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13th September 2008

2:34pm: This is strange. It has been over a year. I busy time, no less. just work work work and you also do teh same with your social life. Dubai is a very liveable city with lots going on and centrally located to so many places - Oman, Egypt, Morocco, Europe - you name it, but sadly I haven't created the opportunity to extensively travel, excepts for brief trips home and to the UK to visit friends.

That's about it. Not much has changed except that I have made friends, lost some and have become more...realistic, as a result.

I'm in Montreal now for some down time. things are slow and nice.

30th May 2007

9:43pm:
5:17pm: wow...it has been four crazy months here.

19th January 2007

4:19pm: I leave for Dubai on Tuesday

1st January 2007

6:50pm: Looks like I will be moving to Dubai in a month.

28th December 2006

10:06am: It amazes that that no matter how often I revisit Sommset Maugham's Of Human Bondage, I'm always so deeply effected by Philip's plight and see it often as mirroring my own.

Maybe there's a reason why I don't bring the book home with me to Toronto and leave it at my childhood home to stumble across in storage in the gargage.

22nd October 2006

11:07pm: So, dear Sir, I can't give you any advice but this: to go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows; at its source you will find the answer to the question of whether you must create. accept that answer, just as it is given to you, without trying to interpret it.

- rainer maria letters to a young to a poet

I should organize my books more often so I can stumble on random pages. although the above means absolutely nothing to me right now.

11th October 2006

9:45pm: I am pissed off at this ring of fat around my middle.

I am running.

7th October 2006

1:20pm: I am off to have Thanksgiving dinner with the Flanigans. I kinda feel like the odd person out during these family functions, esp. when it's not my family.

Oh well, a guiness or two will alleviate that.

3rd October 2006

8:49pm: I feel like fiver in watership down

24th August 2006

10:02pm: so much for going for a night time run. Two friends dissuaded me from doing so, especially at night as there is a sex predator in the neighbour. Two attacks in the last few weeks on my street corner.

I guess I'm not paying close attention to the news lately.

20th August 2006

9:48am: I am looking for sugar to sweeten my tea this morning, but cannot find any in the cupboard. I've also propped up tortoise shell glasses on my sleep stained faced...the messiness is all the more highlighted with messy hair. I need to see better.

weak tea, blueberries, and toasted english muffin with margarine. That's good.

Yesterday i turned down the offer of a afternoon beer drinking/pot session. I need to take better care of myself. It's the beer that is adding that piece of padding around my tummy and sides that is relunctant to go away, despite the cario and crunches.

Today will be a nice day, a quiet one too. After many fits and starts in saying no to volunteering at the hotel summer bbq (I do this every year), I will enjoy my well deserved weekend away from the workplace and workplace people.

12th August 2006

7:13pm: I don't know how I became so insular.

30th April 2006

9:06am: Thank you ravengirl
i am a little church(no great cathedral)
far from the splendor and squalor of hurrying cities
-i do not worry if briefer days grow briefest,
i am not sorry when sun and rain make april

my life is the life of the reaper and the sower;
my prayers are prayers of earth's own clumsily striving
(finding and losing and laughing and crying)children
whose any sadness or joy is my grief or my gladness

around me surges a miracle of unceasing
birth and glory and death and resurrection:
over my sleeping self float flaming symbols
of hope,and i wake to a perfect patience of mountains

i am a little church(far from the frantic
world with its rapture and anguish)at peace with nature
-i do not worry if longer nights grow longest;
i am not sorry when silence becomes singing

winter by spring,i lift my diminutive spire to
merciful Him Whose only now is forever:
standing erect in the deathless truth of His presence
(welcoming humbly His light and proudly His darkness)

by e.e. cummings

italics by ME-- read those lines aloud several times
and be transformed! i love you, birthday girl~
i wish you only the best always and i think of you often~
*love*

11th April 2006

10:02pm: tomorrow is my birthday!

25th March 2006

8:46am: I had a brief falling out with a good friend at work yesterday. I know we'll rebound but I feel sad about it nonetheless.

Work has been very good. A lot of media appearances secured for some things going on here. Today is another 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news segment about a pajama party at the hotel (of course). Flippant stories seem to do well. Last week it was etiquette classes for kids.

All that aside, the time has come to move on. The position, salary and future at this place is simply not there. I love the experience and its great to be my own boss, but the old boss comes back from mat. leave next month and I simply don't want to go back to what I was doing before. We'll worry about that when the time comes.

I think I slept for 12 hours last night.

Time for work soon. Debating whether or not to fit in a work out this morning.

16th February 2006

10:18am: for someone in public relations, I'm definetly not a very good communicator.

10th February 2006

9:31pm: It's like I can't even set myself up for success...b/c I have so many messes to clean up.

I'm just so damn tired and tomorrow it is teh same thing.

6th February 2006

5:42pm: Quick question re: superbowl

Do you remember seeing a commercial from UNITE HERE? The union that represents hotel workers in NA.

Thanks
Alka

3rd February 2006

9:23pm: The seminar went quite well. Not looking forward to the mountain of work that awaits. feel good in knowing that I've secured almost all boadcast media for the upcoming Valentines offer. Print media coming along well, have obtain one of the holy trinity of papers, but it's not over yet.

Anaheim is alright. Met someone at the bar tonight. Had a great conversation...but it was marred by his invitation to go up to his room. Figures, that is what happens when a girl sits alone at the bar. Ah well...it was a good chat nonetheless.

Am bloody tired with the time difference. Have to leave at 6 am to catch flight back home.

2nd February 2006

8:47pm: I'm in Anaheim. Would anyone out there and close by like to meet up for drinks after my seminar?

22nd January 2006

11:32am: i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

e.e.cummings
10:39am: I just noticed on my userpage that I have a paid account.

Did someone pay for my LJ account?

10th January 2006

12:51pm: Anyone in Anaheim on Feb. 2/3?

1st January 2006

9:46pm: from the poet Wendy Morton
Alka,
I hope this finds you well. I'm in the process of writing my memoirs, I think I told you this, and you're in them.

Here's a little something for the new year. A true story, of course. And amazing, really. What a good omen.

RAVENS

It's New Year's Eve.
Last night's bad dreams
are still wrapped around me
like old flannel sheets.
I tell you how, in the dream,
I'm dressed in the wrong clothes,
have lost my purse,
can't find the number
to call Visa.
Everythings gone wrong.

You suggest I give the dreamcatcher,
that hangs over the bed, a clean sweep.
I brush off the cobwebs,
take it outside.
I hear the ravens high in the old hemlock.
Suddenly, four fly out and in full voice,
circle on the wind.

Suddenly, I remember I am dressed in the right clothes,
my purse is safe,
and I am out of the dream,
watching these ravens, four black tricksters,
greet the new year.

Love,
Wendy
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