Well the title sorta gave it away huh? Guess I coulda come up with a more vague one… Nah, big news can be abrupt!

Ryan and I are engaaaaaaged!

I thought maybe it might be fun to put up some blog posts now and then through the wedding planning process that has now arisen! But before that I should prooooooobably share the engagement story! (*Spoiler alert, it’s super cute)

So Ryan and I had a hike planned in the Whiteshell Provincial Park for Saturday March 11. The park is about an hour and a half away but we like to go out there when we can to do some hikes and had been trying to get a winter hike in since like January, but I don’t get many Saturdays off work. We’d also just gone two weeks ago to hike around a different area, so heading out there didn’t seem suspicious to me at the time!

We’d planned ahead where we wanted to go hike because it’s a large park and I later discovered that last Sunday Ryan had secretly gone out with his dad (never hike alone kids!) to scope the area out and pick his spot! So on Saturday we’re driving through the park and we pass a sign for one of the lakes and Ryan says, “Oh I think McGillivray Falls is just after this lake, can you keep an eye out for the sign?” (sneaky sneaky sir, you were there less then a week ago…) so we spot the area and go to turn in. Well the parking lot isn’t plowed and in a Manitoba winter if the parking lot isn’t plowed you’re not parking in the parking lot so Ryan’s going, do you think it’s fine to park on the shoulder here? Should we drive down and see if there’s somewhere to park? and I’m like, nah, shoulder is fine, we’re out of the way, it’s not busy, we goooood (He’d parked in the exact same place less than a week ago, sneaky sneaaaaky…)

So we kind of casually make our way through the hike, up alongside the frozen waterfall and Ryan is somehow subliminally directing me to his spot (I had no idea he was guiding me there haha I thought I was choosing our turns!!). So we arrive at this very pretty vantage point where you have a view out over the lake and can see the frozen falls down to the side and the trees lining the banks and it’s all pretty and snowy and everything and Ryan (who was standing behind me) says, “Look, someone’s initials are carved in this tree!”

I turned and looked and sure enough RW and BW are carved very clearly into the side of the tree we’re beside. So I was like, aww cute! (And in my head am thinking those could be ouuurrrr initials one day!  What a funny coincidence! Yes, I can take a while for things to click) But I didn’t say aloud that they would be our initials because I didn’t want to seem presumptuous, I mean, I’m a lady! Ryan says, “Like Ryan Watson and Becca Watson…” and something in his face or his voice checked me and it suddenly clicked what was happening and then he started getting down on one knee and then he propooosedddd to meeeeeeee!

And, of course, I said yes!

So there we are, our planned adventure for the day became an adventure for a lifetime!



Trying out Science Fiction

This semester in university I took a class called Religious Themes in Literature and we focused on C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. I grew up on Narnia so I was quite familiar with a lot of the stuff covered in the class, however we also looked at some of Lewis’ theological works and periodically, his Space Trilogy.

Now I was aware that Lewis had written a space trilogy, periodically I remembered it but never actually read it, I was always planning on getting it out from the library but never actually went to the library to get it. I wasn’t quite sure what I thought of Science Fiction books. I like shows like Doctor Who, and movies like Star Trek and Star Wars and those are pretty science fictiony, but for some reason the idea of reading science fiction seemed strange, like science-fiction wasn’t something you could actually leave up to your own imagination, but something that someone else had to create the visuals for. Or maybe I gave into the societal stigma that science fiction is “nerdy” and therefore to be frowned upon and eye rolled at, I am, however, a self-professed nerd. I think that maybe I avoiding sci-fi because somehow it was too nerdy even for me, I didn’t want to be one of “those people” who read sci-fi… (whoever those people are… Cause, news flash, they’re actually just normal people…)

For Christmas, my grandparents got me The Space Trilogy and as I have a six hour spare three days a week and not a whole lot of homework yet, I’ve been reading. I’m hitting about a book a week so far and I’ve finished Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra.

One book down. I'm really enjoying this trilogy so far, its very interesting!

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If this is an accurate representation of science fiction writing, I really like it. Out of the Silent Planet had my whole attention from start to finish, it was fascinating, unexpected, unreal yet realistic, and incredibly intriguing. Perelandra took me a little longer to get into but the last third or so I read in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down. Perelandra has very clear religious themes in it (not saying the others don’t put I think Perelandra‘s is the most obvious so far) as it talks about a creation story. Dr Ransom’s (the main character) encounter and confrontation with the planet Perelandra’s equivalent of the serpent (the tempter) in the garden of Eden was so interesting and I could probably say more about it but I don’t want to spoil things because I want you all to go read the books =D

Lewis also writes himself in the story. The main character Dr Edwin Ransom is friends with “Lewis” in the book’s world and Lewis is writing down the stories that Rasom tells him from his adventures in space. It’s kind of fun because if you allow yourself, for a moment you can believe they’re really true, that everything in the story has really happened. Lewis and Ransom discuss how to best retell the story in the books so that the audience will not reject them entirely even though they likely won’t accept them as truth and it makes you want to believe it, it makes you want to go, No, I’m not one of those people who don’t believe your adventures, I believe you! I think its true!
But it’s not.
Or is it?

I love science fiction.

I think science fiction takes an incredibly out-of-the-box mind to write, but it doesn’t necessarily require one to read it (which is good because though I’d like to be, I’m not always great at out-of-the-box thinking). The idea that someone can create a whole new world, species’, language, life out of their head is such a cool concept. I love creativity and story-telling and all the cool mediums we can use to do things!

