Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Bucket List

I am watching "The Bucket List" as I do a project...and I am going to have to turn it off soon if I keep getting distracted and crying! I am in love with this movie. I think it has such a positive message about life in general - if you haven't seen it, do it!! Jack Nicholson & Morgan Freeman give an exceptional performance in their stories about bucket lists.
Below, a link to my favorite scene on Youtube from the movie when they are creating their "bucket lists":

http://youtu.be/X-_hBRgYFCw

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Glee Project

I barely watch Glee but whenever I do, I really love it. I also fell in love with the commercial for The Glee Project with them singing Katy Perry's "Firework". I love the last part when they all sing together. So good!! Watch it...

http://youtu.be/PhiIk3jx0WA

In Preparation

In preparation for the visit of my friends Wills & Kate, I stumbled upon this article that gave me some tips about how to act when I meet them. I have adapted my favorite headings & quotes from the article:

Should you happen to come into royal contact, here are some tips on how to conduct yourself in front of Kate and Wills (Hint: Don’t call them that).

Overzealous gets the brush off
“Remember this is the future king of England, not a rock star,” says Charles MacPherson, Toronto etiquette expert and founder of North America’s only academy for butlers. In other words, jumping up and down like a groupie isn’t going to get you into the proverbial tour bus. Security are looking out for quiet, friendly, safe-looking people, so your best bet is to get there early, stand in the front and smile beatifically. If you are one of the chosen ones, the most correct title for either royal is Your Royal Highness.

No gifts please
Despite their kindest intentions, Mr. MacPherson advises would-be tchotchke-givers to think about the situation rationally: “In the nicest way possible, what could you possibly give them that they would have any desire for?” he says. If you absolutely must bring a gift, stick to flowers and be sure to hand them to Catherine or one of her ladies in waiting. (The future King does not hold bouquets). The Duke and Duchess do not want your hockey stick (which they could see it as a potential weapon).

Keep it light
Keep your handshake on the dainty side. “You’re only shaking one hand, but remember that they are shaking hundreds,” advises Mr. MacPherson, adding that you should never offer your hand, unless a royal hand has already been extended.

Wardrobe tip No. 1
“For anyone meeting the royal couple on a walkabout, a certain amount of casual is okay,” says Mr. MacPherson – jeans and a collared shirt or even a patriotic sports jersey, for example. Just be sure to keep your buttons in a secure position, because security isn’t going to go near anyone in a revealing tank top. “Can’t you just see the headlines?” says Mr. MacPherson. “Wills caught ogling. Kate goes home in tears.”

Wardrobe tip No. 2
In recent months, the fascinator hat has become a mainstay of the North American club wardrobe, but traditionally speaking (and the royals are nothing if not traditional), hats are worn only in the daytime. “Catherine is famous for her fascinators, but she would never wear any kind of headpiece at an evening event, other than maybe a tiara,” says Mr. MacPherson. Ms. Barrington advises that anyone attending an official event should follow the dress code to the letter.

Don’t do this: Refer to the Queen as “your grandma.”

(article from http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/what-to-do-if-you-meet-wills-and-kate/article2074860/)

not to worry!

the missing kitty came home last night. phewf!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Missing Kitty

Wow - I think this is the longest I have gone without a blog post since I started this bad boy!! Craziness. It has been 7 days since my last post...I apologize to my devoted blog followers who have been desperately waiting in anticipation...

I don't really have time to write a solid post right (for which you will read about shortly); so I have decided to make a random list of things:

1. Jury duty is now complete. I have many, MANY thoughts surrounding it; some positive, some not-so positive & mostly a lot overwhelming but not really many that I want to elaborate on here about. It was just a plethora of emotions for me but I can still say it was an interesting experience and I learned a lot while doing it. It is funny to me how excited I was going into it and even at the beginning of it but then it just got very real. It's hard to explain - I still think about it 24/7 and I'm not sure how to make it go away!!

2. I have SO much homework lately. I am in 3 classes right now and in those 3 classes I am in 4 group projects. Let me tell you, that is a LOT of people & emails to keep track of!! I'm going to go nutty pretty soon trying to keep up with projects, presentations, quizzes, midterms etc...

