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Procrastination, ahoy! [January the 9th, 2007 - 9:11 PM]
[ mood | amused ]

Like I needed to find another source of procrastination, but one of my favourite blogs Pop Candy pointed me towards another fine source today: VH1's Pop Culture Challenge.

Some of the games are easier than others, but I very much agree with the result I got from one of the training exercises:

Double-click on the picture if you want to see it in all its glory, but yes, that's right, I'm a "Pop Culture Genius".  Hahahah, don't I wish...I definitely bombed the "Lightning Trivia" exercise, but then some of those questions were just ridiculous, such as ones regarding Ashlee Simpson album track listings and Kevin Bacon's height in relation to Kevin Spacey's...oy!

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Criminology here I come... [December the 20th, 2006 - 11:44 AM]
[ mood | anxious ]

About to get exam 2 of 3 out of the way!  Really not sure how it's going to go, but I've been told by people from past terms that if you have a vague understanding of the theories and can just apply them to things, you'll be fine.  Sooooo, let's hope that's right!  A more insightful post will come later on today when I'm done...

P.S. I know I pimp music-related things a lot, but I just can't help it!  Here's something I've been meaning to post about 'cause it's one of my most favourite things: Last.FM  Through this website you can hook up a plugin to your music player (WinAmp, iTunes, Windows Media Player...whatever!) so that it "scrobbles" (a.k.a. records) all the songs that you listen to.  For example, take a look at my page.  Nifty, no?  Honestly, I love it so very much.  SO I figured I'd see if any more of my friends happen to have it...and if maybe I can convince more people into its awesome land? :)

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Me pimping holiday music AGAIN [December the 16th, 2006 - 2:39 PM]
[ mood | working ]

Want more fantastic holiday music a little more out of the ordinary?  Look no further than my new favourite online radio station WOXY and their current featured channel, the WOXY Holiday Mixer

Seriously, it is so wonderful.  In the past half an' hour or so that I've been listening I've heard some holiday tracks from They Might Be Giants, Saint Etienne and a great song by Keane just came on.  They even played a Pee-Wee Herman Christmas song about 15 minutes ago which gave me QUITE the good laugh.

Anyway, definitely worth checking out if you're interested in the non-mainstream Christmas music scene.

Now back to the essay I was about to start...I'm sure you'll all hear from me later when I'm going a bit bonkers.  Fortunately the topic I came up with is still amusing the hell out of me.  Here's my working title:

The Anatomy of Attraction: A character analysis of Romeo & Juliet’s Romeo and The Taming of the Shrew’s Petruchio and their 21st-century counterparts in the television show Grey’s Anatomy

Oh yes, that's right.  McDreamy is a present-day Romeo (both have "sweet" good looks, both are romantic, both have a desire for what they can't have, both are instinctive and impulsive) and McSteamy is a present-day Petruchio (both have rugged good looks, both have suave attitudes, both have a desire for the challenge, both have confident/cocky behaviours).  Oh, how I love professors who encourage us to be more creative and interesting and infuse ourselves into our essays!

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Holiday meme [December the 15th, 2006 - 10:22 PM]
[ mood | happy ]

Stolen from shivi 'cause it's just too cute:

The 12 Days of LiveJournal

My gifts are super awesome because they're soooooooo nerdy.  SEVEN of them have to do with my reading/writing/editing nerdiness.  So wicked cool, yo. :)

P.S. I visited my sister and my nephew today!  I hadn't seen him for 2 months and he seriously changes so much at this age, as he will only be 10 months on the 24th of December.  What a sweetheart. <3

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Back in Brampton temporarily... [December the 13th, 2006 - 6:06 PM]
[ mood | amused ]

Yup, back at home from today (Wednesday) until Monday. I have a longgggg break between exams so I figured I should go home for a bit. Hopefully I'll get a lot of work done with less distractions nearby. I have 2 exams to study for and 1 essay to get done. Fun!

Alright, this post is apparently pretty pointless and random.

