Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Birthday, Best Friend

Oh, hello there! And Happy Halloween. 

This is just a little but very special message to my best friend of 9 years or so. 

Happy 20th Birthday, Ryan! 

I hope you're having a fabulous, not so cold, kind of relaxing day! 

But don't forget...

To have TONS of fun tonight on this awesome day

Just try not to make this face that often, it will really scare a lot of people. 

Love, 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hockey Player Crush of the Day: Francois Beauchemin

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Francois Beauchemin
Anaheim Ducks 

Doesn't the name "Francois"just about make you swoon?! I know, right. After first being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, of course, he went to on to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs and now the Anaheim Ducks. Hes scored 409 goals in his career to date! Now I don't know hockey stats that well but that sounds alright to me. 

P.S. His wife's name is Marie Claude. Francois and Marie Claude?! How freakin' adorable is that?! 


MAXImize

I have been loving the ideas of maxi skirts and dresses from afar for awhile now. I do have two dresses that are maxis but they're just not the type of thing you really wear on a normal day if you know what I mean. I want a nice, wonderful, plain maxi skirt that is just fabulously casual with a little bit of sophistication. I just find it so hard to buy something for myself, it's so much easier to rationalize an irrational purchase for someone else.







Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Course Selection Round 7

Next semester will be my SEVENTH semester of university! Sometimes I still feel like I am in first year...especially when I'm studying for midterms and exams and find myself yelling at my notes in front of me in frustration. Either way I got every class that I wanted/needed to take, it pays off to make your entire course schedule in first year I'm telling you! So here they are in no particular order:

ASCI 1010 Society and Science II
PSYC 2310 Social Psychology
PSYC 2040 Research Statistics
PSYC 3850 Intellectual Disabilities
FRHD 4320 Social Policies

That's right, my friends I am taking a course in EVERY year next semester. It kind of feels wrong, cause I guess it is but that's what happens when you have a quarter life crisis in the middle of university. At least life is figured out....for now.

Friday, October 21, 2011

University Tip #4

University Tip #4 - Professors and TAs

See that professor infront of you? Yea, that scary middle-old aged man/woman that knows everything there is to know about whatever they're telling you? (first of all, that's not really the case, they never know everything) They once sat in that exact same seat that you are sitting in RIGHT NOW. They're not aliens that were dropped on your campus to teach all the minute details of Darwin's theory or Freud's insanity. They actually went through the exact same adventure you are beginning yourself!

One of the hardest things that I have gone through in university is trying to get to know my profs. Rarely are they going to get to know you so you actually have to make an effort (whoa!) and meet with them yourself. Maybe you'll find that you don't need to meet with them. You are either doing really well in the course or you claim to know what you're doing wrong and how to fix it yourself and that's fine. But the way to make your life and your time at university more enjoyable is to get to know the person who is teaching you all this stuff. They have really cool interests of their own. Don't think I'm an expert on these in the least because I'm not and I still have issues going to speak with a prof whether it's at their office or just after class, it's hard! So here are some ice breakers in case you want to make this happen but have no idea on how to get the ball rolling:

1. You want to discuss the mark you received - whether it's good or bad
2. You want to discuss how to go about studying or writing the next assignment - come prepared! tell them your own ideas and ask for their input
3. Just drop in during their office hours and discuss your plans for your future and if they have any advice - some profs love this stuff and some might not, you have to become a good people reader!
4. Drop in to discuss class material - whether it's confusing or fabulously interesting
5. Google them. Find out their research interests and drop in a few comments on that - usually highly thought out comments or you'll just seem like you're trying too hard.

Worse comes to worse check out www.ratemyprofessors.com to see what other people have said about them and what to expect. Don't take everything seriously on this website since most people post on there when they are will pissed off about something or did amazingly well in their class.

And don't forget the TAs, they're usually marking all your stuff anyways so drop in with them too and help them put a name to a face.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Reminiscing

Today, thanks for the help of all my lovely friends I have managed to successfully put hundreds of photos on my computer. Finally! This means three things:

1. I have pictures from two years ago until present!
2. I can take pictures and put them up on here!
3. No more photobooth pictures everyday! (oh how I will them though)

And in honour of new found pictures, let's reminisce on the wonderful moment of getting a new car. My baby, Sally (yes the name has still stuck) is doing very well and is SUPER on gas. She's quickly becoming one of my most reliable friends. She always is playing the best music and helps me stay safe. If I was a car I think I would be very similar to her if you know what I mean.

