Sunday, February 27, 2011

Raise the Roof

Well, that week went by too fast. It wasn't that productive but it was fun. I worked a lot, went to Moose Jaw for a day trip with my sister, had my nephews stay with us for a few days, hung out with some friends, celebrated my boyfriend's dad's birthday and my mom's birthday... Pretty good week.
My boyfriend's dad's birthday party was Friday night and that was fun. and my family got my mom Elton John tickets for her birthday so she's excited. She didn't get to see him when he came to Regina last time, and he's one of her favourites. She even had a cat named Elton when she was my age. I heard from somebody that all the side-by-side seats sold out in 28 seconds or something ridiculous but I managed to get my parents really great floor seats, so that's awesome.

Sadly, at the same time my boyfriend was trying to buy 6 tickets to the Black Keys show in Saskatoon in June and the website crapped out in the middle of the transaction (as it did for a bunch of people. FU TCU!) and we tried for over an hour to get tickets. Miraculously, we did manage to get tickets. 6 seats all together, too! but on the second balcony. Oh well, at least we're going, it should be a great show. 
And our Sasquatch tickets came in the mail last week! Woo hoo!

I'm really not looking forward to going back to school tomorrow, especially since I haven't really done anything for school all week and when I go back it's going to be crunch time. Ugh.

But I have a lunch date with a friend I haven't seen in a while tomorrow and I have a Skype date with a faraway friend on Tuesday. And I work all week. So there will be plenty of distractions from school and my growing to-do list. 

This was just a quick personal blog because I didn't do two updates last week and I don't have any ideas or time this week so we'll see what happens. 

I've been doing pathetically with my 50 book challenge, too. This week was "reading week" and I didn't even read a book. Shameful.

this is the pendant I made out of that stone I bought in Moose Jaw last week. It turned out great, I love the colours.

Here's to a fun, productive week, and the beginning of a new month! Hopefully you are all managing time better than I am, and are achieving your own personal goals as well as obligations for school, work, etc. I'm not doing any of it but tomorrow will be a wake up call...back to reality (oh, there goes gravity...)

What a frickin' rambly post.

Books Read so Far: too few.
Currently Reading: The Element.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gem stones

I've always loved Gem Stones and crystals since I was little. I used to collect all sorts of stones and rocks but I don't have many any more.
In Moose Jaw there is a little shop that sells gem stones and my sister and I always go there when we're in Moose Jaw, it's one of her favourite places. She has a lot of stones from there and she said "I believe in the power of the earth more than I believe in astrology and other stuff." It's kind of new-agey but I really like it. So I took some photos of some of the stones I have.
Clever Nettle always does posts like this and I find them really beautiful.
This is a worry stone my boyfriend bought me in Ireland. It comes with this saying:
"There are only two things to worry about: either you are well or you are sick. If you are well, then there is nothing to worry about; but if you are sick; there are two things to worry about: either you get well or you will die. If you get well, then there is nothing to worry about. If you die then there are two things to worry about: either you go up or down. If you go up there is nothing to worry about. But if you go down you will be so busy shaking hands with old friends you won't have time to worry."
It's flat and smooth so if you rub it it takes away your worries. 

This is a little rock my boyfriend chipped off some mountain in Europe and brought me.

This is a hunk of Amethyst someone got me a while ago. I think maybe my brother gave it to me. Amethyst is my mom's birthstone. And it's really pretty. 

My parents have one of those rock things that you plug in and it lights up and iodizes the air or something.
This is one of the stones I bought yesterday in Moose Jaw. It's Green Calcite.
"A mental healer, restoring balance to the mind. Helps in letting go of what is familiar but no longer serves, aids in communication and the transition from a stagnant to a positive situation. A powerful stimulator for the immune system."

