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Amanda Snyder's life in a nutshell

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Back to school

Tue, 11 Sep 2007 23:36:00 +0000

Today, I had my first ever university class. I have decided to complete my degree in Communication Studies. It’s a good deal, because my Broadcast Journalism diploma transfers into the U of C degree program. I receive almost two years of credits. I’ll only be taking one, maybe two classes a semester. It will be a while before I graduate, but why not?! I work on campus and starting in December, I will get one free class per semester.

I must admit, I was a little intimidated by the +200 students in today’s class, but the two girls who sat next me seemed very nice and the professor was extremely funny and engaging. I’m looking forward to the next class.

My job with the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary (that's not wordy at all) is really starting to pick-up. At first, I was part time development and part time communications. As of this week, and am full time communications, which I am very excited about. I have also moved out of the high traffic cubicle and into a nice quiet office. Hopefully, I can now focus on just our publications, events, media relations and other stuff pertaining to communications.

I am thinking about heading to Lethbridge this Friday and/or Friday September 28. Call me if you will be around.

Renovations and More

Mon, 13 Aug 2007 19:18:00 +0000

Brock and I have started some minor renovations to or townhouse. It’s a lot of work and so far we’ve only replaced a piece of weather stripping on the patio door, covered the fireplace mantel with sticky laminate (long story), painted a small bedroom, and painted half of the kitchen. I can’t imagine taking on a big project like new flooring, but it is well worth the effort. Even though we’ve only painted one coat on the kitchen walls it already looks ten times better than it did before the new paint. An interning med student is coming to stay with us next week, so hopefully we can have the renovation debris cleaned up before then.

Last night we booked a trip to Las Vegas. We both took a week off at the end of November and decided it would be cheaper and maybe more entertaining to go to Vegas instead of Mexico at that time of the year. It will cost $700 for seven days, flight and hotel. We are staying at the Monte Carlo. It’s only a 3.5 star hotel, but it got the best ratings.

This weekend should be a fun one. I’ve got a couple Birthday parties to attend and a house warming. Hopefully it’s nice out!

New house, new job, new city, new roommate…

Wed, 27 Jun 2007 16:44:00 +0000

The house is great. We’ve been living in it since Friday night, which was the big moving day. A handful of friends and family were there to help with packing, unpacking, and cleaning. We are so grateful to everyone for their help. Brock and his mom have been working very hard the past few days cleaning the carpets and everything else.

I really like the layout of the house. It’s a four level split with a finished basement. We have a long way before we run out of room for all of our stuff.

So far so good. It’s my third week at the Schulich School of Engineering. Everyone seems to be very nice. This job is very similar to my last except for there is a much smaller media relations component, which makes me sad. I hope that the job will grow in that direction.

I really enjoy working at the university. The grounds are beautiful at this time of year and I can take one complimentary credit course a semester. It turns out my broadcast journalism diploma credits are transferable with the communications degree program, so I will be taking advantage of the free education.

Calgary seems a lot bigger than Edmonton. It took take me 15 minutes to get to work and now it takes me at least 30 minutes. I do love the area that we live in. It’s very pretty and kind of feel like you’re in the country.

This is mine and Brock’s first time living together. It’s been fun planning and organizing. Just don’t tell my grandma that we’re living in sin ;)

I’ll be back in Edmonton this weekend. I plan on meeting up with Moira and Andrea for sure. Give me a shout if you also want to meet up.

Next weekend is Stampede. Friday night I’m going to Kelsey’s BBQ and Saturday we’re all going on a pub crawl. I’m mostly excited to see some of my friends from college. It’s been way too long!

Boxes, boxes and more boxes...and some tape.

