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I'm Blue (Da ba dee da ba di) 
May 5, 2011 5:26 pm 
Updated: Jun. 9, 2011 3:40 am
Anyone else remember that terribly annoying song by Eiffel 65 from the late '90s? Unfortunately it's stuck in my head now.

But yes, AR friends, I am *blue* now. Decided I might as well gift myself a membership... I don't think I'll have much to say, but I like the option of making blog posts, and I'd really like to explore the Menus more. Plus I think it's worth contributing to the cost of a fabulous site that I'm on every single day! And really at less than $23 for two years, why the heck not sign up? I spend more than that on coffee and snacks every week, I'm sure. And the Canadian dollar is really good right now so it's actually costing me slightly less than that :)

Anyways, I suppose this is the obligatory 'introducing myself' blog, though I've been hanging out on Buzz for awhile so many of you "know" me already! I'd share my life story with you but it's rather uninteresting, so let's just do a quick recap:

I'm Alex, but properly Alexandra Erin (as my mother says, if she wanted to call me Alex, that's what she would have named me). Within my family I'm more often known as 'Awa' as that's how my younger brother managed to say 'Alexandra' as a toddler. It stuck. I was born on August 21, 1987 via emergency C-section; nearly 24 years later my grandmother is still upset that she was in Italy when I was born, 4 weeks before I was supposed to be. Speaking of my grandmother and Italy, she and my grandfather are from there (and Nonna is the best cook ever, I grew up on amazing food). They came to Canada in 1958. My dad's family has English, Irish and Scottish roots, but his family has been here for a few generations.

Anyways, I was born. I went to school. I went to university. I got a degree in history that I've done nothing with. And I got a boring desk job that makes me want to die a little every day. And here we are caught up to the present.

As that's not a very interesting story, I'll just share 20 random (possibly semi-interesting, but probably not) things about me:

1. In my life I've played piano, clarinet, bass guitar and guitar. I was best at piano but I found the exams for it really boring and when I got to high school, wanted to try something new. I played clarinet in music class and band in grade 7 and 8 - I was terrible in grade 7, much better in grade 8. Bass guitar and guitar I unfortunately not good at. I took guitar lessons from the boy I spent the better part of 6+ years ridiculously in love with... didn't learn much but it was fun.

2. My "relationship", as it were, with the boy mentioned above crashed and burned hard and I still don't know why... despite him never quite returning my feelings, we were good friends for years and somehow everything all went to heck and couldn't be salvaged. Totally changed who I am. I used to be confident, outgoing.. happy. I'm still not any of those things, but have definitely progressed from the rock bottom I felt I was at a couple years ago.

3. At one time I had 10 holes pierced in body and slowly took out the different pieces of jewellery, letting them close over. Now I have one hole in each earlobe, one hole in the upper cartilidge area of my right ear (don't usually wear any jewellery in it though) and one more that's not visible when I'm clothed.

4. I'm an extremely lazy person, dislike exercise and love food, especially sweets. The size of my butt confirms this.

5. I've tried writing novels/scripts several times and it never gets anywhere. I can easily create scenes in my head but putting them in writing is so hard.

6. The greatest night of my life, so far, was my prom night. Not the actual dinner/dance, but the after party. It was an amazing time and almost all of my graduating class was there. We rented out a floor in the dormitory of the local college (which is rented like a hotel after the school year ends in May) and spent the night having mini parties in all the suites, shuffling around every so often.

7. Pretty much my only hobby other than baking is writing quizzes and generally spending time at the internet's biggest trivia website, funtrivia.com. I am also a quiz editor in the Television category there. If you've never been to the site, check it out! You can play lots of excellent quizzes as a guest, sign up for a free membership to play more games and interact on the chatboards and forums, or even sign up for a gold membership (about $40/year) for even more games and perks.

8. My favourite mixed drink is Sex on the Beach, though I am also very partial to raspberry Sour Puss and tequila shots.

9. I looove pedicures and even though I don't like the heat of summer, I am happy that it is sandals season once again, so I can justify spending the money on making my feet pretty!

