Story Time Sunday

When I was little, I had really messed up ideas of how the monetary system worked. I believed that buying things was a continuous give and take exchange until I was able to pay the amount asked regardless of what happened between us. Allow me to elaborate.

All through elementary school, we had regular book sales in our foyer and library to promote literature and I LOVED going to them. I remember seeing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on the table when Scholastics came to visit. It was also at these book fairs that I bought my many Roald Dahl books… The Witches, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to name a few. Anyway, to get to the point, on a parent teacher night one year, (I was maybe 7 or 8?) we had a book sale running at the library at the same time. My mom was there with me while my dad was waiting in the hall and I picked out a book and went to pay for it. Mrs. Woodruff, our librarian, said some number (let’s say $6), and I gave her a $5 bill and waited. She gave me a weird look and said something to the effect of, “that’s not enough.” And I was like, “yes it is, I gave you $5, so that means it’s $1 away from $6, so if you give me $1, I’ll have the $1 to give you.” I was completely convinced that I was right. But eventually, my mom dug through my little change purse to give her the remainder of the amount.

What confuses me to this day is why my mom didn’t jump in to correct me? Or teach me how to pay for things properly? What a weird scene this must’ve been, to see a little me arguing with an adult about how she needed to give me money so that I had enough money to give to her.

My birthday weekend

I turned 24 on Sunday! 24 on the 24th, so that means I just celebrated my champagne birthday. I didn’t have any champagne though. It was a really nice weekend, and I got to do almost everything that I had planned.

On Friday morning, Heather came over and took me to the mall to pick up my Zelda bundled 3DSXL which I had preordered. If you’re friends with Heather on facebook, here is a video of me unboxing it. Came home and made her some lunch before I spent the whole day with it while she was at class.

Mine! All mine!

Sarah and I made a quiche for lunch, I played with the 3DS some more before the house and a couple of friends of mine and I went to Beertown for dinner. What an awesome selection of beers! Definitely want to go back another day. Had a couple more friends come over later in the evening for more drinking and debauchery. Jordan and I went undefeated for the evening with a couple rounds of beer pong. Such comebacks!

The next morning, I packed some things to spend the next two days at Heather’s. Ben and I spent the day watching Doctor Who related things and cleaning the house to prepare for some guests that were coming over later. The 50th Anniversary Doctor Who episode was being recorded on their PVR, so we had time to wait for guests to come. After dinner, we all changed into our costumes (I cosplayed as Tosh from Torchwood!) and waited for the rest of the guests to arrive. Before the show, we had some chocolate birthday cake which Heather decorated with a triforce and master sword. Oh man, what an episode it was. I had a couple of issues with it, but on the whole, it was a really enjoyable episode to watch. It definitely needs a couple of rewatches in the near future as well! The snow really started to come down as people were leaving the party too, which made for people to leave a little earlier to avoid bad driving conditions.

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I say “YES!” to the cosplay parties!

The Sunday was my birthday and I awoke to some good morning kisses on the forehead *^^* I came downstairs and saw that the snow was still coming down really hard. By the time it stopped, a couple of hours later, London had received nearly 3 feet of snow. We really live in the snowbelt, because anywhere outside of an hour’s drive from us got literally none. Ben, his mom, his uncle and I played a game of scrabble while Heather busied herself with snow shoveling. She even shoveled her neighbour’s driveway too! She came in, we had some lunch, watched more Doctor Who specials and then everybody took a 3 hour nap. We woke up around 8 and had dinner. Heather and I were supposed to catch Thor and Catching Fire at the theatre, but the snow made that impossible. Oh well, hopefully I get to watch them relatively soon… I can’t put off that episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. much longer… >_>

So yea, that’s how I spent my birthday: relatively low key and with lots of naps and time with Heather, just the way I’d hoped to. To quote Heather, “we’re really turning into a couple of old farts.” Or something to that effect..

November, November. I love November.

That title demonstrates how good I am at creating poems.

Being my birthday month and all, I’ve always loved November, but this year’s is shaping up to be the most special one in a long time. Usually riddled with midterms, my only break is near the end of the month when I “celebrate” my birthday. I mean, I still have midterms, papers, presentations, and the rest, but every weekend has been a party of some sorts.

Last weekend, was hyoung’s bachelorette party. HYOUNG’S GETTING MARRIED! We went yurt camping at the Pinery for the weekend, did some hiking, and played loads of board games! It was really nice to get away from the city for the weekend. The yurt was also really nice. The fanciest camping I’d ever done. We called it glamping: glamour camping. Not that I’m complaining, but it’s far from the roughing it that I had anticipated, so I may have over prepared ahah. Here are some pics that I took from the weekend. Too bad I forgot to take a picture of the fireplace, that made the whole yurt niiiice and toasty.

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This weekend is Heather and Kyler’s wedding, and I’m super excited. The girl friend and I and many of the other couples have booked hotel rooms and we’re gonna pack our swim suits! The pool even has a slide! Breakfast is included too so it’ll be a nice thing to wake up to. I’ll try to take a lot of pictures so I can post them on here afterwards.

The PS4 launched today and I actually have almost enough in tip money to buy it outright! My dad wants me to wait until Boxing Day to see how the deals turn out though, so I’ll probably do that.

Weekend after that is my birthday weekend! All sorts of amazing things are lined up coincidentally, as if everyone wanted to make it extra special. ^^ The 3DSXL Zelda bundle is being released on the 22nd and Heather is getting me that. It’s so shinyyyy and goldennn. I love her. Catching Fire is coming out on the Friday too, as is the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. What else, oh XBox One, but I don’t really care about that. I’m just so excited for my 3DS!

I finished Episode 2 of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead earlier today. It was so tense and so satisfying to finish. I’ll work on Episode 3 soon I think. I made so many difficult decisions! It felt so reeeaaalllll.

Good post, me. I have lots to update you guys on in the coming weeks, hopefully I won’t forget to do some work amidst all this fun. 😉