that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.


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Katie Justine Stam, BA

3 – post-secondary institutions attended

10 – semesters of post-secondary education

43 – courses taken

6 – Education courses

41 – final exams

7 – group presentations

3 – labs

25 – English papers

15 – Research papers (3000+ words)

12 – Education papers

3 – speeches

2 – “A+”s

2 – different cities I’ve lived in for the occasion

50,000+ – dollars I have spent

5 – summers spent in Penticton

4 – times I’ve fallen down on campus

8 – times I’ve flown to either Penticton, Victoria, or Edmonton

1 – time I flew home for Christmas with Jes

1 – job I had (ATB Financial) while going to school

13 – different roommates I’ve had

Apprx. 15 – times I’ve skipped class (this semester)

Priceless – moments I’ve had, people I’ve met, and sweet surprises I’ve had along the way.

Wow.

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one small step for kate, one giant leap for…

Thank you all for thinking of me — the interview was this morning and it went well! I was advised to Answer the questions with confidence and determination and to show my heart and honestly, I think my dream is pretty obvious so it wasn’t very hard. Plus, they were really, really nice… two older male professors. One reminded me of a stereotypical grandpa with white hair, full laugh, and smiling eyes. I didn’t actually want to leave, I was having too much fun. So two to three weeks I should know… awesome!!

Anyways, study break up at Mount Doug the other night… brilliant:dsc00435

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wow

I just read Megan’s blog and it made me cry… almost. Especially over how passionate she sounds for school to be over and teaching to being. I couldn’t be more proud of my cousin-turned-dear-friend. I can’t believe this road is over for you, you are so very blessed my sweet friend and I am excited to see what comes next in your life. xo

For my own news:

I got my interview time today for the post-degree teaching program here at UVic! There was a little bump in the road yesterday where I got the dreaded ‘you are missing two course requirement’ email that would’ve eiliminated my eligibility for the program, but after asking what happened and how I could’ve messed up so badly, it turned out she messed up and I recieved both a ‘we’re pleased to invite you to…’ email and an interview time for next Wednesday. How it works is that my admittance into the Bachelor of Education PDP is 70% gpa based and 30% interview. Please think of me over the next few weeks, it feels like a step in the direction I want and dream to be. And I think those closest to me would really like me to get in simply so that I don’t keep stimulating heart attacks in them when I have minor conniptions over this whole process (although someone might argue that the conniptions are catastrophically huge). This is an answer to prayer. Keep ’em coming.


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easter sunday

After the 9 am service, we went up to Duncan to the Cowichan River for Team Hardcore’s Fishing Adventure, take 2. While the day began with pretty heavy rains, the weather picked up around 4:00 pm and we got sun for the rest of the evening. We went to three different spots. The first I got to sit on a fence and listen to my iPod while I could see Luke in the river (I couldn’t read because of the rain). I got soaked from head to toe but it was beautiful in its own right. After that, we sat in the car and ate some deliciousness and warmed up a bit before we checked out a different spot which required more bush whacking… I was totally prepared for it this time. I slipped once. Awesome. And finally, as the sun was peeking out, we went to this Bible camp where there was a trail, only one– fairly substantial — creek to jump over. It was at this spot where I made my fly fishing debut. Luke taught me how to cast properly, even though I couldn’t do it very well. I think I was trying a little too hard to cast it like windmill pitching a baseball. Oh well, I only hooked Luke’s jacket once. Total accident. That didn’t last very long because I knew he was just itching to get out there so I climbed onto a log and enjoyed the rest of the evening while he fished. A couple hours later, on our way back up the trail, I fell (with classless embarrassment) right down into the creek… to this moment, I don’t know exactly how it happened but I was drenched and Luke’s reaction, and continued reactions, made it worth it (Kater…Kater…talk to me Kater). Sort of.

Anyways, we made it out and finished the day with homemade pizza, chocolate milk, chocolate peanut butter cups, and Scrabble. Don’t tell him I told you, but I purposefully let him win.

Happy Easter. I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I enjoyed mine.

RAIN!

RAIN!

Luke

Luke

Kater

Kater

Look at that FORM

Look at that FORM

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There were steelheads jumping right here... still no luck.

There were steelheads jumping right here... still no luck.

A perfect way to spend a day.

A perfect way to spend a day.


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telegraph bay cove

Where else can you have a beach fire like this on a Saturday night? Another reason spring time in Victoria is completely unlike anything I’ve known. Very cool. Sorry I am not in the pictures. And sorry they are so big.

In other news, Luke and I are going fishing again this weekend. Please pray for me, my arms, my legs, and especially my feet.

Channeling his inner boy scout.

Channeling his inner boy scout.

Darcy and Georg

Darcy and Georg

SUCCESS!

SUCCESS!

Miss Celine

Miss Celine

When boys play.

When boys play.

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There is something about a fire...

There is something about a fire...

Georg was the most prepared.

Georg was the most prepared.


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thoughts

Just wanted to give a shout out to my older brother — I was blasting the Barenaked Ladies yesterday afternoon on my iPod before going to MEC to buy a coat. Needless to say, MEC and Barenaked Ladies has Adrian written all over it…I felt ALMOST like he was there with me.

I went to Beacon Hill Park today for the first time in ten years. There were ducks that we threw pinecones at and then like last Sunday, I fell down again on our way to the ocean. I need to stop moving.

First final exam tomorrow. Awesome.

On a diff. note, here’s a good song — it’s so good. It’s Coldplay’s “Lost” remix with Jay-Z.