November 20, 2010

Tucked Away

So I almost forgot I did this, but I sort of cheated with a few old posts. I finally got around to writing four overdue (or maybe long overdue) posts a few weeks ago. All four of them are fairly long and photo heavy, which is why they took me a while to get done. Anyways, instead of posting about Canada Day in October I decided I'd take some liberties and tuck them away to a fitting point in time. Basically I just put them a few days after they had happened, which I know is sort of lying about their post date. However, if it makes me go a little less crazy about things being way out of chronological wack then I'm all for a bit of a lie. Plus I did confess to this deed, so you can't truly hold it against me. Now go check out four cool adventures...

November 17, 2010

{One} Look

A few notes about this outfit:
1. I wore two different pairs of shoes due to the rain, but both were cute and worth photographing.
2. That skirt is actually a dress with the top tucked under. It's only the first day and I'm already getting more creative with my clothes!
3. The only accessories I'm sporting are my three camp friendship bracelets and my
watch (FlikFlak by Swatch), all of which are almost always around my wrists. I also added navy tights and wool socks to keep warm in the windy weather.

The biggest problem I've encountered so far doesn't have to do with my clothes, but instead has to do with documenting my outfits. Since I'm not a style blogger I've never really needed photos of my outfits. I've been trying out different ways of taking them myself on my computer and with my camera, but nothing is fantastic. Also, my room is a horrible spot for photos. Perhaps I'll come up with an alternative plan, but for now you're going to have to put up with my not-so-great photos. Sorry!

30 Items

I've finally gotten around to taking photos of my 30 items for the 30 for 30! I also just finished with photos of outfit number one today, so stay tuned for an outfit post later on this evening. I'm excited to go through all my combinations, because right now my mind is spinning with possibilities!

8 tops
[Forever21 + silk screened by me, Forever21 + tie-dyed by me, vintage via mom's closet, Old Navy]
[Eddie Bauer, Old Navy, Old Navy, Steve and Barry's]

2 button-ups
[thrifted, American Eagle]

2 skirts
[H&M, SmartSet]

2 pairs of jeans and 1 pair of leggings
[Forever21, LaSenza Xpress, Forever21]

4 dresses
[Forever21, Forever21, Forever21, Forever21]

4 cardigans and 1 hoodie
[Gap Kids, American Apparel, Gap Kids]
[Tabi, Gap]

6 pairs of shoes
[gift, Birkenstocks, thrifted Nine West]
[Joe, Payless Shoes, Keds]

One a non-clothing note: I've decided to title some of my 30 for 30 posts after numbered songs, so even if you don't care about what I'm wearing you can still check out the music!

And yes, my comforter has moose on it.

November 12, 2010

Dirty vs. Delicious

Last weekend I had a debate with a few fellow residents. I mentioned eating food off the floor, and they were all fairly repulsed. Clearly they don't hold the same opinion about this as I do. I tried to explain dirty vs. delicious to them, but they just didn't seem to get it. They kept bringing up all these ridiculous "what ifs" until finally I just gave up. They certainly put much more thought about what's been on the ground than I ever have.

Anyway, here's the circumstances in which I eat things off the ground:
The food has to be more delicious than it is dirty.

For example: Skittles are delicious. If a Skittle fell onto most surfaces it wouldn't be very dirty, because it isn't moist. If the Skittle was a little bit dirty I could simply rub the dirt off on my shirt or a napkin, and the Skittle would go right in my mouth. The only time I wouldn't eat the Skittle is if it fell into something particularly icky, such as any type of bodily fluids.
On the other hand, carrots are substantially less delicious than a Skittle. They also tend to be a bit moist, which would cause the carrot to pick up more dirt upon hitting the ground. This dirt would also be hard to scrape off, due to the nature of a carrot's surface. Thus there would be very few instances that I would eat a carrot after it had fallen on the ground.

This whole thought process seems very logical to me, though I know a huge reason I think this way is because I have a permanent camp mentality. However, I also think that my lack of germaphobia keeps my immune system strong. Who cares if I eat a bit of dirt or don't scrub the germs away every now and then? I'm pretty sure my immune system can handle it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Is this gross? Am I crazy for thinking this is acceptable behaviour?

November 11, 2010

Poppies, Poems, and a Pittance of Time

Today is November 11th, which is Remembrance Day. I've had my poppy pinned to my jacket, and the brave who have served my country in my thoughts and prayers. I was sure to join in two minutes of silence this morning.