3. Heidi is in Australia currently & Binz is in Mexico. I'm not gonna lie, I'm super jealous!! :) Hope you are both having a fantastic time!! xoxo

4. I had dinner at Cactus Club this evening with my book club girls and it was lovely, as usual! Cactus Club got rid of the quesidilla that I loved though. Sad face.

5. Last night (Saturday) I went to a stagette downtown that was super fun - I love wedding events!! (if you didn't know that already!)

6. As of tomorrow I start working Monday - Friday (as opposed to my usual Tuesday - Saturday) and I am kind of excited about it. I do really like my Tues - Sat but switching my schedule up a bit could be fun.

7. Since not being at home for a while, I've missed my family a bit!! It's weird not seeing them every day. I'm not sure if they would say the same, especially my doting brother when told me I sound like I constantly have a megaphone in front of my face...love you too Pants.

8. I think my Havianas flip flops are ready for pick up in the States! I might go tomorrow morning to get them.

9. I have a bajillion things going through my mind and my main thought is: there is not enough time in a day!!!!!!!

10. I'm missing a kitty right now...I need to go find it...hopefully it doesn't pull an all-nighter.

11. My throat is feeling better but now I just have this bugger of a cough. I think it's allergies seeing as I am sniffling left, right & center too. Go away pollen & gross things in the air!!!!

12. As per a request to re-post the BBC Top 100 List of Books to read, click HERE! to go to the post. Enjoy Ker!

I think that's all I got right now. Will post more this week hopefully - in the meantime, hope all is well with everyone!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sore Throat

My throat is killing me - in the strep throat kind of way. I woke up this morning and it was just all of a sudden sooooo sore. I do have a bit of runny nose going on too...I thought at first that maybe it was just allergies but I don't think so anymore.

I went to a specialist probably 9 months ago or so, and the decision was to get my tonsils removed since I get diagnosed with strep throat many, many times each year. They were supposed to call me when they had an appointment scheduled for me, but I haven't heard from them yet....weird?

My Poppa

Today, I went over to my parents to do some homework with lil' sis and then have dinner with the fam. My homework time was somewhat productive too, which is very beneficial seeing as I have a finance midterm on Thursday...uh-oh spaghettio! The concepts we are currently doing are: time value of money, nominal, effective & real rates of interests, profitabilityindex, IRR (internal rate of return) etc.

My mom used to make "curry for Murray" on my dad's birthday for many, many years but hasn't in a while so we thought that today we would bring it back on Fathers Day. So, I made shrimp curry with red peppers, rice, naan bread and to top it off, corn on the cob! Random, yes. Delicious, also yes. Then for dessert I bought some freshly baked pastries from a bakery in Surrey and they were fluffy, fresh & fattening I'm sure... Yum!!

Here are some skills my cool daddio has taught me: (just to name a few recent ones!)

- How to check the oil in my car (and how to refill it when I haven't checked it in a while!)
- How to change a tire on my car (well, attempt to - when in doubt, call BCAA or dad)
- The value of money (and, well, let's face it - the value of how to get out of debt with his help...)
- The importance of a clean kitchen
- How to bargain at the flea market or in Mexico

I, in turn, have taught him how to use his Blackberry! :)

Curry & corn - dinner of champions

Fritters, jelly-filld & streudels!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Exclamation Marks (!)

I have become completely aware that I use far too many exclamation marks in any sort of informal writing I do. No one has even told me this, but it never fails that if you take a random paragraph I have written, there will be a multitude of these: !!!!

I only recently started noticing it...and then started editing my blog posts after writing them as to not sound like everything is super duper exciting to me all the time!! (see, I love 'em?!) I'm trying to not use them as much because any English teacher would probably cringe at my overuse of them, but then on the flip side, I feel like exclamation marks are just my personality! I feel like that is how I talk most of the time. If I had a typist following me 24/7, I think the majority of my sentances would end in exclamation marks!! (Ps - how cool would it be to have a typist following you 24/7?! I could have a transcript of my life! hehe)

Anywho, just a random though for me... feel free to comment on any post if you feel that I have used the exclamation mark in excess. Thanks kindly in advance for keeping my grammar up to snuff :)

Wow, Vancouver...

