Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Quick Write Worst Meal

The worst meal I can ever imagine is one filled with meat. I am a vegetarian so meat is not my thing. This meal would consist of hot dogs, crawfish and steak with a side of celery. I think hot dogs are one of the most disgusting things and they are so horrible for you! Crawfish is so stinky I cannot imagine why anyone would want to eat it. Over spring break my swim team and I went to a crawfish BBQ and when my teammates were eating the crawfish, some nasty yellow/brown goo was coming out of them. It was disgusting and I would never be able to eat one. Lastly the steak... Steak has this nasty rubbery look to it and I can't imagine it tastes better then it looks. If there is one thing I hate just as much as meat, it would be celery. Celery is so nasty to me I cannot even stand the smell of it! If I had to sit Infront of a plate with the meat and celery I would probably vomit just at the smell. These few things are probably my top food items that I would never eat, given the choice.

Quick Write Eden

My imaginary Eden would be a wide open outdoor place. I would have half of the space full of bright green grass, flowers, ponds and trees. The other half would be full of snow hills and trails. I LOVE the summer, so most of my time would be spent on the sunny half, but I also love to do winter activities so I would need some snow for when I get that urge to go snowboarding. The trees would be blossoming with all my favourite fruits, and the air would smell as though the fruits have been freshly squeezed. The only source of light would be from the sun, because cell phones and technology is not what I want this place to be about. The snowy side would be a bit dimmer then the sunny side because you needs the snow to stay. There would be wildlife running around and keeping people entertained. The weight of this place is so light because only the good are accepted. 

Monday, 28 April 2014

Skype Reflection

Today's skype with the grade 3 class went very well. The kids seem to really enjoy when we talk to them which makes it easier for us students to speak to them. The procedural writing added some context into the learning process because it is something easy for us to do and teach to the young students. The value in using skype to collaborate with the grade 3 class is that not also are they learning from what we tell them, but we are also learning too. Us grade 12s get to see and learn how a grade 3 class responds and interacts with us speaking to them. 

Spring Break Reflection

This spring break I was privileged enough to travel to Houston, Texas with the greatest team anyone could ask for. The training camp included 24 hours of swimming and 4 hours of dryland training, which totalled 27 hours of hard work. None of which was easy, but nobody gave up. Not one person sat on the deck and watched their teammates complete a set, everyone was working hard and dedicating themselves to each and every set.
Although this camp was a "training" camp, we had so many other things on our list to do while on our travels. The first one, going to the Houston Space Centre! Coach Ian told us so much about the awesome Space Centre and how incredibly huge it is. Soon after we got there, we realized how wrong Ian was – it was small! Not that any of us really cared because it was a good laugh and it will be one of the things that none of us forget for the rest of our lives.
We also had so many great opportunities to see local attractions, like Galveston Beach and Pleasure Pier, while in Houston and I don't think a single one of us that went on this trip will ever forget it. It was great to reunite with the Watson family who were so kind to let us hang out around there home, pick us up from the airport, and feed all of our hungry bellies. The trip would not have been the same without their warm welcoming.
When I think back on the trip, the main thing that resonates with me is the bonding experience our team had. I have been a part of the seals for 8 years now, and I can honestly say I have never felt so close to my teammates. Whether we were doing a kick set, lounging around the hotel, or even sitting in the car for a drive, we all had huge smiles on our face and we would look at each other knowing how lucky all of us were to be in that moment.
Each and every one of us 10 swimmers never would have even had the privilege to go on this training camp if it weren't for Ian and Rhiannon. We are all so glad to have amazing role models such as them, as they are coaching and mentoring us through such an important time in our lives. Not only did Rhiannon coach us, but she also got in the water and swam a few sets with us. We were all very impressed and I think that pushed a lot of us to do better. There are no words to describe how thankful each and every one of us swimmers is to have such fun, loving and dedicated coaches by our sides during this trip.
It's safe to say that spring break 2014 will be a trip that none of us swimmers forget. The overall experience was incredible. If I could recommend the next generation of Seals to go on a training camp trip in the future, I absolutely would. It would allow them to not only become better swimmers but also to develop closer relationships with their teammates. I think it is something that makes a team and the sport special and truthfully there are no regrets. It was a trip of a life time.
-Jenni Ford

