• Shop Girl Shares Magic Pen & Penguin Baseball*

    It’s a cold, rainy Monday night and today it actually felt like fall. I wore closed-toe shoes and a long sleeved shirt and I was still chilly as I trekked out this morning. I have a sneaking suspicion it won’t be too long before the snow flies, but I’m not ready to think about that just yet.

    I have a feeling that my life is going to get a whooooole lot busier from here on in… I’ve taken on a few more things (details to follow) that will pretty much eliminate that “free-time” I’ve been enjoying these past few months. I’m already tired just thinking about tomorrow–I’ll be gone from 8am to 8pm–but it’s nice to be busy again.

    So, as my life continues to get busier I do what any good person would do… I procrastinate! haha! No worries, I busted out my old agenda and I’m staying organized, but sometimes when you have so much to do all you can do is forget about it for 15 minutes and do something completely frivolous. Here are two of my favourite procrastination tactics for you to learn and love:

    1. Magic Pen

    (image found at: http://www.doodleparadise.com/magic%20pen.jpg)

    I’m actually not big on computer games–the extent of my talent began and ended with the old Tandy games (I’m talking Wheel of Fortune 1.0 and Space Quest here people… haha). That being said, I have a small group of favourites that I will bust out for certain occasions. Peggle is my favourite “I’m-going-to-fall-asleep-in-this-class-if-I-don’t-do-something-to-distract-myself” game… it’s seriously how I survived teacher’s college. I had a following in some classes–several of my friends would sit behind me in lectures so they could watch / cheer me on / whisper strategies in my ear. It was magical. (I miss you all!)

    Magic Pen is what I play when my brain can’t handle work anymore but still wants to be stimulated a little bit. It’s the very best kind of problem solving game: it has absolutely nothing to do with numbers. WOO! Math is not my friend. It’s a series of levels where you need to draw shapes (hence the name Magic Pen) to move a circle from one side of the screen to the finish line. It’s challenging but not extremely difficult, and it’s enjoyable without being seriously addicting. I kinda sorta love it.

    #2 – Penguin Baseball

    (image found at: http://yourgames.me.uk/strategy/game_images/penguin_baseball.jpg)

    …and then there is Penguin Baseball–the perfect game for those times when you want to do something that requires absolutely no brain cells / burn off a bit of stress. I first discovered this game in the first year of my undergrad and I go through phases when I am completely obsessed with it. It’s sounds kind of stupid–a penguin dives of a big rock and you click on the Sasquatch to make him swing the bat at the penguin to see how far you can send him flying–but it’s so addicting! If you’ve competitive like me, you’ll constantly be trying to beat your previous distance. My record is 573.8–I dare you try and beat me!! haha

    Well, that’s it for today lovelies… I’m off to the kitchen to make some oatmeal chocolate chip muffins and a hot chocolate. Have a lovely warm evening playing these new games! haha

  • Girlfriends — Part II*

    (My lovely teacher ladies whom I miss terribly)

    A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how I sometimes feel like I missed the boat with regards to being a part of a group of girlfriends. I was overwhelmed by the response I received from many, many women who felt the same way I did (if you read the post, you’ll understand). I kinda thought I was the only one who felt that way, but apparently I’m just one of many.

    I once had a short email message forwarded to me that discussed the importance of having girlfriends, especially as you transition from each phase of life into the next and get older. For the life of me I can’t seem to find it–it’s a mother and daughter talking on a porch–but the message of it has stayed with me, and as I continue to settle into our new city I hope to find my group of girlfriends here.

    Not long after I wrote that post my sister sent me a wonderful video that talks about girlfriends. The speaker, Kelly Corrigan, addresses a group of women and in a 5 minute blurb she’ll make you laugh, reflect, and maybe cry (I did) as you think about your life and the people in it. It’s really a great message, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :)

  • My New Boyfriends*

    I am seriously so full of glee right now.

