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Playing Catch-Up

 It’s been ages since I’ve updated. I actually forget what it’s like to have to sit down and create a blog post. Mostly because I keep feeling like I have nothing to blog about, after which I turn around and realize that, actually, I have quite a few things and now I’m going to have to wait to post them all.  I am excited to post about them though, so hopefully there’ll start being less time between posts! Yay!

So, since that last post, there’s been two more editions of the school paper. Our last two editions, actually. Tuesday’s. Thursday’s. I’m actually kind of proud of the things I produced, to be honest. I finally got to have my Athletes to Watch story printed, the one I started the first week we were on the paper and that I’ve just been waiting to complete. I also ended up making a multimedia weather feature video and did a streeter, two things that I hadn’t done up until this last week. All in all: a good way to finish. 

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The video to go with the weather feature can be found here. For some reason, which I think can be blamed on it being Monday, I’ve completely forgotten how to embed a video into a blog post. 

 

Things I’m Loving:

 

+ Please Forgive My Heart  by Bobby Womack  – Absolutely love this. It’s soothing and perfect to just de-stress to and soak up the warm feeling.

+ Vitamin Boosters – This is my last week of classes. And then I’m done. Which is scary-exciting. Scary because I have none of the things completed (actually, not completely true. WHICH IS NICE!) and exciting because it means I get to start new things. Mostly it just means I’m going to be tired, so definitely going to be trying one (or all) of these!

+ MLS: First-Kick – The Guardian’s look at this last week of MLS. Which is back for the 2012 season. Which I am very excited about. Especially since I was at Wednesday’s quarter finals between Toronto FC and LA Galaxy and ugh. ANYWAYS: MLS. It is here and you should see what’s up. 

+  Ginnifer Goodwin – I adore Ginnifer Goodwin. In that ‘everything she wears is perfect. Excuse me while I get a similar haircut’ kind of way. And those are just three reasons why I adore her. 

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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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Photobombing PhotoJs

When one of the only places to go shoot sports is your school, you end up running into issues. Issues like, “I have to get there half an hour early to get a good spot. Before the other PhotoJ students do!” Then, once you have that spot, it’s figuring out how to keep ALL OF THE PHOTOJS out of your picture. Which, quite honestly, is impossible. (Trust me. I tried.)

See the last picture as an example. Parts of three PhotoJs are in that picture. And I cut the fourth one out. It’s like there’s this unspoken sick game of ‘photobombing PhotoJs’ that we all play to see who has to awkwardly crop out the most PhotoJs from one picture.

The worst part is when it’s a really good picture and then there’s this guy in the background, just a little out of focus, with this huge camera/lens combo and then it’s the only thing you can look at. 

I’m at least consoled with the knowledge that most of them also had to try and crop me out of some of their photos. Some small satisfaction in that. 

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Things I’m Loving:

 

+ Instantly Transform a Men’s Shirt Into a Dress – The video is so much fun and who knew there were so many ways to wear a shirt? BRB running to my Value Village to get all of the shirts. (Not that I didn’t already….)

+ 30 Must See Tumblrs – Because we all need one more tumblr blog to like, reblog and help us from doing productive things. *cough*Like homework*cough*

+ Roasted Winter Citrus – I love fruit. Either separately or else tossed together in a fruit salad. This just takes it and puts a new, fun, delicious spin on it. Definitely what I’m pulling out the next time my friends drop by ‘just because’. 

+ Sucker for Soccer – Simply designed typography football posters. All of them are beautifully done, and after my eyes were done wanting ALL OF THEM at the start, I think I’ve narrowed it down to a half dozen, possibly ten. Because really, they’d look kick ass clustered in groups of four in the middle of a wall. (Not that I have any walls to put them up on at the moment…)

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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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