Rhythmic Gymnastics and Best Buddies Parties

Hey blog world! Last night I had 2 Halloween parties to go to! One with my rhythmic gymnastics team and one with Best Buddies (a program that recently started here in NL that pairs students at MUN (Memorial University of Newfoundland) with kids with special needs and we hang out). I was Eponine from “Les Misérables” at the parties Eponine. No one knew who I was! I had to explain it to everyone at both parties! Some people though when I explained it to them knew who Eponine was. First up was the Rhythmic Gymnastics party. We got a brand new member to our team! She’s an adorable little girl with down syndrome. She was the cutest thing! I asked her parents if I could keep her LOL! We were each given a rope and the instructor put a bucket in the middle of the floor. We each had to try and throw our rope into the bucket. I balled my rope up into a snowball and threw it. I got it on the first try! After everyone had a turn we got to get some snacks. We each got a goodie bag full of treats and also there were timbits and cheezies for us to eat. The instructor was playing some Halloween music so after eating my snack I got up and danced. After dancing for a while the party was over. Me and my friend M.A got a ride with my friend H.M and her Mom to MUN for the Best Buddies party. Along the way H.M put her iPod on in the car and played music for us. The first song she put on was “Ob-La Di Ob-La Da” by the Beatles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRtAO-nffz0. I love this song! I was thrilled that she played it for me! It took us a while to find the place but eventually we arrived at MUN and got to the party. I was nervous that I wouldn’t know anyone but I was really happy because I found 3 people I knew! One of the councellors from Camp Hazelwood was there (she dressed as a witch), a girl who I knew from Special Olympics (she was also a witch) and a boy who works at the Autism centre who I see all the time (he was a knight). There was a lot to do at the party. I first sat down and decorated a pumpkin. They had a whole bunch of pumpkins there and sharpie markers to draw on them with. I picked out a pumpkin and gave it glasses. This is what he looks like Best Buddies and Rhythmic Gymnastics party 007. I named him Arthur. After decorating Arthur I decided to decorate a chocolate chip cookie. There were lots of things to decorate it with. I put red licorice, chocolate frosting, smarties and pink sprinkles on mine Best Buddies and Rhythmic Gymnastics party 006. It tasted yummy! Then I went over to a little game that was set up in the corner. I had to take a (toy) spider and throw it into a hole. It was hard! I tried several times and it didn’t go in! I eventually gave up and moved over to a body part guessing game. It was a sensory game. I had to reach behind a curtain and put my hand in bowls of “zombie brains”, “guts” and other stuff and figure out what it really was. There was toilet paper (I forget what that was), grapes (eyes), pumpkin seeds (teeth), spaghetti (zombie brains) and jello (guts). The jello was the yuckiest one. It felt so weird! After wiping off my hand I made a mask. I took a really cool purple one and decorated it. This is what it looks like Best Buddies and Rhythmic Gymnastics party 008. I thought it looked really cool! Then I took some pictures with some of the new friends I made Best Buddies and Rhythmic Gymnastics party 009, Best Buddies and Rhythmic Gymnastics party 011 Best Buddies and Rhythmic Gymnastics party 010. I thought the props we could use in the photos were really cool! Then I couldn’t figure out what to do next so I decided to make another pumpkin. Here she is Best Buddies and Rhythmic Gymnastics party 012. Her name is Kelly-Ann. I can’t remember what I did after making her. What I do remember is that later on we got to play some games. We had a mummy wrap where we were split up into teams and we picked someone to wrap and we had to use toilet paper to wrap them up like a mummy. Our toilet paper kept ripping! We got a good bit of our person wrapped up but unfortunately we didn’t win the game. Oh well! Then we played pass the parcel. I got to unwrap it once but I didn’t win the prize. Finally we played freeze dance. I made it far but again didn’t win. At least I had fun playing these games! Finally awards were handed out. I won the best mask award! I was so happy! Right before I went home the coordinator of Best Buddies introduced me to my buddy. I talked to her for a while and we found out that we liked a lot of the same things! I thought that the two of us were a match made in heaven! I can’t wait to start hanging out with her! I already have an idea for what to do for our first outing! Have you been to any Halloween parties this year? Tell me about them in the comments!


50 Songs To Listen To Forever

Hey blog world! I couldn’t think of what to write about so I decided to go to http://dayzeroproject.com/battle/ for some inspiration. I once again went to the idea battle and one of my choices was to make a list of 50 songs I could listen to forever. I thought it would be fun to blog about so here they are!

#50 “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU: This song is so catchy and fun! I dance and sing along when it comes on the radio!

#49 “Trees” by Tripod http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuDGBkifNC4: This song will never get old! The line “Trees get chained to hippies” always makes me laugh!

#48 “Mrs Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnDnJIDdOEc: I don’t quite understand the meaning of this song but I don’t care. I love it!

#47 “The Tide Is High” by Blondie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv_mQIZHeHs: This song makes me smile!

#46 “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNaR-rxAic: This song is awesome! I think both my and my Neice could listen to this song forever.

#45 “Thank God and Greyhound” by Roy Clark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx8x3LCnYZw: This song is so funny! It’s old but I still really like it!

#44 “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUSzL2leaFM: This is such a beautiful song!

#43 “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq-gYOrU8bA: I’ve been listening to this song a lot recently. It’s such a great song! I love the slide whistle part in it!

