September 29, 2010

The Goose Story

Yesterday I said the opening prayer at my Student Catholic Community meeting. I chose this opportunity to share The Goose Story with my fellow leaders, so it seemed a fitting time to also share it on my blog. I really enjoy this story, as it gives great advice about being a leader, working with others, and building community. And on top of that, it relates these things to facts about geese. As someone who lives in a place where geese are everywhere I found this to be both heartwarming and entertaining.

The Goose Story
Author Unknown

Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the draft and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It pays to take turn doing hard jobs.

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. An encouraging word goes a long way.

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by a gun shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

September 28, 2010

More Little Things

I truly believe that it's the little things are what make up life. It's all those seemingly insignificant occurrences that make the best memories and mold who we are. Those little things are what makes us happy.

This thought reminds me of a song by Matthew Barber aptly called The Little Things. I couldn't find any video or audio for this song online, but I'll add it to the playlist as soon as I do. Here's the parts of the lyrics that I was relating to my thoughts.

It's the little things that make me happy
It's the bigger things that drive me mad
Though I know that I've got riches overflowing
Promise me you'll understand

It's the memory of a moment
That keeps you warm on a cold winters night

September 27, 2010

Fulfilling Ridiculous Dreams

A few weeks ago I lived out one of my ridiculous life dreams and got duct taped to a wall. Somehow I forgot to share the photographic evidence with all of you, which I must apologize for. The experience was surprisingly easy (apparently), fairly painless, and absolutely hilarious. Plus now I can cross it off of my life to-do list, because it was definitely on there. Enjoy the photos of the ridiculous process of being duct taped to a wall. I dare you to try it!

They taped another leader up when they were almost done with me, but he had his feet on the ground. Not quite as fun, but also not quite as dangerous. He was certainly content with his mini-adventure.

P.S. This was one of the perks of being a frosh leader for the math faculty. It was an amazing week!

September 24, 2010

When Ideas Have Sex

I've blogged about TED Talks before, but I thought I'd share one of my favourite talks while sending out another reminder to check out the TED Talks site. This particular talk is by Matt Ridley, who is a captivating presenter and has a delightful British accent. I think my favourite part of this talk is when he's speaking about how no one knows how to make an entire pencil. It's so true, but I had never really thought about it. Listen, think, and enjoy!

When Ideas Have Sex

Also, here's a link if you can't get the video to work.

September 20, 2010

God's Boxes

It's been so long since I first heard this poem, but I still love it. I think I'm going to share it a few times this year, because I love it that much. I think it offers a nice perspective on faith and my relationship with God.

God’s Boxes

I have in my hands two boxes
Which God gave me to hold.
He said, "Put all your sorrows in the black box
And all your joys in the gold."

I heeded His words, and in the two boxes
Both my joys and sorrows I stored.
But though the gold became heavier each day
The black was as light as before.

With curiosity I opened the black
I wanted to find out why.
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole
Which my sorrows had fallen out by.

I showed the hole to God, and mused
"I wonder where my sorrows could be."
He smiled a gentle smile and said
"My child, they're all here with me."

I asked God why He gave me the boxes
Why the gold, and the black with the hole?
"My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings
The black is for you to let go."

-Author Unknown

September 19, 2010

Homework! Oh, Homework!

Homework! Oh, homework!
I hate you! You stink!
I wish I could wash you
away in the sink.
If only a bomb
would blow you to bits.
Homework! Oh, homework!
You're giving me fits.

I'd rather take a bath
with a man eating shark,
or wrestle a lion
alone in the dark,
eat spinach an liver,
pet ten porcupines,
than tackle the homework
my teacher assigns.

Homework! Oh, homework!
You're last on my list.
I simply can't see
why you even exist.
If you just dissappeared
it would tickle me pink.
Homework! Oh, Homework!
I hate you! You stink!

– Jack Prelutsky

Today is my day to tackle as much work as I possibly can before my brain explodes. I have 5 assignments due this week, despite it being the second week of classes. And I'll have 5 assignments due every week of the term, as the life of a mathematical physics student has every course providing them with a weekly assignment. Silly poems about homework hatred are necessary for both sanity and survival.

September 18, 2010

How About Orange

How About Orange is the blog I follow for craft ideas and design tips. However, it's never so crazy full of information that it's intimidating to read, as almost everything on the blog is actually a link to another blog or site. It's perfect, because then I can find cool things without having to hunt like crazy. Jessica Jones, the creator of How About Orange, does all the hunting for me. Plus as aa graphic and textile designer she definitely has some awesome work to take a look ogle, as well as many design thoughts to share. You'll find cool printables, great DIY ideas, fun quizzes, helpful business tips and ideas, and awesome free fonts.

