Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Things you learn on halloween

  1. if you press snooze on your alarm clock, and also bump the regular time up by three minutes (to shorten the snooze time), your alarm won't go off.
  2. apparently, people will party on Halloween night, even if it's a Wednesday.
  3. Spike hates fireworks and I think my neighbours spent their entire month's rent on them. It's been three hours.
  4. I'm such a lucky person to be receiving the sweetest packages in the mail from all over (Canada, America, & Bangladesh). They make me happy like chocolates and bananas. I mean, I knew this one before today, but it bears repeating. Hi Bears!
  5. if you live in a small apartment, don't go buy Halloween candy because you will get NO trick or treaters. But don't worry- you can manage to pawn a lot of it off on your friends.
  6. if you drink those coolers your friends bring you, and knit... you will be frogging a lot of stitches. Grandpa's sweater will not get finished by Xmas at this rate.
  7. 50% of students will get the Medusa thing, the other 50% will think you are Jack Sparrow (dreads).
  8. Moms are just priceless. Priceless.
  9. teaching a guy how to knit a scarf for his girlfriend is so much fun.
  10. it's 11:20pm and I won't be sleeping for awhile yet (see points 2 and 3)
So there it is. I've learned a lot today. And by the by, thanks for all the sweet comments left here on the last post. You all rock.

Peace, yo.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Lazy teacher candidate

You know what is funny? I've become less confident in myself as a teacher since entering the program. There is just so much to know, so much to pay attention to, so much to plan, organize, read, reflect, analyze, discuss... and that's just now! I've still months to go! And my teacher keeps on telling me to work on my confidence, because I raise my voice at the end of some sentences, but I'm like.... this is just going to get worse. Soon I'll be a high pitched David Beckham teacher. Ah well.

Today we have a day in lieu. I have hoards of lesson plans to get started on. Math, social studies, gym, and just finished a literacy one. But the thing is, the more stressed out I get, the more I want to knit, the more I knit, the less schoolwork I do, the less schoolwork I do, the more stressed out I get.

It's a fun month.

Luckily, the majority of my presentations are over. I presented on gifted learners, evolution, a case study on a teacher named Nan, A Bad Kitty, and soon... Dance! (Jazz hands!). I got a lot of positive feedback from my presentation on evolution which was nice. I was very concerned I was going to have some stern looks. Now, keep in mind this was a presentation to facilitate discussion, so I couldn't take sides. I did present both sides and since one side, you know- the sane one, has a stronger argument than the other my position was clear, but no one felt attacked for anything so that was good.

And here is a picture of Spike. This is when he decided to help me prepare the table for my friend's birthday dinner. He's just warming up the spot I was going to put the cake.

What a good kitty. A very very good good good kitty.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Everything is a secret

This was suppose to be a post about my knittings- it still is, but I just realized I didn't think this out enough before hand.

So this first project is a secret because it's for winner of the best halloween costume contest. And also, it's crochet. This is a funny story, remind me to tell you about it after the winner receives it. And this one is an Xmas present! Sheesh. This is as close as you are going to it get right now (it took me like three tries to get that sentence right!). I've been knitting on this at school and people are outright threatening to steal it.
This next photo isn't suppose to be a secret. It's the syncopated cap seen here (scroll down) designed by Kate Gilbert, but I didn't take any photos of the whole toque before giving it to its new owner- my friend James. I'll get a photo of it some time at school and show it to you then. It's totally awesome.
So there you have it. Is secret. And ohmigod, have you seen this site? Thanks to Jenn for that one. I have a lot of blog entries for this weekend. I have a rant about food, a rant about telling upsetting stories in public spaces and of respect to the dead, and a rant about intelligent (snicker) design. And then another one about embracing the chub.

I'm going as Medusa for halloween, what about you?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Twice the funness!

So this picture is funny but it's the only one that turned out half decent. It's my new hair!And this is a short post because it's 11:16, I have school tomorrow-but you see, I CRASHED this afternoon and zonked out for three hours! Three hours! Wtf? I'm not the one with a splitpea!* Honestly. So now I'm totally awake. Sigh.

