Introspective Walk

Today I went on a very long accidental walk.

I don’t know what got into me because even though I knew I was meeting up with someone at 6:30, I was rushing out the door at 4:50 to catch the bus that would get me there in half an hour.

Needless to say, I had some time to kill.

So, instead of transferring onto the last leg of my trip and getting there in 7 minutes, I decided to walk alongside the route on a convenient bike path located there. If the walk wasn’t so gorgeous I might have just camped out at the location we were meeting but it was so I walked.

The weather was gorgeous, I had music I liked playing in my earphones and then weather was phenom so basically I was having the time of my life!

To an introvert, having 40 minutes of time that are completely mine to think and wonder about the things around me and in my life is spectacular! I planned some life things in my head, I people watched and I was just content and it was literally amazing.

Just wanted to share this moment with the internet, A+ activity for introverts.

Throwback Thursday: Boggle

I don’t know why I still remember this story.

So we’re at a camp retreat during the winter months and my two friends and I had gone tobogganing, gotten cold then warmed ourselves up with hot chocolate. We skimmed through the board games and settled on playing boggle for a bit.

The interesting portion of this story commences when one of my friends heads off to the bathroom and the remaining one and I decide to mess with the letters.

We arranged the letter cubes so that the word “dictionary” could be legitimately created if one looked hard enough. Then, keeping our smiles to ourselves, we played that round once she returned only focussing on whether our third friend could find our hidden word.

To be honest, I can’t even remember if she did, I don’t think so because, knowing her, she’d have definitely freaked out about it and that’s a very memorable thing.

If you were in her situation, do you think you would have spotted the glaringly obvious? Like actually, let me know in the comments!

Chipped Nails


Here’s a dumb thing about me that you probably don’t have any interest in!!

I’m not the girliest girl, my style is whatever doesn’t smell and is blue, but I am into painting my nails! I love the creative freedom that comes with it cause you can literally do whatever you want. One time I only painted one hand.

Even though it’s a creative playground for everyone, there is one thing that is usually standard when there’s polish on your nails and that is to keep it from getting chipped or to take it off once the chipping is starting to really show. Some people keep to this rule very strictly which makes sense because it does look unprofessional and sloppy yet here is me, doing the exact opposite.

I explain my reasoning though.

Partly it’s because I’m too busy to repaint or remove the nail polish since I probably did it during a lull in my schedule and things picked up again.

Another aspect is that I secretly want people to think I care but not too much. Like I cared enough to put this splash of colour on my nails in an effort to look fashion forward and cool but that it does’t bother or affect me if it gets chipped. This is a really weird mindset, don’t worry I know.

Lastly, I like how it shows that I do stuff with my hands. There is enough wear that it shows up. I know they get chipped with basically anything like trying to open a ketchup bottle but I could also have been hardcore building a deck or something. Who knows! That’s the point! I just wanna give off that vibe.

So that was your look into the way I think, I feel like it’s strange but maybe some people relate to this? Anyone??

Sportsing All Day Long

My backpack today was about 25% school stuff, 75% sporting clothes and equipment.

As I type this, I am laying on my bed, finally not smelling horrible after a shower, sore on every part of my body with an ice pack on my knee. But man did I ever have a good time today!

There is a 4.5 hour break in our schedule on Tuesdays so my friend and I decided to organize a sports day where we all play football or whatever is the popular vote in a nearby field to pass the time! We did this a couple times last year, getting about 6 people at most but still having a really good time. What changed for this go at it was that we created a facebook group and had no shame at all in inviting everything we knew that would be vaguely interested or had free time and the number of people that showed up was 12!

It was really exciting okay she and I were so happy!

So that happened for around an hour and I’m not even sure who won but touchdowns happened and there were some runs and great catches and everyone got to participate with snapping the ball and being the quarterback if they wanted, totally low-key.

But this is not the end of my day of sports.

It just so happened that we scheduled our first football day right before my first quidditch tryout of the season meaning that a half hour later, I had helped carry some hoops to a different field and was replacing my bright blue running shoes with my bright blue cleats. (Gotta keep some things constant)

The tryout was a lot of introductory stuff for the people that were completely new to the sport with simple drills for them to get used to the broom between their legs and what to do with each particular ball. And new people there were! It was exciting to see how many new faces showed up that were genuinely excited to try out the sport. I tried to talk to a bunch of them to make them feel welcomed because I remember being super nervous at my first tryout.

