Summer – Something to do that’s not watching T.V.

So since I’m a teacher and all my roommates and my HUSBAND (AHH, still can’t believe that’s a real thing) are all working I’m finding myself getting bored with watching T.V. or taking the dog for a walk, or reading for hours, so I wanted something to do. I’ve stumbled upon this lovely blog, that I started ages ago and I thought I would continue it with some funny things, some interesting articles and just generally give me something to do everyday, while I procrastinate planning my school year a little longer.

I found this list online to start, and I’ll do my best to continue with it everyday. Feel free to snag and do it yourself too, it’s kind of fun and less of a commitment than an interesting photo a day (Which are also fun too) 

1. List 20 random facts about yourself.

2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.

3. Describe your relationship with your parents.

4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.

5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?

6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?

7. What is your dream job, and why?

8. What are 5 passions you have?

9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.

10. Describe your most embarrassing moment.

11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.

12. Describe a typical day in your current life.

13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.

14. Describe 5 strengths you have.

15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?

17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?

18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?

19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.

21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?

22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?

23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.

24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.

25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?

26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?

27. What is your favourite part of your body and why?

28. What is your love language?

29. What do you think people misunderstand most about you?

30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

10 Things To Get You Through A Sh*t Day

So I know everyone has crappy days where you have to suck it up and do whatever it is you are not wanting to do for the entire of the day, when you have to be a grown up when you’d rather hide underneath the covers and not come out till tomorrow.

Today is one of those days for me.  (I wrote this on tuesday)   Instead of being a grumpy bean and wallowing in my grumpy-ness I decided to think of 10 wonderful things that will get me through this day and hope that it’ll help others on “those” days.

10 THINGS TO GET YOU THROUGH A SH*T DAY

1) Hugs – hugs are the absolute best simply because you can give and get one from almost anyone and have it make you feel so much better.  From your friends, your b/f or g/f, your parents or family members – hugs are one reason to keep your head up, there is always someone in your life just around the corner willing to cheer you up with open arms. *Unless it’s that creepy dude that hugs you for just that few moments too long, avoid that hug ;o)

2) Naps – naps are the equalizer in life.  There are many days when you don’t get enough sleep, wake up too early, don’t sleep at all or just generally want to spend more time in bed. Naps allow for you to recharge your body and mind in a short period of time. Naps are the BEST on a grumpy bean kind of day.  * Now some people need to ease into the napping system, anything more than 60-90mins is not a nap, and is a sleep and when you dive into sleep territory things can get dicey.

3) The Internet – The internet can keep you entertained on a terrible day for hours and hours, playing to any and every emotion possible.  Feeling like you need to smile – check out a silly youtube video, or some bloopers from your favourite show or even read some terribly corrected text messages people sent to their friends and family.  Feeling like you need to wallow a little, maybe even cry – watch some reuniting videos of military dads and their children or maybe even a rescue animal video.  Feeling like you need to be distracted and detached from the world, check out pinterest or tumblr and peruse the lovely organization that allows for the great ideas and treats of the internet to be at your fingertips. Time wasted is still better than time spent grumpy.

4)Your mom – Moms have a way of just knowing how to ask you the right question or say the right thing or bring you the right item to make you feel better or get whatever it is that is bothering you off your mind. Moms will always have the ability to ask you one question, say one thing and make you feel better.  Sometimes even just the sound of her voice or having her around makes your not so great day better. Give her a call, stop by her house, or even simply send her a text or an email; it’ll make you feel better.

5) A shower – Showering is a full body a cleanse; the water washes away all your bad feelings while cleaning you at the same time.  It’s a fresh start, not only do you smell and look better, 99% of the time your crappy day is diminished by some level and even if just for a moment, you always feel better after a nice hot shower.

6) Laughter – Laughing when you are having a terrible day is tougher than on most days.  Not only do you already feel not like yourself, you probably don’t think or care to laugh at things because the today, life handed you a terrible hand in cards and you feel that everyone is out to get your or being an idiot.  Which is why when it actually happens, it makes you feel so much better.  Scientifically speaking, the endorphins and dopamine running through your system while you laugh is making you feel better, which is always a good thing. So cheer up – watch a youtube video or something.  It’s an easy fix to a simple problem.

7) A big drink – Whether it is alcoholic or otherwise, a big drink is refreshing and a very simple way to put a better spin on the day.  The chances of knocking you out of your grumpy funk is increased when there is alcohol in your choice beverage but can also be satisfied by non-alcoholic beverages; a large cup of coffee when you didn’t get nearly enough sleep or are too hung over to function, a slurpee on a hot day when those lovely canadian summer temperatures hit into the 30’s or large glass of ice water when you feel like you could drink the ocean.  Liquid satisfaction – always a great choice.