Mon, 04 Jun 2007 04:55:00 +0000

Not even two full years in this place and I’m packing up again. I think I must have sensed that I’d be moving again soon, because I found some unpacked boxes from the last move. Anyway, here is the schedule for the next few weeks:

· Sunday June 10 – Move to Calgary. Live with Lindsey and Ali for a few days. I’ll have Charlie as a travel buddy, so that will help make the drive more entertaining.
· Monday June 11 – First day at new job.
· Friday June 15 – Get possession of house, partially move in, clean and paint.
· Friday June 22 – Move everything into house.
· Saturday July 7 – Stampede party at Kelso’s

If you’re going to be in Calgary anytime after the 11th, give me a shout.

Moving Day

Mon, 07 May 2007 04:46:00 +0000

Moving day has been changed to Saturday June 23rd. Yippeee!


Thu, 19 Apr 2007 18:41:00 +0000

Brock and I bought a condo in NW Calgary. It’s perfect for us with three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a garage. Moving day is July 15th. Free pizza and beer for all who help out :)

I start a new job in Calgary on June 11th. I’ll be working for the U of C’s Schulich School of Engineering as an Outreach Program Administrator. It’s basically the same job I have now, but with a fancier title. Brock starts his residency July 1st, so we’ll be back and forth between Calgary and Edmonton for much of June and July.

There are only 24 days left until our trip to Disney World then Michigan…and my first time leaving the country. I’m so excited! Stress has been very high, because of all the house and job hunting, so this vacation comes at the perfect time. Now all I will have to worry about is what size of Mickey ears to bring back for my sisters ;)

Moving to Calgary

Sat, 17 Mar 2007 05:43:00 +0000

It’s a good thing I’ve never been really big into hockey, otherwise, I’d be one confused Alberta fan. I spent the first 13 years of my life in the Calgary area, then I moved to the Edmonton area for about seven years, then I moved back south, this time to Lethbridge for three years, then back to Edmonton, and now I am moving back to Calgary. I will for sure be in Calgary for five years.

I found out Wednesday that I am moving and ever since then it’s been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride for me. I am happy about moving, because I will be in the same city as my sister, Lindsey, and her BF, Ali, and because I have a lot of close friends and family in Calgary and other parts of southern Alberta. I am also happy about moving to Calgary, because it’s closer to the mountains, and because it’s slightly warmer there.

I am unhappy about moving to Calgary, because I will, once again, be leaving my parents, my sister, Lacey, and some other really cool people. I am also unhappy, because the move creates a lot of stress and worry for me. Moving means finding a new job and finding a new house. I am worried that I won’t find a job as great as the one I currently have and I’m worried I won’t have the same great coworkers at my new job. I am also worried about timing...I don’t want to disappoint my current employer by leaving too early, but I don’t want to pass up a possible opportunity for a new job that would start right away.

I am worried about buying a house in Calgary, because the market is so hot right now and I want to be able to make my mortgage payments and still have enough money to live after. I am also clueless about what area of Calgary to live in.

I have no idea what month I will be moving, it all depends on the circumstances above, but I will keep everyone posted.

It may just be that I am over thinking this whole thing and that everything will turn out just fine...because I often do stress over stupid little things, but still, I could just really use a healing hug right now.

Hope everyone has a happy St. Patty’s Day! I’ll most likely be on Whyte Ave trying to party away my worries. Hope to see you all out J


Tue, 20 Feb 2007 06:51:00 +0000

The next four weeks will be long ones. Brock and I are waiting to hear where he will be placed for his five year long internship. Of course I am more than happy to move with him wherever he gets placed, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will be in Alberta because of convenience. Brock returned from his interviews on Thursday and although I was very sad to have him gone for so long, he did bring me back some lovely presents :-)
Last week I got a new office...well, actually it’s the first office I’ve ever had and it’s beautiful. There’s no window, but still lots of natural sunlight and laminate floors. Moving up in the world!
I’m still at 7 kilometres on the treadmill...well, I probably can’t even run that now. I fell behind with my gym routine over the past few weeks because of work and school. I’m hoping to get back into routine this week.
I went to a bridal shower/stagette last weekend for Nicole, a girlfriend from high school. There were many more girlfriends there from high school. It was a lot of fun catching fact, my stomach and face hurt at the end of the night from laughing so much. Hopefully we won’t have to wait for the next shower to do that again!
One of my best friends from grade school, Rebecca, came to town on the weekend. We hadn’t seen each other for about seven years. It was great to see her and catch up, although, I’m sure we still have a lot more catching up to do because seven years is a long time
Stay tuned for more...

