9.28.2012

Wexford Did It Best

If I had a soul, I'm pretty sure it would be safe to say that it’s being killed. What’s killing it? Choir. Crazy, I know. I went to an Arts school, and even though I didn't start vocal until grade 12, I love singing. I was in regular choir, Showcase Choir and Jazz Vocal. 

So why am I hating choir now? In high school most of the music we learned was interesting. Most of it was in English. And most of it was stuff we actually cared to learn, even for exams. So I come half way across the country for university and I join the big choir as soon as I learn of it’s existence. Last semester was fine, cause we did Carmina Burana. That’s a very energetic piece. And even though it isn't in English, it’s something that will keep you awake. But this semester is brutal. All the pieces we have started on are in Latin, very boring and super difficult.

"Boring you say?"

Well that’s just my opinion. Personally I have no care for most of the music we’re learning. The amount of times I yawn in rehearsal is ridiculous. I have no energy there. I honestly feel that all the life was being sucked out of me.

"Difficult is good right? You need to challenge yourself."

I agree that a challenge is good, but this is a bit much. In Wexford, it’s all about performance. I can’t get that here. Because all the pieces are so difficult, we have to have our music on stage with us. Music on stage means we can’t really perform. We’re always looking at our music and the conductor. That’s crazy. If the music and conductor have our attention then the audience does not. I don’t think they pay money to watch 100 people look at music and one person. That’s a waste of their time and money. I certainly wouldn’t be impressed.

This choir has become a chore. This was supposed to be happy time. Singing should make me happy. From last semester I knew that this was a step down from Wexford. People eat during rehearsal! How does this even happening? So unprofessional. No discipline. Part of it is because most of the people there don’t really have a choice. I think that’s how it goes. Some Music students have to be in this choir. That’s a huge mistake.

Anywho, I won’t go on much longer. I think I will quit. Yes, it’s crazy. And I really shouldn't complain if I'm putting myself through this torture.

“Explain to me why exactly it is that you are staying?” 

Because I'm lame. I have a really difficult time making friends, but I've made one. I kinds really need this right now. Cause I don’t have any classes with my friends from last year, and our schedules can’t seem to fit together at the moment.

“Why don’t you guys just chill outside of school?” 

Very good question. I don’t have a lot of social skills. For some reason, when people make pans to chill it’s either a money thing, a group thing or a drinking thing. No, no and no. I remember last year when I made plans with my roommate to go somewhere and then it ended up being a more than just the two of us thing. It’s not that I'm jealous; I just hate being that extra wheel. I end up not talking and then getting upset because I feel like I'm wasting my time. I don’t really like drinking all that much. And I plan on going on a trip next year, one that will take me out of the country. So I'm being really stingy with my money. I'm ok with that. So no money things.

Another reason why I will put up with it is because I need to do something Arts related. I've already mentioned that I went to an Arts school. I hate that I'm not dancing anymore, the Theatre program at my school is at the other campus and so I'm left with singing. So I will suffer through this semester for the sake of having a friend in a situation where I am comfortable. 


I doubt any current Wexford students are reading this. But if yes, please appreciate what you have. Yes, there are favourites and that sucks, but pay attention to what you have access to. Wexford is top notch. The teachers are amazing and know what they're doing. I can't even get a decent vocal warm up here. Never really ready to sing. The people who you are in the program with want to be there. That changes things a whole lot. Better energy. And believe it or not, I really miss doing theory. O.O Yeah, that's right. Theory. Whatever. Just remember, university isn't always a step up.

And now, a picture of me...


Thanks for reading. 


9.23.2012

Don't Talk To Me

The other day I was bothered by a young man who was trying to talk to me about Jesus. The conversation was very entertaining. A very brilliant professor once taught me how to argue, so this guy wasn’t going to convince me of anything. Although, he did claim that he wasn’t trying to convert me. After a while he finally realized that he couldn’t even back up his claims and told me that I should be a lawyer or something. Then out of nowhere he tells me how beautiful he thinks I am. In my head I was like “WTF is wrong with this guy?”, but out loud I said “I’d rather talk about Jesus.” 

