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.