May 31, 2010

Melody Gardot

Not too long ago my dear friend Margaret gave me a whole bunch of C.D.s from her insane collection of fantastic music, and I'm slowly working my way through all of them. I've already given each C.D. a listen, but when I like an artist I tend to play their music over and over until I know the words to every song. Only once I have done that can I move on to the next artist, while still keeping all the artists I love in rotation. Anyways, the first artist I am falling in love with is Melody Gardot. Her voice is amazing; the music is amazing. Overall, her music just makes me smile. If you haven't heard of her I definitely suggest looking up a few of her songs. If you like jazz then you'll definitely love her music.

If the stars were mine
I'd give them all to you
I'd pluck them down right from the sky
and leave it only blue
I would never let the sun forget to shine upon your face
so when others would have rain clouds you'd have only sunny days
If the stars were mine
I'd tell you what I'd do
I'd put the stars right in a jar and give them all to you
-If the Stars Were Mine

May 29, 2010

Something to Think About

Occasionally in my reading I come across quotes that really strike me. These words from E.E. Cummings have always seemed so powerfully true, so I've finally decided to share them. I challenge you to really think about this as you go about your Saturday.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

May 28, 2010

I love my job?

I know this is probably sounds strange, especially since I often complain about my job being a bit dull, but I've grown to love working here. Of course I love my job at camp way more, but I'm glad I'm working here while I wait for camp to start. Sure in theory it's nice to be home, as then I can make plans for whenever I want and get personal projects done, but the week and a half when I was home I was reminded that this isn't really the case. All of my close friends here are either working somewhere at least part-time or in high school, so most of them aren't available to hang out during most days anyways. And all those days I didn't have plans I didn't really get much accomplished in the way of personal projects, as the only project my mother thought I should have was cleaning my room. Parents are definitely do more nagging and chore giving when you're seemingly doing nothing all day. Plus I like seeing the website change bit by bit, knowing that I was the one that made those changes. I love interpreting code for the site, photoshopping product pictures, and troubleshooting when something didn't work properly. It provides a sense of accomplishment, as I did something important/useful for someone. Thus being at work every day definitely has it's perks, as it:
+ Keeps me busy
+ Keeps parental nagging to a minimum
+ Reduces my father's stress level
(even if only a little bit)

+ Provides me a sense of accomplishment
+ Allows me to chat with my Aunt Nancy more often
(She works here too!)

+ Motivates me to make plans with someone when I do have a day off
+ Forces me to get up in the morning
+ Gets me even more excited for CAMP!

P.S. Someone will have to remind me of this post next time I complain about my job, because it's still going to drive me crazy at times. Luckily there's only a few weeks left until camp starts!

May 25, 2010

Long Weekend Recap

So it's Tuesday. The long weekend is over and I had another lame day at work today. However, I throughouly enjoyed my long weekend. It was relaxing and allowed me to spend some time with friends.

Friday I ended up not going out. I fell asleep at a reasonable hour, though early for a Friday night. I was exhausted from a combination of work and not sleeping well the previous night, so it was definitely for the best that I caught up on some sleep.

