I enjoy the smell of fresh linens

I was completely set on going to class this morning… a clear indication that I set myself up for failure. Tuesday is the most important day of class I have. It’s only one class, but it’s a two-hour class so there is so much that I’m missing by not being there. It starts at 10:30, which, by my current standards, isn’t even that late. My sleep schedule has been normalized, it’s just that I close at work every Monday and I usually don’t get home until 1:30, sometimes even later. By the time I’ve gone through my little routine and my head hits the pillow, I’m pushing 3. There was supposed to be a supervisor meeting this morning too, something I relied on to get me to campus so that there’d be no doubt I could make it to class. No meeting, no class. Saving grace is that my prof will upload the slides online and all I have to do is read the accompanying readings in the primary sources textbook. Will I do that? Let’s be honest.

Instead, I guess I’ll take a personal day. There is a pile of laundry that needs doing, and my eyelids are still so heavy as I’m sitting here writing this after 12. I can’t even say it’s morning, it’s the afternoon. Who knows, there’re still a lot of hours in the day, I can still turn today into a productive one. I’m working on getting my personal life a little bit together and perhaps at this point in my life, the motto that suits me best is: make the most of it. I want to be the person that isn’t put off by little set backs and to have them just roll off my shoulder. Eventually though, I’d like to be an opportunist. That would be the next level. I know that making the most of something and being an opportunist sound really similar, but I think there’s something a little sad about someone who can only ever make the most of something. It’s like something is always going wrong. I haven’t had the greatest start to 2014 (destroying my ankle and my computer, among other things), so that makes sense for me. Whereas being an opportunist, you’re always looking for something to take advantage of. You’re always on the up and up!

I’ve got a long way to go though and I’m going to start today by finishing my laundry and going to get myself a cup of coffee.

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A scatterbrained post about the Olympics

I promised, over two weeks ago, to make blog posts every week, and then I went back and edited that post to say that I would make bi-weekly updates and I’m STILL late! Perhaps my girlfriend sums me up best: “Why do you always make promises to set yourself up for failure?” If you know me, you know I’m really good at procrastinating, like scary good. So the fact that this post is even happening makes me happy. 

Team Canada entering Opening Ceremonies – Sochi 2014

I’ve been watching a lot of Olympics Coverage over the past week and being at Heather’s place for reading week is extra nice because she has access to cable. Though it’s not too big of a factor, Olympics coverage on cbc.ca has gotten progressively better and better, to the point where I think it’s made TV coverage obsolete. You don’t need to watch anything online on a set schedule, and it’s there when you want to watch it and you get to pick the points to watch or skip. Seriously, I wonder how much longer it’ll be until internet coverage becomes the staple. The fact that we’re still watching shows on someone else’s schedule is crazy.

Curling has been ruining my sleep schedule. Our teams are so good! The women’s team just became the first ever women’s curling team to come out of the round robin undefeated – Go Team Jones! Our hockey teams are also doing really well (obviously). We’re doing well in skating too, unfortunate that Yuzuru Hanyu exists… was hoping Patrick would win gold, he’s such an explosive skater – he’s either the bomb or he’s bombing, and he was the bomb this time! But that silver is more than deserved. Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue were robbed in the Ice Dancing though. ugh. It’s so unfair that something so subjective is left to a judging panel at the Olympic level. At least structure it in such a way that removes personal bias! The American’s free skate was arguably better, but the short program? No way, the Canadians were better, I didn’t understand how they were behind by as much as two points after the short program. 

Many people have called for a boycott of the Sochi games because of the human rights violations that have surfaced over the recent years especially concerning LGBT rights and the “Gay Propaganda Ban Bill” that passed recently. One of the athletes said it best, that boycotting the games would be a disservice to the countless athletes that have dedicated their lives to their sport. Being gay, straight, bi, queer, or anything under the LGBT umbrella is intrinsically part of who they are, but it is their excellence in sport that they have chosen to excel at. The IOC preaches that they support all aspects of fair competition and human integrity, but their failure of changing venues for the competition has made their stance clear. Some would even say that the committee itself is corrupt. Boycotting these games is not a good way of protesting Russia. I’m not saying that there is a ‘correct’ way, per se, of protesting these human rights violations, but personally, I don’t believe the Olympics are a platform for discussing these matters. 