Anyhoo, in other very exciting news... I got featured in yarnival! That's very neat and makes me smile. The other entries are uber fun, I'd recommend spending some time on all the blogs there.

Okay, I'm going to go drink warm soy milk and chew calcium pills.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

I mean really people

So, people from all around are using my apartment's dumpster because of the strike, so when I went to throw out some trash, it was full. I mumbled something about bastards and decided to wait till garbage day and left the little bag of trash under my sink. Anyhoo, some more bastards went and left their garbage in front of the dumpster, cause you know, the garbage man always gets out of the truck and puts bags into the dumpster. No wait, he doesn't. It's a machine arm and it doesn't care. Hence garbage day came and went and now garbage is strewn allllll around the dumpster. Ew. I didn't want to go near it, but today decided that I had to throw out the trash. Until I looked out the window and watched my neighbour pile her garbage pile her garbage ONTOP of the dumpster. Seriously. I mean, what was she thinking? So now if I want to throw out my garbage I would have to take her 4 bags off of the lid or just pile my garbage on the ground with all the other stuff. Decline of civilization is living all around me. I was going to put a picture of my new hair on here but I figured I would wait until I had a blog post that wasn't all about garbage. And oh yeah, I did a quiz and at the end it turned out to be one of those stupid chain things were if you don't send it to X amount of people than your wish will never come true. So that's right people, my wish that I could find my nail clipper isn't going to come true!!!! Oh no! Just for the record, I hate everything to do with that 'chain' mentality, please never ever send me one. I just get angry. But, I did find out some really life changing things, like that my priorities are (in this order) pride, love, family, career, and money. I like how money is last. Student loans will do that to you. And that I think of myself as noble, need perfection in my partner, see my enemies as 'ew' (that part is true enoug I guess), sex is precious (I'd do the fat hobbit), and my life is calm. Right. Calm is *so* the word I would use to describe my life right now. And also, for the friend labeling one, it said that I'll never forget one friend, and for another friend it said I'd remember them for the rest of my life- isn't that the exact same thing? Ugh.

I'm kinda cynical and snarky tonight. I think I would go to bed.

Bonne nuit!

Monday, October 08, 2007


so apparently I'm allergic to Calgary. Sheesh. I'm trying to do things like, oh, I don't know... schoolwork and maybe also... housework (since I have a friend coming to stay with me for four days and the place is trashed) but it's hard when you can't hear out of one ear, blow your nose every two minutes, and basically feel like crap. It's a sinus infection I think. I feel a little better today than yesterday but I don't want to miss school so I'm taking it very easy. I'm not leaving the house, nor am I getting out of my pjs. Frankly, I'm amazed I got out of bed.

So here's an interesting thing I noticed about Calgary. I could never live there because a) I'm allergic to it and b) sushi is VERY expensive there, but you know what? We went to the mall and compared to BC, women have more than one body shape there. Here, everyone is skinny, everywhere you go, skinny (and not the good skinny that some people are just naturally, the emancipated skinny). In Calgary, women came in all shapes, some skinny, some curvier, some bigger, but I mean, they were all good, and it just seemed like a greater range of body types. I loved it. We need to figure out how to get that over here. Rant over.

I went to my cousin's wedding this weekend and it was just wonderful. The service was good, the bride was *beautiful*, the reception was awesome- overlooked one of Calgary's 'lakes', good food, yummy yummy cupcake-cake, excellent tunes, and mostly free and then very cheap drinks! Woo! Go Lisa and Nick! Seriously though, it was just wonderful and I'm so happy for my cousin and her husband, they are perfect for each other. It was also great to see a lot of the family, my Mom, my aunt and uncle, my cousins, my grandparents. It was a very good way to spend thanksgiving. The turkey dinner comes next week when my friend and I get together to celebrate a belated thanksgiving (basically we want to eat turkey).

Okay, I'm going to go lie down now.