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Happy Leap Day!

It has been a really unproductive leap day compared to the last one, which I managed to document in photographs. Today basically all I’ve done is wake up, go online, decide that I want to do the road trip to Ottawa in May, just in time for the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Tulip Festival, get obsessed with the planning of the said road trip, search obsessively for affordable places to stay in Ottawa, make lunch, have lunch, shower, go to the grocery store, cook dinner, get grumpy due to PMS, have dinner, and here we are! Exciting, huh? At least last leap day I got to do some cleaning. But then again, four years ago today, we were still living in our tiny, one bedroom apartment in Waterloo, which wasn’t all that difficult to clean. We just had to throw everything into the big closets and/or the bedroom, which also doubled as a storage room, and we’d be golden. Oh the horror that was our Waterloo bedroom! I shudder just thinking about it.

Hmmm, I just did a quick browse through my blog archives and it looks like I made a monumental decision (or a big leap, if you don’t mind the pun) that changed my life in a good way every leap year since 2000. In 2000, I started blogging, and we all know how it changed my life. In 2004, I decided to leave Indonesia behind and move to Canada. In 2008, we made the big decision to get a mortgage and buy a house. I wonder what kind of monumental decision I’m going to make this year, if any. Only time will tell!

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The Glasses Dilemma

I’m due for the biannual eye exam, which means it’s time to get a new pair of glasses! Troy’s work insurance covers both the optometrist’s fee and the cost of the eyeglasses (well, up to a certain amount). I love getting new glasses so knowing that my eye exam is coming up, two months ago I started browsing the frame catalog of an online store from which I bought my last pair of glasses and bookmarking the ones I like. But the problem with being so ahead is, now that the eye exam is only a couple of days away, most of the frames I like are already sold out or no longer available. Sad llama. :(
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And Then We Are 12

Twelve years ago, having decided to abandon my old Diaryland journal, I came across a list of weblogs in someone’s Pitas (remember Diaryland‘s supposedly cooler sister Pitas?). After visiting a bunch of them, I decided that I wanted to have one of my own so I could share all the cool stuff I found in my web meanderings, of which I did a lot because I had no life.

After researching tonnes of free web space providers, I dubbed Freespeech.org the winner. Free web space with no ads! Perfect! So I signed up for an account, set Blogger to post via FTP to it (Blogspot hadn’t existed yet) and voila! A new weblog was born. I named it Weblog Wannabe because I wasn’t really sure what a weblog really was but really wanted it to be a weblog. Not the most creative name ever but I thought it was catchy.

My first month of blogging is so full of name-dropping.

My second month of blogging is even more so with some bad pseudo-poetry written for other webloggers thrown in for good measure.

My third month of blogging… My god, people actually read this CRAP?!?

I think a lot of people used to visit my weblog only because they felt sorry for this poor Indonesian girl with no life. It’s the only logical explanation I could think of for the hundreds of visits I used to get daily. But thanks to my readers’ compassion and their generous offers of friendship, I managed to survive some of the toughest times of my life. It’s too bad that I no longer have most of the readers I used to have because I really want all of them to know how much their emails and comments meant to me. They meant a lot. They helped keeping me going.

And then along came Troy, the nerd with whom I ended up tying the knot. He wouldn’t have found me if he hadn’t been a reader of zannah’s blog and zannah hadn’t been friends with Bryan and Bryan hadn’t posted a link to my wee blog on his. But he was and they were and he did, and so he found my weblog several months after I started blogging and became a regular. The next year, he sent me a friendly email and we started chatting on ICQ and we continued to do so almost every day. I’m pretty sure he thought I was a psycho several chats in but he stuck around anyway. For years. Even after I pissed him off countless of times with my stubbornness. A man after my own heart. :)

TL;DR, we eventually met in 4D in 2004 and his first impression of me was that I was stinky. True story.

I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am to have started this thing 12 years ago. It has improved and enriched my life in so many ways. Thanks, ye olde blog, for allowing me to meet so many interesting, kind, and generous people from all over the world and most importantly, for sending me a top-notch husband. You rock! Happy 12!

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The Ever-Changing Travel Plan

White Rock

Remember when I said that we were going to Iceland and the Netherlands for my birthday in April next year? Well, that has changed. Except for the Iceland part. We’re still going to Iceland since we’re on a mission to find the Valley of Bjorks but we’ve decided against going in early April (which is when my birthday is) since it’s too early and the weather’s likely to be crappy. We’re going in May 2013 instead, just in time for our 8th anniversary. Europeans, take note and fear our combined dork power! (Yes, dork, not dark. We’ve no dark power. Nope. Not at all.)

The current plan is to fly to Scotland (flying to Glasgow could save you as much as $200 in airfares, I’ve learned), spend a week driving around the Highlands, and then split the second week between France (well, Paris) and Iceland. Originally we were going to hit 5 countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Scotland, and Iceland) in 2 weeks but then decided that it wouldn’t be relaxing at all. I think 3 countries in 2 weeks sounds just about right. We’ll save the rest for our 10th anniversary in 2015, assuming that we’ve recovered financially by then. Heh.

Oh look, it’s so foggy outside!

Sorry, where were we?

Europe.

Right.

I received my Europe in a shoestring book in the mail today! It’s so thick and heavy I don’t think I’d want to lug it around during our trip. It is also too distracting for someone with super short attention span like yours truly but oh so fun to read! I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up reading the book from cover to cover like a regular book. After all, I used to read dictionaries like a regular book when I was younger. Yeah, I’d always been a weird kid. At least I was weird and fearless. Now I’m just weird. But at least I’m happy!

If you have any tips on interesting/best-kept-secret type of places to visit in Scotland, Paris or Iceland, please let me know in the comments! Would also appreciate tips on inexpensive places to eat and to spend a night because we’ll definitely be on a tight budget (yet a bit too old to stay in hostels)! Thanks.