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May 15th, 2010


10:13 pm - 30 Days of Sharing - Fifteen & Sixteen
It's been a long time, again. My course is over (it was pretty good), as is most of the choir season (just one concert and then Unisong to go), and now we're on to looking for a job... Ugh. I thought about taking this travel writing course at Algonquin this summer that sounded like a lot of fun, but it's not nearly as convenient for me as Carleton is. Maybe another time?

Getting back to this...

Day 15 → A fanfic

I don't have one single answer for this - I know you're shocked.

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Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)

I'm really not a crier, but I can think of a ton anyway. Two in particular spring to mind:

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The Rest:
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy

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January 1st, 2010


05:33 pm - Books of 2009
As promised, here's the list of books that I read this year. I did better than I ever have! I slowed down a few times, though, and especially in December, so hopefully I can read even more in 2010.

1. Troilus and Cressida (William Shakespeare)
2. Coriolanus (William Shakespeare)
3. The Well of Lost Plots (Jasper Fforde)
4. Hard Times (Charles Dickens)
5. Titus Andronicus (William Shakespeare)
6. Something Rotten (Jasper Fforde)
7. Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare - (*)
8. First Among Sequels (Jasper Fforde)
9. Thyestes (Seneca)
10. Timon of Athens (William Shakespeare)

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I think my Jasper Fforde love goes without saying at this point? Besides those...

My Top Ten of the Year (in the order I read them):

1. Othello (William Shakespeare) - my favourite tragedy
2. Little Bee (Chris Cleave) - comes with instructions to recommend this book to everyone basically without giving away anything about it!
3. The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy) - much to my dismay...
4. The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood) - although I think I like the play better
5. Stardust (Neil Gaiman)
6. The World Without Us (Alan Weisman)
7. The Girl With No Shadow (Joanne Harris) - sequel to Chocolat; also called The Lollipop Shoes
8. Possession (A.S. Byatt)
9. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
10. Her Fearful Symmetry (Audrey Niffenegger)

Honestly, there are so many of these that I couldn't remember a single thing about without having to look them up, which is mildly worrisome. Then again, I read so many this year that a lot of really good ones got left out of my top 10. Have you read any of them? Let me know what you think!

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December 23rd, 2009


12:03 am - 30 Days of Sharing - Thirteen & Fourteen
I got into the fiction writing course!

I got an email yesterday from the English department, just to let me know that an override had been placed on the course code, so it won't prevent me from registering when I try to do that. But I still have no idea what the prof thought of my portfolio, or how many other people are in the class or how many applied or anything. Guess we'll see in a few weeks!

Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book

I really had no idea what I was going to do for either of these, considering that my "favourite book" post a few weeks ago basically encapsulated much of what I would have written about here. And I didn't want to write about whatever books I was reading at the moment, because that would slightly defeat the purpose of my gigantic end-of-the-year book post that I'm planning for (probably) New Years Day.

BUT. I do still have last year's gigantic end-of-the-year book post to write up, finally. I can't remember why I didn't just do it at the time!

First, a list of all the books I read, and then my Top 10, which you should all read! Here goes:

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And the rest:

Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy

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December 20th, 2009


01:31 am - 30 Days of Sharing - Twelve
I went to the Sens game tonight! Mom and I went early and had dinner at one of the restaurants there. It was my first game of the year, and it was actually an extremely belated birthday present from my parents. I had told them at the time that all I wanted this year was tickets to a game, and gave them a list of the ones I was most interested in seeing - and this game was top of the list!

It was against Minnesota, who I kind of like, but I wasn't too worried about the price or about there being copious amounts of Minnesota fans in the crowd to annoy me. But the real reason I wanted to see this game is because Martin Havlat plays for the Wild now, and he was always one of my favourites when he played for us. So the fact that we won, but he got the Wild's only goal, made this just about the perfect night!

Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy

The concert that I was at last night was one of the best I've ever seen, right up there with both Great Big Sea concerts I've been to.

We sang at the NAC Family Christmas concert last night, which we've done before, but I don't really feel like I can put this in the same category as the other times we've done it. We were only onstage for two songs, and one of them just involved us leading the audience in a bunch of Christmas carols. So it didn't really feel like much of a concert on our part. Basically for the rest of the evening, we were treated to a free performance by the Leahy family.

