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.

February 3, 2011

January 2011

I thought it would be fun to remember some good times each month with a few photos. I did a lot that didn't get photographed, but at least I'll be motivated to snap a few photos each month.

The first week back to school was Frost Week, and I had a chance to go tubing with a busload of fellow residents. So much fun!

January also included our residence floor comps, which is when floors pair up and compete against each other in a variety of challenges. This photo is from Trivial Pursuit. Our theme for the night was Canada, and what's more Canadian than a hockey player? Go red team!

February 1, 2011

Snowpocalypse and Studying

I'm spending my night doing Optimization homework and listening to Nat King Cole while I await the beginning of the snowpocalypse.
Earlier today I looked fierce (for an interview), but now I'm in a plaid sweater and sweatpants. And thermal underwear. Classy.
And since I'm being ridiculous I'll leave you with a third polaroid post in a row.

Small Improvements

Today was a better day. It still wasn't a great day, but it seems that things are slowly getting better. I had some great chats with a few different friends, which really meant a lot to me. In fact, it probably meant way more than they'll ever know. Sometimes it's just a matter of figuring out who to turn to when I'm feeling down, because that's also who I want to celebrate my victories with. Now if only I can tackle my assignments and studying...