Sunday, February 28, 2010

Portraits of my Family

Mum and dad, I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!
To help de-stress I've been doing some drawing - because I love colouring in and so I can learn to use my drawing tablet.
Hopefully one day I'll have a wall full of these. I think they look pretty cool and kind of pop arty. I also did one of my Papa Stronach that I'm pretty fond of:

I had to do some research to work out the colour of his WWII uniform.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Brainage Drainage

I'm flying home on March 9th. It goes without say that I'm going to miss my Stuee a lot and so much I could just cry and cry about it BUT that's going to do no-one any good so I'm focussing on looking forward.

I'm looking forward to seeing my mum and dad and siblings again. I'm looking forward to being spoiled with food and attention (hey! I'm the 5th child! It's my turn!!) Salty air and walking about town, is also on the looking-forward-list. I plan on meeting up with friends... I'm sick that I'll still have homework and classes to be doing. I hope I can do all this stuff!

I'll be there for Easter, which is my favourite and also means my mum will be off work for a couple weeks -more attention for me!

I have 2 weeks left - and an anniversary to spend with Stuart and I know I'm not going to be gone forever but it feels like it. 7 weeks is a long time and I feel guilty that I'm going to be having more fun that Stuart...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

What's new pussy-cat?

I'm going to try bury that last post because of how sad and depressing it is.

I just started my second 6 week block of school. The first block was Psychology and I fell into a pretty good schedule I think. The thing I've noticed now is that for Psychology it's all pretty much fact-fact-fact-tight theory-theory-guy with beard-theory... etc. If I didn't read the text there was no way I could do well - I tried it, fact. This time around I have English Composition and Computer Literacy. The discussion boards which make up a large percentage of my grade are hard now that it's all opinion and thoughts and not fact-theory-theory-fact-beard! Jeezo! It's ok though, I can babble with the best of them.

Next, have any of you tried Domino's new, revamped pizza? Well, I could live off of pizza. I love it a lot. I'm not particularly picky when it comes to the cheesy, doughy goodness but Domino's wasn't my fave. It was better than Pizza Hut but I'd still slather it in mayo or ranch and I've just realised that a pizza that I don't drown in dressing is pretty special! So, Domino's has re-done their pizza. They season the crust with some kind of magical  salty, garlicy dust and it's deelish. I always eat the crust first but now I save a little for last because it's that good! They have what they call American Classic's (I think) which include good old Honolulu Hawaiian which is default for me. Love that. This week with not feeling so hot Stuart treated me to Domino's and I decided to go for their Philly Cheese Steak American Classic, much to the dismay of Stuart who always gets his own anyway... It arrived and (within 30 minutes) and we dug in. Oh my, my!! I've been rationing the left over pizza all week and just finished it for lunch today. YUM! I don't even know where to begin. Basically it's perfection and you have to try it.

I can't really post without mentioning all that whiny stuff from before so I'll keep it short. I'm going to Scotland still. Tickets will be purchased soon. I'm not leaving as soon as we first planned. I want to be with Stuart for our anniversary in a couple of weeks. I'll probably leave soon after, maybe that same week. This way I'll get to be home for Easter break which means I'll get to have my mum all to my self all day long and my dad will probably be off work too which will be perfect - except that Stuart won't be there. I can't focus on that though. I'll miss him. He'll miss me. We'll both survive though. I am feeling better this week than I was before. I had some swelling under my left chest last weekend that freaked us out pretty badly. It's gone down now and left a bit of a bruise. It was probably nothing but it was a big enough push to get us to do something about the situation.

Thank you for all your prayers, well wishes, concern and love. It's meant the world to me and I love you all.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Word on the street is that I'm not very well... I'm not. We've decided I should go home to go to a doctor. I've not had health insurance the 6 years I've been here because we've not been able to afford it. I've not seen a doctor in that long. I've had some girly health issues come up over the years but just took care of them the best we could. I don't know if they were really taken care of or if this is product of it all. Anyway, whatever. I'm going home for a few months and Stuart will be staying here to go to school which breaks my heart... I'll miss our 6th anniversary.

We're looking for flights right now so I can hopefully leave within a couple of weeks.

Don't worry. I'll be ok...

I'm more worried about Stuart!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Curtains and trinkets...

