Monthly Archives: December 2011

Back in the land of milk bags and negative temperatures

Sam and I looking festive with the Swarovski crystal Christmas tree in the Toronto Eaton Centre

So far, my time in Ontario has consisted of catching up on all my TV shows, baking Christmas cookies, going out for dinner with my best friends, sleeping in, and spending way too much time in overcrowded malls. Oh, and watching the Leafs lose spectacularly to the Canucks on Saturday. It’s okay boys, I still love you, even if you haven’t won against Vancouver since 2003…

In other news, term 1 marks were released today. By an academic miracle, I somehow managed to get a decent mark in calculus. Thanks for having my back, math gods. Still waiting on a couple marks to come through, but for now I think I can confidently say that I made it through first term without completely failing at school and life. Go me.

See you soon, Vancouver

Currently sitting in my room with a packed suitcase next to me. This is weird.

I just got back from Wreck Beach, where I said goodbye to the Pacific for the next three weeks (and got my workout for the day. I always seem to forget just how many stairs there really are). I also ate my last Chef’s soup and ham and Swiss sandwich of 2011 this afternoon. I seriously have no idea how I’m going to survive the Christmas break without Stackables.

Even more importantly, though, I said goodbye to my floormates, all of whom still have exams to write. Note: being the first one of your friends to be done with exams is awesome, but it’ll cause them to resent you. A lot. However, they took a little bit of time off from hating me for being so happy to say goodbye (some of them multiple times, and Nic even wrote me a super sweet goodbye message on my door). I’m gonna miss you, KU floor two.

Anyways, I did it. I made it through my first term of university. It definitely wasn’t easy, and I don’t think I quite got the marks that I wanted, but I’m still so proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished so far. Goal for next term: do better in math, which will mostly be accomplished by going to class on a regular basis. (I already have a solution for this, though: my friend and I have made a bet to see who will attend more 9 AM calculus classes. As comfy as my memory foam mattress topper is in the morning, I’m still pretty confident he’s going down.)

But now that the semester is over, I’m looking so forward to the holidays. In case you couldn’t tell by my room, I’m kind of a Christmas junkie. I live for giving (and receiving) presents, decorating the tree, going tobogganing, warming up by the fire, singing carols and drinking eggnog. I can’t wait to spend Christmas in Toronto, to go skating in Nathan Phillips Square, to see the giant Swarovski crystal Christmas tree in the Eaton Centre, and to spend time with my mom and my sister. Most of all, I can’t wait to relax and have a little time off from the insanity that is university life. I’ve never had a winter break where I haven’t had some sort of schoolwork to do, and it’s going to be a welcome change. (I don’t know how successful I’ll be at relaxing, though. I was so bored earlier today that I seriously considered reading my psychology textbook for fun…)

On that note, I’ve gotta run–I have a plane to catch. I hope everyone’s remaining exams go well and that you all have an amazing break! As for you, UBC, please don’t go changing on me. I love you just the way you are.

Every day I’m studyin’

Exam time. Let’s do this.

It’s been fun, term one

Santa and his engineering elves spreading holiday cheer in chem.

The last day of classes were marked by clear blue skies, explosive lab demos, caroling engineers, and one last lecture from my favourite prof at UBC so far. Dear Dr. Souza, your funny stories, awkward jokes and Deuce Bigolo: Male Gigolo references made me love psych more than I ever thought possible. Peace out, term one classes!

PS: To add to the awesomeness (pun intended) of classes being over, the SLC revealed its opening and closing keynotes today: slam poet Sarah Kay, and Neil Pasricha, author of the Book of Awesome! If you haven’t registered yet, do it now!

Don’t study in your room

Especially with your door open. Unless you want 5+ people coming in and distracting you for 3 hours, that is. Yeah, thanks for that, friends. To be fair, my room has become extremely appealing since I decided to Christmasify it. I’d want to hang out in here, too.

Whuddup, Christmas room?
I don’t even have time to study now, since I’m heading off to the SLC Christmas social with my “recycled” gift wrapping (aka old issues of the Ubyssey). Then, I’m rushing back to Vanier to get my ticket for Saturday’s Vanier Gets Classy winter formal. Everything’s happening so fast! I predict a mental breakdown within the next couple of days. Just a heads up.

Marry me, Matt Berninger

Thanks to a Facebook status update and a fellow KU tiger with a spare ticket (thanks, Aaron!) I ended up going to see The National’s sold-out show at the Orpheum last night. The National, just an FYI, has been my favourite band since I was fourteen, and Matt Berninger’s husky baritone never fails to melt me into a science student-shaped puddle. They’re not really huge in Toronto, but there must be a lot of fans in Vancouver since four people on my floor ended up going to the show last night–all of us separately, weirdly enough.

The concert was incredible, from the high energy opening by Local Natives (who are awesome, by the way, I definitely recommend checking them out. Also, the keyboardist kind of looks like Jeremy McElroy from a distance…) to the amazing campfire-style singalong at the end of the show. The only downside was the crazy tall guy (I swear, he was either a half-giant or an NBA player) who was in front of me the whole time. It’s cool though, I managed to see the stage by awkwardly kneeling on my seat.

One of my favourite songs off their latest album, High Violet:

And the unplugged singalong to Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks. This really doesn’t do it justice, I had chills the entire time:

In other news, I just printed off my paper on climate change and global health for tomorrow. I got to make myself sound smart by using words like “hydrological cycle intensification” and “anthropogenic greenhouse emissions”. So exciting and sciencey. Now to tackle a bit of studying before bed, most likely with The National on repeat.