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The others:
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy

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December 18th, 2009


01:07 pm - 30 Days of Sharing - Eleven
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently

As much as I kind of despise the vast majority of photos taken of me for much of my childhood, it's possible that I like recent pictures of me even less. Especially when I'm posing for a picture I know is being taken ... I've become really self-conscious about the way I smile in photos, and how I apparently cannot stop tilting my head, no matter what I do.

The pictures taken of me from my graduation last month are particularly bad - I wasn't tired, exactly, but my eyes felt really heavy, and apparently I was overcompensating, because in just about all of them I have this awkward deer-in-headlights expression. Anyway, this is one of the only ones that is not painful to look at.



November 14. Me with some of the other girls from my Shakespeare class. This was at the reception in Raven's Nest after the ceremony.

And the rest:

Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy

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December 16th, 2009


07:40 pm - 30 Days of Sharing - Ten
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago

Alright, back to this, finally. I was hoping to post this a couple days ago, but I had trouble deciding on a picture at first - from about grades 2 to 8 I'm not fond of most of the pictures of me. But I didn't want to go back much farther than that either, since my last entry for this meme already included a really old picture. So I resorted to combing through all the shoeboxes full of old pictures that I keep under my bed. I hadn't looked at them for a long time, so there were a lot of interesting discoveries on my part. I toyed with posting a picture from my very first Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph(and therefore very first Central Choir performance), but when I stumbled upon this one, there really was no other choice.



Spring, 1997, so I was 11. Wade Redden was 19, at the end of his first year as an Ottawa Senator. I had been lucky enough earlier that year to attend a game at the Corel Centre, in the box suite that he had purchased for kids at CHEO. My Dad took me to the game, which was against Vancouver (and we won). They gave all of us pizza and hot dogs and things, and then at the end of the game we got signed player cards - I remember specifically wanting one from whoever got the game-winning goal.

Then, at the end of the season, we were all invited to a lunch party at CHEO, which my grandfather took me to. Partway through the party, Wade arrived. This was the first time that we would get to meet Wade face-to-face, and to thank him for the wonderful opportunity. Clearly, I got my picture taken with him, and I got his autograph, which I still have somewhere.

It was hard for me in the years since then, when he faced a lot of criticism in Ottawa, and even harder when he was traded, because all I can think of is how my interest in hockey at all dates back to this guy. Even then, I think I was conscious that a lot of other 19-year olds would not be so generous, but the older I get, the more I realize how remarkable this was.


Coming up:

Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy

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December 13th, 2009


10:18 pm - "There's a light that shines in our land. There's a torch we hold in our hand..."
I know I've been MIA for the 30 days of Sharing, but I hope to get back into it tomorrow.

It's been kind of a hectic week, and I thought this stuff deserved its own post before I get back into things.

So, I bet you thought I wouldn't get that portfolio in, didn't you? You would be wrong! I was up kind of late on Wednesday night getting it finished, but I did hand it in on Thursday. I'm supposed to hear in the next couple days whether I got in or not.

The bigger story of the last few days occupied the greater part of my weekend. We were invited to sing on Parliament Hill when the Olympic flame came to town! We were joined by Gregory Charles and two other choirs. We've been rehearsing the music for a while now, and then on *Monday* we were given this impossible new O Canada to learn - the one time we have actual words to sing, they're in Cree! Ironically, that was the easiest part of the song to learn. The rest of the time was all "hey ha" and "way ya hey". Eep.

We had to be on the hill for much of Friday afternoon/evening for a sound check and rehearsal with the cameras. We were waiting around behind the stage *forever* before they would let us on, because they were running late. I can't even begin to tell you how cold that was - I may never be warm again. And it wasn't any better once we were on the stage, despite their reassurances about the lights and lack of wind and everything. Only part of the choir was there at that point, so the only thing we did was O Canada, but it did give us the chance to hear it with Asani for the first time. I really wasn't sure about the song at first, but it did grow on me, especially when we realized we were also going to be doing a 'normal' version of the song at the end of the show. Still, it was kind of impossible to learn, and they wanted us to have all of our music memorized. Not that having our folders would have helped much, since turning pages with mittens on doesn't work so well.

