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|Wednesday, April 12th, 2006|
|So trendy it hurts
After numerous requests I have finally given in and joined facebook. I feel so dirty.
|Friday, March 3rd, 2006|
Reading break was glorious. Productivity was not forthcoming I think, largely in part due to the Olympics of which I watched constantly. But the whole point of the week was to become refreshed. The week before that I was wiped out and sick.
This week I paid my dues for taking the previous week off and had four days of class with a paper due each one. This involved waking up at 7am each morning to work on finishing each before it was due. I did get two papers back with A's on both, one of which was that one where I was sick and wrote it the morning it was due without much sleep the night before. =) This week has been characterized by manic energy and productivity.
Not content to be only very busy I am also assisting with the formal for my program. In the next few days things could get much more tight...
Finally, I am SO happy regular hockey is back!!! Current Mood: bouncy
|Tuesday, December 13th, 2005|
|a month in review - a real update!
Wow, I really am letting lj go as far as updating (a month and a half since the last real post). Maybe it will change. Maybe it won't.
Today was interesting. I had a special invite to the Canadian Club event at the Chateau Laurier with the instantly famous Wilkins speech where he tells Canada to 'stop criticizing the US for domestic political gain' (hello Paul). http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20051213/wilkins_canada_051213/20051213?s_name=election2006
Before the speech I was chatting with some other of the 5 token students present (next to the open bar of course) and an attache appears and asked us to step into a back conference room - where we met the Ambassador and had our pictures taken with him. I have been subsequently advised I should have kicked him, but I maintain that would not have been wise.
Now for recaps:
In the past month things remained crazy busy with school right up until last Thursday. Now that I am done except for my Thesis outline (which is basically done), I have no energy at all. I could be doing alot but I just need to be on holiday now. The only recent other development is I have been seeing someone new quite frequently the past few weeks. I almost definitely am missing other events but thats how it goes.
See you when I see you! Current Mood: tired
|Thursday, November 17th, 2005|
|grind grind grind
Just when I think I am out of the crunch another tough bit of school deadlines comes along... not too long left though. Oh and being a project leader sucks when your anonymous team members have zero accountability to you and can dissapear entirely =p That is bad project design for you. Current Mood: distressed
|Saturday, October 29th, 2005|
The hellish and overloaded month of October is coming to an end. Didn't quite keep my academic A streak completely going as I got a lousy B on a test immediatly after another midterm but still have gotten other A's since then. I am really happy with how well I have been doing, especially as I have not had alot of time for much else this year so it justifies the effort.
The Ottawa-Montreal hockey game the other night was great! Section 2 Row A are pretty much the best seats you can hope for when you want to watch a game. Was hoping for a shootout but the last goal was beautiful so no complaints! Love the new Heatley jersey as well.
Tonight is the much awaited Ottawa-Toronto game. Having a few people coming over to watch the game and after going to Heart and Crown to meet the majority of people. Should be fun, even with all the midterms people have there has been a huge response. Current Mood: calm
|Friday, October 21st, 2005|
|Tuesday, October 18th, 2005|
|Today was AWESOME (The Sequel)
Much like Wednesday, September 28th, 2005; today was also awesome.
Got an A on a test I didn't think I did great on and found out I have box seats for next weeks Sens game vs. Montreal.
Yeah baby. Current Mood: chipper
|Friday, October 14th, 2005|
|Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated...
It's not like I haven't been around, it's just that I haven't been doing anything interesting. School pretty much sums up the past half-month. The great October Crunch is here.
See ya in two more weeks. I should emerge about the time of my birthday! (Nov.1) Current Mood: tired
|Saturday, August 27th, 2005|
It almost seems like I am avoiding Ottawa these days as much as possible. Seems like I keep blowing off even pretty good reasons to be around for extended periods. So what... I'm loving it and never get this long out. Back in a few regardless! Current Mood: indifferent
|Thursday, August 11th, 2005|
|Monday, July 18th, 2005|
|in which i get strange looks on a bus and at the bookstore
A wise man by the name of Mark Twain once said; "Never let school get in the way of your education".