Saturday was definitely my busiest day. I was woken up for breakfast, because my dad had made french toast. The two of us, along with my brother and his girlfriend (Jamie), actually sat down together for a delicious meal of french toast and cake. I can't remember the last time we had breakfast as a family, so it was nice. Of course my mom and sister weren't there to make it a meal for the entire family, but they were too busy soaking up the sun in Florida.
After breakfast my dad announced it was cleaning day. My brother and I picked up all our laundry, especially the stuff that had accumulated on our floors, and Jamie gave us each a lesson on how to use our fancy new washing machine. Mack and I also tidied our rooms a bit, and my dad helped me stick my self cutout on the wall. Though my room is still a disaster zone I am happy to say that I finally moved all my stuff from residence out of the living room. I think my parents are fine with settling with this for the time being, though I'm sure they'll be nagging me to tidy my room soon enough. Here's a few photos I just took of my disaster zone. It's almost impressive how messy it is, especially since this is after I did some cleaning...
Around 1:30 my friend Paul picked me up for a random outing. I wasn't picky about where we went, and we knew we didn't have long, so Paul suggested stopping by the comic book store since he wanted to pick a few things up. Needless to say, it was my first time in a comic book store. The guy working there was way less nerdy looking than I had expected. In fact, he was decently stylish and kinda cute in a geeky sort of way. Weird. Once Paul got his comics we went to William's for tea (Paul) and coffee (me). It was nice to just sit and chat with him, especially since there was so much to tell each other about.
Upon my return home I had a Skype date, helped out with some gardening, and ate dinner with the same gang from breakfast. We had mini hamburgers with spicy french fries. Yummy! I was all prepared for a night in when I got a text from the incredible Margaret Martin. She got off work way earlier than expected, so I decided to head over to her house. It was her brother Luke's birthday, so we ate cake and played Balderdash with some of her siblings. That game is hilariously fun. If you've never played it I totally recommend you give it a try. It's a great social game for a handful of friends. We had some really funny answers, mostly coming from Luke. Here's one of my favourites from the evening:
sexfoil: a word shouted while surprising someone in lovemaking
Eg. "SEXFOIL!" "Dude. Get out of my closet!"

Sunday I slept in a bit and then helped my dad with some gardening. I relaxed, finished up the North of 49 crossword, and enjoyed doing nothing for a bit. My mom and sister returned from Florida in the late afternoon, and the three of us headed off to a Sunday night mass that evening. I debated making plans upon our return, but then decided against it. I figured I'd just lounge around the house with my family. Basically it was a very uneventful day, but for the most part I enjoyed it.

Monday I awoke to the sound of my dad beckoning me to play Monopoly Deal. Once the game was over I did some more lounging and puzzles, along with trekking to Home Depot with my mom to pick up some gardening supplies. I thought I was in for another night in, but then while watching Wheel of Fortune with my mom I received word from my friend Nathan that he was coming by to go for a walk with me. I was thrilled! He brought along his girlfriend, which was perfect since I had been dying to meet her. It turns out she's the younger sister of an old camp friend of mine, and as I expected she was a total sweetheart. The three of us walked along the beach behind my house, strolling pretty far and chatting the whole way. It was the perfect way to end my long weekend adventures.

I hope all of you had a great weekend too. Enjoy the shortened week this past long weekend brought us!

P.S. I know I've mostly been blogging about what I've been up to lately. I promise to get back to more of my regular posts of thoughts, music, poems, and more. I've been finding inspiration in many places these past few weeks, so I just need to buckle down and finish some of the many posts I started.

May 21, 2010

Another Friday at Work

Work was quite dull again today. I just got home, and I'm feeling a bit blah from the boring day I had. I was told I was going to spend the entire day taking product photos, which isn't exciting but is a nice break from staring at a computer screen for hours on end. However, that definitely didn't happen. I uploaded a few photos from Wednesday, worked some photoshop magic, did a few web updates, figured out how to group contacts in Outlook, and then googled e-mails of Ontario apple growers. Fun, eh? And just when I thought I'd be staring with photos I was assigned the task of listing new independent retail contacts found both online and in the giant stack of business cards. Apparently this is going to be my big task for next week. Oh joy! Anyways, I did eventually get around to taking a few photos of reusable bags. I also snapped the shot shown above. I love it and thought it was worth sharing. Also, I ended the day helping in the warehouse. I wrapped skids, which always makes me dizzy. Now let's hope I can make some plans for a fun Friday night and spectacular long weekend!

P.S. I added Whistle for the Choir by The Fratellis to the playlist. It's a sweet song that's been stuck in my head for ages, so of course I had to share. Enjoy!

May 20, 2010

A Letter To My Sister

Dear Claire,

You used to drive me absolutely crazy, though we definitely had plenty of awesome time together. Now you've grown up a bit and the fun times have gotten far more plentiful. You're a teenager, which terrifies me, but you're a mature girl who now rarely completely drives me up the wall. Combine this with me being away from home for most of the year and you'll get the fantastic sister bond that we share. We've had some awesome adventures, and I look forward to many more. I love you lots -- I always have (even when you were totally infuriating). I see so much of myself in you -- your goofiness, intelligence and down-to-earth attitude being just a few of those things. All I hope now is that you continue to make good choices, keep up the hard work and positive attitude, and remember to dream big. I know you'll be a success at whatever it is you choose to do, and I am so glad to have you as my sister. Stay awesome!

May 14, 2010

Frivolous Friday Facts

I was very antsy at work today, so sitting at a desk was driving me crazy. I was actually quite worried for my sanity. I ended up sending my friend Casey a slew of overly excited e-mails about whatever nonsense came to mind, which is a major contrast from the carefully thought out messages I usually send people. I was supposed to be working on the company website, which I did, but all I wanted to do was go out and seize the day. The weather was gorgeous, so I wanted to be outside. I suppose I should be glad this is only a temporary gig until camp starts. Anyways, I was lucky that my dad took notice of my sudden burst of energy. He got me to do a few things in the warehouse, including climbing up onto piles of boxes to grab something for him. That's right, I got to climb over skids and onto giant piles of cardboard today. It was pretty much awesome.

Since I was so antsy I knew I had to go out and do something tonight. However, everyone seemed to already be busy with work, dates, family things or other plans. Fortunately for me, my dear friend Christine was available. It was odd, because she is always so busy that it's often hard to make plans. Anyways, she picked me up and we went into downtown Burlington. After wandering around for a little while we decided to head to Starbucks. We sat down with our drinks (Iced Americano = yummy!), and had a major gossip session. I hadn't seen her in ages, so there was lots to catch up on. Sadly we couldn't sit for too long, because we got booted out at nine when they close up shop. Since we still had so much to talk about the two of us headed back to my place. We ended up spending quite a bit of time doing major Facebook lurking of her summer co-workers and a few of my friends from university and whatnot. Unfortunately she had to peace out pretty early since she had to a training session for her summer job in the morning. I'm just glad I got to spend some time with her, as it was both incredible catching up with my oldest friend and awesome not being lonely on a Friday night. Oh how I love that girl.

So to recap for you:
nice weather
old friend
delicious drinks

I'd say today was definitely a great day.

May 12, 2010

A Girl With Many Hats

When someone asks you who you are, what do you say?
Every time I think of my answer to this question I realize how many different hats I wear in life. I am certainly not just one thing, but instead I am a combination of so many things. There are certainly some hats that are more significant in my life than others, and yet I can't imagine how I would be if even one of them was taken away or altered.

Here's a few of my many identities:
(amateur) artist of many mediums
B.R. Celtic
camp counselor
coffee drinker
ice cream aficionado
jazz enthusiast
lactose intolerant
nail biter
nature lover
RBG lifer
St. Jeroman
tree climber
Waterloo Warrior

What hats are you wearing?

May 10, 2010

The Prism Compliment

I was sorting through some old paper in my room, and I found a note that was given to me by an SJ friend in the fall. Re-reading it made me smile, as the note is a combination of her random thoughts and sweet words. In this note is one of the biggest compliments I have ever been given. It touched me so much that I just had to share it with all of you.

Dearest Bee,
Whenever I think of people, I think of colours. Usually a strong, vivid colour comes to mind, but it's different with you. I keep seeing many, many colours when I look at you. You're like a prism. You take every person you meet, take their beam of light, and bring out their true colour.

Hearing this from someone, especially from someone I had only known a brief while, makes me so happy. It's just absolutely touching. I love being seen as the person who brings out the best in others, letting their true colours shine for the rest of the world to see. These words inspire me to continue to be myself, and I thank the universe for allowing this wonderful note to fall into my lap once again. My smile is kept bright knowing that I really can and do make a difference in this world.

May 9, 2010

Dear Mom,

Thank you for always being there for me when I need you, even when I think I don't.
You're my confidant, advice-giver, shopping buddy, financial consultant, nurse, fitness motivator, shoulder to cry on, and best friend.

