Monday, November 28, 2011

#StudentLyfe P.S. follow me on Twitter (@keegandalf)

The end of the semester is so incredibly close.

I'm super excited for Christmas break.

Friends, Family, Relaxation, Snowboarding...


Living on a budget is not always the funnest thing. I'm actually surprised at how quickly I adapted to life without having my parents there to do everything for me.

Well, not everything. But the important things.

Like cooking and buying groceries.

I think what I'm looking forward to the most has gotta be the chance to slow down and take a break from everything.

Well I guess not everything.

I'm most likely going to be working a lot of hours over christmas break. But I'll get a break from research papers and annotated bibliographies and projects worth half your grade.

I'm actually incredibly stressed out by school right now.

Which is saying a lot because I don't get stressed out to easily.

Take grade 10 for example. I did 70 units in 8 days in june.

For those of you readers that didn't go to Carroll, that's the equivalent of 2 five credit courses and 2/3rds of a three credit course.

I wasn't stressed nearly as much as I am now.

I just can't wait for it to all be over so I can prepare to do it again next semester... and the semester after that... and the semester after that... and the semester after that.... and the semester after that.... and the semester after that... and the semester after that.

And then for the rest of my life.


Except I'm actually really excited to see where I end up in the future.

Okay I gotta not be blogging and finish my plethora of projects.

I'm in essay writing mode.

Mixed with caffeine and apple cider.

Later Internet.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A wise man once said....

These are three quotes that I am trying to live by. I think they're all important and have made me a happier person!!

1. Love.
- Jesus

Love is the most important thing to have at the base of your life.

I'm not just talking about boyfriend - girlfriend love. No.

Love people. It's so easy to take one look at a person and decide that they're unworthy of you. I have been guilty of this. But really, think of how much happier you would be if you had no problems with anybody? If someone has done something to hurt you, forgive them. If you spend all your time angrily stewing about it then it's going to affect your happiness. That person has already hurt you... don't let them control how you feel.

2.Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
- Seneca

We've all been there. That moment when it feels like everything in life is going against you. Every bad thing that could possibly happen to you has happened. ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

It's the worst.

But do not EVER give up. No matter what life throws at you, know that you can beat it. You can overcome it.

It's the same with fear. This is gonna sound funny... but when I was like 12 I was watching "Rescue Heroes" on teletoon and in the episode there was an underwater natural aquarium.

It was pretty cool.

Anyways, there was a stupid dumb shark that rammed the glass and broke it. The aquarium started flooding and there were a lot of people were trapped inside.

There was only one exit. Fairly poor design, am I right?

There was one kid who was terrified of water (Tom Komar) and he got trapped behind some debris and the only way he could survive was to swim with a dolphin through a little crack in the debris. Anyways, he was scared and would rather die than swim for 10 feet. So Billy Blazes, local heroic firefighter, talked him into swimming.

 He said "Fear is something inside of you, and you're bigger than anything inside of you, right?"

This inspired the kid to swim and save his life. It was awesome. It's weird that I remember that from when I was a wee little ginger kid...

3. Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter Drucker

Avoid procrastination like it's the plague.

Because it is a plague. One thing procrastinated leads to another and another and another and another and another until you're completely overwhelmed and are wanting to die from all the stress.

Finish your work before you decide to play. Not the other way around.

And on that note I think it's time I go to bed.

Later Internet.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Soccer =)


I had my first soccer game of the season today. I just got home from it actually.

I got a couple things on my mind.

First, I kinda like starting with a brand new team in div 6.... This was my first game since outdoor and I managed to score twice.... while playing defence.

So that was nice.

I still got it =)

Secondly, It is 12:30 am...

Which I guess isn't really a big deal right now because I have been slowly developing insomnia thanks to the new Call of Duty... But I really hope this doesn't happen the night before one of my morning classes.

That would suck.




That is all.

Later Internet.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Geek Chic.

Alright so I think it's time to geek out a little bit.

First off, I got a job at the Lego store.

Which is great because I am seriously in need of money. I just got some scholarship money in the mail so that makes next semester a whole lot easier.

It's also great because of how much I love Lego. Especially the Star Wars lego. Not gonna lie I think that's indirectly what got me the job.

My friend and I went into the Lego store a couple weeks ago and I was looking at the star wars lego.

"Got it, got it, got it, got it, got it, NEED IT!"

The Imperial Star Destroyer.