#42 “Daydream” by the Lovin’ Spoonful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9oQE0HZLoo: This song makes me feel relaxed and kinda peaceful.

#41 “American Pie” by Don McLean http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAsV5-Hv-7U: I’ve loved this song since I was little. I know all the words and like dancing to the fast part.

#40 “If I Had A Million Dollars” by the Barenaked Ladies”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXdFTh1yX2c: This is a family favourite. My whole family loves to listen to this song. It’s so much fun! Whenever I sing along with it I’m always the echo.

#39: “Firework” by Katy Perry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw: This is such an inspirational song.

#38 “Copa Cabana” by Barry Manilow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKR2n-G-wdM: I will never tire of hearing the story of Tony, Lola and Rico. It ends in tragedy but it’s such a good story and I’ve loved it since I was small.

#37 “If You Were Gay” from “Avenue Q” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSTImrCJCW8: This song is firetrucking awesome! It’s so funny and catchy! I can’t help but sing along and laugh every time it comes on my iPod!

#36 “I Just Called To Say I Love You” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwOU3bnuU0k: This song played a part in my first relationship. I got a text from my boyfriend (who is now my ex) that said “I just texted to say I love you”! How sweet! It’s one of my favorite love songs and I could listen to it over and over again! Stevie’s voice is just so beautiful and makes the song even more beautiful!

#35 “Days Of Elijah” by Hillsong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg1erjHNfCE: This is my favorite hymn. I love singing it and doing the actions.

#34 “Class Of 57” by the Statler Brothers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG5k2QAORsw: This song is really pretty. I hear it a lot on the Cabin Party on VOCM. It makes me smile!

#33 “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo9t5XK0FhA: This was one of my favorite songs when I was a kid! I knew all the words and would dance like crazy whenever it came on. I still love it! It’s one of those precious childhood gems that I’ll never get tired of listening to.

#32 “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xmckWVPRaI: I got to dance to this song in science class in grade 8! Firetrucking best science experiment EVER! I will forever love rocking out to this awesome song!

#31 “Video Killed The Radio Star” by the Buggles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8h5OEivJdA: I love dancing to this song on Dance Dance Revolution and I love to sing it too.

#30 “Postcard From Pasadena” by Gord Bamford http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFU9QC_Ex-4: This was the first ever Gord Bamford song I ever heard. I fell in love with it I got to hear Gord sing it live last week and it was even more amazing sung live!

#29 “Dancing Queen” by ABBA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s: This is such a fun song! I absolutely love it!

#28 “Ob La Di Ob La Da” by the Beatles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRtAO-nffz0: A smile comes on my face whenever I hear this song! It’s so happy and fun and ob la di ob la da is such a fun thing to say!

#27 “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kAU3B9Pi_U: This is yet another old song but it’s awesome!

#26 “Cracklin’ Rosie” by Neil Diamond http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qip0xbjr0aA: This is one of my favorite Neil Diamond songs.

#25 “You Can’t Rollerskate In A Buffalo Herd” by Roger Miller http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skFWsc_-i14: This is another fun one! It makes me laugh and makes me happy!

#24 “They’re All Gonna Know” by Shalloway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skFWsc_-i14: This was a song performed by the Shalloway choir for the 2012 Janeway telethon. I loved it so much that I bought it on iTunes (which I reccommend you do because all the proceeds from the purchase of the song on iTunes goes towards the Janeway) and I listen to it all the time! I like to dance to it too!

#23 “Master Of The House” from “Les Misérables” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTZYSzxZcvA: Every time I hear this song I laugh! Sometimes I laugh so much I cry or make my stomach hurt. My favorite part is definately “RAISE IT UP THE MASTERS ASS!” LOL!

#22 “Seven Days Of The Week” by They Might Be Giants http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTSBFb_GR4: I love the trumpet parts in this song! Also I find that this song is very easy to get stuck in my head!

#21 “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsLyI1_R01M: This is a song that me and Mom both really enjoy listening to. I also love singing the trumpet parts LOL!

#20 “Please Whatever Your Name Is” by various artists http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLQymQC0BYk: this is a song that was written for this years Janeway Telethon. It was written by elementary school kids and recorded by various famous Newfoundlanders. I can’t get enough of it! I watched the video countless times on YouTube and the second I found out it was availlable on iTunes I bought it right away and listen to it numerous times! It’s such a great song that benefits such a great cause!

#19 “Eat It” by Weird Al Yankovic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcJjMnHoIBI: I like this Weird Al parody more than Michael Jackson’s original! Fun fact today Weird Al is 54 so happy Birthday Weird Al!

#18 “Online” by Brad Paisley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE6iAjEv9dQ: This song is hillarious! As is the music video!

#17 “I Think I’m A Bunny” by Todd McHatton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcSwDjRu1ug: This is so cute! It’s an adorable and funny song and I love it!

#16 “Country Roads” by John Denver http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vrEljMfXYo: Dad used to sing this to me before bed when I was small. I still love listening to this song. It brings back memories of those days and makes me feel happy.

#15 “Ruby Tuesday” by the Rolling Stones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a00_tPLcE_g: This is my favorite Rolling Stones song! I got to sing it on karaoke once at summer camp and I got a huge round of applause afterwards.

#14 “Walk Through This World With Me” by George Jones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEj0juZshVI: I loved The Possum (that was George Jones’s nickname). This was his most beautiful song. I’m so sad that he’s gone. R.I.P George.

