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Cassandra
06 January 2008 @ 10:09 am
New journal: everybitof_ink

I won't be posting here anymore. I just need a fresh start in the New Year. This journal began on February 18, 2004, and although it contains my life, my life is very different now. I hope you'll read the new one. I'll get around to re-adding everyone as friends.

Thanks,
Cassandra
 
 
Cassandra
20 October 2007 @ 06:59 pm
Just a quick update while I have a few minutes alone:

Today I volunteered at school with something called the Verse City Project, which was organized by Vinita Srivastava, who is one of the profs at Ryerson whom I've had a few times over the past few years. It's basically an outreach project to encourage young people, specifically "visible minorities," to get into journalism and introduce them to Ryerson's School of Journalism. Sixteen kids were registered but only four actually showed up -- that actually turned out to be a good thing, though, because there were four of us to help them out with interviewing and writing. (Technically way more than four including co-ordinators and faculty, actually.)

It was a lot of fun and I'm really glad I spent the time there. I met a bunch of new J-Skool kids I had never met before and got to help some high school kids accomplish something they're interested in but maybe wouldn't know how to do on their own. Plus I got a bunch of free stuff! Movie passes, a festival pass for next year's ReelWorld Film Festival, about six different kinds of lipstick/lipgloss, nailpolish, conditioner, jewelry, etc.

I think they're still working on the website, but you can see parts of what we worked on at VerseCity.com.
 
 
Mood: pleasedpleased
Music: quiet, for once
 
 
Cassandra
29 September 2007 @ 07:59 pm
I can't believe I haven't written anything in here since February! That's kind of nuts. I've been thinking about putting my livejournal as my Facebook notes...but I'm not sure yet. There's something so therapeutic about writing here that I think Facebook will probably ruin. We'll see.

Updates: I did move in with Ron over Easter weekend in April, and I'm staying for good. Obviously. There have been a lot of ups and downs and learning things about each other that maybe nobody else really knows, but that's all part of being in a relationship. And being committed enough to live together every single day.

I spent the summer working at Old Navy. Again! It was terrible. I hated it. Somehow I managed to get three weeks off to go on vacation. We spent the first week in Toronto running errands and laying about. The other two weeks were spent on the road in the east. We drove from Toronto to just north of Montreal to my cousins' cottage and spent a few days there staying up late, drinking, playing Risk, swimming, drinking, sun bathing, drinking... you get the idea. From there we drove about 1000 km straight to the east coast of New Brunswick and then made our way round the Maritimes (excluding Newfoundland & Labrador...too far).

I quit Old Navy in the first week of school and just stopped going in for my shifts when they didn't give me less hours for the last two weeks. It's immature and I burned a bridge, but I really don't want to work there ever again. Plus they don't give references. Meh.

School is going well so far. Even better since I don't have a job. I'm really trying hard to keep friends around more than I have in the past, and actually make an effort to hang out with them. Talvi, from work, and Alyssa, from school, are the most awesome so far. Anyone else?

Tonight Ron and I are heading out to Nuit Blanche. I went last year with Nick and Ron was supposed to come, but he was still with his ex at the time and she didn't want to go. I'm just waiting for the Leafs game to be over and then we're gonna go. I'm excited! A lot of people don't really seem to get it (or want to get it) but I don't understand what's to get. You just wander around and check out a lot of cool stuff that you wouldn't normally find on the streets of Toronto. C'est tout.

P.S. Does anyone even come here anymore???
 
 
Location: Home
Mood: artisticartistic
Music: TOR vs. DET hockey game
 
 
Cassandra
22 February 2007 @ 12:41 pm
February is almost over. Thanks god. February is the month that I tend to become most depressed in. It's so dreary, and it's not as fun as December and January can be. By February, winter has lost its charm.

I froze my ass off Sunday night walking to and from Kool Haus for the Jack's Mannequin concert. For some reason Nick's ride couldn't fathom picking me up at Union and dropping me off, even though it's a two minute drive. But at least a fifteen minute walk. The concert was good but, as usual, I was annoyed by the fans. Mostly girls who bitched about it being too crowded or about any moshing or jumping that occurred. I lost Nick and Kessie in the crowd within the first two Jack's songs so I was by myself for most of the show. Since I am without a camera I didn't get any pictures, but I found these videos (one and two) on YouTube. They're not that great but they're memories.

Reading week has been boring. I kind of wish I hadn't looked forward to doing nothing because now that I am I'm going nuts! I work tonight but not until 5:15.

Yesterday was really nice and almost all of the snow melted, but we got it all back this morning. The forecast called for rain but I guess it was too cold. Ron didn't go to work yesterday because we got drunk Tuesday night and stayed up til 4 a.m. when he's supposed to get up for work at 5:30. He said he turned the alarm off, sat up in bed, and realized he couldn't go when he fell asleep sitting up.

