Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I Had a Dream!

I've been having quite vivid and memorable dreams lately - it's pretty amusing. My most recent one (last night) was that I got selected for jury duty again. I went to the initial selection day and thought there was no way in hell they would pick me again so soon, but nope! They chose me. The other jurors were almost entirely the same jurors as the time I did it in June...weird. I thought I was fine with doing it again, but two minutes into the trial starting, I started sobbing immensely in the court room and made a huge scene. I had to be taken aside and talked to and they wouldn't let me out of it!! I was so upset because I felt like I was going to be emotionally scarred for life. This dream was interesting because I don't actually know if emotionally I could handle jury duty again for many, MANY years! So heart-wretching.

Hahahaha
The other dream I had was far less emotional and much more cool. Get this: I, Shannon Spier, was chosen to go on a space shuttle mission to outer space!! I will get into the details of it, but when I think back on it, I STILL feel really important. I think that dream will keep me motivated to do a lot for a few months, easily!

So, you know how dreams are really weird and they switch people, locations and what's happening easily? This dream was definitely like that, but the bottom line was the same: they chose me! It started with a series of tests in a gymnasium (like of a high school). I remember there being saran wrap involved. They were really confusing tests and I remember thinking that they had NOTHING to do with outer space. Alas, I still did them! The space shuttle trip was going to be with firefighters so I am guessing that had something to do with my motivation to get chosen. After the series of tests, we all got into the space ship and I texted my dad to tell him I wasn't coming home for a while. (That's normal right, when you are going on space shuttle missions just a quick text to the parents!?) Then, prior to launching off to outer space, we needed to make a quick stop in Afghanistan. To go to a liquor store. (Apparently we were going to drink in the air?!) I remember landing the space shuttle on a beach there (since I was in the front seat!) and the beaches were absolutely stunning. I am not actually sure if Afghanistan has beaches at all?! Let alone nice ones? Then, when back in the space ship, I got handed a menu of what we were going to be eating while in outer space and the girls had a different menu than the boys. Go figure. And then my alarm went off. I was hoping this dream would continue the next night but no dice...

See me there - in the front seat?!

"The Carrie Diaries"

I bought a new book yesterday! (on sale at Wal-Mart for $10) It's called "The Carrie Diaries" by Candice Bushnell and it is the prequel to the TV show "Sex and the City", which I am a huge fan of. It is about Carrie, the main character, and her life pre-moving to New York City, meeting her girlfriends and becoming a columnist. I am really excited to read it. Apparently there is a sequel to this book as well, called "Summer and the City" which is the first summer of Carrie living in NYC. That will be my next purchase!

http://www.amazon.ca/Carrie-Diaries-Candace-Bushnell/dp/0061728918

"The Carrie Diaries" Novel

"Summer and the City" Novel

Our girl, Carrie Bradshaw

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Undictionaried

Previously, I have told y'all about new words that have gotten put into the dictionary (click HERE to see that post). Now, thanks to my friend Justin for sending me this link, they are taking words OUT of the dictionary! What a wild concept. Below are some words that are being removed from the dictionary because they are used too infrequently and considered obsolete:

  • Aerodrome
  • Alienism (meaning the study and treatment of mental illness)
  • Bever
  • Brabble
  • Charabanc
  • Deliciate
  • Frigorific
  • Succedaneum (meaning something used as a substitute)
  • Supererogate
  • Younker
  • Wittol (meaning a man who tolerates his wife's infidelity) 
The article did say that they are not being included in smaller print dictionaries, specifically Collins Dictionary, so I'm not sure what that means about giant, full bodied dictionaries?! Will the words still be kept in large dictionaries? I liked this sentence from the article discussing the issue: "An online dictionary obviously doesn’t face the same  space dilemmas as its paper cousin, but an argument could be made that if a word is rarely used or searched for, it may not matter if it is in the dictionary or not."  I agree.

To read more (or see the full list of words!) check out these sites:

http://hotword.dictionary.com/obsolete-words/?__utma=1.210247458.1310245688.1314087945.1314350711.6&__utmb=1.5.10.1314350711&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1314350711.6.5.utmcsr%3Dgoogle

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/aug/21/endangered-words-collins-dictionary


PS - check out the word I made up for this post: Undictionaried! Like it?!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Crazy in Love

Miss Beyonce is preggers! I am in love with this fire-y orange dress she wore to last nights music awards.

Obama's New Economic Advisor

President Obama has named a new Economic Advisor today; Alan Krueger. If approved, he will also be named chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisors (which I'm gathering is a big deal!). Krueger is a 50-year old professor at Princeton University and has studied unemployment and the labor economy extensively, with regards to the education levels. He has won awards for his research in these categories & the plan is to launch a jobs program to hopefully assist in decreasing the nations 9.1% unemployment rate.

I have never been one to be amazing at economics (ask any of my economics teachers and I'm sure they will concur!) however the whole unemployment issue is pretty fascinating to me. I am curious what the relationships are between education and employment as per Kruegers studies so I may go do some research and keep y'all posted on my findings!

The major reason this news article struck me was because, well, just LOOK at Mr. Alan Krueger!! Is he a hunk or what?!




Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bailey



Is my pet du jour! We play before bedtime and then snuggle all night. He's a good cousin.

red & yellow.


My fave: hard boiled eggs & fresh tomato slices. Garnished with a lil' salt and a lotta pepper, it's tres deliciouse! My Grandpa showed me how to eat tomatoes like that and I have ever since. YUM.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Miss Hepburn Words


floating.

This was what my Saturday afternoon consisted of...so glorious & relaxing. I like to think I got quite a decent tan as well...bonus!


driving.

I thought this was the coolest thing ever! You know how on Google Maps you can do "Street View"? It enables you to see things in real life; as they would appear if you drove to the exact address as opposed to just a 2D web version map. Well, this is the vehicle that they make the Street View maps with! This was on 152nd and 84th on my way to work. (this photo also beautifully illustrates the crack in my windshield...)


Thursday, August 18, 2011

summer time & the livin is easy

Now that school is done for the semester & I don't have to worry about passing finance (which I did!!), I can relax and enjoy the sun a bit. It's just such a nice feeling being done for the semester - when you are in school there is ALWAYS something more you can do. There is ALWAYS textbooks to read, papers to be writing... relaxing just isn't the same.

Here are a few gorgeous bodies of water I would kill to be voyaging to in the last few weeks of summer & gettin' my tan on: (besides my lakehouse, of course!) (and this list could go on & on & on foreverrrrr!)


Super cool modern fountain in this tropical pool!

The Land Down Unda
A yacht boat. How do I find a man with enough money to support this dream of mine?!

San Alfonso Del Mar Resort’ s pool in Chile - over 1,000 m long it is the largest pool in the WORLD! I must go.

Villa Azure in Cape Town

COOL!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

berry down.

My poor little Blackberry is sick and at the doctor's right now. He just shut off on his own on Thursday and wouldn't turn back on despite all my efforts. I was NOT a happy camper about it. I had a ghetto loaner phone and it's amazing how much I felt out of sorts not being able to have my emails coming to my phone or check facebook. I also felt lost not having my calendar and all the other things that come with having a phone that runs your life... so, I'm using my old iPhone currently. It's not in amazing shape but oh well, it's better than the ghetto flip phone!

Now, there is an age old debate about Blackberries vs. iPhones. Not to worry, I will not get into the whole thing now because, BELIEVE ME, I have an opinion. Rather, I will leave you with this message:


Watch the Throne

My sibs and I are going to the Kanye West & Jay Z concert in December - hopefully it will be super duper awesome. I have no doubt that it won't be!! I'm excited for it!!

This is my fave Kanye song right now: "Runaway". Enjoy...


School's out for the summer

Hooray, classes & exams are done for summer!!

I studied quite a bit in the past few weeks because I was not doing so hot in my finance class, and my studying paid off because I ended up doing ok, thankfully! It is such a nice feeling to have a solid 3 weeks off of school. Naturally, I don't want to go back in September but alas, I need to get it over and done with. The plan with my school is to be done at the end of December 2012...it all goes as planned!

Enjoy some tunes from my buddy Alice Cooper who feels the same sentiment as me about school being done ;)



Monday, August 8, 2011

Lotus Vineyard

I didn't realize there were so many vineyards right here in our backyard. I thought that all our B.C vineyards were in the Okanagan & Kelowna; but nope! There are sooo many in Langley & Abbotsford. The book club girls and I got to experience one of the many: Lotus Vineyard in Abbotsford. It's a bit smaller vineyard; about 35 acres but the owner gave us a tour and was very knowledgeable and personable. We did a wine sampling that included cheese and bread; and then proceeded to buy umpteen bottles of wine from them because they were all do delicious! The things I learned from the winery that day were:

1. Vino verde: is a young wine that is made from unripened grapes. It has a higher percentage of alcohol because the grapes are still ripening. It's not easy to find in B.C because of liquor restraints, but it's very popular in Europe.

2. Wines get their flavour from the type of barrel they sit in - oak, cherry etc. This might be common knowledge but I didn't realize that! I can only imagine how expensive the barrels are...

3. This particular winery considers themselves a very small winery; they make 1500 cases per year. A small winery down South, though, makes about 20,000 cases per year due to their excess amount of grapes.

And now, a few photos from our excursion and then I will get back to homework, I promise!!

Shannon, Min, Amanda, Eliza & Keri

The vineyard

A cute trinket for sale - it makes it look as though red wine has been spilled!

Jewelery that was for sale. I really liked these hand made earrings.

We fell in love with the "GirlRMeaner" gewurztraminer wine name!



The beautiful scenic mountains past the winery



i can't get enough!

"My" summer lakehouse

coincedence? i think not!

As I am sitting here reading the dullest of dull textbooks (finance), I flip on the TV to have some noise in the background. Lo & behold, the news is on and the exact topic I am reading about is on the news! I had JUST read a section on how credit ratings are done, how they work, who does them (S& P; Standard & Poor) and more. Turns, out this is quite the hot topic right now as the U.S.A got their credit rating downgraded from a rating of AAA to AA. Apparently this was expected and no one was extremely shocked, but it still will have an affect on a few things: other nations (Canada), investment worthiness, market volatility etc.

Here is my textbook paragraph:


If you are interested to hear a segment that explains it a bit more, click below. Happy learning! (feel free to take notes and then tell me about it...)


Sunday, August 7, 2011

things i like.

Thought I would share this - my fave things to do at weddings these days! Photo booths! This is JC, Ham (aka Bride) and moi. So much fun.

Yumm.... bbq! Grilled veggies & corn done a la bbq. Delish.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The lakehouse...

...provides lovely evenings on the deck with delicious wine and even better company.