Yet Another Christmas

We always celebrate several Christmases in my family – one with my mom’s side and one with my dad’s. So today was dad’s side where we do a gift game. Pick a present under the tree or steal the most attractive one that has already been opened. We do the same thing in my mom’s family where everything seems to revolve around alcohol. Today I ended up with a cat shaped cookie jar, a Starbucks mug and coffee, Smarties, and cookies. Much more creative!

Tigger checks out the presents for our gift exchange.

Tigger checks out the presents for our gift exchange.


December 27, 2010 at 2:04 AM Leave a comment

Holiday tips

Tigger knows that drinking lots of water (located in the dog's dish) is key to avoiding a hangover.

Tigger knows that drinking lots of water (located in the dog’s dish) is key to avoiding a hangover.

December 25, 2010 at 7:06 PM Leave a comment

Ready, set…

I had a great helper this morning when I was packing for Belgium

December 24, 2010 at 8:15 PM Leave a comment

Countdown to Christmas

My dad and I have a tradition of always going to the mall on Christmas eve to get lunch, sit, and observe the chaos. Sometimes we find we need to partake in the chaos as well, but we accept that. Because we are pretty busy tomorrow (he’s playing Santa, and I’m packing for Belgium) we decided to go today. My dad commented, there are less anxious looking old men, and more youth. I guess that’s the difference between December 23rd and 24th! We did have our fair share of waiting, though, as I needed to upgrade my phone (which has been freezing and shutting off on a regular basis) and spent a good couple of hours figuring out the best way to upgrade when I wasn’t eligible to and wasn’t under warranty. End result: success and a new Blackberry Torch!

25 hours till Christmas, and 56 hours till I’m in Belgium!

December 23, 2010 at 10:55 PM Leave a comment

Indian Christmas Dinner

Our Christmas spread, amazing Indian cuisine with some Western stuff thrown in for picky eaters.

I went and volunteered today at the Muslim Welfare Center in town, where they were hosting an early Christmas lunch for the residents, Rotary, and guests. It was a huge buffet of delicious Indian food – a lot of which I had never tried before. I have a cookbook with loads of Indian recipes gathering dust in my cupboard, and I think this has definitely convinced me to try some new things once I get back home after Christmas! It was a lot of fun, although I felt a bit useless since I didn’t know how to cook anything. I feel like I’m a decent cook until I see people actually making real food.

December 23, 2010 at 4:40 AM Leave a comment

Snow, snow, go away

Called one of the best waffle places in Brussels - it is decent, but I would give anything to be there regardless!


In (hopefully) five and a half days, I will be back in Belgium! I say hopefully because the way the weather has been I am really worried my flight will be cancelled. I have to connect in Heathrow, and things aren’t looking too good right now. I’m wishing for a little bit of Christmas magic, though. I’m off to visit my boyfriend, and get to know what Belgian Christmas is like, even though I’ll be a few days late. We plan to take advantage of the winter wonderland for a romantic day in Bruges to see the ice sculpture exhibition, as well as seeing Ghent and some shopping in Antwerp. My first impressions of Ghent were not so great – in March it appeared to be nothing more than construction and cranes, but my boyfriend insists it is a beautiful city and is keen to make me see it that way. It will be more of a vacation than a tour, however, as I want to just relax and enjoy the company. Besides, it’s not like I didn’t just spend six months living in the country…

December 22, 2010 at 4:50 AM Leave a comment

Is Working Hard Hardly Working?

Between class, extracurricular activities, and two part-time jobs, and a full-time job search for post-grad, I feel like I don’t have time to find myself and figure out what I want to do next year. Which makes all this hard work seem less important, meaning I’m lacking in motivation. I can’t just toil in low-level jobs for the rest of my life (although it is very tempting). It seems like university is suppose to be a time to find yourself, and somehow I missed the ship on that. So now I have to cram four years of finding myself into the next few months. The only thing I have truly found out: I don’t want to be an accountant. Good progress.

November 13, 2010 at 11:03 PM Leave a comment

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Gingervere is the Middle English origin of ginger. Despite being the go-to word to describe redheads, some definitions of ginger are: spirit, liveliness, vigor, piquancy, enliven, and animation.

I'm a 21-year-old student originally from Canada, but currently on an adventure in Belgium for the semester. This blog will follow me, my musings, and whatever shenanigans I get up to while I travel around Europe and occassionally attend classes.

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