Tuesday, February 28, 2006

My Grandma

Those of you who know me, know the situation...so I am not going into details...

My grandma is doing better, but her mood is different. It kind of bothers me because, I feel like she is my only "true" link to my past. I love her so much, and my world would fall apart without her. She is the kind of person I want to be. She never judges people, and when other people have judged me, she has never done so. I am going to see her today, she is going home.

I just don't ever want to imagine life without her, it makes me so sad and heartbroken to think about it.

I wonder what I can do to make her feel happy, I think I will try and make my visits with her more frequent. The worst part is now she is taking more pills, and she is terrified of them... but if she doesn't take them...she can't get better...

My beloved grandfather died 20 years ago, and since I haven't experienced death to really close family members. It just makes me realize that yes, I will see my grandma pass... why did I just realize this, that she is human. It hurts.


Sunday, February 26, 2006


Tell the people you love how you feel often, life is so fragile... you never know if there is a next time.

<3 to all my friends and family.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Identity Theft - The Reality.

I am a victim of Identity Theft. Does anyone care? Apparently not... I received a letter from a lawyer in Ontario today that a draft statement of claim indicating I am scheduled to be sued regarding failure to pay XXX (collection agency). At the end of the letter it states that the debt was purchased by the credit agency from my former wireless provider. The amount is $311 and some change. uhmmm....

What do I do??

1. I flip out, scream, throw a fit, cry... beat up my pillow. Swear at an ex...?
2. I call the lawyer's office, that sent me the letter. I try to keep it cool...but LOSE my cool. The lawyer wasn't there, but I talked to his legal secretary, who really was a nice guy... he told me to
a.) contact telus
b.) contact said collection agency that hired lawyer.
c.) go to local police station and report identity theft.
3. I call the collection agency, they do not have me on record, have no idea who I am. Tell me to contact a different credit company.
4. I call 2nd credit company, and apparently only one person works there.
5. I call telus, they have no record of me.

So how the fuck do I owe people money, and yet no one has a record of me? I am at this point flipping out.

6. I call collection agency #1 and again no info. I ask if they are in Canada, they say no ... are you? I say yes...and all of a sudden this makes a world of difference. They tell me to call collection agency #2 where "my" files have been transferred.

7. I repeatedly call collection agency #2 leaving name and number.

8. I call telus with a client ref # the lawyer's office gave me... finally this time a terrified CSR does see my name. I ask for a copy of the contract... and apparently the collection agency has it... well collection agency #1 didn't have it... the lawyer doesn't have it. At this point I wonder if I know who I am?

The info I did get:
Cell # from Telus 204 333 1223
How long ago: 3 1/2 years!!

What the hell??? At first I thought it was my ex in Toronto... he has a habit of switching cell phones every 2 or 3 months... which apparently he never pays for. Now I don't know...but quite possible.

9. I go to the police station to report identity theft. They kind of snicker and say it's not really their dept. ??!?!!? I THOUGH IDENTITY THEFT WAS A CRIME! They do not go after the people who do this! WHAT!!!! So all I got out of this is a ref # a name and badge #. A police report on file whoop de doo. The police in this city are useless. I have always been told this is a serious crime. So if the police don't deal with it who the fuck does? I am so disgusted at this... and the fact this officer had the audacity to say to me, and ever so casually, "This happens all the time."

Do *I* give a fuck this happens all the time?? NO, absolutely NOT. I care about ME, and that this happened to ME. This is wrong, unfair and I should NOT be going through this, because someone else put me in this position.

What am I doing now? Well, I sure as hell am not paying this "debt". If they take me to court and expect me in Ontario for it. I will sue the credit company for defamation, wrongfully accusing, humiliation and absolutely all charges that this incurs.

Tomorrow, I need to contact credit agency #2 and see if they have a copy of the contract and call the lawyer back and give them the info of the police report I made... I am getting out of this and I am not getting screwed.

I feel so violated.