Today’s distance

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 05:58:00 +0000

6.4 kilometres in 45 minutes...woot!

A new goal

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 06:22:00 +0000

The last few times I’ve ran on the treadmill I’ve been able to do five kilometres. I’m thinking this is pretty good, right? Well, it can’t be that good if the barely 18-year-old, Christian soccer player (that’s what it says on her t-shirt) on the treadmill next to me is running twice my distance in half the time...and barely breaking a sweat. What the H! How does one get this good at running? I’ll show soccer girl. Thursday I plan to run six kilometres in under an hour. This will be especially painful since I’ll be going to the gym straight from the dentist.

Dumb blonde

Tue, 16 Jan 2007 20:00:00 +0000

Today Brock came to visit me downtown. We had lunch, and then I went with him to bring his new suit to the tailors. As the tailor was pinning up the suit, I noticed some white marks on the suit pants. I said to Brock, “what did you get on your pants?,” and attempted to rub the white marks off…not knowing that these marks are temporary marks purposely made by the tailor to indicate where the suit should be taken in. Boy, did I feel dumb. The tailor looked at me as if I was crazy, and Brock couldn’t help be to laugh AT me.

I feel so naked

Wed, 10 Jan 2007 20:15:00 +0000

Today I had to do one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, I had to let go of my engagement ring for one, maybe two weeks. It was just a little bit too big on me and it’s better to be safe than sorry, so I brought it into the jeweler’s to have it sized down. I was nauseous. It was bad enough parting with my ring, never mind having to sign a waiver incase it gets lost or damaged. Then I had to argue with the lady at the coutner about what size it should be. Please keep your fingers crossed for me that it comes back, all in one piece, and fitting.

Five kilometers

Mon, 08 Jan 2007 01:01:00 +0000

I finally ran five kilometres on the treadmill today. I wanted to puke after, but I did it. Yippee! Next step - run five kilometres outdoors. Yeah, I don’t anticipate that happening until the spring.

Happy day

Thu, 14 Dec 2006 06:09:00 +0000

Brock and I got engaged this evening. I am so very happy!

Good news v. bad news

Thu, 30 Nov 2006 05:42:00 +0000

Bad news: I am working way too much, I am falling behind in school, and I am really out of shape, because there is not a lot of extra time to go to the gym.

Good news: I got a raise, I get a week off at Christmas, and Brock comes back from TO on Saturday night.

One down, two to go

Wed, 22 Nov 2006 06:45:00 +0000

I’m sitting in my hotel room in Lethbridge, it’s almost midnight, I’m going on about five hours of sleep and no dinner, and I have to be up early again tomorrow morning to go to Calgary. My company is hosting a massive celebration and lecture in Lethbridge, Calgary, and Edmonton back-to-back. If you’ve ever planned a relatively large event, you know this is suicide. I’m completely burnt out and we still have two events (400 guests at each) to go and about 500 more kilometers to travel. Oh, and to top it all off, I burnt my tongue on a hot water that was supposed to be a Tim’s hot chocolate, I got stuck in downtown Calgary’s rush hour, my hotel lost my company’s account into, and I forgot my toothbrush. Lin and Lace, we better bring the wine out this weekend!

Trip cancelled

Thu, 16 Nov 2006 05:54:00 +0000

I'm no longer going to Kananaskis this weekend. Does anyone want to hang out?