#13 “Get A Haircut” by George Thorogood and the Destroyers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOCDoKsXjP0: I have to thank my Dad for this one. He’s the one who introduced me to this song! I sing along with all the words, laugh and dance whenever I hear it!

#12 “Even Seagulls Dream” by Spirit of Newfoundland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6A3aYkVMA0: This is such a beautiful song sung by a beautiful person! Peter Halley Peter Halley has lead vocals on this song and every time that I hear it I’m just transported into this world of calmness, peace and happiness. It can turn my frown upside down and on nights when I’m having trouble sleeping this is the perfect lullaby. It gives me sweet dreams!

#11 “Daydream Believer” by the Monkees http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU615FaODCg: If I could only use one word to describe this song it would be happiness! It always puts a smile on my face!

#10 “Maybe” from “Annie” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrr3EmaF3gA: “Annie” is my all time favorite movie! This is one of my favorite songs from the movie. It’s absolutely beautiful!

#9 “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” by the Beatles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrr3EmaF3gA: Even though this is a song about a killer I still really like it!

#8 “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcjzHMhBtf0: This is an amazing song! I sang it with my choir once and it sounded even more amazing!

#7 “Hello Darling” by Conway Twitty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og1QRtcWdEY: This is such a pretty love song. I slow danced to it with one of my stuffed toys once when it came on the Cabin Party LOL!

#6 “Patricia The Stripper” by Chris De Burgh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABwDWwYX0Q4: I dance like crazy whenever this song comes on!

#5 “Tomorrow” from “Annie” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yop62wQH498: This is my favorite song from “Annie”. It’s full of hope and happiness and inspiration!

#4 “Rhythm Of My Heart” by Rod Stewart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6km7phBQRF0: I loved this song for as long as I can remember but I never knew the name. I finally found it out sometime last year! It’s such a great song and Rod Stewart does a beautiful job of singing it.

#3 “Lady In Red” by Chris De Burgh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt2YIpZWBqA: Whenever I hear this song a smile comes across my face and it brings me back to that magical night that I hugged Chris De Burgh. It’s a memory I’ll never forget.

#2 “I Don’t Want To Live On The Moon” from “Sesame Street” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WsXtCPE7Ww: I know “Sesame Street” is a show for small children but this is one of the songs that has stuck with me throughout the years. It’s an absolutely beautiful song that will never get old. I will hang onto this song forever.

#1 “The Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSFLZ-MzIhM: Who doesn’t love this song? It’s beautiful! I’m a lover and dreamer and someday hope to find the rainbow connection. I’m not entirely sure what it is but I know that it’s something beautiful and important.

What songs could you listen to forever? Tell me in the comments!