Last month I was talking to my mumma about how even though we don't have much money I'd like to make this house feel more like home. She asked how she could help. Knowing that I'd love for my home to feel like the home my mum created for us over the years I went right ahead and told her that we only have one set of curtains  - every window in my mum and dad's house has a curtain. For some reason every window being dressed feels important to me, like it's a sign of being grown up maybe. She was excited to be able to go look at curtains and pick some out for me.

They arrived and I love them. Then I had to wait for my curtain rods to arrive. I ordered two together and one arrived a few days before the other then I had to wait for Stuart to be able to hang them for me - it would seem that we don't have any chairs in our house that can be stood on. We don't have a dinning table or chairs. The only other chair-chair is the computer chair that has wheels on it... that's beside the point. He hung one and took a few days to put the other one up.

This is what they look like:

See how well they match the duvet cover? This is because my mum and I are connected. Perfect! Thanks mum. I love them/you.
We don't have much furniture. When we moved here we had to buy a chest of drawers - we made it almost 6 years without. I'm pretty much in love with the drawers we got. On top of them I keep all my bits and pieces. For Christmas my mumma sent me an ornament that makes me happy and a little misty eyed whenever I see it - every day. It's a little treasure that I keep up there.
It's me and her. Kindred spirits. Do you see the picture in the background? That's another of my treasures that I'm trying to find a frame for. Do you know what the picture is?
My friendy, Lindsay Heinzen artist extraordinaire painted it for me for my birthday. Do you see the black and white tin there? That contains my re-engagement ring that cost too much but has attached to it fond memories of Thanksgiving 2008 with another besty friendy Olivia.

So many memories scattered on upon my chest of drawers.

They might be magic.

Sidenote: Decclo is spreading the luuuurv this Valentine's season by giving us a buy one get one tee free dealio from now until Lovers Day. Go take advantage of it. That's a huge deal!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Astoria, Oregon

Last summer Stuart and I went on a spontaneous roadtrip. Megan came along with us and shared in the best day ever.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Why are you that way?

For part of my school work this week we were given the chance to do a personality test.  The results of mine were interesting in the sense that I think they're extremely accurate but then I don't want to admit that because of how awesome the results are. Haha!

Here's the link to the test. Go do it and then blog your results and what you think about them. Let me know when you do it so I can come read them.

My results were this:
Introverted: 44%
Intuitive: 50%
Feeling: 50%
Judging: 56%

I'm an Idealist.

"Counselors have an exceptionally strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people, nurturing their personal development, guiding them to realize their human potential. Although they are happy working at jobs (such as writing) that require solitude and close attention, Counselors do quite well with individuals or groups of people, provided that the personal interactions are not superficial, and that they find some quiet, private time every now and then to recharge their batteries. Counselors are both kind and positive in their handling of others; they are great listeners and seem naturally interested in helping people with their personal problems. Not usually visible leaders, Counselors prefer to work intensely with those close to them, especially on a one-to-one basis, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes.
Counselors are scarce, little more than one percent of the population, and can be hard to get to know, since they tend not to share their innermost thoughts or their powerful emotional reactions except with their loved ones. They are highly private people, with an unusually rich, complicated inner life. Friends or colleagues who have known them for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that Counselors are flighty or scattered; they value their integrity a great deal, but they have mysterious, intricately woven personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.

Counselors tend to work effectively in organizations. They value staff harmony and make every effort to help an organization run smoothly and pleasantly. They understand and use human systems creatively, and are good at consulting and cooperating with others. As employees or employers, Counselors are concerned with people's feelings and are able to act as a barometer of the feelings within the organization.
Blessed with vivid imaginations, Counselors are often seen as the most poetical of all the types, and in fact they use a lot of poetic imagery in their everyday language. Their great talent for language-both written and spoken-is usually directed toward communicating with people in a personalized way. Counselors are highly intuitive and can recognize another's emotions or intentions - good or evil - even before that person is aware of them. Counselors themselves can seldom tell how they came to read others' feelings so keenly. This extreme sensitivity to others could very well be the basis of the Counselor's remarkable ability to experience a whole array of psychic phenomena."

Does that sound like me?

This week my class is focusing on Behaviour and Stress. Behaviour and personalities are two of my favourite things to think about. I like to know why people do certain things so I'm pretty excited about this week of class.