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Bits & Pieces

More catching up to do. With school finishing up I just ran out of time. However: that’s now done! I’m no longer in the land of sun and summer temperatures (aka Ontario) but rather cold and sharp winds (aka Saskatchewan). I flew out on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the high 20C weather and landing…here. Where it is cold and grey and not feeling like summer. All to say: hopefully posts will (once again) become more consistent!

But before that happens, just a quick post to cover all the random tidbits that have happened over the last month:

March 7:

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My first professional football game. (Yes, it’s football. Drives my family batty.) Toronto FC got the lead in the first half and then LA Galaxy equalized, but we won on the return leg in LA. (Oh, wait. I’m supposed to be impartial as a journalist…hmmmm…) They don’t allow long lenses in the stands which is why these are ridiculous and far away, but one day I’ll be shooting from behind the GK and we’ll be able to look back at these and smile.

March 14:

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Grad photos! Since we’re ‘professional’ photojournalists, we decided that we could use the studio that we have available to take our own grad pictures. Which we did. Which I still need to get my hands on, actually….

March 16:

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A make up assignment where I had to shoot a woman in a non-traditional job. So I managed to find Valerie Putter who’s been a mechanic for the last six years. Pretty kick-ass, right?

Misc. Date:

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A last look at my wall before I left. Drawings from home, Christmas/Valentine’s Day/birthday/just because cards. Two calendars just because (and between the two of them I cover English, German, Spanish and French. It’ll be sad if I don’t know the days of the week by the end of the year).

So that’s it. I’m done. I go home today and then start my internship at Planet S on Monday. One month there and then I’m officially and completely done with school. Onwards to the next adventure!

Things I’m Loving:

+ Barbequed Maple Balsamic Burger – Because even if it doesn’t feel like it here, spring is here and summer will be chasing closely. And what, may I ask you, is more summery than burgers? Other than the beach and a tan with weird lines down your back because your tank top straps got in the way. Nothing.

+ Kate Digilio’s Archive – I’m actually listening to her thaw spring mix right now. I might just be really easy to please with mixes, but I’ve listened to this one four times already, all the way through. I packed to it. And, on Tuesday, it went perfectly with hot temperatures and bright sunshine.

+ “i like my body when it is with your” by e.e. cummings – My friend sent me this the other day and I had forgotten how much I love cummings. Maybe because, unlike me, he abuses grammar and I get a sense of difference from it, but I’ve always just loved how his poems look, how they sound. No different here.

+ Iox Papers – A charming little blog with photosets galore. I love photosets. Maybe because I’ve tried a few times and just fail or because there’s time spent into finding all the things to put in the things in the first place, but I love hers.

+ Community – The TV show is baaaack! We’ve already got two new episodes (the second of which I will be watching right after this) but I am so glad! My Greendale crew is back with all their sarcasm and Inspector Spacetime.

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Long Weekend Ahead

It’s Thursday, which, for me, is like your Friday. Which means, since my stories are up (and can be found here) and I have nothing else to do, I get to have a late lunch with my friend and then to the pub for trivia. Now that’s living the good life. 

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I know I’ve talked about this project before, but I’m pretty sure this is the last time (for now) that I’ll bring it up. 

My piece on Sandra and how she teaches kids at the daycare sign language was published as an InFocus piece here. There were six of them published and all of them are really quite interesting and can be found here

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There’s only one more issue of the paper left and now I’m starting to wonder what I’m going to post for you all when it’s over. I’m really not as interesting as when I’ve got pieces to screen cap and brag about. But I’ll see what I can do.

 

Things I’m Loving:

US Women’s Boxing: The Road to London – New Olympic sport for women, plus a 16-year-old being awesome and taking names. Always something that’s awesome to see.

Star Wars Travel Posters – Posters for trips on the Millennium Falcon, to Dagobah, Mos Eisley and Hoth. Personally, I’d be the first in line to sign up. But if I can’t go, hanging the posters up on my wall is the next best thing.

Colourful Collections in a Neutral Space – The first two pictures are my absolute favourite. The white walls of the second two are nice, but, eh, too much white. But the point is: all the colours. And all the really, really neat/pretty/eye catching objects. 

Linguine with Clams – Super easy, fairly quick and oh so delicious. What more can you ask for?

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Hearts Everywhere

Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean we PhotoJs get a break. Nope. It’s Tuesday which means there’s a paper to put out (which can be found here, actually) and deadlines to meet and people to call and all people really want to do is finish and get home to their ~person.

(My person was me and I took myself out shopping for a new pair of shoes. I had a great time with myself, actually. I think I might take myself out more often, now that I think about it.)

Anyways, back to the grind stone that is the paper and our deadlines: I got my story handed in yesterday (yes, that was some slight bragging), and here it is:

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Because of the layout, there were no pictures to go with it, so, I’ve included some. Because it’s Valentine’s Day and I feel like doing something nice for you all. This is what you’re getting since I’m keeping all the chocolate to myself.

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Since this isn’t the news article, I figure some of my objectivity can fade off, just a smidge.

