November 17, 2010 § 2 Comments
My mom is the coolest. She let us do a lot of stuff when we were kids that i’ve seen other parents not. Letting us ride in the trunk of the car, taking us to disneyland, annual road trips, building us a treehouse, getting a trampoline, playing outside wherever until the sun came down, letting us have free reign in the basement with nintendo and lego galore to play with. My parents totally believed that imagination should be put first and that our dreams should happen. This really can be explained with room decorating. My brothers had a huge dinosaur faze. Naturally my mom painted the room around with dinosaurs, made curtains and bedsheets and voila! little boy paradise. My sister went through tons of fazes, unicorn faze (purple room with unicorn wallpaper) writing on the walls (when I took over this room it actually got out of hand as my friends continued on my sisters friends legacy and wrote on everything in the room – but still, with rules like no swears and correct spelling, being allowed to write on the walls is pretty cool)
One of these fazes of my sisters was having a jungle room. She was 10 and wanted to live in a jungle room. So out came the paint and the family and a few of my sisters friends set to work. Now, 17 years later, we’re preparing the house for sale and realtors don’t seem to be a fan of colourful and exciting. It’s painted up now, but looking at it, I really think how cool my parents were to let her have a room like that.
ITS SUPER SAD!
November 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
No, not Hp tech. he other HP. Harry Potter! 13 years ago, almost 14 now really, Harry Potter was introduced to this world in the Book Harry potter and the Philosophers Stone. I was 7 years old. when I was 11 the first movie came out and I was soo thrilled to be the same age as the actors there. As the years went by I was always either the same ago as the characters in the movies, or in the books, finally being 17 when the 7th book was released. I remember that night crystal clear. Calgary has a street downtown called Stephen Avenue and is Calgarys only pedestrian street. In celebration of the 7th book release a small festival was put on, expecting a nice 500 people to show up. Lo and behold over 5000 sweep the streets dressed as wizards and witches with the exception of a storm trooper or two. Honeydukes carts were milling about the banks were relabeled as gringotts, art gallery turned into a transfiguration lesson and so on. Then i went over to Chapters to get my copy of the book, signing a thank you card to JK Rowling. I read that book in one night. SO Good.
So I’m twenty and maybe an obsessive fan, I won’t go screaming at the HP actors or stalk JK Rowling or anything. But forever now the Harry Potter books are my comfort books and I wouldn’t even mind a trip to that theme park if I ever have money.
The excitement and harry potterness has really been mounting for the release of the first part of the 7th movie and, running programs in residence here in Victoria has made me also start planning to create a UVic quidditch team to join the intercollegiate league.
I thought I’d make up a post consisting of links of videos, songs, sites and other HP fandom more of a reference to myself, but it may be handy and fun for a few select others as well.
1. Grooveshark.com – you can find the majority of the Harry Potter Ebooks read by Stephen Fry online here.
2. www.alivans.com – Better quality and relatively cheaper than Warner Bros goods. Awesome brooms, wands, and costumes.
3. http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/ / http://www.mugglenet.com/ – the biggest Harry Potter Fansites, with the latest articles, videos, interviews, you name it. JK Rowling personally met with the makers of these sites to answer HP questions as these makers were clearly the biggest fans.
4. http://www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter/ best site I think for the theme park. Virtual tours and videos. Really fun site to play around if, like me you can’t afford the real deal.
5. http://www.teamstarkid.com/projects/a-very-potter-musical/ Starkid Productions put on a play of Harry Potter throughout the years including a sequel. Available only through youtube and super well-done. PG13/14 however from plenty of curse words. (the muggle kind, not the avada Kedavra or anything) also stars Darren Criss, now appearing on Glee.
6. http://harryandthepotters.com/ / http://www.evilwizardrock.com/index.html – 2 awesome bands, harry and the potters and draco and the malfoys for some Hogwarts rock. Similar to how i’d imagine the Weird sisters to be. speaking of which: http://www.myspace.com/theweirdsisters
7. http://www.potterpuppetpals.com/ the well known Harry Potter Puppet Pals. When asked if he’d ever participate in any post-movies fan stuff, Daniel Radcliffe talked of how he’d love to be on Harry potter Puppet Pals. (http://www.mtv.com/videos/movies/530045/would-daniel-radcliffe-ever-play-harry-potter-in-any-other-form.jhtml#id=1641972)
8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv80DLlUwNQ Pogo makes remixes of different movies including Alice in wonderland and Mary Poppins. This is a remix of the first two movies into a kind of mellow electronica.