Oh! Thanks to Imprint, I saw the Dixie Chicks documentary Shut Up and Sing for free last night with Cathy. I like some of their songs but don't know much about the band, but Cathy's a huge fan so I figured why not. I was nicely surprised, however, as the movie was really quite interesting and engaging. It basically told the story of all the backlash and controversy from Natalie Maines' infamous statement against President George W. Bush. Turns out there's a lot more to the story than I was previously aware, and it's all really quite interesting. Seriously, whether you're a Dixie Chicks fan or not, it's really quite a good movie that I recommend checking out.

WHOA, weird. So as I was just typing that AND listening to the Dixie Chicks song "Not Ready to Make Nice" (which is obviously about said controversy), a link to this story popped up on my MSN news alerts. Funnnnny. :)

Alright, dinner time so I'm going to end my random post.

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For my fellow music snobs and/or Christmas music lovers... [December the 7th, 2006 - 9:05 PM]
[ mood | cheerful ]


Check out the blog above that I recently discovered. Not only does it seem to be pretty damn awesome all the time, but from December 1 - 25 it is also providing downloads to 50 Christmas songs they're not burned out on. That's two fantastic Christmas songs a day, kids! And if you're a huge holiday music lover like I am, this is just pure gold. So far they've included gems such as Death Cab's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Snow Patrol's "When I Come Home for Christmas", The Polyphonic Spree's "Merry X-Mas (War is Over)", and one I've already loved for many years, No Doubt's "Oi to the World". Winner for best title so far? Sure there's Fountains of Wayne's "I Want an Alien for Christmas", but a million times better is Neko Case's "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" -- hah! Search their archives to get the songs from days past, and enjoy!

P.S. Feel MORE than free to list some of your favourite holiday songs in the comments box, 'cause if you know some good ones that I don't, I'd love to add them to my collection (currently my mp3 holiday playlist consists of 132 songs, and I want it to keep growwwwwwwwing).

P.P.S. Because I thought it'd be fun, from now until Christmas, I will also randomly provide you all with some of my favourite holiday songs! To begin, my absolute all-time favourite Band Aid -- Do They Know It's Christmas.

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Random new music love [October the 8th, 2006 - 12:47 PM]
[ mood | calm ]


Actually found the link through The Toronto Star today. Weirrrrrrrd. Quite in love so far through the 4 little songs MySpace grants me access to. The first song, "A Little Sad", is particularly lovely and I highly recommend everyone take a listen. She claims some of her influences to be Edith Piaf, The Cure, Jim Croce, Brigitte Bardot, Kate Bush, Francois Truffaut...very intriguing. Apparently she's also doing a solo show in T.O. two weekends from now when I will actually most likely be visiting my eldest sister, so maybe I will check that out?

EDIT: Found a couple of different listening tracks at her personal site: http://www.lennijabour.com/listen/lenni_jabour_listen.html

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Thoughts after coming home for Thanksgiving... [October the 8th, 2006 - 4:19 AM]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

It may still say "Suzanne's Room" on the Winnie the Pooh plaque on the door, but it sure doesn't feel like my room anymore.

I'm not even sure if it was mine in high school, as the more I look around, the more I realize that the vast majority of this paraphernalia is actually from my junior high years. Oh, grade 7 and 8, how I apparently adored you. I still find it somewhat unsettling that I am unable to picture most of the inside layout of that school.

All the photos on the wall are from grade 7 and 8. I only still talk to 3 out of the 10 girls in the smiling shots.

The photos in the frames feature some high school memories, but yet in some ways they seem even more distant to me.

My walls are host to posters, frames and banners from Star Wars: Episode I, Cape Cod, the Toronto Blue Jays as World Series champions in '93 and scores of Disney doodads.

The walls themselves are a horrid, pale pink. The colour was chosen for me at the age of six and has yet to be changed.

