Tuesday, March 29, 2005

In Response to Meredith's Question

If you check out Meredith's site http://meredithshouse.blogspot.com she asks about families and what kinds of quirky things make our families who they are, or something along those lines.

First a family dinner with my mom's side:
There are 8 girl cousins and 3 boy cousins.
My brother and I are the only "priviledged" ones to be in an opposite sex sibling-hood.
So anyways, all of the girl are between the ages of 16 and 20 right now. Really we would all be sitting on the couch or outside or something talking about movies and shopping because we're just like that. Oh and we'd be looking at pictures that everyone brought.
The boys, my brother (21) and the other 2 (3 and 5) would most likely be playing with tonka trucks in the yard.
Depending on whose house it was at, the kids that belong to the house would be summoned into the kitchen every so often to help their mother cook while she politely asksthe rest of us what we want to drink.
The rest of the parents would be sitting around drinking talking about work etc.
No arguments, however much like Merediths family we're all relly loud and love to laugh, we are also very welcoming HOWEVER no one has ever brought a significant other to a meal though we've had guests. Maybe we're intimidating.
What I like about my mom's side is that first off, no one smokes!! SEcond off theres 5 families all with 2 kids, (no grandparents) so that makes 20 loud happy caring people. I love my mom's side of the family. Oh ya and we all give x-mas and bday gifts way late so I usually end up getting a gift from someone everytime I go. w00t.

Dads side:
We usually go to my granpas house which is cool because he has a big yard but not cool because the people are way different from my moms side.
There are 4 girl and 3 boy cousins.
No one really has anything in common and my one cousin always brings her "interesting" boyfriend whom I don't really like because they're attached at the hip and I don't get to talk to her (sorry If you're reading this, he's nice but i want to talk to YOU!!). The other cousins are just kinda....not like me, so really my brother and i catch up on the 3 or so days since the last time we saw each other.
My dad has 3 brothers and no sisters. His youngest brother usually brings a gf and thats cool because for the most part the girls he brings are pretty cool.
Otherwise my grandpa is pretty cool and his new wife, Judy is AWESOME. So that's cool. Plus they've both had really cool lives so they are just neat people.
Thats about it for them. Oh ya my Dad's side is SSSOOO sarcastic and has a really...vulger sense of humour. My moms side is more...Martha Stewart Family

In both cases theres TONS of food, someone always forgets to bring out the salad or take the potatoes out of the oven. We are always dressed nicely and for the most part no one argues except the siblings. Everyone is caring and considerate (even when I barfed up my dinner on the driveway).

Overall I don't think that I could ever bring a boyfriend to a family dinner because on my moms side its never happened and I don't want to start it and on my dads side I'd get teased to no end.

I think thats it, maybe I'll think of more stuff later and add it.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

My re-newed state

So if you were to ask people that I know "Does Erica like to party?" They would most likely answer "Heck yes, she's the hippiest partying cat around" or "Why yes indeed, in fact I saw her at 37 parties yesterday alone". Now I'm not trying to flatter muself but these are all true. I enjoy partying, I love hanging out with friends and in all honesty I don't mind looking after their drunk asses. I can do this after all because I RARELY DRINK ANYMORE.

There are 3 reasons for this. The first being simple in that I don't have alot of money. Simple. The second being that I don't mind being sober, I like being able to wake up the next morning feeling good and not wanting to sleep in until 2 in the afternoon. This reason is also simple. Now the third reason is the saddest and the most complicated and I hate it the most. In the past year I have most likely drank enough alcohol to drown a small town. Also, in the past year I have been so sick from alcohol that my stomach doesn't like it anymore.

Now I'm writing this because I went out drinking last night. I usually have a single drink at the bar just because I really enjoy cranberry and vodka but otherwise I hadn't gotten TANKED since January 30th. So as my third reason stands, last night when I started to drink heavily my stomach piped up "No no Erica, you flipped me inside out once too many with your devils-juice, I'll win this time!!" and then I proceeded to be very sick over not alot of alcohol. It's messed up and my conslusion is that MY STOMACH CANNOT HANDLE ALCOHOL ANYMORE. It's sad and disgusting, but it's so true.

