All things come to a beginning

Monday, March 26, 2007

New horizons

I start another (unpaid) internship next week and I can't wait. Not that I underestimate the many benefits of being a student, but...been there, done that. Today I had two classes, both of which I was late too (I missed over an hour of the first one, and 15 minutes of the second one) and one of which I briefly dozed off in. Now, to most people that hardly counts as badass, but let me assure you that a couple of years ago, that would have been unthinkable in the world of Sofie. So I think it's safe to say I'm "over" the student thing and ready for the next phase. So many of my friends are out doing awesome things - travel, work & other - and in a sense, I feel like I'm walking behind someone slow. I'm not standing still or moving backward, but I keep wanting things to speed up.

To be perfectly honest, the dozing off today had a lot to do with not sleeping at all Saturday night. I went out to a club with 6 other girls & by the time I came home it was already 8. I hate wasting my day, not much of a late sleeper, so I figured I might as well make some coffee, have breakfast & keep on keeping on. My head kept pounding for about 17 hours after we left from all the cheap Euro techno beats, but all in all, it was good times. The ridiculously tall bouncers, the Ibiza style dancers and their silver pants and leather corsets, the drag queens, the mullets. We were supposedly there to "check it out", "see what it's like" and carry out a sociological study of Flemish club folk. With awards for pulling a guy with a moustache, having your drink spiked or causing a brawl.

I'm pretty sure we all secretly had a blast though - and that we secretly liked our gaudy outfits & plastic jewelry. I mean, how many girls choose "slutty" as their Halloween outfit? It's amazing what the excuse "this is just a costume" unleashes in people. As soon as you can hide behind "This isn't the real me" you become immune to all personal criticism that would otherwise hit a nerve. I hope can take away a slice of that attitude beyond just this weekend, it'd do me good.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I do

The big baby week got capped off with a big baby weekend. My sister has asked me to be godmother to her second son/first daughter. Did you hear that? That was the sound of all my crap statements about "how can you love a baby before it can talk? It has no personality!", "I mean, you never ever have a single free minute to yourself anymore. The worst!" and "Ew" flying out the window : )

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Babies squared

It's been a big week for babies in my family. One of my cousins gave birth to a healthy baby boy & my nephew Lars officially entered The Terrible Twos Territory.

Lars went skiing with his & my parents last week. He's come back from Austria a changed man. Not only does he say "Danke" now instead of "Danku", he also refuses to drink from his sippy cup without having "cheered". He'll hold the cup in the air and insist everyone around the table lift their glass too. I was just going to get him a picture book or a stuffed animal, but judging from his new love of apr├Ęs ski rituals, maybe I should go for shot glasses instead?

Monday, March 05, 2007

Living Apart Together

Leuven - Amsterdam - Toronto: the world is a global village. Case in point, my former roommate Anna, who's on exchange in the Netherlands for a year (at least!), just came to spend the weekend with me in Belgium. Hard to believe that it's been over a year since so many Canada-related things happened. Precisely twelve months ago, I went out to Yuk Yuk's for Mike's birthday. It's funny to think that since then my beloved downtown has seen an entire spring, summer & fall pass by... Man. Act now, act today is what I say to that. Don't sit on ideas, waiting for someone else to move forward with it. Run with it.