Right away I felt so guilty that I could be so harsh to someone who was trying to compliment me. I have never asked anybody out because I am terrified of rejection. And here I am shooting this guy down in such a blunt manor. Actually scratch that, I don’t ask anybody out because I don’t trust people. Anyways, I always feel guilty, even when I shouldn’t. And it took me a while to realize that this one of those moments that I shouldn’t have felt guilty. 

We were talking for a good forty minutes about the credibility of the bible and the men that wrote it. Then he comes out and tells me that I’m beautiful? I don’t see the connection here. What does my beauty have to do with the bible? If you can see a connection, please leave a comment for me. 

I suppose I should have seen it coming. I knew from the get go that he wanted to talk to me. Not about the bible. And that’s where he fucked up. If you want to talk to me then talk to me. I’m still confused why he would even get to that compliment though. This conversation was clearly showing us both that in no way shape or form could we ever go on a date. You love some dude in the sky and think I you’re crazy for it. So just stay on topic. But no, he can’t so that. Some of you are probably thinking, “You’re so ridiculous, it’s just a compliment. You’re reading into it too much.” No. Do you really think it ends there? Well it doesn’t. Buddy asked me more than once for my phone number. You still think it’s just a compliment? 

I guess I’m so upset because I just want to have an intelligent conversation with someone without them expecting something more from me. Although I suppose it is impossible to have an intelligent conversation with someone who’s trying to convince me that there’s an invisible man flying in the sky. 

Some advice… 

Don’t try to convince me that your fairy tales are real. 

Don’t pretend you’re on a mission when you really just want my number. 

Don’t even ask me for my number. Ever. I don’t want to date. 

Instead, talk to me about something worth talking about: School, TV, books, what’s happening on campus, animals, food, Pokémon. Ok, pretty lame list but I’m ok with that. 


And now, an unattractive picture of me...


Thanks for reading.

9.20.2012

Greek Yoghurt Smoothie

I am so full right now. I went shopping earlier today and bought a lot of produce. Mostly fruits because I’m lazy and don’t like cooking. Well that’s a lie, I really like cooking. I’m just lazy. Fruits are easy.

Oh right! I’m full. So remember last month when I told the world to stop being lazy and get healthy and stop complaining? Bah blah bah? If no, click here. (haha Looking at it now. A little harsh no?) I regularly check the ‘healthy food’ tag on tumblr, and I keep coming across two things; 1. Greek yoghurt 2. Chia seeds. “What are these magical things?” Google seems to have all the answers. Basically, they’re super foods. High in protein, benificail bacteria, high in antioxidants, balance blood sugar… So really good for you, ok?

I bought the chia seeds just over a week ago but didn’t use them yet, and I bought the yoghurt today. I had a lot of time to kill, (Not really, I have a big test tomorrow.), and I was hungry, but I’m lazy remember? I don’t want to cook. So I decided to make a smoothie. Obvious cause of the title.

I don’t really like recipes, so I will just show you.



I suggest you buy the chia seeds in bulk. Honey is not necessary, the fruits and yoghurt are sweet enough. But if you do want honey, just a little. Or whatever. I can't tell you what to do. And that's blueberries on top of the strawberries. clearer in next picture.


So that how much of each fruit I used. Banana is the only fruit I like here. I hate strawberries cause of so many tiny seeds and I only like blueberries frozen. I didn't even notice the strawberry seeds though because of the chia seeds. 


This Is as much yoghurt I used. Not a lot because I'm not even supposed to have dairy. I don't care any more. Yoghurt used to be my favourite. I have had to go without for so long.  The tub was $4 CAD on sale, usually $5. Is that normal price for it?


So everything you saw on the plate fit. You can see the honey mixing with the yoghurt at the bottom. I put the banana on top because when you use Magic Bullet, the cup is upside down. I don't like chunks of banana in my smoothies so I make sure it's closest to the blades. But next time I will put the yoghurt on top of the bananas so I don't have to shake the cup between pulses. 