As aforementioned, I was definitely on the Canucks bandwagon. I was excited that they made it this far, that's for sure. It would have been great if they had won, but they didn't; life goes on. I think that we showed a little class when the crowd clapped for Boston, and let's not forget that the Canucks still played one heck of a full, solid season! Way to go boys!! (maybe one day they will all be reading my famous blog & will appreciate that shout out...)

My next thought: IT'S JUST A GAME, people!! I get it, we like our hockey, but the aftermath of this game was completly insane. That is the only word to describe it  - anyone who partook in it should ACTUALLY be put in a crazy home. I am sure I am sounding like everyone else right now when I say all this, and since some people are wittier than I (hard to imagine, I know) here are some facebook statuses I found amusing right now: (as I'm sure you all have seen as well!) (the one about Tim Thomas is my fave)

- Hopefully I'll wake up tomorrow and this will have been the worst dream ever and we have another chance at winning the cup...goodnight (Natalie)

- Now we're just the trailerpark of the nation (Tara)

- Silly Vancouver Police. SEND OUT TIM THOMAS!!! He's stopped everything else!!!!! (Rob)

- When you come with gasoline and a mask, you don't come to watch hockey and celebrate (Shantini)

- Yay! Go Lions! I'm sorry the riots over-shadowed your big win (Leah)

- Who takes pictures of themselves celebrating in front of a burning car?  (Louise)

- There are not lots of people partaking. There are maybe 100 people who do that. And a hundred out of six billion, ain't bad. (Heather)

- might try and pick up a new tv tonight.....jokes, be safe kids, don't riot (Adam)

Those are just some random thoughts & words from my pals via Facebook...I hope they don't mind :) I am just so appalled at this whole thing yet can't peel my eyes off the news yet to go to bed...

I need my beauty rest before my long day of court & school tomorrow. Goodnight, my friends!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday, Sunday

I really, REALLY enjoyed my sleeping in today! It was nice to be able to get up & relax on the couch with a cup of coffee rather than rush off to somewhere. Then I went to my Oma & Opa's house for a visit & came home to a dinner made by momma. She bbq'd salmon for me!! It was super duper yummy; accompanied with rice, salad and foccacia bread. Delish!! Thanks mommy :)

How many Spiers does it take to bbq salmon?!

YUMMM
Now, to do some work & homeork then off to the courthouse again tomorrow morn...goodnight blog world!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

"Happy in my Havaianas"

I am in love with this blog: http://happyinmyhavaianas.com

I have taken this excerpt from the authors "About Me" section of her blog that I am also in love with! I could not have said it better myself: When I put on my Havaianas, I am reminded to relax, laugh often, walk on the sunny side of the street, find beauty in the small things, never say no to dancing or a slice of birthday cake, say I love you often, and try to be the kindest person I know. For me, Havaianas is a state of mind and a lifestyle. It's about being true to myself, happiness that is shared and appreciating beauty wherever I find it- be it fashion, art, books, music, interior design or food.

PS - I may have just made an online purchase at Nordstrom for some Havaianas that I feel head over heels in love with...they are "Turkish" inspiried!

I Heart Flippy Floppys

"A woman should own three shoes - high heels, flat shoes and Havaianas."
- Christian Louboutin

I recently heard of a great little website called www.piperlime.com that sells brand name clothing, shoes & accessories for decent prices and was trying to find another pair of comfortable, stylish and affordable black wedges to be able to wear to work. I "accidentally" stumbled upon the flip flop section & came across my fave kind: Havaianas.They had some super adorable ones but unfortunately not in my bigfoot size. These flip flops are so comfortable and come in the most fun colors & patterns:
These are the most expensize ones that have swaroski crystals on them! I think they're about $200.



Awww - baby Havaianas!!


