May 27, 2011

A Second Dose of Dukarol

One of the things I had to do in preperation for my trip to Peru was take a medication called Dukarol. I had to take my first dose last Friday, and I just took my second dose today. First of all, this isn't something that you just swallow a spoonful of and you're done. It must be prepared, making me feel like a crazy chemist. You mix a powder with cold water, stir, shake up a vial of the vaccine, add the contents of the vial to the glass, and then stir some more. And then you drink, which isn't easy since it tastes disgusting. Last week I professed that it tasted worse than live mealworms, and I stand by that statement. It's really gross, but because it is fizzy I could just plug my nose and chug. Maybe other people can chug it back, but as someone who stopped drinking pop seven years ago I find it difficult to drink anything carbonated or with a fizz to it. My best friend was over when I took my first dose last week, and since she found my faces to be hilarious I thought I'd film it this time around. Enjoy the ridiculous faces I made trying to down this second dose. At least I know it was worth it, because Peru is going to be amazing!

May 25, 2011

"We're going to love each other forever and ever until we die."

If you haven't seen this video, please take the time to watch it. It's pretty much the most adorable tales of adolescent romance ever. Especially Darren Criss's story. The Glee boys make me melt.

"And we hugged. Which in eight grade terms is like all kinds of love explosions were happening there."

May 19, 2011

If zombie Marie Curie really existed...


This is often how I feel as a female studying mathematics.

May 17, 2011

Dear Sixteen Year Old Me

If you haven't seen this video, please watch it and then share it with a friend. The message is so important for everyone to hear, especially young people.

May 16, 2011

April 2011

It struck me yesterday that I had yet to recap April, so though it is now half way through May I'd like to take this opportunity to fill you in on some of my April happenings.

+ On April 1st I took part in the St. Jerome's Relay for Life. This 24 hour overnight experience was both physically and emotionally exhausting. There were plenty of tears shed and hugs given as we walked lap after lap around the track. We raised just short of $20 000! I truly look forward to participating in this remarkable event again next year.

+ As we geared up for exams it was time to end the term with the usual wrap-up events. There was the final coffee house, a thank you luncheon for all the student leaders, and the final house dinner. The house dinner was certainly the most emotional wrap-up event, as it was a thank you to this year's incredible Don team, a celebration of a wonderful year in residence, and a good-bye to the wonderful Residence Life Program Developer.

(my Don, the WTF girls, my honorary big brother)

+ Exam time! I hate exams, as they just present so much stress and anxiety. I rocked some exams, was disappointed with others, and overall I was just happy to be finished.

+ I celebrated Easter around lots of family. It was so wonderful to relax with my family, catch up on sleep, and see tons of extended family on Easter Day. I loved spending part of Sunday morning at my grandpa's, wrestling around with some of the young ones in my family.

May 14, 2011

Retreat Weekend

Last weekend was spent doing some mega-bonding with my fellow Peru travellers. It was an amazing experience, and I now feel closer to my fellow travellers than I would have ever imagined. These are people that I have more in common with than I originally believed. They are people that I trust with my secrets, my heartaches, and my life. We spent the weekend having plenty of emotional conversations, preparing meals together, doing early morning yoga, running around with compasses, challenging ourselves with high ropes, enjoying a pre-dinner nap-time cuddle party, and putting on an incredible Mother's Day brunch fundraiser. The weekend was both emotionally and physically exhausting, but I feel so much more prepared to embark on this journey now.

One of my favourite moments was when a bunch of us were groovin' to music during meal prep when Breakfast at Tiffany's started playing. We were all singing along and dancing around the kitchen, and things just sort of clicked for me. The twelve of us may have very few things in common, but our retreat weekend was about finding the similarities and leaning on them. This Peruvian adventure will be an experience that we will share for a lifetime. It is something that no one else will ever really understand completely.

Jason and I completing a high ropes challenge together. Yay teamwork! 

The wonderful sign that Kat made for our fundraiser on Sunday. 

The 2011 Peru travellers! I can't wait to spend 15 days in Peru with this amazingly awesome bunch.

May 10, 2011


I have exciting news to share: this June I'll be travelling to Peru for 15 life-changing days!