Beautiful, isn't she?

Yeah, I know.

The Lego  version has over 3000 pieces and is over a metre long. As I stared (wide eyed, mouth watering) one of the employees started a conversation with me.

We ended up talking about Star Wars Lego for about 20 minutes. He asked for my name and told me to apply.

A couple weeks later...


I'm employed.

Moral of the story,

Always talk to strangers. Especially at children's toy stores.

And secondly the midnight release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is in 26 hours.


I'm kind of a huge loser when it comes to Star Wars, Lord of The Rings, and video games.

Yesterday I played Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King on my playstation 2 for roughly 4 hours.

What am I doing with my life?

Beating Lord of The Rings.


So this month has been extra fantastic with regards to my super nerdy side.

Also season 5 of Chuck premiered.

It was great.

So to sum me up right now I would say that I demonstrate:

Geek Chic, In Hyperdrive.

Yeah, Hyperdrive. Like in the Millennium Falcon.

Be jealous.

Okay now I'm done.

Later Internet.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sweet Refuge =)

So today I was thinking about my summer....

I miss Mexico.

For those of you that don't know this I went to Mexico this past summer with my church.

We went to Aguascalientes and stayed at the orphanage Dulce Refugio.


The people I met are going to be a part of my life forever. Not just the orphans. The people that went on the trip. I think I knew like 4 people before the trip. I mean I knew who most of the people were. I would be able to recognize them.

But I didn't actually know them.

The Mexico trip was amazing because of the life changing experience that it brought. It also introduced me to some of my new, closest friends. I know that I could approach any of the people who were on that trip and I could talk to them about my deepest darkest secrets. I know that they would support me and love me.

I love all of you!! :)

I also miss the orphans.

I was cleaning my room and I found a card that the orphanage gave every member of the team. Mine's made out of pink construction paper. On the front it says (upside down exclamation point) Gracias! por Todo. A couple of the orphans signed their names on the card. There's a group photo of all the kids from the orphanage on the inside.

Every time I look at that picture (or any pictures from the orphanage for that matter) I literally almost tear up.

I miss those kids so much.

I think that we as wealthy North Americans have misconstrued views about many things.

One of these things is mission trips.

When we are getting ready to leave on a trip like the one I went on to Mexico, we think "Awe yeah. Ima show so many people Jesus. I'm gonna bring Jesus to these Mexican kids."

Not gonna lie... That's what I thought was gonna happen. I figured that we would be teaching them a lot about God.

I was wrong.

Being around those kids was the most incredible experience of my life. They taught me so much about the love of God. It wasn't like we had deep, meaningful conversations. No. I only knew "me gusta, no me gusta, si, and hola." They taught through me through the way that they lived their everyday lives.

They were always giggling and smiling and filled with joy.

It was incredible.

When you think of an orphanage you usually think of a place of sadness. A place of despair and hopelessness.

That's not Dulce Refugio.

Those kids were always so pumped! They had beautiful smiles and were almost constantly smiling.

I think one of the most amazing moments with those kids was at their Sunday church service. They were playing worship songs that all us Canadians recognized. Except the words were all in Spanish.

It was so beautiful closing your eyes and just listening to the music. The Canadians singing in English and the Mexicans singing in Spanish.


I can't even begin to describe how beautiful it was.

Seeing how joyful those kids were was truly inspiring. Even though I couldn't speak Spanish, and our communication was mostly based on hand signals and failed attempts to speak one another's language, I had a deep connection with those kids.

Especially one little boy named Jose.

I actually miss him so much! He was the cutest little boy ever! Saying goodbye to him was one of the worst moments of my life. I picked him up and hugged him. I told him how much I would miss him. He hugged me back tightly and kissed me on the cheek.

I was already on the verge of tears at this point because of how unbelievably cute he was.

I set him down and turned to leave, still trying not to cry.

As soon as I had turned around little Jose burst into tears. At this point resistance to crying was futile. I picked him up again, hugging him tightly. We're both just bawling our eyes out. I eventually was able to leave him.

I still remember sitting in the van driving away from those precious kids and feeling this horrible heartbreak.

I'm so happy I went on that trip because I learned so much about what it means to love God. Those kids don't have earthly parents. Yet they are still able to be happy every day because they know that they have their heavenly Father looking out for them.

I miss those kids and that orphanage every day. I want to go back. I think I will one day.

Once I have money.

I guess that's all I have to say.

Later Internet.