Here's an outfit pic I took while still in Saskatchewan. It was one of the last nice days before this mini blizzard we're currently having. grr.

This outfit is all pretty new. I got the jean jacket and shirt from H&M and I got the pants deeply discounted at Banana Republic which I was pretty psyched about. The sandals I've had for a while from Wal-Mart. Ahh sandals; I wore rainboots today and should probably wear winter boots tomorrow.

Also - not to make this post super negative or anything, but my car got egged last night!
I was parked outside my friend's house (in not a particularly bad neighborhood by any means) and when I came out at 9 there was an egg all over one side! At first I didn't care too much, but once I started to think about what it would be like to wash off if it hardened or what it would smell like if we actually had warm weather, I started to get a little upset. I took Mowgli for his first wash since I bought him (besides nature's free car washes!) which was probably a good thing. But I was just confused as to why someone would egg my unassuming car.


Trust me, I'm a college graduate

 I had such a great weekend! I went back to Saskatchewan to celebrate my grad and officially "walk the stage." My mom and I drove out Thursday morning and got there in the afternoon. We then packed up almost all my furniture that I had left there and all my dishes. It didn't take too long actually. My mom went to her friend's house and I hung out with Hannah and Laura my besties that I missed dearly. We also went to a little birthday party that night which was perfect because I got to see everyone all at once and have a few really good conversations with some old friends. I love that part about my school - everyone is so friendly and interested in what is going on. Even people that you may not have really known. I saw this one girl who I had never actually known but we recognized each other and she gave me a huge hug!

Friday I had grad ceremony rehearsal, and we packed up the rest of the vehicle. That evening we had a banquet which was super nice and a less formal ceremony with music and a little blurb about each graduate. I need to get a picture of this dress - I bought it from H&M just for this special occasion. I loved it!

Saturday was a gorgeous day - perfect for graduating! I went for a little walk that morning all around my old stomping grounds. Then we had our ceremony! It was pretty momentous - it felt so official.

Fun fact - Paul Brandt (the country singer) was an honorary docterate graduate at my grad! Dr. Brandt is a Christian and has dedicated his career to God and so to commemorate that and all that he is doing, they gave him an honorary degree from Briercrest. Pretty random, and I'm not really a fan of his music, but it was funny to watch the sudden increase in camera flashes when he was speaking!

Afterwards we all went outside to take pictures and hug and say goodbye and of course, throw our hats in the air! Then we went out for supper and had a good "nostalgic chat" about memories of Briercrest. We also had a really nice brunch the next morning and then headed back to Calgary.

It was a really great weekend and I felt very lucky to have my family there and be surrounded by so many of my friends. That stage of my life really is over now though. Even if I do decide to go back to school, it would never be like that again, so there's a bit of sadness, but mostly I was really excited to be graduating.


Stripes to squiqqles

I took this picture on my lunch break today in the park by my office. I am so not comfortable with self timer yet haha. especially in public locations. I liked this outfit though - I felt comfortable but still professional enough for work.

Currently, I'm procrastinating from packing. Anyone who has seen me try to pack knows I hate doing it and leave it til the last possible minute because then I can do it quickly. I also then freak out and usually forget something. But I'm excited because I'm taking two days off of work and going to go graduate! I've been done school since December, so it's a bit weird to be going back, but at the same time, it feels like I will finally be finishing this huge thing, so that's great. I have a new dress for the occasion as well so I'm psyched about that as well :)


In which I copy others' art and post it

I've been feeling like doing creative things recently but haven't had any original ideas of my own. I think this is because I don't spend enough time brainstorming - I  need to be more aware of my thoughts and own ideas. Anyway when I saw this picture on my friend Kylie's blog (I don't know if it was from somewhere else or not) I knew it was the perfect thing to try. I blatantly copied it but I love it anyway, and I'm excited to put it on my wall.

I've also been using my first official paycheque to pay off the rest of what I owed directly to my school (oops haha), buy gifts for other people, and some fun nail polish for me, and getting ready for grad which is this weekend! Super excited to see my friends again and have a little break from work.


A bunch of words

First some thoughts -  I've been taking the bus at the same time every day and there are a few people that I am starting to recognize. I've been thinking that if I were to take this same bus every day for roughly a year, I would become pretty familiar with them. I haven't really talked to any of them yet, but I'm starting to feel as though I ought to. Normally, I wouldn't say hi to strangers on the street or the train (more people and more variable than the bus) unless there was some extenuating circumstance - crazy weather, problem with the train, Calgary Stampede, etc. 

But because I have started to see these same people every day, I feel as though I am starting to get to know them. Its like, because I know that they have a routine similar to mine, they are more approachable. Also, if I am to be taking this bus every day for the next several months, wouldn't it get almost awkward to not speak to each other if we see each over day? Its like going to the same sandwich shop every day with the same person working there. After a certain point, wouldn't you feel awkward if you didn't even know their name? If something happened to them or they weren't there one day, you would definitely notice; shouldn't you let them know that? Pretty much every time I do have a conversation with a stranger, it makes me really happy. So why doesn't it happen more often? I think its because we're too busy or self-absorbed to talk to other people. I think I want to change this.

Next -
I have no pictures but i have something special!!
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My goal is to to start taking more pictures and get better at that. I had none to put on here. that's sad. This weekend I'm getting together with friends for supper on Saturday AND Sunday which shall be fantastic. Book club as well. And I hope to tackle some of the cool projects I've been bookmarking. So maybe i'll post some pics of that. Have a great weekend!