I am going as part of the SJU in Peru initiative, alongside nine other students and the two staff who planned the whole trip. We will be travelling to Lima, Chiclayo and Cusco, with a different focus at each location. In Lima we will be staying at a retreat house and learning about Peruvian economic and political history while taking in the culture. In the Chiclayo portion of our trip we will be working with Cafe Femenino, a women's fair-trade coffee co-op. We will then be trekking into the mountains to spend a few days in one of the coffee growing communities, where will be assisting with their water harvesting projects. Our work with Cafe Femenino is the main focus of the SJU in Peru initiative. In our last stop, Cusco, we will be working with the Pura Vida Foundation. This is an organization that runs a shelter that reaches out to sexually exploited young girls from Cusco and surrounding areas. We will also have a chance to visit Machu Picchu.

I have much more to tell you about as I prepare for the journey of a lifetime, and I plan to share more in the days and weeks to come.

P.S. Check out the SJU in Peru blog! You'll find posts from last years participants and be able to follow along with my team and I as we go through this journey. There's already been one post written by two of my fellow travellers.

May 6, 2011

"What Teachers Make"

This poem by Taylor Mali reminds me why I want to be a teacher. I want to make a difference.

May 5, 2011

My First Time

This past Monday Canada had a federal election. Though the results weren't what I was hoping for I am still so proud of myself for getting out and excercising my right to vote. It was the first time I have been given the opportunity to vote in a federal election, and this one seemed to be full of surprises and firsts.
The New Democratic Party are now the official opposition for the first time after winning more than one hundred seats. This is the most seats ever won in the history of the party! And the NDP candidate in my riding did win, so I shall have an NDP MP once again.
The Liberal Party was knocked into third place, somewhere it has never been before. Leader Michael Ignatieff has since respectfully resigned. He noted that the “only thing Canadians like less than a loser is a sore loser”, and though he lost his seat in his own riding he made his leave from Canadian politics with class.
The Green Party's leader Elizabeth May won in her riding, making her the first member of the party elected into parliament.
Pierre-Luc Dusseault was elected in Sherbrooke, Quebec. At 19 years old he is the youngest person elected to parliament in Canadian history. He is also one of several students that ran as members of the NDP and won in their respective ridings. I am grateful to see some fresh faces in Canadian politics!
The Bloc Québécois was nearly obliterated, dropping from 47 seats to a mere 4 seats. Gilles Duceppe, who has been leader of the party since 1997, announced his resignation on election night after losing in the riding he has held a seat in since 1990.
Finally, the Conservative Party won with a total of 167 seats. This gives them a majority government, and although this is not what I had been hoping for I do wish Mr. Harper the best of luck as Prime Minister of Canada.

And as I said at the beginning, I'm mostly just proud I exercised my right to vote. That may be why I found this video to be so awesome, despite seeing it after the election.

May 4, 2011

First Comes the End

Remember when I spoke about my talented friend Brendan?
It seems that he's at it again, this time getting a song of his stuck in my head. He wrote this song called First Comes the End, and I've been listening to it several times a day since he posted the video.

Well you say you can't dance but I bet if we danced in the rain
You'd forget all your fears and you'd give me your hand just the same.

May 3, 2011

I'm Back!

It has been quite some time since I last posted, but life has certainly stopped me from blogging this past month. April was exam time, so I was busy studying until Easter weekend.  However, my laptop charger also kicked the bucket during the exams, leaving me laptop-less until tonight when I finally got it replaced. 
I have so many things to blog about that it is a bit overwhelming. I'm going to try to take it one post at a time, mixing up the topics and lengths of posts as I write them all.

For now, here's a brief look at what I have been up to these past few days:
It's been amazing to spend time with family and catch up with old friends, though I've been feeling a tad homesick for my residence family at St. Jerome's. Luckily for me I have my Yearbook to flip through and read plenty of lovely messages from people who changed my life this past year. The words of some of these amazing people absolutely melts my heart. I've also been trying to clean my room and do my unpacking, though this is still a work in progress. I won't be working tomorrow, so I plan to tackle a lot more of that while I'm home alone during the day. Although if the weather is nice I don't know if I'll be able to ignore the outdoors. The weather has been so dreary lately that I feel the need to enjoy every little bit of sunshine.

April 8, 2011

March 2011

Things have been busy and there has been lots to blog about, but unfortunately I do not have the time at the moment. It's exam time, so I will basically be studying my brains out until Easter weekend. However, I thought I'd give you a short recap of March -- my month with no camera.

