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Body:
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Spirit:
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Friends/Family:
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Love:
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Finance:
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You're crazy hot, and you deliver on what you promise. You are definitely one wild ride.




Um... duh?
Kandise has been my inspiration. I've read her LJ entries about how well she's doing with her list, so I decided to make one of my own and see how far I can get. I don't actually expect to be able to do all of these, but what the hell... it just might happen!!

Today is February 16, 2007.

THESE ARE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

1. Graduate from Culinary Arts
2. Learn to play the guitar (5 pieces/songs constitutes “learned”)
3. Have the balls to send back food at a restaurant that isn’t prepared the way I asked it. (Like a steak that’s well done when I asked for it medium or soup that arrives stone cold)
4. Learn some sentences in a new language (Italian or German would be bitchin’).
5. Face these 5 different fears.
1. Flying
2. Heights
3. Snakes
4. Spiders
5. Needles
6. Learn to knit, and make at least one item that isn't a square block.
7. Say, out loud, 5 positive things about each week.
8. Go seven consecutive days without the internet.
9. Take a photography class.
10. Get veneers on my front 6 teeth so I can smile beautifully.
11. Swim for at least 1 hour one day a week for 6 months. (It doesn’t have to be the same day every week)
12. Learn how to ski.
13. Walk/Jog/Run 3 times a week for 2 months, then increase to every day if possible, but never going lower than the 3 days a week (track at the gym or a treadmill is acceptable on shitty days)
14. Buy set of personal weights and use them.
15. Buy a yoga DVD (Beginner please!) and practice in my living room three times a week for a month, either first thing in the morning or before bed to relax me. Then, continue whenever time permits.
16. Drink 8 glasses of water every day for a week to “flush my system”. Repeat every three months.
17. Do sit-ups, crunches, whatever exercise it takes to lessen the Buddha belly. Wear a bikini as soon as I feel comfortable.
18. Have a spa weekend (either alone or with a friend)
19. Get a one-hour massage
20. Get up by 6 every morning for at least one month.
21. Go to bed before midnight every night for a month.
22. Go camping.
23. Go fishing. Eat what I catch (cooked over a campfire).
24. Get another tattoo.
25. Give to charity every 6 months.
26. Volunteer.
27. Teach someone something.
28. Meet my “niece”.
29. Visit uncles and aunts in Massachusetts. (Yay Nantucket?)
30. Go out to dinner with a friend once a month for at least 6 months
31. Cook dinner for friends once a month for at least 6 months (Spaghetti and meatballs doesn’t count unless I make my homemade sauce)
32. Go on a blind date.
33. Write a fan letter to someone I admire.
34. Meet at least one person that I’ve only ever talked to online.
35. Have a coffee date with someone I’ve lost touch with over the years.

36. Live in another country for at least a month.
37. Read a new book a month (i.e. no rereading so I can skim the boring parts because I know what happens)
38. Read at least 10 books on Oprah’s book list.
39. Buy 20 movies that I like to watch more than once.
40. Buy some board games (at least 5) and have a game night once a month with friends.
41. Throw a party.
42. Read a book about a subject I know nothing about.
43. Read a book about a subject I know a lot about.
44. Learn to mix 25 different drinks without using a bartender’s manual. (Rum and coke doesn’t count)
45. Visit the top of the Statue of Liberty.
46. Drive a convertible with the top down and the music loud.
47. Ask for a raise.
48. Ask someone out on a date.
49. Wade in both the Atlantic and the Pacific in the same month.
50. Go to Italy and spend some time in the kitchen of an authentic Italian restaurant.
51. Learn to water-ski.
52. Move to Halifax. (Or a city... Halifax just happens to be close to all my friends)
53. Clothes fill my dresser and a few pieces in my closet (dry cleaning only or special pieces). Donate the rest to Salvation Army.
54. "Edit my possessions" – get rid of my tchotchkes that just take up space. Donate at least 2 decent sized boxes to Salvation Army (or something like that.)