I’ll probably be starting up That Hideous Strength on Monday during my EIGHT HOUR spare. Hopefully I’ll get a good ways in =D

This evening I went to Laser Tag with my youth group so that was fun. I went from 16th out of 20 to 13th out of 20, so I think that shows a marked improvement.

Talk to you tomorrow!

PS – Things like laser tag and paintball are a great thing to do with youth groups once a year because the kids love them and the leaders get to shoot the kids without actually harming them so it’s like a great way to vent those you-annoy-me-so-much-sometimes emotions and then you can just move on with a clean slate the next week. It’s a beautiful thing…

Use Your Words

I went to a friends birthday party today, we went to Skyzone which is a giant trampoline place and there are all sorts of things, individual trampolines, dodgeball games, volleyball, a foam pit to jump in and get lost in, it was a blast =D

 After Skyzone we went out to a place called TeaStory and had REALLY TASTY WAFFLES and it was wonderful… We chatted and had fun and it was a great birthday party. Super fun, good friends, great food (notice that apparently food trumps all in my life…) so yeah that was fun =D

I had a Biblical motto for this year that I had to put into practice for the first time today and I would like to note it here without any context:

Matthew 5:37 “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”

I also have a John Green motto for the year:

This gif often descibes my reaction when needing to “use my words” but then John Green comes to me speaking words of wisdom…


PS – Not by text, never by text. Yes, Facebook messages count as texts. Write me a freaking letter, seal it with wax, and deliver it by carrier pigeon before you text me. As of 2015 I am done with being okay with text.

The Food Court Hero

Today I bused into work and thanks to the lovely bus schedule near my house arrived at my destination thirty minutes before I started work. I work at a mall so half an hour extra time around dinner time means go-to-the-food-court-and-get-fries in my mind, which I did. I got me some delectable fries at NYF, watched them get fried fresh, collected my salt and vinegar packets, grabbed some napkins. Finally the steaming cup of fries was put on my tray and I turned around to find a seat…

Well apparently I turned too quickly because my cup of fries upset and hurled themselves onto the floor. Disappointed I pushed them out of the way with my foot, looked sadly at the remaining dozen in the cup and went to a seat to at least enjoy THEM.

I’d just got my book out of my bag when one of the workers at Arby’s came over and said, “If you tell them what happened, they’ll probably give you a new one.” I smiled and kinda shock my head, explaining it had been my fault, I’d paid for them, I didn’t want put them out asking for another. He said, “well I’ll ask them.” So he did! He went over to NYF and explained the sorry incident he’d just witnessed (aka my immense clumsiness and compact explanation of why I’m not a waitress) and then beckoned me over, they were going to give me a new cup of fries =) I thanked him and the NYF people as much as possible and happily went off to enjoy my new cup of fries! (This time I held the tray with one hand and the cup of fries with the other juuust to make sure!)

They were tasty fries.


I feel your pain taker-of-the-picture-I-found-on-google…

Chilling at Harrison

This is the first day in 25 days that I have not uploaded a video. It feels weird.

Okay fine, it feels nice.

I love doing VEDA and VEDUC and Vlogmas, etc but there’s always a significant feeling of relief when they’re done.

Anywho, still in BC. Today we woke up, in our fort of course, and my aunt came back to the house and made us all breakfast! Very nice of her! That’s one of my clearest memories of our summers visiting family in BC, Auntie C making pancakes for us, always a highlight.

After that we packed up overnight bags and our whole party drove down to Harrison Hot Springs. We’re quite a large party, Grandma, Grandpa, Amy and I, cousins J and T, T’s friend C and J’s girlfriend, and Auntie C and her boyfriend and his two kids. It’s super fun! We’re staying overnight (hence the overnight bags ;D) and all us “kids” have two adjoining rooms that we share and then the four real-adults have a room.

The hot pools at Harrison are pretty neat, they’re outdoor pool but they’re super warm and they’re mineral pools and I don’t actually know a lot about them but they’re cool =D

This evening we all went to the fancy restaurant in the hotel. There was a live band playing jazzy music (which was great!) and a dance floor in the middle and tables around the edges. Between courses members of our table would go hit up the dance floor and boogy around a bit before the next course. At one point Amy had been dancing with our cousin J and then they were coming back to the table and he was going to take out his girlfriend for a dance but as the passed this older couple sitting at a table by the dance floor the older lady jokingly asked Amy to ask J, “If he could handle two”. Amy being the social butterfly that she is stopped and had a grand ol’ chat with them (in the process explaining that she wasn’t being dumped but was his cousin). When she came back to the table she pretty much had a back story on them. She told J what the lady had said and for fun we sent the two of them back, Amy to ask the gentleman for a dance and J to ask the lady. They both accepted and our table was practically having conniptions as the lady taught J how to dance. It was adorable =D After the song they came back to the table and it turns out it was the couples 56th Wedding Anniversary that day which was super cute =)

Eventually our entire table was on the dance floor boogying to Twist and Shout which was really fun =D Then after dinner a few of us went back to the hot pools for one last soak and we went back up to our rooms. T’s friend C had her laptop with her so we watched a couple episodes of Chuck, which I’d heard of but never seen. It’s a pretty funny show, I might have to get into it =D

Then, very unexcitingly we all fell asleep like obedient children although apparently I practically crowded Amy off the bed…oops!


Intruder Alert!!

Roommate and I had a scare and a sort of intruder alert yesterday!! Still feeling slightly traumatized… ;D