9. http://www.internationalquidditch.org/ of course! The biggest Muggle quidditch league ever. about 400 schools world wide compete each year. This site gives advice on starting, rulebook, and hooks you up with the annual Quidditch World Cup. (my current endeavor)
10. http://www.jkrowling.com/ JK Rowling’s personal website complete with her notes answers to looming rumours, mysteries in the books, thoughts and bio. She even added a few easter eggs in the site to find some of her old scribbles.
11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A26jG-1VgI A year in the life of JK Rowling. film by James Runcie. Really gets you to understand how and why she wrote the series.
There are a ton of spoofs and parodies up on Youtube I both like and dislike as well, but i think I’m happy with that list of 11 top must sees for Harry Potter fans.
10 days till the 7th Movie part 1!!!!!!!!
November 8, 2010 § 2 Comments
So for a while now I’ve been fretting about the present and future, and life decisions, course selection, meaning of life and all that. Typical university student worries right? well it was getting out of hand as i hadn’t been to class for practically 2 weeks, save a few labs and french classes to take quizzes. I have jest been overwhelmingly tired (The residence cafeteria, as awesome as it is in providing for vegetarians, it unfortunately does not do so well with vegans, and my Iron and b vitamins and all that energy giving nutrient stuffs is lacking. So I’m on track changing my sleep patterns again and sorting out my thoughts using a variety of processes. Starting with a general statement on facebook to get help organizing my thoughts. As I suspected, My dear friend Lexi sent me a link to on the website to solve my problems. (many times i don’t follow links like this, but I’ve long since learned that everything Lexi sends me is worth it and helpful. So here we go.
What am i good at?
i found this one the hardest, it’s always easiest to hear what you’re good at from others. So I’m still gathering the answers to this by asking people who know me well.
– good friend – drawing – sticking with projects, books, people I love – handling animals – leading – loving – teaching – people person
What excites you?
drums – environment – dress-up – painting on a large scale – big projects – cats – travelling – connecting people – other languages – being with people i know and love – other cultures – public speaking (I’m actually terrified when i speak in public, but i love it) – reminiscing – group living – cooking vegan/raw
What do I read about?
magic – other countries – youth – environmental living – humanitarian action – changing the world – quests/journeys – finding yourself – vegan cooking – childrens books
What have you secretly dreamed about?
– leading drum circles – being in a band – starting a youth hostel – creating a hostel/program/Dépanneur Sylvestre thingy in western canada for the homeless – being a part of a non-monetary community – running a camp – becoming a cat/wizard
carrying on with these ideas on that website I also will add one more
Current plans or goals to complete in life?
Become a Katimavik PL – do Canada World Youth – take a semester abroad – take 3 courses per semester in classes im truly interested in – go to the Quidditch World Cup – go to the UK/thailand/india/nepal/senegal – wwoofing – tree planting – territories/maritimes – live in a yurt
So how many years does that take? also I’d have to have jobs in between to fund the international and travel things. By the time its all done, then I’d need a career. Or would I? I think that would be when I focus on some of the larger projects under the what have i secretly dreamed about category.
Yes. I think that looks nice.
My mom took 26 years to get her general studies degree, and she seems quite happy. She took courses that she loved and learned what she was interested in. My grandpa said once when i was telling him about my uncertainty in degree choice that he hoped I wasn’t taking my mothers route in school, but I quite like it. I think it’s pretty cool to travel and experience, and use school as those gap years, staying still for a semester to relax and learn for a bit.
Yes. Good thought processes then. It’s a bit alarming thinking that I don’t want to follow the norm of get in get a degree get out routine that a lot of people are doing around me. The questions ‘what are you taking’ has already haunted me a bit. Oh well.
Weeeee Life mapping!
November 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
Yes so currently it is November sixth and I have been slowly catching this blog up from May.. SOOO.
