A Film

I made a film. It’s been a while.

“Working at a Movie and FX Summer Camp inspired me to make a short film in my yard. The idea for this has been buzzing in my brain since I first listened to the song. I filmed the project in about 10 minutes on a point and shoot digital camera and spent about two hours editing it in iMovie. It is called “The Plot” because it documents the “plot” of land around my home.

The song is To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra. I do not own this music.”

Crazy Dream

Maybe it’s because the primer in my house is still very fresh and the fumes have continued to influence me but I had a really intense dream last night. I must have been thinking about gay rights because of all of the press coverage surrounding California over turning Prop 8… anywho here’s what happened.

I was in some town and they decided that they wanted to eliminated homosexuality. There was one prominent (yet faceless) gay person who they wanted to kill because they were gay. Everyone was sort of unhappy about this but everyone was also going with the flow and not doing anything about it. After a long time in this hostage-like situation (the dude was tied to a chair) I went into this room by myself. I was thinking about what was happening (one of those the-wheels-are-turning moments) and then I had an epiphany. I decided it was stupid for me to stand idly by while they kill that guy for no reason. I went back into the other room and gave this big speech about how stupid it was for everyone to just let this happen (I swear there were some really good quotes in there that I can’t remember now! haha). I was so scared because they could easily kill me for taking a stand against what was happening. There was chair kicking and yelling involved and when I was done everyone sort of rallied with me and took a stand for the man.

When I woke up I even had a bit of an adrenaline rush from all of the revolutionary excitement. Crazy. What does it mean? I don’t know, but it was certainly an exciting start to my day!

August 5th, 2010

Highlights of my day:

  • Watching a crow take flight on my bike ride to work.
  • Being attacked by “zombies” at summer camp, hehe.
  • Kids filming video, “No, you were supposed to drop the camera” LOL
  • Skyping with a friend who is in Hollywood : D
  • Watching the kids make friends and be “inspired” : )
  • Running into people I wanted to talk to after work.
  • Seeing someone on transit reading Harry Potter.
  • Sitting here, in a beautiful forest,  typing this while a “search party” of lovely friends looks for me as the sun peeks through the trees.
  • Having some quiet moments to myself for reflection.

LOVE IT!

Peace

Jenni

never get high off paint.

August 4th, 2010

I had the craziest 12 hours but I am especially grateful for my awesome job that made everything better….

So basically my house is being majorly renovated right now. My Mom decided to put primer on my room yesterday. Although it was “dry” by the time I wanted to sleep, it was still very fresh and had major fumes coming off it. “Is it safe to sleep in there?”, I asked. I was told that it would be okay if the window was open… RIGHT. I think after several hours of unintentionally sniffing paint I woke up at 4:30AM feeling really sick. I think I accidentally ended up on a paint trip. I had some really creative ideas but also some CRAZY SCARY dreams. I got up to use the washroom and almost rolled into a bunch of paint. Then I had to climb the mountain of clothes on my bed to get back after I was done. I don’t think I really slept after that but my dreams were very confusing and rather unpleasant. I was really sick in the morning and I considered staying home but today was swimming and using the green screen at movie camp so I didn’t want to miss it. I didn’t have much time to get ready because I spent lots of time being sick so I didn’t really bring a lunch with me.

I rode my bike to SFU (as per usual) and on the way there this bus snuck up behind me and almost drove right over me. I rode up onto the sidewalk and almost hit some people myself! Then I passed a bank and right as I rode by a big alarm started going off and there were lights flashing and people yelling.

Paint High + Scary Dreams + Sickness + Almost hit by a bus + bank robbery… oh my.

As I continued riding I was still feeling sick and considered throwing up in the park. When I got to SFU my ears started making funny noises and I was really scared. I wanted to curl up in the fetal position and be held. I wish someone could have been there to give me a hug but it felt inappropriate asking my co-workers and/or the campers HAHA.

The morning actually went by pretty fast, my job distracted me from feeling afraid and sick which was awesome. I had fun and the kids were very well behaved. In the afternoon we went swimming. One of the kids came up to me and was like, “Jenni, can I splash you?”. I told them no. “Jenni, can I splash Stephan (the other leader)?” YES! Haha! We went in the Sauna near the end and it totally exfoliated a layer of dead skin from my legs making them all smooth and nice. Another memorable moment was when one kid (not from our group) asked me if I was a lifeguard (probably because I was playing with a big group of kids haha!). At the end of the day I ran into a bunch of people I wanted to see. I love when things work out the way I want them too : )

Crazy ass morning salvaged into a lovely adventure. Yay!

Hawaii!

What’s this?

Jenni’s GOING TO HAWAII?

OMG!

Hawaii

By ashmieke

I booked my flight on Sunday. The plan is to greyhound to Seattle and then fly from Seattle to Lihue Airport in Kauai, Hawaii. I leave on August 18 and return on August 26,( just in time for SFU Orientation Leader training).

