Simple Splendor

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

You want to talk about ridiculous? I'll tell you what's ridiculous!

Yesterday I was feeling quite ill - sore throat, terrible headache, nauseous. I was able to grin and bare it through two periods, but I knew I wasn't going to be able to sit through my last class. Not to mention the fact that it's my computing class and it has to be at least 30° in that damn room because of the server thingy that's in there. Not quite a nice place to be when you feel like you just might throw up.

So I went home. I slept, I had soup, and by morning I was feeling a bit better.

Here's the kicker:

At Cameron when I was sick I'd head home and have my mum deal with it the next morning, or I'd head into the office before class and sort things out. It was never a problem. My attendance secretary was super understanding (she was adorable and knew everyone by name! And she'd talk to you about anything and everything... including how much she liked my coat!). So I didn't think anything of it when I left school yesterday without signing out.

I went into the office today to sort it all out. Turns out that this school has very different policies than Cameron. The secretary, who happens to be equally as adorable as my old one, told me that since I didn't sign out yesterday and despite the fact that my mum would verify the absence no problem, what I did was considered truant. Okay, I was truant. So what, right?

Turns out truancy qualifies for detention. That's right, I'm 18 and I've got detention tomorrow morning.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Happy International Car Free Day

My photography teacher: "Yeaaaaah... I think you're cursed."

Encouraging words, wouldn't you agree?

"I don't understand why you aren't getting a shot. I mean, we've tried all different exposure times, lighting conditions, and you've used four different cameras - three of which have already produced good shots. After 20 seconds of exposure, this one should show something in the developer."

It didn't.

Me: "Well, you've seen me take pictures. I've done exactly what you've told me to, so clearly it's not a technical error on my part. (with a hint of sarcasm) Maybe I just wasn't meant to take a pinhole picture! Can't I just hand in 3 photograms instead of two to make up the marks?"

My teacher: "No, I want you to keep at this. I think we're getting close!"

I never thought a damn cardboard box would get the better of me. It's just a pinhole picture - maybe not even 2% of my final mark. Why he insists on me carrying on with it is beyond me. It's actually become quite entertaining though, for me anyway. He and I have gotten it down to a routine:

First, we review our shots from the day before in an attempt to find where we went wrong. Then, we ask someone in the class to lend me their camera after seeing their fabulous results. He tells me where to shoot, what to shoot and how long to shoot it for - I follow these directions to a tee in an attempt to reproduce these fabulous results. We take the camera to the darkroom, unload the paper into the developer and wait for something fabulous to appear. As we've come to expect, it never does. He shakes his head in disappointment and I let out a giggle before we start the process all over again.

One week until he lets us start with proper cameras. One week until I finally get to show that I know what I'm doing!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Sadly, the last weekend of summer is drawing to a close. I was in one of those sappy, nostalgic moods and it got me thinking of just what an amazing summer it has been! I've met some fantastic people (some of my closest friends I met only a few short months ago) and have some fantastic memories. What I also have is a ton of pictures showcasing our adventures! They've all been compiled into a neat little slide show and I urge you to take a look.... so go now!

Speaking of summer, take a look at this:

Do you remember that song from Sesame Street, "One of these things is not like the others..." Well, here's a picture of a few of the trees on my block.



Originally uploaded by Amy Cow.


A nice summer-y scene with full, green trees. Now take a look at my neighbor's tree.



Yeah. Very October-ish, no? They actually had to rake yesterday - crazy!


Have you checked out that slide show yet?

Friday, September 16, 2005

I would give anything to be at home right now, curled up in my lovely new(ish) Ikea chair, listening to the sound of the rain against the window while reading a book. Oh, and throw some hot chocolate in there too - I could really go for a cup of that right now.

But, sadly, I am stuck in class with a substitute teacher and little to no motivation what so ever.

School has been fairly decent. It's amazing just how different this school is from my old one though. It's so random and open and... I don't know... fresh. Don't get me wrong, I love Cameron and I had four wonderful years there. But I needed something new and I really feel like I fit in here. I've had a couple of people, who I don't have a class with, just start conversation with me or introduce themselves or, even better, just ask me who I am! You don't feel awkward because you don't know anyone. Instead you feel appreciated because someone's willing to take the time to find out about you.

My classes are awesome. I have film, photography and communication technologies (graphic design, conceptual planning, broadcast, animation... a bit of everything). Film is going well. I've come up with a concept that I think has real potential. Right now I just have work on better defining the theme and purpose. It was mentioned by a group member of mine today and referred to, by no fault of his own, as something I don't want it to be seen as. I guess I just need to work harder at making sure that people see the concept the way I see it... hence the re-defining. I realise I'm being vague but, until I have a few of the kinks worked out, I'd rather not try and describe it.

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I'm not liking the road this blog is going down - too diaryish. But on the same token, I'll want to use this in the future as a reminder of everything that went on. Maybe I'll try and find a happen medium. There's also not enough pictures! Yeah, it definitely needs more pictures... I'll make this blog good. Just you wait and see!

Monday, September 05, 2005

I haven't bloged in a while. I've been busy working and when I haven't been working, I've been sleeping away my sickness.

We didn't get up to a whole lot this week - just your typical hanging out. I did get a very special visit on Friday! Nini came to see me before he caught his flight to BC! It was really good seeing him one last time before he starts university. We got all caught up and I got a couple of pictures.

Saturday after work Jess, Jake, Michelle and I went to the Paris Fair. It was pretty decent. I hadn't been before and wasn't sure what to expect. Holy crap! There were quite a few hillbilly, redneck types. And at one point some country song called "It's Okay To Be A Redneck" came on! I was laughing so hard and Michelle and I had to have spent a good 10 minutes doing our redneck impressions. And I quote, "No Billy, you can not have a 'coon for a pet! I told you before - wait until Christmas and we'll see what Santa can do!" It was wicked fun. And we sat around and watched the destruction derby and motorcross events. Very cool, despite the cold, wet ground we were stuck sitting on. I also pet some goats and a little baby chick, and I had the shit scared out of me by a very tricky duck.

We decided that it would have been so much fun if Qasir had come. But, sadly, he is off living the high life at U of T. Awww! I'm going to miss you hun. You are such a great friend who I could always count on no matter what! The number of times you saved my ass, or listened to me ramble on when none of the girls were available for advice. Qasir, believe it or not, is very good at the whole girl talk thing! We were a pint of Ben & Jerry's, a two for one movie rental and a pedicure kit away from any given pre-pubescent girl Friday night sleep over.

Anyway, you have to come back and visit - especially Christmas break! I talked to my mum about it and she says that you are more than welcome to come and stay with us. And she mentioned it to my grandma who said that you are more than welcome to come to our big family get together on Boxing Day! So I guess it's settled then.