8) A great book – Sometimes the best way to make your crappy day feel better is getting lost in a world that has nothing to do with you.  Relating to a character or world that you have no part in is a great escape from reality, which more often than not makes your life seem not all that bad. So grab your beverage of choice, find a comfortable spot in your place and just escape into a different life, if only for a little while.

9) Screaming really loud – screaming is always a great release, sometimes it’s the the only way to get you out of your grump-funk.  So head outside, drive to a field, grab the thickest pillow in your house and just scream till your voice hurts, scream until your grumpy pants quota is filled and you either start laughing at yourself at how hilarious you must sound to those within ear shot or how ridiculous you look if you had your own reality tv show and how the producers would edit this scene to make you look like you’ve got off the deep end.  Sometimes life gets stressful and when other things you’ve tried to relieve your stress don’t help, just scream, tomorrow is a new day.

10) Watch your favourite childhood movie – watch that one movie that your parents or babysitter always put into that old VCR when you were acting up or didn’t have anything else to do.  You’ll quote the lines you know, get excited at your favourite parts of the movie and  be able to remember a more simpler time when all it took was a fun movie to cheer you up.  It’s silly and you may have to dig through boxes of your old toys and movies to find it, but once that 90mins has passed theres no way you won’t be a happier, less grumpy person.

 

Much Love

xo

Insomnia begins again

It’s 2:15am and I have been annoyed and not able to fall asleep for the passed 3hrs. I don’t know why I am still awake or if there is even a reason related to why I’m so awake without cause but it’s just annoys me. All week I was at my parents visiting and I had no trouble sleeping, didn’t even need my regular naps like I usually do and the first time I am back, boom – no sleep for you. There are only 2 maybe 3 causes for all this rubbish non sleep business
1) I watched titanic again and am terrified I am going to have nightmares about drowning but that’s doubtful as I’ve seen the movie more than 30 times and it’s never bothered me before
2) I did drink a rather large cola beverage while at the movie and perhaps caffeine and sugar are pumping through my veins, keeping me up all night. This one is likely but I drink coffee by the gallons each day, why would one sugary caffeinated beverage set me off?
3) I am stressed about something. Who knows what this could be about, because I sure don’t. Stress is a common thing yes but I find it really just rather redundant. It gets you no where, it usually starts from no where or reason and ends with little to no impact on your life so what’s the point? At least if it’s positive impact it improves things and if it’s negative you learn something from it but stress does neither of those things. Just messes with our brains and bodies and makes us look and feel like idiots!

I just really would rather be sleeping

Xoxo

Where I Stand – 365 Challenge

So while my friend Courtney has given me the challenge of doing a photo a day for everyday in January I was thinking of doing a photo a day for a year. Now I know it’s 4 days into the year and I haven’t exactly started…but I’m going to start today.  I needed ideas cuz I didn’t want it to be like a self portrait kind of thing and I didn’t want it to be random things, so I searched the internet for ideas I came across many really cool ideas.  I decided to go with the “where I stand” a day.  You take a photo of your feet/where you are standing at a great point in the day.  There are many themes you can go with like “good morning” or “goodnight” but I just decided to go with any and all, no themes required.  I’m excited.  Should be a fun commitment and a great way to keep track of where I’ve been.  So here goes.  I will not quit this one!

Here is photo #1

Image Learning some new songs on guitar today.  Slippers needed as my room/house is freezing.  No one likes cold feet :o)

Things to consider…

Friends usually talk to each other – crazy thought, I know. I am not an idiot, you are for thinking I am.

When shopping don’t get upset with the nice girl trying to deal with your grumpy self.

Don’t text me in the middle of the night and expect a response on a weekday…really, get a brain

It never hurts to shower because you can never be too clean. You can however not shower enough and be grossly dirty. Showers are you friend.

Sleep is quite possibly the greatest thing ever – I hate it that we haven’t been friends for awhile, me and sleep, you are greatly missed in my life.

Why are big decisions the hardest to make and the easiest to run away from? Please can someone just decide for me, tell me what to do – I am really good at following directions.

How is it, that on the days you can sleep in, you can’t but on the days you can’t you always seem to be able to sleep longer?

Perhaps all this BS will eventually turn up sunshine, unicorns and flowers? maybe? perhaps?

P-Units after living away for 7 years are not my cup of tea. Please, change of scenery ASAP! Lethbridge I am possibly coming for you…

Lying – Who does that? It’ll always come back to bite you one way or another

tis all

much love

k

xoxo

I heart my friends, v2

I am currently waiting in line to get Junior Hockey tickets for my father, and it’s taken me forever already so to kill some time I’ll continue with the lovely idea of trying to remember the first conversations or interactions with the people whom I enjoy in my life.