*Don't put the chia seeds in yet.


Ok, now you can put the seeds in. Chia seeds soak up a large amount of liquid fast and gets really jelly, so the smoothie will quickly thicken. If you like your smoothies thick, put in with everything else or let it sit for a bit if you mix it in at the end. My mistake was using too much seeds. That's why I'm so full. I used two generous teaspoons. 

So that's it. Very simple, and it will keep you full for a while. Also, use whatever fruit you like. No need to stock up on 100 different smoothie recipes. I usually put more liquid, like soy milk or apple sauce. But it's usually just filler. I filled the cup with fruits, but as you can see above, there's a lot of extra space. I don't think I would be able to finish any more. Annnnd, you can add ice cubes or use frozen fruit instead of fresh. 

Hope you enjoy.

Sorry if spelling 'yoghurt' with the 'h' bothered you. I like to hold on to old spellings of certain words.


9.18.2012

The Yetee


I just want to start off my saying that I am not being paid for this post. I just want to share this contest with all of you because it’s being put on by one of my favourite companies. 

The Yetee 


It would probably be wise to tell you what The Yettee is. Glen O'Neill and Mike Mancuso are the awesome guys running this magical company. Every 48 hours a new t-shirt design is up for sale ($11 +shipping). Then another and another and… You get the idea. Once all the orders for a design are in, they get printed so that they don’t have leftovers flying around. So all you’re the tees are limited edition! How cool is that? Then within 7-10 business days, your new shirt is on it’s way to you.

Now all your friends are jelly of your wicked cool shirts. Ok, that’s not nice. Spread the word. Let the world know.

The artwork on the shirts are submitted by artists from around the globe, and include “pop-culture based designs, designs based around films, music and awesome original art tees.” You have no idea how excited I get when I see a Pokémon design up. Click here for more info.

OH!! I forgot the best part; they accept paypal.

NO WAIT!! That’s the second best part. The best part is that they’re having a contest right now! 




Grand Prize

Blue Nintendo 3DS XL + Limited edition Yetee hoodie + One Yetee t-shirt

Runner Up

Limited edition Yetee hoddie + One Yetee t-shirt

The other eight finalists also get a Yetee shirt.

How awesome is that?

So how do you enter? 



Taken straight from their youtube page.

Easy. Here are the links… 

twitter facebook youtube 

Make sure to follow them. I missed so many great tees because I kept forgetting to check back every two days.

Here's the contest video...


Don't forget to check out their official site here to see past designs. There's something for everyone. But remember, they only print the tees after the sale is over and they only make what is ordered. 



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"Forest Spirit Nouveau" by Karen Hallion (wallet not included)
Check out her site here.

Good luck to everyone. Better luck to me. (^_^)v


Yetee/DS image taken from The Yetee fb page.

9.17.2012

So You Think You're A K-Pop Expert?

Can I just start by saying that I am a huge fan of K-Pop? A third of my mp3 player is K-Pop. I am also really happy that PSY, one of my favourite Korean entertainers, is getting so much international attention. But don’t you think life was a lot simpler when Gangnam Style had only 700 000 views?

Here’s a little background for you…

In 2007, I stayed up late to watch Linkin Park perform in Japan for Live Earth. While I was waiting, I saw a band, Rize, perform. I fell in love. Started listening to Japanese music. In 2008, my cousin was working in Korea and sent a bunch of us a link to Wonder Girls’ Nobody. I thought, “Oh that’s cute” but moved on with my life. In late 2009, I was watching some J-Pop videos on youtube and I came across a ‘J-Pop vs. K-Pop’ video and the number one song was Wedding Dress by Taeyang. I thought it was great. Starting looking for more of his stuff, which lead me to BIGBANG. Then I started listening to Wonder Girls again. Then 2NE1. And it wasn’t until September 2011, when Tablo signed with YG and I saw how amazingly talented he is that I decided to see who else was in that family that I might like to listen to. (YG Entertainment is one of the most successful, if not the most, record labels in Korea.) That’s when I came across Gummy and PSY.

