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So it's time for my student fees to be paid and I find out that it's $500 just for my spot in the college. Nuts. Luckily I'm getting $250 from a relative but the other funds... yeah not happening yet.

I've set up a gofundme campaign (http://www.gofundme.com/vzwq54) I'm not really expecting people to help since I know I have to do this myself. I've been doing everything I can think of to get the rest of the money, including selling most of my books, the three posters I got from Bones, Fringe and Game of Thrones and I'm still $150 bucks shy of my goal.

In other non school related news I've ha 6 interviews in the past 3 weeks and STILL no job to be found. Everyone says I'm not doing anything wrong, my interview skills are amazing, it's just I don't have the proper experience that I'll get once I graduate.

Oh, and according to my dad I'm lazy.

And my laptop died :( Thank heavens for my tablet.

Hugs/kisses all around :D

Worst friend ever!

Okay, I have no excuse for disappearing for nearly a year! I honestly don't expect anyone to read what is going to be a massively long update on my life in the last ten months.

First and foremost, I HAVE A JOB! I'm just a lowly dishwasher and believe me it's not easy where I am. I work for a fish and chip place where I do most of the small tiny little jobs that the line cooks don't want to do. Dishes, prep work, cleaning (omg so much cleaning!) I've been there for just over 10 months and while it's been hard with my anxiety, it's also been one of the best experiences of my life. My co-workers are amazing and totally understanding if I have to step out for a minute to calm myself down, my boss, while he can be angry nearly all the time is incredibly understanding of my current situation and is helping me get through it. I feel so proud to have accomplished what I have, and even though I am just a small dot in the thick of it, I am liked enough there that they'll listen to any concerns or ideas I have. I do complain a lot though, who doesn't right? I don't get any tip outs that everyone else gets, my first three months there washell because two of the line cooks (who are no longer there thank GOD!) totally ruined any chances I had of getting on the line anytime soon. It felt like they hated me from the start and tried to sabotage me - which almost worked if it wasn't for the owner of the business coming in and telling me personally they wouldn't fire me.

But like I said, the experience I'm getting is going to further my education once I go back to college. My supervisors are awesome, we constantly geek out together over Deadpool and Civil War and other awesome geekiness. It's like I've found my fellow geeks and I never want to leave.

On the college front - well I didn't get the money together in time and had to drop out for the year. And now I find out that low-income people like me will be able to go to school for free come 2017, so I might have to wait until then to finish my Culinary Management program. It sucks, but at least I'll have experience and will kick some butt once I get there.

Now that I have money I have a new laptop that is shiny and new and awesome. I still use the tablets when I'm out and the inspiration to write hits me. Yes, I still plan on becoming an author, not a famous one or anything, we can't all be like Queen Rowling but I think that the idea I'm playing with is new enough that it'll grab people's attention. But I'm not really focusing on that too much, I'm just trying to get through my work days and survive.

Nothing new on the relationship front sadly. Had a few blind dates but they didn't go anywhere.

Dad is still dad, though he is now proud that I have a job and is helping me with money when I need it because honestly, minimum wage at 15 hours a week is NOT a good paycheck at ALL. Once I've paid my bill I hardly have enough to struggle through the next two weeks haha

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Yes, I've started a tiny collection of POP! figures, here you see Arya, Tyrion and Voldemort eyeing Slappy the Dummy from Goosebumps bobblehead that I just bought today. Behind my sonic screwdriver is Dany, who obviously hates the new companion.

Speaking of companions, how about that Doctor Who eh? So excited to see what she brings to the table, I'm just worried that she'll end up being like another Clara or Martha.

I won't go into how much I absolutely loved the last season of Downton Abbey because I'm still processing all that happened in the finale episode and how much I just friggin ADORE Phyllis Logan and my love for Dame Maggie Smith just grows with each passing second.

I won't talk about Alan Rickman because if I get into my montage of memories about him I'll just break down again and I can't go through that. I miss him terribly. My heart has been torn to shreds this year, the universe needs to stop taking away all my beloved people!

Hmm, this isn't as long as I thought. OH! I did go to my first live concert without panicking the entire night! I went to see Barenaked Ladies with Alan Doyle and it AS SO AMAZING OMG! What made it so amazing was that it was my money that paid for everything, and it felt wonderful to just spoil myself like I did. Sure, I didn't have the best seats in the house but I did get tons of pics and made new concert friends and sang my heart out to every song. I am now addicted to Silverball - if you haven't heard that CD you should definitely check the song out! Matter of Time, Duct tape Heart and Get Back Up are my definite go to cheer up songs for sure now.

Oh I almost forgot how I got to see Murdoch Mysteries being filmed in my city! It was the episode before the finale and I almost got to meet Yannick Bisson if I hadn't been late getting out of my meeting. I felt like such an idiot at missing him omg

So here's just a few random pics

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Back from hiatus!

So I dropped off the face of the earth for awhile there. Okay, a LONG while. Part of it was because I had no internet for nearly 3 months, and the other part was because the second semester of college killed my social life to the point where I felt like a hermit.
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just a quick post before class since i should be studying for the quiz in an hour hehe

i've moved and am not even close to unpacking but thought i should come on and say i'm still alive. Katie i think your card got lost in the mail - i realized after i wrote your address wrong on it so i'll send a letter once I am settled. i'm typing this from my tablet i got for a late christmas gift so sorry for the horrible grammar lol

i'll have a longer update in a bit!

miss you all!
Basic Food Principle - Done
Nutrition - Done
Food Lab - Done
Comm - Presentation on Friday - five minutes tops.
Math - Done
Business - Test tomorrowComputers - Done

Phew, these finals were easy. Bring on semester two.