I am going for two reasons. Reason One: to visit Zero One and take part in the permaculture miracles that are happening there. I envision it will be like going to the real life Super Forest. Reason Two: Surfing. That was one of my goals for the summer, although I figured i’d be going to Tofino not FREAKING HAWAII : D

This is so crazy! How did this even happen? Oh right. So at the beginning of the summer I was very lucky to have Superforest Jackson be a guest speaker at the Summer Camp I am working at currently. At the end of his talk I went to thank him for taking part and then he asked me “So, when are you coming to Hawaii?”. My initial reaction in my mind was that I’m not going to Hawaii. I don’t have the time or the money to go to Hawaii. Hawaii is not part of the plan. Then I actually started to consider it though. I do have that free week in August… I am working now and have some extra money. “It’s off season so flight are cheap” Jackson tells me.

I love how opportunities like this come along and push my boundaries and challenge me to live fuller and have grander adventures. It is so exciting.

This whole situation is still so crazy though. Why are you going to Hawaii Jenni? To stay with this dude I met off the internet and be part of his permaculture community. That’s perfectly normal right?

Maybe this situation isn’t that unusual, I mean people take trips all the time right? People go places by themselves, tons of tourists go to Hawaii every year… For me though this is pretty FREAKIN AMAZING!

Aloha Friends,

Jenni

Alice in Wonderland Thoughts

Last week, on Tuesday at Summer Camp we watched Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. I was so excited for this movie a year before it came out and then I got busy and pre occupied with life and somehow this was my first viewing of the film. I had heard mixed review from people about it but I am so glad I finally got to watch it. We relocated from a theatre to a classroom so I can’t comment much on the special effects or the visuals but I LOVED the story and the message. It had so many clever and funny moments and equally entertaining were the camper’s reactions. When the caterpillar was wrapping himself in his cocoon I was blessed to overhear…

“See, smoking kills you.”

“No, smoking turns you into a butterfly.”

HAHA! I think that statement is debatable. LOL.

The film went really deep into exploring madness and also imagination. There was a moment at the beginning where Alice laughed and explained that she had a sudden vision of all the men in dresses and the women in pants. I have a confession to make. Sometimes I tell people I had a dream about something but really I just had a crazy imaginative thought and passing it off as a dream felt more socially acceptable. Sometimes I am honest though. One of my favourite past times is picturing everything people say to me in muppet voices. This is a very good form of entertainment : D

Her speech at the end about the six impossible things was probably my favourite.

“I try to believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Count them, Alice. One, there are drinks that make you shrink. Two, there are foods that make you grow. Three, animals can talk. Four, cats can disappear. Five, there is a place called Underland. Six, I can slay the Jabberwocky.”

– Alice

All of those things can be proven as true, or if not they are believed by the masses. Who is the crazy one really? In the end one of the main themes that stood out for me was the concept of identity. We are not defined by other people but by our own actions. That is what makes us who we are.

I definitely want to watch it again, I was very impressed.

The world is my wonderland.

J

Movie Theatre’s and Charlie St. Cloud

Yesterday was such an odd day for me. I had so many places I could have gone and people I could have been with but my body needed to rest and so I listened. I stayed home and did “nothing” (which for me equates to playing guitar, dancing, blogging, catching up on e-mail and blogs, handstands, and napping). The feeling reminded me of some archived i am being posts, sometimes saying “yes” to yourself is saying “no” to other people. I am so grateful I could reclaim that day to rest and recharge my batteries. Late at night my Mom invited me out to the movies. My plan was to watch one in the backyard but I ended up going out with her instead. We went to see Charlie St. Cloud, the new Zac Efron flick. As of late, every time I go to the movies I experience the same discomfort. The minute you walk into the theatre it is so loud. There are so many colours and screens and so much advertising everywhere. It is so much to process. It makes me appreciate reading books. All of this consumer culture in one place, it’s a bit frightening to be honest. No wonder i’m becoming a hermit, you can’t take me out to eat or to see a movie… what is a young person to do with me?

Once the movie stated though it was able to take me out of that for a while. The movie was good, it definitely drew me in and I was surprised a number of times along the way. I did think that Zac Efron (although sexy) looked too old to be a high school senior at the beginning. Also I found the pacing at the end a little funny, it felt like it should have either ended sooner or continued on. The movie asks us the question, will you move on to the future or stay in the past?

I think I’m going forward, for once, which is likely a very good thing : )

Also afterwards my Mom was like, “His eyes! You could drown in his eyes!” (of Zac Efron) which I found really funny : D

My First Parfait!

t too long ago I was linked to this blog called “Sweetly Raw” by raw food chef Heather Pace. I subscribed to it and i’ve been totally amazed by all the raw parfaits she has been putting up. This morning I tried making my first raw vegan parfait (well actually my first parfait period). I took a peach and a banana and blended them with a splash of almond milk and a touch of water. This made a pudding which I layered into the bottom. Then I put in some pecans and sprinkled them with maple syrup. I added the rest of the peach pudding and then another layer of pecans + maple. The I cut a strawberry up and put it on top. I am eating it now and it is very delicious. Next time I think i’ll chop up the pecans first so they layer better. Also everything kind of smushed together and didn’t get that nice layered look. I think i’ll have to experiment more hehe. MMMMMM.