As the final month of school approaches before finals and summer break, I’m getting a bit restless with the weather that Edmonton’s been getting lately. There are so many things I need to/want to get done this summer and I just want to start ASAP! Except with the time I have now, I must study. Such a bummer. And the weather has been nothing but crap lately. BUT, who we are to complain about the weather? No one can change it. (I guess to an extent us, humans, can do something about reducing greenhouse gases which could eliminate some of the drastic weather changes that’s been going on, but that’s a WHOLE other story…)
With that said, here is my list of things to do (besides work & save money):
- Practice my golf swing. Ever since I got my golf set last year & started going to the driving range, I’ve been itching to go all winter. Plus thanks to my boyfriend, he got me all excited for this upcoming golf season! This will also be good for the 2nd annual golf tournament I hopefully will be hosting again! Money will go towards cancer research :)
- ACTUALLY learn how to use my Canon T1i. Okay, so I bought this camera because I’ve always wanted a DSLR (plus it was on sale) and on top of that, I love photography. Oh, and my current point and shoot is kinda busted. But I’ve never really actually looked through the manual and learned how to use the settings. I’ve just been using the default one, which is NOT what a DSLR is for. People buy it so they can play around with the settings to get that perfect shot and I haven’t had the opportunity (or time) to do that yet. So this is definitely on my to do list for summer.
- Take more pictures, document, and start a photo journal. I love looking at pictures and reading other people’s blogs with LOTS of pictures in it. Photojournalism is also something I’d be interested to look into once I get better at using my Canon T1i.
- Try a bunch of different and new restaurants, and review them. I’ve always wanted to be a food critic (along with photographer, event planner, etc..I want to be a lot of things…but anyways..). Why? Because I love food and I really think I know what “good food” tastes like. My palette may not be as crazy as someone like one of those judges on Top Chef or Gordon Ramsay for that matter, but I can tell you what’s delicious and what’s not.
- Practice sewing, hemming, etc. Seems like an easy enough job but before my Mom passed away, she had taught me how to use the sewing machine. It takes some getting used to but I think with a little bit more practice, I could be sewing a lot of things! Plus I’ve always wanted to make my own clothes haha. I definitely think my Mom would be proud of me if I taught myself how to use the sewing machine properly. It’s an old one but it’s one that my Mom had been using for years.
- Learn to cook the dishes I love to eat. Ever since I had the lamb at Red Ox Inn, I’ve wanted to try some recipes that look similar to the one I had at that restaurant. It was so juicy and tender, and I probably can’t replicate the same texture as Red Ox Inn, but I’d really like to try cooking lamb with that much flavour. It’s not just lamb; I’d really want to teach myself how to cook a lot of other things as well. My Mom used to do a lot of the cooking in the house but now that she’s not around, it’s just me and my Dad. My Dad is a great cook but the problem is that he doesn’t know WHAT to cook on regular days. He can cook up a storm during special occasions or what not but a regular day, he’s clueless. I hope by the end of summer, I will be able to cook some easy regular day meals while my Dad does the main ones. Or I guess I could do all of it…ha ha ha.
- Find an artist who can create an original portrait out of other photographs. I want to do this for my Mom. I had an idea of collecting a bunch of pictures of my Mom and finding someone who could sketch/paint an original portrait using those pictures as a reference material. Since my Mom is not around anymore, I want to keep her memory alive and have a brand new portrait of her hanging somewhere in my house. I think it’s a really good way to connect with her when she’s not physically here anymore.
- Create a scrapbook of memories with my Mom. It makes me sad to think that my Mom will not be here on my wedding day or when I have kids. So, to keep her memory alive, I want to create a scrapbook of her so someday my kids know who their Grandma was and how much she would have loved them.
- Raise awareness about early cancer detection. It’s funny because one day when I was thinking about my Mom and how much cancer has affected our lives, I said to myself, “Fuck Cancer!” Because I hate it so much and it was just the perfect word to use. Then I Googled ‘Fuck Cancer’ and to my surprise, there was a website dedicated to it! I’ve posted the link before but it’s letsfcancer.com. If you read the ‘About’ section, it’s pretty much a movement to get people of Generation Y (or anyone with a live parent) to educate and inform their parents about early cancer detection and the importance of it. My Mom, in a sense, was lucky because she had been diagnosed in 2008. It was not quite serious yet so her liver resection was successful & she was healthy for 2 years. But unfortunately, the cancer had spread (it’s a very rare type & survival rates are extremely low). If my Mom hadn’t gotten a regular MRI scan during her annual check up, it would not have detected her cancer. It would have ended her life way earlier than December 2010. And for that, I’ve urged all my friends to tell their parents about doing cancer screenings. Now, I want to urge all young people to do this before it’s too late.
And that’s about it. I think. I may have more but I shall add them on later! I guess this summer will involve a lot of reflecting, cleaning up, and starting over again. It’s time for a new beginning…and I’m happy and sad at the same time.