The Edmonton Oilers spill their fourth hot chocolate in a row and the
barista, feeling bad, makes them another one. The Oilers watch with glee
as this drink is topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and syrup before
being served. Finally, the barista turns to the counter to take the
order of the Buffalo Sabres, who have been waiting at the register for
almost 20 minutes.
Hi, I’m Hannah and I’m a 17 year old girl from Canada. This year I’m going into my last year of high school and I can’t wait to finally be done with it so I can begin to do what I want with my life.
I guess I should write some of my interests down. I absolutely LOVE hockey. It’s my favourite thing in the world and my favourite hockey team is the Edmonton Oilers. I also love to read. I am always reading, most people can never find me without my head in a book. I like the classics more than anything, but if it’s historical or non-fiction, I’ll probably like it. Other hobbies of mine include camping, cooking, photography, and running.
The only language I know right now is English, though I do have a rough understanding of German. I would love to continue learning it, and I also want to learn French and Russian.
I want to have a pen pal so I can become friends with someone who lives differently from me. It would be cool to see what life is like in other parts of the world from someone who actually lives there. I don’t really know what I’m talking about, I just want to find some really cool people I can become best friends with. I have troubles starting conversations with people, but after I get to know someone I can talk-or in this case write, i guess-for hours.
Preferences: Age: 16-19 Your gender, sexuality, religion, doesn’t matter to me. As long as you’re not a bad person, I’d love to be friends with you. I’d like to write with someone maybe from Germany, France, or Russia, since I want to learn those languages, or even another part of Canada. I’d love to write with someone from any other country too, though. I’d love if we could write through snail mail as I’d love if we were able to send packages to each other, but if that’s not your thing then email is more than good.
-go to orientation: I am an orientation leader for all you incoming freshman this year, so of course I want you all to go to orientation, but in all honesty, I found orientation so fun and it really made me love campus! Also, it helps you figure out your way around campus and meet new people!
-get a locker: If you aren’t living on campus, a locker can be really helpful. I mostly use mine for storing my winter jacket, textbooks and lab coat and goggles in between classes! I don’t want to be carrying all that all over campus!
-don’t buy food: During my first semester of uni, I bought food almost every day. Apart from it being incredibly unhealthy (um hello New York Fries Braised Beef Poutine <3), my wallet suffered. I have been a bit better this semester. I still buy supper on campus when I’m staying late but I usually bring my own lunch. Yay me!
-used textbooks: I don’t understand why people buy textbooks new. If you’re using it for only a semester, who cares if the pages are bent or the cover is torn. I used sites like Kijiji, Bookmob, Chegg, as well as friends for finding the cheapest textbooks!
-find classes ahead of time: make sure you take the time to find your classes before they start! I hate walking into a lecture and trying to find a seat when the class has already started. Also, find the best routes in between classes because once winter has hit, you’re gonna hate going outside.
-sit near the front: don’t worry about being a keener. I find that sitting near the front makes me more engaged in the class and keeps me from chatting too much with my friends. (even though I still do oops)
-have breaks with friends: I love my breaks with my friends. It helps you forget about the stress of school for an hour and you can just catch up. It’s fab.
-friends/support group: I can’t even begin to tell you how much I need my friends in university. They are going through the exact same thing as you so they are great for ranting to (or crying or hyperventilating y'know).
-stay at school to do homework: I don’t know about you but if I go home right after school, I just go on tumblr or watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians for like 8 hours straight. Alas, my homework doesn’t get done. Therefore, I usually stay at school and try to get all my work done there. Uni has such great studying places. If you go to the University of Alberta, try fourth and fifth floor of CCIS and of course, my favorite Cameron Library.
-keep organized- Stay on track, keep all your notes organized, keep up with textbook readings etc etc. You know the drill.
-ratemyprof: The professor you get really determines your grade in the class. Research the type of notes he gives, how hard his tests are, his accent (I’m horrible at understanding accents!), how easy he marks, flexible office hours etc.