55. Furnish my living room with BRAND NEW furniture (loveseat, at least one chair, TV)
56. Get a car, no older than 1996 but preferably 2000+.
57. Pay off my credit card totally. Don’t use it during the time it’s being paid off and only use it for emergencies. Once a month, treat myself (and sometimes a friend) to a movie and popcorn (the only non-emergency allowed)
58. Go one week without spending any money.
59. Start a retirement fund. Add to it.
60. Actually put money into my bank account and leave it there for a rainy day.
61. Leave someone a tip of 100% (bill must be at least $10 to count)
62. Go out and get drunk with friends. Have as many of my friends with me as possible.
63. ROADTRIP!!!!!
64. Take an exotic dance class.
65. Try an alcohol I have never drunk before.
66. Prepare a 4 course meal for friends consisting of recipes I have created (completely from my own tiny brain)
67. Stop drinking carbonated drinks for 3 months.
68. Try a new food every month.
69. Eat no candy for a month (Zip. Zero. NADA)
70. Drink a glass of fresh juice (made with my juicer) every day for two weeks.
71. Eat something for breakfast every day for a month (even if it’s just a bagel… having just a cup of coffee doesn’t count.)
72. Have a cup of tea before bed every night for a month.
73. Write a short story and submit it to a magazine (scan rejection letter and post on Facebook)
74. Write a new poem every week for three months (Getting some published would be cool too)
75. Give up coffee for a month.
76. Make a dress (gown).
77. Tell someone I love them (and REALLY mean it… in THAT way)
78. Make something functional on a pottery wheel.
79. Create a work of art that I can display in my apartment (style of art yet to be determined)
80. Send flowers to my mom.
81. Sell something on eBay.
82. Take ballroom dance lessons.
83. Be an extra in a movie. (I was in a music video... that's pretty close... I'm calling it)
84. Talk to someone famous.
85. Fire a gun.
86. Go for a ride on a motorbike.
87. Be Wonder Woman for Halloween
88. Dance with someone in the rain.
89. Be on TV (Not “America’s Most Wanted”)
90. Get 2 sets of glamour photos taken (one I’d send to mom, one I wouldn’t *wink*)
91. Purchase something via the internet.
92. Fly a plane.
93. Take a ride in an air balloon.
94. Clean my apartment from front to back and top to bottom in a single weekend and keep it clean!
95. Swim with a dolphin.
96. Wear makeup every day for 2 weeks.
97. Stay in a fancy hotel and order room service.
98. Learn to drive standard.
99. Play roulette at Casino Nova Scotia.
100. Buy an outfit that makes me feel fantabulous.
101. Start writing a new 101 in 1001 list.

***Edit: I have crossed off the things I have accomplished to date... ***

But why is the rum gone?

And why are my HTML copied and pasted codes not working? :(

*cry*

The calm before the storm...

Well, I've finished my menu. It's printed, costed and ready for the dining room. I present my menu on February 1st at 5:30. I'm freaking out a little.

Here is my menu:



Soups


Seafood Cioppino $6.50
A lovely tomato and wine stew containing mussels, clams, shrimp, and scallops.


Butternut Squash and Apple Cider Bisque $5.00
Butternut Squash, Apple Cider and Chinese Five-Spice make this a delight for the tongue.


“Bloody Mary” Bouillon $4.50
Tomato broth with a splash of vodka and Tabasco and salted whipped cream.


Salads

Poached Pear and Prosciutto Salad $6.50
Mixed greens tossed in apple vinaigrette, topped by smoked Prosciutto and pears poached in ginger tea and a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts


Salad of Tomatoes, Bocconcini and Basil $5.50
Layers of juicy tomato slices, fresh mozzarella and basil leaves, a light drizzle of olive oil and a touch of sea salt and pepper.


Baby Spinach and Mandarin orange Salad $5.50
Spinach and mandarin oranges tossed in cranberry vinaigrette. Topped by shaved parmesan and chopped walnuts.







**All meals served with Irish Soda Bread and Herbed Breadsticks, with choice of Roasted red pepper spread or Diablo butter**


Entrées


Beef Tenderloin in Raspberry sauce $22.00
Pan seared peppered beef tenderloin on a pool of sweet raspberry sauce, barley pilaf, and medley of roasted vegetables.


