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Starting Off The New Year

weather: sunny
outside: 2°C
mood: groggy/disoriented
Before I begin my random bibbling, I'd like to say: in light of tsunami donation scams, please donate to reputable aid/relief organizations only. And Canadians: your donation to listed eligible Canadian charities (under "How you can help") from now until January 11, will be matched by the Government of Canada. Also, any donation you make from now until January 11 will be eligible for income tax purposes for 2004. The Lower Mainland Buddhist Society is selling one of their buildings (valued at $500,000), all to be donated to the relief effort. I really hope they get it sold by January 11.

So, yeah. Me then.

*ungh* I don't care what the calendar or clock says. It's Monday. Morning. Still. And will be, all week.

I'm glad yesterday WAS actually still a stat. holiday for me. =O I wasn't sure. I hoped I didn't have to go back to work yesterday when I woke up. I was actually conscious enough to call my Office Manager Lady's extension just to be sure. I called ONCE while I was still laying in bed. It went to her voice mail and I hung up hoping that she wasn't just away from her phone or something. =)

I have jetlag and I didn't even go anywhere or do much of anything over the holidays. I've been hibernating so much. No more sleeping in until 1300h and no napping every afternoon/evening.

Every year, I always go to our annual 0600h Boxing Day mall not-shopping thing and, every year, I always wonder why I do it. I don't buy anything. I just wander around with the guys, who also don't buy much and are just wandering around as well. I did have something I wanted to get, but I didn't find it. I think this is how I prove my existence every year.

My anti-virus software went bonkers for a few minutes trying to catch up with the crap lode of updates this morning. I got kicked out of work December 20 last year, see. It was for my own good.

My credit card balance is still comfortably under $1000.00 and most of it was regular recurring auto-payment charges, like our parking payment. I'm EVER SO impressed with myself. =D But I'll give it a week or two to see if stuff gets posted that I've forgotten about. All the Giftmas stuff is there, though. And most of the Holiday Fooding Sprees are there in my online statement thingie. I think.

All the stuff I took home with me from work for the holidays is (*bleh*) still at home, the most important of which is my hand lotion. But it's not all bad. I'm running on a small sample tube and I'm thankful that I had the foresight to leave my water bottle behind at work.

MUSTMUSTMUST remember to write and type '2005' everywhere now. Heh. =)

Stuff I need to do because I'm a loser and didn't get it done when I had time off:

<input ... >  renew mortgage... talking to Mortgage Lady...
<input ... >  get passport application done (at least the photos are taken).
<input ... >  see my doc for a long overdue check-up... Appointment made. Note to self: Try giving her puppy-dog eyes and say that I was waiting for her to come back from Mat. Leave so that she might not be too mad at me for being a dumbass.
<input ... >  see my Financial Advisor about topping up my RRSP for 2004. We do this in January before he gets swamped with RRSP season. Appointment made.


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ducks
Jan. 4th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!

I just wanted to say, donations to UNICEF.ca and oxfam.ca will also be matched by the Government of Canada.

And you just reminded me... I should definitely top up my contribution before the rush.
bride
Jan. 4th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
donations to UNICEF.ca and oxfam.ca will also be matched by the Government of Canada.

Ooo, that's cool! Thanks =)
kalev
Jan. 4th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
I made my contribution like last Tuesday... hope they match that.
bride
Jan. 4th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
I hope so too =P
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bride
Jan. 4th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
Some stuff bothering me... I guess it shows. Sorry =P
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karinakarina
Jan. 5th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
it took me a second to figure out why you needed to remember to use 2005. i've written a couple of checks - i hope i wrote the right year.
bride
Jan. 5th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's why I try not to write cheques anymore. I'll kill myself worrying if I have the right date =)
pne
Jan. 5th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)
passport application
get passport application done (at least the photos are taken).

Heh. Mine's as good as done and just has to be sent off now (I think I'm no longer missing anything), but it did take me a couple of months to get this far, I think.

(Filling out most of the form was fairly easy, but then I had to get pictures taken, ask my father for his passport number and when and where he married my mother, had to figure out who would countersign my picture and then had to get that done, etc.)

I donated to my church's humanitarian aid program; I trust that's reputable enough and that the money will get through without administrative overhead being deducted.
bride
Jan. 5th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
Re: passport application
Churches, I generally trust too... unless they begin with "Scient-" and end with "-ology" or some other whacky deal like that. But I was talking more of random folks on the internet who are selling stuff "to raise money for the cause".
pne
Jan. 5th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: passport application
Mine's as good as done and just has to be sent off now

Sent now! Finally.

Let's hope that I didn't need to include any more documents, and that they don't pick up on the fact that the photograph was countersigned before I signed the application as a whole (since the "I have known the applicant for __ number of years and the application has been filled out correctly TTBOMK" should come after everything else has been done).
bride
Jan. 5th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: passport application
Haha, good luck! =)
jenny_rambles
Jan. 5th, 2005 09:11 am (UTC)
Ohh - how fun. I can check off your to do list! :)
I need to get my passport done too - and I won't remember 2005 until well into March. :)
bride
Jan. 5th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
Heh, that's why I make checkboxes. Other people can check stuff off for me for motivation =D
trigeekgirl
Jan. 6th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC)
I'm gonna be writing 2004 until March. I just know it.
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