Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

It's November tomorrow!  I'm really glad that October is over... it's been a weird/kind of not so great month for some reason.

The good thing is that October is officially over today.  And my Europe trip is booked.  Huzzah!

I wanted to carve a pumpkin for Halloween, but that didn't work out... So at least I will have a spectacular Christmas!

I hope everyone had a good Halloween.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

more options for the recital

Hmmm... good thing the recital isn't until June... much practicing is needed.

some more documentary love

Who doesn't love Disney?  

The Eco Craze continues :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

jumping up and down is in order

I'm going to Europe!

Oooo I can't wait!  I can see the Tower of London (where Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were executed), St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben....maybe Stonehenge and/or Windsor castle?  And that's just in the UK!

And, most importantly, I get to see my Stephanie!!  Huzzah!

I'm dreaming of a white christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where treetops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

I already bought christmas cards at Costco earlier this month too, so now I just have to start working on my christmas gift projects...  Is it December yet?  I'm aching to start decorating and listen to Christmas carols... Yes, I know Halloween isn't even over yet...  I just really love Christmas ok? :)

P.S.  I got special permission from the Anthropology department to take Anth311 this Winter term!  Huzzah!  So now none of my classes start until 11am next term, and all my classes and profs sound excellent.  Ok...back to studying I go... 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Eco Craze

I'm always interested in things we can all do to help the environment.  One of the things I've been trying to do is switch over to Lush products which are mostly vegan, and which have minimal packaging.  Any packaging they do use is from recycled materials and/or is recyclable.  They have bar soap shampoo (which is amazing by the way), and delicious smelling bar body soaps.  They have bar and powder deodorants, really nice solid facial cleansers, etc.  Even Gavin likes their stuff! :)

I recently heard about a new documentary called "The Clean Bin Project":

You can also check out their blog to check out some of the things they have been doing.

One of the things she mentions is the DivaCup.  Which is very interesting if you are a girl.  It's about $30-40 here in Canada... think of how much money you would save over the course of 20+ years!  I wish that schools would promote products like this to young teen girls so that they knew about better options right from the beginning (which she also mentions in the blog).

There is another one that I've been wanting to see called "Addicted to Plastic".  It is really mind boggling when you realize how many things use plastic, and also that making plastic requires petroleum and natural gas to make.  I've gotta watch this one soon.

One of the things I wish I could do is use biking as my mode of transportation.  I would love not to drive a car ever again, seriously.  I think cars are the hugest waste of money ever.  But alas, in Calgary, there is no way that you would be able to bike (safely and warmly) from one end of the city to another.  It would also take HOURS to get from the South to the North and vice versa.  And unfortunately, our public transit isn't the best either, so there are very few people who would consider being car-less.  I'm hoping that our new mayor Nenshi will actually follow through with his plans to improve public transit.  And perhaps one day I will live in Europe and drive a cute vintage red bike with a basket around :)


Monday, October 11, 2010


So... I've been looking over my schedule for the Winter term, and I'm not liking it...  I don't really like the idea of having more than one break, or breaks that are more than 2hrs long.  Even 1.5 hours can be too long, but it's not too bad.

Here is what my schedule currently is for the Winter term:

HTST 200 9-9:50am

LING 201 11-11:50am

GRST 209 2-2:50pm (Fridays 1-1:50)

ARHI 203 11-12:15

RELS 203 2-3:15

Tuesdays and Thursdays are perfect, but I'm really not liking the MWF.  I don't really want a 1 hr break and then a 2 hr break.  The only catch is that I do really want to take the History class which is about 'events and ideas that shook the world'.  It's just at the worst time.  If it was 10-10:50 it would be perfect! Dang it.  There are also about 6 profs for this course which I find kind of odd.  Anyhow, here is the class description:

"This course introduces students to the historical craft through a series of short lecture sequences that focus on specific events, ideas, and individuals that changed the course of world history."

I'm also worried that I might really not enjoy the Linguistics class... Although I do think it would be a good course to take.  Here is the class description:

"A survey of basic linguistic concepts, including: universals of language; articulatory phonics and phonology of English and other languages; words and meaning; linguistic rules and the formation of sentences." 

I'm thinking of dropping the History class, and taking it another time.  Then I could take Anthropology 311 from 12-12:50 on MWF.  And probably switch the GRST lab to 2-2:50 so that I'd have a 1 hr break all three days for lunch instead of 3 back to back classes on Fridays.  I'm just not sure...  Here's the class description for ANTH 311:

"Primate behaviour and related topics: social dynamics, sociobiology, socio- ecology, dominance, aggression, kinship, sexual behaviour, socialization, learning, cognition, communication, ape language, and conservation."

The other option would be to switch out of Linguistics and into Philosophy 201 which is at the same time (11-11:50), but it has a lab on Wednesdays from 12-12:50 or Thursdays 9:30-10:20.  So I wouldn't be able to take ANTH 311, or I'd have to be at school earlier on TuTh and I'd have a 30 min break before Art History.  Here's the class description for PHIL 201:

"Provides an introduction to philosophy through the discussion of selected topics such as skepticism, perception, personal identity, free will and determinism, God."

So that's my dilemma at the moment.  Any thoughts? :)

In other news... I got 87.5% on my first Anthropology test!  I'm so happy because I was really worried about taking a test again since it's been about 4 years...  What a relief.

Hopefully on Thursday I get my test results for my first Religious Studies and Archaeology tests.

Happy Turkey Day everyone!  Enjoy lots of turkey, stuffing, and punkin pie! Mmmm mmmm good.