Thursday, November 30, 2006
the swedish word of the day is tvättkorg, which means laundry basket.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Spent the day at school writing my paper for Social History of Canada. The paper is a critical review of four pieces of literature which all have a common theme of descriptions of the Canadian aboriginal experience. It's a pretty good topic. Hung out with Mr. Chan in the library. I was planning on finishing my paper at school and handing it in, but the snow started again and the university closed at 7:30pm instead of 11:45pm. So home I went to complete my work. I met up with Katie and we went for a nice walk in the snow to pick up my rent. I love the weather right now! It is supposed to warm up tomorrow, which will melt all our beautiful snow. Very sad. Shortly after I got home I noticed a bunch of water on the floor of the apartment, then I noticed it was coming in through the wall. So my house is now full-blown flooding. I was supposed to work early in the morning, but that doesn't seem possible now because I have to keep an eye on this water situation. It turned out that the water faucet turned because of the cold and was shooting out water. So much water poured out that it seeped into the wall of the house. Too bad. I don't have insurance though, so I have to make sure my items are out of the water's path.
översvämning means flood in swedish.</p>
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
i'm finally back in vancouver! so happy to be home. it feels so good to sit on the couch alone in my own apartment after weeks and weeks of staying at my parents place. i spent the day happily popping into all my favourite shops on main street. bought a few little things for some friends in sverige. didn't do any of the homework i promised myself that I would. instead, i chilled with my dad and went for an MRI at the hospital. It's the last test I have scheduled for my ridiculous eye condition - so I'm a happy camper.
it's amazingly, ridiculously chilly right now. it doesn't seem much like vancouver, but today the whole world seemed at peace as I watched the sun filter through snow covered branches.
our water is clean again and vancouver is back to it's pristine, perfect living conditions. i am so thankful that every day I get to walk out my door into this amazing city.
i'm not bothering to post my favourite links anymore because i've added the del.icio.us feed to the blog sidebar. it is a list of every page that i've bookmarked. it's easier and more comprehensive.
en kulen vinterdag means a chilly winter day in swedish.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Wasted the entire day lazing about the house. classes were cancelled at SFU because of the snow! went to value village to try and find funny christmas sweaters with Trent. Apparently, Christmas sweaters are popular items because there were none left. With our Christmas Sweater Party looming next friday the pressure to find horrific holiday attire is mounting. I suppose January would be a better time to buy one.
Spent the evening with the usual partner in crime. We studied then went out and played poker with some friends. a word of warning - the streets have become skating rinks so drive with caution!
walking around surrey was an eye opener today. it breaks my heart that so many people in this city do not have a place to stay when it gets so cold. I did what i could for one person, but it won't be enough. As jon put it "your charity is uncharitable because he will just buy crack!" My perspective is slightly less cynical, but his comment remains in the back of my mind. What is the best way to provide sustainable, safe assistance to provide immediate help for someone who needs it? Giving money to an organization wouldn't have solved the immediate problem of hunger and cold for this person.
istapp means icicle in svenska
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
went to school this morning, with my usual companion. class all morning. went to cafe deux soleil with keri & sadie. keri & I used to work together at stockgroup. I can't believe how big sadie is now. I remember when keri first was pregnant with her and it seems like just a short while ago and now she's so big and curious. she's like a little person. I like cafe deux soleil. today was the first time i have been there during the day. i've been there for reggae night a few times in the last year. met back up with jon in the evening. we went to a party at jon koehn's and at a pub. alisha came and some of jon k's friends were there. on the way back from the pub someone threw an egg at jon chan and it cracked all over his head and jacket. poor jon was so angry. we should have spent the night studying like responsible A+ students, but after a few drinks our academic concerns had vanished and we were ready for a good time.
it snowed today. i put some pictures of it on flickr.
skiva means party in svenska.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
my camera wasn't working today...again. it takes pictures like this.