Rosemary and pine nut crusted Rack of Lamb and Port scented jus $23.00
A marriage between lamb and rosemary and a light sauce, barley pilaf, steamed spinach and roasted parsnips.


Herb-roasted Pork and Orange-Jalapeño sauce $21.50
Tender pork loin and sweet & spicy sauce, basil goat cheese potatoes, and medley of roasted vegetables.


Cinnamon Cornish Hen and Balsamic glaze $19.00
Oven roasted hen and a balsamic reduction finish, roasted potatoes, orange asparagus and carrot ragout.


Desserts


Triple Banana Trifle $6.00
Secret recipe banana bread, banana custard, and caramelized banana make this dessert a triple threat.


Lime Cheesecake $5.50
Rich, velvety cheesecake, sitting atop a ginger cookie crust


Deconstructed Crema Catalana $5.00
Lemon curd in a honey-vanilla tuile and toasted sugar ice cream put a new spin on an old favorite. 





If  any of you have the means and want to come to Kingstec to eat, lemme know and I'll give you the number so you can make a reservation.

So, yeah, Mom and Dad came up to visit me Saturday and they took me out to dinner. We went YET AGAIN to that freaking Chinese restaurant with the dinner buffet (wonder why I can't stand deep fried chicken with that nauseatingly sweet cherry sauce anymore?) and well, they have a seafood buffet too. Dad got some of these mussels in some kind of broth/sauce stuff and gave me a few. Well, in true nasty seafood fashion, it has made me sick for the last two days. Only mild food poisoning, I haven't gone blind or anything, but I haven't been able to keep any food or hell, any liquid (including WATER) down since late Monday night. The toilet has been my best friend for the last couple of days. And just when I think I'm over the worst of it and try to get to sleep, it comes back with a kick in the proverbial nads. My cats are petrified of me at the moment. They're not used to seeing their owner almost literally fly from bed to the bathroom and cry, swear and upchuck all at the same time. I'd take a really bad hangover to this shit any day.

So, yeah, fever, dizziness, and a trampoline at the bottom of my stomach for the food to jump right back up into my throat make Vicky a miserable Vicky. I'm beginning to feel better. I think I'll be able to go to school tomorrow without vomitting on anyone. No promises about the bus ride though. Oh well, the bus trolls won't talk to me if they think I'll puke on them *devilish grin*

I might be going to England with Uncle Steve after I graduate! He frequently goes there for business and he always has the option of an extra ticket for my aunt, who would rather eat bugs than get on a plane so I might get to head overseas with him and take in some sights while he goes about his business. OMG I love this. I really hope I can go. He's actually going to ask his boss if it's allowable, since I'm not his wife... hahaha... if she saw me, she'd swear I was his daughter! We'll see how that goes. I might even be able to persuade him to leave me there when he comes home. That way I can travel all over Europe for a while. First, and maybe only stop-->Italy... I don't give a shit about the rest of it right now.

Gettin' back into the groove of things

Went back to class yesterday after a very, um, non-vacationy vacation. I worked all but 4 days of my "break". Christmas was quiet and uneventful. Dad has got this terrible flu and can't shake it, so he's been out of commission for a while and driving for 2 hours to visit me was not going to happen. No biggie. I just relaxed and watched some movies.

So, first day back to class, we did fuck all but watch the entier first season of The Next Great Chef (holy shit, I totally know the guy who was the next great chef from Nova Scotia) and then a show about El Bulli, a "fuck with your mind while giving you the best culinary experience you've ever had" restaurant in Spain. That's some fucked up shit right there... like break your brain in half fucked up. Awesome though... if I were to make a reservation now, the earliest I could get in would be mid 2009.

So, now I have a hefty homework assignment. I have to rewrite all my recipes for my menu, cost them out to figure out the portion cost and then the total cost of my menu overall, with 20 portions of each item, at least. I hate math and I don't like that I have to rewrite my recipes, but hey, if I don't do, it, I don't get a mark. I really wanted mahi-mahi on my menu, but apparently it's too hard to get in for us right now. Dammit all to hell.

