Thursday, December 31, 2009
1) Going on exchange- Spending 5 months abroad in Europe was one of the best experiences of my life. It was incredible being on my own in a foreign country, being able to jet of to Greece for week, meeting so many amazing and diverse people, and finally making use of my secondary and tertiary languages.
3)First half of senior year- It's hard to believe I'm in my last year for my Commerce degree. It has truly been a whirlwind. I've definitely tried to experience everything my school has to offer this year. I was a leader during orientation week, attended our Fauxcoming football game, went to the engineering Greasepole (see old post for explanation), and tried to become more active in my business school's student government (mostly through bake sales and volunteering. I also made the bake sale sign below)
5) Secured my position as the Craft Queen amongst my friends- With my newly-acquired Martha Stewart craft supplies (and they are truly amazing), I've glittered, painted, and colored my 2009 away, and it has been a blast. I love arts and crafts, which is why everyone keeps telling me I should accept my fate and become a kindergarden teacher.
6)Michael Buble released a new album- I LOVE Michael Buble. I think he brought so many wonderful classics back to life and added so great new songs of his own. I especially love Haven't Met You Yet. So good!
There are of course many more, but my mind is slightly distracted by the upcoming festivities.
And of course I have new resolutions for 2010 (and beyond):
1)More workouts- Sure this is a staple on most lists, but it's definitely true. While I tend to work out quite often during routine weeks, during those of stress I tend to lag a bit on my gym visits. I really do love that post-workout endorphin kick and feeling healthier in general. And of course it's important to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, which is quite difficult as a student, but equally important.
2)Cook more- as a student who doesn't live on campus I'm forced to fend for myself for food. I'd love to say that I cook myself a wonderful meal everyday, but unfortunately that is not the case. I'm unfortunately a frequenter of mac and cheese and frozen pizza. As a recent vegetarian I'd really like to cook for myself much more often in the new year. I've come to love tofu so it's definitely becoming a staple of mine.
3)Read more- I've barely enjoyed personal reading over the last year- again the plight of a college student. So I vow to spend more time reading for pleasure in 2010, rather than only for school. I have so many books in my personal library that I have yet to read, and I've had a hankering to finally dig into them.
4)Clean!- It's been far too long since I've done real 'spring cleaning.' I have far to much in my room, and my closet is bursting at the seams. It's about time I take out one of the 365 days of the new year to finally purge my room of the unnecessary. I also have so much that I really don't use that someone else could need far more than I do. I foresee a hefty trip to the Salvation Army in my future.
5)Update- my blog, my to do lists, my journal. It's important to take the time to jot my life down everyday, otherwise I will quickly find myself over my head. I must remain organized!
6)Less Starbucks- Even though I moved a little further away from campus this year (and a lot further away from my neighborhood Starbucks), I still found myself visiting the coffee shop far too often. The baristas now know me by name, never a good sign. Last year I received an actual Starbucks Barista espresso machine for my birthday, so I aim to make my own lattes at home instead of heading to Starbucks everyday. It's really too expensive of a habit.
And again, I'm sure there are far many more that I need to include on my list, but there's a glass of champagne with my name on it!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
So I have had a great vacation so far. I spent a week in a condo in Fort Lauderdale. Our condo was right on the beach, with only an elevator ride and a few steps down to sandy beaches and ocean waters. Although there were icky blue jelly fish lining the shore, I went on enough walks to find some great shells to bring back to Canada with me. I also did some great shopping! The outlet mall in Ft. Lauderdale is beyond amazing. I found so many great items at the J. Crew outlet for some great prices.
I'm also the proud new owner of a pink Kate Spade Wellesley Quinn. I LOVE it oh so very much!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Now that I can take my mind off school, I can finally be free to think about Christmas and Florida ( my family leaves for Miami on tuesday!). I have barely started my Christmas shopping, I still have to pack my entire suitcase, and I have yet to send off my holiday cards.
I'm a little sad that my family will be celebrating Christmas in a condo instead of our usual decorated house, but I'm just super thankful to head to warmth. I saw this dress at Talbots and think it would be perfect for Christmas dinner. I only hope I can still find it in stores this close to the holidays.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
What a great weekend for college football. Of course the Gators won yet another game. I'm hoping I can find a way to watch the FSU/UF game online. It's always a good game to watch- so much spirit on both sides.
What was truly amazing was the victory of Queen's, who won the Yates Cup for the first time since the 1970s. So exciting! Now all they have to beat is the team from Quebec, and then they are nationals bound.
Laval, I hope you're ready, because you're going down!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Today we saw the Falls, and they are GORGEOUS, especially at night, when they are lit from behind in a whole slue of different colors. After losing a game of rock, paper, scissors, Nora forced me to go up the Niagara Sky Wheel (much scarier than a ferris wheel) at night. Once our little pod started shaking, I completely lost my nerves. So scary! However, we were lucky enough to go on at the right time, because halfway through our ride we saw some beautiful fireworks over the Falls. So I suppose the amazing visual end to our day was worth my momentary freakout.
Then it's off at 6am Monday morning for the 5 hour drive back to school. I'm definitely going to have to stop by Starbucks to get some sustenance.
Happy Weekend (and Go Gators)!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
In case you haven't heard yet, Under the Palm Tree is taking 50% off the Lilly fall collection, plus offering free shipping. I really shouldn't have, but I couldn't resist picking up a couple of items:
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
an Art of the High Renaissance slide test (somehow I have to memorize 200 works of art),
and an observation study for my Marketing Research class (I get to people watch and make notes- basically stalk people for an hour).
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
London Fog black trench
Classic black industrial rain boots (a necessity in the Kingston rain storms)
My Monet umbrella (a sturdy handle is a must, considering the strength of the wind coming off Lake Ontario)
A Land's End tote (I prefer these over those of L.L. Bean because they contain plenty of pockets to keep all of my school necessities. ) I wish I could fill my tote with beach gear, but unfortunately it's full of books, binders, my laptop, and my frequently-refilled coffee tumbler.
A J. Crew cord blazer. A classic to accomplishing a put-together academic look, especially if paired with an oxford shirt, a v-neck sweater, and a pair of sperry's
Personalized coffee tumblers are a definite must. I refill mine at least 3 times a day during the school week to keep me awake and warm. Not to mention, these are far more environmentally-friendly than getting a new paper cup with every coffee purchase. This one from Frugal Frou Frou is simply perfect!
Unfortunately, it's also time to trade my favorite Ray-Bans wayfarer sunglasses for my D&G reading glasses. A necessity if I actually want to see anything in class.
And just for fun, I always tie my Lilly jubilee scarf on my tote, just to keep a little of the summer spirit in the colder months.