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13
Apr
10

Great Expectations

As I mentioned on Friday, Corey and I, along with his two friends Chris and Geoff, went to look at an apartment. The place we ended up looking at was in a good location and the price was right but it just wasn’t up to my standards. The whole grundgy thing looks cool in movies and everything, and sometimes I may even fantasize about being a suffering artist and the whole bit, but in reality I just don’t think I could live like that. There was dirt in every corner of the place, the walls were pealing, it smelled funny, and the kitchen appliances were all missing parts.

We were kind of willing to settle at that point because we figured this apartment was what we could expect to find in our price range. However, Corey and I went to look at two apartments again on Sunday, and that time we had better results. The first one we saw that day was definitely an improvement from Friday’s, but the experience kind of turned me off. We walked in and immediately I wanted to vomit from the smell. The place wasn’t too bad at all but the kitchen was filthy and the appliances were outdated… and someone had left the stove on. We started walking around, looking at the rooms and we opened a bedroom door and there was a tenant passed out on a mattress. Then the landlord went to show us the bathroom and there was a tenant in there as well who had locked himself in and stayed there the duration of the visit. Needless to say, I wasn’t too impressed.

The second place we saw definitely raised my expectations. It was a basement apartment in a small apartment complex called “Hollywood”. The apartment looked as though it had just been renovated and it was spacious in all the right places. Some of the rooms had pipes running across the ceiling but I actually kind of liked the way they looked. The bathroom was equipped with a washer/dryer unit and the girl who was showing us around said that after washing her clothes she would use the pipes as a clothesline.

The four of us were planning to move out somewhere near the end of the summer; however, the move-in date for most apartments right now is May 1st.  We were never really expecting to move into this place but I definitely feel the loss. I hope that we can find a place like this again or else my fantasy about living like a suffering artist just might come true.

13
Apr
10

Music Monday on Tuesday – White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes

Hello!

I was really busy at work yesterday and never got the chance to post… but I really love this song and I keep getting the tune stuck in my head so I’m going to post it anyway, even though it’s not Monday.

I started listening to this band recently, although I must have listened to them in the past becasue I recognized some of the songs, I just never knew whose they were. They are called Fleet Foxes and they are an indie/folk band from Seattle. I guess I would describe their music as indie-harmonic-pop, or something like that.

It must seem like a bad pick considering that the weather has been so lovely lately, but if you pay attention to the lyrics the song is really about all of the seasons. The song is called “White Winter Hymnal” and it is the single from their 2008 self-titled album. Plus, the music video is all done with clay figurines which is very enjoyable : )

09
Apr
10

This is why I need to move out.

Oh hey! I’m back at work. Guess what? My dentist appointment wasn’t actually today after all. I made the appointment myself so I should have remembered, I even made a reminder in my phone for the actual appointment on Monday. The only reason why I went today was because last night my parents listened to the message the dentist office left me and they must have misunderstood it.

My dad was all, “Anna, remember you have a dentist appointment tomorrow!” And then this morning my mom chased me out of the house in her pyjamas yelling after me, “Ania!! Remember you have a dentist appiontment, TODAY!!” (except really it was in Polish). So naturally, I didn’t think to doubt them.

I drove all the way there, to Metcalfe, paid for parking then went in and the door was locked. Then BAM it hit me, and I imagined it would have been appropriate to see this poster on a wall somewhere:

I feel like I kind of set myself up for a list with the title of this post but I hadn’t really thought that far into it. It’s really just reoccurring situations like this that make me want to move out. I’m not irresponsible but my parents never let me deal with my own shit.

Well I guess I came all the way back to work… so I might as well actually do some.

Again, have a great weekend!

09
Apr
10

TGIF yay!

This week went by so quickly! I only had to work 3 days this week and I have a dentist appointment today at 3:00pm so I get to leave work early. I’m normally terrified of dentist appointments but it’s only a cleaning today and my dentist is a nice polish man. My mom likes him becasue they can speak in our first language, and I like him because that means I don’t have to do any talking.