Power Of Being A Girl

Hey blog world! I went to a conference today. It was an all girl conference held at CONA (College Of The North Atlantic) and it was called “The Power Of Being A Girl”. I didn’t even know I’d be going to this conference until about a week or so ago. I saw it on the calendar and was like “Mom what’s this?” Then she explained that she signed me up for a conference and was going to keep it a surprise until the next day. That’s why she hadn’t told me. I read about it online and it sounded like fun. Today when I arrived I was nervous that I wouldn’t know anyone there. Thankfully there were people that I’d recognised. 2 people who I went to Newfoundland To Broadway with during the summer, 2 girls I know from school and one of the leaders at the conference was a substitute teacher at my Jr High school. She substituted mainly in french and geography. She’s a really nice and really funny person so I was glad to see her there. There were loads of other girls there that I didn’t know so I was glad to have some familiar faces with me. The first thing we did was split up into our color groups (we were each given colored name tags. Some girls had red, some had yellow and the rest had green). I was in the yellow group. We went into this room down the hall and played some ice breaker games. We started off with a game similar to headbanz. The leader stuck a piece of paper on our backs and on each piece of paper was the name of a famous woman. There were fictional characters and real ones. We had to walk around and ask people questions and try and guess who we were. I had a very hard one. I was Queen Elizabeth II. It took me a long time to guess that. Next we played a game where someone was it and they had to find a place to stand. Everyone else closed their eyes and had to find the it person. They would do so by calling out “Cheese”. If they touch someone and they say “Cheese” and the person they touch says “Cheese” back they’re not the it person and so they have to keep looking. If they touch someone and there’s no response that’s the it person and they can open their eyes since they found her. I was the it person. It was funny hearing all the girls calling out “Cheese”! It was my idea to say that word. The leader asked for a random word and the first thing that came to my mind was “Cheese”. She liked that so we went with it. After playing that game the leader who used to substitute at my Jr High came in and we started our first workshop. It was called “Body Love”. We started by doing stretches. Then we played a game of “Body Love Ball”. We were thrown a soccer ball and if our right thumb landed on a number we’d answer the question that corresponded with that number. If our right thumb landed on a black square we had to do some sort of a movement and the rest of the group had to copy it. When it was my turn I can’t remember what number I got but the question I had to answer was “How can you tell when your body is sick?” I said “My nose runs and my stomach hurts.” After playing that game we looked at pictures from magazines and talked about how they’re not real. They’re just photoshopped. We also talked about body image and loving our bodies from the inside out. I learned a lot from that workshop. Next was a workshop that I was worried about. It was on self defense. I was afraid that either I’d accidentaly hurt someone or someone would accidentaly hurt me! Thankfully neither happened. We learned a lot of useful skills in this workshop. We learned the hammer fist which we can use to break someone’s collarbone, neck or knee if ever in an emergency situation, we learned the eagle claw which involves puncturing someones eye so I will not use that because I don’t want my fingers inside someone’s eyeball, we learned how to free ourselves if we’re being choked and how to block someone’s attack. I hope I never have to use any of these skills. To be totally honest if I were ever in a situation where I had to I’d be frightened out of my wits! I don’t know if I’d be able to use my self defense moves because I’d be so scared! Then it was time for lunch. We were having sandwitches. Unfortunately all sandwitches had some sort of condiment on them. Either mayonaise or mustard. I don’t like either. Seeing as I had no choice I decided to go with a roast beef sandwitch with mayonaise since I figured I wouldn’t taste it as much as I would the mustard. I also took a few slices of pickle and some pieces of cheese and a brownie for desert. I sat with my friend from Newfoundland To Broadway and 2 other girls. We talked and laughed while we ate. It was nice getting to talk with my friend and also those girls I didn’t know very well. It gave me a chance to get to know them a bit more. Then an author came and spoke to us. Her name was Caighlan Smith and she wrote “Hallow Hour” when she was 14 and now that she’s 18 she has the book published. She read us the first chapter of her book and answered questions. Then she drew for a few copies of the book. I didn’t win one. Then we had our next workshop. It was called “Loves Me Loves Me Not, The Romatisization Of Violence in The Media.” We looked at lyrics from “Love The Way You Lie”, “Blurred Lines” and some other song which I’ve forgotten LOL! We talked about how they were violent and innapropriate and talked about why we thought they use these types of lyrics in songs. We also watched a clip from “Twilight” and one from “Harry Potter”. In the “Twilight” clip we discussed what happened between Edward and Bella in the scene and why it was violent and how it was romantisized. After the “Harry Potter” clip from I think the first part of “Harry Potter Deathly Hallows” we discussed how the relationship between Ron and Hermoine was a healthy one. I really enjoyed this workshop as well. Then we played another ice breaker game. It was called “At A Glance”. We looked at the person next to us and we tried to introduce them to the rest of the group without asking questions. I said the name of the person next to me and that she was 13 years old and I forget how many siblings I said she had and said that she liked to read. Then the person next to me properly introduced herself. She said that she wasn’t 13 years old. She was 16. I forget what she said about the siblings but at least I got the reading part right! When the girl to my left described me she had everything almost right! She correctly guessed my age and that I liked to act but she said that I had 2 brothers. That was the only part she got wrong. I have no brothers. Just 2 sisters. Once that game was done we had a panel of women come in and talk to us. There was Sheilagh O’Leary who ran for mayor (I think she won but I can’t remember), a lawyer, an entrepreneur with  her own beauty product company, the self defense workshop leader  and a retired police officer. The self defense workshop leader was also a welder so that’s what she talked to us about. I enjoyed listening to Sheilagh talk about what it’s like being a female in politics because I have some really good ideas and was thinking about maybe someday running for mayor or maybe even premier! When they were all done speaking one of the leaders drew for some door prizes. Newfoundland Chocolate Company had donated a box of chocolates as a door prize and I really wanted to win it but I didn’t. I didn’t win any of the prizes that were drawn. Oh well! At least on the way out I got a “Swag Bag” with lots of cool goodies inside! I really enjoyed myself at this conference and learned a lot! If they do it again next year I’ll definately be back! Have you ever been to a conference like this? Did you like it? Tell me in the comments!

