Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Birthday Week

So, I fail at completing 7-day features,
and I fail at posting. BUT I SWEAR ITS WITH GOOD REASON!
Come this Sunday, I will have gone through an entire week of birthday goodness! Mine and my sister's birthdays were this week and we've been none stop celebrating every day. Here's a little photo journal!

We celebrated my birthday on the Sunday because I had class until 6:30 on my actual birthday. I got a red velvet cake with cheese cream icing, amaazing!

 My friend Krista took me out to Korean BBQ the day of my birthday, met me downtown by my school and everything! Love her to death!
After dinner we went to Starbucks for some holiday coffees!!

Krista! She's such a great friend and so much fun all the time, isn't she adorable??

Then, moving on from my birthday, my little (but taller) sister turned 16 this year! We went out to The Kooks concert the day of her birthday, it was SUCH a fun night out! We had sucha great time bopping up and down to their amazing music all night. And The Kooks (one of my very favourite bands, possibly my most favourite!) were FANTASTIC live. They really knew how to get the crowd going and how to put on a show without being tacky. It was the best concert I've been to and I am so glad my sister and I got to go out for it together!

The lead singer, Luke <3 Ahhhhhhhh.....

ps. there's also someone in my life that makes me blush and got me this mug for my birthday, which is funny because Krista also got me a mug! It's like they know I like hot drinks or something.....

on Tuesday, my classmates/friends all wore party hats and brought cake and plates and stuff to our Art History lecture. They also got the prof to say Happy Birthday to me during the lecture, and apparently (I got to class late for the first time ever), she gave me a shout out on the pod cast just incase I didn't come to class at all. I go to such an amazing school with such amazing people!

All in all, this has been one of the best birthdays, ever.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bye Bye Childhood! Day 5.

Day 5.
One thing I always, always, always did as a kid was play dress up. For halloween, for fun, any time really! We had a big dress up trunk in my basement with costumes galore, and whenever we were bored my sibling, cousins, friends and I would dress up and go all out!
Me & my siblings, they were so litttleee (I'd say me too, but you can't really see me in this photo, haha)

I was the deer, my dad made the greatest Halloween costumes, he honestly made almost anything we asked for and was so good at it too!

More dad-made costumes for my sister and I - the Panda and the Leopard! 

And even as I got a little bit older I would dress up. Heck I was even cotton candy once about 2 or 3 years ago....
I can NOT believe I'm posting this, I actually look insane. What I didn't realize when I painted those circles on my cheeks, was that when I smiled? They looked like kidney beans instead of circles. Oh well. At least I was dedicated to my costumes. :)

I don't think I'll ever stop loving getting dressed up, Halloween is my favourite time of year. I'm pretty sure once I'm off living on my own in my own place and all that, I'll always be the one throwing a Halloween party and other various themed parties. I just love costumes way too much to give them up with childhood ;)

What was your craziest dress-up moment?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bye Bye Childhood! Day 3 & 4.

So, yesterday, I didn't realize that I hadn't pressed "publish post" for my Day 3 "Bye Bye Childhood" post. How that happened? I'm not so sure, but my tired mind does things like that sometimes. So here's two in one!!

Day 3 & 4.

Starting with TV shows. I don't have tv anymore, and when I did as a kid, it was just the bunny ear antennae that people draw on cartoon tv sets all the time. So I just had the very basic channels, no disney or family channel. Just TVO kids and sometimes cbc and very rarely, PBO kids.

Oh of course, Arthur. He was basically my childhood best friend. I miss his tv shows, an could still name off some episodes for you and explain them in lengthy detail. I just love love love this show and all the characters. Looking at the picture below is like looking at a class photo of all my old friends. Yea, I was clearly a kid who had lots of real life friends...... lalalala.

And then there was George Shrinks. Now I didn't like him so much, and I'm still baffled by the lack of explanation of how exactly he came about to be so itty bitty tiny, and how they even know his mother was pregnant if he was that small, (think about it, it's weird stuff). But his Zoom mobile was just my favourite thing ever. I was soooo jealous of all his miniature gear that I don't even have in life-size.

And of course, The Magic School Bus. Ms Frizzle the crazy artsy hipster teacher who was pretty badass, sneaking her students around like that, Arnold the adorable ginger nerdy kid (such a stereotype now that I look back on it...), Carlos, Phoebe, Keesha... etc. I learned so much from this show!

AND NOW onto books!
Some of the books that stand out to me from my childhood would be the Silverwing, Sunwing, and Firewing series. Funny story though - someone bought me the Firewing one before I had the rest, and I read it first! I then bought the others and devoured them all. I really wish I knew where all the books were so I could read them again, they were a really special series. Something about a book written from the perspective of a bat actually works in this story, and I thought it was really unique and engaging and just brought you to this whole entirely new world.

And then my cousins introduced me to Artemis Fowl. It was the first of its kind that I'd read, a story about an "at-first-glance-bad" guy's adventures rather than a typical good guy's adventures. I stopped a the sixth book or something, but I think there are more to the series.

So adventure-y books aside (I had a lot of guy friends and guy cousins who influenced my reading k? Haha) I also may have read most of the Clique series.....
Yeah I'm not going to go and say they were fantastic or taught me much about life, but before I ever had a boyfriend or experienced gossip and drama and whatever, I thought these books were super entertaining. My dog however, did not, and once chewed the "Invasions of the boy snatchers" apart, which broke my heart at the time. Hehe.

So those are some of the tv shows and books that I enjoyed when I was younger! I really want to reread some of the books, and I would love to get dvd copies of some of those old shows so that I have them when I'm older just  for the sake of having them. 
Did you guys wach/read these when you were younger??


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bye Bye Childhood! Day 2.

Day 2.
Crappy but totally catchy, totally awesome music.
You hear parents talk about songs that "bring them back", but honestly, in my short near-18 years on this earth, I too have built a collection of songs that take me back to my younger days. I have different songs for different periods of time. A lot of it is mediocre in terms of artistic musical merit. Perhaps even below mediocracy. HOWEVER. I still dig these tunes now and then.

Ohh Avril Lavigne. I still love her. I remember listening to her CD the most when at about 10 years old, I got my very first, totally hip walk man. I listened to her while we went camping, and I wore khaki capris and a white tank top and a red baseball cap. I wore the cap backwards. Oh yes, my short, week long badass stage was marked by my obsession with Avril Lavigne.

JoJo. This song and "Too little too late" still get quoted amongst me and my friends sometimes. Though I don't really listen to her songs anymore, they were my first exposure to the idea that a girl can be strong enough to stand up for themselves against a guy. Not that I didn't think they could, I'd just never really heard anyone say/sing it.

Oooh original Shakira. I used to wake up with my sister super early on Sunday mornings to watch the music videos on tv. I don't know why we thought it was the greatest thing to do, or why anyone would ever wake up super early on a Sunday if they didn't need to, but we loved it. And this was our favourite song of the bunch. I loved her dancing and thought it was such a romantic song!

I wish I still had my old ipod, so I could look up more songs. But there was definitely some Jesse McCartney, some older Maroon 5 (still a favourite!) and some Lily Allen in the mix too. I can't remember many more. But I love the feeling when a song I used to listen to constantly as a kid, before I even understood half the lyrics, comes on and it brings me back to those simpler times! 

What songs stand out to you as "take you back" songs? :)


Monday, November 14, 2011

Bye Bye Childhood! Day 1.

A week from now, I turn eighteen. I "technically" become an "adult". Which is pretty cool, I guess, except I still plan on wearing my panda slippers and naming my stuffed animals and getting really excited about cookies ad poptarts, so really there won't be much of a difference between being a "child" and being an "adult", or however it works. :3

HOWEVER. I thought that, to celebrate a pretty special number, I would do series of posts leading up to my birthday about things that made my childhood what it was (and potentially things that will still make my adulthood what it is? teehee!) SO HERE GOES!
Day 1.
Did you guys ever play Neopets
I SURE DID. In fact, I can thank Neopets for getting me into graphics, so essentially initiating me to what I plan on doing with the rest of my life. There's this thing on neopets called "guilds" which are basically club pages that you join that people create layouts for, and that's what got me started really!

I still remember the joys of the non-graphic aspects of Neopets though, from before my discovery of guilds. For those of you who have played, I'm sure you know what I mean when I say that there is nothing quite like the thrill of creating your very first neopet!

Though I went through phases of loving different neopets, the Acaras were my first favourite I think, but probably because I had a friend named "Cara" and I thought it was funny that her name was in its name. Hehe.

Currently though, (not that I play regularly really.... ) I LOVE the Gnorbu. It just looks like a llama, and so I love it. Such a funny creature!

And then there's the map of Neopia, Faerie land, Mystery Island, The Lost Desert, etc. etc. etc. Spent way too many hours of my childhood "exploring" Neopia. 

And then there were paintbrushes, that you could "paint" your pet with and give them various different styles. My favourite was the 'baby paintbrush' that decorated your pet in pastels and bows and other cute things! They were so expensive though, and I always tried to save up my "NeoPoints" for them!!

And of course the games. Whenever I get bored, I still play Hasee Bounce now and then. It's just such an addictive game!!! That and the card games, like cheat and pyramid. 

Sigh, I miss when all of Neopets was just the most fun to me. So much nostalgia for this game!!

Did you guys ever play Neopets? If so, which was your favourite species of pet?


Sunday, November 13, 2011


This past week has been fairly eventful, it's always really nice to look back through my photos of a good week :)

 Turned on the fire place in my living room for the first time this year!

A special someone gave me a little Panda on a special day :) Since I name everything, I have decided to name him "Zhi". Supposedly it's a Chinese name signifying wisdom and healing. I thought it apporpriate. (Yes, I might have stalked for it, use it all the time for character names or stuffed animal names... shh.)

 Had to do a butterfly in the style of a given artist, my prof gave me H.R. Giger, a really fantastic artist who does creepy, inappropriate stuff but served for great inspiration for my piece. You can't see the details in the wings very well here, but I'm pretty happy with it!

My amazing amazing amazing cousin Alice gave these earrings as an early birthday present, since we got together today for lunch! They happened to match my sweater so I put them on immediately! How gorgeous are they?

Deelish green tea ice cream at the sushi place we went to today.

Teriyaki nomnomnom.

My cousin and I both have November birthdays, we always try to celebrate but hardly ever work out a date to go out because of our clashing schedules. My sister has a November birthday too, but she couldn't make it today. But that's okay. It was still nice to catch up over sushi (my favourite) and to chat while getting lost in Downtown Toronto on our way home. You'd think I know downtown at this point, considering I study there and all. But no, certain parts remain an indecipherable maze in my mind.

I've had a lovely lovely week, busy, but lovely. Hope it's been the same for all of you!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dear world: Challenge Accepted.

I came across this today, it was one of those annoying "copy this into your status" things on facebook so at first I dismissed it and didn't bother reading it. But then I saw it enough times to give it a chance, and I thought it was for sure worth sharing.

"A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take out a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stomp on it and really mess it up, not to rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty it was. She then told them to tell it they're sorry. Now, even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bullies another child, they may say they're sorry, but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home. "

I thought that this metaphor was so perfect and meaningful to explain the effects of bullying and it really 
got me thinking about bullying generally. 

I've noticed that bullying doesn't end in elementary school, it doesn't end in highschool, it doesn't end period. There'll always be someone trying to bring you down; an unfair professor, an arrogant classmate,  (welcome to my week), a past (and sometimes present) significant other, a rude co worker, etc. etc.

Some people are just going to pick on you, some people are just going to be nasty. And it sucks.
So I thought I'd share a way of thinking that I find helps me rise above these types of situation...

Instead of moaning and groaning about it for too long (a little bit of ranting is totally cool, but after a while you just sound whiney), I like to think about why this person was rude to me and prove them wrong.

Don't think I worked on my concept prof? Think I pulled it 'out of my ass'? Refuse to listen to the in depth explanation I have of how I came up with my concept?

I will wow you with my dedication to the assignment by coming up with an amazing final design.

Think I'm a bitch for standing up for others when you're calling them disrespectful things, classmate?
I'm going to be sickeningly nice to you, to the point where you wonder if I'm obsessed with you. (Except, maybe not THAT nice. Because I'm not obsessed with you in the slightest.)

Trying to bring me down, world?
Fine, I'll find my own ways to be happy.

So. I think I've found myself a new motto in life, what do you think?


Monday, November 7, 2011

If I Had a (couple) Million Dollars

I would probably end up with the biggest wardrobe in the world.

What I've learned from this week's round of Polyvore-ing....
- I apparently really like coloured pants/shorts.
- Somehow, the wolf on the first shirt out-sexied Marilyn on the second. Who knew it was possible?!?!
- I also apparently really like graphic tees
- I like clothes. Way too much for my own good. But that I already knew...


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My Hattiction.

This chilly season I've become obsessed with knit hats. It's like they suddenly appeared out of nowhere in my closet and now I'm wearing them all like there's no tommorrow. Here are some of my favourites.

One of my favourite colours for everything this season.

The comfiest! I have the same in a navy blue too!

I have 2 or 3 other animal hats too.....

So that's only about half of my hat collection this year.... Aiiya.

On another note, HAPPY NOVEMBER!
November is my favourite favourite time of year. It's my birthday month, my sister's birthday, my cousins' birthdays, etc. etc, this year I'm participating in NaNoWriMo and I'm seeing one of my favourite bands, The Kooks, in concert later this month!