I’m also going to look an apartment this evening which is pretty exciting. I’m going with Corey and two of his friends Chris, and Geoff, who might also be moving out with us. I felt a bit overwhelmed at first about moving in just the two of us, but now that his friends might be joining us we can get a bigger apartment and pay less rent. I’m also relieved that Corey will have someone to play Xbox with becasue I was nervous that my gaming skills just wouldn’t cut it. This is the link for the apartment we are taking a look at tonight:

http://www.usedottawa.com/classified-ad/11658195

It almost seems to good to be true, but I will follow up with that on Monday.

 Unfortunately though, I think I may have salmonella poisoning or some terrible stomach condition because my stomach has felt like garbage for the last three days. I’ve been running back and forth between the bathroom and my cubicle and it’s driving me crazy. My mom keeps feeding me natural remedies like Swedish Bitter and peppermint tea, but nothing seems to help. This is what I imagine the inside of my stomach looks like right now:

That poor bear has been trapped in my stomach for three days now. I don’t think he’s going to make it.

Well, I think I’ve wasted enough time here. I’d better get back to work. People are relying on my unbeatable and irreplaceable… printing skills right now so I’d better not keep them waiting.

Have a nice weekend!

08
Apr
10

Threadless – Reprint Thursday

Every Thursday http://threadless.com chooses some of their most popular t-shirts for re-print. They chose some pretty good ones today, but this one amazing.

The design “Hairwolves” is by Joe Van Wetering and it reminds me a lot of “Where the Wild Things Are”. I think the drawing and the choice of colour are just perfect for a t-shirt and the print is pretty cool on it’s own as well.

08
Apr
10

The New Tourist Photo

Hello! 

I know… it’s been a while since I last posted. I had five days off for Easter so I decided to take advantage of my time and spend it outdoors instead of in front of a computer screen. I never got the chance to post yesterday either becasue I was swamped at work and I also had an essay to finish for my American Literature class.

That being said, I came across a funny blog today which is entirely devoted to one thing… face down photos…

Lynn and Michael Chealander and Amy Mihyang started this project in 2006 and since then facedown photos have been taken  in over 2 dozen countries and at least 10 American states. On their blog http://facedowns.wordpress.com/ they explain that there is no real purpose but continue to say that:

“Instead there is a focus on the locations and the relationship we all have with the quintessential ‘tourist photo.’ Don’t think about it too much though. We’ll be delighted if you’re simply amused.”

Here are some photos of their work from different places around the world.

Alaskan Way Viaduct. Seattle, USA.

Balcon de Europa. Nerja, Spain.

City Gate. Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay.

Montreal, Canada.

They have taken tons of these photos around the world, all of which are both scenic and amusing to look at. I think this project is great because it is unique and fun and definitely a step away from your typical smile and pose pictures. Plus, I’m sure they shock tons of tourists on a daily basis which is a bonus.

 

01
Apr
10

Girl Talk Concert

Good Morning!

Last night was the Girl Talk concert so I’m a little tired today. We drove down with six people in my Honda Accord and we got pumped for the concert by listending to Girl Talk in the car. We arrived at the Civic Centre around 6:30 and there was a huge line. Too bad we missed the memo on Facebook that the doors opened at 7pm, and not 6pm like it said on the tickets. I don’t know what it is about waiting but it just sucks the excitement out of everything. First we waited in line, then we had to wait through a local talent performance, but worst of all was the lackluster performance put on by The Arkells which was disappointing.

However, when Gregg Gillis was on the stage everything changed. The crowd came alive and the finally everyone got what they had come for. It’s amazing how one person can control a huge room of people like that, he just has this presence on stage that no one can compete with. He used a lot of new music last night but still stayed true to originals like “Play Your Part” and his mashup of  Notorious B.I.G’s “Juicy” and Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”. All in all, the show was great thanks to Gillis’s contagious energy and I can’t wait until I can see Girl Talk perform again.

(This is not a picture from last night, but it may as well be. Same scene, just different people.)




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