Monday, April 30, 2012

PhotoADayApril Wrap-Up [BEDA 30]

27. Somewhere You Went

28. 1 pm (this was more like 2:30 pm... I forgot.)

29. Circle

30. Something That Makes You Sad

Here's the thing I found at the beginning of the month: 

And here they all are:
Check out the other Photo Fridays:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Happy End of April!
I had a great month, and I really enjoyed blogging every day but I'm going to revert back to my one-or-two-posts-a-week schedule.
 See you soon!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Looking Back on April 2012 [BEDA 29]

At the beginning of the month I said, "this month is going to be a crazy one for me. I am going to finish my undergraduate degrees, I am going to become a teacher, I am going to move at the end of the month, hopefully, I am planning on getting a new tattoo to commemorate my formal education....and at the end of the month I expect to be a different person in a different place"

Well, I finished my degrees. I did all my assignments and presentations and wrote all my finals, and I finished.
I am waiting for one more grade to come in before I am a certified teacher. I moved yesterday, a bit more today, and will finish up tomorrow. So..that happened.
I am getting my second tattoo on May 10th, so you'll see that then. My first was for my friends and family, my second is for my education.

I am definitely a different person in a different place.

Tomorrow I think I will post the last 4 photos for Photo a Day, and I was thinking of making a collage of all of them. So this is my last text blog of the month.

I can't believe how fast it went. It went so slowly at times, as everything does while it's happening, but looking back it went so fast.

It feels so strange to be where I have finished school, to have moved out. None of it feels real yet but it's all still very new.

I guess I'm growing up, and I have to learn what that means for me.

I am very scared and excited!

I hope you keep joining me on my journey.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Waiting for My Real Life to Begin [BEDA 28]

It's moving day. I am off to start my "real life."
This song is originally by Colin Hay, and Scrubs did a version, and this cover is kind of an amalgamation of those in my own style.  Lyrics for this version after the jump.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Photo Friday 4 [BEDA 27]

21. Bottle
(My friend drank wine out of this cool bottle)

22. The Last Thing You Bought
(when I took this photo all I had bought since was gas and a burrito.
I ate the burrito before remembering I had to take a photo. So I took this.)

23. Vegetable

24. Something You're Grateful For

25. Looking Down

26. Black and White

Check out the other Photo Fridays:

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Playlist from my 17-year-old self [BEDA 26]

As Promised/Hinted at, here is a playlist from my 17-year-old self. This was my senior year in high school.
Not much has changed, I still love pretty much all of these bands and artists and I still love all these songs.
Enjoy! click the link to listen/watch on youtube.

1. Anthems for a 17-Year-Old Girl - Broken Social Scene
2. On the Radio - Regina Spektor
3. The Ballad of Poor John Henry - Cuff the Duke
4. Your Ex-Lover is Dead - Stars
5. Love and Some Verses - Iron & Wine
6. Monster Hospital - Metric
7. Hoppipolla - Sigur Ros
8. Mushaboom - Feist
9. Romulus - Sufjan Stevens
10. I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Deathcab for Cutie
11. Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
12. Slip Into Your Skin - Patrick Watson

Photo Friday tomorrow, then Saturday is moving day but I still want to post. I don't want to miss a day of BEDA, so I may schedule a post in advance. I'll figure something out. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hayley's Poem Prompt [BEDA 25]

This girl posted a poem on her blog, following a prompt she got from a creative writing class. I decided to write one.I italicized the parts of the prompt I used so you can try to pick them out.

In your poem, include at least fourteen of the following items: a statistic, a dish eaten cold, three forms of heat, a smell you can't forget, a line from a movie, something out of a textbook, two things you wish you had said, a reference to an aunt or uncle, some kind of moving vehicle, two words beginning with R and ending with "-ion", a stage direction, two distinct hours of the day, an historical figure, an adhesive, an animal only seen up close in the zoo, a slang expression ("call it quits," for example), something really bad that you did, something that undermines or negates everything else you've said.

The time of my life should have ended five years ago,
or maybe just last week
depending who you ask.
The days of sticking paper together with elmer's glue are far behind me
and the days of sticking people together and hoping they stick should be.
I remember carving my name into the coffee table in the basement,
thinking myself some revolutionary Michelangelo.
Now I must carve my name into the world
and I don't know how to.