I’m starting to feel stressed about exams. I know I’ll pass and do decently well all my history classes, but I really wanted this semester to be only about raising my GPA. That doesn’t seem to be happening. I really need to buckle down and focus for the next three weeks. Ugh – all I want to do is have fun. Tonight I was supposed to go to Andrea’s champagne party. I love Andrea and it’s her birthday. I really want to celebrate it with her, but the weather is atrocious and there is no way i'm leaving my cosy apartment tonight. Going to study with Jon Chan for the next three hours then head home from school. It’s been nice having him to hang out with so much. He makes hanging out at school and at my parents place much more fun. Still haven’t heard from my roommate. I’m officially worried.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Home sweet home!! Spent the morning at the hospital getting tests for my messed up eye. Wasn’t nearly as long or unpleasant as I expect it would be. I have no complaints at all about my recent healthcare experiences. I’m so thankful to be Canadian. Say what you will about the evils & inconveniences of public healthcare, but today the system worked for me. Didn’t do anything tonight. I just chilled out at home, cleaned a bit and enjoyed being back in my own space. I’m a bit worried about my roommate. She said she was coming home last night, but she didn’t, and she didn’t answer her phone. I hope she’s just having a ridiculously fun night somewhere and forgot to call…
Monday, November 20, 2006
Somehow managed to drag myself out of bed today. Still staying at my parents house. Jon Chan picked me up and we went to school together. I’m writing this now from the comfy chairs on the 6th floor of the library - home of the spotty wireless connection. Christy and I are going to hang out tonight at SFU. Looking forward to seeing her. And I’m going to finally go back to my own place tonight. It feels like I haven’t been there forever. The last two weeks have felt like a lifetime. It’ll be sad in a way, I’ve been having a really good time. It’s been nice to be so close to the Fraser Heights crew. I’m not looking forward to not being able to drink the water in Vancouver. I hope the water ban gets lifted soon. A city is only as good as it’s infrastructure. It’s amazing that it’s been almost a week without drinkable tap water. (Library)
Edit: Didn’t go home after all. Spent the evening hanging out in Fraser heights with my usual companion as of late. It was a good night.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Spent the day in the library with Jon Chan. Then we went to Jon Koehn’s and chilled out. We watched the movie Silent Hill, which was much more gory and scary than I expected. Came home pretty early. My parents are redecorating their house right now. There is furniture everywhere and paint supplies covering every spare surface. The house is filled with noise, mess, and inconvenience – but at it’s worst it is still so much more luxurious than my place. I forget how crappy my apartment is until I visit my folks. I doubt that I’ll ever be able to afford a place like theirs, and if I can afford it, I’m still not sure that’s how I’ll want to live.
bibliotek = library
Saturday, November 18, 2006
After a long day at school, some relaxation time was well deserved. Saw Marie-Antoinette & Half Nelson tonight with Trent & Alisha at the Clova. The Clova cinema is a really awesome old theatre in Cloverdale. It has this psychedelic silver metallic curtain. It is easy to forget that it is 2006 not 1976 the second you step into the theatre. Marie-Antoinette was not a masterpiece. It looked good and has the soundtrack of an indie-rock princess, but the screenplay is awful, and I was bored. I liked Half Nelson. It made me reconsider some of my own opinions and double standards about drug use and the criminality of the drug world. Have I created a distinction between the two in my mind to justify my behaviour?
biograf means cinema in swedish...i think.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
my new unitard came in the mail. I'm totally kicking it one-piece style.
the word of the day is trollkarl. it means wizard.
no time for awesome links today. i'm saving them for tomorrow's jolly blog.
the swedish word of the day is matte, meaning math.
"Few people know that the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States is the ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ novels"
make sure you plant the right tree!
new celebrity slang
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
sfu was stormy and autumny today. i chilled with john chan after african history class. in the afternoon, i wrote a paper on the mining strike in bienfait, sk in 1931. then alisha came over. we rented love, ludlow and wilbur wants to kill himself. i'm tired. we ate perogies.
the swedish phrase of the day is
ten years have gone by, but I still miss him very much---det har gått tio år, men jag saknar honom fortfarande mycket
tomorrow grandma is coming from saskatchewan to visit for two weeks. i'm excited to see her.
good links of the day:
willie nelson likes weed and horses, a lot
sfu website got an upgrade
bad news for non-vegetarians
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Today I worked all day. Here is a pic of me working/msning. Met up with Trenty and ate some thai food. Ran into Doug & Cindy who were sitting in starbucks on commercial when we walked by. It was nice to see them. They are my parents friends, and I guess sort of our friends now.
Now I'm re-writing the paper I wrote yesterday and lost. I will never forget to save again! It's kind of an interesting subject, who would have known that three miners were shot to death during a peaceful protest in 1931 southern saskatchewan?! Anyway, I'd rather read about it than write about it.
the swedish phrase of the day is jag behöver dig omkring, which means, i need you around. this applies to my favourite people, and today specifically this one.
lights in the dark
canada's pesticide regulations are nothing to be proud of
souvenirs; ongoing book project
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Worked at school all day long on my bienfait paper, but at the last minute lost it on the school computers. So now I'm stuck writing the whole thing from scratch. Hung out with delightful Jon Chan. We chilled in the AQ, ate some food, played a game of chess, and studied in the library.
swedish phrase of the day is den är borta! which means it is lost! like my stupid paper.
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