Last but not least, I own mutliple pairs of my fave the classic black. Love them!!
Check out Havaianas website at: https://us.havaianas.com (this is the US site - you can't buy from here but you sure can have fun browsing!!)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gotta book a flight

My friends Will & Kate are coming to Canada June 30 - July 8!! I had no idea - they didn't even tell me. It probably slipped their minds with all the wedding talk lately. I need to book a flight to Ottawa immediately seeing as they probably will want to have dinner with me, right? Maybe a drink or two? Hmm...where should the 3 of us eat out...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/

Superheros!

A mathematical equation for you, if you will:

1 blog post + 1 aunt + 1 sister = 2 hair straighteners

Hooray, I straightened my hair today! A big thanks to my aunt and my sister for each bringing me one - what a good family I have.


Also, this is what wakes me up sometimes mid-night:


Slightly creepy, no?! Behr also woke me up around the similar time by barking at me. Crazy animals! :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hazelnut Dairy Milk

My best friend right now is some chocolate by the above name. It is what is getting me through this day! It's a bit odd, since I'm not usually a chocolate craver, but this defs hit the spot. I am feeling very overwhelmed with doing jury duty, trying to work evenings & weekends (as well as check my emails/texts/phone calls all day), attend the 3 classes I'm in at school AND try to do some homework for school. Let alone have some Shannon time and/or do any fun things.

It's ok, what doesn't kill me will only make me stronger...right???! In the mean time, here are my friends:

My cousin Bailey

Friends Behr & Bailey

Attempting  photo of my aunt & cousin...my cousin's a lil hyper though!

straightener.

It is amazing what technology has done to me. I feel completly helpless without my hair straightener!! (while not living at home) My hair has been up and/or curly for a lot of days in a row now - weird!

What did we do before hair straighteners??!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Yet Another Number

Some call it their civic duty, other calls it a pain in the ass. Some enjoy it, some most definitely do not.

It's official folks, I am a Juror. And I am definitely one of the enjoy-ers! If you need me for the next 19 days, I can be found at the New Westminster Courthouse between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. And that's all I'm at liberty to say.

Haha, I'm not THAT hardcore about it, however it is true that I am not supposed to discuss the trial, so y'all will have to wait until the it's done and my novel comes out.

It was totally like something out of a movie - there were probably about 75 people there to start with, and that gets chalked down to 12. They literally put your name in a box and pick it at random, then you walk up to the front of the court room and the defence & prosecuters can either "Challenge" or "Content" when it gets to your turn. It's really awkward; they look you up and down for a minute or two and then say their decision.

It's going be a busy 19 days for me between being a juror by day; and Aquatic Director/Student by night...forgive me if I'm super spacey lately!! :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Funny

Below are George Kostanza's (from Seinfeld) tips for appearing productive at work. I found them hilarious, Grandpa, I thought you might enjoy them as well - hope you are doing well!! :)

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Never walk down the hall without a document in your hands. People with documents in their hands look like hardworking employees heading for important meetings. People with nothing in their hands look like they're heading for the cafeteria. People with the newspaper in their hands look like they're heading for the bathroom. Above all, make sure you carry loads of stuff home with you at night, thus generating the false impression that you work longer hours than you do.

Use computers to look busy. Any time you use a computer, it looks like work to the casual observer. You can send and receive personal e-mail, calculate your finances and generally have a blast without doing anything remotely related to work.

These aren't exactly the societal benefits that everybody from the computer revolution expected but they're not bad either. When you get caught by your boss--and you will get caught--your best defense is to claim you're teaching yourself to use the new software, thus saving valuable training dollars.

You're not a loafer, you're a self-starter. Offer to show your boss what you learned. That will make your boss scurry away like a frightened salamander.

Messy desk. Top management can get away with a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like you're not working hard enough. Build huge piles of documents around your workspace.

To the observer, last year's work looks the same as today's work; it's volume that counts. Pile them high and wide. If you know somebody is coming to your cubicle, bury the document you'll need halfway down in an existing stack and rummage for it when he/she arrives.

Voice mail. Never answer your phone if you have voice mail. People don't call you just because they want to give you something for nothing-- they call because they want YOU to do work for THEM. That's the way to live. Screen all your calls through voice mail.