I was able to snap a photo of the most life-changing thing I took part in during March, which just happens to be how I spent my St. Patrick's Day. I took part in the Letters to Morgan project, spending the day in a wheelchair with very limited mobility. You can't see it in this photo, but I am sitting in a wheelchair with my legs and left arm strapped down. I have tons more to say about my experience, but I'll have to save it for a separate post when I have more time.

Other than that, my March was both busy and uneventful. There was lots of things happening, but nothing that was particularly exciting. Mostly I spent time studying, doing homework, relaxing with friends, and running around trying to accomplish the many things that needed to be done for all the groups and activities I'm a part of. All in all, March was crazy and I'm glad it is over. Now I'm just anxiously awaiting the arrival of April 21st, when I will be done my final exams and can begin celebrating summer!

March 30, 2011


I really liked Rick Mercer's Rant from last night's Rick Mercer Report. So many young people don't vote, which just seems ridiculous. Why would anyone not want a say in who runs our country? And yet so few students go out and vote, so our issues are not being addressed. As young people we hold the power to affect change in our country, so please go out and vote in the upcoming election.

March 28, 2011

True Words

I shared this quote a while back in this post, but I recently stumbled across this neat image and thought I'd share. These words still ring true for me, as I struggle to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

March 22, 2011

Thought of You

I'm really busy with a few school things this week, so I'm not sure when I'll have a chance to post. It likely won't be until the weekend, so I thought I'd leave you with this beautiful song and animation. I stumbled across it a while back and never got around to sharing it, but now is a good a time as ever. Have a good week!

P.S. Want to sponsor me for Relay for Life and join in the fight against cancer?

March 14, 2011

Happy Pi Day!

In case you were unaware, today is March 14th (ie. 3.14).
That means it's Pi Day!

Since the next three digits of pi are 159, the math society at Waterloo serves free pie at 1:59 pm. It's a fun (and delicious) tradition here at UWaterloo. I celebrated with a delicious piece of apple pie. And tonight I helped prepare the dough for an apple pie that will be baked tomorrow. It shall be the most delicious pie I've ever tasted, because I put my heart into making it. So good!

March 13, 2011

Aidan Knight

Can I just marry Aidan Knight and be done with my soulmate search? A guy who can play guitar and belt out a tune in the Canadian wilderness makes my Canadian heart melt. Swoon.

March 12, 2011

Be My Honeypie

This video makes me daydream of romance and happy endings. When I was younger I never would have considered myself a romantic, but I've slowly realized that I definitely do want romance in my life. However, I want to be swept off my feet in a way that is fitting for me and not necessarily taken out of a fairytale or chick flick. I'm looking for the boy who will read me Dr. Seuss, send me snail mail, and take me hiking. Is that too much to ask for?

March 11, 2011

Relay For Life

On April 1st I will be participating in the St. Jerome's Relay For Life. For those unfamiliar with the event, it is a night of fun, friendship and fundraising to beat cancer. As a group of university students we have banded together to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Cancer is something that has touched the lives of many, so I am honoured to be spending a night raising money for such a wonderful cause. I will be walking in memory of love ones lost, in celebration of those who survived their battle, and in support of those still fighting.

This is where I need your help! If every blogger donated even a few dollars to cancer research just think of how much money we could raise!
If you would like to help me reach my goal by donating just click this link. I really appreciate any donation that you can make, because every dollar helps.
Join me in the fight against cancer!

March 10, 2011

Awkward & Awesome

I'm participating in Awkward & Awesome Thursday along with Sydney over at The Daybook again today!

+ The weird noises that stomaches make when you're hungry. And the many ways people deal with it when it's their stomach making the crazy sounds.
+ When people suggest that I date the boy who is basically my brother or assume I have a thing for him, especially when they try to argue with me about it. Why do people think they have better insight about my love life than I do?
+ Running out of my floor meeting to go yack. And then trying to return like I hadn't just fled the room five minutes prior.
+ Realizing that I can't find my stats notes anywhere, meaning that I either lost them in my prof's office, the visitor's centre when I dropped off an application, or my astronomy classroom. Ugh. Hopefully I can locate them tomorrow.

