I love my friends!

Not sure what made me think about this, but there was a conversation I had with someone over my weekend in lethbridge about meeting people and how you became friends and how it’s difficult to try and think back to the first conversation or interaction you had with the people your friends with to where your relationship is now.

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about this because my lethbridge weekend made me realize how much I miss my friends and how much of a social person I am so, I am going to try and recall how I became friends with some people.  If I am incorrect, please correct me – since I am a teacher and do it quite often to others I enjoy the correction.  I miss my friends terribly so this is how I will try and remember/not miss them so much.  Hopefully it makes you happy to remember back in the day as much as I do.  They’ll be a new story or entry every day or every so often as I can remember or when it comes to me, because this process is harder then it appears at first.

Here are the first 3 only because I’ve been talking to these girls a lot today and they’re amazingly wonderful women whom I feel blessed to have in my life. 

Emily Warlow and I were in the same Environmental Science class back in my 3rd year I think it was.  It was weird because I would sit with someone I am no longer friends with in that class and one day, while sitting on fifth we were talking about the test we just had and Emily happened to be on the couch and she piped up and put in her two sense.  Now between that and an epic study session for the next test I am blank.  Help me out Emily – on how between then and the mad study session we became friends. The rest is pretty much turned into the best beer pong team around, the girl who is the one of the funniest people I know and is just a blast!

Erica Barr  is someone who I have also felt like I’ve been friends with for what seems like forever, even though its only been like a year.  Erica was the new girl everyone couldn’t stop talking about last semester when she got a part in Title of Show at the U of L. I remember showing up to a little birthday party that the cast was having for Kyle Schulte, and she sang a very silly song with Jayme and Baz to honor his birthday and I knew from that moment she was a gem.  From then on, she came to werewolves quite a bit and we just became instant friends.  She’s just an amazingly talented, beautiful person whom without I would have no shit (FSU).  I have trouble with the fact that she’s only 19 but we try not to talk about it.  haha

Jocelyn Haub Well this lady is one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world.  How we became friends is a complete blank…I honestly feel like I’ve been friends with her for my entire life even though it’s only been over the past 2 years or so we’ve actually become good friends.  Jocelyn was someone who was always around the people I knew and always was spoken very highly of which is absolutely true – but I cannot pin point the moment in time where we went from people who knew of each other to friends. Might have been during into the woods when she was the old granny and hilarious,  but I am thankful for her in my life all the same.  Jocelyn – if you know, please tell me.

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Never Fails To Impress

  Been awhile but alas I finally have some time – well a lot of time to continue this thing called blogging.  

  A friend of mine challenged me to write a blog and maintain it.  Blogs to me seem to be something that many people use for attention, however there are a few blogs, good ones anyways, that give out important information, critiques on music and/or movies, or just generally cool things.  However, through this challenge of blogging I also have come across many blogs that are filled with passive aggressive personal information that seem to be only for the soul purpose of gaining attention from people.  I am not sure where mine really fits, since I am by no means a music/movie buff giving you important information on what to watch or listen to and I hope that this never turn into teenage melodramatic bull shit that is merely for attention (if this ever happens, I give anyone full permission to slap me right in the face!

   After making the wonderful purchase of The Book Of Awesome (click on the link to get the original web version of it) One of my favorites….. I started realizing all the wonderful little things I am grateful for that are often over looked that may or may not be included in the book of awesome.  

  Also being corrected by my friends when I say dumb things and realize that yes, I am a teacher and could potentially teach those dumb things to the next generation that most of them are pretty hilarious.  So look for those things to be additions to this wonderful blog challenge. Perhaps they’ll be teacher related, perhaps they’ll just be me having a dumb moment – who knows.  I do say a lot of dumb things.  

  Some great things to note while I’ve been writing this – it’s actually taken me like 3 solid sit down before I’ll be finished since I’m fighting a cold and I have a hard time focusing. 

  • I love that feeling when you are sleeping and you get up to pee (not the great part) and when you come back to your bed and your covers are still warm.  It’s such a nice cozy feeling.
  • Warm beverages on a cool chilly fall day – coffee, tea, hot chocolate or my most recent fav – hot cider.  It makes the chilly day that much better. 
  • I miss my friends who make me laugh a lot.
  • Beer Pong makes me happy 
  • Hugs are the best medicine 

Found among the clutter

While rummaging through all my things to pack and de-clutter I found this beautiful story.