    I mean, I love finding a new movie or TV show that I enjoy, but it’s rare for me to find one that I love. In the history of my TV career I have watched many, many different shows, and I can count the ones I really love on one hand:

    1) Frasier
    2) Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    3) Alias

    and now…

    4) Glee

    Words cannot express how much I am loving this show. Like, the seven days between episodes is WAY too long. If you aren’t watching it yet, start now. RIGHT now. Here are two very good reasons why:

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    Meet Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith — a Canadian!!) and Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), my new TV boyfriends. My list of TV boyfriends began many moons ago with my love for Seth Cohen and Derek Shepherd… but over time my love has waned and I’ve found myself TV boyfriend-less for a long time. There were men I admired, but none that took that special place in my heart… until now. Oh Glee–how did you know that I LOVE TV men that can sing?! *swoon*

    Finn is probably my favourite character on the show because I freaking love his voice, his desire to find out who he is and his courage to try new things. He is the boy I think we all wanted to find in high school–come on now, a singing football star with a heart? If I was still 16 his face would be all over my walls right now (sorry JTT, but you’ll always have a special place in my heart!) At first I felt like a total cradle robber as I swooned over a TV high school boy, but thank goodness for Google–in real life he is actually 27. Haha!

    And then there is Mr. Shuester… I don’t think he does nearly enough singing in the show, but I’m hoping that will change as the show progresses. I love how much he cares about his students and loves his job… that’s the kind of teacher that I want to be.

    I just… love. There are no words. It’s the club I wished for in high school (I played all the sports, but there wasn’t nearly enough music for me. *sigh*) and I love the music! I think it’s fabulous that they are integrating music into the TV show–it’s sort of like a mini-musical and as one who has always loved musicals, I hope it will do wonders to help a new generation appreciate this type of music. It’s fun, it makes fun (it’s often satirical), and it’s downright hilarious. I can’t help but be excited as I watch the show as it’s absolutely infectious.

    On a more teacherish note, I think it’s wonderful that the show is breaking apart stereotypes that we’ve seen in schools for ages. It’s teaching its viewers about finding self-confidence, not being afraid to try something new, and believing in and finding yourself–a lesson so many kids (and adults) need to begin learning. It’s full of all kinds of other crap too, but I love the underlying messages in each episode (except for the scary cheer leading coach. She’s a whole lot of crazy).

    Anyway, I was just watching clips from the show online and got so excited I just had to tell you. If you’re still on the fence about the show, take a second and watch the following clips. If you’re not in love with it after watching… well, I’ll be Gleeful for you. ;)

  • Shop Girl Shares Kyla Roma & Shh! Don’t Tell Steve*

    Have you noticed how much shorter the days are becoming? The calender tells me that it’s almost October, but I somehow can’t believe it.

    Anyhoo, it’s a cold, drizzly dark night out there–perfect for curling up at my desk with a little Tony Bennett and a cup of hot chocolate to write. I needed to take a bit of a break from my homework anyway. Speaking of which, did I mention that I’ve gone back to school? (Sort of.) It was a completely spur of the moment decision at the suggestion of my father-in-law, so I’ve begun taking a class every Thursday evening to learn French. I’ve always wanted to speak it, and it’s time I face reality–if I want a teaching position any time soon, this is what I need to do. My goal is to take the Ontario French Language proficiency test next summer if I can swing it. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I need this. I’ll keep you posted (perhaps I’ll just start writing en français! haha).

    Well lovelies, it’s Monday again! The weeks are just flying by, aren’t they? This is already my 12th “share”, and I’m rather excited about it. :)

    #1 – Kyla Roma

    (image found at: http://www.kylaroma.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/Ky-in-Vegas.jpg)

    Meet Kyla–one of the most fabulous writers I have on my ever-growing blog roll. Kyla is a 24-year old creative gem living in a fabulous old house in the Canadian prairies. Her about page reads:

    Kyla Roma is a twenty four year old girl living in the Canadian Prairies. She is a thrift shopping addict, black tea aficionado, crafty lady, and wife. At any given time she can be found cuddling her puppies (Ash & Mal), listening to podcasts, working with Mister on their 100 year old home, or reading books from the library.

