Sunday, January 21, 2007
Merry Belated Christmas everybody, and happy holidays to all of my friends of other denominations. What an awesome time home. For the first time in awhile, I really didn't want to go back. I guess it was because I realized third year is the hardest one so far, and I was really enjoying catching up with old friends. I didn't get to spend near enough time with everyone. We cought up, but not good enough. And, it's going to be awhile before I see most people again.
"and everybody does, it's so weird to be back here" -Ben Folds
I thought I was going to be one of the last people home. After exams were over, I pretty much did nothing but laze around, catch up on sleep, and relax. It was totally awesome to give my mind nothing to do. It was awesome to hear everyone's stories of the amazing or regular places they are this year. Like Lauren getting back from Mexico, and Dre living the dream in Ireland, too many others to name. We of course, made the trip to Chevy's, that place rocks.
Christmas with the family was the same as every year, which was great. Normal Christmas eve stuff, and turkey and all that. Break got cut short, in a good way, because I was off to Edmonton for AIESEC's National Congress. Flying across the country is awesome, even if you have to stop in every major city on the way. I got to see TO, and the priaries and the rockies. Edmonton rocks my socks, the conference was insane in a good way. Crazy leadership and training sessions all day, and legendary parties all night. Best things about NC:
-going early to see the West Ed mall, and road trip to the rockies (Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary)
-connecting hotel rooms for twice the parties
-JK being elected pres for AIESEC in Canada
-winning second place in the simulation, and bringing home some other shiny awards
-reconnecting with great friends from across the country
-New Years Eve 3 time zones away, ringing it in for every zone across Canada, and being the first to ring it in at 9pm, woo Hali AST!
What's everybody doing for spring break??
I recently had to fill out a short questionnaire. It asked where I was from and some details about this place. Ok, so Truro/Bible Hill isn't the most exciting place, but if you're from there, I know you love it. The first question asked whether this place was a City or a Village. Ok, in relation to some of the world's cities, we are definitely a village. The next question: 'Were your family neighborhood, schools ethnically or racially mixed?', ok, I would say no. It also wanted to know what religious or cultural institutions affected you growing up. The last question, 'How do you see yourself in relation to these now?', was what hit me. Does where you're from affect who you are now? Although I grew up in a 'typical' traditional family setting, within a mostly white, conservative, Christian, small town, doesn't mean that's who I am now. I also don't discredit or blame my parents/family on my sheltered upbringing. I actually consider myself quite fortunate. Going to Saint Mary's, in a relatively diverse global community in Halifax, I am thirsty to learn about the world and other cultures, issues and people. Where you're from may define who you are or atleast be a big part of who you are. But it shouldn't define or change how you see yourself in relation to the world, in a bigger picture, or limit where you'll go in life.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Everyone needs to see this clip from Saturday night live a couple weeks ago.
1. So people know what I'm talking about, and
2. To spread the general hilarity of the whole thing
I missed the initial episode because Justin Timberlake was the host, and I generally try to avoid him. But a friend sent me this link, and now I hear it everyone. At a recent conference I went to last week in Edmonton, one of the incoming presidents was actually crossdressing with her junk in a box. Awesome
Set 1, cut a hole in a box. Step 2, put your junk in the box. Step 3, make her open the box! haha
So first semester of third year is over. I have been really busy, focusing on lots of other things other than blogging...This semester flew by faster than I thought it would. I had a great time getting to know my floor and the new RAs, partying with off-campus friends, and all the AIESECers. I even got to see some friends from home more often than I thought, but still not enough. Some highlights from first semester:
-parties at the Grotto
-Keith's brewery tour and all you can drink beer at the Beer Institute, and making to the CEO's and office hoe's party
-rained out at the Rolling Stones concert in Hali, with Kanye, Sloan, and the best: Alice Cooper!
-RA soccer intramurals, and ultimate frisbee team
-Anything but clothes party
-All male team in Run for the Cure
-free Joel Plaskett concert for Keith's birthday
-Justin Trudeau lecture about youth involvement and the environment
-Grotto 4 and all you can drink beer at Garrison, and Jager night at the G'brook
-JK's visit from TO and the World Cafe
-Drunkin Pumpkin and the Ninja Turtles
-RA night out at Oasis and Rice does Dooley's
-applying for LCP, the whole process, finding out about myself, but still not winning, looking ahead at other opportunities
-home for Remembrance day weekend
-MicroCredit Summit in Halifax, meeting Mohammed Yunis, Queen of Spain, Pres of Pakistan, and Peter McKay, learning a lot about microcredit
-Corporate Breakfast, Moosehead's Game
-Best of Open Mic, twice!