+ People in classes that are willing to let you borrow their notes or send them to you. These wonderful people make me feel better about sleeping through my 8:30 class when I was feeling super sick. And way less stressed about having a lecture that overlaps with a tutorial.
+ Checking out the many ways to wear polka dots over at Everybody, Everywear. It's even more fun when you join in the fun, which I made sure to do even though I couldn't snap a photo to share.
+ How creative a friend of mine was about Facebook creeping, because even though it was slightly terrifying it was also fairly impressive.
+ That my poinsettia is still alive and well, even though Christmas is long gone.
+ A meal consisting of chicken fingers, onion rings, and raspberry sherbet. It was nice to have a delicious (though unhealthy) meal since I was feeling way better today.

March 8, 2011

Hockey Girl

A friend of mine posted a link to an online art contest, and while sifting through some of the submissions I stumbled across a gem. I do not know the artist of this beautiful piece, but I do know that it took my breath away. You can find out a bit more about the piece on its submission page.

March 6, 2011

I've been featured!

Today I was featured over at anything imaginable. My mind is still blown that somebody actually wanted to interview me, but it was really cool. Pop on over and check it out!

And if you're a new reader connecting from my interview over there I'd like to welcome you to my blog! I always love new readers and followers. Leave a hello in the comments so I can check out your blog too.

Thanks for featuring me, Gina!

March 5, 2011

My Awesome Friend Brendan

Remember those times that I posted about my friend Brendan here and here?

Well today I thought I'd tell you a bit more about him and some of his cool projects around the internet.

Brendan is one of my fellow residents here at St. Jerome's, but this is not where we met. I've known Brendan since grade seven, when we were campers together at grade seven leadership camp. We've been friends ever since, and as luck would have it we ended up attending the same university and living in the same residence! I'm grateful for this, because it was nice to have a shoulder to lean on while I was away at school. Plus I've known him for so long that he feels like family.

In the past year Brendan has started a few different projects around the internet, all of which are worth checking out.
He's recorded some of his music and posted it onto his MySpace page.
He keeps a vlog over on YouTube, which also includes a fair bit of music.
He's also the Ontario half of OntArizona, which is basically the formation of a YouTube friendship via vlogs to one another.
And he's one of the ramblers over at InformedRamblings.
He's done a bit of writing on a blog he has through the nerdfighters site.
And he has a tumblr.

Here's his first YouTube video, which features this incredible song he wrote that always makes me cry.

March 2, 2011

February 2011

Here's a few highlights from the month that just flew by...

I had some wonderful playtime in the snow one Saturday evening early in the month. The night was complete with fort building, rolling down a hill, and munching on snow. So much fun!

Valentine's Day brought me plenty of cards and candygrams from amazing girls within residence. Plus the house dinner that night in residence provided me with an excuse to get dressed up and drink a mocktail.

The first bit of my reading week was spent up at the cottage, which was a blast. I did some skating, snowshoeing, zumba, hiking, snowboarding, and lots of family games and movies before I arrived back home on Wednesday. Unfortunately I have no photos of those really awesome things though. However, I loved being forced to bundle up with this scarf while lounging inside, because I discovered it's super cozy. And I finally had a chance to head into town for a haircut.

I also had some fantastic hangouts with high school friends over the last few days of my reading week. I walked and talked with Casey, spent time with Greg and a few of his ridiculous friends, and had some quality time with Aaron. The photo below is from my night with Greg. Aren't we cute?

What fun things were you up to in February?

February 27, 2011

Ooh you make me live

I spent my Saturday night with one of the most wonderful boys I know, and it was the most spectacular night I've had in a while (despite not actually doing anything that would seem blatantly spectacular). We played chess, did laundry, drank orange juice, danced in the kitchen, played backgammon, turned over the laundry, went to Turtle Jack's for a skor brownie (sooo delicious), and then spent the rest of the night hanging out with his parents and some family friends.
However, life is good when you're spending time with your platonic soulmate. This is the boy who wants to perfect a swing dancing move to Queen's "You're My Best Friend", invented the halfsies game, and is the king of life chats. He can bring me back to earth when I'm throwing a pity party with something along the lines of, "You sound like a fat girl on Valentine's Day." And he reminds me to live.

When it comes to friends I'm pretty sure I've struck gold. I have no idea how I got so lucky, but I'm glad I came home to catch a reminder that there are some downright amazing people in my life.