Gord Bamford Live

Hey blog world! I just got home from seeing Gord Bamford live at the holy heart theatre! It was an awesome concert! I went with my Dad who also likes Gord Bamford. The first thing we did when we arrived at the holy heart was visit the merchandise table. I bought an orange T shirt that said “Country Junkie” on it and I also bought Gord’s CD “Is It Friday Yet”. I was hoping he’d sign it for me. The opening act for Gord was Damian Follett. I’d never heard of him before. I liked some of the songs he sang. After he played about 3 or 4 songs he left the stage and we waited on Gord. I was getting excited and hoped he’d be coming out really soon because I really wanted to see him! When he came out I was thrilled! He opened with “Day Job” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUZZ1qA44Hg. I know all the words to that one so I sang along and danced in my seat. Then he sang “Postcard From Pasadena” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef_oMjrHfsw. That song holds a special place in my heart because it was the very first Gord Bamford song I ever heard. It’s also my favorite one. I was really happy that he sang it! Another thing that made me happy was hearing about what he’d done for the Janeway. He told us that he raised $10,000 for them. I’m a huge advocate for the Janeway so I thought it was very sweet of him to raise all that money for the kids. Speaking of kids he sang the songs that he’d written about his kids tonight. When he sang “Little Guy” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_wso8Zo7-A I cried. It’s such a beautiful song and even though I knew every word I found it hard to sing along because I was crying. Same with “My Daughter’s Father” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fdeyEJ1s_k. I cried during that one too. As soon as it was over I don’t know if he heard me but I turned to my Dad and with tears still in my eyes said “I love you Dad!” He said nothing back because as I said he probably didn’t hear me but I know he loves me too. Gord also sang “Stayed Til’ Two” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvo317zyBJM tonight. That’s such a fun song and I loved hearing it! The last part is my favorite “When I got home I was quiet as a mouse. Little did I know she had moved the couch. I hit the floor and the whole house knew I went for one but I stayed til 2.” LOL! He also sang “Put Some Alcohol On It” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c4MIJFdiC4. That’s a song by Gord that me and Dad both really like. I was glad that he played that one for us! He did some new ones that I hadn’t heard before as well. He performed “Daughterville” (which is so brand new it’s not even on YouTube yet) for us and he said it was the first time he’d played it live! That made me feel special since I got to be there the very first time “Daughterville” was played. I really liked it! I also liked hearing “Hank Williams Lonesome” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uPbelIoSJU for the first time as well. There are some songs that Gord sings that I was really looking forward to hearing tonight and was hoping that he’d play them and he did! I was so happy to hear “Drinkin’ Buddy” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIUflU7jqGo and “Blame It On That Red Dress” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4Tii6FQVYA. Unfortunately I also really really wanted to hear “All About Her” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojt7bBiuKgA because it’s such a pretty song but he didn’t sing it. I waited all night for it and was dissappointed that I didn’t get to hear it. Oh well! Hopefully if he comes back again he’ll play it. At the end of the show he said he’d be coming out and signing autographs so me and Dad went back to the merchandise table where we thought he’d be signing stuff. We waited there for I’m not even sure how long and Gord didn’t show. I was wondering where he was because he said he would be coming out. As we found out moments later Gord was in the auditorium down by the stage signing autographs. Me and Dad went back into the auditorium and there was a hoard of people crowded around Gord waiting to get a picture. I didn’t know how long of a wait I’d have or even if I’d get to meet him and I was getting really upset. Dad could tell I was getting upset and so he went over to one of the people that works for Gord and told him that I had Autism and was getting really upset and really wanted to meet Gord. He came over to me and lead me through the crowd and right straight to Gord! That was so nice of him! I got to talk to him, get my picture with him and he signed my CD. I’m so glad that I got to meet him! As I was leaving I saw one of my special olympics friends in a wheelchair who was waiting to meet him. We chatted for a bit and hugged. It was nice seeing her there. I had such a great time tonight and hope that Gord comes back again soon. Were you at the concert tonight? Did you like it? Tell me in the comments!

What I’m Thankful For

Hey blog world! For my Canadian readers happy Thanksgiving! For my American readers happy Monday (the American’s don’t celebrate til next month)! Since it’s Canadian Thanksgiving today I thought I’d share with you what I’m thankful for.

  • My family: I’m thankful to have a loving family who I love spending time with
  • My friends: I’m really glad to have lots of amazing friends.
  • My Autism: Being diagnosed with Autism is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s what makes me special!
  • Being a Newfoundlander: I love Newfoundland. It’s such a great province. I’m happy to be living here.
  • Youth group: I’m glad to have such a fun place to hang out on Friday nights.
  • God: I’m thankful for God because he listens to my prayers, is there whenever I need to talk to him and when I have no one to turn to he’s always there.
  • Spirit of Newfoundland: I’m very thankful for Spirit of Newfoundland. It’s my favorite place to go downtown. I’ve been to see 4 of their shows and I’ve loved every minute of each one. The food is also amazing. As are the staff. The people at Spirit of Newfoundland are nothing but nice to me!

What are you thankful for? Tell me in the comments!

