Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Never Ending River Ride

You know how sometimes things start out very fun and you are really excited but then they just continue on too long to a point where you've had enough? Well........ Today was a gorgeous day - my sister and I did not want to waste it. We decided what fun it would be to go rafting down the Credit River. We went to Canadian Tire and bought pool toy floatation devices. The ones you lay down on with the pillow for your head. We were set! We left the house, taking two cars, and headed to our end point to drop off my car. Our end point, we decided, would be Streetsville Memorial Park. We drove off leaving my car there and headed to our start point which was Eldorado Park in Brampton. My sister figured the approximate time of the ride would be 2 hours. I just have to say now: How on earth could she know that!!?? Anyway I figured she must know something and just went along with it. Boy was I naive.
When we arrived at the park we excitedly hopped out of our car and grabbed our rafts. We headed down to the river and guess what? baptisms were taking place. There were over 100 people half on each side of the river singing Amazing Grace while a priest dunked the boys under the water. It looked to me like they were drowning. Anyway we walked a bit further down the river, jumped on our rafts and we were off! It was amazing. The scenery was rather beautiful and very peaceful. Floating down the river and listening to nothing but the flowing water was very tranquil and soothing. I must have mentioned more than fifteen times how wonderful it was and that it was the best idea ever! About an hour in we were already making plans to go again next weekend.
As our ride continued we came across fast moving shallow water and slow moving deeper water. It was fun, for awhile. About 2 hours in we still had no idea where we were and did not see any signs of civilization on either side of the river. So we continued on. What else were we going to do? Just then we hit some fast moving water again and the current took us right into a large tree that was hanging over the river. My sister hit it first, flipped off the raft and was clinging on under the tree for dear life. I got off and tried to help her only to lose one of my flip flops. We regained control and were out of the situation in 3 minutes but now I was minus a shoe. About 3 hours in we started to get very antsy and wondered if it was going to end soon. Still nothing so all we could do was continue. At the 3 and a half hour mark I was beginning to make jokes like "I think this is it for us, we might not make it out alive." I was getting very hungry. I started to imagine that I was lost at sea on my little life raft and was never going to be found. We came to a point where a man was in the river playing with his dog. I asked him where we were and told him where we wanted to go. He said "Oh you are very close, not that much further." This gave me a boost of energy and hope that it would all be over soon so we paddled harder and faster. At 4 hours in we still saw no signs of the park we wanted to be at so we gave up and pulled over to the side and got out of the river. We climbed up a small hill and emerged from the bushes like crazy people. We ended up right on a trail where people were bike riding and jogging. We were walking trough the trail with rafts and I was shoeless (well I had one shoe on - which in my perspective makes me look crazy). we walked through the trail and found a familiar road which would take us back to my car. This walk we embarked on took us just about an hour. Grrrrr. Finally!!! We made it back to my car. The back of our legs were so severely sun burned that it hurt to sit in the car. We drove down the street to the nearest Subway to replenish ourselves. As we entered the Subway the two guys working behind the counter just stared at us. We were wearing shirts and bathing suit bottoms. We were very badly sun burned and I had only one shoe one and our hair was frizzed. We appeared to be dishevelled and worn out. Just as we were paying for our food, my poor sister fainted right there on the Subway floor. I got her up and put her in the car. We headed home and decided that this was it for this year. Maybe we will try again next year - oh and a much shorter distance next time. So much for fun in the sun.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Some Very "Interesting" Pictures

I was looking online for weird pictures. Here are some that I found.
I don't know if this is even possible. I think this is definitely photo-shoped. Then again, some people can do amazing things....

Eww this is just gross. I can imaging the feeling of fish against the bottom of your feet and it isn't good! The ought to give you the stinkiest feet ever. 

Ok. What is this? The little ones are kind of cute??

This is one of the weirdest stuffed animals I have ever come across. I love stuffed animals maybe even these two.... 

