Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Hallowe'en!

It's 7:30pm and we've had at least 15 kids come trick-or-treat at our house tonight. This has put everyone in the house into an even better mood because we thought we weren't going to get any. 

Even better news: My costume for this year is Bride of Frankenstein. We weren't sure how to do my hair, but almost an entire can of hairspray, a lot of back-combing, and some bobby pins brought it all together in the end. I don't think my hair is going anywhere tonight there's so much product holding it together... 

Hair, I apologize for the amount of suffering I put you through tonight. Please forgive me and I will try to make it up to you during tomorrow's shower. 

Cheers to a good night. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


It's crazy to think how one second completely alters your life 

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

If it's not one thing, it's another

My bed sheets have been looking rather rough for the past little while, so I decided that I would give them a wash this afternoon. After I put them in the washing machine, I tossed in some soap, set the dial, and listened as the water poured onto my sheets. I left shortly after.

An hour later I went downstairs to find that my sheets weren't washed. Confused as to why they were half damp and half dry, I started up the washer again. I went down a little later and I found that the washer did the same thing.
After yet another attempt (third times a charm right?), we realized that something was wrong with our washing machine. At first we thought it was the hot water that wasn't working properly, but ruled that out when all the taps dispersed it just fine. 

We told our landlord what happened and he said he would get on it right away. So it's 9:40 pm and I have no sheets to sleep on tonight. Thankfully I still have my mattress cover on my bed and my duvet is kicking around otherwise I would be even more unimpressed. 

Hats off to a good week. 

It's 1:30 am and I should be SLEEPING

A couple weeks ago, we pranked my one friend by turning his glasses into a jello-mould. As an Office fanatic, I couldn't resist the urge to join in. 

Tonight, tonight

I got my first set of film prints back from the lab yesterday. I took them in on Tuesday afternoon and I have been looking forward to seeing them all week. I've been using my mom's old auto-focus Minolta and the Holga camera that my cousin gave me for my birthday and this is the first time that I've seen prints from either camera. 

I'm a little bummed that only half of my shots turned out, but that's my bad. This is my first time really experimenting with film, so I'm learning to be patient with the process. I mostly photograph with digital, so it's extremely nerve wrecking to have to wait to see how the shot turned out! I'm totally digging it though.  

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mad Gab of the Week

I've always wanted to do a daily posting of Mad Gab's online, through MSN, Facebook, whatever, so I'm finally doing it. Here's the first one...

Abe Odd Hull Luck Oak

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Maybe one day I'll understand how this works

Just when I thought my days of sickness were over... BAM I get hit with a cough that makes me sound like I smoke 10 packs of cigarettes a day. I first noticed the hacking on Monday night, but it only started bothering me today. I feel like I should constantly be wearing one of those SARS masks or something. 

I always get this urge to call my mom just to complain that I feel like crap every time I get sick. I planned on giving her a call this evening, but she did that weird thing where it's like she reads your mind and gives you exactly what you want... 

Around 4:30pm I got a call from my mom and it honestly made my day. I love how it seems like she has this awesome motherly power where she can sense whenever I need to hear her voice. 

This song was playing in my head the entire time I wrote my midterm on Monday

I must have looked pretty weird bobbing my head and tapping my pencil while writing my essay.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tell me about it stud

Does anyone ever wonder if the couples in Grease stayed together after high school?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Top 10 Monty Python's Flying Circus Sketches

1. the ministry of silly walks
2. Spam
3. upper class twit of the year
4. the fish slapping dance
5. interview with a filing cabinet
6. Gumby brain specialist
7. how to protect yourself against fruit
8. the lumberjack song
9. argument clinic
10. exploding penguin on the telly

Feel free to add to the list!

And now for something completely different

Aha! I have successfully found an online clip of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones appearing on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallen. I read about their appearance on the blog, this wheel's on fire, today and was pretty disappointed to find out that I missed it as it aired last night. Thankfully the Internet came to my rescue as some videos were uploaded onto a site. Although it was awesome to see the guys around each other again, there was still a little disappointment in me as my favourite Python, Michael Palin, was not on stage with them.

It's great to see that after 30 or so years they still have the same zaney attitudes and still know how to make people laugh. Watching this clip makes me want to watch the entire season of Flying Circus all over again. Unfortunately I can't because school is currently taking over my life.

