I went swimming for what I thought was the first time in years (but later realized I went swimming in California this summer haha, I am a lucky bum) recently. I am taking both dance and acting this semester at school and because of that I am intensive physically active for 2 to 3 hours a day, 4 days in a row. Last week I GOT SUPER SCARED because my knees turned purple. They looked like “knee hickey’s”. My Mom asked if I was crawling around. I wasn’t. I went to the doctor and was told that my knees are just overstressed (too much plié haha). He recommended I rest them and go swimming.
Swimming is an excellent form of exercise. Because the density of the human body is very similar to that of water, the water supports the body and less stress is therefore placed on joints and bones. Swimming is frequently used as an exercise in rehabilitation after injuries or for those with disabilities.
It might be all in my head but my knees feel nice now. And I smell like chlorine haha.
Oh and I had good pool talks too. I love my friends : )
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!
Yesterday I attended a screening of the documentary movie: The Cove. It is about the dolphin slaughter occurring in Taiji, Japan and the journey of a group that attempted to document it on film. I was quite excited too watch it as my Dad told me about this film back in the summer but I have not had the opportunity to watch it… until now.
I always enjoy a good documentary but I must admit I was a little disappointed with this one. The finalé footage of the slaughter was anticlimactic. They spent the entire movie hyping up the secrets and hidden activities that occur in this cove and then when you finally witness it, it becomes one of those – well what did you think it was gonna look like situations. No surprises there. Some less than desirable sequences (such as the opening credits and the unaesthetic attempt at creative editing) left me unentertained. I really enjoyed their creativity in terms of how the mission was planned out and their attitude when dealing with the Japanese authorities. I commend their effort as a whole and completely agree with what they were trying to achieve. They covered the issue in a (relatively) unbiased manor and (in my opinion) truthfully documented the situation. I’d give this movie a 6.5 / 10.
It’s always interesting when I go to animal rights related events. As a vegan I don’t feel that I personally contribute to many of these issues (concerning meat consumption and seafood fishing) however I understand the the problems still exist. Now the real question, what (else) can I do to prevent this? It can be hard to promote my beliefs while still being accepting and respectful of the choices others choose to make.
The screening itself was special because they had Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, the FreeDiver from the movie there to answer questions afterward. I had to leave before she was done taking questions but it was very cool to be there in the room with someone so passionate and connected to the film and the issues.
Although it didn’t live up to my film making standards i’d still recommend people watch the film. To help the cause you can text DOLPHIN to 44144, and sign their petition straight from your phone.