Here we are after I took her home for the first time:

Puppy (?) Love

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

XL Double Double

After having a short texting conversation with my friend Mark today (what has our world come to?! A texting conversation?!) about his insane coffee addiction, I decided an XL TIM HORTONS DOUBLE DOUBLE was exactly what I needed before my night class tonight. It's going to be a good one and my eyes are already popping out my head and my fingers moving QUICKLY!

Happy XL Coffee to YOU! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Look At Me Go

Hey, hey! Look, it's my very first "feature". And I'm so happy my first feature of my little life is taking place over at How to be a Redhead, how so very appropriate. Make sure you check out this wonderful site, it's pretty awesome. In honour of this milestone I thought I'd write a post all about being a redhead.

Why I love being a redhead: 
1. You can notice me from a distance
2. If I can't come up with a good accessory to wear, I've always got my hair 
3. People always ask, "is that your natural hair colour?" Why yes, yes it is. 
4. I enjoy my natural pale skin and my funny pale tans 
5. Sometime pimples can be disguised as freckles 
6. I throughly enjoy curly and straight red hair 
7. I have never plucked my eyebrows because their so light 
8. You can't tell if I haven't shaved my legs in awhile (see #7) 
9. I have fun random freckles in fun places
10. Certain colours really make redheads look amazing (seriously, more than other hair colours) 



Friday, October 14, 2011

Arkells!

Oh hey there blog, I guess we both got busy with our own respective lives but here's to hanging out again! Today was a pretty fun(ny) day. Stephanie, one of my bestest friends, tweeted that she really wanted to see the Arkells in London tonight so I tweeted her back and said "we should go!". So long story short she worked out all the logistics, got us tickets and we're heading down tonight after her calculus midterm (did I mention she also has a chemistry midterm tomorrow morning...don't worry I warned her). So I'm pretty excited about all this spontaneity! WOOOO!

For awhile now my mind has constantly been on hair. Long hair, short hair, straight hair, wavy hair. Hair is amazing. And mine is getting so boring. It's at that awkward length between short and kind of long and it's not curly or straight anymore.

For example:

Straight Hair

Curly Hair

My Hair: None of the above. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, all you Canadians!

This weekend I will be spending time with family and friends and my precious textbooks. I won't be blogging (hopefully) cause that will mean that either:
a. I am not spending enough time with the people I love or
b. I am not spending enough time studying/working

So have a lovely weekend blogosphere and I will see you next week.


 Remember making these Thanksgiving crafts: 




Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs

Oh boy, do we ever tend to celebritize deaths these days. I understand that Steve was a pretty big deal and everything, I mean I'm currently typing this post on a Macbook Pro but do we really need to reminisce on all the commercials and ads that Apple has produced in the past however many years? Do we really need to remember every little thing that he did? Sure, he made computer products much more user friendly but in his death he becomes a hero?



Maybe it's because Apple has always been a "movement". There's always been that war against Windows or "PC" (which makes no sense since both companies are "PCs"...but anyways). It's like the great leader of the Apple side of the war has died and we are left without a saviour. Okay, that may be a little dramatic but this seems to be taken out of control. People are posting all over twitter and facebook their little "RIP Steve" statuses. You didn't even know the guy. You haven't lost anything. I know you appreciate the Apple brand but this seems a little ridiculous to me. I mean even the Westboro Baptist Church is using this as a launching pad...come on now. If people didn't make this such a big deal would they still be picketing his funeral..? Just wondering.

Please don't hate me.

University Tip #3

University Tip #3: Wear Shoes in the Shower

When living in residence, or even a disgusting house, OR you don't trust your roommates...wear shower shoes in the shower! These are usually flip flops of some kind but be creative.


