Friday, July 17, 2009

Holy shit Mt. Seymour is big... when you walk it.

I just took my new bike for a little ride on the ol' mountain, and then of course had to ride back UP the road to get back to my car. Worst 45 minutes ever. I had a bunch of gear on, most of it black, in 31 degree weather, pushing/riding my heavy ass bike up the mountain. I almost barfed. Srsly. Glad I'm home with water.

Next, I'm researching puppy breeders and found the best one ever! I was recommended to them by Alissa Staples, apparently their dogs are non-aggressive (like Shiba's can be) and are socialized from birth. I contacted her to see if there would be any litters in about six months. Can't wait! I decided to spell her name Kobie. There is also a Shiba Inu dog group Alissa directed me to, where they have play dates at an off leash park in Burnaby. They have a meet tomorrow... I may go. Is anything cuter than this little pumpkin? I just wanna squeeze him (in a safe, friendly way)!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Vanderhoof

That's where I currently am. What a long drive to get here, uggh. I left around 8am yesterday, and didn't arrive until 7pm. Longer than a flight to England! I can usually make this drive in around 9 hours, but I came across some obstacles. One included an hour wait just before Prince George because some huge camper seemed to have found its way into the ditch. They blocked off both lanes of traffic, and once we FINALLY moved through the RV didn't even seem to have much damage. There was a massive thunderstorm as I was waiting, which I failed to capture on camera because apparently lightning is faster than I am... it was cool none the less. On one part of the drive, there was a passing lane and I was determined to pass a large logging truck, but it was POURING down so hard that I could barely see, and as I got to the front of the truck, the spray off of it covered my windshield so bad I was blind. I was freaked out cause another logging truck was coming at me and I couldn't tell if I was in my lane. I finally passed it and breathed a sigh of relief. *Sigh* I'll do another one now. Head on collisions suck.

At one point, a huge bald eagle flew out of the forest right in front of my car, and had to swoop up to avoid being hit. It was the closest I've ever been to one. Pretty. I'm glad I didn't kill it. I think that's illegal or something.

THEN when I was close to reaching my destination, which is a small dirt road off the main highway, I had just passed another large transport truck. These guys are notorious around here for being 'bullies' on the road, and not slowing down when vehicles slow to turn off the highway. So naturally, after my long day and near-death encounter, I was nervous being in front of this bully right before I had to turn off the highway. I passed it, and looked in the rear view, to find that the driver (or someone) had painted huge bloody fangs on the grill of the truck. So now I'm coming to my turn off, watching this huge toothed monster on my tail. Needless to say I went about 40 over the speed limit to give myself enough distance from him, and I turned off safely and he roared by. *Another sigh*.

But now I'm here. And it's pretty. And I got two mosquito bites. And this morning a spider was stringing itself down from the ceiling above my head. I've killed a few bugs... and more to come.

I just took a boot around the property (some 80 odd acres) on the ol' dirtbike. It was pretty fun, I hadn't ridden in a while. I'm hoping the rain will stay away because we're heading out on a three day camping/rafting trip this evening at some point. My Uncle has led canoe and rafting trips all over the world, scouted some 'uncharted' rivers for National Geographic, and was on the Canadian World Canoe team for white water canoeing. I feel safe with him as our guide haha. So it should be a fun weekend! I think I'll be heading home on Tuesday, and I'll upload some pictures.

Ta ta!

Monday, July 6, 2009

New Summer Plans

So... apparently I didn't go to Europe. That frees up a bit of time so I'm trying to re-plan my summer off. At least I can collect EI now! Friday (around the time when I was supposed to take off) I found a last minute ticket to Tegan and Sara, and drove down to Seattle for their show. They played at 'The Showbox' right by Pike Place Market and it was a really sweet venue. It reminded me a lot of the Commodore, but not as big. They played a wicked show, were very cute and funny, and surprisingly didn't mess up, despite a disclaimer from Tegan that she felt it was very likely she would.