10. I mentioned above that my degree is in History (also a minor in Sociology). My main area of focus in my studies, especially in my fourth year, was peace diplomacy during the First World War. The other senior seminar I took in my fourth year was a class in the history of sex. It was really interesting and very fun at times!

11. I have no kids (no husband, no boyfriend, no girlfriend, no nothing!) but I am really starting to come around on the idea of having one or two someday. I can definitely see me having *babies*, but I'm still really intimidated of the idea of being responsible for other human beings for a lifetime, having to shape and mold them and ready them for the world..

12. My favourite fruit is really juicy navel oranges - but I really like most fruits when they're ripe and delicious.

13. My biggest vice (though I don't really think of it as a vice) is pot smoking.. and I know there are people who will probably dislike me for that, but I feel like I shouldn't 'hide' it or lie about it, as I believe in the saying, if you have to hide it you probably shouldn't be doing it.

14. I am definitely my father's daughter... my whole life, people have been saying I am just like him. When I was in grade one, school had to shut down in the middle of the day and my dad came to pick me up. My teacher, having never met him before, immediately knew which kid he was there to get. But it's not just in terms of looks (and as I got older, I started looking a little less like him), but apparently I take on his mannerisms and sense of humour and stuff like that.

15. I'm a really good speller (I won $100 in a spelling bee when I was 9) and generally am good at expressing myself correctly in writing (less so orally, but that's just because I say "like" and "um" a lot), but I try not to be a grammar nazi and correct people, especially online (because an online forum is not a formal essay!). There are certain common mistakes that appear in peoples' posts all over the internet that really irritate me though.

16. I hate baseball, I really do. I was dragged to far too many baseball games as a kid because my dad loves it (we even had to go to baseball games on a trip to Disney World!) that I really can't bear the thought of ever going to another one.

17.  I am the messiest eater ever. Seriously. My mom should be awarded a medal for all the stains she has managed to get out of my clothes over the years.

18. My favourite movie is Almost Famous. It makes me dream of living a life on the road on tour with a band - though I think it would have been way more fun to do in the '70s. Best scene in the movie: when they all start singing "Tiny Dancer" on the tour bus.

19. If/when I finally move out of my parents' house, what I look forward to the most is having a big bed! I still sleep in the twin bed I've been sleeping in since about 1990... occasionally on the same Mickey Mouse sheets too.