So let’s talk about PSY. He is after all the reason for this post. Here’s the first video of his that I saw…


Actually I think I saw the Seo Woo version of this song first

And the second…
I still cry when I watch this video

That’s all it took. I bought his album 'PSYFIVE' right away, and I haven’t been able to get enough of his music and him. It is one of my life’s goals to be a dancer in one of PSY’s shows.

Fast forward to 2012. YG has been having an awesome year. BIGBANG’s comeback with 'Alive' and their world tour. 2NE1’s first full-length release in Japan and their world tour. (Can someone please get that album on iTunes Canada?) BIGBANG’s special edition of 'Alive', and news of a new album from leader G-Dragon. K-Pop fans have been spoiled this year, and on July 15, 2012 the rest of the world would get a little taste of the amazigness that’s happening/been happening in Korea.

Gangnam Style is the most successful song to come out of Korea. (Correct me if I’m wrong.) Up until recently, the most successful song released by PSY is Right Now, with nearly 4,000,000 views on YT. (Right Now is from 'PSYFIVE', his first release with YG, but PSY has been in the industry from long before that. Hence the title, Uncle of K-Pop.) So, Gangnam comes out, and it’s addictive, catchy, smart and funny. PSY is up to the usual, and everyone is having a time.

And then it happens. America catches on. I know it’s the world, but America is where he’s hanging out right now. It’s where famous people are tweeting his video. It’s where he is taking pictures with artists like Usher and douchebags like chris brown. It’s Americans who think that K-Pop is now cool because they are starting to listen. (Also, you are not a fan of PSY because of one song. Notice that Gangnam Style is number one on iTunes, but '6 Rules [6甲]', the EP that the song is from, is nowhere to be found.)

NEW FLASH!!! K-Pop was cool before you started listening to Gangnam Style, and it will be cool when you all decide to dash PSY away and go back to the awful music of Minaj.


“It's a publicity stunt, clearly.”

Excuse you? A publicity stunt? Stop reading right here and take a look at the videos from PSY that are further up this post. You back? Good. Publicity stunt eh? Still saying that after watching? Clearly PSY has been going on like this for a while. And that’s not even the beginning. Please don’t say anything unless you know what you are talking about.


G-Dragon’s Crayon [크레용]

This is why I can’t handle youtube sometimes. Gangnam Style gets 190,000,000+ views and that makes everyone an expert on K-Pop. I can’t even claim to be a K-Pop expert. Half the time I don’t know what’s going on cause my Korean is terrible and I can’t keep up with the news. But because so many people have watched that video they think they know all about K-Pop and when they watch Crayon they make comments like “GD is copying PSY so he can get big in America like PSY.” So many things wrong with this. PSY’s intention was never to “get big in America”. This is not everyone’s goal in life, and you say it like making it in America is the best thing that could ever happen to someone. Do you know how frustrating that is? GD is not copying PSY. 

Here are a couple of videos…

From his first solo album 'Heartbreaker'

From BIGBANG's 'Alive' 

Ever since BIGBANG ditched the awful North American hip-hop look, GD has taken off with his own style. In Love Song, he can’t seem to wear a suit properly, that “interesting” headpiece in Tonight, his fashion choices in for Paris Fashion week and his many many many different hairstyles over the years. This is GD, and this is what he does. So how can you say that he is copying PSY?


To all you PSY “fans” out there. Did you know that the first track on his latest EP, G-Dragon is featured on it? Sounds to me like they respect each other. And they certainly make good music together together. You would know that if you bought the EP and not just his single.