Otherwise, I just blew all my travel money on a new downhill mountain bike. I better use it lots! At least I have some time now. I went up today and picked it up, then it started pouring and I thought maybe going solo into the wet, dark, forest-y mountain alone might not be a good idea. So I shall wait for better days. Here are some pics!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

No Specific Title

All right what has happened since my last post... I read the first of the Dark Tower series "The Gunslinger". I powered through it, since I heard it wasn't the strongest of the series, but felt I should read it regardless just to get the full experience. I have to say it wasn't as bad a read as I expected. Perhaps my opinion will change when compared to the rest, but I enjoyed it. Who doesn't find jawbones in their back pocket appealing? I know I do. So now I'm on to book two. "The Drawing of the Three". LOBSTROSITY!

I was accepted to Langara College in the Arts & Sciences University Transfer Program. Woot! Five of my previously taken classes from College six years ago actually transfer to UBC, so there's one semester out of the way! I had to take my math assessment last Friday, to place me in the correct course (since I hadn't taken math in over three years, this is a requirement). I studied and studied and got 92% on my assessment! I was very happy. Since the highest math I've done is grade 11, they technically were supposed to put me in Math 1150, which was still 2 courses away from my first year university level math! I was upset. I expressed this. Then the nice counsellor lady pulled some strings, and pushed me into Math 1152. Pre-calculus algebra. I don't know what that means either, but it's knocks one more math course out of my path so I was happies :) Teen has to register my courses for me since I'll be in Europe, but I'll be taking Math (on Monday and Wednesday mornings) and an Anthropology course on Thursday nights. YAY! Back to school, back to school.

I'm going to Europe, as I previously mentioned. Leaving July 3rd, excited! I'm all ready to go, minus getting my secret passport security device that I will hide under my shirt. And a travel towel. I will purchase those items today.

Oh and I want a puppy. A Shiba Inu. They're cute. I'll worry about that when I get home from Europe, and try to persuade my landlord that I'm a very responsible pet owner. We'll see how that flies...

Love Jenn

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Home

It's about time I became one of those annoying, environmental types. At least for one blog entry. We all know there are a ton of environmental films out there, reporting varying degrees of accuracy about how much we're fucking up our world, and here is another. "Home" A film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. I threw that name out with no expectations of you knowing who he is, because I don't either. Yann could even be a woman.

*Time out*
...
*Time in*

I took that time to research Yann, and his brief outline will be thus:

1. Older French man (-1 point ;))
2. Is a photographer, journalist, reporter and environmentalist. (not lazy, +1 point)
3. He lived amongst a Massai tribe for 3 years to study the behavior of a lions’ family and took daily pictures of them during those years. (I like lions)
4. He founded the Altitude Agency, the world’s first press agency and images bank specialised in aerial photography. (Pretty cool)
5. Founded the international environmental organization "GoodPlanet", and set up the program Action Carbone to offset his own greenhouse gas emissions generated by his helicopter transports. Since then this program has evolved to help people and companies to reduce and offset their climate impact by funding projects on renewable energies, energy efficiency and reforestation.

Overall, I like this Yann guy. Better than David Suzuki. Let the verbal attacks begin.

Anyway I'd recommend this film: http://www.youtube.com/user/homeproject

It can be viewed on youtube until June 14th, so get on it! If nothing else, it has some pretty cool high def aerial shots of our planet and all is dwindling glory. It did, however, inspire me to make a few simple changes in my own life that (if we all banded together to work towards) could make a large impact on our planet. Some easy things we can do:

1. Avoid drinking/buying bottled water.
2. Drive as little as possible. (I think getting rid of trucky helped the world live an extra year.)
3. Replace all the bulbs in your house with low energy bulbs. (I read on a conservation site that if every home in the USA replaced just ONE bulb with these lower energy bulbs, it would be the equivalent of taking 7.5 million cars off the road... so fuckin' do it.)
4. Don't use plastic bags at the grocery store. (I just switched to cloth.)
5. Recycle. (I would hope we all do this...)
6. Wash your laundry in cold water. (I already do.)
7. Have shorter, less hot showers. Replace your shower nozzle with a lower pressure one. (I'll work on that... I like showers.)
8. Turn off lights/electric items as much as possible.

