Finally, I can officially say that I’ve made it to the end of my first year of journalism school.

I got my last two projects in, and now I can relax. Well, until May 7th when summer classes start up. I think I’m going to try to give myself assignments over the summer to practice my journalism skills, because those last two projects were major time drains and I want to get a lot more proficient at getting things done – especially layout. I’m worried by the number of mistakes I make on laying out pages, since in September that will be one of my main roles for the school newspaper.

Anywho…something that happened recently was my Mom won passes from The Peak to watch Gotye‘s soundcheck before his show at The Vogue Theatre last Sunday, where we got to meet him before the show.

The deal was supposed to be that we got to hear the soundcheck because the show was a sell-out and we wouldn’t be able to go, but Gotye was generous enough to give everyone who won passes (there were eight of us, plus the woman from the radio station gave three unclaimed passes to a group of friends who had been waiting outside the 8pm show since 2pm at the urging of the other winners) tickets to the show that night.

It was a great show, and I was really impressed with the fact that Gotye’s set was well synchronized with videos and animations on a large screen behind him, which isn’t something I’ve typically seen from an artist in such a small venue.

(*At her request, I’ve cropped my Mom out of the picture)

Face of the Festival

March 10, 2012

Hey! So last night I entered a video to win the Face of the Festival competition to report on all the happenings at the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival for Dose.ca next month.

The festival runs from April 13-22 in Whistler, and includes some awesome (FREE!) outdoor concerts, including The Dudes, Michael Franti (who I saw at the festival a few years ago, also on April 20), The Cat Empire, The Sheepdogs, and more.

If I win the Face of the Festival, I’ll get hooked up with a hotel stay for the duration of the festival, full access to everything that’s happening, and $1000.

The girl who won in 2009 was offered a job with Dose.ca after her stint, so clearly this opportunity would help with my burgeoning journalism career.

Round one of the competition started at 12am today, and goes until 9am March 15, when the five videos with the most views will be posted on the TWSSF’s Facebook Page to be voted on.

So if you would be so kind, please watch the video below (and feel free to share it far and wide, or watch it multiple times) to help me win! Many thanks!

Because You Loved Me

February 16, 2012

I didn’t have time to post about this on Valentine’s Day because I was over scheduled with finishing baking and delivering Valentine’s orders for Harmless Innovations and then hanging out with friends before we went to the 12th Annual People’s Prom at the Waldorf (a nifty place just down the street from me that I’d never been to before), so I’m taking a moment now.

I just wanted to send a little Valentine’s love note to the Universe and more importantly to my Grandma, wherever she is now, to let her know that I miss her every day. And that when I think of love and what’s important in this world, she’s who comes to mind. Her love is still with me every day, and makes me feel like I can do anything.

I was thinking about her a lot on the 13th while I was looking at baking Valentine’s treats (including a heart-shaped cake and heart-shaped fudge pieces), and spent about 30-45 minutes listening to Celine Dion’s ‘Because You Loved Me,’ one of the songs that helped me process her passing, and the one that best describes all that she’s done for me. There were a couple of other songs as well, but I’ll leave those for some future post.

As always, I wish I had more time with my Grandma. Since that’s not possible, I’ll just console myself knowing we both loved each other immensely, and that will never change.

Bridging the Gaps

January 31, 2012

We can build this bridge together
And let the water flow below
It doesn’t matter where the tide turns
So long as we both know
All that is behind us
No need to dredge it up
We can bail ourselves out
With our overflowin’ cups

Life has given us this gift
So let’s not turn away,
Instead, turn our faces to the sun
And live a better way

(11:43pm July 4, 2010)

Port

January 6, 2012

I feel the island waves
Pulling me back to that place
Where we all lived
Givin’ what we had to give
Livin’ on a Canadian dream
Takin’ life for hard as it seemed
Lookin’ back on all that now,
I can’t help but laugh out loud –
We were so young
And so quick to come undone.

Together we built a legacy
That will last as long
As the deep of the sea
There ain’t no turnin’ back
Though I wish that
We could all live and replay
Those carefree days.

(Wednesday, July 7, 2010)

I am My Own DJ

December 29, 2011

Okay, seriously now – I just have to express how delighted (and silly) I feel at my recent realization of how to use Youtube to make playlists!

I wish I’d learned this long ago, but I’m glad to have learned it now.

It used to be that I would make epic playlists for things like camping and road trips, birthday parties, summer time capsules and then have friends burn them onto CDs for me (since I didn’t know how to download or burn CDs, not that I’ve really come too far in that department). Then came Katimavik and spending seemingly hours upon hours with Jon and Ken painstakingly recording in Jon’s little notebook all of our ‘Lore’ of songs that we thought were worthy of immortalization (some examples: Wonderwall by Oasis, American Pie by Don McLean, Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry, Manic Monday by Belinda Carlisle, and Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson, to name just a few).

After Kim left the program, I sent her a working list of all the titles and she (again! thank-you to all who did this for me!) made me 5 CDs with the songs on them, and 3 of them were tailored to our first trimester in the program and we sent them to our first PL, Sarah so she would have something to remember us by.

For my own contribution to my budding DJ skills, I would spend hours making mix tapes (such as ‘Katima-Van Mix Tape’ Volumes I-IV).

Then one beautiful day, I was fortunate enough to get the iPod of my dreams (a 160GB Classic), and I started making playlists from my music collection of my own accord.

But I don’t have all the music I want in this world, because I abstain from downloading, choosing instead to check CDs out from the library or borrowing from friends and relatives and uploading them onto my iPod (though I still buy CDs on occasion that I want to have the liner notes to, and I buy albums on iTunes occasionally that I know I will never find at the library).

Which led me to accept my friend Tara’s invitation to join Grooveshark, where I started making playlists a month or two ago. But…the selection isn’t very good on Grooveshark (like there are only 5 Tristan Prettyman songs, 3 Randy Ponzio songs, and like 4 Jeremy Fisher songs…), which is what took me to Youtube.

And now, let the mixing begin! The musical world is at my fingertips, and set for my ear buds (which I’m pretty sure don’t exist, but I’m pretending they’re like taste buds for my ears, and you can’t stop me).

Mine

December 15, 2011

This is who I used to be
The girl you never got to see
I’m reclaiming a piece
At a time
No more trying to please
Any needs but mine.

(Friday, July 2nd, 2010)