CELEBRATION!

I AM DONE SCHOOL.

I felt like this was a momentous enough occasion that it merited an entire blog post to itself; today I had my last final of my second year of post-secondary education in my Kinesiology class.  Needless to say, it was quite easy and I’m fairly confident that I did well in that class, cross fingers.

Cheerio!

Now I await my grades, woop woop.

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June 19 2009 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

Distractions

At the moment, I should be writing a 10-15 pager on the New International Division of Labour in Major League Baseball and how it exemplifies Arjun Appadurai’s Theoretical Framework of the 5 scapes, and also how globalization is essentially a driver for profit-making.

But as you can clearly see, I’m not.

In my defense, I’m on page 10 and I’ve only got about 2-4 pages to go, and it is only approximately 4 o’clock on Monday, meaning I have a good 22 hours or so to finish it up before it’s due.

Unfortunately, while I am writing this there is a nagging voice at the back of my head saying “you.  should.  not.  be.  doing.  this.”  TOO BAD.  As such, I’ve decided to devote today’s entry to the oh-so-fabulous and mostly mundane things that take up my time and distract me from the things I should be doing – oh, like writing a paper, for instance.  Aha!  Another list:

  1. Facebook (duh)
    Honestly, I don’t even know what magical force somehow magnetically draws my fingers to type “www.facebook.com” every 15 minutes or so, but I can tell you that I HATE IT.  There isn’t even anything on it to look at (really), except for pictures.  Yeah, I love the pictures that people post on Facebook.  However, I can see a new social networking medium that is starting to consume more and more of my time (and possibly replacing Facebook, oh the HORROR!) and that is…
  2. Twitter
    As you can see, I have my lovely Twitter feed inserted into my blog because I feel it is THAT vital to my life.  When I was first introduced to Twitter I was kind of apprehensive as the idea of blogging every few minutes like some people do kind of freaks me out, but it’s so much more casual than actually blogging and SO MUCH EASIER.  That said, I’ve always been a really wordy person so sometimes I find it impossibly difficult to fit my thoughts into what – 140? 150? characters.  In any case, I think it’s a whole lot of fun, and I love seeing the links that other people have to share!
  3. Online shopping
    Especially on Sephora and Forever 21.  This is a double-edged sword because not only is it a time waster but a HUGE money waster, because I always end up buying stuff I don’t need (I’m talking to YOU, Forever 21)!  Coupled with crazy shipping costs and I’m pretty much an unproductive, broke-ass student wasting time online!  But seriously, online shopping is one of the greatest inventions known to man, besides Steve Jobs (yes, I’m convinced he’s a robot) and you know, the wheel and penicillin, and all that jazz *cue Chicago dance sequence
  4. Cleaning
    Now here’s a little something I love to do when there’s something I really hate to do.  It’s this weird thing of mine, cleaning when I’m supposed to be doing homework, and I don’t mean just tidying cleaning, but the whole nine yards cleaning – vaccuuming, windexing, dusting, reorganizing and alphabetizing, sanitizing (insert other cleaning-related verbs here).  I think I justify it by arguing (in my head) that it’s also something productive to do.  But honestly, it’s totally just an excuse.  Go self-argumentation, where would I be without you.
  5. Watch House/The Office/Mad Men/How I Met Your Mother/Gossip Girl
    Especially bad since I own DVDs of almost all of them, meaning they are readily accessible and waiting for my lingering eyes and grubby fingers to grab them and insert them into the oh-so-sleek and appealing DVD player for my own personal viewing pleasure (weird sentence, I admit).  But seriously, there’s nothing like a little B + S and xoxo Gossip Girl, or better yet, BARNEY STINSON, to take you out of your rut!

Here is unfortunately where my list will have to end; however, I do not create it under the pretenses of it being at all exhaustive.  Given my short attention span for anything and everything, this list really does have the potential to be miles and miles long (but I’ll spare all of you that).

June 15 2009 at 3:16 pm 2 comments

Time Goes By

Tear.  My younger brother graduated from secondary school today.  I’ve only been to two commencement ceremonies prior to this one; the first was for my best friend / “cousin” (we call each other cousins because everyone thinks we are), and the second was my own.  I didn’t think this one would be much different – but it was.  I felt so old, which is weird because it’s only been two years since I myself graduated from secondary school and entered the thick of things that so many people like to call the real world.

It was especially odd because as I’ve mentioned before, I grew up in a really tightly knit community and all the kids knew each other, and we were all close – when we were kids, that is.  Today I saw all those faces but they were older, more mature, more ready.  Now that I myself am older I feel like I appreciate the milestone of graduation so much more; when I was in the twelfth grade and ready to cross the stage it just seemed like another day, another step to go through to get to wherever I was supposed to go.  But really, it’s a celebration and supposed to be a moment to be cherished.  I hope my brother realized that.

I sound like such an old bat.

June 9 2009 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

The (Delayed) Ian Hanomansing Chronicles, Part II

For all of you who don’t know, (which is probably most of you), ever since I’ve been in high school I’ve had this uncanny fixture on a local Vancouver CBC anchor, Ian Hanomansing:


In my high school days, I just thought he was a really cool, relatively good looking news anchor with a smooth voice and awesome hair.  Now however, after studying communications for a good two years – which, by the way, involved me at some point wanting to go into broadcast journalism – my opinion has shifted and my fixation/admiration for him is primarily because of his amazing career.

Anyways, to backtrack a bit, last year in the fall, Ian Hanomansing (yes, I say his full name when I refer to him at all times because he has a freaking AWESOME full name)  got on my bus.  My number 15 Cambie bus, at the stop by the CBC Vancouver station.  He sat across from me, and for a good five minutes all I could do was sneak glances at him while attempting to read my textbook on information technology and communications.  I really, really wanted to say something to him, but all the thoughts in my head went something along the lines of:
“you’re going to sound stupid”
“what the hell are you going to say, that you’re his biggest fan or something?

Anyways, the point is I totally just resumed my reading using the excuse that he probably didn’t want to be disturbed seeing as he was already talking to the person he got onto the bus with; he got off somewhere on Cambie Street and I went home and promptly texted all my friends that I saw IAN HANOMANSING in the flesh.

Flash forward to May 2009, and I’m driving up Cambie Street with my friend Alex.  It’s a fabulous spring day – one of the ones where it actually feels like summer – and we’re blaring M.I.A. out of the speakers.  We’re stopped at a red light on 16th Ave, minding our own business and acting like doofuses as always, when a car pulls up in the lane to our right, looking to make a right turn.  I briefly glance at the driver, who quickly looks to his left before making his turn.  And in a split second, it dawns on me: IT’S IAN HANOMANSING.  I grab Alex’s arm (digging my nails into his skin in the process) and scream – “it’s IAN HANOMANSING!”  Though I didn’t actually yell any real directions for him, Alex – one of my dearest friends – knew my strange admiration/fixation/possibly obsession in my younger years on him and we tried to follow him.  Alas, we lost him somewhere in a residential area but it was fun nonetheless.

To be honest, I don’t know why I thought he was cool beans when I was a teenager (now that I’m twenty, I can say that!)  But now that I think about it, I think the reason why I had this weird fixation on him was because he was so successful in the broadcasting sector, which in itself was admirable – but the fact that he wasn’t white like all of the other ones made my youthful dreams of being a news anchor seem plausible.

That said, I’ve moved past that.  But I still think he’s one of the coolest things since sliced bread.

May 27 2009 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

words of wisdom

take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

– dalai lama

April 25 2009 at 11:20 pm Leave a comment

Of eBay and shopping

Today I felt an ultimately untimely desire (that doesn’t quite encapsulate it to be honest, I need something that shows my eagerness slash desperation more realistically but it’s almost 2 in the morning) to shop my heart out and be able to possess all the items I need so desperately on my fashion wishlist.  I fortunately was able to fulfill a small tiny chunk of my inner shopaholic and chose to take advantage of the free shipping that AE is offering online and bought a camisole, a striped v-neck tee (that looks so, so soft) and some boyshorts (the best to sleep in, honestly).  Upon clicking the purchase button I immediately felt instant gratification that was multiplied several times because all the items I bought were on sale!  Yes!

Somehow all this thriftyness got to my head and I decided to delve into the world of eBay shopping.  Fab Sugar always does these awesome posts once or twice a week (which may or may not be true because I really just invented that figure) where they feature a really neat eBay find, but since I have not had the patience of setting up an eBay account I have never actually been able to bid on anything.

But that, my dear readers, changed today.  I decided to devote a good portion of my time (like, an hour) to attempting to set up an eBay account (and the Paypal account too!) so I could get my greedy little hands on some wonderful vintage finds.  Of course, my friend Alex had to guide me for most of it (it took me at least 15 minutes to understand the whole, “maximum bid” thing and I’m not going to lie, the fact that the site auto-bids for you kind of freaks me out.  I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT – A ROBOT COMPUTER HYBRID BEING IS BASICALLY DOING STUFF FOR YOU!!) but now I am a proud eBayer and I’m not going to lie, it is mildly addicting to watch things you bid on and whatnot.  In any case I have my eye on two clothing items right now and I’m going to wait it out and see if I win them, fingers crossed.

On another note, I really need to get on re-organizing my room.  Now that school’s over (well, I still have finals for the next two weeks) I don’t have much of an excuse.  I need to get a new bed frame, magazine organizers, and some kind of filing cabinet contraption that I can stick under my desk so I won’t have crap all over the place.  Sounds like it’s time for a trip to Ikea!  I love that place.

April 12 2009 at 12:49 am Leave a comment

One

 From Twenty Four Carat:

One picture

Bridgette Bardot.  So poised, but so at ease.

One poem

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

One item of clothing

From Atelier Versace’s Spring 2009 collection.  The dresses of Atelier are so constructed yet look to be completely fluid and wearable, as opposed to having the dress wear you.

 

 

 

One song

This song – Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros – is one of my all time favourites.  It has the uncanny ability to make me feel melancholy and hopeful at the same time.

One place

San Francisco.  If I was to move anywhere else in the world for the rest of my life, it would be there.

One Disney Princess

 

Mulan, because I remember watching her when I was a kid and thinking that I totally acted like her.

One quote

Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.

– Mahatma Ghandi


March 29 2009 at 12:07 am Leave a comment

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