20. I've never had a pet, ever. My dad tried to get us fish once and my mom said absolutely not.

So there you have it, Alex in a nutshell. If anyone read ALL of that, I guess you have as much time on your hands as I do :)
May 5, 2011 5:39 pm
I read all that :) And I don't think you're life is boring at all! Thank you for taking the time to tell us about yourself and being so open. I like to read your posts on the buzz and some of your personal recipes seem right up my alley- I have a sweet tooth too ;)
May 5, 2011 5:42 pm
YEA! You're blue! Congratulations on presenting yourself with a nice gift! And YES! That song is now stuck in my head - thanks for that! LOL Nice blog, Alex - I hope we get to see more of them! #4 made me LOL! I like your writing.....
May 5, 2011 5:43 pm
I read it all too! You are an interesting writer, here and on the buzz. #2 made me sad, #4 made me laugh, and it all was just very brave that you can be that open. Thanks for sharing
May 5, 2011 5:51 pm
I think you have a talent for creative writing. Your life is much more interesting than mine and I'm old enough to be your mother! In fact my oldest DD is just about six weeks older than you. Keep up the good work!
May 5, 2011 5:54 pm
Oh boy, I have readers! Thanks for reading and commenting, ladies :)
May 5, 2011 5:59 pm
Love your blog, Alex!! Thanks for sharing :)
May 5, 2011 6:02 pm
Hey, Alex - Just wanted to let you know I found the blog! But, you did put a link. Usually, I can't find them. :) You're a pretty kool person on AR. Always good chatting with you and learning stuff from each other. TTYL.
May 5, 2011 6:04 pm
Brutal honesty, I really admire that in a person. I hope you can find happiness for yourself soon that belongs to you and is not dependent on a man or other relationships. I enjoyed your blog, keep it up!
May 5, 2011 6:07 pm
Alexandra, you are woman and I hear you roar! Do not, I repeat, do not sell yourself short! I enjoyed your blog - parts were funny, parts were sad and parts made me mad! Keep writing! I feel like I have been on a roller coaster ride!!! :-)
May 5, 2011 6:15 pm
As Carrie says, don't ever link your happiness to another person, place or thing. I am still trying to suck it up and write one of these, so you are way ahead of me..... and I have 2 kids older than you are. Fun to get to know you better. #15 stood out to me... :D
May 5, 2011 6:29 pm
Naw I just read fast :)(:! Congrats on your first blog and being blue! Funny I was just looking at a note I'd jotted down, I'd asked for recipe ideas and you were kind enough to respond and offer an idea. Look forward to your future blogs!
May 5, 2011 7:03 pm
I have to admit, I don't often read blogs. However, having "I'm Blue" on Karaoke, my 13 year old daughter was actually singing that on the way to soccer today ! So I had to read. I really enjoyed it, and could relate to everything you said. Not that we have similar lives, but just life in general... the ups and downs. Looking forward to reading more !
May 5, 2011 7:35 pm
I love an honest girl! Carrie and Chris have it right. Love yourself, and just keep Smilen'. I have had my belly button pierced for about 20 years(Before it was cool) And I have a Alaskan Tribal Tatoo on my back of a Wolf that represents the moon, and your spirit.It's been there for about 20 years also. You go girl, and write some more. We're waiting(=
May 5, 2011 7:50 pm
CONGRATS on being a Smufette!! You are a character Alex!
May 5, 2011 8:06 pm
How cool! You're blue! Congratulations for giving yourself a gift. I found your blog interesting, honest, and thought provoking. And, you DO NOT need a man (or woman) to be successful or happy. My eldest DD is unmarried without kids. She has a very full and rewarding life. I dig you Alex. Keep writing.
May 5, 2011 8:17 pm
Congratulations on being blue and for posting an interesting blog. Hmmm... maybe it's time to get a pet? I can totally see you with a kitten curled around your neck (unless of course you're allergic!) Oh, NO!! Keep the blogs coming.
May 5, 2011 8:40 pm
Hey, Alex! I enjoyed your blog, and I hope that you will continue writing. You always have good ideas on the RB so I can't wait to see what you do with a blog. No pressure. ;o)
May 5, 2011 8:41 pm
Oh yeah, forgot to mention this, but we have a degree in history in common. Or nearly a degree in my case, I have about 15 hours left before I graduate. No clue what I'm going to do with that!
May 5, 2011 9:05 pm
Great blog, Alex! I did enjoy it all but sorry for the failed relationship. Please don't allow that to define your life, you are a much better person than that! I really did enjoy getting to know you a little better and look forward to the next blog!!
May 5, 2011 9:06 pm
Hey Alex, I really enjoyed reading your blog and learning new things about you, very interesting. You have a gift for writing. Keep blogging.
May 6, 2011 3:18 am