From the last post till now –
Joined The UVixens Ultimate Frisbee Club. Joined my friend Teegan and cousin Katrina in Girl Guide leading. I’m in 5 classes – 3 geography classes 3 geog labs, 1 math class and 1 french class. Last year i definitely did NOT have 5 classes ever (3 one semester and 4 the other) and i do NOT like this.
Wallace won the cheer off between Gordon Head neighbourhood. Also Wallace came third place in Lounge Decorating competition winning us our own settlers of catan game! (which we have yet to receive….)
Also celebrated my Brothers birthday! Chana Masla, Dahl, Naan and Buttered Chicken for my brothers East Indian dinner. We dressed in Saris played whatever music was the closest to what we wanted and played games. Good times. (unfortunately no pics)
Went to AppleFest! Paul drove me, Teegan, Leah, and Rachel out to Salt spring Island, there we toured around different orchards seeing amazing houses, gardens, orchards, tastes 80 varieties of apples, drank apple juice, ate apple pie, and more farmly goods like cherry tomatoes, baked goods, cheeses and vegetables, fennel and stinging nettles.
On the way home we were on the 45 minute or so ferry back to Victoria and everyone from apple fest came up to the front of the ferry where one of the bikers had a stereo hooked up to his bike and waas playing music and everyone danced together.
October also brought the lovliness of midterms and stress. Never any fun, I pulled a few things in Ultimate and after the Rookie Party ended up quitting in order to persue other sportsy goals while not killing myself.
Gordon Head also began Spy vs Spy, a game where each person gets a clothespin with their targets name and building on it. THey need to pin it on their target to make a ‘kill’ in which case the killed person gives them their own clothespin for a new target. You cannot pin them in their own room, the cafeteria, bathrooms or class however. My current target is hard, the whole building knows im a spy and keeps lying to me about my target, i have no clue who she is or which room she lives in. Sighh.
Also quit math as i found out its not required for my degree ( if i even go for that degree, i’m quite indecisive) and i wasn’t doing well in it. Gives me more time which I like, homework is getting brutal and i’m terrible at essays.
Harry Potter for Halloween, also went to Galeys Farms for a scary corn Maze and the Carnevil Haunted House. Kristian (MariO’Noir) and i went through the haunted house together and it helped us both for me to grab on to his overall strap for dear life as people popped out and air shot at our ankles. Very well done i must say.
November 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
I met friends! I am staying at Wallace building in the Gordon Head area. During training we had a photo scavenger hunt between neighbourhoods after all the fun of scenarios, behind closed doors, learning about resources, advice, and touring.
And plenty more besides.. it was good old fun AND our team WON! (even though we cheated on a ton 😉
November 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
returned home after Explore. had a week or two at home and was back off. I plan to go to University of Victoria, but haven’t heard back whether i will be in residence, or an apartment. I have job interviews and apartment meetings set up anyway. When we hit Kelowna though, I got an email from residence saying I got a job as an Alternate Community Leader in residence. I would get 750$ off my res fees to be an ACL. The CL or Community leader is a mixture of all those other acronyms floating around… RA RL CA Dom… the CL programs events for residents, they do in-nights, going around the neighbourhood in the evenings to observe and report any infractions to the community standards, and to be a go-to person for any questions, comments, complaints, concerns of residents. Over the past few years they had a lot of CLs quit during the year (it takes a lot of time and stress sometimes) and they had to hire new CLs, quickly without training. So they made the ACL position, still there for go to and planning, but we wouldnt do innights or write up incident reports and whatnot. And we get less off our res fees (CLs get 3000$ off)
So thats what I’d get. I was happy i had food and a place to live and it was cheap! ish. (I’m still paying my fees now…)
With that out of the way we explored the Enchanted forest. spent a week in Parksville (morgan, mom, dad and me), eventually morgan went to vancouver and then home and i carried onto Victoria where my parents switched me for Paul and I went to training. Most of training was really familiar to katimavik and youth council and camp counselling. .
Summer done. Schools begun.
And off to university it was.