Working 4 out of 5 nights a week now and I'm on call for the 5th night so blah. At least I'm making some money though! More updates as they occur (don't hold your breath, nothing happens to me). Toodles!
Your New Year's Resolutions

1) Get a pet hairless cat

2) Eat more Twizzlers

3) Travel to Italy

4) Study time travel

5) Get in shape with Dance Dance Revolution

2006 Survey that I stole from kayte's LJ

1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?

I got my proof of Canadian citizenship, SIN and a job that gives me a paycheck!

2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I didn't make any resolutions in 2006... resolutions are meant to be broken, so what's the point?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, my bestest friend Monica (i.e. unofficial sister) gave birth to a baby girl in March

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Nope

5. What countries did you visit?

None... that's what 2007 is for!

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?

Relationships... friends and "other"... travel, happiness, less stress, fun...

7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

October 20th, 2006, the day I got a phone call from Citizenship and Immigration telling me that my application was approved and I was now a legal Canadian citizen.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Finally letting go of things I never thought I could.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Holding onto things I really shouldn't.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Yup... this has been a bad year for that... depression, ulcers, dislocated joints, stab wounds...

11. What was the best thing you bought?

You mean a physical thing? My laptop... $900 buckos! Other than that, paying for school by myself this year was kinda huge :)

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

OMG too many to mention


13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

My father's... 60 years old and it was like tending to an overgrown and very hairy child who just wouldn't listen :(

14. Where did most of your money go?

Tuition, rent

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My dad leaving, getting my first ever legal paycheck, dating a certain someone again I hope *fingers crossed*

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?

Save The Last Dance For Me - Michael Buble... I've kinda worn out a couple of CDs

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? thinner
iii. richer or poorer? richer

And it's only the 2nd!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Partying, hanging out with friends

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Working for Wally

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I spent part of it with Doug and the rest of it relaxing, thankful to have some downtime finally.

22. Did you fall in love in 2006?

No. I kinda fell in like (good answer kayte... I will "borrow" this answer)

23. How many one-night stands?

None

24. What was your favourite TV program?

I haven't watched TV in months

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

Nope

26. What was the best book you read?

The Da Vinci Code... way to stick it to the Christians!

27. What was your greatest musical (re)discovery?

Michael Buble

28. What did you want and get?

Financial freedom

29. What did you want and not get?

A boy

30. What was your favourite film of this year?

I'll edit this later

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 23, and worked for 8 hours

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A boy

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?

Uniform :) An ugly one :)

34. What kept you sane?

Quiet time. Music. Friends. Music. My cats. Music. Did I mention music?

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Michael Buble

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

I didn't have time to pay attention last year

37. Who did you miss?

Monica, Mom, Steve, and regrettably, Ryan (but not for long)

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Doug... Wolfville's coolest cop :) And by far the cutest :)

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:

When you're low, sometimes the only way to get help is to ask for it. And my friends and colleagues are the best a girl could get. You helped me make it to 2007.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

For once in my life
I have someone who needs me
Someone I've needed so long
For once unafraid
I can go where life leads me
And somehow I know I'll be strong

For once I can touch
What my heart used to dream of
Long before I knew
Someone warm like you
Could make my dreams come true

For once in my life
I won't let sorrow hurt me
Not like it's hurt me before, oh
For once I've got someone
I know won't desert me
'Cause I'm not alone anymore

For once I can say
This is mine, you can't take it
As long as I've got love I know I can make it
For once in my life
I've got someone who needs me




Stevie, Tony and Michael so GET me :)

I'm a legal Canadian citizen now!

You Are 68% Democrat

You have a good deal of donkey running through your blood, and you're proud to be liberal.
You don't fit every Democrat stereotype, but you definitely belong in the Democrat party.



Fucking Right! My grandparents (dad's folks) would HATE me if they were still alive. Mom's folks would love me because my dad's parents hated me... heehee

So, yeah, my citizenship application came through and as soon as I get my card (which is Monday morning!!) I'm going to HR to get my SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBER SO I CAN GET PAID AT WORK!!!!

I've asked to be cut back to 2 shifts a week because I'll never be able to keep up with my homework. My chef was super nice about it, not even having to think about it before he said "sure, no problem. School comes first". Awesome guy.

Anyway, I'm tired. Going to bed.