Thursday, December 28, 2006

my dad and the neighbors


It's a regular snow removal party, complete with quad, snow blower, and of course the trusty shovel.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Eve Eve

The semester is over and now I am home. I don't really have anything to say, but just wanted to put up a new sentence for you to read.
Have a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Christmas crafts and group projects

I have been doing some crafting to fill in times when I need to procrastinate from studying for exams and this is what I've come up with:

Also, our group project is FINALLY over and this is how it turned out. The top picture is our presentation board on International Style Architecture complete with hand drawings on black paper (which you can't really see in the picture) and the second picture is a 1/8" scaled model of our building design made of glass, wood veneer and stiff board. I just wanted to show it because I am proud of my group, even though tomorrow we have to go discuss our final mark with our instructor....it's a long story, but to make it short the person who was supposed to grade our group was sick that day, and as a result we got a mark none of us (the group) can handle. My program is full of perfectionists.


Saturday, December 09, 2006

this post brought you by the number 3

Things I learned this semester:
1. It's good to ask questions, and pride shouldn't get in the way of that. And the reason to be at school is to learn something, and asking questions goes along with that. Nobody expects you to know everything. Except for the Shoppers Drug Mart customers.
2. Group projects can be fun. But they are more fun when they are finished.
3. Some people I like a whole lot better outside of an academic setting. Human-ness is refreshing. And so is not letting school take over your whole life.

Things that make me laugh on a daily basis:
1. People who whack the walk button at the 14th and 14th intersection. Mainly because they don't read the sign and always cross the street when they pushed the button for the avenue. I usually see this happen 3 to 5 times a day. And sometimes they are the same people day after day.
2. The lady I see running everyday from SAIT at about 7:50 in the morning with a backpack and briefcase. I also wonder where she is going.
3. Heidi

Things that I am thankful for:
1. The end of the semester!
2. I have spectactular friends; which I didn't bank on happening during my Calgary life, but am really glad they are around. (I still like my non-Calgary friends too!!)
3. That there is exactly 6 months minus a day until I get to marry Dan. I love him. And I'm excited for him to be part of my family. I really love my family too.

Monday, December 04, 2006

namesake

I would actually like to know what you the reader should be doing right now? As much as I enjoy blogs, I usually think there is something better or my efficient I could be doing with my time - what that is, I am not always sure.
Right now, for example, I should be sleeping. But it's not happening right now.
Maybe I will read some more.
I just started Kite Runner and am already involved in the story. I like when books bring you in right at the beginning, and not 7 chapters later.

Back to the topic: Are you procrastinating right now? If so, what should you be doing?

(Disclaimer: I like when people read my blog, and leave comments! In no way is this post meant to make you stop visiting me online because you have "something better to do.")

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

yep, I'm still here

Today I met with my classmates to work on our group project. It was sort of a waste of time, as most things are in group projects when most of the work is done, and you have 3 hour breaks at school in which these menial things can easily be accomplished. Especially when Tuesday is a day with no classes. So in the end I spent about 5 hours at Oliviers house. Here is a break down:
1.5 hours - waiting for rest of group to arrive. A car wouldn't start. I took the c-train with two others and we seemed to arrive at the agreed upon time, so why is this not possible for others who have "reliable" transportation?
20 minutes - copying and pasting the last written assignment for the project, which was already written for another class. this also includes editing and making a title page.
1.75 hours - playing Scotland Yard (it's a game)
36 minutes - looking at a power point that had been started for our Friday presentation. I don't care if the words fade in or star wipe, just make the stupid thing and show me when it's done.
45 minutes - waiting for everybody else to realize that we were done so we could all go home at the same time. Something about group meetings makes you unable to make your own decisions about when you get to leave.

