Friday, December 29, 2006

The Holiday...

So tonight I went and saw the movie "The Holiday" starring, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. First I must say I am a sucker for a romantic comedy, and just seeing the previews, I knew this movie would be great. And it was. I loved the little love story that happened between Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Graham (Jude Law). They were cute and funny together, enjoying each other's company in England. On the otherside of the world in LA, Iris (Winslett) was learning more about self-love, which I also really liked. Mostly because I think that is one of the most important things (so I have been told). To be able to love yourself before you can love. Normally I find Jack Black to be a bit over the top, but I really enjoyed him in this film. Maybe it was because he didn't take the lead role. Overall this is a great movie filled with laughs, and tears of joy. Perhaps a bit of a chick flick, but well worth it.. So Curt this one would be ok for you to rent with Steph, or you know one that you could be "dragged to" haha.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas is over :(

Its funny how there is so much build up to Christmas, and then after one day it is over. As of December 1st, I begin to get very excited for christmas. The Christmas carols start to play, and I attempt to start my Christmas shopping. This year I really got into things, and I may have bought one too many gifts. But I just couldn't help it, I just kept seeing things that would be so perfect for individuals. And I mailed out, I don't know how many Christmas cards, and gave out 65 alone at work. My mom kept commenting on how many I would recieve in return in the mail. It made me feel really special :) But it also made me really miss my friends in PG. The build up to Christmas with the rush in working in a retail store, was not the most enjoyable, but I have been doing it for so long, I sort of just dealt with it. Christmas eve was an alright day. I had to work, so anything and everything you could think of went wrong. I was dropping things and stuff like that so it started off rough. Then I was trying to design an end, and the store manager came by and was critizing, and then one of my coworkers was being a pain in the butt, and was attempting to boss me around, and then was making fun of me. And enough was enough, so I had a minor breakdown in the bathroom. But then when work was over I came home to a fondue dinner with my family which was nice. Then like traditions past, we each got to open one gift. And then we watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I however only saw the first 20 min or so and then I fell alseep!!
Christmas morning we were up around 730, which is late for our house. The "children" opened their stockings and then the parents opened theirs. And then my mom played Santa as she passed out gifts, and we watched as each person opened their gift. I was quite spoiled, I got some children's books (all four of the Robert Munch collection series, and Charlottes Web) Some teacher stamps (super cool), a new jewelery box, a popcorn maker, some perfume and other goodies. I was spoiled! Then we spent the day just relaxing. A couple of girls who I went to high school with stopped by and we caught up. And then that night we had our huge turkey dinner which was soooo good. Then that night me and my sisters went for a drive to look at lights, and to drive by Future Shop to see the idiots in line. (on a side note I read in the paper that the guy who was first in line was there around 4pm on the 24th!!!!!!). Boxing day I was a sucker for deals, and I hit the mall, but didn't last long. It was really really busy. However I did clean up on some good deals. And I jumped on the apple train and I bought myself an iPod!!! It is a video 30G. I got it at Costco, so it would have been that price at any time. But I just had this desire to have one. So that has been my newest toy, putting music on it and playing games. And then yesterday I bought a little FM transmitter thing so that I could play it in my car!
All and all it was a good couple of days. It is just so sad to think that it has come and gone already for another year. I guess now I look forward to New Years. Although as of yet there are no plans in the making!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wild Lights

Well for the past few years, it has been tradition for me to go to the "Wild Lights" out at the Wildlife park before Christmas. What the park does is sets up a ton of led lights and they are in shapes of animals, flowers, homes etc. It is kind of a cool thing to walk through and look at. And then the train is decorated, and you get to ride the train through the park. I remember one of the first years I went was with Jared, and we were so impressed with these little lights, that gave us so much light. Who would have known the following year the LED lights would be such a big hit! Anyway so Jared and I started going as our "date". We would bundle up, go look at the lights and then go for dinner at the White Spot. Well when we moved to PG two years ago, that tradition was broken. But I have tried to go with my sisters so that I at least get to see the lights! Well Tuesday night, Julia Nicole and I went. Its funny cuz as much as I look forward to it every year, I usually leave and think why did I just pay 10$ for that! Well this year they have added some new features. There is the dragon, which looks pretty cool. And the symphony of lights. There is music playing and the lights move to the beat of the music. It was a fairly warm night, so we didn't freeze! I think the most fun though is to observe the children around you and see how they react to everything. Because seeing anything through children's eyes is always way more beautiful. I was glad that the girls went with me though, because I was sad that Jared and I would not have our date this year since he is still in Prince George. Maybe next year jer :)

Monday, December 18, 2006

So last night Julia, Nicole and I decided to go see Charlotte's Web. The movie is based on the book written by E.B White. I remember reading the book as a child, and I always remember loving the store. I think I even saw the cartoon version of the movie years ago. The previews made the movie look pretty good, but I am such a child at heart it doesn't take much to excite me. During the previews I saw one for Shrek 3 and I got very excited. Anyway the story follows a little girl Fern, and her love for a pig who was born a runt. She saved his life, and as he wins the animals over in the born, they save his life in some ways too. All to the amazing words spun in a web of the wonderful spider Charlotte. I really enjoyed the movie, it was nothing spectacular, or mind blowing, it was just a simple story, very smiliar to the book. There were some kids in the audience and I believe they liked it to. I am thinking this is a book I would like to share with my class someday, and then perhaps show them the movie as a reward. Dakona Fanning, does a great job of Fern. She is such a great actress, althouhg you do not really see her excel in this role. The main characters in the film were the animals, so she was not the center of the film. Wilbur the pig (who was actually played by 100's of pigs) was very cute, and dear Julia could barely contain her excitement. (she loves pigs). So if you are like me and you are a child at heart, or if you remember loving this story as a child I am sure you will enjoy this movie!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

why kids are so priceless....

I forgot to share this in yesterdays blog, so I had to add something this morning.. It happened yesterday when I was teaching, and we were sitting at the show. The band was from PEI, so they were asking the students, any interesting facts that they could share that they knew about PEI. So one of the older boys in the back, puts up his hand and states that it is the smallest province. And the boys of Chucky Danger band said yes you are right, then someone else shared something, and again they were like yes you are right... Then a little boy in the front row (so he was most likely in grade one or so) puts up his hand, and when called he says, "Do you have a Grandpa?" the lead singer of the band, didn't quite hear him, so he was like "what was that.." and the teacher trying not to laugh repeated the question. And I think the lead singer responded quite well. He said "yes I do have a grandpa, in fact we all do, so I guess that is something we all have in common here. People in PEI and BC all have grandpa's"... and then moved on to get another point :) I just thought it was so cute, it just shows how the little mind really works. They will say just about anything!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Happy Feet

So tonight Julia and I wanted to go see a movie, since it is cheap night, and I havent been to a movie in months. So our selection isn't the greatest right now, and we decided that we would bring the kid out in both of us and go see Happy Feet. Right from the begining of the movie, I was enjoying it. The singing, and the dancing, and Mumble is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Even when he grows up, he is still pretty cute, with his piercing blue eyes. I enjoyed the movie though, it kept me laughing and it was highly entertaining. However, there were moments where I wonder how it is suitable for children. It is rated G, however there are a few scenes that I could see to be kind of scary for little ones. I think there was one part that had me take a tiny jump. And the ending was a little far fetched. However, I do have to keep in mind that it is a children's movie, and for that it was entertaining. And I kind of wish I could take Mumble home and keep him as a pet... Speaking of, I saw a preview for Charlotte's Web and Jules and I have decided we need a pet pig... I bet you can guess what movie I am going to see in the near future ;) Now I know why I am an elm. school trained teacher. I am still a kid at heart!

streak is over... (hopefully)

So I got up this morning, like every other morning and started getting ready for the day with hopes the phone would ring. And around 650am it did just that. It actually made me jump a little when it rang, I haven't heard it do it that early in so long! haha. So I was called to go to an Elm. school to play librarian/prep teacher. So I packed a lunch and headed out. Lucky for me the roads were clear, so it didn't actually take me as long as I thought it would to get there. Anyway so the librarian was there this morning, he had a workshop to go to, so we chatted and he told me about the day. It seemed pretty easy. At 9am I picked up the grade 5 class and took them to the computer lab. They did "all the right type" and then they got to play educational games. Then I took them back to class. Then i went and got the grade 2 class, but we just went to the gym for a performance. It was four young guys from PEI, I think they called themselves Chucky Danger Band. They were very entertaining (and not bad looking I must say haha). The four of them came out, dressed alike in Black suits, and they had all the little ones dancing in their seats! Some of the lyrics I think would have gone over the student's head (and maybe for the best) but regardless the students all seemed to really enjoy the show. Then it was recess... And then after recess I took the grade 6 class for 45 min. Then I was on my lunchbreak from 1130-1230 because I had to have the library open for students at 1230. So I did that. Then this afternoon I was with the grade one class, we got new books from the library, I read them a story, and then we went to the gym for PE. They were definatly a lively bunch. And it made me so happy to be back in the teaching environment again. Then the last 30 min I got to shelf books. It was a really good day that went by very fast! I can only hope this means I get a few more calls this month before Christmas break. I missing being in the action :)

Thursday, November 30, 2006

weather is hurting my bank account...

Well this will be the 3rd week of no teaching. However, a couple of these days were my own fault. I have called twice this week to say I was unavailable due to the roads. They are so slick in town, there is no way I am willing to drive to Merritt. It sucks though because I miss teaching so much, and I miss the pay cheque that it brings with it! I have been stressing out a lot lately. When they started closing highways and stuff due to weather. I didn't know what I was supposed to do. I didn't want to risk my life for $200 but at the same time I didn't want to be turning down calls and getting myself taken off the list. So on Monday night I went into work and had a huge talk with my manager Alex. He is seriously the worlds greatest person ever. He told me that if I needed/wanted some extra hours at work he would give them to me no problem. He said he didn't like the thought of me driving on these road conditions either. His only concern, like mine was that if I kept not teaching, it would hurt my future... So then the following day I talked to the union rep and he told me that I should not be penalized for saying no for bad road conditions, but if I were to blanket it and say I am not available for the winter, I would most likely have myself removed from the list. So of course this started the stress all over. so Wed morning I got up and waited for a call just in case. Cuz I was like well I guess I just need to suck it up.. Well Wed it started to snow and stuff, and the roads got bad, and I started thinking there is no way I can drive to Merritt tomorrow, and this was backed up by both my mother and Alex. So I called the call out lady and just left a msg with her saying I would be unavailable for today. Then I checked my email and she had actually gotten back to me, telling me that it would never be expected for me to drive in conditions that I did not feel comfortable with. And with winter, it would not be seen as a refusal. Thank goodness. So that seriously lifted so much weight off my shoulders. And the weather is supposed to warm up a bit, so maybe it will help with the roads. I am just glad to hear, that this winter is not going to hurt my future in teaching, and even though it is the last thing I wanted to do, I can fall back on CT and get some extra hours.... and on that note I should probably get ready for work since i have to be there in a bit...

Monday, November 27, 2006

what happens at the Christmas party... stays at the Christmas party...

Well after surviving a crazy Saturday at work... the second day of the two day sale, I was able to get off at 430, and head down to the mall to have my makeup done for the Christmas party. So i arrived at the Body Shop and Marci was very happy to see me, and was excited to glam me up. So i was there for about 45 min or so, we chatted, and she made me look great! At times I sort of felt as though I had my own personal audience, as people would come into the store, and stop to see what was going on. But when I left, Marci and the other girls just kept telling me how great I looked. So that is always a confidence booster. Anyway so then I raced home, and got changed, and had a drink while I tried to fix my hair. Then my ride came for me about 6:15 and off to the party we went. I had a lot of fun, perhaps a little too much to drink. I bought 6 drink tickets when I got there, and I am pretty sure within the first 30 min, I used most of them. Every time I was almost done one drink, I would give my ticket to this guy Lucas to go get me another one, so I always had one going. The food was pretty good, but then again I was just hungry so that might have helped... my sister said she didn't really like it! Anyway in the past the Christmas parties have always been fun because there has always been a group of us who have gone and partied it up. But when I came back to work this time around, there were so many new faces, and many of the younger staff all usually act as if they are too cool for social functions. So I was kind of wondering about the turn out. But there was actually quite a few of us there, and it seemed like everyone was having a good time! So before they started to hand out pins, and awards the owner comes up to me and asked if I had a camera, and if I could take pictures. I said yes, but everyone at my table just laughed at me because they were like uh does he realize you are drunk! haha.. Oh well, some turned out, others not so much. And normally I am not one for the dance floor.. But I couldn't resist the invite to dance with my darlin Bob, when the song Amazed by Lonestar came on... And later on a group of us did the YMCA and the Macarena... Yes that is right we all got up there and danced away! I know some of you are probably cringing at the thought of that dance, but I thought we were very amusing to watch. Especially the older staff, who wanted to partake but didn't really have a clue what the moves were...
So yesterday at work was a little bit painful to say the least. At least I was not alone. Things at work were kind of mellow as we all dragged our way through the day. And we all had a good laugh, as we remembered bits and pieces of the night and tried to piece the evening together :) So I have tons of pictures.... so if you are interested in seeing me drunk with a whole bunch of people you don't know check them out. They are posted on my msn space, but I am pretty sure I have it set up for everyone to have access to. The address is:
Sorry as soon as I figure out how to make that an actually link I can change it.. but in the mean time maybe you can copy and paste the text... So if you go there, and then click on photos (in the folder that says Christmas party you should come across them

Friday, November 24, 2006

what ppl will do for a sale (part 2)

So I had a pretty lazy day today, I figured that I should enjoy my time off before entering my own personal nightmare tonight... So our neighbor kindly picked Julia up for me at 430, and she comes home, walks into my room and say "you are in for a treat tonight'. And I was like why. So she begins to tell me, one of the cashiers called in sick, the debit lines went down (but appearantly it went down globally cuz the mall wasn't working either) and people were already phoning and enquiring about the 7pm timed specials, and people were complaining that they couldn't get them beforehand etc. So I was like oh good! So Laura comes over, we talk with Julia for a few more min, and then off to work we went. I got there at 5 and yes it was slightly busy, but nothing could prepare me for what came. Around 6:05 I saw a few people hanging around the pallet that we knew had the sewing machines on it.. And I was like you have got to be kidding me, the sale doesn't start for 55 min... There was one lady who grabbed a stool and perched herself in front of the pallet, she was determined to get one of these sewing machines. And then I start having people ask me about the digital cameras and I said they will be at the auto desk at 7. Well within the next 55 min things got scary. It got to the point where you couldn't even walk by where the sewing machines, there were probably 80-100 people, min. And the lineup for the cameras was along along the back wall which was great because we only had 9 cameras!!! I was told that I was going to be cutting open the pallets. or at least one of them (since they were wrapped in tarps). But I said thanks, but I would rather keep my limbs... so I made the guys do it. So at 7pm our store manager made the announcement, and they cut into them. I could only see a couple of the pallets (where a pressure washer was and a dora doll) cuz I was up on cash, but within 30 seconds there were people flooding to the tils. I kept joking with the customers that got the sewing machines, and asked if they had to fight! it was seriously insane... And tomorrow we have 4 more door crashers for 8am.. and lucky me I will be there for it. Wish me luck!

what people will do for a sale (part one)

Well this morning, since I did not get called to teach (yet again) I decided to be a nice big sister and drive Julia to work this morning. As we were getting closer to CT I said to her, "How many people do you think are lined up at the door?" Today and tomorrow marks the "biggest 2 day sale" which means people everywhere. Well there were cars in the parking lot, but no one was at the door yet.. I went inside to change my schedule for today, I figured I might as well go in a little big early, and then I stopped at the morning huddle to say good luck to everyone. Well at about 5 min before the doors are to be open, we look outside and sure enough there was about 20 ppl waiting outside to come in. And poor Julia is the only cashier/customer service girl on.. So they open the door, and the people just start pouring in and make there way around the store. I stood and just watched as a few people headed over to Christmas and loaded themselves up with stuff from the 2 day flier. And this was only at 8am this morning. Tonight at 7pm we have our 4 timed specials. Personally I don't really think anything in the flier this year is worth waiting in huge lines for, but what do I know. However, we have 4 pallets wrapped in tarps that say on them "do not open til Nov 24th at 7pm).. 3 years ago when CT started this tradition of this huge sale we did it as a midnight madness.. That night I have never been so scared! I have seen it in movies where ppl are fighting over products, never in my time did I actually think people actually did that... Since then the crowds haven't been as intense, but still they are pushing to get there way. I start at 5 tonight... so I will have to let you know how it goes... but I have a feeling I am going to be running off my feet... until then...

Thursday, November 23, 2006

winter may have finally arrived....

Well since I have been back in Kamloops, I have been lucky enough to have beautiful weather. The last month of the summer was nice and hot. September and October were also very mild, and I loved it.. I started hearing about snow in Prince George, and I had to laugh a little bit and thank my lucky stars that I was not there. Since I am sure everyone knows just how much I detest driving in the snow. Then it started to cool off slightly here, and we had a mild snow storm. Which made my drive to Merritt the next morning interesting. I made it safely, but I did see a car in the ditch which scared me slightly. Then by the afternoon the sun had come out, and all the snow disappeared. And once again it has been very mild, yet windy. However, this morning I got up with hopes of teaching (which was a no go by the way) and saw that overnight the snow had fallen. And although it is about 3 degrees right now with a high of 6, I think winter has arrived. They are promising more snow in the forecast for the weekend. And my highlight of the weather update was the fact that Saturday should be a high of -7 and on Sunday we should get to a high of -10!!!!!! I guess it is time to suck it up, put on my winter jacket and at least pretend that I love this weather! If the snow would just stay on the trees, and the grass I would think it was beautiful. It is when it is on the roads that causes me to hate it so much. I know that I can be cautious and drive properly but it is all the other idiots around me. Plus with my drive to Merritt now, it scares me even more. However, I don't really have to worry about that since appearantly I am not needed to work!!! The last day I worked was Nov 10th!!!! Oh well... I am sure the jobs will pick up again soon...

Monday, November 20, 2006

Looking for Mr. Good Frog

Well I just finished reading this book, "Looking for Mr. Good frog" by Laurie Graff. It is a cute little story, abut a lady named Karrie Kline, who has dated a lot of "frogs". In her search for Prince Charming, she comes across a lot of bad relationships and dating mishaps. To deal with the pain, she ends up writing a one person act,to share with the people of New York. The book may seem a little corny,but it was actually a very entertaining read.I figured after reading so many text books in the last couple of years, I should be able to enjoy an easy read once and awhile! I was able to laugh at some of her terrible dating disasters, and I could relate to her pain in someways. We are all looking for our Prince Charming...And sometimes when you think you found someone, it is a matter of time before you realize that he is in fact not the one. So for all you single girls out there, it may be something that might strike an interest.. And as we continue to swim in the frog pond.. our prince charming will come along :) Probably when we least expect it...

Friday, November 10, 2006

Remembrance Day

Throughout my years in Elm. and High school, I have a very fuzzy memory of what the Remembrance assemblys were like. I know we had them every year. Someone, or a class would recite the poem in Flanders Fields, maybe the band would play and there was a moment of silence. Although I was aware of the importance of the day, it didn't really affect me. However, I don't know what has changed, but today I was subbing at the high school in Merrit and they put on the most amazing assembly I have ever been to. It was about 40 min long, which at first I thought was going to be a bit much. But it wasn't at all.. I think the reason it hit hard for me is because the students were talking about the men who are overseas right now. I think when I used to think about this day, it was remembering those who died way before my time, but this time it is different. The students had a slide show, of the men who are overseas, and then they did a tribute to the 42 men who have died since going over there a few years ago. Between the pictures, the music, and just thinking about everything it was hard for me to hold back my tears.
They also played that song Imagine by John Lennon, and it got me thinking: what kind of world do we live in? Is it ever going to get better, will we ever have peace, or is it always going to be something we have to imagine... It is kind of scary to think about in some ways. I appreciate what the men are doing for us, and the country, but at the same time it breaks my heart to think that these men, are missing out on everything they had here in Canada, whether it was children, a wife a girlfriend, family etc.
So as I sit here at the computer, living a fairly decent life, I have to think to myself I am pretty lucky to live in this country... And to that I send my thoughts and prayers, to those who have died in war years ago, presently, and especially to those who are currently fighting. "lest we forget"

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

Well it is hard to believe that it is already October 31st. I dont' know where the time has gone... As a child, today is an exciting day because you get to dress up and be whoever you want to be, whether it be a super hero,or a princess, or some sort of animal, and go door to door collecting candy from the neighbors! As we get older it is still fun to dress up. It is the one day for us as adults (or young adults) can be a kid again, and let out their inner childhood. Or in the words of some of my friends, it is the one day of the year when they can get away with dressing slutty and not have anyone comment on it! In previous years I would go to the KRC halloween dance every year.. Dress up and party with the rugby guys. And on the 31st I would be home to help hand out the candy. But during the two years I lived in Prince George I missed on both of these events. The first year we had a halloween party in class where I got to dress up as the characters from Grease.. which was fun.. I am home this year, so I am kind of exicted about handing out the candy and seeing the joy in all the little ones eyes, and see all the adorable costumes. I myself did not and most likely will not dress up this year, but I will enjoy seeing everyone else who is!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

slow week

Well this week, seems to be going by quickly, however the teaching this week is slim to none. I was called Monday morning to teach in a grade 6 class, which was a lot of fun. And that is the only call I have recieved this week.. My only hope is that I get something on Friday! However, I do have my "other" job to fall back on. So I went in early yesterday and I am thinking I might work 8 hours today instead of 4. I figure I have nothing better to do! Living at home is slowly starting to grate on my nerves.. I have been here 3 months I guess, and I am really wishing I had my own place. However, the catch is I get to live here for free which is pretty nice, considering I have student loans etc to pay off.
The weather is begining to become quite cold and gloomy, which sort of fits my mood right about now. I have always had this thing, where I am weary on whether or not I can trust people. I used to be able to trust everyone and anyone. But I was hurt so much in the past that I have put my guard up..And it seems whenever I let that guard down, I get hurt. I met someone, and I don't want to knock it all just yet. But I thought things were going well... and then all of a sudden I began to get the brush off.. I am trying to write it off to stress, and hope he comes around.. If not life will go on.. I was just so excited because I thought for once I had found someone who would treat me well, and not use me like certain people in the past... Oh well I guess only time will tell.....

Monday, October 16, 2006

ADRP paid off?

Well for those of who you were in the education program with me, you will all remember the painful months that we learned ADRP. There was so much to take in, and I know we all complained. Well last week I was called to TOC for two days at the high school, today and tomorrow. So I show up today, to find out that instead of teaching, I was now going to take part in doing student assessment. (for whatever reason the teacher i was going to be working for, chose to back out, so i got to take his place and he taught his classes). Anyway so I got a 10 min crash course on this DART assessment,what was going to take place and what to do. So as the one teacher is showing me how to score the reading, I was like wow... ADRP is flooding back to me. Things like self correction, and omission, sounding out, insertion and all the little codes all came back. So i was like oh ok I am kind of familiar with this system so we should be good to go! So I was paired up with another teacher who has been doing this for a couple of years, and in the second period we had our first group of grade 9's. So I would just go up to them while they working on some comprehension questions and ask them to read me a paragraph, I would make observations, ask them about any reading strategies they may have and move on to the next student. So we did this for two blocks, and then had lunch. Then this afternoon we started to mark. I was kind of worried, but once again things from school came back to me. We were given rubrics, and examples of what a 2, 3, 4, 5 would be etc. So we each would read a paper, give it a score, and then pass it to the next person. We did this with six papers, and found that we were fairly consistant with our marks. So then we got in smaller groups and just started marking these papers.. It was kind of interesting. Tomorrow I am supposed to be going back to continue marking, and we have one more group of students to get through. So it should be fun! But I was told by another teacher this will look great on my resume! All I said was that is good to know! haha... So I guess maybe ADRP wasn't the end of the world after all....

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Evolution of Dance

So on the radio this morning during the entertainment news segment, they were talking about how this website "you tube" was bought buy google. I was only half paying attention and I didn't really know what they were talking about. Well I didn't work today, so I was able to watch Ellen, and she was also talking about this.. Google bought it for like 1.6 billion dollars or something like that. Anyway this website is a place where can ppl upload their videos for others to watch. So Ellen had a guest on her show today who has a video on this website. It is called the Evolution of Dance. It is a 6 min clip, and he basically goes through the era's of dance. On her show he did the two min version, and I couldn't help but laugh as he did the twist, and then went into something like mc hammer, he had all the moves. So after that I had to check this site out. So I watched his 6 min clip and I reccommend if you have 6 min on your hands to check it out. Just go to to and search for the evolution of dance...Then you can count and see how many of those dance moves you remember! Make sure you get the clip with the guy in the orange shirt that is 6 min long. The amazing thing is how quickly this obviously took off.. Cuz when I searched it again later to show my sister, I noticed other versions... So I watched a couple, there were a couple of guys who redid it for a talent show, and a group of girls who did it.
As interesting as it is, and like I said you should check it out... I find it highly amusing that people would record themselves for whatever reason and put it on the internet for others to watch. But then again I find it more interesting to think that people have nothing better to do than watch these clips... But I guess I have become one of those people now! haha.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Teacher Appreciation Day...

Well this morning I heard on the radio that today was teacher appreciation day. So they were asking people to phone in about memories of great teachers, or for teachers to phone in and talk about memorable moments. So it got me thinking... It is amazing how the great teachers that have come into your life forever stay with you. I think it is a couple of teachers that I had, that helped to inspire me to be a teacher as well. I just thought I want to be that person that someone can look back at in 30 years from now and say that I made a difference in their lives!
And on that note... to all my fellow teachers I just want to say Happy teacher appreciation day :) You are all amazing, and I know that you will and probably already do touch the heart of many :)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Its all who you know....

So a week or so ago my sister mentioned that one of her friend's mom is a teacher in Merritt. I guess she has never called in sick, so she has a lot of sick days collected over the years. So jokingly my sister said to her friend, well you should tell your mom to start taking them, and she should ask for my sister! Anyway so this morning my phone rings at 7am and I thought it was a call for today... But they were phoning to book me for tomorrow. She said the name of the teacher and the school, and that I would be in a grade 3/4 class for the day. I was so excited, to be called for elm. school. So I come out to the kitchen to share my news, and I said the name of the school. And my sister was like who is the teacher.. So I said her name and she was like "hey that is Kate's mom"... So I think this is really exciting. I am not sure if this teacher requested me or not... But it would be kind of cool if she did. So my goal is to make an excellent impression so that I get called for her again :)
I went to a TOC union meeting yesterday and learned some interesting information. They sort of explained how the call out procedure works. And the first people to get called are those who are preferred in the district and requested. Then they go on a rotation, starting with those who live in Merritt. But this is exciting for me, because if this lady has as many sick days saved up as it sounds like it, then maybe I will get lots of work in her class.. And if other teachers see my face around there, maybe they will request me too hehe :) Regardless I can't wait to be in an elm. class again.
This morning, when I came home from running a couple of errands, the elm. school near my place was doing a run (I am thinking maybe terry fox) so there were hundreds of kids just running downt he street. So I couldn't help but stay outside for a few min and watch. It was interesting to see, I recognized a few kids from when I did my volunteer work there years ago. It just shows me how much I miss working with children at that level, and I can't wait til that happens for me...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

subbing in high school...

So since I have started my time subbing in Merritt, I have found myself being called a lot for high school. The very first time I was called I was kind of freaked out. It was way out of my element... But the day went fairly well.. Since then I have been called for high school many times. I am begining to recognize faces since I have been teaching the same grades in a variety of subjects. There are the ups and downs of high school. It is a plus because for the most part they are very independent and they don't need me to hold their hand the whole time. I tell them there work and for the most part they get it done..I don't have to do a lot of teaching, it is more or less supervising... However, the downside is sometimes they try to test me.. And way more than the little guys do. But I have showed them that I won't take much crap... So in that sense we usually have a good day :) So today is another day where I get to sit and hang out... and make sure they stay on task :) Oh well regardless of how my day ends up it works out to be $190 in my pocket!!!

Monday, September 25, 2006

no time for me

Well it is hard to believe that it is almost the end of September. I am not really sure where the time has gone! All I know is that it has gone by way too fast. I have been keeping myself very busy... somedays a little too busy for comfort, but it keeps me out of trouble! Basically during the week my day consists of waking up at 6am, showering and getting ready. Last week I was called every day.. So the phone call usually happens at 645 which gives me 30 min to finish getting ready, have breakfast and pack a bag. I leave here by 715, and make my way to Merritt, and teach for the day. Now the fun part is Wed-Fri I work at CT at 530, so by the time I leave Merritt, and get back to town, I have time to quickly eat something and then head back to work. Oh the joys of working two jobs! And then on the weekends, I am of course at CT because why would I have a life!! So lately I have been working 7 days a week.. I know the money is good, but it is getting a bit tiring.. and I can feel myself getting worn out. However, this morning I did not get a call, so I actually have a whole day off. Yahoo!
But teaching is going well. I have been called to sub at the high school a lot, which is slightly out of my league, but it has been fun! For the most part the students are fairly helpful and well behaved. It is interesting I have taught everything from English, to comparative civ, to cooking, to art and photography! Gives me a little taste of everything. I just hope I don't get called for the sciences, or math...
As for CT it is about as good as it can get. My shifts go by fast, I usually have lots to do, and weekends are usually so busy that it keeps me on my toes. It is sad that a lot of the old staff isn't there anymore, but in a way it is good because it keeps me from going in and visiting for hours!! I have met some of the new staff and have made a couple new friends... Life is always entertaining when I go and visit my boys in the warehouse... Well it is fun until somoene sneaks up on me and scares the crap out of me... He thought it was funny though. :)
Well that is my life currently... more to share soon :)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


I thought that I would take a few min and send out a Congrats to my former classmates of EY04. I have heard from a few people that quite a few postings went up in the Prince George district, and that many of my classmates were applying. I was first excited just to hear that people were getting interviews! But I have now heard of I think 6 or 7 people who have gotten some sort of contract. I am so happy for everyone! I knew we would all do well, but it is nice to hear that it is happening to many so early on in our careers! So congrats to all of those who have recieved a contract.... :) And best of luck to those of you who have got an interview, a job may be in the future :)

Big Brother: All Stars

Seven years ago I heard about a little reality tv show called "Big Brother". After the first few episodes I was hooked. It then became something to look forward to every summer. This year I was very excited to see that it was going to be an All star cast. When this season began I was originally cheering for the season 6 crew, since out of everyone in the house these 4 were probably my fav. But as the game went on, and lies were told (which of course is expected in this game)I started to like Howie less, Kaysar I thought was being a wimp, and I wasn't sure what to think of Janelle... So then my cheering changed gears a bit and I was rooting for James (still season 6) and Danielle... However, when it came down to the final four (Janelle, Mike, Erika and Will) I was def back on Janelle's side. So I have to say I was very disappointed to see that Mike and Erika were the final two people in the house. I don't really think either one of them deserved to be there. So in the end Mike won, I guess in some ways he did play the game better, but I don't like the way he treated Erika, using her to get what he wants.. Then again she claims he was using her too. But I think when she sits back and watches all of these episodes, she will see what a fool she was, and perhaps in that sense she didn't deserve the money.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

"The Illusionist"

So a couple of weeks ago, I was talking to my aunt and she mentioned how her and my uncle went and saw the movie "The Illusionist". i had never heard of it, but she was saying how good it was. So I looked it up, and saw that it opened in select cities in August, and everywhere else at the begining of September. So I had kind of forgot about it until today, I was looking at the paper and saw it was here. So I decided I wanted to go see it. I convinced Julia to go with me, even though she was unsure exactly what the story line was. But then again, so was I.. All I knew was that it was starring Edward Norton, who I really enjoy and the movie was about an illusionist, and a love story. Sounded good to me.. Well needless to say I really enjoyed it. I think that Edward Norton is an amazing actor. And the movie has lots of good twists and turns, which keeps you on your toes :) So I reccommend this movie. It does move kind of slow in parts, but overall I think it is worth it.

Friday, September 08, 2006

First Teaching job :)

So this morning at 645, my phone rang and it was the lady in Merritt calling me and asking me if I was available to work today! So of course I said yes. She told me it was at the high school and gave me the name of the teacher. So I ran around my house like a mad woman and probably got ready in like 30 min. so I drove to merritt found the high school and went and introduced myself! I found out that I was going to be teaching 2 English 9 classes, and 2 PE 10 classes. For English it wasn't too bad, there were a couple of kids who tried to test me but I wasn't going to let them get to me. For PE I didn't have to teach which was a good thing since I wouldn't have survived! (haha) another teacher who has the same block just took both blocks and I got to observe.. Then at the end of the day in my last block we had a pep rally.. it was battle of the grades. and it was highly entertaining! So I survived my first day which is good... But I am def. not cut out for high school. I mean it is fun, but yah I am happy with my little guys :)

PS Curt thanks for the help :) I know it probably didn't seem like much but just talking to you for those few min, was very useful.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

sold my soul...

Well it's offical... yesterday i went into the store, and filled out all the paperwork.. I have sold my soul... haha.. Well not really..But it means this whole idea of me actually going back to work for CT has truly become a reality! I was ok with it until I went in yesterday and started signing forms, and then all of a sudden it hit me and I was thinking man what am I doing. But then the other little voice inside my head said "you need to pay for gas somehow!" So today is my first shift. I am going to be working 1-930. The manager told me yesterday that he has the "best" training me. She is a really great person though so it should be fun... I guess.. As fun as work can be I suppose :) I just hope it goes by fast!!! And then I am back again tomorrow 1030-7, as long as I don't get called in for work in Merritt... But I should head off to work here shortly.... hope I survive it :)

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

back to school

Well today marks the day, when all the students, young and old go back to school. Last night it sort of hit me, that this is the first year I will not be doing that. It is kind of weird. I have been listening to my sister, talk about classes, teachers and times. I even went with her to the university to get books. But none of it really sunk in until this morning. I drove Julia to work (since she is also not going to school) and then my mom and I went for a walk. And we walked past an elm. school and we watched all the little ones heading to school, and the older ones waiting for the bus to take them to high school. I know I will be going to school, just in a different way. i will be the teacher... But I can't imagine teachers needing subs anytime soon. So in the mean time I just sit and wait.....

Saturday, September 02, 2006

I don't even like the color red!!!

Well for those of you who talk to me on a regular basis, know that I am currently not doing anything and I am going crazy. The boredom is really starting to get to me. When I first moved back to Kamloops, I went in to see the very few staff that I currently know at CT just to say hello, and my old manager offered me my job back. I said thank you, but at the moment I wasn't interested. Only because I didn't know what was happening with my teaching career etc. Well time went by, and a friend of mine who is the assisstant manager saw me one time when I was in the store, and he offered me a job. Once again I said thanks, but I will think about it.... So time has gone by and the boredom has gotten worse and worse. And the money that I have, isn't lasting, probably because I spend it on silly things! Anyway so today I went up to the store to drop something off for my sister, and my friend saw me and he was like so... how are you.. and I was like alright, but I need money.. And he then had a big grin on his face and said ok, lets talk. So I spent an hour in his office, talking about different things, including the position I would be getting. I won't be going to work on cash/customer service anymore which is kind of nice. I will be doing cash relief though, but that I can handle.. I haven't quite figured out my role, but I guess the change will be good. I just can't believe I am going back! After I finally quit I thought I would never wear the red uniform again... Oh well, it will give me something to do, and it will give me some money so I guess it isn't entirely the end of the world...However I have to keep asking myself "what did I get myself into".

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Kind of a screw up :S

Ok so I think I have just taken the grand prize on ways not to make a good impression in your new job! So like it has been said before I got a job on the TOC list in Merritt, so yay for me. I registered for this workshop, because a) I thought it would be interesting (although i had no idea what it was about I was told the speaker was amazing) and b) I thought it would be a good way to meet teachers in the district. Anyway so the schedule of the weekly events for workshops this week was given to me, and for some reason I had it set in my mind that the workshop was on Wednesday. So I was all set for my very long day tomorrow, being that I would have had to leave my house at like 630am. So I was on my computer double checking that I knew how to get to the place etc. I had the address, the map of how to get there, I felt prepared. And then I checked the actual schedule to see what time it was on, and yup it was 8-12.. so we are good to go right? Nope because the workshop isn't tomorrow it was TODAY! I feel like such an idiot. I don't know how I screwed that up. I knew it was the 29th, but i just thought that was tomorrow. I guess I should have clued in, when I was signing something to mail today and the 29th seemed oddly familiar to me. Now I know why. Seriously I am such an idiot! Way to make an impression! But I emailed the guy who registed me, and apologized and explained I got my dates mixed up. At least I took the blame for my own mistake...

Monday, August 28, 2006

shopping day in Kelowna

So this morning my sisters Paula and Julia, and Julia's friend Jen thought it would be fun to go to Kelowna for the day for a day of shopping. So we got up kind of early, and hit the road about 830am.. It was a beautiful day for driving, and we had some fun tunes to sing along to for the car ride. We spent a few hours shopping in the mall, looking at all the things that we wanted but probably couldn't afford. I held back since I don't really have any money. However, I did buy a top from The Gap. It isn't very often I go in there and find things I like.. even though I see people who have cute clothes from The Gap all the time. Once we had done a few laps at the mall, we decided to venture downtown because Julia wanted to go check out Lululemon. Normally when I go to Kelowna I go as far as the mall and then go back home. So it if fairly straightforward. So going downtown was a whole new adventure! Although it wasn't as bad as we expected. So we went into the store, and I just admired the clothing from a far, because quite frankly I can't buy a zip-up hoodie that is worth $86! But Julia did buy me a cute little headband!

Then we decided to hit starbucks, since who doesn't need a little kick to their afternoon! And then then we drove home, so that poor Jen could have a quick nap before working a graveyard shift tonight! The drive home was a blast, I believe there was a bit of singing and interpretive dancing happening in the back thanks to the lovely Julia and Jen. But it was a good day.. Gave me a chance to clear my head a bit and think of something new for a change... Although I would only be lying to myself if I said that my mind didn't wander just slightly.... But the shopping was fun, and if I had the money I probably could have bought more!

Friday, August 25, 2006

So I know before I did an entry on how some songs really get to me.. or make me think. Well this song by James Blunt, although slightly older now, it has sort of hit really close to home lately... I was listening to the words and I was like wow, that is exactly how I feel... Anyway so I searched for the lyrics to read them, and now here they are ;)

Goodbye My Lover
James Blunt

Did I disappoint you or let you down?
Should I be feeling guilty or let the judges frown?
'Cause I saw the end before we'd begun,
Yes I saw you were blinded and I knew I had won.
So I took what's mine by eternal right.
Took your soul out into the night.
It may be over but it won't stop there,
I am here for you if you'd only care.
You touched my heart you touched my soul.
You changed my life and all my goals.
And love is blind and that I knew when,
My heart was blinded by you.
I've kissed your lips and held your head.
Shared your dreams and shared your bed.
I know you well, I know your smell.
I've been addicted to you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

I am a dreamer but when I wake,
You can't break my spirit - it's my dreams you take.
And as you move on, remember me,
Remember us and all we used to be
I've seen you cry, I've seen you smile.
I've watched you sleeping for a while.
I'd be the father of your child.
I'd spend a lifetime with you.
I know your fears and you know mine.
We've had our doubts but now we're fine,
And I love you, I swear that's true.
I cannot live without you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

And I still hold your hand in mine.
In mine when I'm asleep.
And I will bear my soul in time,
When I'm kneeling at your feet.
Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.
I'm so hollow, baby, I'm so hollow.
I'm so, I'm so, I'm so hollow.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

slowly going crazy...

First of all, let me just say, I hope this entry does not come off the wrong way. I appreciate what my parents have done for me, I really do.... However I am starting to lose my sanity. I got so used to having my freedom and independence, that being at home is a lot bigger of an adjustment than I thought it would be. I know I am not working, (at least until September some time) so the agreement was that I would help my mom out with chores around the house, and I would drive Julia to work and stuff.. I have never once complained. When my mom says can you vaccuum I say sure, and I do it right away. I have driven Julia to almost all of her shifts... So today i was kind of having a lazy day, I slept it, then I worked out, took my time getting ready after my shower, and sort of just relaxed. So this afternoon I crawled into bed to read my book, and I nodded off. Not because I was overly tired, but mostly because that is what reading does to me.... So then I am woken up and I realize it is 630 and it is dinner time. So I go to the kitchen, and my mom had the food served and on the table. Which I love, no cooking is great. But I wasn't feeling overly hungry (could be from the like 12 glasses of water I had today). Anyway so the first thing my dad says to me is "how can you be tired what did you do today". And I just sort of ignored it because I was tired and groggy.. Then he was like well where did you go for lunch if you are not hungry. And I said I didn't go anywhere for lunch.. And he was like oh well then what were you snacking on. And I said nothing... But he just gave me this look! I had to bite my tongue. If I was living on my own, first of all it wouldn't be the end of the world if I had a nap! I think we are all entitled to them once and awhile! And I also probably would have waited to eat until I was hungry... I know both of these things are very petty.... But it is all the things I didnt' ahve to deal with in the last two years. I only had to answer to myself.. I hate when I am going out, and I get asked 101 questions of where I am going. And they hear me come home at night, so I get 101 questions the next morning too.. I need to get out of here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just keep telling myself as soon as I have a pay cheque coming in I will be able to afford rent.. and then it will be back to my independence... thank goodness.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


So I am not quite sure how I get myself into these situations, but somehow I just do! I feel like I am torn between what is right and what is wrong. I used to laugh on tv when you used to see a person torn, and so they would have an angel sitting on one side and the devil whispering in the other ear... And honestly that is how I feel right now. i am being pulled back and forth. I have even tried listing pros and cons in the situation hoping that in the end I would realize what the right decision is for me. But guess what that doesn't work... I have turned to friends for advice. And of course they speak from their heart because they care about me. But I dont' want to listen to the advice even though it may or may not be the right thing to do. Although I guess that is the problem there. What the right thing is, and what I want is two different things. I don't know how I have found myself in this ongoing love triangles.... just for the record this would be the second one in less than a month! However the first time around, I sort of asked to be involved, and then kicked myself afterwards. But I got myself out of that situation. This new one, has been sort of an ongoing thing... not always a triangle but always complicated! Sometimes I love my life.......... So as I look left and right I don't know who I want to listen to...

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

who would have guessed...

Well I think it has been about 2 weeks or so that I have now been back in Kamloops. I love being here, I love the weather, the home cooked meals, seeing my friends from here etc. However, over the last few days I have found myself really missing life in Prince George! Kind of a shocker I know. Especially since almost every day I complained how much I hated it there...... but I miss my friends first and foremost, I miss the trips to Starbucks, I miss my Tuesday night ritual, and I miss my puppies (ok so emma and kobe may not be mine but it is pretty close!) I keep thinking about hopping in my car and making a trip, but then I kindly remind myself that I have no income of money right now, so what is in the bank is all I have til I start working.... so then it brings me back to being in Kamloops and feeling sad because I can't not be with everyone in Prince George.... But I will be back for a visit that is a promise.. just have to figure out when.

Friday, August 18, 2006

interview part 2

Well my mom so kindly offered to come with me this morning. Which made me happy because then I didn't have to fill up my car with gas before the drive (although i should fill up since gas is only 113.0 here yahoo!) and I could stress all I want and not worry about the oncoming traffic! So as we got closer and closer to merritt I became more and more nervous. We arrived kind of early so once we found the board office we took a little drive to check Merritt out. I have to admit it is a cute little town. And we didn't even go to the "city center". So then we went back to the board office and the butterflies kicked in big time.. I went in and asked for they lady who was interviewing me and took a seat on the couch and waited. She came out right away, shook my hand introduced herself and took me to her office. We started off with small talk talking about the weather and stuff, and then she told me she had 13 questions to ask me.. So we went through all the questions and then she said to me........... "well I am going to put you on our TOC list so welcome to the district!" So then I filled out some paper work, and now I guess I just sit and wait for the first call!! She told me that in the years previous those who live in Merritt usually do get the first call before those who commute.. So in the next few weeks I have a decision to make. I can either stay here and commute for now, or move there... I was also told that my name can be on another TOC list as well... so if Kamloops were to hire me that would be an option to do both. But the exciting thing and the most important thing right now is that I am on the list :) So now I just have to get some work... And she gave me information about a workshop that is at the end of the month... I have to go through it and see if anything interests me.. but I am thinking it would be to my advantage to go, start meeting some teachers and stuf... How tacky would it be to have some cards made and hand them out to the teachers there :) haha... Things are finally going my way!!

interview day.. part one

so it is around 8:25am and I have to leave my house in 5 min in order to drive to merrit and find the board office... and my head is just swimming. I found a website yesterday with practice questions which I tried to go over. I also did it for my interview in PG.. it is just nice so that you are not thrown off by any questions.. hopefully.. but i didn't sleep well at all.. i just kept thinking of how it was going to go....... I am bringing my trusty portfolio with me... i figure i put the work into it i might as well show it off... anyway i am off but i will be back to share the end results.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

"Eyes Wide Shut"

So the other night my sister and I wanted to rent a movie, and after wandering through Blockbuster there was not a whole lot out on the new release wall that interested us. So we thought that we would rent some old movies instead. One of the movies that we selected was "Eyes Wide Shut" I had never seen it, but I figured I like Nicole Kidman, I like Tom Cruise (well not as much as I did before) and I have enjoyed other Stanley Kubrick movies. So last night Julia and I started to watch it. And by the end of it, I sat there thinking "what just happened here". We both just looked at each other feeling very confused. And had I known there was going to be that much naked Nicole, and other women perhaps we would not have rented it. But I remember hearing mixed reviews when it came out so I wanted to see it for myself. Perhaps I am missing something. If that is the case some one please tell me what the point of that movie was.......

Monday, August 14, 2006

Why I have never taken up golf...

This morning I recieved a phone call from my parents, asking that I drive out to the lake and pick up the dog because I guess she was driving my parents crazy. So I drove out there, stayed for a quick visit and then came back to town so that I could get Julia to work at 1. Then the phone rang again and it was the Loewens inviting me to go mini golfing. Laura is babysitting this girl Rachel and we thought it would be to take her out to do something. So Yvonne (laura's mom) myself, Laura and Rachel headed down to the mini golf course. I haven't been golfing in a long time so I was really looking forward to it. However by the end of the game, I remembered why I have never taken up real golf. I am not very good! At the end of the 18 holes I had the highest score... That means I won right? haha.. I think the lowest par I got on any given hole was 2, and the highest I got was a 7.. oops. It was a hard one. My favorite is when it would roll right back to the begining.
And of course little Rachel thought that was the funniest thing ever. Especially when she got one of the holes towards the end in 2 and it took Laura and I at least 7 strokes. It could have been more, but we stopped counting! After that I came home to spend some time with my poor dog, who was whining for attention. And then the Loewens had me over for dinner since I am currently home alone. It was so good! But the more I think about the golf game today I think I am going to have to challenge them again.. I was out of practice... or at least that is what I will tell myself!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Job Interview :)

Friday night I came home from being out with some friends, and I decided to check my email. I had an email from a woman who works in the Merritt district saying that she would like to meet me for an interview if I was interested. So I wrote back and said of course I was interested. She wrote back and it has been set up for August 18th. I am really excited but also kind of nervous. Interviews make me so nervous. However, I am very excited about this because it means that things are starting to move in the right direction for me. If this district is starting to look at applications I can only hope that the other districts are as well. My mom hopes that I will have everyone want me and then I will get to pick and choose where I would like to work! That would be nice... but who knows. I am just so happy that this is finally happening for me!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Lac Le Jeune

Today was a family event... my parents have decided that they want to go camping since they have not been in years. So today we drove up to Lac Le Jeune (about 20 min or so out of town) to find them the "perfect" campsite.. My sister and i went up with my mom and then my dad followed shortly behind pulling the tent trailer. so we set up camp, and then we had lunch. After we ate my parents continued to set up, so my sister and I were kind of bored so we came back to town. But despite the fact I was freezing up there. It was a lot cooler than I expected it to be, I forgot how much I love camping. Just being outside, I don't really know what it is. But I miss it. We used to go to Scotch Creek every year as a family. But as we got older and us kids got jobs it was harder to do the family events. Plus everything is changed now, and you have to make reservations a year in advance which is kind of annoying. But I miss going for the bike rides along the trails, and playing card games. And I miss going down to the beach, and once and awhile going tubing when our family friends brought their boat.. So I have decided I need to go camping.. perhaps not this summer since it is almost over, but maybe next summer! I get so jealous when other ppl get to go, so maybe next year will be my turn :)

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Getting settled

Well today is the second full day in Kamloops. So I am slowly getting used to the idea that I am at home living with my parents!!! It isn't too bad. Although one of the first things my dad said to me was "I hope you are aware of the house rules". At first I thought he was kidding but appearantly not. So I am being on excellent behaviour and doing my best to pick up after myself. Not that I didn't do it before, but there were times when I would say just go to bed without putting say my water glass away or something... but I don't want to rock the boat here! I am going to start helping out with the household chores, I figured it was the least I could do considering I am living here for free!
So today was a fairly easy day. I got up and went grocery shopping with my mom, just to get out of the house and hang out with my mom which was nice. Then I came home had some lunch, and took Julia to work. So then of course I made my rounds at CT easier to do these days because I don't know anyone who works there. But I was offered my job back, so that is good to know that I have something to fall back on while I sit and wait for my teaching job :)
But Kamloops will be good whether or not it will be a long term thing or just for a few weeks... only time will tell :)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Good-bye Prince George

Well two years ago I packed up my life in Kamloops and moved to Prince George to enter the education program at UNBC. But one of the reasons I applied up there was because my best friend Jared was moving up there so I figured I would take the chance so we could go on the adventure together! The time went by very fast. I had my moments where I truly hated Prince George. For example the cement baracades everywhere so that if you take a wrong turn it is nearly impossible to turn around. And I could have done without the cold. However I did meet some amazing people. I don't think I would have ever gotten through that program without my friends. At one point I kind of thought I was just there for school and I would get out as soon as I was done. But as the years went by I grew attached and could see myself making Prince George a more long term place to stay. And I would have if the circumstaces would have been different in regards to teaching. So I spent the last week or so in July packing and dreading the day I had to leave. On the Monday (Aug 7th) my parents arrived with a Budget truck and with the help of a couple of friends we loaded up my whole apartment that evening. Seeing my place empty didn't actually upset me as much as I thought it would.
If anything the hardest part were the goodbyes. As I saw people for the last time, the good-byes got harder and harder. Mostly because I saw the people I was closest to during the last couple of days. The one thing I worried about the most though was saying goodbye to Jared. A lot of my friends said, oh you will see him at Christmas, or it won't be that bad... But I don't think anyone will ever realize what Jared and I have..... I saw Jared right before I left town, and I don't think I have cried that hard in a long time.... So Jer if you are reading this know I love you and miss you like crazy.
So now I am back in Kamloops for the time being, and who knows where this journey will take me next. All I know is that I want to teach and I pray that it will happen for me this September.
As for Prince George, it won't be goodbye forever... I will be back to visit you can guarantee... I have a wedding to go to, friends to see and perhaps even a baby ;) So I will see you all after the snow melts away!!!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

So this morning my sister and I got up, had some breakfast and decided that we really need to buckle down and finish the packing since my parents are coming tomorrow. So with the two of us working together we were able to get most of the kitchen packed within an hour. The only problem was we ran out of boxes. Good news is my parents are bringing more with them.

So we were done by 1ish, and we showered and got ready and decided to go see a movie. there is currently not a whole lot to choose from, so we decided to go and see "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby". I didn't go into the movie with high expectations, so that helped a lot. It was an alright movie, it had some funny parts. It was basically your typical Will Ferrell movie. I probably could have waited for it to come to video, but we really had nothing better to do! Plus I enjoy watching race cars, and there was a guy sitting near us who provided extra entertainment.
then tonight we went to Red Robins for dinner (I figured I might as well splurge because I won't be going to one anytime soon) then Jared met us at my place and we watched Big Brother. Then we took his dog Ben for a walk. Or perhaps the dog took Julia, that one is up for grabs. And then we came back here to play Scene It, which I was winning for about 10 min and then I got my ass kicked by Jared. Oh what a thrilling life I lead :) It is just nice to spend some time with jer before I move... Who would have thought i might actually miss PG!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Fondue Goodbye

Well last night a few of my friends threw me a little good-bye get together. We went over to Rachel's house and we had a dessert fondue. So there was tons of fruit, apple dumplings, cream puffs chocolate and caramel. It was an evening to die for because really who doesn't like chocolate! It was a small and quiet gathering but it was nice to hang out with the girls one last time before I head off to Kamloops.
So we ate, and caught up on girl talk, it was good... And then I was up at 530am this morning to go to the Greyhound station to pick up my youngest sister Julia. She is here to visit for a couple of days and help me with the final steps of packing. She is probably going to get dragged around a lot from place to place but it will be fun ;) I feel like I have so many people I want to see one more time before I journey back home... So much to do and so little time to accomplish it all in.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Addicted to the internet??

Well the last week or so I have been having a lot of trouble with my internet connection. It will be working fine, and then the computer freezes, and when I look down at the little box thing, the online light is flashing red. So I usually curse it, turn the computer off and attempt to find something else to do to kill some time. And it normally comes back on with a few hours. At least when it goes out at night it is a good reason to go to bed!! So Tuesday night night it went out just before midnight, and by 4pm yesterday it still wasn't back up and I was going crazy. so I began thinking am I addicted to the internet? In some ways I think I am. See some people use the internet for business purposes, or during the school year I tend to use it for more educational purposes. But most of the time, my internet is my connection to all of my friends! I am usually signed in to msn. It keeps me in contact with all of my friends, from all around the world :) so when I can't come online at any time to chat, or see who is online I start to go crazy. Also my friend Soph and I have this thing where we send each other at least one email a day, so it was driving me nuts not to be able to see what she had to say, and that I could not send her my daily email!! Also this blog has kind of become an addiction. I like to post entries, even if very few (if anyone) read them! It is a chance for me to express what is on my mind.
so lets rewind a bit, yesterday by 4pm when my internet was not working I phoned shaw and sat on hold. I finally got through, and the guy on the phone said that I had a very bad connection, and it was something to do with the cable lines. Like I didn't know I had a bad connection, the internet didn't work!So he told me they would send someone here on Friday. At first I was like ok, gives me a chance to pack with little distraction (haha). However, by some fluke I decided to take a peak this morning and I saw a steady green light, so on went the computer!! Who knows how long it will last, and the guy will be here tomorrow regardless... In the meantime I am happy to say I am back and connected :) And if I truly am addicted to the internet (which I am pretty sure I am)... I just think there are worst things that I could be addicted to!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Power of Music

So I was driving in my car today on my way to meet a friend for lunch (yes I went out for lunch instead of spending the whole day packing) and I was listening to music and a song came on so I began to focus on the lyrics of the song. The song was a cover, so at first I just was trying to figure out what it was, but then I began to actually listen to the lyrics and I realized that a few of the lines hit close to home. Anyway it made me start to think how powerful music is. Sometimes just listening to a song I find I can relate to the lyrics of the song. For example The Dixie Chicks new song "Not Ready to Make Nice", I realize what the song was written for but it had a different meaning to me. Then there are other times when I will hear a song and it will take me back to that exact moment when I heard that song. One that still sends goose bumps up and down by spine is "I Try" by Macy Gray. Dancing to that song I recieved my first kiss, and something about that song brings everything about that moment back. Or when I hear "I think We're Alone now" I think of the many hours my sister and I spent coming up with the perfect dance routine for the song! Or one of my favorite songs is probably "The Dance" by Garth Brooks. That song not only reminds me of an amazing person, who I was so close to and knew me better than anyone else ever did and ever will. We thought of it as our song. But the song also has a deeper meaning because when I listen to the lyrics it represents the relationship that we had. I wouldn't trade what we had for anything, regardless of the pain it may have caused. But he knows he is still special regardles....And will always hold a very special place in my heart.
Anyway my point is, I just find it amusing how certain songs can trigger different emotions. I know for many song writers, they write the lyrics to songs to express how they are feeling, and it is away for them to deal with their emotions. So I really like the idea that I as a listener can take something from an artists music, and once and awhile enjoy a song for more than a good beat.
I just bought the newest India Arie cd "Testimony: vol. 1, Life and Relationship". It deals with breaksup and heartache. Granted I am not going through, or have been through a breakup recently that I needed this album. But it is a really good cd, I can see how it would have been healing for her to write, and I can see how listening to it would be healing.......
So the next time you are listening to a song......... what does it make you think of?

John Tucker must die!!

So last night I was talking to my friend Stef, and she was like lets go see a movie. And I was like well what is playing. So she listed off our options, and we stumbled across John Tucker Must Die. We had a good chuckle because based on previews this movie could possibly hit a little close to home. So we decided to go check the movie out! So we get to the theatre, and walked in and I looked around and said "I am pretty sure we are the oldest ones here". Besides you know the young teeny boppers who may have brought along their mom's. haha. So the movie begins, and you can't help but laugh. It is one of those cheesy high school movies, but there were some good jokes. I think the highlight of the movie for me was in the begining, and one of the actresses, made a sexual comment (of course I forgot the line by the time I got home) and so Stef and I just start killing ourselves laughing. And no one else did. I think it could because for a lot of these little guys the humour probably went right over their head!

So here is a little run down about the movie for those of you who are not familiar! (probably by choice I am sure). The movie is about a handsome guy who is the most popular guy in school (John Tucker). He is dating/playing these girls all at once and they find out. And they decide the best solution is to get even. So the movie goes through all the actions these girls go through to get revenge.
So like I said the movie is kind of corny, but I tend to like dumb movies like this so it was enjoyable! And if anything else the movie was easy to watch since Jesse Metcalfe is very easy on the eyes!!! I recognized him but couldn't place where. I know he is in Desperate Housewives, but I have never seen the show. Which I regret because I hear nothing but good things about it. But then Stef pointed out that he used to be on passions. Once again it was never a show I followed, but once and awhile I would catch part of an episode, and he looked good then and he looks good now :) Although it was kind of weird to see him in a role of a high school kid. However, he does make a woman's red thong look slightly appealing ;) haha

Monday, July 31, 2006

How much is too much?

Well I would like to think that I was productive today in the packing sense, but lets face it I was far from it! haha. I got up this morning and did some packing while watching "The View". Then I got on the phone and cancelled my internet for next week, and did a change of address for my credit cards. That in itself took forever since I spent more time on hold than I did anything else. Then I was like what would I rather do, pack or see what Curt is doing? And of course I chose the latter. So I picked up Curt, and we went to Staples, and then to the school board office, and then to Costco to get some pictures developed. I wanted some of the pictures from my trip home a couple weekends ago. So we wandered around Costco, admiring all the furniture, and I looked at all the books I want to read but probably never will! Then we decided that I would just come back for the pictures later, so we went back to Curt's place to hang out. So we hung out for a bit, I showed Curt how to link his blog to mine (cuz we are just that cool) and then we watched some tv. Meanwhile I was starting to get very hungry. We were watching an episode of Seinfield (when they go to this restaurant, and the whole episode is them trying to get a table) when Curt turned to me and said we should go for dinner. So we went and picked up my pictures and then went to this place called "the China cup" Basically you walk in, pay for the buffet, and then you eat til you are ready to burst! I was hungry so I thought this can't get any better. However if there is one thing I tend to forget when I go to places like this, it is that my eyes are usually WAY bigger than my stomach. I think it has something to do with the fact that it is all you can eat for a certain price. So whne I go back for seconds, I think hey you have to get your money's worth. However, I am pretty sure Curt and I were a sore sight, as we sat looking at our plates, thinking we didn't want to waste the food, but at the same time we were going to be sick if we had one more bite! So now ppl with common sense would be like yup we are full lets go... But noooooooo there was soft ice cream to be had. So we somehow mustered up some room, and we went and got icecream! And I wonder why I dont' feel well now? haha. So we sort of waddled out of the restaurant and came home to relax!! But the thing I find most amusing is one would think that I would learn. I always eat way too much, and you would think it would be an easy mistake to learn from. But nope, every time the same thing!!!

Can't Sleep

Well today was a bit more productive than yesterday but not by much. Yesterday i literally sat on the computer for most of the day. I thought about packing but never got to it. Finally around 3 I was hungry so I msged my friend Stefani and we went to BP for a late lunch. We sat there and chatted for like 2 hours, and sat a bit longer to wait out the rain. Then I came home, and sat on the computer some more, until 7ish when I went over to Curts to hang out. So although unproductive i twas a good day. Today however, I got up and did do some packing. I did some cleaning and I also watched the movie Driving Miss Daisy (kind of slow moving but I enjoyed it). Then tonight I watched Big Brother All Stars, and then found myself back at the computer looking for something to do. I didn't really have anything that had inspired me to want to write a blog entry and there wasn't really anyone online to talk to... so I was like that's it I am going to bed. However, I can't sleep, so now I am back here! haha.
I think part of the reason I am having such a hard time sleeping is because my mind is just racing. I think of all these things I have to do still in the next week, and the things I want to do. And all the other thoughts buzzing through my mind. Sometimes I wish I could just turn the brain off... then maybe I would get a good night sleep. But I cna't turn my brain off, so I guess I deal with all the unwanted thoughts circulating my mind... But if anyone has any tips on how to fall asleep I would love to read about them. I am thinking this is going to be kind of a stressful week so I am willing to try almost anything at this point to try and get some shut eye. :)

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Phone Etiquette

So I have a new pet peeve. I understand that we all have lives so there are going to be times when we are busy or not home. But that is the joy of technology and the use of caller id and voice mail/answering machines! That way if you are busy the person trying to call you can leave a msg, or at least you can see who has called you and return the phone call. At least that is how I thought it worked! For example one of my friends phoned another one of our friends a few times and has left msgs... It has now been I dont' know how long and still no call back! I understand like I said we all have lives and get busy, but it would take 30 seconds to call back and just say hows it going..... I also have a friend, who rarely answers the phone. And even better yet, never returns the call! I really have no point to this blog, other than it drives me crazy when people do not call back! I try to return phone calls, simply because I know it is the polite thing to do. For example I got off work last week and noticed that Curt had called me. I knew I was leaving that afternoon to head to Kamloops for the weekend. However, I took that 2 min out of my life to call and just say hows it going. Its not that hard ppl!!!!!!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Ode to my neighborhood!

I thought I would just take a minute and share a picture with everyone. A couple of weeks ago, this is what I got to look at when I looked out my window! Talk about an apartment with a view! I am not sure exactly what happened. I think perhaps the people who were renting, left, and it was the poor owners trying to clean it out. However this is the nice pile of "garbage" within the duplex that sat on the front lawn for weeks.

So it has been two years now since I moved to Prince George. Prior to moving here, my mom and I made a weekend trip to scope out places to live. I talked to my friends boyfriend, told me to stay away from a street called Abahu. A lady from work told me to stay away from streets with "tree names". So when we got here and we talked to the lady at the front desk at Esthers in she showed us a map and marked the areas to stay away from and both areas previously mentioned were circled! So my mom and I hit the pavement the next day, and of course the place I am living in I had fallen in love with on the internet. Not so much because of it's appearance but it just seemed like such a happy place to live (I guess that is how they sell things online!) Anyway so end of August rolls around and I move up here and I think to myself this is kind of interesting. I guess I didn't really pay attention to the neighborhood. Then I had interesting evenings with the girl who lived across the hall. cops came a couple of times. But neighbors in my building came and went. And in fact although the neighborhood was kind of run down I never really had a lot of complaints. Until the above duplex had their most recent tenants. There were always ppl coming and going and sometimes I wondered just how many ppl lived there. One night I woke up to the sound of smashing glass, looked out the window and someone had a 2x4 in their hand and was smashing in the front window. And then a few weeks ago I witnessed a man trying to throw a woman out of the place. (which I then called the cops). Which brings us back to present day where I got to look at that lovely image for days on end. It has since been cleaned up... however I am pretty sure I will not miss living here :) And any time I do all I will have to do is look at the pictures and I am pretty sure I will get over it :) haha .

Friday, July 28, 2006

Procrastinating Packing!

Well I have come to the decision that I hate packing and I hate the idea of moving. Not that I don't want to go back to Kamloops Parts of me really does. I just really hate the packing aspect of it. And of course leaving behind the friends I have made up here. So within the last week I decided I really needed to get motivated, so I packed up the bookshelf in my computer room and the one in my bedroom! Then I packed all my cds, all my dvds and all my breakable in the living room. I was on a roll. But then I ran out of paper and I was running low on boxes so my excuse was no more packing for me! However, when I went home to visit my mom loaded me up with boxes and we went to the newspaper and bought me a new roll of paper, so really I can't use that as an excuse! So far I have created a blog, went for coffee, went shopping, and watched movies and or tv instead of packing! However, yesterday my internet decided to crash, there was nothing on tv, and telus' lines were down so I couldn't send text msgs (anyone who knows me would know that would be the death of me haha) So I packed up my computer desk! My first thought was to sort and organize the million and one things in it. And I kind of did, but a lot of the papers just got tossed into a box for now.
So I was talking to my mom tonight and she asked if I needed more boxes... I told her I would let her know in a few days, which means I guess I have to do some packing. I just hate it because I don't know where to begin. And really as things end up in boxes it starts to upset me because it makes the move that much more real. Oh well I just have to keep telling myself that good things will come out of this move :)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Back to the "blogging" board...

Well I was first introduced to the idea of "blogging" during my two years in the Elm. Education program. At first it seemed like a pain in the ass, but it soon became a lot of fun, and kind of addictive. I am not too sure how many hundreds of time I would check out my blog to see if anyone had left me a comment. Once classes were over, both blogs that I started were kind of forgotten about. Probably because one was related to fine arts and the other one was dedicated to childrens literature! Then I started to use the "my space" via msn and I started to keep that blog updated to a degree. But then I realized that only the people on my msn list could actually read that. So I have been doing some thinking and I decided to restart my own blog on this website. That way those who care (and perhaps there will be no one) can read this and see what is going on in my life. It is also a good place for me to express what is going on in my head. I guess in someways it is like a public journal! Perhaps I will influence others to start their own blogs. I would be interested to see what other people are up to as well, and what makes ppl tick? So this is my introduction to my life ahead. haha. Keep reading :)