YC 2013

Hey blog world! I just got home from an amazing weekend at YC 2013. For those of you who haven’t read my post about last years YC (YC 2012. Feel free to read it) YC stands for Youth Conference. It’s an amazing 3 day event at the Mile 1 Centre for Christian youth. There are bands, speakers and workshops. This is my 2nd year going with my youth group and I had such a great time and am sad that it’s over. This year the theme was “This Is Love”. On the first day when we got inside the Mile 1 Centre I was excited and nervous at the same time. After a while a DJ came out and started playing music. I got so excited when “The Fox” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE came on! I laughed, sang and danced. About a minute or so after “The Fox” had ended I saw someone I recognised. NTV was going to broadcast YC and so they had a camera set up in the middle of Mile 1. Behind it was a friend of my family named J.H. He’s such a cool dude! He’s the life of my parents parties! I knew he worked with NTV but I didn’t expect him to be here behind the camera. It was quite the surprise seeing him. I went over to him and we hugged and chatted for a bit. Later the lights went down. My excitement/nervousness levels shot up even higher. They put up a countdown clock on the video screens at each side of the stage. Countdown clocks make me kinda anxious so that being there didn’t help. As the clock ticked down and YC drew nearer and nearer I freaked out a little bit. I rememer in my mind thinking “Holy c**p” and “What have I gotten myself into?” At one point during the countdown I said the Lord’s prayer because I was so nervous. When time was finally up and YC was here they showed us a video. It was a short video about YC and this years theme. Then after the director of YCNL (YC Newfoundland and Labrador) came out and said a few words a band called The Informants came and played a few songs for us. I heard them last week when my youth group went to a YC rally (a pre YC worship session) at a Church downtown somewhere. They were good so I was glad to hear them again. During their first song they had an aerial acrobat doing tricks on the silks. She was so graceful and I was mesmerized by her performance. It was beautiful! Then after The Informants was a girl named Angie Rogers. She was at YC last year. I was glad to see a performer that I knew. I was glad to hear her again because I really like her. As she was singing there was the artist named Eric Samuel Timm on the side of the stage painting something. I watched intently trying to figure out what he was making. He painted a really cool picture of Iron Man and in black he’d written “Love disarms” on the painting In marker (I think). I thought he was really talented. I loved the picture he’d just painted. After Angie was a speaker who my Cousin had told me about. She’s been to far more YC’s than I have (I think her YC attendance record is into the double digits) and she’s seen this person before and told me he was really funny. Hearing that made me excited to hear him perform. In the program that was provided to us on the way in he was listed as Preston Centuolo but everyone called him “Pastor Preston”. Some even further simplified it and called him “Pastor P”. He first got us to turn to the person next to us and hit them and tell them to pay attention. I tried not to hit my Cousin hard but I accidentaly did. When it was her turn to hit me she hit me really hard! I don’t think she meant it but she made my arm hurt. Pastor P then went on to talk about how things are messed up. He used fast food as an example and showed us pictures of the ad and then pictures of the real thing. He then said something that I’m sure everyone in the room (and there were I think 3000 or more of us) agreed with. Miley Cyrus is MESSED UP! A lot of the crowd shouted out Amen to that. I was one of them. After Pastor Preston spoke a band called Bluetree played a concert for us. Concerts at YC are different than when the other musicians come out and perform. If it’s just worship than it’ll last maybe 10-15 minutes or so but if it’s a concert than it goes on for at least an hour and a half. Bluetree were a band from Dublin Ireland. I thought the lead singers accent was really cool. It was hard to understand him sometimes though. I thought their music was really good! I really liked “Under My Feet” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UZHTTWP0rY. When they were done it was 11:00. Time to go home. I found that the first night went by quickly. I can’t remember what time it was when I went to bed but I know it was late. The next morning was what I call one of my “tea mornings”. A “tea morning” is a morning where I didn’t get much sleep or went to bed really late the night before and am still tired, not fully awake and will not be able to function properly until I have my cup of Tetley. After a nice cup of tea out of my favorite mug (the KISS one CBC Radio gave me) and a good breakfast I got myself ready then got a ride from Mom to the Church to meet up with my chaperone who drove me and 2 other girls to and from YC every night. When we arrived we had a long wait outside because the doors weren’t open yet. I can’t remember exactly how long we were out there but what I do remember was it was cold! I was so relieved to be inside out of the cold. Up first was Bob Stromberg. He’s a comedian. He was really funny! I loved his shadow puppet show! Then was a basketball player. Seth Franco of the Harlem Globetrotters. He did some really cool basketball tricks. He also spoke for a while. Then Bluetree was back on for a worship session. Eric Samuel Timm was back out again too painting another picture. This time he painted the Hulk and on this painting he wrote the words “Love is stronger than anger”. After Bluetree was another speaker. Duffy Robbins. He was also really funny. When he was finished it was time for our lunch break. I met up with my chaperone outside and me and him and the 2 others that he was assigned to all decided to go to the Village Mall for our lunch. There were lots of options in the food court and it took a few minutes but I eventually decided upon eating at Subway. I ordered a roast beef sub with lots of yummy veggies. I also got some cookies. After eating we left and went to the Delta hotel because it was time for the workshops to start. They had several little workshops in various venues for us to attend. I decided to go and see Bob Strombergs workshop entitled “How to avoid being squeezed to death”. I thought it was really funny. I was hoping for more shadow puppettry but unfortunately there was none. What there unfortunately was was a balloon. At the beginning of the workshop to demonstrate how pressure makes people act weirdly he put on a pair of safety goggles and industrial earmuffs (the ones air traffic controlers wear) Earmuffs. I had no idea what he was going to do next. He took out this item I couldn’t recognise and my friend told me it was a balloon. Bells and whistles began going off and I instantly clicked into what was about to happen. That was my cue to go. I stood in the hallway outside where the workshop was taking place with my hands over my ears. After a minute or so I peeked in just to see what was going on and he had the balloon blown up really big! I then went back into the hallway. Moments later I hear a pop. It made me jump! I then went back inside and took my seat once again. My chaperone who went to the conference with me so I wouldn’t get lost downtown told me that Bob blew up the balloon until it burst. Another friend of mine