*all pictures taken from

Oh what I would give to sit in on one of their brainstorming sessions.

Yours truly.

For anyone who thinks that stars are inexistent during the day time

This picture of a solar eclipse was taken on August 1st, 2008 in Mongolia. It's amazing how well this picture displays the prominence of the Sun's corona as the Moon blocks out the Sun's glare. Also, I love how the Moon blocks out enough light so that the stars become completely visible in the sky. This picture really helps to understand how stars are always existent in the sky and that they simply do not "disappear" once the Sun comes up. Stars in the day time was something I never considered before it was discussed in my astronomy class this semester, but it's something that I really want to see in the future. My professor was talking about people who are "eclipse chasers", in that they chase eclipses as they happen all over the world. An expensive hobby, but something that I might consider doing. 

Future dates for partial/total lunar eclipses

Dec. 31st, 2009: Partial eclipse visible in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia 
June 26th, 2010: Partial eclipse visible in East Asia, Australia, Pacific, West Americas
Dec 21st, 2010: Total eclipse visible in East Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas, Europe 

Yours truly.

My photography class is going to the Royal Ontario Museum tomorrow. I've never been there before and I'm honestly so excited to check out the exhibits. The Vanity Fair portraits, that are on display till this upcoming January, are the main reason why this field trip was created in the first place. Not only do I want to see these, but I seriously want to visit the dinosaurs. I've been infatuated with them since I was a little girl and seeing them in skeletal form will be a dream come true. My professor made this an all day trip so I'm going to try and make the best of it! 

A group of us are meeting up at residence and then making our way to the Museum via the TTC tomorrow morning. Here's to a happy travel tomorrow and hope that the rain lets up and no one gets lost along the way. 

Yours truly. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My hands and feet are so cold

It's 10:25am and the current temperature in the house is 16.2 degrees Celcius. It hasn't gone above 18 degrees since we came back on Monday night.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Delmar O'Donnell: We thought you was a toad!
Pete: What?
Delmar O'Donnell: [leaning in, speaking slower] We thought you was a toad!

I've been meaning to watch O Brother, Where Art Thou? since the end of summer and I STILL haven't done so. I honestly don't know what I'm waiting for; all I have to do is put the movie in the DVD player, press play, and enjoy. It's an easy task, but for some reason it doesn't seem like the right time to watch it. 

O Brother, Where Art Thou has been one of my favourite movies since it came out in 2000. It stars George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson as three fugitives who escape from jail in search of buried treasure before it gets lost to an approaching lake. They run into some interesting characters along the way, one of them being John Goodman, and even release a hit single. No matter how many times I watch this movie I can still laugh at the same parts and find news ones to giggle to. Oh, did I mention that it's directed by the Cohen brothers? 

To satisfy my craving for now, since I'm in Port Colborne for the weekend and the movie is in Toronto, I read the memorable quotes on Imdb. I also Youtube'd the trailer. 

Yours truly. 

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dodging and Burning

My photography assignment for last week required us to take five pictures and dodge and burn them using Photoshop. In other words, changing the exposure of selected spots to make them darker or lighter. Since they could be pictures of anything, I decided to stick to a theme instead of having five randomly picked images. The Humber Arboretum was the first place that came to mind so I asked my friend Leviana if she wanted to be a model for me and she said yes. So here they are. 

It's probably not that noticeable without the original print right beside it, but dodging and burning helped make the picture look more natural. For example in the last picture with the red umbrella, the trees in the background were extremely dark. Using the dodge tool, I decreased the exposure to make the trees lighter, allowing for more detail to be seen. I don't usually edit my photos in Photoshop, but this is something that I may consider for the future. 

Yours truly. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

I'm drifting in and out of focus with this essay

It's been well over three weeks since my photography professor showed me how to correctly load film into my Holga. I haven't used it once. Hopefully once I'm finished writing this essay I'll be free to explore the area and produce some wicked shots. 

Yours truly. 

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Already gone through one and a half boxes of Kleenex in two days...

All I did this afternoon was lay around in bed. I've been battling a cold and a weak cough all weak and exhaustion finally caught up to me today.

I decided to call my mom while I was lying in bed and it was when I got off the phone with her that I found motivation to move around. Even though she's an hour and half away, hearing her voice was reassuring for me. I realized this last year living in residence, but sometimes all you need is to hear a familiar voice to make things seem better.