Update time?

So, college is an interesting experience so far, I have to admit. Out of all my classes I'm actually enjoying the business class, even though the professor needs to explain things more. All of our assignments are online so we can go at our own pace, but of course, I get them finished as soon as possible. The class is fun; we just sit around a table for an hour discussing companies and how we could make certain ones better.

Communications class is amazing though; we're reading this book about an economic hitman and it's more fascinating than I thought it would be. I'm pretty sure I'm going to pass this class with a low 'A', but right now I'm aiming at just figuring out things. We have weekly writing assignments on the book and choice questions about life that our professor has us do so she can get an understanding of how we write. And so far she loves my writing, I hate being boastful, but in the last 3 assignments I've gotten a perfect on each one so I must be doing something right.

Math is, well, math. I hate it and it hates me. I especially hate fractions with a fiery passion. This last week has just kicked my brains ass. I mean I understand adding, subtracting and multiplying and diving fractions, however it's when you get a list of fractions to do in a certain order that has to be precise that annoys you. And I'm really trying to understand, but it would be so much simpler if the textbook was easy to understand with simpler examples. We have to write the question out, but the textbook never does so we have a small problem with understanding how it got its answer. Ugh. I can do this.

Now my fav subjects are all Culinary of course; I have two on Monday and one lab on Thursday. I would love it if the bookstore would hurry the hell up with our Chef's Jacket and pants. they ran out of medium pants in the box set AND singles and assured us they'd be in on Monday. The Monday that just passed. WHERE ARE THEY? Chef Casey is getting frustrated with us coming to lab without our proper uniform and I'm annoyed that I'm making a bad impression on him. I'm a hard worker, i'm learning quickly and I'm enjoying the lab (minus waking up at 5:30 am to be at school for 8 for a five hour lab that kills my feet lol)

I know it's not our fault and he's not mad at us, but we're loosing marks for not being fully prepared and it friggen sucks. But, besides the uniform thing, the lab is fun, we laugh and joke around while working. Today we all made different stocks and can I just say that I will NEVER eat fish soup of any kind? Now that I know the process of how it's made, the thought of tasting it or smelling it makes me sick. I guess it doesn't help that I'm getting over a cold but yeah it wasn't pretty. The classes themselves are awesome; we're training in proper safety and will get a proper certificate if we pass the course which will be allowed in every province in Canada and not just Ontario, which is awesome since my Food Handlers expired last month.

I've made some friends in my three weeks and I know that most of them won't keep in touch once we graduate, but, for now it's nice to have people to complain and laugh with at school. I thought I would be alone there since I knew no one, but everyone is just awesomely nice.

but anyway, I need to be up for 7 so I can get to class by 9, but I promise to keep y'all updated!
Got my OSAP check today and had a mini anxiety attack when I saw how small it was;m until I realized that they sent the tuition to the school then gave me the remainder of the 60% so I can buy my chef's uniform and books and money left over. I did the calculations like fifty times, but I'm still worried because it still says I owe the money in my student site. I'll give it a few days because maybe they're still processing that, but still sometimes I hate being a cancer and such a worrier lol
So I woke up early, like 2 hours before I had too since I just couldn't sleep. I took a bus I don't normally take and was worried I'd be late, but luckily the bus was early enough for me to arrive ten minutes early so I could find the area where my program was.

And you know what?


We were separated into groups of 15 with about 20 people in each group and had fun playing games for about an hour before the Knights Ceremony began. Just silly stuff like hanging nails off a piece of string, hula hooping, the cookie on face game, tossing balls with lacrosse sticks. Our team lost, but we had too much fun to really care.

the Knights Ceremony was interesting to say the least since we all almost drowned from the rain. I tell you, standing outside while it poured and thundered while listening to bag pipes was actually quite soothing. We got these foam swords and had to wave them around while reciting an oath. It was great, completely relaxing and yet unnerving because there were so many students there.

I made some new friends though which was great. And I'm sure one or two of them will stay friends while the others will be aquaintances. But that's okay because it's to be expected. My professors seems nice and friendly and I'm now no longer nervous about starting.

4 classes tomorrow, the fun begins.

Another holiday over

Another Labour Day come and gone, and just like every holiday it was rather boring and relaxing. I spent it watching the criminal Minds marathon and catching up on The Leftovers (OMG IT'S SO GOOD!) I'm trying to keep myself from stressing about Orientation on the 2nd, because I still don't have my OSAP and I'm afraid I'll be the only one not ready when we get into the kitchen. I know I won't be, but the fear is still there because I keep second guessing myself about whether I handed in all the forms. Every time I check the website it says the same thing, though I'm not getting what I thought; no they lowered it by 300$. How can I live on what they're giving me? Just because I'm living at home, doesn't mean I'm living there for FREE.

I'll be applying for bursaries and scholarships when they open up, because honestly I can't live on 250$ a month.

Anyway, I'm just going to have fun tomorrow, meet new people and figure out where my classes are.

Ahhh bliss

There is nothing like sitting around the camp fire late at night with music blasting in your ears while drinking Crown Royal Maple. How did my weekend go? Well...

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