Thank you for loving me unconditionally, as I know there's been times when I tested our relationship.
You have forgiven me for the occasional sassy comment or thoughtless action.
You never mind playing taxi driver for me, even if you have to wake up early or stay up late to do so.
You weren't bothered when I woke you up with a phone call one night in a teary eyed mess because I thought that I would never make it through Calculus II. (Sidenote: I did!)

I love that sometimes the best conversation of my day will be during a trip to the grocery store with you.
I love that you find the time to send me quick e-mails to check up on me, even when you're swamped at work.
I love that you can confide in me about your worries, frustrations, and problems.

I hope you realize how amazing a woman you truly are.
You inspire me to be the best person I can be.
You are the most magnificent mom I could ask for.
I love you.

May 8, 2010

Bonus Features

You know those weird things about a person that you only know about a person once you're really close to them? I'm talking about the quirks and cool facts and other nonsense trivia that often seems insignificant. It seems no one will ever know all of these things about someone else, and few people will even know on. I like to call these things bonus features.

Bonus features aren't on the surface of who we are, so no one forms any kind of drastic opinion of you based on them. No one falls in love with you because of your bonus features, and on the flipside they are also never the source of someone's intense hatred. Bonus features are the extras they find out about later on that either make them love you more or weird them out a little bit.

I've always thought it was kind of neat thinking of all the bonus features every person comes with. I always wonder what people's bonus features are, and I've gotten into the habit of making mental lists of the bonus features of my friends and family. This has become a great source of personal entertainment, as bonus features tend to be a bit on the humorous/embarrassing side.

However, of course these are lists that I cannot share with anyone, especially with someone who doesn't know the person. There are certain things you can tell someone else about a person who is a stranger to them. These things are NOT the person's bonus features. You are only allowed to share the feature presentation. Things that fit into the feature presentation include: general physical appearance, a few mainstream hobbies/interests, education/career information, etc.

Take me, for example.

What would be part of my feature presentation?
Student at the University of Waterloo.
Future Mathematical Physicist.
Enjoys singing.
Very petite.
Quite outdoorsy.
Has boyishly short hair.
Camp counselor.

Some Bonus Features of Bee:
Has pirate Playmobile prominently displayed in bedroom.
Sleeps with a teddy bear (Susie Q Bear).
Scripture reading champion.
Desires to spend a year (or possibly a few) living at sea aboard a pirate style ship.
Really wishes she had a tree house.
Intense fondness of board games (and card games).
Even more intense fondness of rollercoasters (and other amusement park rides).
Quite fond of bees.
[Though of course all of you know that one seeing as it is the theme of my blog.]

So now I ask you, loyal readers -- what are some of your bonus features?

May 5, 2010

A Photo to Share

I took this photo late one night and it turned out kinda neat. I don't know what it is about it, but something just makes it catch my eye every time I scroll through my photos.

I've also fallen in love with this skirt again. We had a bit of a falling out during the school year, but now we're back in business like never before. It's comfy, classy, and I love the pattern. It's nice when pieces can flow in and out of your frequented wardrobe with ease. I guess that's a perk to being so hesitant about getting rid of things. In a way it makes sense to be a bit of a clothing pack-rat though, as I never know when something is going to end up back in my regular cycle of clothes.

Anyways, since I totally dig the shot I thought I'd share it with the world...

(And yes, those are neon band-aids. I'm so accident prone that the Easter bunny was cool enough to bring me a few funky and functional first aid supplies!)

May 4, 2010

Weekend of Bliss

This past weekend was absolutely spectacular. It was full of fun, friends, family, fabulous food,
frivolity, and felicity. It was pretty much just "f"ing amazing.

Here are a few of the things that brought me joy this weekend:
1. Spending time with a dear friend
2. Frozen caramel lattes
3. Discovering a fun 50s style diner not too far from home
4. Meet the Robinsons
5. Late night photo shoots
6. Spontaneous swim in Lake Ontario
7. A day of rides and rollercoasters
8. Going on The Great Canadian Minebuster three times in a row
9. My father returning home from Hong Kong