I guess I could say that "I'm giving up alcohol" but really, alcohol is giving me up. I'd love to be able to drink on occsion when I could afford it moneywise and sleepwise but frankly my stomach doesnt like feeling that way and I'm not going to let it.

So if you see me at the bar next week, which you will because I love going, grad me a cranberry juice because I'll be driving my drunk roommates home.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

i need a new wallet

so i've been terribly busy and it's kinds sad because i dont even know what i've been busy with. for example ive had 2 naps today. and went to 1/5 classes today. whatever i tend not to worry about these things.

in any case, the term is nearing an end and everyone seems to be looking forward to it. i know that i have oodles of plans to pull off in the 6 days i have off before work starts. i want to go to montreal again and shop my face off. i want to go and BE in toronto. not just live there like last term. oh ya and i have to pack, but thats a "havfta" not a "wanna".

alrighty. i've been sitting here for far too long working on my project. i need to get away.

much love i'm sure.

this post sucks

Sunday, March 06, 2005

I can't spell worth beans

Last post I meant Laundry, I couldve changed it in post-editor but.....i have no excuse except that i already typed this out. deal.

So i just got back from an engineering conference. It was based on professionalism and pointers on related things. One speaker i especially liked was a dude who talked about the different types of personalities and how one reacts with the other but mostly how to work with them because you'll run into all of them in your professional career.

I was what he called and "I-type" personality. this means i'm influencial, i love people, i love to motivate, i love to be the centre of attention. one line he kept using with reference to the I-type was "wheres the party at?????". really that one line embodies me. I-types do not work well with D-types (dominant, decisive etc) because an I-type likes to make a decision and go with it and get their way. however a D-type will not rest until it is his or her way. so when the I-type is spewing off ridiculous crazy brain-trains of ideas a D-type will say "no, i like this one we will do it or ELSE" so you see the conflict. then we have the c-type (cautious, and other stuff....) they are indecisive people because they always like to break things down into why, when, where etc. so if you give them an idea they will explore every option and not be able to decide. This is why i am most best suited to end up with a C-type. they will still question my ideas and reasons providing excitment however they will let me be right in the end which i love.

Now to the last type, which as it turns out is my "secondary type" the s-type. these people are steady, security and hate change.

oh before i forget, I-types are very emotional.

so anyways, s-type. I LOVE the fact that i am an I-type because i know that it embodies all of the things about myself that i love. the s-type is the things i tend to dislike. such as my obsessive organizational aspect. or my need for security and routine. S-types are also predictable and posessive. yay me.

For the most part I-types have D-type as their secondary. demanding, forcelful, egocentric, etc. I am far too passive for this. hence why i am a secondary S-type.

so that was part of my weekend, other then that we danced alot and drank so much. At our first bar i made a (stupid) executive decision to not use a cup for my beer and instead drink it out of the pitcher the whole night. party on. overall i had a great time, met alot of cool people and got to know alot of my friends a little better.

so ya, more on the DISC personalities, go to www.discprofile.com

and cheers to Meredith for giving me a link. i'll give you one too when i figure it out

Thursday, March 03, 2005

I'm not myself today.

Well I really don't have anything to say but it's been a while since I last blogged so I felt the need to write something.

Oh ya, i guess I went home last week. that was fun.

I got in around 4 and my mom picked me up, we went for dinner at my fav restaurant and we also did a ton of shopping. oh ya and we shopped some more the next day.

I got contacts while i was there. they are alright, dry my eyes though. i'm sure i'll get used to it.
i got to see my old highschool friends. that was cool i miss them alot and i feel like they don't know me anymore sometimes. not that ive changed alot just that i'm different. you know. i do different things, i wear pink, i enjoy programming (yes i'll admit it). you know there's just some things that you don't realize that you do know and don't make a note of it to tell other people. I dunno i guess it worries me because i seem to change my pattern every 4-5 years-ish. and then will that mean that i have to keep that many more people updatedwith my life that often?

whatever i need to fold my laudry.

much love.