Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Choices, choices...

I didn't realize but the time has come for me to pick FALL classes already. It really sneaks up on me every semester; I should really pay more attention! Alas, I am trying to arrange my school schedule for September.

I have two HR classes I will be taking, but then I would like to take a third class. I always struggle with electives since I don't have a ton of interest in classes besides the ones I'm already taking. So I've narrowed it down to two options that I would be semi-interested in. Below are the course descriptions; your feedback is more than welcome as to which would be more interesting PLUS get me a better grade! Both are first year level courses.

1. ASTRONOMY: Students will study a wide range of topics in astronomy from the point of view of a non-scientist. They will study topics including the earth, solar system, stars, the Milky Way, galaxies and cosmology and will discuss and study current events of astronomical interest. The laboratory component will include indoor experiments and outdoor observations. This is an introductory course in astronomy intended for students not specializing in science. No prior study of physics or astronomy is required.

2. RELIGIONS OF INDIA: Students will study the four major religions that originated in India: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. They will study these religions with an emphasis on both scriptural sources and religious practices. They will also examine the development of these religious traditions within their socio-cultural and historical contexts, including Islamic influence.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Factiod du jour

According to the Globe & Mail, Liberals are 57 per cent more likely to drink wine with their dinner. Conservatives are 57 per cent more likely to reach for a glass of milk.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/want-fries-with-that-youre-likely-a-conservative/article2037085/

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Kaboom of Doom

I saw Kung Fu Panda 2 this evening. It was hilarious, as expected. It had a great story line and guess what...it appears there will be a THIRD Kung Fu Panda with Po & friends!! SKADOSH!


Now my list of movies to see in theatre are as follows:

1. The Hangover 2
2. Cars 2
3. Water for Elephants

Saturday, May 28, 2011

My Acquired Kiddies

Meet Behr, Pushstart & Spook, my newest dependents for a few weeks whilst I stay at my aunts house. They are cuddly, cute & like to sleep with me in bed.

Behr the puppy- the man of the house

Pushstart - he likes to lay on my lap...

...like so! Like my new toe nail polish? It's bright & cheery!

Behr wondering what the heck Spook is doing! Spook doesn't hang out with me too often so this is the best shot of him I got.

Behr's pretty inquisitive. And funny.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

clean hair.

This may sound silly, but I love the feeling of squeaky clean hair that smells delicious. Off to have a shower (& wash my hair) then head to the rodeo...yeehawwww!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Our New Friends Sully & Force

Last night a bunch of us went to the Baron Manor Pub in Langley to watch the Canucks game with the Green Men. They crack me up - the outfits are so random! It was an unfortunate ending of the game, but we had fun nonetheless. There was also a crazy fan who bought a cheap car and is having people sign it. It was parked out front so we all put our mark on it.

Book Club with the Green Men (Eliza, Amanda, me, Min)

JC, me, Amanda, Min

Lil' sis & Mitch

Me & Amanda signing the car

Min, me & Amanda rocking our team shirts

Mitch, Jen, Min, me & Amanda

Jen squared!
In San Hose - the orange men!! Everyone at the pub boo-ed at them

They R Who THey R

RKB Productions has another song - a Ke$ha parody...hilarious! Good job boys!

Mirror mirror, on the wall...

...who's the fairest of them all?? THIS mirror is!!


I love this classic mirror, but if it was even bigger I'd love it more! I have no idea where this would fit into my future home, since it's definitely a certain style, but perhaps Heidi can help me with that...

I saw this mirror on TV and fell in love with it just now. So, when I move out in approximately 15 - 20 years, someone remind me I liked this mirror, ok?!

the girls are back in town...

Lindsay, Christina, Shannon & Heidi
Well, one girl is back in town I should say! Christina is back from Montreal for the summer, oui oui! C'est vrai! The 4 of us go way back to elementary school and have the type of friendship that can be picked up at any time and flourished upon. We will always be friends no matter where the world takes us. It was a lovely night of nachos, wine and chatting. Xoxo.