Oh, and to whoever did this to me... you will pay.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

"the letter"

Finally did some scrapbooking... I think it's been close to 2 months since I have actually scrapped anything. Someone suggested I scrapbook my journey to nursing... so that's what I am going to do. The first few pages might be just journalling though. Oh, this is page 1 of 2... the opposite side will be the journalling. Sent, the wait, and received! I am not too sure how I feel about this yet.. was trying to get something different, and this is what I came up with:

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Yesterday I went to Disney on Ice. It was really neat. The shows were Tarzan/Lion King/Jungle Book. I would have preferred if it was all just one show... cause the story line got kind of confusing, wonder if the little ones got it? All in all the skating and the acrobatics were great! The 2 hour show was a little too long.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

James Blunt

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If you asked me to have your baby... I would...

What's your worth?

I am worth $1,656,724 on HumanForSale.com

If anyone is out there... how much are you worth?

Friday, February 17, 2006

Getting to Know you 2006 edition

Got this in an email today, and I am not a fan of re-forwarding crap, so I thought I would post my answers on here.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:15 AM
2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Willy Wonka
4. What is your favorite TV show? Family Guy, Survivor, Amazing Race
5. What did you have for breakfast? nothing
6. What is your middle name? Dominika
7. What is your favorite cuisine? East Indian
8. What foods do you dislike? tuna, shrimp et al...beef
9. What is your favorite Potato chip? plain wavy lays and the Old Dutch Jalapeno and Cheddar! mmm
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Pearl Jam from the Winnipeg concert :)Thx for your bootlegs Eddie!
11. What kind of car (truck) do you drive? Buick LeSabre
12. What is your favorite sandwich? Quizno's Chicken Tzatziki
13. Favorite item of clothing? "I <3 dirty rocker boys" tee
14. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Australia
15. What color is your bathroom? white?
16. Favorite brand of clothing? Hot topic and Tripp!
17. Where would you want to retire to? PEI (Prince Edward Island)
***ugh excuse me, my cat is licking his butthole...***
18. Favorite time of day? The moment I wake up after sleeping in.
19. Where were you born? Poland
20. Favorite sport to watch? don't watch sports on tv
23. What type of detergent do you use? Tide for cold water
24. Coke or Pepsi? neither
25. Are you a morning person or night owl? night owl
26. What size shoe do you wear? 10
27. Do you have pets? cat and a bunny
29. What did you want to be when you were little? A cop, a teacher, and archaelogist, a biologist, a psychiatrist...
30. Favorite Candy Bar? hmm... cadbury mini eggs.. do those count?
31. What are your best childhood memories? building snow forts in the back yard, riding my banana seat bike, saturday morining cartoons, financial freedom!
32. Different jobs you have had in your life? telemarketer, line cook, retail asst. manager, pharmacy
33. What color underwear are you wearing? pink
34. Nicknames: Aleks
35. Piercing? ears and nose
36. Ever been to Africa? No
37. Ever been toilet papered? ummm no..?
38. Love someone so much it made you cry? perhaps..
39. Been in a car accident? no
40. Croutons or bacon bits? croutons
41. Favorite day of the week? Saturday morning
42. Favorite restaurant? Moxie's, Perkins, Olive Garden
43. Favorite flower? calla lilies
44. Favorite ice cream? soft serve swirl
45. Disney or Warner Brothers? Disney
46. Favorite fast food restaurant? Quizno's
47. What color is your bedroom carpet? taupe...
48. How many times did you fail your driver's test? 0
50. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Pottery Barn
51. What do you do most often when you are bored? surf, read, educate myself, create art, photography
53. Last person you went out to dinner with? Dino and Kara
54. Ford or Chevy? Chevy
55. How many tattoos do you have? one
56. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The chicken...

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Pins & Needles!

I went to the dr. today to get my hep shot. Fun times! I am glad that I am getting this all under way now.. because the $$ would kill me as a student! Luckily my insurance covers all but $12 of the $58 hep shot! Even my dr. was shocked at this...because it's so rare to have insurance cover any of it! Of course, it's not covered by Manitoba Health... so I still had to pay the dr. for it. He decided to go ahead and give me an uptade on tetanus and MMR. You really don't have to do MMR again, but he said if you're going into health care, might as well get immunized every 10 years. Not sure of the significance for MMR, but I trust him! Plus, he is a friend of the family so he only charged me 1/2 of the normal cost! Next month I will get the 2nd series of the Hep shot, and get tested for chicken pox antibodies as well as uhmm... blood type testing and something else I think... oh yeh mantoux! I like getting the mantoux, and I am bummed I won't be sharing this test with anyone who "gets" it! I test positive for TB, meaning I have to go for xrays and such... and other students liked seeing my unique results on this test!!