Alex - Congrats on your "blue" status! Looking forward to reading more from you - yes... I did read it all. Some of it could even have been written about me, though I'm old enough to be your mother - I have a daughter a year older than you in fact. Most people think I am just like my dad as far as mannerisms go, but I look just like my mom. When I was a teenager I didn't find that too flattering, but now as an adult - it's a good thing. :-) Welcome aboard blueland; and can't wait to read more!
May 6, 2011 3:56 am
Good morning all and thanks for the comments! I do want to write more, I enjoy writing, I just seem to suffer from perpetual writer's block :)
May 6, 2011 3:57 am
Kristen - people kept asking me, "History degree, eh? What's that good for?" Turns out - nothing. lol. I keep telling myself at least I gained research and writing skills and stuff like that by taking history in school but those still aren't qualities that are serving me well in the real world!
May 6, 2011 4:43 am
Thank-you Alex. Yup, read all of it and can't wait to read more. Life is life and then we die, so might as well enjoy it... 420! Keep writing and keep baking... Food that is!
May 6, 2011 5:23 am
Well look who's a smurfette now?! :D Congrats Alex! Nice to see you joined the club! and yes, the exchange rate is in our favour at the moment so you definitely got bang for your buck! Nice blog too, you have to work on your writer's block though as I can see you do have it in you to come up with some great future movies for Hollywood! :) Live life for YOU is all I have to add from all the other stuff everyone else up there said :)
May 6, 2011 5:38 am
Alex, your blog is about as open and honest as any I have ever read. Can't say that I would have the guts to express myself as you did. I'm not a huge talker and I too find it easier to write than chat. Yoe seem to cut yourself short, stop that. You have so much to offer. Men come and go and most often it is for the best that they do go. You don't need to be in a relationship to make you a better person, the strong usually do stand alone. Be good to yourself and I look forward to your future blogs.
May 6, 2011 6:19 am
Alex - I want to teach eventually, but will still have to go through the trouble of getting certified and everything. Which will probably involve having to take more classes, we'll see I guess. What do you do now? I am working as an assistant teacher for the band program in our area, work with grades 6-12. But we will be moving after this school year so I won't be doing that anymore in about three weeks. I'm very stressed right now! lol
May 6, 2011 6:23 am
I'm just working in administrative type work in the government right now, don't even need a degree at all for my job. I had been thinking teaching too, I even worked an extra job for four months last summer getting tutoring experience, but when I started doing all the application stuff in November, I just thought - I don't really want to do this. So I'm stuck here until I figure out what it is I do want! Government work in the long term would be alright but hopefully in a more interesting area.. maybe policy development, heritage or one of the museums.
May 6, 2011 6:53 am
Hi Alex! Nice to meet you, I see you on the Buzz frequently. I keep toying with the idea of "turning blue" but just haven't done it yet. Looking forward to your next post!
May 6, 2011 7:22 am
Wow Alex! You've always been helpful on the buzz with your posts. I've just realized after reading your blog that you were born the year I was married! Boy, do I feel old. My oldest son is named Alex. I just love that name. My Alex just turned 12 yesterday. Keep writing! You seem to be full of such wonderful wit!!
May 6, 2011 7:25 am
I thought it was a great blog, very honest! I am going to check out the quiz site you mentioned as I LOVE doing quizzes. Thank you!
May 6, 2011 7:38 am
Alex, you are so entertaining! You did awesome w/ your first blog! Loved it! Your honesty is refreshing. Can't wait to read more...keep 'em coming!
May 6, 2011 7:42 am
You are a natural at this girl! Don't ever doubt yourself. Keep on writing..
May 6, 2011 8:05 am
Great blog! Can't wait for more!
May 6, 2011 8:15 am
Hey Alex, I majored in Sociology...another broad degree and I work in accounting and I too have been dying a little each day...for 5 years. I recently sold my condo and moved back home so I can afford to take my masters because our future is just too important to settle for anything less than what is best for us! I recently got accepted and am counting down the days until I tell my boss I am quitting....wooo that will be an interesting day. Have you thought of taking your masters in History or something related like public policy? It will help network you with people in the industry and really narrow down the type of stuff that interests you and related jobs. This is what I am hoping for me as I would like to become a research consultant with regards to social/public policy issues (nerd alert). hehe. We're a lot alike...maybe it's because we're Canadian...hmm. Anyway, really cool that you shared all this honesty. It's admirable. Good Luck!
