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Dream of garbage and grandmas / "You’re the last people I’d EVER tell!" / Peanuts or PENIS?

Note to self: Reply to Facebook messages and wall posts after I finish this entry. (continue anagram project!) Also, Eric T. added me on there. In the “what a small world” department, I’ve discovered that Fabian knows Cody! (scotish_mox) Cody tried telling me that he met Fabian at BDSM night at Sincity, but they really used to work at Safeway together. Thinks it’s stalkerish that I sent him a message after recognizing his name, but it’s not THAT high on the stalker scale; to me, “stalkerish” would be adding him as a Facebook friend without warning / sending him a zillion messages proclaiming my love for him / leaving him a squillion wall posts proclaiming my intentions to hunt him down! Had a half-dream of sneaking away from Trinity on brown wooden steps, putting forbidden stuff in the black garbage bags, and Grandma helping my mom’s mom (another old lady from church!) up some carpeted stairs in a conference room. WEIRD!

Went to sleep at 1:35 AM after talking to Corey about anarchy and gunpowder (only in relation to non-deadly smoke bombs!), and was woken up shortly after 9 by the phone beeping at me. I KNEW I NEEDED A NEW CLOCK RADIO! If it were only the alarm, then I’d take my parents’ offer to loan me an alarm clock – but the radio keeps going in and out too. I don’t listen to the radio in my room very often, but it’s nice to know it’s there. Should have bought one at London Drugs the other night, darn it. Oh well, maybe this week sometime? My sister says I should save my money – and that I well know – but it’s something that’s been put off for too long! Meanwhile, my dad thinks that I bought the new 300GB hard drive at my boyfriend’s behest – THAT IS CATEGORICALLY NOT TRUE, especially since I bought it in DECEMBER! (months before I met him at Nate’s!) Besides, I’ve discovered that I like waking up to music / the radio instead of an insistently beeping alarm which will just make me homicidal. (certain people would probably say I need to put the qualifier of “more so than usual” in there, har har) Nathan said that XSCargo in Richmond had good deals – I pass there in the CAR, sure! As I was telling Frances and Phil, I definitely need to catch up on my sleep! (which I kinda did when I got home after dealing with the toilet flush not working – thank goodness the hospital’s across the street!)

Exchanged banter with Eric, who was sitting right behind me. The sermon illustration and picture of a recliner and remote control certainly provided some laughs! Citrus said he got back yesterday from Hong Kong – had a good trip, though! Said hi to Tony, who’s pretty busy – at least he didn’t have to work last night and be REALLY TIRED today! Man, I should get his email address one of these days! Went downstairs while chatting with Kevin Li about my running for Fellowship Committee – it’s going to be interesting times! Put my stuff down in the toddler room while talking to Karen about the HEAVY RAIN, and then gave Randal some stuff which he’s since thanked me for via email. I went outside for a bit (saying hi to Daniel on the way) to find out that everyone was heading to Sunday School – Emily discovered that the back door was closed, so we both ran to the front door. Exchanged “hey” greetings with Jeremy while doing so – good friends and community are important to me!

Discussed Frances’ trip to Hawaii with her – like Citrus, she just got back yesterday. It was good that one of her sister Elaine’s friends had a car that she and Mel could borrow to go sightseeing while Elaine was at work – so sunny and warm there! The Sunday School kids were kinda on the wild side today – fighting over toys, wanting to play with toys when Frances was trying to tell them a story (the same one I heard at Awana yesterday about Saul going blind on the way to Damascus), leading a chorus of “DRINKING TEA!” … man, I was glad when it was over! Surveyed the sandwiches downstairs before going to the Pho restaurant and grabbing the last available two tables. We had to squish – Ivan’s family was there, and finally got a table when some Asians left. There were even two tables of white people – so not the usual customers! Jon, Jeremy, Steph, Vanessa, and Calla came in after I did – I had a #21, which wasn’t quite enough considering I’d had no breakfast except for two Aero bars from 7-11 which I had to hurriedly eat during the 40 Days sharing at service! Quail eggs and chicken are cool, though!

Discussed murder, pot, crazy ladies on talk shows saying that the two innocents in that Surrey drug-related slaying weren’t really THAT innocent (YEAH RIGHT…), Calla’s new field testing job, etc. Ivan’s brother Nathan came over, and we had him guess our ages. Vanessa was 12 or 13, he knew Ivan’s age (18), Calla was 16 or 19, I was 16 / 19 / “in between” (the only person with a range!), Jon was 17 or 19, and Jeremy was 21! (I had to call him back for Jeremy, since J had gone to the washroom before this started) Nathan felt Jeremy’s stubble (“what beard?!” Jeremy remarked with laughter) and declared it “prickly.” Jon said that it would be funny if Vanessa were teaching kids who were actually 12 or 13, since it could be peer-to-peer teaching, but she really teaches kids who are 5 to 7! One of the kindergarten kids apparently thinks she looks like his aunt, but the kid is white! Calla says everyone mistakes her for someone else they know – “did you go to Carlton?!” “… no…” Then Nathan said something about wearing bowties for Ivan’s wedding since we asked if he were getting married soon: we’ll keep that in mind, even if they be pink with polka dots! Jon then asked Ivan’s sister Natalie whether she had any crushes or boyfriends that she was hiding from her parents – her reaction was a rather vehement “You’re the LAST people I’d EVER tell!” Vanessa laughed while she said Jon was HORRIBLE, and then added “Oh, she DIDN’T!” Natalie turned around at the door and said “YES, I DID!” which only caused us to laugh more. I told them that Nathan had told me and Eric at the last Summer Conference that he had eight crushes, and he’d even named them for us! (Natalie’s close-mouthed, while Nathan’s more open!)

