Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ever seen a ham get married?

I have!! My friend Hayley, aka Ham, got married this past Friday. Their wedding was gorgeous, the weather was amazingly warm & sunny and Hayley & Anthony are happier than two peas in a pod. Congratulations to them!! More pictures to come in the next few days...I am up to my ears in school work...plus living on a lake makes it REALLY hard to concentrate!! (I'm a bit of a fish I must admit)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

mi casa

I am housesitting again - I think I should be a professional pretty soon hey? This is my backyard though for the summer... it's pretty sweet! *those are swimmers in the lake, not ducks!*


Friday, July 22, 2011

i want to buy this....


...but can't find it anywhere?! I saw at lady with it today at the Y and she said she bought it 2 weeks ago (didn't ask where). Help?!? It's lululemon.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

JOY

My crush right now...

"I always do the last dance of the season." - Johnny from Dirty Dancing

Stats Canada

An interesting read, this article! Statistics Canada has published it's last ever statistics surrounding marriage and divorce rates last week. According to the article, this is a result of some budgetary cuts as well as the "changing nature of relationships, as definitions get fuzzier and harder to track." The marriage data has been being collected since 1921 and the divorce data since 1972.

For those of you curious, last week's statistics show that 43.1% of marriages are expected to end in divorce before a couple reaches their 50th anniversary, an increase from 39.3% a decade earlier. Overall, there were 70,226 divorces in Canada in 2008. 

What is the world coming to when almost half of us embark of what is supposed to be a lifetime commitment and then just end it?! Obviously I am not married so I guess my opinion can't be entirely valid, but I do think this is sad. I know there are extenuating circumstances that do actually warrant divorce nowadays sometimes, but I strongly feel that a LOT people get married with the intention of being able to end it if it's not all it was cracked up to be...again, sad.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/statistics-canada-to-stop-tracking-marriage-and-divorce-rates/article2104401/

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Congratulations Katie & Dylan

Katie's dad walking her down the aisle.

The wedding party!

Dylan, the Groom, with Erin, the adorable flower girl

Me and lil' sis - she was quite the party animal!

I love this photo of Katie & her sisters. They are stunning!

Dylan & I

A family photo,  minus my dad and add Misha!

JC, lil' sis, moi & Brittany

love it

Friday, July 15, 2011

First Impressions Count

This article from the Globe and Mail today discusses some tips and notes surrounding how to ensure employees get engaged with their organization. I thought it was interesting since it's highly applicable to my education. There have been studies that show that a well planned, in depth on-boarding plan will make new employees feel that they are more connected to the organization. A few of these tips from the article include:
  • Create a connection immediately 
  • Develop social resources
  • Provide a mentor

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/managing/on-the-job/first-impressions-count-for-managers/article2097839/

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Driven by Time

I am sitting at my table attempting to do homework, and here is a list of things I have managed to do in lieu of said homework: deleted unused items off my desktop, emptied my desktop recycle bin, uninstalled useless programs my computer, planned the rest of my school semesters, made tea, did 3 loads of laundry, texted a bit, sent a few school related emails...catch my drift here?

It is very unfortunate, but I have to admit it: I work much, much better when time is of the essence. If I have something due tomorrow at 4 pm, I will work so hard to get it done if I know I only have 12 more hours to do it in rather than knowing it's due then a month prior and doing it then. And every, single, stinkin' time I tell myself the same thing: Start earlier; don't procrastinate.

But the reality of it is, I work well under timelines and pressure. If I have all the time in the world, I will fiddle around and do semi-productive things (unrelated to school work of course), but it always ends up the same way.

So, since I don't have anything due until Monday evening...here I sit...putting off assignments...

My motherboard, my self

So as you all know, my laptop has not been working all that well lately. And when I say all that well, I mean not turning on...scary, I KNOW! So I brought it to the laptop doctor, recommended by another laptop doctor (my friend Justin) and got it back today. Turns out it was having motherboard problems. Who know?! I am thrilled to have her back in my life. Thrilled!!!

There is a Sex & the City episode where Carrie's laptop breaks down and it's quite entertaining since she is so reliant on it... enjoy :)


Monday, July 11, 2011

pretty.


My daddy the gardener planted these pretty little thangs a few weekends ago and I love their colors together.


My Dear Friend

I went to the Sunshine Coast with my friend Nicole this weekend for some relaxing time in the sun and to hang out with her parents. We drove with the windows down and the tunes loud to Horseshoe Bay, only to circle the parking lot a thousand times unsucessfully...which resulted in plan b since we missed our ferry...

We eventually got there and had some wine, dinner and laughs. The next day we walked along the beach, layed in the sun and caught some rays. I think I got a bit of a tan! Yay for sun! It's always very nice spending time with friends you don't get to see too often. Love ya Nicole :)

The beach

The girls! Nicole, Lexi & Shannon :)

Nicole's parents gorgeous house - that her dad pretty much build entirely himself! Impressive hey?

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This is probably one of the only books I have read multiple times - Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I first read it in high school sometime (I think it was part of our cirriculum maybe? Or maybe I read it on my own?) and then I re-read when I purchased the illustrated version. I then re-re-read it with my book club just a few years back. It's a really interesting book that has a religious tone to it, yet still is not over the top and has a great message in the end. Its adventurous, wild and very insightful. Definitely worth reading.

Yann Martel was recently in Vancouver for the Indian Summer Festival (July 7 - 17) and did an interview about his best-selling booking being made into a movie! I was super excited - only because I think this book has great potential to be a good movie. Usually once I have read the book I am not keen on the movie, but this one I think will be a gooder. 

The interview, if you are curious, can be read at: http://www.metronews.ca/vancouver/local/article/904380--life-of-pi-lives-on-screen--page1

It was also interesting to read that Martel sent Stephen Harper a list of 100 books he should read. He talks about it in his interview, how our leaders shouldn't forget stories and how the importance of stories in our lives. He was quite disappointed when he did not get a response from Harper...I am curious how I get my hands on this list of books he sent!! I'm curious!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Homes of CEO's

http://www.cnbc.com/id/43383150?slide=12

This site has some super interesting slide shows! The one I started with was "Celebrity Pill Poppers" (don't ask, it was intriguing to me when I was reading the news...) and then I discovered a whole page of slide shows with topics such as: Most Ticketed Cars, America's Weirdest Restaurants, Most Expensive Private Schools, 10 Luxiourious Golf Courses and the one I really enjoyed: Homes of CEO's.

Oprah's $55 million pad - it has 14 bedrooms. What the heck does she do with 14 bedrooms and no kids?!

Steve Job's house. I love this one!!

A Royal Yeehaw at the Calgary Stampede



Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Casey Anthony

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/casey-anthony-acquitted-of-murder-in-death-of-her-2-year-old-daughter/article2087315/

Everywhere I turn I keep seeing updates, editorials, opinions and newscasts about the Casey Anthony situation in the States. She was being charged with first degree murder of her 2 year old daughter and a jury found her not guilty today.

I am extremly sensitive to the opinions that keep saying it was "shocking" and "not the appropriate verdict" as I am fresh out of the jury box. One of the major things I took out of that is to ALWAYS remember that there are two sides to the story. Everything is definitely not always as it appears - and this is likely the case with Casey Anthony. None of these reports likely sat in on every single day and every single testimony of witnesses, therefore they do not know the same information and cannot make such bias comments.

I honestly don't know much about this case in particular, except the "facts" I've heard on the news & in the newspaper, but I urge everyone who may stumble upon reading this to always make sure you take all facts into consideration, and not just one sided opinions you hear.

Boy, jury duty really did a number on me!

How to Love - Lil' Wayne

Not the official music video but I'm in love with this song!

Here & There

Oh, my poor laptop is at the doctor right now. He hasn't been turning on at all - a sign of definite distress for him. So, the diagnostic phone call should be coming in tomorrow...I hope he isn't too expensive!

Over the past few days, I have been up to a few thing that are blog-worthy. Please see photos below :)


A very pink stagette in a very pink limo for a fun gal to Roosters

Seeing my pals Aliya & Ayden have a blast in the pool

Ayden & Aliya

Britney Spears & Nicki Minaj Concert with Amanda

I know you can't tell, but that's Britney!!

Britney's grand finale, fireworks & all

I have no idea when I took this but it ended up on my camera & I thought it looked so cool

Fried mushrooms & onions = delish

Creamy smashed potatoes with cheddar cheese

My momma made strawberry rhubarb crisp with rhubarb from my Grandpa's garden! Sooo yummy

Catchin' some rays & doing homework in the backyard before work.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Are Canadians Happy?

I came across an article on the Globe & Mail website entitled "Are Canadians Happy?" and the answers stemmed from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development) statistics of a recent survey from the Better Life Initiave. Turns out, it's really interesting! The article was very informative, but I also did some investigation on the OECD website. Here is what I learned, in a completely random order:

- 78% of Canadians are satisfied with our lives; 85% believe they still will be satisfied with their lives in 5 years
- Canadians spend 62% (15 hours) of their days doing eating, sleeping & participating in leisure activities (this is on the higher end of all countries in the OECD)
- 80% of Canadians have more positive experiences in a day than negative ones
- Heid! Australians are up there with us as a very happy country
- The top 10 countries with the best work/life balance are ALL in Europe...anyone want to  move with me?! Less work - wahoo!! 

To read more, a few helpful & interesting websites:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/are-canadians-happy-we-say-we-are/article2081813/

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/06/04/overworked-no-way-10-countries-with-the-best-work-life-balance/

http://www.oecd.org/document/0/0,3746,en_2649_201185_47837376_1_1_1_1,00.html

Stars & Dogs for the week of July 1

From the Globe & Mail, the Stars and Dogs for this week:
STARS:
1. Trilogy Energy
2. Valeant Pharmaceuticals

DOGS:
1. Research in Motion ("People who would like to forget the first half of 2011: 1) Federal Liberal candidates; 2) Vancouver Canucks fans; 3) RIM shareholders.")

I actually had invested in RIM on my faux stock market a few weeks ago and it quickly tanked - I ended up short selling it and making some money off it that way. I sold it quickly after that...I guess Blackberries aren't so hot anymore!

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investment-ideas/features/stars-and-dogs/stars-and-dogs-for-this-week/article2083540/

Friday, July 1, 2011

O Canada, O Kate

Wills & Kate were at Parliment Hill today and in true royal fashion, Kate's fascinator sported maple leafs. How festive! This is the same dress she wore in the official engagement photos & the maple leaf broach is supposedly on loan from the Queen.

I found this info out from a super cool blog I came across: http://www.royalblog.ca - how have I never seen this before?! This will defs give me some bedtime reading.