Monthly Archives: November 2012

Got a flu shot yesterday!

Yay for tidbits about Courtney!

On Saturday mornings, I volunteer at a residential care centre in Burnaby called St. Michaels.  I’m part of the manicures program there, which basically means I get to file and paint the nails of the residents there.  Well mostly women, obviously.

Anyways, since I’m part of the health care service I have to take part in all the sanitary regulations.  This includes either getting a flu shot or wearing a mask around the residents.  I opted for the flu vaccination, because it was free and why not?

But now my arm is hurting and I can only lift it to about shoulder height.  I don’t regret it though, because I’d really rather not get sick when final exams roll around.  I feel invincible now!

A Guide for When You’re Feeling Alone

So it’s a Friday night and you’re all alone in your room.  You don’t feel much like partying (or maybe you have no plans), but you don’t feel much like studying, either. It’s one of those nights.

And then you decide to go on Facebook. You scroll through your news feed, and you see the ongoings of all your new university friends.  They’re cool people—and they’ve got the pictures to show it.  You go ahead and stalk through their photos (although you’d never ever admit it aloud), despite the fact that you’ve barely spoken since you met on the first day of school.

And then the sadness and loneliness hits you. You’re alone on a Friday night, with no company but the internet and a friend who replies sporadically.  You thought college was all fun and games and a neverending stream of friends knocking at your door.  Not a dim computer screen and feelings of saudade.

But you know what? It’s okay to be alone sometimes. You don’t have to be out and about all the time—sometimes you just need to take it easy.

Turn off Facebook. Right now. It only serves to make you unhappy as you compare your life to the lives of others.

Now take a deep breath.  In; out. That’s it.

Maybe it’s time to reconnect with your old friends.  And instead of turning to Skype, your classic one-on-one face conversation, try a phone call.  It’s old fashioned, but it forces you to make real conversation.  Even companionable silence can bring about a positive mindset. You’re not alone.  You’ve got friends, and people who love you.

You could choose to be productive, without the brain effort.  Clean your room, organize your desk, fold your laundry. Let it all out by writing a poem or a blog post.  Anything vaguely mindless will do.

Or you can indulge yourself in the best ways.  Stream a classic Disney flick, make a steaming cup of hot chocolate, look at cute cat pictures, wrap yourself up in your big cuddly comforter.  Feel warm and cozy, not cold and empty.

Just because you’re alone, doesn’t mean you have to be lonely.  Let those sad feelings pass.

The Freshman 15 has been revamped

We will call it the Cookie 15. Huffah!

PS. It is not advisable to eat your feelings like such.

For that durn Chemistry exam

Hello, world!

I haven’t been posting as often as I had before because of the huge piles of work.  Humongous piles.  I’m drowning, guys. I’ve been studying for the upcoming Chem 121 midterm.  I’m finding the material pretty tough, but I’m determined to pass this exam with an acceptable grade.

Anyways, I’ve been taking lots of breaks (probably more breaks than necessary). Now my procrastinating has become more productive, and even chemistry related! Here are two chemistry videos I’d like to share with you (oi, don’t give me that look). You know you like it!

My chemistry prof’s favourite:

My personal favourite:

Attention iOS 6 users!

So this morning my parents showed me something interesting today.  As you might know, I do my drawings on an iPad, which I’ve recently updated to the new operating system.

With this update came a cookie setting that allows companies to track your app and internet usage. In other words, they are getting information about you and your browsing history straight from your tablet (or iPod, or iPhone).  This information is used to tailor the ads that show up in applications and such, catering to what they perceive as your needs.

The sneaky bit? The setting was turned on immediately after the update, and I had no idea. I feel so violated harrumph.

You can find the option to turn it off by going to Settings > General > Advertising.  The option is posed in double negative, so you actually want to turn the option (“Limit Ad Tracking”) on.

There are more iOS 6 secrets? Look here.

This was an FYI brought to you by a grumpy college student.