Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Better Late Than Never

......Better Late Than Never? Not me!

It has been a busy but super great semester so far.  The fall semester before graduation is one of the busiest for Accounting students because they go through the recruiting process into the CA world.  I was so blessed to get offers from different accounting firms, especially where there were so many that didn't get any.  But to make a long story short, I am the newest employee of KMSS- Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart Chartered Accountants.  They were my number one choice so I was thrilled when they offered me the job.  They are a firm up in Calgary so I guess I am going to have to get used to the big city!

They wanted me to come up to Calgary to tour the office and do lunch and stuff.
I showed up downtown Calgary 1 1/2 hours early.....you know me,
I hate to be late to anything!

And the best part is my official start date is September 4, 2013 so I get to spend one more summer with Kyle and Jess!!!

So the other exciting news in the family that I am sure everyone already knows about is Kody and Lindsay's wedding!!  It was kind of all of the sudden but couldn't have been more perfect!  I adore Linds and am so glad she is part of the family!  Her and Kody are just perfect together.

Everything worked out so perfectly for them! 

Look at how happy they are!!

The other day my professor walked up to me and said she saw my picture on the U of L website.  I had no clue what she was talking about and was quite mortified.  Sure enough, there on the website is a picture of me mid-sentence (and we all know how flattering those pictures are...) during that speech I had to give last April for a scholarship.  Still slightly mortified though....

Well it is nearly bed time and I still have so much to do so here are just a few more pictures to finish everything off!

Halloween has never been one of my favourite holidays but
Laura made me dress up....as a cat.....I don't even like cats.....!

I honestly adore these girls!  There is no one quite like them!

And I have loved doing my nails lately!  Corny to show pictures 
but this was my best turnout yet!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I owe this to Jessica...

So I am super embarrassed.....I can't believe it has almost been a year since I last made a post!  Slap me on the wrist several times.  Jess and I made a promise that we would blog at some point before the middle of September.  Well here it goes, Jess......

 So much has happened in the last 11 months; it is hard to know where to begin.

I was asked to speak at a Business Banquet towards the beginning of April.  I thought it was just a short couple minute shhpeal...nbd.  But when I arrived at the Banquet Hall, I wanted to faint.  There was around 500 people in attendance, cameras everywhere, and big screens posted in corners of the room-like 15 ft big screens!  There is nothing quite like getting up in front of a crowd of strangers and seeing your giant face in the corner staring back!  But it went really well much to my relief and I was honored to have been asked!!

And of course with the end of April and school, thus began my now annual trek across the country to good ol' Virginny!  Gah how I love it there.  Well this summer, Kody decided to tag along and come sell this summer, and we started on our journey.  He took the first driving shift as I had pulled 2 all-nighters preparing for finals.  I slept for a couple hours and then took my turn behind the wheel.  Within 10 minutes I saw flashing red and blue lights behind me and my heart stopped.  We had crossed state lines within the past hour and we were now in North Dakota (where there may or may not be an outstanding warrant due to an unpaid speeding ticket back in 2010).  I pulled over and, with my hand on my seat belt, I turned to Kody with a panic look in my eye and tried to think of some way I could magically switch places with him in the passenger seat.  The cop walked up towards my window and I passed him my license and registration with a sheepish and rather frightened look.  He was in his car for what seemed like an eternity until finally I saw him emerge.  He put his hat on and I thought, "Oh noooo....he's getting all official looking for when he puts me in hand cuffs..." and I had images of being hauled off to jail.  But he handed me a ticket and waved me on our way.  To this day I still count my lucky stars and swear I will never speed again...well at least not in North Dakota.

Virginia was grand as usual.  I loved work and it was so fun being there and working with Kody and Kyle.  Kody loved pretending I was his personal secretary...I let him have that fantasy for a couple months.  Another highlight was being there with Jessica and the kids.  Words can't even describe how much I adore them.

At the end of the summer, Kody and I drove from Virginia to Echo to spend a couple days with the family all together.  There really isn't anything quite like it!

Here are some more highlights.....

