Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Adventures Inc.

I recently realized that I need to plan ahead to have fun otherwise I'll end up being too tired or too busy to do anything. That's not to say that I don't do things on the spur of the moment because I do and it always ends up being a good time. But, for the really fun things...the things that you look back at later in life and say...."Man....that was fun! How could I ever forget that?" It's those things that are awesome because they've been planned, organized, thought about, anticipated, and carried out...and there is something that is really fullfilling about it all.

That said, I have been planning some things for this summer and I'm starting to get pretty excited about doing it all. I just hope I can get some friends to tag along. I've tried to plan things for the weekend or evenings so that I don't have to miss work and so that everyone else has a greater chance of being able to make it.

So here it is....Adventure Inc.'s schedule of outrageous outings:

Saturday July 22 to Thursday July 27
Road Trip: I'll be driving to Vancouver to stay with my aunt an uncle for a couple days and pick up a friend from Germany who is coming to Canada for a month to visit with everyone who went to Germany for World Youth Day in 2005. On Monday afternoon (July 24th) I'll be driving to Osoyoos to stay there for the night. Osoyoos is where BC is harbouring a desert (in case nobody knew). The 25th in the afternoon I will be driving up to Invermere/Radium Hot Springs to enjoy the springs and stay at Gord Bennett's house. The 26th in the morning I will be driving to Jasper to check out the Columbia Icefields and take a ride in the Gondola to take a look at Jasper from 7472 feet (2277 meters). It's pretty sweet. Finally, on the 27th we will make our way home to PG stopping along the way at Mt Robson for a little while, Rearguard Falls, and several other relaxing places....we've got the whole day to drive 3.5 hours...so if it's a nice day, we'll take our time.

Saturday July 29th
Falls Tour: A tour of northern BC to view some amazing waterfalls. Bijoux falls lives up to it's french name and Kinuso falls is one of BC's best kept secrets falling to the earth from a greater height than Niagra falls. Click here to see a little advertisement I've made up.

Saturday August 5th
Barkerville: Back to the old days at Barkerville. I've been to Barkerville 23 times in my lifetime with last year being the only year I couldn't go. It's aways tons of fun and it's somewhat comforting to be in a place where computers and technology are no where to be found.

There are several other things that I'd like to do in August, but I don't have any dates for them. Rock Climbing at Giscome, Paintballing, going to Bear Lake, Wildlife viewing near West lake, going to the Observatory, and some visits to Camp Morice to take pictures.

OK, so does that sound like an interesting summer?

In other news, it's my brother Shaino's birthday today and we're having a big barbeque at my house tonight. The nice weather, the beer, and the family should make this an enjoyable evening.


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Entaro Adune

OK fine. I'll actually post something that you can read as oppose to cheaping out and just posting some pictures.

So to start, my cousin Sarah just got married on Saturday and what a beautiful Saturday it was. The weather was amazing, the pictures were spectacular, and the reception was a riot. My whole family had a really good time. I was actually surprised at how much I was dancing...i'm not usually the one to be dancing the night away, but Saturday....I kinda was. Man my family knows how to have a good time...we were laughing and dancing and carrying on for the whole night. Anyways, it was a great weekend and it was good to see all the rest of my family that doesn't live in Prince George.

The more I think about, the more it doesn't seem right. Of course, I'm talking about being a highschool teacher. I was subbing the other day (as I wrote in my blog) and it was not too bad, but in the afternoon I found myself thinking "this isn't really that fun...and it doesn't really feel like it's on my heart to be a highschool teacher." I've been working at listening to my heart instead of my head because I tend to over-think things and rationalize too much. It's not that I'm a procrastinator, it's that I'm sometimes indecisive because I want to think about things too much when I should really just listen to my heart and jump with both feet. Anybody know what I mean? If you've ever been at a meeting with me you'd probably notice that I don't usually say much when people are debating things because I'm thinking and processing things....then when the people are pretty much done debating things they realize that I haven't said anything and then look at me and say, "Well Andrew, what do you think?" By that time, I've usually processed the situation from so many angles. So, I say my piece and everyone says "Hmm...yeah...I hadn't thought of it that way." In some ways it's good, but in others it's bad because I didn't take part in any of the conversation leading up to that point.