May 6, 2011 8:33 am
Awa! *smile* I LOVE Your blog! Have you ever heard of Jeannette Rankin? If not, I have a book I'd like to send you. Flight of the Dove, by Kevin S. Giles. My DD is your age. MANY similarities between you and some significant differences. You have a much better Education base (HS and university) than my DD, but my DD is very intelligent and reads, etc. she just didn't continue the "discipline" of school. . . (her mothers daughter, sigh). . .look forward to more of your blogs ♥. . .
May 6, 2011 8:40 am
Thanks for all the comments! Raquel, I did think of doing a master's - it was the plan for avoiding the real world for another year or two. But while I had a decent GPA, it's not good enough to get into a competitive Master's program not even at Last Chance U where I got my BA lol. I'm still thinking of doing another program of some kind eventually, probably a college certificate, but when I look at the list of programs, some seem like they'd be alright but nothing jumps out at me as "yes, I want to do that!" I'm considering doing an Applied Museum Studies program, but I don't really need it as a degree in history fits the education requirements for most museum jobs I'd be interested in - they just all seem to want 5-10 years of super specific museum experience. How am I supposed to get that?! That's awesome that you are doing your master's - best of luck!!
May 6, 2011 8:46 am
Hi LadySparkle! Nope can't say I've heard of Jeannette Rankin. Send away if you like! I hated the discipline of school too.. while I was slogging through it, I couldn't wait to be done. Having experienced the reality of life beyond student status, I would love to be back in school for the rest of my life! I like learning, I just hated having 5 huge assignments all due at the same time, taking exams, that kind of thing. It's like one of my good online friends, he is SO smart, he's into quantum physics, huge into philosophy, and reads Nietschze for fun.. he is a born academic but didn't go beyond high school (and he's in the UK so their high school is a different level than finishing high school in North America), he just has no desire to go through the rigid structure of higher education.. oh, and p.s. I got your thank you card in the mail, and your handwriting is eerily similar to my mom's! like, identical! :)
May 6, 2011 8:47 am
I had to go back and comment on 15 - 20 as relates to my DD (I had to laugh!) She too is an awesome speller, also a singer to bring tears to your eyes, and a TOTAL child of her culture. SPORTS. . .not so much. . .LOL!! tried it hated it. . .not even much of an observer (DD, LOL!!) messy eater?. . .just plain messy :) God Lover Her. . . Almost Famous and Tiny Dancer. . .TOTALLY, both my girls oldest (born in 85) ring tone is Tiny Dancer. :) Bed and bed sheets (cracking me UP!!) She got a queen sized bed ASAP when she moved back home (she went to WA when she turned 18. . . for some boy. . .) and we've ALWAYS had pets. . .ALWAYS. . .if she had her way, we'd have a houseful of cats, the dogs hinder this aspiration!! LOL!!
May 6, 2011 8:51 am
Quantum physics has me too, with alot of religious reading and womens history reading. :)
May 6, 2011 9:01 am
Alex, After reading your story I still love ya! In some ways we're alike. I'm not a member but if I should become one I'll share my history.
May 6, 2011 10:40 am
Good blog ALEX! It's always interesting to hear details to attach to names we see so often on this site. The desk job comment made me laugh, but I encourage and urge you to find something you're passionate about and pursue that. You don't want to be like me...41 and still sitting at the boring desk! Don't settle. In work or relationships...:)
May 6, 2011 12:53 pm
Alex I'm sorry your blue. Here is a song to get that one out of your head .... http://youtu.be/eQtHcmfq0bc ....It's the one I sing to my daughter when she is sad.
May 6, 2011 12:55 pm
Oh my...it's trapped in my head now. *searches for melon baller and/or earplugs* Nice to meet you! And yes...I read it all. You sound like a very interesting person to be around, but I'll warn you before hand that my spelling is atrocious at times and even with a spell checker, mistakes STILL come through :P
May 6, 2011 12:55 pm
And you must use my birthday tomorrow as an excuse to go party.
May 7, 2011 12:01 am
Hi Alex, congratulations on becoming 'blue!' We have the same birthday- I was born on August 21st in 1981 :)
May 7, 2011 6:28 am
Hi Alex, I don't comment often but read the blogs everyday. Absolutely LOVE your honesty and loved this blog, looking forward to reading more!
May 7, 2011 9:53 am
Alex, 2 things.... I totally loved I'm Blue by Eiffel 65. I smoked pot for years, it's even legal in Colorado now (with a prescription). It remains however, the great de-motivator in life. Just my useless two cents. Not criticizing, I'm just saying........
May 7, 2011 10:39 am