I would hope that the governments would implement some larger impact regulations such as solar panels on roofs, more efficient cars etc. Even if the coffee companies removed all paper/plastic cups and forced us to bring our reusable mugs in it would make a huge difference in the long run. For now, we do what we can.
I don't want to run out of fresh water. I don't want to melt the ices. I don't want to make Earth a large scale Easter Island fiasco. I like living by the beach, and not having the water flood my lobby by raising 21 feet in the next 20 or so years. Do your part. Only you can prevent ruining the world...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tegan and Sara's new website


This is blog-worthy. Tegan and Sara revamped their site to a fairly simple, white design. Which isn't the part that needed to be told. They are currently recording their newest album, and have promised to update us daily with blog/video/photo news. Yesterday Tegan dressed up a bat, and called herself Bategan. Incredible achievements.

http://teganandsara.com/

Monday, June 8, 2009

Crazy outdoor adventure weekend!

What a rad, outdoor adventure weekend! I spent Saturday up at Whistler doing my first day of downhill mountain biking. It was sweet. My favorite run was called 'crank it up' because it had a ton of jumps and reminded me of the ol' motocross days. I was too afraid to bring my camera, but here are a few pics I found online of that run. There were about 15 or so jumps on it, and I believe I cleared all but 2 of them. FUN!

A jump I *did* do.
I was afraid of this box the first time, but I hit it the second. Hell yeah. (Scarier when you're on it than it appears).
Just some cool bridges through the runs. Some parts were fuckin' intense. Very narrow paths full of drops, roots and rocks, with trees only slightly wider than handlebar width. I managed to survive without falling but I had a few scares haha.

Then Sunday we hit up The Chief and had a wicked time. There were 8 of us, and we went up to second peak. I didn't have a hard time of it this year, like last when I almost barfed. My legs were burning already from the biking the day before, but it was still really fun. Chains and ladders! Then we had some dinner in Squamish and headed to Sam's for some hot tubbing/swimming good times. My body is super tired right now but it was worth it.

The Wedding - Pro Style

Meg and Shane just got their wedding photos in, so I thought I'd post a few for you all to see. You all being Peanut, Durka and Ellery. Without further ado:


Meg getting ready.Putting on the dress!Shane and Teen - preparation stages.

Helping Shane with his cufflinks.

Final cheers before the big event!




We had to jump around like retards while the girls watched.


The end!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Climbing and Europe and Math, Oh My!

I'll start with the boring stuff first. I applied to Langara College to take some courses until stupid UBC lets me apply in October. I think UBC and I got off on the wrong foot. I remain angered. So my best friend Langara has told me I can challenge my Math 11 so I can do Math 12 with them, yay! They only acknowledge math you have taken in the past three years, and it's been... oh, about 9 since I've done it. Here is one of the sample questions they gave me to prep for my test (June 19th).

Examine the graph. What is the equation of the line?

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? I sent it to Teen and she laughed at me. She's all "y = mx + b" and like "m is the slope, found by rise/run" and this other babble I tried to understand. I feel stupid.

So I'm gonna go to Europe! WOOT! I'm planning on leaving at the beginning of July and going for about 4-5 weeks. I'm trying to find a good deal right now. I'm gonna fly out with Shane and Meg and meet up with Sharon-y Pony in Italy. Our route is going to be driving from:

Rome - Venice - Munich - Amsterdam - Brussels - Paris - London

Pretty awesome-o eh? I think so.

And lastly, I've decided to try climbing again. I'm very afraid of heights, but I'm hoping to get over that. Ed and I are going to the climbing gym tonight and he's gonna help me learn to belay and do some climbs. My new friend Sara Jane climbs a lot, as does Pony, and Ed of course so I figure if I climb, I'll be cool too.

