First Day of My Life

What a gorgeous song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5rhhQbyYV0&feature=related

Here are some other renditions, I have been listening to it for hours. SOOO GOOD! I love that they are all beautiful in their own way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4V7J684Zf8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXgybKePgKo&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TOQPi5PdK8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXh8PBm8MsY&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOgKeX5Yfe8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JuF5pl5VhA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcSom8QOpVU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xquqDZwJ3oM&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_53WNuAZ-8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W569MKDMrPo&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmwCgE3aIxs&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP18YpgWCCI&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91jOOGNNBsY&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dONwVUeCWAA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n47nB0ZCDA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Yf6PN9fr88&feature=related

…And you said “this is the first day of my life
I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you
But now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy”

First day of my life.

Said the Whale

“Mermaid sits on her rock and she prays
For the salmon in the sea, for the winged in the trees
For the old man on his knees
For the beauty in the park, and the cars at the heart
Her own sisters and her brothers
And ten thousand friends and lovers
A black day in December.”

A Black Day in December, Said the Whale

Today I went on an adventure to Stanley Park with pals Gracey, Trini and Logan to see Said The Whale play an acoustic set under the Hallow Tree in Stanley Park.

The show ended up being moved to Third Beach but the nice park rangers still let them play which was cool. I saw STW play during the Olympics but wasn’t very familiar with them. It was nice because I was able to sing along despite not knowing any of their music haha! Also they are a very local band. Lots of Vancouver references and what have you. Eat local, listen local! It’s nice : )

As local as the rivers they sing about, Said The Whale.

It was a really nice experience. Being surrounded by nature, under the rain… Even watching all the other people there was cool. All of us gathered around these trees… Beautiful day in a beautiful place with beautiful people : )

“You should never travel alone
and you know that one false step
and you might not make it home”

B.C. Orienteering, Said the Whale

You can see all the photos here on my flickr!

A Thursday of Epic Proportions

This is from June 24th.

Kids + Class + SFU’s Got Talent + AQ Outdoor Movie + Trip Home!

In the morning I helped with a Photoshop workshop for a class of elementary school kids. We turned ourselves into Avatar (well I turning Oprah into an Avatar) and it was fun. The kids came from a local elementary school which has an awesome musical theatre program and I enjoyed seeing them. The highlight for me was when I asked if the kids had Facebook. They told me “Of course! EVERYONE has Facebook.” but then they couldn’t log into their e-mail because they didn’t remember their passwords. Oh technology.

After the workshop I went home to eat quickly and pick up my guitar. Then I came back to school for my class. I had to leave the lecture early to go to the performance. Tonight was the first ever SFU’s Got Talent sponsored by the Arts and Culture Club. I played Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson.

The show was really fun. I was so happy to see all the other acts. To me, it was exactly the way I pictured a college talent show being. The audience was really supportive and several people complimented me after. I loved that even though I know I messed up a bit and could have done better people were still positive and encouraging. There was some poetry, a jazz band, and band with A KEYTAR : D

I ended up helping with the event, handing out 50-50 tickets and whatnot. A few times I ended up sneaking in front of the stage to access my guitar between acts and I created the best character ever: Awkward Ninja! Pretty self explanatory. I met some really cool people including the guy from Fractal Ferns. Check out their site, I had “Leaves” stuck in my head for some time.

Actually it was sort of funny. At one point I was talking to someone and then intermission was ending and I wanted to make sure the organizers were okay and didn’t need help (since  had been helping them before) so I told the person I was speaking with that I had to go. They knew I needed to leave for the next thing on my agenda and asked if I had to go but I told them “No, i’m just going over there” which made it sound like I didn’t want to talk to them… brilliant haha. I’ve noticed I do that sometimes. I’m really bad at ending conversations at mix n mingle type events. I usually just leave without saying anything which is awkward so I am trying to stop doing that. I need to practice this more.

After the show I left with the group I was supposed to be leading to Burnaby Campus for the Orientation outdoor movie social. We were very late leaving but we got there in perfect time because they were late starting. Proof that everything will always be fine, or better than fine : )

We watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off under the stars. At one point I looked up and it looked just like that scene in The Lion King where the stars talk to Simba as Mufassa. Magical! Also, a friend in my class brought my raspberries from her backyard so I got to snack on some local goodness during the movie. They were even in an empty soy-gurt container. LOVE!

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you might miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Afterward, on the way down the mountain the driver drove really fast and we had a super fun, super bumpy ride. I was actually flying in the air at times. The whole thing made me very excited for orientation and reminded me how much I am enjoy life right now. I really love SFU and University in general. Smiles all round.

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE: FIRST AID EDITION

This past weekend I completed my Standard First Aid + CPR C training at SFU through the recreation program. I am working for SFU summer camps this summer and we are required to have this training. I met some really interesting people (and also some really good looking people haha, gotta love summer camps). I was surprised that I had actually been exposed to many situations that we covered. When we learned about the chest-sucking wound I immediately though about how my favourite high school teacher, Mr.Killawee saved a life using the plastic bag technique (taped on three sides it creates a seal). The course was pretty informal and fun. We had three groups for testing. One group would go outside while one group played the victims and the other acted as bystanders. In one scenario I came in as a first aider and nothing was wrong with anyone… then all the victims fainted on command. It was odd asking the people who looked fine if they needed first aid attention. I joked around, don’t first aiders always walk around asking everyone they see if they need medical attention : P (maybe you had to be there… hahaha).

Everything I learned inspired me to make this. It’s not perfect and I just did it for fun so bare through the mistakes and less-than jaw dropping performance.

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE: FIRST AID EDITION

A parody of The Fray by Jenni Rempel

Verse 1:

Step one you check for danger everywhere

Remove the danger, victim’s there

Find out if they want help from you

Then you ask what can I do

They might tell you mysteriously

Ask allergies, medications and history

for wounds ya clean and cover

prevents infections like no other

CHORUS:

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend

EMS took too long again

And I would have compressed your chest all night

Had I known how to save a life

Verse 2:

To treat for shock you calm them with your voice

Position of comfort is their choice

Warm them up if they are cold

Use a blanket you have stowed

Lay down a list of what is wrong

Watch breathing and pulse along

Odds are they will end up okay

And you’ll begin to wonder why you came

CHORUS:

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend

EMS took too long again

And I would have compressed your chest all night

Had I known how to save a life

Verse 3:

Someone unconscious isn’t a rest

Call 9-1-1 it’s for the best

pinch and shout into their ears

check for breathing: tongue in ear

give breath, readjust and try once more

two breaths, thirty compressions for

hook look to open airway

they need an open airway

CHORUS:

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend

EMS took too long again

And I would have compressed your chest all night

Had I known how to save a life