Friday, December 30, 2005 ______________________________________________________________________________

...and a Happy New Year 

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to a very special edition of Joie's Space. In today's post, we will talk about the holidays and the spirit of the season. Good things to eat and wishes and resolutions for the upcoming year.

Man. I should stop watching so much Martha. I think that's going to be my first New Year's Resolution. Stop watching so much damn daytime TV. Ahhh maybe not. It's not good to make resolutions that you fully intend to break even as you're thinking about making them. A resolution that I do intend to stick with though is to keep off the 50lbs I have lost so far (hoping maybe to lose a few more) and to start taking yoga classes to get a little more definition in my body.

I've also resolved to be a little better to this blog. It's always the first thing to be sacrificed when things get rough around here, but that also means that the people who actually bother to visit to read are being slighted. You guys out there, you know who you are (yes, both of you) and you're certainly not the least important thing in my life but since you guys also keep blogs, you know how it is...right? Well this blogging drought has a damn good reason - exams. I am pleased to report that this year, I have gotten the Best. Grades. Ever. I don't want to brag or anything, but I have to share that I got 95% (yes, ninety-five percent, count it) for the graduate course in Hearing Science. The one which I had to fight tooth and nail to get accepted for because the instructor did not want to grant me permission to attend. I'm thinking that I might want to attend AUDI 554 which is the next course in Hearing Science, but I don't want to overload myself next term and I need all the other courses I have to graduate. Bugger. I am really turned on by audiology though and I'm probably going to apply for Audiology programs after I've taken my gap year.

This year in Victoria I took my requisite visit to the Bug Zoo and am proud to announce that I have mustered up the guts to hold yet another insect, this time a Katydid. I don't have the picture with me because Jim and I did not bring our camera. When Brian emails me the picture though, you can be assured that it's going right up on this blog. I'm really proud of it especially because it's such a big bug. And leggy. Leggy things really creep me out. The angle the photo was shot makes it look as though the bug is as big as my head. It really isn't quite that big, but it's close.

Completely off-topic without even a lead-in tangent, I'm looking out my window to my right and I'm staring at a collapsed street. As in the street has completely collapsed into this underground parking lot they were excavating for a new condo development. As far as I know, no one was hurt, it collapsed when no one was there and damaged water lines but no humans. From that standpoint, I'm delighted at the collapse. This is because the new condos, when erected would have further obscured my waterfront view. So there. Ha. I'm even hoping that because of these apparent foundational problems, they will decide that it is only safe to build to a certain height, that certain height being lower than the 16th floor. Oh yeah.

I wonder what they're going to do about it though. It seems like a huge horrible mess to start the new year with.

Speaking of place is a right piece of work. As a result of my Christmas baking, every known counter top is covered in flour and three kinds of sugar. There are dirty dishes everywhere because Jim and I have been so far in and out of the apartment - we've been to Whistler, Victoria and Richmond and Surrey, we've been gone 7 nights of the last 10. The cats water dish and litter boxes are in need of their weekly cleaning (left for over a fortnight now). I refuse to start the new year in this squallor. This being the reason this post ends now.

Best wishes to all for 2006.

posted by Joie! at 11:40 a.m.


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