Thursday, August 31, 2006

I Admit It

I am sickly, horribly, irreversibly, and deliciously addicted to Big Brother: All-Stars.

I will justify this fact to the people who look down their upturned noses at reality television by explaining that, as a Psychologist, I find the social and psychological ramifications of placing a bunch of people in an isolated house together where they are monitored at all times while they play a game that favours lying and backstabbing thoroughly interesting.

I also love it because it's just plain fucking awesome!

I plan around this damn show: it's on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights. I watch all three shows. I schedule my day to fit it in. I cancel plans with friends. My best-friend and I even call eachother during commercial breaks to talk about what's happening, if we can't meet to watch it together.

I also seem to have a wee woman-crush on one of the stars - Janelle. When I first saw her in the house last season, I thought she was just another blonde bimbo. As the game went on, everyone realized that she played the dumb blonde card because it was expected of her: she's actually one of the best competitors the game has seen. She wins practically every competition, despite being feared and envied by almost all the other players. I bow down to Janelle, we hearts her.

Tonight's episode was freaking intense: one whole week of competitions crammed into one night. I was so frenzied and essentially off my face with excitement that I bit all my nails down to the quick, stuffed my face with popcorn, and jumped around manically during commercial breaks.

I am so going through withdrawal when this thing is over. I just may cry.

Side note: Andre Agassi just won the first set against Baghdatis in the second round of the US Open - his last tournament before he retires. Go Andre!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Don't Stop Me Now

Cause I'm having such a good time, I'm having a ball
Two hundred degrees
That's why they call me Mr. Fahrenheit
I'm traveling at the speed of light

And I'm back.

I've been back for about a week, but I've been too exhausted/jet lagged/lazy to get around to posting. Not to mention that it's taken a while to upload and resize my 400 odd pictures (the blessing and curse of digital cameras).

I had an absolutely fantastic time, one of the best experiences of my life - cliches be damned. It was non-stop touring, visiting, sight-seeing, partying, drinking, and dancing. I got about 3-4 hours of sleep a night, if that. Sometimes we just crashed for an hour and a half before getting on the bus the next day. I'm flat broke and still exhausted - but it was worth every penny and every lost minute of sleep.

Be prepared for pictures (click the links):

London is amazing (though it was disgustingly hot) - I was there by myself for the 4 days, so I spent all my time walking around trying to get in as many sights as possible:
After London, I made my way to Berlin where I met up with the Contiki group and started the tour part itself.

One of my favourites of the trip, it was also where I did the most (and hardest) partying.
On the way to Vienna, a hilarious sign at the Italian restaurant we ate at.

We had a short afternoon lay-over in Bratislava, where I oddly enough had McDonalds for lunch (trio and dessert cost me about 1.50 Canadian, hah!)
Last, but far from least - my other favourite destination on the trip. It was stunningly gorgeous and so fascinating, plus the food was freaking amazing!
I was surprisingly sad to say goodbye to everyone the next morning, I actually had to hold back tears while seeing Sara, Joyce, and Amanda off in their taxi. All in all, it means I had a much better time than anticipated, and that's what counts.

To end this post full circle, here's a link to a quick video of us on the coach listening to our trips theme song - Don't Stop Me Now, by Queen. The bus had an iPOD hook up, so we listened to this song every morning. Such good memories!