Thursday, May 17, 2007

Cooped up!

For me it is hard to beleive that someday I will (hopefully) have a long-term job. When I think about it my thoughts are "It had better be pretty exciting to keep me interested!" and "How many mores years until I can have 4 weeks vacation?" So I have those thoughts and then what immediately follows is "Man I sure sound like a lazy bum!". I do understand the value of hard work (do you know my parents?) and I know that if I want any money ever I'm going to have to work for it and really I'd be so bored doing nothing anyway. Am I doomed to hate getting up in the morning for the rest of my life?

I'm glad I can safely say 'no' to that. Last term I had such a blast on my co-op. The biggest thing was that I felt important and that my contribution was necessary for the success of the team. It's a really great feeling! I've only had that once though and I've had 6 jobs! I guess I'm going to have to be pretty good at recognizing a good situation and really take advantage of it.

Again with my brain taking over... my next thought is "maybe this is the wrong field for me?". It scares me because I cannot answer that question confidently! I figure eventually I will sway in one direction and decide my fate... which will hopefully be "I am in the right field!" When will this happen and what got me this far without answering it?

How do people really decide what they want to do with their lives? It seems to me that it's not always a choice, it's often a job you get "just for a bit" and then end up being promoted or whatever and then thinking "well I guess its not so bad" and besides, who wants to quit their job, re-write their resume, and find a new job with the possibility that it may take a while? Not many. Hardly ever do we choose a job based solely on what we want to do, and rather on when is necessary for us to do. There are some, but not many that have their 'dream job'.

My dream job would look something like this:
- Somewhat active, that is not sitting all day, don't mind walking a lot
- Social, lots of human interaction
- Social, lots of after-work stuff like hockey team etc
- Outside on occasion, not just walking to my car
- Interesting and full of new things to learn
- A 'team' atmosphere, everyone is important
- Understanding of life commitments like family
- And to be greedy.... a pasty chef at a great restaurant... but that's just getting picky

Now that I've made this list I guess I will just have to keep it in mind when I choose my job instead of being blinded by a huge salary or something equally intimidating.

Have a nice long weekend!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

High five to Carmen for being bored enough at work to write a blog and thus inspire me to blog... instead of being on facebook. Woo!

So I'm in a bit of a dilemma, I have nothing to read. I usually have something lined up to read next or I'm reading 3 books at once so there's still 2 more to finish. Not this time. In the past few months I have read the following:

Tusday's With Morrie
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven
For One More Day (all 3 by Mitch Albom)
Children of Men - P.D. James

I just finished Children of Men the other day and as a side note - read it! I started watching the movie on the weekend (after I finished the book) and what a difference! I've only started watching the movie so I don't know much about it but I can say so far that they might as well have different titles. I always enjoy the book more though... that's just me... and if you're not a reader then... enjoy the movie?

Back to my point. I have nothing to read. I have a void that falls right between getting into bed and falling asleep. I have been reading and re-reading cookbooks (the Joy of Cooking is a WEALTH of knowledge!) but that can only take me so far.

I need something to read! Please recommend something! I enjoy most popular fiction. Some books that I have enjoyed in that past are 'Memoirs of a Geisha', 'Joshua Then and Now', and the ones I've stated above.

I'm also considering having my mom send me my Harry Potter books so I can re-read them before the new one comes out this summer. I can't wait!

p.s. Memoirs of a Geisha the movie cannot be compared to the book. The book is a historical crockpot of the Geisha traditions. It is long but once you get started you won't be able to stop.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

My new digs

So far in Calgary I have learned the following:

- The roads will wreck your alignment, resulting in fun mechanic bills!
- You can't walk anywhere
- Everyone here drives EVERYWHERE
- Too many people smoke
- The recycling program is not very good - they only take paper, cardboard and glass - no plastic!! I cringe every time I put a plastic bottle in the garbage, ya when was the last time you had to do that!
- The weather is very nice during the day, sunny and nice, however it drops very low at night. The difference between night and day temperature is like 20 degrees. Brr!
- Baking here SUCKS! Calgary is not even that high (about 3200 ft) but it still makes my cakes flat. Thank goodness they still taste good! I'll be sticking to cookies and pies.
- It's a very big little city. As in the downtown is a misrepresentation of how many people actually live here.
- Gas is not cheap, though I have no idea what it is at home. It has been 108.9 constantly for the past week. Has not changed once.
- Old Dutch is everywhere and it is grand!
- There are many cool things to see: Drumheller, Lake Louise, THE ZOO! Lots of weekend trips.
- The Stampede really seems like it will be as crazy as I've heard... yay people coming to visit!
- There are no big highways (see: 400 series highways) but there are enough people to warrant them.

Observation: Toronto has been a big city for a long time. It looks like a big city, it has the amenities a big city needs. When you are in Toronto you feel like you are in a big city. Calgary on the other hand is home to more than 1 million people (That's HUGE! - Toronto (excluding GTA)is about 2.5 million and Montreal is just over 1 million also) Calgary does not feel like a big city. Now this could be good if you just didn't like the city but that's just not it - it is failing at being a city! The economy really needs to catch up on the growth. There is such a labour shortage. I could get a job working at 7-11 for $10/hour WITH benefits. What a deal! In conclusion Calgary is way off balance and needs to peace the spork out already.

I guess I just need a bit more time to settle, give the city a chance before I form (harsh) judgements.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Attemtping (what seems to be) the impossible

6 months ago I was set to never have another co-op in Southern Ontario. With that I approached my employer and said "Yo, you gots work out West, gimme!" and with that I was on my way to Calgary.

6 months ago I had these visions of meeting cool people at work to hang out with and experience everything that Calgary had to offer. There would be road trips, hangovers, and Certified Alberta Beef! Oh yes, and it would be summer. So at the time my idea seemed flawless, what could go wrong! I'm independent, I've made it on my own before, what's the big deal?

Well I was reading Jan's blog and saw the line "since a familiar face always makes moving/new house/new job/new city a little less overwhelming." This is were I lack. I moved here just over a week ago with help from one very familiar face. It was awesome, the trip, the time we spent together blah blah blah goodness. Now that he is gone there is not one familiar face around me. The biggest thing is there is really no one I can just approach and randomly hug. Man, do I love hugs! What a feeling!

In Waterloo I have many random hugging opportunities: my roommates, no questions asked! Hug away they'll tell you! At school, pretty much any person in my class or in the halls, some even ask for them. What an environment! Heck, I could even hug the clerk at Sobey's.

I suppose if I wanted to I could get hugs here, but I would have to ask for them and they would not be familiar. They would still be great, just not quite what I'm looking for. I know exactly what it feels like to hug my mom. That is what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a feeling of familiarity.

I know, everyone around me has already told me "You are just starting, you will get used to things and make friends etc" but to be completely selfish, I want that now! I'm through with being new, I want familiarity! I don't regret my decision to come out here one bit because already I have learned so much and there are many big things coming up this term (Davela and Claire and Natasha and (hopefully!) Isanne to come visit!). I guess I'm just feeling a little lonely. And I'll say the same thing I say when I have any other bad feeling - it will pass.

Hoping all is well with everyone out there in blogger land!