    Her writing is honest, heart-warming and real–she writes in a way that you can taste and smell her creations in the kitchen (she makes jam. I think she may be wonder woman.), experience her joys and heartaches with her and really just make you wish you were her real life neighbour. Really, her blog is a little slice of sunshine on a cloudy day. :)

    #2 – Shh! Don’t Tell Steve

    I actually think it’s rather hilarious how quickly the public opinion of Twitter has shifted in the last six months. I joined sometime over the winter and I have always loved it as it’s one of my favourite ways to keep up with some of my favourite bloggers and get to know them a bit outside of their blog posts. For a while no one really had it, in fact some of my friends mocked me for being on it. haha! Then all of a sudden–almost overnight–it’s become the new big thing and everyone and their mother has a Twitter account. (except my mom, she’s still holding out. WOO)

    I typically only follow bloggers I “know” and read and a few major news sites, and I’m proud to say that I don’t stalk a single celebrity on there. (If I did, it would be Ellen. I heart Ellen.) The only person that doesn’t really fit into either of those two categories is Shh! Don’t Tell Steve. I can’t quite remember how I first heard about it, but basically this anonymous guy is tweeting all about his roommate Steve’s every movements. Think Truman Show in Twitter form. Steve is, well… a guy. He has many not so bright moments (through the eyes of the roommate) and many one-liners that have made Steve a mini-celebrity but he doesn’t even know it… or at least that’s what we’re lead to believe. We read what Steve eats. We learn when Steve sleeps. We follow Steve’s budding relationship with Burrito Girl (aka BG).

    At first I thought it was hilarious. Steve would certainly make for an interesting roommate and perhaps this is his roommates way of dealing with his Steve-isms. We all need an outlet, right?

    Then I thought, “If this is real, what if I was Steve?” If I ever found out that someone close to me was publicly announcing my every move and thought how would I feel? Steve might not care, but I know I would.

    Then I thought, “What about Burrito Girl?”. If I was her I’d be mortified… a) Burrito Girl is not a terribly flattering nickname (she works at some Burrito Place, hence the name) although the roommate does write quite favorably of her; and b) there are always sides to our significant others that we don’t need to see all the time. If she ever found this page I can’t help but wonder if she’d still want to date Steve? Should she know? Is it better that she doesn’t?

    Now that I’ve gone all deep a little bit of the humor is lost on me. What do you think? Is it simply funny, or are lines being crossed?

    And who is your favourite person to follow on Twitter?

  • Sunday is for Sharing*

    I don’t often write about the things I believe in–in a spiritual sense–as I believe that my beliefs are my own and who am I to preach at you? I think faith is a very personal thing and that everyone is entitled to choose for themselves what they will or won’t believe in.

    That being said, I don’t want it to be something that people think I won’t talk about either. I had a conversation with a good friend of mine a few weeks ago that has stayed with me ever since. She mentioned that in the 5 or so years we’ve known each other, we’d never had a conversation about religion. She knew that I went to church and lived my life a little differently, but aside from that, it was a big mystery that she thought I didn’t like to talk about.

    Well, in case you’ve ever wondered (I know I’ve written that I attend church on here before), I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints–you probably know it as “Mormon”–and have been all my life. Before all the stereotypes go running through your head, I don’t have enormous blond Utah hair or wear high-necked, floor length dresses; and while I did marry young, I don’t have 15 children (yet. ha). While I’m not one to post my personal political views here, please know that not all of us wholly supported Prop 8.

    I could spend a long time talking about what I believe and why, but if you’d like to know more please don’t ever hesitate to ask me, or you can always click the link on my sidebar– my “I Belong” button. The reason I chose to bring all this up now is that I was recently contacted by a small organization called Mormons Made Simple that produces short videos that simply explain the basic beliefs of my church and dispel some of the rumors I’m sure you’ve heard. My immediate reaction to their request that I check out their site was “Mmmm, no thanks.”, but then I decided it couldn’t hurt and I was actually quite entertained. So if you’ve ever wondered about who I am and the things I believe in, take a minute and watch the following video… I thought it covered some of the major “Mormon Myths” quite well. :)

    One of the things that separates my church from other Christian religions is the Book of Mormon–a book that I love and have read several times. Contrary to what some people believe, the Book if Mormon is not our replacement for the Bible, it’s a companion to it. This video explains it much better than I ever could.

    I really hope this hasn’t come across as ‘preachy’–the last thing I want is to become someone who shoves their beliefs down your throat. I guess I’ve just been reflecting on who I am and what makes me ME lately, and my faith is a big part of who I am. I love that it makes me feel uplifted, like I can be the best possible version of myself. I love that it promotes healthy living and strong families (although I believe there may be more than one definite definition of what makes a family these days).

    I love my church and my faith, but then again, that’s just me… and I just wanted you to know.

    …any questions? :)

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