Monday, February 28, 2011

Day 93: Eeyore

I know that my Nana will love these socks. She definitely loves Eeyore. My Mom's dog, Jacob, always reminds me of Eeyore. He has big, sad, puppy dog eyes and always seems down on his luck. Example -- the chair's too small:

What a cutie.

Completely unrelated, I spent Sunday in Banff with my Dad, Stepmom and my two stepbrothers. The day was fantastic.

There is honestly something amazing about getting to an age where you realize the value that siblings have. As younger kids we might think sometimes "yeah, I like my brothers" or "ya, I guess they're alright". But coming to the realization, as an adult, that my stepbrothers are actually both really cool individuals is way better than any flippant remark I've made about it in the past. These two guys are so unique -- and I totally love them for it.

For starters, Chris is an incredibly talented guitarist. And I don't mean like he can sort of play a tune on a guitar and make it sound like someone else's song. I mean he recorded his own CD in high school and is actually ridiculously talented. I hear him playing downstairs sometimes and I'm just in awe that he can make music like that. If I picked up a guitar, let's be honest, I wouldn't even really know how to properly hold it. I am constantly impressed with his musical abilities. And it's not just guitar. He's a full out recording engineer with a studio in our basement. He writes lyrics, writes music (guitar, drums, keyboards, etc.), records music, and then mixes it to make it sound even better. I can't imagine the talent, and patience, it takes to do all of the above. While Chris and I had our differences when we were younger, I definitely can appreciate him now as I never could have as the self-centered 16 year old girl whose Dad married his Mom.

My other stepbrother Chad has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I've ever met. Truly, he would lay down his life for his family and friends. He works at a non-profit organization and just adores kids. He took a promotion there with the stipulation that his job still had to allow him interaction with the kids and families that he works with. He is warm hearted and not in a mushy-gushy, annoying, crying all the time kind of way. He is warm hearted, but fun. I envy his spontaneity and ability to adapt to any situation he seems to find himself in. He's an adventurer at heart. He's a total goofball. And yet, some of the most serious discussions I've had in my life have been with him, sitting on a counter in the kitchen, talking until midnight when we had school the next day. Some of his ideas stretch my thoughts of what is possible in my own life and I am so grateful for that. While I couldn't stand it when we were younger that he would cheat in games (seriously! pet peeve!), I can now appreciate Chad and all the qualities that make him who he is.

Family days are definitely in order more often. How lucky am I to have more than one family. Seriously, blended families are the best.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 92: Boring gray

I actually switched it up a bit on Saturday. I wore these for most of the day, another pair later on to match my shoes and then high heels later after that without any socks. These gray socks were worn for the majority of the day though.

On Saturday night I met a whole bunch of new people at a friend's birthday party. Hands down best part of the night:

J: Lydia, this is ____. ____, this is Lydia.
Me: Nice to meet you.
____: Lydia, hmm interesting name.
Me: What does that mean?
____: The last time I met a girl named Lydia, she told me her name means 'whore'.
Me: (laughing hysterically) My name does not mean whore!
J: Wow ____, you really need to work on your skills for picking up girls.

We googled it and proved him wrong. Probably one of the funniest first meetings of my life. That's one way to make a first impression.


Day 91: Black and Pink Knee Highs

So you can't tell that they are knee highs. And it's just a really awkward photo. But those are my socks!

For one person, this will be a repeat. As this one person has definitely read that I wrote this before, but I feel like I want to share it with everyone. Not sure why, just do.

I am thankful I didn’t get married at 21.
I am thankful that I do not have children already.
I am thankful that I am picky enough to not settle. 
I am thankful for days where I do absolutely nothing on my ‘to-do’ list.
I am thankful for men that don’t hit on me.
I am thankful for men that do.
I am thankful for people that write on bathroom stall walls, so I can read it.
I am thankful for wine.
I am thankful for hugs.
I am thankful for a questioning mind.
I am thankful to my Mom for her humour, laughter, and friendship.
I am thankful to my Dad for his incessant love, jokes, and cuddles.
I am thankful to my parents for doing their best. 
I am thankful to my last job for helping me to realize my career path.
And I am thankful, truly thankful, that I don’t have it all figured out yet.  

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 90: Purple Bows

These are purple, though they look more brown or black in the picture. I truly am not a photographer.

Thursday rekindled my love for my MacBook Pro, as well as my love for James Franco.