I'm currently working on redoing my resume. I have a lead with a video editing and production place, and I'd like to get them my resume and see if they're interested. I was thinking of making a DVD of some of the video projects that I've done so they could take a look at what I can do. I was also thinking of making a video showing who I am....kind of a video of my life and accomplishments....I think it would be lots of fun to make even though it might come across as a bit egotistical. Speaking of ego's...I just talked to Peter the other day...it was great to talk to him. He seems to be having an amazing time in Ontario at Camp Brebeuf. He was telling me that he just took a course about high ropes so that he could run the ropes course at camp. Apparently, the whole course is 60 feet in the air and you are hooked in to a support wire so that you don't fall to the ground. It sounds like it would be crazy fun...tire swings, tight ropes, monkey bars, rope bridges, and platforms to jump to all 60 feet in the air! Sounds like it would be pretty scary, but a whole lot of fun. Quite the challenge I'm sure. Anyways, I shouldn't say that Pete has a big ego....he used to in highschool....but he's much more humble now....right Pete?

Back to the resume thing. I'm actually very excited about this opportunity. I think it would be amazing to be able to do video editing and production as a job. A couple things that you might like to know:
1. I would be working for The Miracle Channel, so all my collegues would be Christian which would be really cool! I think it would be an amazing environement to work in.
2. The Miracle Channel's production studio's are located in Lethbridge Alberta

And finally, my tentative schedule for heading to Europe at the end of the summer:

August 25th - Leave from Prince George and stop at Williams Lake to do some rock climbing
August 26th - Continue on to Squamish to do some more climbing
August 27th - Not sure what I'm doing yet, but it will be fun
August 28th - Drive to Vancouver to stay with my aunt and uncle and leave my car at their house.
August 29th - Fly to Frankfurt Germany with Anthony to visit with friends from last summer
September 4th - Fly to Czech Republic to see Magdelena (Czech exchange student in Anthony's class)
September 7th - Fly to Dublin with Anthony to meet up with Jenn, Roberta, and Brian
September 19th - Fly from Edinburgh to Rome with Anthony for a family reunion. Mom and dad, cousins, aunts, and uncles will be meeting us there on the same day.
September 29th - Leave from Rome to fly back to Vancouver (arrive Sept 30th)
Oct 2nd - Drive home from Vancouver (If I feel like it....maybe I'll just do something else...I won't have a job to go back to....at least I don't have one secured right now)

So, that's what I've been meaning to type for a while....any questions?


Sunday, June 11, 2006

Grad 2004 is much harder

You will be hard pressed to find me in this picture. I've scanned it at a huge resolution (it's about 34MB), but it even took me a few minutes to find myself in the picture and I could remember exactly where I was standing. I've got 2 hints for ya:
1. I'm standing next to Jenn Russell
2. I'm wearing a tie

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Can you find me?

Here is the outdoor group shot of all the 2006 UNBC grads. The small pic is linked to a HUGE resolution picture (about 11 MB in size). Take a look through and see if you can find me.

Friday, June 02, 2006

A quick update

So, I don't really have too much time to be typing cause I'm at Kelly Road teaching and it is currently my prep block. I'm just subbing today, and I probably won't be teaching any more this year until I get back from Europe in October. But, my co-operating teacher for my practicum really needed someone to come in for today, so I bailed him out. I've been working tons at Nata Reforestation as the office administrator/assistant manager, and it's been lots of fun. My job is so diverse that I get to do a thousand different things in one day. Last pay period, I worked 120 hours in 10 days....so I've been makin the big bucks.

I had my graduation ceremony last Friday, so now I can write my name like this:

Andrew Johnson
BSc, BEd

I'll post a few pictures when I get home.

Anyways, I need to get to work now. Oh, those BIG decisions are still up in the air. I'll try and elude to them in my next post. I just haven't had enought quiet time to think about my options.


PS I hope to post my Europe schedule soon as well. I'm mostly writing this now so I don't forget later.