#240 - Being Single

 
Every once in a while, I check out the list of "1000 Awesome Things". I've posted it before, but I love the things they have on it because it really makes you appreciate the simplicity of life.

Today's "awesome thing" is being single - can I get a woop woop!! Of their 10 top reasons to be single...here's a few I enjoyed:

6. Getting to know you. You’re the only you you’ve got. Born and blasted into the world you’re a baby brain who flies through life forming crackly connections with everyone you meet. But getting to know yourself through experiences and deep thoughts adds important shapes and smears to your identity.

7. Bargain basement holidays. Tap your wallet and smile next time you walk by a towering Valentine’s Day display of heart-filled chocolates and pink teddy bears.

8. You can get with this or you can get with that. Are you hungry at 11pm? Get a burger! Are you bored on a Saturday night? Hit the scene! Do you want to free up your busy weekend or busy up your free one? Well the choice is yours! You can get with this or you can get with that. I think you’ll get with this for this is where it’s at.

http://1000awesomethings.com/2011/05/20/240-being-single/ 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Loooong Weekend

Ahh...the feeling of being able to sleep in & not work. So glorious! Not to mention, it's pay day tomorrow; always a pleasant surprise. I'm working tomorrow then off for 3 days. Among writing a paper on recruitment and studying for a finance midterm I'm planning on watching the game tomorrow and then possibly hittin' up the good ol' Rodeo in Cloverdale on Saturday. Yeehaw!

Heidi & I in our cowboy phase circa 1999-2000

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Books



This book about Starbucks is on my list to purchase and read soon. It is written by the CEO of Starbucks so it will likely have an interesting business perspective in it. I've read a book about how Tim Hortons started & their business methods so it will be cool to see any differences in their companies.

Comments pretty please!!

By no means does anyone need to comment on my blog, but it would make me really, REALLY happy to have more comments. That way I know that people are reading it which makes me feel excited to continue it! Otherwise I feel kinda like I'm talking to myself...I guess my original blog objective wasn't to have a huge audience; it was more for my own entertainment,  but now I like the fact that I can voice my opinions or thoughts and they will be read! It's a cool feeling.

Anywho, just my two cents.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Stocks!

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investment-ideas/number-cruncher/looking-for-blue-chips-that-can-grow/article2024144/

As per my usual routine, I read the Globe & Mail website to keep me up to date on happenings in the world. I came across this article (above) today and realized that it might help me for my school stock simulator thingy! (I know, I'm so technical with the terms hey?!) I am in need of Canadian blue chip companies that I can "buy & sell" on the TSX. I'm not trading/buying real stocks, but it simulates the real stock market perfectly. I purchased some BMO & WestJet stocks this morning & they have already increased in value - not enough for me to sell them yet, but soon hopefully. My mom is getting sick me telling her about the stock market so I thought I'd tell y'all about it since I find it quite interesting. It's so complicated - I'm still learning a lot about it & I'm sure I will continue to all semester. It's really, REALLY comforting knowing that it's fake money so that if I screw up...I won't end up crying!!

Happy stock-ing to me! And everyone else!

Run, Walk, Roll


This Sunday I helped out at a fundraising event for the Centre for Child Development in Surrey. I should have blogged about it sooner so that some of you could have participated! It was a 2k, 5k or 10k run, walk or roll at Bear Creek Park to support the Centre and the families it supports. It was it's 10th annual this year so next year, around this time, remind me to blog about it so more people can participate & help them out! It was a wet, rainy day but there were still over 400 participants who came with smiling faces. There were tons of volunteers also - some firefighters were definitely a highlight of the volunteers :)

Since I was the face painter du jour, and being Game 1 of the Canucks vs. San Hose, this was a popular request! (As modelled by Adam, a lifeguard a the Y who volunteered Sunday!)

