New Year’s Resolutions

Although many say that people never change, I’m still trying. Another year has passed, and as we saw last week in my Year in Review, most of my resolutions were huge successes! So in light of another new year, here are my new resolutions:


Learn to be independent financially don’t begin to pay off my university debt. That’s right, as a soon-to-be graduate, I have my fair share of debt, so this year marks a new opportunity for a more financially responsible Brittany.

Practice photography and focus on documenting my life. I would like to better capture my favourite moments and learn to take pictures in manual mode. Also these pictures will ~preferably~ not be blurry.

Visit my friends abroad do continue to see the world. With a few friends scattered across Europe and Asia it would be great to visit them.

Be more interesting- even more then last year.

Cut down on baggage. Emotional, material, etc. *snip snip*

Practice my Dutch. Hopefully become conversational.

Try and save money for a rainy day.

Try and work on my bullet journal everyday. (At the very least, not miss a month at a time).

Stop eating like trash. I’m not 18 anymore and adult acne isn’t cute.

These may seem pretty easy, but I like my resolutions doable, if not inevitable. I hope this year brings hope and a light at the end of last years dumpster fire… happy new year!

B.

Year in Review: 2017

Well, it’s that time of year again… time to write down how I will do better next year and review all of the ways I didn’t do it last year. Here is how 2017 looked for me:


Drink more water: This year I actually decided not to write this down as a resolution, because every year I write it down and almost every year I don’t. So instead, I started trying to carry a water bottle with me and keep a glass of water next to my bed. Between the two I have drastically increased my intake.

The year of the good skin: if you know me, you’ll know that I have quite dry and acne prone skin. So this year my goal was to treat my skin better, I have actually invested time into researching products for my skin type rather than just buying random ones from Shoppers when I need them. This year I have bought products that work for me and continue to try and wash my face twice a day.

Buy new underwear: this may be too much information and I know it seems pretty easy. But the premise was this: I have been holding on to the same old undies for years to the point where they are falling apart. Since the New Year I have completely reinvented myself-only new undies for this gal.

Be more interesting/ try new things: I mean, I didn’t learn to embroider like I had hoped to. But I did successfully complete a bullet journal, I watched more vine compilations that I care to admit and I posted on my blog more consistently.

Complete masters: I set the bar high, perhaps I forgot about my insane tendency to put things off, but it looks like completing my master’s degree will be a 2018 thing.

Along with these *attempts* to change myself I also learned:

Memories are souvenirs too: you don’t always need to buy a postcard, a t-shirt or that tacky ornament that you see on vacation

Nor do you have to capture every moment on your camera, memories are the heart and soul of travelling and they don’t cost a thing.

Life isn’t perfect: this year was filled with many ups and downs, but overall I feel like I learned to make the best out of shitty situations and try and enjoy as much as possible.

My drag queen alter-ego: her name is “Dedna Ditch” and her slogan is “ I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time”.

I hope that 2018 offers you all a chance to grow, try news things and most of all- buy new underwear.

Cheers!

Naughty or Nice

Merry Christmas Eve! As the holidays come and go every year, we all question whether we made Santa’s naughty or nice list. This year, I have been cultivating a list of the season’s naughty and nice things. What have you been?


The roads (be safe!).

Finding the perfect gift.

Passive aggressive people/ people in a rush.

Sending letters to far away friends.

My car, which is dirty no matter the weather- thx salt.

Rewatching Christmas movies.

Cookies that turn into blobs no matter what.

Sugar cookies.

School issues that arise too late in the term.

Getting a parking spot near the doors at the mall (a hard feat).

Dropping precious ornaments.

Christmas parades with hot cocoa.

Working through the holidays. 

Lazy days in cozy pajamas. 

Getting a Tim Horton’s gift card for Secret Santa.

Driving around to see Christmas lights.

Awkward run-ins with people from high-school.

Micheal Buble’s Christmas album (A Christmas treasure).


What falls on your naughty and nice list this year?