I bought this one because it's pretty and the description is kind of perfect for my life right now. My sister said she likes the shop because even though the stones are always the same every time you go in there your life is different so you end up looking for something different. And it's more mental than real, because if you think "what I really need is to move on and go towards something better" you really don't need a rock to tell you that, it just might help you realize what you need. Like a horoscope or fortune cookie that fits perfectly, it just tells you what you already know about yourself.

And I bought this one to make into a pendant because it's my favourite colours. It's Chrysocolla.
"A cardinal water element stone, governing the flow of energy & communication. "The teaching stone." Valuable to those who speak for a living. Excellent for sore throats and laryngitis. Teaches the value of both sound and silence."

Books Read so far: 5
Currently Reading: The Element by Ken Robinson.

Friday, February 18, 2011

I am not fly, I am levitation. I represent an entire generation.

Some PG-rated snow-people my boyfriend and I saw on a walk around our neighbourhood last weekend. 
This one was the boy, obviously.
And the little one with boobs was the girl.
Sweet shirt that my brother bought me.
My friend coloured my hair with markers at work yesterday. It was actually purple and pink but the pink looks more orange in the photo.
It's like grade 5 again!
This was my super-nutritious supper last night. Greek pizza, caesar salad, garlic toast, and cream soda. Excellent

Have a great long weekend, everybody. And Happy Family Day!

Books Read So Far: 5
Currently Reading: I just finished my book this morning and haven't started a new one yet. I think I'm going to read The Element next.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

In My Life...

Sorry I've been neglecting this blog. My life is CRAZY right now but next week is Spring break and my plans are to stay home, work lots (I need money) and do homework. And catch up on my reading because I still haven't finished Lullabies for Little Criminals and I've been reading it for a few weeks now. Unacceptable. I could sit down and finish it in an hour easily but I just don't have the time. I don't even have the time to be posting this but I feel bad because I've been getting a lot of hits on my blog this week and I feel lame having people see the kitten-themed V-day post I did earlier this week when they come to my blog.
Sorry about that, by the way. I wanted to do this post on Valentine's Day but had no time, of course, so I just put together a quick post early in the morning in case people checked the site. And Valentine's Day is all about kittens anyways, right? I thought it was cute..

Anyways, now to get to the real point of this post. Last week one of my favourite youtubers posted this AMAZING video on her blog. And I'm going to embed it because I know some of you are super lame and too lazy or apathetic to click the link, so here it is for you.

I found this video really beautiful and inspirational. So rather than saying I'm just going to straight-up copy her, I'm going to say I drew inspiration from her idea.

Here is a list of ten things I want to do in my lifetime.

1. Graduate University.

2. Live somewhere else for a while.

3. Travel.

4. Move out.

5. Go to a major music festival in the States. (this one will happen in May! I bought my boyfriend and I weekend passes to Sasquatch as a graduation present for him! So excited! more on that later in another post...)

6. See all my friends who live far away.

7.  Teach.

8.Make more friends.

9. Write more music (and maybe actually share my music with people)

10. Write a book.

It's a sort of bucket list, but maybe if I accomplish any of these things I will update and change the list.
Please please please share yours in comments. Nobody ever comments on this blog, which is fine, but I think this is a really cool idea and even if you don't want to leave a comment maybe you can make a list for yourself anyways!

Books Read So Far: 4, I think? Whatever it was last time. It'll change next week when I don't have school, I promise myself.
Currently Reading: Nothing. My textbooks and homework assignments. Need to finish Lullabies for Little Criminals.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Guilt-Free Three

John Green (one of my favourite authors and favourite youtubers) said in a question on his VYou page (a site sort of like formspring where people can ask questions but instead of just typing the answers, the person makes a video in response) that he has never heard of himself being in anyone's Guilt-Free Three. (Your list of three famous people who you would do if you got the chance and who your significant other would be okay with you doing, theoretically...) Wow I am explaining a lot of things in brackets. I hope you're following.

