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Friday, 24 July 2009

So, about that...

Remember when I said that I had a whole ton of things that I wanted to write about, and that I was actually going to do it this time, rather than just letting them go and never mentioning them ever again like I do every other time?

Well, then I got busy and didn't write for a while and now I'm not really excited about them any more, so it probably will be like every other time, and I peobably won't write about them, but hey, we'll see, you never know what may happen.

And I don't even have anything much else to say to make up for it. Sorry, friends.

I will write more soon, though. I promise.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Different things

So, I had a burst of blogging momentum there, and I intended for it to carry on, but it kinda sorta died out a little bit. But I've got a list of things to blog about! (I know, I know, I always say that, and then you never hear about any of the things on the list ever again, but this time is different. Really!)

I just got back from my aforementioned trip to Eskasoni. It was a nice trip - good to get away, and a night in a hotel seemed like such a luxurious treat! Interesting to see Eskasoni as well, and see a workshop to understand better what it is that CESO actually does. I may write more on it later, given the time.

And tomorrow afternoon when I get home from work, I'm headed away again! I'm off for the weekend to go to a lobster festival with some friends, so that should be a good time as well. Especially since I don't see those friends as often as I should - I really need to work on being more social!

In other news... I'm contemplating a sewing project. Which is sort of a big deal, because my sewing skills are nearly non-existent. Er, rather, let me rephrase that. I can do simple sewing-by-hand stuff. I could totally make, I don't know, a pillow case. But this is... on a bigger scale. I'm pretty excited about it, though. As evidenced by the fact that I'm already obsessing over it, but have almost 6 months before I want to have the completed project. Hopefully I will post some more about it soon. Maybe I will keep it a mystery and reveal a bit at a time. Mwa ha, sneaky!




The point of that last paragraph, is that in searching for sewing patterns on the internet, I've come across some neat websites and blogs. I will likely post some links here sometime soon, once I've had some more time to finish exploring them myself (at the moment, I've got 7 browser windows open that are sewing/craft related, and multiple tabs on some of them, and that doesn't even include the ones I have bookmarked!). BUT I am going to post one today, because I stumbled across a blog called Garden Goose. In honour of her 500th post, she's having a giveaway of really gorgeous wall decals from Wilson Graphics Etsy shop (like this little frog prince!). The contest is open until July 15th, so head on over to her blog for details on how to enter!

Much love, more soon.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Follow-up

EGGS

On only my 5th attempt, I finally managed to poach a perfect egg. See?




With a beautiful, cooked, non-runny yolk:






KNTTING

Yarn shopping: successful. I settled on gray, in the end. See? Pretty yarn! It's very soft, too.




I've already started the knitting, it's coming along quite nicely. Although it turns out that my gauge is somewhat off, so my measurements are a little screwy, so I think I'll need to make other parts longer to make up for it, which always makes me nervous because I'm afraid I might screw it up completely. We'll see.




PERSONALITY TYPE/CAREERS

I decided to do a little more research into Holland Personality types to see if the internet could come up with some other suggestions for me (it's nice to have options).

I ended up finding this article about unusual combinations of Holland codes. Basically, having strong strong scores in the two codes that are opposite one another on Holland's hexagon - Artistic-Conventional, like me, Social-Realistic, or Enterprising-Investigative. The article is sort of an interesting read - I do love how at the end, when suggesting possible careers for these abnormal personality types, he only talks about SRs and EIs, but not ACs. But I could be like, the administrator of a theatre company, or something like that.

Or I could knit professionally.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

The Time Has Come (To Talk of Many Things)

On Thursday, in an attempt to fill some of my spare time at work, I picked up a little career booklet that was lying around the office. It started with a bunch of self-reflection questions, the usual "what do you enjoy? what are you good at? who do you admire?" type of thing. Then it had a big list of activities and asked you to check off the ones that sounded fun. Each activity corresponded to a different colour, and each colour was a different attitude type (which I later realized were just the Holland Personalities). I ended up with my highest score in Green (Holland's artistic), closely followed by Blue (conventional), with negative scores in the other four. Then there was a big list of different careers, with a big box and a little box beside each one. Apparently, the "best career matches" have your highest colour in the big box and second-highest in the little box; "very good" matches have your second-highest colour in the big box and your highest colour in the little box, and "good" matches have either colour in the big box with one of the other four in the little box.


So I went through the booklet looking for careers with green in the big box and blue in the little box. There was only one. Then I looked for ones with blue in the big box and green in the little box. There weren't any. Made me glad my scores weren't off by a few points, it would be crushing to find out that there were no "best career matches" for you (according to this particular booklet, anyway). Then I looked for anything that had either green or blue in the big box. There were a bunch, but they were all ridiculous things. I do not want to be an actuary, or an air traffic controller or an interviewer or a PR manager. No thanks.


This was sort of disappointing, until I realized it made sense. I mean... artistic and conventionalare an odd combination. From the booklet: "Green people are independent, original thinkers who enjoy a free-flowing environment. They are imaginative and excel at tasks that challenge their creative problem solving abilities," while "Blue people are cautious and dependable. They are cooperative, loyal and prefer to live within the guidelines of rules and regulations. They excel at accomplishing crefully laid out tasks in a predictable environment." While those do both describe me quite well, they're kind of total opposites. So it makes sense that there aren't a whole lot of jobs that require both personality types.


So. Do I hear you asking "what was that one 'best career match' that came up for you, Katie?" Take a guess. What do you think the best career for me would be? Does it sound like it matches the above-stated descriptions of "green" and "blue"? And the correct answer is: Librarian! I'm willing to bet that half of you got it right (I have absolutely no basis for that statistic, given that I have no idea how many or which people read this, but it sounds good). For a little career booklet, that's actually really... accurate.


I've been considering it for about a year now. In a year and a half when I would actually have to apply for grad school, I should hopefully have my mind made up for sure. I've never really discussed it with anyone, because I've been terrified that once I say it I won't be able to change my mind. But that's silly, so I'm admitting it. It makes sense. I've always got my nose in a book, I have had since the moment I could read. My favourite job ever was working at the library. I love libraries. Heck, one of the preliminary questions in the career booklet was "Name 3 places you like to be, and 3 that you don't." My "like to be" list went 1) my room/personal space, 2) King's, 3) libraries/bookstores.


Any conversation I have about my future goes one of three ways.

"What are you going to do after King's?"
"Oh, I don't know, I haven't made up my mind yet..."

-Adults say: "Well, you've still got time, I'm (insert age here) and I still haven't decided what I want to do yet!" (I think they think they're funny?)

-Science/other such students say: "Yeah, well, you're an arts student, so it's not like you have any options anyway." (They're kind of jerks)

-Real people pretty much always say: "Have you considered Library Science? I think you would make a really good librarian/archivist. Dal has a really good Library Science program, you should look into it..."


I think I just might.

Friday, 3 July 2009

A rain cloud, a crane on wing

Wednesday (Canada Day) was the first time I saw fireworks that weren't a) Bridgewater Canada Day fireworks, b) bought at a convenience/dollar store and let off in someone's backyard, or c) on tv. I thought they would be exciting and fantastical, but they were actually pretty disappointing. They were about the same length as the Bridgewater ones, about the same amount, and I think there was actually less variety. Not a single whistler! Those were always my favourite ones. I guess cities don't always have better things than rural areas (So I was right all along! Hah!). Part of it may have been due to the fact that in Bridgewater you're generally close enough that if the wind's blowing your way you get firework ashes landing on you, whereas the other night we were quite a few city blocks away. They seemed so small and so tiny! It was silly. And in Bridgewater you always think they're done a few times, buuuut then they're not! Whereas here, the first time I thought they were done, I was conditioned to expect them not to be. But they were. Sadface. The good part was that we were on the roof of a hotel, which was exciting... even more so because I don't think we were really supposed to be there.

Last weekend was full of escapades. Yes, you heard me, escapades. First real good adventure-y weekend I've had in a while. Friday evening, a couple of friends came over. We wandered the grocery store in hunt of food, then cooked the food, then ate the food. Several courses of food. As much as I wanted cookies, I'm glad we didn't decide to make them, that would have been just too much! Saturday morning LH and I went out to the market and wandered there for a while, and I partook of a delicious crepe. As we were walking home, we decided to sidetrack to a nearby boutique, but then we decided to sidetrack to a candy store, which led to sidetracking a little more to a couple of other boutiques, and then on the way to the original boutique, we got sidetracked to a toy store... I like getting sidetracked. That evening, we met up with the same friends from Friday evening for ice cream, and then wandered the waterfront and sat in the "rowboat" at the pirate playground and talked for ages... I like adventures. :)

So, the toy store that we stopped at was really neat. Actually there are a few neat toy stores around. There's one down the road called Uncommon Kids which had a lot of really cute wooden toys, and neat things like juggling balls and... so much other stuff I don't even remember! The one we were at last weekend was called Woozles, and I probably mostly liked it because it was mostly a book store. It had a bunch of cool things. Like A Field Guide to Monsters and a POP-UP BOOK about fairies! And new Tamora Pierce books that I haven't read that made me want to go back and read all of them again... and a sticker book with pirate dinosaurs! And glow-in-the-dark pirate temporary tattoos! And a pocket kite, which I really wanted, because kites are clearly awesome. I used to have one with pikachu on it.