Yay!! I feel like I am making headway with school, even though I haven't started! Before I start I also plan on getting 3-4 pairs of scrubs... I am signed up for a sale mailing list, a good pair of nursing shoes, a stethoscope and update my Level C CPR. When I am in school and people have to take time off to get these things done, I won't have to worry about it, and I can just worry about studying! Yah baybee!!

The best part is... I have always wanted little letters to put at the end of my name, and I will make sure to sign them. :) Well, I have to for charting anyways, heh. yayayayay I am so excited!

Dr. Lang also explained how to give painless needles, and what he told me is true... because he does give painless needles... ok well I did feel the MMR when the stuff went in cause it stung... so I really *do* feel bad for the babies. :`(

This is what he said, and this would be good advice for anyone who will have to give needles in the future! Don't use alcohol swabs. They don't do anything... there is not enough alcohol to make the germs drunk, and it actually makes the injection more painful. When you go to give the needle, make sure to hold firmly and put it in like a dart you forgot to let go of. (Ok, I know this is scary, but it works!) Push the contents of the syringe quickly and pull out the needle quickly! This whole process of giving a shot lasts.. ummm 1/2 second with Dr. Lang! The reason you want to put the needle in quickly and get it done quickly in the way I describe, is because you won't hit "pain sensors." When you put the needle in slowly, you end up putting it in on a slight angle, and the needle ends up hitting all sorts of nerve endings, causing pain, bruising, bleeding etc. I am going to take his advice... because it works for me. I have the best dr. in the world... what will I do when he retires!! *sob*

It was also nice when he said "welcome to the profession, you will make an excellent nurse!"

Memoirs of a Geisha

I love reading. I really wish I had more time to read. If I have a day with nothing to do, I can read a whole novel that day! I can ready pretty much anything... well I am not into romances or westerns... so I rather pass on those...as a general rule, no Danielle Steele! haha

So I finished reading Memoirs of a Geisha this weekend. If you plan on reading the book, please don't read any further! For some reason, while reading it I thought it was an actual recollection of a Geisha... why I thought that I don't know. If I didn't read the "about the author" page I would have never of known it was fiction. Nevertheless...

The book was well written, and goes into a lot of detail as to how she was sold, and forced to become a geisha, not really against her will or anything... but that's what she was sold for. The story goes on as she matures into an apprentice geisha, and then a full fledged geisha. It leads up to her mizuage, which goes for about 11 000 yen.

When Sayuri was a young girl she ran into the chairman, he gave her a handkerchief, and she kept it with her throughout the book...always tucked into her obi. She was in love witht the chairman. Nearing the end of the book Nobu-san was to become her danna, and she tries to get out of it. In the end Sayuri ends up with the chairman, and it ends like a true happy ending.

All the way up to the point where she was to meet Nobu for the ceremony that binds him as her danna, the book was great. At this point the book turns, and really quickly the chairman is kissing Sayuri passionately, and he becomes and unofficial danna, they travel to the US, she opens up a traditional teahouse, and bam. Happy ending! Wow... was I ever dissapointed!

The ending really should have ended with Sayuri and Nobu-san, and Sayuri longing for the chairman silently. Based on what I read in the book.. that's how I imagined it would be. The ending was just too rushed, and too westernized! But all in all, it still is a highly recommended book...and I will see the movie.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Aleksandra and the horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day!

What a horrrrrrible day!! I am so glad that it's over. I don't even want to go into details, but work has been so stressful lately. Because of the increase in work stress... I am dropping my math course, and I will pick it up next semester. Biology I don't want to opt out of. I am just so happy to be home... I plan on taking a nap shortly. I think I am just ultra sensitive...

