Summer, Friends, and Self-Awareness

*This entry has been gathering dust in my draft bin for a good few weeks, so I finally just decided to publish. Sorry in advance for any logical jumps – I haven’t proofread it.

Can you believe that half of summer is gone already?

A few weeks ago, my family and I went out to pick strawberries. I’ve never been strawberry-picking before, and it’s actually been a while since we went on an entire family trip, so it was really fun!

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The days are really hot, so we decided to wake up early to go in order to beat the sun. I am not a morning person, so I was not exactly a happy camper.

We’d picked a not-so-great time to go – July is the end of strawberry season, so all the big juicy fruits were already gone – but since we were all newbies we got a kick out of it anyway.

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Later that day, Mom, J and I went fishing. We brought S along since he had never been fishing before. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think he liked it too much – I guess Torontonians are used to more of the hustle and bustle than sitting and enjoying the view. *sighs* City folk.

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I finally got to meet up with J2. We took a tour around Parliament, walked by the river and then went to Lansdowne for a movie. By this time, it was getting late so we just wanted to watch the first one playing and call it a day. Unfortunately, we didn’t check ahead of time so there were no suitable movies playing – J2 had already seen two of them and the third one (called Gallows) looked downright terrifying. Nope, nope, nope. We bussed all the way down to South Keys instead, where – hurrah! Inside Out was playing!

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This movie was definitely worth all the hype… I had to pretend I wasn’t crying several times, and when I got home Mom asked me why I had raccoon eyes.

Along with J, I got to meet up with some other high school friends to buy supplies and then decorate our shirts for the upcoming Color Vibe race. It’s so weird to see all of us together again, since we all go to different universities and have chosen different programs (I feel for those on the med-school track… they’re all working so hard.)

Despite everything that’s going on, sometimes I do get a little down… and I’ve found that it always relates back to social media. I’m beginning to find my Facebook a little poisonous. Every time I go online, I always see so many fantastic things happening, and it makes me envious about my own life. It’s different from Twitter, where I follow a bunch of actors, Youtubers and entertainment people, and I get excited about all the things they’re doing. When it’s people I know, the jealousy tends to overcome the excitement. That’s terrible and definitely something I’m trying to remedy. During the school year, it’s hard to get away from all the this-person-is-doing this and this-other-person-just-accomplished that, but now that it’s summer I’m getting the time to delve into my emotions and sort everything out. This way once school starts, I’ll be calm, collected, and self-aware. *zen mode*

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Relaxing is never dull.

Summer has been going by swimmingly. I’ve made it one of my objectives to learn basic cooking skills in order to prevent starvation when the school terms comes around the residence cafeterias are too far to walk to. So far, I haven’t set anything on fire, and all the food is edible, so I’m going to give myself a pat on the back.

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For my birthday, we went to lunch. I had gotten some coupons for three flatbread/pizza things from 3 Brewers from UWAC, and there was a location conveniently near our house, so we decided to go there.

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We rarely go out to eat at Centrum, so this was a nice change of pace. The restaurant was really big and had a nice vibe.

I went out to Rideau a lot in the first weeks following my return to Brazil because I was handing out resumes left and right. (Oh, positive update: I got the job at Bentley! Been working there for two weeks now, and it’s pretty great there.) Once, my mom joined me after work and we went to Nordstrom, and got some girls working at MAC to do Mom’s eye makeup! They were all really surprised that her eyeliner was tattooed on… it definitely still makes me see her as a rebel in her younger days 😉

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I haven’t visited the public library since forever, and when I did I was pleasantly surprised at the renovations. They automated the book returns process and added so much more study space! I would seriously consider the library as a good study spot if their WIFI was half decent…

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Canada Day was rainy, so I opted out of going out (although in retrospect I kind of wish I had because it was one of the few chances I got to see my high school friends again.) Instead, I went out with Mom and T to see the NAC orchestra perform at nighttime. I had never developed too much of a taste for traditional music, so I thought I would be bored out of my mind, but it was actually absolutely enthralling! Maybe I should start listening to some classical music.

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The line-up to see the orchestra was huge… we waited for over an hour to get in.

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The days are going by so fast, and sometimes I find myself worrying that I’m not doing enough to cherish each and every moment. But then again, this summer should be all about relaxing, so it’s time I told my mind to take a break too.