We slept in til around noon and then spent most of the afternoon at Kensington Market. We got some burritos for lunch, bought some groceries, and wandered around Queen Street for a while. I bought one of those Bath Bombs from Lush, but for almost $7 I don't really think they're worth it. It fizzes for a few minutes then it's done. I would be more impressed if they released themselves more slowly and then you could enjoy it throughout the whole bath.

I also downloaded the new Hanson CD yesterday, The Walk. Katie sent me the link, but I would have stumbled across it later on that day had I been more patient. It was released in Japan this week but doesn't come out in Canada until May (of course). I haven't listened to every track the whole way through yet. Like a lot of Hanson's music, it's going to take me a few listens before I can really get into it. So far, Fire on the Mountain is my favorite track but other than that there isn't anything that really stands out for me.

I gave my two months notice to my landlord last week, and she's already planning on showing the apartment this weekend. I'm going to have to spend a lot of tomorrow cleaning up. Not just cleaning up but cleaning, like scrubbing and mopping and sweeping. The one thing that really sucks is that my vacuum is here at Ron's. Oh well.

Ron and I basically decided last night that I will move in here instead of finding a room. For the summer, anyway. I'm really hesitant to say that it's indefinitely because if we discover we don't like living together then I'd like to leave things open ... but we're pretty much living together now. I'm here every day. The biggest challenge is going to be finding room for the stuff I need to bring. Like my clothes. We'll have to purge some of his stuff and I know he's going to hate it. Or at least invest in some organizational stuff. We shall see how things go. Now I just have to tell my dad. Le sigh.

Oh well. Off to take a shower and then do dishes. Maybe in the reverse order.
 
 
Mood: boredbored
Music: Hanson - Fire on the Mountain
 
 
Cassandra
15 February 2007 @ 12:29 pm
Right now I should be studying for my Philosophy of Punishment mid-term that is in an hour and a half ... but I'm not. I haven't even attended most of the lectures or done most of the readings, which don't make much sense to me anyway. I'm pretty much going to rely on my well-honed bullshitting skillz.

Apparently yesterday was Valentine's Day, but it really didn't feel like it. Ron and I did spend the entire day together since his car couldn't make it to work (or, more likely, he didn't feel like going to work) but I spent most of it on the computer and on the phone doing interviews like I had the day before. It was nice but I felt like a bad girlfriend. I called in sick to work for my shift tonight and I'm not working tomorrow or Saturday at least, so maybe we can have some gushy couple time then. But, honestly, most days feel like Valentine's Day. (I know, even I want to throw up when I re-read that.) At least he said he was thinking of getting me a Dick In A Box. That's gotta count for something, right?

We got a shitload of snow. For Toronto, anyway.Collapse )

I think I'm going to pop into the Stag Shop tomorrow and pick up a few things. I have no idea what yet, though. I was looking at some stuff online but it's kind of awkward since I'm at school and surrounded by over-worked male students with wandering eyes.

The "first draft" of my feature in Feature Writing was due today and I did most of the interviews and all of the writing in less than two days. I stayed up until about 2 a.m. writing and then woke up at around 5:30 when Ron's alarm went off; finally got out of bed at 6 and kept writing until 8:30. I'm a champ!

I was surprised to find that most of the class didn't even show up to hand their first drafts in because it's worth 30% of our final grade and Bruce has pretty strict late penalties compared to a lot of profs. Every day you hand it in late you lose one marginal letter grade on your final draft. So, if you hand it in a day late and you would have originally gotten a B then you'll end up with a B-. That kind of thing. But that adds up and who knows what your grade will be. I didn't hand in a piece of garbage but I know it would have been much better had I actually spent the whole three months working on it. The final draft is due March 22 so I think I'll try and work on it continuously until then.

Almost all of my interviews were amazing; none were bad. It was really great to speak with so many women about childbirth. Even though I still have no idea whether I want to have kids or not, I always feel like I have no one to ask questions to when I am curious about certain things because my mom is gone. I never really thought to ask her anything when I was younger. I think that's the best part about journalism: that you can learn so much about yourself while doing research and learning about other people. I'm pretty confident about the kind of care I'd want if and/or when it comes time for me to have children, and I have less fear about it since it's all less of a mystery.

But, if anything, talking to so many alternative health practitioners, especially doulas, has made me even more critical of doctors and our health care system, and I think it's going to empower me to advocate for myself as I get older and have more personal encounters with doctors. I think we forget that they work for us and we are allowed to ask questions and we are allowed to refuse their recommendations, and they don't always know what's best. The other thing I've learned is that they have no consideration whatsoever for people's mental or emotional well-being. Everything is medical.

Anyway, here's the first draft of my article. Please read it and pick it apart. Edit it. Do your worst!Collapse )
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Location: KHW 71
Mood: exhaustedexhausted
 
 
 
Cassandra
08 February 2007 @ 02:17 pm
Yesterday my group members and I went to Queen's Park to cover the college & university students protesting tuition fees (article & video) for our first field report and it was ridiculous.

