Friday, March 29, 2013

Christy Came!

I've mentioned them before - those people that I consider my 'Always Friends'.

And this one time, last month, one of them super awesomely, and super randomly showed up on my doorstep.

It all started when my uber motivated friend Christy decided that in the year 2013 she was going to learn to do 25 new things. She asked for suggestions from friends and family of what they would like to teach her and she said that she would arrange travelling to the location as well as the cost of any supplies. I jokingly suggested she fly 3000km to Kamloops where I would gladly teach her to snowboard. And so she hopped on a plane and came.

You can read her story here.

It was great. Christy also teaches grade 5, so she taught a few fun classes for me, I observed her teaching skills, she watched me, I gave her a personal tour of Kamloops and then on my couch, over a bowl of rice krispy squares, we talked, and talked, and talked. Ten years of friendship, three years since we saw each other last. We talked. We talked about happy things, we discussed solutions to stressful things, we giggled, we reminiced, we laughed, she let me mourn and be angry and held my hand as I poured out the last few unhappy months. She was my friend and she came to me to learn, to have fun, to let me be sad, and to cheer me up. I have so much love for her and am so thankful for her role in my life story.

And then I taught her to snowboard. And she was actually impressively amazing, a natural. Really. But read her story to hear about it. I know that the snowboarding was the reason she came, but to me it was secondary. To me the important part was sharing a thing that I love, in a place that I love, and spending time with a person I love.

I love always friends.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Open to suggestions...

Well, officially the word went out this week.
I need a change.
And so next September I will not be returning to teaching.
What I'm doing is still up in the air. My only criteria is that is can't be teaching, it has to be something new, and should involve some sort of adventure. I have no idea what to do and I am taking suggestions.

Such as the following ones from my students.

Go to Hollywood
Go to Hollywood and meet Zac Efron
Go on a Disney cruise with Zac Efron
Kiss Zac Efron (hmmm. I'm sensing a theme)
Meet Zac Efron, snowboard in the winter, 3 weeks at Disney World, get a boyfriend. (Ok. I'll get right on that...)
You should be a firefighter because there are a lot of hot fire fighter men. Wink... wink...
Be a famous trivia show host
Become popular and be crazy with money and buy a year supply of bacon (bacon is delicious)
Hunt Yeti in Alaska (would be good research for my book)
Belly button lint collector
Bungee jump off the grand canyon (I would pee my pants, but it would be amazing)
Be a model in a magazine
Give tips to girls/boys about dating (to which my response was a very sarcastic 'oh yeah, because clearly I am sooooo good at dating...)
Travel to Guatemala and be a missionary for a month
Be a lonely and crazy old cat lady (currently in progress)
Go to Mexico and pet dolphins and zipline and take a tour of the tekela (tequila) factory
Go to Peru and see Machu Pichu
Be a stunt double
Find Bigfoot
Work in Las Vegas (I would be a terrible showgirl)

 If you have an idea, let me know!

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Top 10 February

I was thinking this week about how I haven't blogged much. And then I thought about how it is *that time* of year when life just all around is no fun. It reminded me of this post from last year.

So I was going to write another list of my top ten sucky moments of February 2013, but I don't like to be like that. I like to be happy. And so, tonight I bring you in photo's, reasons why February doesn't actually suck as much as I think it does.
#1 Night Skiing
 #2 Snowboarding
 #3 Falling off a cliff into out-of-bounds and narrowly escaping death by tree-smashing, only to find this view of the Rockies.
 #4 Adult Jolly Jumpers.
(Apparently this was my favourite thing to do as a baby. Coincidentally, I still love it)
 #5 Being an awesome teacher and dissecting fish for my students.
 #6 Seeing this instead of the front of a church on a Sunday morning.
 7. Many, many, many, long drives, with views in the distance.
 8. Sunsets that pictures can not capture.
 9. Sharing special days with lovely people.
 9. Funny winter art (and my super awesome jacket that I love)
10. Old Friends who are Always Friends who come visit from the other side of the country for whirlwind visits.