February 26, 2011

The Look-a-like Game

Last night I was told that I look like Natalie Portman, promptly earning me the nickname Portman for the rest of the evening. Another boy argued that I look more like Winona Ryder, who I couldn't really picture. In fact, I didn't really know what either of these women looked like, because though I recognized the names I just couldn't connect them to a face until seeing a photo. So today I thought I'd look up picture of both of each of them, only to discover that they look very similar. Other than the fact that Winona Ryder is 10 years older than Natalie Portman, who is in turn 10 years older than myself, the two actresses could certainly be mistaken for one another. I still don't think that I strongly resemble either of them, but since they're both gorgeous ladies I shall certainly take it as a compliment. And since they've both been in nerdy space films (with Ryder acting in Star Trek and Portman in Star Wars) I have even more to like about the two of them!

February 25, 2011

Lazy Friday Afternoon

After a busy week of various activities it's been nice to spend my Friday relaxing at home by myself. At the moment I'm catching up on a few blogs while watching a McMaster Marauders vs. Western Mustangs men's basketball game. I know I don't go to either of these schools, but as a Hamiltonian with parents who met as McMaster undergrads I can certainly recognize that the Marauders will always have a piece of my heart. And lucky for me the game is being broadcast on the local channel, so I can cheer at the TV from the comfort of my family room. It's a close game, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Mac boys win it.
I'm not sure what I'll be up to for the rest of the day. I have some studying to do, might look into meeting up with a highschool girlfriend or two, and have been thinking a bit about shopping or fancy coffee.
And speaking of my McMaster graduate parents, it's their anniversary today! I'm not sure what they'll be up to tonight, but I'm guessing they'll have a date night of some sort. Twenty-seven years of marriage amazes me.

February 24, 2011

Awkward & Awesome

I thought I'd jump on the "Awkward & Awesome Thursday" bandwagon today.

+ Snowboarding for the first time in a few years and falling so much that my knees are still sore and my backside is bruised
+ People who try to not act surprised when they discover how old I am, especially when they try to make me feel better about it by saying that I'll appreciate it when I'm older
+ Pictures in my room at home with the cutout of myself on the wall behind me

+ Random gifts from my mom, like a duvet cover that's patterned with colourful numbers and pirate themed wall decals
+ Getting my hair cut so that it is once again short enough to towel dry in minutes and style with just my fingers
+ Friend dates and hang outs with some of my amazing friends from high school, especially when Christmas gift exchanges are involved (seriously, I'm that behind this year)
+ A pre-summer interview that has me going camp crazy and brainstorming so many ways to make this summer fantastic

February 23, 2011

Glee Gets Their Drink On

Last night I watched Glee and it made me angry. I truly feel that they glorified alcohol. Sure the episode showed that after being drunk they had a bad hangover and some of them puked, but other than that they faced no consequences for their underage drinking. In fact, they were rewarded for their drinking. Then to top it off, when a teacher spoke to them about drinking he agreed that it was unrealistic to ask them to stop drinking permanently. Ummm...what? I do not understand what is unreasonable about asking high school students to not be drinking. As someone who stayed sober in high school I know that it's possible, and really not that hard. Perhaps I have more willpower than most or can combat peer pressure better than the average teenager, but I am not some kind of superhuman. What kind of message does Glee send when it sheds such a positive light on drinking? Or even when it sends a non-negative light? If you're going to do an episode where you discuss the dangers of drinking then you can't go half way. Either give the whole picture and really look at all the downsides, or stay away from the issue altogether. Ugh. Sometimes even my favourite shows upset me.

February 22, 2011

Surrounded by Smiles

Friday morning I was having a terrible day. Nothing seemed to be going my way and I was feeling very overwhelmed with everything that was happening. Even though it was the last day of class before readingweek and I was about to get a break from academics I couldn't help but feel like things were piling up and my ability to handle the stress was crumbling. However, by the afternoon my feelings had completely changed. It's crazy how a few words of encouragement from a handful of people can completely change your outlook. Sometimes it just takes a sweet note and flowers from an incredible chaplain (along with an encouraging e-mail), a Don who sends you wonderful texts to make you smile, friends who dish out big hugs, an e-mail from a friend and co-leader reassuring you on your abilities, plenty of smiles, and a friend who listens to your list of stresses and feeds you a lollipop. I started my day feeling positively down in the dumps and overwhelmed with burdens, but I ended it feeling so loved and cared about by everyone around me. It's a wonderful place to be, and I know that things will only get easier as the days go on. I just need to keep my chin up, keep myself open to new experiences, and keep moving forward.