Essentially: it was done fantastically. The amount of emotion and caring that this group of high school students put in to this production was inspiring. I was sitting in the back, crying throughout the last scene. I’m not the hardest person to make cry, in all honesty, but just…the emotion and the intensity and the horrible, horrible fact that it’s all true just hit home and I couldn’t hold it in any longer.

Even though the hall was freezing and it was a long play and I didn’t get home until late, it was all so worth it, just to be able to hear what happened, why it happened and how things have (or haven’t) changed because of it, or since then.

I have now gone all gross and weepy on you all and now I’m going to leave you all with some things I’m loving, besides this delicious bag of chocolate.

Things I’m Loving:

+ 4 DIY Projects – They’re all really neat, but the embellished tights? Yeah, I want those in my life. Stat. Now…to find the time, the energy and all of the things I’ll need, for one set time. Oh boy…

+ Valentine’s Day Playlist – One for if you want to be sexy, one for if you want to be subtle and one for if you want to be anti!V-Day!

+ 20 Common Grammar Mistakes – Oui, even I pull of one or two of these. As much as that is a surprise. (My mother is so proud of my humbleness.)

+ All The Single Ladies – An article on why it’s, you know, okay to be single. 🙂 Oh, and why the rules are different between men and women, depending on age, the time period and how things have changed.

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Sports Everywhere

I never really get around to doing what I’d like to do during the weekend until it’s almost over….and it’s not because I try. Mostly, it’s because actually using a weekend for doing nothing sounds so tempting that I end up giving in (and then scrambling to get all the little things finished at the tail of it.)

Another week on the paper, another set of pieces/photos published. I’ve screen capped them all, but the entire pieces are worth a read. Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. I know you’ve already seen the rugby piece, but don’t they all look so impressive, lined up together? And oui, I do have more of the basketball shots that I’m planning on putting up. (Oh, the best laid plans of mice and men, aren’t they?)

I must say, however, that my favourite one to write was the women in sports opinion piece. I’m pretty sure I gave my writing teacher panic attacks with how long he thought it was going to be before I made the executive decision to not finish it like I wanted and instead leave it where it was and stick an ending to it. I will, however, end up writing it properly, like I wanted t.

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Things I’m Loving:

+ Professional Footballer: “It’s The Media Who Keeps Gay Footballers In The Closet” – A follow up article to the documentary piece I posted last time. To be quite honest, I found it quite refreshing and hopeful. As well, the discussions at the end are quite interesting and thought provoking.

+ Let’s Toast to Toast – Who knew the simple breakfast staple could look so fancy?

+ Shit Photographers Say – Because everyone else has had their say, so should we. (Actually, I really don’t say half those things, but I know people who do!)

+ Writers Revive Letter Writing – I’m a huge fan of mail. It’s the one thing (along with my magazines) I’ve been able to find a way to afford as a broke college student. I mailed my dad his Keeneland tie for his birthday, my sister and brother just got their (belated) presents in the mail, I have penpals, I write to my Grandma, basically: I support Canada Post like a boss. And, if you like writing, there’s a February challenge for you to check out. Month of Letters means: writing one letter for every day there’s post (which totals to 24 days).

+ Annnnd: my little sister, who’s birthday is today. As much as she might be anything, she’ll always be my stalwart sweetheart of a goalie.

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Between the Shops

I actually have images to show…tomorrow. But, right now, it’s late, I’m watching the Canadian Women’s National (Soccer) Team playing against Costa Rica’s WNT, and the thought that I still have to upload/edit all those photos is just not appealing. (Not to mention the fact that opening Photoshop would mean my stream would probably stutter, which is so not cool.)

So, instead, I’m going to leave you with a video. A silly/random/bizarre video, but a video nonetheless. That I did for class. Based on the alleys of town. (I told you it was silly/random/bizarre.)

Between the Shops from Amielle Christopherson on Vimeo.

Things I’m Loving:

+ Karina LeBlanc – The goal keeper for #CanWNT (shhhh. I’ve been tweeting it all weekend. Don’t judge.) has, quite seriously, the most rocking hair. I mean, the rest of her is rocking as well (as is her personality), but her hair? Giving me some serious hair envy.

[Random Note: before/at the beginning of any football matches, I always congratulate the players on their fab hair. And yet, the men get more compliments than the girls. I feel like something needs to be explained here… #iamashallowbastard]

+ Watch Out, Boys – An article from a dad with a little girl who loves superheroes, who asks the question, “What do you do with a little kid who loves super-ladies?” Lovely read, really.

+ Dress Shirt Dress Up – I like guy’s clothes more than most girls. (Ask my sister. She wants me to go into therapy.) So how to dress up a men’s dress shirt for the females? Ace article in my books.

+ MIchael Pimentel, Sports Photographer – A self taught sports photographer who shot the 2004 Olympic Games. Oh, and he’s deaf. Which always reminds me of my friend/classmate Tristan (minus the Olympic shooting part). But he gives some pretty alright tips. Which is kind of up my alley right now, with this whole new ‘sports obsession’ thing I’ve picked up.

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