Bridesmaids


I saw the movie "Bridesmaids" on Saturday with lil' sis. It was Hilarious - with a capital H! I strongly recommend this movie as a light hearted, laugh-your-pants-off, girly, fun flick. This movie is especially funny if you have been in a wedding party or have had a wedding...it exaggerates some of the typicaly wedding drama quite well!

Kristen Wiig plays Annie, the main character, who is the Maid of Honor for her best friends wedding. She is a great actress - she is such a natural in playing this part that it makes the movie even better.

Go see it!! And then email me to tell me you LOVED it.

PS - I will definitely see it again if anyones interested!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Harley

My mom sent me this joke yesterday...enjoy!

A man on his Harley was riding along a California beach when suddenly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, God said, 'because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.'
   
The biker pulled over and said, 'Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can ride over anytime I want.'
   
God replied, 'Your request is materialistic; think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking; the supports required reaching the bottom of the Pacific and the concrete and steel it would take!  I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things.  Take a little more time and think of something that could possibly help man kind.'
     
 The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally, he said, 'God, I wish that I, and all men, could understand women; I want to know how she  feels inside, what she's thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothing's wrong, why she snaps  and complains when I try to help, and how I can make a woman truly happy.

God replied: 'You want two lanes or four on that bridge?" 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Paved Roads.

I have a pet peeve: roads that are not paved very well. It makes it very difficult for little cars like mine to get around without having to come to an almost complete stop at every bump in the road. I don't understand how it is ok to keep some roads the way they are! I honestly think if I looked at the bottom of my car I would have a multitude of dents on it from going over bumps. Some are hard to anticipate as well so I can't even swerve over them!!

Shannon's dream road: 

YMCA Annual Report 2010






http://www.vanymca.org/pdf/ymca_annualreport2010.pdf

I attended the 124th Annual General Meeting of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver yesterday and was actually somewhat interested in learning about the above facts! I've been before but never been super keen on learning the ins & outs of the technical stuff. I know these pictures aren't very big, so you can click on the link above to see the PDF file in entirety. I work for the Tong Louie Family YMCA - which takes up about 17% of $33 million in expenses overall.

Hairspray!

Hairspray is playing at the Vancouver Arts Club until July 10 - omg I'm excited!! I'm definitely going to get tickets - anyone want to come with me?

Arts Club website: http://www.artsclub.com/20102011/plays/hairspray.htm

Miss 604 blog where you can enter to WIN tickets by commenting: http://www.miss604.com/2011/05/hairspray-at-the-arts-club.html (if any of you enter to win, and do win, can you take me?! Pretty please?!)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Purses & Garden Gnomes.

You know you're at a seniors home when you see these kind of signs:


Also, just chilled with my puppy in bed this morning:

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Shark Tank Products

I saw some super cool ideas on Shark Tank this evening! This is why I also think Shark Tank is cool; people like me look up their website and tell people about their products so they still end up getting a company boost simply from being ON the show, even if they don't get a deal.

1. Wedding Aisle Runners - you know it, this caught my wedding-inclined eye! Non-stick runners for the bride to walk down the aisle on. Plain or personalized, this is a cool idea! A tad expensive, the jeweled/glittery one costs a hefty $750. But, as the Sharks said, weddings are times where people are spending thousands of dollars so anything under a thousand sounds like a minimal amount.

http://www.originalrunners.com/

2. Man Candles - I thought this was funny originally, but then thought it was funny AND a great idea! What boy wants a vanilla, raspberry, rain scented candle?! These ones come in pizza, football, grass, golf etc.

http://test.originalmancandle.com/

3. Origaudio - this is quite the invention! This is a device that uses vibration technology for the device to get attached to pretty much anything and that anything becomes a speaker. They showed it with cups, a boat and other various random things.

http://www.origaudio.com/

$250,000

It's official, I have $250,000. Fake monies, of course, to be used to buy & sell stocks with on the simulator website. It scares me a little. Can I just buy stocks of my favorite brands and foods?! That sounds like a good strategy to me.