Enjoy.

The Star Thrower by Joel A. Barker 

(Inspired by the writing of Loren Eiseley)

Once upon a time there was a wise man, much like Eiseley himself, who use to go to the ocean to do his writing.  he had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.  One day, he was walking along the shore.  As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.  He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up.  As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

As he got closer her called out, “Good Morning! What are  you doing?” The young man paused, looked up and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean”

“I guess I should have asked, ‘Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

“The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don’t throw them in they’ll die”

“But young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it.  You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past breaking waves. “It made a difference for that one!”

His response surprised the man. He was upset.  He didn’t know how to reply.  So instead, he turned away and walked back to the cottage to begin his writing.

All day long he wrote, the image of that young man haunted him. He tried to ignore it, but the vision persisted.  Finally, late in the afternoon he realized that he the scientist, he the poet, had missed out on the essential nature of the young mans actions.  He realized that what the young man was doing was choosing not to be an observer in the universe and make a difference.  He was embarassed.

That night he went to bed troubled.  When the morning came, he awoke knowing that he had to do something.  So he got up, pit on his clothes, went to the beach and found the young man.  And with him, spent the rest of the morning throwing starfish into the ocean.  You see, what that young mans actions represent is something that is special in each and every one of us.  We all have been gifted with the ability to make a difference.  And if we can, like that young man, become aware of that gift, we can gain through the strength of our vision the power to shape the future.

We must each find our starfish.  If we through our stars wisely and well, I have no question that the world is going to be a wonderful place.  :o)

Oh My God – I’m Back Again.

80 writing prompts has taken a back seat. Due to my recent deactivation of Facebook because I really hate how annoying it is, I will resume.  Also because I told Alan I would not quit/bail on these prompts so I won’t

What 5 websites do you visit often, and why?

1) CBC.ca, I check this because when I don’t watch the news and am updated on the goings on of the world I feel really dumb.

2) Twitter – I’ve taken to twitter just because it does everything I need it to.

3) StumbleUpon is a good time killer simply because sometimes you’re bored.

4) Itunes/App store, I like free apps and free music and all the things that go along with those.

5) People.com because I will fully admit I like being a girl and reading about celebrities, even if it’s super lame and not usually the truth.

List your bad habits and/or addictions and what you have tried to rid yourself of them

Well, if you know me you will know that I am completely addicted to coffee.  I have tried several times to try and stop drinking so much of it, even making bets.  Once I made a bet with a friend that I go 2 weeks without coffee, and I went a week and a half, and then cracked and couldn’t do it.  Clearly he won that bet.

I have a bad habit of buying purses and/or bags which I don’t truly need.  I don’t know how many purses I have sitting in my closet that rarely see the light of day.

In high school I had a pretty bad habit of buying shoes, most of which were too big.  I had a hard time turning down a skate shoe that was on sale, which in turn lead me to have about 8 pairs of shoes at one time. I told my mom I wasn’t allowed to buy shoes anymore, and the following year I only bought one pair, and wore them out till they could no longer be worn.  I still buy shoes obviously, but now I can say I don’t have 8 pairs of skate shoes sitting in my closest waiting to be worn, I just have one pair which oddly enough I bought in grade 11 and they still to this day, 8 years later, still look brand new.  Every time I wear them at least one persons says “Hey, you got new shoes” to which I reply “Nope, these are old” haha

What other addictions/bad habits do I have.  I have a bad habit of thinking too much about things I cannot change.  Conversations with people, things I wish I did instead etc.  I just think about what if things were different, I dwell on things a lot but am getting better to let things go and live in the moment.  Hopefully I am doing a good job.

If you invented a device that could fix one problem you are facing right now, would you use it?  What problem would you like to solve?