The furniture is children's furniture -- neither the drawers of the dresser or the nighttable can hold nearly enough. The dresser does feature a nice, long mirror, however. I used to always stick photos in the gaps in the sides but rarely would they stay properly wedged in for long; currently only three sisterly shots remain.

One wall is covered with fake, wooden shelves; the shelves themselves are covered in stuffed animals and random trinkets. A corner on the floor is home to a stuffed animal as well -- a life-sized Mickey Mouse, as in he was my size when I received him at the age of 9. He's usually wearing my Cat in the Hat hat which I bought for a Halloween costume a few years later.

The back of my bedroom door is a work of art, or so I thought when I created it 8 or 9 years ago. It is completely covered from top to bottom with a wide variety of magazine clippings. If only I still cared about boy bands and teen movies, I might still look fondly on my door. For now it's just a memory of who used to be me -- that's all my room now seems to be.

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Oh goodness me... [September the 21st, 2006 - 11:27 PM]
[ mood | busy ]

...school just came and swept me away, didn't it? And it's not like it's really slowed down at all yet (I already feel behind!) but I still felt a strong urge to come back and post briefly tonight.

Unfortunately I'm super bloody tired and still have some reading to do before bed so this will indeed be brief.

So, here are the highlights of me...they're coming...really...I'm thinking of 'em...

...honestly, there's just one big one.

I got the Assistant Editor position! I'm now Assistant Editor-in-Chief at my student newspaper and it is FANTASTIC. I've already been on the job two weeks but the excitement really hasn't died down for me yet, hahaha. :) I have some good stories on the matter, but they'll be addressed later -- I'm going to try my best to do a detailed real post this weekend.

Anyway, I am still alive! Busy, but alive.

And now the other reason for this post!

If you choose to comment on this post (and you all surely know how much I love comments), please tell me at LEAST one interesting/important thing that has happened to you in the last 3 weeks or so that I've been M.I.A. so that I can at least be semi-filled in until I find time to read all the entries I've missed!

Okay, reading then sleeping time. Be back soon -- promise.

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[August the 31st, 2006 - 8:53 PM]
[ mood | tired ]

Oh goodness has this past week gone by at super speed! I'm really not sure where it ran off to, to be perfectly honest. Crazyness.

The birthday I alluded to in my previous post was, in fact, absolutely lovely. The day fortunately coincided with both my last day of work and the Foo Fighters acoustic tour concert, so really, how could the day have been anything less than lovely? :)

I received many wonderful gifts in the form of books, CDs, DVDs and board games (DELUXE TURNTABLE SCRABBLE!!!!!!!!).

Overall, a fantastic 21st birthday. :)

In other Suzie-verse news, I move back to school tomorrow afternoon! Very, very pleased about this as I miss everyone there SO incredibly much. I was actually up there yesterday and today though as we were doing our first Imprint production night which, despite the fact that we were severely understaffed, actually went really well, I think. I'll post a link to the website and my stories sometime this weekend once they've been uploaded.

Also, I might be rather M.I.A. during this coming week beginning Sunday as I am an Orientation Leader for the incoming first-years and will be very, very busy during Frosh Week -- some days I will be on campus from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. I will try to drop in and give brief updates, however, and see how all you wonderful people are doing as well. :)

Alright, shall I end this ramble of updates here? I suppose. But first: new Decemberists song! Super-duper awesome as I am very excited for the new album. Enjoy! :)

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Happy Birthday to ME! [August the 28th, 2006 - 12:39 AM]
[ mood | chipper ]

I really do wish to go on about my birthday in greater detail BUT I am super tired.

The only reason I'm posting now is I just finally got a mood theme worked out (hooray for Princess Bride!) and wanted to show it off. AND celebrate the fact that I now have a paid account 'cause I treated myself as a birthday present to myself from myself. :)

Okay, seriously sleep time now though. More tomorrow -- hopefully!

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SNAKE-O-VISION!!!! [August the 19th, 2006 - 11:40 AM]
[ mood | bouncy ]

Just a quick post while I'm waiting for my turn in the shower:

Oh my goodness. SoaP was even better than I bloody expected. Oh MY goodness.