February 21, 2011

Family Day Fun

Today is a day that I love the Ontario government, because they have given us "Family Day". Although I would be off today anyways due to reading week it was nice to have the rest of my family off today to spend time with. And since Family Day creates a long weekend, so the five of us decided to head up to the cottage. My dad and I are staying here until Wednesday, but my mom and siblings headed back to Hamilton this afternoon.

Here's how I spent my day:
1. Enjoying a pancake breakfast at the Minden community centre with the whole family.
2. Two rounds of Scattegories with the famjam.
3. Some skating at the Minden arena with my sister and parents.
4. Packing, snacking, and Wii as my mom packed up the car to head home.
5. Trying Zumba with my dad at the community centre. I enjoyed it, but didn't fall in love. I'd do it again, but probably not on a regular basis.
6. Making dinner and eating while watching Little Mosque on the Prairie.
7. Watching Kick Ass with my dad.

It's been a great start to my reading week, as I really needed some relaxation. What I'm not looking forward to is getting to work on my assignments and studying for my midterms. Ugh.

February 17, 2011

Wheelchair Adventures

Remember when I blogged about my friend's project Letters to Morgan? This term she has been continuing her research, which includes having other people spend a day in a wheelchair. On March 17th I will be participating in her project when I spend the day in a chair. I'm really looking forward to it, as I have learned so much while preparing for my day so far. However, I'll speak about my day more as it approaches.

Today my friend Brendan spent the day in the chair, and tonight we had a fantastic adventure. Along with another friend, Jess, we ventured across campus, took the city bus to Laurier, and then walked back to campus. It was so eye-opening realizing how much harder it was to navigate around when you have to pay attention to curbs, snow, potholes, and the width of pathways. Many times I had to lift the front of the chair while Jess pushed so that we could get Brendan over bumps, potholes, or big patches of snow.

Brendan documented parts of his day on his YouTube channel, including our adventure.

P.S. Did you notice that at 2:08 the bus driver says, "You're welcome. Take care, eh?" I'll add that to the list of reasons Canadians are awesome.

February 15, 2011

Laugh Attack

I found this photo when I finally got around to uploading photos from my camera; it is so worth sharing.
It was taken at Christmas House Dinner, so I was a tad dressed up and supposed to be a bit classy. However, my girls are hilarious and I laughed my butt off. And laughing pictures always make me laugh, because they're so ridiculous.

P.S. If we have a telepathic connection please only send me thoughts pertaining to calculus between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30. Actually, I'll be studying all morning and can only be bothered if it's a telepathic emergency. Otherwise, I'd kindly request that you wait until my exam is over to send thoughts my way.

February 14, 2011

I have mixed feelings about Valentine's Day.

Sometimes I can't help but think that it's become too focused on spending money to show someone you love them, making people feel obligated to dish out big bucks for fancy presents or extravagant dates. I also agree with the alternate name some have given this day, "Single's Awareness Day". Nothing makes a single gal (or guy) feel more alone than a day made for people in relationships.

However, I believe that Valentine's Day can be great if you start thinking of it as a day to remind everyone you love that you love them. As a single lady I've started focusing on other parts of Valentine's Day. It's a day to show my best girlfriends (and guy friends) that I'm so glad they're part of my life. It's a day to remind my family that I care about them. And maybe it's a day to send a hint to my crush that I like him. Maybe.

Here's how I plan on spending my Valentine's Day:
I'll be sending candygrams to friends in residence.
I'll be getting dolled up to attend the Valentine's Day house dinner happening in residence.
I'll be studying my butt off for the calculus midterm I'll be writing the next day.

Sound like a good plan?
Happy Valentine's Day!

February 10, 2011

Last night I made my YouTube debut!

My dear friend Brendan Linwood does many things on the internet, lots which involve YouTube vlogs. TheMinuteVlog is run by a friend of his in Michigan, but he agreed to take it over for a few days to help out said friend. And I got the challenge of introducing the video super fast to keep it at a minute in length. I look and sound ridiculous, but I'm glad I could help.

