Thursday, May 26, 2005


The city that shall be my host and home for the coming year.

The bigger picture

Saturday, May 21, 2005

The long weekend has arrived, and much to my pleasure I get the day off today, truly making it a three day weekend. I am quite pleased with the turn of events, more so because they told us all week long that we would be working on Saturday. Life is good.
It was about this time last year that my blog died for some time. Around a month, I suppose. I'm feeling the same lack of wanting to blog at the moment, or lack of anything to blog about. I'm working, sleeping, eating, spending time with Brian, Kenny, Michelle... There just aren't many hours in my day anymore that are actually free, and even less hours that I want to spend stuck behind a computer screen. So I'm not sure that I shall be blogging very much over the course of the next month. I might, but it's not a priority. When I start finding out information about my year in Japan I will most definitely keep my blog up to date. As of now, however, I don't feel creative enough to write anything worthy of a blog post. Cheers!

Monday, May 16, 2005

I'm it!

Here are the rules, in a nutshell: I pick 5 occupations out of the list below and post my answers. Then I tag 3 other people to post their answers on their blog. If I tag you, and you don't want to be a part of this, I'll try not to think any less of you. Just let me know and I'll tag someone else.
The "questions": If I could be a scientist...If I could be a farmer...If I could be a musician...If I could be a doctor...If I could be a painter...If I could be a gardener...If I could be a missionary...If I could be a chef...If I could be an architect...If I could be a linguist...If I could be a psychologist...If I could be a librarian...If I could be an athlete...If I could be a lawyer...If I could be an inn-keeper...If I could be a professor...If I could be a writer...If I could be a llama-rider...If I could be a bonnie pirate...If I could be an astronaut...If I could be a world famous blogger...If I could be a justice on any one court in the world...If I could be married to any current famous political figure...

If I could be a painter, Monet and Manet would be my inspiration.

If I could be a gardener, I would fill my garden with Lilacs.

If I could be a librarian, Brian's friends could laugh at him for dating a librarian.

If I could be a writer, Alice Munro would be my hero and I would move into a little stone house surrounded by trees and flowers and have a little back sunroom dedicated to writing.

If I could be a llama-rider I think that I would have the complete envy of Mr Postma.


I tag... Dan, James and Gayle.


And as a side note, may I direct your attention to the lovely Ms Breimer's blog, where she has recently (and finally) answered the interview questions that I sent her a few months ago....

Sunday, May 15, 2005

I liked it-- go see it!!

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This past Saturday Brian and I travelled out to Stratford to see "As You Like It": fabulous show. I highly recommend this play to you, the music is absolutely fantastic! you can get tickets right now to go see it Sat May 21 at 8pm for only $20. Do it!

Saturday, May 14, 2005

The other day in the greenhouse, our supervisor brought us a stack of fibre pots which he had already pulled apart in order to spare us the hassle of yanking and pulling whilst trying to pot trees at the same time. "Ron, you're our hero!" says Kenny, expressing our extreme gratitude for the simple act.
"Don't even go there," says Ron.
Confused, Kenny asks for an explanation.
"Heros always let you down, eventually." He's perfectly serious.

Ron is a generally happy and good man. He always ensures that we, the underlings, know that the mix-ups and low counts are not due to our work. He is constantly in good spirits and jokes with us all day long, even when we're under the gun and have a specific potting deadline. He admitted yesterday that he never gets angry, only diappointed. From the sounds of it, he has been disappointed one too many times. I wonder what kind of experiences could make a man like this so disheartened about heros, about role models, that he resists the idea so much? He seems to be afraid to be placed into that role at the risk of disappointing someone, and would probably be just as afraid to place someone else in the role at the risk of being disappointed. I wonder what's worse in his mind: being disappointed or disappointing someone else? Anyhow, the comment that he made, "Heros always let you down, eventually," really made me stop and wonder what he experiences in life have been to give him that world view. I know that nobody is perfect and as such, people will let you down, but for that to be the main mentality... It makes me wonder.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Welcome to the real world

And a hearty welcome to the summer that I have been looking forward to so much! The term 'summer' seems to be a bit of a stretch thus far- it was reported that at work today the temperature was hovering around -3. Brr. So what is my 'summer' looking like to date? I can assure you, it's very thrilling. As previously stated, I'm an employee at Verbinnen's Nursery. I'm not picking weeds yet, however-- I spent the past two days standing infront of a revolving platter of soil. Does it sound as riveting as it is? Yep, I think so. Anyhow, ten hours a day on five days a week, and five hours on the sixth day.
Despite the less than thrilling occupation, this May is looking to be quite a good month. My good friend Nathan Martin turns 23 on Thursday, May 5th. The lovely Michelle Westra approaches her 22nd birthday this Friday, May 6th. On Sunday May 8th, I hope to be home in Belleville, celebrating Mother's Day with the most spectacular and altogether most beautiful mother in the world, the one and only Mrs Rhea van Breda. A certain lady by the name of Ms Laura Kenny reaches the age of 23 (she's old!!) on May 17. May 18th marks an amazing 5 months with the most handsome and charming man that I know. I think (I'm sorry, I can't remember) that the 18th also marks my niece's first birthday. As of May 28, I will officially become a Redeemer Alumna with two letters added behind my name. (I wonder sometimes if they shouln't be "B.S." instead...) May 29 of course marks my 22nd birthday, when perhaps all of my siblings will be present for the first time on my birthday since I was in grade 10 or 11.
I would say that this sounds like an excellent month to look forward to, no? With that, I shall hit the sack. Undergrad days of staying up past 10:30 are waving farewell to me even as I write this.