Hmm, I would invent a tele-porter.  The ability to travel from one place to the next with little effort and jet lag would be great.  That way I could move to London without the terrible fear of becoming incredibly homesick and wanting to come home.  I would absolutely use it.  There would definitely have to be some restrictions made so people don’t just pop up in banks or stores and steal shit, which would somehow have to be a security restriction to be implemented but thats beside the point.  Inventing a tele-porter would also rid the world of a lot of pollution, it would save people from dying in car accidents or transportation related accidents, plane crashes, train wrecks etc. It would also impact the world for the better environmentally from the world of transportation, no longer would the world be run by the need for gas and fuel.  It’d be great.  Yes, it may impact the lives on many who are profitting off the oil and gas industry worldwide but that’ll change eventually.  Mainly though, I would want a tele-porter so I could move to London and come visit my friends and family more easily in order to keep me sane.  I’m selfish like that sometimes haha

What was the title of the last book you read?

The last book I read is the 5th in a series of the sisterhood of the travelling pants called “Sisterhood Everlasting” Yes, they’re super cheesy and written for young adults, but they’re an easy read and they’re heart warming.  If you like the other books, it’s a great addition.  However not really needed but still good.

 

That’s all.

Much Love xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

FSU and NKOTBSB

NKOTBSB and Stampede

They were amazing.  One of the best concerts they boys had ever put on.  Such a great start to a series of epic events.  The best part of the concert was the mash ups of songs between the new kids and the BSB.  It was like a live mash-up it was absolutely amazing.  And it didn’t hurt that our seats were killer too.  I also headed down to stampede for the very first time in about 6 years. I still think that it’s just the same when I left however many years ago.  It’s just larger crowds and weirder things, like deep-fried oreos.  

Describe a time you felt alone.

At this very moment I am sitting in my parents big house, all alone and I have my childhood fear of being home alone coming back to haunt me.  I never liked being home alone in my parents house even when I lived here.  It’s odd; I lived on my own in my own apartment and I never had anything bother me or make me fearful, but as I sit here in this big empty house I just feel weird.  I don’t know what to do, or what I did to make this feeling go away.   I’m exhausted from travelling to and from Lethbridge with a stop-over in Calgary but I am unsure if I’ll be able to fall asleep.  Weird how things that you thought you were over from your childhood and they just appear without even asking.  Jerks.

Whats on your calendar for tomorrow?

Tomorrow I am headed to Edmonton to witness the marriage of one of my favourite people in the whole world Christopher Brunsch.  I am absolutely so excited I cannot wait.  It seems like forever ago when I got the invite in the mail and was soo excited and holy now it’s the middle of July.  I hate that I have to drive to Edmonton, where surprisingly I have never really been before but hopefully my hotel is easy to find and the venue is super easy to find.  The worst would be to show up late to someones wedding.  I have never done that so hopefully tomorrow won’t be the first.

Random Thoughts Of The Day

Why do I make the bad decisions of drinking tons of beer and thinking I’ll wake up in the morning feeling great?

I should never be asked to make an important decision in the morning.  I almost didn’t go to Lethbridge yesterday/today because I woke up in the morning and had my grumpy pants on. So please, if you need something from me or important info of any kind, wait till I’ve had at least an hour to wake up and 2 cups of coffee in my system before any decisions are made. :o)

I think I could spend an entire day in bed doing nothing but being in bed (without being sick)

Drunk driver commercials in the states are really intense.

Watching Dateline home alone on a friday night about murders probably isn’t a good idea to feel safer.

How come big decisions are not only hard to make in the morning, but just hard to make in general.  Starting anything new is awesome, but scary at the same time.

London may be in my very near future and that scares me.

Much Love   xoxo

A few writing prompts missed.

Back from camp, preparing for NKOTBSB on Wednesday, Chris and Dee’s Wedding on Saturday and a quick trip to Lethbridge in between them both to warm a house full of new room  mates, collect on a well earned bet and to FSU with one of my favorite ladies; I realized that I haven’t been able to up keep on my writing prompts so since now is the time when I actually have some free time here are a few just to make things interesting.

Write about the last time you spoke to your best friend.  What did you talk about?

Well the last time I talk to him was right before a hockey game during the playoffs and we talked about the playoffs cuz thats what we do.  We also talked about graduation and how he wasn’t excited to graduate really.  We also talked about his friends coming over to watch the game, and I told him that Boston was going to win.  Thats the last time I talked to Mr. Scott Taylor.  It’s weird we don’t talk or see each other that often but when we do get together it’s like no time has passed. However hopefully, sometime in the near future, we will live in the same city again where we can be friends on a regular basis like old times.