-make friends: I’m not a posterchild for this tip because I definitely didn’t make many new friends last semester. I tended to stick with my high school friends but I did make a couple of new friends! If you are going to a university with no one you know, definitely just start chatting to people in your lectures. They will be so grateful that you did!
-go to class: It is so easy to skip classes at university. Nobody will notice and nobody cares. However, I find that going to class is really beneficial. It forces you to keep on top up of all that new information and you can hear the profs explain things which is usually pretty helpful (sometimes not).
-sorority: I’m not in a sorority right now, but I did do rush (recruitment) and I absolutely loved it! I’m definitely going to be joining this year and I’m super excited. It’s such a great way to feel involved in university and meet new people (and boys just saying– hey frat boys!)
-grades: study lots and try your best but your gpa doesn’t define you. You will accomplish everything if you are determined. Your health is more important than your grades.
-live: I know that the most important thing about university is your grades but do you really want to spend these four years just studying? When you exit university, you are going to be an adult and your are going to be in the real world. So why not just relax a bit and enjoy your last years of freedom. Sometimes you need a few nights out of a month to enjoy what life has to offer. For example, me and my friends devote every friday (termed Friday Funday) to explore the shops around campus and eat at a new restaurant. Sure, we could be studying and saving our money, but we look forward to every friday and it has become such a fun tradition.
I guess what I’m trying to say, is that follow these tips but don’t put a lot of stress on yourself. I hated the thought of university but once I started to relax and get acquainted with it, I fell in love. University has so much to offer. It is full of so many new experiences. I know that I always said how much I love high school but university is truly so much better. Say goodbye to cliques and drama and say hello to a whole new life (and cuter boys #holla).
I’ve had my fair share of bad days this year. As much as I strive to be a happy person every minute of my life, that just sadly is not a possibility. Everybody has bad days. Everybody has days when they feel like their world is falling apart. When nothing feels like it’s going right. When you want to fall asleep for a very long time and forgot about what’s happening around you.
But these bad days? They’re only days. A lot of these problems that you and I face can simply be fixed by taking a deep breath, looking around and appreciating the world for what it is. I often get caught up in the stress of school. After 12 hours of studying, I inevitably get stuck in a bad mood. I begin to get angry at the world for forcing me to study in an institution where a 4.0 GPA isn’t something that can just fall into my hands. But sometimes, I have to take a step back. I have to make myself admit that maybe studying isn’t the worst thing in the world, maybe compacting all this knowledge in my growing, maturing brain is a valuable thing. Maybe I should be grateful that I’m studying at one of the best universities in Canada and I’m on my way to a fulfilling career.
Life is no easy task. There’s not one person in this world who lives an easy life and if you think you should be the lucky person who deserves only good days, then I am here to inform you that you’re wrong. Life is hard. Life is challenging, but it’s rewarding in more ways than one. This had been one of the toughest years of my life, but also surprisingly one of the best. I’ve slaved away in the library for weeks, but now I have the good grades to show for it. I’ve had more friend drama in the past couple of months than I’ve had in my whole life. But, I learned the power of friendship. It made me open up my eyes to the realm of forgiving and forgetting and came to realize what’s important in life. With each of the challenges I came across in this past year, I have learnt from them. They have all contributed to my growth. I’m almost twenty, it’s about time I started learning how the real world operates. The real world is not gentle. It’s not nice. You’re going to have to work hard and play hard for what you want in life. But life is a wonderful, magical, extraordinary journey and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
“1.push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.
2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.
3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.
5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.
6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.
7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.
8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.
9. organize your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturizer, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realize you can learn from your dog.
12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.
14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.
15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.”
I haven’t done a Make It Yourself Monday for the longest time and this one almost happened out of accident. My friends and I decided that it was the perfect day to bake cookies so we made these delicious S’mores cookies. However, it wasn’t until afterwards, as we were eating the cookies, that I realized I should have taken photos of the process for ze blog. So alas, the next day, we made the cookies again. We didn’t care, the cookies were that good. Seriously, these might be the best cookies I’ve ever had.