Besides, we’re Canadians, we practically own the winter games! AND we’re awesome while we’re doing it. 
Insert completely relevant Buzzfeed article.

A monthly reminder? Let’s make it bi-weekly…

Got an email this morning from WordPress. At first I thought it was one of those generic ad emails telling me that a bunch of stuff was happening on my reader and that there were promoted posts by the people I follow. Upon closer inspection, it was an email reminding me to make a post because I had asked it to, hoping it would motivate me to write more. (it’s working, good job, old-me)

I wonder if this means I’m going to get a reminder at the end of every month to write something… If so, it will be very easy to think of what to write. Hint: they may just be recaps of big things that have happened to me over the course of the month and finishing off with hopeful thoughts for the next. But that’s kind of a cop out. Check it out, over 100 words in and I’ve said nothing of importance. Why can’t I transfer this skill over to essay writing?! Nope, there’s no better time to write an essay than the night before it’s due… *ahem… or you know… a week after the fact.

To be completely honest, I have a couple of blog ideas floating around in my head. I think I may buy a journal and use it to jot down thoughts and ideas as they come to me. I will try to write down, literally (ha. word puns), everything that comes to mind. That in itself could be a good blog… showing you the weird shit I think of. Anyway, you will know the topics of the posts as I write them. No use telling you what they are if I don’t even get around to it… I’m unreliable that way. Or maybe I’ll up my post reminder… perhaps once a week? or twice a month? We’ll see. Once a month seems a little sparse, especially since I’m trying to expand my online portfolio. I have aspirations , people!

Ugh, now I’m really upset I don’t have a journal to write these ideas in RIGHT MEOW.

EDIT: I am already super late for my weekly post, I will go back in time and change things so that I can be on time for a BI-weekly post! Oh, how appropriate… =b Anyway, the post will be right on time for Valentine’s Day. I’m so ready for Reading Week…

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.

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. 😉

The Oscars 2013

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So I guess my blog’s become some sort of pop culture, media recap center. No matter, we shall continue on with what I’ve been up to… and that, would be watching The Oscars with some friends tonight! The following post will make much more sense to you if you’ve already watched The Oscars, otherwise, it’ll read like a collection of nonsense thoughts and you’ll feel like you just walked into a conversation where people are only referencing inside jokes. You have been warned.

This year, The Oscars’ red carpet show was hosted by none other than the amazing Kristin Chenoweth. Stick with this blog long enough, and you’ll realize just how in love with her I really am. Not the best interviewer out there, but she is so personable with all of the people on the carpet, you can’t help but smile. She seems to be such a social butterfly, and it’s as if she’s friends with everyone there, and if not, she’s making friends! I think she also set a record for number of short jokes made in an hour…

Most of the celebrities looked AMAZING. Shout outs to Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristin Chenoweth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. On the other hand, I wonder if Halle Berry is bringing back shoulder pads… and even though I love Anne Hathaway, (her Oscar win tonight was so deserving, rewatching her little clip during “I Dreamed A Dream” made me breathless) her dress was a little nippy for me. Did anyone else notice that? I feel like dresses with bodices cut from triangles, resulting in cone-bras was a theme tonight. Not many others stood out to me.