Krista bought a brand new MacBook Pro and she and I totally geeked out on our respective computers, while sitting side by side on a loveseat. We basically snuggled while showing each other how to do certain things on our laptops. We even played animated hangman. And lost on purpose, just to see how he died. Morbid, I know.

Krista's desktop background was a super sexy picture of John Mayer and that got me thinking it was time to change my own desktop background. Instead of the adorable frog that said "wanna smooch?", I now have an even more adorable picture of James Franco, smiling his beautiful crinkly smile and holding a cup of coffee. When looking at it, it feels like he's right there, just chatting over a cup of coffee.

I clearly need to get out more.


Day 89: N is for Nebraska

I was all sorts of confused on Wednesday as I was wearing Nebraska socks while wearing a Canadian Olympic Hoodie. I feel though that I captured the essence of Nici (the Nebraska sock gifter) by doing just that. She is an American that would likely wear Canadian pride more outwardly than she would even wear her American pride!

Patriotism is very interesting to me. I found it strange while travelling in the States to see such overwhelming patriotism. Think: American flags on at least one house on most streets, flags in stores, American themed drinks/meals, etc.

I feel that Canadians talk the talk of patriotism a lot of the time, while Americans blatantly, and unapologetically, walk the walk. Maybe this is something we could adopt more as Canadians? Then again, maybe it's too much? I'm not sure, but there is something comforting to me in the thought of people backing their country and being proud of where they come from.

Hooray for Canada. That includes Québec.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 88: Neon Green with Blue Accents!

Tuesday, tuesday, homework day.

Tuesday was just that. I spent the morning/early afternoon doing homework and running errands. Really exciting stuff, I know.

Then Krista and I cooked for our dodgeball team potluck! We didn't have dodgeball this week because they didn't have enough gyms for all the leagues so we decided to have a potluck. It ended up being incredibly delicious food made by all! We also played a fun game of 'Telephone Pictionary' that was pretty hilarious, in the end.

I'm waaaay too tired to write any more right now. Time to go to bed. Mmmmm bed.


Day 87: Pretty in Pink

I bought these winners at Michael's! They are feminine and cute.

Monday was the perfect day for feminine, pink socks. I woke up late and went for lunch at Milestone's with Mallory and Shannon. I love that restaurant. There have been very few times where I've been disappointed with a meal at Milestone's. The one time I was, was basically my own fault. I decided that red curry sounds delicious, even though they warned me it was spicy. I thought it couldn't be that bad and ordered it anyways. Well, the girl who can't even eat  too much pepper definitely found it WAY too spicy. I tortured myself with that dish twice just because I love curry so much! I have now reformed my ways though and order items that I know I can handle. My two favourites: Butternut Squash Ravioli (mmmm goat cheese!) and the Chicken Pesto Fettuccine. Seriously, try this dish. It is so flavourful. And obviously it's calorie free when you eat at restaurants!!

After lunch I did some homework and then Krista came home and Andrew came with her. They bought me Starbucks -- amazing! We sat around and chatted and I really enjoyed that.

Krista and I then went out for drinks with Joy and two Rebeccas! Lots of girl chat ensued!

After that I spent the rest of the evening watching Gilmore Girls.

Could there really be a better day for feminine socks? Nope!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 86: Spongebob Squarepants (with a side of indigestion)

This is my second pair of Spongebob Squarepants socks. This is dancing Spongebob! And I did just that in these socks. Actually, I'm a liar. I spent the morning sleeping (until 11am), then I ate potato chips and dip and nibs while watching season three of Gilmore Girls. I have not eaten so poorly in a long time. I had a break in between eating terrible food and dvd watching to have a Skype chat with Amy, who I miss so much!

Once I finished eating that junk, I got ready to go to church. Church was unbearable for me. My stomach started hurting so badly, from my poor food choices, that I could hardly focus on what the pastor was saying.

After church, Joy and I went to Riley, Rita, Andrew, and Tim's new place. We had a kitchen party (aka stood around in the kitchen talking) and then I took Joy home because she had work to do on Family Day. My stomach was still in a lot of pain, but not nearly as badly as during church.

Next time I'll think twice about consuming copious amounts of junk food in one sitting and with no healthy choices mixed in!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 85: Pink & Black Stripes

These socks were really soft and comfortable!

Saturday was a fabulous day! I slept from midnight until 11am. I got up for an hour and then fell asleep on the couch from 12 to 1pm. So much sleep! It was wonderful.

Saturday night I served at a wedding with some friends. It was really fun and some extra money, which is always awesome. Apparently they do them almost every weekend in the summer so I may be able to keep making extra money, which would be really helpful being a student and all.

After serving I went out for drinks with a couple friends to a place that none of us had ever been before. It was really fun, except we didn't get there until 11pm so getting a table at that point was a little hard, but we managed it eventually. Then we didn't realize right beside our table was the 'dance floor' when the band starting playing so I had drunk people all up in my space trying to show their moves off to their friends and/or love interests. It was joyous. All three of us ladies also came to the conclusion that if we are single at the age of anywhere above 40 we will probably not go out partying and picking up younger men. Wait, did I just say that? I love younger men. But seriously, there has to be a cut-off. Show some class ladies!


Day 84: Checker board (and neon)

Really? What is a checkerboard without some neon?

Friday was my last day of school before reading break. And my last water workout for two weeks. When reading break happens all the fitness classes are cancelled for that week. I think that kind of sucks, but I suppose the instructors appreciate breaks too. I think Joy and I are going to find a couple fitness classes to attend this week somewhere else though. That will be good. I don't want to get out of the swing of working out, because my will power has always been pretty much zero and I'm afraid if I stop, I won't start again!

Maybe I'll google what some of the leisure centres have going on this week. I've been really enjoying working out twice a week in a class format. I'm sure next fall I will do the same. Hopefully I can do an evening class or two throughout the summer as well. Or maybe a weekend class? It's hard to imagine that I'll be working full time in the summer instead of doing school work. I am really excited to have solid paycheques again though! Annnd I already have one interview for a summer position booked. Here's to hoping for a few more too!


Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 83: Naughty is the new Nice

These socks = hilariously cute. If you can't see it, the n for naughty has devil horns and the n for nice has a halo.

I wore these socks on Thursday and really had a pretty good day. I spent the day at work and then went to Bellyfit in the evening with Joy. It was a sweet class. She called it 'Tribal Bellydancing' and it was a lot of crazy weird moves we've never done before, but they were super fun. For our cool down we did yoga and that was also great. I haven't ever done yoga, so that was fun!!

I am housesitting right now and last night I was all freaked out. When the house makes creaky noises it tends to sound like someone is walking around upstairs and it scares me every time. I contemplated sleeping with the light on, which is really funny considering I lived on my own for a year and a half and was only scared a couple times. Maybe just one day of freaking out and then I'll be over it? :) Hopefully! Man, I'm such a baby.

Apparently my nice side overruled my naughty side.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 82: Multi-coloured hearts

Kate got me these socks! The problem with socks is that I seem to love them almost every day. People are just too good at picking out socks for me that they know I'll like!

So because I forgot in the last post to put the picture of the dinner I made for Krista and her brother, Kyle on Tuesday night before dodgeball, here it is:

It's a healthy chicken stir fry! I made the sauce from scratch with a recipe that my Stepmom had and it turned out pretty yummy. I'm a big fan of day old stirfry that's had a chance to sit in all the juices so the leftovers were even more delightful!

I thought it would be fitting to put this picture on a day where I wore socks from Kate. Kate is an amazing cook. She can take boring ingredients and make something amazing, pretty much every time. When I first started nannying I would have to call her to ask her questions about cooking (ie. How do you wash a mushroom? How do you reheat pork roast on the stove?, etc.) I feel a little bit silly admitting that, but I honestly didn't know!! And Kate saved the day! I love her to pieces!


Day 81: Orange striped knee highs

These are 80's cool. Wonderful, stripey socks!

Tuesday at dodgeball we didn't win, but we did win 5 games and the other team won more. I can't remember how many now. Maybe 10 games? Anyways, we played fairly decent, actually. The other team had these people that were pretty scary. At one point one of the (ridiculously strong) girls on the team yelled from the bench to her team about me and said, "Scare her!!!" as she pointed at me. I guess because I scream when I get hit? I don't know. I try not to, but I just seem to squeal/scream every time! Despite the screaming, I seem to be slowly getting a bit better at dodgeball. I still can't throw worth crap, but I have managed to dodge a lot of balls recently. Next time we play (in two weeks) I think I'll really try to work on my catching!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 80: Pepé Le Pew & hearts

My Nana gave me these adorable socks at Christmas and told me to save them for Valentine's Day! So I did!

How ironic that just last week my car got skunked and now, I wear the socks with a skunk on them. But it's not any old skunk. It's Pepé Le Pew! He is from Looney Tunes for those that don't know. He is hilarious and always in love! Maybe my Nana thought these socks would bring me some love?

Well, they brought me work, a midterm and chocolate. The midterm went quite well though, and the chocolate was a wonderful treat afterwards. The midterm was in Compensation and Benefits. It was mainly about management styles, behaviour theories and generational characteristics. Some might think that sounds boring, but I actually find it all very interesting. Next up, learning about how to decide how much people get paid. I am officially a comp. and ben. nerd! I'm hooked. So maybe I did find love after all.


Day 79: Hello Kitty

These babies are like ski socks. SO WARM.

Sunday I spent the morning studying with Rebecca at Starbucks. I didn't get a whole lot done because we obviously needed to debrief about all the goings-on at the wedding the day before. Eventually I wrote down a bunch of the quotes I'd be using for my literature review that is due on Wednesday.

After Starbucks studying I went to see the movie 'No Strings Attached' with Krista. I can't say this movie was my favourite. There are definitely some funny parts and funny lines in it, but for the most part it's a really predictable chick flick. I am all for chick flicks normally, but I found these characters confusing for me. I couldn't really relate to the girl and I don't think they gave the man's character all that much depth. Krista at one point said: "oh man, this girl is like me." I responded with, "yeah, she is mean!" Krista: "no, I said she's ME! But now I know how you really feel." Haha....oops.

PS Krista, you are not mean. :)

After the movie I came to Krista's and got a bunch of studying for my midterm and some more of my paper done. Then Krista made delicious lasagna and caesar salad for Ryan and I and we all watched some comedians and then the Grammy's. It was pretty sweet!!


Day 78: feet. :(

I completely apologize for this, but there they are. My feet.
I hate feet so much, but alas, I did not wear socks at all on Saturday.

Please appreciate though that I matched my toe and fingernail polish:

And, if I do say so myself, I think I looked pretty alright:
 So Saturday was Jon and Lindsay's wedding and I had a blast. It left me really behind in homework so that I had to stress and play catch up Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, but I think it was worth it! They had a beautiful ceremony and their reception was a ton of fun!!!

The previously mentioned stress is why I haven't blogged in a few days. I have been writing papers, studying for midterms, and doing practice statistics questions. How exciting!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 77: Stars

Starting to think my socks from Nici are bad luck...

For those that didn't receive a text from me today about my morning, I shall explain.

I was up at 5:15am this morning to do my deep water bootcamp workout. On my way there (at about 5:30am) I turned into the alley by my house to take my favourite shortcut out of the community I live in. As I turned into the alley I saw a skunk. It was right in front of me, so I drove over it. I know that sounds like I hurt it, but I didn't. I literally drove right over top of it and the car didn't make contact with the skunk. My car, however, did get sprayed. How does this even happen? Why was I the lucky one? Instantly my car filled with the most horrific smell I've ever encountered. Seriously, I don't think I've ever smelt anything so overwhelmingly disgusting. The scent was so strong that I could taste it. So I spent the whole drive to school gagging, basically.

Kate picked me up in the school parking lot. I hopped in her car and she says, "Ummm, were you smoking pot in your car this morning?" to which I replied, "Oh nooooo you can smell it on me!" and explained the story of driving over top of the skunk.

My car interior still smells (about 19 hours later). Not nearly as bad as first thing this morning, but there is still an unpleasant odour that can be noticed upon first entry into the car.

Let's hope that tomorrow I avoid any unpleasant mishaps with poor, unsuspecting creatures.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 76: Purple

Purple. My fave.

Thursday I had a semi-boring day at work because Mallory wasn't there. She took the day off to go and get a tattoo -- which is a gorgeous one, by the way!

After work Joy and I went to Bellyfit. It was really fun. I wasn't feeling super pumped on going before we got there, but I knew that I really needed to work off that donut I had eaten earlier in the day. I gave it my all at Bellyfit last night and it wasn't pretty. I was sweating like mad. A good thing, probably, but still really gross.

After Bellyfit Joy and I were both starving so we decided to do a date night together, just for fun! It was really nice and now I'm looking forward to seeing her for Lindsay and John's wedding on Saturday!

Ok I need a nap before I tackle some homework. Literally just fell asleep as I was typing this.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 75: Dreaded Toe Socks

Only because I love Nici would I wear these socks. And also because they are cute.

As many of you know (at least the people that have been reading from the beginning), I hate toe socks. When Nici sent me a giant package of socks these socks came with it as the "I bought you all these nice presents, but you have to wear these ones once too" pair. So, today was the day.

I still hate toe socks. Regardless of the adorable factor, my toes just don't fit properly in them. Either I have very strangely shaped toes or the toes on the socks are too long. The baby toes had a good two centimetres of extra fabric hanging off the end. That makes for an uncomfortable day.

Speaking of uncomfortable car died today. Only momentarily, but it's starting to drive me crazy. A few weeks ago it kept dying when I would be slowly driving around the parking lot at school. It will be going along just fine and then it's like it just shorts out and it stalls itself. No chugging, no warning -- just dies. It was not terrible though, because it was only happening in a parking lot at school.

Well today, it happened on an off ramp in rush hour traffic. There I was driving along, singing my little heart out to the song on the radio, and I looked down and realized that my car just died. I had to steer over to the side of the road and put my hazard lights on. This was problem number two -- only half of my hazard lights work. So when I turn my hazard lights on, it actually just looks like I want to turn to the right. That was fabulous. So I kept the 'hazard' lights on and turned on my left hand turn signal so that it would at least look like hazards. Then I waited about a minute, tried to start my car again and it started up no problem. I don't understand this issue that it's having. I googled it and it seems that this is a somewhat common problem in Pontiac Sunfires, but no one has a definitive answer as to what the problem usually is. They all come to different conclusions and some appear to have never been able to figure it out even after replacing a whole bunch of parts. So frustrating. As a student, I do not have money for a new car and to be honest, I don't even have money to fix this one. Pray for me people! I've been hoping this car will last me until I graduate, so I need three more years out of this baby, Ginger (that's her name).

I now need to sleep so that I am all rested up for work tomorrow.


Day 74: Bright Stripes

Busy. Busy. Busy.

Tuesday I got up early(ish...) and went to school. I worked for a couple of hours on my literature review that was due Wednesday. I then went to Stats class. After the class, in the Stats lab, we had a quiz. Naturally, because I am obviously a genius, I got 100% on it. Then I went to the library to study for other classes. While in the library I realized that I needed to get on applying for coop work term placements in the summer. Instead of studying, I spent a few hours making my resume and cover letter unique to each different job posting. I ended up applying to three potential summer placements. I am really hoping that I get one of them! There is one in particular that I would love to do. So, after potentially setting myself up for a summer job, I went to Krista's house to have dinner and get ready for dodgeball. She and her Mom made some delicious Chicken Cacciatore. Mmmmmm.

After dinner we played dodgeball, and sadly lost. At least we got a couple points though. And Allie made a wicked playlist of songs for during dodgeball. It was a lot of fun because some of dodgeball was more of a dance party at times. Loved it!

Who cares if you lose at dodgeball if you get to listen to 'Another One Bites The Dust' while doing it?


Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 73: Frogs

Coincidentally, the blurriness of this photo actually epitomizes my day quite well.

The entire day today went by so quickly that I barely even remember what happened. I know I went to work. I know I went to school. All the little details other than that have pretty much escaped me.

Actually, that's not true. Today at work Mallory was talking about how she had hit her head really hard while doing laundry last night. I have a similar experience almost weekly in my basement when I do my laundry too. We have huge heating ducts...haha...that's a total guess as to what those things are...anyways, we have these huge metal things that come down from the ceiling and they come down low enough that if I don't crouch a little, I will hit my head on them. Many times I have turned and swung the side of my head full force into the duct/vent/whatever it's called metal thingy. Only once have I teared up because it hurt so badly.

Tonight when I arrived at school, I was getting my backpack out of the backseat of my car. I reached into the back seat and as I brought my head back I hit it on the plastic seat belt holder that sticks out of the side of my driver's seat. I can't even pretend it didn't hurt really badly. I have actually had a headache since then!

What I have learned today: I am not very aware of the size of my own head.

Is it legitimately large and conspicuous or am I just clumsy? I'm hoping it's the latter.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 72: Neon Hearts

This past week I've had a lot of neon in my life! And I've pretty much loved it.

As I'm sitting here all bundled up in my duvet, contemplating sleeping, I'm looking over at my open closet and am reminded of the time in my life when I was much too terrified to sleep with my closet door open. I remember being small and being so afraid of my clothes at night time. I have always had quite a vivid imagination, so as a child I always pictured people standing in my closet, rather than seeing the clothes hanging there. It scared me enough that if I had forgotten to close the closet doors, no matter how comfy I was in bed, I would get up and shut them. It freaked me out to think of the people huddled closely together in my closet. It doesn't bother me as much anymore considering I fall asleep so fast that I don't even have time to think about what's in my closet. However, I was reminded of this childhood fear when I went to see the movie 'I Am Legend' a few years ago, with a group of friends. If you haven't seen the movie, I won't spoil it. There is a part though where you quickly see a flash of what appears to be a whole bunch of people huddled in a room. I was instantly terrified. It was one of my biggest childhood fears being portrayed in a flash of a scene in a movie.

My friends sort of laughed at me at the time, but when the movie was over and we were standing in the lobby discussing it -- I burst into tears.  I was mortified that I was crying, especially as a grown woman, but I could not stop. The movie evoked such fear in me that it was like being eight years old again and fighting with my imagination to stop playing games with me.

I definitely did not enjoy that movie and won't watch it again.


Day 71: Happy Faces and Stripes

I have to confess that I have worn these socks before. This is one of the pairs that I wore during that 3-day stretch of me being really sick. After not blogging for those three days I decided to just extend my blog rather than trying to play catch up. So the first time I wore these, it wasn't a fabulous experience considering how brutal of a cold I had. But this time wearing them more than made up for the last time.

In the morning I woke up super late, for me. I woke up at 10am, but lazed around and stayed in bed until 11am when I finally dragged myself out from underneath those gloriously warm covers. I talked to my Mommy after I woke up for about half an hour or so while I was getting ready to go out. I miss my Mom so much. It's hard because for so long (6 years) she was the person I told everything to. While I was in BC it was strange if we went a day or two without seeing each other. We would drive into work together, see each other at work, drive home together and often see each other on some evenings and weekends too. I adore my Mom. I think she is the bravest, strongest, most beautiful woman I know and I am incredibly lucky to be able to call her 'Mom'.

After our phone chat I went to Starbucks and studied with Rebecca for a while. I didn't get much done because my mind was all over the place for some reason. I am sincerely hoping to get a lot more done today. Later, Joy came and joined us at Starbees and she mentioned a concert at her school that evening. So at 7pm Joy and I went to the school concert. It was a girl that is in their music program that was putting on her own show. It was really good. She even did 'Heartbreaker' by Pat Benatar and managed to not butcher it. I was appreciative of that. It's a dream of mine to sing like an 80's rocker chick. Especially Pat Benatar.

After the concert Joy and I drove around and went for a "joy ride" -- see that pun? Anyways, we drove around for a little bit because the movie we were going to see didn't start until 9:30. At 9:30 we saw the movie "The King's Speech". I just need to explain how much I adore Colin Firth. I think it all started the first time I watched Bridget Jones' Diary. His version of Mark Darcy was spot on. He was sexy, mysterious, and loved Bridget "just as she is". Swoon. Then came Love, Actually. Oh my word his character in that movie with his dishevelled, jilted, lost author persona. Delightful! And then he falls in love and learns her language just to ask her to marry him. Then came Pride and Prejudice. I realize this came out before either of the movies I mentioned, but the first time I saw his Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice was last year. He is such an incredible actor. The King's Speech is no exception. In fact, all the award recognition he is getting for this movie is completely justified. If he doesn't win the Oscar for Best Actor, I will be really disappointed. Not just because I have some sort of twisted crush on a man that is old enough to be my father, but because he truly deserves to win that award for his incredible performance. If you have not seen this movie -- DO. It's worth the $12 ticket.

I heart Colin Firth. If anyone knows someone like him that's my age...I must meet him. And marry him.

That is all.


Day 70: Brown bows

These socks came from Kate! She gave them to me when I saw her right after we both got back from our Christmas/New Year's vacations and met up after school one day. I thought it would be fitting to wear these socks on a day that I was seeing Kate. Kate and I get up dark (it's not bright at that time) and early every Friday morning in order to torture ourselves via Deep Water Bootcamp. Surprisingly, we both actually really enjoy this class! It may be early (6:15am), but we get to chat before and after the class and we get to work our butts off (literally!) super early in the morning and then don't have to worry about working out for the remainder of the day. I love that this class gives Kate and I a set time once a week to see each other and get caught up on each other's lives.

I find lately that I get really bogged down with school. When I was in BC, some evenings I would be totally bored because I lived on my own, was only working and often friends were busy with their own things to do each night. Here in Calgary, I'm finding that I don't even have time for all the things I would like to do and all the people I would like to see more regularly because I'm in school and working part time. My spare time now mainly goes to studying. Although, it is really nice to have friends that like to just sit and study with me. Even if you aren't talking, it's nice to just have people around.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Day 69: Neon Polka Dots

Nici, I love these socks! I love polka dots and I love bright colours. Amazing!

Thursday was an absolutely insane day at work! Mallory and I were working hard when Mallory realized she needed to go to the bathroom. She went to the back and came back up front really soon after and said that the women's washroom door was locked, so the other female we work with must be in there. A good five minutes later she went back again. Same thing; still locked. This seemed unusual and that's when we realized that the other lady we work with was, in fact, not in in the bathroom at all. The door was just locked. We went on a mad hunt for any set of keys that we could find to try in the door. No luck. At this point Mal and I both had to go to the bathroom. So brave Mallory armed herself with paper towel and Orange-scented Lysol and went into the men's washroom. I stood guard at the door. Once she was done, we switched places. At lunch time a few of the guys at work decided to try and break into the women's washroom for us. Seriously, in a group of about 10 people, not one of us knew how to pick a lock. So instead, they used a crowbar type deal. First attempt had the door swing open, but it shut again. Luckily the next try it opened (with minimal damage!) and they were able to unlock it. Thank goodness. Us ladies take our washrooms for granted sometimes, I think. Be thankful!!!

There were a whole series of unfortunate happenings on Thursday at work. The ladies washroom was just the beginning. All I can say is hooray for women's toilets, heating that works, and realizing my own silly mistakes when trying to send faxes! :)


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day 68: Neon Argyle

These socks are another pair from Nici! They are so bright and colourful and pretty!

Wednesday's are generally a crazy day for me because I have school and then work right after. I was up bright and early for class today, which was a bit difficult since our dodgeball game was a late one last night. Scratch that. I can't blame dodgeball for the fact that when Krista and I got back to her house I gave her a fashion show. The fashion show was of clothes that Randi gave me, since she's too small for them now! Yay for generous friends like Randi! I gained 3 pairs of pants, a pair of capris, 2 shirts (probably summertime ones), and 1 jacket. A couple of the pairs of pants juuuust fit right now. I hope I don't shrink out of them too quickly (although, secretly, I kind of hope I shrink out of most of my clothes quickly)! Anyways we were up late due to my fashion show and that caused tiredness this morning.

After school today I went to work. I got to hang out with the cutest puppy! Her name is Tinkerbell and she's our Estimator's new little one:

Little Tinkerbell and Me!

Last night I spoke of dodgeball and that since we were playing the last team in the league that we should be able to pull out a win. Well...WE DID! GO TEAM TEAM! It actually ended up being a really close game, which automatically made the entire experience more fun. If the teams are fairly closely matched in skill level it makes it a lot more exciting! I have my first serious battle scar from dodgeball. I knew as soon as that ball connected with my skin there would be a bruise there today. The 3 inch-ish circular bruise on my calf did not disappoint. It's a nice bright blue colour at the moment and will likely turn all kinds of fun shades before disappearing!

Off to bed now, like the Grandma I am. :)


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 67: Team Team Yellow and Neon

The yellow reminded me of Team Team so I thought tonight would be an appropriate night to bust these babies out. Let's go Team Team for a Dodgeball win tonight! We are going up against the last team in the we better win!!

Unfortunately our game tonight is not until 930pm, which is like half an hour before I usually go to bed. I am practically a Grandma on weeknights! And yet on the weekend I stay up until 3am and am totally functional the day after, provided I sleep in a little bit.

Krista and I are starting to take turns on Tuesday nights, making each other dinner before dodgeball. Today was my night and I made some actually delicious (and fairly healthy!) pasta:

I need to go and listen to some wonderful music that Krista is playing for me. We are sharing music together and then going to head to dodgeball.