100% of people don't know what they are doing here.
Yet I still felt, when they asked me what I wanted to be,
I should have said something.
I should have lied, or told the truth.

And when I decided to decide my auntie told me
“Don't follow in my footsteps.”
I should have said “I won't.
[I will be better.]”

At 10:30 last Thursday I was pushed off a moving train.
No. I jumped off, screaming “Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?”
and laughing like a maniac.

Revenge is best served cold but I seek none
and my refusal to heat up pizza proves I haven't grown up.

There are so many things to be afraid of.
I recognize the smell of your house but soon it will be my house too
and my scent will conform
and I won't recognize it anymore.
What else will I stop noticing?

They'll tell me I am one in a million
but I'm one in seven billion
and lots of people do what I have done.

They will stare at me like a tiger (tyger burning bright)
at 2pm on that fateful day when I walk across the plank
and exit stage right.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Divergent by Veronica Roth Book Review [BEDA 24]

Divergent by Veronica Roth came out in May, 2011, but I just read it this week.
I got the book back in December because I had gift cards to Coles from Christmas and they had a promotion that was buy 3, get one free. My friend who works at the store recommended the book to me and I picked it as my free book.

It is a YA dystopian novel and I had kind of had enough of those for a while. Plus this semester I clearly didn't get a lot of reading done, as you can tell from my books page. But I had been hearing a lot of good things about the book so I picked it up this week and devoured it.

Brief synopsis/explanation of the world:
The book is set in Chicago in the future, but there are fences all around the city and everything is a wasteland. The people live in five factions, each devoted to a certain virtue. (think Hogwarts houses.) Abnegation - for the selfless, Candor - for the honest, Amity - for the peaceful, Erudite - for the intelligent, and Dauntless - for the brave. The people are raised in these factions and the factions determine how one dresses, acts, what values one holds - basically it's your culture. But when you turn 16, you go through this test and get to choose what faction you want to be a part of and then you go through initiation with that faction.
Beatrice, the main character, is Divergent - which means she doesn't fully belong to any faction. Divergence is a super dangerous thing she has to keep secret and she doesn't know why. She chooses Dauntless (obviously) and changes her name to Tris.
Those weren't spoilers because they happen right at the beginning.

Now, it turns out that the government isn't actually perfect and some bad stuff starts happening...typical of the genre.

The book was quite predictable but it didn't bother me because that's kind of what I expect of the genre by now. I thought the characters were well-developed, the plot was interesting, and the world was nicely developed, something I think some books in this genre lack (*cough*Hunger Games*cough*).

The nice thing about reading it so late is that apparently the second book in the trilogy, Insurgent, is coming out May 1...which is exactly one week from today! So I barely have to wait any time at all to find out what happens next.

I found the book gripping and probably would have finished it in a day if I hadn't had too much other stuff to do this week. I would recommend it to anybody interested in the genre. If I still worked at the book store it would totally be one I pulled out saying "if your kid loves The Hunger Games, buy this!" So yeah, if you liked THG, you'll like Divergent.

Another cool and weird thing about the book is that the author is only 22. So that's sweet. She is 22 and a bestselling author of 2 books (as of next week...just predicting) and I am 22 and....umm...blogging about her. Nice.

Click on the book to buy it......or click on the new book to pre-order it.

divergent roth            divergent roth

Monday, April 23, 2012

My Top 5 TV Couples [BEDA 23]

I am cutting it close with this one. And I have no real ideas, but I've been rewatching The Office and am going to go watch Gossip Girl right away, so I got this idea.

5. Seth and Summer, The O.C.

I thought these two were a really cute couple. The original Dan and Blair, really. geeky boy, popular girl, seemingly mismatched but have a lot more in common than anyone would have thought. And I like how their relationship grew from an unrequited crush to something more adult and real. (kind of like my number 1)

4. Luke and Lorelai, Gilmore Girls

I love these two! So adorable! I always rooted for them to be together, the whole series!

3. Cory and Topanga, Boy Meets World

They dated from the time they were like 10, and ended up getting married and building their lives together. Ultimate TV couple right here, and although they were my faves as a child, no longer.