Okay, so John Green said on his  VYou page that he'd never heard of him being in anyone's Guilt-Free Three and he actually has a google alert set up so if anyone on the internet says "John Green Guilt-Free Three", he will find out. So maybe he'll see this and get a little confidence boost, but even if he doesn't I just wanted to share mine because I think it's a fun idea.

My Guilt-Free Three are:

1.) John Green

2.) John Krasinski

3.) Jay Baruchel

Apparently I have a thing for guys named John/Jonathon.

All of these guys are way older than me and two of them are married. Plus I'm in a relationship, too. So it would never happen but that's the fun of having a Guilt-Free Three.

Tell me who's in your guilt-free Three in the comments!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Book Survey

I found this survey on this awesome tumblr, Nose in a Book. It's supposed to be one of those things where you answer one question every day but I just decided to make a post of it. I wish I'd been keeping track of what I read in 2010 for the first question. Maybe I will try to remember to do this post again after 2011 is over (if I'm still updating this blog then) for all the books I read in 2011. Anyways, here is the survey. 

1. Best book I read last year - Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.

2. A book that you’ve read more than 3 times Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

3. Your favourite series - Harry Potter.

4. Your favourite book of your favourite series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

5. A book that makes you happy A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

6. A book that makes you sad Looking for Alaska by John Green

7. Most underrated book - I don't think I read a lot of underrated books. I guess I think a lot of locally published books are underrated. More people should support local authors and publishers.

8. Most overrated book - Twilight.

9. A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving - I can't think of one. Usually I go into books pretty open-minded, I think. It happens more often that I think I'll like something and then don't. 

10. Favorite classic book The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger

11. A book you hated Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

12. A book you used to love but don’t anymore - there are probably a lot of books I read when I was younger that I've outgrown but I haven't re-read any for a while so it's hard to say.

13. Your favorite writer - ugh, so hard. Probably L.M. Montgomery, J.K. Rowling, or John Green.

14. Favorite book of your favorite writer Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Paper Towns.

15. Favorite male character - the boy who lived. (Harry Potter, obviously.)

16. Favorite female character - Alba from House of the Spirits.

17. Favorite quote from your favorite book - hmm. I don't want to pick a favourite book but I'll put three quotations that I love. 
 "It's the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more."
"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"
 - Anne of Green Gables.
"I go to seek a great perhaps."
 -Francois Rabelais/Pudge from Looking for Alaska.

18. A book that disappointed you One Day by David Nicholls

19. Favorite book turned into a movie - I'm going to pick one that hasn't been turned into a movie yet, because I find usually the prospect of having a favourite book turned into a movie is more exciting than the actual movie. People are always dissapointed (and I'm guilty of it too) because they want the film adaptation to be their own version and experience of the book, which is impossible because they didn't make the movie. So I'll just say I'm excited for The Hunger Games movie.

20. Favorite romance book The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

21. Favorite book from your childhood The BFG by Roald Dahl

22. Favorite book you own - My Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

23. A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

24. A book that you wish more people would’ve read - same as underrated book. 

25. A character who you can relate to the most - Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska. In some aspects, at least. 

26. A book that changed your opinion about something - hmm. I mostly read novels and can't think of one that's changed my opinion. I'm going to read The Element by Ken Robinson, soon, though. That will likely shake things up a bit for me, hopefully.

27. The most surprising plot twist or ending - I don't want to give anything away for anybody so I'm not going to put it here.

28. Favorite title The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)

29. A book everyone hated but you liked - I don't know. Anything I had to read in the first two years of high school English. Flowers for AlgernonInherit the Wind. I think it was mostly that I liked books and the rest of them didn't. 

30. Your favorite book of all time - impossible question.

"A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul." 
 -Franz Kafka

Feel free to post your own answers to any/all of these questions in the comments. and have a good week!