YG

There’s a theme here that people don’t seem to know about yet. This isn’t just PSY and this isn’t just GD. This is YG. There is a reason why YG artists are having so much success all over the world and not just Asia. (Two world tours on the go and PSY popping up all over American tellies.) Unlike some other K-Pop acts, YG artists have their own personalities. When it comes to the groups, you quickly can know who is who, because they all have their own thing going on. They’re not all dressing the same as each other, they don’t all have the same hairstyles and they all have something different to bring to their groups. (Daesung’s strong vocals, Taeyang’s voice and dancing skills, T.O.P’s unique voice and rapping skills…) Then the individual artists do the same thing, except they’re bringing their own thing to the company as a whole. YG is so successful because they are so different and the styles of music that they have under their name cover a very large base. There’s something for everyone. They’re all doing their own thing just as always.


I know this is a lot for you to take in, so I’ll end it soon. This just goes to show that K-Pop is a lot more diverse than you give it credit for. I am more than happy that so many people are listening to PSY. (Some K-Pop fans don’t think he deserves the attention.) But you should know that Gangnam Style is not K-Pop. Gangnam Style is a K-Pop song. Do you even know what the song is about? I’ll let you figure that one out for yourself.

I really hope you enjoy these videos and will listen to more K-Pop. Here are some more of my favourites…

Gummy [거미] on repeat

My ringtone ever since I got my first phone ever in January

First I heard of Tablo

Follow YG Family on twitter and the YG Artists.

Final thought: 
YG Entertainment isn't all of K-Pop, I'm just biased. SNSD and SUJU are very popular and I really like EXO-K. All with SM Entertainment. 

9.07.2012

These Are the Cards I Was Dealt

Depression, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, high anxiety and a huge lack of social skills. (That’s not everything, but I’ll stick to that.) I have definitely complained a lot about these problems throughout my life, and why shouldn’t I? These are big problems. If you’re lucky, you only have one or two of these. If you’re really lucky you don’t have any. And to make things worse, the depression wasn’t diagnosed until I was thirteen, the other Ds until last year, high anxiety I didn’t know until this past semester and the lack of social skills just is what it is.

So yeah, I complain. Wouldn’t you if you had all these problems and the people who are supposed to take care of you ignored it? Wouldn’t you complain if this is what you heard your whole life?

“You’re lazy.”

“You’re not putting in the effort.”

“You have the potential, but you’re not applying yourself.”

“You’re not even trying.”

How do you think I feel when I hear this? In grade eight I was hospitalized. What “they” say happened and what I say happened isn’t exactly the same thing. But that doesn’t matter. I was sick of having an unsupportive family. I was sick of teachers pushing me to the next grade when I clearly wasn’t ready. I was sick of the lack of friends I had. I was sick of not being able to make new friends. I was sick of people looking at me in disgust because I was different than them. I was sick of everybody’s bullshit. You would be too.

But I had dreams, and I wasn’t going to let anyone get in my way. The summer after I finally finished high school, I took a Japanese course and I loved it. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to pick up this language compared to others. I found an awesome program offered at George Brown College in Toronto called Redirection Through Education – For You. Click here to find out more. I stayed in that for a year. My time there was coming to an end and I had to make plans for the coming year. So I applied for something that I had been wanting to do for years, Katimavik. As I was waiting to hear whether or not I would be doing the program, I signed up for a couple of dance classes in night school. (Also at George Brown)

I found out that I would be doing Katimavik starting in January 2011, and I finished out the semester doing my dance classes and preparing to embark on this new adventure. Katimavik was the best thing that had ever happened to me. I met so many amazing people along the way, I got to see parts of Canada that I hadn’t even heard of before and I was really happy.

I was happy. That’s something that I only felt during the hour to three hours of dance that I would do at a time, or when I’m laying Pokémon. But in Katimavik, I was happy. Day in and day out. Sure it was frustrating at times; I was living with ten other people. That’s not an easy thing to do. I eventually started hearing some of the “you’re not even trying” stuff directed towards me. But I suppose if I don’t tell people about my past they’re not going to understand why I won’t participate in certain saunas or why I can’t even step into a church anymore. And it wasn’t fair for me to expect them to understand.