That about wraps it up!
*hugs*


Monday, May 25, 2009

Water for Elephants

Peanut said my blog was getting stale. That stung... but I realize that it's true. My life has been boring and not worth an update. I did, however, achieve a twice-a-year max accomplishment. I finished a book! This book above. Water for Elephants. It was awesome. So awesome in fact, that I only took 6ish months to read. So I highly recommend it, as does Sara Quin, who recommended it to me.

In other news. I'm trying to go back to school. I talked to UBC last Friday, but apparently I missed the application deadline for this year (it's from October - Feburary) so I can't take classes until Summer 2010! Thanks a lot, UBC. I can take distance ed. courses, but after looking at the catalogue, very few if any of them will be of benefit to me. I'm now trying to find somewhere to upgrade my math, because I slacked in high school and never took Math 12, which I will obviously need. Also, what I realized is that after three years, they no longer accept your math courses. Probably because who the fuck remembers math after that long? Not I. So I probably have to re-do Math 11 too. Boo-urns. Looks like I'll be having a lot of fun in my spare time over the next few months!

Love Jenn

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Taking pictures

So I tried to spend some of my day being creative and taking some pics with my new camera. I went out slightly too late and only caught 5 minutes of the sunset which was what I wanted to shoot. So I played around more inside with shutter speeds and depth of field etc. Here are a few of my shots.



Below I increased the shutter speed to be open for 10 seconds. Then I blew on the flames while it was taking the picture, to create the different flame shapes.


I put my glasses in front of the camera, and magically all the blurriness went away! (Ok... I adjusted that in photoshop.)

Soon I hope to have something more interesting haha. With time I will learn.

Tegan and Sara

While waiting for my laundry to finish, I decided to browse some Tegan and Sara fan sites, because I'm a nerd. I came across some cute new photos and thought I'd share :)

I think this is the most recent, during practicing for their new album. Sadly on their latest myspace blog post they said they'll be doing less behind the scenes action as they did on 'The Con'. There will still be some, but not the whole call in TV show stuff. I still hope they change their minds!


They just look adorable here.

Friday, February 13, 2009

A few things...

Today is a very special day. So special in fact, because world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air...

Ok that was nerdy. But what I'm referring to is the series premiere of Joss Whedon's new show "Dollhouse"! JOSS IS BACK! It has been far too long, my friend. I look forward to our Sunday night geek out fest at Ellery's when we celebrate this momentous occasion. Grr. Arrgh.

In other news, this weekend I'm going SNOWSHOEING! In the beautiful snow, up on Cypress. Where coincidentally they are hosting the world snowboarding championships. Hopefully I can catch a peek. Our excursion this year consists of myself, Ed Wou, Pally, Saskia and Bus Pass. To give you a glimpse of the glory, this was last years photo of choice:

I hope this years' will be just as magical. And I plan to capture it with... my new camera! I splurged and got a digital SLR. A Canon Rebel. It's cute.

See? Aww. Once I learn how to use it, the world will be my oyster! Or my muse. Or something.

Other than that, I've been working out a LOT at Fitness World. I haven't lost any weight yet, but I definitely feel stronger and my legs feel musclier. That's not a word, apparently. I'm keeping it anyway. It's been about three weeks now, and coupled with my nutrition guide I hope to make some progress over the next few months. Woot!

Also I crossed off the first item on my bucket list and sent my mom a Valentine's card today. Awe.

Ta ta for now!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Bucket List

There have been a myriad of lists floating around facebook recently, and one of them made me decide to make my 'bucket list'. My list of things I want to do/see/accomplish before I die. I found some lists on the internet, edited them and added some of my own. I'm sure this will be ever changing, and all though there are probably a hundred more things I'd like to do, I'll stick with this neatly compiled list for now. Let's all try shall we?

