Sunday, April 29, 2007

In Shock and Awe...

I swear there's never a dull moment around here....

The trees outside my window are full of berries, and it seems that said berries have fermented over the winter. For the past couple days birds have been eating them and getting drunk, resulting in complete loss of coordination. They then fly into our windows, killing themselves. It's extremely disturbing to hear them smacking against the glass, not to mention the chunks of feathers / blood on windows, and the multiple bird carcasses covering the front steps and lawn. At one count yesterday we had 9 dead birds lying in various locations in front of the building (major props to the security guard who cleaned them up). There seems to be no end in sight, since the trees are still full of the demon berries. If only there was some way to enforce a form of prohibition....

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

You know those days where everything goes wrong?

Well, today was one of those days.

Enough said.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

You make me feel...not bad

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see" - Mark Twain

New musical discoveries of the week are: Earwig, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Band of Horses, Head
Automatica, and TV on the Radio

I've become obsessed with the indie radio station on Yahoo. It's at, for anyone who's interested.

I also went through Ashley's music collection, and have rekindled my love affair with Savage Garden. She, on the other hand, has done the same with Robyn. Remember her? Good chance you don't, but I'm sure Savage Garden brings back fond (or potentially awkward) memories of junior high dances.

I'm currently working on a ethics paper on modern infanticide in North America, and it's very disturbing. Unfortunately, it's far too late to change subjects. Oh well, I'll just have a great deal of knowledge about something I not even remotely interested in. Sort of like doing the labs for math last year...

This weekend I'm heading home for my dad's birthday. He's turning 52. Seriously, 52. That makes him seem old. As a matter of fact, that makes me feel old...

Today my mom and I went through the photos in her wallet. She carries a photo of me from every school year, plus baby photos. It was fun, looking back on the good ol' days of my youth. People often comment on how cute her daughters are, as she has two photos side by side when she opens the wallet. One is me in kindergarten, all adorable with my blonde hair, and the other of me in grade 12, a self-conscious redhead. I like that she carries photos of me, but it seems a bit overkill to have one from each year of my life in her wallet. Do all parents of only children do this? I doubt it...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Adventures in Apartment Hunting

I've just noticed that it has been exactly one month since my last post, and since I'm sick with the flu (and feeling bad for myself as a result), I decided to write again.
The past month has been insanely busy. First off, London was AMAZING! I can't wait to go back next year. I'm one of those people who hates standing out as a tourist, so I quickly decided to blend in by buying a pair of boots, listening to my ipod and ignoring others on the underground, and walking across the street when the "don't walk" light was clearly lit. I know, I'm such a rebel. Anyways, these actions helped me to fit in, despite my adorable Canadian accent. Of course, I did all the touristy things, such as go to see the Tower of London, which as a history nerd I absolutely loved. It was super tourist-ish (the worst fact being that they had a mascot which was a cartoon raven named seems wrong somehow for a former prison) but enjoyable nonetheless. I also enjoyed being part of an anti-war protest at Trafalgar Square. I stumbled upon it accidentally, and was suddenly swept up in the wave of 100,000 angry protesters. Good times! :)
Melissa and I have been searching for apartments for the past few weeks, and were getting stressed about it. Luckily we finally found a great place for a reasonable price downtown. The building is one of the ugliest things I have ever viewed from the outside, but everything is very modern and nice inside, which is far more important. About 5 weeks until we can finally move in.
I am currently obsessed with Lily Allen and Beck. Other faves are Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Mika. I'm beginning to feel that I spend far too much time searching for new music...

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Spiderman, red hands, and plastic cheese

Since my class got cancelled today, I decided to use the time to write a new post. Again, procrastination wins. :)
This week has been an interesting one to say the least. And that's especially strange considering it's only Wednesday.
On Saturday I went to a lacrosse game with some friends. It was superhero theme night, so half the stadium was decked out in some form of super apparel. This would have been all well and good if it hadn't been for the appearance of Spider Man. Now, I'm as big a fan of Spider Man as anyone (who wouldn't be a fan of Tobey Maguire in tights,) but this guy was what can only be described as disturbing. The costume was a bit too tight, and emphasized some areas a bit too much (if you catch my drift). To add to it, he would continually be doing lunges and pressing his package up against the glass surrounding the field. We watched in terror the entire night, as he slowly made his way around the stadium towards us. Ugh, the memories give me the shudders...
Ashley and I have invented a new game. We went through a series of attempts to scare the hell out of each other, but have moved on to a hand slapping game. The goal is to smack the back of each others' hands as often as possible. It's become very competitive, with the smacks becoming more and more violent. It's developing into a strategically demanding game. More on this as it develops.
I have also become addicted to purevolume, mostly for its free downloads of indie bands. I'm really getting into more unknown stuff. It's addicting. Current obsessions include Everlea, Lions and Tigers and Bears, Boys Like Girls, Athlete, and the Ordinary Boys.
And I've secretly developed an obsession with Lady Sovereign. She's fabu :)

Monday, January 29, 2007

Adventures in Strip Aerobics...

This week my friend Melissa and I attempted the dreaded strip aerobics. Dressed in our finest spandex shorts and tank tops, we went through the humiliating process of realizing that we were far from sexy. Of course the video includes lots of hair flips and hip shakes that are supposed to make ANYONE look good, but these just led to us sitting on the floor, gasping for air and drinking water. I think I'll stick to the gym from now on....

This weekend was one of the dullest on record. It included chaperoning a party full of hormonal teens, a load of laundry, and 3 trips to Blockbuster. Although I successfully managed to avoid any form of homework, except for reading an English novel. Even I am becoming amazed at my procrastinating abilities.

And London in 3 weeks! I think I might die of impatience :)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

So many videos...

These have been some of the most unproductive days in history for me. Much of yesterday was devoted to watching videos on youtube, the majority of which were SNL digital shorts. If you're bored you may want to check out mine and Ashley's latest discovery, the muffins video, which can be found here:
I then spent the rest of the night sitting in a hot tub, slowly boiling myself to death.
Today I slept through my first class, and have devoted the rest of the day to re-watching youtube videos, and various episodes of Kenny vs. Spenny. I swear that may be one of the best shows ever created. :)
One of my other discoveries while procrastinating was a set of music videos by one of my favorite bands, The Fratellis. If you are looking for another time killer, you can watch one here:

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I swear, it was just dry ice!

What better way to begin a new year than with a dramatic run-in with the local police force?
Ok, it wasn't that exciting, but it was an interesting twist to a party I went to last night. At a friend's rockstar themed party, some people decided to play with some dry ice and pop bottles, each one letting off a loud bang. Well, someone misinterpreted this as being gun shots, and called the police. Soon 4 cop cars arrived, along with the police helicopter in tow. Needless to say, we didn't help the situation as most of the party resembled either drug addicts or prostitutes (remember the theme). The night reached a climax with 3 of the party goers ending up in the back of a police cruiser (one in hand cuffs) when they were seen running across the street to get a bass. Everything was eventually cleared up, but it was definately an interesting turn of events.

Other than last night's festivities, I haven't been up to much. I got my course overload, so I'm taking 6 classes this semester. It's going to be stressful, but I'll be able to graduate in 3 years. This feels like an extremely great accomplishment, since it seems that most people don't finish a 3 year degree in that span of time. My capstone is by far my most difficult class, and it will involve a research paper on the Northwest Rebellion. I swear every aspect of my life somehow relates back to the fort!

Blah, that's enough procrastination for tonight. I officially have the worst study skills of any senior university student in history.