Awesome Brother Face!

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

To be totally punny… my dreaded brother and his dreaded girlfriend are shaving their heads for Cancer Research to become the Lock-less Monsters!
or just two awesome baldies that I love!
Paul has been growing his dreads for 4 and a half years, Teegan’s at 3 and a half for a combination of 8 years of dreadiness on their heads. Now they’re shaving them for cancer research a year after our sister battled colon cancer and in support and memory of other family members. Please support by donating at http://cancerevents.kintera.org/teeganandpaul

Paul and Teegans Dreads. Beautiful!

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101 in 1001

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

On top of doing well in school, being confident in my relationships, and being active and involved for my new years resolutions I am refining and remaking my 101 in 1001, i’ll take my old ones and add new ones.

If I start tomorrow, my goalof 1001 days later will be: Wednesday, October 3rd, 2013. I will be 22 years old.

Though my ideas have changed since then I’m using the list i created October 2009 and crossing out that which is done, and adding on. (the first 68 are old)

1. Live in Montreal for awhile
2. Become accepted to a school outside of calgary
3. move out.
4. Look and act and feel how i want  still working on feeling how i want, but the other two are taken care of.
5. Write a song and record it
6. Write to my friends snail mail style  have been productive with a few but not as option or as many as i'd like. building and working. the base is there.
7. work for a cause that i care about. Bridge Foundation last year and CLing. There are many more to pursue of course and i'll get more specific now.
8.celebrate the toast traditon on New Years.  4 years running!
9.eat raw for a month
10.make a list of 100 good things that have happened to me
11. Ride a motercycle
12. learn one respectable dance routine
13. donate blood regularly
14. take a road trip across Canada. May-June 2010 Victoria BC to Trois-Rivieres Quebec with Morgan.
15.learn to longboard.
16. Sleep in a hammock
17. leave something beautiful in a public space.
18. Go outdoor Rock climbing.
19. Go kiteboarding.
20. Learn sign language
21. go to the opera.
22.geocache more
23.paint a mural
24. Get Strong and nimble like a ninja
25. visit Europe
26. Live off of small love gestures every day
27.drink tea every day for a month
28. Live without money on my own for a month
29. Learn a complete song in french
30. knit something wearable.
31. Go camping on my parents island
32.celebrate the holidays of every religion.
33. volunteer on a farm
34. travel for three months with one bag May-July 2010
35. be active in an environmental organization
36. volunteer actively.
37. Run each day for a month
38. read books my mom recommends
39. Stand up to my mom about things i don't agree with her. ( done Aug 3rd )
40.on my friends birthday, treat them to chocolate at every meal.
41. nap in a tree
42.Live in a yurt for at least a month
43.spend a day blindfolded.
44. learn german poetry
45. learn to read music (again).
46. Play an actual songs on the piano for free ice cream.
47. learn origami by heart.
48. do more yoga.
49.have a wardrobe consisting only of materials I’ve got secondhand or for free. ~Almost there!
50. have themed dinners
51.compose a (real) song.
52. eat vegan for a year. revised to PROPERLY vegan for a year. I've been a vegan for 2 years now but thereve been many slip ups and difficulties
53.write more letters
54. join a band again
55. Make a quilt to give to a friend
56.Perform poi.
57.  visit every province and territory in Canada - 5 done
58.improve my French - Explore program accomplished July 2010, still working on fluency
59. learn more about plants and survival skills
60. become an enviro teacher to youth
61. start a tam tams group
62. perform at steeps
63.create a youth enviro group
64. Do Canada World Youth
65. Human services diploma?
66.General Studies diploma?
67.Global Stewardship diploma?
68. Live on Vancouver Island August 2010
69. Get a degree.
70. Go ocean kayaking
71. Go backpacking
72. Learn to hoop!
73. paint something each month or two.
74. blog every day for a year
75. pay off student loan or Visa
76. sail in the pacific ocean
77. read all the books on BBC's top 100 booklist 
78. Run a marathon/Triatholon
79. Increase my vocabulary - Use one new word a day
80. Write a poem I'm proud of and read it at a poetry night
81. Take more pictures - own a good camera and take it everywhere. Create scrapbooks and albums
82. Learn my grandfathers history
83. Increase my Safety Certifications
84. Be an english language assistant in France for 7 months :D
85. Go to university in another country on exchange
86. Bake a cake for someones birthday
87. get a scholarship
88. Work at Camp Tamarack
89. get dreads
90. See the northern lights
91. Sleep in a teepee
92. Have shoulder surgery. ouchy shoulder.
93. Hike around Lake Louise
94. Cross-country ski in Canmore
95. See Chaps (the only katimavicker i havent seen since we did the program)
96. live with a cat again.
97. redfish environment school program
98. Learn a proper tai chi form to do while drinking chai tea
99. Have a Katimavik Reunion
100. Hang out with my sister more
101. Feel accomplishment after 1001 days!

