Waking up this morning was quite shock to the system. The temperature in Calgary is a frozen -30 today. Bundled up, I could feel the tip of my nose losing all feeling as I walked from the train station to work. The school’s heating system is blowing the breakers, so we’re all wearing winter jackets inside. Last week was a warm Chinook blowing across the city and now we’re in the tundra deep freeze. Unbelievable.

I haven’t e-mailed you guys in quite a while, so I’ll try to remember all the material I need to get everyone caught up. There’s 52 people on the list now, all hearing about my weekly tales of Zub Stuff.

A couple weeks ago, it was a great time for memories. Ian and Mark, two of my best friends from film and multimedia. These two guys really helped me get out of my shell and enjoy the social side of school. Hearing from them made me even more excited about the possibilities over the holidays. Then, calling many of my friends from Sheridan and getting up to date on their lives took me back.

As if that wasn’t enough, my friend Jamie e-mailed me. Jamie and Chris were the two people in high school that I hung out with the most. They’ve really grabbed hold of our old dreams and started their own role-playing game store. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Memories, memories…

Memories made Friday entertaining as well. AMTC had their staff Christmas party and I made the most of the break. The staff decided to get dressed up and I went all out, wearing the tuxedo that I bought last year. I was in a great mood and made up my mind to have some fun. Drinking heavily was also par for the course, but luckily it didn’t hurt me the next day.

Taking a bit of a risk, I invited Jordie and Tanya along. Although it was a bit stressful, I’m glad I did. Tanya and I got along quite well and it got me thinking that I’ve been quite harsh with her. I don’t want to jump the gun and say we’re going to fix everything, but we’ll see what happens.

I saw the Kevin Costner film called “For Love of the Game” last night and I was stunned how much I liked it. I don’t like Costner and I generally hate sports films, but it grabbed me. It was a really good drama that focused on people, instead of the sport. Well worth checking out if you get a chance.

It’s just one more week before my holidays start. I hope this week doesn’t slow down. It’s the home stretch before I see you all again in Ontario. I’m so excited and I can barely wait. I haven’t been home since this time last year and the ache of not seeing all of you is pretty pronounced now. Many of you are changing, some stay the same, but all of it’s moving along. It’s hard not being there for all of it.

Getting all my work organized for the holidays is tougher than I thought it would be. I haven’t taken any time off since I restarted, so I’m getting all maternal about my class and their ability to function without me there. I think I’m also paranoid that they’ll like it too much while I’m gone 🙂

Looking at how many people I want to see over the holidays, I’m realizing how many phases I’ve been through and how many people have influenced my life so strongly. I feel so lucky to have all of you. Good times or bad, you’ve all helped me at different parts of my growth. When I see you in person, I’ll be sure to let you know that.

Okay, enough nostalgia for this time. I fast-forwarded through 3 weeks of events, but it’ll have to do for now.

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