I heart my friends; Just one of the boys! 

Steve Allen: I met Steve through a mutual friend who will remain nameless. We found out that year we had 4 of 5 classes together and decided since we knew no one else in the class we’d chat during class times.  I remember one of the first times I knew Steve and I would be good friends was when we were sitting in history of rock and roll, he drew me a picture of me sitting in class on the top of my takeout box.  It was delightful.  Throughout that class and others I acquired a lot of hand drawn Sal originals. Film studies wouldn’t have been the same without him.

Devon Brayne: Devon and I met at a cast party I attended for a show I never saw (Cursed).  He was having difficulty with a certain lady in his life, and I told him to tell her to give me a call and we’ll sort it out – because now he’s moved on with me.  Even though I literally had just met him and had no clue the situation or the girl or anything.  Thats pretty much how I met Devon.  However, according to Devon, he and I worked on a different show together where he remembers talking to me and thinking I was intimidating or something but I do not remember meeting him, so clearly it didn’t happen. haha Oh university shows.

Alan Edward Johnson: Alan is the kind of guy whom I feel like I’ve been friends with my entire life.  I don’t really remember our first meeting or convo – but Alan tells me it was at a pub in Lethbridge with another one of our friends.  According to him, he didn’t think I liked him – which probably is the fartest from the truth since I think Alan is one of the coolest, most genuine people I’ve ever met.  He’s a gem.

Corey Joyce: Corey is a mystery.  I remember seeing Corey in a show done at the University the year I returned from my brief Uni hiatus, and thinking “Damn…where did this kid come from?” I made sure I talked to him after the show to let him know what a great performance he just gave and to let him know he’s pretty great.  That was the beginning of our friendship.  From there on, since I had already introduced myself and made sure he knew who I was, we chatted from time to time and eventually we became friends.  I’ve kicked his butt in MANY beer pong games but I will admit, he knows how to give a better toast/speech than I do.

Mark Ogle: I don’t really remember meeting Mark.  I remember him being at parties that I was at but I think the point in which we became friends was one night at a rave party when Mark Ogle taught me to shot gun a beer. It’s one of those times that you never forget your first and I am proud to say I know how, properly, to shot gun a beer so much that I’ve moved on and now can shot got revs (which for the record are plastic bottles, take a minute to think about that).

Cody Bilben: Ahh Cody and I have been friends since the weary days of first year University.  He was friends with Jaron and my little friend Steph had a tiny little crush on him.  Due to the fact that Steph had no guts to do anything about it, I approached Cody and Jaron to attend the corn maze, just outside of Lethbridge, with us as a double date.  It was adorable.  Steph and Cody never panned out and thats ok.  Now Cody is on of my most favorite people in the world.  He doesn’t think so, but he’ll soon figure it out.

Chris Pecora: Chris and I..I literally just text Chris to figure this out.  Chris and I both lived in U-hall rez at the same time, however he was on a different floor.  He dated a girl I was friends with and we had met a few times during that year but never really became friends until History of Rock and Roll when he was bombing the class and I was nice enough to force him to study through many Tim Hortons coffees and free study guides and sessions.  Pretty sure he passed that class because of my hard work tutoring him.

Jaron Whittingham Jaron and I met in first year University.  We were both in Drama 1000 and it was a crazy ride in that class, where we talked about the meaning of life and things drama 1000’s really shouldn’t be trying to figure out.  haha it was great.  Jaron is another gem who doesn’t realize often enough how great he is.

 

 

That is all for now.

much love

xoxo

 

To Fall…

Found Randomly, hidden away in a book I was reading.  This gem just popped out while flipping the pages

 

Someone asked me the other day
“Have you ever been in Love?”
My first reaction, Sorry no, I’ve never had the chance
But then I thought and wondered, 
“To be in love; To fall” 
How do we know,
if it’s really love at all. 
 
There’s a cliche term 
“Better to have love and lost, 
then never to have loved at all” 
Clearly this theory is biased, 
they’ve known what love feels like
and for them, it’s better 
to have felt and lost it. 
 
But what about those of us, 
who have yet to find said love? 
Yet to find what some call
true happiness?
I get annoyed when people use the term
true happiness.
Who’s to say I am not happy.
 
True happiness for a girl
whom has yet to fall in love is
many things. 
Laughing till you cry,
A hug on one of “those” days,
A smile from a stranger, 
or even, 
a warm fresh cup of coffee.
Will these things
stop making me happy
once if I ever fall? 
 
To fall in love
I hope those in love are happy
and everything the world says you should be
But
I’ll take a fresh warm cup of coffee. 
Dealing with the withdraw
from a love I’ve never had
is killing me.