Busy Busy Times

January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Since the start of this new year in school i’ve barely had time to sleep or think. A lot of it has been good, but still it’s overwhelming. I’m taking 4 courses and my head is always swimming with whether i should take 5, or 3, or if i’m taking the right ones and should i switch and what would i switch to even? Still not having an idea on what to do is not so hot, though i am thinking i could really enjoy linguistics I don’t have the opportunity to take any of the classes because it conflicts with the only 2 courses i’m actually sure about taking. (Environmental Studies courses). Besides school (and still having many readings to do), there’s work. I’m in the brand new residence building with new students, the majority of them being exchange. Because of this there’s a lot of programming to do on top of training, late night in-nights (doing rounds 3 times a week to ensure the rules are being kept and going to bed when it’s quiet,there’s also area wide programs and staff relationship building to keep up with. Then there’s the little hobby i brewed up last semester to keep me sane that’s now taking up some time and thought as well – Quidditch. Last semester we had around 20-25 students playing every Saturday. Now I’ve made it an official club and the team also wants to host a tournament against another university. At club days we got over 100 other students express interest in the club so now i have to turn it into a league and fund-raise and brainstorm ideas. It’s super awesome and going well, but again, i’m getting a bit tired and stressed out on the second week of school.

Thank goodness I have Jason here this semester, even with me being the most terrible girlfriend to him calling him names, being lazy and grumpy and complaining all the time, he;s keeping me sane, little sleep and a bit of stress brings about depression and fortunately Jason has had some experience dealing with me and depression so he’s starting to form strategies. I swear i wanted to kick him in the face today and a million other things, but somehow  the violence stayed in and I got over it.

Here’s hoping the week get’s groovier and more relaxing. (then i can actually keep up with my goal of a post a day)

2010

January 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
– travelled the country by bus, took university in a province outside my own (twice! Quebec and BC!), Moved out, saw a wild rat, (Alberta is ‘rat free’), saw a drag show and went to a gay bar, went to Dim Sum, Billeted a Katima-victim, .. much more!

2. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Can’t remember too well what my resolutions were but I will be making some for this year. I’m pretty sure i had the usual ‘do well in school and exercise’ thing and that failed quite a lot.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Sadly no, my cousin had two miscarriages but she is officially pregnant and at the “Viable if born now” stage!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My great Uncle Ray, Uncle to my dad. I saw him on his final trip to see the family when he went off chemo.

5. What countries did you visit?
Only Canada, though in Canada I visited five countries in one go for three months!

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Focus, a plan, confidence in the future. More of a head for money (like not losing it when i have it and not having to use a food bank)

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 22 – Celebrating Jonathans birthday is up to now my most succesful and fun night drinking. (i dont have a taste for alcohol and either don’t or throw up very early due to taste)

June 26 – My first day in Trois Rivieres, entered university with a stitched toe, celebrated my birthday a day late due to cutting it, was given a wheelchair and had a countdown to not speaking english for 5 weeks.

March 22 – Shaved my head with Lexi! We raised +$4000!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Solidifying my relationship with my best friend Morgan. Two months beside eachother on the greyhound bus and we still love eachother!

Also, the cancer fundraiser in dedication for my Sister overcoming a year of cancer.

9. What was your biggest failure?
lack of focus in school and health. Not controlling my emotions.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
almost cut my toe off, twice dislocated my shoulder, heat stroke.