During Katimavik, I found out about MUN through my first project leader. As soon as I heard about MUN, I was all over it. A chance for me to go to university and be out of Ontario while attending it? Say no more. I applied and got in, and I was overjoyed that I wouldn’t be doing Office Admin. in college after all. Toronto makes me physically sick, I never feel safe and there is so much negativity. You people don’t even smile. I actually feel embarrassed when I tell people where I’m from. I’m not sad to be gone, although there are people who I miss dearly. I’m healthy here. Still got a lot of shit going on, but I’m not about to jump off a bridge. And now I’m applying for an exchange. I’m doing good, no?



Depression, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, high anxiety and a huge lack of social skills.

Look at all of that. Look at what I’m dealing with. Now look again at all the things I have done for myself. I put these things in motion myself. Do you still think I am lazy? Do you still think that I’m not applying myself?

I am taking a 100% course load in university. I am doing better in university than what I did in high school. I have a 3.1 GPA. I did that. I worked hard for it. This is not the achievements of a lazy person.

School just started and when I went to one of my classes yesterday, I realized that the readings would be too much to handle on top of my other classes. So I talked to the prof. and asked if I could audit the course after I drop it. She said yes. I then went to the head of the Arts dept. to see if we could find something else that would be more realistic for me, and if not, I have the option to audit that other course anyways. I was responsible and sensible about this, no? I’m not going to bite off more than I can chew. I didn’t have to read much at all in first year, so everything was fine. This year is a different story and I’m getting help so that I can continue to do well in school. I can’t just go from zero to a hundred in no time. I’m doing the smart thing here.

But as soon as I start to tell one of my sisters this, she stops at the part where I’m dropping the class. She didn’t bother to hear the rest of what’s going on. As soon as I started to tell her why I’m dropping this course; “You’re always making excuses.” Wait. What? I’m already struggling with what I have to read right now for my other courses. Every other world in some of my textbooks is in one of many Indian languages. Sometimes I can’t understand what I’m reading because I ‘cloud’ and ‘could’ look the exact same to me. (That’s just the most recent example.) And then there's the need I have to put words in a sentence into groups, count the letters in the groups, and switch some words so that the groups are even. No wonder I can't get through my reading! And put on top of that that all of the subject matter in the courses I’m taking are new to me. Hinduism, Buddhism, Etymology and Philosophy? O.o 


So I make a smart decision to drop the one class that has more reading than my other four classes combined, and I go look for a new course to replace it, but you think it’s ok to tell me that I’m making excuses? Excuses for what? I don’t want to fail. That’s money down the drain that I don’t have. How dare you be so rude?

Oh no, but wait! I’m the rude one. I said I was going to hang up and actually did it. So I’m rude. Would it be better if I just hung up without warning? Maybe that is better, no?

Whatever. Let’s get back to the point.

I wanted to be a donkey farmer when I was seven, so I could rescue abused donkeys and take care of them. But you all laughed. From then on, you all rolled your eyes, told me to stop talking and continued to laugh at the things I wanted to do in my life. That’s not cool. (I am being so polite with my words right now, you don’t even know.) I’ve been dealing with this stupidness my whole life, and I’m over it. I’m over people questioning me for no good reason. I’m over people talking down to me. I’m over people telling me that I can do something I know I can’t do and I’m over people telling me I can’t do what I know I can.

If you don’t want to support me, that’s fine. Let’s talk about the weather. If not, maybe we shouldn’t talk at all. I don’t need you judging me. Keep that shit to yourself, cause it really doesn’t help anyone. I have enough to deal with.

I guess what I’m saying here is if you’re like me and have a lot of problems, don’t let the people in your life be one of them. And if you’re the problem in someone’s life, stop it. You’re only hurting them. I don’t care if you’ve known someone for their whole life or just a few months. You probably don’t actually “know” them at all. You probably don’t know what they’re thinking. You probably don’t know how they really feel. You have no right to judge them or put them down. Because, “You just need to try harder”, is so much more damaging than you realize. You can’t push someone unless they ask. They need to push themselves. Otherwise, you might quite literally be pushing them over the ledge.