who was also in there said that it was really loud since he was wearing a microphone. I’m glad I wasn’t in there. Then me and my chaperone went across the road to the convention centre. He went into this other room where a leaders only workshop was taking place and I went into this great big room to check out all the exibits that were set up. Not very much of my interest. There were some inflatables though. They had this one that was divided up into 2 sides and you and a friend could race eachother and the first one down the slide won. I raced against my Cousin (by marriage) and my other Cousin. I lost both times. At least I had fun trying! The other inflatable thing was a slide. It was ok but it wasn’t as fun as the other one. They were selling a few things there as well. I went over to a YC merchandise booth and a lady asked if I wanted to buy a key chain. I collect key chains so I said yes. It was $5. I payed the money and she handed me a necklace! Not a key chain! I open it up and instantly feel kinda like an idiot because the necklace was a key on a chain! D’OH! After spending about an hour or so looking around at the exibits me and 2 other girls made our way back to the Delta to see Pastor Prestons workshop on bullying. When we got there he was talking to and taking pictures with people. I approached him and said hello. During his speech the day before he said he had a learning challenge and was picked on in school because of it. I told him how much I enjoyed hearing what he had to say that night and that I knew what he was going through because I had a learning challenge too and got my fair share of bullying. He told me that I was a champion and he gave me a hug. That made me feel special. At the end of his workshop I went back up to him again and told him how much I liked the workshop. He was right in the middle of thanking me when something happened with the sound system that made a loud noise. We got the daylights scared out of the both of us. He said “That scared the daylights out of me!” I said “Same! I’m Autistic and have sensory issues with my ears so that really scared me too.” At the end of our conversation I got another hug. That was nice. Then everyone in my youth group met up at Mile 1 and we walked to my Cousins house for Pizza. My Cousins have Rock Band so me and a few others played it. I sang. I sang “Livin’ On A Prayer” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDK9QqIzhwk. Some of the low notes were hard to hit but I got most of them. When the pizza arrived it was really yummy. I had 3 pieces! Next we went back to the Mile 1 Centre for a Switchfoot concert. I only know one song they sing. “Dare You To Move” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE-Krlqi4fk. I really like that song. It’s even on my iPod. My Cousin told me that that was a really old song that was off one of their first albums and she wasn’t sure if they’d do it or not. I anxiously waited for them to do it. In fact in the middle of each song I’d chant “MOVE, MOVE, MOVE” in hopes of them performing that song next. It never worked. In the middle of the show the lead singer came out into the crowd and was shaking hands with people. I walked over to where he was and he saw me and held my hand! I absolutely loved that! When the concert was over I was upset they didn’t do “Dare You To Move”. I was hoping that they’d do another song and hopefully that would be it. I was again chanting “MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!” I had an idea in my head for something to say but I didn’t say it. I kinda wish I had now though because it would have been kinda cool. I was thinking of yelling out “I dare you to play “Dare You To Move”. I’ll definately have to do that next time Switchfoot is at YC. As my luck would have it their encore WAS “Dare You To Move”! I was thrilled! I sang along with every word and threw my hand up in praise. When they were done a band called Unhindered came out and lead us in worship. They were at YC last year and I really liked them so I was glad to see them back. They played “Lavish Your Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaFqqsUlTI4 which is my favorite song they sing so I was really happy to hear it. Pastor Preston came out and spoke again after Unhindered performed. During his speech he said that his son Dino (which is an awesome name) has Autism. I was amazed to hear that. I thought it was pretty cool that his son was on the spectrum just like me! Unlike his speech the night before where he cracked a lot of jokes and got us to hit eachother he was more serious this time. I had never before cried at YC but there’s a first time for everything. Pastor Preston’s speech was so powerful and I agreed with so much he had to say. He moved me to tears. One of the members of the care team came over, put her hand on my back and we talked. I told her how I have been bullied from literally day 1 of Kindergarten because of my Autism. She told me that I was special and not to let anyone tell me otherwise. She also said that the Lord had good plans for me. That made me feel really good inside. Then we prayed together. I really needed that prayer. I then hugged my Cousin (the one by marriage) who was also crying. We hugged for a while. Then a girl from my youth group came over to me and put her hands on my shoulders and told me that I’m not perfect but I was close enough. She also said that I was one of the top 5 people she likes seeing at youth and that I made her day whenever she saw me and that if I was ever bullied at school I could find her and she’d help me. She absolutely made my night! That was one of the nicest things that anyone had ever said to me. It took me quite the while to stop my crying but I felt good afterwards. I poured out a lot of emotion and it felt good. Then it was time to go home again. It was a Saturday night so I asked my chaperone if we could listen to the Cabin Party on the way home and he gladly agreed. I thought it was nice of him to turn it on for me. He didn’t know many of the songs that were played but he did know “Where’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home” by Billy Ray Cyrus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oms-KjgG38U. He sang along and it was fun listening to him. He was good! This morning when I entered the Mile 1 as I set my things down in my chair I saw a familiar person. I was like “Is that Seth Franco?” Then I walked a little closer and realized I was right! I grabbed my autograph book and purple marker from my purse and went up to Seth and asked for an autograph. He then took the marker from my hand, spun his basketball, put my marker in under it and began spinning it around on that! I was firetrucking amazed by this! He then passed it to me and I held onto it for a while! That was so cool! Then he signed my book. Shortly after a girl was getting a picture with Seth and out of nowhere Pastor Preston photo bombed the girls picture! I was happy to see him again. I said hello and he remembered me (by name even which I thought was awesome)! He gave me another hug and once again told me that I was a champion. I told him that Dino was too and that us Autistic kids have to stick together. Then we fist bumped. Later on the same DJ from the first day came out and asked us who liked to dance. There was a lot of screaming and shouting and hands in the air. He then invited those who liked to dance to come up to the front of the stage. We then did the Harlem Shake! That was firetrucking epic! He then played more music and we had a massive dance party. My friend got up on stage and