It started around 10 a.m. for Ryerson students at Lake Devo and then everyone marched up to Queen's Park for 1 p.m., but we couldn't get there till about 2 p.m. It honestly took us 10 or 15 minutes just to get the camera on the tripod before we could even start filming. The white balancing wouldn't work because it was too bright, and within minutes our hands were freezing because it was absolutely freezing and really windy.

We didn't get a lot of footage, but considering our technical difficulties and the fact that we have no idea what we're doing ... it should be okay. We'll try and get some interviews on Monday before we edit and put it all together.

For real, though, broadcast sucks. My prof is incompetent and I feel like we're just thrown in there to figure things out on our own.

I can't wait until this year is over!

The randomness that is my life behind the cut.Collapse )
 
 
Location: Ron's apartment
Mood: lazylazy
Music: Brand New - Not the Sun
 
 
Cassandra
23 January 2007 @ 11:47 am
I am lost.
 
 
Cassandra
12 January 2007 @ 09:50 am
I finally have time to waste on the computer! Yay! I should be doing research for my feature ... but I think the Internet is more important at this point in time. Right? Right.

All of these pictures are from Jess and Leanne; I stole them off Facebook. I'm just posting my favorites, which is a lot. They're not necessarily in order, but I tried to separate them into three sections: At Ron's apartment before going out, at the Madison, and at Ron's apartment after.

New Year's Eve 2006Collapse )
 
 
Location: Ryerson library
Mood: sicksick
 
 
Cassandra
10 January 2007 @ 03:42 pm
Just a quick update to let everyone know I'm alive.

I'm sort of alive. I'm getting sick so I feel like I'm dying.

School started Monday; yay and nay at the same time. I don't feel like doing anything. If I just had to do readings and attend class I could handle it but three journalism classes where you actually have to do assignments and interview people is pretty much the opposite of what I want to do.

My schedule looks like this:

Monday
1-6 p.m.
JRN 200 Introduction to Broadcasting

Tuesday
9-10 a.m.
POG 110 Canadian Politics (tutorial)

Wednesday
4-6 p.m.
JRN 112 Introduction to Online Journalism

Thursday
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
JRN 62B Feature Writing

2-5 p.m.
PHL 449 Philosophy of Punishment

Friday
8-10 a.m.
POG 110 Canadian Politics

12:30-2 p.m.
JRN 112 Introduction to Online Journalism


At least Alyssa and Heather are in my Broadcast class. That prof is whack. As for the rest, I don't know yet. Vinita is my Online Journalism prof and I had her last year for the labs of one class; she's alright. I didn't go to tutorial yesterday because there's never tutorial before the lecture. If there was, who the hell cares because that goes against everything I've seen thus far.

I'm hanging out with Ron tonight (how is that different from most nights?) but I'm not sure how it will be because he's at the dentist right now actually getting his problematic tooth looked at. So either he'll be dreading the next appointment when they actually take it out, or I'll be wiping up his drool because they took it out today. Who really knows. At least I got him the Comedy Thesaurus from Urban Outfitters. That'll keep him occupied.

I've been slowly uploading pictures from Jess and Leanne from New Year's Eve to post on here but there are a lot, so it's taking a while. It might help if I was able to go online for more than half an hour at a time. Later this week, maybe, between classes.

At least I got some stuff accomplished this week.
Metropass: Check! (Ignore the fact that it's the 10th.)
Health card renewed: Check!
Tuition paid: Check!

To do:
Make doctor's appointment to get birth control and see gyno.
Work on Feature story.
Get OSAP.
Mail survivor's benefits form.
Mail tax stuff.

In ten minutes I have Intro to Online so I'd better run. Lates!

P.S. It's colder than balls today!
 
 
Location: KHW 71
Mood: coldcold
 
 
Cassandra
21 December 2006 @ 10:35 am
I haven't made a picture post in ages because someone stole my camera and my cell phone takes shitty pictures. But I'll post some of those anyway as well.

Photos under here.Collapse )

I'm waiting for my aunt to phone back because I mentioned in an e-mail to her yesterday that I have a boyfriend and she called me like literally four seconds later and wanted to know all the juicy details but I was with Ron so I told her I'd talk to her today. She called, then I called her back, but she was on "a walk" so I chatted with Michelle for a while. I need to go home soon, though, because I work at 2.

I'm really hating working right now. Yesterday the mall was a sea of people. And people are assholes.

I felt bad this morning because Ron usually wakes me up for a few seconds before he leaves for work to kiss me goodbye, but apparently it took forever to wake me up at all and even then I could barely move because I was so sleepy still. He kissed me and I definitely didn't kiss him back. Haha. When he called this morning he was like, "You were really out of it this morning. I kissed you like five times to try and wake you up." Sucka.
 
 
Mood: sleepysleepy
Music: The Lion Sleeps Tonight