Valentine's day... ?? Is that supposed to be some kind of holiday? I admit I am a vday hater. Exchange cards and be done with it. But please, don't go out and buy gifts, flowers and chocolates. You can do something special any time of the year... stop being so corporate! In my opinion valentines is for kids... and that's that. No more on this subject.

There was something else i rushe home to say, but damn, if it didn't slip my mind!

I have been really good about not buying anything scrap related this year... and I finally broke down, and spent a small amount of $$... say $60? not bad.. but I do feel guilty!! That could have been $60 to pay for a book for school!! haha. This is what I got:
HS schizophreic chipboard alphas
HS baby chipboard words
HS plastic letters in (pink- control freak, martha - all mixed up and sea - fat cat)
HS lowercase raw chipboard alphas
HS chipboard lable holders in grass
HS paper knife
HS paper piercer
HS pencil crayons (yay!)
and Creative Imaginations Rock and Roll stickers.
Ok, I didn't do too bad... but I am going to try and be more careful now! I really don't need to be spending money... especially since I haven't scrapbooked since I resigned from the Design Team I was on! Noooo... no more motivation! haha! It's fine, it will come to me eventually... if not I will sell it all!! mwaahah!

It looks like my mood is getting better! Oh, now I remember what I was going to talk about... I finished the book Memoirs of a Geisha. I want to write a review...but I will do so, in a seperate post, because I don't want it to get lost!


Quote for Feb.14: Love is for losers :)

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Saturday...or is it?

I'm off today, so it feels like a weekend. I wish. :( I volunteered to work Saturday (cause everyone else was being a pussy about it...) so I took today off. We can't take Monday's... booo! So here I am.

I have a few things to do today... I have a doctor's appointment in about an hour or so. I am taking in my immunization record... start on my series of hep shots and do the mantoux test... I test positive for TB, so I need additional testing including chest xrays. (My grandpa had TB so I was immunized against it, causing me to test positive.) I am doing this now to get it out of the way. Anyways, so I am taking this to my dr. to get it filled out.

I guess I need something for concentration too... something natural? My dr. is amazing because he does believe in western medicine, but he also believes in a more holistic approach... homeopathy, accupuncture etc. We'll see what he says. I don't have ADD or anything I just can't stay focused in a long lecture.. my mind wanders! I get easily bored I suppose.

I am also going to as for an opinion on stethoscopes!! hehe. I know I am ahead of the game... but if I can get stuff out of the way before school, then I will be able to focus better!

Anyways, off to get ready.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

I'm sorry I haven't called lately, I've been busy...

So yeh, tonight is the fourth night of school... the 2nd night of math....


I got my acceptance letter from the college today!!! YAHHHHH!!!!! YIPPEEEEE!! I had honestly doubted myself...and here it is... I *mailed* the application/letter on Jan. 8th. The date of the letter is Jan.30th! Basically within 3 weeks I was accepted!! I cannot believe it!!

So this is what it says...

Dear Aleksandra,

Thank you for your application to the Nursing - Winnipeg program. We are pleased to inform you that you meet the academic requirements for this program. There is currently a wait list and your name has been placed on the list as of you application date. Often a seat becomes available, and we then offer the seat to the applicant on the top of the wait list.

Therefore, you may still be offered a seat for the next start date.

Yadda yadda....

eeeeeekkkkk!!! I am so happy for me! :) I can't believe it took me a year to send the letter off, and really only took 3 weeks to accepted. I feel truly blessed at this moment!!

I know financially I can't start March if they call me in. I will have to see what their policy is for refusing a start date... that's if they ask, and trust me I hope they don't! I can swing July... because I can have $7000 saved by then... which will cover tuition, books and misc fees... and a couple months worth of bills! Ideally I would start March of '07.

So, ok!! wow... what now? I guess save like crazy! lol I guess I am pretty lucky to be at the pharmacy and make a double digit per hour wage! A great wage, really! Let's just hope that with the recent lay-offs I won't be included! (statistically [number wise] I work the hardest... but who's counting!)

So... I have taken 2 biology classes and 1 math class.... really I can say "fuck it" and not go... because I have my academic requirements.

However, I will continue to go for "practice and good study habits."

I am off to go get ready for my math class!

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