Snake-o-Vision??? SNAKE-O-VISION!?!?!?!?!?!?

I just about DIED. When I get to posting those "Top 5's", motherfuckin' Snake-O-Vision is going to be right up on the top of that list. Bloody fantastic. :D

And the line, ohhhhh the line. I didn't have a very enthusiastic audience (I think most of the diehards other than me went on Thursday) but we did at least have people cheering at THE LINE and there were some kids near us throwing snakes every once in a while. I was laughing and cheering like a crazy woman pretty much the whole time, hahaha.

There's more I want to say but I can't even get it all out 'cause I'm still in shock of how fantastic it was, hahaha! When I post my top 5 I will blab a bit more then.

Now, off to shower land!

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[August the 18th, 2006 - 3:11 PM]
[ mood | excited ]

Such a quietly boring day at work. There are 3 of us in the office right now and the other 2 are tucked away in their private offices so I'm the only out in the main part. :P The phone has rang a total of 5 times in the 6 hours I've been here so far which is so incredibly low it's insane. Oh, and one of the phone calls I did get involved some guy yelling at and insulting me because he hasn't received his tax receipt for his $10 donation yet. Yes, that's right: 10 whole dollars. And even after I repeatedly told him that since it was a glitch with an online donation that it is dealt with by our head office rather than our unit, he still continued to bitch his bloody hell off. Lovely. Just what I needed.

BUT! Nothing can ruin this day BECAUSE...


Oh my goodness, I am SO damn excited (could you tell?). From what I've heard from everyone who saw it last night, I'm going to love it to pieces. I hope I have an awesomely enthusiastic audience along with me. :D

In addition to the excitingness that is tonight, I also had a fantastic last night as I saw the great Ben Lee in concert! If you've never heard of him, he's a fantastic singer from Sydney, Australia. I saw him a little while back opening for Ben Folds (of Ben Folds Five fame) and this time he came to town with his own tour as he's starting to get a little bit known here (but not too much and thus the tickets were still cheap!). Anyway, the show was absolutely awesome and we were SO close to the stage which was wonderfully satisfying considering the fact that I have a huge geeky crush on him. I even bought a t-shirt! Later when I'm at home I'll post a t-shirt picture and I'll post some YouSendIt links to Ben Lee songs for you all to enjoy. :) Now to just hunt down the cover of BTO's "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" that he did last night...:D


OH! And, last but not least, for random fun top 5-ness, click the cut:

Top 5 fun for all!Collapse )

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A realistic tale of love & life, told from the eyes of a Montreal-based writer [August the 16th, 2006 - 11:21 PM]
[ mood | sleepy ]

I wrote a book review for Imprint tonight on a book I read about a month ago and figured I'd post it here as well. :)

A realistic tale of love & life, told from the eyes of a Montreal-based writerCollapse )

x-posted to booksalon

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Samuel L. Jackson + Jon Stewart + "THE" clip from SoaP [August the 16th, 2006 - 6:51 PM]
[ mood | excited ]

Samuel L. Jackson on The Daily Show

Oh my goodness, I laughed so bloody hard while watching this clip. Absolutely fantastic. I love Samuel L. Jackson and I love Jon Stewart. &heart;


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Simply put: books make me super-duper happy [August the 16th, 2006 - 12:24 AM]
[ mood | pleased ]

Oh, I'm so glad to be reading so much again lately. Honestly makes me feel so good. I finished reading Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami a couple of nights ago which was absolutely wonderful. I'm writing a review of it for Imprint (my school's student newspaper) so I'll post it here as well when I finish.

I've now started The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger because I am one of the few people in the world who have yet to read this book. My mother's been hounding on me for years to read it and Norwegian Wood has actually been compared to it, so I figured I'd give it a shot now. I'm only about 50 pages in but it's fairly enjoyable so far.