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Countdown to Christmas

It’s that time of year again- the month before Christmas. We find ourselves in the midst of a struggle of celebration vs obligation. Here is the emotional rollercoaster that follows the weeks leading up to Christmas.


Remembrance Day/ Thanksgiving is over- you are free to fully enjoy the Christmas spirit.

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You go all out, decorating, making goodies and enjoying all that the season has to offer.

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You come down quickly when you realize that Christmas is still a month away, and you still have work or exams before you can properly celebrate.

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You console yourself with a Christmas movie.

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Your Christmas cheer plateaus in the first weeks of December.

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But you quickly pass the worst of it and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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You have your first extended family member ask you something too personal and you remember the underbelly of the holidays.

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But then it’s Christmas Eve and you couldn’t care less.

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It’s finally Christmas!! Enjoy all those treats you work so hard to work off the rest of the year, be with your family and share in the spirit of the holidays!

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…and just like that, Christmas is over, and once again you are left waiting.

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Happy pre-Christmas! hope you are all spreading your pre-Christmas cheer!

B.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream…

…for ice cream (unless you are dairy free). It is summer, and in the summer many of us like enjoy the occasional cone. And after a few too many trips to the parlour I have realized how predictable flavour choices are to the people who buy them.

A 100%* accurate list of ice cream flavours and the type of person who buys each.

*in my opinion

Bubble Gum/ Cotton Candy: any child, or any adult who doesn’t mind blue teeth.

 

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Image Credit: Whipped Up Whimsy

Maple Pecan: any old person (aka my dad, my grandma). I don’t understand what part of this ice cream they like so much… the artificial maple or the soggy nut-chunks?

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Be Whole. Be You.

Moose Tracks: a Canadian classic. the type of person I want to be around (also my favourite).

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Cookies and Cream: You know what you like and stick to it.

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Healthy Food For Living.

Cookie Dough: an ice cream connoisseur, willing to take risks, as no cookie dough ice cream is alike.

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Blendtec

Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate: the ol’ faithful, indecisive fall back. When in doubt, go plain.

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Rocky Road/ Heavenly Hash: you are a little nuts, but you have a soft side.

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Tiger Tail: I am a lover of all ice creams. That being said, I don’t consider this disgrace an ice cream. So tiger tail is to me what Trump is to the world.

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Celebration Generation

Soft Serve: boo, boring. This person either has no teeth or is extremely uninteresting. Exhibit A:

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Gelato: oh you are cultured aren’t you.

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What type of ice cream do you like?

14 Things Students Don't Know About Their TAs

…a TA, otherwise known as a teacher’s assistant, an educator’s assistant, or that person who is paid to get treated like shit.

Well as a student, you may feel like you are able to get away with just about everything, but you’d be surprised just the amount that your TA knows, as told by a TA herself. Ranked most obvious to least obvious.


  • We can tell you changed the margin spacing on your paper.
  • …or oversized your periods.
  • …or your incorrect use of APA or MLA (or *insert student name* style citations)
  • We OBVIOUSLY can see your 2.5 spacing instead of 2. WE HAVE EYES.
  • Your “interpretation” that is clearly a quotation and should be cited. (ahhh, low-key plagiarism, always nice)
  • What you are looking at in seminar. (If you are laughing at your crotch, 10 chances to 1 you are one your phone)
  • When you spell your TA’s name wrong, forget their name or what they look like all together.
  • When they ask you to be quiet in lecture and you keep talking.
  • …or that you take to your phone/laptop to complain about us. (don’t get me wrong, a better alternative, but it makes you a shitty person)
  • If you never do the readings. The only people you are dumb enough to fool are your fellow classmates.
  • When you ask for questions from the exam…???
  • That your TAs don’t know each other, and that when you complain about one TA it won’t get back to the other.
  • That we don’t have code names for you all. (i.e. Clicker girl)
  • That we drink copious amounts of alcohol to deal with your shit.

They say being a TA is a rewarding experience, and it is. Aside from all the emails from students who never talked in seminar but feel they deserve a better grade, or the late submissions with no excuses and the back talk from the ones who don’t think you do enough… ya… it’s great.

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B.