2. Dan and Blair, Gossip Girl

I love these two together. They are the two best-looking people on the show, the best actors, playing the best and most well-written and consistent characters. So of course I want them to be together! Plus, unlike everyone else on this show their relationship isn't solely based on sex/money/blackmail/revenge, but is actually something deep(ish).

1. Jim and Pam, The Office

My number one forever. (forever, ever, forever, ever, forever, you and the dance floor....cause that song played at their wedding...)
Probably not a coincidence that my favourite episodes of The Office are Casino Night and Niagara.
I'll love Jam forever.

Who are your fave TV couples?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"Can't Get Rid of things, Can't Keep Everything" [BEDA 22]

The title of this post is from this song and it is pretty much how I've felt lately while packing.
I realized that "the end of April" is actually, like...this week. Which means I'm moving.

And way back at the beginning of the month when I decided to do this project, I kind of frantically typed up a bunch of random ideas into a word doc, called "blog post ideas", things I thought I might want to write about at some point this month. I've ignored pretty much all of those ideas.

At the beginning of the month I thought I might want to make a blog post sharing some of the things I found while packing.
Well I spent most of today packing and I did find some cool stuff, but I thought maybe it was too personal for my blog.

Then I remembered that I wanted this BEDA project to serve as a scrapbook for this transitional time in my life, so here are a few things I found while packing:

A Trip Down Memory Lane
-a letter my grandma wrote me in January 2011...the last she ever wrote me, because she got sick in April.
It started "Dear BFF and ever and ever after that" and was signed "The silly grandma"

-a note my mom wrote me in January of 2007 saying she and my dad would support me in my decision to enter into the program I did at the University I was cool finding that, having just finished that exact program three days ago.

-tons of birthday cards, notes, letters, postcards, ticket stubs, programs of plays I was in and plays I went to see...I keep EVERYTHING.

-copies of my old school newspaper, including some collaborative poetry that my friend and I wrote together...we did a series of Haikus that we wrote in biology class and called it "Biology: What Happens After Lunch"...we were cool.

-old journals from high school to university (I stopped keeping journals in about my 2nd year.)

-a hilarious thing my friend once made me for a birthday present. It's a fake magazine article from one of those teeny-bopper mags she and I used to read when we worked at the book store. It's an article about how Zach Braff and I are dating, featuring photoshopped pictures of my face superimposed onto some girl he's hugging's body. Pretty hilarious.

That's all that comes to mind. My brain is dead from packing. I'm gonna go either read a book or continue watching Season 2 of The Office for the billionth time (what I've been doing all day while packing.)
More tomorrow.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Record Store Day [BEDA 21]

 Happy Record Store Day!
     Record Store Day is the third Saturday of April. It's a day to celebrate music, especially independant music and music stores. 
     The first Record Store Day was in 2008. Since then, artists have traditionally released limited edition vinyl records every Record Store Day. Over 400 releases were made for today.
     Some of my favourite artists made Record Store Day specials, including Arcade Fire, Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Beach House, and The Flaming Lips.

The most anticipated (by me, and many others) was The Flaming Lips' release "The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends" - a double vinyl featuring a bunch of artists collaborating with the Lips, including: Bon Iver, Chris Martin from Coldplay, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Nick Cave, Neon Indian, Plastic Ono Band, and Ke$ha.

Our record store was only getting two in and it was first come, first serve, but my boyfriend got one!

The cases are done with some kind of laser printing or something and each one is unique.
(This is a still from this video, where Wayne Coyne talks about the record.)

The vinyl is all unique, too...and super beautiful! (these aren't Stephen's, I just found this online)

He also got the Beach House release, Lazuli:

and the Gorillaz' release, Do Your Thing!

All in all, a pretty successful Record Store Day!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Photo Friday 3 [BEDA 20]

13. Something You Found

                                                  14. How You Feel Today (Summery)

15. Sunset (It was raining and there wasn't really a sunset this day)

16. Flower (Prairie lily teacup and saucer an old friend gave me when I was younger)

17. Something You Don't Like

18. Hair

19. Orange

20. Something You Drew 
(Grade 12 Art Project. Self Portrait. Me With a Pineapple on my head.)

Check out the other Photo Fridays:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 4
Part 5 and wrap-up

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Graduate [BEDA 19]

I finished school today! I wrote my last exam, and now I am DONE! Convocation is not until June, but I don't actually have to do any more reading or writing or studying or attend any more classes. I am done.

