Saturday, April 26, 2008

A Summer Well Started

Dinner went well last night. The spinach in my quiche was better than I had expected. It was great to catch up with everyone. I think that's what will be nice about this summer, having more bonding time with my people. It's such a nice day today, I went for a walk to the beach this morning with Karoline. It was nice to sit on the rocks and watch the sun come up over the city skyline. The sun was so warm. I love being outside these days, it's very relaxing and it makes me appreciate the beauty in everything around me. There's something very majestic about Vancouver. You can be down at the ocean, but right across the bay is it mountains. And then Stanley Park and the city.

Friday, April 25, 2008

free falling

I'm officially done with another year of school. I think this semester has definitely been more noteworthy than the first, and perhaps in a good way. I'm moving into a new chapter of my life, getting to know myself better and becoming the woman I think I should be. I'm super excited about staying in Vancouver this summer. Although I only have 9 days until classes start again. My summer classes will (hopefully) be good. I'm looking forward to having more time to spend with my good friends as well as time for myself, which has been a bit short these days. Tonight JM, Karoline and Sarah are coming over for dinner. I'm excited to cook a proper meal since I've been so busy with exams I haven't had time to cook properly. Even better thought tomorrow night I'm supposed to hang out with Phil although I have no clue whether this is a casual thing or a date, which has me a bit on edge. Ahhhhhhh! In either case, I have no idea what I'm going to be wearing and that needs to be decided ASAP. We're going to this restaurant downtown called Bin 941. I've heard of it before and I'm always up for new hangout spots. Regardless of whether or not its a date, it will be nice to hang out with someone new.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

78 hours until it's over

This has been one of those weekends that reminds me that I can achieve everything that I desire in life. I managed to get a lot of studying done for my upcoming exams, as well as logging in some quality time with my friends. I even fit in a run to the beach this morning. It was so nice out, the tide was out about 400 meters and it was amazing to look back at the city with the wet, soggy earth as it's foreground. There were a lot of sail boats out in the bay, which made me nostalgic for summer. But I have to be patient and focus on what's on hand which is my exams.
In general, this term has seemed like on big blur to me. So much has happened and I feel like it's forcing me even more to step up and be in charge of myself, my emotions, my fears, my life. It's been difficult but with my best friends at my side encouraging me, it's been easier to take risks and discover new facets of myself. I think this summer will be about even more self discovery and dedication to being the best person I can be. Three cheers for being fabulous!

Friday, April 18, 2008

day one - exams begin!

I guess the only good thing about them beginning, is knowing that I'm only 5 days away from being finished. I have my rhetoric exam today and I feel pretty good about it. I think it's mostly just going to be historical analysis questions. I was very surprised by just how much I enjoyed this course. Perhaps it's because rhetoric is a useful tool in many areas of my life. After all Katula said that any modern lawyer would benefit from knowing Quintilian's theory of emotional appeals. I'll concur, it has been useful. What I found most interesting about 20th c. theory is that it began to look at rhetoric is a totally different light. In that we are all innately rhetorically beings who intentionally and unintentionally use rhetoric is our daily lives. I suppose this is true, especially with reference to the process of self deliberation, which is highly rhetorical.
I was watching Boston Legal this past week, which is a prime illustration of what good rhetoric is in the court room. It inspires me to want to be a better speaker now, and then to harness that power in court, to make a speech that is truly moving and persuasive. There's just something so impressive and captivating about a really good orator. I think it's because it's a skill that very few people have naturally mastered and don't want/need to work at it. Maybe this is the root of Obama's appeal that no one really want to recognize. Yes the man is a good orator, but what is the true substance of what he is saying? What is really behind the words that seem to be convincing so many during the campaign thus far? Perhaps this is a question too complex to be addressed, but will unravel with time.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

i heart john. but not as much as cousin karl.

OMG. Galliano's spring couture collection for Dior is so divine. I think this was one of my favorite dresses from it. Though I have to say I wasn't too impressed with some of the models used for the shoot. I really don't this some of them did the garments justice. I mean, it's John Galliano, they should feel beyond obligated to do a fabulous poses.

the end isn't near [it's hear]

Classes are finally over and I'm not in finals mode, which keeps being interupted by my various medical issues. I have to go for a sleep deprived EEG tomorrow morning. Apparently there is a chance that during it, the doctors will have to sedate me. Yes! this is was I've been dreaming about for the last two month and finally my wishes are being granted. Other than that, I've been doing a minimal amount of sketching and trying (unsuccessfully) to find a part time job. I guess it is a downer for me that I'm practically 20 and have never worked before. Oh well. Soon enough someone will see the rest of my wonderfully redeeming qualities that more than make up for my lack of experience.
Back to the books . . .