Today I wasn`t feeling up to par for class so I took those words to heart. Instead I got to better know the layout of the city with another trip downtown, where my goal was to find the only Scotiabank in town (two weeks carrying around over a thousand bucks in a wallet was starting to challenge fate just a bit much). On the way back (still very much before class would have ended) encountered and exchanged glances across a crowded bus with one of the program administrators! But at campus I did not get off and kept going as planned. =D
Once again ended up at the mall where I had lunch, bought a fan (its been deadly hot here) and EIGHT books. Yes thats right, eight, at one store and getting curious looks for it. I am on a reading binge right now and am finishing a book pretty much every two days. Not even that I spend much time any given day but am a hardcore speed reader when interested. Runs in the family on my mothers side where all 7 children went to university.
News books include a biography of Rumsfeld, Fast Food Nation (read previously), a very large history of Africa, race politics of the US, a book on negotiation skills, most famous legal arguments of the 20th century, one advocating world democracy and the final looking at language and violence. Whew, it was a struggle to recall them all at once.
I imagine even with class five days a week, daily activities, and going pubbing every other night I could still finish all the above in the next two weeks. Have done 6 and a half in the first two weeks I have been here.
I love the freedom here. Living like a prince. Current Mood: curious
|Sunday, July 17th, 2005|
Have been in Quebec City two weeks now. Last night celebrated by going to Chez Maurice with peoples and had a blast. As much as I protest that clubs aren`t my thing anymore I always have fun as long as the location isn`t called Bulldog or Inferno! =D
Today is disgustingly humid here so I went to the massive mall nearby (actually three adjoining malls) with its oh so refreshing air conditioning and bought a bunch of new clothes, lunch, groceries and a cd (radio hits of the 80`s avec Mr. Robert Palmer). Also nice is the computer lab here and the tunnels to get here for being cool. Current Mood: calm
|Saturday, July 9th, 2005|
|on the night table
While in here in Quebec I have been brushing up on my history and politics of the province. Learning a language is tedious business so I find interest in doing alot of heavy contextual reading on the side. In the past week I have read a new book on the developmental history of Canada and a biography of Lucien Bouchard. Next I was planning to read a biography of Chretien but today went to a mall and picked up several more books, which will shake things up rather than immediately start another political biography covering the exact same time period. Next on the list: a history of the Opus Dei in the Catholic Church, a book on political discourse in modern geopolitics, one on waging modern wars by Gen. Wesley Clark and a book on US partisan politics by alancolmes (de-emphasis due to having just recently finished reading Al Frankin who pretty much sums him up as a non-existant liberal without either a spine or a brain for being the token liberal puppit for Fox news.)
Last night was fun at club Chez Maurice (seems people hereabouts already wanted to go). Today a solo shopping excursion was pleasant and good french practice. Turns out the band Simple Plan was there signing autographs where I went so that made things pretty crazy with many hundreds of the under five feet tall variety everywhere so I went to another mall across the street. However, the trip home was a Dante-esque nightmare, but that can be a story for another time if you ever want to ask me about it in person! Current Mood: accomplished
|Monday, July 4th, 2005|
|Intro to Q.C
Have been in Quebec City fully two days now. I already love this city so much. It looks like Ottawa but with a much more Old Europe flavour. Have already visited Chateau Frontenac, the International Hostel, the Marketplace, the Harbour, and much of the Old City. It`s all very small so its not taking long to learn the way about.
Res is alot of fun. Brings back memories of first year where you can make tons of friends instantly and effortlessly. Have already been out two nights in a row (taking tonight off). It`s great having a government program that gives you an all expenses paid school trip and on top of that gives you several hundred dollars in cash to use in the city.
The campus is pretty large and still exploring new places. I just found out they have a free golf range here so I will have to take advantage. I have been exercising quite a bit here and was out swimming today.