Kyle, Kody, and I got to spend the afternoon at the DC
Temple.  It is positively gorgeous!
These boys are just way to much alike.  I love it!

We went paint-balling as an office one morning.
Probably one of the funnest things I've done.
I definitely got some good shots in....as well as some good welts!
We also got to meet this special gal!  Aren't they
 just precious!  I love those grins.
Oh I just love pool side days!

I also got to babysit on occasion, and there is nothing funner
with those two!!!  Here we had made soap clouds.  Just put Ivory
Bar Soap in the microwave for a minute or two and
watch (love Pinterest!).  There is nothing better than that face!!
These kiddos know how to work.  It was so fun to look up
from my desk and see them washing windows!
I just love this family!  I am so grateful that I have
been able to spend my summers with them!
Ok!  I just adore this boy!

That grin!  Probably my most favorite
 picture from the entire summer

Everybody loves the Teddy Bear Picnic at the Lake!

Love these 2 to bits!

Look at my Gma go!
Kennedy and Eric's kids are super adventurous to surf
with Uncle Kaden!!  They follow in Jonah's footsteps!

My new family!  (Don't ask!)
Back in Lethbridge and living with Laura again.
This is just after a Miranda Lambert concert.  I have
never really listened to country but it was way
fun!  VIP seating and all!

Well now I am back in school and I finish this year!  Words can't even begin to describe how excited I am to be done.  But I am dreading all of the decisions I need to make in the next couple weeks!  So much to figure out!  Well folks!  That's all for now!

PS- I'm not shnazzy with the pictures and they have gone all out of whack so I apologize for the discombobulation!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Language Is The Dress of Thought

Language is the dress of thought- Samuel Johnson

Language is a funny thing, especially the english language. But I never really knew how funny it was until this semester when I decided to take a Linguistics course at the University. And amidst my other classes on auditing and control systems...well it provides for the most entertaining couple of hours my entire week.

But yes, things are very different in the English writing system. Imagine a new word comes into the English language that is spelled 'ghoti'. How would this be pronounced? In an attempt to demonstrate the inadequacies of the English spelling system, some famous playwright argued that the word could be pronounced as 'fish'. How so, you may ask?! Well just take gander!

enough --> f
women --> i
nation --> sh

And any writing system that could possibly pronounce the string of letters ghoti as fish is in desperate need of reform. But that is just one of the many interesting things I have learned.
For the first part of the semester we have been learning the International Phonetic Alphabet. I think it looks sweet! The following is a paragraph about my life as of late that has been transcribed into IPA....see if you can read it! This kinda thing is what I have been doing all month long!

How'd ya do?!?! Well this is what I said just in case you had no clue what that was....

Close to what you thought? Kinda cool though huh! Ha I know I will never use this in with my accounting degree but that's ok! It is the only fun I get to have this semester!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Summer Lovin....Had Me A Blast

I'm bbaaaaacccckkkkk!

I have been without my computer for the last little bit so we will pretend that is why I haven't blogged. Sad side note....I lost everything on my computer. Three years worth of music, pictures, and all things pertaining to school. Yes, sad day indeed.

Well much has happened the last little/long bit! Another summer has come and gone much to my dismay. And what a summer it was. We sure had a funny group down in Virginia. I had to leave a little earlier than the rest of the sales team. When they heard it was my last day....well they kinda ambushed me....

I'm in the middle on the chair, and then they decided to "bar mitzvah" me...

Yes, they were an interesting (but super fun) bunch.

A round of applause may be in order as I drove the 40 hours home once again without getting a speeding ticket. It definitely helped that my brother, Kody, flew out to Virginia to help me drive home. But I was still proud.

We had quite the party to say goodbye to Summer. For the first time in many years, our entire family got together and partied like there was no tomorrow! We'd been planning this for the past year and not even Echo-no-wake-Lake was going to stop us. Some family friends gave us their cabin for the week down at Ashley and it was amazing!!

Yes, that is me!!! I was the only one that got up in the parasail this year. Amazing! Although there were a couple times I thought the wind was going to take me up and carry me off....

