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The age card...

I hate it when people play the age card on me. They think I'm naive and inexperienced because I'm only 18. In some ways, yes I am, however, I still work in the same place and do the same job as these people, and I am no less than them because I'm young. Most people peg me for around 23 before they find out how old I really am - doesn't that say something? One particular guy at work is forever hassling me about my age. Every time the conversation turns to something more "grown up" like paying bills, housing, cars, legal matters, sex etc. he always looks at me and says "but what would you know about it, you're <i>eighteen</i>. Come on, the guy is only 21 himself. We do the same job, work the same hours, go to the same school for god sake, so he knows what kind of load I have on my shoulders; never mind the fact that I've been on my own for over a year now, and he's just moving out of his parents house next month. I really don't think he has any place making comments about my age/relevant life experience. I've probably gone through a lot more shit than hm, it sounds like he's had a pretty cushy life/childhood. It really makes me want to scream at him every time he says that to me, but that's not exactly an appropriate thing to do at work. Suggestions?

Mary Jane...

Well, last night I went to Nicky's house with him & Andrew, and I got stoned.

And you know what? It was great.

I don't regret doing it one bit, but I do feel bad for breaking my promise that I wouldn't do it. But what he doesn't know can't hurt him, right? While that may be true, I won't take it farther than getting stoned once in a while. I mean, I think Nick's gorgeous and I'd jump his bones in a second if it weren't for the fact that I'm in a relationship, but I'm not about to apply the same principle to that one.

Oh brain, please stop confusing me, and hormones - STFU I know he's good lookin' but COOL IT.
The shelter I volunteer at has finally put their new speuter policy in to effect! It used to be that the dogs weren't fixed until they were adopted, then they would be sent in to be fixed, thus putting about a week wait on each adoption. Now each dog has gone for their surgery, so if someone wants to adopt them, they only have to wait 1 day to get the paperwork done, and they don't need to worry about post-op care. Quite a few dogs went home this weekend, Samson who was returned last weekend, Heidi who was return about a month ago, and Kaleb who had been there since September. There were probably a couple other that were only there for a few days that I didn't know about. Also, the neglected dog Shy (http://community.livejournal.com/spca_volunteers/3389.html) got herself a home today, and will be getting picked up some time this week! Woo!

On a frustrating note, a dog , Bambi, was adopted out of our shelter 2 weeks ago - she was a naughty beast, and needed someone to work with her and train her. I saw her go home with a tall man who was retired, and said he had tons of time to work with her. I was SOO happy for her! The next weekend, I saw her on our local classified site Kijiji, being given away because their dog didn't get along with Bambi. That night I cried throughout my whole walk with my own dog, just because of all the bad things I had seen these guys go through those few days (see my entry on Shy, this is that same night). Days went by and the ad stayed up, so I hoped they were waiting for the right owner.

Fast forward to today - I'm browsing my local free stuff ads. Guess who it is - Bambi. These OTHER people need to find her a home because she was dumped at their house. They were dog sitting her, and the owners never returned for her. I can't even find the words to describe how I feel about the people that adopted her from the shelter. All I could do is email the people that have her now and thank them for being so nice. Good luck Bambi.

Writer's Block: Starting Out Fresh

Many people believe that what you do on New Year's Day sets the tone for your entire year. How did you spend the first day of 2009? Do you think it will influence the rest of the year?
I don't think what you do on one day is going to influence the way you spend the rest of your year. You have to power to change your ways any time you want, as long as you truly want to.

As for my day yesterday - it was so nice :) Despite the temperature being -15C in the morning, the sun was shining bright and there was not a lick of wind. I walked Bella around 8am and everything was so nice and silent! We went down to the school and had some play time in the snow with her ball :) I came home and had some waffles and coffee before walking the dogs at the SPCA. We got everyone out, and even had time to play with the puppies, but I opted to take Rudy (my fave, even though I shouldn't have one, I just adore him!) out to the play yard and have some time with him. After that, I came home and hung out with Mike and Sandy until Sandy's mum came to pick him up. Mike and I didn't do much the rest of the day except laze around and play with our computers, and then he made some dinner. Took Bella out for her night time walk around 9, which was almost as nice as the mornings.

Samsung Q1

Well, my parents really over-did Christmas this year because they got a butt-load of money from an early part of their inheritance from my great grand mother.

But I have to say, this Samsung Q1 MP3 (and everything else) player is fucking cool. Better than any iPod I've ever seen. It plays everything, has wicked nice display, touch sensitive buttons, excellent sound picture and video quality - everything! And it's sexy looking :)

Thanks Mom & Dad!


Well, it's really really looking like I have this job doing telemarketing/customer service for Telus at a call center. Apparently Telus treats them pretty good, free giveaways/contests/trips and stuff like that, plus wicked incentives and bonuses. It's only minimum wage, but thank the gods, it's a FIXED schedule. Tues-Fri 7pm-12am, and 12pm-4pm Sat. That'll be awesome most days (excluding Tues + Wed when I have class in 3:30, but it'll work. I'm going to have to find a way home since the busses stop at 10. Hopefully I'll find someone who cabs or drives near my house, that way I can split gas money instead of walking or biking. I probably won't ever walk because the route is exclusively through downtown and then the shady part of town.

She's doing my 2nd interview (after the first and then the extensive testing they did - oii.) on the 5th of January, she called today and said that I was the first one she called (!!!!), so I'm pretty fucking stoked.

Wish me luck!

Oh Ralf, how I love thee.


Writer's Block: Top Dog

What kind of dog (counting mixes and mutts) gets your vote as the champion of dogs?
None. Any dog can be wonderfully loyal and loving if you have that kind of relationship with him, just as any dog can be mean and vicious if that's the way he's treated. Every dog has the capacity to be wonderful -  I see it every day volunteering with dogs that have been thrown in jail for a crime they didn't commit. The vast majority are loving, trusting beings who just want someone to love, and give them love in return. Others are terrified and shaking in a corner of their kennel, but once you show them that all you want to do is take them out for a walk and some love, boy do they ever come out of their shell!

Writer's Block: Gobble Gobble

Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S., one of the few American holidays where the only things you're expected to buy are groceries. Some cooks like to go all out (see: turducken), others prefer to just go out. What kind of cook are you?
People GO OUT TO EAT on Thanksgiving?!?! "Dear McDonald, thanks for the greasy burgers, Amen"

But srsly, we all just go to my grand parents house and bring something. But Thanksgiving was also almost 2 months ago now for us Canadians. Why is LJ so American-centered? :(

Holiday Wishes

- Make a post to your LJ locked or otherwise. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for Such and such on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas/Yule/Kwanzaa/Channukah is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you. [Note: Your home address is not required!]

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

-Surf around your friends list (or friend's friend's, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream pure bred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call. There are no guarantees with this project, and no strings attached. Just... wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive.

And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My list:

1. A job, any job will do. But to work with animals is what I love.
2. To like and be satisfied with college this time. -crosses fingers-
3. A horse, and to have the time and money to ride.
4. A another dog, and the time, space and money for one.
5. A crate for Bella.
6. Motivation.
7. A nice rug for the living room (the walls are an earthy green, wood trim)
8.  An iPod/similar device, the more space the better.
9. Lots of candles/incense/witchy stuff of any kind :)
10. To have a nice holiday 'season', like last year.

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