P.S. I should probably tell you more about my talented friend Brendan, but I think I'll save that for another post. Perhaps I'll tell you more about his interesting creative outlets all over the internet over Reading Week, which is less than two weeks away!

Trouser Love

For a girl who could live in sweatpants I certainly love rockin' a pair of trousers. They're (almost) as comfy as my sweats, but they make me look all fancy pants. I don't wear them on just any old day, because I don't have footwear that I can trek to class in other than my silly looking snow boots. However, this afternoon I had an interview so I thought I would dress-up a bit once I finished my morning of classes. Nothing too wild in this outfit of trousers, long sleeve tee, brown belt and black pumps, but the silhouette of my trousers and the click of my heels makes me feel confident. It turned out to be such a comfortable outfit that I haven't changed, though I did swap out my heels for my Birkenstocks by dinner.
P.S. Taking pictures of my outfit using my laptop in my messy room is such a bad idea. I need to just start asking people to take my picture.

February 7, 2011

Joy Apparel

Remember that guy I told you about that had the great analogy about the ladder? Well I thought I'd share a bit about his company, because it's so cool.

Jeff Woodrow started Joy Apparel, a t-shirt company that allows you to wear the world on your heart!

When you buy a shirt you select the face of someone you don't know. You can read a bit about them, discovering the person's name, where they are from, how old they are, and what they are passionate about. That person's portrait will be placed over your heart, so whenever you wear your shirt you are encouraged to think about that person and how your everyday actions have an impact on others. Once you have purchased a shirt you can submit a photo of yourself, so that others can wear you over their hearts.

To make this cool idea even more amazing, all shirts are sweatshop free and made from certified organic cotton or bamboo.

I know what's now topping my wish list and going onto my Christmas gift list next year. These shirts are such a cool idea that I can't help but spread the love!
Seriously, check it out.

February 6, 2011

How I Spent My Saturday Evening

If I were to tell you that I spent my Saturday evening doing tye-dye and then playing in the snow for two hours how old would you guess I was?
I take great pride in being an unconventional university student, who can have a blast without alcohol or crazy parties. All it takes is an ability to embrace your inner seven year old. My favourite nights are ones spent with crafts, board games, movies, good chats, and lots of ridiculousness.

Saturday night I taught a handful of fellow residence how to tie-dye, which made me happy since I absolutely love tie-dye. It's always nice to feel like an expert in a particular field, and when it comes to tie-dye I'm pretty good. I wouldn't say I'm an expert, but I certainly look like one compared to a group of people who don't know how to properly prepare the dye. Once I finished I ate a pudding cup and got bundled up in my snow gear. My friend Emily and I had decided to go out and play, starting with building a snow fort. We had been told that the freshly fallen snow was not packing snow, but we still managed to make a pretty fantastic wall. After being satisfied with our structure we decided to trek over to the big hill at a nearby residence. We found a sweet hill to roll down, and laughed our butts off as we each went flying down it. Upon reaching the point of exhaustion we collapsed in the snow and just lay there for a while, taking the occasional bite of the powdery goodness. (Yes, I enjoy eating freshly fallen snow.) When Emily was frozen we headed back inside, only to realize that we had been out for two hours. It was such a great way to spend my night.

How did you spend this Saturday evening?

February 4, 2011

Alumni Advice & Analogies

Wednesday night was the Alumni-Student mixer at St. Jerome's University. It was so interesting to hear not only what some of the alumni were doing now, but how they got there and why they chose to do what they do. The common theme among each speaker was passion. They all advised to find your passion and make it your career, because that's when you'll wake up in the morning and want to go to work. They also advised to keep an open mind and embrace every opportunity, because you might be surprised at what you enjoy. I'm so glad I decided to attend, because all of the speakers had great advice. It definitely put me at ease realizing that success and happiness doesn't always come from the first path you set out on.

The one speaker who said something that really stuck with me was Jeff Woodrow, who actually spoke to us via speakerphone since the snowstorm had prevented him from attending. He had an interesting analogy, which I can't remember exactly but I shall try to paraphrase.
Jeff spoke about climbing all the way to the top of the ladder only to realize that it's leaning against the wrong wall. It's challenging and takes courage to climb back down, reposition the ladder, and start climbing again. However, it's worth it because you'll end up where you need to be.