If somebody leaves a voice mail message for you and it sounds like impending work, respond during lunch hour. That way, you're hardworking and conscientious even though you're being a devious weasel. If you diligently employ the method of screening incoming calls and then returning calls when nobody is there, this will greatly increase the odds that they will give up or look for a solution that doesn't involve you.

The sweetest voice mail message you can ever hear is "Ignore my last message. I took care of it." If your voice mailbox has a limit on the number of messages it can hold, make sure you reach that limit frequently. One way to do that is to never erase any incoming messages. If that takes too long, send yourself a few messages.

http://www.comedy-zone.net/jokes/laugh/work/work010.htm

Weekend Shmeekend

I have been lacking in the blog department! It makes me a little sad when I neglect my blog. I really enjoy writing on it, not evening for everyone elses sake but just for my own. Between school, work, homework and trying to have a bit of fun in my life I don't have much time leftover to just sit and putz around on the internet & blog. It saddens me.

Anywho, I'm still chillin' with the pet family. We allllll cuddle in bed together every night:


I wore heels to work the other day and ripped up the bottoms of my feet due to them being super cute, but SUPER high and uncomfortable. I really enjoy being able to have the option of dressing up at work sometimes, but after 8ish hours in stilettos, I can barely walk to my car to go home. So, I made an online (albeit impulsive) purchase:


Heidi & I had coffee with an old friend tonight. Sometimes reminiscing about the "good ol' days" of high school can be super fun, especially when done with the right people:


And now, doing some finance homework with my friend Behr as we bid you goodnight:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Interesting Numerical Facts

62. A study found that it’s actually bad to go more than 62 days without a vacation day. That’s the average tipping point when people go from being, quote, “fresh and focused to anxious, aggressive, and ill.” Good to know! Take this research to work and show your boss :) (I heard this on the radio this morning - 103.5)

40,000. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class. Who really likes olives anyways?!

39-23-33. If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall.  And to add to those interesting facts, Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. Millcent?! I've never even HEARD of that name let alone knew it was Barbie's middle name...

96,000. If any of my teacher friends are looking for a job, Gwyneth Paltrow & her husband are looking for a tutor for their children. The incumbent will tutor for up to four hours a day teaching languages, two musical instruments per child and sports. They reportedly also get free travel expenses and use of their West London flat... where do I submit my resume?!

2,400,000,000. The amount Wal-Mart paid for a 51% stake in operations of a South Africian retail super duper market, Massmart. I am convinced Wal-Mart will be taking over the world soon! Well, the supermarket world least.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

$25,597

An article was published today that listed that number above, $25,597, as the average amount of debt Canadians are in, excluding mortgages. This number has increased since the same time period of last year, and the largest increase was in Quebec and Newfoundland. This number made me feel good because as much debt as I have, it's definitely not as much as the average! Which means there's still lots of people with debt much larger than that...unfortunately I think that debt is becoming a reality in our day and age. Obviously it's not ideal, but it is so easy to obtain something if you have a credit card without even thinking about it...a stressful concept though...
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/household-finances/average-debt-for-canadians-25597/article2042922/

There was another article, which was an excerpt from a book called "The Money Book for Everyone Else" by Michelle King, which talks about credit is the new reality and cash is going downhill fast. It also talks about credit ratings & how to improve them etc...it's an interesting article if you have a few minutes to read it. (it's not short!)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investor-education/book-excerpts/credit-is-the-new-reality-cash-is-no-longer-king/article1969850/

Bandwagon Luck?

Perhaps me being on the Canucks bandwagon has been good luck for them?! I came across another fun website that explains some hockey concepts... a few excerpts below... GO CANUCKS GO! :)

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/hockey/2015187849_canucks31.html

Beards — Just about everyone on the ice will have one. They're a postseason tradition — or maybe it's superstition — as NHL players generally stop shaving when the playoffs begin and don't break out the razor until after their team is eliminated. (this one was under History 101)

Crease — The semicircular area in front of the goal. Attacking players are restricted from interfering with the goaltender in this area. The goal itself is 6 feet wide and 4 feet high, and no matter how many times the American rubes ask, you cannot go and enlist an extremely gargantuan man to, in effect, cork the goal. No one's that wide from head to toe. (under Hockey 101)