- Give my mom flowers and a card, and tell her I love her. (This may seem out of place for me, but I'd rather do it now than wait til it's too late.)
- Hike/Camp Garibaldi! This summer!
- Visit all the continents (except Antarctica... who cares about that one anyway ;))
- Attend at least one major sporting event. (Olympics/U.S. Open (Tennis) for example.)
- Swim with a dolphin.
- Go skinny-dipping again, as an adult.
- Learn how to take a compliment.
- Buy a round-the-world air ticket and a rucksack, and run away. (Or something to this affect).
- Send a message in a bottle. (Would this be considered littering?)
- Plant a tree.
- Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Munich.
- Shower in a waterfall.
- Drive across Canada/USA. (The path will probably be wobbly, but I gotta see Newfoundland!)
- Sleep under the stars.
- Spend a whole day reading a great novel.
- Forgive my parents.
- Buy my own place.
- Grow a garden.
- Spend three months getting in shape.
- Learn to use a microphone and give a speech in public.
- Kiss the Blarney Stone. (As long as it doesn't have herpes.)
- Go on a safari.
- Walk Inca trail to Machu Picchu, Peru.
- Walk Great Wall of China.
- Go bungee jumping.
- Hike grand canyon.
- Try cowboy ranching. (A weekend would do.)
- Ride a camel to the pyramids.
- Drive a dog sled. (Visiting Alaska or the Yukon will go hand in hand with this one!)
- Visit Vegas. (Gotta do it once, though I don't think I'll love it.)

I'll stick with that for now. Here I go!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Make it Sparkle


So as I've mentioned briefly before, I'm working on doing an acoustic version of "Let's Go to the Mall" by Robin Sparkles. The music video/song performed by Robin on "How I Met Your Mother". For the sake of non-fans, Robin (a fairly straight edge, news anchor, Canadian born girl living in New York) had it outed that she was once a Canadian pop star, with this hit which she had to tour across Canada performing in malls. A youtube link is justified:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdD0j6wmMNc

... amazing I know. I'm breathless too. Well this was Ellery's idea, so I 'quickly' got to work on tabbing this out and performing it with just me and my guitar. It turned out to be pretty simple. I haven't been able to practice as much as I'd like because when I sing it my girlfriend gets mad. Apparently she doesn't like spoof 80's pop hits. She's going away for week, finally I can get some work done ;) (Just kidding pumpkin). Tonight I'm going to show my first version to Ellery for notes, since I'll let him co-direct. It was his idea after all. And I stole his non-hobby of doing photography today, I gotta give him something.

I can't wait to do the rap.

JT - out.

Monday, January 26, 2009

To buy or not to buy...

So if there's anything we can thank George Bush over it's the economic crash. And the thanks comes solely because quarter-aged kids like myself are back on the eligibility list of mortgage applications... potentially. I had basically ruled out the idea of owning property in the next ten years, but with the recent real estate crash, I thought I may as well look into it. So I did! I got myself my own little Realtor, and a mortgage broker! I feel so growed up. On top of that, I actually got pre-approved for a ridiculously high mortgage, with monthly and interest payments that I'd never want to spend! So I'm looking more around the $250,000 range. To my shock, there are quite a few, some of which even blocks from where I live now, in the West End!! So I'm meeting with my Realtor, Travis, tonight to go over my options.

Where-in lies the problem? You may ask. Or you may not care at all. But I'm going to tell you because you've read this far... well my friends, I have no 'cash'. Apparently the days of 0% down are out the window. So now I have to sneak and lie my way around it because my family also has no 'cash'. Cash doesn't really need to be in quotes, I'm being literal. I make strange grammatical choices. So my dad's idea was this:

Dad: "Listen up, kid. You don't need a down-payment. We can just make a fictional one, and you can pay the sellers your fictional 5%, and be on your way."

Me: "But daddy, I don't understand."