It hasn't really hit me yet, but everybody keeps being really nice to me. My sister left me a nice phone message and put something on her facebook, my family all told me how proud they are of me, and my dad (who never posts on facebook) even made a post about it.

So that is sweet.

In a post-grad crisis moment I spontaneously bought a kobo e-reader today.
(I had been planning on buying one and just decided to buy it when I went to the store to test it out, instead of waiting a couple weeks and then getting it.) So...that happened.

Not much else to say. Photo Friday tomorrow. I'll be back Saturday.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Spring Favourites [BEDA 18]

5 Things I Bought Recently that I really like: 

1. This black and white striped dress, and it came with this little red belt but I'll probably never wear it with that belt.

2. This breezy coral 3/4 length sleeve shirt, cinched at the waist.

3. This cowboy/hippie hat - perfect for Sasquatch! I really like the beads. 

4. This brown over-the-shoulder bag with a clasp, and awesome details.

5. These amazing pants! I have been lusting after harem pants on the internet forever and I found these ones yesterday. They kind of look like pajama pants but they are so comfy and spring-y! My new faves!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Unwritten [BEDA 17]

I have a secret tradition of playing this song loudly in my car and singing obnoxiously on my way to job interviews.
It gives me confidence, puts me in a good mood, and reminds me that the future is uncertain, which is comforting if I botch the interview.
At this point in my life there are a lot of potentially important, potentially insignificant things going on.
So...I made this.
It's me singing and playing guitar cut with footage I found on my computer.

"Live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten."

Monday, April 16, 2012

Food Beds (and other Strange Beds) [BEDA 16]

I almost missed blogging today because I was working all day and studying all night. While studying at school with some friends, we distracted ourselves by looking up food beds, which led to other strange beds. The internet has everything- including lots of photos of beds in the shape of things that aren't beds. And I'm not just talking the classic racecar bed.
Here are some of my favourites:

1. Nest Bed

2. Pizza Sleeping Bag

3. Shell Bed

4. Burger Bed

5. Baked Potato Bed

6. Sandwich Bed

7. Chocolate Bar Bed

8. NES Bed

9. T Rex Bed
10. Trap Bed   

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Summer Movies [BEDA 15]

Movies I Want To See This Summer:  (Click on the movie to watch a trailer.)

Moonrise Kingdom - May 16, 2012
Now Is Good - May 25, 2012
Safety Not Guaranteed - June 8, 2012
Brave - June 22, 2012
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - June 22, 2012
The Amazing Spider Man - July 3, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises - July 20, 2012.

Then there are a bunch of films I read about in Entertainment Weekly a while ago that were at Sundance. I have no idea when they are coming out and they probably won't come out here at all, but I want to see:
Celeste and Jesse Forever
Nobody Walks
Liberal Arts

What do you want to see?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Used Books! [BEDA 14]

The orchestra in my town runs a used book and music sale every spring for a fundraiser and it's always my favourite and I love it so much!
We went yesterday and here are my finds:

I am taking up gardening now that I'm moving out, and I wanted something that was basically 'Gardening for Dummies' but not so condescending. This is perfect!

Awesome resource for an English teacher.

I thought this book was sweet.

It's a bunch of tear-off cards with images and poems on them...

And on the back is an explanation of the type of poem. Pretty neat.

This was the only novel I bought, it seems like it'll be good. It's about two families living in one house and crazy stuff happens. I like books with lots of characters, big families, and chaos, so I bought it.

And this was my find of the day. Drew Hayden Taylor is an aboriginal Canadian playwright, and I taught his play Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth in my internship. Someday is the prequel to that play. And the best part is....

It's signed! I felt really upset - like I was stealing another person's treasure - until Stephen reminded me the person had donated it.
"To Kathleen, Though we've never met, I'll always treasure the memories. Drew Hayden Taylor."
I got all of these for $7.50!
I am a happy bookworm this weekend!