The whole thing lasted a total of 4 hours for me as there was an introductory hour where some veterans helped new people get the feel of quidditch without being stressed about making a good impression and then an additional 3 of actually trying out. We only did a total of 5 types of drills plus some scrimmages at the end but because of the heat and the constant running I was genuinely exhausted and basically collapsed in bed when I got home.

It was all worth it though, I love being active and I’m definitely going to feel today in my muscles tomorrow but at least it means I did something!

The Second Mother

Originally titled: Que Horas Ela Volta? (When is she coming home?)

This is a Brazilian movie that my family and I watched recently. Only mom could actually understand the Portuguese so we had to subtitle it for my sister and I but it wasn’t too bad to read and watch at the same time.

Overall, it was a funny and sad and amazing movie! It showed the culture there and how different it was compared to the Canadian norm!

Here’s the synopsis:
Val spends 13 years working as nanny to Fabinho in Sao Paulo. She is financially stable but has to live with the guilt of having left her daughter Jessica, in Pernambuco, in the north of Brazil, raised by relatives. As college entrance exams roll around, Jessica wants to come to Sao Paulo to take her college entrance exams too. When Jessica arrives, cohabitation is not easy. Everyone will be affected by the personality and candor of the girl and Val finds herself right in the middle of it.

Val, the main character, is just full of love for everyone around her but it takes her daughter coming to visit and messing with the careful equilibrium that has been maintained for Val to realize that the family she is employed with treat her very much like a maid and servant without actually taking the time to care about her as a human.

This daughter, however, is not perfect either. Jessica came with the misconceptions that her mother was rich or more well to do than a maid because of how Val acted whenever she visited Jessica. So she acted like she deserved everything and wouldn’t just let things slide which sometimes went to far as she had just arrived and should definitely have been more polite to begin with.

Something interesting I noticed was that this movie did not fall for the ordinary plot twists one might expect. I can think of at least 3 moments where I was cringing and waiting for a big thing to happen because it just seemed to be set up for it but they did not happen and I was pleasantly surprised! I liked that it didn’t need these big things to happen in order for you to still be drawn into the story. The characters and their interactions were enough and there didn’t have to be any misunderstandings or epic falls to keep you intrigued.

The plot was lovely and had a great conclusion that I’m not going to go into detail about as to not spoil it for you but it really told a beautiful story that centered around family and getting second chances.

Something totally unique to my experience watching this was actually seeing habits my own Brazilian mother had in Val! It was amazing to be able to have an experience that I could think of that played out like what was happening on screen! There was the fixating on one sentence I had said while she was angry and the little exclamations she said sometimes, it was just really neat.

So if you feel like taking a chance on this foreign film, chances are you’ll be glad you did!

The Stresses of Being Early

This may be a plausible reason to explain perpetual lateness.

This idea stemmed from a conversation my friend and I had concerning arrival times to an event we were both going to.

See, we both had this intense dislike of being the first one there. There are so many things that stressed us out about the concept of there not being anyone there before us. This includes

  • Stressing out about it being the wrong location
  • Double and triple checking that you got the time right (Man, I’ve gotten somewhere an hour early by accident and it sucked so this is a thing)
  • Worrying that information was passed around about a change in plans but it didn’t get to you
  • Secretly wondering if everyone just decided to ditch you
  • That people are already there and are just in a different place and can’t see you and you’re the one that’s late
  • The people around you are wondering why you’re all alone and why you look so awkward
  • That you might kill your phone battery because you need something to do to not look out of place

Let me know in the comments if you are a late person and this actually makes sense to you or, if you’re an early person, what motivations overpower these worries to make you early!

Wasting Time Efficiently

How come I’m not even good at that?

So there’s those people that get everything they need to do done so quickly and ahead of time that you question if they’re really human. Nothing compares to how organized and on top of things they stay and you would pay a lot of money to learn their ways. I feel like that is a phenomenon that you can find worldwide.

But what I’m talking about here is people that don’t necessarily get things done like planning meals in advance or doing their homework as soon as it’s assigned but they’re the ones that have seen absolutely everything social media has to offer that day and are up to date on all the popular tv shows. I am just so impressed when they spend a lazy afternoon on their bed with their laptop but they managed to watch 5 episodes of the mindy project, online shop a bit and listened to songs that came out that month.

I do a lot of lazing around the house but I am nowhere near as productive in my unproductivity. I’ll end up watching 17 youtube videos, going through a bit of tumblr and looking through the contents of my bedside drawer. Not exactly at the top of my to do list.

So if you’re either type of person that can be productive in some shape or form, hats off to you!

First Day of Third Year

And I’m already ready for it to be over.

I mean, it wasn’t a bad day, it was just very long and full of people. This is going to pretty much be a journal entry where I document today for history to remember forever so sorry in advance if you don’t feel like reading this sort of thing.

I only had to get to school for 10am today (!!!!) because we don’t need to have tutorial sessions until we’ve had our first actual class so that was really nice this morning I had time to prepare. I packed an actual nice lunch which is not something I normally spend time doing it’s usually 3 things thrown into my bag with maybe an ice pack sometimes. I had started colouring my notebook which I’m still working on so I shoved my pack of crayons into the backpack along with a book and agenda.


Then the bus was 15 minutes late which was fun but I had planned for this sort of thing and therefore was early enough to sit outside of class with friends and semi catch up with each other which is code for complaining about our coop work terms together. One of my friends is Indian and had some fun times with accidentally racist old white males. There were a million and two freshmen everywhere and it was so adorable seeing them look bewildered cause I definitely remember that being me! It was just a tiny but daunting to see so many people at once walking around campus cause I really am not accustomed to that anymore.

I’m trying out a new thing where I take amazing notes and pay immense attention to the teacher but as soon as I was in a classroom again I just fell back into my old habits! It’s really hard to change this kind of thing! I mean, I’m not a horrible student, I write a lot more things down than other people but I tend to look at my phone a lot while listening in the background or commenting on stuff with friends and just getting way off track. I hope I get better or at least commit to the second goal I have which is to rewrite all my notes after each class in a really organized way because then I’ll actually have time to arrange it in a way that makes sense to me with colours and highlights and the works!

My fluid dynamics professor bless his heart wore a bow tie that made me think of Bill Nye the Science Guy right away. He seemed really awesome! He also said he was going to do a lot of demonstrations throughout the semester which is one of my favourite things my physics teacher in high school always had something interactive at the beginning of class and it really helped! Unfortunately, there were a few mess ups and faulty equipment that ended up with A LOT of water on the floor so hopefully the rest go more in his favour.

This class ended at 1 and some of my friends did not have any class at all until 7 later on in the day but I at least had a lab (and a tutorial in the future) to break up that break. See, I was excited but I definitely thought too soon. This lab wasn’t actually a real lab, more of a tutorial session where we all logged into a computer and opened up a computer program called MATLAB (which, fun fact, is an amalgamation of “matrix laboratory” and that is probably the most interesting thing I learned) so that we could learn the ropes. Except that we learned the super basics of what it can do mathematically along with some functions to maneuver around the program then jumped straight to the extremely complicated graphing of tf functions which I would tell you what “tf” meant except that the TA was very quiet and just kind of talked to himself up there while we scrambled along behind him :( So not the most fun. To clear the workspace, you press clc.

We got out of the class and rejoined the rest of the crew where they were working on their reports for coop. I was proudly telling everyone that I had in fact finished that completely. I’m normally behind everyone so the looks of shock I got were priceless!! I had figured out a super easy way to format my table of contents and this friend isn’t the best at formatting stuff on Word because she gets too frustrated instead of just trying to figure it out so I did that for her while she took a break from editing her report. It’s funny cause they had a lot more diagrams than I did but my report was a couple pages longer so I had more to say???? I’m a really concise writer usually (says the person currently on her 824th word in a blog post) so I found that strange but we chalked it up to me having projects that were very unique from each other while they tended to repeat the same sort of thing the entire summer.

There was a good 2 hours where our other friend entertained us with magic tricks and tales from when he lived in res and man were they out there. Buying a live lobster while drunk, making a balloon pit to jump around and even sunbathing in the snow. He’s crazy but in a good way!

Finally, enough time had passed that we could go and sit through a 3 hours lecture on Dynamics of Machinery……. The prof was pretty funny although he sort of jumped all over the place when he tried to introduce all of the course today. He was nice enough to let us out around 2 hours in but it was still long enough that my friend and I (I really need to start making up code names for them or something..) were starting to act a little crazy. I was doing some colouring and I misspelled “dynamics” by writing an i instead of a y while she couldn’t add up some super simple percentages so we were pretty far gone on the tiredness scale.

Overall, I just have to get over my resignation of straight up doing hard work to get good results and I did have a good time talking to all my friends and people that I’m sort of friends with but mostly just recognize from being in all the same classes!

I’m tired, better rest up for my one class tomorrow.