A better part of today:
Heidi and I talked about camp and we laughed and that made me happy.
Also, we actually cooked supper.
I watched the season premiere of Degrassi: The Next Generation. I don't know what it is about Degrassi, but I just think it's great. I don't even follow the show, but if it happens to be on, you know I will watch it. I miss the old ones. One time this semester I was flipping channels and I saw that the Degrassi made for tv movie, Schools Out, was on. It was two hours of '80's bliss.

I also got some books from the library this week, so have been dealing with the horribly cold freeze your face off in 10 minutes windchill of -40 eyelashes start to freeze together on the walk home kind of weather with blankets and books.

I hear it's supposed to start warming up though.
Canadians and their weather. You'd think there would be more interesting matters to discuss, but there isn't.

Today I also saw a commercial about the Olive Garden. In this commercial there were about 4 or 5 women who were out for dinner, and they all ordered something different so they could pass it around and try everything. I got to thinking about this commercial and maybe I read into it a little, but it made me miss my Briercrest years. Or year - the first one. That was a terrific year with friends and Bible studies and a lot of laughter and some not good stuff too, but mostly good. Mostly great in fact. Anyway, this commercial really made me want to have my friends around me, but also made me want to have friends like that in my future life in BC. It's scary to think about moving someplace knowing limited people, and on top of that to be newly married. And basically, the ideal solution would be that we all live on a commune and I have everyone I love and need around me and they are only a few buildings away and Shannon and Chris and Heidi and the rest of the girls can to go to Olive Garden whenever we want. In the more reasonable sense, I've come to the conclusion that praying for a group of friends to love and support me (and to love and support) will probably be the second best idea, next to the commune plan of course. Maybe this is just me realizing that my days of being unmarried are coming to a close. And that is ok, but also a little bit sad, because that part of my life will be over, and I've really enjoyed the last 3 years of my life. More than I maybe thought I would.

We (me and Heidi) would also like to point out that the Christmas novelty commercials have started. We are sure you have noticed also. These are the questions that are thoroughly discussed as we watch tv every night:
- Why do they still make Chia Pets? Does anybody even buy Chia Pets? What grows on Chia Pets? Maybe we should get a Chia Pet?

- (In reference to the "'Ove'Glove") Do people actually pick meat up off of a flaming bar-b-q like that? I wonder if it really is the same material used to make fire fighter equipment? Why don't they make the Ove'Glove longer? You would think that the rest of your arm would get hot and burnt when you reached to the back of the grill like that. Why doesn't Take Home Chef have/use an Ove'Glove?

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Game Day

Last night I went to a Calgary Flames game at the Saddledome. They played the Detriot Red Wings and beat them 4-1! I went with three of my school friends, and I have to say that it was probably the most fun I've had in a very long time! Lindsey, Olivier and Raelene came to my place after school and then we had supper and then took the train down to the Stampede Grounds. We sat in the Nosebleeds, but who cared!

Home Ice

Me and Lindsey in our "retro" flames apparel (Thanks to Heidi for lending me the hoodie!)

Raelene, me and Olivier at the game

I also saw a guy from high school at the game, which was strange, because he doesn't live in Calgary. We chatted for a few minutes - it's nice to know he's doing well and enjoying his life. So all in the all we had a great night...and then....

....as we were walking out of the Saddledome and back to the C-train, Raelene jumped down the last flight of stairs from three stairs up and landed poorly and really hurt her knee. The Saddledome medic came and we went into the first aid room and Lindsey called her dad to come pick us all up, and we were all kind of laughing about this, Raelene included, but it seemed like she was in quite a bit of pain. I am not totally sure what happened after I got dropped off, but I think Linse was going to take Rae to the hospital, and I hope she is alright. She was in good spirits when we were waiting for Lindsey's dad, so I don't think her fall really ruined her night.

(What is wrong with blogger? I am trying to put another picture and on it just won't work!)

