Friday, July 27, 2007

More photos

Brief text as somehow it became 11pm without my knowledge. The exciting news is that I actually did some serious knitting today! I mean, two rows on my cardigan and a swatch for a vest but still, compared to three rows on a sock that's something! It was kick started by a visit to a yarn store where I may or may have made purchases. Maybe.

Anyhoo here is a layout of my place (if anyone is wondering, I've had lots of requests for photos and plans, hence all the photos). The pink x is my walk in closet which is much bigger than it is shown here, I just didn't feel like fighting with portions right now, and the blue x is my mantle for my faux fireplace.

Number one is my front door, the brown fuzzy door below (in real life, not so fuzzy). And then my pulp door is beside that.

This is the view you get when you first enter my place. Right now the curtains are a bedspread from when I was young, which I totally adore. We're going to eventually get a sewing machine up here or something or take these to a sewing machine so they are more curtain-like, but I love that they are a piece of my childhood in Vancouver. And that's Spike on the floor there, and the floor is my kitchen floor.
To the left of the entryway is the bathroom, yup- here's a photo of my bathroom. Pretty exciting (and messy). And also number three on the layout in case you didn't catch the 'bathroom' label. I'm sure there was a reason I put the three on there but now I can't remember.
To the right of my entry way is my bedroom door (#4) and no, you cannot see photos of my bedroom yet. My bedroom is suffering most of all from lack of decorating. Sigh. The my bedroom door is a pirate girl, and on the walls are a star from Greece and a vase of yarn (bamboo and silk).
This is my kitchen from further in the entry way. Yeah, don't know what else to tell you.

And this is my living room from further in my entry way. See the star from Greece? Is it coming together? I'm trying to make this coherent but I'm never sure of the job I'm doing. Notice the papers on the floor? Those weren't on the floor when I left the living room. At least he doesn't jump on the mantle anymore. And if you go through the living room and go around the floating wall, you enter my kitchen again. Neato fantastico!
C'est toute! Bonne nuit!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


I don't know what is wrong with me lately. I think I'm so overwhelmed that I can't even fathom where to begin when I blog. First things first....

OF COURSE I read Harry Potter. Sheesh.

And yes, I loved it! :)

And no, barely a knitted stitch to report. I've been working on my RPM socks when I get a chance, on the bus or at school, but I haven't been knitting at home since I don't have a good chair to knit in. Mom did leave these awesome folding chairs that have arms here that I can use but it's not the same you know? But it's not like I've had a lot of spare between schoolwork, Harry Potter, and getting my place together so.

School is still good, getting into a routine, getting familiar, feeling more relaxed and hence, more like I can be me (ie. kooky). It's just an awesome cohort and awesome professors. Language arts is one of my favorite classes, we did running records today which is a coding method for read aloud, totally fun. Learning about how language is constructed has made it so I'm not so opposed to teaching the younger grades now that I see why the teachers do what they do in the classes, very interesting. I have a social issues class, which is awesome and we have lots of guest speakers, all very dynamic and very thought provoking. The cool thing about my Mom (one of many) is that she knows lots of these speakers and so after class I can go and say 'I'm Jan's daughter' and then there's much gushing about how great my mom is and yeah, it's all good. We had Charles Ungerleider who wrote this book and wrote one of my favorite quotes ' school is where we send our children to overcome the limitations of their families'. He talks about how important public schools are to Canada's sense of nationality and just slams the media, I love it. My social justice class is really good, we do tonnes of reading and then discussion in class in groups and we've already had a paper in that class, we also do a lot of fieldtrips. We went to the UBC farm and had a presentation from LOVE today (freaky awesome stellar cool), and another presentation by GALEBC. Then my practicum class which is also really good, we had to videotape ourselves doing a little presentation and then critique it (why did no one tell me how much hair I have on my head? it was like I stapled a puppy to the back of my head or something). But I do so like that class, it's very exciting to talk about the upcoming practicum. We split into two groups for this one so the class is even smaller, always fun. And then we have our psych class. Yeah.

And my place! Okay, well first I'm just going to show you some pictures of the living room, I thought I had photos of my kitchen but I found that I don't and my kitchen is messy right now so no photos until I've done the dishes.

Disclaimer: The camera is very old, the settings are messed, and I don't know how to work it. We all know that I can take photos so please, no judging of my photo taking ability based on these photos.

This is one side of living room, that's all yarn beside Spike and the Bears there, then all my instruction books on the other bookshelf, underneath my Calvin and Hobbes. Like my lamps? I lurve my lamps. The room has no light so before my lamps I had to stop doing schoolwork once the sun set (how pathetic is that?). And chairs! Oh how I missed chairs!
Then panning to the left is my window with my pink curtains and my Spike. The coloured bits in my window are little skulls and stars I designed with those sticky window pane doohickeys you can make. Spike can't get out the windows and we are on the second floor so I don't worry about him. He surveys the alley constantly. You can see a bit of my desk and bookshelf the left there.

And yeah, here's the other side (these photos are about half of my living room, the other half is bare right now (except for collasped boxes) so you don't get to see that. So that's my little desk right now until my desk gets here hopefully in the next week or so. More books, another lamp, more chairs!, and my uber darling fake fireplace. I have all my photos and memorabilia (sp) on there, then a painting Julia brought me from Cube and a photo of Jess and Julia in Greece (right?) on the wall. I also have some star wars chess set pieces on there as well, waiting for Jim and I to finish the game from months and months ago (we'll probably just start a new one). Oh, here's another view from my window without the curtains.
And this is the door to my jackets and shoes. I covered it in pulp fiction covers. Heh.
And that's it. I really hope I start blogging more often, this once every two weeks thing is lame. But it's not like a have the stellar news of a new kitten who is so darling I could just die and someone's forthcoming nuptials! Wheeehehehehehe!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Now let there be light....

and the internet was connected. A thousand huzzahs! Though I've been so busy that I've hardly the time to do anything interesting! There are many pictures to come, and blogs to comment on still, but don't worry, I'll get there. The new place is awesome, the move in process has been spread out over the past two weeks but the only thing I lack now is a loveseat and that will get here whenever those come around to being dirt cheap (any day now). I've got a table, chairs, two bookshelves (three because we made one into two), a toaster, utensils, Spike's kitty tent, lamps (it sucked being chased out of my living room by the fading daylight), so much yarn, books, a bed (oh sweet bed), clothing, my blender, and of course, curtains made from random material (pink star covered curtains for the living room) and recycled blankets (green ruffled edge blanket covered in little flowers that I slept with as a child) to finish the place off. It's become so much more live-able in the space of today it's wonderful. I have led lights around my bookshelf, photos on the mantle (faux fireplace), and Spike is peering outside from his scratching post. I live on the second (and a half) floor and my view isn't awful, it's kinda the rooftops of houses which is kinda nice, it's a quaint little neighbourhood. Pictures to follow, no worries. My mom is in town, which is way half (um... three quarters?) of this stuff is here. Moms are kinda crucial eh? It's a bummer that Vancouver has to be so rotten hot while she's here (my Mom comes to Vancouver for the rain) but it's been an excellent visit.

School. Ah, what to say about school. When I get back into blogging more than this won't be so hard. How do I write about the past two weeks? I don't even know where to begin. I had a three and a half day intensive art class that was uber fantastico and I learned so much. And it was the first week of our five classes we have for the next four weeks which are all really good. I'll talk about them more in depth another night. I'm debating about whether or not to put my bathroom set together tonight or leave it for tomorrow. Right, back to school. Well, it's awesome, everyone in my cohort is great, I've met a lot of fascinating people, our profs rock the cazbah, and yeah, it's completely awesome. I'm running out of adjectives so I'm going to call it a night. I need to do some more organizing of the living room before I'll be happy and can go to bed. Least to say, waking at up 6am has been a shock to the system but I'm sure soon it will be a second nature.

Thanks to everyone for the kisses and for being so patient! And to Chuck and Bears, Spike is doing fine. He misses you the most at 4 in the morning and lets everyone know. The Bears in Vancouver are adjusting quite well (even in the heat) and are very helpful in decorating. Overall, I stressed more about the move than anyone else in this house did, and thanks for the blogging updates, I'm glad to know you are all settled.

Bonne nuit!