Won`t be posting too often I expect this month. Also these altered French keyboards are highly irritating to use (recollections of Ottawa U last summer). Current Mood: rejuvenated
|Tuesday, April 19th, 2005|
|short personality quiz
| ENFP - The Champion |
Your Type is 100% Extroverted, 25% Observant, 12% Logical and 6% Structured
Your type is known as the Champion type, which is part of the larger
group called idealists. Nothing occurs that does not have some deep and
ethical significance in your eyes. You see life as an exciting drama.
You are very charismatic, yet tend to be too harsh on yourself for not
being as genuine as you think you should be. 3% of the population
shares your type.
As a romantic partner, you need to talk about what is going on in your
life. You are a strong supporter for your partner's efforts to grow and
change and be happy. You need to feel that same support from your
partner. Expressive, optimistic, and curious, you are eager to enjoy
new experiences with your partner, whom you wish to be your confidant
and soul mate, as well as play mate. You are uncomfortable sharing
negative emotion, though, and tend to withdraw from confrontation and
process your feelings privately. You feel most loved when your partner
appreciates your creativity, accepts your uniqueness, and sees you as
the compassionate person you are. You need to hear your partner tell
you how much you mean to them and would love if they did thoughtful
spontaneous things to demonstrate it.
Your group summary: idealists (NF)
Your type summary: ENFP
vincex's shorter version of this test.
My longer version of this same test. The real deal.
| This test tracked 4 variables How the score compared to the other people's: |
|Higher than 73% on outgoing|
|Higher than 39% on observant|
|Higher than 18% on logical|
|Higher than 7% on structured|
|Monday, April 18th, 2005|
|the surreal life
My cheer continues... nothing seems to be able to bring me down, despite having had no time for fun in quite some time now. I just shake it all off.
I think it is a combination of weather, being almost done school, and frequent weekend visits to home in the countryside.
On the negative, I still have tons of difficult studying to do over the next week but it doesnt seem to bother me at all right now. It has been my hardest semester of university due to touch mandatory classes I dislike but things are going to be fine even if they certainly aren't great mark-wise. Just finished a final where the question I studied for most and was sure I knew best I found to be worded tricky, and it looks like it threw me off track. But it any case the rest went well I think.
I don't know what it is about the country that recharges me so quickly. I am far more productive when I can take breaks to go for long walks, drives, or ongoing landscaping projects. Last week I did some restoration work on an antique wagon wheel for the front porch and this past weekend I opened up a ton of space by unsealing a back door to a porch bloacked off in our absence by our former tenent many years ago.
Also plentiful great food and getting along famously with the family these days.
But something new and exciting needs to come along in Ottawa or I will be bored very soon this summer... but very soon I will have time for a social life again... yay! I plan to make full use of the opportunity. :D Current Mood: bouncy
|Tuesday, April 12th, 2005|
The warm weather has arrived... and once again I have little interest in spending any time on the internet anymore... Expect far less posting for the next few months. Especially as I will be travelling frequently.
I'll likely post again tomorrow but too tired right now... great weekend.
Current Mood: sleepy
Your Inner European is Russian!
Mysterious and exotic.
You've got a great balance of danger and allure.
|Wednesday, April 6th, 2005|
gar... I have the worst habit for often neglecting to bring my cell phone with me. :S
|Sunday, March 27th, 2005|
|existentialism_boy? well it was close anyway!
Current Mood: bored
| You scored as Existentialism. Your life is guided by the concept of Existentialism: You choose the meaning and purpose of your life.|
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
“It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”
“It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the Truth.”
More info at Arocoun's Wikipedia User Page...
What philosophy do you follow? (v1.02)
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|Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005|
Checking my mail I see I have received the leadership book I was being sent by Terry Hall (former Cognos CEO). This would have been great in itself but he also wrote a small personal inspirational message in the front with his home phone number. Not sure how I will ever need it but building up the contact list.
This makes me also realize I am starting to build up an autographed book collection without any intention of starting one.
Now have books signed by 2 CEO's, and 2 journalists. I should probablly branch out to politicians, easy enough access! Current Mood: jubilant