Very interesting. I want some. I would love to see what kind of reaction I could get from wearing these out one night!

Last but not least my favourite. I love this sign. I guess the first part is indicating where you put the toilet paper but the best part is the "NO DOUBLE DECKERS"! I love this. I didn't know until recently what a double decker is let alone that people actually do this. I love that they made a sign for this!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Facebook Games Are Addicting - Part 2

WOW! I am officially a big nerd with a facebook app obsession! Tiki Resort is like crack! I can't get enough of it... I have levelled up at an amazingly fast rate over the past week. I am now realizing that I require more neighbours in order to upgrade some of my attractions. In an attempt to gain more neighbours, I have:
1) Gotten my cousin and friend to sign up (neither of them care to play)
2) Sent out numerous requests to most of my facebook friends (which I'm sure have all been ignored)
3) Sadly, created two fake facebook accounts (this has been most successful!)
To go further into depth about number 3, it required a lengthly process. First I had to create email accounts for my fake friends. Then I went into facebook and created accounts for them as well as added a picture ( a random picture of someone off the internet). Once that was complete I had to request my own friendship. This required logging in and out of accounts to request and accept friendships. Once I had my "new" friends, I added the Tiki Resort app and requested they be my neighbours. I was proud of myself and excited that I could now upgrade a couple off attractions on my island. I attempted to create more than two fake facebook accounts but guess what? Facebook is smart. It knew what I was doing and would not let me create any more accounts :(
Anyway so I guess it goes to show I have a bad obsession with this game if that is what I am willing to do. I wonder if the novelty of it will wear off one day...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Facebook Games Are Addicting

 I always swore to myself I would never get involved. I never understood people who play Farmville and thought that it was so pointless. I made my judgement based upon a thought and never actually checked out the game. I recently had a request for Tiki Resort. Intrigued, I clicked on it and instantly a huge smile appeared on my face! I now welcome myself to the world of Facebook games. I, sadly, have become so addicted to Tiki Resort. You get your own island and the object of it is to build attractions and upgrade them to get to higher levels. This may sound quite boring but believe me - IT IS ADDICTING! I just started this game about a week ago and my island is already thriving! Like a loser, I actually took my computer to my cousins barbecue so I could monitor my island and make sure I was collecting my money and making upgrades (this goes further to prove my point of my earlier blog that I must be a nerd - nerd status confirmed! lol). The two pictures included here are both my islands. I had one and then I was actually able to buy a second island! This is very exciting and I have no idea why lol. I welcome anyone who wants to get involved to let me know. It takes less than ten minutes to figure it out and become addicted - then you will have countless hours of fun for days  and days until it really hits you - what am I doing? 

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Scary Maze Game

The Scary Maze Game is awesome if you haven't already heard about it. It takes about 5 minutes to complete and you get a great scare at the end. The object of the game is to move a small speck through a maze and attempt to reach level 4. Well there is no level 4 just as you are finishing level 3 a scary face pops up at you and believe me it freaked me out! That's probably because I'm so jumpy to begin with, practically anything will scare me - on a side note to prove it to you - If I am in my room doing my hair in front of my mirror, all my sister has to do is walk in and stand there. Then when I look up into the mirror and see her there I scream and my heart skips a beat. It's frightening and very true. This happens quite often to me :(
So anyway this is a great game to scare your friends and family while you take part in the sheer enjoyment of watching them trying to succeed in passing the game while you know what is coming! Below are some videos of parents scaring their children with the game. It's absolutely hilarious but a bit sad too. Watch them and see.