Seriously though, residence bathrooms are disgusting and I would NEVER DARE walk on that floor in bare feet and I'm not a neat freak in any sense. There's clumps of hair, soap scum, invisible scary things and much more that I don't even want to speak about. Make sure that you purchase a pair of wonderfully bright flip flops prior to moving in as it will make a huge difference both for you health and sanity. This was one of my best purchases for my first year of university. Old Navy is a wonderful flip flop resource.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Canadian Problems

Read this blog, or tumblr I should say. It is absolutely hilarious, mostly if you are Canadian yourself. And if you're not Canadian than it's probably more rude than funny.





Sunday, October 2, 2011

How to Be a Girl and Love Hockey

In dawn of the start of the 2011-2012 hockey season I thought I would put together a 'how to' guide for all those girls out there who find themselves struggling to find the fun in hockey, understand it and relate to it. I am here for you and you will succeed with these 7 simple steps:

1. Know the set up. 
I don't want to dumb this down for anyone but just to be clear there are THREE PERIODS in hockey and each one is 20 minutes long. That means there are TWO INTERMISSIONS in between. The clock stops when the refs blow the whistle, this is not football, my friends. Each team has FIVE players on the ice PLUS a goalie pending there are no penalties. There are THREE forwards: leftwing, centre, and rightwing. There are TWO defenders: Left D and Right D (please use these terms).



2. Learn the rules. 
Or simply learn the most important rules. One of the easiest, most frequent and pretty important rule is the offside. Each side of the rink (please don't call it a "rink" infront of the guys, it's the ICE) has a blue line and the red line is the very centre of the ice. This blue line is the offside line. The attacking team (the team trying to score) must all be outside of this attacking zone WITH the puck BEFORE the puck is sent into the zone. This means that if a player is in the zone BEFORE the puck is AND TOUCHES IT, it is an offside penalty. This DOES NOT mean that the player is sent to the box, it's basically a team penalty and the face-off is back in their own defending zone. Also, if a player or players happen to be in the zone and the puck is hit OUT or PASSED the BLUE LINE then each player in the zone must get out and start over. Make sense? Awesome.

3. Know at least 5 players on the "beloved" team. 
Everyone has their "own" team. And you can probably figure out what it is faster than simply asking. But for heaven's sake NEVER ASSUME what their team is. That can end in a disaster and won't be pretty at all, that's clearly a potential deal breaker. Just figure it out, google the team and memorize 5 players, their names and perhaps even their positions. THEN, when watching the game quickly point them out and say something hockey smart like, "Is Gionta looking to beat his record of goals this season, he's looking pretty good". Now is not the time to worry about grammar or a variety of adjectives, get the point across and sound like you know what you're talking about.

4. Fall in love. 
It's easiest to make step #3 even better if you can manage to fall head over heels with one of the players on the "beloved" team. Don't worry, the boyfriend will rarely find this as competition or anything of that nature. More often than not this will be a TOTAL game changer (hehe) and he will fall in love with you for really understanding that his heart lies in three places: you (hopefully), beer and food, and hockey. Find this player and follow him whenever he is on the ice. Know his position, know his number, know how to PROPERLY PRONOUNCE HIS NAME. Youtube can help with this.

I fell in love....twice. 

5. Invest in team merchandise. 
Unless you are a lifetime fan of said "beloved" team yourself OR you make $1000 bucks a week or something DO NOT buy a jersey of said team. You will only be wasting your money incase 1. He breaks up with you or 2. He's ones of those losers and switches his team as soon as the playoffs starts (helllllloooo Leafs fans). Save yourself some sanity and money by simply buying a T-Shirt. This is both much more affordable and way more fashionable.

6. Refrain from yelling of any kind. 
I know it's exciting and pretty crazy sometimes but unless you are that loud and/or obnoxious person please refrain from yelling while you are watching the game with him. He will either see through you and realize you're trying too hard or just get super annoyed (as I would as well). Hockey can be a serious thing for some people and if you're going to be sitting there pretending to yell at exciting parts, this can be a HUGE distraction. My advice for you, scream and yell when the "beloved" team scores and then keep your mouth closed for the majority of the game. It's like watching a movie, be courteous.

7. Don't ask questions. 
NEVER, oh my goodness, EVER ask any questions during the game. If your boyfriend is pretty cool perhaps commercials are allowed for question asking (you could find this out pretty quickly). If not, then no worries, grab a computer, google you're question or hey, send me an e-mail. I feel hockey smart right now.

Don't be tense, have fun.