Write about a recent adventure or travels.

Well, I recently travelled to Prague, Czech Republic and it was absolutely amazing.  I had soo much fun and it was a great way to end the university chapter of my life.  I came home with many bruises, great stories and most of all new friends and great memories.  It would have never have been on my list of places of where to go in the world, but I highly recommend it.  It is one of the best kept secrets in Europe.

What is your favorite season, and why?

My favorite season is fall.  It’s usually chilly enough to wear pants but still warm enough outside to have a beer on a patio.  It’s also one of those seasons as a student and a teacher when school starts up, kids are dressed up in their new school clothes, ready to learn new things in a new grade or see their friends they haven’t seen since school ended in June.  It’s an amazing time of year.  Still warm but still has those chilly sweater days.  Yep, plus the colours changing, the leaves falling, the awesome walks with leaves crunching under your feet.  I absolutely love it.

Write a celebrity crush list.

Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake, Shia LeBouef, Anderson Cooper, Ryan Gosling, Derek Morris,  Sydney Crosby, Shemar Moore….I cannot think of anyone else, but I am sure there are many more.

Name one thing you have always been good at doing

I have always been good at making people laugh or smile or both. I  like to make people feel special, which often is in a laugh or smile, but it’s so simple to make peoples day or week or moment and it’s just to be genuine and sincere in whatever you tell them.  Generally people don’t hear nice things about themselves enough in my mind, and I like to remind them what about them I think is awesome.  I live by the rule it’s nice to be nice.  It’s working for me so far.

Much Love

xoxo

To Prague and back!

So we’ve been and gone to Prague.  I awoke at about 5am this morning, much due to the fact that yesterday I went for a nap in the middle of the day and slept for 6 hrs.  So the jet lag is not super harsh but it’s making itself known forsure. I loved travelling to Prague but I was ready to come home.  Nothing is better then sleeping in  your own bed, even if it is just for 2 nights before you head back to a good’ole PTI room up in Grande Prairie.  This summer is about to start flying by; camp always does that.

Prague is done, we finished up our trip the evening of the 27th.  It was an amazing trip with a wonderful group of people and I learned a lot about theatre and design, travelling and patience! haha It was also nice to get to know people I hadn’t really talked to or was friends with before.  That was probably one of the best parts about the trip, aside from being in such a beautiful city/country was learning great new things about people.  I made new friends, learned new things about old friends and generally just had a blast the entire time I was there.

I came home with a giant bruise named Goliath on my leg, apparently I fell down some stairs while on a pub crawl.  I survived but man my leg looks brutal.  Pictures via Facebook to come of my new friend Goliath.  The pub crawl was probably one of my favourite things we did while in Prague, aside from the falling down stairs bit.  I probably should get my leg looked at by a doctor but who has time for that.  I taught a group of British boys and a small group of Scottish people how to play flip cup and now they will forever remember that Canadian girl. It was fun.

Headed back to Camp Tamarack this afternoon, which should be fun.  I am excited to get back to work and actually have campers there and everything.  I am counting down the days till the BSB NKOTB concert.  Please if your a huge music enthusiast and don’t care for the boy bands, please don’t judge me, they’re my guilty pleasure.  Also looking forward to my good friends wedding on the 17th of July.  Should all be an amazing time.

So while I was away I also won a few bets based on the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Yes as a great gambler, I bet against the Canucks but someone had to, because when both sides cheer for the same team, it’s not a bet your just fans.  So I took a risk and to my amazing surprise won.  Little dissapointed at the riots and things, makes Vancouver fans look bad and like they are sore losers, but theres also a few that wreck it for the majority right.  It made news in the Czech Republic while I was there.  Must have been crazy hearing about it back in Canada.  Anyways.  I can’t wait to claim my winnings.  In total. I made $30 in cash, a case of beer and a round of shots! :o)

I am off to pack up my life to head to Grande Prairie again.  Pictures are being loaded of Prague as I type.  If you aren’t a theatre person skip the PQ stuff as it’s all theatre and design pictures.

Much love.

xoxo