Went to the AGM, where people were on their PSP systems, and playing NHL games / logging onto Facebook / checking hockey pool stats on laptops. Joey, Sam, Danielle, Phil, Emily, Andrea, Sheena, Calla, Chrystal, Dawn, Vivian, and I ate a lot of fruit candy that I bought – Joey had bought some as well. I just kept the card tradition alive with an ever-growing pile for both October AND November… and managed to make sure some people’s would be given to them! (Jeff, Dawn, Vivian, Chalaine, Grace) It was over at around 3:25, which was speedy… the January one will be REALLY LONG! We were suitably impressed with the progress of the building project, and saw this REALLY THICK BINDER with at least five or six inches of papers in it – SCARY! Uncle Patrick asked Steph what her Chinese name was, so she pointed to my dad doing secretary duties up front with a laptop and said “Ask HIM!” Then there was the Chinese overhead for our “unity” song (THEY’LL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE) – the ESC contingent was kinda lost since most of us couldn’t remember anything past the first verse / can’t read Chinese in the first place! We had to sing to the Chinese Congregation people since they’d basically sung to us – everyone clapped to try helping us along, heh.

People were joking about the eventual birth weight of Anita’s baby – Joey says ten pounds, for which Anita pretended to slap him. Auntie Bessy says six or seven, while Anita figures it’ll be an average between her and Jeff’s birth weights at seven and a half. Sheena, Daniel, and others were trying to talk to Jon all at the same time about worship on Friday / Sunday – good times. Eric tapped my head and said hello, while apologizing that he hadn’t been able to install XP on my computer yet – hey, it’s FINE since I understand that he’s busy! Told Cindy that I’d gotten her email (bowling in Richmond on Friday as a small-group activity?); Calla said her dad didn’t need to be even more stressed out, and mentioned she might not make it on Friday because of work-related reasons (10.5 hours out in the field and OFF BY 4?); Chrystal said she heard I’d been sick; told Danielle that I’d have to email her something again; and Mike said that my siblings were perverted because they were “ogling” his new black bag. (I had to tell Danielle’s cousin Kevin that we weren’t THAT perverted – and demonstrated with his knapsack!)

Steph told us this funny story from last night: Daniel, Michelle, and a bunch of others were over at the townhouse. They were having a great time when my mom came and offered them peanuts. Nothing wrong with that, but in her accent (and because she doesn’t quite know how to say it), “peanuts” got rendered as something very similar to “PENIS” – HAHAHAHA! Daniel’s laughter was out of control (as usual), and Michelle fell out of her chair after hearing that! My dad came over to see what was going on, and gave everyone a LOOK – you know, the “YOU ARE VERY BAD!” look. That still didn’t stop everyone’s laughter, haha – must have been hilarious! Discussed Vanessa’s parents being away for a few weeks (she’s used to it since they’ve gone away before – it’s just that the first couple days are weirdly quiet!), Dylan being in Ottawa, Christon’s not being at the meeting, and birthday dinners for Vivian / Vanessa – Cindy just sent an Evite for Vanessa’s 23rd, so I’ll reply to that too! (it’s on the 11th at 6, at a place called Fish on Rice above Earls on Kingsway – and includes dessert at Melia’s later… the next day is a holiday!) Someone wants to know if we can go kite-flying like the dog in the picture… maybe not such a good idea with the weather we’re having right now, haha. Great idea, though!

I should really call Auntie Ying more often – she’s more skinny now, and apparently her health isn’t as good as it used to be. Phil says that now they have to take care of her: I guess that’s how the world works, heh. Maybe this week or next… I’m really not sure. She IS nice, though! Told my dad stuff about Windows / Linux / the hard drive on the way home – hopefully, he gets the message that I don’t buy things just because my boyfriend said to, especially when the timeline doesn’t even MAKE SENSE or GEL! Thank goodness Rich sold his installation lunch ticket to me for next week, since he can always chase after the organizers to get one – that was apparently the last one ever for selling purposes, because my mom tried to buy one just after I gave Rich his money and was out of luck! Steph said she got one for herself, but not for me since she thought I’d be like “I CAN MAKE MY OWN DECISIONS AND DON’T NEED YOU DICTATING MY LIFE!” While I can be like that sometimes, I don’t think I’d be like that over Pastor John’s LUNCH! AIYA.

Jeremy sent us an email about updates for our small group, and Cindy sent Maxine one about sanitizing the toys in the nursery. “I have a sanitiser that I use for my beer-making. It is called Oxy-San and contains hydrogen peroxide, disodium salt, and magnesium sulphate. It is a “no-rinse sanitiser” as the compounds in it are all low in toxicity, and the residue actually contains yeast nutrients which is good for brewing. We can use it and rinse anyhow since the toys won’t be used for brewing.” Let’s HOPE not! OH MY! o_O (maybe the group can have dinner on that Friday or the Saturday – no Awana because of Remembrance Day!) Cindy noticed that a lot of the toys and equipment have actually been removed from the nursery – THAT’S GOOD! We would just have to mainly take care of wiping down the place and cleaning / removing some of the stuffed animals.

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