Dad proceeds to draw me a simple diagram. Say the house costs $250,000. Say I get approved for $250,000 (which I have been) but the lender still requires that I come up with my 5% (about $12,500) just to prove I'm responsible and capable of handling and saving money or some shit. So I tell the bank the property I want to purchase is $262,500, but I've already come up with the down payment, and I only need the remaining $250,000. I get my loan, the people get their money, the bank gets my interest payments, and I got a place! The only finagling is the incorrect sale price on the documents, and the increased sales tax I'll have to pay on the higher price. But hey, it's better than nothing. Now I just have to consult lawyers to see how illegal this is...

Me: "Ooooooooooooh. I get it. Sweet!"

That was my dad's way of not helping me with a down payment ;)

If some of you thought that post was boring and required too much math, just think of what it'll do for your brain age! Other brief life updates:

1. Tried to buy new jeans, found none I liked. Buying jeans sucks. I got two new bras instead. Boooring.
2. This weekend is my first and likely only "Stag-Style Whistler!" falling conveniently during winter Pride. Hehe. (Actually was a coincidence). Also I'm bringing twister. 10 dudes and 2 dykes. What a stag it will be!
3. I'm applying to complete my Associates Degree so I have a better chance of attaining work Visa's in other countries, particularly the US. I have about 3/4 of my required courses done from the random 2 years of college I did after high school. I'm gonna learn about stuff and stuff!
4. Durka attained a new nickname "Boots". The origin is still undetermined (as far as I'm aware).
5. Ellery ate off a random dude's chopsticks at lunch today.
6. My "Let's go to the Mall" Robin Sparkles cover will roll into production starting tonight.
7. I tried to hook up in the truck on the ferry. It was awkward and failed. Ferry guys walk around the decks way too often.

Love Jenn!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Unintentional but funny...

My good friend Ellery (www.houseoften.blogspot.com) and I have the same blog layout. What a shock! In my defense, I had the same layout previously on my other blog... polka dots = cool style!

Bloggity New Year

Using the word blog (or variations of) as the title in your blog post is always funny and original. I can tell because it's the first thing that came to my mind as well as Peanut, I now see. So I guess since everyone's blogging it up and I'm a sheep... or... a lemming, I'll follow suit. Or well, ditch the old blog and start a new one with the same design because these dots are cute and I still like them.

Considering how closely intertwined some of my friends lives are with my own, I suspect some multi-posts of similar topics going on, but it's all good. Maybe I'll start off with a list. Or multiple lists. Creating these make the reader more inclined to continue, I find, because when I see mass blocks of text I get intimidated and walk away. So here we go!

Things I learned last year:

1. The way your year ends can be drastically different to how it began...
2. You don't really know who you are until you're 25 (Peanut, you're always right).
3. Buying joined property sucks, things should remain separate until you're married... even then...
4. I think I'm kinda gay.
5. My proposals don't really mean that much.
6. Being unemployed is fun, but hard on the pocketbook... yikes.
7. Christmas can be kinda fun, I guess.
8. When I tell you I'll paint you a picture, I will, but you'll get it at the last possible moment.
9. "How I Met Your Mother" is awesome.
10. Narwhals totes get the girl.

Goals for the year:

1. Grow the fuck up! Steps I've taken so far include finally contributing to RRSP's, talking to a mortgage broker on Tuesday (yipes!), attempting to pay off my debt and filling out those adoption papers *kidding* (Clearly I attribute maturity to being financially responsible... boooring).
2. Take more risks (calculated of course, I'm not gonna go make out with people covered in herpes.)
3. Play an open mic.
4. Buy a condo.
5. Travel somewhere I haven't been (outside of BC).
6. USE the gym membership I just purchased.
7. Try yoga.
8. Be Robin Sparkles.
9. Get wicked at snowboarding (or, less not wicked).
10. Write the sweetest 'best man' speech ever! *Holy pressure! I better get over my stagefright, thank you tequila*

I was attempting to stealthily write this at work, and now it appears to be go time. So that's it for now. Today I bought a travel mug in an attempt to conserve the environment and uhh... save money on coffee. It's pretty and green.

Love Jenn

PS - Tegan and Sara are recording a new album soon. My life feels better now.