You will need: (for about 25-30 cookies)
1 ½ cup flour
1 ½ cup coarsely crushed graham crackers
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ lb butter
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1. Start crushing up 1 ½ cups of Graham Crackers into course crumbs. We used a fancy hammer to crush up the crackers in a ziplock bag, but rolling pins or your fists work just as well.
2. Combine 1 ½ cups of Graham cracker crumbs, 1 ½ cups flour, ¼ tsp baking soda and ¼ tsp salt in a bowl and mix well.
3. Cream together ¾ cup brown sugar, ¾ cup white sugar, and ½ lb butter (aka a cup of butter). If you are thinking to yourself that this is a lot of butter, you’d be right. These cookies are definitely not healthy, but boy, that butter makes them good.
4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients until they are mixed well together.
5. Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips. We may have added a lot more than 1 cup… I really like chocolate.
6. Drop two ounce cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for eight minutes.
7. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and press about four marshmallows and four chocolate chunks into each cookie while they are still soft.
8. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes.
These are the perfect summer cookies. Nothing screams summer louder than S’mores and cookies combined together. I have a feeling these are the only cookies that we will be making all summer and that is quite all right with me.
Are you going to try out this Make It Yourself Monday? Tweet me (@whenimolderblog) or Instagram me (@taylorlainee) pics if you do! I would love to see how yours turns out.
Over the years, Oakley has accompanied me on every step in this journey to creating a blog. He has shared some of my biggest moments with me and although I am sure he is mighty confused why he always has to pose and have his picture taken, I am sure he loves it anyways. Oakley has been on my blog for the majority of his lifetime and I have loved seeing him grow and change. Looking back on the photos from these past two years, he has grown from a scrawny pubescent puppy to a super fluffy sheepdog and now, my loveable teddy bear. But, I think he deserves something more than just being featured on my blog occasionally. He’s special enough to have his own blog, wouldn’t you agree?
So that’s right. I made Oakley his own blog that he will be sharing his stories with you guys. This blog is entirely about him. The blog is titled When He’s Older. I hope y'all can figure out the reasoning behind that. Similar to my blog, this blog will show Oakley grow up. He’s only 2 and he has his whole life ahead of him still, so come along on the journey and watch him grow up. I also made Oakley his own instagram too because is he really a Goldendoodle of Instagram if he doesn’t have his own account? The answer is no. So check my lil’ Oaks out @whenhesolder.
I hope you enjoy Oakley’s blog and find some humor and entertainment in it. He’s extremely excited to share his life with you all.
For my Make It Yourself Monday this week, I will be teaching you how to make some super cute beaded bobby pins. I love bobby pins and fancy ones are just so much more fun. These bobby pins are easy to make once you get the hang of it! The hardest part of it is starting it, but I have faith in you! For this bobby pin, I chose a “mixed metal” theme! I used a gold bobby pin, copper wire, and silver beads! Cute, I know.
Step one: Hold the center of the wire over the straight edge of the bobby pin at the top and slide the right side of the wire through the rubber tips of the pin and back over the pin to the right. Then do the same with the left side: take the left side of the wire and slide it through the rubber tips and back over to the left.
Step two: Hold the two ends of the wire together and slide a bead onto both wires. Then wrap each wire through the rubber tips, crossing them to hold the bead in place.
Step three: Repeat step two securing each bead to the bobby pin. I follow a pattern of five metal seed beads followed by a larger metal bead. Make sure to pull the wire tight after each bead!
Step four: When you have reached the end of the bobby pin, poke the wire up through the last bead and wrap the wires around the beads. Snip off any excess wire. Done! That wasn’t so bad, right?
Play around with different combinations of beads and colors! You need some to match every single outfit okay?
Are you going to try out this Make It Yourself Monday? Tweet me (@bettathanhannah) or Instagram me (@taylorlainee) pics if you do! I would love to see how yours turns out.