New Job

2 weeks ago I started my new job lifeguarding at the YMCA-YWCA. So far it has been great! Everyone that works there has been so nice and welcoming. I am now in training to be a teacher for the swimming lessons. It's so fun being able to play and teach the young swimmers there. Right now I only work one shift a week but coming up in May and June I will be getting more hours! I cannot wait because I want to start saving my money for the future. I enjoy the job so far and it will keep getting better and better. 

Saturday, 26 April 2014


Lately the weather has been so bipolar! Last week I went for a bike ride in +10 weather. This week it snowed!! I'm so sick of the snow, it's April!! There should not be snow anymore. I just want to be able to go bike riding all the time. Bike riding is probably my favourite thing to do in the summer. 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Six Word Memoir #6

My sixth and final memoir is "I was dressed by my mom." I thought this memoir worked perfectly for the "past" category. A while ago I was looking through old pictures and came across this photo of me from grade 5 Halloween. I thought it was hilarious and I couldn't believe how much make up my mom put on me. I can see the blue eyeshadow and the pink lip stick and it just looks so tacky! I thought my memoir worked perfectly with this photo I chose because I guarantee my mom picked out my costume, did my make up and then took pictures of me before school. Thinking about it now, I would never choose to wear a costume like this again if I had the choice. I mean c'mon.. It's not even a costume! They are pajamas. I adore my mom for sending me to school in cute tacky clothes because I was in grade 5, it's not like anyone really cares what people wore in grade 5. 

Monday, 21 April 2014

Six Word Memoir #5

My fifth memoir is Eat.Sleep.Swim; repeat the cycle. I chose this because my life basically revolves around swimming. I have been a swimmer with the St.Janes Seals for 8 years now, and for those 8 years my life has been based around my swimming schedule. I swim 5 times a week with the occasional swim meet on weekends. I swim in the mornings 3 days a week and I swim 3 evenings. Swimming is something I love and I thought it worked perfectly in the "me" category. 

Ignite Presentation


Mid Semester Reflection

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Healthy Food Obsession

Lately I have been obsessed with cooking! I am a bit of a health freak and I keep finding delicious and nutritious recipes. The first picture is of a whole wheat crepe filled with bananas and strawberries, with a protein powder and Greek yogurt topping. It was so yummy! The second picture is of a yam waffle, topped with 100% maple syrup and vegetarian chicken! Mmm Mmm good :) 

School Stress

This year has been so stressful. I feel like juggling 2 jobs, school, and swim practices is just to much. This semester I have math and bio which are my weakest subjects and I have been working my butt off to keep my marks where they need to be for university. This week I have a math and bio test and I literally have had no time to study for the bio one. I'm extremely nervous because we have a student teacher in that class and he teaches very differently then our regular teacher, therefor it has been a challenge adjusting to his teaching. I'm praying that I get off work early tonight so I am able to stidy for an hour tonight. Fingers crossed. I hope the year ends on a less stressful note, but I doubt it will considering this is the end of high school for me. 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Grad Photos

Today my friends and I got our group grad photos. I am so happy to have such great friends by my side through his last year of high school. As excited as I am to graduate, I am very nervous aswell! And yes.. That is my dog in the picture :) 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Ignite Photo Credits

1. Nina Matthews 
2. Richard foster 
3. Ijustwanttobepercievedthewayiam
4. Saad Farque
5. Steven Depolo
6. Jenni Ford
7. Jenni Ford
8. Evil Erin
9. Brian Moore
10. U.S. Army
11. warszawianka
12. Jenni Ford
13. adrenaline 
14. webwilliams
15. Clip art
16. manado call
17. Cleft clips
18. Heartsbroken
19.Tracy ducasse
20. Tracy ducasse