– opening by Seth MacFarlane was pretty great. The song and dance numbers were great, especially the boob song! He wasn’t too crass, gave jabs where they were warranted, *coughchrisandrihannacough*, and nods where they were deserved (Tina and Amy!).
– the dance numbers during the opening were great too! Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron’s dance was really good!
– Melissa McCarthy is too funny! Her delivery is awesome.
– Playing them off with the Jaws theme? Brilliant!
– the movie musicals feature… *swoon* it’s like they knew I was watching. Holy crap, JHud brought it tonight! For another amazing performance of that song from Dream Girls, click here.
– Les Misérables. ❤ I love choruses!!!!!!! Russell Crowe, get out of here. I am way too biased towards this musical.
– hahaha Seth’s own jab at Ted “… mine get pissed on by hobos.”
– “They’re gone!” That Sound of Music reference was hilarious!
– yessssss Anne Hathaway winnnnssss!!!!!
– Kristen Stewart is actually groaning and standing there like she’d rather be anywhere else…
– Adele was super adorable receiving her award
– as was Jennifer Lawrence! Damn… she tripped? I missed that part.
– yay Meryl Streep! But holy crap she presented that award abruptly.
– Daniel Day-Lewis’ acceptance speech was one of the best tonight!
– the perfect way to close anything: Kristin Chenoweth. An ode to the losers! They’re all such good sports.

So there you have it. Arguably the biggest awards show of the year has come and gone. I can’t say that any of the winners really surprised me, but I really must get better at watching Oscar nominated movies before the Oscars. You’d think that with me dating someone who works at a movie theatre, I wouldn’t have trouble seeing all the films, but finding time is proving to be pretty difficult. Well, I’ll try again for 2014. Didn’t do toooo badly.. got 11/24 right on my ballot.

I give Seth MacFarlane a B+ on his hosting. =] He’s no Ellen, but him being a musicals kind of guy definitely helped him in my books.

What are your thoughts on the awards show this evening? What do you think of my thoughts? As always, thank you for reading.

Quick Thoughts: Golden Globes 2013

Last night, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the 2013 Golden Globe awards. They were fantastic together; bouncing jokes off of each other, donning ridiculous costumes, and being “catty” about their nominations in the same category. So, here are some quick thoughts from the most memorable moments for me from the awards ceremony. (Maybe I should’ve just written this while I was watching it…)

– I wish there was more Tina Fey and Amy Poehler… Their random appearances were all great.

– Tina Fey remarking how before Les Misérables, nobody had been so alone and abandoned since she co-hosted The Oscars with James Franco, and Anne Hathaway’s reaction was brilliant.

– Ex-president Bill Clinton made a surprise visit resulting in a standing ovation, followed by a dishevelled Amy Poehler saying, “Wow, what an exciting special guest … That was Hillary Clinton’s husband.”

– Lucy Liu: still cute, but what was that dress… and your hair was a little messy =/

– Kristen Bell was totes cute and totes preggo. Someone should’ve surprised her with a sloth up there.

– Personal favourite moment: Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrel’s introductions of each nominee in their segment… J. Law for Jennifer Lawrence… hahahahaha

Les Misérables winning best comedy or musical motion picture (obvs) and wins for both Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman

–  Arnold Schwarzenegger exclaiming that English wasn’t the mother tongue for both him and Sylvester Stallone

– Jodie Foster “coming out.” She was never in the closet to begin with and lived her life being true to herself. Her speech and her belief that having privacy was a gift, sent a very strong message to the audience.

– I was sad that Modern Family lost in each of the categories it was nominated for.

– Jessica Alba’s voice is sex.

– Lena Dunham hobbling up to the stage to receive her awards… lol

– The camera’s flashed to Ang Lee, and my roommate said, “Whoa! What’s your dad doing there?”

– Glenn Close pretending to be drunk was pretty hilarious, more hilarious was when Tina Fey couldn’t keep composure when she looked at her

– What was up with Mel Gibson’s face last night? He seemed to have lock-jaw throughout the entire show..

– Amy Poehler saying Meryl Streep was brilliant in The Flu was hilarious!

Unfortunately I hadn’t seen many of the nominated films this year… like every other year >_> but hopefully my roommate and I will be able to see more before The Oscars next month on the 24th!

If you weren’t able to catch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s monologue at the beginning of the show, here, I have embedded it for your viewing pleasure.