Thursday, January 29, 2009

Let's try this again...

It's take two for "Jessica and Vassy see the New Kids on the Block!" In June Vassy and I were thrilled to score tickets to the show in Calgary on November 19th. The countdown began, but major upheavals and awful circumstances prevented us from going. I was disappointed, but not totally devastated as I thought I would be. I must have know deep down that another opportunity would present itself. And it has! The New Men- er, Kids - on the Block have announced an extended tour and will be performing in Saskatoon on April 11th! Not only is this much closer and more convenient for both me and Vash, but it's a Saturday, which means I don't have to use up any of my already-spoken-for holiday days! The presale began at 10 this morning and I'm thrilled to say that I grabbed our tickets before many other people simply by signing up for a radio station VIP club. Does it matter that I don't live in the city where they broadcast? Nope! Does it matter that I'm not actually able to get their signal and listen to them? Nope! Because they sent me a password for the presale, and now I have those FLOOR tickets secured! Oh how manipulative I am! So, is it too soon to start another countdown? 72 sleeps! Woohoo! Look out, Donnie, Joey, Jordan, Jonathan, and Danny! Vassy and Jess are coming your way!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Engagement Pics!

Brad and I are lucky enough to have a fantastic friend who also just happens to be an amazing photographer! Rob with Bev's assistance took us out around Swift to take our engagement shots. These are just a few of the finished product. But they're some of my favorites! We couldn't be happier with them!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Please, call me Jennifer

I understand there are a lot of similarities between the names "Jessica" and "Jennifer". After all, they both start with J, the second letter is an e which is followed by a repeated consonant, they are both three syllable names, and both were popular in the early 80's...but if my parents had wanted me to be called Jennifer, I doubt they would have named me Jessica. Maybe I'm wrong.
In the past week I have been called Jennifer at least five times. The first by a person I have spoken to and interviewed dozens of times. The following five by someone I had just met. does one go about correcting these errors? To the interviewee, I just ignored it and pretended had had in fact gotten my name right, and I just hope that someone will say something somewhere down the road about me that will make the correct name stand out in his mind. To the new acquaintance I said nothing, on the assumption that I will never come across that person again.
I'm also hoping that on some level, if the names are so interchangeable in some people's minds, maybe they will interchange back and I'll suddenly be Jessica again.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Too Damn Busy.

It's not that my life has been boring, but more that I haven't had anything to blog about. Or rather, nothing that I can blog about. There has been a lot happening, but most of those things that are happening are just things that are progressing, nothing final. Plus it's hard to have really itneresting blog topics when you go to bed at 8:30. I lead a thrilling, thrilling life.
That being said, on Friday night Ashley and I went to a Blenders event in Swift featuring a cuban musician named Alex Cuba. It was just him and his guitar, but he was amazing. Aside from the awsome music and good crowd, the tables each had a stack of never-been-opened playdough, a selection of feathers, colourful bendy-straws, and scissors! Clearly I busted open the tubs of playdough and began creating. I like the feather on his head. :)

Thursday, January 01, 2009


The end of another calendar year inevitably brings about reflection.
They say if you can look back at a year and laugh, cry, feel a range of emotions and know that you learned something, then it was not a wasted year.
I laughed:
so many times I can't keep track. I laughed until I was in tears and afraid I'd wet myself while being silly with Mare. I laughed almost to the point of hysterics when the freak windstorm blew up while I was walking with Vassy. "Where ARE we?!". And I laugh just about every day with Brad because we have the same ridiculous sense of humour.
I cried:
so many times I can't keep track. I cried happy tears when Brad proposed. I cried happy tears (with a few lonely tears mixed in) when Mare told me she was engaged. I cried sad and worried tears when my grandpa passed away. I cried frustrated tears when I was so overtired and stressed I couldn't see straight. I cried when I left Smithers both times last year because I never know when I'll see my family again. Yes, I definitely cried.
I was angry:
occasionally. I was definitely furious when I backed into the stupid car that was parked illegally directly in the way of my parking space. I'm still angry about that. I've been angry, but it doesn't last. I've learned from the situations and moved on.
I've been amused:
daily. By everyone, and just about everything. I'm amused by my close friends. I'm deeply amused by Leighton (who is the greatest 3 year old I've ever met) and Alex (who is always busy and doing something, but I guess that's what 1 year olds are all about), and Ollie (who really should get a category of his own).
I learned:
a great deal. I learned how to ride a motorcycle (in theory) and a scooter (in practice). I learned how to hula hoop, and do it well. I learned that the best way to deal with someone who is making your life miserable is to change the way you react to them. I learned that I will never fit in completely and that I'm much happier if I don't. I learned that my beliefs are not in sync with most of the people I surround myself with, but that doesn't have to matter, and some things are better left unsaid and untouched anyway. I learned that there are things to compromise on, and there are things to dig your fingernails into and hold on to tightly. And I learned that even the worst experiences and worst choices of your life happened for a reason, even if that reason is so that you won't be judgemental of a friend who is in the same place and doesn't know what to do.
So, here's to the end of another year and the things that await in 2009.