I remember loving to watch my dad and brothers ski. It was fun to have a course down at Ashley that the guys could hone their skills once more.

They had everything down at Ashley: ping pong, hot-tubbing, home theatre room, paddle boards, quads, crazy fun popcorn machine, not to mention the many water toys!

I love all my handsome brothers!

My mom was happier than a...well there is nothing that I can really compare it to. It was so great to have all the little ones around. Aren't they fabulous!

These are the three new babies this year. Johnny (5 weeks), Jonah (8 months), and little Samuel (about 9 days or so- Kennedy likes to make things exciting)!

We didn't get a chance to take a pic of all the electronics we had down there. Our family sure loves them Apple products! I believe we had something like 7 mac computers, 10 iPhones, 2 iPads, and 3 iPods. Ya life is good!

I am adjusting to being home bit by bit. School is already in full swing and running me off my feet. I had a scare with one of the guys that I have tutored for the last year and a half. We were in the middle of a session when he stopped mid-sentence and said, "Katie, you have ruined my life...." I kinda laughed awkwardly and apologized, having no idea what I was apologizing for. I thought he had been doing so well!!! I stuttered for a second, trying to think of something I could say, when he continued on with his thought. "...yes, you have ruined my life because before I met you, I was completely fine to get 50-60% in my classes. Now if I get something lower than an 80-85%, I am disappointed in myself. You have ruined my life!" Of all the ways I can ruin someone's life, that is one that I am ok with!

Life is good though. But it has definitely been interesting. I was visiting with an old friend the other day and told him some of my stories. After tears were streaming down both our faces he exclaimed that my life should be a movie....but then realized that even Hollywood couldn't come up with some of this stuff...!

So I am going to end this here but I need to say one more thing! I didn't get a chance to talk to my dear friend, Katelyn, yesterday when it was her birthday. So I would be remiss if I didn't get a chance to pay tribute to her right now. What an amazing friend she has been to me over the past..well lots of years! As I mentioned earlier, I have lost all my pictures from the past 3 years so these were stolen from facebook. Thank goodness my parents have copies so not all is lost!

We have had some good times together though! She has been there through it all! I was trying to find some cute friendship quotes but everything was too cliche. So just know that I absolutely adore you, Kate. And your cute little family too! We will need to do lunch soon!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pessimist's Drinkware

So I know my blog posts have been pretty lame the past month or two. But it isn't my fault. Life is amazing down here in Virginia, but either things aren't exciting enough to blog about....or they are too exciting and crazy and probably shouldn't be shared publicly.

But overall life is good. Life is really good! Kyle and Jess had their baby, and he is absolutely beautiful. I love my schedule and the time I have to do other things and relax. I love that I can walk outside in shorts and a tshirt and enjoy the amazing view and weather!

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend. He commented on how he loved how positive I was. And I started thinking. (Apparently, I have been doing quite a bit of that lately). I used to think of myself as a pretty positive and optimistic person. But I always hated that question, "Is the glass half empty or half full?"
This is a common expression, used rhetorically to indicate whether a person is more of an optimist or a pessimist. I always said the glass was half empty...because it is! It is half empty! But I always wondered if that meant that I was really a pessimistic and cynical person.

Then I found this! This glass is half full!

See! So I am not a cynical person...I prefer to think of myself as more realistic.

And a side note...I hadn't locked my keys in my car for the past 5 years! Now I've locked them in my car 3 times in the past 3 months. Gah I am brilliant!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Oh To Be Me...

You know the elephant in the room. Yes, that giant one over there. Isn't it funny how 2 people can be looking at the same thing, and one sees an itty bitty mouse where the other sees a mammal monstrosity. Just to clarify, it really is/was an honest to goodness mammal monstrosity. Not even exaggerating a little bit.

My life should be a movie. Call me for details....!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Katie In Concert

Time. I love how I have time to do things now. I have decided to fulfill a life long dream while I am here in Virginia.....Look what I got!!!

Forgive the awful background and lighting and everything but I was too excited!