started dancing and lots of others (myself included) joined her. We were having such a blast up on stage dancing but then the security team told us to get off. Oh well! We all had fun while it lasted. Angie Rogers was up first and she lead us in worship. She sang lots of fun songs! Next was Seth Franco. He asked for several volunteers to help him play a game. He asked for the sweetest person in the crowd and I put my hand up in the air and went absolutely crazy. My cousins who were sitting next to me even tried to help by pointing at me and mouthing “Pick her.” It didn’t work. We tried the same thing when he asked for the best singer but that didn’t work either. Oh well! I enjoyed watching all the people play. Bob Stromberg was up again and I can’t remember much of what he had to say then LOL! Bluetree came out and played a few more songs then Eric Samuel Timm came out and spoke to us. He had this fire pit on stage and he said “What’s a fire without marshmallows?” He took out these MASSIVE marshmallows and threw them at the crowd. I caught one! It was the biggest marshmallow I’ve ever seen. It tasted great. Then he took a cannister of gas and poured it all over the fire. He tried to get a match going but it didn’t work. Well it did because I smelled the smoke but it didn’t light the fire. Eventually he gave up. Then he took the cannister of gas and drank from it!!! In my head I was like “What the firetruck are you doing! That’s firetrucking lethal!” Then he told us it was water. He really had me going and I was so relieved that he didn’t really just drink gasoline. During Eric’s speech a group of my friends from youth were gathered in a group hug. I joined in. A few minutes later one of the members of the care team came over and asked if either of us wanted to pray with him. I did. I felt great after praying with him. Then it was time for us to go to lunch again. Me, my chaperone and several other members of my youth group took a walk downtown and found this little place called the rocket bakery. When we got inside to me it just screamed Bohemia. The employees, the interior decor, the food! I couldn’t get “La Vie Boheme” from “Rent” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5yK-3iUGQE out of my head the whole time I was there! I looked at the menu which was written in chalk on a blackboard (which I thought was pretty cool) I decided to try the chicken burrito. When my number was called (we each took a number and were served when our numbers got called) I asked what was inside of it and the server explained it to me and it sounded interesting. When I got it it looked pretty good. It smelled good too. When I sat down with the others at our table I took a bite and it had an interesting taste to it. So many flavours that I’d never experienced before. I had molé (a mexican sauce that’s pronounced Moe Lay) before until today. It was different but I liked trying it. I didn’t finish my burrito though. I got about halfway through and didn’t really want anymore. I give the chicken burrito a 4.5 out of 10. I saw one of the leaders of my youth group S.B had what looked like a cream puff on her plate and it looked really yummy so I decided to try it. Aparently it wasn’t a cream puff. It was a profiterole (pronounced pro fit eh roll). It was delicious! The cream filling on the inside was so light and creamy and yummy! The profiterole gets a 10 out of 10! We were in a hurry to get to the workshops so I had to get the profiterole to go and eat it along the way. I had my purse with me and I had lots of important items in it like my camera, cell phone and iPod. I took it off and hung it on the chair and meant to take it with me when I left. I was in such a hurry to leave that I left it in the bakery! I didn’t realize this until me and my friend were halfway to the Delta! I looked down at myself as we were waiting to cross the street and when I didn’t see my purse around my shoulder where it should be I exclaimed “C**P!” Several times in a row. I think I may have set a record LOL! I said to my friend “We have to turn back I left my purse in the bakery!” He said that if we turned back we wouldn’t make the workshop in time. I freaked out even more! My friend gave our chaperone a call on his cell and he told him that I had left my purse in the bakery and he said that he had to go home first then he’d go and get my purse for me. All throughout my next workshop I was worrying about my purse and weather or not it would be stolen. My friend called our chaperone again when we returned to the Mile 1 and he said my purse wasn’t there. I let out a loud “NOOOOO!” Also I nearly cried. I was so scared that it wasn’t there. When things got started again Bob Stromberg was the first one up. He showed us some really funny family pictures. Then Unhindered came back and Eric Samuel Timm did too. This time he painted Thor. I can’t remember what he’d written on that one though. Then Duffy Robbins came out and he rapped! He rapped all the books in the bible! I thought that was epic! At the end of his rap I said “Word! Of the lord.” LOL! Next up was another concert. Group 1 Crew performed for us. I had never heard of them before so I was pretty excited to hear them for the first time. They were loud! They were really good though. I enjoyed their music. After that YC was over for yet another year and it was time to go home. When I met up outside with my chaperone and the other girls that were with us we all walked back to the bakery just so I could check again and see if my purse was there. I went inside and asked the man at the counter if there was a purse there and a female employee described it to me and asked if that was it. I said yes and she said it was behind the counter and the man took it out and gave it to me. I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief! I was so thankful to her for finding it and holding onto it for me! I threw my hand up in praise when we got back outside. I was so relieved to have my purse back. Then we got into my chaperones car and went home. YC went by so quickly and I’m so sad it’s over. I can’t wait to go back again next year for YC 2014! Were you at YC this weekend? What was your favorite part? Tell me in the comments!

Asbie Dictionary

Hey blog world! I have quite the extensive vocabulary. I thought today I’d share some of my definitions of words.

Perfection: Peter HalleyPeter Halley. Note the absolutely beautiful hair, the bright smile, the cheeks that make me want to pinch them, eyes that I find are easy to get lost in. Also he has the singing voice of an angel, is an amazing pianist, is hillarious, gives amazing hugs, my list could go on and on! Peter is practically perfect in every way!

Firetruck: A usefull replacement for the expletive f**k. I use it quite a bit.

Fudge nugget: An exclamation. One would exclaim this when something goes wrong (I also tend to say fudge nugget a lot when I die in a video game.)

Niece: An adorable but savage creature. When no one is looking she will behave but will wreak terror and havoc when no one is around.

Weird: A word I often use to describe myself.

Autism: The best thing that’s ever happened to me!

Math: Torture. It’s difficult, boring and not fun! If it were a color it would be black.

Musical: An amazing performance full of music, emotion,magic and dance! Also one of the best things on the planet.

Dog: An adorable, fluffy animal. They’re playful and will make you smile! Mother Natures greatest domestic animal.

Make your own dictionary on your blog! Take whatever words you want and write your own definition for them. Have fun!