Just two words Alex...Loved it! I am alot (alot) older than you but could relate to much of what you said and I found as I read I had a smile on my face. Feel as if I know you!
May 7, 2011 11:12 am
Hi and thanks everyone who commented since yesterday! Hi Dave, good to "see" you! I don't feel it's a de-motivator for me.. perhaps when I was unemployed but I have a full-time job without it interfering :) Certainly don't plan on smoking regularly forever though.. and sometimes I feel it's just become a habit moreso than something I enjoy, and then I stop for awhile.
May 7, 2011 3:45 pm
Congrats on your status! I too read it all and all the comments. I have grandchildren approaching your age, but I can still relate to most of what you wrote (very eloquently.) I have a degree in English, which is even more useless than one in history, but which makes me notice misspelling and poor grammar. Fortunately, I don't type as well as I'd like so I have learned tolerance. You are an interesting person at an age where the possibilities are only limited by what you can imagine. You might find taking courses online would suit you well. Whatever you choose, please don't sell yourself short.
May 7, 2011 10:21 pm
Alexandra, what a beautiful name. You sound sweet, fun, and awesome! I, too, dislike exercise and could exist on sweets forever. Ditto my butt. How about posting some of Nonna's recipes? Thanks! PS. Cannoli filling is super easy to make. Are the shells easy and would/could you post the recipe for them?
May 7, 2011 10:39 pm
Enjoyed reading your blog! You are funny in a very honest way. I feel the same way about spelling. It irks me when I see errors in the LOCAL newspapers of all places, SHEESH!! Ok, I am a grandmother but I can still relate on your level. Keep up the good work! I like your sense of humor :)
May 8, 2011 7:48 am
Jaynie, I will post some of Nonna's recipes eventually... she's pretty tight-lipped about them though! She keeps telling me I'll have to make her food "when I'm-a no here anymore" but doesn't show me how to make it! The cannoli shells aren't hard but pretty time consuming. Next Christmas I'll write down the shell recipe! I know most of the ingredients but not the amounts.
May 8, 2011 4:25 pm
Hi Alex! It was great to learn more about you. And,as many others have said, it was awesome that you were so honest. I wanted to major in either History or English when I went to college but my dad said "You will never be able to do anything with that!" so I majored in Accounting. And I hated it...I felt much like you describe your feelings toward your job. So you can imagine my dread when I started going on interviews! However, in one interview I was asked what I like to do and I mentioned that I was writing a book- the next thing I knew I had a great job as a writer! Of course I couldn't keep it due to health problems, but my point is opportunity is out there, sometimes where you least expect it!
May 8, 2011 8:18 pm
I don't blame your nonna for being tight lipped about her recipes. I have a few secret ones, too. Do learn though cos' it's sooo important to carry on tradition. You will be glad you did. I just bought some cannoli's today for a friend. We have some pretty good bakeries here in Jersey. I know Nonna's are better though! Have a great week!
May 9, 2011 10:52 pm
Hey Alex, thanks for sharing! I used to work at a CD store back then and I had to listen to Blue soooooo many times...! We have a lot in common, like piano, bass guitar with a boy, pot (I live in California-trust me: pot does not make any one a bad person), piercings and writing. Look forward to another blog!
May 10, 2011 2:29 pm
Alex, I'm listening to 'I'm Blue' right now on Youtube... I couldn't remember what is sounded like but now I totally remember! I used to love to dance to this sound when we went out to the clubs back in the single days. I loved your blog; your honesty is refreshingly shocking. Don't ever lose that, ok? I spent a little time in Kanata years ago, (I was born and raised in London, about 5 hours down the 401) since I had friends who lived there. I have been 'seeing' you around this site for a long time and it was great to get to know you a little better. I look forward to more blogs from you!
May 11, 2011 6:35 pm
Hey Alex! I never read blogs but your Blue title intrigued me! You should title all your blogs with awesome song titles! Haha! Although no one would admit it.. That song was pretty awesome in its day. Loved the blog! Made me laugh.
May 12, 2011 9:21 am
Great blog! Thanks for the enjoyable read :) I look forward to learning more about you!
May 12, 2011 11:02 am
Thanks so much to everyone still commenting! I had no idea I was popular ;)
May 19, 2011 6:16 pm
Hey GG! I read almost all cooking type blogs, and recipes. I ended up here today, because of 'won ton wrappers' go figure! See you on FT! VMarrz... Loved your intro!
Jun. 9, 2011 3:40 am
Hey Alex....i too never read blogs but not once did i get bored reading yours. Great work!!!!
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