What I like to do is egg people on and tell them that I have never seen anyone get to level 4. This gets them really determined and concentrated on the game. It's great if you have a video camera and record them doing it so you can laugh over and over again! If they want to know why you are recording them just tell them that in case they do reach level 4 you want proof. You can find the link to the game here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I Must be a Nerd

I started my blog about a week and a half ago and I still have only two followers. I log on everyday with anticipation and excitement that maybe today is the day I will have another follower, yey!  My excitement quickly fades to disappointment as I stare at my computer screen with a blank look - only two followers. I have come to only one conclusion: I must be a nerd. I guess I have secretly know this for awhile now. I think that 'nerdism' runs in my family. My cousin has "come out" and does not deny the fact that she is a nerd. She even has visual proof - you can read about it here. My sister has agreed that she too is a nerd (one of those techie computer types). My father used to chant about being a geek from nerd mountain. You don't get much nerdier than that! Despite my family, I thought my popularity would surely grow if only I had a blog. Blogs are the cool thing to do now right? Celebs are always talking about their blogs. I figured why not jump on the bandwagon and make a blog too! I guess I had some diluted thoughts that I would write all these interesting things and people would want to read my blogs and follow me. I blog as though I'm writing to millions of people on the internet when in reality it is only two people. This delusional thought makes blogging fun for me.
I the biggest thing of all that confirms my nerd status is that I am cracking myself up writing this blog and still think that more than two people might read this!
Well to my two followers I love you and I have hope that soon I will be one of those popular bloggers on the internet, you know, the one that everyone is talking about.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lifestyles of a Busy Bee

If you want to be my friend you will have to take a number and wait in line lol. Today I signed up for a creative writing course at The Living Arts Centre (so stay tuned for better blogs) as well as cooking classes at Liaison College! I will also be joining a dodgeball team (ouch), registration opens Aug 14. What a wonderful life! Oh! and tonight I am going fishing again. Since I bought my rod, I have been out fishing twice and each time have caught a fish. I'm hoping to go three for three tonight.

This past weekend was the Toronto Festival of Beer. Nothing is better than thousands of people roaming around a park all drunk. It was awesome! I had never been to beer fest before and now I am wondering why. I will definitely be back next year. Good beer and great friends make fun times!  

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Northern Lights

Toronto could experience a similar light
show as pictured above.
Tonight we are suppose to experience an amazing light show due to a blast of energy that has burst out of the sun - The Northern Lights. "We might end up with something quite spectacular. We've been waiting a long time for something like this to happen" The Toronto Star. Based on the hype the media created today, my sister and I headed out to Terra Cotta, the countryside 35 minutes north of us, in hopes to catch a glimpse of this dazzling light show. We were sorrily disappointed. We sat in a small field getting bit by mosquitoes and saw nothing. When we got home I decided to lay in the back and wait for something to happen. It didn't - well not yet at least. It can happen anytime before dawn however one meteorologist seen on CBC quoted "There is a slim chance we will see anything tonight." I guess we will find out tomorrow if anyone saw it.
I was really expecting something to happen - and am still expecting. I will probably be up checking every 20 minutes.
On the bright side, I saw two shooting stars tonight. :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Book Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Yes. I am writing a review for this book. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer is part of the Twilight Saga. I realize that there are many of you who probably want to slap me and absolutely hate Twilight. However there are also a number of crazed tweens who love Twilight and shriek and the sight of Edward. I do not hate Twilight nor do I go crazy for it. I have read all the books and seen the movies thus far. I decided to read this book because I was mildly interested to find out more.
The book takes place during Eclipse when Victoria has Riley make all the newborns to fight a war against the Cullins and evidently kill Bella. The narrator is Bree Tanner which we do not know much about except  that she is spared by the Cullins only to be killed by the Volturi.
It's an interesting insight to see so much into her life when she was only such a small part in Eclipse. We get to see how the newborns were feeling and their background story while at the same time keeping in mind how the Cullins were preparing as well.
I enjoyed getting to know so much more about her. It's not very common to think about the lives of characters that have small parts but usually the writer will visualize the entire life of that character no matter how small the part is. Even though I thought it was a great idea for Stephanie to to write this book so we could see the entire picture, I felt that it wasn't the greatest. I had expected more form it. I did like the small romance that developed between Bree and Diego. I'm guessing this was just a cash grab from all the Twilight fans. Well I guess it worked since I bought it.
I would give this book 2 out of 5.