Books read so far: 4
Currently Reading: Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Winter Work Clothes - How to look good when it's cold out

     Recently I've found it boring to get dressed in the morning. I face two main challenges- 1. I'm working at a school this semester so I have to dress professionally, and 2. it's February so it's really cold out. I find myself just wanting to wear dark colours and warm sweaters and it's really blah and bland. So I went on the internet to find some fashion inspiration. I googled some images of young professional women from movies and TV shows and then I recreated the outfits using items I already own. 

The outfit I recreated was Rory's (on the right) - the turquoisey-green striped blouse and black pencil skirt. 

I recreated this outfit almost exactly but it was not weather-appropriate for February in the prairies...

So I added a brightly-coloured sweater and some textured black tights (the tights have a little diamond pattern on them that you can't see in the photo) to keep the spirit of the original outfit while making it more weather-appropriate

I liked how she chose the same colour scheme for her top and her sweater.

And apparently I'm a big fan of the bluey-green colour family. Here's my recreation. A cosy cardigan with a nice blouse in the same colour scheme.

She's wearing a brightly-coloured blouse and a patterned cardigan...

I chose to reverse it and wear a patterned blouse with a brightly coloured cardigan.

Not sure I love the puffed sleeve look with the collared shirt but I was going for colour here.

If you are really desperate for spring to come soon you could always opt for an outfit like this.

Once again I tried to keep the spirit of the original outfit while making it winter-appropriate. 

I added navy tights and a long-sleeved sweater. The skirt has little white flowers on it, though, so it's still girly and spring-y.

I liked how she took a dark and neutral coloured outfit and made it interesting by adding the light coloured vest. I don't have a vest like that but one thing I like to do is brighten up an all-dark and neutral toned outfit with a colourful scarf. 

It's cosy, warm, and brings some colour to the outfit!

That's it. If you guys have any more tips for winter work wear leave them in the comments. Also, this is the first time I've done a post like this so let me know what you think and maybe I'll do more. 

Books Read So Far: 4
Currently Reading: Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

How to live in the prairies and total your car.

My friend is living in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba for her internship and she's keeping a blog about her life and work and stuff and a couple of weeks ago she got in a car accident and totalled her car. Her blog is called "how to Live in Portage la Prairie" and the blog post about her accident was called "...And then I totalled my car."
So the title of this post was a reference to that incident. Because yesterday morning I got in my first car accident.
Everybody involved is fine but the cars are not. Lady Cordelia (my car) is probably totalled because she's a '96 so they'll probably just write it off but I won't find out for a couple of days.
The whole thing was my fault and it's super embarassing and I don't really want to talk about it but whatever. I was turning left at an intersection and I thought the person driving towards me was signalling to turn right so I drove into the intersection. I realized he wasn't turning but it was too late to go forward or backward, and he realized I wasn't moving and tried to stop but the intersection was super icy so he hit me. And both cars were smashed up pretty bad. I was driving to school and was only a couple of blocks away so after we exchanged information I drove to school and he drove his car to the dealer. Then after school my dad came and we waited for two hours for a tow truck to come and tow it away. And that's the far. I'll find out in a couple days if my car is going to get written off and then I'll get some money and get a new car, I guess. That's that.
I don't really want to talk about it any more because the whole thing was so stupid and humiliating.
I don't have any pictures of my car like my friend did in her blog, but here is a very detailed account of what it looked like.

...It was smashed up and leaking antifreeze.

However, my week has since improved. The nice thing about getting in a car accident first thing Monday morning is that the week can only get better (hopefully!) 
School is going great, January is over (we made it!) and today when I got home I got THREE pieces of mail. I don't normally get a lot of mail and when I do it's boring stuff like bills and such so this was very exciting. I got a postcard from my friend in Portage, a letter from my grandma who lives in Alberta, and this case that I had ordered for my phone. 
I'm pretty busy lately but I have a really fun post that I'm working on for later this week. It'll probably be up Thurs. or Fri. so check back then. Have a good week. Don't freeze and don't crash your car. That's my advice.

Books Read So Far: 4
Currently Reading: Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill.