Archive | June, 2011

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

28 Jun

For the past little while I’ve been feeling a little anxious, there are a lot of changes coming my way. I guess it just took a little bit longer for the feelings I expected to experience on my 25th birthday to kick in. One of the biggest changes is that my parents will be leaving Winnipeg and moving to Toronto in the next month. My mom is from Toronto so this is something she’s wanted to do for the past 29 years however I don’t think any of us really thought this day would come so fast. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really excited for my whole family to be in the same city for the first time in over 3 years, I mean come on, home cooked meals galore, but it will certainly be an adjustment. And the saddest part is, I have to say goodbye to the home I grew up in since the day I was born. That house holds a lot of memories for my family.

Another difficult thing is that it will be a lot harder for me to go back to Winnipeg. Although it’s not the right place for me to be in at this point in my life, I really loved growing up there. I fear that finding the opportunities to go back there will be few and far between and when I do go back I won’t be in my own house, I’ll have to crash on somebody’s couch. I have a few dear friends left there that I know have no problem having me but it just won’t be the same.

I’ve also been feeling some anxiety about my future in general lately. I’ve recently found out that I will have to put pursuing my MBA on hold for a few years which part of me is okay with but the other part fears. I love my job right now and I love where it’s taking me but I also know that there will come a point when I will want to go back to school. As a 25 year old woman though, I just don’t see where I’m going to find the time to do it all; excel at my job, go back to school, become a wife and then at some point become a mother. It just seems as though so many things are expected to happen all at the same time and this scares me. I try to reassure myself that it will all work itself out but when you’re looking up at the top of a mountain from the foot of it, it feels like you’ll never be able to make the climb.

Anyways, all of my anxiety aside, I did just finish a book so I’ll do a short book review as the post is already getting pretty long. For my book club I just finished the book The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. In short, this book was well written and started off having a lot of potential but in the end was quite a dissapointment. I feel that the story covered a lot of interesting themes and characters but never quite delved in deep enough to make the story develop in a way that could keep a reader entrenched in it. That’s really all I have to say about it. See, short and sweet. Now it’s back to packing, I’ve got a big trip ahead of me. And I will be doing something this coming weekend that may shock some people so stay tuned…

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Relays and Safaris

21 Jun

This past weekend was quite full of adventure. Friday night was the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, an event that I was on the committee for for the second year. It’s a really great event that occurs overnight and asks team members to walk around a track all night long. This all night walk symbolizes the fight against cancer; as the sun goes down it seems like a long struggle, the middle of the night is the hardest part as one must fight against their exhaustion but as the sun begins to rise hope is signified and it’s like the light at the end of a long and difficult struggle. This year this event meant even more to me as last November my grandfather died from Pancreatic cancer.

I would have to say that the highlight of the event for me this year was the tent that my team and I constructed from very limited materials. Roy’s family had graciously lent me their tent to use for the night but I was warned, the tent had been sitting in their garage for the last 20 years. I took this warning with a grain of salt, confident that it wouldn’t be too bad. Well my friends, I was wrong. The tent smelled horribly like mildew. So me and my team, being the creative girls we are, simply took the poles, duct taped them together and draped our sheets over top. All I can say is luckily it didn’t rain that night! And believe it or not, it was quite cozy and fit all four of us perfectly!

So after the almost all nighter on Friday (I did manage to sleep a bit) I spent all of Saturday being a big lazy bum. Sunday though, it was back to the adventures! I finally went to the African Lion Safari, something that I had been dying to do ever since I moved here and heard about it. And let me tell you, it did not dissapoint! I couldn’t believe how close up we got to all of the animals (from the car of course). There were cheetahs coming right to our car, giraffes crossing the street right and front of us and best of all, monkeys climbing all over the car. Unfortunately they took off Roy’s sister’s car mirror and started eating it but you can’t say they don’t warn you, there are disclaimers everywhere as you drive in.

So that was my weekend full of adventure, if only all weekends could be so fun! Tomorrow is Wednesday, almost half way done the week and then another weekend. I look forward to it already!

The Canucks Riot and Re-thinking Book Review Wednesdays

17 Jun

So as you have seen, I missed another BRW. I instead was glued to my tv watching the Canucks lose the Stanley Cup by a landslide. Although I was dissapointed that the Canadian team didn’t win, I wasn’t devastated as the Canucks aren’t one of the teams I’m normally a fan of. Now, if it was next year and the Jets were playing then that would be a different story! With that being said, I’m sure most people have heard about the riots that erupted in Vancouver following the game. In my opinion, the reaction of the Canuck fans is humiliating to us as Canadians and makes me question what the meaning of being a fan is.

 I competely understand being passionate about a sport but at the end of the day, people play these games because they enjoy it, it’s supposed to be fun. Yes, we all get emotionally invested in our teams on some level but the way the Vancouver vans reacted was completely shameful. By the end of the week, would any of the fans lives had changed because the Canucks had lost? Most likely, no. But now these people’s lives may change because they will now have a criminal record and because they are publicly being made to look like idiots. And all of this is following the glory that the city had previously embodied during the Olympics which is truly the most dissapointing of all.

 Now, back to what I was saying about Book Review Wednesdays. I have begun to re-think this a little which is okay because this blog is still a baby and I’m learning as I go along! Doing a book review every week is just too much for me so I’ve decided that I’m only going to have them when I’ve recently finished a book or when I think it is relevent to something else that I’m talking about. They will still occur on Wednesdays, just not EVERY Wednesday. Maybe only a couple a month…

Anyways, it’s Friday so I’d like to wish everyone a great weekend! Tonight I am participating and volunteering at the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. I have been on the committee to help organize this for the past 2 years and I’m really looking forward to this event. I’ll let you all know how it goes!

Finding A Balance

14 Jun

Dear Loyal Readers (aka Mom and Dad), I apologize for my long absence. Once again life has gotten away from me.  And I am fully aware that I missed a BRW but don’t fear, there will be one coming tomorow (although don’t blame me if there isn’t, it’s the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow night gosh darnit!)

I think today was the first balanced day I’ve had in a really long time. I had a good productive day at work, then Roy came to meet me after work and we went out for ice cream and then I burned off that cookie dough ice cream hard with a really great spin class. It’s days like these that I feel the best. I’ve had a really difficult time accomodating working out into my schedule. Aside from a reduced heat yoga class I went to last week, my exercise level has been pretty much non-existent. Couple that with a lot of celebrations, which translates into a lot of cake, and it has been a fat few weeks. Now don’t get me wrong, I love celebrations and I definitely love cake but I don’t love how I feel after all of that. Therefore I am trying to resolve to keep up the momentum I built at spinning tonight and continue working out at least a few times a week. I know that this is key in feeling good about myself.

I also resolve to put more energy into this blog! I know, I know, I keep saying this but stay tuned because shit is about to get real. And on that note, I bid you adieu! Good night friends and let’s go Canucks!

Bday Celebration and BRW – Those Who Save Us

1 Jun

I hate that it has been a week since I’ve written a post but alas, life continues to be very busy. However, I am home from work sick today so although I feel not great, I’m pushing myself to write. This past weekend was very busy as I celebrated my 25th birthday with my friends. I had been planning on making S’mores cupcakes but none of the stores around my apartment had graham crackers or marshmallow fluff! I was both shocked and appalled. Either other people also had s’mores on the brain or these stores need to start getting their summer grocery stock in! Anyways, I had to settle for making plain vanilla cupcakes but no fears, they were still delicious and had lots of sprinkles on them to get people in the party spirit! Once the party started, my sister surprised me by putting candles on the cupcakes that I made and singing me Happy Birthday. Kind of funny since I was the one who made the cupcakes but fun nonetheless!

Now, seeing as how it is Wednesday it is time for another book review! I just finished a book this week called “Those Who Save Us” by Jenna Blum. This book wasn’t amazing but it was good, easy to pick up and easy to get through. Growing up, I read a lot of books about the Holocaust and The Second World War but lately I haven’t as much so this was the first one I’ve read about this time period for a long time. It was interesting in the sense that it was a story about a German woman during the war so it had very little focus on the Holocaust as much as it did on the Second World War. This story follows two women, one as aforementioned, during the War and the other her daughter, about 45 years later. In the present, the daughter is trying to figure out her mother’s story from the war while the reader figures it out as the story switches from past to present. Although I enjoyed the story, I didn’t feel invested in it as I sometimes do in stories. I’m a big cryer and I didn’t shed a tear which always leads me to believe that there was something lacking in the writing. If a story doesn’t evoke a lot of emotion from me, I tend to think something in the story was missing although I can’t put my finger on it.

Okay, now that this post is getting long, I’m going to go lie down again and hopefully feel better tomorrow because I have tons to do at work! I hope that everyone is enjoying the warm weather that is finally here!