11. What was the best thing someone bought you?
My parent’s help in money bought me residence, tuition and food. Kat bought me a lovely shoulder bag i use everyday now, also inr esidence some of my residents bought me a box of coconut milk fudgsicles labeled ‘for Anna and other starving Vegans” the month i had no food.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My boyfriend and Morgan for putting up with my nonsense so much, i owe them big. Also those who helped me out when i was confused or in need. Strangers lending taxi money, residents giving me food and hugs, a lady in thunder bay gave morgan and I muffins, many people took care of morgan and i on our journey across the country.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Some new residents sometimes. I mostly found my true friends through Katimavik and the year after so i’m solid now.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Trip across Canada, Tuition, Res fees, food. in that order. I got completely broke a few times, now overlimit on visa and waiting for my next student loan.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Shaving my head, Billeting Katima-Skyler, Travelling, Victoria, Harry Potter, Exams to be over!

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Old Quebecois songs for sure that i learned in trois-rivieres, If your dad doesn’t have a beard – The Beards. Any Wizard Rock Songs discovered in November.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? a month ago i’d say way sadder. I’m positive i’m a lot happier in two days than i was last year.
b) fatter or skinnier? Same, but a huge loss in muscle mass sadly.
c) richer or poorer? Poooooorer. My job doesn’t pay 😦

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Getting out and exploring. Honing new Friendships.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Crying

20. How did you spend Christmas?

With my entire Family on Christmas eve and extended family on christmas evening. Lots of Family events before then.

21.Did you fall in love in 2010?

Fell in and out of love with many things and people. Did a lot of thinking over the holidays and feel a lot more confident about it all.

22. How many one night stands?
Zero unless you count my boyfriend falling asleep on skype all the time. 🙂

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Big Bang Theory, How i met your mother.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nope.

25. What was the best book you read?
Da Vinci Code! Loved it, thought it was absolutely brilliant.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Tally Hall, went to a lot more Kronic Groove Band shows, a few french bands i need to pick up on again.

27. What did you want and get?
Travelling experiance with my best friend. Actual Boyfriend/Girlfriend dating time with my boyfriend. (got it in trois riviered for 5 weeks. Now i haven’t seen him in 5 months)

28. What did you want and not get?
A chance to go to the Maritimes. A chance to see the fesitivities of St Jean Baptiste in Quebec City.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

Le Grande Seduction, HP7, Toy Story 3.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
20 years old. I stepped in a hole and cut my toe, woke up morgans friend who works long hours and had already crashed that morning. Went to the hospital 45 minutes away and got stitches. Sat on the couch with my best friend and boyfriend watching Kickass on a laptop.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Spending more time with Jason.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

Not-a-care attitude. A lot of baggy shirts and sweatpants. I really just stopped caring.

33. What kept you sane?

Morgan, Jason, Lexi. Pywacket the first half of the year, the internet the second half.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Mado was pretty awesome in Montreal.  Not so impressed on Justin Bieber though i congratulate him on following his dreams. hmm… can’t really think of any, i learned more about JK Rowling though and i think her story is amazing!

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
BP Oil spill. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

36. Who do you miss?
Everyone who I am not near.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Reslife Team!

38. What was the best thing you ate?
hmmm… Dim sum was weiird, but i liked some stuff there, I had some amazing food at Makyees a few time i loved! (like chinese dessert balls), cafe bliss downtown Victoria has some amazing raw gluten free vegan stuff that is delectable! same with Gratitude Cafe in Kensington Calgary. Ooo! I would say the Vegetarian Combo Plate I had in Little India, Toronto.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Taking initiative to do what you want makes all the difference. If it’s worth the experience – spend the money, you can always earn it back and the experience is worth a lifetime.

My year in Facebook Status’

 

That’s that!

Happy New Year!

January 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

2o11… or in the words of my wise friend Lexi  – Two thousand and heaven.

This year holds so many cool things in store that seems less amazing than last year, though with a little optimism will prove to be so incredibly awesome and happy.

The holidays were great. I absolutely bombed all my exams (totally not proud for that i feel like utter crap about it and plan to focus more this semester) then packed my stuff, shoved it into storage and came home to help mom prep for the holidays.

Because my parents are moving and into a uch smaller place, this will be their last Christmas Party (it’s been running for 30 some years, 24 years in the house we have now) and its a big ordeal. I saw the new place they’re going to and this will be a huge lifestyle change for them to say the least. Going from a 3 story + basement 1912 Victorian house downtown to a +40 condo in the south suburbs is going to be difficult for them. Fortunately the new place has a place for mom to quilt and craft, a place for dad to woodwork (finally for pleasure as the last 24 years have been focused on renovating our house and building our cabin for the last 14 years) theres a place to entertain guests and enough amenities for them to stay healthy and fit. Its super clase to my dads work so he’ll be much happier as long as my mom can cope from living away from her friends.