Friday, November 10, 2006

language

This evening at work a Chinese lady came in with a baby. She asked where the thermometers were in broken English, and I directed her to the right aisle. A few minutes later, she comes back to my till holding a thermometer looking confused. Coming to the counter she is pointing to part of the label and asking me what one specific word means. I read the label "For use orally, rectally..." Guess which word this lady is pointing to?
I try not to burst out laughing and tell her "Um, that means the bottom" Immediately understanding the word, this lady is a bit embarrased by her question and we both could have a bit of a laugh.

Also, tonight Kristen came into the store and introduced herself. Kristen and I have been scoping each other out for the last couple weeks because Brandon (her boyfriend) and Dan (my boyfriend) are in Australia together working at the same place. Only after they had left did we find out from our respective boys that we worked in stores right next to each other in a mall in Calgary. Go figure - of all the places to live and work. I think Kristen is from BC but is living here for a time. So it was cool to meet her and actually acknowledge that we know each other. Or at least know of each other.

Speaking of Dan, he is doing well. I guess I haven't really ever written anything about him or his adventures on here, and that should change since he's a permanent part of my life. The other day Dan called me to say this "Erica, I'm at the summit of the highest point in Australia, so I have really good reception!" He then told me to go look up Mt. Kosciuszko on Google Earth and see if I could see him waving to me. Funny boy. Dan is working for EdOut which is a outdoor ministry in New South Wales. They take school groups on different adventures - caving, paddling, climbing, hiking etc. He's loving it, of course, but I think is also glad he'll be home in a month. I'm pretty excited about that myself!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

against my policy

Well, for those of you familiar with my "I don't do homework after 10 PM" rule, I am here to announce to you that I have just broken it, and have possibly gone crazy in the mean time. It is now 11:50 PM and I just printed off my assignment that is due tomorrow, that nobody I've talked to is really clear on what was expected of us. Go SAIT instructors.
Also, on a sidenote, today my jump drive decided to stop working, so I had to run to school to get my file that was saved in a different area. I actually did run part of the way, fyi. Anyway, I got there and the whole main part of the building with the library in it was full of people eating some medieval type meal, and some of them were dressed up too. I thought it would be awkward if I were to walk through this affair of knights and ladies in my blue Columbia jacket and Bula toque, so I went up two flights of stairs, down a hallway and then down two flights of stairs just to avoid this charade. On the way back I didn't care as much and walked right through those crown-wearing buisness-attire chicken-eating people.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

(pineapple) tidbits

Well today the weather was just delightful with a high of 13. We actually got there too! Nothing like being able to walk around in this city in sneakers and a hoodie. It sure beats having to wear 15 layers and then get overheated every time you spend more than 2 minutes in a building.

Anyway, I was at work last night and was pondering how much people love money. Now I am not excluded from this, but I make a conscience effort to not be too wrapped up in making money or spending money or having money or paying bills or whatever. Maybe that in itself is evidence of my own attitude toward money, but that is not the point here. Over the year I have worked at Shoppers, I have noticed how often people say "I need to get rid of this change" or "I need to get rid of this $50" (or other bill) and I find this funny because at the same time they are buying lottery tickets hoping to hit the jackpot. It also bothers me that people hate having change. And that they actually say "I have having so much change". If they hate it so much they should just use plastic everywhere, or else carry a lot of change so they can always give exact change and not get any back, or lift some weights so they don't complain to me, the cashier who doesn't really care, about how heavy their purse is with all the change in it.

In other news, I made stir fry tonight and it was delicious!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

snow day


Heidi took this picture of me this afternoon for an assignment she has. Photojournalism gets cool assignments. Who wouldn't want to learn how to take fantastic pictures of people they love!!

So I guess I lied a little bit and it is actually Thursday today. I didn't blog a new post last night because I was tired after we got home from our movie. (PS, if you want to know when you can see Marie Antionette, click here.)

Here is me and Heidi's movie critique:
H: I liked it, but I found it a little too trendy.
E: I liked it too, for the entertainment factor. Not for the history factor.
H: Definitely not a high school social studies video.
E: No, it didn't really cover the French revolution. At all.
Verdict: Rent it, if you like cake! (and can handle Kirsten Dunst for about two hours)

Me and Heidi waiting for the train

No, Heidi's milk didn't moo

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

about time....

I promise a new post is coming tonight when I get home. Right now I'm going out with Heidi to Marie Antionette. It's a movie, if you don't pay attention to pop culture at all. And now I have to go meet her at the train!!

Friday, October 20, 2006

oddities

Two work stories:
1) Tonight a man came into Shoppers and purchased 2 items.
Me: "Hi there, how are you?"
Man: smiles, points to Purdy's chocolates bag and rubs his belly.
Me: "Yes, chocolate is good. Do you have an Optimum card?"
Man: points to his teeth, then fakes a sore mouth and mimes pulling teeth out.
Me: "$5.29 please. Would you like this in a bag?"
Man: still gesturing toward his cheeks, teeth and the chocolate bag. Fakes giving me a $5 bill twice. Then does a "magic trick" with a penny.
Me: "Thanks. 71 cents is your change" (holding change to give to man)
Man: grabs change from hand then holds up his two bags - Shoppers and Purdy's. Gestures for bigger bag to put them both in
Me: "You'd like a bag for both?" (way past the point of amusement by now)
Man: continues to hold up bags
Me: giving bigger bag to man - "Thanks have a good night."
And so ends my exchange with this individual. I would also like to add that this man was clearly able to speak and was in no way mentally incapable.

2) A few weeks ago I was minding my own business on a Saturday afternoon at work. A man comes up to the counter. I face him and smile.
Man: Excuse me, miss?
Me: Yes?
Man: Do you have Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour?
Me: Yes I do.
Man: Praise the Lord sister! Amen! What an encouragement! Give me a high five!
Later I see this same man just outside of Shoppers approaching two college age males asking them the same question. They obviously say no and proceed to be extremely uncomfortable while sitting on a mall bench while this man runs through how to be saved. I am not sure what he said, but at one point he was kneeling on one knee with his arms stretched out. These guys he was talking to were trying to just leave. One got on his cell phone.
A bit later (he is still outside Shoppers) and he asks a young black woman the same questions. She replys no, looks at him funny and walks away.

I just wonder about people sometimes, and why they do what they do.

Here is a fun game!
Next time you are in a rather boring retail type setting (this game is more fun if you are working) see how many of these things you can spot (or hear):
- high heel shoes
- "I want to get rid of all this change" (keep a tally!)
- people with mullets
- the wedding crowd (people who obviously just came from a wedding - they are usually dressed up and buy cards, lip stuff, tylenol, pantyhose or junkfood)
- grown women wearing sweatshirts with dogs, kitties, horses etc on them (sorry if you like Northern Reflection, but it is a really really bad style. It's not even style.)
- "where is aisle ?" (this is especially funny when the aisles are actually labelled)
- murses (man carrying purse)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

shoe box gifts

Today I filled a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child through the Samaritans Purse organization.


Operation Christmas Child delivers Christmas gifts to kids in war torn and third world countries. This year they are delivering shoe boxes to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Haiti, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Senegal. Shoe boxes are filled with toys, games, school supplies, personal hygiene items, candy, hair clips, dolls etc.

I've been packing a shoe box since grade 5 I think, which was 11 years ago. One of my elementary school teachers made it a club first, and then a school wide project, and I remember it being fun to wrap boxes and go to the dollar store to get stuff to put in my box. I was even on the news once in Lethbridge for Operation Christmas Child, and in the paper, on the day our school was collecting all the boxes. It also happened to be Crazy Christmas Hair Day that day, so I had garland and Christmas ornaments in my hair. Operation Christmas Child definitely holds some great memories for me - many of my elementary school friends were also involved and so we would all bring our lunches to school on Thursdays and do whatever we needed to do for Operation Christmas Child. Each year since then I have enjoyed putting a box together, and I hope I can continue to do so in the years to come with my own family.
If you would like more information on Operation Christmas Child, click here.
(Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated or associated with Samaritans Purse, I just like the Operation Christmas Child program.)