So, while we were browsing through second-hand clothing boutiques, I picked up a couple of things. One of which was a dress. A cute girly brightly-coloured summery dress. That I wore to work yesterday. With jewellery. It may have taken 19 years, but I think I've finally started acting like a girl. I have a desire to own more dresses, which weirds me out, because I used to hate dresses/skirts of any kind. So strange.

The problem with this dress is that it's strapless, and therefore looks silly on me without some sort of shrug over it. And I really only have one of those. And I didn't find any at any of the boutiques we were at. So I came to the only logical conclusion, where I knit one for myself! So I looked up some patterns, and I want to make this. It's pretty, and I think the way it's put together is really neat. I'm having some trouble deciding on a colour, though. At first I was dead set on a nice chocolate brown, because it's a lovely colour and it looks good on me. But then I realized that at least half of the things I own that I would wear it with are already chocolate brown, or a colour that wouldn't match it. So then I was thinking black, because it goes with everything, but I don't know, black is just such a sharp colour, I'd rather have something softer. So now I'm thinking charcoal gray, maybe? I'm going out to buy yarn either tonight or tomorrow morning, so I'll see what my options are and then decide. I will, of course, let you know my decision. :)

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Adventures in Egg-Poaching, the Working World, and Canadian History

So, yesterday morning I decided that I wanted a poached egg. Of course, I had no clue how to go about poaching an egg. So, I went on the internet and figured it out. Or so I had thought. It didn't turn out quite perfectly. So I tried again last night. Turned out a little better, but still not great. I went back to the internet to see what my problem was. As it turns out, my problem was that other people are weird. All of the instructions that came up were to make a "perfect poached egg." I figured a perfect one was what I wanted, you know, none of those low-quality poached eggs for me. Apparently, a "perfect poached egg" has a runny yolk. My mother's poached eggs do not have runny yolks, and neither do the ones at Smitty's, and neither do the ones at Cora's. Cooked yolks are where it's at. So, armed with this new knowledge, I intend to go home tonight and poach myself an egg which is actually perfect.

"Go home?" you ask, "but where are you now? Surely you're not" - and here you gasp loudly - "blogging at work? At your new job that you've been at for less than two weeks and haven't even actually mentioned on your blog before???" The answer, I'm afraid, is yes. I'm working as an office assistant for CESO (Canadian Executive Services Organization). It's a really wonderful organization and I love what they do and I'm glad to be a part of it and I can't wait until I"m retired so I can volunteer for them. And I love the people I work with. But, well... it's been a little slow so far. There are only three other employees in the office. One of them only started two weeks before me, so he's still trying to get himself organized. He and one of the others were away on business all last week. He's back this week, but the other is now on vacation. The third, who's been in the office all along, can barely find enough to do to keep herself busy, let alone me. I very literally have nothing to do this afternoon, so I'm blogging.

One thing I have done since starting work here is learning. And getting upset about what I've learnt. I've watched 4 or 5 documentary videos about Canadian Aboriginals. Holy moly, they were upsetting. Upsetting in a disturbing way, but also in that they made me feel really angry. The first few were about the residential school system. The extent of my previous knowledge on this subject was that it happened, and it was bad. I suspect that is all that most white youth know about the matter. It was really shocking to find out what actually happened. It elicited the response of "this happened in Canada?!" That's just not how we see our country. Oh, right, because our country doesn't teach us about the bad parts of its past. This should be in the high school curriculum, I really think it should. It's important to be aware of these sorts of things because they still have a huge effect on our country today. Did you know that the last residential school didn't close until 199SIX? And that's without the fact that there's a domino effect where the negative effects on the survivors of the residential schools get passed on to their children and grand-children and great-grandchildren. And then there were a few documentaries on the Labrador Innu. Also very, very upsetting. It's hard to believe that there are entire communities that live that way in our country in this day and age. In Sheshatshiu, a community of ~1000 people, there is one suicide per month. They just have nothing to live for... It's really, really awful. And then there are all the little facts, like that it takes ten years to settle a single land claim. Or that the government department dedicated to helping, supporting, and raising awareness about the Aboriginal people is actually called Indian and Northern Affairs. I find that disgusting.

Next week I get to go to Eskasoni, which is one of the largest First Nations Bands in the Atlantic Provinces. There's a workshop being put on there, and it's one of the largest they've ever done, so we're going up to take pictures and help the volunteers running the workshop to get set up and stuff like that. Honestly, most of the time will be spent in the car, but I think it will be a good trip nonetheless. For one thing, I'll get to see first hand what CESO really does. Plus I'll be out of the office and actually have something to do for a few days. Not to mention that I can't even remember the last time I went somewhere that wasn't either Halifax or the South Shore. So I'm looking forward to that quite a bit.

I actually have a whole ton more to say, but I've already written way more than I had intended, so I think I'll leave it there for now. More soon, much love!