The christmas party went well, afterwords we tried to count in our minds how many showed up and were able to name 148. Some regular families were absent and some we couldnt remember so minimum 148 guests coming in and out of the house. I was most surprised and psyched about my two friends Paula and Lisa. Lisa lives 2 hours north and works three jobs and she drove down right after her shift and drove back up after the party. Paula lives in Montreal and i rarely see her but was my first best friend growing up and i’ve known her since i was 3.

The holidays were filled with lots of family get togethers which is a rarety now that I’m the youngest at 20. We had a family dinner that included everyone in the family and more (hadn’t occured for a year and a half) we went to Zoolights, Heritage park, i watched Harry Potter with my best HPnerd friend Morgan, chatted with my friend Kristen who has been growing steadily more busy but happier and amazing. (On top of massage therapy she has been gathering support for a petition to change the shark hunting laws and is now about ready to pass it through the house of commons and get signatures. Way to go Kristen!)

Christmas was actually taken place on Christmas Eve. We had our family together to exchange gifts (siblings and partners did a secret sibling santa exchange to save money and my parents gift to us was the promise to help pay for a trip to hawaii my grandfather proposed) I hardly ever see my Grandad and his wife Gladys but this Christmas Eve they spent the evening with us and had an awesome time making jokes and enjoying the family. It was really great and we skimmed over a 1992 home video of my siblings and I thats adorable! (i couldn’t believe my brother could actually be that cute, 4 years old and singing and talking without any r’s or l’s)

Christmas day was weird. My sister and brother in law went on their honeymoon, delayed for a year and a half due to Katy’s cancer, to mexico. The first real vacation (non road trip) they had each took. My borthers both spent the day with their girlfriends and my parents and I were left at home feeling quite odd on christmas day without family already having done the festivities the day before. We did however go to my aunts that night for dinner with extended family and i got to watch my cousin odin (1 and a half) chase the cat, silus, around the house.

Boxing Day i visited Carbon with my parents and brother and kat (his girlfriend) to see my Dads side of the family. Nanny passed down my Papa’s old cowichan sweater to me that she had knit 30 years ago.

The next day i got a LEXI! she bussed on over from Saskatoon to spend new years with me. I showed her to my friends explored the city a bit played with my sisters cat Loki every day and then went to the cabin with her, my parents, my friends Morgan and Tyler and their families. Our New years traditions are many – pop the champagne at midnight, give a toast, listen to the fireworks of others, bang pots and pans on the front porch, sing Auld Lang Syne while hand holding cross-armed and running in and out of the circle (Scottish tradition?), then wrote down our resolutions, stuffed them into a baguette, passed the baguette and told of our 2010’s, then shoved the baguette into the fire. a “toast” to the New Years. (yes, we are witty and take pride in it) after some snowboarding and hot springs (and rolling in the snow in our bathing suits) we headed home to frantically pack, and i was sent off on a plane at 6 in the morning arriving in Victoria at 8 am. (my keys to my building weren’t given to me until noon)

This new years resolutions are many and i’ll decide on a way to approach them next post. Perhaps a revised 1001 in 101 will do. One thing i will like to try is a PostaDay challenge. I’ve been much to lax in blogging and I really enjoy it so we’ll get on top of that shall we? For sure 2011 will hold more blog posts including TilT (things i love thursdays) and More! woohoo!

Happy New Years to all! 2011 here I come!

 

My entire family + friends Eric, Andrew, and Kristen

 

Us and Santa's Reindeer at Heritage Park

 

In the mystical tunnel at Zoolights. (the "dr who" tunnel)

 

Our new Family Photo! Dad, Mom, Paul, Teegan, Katy, Nathan, Fraser, Kat, Me and Pywacket

FYI: Katy and Frasers shirts read: “I love big dumps”

 

In the maze at Heritage Park.

The house i lived in all my life.

No pics from New Years yet, sadly i don’t have a functioning camera besides my phone (whose bill is long overdue) we’ll see when they’re posted by others!

 

 

 

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