Another great Christmas giving program is called Living Gifts through Ten Thousand Villages. Click here to find out about Living Gifts.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

the fam

Thanksgiving...
I love my family! (I know it looks like all we do is pose for pictures, but that is not entirely true. It's probably only 3/4 of the time!)






Sunday, October 01, 2006

white rabbit

I've had a busy week! Dan came to Calgary for a few days last weekend so that was enjoyable. Mom and Dad came to Calgary on Sunday to hang out with us, and we went to the zoo. It was a beautiful day! Dan and I also went to the Glenbow museum on Tuesday with my school friends (it was fun Tuesday after all). I'm glad they could all meet each other because it's always nice to put a face with a name.
And then I had a surprise. On Thursday night when I came home from school I checked my email and had one from my dear friend Shannon telling me she was on her way here. We had been emailing during the week about her coming this weekend and I wasn't entirely sure what was going on since I had to work and stuff. Anyway, Shannon did come and arrived at my house about 10 minutes after I got her email! It was so great to see her again!



I don't know what else to write. I should get ready for the day and then do some laundry, study for a midterm, do other homeowrk and maybe bake something. Who knows how much of that will get done, but I'll try. I am very excited for my short week! Can't wait to see you family!

Monday, September 18, 2006

a boy, a ring, a dress

It's starting to feel like Dan and I are actually going to get married! I knew that we were, but you know how it is when you dream so much you don't know when (or if) the reality will ever come.
I went home this weekend for my dear friend Malorie's wedding (to Dan Enns). Malorie was the tuck lady at camp this last summer and we had a wonderful two months together. She gave me lots of advice and shared her wedding worries and joys with me, so it was nice to have a pre-cursor to my own engagement and wedding. Their wedding was held at Southern Alberta Bible Camp and it was lovely. The reception was in the gym and you would not have even know it was a gym...mini lights, Japanese lanterns and black curtains can do wonders for a big ugly room! (I'll post a picture when I can) She of course looked fantastic and was no doubt overjoyed that she could finally marry her man - and that the wedding stress was near over!
Many of the people at their wedding were people I knew back from my high school camp days - those that I was close with when I first was a counselor and that kind of thing. Those days feel so long ago...it was nice to talk to those people, but it sort of felt like a time warp.
Mom and I also went wedding dress shopping this weekend. I did indeed find my wedding gown after trying on about 15 different dresses. The one we ended up getting was one I had orginally passed over since I didn't like one part of it, but once I put it on my opinion changed! So as my dad said, I don't need anything else to get married, there's a boy, a ring and now a dress!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Fun Tuesday


This last Tuesday Lindsey and Raelene and I decided to go out into the world and have a fun day! (These are girls from school, and we don't have classes on Tuesday) We decided to go to Lake Louise for a hike, so we all packed a lunch and headed out early Tuesday morning. We did a fairly steep 3.4 km hike up to the tea house at Lake Louise.It was a beautiful day!

We've decided to make every Tuesday fun, but our activities have to be active or educational in nature...so next week we're going to the Glenbow Museum to take in the Eygpt, Greece, and Rome exhibit. We are pretty excited about our adventures, and have even convinced some of our classmates to join us next time.

I'm really enjoying school this semester. So far anyway. I'm just learning that there is so much more to life than just school - it's still a priority, but there is still room for other things in life too! It's great to be learning that.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

New

Since I don't work at camp anymore, I will start a new blog. Not to make excuses or anything, but I don't have internet access quite yet in the comfort of my own home, so needless to say, all you faithful readers will have to wait a little longer to get more information about my life...until then!