Life of Mel

Life Update!

Hello everyone,

This is a quick heads up that I won’t be posting anything for the next month.

March has been pretty crazy for me already between working for the newspaper, schoolwork, and doing a bunch of interviews for summer jobs. Unfortunately, it’s not going to settle down until about mid-April, so I won’t be able to write anything before then.

I’m hoping to post a lot this summer and maybe start a few new writing series, and I’m considering doing another 30 day writing challenge as well during either June or July. Until then, I’ve been updating the masterpost of articles I’ve been writing for the campus newspaper, so if you want to see some of my current work, check it out!

Hope you’re all well, and I’ll be back on here in about a month!

-Mel.

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to post a brief message to all you lovely followers for the holiday season.

I hope that you have a good Christmas or holiday break with all your loved ones. May you eat all the cookies and good food and not worry about how many calories are in them.

As well, I want to wish you all an early Happy New Year. I hope your 2017 has been full of good things and amazing accomplishments, and that 2018 brings even more. I know I already have a few ideas for the blog up my sleeve for next year, so keep an eye out for them!

See you all in the New Year, and happy holidays!

Mel.

Goodbye to the Sunshine Dog

Jypsie, Jyps, Tipsy, Sexy, Houdini, Dummkopf, you were known by many names.

You always knew where the best sun patch was inside and outside. You’d always lie on the picnic table, napping for hours under the sun and keeping an eye on the kitchen. I’m sure at some point you must have been raised by a cat, since you were a very strange dog.

Of course, you also got into a fair amount of trouble. From digging holes to escaping the yard so many times, we had to keep it shut with a belt. It’s amazing that you managed to teach our old dog Jerzy your tricks as well, you two were a ridiculous duo when you combined your talents.

You were a good hunter too, fitting for a family of hunters. You were oh so proud to come into the house one day smacking on the feathers of the bird you’d just caught. We’ll miss our bird and mouse hunter.

You also never understood the concept of personal space. It didn’t matter if the three of us girls were on the couch, you’d find some room to squish your fluffy butt into. Sharing the back seat with you on car rides meant at some point, you would have a dog on your lap that demanded attention.

You got me through some rough times, either by spending a few hours cuddled close or by sharing your infectious good energy. Nobody could say no to your goofy grin greeting everyone that stepped through the door.

Saying goodbye to you was really hard, but I’m glad that you waited until I was home, so I was there to sneak in a few last pets.

I hope you are at peace, running around with Jerzy and getting spoiled to no end in heaven.

Love you always,

Mel.

Xaverian Weekly Master Post

Hello everyone!

As you know, I’m writing for my university’s newspaper this year, which is partially why I’m not writing on here as much. I’m a staff writer, which means I’ve been writing an article for each issue of the newspaper.

I figured to make up for the lack of posts on here, I’d make a master post of all my newspaper articles so that you can read them when the blog is quiet. A quick word of warning; since I write for my university’s newspaper, the articles are geared more towards those that go to or have gone to my university. However, I hope my articles are relevant to any university students out there.

Also, it should go without saying, that all the articles belong to the Xaverian Weekly, and not to myself personally. They have all been edited and reviewed by my fantastic editors and the co-editors-in-chief (round of applause for all the hard work they do).

So, without further ado, here are links to my articles I’ve written so far!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to write a quick post since it’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. I hope that all of you take advantage of the time off to relax and have some fun with your family and friends. As well, make sure to get your fill on all the best foods that Thanksgiving offers. I’m talking cranberries, pie, mashed potatoes, turkey buns, sweet potatoes…the whole nine yards.

For those of you that are unable to visit home for the holidays like me, try and make the best of the long weekend. If you need advice for surviving the weekend, I just wrote a piece about Thanksgiving away from home for my university’s newspaper, which you can find here.

I also hope all of you are enjoying the beginning of fall as well, and are taking advantage of the awesome seasonal activities. I know I’ve already restrained myself from buying a lot of mini pumpkins to decorate my dorm room…

If you guys have any cool things you’ve got planned for the fall or Thanksgiving, let me know about them below so I get some inspiration for what to do on my weekends!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and have a lovely weekend!

-Mel.

Quick blog update!

Hello to my lovely followers!

Since I’m now writing articles weekly for my school newspaper, I decided I will only be posting once a month. There might be some months where I’ll be writing two posts, but for now, I’ve decided to only commit to one post in the interest of my academic and personal life.

I hope you all stick around, I’ll be continuing the Surviving a University Course series this semester, with some possible bonus posts as well.  And, if you want to check out my school newspaper and all the awesome content from the people that work there, the link is here.

If any of you are interested in seeing specific content or posts in the following months please leave a comment or send me a message, I’m always open to suggestions!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

-Mel.

My Summer Reading List

Since it’s that time of year when I’m on vacation from all the required readings for university courses,  I decided to put together a list of what I’m hoping to read instead.

I hope that my reading picks for the summer inspire you guys to maybe expand your reading lists or add some of my picks to them!

So without further ado, here’s my summer reading list:

  1.  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Since I was at work one day and came across that there’s a new TV series being based on this book, I decided to give it a read. It’s definitely not for younger audiences, but it is a very thought provoking work.
  2. John A: The Man Who Made Us by Richard Gwyn: Usually I’m not a terribly big fan of Canadian history, but this is an interesting biography of Sir John A. Macdonald. Not to mention, given it was just the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it seems only appropriate to learn a bit more about the country I call home.
  3. They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children by Romeo Dallaire: Since I read Dallaire’s book about the Rwandan genocide and found it to be amazing, I decided to pick up his other book the last time I was at Chapters. So far I’ve only read a chapter, but it is very informative and well written.
  4. The Craft and Business of Writing by Writer’s Digest Books: I picked this book up as something to read when I’m stuck in a rut with my writing, and just for inspiration. Especially for all those (like me) going into new jobs where writing is paramount, it might be good to take a look at.
  5.  Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth: I haven’t picked this book up yet, but since I loved Divergent I figured I’d check out her latest work! It sounds like a very promising summer read.
  6. The Atlantic and The Diplomat Magazine: Since I will be writing for the school paper this next year, there’s nowhere better to look for writing inspiration. Shout out to my dad for giving these to me as a birthday present!
  7. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford: I picked this up on yet (another) Chapters run because it looked intriguing. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m sure I will one of these summer nights.
  8. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine: After hearing many a time about this influential work, I decided to give it a read. I’m sure it will enlightening and useful going forward with more political science and philosophy classes.
  9. The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper by Maxim Jakubowski and Nathan Braund: This is probably one of the darkest summer books I picked up, but ever since I traveled to London I’ve been fascinated with Jack the Ripper. I wouldn’t recommend reading this late at night, as it goes into a lot of detail about the murders. If you’re into this kind of book, I also recommend you check out Last Podcast on the Left and their series of podcasts on Jack the Ripper.

What are you guys reading? Leave your favorite pick down below in the comments!

-Mel.

P.S. Sorry for the long gap between posts, I took a much needed break! I do have a bunch of great posts queued up for the upcoming school year, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

The Best Shows For History Lovers

Since I am a history major and spend a decent amount of time in front of Netflix and watching random videos, I figured I’d share my favorite history related shows or series with you guys!

Shows That Draw on Historical Events:

  1. Outlander: Even though this show does revolve around historical events in Scotland, I think what makes it so compelling is the clash of old and new. I would also be in for time travel through stones too if the opportunity presented itself.
  2. When Calls The Heart: This show is the closest representation of what I’ve always imagined Western Canadian history playing out. It’s almost the Canadian version of Little House on the Prairie in my opinion. 
  3. X-Company: I’m pretty sure I’ve already mentioned this show, but I love it since it mashes all my favorite history together. You’re in for a wild ride in this world of spies, WW2, and Canadian history.
  4. The Crown: I’ve always been interested in the British monarchy, so I was absolutely thrilled when Netflix made this show. I also enjoy the fact that Prince Philip is played by Matt Smith, so maybe the Doctor actually does protect the Queen!

Non-Fiction Shows:

  1. Love, Hate, and Propaganda: This multi-part CBC series explores mainly history and propaganda throughout WW1, WW2, and the Cold War. It’s fascinating to watch how much of a role propaganda plays. 
  2. Engineering an Empire: This show is made by the folks from the History Channel, and is really good. It traces the impact of things from architecture to weapons technology and how they shaped empires from Russia to Ancient Greece.
  3. CrashCourse History: You can find these on YouTube, where John Green (Yes, the one who wrote TFIOS) teaches history. These episodes have saved my butt when I’ve needed a brush up on broader history, or just to inform myself.
  4. World War Two In Colour: You know all those boring WW2 documentaries they show in history class that are all in black and white? Here’s your solution-WW2 films restored with colour, so you learn your history the cool way.

What are your favourite series or shows that are based around historical events? Leave them down in the comments!

-Mel.

8 Things I Love About Buffy

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the first shows that really sucked me into the world of sci-fi and fantasy shows. It has a special place in my heart, and I’m hoping to one day get a Buffy cosplay put together.

Anyways, these are my top 8 reasons why I love the show:

  1. The 90s fashion-I love all the outfits, especially Willow’s interesting sweaters.
  2. The boys-whether you’re team Angel, Spike, or Riley, there’s a favorite for everyone.
  3. Giles-Even though he has a smaller role as a Watcher, his sarcasm and exasperation with life are great watching the show, especially now that I’m older.
  4. The Scoobies-I’m so glad the gang grew as the show went on, since the mix of people is awesome. I’m personally a giant fan of Willow.
  5. The monsters-Even though the show is mostly about vampires, the big bads and variety of monsters always makes it exciting.
  6. Willow and Tara’s relationship-Their healthy same sex relationship is something that rarely happens in shows, and that’s amazing. Plus they’re adorable together!
  7. It deals with the tough stuff-From death to breakups, Buffy presents a good example for how to deal with the hard things life throws at us. Especially since it’s from the perspective of mainly young adults, it’s very relatable.
  8. Buffy herself-She’s definitely one of my favorite strong female TV characters. Even though she’s got pretty admirable traits, the fact that she’s not perfect and makes mistakes makes her realistic and relatable.

I hope these reasons convince you guys to watch a few episodes! And, feel free to leave your favorite things about Buffy or favorite episodes in the comments.

-Mel.