What a Ride.

There is no Junior prom at GNS, only the ‘big one’; the Senior Prom. The place big enough to hold all of the grads and their family members is at the Victoria Conference Centre, behind the Empress. Most school hold their big dinner/dance there, and it is quite the affair!

If you walk around campus, you can see many Prom class pictures, noting the change in years by the clothing, hair styles, and black or white pictures. Its fun to have a good laugh at the puffy dresses, the strangely cut tuxes, the coiffed hair and grainy pictures of the ages.The more recent ones are up in the Goodwill Building hallway, outside of the gym, where many have their lockers.

The photograph is traditionally taken on the steps of the building. The same man, who has taken our group and some portrait school pictures since I was in grade 5, snapped the shots from a ladder. Our graduating class is the biggest in the schools history; about 90 people. Everyone graduated, all dressed up, arm and arm, the coordinated, matching flowers…I realized that this was it. The big one. The culmination and celebration of the end. The last thing of high school. Everyone looked beautiful. I’ve never seen so many of the guys with their shirts tucked in. It was rather shocking…it only took them a few years to get the hang of it I suppose. Haa.

The hall where we ate was up stairs, or, for me, up in a glass elevator, was fancy. About two families per table. Some of the girls had trouble sitting down, what with all the tulle and crinolines billowing crinkly under their gowns. The dresses took up a serious amount of room, anyways. I sat at a table with my family, and the Life’s and Pommelet’s; two of my great friends, Chris and Lisa. It was so much fun! After dinner were the deputy Head Boy and Girl speeches. It was hard hearing the end of so many years together summed up so warmly. Yup, the ending is tough.

There was a giant dance floor, and the Timebenders, who’ve been playing at our proms for a decade (I think…?), brought the house down with so many different genres of music that they’d be hard to classify, but they call themselves retro dance. It was fun and probably the least awkward GNS dance I have ever attended! I ‘danced’, sort of, or more specifically was on the dance floor, which counts; it was more of a mental grooving than doing the cha-cha or joining the conga line. I could be spun around though, and watch people dance and take lots pictures.

I didn’t go the aftergrad. I figured after 5 hours at the dinner I had more than expended all of my energy reserves. The dinner/dance went from 18.
00-24.00, and the after grad, 24.00 – 6.00. A pretty insane party. An amazingly wild ride. Thank you, my 2010-ies. Love you guys!!

Woah, hey?~

The Graduate

I am notorious for being scatterbrained, but seriously, I have not written in such a long time because of all the wonderful and exciting things that have transpired in the last few weeks. I have entered the next phase of ‘life’, and I feel woefully old. Wrinkle cream for my next birthday, please!! 🙂 lol.

Anyways, I am no longer the eager school child, dutifully giving up more than 3/4 of each year for 13 years to my education, and have now moved on to full-time education for probably the next 13 years. -> Only joking, Mother. Promise.

I would first like to take this opportunity to say a little ‘Ha ha ha Told-you-so’ to those who thought graduation was a pipe dream for me. Okay, it might have been awhile ago, but with perseverance, help and chocolate I rolled across the stage last night at the University Center Auditorium to accept my mock-Diploma (the real one is mailed later, but it is a ceremony, so they give you this folder with your name in it…I shall cherish it always!). I was very very very excited. As you can imagine. The feeling of adrenaline rush associated with fear and excitement was once referred to by one of my dear friends as having “owl’s in your tummy”. I find this expression very apt in describing this situation. I was rolled all over hells-half-acre to be able to get from the top of the balcony to the stage and back again. Thank you so much to those who pushed me around all night :D. It was all very wonderful and I wouldn’t never want to forget such a magical night. When I finally get my diploma, I’ll photocopy it and post it here.

The Graduates

Celebrate Good Times

The National Anthem, sung by a fabulous 5.

Jolly Good!

Today was a super super busy day! First off…its my mama’s birthday and my aunties (they are twins!). Of course, being the wonderful daughter and niece that I am, I completely forgot that it was the 10 of June. In my defense, I have very little use for a calendar in my day to day life…what use is it knowing the day, if it is so jarring to find out! We had a lovely birthday dinner for Mum though, which was nice, and cake. I gave her my grad picture (how modest, I know :P), with the inscription: Hell froze.

Today was also my grad luncheon at the Union Club downtown. It is like the last time we are all together and having fun outside of school stuff for awhile, besides exams and grad, and prom. But still, one of the last! We had a wonderful buffet lunch, and just got to have a laugh. As our goodbye gifts, and as our initiation into the GNS Alumnus, we were given pewter tankards with the GNS crest, and our Alumni pin, also emblazoned with our symbol! Tres cool. It officially makes me a grad, and means that my life is, yet again, moving off in another direction. Soon I will be pushing off from shore, and sailing…where?…who knows?

As if the day couldn’t get any more exciting, I finally finished my sweater and its beautiful! Its sort of a dark periwinkle color, and just Knit/Purl – very simple – but I did it all myself, and it turned out!

Unfortunately, not the most attractive picture. In part, because its like 2 in the morning, I’m in a bathroom, and I’m trying desperately to hold myself up!