Check it out: http://simulator.investopedia.com/Home.aspx

if you don't like something, change it.

Momma's Day

Happy Mother's Day to my fabulous mother who is caring, thoughtful and loving to all ends. 
Love you momma! 

My momma, me & lil' sis last summer before Cirque du Soleil
Today my brother & I went with our parents to visit my Oma & Opa (dad's parents) and my Grandma & Grandpa (mom's parents). It was nice to visit all of them and hang out with the fam. My Oma & Opa recently moved so we got the full tour of their new place - it's pretty bumpin'! They have stretching classes, musical guests, walking groups, a movie theatre, Wii tournaments etc. I asked my parents when they want me to move them in.

At my Grandma & Grandpa's house I acquired a few items from them. Firstly, my Grandma gave me a doggy bag of her delicious oatmeal cookies that I haven't had in forever. Yummmmm.



Second, my Grandpa gave me 2 things: one was a book of royal wedding stamps (because he knows how much I loved the royal wedding!!) and the other was a book from the bank about stocks. After I blog, I have to go attempt to learn about them for my finance class... It'll be neat to read this publication book from the bank to get a real life view on portfolios.


And last but definitely not least, a piece of literature they had kept since 1992. Check this work of art out: 


Grandpa said has always known I'd enjoyed writing & reading since that day on. I'm sure if I would have known about blogs then (or if they were invented?) I would of been all over it! Thanks Grandma & Grandpa for all the goodies and for being big blog supporters :) 

On our drive home, we drove my my Oma & Opa's old house in New West - they haven't lived there in 15 years or so probably. I remember going there when I was little and walking to the park across the street. I remember when my aunt lived there and I would have sleepovers with her - so many memories at that house! Anyways, it looks totally different now than it did 20 years ago. It looks really great though for the age of the house. (this was a "drive by" picture...hence the car window in the corner)


And to top off our day, we met lil' sis at Boston Pizza for dinner - we told my mom she could pick the restaurant and that's where she picked. It was a good choice. Always lots of fun and laughs when the 5 of us hang out.


My mom convinced me to take Emma for a work as her mothers day gift. Sooo I did! Emma enjoyed it.


Aaaaaand now I'm off, like I said, to attempt to learn about stocks. I need to sign up for the simulator stock trading website! Ta ta for now!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Stars & Dogs for the week of April 22

I haven't told you about the Stars & Dogs recently! For the week of April 22, they were as follows: (for those of you unaware what the Stars & Dogs are, they are essentially stocks that are doing really well [stars] or ones that aren't doing so well [dogs] on the NYSE via the Globe and Mail)

STARS:
1. Align Technology (teeth straightening anyone?!)
2. Autoliv (largest producer of seatbelts & airbags)
3. Apple
4. Hanesbrand

DOGS:
1. US Dollar

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investment-ideas/features/stars-and-dogs/stars-and-dogs-for-the-week-ending-april-22/article1995243/

On another financial related note, I am in a finance class this semester. I didn't really know what to expect going into it, but as it turns out, we are learning about stocks!! I was super excited to find this out because the stock market has always intrigued me a little but also intimidated me a LOT. So, hopefully this will be a beneficial way to learn about it easily. Officially trading stocks happens to be on my bucket list as well - check it out by clicking HERE. It's #19 & #20 :) I'll definitely keep you in the loop on how my investing & trading goes.

Who knows, I may end up here soon...hahaha!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Til Debt Do Us Part...

http://gailvazoxlade.com/blog/

The ever so blunt financial guru TV host Gail Vaz-Oxlade has a blog! Sometimes I find her a little bossy, but who are we kidding? I could use a little financial advice here and there. Any tips are welcome, actually! I enjoy her little "about me" section at the bottom.

$$Enjoy$$

Check.