September 17, 2010

Ryan Getzlaf is Golden

Can I just say that I love Canadian hockey players? This video is one of the many reasons why. It's a few months old and I've watched it at least a hundred times, but it's hilarious and quotable. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

"Dude, are you using my medal as a coaster?"
"Oh, this is your medal? Sorry. I didn't recognize it. It wasn't gold."

September 16, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

I quite like this quote since it reminds me to dream big. I hadn't posted it, even though it's been sitting in my blog inspiration pile for months, because I couldn't think of what else to say when I shared it. I've officially given up on that though, as I really want to share this thought with you. Happy Thursday!

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible."
-Arthur C. Clarke

September 12, 2010

More Love for Charlie Winston

I suppose I'm on a bit of a Charlie Winston kick lately, as I've had another one of his songs stuck in my head today. I'm really loving Soundtrack to Falling in Love, and of course I felt compelled to share this adorable piece with all of you. It's actually a duet, but I'm not sure who does the female part of the track. My favourite lyrical part is the beginning, shown below:

All of me
You found your way to all of me
And, helplessly, I've fallen like a child
Hopelessly, I'm hoping you're the one for me
You comfort me
Withy every certain smile

But we have only just begun
Still so much for us to learn
Give and take ; let's take our time
Taking turns in touching
Nowhere that I'd rather be
Than with you making history
Close your eyes ; I'll close mine
And learn to love you

Below is a YouTube video of the song, but it's small since it isn't a music video. Simply listen to the audio and enjoy!

While I'm at it, I suppose I might as well link you to a few more of my favourite Charlie Winston songs:
Kick the Bucket
Tongue Tied
My Life as a Duck
Like a Hobo

I Love Your Smile

I'm in love with this song by Charlie Winston. The music is cute and catchy, though I think part of my love for this song has to do with me dreaming that one day someone would write these words for me. I'm quite a smiley individual, and I'm always flattered when people say they love my smile. No one's ever loved it enough to write a song about it as far as I know though. I suppose I'll just have to continue listening to Charlie Winston's I Love Your Smile for now, which sounds pretty good to me. I really adore the simplicity of the chorus.

Cause I love your smile
Yes I love your smile
How I love your smile
More than you know.

Check out the music video for this amazing song here.

Also, don't you think Charlie Winston seems like a pretty sweet and good-looking fellow?

September 11, 2010

xkcd Smiles

Here's yesterday's xkcd comic that made me smile, especially since it's something that sometimes happens to me. It was definitely a necessary share:

Happy Saturday!

September 10, 2010

Random Act of Kindness

This past week has been filled with Orientation Week craziness at university, especially since I've volunteered to be an orientation leader. I'm mostly involved with things in the math faculty, but I've also been helping with things that are cross-faculty. One of the jobs I was given was to be an Ask Me. This means that I'd have shifts where I'd either sit at an Ask Me booth or wander about campus, making myself available to answer the questions of first year students. The job also comes with a sweet t-shirt, which was part of the reason I was willing to do it.

Anyways, Wednesday afternoon from 2:00-5:00 was my first Ask Me shift. I had the task of sitting at a booth on the edge of campus with another girl from the math faculty. It was cold, windy, and sprinkling. Of course both of us were drastically unprepared for this. We weren't bundled up enough to keep warm, our station was missing the snacks and water we both remember being promised, and we hadn't brought anything with us to help pass the time during the many slow periods. But mostly we were just freezing cold. Our conversations were about wishes for blankets and hot chocolate and sweaters. We hadn't quite hit our half-way point, and we didn't think we'd make it through our three hour shift.

And then, shortly after 3:30, our saviour came. This girl in first year walked over with a coffee to-go tray with two cups in it. She said hello and then informed us that it was too cold for us to be sitting outside, so she had brought us some tea. Hot tea! My fellow Ask Me and I were so grateful, and after a string of thanks from the two of us this incredibly kind girl wandered off into campus again. Upon her leaving we discovered that the tray not only held two cups of green tea, but also had two mint patties and two hard candies. It was the perfect tray of goodies to get us through to the rest of our shift. I'm not really a tea drinker, but I think it may have been the best cup of tea I've ever had!

I am still so in awe of her thoughtfulness! This was a girl who can silently inspire. I don't even know her name, but I am certainly inspired to perform my own random act of kindness to pay it forward. I feel like this was such a great reminder that there are warmhearted strangers everywhere.

September 6, 2010

Camp Recap: Week Nine

The last week of camp flew by, just like the rest of the summer seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. And since this was the last week we were all a bit nostalgic. Every time we did something it was another realization that it was the last one of the summer. The last rules chat, bunch of get-to-know-you games, GPS scavenger hunt, and game of Cat and Mouse in the maze happened on Monday alone. It was like every activity brought another wave of sadness and nostalgia.

+ Monday's game of West Wind Blows also brought this gem of a quote:

"The west wind blows if you have a secret ambition to be a goat specialist."