I love the well-known Remembrance Day poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae. It's a Canadian classic that is a must-read for November 11th.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

I remember hearing this song, A Pittance of Time by Terry Kelly, years ago. It still warms my heart, reminding me why we take these two minutes to honour all these courageous men and women.

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It's a pittance of time,
For the boys and the girls who went over.
In peace may they rest, may we never
forget why they died.
It's a pittance of time.

Changing Education Paradigms

I absolutely loved this video. The message Sir Ken Robinson presents, as well as the animation that accompanies it, are spectacular. I'm still trying to find my calling in life, and this video definitely pulls me towards teaching. However, even if you have no interest in becoming a teacher I think this is something worth watching.

November 9, 2010

Letters to Morgan

An amazing friend of mine here in residence, Mackenzie, has been working on a research project called Letters to Morgan. She is looking into what it is like to live with a disability, specifically studying the gap between high school and adult life.

This week, as part of her research, she is experiencing what it is like to live with cerebral palsy. Though it is impossible to get an exact feel for what this would be like she is limiting herself in many ways that someone with cerebral palsy is limited, which will give her a good idea of the issues someone would encounter. Here are some of the ways that Mackenzie will be limited:
+ She cannot walk, nor can she wheel herself, so she will be relying on friends to wheel her around for the week. It's crazy to realize how much we move from place to place, because we take walking for granted. Mackenzie has had to create a schedule of people to take her to all of her classes. If she wants to go to the cafeteria or visit a floormate's room she needs to ask someone to help her out.
+Our residence does not have an elevator, yet her room is on the second floor. Thus she will need to be carried up and down the stairs. This proves to be quite a challenge, as it requires two people to carry her and at least one other person to carry her wheelchair. Once again, Mackenzie will have to rely on others to help her get around.
+Mackenzie will be living as a person with limited motor skills and no fine motor skills. That means that she cannot brush her own teeth or comb her own hair. She cannot put her socks on by herself or adjust herself to a more comfortable position in her chair. She cannot feed herself. All of these small actions that I didn't even think about are things that will now be performed by others.

I truly commend Mackenzie for her courage and commitment to this project. I highly recommend that you check out her blog to learn more about Letters to Morgan, as well as learn a bit about the girl who inspired the project. The blog is also how you can keep posted on the project's progress, as Mackenzie will be posting video blogs throughout the week. It's only day two in the wheelchair, but she already has plenty to say. She's learned so much in such a small amount of time, and I've found every word of hers to be so interesting.

November 8, 2010

Zombie Day

Today I looked frazzled, tired and stressed out.

How do I know this?
People told me all day.

So many people asked if I was okay, saying that I looked really stressed out. I know they were just trying to be kind and concerned, but I also know that saying I look stressed is just a nicer way of saying that I look awful. I've been trying really hard not to let this bother me, because today I was frazzled, tired and stressed out. Today was a zombie day, so it shouldn't surprise me that I looked the part. I suppose all I can do is get a good night's rest and hope that tomorrow I don't look quite as haggard and worse for the wear as I did today.

November 6, 2010

30 for 30

This summer when Kendi of Kendi Everyday ran a 30 for 30 challenge I was simply an onlooker. However, when she announced that she was running another one I decided to join in the fun. Basically the challenge is to take 30 pieces of clothing and remixing them into 30 outfits. You can check out Kendi's post about the 30 for 30 if you want more info on the rules of the challenge. I've chosen my 30 pieces, though I'm still humming and hawing over things at the moment. The biggest challenge for me is that it's already chilly in Waterloo, so I need to make sure I'll be warm enough. We even had snow this week! I suppose the key to getting through it will be lots of layering.

The start date is on Monday, but I definitely will not be starting then. I still need to make sure all my clothes are clean and ready to be worn. I'm going home the weekend of November 12-14, which I intend to take advantage of by doing lots of laundry, ironing some things, and grabbing a few pieces that I don't have with me here. I also have an exam on November 15 and 16, so I think I'll start on November 17. I hope I'll be forgiven for my late start with it all! Also, I will try to post my 30 pieces as soon as possible. Things are just a tad crazy in my life at the moment.

Lastly, I haven't decided if I'm going to post outfit photos or not. I'm not a fashion blogger, so I don't usually post photos of what I'm wearing. However, I think I'm going to try to get at least one photo of each outfit. I'll have to start enlisting floormates as photographers!


So I realized earlier this week that this is post number one hundred, which definitely made me feel pressured to say or do or show something fantastic. Thus, I decided to leave you with a combination of things I love.

A photo that makes me smile:

A quote that warms my heart:
"What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles, to be sure but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable."

A song that makes me sing: