Friday, September 28, 2007

Wow I'm behind on keeping my blog updated!! But since nobody ever reads it anyways ;) it shouldn't matter so much (leave me comments you lurkers!).

I've been doing these P90X dvds, ever heard of them? Wow, will those ever kick your butt into shape. The idea is that over a 90 day period, you will become as fit as you've ever been. The workouts are really intense, but there is a lot of variety (different weight routines, yoga, cardio, kempo, core, plyometrics, etc) - so it's designed in such a way that you will never plateau. It's pretty darn intense, but it's really good. The guy is really quirky and entertaining as well, so that helps. There's also a food guide and a schedule telling you the order you're supposed to do them in, although I'm not following those perfectly... Still, I think I will see results.

School has been so-so. Lots of little annoying projects and group work (what Education is famous for - oh that that annoying hill to walk up). Besides that, not much to say about the subject.

I'm super excited for this weekend!!!!! I don't work at the library, YAHOO (as Hiro would say). Tonight we're going out for supper at a classy Italien restaurant downtown with Danny and Cinzia. Tomorrow I'm going to shop in Burlington with my parents and Julie, and maybe Patrick. So fun!!!! I can't wait. It's so nice to have 3 days off in a row!

I'll leave you with some photos we took almost 2 weeks ago now, when Pat and I went for a hike at Mont St-Hilaire. I downloaded these photo frames off 2peas, aren't they fun?! (I was inspired to do so by Josie - thanks!)

Friday, September 14, 2007

Better days

Good morning all! Well, things are better than they were in my previous post. I've noticed that every year, the same pattern occurs. I start school, freak out drastically about all my courses and how hard it is to give up the long summer, and then after about a week or so, things fall into place. I organize my schedule, get on top of my school work, and then it feels okay. So that's where I'm at right now.

Not much to say this morning besides it looks like it's going to be a beautiful day. I do have classes, but that's okay because I'll be with my friends, so it's not so bad. Plus, after today I have 3 DAYS OFF in a row!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy. I want to go for a hike or something this weekend, and will try my hardest to convince Pat to go. We wanted to go to the tattoo convention since we thought Kat Von D would be there, but turns off she's too busy with filming. The two gals from LA Ink will be there, and I would love to see them, but I have a feeling there will be a ton of people. On the website it says "come get tattooed" but I'm not sure how that works. There must be huge waiting lists for those artists. Anyways, I will call today to find out more.

So, here is some of my recent work:

The agenda that I altered:

And some pages:

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

It is so hard to be back to the daily grind

I am simply exhausted being back at school... I forgot how much I despise the god-forsaken "Education" hill. Yes, I have to practically hike the last 5 minutes of my brisk 25 minute walk to school - try it with a 15 pound laptop in your bag 4 days a week. It's peachy. And it's not even winter yet. arrgh! It depresses me to know that we're only the first week into the semester and I'm already fed up. I guess that's what happens when you're entering your 5th freakin' year of University... so, so depressing (NO, I didn't flunk out or anything of the sort. For those of you who don't know, I already have a BA in Psychology but am now in my second year of Education).

I haven't even been to 2 of my classes yet but know that I will hate them just from reading the course outlines over the Internet. In one class we were required to read an entire chapter and DO about 50 Math exercises before even going to class. HAHAHA. Let's just say that's not happening.

And I haven't even vented about the bookstore. I won't. I already sound like a disgruntled biatch.

The only things making me happy right now are 1. My amazing boyfriend 2.the wonderful hobby of scrapbooking and 3. Rome Season 2

Alright, enough venting for today. Must go pick up my lover like no other. Cheers

Monday, September 3, 2007

Much ado about nothing

I'm procrastinating - checking up on Internet stuff because I'm not mentally ready to train yet... Well I'm also digesting my breakfast, which is a perfectly valid excuse as to why I'm still sitting on my butt.

My eyes are disgustingly filmy this morning; man, allergies suck! The thing is, I'm not used to it because I never, ever suffered from allergies in the past. However, for the past few years, it seems I have become more sensitive. I can go days with "cloud head" (as Pat and I have named that drowsy feeling that leaves a constant pressure on your brain and inhibits any concentrated thought processes). Patrick has suffered from allergies all his life and is now taking shots which he says are helping him somewhat, but it's years before the full effect kicks in.

Anywho....... am planning on scrapbooking on my last day off (sob, sob!). Hopefully Julie will join me! Pat is participating in "man" activities with Dave all day. In other words, they are playing video games and/or role-playing and/or going to see some action or horror flick that I refuse to watch.

I haven't purchased ANY school supplies but I'm not going to overly freak out about that because in the past few years, I've learned that it's best to just wait it out for the first week or 2 to find out what type of classes I'm taking, and whether they require notebooks or not, and even if they require the "mandatory" reading materials or not. I don't like to waste my money, but I also like to be on top of my reading when it's necessary. Dilemma, dilemma. Most of the time, especially in my program, you can slack off BIGTIME and still pull an A. Last year, I frequently skipped many classes or left early (because they were completely useless and involved about 2 hours each day of "peer discussion") and still got A's in everything. I guess you just have to know how to play the game.

The ridiculously slow speed of my supposedly high speed Internet connection is driving me mad as of late. Every day, I have problems with it. Sites take f-ing ages to upload, and often times, when I turn on my computer, I have no connection at all. If my boyfriend wasn't a super savvy tech (notice I didn't use the term "nerdy"), I would be more than screwed. Even with all his expertise, I still have problems. I think Videotron sucks.

Alright, here are some pics from this weekend. My wonderful boyfriend surprised me with shaving his head recently, and I love it! :

And here are some pics from my mom's garden:

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Three more days....

Well, summer is just about coming to an end. I have three more days before my reality check - back to school, back to a regular daycare work schedule, and back to working every second weekend at the library. My schedule is going to be quite, quite packed, but hopefully I will adjust quickly.

However, my problem has always been not living in the moment, so why complain about the future when today is a perfectly beautiful day - the sun is shinning, the temperature is nice, I have the day off and so does Patrick... There are so many things to be thankful for!

I have been doing a ton of scrapbooking lately and that makes me really happy. I feel like I'm in a groove and that the work I'm producing is much nicer compared to 3 or 4 months ago. Julie and I went to Scrapbook Centrale on Monday and I must say, what an orgasmic experience when I saw the new My Mind's Eye collections... so much gorgeous stuff!! Of course, I had to stock up since I won't be making any trips out to the West Island for a long while once school and work starts. I also had 20$ off since I got to use my stamp card, so that was a big help. Julie and I have also been scrapbooking more often together, which is a lot of fun and really helps me get inspired (despite that fact that many times we putz around for hours before getting anything done, lol).

What else is new? Well, Patrick and I have been "gutting" his room, in the sense that we are getting rid of the stuff he has been hoarding for years and years and years and years and years.... I feel like I'm taking on the role of the host of "Clean Sweep" or something, lol! Well, I must admit that Patrick has been really good about letting go of a lot of stuff. I'm very impressed actually, because in all the 5 years we've been together, he has never shown this much initiative in getting his room organized!! Slowly but surely, we are getting there. We went to IKEA on Wednesday night and bought 2 really nice white dressers. We were lucky because IKEA was having a no tax event on that day!! So we saved about 40 bucks. Then we got stuck in that terrible thunder storm on the highway. At some points the wind and rain and lightning was so bad that I was scared we wouldn't make it, but we arrived safely. Anyways, I'm digressing. My real topic is that Pat's room is getting a major face lift and we're more than halfway there. We need to buy organizing bins to store his computer parts and everything else. And we need to paint. We've pretty much chosen a color - well, it's down to "California Sky" and "Windswept" - both are soft grayish-blue type of colors.

I just finished reading "The curious incident of the dog in the night-time" by Mark Haddon (yes, I know I'm rather late in reading this) and it's SUCH a good book! I loved every minute of it (well, okay, except for his mathematical proofs that I couldn't understand, but nevertheless, they were quite entertaining). I found it such an interesting peek into the mind of an autistic individual. Since I work with a 4 year old autistic boy who is presently trying to master talking in full sentences, this book filled me with such hope for how bright his future could be! I seriously recommend to everyone. It's such a rich book and full of laughs!

Alright, well, I'll leave you with a few new pages: