Sep 30, 2009

Sanity Break

Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot it it will be shot.

Per G.G., Chief of Ordinance

From, 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain


One essay down, two more to go. Long nights in the library are my favourite. I haven't been at home since 8:30 am.

Word of the Day: attempting

Quote of the Day: "... to call something realist is to confess that it is not the real thing." Terry Eagleton

Sep 28, 2009


Spiced Chai sings softly beside the plant named Mosby.
Modernity is the only period in which cannot agree even on fundamentals.
And all the while, the novel sitting at my feet screams,
"Do not take me literally!"

Word of the Day: volunteererization

Quote of the Day: "Dear Sex. Please come back to me. Love, Erica." (Erica Akers)

Sep 26, 2009

The Sale and the Stamps

These are a few of the treasures I found at Michael's on Monday afternoon. The paper was on sale, and I couldn't resist.

I really like the stamps. The two little birds and the owl came in a package, and the other three were 40% off. I also managed to get a nice circle punch (strategically the right size to punch out the birds and owl) that is very sharp and wonderful.

Not seen here are the 2 packages of brads, clear stamps and mounting blocks, the nice saying stamp, brown cardstock, and about 10 rolls of ribbon (they were 2 for $ can one not get about 10 rolls of them...). My dorm mates have all decided that they want to get in on the magic of card making. Turns out, a few of them have mothers who card make/ scrapbook at home. Lauren plans to get some stuff on her trip home this weekend, as does my roommate, Keeley.

I have also gone through my cards and decided that I think I would like to sell them. It would be a great way to get a little pocket change (you know, besides the Crown and HAing) to stock myself up once in a while. Turns out, people really like recieving home made cards!

Excitement for the weekend?

My Sister is coming to visit.
Going out with Joel and Maria.
Creating the amazing web of Redeemer on the table (it got pretty out of control).
Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters (see Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
The Secret History of Justinian the Great.


Word of the Day: procrastination

Quote of the Day: "I don't want to be one of those guys that stays up all night worrying about the WENUS!"- Chandler from Friends

Sep 24, 2009

Persuasion. Conversation.

I have some photos to put up here.

And not much to say, except that I tallied. I have like 12 essays to write this semester. I'm NOT thrilled.

And I get to take a sweet graphic design course because the Crown is paying for it. Tuesday night, we cutted apart magazines and made a collage based on colour schemes and layouts. I really enjoyed this.

Monday was a trip to Michaels for a fun paper and stamp sale with Lorie. Lots of stuff. More cards. Happiness.

On Jane Austen: for some reason she cannot just refer to daily conversation as daily conversation, no, it has to be referred to as 'daily intercourse'. This happens multiple times over the course of a five page chapter, and results in my childish giggling. Yep, Mom, you should be proud.

Word of the Day: persuade

Quote of the Day: "Do you swoon over Devon?" Jordan Holmes

Sep 21, 2009

Of Rice and Wedding Dresses

A break.

Finally, I have caught up on vast amounts of sleep, and have revived myself with much caffiene. I am sitting in the cafeteria, looking over my biology lab (which I have in an hour). I remember how much I hated science.

To put it into perspective.

Today, we are watching rice cook.

Epic, isn't it?

I'm paying like 1 500 for a class that teaches me that rice expands? Really? Does that seem like a waste of money to you? Because it does to me.

The lab is based on a commentary from The Simpsons between Lisa and Marge, where they are getting ready to go to a wedding and Marge is bringing rice. Lisa informs Marge that is a bad idea, because rice attracts birds, and then the birds die because rice expands in their stomach.

So, the purpose of the lab is to see if all types of rice expand, or if only some expand, and how big they get. And then, to come up with a solution to the rice at weddings issue.

Here's a solution....don't throw rice!

Think about it (with my own little scientific evidence).

Take into account thrown rice, attracting birds, and then add in the variable of current strapless style wedding dresses. Normally, I'd probably come up with some sort bird attacking bride theory, but I think this is worthwhile. So, rice is being thrown by thrilled wedding guests, rice is getting caught in bride's veil and perhaps landing in the dress. Bride goes to reception, Bride dances and sweats. Bride forgets rice is there until it starts expanding via body heat and sweat.

I feel that should be the reason that rice is banned at weddings, and not for the well being of the birds.

Word of the Day: Plethora

Quote of the Day: "The food comes out and we all turn primative." Austin Meidema

Sep 18, 2009

Midnight Crown

For the first time in a week, I have had time to sit down and blog. Needless to say it has been a very busy week.

I don't think I knew what I was doing when I signed up to be an H.A. and the layout editor for the Crown (not to mention English Honours major; religion, history minors). I have been busy. The last two days I have been operating on about 7 hours of sleep total. Wednesday night I was in the Crown office with some of the other staff working on the layout. Sounds harmless, right? Not when the layout is not completed until 5:30 am, I have class in the morning, and I get about 2 hours of sleep. I have never been so thankful for coffee.

The problem with being in the Crown office all night is that there is no homework or reading being done. So I was scrambling all day Thursday to keep my head above the ocean of books and essays I have already found myself in. Somewhere in all that, I have to find time to be a decent House Advisor. I'm feeling terrible, because I haven't been around very much. I hope my dormmates don't think I am a bad H.A. because this week has been absolutely nuts.

So, the Crown is getting a new computer (who knew Adobe InDesign wouldn't work properly with Windows' 98..), perhaps an iMac. I am behind in my reading (it's week two..) and sleep has become a luxury I don't get.

On another note, for those of you who are as addicted to Facebook as I am, I thought you might enjoy this.

Word of the Day: Fork

Quote of the Day: 'They can go out in the field and fork each other!' Greg Beenen

Sep 14, 2009

Of the Day...

Word of the Day: Cake

Quote of the Day: "Michael Jackson DIED?!" -Lauren

Sep 13, 2009


Moses was 80 when he confronted Pharaoh.

My Grandpa was 80 when he went to be with the Lord.


Word of the Day: Frugal

Quote of the Day: "Rich called them the 'no no' parts." Erica Akers

Sep 9, 2009

That's the Stuff Great Novels are Made of.

Writing an essay on reading and writing.
Sounds simple enough, but there are so many different ways this can be written.

I feel myself drawn to Virginia Woolf's 'Death of the Moth' once again. I really like her imagery of the moth, fluttering between the window panes, while a pencil follows it in its escape. The stained glass likeness of the moth's trek mirrors the reader's interaction with a text.

There is a sort of disgruntled cloud that sits above my head as I ponder how I am going to write an adequate essay about writing. Shouldn't seem so daunting, but in a maximum of 750 words, I am going to have to do some editting, or not delve to deep into the ocean of metaphor.

Word of the Day: Classes

Quote of the Day: "Every year they put me in charge of lining up the teachers for Convocation. They are university professors, but they can't put themself in a line. They come up to me as ask me who they are supposed to stand behind, and I tell them, behind the person in front of you on the list. And then a lightbulb goes off above their heads. At least, unless they are from the philosophy department. Then they'd rather argue about the concept of the line itself." Dr Payton (history)

Sep 8, 2009


I have a good feeling about this year's dorm.

Perhaps, its just that I'm loving life, and loving being back.

I got chopsticks today. My dear friend, Dan, returned from a summer excursion to Hong Kong and brought back the cutest little authentic chop sticks for me. I don't know how to eat with chop sticks though. It doesn't matter, because they are just fantastically cool.

The Crown has big things coming to it. Most of the afternoon was spent arguing with a computer that couldn't talk back except for freezing a little bit, and then sputtering. But eventually, I found a layout I was pleased with. I hope the rest of the staff like. My goal is to make it Redeemer-esque. Easier said than done, when you don't include the good ole 'modesty debate' in an issue. For the first time in 10 years, we will not print this topic. It's about time.

Word of the Day: Romantical

Quote of the Day: "Corey, you give great hugs!"

Sep 5, 2009

Big Brother?

This is the poster I purchased today for my dorm. I love it, because it is right on the wall by the entrance, so as soon as you walk in, these guys are looking at you. Pretty much the extent of making my dorm feel like a home.

I plan to finish my chore chart tomorrow, and bake cookies, and sleep in (even though it is Sunday and I should go to church).

RA/HA training has been amazing. So much information crammed into so few days. But definitely worth it. I hope and pray that I won't need to use the information from the training, especially not the First Aid or CPR. Common misconception about First Aid and Canada, one is not legally bound to give either of these to a fellow human being. But, it is a really good thing to know, and I don't think that anyone who knows CPR or First Aid would back away from saving a person's life.

Tomorrow the chaos starts. Girls moving in, cleaning up the dorm, making sure I'm organized and have a proper layout for this year's Crown. It's going to be an exciting year. Lots to do, lots to see, lots to experience.

Word of the Day: legitimately

Quote of the Day: "Not getting a cell phone was the best decision I ever made. Now I have one, and I regret it." Paul L'Equier

Sep 4, 2009

Thoughts on Getting Keys

It's been a long couple of days. Here I sit, in the Crown office, wondering how I am ever going to figure out the depths of Adobe InDesign, which has to be about the most confusing program ever imaginable.

Let me tell you the story of how I came to be sitting in this office.

Once upon a time, there was a school named Redeemer University College and it needed a new layout editor for the school year. I applied, I got in, I thought to myself 'Yay!'
When I returned to the school in the fall to take on my wonderful job, I found that I needed a key. I thought to myself, well, if one needs keys, they go to the security office and that is exactly what I did. The security office informed me that I must go to the main office and pick the key up there, but, not to go anymore that day, as it was only open until 4:30. So, I went the following day to the main office, and the main office told me they didn't deal with the keys and to go back to security. This appeared to be a problem. I thought for a moment, and spoke to the Senate president who suggested I speak to Dean Schat. 'Great Idea!' I said, and proceeded to find Dean Schat. Dean Schat was not at the school. The following day (count it, third day back at Redeemer), I went to talk to Dean Schat, and he informed me I needed to get a form from the Main office which he would sign and I would get my key. This was incredibly irritating. Back I trode to the main office, demanded a form, recieved the form, and then went back to Dean Schat. Thankfully, he signed the form, and the main office (who. misleadingly had the keys the whole time) gave me my key to the Crown office.

Now I sit here, pondering layouts. I can't decide really how I want things to look, and I have various spreads and archived papers all around me. I think that I am going to go back to my Macintosh and set up a nice layout there.

Until then, I shall just be grateful that I have the keys which I desire and need.

On another note, Marineland commercial count ended two days ago. The final count was 99.

To replace the Marineland commercial count, I have decided I am going to own one of my fellow campus 'advisors' at Uno. The score shall be tallied.

Word of the Day: Irritating, Legit

Quote of the Day: (while playing Uno) Peter: I am going to screw you royally! Me: That's what she said!