I can check one of my movies off my list from the other day - Fast Five. I don't know if it's super lame that I love car movies, but I LOVE car movies!! I think that street racing is so fascinating. It makes me want to be a race car driver. Badly. But, I will save my high speed gallivants for another, safer time; not to worry any of you. The cars are gorgeous in this movie as well. I am not to apt on my knowledge of fancy cars, but all I need to know if they are beautiful and FAST!

...it also really helps this movie that Vin Diesel is just about the most pretty actor to look at in the history of movies! He can pick me up in his race car any day he wishes.




Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Carrie's Wisdom

“But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous.”

- Carrie Bradshaw, Sex & the City


Monday, May 2, 2011

Kate (& not the new Princess)

I have very strong feelings towards Kate Gosselin from "Kate Plus 8". I rarely watch this show but it happened to be on my tv when I turned it on. I thought I would watch it just to see what they are up to these days. Turns out it was a rerun from January, but it really just breaks my heart of what Kate has become. When the show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" first started they were a cute couple with 8 adorable, decently mannered, happy kids. Yes, no family is perfect, and they were no exception, but their reality was what it was. They appeared to be in love and I thought they were a cute family.

Now, I am looking at Kate thinking - if she could have seen herself now when this show started, would she still have done it? Obviously I don't know any of the details of their marriage falling apart, however, I am fairly certain that fame and money got to them. That would for sure be a major strain on any relationship, but did they let it get the best of them? If they wouldn't have been on a reality show would they still end up divorced? I am so curious the answer to that question. How would their lives have been different if they weren't together? Also, the children really leave a lot to be desired attitude-wise. I am not a parent so I can't speak to experience, however if my future children say HALF the things Kate's oldest says to her, it won't be pretty. Her kids have such huge attitudes and think they are little divas.

This whole situation just breaks my heart because I really don't know if this is what Kate and/or Jon envisioned for their lives. Did they really fall out of love that fast? And why? It's just always sad to see families broken up and this is one of them.

Kate has turned into thinking she is quite the hottie nowadays. These are some before and after photos I googled... 



Sunday, May 1, 2011

Boo.

Just when I thought I had a little break from school, I remember that summer semester starts tomorrow. Major boo!!

Maxwell - Pretty Wings

Friends

Today as Heidi & I were strolling in the sunshine in Kerrisdale, I found us at multiple times saying, "That was like that time on Friends!" or "Remember when Monica did that?!" We decided that almost everything in our lives we can relate to an episode of Friends. (Yes, I do realize how potentially lame that sounds!) Friends was such an entertaining TV show. Everything that happened on it was so real-like & soooo hilarious! For example, remember when Rachel & Chandler found a cheesecake in the hall of their apartment building? And ate it ALL? Or, remember when Joey tries to learn French from Phoebe? And when Ross is moving: "pivot, pivot, PIVOT!" I could go on...and on...and on...

Too funny. Love them as if they were my own Friends.

Where's Waldo?


As I'm sure we are all aware by now, Obama has made the official announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed. I don't totally know how it took 10 years to find him, but that's not my point of posting this. (I feel like I don't have enough political knowledge to discuss it all!) Obama is such a great speaker. He is calm, poised and always confident when he speaks. I know that to be the President, you likely need to have these characteristics without a doubt, but the way he does it just really makes me feel like he knows exactly what he is doing. I feel like I can believe in him! With that said, I do think it's unfortunate that I am more knowledegable in American politics as opposed to Canadian; however, I do support our election tomorrow! GO VOTE!

As I was so intrigued with Obama, I did some googling. Did you know that he makes $400,000 per year? He also has approximately another $200,000 in travel, entertainment & personal expenses. I was just curious what kind of salary he lived on and how that all worked. My next question is: when he is done being President, does he still get paid? Or how does that work? Also, his children go to a school that is $35,000 per year - crazy hey?! It better be a freaking amazing school!!!

Anywho, to wrap up my politically inclined post, go vote tomorrow! Have a say in our countries future!