A Fishy Adventure

I woke up this morning wondering what new adventure could I embark on today. My sister was in her room getting ready to go fishing. I decided that I would join her and my father just to get some sun and read a book. We arrived at the park and chose a great spot on large rocks. I watched her for ten minutes and then I wanted to fish too. I had never thought that fishing would be fun and therefore never done it before. My sister stopped fishing and we went straight to Canadian Tire to buy me a fishing rod and license. I bought a beautiful pink and white rod and marshmallow sparkly bait. I got really excited, mostly because I had good looking fishing gear. We got back to the park, set up my rod and then......sat there. I was "fishing" for thirty minutes. Every four minutes a fish would nibble on my rod and somehow it got the bait without being caught. I wasted at least twenty sparkly marshmallows. My frustration was beginning to build. I thought maybe we need to change locations. Once we found a new location my father said to me "let me show you how it's done." Yeah right, I thought to myself , this should be good. My father took the rod and literally two minutes later he reeled in a fish. I couldn't believe it! He then tells me that I need to hook the fish when I feel it tug on the line. Thanks for not telling me that. Turns out I had only just been feeding the fish the whole time. Needless to say I did end up catching my first fish today. It was very exciting and gross! I hadn't thought about the end result until I pulled the fish out of the water and said "Okay what now?" My sister told me to grab the fish, take it off and throw it back in the water. She ended up doing it for me the first time. I'm going to head out again later this evening to try my luck again. I hope I don't catch anything or else I'm heading home with a fish on the end of my rod  :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ow. I Fell Off a Horse and it Hurts.

I Do My Own Stunts!
Yesterday I took a trip to Pontypool, Ontario to visit my cousin who lives on a farm. When I got there we decided to go horseback riding. I must mention that I had fashion boots on and not proper riding boots. I am not the greatest rider but have taken lessons in my younger years. It's like riding a bike right? You just get on and it comes back naturally. That's not entirely true. I felt fear rush over me as we began to walk. I don't think the horse liked me very much because she wouldn't listen to my commands and decided she had plans of her own. She walked me right into the barn and didn't want to leave. Eventually I got her out of the barn to follow my cousin on her horse. We went on an amazing trail ride and did some trotting and cantering. Going fast on a horse is exhilarating providing you know how to hold on. As we rode longer I became more confident. As our ride was coming to an end, we decided to jump over two small logs. As I went over the first one my foot slipped out of the stirrup. I had no time to correct it and before I knew it we were heading fast toward the second log completely out of control. The horse jumped over and I came crashing to the ground. It hurt but hey, at least I had fashionable boots on that looked pretty :p

Ah Balloons. Wonderful Right?

Wrong. I'm sure the majority of people love balloons. What's not to like? They come in a variety of shapes and colours and make so many children happy. They look beautiful when used to decorate for an event. Personally I am terrified of balloons. If I am at a party and children are playing with balloons, I have to sit there with my hands over my ears. This irrational fear developed when I was a child. I was at an outdoor festival and to begin the festivities a canon was shot off. The loud bang from the canon set me off and we had to go home because my parents couldn't calm me down. On another occasion my father and I were filling air into a bicycle tire. Well you can guess, the tire popped and again that was it for me. No more bike ride. More recently I had a huge party event at my home. We ordered 30 helium balloons. Well I was the one to pick the balloons up from the store. On the way home 5 of them burst in my car and I almost crashed. When I finally got home, more began popping in the house - and for no reason. This reinforced my fear and I actually cried and left the house. When a balloon pops it jolts my heart and I feel like I just lost another year off my life. This may seem like a ridiculous fear however I know someone that does not like clear straws. I'm glad I'm not her.