I love this bird cause he's living his life for himself. 
Something I have to remember to do.

So live your life everybody. Live it for you. But don’t hurt anyone along the way in the things that you do.

You better quote me on that one.


Thanks for reading.
ありがとうございました。
감사합니다.

9.02.2012

London 2012 – Paralympics Opening Ceremony

So I guess I lied when I said I was done with the Olympic posts. 

The Paralympics is something I have never watched. The lack of coverage is one reason, and the fact that some of the sports are so terrifying to watch. I don’t like Basketball in general, but I have always had an image in my head of someone playing Wheelchair Basketball and then getting their hands or fingers smashed by someone else’s wheels. I can’t deal with pain. And yesterday I found out that the nickname for Wheelchair Rugby is Murderball. O.O Ummm…. no thanks. But it is kind of intriguing, as scary as it might sound. 

Ok, sign me up! Oh but wait. Canada isn’t showing anything live on TV? Well then it’s a good thing I live on the interwebs. But what about the people who don’t have access? Hopefully CTV will step up their game for Rio 2016. 

“Hey Winter! When are you gonna talk about the Opening Ceremony?” 

Oh right! 


So I saw half of it yesterday. At least I think it was half. I turned on the TV right before the Queen walked in, and I think I missed a lot of really good stuff. But there were more flying people, so I think these ceremonies get more points than the ceremonies I sat through earlier this summer. Click here and here to read about those ones. 

I don’t think Harry was there. Disappointed. 


The Parade of the Athletes was great. Remember how disappointed I was in the lack of creativity in the clothes worn by the athletes a month ago? 


This is what I like to see. More of this. 


Oh hai there team Canada. 

Stephen Hawking and Magneto narrated the show. This ceremony gets all the awards. How cool is that? I was really tired though, so I don’t remember much of what was being said by anyone. But I do remember the ridiculous amount of commercial breaks throughout and the excessive commentary. So frustrating. 


 And then the flame… 

I wanted to cry after the way the torch was lit at the Olympic Ceremony because it was stupid and awful. I wanted to cry when I saw the torch lit at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony because it was beautiful and felt more meaningful. 


The moment when Joe Townsend entered the stadium on the zipline and then when he’s in front of David Clarke at ground level passing the flame. So awesome. Why can’t I find a good picture from the side of this moment? That was the best part. Townsend was supposed to represent the future of the Paralympics, Clarke the future. And then someone from the past got to light the cauldron. Margaret Maughan, first ever Paralympic medalist for Team GB. Now that’s how it’s done. 






Well that’s pretty much all that I saw. There was some signing afterwards. But who really pays attention to what happens after the cauldron is lit? I’m going to watch it again, but from the beginning. Hopefully CTV will still have that on their website. 

Thanks for reading, and all the best to Team Canada!!

Image sources: here & here

9.01.2012

Just Livin' My Life

I finally arrived back to one of my many homes today. I am so excited to be in Newfoundland again. This is going to be a great semester. I have two of my favourite professors from last year again. And I’m not living on campus, which can only mean one thing; No more super-uncomfortable bed!! If that’s not exciting then I don’t know what is.

I’ve been up since 4:30 EST this morning, I didn’t really sleep on the plane and I’ve been trolling on the interwebs since I got to my new place. I don’t want to sleep and I don’t want to eat right now. I just want to know where my campus card is and I want my Magic Bullet. I get my stuff from storage tomorrow. And I also get to see some familiar faces!

I’m trying to remember if I gave all my hangers away last semester. I really don’t want to have to buy again.

Sometimes I wonder why I bother putting my music on shuffle. So much crap on here. But I cannot delete. I might like it again someday.

This post is clearly not going anywhere.

Meet my new roommate…

Coco
She's still trying to figure out who I am.