 21 years now buried, with son". Yikes...that brings new meaning to the term mama's boy don't it? Keeping a dead relative in a glass case in the living room...

So, it is tax time again. I have fingers crossed I'll be getting some money back this year. Now on to figure out how to do them correctly, what with my uni fees, etc. Ugh, I'm tired. How about rejuvenation pills as well? Maybe I should just be a man in my next life.

Tuesday, 7 February 2006

Instructions for Life

I've been sent this twice in the last few months, both at times when it was timely and appropriate, so I thought I'd share.

Instructions for Life

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three R’s:
-respect for self,
-respect for others and,
-responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and look back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a great way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

What you didn't know about flying

I'm just reading an article for my HR Management module on safety issues in the airline industry, and how the profit at any cost mentality affects workers' health. Did you know that Boeing's recommendation for cabin air ventilation standards is 1/3 of the standard for prisoners in US penal institutions? That's a bit frightening and certainly something that will come to mind the next time I fly. No wonder we often come off flights a bit stuffy headed and/or with a headache. I know one thing for sure; I'll never work for an airline. Then again, I would unfortunately assume that the majority of industries take a "hard" approach to HR Management policies. Just goes to prove that it's well worth having a job you like and in which you are treated with respect over making loads of money;)

Monday, 6 February 2006

Crap, I'm turning English;)

Someone on the train stepped on my foot and I apologized to him...

Friday, 3 February 2006

Imbolc, Candlemas and Groundhog's Day

It is quite interesting to see how ancient Pagan holidays/seasonal celebrations have formed the basis for many Christian and secular holidays today. February 1st is Imbolc, a Pagan celebration of signs of life in the dead of winter which herald spring's coming.


From the above link, to celebrate. The first and last seem quite practical to me!
  • This is traditionally a time of purification — clean your house! If you have any Christmas greenery lingering, burn it now.
  • Make your own Brighid’s crosses and hang them up, especially in the kitchen where her influence can bless your food.
  • Put out food — cake, buttered bread and milk will do — outside your door: Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood tonight, and will appreciate your offering.
  • Leave a silk ribbon on your doorstep for Brighid to bless: It can then be used for healing purposes.
  • Meditate upon what you would like to see grow in health and strength this year: for yourself, your family, your community, the Earth, and ask for Bride's blessing upon your prayers.

Thursday, 2 February 2006


I read this over quite a few times. It is part of the description for an assignment for one of my modules this semester.

This needs to be a clear, concise, to the point document of a maximum of 1,000 words that should fill with confidence your research methods tutors that you have acquired the skills to plan and conduct primary research independently.

Also, it was reiterated to us again, strongly, not to plagiarise and to use proper referencing in our work. For fuck's sake, if these things need to be told to the students at the beginning of the second semester....

Wednesday, 1 February 2006


I found Bratwurst at the Morrison's near uni. Was about $3 for a package of four, fresh not frozen...imported from Germany. Tonight, I'm going to cook brats in beer and onions. Quite excited:) For anyone who would like to know how to make this, it's very easy. Saute the onions in butter until clear, then add brats and brown, next add a bottle of beer (dark is better) and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. You can then take out the brats and onions, put it in a warm oven while further reducing the beer for a sauce. Either serve in buns/baps or plain. Good with dijon or hot dog mustard.

Went to a classmate's flat last night for dinner. One of our other classmates cooked for us....pasta with a white sauce and smoked salmon. First, he cooked the salmon in a pan wth creme fresh (similar to sour cream) and grated parmesan. This was added to the cooked pasta. Simple and yum.