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What’s the deal with Friday the 13th?

To start, Happy Friday the 13th. Hopefully no one reading this has paraskevidekatriaphobia (the fear of Friday the 13th). The origin of this superstition is not really known, but may have started in the middle ages, with the story of the last dinner and crucifixion. There were 13 individuals, on a Thursday of the 13th day. Friday, is typically considered an unlucky day in some cultures as well, but before the 19th century the two together were never considered extremely unlucky. The fear of just the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia (in case you were interested). I find phobia’s interesting, and might be an area of research for me. Do you have any interesting phobia’s? If so, did something cause them or have you just always been afraid?

Here are just a few photo’s from the past month

During one of my walks at the Waterfront! I also found my first geocache around here!!
One of the docks to catch a boat over to New Castle Island
A sea plane
Just a hedge
Neat metal work. I have walked past this a lot in the past 3 years. However this was the first time I actually stopped to look at it.

 

Anyways, how has everyone been? I realize I have been really slacking with the updates and postings. I believe my last quote of the day post was the beginning of September? Talk about falling behind. That’s not even the worst of it, I feel like the school semester has gone by so quickly. It’s almost the middle of October, which means it’s midterm time, and I still feel like I’m only a week into this school year. With that being said, when I’m pulling out textbooks and class notes (which seem to be lacking), the amount of information we have gone through is large. Last night I was up until about 12am finishing up a group project. Now, I know some of you are likely saying that’s not that bad. But when you are someone that is usually finished with school work by 8pm and curled up in bed by 10pm at the latest (sometimes I’m watching Netflix later into the evening though – rare), it is late. Other then having the school work piled up, I really enjoy my classes this semester. I’m doing a pretty big intro level research project for psychology and while I never really considered a career in research, it’s looking like a possibility. Hopefully by the end of the class i figure that out though. As it will determine whether I want to go for clinical or counseling psychology.

 

As for life outside of school, I’m staying fairly busy with work. If I can handle it and get my weekend shifts turned to 8 hour shifts, I get quite a few hours. Thanksgiving weekend worked fairly well that way. It also helped that I had Monday and Tuesday off from both work and school to study and work on assignments, though. I’ve also been a spectacular shopper in Sephora, and online with Groupon and Amazon. It may be time to freeze the visa. I should have enough make-up to survive a year, and enough cookware to survive the rest of my undergraduate career. I also, have a book collection that should last the same amount of time or longer (though, I don’t have much time for personal reading).

I’m currently obsessed with the TV series, Teen Wolf. My mom and I use to watch it together a few years ago, but eventually we just couldn’t find it anymore, and forgot about it. About a week after I got back to school, I noticed an ad for the finale. I was on iTunes in about 3 seconds purchasing the series. I believe I have two season left to watch, for fortunately Riverdale Season 2 just came out on Netflix, so I should be set until at least the end of October.

My roommate Victoria and I are also participating in a 28 day reset. Basically, we are going gluten free, no added sugars, and dairy free so that at the end of the month we can re-introduce them back into our diets and see if we have any intolerance’s that otherwise are hard to be aware of unless they are severe. My timing is a bit unfortunate with Halloween treats hitting the shelves and soon going on sale. But hopefully by the end of it, the cravings aren’t as strong. I’m actually really excited to try out some of the recipes, and even see my cooking skills grow, as canned, boxed and premade items aren’t really an option. I’m also really excited that I’m not doing it alone. It is a lot easier when you have motivation and can be a motivator for the same thing.¬† The program also has a 6x a week workout requirement, however they are equipment free and only about 30 minutes long, so it could be quite doable. Wish me luck!

 

Before I end this post, i’d like to ask you to check out the store for my Halloween bracelets. They are super cute, and would be great for any Halloween party! I’ll even do express shipping for the cost of regular shipping so that they arrive in time!

 

I guess that’s all I really have to say! Im going to try and get a routine back up and going with daily quotes and what not, but no promises as time seems to just fly by.

All the best!

K.