Free TV

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 06:38:00 +0000

The last few months I've been pondering over the idea of buying cable. It would be really nice to have something other than Global or CBC to watch in the mornings or at dinner time, but that $50/month could also be used on so many other things, like clothes or part of a trip to Disney World. But today I was introduced to this really cool website that allows you to watch most TV channels for free. For those of you who can't afford cable or are just to cheep, check out

Busy, busy

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 04:37:00 +0000

I am heading into two of the busiest work weeks of the year. Tuesday and Wednesday are prep days for the rest. Thursday I leave for Calgary, then to Kananaskis for the Science Council Conference. I will be working from Kananaskis until Saturday, then I head back to Edmonton for a girlfriend's stagette. Early Tuesday morning I head back south, but this time to Lethbridge, then to Calgary on Wednesday, then back to Edmonton on Thursday...but I have to work until 10 p.m. I'm thinking about taking next Friday off...maybe it would be a good idea.

Calgary for the weekend

Fri, 20 Oct 2006 02:44:00 +0000

I'm heading to Calgary this weekend to visit Lindsey and Ali. I'm excited to get away (even if it's only 3 hours away) and not think about work, school, or regular house work. Friday we'll probably stay in, drink some wine, and play cards. Saturday we are going to the Calgary Tower for dinner...mainly to celebrate one year for Brock and I. My cousin, Stacey, and her hubby, Jason, are coming for dinner too. I'll also be down there next weekend, so if you're in Cow Town at that time, give me a shout.

Disney Dining Plan

Wed, 11 Oct 2006 06:18:00 +0000

I just took a quick break from work to look further into this dining plan that I have decided to purchase for my trip to Disney World in May. For about $40 a day you get:
• One table-service meal (including appetizer, entree, dessert, or full buffet, non-alcoholic beverage, and gratuity/service charge; dessert not available at breakfast)
• One counter service meal (including entree/combo meal, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage; dessert not available at breakfast)
• One snack -- most snack items under $4 are eligible for the dining plan snack credit.

Sounds like a pretty good deal, doesn't it? I'm going to be a blimp after this trip. It's a good thing they don't serve dessert at breakfast ;)

Birthday review

Mon, 09 Oct 2006 02:50:00 +0000

Friday night was a lot of fun. There were so many people at the pub, many people who I haven't seen in a long time. Brock also had a good time, especially since he didn't get sick. My only regret from the night was that I didn't take enough pictures. So if you happened to take any pictures at all on Friday, can you please send them to me at


Making Science Cool

Wed, 04 Oct 2006 03:30:00 +0000

A few weeks ago my boss and some of her colleagues interviewed a handful of children on what they thought about science fairs. It turned out that most of the children they interviewed thought science fairs were dorky, un-cool, only for geeks, etc...

This Saturday I am attending the Alberta Science Fair Exhibition and Celebration Dinner and I have been assigned the task of researching new ways to make science fairs "cool". The thing is, I already think science fairs are cool and I have a feeling the students participating in them already have a sense of belonging to and elite group. So, I need suggestions from those outside the science community. What are your thoughts on science fairs and how can they be rebranded cool?

Birthday Party

Wed, 04 Oct 2006 03:10:00 +0000

We are celebrating Brock's 25th Birthday on Friday at the Thirsty Turtle. I think it will be a lot of fun. Attending will be a really good mix of people, including some of my friends from high school, some of my friends from Lethbridge, some of my family, and, of course, a most of Brock's friends :). Now, let's just hope that no one throws up in my sink;)

Jackass 2

Sun, 01 Oct 2006 20:46:00 +0000

Brock and I went to Jackass 2 on Friday. I'll admit it was funny (in a really gross way) at most parts. However, there were a couple of times I thought I was for sure going to lose my dinner. I wouldn't recommend this movie for everyone, only those with a very strong stomach and a very broad sense of humour.

On another note, Brock and I are going to the symphony on Wednesday. I'm really looking forward to that. It's our first time going this year and tickets are on sale for $25 including GST. Click here for more details.