November 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
Explore is a five week intensive second-language program. Participants around the world either pay, or if they have been in school the past year, get a bursary to travel to another Canadian province to learn their second language. Morgan and I chose Trois-Riviéres, halfway between Québec City, and Montréal. We prepared for five weeks of courses, activities, excursions and – NO ENGLISH. if anyone cathes you speaking english, you get a red card and lose 2 of your 5 points. to regain 1 point back you must memorize a poem in french at your skill level. once you lose all 5 points… BAM you’re out. I loved the idea of being forced to learn french. The best way really, is to totally immerse yourse;f into the language and have no need to speak your first language.
Of course, throughout the five weeks, we did have some difficulties, both with the learning and with everything else. When I tried to register the desk didn’t have my forms (i had left them at home!) and had to re-register being lucky that they still had 3 spots left (Note: if you ever want to do explore – make sure you mail your forms, they are useles being filled out with no place to go). Next, i sent the director lady into a panic about how i`d get around, i couldn’t walk on my foot with my stitches in my toe and I had given back the crutches to Josie-Ann. I hobbled into the university with Morgan and Jasons help. Eventually a wheelchair was found for me and they promised they would find crutches for me. It was surely odd the first week of school rolling around on a wheelchair when only my toe was injured, many students didn’t know what had happened and assumed I always needed a wheelchair, these people got pretty shocked whenever i needed to reach up somewhere or move around stairs, and i hopped up on my right foot to maneuver around. (i didn’t do this too often cuz it hurt but still… the looks on some peoples faces!) Crutches were a PAIN. i’d prefer the chair, but i felt like too much of a poser, especially when it stopped hurting when i lowered my foot.
Next difficulty… as soon as i got my stitches taken out and could run around I played ultimate frisbee at the gym with other students and leaders – WAHBAM – dislocated shoulder. This is the second time its happened, the first being in Katimavik in Moose jaw playing basketball… still another injury wasn’t the best thing.
When I got that all sorted out…. Heat Stroke. Un coup de chaleur i learned it as. Trois-Riviéres in the summer is boiling hot, including inside the residences, the university is air conditioned… to the point where boiling hot you’d dress in shorts and tank tops, and carry a set of sweats and sweaters to sit in class with. The change of temperatures got to me and i had to run out of some things to go puke. NOT fun. This ended up being a bit special as i asked around to see if i could sleep in the school and it wasn’t allowed. The director didn’t want me getting any worse however so, against the rules, he drove me and Jason to the grocery store told us to get what i needed and he drove home to get his air conditioner. We got ginger ale and crackers like Mom used to get me when i had the flu and then the director drove us back and installed his own air conditioner into my room. (not allowed – some building men complained about it and i got notes saying i was to report to the principal or something) Eventually more people started getting heat stroke and they opened up a room in the school for sick students to sleep.
The fun parts? The excursions – we went to Québec City, Montréal, Parc National de la Mauricie, and around Trois-Riviéres. I loved the leaders too or , les animateurs. Every week we’d gather to go over rules, excursions, prizes for awesome frenchness (there were also blue cards you could get from teachers or leaders when they thought you were doing exceptionnal in your learning of french, the cards would be put in a draw every week for prizes) because not everyone was understanding spoken french on the same level, the leader would make little mises en situations, or skits, to explain what was going on. They were hilariousss. I’m thinking i want to be a leader for the English side of explore yes? Also there were workshops – After class you’d go to your workshop, each student had 1 or 2. I had Chansons Québecoise, and Action Communitaire. (Québecois songs, and Volunteering) I volunteered at La Maison Grandi-ose. A sort of after school care program for both mentally disabled youth and children, and troubled or behaivioural youth who would help with the programs and children. This was amazing.
Some big events were put on every week as well. Canada Day, Québecoise day, outing to the beach, casino night, trip to a québecois heritage event (les coureurs de bois), talent show…
Fortunately a few people were on top of videoing, so here i borrow the videos off youtube from Sergei, another student in l’ecole internationale de francais UQTR.
La danse à la soirée québecoise!
Mises en situation. An example of what we could do at the upcoming talent show.
Explaining that if we wanted to stay overnight in Montreal we had to purchase a bus ticket at Room 1088.
et finalement, from my Chanson Quebecoise workshop here is our Lipdub!