-27- CreComm organization

I’m the type of person that will see other people’s cluttered desktops and have a wave of anxiety wash over me. My files absolutely need to be organized, otherwise I can’t function properly. It just makes everything simpler. I automatically know where things are, and I don’t have to frantically search for a document littered among other files. Not to mention, I can’t fully appreciate my killer Immortal wallpaper if there’s stuff all over my desktop, can I?

So with CreComm up and running, I want to share the way I keep my Mac and day planner organized. I hope this will be helpful to first-years and second-years alike!

MAC

In my Documents, I have a folder labeled Creative Communications, which has a folder for each semester inside of it. For each semester, I have a folder for every course I’m enrolled in.

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Inside every course folder, I keep files that are in progress and still need to be handed in. I also have a Past Assignments folder (self explanatory, no?), and an Other folder (for course outlines, instructions, feedback, class notes, and whatever else).

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When it comes to labeling documents, I always put the date the assignment is due (month, day, year) followed by the assignment name. Once it’s been handed in, I move it into Past Assignments.

DAY PLANNER

I’m just as organized with my agenda as I am with my computer files. I fold each page at the top left hand corner, so I can easily flip to the current week. I use coloured tabs for assignments/tasks that are due, and write other things like birthdays and class field trips in pencil. I don’t like to write in pen in case plans change.

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For each coloured tab, I indicate the name of the assignment and the time it’s due. Once I’ve finished it, I put a check mark on it.

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Don’t forget to put your name and contact information on your agenda in the event you lose it!

Voila! Easy, right?

-26- The best fried perogie dish

I’m a total perogie fiend. Home-made, store-bought, cheddar, onion, bacon and potato, sweet potato, you name it. Fry them up and put them in my mouth, please!

A few years ago, I experimented frying perogies with different veggies and concocted an amazing dish: fried potato perogies with onion, broccoli, and shredded cheese. I make this for every potluck, and I’ve even had the pleasure of serving it to a handful of  bands like Sepultura, Death Angel, and Krisiun. All the reviews I get on this dish are nothing put positive.

Here’s what you need for a serving of two:

  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 head broccoli (chopped)
  • marble cheese (shredded)
  • 1 bag of potato and cheddar perogies
  • olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Pour olive oil in a large pan and turn up the burner to medium high heat
  2. Put 14-18 frozen perogies in the pan
  3. Add the chopped broccoli and onions
  4. Fry everything until it turns golden brown
  5. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on the mixture
  6. Stir or flip the mixture so the cheese is evenly distributed and melted

This dish is also incredible with bacon. I suggest frying the bacon first and using the leftover grease to fry the perogies and veggies. Then right before you add the cheese, put the bacon pieces back into the pan.

There you go! Next time you have a potluck or just want to try something new, refer back to this recipe and be amazed. ;)

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-25- Reservations review

Yesterday evening, all of the first-year Creative Communications students went to see Reservations written by Steven Ratzlaff. It’s a two-part play presented by Theatre Projects Manitoba that focuses on indigenous themes, primarily reconciliation.

The first thing that stands out is the minimalist set. There is one backdrop and three 6 x 20 foot screens that projectors cast landscape imagery onto throughout the play. During the first part, the set consists of a round wooden table and four wooden chairs. Although the set is minimal, the script and the acting is not.

The first part of the play is about a generous farmer, named Pete, who wants to give his land to the Siksika Nation. His privileged daughter, Anna, objects because she wants to inherit the land after her father’s death. Through their discussion, the characters convey information about treaties and colonialism, and reveal their ignorance and enlightenment. But there is no real resolution. We don’t know if Pete gives his land away, which feels unsatisfying.

The second part of the play is about a couple, Jenny and Mike, who foster three aboriginal children. Jenny doesn’t like the kids visiting the reserve and is afraid they’ll be taken away by CFS. The couple visit with an indigenous social worker, Denise, who explains why visits to the reserve are necessary for the children. The acting is so good that I catch myself feeling anxious when Jenny is really worked up. We learn that the kids are taken away and Jenny is crushed.

The play ends with a lecture presented by Denise. She talks about German philosopher Martin Heidegger. I’m not familiar with his philosophy, it’s hot in the theater, so I lose interest and wonder when it will be over so I can get some fresh air. But there is a question and answer session that follows. It seems like Ratzlaff is tired and hard of hearing, he doesn’t offer a lot of insight. Again I lose interest.

Overall, I liked how the characters showed different perceptions and beliefs about aboriginal culture. It felt very real. But I would have liked to see some resolution instead of lots of back and forth fighting.

You can see Reservations at The Rachel Browne Theatre until March 20.