 

 

 

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A Tuesday Start

Classes begin tomorrow and I am so incredibly excited. Not so excited for an 8:30am start, with a 4 hour break before my last two classes (which will end at 7:30pm), but excited to get into the study routine! I got my Bio-psychology syllabus the other day and it sounds hard but extremely interesting. I will definitely be using my 4 hour breaks on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s to study!

So I went grocery shopping yesterday and learned that a $1 a day for food is not going to happen. However, $2 to $2.50 shouldn’t be too bad and I hope to make a section that shows my journey with hardcore budgeting. This budget is based off saving 75% of what I make while working (as long as I can manage $600 a month). OSAP covers all my bills and tuition costs for the year, which is extremely lucky, and is the only reason this might be possible. Fortunately, the budget isn’t exactly necessary as I should have a good amount on the side saved up, but it is a goal!

My brother moved into University yesterday which is such a weird feeling. My baby brother is not a baby anymore. Unfortunately I flew back to Nanaimo on Saturday so I didn’t get to help him move in, which I suppose may have been a good thing in the end. We chatted this morning and he seems super excited for orientation and starting classes. I wish him the best of luck and cannot wait to hear all the crazy stories! It’s going to be one hell of a journey!

Before I left Ontario, my sister and her boyfriend Nathan also got the keys to their first house. The main reason I had stayed until the long weekend was to see the place. It is such a cute house! It requires a good amount of work but holds so much potential. I took some before pictures and can’t wait to take some after pictures. I’m sure there will be many opinion arguments but the learning experience and personal growth the two of them will go through will be worth it and awesome for me to see too.

Anyways, here are some pictures from the plane and I hope you are all well.

K.

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Departure Time

Well another summer is coming to a close, and I can honestly say I am super excited to get back into my daily routines that I have out west. With that being said however, the many “see you soon” hugs are fairly constant and will continue to be until departure day.

Yesterday (Sunday, August 27th) was my last day at work here in Ontario. While I basically say I wont be back every year, it really is time I start getting some different work experience during my summer breaks from school. Though, I will continue to work for McDonald’s during the school year, I hope to find a different summer job. Whether it be out west or Ontario, I don’t really know, but what I do know is that it is time for a change when it comes to my summers. It will be tough though. I have been so fortunate with the way they work around my schedule, something that wont happen when going somewhere new; the people wont know me and will be hiring with the expectation of working the entire summer. With that being said, it was really hard to walk out the doors without crying. While I will no doubt be making visits, it wont be the same. I guess nothing ever is, even going from one day to the next.

As for today, it started with waking up in a different bed… before you get any ideas, I just slept at my parents soon to be rental house. They’ve probably been doing renovations on it for the past three years. It’s been slow moving, but trying to renovate while working full time and preparing your kids for university can’t be a fast moving process. They don’t have a name for it yet and they haven’t gotten their listing set up on AirBnB yet so the best I can do is show you some pictures. You can bet that I will be sharing the link for it often once it goes up, though. It is a cute home away from home, with the sound of waterfalls in the backyard, not quite country living darkness and the privacy of the river on one side and our family home on the other. It is setup for a couples getaway, or a businesspersons¬† resting place. Hopefully, if all goes well, an added Murphy bed to make it family friendly can be added.

I then had to run up town to hand in my work keys, as I forgot to do that yesterday. I struggled not to cry so I basically went in and then out. I also got my prescription filled for my new inhalers and got some craft paper to make envelopes for the bracelets my mom plans to give as part of her gift basket for guests. The making of the envelopes took the better part of the day (when I came up with the idea, I did not think it would take that long), but I also watched all the episodes available for season 5 of The Fosters while making them…..so, I can’t really complain.

I also spent some time just taking some photo’s around the yard. Nothing spectacular, but it was fun!

For the longest time, I hated taking photos. I didn’t really see a point in it. But as I get older, I find it fascinating to see the small changes time brings. Our mind doesn’t really notice it, as the changes occur so slowly. I haven’t really done much with my online photography course (I’m glad it’s good for a life time), but I am excited to see my photography skills grow and improve the farther I get into it!

All the best,

K.