I also took a trip to Chapters today to pick up the Shakespeare plays I ordered for a course on the Bard I'm taking this coming fall term. Four pretty Pelican edition copies of Love's Labours Lost, Richard III, Henry IV, Part I and Romeo and Juliet. Yes, I'm an English major who loves Shakespeare who up until tonight did not own a copy of R&J. How ridiculously pathetic. Anyway, the only one of these four that I've read is, of course, R&J, so I'm going to try to read one or two of these before classes start so as to make the reading load throughout the term a bit lighter. Will post on those after they have been read.

One last book-related note: thanks to the booksalon I will soon be reading one of the books on the 2006 Man Booker Prize Longlist. People from the comm have volunteered to read & review various books from the list so that we can all get to know them better. I went on the local library website earlier this evening and snagged a copy of M.J. Hyland's Carry Me Down which can be found on Amazon here.

So, I really had intended to blab about things other than books here, but I believe I will save those thoughts for tomorrow as it's already way past when I should have headed to bed and this post is already quite rambling. :)

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Perhaps I'm getting just a little bit excited for this movie... [August the 9th, 2006 - 12:51 PM]
"If you're coming to see this movie, you're going to see a plane full of deadly-ass snakes. That's what it should be called. Deadly-Ass Snakes on a Plane."

-- The great Samuel L. Jackson in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Yes, I bought Entertainment Weekly, but SAMUEL L. JACKSON was on the front looking FAN-FUCKIN'-TASTIC with a CRAPLOAD OF SNAKES. I really could not resist.
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Strange songs you hear on the radio while at work... [August the 8th, 2006 - 3:07 PM]
-- A cover of Tom Cochrane's "Life is a Highway": Upon further research I discovered it was done by country band Rascall Flatts for the Cars soundtrack. Nothing against Rascall Flatts and definitely nothing against the movie, but honestly, why would you put a horrid country twang to such a fantastic Canadian rock song?

-- A dance remix of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody": Weird. Just weird. Despite it's ridiculous cheesyness, I actually enjoy the original as a completely fun and silly tune. This new remix, however, is way too over-the-top and just plain painful to listen to the whole way through.

-- Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me": And the extremely strange part is that I also heard this one while I was here at work on Friday too! Too funny and too horrible for words, heh.
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[August the 3rd, 2006 - 12:42 PM]
So last night was crazzzzzzy stormy here. A tornado touched down in the area + torrential rain + lots of lighting + insane high winds. Really crazy. So since I was already at my best friend's house who lives about 35 minutes away from me when the storm hit, I ended up sleeping over at her place for the night. 'Twas fun though as the two of us + her younger brother ended up watching Look Who's Talking which I swear I haven't seen since I was maybe 10 years old tops. MUCH funnier when you get all the jokes...heh.

So yeah, rather tired today because pull-out couches aren't overly condusive for a good night's sleep and it's also still all gloomy out so that makes me not very awake. Ah well.

On an unrelated matter, I just read on CBC that Helena Bonham Carter (of Fight Club and Corpse Bride fame will be joining the Harry Potter cast for the 5th film as none other than the woman that I both love to hate and hate to love, Bellatrix Lestrange. Quite intrigued by this casting really as I find Bella an extremely intresting character (and her sister Narcissa as well, who I'm verrrrrry excited to see in the 6th film). I think Bonham Carter could do quite a good job...I really do so love her in Fight Club.

Okay, lunch time now, so I'll post other random comments in my head later on. :)
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Best street names. EVER. [July the 26th, 2006 - 10:26 AM]
[ mood | amused ]

So I was looking up a friend's house on Google Maps and then ended up wandering around the area via the map and stumbled upon the greatest street names. EVER.


Be sure to zoom in so you can see all the ones right around "Virtues Ave."

My personal favourites? Sentimental Way, Patience Dr, FIDELITY AVE.

Oh and I love the fact that Patience, Fidelity & Virtues all intersect with Honeymoon Dr. Hee!

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