+ Tuesday morning wasn't Tropical Day, as dress-up days occur on Wednesdays. However, one of our Jr. Staff, Marissa, strolled into the room decked out in tropical gear only to remember that it wasn't Wednesday. She rocked the outfit for the whole day though, which all of us loved.

+ Tuesday evening I got a haircut, which though mostly unrelated to camp is still important since it drastically raised the number of times I was mistaken for a boy.

+ Wednesday was Tropical Day! Marissa wore her tropical outfit once again, but decided to add a ukulele to the mix. Another Jr. Staff, Calvin, ended up playing around on it all day. He couldn't actually play any songs, but it was stillincredibly amusing. When we were prepping water bowls for masks Rachel told him he had the option of helping fill the bowls up or following her around and playing the ukulele while she filled them up. He chose the latter, and it was hilarious to watch.

+ Wednesday also included an edible plants hike. Rachel got caught in a spider web and then took a glam shot with a monarch caterpillar.

+ I was super on the ball Wednesday post-campers when I got started on the Jr. Staff evaluations right away. Rachel was being a slacker offering valuable input. Her posing and pretending while I worked was quite amusing.

+ My staff social on Wednesday was a hit. The turnout wasn't the greatest ever, but a fair number of people came out. Twelve in total, due to two people bailing on it that day. Everyone seemed to love the food, especially since people were used to burgers and chips. I had chips, but I also fed them barbecued chicken and corn on the cob. Delicious!

+ Thursday morning we did the fire challenge, which started with fire starters. We decided to experiment and combine parts for the two different fire starter types by dipping a cotton ball in beeswax. It was gross, but Calvin molded it into this cool "person".

+Thursday canoeing involved a few turtle sightings. Awesome!

+ Thursday overnight was fun times! It was heartbreaking to know that this was the last time of the summer that these tents would be set up. At least the rain held off and we didn't need to sleep inside!

+ During sleepover CTF I took some photos of my fellow staff. I'm jealous that Hillary put on this hat and managed to look "no photos please" glamourous, while I just looked awkward & bald. Meanwhile Rachel looks pensive & gorgeous and Quinn looks camp chic.

+ Friday morning we headed out for some games of Manhunt and CTF, and Rachel posed for these fabulous photos.

+ One of our campers found a stick bug on the picnic bench. So cool!

+ During our game of CTF the sky opened up and it started pouring, but we were already soaked so we stayed out and played in the rain for a little while. I love running barefoot in the rain! This was such an incredible last day experience.

+ Rachel and I took goofy photos, but Jackson seemed less than thrilled to be a part of our nonsense.

+ Our camp director made a few make-shift clotheslines in our classroom to hang up all the soaking wet clothes.

+ I threw on a camper t-shirt since all the shirts I had with me were either disgustingly dirty or soaking wet. It's a great shirt, but it definitely led to me being mistaken for a camper quite a few times.

+ Friday also involved lots of last day blues. It was so sad having to say goodbye to everyone I had spent my summer with, especially Miss Rachel. There were plenty of hugs to give, warm fuzzies to claim, and goodbyes to say.

Summer Camp 2010, you were positively wonderful.

Oskee Wee Wee!

So I'm in Waterloo and feeling a bit homesick.
Because the Labour Day Classic is happening right now and I can't watch it.

(For those of you who don't know what the Labour Day Classic is, it's a CFL football game between the Tiger Cats and the Argos played every labour day. I think it's fun to watch even if you don't usually follow football.)

If I was home I'd probably be at the game with my incredibly enthusiastic brother, or at the very least I'd be watching it on TV with others who were enthusiastic about the Ti-Cats winning. Instead I'm in Waterloo waiting for my next orientation leader shift to start and following the game online. No one in my residence had any desire to watch the game with me, and I don't really care to watch it alone in one of the lounges. That would just be way too depressing.
I've thrown on my Tiger Cats t-shirt, cheered a bit, and checked frequently to keep my spirits high. It also helps that they're currently winning. Sooooo happy!

Update: So only a few minutes after posting this I caved and went to watch the game on one of the lounge TVs by myself. I'm glad I did, because it was great. Plus at first it wasn't so weird since all the first years were at a presentation. However, once they came back to the lounge and kept wandering over to see what I was watching/making noise about it got a bit weird. None of them were interested in watching the game and many of them didn't even know what the Labour Day Classic was. Appalling! I definitely had to text my brother after a few sweet plays just to have someone to share my excitement with. He also texted me the final score, as I had to leave before the fourth quarter to tend to leader duties. Fortunately I could walk away with the game on though, as just as I was about to leave a girl from Dundas wandered over and sat down. Apparently she usually goes to games with her parents, so she had been texting her mom to get updates while at her frosh activities. She was pumped to watch a bit of the game. Love it!

And if you're wondering the final score...
28 - 13 for the Tiger Cats!