Simple Splendor

Monday, July 31, 2006

Well, it's Monday and I'm sitting in my living room - not sitting in a bus terminal in Huntsville, on my way to Algonquin.

Richard wasn't able to make it, I'm afraid. I considered going on my own, but my mother, quite understandably, put a halt on those plans. Seeing as the campsite was still booked (on my Visa, no less) I figured I'd at least make an attempt to use it. So I gave Nathan a call on Saturday and he seemed all for it! Matt decided he'd tag along and we went out and picked up some supplies. I spoke with Nathan Sunday morning and things still seemed to be a go - and then he called me back no more than 10 minutes later saying he'd rather do some work for his brother that week.


I spent the rest of the evening trying to come up with an alternative. I settled on staying at home for my week off work, wallowing in my own self pity.

Dave has said, though, that we'll pitch the tent in my backyard and eat s'mores and watch Secret Window and Team America on his laptop!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

The wedding is in two weeks.

I'm still not sure how I feel about it - part of me is excited to be photographing it, the other is completely terrified. These are the pictures that Richard (my cousin) and Rhonda are going to have to remember their wedding day. That's a lot of pressure to put on someone who considers themselves an amature, at best.

I'm sure I'm just being too critical of myself. We'll have to wait and see how things go.

On the plus side, this wedding's given me an excuse to buy all kinds of equipment! On top of the new lens I got a few weeks back, I've also gotten a tripod and some more filters. I'll need some more memory, but I'm going to see if I can borrow some from Dave.

I can't wait for this weekend! Richard (not my cousin) and I are taking a trip up to Algonquin. We'll be busing it there and back (which I'm sure will be an adventure in itself) and then spending four days in the park. I can't wait! Hiking, canoeing, biking... it'll be lovely!

I bought some vegan marshmallows (rather aprehensively, might I add) the other day. They are suprisingly delicious! Even Matt, who makes no attempt to hide his dislike of all my veggie products, thought they tasted like real marshmallows. I used one bag to make some rice crispy squares, and the other I'm saving to roast at Algonquin. It's been almost 5 years since I've roasted a marshmallow!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Sunday evening we all found ourselves in Tyler's living room, trying not to really think about the reason why we were all there.

It really hit me hard once I had left, realising that I wouldn't see him for quite some time. And then again the following day at work, when I had looked at the clock and realised that he would have already landed in Utah, where he'll spend the next few weeks getting trained in preparation for the rest of his mission.

Here's hoping that the next two years fly by. Fortunately, there will be an hour or so each week that he'll be able to e-mail and write home; I'll post some updates and any pictures that he sends.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Not only am I going to see Red Hot Chili Peppers in September, but I just bought pre-sale tickets to see The Who in December!

The past few days have been pretty busy. I tend to jam pack my days off (so as to not waste them) which can lead to me burning myself out. Being sick didn't really help this, and I may have to go to the clinic this weekend... which I have also jam packed. Oops!

Wednesday I got my hair cut and coloured and, let me tell you, I have become one hot commodity! I had a CISV meeting that evening, where much planning was to be had.

As for Thursday, I met up with Dave to run some errands in Waterloo. We took a bit of time out to visit Richard at work; he gave us free juice. After that, I had plans made to meet up with Tim but I whatever it is that's kept me sick these past few weeks had gotten considerably worse. So we got coffee to go and chatted on the bus ride home.

I learned a lot that day! Dave taught me about mutual funds, Tim taught me the technique he uses to pick up women, and Richard taught me how to drive away customers.

I was talking to him at the counter when a group walked in.
Richard: "Ugghh. I have to work now."
They had to have heard him.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

I had all of these grandiose plans for this afternoon, with so much I was wanting to cross off of my To Do List... and then I fell asleep on the couch for two and a half hours. Needless to say, I will be using every moment I possibly can tomorrow. I can only hope to accomplish half of what I actually need to.

Marko and I found ourselves at Symposium this evening. We sat on the patio and discussed Marko's plans to live off of potatoes and weigh 3000 pounds. He'll be four Amy's wide.

I enjoyed my peach soda and marveled at the fact that the patio wasn't smoke free, and the fact that our waiter was not only odd and awkward, but also incompetent. I tipped him anyway.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Yesterday at work

Mum: Do you feel like doing a coffee run?
Me: Yeah, I was going to head out and pick up some lunch anyway. Do you think if I work out as hard as I did last night, I can justify having the sandwich combo with a donut?
Mum: That all depends on whether you want to loose weight or maintain your current weight.
Me: Well then I'll only eat half of the donut.
Mum: What will you do with the other half?
Me: ... I'll eat it later.
Mum: You're an idiot.

I didn't get the donut. I got cookies instead. But I did work out, and it was intense. Needless to say, my abs hurt a lot today - especially when I sneeze. Unfortunately for me, I forgot to take my Reactin this morning.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

This weekend I:

- got the Super 8 camera I bought from a couple in Toronto
- went to a bridal shower
- assembled the new Ikea computer desk we got
- (finally!) bought a new lens for my camera*

* For those of you that are interested, it's a 55 - 200 mm Sigma with a hood, and it was on sale!

This picture wasn't taken with my new lens, but isn't she adorable?

Saturday, July 01, 2006

I went to a show at The Boathouse last night with Michelle, Steve and Tyler, and Andrew joined us later on.

Starting off the evening was Matt Lees, who I remembered from Cameron. If I'm not mistaken, he graduated the year I started. He played an acoustic set of original material with a couple of covers.

Up next was The Brown Hornets, a band from Toronto. They have some of the best stage presence I have ever seen. Ever. I'll certainly be making an effort to catch them again.

Then was the band we had come for - The Droops. Their funk-rock-blues set had everyone on their feet, myself included. They're one of the forerunners in K-Ws indie rock scene, which is really saying something! We have such an amazing community of musicians, fans and venues feeding the talent that's coming out of our little hub.

This was, by far, the best $5 show I've been to (and I've been to quite a few in my day). There's just something about the sweat, heat and stale air from having a hundred people crammed into a building built to hold fifty, feeling the bass in your chest and watching a band who has just played as if everything is on the line. It sends me to bed with a very euphoric feeling.

A feeling that was shattered after Portugal unjustly stole England's spot in the semi finals this morning. I don't want to talk about it.

I took a few pictures at the show. Some turned out better than others but, in hindsight, I should have changed my ISO.