After rehearsal, we went across the street and they provided us dinner. We were supposed to have another rehearsal after that, but luckily they said we could go, once we had picked up our uniforms - green jackets, blue hats and scarves, and those AMAZING red Olympic mittens. I bought a pair of my own the very first day they came out, and those things are the warmest thing in the world - I went to the Santa Clause parade last weekend, and only after like an hour did my hands *start* to get cold! And we all get to keep everything!

Then, on Saturday we had to be downtown at about 9:00. Rehearsal didn't start for another hour after that, but they wanted to be sure there were no problems with us going through security, since we spent the entire day in Centre Block. Unfortunately, I had to be there even earlier than that, since we had to drive my brother to his exam for 8:00, and weren't going to go back home after that. We spent the time before everyone else got there taking pictures of some of the architecture near the rooms where we were rehearsing.

The morning rehearsal was kind of dreadful - Gregory Charles and College Vocale were fantastic, but they spent the majority of the time trying to teach us the choreography to the pieces we were doing, and reassuring us that it was not difficult and that we should not be nervous and just have fun. Except that I am supremely uncoordinated and can't clap and sing at the same time. Ugh. At least the music was beginning to sound good?

They provided us lunch, and then we had to go outside for another sound check, now with everybody present. It was the first time I really heard all the pieces of the song Gregory Charles wrote for this event come together. That's another one that's really grown on me - I keep getting it stuck in my head today! There were a lot of problems with us being unable to hear ourselves, each other and the track over him, but eventually we got everything sorted out. Still, in spite of our lovely, lovely mittens, we were freezing by the time we could go back inside.

We really wasted a lot of the time between then and the show - we looked over a few Christmas carols, some of which would be a part of the Christmas lights lighting ceremony thing, which coincided with the arrival of the torch. A couple of those were okay, but none of us knew the third one at all. Luckily, College Vocale was singing them, and we were just singing the choruses with them. Then we looked over a few others, to be sung in case the torch was delayed by protesters! I really wished we had spent more time looking over O Canada, but it didn't happen.

Finally, after an early dinner, we were outside. Walking down to the stage, it didn't seem like a huge crowd, but we were kept backstage for quite a while again, and it had really grown by the time we finally walked out - today I heard an estimate of about 15,000, which makes me ridiculously happy. There were all these red lights when we looked out into the crowd, and I couldn't figure out what they were at first, but people were holding little white through red cups, and it looked really cool from the stage. Someone told us that this was the biggest show they were putting on for the torch until it reaches Vancouver! In some ways that should be kind of a given, but I was really excited about that as well.

Predictably, we spent most of O Canada just pretending we knew what we were doing. I'm pretty sure the sopranos missed a good two pages in the middle somewhere. And then during this gospel medley, one of the cameras was in my face for a good ten seconds, which wasn't great, because I was attempting to sing, clap and smile at the same time. I haven't seen the video yet, so I don't know how successful I was!

The rest of the ceremony went pretty quickly after that. There were these cool native hoop dancers, and then speeches by John Furlong, Gordon Campbell, Stephen Harper ... maybe a couple others? And then the torch finally arrived, carried by Joé Juneau. It was really cute - as he was coming up the steps to the stage, there were these little Inuit kids lining his path, banging hockey sticks on the ground, and then before he lit the flame they came up on stage. One last O Canada, and then we were done! They rushed us off the stage pretty quickly after that, because of all the dignitaries, a few of whom did take the time to shake our hands before we disappeared.

But then that was it! I had been looking forward to that day for months, ever since we first found out about it, and now it's already behind us. And then we were right back downtown this morning, because Fanfair was at the NAC today. It wasn't one of the better years, I don't think - the guy conducting both of our pieces took them super fast - but the carols are always fun. And Sleigh Ride is really what makes this concert one of my favourites of the year. It's not until now that I really feel like Christmas is almost here.

One more concert (Family Christmas concert with the Leahy Family on Friday), and then we're done until January!

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December 6th, 2009


07:16 pm - 30 Days of Sharing - Nine
Day 09 → A photo you took

I'm really not much of a photographer. I have a camera (one of several gifts from my parents upon my graduation from Hums last year), but I don't use it as often as I should. It's a vicious cycle - I don't love most of the pictures that I take, so I don't practice, so the pictures I do take don't improve. I also don't love being in pictures. More often than not, I'm standing beside the photographer (usually my Dad), telling him exactly what to take a picture of.

I was reasonably proud with how this picture I took turned out, though.



It's from my trip last year, with my Dad, to visit his family in northwestern Ontario. We had flown there, spent a few days with his brothers and their families, then drove down to Wisconsin for a larger get-together with all of his siblings and their families, and then back up to Canada for a few more days. On our last night in town, my uncle took all of us in his boat to a restaurant across the border.

This picture was taken after dinner, as we were making our way back to the marina after a detour to see the mermaid. It was going to be the last time out on the water for that vacation, so it was the first of many goodbyes for me, as silly as that sounds. I was really trying to capture the essence of this place for me, and the lake is a huge part of that. I really wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, given the fact that the boat was moving, but I was pleased. My one disappointment was that Sunset Country didn't deliver for me that night!


And the others:
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy

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December 4th, 2009


10:30 pm - 30 Days of Sharing - Seven
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy

I have to say, I've been looking forward to this one for a while. At first, I toyed with the idea of looking through my own pictures to find one, but I gave up on that idea pretty quickly, because I just wouldn't know what to choose. It seems like none of my happiest moments are ones that get captured on camera anyway. At least, not in pictures I like!

But then, I remembered this picture:



I can't even tell you how much I love it. When I first discovered Cute Overload (thanks to Jen, if I remember correctly?), this was one of the newest pictures, and I've just kept coming back to it. I love pictures of cute pigs anyway (Telus commercials, anyone?), but this one's even better. It's vaguely disgusting but far too adorable all at the same time, and none of the pictures since then have been quite so memorable.

I'm still stumped on what I'm going to post tomorrow!



Still to come:

Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy

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December 3rd, 2009


04:54 pm - 30 Days of Sharing - Six
That December 10th deadline is getting closer and closer, and I still haven't done much of anything yet for my portfolio. I think I know what I'm going to submit as examples of my work (after some editing), and I have a (very) rough draft of my letter of interest and biography, but I haven't touched them in a while. Start nagging me, people!


Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy


I've been wondering for a while what to do with this one ... I definitely feel like I do a lot better at these things when I have a bit more direction and guidance. Lacking that this time, I'm falling back on what is on my mind today - the Oscars!

You're probably thinking that, since the awards are still several months away, it is much too early to be thinking about such things. But you would be wrong! In fact, awards season kicked off this week, with the National Board of Review announcing their picks today. And then in two weeks, both the Golden Globe and SAG nominations will be announced. It's just the beginning, of course, particularly since many of the top films won't even be released until the end of the month, but things are at least beginning to come together.

If you hadn't already guessed, I'm something of an awards junkie - music, TV, but movies are definitely my favourites. Starting in about March or April, this website that I visit begins compiling its predictions for the Academy Awards ceremony for the following year. It deals with the more minor awards shows as well, but the Oscars are definitely the focus. I use this (and many other sites) to start making a huge list of movies that I think I'll want to see in the coming year(s). Inevitably I only end up seeing maybe five of them (and not even many of the Oscar-caliber ones, at that!), so my picking favourites is mostly arbitrary by the time the nominations and then the ceremony roll around. But it's interesting to me to watch how the expectations for some movies fall completely flat, while others come out of nowhere almost at the last minute.

So far this year (that I can remember), I've seen:

Marley & Me
Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
The Time-Traveler's Wife
Julie & Julia (Meryl Streep is just about considered a 'lock' for a nomination)
The Blind Side

I'm sure I won't see all of these movies in the next couple months, but here are some that I'm interested in, and that seem like they will be ones to watch out for:

Up - didn't see this one this summer, but I'm guaranteed to be seeing it over Christmas ;) . From everything I've heard I can't imagine it not winning Best Animated, but there's certainly talk of it being nominated elsewhere as well.

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Let me know if you see anything of them! Do you think I'm missing any?


And the others:
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy

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